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Post Date : Sun 28 May 2017 08:52 PM

                                    Newry Pool League Individuals Last 16
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                                            Being Played Thurs 1st June

@Table 1 Tjs
1. Micky Cunningham (Hustlers) v Adrain Annett (Tj’s Tigers)
2.Mannie Byrne (TJ’s A) v David Cromie (Orchard)


@Table 2 Tjs
3. Ralph Cromie (Bears) v Kieran McMahon (CWC A) 
4. Paddy O’Callaghan C/Cruppen v Shane Phelan (CWC)


@Table 3 Tjs
5.Jason Lennon  v Tommy Mooney (Trainors)
6. Declan Mcmahon (TJ’s A) v Emmett Fearon (Murphys)


@Table 4 Tjs
7. Gavin Malone (W/Cross) v Ritchie Taylor (TJ’s Tigers) 
8. Jack Courtney (TJ’s A )  v Pat Brady (CWC A)

Post Date : Thu 25 May 2017 08:32 AM

Folks our annual club draw is back and bigger than ever before. This year offers hugely increased prizes on each of the 3 draw nights.

The star prize this year is an incredible £5000, while other highlights include Caribbean and Mediterranean holidays, a fabulous home makeover, various home improvement appliances, 20 huge cash prizes, plus much, much more. 
We would like to invite all our loyal members, supporters and friends to please support us by purchasing a ticket for our Annual Draw. Every penny is spent on our juvenile and adult teams across all four codes, and in the continual development of our facilities. 
Tickets are £25 a month for 3 months (£75 total) and are available from all committee and club members! Or for our friends overseas or anyone who would prefer to buy online you can pay it all in one go or in three instalments at the two links below. #UTT
Post Date : Tue 23 May 2017 09:15 AM
22nd May 2017, Wilson Johnston passed away peacefully at hospital. Wilson, late of 51 Cladymilltown Road, Markethill, dearly loved Husband of the late Sally and devoted Father of Philip and much loved Father-in-law of Lorna. 
Funeral Service in Claymore Presbyterian Church Wednesday at 2.00pm followed by interment in the adjoining Churchyard.
Will be sadly missed by the entire Family Circle.

Safe in the arms of Jesus. 

Post Date : Tue 23 May 2017 09:11 AM

21st May 2017, Bridget Donald passed away peacefully at her late residence surrounded by her loving family. Dearly beloved wife to John and loving mother of John and Mark, dear mother-in-law to Jennifer and Andrea and cherished grandmother to Ryan, Emily, Owen and Ellie.

Funeral from her late residence, 5 Lecale Park, Strangford Road, Downpatrick on Wednesday at 10.30am for 11.00am Requiem Mass in St Brigid’s Church, Downpatrick. Interment afterwards in Struell Cemetery.
Very deeply regretted by her sorrowing husband, sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren, her dear sisters Mary and Eileen, her brother Gerard, and entire family circle.
Family Flowers only, donations in lieu if desired to Downpatrick Third World Group c/o Seamus Fitzsimons Funeral Directors, 24 English Street, Downpatrick.
St Brigid Pray for her.
Post Date : Tue 23 May 2017 09:08 AM

20th May 20 2017, Richard Cadden Gifford passed away suddenly at home, dearly-beloved son of Alison and the late Dick, loving father of Patrick and dear brother of Jonathan. 

Funeral Service in Saul Parish Church on Wednesday 24th May at 12.00 noon. Interment afterwards in the adjoining churchyard.  

House strictly private. No flowers please by request. Donations may be made in lieu, if desired, to R.N.L.I., c/o Charles Rourke and Sons, Funeral Directors, 51 Church Street, Downpatrick, BT30 6EH.

Post Date : Tue 23 May 2017 09:05 AM

22nd May 2017, Joanne McStay passed away peacefully at Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry. Joanne, beloved partner of Steve and loving mother of Kevin, Che, Sian, Rhys and Lucy, 49 Rossmara Park, Warrenpoint. 

May her soul rest in peace.
Her remains will be removed from her home on Wednesday at 9.50am arriving at St. Peter’s Church Warrenpoint for 10.30am Requiem Mass followed by interment in Warrenpoint Municipal Cemetery. 
Deeply regretted by her loving partner, sons, daughters, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, mother, brothers, sister-in-law, family circle and friends. House private please on Tuesday night from 10pm.
Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu if desired, to The Southern Area Hospice, c/o McAnulty Funeral Directors, Warrenpoint BT34 3HN. 
Post Date : Mon 22 May 2017 11:57 AM

 PSNI use latest technology to combat crime and monitor Peregrine sites across Northern Ireland

