Post Date : Thu 09 Mar 2017 11:10 AM

The Southern Trust is ‘Proud to be a Quitter’ as it celebrates one year Smoke Free this No Smoking Day (8 March 2017). 

Patients, visitors and Trust employees are reaping the benefits of a healthier, cleaner and more pleasant environment since the implementation of the Smoke Free Health & Social Care Sites policy on 9 March 2016.
Roberta Brownlee, Southern Trust Chair said: 
“We are extremely proud to have reached this key milestone of being one year Smoke Free.  It is brilliant to see the high rate of compliance and support we have received.”
“As a health and social care service we have an important role as an example and advocate for this environmental change. Our patients, management, staff and visitors are to be commended for their tremendous efforts throughout the challenges that they have faced and continue to face in reaching a Smoke free environment.”
Since the Southern Trust became Smoke free in March 2016, approximately 1200 people have availed of the support and advice from the Trust’s Stop Smoking Service and over 750 people have successfully quit. 
A recent survey undertaken by the Trust has highlighted that awareness of the Smoke Free Sites policy is high with 99.6% of 810 people aware that the Policy is in place.
Lynne Smart, Southern Trust’s Head of Health Improvement (Acting) said: 
“By creating a Smoke free environment and providing stop smoking support services, we are enabling smokers to have the best possible chance of quitting.”
“This year’s No Smoking Day message is about being ‘Proud to be a Quitter’ which is set to inspire smokers to use No Smoking Day as the day they pledge to stop smoking. The Trust’s Stop Smoking Service has developed effective evidence-based services for people who wish to stop smoking and we would encourage anyone who wishes to take the first steps towards a healthier, Smoke free life for themselves and their families, to avail of our services.”
Free help and support is available to smokers across the Southern Trust area from:
  • The Southern Trust Stop Smoking Team Click here for Clinic Timetable To make an appointment with the team contact: 028 3741 5333 or email: 
  • Pharmacies 
  • GP services
The help provided through these specialist services can improve the chance of stopping successfully by up to four times compared to a smoker trying to quit on their own.
Post Date : Wed 08 Mar 2017 09:54 AM

7th March 2017, Alan Jones passed away peacefully at Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry. Alan, formerly of Liverpool, Mullaghbawn and Bessbrook.

May he rest in peace. 
Requiem Mass is Wednesday March 8th at 4.00pm in Avila Nursing Home, Bessbrook. Cremation to follow in Lakelands Crematorium, Co Cavan. 
Alan will be sadly missed by his good friends Diarmuid and Padraig Buckley (Dublin) and Dermot, Caroline, Seamus and Kay from Bessbrook. 
Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul.
Post Date : Wed 08 Mar 2017 09:51 AM

7th March 2017, Edward John (EJ) Fearon passed away peacefully at Craigavon Area Hospital. Edward John (EJ), husband of the late Maureen and loving father to Eamon, Elaine, Adrian, Nigel, Joanne, Cathy, Linda and brother of the late Mary, Josie, Brian and Monica, Formerly 3 Brookhill Crescent, Armagh. 

EJ's remains will repose at Martin Kelly's Funeral Home until removal on Wednesday at 6.00pm to arrive at the Church of St Patrick, Stonebridge for 6.30pm. Funeral Mass on Thursday at 11.00am with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. 
Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul. 
Very deeply regretted by his sorrowing sons, daughters, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, brothers Benedict and James, sister Lily and the entire family circle. 
Any further enquiries to Martin Kelly (028 3751 0600).
Post Date : Wed 08 Mar 2017 09:46 AM

6th March 2017, Annabella Monaghan passed away peacefully at hospital.

