Post Date : Mon 03 Jul 2017 09:08 AM
29th June 2017, John Edward (Ted) Loughran passed away peacefully at Craigavon Area Hospital, with his loving family. John Edward (Ted), beloved son of the late Annie and George and brother of the late Ethna R.I.P. 82 Navan Fort Road. 
House, funeral and burial strictly private, at his own request. 
Very deeply regretted by his sorrowing sisters Dympna and Judy and the entire family circle.

Any further enquiries to Martin Kelly, Funeral Director, 028 3751 0600 

Post Date : Mon 03 Jul 2017 09:04 AM
1st July 2017, Mary Josephine (Josie) Heenan passed away suddenly at home, 56 Bernagh Green, Newcastle. Josie, dearly beloved wife of the late Kevin, loving mother of Brenda, Ronan, Colm, Ciara and Patrick, beloved sister of Winifred (Ferris), Betty (Mullan) and Teresa (Mullan) and sister-in-law of Mona (King) and Doreen (McCartan). 
Her remains will leave her late residence on Tuesday July 4, 2017 at 9:15 am for 10:00 am Funeral Mass in the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Newcastle. Interment afterwards in St Patrick's Cemetery, Bryansford. 
Deeply regretted by her sorrowing children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and entire family circle. 

Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on her gentle soul. 

Post Date : Mon 03 Jul 2017 09:00 AM

1st July 2017, Anne Roberts passed away at hospital, dearly beloved wife of the late Gerry, much loved sister of Pat and the late Deirdre, dear sister-in-law of Brendan, Jim and Glynn and much loved Aunt. 

May she rest in peace. 
Anne will be reposing in Charles Rourke & Sons’ Funeral Church, 51 Church Street, Downpatrick until removal Tuesday 4th July to Church of St. Mary, Star of The Sea Killyleagh arriving 5:00 pm. Requiem Mass on Wednesday 5th July at 1:00 pm, interment afterwards in St. Mary’s Cemetery. 
Family flowers only please, donations may be made in lieu if desired to Marie Curie Cancer Care c/o Charles Rourke & Sons Funeral Directors (address as above). 
St. Therese pray for her. Very deeply regretted.
Post Date : Mon 03 Jul 2017 08:57 AM

2nd July 2017, James Colin Porter passed away peacefully at Craigavon Area Hospital. James Colin, beloved husband of Anne and much loved father of Colum and of the late Grainne and Bronagh, and dear grandfather of Matthew and Eoin and father in law of Joan. 

Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul. 
His remains will leave his home 17 Linenhall Street on Tuesday at 9:30 am for 10:00 am funeral Mass in the Church of St Therese. Interment afterwards in St Patrick's cemetery. 
Deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife, son, grandsons, daughter in law, brother Liam, sisters Geraldine Moya, Eileen, Deirdre and the late Margaret. Nephews, nieces, family circle and friends. 
Family flowers only. Donations in lieu if desired to I.C.U. Craigavon Area Hospital C/o Digney Funeral Directors 7 Old Kenlis Street Banbridge.
Post Date : Mon 03 Jul 2017 08:54 AM

29th June 2017, Georgina Adair passed away eacefully at her home 12 Brooke Gardens, Banbridge. Georgina dearly loved wife of the late Hector Shields Adair and dear mum of Hector, Philip and Karen. 

Funeral Service in Holy Trinity Parish Church at 12 noon on Monday. Committal afterwards in Banbridge New Cemetery. 
House Strictly Private. 
No Flowers Please, Donations in lieu may be sent if desired to William Bell and Co. Funeral Directors 23 Kenlis Street, Banbridge, BT32 3LR for Chest Heart and Stroke N.I. 
Lovingly remembered by her sorrowing sons, daughter, daughters-in-law Ruth and Jackie, son-in-law Tony, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sisters, brothers and all the family circle.
Post Date : Mon 03 Jul 2017 08:35 AM

Newry Chamber welcomes allocation of extra funds for key infrastructural projects

