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Tributes paid to minister who served with ‘selfless devotion and humility’

Tributes have been paid to a Dromore minister who served God, his congregation and the wider community “with selfless devotion and humility”.

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A traffic warden on the look-out for anyone committing parking offences. (Archive pic)

More than 400 parking fines handed out in Banbridge in just three months

More than 400 parking fines were issued to motorists in Banbridge during the first three months of this year, it has been revealed.

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For sale: Gilford Castle Estate, Co Down.

Castle goes up for sale for £2.3m

The historic Gilford Castle Estate in Co Down has been put up for sale, with an asking price of £2.3 million.

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P3 pupils Lydia Briggs and Theo Souch present a picture to Thai adoption officials Miss Chintana Watcharakul and Mr Suthi Jantarawong during their visit to Dromore Central Primary School. Also pictured are teachers Miss McKeown and Mrs Mackay.

Dromore school welcomes Thai visitors

A delegation of officials from the Child Adoption Center in Bangkok and the Thai Children’s Welfare Department visited Dromore Central Primary School last week.

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Bow Street Mall.

Opening of new department store to create 10 jobs

Long-established department store chain Houstons is to open an outlet in Lisburn next week, creating 10 new jobs.

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The Boulevard, Banbridge has marked its new rebrand with the announcement of the opening of three new stores, creating a total of 30 new jobs.

Opening of new retail stores to create 30 jobs

The Boulevard, Banbridge - formerly The Outlet - has marked its recent rebrand with the announcement of the opening of three new stores, creating a total of 30 jobs.

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The climbing frame in the children's play area at Solitude Park, Banbridge was damaged in an overnight arson attack. Pic by PSNI Banbridge

Play park damaged in ‘mindless’ arson attack

A children’s play park in Banbridge which reopened less than two years ago after undergoing a £300,000 refurbishment has been damaged in an overnight arson attack.

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Tommy Fee proudly wearing the medal he received for completing the 2018 London Marathon.

Marathon man Tommy crosses finish line in London

Banbridge pensioner Tommy Fee has been congratulated for successfully completing the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday.

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Josh Coyle receives his prize for winning the Men's Physique class at the IFBB  Muscle Contest Ireland event in Limerick.

Josh set to go pro after win at Muscle Contest Ireland

A young bodybuilder from Banbridge has taken a major step towards fulfilling his dream of becoming a sponsored athlete and winning the Mr Olympia Men’s Physique title.

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Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Sam Nicholson welcomes Chris McNabb from GM Designs to the Dromore Town Centre public realm scheme along with Lissa O'Malley, Regeneration Officer and Nigel McIlrath, Corporate Project Officer from Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council. Pic by Edward Byrne Photography

Town centre to get £1.1m facelift

A major facelift planned for Dromore town centre has moved a step closer with the appointment of a contractor to carry out a new public realm scheme.

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Elderly woman left ‘very shaken’ after disturbing burglars

Elderly woman left ‘very shaken’ after disturbing burglars

Police are hunting two men who carried out a burglary at the home of an elderly woman near Banbridge.

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Cars and homes attacked by masked men

Cars and homes attacked by masked men

Police investigating a number of attacks on homes and cars in the Banbridge area have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

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Banbridge Leisure Centre. Pic by Google

‘I just want to thank everyone who helped me’

A Banbridge man who collapsed in the town’s leisure centre last week after suffering a cardiac episode has thanked all those who came to his aid.

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Trainee Firefighter Control Operator, Claire Costello from Dromore was awarded Top Trainee at the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service Regional Control Centre Graduation Ceremony.

Local trainees have life-saving role to play

Three people from Dromore were among 14 Trainee Firefighter Control Operators who successfully graduated recently following the completion of an intensive 16-week training course.

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Pictured (l-r) are Kieran Beazley, architect; Fiona Morgan, Ebony Developments Ltd; Councillor Luke Poots, Chairman of the council's Planning Committee; Joe Tumelty, Ebony Developments Ltd and Edwin Poots MLA.

Green light for new hotel development in city centre

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council’s Planning Committee has given the go-ahead for a new 70-bedroom aparthotel development in Lisburn city centre.

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Johnny Breen.

Johnny’s ultra marathon effort raises £1,600 for Children’s Hospice

A brave Banbridge man who recently attempted to complete a 107-mile run from Belfast to Dublin in aid of charity says he’s looking forward to having another crack at the gruelling challenge next year.

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Train users warned to expect disruption to services

Train users warned to expect disruption to services

Translink is advising train passengers that works will take place on the railway line between Portadown and Lisburn this weekend (April 7 - 8) and next weekend (April 14 - 15).

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A large polytunnel at the Bannvale Unit in Gilford was punctured by the vandals.

Heartless vandals target facility for adults with disabilities

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has appealed for an end to vandalism attacks at a facility that is used by adults with physical and learning disabilities.

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Solitude Park, Banbridge. (Archive pic)

‘This needs to stop or someone will get hurt’

A Banbridge youth worker has said anti-social behaviour at the town’s new stake park must be stopped before someone gets hurt.

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A computer-generated image of how the new SRC Banbridge Campus will look when complete.

Funding approved: New college development a step closer

Southern Regional College’s plan for a campus new build project in Banbridge has moved a step closer after the Department for the Economy approved funding for the multi-million pound development.

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