Archive for: August, 2015

Police arrest two men in ‘dissident republican terrorist’ investigation

Detectives from Serious Crime Branch investigating what they described as ‘dissident republican terrorist activity’ have arrested two men in South Armagh. The men, aged 25 and 50, were arrested in the Cullyhanna area this morning, Thursday 27th August. Both men have been taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim Police Station for questioning.

Public Health Agency issue advice on e-cigarettes

The Public Health Agency (PHA) has issued advice on e-cigarettes to help people make informed decisions. Smoking tobacco is very harmful to health. The short- and long-term effects of smoking are well known and smoking remains the single biggest cause of early death in Northern Ireland. A typical smoker dies 10-15 years earlier than they […]

Ritchie calls for meeting over beef and lamb export licences

South Down SDLP MP, and EFRA Select Committee member, Margaret Ritchie has requested a meeting with EFRA Secretary of State to explore with urgency export licences for new markets for beef and lamb producers to ensure that impediments to processing such licences are eradicated. Following a meeting with senior representatives of the Ulster Farmers’ Union […]

Planning to put in a pond? Need some help?

As part of the Ring of Gullion Lúnasa Festival, the Ring of Gullion team have joined forces with The Conservation Volunteers to provide a workshop on pond construction and getting the most out of your pond. The workshop will start at 10.00am on Thursday 27th August in Jonesborough’s Pastoral Centre. Booking is through the Ring […]

Call for witnesses after vehicle ‘extensively damaged’

Police in Newry have made an appeal for information after a vehicle was extensively damaged. Speaking to Newry Times, Constable Caoimhe McCaughey said, “We are investigating an incident of criminal damage to a vehicle parked down a laneway on Mountain Road, Kilkeel on Saturday 15th August. “We understand this happened sometime between 5.45pm and 8.15pm. […]

Teenage boy injured in Newry assault

Police are investigating an assault in the area of Kileavey Road, Newry and have made an appeal for information. It was reported that a teenage boy had been assaulted by a number of other people sometime between 1am and 2am on August 9th. He sustained bruising to his face and a chipped tooth. Speaking to […]

From Bessbrook to Hollywood Boulevard: Hollywood debut for local film maker

Newry based musician and film-maker Tom Watson is celebrating after one of his short films has been chosen to be screened at a Hollywood film festival – that’s Hollywood, California, not Holywood, County Down! The film “Are You There?” was shot partly in the Ring of Gullion and will be shown this Friday, 28th August, […]

Man arrested in South Armagh Human Trafficking investigation

Detectives from Serious Crime Branch investigating the trafficking of a number of people in the South Armagh area have arrested a 33-year-old male. The arrest relates to a multi-agency PSNI led proactive operation against human trafficking for labour exploitation when police rescued 16 victims of Human Trafficking working in the agricultural sector in South Armagh […]

O’Dowd encourages eligible parents to apply for free school meals

A healthy and nutritious school meal can increase concentration, helping young people achieve their full potential. That is the message from Education Minister John O’Dowd today as he aims to encourage all families entitled to free school meals to take up that entitlement. The Minister said, “My Department is committed to raising standards in education […]

Exam results: What now?

Students across Northern Ireland have received exam results and, depending upon the results received, asking themselves ‘Where do I go from here?’ Johnny Nolan, careers manager for Newry, Downpatrick, Kilkeel and Newcastle in the Department for Employment and Learning’s Careers Service, answers some frequently asked questions. Q. What can the Careers Service offer me? A. […]


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