Following the announcement that the Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) have reached an agreement on support for the government in Parliament, Michael McKeown, President of Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade, said:
“The allocation of extra funds to help deliver positive, all-inclusive impacts in areas such as the economy, infrastructure, health and education will be very welcome.
Newry Chamber is a key lobbying body in the push for the Newry Southern Relief Road and we are committed to ensuring that this is high up on the Government agenda going forward.  We have already seen much progress in this project in recent weeks.  Two options for development of the Newry Southern Relief Road Scheme have been published for further consultation by Transport NI”.
Commenting on the report, Michael McKeown said: “The publication of this report is another key step in the delivery of the Newry Southern Relief Road. This will be an important link road between the key strategic corridor of the A1/N1 Belfast to Dublin route with the A2 and Northern Ireland’s second largest port at Warrenpoint Harbour.
“The route will improve ‎journey times and journey time reliability for strategic traffic between the A2 Warrenpoint Road and the A1/N1. It will also significantly improve road safety and traffic congestion within Newry City centre by providing an alternative route for port traffic.
“The scheme will improve accessibility to both Newry City and Warrenpoint Harbour and support and maintain sustainable economic growth and employment within the area.”
The options have been identified following completion of the Stage 1: Preliminary Options report.  This considered five options for the proposed scheme and has identified two road corridors to take forward for further development.
The scheme aims to provide a strategic transport link from the A1 Belfast-Dublin key transport corridor to the A2 Warrenpoint dual carriageway.  Both road corridors link the A2 Warrenpoint Road to the Ellisholding Junction on the A1. One corridor starts on the A2 Warrenpoint Road along the frontage of Greenbank Industrial Estate and crosses the Newry River and Canal just to the south Drumalane Quarry and then heads in a westerly direction towards the N1.  In the second option the corridor extends further south as far as Rough Island and follows along Fathom Line before heading in a northerly direction up Fathom Mountain to the N1.
A public information event is programmed for late autumn 2017 to provide an update on progress and to invite feedback to inform Stage 2 of the development work. This will assess routes within each corridor and identify a preferred route. It is expected that, subject to the project being allocated the necessary funds, the Stage 2 assessment could be complete in summer 2018.
Post Date : Mon 03 Jul 2017 08:30 AM

Police in South Armagh are investigating an incident in the Camlough Road area of Bessbrook on Saturday 17th June. 

Constable Roberts said: “ We received a report that at around 4.30pm on the Saturday afternoon, the driver of a blue coloured van shouted racial abuse to a man standing near the junction of Green Road and Camlough Road in Bessbrook. This is the latest in a number of similar incidents and our enquiries are ongoing. I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information to contact police in Newtownahmilton on 101 quoting reference number 1081 17/06/17 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Post Date : Mon 03 Jul 2017 08:17 AM

