Post Date : Wed 15 Nov 2017 09:41 AM
12th November 2017 Patricia Connor passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. Dearly beloved wife of the late William, loving mother of Elaine and Malcolm, devoted grandmother to Mary, Amy, Grainne and Chloe and cherished sister of Eileen Connor and Billy. 
Patricia is reposing at her residence, 1 St Joseph's Square, Ballynagross, Downpatrick, until 10:15 am on Wednesday, November 15th when she will leave for 11:00 am Requiem Mass in St Joseph's Church, Ballycruttle with interment following in the adjoining family burial ground. 
Deeply regretted by her sorrowing children, grandchildren, brother, sister, daughter-in-law Ann Marie, brother-in-law Dermot, nephews, nieces, neighbours and large family circle. 

Our Lady of Knock pray for her. 

Post Date : Wed 15 Nov 2017 09:33 AM
Commenting on reports that Police have seized Drugs with an estimated street value of £160,000 in the Bessbrook area, Newry and Armagh Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy said
"This significant seizure of drugs means that lives have been saved. It is essential that the PSNI is effective in removing drugs from our streets and also arresting those believed to be involved in the supply trade. These people have no regard for the people in their own communities, but instead are fuelled by a selfish desire to make money from others’ addictions"
Echoing her colleague’s sentiments local Councillor Roisin Mulgrew said

"I share the delight of the community that such a huge amount of drugs have been taken off our streets. I urge the Police to continue to pursue those who engage in the world of illicit drugs, and ensure they face the full rigours of the law. There should be no hiding place for them.” 

Post Date : Tue 14 Nov 2017 12:44 PM
Sinn Féin Councillor Terry Hearty has urged parents to be vigilant for harmful items discarded on the street.
The Slieve Gullion representative issued the warning after residents in Glassdrummond found used syringes and other items of drug paraphernalia on the Glassdrummond Road.
“I would stress that there is no intention here to cause a panic or undue concern but I would just urge parents to be vigilant for dangerous items that may be lying on the ground around the community,” he said.
“I would also ask them to perhaps have a talk with their children about the dangers of going near such things.
“To those who carelessly discarded these disgusting items close to homes, school bus stops, a primary school and a play school, I would plead with you just to stop for one minute and think about your actions.
“If you want to destroy your own life with this stuff that is one thing but you have absolutely no right to put the children of this area in danger.

“If a child had fallen on or picked this stuff up it’s unthinkable what could have befallen them. Used needles can pass on any number of blood-borne viruses and infections. Is that really something you want on your conscience? 

Post Date : Tue 14 Nov 2017 11:10 AM
Cllr Terry Hearty helps remove the dumped waste from the Creggan River 
Creggan River Dumping Causes Anger 
Sinn Féin Councillor Terry Hearty has hit out at those responsible for dumping household waste in the Creggan River.
The Slieve Gullion representative made the comments after removing several bags of rubbish from the water himself.
“I'm absolutely baffled and appalled at how someone could do this,” he said.
“Not only is it unsightly, deeply disrespectful to the area and the community, dangerous to livestock that drink from the river and damaging to the environment, but it is easier than ever now to dispose of waste.
“Along with blue, brown and black bins we also have a state of the art recycling facility in Crossmaglen. There is no possible excuse for this. It is wanton vandalism and pollution.
“This absolutely cannot be tolerated and I would urge anyone with any information on who may be responsible for this or similar acts of dumping to contact myself, Environmental Health or the police.

“The people of this area have worked long and hard to undo the damage caused to it by decades of occupation, to restore South Armagh to its natural beauty and to make it an inviting place for visitors. We will not allow that work to be spoiled by the lazy, the ignorant and the spiteful.” 

Post Date : Tue 14 Nov 2017 10:57 AM
Down County Board Updates 
We still have a number of vacant positions and we welcome any new members who would be interested in joining our committee for 2018.
U18/Minors - BORN 2000/2001 ONLY
Trials are starting in December 2017; can all clubs please spread the word and encourage all players to participate. Further details will be published closer to the time – keep an eye out on Facebook. 

