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Craig Calls For Woodgrange Road Improvements

Hugh Morgan, (Roads Engineer) pictured with Raymond Calvert, local resident, and Cllr Garth Craig viewing the Woodgrange Road. Repairs are needed to the Woodgrange Road just south of its junction with the Loughinisland Road say local residents. Cllr Craig said: “Road subsidence coupled with bumps caused by tree roots has…

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Council Preparing New Local Development Plan

Local Development Plan (LDP) Newry Mourne and Down District Council is responsible for the preparation of a development plan for the District and has commenced work on the Newry Mourne and Down Local Development Plan (LDP). This new Plan will (when adopted) replace the existing development plans, the Banbridge, Newry…

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Pregnant Women Advised To Avoid Animals That Are Giving Birth

Pregnant women who come into close contact with sheep during lambing or other farm animals that are giving birth, may put themselves and their unborn child at risk of contracting an infectious disease sometimes carried by these pregnant farm animals.  Some of these diseases can cause an abortion in people….

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Hazzard Leads Delegation To Meet Roads Officials

Sinn Féin South Down MP Chris Hazzard MP has led a delegation of local Sinn Féin representatives to meet with Southern Division Roads officials regarding a wide range of South Down infrastructure and transport issues. The South Down MP said after the meeting:   “I want to thank Simon Richardson and…

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North And West Coast Links Attends Florida Pro Am

At this week’s Honda Classic Pro Am event in Florida was John McLaughlin of North and West Coast Links Golf Ireland with golf legend Jack Nicklaus and Golf Channel presenter Tim Rosaforte. North and West Coast Links is attending the Honda Classic this week to fly the flag for some of the finest courses golf clubs…

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New Junior Golf Summer Trophy Tournament Launched

On Wednesday 21 February, Newry Mourne and Down District Council launched a brand new junior golf tournament, the Newry, Mourne and Down Junior Summer Golf Trophy, which will tee off in August 2018. The Junior Golf Trophy was created in conjunction with the Golfing Union of Ireland (Ulster Branch), Irish…

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Three Men Scooped In Rathfriland By Police

Three men have been arrested in Rathfriland today, Friday 23 February, on suspicion of a number of offences.  Detective Sergeant James Johnston said: “Police received a report at around 9.50am this morning of three men acting suspiciously in the Church Square area of the town.  “Police spoke to the three men aged…

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Scoop That Poop Says Ards And North Down Council

Scoop That Poop Or Face £80 Fine Says Ards Council In January Ards and North Down Borough Council launched a major new campaign aimed at reminding all dog walkers to ‘Scoop that Poop’ or face a hefty £80 fine. Amazingly there are 20,000 dogs living in the Borough. The Council is…

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Ards Woman Gets Suspended Sentence For £30,000 Benefit Fraud 

A woman was convicted at Downpatrick Crown Court today for claiming £30,231 benefits she was not entitled to. Julie Strain (47) of Abbot Close, Newtownards, claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support and Housing Benefit totalling £30,231 while failing to declare employment and that she was living with someone. She was given…

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Reflection On Heaney’s Station Island At Down Arts Centre

The Lyric Theatre is delighted to present, in partnership with the St Patrick’s Festival, a dramatic reading of Seamus Heaney’s Station Island at the:  Down Arts Centre  on 18 March, 8pm (£10/£8 conc). Book on 028 4461 0747 or in person at Down Arts Centre.  had come to the edge…

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Join The Senior Shindig For Older People

Older People Chatting, Connecting and Enjoying Life.  Downpatrick, Rowallane and Slieve Croob District Electoral Area (DEA) Fora have linked up with County Down Rural Community Network (CDRCN), Home Accident Prevention and Age Friendly Alliance to host an exciting new ‘Senior Shindig’ event for older people. This unique event will take…

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World First CT Heart Scanner At Ulster Hospital

The world’s first dedicated CT heart scanner has been installed at the Ulster Hospital. It can image the heart in less than a single heartbeat, taking just point two four of a second. The cardiologist can then definitively diagnose, or rule out, heart disease. This would replace the often lengthy…

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Boyle Welcomes Setting Of Rates In Ards

Ards and North Down Borough Councillor Joe Boyle said that the Council Officers have produced a well balanced, challenging yet exciting collective report involving the setting of this year’s rates, producing an ambitious proposed scheme of capital works and improvements across the Borough, whilst maintaining and improving upon an already…

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Boyle Welcomes Road Improvements In Upper Ards

Ards and North Down Borough SDLP Councillor Joe Boyle has welcomed the improvement works planned for the Barhall Road Portaferry. He said: “I’ve had issues presented to me concerning this location and the condition of the road. It is therefore welcomed that Transport NI have agreed to address this area…

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Major Move For Life Changes Changes Lives

‘Life Changes Changes Lives’ (LCCL)is a registered health charity in Downpatrick that upcycles furniture… and people’s lives. And it has now moved into a Market Street shop property and is looking forward to a busy time ahead. The brainchild of Manus and Ailish Teague, LCCL was set up three years…

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