Post Date : Wed 18 Jan 2017 01:00 PM

January 16th 2017, Clora Strain passed away peacefully at her residence 16 Beech Hill Newry (formerly Heath Hall Newry) surrounded by her loving family. Devoted wife of Charlie, darling mother of Carmel (Shields) Bronach (Murphy) Gervase, Dermot R.I.P. Cathal, Philip, Declan, Teresa (McAnulty) and Clodagh (Strain McDonnell) Predeceased by her siblings, Kenneth, Audrey, Erill and Dudley. 

Removal from her late residence on Thursday at 1:00pm for 2:00pm requiem Mass in St Mary's Church Barr BT34 1SX. Interment afterwards in adjoining cemetery.
Deeply regretted by her sorrowing husband sons, daughters, sons in law, daughters in law, grandchildren.great grandchildren and extended family circle. 
May her gentle soul rest in peace. Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on her. 
Family flowers only. Donations in lieu if desired to Alzheimers Society C/o Digney Funeral Directors 4 Sugar House Quay Newry.
Post Date : Wed 18 Jan 2017 12:57 PM

16th January 2017, Malachy McGrady F.C.A. K.C.S.G. K.C.*H.S. passed away peacefully at home 2 Meadowhill, Downpatrick. 

Dearly beloved husband of Colette and much loved father of Fionnuala, Fintan, Fr. Feargal, Declan, Malachy and Aisling, dear father-in-law of Movana, Mary, Fionnuala and John, loving Papa of Cormac, Caoimhe, Katy, Ronan, Conor, Aoife, Michael, Cliodhna, Ethan and M.B. and dear brother of Marie. 
May he rest in peace. 
Requiem Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, Downpatrick on Thursday 19th January at 12.00noon. Interment afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Killough Road. 
Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul. Our Lady Queen of Ireland intercede for him. 
Family flowers only please. Donations may be made in lieu if desired to Chest, Heart & Stroke Association c/o Charles Rourke & Sons Funeral Directors, 51 Church Street, Downpatrick BT30 6EH
Post Date : Wed 18 Jan 2017 12:53 PM

15 th January 2017 Florence Cromie passed away peacefully at Woodlodge Nursing Home, Castlewellan. Florence, late of 39 Tierkelly Hill Road, Ballyroney, Banbridge, beloved wife of the late Thomas James and loving and devoted mother of Margaret and Florence.

House and funeral private.
Very deeply regretted by her sorrowing daughters and all the family circle.
"Redeemed... with the precious blood of Christ." 1st Peter ch 1 v. 18 - 19.
Post Date : Wed 18 Jan 2017 12:50 PM

Tony Hughes R.I.P. died suddenly 15th January 15, 2017. Dear father of Ruairi, Cliodhna and Caoimhe and son of Philomena and the late John Hughes, brother of Breedge, Adrian, Eugene, Deirdre, Noleen and the late Damian, Dermot, Sean and Seamus. 

Tony's remains will leave his late residence, 3 Bann View on Thursday January 19th at 11.15am for 12noon Requiem Mass in St John's Church, Ballymaghery, Hilltown. Interment afterwards in adjoining cemetery. 
St Anthony pray for him. 
Deeply regretted by the entire family circle.
Post Date : Tue 17 Jan 2017 01:52 PM

NI's leading pro-European organisation concerned at NI leaving the Single Market with no functioning administration

Northern Ireland's leading pro-European organisation, the European Movement in Northern Ireland (EMNI), has reacted to the developing news following the Prime Minister's Brexit speech and the collapse of the NI Executive at Stormont. 

EMNI Chair Ian Parsley said: 

"We are deeply concerned that the collapse of the Northern Ireland Executive with no pre-existing 'Brexit Plan' will result in Northern Ireland's distinct interests not being heard as Article 50 is triggered. 

"The Prime Minister's statement puts to an end the fantasy that the UK could remain in the Single Market outside the EU. This was never a realistic option, yet many senior politicians and civic voices presented it as one during the referendum campaign. 

