Post Date : Fri 30 Sep 2016 08:45 AM

 Sinn Féín MLA Cathal Boylan has urged people to have their blood pressure and cholesterol level tested in order to know if they are at risk of heart disease or stroke.


Speaking on World Heart Day 2016, Mr Boylan said:


“I myself underwent major heart surgery and would urge everyone to take care of the hearts.


“Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke is the world’s number one killer.


“A few simple steps like eating more healthily, cutting down on alcohol and stopping smoking can improve your heart health and your overall wellbeing.


“I would call for everyone to have their blood pressure and cholesterol level tested in order to know if they are at risk of heart disease or stroke.”

Post Date : Fri 30 Sep 2016 08:43 AM

 Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has said Revenue and Customs must get control of the Concentrix fiasco.

The Newry and Armagh representative said the mishandling of the whole debacle had left families in dire straits.

“Our office has been inundated with calls from worried constituents concerned about delays in their Tax Credits since it was announced that Revenue and Customs would not be renewing Concentrix’s contract,” he said.

“To make matters worse Concentrix has now announced that they are sending huge numbers of cases back to Revenue and Customs, which is causing an enormous back log and lengthy delays in dealing with people’s cases.

“This is simply unacceptable.  Huge numbers of families, particularly single parent families, rely on Tax Credits to supplement their incomes.  We are getting calls from people who don’t know where to turn; they can’t pay bills, can’t afford heating, can’t put diesel in the car; this is hitting already stretched families very hard. 

“We are doing our best to check up on cases for people but the north ranks so lowly on the British Government’s list of concerns that there isn’t even a Tax Credits office here where people can meet face to face with those processing their cases; we are having to ring Britain to check up on cases and as this issue is only affecting the north staff over there do not seem to grasp how urgent and serious a situation this is. 

“Revenue and Customs have ultimate responsibility for Tax Credits so they need to sort this out as a matter of urgency.  This is not some clerical backlog to be worked through, these are people’s lives they are messing with, people on the breadline who simply cannot afford these delays.”

Post Date : Thu 29 Sep 2016 08:37 AM

 McClelland - September 28th 2016 (peacefully) at her home 15 Brackagh Road, Poyntzpass, Dorothy Jean, dearly loved wife of the late Bertie and devoted mother of Billy, Selina, Irene and Anne, loving Grandmother of Emma, Alex, Robert, Sarah, Jayne, Kiara, Louise, John, George, Niamh and Niall and dear sister of Jack, Tom, Mervyn and the late Roy, David and Jim. 

House and Funeral strictly private at the request of the deceased. 

Family flowers only please.

Will be sadly missed by the Family Circle.

Post Date : Thu 29 Sep 2016 08:31 AM

TELFORD, 28TH SEPTEMBER 2016, GEORGE, peacefully at hospital, dearly beloved husband of Elaine 40 Roughal Park, Downpatrick, and much loved father of David and Jonathan, dear father-in-law of the late Lorna and loving grandfather of Emma and Evie.

Funeral Service in Down Parish Church on Saturday 1st October at 2.00pm. Interment afterwards in the adjoining churchyard. Very deeply regretted and will be lovingly remembered by his sorrowing family and friends.

Family flowers only please. Donations may be made in lieu if desired to Cancer Focus N.I. 

c/o Charles Rourke and Sons, Funeral Directors, 51 Church Street,
Downpatrick BT30 6EH. 

Post Date : Thu 29 Sep 2016 08:29 AM

 Forde (Warrenpoint) 27th September 2016 peacefully at Rockfield Care Home, Newry, Ailsa Jones (aged 95years) beloved wife of the late Gordon Forde and dear mother of Michael and Brian and much loved grandmother to Gordon and Daniel.

Funeral Service will take place on Saturday at 12noon in Clonallon Church, Warrenpoint followed by burial in adjoining Cemetery. All friends are welcome. Family flowers only please.

Deeply regretted by her family. 

Post Date : Thu 29 Sep 2016 08:28 AM

 MAGONE (Kilkeel, formerly of Hawaii) 28th September 2016, peacefully in Daisy Hill Hospital after a short illness, Arthur, son of the late Patrick and Mary Martina Magone and loving brother of the late Lillie, Kate and Bridget.

Arthur's remains will leave his late residence, 169 Moyadd Road Kilkeel at 11.30am on Friday (30th September) for 12noon Requiem in St. Colman's Church Massforth. Burial afterwards in St. Peter's Cemetery Warrenpoint.

Deeply regretted by by his nephews, nieces and entire family circle

Post Date : Thu 29 Sep 2016 08:26 AM

 McCracken - September 27th 2016 (Peacefully) at her home ‘Meelmore’ 21 Newry Road, Banbridge. Ruby in her 94th year. 

Sister of Raymond and the late Martin and Bobby. 

