Category archives for: Community

President Michael D Higgins visits South Armagh

An Tobar Community Wellness Centre and Social Farm recently hosted the historical occasion of a visit from President Michael D Higgins and his wife Mrs Sabina Higgins .   There was a festive atmosphere as around 120 invited guests gathered for the President’s arrival. A guard of honour was provided by pupils of St Joseph’s […]

Drinking on St Patrick’s Day? Make a plan and stick to it

As people get ready to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging anyone choosing to drink to keep an eye on their alcohol intake by making a plan of setting a limit and sticking to it. The PHA’s Drugs and Alcohol lead Michael Owen said, “A lot of people will be […]

Important advice for pregnant women during lambing season

With spring just around the corner the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding pregnant women about the risk of close contact with sheep during lambing season. The PHA is advising women who are, or think they may be, pregnant to reduce their risk of miscarriage and infection by avoiding close contact with sheep during lambing […]

Anti-scam initiative launched

The ScamwiseNI Partnership, working with the Post Office, has launched the ‘Scam? Ask Us’ Initiative at Post Offices across Northern Ireland.  The initiative, the first of its kind in the UK, will encourage Post Office customers to ask counter staff if they are concerned they are falling victims to a scam. The Post Office counter […]

Amended fees to benefit Access NI registered bodies

The Department of Justice has announced that it is to reduce fees for Basic and Standard Criminal record checks made through AccessNI.   From 1 April 2019, the cost of basic and standard checks will be reduced from the current fee of £26 to £18.     The reduction will benefit individual applicants and also […]

Illegal dumping ‘at epidemic proportions’

Sinn Féin Local Council Election candidate for the Slieve Gullion area, Oonagh Magennis has said that the issue of illegal dumping was now a widespread major problem throughout the area and that it needed to be tackled head-on by those charged with doing so. Oonagh was speaking after visiting the scenes of more illicit dumping […]

SRC caters for growth with £600,000 ‘Graduate’ investment

Southern Regional College, one of Northern Ireland’s leading providers of dedicated skills training and support for the local and regional hospitality sector, has served up its newest culinary innovation. Confirming its reputation for excellence in hospitality and tourism, Southern Regional College has officially opened the hatch on a new, ultra-modern training restaurant and kitchen which […]

Bessbrook death: 5 arrested on suspicion of murder

Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man, aged in his 30s, whose body was discovered in a property in the Acorn Hill area of Bessbrook this morning, Wednesday 13 March. Police received a report shortly after 10.15am this morning.      Speaking to Newry Times, Detective Chief Inspector Eamonn Corrigan said, […]

Appeal for witnesses after South Armagh VW van theft

Police in Newtownhamilton are investigating the report of the theft of a van in Silverbridge on Tuesday 26 February. Speaking to Newry Times, Constable Tom Nugent said, “A silver Volkswagen Caddy van was parked at the side of the road at Ford’s Cross around 3.30pm on Tuesday afternoon, and when the owner returned to collect […]

Daisy Hill Hospital Renal Unit amongst the best in UK

The Southern Trust’s Renal Unit has been ranked as fourth in the UK and top in Northern Ireland in a national patient experience survey. The Renal Unit at Daisy Hill Hospital treats patients with kidney disease from across Armagh, Dungannon, Craigavon, Banbridge, Newry and Mourne and some from border areas of the Republic of Ireland. […]


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