POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Tue 06 Sep 2016 11:24 AM

 The summer season and Lúnasa festival may have come to an end, but there are still lots of great activities and ways to get involved here at the Ring of Gullion. Here is the line up for the coming month. 


Events and Training



Historical Coach Tours in the Ring of Gullion 2016
 
Every Saturday up to 24th Sept, 10.30am - 4.30pm
Bagenal\'s Castle, Castle Street, Newry.
 
If you have not yet had the opportunity to take a tour with our local guide Una Walsh, now is your chance, as this fantastic coach tours continue through September.  Place are booking up fast, so book your place now.
 
Get Active Outdoors Extravaganza in the Ring of Gullion
 
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September, 10.30am – 4.00pm
Slieve Gullion Forest Park
 
Climbing tower, archery, hill walking…it’s all happening at Slieve Gullion for our fantastic #GetActive Outdoors Extravaganza as part of European Week of Sport! There will be plenty to keep the kids amused as well as a cycle ride for mum and dad to enjoy around the Ring of Gullion area.
 
Volunteer Opportunity – Revitalise the Dorsey Embankment
 
Saturday 17th September, 11.00am - 3.00pm.
Dorsey Embankment, Tullynavall Road, Cullyhanna
 
Can you spare a few hours to help us revitalise the Dorsey Embankment; an Iron Age defensive structure?  We need to clear a few small trees and generally tidy up the profile of the Embankment so that it is more clearly defined.  
 
Training in Hedge Laying Techniques
 
Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Glassdrumman Wood, 73 Glassdrumman Road
 
Join our experienced hedge layer for a free two-day practical training course in hedge management and hedge laying techniques.  Hedge laying is a useful technique to learn as it keeps your hedge in good health and can be used to turn your hedge into a more formidable barrier as it closes over gaps; resulting from grazing or individual trees failing, keeping hedges stock proof.  Booking essential as places are limited.
 
Training in coppicing techniques
 
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Jonesborough Forest

Join our experienced tutor for a free two-day practical training course in tree coppicing.  Coppicing is a useful way of maximising the productivity of a wooded area in a sustainable way.  Booking essential as places are limited.
 


Latest News



Thousands of New Footsteps in the Forest
Slieve Gullion Forest Park was the host venue for lots magical creatures from across the district last week as Trolls, fawns, the Birdman of Slieve Donard, Finn McCool, the Fairy Queen and the legendary witch Cailleach Bheara, as they descended on the mountain on the 26th and 27th of August for Footsteps in the Forest – their Annual Magical Meeting.

Communities invited to spruce up the landscape, with the gift of free trees
Children and adults throughout the country made their mark earlier this year by planting 13,000 trees as part of a Woodland Trust scheme.  And it’s not too late to get involved, as free tree packs are now available for planting this November.

Woodland Grants – Undecided? Try a farm woodland walk
The Forest Service invites you along to a woodland walk and open day being held at Andrew Cunningham’s Farm, Crookedstone. If you are still undecided about whether to plant your own woodland, would like a bit more information about woodland grants or existing woodland management and would like to talk to representatives from Forest Service and other like-minded landowners, this is a perfect opportunity.

Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme NOW OPEN!
The Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme is funded under the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affair’s Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme. The key aim of this Programme is to assist in tackling poverty and social isolation within rural communities across Northern Ireland.

New Tourism Strategy Needs You!
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is working on the development of a 5-year Tourism Strategy for the District. Considerable work has gone into assessing the current situation, understanding where the destination wants to be in five years, and identifying broad strategic directions to assist industry and local government in moving toward a longer-term vision.

The Big Lottery Fund Celebrates Northern Ireland
The Big Lottery Fund is offering grants of between £500 and £5,000  for groups to hold one off events or activities which celebrate their local community.

One Million Trees in a Day
This overwhelming successful campaign to plant one million trees in one day is open again. If you would like to take part get in touch. 

DATE OF EVENT Thu, 01 Sep, 2016
TIME OF EVENT 11:22 AM
LOCATION Ring of Gullion
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Tue 06 Sep 2016 11:18 AM

 Tony Mulvenna and his father Joe recently visited the Bluestone Unit at Craigavon Area Hospital to present their donation to the patient comfort fund. 

