Post Date : Mon 22 Aug 2016 10:10 AM

 The Qube

What a fantastic weekend at the club with the The Qube, in conjunction with The Fight On Campaign for Séanín, on Saturday proving to be a brilliant night.

A total of thirty-six contestants put themselves forward to take on The Qube and after a total of six heats and two semi-finals, five people were left standing – Aaron Clements, Mary Toner, Gemma McKeown, Yasmin Mackin and Ann McLoughlin. With a prize of £1500 on offer all the finalists battled it out and gave their all to claim the money and after a tense final round it was Mary Toner who triumphed and picked up the winnings. Following the completion of The Qube the crowd danced away to the early hours.

The club would like to thank everyone who helped to make the whole range of events from Thursday to Sunday a huge success for the club – the organisers, the bar staff, the waiter service, the stewards, the burger makers, the ticket collectors – some of whom were there from morning to night over the past few days. Special thanks must go to all The Qube competitors for taking part and their fundraising efforts and to everyone who kindly sponsored them and to Pat McGinn who was excellent compere on Saturday night. Thanks also to everyone who sponsored the event in any capacity, your continuing support is greatly appreciated and to the Rooney, O’Malley, Maguire dance troupe who put on a brilliant display during The Qube. The club would also like to thank Dromintee GFC for their hard work, assistance and guidance on Saturday, without them the event would not have been possible, and if anyone else is considering hosting The Qube then Dromintee GFC are ones to help you run your event.

Senior Men

Our senior men were in championship action on Sunday evening against Mullagbawn in Cullyhanna but they fell to a three point defeat, 1 – 11 to 0 -11.

The sides swapped points earlier on with Paul O’Rourke on target for the Shanes before a pointed free from Kristian Magill put his side in front. Mullaghbawn then hit four points on the trot, two from frees, to give them a three point advantage but three in a row from the Shanes had the Camlough side back on level terms. The first of these scores came from a free by Mark McCabe before a great solo effort from Sean McLoughlin got the Shanes back within one, with Mark McCabe levelling things minutes later. Mullaghbawn edged ahead again soon after before another Kristian Magill free had the sides level at half-time at six points apiece.

The Shanes made a decent start to the second period with two pointed frees from the boot of Sean McLoughlin with Mullaghbawn replying with their seventh point of the game to leave just one between them. A third free of the half from Sean McLoughlin put the Shanes two ahead again before Paul O’Rourke tagged on another point to put his side three points to the good. Two points from Mullaghbawn got them back to within one once more and the edged ahead soon after following the conversion of a penalty kick. They followed up their goal with a well taken point to lead by three with Sean McLoughlin replying for the Shanes with pointed 45 but Mullaghbawn pointed again late on to seal the win, 1- 11 to 0 – 11.

Senior Ladies

Our senior ladies are continuing to prepare for the final of the championship against Sarsfields next Sunday 28th August in the Athletic Grounds. The club is running a bus on the day for all supporters, especially for all our underage girls and boys teams, accompanied by adult mentors. The bus costs £5 per person and will leave from Shanes at 12.30pm. Seats can be booked through any underage team manager or by calling 07876453546.

Minor Boys

Well done to our minor boys who clinched the Division 1B league title last Monday night with narrow one point win over Killeavy, 1 – 9 to 1 – 8.

The sides swapped points in the opening minutes with Matthew Girvan on target for the Shanes before points from Ciaran Mackin and Girvan again edged their side two in front. Another point apiece from the teams, Padraig Magee scoring this time, kept the Shanes ahead but Killeavy hit the next two points to level the tie and they went ahead for the first time soon after with a well taken goal. However their lead was short-lived as Ronan Byrne found himself on the end of a sweeping Shanes move and he coolly dispatched the ball to the back of the Killeavy net. A late first-half point from Killeavy saw them lead by one at the break, 1 – 5 to 1 – 4.

A Ronan Byrne point had the Shanes back on level terms early in the second-half and two quick-fire points from Matthew Girvan put the Shanes a couple ahead once more. Killeavy reduced the lead to just one minutes later but two points in row from the Shanes, one each from Ronan Byrne and Matthew Girvan, saw the Camlough side lead by three with less than ten minutes to go. Killeavy were now attacking in waves but the Shanes defence, who were superb throughout, stood strong against the Killeavy onslaught and only conceded a further two points to ensure that the Shanes held on to claim the win, 1 – 9 to 1 – 8.

