Post Date : Tue 18 Oct 2016 08:39 AM

 SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood has paid tribute to the contribution of Gertrude Mallon to politics and peace in Ireland following news of her passing last night. 

Gertrude was a life-long SDLP member who stood against violence alongside her husband Seamus from the early days of conflict. 

Mr Eastwood said: 

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of life-long SDLP member Gertrude Mallon last night. Gertrude will long be remembered as a pillar of strength and a source of hope for SDLP members in Armagh during the darkest days of conflict, none more so than her devoted and beloved husband Seamus. 

“Close family members of politicians often bear the greatest burden. And given Seamus’ towering political stature and fierce opposition to violence in south Armagh, Gertrude and their children had a lot to bear. But it was her strength in the face of such visceral opposition, her unyielding commitment to peace and her unconditional support for Seamus that contributed as much to our political process as any negotiator.  

“My thoughts are with Seamus, their daughter Orla and granddaughter Lara at this difficult time.”

Former SDLP Leader John Hume said:

“Gertrude Mallon was the beating heart of the SDLP in South Armagh. A tower of support to Seamus, her contribution to peace, politics and people across this island is immeasurable.  

“It’s often those closest to politicians who are forced to endure the most in difficult times. Gertrude’s caring nature from her background in nursing stood her in good stead as she looked after not only her own family but all those who needed support as the horrors of that time unfolded.

“Gertrude will be sorely missed by all who knew her.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam Uasal. 

SDLP Newry and Armagh MLA Justin McNulty said:

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Gertrude Mallon, wife of my friend and colleague, Seamus Mallon.  I extend my heartfelt sympathy to Seamus, Orla, and the wider family circle on what is the saddest of occasions for them.   

“Gertrude made an outstanding contribution in her chosen profession of nursing and was a rock to her husband, Seamus, through the most difficult days of the Troubles here.  She was a woman of courage who did not flinch even in the face of bomb and bullet.  She will be sorely missed by Seamus and Orla and by all who loved and knew her.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam Uasal.

Post Date : Tue 18 Oct 2016 08:34 AM

 Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson will host a major conference on disability rights later this year. 

The Sinn Féin MEP said; 

"As vice chair of the European Parliament's intergroup on disability, I will be hosting a major international conference on disability rights later this year. 

"The 'United for Rights' conference will be held in the Carrickdale hotel, Carrickarnon on December 4. 

"It will bring together a range of experts to discuss issues around inclusion and dignity for people with disabilities. 

"We will also look at current rights provision and how those rights could be threatened by Brexit and the British government's plans to scrap the Human Rights Act. 

"It is vitally important that the rights of people with disabilities is protected and I'm looking forward to this event to inform future policy decisions."

Post Date : Mon 17 Oct 2016 03:54 PM

Savvy parents and parents-to-be in and around Newry can find top quality baby and toddlers’ clothes, toys and equipment at the first ever NCT (National Childbirth Trust) Nearly New Sale in Newry.

NCT Tyrone, Armagh and Down Branch Nearly New Sale is on Sunday 20 November from 1-3pm at Altnaveigh House, Downshire Road, Newry BT34 1EE (opposite Tescos).

Doors open for volunteers and National Childbirth Trust members at 12.45pm and admission is £1 per adult. In addition to accepting cash, a chip and pin machine will be available on the day to make it easier to purchase goods and refreshments will also be served.

Everyone is welcome to come along and more details about the sale are available online at

NCT Nearly New Sales offer excellent quality used baby and children’s items. Baby products on the high street can be pricey but shoppers at the NCT sale can save up to 75% on the price of most goods. Families with baby and toddler items they no longer need can ensure they go to a good home through the sale and items will be available for up to 6 year olds. They’ll make some cash too as sellers keep up to 70% of the proceeds.

More information on how to sell your items at the sale is available through the Facebook page –

Seána Talbot, NCT President, says: “This sale is a real first for this area and has been organized by volunteers in our newly formed Tyrone, Armagh and Down NCT Branch. Our volunteers ensure that the quality of the goods at our sales is excellent and shoppers can bag some real baby bargains. Whether you’re buying, selling or both you can be sure you’re helping to support other parents in this area by funding NCT’s vital work.”

