Castlewellan News

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Titles shared by seven clubs

ON Sunday night last the South Down Scor Sinsir finals were held in a packed St Mark's High School, Warrenpoint. Competition was of a very high standard and all sections were fiercely contested. None more so than the opening Scor Sinsir table quiz, when after 10 rounds of questions, Droichead... Read More

Bike accidents lead to 17 emergency calls

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Bike accidents lead to 17 emergency calls

SEVENTEEN emergency calls were made to the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service from Kilbroney Park, in the space of seven months. Between May 2013 and November 2013 all of these emergency calls were made as a result of bike or fall-related incidents. And within the first few days of the New Year,... Read More

Local News

Newry Democrat4 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

Newry DemocratLast month

Uncharted battle in Bessbrook Cup Final

CHRISTMAS just wasn't the same this year without the Bessbrook Cup Final as a welcome excuse to get out of the house and enjoy some football on Boxing Day. It was beyond anyone's control however when the wild weather damaged one of the floodlights at The Newry Showgrounds before the game, leaving... Read More

Celebrity Bainisteoir Davis attends club’s awards night

SPECIAL guests at the Glasdrumman awards night included Noel and Paul Doran. They are both well known to everyone associated with Glasdrumman, as is our celebrity bainisteoir, Derek Davis and our outgoing senior team manager, Tom Potter and his wife Carol, all of whom attended on the night. After... Read More

Funding allows works for Kilcoo GAA club

IMPORTANT works for Kilcoo GAA club can now be started after the club was successful in being approved for funding. Kilcoo Chairman, Terry O'Hanlon and Development Officer, Shelia Kelly both spoke of their delight following the announcement the club had been approved for funding by Down Rural Area... Read More

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Clubs’ strong stance on ‘stupid’ drinking game

THE manager of Kilcoo GAA senior team says he is "totally opposed" to the social media challenge 'neknominations'. The craze, which caused a storm on Facebook over recent weeks, has been condemned by many people who believe it to be a dangerous fad. These fears have been heightened following the... Read More

Girls selected for final U16 trials

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Girls selected for final U16 trials

AS the Ballymartin GAC pitch is still under construction, ALL members and the general public are asked to stay away from the site/works area. Those that attend the Ballymartin Gym can do so, but please refrain from entering or accessing the construction area. Those persons seen using the pathway... Read More

Regional News

County Down Outlook18 hours ago

Valiant effort but just not enough

Banbridge Rangers...2 Dollingstown...6 BANBRIDGE Rangers entertained league leaders Dollingstown at Havelock Park last Wednesday evening in a crunch match for both teams. Dollingstown have yet to be beaten in 90 minutes so far this season and wrapped up the Intermediate A title at the weekend but... Read More

New silverware in memory of Rathfriland pigeon club man

County Down Outlook18 hours ago

New silverware in memory of Rathfriland pigeon club man

Shooters are also reminded of the beginning of Rathfriland's summer season of shooting. Rathfriland will be holding their first midweek shoot of the summer on Thursday, 1 May, and these will run weekly throughout the summer months. This year sees a change in format, with 15-bird DTL introduced, at... Read More

Drug factory in old manse

County Down Outlook18 hours ago

Drug factory in old manse

A MAJOR cannabis 'factory' was uncovered in a former manse in Rathfriland. In dramatic scenes last Wednesday, police officers raided the Newry Street property and discovered approximately 500 plants with a street value of £500,000. A search warrant was executed to gain entry to the... Read More

Australian sisters finally return to Kilkeel home

Newry DemocratYesterday

Australian sisters finally return to Kilkeel home

TWO Australian sisters were able to finally return to their family home, with the help of Newry and Mourne Council and helpful Kilkeel locals - 50 years after they were born in the house. Their father, Robin How, had worked as a Civil Engineer with Charles Brand and after his project was completed,... Read More

