Castlewellan News

County Down Outlook2 weeks ago

One of the lucky ones

A CHILDHOOD survivor of meningitis is delighted that vaccinations are to be made available. Bexsero, the new meningitis vaccine, has recently been given the green light by the Department of Health, following protracted representations. Bexsero will now be introduced as part of the UK's routine... Read More

Local News

‘Curious’ damage to beauty spot wall

County Down Outlook2 weeks ago

‘Curious’ damage to beauty spot wall

THE cost of repairing the dry stone wall at the Windy Gap, Leitrim, cannot be confirmed yet as it is still being assessed. Vandals attacked a car park at the popular beauty spot in the early hours of Tuesday, 25 March, dismantling the wall, subsequently leaving a 2.5 metre hole. This is not the... Read More

Newry Democrat3 weeks ago

Late flurry not enough for Down

DOWN exited the Ulster U21 Championship at the first hurdle despite putting in a battling performance against Monaghan on Wednesday night. Played in Inniskeen, the Mourne men went into the game quietly confident but they failed to stamp their authority in the game despite a dream start. In a... Read More

Success spurs McCorry to stay

County Down Outlook3 months ago

Success spurs McCorry to stay

KILCOO will hold on to manager Jim McCorry for another year, after he confirmed he would remain in the position for the 2014 season. McCorry had intended to step down from the role he has held for six years, but told The Outlook there were some contributing factors in his decision to stay on, most... Read More

Regional News

No Reservations in promotion!

Reserves promoted with five league games still left to play.... Read More

‘It’s hip to be Square’

THE Square were appearing in their seventh League final in a row and made their experience count playing quality pool and showing no mercy to their final opponents. Grants did not produce their outstanding league form and could only watch as Square claimed the big prize. Dessie Mooney finished as... Read More

Another battle ahead for inspirational Chloe

Another battle ahead for inspirational Chloe

A BALLYMARTIN teenager who had open heart surgery when she was a baby faces another gruelling health battle. In the last year, 14-year-old Chloe Fisher has developed scoliosis, an abnormal curve in the spine. The inspirational young woman will need an operation to fit metal rods in her back and... Read More

Gauntlet thrown down to education minister to explain place ‘shortage’

A RATHFRILAND mother says the criteria used to allocate pre-school places "is a total disgrace". Kathryn Hanna, whose son Sam didn't get accepted into Rathfriland Pre-School, says there is nowhere else convenient for her little boy to attend. It comes amid a growing situation in Rathfriland and... Read More

Newry Democrat6 days ago

Charged over Omagh bombing

PROMINENT republican Seamus Daly has been charged with murdering 29 people in the Omagh bombing in 1998. Daly, who is from Culloville but has been living in Jonesborough, was arrested in Newry last Monday by the PSNI serious crime squad while taking his wife to a maternity appointment at Daisy Hill... Read More

Multi million fraudster has sentence deferred

Newry Democrat6 days ago

Multi million fraudster has sentence deferred

A NEWRY man who laundered more than £23 million of cash for criminals has had his sentencing deferred for one year after a Serious Crime Prevention Order was imposed. Rory Trainor's bureau de change on the city's Old Dublin Road was at the centre of what customs officials have described as the... Read More

Season rolls out for club

RATHFRILAND Outdoor Bowling Club officially opens its new season this Saturday, 12 April and the president of the club David Payne is asking all members to turn out and have a good day on the green. The action starts at 2pm but before that Mrs Louise Payne, the president's wife will deliver the... Read More

Cycling club’s first event

Cycling club’s first event

FORMED at the end of 2013, Velo Club Iveagh is a new cycling club based in Scarva. With over 20 members from various parts of the district, VC Iveagh offers cycling to all abilities from leisure and sportive cycling to time trials and road racing. Their club night is a Thursday and they would... Read More

Sun shines as athletes take to roads

Sun shines as athletes take to roads

COMPETITORS turned out in their droves on Sunday to support Hilltown's 10k run and 2k fun run. The sun even made a welcome appearance as elite athletes from the area took to the starting line. Gary O'Hanlon finished first with a time of 32:47, and Rathfriland's Don Travers took fourth place with... Read More

Local schools outshine rivals in league tables

A MOURNE grammar school has clinched one of the top spots in this year's A-Level league table. St Louis Grammar School, Kilkeel, ranked an impressive third in the table, with 91.3 per cent of pupils achieving three A-Levels at grades A* to C in the 2012/13 school year. The same school saw an... Read More

Free Wi-Fi in town needed

Free Wi-Fi in town needed

FREE Wi-Fi in the next six years is one of the challenges that the new Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon super council needs to wake up to. That was the message from the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) as it launched its manifesto Local First, for the Local Government... Read More

Newry DemocratLast week

Newry on course for treble

NEWRY Olympic continue to pull out all the stops with another win in this incredible season. Having already bagged the Linden cup on New Years Day and the league in February, Newry march on in their pursuit of a history making cup treble. There has been little to shout about in the way of success in... Read More

Down comeback not enough

Newry DemocratLast week

Down comeback not enough

DOWN'S faint promotion hopes were obliterated by a much hungrier Laois on Sunday and, although the Mourne men displayed a fighting comeback, manager James McCartan has reason to be concerned ahead of the Ulster Championship against Tyrone in less than six weeks. Having defeated Donegal, Down... Read More

Did penalty decisions put Armagh down?

Newry DemocratLast week

Did penalty decisions put Armagh down?

