Post Date : Mon 24 Oct 2016 09:33 AM

 South Armagh MLA and Executive Office Junior Minister Megan Fearon has outlined her support for migrant workers. 

She was speaking during a debate in the Assembly on the rise of racism following the English EU exit vote. 

“There is an onus on all of us to show support to our minority ethnic communities and our migrant workers,” she said. 

“The majority of people in the north, as evidenced by the most recent life and times survey, want a welcoming, outward-looking and open society in which people feel a sense of belonging to this place. I stress that there is absolutely no place for racism in our society. People who have come to make their life here must be protected. 

“Just last week, junior Minister Ross and I attended the launch of the No Hate Here campaign in north Belfast, which was a PCSP initiative. That is an important example, because we are working hand in hand with the Department of Justice in developing a dedicated action plan as part of the community safety strategy to tackle hate crime.”

Post Date : Mon 24 Oct 2016 09:30 AM

 Sinn Fein MLA Conor Murphy has welcomed news from the Health Minister Michelle O’Neill that an adoption bill for the north is in the works. 

Mr Murphy raised the issue with the Minister in the Assembly during the week.  She replied that an Adoption and Children Bill has indeed been drafted. 

“It is principally intended to modernise the legal framework for adoption in the North and place children's welfare at the centre of the adoption decision-making processes,” she said.

“The current law on adoption is the Adoption Order 1987. It is based on English legislation drafted in the early 1970s and therefore reflects practice that is effectively 40 years old. The Bill will deliver a framework for adoption that is more consistent with the principles and provisions of the Children Order 1995 and international human rights requirements. 

The substance of the Bill relates to adoption, although I propose to also make changes to the Children Order. The Bill will be substantive. The current draft contains approximately 140 clauses and five schedules.

“In the main, the Bill is based on policy proposals consulted on in 2006. However, it also contains new provisions not previously consulted on but which I consider will deliver improved outcomes for children and young people, both in relation to adoption and children's social care. As part of the consultation on the Bill, I will also seek views on a number of further proposed changes to adoption, safeguarding and children's legislation. 

“I firmly believe that it is extremely important that an Adoption and Children Bill is introduced as soon as possible. The Bill is long overdue. I therefore intend to seek Executive agreement to consult on the draft Bill, with the intention of introducing it in the Assembly as soon as possible in the current mandate.” 

Thanking the Minister for her answer he then asked her for more details. 

“ I am sure that most people will be pleased that there is movement on the issue. Will she outline what policy proposals in and around this she is preparing to consult on?” he asked.

“Professor Alexis Jay undertook a review of the Safeguarding Board in April of last year. The review report was submitted to the Department, and I accepted all the report's findings in August this year,” she replied. 

“One of that report's key recommendations was that, in the longer term, the creation of a statutory child protection partnership should be considered as a replacement for the Safeguarding Board, with wider safeguarding sitting within an overarching Children and Young People's Strategic Partnership (CYPSP). I intend to consult on whether to include additional provisions in the Adoption and Children Bill to establish a statutory child protection partnership and place the CYPSP on a statutory basis. 

“I also intend to consult on the duty of the Health and Social Care Board to provide information about adoption support services; to introduce a right for the descendants of adopted people to access records and intermediary services; to place arrangements for duly approved placements — that is, individuals or couples approved to foster or adopt — on a statutory basis; to amend the Children Order 1995 to strengthen arrangements in respect of private foster carers; and to seek views on the introduction of contact/no contact orders to ensure that the authorities are clear that their duty is to safeguard and promote the welfare of looked-after children when making contact arrangements.”

Post Date : Sun 23 Oct 2016 02:15 PM

 For an adrenaline fuelled hen or stag party experience in Newry and Mourne then look no further than Cloughmore Extreme.  You can choose from our range of activities or you can hear about our predesigned hen and stag party packages. 

At Cloughmore extreme we like to give an experience that everyone will remember.  You can have a fun filled adventure day in the water or on land followed by a night out for dinner and drinks in Newry, Warrenpoint, Rostrevor or Newcastle. 

Post Date : Sun 23 Oct 2016 02:01 PM

Bringing people and horses together in a Safe friendly environment, we have teamed up the Guys at Narrow Water Equestrian Centre who have spent many years dedicating their time and effort to ensuring you have the best Horse and Rider experience through different teaching techniques, passion and excitement from Horse riding, no matter what their age or ability!

