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Know Your Limits If Drowning The Shamrock On St Patrick’s Day

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging people to keep an eye on their alcohol intake ahead of St Patrick’s Day, emphasising the dangers of binge drinking and the effects that excess alcohol can have on your health and your safety. The PHA’s Drugs and Alcohol lead Owen O’Neill said:…

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St Patrick’s Parade Draws A Record Crowd To Downpatrick

THE  St Patrick’s celebrations in Downpatrick have enjoyed excellent support from people as far away as the United States, countries across Europe, and from all over Ireland and Northern Ireland, and of course, from County Down itself. A record crowd turned up to see the second biggest parade in Northern…

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Make St Patrick’s Day A full Public Holiday In North Says Ritchie

South Down MP  Margaret Ritchie has tabled a Parliamentary motion at Westminster calling for St Patrick’s Day to be made a full Public Holiday in Northern Ireland. Speaking from the Commons, Ms Ritchie said: “In South Down we are incredibly proud of St Patrick’s heritage and I am asking for the…

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Travel on the Shamrock Special on St Patrick’s Day

WITH car parking at a premium during the St. Patrick’s festival parade day, the Downpatrick & County Down Railway will be offering a “rail” alternative to carnival goers with its St. Patrick’s Day ‘Shamrock Specials.’ In conjunction with Down District Council, the railway will be offering a Park’n’Ride service from the Down…

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Police Send Out Message for a Peaceful St Patrick’s Day

WITH the St Patrick’s Festival now under way, police in Downpatrick are asking for the support of all sections of the community to ensure that this year’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations run as successfully and smoothly as last year. Events will take place during the day and into the evening…

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