A difficult start to the New Year
But there have been many reasons for celebration in our community...
Good morning, it’s Micheal with you here. Sadly, it hasn’t been the most upbeat of starts to 2023 on the news front but there have been plenty of reasons to celebrate for many of our readers (see below).
Wherever you were and whatever you were doing, we hope you had a nice start to the New Year. We know this time of year brings about change for many but for others it’s a difficult time. The nights are long; the weather is grim – it can be really on people. Reach out to someone this week, even just to say hello.
As always, we want to thank our readers for taking the time to get in touch with us. Check out some of the great photos below, and congratulations to all who have been celebrating a special occasion – we’d love to hear from you.
In the headlines
Sister’s tearful tribute to Lurgan’s Odhran O’Neill who was ‘far too pure for this world’
Tributes paid to ‘brilliant doctor and great man’ following passing of Portadown GP
Man dies following collision on Old Dublin Road outside Newry
Portuguese man who assaulted police in Portadown had been deported from UK
Hospice Chaplain Rev Matthew Hagan ‘delighted’ by MBE in King’s first New Year Honours
Book of Condolence to open in Cathedral as Armagh’s Archbishops pay tribute to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Gilford man who ‘kicked off’ in hospital given 120 hours community service
Two men flee scene after police seize £25,000 of drugs after Banbridge car chase
Heartbreak at sudden passing of young Lurgan man on New Year’s Day
Gilford Boxing Club brave icy waters in aid of Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust
Daughter’s heartbreaking tribute to Lurgan mum ‘who made my life the absolute best’
Woman kept animals in squalid condition in house soaked in urine and faecal matter
Did you try our Big Fat Quiz? How much do you remember and how many of our 25 questions can you get right below? Thanks to Manor and Mill for kindly sponsoring our end of year quiz.
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Just in time for new year Chris McClure and wife Rachel welcomed baby Seth into the world on December 30. Baby Seth was delivered at Craigavon Area Hospital weighing 8lb 8oz.
Over in Lurgan, couple Matthew Halliday and Samantha Silcock had lots to celebrate on Christmas day after getting engaged. Well done guys! Congratulations!
On new years day, Tom and Louise Mitchell, also from Lurgan celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary, and for those of you not great at maths, yes that means the happy couple tided the knot on the millennium. Heres to many more happy years together!
It was a welcome return for the Livingstone Tractor Run as rain failed to deter charity fundraiser. Check out our gallery here
Finally, some of you may have caught it between Christmas and New Year and some eagled-eyed readers spotted the sign before we even got it out. Armagh I has taken up residence in our beloved city and opened offices on Barrack Street, number 8 to be exact. It’s been a real journey for us over the last few months but we’ve loved every minute. We can’t wait to see you and welcome you in. Here’s a look at what’s been going on.
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Kellie, wishing you and your colleagues health and happiness in your fantastic new abode ❤️
Fabulous!!! The amazing team of workers in Armagh I deserve the best.
Dee. Helping the Community.