Castlewellan News

Nursery approved

Nursery approved

A NEW nursery unit has been approved for St Malachy's Primary School, Kilcoo. Education Minister, John O'Dowd, announced his approval for a new 26-place part-time nursery unit in the village last Friday (18 July). The new nursery unit will replace the current Kilcoo Playgroup and reception class.... Read More

Paul lifts John Beggs trophy

THE Castlewellan Road was once again the venue last Wednesday evening for the latest in the series of 25-mile time trials organised by Banbridge CC. The John Beggs trophy was at stake and is awarded on a handicapped basis to the rider with the best net time. As usual, a 10-mile TT was available... Read More

Testing course is no match for Wheelers

Testing course is no match for Wheelers

THE West Down Wheelers held another round of their road race series on Tuesday, 8 July, at Donacloney, with a very testing course. Twenty-eight riders turned up but only 22 started. Six local clubs were represented as the Wheelers, Banbridge CC, Apollo CC, TVR CC, Clann Eireann CC and Dromara CC all... Read More

Down in convincing win over neighbours

County Down Outlook3 weeks ago

Down in convincing win over neighbours

A VERY determined U16 camogie team had a convincing win over a strong Armagh side in perfect conditions in the Athletic Grounds Armagh. Down opened the scoreline with a brilliant point from play by Neisha McCullough and the equaliser came very quickly with a point from Armagh's midfielder Hanna... Read More

County Down Outlook4 weeks ago

Dream start for Down camogs

DOWN got their All-Ireland title bid off to a dream start with a convincing win over a battling Westmeath on Sunday, writes Steve Malone. The All-Ireland Series begins in group stages where Down are placed in the same group as rivals Armagh, Roscommon, Laois, Dublin and of course, Westmeath. Played... Read More

Hot Harps rock Castle

Newry DemocratLast month

Hot Harps rock Castle

BALLYHOLLAND pulled off a shock victory over hotly-tipped Castlewellan in Friday's opening round game of the Down Senior Club Championship at Pairc Esler. Castlewellan had great difficulty in breaking Ballyholland as the Harps men excelled in tackling, tracking back and generally harassing the... Read More

Memorable Monday for Mayobridge boys

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Memorable Monday for Mayobridge boys

EASTER Monday, 21 April turned out to be a very memorable day for the U14 boys from Mayobridge, who defeated Atticall in the final of the Down GAA Féile Peile na nÓg. The team, managed by Down Senior Intercounty Footballer Benny Coulter, won the Division 2 competition, while South Down side Glenn... Read More

County Down Outlook3 months 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

Bike accidents lead to 17 emergency calls

County Down Outlook5 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

County Down Outlook6 months ago

'Saint' Stephen makes it four in a row for the Town

MAN of the match Stephen Trainor continued his rich vein of form, scoring two goals for Castlewellan to create history and take the Town to four Bobby Dalzell Cups in a row for the Bann Road side. They never needed to get out of second gear as Mourne Rovers deeply disappointed their strong support... Read More

Local News

Plans to extend path on Mourne Granite Trail

TENDERS are currently being sought for an upland path extension to the Mourne Granite Trail. The extension to the Granite Trail project is being funded by the Mourne Mountains Landscape Partnership (Heritage Lottery Funds) and the Down Rural Area Partnership (Rural Development Funds). Work to the... Read More

Ian’s Maracycle

County Down Outlook2 weeks ago

Ian’s Maracycle

RATHFRILAND Rangers defender Ian Weir, has so far raised over £3,500 for the Adsum Foundation after cycling 220 miles in the Co-Operation Ireland Maracycle. The two-day event sees cyclists travel from Belfast to Dublin and back through the counties of Antrim, Down, Louth, Meath and Fingal. Ian... Read More

Newry Democrat2 weeks ago

Mourne men prepare to get physical

DOWN and Kildare meet having come from opposite ends of the Championship. In their last game the Mourne men were cruising against no-hopers Leitrim while Kildare were bruised following a tougher Leinster test against Meath. Whether Down have prepared enough for a jump in intensity will go a long way... Read More

Down roll Lovely Leitrim over

Newry Democrat3 weeks ago

Down roll Lovely Leitrim over

LEITRIM: Philip Farrelly, Alan Wynne, Donal Wrynn, Barry McWeeney, Barry Prior, Gary Reynolds (0-1), Sean McWeeney, Darren Sweeney, Damian Moran, Gerry Hickey, Emyln Mulligan (0-5, 4 frees), Alan McLoughlin, Kevin Conlon, Robert Lowe (0-1) and Ray Fox. Subs: Fergal Clancy for McLouhlin ht', Michael... Read More

Newry Democrat4 weeks ago

Dan warns against being ordinary

DAN McCartan says Down will go into their All Ireland Qualifying match at Pairc Esler with Leitrim on Saturday (3pm throw-in) in a confident mood. But the determined Burren clubman says: "We go into every game expecting to win - but know if we don't work hard we can become very ordinary. “We... Read More

Miceal's long run for children cancer sufferers

Newry Democrat4 weeks ago

Miceal's long run for children cancer sufferers

ON Sunday Miceal Dillon will complete the final stage of a series of marathon runs to raise money for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children. Since last October, when he ran the Dublin Marathon, the big-hearted Newry City Runner has finished four other 26.2 miles events; London, Belfast,... Read More

Council makes history

HISTORY has been made once again at Banbridge District Council, after the positions of chair and vice-chair were taken by nationalist parties - for the first time in the council's history. It was widely expected that SDLP Councillor Marie Hamilton would take the position of chair, and that Sinn... Read More

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Owen McEvoy - an appreciation

ON Tuesday evening, 8 April word quickly spread through the tightknit community of Kilcoo and the wider community of the GAA family of the sudden departure of Owen McEvoy, one of our club's most colourful characters. Owen was a lifelong 'Magpie', through and through. Owen played for many years in... Read More

Newry Democrat4 months 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 Democrat4 months ago

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

County Down Outlook4 months ago

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

County Down Outlook5 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 Outlook5 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

