Post Date : Tue 01 Nov 2016 10:41 AM

McCabe October 31st, 2016. Peacefully at her residence, surrounded by her loving family, Ann (nee O’Hare), dearly beloved wife of Hughie and loving mother of Raymond, "Ardeen" 16 Windsor Hill. 

May she Rest In Peace. 

Her remains will repose at her son Raymond’s residence, 19 Windsor Hill from 4pm on Tuesday. Funeral on Thursday at 11.15am for 12noon Requiem Mass in SS Patrick & Colman’s Cathedral. Burial afterwards in St Mary’s Cemetery. 

She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her sorrowing husband, son, daughter-in-law Mary, brother Pat, sister Doreen Loughran, grandchildren John, Colm, Megan and Clare, great-granddaughter Alice and the entire family circle.

Post Date : Tue 01 Nov 2016 10:35 AM

The owner of Killeavy Castle Estate, Jaramas Investments NI Ltd, announces today that it intends to proceed with the construction of a 42 room, 4 star, boutique hotel, spa and wellness centre on the historic estate that sits majestically on the slopes of Slieve Gullion. Construction will commence in early 2017.

The hotel will be built on the site of what once were the Killeavy Castle coach house, mill and farm buildings, and will sympathetically incorporate many of their historic features. While the hotel is being built, Killeavy Castle, an A Grade listed building, will be fully restored and become a function centre, adjacent to the new hotel. The project is planned to be open to the public in late 2018.

Mick Boyle of Jaramas Investments NI said “It has taken a bit longer than we would have liked to get our proposed development to this stage but we are excited to finally be getting this project underway. Our aim now is to make Killeavy Castle, Hotel, Spa and Wellness Centre one of Ireland’s must visit destinations.
The Ring of Gullion countryside is an area of outstanding natural beauty and the setting of Killeavy Castle within it is no less than breathtaking. We are certain it will become the jewel of South Armagh and be a special destination for people from all over the world.”
Jaramas Investments NI is owned by Mick Boyle and his wife Robin. Mick immigrated to Australia as a child in the late 1960s with his parents, Michael and Pauline Boyle who both come from South Armagh. Mick and Robin, who also established and own the successful Australian construction company Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure are regular visitors to the area. Mick Boyle said “We have a lot of family and friends living around Newry, we love the area and its people. We are sure that tourists from all over the world will too.”
Mick Boyle went on to say “With our connection to the area and its people we want Killeavy Castle, Hotel, Spa and Wellness Centre to be good for the local economy. There will obviously be jobs created during the construction phase, but we think more importantly, when it is operational in two years time it will generate around 90 full time jobs for the local community”.
It has already created local jobs as the design team has been led by Newry based architects O’Hagan and Associates. “Being a local company Pat O’Hagan and his team have a deep appreciation of the heritage and natural beauty of the site and that is reflected in the design they have created. The Hotel, Spa and Wellness Centre cleverly incorporates parts of the historic farm buildings and it has been designed not to detract from the elegance of the nearby historic Killeavy Castle. The whole development will blend sympathetically into the magnificent woodlands of the estate”. Mick Boyle said.
The project is being supported by a grant from Invest NI and this announcement is being made as a result of that grant support being confirmed in writing last Friday afternoon. “Due to the historic building restorations and the size of the estate the grant support from Invest NI and the support of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council to upgrade Ballintemple Road and lease public access to parts of the estate have been critical to this projects viability. Without that support, the project would not have gone ahead. The fact that it is going ahead demonstrates that the Northern Ireland Government and the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council share our view of the potential for tourism development in South Armagh.” Mick Boyle said.
Local people have been openly walking through the estate in recent years. Access will soon be restricted for safety reasons during the construction phase of the project. Once the project is complete, as agreed with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, public access will be made available along the driveway and a public path will be provided along the southern boundary of the estate. Public access will also be provided to the walled garden. Jaramas Investments NI Ltd request the public to respect the “keep out” signs and fences installed at the site once they are erected.
For further information on this press release please contact Mark Donohoe at the Killeavy Castle, Hotel, Spa and Wellness Centre project office on 028 3084 9076
Post Date : Tue 01 Nov 2016 10:26 AM

Sinn Féín MLA Barry McElduff has called on the Education Minister to focus on addressing academic underachievement.

The Chair of the Education Committee said:

“Rather than reinforcing academic selection the Minister needs to address the issue of educational underachievement.

“Academic selection is not the way forward.

“There is a whole body of educational research and evidence that demonstrates that academic selection is one of the contributors to poor educational outcomes and also leads to social divisions.

“Under Sinn Féin Ministers over the past decade we have seen year on year improvements in achievement and attainment levels.

“The Education Committee has just finalised the terms of reference for a Committee Inquiry that will run throughout 2017 that will focus on educational underachievement, including an examination of the role academic selection might play.

“Sinn Féin will continue to express our opposition to tests at the age of 10 and a half and 11 years of age.” 

