Post Date : Wed 08 Feb 2017 09:55 AM

7th February 2017 Cols Sherry passed away peacefully at Hospital. Colm, Seaview, Warrenpoint, beloved son of the late Frank and Von Sherry and dearly loved brother of Geraldine, Karl, Veronica, Ambrose, Siobhan, Roger, Nora and the late Penny.

May his soul rest in peace.
Colm’s remains will repose at his sister Veronica’s home 4, Ardallan Park, Warrenpoint from 4pm on Wednesday until removal on Friday at 10am arriving at St. Peter’s Church, Warrenpoint for 10.30am Requiem Mass. Interment immediately afterwards in St. Peter’s Cemetery.
Deeply regretted by his loving sisters, brothers, extended family and friends. No flowers please. Donations in lieu, if desired to The Southern Area Hospice, Newry c/o McAnulty Funeral Directors 35, Church Street, Warrenpoint. BT34 3HN
Post Date : Tue 07 Feb 2017 01:42 PM
As brighter and longer days approach, what better time to discover the breathtaking Ring of Gullion.  Why not take your family along to make a nest box for your garden or get active with one of our volunteering opportunities.  
Events and Training
Fen Management training series at Brackagh NNR, Portadown
Varies dates
Brackagh NNR, Brackagh,
Moss Rd, Portadown
TCV are running a Fen Management training Series at Brackagh NNR, Portadown, It will be a mix of practical and theory sessions and cover topics such as scrub clearance and safe use of pesticides, managing nutrients in a wetland ecosystem and dip wells to monitor water levels.
Institute of Fundraising Introductory Certificate for Fundraisers
Thursday 9th February, 10.00am – 3.30pm. (£20. Lunch included)
Rural Community Network, 38a Oldtown Street, Cookstown.
Rural Community Network in partnership with the Northern Ireland Environment Link is offering an accredited training opportunity for the delivery of the Institute of Fundraisers (IOF) Introductory Certificate to Fundraising. The course is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Catalyst Umbrella Programme. Northern Ireland Environment Link delivers the programme through its “Investing in Northern Ireland’s Heritage” project.
Make a nest box for your garden
Saturday 11th February, 2.00pm - 4.00pm.
The Pastoral Centre, Jonesborough
Join the Ring of Gullion team and Ulster Wildlife for a nest box building workshop as part of National Nest Box Week. Attendees will get a chance to make their own nest box and bird feed to bring home and use.
Volunteer Opportunity – Site restoration of Glassdrumman Wood
Saturday 18th February, 2.00pm - 5.00pm.
Glassdrumman Wood 
The pupils and parents of St. Brigid’s Primary School, Glassdrumman need your help to clean up Glassdrumman Wood.  The pupils in the school have been working hard to establish the wood as a safe and inviting area for the local community to engage with nature, including getting a gravel path installed and clearing the site of litter.
One million trees in one day
Friday 10th February 2.00-5.00pm and Saturday 11th from 11.00am -1.00pm 
Slieve Gullion Forest Park
Although we're not able to give away any free trees this year, we will still acting as a distribution point for people who have booked and paid for their subsidised tree packs. This year will see another 10,000 trees planted in Gullion as part of this project. We are looking for volunteers on Friday 10th to help sort the trees into packs and on Saturday11th we need people in a variety of roles such as admin (making sure folks get the right trees), outreach (chatting about Gullion) and distribution (helping people pick out and load their trees). If you are willing to lend a hand contact or ring 028 30828594
Get Involved
Townland Voices
Over the past 8 months, we have been working with local schools to record short personal stories about individual townlands. We have recorded stories from around 80 of the 310 townlands in the Ring of Gullion but we want to fill in the gaps. If your family has lived in the same townland over the generations you will have stories we want to hear - it may be telling about your granda building his house, the name of the bull that lived in a field or how far you walked to school. For examples of some of those we have edited and uploaded see here. If you or your children want to record a story get in touch and we can lend out a recorder.
Lúnasa Festival Partner Search – Deadline 28th February 5pm
The Lúnasa Festival is a month-long festival taking place across the Ring of Gullion area during August.  It showcases the rich and diverse landscape, heritage and talents of the Ring of Gullion area through a wide range of indoor and outdoor events so that there is something for everyone. If you, your club or business would like to become a partner for a bigger and better Lúnasa 2017, further information and an application can be downloaded here or give us a call on 028 3082 8594. 
 Funding Opportunities
Looking for funding? You've come to the right place. 
This short registration form will give you immediate, free and unrestricted access to Newry, Mourne and Down District Councils comprehensive database of funding opportunities. You can browse or search for your own organisation, and also generate reports and save information on funding of interest. 
Applicants advised to prepare for Environmental Farming Scheme
Agriculture Minister Michelle McIlveen has announced a series of information events will take place in preparation for the Environmental Farming Scheme (EFS) which is due to open at the end of February, subject to necessary approvals.  The Minister urged potential applicants to begin preparing for the scheme by attending one of the events.
Post Date : Tue 07 Feb 2017 10:21 AM

