Blog Archives

Anger After Pig’s Head Left At Newtownards Mosque

A Newtownards mosque has been attacked by graffiti and a pig’s head was left at the front of the building. Strangford MP Jim Shannon has called the attack on the mosque and the Islamic Centre in Newtownards “totally unacceptable and outrageous” He said: “This despicable crime has insulted not only the…

Read more →

Shannon Welcomes New Greenway Extension

Jim Shannon MP for Strangford has welcomed the news that the Greenway will be extended out to Newtownards from Comber. He said: “The initiative for DFI costing £75 000 is between three council areas and this is great news as those who want to cycle from Ards to work in…

Read more →

Remembrance Day Services In Ards And North Down

This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday and a number of Acts of Remembrance will be taking place across the Ards and North Down Borough. Mayor of Ards and North Down, Alderman Alan Graham said: “We in the Ards and North Down Borough have a long history of supporting our armed forces, both…

Read more →

Kane Engineering To Create 28 Jobs In Ards

 Kane Engineering is creating 28 new jobs supported by Invest Northern Ireland as part of plans to drive sales across Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. The company plans to double its workforce over the next two years, recruiting additional production operators, engineers, electricians as well as a number…

Read more →

McCarthy Delighted At Approval For Loughries Integrated Transformation

Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has approved a development proposal for Loughries Primary School, Newtownards to transform from a controlled primary school to a controlled integrated primary school from September 2016. Commenting on the decision, Minister O’Dowd said: “I am approving this Development Proposal in line with my statutory duty to…

Read more →

Are Your Kids Up For A Craft Challenge In Ards?

Kids can take up the ‘Great Craft and Design Challenge’ at Ards Craft this weekend (Saturday 24 May), when they use the work of professional makers to create their own unique piece of art.  Children will be able to use the hand-crafted range of craft on show, from ceramics and…

Read more →

McCausland Announces £5.5 Million Investment For Newtownards

Newtownards is set to benefit from a multi-million pound investment for a public realm scheme announced by Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland. The Northern Ireland Executive, through the Department for Social Development, will fund £3million of the £5.5million public realm scheme with the remainder from Ards Borough Council. The funding…

Read more →

McCausland Announces Over £50,000 For Free Wi-Fi In Newtownards, Comber and Donaghadee

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced funding of £50,395 for free Wi-Fi in Newtownards, Comber and Donaghadee town centres. This Wi-Fi provision in the Ards Borough Council area will see a total investment of £59,395 of which the Department for Social Development is contributing £50,395 and the Council £9,000….

Read more →

Christmas Lights Switch On In Ards On Friday 29th November

Christmas Is Coming To Town! Christmas is coming to Newtownards with the official Christmas tree lights ‘Switch On’ event kicking off the festive season on Friday 29th November. Residents are invited to join the Mayor of Ards, Councillor Stephen McIlveen, and DJ Pete Snodden with the Cool FM Roadshow, for what…

Read more →

£500 Bursaries Open For Young People In Ards

Young people in Ards have the chance to scoop a £500 award by applying now for the annual Blair Mayne Bursary. Anyone under the age of 25 who lives in the Ards Borough and who ‘aspires to excellence’ in one of three categories – sport, academic study or adventure training…

Read more →

Ballynahinch Firm Secures £500,000 Deal For Outdoor Gyms

POST-Primary Schools in Down are benefitting from new fitness facilities being set up to promote health and well-being. Outdoor fitness is set to take on a whole new meaning at six post-primary schools across Northern Ireland, with the launch of new state-of-the-art outdoor gym facilities. The platinum-sized outdoor gyms are…

Read more →

McCarthy Congratulates Irvine on Gold and Silver Cycling Medals

STRANGFORD Alliance MLA Kieran McCarthy has congratulated Newtownards cyclist Martyn Irvine on his gold and silver medals at the World Track Championships in Minsk, Belarus. Irvine won silver in the individual men’s pursuit and gold in the 15km men’s scratch race. It is the first gold for the Irish cycling…

Read more →