Success spurs McCorry to stay

County Down Outlook6 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

Hot-shot Henning aiming for gold

Hot-shot Henning aiming for gold

KILKEEL shooter David Henning will represent Northern Ireland this week at the Commonwealth Games. David, has been shooting from he was 16 years old, and earlier this year he told The Outlook that the Queen's baton visit to his home area has spurred him on to take victory at the Games. The Games,... Read More

Golden Jubilee for Fr John

Golden Jubilee for Fr John

A HILLTOWN priest has come back to his roots to celebrate 50 years from his ordination to the priesthood. A Mass of Thanksgiving was held on Sunday (19 July) to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Monsignor John Clarke's ordination to the priesthood and took place in St John the Evangelist Church,... Read More

Harbour gate in line for a £50,000 council grant

ANNALONG Harbour Gate is one of a number of projects set to benefit from Newry and Mourne District Council's allocation of District Electoral Area schemes for 2014/15, writes Brian Hyland. A total of £50,000 has been granted for the gate, while projects at Kitty's Road and Americam Lane in... Read More

Armagh Minors come un-Done

Newry Democrat2 days ago

Armagh Minors come un-Done

ARMAGH'S rewards for losing to Donegal in Sunday's Ulster Final is an All-Ireland quarter-final against Mayo. The Orchard lads showed courage and character in the second half but by then Donegal already had one hand on the cup. Trailing by ten points at the break the Orchard lads were out of the... Read More

Newry Democrat2 days ago

Cullyhanna back on track

WHILE previous defeats on the road had derailed the Cullyhanna league title challenge, the senior squad got back to winning ways at home to Harps in a recent fixture. A good start was the key to this victory and indeed the five point margin which existed at both half-time and full-time was garnered... Read More

Grimley delighted to be back at Croker

Newry Democrat2 days ago

Grimley delighted to be back at Croker

ARMAGH manager Paul Grimley has warned his side that they need to be cautious ahead of the All-Ireland Qualifier clash against Meath. He fears that Dublin's crushing 19-point defeat of the Royal County in Sunday's Leinster Final could lead to false complacency. Armagh will play Meath in a... Read More

Newry Democrat2 days ago

Newry gets the Blues

Scrap whatever's in your diary next weekend (August 1-3) as Newry City will play host to a phalanx of local talent in the inaugural Newry City Blues Festival. In a mouth-watering programme, staged in four venues over three days, blues aficionados can expect to enjoy a weekend of revelry and... Read More

Emma is Dolled up for success

Newry Democrat2 days ago

Emma is Dolled up for success

Silverbridge singing sensation Emma Martin takes her first foray into the glitzy world of showbiz as she takes to the stage in the Grand Opera House on Thursday night in Guys and Dolls. During it's three-night run, she'll take on the role of Sister Sarah Brown, a role made famous by Jean Simmons in... Read More

End of an era as ‘iconic’ Carlin Records shop shuts this week

Newry Democrat2 days ago

End of an era as ‘iconic’ Carlin Records shop shuts this week

ONE of Newry's most iconic shops will close this week after over a half a century in business. Carlin Records on Hill Street will shut its doors this Saturday - and with it goes another little bit of Newry's trading past. Carlin Records opened in 1961 and was best known for its folk and country... Read More

Mortar bomb found

A MORTAR bomb believed to be from the Second World War, was discovered in the Mournes. The shell was uncovered near Annalong, in the Blue Lough area, and was made safe on Sunday, 13 July. Bomb experts carried out a controlled explosion on the object. The area was once used during and after the... Read More

Newry DemocratLast week

Orchard buds have time to get job Done

ARMAGH Minor manager Paul Doyle insists that time has been his greatest master as his side prepare to meet Donegal in Sunday's (July 20) at 2pm, Ulster Minor Final. It will be played in Clones as the curtain-raiser to the Senior Final between Donegal and Monaghan. The Orchard buds go into the game... Read More

Newry DemocratLast week

Free public transport for the elderly

SOUTH Down MP Margaret Ritchie has stressed the importance of the Northern Ireland Executive retaining free public transport for the elderly in Northern Ireland. The SDLP representative said she was alarmed to learn over the last few days that free public transport for older members of the... Read More

Newry Priest gives thanks for 50 years of service

Newry DemocratLast week

Newry Priest gives thanks for 50 years of service

Newry native, Fr Ray Collins celebrated 50 years' service to the priesthood on July 12. Born in 1939, the fifth of nine children born to Lily and Harry Collins, the young man spent his early boyhood at No 27b Dominic Street in the shadows of St Catherine's Dominican Church where he would later serve... Read More

County Down Outlook2 weeks ago

Louis Saha joins legends line up

FORMER Manchester United and France striker Louis Saha will join the other United legends at Jubilee Park on Saturday, 2 August. During his four year spell at Old Trafford, Saha won two Premier League titles, the League Cup and the Champions League, where Manchester United beat Chelsea on... Read More

Pace is set for Rathfriland 10k

County Down Outlook2 weeks ago

Pace is set for Rathfriland 10k

RATHFRILAND Regeneration is delighted to announce the date of this year's 10k and fun run/walk as Wednesday, 13 August at 7pm. In six weeks' time, the organisers are hoping that locals come out in force to support an even bigger and better event than last year. Regen Chairman Mr Pat Rafferty said:... Read More

County Down Outlook2 weeks ago

I will stand again

DESPITE recent political scandal, South Down MLA, John McCallister has said he will definitely stand again for election. The announcement comes after the Rathfriland man quit troubled party, NI21 as Deputy Leader last week. Mr McCallister will now stand in the Assembly as an Independent Unionist... Read More

Orchard girls in full bloom to win Ulster

Newry Democrat2 weeks ago

Orchard girls in full bloom to win Ulster

ARMAGH are back on top of Ulster Ladies Gaelic Football after thumping a five in a row title chasing Monaghan in Clones on Sunday. It was magnificent performance from the Orchard girls who started the game understandably cagey but lost the shackles and stormed to a convincing nine-point victory. It... Read More

Newry Democrat2 weeks ago

‘Whole street could have been blown up’

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Newry Democrat2 weeks ago

Jailed after threat to cut off man's head

A WARRENPOINT man who threatened to cut another man's head off has been jailed for four months. Barry Peter Martin of Rossmara Park appeared before Newry Magistrates' Court on Wednesday charged with making threats to kill. The court heard that on May 25, the injured party made a statement to... Read More

