Post Date : Fri 28 Jul 2017 08:18 AM

Sinn Féin Councillor Charlie Casey teamed up with the Newry Felons and Barcroft Community Association for a litter-pick and clean-up of the Barcroft area on Wednesday afternoon.

Around 20 people turned out, including Felon's members, those in the Community Association and residents, and lifted litter with equipment provided by Newry, Mourne and Down Council. Heavier items were arranged to be lifted on Thursday.
Speaking after the community initiative, Casey, a member of Newry Felons, commended the efforts of people and the civic groups involved in coming together to look after a highly residential area in Newry town:
"Projects such as these have great value for all involved, and for the area as a whole.
"It demonstrates a vibrant community spirit that is alive and well in this part of the town, but also brings a social good that inspires people to foster a culture of activism and community awareness.
"No doubt the groups involved will be out again soon taking care of the Barcroft area, and keeping the streets clean and tidy for residents. 
"I would encourage everyone to take on this initiative in their homes. Our town can only benefit from seeing this rolled out across the community."
Post Date : Fri 28 Jul 2017 08:16 AM
Sinn Féin Environment Spokesperson, Cathal Boylan MLA, is urging landowners to apply for grants under the Forest Expansion Scheme, currently open in support of management and expansion of existing woodlands.
The opening of the third phase of the scheme, which is and part financed by the Rural Development Programme and DAERA, is intended to encourage and support farmers and landowners who wish to plant or expand their own woodland of 5 hectares or more.
Mr Boylan said:
“The Forest Expansion Scheme, The Forest Protection Scheme and Woodland Investment Grant are a welcome opportunity for protection and enhancement of our environment and woodlands.
“These schemes will greatly improve the management of existing woodland, building more vibrant and resilient ecosystems in our forests, and in our rural communities.
“At a time when we must all respond to the global challenge of climate change, moves like these empower local landowners to protect wildlife, their habitats, and the entirety of our natural environment.
“I would urge anyone who is eligible to apply for a grant to do so without delay. Application forms as well as further information can be attained online through the DAERA website at
“Alternatively, Forestry Service can be contacted on 028 6634 3019 or via email at”
The Newry Armagh representative added:
“Grants are available for land owners including estate owners, charitable organisations, local councils and farmers. 
 “Applicants should be aware that land on which Single Farm Payment was paid in the 2008 scheme year or subsequently and was converted to forestry under an EU scheme remains eligible for Single Farm Payment for the duration of the Forestry Grant Scheme."

Applications for the Forest Expansion Scheme must be submitted to Forest Service by Friday 29 September 2017 for the 2017/18 planting season. 

Post Date : Thu 27 Jul 2017 09:26 AM

24th July 2017, John McKenna passed away peacefully at Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry with his loving family. John (JF), beloved husband of Celine and loving father to Brendan, Stephen, Sharon, Leonne, the late Cormac and brother of the late Vincent and Monica (McGee) R.I.P. 36 Shore Road, Rostrevor. 

John's remains will repose at his son Stephen's home, 23 Bracknagh Road, Armagh BT60 4QA until removal on Thursday at 9:00 am to St Patrick's Cathedral for 10:00 am Requiem Mass, the cortege will walk from Dukes Grove. Burial afterwards in St Patrick's Cemetery. 
Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul. 
Very deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife, sons, daughters, son-in-law Olly, daughters-in-law Julie and Kelly, grandchildren Mallaidh, Cormac, Annie, Éabha, Sean, Elli, Conor, Jack, Cormac and Matthew, brothers Malachy and Fergus, sisters Mena and Patricia, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces and entire family circle and friends. 
Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu if desired to Life and Time Palliative Care, c/o donation box in home, any family member or Martin Kelly Funeral Director, 10A Moore Island Road, Armagh BT61 8LX.
Post Date : Thu 27 Jul 2017 09:18 AM

26th July 2017, Rosie McAteer passed away peacefully at home, Ballycross, Banbridge. Rosie, beloved wife of the late Paddy RIP, dearest sister of Violet (O'Boyle) and the late Peggy, Charlie, Mary and Paddy RIP, devoted aunt to her many nieces and nephews and a dear friend.

