The Movilla Abbey Methodist Flower Festival 2016 takes place from 10am Friday, May 20th to Sunday, May 22nd at 5pm.
Methodist notes

Last week the leaders of the four main churches, including the President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Rev Brian Anderson, met members of the Pa(...)

SOUTH DOWN CANDIDATES: Sinead Bradley (SDLP); Patrick Brown (Alliance); Michael Gray-Sloan (Sinn Féin); John Hardy (Greens); Chris Hazzard (Sinn Féin); John McCallister (Ind); Colin McGrath (SDLP); Harold McKee (UUP); Henry Reilly (TUV); Seán Rogers (SDLP); Caitríona Ruane (Sinn Féin); Jim Wells (DUP).

The 2016 Stormont elections brought little change to South Down as all parties retained the same number of seats from the previous Assembly - although(...)

UPPER BANN CANDIDATES: Sydney Anderson (DUP); Doug Beattie (UUP); Jo-Anne Dobson (UUP); Roy Ferguson (TUV); Harry Hamilton (Alliance); Emma Hutchinson (NI Lab Rep); David Jones (Ukip); Dolores Kelly (SDLP); Martin Kelly (Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol); Simon Lee (Greens); Carla Lockhart (DUP); Sophie Long (PUP); Stephen McCarroll (Ind); Ian Keith Nickels (Conservatives); John O’Dowd (Sinn Féin); Kyle Savage (UUP); Catherine Seeley (Sinn Féin).

On Friday night, just as the polls closed at Upper Bann, the pro-cannabis candidate Martin Kelly had his hopes of election finally extinguished. The (...)

Tommy Hefferon  at the Twaddell Avenue protest camp in north Belfast. Loyalists believe they are victims of a two-tier policing system. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

A Parades Commission decision to restrict an Orange march in north Belfast has had lasting consequences. There have been more than 1,000 days of prot(...)

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including Upper Bann – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

Sinn Féin is putting a huge effort into getting two MLAs elected in Upper Bann . Former SDLP deputy leader Dolores Kelly is facing a tough battle t(...)

Tailback caused by a   lorry crash on the M1  which claimed the life of an elderly woman. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/Alan Lewis/

An elderly woman has been killed in a six-car crash on the M1 motorway in Northern Ireland. It is understood a lorry hit the central reservation at(...)

DUP First Minister Arlene Foster: She  also rejected President Michael D Higgins’s call for a review of militarist imperialism. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Many of the 1916 Rising leaders were egotists “who were doing it to bring glory on themselves”, the North’s First Minister Arlene Foster has said in (...)

Emmett and Julia O’Reilly with daughters Gráinne and Saoirse. Photograph: Ciarán D’Arcy

Onlookers hung from walls and mounted bus shelters to catch the commemoration parade as it passed through Dublin city centre on Sunday, and most were (...)

Conor McCann and Naoise McSherry in the Clann Eireann Youth Club in Lurgan, Co Armagh. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

History is not just history in a place like Lurgan. The Co Armagh town has not fully emerged from the Troubles and the vast majority of Protestants an(...)

Dissident republican Colin Duffy has been granted leave to seek a judicial review over a failure to confirm that his legal consultations are not being bugged. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Dissident republican Colin Duffy has been granted leave to seek a judicial review over a failure to confirm that his legal consultations are not being(...)