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Thu 27 Sep 2018 07:55 AM
Get Online Tips at Newry Library

 Get Online Week will take place from 15–21 October 2018 with a range of events across Northern Ireland providing free digital training sessions for people.

The event is free, informal and must be booked in advance by phoning Newry Library on 028 30 264 683.

The session will provide one-to-one training with hand out training resources to take home to continue the learning. It will cover topics such as: Email and web, Apps, social media including Facebook, online shopping, online security and online Banking.

Sue Gray, Permanent Secretary at the Department of Finance, recently launched Get Online Week 2018 during a visit to a digital training session at Ballyhackamore Library in Belfast. 

During the visit Sue Gray said, “Get Online Week 2018 will provide people with a practical opportunity to get online for the first time or to enhance and improve their existing skills.

“Listening to some of the people at the session they all had different reasons for attending but a common goal, to be more digitally active. We live in a world where so many elements of our daily life require digital skills, and we must ensure no-one feels excluded or left behind.

“I would encourage anyone who thinks they may benefit from the range of courses taking place during Get Online Week to give it a go,” she added.

Michelle Armstrong who participated last year said, “I highly recommend anyone who needs some help to get online to sign up for the digital courses during Get Online Week.

“I did and my IT skills and knowledge of the web have improved plus the courses are informal which makes the learning fun.”

For more information on all the event locations and times visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/go-on-ni

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Wed 26 Sep 2018 07:41 AM
Newry fit-out giant’s bid for 200 new houses recommended for approval

 The group, which recently completed the refurbishment of luxury cruise ship the Azamara Pursuit in Belfast and the acquisition of Co Antrim firm Topglass, has secured the approval of planning officials to launch a major residential project in the Watsons Road/Dorans Hill area of the city.

It includes 61 detached, 126 semi-detached and 13 townhouses. Five years in the making, the planning application has finally been signed off by officials at Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

The local authority’s planning committee is expected to grant it the official seal of approval on Wednesday morning.

It has been a busy year for the MJM Group. In July, the Newry-based firm completed work on Royal Caribbean’s Azamara Pursuit, a project thought to be worth around £50m.

The company also announced in July its plan to create 30 new jobs at its headquarters before the end of 2018. It came just weeks after MJM announced the multi-million pound acquisition of Topglass.

Last year the company reported a 50% jump in pre-tax profits to £7.5m.

MJM said its turnover increased to £62m during 2016, with employee numbers at that stage confirmed at 215.

The new housing project, which is essentially divided by Watsons Road, will also feature major roadworks, including a new roundabout at the junction of Watsons Road and Dorans Hill, with a new distributor road running through the development with side roads branching off into residential estates.

Both Watsons Road and Dorans Hill will also be widened, with a new footpath on Glen Hill.

A protected early Christian period rath on the site will be retained as an open space within a protected zone.

A report due to go before Wednesday’s planning committee reveals that there were 209 objections to the plan. Most, it said, were of a pro forma type, raising issues including inadequacy of the local infrastructure, road safety, lack of footpaths, street lighting, green spaces and community facilities.

Planners said all objections had been “fully considered” and — after assessing all relevant planning policies, as well as the consultations, area plan and site history — the report concludes: “It is considered that the proposal complies with all relevant policies and approval is recommended.”

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Thu 20 Sep 2018 08:20 AM
Irish Premiership: Newry City host Warrenpoint Town in first league derby

 Newry City will host Warrenpoint Town in the first top-flight derby between the clubs at the Showgrounds on Friday.

Newry have won two of their opening seven games while Warrenpoint got off the mark with a last-gasp 2-1 win over Cliftonville last Saturday.

"If we play like we did in losing to Crusaders but add a wee bit of quality in the final third we'll be alright," said Newry manager Darren Mullen.

Warrenpoint boss Stephen McDonnell said his side will "set up to win the game".

"We go into every game with the intention of winning - there's no settling for a point or just putting in a good performance. This match is no different," added McDonnell.

Mullen explained that everyone at Newry is "excited" about the game and it is a fixture he is looking forward to.

"The pressure is on us every week to get a result and this is the first derby game between the two clubs in the Premiership.

"We have had a terrific support at home and we've been playing well," he added.

 

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Thu 20 Sep 2018 08:19 AM
Storm Ali Kills Man at Slieve Gullion

 A man has died and a second person has been injured following an incident involving a falling tree close to the entrance to Slieve Gullion Forest Park on the Dromintee Road in Newry. It's thought the man was working in the area at the time. The Dromintee Road remains closed.

Commenting on the  fatality MLA Justin McNulty said, ‘“It is extremely upsetting to hear that a man has lost his life as a result of today’s weather conditions. It is sometimes too easy to forget the danger workers during adverse conditions face to keep the public safe.

