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Mon 22 Oct 2018 07:02 PM
Newry Pool League Blog


Trainor's showed quadruple winners CWC A that they might just have a rival this season. Last season CWC swept all before them but Trainor's look like they could give the champions something to think about.

Harvey Lavelle and Paddy Clarke returned for CWC in an ominously strong looking CWC side. Trainor's had Singles winners James O'Hagan and Seamus McVerry in their line up along with quadruple winner Paddy Tavey.

Liam Bradley knew what he was up against when he was named 1st on the Trainors team sheet. None other than Kieran 'The Machine' McMahon. Bradley didn't get a sniff as McMahon took his personal league tally to played 4, won 4 and 1-0 CWC A.
Dee Kearney went into this game on the back of two defeats and through to form made it 3 looses in a row but he was favourite against relative newcomer Eoghan Magee. Young Eoghan doesn't try to bore players to sleep like his Dad. He likes to pot balls. He potted more than Dee Kearney  did to put CWC A 2-0 up.
There were some good match-ups on the scorecard and Paddy Tavey taking on a team mate of last season and CWC legend Harvey Lavelle was one to look forward to. As much as Tavey is a superb player the ultra experienced Lavelle is still a cut or two above the rest and it was 3-0 to CWC as they slipped into cruise control.
Niall McVerry is in determined mood this season. His potting has rarely been doubted but his temperament has. He's flourishing in this captain role and he demolished the hapless Bernie Magee to reduce the score to 3-1.
Seamus McVerry had the best win of the night make the score 3-2. Pat Brady lost only one single league game and just like a baldy tyre he's got two from his opening four games. McVerry played some solid pool and now the match was all to play for.
Two former individuals winners clashed in the 6th frame of the night. James O'Hagan v the brilliant Paddy Clarke. This was a high quality game with some terrific pool but it was O'Hagan that shocked the current singles champ to tie the scores 3-3.
Cathal McCoy returned this week only to find Raymie McKenna in hot form  and a big brush from Raymie gave CWC a 4-3 lead in Trainor's.
It was the battle of two Seamus' in the final frame. Graham for Trainor's and the ultimate anchor man McGeoghegan for CWC A. McGeoghegan has been responsible for so many trophies for his teams its incredible. He has been an unsung hero his whole pool career but after that big build up it was Graham that edged a nervy final frame for a share of the spoils.
It may only be the start of the season but Niall McVerry will be absolutely delighted with that result. It was him telling CWC A you have opposition this season. No more free rides to the the title.
It could well be a false dawn but Trainor's are top of the league and the quadruple winners were unable to knock them off their perch - This Time!

Whitecross picked up their 1st win of the league at the 4th time of asking.
Whitecross led 3-1 and as per usual looked like they would throw away another healthy lead. It's become a bit of a regular occurance for the South Armagh side to collapse after a good start. Shane Phelan picks his strongest players early leaving a weak backline so only time will tell if this strategy will bring results.
Cathal Phelan has lost 3 out of his 1st 4 games after another defeat Thursday night. Mark Pentony is a quality player and he gave Nan's the lead out in the Sticks.
Michael Feenan, Barry Shields and Shane Phelan fired Whitecross into a 3-1 advantage with some luck and a slice of good pool.
Pat McClenaghan, Stephen Sherry and Mal McGuire suffering away day defeats.
Leigh McAlinden pulled it back to 3-2 when he defeated an out of sorts Alan Burke.
Whitecross retained their two frame advantage when Gareth McCann took out a clever finish against Mark Maguire.
Gavin Malone was unable to bag both points when Jimmy O'Hare inflicted a 3rd league defeat on the former Whitecross captain. 4-3.
It was left to Brian O'Neill to pick up not only a rare win for himself but also a rare win for Whitecross. He was taking on an inform Rony O'Reilly who had 3 wins from 3 games. O'Neill held his nerve to bag Whitecross their 1st brace of points. Both teams will need to improve or they will have a tough season at the base of the table.

Hustlers are still without a league win but they will be delighted to have clawed back a 4-1 deficit to steal a draw in their City Derby match with McGuigan's Bar.
Gerard McGuigan and the much travelled Connor O'Hare put McGuigan's 2-0 up in McGuigan's Bar.
Barry Murphy pulled a frame back before Martin Conroy and Damien 'Bud' Flanagan put McGuigan's in a very commanding 4-1 lead.
Ray Magee and the superb Ciaran O'Neill pulled it back to 4-3. It was non other than the legendry Kevin Magee that salvaged an unlikely draw and the Hustlers 2nd point of the season. McGuigan's throwing that game away denied them outright 2nd place in the league. They now share it with CWC A.