Erin takes the chop for charity

Newry DemocratYesterday

Erin takes the chop for charity

A LITTLE girl from Bessbrook has taken the brave decision to cut her hair in order to help young people who suffer from cancer. Nine-year-old, Erin Walters will be giving her hair donation to the Little Princess Trust who make real-hair wigs for boys and girls across the UK and Ireland that have... Read More

Newry DemocratYesterday

Newry designer shows her talent

ONE of Northern Ireland's most promising design talents, Newry fashion designer Shauna Fay, is scheduled to show her latest fashions as part of the Unify Fashion Showcase. The event is a unique two night fashion event taking place in one of Belfast's most iconic buildings, the historic Titanic... Read More

Bowlers retain title for third year

Bowlers retain title for third year

RATHFRILAND Bowling Club has retained the title of South Down Champions for the third year in a row. The victory comes hot on the heels of the club being crowned the winners of the Newry and Mourne League for the fifth year in a row, a fortnight ago. The club has put their success down to the... Read More

Erynn goes for goal!

Erynn goes for goal!

A KICK-about during half-time at a football match led to a Rathfriland teenager making her debut playing international football for her country. Erynn Kinley, 13, travelled to England yesterday (Monday) with the Northern Ireland U15 Development Squad to play in a tournament against England,... 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

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

Newry DemocratLast week

Trainor's retain their Premier title

Dan's Bar 4. Bosco 5. BOSCO won a thrilling McCutcheon Cup semi-final when they defeated Dan's Bar with a 5-4 scoreline. The match was tight all the way but the odds swung in Dan's favour when they went 4-3 in front. However, the North Street team won the last couple of legs to ensure a Cup Final... Read More

Whitecross shock Corrinshego A

Newry DemocratLast week

Whitecross shock Corrinshego A

FIXTURES Thursday (April 17) at 9pm Divisional Cup Semi-final draw Division One Carrickcruppen v McGuigan's at TJ's (table one) Corrinshego A v Hockey Club at McGuigan's. Division Two Orchard Bar v Eiluco Boys at Sheepbridge Bears v TJ's B at Orchard Bar. Division Three Johnny Murphy's v Bellini's... Read More

Newry DemocratLast week

Orchard continue to rise

IT was a bittersweet week for both south Down clubs as Rostrevor won the bragging rights when they beat Millburn in the AOH Cup on Tuesday, but on Saturday the spoils belonged to Millburn who were convincing winners with Aaron Tohill bagging a brace and Ruairi Murdoch grabbing the other goal.... Read More

Newry runners take London by storm

Newry DemocratLast week

Newry runners take London by storm

NEWRY City Runners did their club and city proud in Sunday's Virgin London Marathon when all 23 who started, crossed the world famous finish line in the Mall. It was an incredible achievement for all who participated and indeed each athlete who pinned on a racing number was truly awestruck by the... Read More

Sun shines as athletes take to roads

County Down Outlook2 weeks ago

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

County Down Outlook2 weeks ago

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

County Down Outlook2 weeks ago

Anglers take ‘Kerr’ of business

THE Square travelled with confidence to Macs having qualified for the League final on the previous evening, but ran into an Anglers Rest team playing quality pool and showing no mercy to their more experienced opponents. In a match that promised to be closely contested, it was the Anglers who... Read More

County Down Outlook2 weeks ago

£600k work

NI WATER is to invest £600,000 in a scheme that will provide Ballymartin with a modern new wastewater pumping station. Due to get underway this week, the new station will be constructed underground on land adjacent to Main Road in the village. The only visible aspect of the new pumping station... Read More

County Down Outlook2 weeks ago

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

County Down Outlook2 weeks ago

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

County Down Outlook2 weeks ago

Hot water thrown over toddler’s face

A TODDLER is recovering after having hot water from a kettle thrown at her face during a shocking attack in Moneyslane last week. The three-year-old girl suffered "minor scald" marks to her face during the attack in the close-knit Drumlin Grange development in the rural area of Moneyslane last... Read More