County Down Outlook3 weeks ago

Karate club make it a clean sweep

RATHFRILAND Karate Club took part in the Mid Ulster Championships and every member returned home with something to show for their efforts. On Saturday, 21 June, at Gilford Community Centre, Rathfriland competed against clubs from Portadown, Banbridge, Gilford and Lisburn, gaining four gold medals.... Read More

Rathfriland primary school delighted with new building announcement

County Down Outlook3 weeks ago

Rathfriland primary school delighted with new building announcement

THE adventure is set to continue for Iveagh Primary School, as it has been announced a new school building will be built in the future. It was revealed last week that the Rathfriland school was one of only two schools in the SELB area which will be eligible for a new building. The Department of... Read More

County Down Outlook3 weeks ago

Give a hoot for the barn owls

ULSTER Wildlife has appealed to the people of the Mourne area to report any evidence of barn owls as only one sighting, in Annalong, has been reported this year. There was only one sighting of a barn owl in the Rathfriland area in Ulster Wildlife's historical records, meaning it was reported prior... Read More

County Down Outlook3 weeks ago

Setting sail on Atlantic journey

BANBRIDGE sailor Tom Teggart, is having the experience of a lifetime as he is currently taking part in the Round the World Clipper Yacht Race. Tom completed the New York to Londonderry leg of the yacht race last Monday and his boat, 'Old Pulteney', came in in third place. After buying a bottle of... Read More

Grimley defends ban on media

Newry Democrat3 weeks ago

Grimley defends ban on media

ARMAGH manager Paul Grimley insists that the media ban on Orchard players and management is a result of what he feels was hysterical reporting about the pre-match fight against Cavan. Grimley said he understands that the supporters have a right to know what the Armagh management and players have to... Read More

Carnbane development is a ‘ridiculous idea’

Newry Democrat3 weeks ago

Carnbane development is a ‘ridiculous idea’

Newry businessman, Declan McChesney, who is involved with the Newry First campaign, has called the proposed development at Carnbane a "ridiculous idea" which if it goes ahead, will be "at a cost to the heart of Newry." Mr McChesney, whose shop on Hill Street has traded there for 140 years explained... Read More

Preparations get underway for Milk Cup tournament

County Down Outlook4 weeks ago

Preparations get underway for Milk Cup tournament

ON Friday evening both County Down Dale Farm Milk Cup squads travelled down to Dublin as preparations intensify for the feast of football that is the Dale Farm Milk Cup. With both junior and premier panels due to announce their squads this week, the weekend provided junior team manager Kyle Spiers... Read More

Playpark needs facelift

County Down Outlook4 weeks ago

Playpark needs facelift

A RESIDENT has voiced his concerns over maintenance issues to the play area at Mourne Esplanade. The Mourne man, who regularly takes his grandchildren to the Kilkeel park, which cost £150,000, says it is in need of a facelift. He also raised concerns over safety issues at the park, and the fact... Read More

No arrests made after laundering plant discovered in cattle shed

Newry Democrat4 weeks ago

No arrests made after laundering plant discovered in cattle shed

TEN tonnes of toxic waste and 1,000 litres of suspected illicit fuel were uncovered in a cattle shed in Crossmaglen on Friday - but once again no arrests were made. The diesel laundering plant that was laundering green diesel at premises on the Loughross Road near Crossmaglen was dismantled in a... Read More

Newry Democrat4 weeks ago

Stroke unit closure ‘must be opposed’

THE removal of the Stroke and Rehabilitation Unity at Daisy Hill Hospital will disadvantage the people of Newry and must be opposed, a local MLA has warned after the Southern Health Trust launched a public consultation process which proposes to centralise inpatient stroke services in Craigavon.... Read More

It’s all White for Kenny

It’s all White for Kenny

RATHFRILAND Rangers have signalled their intentions to compete for Amateur League honours next season after unveiling Warrenpoint Town midfielder Kenny Kearns as the club's latest signing, writes Iain McDowell. The Newry man, 26, joins the Whites ahead of what looks set to be an intriguing year at... Read More

Yellows too hot for Drumgath

Yellows too hot for Drumgath

CLONDUFF eased through the opening round of the Down Senior Football Championship with a comprehensive victory over Drumgath at Pairc Esler on Friday evening, writes Tony Bagnall. The Yellows began with a statement of intent by netting straight from the throw-in and kept the pressure on for the rest... Read More

Trio honoured on birthday list

Trio honoured on birthday list

A RATHFRILAND woman has been awarded a BEM in the Queen's Birthday Honours for her services to the community in Rathfriland. Helena Malcolmson told The Outlook she was "overwhelmed" with the accolade and said she found it hard to not tell anyone, having received the news a few weeks back! “I got... Read More

Newry DemocratLast month

Magnificent Mallon

JOHN Mallon is the localities' newest Ironman. Without saying a word to anyone, the Newry triathlete, known to most people as Scottie, recently set off for the Tri Limits Ironman in Dungannon. John who was born in Glasgow, educated in Armagh but who now lives in Bessbrook, only decided the day... Read More

Newry DemocratLast month

Atticall hold off late Saul challenge

ATTICALL and Saul took part in an entertaining game for the first round of the Intermediate championship at St Johns on Saturday evening, writes Liam Sloan. The conditions were ideal for football and both sides can be proud for making the game a good spectacle. Atticall's forwards particularly Ryan... Read More

Kane Hungary to Tuck in

Newry DemocratLast month

Kane Hungary to Tuck in

NEWRY'S Bosco boxer Kane Tucker has been selected to train in the Irish High Performance Gym on Wednesday ahead of the European Championships, which take place in Hungary later this month. Tucker was fighting in the Irish Junior Cadet Championships, which act as European qualifier, where the Newry... Read More

Newry DemocratLast month

Absenteeism not a problem for city centre based school

A NEWRY school is leading the way when it comes to tackling student absenteeism. Hugh Mallon, of St Joseph's High School in Newry explained that the system in his school has ensured that staff are well on top of the issue. He said: "Saint Joseph's has an automated system called 'truancy call'. The... Read More

