Post Date : Tue 24 Jan 2017 12:00 PM

If you’re passionate about equality and want to get involved in the campaign for Marriage Equality for Northern Ireland please come along to find out a bit more info about the campaign.......and there’s pizza in it for ye!

DATE OF EVENT Thu, 09 Feb, 2017
TIME OF EVENT 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
LOCATION Rainbow House
Post Date : Tue 24 Jan 2017 11:53 AM
Sinn Féin MLA and newly announced party leader in the north Michelle O'Neill has said Sinn Féin are committed to equality, respect and integrity. 
Speaking in Stormont today, Ms O'Neill said; 
"For me to be selected to lead our party in the north is truly the biggest honour and privilege of my life.
"I have no doubt that I am following in the footsteps of a political giant in Martin McGuinness. And it's not just republicans that think that, as we have witnessed over the course of the last few weeks.  
"Over the course of the last number of weeks, while others shouted from the sidelines it was Sinn Féin that stood up and confronted corruption.  It was Sinn Féin that called a halt to the arrogance and the intolerance of the DUP.  
"Arrogance and disrespect has no place in society. Financial scandal, incompetence or waste of public money cannot be tolerated.
"In the aftermath of the election, there can and will be no return to the status quo. 
"Sinn Féin are only interested in participating in the power sharing institutions if they deliver for all of our citizens and operate on the basis of equality and respect.
"Sinn Fein is seeking in this election a stronger mandate to enter forthcoming political negotiations come March to defend your interests and put firmly the peoples social, economic and political interests first.
"What we are seeking is respect and equality for all of the people. And what we are seeking is integrity in the political institutions.  
"That is what Martin McGuinness stands for. That is what Sinn Fein stands for. That is what I stand for." 


Post Date : Mon 23 Jan 2017 11:17 AM
22nd January 2017 George Clarke passed away peacefully at Hospital. George, Drummanmore Manor Armagh, beloved husband of Nancy, dear father of Jill, Anne and James, Father-in-law of Larry, Glyn and Georgina and a devoted Grandfather and Great Grandfather.
Funeral service in St Marks Parish Church on Tuesday 24th January at 2-0pm followed by interment in the adjoining Churchyard.
House strictly private. 
Family flowers only please donations in lieu if desired for St Marks Fabric Fund and Sunday School c/o K G Cheevers and Son, Funeral Directors, 28 Dobbin Street, Armagh, BT61 7QQ. 

Lovingly remembered by his sorrowing wife, Family and the entire Family circle.  

Post Date : Mon 23 Jan 2017 11:13 AM
21st January 2017 Jimmy Haffey passed away peacefully at St Joseph’s Nursing Home Warrenpoint. Jimmy dearly beloved husband of the late Anne and dearest father of Joe, Barry and Fidelma. 70 Dublin Road. 
May he rest in peace. 
Funeral on Tuesday from his son Joe's residence 28 Hillhead Road at 11.15am for requiem mass at 12 noon in The Sacred Heart Church, Cloughogue, burial afterwards in St Mary’s Cemetery, Warrenpoint Road, Newry. 
On his soul sweet Jesus have mercy. 

He will be sadly missed by his sons, daughter, son in law Jeffrey, daughters in law Ann & Caroline, grandchildren, nephews, nieces and the entire family circle. 

Post Date : Mon 23 Jan 2017 11:10 AM

20th January 2017, Paddy Wilson passed away peacefully at home with his loving family. 

Loving father of Thomas, Vanessa and Grace, son of Bobby and Christie and brother of Jacqueline and Dominic.
His remains will leave his father’s residences 6 Ballygorian Road, Hilltown on Monday at 11.15am for 12.00noon Requiem Mass in the Church of St John the Evangelist, Ballymaghery, Hilltown. Burial afterward in the adjoining cemetery.
Deeply regretted by his sorrowing son, daughters, father, mother, brother, sister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and the entire family circle.
Post Date : Mon 23 Jan 2017 11:08 AM
20th January, 2017, Norman Bell passed away peacefully at his home, 13 Forthill Green, Banbridge. Norman, dearly loved husband of Doreen Elizabeth Bell and much loved dad of Colin and Sharon.
Funeral Service in Scarva Street Presbyterian Church on Monday at 1pm. Committal afterwards in Loughbrickland Presbyterian Churchyard.
No flowers please. Donations in lieu may be sent, if desired, to William Bell & Co., Funeral Directors, 23 Kenlis Street, Banbridge BT32 3LR for Banbridge District Nurses.
Deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife, son, daughter, grandchildren Britney, Megan, Adam and Clare-Rose, brother Derick and all the family circle.

"What a friend we have in Jesus." 

Post Date : Mon 23 Jan 2017 11:06 AM

20th JANUARY 2017, Edie Miller passed away peacefully at hospital. Dearly beloved sister of the late Sandy, Isobel, Eleanor and Jack, dear aunt of Brian, Jackie, Sandra and Eric. 