ARMAGH will play their National League football next year in Division Three after losing to Donegal at the Athletic Grounds on Sunday. But after the match most of the talk wasn't about the players - but about the performance of referee Fergal Kelly. The official gave Donegal a soft spot-kick in the... Read More

Newry DemocratLast week

Six months for stabbing

A NEWRY man who stabbed his neighbour during a dispute over noise has been sentenced to six months' imprisonment followed by 18 months on licence, writes Roisin Sweeney. Eric Casey of Mourne View Park appeared before Newry Crown Court on Wednesday charged with wounding with intent to do grievous... Read More

County Down Outlook2 weeks ago

Boys are ready for the baize

IT IS finals night in Macs this Friday night in the Hilltown Pool League, as Anglers Rest play Square in the Cup Final and Paul Kelly and Paul Fitzpatrick face John and Gerard Travers in the Doubles Final. Cup Final - Anglers Rest v Square It's the new boys versus the team with all the experience in... Read More

Newry Democrat2 weeks ago

Armagh go down in Galway Bay

ARMAGH will regret another poor start in a season of setbacks as two early Galway goals simply left them with too much to do to allow them to salvage anything from a numbing Division Two penultimate defeat in Tuam. As before, however, Armagh didn't quit and it is highly commendable that in... Read More

Down’s promotions hopes in the balance

Newry Democrat2 weeks ago

Down’s promotions hopes in the balance

DESPITE staying with the pace for at least two-thirds of Saturday night's Allianz National Football League Division Two clash with Meath at Navan, Down inexplicably faded in the final furlong to lose their shape, their scoring threat ... and ultimately two promotion points. Yet for large chunks of... Read More

Newry Democrat2 weeks ago

District's shocking child prison stats

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Sahara sand to blame for dirty surprise on Sunday

Newry Democrat2 weeks ago

Sahara sand to blame for dirty surprise on Sunday

THOUSANDS of motorists across Newry and Mourne were left scratching their heads on Sunday morning when they awoke to find their cars covered in a blanket of dirt. And the reason behind the strange phenomenon lies over 2,500 miles away! Many cars across the east of Ireland were covered in a fine,... Read More

Castle restoration ‘will provide job boost’

Newry Democrat2 weeks ago

Castle restoration ‘will provide job boost’

THE owners of Killeavy Castle have applied for planning permission to build a hotel within the castle grounds which could create 85 full-time and 30 part-time jobs. Killeavy Castle was sold at auction for £1.19 million in March 2013 by an Australian couple who have strong links to the Killeavy area... Read More

County Down Outlook3 weeks ago

Rain doesn’t dampen spirits

A FEW drops of rain didn't dampen the U7s spirits as they travelled to Newry on Saturday morning. From the off the game had a great pace and both teams were well matched. Early on Ben Sloan weaved his way through the defence and opened the scoring with a super shot. Matts McKibbin and Lily... Read More

Bodybuilder’s next challenge

County Down Outlook3 weeks ago

Bodybuilder’s next challenge

A RATHFRILAND bodybuilder is flexing his brawn ahead of his toughest competition to date. Thomas Niblock, who has obeyed an intense training programme for two years in preparation, will take to the stage next month to compete in a prestigious National Amateur Body-Builders' Association (NABBA)... Read More

Gr-eight result for High School

County Down Outlook3 weeks ago

Gr-eight result for High School

ON 18 March Dundonald High School travelled to Rathfriland High School to play in the semi-final of the Northern Ireland Small Schools Cup. This was a strong Dundonald side but it didn't stop Rathfriland scoring in the first few minutes of the game, when Ben Clydesdale took it round the 'keeper and... Read More

County Down Outlook3 weeks ago

Schools’ investment

FIVE schools in the area are set to receive almost £10m to carry out a number of refurbishments or extensions. Under the Department of Education's Schools Enhancement Programme (SEP), Donard Special School, Banbridge, New-Bridge Integrated College, Loughbrickland, and Rathore Special School,... Read More

Key figures pay respects at Lord Ballyedmond funeral

County Down Outlook3 weeks ago

Key figures pay respects at Lord Ballyedmond funeral

THE funerals have taken place of Lord Ballyedmond OBE and Mayobridge man Declan Small who died in a helicopter crash earlier this month. Dr Edward Haughey, 70, and Mr Small, 42, died alongside two pilots when Dr Haughey's privately owned Augusta Westland AW139 helicopter came down in thick fog on... Read More

McKevitt and O'Grady are hat-trick heroes

Newry Democrat3 weeks ago

McKevitt and O'Grady are hat-trick heroes

FIONN O'Grady and Ruairi McKevitt fired home glorious hat-tricks as their Barcroft side defeated a hard-working Brookvale U12 team 7-2. The estate's twin strike-force were in stunning form as they each plundered three goals apiece on Saturday morning at a bitterly cold and wet Carnbane Complex. Yet... Read More

Newry Democrat3 weeks ago

Rugby legend praises Newry priest’s work

IRISH rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll has hailed the work of a Newry-born priest, saying his work with homeless people in Dublin has helped change thousands of lives. Fr Peter McVerry shared a stage with O'Driscoll, known across the world as BOD, on Saturday evening as both men were awarded the... Read More

‘Declan’s life has been cut short, he died too suddenly, too soon’

Newry Democrat3 weeks ago

‘Declan’s life has been cut short, he died too suddenly, too soon’