Annabella (Bella), 6 Woodford Green, Armagh, beloved wife of the late Alexander, dearly loved mother of Joe, Hugh, Helen, Margaret, Brian and Linda. A dear Mother-in-law, Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
Funeral service in Second Keady Presbyterian Church on Thursday 9th March at 2-0pm followed by interment in the adjoining Churchyard. 
House Private.
Family flowers only please donations in lieu if desired for Second Keady Presbyterian Church Funds. c/o K G Cheevers and Son, Funeral Directors, 28 Dobbin Street, Armagh, BT61 7QQ. 
Lovingly remembered by her sorrowing family and the family circle. 
Safe in the arms of Jesus.
Post Date : Wed 08 Mar 2017 09:43 AM

6th March 2017, Helen Taylor passed away suddenly. Helen, loving wife of the late Bertie, Derrywilligan Road, Bessbrook, dearest mother of Roy, Barbara and Alison, mother-in-law to Ann, Jim and Michael and loving grandmother of Elspeth, Eve, Helen, Scott, Andrew and Jenny.

Family flowers only please. 
Funeral Service in Poyntzpass Presbyterian Church on Thursday at 2.00 p.m. Interment afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery. 
"How Great Thou Art" 
Post Date : Wed 08 Mar 2017 09:40 AM

7th March 2017, Brendan McParland passed away at Royal Victoria Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Brendan dearly beloved husband of Pauline and cherished father of Damian, Ruth, Tim and Manus, 27 Damolly Village.

May he rest in peace. 
Brendan’s remains will be reposing at The Heaney Keenan Funeral Home 53 Patrick Street on Wednesday from 5pm to 9pm and Thursday from 5pm to 9pm. 
Funeral on Friday at 12.15pm for requiem mass at 12.30pm in St Catherine’s 
Church Dominic Street, burial afterwards in Monkshill cemetery. 
On his soul sweet Jesus have mercy. 
He will be sadly missed by his sorrowing wife, sons, daughter, sister Rosaleen, daughters in law, grandchildren, brothers in law, sisters in law, nephews, nieces and the entire family circle.
Post Date : Wed 08 Mar 2017 09:36 AM

5th March 2017, P.D.H. (Dougie) Simms passed away, formerly of Newry, loving husband of the late Hazel and dearest father of Helen, Ian and Alison, father-in-law of Alan, Jackie and Colin and loving grandfather.

Funeral Service on Wednesday in Loughbrickland Presbyterian Church, Ballynanny Road, Loughbrickland at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in the Armagh Road Presbyterian Cemetery, Newry.
Family flowers only, please. Donations in lieu, if desired, for Cancer Research N.I. c/o George Preston Funeral Director, 7 Sugar Island, Newry, BT35 6HT.
Lovingly remembered by all the Family Circle.
Post Date : Wed 08 Mar 2017 09:27 AM
The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has recently organised a film making workshop for young people who use the Autism Spectrum Disorder and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Connect Service. 
Over 30 young people took part in the workshop which focussed on developing career and social skills as well as learning about the tools needed to make a movie.  
Chris Millar, ASD/CAMHS Connect Practitioner says “Some young people have exceptional talents and this is a wonderful way for them to utilize them as well as interact and have great fun. We hope to create further opportunities within the community for our young people to have access to”. 
For further information on SHSCT ASD/CAMHS Connect Service call 028 3836 6777 or email: 
Post Date : Tue 07 Mar 2017 09:57 AM

6th March 2017, Philomena McNamee passed away peacefully at home and is reposing at her home The Bakery, Crossmaglen.

Philomena will be sadly missed by her son Ronan, daughter Roisin, daughter-in-law Jackie, grandchildren Emer, Clodagh, Aisling, Stephen, great-grandchildren Ryan and Scott. 
Funeral tomorrow Wednesday, March 8 leaving at 10.45 o'c. to St. Patrick's Church, Crossmaglen arriving for 11 o'c. Funeral Mass. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. 
Rest in peace.
Post Date : Tue 07 Mar 2017 09:53 AM
6th March 2017, Shirley Wright passed away peacefully at Southern Area Hospice. 
Shirley late of 35 Old Newry Road, Rathfriland, dearly loved wife of Iain, loving mother of Nicola and Suzanne, mother in-law of Ross and Alex and dear nanny of Elliott, Zac and Emily.
Funeral Service on Thursday at 12 noon in Ryan's Presbyterian Church followed by interment in the adjoining Burying Ground. 
Family Flowers only please. Donations if desired for Southern Area Hospice, 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.

"Absent from the body, present with The Lord"