U10 Annual Football Blitz

The club held its annual U10 blitz on Saturday and it proved to be a very successful day. With twenty-seven teams and over two hundred players, boys and girls, the tournament saw teams from Armagh, Down, Monaghan and Tyrone taking part.
After a couple of hours of group games and cup, shield and plate quarter-finals and semi-finals, six teams were left standing. Both Whitecross teams made it through to the plate final, Shane O’Neills and Middletown got through to the shield final whilst Castleblayney and Fr Rocks contested the cup decider. All three games, like a lot of the games before them, were all keenly contested with all the young footballers playing some great football and showing off some of their skills. When the final whistles sounded in the finals Shane O’Neill’s triumphed in the shield whilst Castleblayney overcame a very good Fr Rocks side to claim the cup with Whitecross sharing their plate success amongst their two teams.
Following the completion of the football all the players who took part in each final were presented with runners-up and winners medals with club PRO Brendy Osborne presenting the plate, our senior footballer Mark McCabe presenting the shield and Armagh ladies footballer and All-Star winner Aimee Mackin presenting the cup.  Aimee also presented Tiarnan Ruddy from Castleblayney who was named as the Player of the Tournament.
The club would like to thank all the teams who participated in the competition and helped to make it a great success. We would also like to thank everyone who organised the event and helped out on the day – referees, umpires, score keepers, tea and sandwich makers, the burger-makers, tuck shop operators, the Hughes Family (NISA Camlough) – your help was greatly appreciated.
Senior Men
It was a busy weekend for our senior men with a home game against Clonmore on Friday night followed by another home game against St Pauls on Sunday afternoon with both contests ending in draws.
In Friday night’s game, the Shane’s were by the far the best team in the first-half and deservedly went in leading at half-time. However as has been happening recently the second-half saw their opponents mount a comeback and in the end the Shane’s were fortunate to escape with a draw, 1 – 13 apiece.
On Sunday St Pauls were the visitors to Camlough and as with the Shane’s previous two league games it ended all square, 1 – 14 to 1 – 14.
The sides were level in the opening minutes with St Paul’s leading through a free which was cancelled out by a David McCabe point and they swapped the next two points also with Matthew Girvan on target for the home side. The Shane’s moved three ahead minutes later when a high ball from Matthew Girvan made its way to David McCabe and he made no mistake from close range before young Girvan extended his side’s advantage with a well taken point minutes later. However, the Shane’s lead was short-lived as St Paul’s hit a goal and a point in quick succession to get them back on level terms once more. A point from Ryan Quinn and a free David McCabe edged the Shane’s two ahead again with St Paul’s responding with a pointed free. With half-time fast approaching the Shane’s hit a real purple patch and scored four answered points to lead by five at the break. Paddy Doran powered forward from defence for fire over from long range before good work from Michael McParland found Matthew Girvan in space and he made no mistake as he slotted over his third point of the half with Paul O’Rourke and Mark McCabe also chipping in with scores.
The Shane’s made a great start to the second period with David McCabe registering a great point in the opening minute and his side now led by six. However, this proved to be their last for score twenty minutes as St Paul’s fired over seven points on the trot to put them ahead for the first time since the opening minute. Paul O’Rourke stopped the rot with a well taken free and he cancelled out another St Paul’s point minutes later to leave the sides all square with less than five minutes on the clock. St Paul’s edged ahead soon after only for Ryan Quinn to level things again with a well taken point from a very tight angle and when Mark McCabe put the Shane’s in front with the game in added time it looked like the Camlough had done enough to claim the win but a pointed free with the last kick of the ball saw St Paul’s salvage a draw with the sides finishing on 1 – 14 apiece.
Next up for the seniors is a vitally important game away to Mullaghbawn on Friday evening. 
Senior Ladies
Our senior ladies are back in league action on Monday night way to Armagh Harps with the game throwing in at 7:30 pm in Sherry’s field. The ladies also have a challenge game at home to Newry Bosco on Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm. Training continues next Sunday morning at 9:30 am.
Minor Boys
The minor boys are at home on Monday night against Clan na Gael with the game throwing in at 7:30 pm.
Minor Ladies
Training continues next Sunday morning at 9:30 am. 
U16 Boys
The U16 boys have no game this week but will be training at 6:00 pm on Thursday.
U12 Girls
A massive well done to our U12 girls who were in action on Thursday night away to a very good Silverbridge and Cullyhanna amalgamation. The game itself was played in poor weather conditions but the Shane's girls put in a great team performance to win the game – well done everyone. Training continues this week on Tuesday and Friday from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the field with a challenge game away to Poyntzpass at 7:00 pm on Wednesday evening. The girls are scheduled to have their next league game next Sunday at home to Naomh Labhaoise with the time still to be confirmed.
Our annual U10 blitz took place in Saturday which saw the Shane’s field two teams in the tournament. One of our teams found themselves in a tough group along with Madden, An Port Mor, Silverbridge and Armagh Harps. The young Shane’s put in a great effort which saw them qualify for the knock out stages of the plate. They faced Whitecross in what proved to be a very tight game but it was Whitecross who took their chances and emerged victorious by a couple of scores. 
The other Shane's team also found themselves in a tough group with Carrickcruppen, Naomh Eoin, Fr Rocks and Whitecross. This group produced some great games of football by all clubs and at the end of the group stages the Shane’s found themselves paired against another of the team’s fielded by Fr Rocks in the quarter-final of the shield. 
This started off a tight game but the young Shane's upped their game and eventually emerged victorious. Next up was the semi-final against a very good Clann Eireann team and it was the Lurgan side who began the game strongly and raced into a three-point lead. However, the Shane’s remained composed and clawed back two points before the half-time interval. The second-half was also very tight with both teams putting in a massive effort and produced one of the best games of the tournament which saw the Shane’s gain the upper hand, scoring a great goal and point to put them two points in front. Clann Eireann pulled a point back to produce a tense finish, but great defending and overall team work saw the Shane's over the line by the narrowest of margins and into the shield final.
Middletown were the opponents in the final and the Shane’s started strongly and a couple of early scores helped to calm the nerves. Throughout the remainder of the game the Shane’s produced some great football all over the pitch and came away with a thoroughly deserved win.
Every member of the U10s squad played their part right throughout the blitz and the management would like to thank all the kids for their continued effort and to everyone who helped make the tournament run smoothly.
U10 training continues on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the field.
Underage Training
Please note that training for all our U6s, U8s, and U12s will take place every Friday night from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the field. All boys and girls at these age groups are very welcome to come along. 
Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie
Well done to Meabh O'Neill's senior camogs who won the Division 2 league title on Monday night having gone through the season unbeaten. The U14 camogs are away to Crossmaglen on Tuesday night with the game beginning at 7:00 pm. Training continues on Wednesday night from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the field.
Club Merchandise
Club shorts and socks will be handed out in the club on Wednesday evening between 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm. There are still some spare socks for sale in sizes 11 – 2, 4 – 7 and 7 – 9…there are no size 2 – 4 left.
Well Done
Well done to everyone who took part in the quiz in the The Yellow Heifer on Wednesday night to help raise funds for our ladies’ football teams – your support is greatly appreciated. A big word of thanks to Aengus Hannaway who performed the role of quizmaster on the night.
Best Wishes
Best wishes to our underage footballer Cadhla Ferris who suffered a broken finger during the U12 girls game last Thursday night. Best wishes also to our senior footballer Damian Doyle who suffered a nasty eye injury during the St Paul’s game.
Hard Luck Sinead
It was disappointment for Sinead McDonnell and her Armagh U14 team-mates when they lost out in the All-Ireland final against Leitrim on Saturday but it was a great achievement none the less.
Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp
The club is hosting a Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp from Monday 17th July – Friday 21st July. To register for the event visit
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 2, 5, 17 & 31. There was no jackpot winner and 2 x match three winners. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £6,000.
The club would like to offer its sympathy to the family of Philip Patton who died recently. Philip was the father of our former underage footballers Mark and Philip and brother of Gerard Patton who managed our 1994 Junior Championship winning team. May he rest in peace.
Attached pictures with our club notes:
Whitecross – Plate winners at the Shane O’Neill’s U10 blitz
Shane O’Neill’s – Shield winners at their blitz on Saturday
Castleblayney – Cup winners at the Shane O’Neill’s U10 blitz
Post Date : Mon 03 Jul 2017 08:10 AM

