Post Date :
Mon 15 Aug 2016 09:54 AM
All-Ireland suicide strategy is essential – Adams

 Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said that twelve years after the commencement of the campaign for a suicide prevention strategy for the North and ten years after ‘A Vision for Change’, the need for an all-island suicide prevention strategy is essential.

Writing in his blog today, Teachta Adams said:

“There is not a single family across this island that has not been affected by the challenge of mental health issues. Allied to this is the issue of suicide. It is now believed that the real figures for suicide across the island of Ireland are as high as 1,000 people annually. 

“The impact on families and communities is huge. Most are left wondering, why? They are left asking what they could have done to prevent the death of a loved one. The emotional trauma is enormous. In the aftermath of a suicide, especially of a young person, the potential of others also taking their own lives is high. I still remember visiting the wake homes of four young victims from the Upper Springfield area in west Belfast who had all died from suicide within days of each other.

“There is no single or easy explanation for someone deciding to take their life. In my experience the reasons can be many; mental health problems, loneliness, alcohol and substance misuse, an absence of hope for the future, can all contribute to suicide.

“There is also a clear and direct correlation between deprivation and suicide. In every statistical analysis that I have read areas of high unemployment and deprivation suffer greater levels of suicide. At the same time, suicide is no respecter of class or age or gender.

“Twelve years ago, I was the MP for west Belfast which had, along with north Belfast the highest suicide rates in the north. In October 2004, I led a delegation of Sinn Féin and community activists to meet with the British Direct Rule Minister Angela Smith. Families bereaved by suicide were leaders in this endeavour. Amongst the proposals we tabled was the creation of a regional suicide prevention strategy and an all-Ireland strategy.

“The intensive lobby in the north succeeded in 2006 in securing the establishment of the ‘Protect Life’ suicide prevention strategy and action plan. Since then over £50 million has been spent on suicide prevention. Undoubtedly many lives have been saved but the recent statistics are evidence that much more needs to be done.

“Suicide is also a major issue in the south. In June, the Mental Health Commission published its annual report. The State\'s mental health policy, ‘A Vision for Change’, has been in place since 2006 and the Mental Health Commission undertook a strategic review as part of developing a new strategic plan for 2016-2018.

“Twelve years after the commencement of the campaign for a suicide prevention strategy for the north, and ten years after ‘A Vision for Change’, the need for an all-island suicide prevention strategy is even greater than ever. Such a strategy needs to be properly funded and coordinated and bring together all of the statutory agencies, including health and education. Voluntary and community groups cannot provide this. Governments must do so.” 

Post Date :
Mon 15 Aug 2016 09:45 AM
Memorial to William Clarke outside Mullaghbawn Smashed

 Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has condemned an attack on a monument in South Armagh.

Referring to the memorial to William Clarke outside Mullaghbawn which was smashed at the weekend Mr Brady said the dead on all sides should be allowed to rest in peace.

"Nothing is achieved by attacking memorials," he said. 

"A number of republican monuments were attacked in Newry in the run up to the 12th of July and I would say the same thing to the people who carried out this attack as I did to the people who attacked the Newry monuments; your actions are deplorable and they serve only to stir up hurt and hate.

"I would urge anyone considering such actions to remember that all our dead, on all sides, left family and friends behind. What purpose can their possibly be in taunting already grieving families?" 

"Let the dead rest in peace, let their families live in peace and find a more constructive use for your energy." 

Post Date :
Mon 15 Aug 2016 09:39 AM
Official homeless figures - McCann

 Official homeless figures must present a true reflection of the current realities - McCann 

West Belfast MLA Fra McCann MLA has said that housing statistics released by the Department of Communities is not accurately reflecting the levels of homelessness in the north.

Fra McCann said:

“The statistics point out that 18,628 people have presented as homeless, which is 1,000 down on the same period as last year.

“On the face of it this would be welcome news.

“My concern is this is more to do with people being directed away from going through with their homeless application by the new Housing Solutions team set up by the Housing Executive.

“This I believe has more to do with statistics than providing a long-term solution in dealing with homelessness.

“Many of those coming forward are being encouraged to move into unregulated private rented housing, convinced that they will wait years to be housed and therefore they withdraw their application. The new system also takes away contact and decisions from local Housing Executive offices.

“I believe an urgent review of how this new system is working is required. The full scale roll out should be stalled until we establish if this new system is working or is just another move to hide the true figures of people declaring themselves as homeless.

“I have in the past also raised concerns about those who are not accepted as being homeless, the 7,426 who are left to their own devices.

“The vast majority of these are young people who are being told that the Housing Executive has no responsibility to house them.

“Many of these are vulnerable young people who are sleeping on sofas, floors or end up in shared rented accommodation totally unsuitable for their needs.”

Post Date :
Mon 15 Aug 2016 09:22 AM
Shane O'Neill's Club Notes

The Qube

Less than a week to go now to The Qube, our big fundraiser in conjunction with The Fight On Campaign for Séanín, which takes place in the marquee at the club next Saturday night.