U16 Girls

The U16 girls have a league game away to Armagh Harps on Monday, 22nd August at 7.00pm. All girls are asked to meet at the club at 5.45pm.

U14 Girls

Our U14 girls were in championship final action on Sunday afternoon against Granemore in Mullabrack on Sunday. The young Shanes girls have been playing great football throughout the year but unfortunately on Sunday they were beaten by a better team on the day. Despite the loss the young Shanes and their managers have worked hard throughout the season and can take credit for all their efforts – well done everyone.

Last Wednesday evening saw our U10 host Whitecross and full credit must go to all the players who took part and put in a great performance. 
U10 training continues every Tuesday and Friday from 6.00pm – 7.00pm and all new members are welcome. 

On Saturday our U8s took part in the KBRT day in Silverbridge. A good day was had by all the players involved, and in some terrible weather conditions, every player enjoyed every game they took part in. 

U8 training continues every Tuesday and Friday from 6.00pm – 7.00pm and all new members are welcome. 

Well Done

Well done to all our younger members who received their exam results during the week.


Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 15, 20, 22 & 23. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x match three winner. The jackpot now stands at £3,850. 

Post Date : Mon 22 Aug 2016 10:06 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Michelle Gildernew has expressed condolences following the death of a man in a road collision in Aughnacloy.  

Ms Gildernew said;  

"The local community is in shock following the death of man in his 40s in a collision on the Tullyvar Road in Augnacloy.  

"Any death on our roads is one too many and a tragedy for all those involved.  

"My thoughts are with the family and friends of this man at this difficult and sad time." 

Post Date : Mon 22 Aug 2016 09:28 AM

 The courtyard areas at Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy have been greatly improved thanks to the tremendous efforts of the Conservation Volunteers. The area had become overgrown with shrubs and trees and was in need of redevelopment. 

The Conservation Volunteers have done a great job in cutting back these areas and clearing the space to allow for new planting. Seated areas for patients, visitors and staff have also been installed allowing for relaxation, reflection and appreciation of the environment. 

This project also helps the Trust to achieve the objective of making the most of the physical environment under the "Making Life Better framework for Northern Ireland." 

Peter Douglas, Specialist Estates Officer (Environment) said: 

“The courtyard areas have been redeveloped for the benefit of our patients, visitors and staff. I would encourage them to relax here and enjoy the improved green spaces at Trust premises. Not only can we improve the area environmentally but we can also influence the health and wellbeing of those who visit."

Debbie Adams, TCV Regional Director said:

“The Conservation Volunteers strongly recognise and promote the use of our outdoor space for health and well-being benefits.  We are delighted to have been able to redevelop this courtyard garden for use by everyone at Craigavon Hospital.”

Post Date : Mon 22 Aug 2016 08:26 AM

 Loss of EU funding could have negative impact on cancer research - Anderson 

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the loss of EU funding could have a disastrous impact on cancer research.  

Ms Anderson said;  

"I visited Queen\'s University this week to meet staff to discuss the potential impact of Brexit and it is clear that there is great deal of concern. 

"The global research initiatives at Queens have benefitted from EU funds which have supported excellent research projects.  

"During the visit I was shown a piece of medical equipment, developed at Queens, which is assisting in reducing rates of secondary surgery following breast cancer. 

"Such vital research could be jeopardised by any loss of key EU research funding. 

"It is not only the people of the North who would lose out if funding for cancer research projects is lost but cancer patients all across the world.  

"The people of the North voted to the remain in the EU and the British government should respect and recognise that." 

Post Date : Mon 22 Aug 2016 08:21 AM

 A delegation of Sinn Féin representatives joined workers from Glen Dimplex on Thursday during their strike action outside the company’s Newry plant.

Staff were striking after pay negotiations with management collapsed. 

Newry MLA Conor Murphy, MP Mickey Brady and Councillor Valerie Harte joined workers on the picket line. 

Mr Murphy said it was the company’s duty to engage with its workers. 

“We have spoken to the staff here on the picket line and it’s quite clear that they do not want to be striking today; they have been forced into this position by management’s refusal to engage meaningfully with them,” he said.

“These are very dedicated workers; people who have been loyal employees of the company for decades, some of them with 30 or 40 plus years of service; they are not the type of people who would make a decision like this flippantly. 

“They’re not asking for anything beyond what will allow the staff to keep up with the cost of living.  Their demands are completely reasonable and I think, given the years of loyal service and experience they have here, the company has a duty to engage in proper negotiations with the workers and their representatives.”