"Yet again, therefore, we see that the referendum outcome, based as it was on a hugely misleading campaign, is leading to a fundamental change in social model which will be to the detriment of public services and of business's ability to trade with our main market. Additionally, as nearly three quarters of imports to Northern Ireland come from the EU, we will see the cost of living rise." 

In relation to the news that elections will take place on March 2 in Northern Ireland, Ian added: 

"It is essential, therefore, that stability is returned to the Northern Ireland Executive after the election so that Ministers can challenge this folly on all our behalves." 

The Deputy Chair of EMNI, Ciaran Hanna welcomed the commitment by the PM to try and keep the Common Travel Area between Ireland and the UK and the decision to give Parliament a vote on the final UK/EU deal. 

"The last thing we need is a hard border back in Northern Ireland, so we will have to keep up the pressure during the negotiations. The collapse of the institutions shows just how irresponsible it was for the DUP to argue for Leaving the EU. Instability was the last thing we needed. Where is the plan? Businesses need to know what will happen now we're leaving the Single European Market and Customs Union." 

Ciaran added there should be a referendum on the deal: 

 "The people should have their say on the final UK/EU deal."

Post Date : Tue 17 Jan 2017 10:53 AM

Newry Dart League .

Sponsored by CLARA Aparthotel Bulgaria.

Sectional Pairs to be played on Friday 20th Jan 2017.

All Draws to be done on the night by the Referees in charge at each venue.

Draws to be done at 9:30pm SHARP.

Not there at 9:30pm not in Draw.


All games best of 3 x701 Bull up for darts.. 1 Pair to Qualify from each Section in Premier Division.

@ Trainors Bar Camlough Backroom Board. Referees:Kieran Gallagher & Damien Bradley.

Brendan McAteer & William O'Hagan (Ballyholland INF)

Sean Poland & Kieran Gallagher (Gormans Bar M/Bridge)*Holders*

Damien Bradley & Graham Unwin (Trainors A)

Kieran Sloan & John Campbell (Cloughmor Inn)

Tommy Loughman & Micheal McKeown (Trainors A)

John Donnelly & Mickey Kelly (Gap of the North)

Jerome Magee & Donal Fegan (Indo A)

Martin O'Sullivan & Shane Rafferty (1st & Last W/Point)

Peter McGenity & Damien Kilgallon (3 Steps A)

Austin Thompson & Bernard McVerry (The Wanderers)

Napier Boyce & Raymie Carroll (Trainors A)

@ Indo Stage Board. Referees:Liam Bradley & Niall McVerry.

Paul Magone & Thomas Coulter (Gormans Bar M/Bridge)

Seamus Fearon & Martin McAleenan (Ballyholland INF)

Steve Noade & Tristan Byrne (Magees A)

James O'Sullivan & Paul O'Sullivan (1st & Last W/Point)

Justin McKevitt & Miceal McEvoy (Trainors A)

Niall McVerry & Billy Havern (The Wanderers)

Robert McLoughlin & Sidney Moore (Cloughmor Inn)

Brendan Loughran & Sean Judge (3 Steps A)

Kevin Coulter & Declan Duffy (Gormans Bar M/Bridge)

Noel Bradley & Liam Bradley (Trainors A)

John Burden & Damian Quinn (Cloughmor Inn)

@ Bellinis, Board 2. Referees:Tommy Mooney & Chris McClure.

Jamie McManus & Jimmy McManus (Gormans Bar M/Bridge)

Mark Gorman & Gerard McCartney (Magees A)

Owen Caffrey & Pat Nulty (Gap of the North)

Anthony McCabe & Tommy Mooney (Indo A)

Dee Dutton & Kieran Pentony (The Wanderers)

Micheal Gallagher & Christy McCartan (Cloughmor Inn)

Darren Carroll & Mickey Donnelly (Trainors A)

Thomas McCartney & Mickey Morgan (3 Steps A)

Ray Campbell & Seamus Rice (Ballyholland INF)

Enda McConville & Johnny Taylor (Gormans Bar M/Bridge)

Declan McClure & Chris McClure (Magees A)

@ Gap of the North. Referees:John Lawler & Martin Carville.

