Apr 27 2015 03:36pm
fbUpcoming charity ceili in aid of The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust on the 10th May in Killeavy Youth Club. There is a raffle (on the day) with top prize £100 and tickets (£1 for one and £5 for a book of 6) can be purchased in advance if you contact the numbers on the flyer.

Apr 27 2015 08:27am
fbDestination Newry News Headlines for Monday 27th April 2015

DUP Health Minister Jim Wells resigns. Mr Wells has stepped down following his controversial comments last week when he stated that children with same sex parents are more likely to be abused. DUP sources state the Mr Wells will take time away to care for his ill wife and a new Health Minister will not be appointed until May 11th.

20 Time Champion Jockey Tony Mc Coy has cantered off into retirement. Legendary jump jockey and Moneyglass man Tony McCoy said his goodbyes to the racing world on Saturday as he finished 3rd in the 4.25 at Sandown on board pre race favourite Box Office. An emotional McCoy said afterwards “I’ve lived the dream. I just wish I could do it all again”. Thanks for the memories Tony.

Earthquake devastates Nepal. At least 2150 people are feared dead after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal just before noon on Saturday. A serious of aftershocks caused extensive damage to an already devastated region. Climbers at basecamp of Mount Everest were also missing following an avalanche caused by the Earthquake. A worldwide aid operation is underway.

Local businessmen included in the Sunday Times Rich List. A number of local businesses have been included in the Sunday Times top 250 wealthiest people on the Island of Ireland. They include The Haughey family of Norbrook, Martin Naughton of Glen Dimplex and Dr Gerard O Hare of Parker Green International.

Armagh crowned Divison 3 Champions as Down crash to Roscommon. Congratulations to Armagh and their fantastic 5 point victory over Fermanagh in the Division 3 league final in Croke Park Saturday night. They held on with 14 men after the early sending off of for a well deserved 0-16 to 0-11 victory.
Down suffered a 1-17 to 0-15 defeat at the hands of a much bigger and physically stronger Roscommon team. The early dismissal on Down's Brendan McArdle mystified an attendance of over 31,000 and changed the remainder of the game. Both teams now switch attention to preparation for the upcoming championship

Apr 27 2015 08:04am
fbDeaths in our Community - Monday 27 April 2015

LARRY WARD ( Warrenpoint ) died 24th April, dearly loved husband of Siobhan and loving daddy of Cillian and Aoibheann, 35 Rowallen, Moygannon Road Warrenpoint.
Requiem mass Thursday 30th April at 10.30am in St Peters Church Warrenpoint.

HUGH JOHN RODGERS ( Newcastle ) died 24th April, dearly beloved husband of the late Margaret and father of Paddy, Ann and the late Hugh.
Remains will leave his late residence today Monday April 27th at 10.15am for 11.00am Requiem mass at St Mary's Church, Glassdrumman.

Destination Newry express our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and communities of those deceased

Apr 26 2015 11:51pm
fb**Take That Tickets For Sale**
One of our followers has 2 Take That tickets for sale for This Tuesday's show in Belfast, their seated in the lower tier, if anyone is interested please PM us and we will pass the details on
Apr 26 2015 04:01pm

Written in November 2002 before the death of Cecil Kerr of the Christian Renewal Centre Rostrevor.

The digging of the first sod for the Holy Cross Monastery in the Valley of Saint Bronagh, Rostrevor.

A Moment in a Warp of Time caught in the Amber of Dreaming.

I met Cecil Kerr twenty-seven years ago. He had just established the Christian Renewal Centre in Rostrevor and, in the days of her dying, my mother had found great solace there.
I saw Cecil and his wife Myrtle in Rostrevor on last Wednesday, when, in the company of other good folk, we sallied forth into the Valley of St Bronagh, for the cutting of the first sod in the new monastery of the Monks of St Benedict.

This, was a deeply meaningful event, for these Brothers of Benedict came to Ireland in 1988, on a mission to help reconcile Christians and in an outreach for peace. Now they were putting down roots.
A stone to be laid down as the Monastery started to rise, had arrived from Subiaco, from the cave where Benedict lived for a time, as a hermit, and where he established his first Monastery.

Michael Ryane from Dundalk, a good and dear friend, brought another stone, from the storm-tossed beach in Ardamine in Wexford where St Patrick landed.
Patrick came to bring Christianity.

The followers of Benedict came to bring Christians together.
Both stones will find a place in the new “House of Prayer for All” in the Monastery in the Valley of Bronagh.

The congregation for the event of the sod turning, flotsam and jetsam of the tides and trials of life, clambered over ditches and through soggy bog, to be there where a white Christian-cross, marked the place where the Monastery would rise.

Bishop John wore good boots and was well “hopped up” against the cold wind.
Brother Eric made his way through the nettles, with the white habit of his calling held up to avoid contact with the grassy puddles.
Darryl tried to get a picture of the ‘galliarding’ monk and maybe succeeded.
Michael wanted to try on the Bishop’s boots.
Mark tried to cut the sod (and did) and said that if it were true that monks dug their own graves, then, on the evidence of the sod-cutting, he would be a long time digging his!
Mark’s mother and Philomena (Paddy Joe’s wife) were taken on site, sitting high on a straw bale in the feed box of Paddy Joe’s tractor.
“I was scared but I did it for him (Mark),” the kindly Belfast lady confided later.
Paddy Joe, the man who gave the Monks the land for their Monastery.

I, in sandaled-bare feet, stood in fresh cow clap and washed them in a rain barrel that collected the flow that came off the higher ground. It was, in the moment, a kind of sacramental, monastic thing to do.

I looked across the heads of the people to the mountains and the sea beyond and thought back to the words of Bishop John about the monks…. “Dear Lord we pray that you will honour their act of faith and hope in what they are set out upon. Let them be an example of prayer and praise for your honour and glory and for the good of all the people.”

As quickly as it started it was all over. The Monastery, this “House of Prayer for All People”, was under way.
Joe O’Hanlon and Michael Rayne joined me for lunch at the Celtic Fjord; Thai Salmon, bottles of good Gewurztraminer and a happiness at having been present at a moment in history.

"Ubi Caritas et Amor Deus Ibi Est"