Newry Democrat2 weeks ago

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

Newry Democrat2 weeks ago

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

Newry Democrat2 weeks ago

Anger as jobs still in balance

The SDLP have described a proposed 12 week consultation by HMRC as a "farcical stunt" and has questioned the government's commitment to boosting the economy in the north. South Down MP Margaret Ritchie and Newry and Armagh MLA Dominic Bradley MLA have reacted angrily to the proposals and have vowed... Read More

BELLE’S BRAVE BATTLE

Newry Democrat2 weeks ago

BELLE’S BRAVE BATTLE

THE family of a Belleeks woman who is battling a rare genetic disorder, which has had a devastating impact on her health, are appealing to the community to help their fundraising efforts to treat her condition. Séanín Smith, daughter of Louis Smith and Mary Tully, is described by her sister Louise... Read More

Who will get your vote?

Newry Democrat2 weeks ago

Who will get your vote?

VOTERS will go to the polls next month to vote to pick their councillors for the Newry, Mourne and Down Super Council, which will come into effect next year. And with new boundaries, fewer seats, retired politicians and fresh faces, it could all get a bit confusing. Add to that the fact that there... Read More

County Down Outlook3 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

County Down Outlook3 weeks ago

Match abandoned due to lack of players

MONEYSLANE Reserves hosted Tullygally Reserves in the league at Rathfriland High School. Moneyslane started the game off positively creating chances early on. Both Moneyslane strikers had opportunities to give the home side a deserved early advantage, but they were unable to take their chance.... Read More

Big plans for Co-Op

County Down Outlook3 weeks ago

Big plans for Co-Op

A MAJOR expansion is planned for Rathfriland Farmers' Co-Op. The ambitious project will see a three-and-a-half acre site beside the existing livestock mart on the Islandbog Road transformed into a much bigger enterprise. If approved, it will be one of the biggest developments in the Rathfriland... Read More

Newry Democrat3 weeks ago

Armagh come back from brink

DIVISION Three table toppers Armagh came back from the brink as a storming finish snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against Sligo in Silverbridge. When James Daly's side went eight points behind early in the final quarter of this Tesco Home Grown National League game their 100 percent record... Read More

Down’s promotions hopes in the balance

Newry Democrat3 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 Democrat3 weeks ago

New moderator is appointed

REV Mark Wilson, Minister of Cremore, Fourtowns and Poyntzpass Presbyterian Churches, has been elected Moderator of the Presbytery of Newry at the Presbytery's annual business meeting. The Presbytery of Newry, one of 19 across the island of Ireland, stretches north-south from Poyntzpass to... Read More

County Down Outlook4 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

County Down Outlook4 weeks ago

Goal fest as Tullycarnet edge through 4th round

FOR the second week running Tullycarnet managed to make it through to the next round of the Clarence cup with a 5-4 victory. The windy conditions and tight pitch set up a glut of goals in a game that saw very little football played, but a more determined Tullycarnet getting past Rathfriland.... Read More

County Down Outlook4 weeks ago

Illegal workers caught in Chinese takeaway

A BANBRIDGE restaurant faces a heavy potential financial penalty following an operation by a Home Office immigration enforcement team. Acting on intelligence, officers visited Gaze Chinese restaurant, Banbridge, at 6pm on Thursday (13 March), and questioned staff to check if they had the right to be... Read More

Our son’s death ‘tragic accident’

County Down Outlook4 weeks ago

Our son’s death ‘tragic accident’

"As a family you gather to tell Jesus just how hurt you are, how afraid you are, and how disappointed you are. Just like the disciples you had so many hopes and dreams for your son Mark. “You gather to tell Jesus what you imagined Mark was going to do with his life - he was going to excel in... Read More

