Post Date : Mon 23 Jan 2017 11:10 AM

20th January 2017, Paddy Wilson passed away peacefully at home with his loving family. 

Loving father of Thomas, Vanessa and Grace, son of Bobby and Christie and brother of Jacqueline and Dominic.
His remains will leave his father’s residences 6 Ballygorian Road, Hilltown on Monday at 11.15am for 12.00noon Requiem Mass in the Church of St John the Evangelist, Ballymaghery, Hilltown. Burial afterward in the adjoining cemetery.
Deeply regretted by his sorrowing son, daughters, father, mother, brother, sister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and the entire family circle.
Post Date : Mon 23 Jan 2017 11:08 AM
20th January, 2017, Norman Bell passed away peacefully at his home, 13 Forthill Green, Banbridge. Norman, dearly loved husband of Doreen Elizabeth Bell and much loved dad of Colin and Sharon.
Funeral Service in Scarva Street Presbyterian Church on Monday at 1pm. Committal afterwards in Loughbrickland Presbyterian Churchyard.
No flowers please. Donations in lieu may be sent, if desired, to William Bell & Co., Funeral Directors, 23 Kenlis Street, Banbridge BT32 3LR for Banbridge District Nurses.
Deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife, son, daughter, grandchildren Britney, Megan, Adam and Clare-Rose, brother Derick and all the family circle.

"What a friend we have in Jesus." 

Post Date : Mon 23 Jan 2017 11:06 AM

20th JANUARY 2017, Edie Miller passed away peacefully at hospital. Dearly beloved sister of the late Sandy, Isobel, Eleanor and Jack, dear aunt of Brian, Jackie, Sandra and Eric. 

Funeral service in Downpatrick Presbyterian Church on Monday 23rd January at 2.00pm. Interment afterwards in the adjoining churchyard. 
Very deeply regretted and will be lovingly remembered by her sorrowing family and friends.
Post Date : Mon 23 Jan 2017 10:54 AM

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has condemned  last night's gun attack on a PSNI officer in north Belfast. 


Mr Kelly said; 


"I totally condemn this gun attack on a PSNI officer in north Belfast tonight. 


"It is my understanding that a police officer was shot in a drive by shooting on the Crumlin Road and that his injuries are not believed to be life threatening. 


"I hope that the injured officer will make a full and speedy recovery. 


"Those responsible for this attack are the same people who are attacking the local community. They have absolutely nothing to offer society and need to call a halt to these activities immediately. 


"I would call on anyone with information on this incident to bring it forward to the PSNI." 

Post Date : Mon 23 Jan 2017 10:47 AM

Social media sometimes gets a bad press for what is displayed through that medium. In the past week it presented itself in a good and proper way. It allowed us to see the past of a group of Castlewellan friends and the way they were. It allowed them to perhaps smile and say “god – do you remember that night”, “that was some holiday” or “look at the state of us that night”. Then they laugh and shake their heads.

Those sort of fantastic memories roll out for us all at some time or another. I hope the guys in the photographs won’t mind being referred to by their affectionate name “The Romper Room Gang”. For those of you too young to remember, Romper Room was a children’s TV show many years ago.

Those guys were all great friends. One of them was, of course, Mickey McAlinden who passed away last week at an all too early age. He fought illness over the past few years with the bravery and toughness that astounded us all. A fighter to the end. His close family and friends will only ever truly know just how brave he was.  The tributes to him have come from far and wide as well as from within our community.

If anyone ever marked Mickey in a match they will know he was small in physical stature. You will also know that he made up for it with quick thinking, cuteness and tigerish qualities. His presence around our club was and will be sadly missed by us all. The Executive Committee and Members wish to extend to his wife Madge and his son’s Niall and Gerard all our sincere sympathy for their loss. We also extend our sympathy to his brothers and sisters Gerry, Charlie, Rose, Rory, Patricia, Francey, Anne and the wide family circle at this time We also have in our thoughts his late twin brother James and parents Francey (Snr) and Maureen. Ar dheis de go raibh a anam dilis. 

