Post Date : Wed 17 May 2017 09:56 AM

 The SMA Family Fun Day takes place in Dromantine on Sunday 11th June, from 1.30pm to 6pm. Family Fun Day has been an important date on the calendar since the 1950’s and is the main fund raising event for Dromantine. So if you’ve never seen the beautiful grounds and lake this is your Invitation to come along and enjoy a good day of family fun.

There is something for every age, A Grand Draw (first prize £2500.00), vintage tractors, bouncy castles, amusements, magician, stalls, bar-b-q, alongside the ever popular Country and Western music.  By popular demand there is a new addition this year is “a Jiving Competition” which will give the many who have taken part in classes during the winter months or who just love to dance a chance to display their talents and maybe even win a prize.

There is something for everyone in the family all delivered in a great atmosphere.

As always, Dromantine Family Fun Day could not happen without the help and support of so many members of the local community, neighbouring parishes and further afield. To them all, in advance, we say many thanks!

We are situated 5 mins north of Newry, just off the Belfast to Dublin A1 duel carriageway.

Admission £5.00 per car.

Go to our website to see highlights from last year:  


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DATE OF EVENT Sun, 11 Jun, 2017
TIME OF EVENT 01:30 PM - 06:00 PM
LOCATION Glen Road Newry
Post Date : Wed 17 May 2017 09:33 AM

15th May 2017, Patrick Pearce passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family, beloved husband of Maura and devoted father of Elaine, Paddy and Deirdre. 

His remains will leave his late residence, 143, Drumalane Park, on Thursday at 11.30am for 12 noon Requiem Mass in the Church of the Assumption, Drumalane. Burial afterwards in Monkshill Cemetery. 
Our Lady Queen of The Most Holy Rosary pray for him. 
Deeply regretted and sadly missed by his wife, son, daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great grandson, his brother Jim, sister Martha and entire family circle. 
Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu, if desired, to Macmillan nurses. c/o the family or Paul McEvoy Funeral Directors 80 Canal Street, Newry, BT35 6DX.
Post Date : Wed 17 May 2017 09:29 AM
16th May 2017, Pat Murtagh passed away suddenly, devoted husband of Marie and loving father of Joanne, Ursula, Eddie and Paddy, cherished son of Annie and the late Edward and dear brother of Mary, Rose, Margaret, Edward, Peter, John, Helen and the late Lilian. 
May he Rest in Peace. 
Reposing at his late residence, 19a Derrylecka Road. 
Funeral on Friday at 11.15am for 12noon Requiem Mass in St Mary’s Church, Burren. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. 
On his soul, sweet Jesus have mercy. 
He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his sorrowing wife, sons, daughters, sons-in-law Gavin and Vinnie, daughters-in-law Jennifer and Seainin, grandchildren Odhrán, Donagh, Maia, Jack, Annie, Patrick, Conor, Darragh, Aimee, Finn and Isla, his mother, brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces and the entire family circle. 

Any further enquiries to Heaney-Keenan Funeral Directors (028) 30262965. 

Post Date : Wed 17 May 2017 09:24 AM
The Police Service of Northern Ireland has today (Wednesday 17 May) published its annual crime statistics for 2016/17 which show crime figures are at their lowest level since the series commenced almost 20 years ago.
In 2016/17, there were 98,076 crimes recorded by the PSNI, a drop of 6.6%, 105,023 crimes, on the previous year and the lowest number recorded since 1998/99.
Commenting on the statistics, Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris said: “The PSNI is committed to keeping people safe and we welcome the fact there has been a decrease in the number of crimes recorded.
“These figures show a snapshot of crime types we are dealing with but it is also important to acknowledge that although the statistics show the number of traditional crimes recorded has fallen, demand on policing is increasing and becoming more complex as traditional crime has given way to those less visible, more complex crimes such as public protection offending and cyber-crime.
Overall 16% of policing demand is linked to crime as around 80% of calls for service relate to public safety and welfare including incidents involving vulnerability, missing people and child protection.”
Of note, the statistics show there were 28 victims resulting from paramilitary style shootings in 2016/17, double the number recorded in the previous year. There was also an increase in the number of casualties of paramilitary style assaults, from 58 last year to 66 over the same period this year.
Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris added: “I acknowledge the increase in the number of victims as a result of paramilitary style attacks and would reassure local communities that we are continuing to focus on these crimes. The PSNI is working hard to bring those responsible for these types of crimes before the courts however we also need the support from the public in providing us with the information we need to bring the perpetrators to justice.”
There were 29,166 incidents with a domestic abuse motivation in 2016/17, an increase of 2.7%, 774 incidents, and the highest level recorded since the series commenced. However, the number of crimes with a domestic abuse motivation fell by 140 offences, 1%, from 14,073 in 2015/16 to 13,933 in 2016/17.
Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris said: “Whilst the number of crimes with a domestic motivation fell, the number of incidents with a domestic abuse motivation rose and I would continue to encourage anyone who is a victim of domestic abuse to come forward and report it to police.”
The PSNI statistics are available on the website: 
Further details in relation to these statistics are available at: 


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Post Date : Mon 15 May 2017 12:10 PM

 Police in Newry, investigating an attempted robbery at Buttercrane Quay on Sunday 14th May, have charged a 22 year old man with a number of offences including attempted robbery, possession of an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence and assault on police. He is due to appear at Newry MC on Monday 15th May. As is normal procedure all charges are reviewed by the PPS.

