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Blast from the Past - Outlook in August 1988

* Work was to start on a £180,000 scheme to build eight new houses at Ulster Avenue in Rathfriland.

The scheme, which was to be undertaken by the Housing Executive, was approved to meet public demand and the eight new dwellings were set to replace the existing single-storey Orlits, which were to be demolished.

Designed to modern standards, the homes included four three-bedroom houses and four two-bedroom bungalows. It was expected that it would take a year to complete the builds.

* Annaclone and Magherally Young Farmers’ Club had their annual treasure hunt.

A total of 24 drivers and their passengers participated and after several enjoyable hours searching for clues, the winners were 1: K Aiken, 2: D Connary, S Bell and I Hawthorn.

The booby prize was awarded to Andrew Magowan.

* Congratulations were in order for John Maginn of Glasdrumman, Annalong who was selected as part of the Irish team to compete in the International Sheepdog trials in Scotland.

The chairman of the Co Down committee and his dog ‘Moss’ competed in the Irish National trials at Castlewellan and gained ninth place.

* Three Kilkeel councillors said that traffic wardens which were introduced to Kilkeel two months previously should be placed on full-time duty or not at all.

George Graham said the wardens had improved traffic flow in Greencastle Street, but added that if they were on patrol on a regular basis they would soon educate the public about where they can and cannot park.

Arthur Coulter and Billy Russell agreed and said they felt that someone local should have been appointed rather than “a rent-a-warden” situation.

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