20th January 2017, Paddy Wilson passed away peacefully at home with his loving family.
"What a friend we have in Jesus."
20th JANUARY 2017, Edie Miller passed away peacefully at hospital. Dearly beloved sister of the late Sandy, Isobel, Eleanor and Jack, dear aunt of Brian, Jackie, Sandra and Eric.
Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has condemned last night's gun attack on a PSNI officer in north Belfast.
Mr Kelly said;
"I totally condemn this gun attack on a PSNI officer in north Belfast tonight.
"It is my understanding that a police officer was shot in a drive by shooting on the Crumlin Road and that his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
"I hope that the injured officer will make a full and speedy recovery.
"Those responsible for this attack are the same people who are attacking the local community. They have absolutely nothing to offer society and need to call a halt to these activities immediately.
"I would call on anyone with information on this incident to bring it forward to the PSNI."
Social media sometimes gets a bad press for what is displayed through that medium. In the past week it presented itself in a good and proper way. It allowed us to see the past of a group of Castlewellan friends and the way they were. It allowed them to perhaps smile and say “god – do you remember that night”, “that was some holiday” or “look at the state of us that night”. Then they laugh and shake their heads.
Those sort of fantastic memories roll out for us all at some time or another. I hope the guys in the photographs won’t mind being referred to by their affectionate name “The Romper Room Gang”. For those of you too young to remember, Romper Room was a children’s TV show many years ago.
Those guys were all great friends. One of them was, of course, Mickey McAlinden who passed away last week at an all too early age. He fought illness over the past few years with the bravery and toughness that astounded us all. A fighter to the end. His close family and friends will only ever truly know just how brave he was. The tributes to him have come from far and wide as well as from within our community.
If anyone ever marked Mickey in a match they will know he was small in physical stature. You will also know that he made up for it with quick thinking, cuteness and tigerish qualities. His presence around our club was and will be sadly missed by us all. The Executive Committee and Members wish to extend to his wife Madge and his son’s Niall and Gerard all our sincere sympathy for their loss. We also extend our sympathy to his brothers and sisters Gerry, Charlie, Rose, Rory, Patricia, Francey, Anne and the wide family circle at this time We also have in our thoughts his late twin brother James and parents Francey (Snr) and Maureen. Ar dheis de go raibh a anam dilis.
West Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Órlaithí Flynn has called on the DUP Education Minister, Peter Weir, to reverse the notice of withdrawal of funding for hundreds of Youth Workers right across the North.
On Friday Ms Flynn’s colleague, Fra McCann MLA, wrote to Peter Weir seeking an urgent meeting to discuss the funding withdrawal notice.
Ms Flynn said:
“Many youth groups received letters stating that funding given under the Extended Provision Youth Work programme were now being given notice of withdrawal by the Education Authority.
“My colleague, Fra McCann MLA, immediately requested a meeting with Peter Weir and Sinn Féin has been in close contact with Youth Workers to actively support them in resisting this decision.
“The DUP should roll back on this disgraceful notice of withdrawal of vital funding.
“Recently DUP minister Paul Givan withdrew funding for Irish language bursaries for disadvantaged children under the Liofa scheme.
“The DUP minister was forced to reverse that appalling decision after enormous pressure from Irish language campaigners and from Sinn Féin.
“It's important that political representatives, Youth Workers and community organisations in Belfast and right across the North keep the pressure on the DUP to reverse this disgraceful decision.
“This funding helps to support additional youth work, allowing youth organisations to employ hundreds of workers in the most socially deprived communities across the North.
“These Youth Workers carry out work which makes a huge positive difference to childrens’ lives.
“This was yet another attack by the DUP on working class children.
“Peter Weir needs to reverse the notices of withdrawal of funding and end DUP attacks on vulnerable communities.”
The Newry Rainbow Community isThe Newry Rainbow Community is hosting the inaugural Pride In Newry Awards ceremony!
The Pride in Newry Awards will recognise and celebrate the positive impact of five years of the Pride In Newry Festival and parade, 2012 – 2016, on the lgb&t community in Newry City and across Newry Mourne and Down District.
These Awards recognise the outstanding contributions of individuals, groups and organisations that have made a difference to the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people over the past five years.
We want to showcase some of the great work, and people, that have over this time greatly increased the visibility, raised awareness and helped to portray lgb&t people in a positive way, breaking down barriers and challenging stereotypes and at the same time promoting a City and District that truly recognises and values diversity.
Thousands of people watch the Pride In Newry parade every year and it is the best ‘shop window’ for community groups, businesses and the organisations and make up the fabric of our society to get across a message of support for equality, inclusion and diversity.
The importance of these awards is that they are voted by our community, and the general public, to celebrate the ‘heroes’ that have challenged homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, are allies and role models for the community and have helped make a difference to the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Voting for those nominated in the ten Award Categories is open!!
Vote now at this link https://www.prideinnewry.com/awards.html
The Pride In Newry Awards will be presented at a Gala Ceremony on Saturday 11th February 2017, followed by a Valentine’s Ball to celebrate love, in all its forms. This prestigious event will take place at 8pm in the Renaissance Suite, Bellinis.
Red Carpet, Official Photographer, Champagne Drinks Reception, 3 Course Meal, music by the brilliant “Just Adam Band” along with DJ and Compère for the evening the fabulous Lady Portia Di’ Monte!
All this for only £12.50!?!?
Tickets are on sale now – contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve yours now!
In February let’s Celebrate Pride In Newry & Celebrate Love!
The Southern Health & Social Care Trust has achieved Platinum status at the recent 2016 Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey, the highest scoring level.
The Survey, which is run by Business in the Community, recognises and rewards those organisations that are going above and beyond their legal requirements to minimise their environmental impacts and better manage their resources.
Through its Sustainability Strategy 2020, the Trust promotes a proactive approach to management of its environment and aims to maximise benefits and minimise risks to clients, staff, visitors, contractors and others.
The Trust’s principal environmental objective is to promote the achievement of “Single Planet Living” in all Trust activities and across its wider sphere of influence. The concept of “Single Planet Living” is based on the principle of everyone living within their available environmental resources i.e. living a sustainable lifestyle.
Currently, in Northern Ireland, we consume resources (energy, food, materials) at a rate which would require a country three times the size of Northern Ireland to support the
on-going replenishment of those resources. If everyone on earth consumed resources at the same rate that we do then three planets would be needed to generate adequate resources to sustain our lifestyle and consumer habits.
The Trust has been able to reduce its carbon emissions through a number of initiatives over the past few years and continues to look for further opportunities to improve efficiencies and reduce its impact on the environment – releasing vital resources to improve patient care and protecting our environment at the same time.
The Southern Health and Social Care Trust is working in partnership with Power NI to educate staff, patients, visitors and contractors on how they can improve their energy efficiency at home and in the workplace. Click here to see when an Energy Roadshow is coming to your location.
To find out who else participated in the Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey and how they scored, visit www.bitcni.org.uk/planet
O'Dowd expresses shock after woman's body found
SinnFéin MLA John O'Dowd has expressed his shock after the discovery of a woman's body in Lurgan in the early hours of Friday morning.
The Upper Bann MLA said:
"The news this morning will obviously be a shock to the entire community.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
"I would appeal for anyone with information to bring it forward to the PSNI."