Road death leads to junction review call

Newry DemocratLast month

Road death leads to junction review call

FRESH calls have been made for a safety review of a notorious junction on the Newry-Warrenpoint dual carriageway following the latest fatal road accident there. Phyllis Mackey, 78, was killed after a two-vehicle crash on Thursday afternoon. Three other people, including Mrs Mackey's husband, were... Read More

Annaclone show spirit at rivals Saval

ANNACLONE went into this game at Nan Sands Park on the back of two close defeats and knew they needed something before facing the Burren firepower in the Championship next weekend. Saval got the edge in terms of possession, decisions and chances in the first half but Annaclone went in ahead at the... Read More

Shimna Stars skills day

SPECIAL Olympics Ulster held their League Finals and Individual Skills Day in Antrim Forum on Saturday past. In Division One of the Special Olympics Ulster Basketball League Shimna Stars ended the season in a highly commended second place. This was after a massive game against NorthWest SOC A.... Read More

Insulin pump was a life-saver for Rhys

RHYS McDonnell, who suffers from Type 1 diabetes, had his life turned around after he was one of the lucky people to have been given an insulin pump to help deal with the illness. The 14-year-old from Banbridge was diagnosed with diabetes when he was just eight years old and was forced to take up to... Read More

New nursery unit at St Patrick’s

New nursery unit at St Patrick’s

EDUCATION Minister, John O'Dowd, has attended the official opening of a new nursery unit at St Patrick's Primary School in Mayobridge. In February 2012 the Minister approved a development proposal to establish the nursery unit at the school. The Department of Education has since invested £92,000... Read More

Newry DemocratLast month

Crooked Lake - another magnificent race

UNDOUBTEDLY the Crooked Lake Triathlon keeps getting bigger, better and faster every year. On Saturday afternoon the scene around the picturesque lake was alive with excitement, colour and drama as almost 600 triathletes plunged into the choppy waters to swim 750-metres before biking 20 hilly... Read More

Newry DemocratLast month

Festival will ‘transform Hill Street into Ireland’s biggest art gallery’

NEWRY'S Hill Street will be transformed into a huge, open-air art gallery this week with the opening of a two-week festival aimed at brightening up the city centre while showcasing local artistic talent - with Southern Area Hospice benefiting from the ambitious project. The Festival of Windows kicks... Read More

Newry DemocratLast month

Pele, The Kaiser with our own guitar legend

ON the eve of the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil, local man and well known musician, Mickey Doran recalled the morning that he met soccer superstars Franz Beckenbauer and Pele in Vancouver. The year was 1977 and the New York Cosmos stars were in town for a match. The Hilton Showband, whom Mickey... Read More

Pictures are released of Child Sex Attack suspect

Newry DemocratLast month

Pictures are released of Child Sex Attack suspect

POLICE have issued fresh images of a man they want to speak to in relation to attempted murder and serious sexual assault of an eight-year-old girl in Newry 20 years ago. On this day in 1994, the little girl was lured away from Barcroft Community Centre and taken to nearby woodland in Daisy Hill... Read More

Dromore win first team title

Dromore win first team title

THE Ulster Schools' Track and Field Championships provided the perfect stage to showcase the athletic talent currently at Dromore High School. In what is the premier school sporting event the province has to offer, Dromore were certainly well represented at the Antrim Forum. After another superb Co... Read More

Down ready to face old enemy

Down ready to face old enemy

DOWN Ladies meet their old foe, Fermanagh in the Ulster Intermediate Championship semi-final in Aghnamullen on Saturday. The two sides are no strangers having most recently met in a Division Two tie where Down came out comfortable winners. However, it will be Fermanagh's Anglo-Celt title which... Read More

Hollywood glamour comes to harbour

Hollywood glamour comes to harbour

HEARTS were set aflutter last week in Annalong, as heart-throb Jamie Dornan caused waves at the harbour. The Northern Irish-born award-winning actor was filming scenes for the second series of television drama, The Fall. Also starring X-Files actress Gillian Anderson as Stella Gibson, the BBC... Read More

Down stay up to send Armagh down

Newry DemocratLast month

Down stay up to send Armagh down

DOWN hurlers were in blistering scoring form as they bundled traditional rivals Armagh through the trapdoor into the Nicky Rackard Cup next season. It was a comprehensive Mourne performance and one that was long overdue, especially when considering the team's displays this year compared with last.... Read More

Newry DemocratLast month

Man who was blinded in Troubles tells story

A MAN who was shot and blinded when he was just 10-years-old during the Troubles, will be joined by Gerry Kelly in the Canal Court on Thursday, June 19, to talk about his remarkable journey. Walking home from school in Derry, Richard Moore was shot at point blank range with a rubber bullet by a... Read More

Newry DemocratLast month

McGreevy pledges To return

Despite failing to be elected to the new Newry, Mourne and Down Super Council, outgoing SDLP Councillor for Crotlieve, Connaire McGreevy has said that he will continue his role in public life. “I am determined to use this setback as the incentive to come back in the future as a representative of... Read More

Down and out

PAIRC Esler rocked on Saturday night but it was to the tune of a rampant Tyrone, as they easily brushed aside Down's challenge in the Ulster Championship replay. The defeat does not mean that the management and James McCartan are back to the drawing board, but they do have some soul-searching to do... Read More

‘Slane all set for United legends

‘Slane all set for United legends

OLD Trafford legends, including Ray Wilkins and David Healy, will play in an exhibition football match against a select Moneyslane FC side at the official opening of Jubilee Park later this summer. It was announced on Saturday that a Manchester United Legends XI team will take on the mighty 'Slane,... Read More

Super council landslide

THE UUP won a landslide victory in the new super council elections, taking three out of seven seats in the Banbridge DEA. The DUP took two seats, while Sinn Fein and the SDLP took one seat each. Cheers of euphoria echoed throughout the count centre in Banbridge on Saturday morning, as UUP... Read More

Royal Mail stamp their authority and will not replace stolen postbox

Royal Mail stamp their authority and will not replace stolen postbox

DOUBT has been cast over Royal Mail's claim that there are postboxes located within half a mile of 98 per cent of homes. SDLP Councillor Declan McAteer said that he finds this information "hard to believe" and added that this may not be the case in the rural area between Rathfriland and Newry,... Read More

