Post Date : Mon 26 Jun 2017 09:24 AM
President of Newry Chamber, Michael McKeown urged businesses from throughout the Greater Newry Area to showcase their business excellence and “show confidence” in the future at the launch of the Greater Newry Area Business Awards which took place on 23rd June in Bellinis, hosted by Newry Chamber of Commerce.
With 21 categories there is ample opportunity for all businesses in the Greater Newry Area to enter. Deadline for Entry is 11th August with the Gala Ceremony to take place in the Canal Court Hotel on 28th September.  Information on the categories and entries will be made online at  
Gold Sponsors and supporters of this biennial business awards competition include The Bank of Ireland, Flogas Natural Gas and Newry Mourne & Down District Council, together with individual category sponsors. 
Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Cllr Roisin Mulgrew stated, “The Council is delighted to be a Gold Sponsor and to endorse the Greater Newry Area Business Awards 2017. These awards support our new Council’s strategic objective of attracting investment and creating jobs by recognising business excellence, entrepreneurship and celebrate all that is good within the Greater Newry business community”.
Geraldine O’Hagan, Senior Branch Manager and Gold sponsor of the 2017 Awards, welcomed the search to identify, recognise and reward some of the region’s top businesses.  She said, “Banking lies at the heart of business activity and our involvement in these awards reflects our continued drive and commitment in supporting the local business community in their continuous improvement”.
Mark Gannon, Managing Director of Flogas Natural Gas commented “With the availability of natural gas to businesses throughout the Greater Newry area, we are delighted to be Gold sponsors of these awards.  We pride ourselves on quality customer service and similarly look forward to rewarding business excellence across the area”.  

If you would like more information or request a brochure contact Newry Chamber office on (028) 30250303 or email Organisations can also enter online at 

Post Date : Fri 23 Jun 2017 09:12 AM
22nd June 2017, Patrick McGuone passed away peacefully at Daisy Hill Hospital. Patrick, beloved husband of the late Marie, Moygannon Court, Warrenpoint, Co. Down.
May his soul rest in peace.
Funeral arrangements later.
Deeply regretted by his loving family circle.
Post Date : Fri 23 Jun 2017 09:08 AM

Slieve Gullion Sinn Féin Councillor Terry Hearty has congratulated the staff of Glencarron Nursing Home for their outstanding success in the Staff Nursing Care Awards.

Having received successful nominations in the categories of Care Assistant of the Year, alongside nominations for Nurse of the Year, Nurse Manager and for the Nursing Home as an institution, Hearty commended the good work of the Glencarron team in difficult times:
"These are well-deserved accolades for the Glencarron staff and management and I am delighted that their efforts have been recognised on this scale.
"At a time when acute healthcare services are under strain it is reassuring to know that our elderly population are still receiving a very high standard of clinical expertise at Glencarron.
"Staff receive the most modern and relevant training, patients enjoy a warm and friendly atmosphere of care, and the wider community cherish the role Glencarron plays in providing first-class local healthcare.
"The training of staff is paramount to the provision of clinical excellence and in Glencarron they recognise the need for a programme of continuous professional development. These awards are the culmination of that commitment to caring and ongoing learning.
"I visit the Glencarron Nursing home often, and the staff can without doubt pride itself on its commitment to caring for its local community.
Post Date : Fri 23 Jun 2017 09:01 AM

 Police in Newry are appealing for information in relation to an assault in the Mourneview Park/Erskine Street area of Newry on Wednesday, 21 June. 

Constable Leahy said “It was reported that sometime between 7:00 - 7:15 pm a man in his 20s was assaulted and received facial injuries as a result of this. A man in his 30s and 2 men in their 20s have since been arrested and are helping police with their enquiries.
I would ask anyone with information to contact Newry station on 101 quoting reference 1180 21/06/17, or if they wish to remain anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Post Date : Thu 22 Jun 2017 11:59 AM
I'm a member of the Square Wheels cycling club based in the Moy and myself and some of the club members will be cycling around the coastline of Northern Ireland and Donegal to raise awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer.  
In Northern Ireland, approximately 180 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year, and 120 women lose their lives each year. When a woman is diagnosed at the earliest stage, her chance of surviving ovarian cancer for five years of more doubles from just 46 per cent to more than 90 per cent, and knowing the symptoms of ovarian cancer can save lives.  
The symptoms of ovarian cancer are: 
Increased abdominal size/persistent bloating
Difficulty eating/feeling full/vague indigestion
Pelvic or abdominal pain, dragging sensation in lower abdomen or side
Needing to wee more urgently or more often
Other symptoms can include unexpected weight loss, change in bowel habits, and extreme fatigue. 
In NI we do not have  a dedicated support network for those effected by the disease. Most women and their family have to deal with the diagnoses in isolation. Most do not know anyone else with the disease and this can make coping with it even more difficult.
Since starting my Facebook page @beovariancanceraware  and starting to have conversation with people about the campaign I have heard stories of so many women who have lost their lives to the disease. What has come out of those conversations is the feeling of isolation for the sufferer and their families. Sometimes when we have a disease we just need someone to talk to who is going through the same experience and understand how it feels.  Families are not always able to offer that support and often need support themselves.  
Through the Facebook page I am hoping to be able to put people in contact with each other so that we can grow and develop a support network and to raise money for research into the disease.
Please know the symptoms. Hopefully you will never need to them for yourself but you could save the life of a daughter, sister, mother, best recognizing the symptoms and helping her get treatment early. EARLY DIAGNOSIS SAVES LIVES. 
Please visit my facebook page @beovariancanceraware and share it with all the women you know.  Don't keep this lifesaving information to yourself ...tell everyone. 
Help raise £5000 to help provide a support network for women and families affected by ovarian cancer and to support research into this devastating disease.
Weʼre raising money to help provide a support network for women and families affected by ovarian cancer and to support research into this devastating disease. Support this JustGiving Crowdfunding Page.
Post Date : Thu 22 Jun 2017 09:19 AM

