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Mon 05 Feb 2018 11:21 AM
Craobh Rua Camlocha Hurling Club Notes

Comghairdeas 
Craobh Rua Camlocha congratulates the hurlers of St Colman's College Newry on winning the Danske Bank Leopold Cup last week, defeating Portaferry by a 3-11 to 1-2 scoreline. We are particularly proud of our Craobh Rua members of the victorious St Colman's team Oisin O Hare and Niall Elshaw.

Coaching and Training sessions details are as follows:
U12 & U14 
Sunday mornings at the Gardens 3G playing pitch. The sessions start at 10:30 am and finish at 11:45 am. Lead Coach/Contact Laurence Bradley 07736150103

This will be a skills-based session and as ever if any new players wish to come onboard there will be hurls and helmets available for use.

Under 10s (Primary 5 & 6) coaching and training sessions take place each Monday night 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm in The Gardens 3G pitch in Bessbrook. Lead Coach/Contact Joe McEldowney 07764193978.The next scheduled Hurling Blitz date for this age group in Dundalk is this Sunday 11th February.

Under 8s (Primary 3 & 4) takes place each Monday night 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm at St. Paul's Highschool Sports Hall. Lead Coach / Contact Micheál Bradley 07907219639.

Rua Ógs (Primary 1 & 2)
Our newly structured hurling nursery Rua Ógs (Primary 1 and 2) coaching continues each Monday night 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm at St. Paul's Highschool Gymnasium. Lead Coach/Contact Damien Britton 0770679917

Please note these sessions are £2 each for those who are not signed up cairde members.
Parents/Guardians should not hesitate to contact the appropriate Underage Team Mentors for any further information.

Registration
Membership Registration will continue to take place each in St Pauls 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Feel free to seek further information from Craobh Rua coaches and Coiste members in attendance. Craobh Rua Camlocha extends an invitation to all from our community who might wish to participate in and hopefully enjoy our Clubs activities.

Membership Registration fees are follows

Adult Players £60
3rd Level Student Players £30
Youth U18/ Child U9 £15 
Adult non-Player £20
Adult Concessions £15 
Family £120 (There is a Standing Order Facility available for this category)

Celtic Challenge Hurling Competition Launch

Craobh Rua Camlocha hurler Tiarnan O Hare represented Armagh GAA at the recent Ulster GAA launch of the Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge- a countrywide ground-breaking hurling development competition for 16 & 17yr hurlers. Oisin was proud to wear the Armagh colours at the launch.
Advance Notice for Coaches and all interested others.

Foundation Coaching Course 
Friday evening 23rd (Child Protection) & Saturday morning 24th February (foundation)
Cost £10 per person. Venue Craobh Rua Clubrooms

Referees Course
The Referees Foundation course will be held on;

Thursday 8th February
Monday 12th February
at 7:30 pm in the Ceannaras at the Athletic Grounds.

All clubs are expected to have a certified referee for each age group U8-U18

PLEASE NOTE - In order to be certified as a referee AND take charge of ANY games in 2018 you must
1.) Be an existing Referee AND COMPLETE the Referees in Service course
or
2.) Complete ALL elements of the Referees Foundation Course.

Any Club member who may wish to attend this Course should contact our Secretary Henry McCloy.

 

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Mon 05 Feb 2018 10:57 AM
Inquiry into Alleged Abuses at Former Mother & Baby Homes

Newry Mourne & Down District Council Asked to Support Call For A Human Rights - Compliant Public Inquiry into Alleged Abuses at Former Mother And Baby Homes

Newry Mourne & Down Council is being asked to support a motion calling for a human-rights compliant inquiry into alleged abuses at former mother and baby homes. Sinn Féin Councillor Liz Kimmins will present her Party's motion this Monday night.
Speaking prior to the Council Meeting the Newry City Councillor give some background into the reasons for her motion

"In 2013, the Irish government released the McAleese report which set out to establish the facts of State involvement with the Magdalen Laundries in the 26 counties. As many of us will know, this report uncovered the horrific suffering that many women and girls, and their children suffered in these mother and baby homes, and it concluded that there was a great deal of state involvement in these cases.
The publication of the McAleese report subsequently encouraged many more women to come forward and tell their stories in the North, and this highlighted to some degree the similarity of the abuse that occurred across Ireland".

