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Dorsey Embankment Is Scene For Next Big Dig

Delving into the Mysteries of the Dorsey Embankment. Following on from the highly successful community archaeological dig at Cornahove Ringfort in 2016, the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership Scheme is once again teaming-up with the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork at Queen’s University Belfast, to discover more of South Armagh’s secrets….

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Construction Firms Meet The Buyers

Construction Industry Meets the Buyer at Innovative Council Event. Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has hosted a ‘Meet the Buyer’ breakfast workshop with the construction industry to encourage more building contractors to tender for Council projects. The free event allowed those interested in construction opportunities to meet directly with…

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Eleven Down Schools Plant Trees In Downpatrick

Down schools planting hope for the future. Dunleath Park in Downpatrick was the centre of a tree planting event by eleven schools from the local area. The idea initially stemmed from the Down High School Eco-Enrichment Group in late 2018. This group of sixth formers wanted to find ways to…

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Martyn Todd To Run As Independent In Rowallane

Former Council Director Running As Candidate in Election. Martyn Todd, former Director of Recreation and Community Services in the legacy Down District Council, is to stand as an independent candidate for the Rowallane District Electoral Area in the local council election on 2 May this year. After studying Engineering at…

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Irish Medium Education Celebrates In Downpatrick

Tuesday evening past saw a wonderful celebration of 21 years of Irish Medium Primary Education in Downpatrick at Our Lady and St Patrick Primary School, when young & old, past and present staff & pupils, parents, & members of Cumann Gaelach Leath Chathail came together for a night of music,…

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Police Trial New Safety and Security Method

Project Servator – together we’ve got it covered!The Police Service of Northern Ireland are currently taking part in a trial of new safety and security deployments and policing tactics known as Project Servator.  Project Servator police deployments were originally introduced by City of London Police in February 2014. The policing…

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Visit Downpatrick Races On Ulster Grand National Day

The historic Ulster Grand National sponsored by Toals Bookmakers will be run at Downpatrick racecourse on Sunday 24th March.   Pineau De Re was the most recent winner to complete the big race double when also winning the Aintree Grand National the same year writes Joe Kavanagh. The locally owned, Caughoo after…

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Top Eco Tourism Award For Lackan Farm

Lackan Cottage Farm situated between Castlewellan and Rathfriland is the first tourism venue in Northern Ireland to achieve the Green Key for a sustainable operation.    It has been a labour of love for Steve Golembski-Byrne and his wife Claire who have spent the past seven years working on their…

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UK Beef Industry Faces Turmoil

Low prices threatening future of NI beef sector, warns industry body. The latest DAERA figures are showing a 30-year low of suckler cows in Northern Ireland, and this trend will escalate until farmers receive a fair price, according to the National Beef Association’s (NBA) NI board representative, Ernie Ritchie. He…

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Police Investigate Possible Newry Arson

Detectives are investigating a suspected arson at commercial premises in Newry last night (Monday 18th March).  Detective Sergeant Darragh said: “We received a report of a fire at premises on Newry Road shortly after 11.10pm. It was reported entry to the premises had been forced and a number of vehicles…

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Two Down Schools In New Teacher Training Scheme

Into Film and Paul Hamlyn Foundation in new literacy drive to benefit NI schools. Two Newcastle schools are among ten Northern Ireland schools that have been chosen for a new teacher training initiative, run by the education charity Into Film and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. St Mary’s Primary…

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Police Arrest Two In Crime Investigation

Detectives from PSNI Organised Crime Unit have arrested two people in Banbridge today, Tuesday 19 March, as part of an ongoing investigation into organised crime. Detective Inspector Barry Hamilton said: “These arrests are part of an ongoing proactive investigation into an Organised Crime Gang.  Officers have conducted a number of…

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Killough Beat Celtic Bhoys In One Goal Thriller

Harry Clarke 2019 Cup Semi Final. Bignian Park, Kilkeel – 15th March 2019. Killough 1 Celtic Bhoys 0. The first semi-final of the Harry Clarke Cup was a hard fought affair between seasiders Killough and Celtic Bhoys. From the whistle, both teams started off at a fast pace on the…

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Down Is A Top Global Sustainable Destination

County Down Recognised As Top Global Sustainable Destination. Newry Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin, was delighted to attend a ceremony on Wednesday 6 March, announcing County Down’s entry to the 2019 Sustainable Destinations Global Top 100 awards at the ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade…

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Hazzard Cautions DUP Of Brexit Cliff Edge

Hazzard calls on DUP and Tory Brexiteers to step back from cliff edge. Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard has called on the DUP and Tory Brexiteers to step back from the cliff edge of a crash-out Brexit. The South Down MP said: “After yet another week of chaos in the…

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