Tony’s father spent some time in the Willow ward at Bluestone and as a way to say thank you to the staff for their exceptional care Tony, who recently had knee replacement surgery, took part in the ABC Sportive 100k cycle and raised a total of £700.

The staff at the Bluestone Unit would like to thank Tony and his father for their very kind donation and to everyone who got involved with the fundraising. 

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Tue 06 Sep 2016 09:25 AM

A manager within the Southern Trust has given his backing to Organ Donation Week by sharing his very own story about how he donated his own kidney. 

Gerard Rocks is the Assistant Director for Promoting Wellbeing within The Trust. 

In 2014 Gerard’s family was informed that their father Gerry would require a kidney donation in order to avoid dialysis - a procedure to remove waste products and excess fluid from the blood when the kidneys stop working properly. They met with the Living Donor Team in Belfast City Hospital to explore the potential for a live donation. 

After much thought and discussion with his family, Gerard offered to be a donor for his father. Unfortunately the tests showed that he would not be a suitable match, but an alternative option was offered through the UK Living Donor Kidney Sharing Scheme.  

Under the scheme, Gerard would donate his kidney on the understanding that his father would receive a kidney from another suitable match. The operation took place in November 2015.  Gerard’s kidney was transported to another person in need of a donation in England and his father’s surgery was completed on the very same day – both procedures turned out to be a success. 

Gerard shared his thoughts on the experience: 

“People say to me that I have done a great thing, but I don’t see it that way. I just feel that I did the right thing for my dad, my family and for me, and it’s a decision I’ll never regret. 

“It’s difficult to urge others to do the same because organ donation will always be a very personal decision but I would certainly recommend that others consider it as an option. I couldn’t recommend the Living Donor and Transplant teams in Belfast City Hospital highly enough. They have been fantastic to me, my dad and the rest of my family throughout the whole process.

“Organ donation is a wonderful thing - you really are giving the gift of life and that, for me, has been its own reward.” 

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Tue 06 Sep 2016 09:01 AM

Millar (Newry) 5th September 2016 peacefully at Daisy Hill Hospital, John dearly loved husband of Elizabeth and loving father of John, Antony and Kevin. 102, Drumgullion Ave, Newry and formerly of Burren.

May his soul rest in peace.
His remains will be removed from his home on Wednesday at 11am arriving at St. Mary’s Church, Burren for 12noon Requiem Mass, followed by interment in adjoining Cemetery.
Deeply regretted by his loving wife, sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, brothers James and Noel, sisters Teresa, Peggy, Bronagh, Agnes and family circle.

Service Date & Time

07 September 2016, 12 Noon

Service Location

 

St Mary\'s Church Burren, Warrenpoint, Co. Down

 

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Tue 06 Sep 2016 08:59 AM

September 4th 2016 peacefully at Newry Hospice. Dearly loved wife of David and much loved mother of Alannah, Bradley and Alyssa, (Four Mile Cottages, Donaghmore, Newry). 


Funeral Service in Ardaragh Free Presbyterian Church Glenhone Road Newry BT34 1TT, Wednesday at 1.00pm followed by interment in Donaghmore Parish Churchyard. 

House strictly private. Family flowers only please. Donations if desired may be made for Newry Hospice c/o Malcomsons Funeral Service 7 Robert Street Lurgan BT66 8BE. 

Deeply regretted by her sorrowing husband, daughters, son, father Samuel John and wider family circle. 

Service Date & Time

07 September 2016, 1.00PM

Service Location

Ardaragh Free Presbyterian Church, Newry, Co. Down

Flowers

 

House strictly private. Family flowers only please. Donations if desired may be made for Newry Hospice c/o Malcomsons Funeral Service 7 Robert Street Lurgan BT66 8BE.

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Tue 06 Sep 2016 08:57 AM

September 4, 2016, peacefully, at home, 59 Mount Crescent, Downpatrick, dearly-beloved wife of the late John, and much-loved mother of Roger, Rodney and Gavin, dear mother-in-law of Siobhan and Hilary, loving grandmother of Riona, Caoimhe, Ethan, Matthew, Lauren, Joshua, Benjamin and Daniel. 