Nearly New Sales are open to everyone, not just NCT members, and there are over 600 held annually. The income generated from these sales helps the charity support parents, fund helplines, provide breastfeeding counsellors, train antenatal teachers and offer many more services.

For more information, go to or email us at

Post Date : Mon 17 Oct 2016 11:21 AM

Corey McCormick and his family have recently made a donation to the Children’s Ward at Craigavon Area Hospital.

The McCormick’s raised the funds by requesting for donations in lieu of gifts for Corey’s first birthday.  

Staff of the Children’s Ward 3 North would like to thank Corey, the McCormick family and their friends for their very kind donation.  

Post Date : Mon 17 Oct 2016 11:19 AM

 The family of Miss Michelle Doyle from Katesbridge have very kindly donated to Bannvale Social Education Centre (S.E.C), Gilford in her memory.

The money was used to purchase a media system and projector which will be extremely beneficial to service users during sensory programmes. 

On behalf of the family of Michelle, Henry and Carol would like to thank everyone who donated to the donation in lieu of flowers. 

The staff of Bannvale S.E.C would like to thank Michelle’s family and friends for this very generous and thoughtful donation.

Post Date : Mon 17 Oct 2016 11:15 AM


Notification is hereby given that the register of membership of the Newry Rainbow Community for the 2016 / 2017 year is now open. 

An application form to apply for membership / renewal of membership of the NRC is attached and should be returned by the due date to the NRC Secretary at Rainbow House, 28a Monaghan Street, Newry BT35 6AA.

PLEASE NOTE that application forms along with the annual membership fee must be received by the Secretary no later than 5:00pm on Saturday 5th November 2016.

Post Date : Mon 17 Oct 2016 11:00 AM

 McParland's famous Christmas Fayre Evening will be taking place on our top floor of McParlands shop on Friday 4th November 2016 between 6:30pm & 9pm.

Everyone at McParlands would like to invite you and your friends to join us.

We will be having demonstrations on how to decorate your tree and garlands.

Special discounts on trees and decorations throughout the store.

Light refreshments served.

Our Christmas Club will also be opened on the night to help spread the cost of Christmas this year.

For further information please call (028) 302 63711 or email

DATE OF EVENT Fri, 04 Nov, 2016
TIME OF EVENT 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM
LOCATION McParlands Shop Mongahan Street Top Floor
Post Date : Mon 17 Oct 2016 10:19 AM

GORDON, October 16, 2016 (Peacefully) Thomas (in his 97th year), 45 Clay Road, Keady, beloved husband of the late Lily and loving father of Elizabeth, Hugh, Tom, Samuel and Kenneth.

A Service of Thanksgiving for his life will be held in Second Keady Presbyterian Church on Tuesday 18th inst. at 2.00pm followed by interment in the adjoining churchyard.

Everyone welcome to call at his son Hugh's home, 10 Mullinure Park, Armagh.

Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu, if desired, for Second Keady Presbyterian Church c/o Jackson Stoops & Sons, Funeral Directors, 44 Moy Road, Armagh BT61 8DL.

Lovingly remembered by his family and family circle.

Post Date : Mon 17 Oct 2016 10:16 AM

Connolly Edward, 15th October 2016, dearly beloved son of Teddy and the late Bridie (Nee Jennings) and loving brother of Ann and Rosemary 49 Edenappa Road, Jonesborough. 

May he rest in peace. 

Funeral on Tuesday from his late residence at 10.15am for requiem mass at 11am in The Sacred Heart Church burial afterwards in Jonesborough cemetery.

On his soul sweet Jesus have mercy.

He will be sadly missed by his sorrowing father, sisters, brother in law Sean, nephews Shane & Stephen, niece Stephanie and entire family circle.

Post Date : Mon 17 Oct 2016 10:10 AM

Josephine Quinn, 50 Innisfree Park, Ballyholland, died peacefully at home, October 15, 2016 R.I.P. Dearly beloved wife of the late Owen and mother of the late Andrea. Deeply loved and missed by her daughters Deirdre and Marya, her sons Owen, Ciaran, Paul, Martin and Christopher, her daughters and son-in-law, grandchildren and brother Gerard. 

Her remains will leave her late residence on Tuesday October 18th at 11.00am for 12noon Requiem Mass in St Colman's Church, Shinn. Burial afterwards in adjoining cemetery.