POSTED By : Mickey Cunningham
Post Date : Wed 28 Sep 2016 06:16 PM


The pool is back at long last & in the Premier Division it looks like we got a good taste of things to come. Both the big guns had devastating wins. Double Quadruple champions TJ's A wrapped up the derby points 5-1 against TJ's Tigers. Only bettered by soon to be new rivals CWC A who demolished Killeavy, racing into a 6-0 lead before running out 7-1 winners.
The big grudge match between McGuigan's & Hustlers saw the visitors take both points back to Be


linis in this big city derby match.
Was Bears v Whitecross an early relegation scrap? If so the South Armagh side are in trouble. Trailing 4-1 in the Windmill, Whitecross lost the 8th frame to go down 5-3.
The battle for mid-table bragging rights ended in a stalemate as Orchard Bar & Carrickcruppen battled out a 4-4 draw. South Armagh side 'Cruppen' really fancy themselves according to their social media activity but this is a reality check for them.

Away from the dreamers & back where champions are made TJ's was the spot for the glamour 1st round league fixture. TJ's Tigers took on the mighty A team in their 1st ever game in the Premier Division.
Laurence McAlinden takes over as captain for the A team as Declan McConville enjoys the back seat this season. Jack Courtney was up 1st for Larry & he put on a good show for his newly signed Dad. Jack is following the Hanna's, O'Neill's & McVerry's among others who recently had father/son team mates but this could be the most fruitful one. Jack was on his game as he beat Tigers' Davy Hanna for 1-0.
Raymie McKenna beat Ritchie Taylor before Manny Byrne won the shootout with Tigers captain Jason Lennon & it was 3-0. Declan McMahon delivered the 4th when he out thought Niall O'Hare.
Sean Rice had a surprise win over the talented Tristan Byrne to pull it back to 4-1 & claim the Tigers 1st ever frame in the top flight.
Captain Larry claimed both points for the champions when he made it 5-1 over the attacking Adrian Annett.
Gavin McNally & Matty Cartmill had good wins for the Tigers to pull it back to 5-3. Stevie Noades & 

​new signing Jack Courtneys Dad were the losing  TJ'sA players.

Cathal Phelan took his time when he gave CWC A the opening frame against Killeavy's Stephen Cunningham.
Paul 'Bunty' O'Callaghan wasted no time in making it 2-0. He was sublime as he broke & dished to leave Killeavy's Stevie Murphy watching in awe & chalking his cue for nothing.
Kieran McMahon & Harvey Lavelle strike fear in any opponents & they made it 4-0. Tom Maganiss & Paddy McCann didn't get a sniff for the visitors.
Paddy Tavey sealed the points for CWC with some lovely pool to hammer the hapless Mark Shevlin.
Pat Brady piled on the pain when he beat Alan McManus (not the pro snooker player) to make it 6-0.
Sean Og Duffy finally put a frame on the board for Killeavy to make it 6-1 when some nice potting beat Niall McVerry.
Thomas 'Tucker' Hughes was a shrewd signing for CWC & he is cute as a fox & had little problems making it a comprehensive 7-1 victory. Paul McArdle had no answer to Tucker & CWC look the real deal already.

Damien Kearney invested in a new pair of glasses & it's improved his pool no end. He wrapped up the points for Hustlers with a game to spare.
McGuigan's had dominated this fixture last year but they were well & truly hustled in this grudge match. It's fair to say there's no love lost between these 2 sides & the hosts crumbled under the pressure.
John Magee was brutal last year & he continued that form again this season. He was the shortest serving Chairman in the history of the pool league & it wasn't long before he left McGuigan's trailing in the opener. Wee 'Diddles' Damien McArdle is no dozer a

​round the table and put Hustlers 1 up ​

Terry McNally may turn out the £4m bargain of the fantasy pool league & he drew McGuigan's level with a steady performance against a decent Ciaran O'Neill.
Mickey Cunningham restored the Hustlers lead with some brilliant pool & Shane McAllister

​ who beat a lack lustred Soupy Campbell put the Hustlers 3/1 ahead ​then Billy O'Neill put Hustlers in a commanding 4-1 lead.

Mike McArdle had a surprise win over Cathal McCoy

​ with an amazing last yellow pot and the black ball hanging​

to give the hosts a glimmer of a hope of a draw.
But the 


Kearney stepped up to the plate to seal maximum points for the B




linis side. Brendan Healy 

​had his chances to clinch the frame but failed miserably ​and let Kearney in with 2 shots for an easy nights work. and make it 5/1

Damien Flanagan grabbed a consolation frame for McGuigan's when he got the better of Barry Murphy for a final scoreline of 5-3.

