Post Date : Tue 15 Nov 2016 09:42 AM

Marie Seeley from Lurgan recently donated £3,500 to the Mandeville Unit at Craigavon Area Hospital. 

The money was raised at a fundraising night held in the Woodville Arms and will be used to purchase a specialised treatment chair for the unit.

The staff of the Mandeville Unit would like to thank Marie for this very generous donation.

Post Date : Tue 15 Nov 2016 09:38 AM

As part of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month the Southern Trust teamed up with Pretty ‘n’ Pink Breast Cancer Charity who are offering a unique bra recycling service for the province.  

Staff and service users across the Southern Trust were encouraged to donate their unwanted bras to the ‘Bra Bank’ to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2016.  The ‘Bra Bank’ scheme encourages women to donate their used bras for recycling, to help raise money for the Pretty ‘n’ Pink cancer charity.

Pretty ‘n’ Pink receive a donation of £700 per tonne of bras collected helping the charity provide vital funds for breast cancer patients and their families right here in Northern Ireland.  Meanwhile, unwanted, unloved, uncherished bras will be given a brand new home by being shipped out and taking pride of place in the underwear drawer of a lady in a developing country, where bras are in short supply. 

The drive has been spearheaded by the Trust's Breast Cancer Nurse Specialists who encouraged people to make a deposit in the Bra Bank, located outside the canteen in Craigavon Area Hospital.   Fiona Reddick, Head of Cancer Services Southern Trust, said "This is a cause close to all of our hearts. Colleagues, services users, family and friends have been affected by breast cancer, so we want to do all we can to raise awareness and encourage women to be breast aware." 

Breast cancer is now the most common cancer in the UK, with one in eight women being at risk. In the UK in 2008, almost 47,700 women were diagnosed with breast cancer, which is around 130 women a day.  

If anyone would like any further information on Breast Cancer awareness please visit

Post Date : Tue 15 Nov 2016 09:33 AM

SDLP Newry and Armagh MLA Justin McNulty has called on the Executive to deliver a costed Tourism Strategy to build on the success local agencies have had in breaking into new niche tourism markets.

Speaking ahead of moving an SDLP amendment in the Assembly, Mr McNulty said:  

“Over the last decade, the local tourism industry has suffered as a result of economic downturn and a collapse in disposable income. Despite the incredible quality of Ireland’s tourism product, local attractions, hotels, restaurants etc. have experienced difficult times and they’ve had to become even more resourceful and innovative. 

“Throughout the downturn, the SDLP has called for government intervention to protect, promote and enhance our tourism product. Key among our proposals has been a sector specific reduction in VAT for tourism and hospitality products, putting the North’s services on a level playing field with those in the South. Harmonising this rate across the island is a no brainer.  

“It’s incredibly disappointing that this proposal hasn’t been adopted. And even more disappointing that the Executive has no strategy for promoting tourism here, especially in the fields of sport and activity based tourism where the successes within boxing, golf and motor racing have put us on the map globally. The only notable development, in fact, has been the loss of the United Newark route. 

“Maximising sports and event tourism relies on convenience and ease of travel for fans. Global events like the Open Championship can only have the transformative effect on local economies if they’re accessible in as few movements as possible for international travellers. The loss of the United route is therefore extremely worrying, meaning that the lucrative US fan market is less likely to make the journey if they have to travel through London or Dublin. It also underscores the critical need to improve the transport infrastructure throughout this island as Dublin becomes the primary port for US travellers.  

“The Executive must do more to support our tourism industry as a key economic driver. The SDLP, for our part, will continue to press for the introduction of a specific strategy to promote our tourism product and a sector specific reduction in VAT to support local businesses. The Executive should take these proposals on immediately.”

Post Date : Mon 14 Nov 2016 12:05 PM

Speaking at the annual Edentubber Commemoration South Armagh MLA Megan Fearon said now was the time fro the British Government to call a referendum on Irish unity. 

The Sinn Féin representative and Executive Junior Minister made the call at the 59th anniversary commemoration of Michael Watters and IRA volunteers George Keegan, Paul Smith, Oliver Craven and Paddy Parle. 

“We gather here today to commemorate five  fearless republicans who gave their lives for the cause of Irish freedom at this site almost 60 years ago,” she said.  

“Although they died back in 1957, as republicans we still remember Oliver Craven, Paul Smith. George Keegan, Patrick Parle and Michael Watters with pride. 

“Their sacrifice, together with the generations of republicans who came before them, and those who followed in the most recent phase of conflict is not forgotten. 