Funeral service in Downpatrick Presbyterian Church on Monday 23rd January at 2.00pm. Interment afterwards in the adjoining churchyard. 
Very deeply regretted and will be lovingly remembered by her sorrowing family and friends.
Post Date : Mon 23 Jan 2017 10:54 AM

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has condemned  last night's gun attack on a PSNI officer in north Belfast. 


Mr Kelly said; 


"I totally condemn this gun attack on a PSNI officer in north Belfast tonight. 


"It is my understanding that a police officer was shot in a drive by shooting on the Crumlin Road and that his injuries are not believed to be life threatening. 


"I hope that the injured officer will make a full and speedy recovery. 


"Those responsible for this attack are the same people who are attacking the local community. They have absolutely nothing to offer society and need to call a halt to these activities immediately. 


"I would call on anyone with information on this incident to bring it forward to the PSNI." 

Post Date : Mon 23 Jan 2017 10:47 AM

Social media sometimes gets a bad press for what is displayed through that medium. In the past week it presented itself in a good and proper way. It allowed us to see the past of a group of Castlewellan friends and the way they were. It allowed them to perhaps smile and say “god – do you remember that night”, “that was some holiday” or “look at the state of us that night”. Then they laugh and shake their heads.

Those sort of fantastic memories roll out for us all at some time or another. I hope the guys in the photographs won’t mind being referred to by their affectionate name “The Romper Room Gang”. For those of you too young to remember, Romper Room was a children’s TV show many years ago.

Those guys were all great friends. One of them was, of course, Mickey McAlinden who passed away last week at an all too early age. He fought illness over the past few years with the bravery and toughness that astounded us all. A fighter to the end. His close family and friends will only ever truly know just how brave he was.  The tributes to him have come from far and wide as well as from within our community.

If anyone ever marked Mickey in a match they will know he was small in physical stature. You will also know that he made up for it with quick thinking, cuteness and tigerish qualities. His presence around our club was and will be sadly missed by us all. The Executive Committee and Members wish to extend to his wife Madge and his son’s Niall and Gerard all our sincere sympathy for their loss. We also extend our sympathy to his brothers and sisters Gerry, Charlie, Rose, Rory, Patricia, Francey, Anne and the wide family circle at this time We also have in our thoughts his late twin brother James and parents Francey (Snr) and Maureen. Ar dheis de go raibh a anam dilis. 

A few weeks back we congratulated Sorcha McCarten on becoming a double dual All Star. This week Sorcha's incredible talents have gained her an All Ireland interprovinsional medal. After being selected to represent Ulster they have become champions beating Connacht 2-07 to 1-01 in the final set in Kinnegad. On behalf of the club and all the members we send a massive congratulations to Sorcha the players and management. 
There will be a "Back to Basics" coaching course at 7pm sharp on Thurs Jan 26th in St Malachys Primary School. We would request all juvenile coaches and and parent helpers from all four codes in our club to attend this course which will last for one and a half hours. No previous coaching experience is required.and we encourage as many as possible to attend
Anyone interested in helping with juvenile coaching please contact John O'Neill on 07711737610.
OnSaturday 11th February the club rooms will be holding a disco, back by popular demand on the night will be DJ Connor Moran. Drink promotions on the night and free entry before 10pm.
This weeks lotto numbers were 1,2,12,15, there was 2 £20 winners, Jackpot stands at £37500, tickets available around the town and in the clubrooms. 
Picture Sorcha McCarten (right) with the All Ireland Interprovincial trophy and fellow county player Laoise Duffy
Post Date : Mon 23 Jan 2017 10:41 AM

West Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Órlaithí Flynn has called on the DUP Education Minister, Peter Weir, to reverse the notice of withdrawal of funding for hundreds of Youth Workers right across the North.

On Friday Ms Flynn’s colleague, Fra McCann MLA, wrote to Peter Weir seeking an urgent meeting to discuss the funding withdrawal notice.

Ms Flynn said:

“Many youth groups received letters stating that funding given under the Extended Provision Youth Work programme were now being given notice of withdrawal by the Education Authority.

“My colleague, Fra McCann MLA, immediately requested a meeting with Peter Weir and Sinn Féin has been in close contact with Youth Workers to actively support them in resisting this decision.

“The DUP should roll back on this disgraceful notice of withdrawal of vital funding.

“Recently DUP minister Paul Givan withdrew funding for Irish language bursaries for disadvantaged children under the Liofa scheme.

“The DUP minister was forced to reverse that appalling decision after enormous pressure from Irish language campaigners and from Sinn Féin.

“It's important that political representatives, Youth Workers and community organisations in Belfast and right across the North keep the pressure on the DUP to reverse this disgraceful decision.

“This funding helps to support additional youth work, allowing youth organisations to employ hundreds of workers in the most socially deprived communities across the North.

“These Youth Workers carry out work which makes a huge positive difference to childrens’ lives.

“This was yet another attack by the DUP on working class children.

“Peter Weir needs to reverse the notices of withdrawal of funding and end DUP attacks on vulnerable communities.”