Post Date : Wed 24 Aug 2016 08:07 AM

 Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey has welcomed the announcement by Health Minister Michelle O’Neill that she is establishing a strategic Health Partnership Forum with Trade Union colleagues.

The West Belfast MP said:

"I welcome the establishment of a Health Partnership Forum. 

"Since my party colleague Michelle O’Neill took over as Health Minister she has shown that she is interested in hearing ideas from the grass roots and make changes where possible based on those ideas.

"We need all relevant partners to provide strategic influence in both policy development and service delivery in the face of pressures as a result of Tory austerity. 

“An agreed approach on the way forward will ensure that everyone is behind the reshaping and refocusing of our services. 

"It will also ensure a better health and social care experience for the public." 

Post Date : Tue 23 Aug 2016 12:27 PM

 Milne welcomes start of £300,000 resurfacing scheme on Glenshane Road

Sinn Féin MLA Ian Milne has welcomed news that a £300,000 major carriageway and hard shoulder resurfacing scheme on the A6 Glenshane Road near Maghera is due to start.

Mr Milne said:

“This investment by my party colleague and Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard will improve the strength and surface quality of this busy trunk road and address ongoing maintenance problems associated with the road.

“I welcome news that a two-way traffic flow will be in operation as it will help to minimise any inconvenience to the travelling public and local businesses on the Glenshane Road during the period of resurfacing.

"The resurfacing work, which will extend from the junction with the Glen Road to the junction with the Fallaghloon Road, is due to commence on Monday 5th September and is expected to be completed on the week commencing 17th October." 

Post Date : Tue 23 Aug 2016 10:58 AM

Advertise on a high definition digital screen measuring 5 metres by 3 metres.  The screen is situated in the Events Space of Hill Street in Newry.  Over 120000 people will see your advert every month.   

Post Date : Tue 23 Aug 2016 09:10 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has his full confidence and support as Finance Minister. 

Mr McGuinness said; 
"Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has my full confidence and support as Finance Minister. 

"Calls for him to stand aside are ridiculous and are nothing more than petty party politicking. 

"Máirtín is engaged in vitally important work as Finance Minister in dealing with the real crises created by the referendum result and Tory austerity. Máirtín will continue with that important work." 

Post Date : Tue 23 Aug 2016 08:21 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said Secretary of State James Brokenshire’s claims to want to “canvass public opinion” on an EU exit have been exposed.

The Newry representative made the statement after Mr Brokenshire called off a meeting in the city when he was informed that local community groups were holding a protest.

“Mr Brokenshire announced this grand tour of the north with much fanfare claiming he wanted to ‘listen and learn about the diverse issues faced by people’ yet the first opportunity he had to meet with concerned communities from the border he ran away.

“This tour has now been well and truly exposed as the PR exercise it is.  What he wants is a series of photo shoots with handpicked groups; he does not want to speak to the ordinary people who are going to have to live with the consequences of a catastrophic EU exit.

“People want to know what is going to happen to the border, what is going to happen to EU funding, to agriculture, to cross border trade; he won’t engage with the people because neither he nor his government have any answers to these questions.

“Once again the north has been burdened with a needless Secretary of State who neither understands them nor has any desire to do so. “

Post Date : Mon 22 Aug 2016 10:22 AM

 Be proud of Newry, be proud of yourself - Support Pride in Newry!

The fifth Annual Pride in Newry Festival is under starter’s orders with a week of events beginning Sunday 27th August and culminating in the Pride Parade and Concert on Saturday 3rd September!
This year’s Pride in Newry Parade begins at 2pm at McClelland Park - and with the involvement of more local community groups and businesses than ever, together with lgb&t organisations from throughout Ireland, a massive Pride Flag and lots of colourful floats it promises to be spectacular!
Commenting on the parade Damian McKevitt, Secretary Newry Rainbow Community said “While many Pride parades around the world take place against a background of difficulties for lgb&t people, and we recognise that there are still important issues to fight for here like marriage equality, it’s also equally important to celebrate who we are as lgb&t people and to recognise the huge progress our community here in Newry has achieved in recent years.
Every year the Pride in Newry Parade gets more vibrant, colourful and spectacular with the emphasis on celebration, and fun, for both participants and spectators!”
From 1pm to 6pm on Saturday 3rd September McClelland Park hosts a Fun Day for all the family including a fun fair with many great attractions, face painting, children’s entertainers and variety stalls.
This year’s spectacular Pride in Newry Concert will be headlined by the incredible Union J, supported by Taken! This free event begins in McClelland Park at 3pm with genuinely something for everyone in the audience! Hosts Lady Portia Di’Monte and Q Radio’s Kevin McAllister will introduce the audience to an incredible line-up of talent - rising stars The Just Adam Band, Katy Perry tribute Paula K, Conleth Kane and many more!
Wider festival events this year are more varied and appealing than ever with a Karaoke night, Drag Bingo, political and trade union events as well as a Rainbow Cocktail evening in Rainbow House and the eagerly looked forward
to Pride Cabaret Ball that will finish off proceedings on Saturday night in Bellinis.
Speaking about this year’s Pride In Newry festival Damian McShane, Chairman Newry Rainbow Community said “All here at Newry Rainbow Community are tremendously proud of all the people and organisations that have helped make this year’s Pride in Newry the greatest yet. We would especially like to thank Newry Mourne and Down District Council, The Big Lottery Awards for All, Bellinis, The Equality Commission for NI, The Ulster Bank, the Buttercrane Shopping Centre, Lush, Identity Graphics, NIPSA and UNITE”.
Concluding he added “We look forward to seeing the people of Newry and our many visitors out enjoying themselves, showing how truly proud they are of who they are and where they’re from”.
DATE OF EVENT Thu, 25 Aug, 2016
LOCATION Rainbow House, 28a Monaghan Street, Newry
Post Date : Mon 22 Aug 2016 10:15 AM

 The recent launch of a free Wi-Fi service across Southern Trust hospitals and facilities will mean that patients and visitors can now stay in touch with family and friends during their stay in hospital.

Up until now, people coming into Trust hospitals /facilities had to rely on a good mobile phone signal and also faced a potential cost for communicating via the internet. 

The new service is layered on top of the current clinical WIFI network and therefore is not affected by mobile Black Spots.  Following security testing the new service was rolled out and already demand is averaging 800-1000 devices daily across Trust facilities. 

Kevin Keegan from Ballyhegan is just one of many who are delighted to be able to use their smart phone while visiting Craigavon Area Hospital. Kevin was recently in the hospital’s Maternity Unit with wife Alison and said: 

“It’s great to have access to Free WiFi to keep family and friends updated during this precious time in our lives as we welcome baby Sadie into our family. It also keeps Sadie’s big sister Lileigh occupied as she can now watch kid’s TV and play games on her tablet.” 

Stephen Hylands, Southern Trust Head of Information Technology said:

“The introduction of this free Wi-Fi service is a particularly welcome development for our patients who can now use this to stay in touch with family and friends through social media and messaging apps or simply access the web and not have to worry about mobile coverage during their stay. Patients and visitors who would like to use the Wi-Fi should connect to:FREE_SHSCT_WiFi

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.”