Mickey Brady MP and Chairperson of Newry, Mourne & Down Council, Roisin Mulgrew, have commended the efforts and successes of young people in the South Armagh and Dundalk area following their completion of the Emergency and Rescue Course.

Facilitated by the Camlough Community Association and Muirhevnamor Cross Border Partnership, and funded by the Peace Impact Programme, the Course consists of skills-building exercises for 13 young people from the local area, emergency skills, promoting social leadership and community awareness.
Speaking following an awards ceremony in Bessbrook Community Centre on Friday night, Councillor Mulgrew congratulated the participants for their hard work and community pride:
“This Emergency and Rescue Course is an exceptional cross-border opportunity for young people in the area to learn essential information and skills in emergency situations.
“Those bright young activists involved have taken an opportunity to meet and share their skills for their own wellbeing, and that of their community.
“By taking the lead in building social cohesion in their area, and recognising the invaluable importance of community activism, we can all learn from their example.”
Post Date : Mon 03 Jul 2017 08:06 AM

Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade Hosts Gala Dinner with First Derivatives Founder and CEO, Brian Conlon

Over 230 guests attended Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade’s Gala Dinner 2017, held in the Canal Court Hotel on Thursday 29th June with Guest Speaker, Brian Conlon, Founder and Chief Executive of global firm First Derivatives Plc.
This high-profile event was sponsored by Ulster Bank and the Canal Court Hotel.  It was attended by dignitaries, government decision makers and distinguished guests including Ministers, Chairperson of Newry & Mourne District Council, Councillors, local schools and local business leaders.  
Speaking on the success story of First Derivatives plc from its humble beginnings in 1996 started from his bedroom with a loan of just £5,000, Brian Conlon reflected on the diverse range of organisations using the company’s software worldwide and the dedication and commitment of the organisation to become one of the leading researchers and innovators in its field worldwide.  Brian also spoke passionately of his commitment to Newry as a wonderful place to do business.
To date in 2017 almost 200 graduates have started their careers at the company's HQ in Newry, with a projected 400 graduates to take up employment in the graduate programme before the end of 2017 - making it one of the largest recruiters on the island. 
President Michael McKeown stated, “We in Newry Chamber are immensely proud of the success of First Derivatives Plc employing circa 1750 employees, the majority of whom are graduates from local universities.  From its humble beginnings, it has expanded into a global phenomenon and we welcome Brian’s very positive comments about First Derivatives commitment to its future in Newry”.  
President McKeown added, “Newry Chamber offers it appreciation to The Ulster Bank and The Canal Court Hotel for generously sponsoring this annual event and to the Chamber members, patrons and guests who made this event a great success”.