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Voices Of Lecale Looks For New Singers

County Down community choir looks for new members. Community choir Voices of Lecale is looking for new members. The choir has been running for 11 years and grew out of the popular Singers’ Circle night-class at Down Arts Centre. The choir’s founder and Musical Director Laura Plummer said: “This is…

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SERC Students Win Enterprise Challenge

Downpatrick SERC engineering students have won the college’s 2018 Enterprise Challenge.  On Friday 21 September, a team of young engineering entrepreneurs from South Eastern Regional College’s Downpatrick campus won the final of the Colleges 2018 Enterprise Challenge. Team ‘Slurry Safe’ faced stiff competition from their peers but were ultimately crowned champions…

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Newry City To See Return Of Merchants Festival

The final event in the Giant Adventures 2018 series : the Merchants Festival.  This year the City of Merchants Festival returns to Newry on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 November. A celebration of the city’s merchant, maritime and industrial heritage that will feature theatre performances, street entertainment, foodie delights at…

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DoH Staement On Availability Of EpiPens

Departmental statement – Availability of EpiPens®.  The Department of Health is aware of an ongoing issue with intermittent supply constraints of EpiPen® 0.3mg and EpiPen® Jr 0.15mg Adrenaline Auto-Injectors due to manufacturing delays. It is unable to make any specific treatment recommendation to individual patients but would advise that there…

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50% Of Sight Loss Is Preventable Says PHA

Over half of sight loss is preventable – get tested and don’t take the risk. During National Eye Health Week (24 to 30 September) the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding everyone to have their eyes tested every two years and to be aware of the importance of good eye…

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New Food Strategy For North Down And Ards

New food destination strategy for Ards and North Down will put local food and drink on the map.                                              Ards and North Down Borough Council has launched a new…

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NI Chamber Calls For Progress On Energy Projects

Immediate progress on energy policy critical to economic growth and stability warns NI Chamber. Immediate progress on key energy infrastructure projects, along with an updated Energy Strategy, are critical to economic growth and stability, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) has claimed. Vital projects, including the North…

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Northern Ireland Water Framework Directive Stats 2018

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) today published the Northern Ireland Water Framework Directive Statistics 2018 Update. This 2018 statistical report is an update to statistics published in 2015. The report contains summary information on the status of rivers, lakes, and marine waters for the three River…

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Romance Blossoms From SERC To Las Vagas

Romantic couple get engaged in Las Vegas after meeting at SERC.    A young couple from Lisburn who met during their studies at South Eastern Regional College (SERC) have recently got engaged. A decade ago, Anthony Wylie came to SERC where he met the love of his life and now…

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Brexit Wobbles, But Will It Fall ?

Politicians are watching the Brexit bubble burst before their eyes. The mood across the EU, ROI and the UK is becoming more intense as the impasse at the Brexit negotiations grows deeper and a potential disaster could be in the making which could upset the NI economy and destroy the…

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Walker Walks For Cancer Focus

Councillor Billy Walker has paid tribute to the supporters of the 10K sponsored walk in Delamont Country Park in aid of Cancer Focus.      He had the  assistance of Emma and Evei Telford whose mother passed away with cancer recently. Included is Cancer Focus Community Fundraiser Barbara Long. Cllr…

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Farmers Vigilant As Bluetongue Found In Great Britain

The Ulster Farmers’ Union is urging farmers to be vigilant following confirmation that cattle recently imported to England from France have tested positive for Bluetongue. The infected cattle entered the UK in early September and the virus was detected during routine post-movement testing. UFU deputy president, David Brown said: “It…

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Downpatrick Railway Wins Top Accreditation

The Downpatrick and County Down Railway was one of 17 local museums that have been recognised at an awards ceremony for museums who have successfully maintained their Full Accreditation status. The Accreditation Scheme is the UK standard for museums and sets nationally agreed standards for good practice and a baseline…

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Down Teacher Says A-Levels Not Only Route To Success

Down Teacher Highlights earnings Potential Of Technical Qualifications. The community needs to crack the mindset that A-levels are the only route to better earnings, according to a Killyleagh teacher. “Parents come from a generation where A-levels and a degree were the aspirational academic achievement, however, that’s all changing – along with the…

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 HSBC UK Offers £12 Billion Loans for UK SME’s

HSBC has increased its nationwide lending fun for SME’s by £2 billion to £12 billion. HSBC UK has announced a £12 billion lending fund to support the UK’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The bank’s dedicated SME Fund has increased by £2 billion, following a £10 billion package of support…

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