THE Mayobridge man killed in a helicopter crash in England was in the process of building a new home for him and his girlfriend, mourners were told at his funeral. Hundreds of people attended Declan Small's funeral mass at St Patrick's Church in Mayobridge on Sunday. Parish Priest, Charlie Byrne,... Read More

Eye on the prize

TEN games in to his reign as Rathfriland Rangers manager and John Kernaghan is a happy man. It's easy to understand why. Since taking charge with his assistant Shane Reddish, he has led the Whites to seven wins from those games which have left them well-placed to push for a top-four finish in the... Read More

Claregalway’s return sees fine victory for Clonduff

Claregalway’s return sees fine victory for Clonduff

TWO years ago the Clonduff GAA Club established formal links with Claregalway GAA Club in Co Galway, the club which former Clonduff and Down great, the late Patsy O'Hagan helped establish. On that occasion Clonduff players in all codes travelled to the west and participated in their respective... Read More

Girls age 10 treated for eating disorders

CHILDREN as young as 10 from the Banbridge and Newry and Mourne areas are being treated for eating disorders. The Outlook has obtained figures showing that up to five children from Banbridge Council area and nine children from the Newry and Mourne District council area have been referred to the... Read More

Fear beach damage could harm tourism

Fear beach damage could harm tourism

SUMMER tourism could be affected by damage caused by the high tides that ravaged areas of Cranfield beach. The caravan season started again on Friday and Jonathan Gill, manager of Milne Holiday Parks, remains fearful that parts of the beach are unsafe. Although areas have been extensively cordoned... Read More

Newry DemocratLast month

Newry hold on against Hanover

NEWRY City AFC secured a massive three points away to Hanover on Saturday but will certainly have suffered the wrath of manager Darren Mullen after the game having gone from cruise control leading 4-0 with 15 minutes remaining, to calling for the final whistle after conceding three goals hanging on... Read More

Six of the Best from Rory

Newry DemocratLast month

Six of the Best from Rory

POYNTZPASS man Rory Best was one of Ireland's heroes in Paris as a famous victory for the men in green sent Brian O'Driscoll into international retirement as a Six Nations champion, writes Richard Bullick. Ireland won an absolute thriller at the Stade de France 22-20 to take the title on points... Read More

From humble beginnings to norths’s richest man

Newry DemocratLast month

From humble beginnings to norths’s richest man

FROM humble beginnings in Kilcurry, north of the Dundalk, Lord Ballyedmond worked to build one of the world's largest veterinary pharmaceutical companies, becoming one of the north's richest men in the process. Edward Enda Haughey's father passed away just a few months after his birth on January 5,... Read More

Historical Newry documents found in the US

Newry DemocratLast month

Historical Newry documents found in the US

MICHAEL McKeown is on a personal crusade to bring the personal papers and letters of Newry merchant, John Carvill back home, all the way from America. The documents incorporating, deeds, ship mortgages, financial reports, legal advises, bound letter books and school workbooks, were acquired in 1970... Read More

Stars in Special Olympics Basketball Ulster League

SHIMNA Stars Special Olympics Club travelled to Templemore Sports Complex in Derry last Saturday to compete in the penultimate round of league fixtures for 2014. Although the full panel of players was unable to attend this fixture, those who did enjoyed a great day out and continued the upward trend... Read More

Play suspended as Ward suffers double leg break

BANBRIDGE Rangers got off to the worst possible start on Saturday in their league game at Tandragee Rovers when influential midfielder, Scott Ward suffered a double leg break in the third minute of the game. Referee Davy Berry suspended play immediately and the players returned to the dressing rooms... Read More

In darkness over missing lights

SOME householders in Katesbridge have been left in darkness after a street light was removed without consultation. Alexander Park resident, Billy Maxwell says around 30 homes in the area have been affected by the ongoing programme of replacing street lighting systems. Mr Maxwell, who says he... Read More

Young man 'lucky to be alive' after road smash

Young man 'lucky to be alive' after road smash

A STRETCH of road witnessed three smashes in 12 hours. Rathfriland man Gavin Duggan was one of the motorists affected and says he's lucky to survive after his car hit a tree and rolled. Police are continuing their enquiries into the cause of the three collisions that happened on the same stretch... Read More

Armagh un-Laois orange wrath

Newry DemocratLast month

Armagh un-Laois orange wrath

Armagh: P McEvoy, P Hughes (0-1), A Mallon (0-1), M Murray, M Shields, A Findon, P O'Neill, E Rafferty (1-2), S Harold (0-1), T Kernan (0-6, 3f), K Dyas, C Rafferty (0-1), J Clarke (0-1), S Campbell (1-4) and S Forker. Subs: R Grugan for O'Neill (ht), E McVerry (0-1) for E Rafferty (70). Laois: G... Read More

GRAY BLASTS LOW ’POINT

Newry DemocratLast month

GRAY BLASTS LOW ’POINT

GUTLESS. That was how Barry Gray described his team's performance on Saturday against Ards. The Warrenpoint boss was incensed as his Seasiders dropped three vital points to the Premier League's basement side, even admitting it was the worst they have played. Warrenpoint have lost four league games... Read More

Newry DemocratLast month

Three arrests in separate raids by police drugs unit

A MOURNE councillor has warned that the South Down area is facing a major drugs epidemic. Sean Doran called for a tougher approach from police in tackling drug dealers who he said are "flooding the South Down area with drugs" in a week that saw a number of drug-related arrests in Newry and South... Read More

