Post Date : Thu 23 Feb 2017 09:21 AM
Commenting after the families of the victims of the McGurk's Bar Bombing spoke before the the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality, Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile said;
"The McGurk families were very welcome to the Oireachtas today.
"Their accounts of the massacre of their loved ones in December 1971 and the treatment of the atrocity by the British government of the time and successive British governments is appalling.
"Fifteen people, including two children, died in the outrage.
"Within hours of the massacre the British government deliberately spread lies that the IRA was responsible for the bombing and that those who died were also involved despite the fact that an eye-witness gave RTE an interview, which was broadcast saying he saw the bombers fleeing the scene.
"These lies were based on reports from the British Army and the RUC willingly accepted and promoted by the British and unionist governments.
"A British Army scenes of crime assessor submitted a report to the British Army Headquarters in which he stated that the bomb was placed in the entrance to the bar.
"This contradicted the public account by the British government and the soldiers report was marked 'Not for PR'.
"The lie was publicly supported by Reginal Maudling, British cabinet minister, Brian Faulkner, the North's prime minister, John Taylor, unionist cabinet minister, Graham Shillington, RUC Chief Constable and Sir Harry Tuzo, British Army GOC among many others.
"The lie continued for decades until the families uncovered the truth themselves from the British government's own files in Kew Gardens.
"The Historical Enquiries Team (HET) and the police Ombudsman failed to find these files.
"The families are seeking justice and the truth.
"I support the calls they made today for a new investigation, a new inquest and the scrapping of the HET report into the massacre.

"It is time the families of the bereaved were given the truth after 46 years of lies and deceit."  

Post Date : Wed 22 Feb 2017 09:45 AM

Newry Dart League.

Sponsored by The CLARA Aporthotel Bulgaria

KO Cup 1/4 Finals

Sponsored by The CLARA Aporthotel Bulgaria

To be played on Friday 3rd March 2017.

(1st named team at HOME)

Premier Division - Frank Fearon Memorial Cup (Best of 5x501)

Cloughmor Inn v 3 Steps A

Gormans Bar M/Bridge v Gap of the North

Magees A v Trainors A *Holders*

The Wanderers v First & Last W/Point

Division 1- Ron Keenan Memorial Cup (Best of 3x501)

Quinns Camlough v CWC

AOH Newry v Windmill Bar

Lumpers Bar B v Seasiders INF B

Maddens Bar A - *Recive Bye*.

Division 2 - Mark Trainor Cup (Best of 3x501)

Bellinis v Anns Army

Dromintee GFC A v Glenn GFC

O'Hanlons W/Cross v Ballyholland Harps

Trainors Bar v Cornamucklagh House -*To be played in Trainors Bar Newry*

Division 3 - Indepndent Club P.C. Cup (1 Leg 501).

Armaghdown Bar v Magees Bar

Shane O'Neills GFC v Trainors Newry

Howes Bar Omeath v Slieve Gherkin

Boyds Bar v Port Bar

Division 4 - Joanne Heaney Memorial Cup (1 Leg 501).

Bears v Phoenix Bar *Holders*

Dans Bar v Forkhill GFC B

Indo B v Charleys Angels *To be played in Newry INF.

Trainors Heroes v Armaghdown Ladies

Post Date : Wed 22 Feb 2017 09:26 AM

1st February 2017, John Pollock passed away peacefully at home.

John, dearly-loved husband of the late Ann and father of John, Linda and Jill. He will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all the family including his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 
A Service of Thanksgiving for his life will be held in Inch Parish Church, Downpatrick on Friday 24th February at 2.30 p.m.
Post Date : Wed 22 Feb 2017 09:23 AM
20th February 2017, Mervyn Maxwell passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family.
Mervyn late of Osborne Gardens, Banbridge, beloved husband of Ruth, dearest mother of Stephen, Michael, Noel and Tracey, father-in-law of Rachael and Nicola and a much loved pop. 
Funeral service on Thursday at 2pm in Bannside Presbyterian Church with committal following in Banbridge New Cemetery. 
No flowers please by his own request. 
Any enquires can be made to Milne Funeral Services 028 38338888.
Very deeply regretted and fondly remembered by the entire family circle. 

In Christ Alone. 

Post Date : Wed 22 Feb 2017 09:21 AM
20th February 2017, John Alexander James (Jim) passed away peacefully) at his home, Mourne Abbey, Kilkeel.
Jim, dearly loved son of Annabel and the late Hudson, much loved brother of Eleanor, Olive and Gloria and dearly loved brother-in-law and uncle.
Funeral from his late home on Wednesday at 2pm to Ballykeel Gospel Hall.
Family flowers only, please. Donations in lieu if desired for Mourne Family Surgery, c/o Mrs Olive McCulla, 38 Mill Road, Kilkeel BT34 4AW.
Will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.

"Absent from the body, present with the Lord." 