Rosie's remains will leave her late residence, 33 Valley Rd, Ballycross at 11 am on Friday for 12 noon Requiem Mass in St Patrick's Church, Banbridge, interment afterwards in St Patrick's Cemetery, Dromore Rd.
Rosie will be deeply regretted and missed by her sorrowing sister, nieces, nephews and the entire family circle.
Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on her soul.
May she rest in peace.
Family flowers only, donations in lieu to Southern Area Hospice Services, Newry c/o Daniel Mallon Funeral Director, The Gatehouse Mill Rd, Bessbrook 07725030068/02830838477.
Post Date : Thu 27 Jul 2017 09:14 AM

23rd July 2017, Stephen Spraggon passed away suddenly at home Clanmaghery Road, Downpatrick. 

May he rest in peace.
Requiem Mass in St. Patrick and St. Joseph Church, Ballykinlar on Friday 28th July at 12:00 noon. Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. 
Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul. 
Deeply regretted by his sorrowing family and friends.
Post Date : Thu 27 Jul 2017 09:12 AM

26th July 2017, Michael Boyle passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Devoted son of the late Michael and Winifred R.I.P. late of Jerrettspass. Loving brother of Elizabeth, Neill, Mary, Patricia and the late Gerard, William and Frances R.I.P. 

His remains will repose at Paul McEvoy Funeral Directors, 80 Canal Street, Newry, on Wednesday from 6 pm – 9 pm and on Thursday from 3 pm. 
Removal at 6:30 pm, arriving at The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Lissummon, for 7 pm. Requiem Mass for Michael will be celebrated on Friday at 11 am, burial afterwards in adjoining cemetery. 
Our Lady Queen of The Most Holy Rosary pray for him. 
Deeply regretted and sadly missed by his brother, sisters, and entire family circle.
Post Date : Thu 27 Jul 2017 09:09 AM

26th July 2017, William Derek Cowan passed away peacefully in The Southern Area Hospice late of Ashgrove Avenue, Banbridge. William Derek, beloved husband of Frances, dearest father of Dianne and Vanessa, father in law of Whyed and Martin, much loved Granda of Adam, Ché, Zach, Josh and Madi.

House private. 
Funeral service on Friday at 2 pm in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Banbridge followed by committal in The New Cemetery.
Family flowers only please, donations in lieu of flowers if desired to The Southern Area Hospice, c/o Milne Funeral Services 5 Newry Road, Banbridge BT32 3HF.
Very deeply regretted and sadly missed by the entire family circle.
Post Date : Wed 26 Jul 2017 09:01 AM

25th July 2017, John Walker passed away peacefully at his home, 119 Crosskeys Road, Armagh. John, beloved husband of Adeline, dear father of Jim, Pauline, Doris, Eric, Harold, Edwin and Sharon, father-in-law of Jean, Rupert, Robert, Wendy, Joy and Billy and a devoted Grandfather and Great Grandfather.

Funeral from his late home on Thursday 27th July at 1:30 pm to First Keady (The Temple) Presbyterian Church for service followed by interment in the adjoining Churchyard.
Family flowers only please.
Lovingly remembered by his sorrowing wife, family and the entire family circle.
At Home with the Lord
Post Date : Wed 26 Jul 2017 08:59 AM

25th July 2017, Sally Lavery passed away peacefully in Ard Mhacha Care Home beloved wife of John 53 Keady Road, loving mother of Stephen, Christine, John, Maura, Colette and Brendan.

Funeral on Thursday from her home to St Patrick's Cathedral for 11:30 am Mass burial afterwards in St Patrick's Cemetery.
Very deeply regretted by her sorrowing daughters, sons, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister Mary, brother Pat, sister in law, brother in law, daughters in law, sons in law, nephews and nieces, family circle and friends.
Post Date : Wed 26 Jul 2017 08:54 AM
25th July 2017, Mary Jo Kelly passed away peacefully, beloved wife of the late Patrick and mother of Maria, Eleanor, Anne, Josephine, John, Theresa, Paul, Mark and the late Patsy. 
Her remains will leave her late residence 22 Crockoona Park on Thursday at 10:30 am for 11:00 am Requiem Mass in St. Malachy's Church, Kilcoo. Interment afterwards in adjoining cemetery. 
Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on her soul. 

Deeply regretted by her sorrowing sons, daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sons and daughters in law, brothers Patrick Joseph and Felix Magee, nieces, nephews and entire family circle.