Stars shine over Orchard

Newry Democrat4 weeks ago

Stars shine over Orchard

WINDMILL STARS: Paddy Hearty, Paddy Farrell, Ciaran O'Neill, Ruairi Cunningham, Conor McKeown, Ryan Devlin, John Joe Maguire, Joe McLoughlin, Josh McKeown, Conor Shields and Gareth White. Subs: Barry Quinn, Damien O'Hare, Gavin Quinn, Adrian Barry and John O'Hanlon. ORCHARD CITY: Joe Price, Peter... Read More

Newry Democrat4 weeks ago

Tragic death

TRIBUTES have been paid to a St Colman's College pupil who was laid to rest on Sunday after he was knocked down by a van last Thursday morning. Mark Colgan was crossing the road to get a bus to school just yards from his home outside Banbridge when the incident happened. On Sunday, pupils from St... 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

Children’s lives are at risk: head

CHILDREN'S lives could be in danger if a vital bus service is stopped. That is the genuine fear of Brackenagh West Primary School principal Michael Peacock who was commenting in the wake of a campaign to challenge a proposal to cut one of the rural school's two buses. He believes the SELB would be... Read More

Lord’s lasting legacy

Lord’s lasting legacy

UNIONIST peer and millionaire businessman Lord Ballyedmond OBE leaves an indelible mark on his adopted South Down. Lord Ballyedmond of Mourne, formerly Edward Haughey, lost his life when his helicopter crashed in Norfolk on its return journey to his Ballyedmond Castle home, Killowen. Mayobridge... 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 winner at Cheltenham

NEWRY held connections to an incredible first and second finish in the last day of Cheltenham on Friday. Tammy's Hill trained in Newry by Liam Lennon and ridden by Newry jockey James Smyth, came home first of the 24 runners in the Foxhunter Challenge Chase, while Carsonstown Boy (40-1), trained by... 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

Town show big improvement

Newry DemocratLast month

Town show big improvement

WARRENPOINT Town lost their fifth match in succession but their display on Saturday at Stangmore Park against Premier champions Cliftonville bodes well for the remainder of the season - and their fight to retain their Irish Premiership status. True they lost 2-0, just as they did against Ards the... Read More

Newry DemocratLast month

Mary’s special birthday surprise

NEWRY woman Mary Hale celebrated a milestone birthday after she turned 100 on St Patrick's Day - and even received a telegram from the Queen and a letter from the President of Ireland. Mary said her card from the Queen was "better than I ever expected" and when asked if she would return the favour... 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

Going for gold!

Going for gold!

THE cream of local sportsmen and women were 'going for gold' at the Belmont Hotel as the annual Senior Sports Awards ceremony honoured the district's sporting elite. Compère for the evening last Wednesday (5 March) was Denise Watson, sports presenter with UTV Sport, who welcomed the 170 guests to... 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

Down secure Division 2 status

Down secure Division 2 status

Down 7-13. Fermanagh 3-07. THE 2013 Ulster Champions, Fermanagh who squarely defeated Down last year in the Ulster final, came to Down looking a much-needed win in the NFL to keep their hopes of avoiding relegation to Div 3 next year alive. However Down have had a monkey on their back since the... Read More

Uniting to remember victims at ‘difficult time’

Uniting to remember victims at ‘difficult time’

THE revelation regarding absolution letters to on-the-run republicans is "almost a step too far" for victims of the Troubles. That was the view from a Rathfriland-based victims' group made during a remembrance service on Sunday. TEAR - Together, Encouraging And Remembering victims of the Troubles... Read More

Newry DemocratLast month

England keeps Newry’s Irish trophy dream on course

NEWRY'S ambition of winning an All-Ireland title remain on course after a tremendous victory over Dublin's Avoca on Saturday, writes Jeremy Greer. Newry hosted Avoca in their quarter-final tie of the Irish Hockey Trophy after wrapping up the league title a few weeks previous. Avoca were somewhat of... 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

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

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

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

Brave Bernie loses her battle for life

A MUCH-LOVED Mourne woman, who became critically ill while on holiday and was at the centre of a fundraising campaign, has passed away. Bernadette (Bernie) Carvill, nee Sloan, (63), died in the early hours of Sunday morning. She had been in a critical condition in Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry, after... 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 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

