Post Date : Mon 13 Mar 2017 11:05 AM

10th March 2017, Lorna Chambers passed away peacefully, late of Gosford Gardens, Markethill.

Lorna, much loved fiance of Andrew Chapman, loving daughter of Margaret and the late Gordon, treasured sister of William, David, George and Shirley.

Funeral from the home of her mother, 5 Fountain Street, Bessbrook on Monday 13th March at 1.15pm for Service at 2pm in Markethill Free Presbyterian Church. Burial afterwards in the adjoining burying ground.
Family flowers only please, donations in lieu, if desired, for Southern Area Hospice Services c/o George Preston, 7 Sugar Island, Newry BT35 6HT.
Lovingly remembered by Andrew, Jason, Nathan and all her family circle.
"Safe in the arms of Jesus."
Post Date : Mon 13 Mar 2017 11:01 AM
12th March 2017, Philip Rodgers late of 47 Tullyree Road, Kilcoo, passed away peacefully at Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry.
Philip, dearly beloved husband of Catherine, loving father of Philip and Martin and brother of Peter, Joseph, Seamus, Gerard and the late Margaret. 
Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul. 
Deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife, sons, daughters-in-law Orla and Brigid and entire family circle. 
His remains will leave his late residence on Wednesday March 15, 2017 at 10.15am for 11.00am Requiem Mass in St Malachy's Church, Kilcoo. Burial afterwards in adjoining cemetery. 

Our Lady Queen of Knock pray for him. 

Post Date : Mon 13 Mar 2017 10:57 AM

10th March 2017, Bobby Moffett passed away suddenly at home 73 Vianstown Road, Downpatrick. 

Bobby, dearly beloved husband of the late Eileen, and much loved father of Alistair, Hazel, Marion, Ann and Joan, a dear father-in-law, loving grandfather and great-grandfather. 
Funeral Service in Downpatrick NS Presbyterian Church (Stream Street) on Tuesday 14th March at 2.00pm. Interment afterwards in the adjoining churchyard. 
Very deeply regretted and will be lovingly remembered by his sorrowing family and friends. 
No flowers please by request. Donations may be made in lieu if desired to Friends of Parkview Special School or Downpatrick NS Presbyterian Church Funds c/o Charles Rourke and Sons, Funeral Directors, 51 Church Street, Downpatrick, BT30 6EH.
Post Date : Mon 13 Mar 2017 10:55 AM

11th March 2017, Margaret (Peggy) passed away peacefully at hospital. Margaret (Peggy) dearly beloved wife of the late Harry and darling mother of David, Valerie and Richard. 5 Carnacally Road, Newry.

Funeral from her daughter's residence, 121 Castlevennon Road, Banbridge on Monday at 1pm for a Service in Donaghmore Presbyterian Church at 2pm followed by burial in Donaghmore Parish Churchyard.
Family flowers only.
Very deeply regretted by her sorrowing daughter, sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, sister Hannah and the entire family circle.
"The day Thou gavest Lord is ended."
Post Date : Mon 13 Mar 2017 10:52 AM

26th February 2017, Margaret McCombe passed away peacefully at St Joseph’s Hospice, Mere Street, London.

Margaret dearly beloved daughter of the late Thomas and Gretta McCombe and cherished sister of Paddy, Tommy, Kathleen, David, Michael and Kevin R.I.P. 
Margaret’s remains will leave her brothers home 37 Wood Grove, Castlewellan on Wednesday 15th March 2017 at 10.15 am to arrive at St Malachy’s Church Castlewellan for 11.00 o’clock Requiem Mass, burial afterwards in St Mary’s Cemetery Aughlisnafin. 
On her soul sweet Jesus have mercy, deeply regretted by her sorrowing brothers, sister and entire family circle. 
Family flowers only, donations in lieu if desired to St Joseph’s Hospice.
Post Date : Mon 13 Mar 2017 10:48 AM

8th March 2017, Jeremy Bryce passed away suddenly at home.

Funeral Service in Charles Rourke and Sons' Funeral Church, 51 Church Street, Downpatrick on Wednesday 15th March at 1.00pm. Interment afterwards in Killinchy Presbyterian Churchyard. 
No flowers please. Donations may be made in lieu if desired to R.N.L.I. c/o Charles Rourke and Sons. 
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