Rathfriland extends a royal welcome for baton relay

Rathfriland extends a royal welcome for baton relay

AROUND 300 people turned out in force last Thursday evening to celebrate history being made in Rathfriland. The Queen's Baton Relay visited the town, ahead of the opening of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on 23 July. Rathfriland was the only place in the Banbridge District and Newry and Mourne... Read More

Down slapped by Red Hands

Newry DemocratLast month

Down slapped by Red Hands

PAIRC Esler rocked on Saturday night but it was to the tune of a rampant Tyrone as they too easily brushed aside Down's challenge in the Ulster Championship replay. The defeat does not mean that manager and James McCartan are back to the drawing board but they do have some soul-searching to do... Read More

Newry DemocratLast month

Orchard buds finish strong

ARMAGH Minors became the first Orchard side at Minor, U21 or Senior level to win an Ulster Championship match since 2011 after a tremendous performance against Cavan in Clones. Played on Sunday night in horrendous wet conditions Armagh were slow to get into the game but they grew in stature to... Read More

Newry DemocratLast month

Barry wins Tri Club aquathon

BARRY Convery was a clear winner of the Newry Tri Club's May Aquathlon last Wednesday evening at a sunny Camlough Lake where over 100 competitors turned up for the event. The highly competitive Convery, nicknamed Big Engine, the club's current Triathlete of the Year, blasted out a warning to his... Read More

Another successful Newry City Marathon

Newry DemocratLast month

Another successful Newry City Marathon

ANOTHER hugely successful Newry City Marathon. Sunday's event that incorporated a half marathon, 10-mile walk and fun run, as well as the full 26.2 miles marathon, was acclaimed by all who participated or watched. The new Warrenpoint Road route too was an outstanding success with an almost... Read More

… If you go down Tanglewood today you’re in for a big surprise

Newry DemocratLast month

… If you go down Tanglewood today you’re in for a big surprise

OCEAN Colour Scene have been confirmed as one of the headline acts at this year's Tanglewood Music Festival. The Brit Pop band from Birmingham will perform an exclusive acoustic set within the stunning grounds of Narrow Water Castle in the first week of July. And other acts already pencilled in... Read More

Newry DemocratLast month

Killer’s appeal date is set

KAREN Walsh, the woman responsible for the brutal murder of Newry pensioner Marie Rankin, has had her appeal postponed until November. Walsh, 47, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for battering the 81-year-old to death in her Dublin Road home on Christmas Day in 2008. The Dublin pharmacist is... Read More

Newry DemocratLast month

SF and SDLP share spoils

SINN Fein and the SDLP will make up almost 70 per cent of the new Newry, Mourne and Down super council after returning 14 councillors each - but Sinn Fein remain the biggest party in the district after garnering over 36 per cent of the total first preference votes (22,613) compared to the SDLP's 29.... Read More

The ‘hawk’ eyes Rathfriland FC!

County Down Outlook2 months ago

The ‘hawk’ eyes Rathfriland FC!

FORMER Linfield striker, Dessie Gorman, has signed for Rathfriland Football Club. Gorman, who made the sensational move to Linfield back in 1992, created a huge impact during his five years at the Irish League club. The Manchester born striker was already a recognised name on the pitch when... Read More

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Swifts Reserves sign off with win

RATHFRILAND Swifts Reserves played out their final game of the season on a sun kissed Cheney Park against Gilford Crusaders Reserves on Saturday. The Swifts Reserves were looking to do the double over their opponents and finish their campaign with six league wins. In the opening exchanges the... Read More

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Setback in Valley’s promotion bid

VALLEY'S promotion hopes suffered a setback as they were unable to take advantage of their game in hand on rivals St Mary's, losing to a well drilled, counter attacking Tigers side. It was Valley who had the majority of the chances in the game, but they were unable to find the net, denied time and... Read More

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Man charged in relation to Rathfriland drugs ‘factory’

A MAN has appeared in court charged with offences relating to the half-a-million pound drug seizure in Rathfriland last month. Ba Luc Ngo, is believed to be of Vietnamese origin, but his address was given in court as Newry Street, Rathfriland. He was arrested at the property last month and has... Read More

‘He always had a smile on his face’

County Down Outlook2 months ago

‘He always had a smile on his face’

THE funeral of a 23-year-old man who died following a tragic accident on a family farm at the weekend, will take place today (Tuesday). Stephen Victor McMinn, from Tierkelly Road, Rathfriland, died following an incident on a relative's farm on the Turmore Road, Newry on Friday (16 May). The young... Read More

Newry Democrat2 months ago

Newry play beautiful game

FOOTBALL is coined the beautiful game and it doesn't get much better than the style played in Newry's Showgrounds on Thursday night. Newry City Ladies outplayed Belfast Short Strand side St Matt's to convincingly win their second Championship league game of the season. Remarkably the Newry girls... Read More

Newry Democrat2 months ago

Newry man drowns in bodyboarding tragedy

A YOUNG man from Newry drowned after being carried out to sea by a rip current while he was bodyboarding in Portrush on Friday evening. Stephen Pentony got into difficulty in the water just before 6pm and was later found in the sea by a search and rescue team before being rushed to Causeway... Read More

County Down Outlook2 months ago

‘Slane secure points

MONEYSLANE travelled to Richhill on Tuesday night, 6 May needing to ensure three more points to keep the pressure on teams above them. From the last game Kerr was out injured with Jordan Fairley and Mark Anderson coming into the squad. On a very narrow and small pitch the game got underway, but... Read More

Action-packed golf classic

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Action-packed golf classic

LAST Friday, 9 May Rathfriland FC held their fundraising golf classic at Banbridge Golf Club with a record attendance of 21 teams and 82 players taking part in an action-packed afternoon with a range of scores coming from the card counts at the close of the event. A fantastic meal was also enjoyed... Read More

Tragic crash shocks town

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Tragic crash shocks town

THE elderly woman who lost her life in a horrific collision in Rathfriland was a 'trusted and valued' employee of a local solicitors' firm for over 40 years before her retirement. Clonduff woman Hessie Brown died after her red Rover 100 car was in collision with a Banbridge Council bin lorry at the... Read More