Gareth Kilgallon & Brendan Galvin (3 Steps A)

Tommy McArdle & Aeron Elias (1st & Last W/Point)

Kevin McVerry & Padraig Murphy (Trainors A)

Stephen Kells & Oliver Thompson (Indo A)

Peter Grennan & Martin Carville (3 Steps A)

John Lawler & Mickey McMahon (Gap of the North)

James Morgan & Paddy McComiskey (Cloughmor Inn)

Cathal Rooney & Paddy Kearney (Indo A)

Carl Thomas & Mick Murtagh (Gap of the North)

Alan Dullaghan & Ciaran Keenan (Lumpers Bar A)

Hugh Greene & Paul Doran (Cloughmor Inn)


All games best of 3x501 toss coin for darts.. 1 Pair to Qualify from each Section in Division 1.

@ AOH Newry(Hibs). Referees:Kevin Woods & Kevin McCann.

Francis O'Hare & Hugh O'Hare (Bosco)

Kevin Woods & Damien Keenan (AOH Newry)

Daniel Carroll & Nicky Connell (Maddens Bar A)

John Larkin & Seamus Tierney (CWC)

Kevin McCann & Thomas King (Carrickcruppen GFC)

Eugene McAleavey & Gary McAleavey (Maddens Bar A)

Paddy Bennett & Vincent Conlon (Windmill Bar)

Wayne Fry & Francis Smyth (Lumpers Bar B)

Ciaran Jennings & Jonathan Murphy (Railway Bar)

Frank Craven & Chris Craven (AOH Newry)

@ Bosco. Referees:Micky White & Michael Kavanagh.

Paul Doran & Gerard O'Brien (AOH Newry)

Mark Daly & Gavin McFee (Railway Bar)

Ross Flynn & Eddie McGarry (Carrickcruppen GFC)

Michael Kavanagh & Mickey Greene (Bosco)

Joe Donnelly & Thomas Crilly (Killeavy GAC)

Micky White & Ralph Patterson (Windmill Bar)

Thom Ingle & Brendan Curran (Maddens Bar A)

Dominic Campbell & Yvonne Campbell (Quinns Camlough)

Steve Ling & Dessie Rocks (CWC)

Ruairi Cunningham & Conor McKeown (Windmill Bar)

@ Carrickcruppen GFC. Referees:Alan McArdle & John Morgan.

Jack Beattie & Stephen McArdle (Carrickcruppen GFC)

John Lambe & Barry Haughey (Lumpers Bar B)

Peter Rice & Kevin Thompson (Killeavy GAC)

Gareth Doyle & Dermot Treanor (Lumpers Bar B)

Alan Roker & Alan McArdle (Carrickcruppen GFC)

Davy McCutcheon & John Morgan (Windmill Bar)

Gerry Coghlan & Thomas Casey (Windmill Bar)

Colin Boyle & Gareth Haughey (Quinns Camlough)

Allan McManus & Pat Quinn (Killeavy GAC)

John Brannigan & Mal Havern (Quinns Camlough)

@ CWC. Referees:Colin McLoughlin & Jim Rowland.

Jerome White & Colin McLoughlin (CWC)

Anna Madigan & Jane Quinn (Quinns Camlough)

Rodney Carroll & Gary Slevin (Maddens Bar A)

Rory O'Hare & Sean Curran (Maddens Bar A)

Jonny Quinn & Ciaran Quinn (CWC)

Mark McMahon & Ali McKay (Bosco)*Holders*

Seamus Kane & Mark King (Carrickcruppen GFC)

Martin McClelland & Gary McKeown (Railway Bar)

Gerrad Donegan & Kris McKay (Bosco)

Jim Rowland & Kevin McGivern (AOH Newry)


All games best of 3x501 toss coin for darts. 1 Pair to Qualify of each board in Division 2.

@ Dromintee GFC. Referees:Peter Rice & Peter McCoy.