A bridge too far for gallant St Louis Camogs

A bridge too far for gallant St Louis Camogs

YOU know you're in the home of the current All-Ireland hurling champions, as each street in Killaloe is adorned with the blue and yellow of the Clare hurling team. This was most definitely hurling country, or more relevantly 'camogie' country as you crossed the bridge from Ballina (Tipperary) into... Read More

Carer left counting cost of car break-in

A RATHFRILAND care worker was the victim of a callous 'smash and grab' last week. Linda Murray, who works as a care assistant with the Southern Trust, was attending one of her daily calls at the Bronte Fold, on Dromore Street in the town, on the evening of Monday, 17 February, when the attack... 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

Citizen Smith makes history

Newry DemocratLast month

Citizen Smith makes history

NEWRY City Runners' Sean Smith made history on Sunday morning when he became the first Irish runner to complete all six marathon majors, writes Conor Sweeney. There were originally five majors - Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York, but in 2013 the IAAF added Tokyo to the list and Sean had... Read More

Newry DemocratLast month

Council face huge legal bill over land dispute

RATEPAYERS are set to foot a huge six-figure sum after Newry and Mourne Council pressed ahead with court proceedings against Norbrook boss Lord Ballyedmond over a land dispute- despite being offered a settlement almost 15 months ago. A five-year dispute finally came to an abrupt and unexpected end... 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

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

Newry Democrat2 months ago

Horseshoe deny Barleycorn

DIVISION TWO Mountain House 4 Kabin 2 FOLLOWING their shock 5-1 loss to Belleek Country House last week Mountain House bounced back into the title race with a 4-2 home win over Kabin. The visitors got off to a winning start as Jim McLoughlin (2x133,2x95,63) beat Gerard McGinn (112,72,60) in the... Read More

Clinical Down punish Armagh

Newry Democrat2 months ago

Clinical Down punish Armagh

ARMAGH: Simon Doherty, Conor Devlin, Ciaran Clifford, Daniel Mone, Paul Gaffney, Nathan Curry, Stephen Renaghan, Fiachra Bradley, John Corvan, Nathan Green, Ryan Gaffney, Kieran McKernan, Matthew Lennon (1-5 frees), Conor Corvan (0-2) and Odhran Curry. Subs: Pauric Hughes (for N Green 59'), Liam... Read More

Newry Democrat2 months ago

Daisy Hill's £9.1m Bid

THE Southern Trust has submitted an application for improved Paediatric Services at Daisy Hill Hospital worth £9.1 million. The Trust has also applied for funding for Craigavon Area Hospital and the future accommodation will see another 19 beds brought to Daisy Hill. Paul Morgan, Director of... Read More

Tragic Paul Back Home

Newry Democrat2 months ago

Tragic Paul Back Home

THE funeral of a Newry man killed in a hit-and-run incident in the United States will take place on Thursday. The body of 35-year-old Paul Lambert was returned to his family home at Hennessey Park yesterday afternoon (Monday). Mr Lambert was killed on Wednesday morning when he was knocked down in... 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

County Down Outlook2 months ago

First shoot of year in testing weather

BALLYVEA Gun Club's first shoot of 2014 was held on Saturday, 1 February. Ten lines were shot on the day. It was another day for which to be thankful for the shelters with driving rain and strong wind. Not surprisingly there were no straights. The best score of the day was 19/56 coming from David... 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

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Landslide cuts off farmer’s land

AN Annalong farmer was blocked from accessing part of his land after a tidal surge washed away an access path. The high tides devastated a large chunk out of Annalong's coastal path, a popular area for walkers, cutting off land kept by dairy farmers Samuel and Ian Purdy. The brothers say they now... 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

