Post Date : Mon 24 Oct 2016 10:05 AM

Cribbin, 22nd October 2016 peacefully at The Bannview Nursing Home. Gabriel dearly beloved husband of Marian and loving father of Martin and Fiona and dearest brother of Sean, Rapael, Anne and the late Michael, Joseph, Margaret and Mary. 

Funeral on Tuesday from his residence 48 Hillhead Park at 9.30am for 10am requiem mass in St Therese’s Church, burial afterwards in St Patrick’s cemetery. 

Very deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife, son, daughter, brothers, sister, son in law Barry, daughter in law Sarah, grandchildren Ruairi, Caolan, Chloe, Liam and Lee and the entire family circle.

Post Date : Mon 24 Oct 2016 09:39 AM

Senior Ladies – Ulster Final

All roads lead to Corrigan Park, Belfast next Sunday 30th October when our senior ladies take on Kinawley from County Fermanagh in the Ulster Intermediate Championship Final. The game will throw-in at 12.30pm. Corrigan Park is the home of the St John's club and is located on the Whiterock Road.

We are encouraging everyone associated with the club - members (past and present), players (past and present), coaches, parents and everybody else - to go to the final to cheer the girls on and to bring plenty of colour with them.

Over the years this group of girls have been tremendous ambassadors for the club, winning a total of 26 titles in 9 years and will hopefully add another one on Sunday 30th October.

The club is planning to run a supporters bus to the final depending on the number of people interested in travelling on it. Anyone interested in travelling on the bus please contact Aoibhín Osborne asap to secure your place.


Our U21s began the defence of their Intermediate Championship title with an emphatic 3 – 18 to 1 – 4 win over Sarsfields in Camlough on Sunday afternoon.

The Shanes went in front early on thanks to points from Mark McCabe and Ryan Quinn before McCabe set up Matthew Girvan for the opening goal of the contest. The sides then swapped two points each with Mark McCabe on target both times for the Shanes and the same player added a further two frees before the half-time break to see his side leading by seven at the break, 1 – 6 to 0 – 2.

The Shanes all but finished the game off in the opening ten minutes of the second-half, tagging on a further six points in row to leave them thirteen points to the good with the scores coming from Mark McCabe (0 – 4), Ryan Quinn (0 – 1) and Matthew Girvan (0 – 1). Sarsfields then scored their first point of the second-half only for Ryan Quinn and Damian O’Hagan fire over great points for the Shanes before Mark McCabe hit a quick-fire goal and a point to increase the Shanes advantage. To their credit Sarsfields kept plugging away and they were rewarded with a goal and a point of their own but the Shanes finished the game the much stronger side and scored a further 1 – 3 to claim a well-deserved win, the scores coming from Mark McCabe (1 – 0), Matthew Girvan (0 – 2) and Michael McParland (0 – 1).

Training for the U21s continues as normal this week.


Training for the U10s will continue every Thursday evening in St Paul’s school from 7.00pm – 8.00pm.


Training for the U8s will continue every Thursday evening in St Paul’s school from 6.00pm – 7.00pm.


Training for U6s continues every Wednesday evening at 6.00pm in Bessbrook Community Centre. All boys and girls at this age group are welcome to attend.

Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie

Training for all age groups has now moved indoors for the winter and will take place very Tuesday evening in St Paul’s school sports hall from 6.00 - 7.00pm.

A Halloween Disco will take place in the club-house this coming Friday 28th October from 7.00pm – 9.00pm.

The prize-giving night for the Meabh O’Neill’s camogie club will take place on Friday, 18th November at 7.30pm. 


Huge congratulations to two of our senior ladies team, Blaithin Mackin and Jessica Watters, who both received Ulster Schools All Star awards last week. This is a fantastic honour for the girls and their families. Both are fully deserving of their awards and have always represented their school, club and county with outstanding honour and pride.

Bucket Collection

Last week’s bucket collection in aid of our senior ladies Ulster Club Championship fund raised a total of £1084.00 and €178.90. The club would like to thank everyone who contributed.

Shane’s Shoot-Out Darts Classic

The club is hosting a darts classic on Sunday 13th November with a total of £300 prize money on offer. Entry fee £10 per person….registration at 2.00pm with throwing starting at 3.00pm. Everyone welcome.


Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 11, 20, 23 & 25. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x lucky dip winner. The jackpot now stands at £4300.

Post Date : Mon 24 Oct 2016 09:36 AM

 Sinn Féin’s South Antrim MLA Declan Kearney has condemned recent criminal damage at the Dunsilly GAA Centre of Excellence in Antrim - within days of its official opening.

In the week following the official opening of the site at Dunsilly, local GAA officials discovered that perimeter fencing had been ripped open with bolt cutters.

Mr Kearney said;

“Just one week ago, I joined with other County Antrim Gaels in celebrating the official opening of this flagship facility at Dunsilly, and watched as hundreds of young gaelic players lined out for their first experience of our county’s new centre of excellence.

“I am therefore bitterly disappointed that the centre has already fallen victim to opportunist criminals. It is not clear what their intentions were, but the damage they have caused is significant and is a terrible blow to those who have struggled over many years to see this ‘field of dreams’ realised.

“The use of bolt cutters indicates premeditation and planning by those involved. While damage was limited to the perimeter fencing on this occasion, I am concerned that the perpetrators may well have been preparing for an even more sinister incursion at a later date.

