A Blast from the Past from January 1989

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Two controlled explosions were carried out in Hilltown by Army Technical Officers (ATO) after a number of telephone warning calls of a device in the village Square. However, no device was found. During the clearance operation the Christmas tree was taken down in order to examine parcels which were out of reach of the ATO.

Rector of Clonallon Parish Church, Warrenpoint Rev Gerard Carson offered a £500 reward for the recovery of antique religious items stolen in a burglary from the sexton's home at Donaghaguy Road. Historic church records of births, deaths and marriages from the 1700s were also taken.

The Department of Education received a proposal from the Southern Education and Library Board to amalgamate St Colman’s Boys' and Girls’ primary schools into a co-educational maintained school on the present campus at Greencastle Street.

A £2m expansion programme was to be undertaken at thee Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle. The money was to be spend on extra bedrooms and other improvements. The news was described as a “vote of confidence” in the district with hotelier Dr Billy Hastings saying: “Our roads are excellent, paradise for the English and Continental motorist. So we must provide good car parking in the towns, good hotels and other major commercial attractions to interest the travellers in order to supplement the natural beauty of the countryside.”

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