Post Date : Wed 28 Sep 2016 12:21 PM

 Over 100 ‘dancers’ from across the Southern Health and Social Care Trust area have signed up to take part in ‘Southern Trust does Strictly Come Dancing’ all in aid of Marie Curie. 

Marie Curie is the Trust’s charity partner for period September 2015 to June 2017 and the Southern Trust has raised £67,000 so far for Marie Curie.

The top five couples from the four local heats during October will go head-to-head at the grand final on November eleventh at the Armagh City Hotel to be crowned champions of the dance floor.  

To find out more about the event and to purchase a ticket contact Philip on:

Tel: 028 3741 2649 or Email: alternatively regular updates are available on the Trust Facebook page:

All funds raised from the partnership will help Marie Curie nurses provide free high quality care to people with terminal illnesses in their own homes, right across the Southern area.

DATE OF EVENT Wed, 12 Oct, 2016
LOCATION Southern Health and Social Care Trust area
Post Date : Wed 28 Sep 2016 08:45 AM

 September 27, 2016, peacefully at home, 40 Dundrinne Rise, Castlewellan and formerly of Hampton Park, Belfast, dearly-beloved wife of Pat and daughter of the late Murty and Norrie Toolan, much-loved sister of Mariette James, Antoinette, Sheron, Lorraine and the late Berniece, brothers-in-law Jim, Billy, Joe, Frank, Gerard, Paul and the late Desmond, sisters-in-law Anne and Margaret, her beloved nieces and nephews and many friends. 

May she rest in peace. 

Removal from her late home Thursday 29th September at 6.00 p.m to arrive at St. Malachy’s Church, Castlewellan at 6.30 p.m. Requiem Mass on Friday 30th September at 10.30 a.m. Burial afterwards at Irish Grange Cemetery Carlingford, Co. Louth. 

Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on her soul. 

Enquires to Charles Rourke & Sons, Funeral Directors, 51 Church Street, Downpatrick. 02844613740

Post Date : Wed 28 Sep 2016 08:08 AM

 The Southern Trust is supporting the seasonal flu vaccination programme by urging staff and in particular frontline staff to protect themselves, their patients, clients and families by getting the flu vaccination. 

Throughout the month of October health and social care workers can attend drop-in Flu Vaccination Clinics across the Trust. Vaccinations will also be available on all wards and Departments to make it more convenient for those staff who have difficulty attending a clinic.

Catriona Campbell, Head of Occupational Health in the Trust said:

“Flu occurs every year, usually in the winter. It is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus. Symptoms include fever, chills, headache, aching muscles, cough and sore throat - and because flu is a virus, antibiotics won’t help. People sometimes call a bad cold the flu, but really, having flu is much worse.

“The Flu protection only lasts for one flu season, so it is important to get vaccinated every year, ideally in October or early November to be ready to fight off infection. As it takes about two weeks for the vaccination to reach maximum protection, it is important to get your jab before flu starts circulating to make sure it works. 

“As health care providers, we have a duty to protect our patients and clients by protecting ourselves so it is important for us all, particularly those delivering frontline care and in contact with vulnerable people to have the flu vaccination.” 

For a full schedule of Vaccination Clinics staff can visit the Trust Intranet site or contact the Occupational Health Team on Tel: 028 3741 2473. 

For information on seasonal flu see This site provides a comprehensive guide to flu, including information for the public on who is most at risk, who needs a seasonal flu vaccine, how to get the vaccine and what to do if you think you have the flu, as well as information on prevention of further infection. 

Click here to watch Dr Richard Wright – Medical Director, talking about the flu vaccine

Post Date : Tue 27 Sep 2016 01:25 PM

 Davina’s Ark, originated from an inspiring young woman whose life was affected by addiction and its effects. Addiction led Davina down a harrowing lonely, and a lot of times a despairing road. Davina experienced depression and addiction robbed her of joy and a zest for living and purpose. Davina entered a twelve step programme which helped her become abstinent and see light at the end of the tunnel.

However Davina found that further along the journey in recovery she still experienced emotional turmoil and difficulty in relationships with herself and others. Davina recognized that there was an unfulfilled need in rehabilitation support, ‘the gap’. Davina further recognized that in this gap those in recovery remained vulnerable and without further support ran the risk of relapse, physical and mental illness, self-harm and suicide. Furthermore the impact of relapse on the sufferer compounded the effect on their families.

Through Davina’s own experience she resolved to source further support in one to one counselling and various support work-shops, which from her own experience she found added to and enhanced her quality of life and recovery and she continued to promote the same for others.

Davina’s experience during recovery represents the need for ongoing support in the addiction post treatment period. Davina displayed great courage, determination and understanding of the needs of others travelling the same journey as herself.

Bridging ‘The gap’ represents the transition from despair to hope and Davina’s belief has been inspirational in providing the counselling support services offered by Davina’s Ark. It was when delivering a support workshop for people recovering from addiction that tragically was taken ill and died.

Davina’s Ark is the legacy of the work that Davina was involved in prior to her untimely death in June 2011.

Inspired by the vision of Davina, a group of professional addiction counsellors resolved to set up a counselling service to aid and address the unmet needs of those in rehabilitation and their families. This gap as defined by Davina’s Ark is ‘that period during rehabilitation where people in addiction remain vulnerable, at risk of relapse and prone to self harm and even suicide’. Davina’s dream was to create an organisation which would provide professional services to bridge this gap. It would provide a supported pathway to recovery which would equip individuals with skills and renewed confidence and thus restore them to a full, active and purposeful role in society

Davina’s Ark offers hope and new opportunity to the many in our society who are afflicted and or affected by the curse of addiction. A shocking and sobering truth is that alcohol and drug misuse in our society is one of the biggest public health issues we have to address. There is not a single family in our society that isn’t somehow impacted by the negative effects of addiction.

