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Thu 01 Nov 2018 11:57 AM
Ruby Groves

Peacefully at Glenmachan Nursing Home, Belfast, in her 93rd year, late of 21 Church Square, Rathfriland. Ruby Elizabeth, dearly loved daughter of the late David & Mary Jane and Dear Sister of Ann, Jean and the late Rosalind, Kenneth & Leonard.

Funeral Service on Friday at 2pm in First Rathfriland Presbyterian Church followed by committal in the adjoining Burying Ground. 

Family Flowers only Please.

Will be Lovingly Remembered by Sister Ann, her Husband Trevor, Jean, Sister in-Law Margo, Nieces, Nephews, Great Nephews and Nieces & Family Circle.

Post Date :
Thu 01 Nov 2018 11:56 AM
Annie Poland (née Coulter)

 October 30th 2018 peacefully at home, dearly beloved wife of Felix and loving mother of Sean, Bernie, Ann and Francie and the late baby Pauline, daughter in-law, Briege and son in-law Martin and much loved grandmother & great grandmother and loving sister of Francie and sister in-law Mary, predeceased by her brothers and sisters. 

Annie’s remains will leave her late home of 10 St Ann’s Terrace, Mayobridge on Thursday 1st November at 11:15am for 12 o’clock mass at St Patrick’s Church, Mayobridge followed by burial in adjoining cemetery. 

Deeply regretted by her loving family and entire family circle. 

Safely in the arms of Jesus. 

St Martin de porres pray for her.Funeral Services, The School, 32 Kilnhill Road, Ballyward BT31 9TN for Macmillan Nurses.

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Thu 01 Nov 2018 11:53 AM
Harold John Underwood

Underwood, October 29th 2018, suddenly at his home, 22 Mountpleasant, Banbridge, Harold John, devoted husband of Minia, dearly loved father of Darryl and grandfather of Becky and Harry.

House private.

Funeral Service from his late home on Thursday at 11.15am followed by committal in Banbridge New Cemetery.

Family flowers only, please. Donations in lieu of flowers, if desired, may be sent to Spiers Funeral Services, The School, 32 Kilnhill Road, Ballyward BT31 9TN for Macmillan Nurses.

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Thu 01 Nov 2018 12:00 AM
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Tue 30 Oct 2018 01:48 PM
Newry Pool League Blog


Newry Pool League Blog Week 5

Trainor's maintained their 2 point lead at the top of the Premier Division after a real hard slog of a match up in the Windmill against the Mighty Bears.
Ralph Crummy fresh from some cracking pool against the Welsh Potting Machine and World Champion Ben Davies was still in hot form as he shocked the league leaders. He played some quality pool to beat the inform James O'Hagan and put Bears 1 up.
Neil Heaney has had a rotten start to the season and that continued on Thursday. Team mate Eugene McDermott hasn't set the world alight either and their two defeats left the home side Training 2-1. Paddy Tavey returning to winning ways and Jimmy McVerry picking up his maiden victory of the season for Trainors.
Garry Powell put the pressure on Trainor's when he beat Armagh team player Seamus McVerry for 2-2.
The rejuvenated Niall McVerry put Trainor's in front with a win over fellow captain Paul Murphy. 3-2.
It was a battle of the two Seamus' with Graham and Keenan going into battle. Graham is a bit more attacking but it was the resolute Keenan that tied the match at 3-3.
Cathal McCoy is another player that returned to winning ways for Trainor's when he defeated the tricky Diamuird Lonergan to put the visitors on the brink of another 2 points.
What Liam Bradley lacks in skill he makes up for in bottle. He is used to playing in pressure games in the darts league and will rarely let his side down when called upon. Adrian Holman is no easy touch but it was Bradley that smashed home the winning black for a really hard fought 2 points.

A win for Micky Cunningham and victory for CWC A saw him end his win drought and secure the current champions their 1st double points in 3 games.
Kieran McMahon got the ball rolling with his 5th league win in 5 games. He is the only CWC player with 100% winning record. Nigel Malcomson making his 1st appearance in the league unable to stop the 'Machine' from bagging another win.
Tony McGovern has been the relevation of the season so far. He took his tally to 5 wins from 5 games when he defeated the out of sorts Bernie Magee.  That tied the match 1-1.
Jamie Fletcher made it 2-1 to the Orchard Bar when he beat the talented Eoghan Magee.
The match was all square for the 2nd time when Singles Champion Paddy Clarke beat a Mervyn Kernaghan that is really struggling for form this season.
Harvey Lavelle returned to the team with a good win then Pat Brady ended an amazing run of 2 defeats in a row to make it 4-2 CWC A.
When Seamus McGeoghegan lost the gap was narrowed to 4-3.
It was all down to Micky Cunningham and Lee Irvine to sort of the feat of the 2 points. Neither player had ripped up any trees and both teams had good reason to be extremely nervous of their anchorman. It was the Pool Leagues Secretary that took home the bacon for the quadruple winners and keep them in touch of leaders Trainor's.