A few weeks back we congratulated Sorcha McCarten on becoming a double dual All Star. This week Sorcha's incredible talents have gained her an All Ireland interprovinsional medal. After being selected to represent Ulster they have become champions beating Connacht 2-07 to 1-01 in the final set in Kinnegad. On behalf of the club and all the members we send a massive congratulations to Sorcha the players and management. 
There will be a "Back to Basics" coaching course at 7pm sharp on Thurs Jan 26th in St Malachys Primary School. We would request all juvenile coaches and and parent helpers from all four codes in our club to attend this course which will last for one and a half hours. No previous coaching experience is required.and we encourage as many as possible to attend
Anyone interested in helping with juvenile coaching please contact John O'Neill on 07711737610.
OnSaturday 11th February the club rooms will be holding a disco, back by popular demand on the night will be DJ Connor Moran. Drink promotions on the night and free entry before 10pm.
This weeks lotto numbers were 1,2,12,15, there was 2 £20 winners, Jackpot stands at £37500, tickets available around the town and in the clubrooms. 
Picture Sorcha McCarten (right) with the All Ireland Interprovincial trophy and fellow county player Laoise Duffy
Post Date : Mon 23 Jan 2017 10:41 AM

West Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Órlaithí Flynn has called on the DUP Education Minister, Peter Weir, to reverse the notice of withdrawal of funding for hundreds of Youth Workers right across the North.

On Friday Ms Flynn’s colleague, Fra McCann MLA, wrote to Peter Weir seeking an urgent meeting to discuss the funding withdrawal notice.

Ms Flynn said:

“Many youth groups received letters stating that funding given under the Extended Provision Youth Work programme were now being given notice of withdrawal by the Education Authority.

“My colleague, Fra McCann MLA, immediately requested a meeting with Peter Weir and Sinn Féin has been in close contact with Youth Workers to actively support them in resisting this decision.

“The DUP should roll back on this disgraceful notice of withdrawal of vital funding.

“Recently DUP minister Paul Givan withdrew funding for Irish language bursaries for disadvantaged children under the Liofa scheme.

“The DUP minister was forced to reverse that appalling decision after enormous pressure from Irish language campaigners and from Sinn Féin.

“It's important that political representatives, Youth Workers and community organisations in Belfast and right across the North keep the pressure on the DUP to reverse this disgraceful decision.

“This funding helps to support additional youth work, allowing youth organisations to employ hundreds of workers in the most socially deprived communities across the North.

“These Youth Workers carry out work which makes a huge positive difference to childrens’ lives.

“This was yet another attack by the DUP on working class children.

“Peter Weir needs to reverse the notices of withdrawal of funding and end DUP attacks on vulnerable communities.”

Post Date : Mon 23 Jan 2017 10:34 AM
Shane’s Gaelic for Girls
Our latest Shanes Gaelic for Girls programme began on Saturday morning at the club with 65 girls aged from 8 - 13 taking part. The coaching duties were carried out by 8 members of our senior ladies’ team and all the girls enjoyed a fun morning of activities. Afterwards everybody spent some time relaxing inside the club with refreshments. Many thanks to all the coaches and also to Pauline and Briege who handled registrations and refreshments. The programme continues next Saturday morning at the field from 11.00am - 12.15pm and all newcomers are welcome to join at any time.
Senior Ladies
Our senior ladies have a team meeting this coming Wednesday, 25th January at 7.00pm in the club-house to begin preparations for the coming year.
U16 Girls
Circuit training for our U16 girls will start next Tuesday, 31st Jan from 6.30pm to 7.45pm in Bessbrook Community Centre.
U16, U14 & 12 Boys
Training for all these age groups is scheduled to begin within the next few weeks – keep an eye on the notes for more details.
U14 & U 12 Girls
Management teams now have management teams appointed and training will be getting underway within the next few weeks – keep an eye on the notes for more details.
U10 Training
Training for our U10 footballers continues next Sunday morning at 11.00am at the field.
Training for our U6 footballers continues this Wednesday evening at 6.00pm in Bessbrook Community Centre and all new boys and girls are welcome to attend.
Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie
Training for all camogs begins again this coming Tuesday evening, 10th January in the sports hall in St Paul’s from 6.00pm – 7.00pm. All new members from age 4 and upwards are welcome to attend.
Membership Rates for 2017
Club membership is now due and the rates for 2017 are as follows:
Senior Members: £30.00
Cairde Members: £15.00
OAPs: £15.00
U18s: £15.00 for first player in a family, £10.00 for every other player
All membership must be paid before 31st March 2017.
Scór Sinsear
If any club member over the age of 17 has any interest in representing the club in this year's Scór Sinsear in any of the following competitions:
1. Rince Foirne/Céilí or Figure Dancing
2. Amhránaíocht Aonair/Solo Singing - only one person required
3. Aithriseoireacht/Scéalaíocht Recitation/Storytelling - only one person required
4. Ceol Uirlise/Instrumental Music
5. Léiriú/Stage performance
6. Bailéad Ghrúpa/Ballad Group
7. Rince Seit/Set Dancing
8. Tráth na gCeist Ard Mhacha /Armagh GAA Quiz (3 person)
Please contact Mícheál Brady via email-
Well Done
Well done to Balithin Mackin and Jessica Watters who were part of the All-Ireland winning Ulster Ladies School’s team at the week-end – maith sibh girls.
Cairde Sheain Ui Neill
The club is actively encouraging more people to sign up to the Cairde Sheáin Uí Néill scheme at a cost £10.00 per month. This money goes directly towards club development schemes and over the past number of years has helped to upgrade the playing surface on the main field, construct a new training pitch, partly contribute to the new concrete driveway and will hopefully help to begin construction on the new walkway around the field.
At £10.00 per month we feel it is a very easy, worthwhile and beneficial scheme to sign up to. For further information, please contact Brendy Osborne (07543 806274) or pm the Shane O'Neill's Facebook page.
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 11, 15, 28 & 29. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x lucky dip winners. The jackpot now stands at £4,900.
Can you please include the attached picture with our club notes:
Participants at the Shanes’ Gaelic for Girls on Saturday morning
Post Date : Fri 20 Jan 2017 12:55 PM