Jimmy McVerry & Seamus McVerry (Bellinis)

Peter Rice & Thomas Hughes (Dromintee GFC A)

Ivan O'Neill & Ciaran Loye (Cornamucklagh House)

Shane McVerry & Arther McCaffrey (Trainors Bar)

Jason Rice & Ronan McCoy (Dromintee GFC A)

Leo Shannon & Pat Byrne (Forkhill GFC A)

Paddy Lavelle & Lee McParland (O'Hanlons W/Cross)

Jim McCoy & Peter McCoy (3 Steps B)

Seamus McParland & Denise Leonard (O'Hanlons W/Cross)

Kevin Gallagher & Gerard Reynolds (3 Steps B)

@ Bellinis, Board 7. Referees:Roger McCullough & Jim Clarke.

Emmett Fearon & Francis Purcell (3 Steps B)

James Mulligan & Con McParland (O'Hanlons W/Cross)

Phil McLoughlin & Kieran Connell (Glenn GFC)

Raymond Kimbley & Rodney Kimbley (Ann's Army)

Frank Bagnall & Kieran Bagnall (Glenn GFC)

Roger McCullough & Paddy McKeown (Trainors Bar)

Benny Turley & Jim Clarke (Bellinis)

Abby Hempkin & Pat Kearns (Sheepbridge Inn)

Paddy Faloon & Paddy McAnulty (Ballyholland Harps)

Shane Mullholland & Anthony McNamee (Ballyholland Harps)

Dan Phillips & Tommy Carlisle (Cornamucklagh House)

@ Ballyholland Harps, Referees:Philip Hand & Ronan Mullholland.

Philip Hand & Barry McMahon (Ann's Army)

Wayne Revels & David Revels (Sheepbridge Inn)

Mattie Shields & Ciaran Hartigan (Ballyholland Harps)

Sean O'Hare & Donal McSherry (Glenn GFC)

Jordan Loye & John McArdle (Cornamucklagh House)

Caomhan Downey & Kieran Larkin (Dromintee GFC A)

Ronan Mullholland & Luis Benitez (Bellinis)

Brian Travers & Johnny Wharton (Sheepbridge Inn)

Damien Dixon & Brendan Leonard (Ballyholland Harps)

Robbie White & Ruairi White (Ballyholland Harps)

@ McGuigans Bar, Referees:Peader Mallie & Malachy Toman.

Tommy Kane & Niall McKevitt (Ballyholland Harps)

John Boal & Rory Murtagh (Glenn GFC)

Mark Trainor & Paul Toman (Trainors Bar)

Michael O'Hagan & Sean Keeley (Forkhill GFC A)

Peter Quinn & Hugh Doyle (Trainors Bar)

Brian Larkin & David O'Rourke (Dromintee GFC A)

Malachy Toman & Jimmy Haughey (Trainors Bar)

Valerie Rooney & Frank Harvey (Bellinis)

Connor Doran & Gary McGinn (O'Hanlons W/Cross)

Paul Lucas & Peader Mallie (Ann's Army)

Steven McCann & Sedastien Welbel (Bellinis)


All games best of 3x501 toss coin for darts. 1 Pair to Qualify from each Section in Division 3.

@ Trainors Newry, Referees:Jimmy McMahon & Tom Haughey Snr.

Karl Feenan & Ciaran Galbraith (Cavern Bar)

Anthony Russell & Dean Russell (Slieve Gherkin)

Jimmy McMahon & Joey McLoughlin (Armaghdown Bar)

Peter Johnson & Francie Kearns (Trainors Newry)

Darren Rowntree & Damien Pentony (Trainors Newry)

Tom Fletcher & Tom Haughey Snr (Boyds Bar)

Chris O'Hanlon & Danny Carlon (Magees Bar)

Ross Cunninghan & Caolan Finnegan (Cavern Bar)

Stephen Campbell & Desy Campbell (Slieve Gherkin)

Tommy McCabe & Orlagh Morgan (Trainors Newry)

Eugene Clarke & Mickael Clarke (Doyles Camlough)

@ Boyds Bar, Referees:Shane Copeland & Jason Maguire.