“They are part of a proud and unbroken republican tradition and today, their courage, determination and vision still guides us.  

“Three of the Edentubber Martyrs came from this area - an area with a strong republican base - while the other two came from Wexford, a country with a republican heritage stretching back to 1798.  

“They came together with common purpose; to bring about the reunification of this island - a vision we all share here today. 

They knew that the partition of our country was a disaster and that it had failed our people, just as it continues to to this day. 

“They knew that the continued division of our country was an affront to the ideals which inspired them, the ideals of the 1916 Proclamation. 

“They were not prepared to accept a British-imposed border on the island of Ireland.  

“Together, they set out to strike a blow against partition and for Irish freedom. A premature explosion ended their lives but their spirit lives on today as we continue their work.  

“The huge crowds which turned out as their funeral cortege made its way through Dundalk was a fitting tribute to their bravery and heroism. 

“This year hundreds of thousands of people across Ireland and further afield came together to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.  

“The legacy of the men and women of Easter Week was an inspiration to the Edentubber Martyrs and they, in turn, are an inspiration to us.  

“The commemorations have rekindled the passion for Irish freedom and reunification as we rededicate ourselves to the vision of 1916.  

“They focused the minds of many on the need to complete the work of previous generations of republicans.  

“Despite the efforts of those who seek to continue to subjugate us; whether British Tories in London or conservative nationalists here in Ireland, the demand for Irish unity is stronger than ever.  

“In elections north and south this year, support for Sinn Féin grew and we now have 28 MLAs including five Executive ministers in the Assembly, 23 TDs in the Dáil, seven Seanadóirí, four MPs and four MEPs, along hundreds of councillors north and south, we represent every part of this island. Every home and every blade of grass.

“In the North, I and my Ministerial colleagues are jointly leading the Executive, despite the challenges of British Tory austerity and those who wish to turn back the clock on the progress we have made. But there is still much more to do. Particularly in advancing equality for all and we remain committed to athe acheivement of Acht na Gaeilge and seeing marriage equality extended throughout the island.  

“In the 26 counties, just like in the late 1950s when the Edentubber Martyrs and their comrades struck against partition, we have a Fine Gael-led government pursuing aggressive and vindictive policies against the people. They used regressive and punitive legislation to attack the growth of republicanism.  

“Today, we hear echoes of the worst aspects of Free Staterism from a Fine Gael-led government, propped up by their cronies in Fianna Fáil, who offer the same old politics of elites and inequality they were peddling six decades ago. 

“Now, in 2016 they continue to punish those most in need through water charges, protect those in power and to continue to deny rights to women.  

“Sinn Féin is leading the opposition to the failed policies of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil both in the Oireachtas and on the streets across Ireland.  

“Every day more and more people are joining Sinn Féin, sharing our republican vision for a better, free and united Ireland.  

“We will shortly be launching a key document outlining the next steps of our campaign for Irish unity.  

“We want to see more and more people joining us to campaign for the reunification of our country.  

“Removing the border is more relevant today than ever as the British Tory government pursues its Brexit agenda and attempts to drag the North out of the EU against the democratic will of the people.  

“Just as partition has been a disaster for Ireland, Brexit would also be disastrous for the economies north and south. 

“In 1918 the British attempted to ignore the will of the Irish people and now they are attempting to ignore the views of the people of the North who voted to remain in the EU. 

“But just as the people challenged partition then, people today are also taking to the streets to oppose Britain's plans.

“Just a few weeks ago thousands of people gathered right along the border, including near here in our area, to send a clear message to Theresa May and her government that the vote of the people of the North must be recognised and respected. 

“The Irish government too have a role to play in standing up for Ireland's national interest, in particular the rights of Irish citizens in the North. It must explore alternatives to Brexit which would afford the North designated special status within the EU. 

“We need to continue to build support for this campaign to make it clear to the British and Irish governments that the people of Ireland reject borders, whether hard or soft, British or European, on the island of Ireland.  

“The Good Friday Agreement allows for a referendum on the reunification of Ireland and we have consistently called on the British government to state publicly when it will be held.  

“They have said that such a poll would be triggered when there is a significant change in attitude towards the current status quo and argue that has yet to happen. But how are they to gauge that? 

“We have all seen lately how disastrously wrong opinion polls can be. 

Well I have a message for James Brokenshire and Theresa May. WE ARE that significant change of attitude and there is a growing demand across Ireland's 32 counties for  Irish unity.  

“The increasing support for Sinn Féin across the country proves that. The elections held north and south this year proves that. And the result of the EU referendum in the North proves that.  

