We get by with "a little help from our friends"...
Good morning! A lovely bit of news to brighten your Tuesday... As you will perhaps have seen, we highlighted Johnmichael McCann's mission to help ensure tragic Aaron O'Neill's family receive the Christmas they all deserve, with an article written just five days ago.
We then heard back from Johnmichael the day after the story was published to say, "amazing guys, I had £2700 and after your article, we have close to £4500". They have even received donations from as far afield as New York, with a very special donation coming in from renowned Meath-based horse trainer, Gordon Elliot. Something the family believe Aaron would have been chuffed about.
Now at the time of writing (midday October 31), they have raised an astonishing £6595! A true testament to what can be achieved when people come together, especially, when you consider that all Johnmichael asked for was just, "a little help from friends".
If you would like to make a contribution to this incredible fund you can do so here.
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In the headlines
Detectives investigating David Black murder appeal for information on 10th anniversary — armaghi.com
Rising costs are always in the headlines but welcome news this week is Firmus energy, Northern Ireland’s largest natural gas supplier, announced that its 111,000 customers will receive a discount on their natural gas bills as part of the government’s gas discount scheme.
A novel described by its Armagh-born author as ‘Parent Trap meets Derry Girls’ has been shortlisted in the Irish Book Awards.
If you're from Lurgan and like Pizza, then is up your street - Four Star Pizza has re-opened its Craigavon store in an £80,000 investment that will create 27 new jobs locally and breathe new life into the Lake Road area, where the store is located.
If you were out over the weekend you might have been at the Apple Harvest Fayre in Richhill, did you get snapped by our photographer? Check out the galleries Part 1 and Part 2
Fight Night fundraiser for Armagh’s ‘Two Warriors’ Freddie and Theo
Family’s delight as James Reel Play Park opens this Sunday – 11 months after campaign began
Charlotte Murray murder: Police appeal to Moy man to reveal location of body on 10th anniversary
Tassagh man brandishing knife chased through Armagh by police
Armagh Cricket Club launch ‘100 Cap Club’ celebrating long-serving players in 163-year history
Woman pushed to ground and sexually assaulted in early hours along Lurgan road
Man dies in Magheralin road collision
Three taken to hospital after 4×4 crashes through wall and into river 40ft below on Keady Road
Close to 40 new homes proposed in significant housing boost for Craigavon
Bittersweet for pet shop owner Davy who puts business up for sale to spend more time with daughter
Southern Trust hoping reduce expenditure by offering agency and locum workforce full-time contracts
Frail 83-year-old spends 15 hours vomiting in car outside Craigavon ED waiting on doctor
It’s been the godmother of all waits, but this Christmas at The Market Place Theatre, you shall go to the ball! Win a family pass (4 people) for a performance of your choosing. (subject to availability) This is a newsletter exclusive offer and you have two chances to win, this week and next week! Simply complete the form here to be in with a chance to win.
Winner will be announced in next Tuesday Newsletter!
Check out the Market Place Theatre website here for more details!
Don't forget you can still enter this weeks cinema ticket giveaway in conjunction with Omniplex Cinemas Enter here! Winner will be announced in Friday's Newsletter.
Happening this week
Join Armagh City Library for their next Storytime and Craft!
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Lurgan Library Toddler Storytime and Paper Craft is on Wednesday November 9! Booking essential - please contact the branch directly
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The fabulous ladies from Nit & Natters Community from Armagh, raised an outstanding £3,500 recently from once again selling their beautiful handmade knitwear. The group have been knitting and nattering at local events and putting their skills to raise funds for Southern Area Hospice Services!
Tucked away in a quiet corner of the sleepy Caledon Estate, with nothing but the sound of the babbling River Blackwater for company, lays an unassuming but astonishing feat of 18th century architecture. Read more about the Bone House here
ROAD CLOSURE - To facilitate resurfacing works a full road closure of the B50 will be in place from November 2 for two weeks. Read more here
Police are appealing for information following an incident when a car failed to stop then struck a police vehicle in Aughnacloy in the early hours of this morning, Monday, October 30.
In Pictures: Return of Fang-tastic Dungannon Halloween Fun and Fireworks
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