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Post Date : Thu 27 Oct 2016 10:44 AM

Adults with physical/sensory disabilities

Participants of the Southern Trust Fit 4 U Project have been participating in a range of group exercise and multi-sports sessions across the Southern Area.  Sessions have included chair based exercises, boxercise and inclusive sports such as boccia, kurling, table top games and adapted volleyball and badminton.                           

Rhonda Richardson, Fit 4 U Co-ordinator, Southern Trust, explains “Exercises and sports are adapted and tailored to suit the needs of participants.  All activities can be practiced from seated position and seek to promote positive physical, mental and social health.  Activities benefit co-ordination, muscle strength, confidence, self-esteem and promote communication and teamwork.”          

Christine Weir, participant, explains “I enjoy all of the activities in Fit 4 U and feel it has benefited me in many ways.  I am able to socialise with individuals and meet new participants within the project.  Fit 4 U has helped me with my condition (Multiple Sclerosis) as I am using muscles whilst staying active.”

The Fit 4 U Project aims to empower people with physical/sensory disabilities to improve their health and wellbeing through participation in a range of innovative day time physical activity and leisure opportunities.

Fit 4 U activities are available across the Southern area at Dungannon, Armagh, Craigavon, Banbridge and Newry & Mourne Leisure Centres.   

The Fit 4 U Project is funded by the Public Health Agency and led by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust in partnership with other organisations, including the local Council authorities and Sport NI funded Everybody Active coaches. 

If you would like to find out more about the activities available, please contact Rhonda Richardson, Fit 4 U Co-ordinator, Tel. 028 3741 2129 or email

Post Date : Thu 27 Oct 2016 08:39 AM

CUMISKEY (nee Crummy) Vera R.I.P. October 25, 2016 peacefully at the Glencarron Nursing Home with her loving family by her side. Predeceased by her devoted husband Harry. Cherished mother of Patrick, Clare, Gilbert, Fergus, Ursula and Sharon. 

Funeral on Thursday October 27th leaving from her late residence, 14 Cullaville Road, Crossmaglen at 10.45am to St Patrick's Church, Crossmaglen arriving for 11.00am Requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. 

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

Deeply regretted by her heartbroken sons, daughters, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, brother, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces and entire family circle.

Enquiries to McConville Funeral Directors, Crossmaglen. 028 3086 1212. 

Post Date : Thu 27 Oct 2016 08:36 AM

R.I.P. Died October 26, 2016, peacefully, at home, 1 Alfred Crescent, Newcastle, formerly of Larne, surrounded by his loving family, dearly beloved husband of Deirdre and loving father of Stephanie and Thomas. 

His remains will arrive at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Newcastle, on Friday at 8.00 p.m. Requiem Mass on Saturday 29th October 2016 at 12.00 noon. Burial afterwards in Saint Patricks Cemetery, Bryansford. 

Requiescat In Pace.

Post Date : Thu 27 Oct 2016 08:32 AM

Rodgers (Warrenpoint) 25th October 2016 peacefully at Daisy Hill Hospital, Barry dearly loved husband of Gabrielle and loving father of Neil, Nicola and Jonathan. 17, Bridle Loanan, Warrenpoint. May his soul rest in peace.

His remains will be removed from his home tomorrow Friday at 10am arriving at St. Peter’s Church Warrenpoint for 10.30am Requiem Mass. Interment immediately afterwards in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Deeply regretted by his loving wife, sons, daughter, daughter-in-law Philomena, grandchildren Ethan, Anthony, Jack, April-Rose and Enda, sister Helen (Rooney) and family circle.

Post Date : Thu 27 Oct 2016 08:26 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has called for clarity on the future of Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) payments.

The vice chair of the Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs committee said:

"The current ANC scheme, which has been important in supporting productivity in severely disadvantaged areas, is due to end in March 2017.

"As yet we don't know if there will be a continuation of ANC payments. 

"Farmers in these areas will face a loss of income if there is no replacement for the current ANC scheme.