Rangers through to quarter finals

RATHFRILAND Rangers made the long journey to Bangor on Saturday to play Bangor Swifts in the third round of the Clarence Cup and after the 90 minutes earned themselves a passage to the quarter finals with a very complete display. In the early stages of play it was actually the home side from the... Read More

Wheelers five battle it out in GP

Wheelers five battle it out in GP

ON Saturday, 22 February, five members of West Down Wheelers took part in the Annaclone GP, promoted by Banbridge CC. Paul Wilkinson, Clive Adamson, Matt McKinstry, Allister McCourt, and Andy Hodgen. All five gave a good account of themselves. Paul Wilkinson rode very well in the A3s, being... Read More

Second piece of silverware within Academy’s grasp

BANBRIDGE Academy 1st XV face Foyle and Londonderry College in the final of the schools' bowl tomorrow (Wednesday) at Dungannon RFC. The Academy exited the main schools' cup in the second round after a 10-15 defeat against Coleraine Inst. (who have since progressed to the cup semi finals) after... Read More

Hero’s honour

IT has taken almost a century but the contribution a Drumlough-born man made in World War One is to be recognised. It was recently discovered that the name of Gunner George Morrow who perished from illness contracted in the First World War was not included in the roll of honour on Rathfriland War... Read More

Learn from our little boy’s death

Learn from our little boy’s death

DON'T suffer like we have, make changes now. That was the heart-rending message from the parents of Daniel Grant, the little boy who died after becoming entangled in blind cords while playing in the family home. Speaking out after an inquest into the child's death was heard on Friday, the couple... Read More

Newry DemocratLast month

Whitecross are back-to-back champions

WHITECROSS bowlers clinched the South Armagh League title after an exciting finale on Thursday. Having trailed South Armagh bowling kingpins Cullyhanna in the table all season, they edged ahead when it mattered most - in their last game. On Monday, Whitecross took all eight points from Killeavy in... Read More

Newry DemocratLast month

Grimley pushing forward despite looking behind

ARMAGH manager Paul Grimley insisted that the Orchard County are not out of the relegation woods yet but admitted his side can take plenty of confidence from their first National League win on Saturday night. “Confidence is probably the rarest commodity in gaelic football. Once you have it, you... Read More

Newry DemocratLast month

Hyland hits out at PSNI’s ‘political policing’ arrest

A NEWRY councillor questioned last week over the murder of former IRA man Eamon Collins is to make an official complaint to the Police Ombudsman over his "politically motivated" arrest and subsequent release. Davy Hyland was questioned at Antrim Police Station on Tuesday and Wednesday about the... Read More

Newry restaurant facing huge fine

Newry DemocratLast month

Newry restaurant facing huge fine

THE Imperial City Chinese Buffet, Newry, is facing a £60,000 penalty after six workers were arrested following a raid by the Home Office Immigration Enforcement. Acting on intelligence, officers visited The Quays based restaurant on Thursday, February 20, and questioned staff to check whether they... Read More

Newry DemocratLast month

Family's tiger kidnap ordeal

A WARRENPOINT family were subjected to a terrifying ordeal on Sunday night when they became the victims of a tiger kidnapping, writes Roisin Sweeney. The attack was condemned by South Down MLA Karen McKevitt, who described the perpetrators as "evil thugs". Police said that at around 8.30pm, a... Read More

Cannabis factory

Newry DemocratLast month

Cannabis factory

POLICE have uncovered a cannabis factory and seized a quantity of drugs following searches in Newry and Kilkeel. As part of Operation Torus, targeting street level drug dealing, officers conducted searches at a number of houses in the district. Five grammes of herbal cannabis, three grammes of... Read More

No doctors at out-of-hours

NO MEDICAL cover has led to Kilkeel GP out-of-hours service closing 17 times over the past 13 months, The Outlook can reveal. The figures were released after the most recent closure of the base on the evening of Thursday, 13 February, when one patient from the Kilkeel area had to attend Daisy Hill... Read More

Record breakers in a spin!

Record breakers in a spin!

HILLTOWN woman El Fegan, founder of Polercise dance studio, helped smash a world record on Saturday. Hundreds of pole dance enthusiasts from across the world including in Rathfriland shimmied their way to break the Guinness World Record for the most people demonstrating pole sports. El, who... Read More

Newry DemocratLast month

Mission possible for Orchard

ARMAGH head to Navan this Saturday evening (March 1) for a floodlit fixture with Meath in Division Two of the Allianz National League, writes John Morrison. For many, both inside and outside the county, it's a lost cause but, for me, it's more a mission possible than a mission impossible. Meath... Read More

Kernan injury

Newry DemocratLast month

Kernan injury

CROSSMAGLEN RANGERS hopes of regaining the Ulster Club Championship crown has been dealt with a blow as full-back Paul Kernan faces a race against time if to be fit for their campaign. Paul Kernan is currently in Australia and hurt his shoulder while surfing Down Under, which could rule him out for... Read More

Newry DemocratLast month

Trust u-turn as fracture clinic

IN a dramatic turn of events, the Southern Trust yesterday confirmed that outpatient fracture clinics will continue at Daisy Hill Hospital. Last week it was revealed that the Southern Trust will move orthopaedic surgery from Belfast to Craigavon this summer as part of a £4 million investment into... Read More

Thrill of the chase for Gerry

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Thrill of the chase for Gerry

BALLELA horse trainer, Gerry Cosgrave, is celebrating a successful start to the racing season after another victory from Mount Colah. Clinching the Beginners' Chase in Thurles last month, this was the first time Mount Colah had won a race jumping over fences. A horse trainer for 20 years, Mr... Read More

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Summer date for town’s 10k

RATHFRILAND Regeneration is delighted to announce the date of this year's 10k and fun run/walk as Wednesday, 13 August, at 7pm. The run will be held again in conjunction with the PIPS charity and the organisers are looking forward to an even bigger and better event than last year. Regen Chairman... Read More

Turbo Tony!