House and Funeral Strictly Private. 

No flowers or letters please. 

Very deeply regretted by the family circle.

Post Date : Thu 29 Sep 2016 08:16 AM

 Sinn Féin Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile has called on the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD, to meet with the Board of City of Derry Airport and to play an active role in supporting the airport.

Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile;

"Last week I met with representatives of the Board of the airport who are enthused and focused in their efforts to see it develop and grow. Recent investment by the Executive and ongoing financial support from Derry and Strabane District Council has seen major opportunities open up for route development and overall growth for the airport.

"I put it to Minister Patrick O’Donovan, who represented Shane Ross today, on the floor of the Seanad today that Derry’s airport is a fundamental national economic asset and must be afforded the modest support it requires in order to help bolster the economic outcomes for the Northwest Region and the rest of Ireland.

"The airport itself is ideally located between both the Wild Atlantic Way and the Northern Coastal Route and over 40% of the Airport’s passengers already come from Donegal. It makes economic and social sense that the Irish government would assist in efforts to see the airport flourish and grow. The net benefactor will of course be the Irish economy and people both north and south especially those living in the north-west.

"I welcome the commitment to meet with myself and my colleague Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn on this matter where we will raise the need for support for Derry airport and its many benefactors in Ireland’s tourism sector.” 

Post Date : Wed 28 Sep 2016 06:16 PM


The pool is back at long last & in the Premier Division it looks like we got a good taste of things to come. Both the big guns had devastating wins. Double Quadruple champions TJ's A wrapped up the derby points 5-1 against TJ's Tigers. Only bettered by soon to be new rivals CWC A who demolished Killeavy, racing into a 6-0 lead before running out 7-1 winners.
The big grudge match between McGuigan's & Hustlers saw the visitors take both points back to Be


linis in this big city derby match.
Was Bears v Whitecross an early relegation scrap? If so the South Armagh side are in trouble. Trailing 4-1 in the Windmill, Whitecross lost the 8th frame to go down 5-3.
The battle for mid-table bragging rights ended in a stalemate as Orchard Bar & Carrickcruppen battled out a 4-4 draw. South Armagh side 'Cruppen' really fancy themselves according to their social media activity but this is a reality check for them.

Away from the dreamers & back where champions are made TJ's was the spot for the glamour 1st round league fixture. TJ's Tigers took on the mighty A team in their 1st ever game in the Premier Division.
Laurence McAlinden takes over as captain for the A team as Declan McConville enjoys the back seat this season. Jack Courtney was up 1st for Larry & he put on a good show for his newly signed Dad. Jack is following the Hanna's, O'Neill's & McVerry's among others who recently had father/son team mates but this could be the most fruitful one. Jack was on his game as he beat Tigers' Davy Hanna for 1-0.
Raymie McKenna beat Ritchie Taylor before Manny Byrne won the shootout with Tigers captain Jason Lennon & it was 3-0. Declan McMahon delivered the 4th when he out thought Niall O'Hare.
Sean Rice had a surprise win over the talented Tristan Byrne to pull it back to 4-1 & claim the Tigers 1st ever frame in the top flight.
Captain Larry claimed both points for the champions when he made it 5-1 over the attacking Adrian Annett.
Gavin McNally & Matty Cartmill had good wins for the Tigers to pull it back to 5-3. Stevie Noades & 

​new signing Jack Courtneys Dad were the losing  TJ'sA players.

Cathal Phelan took his time when he gave CWC A the opening frame against Killeavy's Stephen Cunningham.
Paul 'Bunty' O'Callaghan wasted no time in making it 2-0. He was sublime as he broke & dished to leave Killeavy's Stevie Murphy watching in awe & chalking his cue for nothing.
Kieran McMahon & Harvey Lavelle strike fear in any opponents & they made it 4-0. Tom Maganiss & Paddy McCann didn't get a sniff for the visitors.
Paddy Tavey sealed the points for CWC with some lovely pool to hammer the hapless Mark Shevlin.
Pat Brady piled on the pain when he beat Alan McManus (not the pro snooker player) to make it 6-0.
Sean Og Duffy finally put a frame on the board for Killeavy to make it 6-1 when some nice potting beat Niall McVerry.
Thomas 'Tucker' Hughes was a shrewd signing for CWC & he is cute as a fox & had little problems making it a comprehensive 7-1 victory. Paul McArdle had no answer to Tucker & CWC look the real deal already.