Stephen Lowry & Conor Carlon (Magees Bar)*Holders*

Alan Copeland & Shane Copeland (Cavern Bar)

Oliver Mynes & Gareth Rowntree (Slieve Gherkin)

Jason Maguire & Keiran McFee (Armaghdown Bar)

Terry Campbell & Robbie Irwin (Armaghdown Bar)

Graham Patterson & Noel Larkin (Trainors Newry)

Mick Mackin & Noel McTaggart (Shane O'Neills GFC)

Aidan McKeown & Mickey Doran (Doyles Camlough)

Jim Boyd & Sean Havern (Boyds Bar)

Gavin Kane & Willie Anderson (Doyles Camlough)

Davy Brown & Joe Campbell (Cavern Bar)

@ Magees Bar, Referees:David Brennan & John Magee.

Aaron McParland & Anthony Morgan (Magees Bar)

John Magee & Packie Magee (Armaghdown Bar)

Richie Carlon Jnr & Marty Holland (Trainors Newry)

Peter Lynch & Kevin Barry (Shane O'Neills GFC)

Jimmy Little & Des Havern (Boyds Bar)

Leroy McGinness & Packie Walker (Howes Bar Omeath)

Sean McParland & David Douglas (Port Bar)

Mark Byrne & Joe Byrne (Cavern Bar)

David Brennan & Chris Swinburne (Magees Bar)

Martin Small & Collie Lewis (Slieve Gherkin)

@ Quinns Camlough, Referees:Robert Fegan & Seamus Og Refferty.

Richie Carlon Snr & Martin Carlon (Trainors Newry)

Jack Rafferty & Seamus Og Rafferty (Seasiders INF A)

Paul O'Neill & Gareth McLoughlin (ShaneO'Neills GFC)

Robert Fegan & Tony (Sid) Hughes (Slieve Gherkin)

Brian Craven & Paul Kavanagh (Armaghdown Bar)

Seamus Connelly & Geradre O'Reilly (Doyles Camlough)

Alvin Wallace & Kyle Williamson (Port Bar)

Peter Woods & Ciaran Morgan (Howes Bar Omeath)

Gerry Kierans & Pat McCourt (Howes Bar Omeath)

Philip Sterritt & Clint Elliott (Port Bar)


All games best of 3x501 toss coin for darts. 1 Pair to Qualify from each Section in Division 4.

@ Windmill Bar(Bears),Referees:Martin Fitzpatrick & Neil Heaney.

Owen Pentony & Brendan Rocks (Indo B)

Padraig Rodgers & Decky Flynn (Phoenix Bar)

Mark Bradshaw & Sean Brady (Nan Rices)

Paddy Boyle & Brian Boyle (Seasiders INF C)

Decky Finningan & Luke Phelan (Trainors Heroes)

Brendan Fitzpatrick & Martin Fitzpatrick (Trainors Heroes)

Conor Murtagh & Gerard Murphy (Phoenix Bar)

Neil Heaney & Eddie Heaney (Bears)

@ Maddens Bar, Referees:Stevy Bradshaw & John Anderson.

John Anderson & David Loughran (Bears)

Stevy Bradshaw & Barry McAnulty (Nan Rices)

Gareth Treanor & Denver Jenkins (Indo B)

Garry Meehan & Micheal McCaffery (Phoenix Bar)

Chris Curran & John McCartan (Nan Rices)

Alex Kilgallon & Colm O'Rourke (Dromintee GFC B)

Sean Toale & Arthur Kenny ( Dromintee GFC B)

Cathal Lewis & Brian Coffey (Trainors Heroes)

@ Trainors Bar Camlough,Main Bar Board. Referees:Hugh Bradley & John Daly.

Shannon Boyle & Stacy Marron (Maddens Bar B)

Micheal McEntee & Dorothy Haughey (Trainors Heroes)

Sean Pentony & Brian Woods (Indo B)

John Daly & Paddy McShane (Dromintee GFC B)

Hugh Bradley & Kieran Fitzpatrick (Trainors Heroes)

Jacqueline McKeown & Lil Holland (Trainors Heroes)

Jade Kimmins & Micheal Robinson (Phoenix Bar)

Wayne Heaney & Paddy Heaney (Bears)

@ Phoenix Bar, Referees: Mark McElherron & Joe McCourt.