Post Date : Mon 31 Oct 2016 12:08 PM

Hundreds of people attended a candlelit procession on Saturday night to mark the 40th anniversary of the murder of Sinn Féin Vice President Maire Drumm.

Maire, who was born and raised in Killean, South Armagh, was murdered by loyalists as she lay in her hospital bed recovering from an operation in the Mater.  A collusion investigation was recently opened into her murder.

Current Sinn Féin Vice President Mary Lou McDonald was among the hundreds who assembled at Killean before walking past Maire's childhood home to the monument in her honour on Kelly's Road.

The procession was lead by a lone piper and an all female colour party who wore uniforms emblazoned with one of Maire's more famous quotes.  "We must take no steps backwards."

South Armagh MLA Megan Fearon addressed the crowd and spoke of how she has always looked up to Maire as an influence and inspiration describing her, in the same manner as the women of 1916 were described, as "the most unmanageable of revolutionaries."

Following the procession the crowd went to Ti Chulainn for a unique evening of remembrance.  Family, friends and comrades of Maire's spoke with Councillor Roisin Mulgrew about their memories of her in a very candid, warm and informal manner.

Mary Lou McDonald then addressed the crowd before an evening of live music began. 

Post Date : Mon 31 Oct 2016 10:56 AM

McNally, Colum, RIP died 30th October 2016 peacefully in the arms of his daddy and mammy, beloved son of Mark and Joan and much loved brother of Orlagh, Kieran and Sarah-Jane, Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul.

His remains will leave his home 19 Turnavall Road on Wednesday at 12:00 noon for 1:00pm funeral Mass in St. Colman's Church Shinn. Interment afterwards in adjoining cemetery.

Deeply regretted by his sorrowing father, mother, brother, sisters, grandparents John and Marie McNally, and Seamus and Jane Lagan, aunts, uncles, cousins, family circle and friends.

Family flowers only.

Donations in lieu if desired to Friends of Cancer Center, Belfast City Hospital C/o Digney Funeral Directors 4 Sugar House Quay Newry.

Post Date : Mon 31 Oct 2016 10:50 AM

Hardy Castlewellan 30th October, 2016

Peacefully at home, Rosie, dearly beloved wife of the late Ivan Hardy and loving mother of Patricia and Cathy R.I.P.

Rosie’s remains will leave her late home 27 St Malachy’s Avenue, Castlewellan on Tuesday at 9.15am for 10 O’Clock mass in St Malachy’s Church Castlewellan, burial afterwards in family burying ground Aughlisnafin. 

On her soul sweet Jesus have mercy.

Deeply regretted by her sorrowing daughters, sons in law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sisters, brother and entire family circle.

Post Date : Mon 31 Oct 2016 10:48 AM

Ward ( Cloughreagh Newry) 28th October 2016 Adele (Nee O’ Gorman) wife of Kevin and loving mother of Laura-Anne John and Simon. Adele remains will repose at 18 Aughanduff Road, Mullabawn BT35 6YD from 3pm on Monday. 

Funeral on Wednesday for requiem mass at 12 noon in The Good Shepard Church Cloughreagh burial afterwards in St Malachy’s Cemetery Carrickcruppin. Our Lady queen of the most holy rosary pray for her.

She will be sadly missed by her sons, daughter ,brother Christopher, aunt Florence, daughter in law Victoria and the entire family circle. 

Enquires to Heaney Keenan Funeral Home Newry (028) 30262965

Post Date : Mon 31 Oct 2016 10:43 AM

BRYCE, Colette, 28TH OCTOBER 2016, peacefully at home, 165 Ardglass Road, Downpatrick, dearly beloved wife of Gerard, and much loved mother of Sean, Conor and Carmen, their partners Lynette, Lisa and Daire, and loving grandmother of Clodagh, Eben and Shane. May she rest in peace.

Colette will be removed from Charles Rourke and Sons, Funeral Home on Sunday 30th October to St. Patrick’s Church arriving 6.00pm. Requiem Mass on Monday 31st October at 12.00 noon. Interment afterwards in Struell Cemetery. St. Pio intercede for her.

Very deeply regretted and will be lovingly remembered by her sorrowing family and friends. House strictly private.

Post Date : Mon 31 Oct 2016 10:37 AM

October 26, 2016, peacefully, in her late home at Marguerite Avenue, Newcastle, Co. Down, loving wife of the late James and loving mother of Sandra, Olga and the late Trevor.

Funeral Service in Newcastle Presbyterian Church on Monday, 31st October, 2016, at 12.00 noon, followed by committal in Roselawn Crematorium, Belfast at 2.30 p.m.

Donations in lieu, if desired, to Cancer Focus N.I., (please make cheques payable to McClure’s Charity Account), c/o McClure’s Funeral Service, 17 Dundrum Road, Newcastle, BT33 0BG.

Will be sadly missed by her loving daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the entire family circle.