Condolences: roses & raspberries

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From the newspapers:

Our deepest and sincerest sympathies are extended to the husband, Sean, the children, Cian, Moya and Rory, the parents Willie (McGivern) and Bernadette (formerly Kane) and all the other relatives and friends of the beautiful Anne-Marie O’Connell of Highfields Avenue, whose remains will be interred after 11.00 Requiem Mass in Cloughogue Church tomorrow morning.

Your editor was fortunate to befriend Anne-Marie in the last year of her life on earth.

Also condolences to Brian (husband) and all the relatives of Sylvia Dodds whose remains are being interred this week in Birmingham. Brian has been the backbone of Newry Journal for some years past.

Also to the relatives of Maura Cunningham of Ardfreelin (formerly Connor of High Street) whose remains were interred after noon Mass in the Dominican this morning.



Father Peter McVerry of Newry has again been honoured for his work with the homeless in Dublin.

At a ceremony held today at the site of the former Maze prison, community and business leaders and politicians will present him with the Harry McKillop Irish Spirit Award.

As noted elsewhere on this site (search .. McVerry) Peter opened the very first Centre for the Homeless in the Republic in 1979.



The utter shame and disgrace of the worst attendance of any person serving on the FIVE Education and Library Boards in Northern Ireland

(as reecords released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal)  is held by local Sinn Fein Councillor and former Mayor of Newry, Mr Pat Maginn – who attended a mere six of twenty-two important meetings.

His party colleague, Councillor Brendan Curran was, in relative terms, no better at all, present at less than half of the meetings he was due to attend.

Yet these people – and other politicians on the Boards – will be certain to contact all local papers in a furore of protest when the imminent announcement is made – by their party colleague amd local (well, Mayo actually) MLA Catriona Ruane – in her capacity as Minister of Education – of the widespread closure of rural schools and further cutbacks to Library Services.


Electors have the right to ask where all these people were when the issue was debated and before the decisions were made!


 Those interested in news of the ongoing controversy of ‘Bagenal’s Castle  … or not’  may like to follow this link:



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