Bears won't harvest any other dreams other than staying in the top flight of the Newry & District Pool League. They got 2 valuable points at the expense of Whitecross who struggled to contain their hosts.
Word on the street is that young sharpshooter James Toner could be a diamond in the rough. He fired Whitecross into the lead when he stuffed the useful Garry Powell.
Michael Feenan is the king of social media pool. Unfortunately for Whitecross it's what is done on the table that counts & opponent Sean McKevitt took advantage of an over confident Feenan to square the match at 1-1.
Ralph Crummy, Adrian Holman & the assassin himself Neil Heaney riddled Whitecross to put Bears on the verge of a huge win. Gareth McCann, Marty O'Callaghan & Brian O'Neill falling by the wayside for the South Armagh lads.
Joseph McTaggart is a real scrapper on the table & pulled it back to 4-2 with a win over the tactical Seamus Keenan. Mickey O'Hanlon was brilliant for Whitecross this past couple of seasons & he gave Whitecross real hope of a draw when he beat Paddy Murphy.
It wasn't to be a gallant draw for the visitors as Paddy Heaney's final frame win over Whitecross captain Gavin Malone sealed 2 invaluable points for the roaring Bears in what is most likely going to end up being a relegation match-up.

Paul Hughes is another who firmly believes their team is headed for big things this season. Never read such a load of rubbish on facebook. Carrickcruppen showed their frailties Thursday night when they lead 4-2 in Orchard Bar only for them to fill the nest.
The superb Karl McGuinness wasn't on the Orchard Bar original team sheet & would surely have made it onto many a fantasy pool team. It was a surprise though when Tommy Lavelle nicked the 1st frame to put the visiting Cruppen 1-0 up.
Parity was restored when Charlie Broughton had a good win over Carrickcruppen's new 'great white hope' Kieran Hanna.
The talented Jamie Lavelle put Cruppen 2-1 up before the superb new signing Joe Poucher tied up the scores 2-2 at the halfway mark. Diamuird Lonergan & John Brannigan the losing parties.
Steven Lavelle & Ciaran Hanna put Carrickcruppen on the brink of 2 great away points but the pressure kicked in & the knees started knocking.
Martin McVeigh was huge favourite to tie up maximum points but it was Conal Morgan that got the win to pull it back to 4-3.
The much talked about Aaron O'Callaghan is a good potter but he definitely is suspect under pressure. The same cannot be said of the 'Great' Brendy Devlin. Dev is steady as a rock & is far to smart for O'Callaghan & it was no surprise when Devlin squared up the match & salvage a well earned draw.

Division 1 & 2 coming soon.

Just a wee note about the Fantasy Pool league.
We have decided to do away with the bonus point for players that win & their team wins. The bonus points were complicating the scoring & would make little or no difference to the winning team.

The 3 bonus points are still in force though for a break finish. Only the magnificent Paul O'Callaghan got a break & dish but nobody has him in their fantasy team.

Well done Mickey O'Hanlon of Whitecross who has the early lead when 7 of his 8 players won.

Post Date : Wed 28 Sep 2016 12:35 PM

 Sinn Féin MLA Jennifer McCann has said a panel of redress should be set up to meet the needs of victims and survivors of child abuse. 


Ms McCann said; 


"I have met with victims and survivors of child abuse on a number of occasions to discuss their concerns.


"Sinn Féin has consistently supported the call from victims and survivors, and from experts, to establish a panel to redress the needs of the groups and individual victims. 


"Such a panel would involve emotional support, counselling services, access to records and material support in order to help address the hurt of the abuse they suffered. 


"Victims and survivors should also be involved in shaping the work of a panel of redress in order to make sure it adequately meets their needs." 

Post Date : Wed 28 Sep 2016 12:21 PM

 Over 100 ‘dancers’ from across the Southern Health and Social Care Trust area have signed up to take part in ‘Southern Trust does Strictly Come Dancing’ all in aid of Marie Curie. 

Marie Curie is the Trust’s charity partner for period September 2015 to June 2017 and the Southern Trust has raised £67,000 so far for Marie Curie.

The top five couples from the four local heats during October will go head-to-head at the grand final on November eleventh at the Armagh City Hotel to be crowned champions of the dance floor.  

