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Wed 19 Sep 2018 08:33 AM

 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 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

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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Wed 19 Sep 2018 08:25 AM
Phyllis Turley (née Poucher)

 Turley (Newry) Phyllis (nee Poucher) died September 16th 2018 peacefully surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife of Brendan and devoted mother of Maurice, Damian, Brendan and the late Mary.

Her remains will leave her late residence, 5 Windmill Place on Thursday at 9.40am for 10.30am Requiem Mass in SS Patrick & Colman’s Cathedral, burial afterwards in Monkshill cemetery.

Our Lady Queen of The Most Holy Rosary pray for her.

Deeply regretted and sadly missed by her husband, sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, and the entire family circle

Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to Southern Area Hospice c/o the family or Paul McEvoy Funeral Directors, 80, Canal Street, Newry, BT35 6DX.

House private on morning of funeral.

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Wed 19 Sep 2018 08:24 AM
Kathleen Marron (née Ryan)

 Marron (Newry) Kathleen (nee Ryan), died September 17th 2018, peacefully surrounded by her loving family. Loving mother of John, Paul, Roseina and Cathy.

Her remains will leave her late residence 22, Third Avenue, on Thursday at 11.50am for 12.30pm Requiem Mass in St. Mary’s Church, burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Our Lady Queen of The Most Holy Rosary pray for her.

Deeply regretted and sadly missed by her sons, daughters, partners, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters Rosie Courtney and Mary O’Hare, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and the entire family circle.

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Wed 19 Sep 2018 08:22 AM
Martin Flynn

 Flynn (Mayobridge) 17th September 2018, suddenly, Martin dearly loved husband of Anne and loving father of Grace, Jack and Olivia. 8, Hillside, Mayobridge dear son of Marina and the late John and cherished brother of John, Bernadette, Deirdre, Fiona, Teresa and the late Errol.

May he rest in peace.
Martin’s remains will leave his home on Friday to arrive at St. Patrick’s Church, Mayobridge for 12noon Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in adjoining Cemetery.
Deeply regretted by his loving wife, son, daughters, mother, brother, sisters, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and entire family circle. 
Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to P.I.P.S c/o McAnulty Funeral Directors 35, Church Street, Warrenpoint. BT35 3HN

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Wed 19 Sep 2018 08:21 AM
Margaret Morrison

 MORRISON - September 17, 2018 (peacefully) at Wood Lodge Nursing Home, Castlewellan, Margaret, devoted wife of Robert, precious mother to William and partner Ciara, loving grandmother to Chloe, sister of Sandra, Caroline and the late Robert, brother-in-law to Noel Wackett, Noel Cochrane and sister-in-law Georgie Porter.

Funeral from her late home, 11 Whitefort Road, Castlewellan on Wednesday at 1.30pm for service in Clough Presbyterian Church at 2.00pm followed by committal in adjoining churchyard.

Family flowers only please. Donation in lieu of flowers, if desired, for Wood Lodge Nursing Home c/o Wallace Shaw Funeral Directors, 14a Clarkhill Road, Castlewellan BT31 9BJ.

Deeply regretted by her sorrowing husband Robert, son William and the family circle

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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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Tue 18 Sep 2018 08:04 AM
Ellen (Helen) Bennett (née McCready)

 BENNETT:- (Nee McCready) 17th September 2018 peacefully at Iveagh Nursing Home Ellen (Helen) late of 28 Legion Court Banbridge, dearly loved mother to Ruth and Gareth.

A Service of Thanksgiving will take place on Wednesday in Banbridge Free Presbyterian Church at 2pm followed by committal in Banbridge New Cemetery.

Family and friends are welcome to call at Helen’s late home 28 Legion Court Banbridge. 

Family flowers only please donations in lieu if desired to Child Evangelism F.P.C. Mission Board (cheques made payable to same) c/o James Minnis & Son, Bann House, 33 Castlewellan Road, Banbridge BT32 4JQ.

Helen will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her daughter, son, son-in-law Craig, daughter-in-law Marian, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the entire family circle.

“The Lord Is My Shepherd”

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Tue 18 Sep 2018 08:03 AM
Maureen Pauley (née Kelly)

 Pauley (Castlewellan) 17/9/2018

Peacefully at Corriewood Nursing Home Castlewellan, Maureen, dearly beloved wife of the late Neilly and cherished sister-in-law of Kathleen Duggan R.I.P. Maureen remains will leave her niece's home 37 St. Malachy’s Avenue, Castlewellan on Wednesday at 6.00pm to arrive at St. Malachy’s Church Castlewellan for 6.30pm. Burial on Thursday after 11.00am Requiem mass in family burial ground Aughlisnafin. On her soul sweet Jesus have mercy. Deeply regretted by her sorrowing sister-in-law, nieces, nephews and entire family circle.