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The Flagstaff walk of the 60's and 70's is back after many years rest so dust off those walking boots which have been lying in the back of the cupboard all winter and sign up for the Mayor’s Charity Flagstaff Walk/Run/Cycle which will take place on Sunday 25th April.

Mayor John Feehan is inviting everyone to participate in what will be a fun day out for all the family. Walkers will be given the chance to experience a walk along the picturesque Flagstaff Road with breathtaking views over Carlingford Lough.

You and your friends can choose to participate in either a Walk, Run or Cycle starting in the vicinity of the Quays Shopping Complex. Entry fee is £10 per person, Children £5 and Families £20 which will go to the Mayor’s Charity Cycle Fund. You will also be given the opportunity of raising your own sponsorship for the Mayor’s Charity Fund which is being administered through the Newry Lions Club.

Mayor Feehan extends this invitation to all local schools who may have a fundraising project in mind. This will be an ideal opportunity to get children walking and at the same time raise money for their school project.

Mayor Feehan said: “this is an great opportunity for anyone, including children, wanting to fundraise for charity. The walk is open to anyone who is keen to get their walking boots on and hike for charity”.

All participants will be presented with a certificate on completion of the walk.

Entry forms and sponsor cards will be available at all major Council facilities in early February or accessed at www.newryandmourne.gov.uk/downloads.

For further information contact Hilary Halliday tele 028 3031 3072 or email hilary.halliday@newryandmourne.gov.uk

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The Flagstaff walk of the 60's and 70's is back after many years rest so dust off those walking boots which have been lying in the back of the cupboard all winter and sign up for the Mayor’s Charity Flagstaff Walk/Run/Cycle which will take place on Sunday 25th April.

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Senator David NorrisNewry Rainbow Community is hosting a night of dialogue and discussion between people from the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender community and our local political representatives.

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The Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council has accepted an invitation from the Mayor of the City of Kirovsk in Northern Russia, to visit the City during late February 2010 to discuss both Administrations Twinning Development Plan.

The visit will consider a number of joint projects, student exchange, youth development exchange projects, economic development, health, community safety and education exchange project

Mayor Feehan stated “I am very pleased to accept this kind invitation to visit Kirvosk to discuss the future development of our Twinning Project. Currently we have a very successful student exchange project and we hope to continue this project in the future. Students from Kivrosk have studied at the Southern Regional College and it is hoped to expand this in the future. A number of other students with their teachers from Kirovsk will travel to Newry in March/April 2010 on an exchange project. Also I am pleased to confirm that 6 youth from various community groups in Newry with 3 youth workers will travel to Kirovsk in advance of Easter to participate in the Nord Camp with other youth groups from Russia, Norway and Finland”.

In conclusion Mayor Feehan confirmed that he would report back to the Council after his visit to outline other proposals on the continued development of the Twinning Project in the future.

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The bomb starts a fire outside Newry Courthouse


Newry Courthouse was the target for Bombers on Monday night. A loud explosion was heard around 10.40pm from as far away as Camlough and it started a blaze on the road. It appears that the bomb was detonated around the main gates of the Courthouse but it is impossible to confirm this at this stage. The PSNI sealed the area off completely immediately after the explosion and roads will probably remain closed for some time.

Damage to the Courthouse isn't immediately apparent at this stage. There are no reports of any injuries.Canal Street is jammed as cars are evacuated away from the scene of the explosion

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Newry Chamber issued a statement regarding Mondays Bomb: ‘Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade totally condemns those responsible for the car bomb outside the Newry Courthouse.

They have no strategy to contribute to the wellbeing of this area. They have no support. Newry will not allow them to prevail. The people of Newry have worked tirelessly over the decades to regenerate the City and bring investment into the region.

Newry is now an economic driver of all-island significance. The actions of a very small minority will not put all of this good work in jeopardy. Newry is a formidable, united community’.

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John McCallister, MLA; Mickey Brady, MLA and Cllr Pat McGinn on the Panel.

The Newry Rainbow Community have held a very successful event in the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre. Blaine Whitley, Chairman, Newry Rainbow Community introduced the panel on the night. The discussion was facilitated by Patricia MacBride, Commissioner for Victims and Survivors with a panel of
local politicians who took questions from the floor on issues important to the local LGBT Community.

The Come Talk to us PanelThe talk was extremely well attended and a very frank discussion took place. Present on the Panel were Caitriona Ruanne, MLA, Minister for Education; John McCallister, MLA; Mickey Brady, MLA; Dominic Bradley, MLA and local councillors Josephine O'Hare and Pat McGinn.

Sadly on the night Senator Norris was unable to attend due to illness

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A Candlelight vigil was held on Friday night outside Newry Town Hall by local Business People to express their revulsion at this weeks Courthouse Bomb as well as other incidents in other parts of the province and to call for an end to the activities of dissident republicans.

Local residents as well as politicians joined in supporting the plea.

It has been quite a few years since a such a vigil was held in the city.

Joining in the Newry Vigil for Peace

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Happy St Patrick's Day to one and all. Wherever you are in the world don't forget to enjoy the one day of the year which makes you think of home.

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