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

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

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

Padraig is Irish Swimmer of the Year

Newry Democrat2 months ago

Padraig is Irish Swimmer of the Year

PADRAIG Mallon was voted as the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association's Senior Male Swimmer of the year at 2013 ILDSA Awards ceremony at Newry's Arts Centre on Saturday evening, writes Tony Bagnall. It was a tremendous honour, and one richly deserved, for the soft-spoken and humble Bessbrook man... 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

Susan McCann: First lady of Irish Country music

Newry Democrat2 months ago

Susan McCann: First lady of Irish Country music

SUSAN McCann has had an amazing non-stop journey to the summit of the Irish musical industry. The First Lady of Country Music, who has a powerful voice, classic good looks and a personality to match, has seen it all, done it all and has the gold records, international awards, and an incredible... 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

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Fantastic display of teamwork sees ladies pull back to win by two

THURSDAY, 23 January, saw Banbridge Seconds travel to Antrim Forum to play Ballyclare for the second time this season. Having already been defeated by Ballyclare earlier in the season Bann knew they had to up their game to secure a win. Things didn't start well for Banbridge going 2-0 down within... Read More

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Long overdue

THE mother of a Banbridge toddler awaiting heart surgery, says news of Northern Ireland's new air ambulance is long overdue. Judith McKee, from Maryville, Banbridge, whose two-year-old daughter, Grace was born with a serious heart condition, says fears over the current state of the air ambulance... 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

Abbey look for revenge

THE Abbey will be looking to avenge last year's Danske Bank MacRory Cup defeat to St Paul's Bessbrook when the pair clash tomorrow evening (Wednesday) at Armagh's Athletic Grounds (7.30pm throw-in). Last year at Pairc Esler the county Armagh school, in their first year in the age-old competition,... 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

Wilson hat-trick gains Rangers three points

County Down Outlook3 months ago

Wilson hat-trick gains Rangers three points

AN Ally Wilson hat-trick nudged Rathfriland Rangers past a spirited Ford side, who took the Whites to extra-time and made them earn their place in round three of the Clarence Cup, writes Iain McDowell. In a game Rathfriland should have won comfortably in normal time given the amount of chances they... Read More

Costello signs for Loughgall

County Down Outlook3 months ago

Costello signs for Loughgall

NEW Loughgall signing James Costello has promised he will do all he can to help bring Loughgall back to the glory days, writes Darren Beattie. The 27-year-old forward, from Rathfriland completed his move to the Championship One side late last week and is Brian Adair's sixth new signing. And he... Read More

County Down Outlook3 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

Newry Democrat3 months ago

SHOCK OVER CRASH DEATH

TRIBUTES have been paid to Patsy McCreesh, brother of hunger striker Raymond McCreesh, who tragically passed away following a car crash on Friday evening. Diversions were in place following the incident on the Forkhill Road, Meigh which involved a car and a lorry. Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy said... Read More

Michael Annett Memorial Cup is presented to league winner

County Down Outlook3 months ago

Michael Annett Memorial Cup is presented to league winner

SINCE the start of this wonderful venture Mayobridge Handball Club is growing stronger week by week. With a few dedicated members the club was formed last year and now has over 50 members at weekly coaching sessions. On Friday, 10 January Mayobridge Handball Club were presented with their new... Read More

County Down Outlook3 months ago

Sportswoman honour for squash star, Perry

BANBRIDGE native, Madeline Perry was last week named as The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council 'Sportswoman of the Month' for December 2013. This follows her success at the National Squash Championships in Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club, Dublin. Irish No.1 Madeline Perry (pictured above) recently won... Read More

County Down Outlook3 months ago

Youths rock mobile library and pelt eggs

THE case of a former Rathfriland teenager has been adjourned for a specific sentence report to be prepared. Ryan Nathan McGivern, formerly of Manor Heights but now living in Newry, appeared in Banbridge Magistrates' Court last week, where he pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly behaviour. The... 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

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

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

County Down Outlook3 months ago

Hat-trick secures three points and first win for Kernaghan

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‘Slane manager is ‘confident’ for season ahead

