Post Date :
Thu 11 Jan 2018 12:43 PM
Brady reaches out to over 40 local schools

Sinn Féin MP for Newry & Armagh, Mickey Brady, has written to over 40 schools in the constituency in an offer to meet local schoolchildren at the beginning of the new term.

Mickey Brady MP said:
"As the new school term kicks off, I have made contact with over 40 schools in the Newry Armagh area.
"As the MP for this constituency I think it is important that students are fully aware of the role of a public representative.
"I look forward to meeting students in the area for what promises to be an engaging and informative round of visits."

Post Date :
Thu 11 Jan 2018 09:52 AM
Karen Bradley must act to end DUP denial of rights - Fearon

Sinn Féin Equality spokesperson, Megan Fearon MLA, has said that the new British Secretary of State in the north, Karen Bradley, has a responsibility to bring the DUP's denial of basic civil and human rights to an end.
Megan Fearon said:
"For far too long the LGBTQ community in the north of Ireland have endured outright discrimination and homophobia from the DUP in government.
"This culture of disrespect is best known by the DUP's ongoing and inexcusable denial of the right to marry for gay and lesbian couples in the north of Ireland.
"One year on from Martin McGuinness' resignation to put an end to this denial of rights, the DUP remain steadfast - LGBTQ citizens should have fewer rights than others.
"This discrimination is intolerable in any modern and democratic society. 

"Karen Bradley has an obligation to make the DUP end their ongoing denial of rights, and to a position consistent with democratic and rights-based societies around the world" 

Post Date :
Tue 09 Jan 2018 11:59 AM
Murphy Commends MJM on Historic Success

Sinn Féin Economy Spokesperson and Newry Armagh MLA, Conor Murphy, has commended MJM, a Newry-based firm,  on securing a historic contract to refit a luxury cruise liner.
Conor Murphy MLA said:
"With this recent success MJM have made a statement about the calibre and quality of local industry in the Newry Armagh area.
"The contract secured by MJM is the first of its kind for a Newry-based firm, and rightfully puts a global spotlight on the contribution of local employers to our island economy.

"I am happy to take this opportunity to congratulate MJM on their successes, for their contribution to our local economy, and wish them all the best in the future." 

Post Date :
Fri 22 Dec 2017 10:12 AM
Shane O’Neill’s Senior Ladies

 There are a few pictures from the Shane O'Neill's senior ladies official reception with Roisin Mulgrew, Mayor of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, at the Council Offices on Thursday 21st December. 

Roisin hosted the event prior to the senior ladies’ trip to China next week.

Post Date :
Mon 18 Dec 2017 10:07 AM
Shane O'Neill's in China

 Shane O Neill’s ladies senior football team shall be travelling to China for a two-week period, December 29th until January 11th. 

This is the first time a GAA club team has been invited to visit China to demonstrate and coach the sport.
The trip is facilitated and funded through the Confucius Institute, based in UUJ, a branch of the Chinese Ministry of Education. 
This visit is classed as an academic and cultural exchange under the Study in China programme. 
The travelling party consisting of 26 players and 4 mentors, have a busy itinerary ahead of them once they arrive into Beijing on Saturday 30th, including being received at the Irish Embassy.
The group has 4 days of guided sightseeing planned, with visits to the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium, Summer Palace and Tiananmen square being arranged.
While the cold weather at this time of year prohibits outdoor games, contact has been made with Beijing GAA club and we hope to visit socially at least.
No doubt there will also be time set aside for the cities amazing shopping experience.
The next stage of the trip involves taking the bullet train to the city of Wuhan, where the group will be based in the nearby Lambhorgini Hotel.
Each morning the team will take part in workshops at Wuhan University, learning about Chinese language, culture, history and contemporary society, including educational and business structures.
They will also gain an introduction to martial arts and other popular Chinese sports and customs.
A visit to a local High School has also been added to the schedule while in Wuhan.
The afternoons will be spent demonstrating and coaching ladies Gaelic football to the Chinese students. 
With several of the panel having senior Inter county experience, such as double All Star winner Aimee Mackin, her sister Blaithin, Moya Feehan, Louise Kenny and Aoibheann Jones, plus several county underage players, we would hope to demonstrate a high standard of skill and technique, while introducing the rudimentary skills to what we are assured, will be a fascinated participant group.
A one-day trip to Three Gorge Dam at Yitchang will precede the scheduled journey back home from Wuhan on January 11th.
This is a historic and unique visit to promote our own sport and traditions and also represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience and learn so much about this rich culture and fascinating country.
All of us are honoured and grateful to have been chosen as the first club to receive this official invitation from the Chinese authorities and also so appreciative of the support from Confucius Institute Director Yan Liu and her staff for making this possible.
We see this as an investment in the future reputation of our club and even more so in our players, an outstanding group of young ladies, who, while enjoying considerable success on the field in recent years, have always been excellent ambassadors for our club, county, province and now country.
There has been a huge amount of preparation work put in over the past few weeks to have everything in place. The visa process has now been completed, with weekly classes in Mandarin Chinese ongoing also.
We look forward to this exciting journey and shall endeavour to promote our games and traditions to the highest possible measure.