Damien Kearney invested in a new pair of glasses & it's improved his pool no end. He wrapped up the points for Hustlers with a game to spare.
McGuigan's had dominated this fixture last year but they were well & truly hustled in this grudge match. It's fair to say there's no love lost between these 2 sides & the hosts crumbled under the pressure.
John Magee was brutal last year & he continued that form again this season. He was the shortest serving Chairman in the history of the pool league & it wasn't long before he left McGuigan's trailing in the opener. Wee 'Diddles' Damien McArdle is no dozer a

​round the table and put Hustlers 1 up ​

Terry McNally may turn out the £4m bargain of the fantasy pool league & he drew McGuigan's level with a steady performance against a decent Ciaran O'Neill.
Mickey Cunningham restored the Hustlers lead with some brilliant pool & Shane McAllister

​ who beat a lack lustred Soupy Campbell put the Hustlers 3/1 ahead ​then Billy O'Neill put Hustlers in a commanding 4-1 lead.

Mike McArdle had a surprise win over Cathal McCoy

​ with an amazing last yellow pot and the black ball hanging​

to give the hosts a glimmer of a hope of a draw.
But the 


Kearney stepped up to the plate to seal maximum points for the B




linis side. Brendan Healy 

​had his chances to clinch the frame but failed miserably ​and let Kearney in with 2 shots for an easy nights work. and make it 5/1

Damien Flanagan grabbed a consolation frame for McGuigan's when he got the better of Barry Murphy for a final scoreline of 5-3.

Bears won't harvest any other dreams other than staying in the top flight of the Newry & District Pool League. They got 2 valuable points at the expense of Whitecross who struggled to contain their hosts.
Word on the street is that young sharpshooter James Toner could be a diamond in the rough. He fired Whitecross into the lead when he stuffed the useful Garry Powell.
Michael Feenan is the king of social media pool. Unfortunately for Whitecross it's what is done on the table that counts & opponent Sean McKevitt took advantage of an over confident Feenan to square the match at 1-1.
Ralph Crummy, Adrian Holman & the assassin himself Neil Heaney riddled Whitecross to put Bears on the verge of a huge win. Gareth McCann, Marty O'Callaghan & Brian O'Neill falling by the wayside for the South Armagh lads.
Joseph McTaggart is a real scrapper on the table & pulled it back to 4-2 with a win over the tactical Seamus Keenan. Mickey O'Hanlon was brilliant for Whitecross this past couple of seasons & he gave Whitecross real hope of a draw when he beat Paddy Murphy.
It wasn't to be a gallant draw for the visitors as Paddy Heaney's final frame win over Whitecross captain Gavin Malone sealed 2 invaluable points for the roaring Bears in what is most likely going to end up being a relegation match-up.

Paul Hughes is another who firmly believes their team is headed for big things this season. Never read such a load of rubbish on facebook. Carrickcruppen showed their frailties Thursday night when they lead 4-2 in Orchard Bar only for them to fill the nest.
The superb Karl McGuinness wasn't on the Orchard Bar original team sheet & would surely have made it onto many a fantasy pool team. It was a surprise though when Tommy Lavelle nicked the 1st frame to put the visiting Cruppen 1-0 up.
Parity was restored when Charlie Broughton had a good win over Carrickcruppen's new 'great white hope' Kieran Hanna.
The talented Jamie Lavelle put Cruppen 2-1 up before the superb new signing Joe Poucher tied up the scores 2-2 at the halfway mark. Diamuird Lonergan & John Brannigan the losing parties.
Steven Lavelle & Ciaran Hanna put Carrickcruppen on the brink of 2 great away points but the pressure kicked in & the knees started knocking.
Martin McVeigh was huge favourite to tie up maximum points but it was Conal Morgan that got the win to pull it back to 4-3.
The much talked about Aaron O'Callaghan is a good potter but he definitely is suspect under pressure. The same cannot be said of the 'Great' Brendy Devlin. Dev is steady as a rock & is far to smart for O'Callaghan & it was no surprise when Devlin squared up the match & salvage a well earned draw.

Division 1 & 2 coming soon.

Just a wee note about the Fantasy Pool league.
We have decided to do away with the bonus point for players that win & their team wins. The bonus points were complicating the scoring & would make little or no difference to the winning team.

The 3 bonus points are still in force though for a break finish. Only the magnificent Paul O'Callaghan got a break & dish but nobody has him in their fantasy team.

Well done Mickey O'Hanlon of Whitecross who has the early lead when 7 of his 8 players won.

Post Date : Wed 28 Sep 2016 12:35 PM

 Sinn Féin MLA Jennifer McCann has said a panel of redress should be set up to meet the needs of victims and survivors of child abuse. 


Ms McCann said; 


"I have met with victims and survivors of child abuse on a number of occasions to discuss their concerns.


"Sinn Féin has consistently supported the call from victims and survivors, and from experts, to establish a panel to redress the needs of the groups and individual victims. 


"Such a panel would involve emotional support, counselling services, access to records and material support in order to help address the hurt of the abuse they suffered. 


"Victims and survivors should also be involved in shaping the work of a panel of redress in order to make sure it adequately meets their needs."