Meeting for ‘anxious’ workers

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Meeting for ‘anxious’ workers

A CRUNCH union meeting is to be held this week for anxious workers at Kilkeel's biggest employer, B/E Aerospace. Over 800 members of staff at the Moor Road plant were left fearful about their job security last week. The meeting comes after workers were briefed by management over a possible sale or... Read More

Newry Democrat2 months ago

Shamrocks beat Drum

NEWRY Shamrocks survived a late Drumgath comeback to secure victory in Friday's entertaining Division Two clash in Pairc Esler. Both sides are in a state of transition and it was two youthful teams contesting for senior honours. Drumgath have been hit with mass retirements since winning the Down... Read More

Orchard promoted

Newry Democrat2 months ago

Orchard promoted

IT wasn't pretty but Armagh are back on the front foot of Ladies GAA after Saturday's Division Three Final win over Waterford. Played in Parnell Park Dublin, the Orchard girls learned from last season's heatbreaking final defeat to rivals Down, when after leading throughout they were caught by a... Read More

Newry Democrat2 months ago

No jail for man caught with indecent images

A BESSBROOK man found in possession of thousands of indecent photos of children, some of which he shared online, has escaped a prison sentence. John Keenan, whose address was given as Princes Street in Lurgan, was charged with 16 counts of possessing indecent images of children, 25 counts of... Read More

Newry Democrat2 months ago

Two charged over cenotaph attack

TWO men will appear in court next month charged with vandalising the war memorial in Newry over the weekend in an attack that has been described as reckless and insensitive. A 42-year-old man and 20-year-old man were arrested by police at around 12.20am on Sunday morning after being observed on city... Read More

Anger over council plan

Newry Democrat2 months ago

Anger over council plan

TEMPERS flared when it was decided that Newry and Mourne Council will spend over £400,000 on building works at the council offices in preparation for the new super councils. UKIP Councillor Henry Reilly described the plans as a "Sinn Fein pet project" while other councillors, bar those in Sinn Fein,... Read More

Airlift drama

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Airlift drama

DRAMATIC scenes unfolded during a football game in Rathfriland on Saturday afternoon after a young footballer was injured and left temporarily paralysed. Valley Rangers U15s player Stephen Parke fell motionless to the ground after a football hit the side of his head. It was during the second half... Read More

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Touching memories of orphanage missionary

FOND tributes have been paid to a young missionary, with close links to Rathfriland, following her untimely passing. Marina Gaidaenko (pictured left) was a volunteer at the House of Hope orphanage in Moldova, a charity supported by First Rathfriland Presbyterian Church. It raises vital funds for... Read More

Newry Democrat2 months ago

Green light with Blues

TWO of Newry's hottest footballing talents have secured another season with Belfast giants Linfield after winning the league in their first season at the club. Jody McGovern, a former youth player with Newry City, and a multiple winner with his GAA club Newry Shamrocks, helped Linfield lift the... Read More

Orchard ripe for Dublin

Newry Democrat2 months ago

Orchard ripe for Dublin

CAROLINE O'Hanlon has already lifted two trophies in the past week but that isn't why the Orchard captain says silverware is only the secondary consideration for Armagh going into Saturday's Tesco HomeGrown National League final in Dublin. Obviously being presented with the trophy would be the icing... Read More

Giro mania

Newry Democrat2 months ago

Giro mania

THE eyes of the world will descend on south Armagh on Sunday (May 11) as Ireland welcomes the Giro d'Italia international cycle race. The best riders from around the globe will tackle the hilly roads of Newtownhamilton, Belleek, Lislea, Forkhill and on through to the Longfield Road, in a race only... Read More

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Ladies bow out of campaign

DOWN Ladies bowed out of the Tesco HomeGrown NFL Division 3 league campaign at the semi-final stage after coming up against a very strong Westmeath in the Gaelic Grounds, Drogheda at the weekend. Down opened the scoring with a fine point from play by Aileen Pyres, followed a few minutes later by a... Read More

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Rangers come alive in second half to secure points

BANBRIDGE Rangers travelled to AFC Craigavon last Wednesday (23 April) evening buoyed on by a win over Lisanally Rangers the previous weekend. The game was slow to get any rhythm as the ground was quite hard and it took 15 minutes for a clear-cut opportunity to present itself, but when Cousins... Read More

Valley cast aside by choppy ‘Sea’

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Valley cast aside by choppy ‘Sea’

LEAGUE form was very much cast aside as second from bottom Seagoe progressed to the final of the Alan Wilson Cup with a hard fought win against promotion chasing Valley Rangers. With a final place at stake, the game was typically tight, with both team having chances in the first 10 minutes. Philip... Read More

County Down Outlook2 months ago

‘Flytippers’ risk hefty fines over coast rubbish

SDLP COUNCILLOR Brian Quinn has spoken out about the illegal dumping of waste along scenic areas in the Mournes. Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish or bulky items on land not licensed to receive it. It can be dangerous to health, it pollutes land and waterways and costs significant... Read More

Financier Ivan beats the odds

County Down Outlook2 months ago

Financier Ivan beats the odds

RATHFRILAND man Ivan McMinn is a cancer survivor who is not only beating the odds, but defying statistics. Ivan, who has been living in Belfast for 24 years, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in November 2011. The 51-year-old keen athlete says he had no common symptoms, but had noticed his... Read More

Newry Democrat2 months ago

Hanratty blow for Armagh

WHILE Armagh were quick to publicise the introduction of five players to the squad ahead of the Ulster Championship clash with Cavan, the departure of Crossmaglen's Johnny Hanratty has fallen under the radar. Hanratty, a two-times club All-Ireland winning midfielder with Crossmaglen Rangers, failed... Read More

Hearty show as Stars win Shield

Newry Democrat2 months ago

Hearty show as Stars win Shield

IT was the Paddy Hearty show as Windmill Stars defeated Orchard City on penalties in last Tuesday's Mid-Ulster Shield Final at Newry City Showgrounds. The big Windmill keeper hit an astonishing late, late leveller when it seemed as though Clifford Sterritt's Orchard side, leading 1-0, must lift... Read More

