Monthly Archives: December 2012

Last Sunset for 2012 – St John’s Point

St John’s Point, County Down. A photograph taken of St John’s Point with the last sunset of 2012. It proved to be quite dramatic and lasted about a minute or so. Fortunately I had my camera with me so recorded the scene. With an impatient Cairn terrier barking at my…

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Down Ladies GFA Fundamentals Coaching Course on 16 February

Down Ladies GFA ‘FUNdamentals’ Coaching Course Unlocking the potential for club mentors” takes place on Saturday 16 February 2013. Venue: Saval Club Rooms. Registration 9.30am. Cost £10 per person. Limited number of spaces available, to register interest contact either our Development Officer Paddy McCrickard paddymccrickard@hotmail.com or Secretary Aine McClean downladiessecretary@hotmail.co.uk….

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Christmas Crackers for East Down AC

When the history  of running comes to be written, the names of the great pairings of the past, Bannister and Landy, Coe and Ovett, Clarke and Keino will feature in large print writes Joe Quinn. But they were protagonists and never experienced the joy of competing together as pairs so in…

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RGU GAC Notes 30/12/12

Now that the New Year is upon us it is a good time to look forward to the next 12 months and the new season ahead. It is a good time to set new goals and ambitions, to try and use the best of our skills and talents. It is…

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Castlewellan GAC Notes 30/12/12

THERE was shock and sadness far and wide at the sudden passing of young Conal Baldwin from the An Riocht Club on Christmas Eve writes Martin McClean.  Conal’s father Joe was a former club member and was part of our senior hurling team. It was evident that his hurling skills…

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Council Debate On Pending Assembly Welfare Reform Bill

COUNCILLOR Stephen Burns brought a motion to Down District Council at its last sitting in 2012 challenging the controversial Welfare Reform Bill passing through Stormont. Public discussion on the welfare bill and its likely effects on Northern Ireland is growing strongly, and there are serious widespread fears that the changes…

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Newcastle League Fixtures for 5/1/13

PREMIER Fixtures 05/01/2013 STRANGFORD I KILKEEL FC L 05/01/2013 MOURNE ROVERS. CASTLEWELLAN L 05/01/2013 BALLYVEA CARRYDUFF COLTS L DIVISION 1 Fixtures 05/01/2013 KILMORE REC II NEWCASTLE II L 05/01/2013 BALLYNAHINCH OLY. II DRUMANESS RES L 05/01/2013 ARDGLASS II VALLEY RANGERS II L DIVISION 2 Fixtures 05/01/2013 DOWNPATRICK FC II VALLEY…

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NIIRTA Leads Representation to Stormont Economy Committee

ONE of the greatest challenges facing the Northern Ireland retail sector and town centres is currently unfolding and over the past couple of years traders have seen a decrease in profits, footfall, and a rise in costs and competition from major supermarket chains all on the back of a major…

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Confessions of a Speeder

THIS past autumn I was caught speeding. There were a number of reasons why this came about, but there was one main one which stands out from the rest… I was driving too fast writes Jim Masson. It was a fair cop. In a 30 mph zone I was doing…

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Alliance Councillor Clarke Calls for DRD Action over Newcastle Drains

ALLIANCE Party Councillor Patrick Clarke has asked DRD Roads Service to carry out an inspection of all water guilles along Park Lane Newcastle of the Shimna Road. The Newcastle area Councillor has received complaints that guilles along Park Lane in Newcastle still remain blocked despite being previously reported to DRD…

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Police Appeals After Spate of Robberies in Down District

THERE has been a spate of Christmas holiday robberies across down district from Ballynahinch, Crossgar, Castlewellan and Ardglass. Police in Downpatrick are appealing for information on stolen plant machinery. A yellow coloured JCB Forklift/Telescopic Handler valued at £15,000 was stolen from a business on Dromore Street, Ballynahinch between 4pm on December 20 and 7.30pm the next…

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Castlewellan Score Another Bobby Dalzell Cup Win

Castlewellan Score Another Bobby Dalzell Cup Success Bobby Dalzell Cup 2012. Castlewellan  3 Ballyvea  1 The scene was set for an excellent showdown between two strong teams. As the moment approached for the whistle to blow, a cold miserable rain came down quite heavily over Drumaness chilling the cup final…

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Rogers Hails Productive Meeting with ROI Education Minister

 SDLP Education spokesperson, South Down MLA Seán Rogers, has described talks held with the Irish Education Minister Ruairí Quinn TD as “cordial and productive”. Mr Rogers was speaking following a meeting in Dublin which was also attended by Minister Quinn’s senior officials. He said: “Minister Quinn and I enjoyed a very cordial and…

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Walker Comments on Flags Issue

THE row over the Union flag which began at Belfast City Hall has reached every corner of Northern Ireland. In Down District, Councillor Billy Walker has expressed his views to Down News over the recent flag issue. Although the street protests may have quietened around the North, there is still…

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New Years Message from Jim Shannon, MP for Strangford.

New Years Message from Jim Shannon,  MP for Strangford.   Dear Editor, “I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my constituents a blessed and prosperous New Year. “I love Christmas, and I am sure that this is the same as many people, and sometimes there is a tendency to…

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