"In response to the DAERA consultation earlier this year, the Minister ruled out either reducing the Basic Payment Scheme to fund an ANC Scheme or funding it through the Rural Development Programme.

"In response to my recent question she reiterated this view and stated she was still considering other options but, given the pressures on both the Department’s and the Executive’s budget, providing any additional support will be challenging. 

"The lack of a decision on the future of the ANC scheme or its replacement has resulted in great uncertainty for farmers.

“Given that farmers are already facing into an uncertain future as a result of the British government's plan to pull us out of the European Union clarity on the situation is needed and soon.

“The north voted to remain as part of the EU and that vote must be respected.” 

Post Date : Wed 26 Oct 2016 04:35 PM
The Hallowtides Festival draws people to the seaside resort of Newcastle and the hustle and bustle of Newry City. The programme is packed with activities to suit the whole family. Programmes are available from Newcastle and Newry Tourist Information Centres.
DATE OF EVENT Fri, 28 Oct, 2016
LOCATION Newry & Newcastle
Post Date : Wed 26 Oct 2016 09:28 AM

25th October 2016, peacefully in Craigavon Area Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Late of Springfields, Banbridge husband of Carmel devoted father of Patrick, Andrew and Owen. 

Friends and family will be made most welcome at this late residence Wednesday and Thursday to celebrate his life. 

A private committal will follow. 

Family Flowers only please. Donations in Lieu of flowers if desired to The Southern Area Hospice c/o Milne Funeral Service, 59 Seagoe Road, Portadown BT63 5HS. 

Very deeply regretted by the entire family circle and all his friends.

The best things in life aren’t things. 

Post Date : Wed 26 Oct 2016 09:24 AM

Peters, October 24th, 2016, at the Southern Area Hospice, Anna Jane, daughter of the late John and Minnie Peters and sister of Norman and Florrie and the late Robert, Herbert, Maureen and Gilbert.

Funeral from her home, 35 Seafin Road, Rathfriland on Wednesday at 11.30am for Service in Ballyroney Presbyterian Church. Interment afterwards in the adjoining churchyard.

No flowers, please. Donations in lieu, if desired, may be sent to William Bell & Co. Funeral Directors, 23 Kenlis Street, Banbridge, BT32 3LR for Southern Area Hospice.

Deeply regretted by all the Family Circle.

Post Date : Wed 26 Oct 2016 09:17 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA John O'Dowd has welcomed the announcement from the Finance Minister that amateur sports clubs will no longer have to pay rates. 

Mr O'Dowd said; 

"I welcome the move from my party colleague and Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir that 100 per cent rates relief will be extended to sports clubs without bars who register as Community Amateur Sports Clubs. 

"Amateur sports clubs such as the GAA and others are the backbone of communities, providing sport and leisure facilities for people of all ages, particularly young people. 

"The hard work and dedication of the volunteers and coaches is immense and must be commended. 

"This will help sports clubs direct more resources into providing sports services, strengthening and developing local communities. 

"Sinn Féin have been calling for this extension of rates relief and I'm delighted it’s now in place and I wish these clubs well in the future."

Post Date : Wed 26 Oct 2016 09:10 AM

 SDLP Newry & Armagh MLA Justin McNulty has welcomed an announcement from the Justice Minister that she intends to reverse the decision taken by the previous Justice Minister and former Alliance Leader David Ford to close Armagh Courthouse.

He said: “This decision is a victory for local people on the ground who rallied and campaigned against the closure of the Armagh courthouse. The local legal profession in particular deserve huge credit for the way in which they worked to fight the closure proposals.  

“The plan was a misguided cost-saving exercise that would have unfairly and disproportionately disadvantaged rural communities. 

“Armagh has already been unjustly and repeatedly targeted for cuts to frontline services and has been starved from any meaningful Government investment for decades.  

“The removal of our courthouse would have spelled disaster for many local legal businesses and people who rely on regular access to legal services. The Executive should explain why they felt the need to put them through the wringer when it appears the new Justice Minister has been able to halt the closure with relative ease.”