To find out more about the event and to purchase a ticket contact Philip on:

Tel: 028 3741 2649 or Email: alternatively regular updates are available on the Trust Facebook page:

All funds raised from the partnership will help Marie Curie nurses provide free high quality care to people with terminal illnesses in their own homes, right across the Southern area.

DATE OF EVENT Wed, 12 Oct, 2016
LOCATION Southern Health and Social Care Trust area
Post Date : Wed 28 Sep 2016 08:45 AM
CATEGORY : Death Notices

 September 27, 2016, peacefully at home, 40 Dundrinne Rise, Castlewellan and formerly of Hampton Park, Belfast, dearly-beloved wife of Pat and daughter of the late Murty and Norrie Toolan, much-loved sister of Mariette James, Antoinette, Sheron, Lorraine and the late Berniece, brothers-in-law Jim, Billy, Joe, Frank, Gerard, Paul and the late Desmond, sisters-in-law Anne and Margaret, her beloved nieces and nephews and many friends. 

May she rest in peace. 

Removal from her late home Thursday 29th September at 6.00 p.m to arrive at St. Malachy’s Church, Castlewellan at 6.30 p.m. Requiem Mass on Friday 30th September at 10.30 a.m. Burial afterwards at Irish Grange Cemetery Carlingford, Co. Louth. 

Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on her soul. 

Enquires to Charles Rourke & Sons, Funeral Directors, 51 Church Street, Downpatrick. 02844613740

Post Date : Wed 28 Sep 2016 08:08 AM

 The Southern Trust is supporting the seasonal flu vaccination programme by urging staff and in particular frontline staff to protect themselves, their patients, clients and families by getting the flu vaccination. 

Throughout the month of October health and social care workers can attend drop-in Flu Vaccination Clinics across the Trust. Vaccinations will also be available on all wards and Departments to make it more convenient for those staff who have difficulty attending a clinic.

Catriona Campbell, Head of Occupational Health in the Trust said:

“Flu occurs every year, usually in the winter. It is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus. Symptoms include fever, chills, headache, aching muscles, cough and sore throat - and because flu is a virus, antibiotics won’t help. People sometimes call a bad cold the flu, but really, having flu is much worse.

“The Flu protection only lasts for one flu season, so it is important to get vaccinated every year, ideally in October or early November to be ready to fight off infection. As it takes about two weeks for the vaccination to reach maximum protection, it is important to get your jab before flu starts circulating to make sure it works. 

“As health care providers, we have a duty to protect our patients and clients by protecting ourselves so it is important for us all, particularly those delivering frontline care and in contact with vulnerable people to have the flu vaccination.” 

For a full schedule of Vaccination Clinics staff can visit the Trust Intranet site or contact the Occupational Health Team on Tel: 028 3741 2473. 

For information on seasonal flu see This site provides a comprehensive guide to flu, including information for the public on who is most at risk, who needs a seasonal flu vaccine, how to get the vaccine and what to do if you think you have the flu, as well as information on prevention of further infection. 

Click here to watch Dr Richard Wright – Medical Director, talking about the flu vaccine

Post Date : Tue 27 Sep 2016 01:25 PM
CATEGORY : Charity

 Davina’s Ark, originated from an inspiring young woman whose life was affected by addiction and its effects. Addiction led Davina down a harrowing lonely, and a lot of times a despairing road. Davina experienced depression and addiction robbed her of joy and a zest for living and purpose. Davina entered a twelve step programme which helped her become abstinent and see light at the end of the tunnel.

However Davina found that further along the journey in recovery she still experienced emotional turmoil and difficulty in relationships with herself and others. Davina recognized that there was an unfulfilled need in rehabilitation support, ‘the gap’. Davina further recognized that in this gap those in recovery remained vulnerable and without further support ran the risk of relapse, physical and mental illness, self-harm and suicide. Furthermore the impact of relapse on the sufferer compounded the effect on their families.

Through Davina’s own experience she resolved to source further support in one to one counselling and various support work-shops, which from her own experience she found added to and enhanced her quality of life and recovery and she continued to promote the same for others.

Davina’s experience during recovery represents the need for ongoing support in the addiction post treatment period. Davina displayed great courage, determination and understanding of the needs of others travelling the same journey as herself.

Bridging ‘The gap’ represents the transition from despair to hope and Davina’s belief has been inspirational in providing the counselling support services offered by Davina’s Ark. It was when delivering a support workshop for people recovering from addiction that tragically was taken ill and died.

Davina’s Ark is the legacy of the work that Davina was involved in prior to her untimely death in June 2011.

