Ards Fire Places
Ards Fire Places
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Ards Fireplaces was established in 2006 and have rapidly become one of Irelands leading fireplace and stove suppliers. From the first days we traded on our reputation and learnt the importance of customer service and follow up support. Our team has over 20 years experience in the business and can offer expert advice on all aspects of choosing and fitting a new fireplace or stove in your home.

We are widely known in Ireland and work with some of the best developers in the country offering their customers a range of turnkey and upgrade packages. We work alongside developers such as Northland Developments, Boland Reilly Homes, Pearlow Developments and Dunlop Homes to name but a few.

Our quality of workmanship is next to none and a superb service is guaranteed from the moment you walk into our showroom.

Our mission is to provide our customers with top quality products at highly competitive prices whilst proving excellent customer service. We pride ourselves on the high standard of customer service given by our dedicated team. Our fireplace knowledge is second to none. We  are not commissioned based so there is never a hard sell, we want to provide you the customer, with the right product for you, not the most expensive item we have.

Full installation from start to finish
Preparation and fitting
Removal of old fireplace
Remodelling of existing opening and plastering
Full installation by Hetas certified installers
Full installation by Gas Safe Registered installers
Chimney cowls
Chimney Lining
Confidence of after sales support
Supply only technical advice
Spares, accessories and maintenance products
Considerate, pleasant and experienced installers
028 9182 7117
Ards Visitor Centre
Ards Visitor Centre

Make us your first stop for information on places to visit, where to stay, local events and where to eat during your visit to Ards Peninsula and Strangford Lough region. Situated beside the bus station and within a short walk of the town centre and the main shopping areas. The Centre can provide you with local and national tourist information, accommodation booking service, fax and photocopying service as well as an extensive range of souvenirs.

Ards Crafts, situated within the Visitor Information Centre, provides a showcase for the talents of local artists and craftspeople in a beautiful retail space. Available to purchase is an extensive range of handmade jewellery, ceramics, woodturning, pottery, textiles and much, much more. Ards Crafts hosts a programme called ‘Meet the Maker’ which provides the opportunity for the public to see the person behind the creations, either through demonstrations or workshops held within the centre.

We are also home to “The Space” an exhibition area featuring a variety of local history, photography, craft and other exhibitions throughout the year.

Nominated by NI Travel & Tourism Awards as Best Tourist Information Centre 2013.

In 2015 Ards Visitor Information Centre were awarded a Silver Award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

Bathville Books
Bathville Books

My most vivid memory of being an avid reader is of when I was in the region of eight or nine years old. I had just acquired a new reading lamp and, even though it was during the summer and being in the Northern Hemisphere still quite light out even at 10:30 at night, I asked my mother, who was going out to a church meeting that evening, if I could go to my room after the evening meal to read and test my new lamp. She of course said yes and off I went with a pile of books and my new lamp shining brightly even in a room bathed in early evening sunlight. It wasn’t until a few hours later when I realised I had unwittingly nearly sent my father into cardiac failure. He had spent the last hour or so looking everywhere for me, even recruiting several neighbours, my two older brothers and my younger sister to join in the hunt until finally, in despair, he had gone to the church hall to break the devastating news to my mother that I was missing. He couldn’t understand why she burst into laughter and asked him had he checked my bedroom, that I had retired there after dinner to read. I remember most vividly my bedroom door being flung open and seeing my poor distraught, but very relieved father looking at me in almost disbelief. I didn’t even get into trouble because I really hadn’t done anything wrong!

Growing up in the ‘70s and 80’s, I was influenced by such police television series as Starsky and Hutch, Charlie’s Angels, Streets of San Francisco and the British series The Professionals. I had already decided before I left school that I wanted to be a police officer but in the United Kingdom back then, there were height restrictions for both men and women and I fell short by 2 inches of the women’s requirement of 5’4”. Given my love for reading, and watching those police series, disheartened but undeterred at my failure to grow as tall as I needed to be, I quickly came to understand that I could put the two together and write about police detectives. I utilised the handsomeness of the television male stars with the beauty of the female stars to create my own detectives, two male and two female.