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Turbo Tony!

HILLTOWN rally driver, Tony Greenan, was placed second in his first race of the year. Racing last Sunday in his BMW at the Rallysport event at the popular venue of Nutts Corner, Tony says he was delighted with his result. He said: "That was my first time racing in the turbo class, so I was very... Read More

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Rural crime wave?

THE rural crime wave hitting the district does not appear to be ebbing. In the space of 72 hours last week over £25k worth of machinery and tools were stolen from two farms in the Dechomet and Dromore areas. Many farmers are at their wits' end as they attempt to secure their property in the... Read More

Family ‘gains comfort’ from community support

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Family ‘gains comfort’ from community support

A FUNDRAISING event to swell a fund in support of a critically ill Mourne woman has raised over £1,000. The Bernie Carvill Repatriation Fund was set up by family friend Bronagh Trainor after Bernie became ill on holiday in Turkey last October. The 63-year-old Greencastle woman suffered a cardiac... Read More

Abbey snatch last gasp draw

Newry Democrat2 months ago

Abbey snatch last gasp draw

ABBEY CBS: Aidan Morgan, Ryan Magee, Ferghus Quinn, Luke Byrne, Cormac McCartan, Cathair McKinney, Killian McEvoy, Niall Rafferty (1-0), Padraig McGrath, Eoin McParland (0-1), Donagh McAleenan (0-1), Conor McCoy (1-1), Ryan Trainor (0-5, 3 frees) Conor Doyle (0-4, 2 frees) and Daniel Kane (0-1).... Read More

Newry Democrat2 months ago

Collapsed road still under repair

EMERGENCY repairs on a collapsed road between Warrenpoint and Rostrevor are continuing, although the road partially re-opened on Friday night to single file traffic. A section of the Shore Road collapsed on Wednesday morning after weeks of being battered by large waves and heavy rain. A Roads... Read More

Rostrevor features at Bafta Awards

Newry Democrat2 months ago

Rostrevor features at Bafta Awards

PHILOMENA, which was filmed in Rostrevor, won the Bafta for best adapted screenplay at Sunday night's awards ceremony. Philomena stars Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, and the Alan Partridge creator praised the "real Philomena Lee". Philomena was co-written by Coogan and Jeff Pope. Their screenplay... Read More

Tony geared up for weekend

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Tony geared up for weekend

A HILLTOWN petrolhead is getting ready to take part in his first race of this year, having worked on his car for almost two years. Tony Greenan's BMW has had plenty of work and dedication put into it to get it to its current standard, and Tony said he is looking forward to seeing what time he can... Read More

A river runs through it

County Down Outlook2 months ago

A river runs through it

OPINIONS are divided over a piece of public art for Banbridge. Although most when asked by The Outlook were receptive of the design, some were confused over what it was to represent. The Mourne Heritage Trust, the project leader, invited members of the public to Banbridge Leisure Centre to view a... Read More

Games baton honour for Rathfriland

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Games baton honour for Rathfriland

RATHFRILAND is set to play a key role in the build-up to the Commonwealth Games. In advance of the games in Glasgow opening in July, the Queen's Baton is being carried by thousands around the Commonwealth. Similar to the Olympic torch relay, the baton will visit selected towns and it has been... Read More

Newry Democrat2 months ago

Battling Armagh get their reward

ARMAGH got their Tesco Homegrown National League campaign off to a most satisfying start with a performance full of character which delivered a notable away win in Tipperary. Trailing to their hosts at the interval, James Daly's depleted team turned to face into the wind with a numerical... Read More

Newry Democrat2 months ago

Newry and Mourne set to turn pink

PARTS of the Newry and Mourne area will turn pink as the world famous bike race, The Giro d'Italia scorches is way through Newtownhamilton, Belleeks, Lislea and Forkhill on Sunday, May 11. In an information roadshow at Bagenal's Castle yesterday, Newry and Mourne's Paddy Duffy told the full room... Read More

Our Lady’s win Double All Ireland Gold

Newry Democrat2 months ago

Our Lady’s win Double All Ireland Gold

OUR Lady's Grammar School Minor Girls' team scooped two first place wins in the All-Ireland Minor School Swimming Championships in Dublin's National Aquatic Centre at the weekend. The four strong team of Juliana Kelly, Eimear McMullen, Eve Dunford and Caoimhe Quinn outclassed the country's best... Read More

First experience of Newry for Pat Shortt

Newry Democrat2 months ago

First experience of Newry for Pat Shortt

IRISH comedian, Pat Shortt is getting geared up to bring his 'I am the Band' tour to the Canal Court next month and can't wait to experience Newry's "mad vibe". Fictional character Dixie Walsh, played by Pat, will take centre stage in the show as he reveals the hilarious ins and outs of life as a... Read More

Local businesses refuse to give up

Newry Democrat2 months ago

Local businesses refuse to give up

IT was announced last week that 15 per cent of Newry's retail units currently lie vacant, the seventh highest in the whole of Northern Ireland and three per cent higher than the UK average. Despite the doom and gloom portrayed in these shocking figures Jack Murphy, Chairman of the Newry Chamber of... Read More

