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Post Date : Fri 20 Jan 2017 12:55 PM

 The Newry Rainbow Community isThe Newry Rainbow Community is hosting the inaugural Pride In Newry Awards ceremony! 

The Pride in Newry Awards will recognise and celebrate the positive impact of five years of the Pride In Newry Festival and parade, 2012 – 2016, on the lgb&t community in Newry City and across Newry Mourne and Down District. 

These Awards recognise the outstanding contributions of individuals, groups and organisations that have made a difference to the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people over the past five years. 

We want to showcase some of the great work, and people, that have over this time greatly increased the visibility, raised awareness and helped to portray lgb&t people in a positive way, breaking down barriers and challenging stereotypes and at the same time promoting a City and District that truly recognises and values diversity. 

Thousands of people watch the Pride In Newry parade every year and it is the best ‘shop window’ for community groups, businesses and the organisations and make up the fabric of our society to get across a message of support for equality, inclusion and diversity. 

The importance of these awards is that they are voted by our community, and the general public, to celebrate the ‘heroes’ that have challenged homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, are allies and role models for the community and have helped make a difference to the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. 

Voting for those nominated in the ten Award Categories is open!! 

Vote now at this link 

The Pride In Newry Awards will be presented at a Gala Ceremony on Saturday 11th February 2017, followed by a Valentine’s Ball to celebrate love, in all its forms. This prestigious event will take place at 8pm in the Renaissance Suite, Bellinis. 

Red Carpet, Official Photographer, Champagne Drinks Reception, 3 Course Meal, music by the brilliant “Just Adam Band” along with DJ and Compère for the evening the fabulous Lady Portia Di’ Monte!  

All this for only £12.50!?!? 

Tickets are on sale now – contact to reserve yours now!

In February let’s Celebrate Pride In Newry & Celebrate Love!

DATE OF EVENT Sat, 11 Feb, 2017
LOCATION Renaissance Suite, Bellinis
Post Date : Fri 20 Jan 2017 12:05 PM

The Southern Health & Social Care Trust has achieved Platinum status at the recent 2016 Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey, the highest scoring level. 

The Survey, which is run by Business in the Community, recognises and rewards those organisations that are going above and beyond their legal requirements to minimise their environmental impacts and better manage their resources. 

Through its Sustainability Strategy 2020, the Trust promotes a proactive approach to management of its environment and aims to maximise benefits and minimise risks to clients, staff, visitors, contractors and others.  

The Trust’s principal environmental objective is to promote the achievement of “Single Planet Living” in all Trust activities and across its wider sphere of influence. The concept of “Single Planet Living” is based on the principle of everyone living within their available environmental resources i.e. living a sustainable lifestyle. 

Currently, in Northern Ireland, we consume resources (energy, food, materials) at a rate which would require a country three times the size of Northern Ireland to support the
on-going replenishment of those resources. If everyone on earth consumed resources at the same rate that we do then three planets would be needed to generate adequate resources to sustain our lifestyle and consumer habits.

The Trust has been able to reduce its carbon emissions through a number of initiatives over the past few years and continues to look for further opportunities to improve efficiencies and reduce its impact on the environment – releasing vital resources to improve patient care and protecting our environment at the same time.

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust is working in partnership with Power NI to educate staff, patients, visitors and contractors on how they can improve their energy efficiency at home and in the workplace. Click here to see when an Energy Roadshow is coming to your location.

To find out who else participated in the Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey and how they scored, visit

Post Date : Fri 20 Jan 2017 11:58 AM

O'Dowd expresses shock after woman's body found

SinnFéin MLA John O'Dowd has expressed his shock after the discovery of a woman's body in Lurgan in the early hours of Friday morning. 

The Upper Bann MLA said:

"The news this morning will obviously be a shock to the entire community. 

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. 

"I would appeal for anyone with information to bring it forward to the PSNI." 

Post Date : Fri 20 Jan 2017 10:30 AM
19th January 2017 Annie McIlveen passed away peacefully at hospital. 
Netta formerly of Cloghogue, Crossmaglen and late of Hockley Nursing Home, 
dear sister of Norman, Violet, Robert, Walter and the late Gretta. 
Funeral from the home of her sister, Violet, 40 Dungormley Estate, Newtownhamilton on Saturday 21st January at 1-30pm (service in the home at 1-0pm) to Freeduff Presbyterian Churchyard. 
Immediate family flowers only please.
Lovingly remembered by her sorrowing Brothers, Sister and the family circle.

