Post Date : Tue 19 Sep 2017 08:51 AM
16th September 2017, Margaret Watson passed away peacefully at Hospital, late of 24 Mourneview Park, Rathfriland. Margaret Lucinda Mary (Louie), dearly loved wife of Jack, loving mother of Ian & Gordon. Mother in-Law of Ruth, a dear grandmother of Adam, Ryan, Olivia & Scott.
House Private. 
Funeral Service on Tuesday at 2:30 pm in St. John's Parish Church, Rathfriland, followed by committal in the adjoining Churchyard. 
Family Flowers Only Please. Donations if desired for St. John's Parish Church Building Fund, C/O Robert J. Bready, Funeral Director, 22. Newry Road, Rathfriland, BT34 5AL.

Will be Lovingly Remembered and Sadly Missed by the entire Family Circle. 

Post Date : Tue 19 Sep 2017 08:48 AM

17th September 2017, Leslie Joseph Blakely passed away peacefully at home, dearly loved husband of Hazel and darling father of Neville and Amanda, 57 Bannfield Road, Rathfriland.

Service of thanksgiving on Tuesday at 2:00 pm in Clonduff Presbyterian Church. Followed by burial in the adjoining churchyard.
Family flowers only please, donation in lieu, if desired, to J. G. Bullick Funeral Directors 71 Newry Street, Rathfriland for Clonduff Presbyterian Church Building Fund and Chest Heart & Stroke (Cheques payable to JG Bullick donation a/c).
Very deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife, son, daughter, daughter in law Wendy, sister Eileen and all the family circle.
"The day Thou gavest Lord is ended"
Post Date : Tue 19 Sep 2017 08:45 AM

16th September 2017, Oliver Havern passed away suddenly at his home. Oliver, The Rowans, Warrenpoint, and formerly of Church St., beloved son of the late Vincent and Mona Havern and dear brother of Irene, Malachy, Marion and the late Roma.

May his soul rest in peace. 
His remains will repose at McAnulty’s Funeral Home, 35, Church Street, Warrenpoint on Tuesday from 11 am until 2 pm and 7 pm until 9 pm. Removal on Wednesday to St. Peter’s Church Warrenpoint for 10:30 am Requiem Mass. Interment immediately afterwards in St. Peter’s Cemetery. 
Deeply regretted by his loving brother, sisters, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, nephews, nieces and family circle.
Post Date : Tue 19 Sep 2017 08:43 AM
16th September 2017, Florence Barlow passed away peacefully at hospital. Florence beloved wife of the late Gerry and dearly loved mother of Cathy (Gamble), Fiona (Boyle) and Michael, 35 Rathdallan, Well Road, Warrenpoint. 
May her soul rest in peace.
Florence will leave her home on Tuesday to arrive at Mary Queen of Peace Church, Warrenpoint for 12 noon Requiem Mass. Interment immediately afterwards in Warrenpoint Municipal Cemetery. 
Deeply regretted by her loving son, daughters, sons-in-law David and Michael, daughter-in-law Martina, grandchildren Ann, Rebecca, Harry, Katie, Aoife, Maria-Grace and entire family circle.

Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu if desired to The Cardiac Unit, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast c/o McAnulty Funeral Directors, 35 Church Street, Warrenpoint, BT34 3HN.  

Post Date : Tue 19 Sep 2017 08:40 AM

16th September 2017, James Douglas Gordon passed away peacefully, at Daisy Hill Hospital, dearly-beloved son of the late Jim and Isobel Gordon, late of Rathmore, 25 Well Road, Warrenpoint. 

Funeral Service on Tuesday at 2:00 pm. in Clonallon Parish Church, Warrenpoint, followed by interment in adjoining churchyard. 

Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, for Clonallon Parish Church, c/o J.M. Murdoch Funeral Director, Brookside, 125 Armagh Road, Newry. 

Lovingly remembered by his sister Dorothy, cousins and family circle. 

The Lord is my Shepherd.

Post Date : Tue 19 Sep 2017 08:33 AM
Down County Board Updates 
The AGM will take place on Monday 23 October 2017, at 8 pm in the Thierafurth Inn, Kilcoo. 
Down U15/16 Academy – BORN 2002/2003 ONLY 
Down ladies U15 Academy got underway on Saturday 16th September in a wet and windy Ballykinler. 44 girls representing 11 clubs braved the weather. The U15s Academy is open to all girls born 2002/2003 - new girls more than welcome. The Academy will not be on this coming Saturday due to All Ireland Ladies finals weekend but will continue on Saturday 30th September. Further Details will be posted on Facebook later this week.
Down U13 Academy - BORN 2004 ONLY
The U13 Academy continued on Saturday in RGU Downpatrick GAC club grounds with two sessions as usual. The girls put in a magnificent effort as they continue to develop and settle into the programme, making new friends along the way. Well done girls on a cold damp afternoon! Thanks to RGU Downpatrick GAC for the use of their facilities. The next Academy takes place next Friday evening, 22nd September, as no training is permitted on Saturday/Sunday due to All Ireland Ladies Finals in Croke Park. Can any clubs please advise the Down secretary as soon as possible if their girls are unable to attend on Friday night due to club commitments, to allow numbers to be assessed by the mentors in advance. Can all parents/guardians please ensure any outstanding registration forms are returned as soon as possible, as this is needed to register the girls for upcoming Ulster Blitz in mid-October. Please see Facebook for photos. 
Down U12 Academy - BORN 2005 ONLY
Great turnout on Sunday 17th September at the Academy, 70 girls turned up for the session at the Bann Road, Castlewellan. Please see Facebook for photos. The Academy will not be on this coming Sunday due to All Ireland Ladies Finals weekend but will continue on Sunday 1st October. 