20th June 2017, Kieran Mackin passed away, 22 Roxborough Road, son of the late Peter and Bernadette, father to Sinead, Claire, Shane and Liam (predeceased), brother of Noel, Rosemary (Carragher) Bronagh (McGuinness), and the late Colum, R.I.P. 

Reposing at his nephew Conor's residence, 20 Roxborough Road, Cullyhanna, BT35 0QJ from 6.00pm on Wednesday. Removal on Friday at 10.15am to St Patrick's Church, Cullyhanna for 11.00am Requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. 
Deeply regretted by his son, daughters, brother, sisters, nieces, nephews and entire family circle. 
No flowers please, donations in lieu if desired to Cuan Mhuire, c/o Murray Funeral Directors or the family.
Post Date : Wed 21 Jun 2017 09:15 AM

Sr. Agnes (Betty) CASEY Society of The Sacred Heart, Cedar House, 35 Mount Anville Park, Dublin D14, Late of Armagh & Derry

19th June 2017, Sr. Agnes (Betty) Casey passed away peacefully in the loving care of the staff of Cedar House Nursing Home.  Deeply regretted by her Religious Community, sisters Nuala and Claire, brother Hugh, nieces and nephews, past pupils, former colleagues and a large circle of friends.
Reposing at Corrigan & Sons Funeral Directors, 5 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2 until Thursday morning, 22/6/17. Then reposing in Siena Community Oratory, Armagh until Removal to St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 4.30 p.m. on Friday, 23/6/17. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. on Saturday, 24/6/17, followed by burial in Convent Cemetery.
Post Date : Wed 21 Jun 2017 09:10 AM

19th June 2017, Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Flanagan passed away peacefully at hospital. Betty, beloved wife of the late Bertie, 22 Drumnahoney Road, Whitecross, loving mother of Lorraine, Kenneth and Alan, dear mother-in-law of Ian, Valerie and Joy, devoted grandmother of Mark, Andrew, James, Amy, David, William and Charlotte and great grandmother of Robert.

Funeral service in Kingsmills Presbyterian Church on Thursday at 2 pm followed by interment in the adjoining Churchyard.
Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu if desired for Southern Area Hospice c/o Jackson Stoops & Sons, Funeral Directors, 44 Moy Road, Armagh BT61 8DL.
Lovingly remembered by her sorrowing family and family circle.
"Peace Perfect Peace"
Post Date : Wed 21 Jun 2017 09:07 AM

 19th June 2017, Kathleen Rushe passed away peacefully at her home. Kathleen, devoted wife of the late John and dear sister of Delia and Rose. Reposing at her late residence, 22 Lismore Park, Crossmaglen. 

Funeral on Wednesday June 21st leaving at 1.15 pm to St Patrick's Church, Crossmaglen arriving for 1.30 pm Requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. 
Our Lady of Lourdes pray for her. 
Deeply regretted by her sorrowing sisters, nephews, nieces and wider family circle. 
Enquiries to McConville Funeral Directors, Crossmaglen, 028 3086 1212.
Post Date : Wed 21 Jun 2017 09:04 AM
20th June 2017, James Sarsfield O’Flinn passed away peacefully at Slieve Dhu Nursing Home. James Sarsfield, dearly beloved son of the late James and Maisie O’Flinn and brother of the late Patricia Hall (nee O’Flinn) cherished uncle of Pauline, Patricia, Michelle, Richard, Andy and the late Francis and Nicola R.I.P. 
Sarsfield’s remains repose in Our Lady of The Assumption Church Newcastle. Funeral on Friday after 10.00am Requiem mass, burial in family burial ground, St Mary’s Cemetery Main st. Newcastle. 
On his soul sweet Jesus have mercy. 
Deeply regretted by his sorrowing nieces, nephews and many grand-nephews and nieces and entire family circle. 

Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to Cancer Research c/o Cunningham Bros 53 Main St. Castlewellan 028 437 78445