“I want to send my condolences to his friends and entire family circle at this terrible time.

“I also want to take this opportunity to ask constituents to take care and remember the danger that can come with such extreme weather.”

Emergency crew on the scene at the entrance to Slieve Gullion Forest Park.

Megan Fearon, MLA added  “I want to extend my condolences to the family and friends of this man at this difficult time. The thoughts of our entire community are with them.

“I also want to commend the emergency services for risking dangerous conditions to respond swiftly to this incident to help others."

Storm Ali battered the area from mid morning felling many trees in rural areas of South Armagh and Down. Trees fell on the Mill Road and Millvale Road in Bessbrook, Omeath to Carlingford Road,  Drumgath, Corgary Road, Glen Road and many more. A roof was also blown off a property in Warrenpoint close to Aylesforte Interiors.

The Dublin to Belfast train took almost 7 hours to get from Dublin to Newry with trees down on the line. One passenger commenting on Twitter said "Been on train from Dublin to Belfast since 9.30am. 3 trees l down on line. Now as far as Newry at 4.15pm"

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Wed 19 Sep 2018 08:33 AM
RED BULL FOXHUNT RETURNS TO ROSTREVOR IN OCTOBER

 Over 550 riders will arrive in Rostrevor the first weekend in October for the Red Bull ‘Foxhunt’ Mountain Bike Event.

The event, which is in its seventh year, will see the riders take to the summit of Slieve Martin in an attempt to outrun three cunning ‘foxes’ - some of the world’s fastest mountain bike riders. This year current world champion Loic Bruni, veteran ‘fox’ Gee Atherton and Irish rider and Red Bull athlete, Greg Callaghan will seek to outride and outpace the riders as they tackle the 3.5km of treacherous downhill trails.

Mark Cumming East Coast Adventure, Greg Callaghan 3rd overall in the Enduro World Series 2017 and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Deputy Chairperson, Councillor Oksana McMahon launch the 2018 Foxhunt.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin said, “I am very pleased to see the return of this mountain bike event to our district. We have some of Ireland’s most beautiful and scenic landscapes and this event showcases our spectacular mountain moorland and terrains.

“This exciting event is not only a highlight for local people, it attracts international visitors and gives them an opportunity to experience what the district has to offer. Epic events such as this help to showcase our diverse ‘outdoor playground’ and put us in pole position to be considered the outdoor capital of Ireland.”

The event will test the skills of both the riders and ‘foxes’ descend through open-mountain moorland, bone-shaking rock gardens and steep forest trails that are guaranteed to challenge even the most capable rider. Reaching speeds in excess of 60km/h, each rider will be battling to cross the line ahead of the three pursuing foxes.

This year’s event has received support from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Tourism Northern Ireland and Tourism Ireland.

For more information on the ‘Foxhunt’ you can contact Newry Visitor Information Centre at 028 3031 3170

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Wed 19 Sep 2018 08:31 AM
Good Relations Week

 Newry is set to mark Good Relations Week with a number of events taking place in the local area.

Coordinated by the Community Relations Council (CRC), Good Relations Week runs from Monday, 17 September – Sunday, 23 September, with more than 180 events taking place across Northern Ireland.

The initiative, which supports the Northern Ireland Executive’s Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC) strategy, sees government departments, community groups, local councils, charitable organisations and authorities among many other organisers, host a wide range of events from exhibitions, talks, discussions, concerts, workshops and more.

There are several events are taking place in the Newry, Mourne and Down area, organised by Libraries NI, REACT and Rural Community Network, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and Community Arts Partnership.

By using the new goodrelationsweek.com website, residents in Newry can search for events by category, day or by events happening in the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area to get a taste of what is taking place nearby.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is programming a series of workshops to promote cultural diversity in the council area and challenge prejudiced and racist attitudes. Consisting of 14 sessions covering the interplay between language and culture, the ‘Learn the Language of Your Neighbour’ programme will take place in multiple venues throughout the council area.

On Wednesday, 19 September REACT and Rural Community Network will host its ‘Rebels, Radicals, Royalists and Loyalists’ workshop. Facilitated by Martin Snoddon, from Northern Spring, the workshop aims to invoke a shared understanding of the past with focus on the Easter Rising and WW1 – The Somme.

Jacqueline Irwin, Chief Executive of the Community Relations Council, said, “We have chosen the theme ‘Then, Now…Next?’ to reflect the mood of this year. In April we marked the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Belfast Agreement, so it has already been a time of reflection and stock-taking. However, the year has also been full of thoughts about the future.

“When the Agreement was signed it would have been impossible to imagine everything that has happened since. In the same way, we cannot assume what the next 20 years may bring. However, we do know this: we shape the future and its possibilities by our actions here and now.