5th February 2017, William McMurray passed away peacefully at Brooklands Nursing Home, Kilkeel, late of 15 Irvington Park. William, dearly loved husband of Madge, dear brother of Cyril and the late Sam and Mabel.

Funeral Service today Tuesday at 12 noon in Mourne Presbyterian Church followed by interment in the adjoining Burying Ground.
Family Flowers only please, Donations, if desired, for Brooklands Nursing Home Residents' Comforts Fund, 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.
Post Date : Tue 07 Feb 2017 10:18 AM

6th February 2017, James McCracken passed away peacefully. Jim, dearly loved husband of Dorothy and much loved father of Beverly and Glynis, 10 Redbridge Road, Rathfriland.

House strictly private.
Funeral Service on Wednesday in 1st Rathfriland Presbyterian Church at 2.00pm, followed by burial in adjoining churchyard.
Family flowers only, please. Donations in lieu, if desired, to J.G. Bullick Funeral Directors, 71 Newry Street, Rathfriland for 1st Rathfriland Presbyterian Church Building Fund and Brooklands Nursing Home (Kilkeel). Cheques payable to J.G. Bullick Donations A/C.
Very deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife, daughters, son-in-law Richard, grandchildren Alex, Stuart and Felicity, Stephen, Andrew, David and Paul.
"Forever in our thoughts".
Post Date : Tue 07 Feb 2017 10:03 AM

"Thanks a million folks and safe home”. If ever you left the Stables, the Commercial or the Kings Inn on any night over the years - that was the farewell greeting you got from the proprietor Gerry King when he let you out at closing time.

I could not say that you didn’t get a farewell or a thank you from any other establishment but I can say you always got it from Gerry. It’s a simple thing but one which said thank you for your custom which went a long way. Something you always remember.

Gerry passed away last week following an illness he fought bravely. Many club members would have spent many great times in his establishment from the running around years to the settled years and beyond. Gerry was a permanent fixture over that time. So Gerry all we can say to you now is thanks a million to you for your service to us and we know that you are now home safely.

The Executive Committee and Members wish to extend to his wife Carmel, his son’s and club members John and Gerard, son Charles and daughter Mary all our sincere sympathy for their loss. We also extend our sympathy to his brothers Raymond and Cyril, his sister Colette and the wide family circle at this time. Ar dheis de go raibh a anam dilis. 

On Thursday February 9th at 7.15pm sharp in St Malachys Primary School we will have our second coaching session in our "Back to basics" coaching course. All juvenile coaches and those from the club who are interested in becoming involved in juvenile coaching in all codes are invited to attend and please still come along even if you missed the first session.

This is a fantastic opportunity for both new and experienced coaches in an interactive session to learn new coaching skills and to brush up on your existing coaching skills. We would ask everyone to please avail of this opportunity and come along. The session will last one and a half hours. Look forward to seeing you there.

The clubs annual senior awards night will be held in the club rooms on Saturday 5th March. Special guest on the night is former Armagh player and double all star Oisín McConville. Tickets are £20 each and are available from Kevin Sweeney.

Senior hurling training will start this Thursday 9th at 7:30 in the Dublin road complex. All players new and old welcome.

Minor football training will also commence this week on Wednesday 8th, all players are asked to be in the Dublin road complex for 7:15.

