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Council To Run Test Purchasing for Butane Gas Lighter Refills

YOUNG people are at risk across Co Down from inhaling butane gas. In Northern Ireland more teenagers die from sniffing household products than from abuse of all illegal drugs. Statistics would confirm that Northern Ireland has the highest number of fatalities per head of population in the United Kingdom. Solvent…

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Saintfield Horse Show Galloping Closer

AS the Saintfield Horse Show approaches, organisers are making the final preparations for what will be a another great event. Mivan, one of Northern Ireland’s best known specialist construction companies, is once again the major sponsor of the forthcoming Saintfield Horse Show being held on Saturday 1 September 2012 by…

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Newcastle Summer Entertainments Get All Shook Up

ELVIS TEEN PRODIGY TO TAKE NEWCASTLE BY STORM The final weekend of the Newcastle Summer Season promises to end a summer of fantastic entertainment on a high, with The Elvis Spectacular on Friday 24 August at 8pm and Tim McGarry’s Irish History Lesson on  Saturday 25 August at 8pm. On…

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Council Debate Over Institution Of Marriage

AT full meeting of Down District Council, Sinn Féin Councillor Stephen Burns presented a motion which sparked off a lengthy debate on marriage. The motion called for the ‘same rights and entitlements to civil marriage for all citizens regardless of race, religion or sexuality’. The Council voted in favour of…

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Row Erupts After Apprentice Boys March in Killyleagh

THE SDLP’ South Down MP Margaret Ritchie and Rowallene Down District Councillor Maria McCarthy along with Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard have spoken out strongly challenging the parade organizers and participants of a march in Killyeagh after violence sparked up. Around 45 band members and followers of the Apprentice Boys…

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BOOST for Youth Unemployed in Rural Areas

RURAL Development Minister Michelle O’Neill today (13 August) launched a new support package to help address youth unemployment in rural areas. The CD Rom, ‘Get that Job Toolkit’, provides unemployed 16-24 year olds with a complete package of resources, support and guidance to ensure they have the skills and attitude…

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Record Numbers Attend Claragh Bridge Show

RECORD numbers of vintage vehicles and visitors attended the ninth annual cross-community Claragh Bridge Vintage, Classic, and Agricultural show. Despite the showery weather, visitors to the show enjoyed a day packed of vintage vehicles, and many attractions at Drumaroad on Saturday 28July. BBC Radio Ulster made an early morning visit…

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Labour of Love Rebuilds Ballynahinch Railway Station in Miniature

THE trains and the buildings themselves may be long gone, but the former railway station at Ballynahinch Junction has been resurrected by one avid railway enthusiast after years of painstaking work… in miniature. Well known traditional-music expert Patrick Davey has spent the last seven years reconstructing the former Belfast and…

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Islandderry Rainbows Keep Anglers Busy

At Islanderry at the moment there is  lovely clear water, a brillant evening rise and plenty of fish being caught on the two lakes. This included over 20 fish each for Portadown brothers Arthur and William Coachman who started off fishing bloodworm and buzzers from the boat and then moved…

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Jack Kelly from Downpatrick in Running for Top Farming Award

JACK Kelly, a farmer form near Downpatrick, may be crowned the RSPB’s Nature of Farming Award winner 2012. He is one of four finalists in this year’s RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award, the UK’s largest farm wildlife competition. The Award celebrates the great work many farmers do to care for…

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Nominate Now for the GP of the Year Awards

THE search has begun for this year’s RCGP Northern Ireland GP of the Year, the prestigious and unique award nominated solely by patients and delivered by the Royal College of General Practitioners Northern Ireland. Chair of RCGP Northern Ireland Professor Scott Brown explains the idea behind the accolade. He said:…

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Single Application Online Service Gets Thumbs Up From O’Neill

AGRICULTURE Minister Michelle O’Neill today announced that a record number of farmers had used the Department’s Single application online service in 2012. Each year the Department attracts around 38,000 Single Applications from farmers and although the majority of these are submitted on paper, an ever increasing number are now turning…

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