Inspired by the vision of Davina, a group of professional addiction counsellors resolved to set up a counselling service to aid and address the unmet needs of those in rehabilitation and their families. This gap as defined by Davina’s Ark is ‘that period during rehabilitation where people in addiction remain vulnerable, at risk of relapse and prone to self harm and even suicide’. Davina’s dream was to create an organisation which would provide professional services to bridge this gap. It would provide a supported pathway to recovery which would equip individuals with skills and renewed confidence and thus restore them to a full, active and purposeful role in society

Davina’s Ark offers hope and new opportunity to the many in our society who are afflicted and or affected by the curse of addiction. A shocking and sobering truth is that alcohol and drug misuse in our society is one of the biggest public health issues we have to address. There is not a single family in our society that isn’t somehow impacted by the negative effects of addiction.

The Davina’s Ark initiative is both visionary and socially innovative, the brainchild of one who found herself in the depths of ‘The unforgiving nightmare of addiction’ but who through determination battled her way back to recovery and rehabilitation and resolved to create opportunity for other sufferers.

Post Date : Tue 27 Sep 2016 11:13 AM

 Independent Newry City Councillor Kevin McAteer has commended the Magnet Centre in Newry for their recent homelessness awareness day highlighting the issue of homelessness.

Speaking on the event the Independent Councillor stated:

“Its great to see so many young people taking part in such an important event with a big message. I want to commend Rebekah, Teresa and all the young people at Newry Magnet Centre for everything they have done recently to highlight the issue of homelessness. They are a credit to the community.

It is important that we continue to create awareness on this issue within the public and to those who may find themselves in that situation. It is important that anyone who may find themselves as homeless for whatever reason understands that help is available and they are not alone.”

Post Date : Tue 27 Sep 2016 08:39 AM
CATEGORY : Death Notices

 LOUGHLIN - September 26, 2016 (peacefully) at hospital, Mary, dearly beloved wife of the late Joseph and loving mother of Ivan, daughter-in-law Cathy, grandsons Robert and Joshua, 9 Ballynagappog Road, Rathfriland.

House and funeral strictly private at her own request.

Family flowers only. Donations in lieu to J.G. Bullick Funeral Directors, 71 Newry Street, Rathfriland for Clonduff Presbyterian Church (cheques payable to J.G. Bullick Donations A/C).

Very deeply regretted by her sorrowing son, daughter-in-law, grandsons, sisters Lotty Kirkpatrick and Tilly Magill and all the family circle.

Post Date : Tue 27 Sep 2016 08:37 AM
CATEGORY : Death Notices

 McNeilly, September 24th, 2016, peacefully at her home, 9 Hillhead Close, Banbridge, Catherine Ash, in her 101st year, dearly loved wife of the late Robert Wilson McNeilly and loving mother of Jean and Kay.

Funeral Service in Scarva Street Presbyterian Church on Tuesday at 2.00pm, with interment afterwards in the New Cemetery.

House private.

No flowers, please. Donations in lieu, if so desired, may be sent to Rev. Colin Harris, The Manse, Scarva Street, Banbridge, for The Windows Restoration, Scarva Street Presbyterian Church.

Deeply regretted by her sorrowing Daughters, son-in-law Colin, grandchildren Stephen and Emma, great-grandchildren Jeremy, Danny, Josie, Jack, Rory and Piers, and Family Circle.

Post Date : Tue 27 Sep 2016 08:31 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane said alternative legislation that prioritises women’s welfare, health and wellbeing is needed across the island.

Speaking after attending the 'Rise and Repeal' Rally on Saturday Ms Ruane said:

“Tens of thousands of men and women from all over Ireland attended the ‘Rise and Repeal’ Rally in Dublin yesterday.

“It is clear that the Irish Government cannot ignore this issue any longer, the groundswell of support for the repeal of the 8th amendment and the actions of the public indicate that they want a say on this issue.

“Sinn Féin has been consistent in the view that the 8th amendment needs to be repealed in order to protect women and to allow for terminations in cases of sexual crime and fatal foetal abnormalities.

“Sinn Féin does not support abortion on demand and remain opposed to the extension of the 1967 Act to the North.

“Sinn Féin would support legislation which would make provision for abortion services in instances of pregnancies arising from sexual crime along with situations in which a pregnancy has been determined to have a fatal foetal abnormality.

“We have been resolute in our support for women’s rights and will continue to work as stakeholders to create an alternative that prioritises a woman’s welfare, a woman’s health and a woman’s wellbeing across the island.”