On Monday 24th April a large cycle event called "Cycle against suicide break the cycle" will becoming to Castlewellan. The event will see the town host up to 250 cyclists and crew. This event organisers are looking for a number of local volunteers to host cyclists over night. If anyone would like to help in anyway possible please Anne McGowan via their website

This weeks lotto results are 14,15,18 and 20, there was no winner this week, next weeks jackpot is £3800. Tickets avaukble in usual outlets and in the clubrooms. 

Post Date : Tue 07 Feb 2017 09:54 AM
Armagh stroke survivor who had stroke at Rihanna concert urges people to act FAST 
Young stroke survivor Michele McGarry, from Lurgan, is joining the Stroke Association in calling for people across Northern Ireland to be more aware of the early warning signs of stroke, and to share the FAST message to help save more lives. 
The FAST Test identifies the three most common symptoms of a stroke and the right action to take:
  • FACE: Can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
  • ARM weakness: Can the person raise both arms?
  • SPEECH problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
  • TIME to call 999
Stroke at Rihanna concert 
Michele had a massive stroke in 2011 while attending a Rihanna concert with her teenage sister and friends. Michele was just 28 at the time. Michele collapsed and presented with the classic FAST stroke symptoms – one sided weakness, slurred speech, drooped face and lack of co-ordination. 
Shortly before collapsing Michele had dropped her drink and felt very weak in her left side. Her quick thinking friend noticed her symptoms straight away and she got help.. Michele is grateful that her friend knew the FAST signs and got help as quickly as possible.
Slurred speech and left sided weakness 
Michele describes her experience: “Shortly before this I kept dropping my drink which I had been holding in my left hand. I thought I was just being clumsy even though this happened quite a few times. I had had less than 2 drinks so I knew I couldn’t be drunk. Luckily I received instant medical attention. My friends alerted security who brought me to the medical room where an ambulance was called straightaway. My friend suspected immediately that I had had a stroke but no one could/would/wanted to believe it.
“I remember in the ambulance the girl kept asking me to squeeze her hand as hard as I could. As far as I knew I was squeezing her hand and I was frustrated that she kept asking me. I didn’t realise I had no power and I actually wasn’t squeezing her hand. I heard my sister, who was only 13 at the time, on the phone ringing people and crying. I tried to tell her it was OK. It was only when I tried to speak that I realised I wasn’t OK. I couldn’t say her name (Caitriona) properly and I couldn’t recognise my own voice- my speech was badly slurred. My face was also drooped, although I didn’t know this until much later”.
Michele was rushed from the concert to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast where she was immediately given a brain scan which uncovered a huge blood clot and doctors confirmed she was having a stroke. Michele received a clot busting treatment called thrombolysis  
Effects of stroke 
“Initially I had complete left side paralysis but the clot busting drug saved my mobility; had I not been diagnosed and treated so quickly I would not have been able to receive the drug which has to be administered within a few hours. I have nothing but high praise for the people who looked after me during this time”.
The long term effects of Michele’s stroke include problems with mobility, breathlessness, extreme fatigue, lack of coordination, concentration and memory problems.
FAST – life saver
Michele was told that the FAST actions of her sister, friends, and the medical professionals helped her saved her life. She says she feels lucky that she got medical attention so quickly. Most other Friday nights she would have been driving home from Dublin and the outcome could have been so different. 
Following her stroke, doctors discovered that Michele had atrial fibrillation (AF) – a type of irregular heartbeat that often goes undiagnosed. AF is a risk factor for stroke and was the cause of Michele’s stroke. Since then, Michele has also been diagnosed with a genetic heart condition – restrictive cardiomyopathy. Michele’s AF is proving very difficult to control and unfortunately she has spent a lot of time in hospital recently.
Despite these health challenges, Michele passed her final Chartered Accountancy exams just 1 year after her stroke. She is a member of the Stroke Association’s Young Women After Stroke group and is keen to raise awareness that stroke affects younger people.
Support from the Stroke Association
Michelle is a member of the Stroke Association’s Young Women After Stroke group, an innovative group which provides information and support to young people affected by stroke. Michele says: “This group has offered me a lifeline and helped to give me a new purpose in life. I have met other young women (who I now regard as some of my closest friends) that have been through similar experiences to me. 
“I look forward to our meetings, where we can share ideas, tips and questions. Since joining the group I have spoken at Stormont and appeared in a calendar! I would not even have had the confidence to do these things before my stroke, it is only with the support of the girls that I have been able to do so; this group empowers me and I feel blessed to be part of it”.
Brenda Maguire, Campaigns Manager at Stroke Association said: “Having a stroke is devastating. It can happen to anyone, of any age, at any time.
 Every second counts when you are having a stroke, so recognising the signs and calling 999 for an ambulance is crucial. A stroke is a medical emergency – as serious as a heart attack, so you need to seek immediate medical help. The quicker a person arrives at a specialist stroke unit, the quicker they will receive appropriate treatment to minimise the impact of their stroke. 
“We want more people in Northern Ireland to learn the FAST test and share it with their friends and family to help others to save lives, and improve the chance of a better recovery for those who experience stroke.”
To find out more about the FAST campaign, and to view information and support available, visit 
Post Date : Mon 06 Feb 2017 12:40 PM

