Post Date : Mon 31 Jul 2017 08:49 AM

29th July, 2017, Elsie Magowan passed away at Iveagh Nursing Home. Elsie Margaret, dearly loved wife of David and loving mother of Heather, Adrian and Trevor, 59 Lessize Avenue, Rathfriland.

Funeral from her late residence on Tuesday at 1:30 pm for service in Rathfriland Baptist Church at 2:00 pm followed by burial in adjoining churchyard.
Family flowers only. Donations to J.G. Bullick Funeral Directors, 71 Newry Street, Rathfriland for Rathfriland Baptist Church Building Fund (cheques payable to J.G. Bullick Donation A/C).
House strictly private.
Very deeply regretted by her sorrowing husband, daughter, sons, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother Winston, sisters May, Doris, Evelyn and Jennifer and the late Lewis, Sammy and Violet and all the family circle.
Post Date : Mon 31 Jul 2017 08:47 AM
28th July 2017, Leslie Dalzell passed away peacefully at Ardmaine Care Home Newry. Leslie, son of the late John and Sarah, formerly of Bridge Street Newry, loving brother of Jack and Eileen (Canada), brother-in-law of Maud and Herb. 
Funeral service on Monday 31st July 2017 in Downshire Road Presbyterian Church Newry at 3 pm, burial afterwards in St Patrick's Churchyard Newry. 
Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired for Downshire Road Presbyterian Church c/o Rev B Colvin 1 Glen Mullen Rathfriland Road Newry BT34 1BJ. 

Lovingly remembered by all the family circle. 

Post Date : Mon 31 Jul 2017 08:38 AM

Detectives are appealing for information following the report of an aggravated burglary at a house in the Maryvale Road area of Newry on Saturday 28th July. 

Detective Sergeant Trish Bardon said: “It was reported that two male youths, one armed with a knife, entered the house at around 8 pm on Saturday evening, through the back door. They demanded money from the female occupant before ransacking the house. They then left the house leaving the woman uninjured but badly shaken. Both youths were described as being around 17 years old and spoke with a local Newry accent. One was described as being around 5’5” tall, of medium build and wore a dark grey hooded top and black track bottoms. The second was over 6’ tall, of thin build and also wore a grey hooded top with black track bottoms.”
“I would ask anyone who noticed persons matching these descriptions or observed a white coloured van in the area or anyone with any information which could assist with our enquiries to contact detectives at Ardmore station on 101 quoting reference number 1191 29/07/17. Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Post Date : Mon 31 Jul 2017 08:34 AM

Sinn Féin Councillor and Newry, Mourne & Down Council Chairperson, Roisin Mulgrew, has congratulated the organisers and participants of the Border Route Run as the finished their run along the entirety of the Irish border in Warrenpoint on Friday afternoon.

Aleks Stanek, among others, have run the length of the Irish border to raise awareness about the uncertainty the lives of EU nationals have been placed in as a result of Brexit. 
Mulgrew commended this profile-raising effort in the midst of the uncertainty of Brexit, and encouraged other citizens in Newry, Mourne and Down to do likewise:
“The north decisively voted against Brexit, with 56% of the population in opposition", she said.
“Now, as a result of Tory government refusing to listen to the concerns of citizens here we will be dragged out of the EU against our will.
“This incredible physical and civic feat achieved by the participants of the Border Route Run help shine a light on the uncertainly thrust upon EU nationals in our community as a result of Brexit.
“In the time ahead our community must do much more to focus the attention of the world on the status of citizens here post-Brexit.
“Not everyone can run hundreds of miles, but everyone can do something. This is a great example set by the organisers and our community should show its gratitude to the Border Route Runners.”
Post Date : Mon 31 Jul 2017 08:30 AM

The All-Ireland Poc Fada finals in hurling and camogie will be held on the Cooley Mountains on Saturday August 5th. The competition was first held in 1960 and following a short hiatus from 1970-1980, it returned in 1981 and has been ever-present on the National calendar since. 

