Post Date : Mon 05 Feb 2018 11:53 AM

 2 February 2018, Michael Hanratty passed away peacefully at Daisy Hill Hospital. Michael, formerly of 60 Dominic Street, Newry, beloved son of the late Patrick and Margaret Hanratty and brother of the late Tommy John, Annie, Paddy, Hughie and Bridie.

Michael's remains will be reposing in Mc Gennity's Funeral Home, Forkhill Road, Newry Saturday 3 February from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm and on Sunday 4 February from 5:30 pm until removal at 6:30 pm, arriving to St. Catherine's church, Dominic Street at 7:00 pm. Requiem Mass on Monday 5 February at 2:30 pm, followed by burial in St. Mary's cemetery.
Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary pray for him.
Very deeply regretted by his nephews, nieces and broader family circle. 
May he rest in peace.
Post Date : Mon 05 Feb 2018 11:49 AM

2nd February 2018, John Fearon passed away peacefully at Daisy Hill Hospital. John beloved husband of the late Noreen and dearly loved father of Jarlath, Mel, Jill, Timothy and Fiona. 29, Warren Hill, Old Warrenpoint Road, Newry.

May his soul rest in peace.
His remains will repose at his home on Saturday from 3pm until removal on Monday at 11:30 am arriving at St. Catherine’s Church, Dominic Street, Newry for 12 noon Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in Lissummon Cemetery.
Deeply regretted by his loving sons, daughters, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, sister Eileen and entire family circle.
Post Date : Mon 05 Feb 2018 11:30 AM

Senior Men
Our senior men travelled to Cavan on Sunday afternoon to take on Laragh United in their game in the Ulster Intermediate League. Despite putting in a decent performance the lads came up against a very good home side and lost out by a few scores. They continue with the Ulster League next week with a home game against Mount Nugent from Cavan. The lads begin their county league campaign on Sunday 8th April at home to Eire Og.

Senior & Minor Ladies
Pre-season training for all senior and minor ladies’ players continues on Monday night at EST28 gym in Mill Industrial Estate, Bessbrook. The sessions will be taken by Greg McCabe, beginning at 8:30 pm sharp at a cost of £3.00 per person.

U16 Girls
Pre-season training for our U16 girls begins on Monday 5th February at 8:30 pm sharp in EST28 gym in Mill Industrial Estate, Bessbrook. The sessions will be taken by Greg McCabe at a cost of £3.00 person. All U16 girls are asked to attend including those moving up from last year’s U14 girls. For further information please contact Mike Mathers on 07841 423103.

U14 Boys
Our U14 boys continue away ahead of the upcoming season.

U12 Boys
Training for our U12 boys continues on Friday evening from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the Abbey at a cost of £2.00 per head – all eligible players are asked to attend.

U12 Girls
Our U12 girls continue their weekly training sessions every Wednesday night at 7:15 pm in Cloughreagh Community Centre and all girls at this age are welcome to attend. Well done to our U12 girls and their mentors and parents who took part in their sponsored walk last Sunday morning and despite the cold and damp weather they all had a great mornings craic.

U10 indoor training continues as normal in Cloughreagh Community Centre every Wednesday night from 8:15 pm – 9:15 pm and all boys and girls at this age group are welcome to attend. As soon as the weather permits it is planned to organise a number of challenge games with neighbouring clubs.

Training for our U8s commenced on Saturday morning and will continue every Saturday morning at the field from 11:00 am.

U6 training continues every Tuesday evening at Bessbrook Community Centre from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm and all boys and girls at this age group are welcome to attend.

Registration Day
The club held a very successful registration day on Sunday and we would like to thank all those who came along to sign up as members of the club and those who expressed an interest in becoming a member of the Cairde Sheáin Uí Néill scheme. All players from U6 to senior must be registered so for those still to register the membership rates for 2018 are as follows:

Senior Members: £40.00
Cairde Members: £30.00
OAPs & Students: £20.00
U18s: £15.00 for the first player in a family, £10.00 for every other player
All membership must be paid before 31st March 2018.

Armagh GAA Club Draw
Have you got your Armagh GAA Club Draw Ticket yet? Why not start your New Year on a winning note by getting your ticket from any of our committee members, priced at £100 which can be paid in four monthly instalments of £25 per month if you wish. Why not consider buying one between a family of 4 or a group of friends, that’s only £25.00 each.

There are four monthly first prizes of a Renault Clio and numerous monthly cash prizes on offer – 2nd prize £3,000; 3rd & 4th prize £1,000; 5th & 6th prize £500; 7th – 16th prize £100.

Not only are you in with a chance of winning one of their fantastic prizes on offer but you will also be supporting the Shane O’Neill’s club at the same time.

Congratulations to our senior ladies’ footballer Aimee Mackin who was named as the Ulster Writers Ladies Footballer of the Year 2017 on Friday night.

Well Done
Well done to Caoimhe Feehan, Abbie McVerry and Rachel McCabe who all represented Armagh U13 girls against Antrim on Sunday in Belfast.