Post Date : Mon 26 Sep 2016 09:51 AM
CATEGORY : Death Notices

 QUINN (Camlough, Co Armagh) Patrick Emmet (Paddy Joe) aged 14, died tragically September 23, 2016. May he rest in peace. Cherished son of Gerard and Mary and dear brother of Eilis, Kate, Mary and Rose and grandson of Emmet and Valerie Quinn and Terry and Frances Boyle, loving nephew of Paul, Peter, Elaine, Edel, Oliver, Joanne, Michael, Janette, Frances, John Paul and Grainne. 

Our Lady of Lourdes pray for him. 

Funeral leaving his home, 21 Carrickcloughan Road on Monday September 26, 2016 at 11.15am for 12noon Requiem Mass in St Malachy's Church, Carrickcruppen. Interment immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. 

Paddy Joe will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his mother, father, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and wide family circle and friends. 

Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul. 

Ours is just a simple prayer that God will keep you in His loving care.

Post Date : Mon 26 Sep 2016 09:46 AM
CATEGORY : Death Notices

 Clegg - (née Arlow) September 24, 2016, (suddenly) at Craigavon Area Hospital, Jean, beloved wife of the late Melvyn Clegg, Spelga Mews, Banbridge and devoted mother of Alan, Elaine and Melanie.

Funeral Service in Scarva Street Presbyterian Church on Tuesday at 11.00am followed by private interment.

House private. No flowers please. Donations in lieu may be sent, if desired, to William Bell & Co., Funeral Directors, 23 Kenlis Street, Banbridge BT32 3LR for Spelga Mews and Patients Comforts, Ward 4 North, Craigavon Area Hospital.

Lovingly remembered by her sorrowing son, daughters, daughter-in-law Karen, sons-in-law Jeremy and Paul, grandchildren Jamie, Sophie, Aimee, Matthew, brothers Joe and Bobby, sister Sally and all the family circle.

Post Date : Mon 26 Sep 2016 09:45 AM
CATEGORY : Death Notices

 IRWIN, Colin R.I.P. Late of 37 John Martin Gardens, Newry. September 25, 2016 peacefully at Southern Area Hospice. Beloved son of Bernadette and David, loving brother of Brian, dear brother-in-law of Berniece and devoted uncle to Se, Cathal and Meabh. 

Colin's remains will be reposing at his brother Brian's home, 4 Woodlands, Hospital Road, Newry from 4.00pm on Monday until removal on Wednesday at 12noon arriving for Requiem Mass at 12.30pm in St Catherine's Church, Dominic Street, Newry. Burial afterwards in St Mary's Cemetery. 

Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary pray for him. 

Very deeply regretted by his loving father, mother, brother, nephews, niece, sister-in-law and his special friend Shane. 

Family flowers only, please. Donations in lieu if desired to Southern Area Hospice c/o the donations box in the home or any family member.

Post Date : Mon 26 Sep 2016 09:43 AM
CATEGORY : Death Notices

 BONNER (nee Rice) Patricia Ann (Newcastle), died peacefully in Ulster Hospital September 25, 2016. Much loved wife of Charles, loving mother of Neil, Gary, Jamie and Tracy - R.I.P. House Private. 

Patricia's remains will leave McClure's Funeral Home at 9.30am on Tuesday September 27th for funeral in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Newcastle at 10.00am followed by interment in St Patrick's Cemetery, Bryansford. 

Family flowers only, please. Donations in memory of Patricia to PETA (Please make cheques payable to McClure's Charity Account) c/o McClure's Funeral Service, 17 Dundrum Road, Newcastle, BT33 0BG. 

St Joseph pray for her. 

Deeply regretted by her loving husband, sons, daughter, grandchildren and the entire family circle.

Post Date : Mon 26 Sep 2016 09:15 AM

 Members of Brownlow Masonic Lodge have donated £350 to the Stroke Unit at Lurgan Hospital.

The money was raised at a recent ‘Irish Folk Evening’ where raffles and collections took place. 

Staff in the Stroke Unit would like to thank everyone involved who made this very kind donation possible.

Post Date : Mon 26 Sep 2016 09:12 AM

 The Southern Trust has welcomed eleven new nurses from Italy as part of the international recruitment drive to ensure safe staffing levels on wards.

Lynn Fee, Southern Trust Assistant Director and International Nursing Recruitment Lead said: 

“As part of our ongoing commitment to recruit and retain nursing staff, we are delighted to welcome eleven nurses from Italy who will be working in Acute and sub-Acute hospitals across the Trust area.  

