Post Date : Fri 09 Feb 2018 08:21 PM



                                 Newry Pool League Pairs Draw

                                Being Played Tuesday    20/2/2018

        @ Dans

1. Barry Kelland & Kieran Cunningham (CWC B) v Mark Pentony & Andrew Chan (Nans)

2.  Stephen Murphy & Pat Quinn (Murphys) v Mark Shevlin & Fred Cameron (St Moninna B)

3.  Mary Cunningham & Philip Murphy (Hustlers) v Paddy Tavey & Stephen Taggart (CWC A)

4.  Gerard Harte & Declan Magee (Armaghdown) v Brendan McVerry & Brian McGeough (Windmill)

        @ CWC

5.  John Hogan & Martin Conroy (McGuigans B) v Paddy O'Callaghan & Mickey Green (Dans)

6.  Conor McQuaid & Declan Brady (St Moninna B) v Tommy O’Hanlon & Adrian Murphy (Millvale)

7.  Pat McClenaghan & Stephen Sherry (Nans) v Paul McAreavey & Damien Flanagan (McGuigans B)

8.  Willie Andrews & John Rodgers (Armaghdown) v Benny Hoey & Ryan Diamond (Millvale)


        @ Bellini’s

9.  Seamus Keenan & Paul Murphy (Bears) v John Daly & Kieran Larkin (Murphys)

10. Darren O’Hanlon & Martin White (Murphys) v Brendan McNally & Mike Nugent (Trainors) 

11. Michael Feenan & Gavin Malone (Whitecross) v Stephen Cunningham & Micky Taggart (St Moninna B)

12. Adrian O’Hanlon & Mike McArdle (McGuigans B) v Raymond Sands & Paul Kelland (CWC B)


        @ Nan’s

13. Sheila Johnson & Kevin Crilly (Murphys) v Killian McDonald & Collie McCann (Millvale)

14. Neil Heaney & Gary Powell (Bears) v Kieran McMahon & Declan McConville (CWC A)

15. Gerard Bagnall & Liam Turley (Glen) v Micky Cunningham & Cathal McCoy (Hustlers)

16. James O’Hagan & Niall Connolly (Dans) v James Clarke & Axel Foley (Armaghdown)


        @ McGuigans

17. Cailum McParland & Chris Cunningham (CWC B) v Joe Campbell & Damien Campbell (Cavern)

18. Brendan McCabe & Shane McVerry (Armaghdown) v Charlie Broughton & Nigel Malcomson (Orchard)

19. Robbie White & Niall McQuillan (Ballyholland) v Brian O’Neill & Micky O’Hanlon (Whitecross)

20. Leigh McAlinden & Rony O’Reilly (Nans) v Brendan Devlin & Mervyn Kernaghan (Orchard)


        @ TJ’s

21. Gerard McEvoy & David McEvoy (Ballyholland) v Eddie Heaney & Ralph Cromie (Bears)

22. Seamus McVerry & Jimmy McVerry v Conor Cunnigham & Chris Marley (Windmill)

23. Nicky Langton & Gerard McGuigan (McGuigans B) v Noel Bradley & Liam Bradley (Trainors)

24. Tommy Rooney & Emmet McParland (CWC B) v Billy O’Neill & Ciaran O’Neill (Hustlers)


        @ Windmill

25. Niall McVerry & Tommy Mooney (Trainors) v Shane McAllister & Barry Murphy (Hustlers)

26. Paddy Heaney & Adrian Holman (Bears) v John Magee & Gerard Magee (Armaghdown)

27. Kevin Magee & Damien Kearney (Hustlers) v Shane Phelan & Cathal Phelan (Whitecross)

28. Ramie Magee & Chris McKeown (Foresters) v Mark Maguire & Jimmy O’Hare (Nans)


        @ Trainors

29. David Cromie & Tony McGovern (Orchard) v Pat Brady & Harvey Lavelle (CWC A)

30. Matthew Creggan & Damon Murphy (Cavern) v Colm Shields & Jim McMahon (Ballyholland)

31. Tom McGuinness & Paddy McCann (St Moninna B) v Diarmuid Lonergan & Conor O’Hare (Sheepbridge)

32. Andrew Mackin & Barry Smith (St Moninna B) v Paddy Clarke & Seamus McGeoghegan (CWC A)


Post Date : Fri 09 Feb 2018 12:14 PM
Slieve Gullion area Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin has confirmed that he has raised concerns about the condition of Kilnasaggart Bridge with NI Railways.
The local Councillor explained,
" For the second time in twelve months I have had to contact NI Railways regarding an issue at Kilnasaggart bridge, Jonesborough. On both occasions sheets of hardboard/plywood have become loose and hang precariously beneath the bridge. Used during the construction of the bridge the sheets have become rotten through time and are loosened by the passing of trains. They hang dangerously above the road and could cause damage to vehicles and injury to those passing beneath. I contacted NI Railways last year in relation to the problem and they acted quickly to remove those sheets which had come loose. However, a similar situation has occurred and I am concerned that this will continue even if the current problem is solved".
The Sinn Féin elected representative concluded 