The Sinn Féin elected representative continued

"We have therefore brought this motion to this council tonight to ensure that those victims and survivors who were incarcerated in similar institutions in the North have their voices heard and are given the formal recognition they deserve for the suffering they too have endured at the hands of the state and religious institutions".
Concluding the Councillor stated,

"I would, therefore, hope that our Council will support this motion and help to make this proposal a reality for the victims and survivors who continue to campaign for the justice they deserve". 

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Mon 05 Feb 2018 10:48 AM
Human Trafficking, a Particular Heinous Crime - Mickey Brady

 "Human Trafficking a Particularly Heinous Crime"

Commenting on news that a 29-year-old woman had been arrested in Newry on suspicion of human traffickers big for sexual exploitation Newry & Armagh MP Mickey Brady described the practice as "a particularly heinous form of organised crime" and he urged people to look out for the signs of slavery.

"Human trafficking, also known as modern-day slavery is a particularly heinous form of organised crime which involves controlling or exploiting another person for financial gain and can include forcing someone to work against their will, refusing to pay them wages, or forcing them into prostitution.

Vulnerable women and children, in particular, are falsely enticed here by the prospects of employment, education and a better life can find themselves the victims of domestic servitude or sexual exploitation. This cannot be allowed to continue. I urge people to be alert to this growing crime and to watch out for signs of slavery. Should they spot anything suspicious they should contact the Police immediately."

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Mon 05 Feb 2018 10:42 AM
Time for Housing Executive to Address Clare House Situation

Time for Decisive Action from Housing Executive to Address Clare House Situation - Mickey Brady MP


Newry & Armagh MP Mickey Brady has said that the current living conditions for residents in Clare House at North Street were totally unacceptable and that it was now time for decisive action by the Housing Executive to address the situation.

The MP who visited the residential facility along with his Sinn Féin colleagues Cllrs Charlie Casey and Valerie Harte and senior Housing Executive Management praised the residents of the complex for their fortitude in the "long-running and totally unacceptable saga".

"Apart from a small number of individual owner-occupied flats, this block is owned and maintained by the Housing Executive. The level of damp and decay in the apartments is appalling and an absolute indictment of the Housing Executive.

“This is a long-running and totally unacceptable saga. The Housing Executive has been fully aware of the issues involved. Residents outlined once again the conditions they are living in, to the Regional Manager and other Housing Executive Officers. I and my colleagues can't praise enough the residents of Clare House who for many years now have faced frustration and dismissal for many years. They have shown great fortitude".

The MP said that he felt the most recent engagement with the Housing Executive and residents on site at Clare House had been constructive.

"We felt today that the meeting was constructive, however, the Housing Executive is now in no doubt that the time for talking has stopped and that there now needs to be action. The residents are entitled to a safe, secure and healthy living environment.

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Mickey Brady MP, Cllrs Charlie Casey & Valerie Hart, Clare House Residents Discuss Their Concerns with Housing Executive Senior Management.

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Fri 02 Feb 2018 09:56 AM
Warning of Telephone Scam - 31st January

Detectives in Newry have issued a warning to members of the public following the report of a telephone scam on Wednesday, 31st January. 
Detective Sergeant James Johnston said: “The injured party in this incident received a phone call from a male claiming to be from British Telecom.  The male stated he had a refund for the injured party.  He asked them to log onto their computer and talked them through a process to allow him remote access to their computer-desktop. The man has then gained access to their online banking account and withdrawn over £28,000. This follows two other similar phone scam incidents which occurred recently in the County Down area.
 
“These examples show us how easily scammers can extract large sums of money from unsuspecting members of the public. It is therefore extremely important to take time to consider who it is we are speaking to when we receive an unsolicited call and always be wary of any individual that cold calls you.  Be especially suspicious of anyone who asks for money, banking or credit card information or who asks to gain access remotely to your computer. It is highly unusual for any legitimate company or organisation to demand money over the phone or ask to gain access to your computer.
 
