Post Date : Wed 16 Nov 2016 10:09 AM

November 15, 2016, peacefully, at hospital, late of 48 Cavehill Lane, Ballinaskeagh, Banbridge, dearly-loved wife of Andrew, loving mother of Colin, Geoffrey, Rosemary and Neil. 

House private. Funeral Service on Thursday at 2.00 p.m., in Glascar Presbyterian Church, followed by interment in the adjoining burying ground. 

Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, for Glascar Presbyterian Church c/o Robert J. Bready, 22 Newry Road, Rathfriland BT34 5AL. 

Will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by the entire family circle. 

Safe in the arms of Jesus.

Post Date : Wed 16 Nov 2016 09:54 AM

The Quiet Room in Craigavon Area Hospital and the Church in Daisy Hill have been recently refurbished.

A new welcome archway was erected over Daisy Hill’s Church entrance and the porch was repainted. In the Quiet Room at Craigavon Area Hospital new flooring was laid down as well improving access by removing an internal door. The Quiet Room was also fully re-painted and the lighting and heating/ventilation systems were updated.

Patients, visitors and staff of all denominations are welcome to use these facilities as a place to pray or sit quietly to reflect. 

Edel Corr, Patient Support Manager within the Southern Trust, commented on the importance of the upgrade:

“We know that many of our patients and clients take great comfort from their faith while they are ill in hospital and our staff who are often working in stressful and emotional situations greatly appreciate a place to find some solitude in our busy hospital environment.

“That is why it’s important to keep these rooms in good condition and help maintain a welcoming aura for people when they need the peace. It’s a nice place for people to go at a difficult time.”

The Trusts ChaplaincyTeam also provides spiritual care services for patients, their families and staff.

The Quiet Room at Craigavon is located on the ground floor corridor as you approach the lifts - it is open 9.00am to 9.00pm. The Church in Daisy Hill is located at the main foyer - it is open 8.00am to 11.00pm.  Both rooms can be used outside of these hours by contacting the Portering Service.

For further information on the Southern Trust’s Chaplaincy Service, please contact Chaplains Line Manager, Edel Corr, on 028 3861 4265 or email:  

Post Date : Wed 16 Nov 2016 09:51 AM

 Government must do all in its power to avoid a hard border - Border Communities Against Brexit 

Border Communities Against Brexit has called on Fianna Fáil to use all in its power to ensure that there is no hard border and the North’s remain vote is respected, following the Brexit vote. 

Speaking after the Fianna Fáil “Brexit: Issues and Impact” Conference in the Carrickdale Hotel on Saturday, representatives from the group, Declan Fearon, Bernard Boyle and Dermot Keely who attended the conference said,  

“This is the biggest issue facing our communities north and south, particularly in the border region and it is good to see Fianna Fáil organising a conference on it. 

“The conference brought together industry experts, members of the public and political representatives to determine the key issues which must be addressed as border communities prepare for Brexit.

“We are made up of, and represent, ordinary people and if Brexit goes ahead it will be the ordinary people in our communities who will pay the price – therefore we welcomed the opportunity to attend the conference.   

“Not to mention the impact on business, agriculture and tourism, Brexit would also result in a major setback in the progress made during the Peace Process. Ignoring the fact that people in the North voted to remain runs contrary to the commitments in the Good Friday Agreement regarding the right to self determination of the people of the North.

“Fianna Fáil has a big role to play. In context of the minority government they enjoy unprecedented power over government decisions and actions. Border Communities against Brexit is calling on Fianna Fáil to use this power to ensure that there is no hard border and the North’s remain vote is respected in  whatever form that is possible to do.” 

Post Date : Tue 15 Nov 2016 04:18 PM
Live performance by Conor Martin Carol singing by Accolade Face painting Balloon Modelling Amusements Children's Art Workshops Visit from Santa and his Reindeer Pyrotechnics Display Christmas Tree Light Switch on at 6.45pm Colour Run
DATE OF EVENT Thu, 24 Nov, 2016
TIME OF EVENT 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
LOCATION Marcus Square Newry
Post Date : Tue 15 Nov 2016 12:44 PM

 Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has called for changes to the Farm Business Improvement Scheme to support farmers. 