"I have once again contacted NI Railways and requested that they inspect the bridge and put in place procedures to ensure the dangers are managed and negated. With numerous bridges along this mainline I enquired whether regular inspections were carried out to maintain safety standards. Staff assured me that inspections were often, rigorous and extensive. They pointed out that the construction method for this bridge was not replicated at all bridges along the line and that they would act upon my report. Contractors will be on site this week to remove the sheets and inspect those remaining. In the meantime, I would ask that road users are aware of the situation until the possible danger is removed." 

Post Date : Fri 09 Feb 2018 09:44 AM
7th February 2018, Lorraine Finn passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. Lorraine RIP, Armagh and formerly Ayr Scotland, loving wife of Paul and mother to Graeme and Liam. Grandmother to Regan and Jacob.
Her remains will leave her late residence 25 The Hermitage, Armagh on Saturday 10th February at approx 11:15 am to arrive at Lakelands Crematorium Co Cavan for 1 pm.
Deeply regretted by her loving husband, sons, grandchildren, sister Dawn, mother in law Maura and the entire family circle.
Post Date : Fri 09 Feb 2018 09:41 AM

8th February 2018, Bridget Casey passed away peacefully in the care of Ard Mhacha Nursing Home Armagh. Bridget, dearly beloved wife of the late Patrick formerly of Willowfield Tandragee and much-loved mother of John, Margaret, Pat, Marie and Martin. 

May she rest in peace. 
Reposing at her daughter’s residence 81a Tandragee Road Gilford. Funeral on Monday at 10:30 am for 11 am requiem mass in St James Church burial afterwards in Ballyargan Cemetery. 
Our Lady of Lourdes pray for her. 
She will be sadly missed by her sons, daughters, brothers Charlie and Joe, sister Flo, sons in law, daughters in law, grandchildren, great grandchildren and the entire family circle.
Post Date : Fri 09 Feb 2018 09:38 AM
7th February 2018, Liam Sloan passed away, beloved husband of the late Annie and loving father of Martina and Niall. 
His remains will leave his late residence, 99 Old Killowen Road at 10:45 am on Saturday for 11:00 am Requiem Mass in Sacred Heart Church Killowen. Burial afterwards in Kilbroney Cemetery Rostrevor. 
Deeply regretted by his sorrowing daughter Martina, son-in-law Conor, grandchildren, Alanah, Tommy and Caitlin, son Niall, sister, Finola, brother Gerard and entire family circle. 

Our Lady of Lourdes pray for him 

Post Date : Fri 09 Feb 2018 09:36 AM
5th February 2018, Kevin Heaney passed away, late of 6 Clare House, North St, loving husband of Patricia and devoted father of Charlie, Annmarie and Kevin.
His remains will leave his wife Patricia’s residence, 14 Cronin Park, on Saturday at 9:45 am for 10:30 am Requiem Mass in St Peter’s Church, Warrenpoint, burial afterwards in Warrenpoint cemetery.
Our Lady Queen of The Most Holy Rosary pray for him.

Deeply regretted and sadly missed by his wife, sons, daughter, son-in-law Patrick also Frances and Hazel, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and entire family circle. 

Post Date : Fri 09 Feb 2018 09:29 AM
8th February 2018. Olive Gray passed away peacefully at Daisy Hill Hospital. Olive, dearly loved wife of Bobby and devoted mum of Helen, Clifford and Norma. 
Funeral from her home 13 Drumneath Road, Ballievey, Banbridge on Saturday at 12:30 pm for service in Magherally Presbyterian Church at 1:30 pm. 
Committal afterwards in Magherally Parish Churchyard. 
No flowers please. Donations in lieu may be sent if desired to William Bell and Co. Funeral Directors, 23 Kenlis Street, Banbridge, BT32 3LR for The Southern Area Hospice (Cheques made payable to William Bell and Co.) 
Very deeply regretted by her sorrowing husband, daughters, son, sons-in-law Ian and Wayne, grandchildren Gordon, Christopher, Jason, Ross and Rebecca, brothers, sisters and all the family circle.

‘Safe in The Arms of Jesus’ 

Post Date : Fri 09 Feb 2018 09:27 AM
6th February 2018, Molly Jennings passed away peacefully at her daughters home 1 Thornhill Drive Magherafelt. Molly, 70A Cline Road Banbridge, wife of the late Rowan Jennings. 
Funeral Service in Banbridge Baptist Church on Saturday at 10:30 am, followed by a private committal. 
Both homes strictly private. 
No flowers please. Donations in lieu may be sent if desired to William Bell & Co Funeral Directors 23 Kenlis Street Banbridge BT32 3LR For Child Evangalism Fellowship (C.E.F). 
The family will greet friends & neighbours at Banbridge Baptist Church from 9:30 am on Saturday. 
Fondly remembered by her children Anne, Gillian & Mark. Her grandchildren & great grandchildren. 