MP Mickey Brady said negotiating was not only the appropriate thing to do but the right thing to do. 

“We’ve been talking to the staff a lot today and as well as a sense of anger at the intransigence of management there is a very genuine sense of hurt that a company they have worked for for so long could dismiss their very modest requests so thoughtlessly,” he said. 

“Their demands are not unreasonable and in this case in particular, given the years of service, I would say engaging with the staff and their representatives is not only the appropriate thing for Glen Dimplex to do but the right thing, indeed the decent thing.”

Post Date : Fri 19 Aug 2016 11:05 AM

 TRAVERS - (nee O\'Hare) (Rathfriland) - 18th August 2016, Rose R.I.P. Peacefully at Ardmaine Nursing Home, Newry.

Beloved wife of the late Terry and loving mother of Breige, Suzanna, Sean, Terence and Patrick.

Her remains will be removed from her daughter Breige\'s residence 57 Lissize Avenue, Rathfriland on Friday at 6.45pm, arriving at St Mary\'s Church, Rathfriland for 7.00pm. Requiem Mass on Saturday at 12.00noon. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

St Martin pray for her.

Deeply regretted by her sorrowing sons, daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, sister Bridie McAlinden, nephews, nieces and entire family circle.


Family Flowers only. Donations in lieu of flowers if desired to Newry Hospice c/o Peter McGinn Funeral Director, 41 Leitrim Road, Hilltown

Service Date & Time

20 August 2016, 12 Noon

Post Date : Fri 19 Aug 2016 11:03 AM

 Turley ( Ballyholland, Newry ) died 17th August 2016 suddenly at R.V.H. Belfast, Patrick James ( Seamus ) R.I.P. beloved husband of the late Sana and much loved father of Desy, Benny, Martin,Derrick, Colin and the late Gerald. Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul. His remains will leave his home 33 Innisfree Park on Saturday 20th at 11:00am for 12:00 noon funeral Mass in Sts patrick & Colman\'s Cathedral. Interment afterwards in St Mary\'s cemetery. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing sons, brother Francie, sisters MarySusan, EmmaRose and Annie, grandchildren, great grandchildren, daughters in law, brothers in law, sisters in law, nephews, nieces, family circle and friends.


Service Date & Time

20 August 2016, 12 Noon

Service Location

Cathedral of Ss Patrick and Colman, Newry, Co. Down

Post Date : Fri 19 Aug 2016 11:01 AM

Williams (Downpatrick) Nee Mc Grady

Maura R.I.P.
Died 18th August 2016 peacefully in the Downe Hospital.
Dearly beloved wife of the late David and much loved mother to David, Marian, Noel, Danny and the late Michael, Joseph and John.

Funeral from her late residence 33 St Dillons Avenue, Downpatrick on Saturday 20th August 2016 at 9.30am for 10.00 am Requiem Mass in St Patricks Church Downpatrick. Interment afterwards in St Patricks cemetery Killough Road.

Very deeply regretted by her sorrowing daughter, sons, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren and great grandchild. Her dear sister Vera, brother Leo and entire family circle.

Sacred heart of Jesus have mercy on her soul.

All enquires Seamus Fitzsimons Funeral Directors 028 4461 2563

Service Date & Time

20 August 2016, 10.00AM

Service Location


St Patrick\'s Downpatrick, Downpatrick, Co. Down


Post Date : Fri 19 Aug 2016 08:33 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín said tonight the party would welcome and co-operate fully with any inquiry into the events surrounding the contact between Jamie Bryson and Daithi McKay. 

The Sinn Féin Chief Whip said:

“Sinn Féin would welcome an inquiry into these issues. 

“Sinn Féin will co-operate fully with any inquiry and I am totally confident that any examination of the facts will confirm that Sinn Féin had absolutely no knowledge of, or involvement in, these events.” 

Post Date : Fri 19 Aug 2016 08:26 AM

 Paul Maskey MP praised the staff of a local pharmacy in the Andersonstown area, who foiled an attempted robbery at the shop.  

"This evening a man with knife demanded cash and drugs from the pharmacy but staff foiled the raid and police have arrested a man at the scene. 

“Two members of staff were injured during the robbery but staff raised the alarm and police were on site within minutes and took a man into custody. 

"The quick actions of the staff prevented the robbery and I commend them for that. 

"People should be free to go about their work and businesses and should be able to trade without this type of activity."