Post Date : Fri 12 May 2017 09:22 AM

11th May 2017, Christina Hutchinson passed away peacefully at home, beloved wife of the late Joseph R.I.P. and devoted mother of Frances, Vivian, Maria, Elsie, Bernadette, Gerard, Eddie and Joe. 

Her remains will leave her late residence, 63, Drumalane Park, on Saturday at 2pm for 2.30pm Requiem Mass in the Church of the Assumption, Drumalane. Burial afterwards in Cloghogue cemetery. 
Our Lady Queen of The Most Holy Rosary pray for her. 
Deeply regretted and sadly missed by her sons, daughters, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren and entire family circle. 
Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu, if desired, to P.I.P.S. c/o the family or Paul McEvoy Funeral Directors 80 Canal Street, Newry, BT35 6DX
Post Date : Fri 12 May 2017 08:59 AM
A series of Easy Read resources focusing on, AAA screening, Menopause and Know Your Prostate have been launched for adults with a learning disability across Northern Ireland.
The publications, funded by the Health and Social Care Board were developed in ‘Easy Read’ format which means more people with learning disabilities can access information more easily.  
The AAA (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm) screening publication is targeted at men over 65 years providing detail about scanning inside your tummy to check for swelling in blood vessels from your heart to your tummy. ‘Women’ keep healthy during the menopause and ‘Men’ know your prostate booklets have also been developed due to a lack of ‘easy to understand’ information on these health topics for adults with a learning disability. 
Launching the new resources Valerie Watts, Chief Executive of the Health and Social Care Board and Interim Chief Executive of the Public Health Agency explained: 
“These new resources will ensure that everyone is able to access and understand information that affects their everyday lives, including people with learning disability. Information that is easier to understand helps people to make better choices on important issues such as healthcare.” 
“We have also produced a DVD promoting annual health checks for those with a learning disability. The Annual Health Check is a chance for the person to get used to going to their GP practice, which reduces their fear of going at other times. 
“Regular health checks for people with learning disabilities often uncover treatable health conditions. Most of these are simple to treat and make the person feel better, while sometimes serious illnesses such as cancer are found at an early stage when they can be treated.
“I am committed to ensuring ongoing progress in this area continues to provide better and improved experiences and access to health services for people with learning disabilities,” she said.
Service User Declan Armstrong also spoke at the launch highlighting that he was diagnosed with type 11 Diabetes following his health check. He now attends diabetic nurse in his GP practice regularly and gets his bloods, weight and eyes monitored.
Speaking at the launch, Bryce McMurray, Acting Director of Mental Health and Disability Services for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust who developed the resources said:

“In the Southern Trust we want to ensure that having a learning disability does not prevent our service users from accessing the same health and social care services as the wider population. I would like to commend our learning disability health facilitators who have shown such dedication to improving the health and wellbeing outcomes of our services users in developing these fantastic resources and we are absolutely delighted to share these with the rest of the region. I encourage all service users and their families to avail of the Easy Read resources and the support offered by our health facilitators to help them access the services they need to ensure the best possible quality of life.” 

Post Date : Thu 11 May 2017 08:39 AM

Police are investigating a burglary at a house at Tullyframe Road in Kilkeel on Monday 8th May.

Entry was gained to the property sometime between 5.15pm and 9.15pm. The house was ransacked and a sum of money was reported stolen.
Detectives would ask anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area or who has any information to contact them at Ardmore on 101 quoting reference number 1379 08/05/17 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Post Date : Wed 10 May 2017 09:29 AM

9th May 2017, Marie Hollywood passed away peacefully at The Ardmaine Nursing Home, dearly beloved wife of the late Hugh formerly of Bridge Street. 

May she rest in peace. 
Reposing at her sister Pat’s residence "The Lodge" Windsor Avenue. 
Funeral on Thursday at 12.30pm for requiem mass at 1pm in St Mary’s Church, Chapel Street burial in the adjoining cemetery. 
Our Lady Queen of the most holy rosary pray for her gentle soul. 
She will be sadly missed by her loving sons Michael, Peter and Brian, brothers Brian and Frank, sisters Pat, Ann and Briege, daughters in law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces and the entire family circle.