“If you are at all suspicious about a call that you receive, hang up and phone the organisation that the person is purporting to represent to check their authenticity. Ideally make the call from another telephone so you can be sure the original caller has not remained on the line.
 
“If you have received a call of this kind or are concerned by the intent of unsolicited calls, emails or letters then please report it to Action Fraud via their website www.actionfraud.police.uk or by phoning 0300 123 2040, or call police on the non-emergency number 101.
 
“Further advice and information can also be obtained by visiting www.nidirect.gov.uk/scamwiseni."
 

And remember, if you can spot a scam you can stop a scam.” 

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Fri 02 Feb 2018 09:51 AM
Agricultural & Rural Crime Statistics - PSNI

The PSNI’s latest agricultural and rural crime statistics show a fall in the number of crimes recorded in rural communities.

PSNI Supt. Brian Kee said, “While we take the position that one crime against the rural community is one too many, it is encouraging to note that, according to the latest quarterly update, there has been an 11% reduction in agri crime in 2017 compared with 2016 and a 47% reduction since 2010/11.
“Statistics only tell part of the story, they do not account for the severe impact theft can have on a farming business, family and community. There is no acceptable level of crime in the rural community or indeed elsewhere. And for PSNI, one victim is one too many.
“We know from our work with victims of crime that every incident has an impact on individuals, families and the community as a whole. Police remain committed to keeping people safe and we will work hard with the community and partner agencies into the future, including the Rural Crime Partnership, PCSPs, An Gardaí Siochana and a number of other agencies. We remain committed to working with the farming community to drive this figure down even further.

“We are not complacent, we continue to seek ways in which to disrupt and detect criminals who target rural communities. For instance, we are concerned at an apparent increase in the theft of quads in the first few weeks of 2018. We would ask members of the public to report anything suspicious to police as soon as possible.
“We understand thefts such as these can have a detrimental effect on a farming business. Spending a bit of time reviewing your security will go a long way to helping reduce your chance of becoming a victim of crime. We also want to work with you to prevent thefts, and offer free advice from your local crime prevention officer. Ring 101 for more information.
“If possible please keep quads etc. out of sight and kept in a secure shed and apply locks and chains to ensure they are secure. Always remove the keys. GPS systems can also be fitted to quads.

“We would ask that if you notice something which does not look right, are aware of machinery or equipment being moved at odd times phone police on the 101 number as soon as possible.”

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Tue 30 Jan 2018 09:45 AM
Down Ladies Notes - 28th January 2018

Down Senior Ladies
LIDL National League Division 3, Meath v Down, Dunganny, January 28th, 2018
Referee: Paul Burke – Louth.
The new season kicked off in Dunganny yesterday on a cold afternoon, and Meath ladies showed to be too strong for the young Down side. However, Down fired through a first minute goal and Meath come back with 6 points. Half time score: Down 1 – 01 Meath 2 – 10. The second half showed great determination and competition from the Down ladies and proved to be a very competitive game. Full time: Down 2 – 02 Meath 4 – 13. Next up is a home fixture on 4th February: Down v Roscommon at 2pm, in RGU Downpatrick.
Down team and scorers: Aishling Burns, Laura Morgan, Orla Boyle, Aimee Greene, Adair Trainor, Roisin Torney, Chara Laverty, Kate McKay, Clara Mulvena, Grainne McClean, Laoise Duffy (0-02), Aoife McKeown, Jess Foy, Natasha Ferris (1-0), Sorcha McCartan (1-0).
Subs: Niamh Price, Leah Milligan, Brea McKee, Cassie Moane, Dearbhla McGreevy, Meghan O’Boyle, Aoibheann McCarville, Orla Duffy, Amanda Wood.

U18/Minors - BORN 2000/2001 ONLY
The minors played Armagh in a “friendly” this morning. It was a great opportunity to get a look at the new group of girls in game time. They didn’t disappoint with their skill and attitude that playing for Down requires. Next Sunday we are at home to Tyrone where home support would be appreciated.