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Down Ladies make excellent start in division two debut

DOWN Ladies got off to the best possible start in their debut in the Tesco HomeGrown NFL Div.2 tie with Meath at the Abbey CBS, Newry at the weekend, beating fellow Div.2 debutants Meath. Down came away with the points after a hard-fought game which saw the Mourne girls go in leading at the break by... Read More

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Kilkeel away for two matches

IN THIS past week Kilkeel hockey team played two Premier League matches away from home, firstly against third-placed Instonians and then against fifth-placed Annadale. The game against Instonians was an action-packed affair with Kilkeel being 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3 ahead before going down 5-4. Kilkeel... Read More

Natalie’s joy at motorcycling award

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Natalie’s joy at motorcycling award

AN off-road motorcyclist has described her "shock and surprise" at being awarded the Off-Road Rider of the Year award, at a prestigious ceremony in Belfast. Twenty-two-year-old Natalie Kane, (pictured below) from Loughbrickland, also achieved another victory in that she was the first female to... Read More

County Down Outlook2 months ago

A holiday nightmare

A GREENCASTLE man endured "a nightmare holiday from hell" after his wife became critically ill and their insurance company refused to help. The Mourne family was left to find the substantial funds needed to bring Bernie Carvill home from her sick bed in Turkey. After rallying together they were able... Read More

We got tickets!

County Down Outlook2 months ago

We got tickets!

HILLTOWN woman Shaunagh Griffon was first in the queue when Garth Brooks tickets went on sale in Newry. Shaunagh Griffon braved freezing temperatures and torrential rain from 10pm on Monday. Her endurance and waiting for almost 60 hours paid off as she was able to buy six tickets when the store... Read More

Newry Democrat2 months ago

High expectations for Friday night derby clash

EXPECTATIONS have risen ahead of Friday night's important clash between Armagh and Down after both sides battled back from the jaws of defeat to clinch a draw in the opening National League game on Sunday. Armagh's Athletic Grounds is likely to be crammed for the late 8pm throw-in. Down welcome back... Read More

District delivers

Newry Democrat2 months ago

District delivers

WARRENPOINT Town had arguably the greatest result in their history on Saturday when they went to the Oval on a horrendous day for football and defeated Glentoran, the famed Irish Premier League giants 2-1. And make no mistake, the Seasiders fully deserved their victory, with the team showing truly... Read More

Newry Democrat2 months ago

Jail for spark turned dealer

A NEWRY electrician, who turned to dealing drugs to support his family after losing his job, was jailed for six months at Newry Crown Court on Wednesday. Brian Morgan, (32) from Shandon Park ran an online drugs empire from his bedroom after racking up thousands of pounds of debt from payday loans... Read More

‘Special’ tour in store

Newry Democrat2 months ago

‘Special’ tour in store

MAYOBRIDGE singer-songwriter, Kieran Goss will be heading to The Spirit Store, Dundalk on Sunday, February 9, and the Down Arts Centre on Sunday, March 16, as part of his 2014 Irish Tour. After spending the majority of the last six years touring in countries such as Germany, Canada, Switzerland and... Read More

Reserves go top of the league after win in “difficult conditions”

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Reserves go top of the league after win in “difficult conditions”

MONEYSLANE Reserves played host to Scarva Rangers this weekend in a league fixture that could see the Reserves go top of the league if successful. In difficult conditions, both teams started off slowly, creating only half chances. The home sides first real shot on goal came when Jonny Adair laid the... Read More

County Down Outlook2 months ago

New manager for Dromara

A FORMER Tottenham Hotspur, Glenavon and Northern Ireland footballer, has taken over the reins as First Team manager at Dromara Village Football Club. Gerard McMahon and his management team are hoping to expand all playing levels of the club, from mini soccer through to the First team. In a... Read More

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Priest speaks of his upset after 200-year-old window smashed

A STAINED glass window, believed to be 200 years old, has been smashed at St Colman's Church, Massforth. Parish priest Father Michael Murray, spoke of his upset after learning the window had been damaged at the weekend. “Our caretaker brought the broken window to my attention, he was going to... Read More

New lease of life given to derelict buildings

County Down Outlook2 months ago

New lease of life given to derelict buildings

EMPTY business premises and the landmark Market House in Rathfriland, have been given a new lease of life thanks to new imagery that now bestows the front of them. The fake shopfront graphics were erected last week on a building on Main Street and the prominent Market House in Church Square. It... Read More

Newry Democrat2 months ago

McCartan and Grimley call for compensation

BOTH Down and Armagh managers James McCartan and Paul Grimley have called for their players to be compensated for any loss of earnings as a result of the clash between the sides on Friday, February 7. The Division Two National League game in the Athletic Grounds is the only game this season fixed to... Read More

Newry Democrat2 months ago

Ice Plant funding secured

THE much needed upgrade to the Ice Plant at Kilkeel Harbour has been secured from the European Fisheries Fund. £296,000 has been approved by the Fisheries Fund and an additional £100,000 will be provided by the Northern Ireland Fishery Harbour Authority. Chief Executive of Anglo North Irish Fish... Read More

Aiming for a brighter city

Newry Democrat2 months ago

Aiming for a brighter city

A BRAND new initiative to help re-launch the city of Newry has been set up by local business men and women in order to make the town a much more attractive place to live and visit. Newry 2020 was the brainchild of, local man, Columba O'Hare and is aimed at taking advantage of everything the town has... Read More

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Firsts secure three points

TEAM: Ivon Blevins, Robbie Weir, Jason Fairley, Ally Quinn, David Boyd, Kenny Gracey, Gareth Bingham, John Whitten, Gregg Harrison, Ritchie Nesbitt, Mark Ervine. Subs: Mark Anderson, Stephen Adair and John Davenport. Goalscorers: Mark Ervine, Ritchie Nesbitt and Gareth Bingham. “I am delighted... Read More

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Old Bronte school to lose its listed status?