“The group will complete an induction programme, which will include training in Trust practices and equipment as well as meeting new colleagues.” 

Southern Trust Chief Executive Francis Rice said:

“We are delighted to welcome the Italian nurses as they join the rest of the Nursing teams and all of the other staff who deliver high quality care throughout the Trust area. 

“In the Southern Trust we are committed to the training and continuous development of our staff to meet the changing needs of our population. I would like to commend our new recruits on choosing Nursing as a career path here in Northern Ireland and wish them well in their continued development.”

Post Date : Mon 26 Sep 2016 09:10 AM

 Senior Ladies

Next Sunday, 2nd October, sees our senior ladies begin their Ulster Championship journey with a home game against Donegal champions Carndonagh. The game throws in at 2.00pm and everyone is asked to come along and get behind the team.

U10s & U8s

Training for our U10 and U8 footballers continues on Tuesday and Friday evenings at the club from 6.00pm – 7.00pm.

Youth Meeting

The youth meeting planned for Monday, 26th September has been re-scheduled for Monday, 3rd October at 8.00pm in the club.

Golf Classic

The winners of last week’s Golf Classic were Pearce Murphy, Noel McParland and Seamus Keenan and they picked up a first prize of a one night stay and play at the Slieve Russell Hotel – well done lads.

Club Merchandise
Last orders for half-zips, skinny bottoms and body-warmers can be made at the club at 9.00pm on Monday night, 26th September.

Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 8, 16, 30 & 31. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x match three winner. The jackpot now stands at £4100.


Everyone at Shane O’Neill’s and Meabh O’Neill’s would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the Quinn and Boyle families following the tragic death if young Patrick Quinn. Both the Quinn and Boyle families have been generous sponsors and great friends of both Shane O’Neill’s and Meabh O’Neill’s down through the years and Patrick’s sister Kate is a current camogie player with Meabh O’Neill’s.

The club would also like to offer it’s sympathies to the family of Arthur O’Shea who passed away recently.  Arthur was the uncle of our generous club sponsor Garreth O’Shea.

Can you please arrange to include attached picture with our club notes:

Peter McKeown and Gareth McLoughlin present Pearce Murphy and Seamus Keenan with their prize following the Shanes Golf Classic

Post Date : Mon 26 Sep 2016 09:06 AM

Armagh GAA All Ireland winner and SDLP Assembly Member Justin McNulty tied the knot yesterday (Saturday 24th September) with his bride Cristina Balderrama.  The wedding mass was in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Lislea followed by a reception in the Nuremore Hotel, Carrickmacross. 

Guests included many of the Armagh All Ireland wining team from 2002. Photo by Eammon Smyth,

Post Date : Mon 26 Sep 2016 09:03 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said the entire Camlough community is in shock following the death of Patrick Quinn.

"This is an unimaginable tragedy for the Quinn family and our thoughts first and foremost must go out to them," he said.

"The entire community here is in shock. Patrick was so highly thought of by everyone that people are almost in disbelief.

"I have no doubt that the entire community will rally round the Quinn family to offer whatever support and help they can as they try to come to terms with such a devastating loss.  They are in all our thoughts and prayers."

Post Date : Mon 26 Sep 2016 08:59 AM

 Due to the tragic death of a young man from Camlough today the Centenary event has been postponed to Sunday the 9th October.

DATE OF EVENT Sun, 09 Oct, 2016
LOCATION Centenary Garden Camlough
Post Date : Mon 26 Sep 2016 08:54 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan has welcomed the news that Social Investment Fund (SIF) projects have received their final approval. 

The First and Deputy First Ministers signed off on the final projects for the fund during the week. 

Mr Boylan, who was the only representative from Newry and Armagh on the SIF Steering Group, said the fund represented an incredible windfall for the area. 

“It has been a long, at times difficult process, but the huge benefits this will have for local communities have made it all worthwhile,” he said. 

“Of the £80m fund more than £8m will come into the Southern area for a vast range of training, job creation, development and new build projects. 

“Particularly significant projects include the Armagh Harps community hall and sports complex,

Silverbridge GAA and Community resource centre, Pearse Óg GAC and Community functions suite, Clady GFC leisure facilities, Cullyhanna St Patricks GFC and Community group project and funding for Thomas Davis GFC, Corrinshego. 

“The Social Investment Fund as a whole has been an incredible success.  Not only are all projects now committed, but delivery is progressing apace. Across the north some 38 projects worth over £48 million have commenced delivery and 15 projects worth £26 million are operational. That includes four capital projects that have completed construction and which are delivering vital services in local communities. 