Keep up to date with fixtures via the website and social media.  

Post Date : Mon 18 Sep 2017 10:41 AM

 A brand new look for Enable NI marking 20 incredABLE years

From humble beginnings in 1997 as the Young Fit and Able group, to becoming one of the leading service providers of social and recreational opportunities for people with a learning disability and/or autism across the Southern Health and Social Care Trust; Enable NI, had plenty to talk about as it marked its 20th anniversary with the unveiling of a new look brand identity.

On Saturday 9th September, over 200 people, including ABC Lord Mayor Gareth Wilson, gathered for a celebratory launch party and were treated to an array of fun and games, entertainment and Hog Roast BBQ before Director, Nigel Hampton, welcomed everyone to share in a reflection on 20 years’ service delivery before unveiling the organisations new name and logo “incredABLE”.

The charity hopes the change of name will help it to achieve the ambitious goals set out in its strategic plan and will be warmly received by service users. Commenting on the new brand identity, Director Nigel Hampton said “While the core vision and mission of our organisation remains the same, we believe that this new look will help us present a forward-looking and dynamic image to the participants who use our service, their families and our many stakeholders. We found that people wanted a more tangible icon that could be used to demonstrate their support and we hope we have achieved that”

Project Co-ordinator Gemma McKinney, who managed the brand project added “the new strapline ‘inspire, empower, include’, aims to capture the essence of incredABLE, It’s our creative approach to service provision that means the individuals we support can connect with others, express themselves and grow in confidence. The brand refresh is a vital step towards raising our profile within the sector.”

Long standing Board member Edwin Graham who attended the celebration was delighted with how the day progressed commenting “We know demand for support is growing and it’s important our brand keeps pace with demand, whilst reflecting the innovative support we provide that enables people to live more independent lives. Currently not all individuals and families are aware that we can provide services to them, and we know that there are people missing out on receiving vital support. Our refreshed brand reflects that our services, such as short breaks and Bespoke Individual and Group Support, are equipped for people with a range of needs.”

The charity’s new visual identity precedes the launch of its exciting new five-year Big Lottery Funded We are incredABLE project, which will offer a range of meaningful day opportunities to young people aged 18 – 25 years with a learning disability and /or autism who live within the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.

The launch also provided the opportunity to showcase the range of projects and Services that are provided by incredABLE from 8+ years, including Adult Short Breaks, ASD Skills programme, Holidays and Camping, B.I.G Service, Youth Empowerment, working with One Eighty and much more..

To find out more about the work of incredABLE or request an incredABLE pack with a full listing of all projects and services please email or telephone 02838 827 111

Post Date : Mon 18 Sep 2017 10:35 AM

MLA Megan Fearon and Cllr Terry Hearty of Sinn Féin have called on Richard Pengelly, Department of Health Permanent Secretary, to outline plans regarding the provision of the long awaited Day Care Centre in Crossmaglen.

Megan Fearon said
“The Crossmaglen Day Care Centre has been in the pipeline for over 13 years and was given approval at this time. Incidentally, the Newry Day Care Centre was approved at the same time and has now been built and effectively utilised for some considerable years. While, this is a fantastic facility, unfortunately the same positive results have not been seen in Crossmaglen.
Crossmaglen is a small rural town that has suffered due to a lack of investment and inadequate infrastructure, which unfortunately has led to high levels of poverty and deprivation. Indeed, there are high levels of disability within the local area. As this situation continues, local people who require care are transported on bad roads to Newry, many of who are ageing, this travelling has adversely affected their health and those of their families and carers.
This is something I have been actively pursuing for 5 years, along with Cllr Terry Hearty, having met previous Health Ministers and officials to discuss.
Terry and I have requested a detailed briefing from The Department of Health on how this will be taken forward, with recognition given to the fact that there has been no resolution, in over a decade since project approval. This simply cannot continue, ample time has been given to bring the Day Care Centre to fruition, we simply need leadership and direction from the Department of Health to rectify this unacceptable situation immediately.
This issue is one which we have continued to work on and we are determined to pursue the rights and needs of people in Crossmaglen to access to the same excellent services delivered elsewhere.  This is an equal rights issue and one which we will actively pursue until the Day Care Facility is provided in Crossmaglen.”
Post Date : Mon 18 Sep 2017 10:33 AM

Megan Fearon, Sinn Fein MLA has responded to the Department of the Economy regarding the proposal to grant a prospecting licence in County Armagh to Conroy Gold and Natural Resources plc.

Megan stated “Sinn Féin will not support a renewal of the prospecting licence in relation to Conroy Gold. In light of the number of prospecting licence applications being submitted around the North, we believe none should be granted until a full public enquiry is concluded.
We are concerned that as a first step in the consultation process, an initial impact assessment was not undertaken and circulated to interested parties and residents who fall under the catchment area of the licence.
We have also raised concerns regarding the fact that much of the area in the proposed licence is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this reinforces our view that an initial impact assessment would have been a crucial first step in the process.
On the back of our previous submission, several key questions and serious concerns remain unaddressed. Therefore, given the potential impact of successful prospecting on the environment, the local community and to the outstanding natural beauty of the area, Sinn Féin do not support this proposed prospecting licence.
I will continue to work closely with local residents and also alongside the Save Our South Armagh campaign group so that together we can ensure that our voices are heard.  This is crucial as it is our local community after all and we should always have our say in any proposals which will directly impact on us.  
Post Date : Mon 18 Sep 2017 10:30 AM

 10 k Run / 5 k Run / 2.5 k Walk

DATE OF EVENT Wed, 27 Dec, 2017
LOCATION Poyntzpass