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Saintfield Mixed Martial Arts Champion Becomes ACN Patron

Active Communities Network (ACN) , the charity which uses sport to reach young people living in deprived communities, is delighted to announce mixed martial arts world champion Leah McCourt from Saintfield as its newest patron. The news, which comes on International Women’s Day, represents a huge boost for the Belfast-based…

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Council Bilingual Policy Again Causes Debate

The row over the use of the Irish language in the new shadow Newry Mourne and Down District Council has become complex and muddied and probably will not clear itself finally after a few skirmishes until after 1 April when the Council takes over from the two legacy councils. It…

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Police Concerned About Missing 15-Year Old

Police in Downpatrick are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of missing 15-year old Declan Dobbin. Sergeant Emma Magoran said: “Declan was last seen leaving his home in Dunmurry on Saturday 21 February wearing a grey hoodie, grey tracksuit and a navy and white coat. Declan is described as being…

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County Down Fishermen Fear They May Fall Through The Net

County Down fishermen met with DARD fisheries officials last week in the Millbrook Lodge Hotel in Ballynahinch  to discuss how they can meet the EU fish discard ban and  ensure that their nets are fishing legally. Fishermen from the three County Down ports of Portavogie, Ardglass and Kilkeel were present….

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Come Along To The St Patrick’s Festival In Downpatrick – Myths, Magic And Music

St Patrick’s Festival Celebrates Myths, Magic and Music Wednesday 11 – Tuesday 17 March 2015. Down District Council is getting ready to host its last St Patrick’s Festival under the current Council and is pulling out all the stops to ensure there is something for everyone. The Festival will kick…

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Councillor Willie Clarke Calls For Improvements At Newcastle’s Bogie Hill

Newcastle Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke speaking after meeting with Council officials to discuss infrastructure improvements at the Council owned Bogie Hill, Newcastle, said: “This is a very popular access onto King street and is extremely well used by walkers using the Granite trail. “Many aspects of the Bogie Hill pathway…

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Councillor Willie Clarke Calls For Businesses To Sign Up To Green Tourism Initiative

Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke has urged tourism business’s to sign up to a new Green Tourism Initiative managed by BTS in partnership with Green Tourism, on behalf of Ards, Banbridge, Down and Newry  and Mourne Councils. Cllr Clarke said: “Green tourism is all about attracting visitors who put a value…

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Rogers Says North Must Embrace STEM Education Opportunities

SDLP Education Spokesperson Seán Rogers MLA, a former headmaster, has said that the North must wake up to the opportunities of STEM education or face being left behind in a global economy. Mr Rogers was speaking after visiting the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in Dublin where a number…

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Police Appeal After Scotch Street Incident On 20 December

Police in Downpatrick are appealing for information following a suspected assault in the Scotch Street area on the evening of Saturday 20 December. At around 11pm, police attended the scene where a large crowd had gathered. Officers dispersed the crowd and observed a man lying on the ground with injuries…

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The Woman Who Strayed

The Woman Who Strayed by George Fleeton © 2013 For Lyric Opera’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata (1853), in Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre (June 05, 07 and 08), I was invited to write an article on the opera for the Programme. It is printed here – with kind permission. *** Violetta refers to herself,…

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RGU Club Notes fro 3/6/13

The thoughts and prayers of everyone at RGU are with the Deeny Family on the death of Mary (RIP). Mary was the grandmother of current players James, Jonathan and Clare as well as Ciaran and Cathy who also played for the RGU. Mary’s husband, Bernard, who pre-deceased her in 2000,…

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Endellion String Quartet at Portaferry Proms Reviewed

Endellion String Quartet at Portaferry Proms Reviewed by George Fleeton © 2013 A second visit* to Portaferry Proms (May 18) underlined how small music miracles can be conjured up from constrained resources underwritten by excellent volunteer management. Organised by the Friends of Portaferry Presbyterian Church, on their 170 year old premises, the church…

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Do Your Bit for Children in 2013 Asks NSPCC

NSPCC has said that anyone can play a part in helping Northern Ireland’s most vulnerable children and families, highlighting a host of volunteering opportunities across the charity’s services. Marking this year’s Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June 2013) Neil Anderson, head of NSPCC services in Northern Ireland, said that there is an…

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Figures Show Strategy on Retired Teachers Works – Hazzard

SINN Féin Education spokesperson Chris Hazzard has said that the measures being taking by the Minister John O’Dowd were opening up opportunities for newly qualified teachers. Mr. Hazzard said: “The latest figures that show that retired teachers returning to positions in schools have fallen by over 80% coupled with the recently…

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PAC Says Invest NI Must Deliver Lasting Jobs on Ground

THE measurement of Invest NI’s performance should be based on investment achieved and jobs created, rather than on promises by investors or the results anticipated at the start of projects. That’s the message from the Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee which yesterday (21  May) launched its report into the performance of…

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