Post Date : Wed 21 Sep 2016 08:24 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has welcomed news that a reception will be held in Stormont to honour Ireland's Paralympic team. 

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on disability said: 

"Ireland's Paralympic athletes were great ambassadors for sport and for Ireland at the Paralympic Games in Rio. 

"They did everyone proud with fantastic performances from the medal winners and all other athletes who took part. 

"I contacted the Minister for Communities to ask him what he intends to do to recognise the achievements of the local Paralympic athletes and I am delighted that he has now responded to say that he is planning to hold a reception at Stormont. 

"Our Paralympians have done great work in challenging preconceptions and breaking down barriers and it is important that is honoured and I look forward to attending the reception." 

Post Date : Tue 20 Sep 2016 03:59 PM

The fantasy pool teams have been in a while now and everyone's teams finances have been counted and verified. Some lads didn't spend their full quota of £85m and unfortunately you can't cash the change into your own bank accounts.
The teams will be published in the next couple of days and there are some brilliant teams. You lads really know your stuff.
Not surprisingly punters have heavily backed Manny Byrne TJ's A and Kieran McMahon CWC. But it was McMahon's new team mate Harvey Lavelle got the most picks with 8 out of the 13 entrants putting the former Corrinshego ace in their side. That was 1 more than Byrne and McMahon or got into 7 players' fantasy teams.
Raymie McKenna looks to have been good value at £13m as he was chosen 4 times. But big outsider that was well backed is a Hustlers player. £8m Shane McAllister made 5 of the 13 teams. Kieran Hanna, Pat Brady, Ritchie Crawford and Jack Courtney all made it into 3 teams.
It's all about value for money. The teams are extraordinarily strong and next time maybe £80m would be enough to spend.
Scoring is fairly simple but we'll have a quick refresh.
1) It's 1 point if your player  wins.
2) If your player wins and his team wins he gets 1 bonus point.
3) 3 bonus points for a break finish.
4) 8 ball clearances don't count - ONLY A BREAK FINISH.
5) The maximum points a player can earn in 1 match is 5.
6) ONLY league games count.
7) If a player has no opponent for whatever reason it goes down as a win and also gets the bonus point if his team wins.
Any questions don't be afraid to ask in the comments and we'll them it up.
Just in case anyone isn't sure, the rule were a ball must hit a cushion after each shot IS NOT IN this season.
Hopefully every team has their rules in their team venue by now but we would just like to clarify that particular rule.
Newry poolleague starts this thurs night 22nd sept.

Post Date : Tue 20 Sep 2016 11:52 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has called for a central register of all tyres to combat the illegal disposal of waste tyres. 

Mr McMullan said; 

"There is no doubt that the illegal disposal of tyres is a major problem. 

"It simply doesn't make sense that we do not have effective measures in place to track tyres to make sure they don't end up on bonfires or illegally dumped. 

"I brought forward a proposal to the Assembly calling for the creation of a central register which would track all tyres from their manufacture, sale, throughout the life of the tyre, right to safe disposal and I was pleased that it received the support of the Assembly. 

"That would allow us to effectively track all tyres to make sure they do not cause environmental problems and would also provide information to enforce any breach of the regulations. 

"Hopefully now the DAERA minister will take forward this proposal to address this important issue." 

Post Date : Tue 20 Sep 2016 11:49 AM

 The family of Mrs Karen McGrath from Coalisland have donated £5,000 to the Mandeville Unit at Craigavon Area Hospital. 

The staff of the Mandeville unit would like to thank Karen’s family for this very generous donation.

Post Date : Tue 20 Sep 2016 10:42 AM

 Robert Kelly from Armagh has donated £1,750 to the Mandeville and Glenanne Unit at Craigavon Area Hospital. 

Robert raised the money by cycling a massive 175 miles coast to coast. 

Robert has thanked Assa Abloy and everyone who has helped, donated and supported him to make this donation to the units possible.

Post Date : Tue 20 Sep 2016 08:37 AM

 Cole (Warrenpoint) 19th September 2016 peacefully at Daisy Hill Hospital, Mary, beloved wife of the late Matt Cole 23, Thomas Street, Warrenpoint and dear mother of Anne, Gerard and Mary.

May her gentle soul rest in peace.

Her remains will be removed from her home today Tuesday at 6.15pm arriving at St. Peter’s Church for 6.30pm. Funeral on Wednesday after 10.30am Requiem Mass to Kilbroney Cemetery, Rostrevor.

Deeply regretted by her loving daughters, son, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, family circle and friends.

Post Date : Tue 20 Sep 2016 08:34 AM

 September 17, 2016, (suddenly) at her home, dearly beloved wife of the late Cecil, and much-loved mum of Victoria and Natalie, devoted nanny of Pippa and Charlotte.

Funeral Service in Down Cathedral, Downpatrick on Friday 23rd September at 2.00 p.m. Interment afterwards in Saul Parish Churchyard.

Very deeply regretted and will be lovingly remembered by her sorrowing family and friends. No flowers please by request.

Donations may be made in lieu, if desired, to Chest, Heart and Stroke Association, c/o Charles Rourke and Sons, Funeral Directors, 51 Church Street, Downpatrick, BT30 6EH. House strictly private.

Post Date : Tue 20 Sep 2016 08:27 AM

 O'CALLAGHAN (Formerly of Cork and the Convent of Mercy, Bessbrook) September 16, 2016, Sr Mary Finbarr, passed away peacefully at Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry. 

May she rest in peace. 

Her Requiem Mass is on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 12noon in St Peter and St Paul's Church, Bessbrook. Interment afterwards in the Convent Cemetery. 

Sr Finbarr will be lovingly remembered by her sister Kathleen (Australia), Sr Margaret (Dublin), her cousins, the Sisters of the Northern Province, entire family circle and friends. 

St Finbarr of Cork pray for her.

Post Date : Tue 20 Sep 2016 08:20 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Michelle O'Neill has announced Cathal McLaughlin as the new North Antrim councillor on the Causeway Coast and Glens Council. 

Ms O'Neill made the announcement at a Selection Convention in the area tonight. 

Speaking at the Convention Mr McLaughlin said: 

"It is a honour to be selected to represent the people of North Antrim as a councillor.

"I will aim to build on the good work of Philip McGuigan and work for the people of North Antrim and across the constituency." 

Post Date : Tue 20 Sep 2016 08:16 AM


McCartney and MacLochlainn call on Irish government to push for London air link

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney and Senator Padraig MacLochlainn have called on the Irish government to move to reinstate an air route between City of Derry Airport and London. 

Mr McCartney and Mr MacLochlainn said; 

"The move by the Executive to put in place a package of support for City of Derry Airport is welcome in terms of helping to secure the future of this much needed facility. 

"We need to see the airport continue to develop and grow in the future in order to support and stimulate the economy of the wider north west. For that to happen we need to see the direct air link to London reestablished. 

"The airport is used by people from rights across the wider north west and in fact 40 per cent of passengers come from Donegal. 

"We are calling on the Irish government to press for the Public Service Obligation route to Dublin to be reintroduced as soon as possible. 

"This route is key to developing the economy of the north west and would provide a vital service to the wider local community in Derry, Donegal and further afield."