McGovern, Bagnall, Irvine, Devlin and Fletcher brought Bears back down to earth with a massive bump. Fresh from beating CWC Bears got a reality check when the lost the match 5-0 in Orchard Bar.


Post Date :
Mon 22 Oct 2018 08:27 AM
No hard border in Ireland in our lifetimes ex-taoiseach tells Newry dinner

FORMER taoiseach Bertie Ahern told a Brexit-fatigued Newry business audience: "I genuinely believe there will not be a hard border in Ireland in our lifetimes”.

He also said: "Brexit is bad for Ireland, bad for the UK and bad for the EU, but in the situation we find ourselves in, we must all do our best to protect everything that has been achieved in the past decades and make sure the particular interests of this island, north and south, are protected."

Mr Ahern, who was the Republic's premier from 1997 to 2008, was addressing 300 guests at the Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade's annual president's dinner.

He fulfilled the long-standing engagement despite Paddy Duffy, one of his closest advisers and friends, having died in London the previous day while preparing to board a flight from Heathrow to Dublin, having just returned from Papau New Guinea with the ex-taoiseach.

While Mr Ahern's address focused primarily on Brexit, he also touched on the lack of a Stormont government, which he said was “appalling, pathetic and sad”, and he labelled the actions of some of the political parties as “Banana Republic stuff”.

"It would be my hope that the institutions get back up and running and working for all the people of Northern Ireland, because their current absence cannot be underestimated in terms of seriousness," he said.

"The devolved institutions are at the heart of the Good Friday Agreement and the only way forward for Northern Ireland.

"The Executive and Assembly are urgently required to be the voice for Northern Ireland in dealing with the challenges of Brexit. Continuing divisions between communities here still need to be addressed."

Praising the work of the Newry Chamber, he said: "You and the companies you represent have been to the forefront in promoting and supporting north-south cooperation and you understand the benefits, potential and challenges across all your sectors.

"Your advocacy work has also been enormously important and influential in growing north-south connections and developing the all-island economy.

"North-south economic and social cooperation has benefited people across the island, and supported the development of an all-island economy that has enhanced the prosperity of all.

"Protecting these gains is not just about ensuring frictionless trade; it is also about facilitating peoples' lives and livelihoods. Fundamentally, this is about peace, reconciliation and prosperity."

Mr Ahern the Irish Government remains adhered to the protection of the Good Friday Agreement in all of its parts.

He said: "At the heart of this is the invisible border, which in some ways is the most obviously tangible symbol of the peace process.

"It has allowed relationships and communities to be rebuilt following years of conflict. It has allowed social, political and commercial relationships to flourish and thrive across Ireland.

"The issues are well-known to all of us. The solutions at this stage might not seem as clear as we would like. But I do believe that we are closer now and that a deal does appear to be in sight."

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Mon 22 Oct 2018 08:23 AM

 KINDLON (Crossmaglen) Paddy R.I.P. October 20, 2018 peacefully at home in the loving care of his heartbroken family. Devoted husband of the late Mary. Cherished father of Paddy, Carmel (Treanor), Gerard, Ann (Harland) and Joe. 

Reposing at his home, 18 the Crescent, Crossmaglen. 
Funeral on Tuesday October 23rd leaving at 10.30am to St Patrick's Church, Crossmaglen arriving for 11.00am Requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. 

Our Lady of Lourdes pray for him. 

Deeply regretted by his sorrowing sons, daughters, sons-in-law Tommy and Martin, daughters-in-law Teresa and Maura, 11 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, neighbours and members of Crossmaglen GFC. 

Enquiries to McConville Funeral Directors, Crossmaglen 028 3086 1212.

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Mon 22 Oct 2018 08:20 AM
Dessie Porter

 PORTER ( Newry & Banbridge ) died 20th October 2018 peacefully at Cairngrove Nursing Home, Dessie R.I.P. beloved son of the late Edmund and Mary and loving brother of Alice and the late Marie. Formerly of Church View Drive Banbridge. Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul. 

Funeral Mass on Monday at 11:00am in St Patrick's Church Dromore Street. Interment afterwards in St Patrick's cemetery. Deeply regretted by his sister, brother in law Francis, nephews, nieces, family circle and residents and staff of Cairngrove Nursing Home and Cairnmount Day Center.

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Mon 22 Oct 2018 08:10 AM
Francis Steele

 Steele (Castlewellan) 19/10/2018

Peacefully at home, Francis, dearly beloved husband of the late Mary-Clare and cherished father of James, Barry, Martin, Michael, Daniel, Donagh, Anne, Paula, Saoirse, the late Clare and Malachy R.I.P. Francis’s remains will leave his late home 1 Drumee Drive Castlewellan today Monday at 10.15 am to arrive at St. Malachy’s Church Castlewellan for 11.00am Requiem mass burial afterward in family burial ground Aughlisnafin. On his soul sweet Jesus have mercy, deeply regretted by his sorrowing sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and entire family circle. 

