POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Thu 20 Oct 2016 08:29 AM

 Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called on the European Union to do more to assist the Basque peace process. 

Speaking at an event at the European Parliament in Brussels organised by the Basque Friendship Group, Ms Anderson said; 

"Ten years ago in October 2006 a declaration of support for the Basque resolution process was adopted by the European Parliament. 

"It called upon the European institutions to support the Basque peace process and play an active role in its resolution. 

"Ten years on that resolution remains in place. However, the EU has not done as much as it could to advance the peace process in line with the declaration passed by the parliament. 

"The Basque conflict is the last of its kind in the EU and there is an onus on the European institutions to play a role in helping to resolve it."  

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Thu 20 Oct 2016 08:21 AM

Sinn Féin MLA Michelle O’Neill officially opened the new £4million MRI Unit at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children today.

The Health Minister said:

“As Minister for Health, I am strongly committed to protecting and improving the quality and safety of health and social care services.

“This MRI scanner has been a long time in planning and I am delighted to see it is now up and running.

“Since the scanner became fully operational earlier this year 1,448 children have been scanned, roughly 30 children per week, which will ease the pressure on the Royal’s scanners.

“Waiting lists for paediatric MRI have also been greatly reduced since it became operational.”

Ms O’Neill continued:

“I would like to thank all those who have helped to raise the funds that have enabled this MRI scanner to be installed in the children’s hospital. 

“I am aware that the fund raising campaign took place over a number of years. This is a really good example of how our communities, the third sector and our health service can all work together to achieve better outcomes for our people, especially children.

“We must continue to make the health and well-being of people here better. We need to work together to deliver the best possible health outcomes for the people we serve and to tackle the inequalities which exist.”  

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Wed 19 Oct 2016 12:02 PM

Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has welcomed news that a statue of Irish rock legend Rory Gallagher has received planning permission.

Ms Ní Chuilín said:

“I welcome the fact that Belfast City Council's planning committee has approved the proposal.

“Like many I am a fan of Rory Gallagher, he is a legendary guitarist who continues to influence many in the music industry.

“I think it is fitting that a statue honouring Rory Gallagher be erected at Belfast's Ulster Hall given that he played there regularly throughout his career.” 

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Wed 19 Oct 2016 11:58 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said the British government cannot be trusted to represent the best interests of the people of the North in Brexit negotiations. 

Speaking at an economic conference in Derry today, Mr McGuinness said; 

"I will be travelling to London to meet the British prime minister, as well as the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales to ascertain whether this British government knows what it is doing over Brexit. 

"Key areas of concern were identified in the joint letter from Arlene Foster and myself and the question is whether the British government is taking those seriously and the answer is I don't think so. 

"I don't trust this British government to negotiate on our behalf. They don't have the best interests of the people of the North at heart. 

"And despite what James Brokenshire may say, he will not be my representative at those negotiations. That is the responsibility of elected representatives here. 

"I represent the 56 per cent of people who voted to remain in the EU. Our democratic wishes need to be listened to and respected." 

Post Date : Wed 19 Oct 2016 09:35 AM

On Hallowe’en itself, October 31st, join renowned storyteller Eamonn Keenan as he weaves tales of strange goings on, witches, ghosts, and all sorts of fairy folk, there may even be a few songs and surprises. 


This will be from 3pm – 4.30pm, so please drop in. Cost per child is £1.50 and is appropriate for children aged 4 -11 years.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. If you wish to book or you require more information please telephone 028 3031 3178
Storytelling at Newry and Mourne Museum Contact
DATE OF EVENT Mon, 31 Oct, 2016
TIME OF EVENT 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
LOCATION Newry and Mourne Museum
Post Date : Wed 19 Oct 2016 09:30 AM

 Maritime historian, Sean Patterson, will visit the Museum on Thursday 3rd November at 7.30pm to give his talk 'Connemara and Retriever Disaster: Wrong Time, Wrong Place'.

During a heavy gale, while passing the ‘cut’ into Carlingford Lough, the Retriever, a Newry collier, struck the passenger ship, the Connemara, which was bound for Holyhead from Greenore.

Both ships sank in a matter of moments. Ninety-four people were killed, and only one person survived.

Sean will speak about one of the most tragic local maritime disasters that occurred one hundred years ago on the night of the 3rd November 1916.

This event is free of charge but pre-booking is advisable.

If you wish to book a seat please call 028 3031 3178.

DATE OF EVENT Thu, 03 Nov, 2016
TIME OF EVENT 07:30 PM
LOCATION Newry and Mourne Museum
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Wed 19 Oct 2016 09:26 AM

KELLY Mary R.I.P. Died October 18, 2016 peacefully at Kings Castle Nursing Home. Late of Edward Street, Downpatrick. Much loved daughter of the late Susan and Patrick and loving sister to Elizabeth, Susan, Patrick and the late Isobel, Harry, Michael and Thomas. Dear cousin of Anne, Fatima and Harry. 

Mary's remains will be reposing in Seamus Fitzsimons Funeral Directors Funeral Home, 24 English Street, Downpatrick with the family in attendance between 1.00pm - 3.00pm followed by removal to St Patrick's Church, Downpatrick at 6.30pm for arrival at 7.00pm on Wednesday October 19, 2016. 

Requiem Mass at 9.30am on Thursday October 20, 2016. Interment afterwards in St Patrick's Cemetery, Killough Road. 

St Martin pray for her. 

All enquiries to Seamus Fitzsimons Funeral Directors, 028 4461 2563. 

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Wed 19 Oct 2016 09:25 AM

Lunn - June Irene, October 18th 2016 (Peacefully) at her son and daughter-in-law’s home 16 Tudor Oaks, Banbridge. Dearly loved wife of the late William (Billy) Lunn and dear mother of David, Janis and Eryk. 

Funeral Service in St Mark’s Parish Church, Dundela on Thursday at 12 noon. Committal afterwards in Clandeboye Cemetery, Bangor. 

House strictly private. 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 U.N.I.C.E.F. and Marie Curie (Cheques made payable to William Bell and Co.) 

Deeply regretted by her sorrowing sons, daughter, daughters-in-law Valerie and Susan, granddaughter Joy and family circle.

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Wed 19 Oct 2016 09:23 AM

Caren, October 17th, 2016, suddenly at his home, 131 Kilkeel Road, Annalong, William John, dearly beloved husband of the late Cecelia, devoted father of James, dear father-in-law of Jacqueline, much loved grandfather of Jonathan and Laura and loving great-grandfather of Alex.

Funeral Service on Wednesday at 2.00pm in Kilhorne Parish Church.

Family flowers only, please. Donations in lieu, if so desired, for Macmillan Nursing c/o Adam Annett & Son, 66 Greencastle Road, Kilkeel, BT43 4JJ.

Will be greatly missed by all his Family and Friends.

"Safe in the arms of Jesus"

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Wed 19 Oct 2016 09:19 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Catherine Seeley has welcomed a commitment from the Health Minister that the nurses' bursary scheme will be retained. 

The Sinn Féin health spokesperson said; 

"Following recent moves away from the nurses' bursary by the British government local nurses had contacted me to express concern that such a move would be replicated here.  

"I asked my party colleague and health minister Michelle O'Neill today about her intentions for the future of the scheme in the North. 

"I welcome the Minister’s response and her assurance that she has no intention of replacing the bursary with a loan.

"I also welcome her commitment to increasing the number of nurses we train at a time when they are invaluable to a health service under increased demand and about to undergo radical transformation."