Down U16 – BORN 2002 ONLY
U16 ladies travelled to Louth on Sunday to play their first of 3 challenge matches in preparation for Championship. Both teams battled hard dealing with the windy conditions but it was the Louth team that managed to overcome this hurdle and come out on top after 60mins of football. All 25 girls available to play had at least 30 mins of game team each and this certainly has given the management team a lot to think about. Training continues on Sunday at Ballykinlar GAC at slightly earlier time of 11-12:30. Next challenge game at home to Armagh on 11th February.

Down U15 – BORN 2003 ONLY
U15 girls had their first challenge games as a squad as we fielded two teams against Antrim at the Dub this Sunday. Both games were hard fought and there was little between the counties but the girls battled hard against a physical Antrim squad and a strong wind. Every girl got a full game and it was the perfect way to see all girls in action and identify strengths and weaknesses within the squad. The first game of the season is never easy but the girls all enjoyed the challenge and are getting to know each other better week by week. The management came away very happy with the performance and with plenty of positives to talk over. Details of next week’s training will be finalised and posted up in the WhatsApp group during the week. We also do have a game against Armagh for Saturday 10th Feb, more details closer to the date!!

Down U14 - BORN 2004 ONLY
Down U14s held a 12 km sponsored walk on a breezy and mild Sunday morning in Tollymore Forest Park, which made for perfect conditions. The craic and banter amongst the girls was great with some fantastic scenery along the way. Big thanks to Rowan McMahon for being chief Orienteer. Well done ladies and thanks to all the parents for doing the dropping off and picking up. The U14s now look forward to a challenging game away to Kildare next Saturday.
Down U13 - BORN 2005 ONLY
Well done to the u13 ladies who got together for their first squad training session in a very cold Newry on Saturday morning. Next session will be held in St Colman’s Newry on Saturday 13th January 11:45 to 13:30.

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Tue 30 Jan 2018 09:37 AM
New Council Neighbourhood Initiative Welcomed by Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke has welcomed the proposal by Newry, Mourne and Down Council to introduce a new Neighbourhood Services initiative. This new proposal will see services joined-up, contactable through one telephone number, one web-page, one service, via the ‘Neighbourhood Service’ brand.

The proposal was tabled at the Regulatory, Technical Services Committee (Neighbourhood Services Directorate.) on Wednesday past.

The Councillor said,
“The new Neighbourhood Service will be a one-stop shop, in dealing with many of the services that affect the general environment of the District, some requiring a significant improvement, such as refuse collection, street cleansing, public conveniences, grass cutting, graffiti and fly post removal, dog fouling, maintenance of street furniture, bins, seating etc. The initiative will also improve enforcement and arrangements for assisted and bulky waste collections. It is proposed that by dealing efficiently and effectively with these named services and a range of other services, that such an approach will have a positive impact on both the perception of the Councils service provision and also on the general appearance of the environment.”

Cllr Clarke said,
“For many residents, businesses and Councillors, the general environment of the District is of the utmost importance and to many demonstrates the ability, efficiency and effectiveness of the Council as a whole. The new service will make it more convenient for customers to contact services and ensure there is a timeframe to resolve the complaint within an agreed timeline.

He added,
“There are no additional service costs anticipated at this stage, staffing costs having been included in the rates estimates and response times set to reflect available current resources. Council has recently agreed an additional resource in waste management, it is considered that the Neighbourhood Services Proposal can be developed within the current Council budget”

The Sinn Féin elected representative concluded,
“I was happy to propose that council proceed with this forward thinking initiative, with the amendment that a litter strategy and dog fouling strategy is incorporated in the rollout of the Neighbourhood Services Proposal, with the target to achieve full implementation by 1 September 2018.”