Writing very quickly became my passion. Even working fulltime as a medical secretary, I devoted much of my spare time to honing my characters and my first storyline. In fairness, even though I thought the first draft of Book One was a masterpiece in the making, it was actually very amateurish. My lengthy experience as a reader taught me how to develop not only the characters, but also how important it is to add detail and substance and draw the reader into the story as it develops. The finished product I have today is largely due to input from my few but faithful readers, my dearest friends and family members, who advised me that I shouldn’t have included a certain part or I should take a certain part out and it is thanks to them I have the full sized, and completely finished to my satisfaction, novel that I do today. The storyline itself had never been an issue.  I had, although not necessarily in order, a beginning, a middle and an end. I made adjustments through the years but the storyline stayed essentially the same. I found I enjoyed my characters very much and, despite not holding back on giving them trials and tribulations through everyday life, I ultimately wanted what was best for them.

I deliberately made each main character as different from the others as possible. I gave each of them completely different backgrounds and upbringings but also wanted them to have the same professional capabilities to ensure an easy working life together. I thought it was inevitable they would meet and fall in love, so that was deliberately why I brought romance into the story.

Before the first book was even completed, I had come to realise I wasn’t done with my characters just yet. I had already thought up the idea of a second book in the series, to take up about six months or so where the first book left off. Although the second book holds a lot of dark content,  and even a few pages of extremely violent content, the story itself could have brought my characters to an end of their literal lives. But still I wasn’t done with them and a third book came along, then a fourth, and so on until I now have seven books completed. Is there an eighth book in the making? Stay tuned….

C J Contracts
C J Contracts
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We offer a hassle free complete service plumbing, tiling, joinery, plastering, electrical and waste management. Supply and fit or fit only.
02891 813144
Dapper Dawgs
Dapper Dawgs
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Dapper Dawgs is a local grooming salon with competitive prices and a high standard of work. We also have a small dog supply shop selling dog food, treats, clothing, collars, leads and more.

Doggarts of Newtownards

Doggarts of Newtownards was founded by William Lamont Doggart over 100 years ago and has served the people of Newtownards and surrounding areas for generations.
The business expanded to include a coffin and shroud manufacturing facility which employed many local people in its factory.
William’s grandson’s, Henry and Billy Doggart, followed in their grandfather’s footsteps and ran the business for many years.
“Both Henry and Billy were responsible for pioneering embalming throughout Northern Ireland and indeed Billy was still involved in the business until only recently.”
Today, the coffin and shroud manufacturing facility has ceased but Doggarts of Newtownards remain as a Funeral Service.
Doggarts of Newtownards recently refurbished their new premises at Regent House, a landmark building in Newtownards, allowing us to offer the highest levels of professional care and support for families in their time of need.
“Our motto ‘Caring is at the Heart of Our Approach’ is embedded in everything we do.”
Doggarts of Newtownards has an ethos of ‘putting something back into the community’. We support local charitable projects and provide relevant training to those in the care sector. 

028 9181 3382
Excel Clothing
Excel Clothing

Shop Designer clothes from International and British Designers at Excel Clothing online.

Starting in 1987,  Excel Clothing is now celebrated as one of the UK’s and Irelands leading designer brand retailers. With two stores, Excel Clothing provides over 15000 sq ft of luxurious retail space.

With top brands such as Hugo Boss, Armani, Paul Smith, Belstaff and Canada Goose to name but a few, Excel Clothing continues to build its brand portfolio for an every expanding list of customers.
028 9182 0634
First Trust Bank
First Trust Bank
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Monday 9.30 am – 4.30 pm

Tuesday:9.30 am – 4.30 pm

Wednesday:10.00 am – 4.30 pm

Thursday:9.30 am – 4.30 pm

Friday:9.30 am – 4.30 pm


Address: 39 High Street, Newtownards,

BT23 7HS

Sort Code 993-86-21


Telephone 0345 6005 925 Fax 028 9181 3169
0345 6005925
02891 813169
Forward Financial Planning
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We are a Northern Ireland based Financial Adviser company regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) established since  1983 by David and Frances Jebb – the owners and directors.

David was one of the first advisers in the UK to be awarded Chartered Financial Planner status, his experience and expertise in financial services officially acknowledged.
02891 826767