County Down Outlook3 months 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

Drug factory in old manse

County Down Outlook3 months 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

County Down Outlook3 months ago

'I should be dead by now'

A RATHFRILAND woman credits a home-screening test for bowel cancer with saving her life. Margaret Stevenson didn't have any of the usual symptoms of bowel cancer but doctors say the underlying disease could have claimed her life in 18 months had it not been for the home test. And the 70-year-old is... Read More

COMMONWEALTH CALL FOR HOT SHOT HENNING

Newry Democrat3 months ago

COMMONWEALTH CALL FOR HOT SHOT HENNING

KILKEEL'S David Henning will compete at this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow after being called up to the Northern Ireland shooting team. Henning is a former World Junior Shooting Champion, which saw him recognised at the Newry and Mourne 2012 Sports Awards. On top of winning his global gold... Read More

Newry Democrat3 months ago

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

Erin takes the chop for charity

Newry Democrat3 months ago

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

Australian sisters finally return to Kilkeel home

Newry Democrat3 months ago

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

County Down Outlook3 months ago

‘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

County Down Outlook3 months ago

No Reservations in promotion!

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

County Down Outlook3 months ago

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

County Down Outlook3 months ago

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 Democrat3 months ago

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 Democrat3 months ago

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

Shane’s Got Talent

Newry Democrat3 months ago

Shane’s Got Talent

CROSSMAGLEN man Shane McKeever fronted a troupe of line dancers on Saturday night's episode of Britain's Got Talent. The group called CountryVive performed an energetic dance routine to the Rascal Flatts song Backwards, with judge Amanda Holden describing the act was "absolutely brilliant". The... Read More

County Down Outlook3 months 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

Sun shines as athletes take to roads

County Down Outlook3 months 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 Outlook3 months 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 Outlook3 months 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 Outlook3 months 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

Newry Democrat3 months ago

Hockey Club C league title

Division Three Hockey Club C 5 Slieve Gherkin 3 HOCKEY Club C are the new Division Three champions - and the first team from any division to wrap up a league title. Against Slieve Gherkin, the Belfast Road team fought back from going 2-1 and 3-2 in arrears to win the last three legs, grab the points... Read More

Newry Democrat3 months 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

Down comeback not enough

Newry Democrat3 months ago

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 Democrat3 months ago

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 Democrat3 months 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 Democrat3 months 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 Democrat3 months 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

Drama controls Valley game

County Down Outlook3 months ago

Drama controls Valley game

VALLEY Rangers suffered defeat at home for the first time since November 2012, this was in all competitions at Bignian Park. The result put a small dent in Valley's title challenge but with Hanover and Newry City also dropping points on Saturday, Valley live to fight another day in the race for... Read More

Newry Democrat3 months 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

Sahara sand to blame for dirty surprise on Sunday

Newry Democrat3 months 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

County Down Outlook4 months 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

Gr-eight result for High School

County Down Outlook4 months 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

Bodybuilder’s next challenge

County Down Outlook4 months 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

County Down Outlook4 months 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

Key figures pay respects at Lord Ballyedmond funeral

County Down Outlook4 months 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

Newry Democrat4 months ago

Orchard replay after Antrim raid

IN a game full of entertainment, excitement, incident and drama, Armagh U21, after twice looking to have the game won handsomely, failed to close out a determined Antrim side, writes John Morrison. Armagh will wonder how they were unable to secure a win in both normal time and extra-time. The... Read More

McKevitt and O'Grady are hat-trick heroes

Newry Democrat4 months 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 Democrat4 months 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

County Down Outlook4 months ago

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

County Down Outlook4 months ago

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

County Down Outlook4 months ago

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

County Down Outlook4 months ago

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

Town show big improvement

Newry Democrat4 months ago

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 Democrat4 months ago

Graves vandalised by heartless thugs

SICK vandals targeted the graves of Monks Hill Cemetery, Newry, on Thursday and Saturday night including the grave of little Lorcan McMahon-Preece who passed away in January. Up to 45 graves were vandalised during the sickening attacks as wooden crosses were pulled up and grave-side ornaments were... Read More

Newry Democrat4 months ago

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

Historical Newry documents found in the US

Newry Democrat4 months ago

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

County Down Outlook4 months ago

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

Going for gold!

County Down Outlook4 months ago

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

Uniting to remember victims at ‘difficult time’

County Down Outlook4 months ago

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

Armagh un-Laois orange wrath

Newry Democrat4 months ago

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

Newry Democrat4 months ago

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

City centre stalls get the green light for St Patrick's Day

Newry Democrat4 months ago

City centre stalls get the green light for St Patrick's Day

STALLS and street trading will return to Hill Street for this year's St Patrick's Day celebrations after hundreds of families were left disappointed 12 months ago when they were banned from the city centre. The council came in for stinging criticism last year when the annual St Patrick's Day parade... Read More

Newry Democrat4 months ago

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

County Down Outlook4 months ago

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

Banbridge boys box their way to success in Mid Ulster finals

County Down Outlook4 months ago

Banbridge boys box their way to success in Mid Ulster finals

BANBRIDGE ABC played host to 19 cracking Mid Ulster finals in the new club premises at Havelock Park on Saturday, 22 February. The commemorative programme acknowledged those boxers who formed the Mid Ulster Association 50 years ago. And as Club secretary, Anne Murphy commented how delighted the... Read More

Wheelers five battle it out in GP

County Down Outlook4 months ago

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

County Down Outlook4 months ago

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

County Down Outlook4 months ago

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 Democrat4 months ago

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 Democrat4 months ago

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 Democrat4 months ago

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

County Down Outlook4 months ago

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

Record breakers in a spin!

