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Post Date : Mon 11 Dec 2017 01:56 PM
Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade last night hosted more than 650 patrons at the 18th Annual Christmas Charity Dinner in the Canal Court Hotel in Newry on Thursday 7th December. After breaking the £1 million fundraising target for local charities three years ago, people were equally generous this year with more than £82,250 raised for local causes on the night. This brings the total raised during the past 18 years to just over £1.3 million. £1,312,624 (£1,230,374 total in 2016)
The annual total is a combination of money raised through the Santa Fun Run; the sum of the value of the toys brought by guests for the huge toy mountain which will be distributed to local families through St Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army this Christmas; ticket sales for the dinner, donations, a golden ticket raffle and a raffle on the night.
Amongst the special guests were Dublin Senior Men’s Senior Football Manager Jim Gavin, Singing Sensation Brian Kennedy, TV and radio personality Gerry Kelly, politicians, clergy and dignitaries from across the island. The guests of honour were four very special local school children and their families who were nominated by their schools to receive dream holidays. Sean Boland, Shea O’Hare, Thomas Smith Harrison and Zack Gordon were presented with travel vouchers for a family holiday of their choice by committee members.
Paul Convery, President of Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade said, 'Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade is very proud of the generosity of its members. For the past 18 years businesses and individuals from across the greater Newry area have embraced the Charity Christmas Dinner to help families have a better Christmas and to support charities/organisations doing tremendous work in our communities.' 
Paul also thanked the Chamber Team headed by CEO, Mary Meehan for leading the organisation of the event this year as well as the Christmas Charity Committee chaired by Mark Crimmins and including Jerome Mullan, Gemma Murphy, Mary Meehan, Jessica Kane, Natasha Daryaie, Rebecca Byrne, Declan McChesney, Dr. Gerard O’Hare, Michael McKeown, Caroline Courtney, Nicole Curran, David Magill, Anne Murphy & Brigid Farrell.
All of the proceeds from the event were presented on the night to the beneficiary charities. The Southern Area Hospice Services were the sole beneficiaries from the Santa Fun Run and a host of other charities/organisations benefited from the dinner which included Daisy Hill Children’s Ward, Newry & District Gateway Club, Home-Start Newry & Mourne, St Vincent de Paul, the Salvation Army, Rathore School, Brain Injury Support, Head Injury Support and Air Ambulance NI
Newry Business Community in Charity Spirit

President of Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade Paul Convery is pictured with the organising committee of the Newry Chamber Charity Christmas Dinner at the ‘Toy Mountain’ in the Canal Court Hotel during the Annual Dinner. The toys were generously donated by more than 650 patrons who attended the dinner and will be distributed to families in the Greater Newry Area by St Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army. The dinner in its 18th year raised £82,250 for local causes this year and brings the total raised by the annual dinner to just over £1.3 million. 

Post Date : Mon 11 Dec 2017 10:16 AM
9th December 2017, Mary Dodders passed away peacefully in the Ard-Mhacha Nursing Home surrounded by her loving family. 
Mary, beloved wife of Tommy and daughter of the late John and Mary, sister of the late Lily (Moynes), Esther (Wark), Alice, Madeleine (O'Hagan), Joe and Sean (who died in childhood) - R.I.P. Formerly Killuney Manor and Milford. 
Mary will repose at Martin Kelly's Funeral Home, 10a Mooreisland Road BT61 8LX from 12 noon until 6:00 pm on Monday. Removal on Tuesday at 10:30 am for 11:00 am Requiem Mass in the Church of St Malachy. Burial afterwards in St Patrick's Cemetery. 
Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on her soul. 
Very deeply regretted by her sorrowing husband, nieces, nephews and the entire family circle. 

Any further enquiries to Martin Kelly. Tel: 028 3751 0600. 

Post Date : Mon 11 Dec 2017 10:14 AM
10th December 2017, Maureen Johnston passed away suddenly. Maureen, late of 10 Bessbrook Road, Markethill, dearly loved wife of Freddie (Fred) and devoted mother of Trevor, dear mother-in-law of Joy and loving Granny of Emily, Lucy, Ruby, Molly and Tom. 
Funeral Service in Ballymoyer Parish Church on Tuesday at 2:00 pm followed by interment in the adjoining Churchyard. 
House private.
Family flowers only please donations in lieu if desired (cheques payable to) Chest, Heart & Stroke Assoc c/o R Warnock, Funeral Director, 19 Forest Park, Markethill, BT60 1QS. 
Will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by the entire Family Circle.
“I am the Resurrection and the Life, says the Lord.”

John ch 11 v 25 

Post Date : Mon 11 Dec 2017 10:09 AM

9th December 2017, Thomas (Tommy) Donaghy passed away peacefully at Royal Victoria Hospital. Thomas (Tommy) dearly beloved husband of the late Dette and loving father Anne and David, 61 Patrician Park, Carrivemaclone. 