Post Date :
Fri 15 Dec 2017 09:34 AM
Burglary in the Springvale Drive area of Downpatrick

Detectives are appealing for information following the report of a burglary at a house in the Springvale Drive area of Downpatrick. 
Sometime between 3:00 pm on Monday, 11 December and 4:00 pm on Tuesday, 12 December the house was entered and a quantity of jewellery stolen.

Detectives would appeal to anyone who has information about this incident to contact Detectives at Ardmore on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 870 12/12/17. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime. 

Post Date :
Fri 15 Dec 2017 09:30 AM
Raymond McCreesh Park Council decision, supported by the people of Ballybot

Sinn Féin Councillor in Newry, Charlie Casey, has said that the decision of Newry, Mourne & Down District Council to retain the name of Raymond McCreesh Park will be welcomed by the people of Ballybot.
Cllr Casey said:
“Sinn Féin, and the overwhelming majority of people from the Ballybot area believe that the name of Raymond McCreesh Park should remain unchanged.
"Last night's Council vote was a recognition of the esteem and respect in which Raymond McCreesh is held by the people of Ballybot.
"Currently Newry, Mourne and Down District Council are undertaking a Play Review Strategy for all recreational facilities in the district.
"During this, residents of the Ballybot area will be given the opportunity once again to decide the future of Raymond McCreesh Park through a public consultation.
"Sinn Féin support the right of the residents of Ballybot to determine the future of their local facilities, and to name them in any way they see fit."

Post Date :
Thu 14 Dec 2017 10:22 AM
Criminal Damage at Public Toilets, The Square, Kilkeel

 Police are investigating criminal damage at public toilets in the Square in Kilkeel.

Entry was forced to the toilets sometime between 6 pm on Saturday 25th and 8 am on Sunday 26th November, and substantial damage caused. 
Officers would ask anyone with any information to contact them at Ardmore station in Newry on 101 quoting reference number 461 26/11/17. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

Post Date :
Thu 14 Dec 2017 10:18 AM
Another Win for The Beauty School, Warrenpoint, Co. Down

The inaugural Irish Beauty Industry Awards 2017 welcomed 400 guests on Sunday, December 3rd at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin in a celebration of the Irish beauty and aesthetics industry.
The Irish Beauty Industry Awards 2017 seek to recognise and celebrate the growth of the industry and the success of the professionals working in it. The awards aim to reward not only beauticians and hair stylists, but also other talented professionals who work to make people look beautiful – from dentists to cosmetic clinics and tattoo removal clinics.
The elegant event was hosted by producer of The Opinion Line on Corks 96FM radio station, Brenda Dennehy. She welcomed on stage talented individuals and establishments, known for their high-quality beauty treatments and the exceptional service they deliver to their customers.
In celebrating the very best in the beauty industry, the evening was a huge success for The Beauty School (Warrenpoint, Co. Down), who won Ireland’s Beauty ‘Training Academy of the Year’ award. The Beauty School would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your continued support and for helping to make the night memorable and a great accomplishment. We are extremely proud of this incredible achievement! 
Irfan Younis, CEO of organisers Creative Oceanic, commented about the awards: “We are honoured to have such great finalists and winners representing the Irish beauty industry and enhancing its reputation at home and abroad. The awards reflect the talent in Ireland and the hard work and determination of beauty professionals.”
Elizabeth Feehan, Director of The Beauty School, accepted the award and pointed to the room “The reason we are the number one training academy is because of you… your dedication and passion to the beauty industry, work and careers continues to keep us inspired to approach each course with even greater love for what we do! We are grateful that you chose to train with us. Thank you.”

The Beauty School, who won the ‘Training Academy of the Year’ at the Northern Ireland Hair and Beauty Awards earlier in the year, are the sole distributor in Ireland for HD Brows, High Definition Makeup, Nouveau Lashes, and Gamax Nails, they also distribute Bellamianta Luxury Tan and their very own product MiniMi inch Loss Body Wrap. The Beauty School also have the only Collagen Wave machine in Ireland and carry out clinic’s weekly in salons across the nation.  

Post Date :
Thu 14 Dec 2017 10:11 AM
Thwart the Oil Thieves - Councillor Charlie Casey

Sinn Féin Councillor Charlie Casey has warned householders across the city to be on their guard against home heating oil thieves in the run up to Christmas. 
His appeal follows the most recent report of an oil theft in Newry which took place in the Barcroft Park locality. 
The Newry City Sinn Féin Councillor said,
“I feel it’s timely to warn people across the city to be on their guard against home heating oil thieves in the run up to Christmas.
With the cost of home heating oil so expensive, having oil stolen is causing severe hardship to many families who cannot afford to refill their tanks.

I would call on people to be observant. If you see suspicious activity in the laneways around a neighbour’s house, particularly if there is no one at home, to call the police.”