The Davina’s Ark initiative is both visionary and socially innovative, the brainchild of one who found herself in the depths of ‘The unforgiving nightmare of addiction’ but who through determination battled her way back to recovery and rehabilitation and resolved to create opportunity for other sufferers.

Post Date : Tue 27 Sep 2016 11:13 AM

 Independent Newry City Councillor Kevin McAteer has commended the Magnet Centre in Newry for their recent homelessness awareness day highlighting the issue of homelessness.

Speaking on the event the Independent Councillor stated:

“Its great to see so many young people taking part in such an important event with a big message. I want to commend Rebekah, Teresa and all the young people at Newry Magnet Centre for everything they have done recently to highlight the issue of homelessness. They are a credit to the community.

It is important that we continue to create awareness on this issue within the public and to those who may find themselves in that situation. It is important that anyone who may find themselves as homeless for whatever reason understands that help is available and they are not alone.”

Post Date : Tue 27 Sep 2016 08:39 AM

 LOUGHLIN - September 26, 2016 (peacefully) at hospital, Mary, dearly beloved wife of the late Joseph and loving mother of Ivan, daughter-in-law Cathy, grandsons Robert and Joshua, 9 Ballynagappog Road, Rathfriland.

House and funeral strictly private at her own request.

Family flowers only. Donations in lieu to J.G. Bullick Funeral Directors, 71 Newry Street, Rathfriland for Clonduff Presbyterian Church (cheques payable to J.G. Bullick Donations A/C).

Very deeply regretted by her sorrowing son, daughter-in-law, grandsons, sisters Lotty Kirkpatrick and Tilly Magill and all the family circle.

Post Date : Tue 27 Sep 2016 08:37 AM

 McNeilly, September 24th, 2016, peacefully at her home, 9 Hillhead Close, Banbridge, Catherine Ash, in her 101st year, dearly loved wife of the late Robert Wilson McNeilly and loving mother of Jean and Kay.

Funeral Service in Scarva Street Presbyterian Church on Tuesday at 2.00pm, with interment afterwards in the New Cemetery.

House private.

No flowers, please. Donations in lieu, if so desired, may be sent to Rev. Colin Harris, The Manse, Scarva Street, Banbridge, for The Windows Restoration, Scarva Street Presbyterian Church.

Deeply regretted by her sorrowing Daughters, son-in-law Colin, grandchildren Stephen and Emma, great-grandchildren Jeremy, Danny, Josie, Jack, Rory and Piers, and Family Circle.

Post Date : Tue 27 Sep 2016 08:31 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane said alternative legislation that prioritises women’s welfare, health and wellbeing is needed across the island.

Speaking after attending the 'Rise and Repeal' Rally on Saturday Ms Ruane said:

“Tens of thousands of men and women from all over Ireland attended the ‘Rise and Repeal’ Rally in Dublin yesterday.

“It is clear that the Irish Government cannot ignore this issue any longer, the groundswell of support for the repeal of the 8th amendment and the actions of the public indicate that they want a say on this issue.

“Sinn Féin has been consistent in the view that the 8th amendment needs to be repealed in order to protect women and to allow for terminations in cases of sexual crime and fatal foetal abnormalities.

“Sinn Féin does not support abortion on demand and remain opposed to the extension of the 1967 Act to the North.

“Sinn Féin would support legislation which would make provision for abortion services in instances of pregnancies arising from sexual crime along with situations in which a pregnancy has been determined to have a fatal foetal abnormality.

“We have been resolute in our support for women’s rights and will continue to work as stakeholders to create an alternative that prioritises a woman’s welfare, a woman’s health and a woman’s wellbeing across the island.”

Post Date : Mon 26 Sep 2016 09:51 AM

 QUINN (Camlough, Co Armagh) Patrick Emmet (Paddy Joe) aged 14, died tragically September 23, 2016. May he rest in peace. Cherished son of Gerard and Mary and dear brother of Eilis, Kate, Mary and Rose and grandson of Emmet and Valerie Quinn and Terry and Frances Boyle, loving nephew of Paul, Peter, Elaine, Edel, Oliver, Joanne, Michael, Janette, Frances, John Paul and Grainne. 

Our Lady of Lourdes pray for him. 

Funeral leaving his home, 21 Carrickcloughan Road on Monday September 26, 2016 at 11.15am for 12noon Requiem Mass in St Malachy's Church, Carrickcruppen. Interment immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. 

Paddy Joe will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his mother, father, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and wide family circle and friends. 

Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul. 

Ours is just a simple prayer that God will keep you in His loving care.

Post Date : Mon 26 Sep 2016 09:46 AM

 Clegg - (née Arlow) September 24, 2016, (suddenly) at Craigavon Area Hospital, Jean, beloved wife of the late Melvyn Clegg, Spelga Mews, Banbridge and devoted mother of Alan, Elaine and Melanie.

Funeral Service in Scarva Street Presbyterian Church on Tuesday at 11.00am followed by private interment.

House private. No flowers please. Donations in lieu may be sent, if desired, to William Bell & Co., Funeral Directors, 23 Kenlis Street, Banbridge BT32 3LR for Spelga Mews and Patients Comforts, Ward 4 North, Craigavon Area Hospital.

Lovingly remembered by her sorrowing son, daughters, daughter-in-law Karen, sons-in-law Jeremy and Paul, grandchildren Jamie, Sophie, Aimee, Matthew, brothers Joe and Bobby, sister Sally and all the family circle.