Joe McCourt & David O'Neill (Bears)

Derek Dinsmore & Liam Donnan (Seasiders INF C)

John Bradshaw & Robert Bradshaw (Nan Rices)

Kealan Porter & Danny McCaul (Nan Rices)

Stephen Bagnall & Conor Madden (Phoenix Bar)

Bryan McElherron & Mark McElherron (Seasiders INF C)

Paul Rice & Daragh Noonan (Phoenix Bar)

Cormac Malone & Gavin Murtagh (Phoenix Bar)

It is up to the Winners of there sections to leave in the result sheets from that venue into the Result Box in McGuigans Bar before 5pm on the Saturday following games...

Post Date : Tue 17 Jan 2017 09:44 AM
16th January 2017 Brigid Swaine passed away suddenly at Daisy Hill Hospital. Brigid R.I.P. beloved wife of the late Johnny and much loved mother of Geraldine and devoted grandmother of Christopher and Ruth, 52 Brannock Meadows. 
Funeral arrangements later. 
Deeply regretted by her sorrowing daughter, grandchildren. brother Gerard, sister Marie, sister in law Anne, nephews, nieces, family circle and friends. 

Enquiries to Digney Funeral Directors 028 302 51220 

Post Date : Tue 17 Jan 2017 09:42 AM
15th January 2017, Brendan Murphy passed away peacefully at Daisy Hill Hospital. Brendan R.I.P. beloved husband of Cecelia and much loved father of Brendan. 
Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul. 
His remains will leave his home 86 O'Neill Avenue on Wednesday at 11:30 am for 12:00 noon funeral Mass in St Mary's Church Chapel Street. Interment afterwards in adjoining cemetery. 
Deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife, son, brothers, sister, brothers in law, sisters in law, nephews, nieces, family circle and friends. 

Family flowers only. Donations in lieu to Macmillan Nursing Service C/o Digney Funeral Directors 4 Sugar House Quay. 

Post Date : Tue 17 Jan 2017 09:36 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has welcomed a scheme aimed at introducing more part-time 20 mph speed limits at rural primary schools on roads where the national speed limit applies.  

Declan McAleer said: 

“Children and young people are among the most vulnerable groups using our roads both in the vicinity in schools and the wider community.

“A recent innovation by the Infrastructure Minister has seen the development of part-time 20 mph speed limits at schools, especially those on roads where the national speed limit applies. The speed limit at these schools is reduced to 20 mph at opening and closing times during term times.  

 “The department is now going to test alternative signing arrangements at ten schools. 

“This test will allow them to assess the effectiveness of new arrangements against the existing systems and should also pick up any unforeseen issues.  

“If successful a decision can then be taken whether there should be a comprehensive programme of part-time speed limits rolled out at all rural primary schools.

“It’s important that we do all in our power to reduce the levels of deaths and serious injuries on the roads.” 

Post Date : Tue 17 Jan 2017 09:27 AM

 SDLP South Down MLA Sinead Bradley has cast scepticism on a statement from Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard where he expressed his expectation to see Narrow Water Bridge completed by 2019. 

She said, “They promised the A5 and not one inch of road has been built. They promised the A6, which quickly became a road between Randalstown and Castledawson. Today it looks like the Sinn Féin tactic of hollow pre-election promises is already in full swing. 

“15 minutes before an election was even called, the outgoing Infrastructure Minister used his department to express his commitment to see construction on Narrow Water Bridge begin by 2019. 

“Throughout the embarrassingly short life of this Executive, I asked the Minister several times for an update on Narrow Water Bridge and I was ignored. I don’t think anyone will believe that the project has suddenly become a priority for Chris Hazzard when he hardly mentioned it the entire time he had the power to see it built.

“The priority for the DUP and Sinn Féin has always been and will always be narrow political self-interest. They have no desire to deliver for the people, let alone delivering ambitious infrastructure projects like Narrow Water Bridge. If people want change and delivery, they’ll need to vote for it in March.”