“As we leave here today we need to continue to draw inspiration from the sacrifice of the Edentubber Martyrs.  

“In everything we do….in the Dáil, in the Seanad, in the Assembly, in councils, in our workplaces, in our homes and on the streets we need to be the change in attitude for Irish unity.  

“We need to make our voices heard - so that our demand for unity and freedom is growing. 

“We will not be silenced and we will realise the vision of 1916 and of all those who fought for Irish unity.”

Post Date : Mon 14 Nov 2016 11:38 AM

Shortt 11th November, 2016 suddenly, Francie R.I.P. Beloved husband of Patricia and loving father of Petrina, James, Leonne, Margaret, Mary, Bridget, Elizabeth, Kathleen, Orla, Francie, Paddy, Marty, Joseph, Jolene and Kevin.

Funeral arrangements later.

Deeply regretted by his loving wife, children, parents Jim and Mary, brothers Peter, Jim, Damian, sisters Antionette, Sinead and Martina, grandchildren and the entire family circle.

On his soul sweet Jesus have mercy.

All further enquiries to Mones Funeral Directors Keady, Tel. 02837531236/07849293472

Post Date : Mon 14 Nov 2016 11:35 AM

Dale - November 11, 2016 (peacefully) at Craigavon Area Hospital, David John Wilson, dearly loved husband of the late Mary Scott Dale and loving father of Sharon and father-in-law of Kennedy.

Funeral Service in William Bell & Co. Funeral Home, 23 Kenlis Street, Banbridge on Monday at 2.00pm. Committal afterwards in the New Cemetery.

Very deeply regretted by his loving daughter, son-in-law, brother Morris and all the family circle.

Post Date : Mon 14 Nov 2016 11:33 AM

Doran 12th November 2016 peacefully at his home Peter, dearly loved husband of Fionnuala and much loved father of Donal. 17, Rossmara Park, Warrenpoint.

May his soul rest in peace.

His remains will be removed from his home on Tuesday at 10am arriving at St. Peter’s Church, Warrenpoint for 10.30am Requiem Mass. Interment immediately afterwards in Warrenpoint Municipal Cemetery.

Deeply regretted by his loving wife, son, daughter-in-law Guela, granddaughter Hannah, brothers Mickey, Paddy, John, Danny and Brendan, sisters Alice and Teresa, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and entire family circle.

Post Date : Mon 14 Nov 2016 11:32 AM

KIRK, 12TH NOVEMBER 2016, HAROLD JEFFREY peacefully at hospital following a short illness, dearly beloved husband of Jean and much loved father of Harold, Sandra, Ronnie, Elvis, Philip, Sidney, Mervyn and the late Alister.

Funeral Service in Second Killyleagh Presbyterian Church on Wednesday 16th November at 12.00noon. Interment afterwards in First Killyleagh Presbyterian Churchyard.

Harold will be resting in Charles Rourke and Sons, Funeral Home, 51 Church Street, Downpatrick, BT30 6EH with the family present between 2pm and 8pm on Tuesday.

 No flowers please by request. Donations may be made in lieu if desired to ICU ward Ulster Hospital c/o Charles Rourke and Sons (address as above) Very deeply regretted and will be sadly missed by his sorrowing family and friends.

Post Date : Mon 14 Nov 2016 11:26 AM

Purdy - November 10, 2016 (suddenly) at his home, 41 Main Street, Annalong, William Joshua, dearly loved son of Jim and Raida Purdy and much loved brother of James, Matthew, Adam, Nathan and Naomi.

Funeral from his late home on Monday 14th November at 2pm to Annalong Presbyterian Church.

Family flowers only please, donations in lieu of flowers, if desired, for The Fisherman's Mission, c/o Adam Annett & Son, 66 Greencastle Road, Kilkeel.

Will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.

"Safe in the arms of Jesus."

Post Date : Mon 14 Nov 2016 11:25 AM

Mullen (Newry) November 11th, 2016. Peacefully at Daisy Hill Hospital surrounded by his loving family, Raymond, dearly beloved husband of Anne and loving father of Darren, Shane, Joanne, Rachel and Neil, 28 Mountpleasant. May he Rest In Peace. 

Funeral from his late residence on Monday at 11.15am for 12noon Requiem Mass in SS Patrick & Colman’s Cathedral. Burial afterwards in Monkshill Cemetery. 

On his soul sweet Jesus have mercy. 

He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his sorrowing wife, sons, daughters, daughters-in-law Diane, Maria and Yvonne, sons-in-law Kelan and Sean, grandchildren, sister Joan, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces and the entire family circle.