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County Down RCN Crisis Due To NI Budget Issues

Nicholas McCrickard, Manager of the County Down Rural Community Network (CDRCN), has said his organisation and many other community organisations and agencies funded through DAERA are facing an impending crisis. In an appeal for support, he said: “The Department of Finance published a “Briefing on Northern Ireland Budgetary Outlook 2018-20”…

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School Of Rock Showing At St Malachy’s HS

St Malachy’s High School pupils are going to be rocking to the sounds of one of the London West End’s successful musicals this week. Show director, teacher  Clare Murnin, said: “Cora Magee who is Head of Music and myself went to London last June and to see the musical School…

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Hazzard Calls For Loughinisland Judge To Withdraw

South Down MP Chris Hazzard has called for the Loughinisland judge to step back. “The judge hearing a legal challenge into the Police Ombudsman’s report of the Loughinisland massacre must withdraw from the case to ensure there is no perception of bias,” said Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard. Mr Hazzard…

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Open Call For 2018-19 For Financial Assistance From NMDDC

There will be a series of workshops organised by Newry Mourne and Down District Council council to help clubs and organisations complete the current financial assistance application forms. There is no need to book places. All you have to do is just turn up to whichever session suits you best….

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East Down AC Notes For 22 January 2018

McGRADY’S FINANCIAL SERVICES JUNIOR CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE. Sunday was to have been the 4th round of the McGrady’s Financial Services Junior Cross Country League in Delamont writes Joe Quinn. And on Saturday the course was relatively soft but perfectly usable, even if it was going to take a bit of…

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Boiler Installer Welcomes Scheme Extension

Extended Boiler Allowance Scheme Welcomed. Local installer urges homeowners to avail of extended Boiler Allowance Scheme. Boiler installer Robert Bunting of Robert Bunting Heating & Plumbing, based in Ballygowan, is encouraging homeowners to upgrade their home heating system this year and check to see if they are eligible for the…

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Hillsborough Businessman Treks Volcano For Farm Africa

Senior managers are taking on Mount Elgon to tackle poverty in Eastern Africa. County Down businessman Alan Gibson, Chief Commercial Officer at Devenish, along with 12 other leading food industry figures will leave the UK to face a gruelling seven-day hike up and across Mount Elgon, an extinct volcano that straddles the Uganda-Kenya border, to raise funds for the international…

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Downpatrick FC Notes For SBYFL Under 18’s

Downpatrick FC 7   v 22ND Old Boys 1 This game was played in sub-zero temperatures but credit to the Downpatrick players for putting in a solid performance. Downpatrick created a couple of chances but couldn’t convert them, then they conceded from a corner against the run of play. After a…

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Downpatrick FC Notes For 22 January 2018

*  This Saturday see the 100 Club Draw for January, the draw will take place at approximately 5.00pm after the senior games. All money needs to be paid before the draw for your number to be entered. * The first team will be looking to get back to winning ways…

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The Search Is On For Downpatrick’s Unsung Heroes

The search is on for Downpatrick’s unsung heroes. The 2018 Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers have just been launched and judges are looking for who you think best captures the Spirit of Northern Ireland in 2018. This annual awards ceremony, which will again be televised by UTV, seeks…

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NMDDC Explores Growth Opportunities In China

All roads could soon be leading to China. Visiting municipal leaders from China met with their counterparts last month in Belfast and it is hoped this will be the beginning of a new and productive trade relationship between Northern Ireland and China. Northern Ireland hosted over 100 Chinese provincial and…

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Ritchie Calls For Weather Aid To Farmers

Margaret Ritchie, SDLP South Down Constituency representative, has called for financial help for farmers as they face challenging conditions as a result of persistent bad weather. Margaret Ritchie said today: “I have been talking to many farmers over the last number of weeks who have told me about the challenging conditions…

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Bright GAC Notes For 21 January 2018

We are  looking for a child protection officer. If anyone is interested please contact any committee member writes Cyril McKinney.   We require a youth officer to help run and over see the juvenile set-up within the club. This is a very important role and we need to fill this…

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Glasdrumman GAC Notes For 21 January 2018

The St Columban’s footballers progressed to the U16 Corn Cúchulainn (Cúchulainn Cup) Ulster Final on Thursday writes Tony Bannon.  Well done to Mr Poacher and the team especially the Glasdrumman contingent of Mathew Brennan, Jamie Nicholls, Martin Stevenson, Cormac McComb and Sean Kelly. Remember folks to let Catherine know this week…

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UFU Urges Vigilance Following Avian Flu Reports

The Ulster Farmers’ Union is urging poultry farmers to be vigilant in light of several confirmed cases of Avian influenza in Dorset, England. UFU deputy president Victor Chestnutt said: “We strongly recommend that all poultry keepers, including backyard keepers, review their biosecurity measures and business continuity plans now, as the…

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