Post Date : Tue 25 Oct 2016 08:49 AM

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has expressed sympathy at the death of US political figure Tom Hayden.

Speaking today Teachta Adams said;

“I heard today of the death of Tom Hayden with sadness and regret.

“Tom was a truly iconic figure who had a profound and lasting influence on the direction of American politics in the 60s and 70s.

“His identification with Ireland and his pride in his Irish roots are well documented particularly in his book Irish on the Inside published in 2001.

“He was a friend and an ally.

“He was outspoken about his support for justice and equality in Ireland and visited the north many times. His writings on Ireland showed his unequivocal solidarity with the efforts to bring about change, something that was at the core of his political work all his life.

“Tom was on the California State legislature from  1982 to 2000, serving as Assembly man and Senator.

“Our deepest sympathies to his family, to his wife Barbara Williams, his sons Troy Garity and Liam, his step daughter Vanessa and to his  circle of friends and colleagues worldwide.”  

Post Date : Tue 25 Oct 2016 08:41 AM

 Sinn Féin West Belfast MP Paul Maskey said that he welcomes the announcement from the GAA today on their next phase of the Casement Park development. 

"There is no doubt that this is an exciting time for the GAA, all who have been involved with this project and the wider West Belfast community 

"Today is a step forward that will allow a new stadium to be built. 

"There will be more opportunities for residents, businesses, GAA supporters and all those who have an interest in Casement Park to have their voices heard. 

“I would urge everyone who has an interest to take the opportunities to discuss these proposals with the development team on the dates set out today. 

"I have no doubt that a new Casement Park will help the continued regeneration of west Belfast and with £25m already secured for a new Andersonstown leisure centre will see over £100m invested in this part of west Belfast.”

Post Date : Mon 24 Oct 2016 12:55 PM

 Farmers, smallholders, community groups and organisations are invited to roll their sleeves up for a springtime tree-planting venture.

The offer comes from One Million Trees in One Day, a charity and cross-border initiative, which aims to see a million young native trees planted at sites across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland – and all in the space of 24 hours.

Landowners and farmers can apply online now for packs of 50 native saplings for woodland, coppice, hedgerow and agroforestry establishment.  The packs, which are subsidised, are available for a modest application fee of €21 each or (at the time of writing) approximately £18.00. They will be delivered to local collection points in readiness for the planting day: Saturday 11 February 2017. 

The initiative has been developed in collaboration with the Irish Natural Forestry Foundation in the Republic of Ireland and is supported by the Woodland Trust in Northern Ireland. 

Imogen Rabone, project co-ordinator says: “Both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are very short on native tree cover and woodland.  We want to help people plant their own trees in both rural and urban areas, with a focus on small sites and pockets of land.”

“We’ve been testing the water in recent years, and know that the interest is there.  During its pilot phase, 2013 to 2016, the project has helped to plant over 650,000 native trees at more than 3,000 sites right across the island of Ireland.  We’re now pulling out all the stops to reach the big target: the planting of one million trees in one day.”

Gregor Fulton, operations manager with the Woodland Trust, adds: “Trees and woodland offer so much, from brightening neighbourhoods to providing shelter for crops and livestock.  This is an excellent opportunity for people who don’t have huge areas of land to plant and who, for example, just want to strengthen a hedgerow or create a copse.  We really hope that local people will be encouraged to get planting and, with just a minimal fee, it won’t be too hard on the back pocket.”

Applications close on Saturday 31st December 2016.  Trees will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.  To apply for trees or to find out more visit


Post Date : Mon 24 Oct 2016 10:17 AM

Sullivan, October 20th, 2016, suddenly at home, Richmond Manor, Mullavilly, Tandragee, William Thomas (Tom), devoted husband of Gillian, precious father of Cathryn and Carolyn, father-in-law of Stephen and Alan and a much-loved granda Tom of Amelia, Naomi and Ben.

Funeral Service in St. Paul's Parish Church, Tartaraghan on Sunday at 2.30pm, with committal following in the adjoining graveyard.

House strictly private.

Family flowers only, please. 

Any enquiries may be directed to Milne Funeral Services, 59 Seagoe Road, Portadown, BT63 5HS. 02838 338888.

Very deeply regretted and sadly missed by the entire Family Circle.

"Abide With Me" 

Post Date : Mon 24 Oct 2016 10:16 AM

CANNING (Ancurk) October 21, 2016, Charlie, peacefully at Avila Nursing Home, surrounded by his loving family. 

May he rest in peace. 

His remains are reposing at John Doyle Funeral Home until Sunday October 23, 2016. Funeral leaving the home at 5.00pm to arrive at St Malachy's Church, Ballymoyer for 6.00pm. Requeim Mass is on Monday October 24, 2016, at 11.00am and burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. 

Charlie will be lovingly remembered by his sisters Rose, Margaret and Teresa, nephews, nieces, cousins and entire family circle. 

Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul.

Post Date : Mon 24 Oct 2016 10:09 AM

Beck - (née Morris) died October 22, 2016, Dorothy Elizabeth, much loved wife of William John, devoted mother of William John and Hilud, daughter-in-law Clare and son-in-law John, precious grandmother of Hilud, Lynne, Oscar and Reuben.

Funeral service from her late home, 47 Churchview Close, Kilkeel on Tuesday at 1.45pm for Service in Mourne Presbyterian Church at 2.30pm, followed by committal in adjoining churchyard.

House strictly private. Immediate family flowers only please.

Deeply regretted and sadly missed by the entire family circle.

"Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine." Isaiah 43 v 1.

Post Date : Mon 24 Oct 2016 10:07 AM

McClorey (nee O'Hare ) died 22nd October 2016 peacefully Noreen R.I.P. beloved wife of Francis and much loved mother of Fiona, Paula, John, Annemarie and Laura.

Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on her soul.

Her remains will leave her home, 1 Loughview Park on Tuesday at 10:30 am for 11:00am funeral Mass in The Chapel of Ease Monkshill. Interment afterwards in adjoining cemetery.

Deeply regretted by her sorrowing husband , son, daughters, grandchildren, brother Brian, sisters Maureen, and Rosaleen, sons in law, brothers in law, sisters in law, nephews, nieces, family circle and friends.

Family flowers only. Donations in lieu if desired to Patients comfort Fund, Our Mother of Mercy Nursing Home C/o Digney Funeral Directors 4 Sugar House Quay, Newry

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."