 

“Through Good Relations Week we showcase events and people who have chosen to build and sustain good relationships across our diverse community. The commitment and willingness to build good community relationships is the fabric of peace and it is changing the way we will share the future.

She added, “We still have some way to go, but every day the groups and organisations showcased during the week continue to work to drive us all forward as one collective community, representing this place in all its diversity. The week is only a snapshot of the work that takes place year-round, and we hope it encourages more people to engage and foster new relationships.”

For more information about events happening in your area, visit goodrelationsweek.com.

You can keep up to date with Good Relations Week 2018 on Facebook and Twitter and by using the hashtag #GRWeek18.

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Wed 19 Sep 2018 08:29 AM
What's on: USPCA's Annual Open Day in Newry Animal Hospital

The USPCA will host its Annual Open Day at the Animal Hospital in Newry on Saturday from 10am to 2pm. The Q Radio Saturday Brunch show will broadcast live from the animal hospital and there will be competitions, loads of give-aways and fun for all the family. The USPCA will also host a dog show and visitors are encouraged to bring along their dogs – registration on the day.

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Tue 18 Sep 2018 08:12 AM
Sports tech firm to create over 200 jobs in Newry

A sports technology firm has announced the creation of over 200 jobs in Newry.

STATSports provides wearable player-tracking devices and analysis software.

The company, which has its headquarters in Newry, plans to create the jobs over the next three years as part of growth plans.

It said it is also making a multi-million pound investment in R&D and staff training supported by Invest NI.

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Secretary of State Karen Bradley welcomed the announcement.

“I am delighted to support the announcement of 211 new jobs in Newry, which will generate over £7m annually in additional salaries,” she said.

“It is fantastic to see a significant R&D investment of £5.5m which will also create 26 R&D roles for the business.

“This is brilliant news for Newry and Northern Ireland as a whole.

“Once again, local businesses are making a huge impact on a global scale, with exceptional talent and world-class innovation.”

Alan Clarke, CEO and Co-Founder of STATSports, said the expansion comes as part of an “aggressive” move to break into new markets.

“We have already established our performance monitoring technology with some of the biggest and best known sporting organisations in the world and this investment will allow us to expand our reach even further in both the elite and everyday field sports sector,” he said.

“Our staff are highly skilled and incredibly knowledgeable about the sports performance monitoring industry and we will be replicating that with the additional hires.

“The R&D assistance will also allow us to keep evolving our cutting-edge technology.”

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Fri 14 Sep 2018 07:27 AM
Warrenpoint Port asks for public views on dredging proposal

 Warrenpoint Port is inviting members of the public and other key stakeholders to comment on proposed changes to how dredged material from the harbour is dealt with.

 

The Port currently carries out a major dredging programme every two to five years with material disposed of in the Irish Sea.

However, new plans have been put forward to carry out dredging on a more regular but smaller scale, with material placed at a site in the mouth of Carlingford Lough between Cranfield Point and Greencastle.

Speaking to Newry Times, Clare Guinness, CEO, Warrenpoint Port said, “In order for the Port to continue to support maritime trade successfully, it must ensure a sufficient water depth is maintained to allow for the safe berthing of vessels, which it does through dredging.

“In anticipation of a rise in trade over the coming years, and to ensure the Port continues to thrive as an economic driver to the local region, a new site for the disposal of dredged material is being proposed within the mouth of Carlingford Lough.

 

“This is also in line with current thinking that dredged material should be deposited as close as possible to source.

“In our role as a custodian of the marine environment, we want to hear the views of all stakeholders, including members of the public, before any plans are put into action,” she added.

A number of surveys, studies and assessments will be undertaken to determine the suitability of the location between Cranfield Point and Greencastle, including marine ecology and sediment surveys, geophysical surveys, and hydrodynamic and sediment transport modelling.

A public drop-in consultation event will take place at Warrenpoint Town Hall on Wednesday 19 September from 4 pm to 7 pm where there will be an opportunity to discuss the proposed disposal site and the environmental assessment process with Port staff and its consultants Royal HaskoningDHV.

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Thu 22 Feb 2018 09:19 AM
Appeals for Parents to be Vigilant After Indecent Exposure Incident

Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Councillor Darren McNally has confirmed that an indecent exposure incident took place in the Keady Play Park area and he has appealed for parents to be vigilant.

The local Sinn Féin Councillor stated
"On Monday an incident took place in the play-park area of Keady were a man indecently exposed himself to a number of children who were playing at the time.

After speaking to one of the parents we feel it’s important that people are made aware of the incident in the hope that it serves as a timely reminder to all us parents and the local community to always be vigilant even in public areas with our kids".

The elected representative concluded

"I would like to assure people that the PSNI are investigating the matter and that council has been made aware as owners of the facility. Stay safe"