 The Newry Rainbow Community isThe Newry Rainbow Community is hosting the inaugural Pride In Newry Awards ceremony! 

The Pride in Newry Awards will recognise and celebrate the positive impact of five years of the Pride In Newry Festival and parade, 2012 – 2016, on the lgb&t community in Newry City and across Newry Mourne and Down District. 

These Awards recognise the outstanding contributions of individuals, groups and organisations that have made a difference to the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people over the past five years. 

We want to showcase some of the great work, and people, that have over this time greatly increased the visibility, raised awareness and helped to portray lgb&t people in a positive way, breaking down barriers and challenging stereotypes and at the same time promoting a City and District that truly recognises and values diversity. 

Thousands of people watch the Pride In Newry parade every year and it is the best ‘shop window’ for community groups, businesses and the organisations and make up the fabric of our society to get across a message of support for equality, inclusion and diversity. 

The importance of these awards is that they are voted by our community, and the general public, to celebrate the ‘heroes’ that have challenged homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, are allies and role models for the community and have helped make a difference to the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. 

Voting for those nominated in the ten Award Categories is open!! 

Vote now at this link 

The Pride In Newry Awards will be presented at a Gala Ceremony on Saturday 11th February 2017, followed by a Valentine’s Ball to celebrate love, in all its forms. This prestigious event will take place at 8pm in the Renaissance Suite, Bellinis. 

Red Carpet, Official Photographer, Champagne Drinks Reception, 3 Course Meal, music by the brilliant “Just Adam Band” along with DJ and Compère for the evening the fabulous Lady Portia Di’ Monte!  

All this for only £12.50!?!? 

Tickets are on sale now – contact to reserve yours now!

In February let’s Celebrate Pride In Newry & Celebrate Love!

DATE OF EVENT Sat, 11 Feb, 2017
LOCATION Renaissance Suite, Bellinis
Post Date : Fri 20 Jan 2017 12:05 PM

The Southern Health & Social Care Trust has achieved Platinum status at the recent 2016 Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey, the highest scoring level. 

The Survey, which is run by Business in the Community, recognises and rewards those organisations that are going above and beyond their legal requirements to minimise their environmental impacts and better manage their resources. 

Through its Sustainability Strategy 2020, the Trust promotes a proactive approach to management of its environment and aims to maximise benefits and minimise risks to clients, staff, visitors, contractors and others.  

The Trust’s principal environmental objective is to promote the achievement of “Single Planet Living” in all Trust activities and across its wider sphere of influence. The concept of “Single Planet Living” is based on the principle of everyone living within their available environmental resources i.e. living a sustainable lifestyle. 

Currently, in Northern Ireland, we consume resources (energy, food, materials) at a rate which would require a country three times the size of Northern Ireland to support the
on-going replenishment of those resources. If everyone on earth consumed resources at the same rate that we do then three planets would be needed to generate adequate resources to sustain our lifestyle and consumer habits.

The Trust has been able to reduce its carbon emissions through a number of initiatives over the past few years and continues to look for further opportunities to improve efficiencies and reduce its impact on the environment – releasing vital resources to improve patient care and protecting our environment at the same time.

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust is working in partnership with Power NI to educate staff, patients, visitors and contractors on how they can improve their energy efficiency at home and in the workplace. Click here to see when an Energy Roadshow is coming to your location.

To find out who else participated in the Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey and how they scored, visit

Post Date : Fri 20 Jan 2017 11:58 AM

O'Dowd expresses shock after woman's body found

SinnFéin MLA John O'Dowd has expressed his shock after the discovery of a woman's body in Lurgan in the early hours of Friday morning. 

The Upper Bann MLA said:

"The news this morning will obviously be a shock to the entire community. 

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. 

"I would appeal for anyone with information to bring it forward to the PSNI."