County Down Outlook3 months ago

‘Slane manager is ‘confident’ for season ahead

NEW Moneyslane manager, David Johnstone has began shaping his new side after signing four players, all with Championship experience. Goalkeeper, Ivon Blevins joins the Jubilee Park side from Johnstone's former club, Annagh United and also spent a number of years with Banbridge Rangers. Former... Read More

County Down Outlook3 months ago

Victim’s pain over robbery

AN elderly woman was robbed in Rathfriland on Friday evening. Elizabeth Harbinson had just left the Ulster Bank with money to pay her bills about 4.45pm on Friday. She was in her car on John Street when the unknown male opened the driver's door and demanded that she give him her bag. He then... Read More

County Down Outlook3 months ago

‘A waste of time’

LINDA Gilmore, chairman of the Rathfriland-based South Down Action for Healing Wounds, says the Haass talks were a "waste of time". After failing to meet the New Year's Eve deadline for the talks, the Northern Ireland politicians also failed to reach an agreement on contentious issues such as flags... Read More

A happy new year for these families!

County Down Outlook3 months ago

A happy new year for these families!

FIRST-TIME parents Danielle Campbell and Peter McCartan were delighted to meet their baby girl on New Year's Day. Cherub-featured Caralee entered the world at 8.26am and weighed in at 6lb, after being nearly a week overdue. The Kilkeel couple, who are looking forward to their family meeting the new... Read More

Newry sink Ports to land Linden Cup

Newry Democrat3 months ago

Newry sink Ports to land Linden Cup

NEWRY Olympic won their first major hockey title in over 20 years when they clinched the Linden Cup on New Years Day with a nerve-wrecking 3-2 victory over Portadown. This game, played in Deramore Park, Belfast, was the Newry side's biggest since the mid 90s. After nothing short of a dismal first... Read More

Newry Democrat3 months ago

Padraig is World Swimmer of Year

PADRAIG Mallon crowned a supremely successful year by winning the 2013 World Open Water Open Swimming Association Man of the Year award. On New Years Day the heroic Bessbrook daredevil was notified that he had polled over 40 per cent of the votes to beat his closest rival, Alexander Brylin, an ice... 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

McConville and Co are up for the match as ‘Geezer’ ties the knot

Newry Democrat3 months ago

McConville and Co are up for the match as ‘Geezer’ ties the knot

ALL-IRELAND winning captain Kieran McGeeney swapped a game on the pitch for a match made in heaven after marrying long-term girlfriend Maura O'Rahilly in her native Kerry on Thursday. The multiple All-Star tied the knot in Killarney and the majority of his 2002 All-Ireland winning team-mates were... Read More

Newry Democrat3 months ago

James and Grace are the top baby

JAMES is once again the most popular boys' name in Newry and Mourne in 2013, while Grace made the number one spot for the girls in the district for the first time. The two names were the most popular first names given to children whose births were registered in Newry and Mourne last year. James... Read More

Still a winner in Jane’s eyes!

County Down Outlook2 years ago

Still a winner in Jane’s eyes!

DESPITE his defeat in the weekend's two-man race for UUP leadership, John McCallister remains a winner in his wife's eyes. The Glascar politician delivered the couple's newborn son as the infant decided to make a dramatic appearance just in time for the big leadership vote. On Thursday, Mr... Read More

County Down Outlook2 years ago

Hollywood star hails from Rathfriland

In the programme, McCullough is referred to as "the original Jack Sparrow", as he sailed the West Indies where it is believed he captured ships and bounty which he would send back to ports in the US. In the episode which aired on American channel, PBS, on Sunday, 25 March, Gates Jr showed Harry a... 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

Damien's joy at gold-en moment

Newry Democrat2 years ago

Damien's joy at gold-en moment

A CO Down sports therapist was one of 5,000 lucky runners to be the first to cross the finishing line at the new Olympics Stadium in London. Damien Cunningham thought he had little chance of being one of the first people to run the track, but his name was drawn from 43,000 entrants and he raced in a... Read More