Post Date : Fri 09 Dec 2016 10:50 AM

Bobby McMath - December 8, 2016, passed away in hospital, Dearly loved husband of Isabel, 73 Kilkeel Road, Annalong. Much loved father of Robin, Alexander and William, dear father-in-law of Lynette and Arlene and devoted grandfather of Dylan and Marc.

Funeral Service on Saturday at 3.00pm in Kilhorne Parish Church. Everyone welcome at his son's home, 1 Major's Hill, Annalong.
Family flowers only please, donations in lieu, if desired, for the Chest, Heart & Stroke Association c/o Mr Robin McMath, 1 Major's Hill, Annalong BT34 4QP.
Will be greatly missed by his sorrowing wife and family.
"Precious memories."
Post Date : Fri 09 Dec 2016 10:47 AM

Josie McCartan, 8/12/16, passed peacefully at The Ulster Hospital. Dearly beloved mother of Veronica Keown and the late Philomena McMullan R.I.P. 

Josie’s remain will leave her late home 23 Burrenwood Road, Castlewellan on Saturday at 9.15am to arrive at St. Malachy’s Church Castlewellan for 10.00 O'Clock mass, burial afterward in St Malachy’s Cemetery Kilcoo. 
On her soul sweet Jesus have mercy.
Deeply regretted by her sorrowing daughter and entire family circle. 
Mary Queen of peace pray for her.
Post Date : Fri 09 Dec 2016 10:43 AM

Tommy Vize, 7th DECEMBER , 2016 passed peacefully at hospital father of Leslie, Seamus, Paul and Mary.

May he rest in peace.

Tommy will be removed from Charles Rourke and Sons’ Funeral Home, 51 Church Street, Downpatrick on Sunday 11th December to St. Colmcille’s Church, Downpatrick arriving 6.00pm. Requiem Mass on Monday 12th December at 11.00am. Interment afterwards in Struell Cemetery.

Our Lady of Lourdes intercede for him.

Deeply regretted and will be sadly missed by his sorrowing family and friends.

Post Date : Fri 09 Dec 2016 10:38 AM

James Campbell - December 7, 2016 passed peacefully at Iveagh House.James Francis, dearly loved husband of the late Edith Mavis Isobel Campbell, 25 Granville Gardens, Banbridge and devoted father of Audrey, Mervyn, Fiona and Allister and father-in-law of Marcus, Ian and Avril and a loving grandfather. 

Funeral Service in Scarva Street Presbyterian Church on Friday at 1.30pm followed by committal in the New Cemetery. House 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 Scarva Street Presbyterian Church and Iveagh House Residents Comforts Fund (cheques made payable to Wm. Bell & Co.)
Lovingly remembered by all the family circle.
Post Date : Thu 08 Dec 2016 12:05 PM

The Newry Rainbow Community is delighted to announce that it is hosting the inaugural Pride In Newry Awards ceremony!

The Pride in Newry Awards will recognise and celebrate the positive impact of five years of the Pride In Newry Festival and parade, 2012 – 2016, on the lgb&t community in Newry City and across Newry Mourne and Down District. 

These Awards recognise the outstanding contributions of individuals, groups and organisations that have made a difference to the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people over the past five years. 

We want to showcase some of the great work, and people, that have over this time greatly increased the visibility, raised awareness and helped to portray lgb&t people in a positive way, breaking down barriers and challenging stereotypes and at the same time promoting a City and District that truly recognises and values diversity. 

Thousands of people watch the Pride In Newry parade every year and it is the best ‘shop window’ for community groups, businesses and the organisations and make up the fabric of our society to get across a message of support for equality, inclusion and diversity. 

The importance of these awards is that they are voted by our community, and the general public, to celebrate the ‘heroes’ that have challenged homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, are role models for the community and have helped make a difference to the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. 

Nominations for the ten Award Categories are now open!! 

We want to hear from you – make your nominations now at this link 

Successful nominees will be voted on in a public on-line competition, and the Pride In Newry Awards will be presented at a Gala Ceremony on Saturday 11th February 2017, followed by a Valentine’s Ball to celebrate love, in all its forms.

Post Date : Thu 08 Dec 2016 09:45 AM

Susan Murphy passed peacefully in Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry surrounded by her loving family. 