THE old schoolhouse where Rev Patrick Bronte once taught looks set to lose its listed status. It has been suggested that the old school beside Drumballyroney Church, on Church Hill, Rathfriland, is delisted as it does not meet the criteria for a listed building due to a number of modifications... Read More

County Down Outlook2 months ago

TV star David not just a face in the crowd

RATHFRILAND man David Meade has shown he is more than just a face in the crowd. Coming on the back of his successful The David Meade Project series for BBC NI, he has recorded a brave new show. David Meade: Crowd Control was screened on BBC NI on Wednesday night and can still be viewed online at... Read More

MIGHTY QUINN IN ALL-IRELAND FINAL

Newry Democrat3 months ago

MIGHTY QUINN IN ALL-IRELAND FINAL

BELLEEK boxer Fearghus Quinn is one fight away from being crowned U18 75 kilo All-Ireland Champion after winning his semi-final bout at the weekend. The Camlough ABC boxer, who edged past Sacred Heart's Conor Wallace earlier in the month, out-pointed John G Lawrence from Eagle ABC of Westport, Mayo,... Read More

NUMMY'S PULL OUT OF DARTS LEAGUE

Newry Democrat3 months ago

NUMMY'S PULL OUT OF DARTS LEAGUE

NUMMY'S A have caused a stir in the Newry Darts fraternity after withdrawing from the Newry and District Darts League according to the darts committee. While the Newry and District Darts Committee will meet later this week to discuss the possibility of Nummy's re-entry to the league, they issued the... Read More

Newry Democrat3 months ago

Farming fund plea

THE Ulster Farmers' Union has said it's vital that the Northern Ireland Executive commits to 50:50 match funding the next Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme (NIRDP) 2014-2020. UFU President Harry Sinclair said: "Even with match funding from the NI Executive, the next Northern Ireland Rural... Read More

County Down Outlook3 months ago

Rathfriland hit five in Barn-storming display

HOTSHOTS Ally Wilson and Darren McGrath grabbed two goals apiece as five-star Rathfriland Rangers fought past Barn United in a fiery and entertaining clash at Haslett Park on Saturday, writes Iain McDowell. The Whites frontmen disproved any notion that they couldn't hit a Barn door by putting the... Read More

Family help celebrate priest’s golden jubilee

County Down Outlook3 months ago

Family help celebrate priest’s golden jubilee

A FORMER Hilltown resident, who now calls South Africa home, has recently marked his golden jubilee in the priesthood. Family members of Fr John Clarke travelled to South Africa last month to mark the special occasion and saw how he has settled into the country. Monsignor Clarke's niece, Caitriona... Read More

Saved!

County Down Outlook3 months ago

Saved!

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD Border Collie that was filmed being viciously kicked and trailed along the ground in Banbridge, has been rehomed. The black and white dog, called Bessie, could be viewed in the video cowering in fear as it was being beaten and dragged along a yard. The footage was uploaded to... Read More

Newry Democrat3 months ago

Jude is top cyclist

NEWRY Wheeler Jude Sands was a proud man as he was presented with his award for winning the Ulster Championship Road Race in Ballymoney on September 1, 2013. Denis Toomey, president of Cycling Ireland, handed over the award for taking first place in the A3 Category. Jude also received an award on... Read More

Newry Democrat3 months ago

Fliers take Queen’s to the wire

NEWRY U14s travelled to Queens to try and rack up their first win of the season. It was a tight and exciting game that went right to the wire. Newry got off to a good start and looked aggressive in their style of play. Ross Fegan was attacking from the point, cutting into the Queens' defence, while... Read More

Council criticised over Newry On Ice licence

Newry Democrat3 months ago

Council criticised over Newry On Ice licence

NEWRY and District Trade Union Council welcome the news that JC Campbell have generously come forward to generate a recovery of wages package for the young people left without pay by the company Newry On Ice. The young people are delighted that they will receive the money owed to them, but remain... Read More

Newry Democrat3 months ago

Rape case set back again

A NEWRY Crown Court Judge said he felt "hemmed into a corner" after being forced to once again delay disposal of a rape case. Crossmaglen man Padraig O'Callaghan has admitted raping and robbing a girl he lured into his car with the promise of a lift home in December 2011. O'Callaghan of Monog Road... Read More

CCTV key to fire death

Newry Democrat3 months ago

CCTV key to fire death

POLICE have not yet ruled out murder after a woman was found dead following a house fire in George's Lane in Newry. A Post Mortem was carried out on the 38-year-old victim yesterday but police are still trying to establish how the blaze started and are studying CCTV footage retrieved from the area.... Read More

Steely Banbridge Ladies 2nd XI secure a win

County Down Outlook3 months ago

Steely Banbridge Ladies 2nd XI secure a win

BANBRIDGE Ladies 2nd XI faced Portadown 2nd XI in the first game of the New Year. Despite sitting near the bottom of the table, Portadown have several games in hand and proved to be tough opponents when the two sides met earlier in the season, Banbridge knew they would have to fight hard to take a... Read More