Post Date : Sun 23 Oct 2016 01:55 PM

Hiking/Mountain Walks are a great way residential to get the group interacting and bonding. Not only will you get to enjoy stunning views but you will be placed in an environment where you will be challenged physically.

Post Date : Sun 23 Oct 2016 01:50 PM

 Mountain Biking is a great activity either, on a one to one coaching session or with a group. With our tailored made coaching sessions before we hit the trails ranging from basic handling skills right threw to our more advanced technical core skills your are sure to have a great time on the bike.

Post Date : Sun 23 Oct 2016 01:46 PM

 Rock Climbing and Abseiling sessions are a great way to achieve self confidence and teamwork. Climbing skills can be taught along with introductory sessions in set up, equipment and belaying for BETEC and HND students.

Post Date : Sun 23 Oct 2016 01:39 PM

For all the budding Robin Hoods and Maid Marion’s out there. Archery is a skilled sport that requires practice and patience. A sound briefing will help the group progress faster. Archery is a great way to encourage rivalry between groups and individuals. There are many different games we can do to improve your skill and keep things fresh.


Post Date : Sun 23 Oct 2016 01:00 PM

 Halloween Camp is Back!!!   Get the kids into the outdoors for some adventure and exploring through mountain biking, learning different skills both on and off the bike as we mix it up with the following activities - 

- Team games
- Zip lining
- Archery
- Canoeing (weather and tide dependant)

Best of all, not even a computer in sight! 
They don't have to be a pro on the bike as we have all abilities, but so long as they can ride unaided. Ages starting from 6+.

All of our camps are run from the lovely safe setting within Kilbroney Park.

The cost of the Easter camp is £20pp, We are known as the best extreme babysitters in town!!! 

Each camper to take thier own packed lunch.

Each year we run a Halloween Camp during the school holidays!! Places on the camps always fill up fast and they are a great way to have the kids meet new friends, develop social skills, learn new practical skills and try new activities. Modern society lends itself towards a sedentary lifestyle and we believe that actively encouraging kids to explore the outdoors is vital to their holistic health and well being. All are camps are fully supervised by fully qualified staff so you can relax knowing the kids are in safe hands!

If you need any more infomation be sure to get in touch by calling 07706875394 or emailing

DATE OF EVENT Sat, 29 Oct, 2016
TIME OF EVENT 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
LOCATION Kilbroney Forest Park
POSTED By : Mark White
Post Date : Sat 22 Oct 2016 02:03 PM

If you've been thinking about getting into cycling, now's the time to meet the members of Armagh Down Cycling Club.

On Wednesday, October 26, Armagh Down CC will be holding its annual membership night at the Mourne Country Hotel and it's the perfect opportunity to go along and find out what's on offer.

A warm welcome awaits and you can chat with current members to find out the benefits of cycling with a locally run club, plus there are some fantastic guest speakers - including Irish cyclist and triathlete Bryan McCrystal and Gerard Hughes, owner and proprietor of Cycle Recycle Newry.

Bryan McCrystal is one of the country’s best domestic riders and has just returned from competing in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. Having been the fastest man in his category on the bike leg, who better to provide some detail into the training, determination and the dietary requirements to compete at this level? Bryan will also provide some insight into his training methods and will be on hand for a Q&A throughout the evening.

Gerard Hughes is a Velotech Certified Trainer to platinum level in bicycle maintenance, with many years' experience in maintaining and restoring bicycles. Gerard will give a practical demonstration on bike maintenance, which will enable any cyclist to perform a basic repair to get them home in the event of a mechanical issue during a training ride.

"Everyone is welcome to our membership night; it's a great way for those thinking of joining a club to come and chat to us first-hand, plus you can get some top tips from our guest speakers," said Benny Smyth, chairman, Armagh Down Cycling Club. "We are delighted that Bryan McCrystal and Gerard Hughes will be giving talks and demonstrations and we urge anyone thinking of taking up cycling to come along."

Benny added: "Now is the opportune time to join as we begin our indoor winter training ahead of the 2017 cycling season. Whether you are a seasoned racer or complete beginner, come along and be part of Armagh Down CC."

Armagh Down Cycling Club was launched late in 2015 and boasts more than 70 members. Next week's membership night aims to build on this number and attract more new members; men, women and junior riders.

If you're interested in making new friends and getting fit at the same time, the Armagh Down CC membership night is being held at the Mourne Country Hotel on Wednesday, October 26 at 7.30pm. Be part of the experience. Be part of Armagh Down Cycling Club.

For further information, contact Armagh Down CC Chairman, Benny Smyth on 07763622336 or visit the events page at: