Post Date : Mon 13 Mar 2017 10:41 AM

Friends, Family, Staff and Customers of David Morrow (Bessbrook) have recently donated £4,000 to the Mandeville Unit at Craigavon Area Hospital in his memory.

On behalf of the family of David, Paula would like to thank everyone who contributed to her father’s donation to the Unit. 

Staff of the Mandeville Unit would like to thank David’s family and friends for this very generous and thoughtful donation.

Post Date : Mon 13 Mar 2017 10:36 AM

The annual Spring lake challenge is fast approaching, are you fit door the challenge? 10k and 5k routes, £8 entry with light refreshments in the club rooms after. Anyone intreseted please contact Donal  07870 919611or message us on Facebook, everyone welcome. 

The club would like extend thier deepest sympathy to the McComb family on the sudden death of thier sister Margaret. Margaret in her younger teenage years was extremely talented across all levels of sport. A highlight for herself and her club was when Margaret stared in the 1976 All Ireland Camogie final when Down lifted the honours. Margaret later moved to London where she settled along sides some of her brothers and sisters, Magaret never forgot her roots, and on a recent return the "town" she got to walk around "bunkers hill", a place she spent alot of her childhood. Margaret is survived by her brothers Paddy, Tommy, Davy, Chuck and Keven, and sister Kate. May she rest in peace. 
Nursery to P6 coaching for boys and girls in all codes commences in St Malachys HS on Sat March 25th at 10am. Bring indoor and outdoor gear. We will be at the school for 3 weeks and the cost will be £5. Registration is now due for the year on line at See you on 25th.
The 2017 Cycle Against Suicide is fast approaching, Have you registered yet? Or could you offer a tired cyclist a bed as they pass through the town spreading the message "It's OK Not To Feel OK". Let's all get involved and help out organiser and our own Senior ladies footballer Lisa Morgan in what is no doubt a great cause. Anyone willing to help please contact Lisa via Facebook. 
Our Under 14 and Under 16 footballer's training begin this week. The Under 14's begin on Monday night at 6.15pm and the Under 16's on Thursday night at 6.15pm. Both sessions will be in the Bann Road.
U14/16 girls football training Tuesday and Thursday at 7:15 on, everyone welcome old and new. 
Membership is now due, all players should be aware that it MUST be paid before anyone is able to field for any of our club teams, please consult with your management to arrange payment.
The club would like to thank Paul Duffin for taking the photographs on the night of the dinner dance, very professional.
Club gear can now be ordered, forms can be found in Facebook, Twitter, the club website or in the clubrooms, orderforms to be completed and handed in before the deadline on April 2nd. 
This week's lottoe reslts  16,21,25,28. No jackpot winner,  next week's jackpot £4050.
Post Date : Mon 13 Mar 2017 10:14 AM

Senior Men

Our senior men continue to train three times per week as they continue their preparations for the upcoming season.
Senior Ladies
The senior ladies team are back in training and have three challenge games arranged in March before the league begins:
Monday 13th against Saval at St Joseph’s High school at 7.30pm. 
Monday 20th an away game against Castlewellan at 7.30pm.
Monday 27th at home against Rostrevor at 6.45pm.
The league begins with a home game on Saturday April 1st against Clann Eireann at 7pm, before travelling to Dromintee the following week.
Minor Boys
Training for our minor boys continues as normal over the coming at the club.
U16 Boys
Training for the U16 boys continues on Thursday night at 6.00pm in Correnshigo. All our U16 footballers are asked to meet at the Shane's at 5.40pm sharp on Thursday evening. 
U16 Girls
Circuit training for our U16 girls continues this Tuesday evening from 6.30pm to 7.45pm in Bessbrook Community Centre.
U14 Boys
Our U14 boys’ amalgamation of Patrick Rankin’s were in action against Tullysaran in the quarter-final of the Féile Shield on Saturday but unfortunately, they lost out narrowly by two points, 3 – 11 to 3 – 9. The lads began the game well and found themselves in front early on, a lead which they maintained until half-time but Tullysaran eventually edged ahead with less than ten minutes left on the clock. The young Rankin’s battled hard right until the end but they were unable to claim the win and a semi-final spot. Despite the loss, the young lads can take great heart from their performance on Saturday – they played some great football and despite it being early in the year there are plenty signs that they have an exciting and enjoyable season ahead. Training continues thus Thursday evening at 6.30pm and all players are asked to be in attendance.
U14 Girls
Our U14 girls continue indoor training this Wednesday evening from 7.30pm to 8.45pm at Cloughreagh Community Centre. Please contact Tara Byrne on 07397 540087 for further information.
U12 Boys
Training for this age group continues next Saturday afternoon at 4.00pm at the Shane’s and all players are requested to attend.
U12 Girls
With our U12 girls’ management team now in place training will be getting underway within the next few weeks – keep an eye on the notes for more details.
Our U10 footballers hosted Whitecross on Saturday afternoon in their first game of 2017. Two pitches were set-up and upwards of 20 kids enjoyed a great game of football on a lovely afternoon. The young Shane’s footballers played some great football throughout both games and thoroughly enjoyed. Many thanks to Whitecross who travelled down to play. Training for the U10s continues on Sunday mornings at 11.00am.
Training for U8 footballers takes place every Sunday at 11.00am at the field and all players at this age group are asked to attend. All boys and girls at this age group are welcome to come along.
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.
Shanes Gaelic for Girls
There are only two weeks remaining of the Shanes Gaelic for Girls programme, next Saturday 18th March and the following Saturday, 25th March. Once again it has been a very successful programme with large numbers of girls attending and they are all encouraged to come along for the last couple of sessions.
Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie
U8’s and U10’s train in St Paul's on a Tuesday night from 6.00pm – 7.00pm, all new members age four and upwards are welcome to attend. Training for the U12 and U14 camogs will take place on the Shane’s pitch on Wednesday nights from 6.00pm – 7.00pm. whilst the U16s will train on Wednesday’s from 6.30pm – 7.30pm at Shane’s.
Registration Evening
A further registration evening will take place at the club on Monday, 13th March from 7.30pm for all those people who have still to pay their club membership for 2017.
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.
Good Luck
Good luck to our own Matthew Girvan and his St Colman’s College team-mates in the MacRory Cup final this coming Friday.
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 2, 18, 22 & 25. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x lucky dip winner. The jackpot now stands at an impressive £5,200.
Siúl at the Shane’s
As most of you know we ran a very successful Pave the Way scheme last year which led to the installation of a brilliant concrete driveway in and around the club. To everyone who donated to that scheme we are extremely grateful and a sign will be erected shortly thanking you all.
The next phase of development at the club will see the creation of a floodlit Community Walkway around our main pitch.This project is being partly funded by the Council but the club need to raise a certain amount of funding also and this is where you, our friends and members, can help out.
Siúl at the Shane's is a scheme where people can donate to or sponsor a yard of asphalt as we attempt to raise the necessary funds for the new walkway. The walkway itself will be available for use by the whole community and will give people the opportunity to walk in a safe and friendly environment all year round.
Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the scheme please contact our club chairman, Mick Mackin, on 07746 242231.
Post Date : Mon 13 Mar 2017 09:58 AM

The Confederation of Community Groups recently launched the Patricia Graham ‘Shining Light’ Community Volunteering Awards for 2017. 

Speaking at the launch in Newry Credit Union, Mr. Brendan Jackson Manager of Newry Credit Union said: “Newry Credit Union is delighted to act as the main sponsor of the Confederation of Community Groups ‘Shining Light’ Community Volunteering Awards. As local people are aware the Credit Union began over 50 years ago from a spirit of voluntary self-help and it is reassuring to see that same ethos is still alive and well in our local area.”  

This year CCG will be inviting nominations, under eight different Award Categories, from groups and organisations across the Newry & Mourne area. The Award Categories are Age 16-24, Age 25-49, Age 50-64, Age 65+, Older Peoples Services, Youth Work, Community Group and Community Project. The Nomination Process is open until Friday 5th May. Once again we anticipate a high level of interest and a diverse range of nominations reflecting the community landscape locally.” 

The Confederation will be seeking sponsorship for each of the different Award Categories and, as in previous years, an Independent Adjudication Panel will be appointed.  The Panel will meet in early May to assess the Nominations and select the Award winners.  All Nominees will be recognised on the Awards night; Friday 2nd June 2017 in the Canal Court Hotel, Newry. 

Concluding the event Mr Raymond Jackson, CEO of the CCG said: “ The Patricia Graham “Shining Light ”Community Volunteering Awards are a highlight of our year and the CCG is indebted to everyone who supports these awards whether through sponsorship, help in kind, by engaging in the nomination process or by attending on the night. “   

For further information contact the Confederation of Community Groups on 028 3026 1022 or email  

Post Date : Fri 10 Mar 2017 07:23 PM



                                                  Results  Played Thursday 9th March



 Gary Powell (Bears) v Danny Cinamond (Trainors) (2-1)

 Charlie Broughton (Orchard) v  Declan McMahon (TJs A)  (0-2)

 Chris McKeown (Foresters) v  Ciaran Hanna (C/Cruppen)  (0-2)

  Gavin Murphy (TJs B) v  Jimmy O’Hare (Nans)  (1-2)

@ Dans

  Tommy Lavelle (C/Cruppen) v  Stevie Noades (TJs A)  (2-0)

 Ciaran O’Neill (Hustlers) v  Paddy O’Callaghan (C/Cruppen)  (0-2)

 Liam Bradley (Trainors) v  Brendan McVerry (Windmill)   (2-1)

  Raymond McKenna (TJs A)  v  Stephen Rooney (CWC A)  (2-1)

@ Bellinis

  Stephen Taggart (TJs A) v Paul Kelland (CWC B)  (2-0)

 Pat McClenaghan (Nans) v Kevin Magee (Hustlers)  (2-0)

Gavin Malone (W/Cross) v Niall Connolly (Dans) (2-1)

 Gavin McNally (TJs Tigers) v Mannie Byrne (TJs A) (0-2)

@ Armaghdown

 David Cromie (Orchard) v Cathal Murphy (CWC B) (2-1)

 Peter Tavey (Dans) v Cathal Phelan (CWC A)  (2-1)

 Adrian Annett (TJs Tigers) v Damien Flanagan (McGuigans A)  (2-0)

 Sean Donnan (Armaghdown) v Mike Nugent (Nans)  (0-2)

@ Trainors Camlough

 Ryan Diamond (Millvale) v Tommy Rooney (CWC B) (0-2)

 Noel Bradley (Trainors) v Shane Durnan (Armaghdown)  (2-1)

 Benny Hoey (Millvale) v Karl McGuinness (Orchard) (0-2)

 Dean Haughey (Murphys) v Ralph Cromie (Bears) (0-2) 

@ TJs Table 1

Leigh McAlinden (Nans) v James O’Hagan (Dans)  (2-1)

Willie Andrews (Armaghdown) v Lee Irvine (Orchard) (0-2)

James Toner (W/Cross) v Collie McCann (Millvale) (2-1)

 Ritchie Crawford (Orchard) v Micky Cunningham (Hustlers) (1-2)                

@ Tj’s Table 2

Sean McKevitt (Bears) v Ronan O’Reilly (Nans)  (1-2)

Thomas Hughes (CWC A) v Cathal McCoy (Hustlers) (2-0)

 Gerard McGuigan (McGuigans A) v Mark Pentony (Nans)  (2-0)

 Tommy Mooney (Trainors) v Brendan McNally (Nans) (2-1)

@ Bears

Seamus Keenan (Bears) v Callum McParland (CWC B) (2-0)

Jack Courtney (TJs A) v Oran Keenan (Armaghdown) (2-0)

Micky O’Hanlon (W/Cross) v Aaron O’Callaghan (Windmill) (0-2)

Paul O’Callaghan (CWC A) v Kieran Loughran (Foresters) (2-0)

@ Nans

Matthew Cartmill (TJs Tigers) v Davy Hanna (TJs Tigers)  (1-2)

Seamus McVerry (Dans) v Gerard Harte (Armaghdown) (2-0)

Raymond Magee (Foresters) v Kieran McMahon (CWC A) (1-2)

Anthony Morgan (Bears) v Brian O’Neill (W/Cross) (2-0)

@ Orchard Bar

Shane McAllister (Hustlers) v Paddy Clarke (CWC A) (0-2)

Shane Phelan (CWC A) v James Clarke (Armaghdown) (2-0)

Joe Poucher (Orchard) v Tony McElroy (Dans) (0-0)

Paddy Tavey (CWC A) v Mark Maguire (Nans)  (2-0)


Kieran Hanna (C/Cruppen) v Noel Donaldson (W/Cross)  (1-2)

Shane McVerry (Armaghdown) v Marty O’Callaghan (W/Cross) (0-2)

Pat Brady (CWC A) v Niall O’Hare (TJs Tigers)  (2-1)

Diarmuid Lonergan (Orchard) v Terry McNally (McGuigans A) (0-2)

@ McGuigans

Mark Trainor (Trainors) v Jason Lennon (TJs Tigers) (0-2)

Ryan McElroy (Murphys) v Barry McAllister (C/Cruppen)  (0-2)

Seamus McGeoghegan (CWC A) v Neil Heaney (Bears)  (0-2)

Eddie Heaney (Bears) v Emmet Fearon (Murphys)   (1-2)                                  

@ Johnny Murphys

Ciaran Morgan Jnr (S/Bridge) v Joe Magill (McGuigans B) (2-1)

Brendan McCabe (Armaghdown) v Tristan Byrne (TJs A) (0-2)

Gerard Foley (Armaghdown) v Gareth McCann (W/Cross) (1-2)

Sean Rice (TJs Tigers) v Mervyn Kernaghan (Orchard) (

@ Millvale

Brendan Devlin (Orchard) v Adrian Murphy (Millvale) (2-1)

Brian Campbell (McGuigans A) v Niall McVerry (Hustlers) (0-2)

Tommy O’Hanlon (McGuigans A) v Jimmy McVerry (Dans) (1-2)

Bernie Magee (Hustlers)  v Damien McArdle (Hustlers) (2-0)


Billy O’Neill (Hustlers) v Martin McClelland (CWC A)  (1-2)

PJ McDaniel (Orchard) v Ritchie Taylor (TJs Tigers) (1-2)

Stephen McSherry (Nans) v Jamie Lavelle (C/Cruppen) (0-2)

Philip Murphy (TJs B) v Paul Hughes (C/Cruppen) (1-2)


 Paul Murphy (Bears) v Killian McDonald (Millvale)  (0-2)

Alan Burke (W/Cross) v Martin McVeigh (C/Cruppen) (2-0)

Pat Byrne (C/Cruppen) v John Magee (McGuigans A) (0-2)

Mark Shevlin (W/Cross) v Harvey Lavelle (CWC A) (0-2)

Post Date : Fri 10 Mar 2017 09:34 AM

8th March 2017, Aidan McKevitt passed away beloved son of the late Sheila and Dan and much loved brother of John, Margaret, Deirdre, Annette, Sheila and Marietta, 3 Kilcarn Walk. 

His remains will leave his brother John's residence, 17 Beechfield Park, Rostrevor, on Saturday at 10.30am to arrive at St Mary's Star of the Sea Church for 11.00am Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in Kilbroney Cemetery. 
Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul. 
Deeply regretted by his loving brother, sisters, nephews, nieces and entire family circle and friends.
Post Date : Fri 10 Mar 2017 09:31 AM
8th March 2017, Teresa Ferry passed away peacefully at home. Teresa, dearly beloved wife of the late Robert (Bobby) and loving mother of Ann, Kathleen, Jim, Collette, Bobby and Peter.
Funeral from her late residence 1 Shannaghan Park, Downpatrick on Saturday 11th March 2017 at 10.30am for 11.00am Requiem Mass in St Colmcille’s Church, Downpatrick. Interment afterwards in Struell Cemetery.
Very deeply regretted by her sorrowing sons, daughters, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren and great grandchildren and entire family circle.
Family flowers only, Donations in lieu to NI Hospice c/o Seamus Fitzsimons Funeral Directors, 24 English Street, Downpatrick.

St Martin Pray for Her. 

Post Date : Fri 10 Mar 2017 09:26 AM

Sinn Féin MLA Seán Lynch said the party is committed to delivering equality for all citizens.

The party's equality spokesperson was commenting after the latest report from the Council of Europe found that Irish Travellers are still face discrimination.
Seán Lynch said:
“Recently the Dáil adopted a report by the Justice and Equality Committee chaired by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin to formally recognise Irish Travellers as an indigenous ethnic minority. 
“Irish Travellers still face discrimination in the North in respect of accommodation.
“A multi-agency Taskforce on Traveller accommodation in the North needs to be set up to cater for the needs of Irish Travellers.
"Sinn Féin has called for the establishment of a national forum, across the island of Ireland, involving Travellers and the settled community, including representatives of all political parties, of government, local authorities, health and education sectors and representatives of media organisations to plan a way forward.
“Sinn Féin stood in the election on the platform of equality and respect for all and we will use our increased mandate to deliver for all citizens.” 
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Post Date : Thu 09 Mar 2017 11:32 AM
8th March 2017, Sean Alexander (Alec) McClelland passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. 
Alec brother of the late Patrick McClelland deeply regretted by his brother Oliver, sisters Celia and Leontia, son Robert, daughter Jane, grandchildren Alec, Stacey, Emma, Kevin and Dominic, great grandchildren Leah and Caoimhe, son-in-law David and daughter-in-law Molly. 
Funeral will leave his late residence at 10.30am Friday March 10, 2017 for 11.00am Mass in St Peter and Paul's Church, Bessbrook. Interment in adjoining cemetery afterwards. 
Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul. 
All enquiries to Fintan Flood & Sons Funeral Directors (028 3083 8082).