The unique GAA contest promises to be a great day of sport. Defending senior hurling champion James McInerney (An Clár) puts his crown on the line against a high calibre field that includes All-Star winning goalkeepers Brendan Cummins (Tipperary) and Eoin Murphy (Kilkenny).
Aoife Murray (Corcaigh) also returns to defend the Senior titles she captured 12 months ago. Cathal Kiely (Uíbh Fhailí) does likewise in the Under 16 hurling competition and he will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of his older brother and current Offaly senior player, Cillian by annexing the title for a second year-in-a-row. The 2015 and 2016 Under 16 camogie winner, Sarah Healy (Gaillimh) returns to the mountain but she is taking part in the Senior competition for the first time.
Across all competitions hurlers and camógs from Clare, Louth, Antrim, Derry, Laois, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Down, Roscommon, Offaly, Cork and Meath will have the opportunity to compete for an All-Ireland title.
M. Donnelly GAA All-Ireland Final Proceedings will get under way at 11.00am on Annaverna Mountain, Ravensdale, Co. Louth on Saturday, August 5th.
Speaking at the recent launch event the GAA Leas-Uachtarán, Jim Bolger said: “There are few events in our diary that stand out from the rest of our activities in the same way as the Poc Fada. 
“The Poc Fada is a truly unique event held at the picturesque setting of the Annaverna Mountain. It is a real test of skill and stamina. The contestants value the competition highly and given that they participate at a very busy time of the season, both at Inter-County and club level, shows the importance they place on their involvement. I would also like to thank Martin Donnelly for his continued support of the competition, in what will be the 21st year sponsoring the Finals in the Cooley Mountains.” 
Also speaking at the launch Ard Stiúrthóir Cumann Camógaíochta, Joan O'Flynn said: “I am looking forward once more to this year’s prestigious Poc Fada Finals, which promise to be an exciting event in the spectacular Cooley Peninsula at the foot of the Annaverna Mountain. I am very pleased that Camogie players are, once again, part of this outstanding competition. I am really looking forward to a tremendous contest over the very challenging course. Thanks to Martin Donnelly, whose commitment to the Poc Fada goes beyond that of a standard sponsorship.”
Martin Donnelly said: “I’m particularly proud to continue my association with the Poc Fada, supporting this wonderful and exciting competition as this is my 21st year sponsoring the Finals in the Cooley Mountain. This year’s finals promise to be “as good as ever” with James McInerney and Aoife Murray returning to defend their titles against very stiff opposition.”
Humphrey Kelleher, Chairman of the National Poc Fada Committee stated: “An Poc Fada is one of our finest traditions and we in the GAA, whether it be at Club, County, Provincial or National level have a responsibility to cherish and develop it to the best of our ability. I am particularly delighted that most counties and provinces have held their competition on “mountain courses” this year. That gives the final contestants a real flavour for what they will face on the mountain.”
Senior Hurling
1. James McInerney (Clare)
2. Gerard Smith (Louth)
3. Donal McKernan (Antrim)
4. Ruairi Convery (Derry)
5. Eoin Reilly (Laois) 
6. Fintan O’Brien (Dublin) 
7. Mark Fahy (Galway)
8. Tadhg Haran (Galway)
9. Brian O’Loughlin (Clare) 
10. John Chawke (Limerick)
11. Brendan Cummins (Tipperary)
12. Eoin Murphy (Kilkenny)
U-16 Hurling
1. Ciaran Watson (Down)
2. Adam Donnelly (Roscommon)
3. Cathal Kiely (Offaly)
4. Ryan Renehan (Tipperary)
Senior Camogie
1. Aoife Murray (Cork) 
2. All-Star Pick to be confirmed 
3. Orlagh O’Hara (Antrim)
4. Faye McCarthy (Dublin)
5. Sarah Healy (Galway) 
6. Áine O’Loughlin (Clare)
U-16 Camogie
1. Roisin McCormick (Antrim)
2. Abbye Donnnelly (Meath)
3. Maeve Muldoon (Galway) 
4. Molly Lynch (Cork)
Post Date : Fri 28 Jul 2017 12:13 PM

Slieve Gullion Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin has condemned the illegal dumping of three diesel cubes near Silverbridge on Friday.