The Sinn Féin agriculture spokesperson said; 

"I have concerns about the items that are eligible for grants under the Farm Business Improvement Scheme. 

"I was very surprised that no provision was made for farm safety equipment or IT equipment. 

"Given the push towards online applications for grants and payments and the fact that farmers are actually given additional points for applying online then it stands to reason that help should be available to allow farmers to do that. 

"I will be contacting the health minister asking for this to be reconsidered so that the eligibility for grants under the Farm Business Improvement Scheme is widened." 

Post Date : Tue 15 Nov 2016 10:09 AM

O'Toole, 14th November 2016 Bridie Evangeline nee Duffy formerly Plumbridge (peacefully in Craigavon Area Hospital) 8 Folly Lane. R.I.P. beloved wife of the late Jackie and loving mother of Terence and Rory.

Funeral Arrangements later All further enquires to J.J. McArdle & Sons 37 Thomas St. Armagh. Tel: 028 3752 2480

Post Date : Tue 15 Nov 2016 10:06 AM

COLALUCA (Nee Annett) 13th November2016, May, beloved wife of the late Freddie, and much loved mother of Richard, Anthony, Veronica, and the late Hugo, Johanna and Freddie (Junior).

Her remains will leave her daughter Veronica's residence, 31 Grahamville Estate at 10.00am on Wednesday (16th) for 11.00am Requiem Mass in St. Colman's Church Massforth.
Burial afterwards in adjoining cemetery.

Deeply regretted by her sorrowing sons, daughter, brother Sean, sisters Eileen and Rosemary, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, son-in-law John Pat, daughters-in-law Caroline and Sheila and entire family circle.
St. Pio pray for her.

Family flowers only. Donations in lieu if desired to Chest, Heart and Stroke c/o N. Doran Funeral Director 35 Newry Street, Kilkeel BT34 4DN

Post Date : Tue 15 Nov 2016 09:55 AM

Mc Cartan (Banbridge) 14th November 2016 peacefully, Marion cherished wife of the late Xavier beloved mother of Paddi, Danielle, Grainne and Xavier, mother in law of Stuart, Gerry, Luke and Fiona, Grandmother of Caoimhe, Lochlainn and Susannah. Formerly of Jubilee House Dromore Road. 

Peace be your pillow. 

Her remains will arrive at 6pm at The All Saints Church Ballela on Tuesday. Requiem mass at 11am on Wednesday followed by burial in the adjoining Cemetery. 

Enquires to Heaney Keenan Funeral Directors Banbridge (028) 406 62618.

Post Date : Tue 15 Nov 2016 09:53 AM

McAteer (Warrenpoint/Rostrevor) 14th November 2016 peacefully at Daisy Hill Hospital, Matthew (Red Matt) husband of Maureen and dear father of Anne, Michael, Joseph, Mary, Helena and Sean and brother of Mary Rose and Michael.

May his soul rest in peace.

His remains will leave his daughter’s home 32, Cloughmore Park, Rostrevor on Wednesday at 10.30am arriving at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, Rostrevor for 11am Requiem Mass. Interment immediately afterwards in Kilbroney Cemetery.

Deeply regretted by his wife, sons, daughters, sister, brother, grandchildren, great grandchildren and family circle.

Post Date : Tue 15 Nov 2016 09:47 AM

Sinn Féin MLA Catherine Seeley has welcomed unanimous Assembly support for the transformation of the health service proposed by Health Minister Michelle O'Neill.  

The Sinn Féin Assembly health spokesperson said; 


"I welcome the unanimous support shown in the Assembly today for the plan brought forward by my party colleague and health minister Michelle O'Neill for the transformation of the health service. 


"The health minister's plans set out proposals for the most radical transformation of our health service in decades and this level of support is encouraging.


"These proposals will have a hugely positive impact on health provision and delivery in our society and it is important that as many people as possible play a role in that process."