Post Date : Wed 22 Feb 2017 09:10 AM
Sinn Féin Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile has challenged Fianna Fáil to state whether it supports the opening of an Irish passport office in the north. 
Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said: 
"I welcome the calls for additional Passport Office facilities from Fianna Fáil today.
"There is no doubt that the stark increase in passport applications from the North warrants an urgent review of services.
"Recently the increased demand saw an additional 230 people employed by the Passport Office and the staff there deserve our full respect and appreciation for the hard work they are putting in.
"The campaign for any such new facility must be about meeting the logistical, demonstrable need emerging from within the Six Counties.
"Any new and indeed much-needed office facility must be located where the increased demand lies.  Does Fianna Fáil support the need for a Passport Office in the Six Counties?
"The huge increase in Irish and therefore European passports indicates clearly that there should be special designated status for the North within the EU and the Irish Government should stand with the rest of us in making that case."


Post Date : Tue 21 Feb 2017 01:35 PM

 Final Call for Excellence Awards 2017 Nominations…do you know someone who has made a difference?

Do you know a member of health and social care staff who has provided exceptional treatment and care for you or your relative? 

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has launched the Excellence Awards for 2017 and is asking for members of the public to play their part and nominate a member of staff who has made a big difference to their lives for the People’s Choice Award before it is too late.  

The closing date for nominations is 5pm on Monday 6 March 2017 

Siobhan Rooney, a non-executive director with the Trust, and chair of the Excellence Awards committee, said: “The staff excellence awards recognise those staff who make such a difference to patients and clients by going that extra mile. You may wish to acknowledge staff who work in hospital, come to your home, are based in health centres or day centres, or who work as support staff – porters, domestics, drivers or clerical workers.” 

“The People’s Choice award is for Trust employees who have demonstrated to a patient, client or relative exceptional care – maybe kindness, professional expertise or expert care which has made a difference in their life.” 

The judges will be particularly looking for evidence of:

·         Putting the safety, needs and welfare of service users first

·         Ensuring service users feel valued and cared for

·         Treating service users with respect, dignity and compassion

·         Going above and beyond the call of duty

Do you know someone who deserves this award? 

How do I nominate?

Complete a Nomination Form, available on the Trust’s website: 

E-mail: or Tel: 028 3756 4159 if you would like to receive the form by post. 

The overall winner will be announced on Wednesday 14 June 2017. 

Photo Caption: Staff and clients of the Southern Area Family Nurse Partnership Programme, join with the Trust Chair, Roberta Brownlee to launch this year’s Excellence Awards. Do you know someone who has made a difference – why not nominate for the People’s Choice award?

Post Date : Tue 21 Feb 2017 01:23 PM

The annual Spring lake 5k and 10k run has been pencilled into the diary for April 2nd, more details in next weeks notes and updates will be on the clubs website along with Facebook and twitter.

It has been a great week for two of our young Senior Camogie players, both Caitriona Caldwell and Nicola McCabe were part of the University of Jordanstown team that won the Purcell shield in Abbotstown last week against a strong Trinity college. The girls followed this up on Sunday past when they lined out for the Senior County Camogie team against last years Intermediate All Ireland Champions Kilkenny, a tight affair seen the camogs lose by just 2 points.

The Annual awards dinner dance will be held on St 4th March, tickets are £20 each with Oision McConville as guest speaker, please contact Kevan Sweeny for tickets.

This weeks lotto numbers are 7,20,24,25. There was no jackpot winner, next weeks jackpot £3900, tickets in usual outlets around the town.

Post Date : Tue 21 Feb 2017 10:24 AM

19th February 2017, George Shilliday passed away peacefully at the Southern Area Hospice.

George, late of 27 Coburn Drive, Tandragee, beloved husband of the late Annie Elizabeth (Nan), loving father of Tracey-Ann, Craig and his partner Allison, a devoted grandfather of Stuart and Robbie and dear partner to Kathleen.
Funeral Service in Tandragee Presbyterian Church on Tuesday at 1.00pm followed by interment in adjoining churchyard.
House strictly private at his own request.
Family flowers only please, donations in lieu, if desired, for Southern Area Hospice, c/o Len Grant, 19 Madden Road, Tandragee BT62 2DG.
Lovingly remembered by his sorrowing daughter, son and all the family circle.
"The day Thou gavest Lord is ended."
Post Date : Tue 21 Feb 2017 10:22 AM

19th February 2017, Harold Williams passed away suddenly at the Royal Victoria Hospital. Harold dearly loved Husband of Nellie, 1 Richmond Grove, Tandragee. 

Funeral Service in Ballymore Parish Church, Wednesday 22nd February, 2017 at 1.30pm followed by interment in adjoining churchyard. 
House Private. 
Family Flowers only, Donations if desired for Ballymore Parish Church c/o George McNabb and Co. 106 Bridge Street, Portadown BT63 5AP. 
Very deeply regretted by his Sorrowing Wife and all the family circle.
“The day thou gavest Lord is ended”