May he rest in peace. 
Funeral from his daughter's residence 46 Laurelvale Road, Tandragee BT62 2LG on Tuesday at 12 noon for requiem mass at 1 pm in St Joseph’s Church Meigh burial afterwards in Old Killeavy Cemetery. 
On his soul sweet Jesus have mercy. 
He will be sadly missed by his daughter, son, son-in-law Stephen, daughter-in-law Rosemary, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces and the entire family circle.
Post Date : Mon 11 Dec 2017 10:03 AM
8th December 2017, Ina Gamble passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home. Ina May, beloved wife of Ronnie, Grantham Gardens, Armagh, dearly loved mother of David, Colin and Jill, mother-in-law of Simon, grandmother of Rachel, Andrew and Jonathan.
Funeral service in First Presbyterian Church, Armagh on Monday 11th December at 2:00 pm followed interment in Ballynahone Cemetery. 
Family flowers only please. 

Lovingly remembered by her sorrowing husband, family, and the entire family circle. 

Post Date : Mon 11 Dec 2017 09:59 AM

9th December 2017, Anne Keenan passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family. Anne, beloved wife of Oliver and dear mother of Olivia and the late Leigh, mother-in-law of Kieran and grandmother of Sarah-Leigh, Kiera, Shayna, Leanne and James.

Funeral from her late residence, 21 Mayo Road, at 11:15 am Monday, for 12:00 noon Requiem Mass in St. Patrick's Church Mayobridge. Interment after in adjoining cemetery. 
Family flowers only. Donations in lieu of flowers to Newry Hospice.
St. Anne pray for her.
Post Date : Mon 11 Dec 2017 09:57 AM
9th December 2017, William Kennedy (Bill) Patterson passed away peacefully at home. William Kennedy (Bill) dearly loved husband of Florence and darling father of Lynda, Alan and Gary, and much loved brother of John, Barry and the late Helen, 75 Shinn Road, Newry.
Funeral Service in Glascar Presbyterian Church on Tuesday at 2 pm followed by burial in adjoining churchyard.
Family flowers only. Donations in lieu to J.G. Bullick Funeral Directors, 71 Newry Street, Rathfriland BT34 5PZ for Air Ambulance (Cheques payable to J.G. Bullick Donation A/C)
Very deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife, daughter, sons, son-in-law Andrew, daughters-in-law Lisa and Jayne, grandchildren, sister-in-law Hylda, brother-in-law Bob and the entire family circle.

Peace perfect peace. 

Post Date : Mon 11 Dec 2017 09:54 AM
9th December 2017, Seamus McCrickard passed away peacefully at home. Seamus, dearly beloved husband of Maureen and much-loved father of Paul, Kevin, Katrina and the late Anne R.I.P. 
Seamus’s remains will leave his late home 6 Priests Houses, Castlewellan on Tuesday at 9:15 am to arrive at St Malachy’s Church Castlewellan for 10:00 am Requiem mass, burial afterward in St Malachy’s cemetery Kilcoo. 
On his soul sweet Jesus have mercy. 
Deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife, sons, daughter, sister Bernadette King, daughters-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren and entire family circle. 

Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to Marie curie c/o Cunningham Bros 53 Main Street, Castlewellan 028 43778445 

Post Date : Mon 11 Dec 2017 09:51 AM

Mary Jane (May) Hilland passed away in the Manor Nursing Home, Rathfriland. Wife of the late James Robert (Jim), devoted mother to Jim, Penny & David, mother-in-law of Eleanor, Raymond & Joanna. Loving grandmother to Victoria, Raymond, Andrea, Alexander, James, Jonathan, Lee, Adam & Russell, great grandmother to Robert, Aaron, Jack, Amelia, Abigail, Amy, Izzie & Seb. 

Wake will be held in her daughter’s home 23 Drumarkin Road, Rathfriland. 
Funeral on Monday 11th December in Third Rathfriland Presbyterian Church at 2 pm. followed by committal in adjoining Churchyard. 
Family flowers only please. Donation in lieu of flowers, if desired, may be sent to Spiers Funeral Service, The School, 32 Kilnhill Road, Ballyward, BT31 9TN for Manor Nursing Home.
Post Date : Mon 11 Dec 2017 09:49 AM
9th December 2017, Gerry White passed away peacefully at home, 65 Racecourse Road, Downpatrick. Gerry, dearly beloved husband of Carmel and much-loved father of Colin, Philip and the late Geraldine, dear father-in-law of Alison, loving granddad of Abigail, and brother of Marney, Deirdre, Shelagh and the late Brigid and Raymond. 
May he rest in peace. 
Funeral from his late home on Monday 11th December at 10:30 am to St. Patrick’s Church, Downpatrick for Requiem Mass at 11:00 am. Interment afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Killough Road. 
Our Lady of Lourdes intercede for him. 

Very deeply regretted and will be lovingly remembered by his sorrowing family and friends.