Cllr Willie Clarke is available to discuss this issue  

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Mon 29 Jan 2018 10:36 AM
Craobh Rua Camlocha Hurling Club Notes - 28th January 2018

Armagh GAA Fundraising Draw
Tickets for this Draw are available from any Committee member. We encourage all to support this Fundraising initiative which not only will help develop GAA activities throughout our County but also will see Craobh Rua receiving monies from tickets sold by our Club. We would encourage any member or Club friend seeking a ticket to ensure that it is purchased by next weekend.

Coaching and Training sessions details are as follows:
U12 & U14
Sunday mornings at the Gardens 3G playing pitch. The sessions start at 10.30am and finish at 11:45 am. Lead Coach/Contact Laurence Bradley 07736150103
This will be a skills-based session and as ever if any new players wish to come onboard there will be hurls and helmets available for use.

Under 10s (Primary 5 & 6) coaching and training sessions take place each Monday night 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm in The Gardens 3G pitch in Bessbrook. Lead Coach/Contact Joe McEldowney 07764193978.The next scheduled Hurling Blitz date for this age group in Dundalk is Sunday 11th February.

Under 8s (Primary 3 & 4) takes place each Monday night 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm at St. Paul's Highschool Sports Hall. Lead Coach / Contact Micheál Bradley 07907219639. Please note the next Blitz for this age group is scheduled for next Sunday the 4th February (10 am to 12) Players, Parents/Guardians will be advised of details

Rua Ógs (Primary 1 & 2)
Our newly structured hurling nursery Rua Ógs (Primary 1 and 2) coaching continues each Monday night 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm at St. Paul's Highschool Gymnasium. Lead Coach/Contact Damien Britton 0770679917

Please note these sessions are £2 each for those who are not signed up cairde members. Parents/Guardians should not hesitate to contact the appropriate Underage Team Mentors for any further information.

Membership Registration will take place each Monday over the next four weeks in St Pauls 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Feel free to seek further information from Craobh Rua coaches and Coiste members in attendance. Craobh Rua Camlocha extends an invitation to all from our community who might wish to participate in and hopefully enjoy in our Clubs activities.

Membership Registration fees are as follows:
Adult Players £60
3rd Level Student Players £30
Youth U18/ Child U9 £15
Adult non-Player £20
Adult Concessions £15
Family £120 (There is a Standing Order Facility available for this category)

Advance Notice for Coaches and all interested others.

Foundation Coaching Course
Friday evening 23rd (Child Protection) & Saturday morning 24th February (foundation)
Cost £10 per person. Venue Craobh Rua Clubrooms

Referees Course
The Referees Foundation course will be held on;
Thursday 8th February
Monday 12th February
at 7:30 pm in the Ceannaras at the Athletic Grounds.

All clubs are expected to have a certified referee for each age group U8-U18

PLEASE NOTE - In order to be certified as a referee AND take charge of ANY games in 2018 you must
1.) Be an existing Referee AND COMPLETE the Referees in Service course
or
2.) Complete ALL elements of the Referees Foundation Course.

Any Club member who may wish to attend this Course should contact our Secretary Henry McCloy.

Craobh Rua Under 12s had a great day out on Sunday at the DKIT indoor Hurling Blitz with teams from Armagh, Monaghan, Cavan and Louth taking part. Well done all involved and míle buíochas to the organisers. Pictured are some of our young hurlers who attended.

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Mon 29 Jan 2018 10:24 AM
Shane O'Neill's Club Notes - 28th January 2018

Senior Men
Sunday afternoon saw our senior men lose out by two points to Killanny from Monaghan in a very competitive opening fixture in the Ulster Intermediate league, 1 – 10 to 0 – 11.

Played in very testing conditions Killanny were first on the scoreboard with a close-range point before Neil Paul Lennon pointed for the Shanes from a placed ball. A Kristian Magill free nudged his side ahead but Killanny replied with a pointed free of their own before Magill slotted over another placed ball to put the Shanes one in front again. Two points in a row from the away side, both from play, saw them go into the half-time interval leading by a point, 0 – 4 to 0 – 3.

