Post Date : Thu 23 Nov 2017 09:44 AM

21st November 2017, Albert Leonard Guinn passed away peacefully at Hospital. Albert, dearly loved father of Simon and Helen, Cloughogue, Newry. 

His remains will repose at McAnulty’s Funeral Home 35 Church Street, Warrenpoint BT34 3HN on Friday from 7 pm until 9 pm. Cremation will take place on Saturday at 11:30 am at Roselawn Crematorium, Belfast. 
Deeply regretted by his family and friends. 
No flowers please. Donations in lieu if desired to The Southern Area Hospice, c/o McAnulty Funeral Directors. 
Post Date : Thu 23 Nov 2017 09:42 AM
22nd November 2017, Phyllis Ryan passed away peacefully at her home. Phyllis, beloved wife of the late Hugh and dearly loved mother of Margaret and Vincent, 4 Riverfields Avenue, Upper Dromore Road, Warrenpoint.
May her soul rest in peace.
Her remains will leave her home on Friday at 10 am arriving at St. Peter’s Church, Warrenpoint for 10:30 am Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Deeply regretted by her loving daughter, son, son-in-law Sean, grandsons John and Dermot and family circle. 

Post Date : Thu 23 Nov 2017 09:35 AM
Today’s budget supported by the DUP brings no good news for the people of Newry & Armagh but it means relentless austerity, deepening inequality and further cuts to the North’s block grant,
Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has said.
“There is no good news for the people of Newry & Armagh. This Tory budget represents a real term cut of between £100m and £200m in the money available for day-today spending in the North’s block grant next year. So, there is no good news in this budget for our public services and for public sector workers who have already borne the brunt of years of Tory austerity cuts to the block grant. There is no extra money for health. No extra money for education. No extra money for our frontline services staff", said the Sinn Féin MP and he continued,
“The reference to £650m additional firepower for the North is a bad joke. The bulk of that money, to be spread over four years will be in Financial Transaction Capital monies which have to be loaned to businesses and which traditionally we have been unable to use".
The Newry & Armagh MP highlighting the extra money for what he called "the Brexit calamity" stated,
"By his own admission, the British Chancellor accepts this budget will usher in a further fall in economic growth — which is set to fall below 1 per cent in the North while the South of Ireland GDP is growing at over 4 per cent.
There is, however, plenty of extra money for the Brexit calamity because the British Government has now committed an additional £3bn on top of the £700m already set aside to fund their preparations for leaving the EU.
Not only are they trying to drag the North out of the EU against our will, they want to fund it by cutting our public services".
Concluding he also criticised the DUP-Tory pact to support Theresa May’s government. 
He said:
“Once again, this budget shows the folly of the DUP’s decision to give a blank cheque to the Tories as part of their pact with Theresa May.

The DUP committed to supporting all finance and Brexit legislation as part of that arrangement so now they will find themselves supporting further cuts to our block grant and further pressure piled on our public services.” 

Post Date : Thu 23 Nov 2017 09:25 AM
Bird of prey killing widespread across Northern Ireland - Birds of prey victims of 11 incidents of wildlife crime recorded in two years-just the tip of the iceberg?
57 birds of prey were confirmed victims of reckless or intentional criminal activity in Northern Ireland during the last eight years.  The latest report detailing the illegal killing of Northern Ireland’s native birds of prey has been published by the Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime (PAW NI) and is available  It reveals that there were five confirmed illegal poisoning or persecution incidents in 2015 and a further six in 2016, involving the killing of 12 protected birds of prey in Northern Ireland during this period.  Killing six buzzards, five peregrines and one sparrow hawk. 
The report lead author, Dr Eimear Rooney (Raptor Officer for NIRSG) commented: “This latest persecution report helps us all to understand the scale and distribution of the problem.  It is particularly shocking to see new areas appear on the hot-spot maps, showing the issue of raptor persecution to be widespread. It is heart-breaking to think of the deaths of these protected birds but it is particularly shocking to see the continued usage of highly toxic Carbofuran. The PAW NI group will continue to take action to tackle raptor persecution and it is encouraging to see all the partners proactively working together on this report.” 
In 2015/2016 three of the incidents involved the use of the pesticide Carbofuran, which has been banned across the EU since 2001. This poison is illegal to use cross Europe due to its high toxicity to wildlife and humans.  Further birds were killed using other banned pesticides, restricted-use rodenticides and the remainder were illegally shot.
Superintendent Brian Kee, PSNI service lead for rural and wildlife crime, added: “Wildlife crime, including the illegal killing/poisoning of birds of prey, is taken extremely seriously by Police. It isn’t acceptable for birds of prey or any other wildlife to be killed in this way. These actions are illegal and the use of toxic poisons is indiscriminate as they put children, pets and livestock at risk too. We would urge anyone who has information about any incident of poisoning to come forward by calling Police on the non-emergency number 101. Or information about crime can be passed to the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.” 
There were 49 cases of suspected wildlife crime involving birds of prey reported to the PSNI in 2015 & 2016, some of the birds were shown to have died naturally (e.g. disease, starvation/ collision) and many of the birds were too decomposed for accurate testing. Twenty birds tested positive for the consumption of rat poisons, a reminder to landowners to use rodenticides in a responsible manner to minimise the likelihood of exposure to non-target wildlife and pets. Users must always read and adhere to the label instructions of the rodenticide, and they should collect and correctly dispose of any rodent carcasses daily.  
The report examines the occurrence and trends in confirmed persecution incidents of these birds, which has allowed PAW to produce ‘hot-spot’ maps to identify areas where crimes against birds of prey are occurring. Of the 11 confirmed cases in 2015 & 2016, five occurred in County Antrim, two in Counties Down and Armagh and one in each of counties Londonderry and Tyrone. 
The report shows that, since 2009, the most frequent casualties have been buzzards, peregrine falcons, and the recently re-introduced red kite. Red kites and buzzards are particularly susceptible to poisoned baits as they will scavenge on carrion routinely. 