“More than 800 people are now benefiting from paid work placements and training to support employment worth £18•5 million and over 80 have already secured jobs.  More than 1300 children and families are benefiting from early intervention projects with £5•7 million allocated to support physical, intellectual, social and emotional development.  Another 1000 children and families are benefiting from dedicated educational support projects worth £5•5 million and the fund will continue to grow in success as more projects commence and become operational this year. 

“It has been a real privilege to work on the SIF Steering Group and be able to deliver real, tangible results for communities.  I trust that those who initially rubbished and belittled the fund will now look at the tremendous good it is doing and perhaps engage more constructively in the future.” 

Party colleague Megan Fearon also welcomed the news.  The South Armagh MLA is a Junior Minister in the Executive Department; the body behind the fund.  

“The purpose of SIF was to ensure that money went to the areas that most needed it; that investment was delivered to the most socially deprived areas within constituencies, tackling poverty, unemployment and physical deterioration,” she said. 

“We worked with local community groups, development groups and sports clubs and were consistently impressed with the community spirit, strength, determination and ingenuity of our local communities. 

“When you look at the real benefits SIF is yielding for communities I think it’s quite clear that we have managed to produce and deliver a broad range of funding, representative of the entire population, which is having real positive effects for communities in terms of infrastructure, job creation, sports facilities and cross community initiatives. 

“This is real delivery for real people; something Sinn Féin has committed to doing, has delivered and will continue to deliver in the future.”

Post Date : Mon 26 Sep 2016 08:50 AM

 Cathal Boylan MLA joined Bryson Recycling and local Charity the Children’s Heartbeat Trust to encourage homeowners to boost recycling levels and add value to the local economy all in aid of a good cause. The initiative came during last weeks’ recycling week, which is aimed at raising awareness of the importance of recycling and encouraging everyone to think about all those items that often get forgotten about when recycling at home. 

A number of local companies have partnered with Bryson Recycling in pledging to donate £1 to Children’s Heartbeat Trust for every tonne of paper, glass and plastic collected through Bryson’s weekly kerbside recycling service. The money donated will support the Charity to continue to provide practical and emotional support to children who suffer from heart conditions.

Bryson Recycling carries out weekly collection services to more than 170,000 households in Ireland across five council areas; Antrim & Newtownabbey, Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon, Belfast, Lisburn and Castlereagh and Mid & East Antrim.

Encouraging households to recycle while supporting a great cause, Mr Boylan said:

“I would encourage everyone to think a little more about their recycling and how they approach disposing of their household waste. It makes a real difference to the local economy, environment and to our general health and well-being”.

“If people across the north make a concerted effort to recycle it can make a real difference to people’s lives. I was particularly pleased to meet the Children’s heartbeat trust who do great work for families and children across the north and who are being supported by Bryson Recycling”.

Eric Randall, director at Bryson Recycling said “Recycling Week is the perfect opportunity to do good as well as support the local economy.  The materials we send to the campaign partners are reprocessed into quality products that are transported all over the world. All of this sustains employment levels locally and improves economic growth.” 

Cherry Pipes (Dungannon), Encirc (Fermanagh) and Huhtamaki (Lurgan) all reprocess materials collected from Bryson Recycling and work with household brands such as McDonalds, Bushmills and Baileys to provide quality products worldwide, including pipes, glass bottles and egg packaging. 


·         Every fortnight we throw away enough to fill the Waterfront Hall

·         Every tonne of paper recycled saves 17 trees

·         It takes seven days for a recycled newspaper to come back as newspaper again. You could be reading your favourite newspaper on recycled paper in no time at all!

·         There are over 12,000 tonnes of plastic bottles in the north’s rubbish every year – when squashed these would fill nearly 200 Ulsterbuses

·         Recycling a single plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60W bulb for up to 6 hours

·         The average person in the north uses approximately 140 glass bottles per year

·         Glass is 100% recyclable and can be endlessly reprocessed with no loss of quality 

For more information on Bryson Recycling and collections visit

Post Date : Mon 26 Sep 2016 08:41 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Micheala Boyle has welcomed the launch of online Blue Badge application forms.


The Party’s Disability spokesperson said:


“I welcome the decision by my colleague Chris Hazzard to launch a new online application form for Blue Badges.


“With around 200 applications every day for new and renewal badges this scheme will make it much easier for those applying for Blue Badges and help relive the current backlog.