With Christ which is far better. 

Post Date : Fri 20 Jan 2017 10:25 AM

18th January 2017 John McKnight passed away at his home 3 Mountview Drive Banbridge. Husband of Isobel and beloved father of Esther. 

Funeral from his home on Saturday at 11.30am (Service 11am) to Banbridge Cemetery. 
Family flowers only please. Donations if desired may be made for Drug Awareness Work in Schools c/o Malcomsons Funeral Service 7 Robert Street Lurgan BT66 8BE. (Cheques payable to Malcomsons Donation Account please)
Deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife, daughter, son-in-law, grandchildren, brothers, sisters and family circle.
At Home With The Lord.
Post Date : Fri 20 Jan 2017 09:49 AM

 Dear All 

Susan Lynch who was last seen in Warrenpoint town centre on Wednesday 18th January has been found safe and well. 

Thank you to everyone for their help.

Post Date : Fri 20 Jan 2017 09:45 AM

 A free workshop to raise awareness of the risks posed to babies and young children by blind cords is being held in South Tyrone Hospital on Wednesday 25th January from 10am – 1pm. 

Data from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents indicates that 31 children have died as a result of blind cord accidents in the UK since 1999. The children were aged between 15 months and 36 months. In Ireland there have been eight fatalities, four of which have occurred in the last four years. This tragic type of accident is preventable but without awareness or taking action the risk of further deaths is still very real.

There are still some places available for the workshop. To book a place, please contact Orla Clarke, Promoting Wellbeing Team, St Luke’s Hospital, 71 Loughgall Road, Armagh, BT61 7NQ, Tel: 028 3741 2521 or Email:

This workshop is designed to suit a wide range of individuals who work with or have contact with families and children. Health professionals or individuals from the statutory, voluntary or community sector; particularly those who have links to families, childcare professionals, concerned parents or relatives who provide informal childcare or have young children visit their home should consider attending this workshop. 

DATE OF EVENT Wed, 25 Jan, 2017
TIME OF EVENT 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
LOCATION South Tyrone Hospital
Post Date : Thu 19 Jan 2017 01:36 PM

18th January 2017, Mary Deighan passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. Dearly beloved wife of the late Felix R.I.P. and much loved mother of Lucy (McGurnaghan), Maura (O’Dea), Michael, Una (McArdle), Carmel (Doyle), Sean, Eilish (Byrne), Sheila (Doran), Brenda (Lyons) and Geraldine (McGovern). 

Her remains will leave her late residence 100 Carrickgollogly Road (Lane), Belleeks, on Friday at 10am for 11am requiem mass in St. Laurence O’Toole Church, burial afterwards in adjoining cemetery. 
Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on her soul. 
Deeply regretted and sadly missed by her loving sons, daughters, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandson, her sister Kathleen (O’Callaghan), nieces, nephews, and entire family circle. 
St. Pio pray for her. 
Family flowers only, donations in lieu if desired to Southern Area Hospice c/o the family or Paul McEvoy Funeral Directors, 80 Canal Street, Newry, BT35 6DX.
Post Date : Thu 19 Jan 2017 01:33 PM

18th January 2017 James McConnell passed away peacefully at Sandringham Care Home. Late of Scarva Road, Tandragee, James, husband of Ann and dear father of James and brother of Winnie and Janet. 

Funeral service in Joseph Poots and Son’s Funeral Home, 42 Bridge Street, Portadown, BT63 5AE on Friday at 11.30am followed by interment in Ballinabeck Methodist Graveyard. 
No flowers by request donations if desired payable to Alzheimers Society c/o Joseph Poots and Son (address as above).
Lovingly remembered by his Wife, Son, dear friend Rosie and all the family circle.
Post Date : Thu 19 Jan 2017 01:30 PM
18th January 2017, Lyla Gray passed away peacefully at her home, 47 Mill Road, Kilkeel. Lyla, dearly beloved wife of the late Leslie, devoted mother of Dorothea and Albert, much loved mother-in-law and grandmother.
Funeral service on Friday at 2pm in Christ Church, Kilkeel.
Family flowers only please, donations in lieu, if desired, for One Home Many Hopes, c/o Miss Dorothea Gray, 47 Mill Road, Kilkeel.
Will be sadly missed by all the family.

"In Heavenly love abiding."