County Down Outlook4 months ago

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

Éirígí press officer cleared of all charges

Newry Democrat4 months ago

Éirígí press officer cleared of all charges

STEPHEN Murney, a member of the socialist republican party Éirígí, was yesterday (Monday) acquitted of a series of terrorism charges. Belfast Crown Court heard that photographs of police on duty were found on a computer together with two videos on an iPhone following a police search of Mr... Read More

County Down Outlook5 months ago

Valley roar to victory

AFTER a hiatus of several weeks due to the inclement weather, Valley got back to the 'green grass' of Mid Ulster league business with a very tough game away to Dungannon Tigers. The Valley management set the challenge to the team of starting with a high tempo and despite having the disadvantage of... Read More

County Down Outlook5 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 Outlook5 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

Bronte link for rally’s triumphant return

County Down Outlook5 months ago

Bronte link for rally’s triumphant return

RATHFRILAND'S Bronte Homeland Drive has given its name to a special stage of this year's Circuit of Ireland Rally taking place on Easter Saturday, 19 April. The 'Bronte Homeland' stage is the longest competitive stage during the two day European Rally Championship event which will take in nearly 30... Read More

Abbey snatch last gasp draw

Newry Democrat5 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

Clinical Down punish Armagh

Newry Democrat5 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 Democrat5 months ago

Gormley hails Abbey character for comeback

ABBEY CBS manager Jody Gormley hailed the fighting spirit of his side after they came back from the brink to keep their MacRory Cup dream alive, writes Steve Malone. With St Pat's Dungannon in control and 60-minutes played the Newry lads were four points adrift and staring down the barrel of defeat.... Read More

Rostrevor features at Bafta Awards

Newry Democrat5 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

Newry Democrat5 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

Important win for Reserves

County Down Outlook5 months ago

Important win for Reserves

MONEYSLANE Reserves entertained Portadown BBOB at Rathfriland High School in a top of the league clash at the weekend. Both teams started the game off cautiously knowing that a defeat could impact on their push for the league title. The home team had the chance to take the lead when a loose back... Read More

County Down Outlook5 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 Outlook5 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

Down rain supreme in wind-swept derby

Newry Democrat5 months ago

Down rain supreme in wind-swept derby

Armagh: P McEvoy, A Mallon, C Vernon, P Hughes, M Shields, C McKeever, C Rafferty, S Harold, E Rafferty, B Mallon, K Dyas, T Kernan, J Clarke, S Campbell and R Tasker. Down: S Harrison, D McCartan, P Turley, D O'Hagan, R Boyle, A Carr, C Garvey, K McKernan, R Mallon, D O'Hanlon, M Poland, J Johnston,... Read More

First experience of Newry for Pat Shortt

Newry Democrat5 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 Democrat5 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 Outlook5 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

Natalie’s joy at motorcycling award

County Down Outlook5 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

We got tickets!

County Down Outlook5 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 Democrat5 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

Padraig is Irish Swimmer of the Year

Newry Democrat5 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

Newry Democrat5 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

Susan McCann: First lady of Irish Country music

Newry Democrat5 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

County Down Outlook5 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

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

County Down Outlook5 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 Outlook5 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 Outlook5 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

Door is shut on three amigos

Newry Democrat5 months ago

Door is shut on three amigos

ARMAGH manager Paul Grimley has dismissed any suggestion that former players Gavin McParland, Pete Carragher and Declan McKenna will join the Senior county squad this season. The trio are were key members of Armagh's 2009 All-Ireland winning Minor team and had established themselves as potential... Read More

Fantastic four

Newry Democrat5 months ago

Fantastic four

FOUR young stars from the aptly named Carnbane League club Windmill Stars are blazing their way to glory, as they were plucked from the hundreds of children playing in the Lisburn League by Liverpool, Manchester united and Northern Ireland scouts and selected for their Schools of Excellence. Dylan... Read More

DNA links to murder

Newry Democrat5 months ago

DNA links to murder

POLICE investigating what was described as the "brutal and grotesque murder" of former IRA man Eamon Collins, have obtained a DNA profile from the murder scene. The revelation comes as a fresh appeal for information is launched on the 15th anniversary of Mr Collins' murder. The 45-year-old, who... Read More

Aiming for a brighter city

Newry Democrat5 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 Outlook6 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

County Down Outlook6 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

County Down Outlook6 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

NUMMY'S PULL OUT OF DARTS LEAGUE

Newry Democrat6 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 Democrat6 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

Rostrevor makes the big stage

Newry Democrat6 months ago

Rostrevor makes the big stage

ROSTREVOR has made it to the red carpet of this year's Oscars after the motion picture, Philomena was nominated for four Academy Awards. The film which stars Steve Coogan and Dame Judi Dench, is up for the awards of Best Motion Picture, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Best... Read More

County Down Outlook6 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

County Down Outlook6 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 Outlook6 months ago

Advertising in front of town war memorial a despicable act: Baird

CONCERN was shared by Banbridge councillors over the parking of an advertising vehicle in front of the town's war memorial. The car was allegedly parked for an entire Saturday in front of the memorial and was described as a "disgraceful act" by UUP Councillor Joan Baird MBE . It was then discussed... Read More

County Down Outlook6 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 Outlook6 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 Democrat6 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

The Mighty Quinn

Newry Democrat6 months ago

The Mighty Quinn

FEARGHUS Quinn edged out Conor Wallace to make the semi-final of the All Ireland U18 75 kilo championship. In a close contest at Dublin's National Stadium at the weekend the Belleek boxer, fighting in the colours of Camlough ABC, won a majority decision over his local Sacred Heart rival. It was a... Read More

Council criticised over Newry On Ice licence

Newry Democrat6 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 Democrat6 months ago

Jail for causing head injuries

A KEADY man who threw a rock through a car windscreen causing its driver severe head injuries, has been sentenced to three years in jail. At Newry Crown Court on Thursday, James Tomany of Crossmore Gardens faced charges of common assault, grievous bodily harm, and three counts of criminal damage... Read More

Newry Democrat6 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

Steely Banbridge Ladies 2nd XI secure a win

County Down Outlook6 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 Outlook6 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 Outlook6 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

Newry Democrat6 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 sink Ports to land Linden Cup

Newry Democrat6 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 Democrat6 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

County Down Outlook6 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

Brave El shaves head for cancer charity

County Down Outlook6 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

County Down Outlook2 years ago

Will Titanic transformation of Iveagh be plain sailing?

WITH the pending re-release of Titanic in 3D nationwide this Friday, Iveagh Movie Studios are holding their breath as they wait for installers to complete the final piece of the jigsaw that will see them transform their projection room into a state of the art full digital cinema. Over the past few... 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

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

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