Blog Archives

Andrews Asks Council To Move On Crossgar Centre

Crossgar Community Centre is up for sale and the clock is ticking… if the community secure it with a quick purchase, it could be saved. Speaking at the Active and Health Communities committee meeting on Monday evening (16th September), Councillor Terry Andrews (SDLP) explained that the centre on Downpatrick Street…

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Cormac Sharvin Presses For European Tour Next Season

Sharvin well placed at 5th in Portugal Open. Ardglass golfer Cormac Sharvin came in at 5th place in the 57th Open de Portugal at the Morgado golf complex on Sunday. Battling his way through the Challenge Tour in 2019, Sharvin excelled himself by finishing in fifth place in Portugal winning…

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Drew Armstrong From Kilmore To Ride For Ireland

Drew Armstrong (18) from Kilmore has been selected to represent Ireland in the Enduro World Series Trophy of Nations in Finale Ligure, Italy on Sunday 29th September. He is certainly a young man on a mountain biking mission. Drew is part of a three-man Ireland team selected to compete in…

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20th Anniversary For Killyleagh Bridge Centre

Killyleagh is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Bridge Centre. At a ceremony in the Killyleagh Bridge Centre with community members and activists, local councillors and staff from the Centre, a plaque was presented to the Centre by the Vice Chairperson of Newry Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Terry…

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Margaret Ritchie Appointed To House Of Lords

Former South Down SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie has been appointed to the House of Lords. Commenting on her appointment to the House of Lords, Margaret Ritchie said today: “I am delighted to have been appointed to the House.  I want to thank those individuals who have recommended me for appointment.”…

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Interview With Budding Pianist Frasier Hickland

Frasier Hickland (21), who is a budding pianist from Anahilt in County Down, is going places… and one of these will be the Down Arts Centre on Friday 27th September where he is doing a recital with Dublin-based soprano Eileen Coyle, a Lay Vicar at Christ Church Cathedral who also…

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Olympic Into Next Stage Of Steel & Sons Cup

Ballynahinch Olympic did really not warm up until the second half against Saintfield United in this round one Steel & Sons encounter but did enough to ensure a solid victory. For a team that is bottom of Division 1C in the NAFL, Saintfield United proved they are made of better…

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NI Pro-EU MLA’s Write To Donald Tusk Over Brexit

Below is a joint letter from the Northern Ireland pro-remain majority parties to President of the European Council Donald Tusk on Brexit and the need to protect the Good Friday Agreement… but first, I have to let off some steam. It’s not often that I give off to our politicians…

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Downpatrick Candidates Will Test The Electorate

… and the electorate will test the candidates! Of all the elections in recent years, the electorate in the Downpatrick District Electoral Area will be significantly confronted by having to make stark choices in their selection at the ballot box on Thursday 2 May 2019 as ten candidates will be…

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A New Downpatrick FC Soccer Pitch Still On Track

Following discussions at the Active and Healthy Communities committee
 meeting on Monday 18 February of  Newry Mourne and Down District Council, the members 
agreed to support Downpatrick FC going forward after their bid to the EU
 Social Investment Fund collapsed. The Downpatrick FC proposal aimed to build a fit-for-purpose 3G…

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Help Create A New Medieval Heritage Trail

People are being invited to help create a new medieval heritage trail in County Down as part of Beyond Westeros, a European Year of Culture and Heritage project. The trail will include many of the film locations used in the television series Game of Thrones and its Kingdom of Westeros, but will tell the true, blood soaked and…

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First Novel For Killough Writer Chrissie Walsh

‘The Girl From The Mill‘ by Chrissie Walsh. Chrissie Walsh was born and raised in West Yorkshire, and after teaching there and in Jersey she married her trawler skipper husband who brought her to Killough in County Down where she has lived for more than forty years. Chrissie was a…

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Looking Sideways At Brexit

Does it matter whether we are in the EU or out of it, or even half-in-half-out? What is important is the journey more than how we arrive there. I’m a political rationalist (I think) and I’m prepared to listen to all arguments and weigh up the pro’s and cons of…

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Check Out Downpatrick FM105 Radio Station

The changing face of the local media just lit up with a smile this week as Colm McAlarney of FM105 community radio interviewed Jim Masson of Down News at his office based at the Down Business Centre in Downpatrick. Down News is an innovative digital news platform, still evolving, and…

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Why Big Towns Need A Chamber Of Commerce

… including Downpatrick. For a number of years, I have watched the business community in the Downpatrick area struggle against a wide range of adverse circumstances with at times little comfort as they turn the keys in their front doors each morning. Downpatrick as the County Town of Down is…

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