Beloved wife of the late Jimmy and loving mother of Kathleen, Irene, Séamus, Noel, Eileen, Hugh, Maurice and the late Martin. 
Her remains will leave her son Hugh's residences 38 Rathfriland Road, Hilltown on Friday at 11.30am for 12 noon Requiem Mass in the Church of St John the Baptist, Ballygorian, Hilltown. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.
St Martin pray for her.
Deeply regretted by her sons, daughters and entire family circle.
Family flowers only.
Post Date : Thu 08 Dec 2016 09:42 AM

Jean Hamilton, 7th DECEMBER 2016, passed peacefully at home, 36 Vianstown Road, Downpatrick , dearly beloved wife of Michael and much loved mother of Stephen, Gregory and Norman, dear mother in Law of Donna and Claire,loving grandmother of Christopher, Rebekka, Kalvin, Conor and Gemma, dear sister of Willie, George, Tommy, Dorothy, the late Sheila, Margaret, Hazel and Gerald. 

May she rest in peace. 
Funeral from her home on Saturday 10th December at 9.30 am to St. Patrick’s Church, Downpatrick for Requiem Mass at 10.00 am. Interment afterwards in Struell Cemetery. 
St. Martin intercede for her. 
Very deeply regretted by her sorrowing family circle. House private please. 
Post Date : Thu 08 Dec 2016 09:39 AM

Dr Danny Murphy (Grinan) 7th December 2016 passed peacefully at Daisy Hill Hospital. Danny beloved son of the late Owen and May Murphy 72, Grinan Road, Newry BT34 2PU and much loved brother of Owen, Seamus, John, Monica and Bernie.

May his soul rest in peace.
His remains will leave his home on Saturday at 11.00am arriving at St. Mary’s Church, Burren for 12 noon Requiem Mass. Interment in adjoining Cemetery.
Deeply regretted by his loving brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, family circle and many friends.
“The Lord is my Shepherd”. 
Post Date : Thu 08 Dec 2016 09:30 AM

Sinn Féin MLA, Conor Murphy said today that the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme was flawed from its inception and what happened in terms of the waste of public money was an unacceptable dereliction of responsibility.

Speaking today the chair of the Economy Committee Mr Murphy said: 
“The Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, which will cost the public purse over £400m has been flawed from the outset.
“There are huge implications for the civil service and our block grant. Very senior officials had responsibility over the establishment, the monitoring and the implementation of RHI. 
“It beggars belief internal reporting systems were so flawed that key issues were not identified and addressed within the department despite warnings having being raised about the scheme.
“There are also real concerns that there may well have been aggressive exploitation of this scheme for commercial profit and gain.
“The public, the Assembly and the Executive all need to know what happened here. 
“A vast amount of taxpayers’ money will be lost, which should be available to the Executive for front line public services at a time of increasing British Tory cuts. 
“Given my ministerial experience I do believe that Arlene Foster, who was the Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister at the time, should come forward to provide a full account and set the public record straight on this issue.”
Post Date : Thu 08 Dec 2016 09:26 AM

Local SDLP Representatives have paid tribute to the former Secretary of the GAA in Ulster Danny Murphy whose death was announced this morning.

SDLP Newry and Armagh MLA Justin McNulty said, “Danny Murphy was a giant in the world of Gaelic games, both in Ulster and across the globe. He was an outstanding administrator, and a man of integrity and of vision.  He was a great Irishman.’
“Danny was a quiet warrior, a man who got things done without fuss, a man who brought people along with him. His fingerprints are all over everything that is great about the GAA in Ulster and further afield.’
“He was Provincial Secretary during Ulster’s glory days, and Ulster clubs and counties flourished under his leadership. Danny had a great vision for the association and its future development in Ulster, and was doggedly determined to deliver strategically on that vision. He was instrumental to ensuring the Ulster GAA set up its permanent home in Armagh City. 
“Such was his dedication, I met him just a few short weeks ago in Stormont, with his Ulster GAA colleagues. 
“Danny will be greatly missed by all who knew him and I send my sympathies to his family and to his colleagues, his former teammates, and his friends near and wide for they have lost a great Gael.’  
SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie said, “I am very saddened to learn of Danny’s passing, and I would like to offer my condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.
“Danny was a powerful force for reconciliation on the island of Ireland, and between Britain and Ireland. He made an enormous contribution to the professionalism of the GAA in Ulster. 
“Originally from Burren, Danny was a stalwart figure and the public face of Ulster GAA for many years, and was actively involved in all clubs across Down. I first met him in the 1990s and I had great respect for his professionalism and integrity in his work. Danny was a great gentleman and he will be missed in GAA circles and beyond.”