Whitecross won the last 3 frames to join beaten opponent's McGuigan's in 3rd place.
Gerard McGuigan shocked the home side for a 1-0 lead to McGuigan's.
Michael Feenan has moved up a level this season at long last. It's early in the season but 4 wins from 5 league games is impressive.
Conor O'Hare traded frames with Whitecross Captain Shane Phelan and the scores were level at 2-2.
Nicky Langton won the frame that put McGuigan's on the brink of at least a point.
Gavin Malone picked up a rare win then Mickey O'Hanlon picked just his 1st win and now Whitecross had the advantage going into the 8th frame.
Joseph McTaggart and Paul McAreavey would contest the pressure pot final frame. 'Jokie' had the last laugh to send the bog men catapulted up to a lofty joint 3rd in the league.

Ciaran O'Neill, James Cunane, Shane McAllister, Denver Jenkins, Barry Murphy and Kevin Magee fired in the winning frames for Hustlers against Nan's Rams. The Rams look in Big trouble at this early stage of the season.
Pat McClenaghan and Micky Lennon had given Nan's a 2-1 lead but players like Rony O'Reilly, Leigh McAlinden and the brilliant Mal Maguire need to find their form again very soon before they're cut adrift at the bottom of the Premier Division.

Incredibly nobody inside the top 6 won their games in Division 1 of the Newry Pool League. Even more amazingly - the top 2 lost their unbeaten records. In fact No. 7 Duke Street were in 8th place at the start of play and were the highest ranked side to pick up a win.
Something very spooky was going on when both teams Joint top played two teams joint bottom.
Read the next blog to see what happened.

In Division 2 Nifty Fifty are setting the pace. Another 5-3 win gave them a 2 point cushion at the top.
Q Club are struggling at the basement and Nifty Fifty cruised to the finishing line despite a nervous start when it was 2-2 at the half way stage.

Millvale dropped a point to lose more ground on leaders Nifty Fifty. Millvale needed a last gasp Michael McGoldrick win over Raymond Flynn to nick a draw in Dan's Rebels. Dan's Rebels will be dissapointed too as a win would have seen them go joint 2nd with Millvale.


Would All Teams please be reminded that the team name goes on the top of the result card and all players names written in full on result card Thanks


Post Date :
Tue 30 Oct 2018 09:25 AM
Newry chosen to host 2019 UK and Ireland Pride festival


The announcement was made this week in Glasgow at the annual UK Pride Organisers Network conference.

The European Pride Organisers Association (EPOA) also announced that the city would host the next conference in March next year, which will coincide with the weekend that the UK officially leaves the European Union.

Each year, a different local Pride event is selected by the network to host UK Pride. And 2019 will see the turn of Newry.

This year saw the Isle of Wight take centre stage as they hosted Pride in July, where more than 15,000 people, lined the streets.

In their bid document, Pride in Newry stated they were “perfectly placed” to host the event, given their close proximity to the border.

It added: “Visitors have been flocking to this vibrant city for many years to enjoy its location, history, shopping, restaurant scene and nightlife.

“Often referred to as ‘Gateway to the North’, Newry lies three miles from the Irish border, it sits snugly amidst the natural splendour of the Mourne Mountains and the Ring of Gullion.”

Pride in Newry also spoke of the inequality within this country commenting Northern Ireland is “not a rights-based society” and said they are “deprived of a government willing to implement legislation”.

Rory Rafferty, Newry Pride Chairperson, speaking to Armagh I, said: “In the immediate wake of the Supreme Court ruling on the gay cake case and indeed the failure of the latest private members bill on same sex marriage in Westminster on Friday, this status will reinvigorate a downtrodden but resolute community.”



He added: “It is a good news story in a climate of uncertainty, setback and inequality.

“We are proud of Newry and are delighted to be the first on the Island of Ireland to be awarded such a coveted accolade.”

SDLP MLA Justin McNulty and party colleague councillor Pete Byrne have Congratulated the Newry Rainbow Community following their successful bid.

“This is fantastic news for Newry and in particular for the Newry Rainbow Community,” said Mr McNulty.

“The entire team behind this bid must be congratulated. The group organise many events throughout the year and I know they will put the same determination into making this event a success.

“Pride and the ethos behind the movement is about equality, respect and tolerance. I can think of no better place than Newry to host these prestigious awards.

“We now need to see the statutory agencies row in behind this successful bid and help promote this region and indeed the work Newry Rainbow Community do in this area.”

Councillor Byrne added: “This is fantastic news for the Newry Rainbow Community who have worked tirelessly to ensure a successful bid to host the UK and Ireland Pride 2019.