The PSNI are using the latest technology to help prevent and combat wildlife crime. Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA), more commonly known as drones, have been used recently to monitor ‘hot-spot’ areas where crimes against birds of prey are occurring. This supports the work of officers in the districts, who investigate all instances of wildlife crime. 
D/Inspector Stephen Brown said, “The PSNI’s Air Support Unit (ASU) provides aircraft to support a wide range of police activities throughout the Police Service of Northern Ireland, and as far as we are aware, the Police Service of Northern Ireland is thought to be one of the first Police Services in the UK to use this technology in this way. We are pleased to be able to effectively target hotspot areas and areas further afield as and when required so we can work with our partners in the hope that we can all prevent this type of crime and reach our ultimate goal to combat wildlife crime.” 
Emma Meredith, PSNI Wildlife Liaison Officer, said; “The Police Service of Northern Ireland take all types of crimes seriously and this includes wildlife crime such as shooting, poisoning or trapping of birds of prey.  On occasions, baits (examples such as a rabbit carcass or sausages) have been laid laced with poison in the public domain. On occasions these are seriously dangerous poisons such as Carbofuran which was banned across the EU in 2001. 
Be under no illusion that this type of poison (Carbofuran) is an indiscriminate killer and can also be fatal to humans, not only wildlife suffers but also any child, adult or pet could find and ultimately consume these poisoned baits.  
Given the potential dangers of this and other poisons, for the first time PSNI have begun to use the PSNI drones fitted with specialist cameras to assist in prevention and if possible catching the perpetrators, who if caught will be reported to the Public Prosecution Service.   I would also ask if anyone find what they suspect to be a poisoned bait or suspicious dead bird to leave it in situ and call the police on 101. 
This is the first time in NI the drone has been used in wildlife crime and we are delighted the wildlife team, air support unit and external partners are working closely together to pilot this initiative.
Following on from the launch of Operation Raptor in March 2016, PSNI also contribute to a UK initiative named ‘Peregrine Watch’ and as part of this latest phase, we are using these drones. The ability to survey hard to reach areas mean that there is no hiding place for those who seek to persecute wild birds.”
The Northern Ireland Raptor Study Group (NIRSG) peregrine survey team who have been out monitoring with PSNI officers have welcomed the initiative saying; “We welcome the fantastic cutting-edge PSNI initiative using this technology locally especially since we lose a number of peregrines each year, particularly to illegal poisoning or shooting and trapping. The NIRSG volunteers are again spending time with local PSNI officers this year surveying peregrine sites, ringing chicks and liaising with landowners in order to raise the profile and prevent crimes against these birds. As always we would urge anybody who notices any suspicious activity particularly near quarries or cliffs to report these to the PSNI to help thwart these wildlife criminals”.
Dr. Jon Lees, Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) Wildlife Officer, said, “In Northern Ireland all nesting birds, their eggs and dependent young are protected by law from disturbance and destruction.  Peregrines have increased in numbers since historic lows of the 1950-60’s caused by organochloride pesticides, egg collectors and persecution, however they are still often targeted by those wanting to reduce their abundance, but can also be disturbed to the point of nest abandonment by people who just want closer look or a photograph.  
Any lawful operation that potentially impacts a protected species must be assessed by the NIEA.  We may subsequently require the operator(s) to apply for a licence to conduct their business by a strict set of conditions or defer their activities to a less sensitive period.  The NIEA have been working closely with the PSNI ASU, wildlife team and NIRSG to establish a safe working protocol to ensure that the Operation Raptor monitoring causes no harm.  We would caution members of the public to avoid disturbing protected wildlife while flying drones or when taking photographs.  Operators should contact the NIEA Wildlife Team 028 905 69551 for further advice”.  
According to a report into the illegal killing of Northern Ireland’s native birds of prey, published by the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime in November 2016, there were nine confirmed illegal poisoning or persecution incidents, affecting 11 protected birds of prey, in Northern Ireland in 2014. This report follows on from the 2009 – 2013 Persecution Report published in 2015. Between 2009 and 2014 there are now a total of 44 confirmed reports of native birds of prey being illegally killed, plus one confirmed incident of illegal nest destruction. The report examined occurrence and trends in persecution of these birds, which has allowed PAW to produce ‘hot-spot’ maps to identify areas where crimes against birds of prey are occurring. Of the nine confirmed cases in 2014, four of these occurred in County Down, two in County Tyrone and one in each of counties Londonderry, Armagh and Antrim. The report showed that the most frequent casualties were buzzards and the recently re-introduced red kite, with four of each of these species killed. Red kites and buzzards are particularly susceptible to poisoned baits as they will scavenge on carrion routinely. There were also two peregrine falcons and a sparrowhawk killed.
The PSNI take all reports of wildlife crime seriously and as such if we receive a report linked to Peregrine Watch we will respond accordingly.  If anyone has information on any type of crime against birds of prey please contact 101. 
Post Date : Mon 22 May 2017 10:32 AM

 Down County Board Updates 

Coaching the Keeper Workshop, Thursday 25th May, Saval GAC 7.30pm – 10.00pm Cost: £10 per person, Clothing: tracksuit & runners required, Refreshments will be provided Ladies Gaelic Football Coaches and Goalkeepers are welcome to attend, please note spaces are limited. A maximum of 6 Goalkeepers are required for the practical element and 25 coaches. To book your space on a first come, first served basis please contact Aine McClean on or 07519562798.
Well done to all the Down coaches who took part in the final day of the Ladies Level 1 on Saturday 20th May in St. Johns GAC, Drumnaquoile. Special thanks to the U15 girls who facilitated the practical session, St John GAC for facilitating and Maureen Ward for catering! 
Down Senior Ladies County Team 
The Ladies next game is the Final of the Ulster Championship on Friday 30th June 2017 at 7pm, venue Clonmore, Armagh. #MourneLadiesRising 
Down U15 Ladies Development Team
Preparation for the Ulster final continues with training on Sunday 28th May from 11-12.30pm, venue will be confirmed through the WhatsApp group. Well done to the girls and mentors who completed the Warrenpoint 10k walk on Sunday 21st May supporting the KBRT and Hospice. Well done everyone! 
Down U13 Ladies County Development Team 
The U13 girls had an end of season fun afternoon of trampolining followed by a meal at Jump Boxx, Banbridge on Saturday 20th May after all their hard work since January. The Mentors thank all the girls for their efforts and wish them all the best of luck with their clubs throughout the Summer.
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