Club Volunteers
The club is always on the lookout for new volunteers, whatever your skills. Maybe you’ve got time on your hands and fancy doing something different, maybe you’re new to the area and are looking to play a part in the community, perhaps your children or grandchildren are players at the club and you’d like to get involved. Whatever your reasons our doors are always open to new members and new ideas whether it be working with our underage teams, helping with fundraising, washing strips, cleaning, upkeep of the grounds, selling lotto, recruitment, club development, lining out the pitch, doing the gate and a host of other tasks. You can be part of Shane O’Neill’s in so many ways, and you can give as much or as little time as suits you – so why not come along a get involved.

Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 8, 12, 22 & 31. There were no jackpot winners and 2 x match three winners. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £7,500.

Everyone at the club extends their sympathies to the family of Kevin Hollywood who passed away at the weekend. Kevin was the uncle of our very generous sponsor Garreth O’Shea from Gortrush Foods.

Attached picture:
Caoimhe Feehan, Abbie McVerry and Rachel McCabe who all represented Armagh U13 girls against Antrim on Sunday in Belfast.


Post Date : Mon 05 Feb 2018 11:21 AM

Craobh Rua Camlocha congratulates the hurlers of St Colman's College Newry on winning the Danske Bank Leopold Cup last week, defeating Portaferry by a 3-11 to 1-2 scoreline. We are particularly proud of our Craobh Rua members of the victorious St Colman's team Oisin O Hare and Niall Elshaw.

Coaching and Training sessions details are as follows:
U12 & U14 
Sunday mornings at the Gardens 3G playing pitch. The sessions start at 10:30 am and finish at 11:45 am. Lead Coach/Contact Laurence Bradley 07736150103

This will be a skills-based session and as ever if any new players wish to come onboard there will be hurls and helmets available for use.

Under 10s (Primary 5 & 6) coaching and training sessions take place each Monday night 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm in The Gardens 3G pitch in Bessbrook. Lead Coach/Contact Joe McEldowney 07764193978.The next scheduled Hurling Blitz date for this age group in Dundalk is this Sunday 11th February.

Under 8s (Primary 3 & 4) takes place each Monday night 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm at St. Paul's Highschool Sports Hall. Lead Coach / Contact Micheál Bradley 07907219639.

Rua Ógs (Primary 1 & 2)
Our newly structured hurling nursery Rua Ógs (Primary 1 and 2) coaching continues each Monday night 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm at St. Paul's Highschool Gymnasium. Lead Coach/Contact Damien Britton 0770679917

Please note these sessions are £2 each for those who are not signed up cairde members.
Parents/Guardians should not hesitate to contact the appropriate Underage Team Mentors for any further information.

Membership Registration will continue to take place each in St Pauls 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Feel free to seek further information from Craobh Rua coaches and Coiste members in attendance. Craobh Rua Camlocha extends an invitation to all from our community who might wish to participate in and hopefully enjoy our Clubs activities.

Membership Registration fees are follows

Adult Players £60
3rd Level Student Players £30
Youth U18/ Child U9 £15 
Adult non-Player £20
Adult Concessions £15 
Family £120 (There is a Standing Order Facility available for this category)

Celtic Challenge Hurling Competition Launch

Craobh Rua Camlocha hurler Tiarnan O Hare represented Armagh GAA at the recent Ulster GAA launch of the Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge- a countrywide ground-breaking hurling development competition for 16 & 17yr hurlers. Oisin was proud to wear the Armagh colours at the launch.
Advance Notice for Coaches and all interested others.

Foundation Coaching Course 
Friday evening 23rd (Child Protection) & Saturday morning 24th February (foundation)
Cost £10 per person. Venue Craobh Rua Clubrooms

Referees Course
The Referees Foundation course will be held on;

Thursday 8th February
Monday 12th February
at 7:30 pm in the Ceannaras at the Athletic Grounds.

All clubs are expected to have a certified referee for each age group U8-U18

PLEASE NOTE - In order to be certified as a referee AND take charge of ANY games in 2018 you must
1.) Be an existing Referee AND COMPLETE the Referees in Service course
2.) Complete ALL elements of the Referees Foundation Course.

Any Club member who may wish to attend this Course should contact our Secretary Henry McCloy.


Post Date : Mon 05 Feb 2018 10:57 AM
Newry Mourne & Down District Council Asked to Support Call For A Human Rights - Compliant Public Inquiry into Alleged Abuses at Former Mother And Baby Homes

Newry Mourne & Down Council is being asked to support a motion calling for a human-rights compliant inquiry into alleged abuses at former mother and baby homes. Sinn Féin Councillor Liz Kimmins will present her Party's motion this Monday night.
Speaking prior to the Council Meeting the Newry City Councillor give some background into the reasons for her motion

"In 2013, the Irish government released the McAleese report which set out to establish the facts of State involvement with the Magdalen Laundries in the 26 counties. As many of us will know, this report uncovered the horrific suffering that many women and girls, and their children suffered in these mother and baby homes, and it concluded that there was a great deal of state involvement in these cases.
The publication of the McAleese report subsequently encouraged many more women to come forward and tell their stories in the North, and this highlighted to some degree the similarity of the abuse that occurred across Ireland".