“It is clear from the points of access that they have entered the site from the adjacent railway line. I intend therefore to speak with NIR to explore what can be done to secure the line and mitigate the risk of further unlawful incursions at the GAA facilities.

“I also intend to follow up with the PSNI to ensure that they are doing everything possible to apprehend the people responsible. I would appeal to the general public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity directly to the police." 

Post Date : Mon 24 Oct 2016 09:33 AM

 South Armagh MLA and Executive Office Junior Minister Megan Fearon has outlined her support for migrant workers. 

She was speaking during a debate in the Assembly on the rise of racism following the English EU exit vote. 

“There is an onus on all of us to show support to our minority ethnic communities and our migrant workers,” she said. 

“The majority of people in the north, as evidenced by the most recent life and times survey, want a welcoming, outward-looking and open society in which people feel a sense of belonging to this place. I stress that there is absolutely no place for racism in our society. People who have come to make their life here must be protected. 

“Just last week, junior Minister Ross and I attended the launch of the No Hate Here campaign in north Belfast, which was a PCSP initiative. That is an important example, because we are working hand in hand with the Department of Justice in developing a dedicated action plan as part of the community safety strategy to tackle hate crime.”

Post Date : Mon 24 Oct 2016 09:30 AM

 Sinn Fein MLA Conor Murphy has welcomed news from the Health Minister Michelle O’Neill that an adoption bill for the north is in the works. 

Mr Murphy raised the issue with the Minister in the Assembly during the week.  She replied that an Adoption and Children Bill has indeed been drafted. 

“It is principally intended to modernise the legal framework for adoption in the North and place children's welfare at the centre of the adoption decision-making processes,” she said.

“The current law on adoption is the Adoption Order 1987. It is based on English legislation drafted in the early 1970s and therefore reflects practice that is effectively 40 years old. The Bill will deliver a framework for adoption that is more consistent with the principles and provisions of the Children Order 1995 and international human rights requirements. 

The substance of the Bill relates to adoption, although I propose to also make changes to the Children Order. The Bill will be substantive. The current draft contains approximately 140 clauses and five schedules.

“In the main, the Bill is based on policy proposals consulted on in 2006. However, it also contains new provisions not previously consulted on but which I consider will deliver improved outcomes for children and young people, both in relation to adoption and children's social care. As part of the consultation on the Bill, I will also seek views on a number of further proposed changes to adoption, safeguarding and children's legislation. 

“I firmly believe that it is extremely important that an Adoption and Children Bill is introduced as soon as possible. The Bill is long overdue. I therefore intend to seek Executive agreement to consult on the draft Bill, with the intention of introducing it in the Assembly as soon as possible in the current mandate.” 

Thanking the Minister for her answer he then asked her for more details. 

“ I am sure that most people will be pleased that there is movement on the issue. Will she outline what policy proposals in and around this she is preparing to consult on?” he asked.

“Professor Alexis Jay undertook a review of the Safeguarding Board in April of last year. The review report was submitted to the Department, and I accepted all the report's findings in August this year,” she replied. 

“One of that report's key recommendations was that, in the longer term, the creation of a statutory child protection partnership should be considered as a replacement for the Safeguarding Board, with wider safeguarding sitting within an overarching Children and Young People's Strategic Partnership (CYPSP). I intend to consult on whether to include additional provisions in the Adoption and Children Bill to establish a statutory child protection partnership and place the CYPSP on a statutory basis. 

“I also intend to consult on the duty of the Health and Social Care Board to provide information about adoption support services; to introduce a right for the descendants of adopted people to access records and intermediary services; to place arrangements for duly approved placements — that is, individuals or couples approved to foster or adopt — on a statutory basis; to amend the Children Order 1995 to strengthen arrangements in respect of private foster carers; and to seek views on the introduction of contact/no contact orders to ensure that the authorities are clear that their duty is to safeguard and promote the welfare of looked-after children when making contact arrangements.”

Post Date : Sun 23 Oct 2016 02:15 PM

 For an adrenaline fuelled hen or stag party experience in Newry and Mourne then look no further than Cloughmore Extreme.  You can choose from our range of activities or you can hear about our predesigned hen and stag party packages. 

At Cloughmore extreme we like to give an experience that everyone will remember.  You can have a fun filled adventure day in the water or on land followed by a night out for dinner and drinks in Newry, Warrenpoint, Rostrevor or Newcastle. 

Post Date : Sun 23 Oct 2016 02:01 PM

Bringing people and horses together in a Safe friendly environment, we have teamed up the Guys at Narrow Water Equestrian Centre who have spent many years dedicating their time and effort to ensuring you have the best Horse and Rider experience through different teaching techniques, passion and excitement from Horse riding, no matter what their age or ability!

Post Date : Sun 23 Oct 2016 01:55 PM

Hiking/Mountain Walks are a great way residential to get the group interacting and bonding. Not only will you get to enjoy stunning views but you will be placed in an environment where you will be challenged physically.

Post Date : Sun 23 Oct 2016 01:50 PM

 Mountain Biking is a great activity either, on a one to one coaching session or with a group. With our tailored made coaching sessions before we hit the trails ranging from basic handling skills right threw to our more advanced technical core skills your are sure to have a great time on the bike.

Post Date : Sun 23 Oct 2016 01:46 PM

 Rock Climbing and Abseiling sessions are a great way to achieve self confidence and teamwork. Climbing skills can be taught along with introductory sessions in set up, equipment and belaying for BETEC and HND students.