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Mon 22 Oct 2018 08:08 AM
Paul Casserly

 Casserly (Newry) 20th October 2018 peacefully surrounded by his loving family at his residence 12 Flagstaff Road. Paul dearly beloved husband of Mary and much loved father of Declan, Fiona and Marcella, and dearest father in law of Kay, cherished grandfather of Charlotte and Daniel and brother of Michael. May he Rest In Peace. 

Funeral on Monday at 11.30am for 12 noon Requiem Mass in The Sacred Heart Church Cloghogue. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. 

On his soul sweet Jesus have mercy. 

He will be sadly missed by the entire family circle.

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Mon 22 Oct 2018 08:00 AM
John Damien O'HARE

O'HARE John Damien R.I.P. (173 King Street, Newcastle) died October 18, 2018 suddenly at home. Dearly beloved son of Jackie and Angela, step-son of Sean Noble and loving brother of Paul. 

Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul. 

Deeply regretted by his sorrowing family and entire family circle. 

His remains will leave his father Jackie's home, Flat 1, 2 Golf Links Road, Newcastle on Sunday October 21, 2018 at 6.30pm to the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Newcastle arriving 7.00pm. 

Funeral Mass on Monday at 10.00am. Burial afterwards in St Patrick's Cemetery, Bryansford

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Mon 22 Oct 2018 07:59 AM
Eamon KING

KING Eamon R.I.P. (6 Flagstaff Road, Newry) October 15, 2018 died peacefully in Germany. Beloved son of Michael and the late Emma and brother of Michael, Marian, Marita and the late Noel, nephew of the late Harry, husband of Peter. 

Eamon's remains will be reposing at home on Saturday October 20, 2018. Requiem Mass will be celebrated on Sunday (October 21st) at 12noon in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Cloughoge. Burial of ashes afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. 

Very deeply regretted by his father, husband, brother, sisters, nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law and entire family circle.

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Fri 19 Oct 2018 08:39 AM
PSNI commitment to address 'boy racers' on old Dublin Road in Newry

Sinn Féin Councillor Liz Kimmins has said a commitment by the PSNI to tackle the scourge of “boy racers” in the Old Dublin Road locality would help ensure that the community and roads would be safer and that ultimately it would help save lives.

The local Councillor explained,

“Following on-going concerns raised by local residents living close to the Old Dublin Road regarding the anti-social behaviour associated with the gathering of cars in this area, I am very pleased that the PSNI have indicated they will take a pro-active approach to dealing with this”.

The elected representative continued 

“Local residents are tormented on a regular basis with the noise from the large numbers of cars that gather in this border area for “diffing” and other criminal anti social behaviour, including obstructing  the road, disrupting other motorists who
are trying to pass through safely”.

The Sinn Féin elected representative speaking about her meeting with the PSNI stated,

“I met with representatives from the South Armagh PSNI and raised these issues as a matter of serious concern, and they have advised they will be taking action to deal with this.

"This serious anti social activity has to be challenged and those engaged in it need to face the full rigours of the law.

"We have to ensure the safety and well being of our communities and ultimately tackling this “boy racer” scourge will, I have no doubt, help save lives

The local Councillor has requested a joint meeting with PSNI & Gardai representatives to discuss the issue.

“I have also requested a joint meeting with PSNI and Gardai to formulate a more efficient cross border approach, as those involved tend to flee across the border when police attend the scene.

"Whilst the PSNI have said they do work in partnership with the Gardai in relation to criminal and anti social activities, they will as I have requested, arrange a meeting to discuss this specific issue”.

Concluding the Councillor said,

“I would also strongly urge anyone who witnesses these events to contact the PSNI on 101 as quickly as possible”.

Post Date :
Fri 19 Oct 2018 08:36 AM
A Quick Guide to the Property Market in Kyrenia

 October 18, 2018, peacefully, at hospital, dearly-loved husband of Elizabeth (Liz), 5 Iveagh Walk, Banbridge and much-loved father of Zenda and Alastair. 

Funeral Service will be held in Dromore Cathedral on Saturday 20th October at 2.00 p.m., followed by interment in the adjoining churchyard. 

No flowers please. Donations in lieu, if desired, may be sent to John Gamble Funeral Directors, 7 Meeting Street, Dromore BT25 1AQ for Macmillan Nurses. 

House private. 

Lovingly remembered by his sorrowing wife, daughter, son, son-in-law Robert, daughter-in-law Elaine, grandchildren Steven, Rhianna, Matthew and Melissa, sisters, brothers and their families and the entire family circle.