“I have had the privilege of working with and getting to know many members of the NRC committee over the last three years and their commitment to fostering a place which allows for visibility and inclusion for LGBT people is relentless.

“We cannot thank them enough for their efforts in delivering a message of hope and acceptance in our communities.

“Our attention must now move to delivering an extraordinary Pride In Newry festival in 2019.

“Council must make sure that the NRC committee has the resources that it needs to pull of an event which will be talked about for years to come.

“Newry has been given an opportunity to showcase itself and we must do all we can to support the NRC in its preparation for its festival next year.

“In addition to the UK and Ireland Pride, the European Pride Organisers Association have announced that they will be hosting their conference in Newry next March.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Newry and this region to showcase our area and it will be a fantastic year for Newry.”

Sinn Féin equality spokesperson MLA Megan Fearon, said: “I would like to congratulate Pride in Newry for winning this bid, it is a huge achievement and will be a boost for the area.

“It is also a reward for all their hard work and determination in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights in the north.

“In recent years we have seen large numbers on the streets of Newry in a display of unity and determination to end the disgraceful denial of rights, including marriage equality, by the DUP and facilitated by the British government in the north.


Post Date :
Tue 30 Oct 2018 09:20 AM
William (Willie) GIBSON

GIBSON, William (Willie) 29th October 2018. Peacefully at hospital in his 76th year, late of 47 Clanmaghery Road, Ballyward, Castlewellan. Dearly beloved husband of Ivy, much loved and loving father to Mark, Jennifer, Grace and Andrew. Dear father-in-law of Deborah, Derrick and Fran. Proud Granda to Aaron and Amy, Lucy and Reuben, Emma and Ben, great-granda to Ella-Rose, Zach and Ollie. 
Funeral service in Moneyslane Free Presbyterian Church, Millvale Road, BT31 9PU on Wednesday at 1pm, afterwards to Banbridge Cemetery. House private. 
No flowers please. Donations if desired for Moneyslane Free Presbyterian Church Building Fund and Coronary Care Unit, Craigavon Area Hospital (cheques payable to Douglas Donations Account) c/o 20 Dromore Road, Ballynahinch, BT24 8HP. 
Will be lovingly remembered and fondly missed by his sorrowing wife, sons, daughters, families and family circle. 
Thy will be done.

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Tue 30 Oct 2018 09:16 AM
Frank Carragher

Carragher Newry 28th October, 2018 (Formerly The Meadows Newry)
Peacefully at Newry Hospice Frank dearly beloved husband of Rosena and loving father of Siobhan, Patrick, Catherine, Deirdre and Michael. 

Frank’s remains will leave 12 Iveagh Avenue, Warrenpoint on Tuesday at 11am to arrive at St Mary’s Church, Chapel Street, Newry for 12 noon Requiem Mass, burial afterwards in Monkshill Cemetery.

On his soul sweet Jesus have mercy.

Deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife, sons, daughters, grandchildren, brothers, sisters and entire family circle.

Post Date :
Tue 30 Oct 2018 09:08 AM
Alexander Dale

 DALE - Thursday 25th October 2018,

Peacefully at Hospital, Late of 19 Mountpleasant, Banbridge. 

Dearly loved Husband of the late Agnes, loving Father of Janet & Sandra, Father-in-law of the late Brian Nelson, Dear Granda of Scott, Stuart & Great Granda of Grace & Isla. 

House private. 

Funeral Service on Sunday at 2pm in Bannside Presbyterian Church, followed by committal in Banbridge New Cemetery. 

Family Flowers Only Please. 

Donations if desired, for Bannside Presbyterian Church & The Drew Nelson Legacy Fund. C/O Robert J Bready, Funeral Director, 22 Newry Road, Rathfriland, BT34 5AL. 

Will be Lovingly Remembered & Sadly Missed by the entire Family Circle. 

Post Date :
Tue 30 Oct 2018 09:07 AM
Elizabeth (Lily) McDowell

 McDowell - October 26th 2018 ( Peacefully) in Rathfriland Manor Nursing Home Elizabeth (Lily). Dearly loved Wife Of Robert James McDowell, 79 Newry Street Rathfriland and dear Mother Of Bobby. 

Funeral From her Son & Daughter-In-law's Home 54 Newry Street Rathfriland on Monday at 1.30pm for committal in Rathfriland Reformed Presbyterian Churchyard, followed by a service of Thanksgiving. 

No flowers please. Donations in lieu may be sent if desired to William Bell & Co. Funeral Directors 23 Kenlis Street Banbridge BT32 3LR for Rathfriland Reformed Presbyterian Church. 

Very deeply regretted by her sorrowing Husband, Son, Daughter-In-Law Irene, Grandchildren Danielle & Lee, Stephen & Samantha, Great Grandchildren Caleb, Eli, Joshua & Reuben, Sisters, Brother & all the family circle. 

“The Lord's My Shepherd”