Funeral Service in Down Parish Church on Wednesday 7th September at 2.00 p.m. Interment afterwards in the adjoining churchyard. 

Very deeply regretted and will be lovingly remembered by her sorrowing family and friends. 

House private. 

Family flowers only, please. Donations may be made in lieu, if desired, to Marie Curie Cancer Care, c/o Charles Rourke and Sons, Funeral Directors, 51 Church Street, Downpatrick, BT30 6EH.

Service Date & Time

07 September 2016, 2.00PM

Service Location

Down Parish Church, Downpatrick, Co. Down

Flowers

 

Family flowers only, please. Donations may be made in lieu, if desired, to Marie Curie Cancer Care, c/o Charles Rourke and Sons, Funeral Directors, 51 Church Street, Downpatrick, BT30 6EH

 

 

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Tue 06 Sep 2016 08:54 AM

CASSIDY (Kilkeel) 4th September 2016, Vincent, beloved husband of Mary, and much loved father of Christine, Michelle, Paul and Jacqueline and proud grandad of eight.


Requiem Mass in St. Colman\'s Church Massforth at 11.00am on Tuesday (6th September)
Burial afterwards in adjoining cemetery.

Deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife, son, daughters, grandchildren, brothers, sister, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law and entire family circle.

St. Pio pray for him

Service Date & Time

06 September 2016, 11.00AM

Service Location

 

St Colman\'s Massforth, Kilkeel, Co. Down

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Fri 02 Sep 2016 12:16 PM

August 26, 2016, (suddenly), dearly beloved wife of Ronnie, Roughal Park, Downpatrick. Funeral Service in Down Parish Church, Downpatrick on Monday 29th August at 2.00 p.m. Interment afterwards in the adjoining churchyard. Very deeply regretted and will be lovingly remembered by her sorrowing husband, brothers Tom and Robert sister Phyllis, nieces, nephews and entire family circle. 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.

 

Service Date & Time

29 August 2016, 2.00 PM

Service Location

Down Parish Church, Downpatrick, Co. Down

Flowers

 

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.

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Fri 02 Sep 2016 12:14 PM

 NEILL (Banbridge) August 25th, 2016. Katherine Rose aged 18 years. Peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family, 7 Weavers Green. Much loved and cherished daughter of Gary and Roisin, beloved sister of James and grand-daughter of Charlie and the late Rosie Keown (Castlewellan) and Olga and the late Brooke Neill (Newry). 


House Private. Funeral from the family home on Sunday for 12:30pm Mass in St Patrick’s Church, Dromore Street, followed by burial in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Dromore Road. 

Deeply regretted by her heartbroken parents, brother, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, boyfriend Jack and treasured circle of friends. 

May she Rest In Peace in the arms of God. Donations if desired, to ‘The Boom Foundation’ c/o Heaney Keenan Funeral Directors, Head Office, 53 Patrick Street, Newry, BT35 8EB.

 

Service Date & Time

28 August 2016, 12.30PM

Service Location

St Patricks Banbridge, Banbridge, Co. Down

Flowers

 

Donations if desired, to ‘The Boom Foundation’ c/o Heaney Keenan Funeral Directors, Head Office, 53 Patrick Street, Newry, BT35 8EB.

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Fri 02 Sep 2016 12:05 PM

 Devine (Edinburgh, formerly Belfast and Downpatrick) Charles RIP

Died 18th August 2016 suddenly.

Loving son of the late John and Susan, father to Michael, Ciaran and Declan. Dear brother of Patricia, Lilly, John, Joseph, Susan, Noel, Gerard and the late Briege, Richard and Bernadette.

Charles remains will be reposing in Seamus Fitzsimons Funeral Home 24 English Street Downpatrick BT30 6AB with the family in attendance between 3- 6 pm on Thursday 25th August 2016 .

Requiem Mass in St Patrick’s Church Downpatrick at 9 am on Friday 26th August 2016. Interment afterwards in Struell cemetery.

Very deeply regretted by his entire family circle.

St Anthony pray for him.

All Enquires Seamus Fitzsimons Funeral Directors 028 4461 2563

 

Service Date & Time

26 August 2016, 9.00AM

Service Location

 

St Patrick\'s Downpatrick, Downpatrick, Co. Down