The games are being finalised and the contestants are raring to go. If you haven\\\'t got your tickets yet, time is fast running out. They are available from any committee member or you can call to the club from 9.00pm on Monday night. 
Anyone who has sold tickets is asked to return the money for them to the club no later than this Monday night, 15th August. All unsold tickets also to be returned to the club on Monday night.

The Qube is just one of the events planned between this coming Thursday, 18th August and Sunday 21st August:

Thursday 18th August:  Community Underage Disco (age 12 and below) from 7.00pm – 10.00pm. Free admission with minerals and crisps on sale

Friday 19th August:  Shanes Summer Blow-Out Disco (over 18s) from 9.30pm – 1.30am. Tickets are priced at £7.00

Saturday 20th August: The Qube. Tickets are priced at £10.00 or €12.00

Sunday 21st August: An evening music session with local group Village Folk

The week-end of events is a major undertaking for the club and we are appealing to all club members, parents, players and friends of the club to get involved and to help out in any way they can to help ensure that week-end runs as smooth as possible.

Tickets for the Shanes Summer Blow-Out Disco (in conjunction with the Myeloma Charity) and The Qube (in conjunction with The Fight On Campaign for Séanín) are available from any committee member.

Senior Men

Next Sunday afternoon at 4.45pm our senior men take on Mullaghbawn in the championship in Cullyhanna.

Senior Ladies

Our senior ladies are continuing to prepare for the final of the championship against Sarsfields on 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

Our minor boys took on a very good Clann Eireann side in the preliminary round of the championship last Monday night. Despite putting in a hard-working performance the Shanes were defeated by the better team on the night. Next up is a league game away to Killeavy on Monday night, 15th August and all players are asked to meet at the club no later than 6.30pm.

U16 Girls

The U16 girls had a good league win last week over Crossmaglen. They return to action on Monday night, 15th August at home to Carrickcruppen at 7.00pm. All players are asked to meet at the club at 6.30pm. 

U14 Girls

Our U14 girls are looking forward to their championship final next Sunday afternoon, 21st August when they take on Granemore in Derrynoose at 5.00pm. Good luck girls from everyone at the club.


Our U12s travelled to Derrynoose last Wednesday night and put a great display of football to claim a fully deserved win. The U12s still have a number of games to play and tournaments to take part in and, with the holiday period almost over, all players are asked to ensure that they attend training every Tuesday and Friday evening at 6.00pm at the field.

Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie

The U12 camogs have been improving with every game they play and on Saturday they put in a number of brilliant performances to reach the semi-final of the An Ríocht tournament. This was the first inter-county tournament the young camogs took part in and they played some great camogie throughout – well done everyone. 

Training for all camogs - U14, U12, U10 & U8 – continues at the pitch every Wednesday evening at 6.00pm and all new members age four and upwards welcome to attend. Any past or present camogie or hurling players who could spare one hour per week on a Wednesday evening to help coach some of our underage is asked to contact Sandra 075996440444 - your help would be greatly appreciated.


Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 6, 11, 22 & 25. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x match three winner. The jackpot now stands at £3,800.


Can you please arrange to include the attached picture with our club notes:

Meabh O’Neill’s U12s who reached the semi-final of the An Ríocht tournament at the week-end


Post Date :
Fri 12 Aug 2016 12:28 PM
Fundraiser to mark anniversary of crash

 A year on from the deaths of Peter Hughes, Conall Havern and Gavn Sloan there will be a fundraiser to remember the university pals.  The three young men were tragically killed on the A1 dual carriageway on August 23rd 2015.  A fundraiser will take place at Dromintee GAC (where Peter was a member) on August 27th 2016 with proceeds to go to Newry based Head Injury Support.  Head Injury support helps support people with head injuries in local community.  



Post Date :
Thu 11 Aug 2016 07:14 PM
Welcome to the Newly Designed Destination Newry

We welcome you to the newly designed Destination Newry website.  We have created a website that will hopefully provide the local community of Newry and surrounding areas with information on local events, classes, businesses, charities, fundraisers, jobs, local news, musicians and much much more. 

To use the website you simply follow the follwoing steps

1   Register as an individual or a group (business/charity/club/ etc) The golden rule is that if you are part of something with more than one person in it then you should register as a group.  

2   Once you have register you fill in details for your home page.  This is like a home page you would have on a website of your own and so you can provide information to help visitors learn more about your group.   

3  Post something.  For example, an indivual may post that they have lost their cat. A business may post to the category " For Sale" and then add laptops for sale so that local people can buy.  A charity may post about a local fundraising event that is happening in the local area.  These posts go to the top of the home page.  We will share some of these posts to over 14000 followers on facebook as well.  

So, thank you for visiting and we if there are any suggestions as to how we can improve this service please contact us.