The Sinn Féin elected representative continued

"We have therefore brought this motion to this council tonight to ensure that those victims and survivors who were incarcerated in similar institutions in the North have their voices heard and are given the formal recognition they deserve for the suffering they too have endured at the hands of the state and religious institutions".
Concluding the Councillor stated,

"I would, therefore, hope that our Council will support this motion and help to make this proposal a reality for the victims and survivors who continue to campaign for the justice they deserve". 

Post Date : Mon 05 Feb 2018 10:48 AM

 "Human Trafficking a Particularly Heinous Crime"

Commenting on news that a 29-year-old woman had been arrested in Newry on suspicion of human traffickers big for sexual exploitation Newry & Armagh MP Mickey Brady described the practice as "a particularly heinous form of organised crime" and he urged people to look out for the signs of slavery.

"Human trafficking, also known as modern-day slavery is a particularly heinous form of organised crime which involves controlling or exploiting another person for financial gain and can include forcing someone to work against their will, refusing to pay them wages, or forcing them into prostitution.

Vulnerable women and children, in particular, are falsely enticed here by the prospects of employment, education and a better life can find themselves the victims of domestic servitude or sexual exploitation. This cannot be allowed to continue. I urge people to be alert to this growing crime and to watch out for signs of slavery. Should they spot anything suspicious they should contact the Police immediately."

Post Date : Mon 05 Feb 2018 10:42 AM

Time for Decisive Action from Housing Executive to Address Clare House Situation - Mickey Brady MP

Newry & Armagh MP Mickey Brady has said that the current living conditions for residents in Clare House at North Street were totally unacceptable and that it was now time for decisive action by the Housing Executive to address the situation.

The MP who visited the residential facility along with his Sinn Féin colleagues Cllrs Charlie Casey and Valerie Harte and senior Housing Executive Management praised the residents of the complex for their fortitude in the "long-running and totally unacceptable saga".

"Apart from a small number of individual owner-occupied flats, this block is owned and maintained by the Housing Executive. The level of damp and decay in the apartments is appalling and an absolute indictment of the Housing Executive.

“This is a long-running and totally unacceptable saga. The Housing Executive has been fully aware of the issues involved. Residents outlined once again the conditions they are living in, to the Regional Manager and other Housing Executive Officers. I and my colleagues can't praise enough the residents of Clare House who for many years now have faced frustration and dismissal for many years. They have shown great fortitude".

The MP said that he felt the most recent engagement with the Housing Executive and residents on site at Clare House had been constructive.

"We felt today that the meeting was constructive, however, the Housing Executive is now in no doubt that the time for talking has stopped and that there now needs to be action. The residents are entitled to a safe, secure and healthy living environment.

Mickey Brady MP, Cllrs Charlie Casey & Valerie Hart, Clare House Residents Discuss Their Concerns with Housing Executive Senior Management.
Post Date : Fri 02 Feb 2018 10:19 AM

31st January 2018, Margaret (Peggy) Mallon passed away peacefully at Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry. Margaret (Peggy) beloved daughter of the late Jane and Frank and loving sister to Maura, Jean, Kathleen and Seamus, 12 Warren Hill Newry and formerly main street Markethill. 

Peggy will repose at her home until removal on Saturday 3rd at 11:00 am for 12 noon requiem mass in the church of St James, Mullabrack, burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. 
Sacred heart of Jesus have mercy on her soul. 
Very deeply regretted by her sorrowing sisters, brother, brothers in law, nieces, nephews and entire family circle, wake from 12 noon until 6:00 pm on Friday and Saturday morning. Any further enquiries to Martin Kelly funeral directors. 02837510600
Post Date : Fri 02 Feb 2018 10:14 AM
31st January 2018, Anne Docherty passed away peacefully at Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry formerly of 59 Ballaghbeg Park, Newcastle. Anne, dearly beloved wife of the late Gordon and loving mother of Shauneen and the late Bryan. Will be sadly missed by her sorrowing brothers, sisters and entire family circle. 
Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on her soul. 

Her remains will leave her late residence on Sunday February 4, 2018 at 10:45 am for 11:30 am Mass in the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Newcastle. Burial afterwards in St Patrick's Cemetery, Bryansford. 

Post Date : Fri 02 Feb 2018 10:11 AM

1st February 2018, Mark McConnell passed away peacefully in the loving care of his family and staff of Greenvale Nursing Home, Castlewellan. Late of Dundrum Road, Newcastle and formerly of Nansen Street, Belfast. Devoted husband of the late Mary and much-loved father of Robert, Mark and Geraldine. 

His remains are presently reposing at his daughter Geraldine's home, 32 Burrenwood Road, Castlewellan. His remains will leave the residence on Sunday February 4, 2018 at 10:15 am for 11:00 am Mass in St Malachy's Church, Castlewellan. Burial afterwards in St Patrick's Cemetery, Bryansford. 
Deeply regretted by his sorrowing sons, daughter, son-in-law, daughters-in-law and his six grandchildren. 
Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to Greenvale Nursing Home Comfort Fund, c/o MJ Sawey and Sons, 9 Bryansford Avenue, Newcastle BT33 0AX.