In recent months there have been repeated incidents of illegal dumping in the area, pointing to ongoing criminal activity resulting in potential environmental damage.
Councillor Larkin insisted that the criminals behind this dumping activity must desist immediately, and urged the community to remain vigilant:
"Yet again we have ratepayers in this district paying to clear the toxic waste which is dumped at our roadside by diesel launderers.
“The latest incident occurred on the New Line at Silverbridge. 
Three pods of diesel waste were left beside a N.I. Water facility.
“This criminal behaviour is a blight on our landscape, our environment, but most importantly, our community.
“The people behind these crimes have no respect for citizens in the area who are forced to pay for their actions, which this time threatened to contaminate local water supplies.
“I urge the statutory authorities and the local community to redouble their efforts to put this activity to an end once and for all.
“It’s dangerous, it’s criminal, and it must stop immediately.”
Post Date : Fri 28 Jul 2017 08:38 AM
25th July 2017, Josephine (wee Josie) Rowland passed away at her home, 11 Glebe Park Mullaghbawn. Cherished mother of Tracie, Thomas, Garry and Ché. Dear sister of Tom, Nancy and the late John, Gerry, George, Michael, Frank and Bridie. 
Removal from McConville's Chapel of Rest, The Square, Crossmaglen at 7:00 pm this evening to her late residence. 
Funeral on Saturday July 29th leaving at 9:30 am to St Brigid's Church, Glassdrummond arriving for 10:30 am Requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. 
St Padre Pio pray for her. 
Deeply regretted by her sorrowing sons, daughter, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, brother, sister and wider family circle. 

Enquiries to McConville Funeral Directors, Crossmaglen. 028 3086 1212. 

Post Date : Fri 28 Jul 2017 08:32 AM
26th July 2017, Rev. Fr. John Lavery passed away peacefully at Daisy Hill Hospital. Rev. Fr. John Lavery, Dallan Hill, Warrenpoint and former Parish Priest at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Greenwich, England. 
May his soul rest in peace. 
His remains will repose at the Parochial House, 14 Gt. George’s Street South, Warrenpoint on Friday until removal at 7:30 pm to St. Peter’s Church to repose until 10 pm. Requiem Mass on Saturday at 10:30 am followed by burial in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Drumcree, Portadown arriving approx. 2 pm. 

Deeply regretted by his sorrowing nephew Martin and his wife Pat, nieces Kathy, Denise and Siobhan, grandnieces Moe and Ellie, Grandnephew Luke, Elizabeth Stewart, his many friends and Most Rev. Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark and the Priests of the Diocese. 

Post Date : Fri 28 Jul 2017 08:25 AM

27th July 2017, Sarah Berry passed away, dearly beloved wife of the late Willie John and much-loved mother of Nina, Elizabeth, Carol, Jim and David. 

Funeral from her daughter's home 91A Saul Street, Downpatrick on Saturday 29th July at 10:45 am, (Service in the home 10:30 am) to Lissara Presbyterian Cemetery, Crossgar for burial. 
Deeply regretted by her sorrowing family and friends.
Post Date : Fri 28 Jul 2017 08:22 AM
26th July 2017, Sarah Jane (Sheila) Blakeley passed away peacefully at Mountvale Nursing Home surrounded by her loving family. 
Dearly beloved wife of the late Robert Blakely late of 20, Mount Pleasant Banbridge, much loved mother of Barbara, Maurice and Hazel, mother-in-law of Cecil, devoted granny of Gary and his partner Ruth, Andrew and Jamie and Great granny of Dylan and James. 
Funeral Service will be held in Bannside Presbyterian Church, Castlewellan Road, Banbridge on Friday at 3:00 pm followed by interment in Banbridge New Cemetery. 
No flowers please. Donations in lieu if desired may be sent to John Gamble Funeral Directors 7, Meeting Street, Dromore BT25 1AQ for Mountvale Nursing Home Residents Comfort Fund (Cheques made payable to John Gamble). 
Lovingly remembered by her sorrowing daughters, son, their families and the entire family circle.

The day Thou gavest Lord has ended.