2020 has been an incredible 'belly up' year with all of us expected to make up our new lives as we went along. Inevitably many mistakes were made both by ourselves and also by those that govern us, but the template for this year didn't exist so no one should be too hard on themselves.

It has been a horrific year for many people in Newry and surrounds. We think of all of you who have lost loved ones whether Covid-19 related or not. We think of those who have lost their jobs and those who find the reality of all of this an everyday struggle. There are many sources of help out there. Please use them or contact us if you want information on what is available.

2020 won't be forgotten quickly. Even waiting for a bus was different this year. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/
2020 won't be forgotten quickly! Even waiting for a bus was different this year. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/

Here at we thank all of you who stood by us this year.

First and foremost to you our readers we appreciate all your input. We want to make a positive difference to the city of Newry. Sometimes we do, many other times we fall short. If you have any suggestions how we can improve and make that difference, please please let us know either by comment or email to

To all our Advertisers, funders and those who made donations to, we thank you for putting your faith in us and we feel enormously privileged to have you on board. There is no doubt that without you, would not exist as it does.

To those who wrote articles, press releases and reports and let us know of many local happenings through the year, again thank you for keeping us up to date with our local community.

Finally all that is left is to wish each and every one of you, no matter where you are in the world, a healthy and happy 2021.

Columba O'Hare, Director/ Editor CIC

Gary O'Hare, Director CIC

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