Down U16 – BORN 2002 ONLY 
Trials for 2018 U16 Down Ladies Squad will continue on Sunday 19th November in Ballykinler GAC. Many thanks to the girls who braved to cold east Down wind! It was a very impressive session with a lot of skill and talent on display. Trials are open to all girls born 2002 only and mentors would encourage all eligible girls to attend. 
Details for forthcoming Sunday:
Session 1 11:30 am - 12:50 pm - Girls from the following clubs are asked to attend arriving at 11:20 am
RGU Downpatrick
St John's
Session 2 1 pm – 2:20 pm - Girls are asked to arrive at 12:50 pm
Trials will continue weekly with the final squad being named on 3rd December.
week 3 - 26th November St Colman’s College Newry 12:30 pm – 2 pm
week 4 - 3rd December Ballykinler GAC 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
week 5 - 10th December final squad training session 11:30 am – 1 pm
U16 Management would encourage all girls to attend all of the trial sessions as each girl will be assessed on a weekly basis with final squad determined on performances from all 4 weeks. Girls are asked to wear their club shorts, bring mouth guards and a water bottle. 

Down U15 – BORN 2003 ONLY 
Massive thanks and well done to the 33 girls that attended the u15 trials today. It was great to see so many of last year’s squad returning and even better to see both new faces and girls that didn’t make the squad last year back to give it another go. It was disappointing however that, so many clubs were not represented, and especially missed were girls from the clubs that have recently played in U14 finals. There is still time for those girls to make the squad as trials continue next Sunday same time and place. 
The girls from the following clubs are asked to arrive by 12:15 pm and session will last from 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm:
St John's Bosco
And girls from the following clubs are asked to arrive by 1:30 pm and the session will last from 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm:
St John’s
Again, if you can’t make it please contact Aidy (07842876034) or Donnla (07590574561) and just let us know the craic. Please note that we will be trimming down the numbers from next week onwards. See you all there with gumshields and water bottles.
Down U14 - BORN 2004 ONLY
The Down U14 championship squad for 2018 has now been selected and names /clubs are listed below. Congratulations to those girls selected. The selection of the panel was much tougher this year due to the very high quality of the players at the trials and the limited number of places available on the panel. The mentors would like to thank all the girls, parents and clubs for their tremendous efforts and cooperation since the start of the Academy at the end of August. 
Heidi Conlon                       Annalish
Mollie Sheppard                Annalish
Grainne Cunningham        Ballymartin
Aoife Doyle                         Bredagh
Lily McKee                           Bredagh
Shauna O'Higgins               Bryansford
Orlaith Lynch                      Burren
Jenna McMahon                Burren
Cliodhna Murphy               Burren
Aoibhin Dougan                 Carryduff
Ciara McCullough              Carryduff
Rihanna Wojcieszak          Carryduff
Niamh King                         Castlewellan
Una Fearon                         Clonduff
Eveagh Kelly                       Clonduff
Caoimhe McKeown           Clonduff
Ellen Shields                       Clonduff
Katie Howlett                     Cumann Pheadair Naofa
Caoimhe Quinn                  Cumann Pheadair Naofa 
Enya Quinn                         Cumann Pheadair Naofa 
Kirsten Cunningham         Dundrum
Lauren Devlin                     Kilcoo
Colleen McClean                Kilcoo
Caroline Kennedy              Loughinisland
Ellie Carr                              Mayobridge
Emily Fitzpatrick                Mayobridge
Laura Greenan                   Mayobridge
Katie Convie                       RGU Downpatrick
Neva Louden                      RGU Downpatrick
Lianna Farrelly                   Rostrevor
Kate Rice                             Rostrevor
Nora Maguire                     Sabhaill Naomh Pádraig
Erin Byrne                            Saval
Anna Mulholland               Saval
Down U13 - BORN 2005 ONLY
Thanks to all 42 girls that attended the first trial for the Year 2005 group. Every girl put in a massive effort and commitment with no shortage of skill on display and us as coaches were very impressed. 2nd trial for the remaining clubs will be held on Saturday 25th November at the Abbey Grammar School in Newry as per previous messages. Well done girls.
Post Date : Tue 14 Nov 2017 10:45 AM
12th November 2017, Charlie Watterson passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his devoted family. 
May he rest in peace. 
Beloved husband of the late Patsy and much-loved father of Davy, Tony, Charlie and Kate. 
Our Lady of Lourdes pray for him. 
Funeral leaving his home 36 Quarter Road, on Wednesday 15th November 2017 at 10:15 am for 11 am Requiem Mass in the Church of St. Malachy, Carrickcruppen. Interment immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. 
Charlie will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his sons, daughter, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, sisters, brother, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces and entire family circle and friends. 

Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul. 

Post Date : Tue 14 Nov 2017 10:41 AM
12th November 2017, Dermott McGivern passed away suddenly, formerly of Banbridge and Annaclone.
Son of the late Andy and Rosie, brother of Lucy, Terence, Rosie, Barney and the late Margaret, Kevin and Francie. 
Dermott’s remains will be arriving at St. Colman’s Church, Annaclone on Tuesday November 14th at 5 pm. Funeral Mass on Wednesday at 10 am. Interment afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery. 

Deeply regretted by his entire family circle. 

Post Date : Tue 14 Nov 2017 10:37 AM
13th November 2017 Elizabeth (Lily) passed away peacefully at home, 84 Annacloy Road, Downpatrick. 
Elizabeth (Lily) dearly beloved wife of the late Owen and much-loved mother of Kieran, Mairead, Nuala, Brenda, Martin and Christina, dear mother-in-law and loving grandmother of Carrie-Anne, Mark, Jordan, Conor, Rhiannon, Justine, Eadaoin, Evelyn, and great-grandmother of Tobias. 
May she rest in peace. 
Funeral from her late home on Wednesday 15th November at 10:30 am to Holy Family Church, Teconnaught for Requiem Mass at 11:00 am. Interment afterwards in adjoining Churchyard. 
St. Pio pray for her. 
Family flowers only please, donations may be made in lieu if desired to Chest, Heart & Stroke Association c/o Charles Rourke & Sons Funeral Directors 51 Church Street, Downpatrick BT30 6EH.


Post Date : Tue 14 Nov 2017 10:33 AM

12th November 2017, Francis Gray passed away, devoted Son of the late Caroline & Edward R.I.P and treasured bother of the late Edward, Pat, Willie, Nance, Bridie, Sarah, Michael and Mary R.I.P. 

Francis' remains will repose in Paul McEvoy’s Funeral Home, 80 Canal Street, Newry, Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 pm to 9 pm.
Requiem Mass will be celebrated for Francis on Thursday at 12:30 pm in St. Catherine’s Chapel, Dominic Street, burial afterwards in St Mary’s cemetery.
Our Lady Queen of The Most Holy Rosary pray for him. 
Deeply regretted and sadly missed by his nieces, nephews and entire family circle.
Post Date : Tue 14 Nov 2017 10:31 AM

11th November 2017, Maurice Keddle passed away, devoted son of Maurice and Margaret, treasured brother of Gordan, Cheryl and the late Donna-Maria R.I.P and beloved partner of Tina.

His remains will repose at his mother’s residence, 18 Ashbrook Mews, Ashgrove Road. His remains will leave will leave his mother’s residence on Wednesday at 10:20 am for 11:00 am Requiem Mass in St. Brigid's Chapel, burial afterwards in Monkshill cemetery.
Our Lady Queen of The Most Holy Rosary pray for him.
Deeply regretted and sadly missed by his mother, father, brother, sister, his partner and entire family circle.