The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including South Down – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

The future of two of Northern Ireland’s best known unionist politicians will be the focus of the Assembly election in South Down – a sprawling rural (...)

Catherine Kenny, a 32-year-old mother of one, became the fifth homeless person to die on Belfast’s streets since January

Catherine Kenny’s life ended in the doorway of an empty shop last month in Belfast on Donegall Place just metres from the city’s majestic City Hall. (...)

Ruby Walsh, Willie Mullins and owner Susannah Ricci (second right) celebrate with their trophies after winning the Ryanair Chase with Vautour at Cheltenham. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Willie Mullins’ ambition to become the first Irishman to win the British trainers’ championship since Vincent O’Brien 62 years ago could hinge on nex(...)

Scenes at the St Patrick’s Day parade in Mountbellew, Co Galway. Photograph: Ray Ryan

Massive numbers have been attending St Patrick’s Day festivities around Ireland, helped along by sunshine and relatively excellent weather in many par(...)

Methodist notes

Downpatrick Methodist Congregation is hosting a St Patrick’s Day event from 10:30am to 5pm on March 17th. In addition to refreshments and an exhibitio(...)

Next week brings St Patrick’s Tide with its ever increasing range of activities. For the first time both archbishops of Dublin will take part in the B(...)

Naas  Racecourse:  Sunday’s meeting features the €50,000 Woodlands 100 Club Leinster National Handicap Chase. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Naas manager Tom Ryan reports no problems ahead of their meeting on Sunday. The seven-race National Hunt meeting features the €50,000 Woodlands 100 C(...)

Sites to see along the St Patrick’s Camino

Two businessmen from both sides of the border have launched a new walking trail – the St Patrick’s Camino – in time for St Patrick’s Day. The self-gui(...)

Gordon Elliott and Bryan Cooper etc. Inpho.

The traditional nervous Cheltenham countdown for Ireland’s top jockeys isn’t preventing Barry Geraghty and Bryan Cooper from going into action at Down(...)

Gold Cup-winning jockey  Davy Russell has a good book of rides over the weekend, including Seriatim in the €25,000 Ulster Grand National at Downpatrick.

Davy Russell has half a dozen rides over the weekend at Gowran and Downpatrick and he can follow up last week’s G(...)