Post Date : Fri 28 Jul 2017 08:38 AM
25th July 2017, Josephine (wee Josie) Rowland passed away at her home, 11 Glebe Park Mullaghbawn. Cherished mother of Tracie, Thomas, Garry and Ché. Dear sister of Tom, Nancy and the late John, Gerry, George, Michael, Frank and Bridie. 
Removal from McConville's Chapel of Rest, The Square, Crossmaglen at 7:00 pm this evening to her late residence. 
Funeral on Saturday July 29th leaving at 9:30 am to St Brigid's Church, Glassdrummond arriving for 10:30 am Requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. 
St Padre Pio pray for her. 
Deeply regretted by her sorrowing sons, daughter, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, brother, sister and wider family circle. 

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

Post Date : Fri 28 Jul 2017 08:32 AM
26th July 2017, Rev. Fr. John Lavery passed away peacefully at Daisy Hill Hospital. Rev. Fr. John Lavery, Dallan Hill, Warrenpoint and former Parish Priest at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Greenwich, England. 
May his soul rest in peace. 
His remains will repose at the Parochial House, 14 Gt. George’s Street South, Warrenpoint on Friday until removal at 7:30 pm to St. Peter’s Church to repose until 10 pm. Requiem Mass on Saturday at 10:30 am followed by burial in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Drumcree, Portadown arriving approx. 2 pm. 

Deeply regretted by his sorrowing nephew Martin and his wife Pat, nieces Kathy, Denise and Siobhan, grandnieces Moe and Ellie, Grandnephew Luke, Elizabeth Stewart, his many friends and Most Rev. Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark and the Priests of the Diocese. 

Post Date : Fri 28 Jul 2017 08:25 AM

27th July 2017, Sarah Berry passed away, dearly beloved wife of the late Willie John and much-loved mother of Nina, Elizabeth, Carol, Jim and David. 

Funeral from her daughter's home 91A Saul Street, Downpatrick on Saturday 29th July at 10:45 am, (Service in the home 10:30 am) to Lissara Presbyterian Cemetery, Crossgar for burial. 
Deeply regretted by her sorrowing family and friends.
Post Date : Fri 28 Jul 2017 08:22 AM
26th July 2017, Sarah Jane (Sheila) Blakeley passed away peacefully at Mountvale Nursing Home surrounded by her loving family. 
Dearly beloved wife of the late Robert Blakely late of 20, Mount Pleasant Banbridge, much loved mother of Barbara, Maurice and Hazel, mother-in-law of Cecil, devoted granny of Gary and his partner Ruth, Andrew and Jamie and Great granny of Dylan and James. 
Funeral Service will be held in Bannside Presbyterian Church, Castlewellan Road, Banbridge on Friday at 3:00 pm followed by interment in Banbridge New Cemetery. 
No flowers please. Donations in lieu if desired may be sent to John Gamble Funeral Directors 7, Meeting Street, Dromore BT25 1AQ for Mountvale Nursing Home Residents Comfort Fund (Cheques made payable to John Gamble). 
Lovingly remembered by her sorrowing daughters, son, their families and the entire family circle.

The day Thou gavest Lord has ended. 

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.