"The Lord Is My Shepherd ". 

Post Date : Fri 09 Feb 2018 09:21 AM

Slieve Gullion Area Sinn Féin Councillor Roisin Mulgrew has said that the recent decision by Newry Mourne & Down Council to remove the Bus Shelter in Cloughreagh has left many in the Cloughreagh and John F Kennedy Park areas very angry.

The local Councillor who on behalf of residents made the request for a Bus Shelter almost two years ago said that she like those who had contacted her were both angry and bewildered.

Councillor Mulgrew stated,
"This, as Translink can confirm is a particularly busy and well used service. As an elected representative for the area, I was asked almost two years ago to have a bus shelter erected to serve the Cloughreagh and Kennedy Park estates. All procedures were properly followed. It was only after the shelter had started to be installed that a petition was received raising concerns of anti-social behaviour. A number of meetings were held with different agencies including the PSNI who at these meetings confirmed that they were unaware of any such incidents at the Shelter"

The elected representative continued,

"On several occasions, I have recommended that Bus Shelter be completed. I also felt that my request to monitor the area for any increase in anti-social activities was very reasonable and would be seen as doing my best to be fair to anyone who had doubts about the erection of the much needed facility.

Over the last week, the local youth group carried out an independent survey of 123 homes with 108 in favour of retaining the shelter. The Councillors who decided to deny this Bus Shelter have completely ignored the work by these local young people and also letters of support from older residents with mobility issues and the parents of young children whose only access to travel is by Public Transport.

The service is now a stop and hail service and Translink again stated that they were happy with the shelter location and anyone using the shelter would be picked up by the bus. Although it has been suggested that a new location will be sought, Council officials have clearly stated that this could prove difficult and will not cater for the majority of residents whereas the current location was central.

Those who voted to deny the Cloughreagh community of the use of this Bus Shelter have denied the vast majority of the people that I represent the very Services which they fight for in their own communities. This area has suffered much deprivation for many generations, however, over recent years people from within this community have stepped forward and shown great leadership and commitment to encourage a new sense of pride and ownership of the area. To deny our most vulnerable, the old and young families, access to protection from inclement weather whilst they wait for a public service with unfounded claims of anti-social activities is nothing short of a disgrace"

Post Date : Thu 08 Feb 2018 10:50 AM

Unique Cross Border Conference Welcomes Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney

At a unique conference, the first of its kind, attended by almost 400 people, Minister for Foreign Affairs and keynote speaker, Simon Coveney was heartened to see the continuing close working relationships enjoyed by Louth County Council, Newry, Mourne & Down District Council, the Newry and Dundalk Chambers of Commerce, InterTradeIreland and Local Enterprise Offices in Newry and Louth.

During his keynote address, Minister Coveney provided reassurance on the European Council agreement in December and commented on the priorities in the next phase of negotiations emphasising that any type of border North-South or East-West would have disastrous effects economically, politically and socially. He also underlined the importance of ensuring that we are all “Brexit-Ready".

Attendees also heard from a wide range of speakers providing very comprehensive advice on issues such as taxation, customs and movement of people. It was clear that the scale of this challenge was unprecedented and pleas were made from businesses for good sense to prevail to protect the future of Ireland and Britain.

Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council, Cllr. Colm Markey said "Brexit is one of the most significant challenges facing business and our community in recent generations. Because of its potential impact, it is critically important businesses start preparing for Brexit. I’m delighted that Louth County Council is co-hosting this informative event with our cross-border partners which will help businesses start their preparations.

Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew said “Newry, Mourne and Down District Council were delighted to co-host this conference with key local and cross-border partners in an area which will be most impacted by Brexit. The conference reinforced that businesses need to start planning now to prepare for all eventualities in order to mitigate future risks and minimise the impact of Brexit’."

President of Newry Chamber of Commerce, Paul Convery said “The scale of this event is a clear indication of the importance of Brexit dialogue and engagement on all levels. It was an unrivalled platform for our members to see and fully understand the support that the Chambers and our cross-border partners are providing”.

President of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, Michael Gaynor said “We are delighted with the huge turnout of attendees and the success of the event. The collective nature of engagement was unprecedented and further validates the importance of this issue for all of our members”.

Photo 1: L-R: Frank Pentony, Director of Services at Louth County Council, CEO of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Liam Hannaway, Chair of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Cllr Roisin Mulgrew, President of Newry Chamber of Commerce, Paul Convery, Chair of Louth County Council Cllr Colm Markey, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, President of Dundalk Chamber, Michael Gaynor and CEO of Newry Chamber, Mary Meehan