County Down Outlook3 months ago

McMinn aiming for stability

BANBRIDGE Rangers have announced that Richard McMinn will be the club's new manager while former boss, Andy Frazer will take charge of the reserve team. Glenn Moffett and Geordie McCallister have also joined the Cheney Park side as assistant manager and first team coach. McMinn has been at the club... Read More

Hatching of new idea for harbour

County Down Outlook3 months ago

Hatching of new idea for harbour

KILKEEL Development Association has been successful in obtaining funding of £260,782 from the Coastal Communities Fund. The project will involve setting up Northern Ireland's first Lobster and Marine Hatchery and Research Centre at Kilkeel Harbour, which is home to Northern Ireland's largest... Read More

Sizzling Seasides suffer Blues

Newry Democrat3 months ago

Sizzling Seasides suffer Blues

A GUTTED Warrenpoint Town manager Barry Gray was pulling the positives from Saturday's agonising defeat to Irish League giants Linfield. With five minutes left to play the Seasiders led 2-0, and the Warrenpoint's fairytale journey looked set to continue but Town conceded three goals in six minutes... Read More

Newry Democrat3 months ago

Grimley unclear on Clarke

ARMAGH manager Paul Grimley said he is unsure whether Crossmaglen's star forward Jamie Clarke will line out for his team or UUJ in Sunday's Dr McKenna Cup. Clarke is expected to return home early from a club trip to Florida to play some part in the January competition, but with reports he has... Read More

Newry Democrat3 months ago

Impact of Reavey deaths still felt

SATURDAY marked the 38th anniversary of the deaths of three Catholic brothers who were brutally gunned down by the UVF in their Whitecross home. John Martin, 24, Brian, 22, and Anthony Reavey, 17, were shot on January 4, 1976, when six masked UVF men burst into their family home at Greyhill and... Read More

Rangers pick up point in new boss’ first game

County Down Outlook3 months ago

Rangers pick up point in new boss’ first game

NEW Rathfriland Rangers boss John Kernaghan began his tenure by picking up a point away to Abbey Villa, the Whites' sixth league draw in 13 games this season, writes Iain McDowell. An early penalty won and scored by Darren McGrath put Rathfriland ahead but that was cancelled out by another spot-kick... Read More

Moneyslane secure new manager

County Down Outlook3 months ago

Moneyslane secure new manager

FORMER Annagh United manager, David Johnstone has taken over the hotseat at Moneyslane FC after the departure of Neil McCullough. Johnstone initially turned down the job at Jubilee Park but after a change of heart, he left his position as Portadown Reserve's Assistant Manager to take up the role.... Read More

County Down Outlook3 months ago

Justice minister in Mournes to back community projects

JUSTICE Minister David Ford joined a number of young people for a walk in the Mournes as he announced funding for community projects. Mourne Mountain Adventure (MMA) is just one of the 28 projects benefiting from the latest round of funding from the Asset Recovery Community Scheme. The project helps... Read More

County Down Outlook3 months ago

Foiled theft

THE attempted theft of a charity collection box was foiled by a quick-thinking employee of a Banbridge takeaway. Two men snatched a Cancer Research collection box from the front counter of the eatery on Newry Street on Friday evening. The box was filled with donations from well-meaning members of... Read More

Elderly couple survives terrifying storm ordeal

County Down Outlook3 months ago

Elderly couple survives terrifying storm ordeal

AN elderly couple narrowly escaped with their lives after an electricity pylon crashed through the roof of their home during the turbulent winds. Two homes on St Anne's Terrace, Mayobridge, were damaged. One of the homes has been left with no roof, while the other was smoke damaged when a fire... Read More

Brave El shaves head for cancer charity

County Down Outlook3 months ago

Brave El shaves head for cancer charity

HILLTOWN woman El Fegan, who runs the Polercise Christmas Charity Showcase in Belfast every year, had a couple of friends who were diagnosed with breast cancer and who were this time last year undergoing treatment. She said: "Both ladies have had all the treatment, both radiotherapy and... Read More

Walking an incredible 42 miles for Ruby Ray

County Down Outlook2 years ago

Walking an incredible 42 miles for Ruby Ray

ALISON Campbell and her merry band of supporters walked a mammoth 42 miles from Annalong to Armagh at the weekend. The challenging trek with 15 others was to raise funds for the Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children that were so supportive during her... Read More

Newry Democrat2 years ago

Warrenpoint wards worry for council delegation

A SHAKE-UP of council boundaries under the Review of Public Administration is set to see future council candidates in Warrenpoint lose some 40 per cent of their electorate. The proposed boundaries legislation due for the Assembly's seal of approval provides for only one Warrenpoint ward, with the... Read More

Newry Democrat2 years ago

Friends unite for NY pal

FRIENDS of a former Bessbrook woman who is fighting a life-threatening illness in New York have urged people to get behind a fundraising drive to help pay for potentially life-saving treatment. Donna Dobbin has the second stage of the bacterial infection Lyme Disease, a disease transmitted by ticks... Read More

Gorse fires are “putting lives at risk

Newry Democrat2 years ago

Gorse fires are “putting lives at risk

SINN Fein councillor Pat McGinn has said the "reckless actions" of those responsible for gorse fires are putting lives at risk. Six fire engines were called to a blaze on Thursday at the Tamnaghbane Road, near Cloughogue which then spread to the nearby forest. Mr McGinn said gorse fires are... Read More