5th February 2017, Anthony Dobbin, formerly of 1, Talbot Street, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of the late Maureen R.I.P. Devoted son of the late Patrick and Sarah R.I.P. and much loved brother of the late John, Jimmy, Tom, Willie, Patrick, Eddie, Vincie, Annie, Elizabeth, Mary and Bernadette R.I.P. 

His remains will repose in Paul McEvoy’s funeral home, 80, Canal Street, Newry on Monday from 6pm until 9pm Requiem mass for Tony will be celebrated on Tuesday at 11am in St. Joseph’s, Church, Sheeptown, burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. 
Our Lady Queen of The Most Holy Rosary pray for him. 
Deeply regretted and sadly missed by his sister-in-law Kathleen (Dobbin), nieces, nephews and entire family circle.
Post Date : Mon 06 Feb 2017 12:38 PM
4th February 2017, Gerry Kelly passed away, 12 Lucerne Parade Belfast beloved husband of the late Breege, and formerly of Rock Road Armagh, R.I.P.
Loving father of Patrick, Honor, Ellen, John, Michael, Timothy and dearest fiancé of Julie.
Funeral on Tuesday from his home in Lucerne Parade, Belfast to St Patrick's Cathedral Armagh for 10am Mass. Burial afterwards in St Patrick's Cemetery. 
Deeply regretted by his sorrowing sons, daughters, fiancée, grandchildren Sarah, Joe, Dearbhla, Grainne and Caoimhe, daughter-in-laws Fiona and Katie, son-in-law James, family circle and friends. 

All further enquires to J.J. McArdle & Sons 37 Thomas St. Armagh. Tel: 028 3752 2480 

Post Date : Mon 06 Feb 2017 12:34 PM

6th February 2017 Edward Fearon passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of Anne and devoted father of Aidan and Paul. 

His remains will leave his late residence, 41 Carnagh Park, on Tuesday at 8.30pm arriving at St. Mary’s Church for 9pm. 
Requiem mass for Teddy will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11am, followed by private cremation afterwards in Dublin. 
Our Lady Queen of The Most Holy Rosary pray for him. 
Deeply regretted and sadly missed by his wife, sons, brothers, sisters and entire family circle. 
Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu, if desired, to Cancer Research c/o the family or Paul McEvoy Funeral Directors 80 Canal Street, Newry, BT35 6DX
Post Date : Mon 06 Feb 2017 12:32 PM

4th February 2017 Jim McGonigle passed away peacefully at home. Beloved husband of Kathleen and devoted father of Tom, Sheena, Dermot, Nuala and Caitriona. 

His remains will leave his late residence at 9.15am on Tuesday for 10.00am Requiem Mass in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Newcastle. Burial afterwards in St Patrick's Cemetery, Bryansford. 
Sadly missed by his loving wife, children, grandchildren and extended family circle. 
Family flowers only. Donations in lieu to the Alzheimer's Society. 
Go luí sé anocht idir Bríd is a brat, idir Muire is a Mac, idir Colmcille is a sciath, idir Dia is a lámh dheas.