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Ardglass GAC Notes for 6/5/13

The U12’s lost by a single point away to Teconnaught on Sunday in  their best performance to date they showed great application and skill throughout. A first half two-goal salvo from Philip O’Connor saw Ardglass take a three point half time lead.  However Teconnaught hit two early second half goals…

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Age NI Putting More Money Into Pockets of Elderly

Age NI has launched Let’s Talk Money, a campaign to support older people in Down to put more money in their pockets. As part of the campaign, Age NI has produced the More Money in your Pocket guide which is essential reading for older people to claim the benefits they’re…

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Hand Hygiene Fun with Shoppers

Each year, millions of infections could be prevented through ensuring good hand hygiene, therefore, the Public Health Agency (PHA)  is taking this message into frequently visited public places and is reminding the public to ‘clean your hands’ on the World Health Organisation’s ‘Save Lives: Clean Your Hands’ day. Dr Lourda…

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Ards Leisure Centre Celebrates Body Building Champ

Ards Leisure Centre is celebrating the success of one its staff members who has been crowned a Northern Ireland body building champion. Gillian Bradley, a fitness instructor at the centre, won the ‘trained figure’ category at the Northern Ireland Body Building Championships last weekend, taking the title ahead of seven…

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Shannon Expresses Sympathies at Passing of Jim McBriar

Jim Shannon, MP for Strangford, has expressed his sincere sympathies at the passing of former Mayor and Alderman of Ards Borough Council, Jim McBriar. Mr Shannon said: “I served in Ards Council along with Jim McBriar for twenty-six years. He served thirty-eight years in total and his contribution was significant…

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McGreevy Says Communities Should Decide on Marine Windfarms

A pledge from the London Government’s Energy Minister saying local communities would have a voice in the planning process for wind farms has been welcomed by the leader of the SDLP on Newry and Mourne Council, Councillor Connaire McGreevy. Minister Michael Fallon has said local authorities, working closely with residents’ groups,…

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Check Out Killyleagh Coverage on BBC iPlayer

Thomas Raven’s maps of Killyleagh and the Hamilton estate were featured on ‘Mapping Ulster’ which was shown on BBC1 last night. Gawn Rowan-Hamilton was interviewed and there is wonderful coverage of the Castle and the town of Killyleagh. This programme conveys an excellent potted history of the province, so if…

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Child Protection is a Cross Border Priority Says Poots

Sharing invaluable learning’s for the protection and safeguarding of children is a cross border priority. That was the message from Health Minister Edwin Poots along with Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA), Republic of Ireland, who today addressed the first All Island Conference on child protection….

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The Down Rose 2013 is Selected

AS the clock stuck midnight on Sunday 28 April, the new Down Rose 2013 was announced in the fairytale setting of The Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, Newcastle. After an entertaining and enjoyable evening with 21 hopefuls taking to the stage wishing to become the ambassador for County Down, the judging…

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500 Teens Tackle the Mournes In A Big Adventure

OVER sixty teams of intrepid teens geared up for a weekend of adventure in the majestic Mournes, on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April. As dawn broke Kilbroney and Tollymore camp sites were filled with the sound of excited teenagers from across Northern Ireland.  All from different communities and backgrounds, they all…

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Bread Festival Ready to Rise to the Occasion at Castle Ward

U105THE International Bread Festival is back at Castle Ward, County Down after the success of last year’s event which welcomed a huge gathering of food lovers to the shores of Strangford Lough. Celebrity chefs Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn will be showcasing Irish bread skills on Saturday 25 May at the landmark National Trust property.  Meanwhile…

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McKevitt Concerned at Residential Homes Closures

SOUTH Down  MLA Karen McKevitt (SDLP) has said the proposal announced by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust to close five nursing homes in the Southern Trust area is very distressing news for our elderly community and their family. Mrs McKevitt said: “This upsetting announcement has come on the back of…

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Alliance Requests Footpath at Railway Street to be Adopted

Alliance Party Newcastle area Councillor Patrick Clarke has contacted DRD Roads Service requesting that a stretch of footpath leading from Railway Street to Merrion Avenue housing development in Newcastle be adopted and put on their cleaning schedule following complaints from residents in Merrion Avenue.  Councillor Patrick Clarke said: “I have received…

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Home Accident Prevention Poster Winners

LOCAL school children were invited to Down Civic Forum to collect their prizes in a Home Accident Prevention poster competition. Down District Council Chairperson Councillor  Mickey Coogan presents: * Fionnualla Donnelly, Christ the King Primary School, Drumaness, *  Tom Dornan, St McCartan’s Primary School, Loughinisland,  and *  Kayleigh Smyth, Legamaddy…

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Ash Dieback Update from DARD

THE Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has updated stakeholders on the ongoing work to tackle the outbreak of Chalara Ash Dieback in the north. DARD Permanent Secretary Noel Lavery addressed representatives of a broad range of stakeholder interests at the event in Greenmount, providing an overview on the current…

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