“The new online facility will help make the turnaround quicker so I would urge people to apply online if they are in a position to do so by going to” 

POSTED By : Mickey Cunningham
Post Date : Fri 23 Sep 2016 08:19 PM

                                                             Newry Pool League 2016/17

                                                        League  Results  for Thurs 22/09/2016


Week 1


Prem  Div            

McGuigans A  v Hustlers  (3-5)

Orchard Bar  v Carrickcruppen (4-4)

CWC A v Killeavy  (7-1)

Bears v Whitecross  (5-3)

TJs Tigers v TJs A  (3-5)

Bye - Sheepbridge


Division 1                            

Bosco v  McGuigans B  (7-1)

Granvue Hotel  v  Windmill  (2-6)

Indo A v  Trainors Camlough (1-7)

TJs B v  Johnny Murphys  (5-3)

Dans Bar v  Ballyholland Harps (6-2)

Bye - Nans


Division 2

Millvale v Sheepbridge B  (6-2)

Cavern  v CWC B  (3-5)

Trainors Canal St  v  TJs C  (6-2)

St Moninna v Indo B  (4-4)

Armaghdown v Foresters (4-4)

 Boyds v  Maddens  (8-0)



POSTED By : Mickey Cunningham
Post Date : Fri 23 Sep 2016 08:17 PM

                                                             Newry Pool League 2016/17

                                                        League Fixtures for Thurs 29/09/2016


Week 2


Prem  Div            

Orchard Bar v TJs Tigers

Hustlers v Bears

Carrickcruppen v CWC A

Killeavy v Sheepbridge A

TJs A v McGuigans A

Bye - Whitecross


Division 1                            

Nans v TJs B

McGuigans B v Indo A

Trainors Camlough v Granvue Hotel

Johnny Murphys v Bosco

Windmill v Dans Bar

Bye –Ballyholland Harps


Division 2

Maddens v Cavern

Sheepbridge B v St Moninna

CWC B v Trainors Canal St

TJs C v Armaghdown

Indo B v Millvale

Foresters v Boyds


Post Date : Fri 23 Sep 2016 08:08 AM
CATEGORY : Death Notices

 Moore - (nee Arthurs) (Warrenpoint and formerly of Hilltown) 22 September 2016, Mona R.I.P. Peacefully at Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry surrounded by her loving family. 

Beloved wife of the late Bill, loving mother of Jennifer Lavery, Debbie Murnin, Brian and Tracey and loving sister of the late Brian and Anne. 

Her remains will be removed from her daughter Jennifer's residence 2 Gortnahowen, Burren Road, Warrenpoint on Saturday at 11.30am for 12.30pm Requiem Mass in the Church of St John the Evangelist, Ballymaghery, Hilltown. Burial afterwards in adjoining cemetery. 

Our Lady of Lourdes pray for her. 

Deeply regretted by her sorrowing son, daughters, brothers Mickey and Leo, grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces and entire family circle.

Post Date : Fri 23 Sep 2016 08:00 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Jennifer McCann has said the British government must release funding for legacy inquests. 


The Sinn Féin legacy spokesperson said; 


"Today families of people killed during the conflict have announced their intention to bring a legal challenge over the British government's failure to provide funding for legacy inquests. 


"All relatives are entitled to truth and it is unacceptable that some have been waiting for more than 45 years at this stage. 


"The British government have a responsibility to address the legacy of the past, including providing funding for legacy inquests, and it is a sign of its failure to do so that the families have been forced to mount this challenge. 


"The British government now needs to release the funding for inquests immediately in order to give these and other families access to truth and justice." 

Post Date : Fri 23 Sep 2016 07:58 AM

The official opening of the Centenary Garden, by the Camlough Community Association, is at 2pm on Sunday 25th September.

This is to remember 'All the Irish men and women who died in 1916 in conflict both at home and abroad.'

DATE OF EVENT Sun, 25 Sep, 2016
LOCATION Centenary Garden, Camlough
Post Date : Fri 23 Sep 2016 07:55 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan has welcomed the official opening of a new improved Park and Ride facility in Ballymoney.

The North Antrim MLA said: 

“This new Park and Ride facility will be of great benefit to the local community. 

“The Park and Ride now has an additional 46 parking spaces available bringing the total to 104 spaces including six disabled bays.

“The opening of this facility shows the commitment of the Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard to promoting more sustainable travel.

“This move will encourage more people out of their cars and onto public transport at the busiest times of the day, reducing road congestion while saving on fuel and parking charges.”