The Shanes made the better start to the second-half with Michael McParland firing over to bring to the sides level before David McCabe pointed for the home side to edge them in front. Three points on the trot from Killanny saw them lead by two but the Shanes replied with three points of their own, two great long-range efforts from Connaire Mackin and a good score from Kristian Magill, to put them one to the good once more. A Killanny free levelled proceedings before they registered the only goal the game to give them a three-point advantage. The sides then swapped points with Connaire Mackin on target again before points from Micheál Brady and Kristian Magill brought the Camlough side back to within one. The Shanes had a couple chances to equalise but it was Killanny who got the last point of the game to claim the win by two, 1 – 10 to 0 – 11.

Despite the defeat, the Shanes can take a lot of positives from the game including the return of Paddy Gregory, Neil Paul Lennon, Kristian Magill, Conor O’Neill and Conor Ruddy to the senior ranks and an impressive senior debut from young Patrick Garvey. The game itself proved to be a useful workout for the lads in a very competitive environment. Next up is an away game next Sunday, 4th February against Cavan side, Laragh United at 12 noon.

Senior & Minor Ladies
Pre-season training for all senior and minor ladies’ players begins on Monday 29th January at EST28 gym in Mill Industrial Estate, Bessbrook. The sessions will be taken by Greg McCabe, beginning at 8:30 pm sharp at a cost of £3.00 per person.

U12 Boys
Training for our U12 boys continues on Friday evening from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the Abbey at a cost of £2.00 per head – all eligible players are asked to attend.

U12 Girls
Our U12 girls continue their weekly training sessions every Wednesday night at 7:15 pm in Cloughreagh Community Centre and all girls at this age are welcome to attend.

U10s
U10 indoor training continues as normal in Cloughreagh Community Centre every Wednesday night from 8:15 pm – 9:15 pm and all boys and girls at this age group are welcome to attend. As soon as the weather permits it is planned to organise a number of challenge games with neighbouring clubs.

U6s
U6 training continues every Tuesday evening at Bessbrook Community Centre from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm and all boys and girls at this age group are welcome to attend.

Registration Day
The club is holding a registration day next Sunday, 4th February from 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm. All our current club members and indeed new ones are invited to come along and register for the coming year. All players from U6 to senior must be registered also. Membership rates for 2018 are as follows:

Senior Members: £40.00
Cairde Members: £30.00
OAPs & Students: £20.00
U18s: £15.00 for the first player in a family, £10.00 for every other player
All membership must be paid before 31st March 2018.

Annual Awards Night
This year’s annual awards night will take place in the clubhouse on Saturday 24th February.

Armagh GAA Club Draw
Have you got your Armagh GAA Club Draw Ticket yet? Why not start your New Year on a winning note by getting your ticket from any of our committee members, priced at £100 which can be paid in four monthly instalments of £25 per month if you wish. Why not consider buying one between a family of 4 or a group of friends, that’s only £25.00 each.

There are four monthly first prizes of a Renault Clio and numerous monthly cash prizes on offer – 2nd prize £3,000; 3rd & 4th prize £1,000; 5th & 6th prize £500; 7th – 16th prize £100.
Not only are you in with a chance of winning one of their fantastic prizes on offer but you will also be supporting the Shane O’Neill’s club at the same time.

Congratulations
Congratulations to our senior ladies’ footballer Aimee Mackin who is one of three players nominated to be named as the Ulster Writers Ladies Footballer of the Year 2017.

Club Volunteers
The club is always on the lookout for new volunteers, whatever your skills. Maybe you’ve got time on your hands and fancy doing something different, maybe you’re new to the area and are looking to play a part in the community, perhaps your children or grandchildren are players at the club and you’d like to get involved. Whatever your reasons our doors are always open to new members and new ideas whether it be working with our underage teams, helping with fundraising, washing strips, cleaning, upkeep of the grounds, selling lotto, recruitment, club development, lining out the pitch, doing the gate and a host of other tasks. You can be part of Shane O’Neill’s in so many ways, and you can give as much or as little time as suits you – so why not come along a get involved.

Lotto

Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 1, 12, 26 & 30. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x lucky dip winner. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £7,450.