Eimear Rooney added that, “where members of the public come across a dead or injured bird of prey and there is no obvious innocent explanation for its injuries, such as contact with power lines or windows, and a crime is suspected then they should call the PSNI on Tel: 101.  If the bird(s) are found close to a suspicious bait, keep people, pets and livestock away until the police arrive.  This report only covers the carcasses that are recovered and it is likely the ‘tip of the iceberg’, as these incidents tend to occur in remote locations.  Therefore, keep your eyes open in the countryside and remember timely reporting is important”.   

Post Date : Thu 23 Nov 2017 09:17 AM

Police at Ardmore are appealing for help in locating an orange KNK Petrol Strimmer stolen from a shed in the Shandon Park area of Newry between the evening of Saturday 18th November 2017 and the morning of Sunday 19th November. 

Police are following a line of enquiry that Social Media sites where used to advertise and sell this item.  Did you or do you know someone that may have purchased an orange KNK Strimmer in the days after the 19th November?  Did you reply to an advertisement on Social media about this make and model of equipment? 
If you have any information relating to this please contact 101 and quote the reference number 584 19/11/17.
Post Date : Wed 22 Nov 2017 10:33 AM

21st November 2017, Michael McGrory passed away peacefully at home in the care of his loving family. Michael RIP. beloved husband of Anne and father of Michael and Shauna and brother of the late Frank and James RIP.

His remains will leave his late residence on Friday to arrive at St Mochua’s Church, Derrynoose for 11 am funeral mass. Burial afterwards in adjoining cemetery.
Deeply regretted by his loving wife, son, daughter, grandchildren, sisters Maureen (kelly), Margaret (Connolly), Nancy (Cassidy), Bridget (McCrory), son in law, daughter in law and the entire family circle.
On his soul sweet Jesus have mercy.
Post Date : Wed 22 Nov 2017 10:30 AM

21st November 2017, John Convery passed away peacefully at Craigavon Area Hospital surrounded by his loving family. John, beloved husband Deirdre, 34 Upper Irish Street, loving father of Phelim, Siobhan, Deirdre-Anne, Sinead, Sean and Seamus. Loving son of the late Johnny, Agnes Convery and brother of the late Anne R.I.P. 

Funeral on Friday from his home to St. Malachy's Church for 11 am Mass burial afterwards in St. Patrick's Cemetery.
Very deeply regretted by his sorrowing sons, daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren, son in law, daughters in law family circle and friends.
Post Date : Wed 22 Nov 2017 10:27 AM

21st November 2017, Jim McGuirk passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Jim, beloved husband of Ann and devoted father of Damien, Colin, Barry and Ronan.

His remains will leave his late residence, 16 Ballyholland Park, on Thursday at 12:30 pm for 1:00 pm Requiem Mass in Chapel of Ease, Monkshill, burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.
Our Lady Queen of The Most Holy Rosary pray for him. 
Deeply regretted and sadly missed by his wife, sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, brothers, sisters and entire family circle.
Post Date : Wed 22 Nov 2017 10:22 AM

20th November 2017, Edmund (Eddie) Doyle passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family. 

Eddie, beloved husband of the late Marian Doyle R.I.P., funeral from his late residence, 31 Rosconnor Terrace, Rathfriland on Thursday at 10:15 am for 11 am Requiem Mass in St. Mary’s Church and interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.
Deeply regretted by his loving sons Kevin and Sean, daughters Valerie Rooney and Carmel McVerry, sons in law Kenneth and Peter, daughters in law Michelle and Barbara, grandchildren, great grandchild, sisters Annie and Betty, brothers Larry, the late Patsy and Barney R.I.P. and entire family circle.
Post Date : Wed 22 Nov 2017 10:18 AM
21st November 2017, Andrew (Drew) Frazer passed away peacefully at his home, 48 Cavehill Lane, Ballinaskeagh, Banbridge, dearly-loved husband of the late Margaret, loving father of Colin, Geoffrey, Rosemary and Neil. 
House Private.
Funeral Service on Thursday at 2:00 pm in Glascar Presbyterian Church, followed by committal in the adjoining burying ground. 
Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, for Glascar Presbyterian Church and Marie Curie Nurses, c/o Robert J. Bready Funeral Director, 22 Newry Road, Rathfriland, BT34 5AL. 
Will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by the entire family circle. 

Safe in the arms of Jesus.