Post Date :
Tue 23 Jan 2018 09:34 AM
Down Ladies Notes - 21st January 2018

Down Senior Ladies
The Down Senior Ladies kick off their 2018 NFL campaign on Sunday 28th Jan away to Meath in a reverse of last year’s first fixture where they faced the same opposition at Ballykinlar. The Mourne girls will be hoping for a different result to kick off their new campaign with a new look Management and Panel in place.
Manager Ryan McShane is starting 2018 with a new backroom team in Damien Sherry (An Riocht) and Kyla Trainor (RGU Downpatrick) whilst retaining the services of Kevin Leneghan (Bryansford). The hard appears to have been done since last summer with a new look panel with only 13 of the 2017 panel remaining and 17 players added to the panel, however not all 17 are new to the county scene as the Mourne girls see the return of some of their 2014 All Ireland winners after a break from Inter-county football as well as young members making the step up from minor level.
Down Ladies are very pleased to announce that Pairc Toms Ruiseil (RGU Downpatrick) will play host to the four home fixtures in the National League in 2018 starting with a repeat of last years All Ireland Qualifier V Roscommon on 4th February. On the news of the home venue, manager Ryan McShane said 'We are very thankful to RGU for the use of their facilities for our league campaign, at this time of year it is extremely difficult to secure a venue for home games however you cannot underestimate the importance of having a settled home venue for every game. RGU is Downs second county ground and it is only right that they have the opportunity to host county games and we are very happy they have agreed to do so.
RGU are always very accommodating to Down LGFA providing players and facilities at all levels. Last year we had the biggest Home support I have ever seen at our Ladies national league games in Ballykinlar. We hope that this can continue to rise in 2018 as the Home support is helpful to the girls on the field and it’s a great place to take future players to see the stars in their county. We also hope to include half time games involving younger players throughout the league.
The Down Ladies would like to take this opportunity to thank their sponsors. EOS IT solutions, Whitegates, Sunnyholme Caravan Park and Quinn’s bar Newcastle.
The players and Management of Down Senior ladies have a chosen charity, 'The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust (K.B.R.T) which they wear with pride on their jerseys. In the past, the team and the county board have helped to raise £5,500 for the charity and would like to thank their supporters in helping them to make a difference with this very worthy cause.
Down Ladies Upcoming Fixtures:
28th Jan Meath v Down 2 pm (Venue: TBC)
4th Feb Down v Roscommon 2 pm (Venue: RGU Downpatrick)
U18/Minors - BORN 2000/2001 ONLY
Minor Trials continued on Sunday for girls born in 2000/2001 in Assumption Ballynahinch. This Sunday the girls play Armagh in a friendly at Corrinshego at 10am. The girls will play a series of friendly matches arranged over the next few weeks. 
Down U16 – BORN 2002 ONLY 
Many thanks to Aughlisnafin for use of hall at short notice on Sunday morning for u16 training. The weather certainly has not been kind this week.  U16 travel to Louth this Sunday to begin their series of challenge games. Travel arrangements will be posted in WhatsApp group. Further challenge games against Armagh and Dublin have been arranged in next 4 weeks. Championship campaign starts 1st weekend in March with away game v Tyrone. Other counties in group are Cavan and Fermanagh. Good luck to all girls in forthcoming games. Go out, work hard but most of all enjoy playing your game.
Down U15 – BORN 2003 ONLY 
Training will continue this Saturday in Assumption from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm. Girls should arrive at 12:15 pm so we can make the most of our time on the pitch. There will also be a friendly game against Antrim on Sunday in Belfast throwing in at 1:00 pm. More details on game day to follow but if your daughter can’t make it please let Aidy or Donnla know.
Down U14 - BORN 2004 ONLY
The Down U14s had a good session at the weekend and all worked very hard. They continue their preparation for the upcoming Ulster Championship with training at Red High on Saturday. Down has been placed in the same group as Fermanagh, Armagh, Derry and Monaghan. Their first game is away to Fermanagh on Saturday 10th March. The U14s are also doing a 12 km sponsored walk through Tollymore Forest Park this Sunday morning, best of luck girls! 
Down U13 - BORN 2005 ONLY
Good session on Saturday morning and Girls beginning to gel well together. Training this Saturday will be at Red High Downpatrick meeting at 9:15 am for 9:30 am sharp start. Details of first match against Armagh fundraising initiative will be provided at this week’s training.
Down Ladies announce the 2018 Captain Orla Boyle (RGU) and Vice Captains Chara Laverty (Kilcoo) and Lauren Cunningham (Ballymartin). 
Sunnyholme Caravan Park, Newcastle who have sponsored new kit bags for the Down Ladies Senior Team. 
Pictured are Down Ladies players Natasha Ferris, Aoife Keown and Lauren Cunningham with Amy Nicholson from Sunnyholme Caravan Park, Newcastle. 

Post Date :
Mon 22 Jan 2018 10:27 AM
Dismay of Local Community following Dumping of Laundered Diesel Waste

Newry Mourne & Down Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin has echoed the dismay of the local community following the latest incident involving the dumping of laundered diesel waste in South Armagh. 
"I was contacted by residents who are disgusted by this latest occurrence. Three weeks into the new year and we have the first diesel waste dumped along our roads.
For a time, it appeared that this practice had come to an end. We had a period of respite which the community had hoped signalled an end to the dumping of toxic chemicals in its midst. 
There is untold damage being done to animal, plant and no doubt human health by this waste. Those involved should desist from their poisoning of South Armagh. 
Slieve Gullion is an area of outstanding natural beauty. It didn't achieve this status by accident. Many people fought long and hard to undo not just decades but centuries of insult, slight and disparaging tales of this beautiful region to ensure that it was placed where it belongs as one of the most desirable places to visit in the world. 

We will continue to promote South Armagh and encourage visitors and locals to embrace all that the Ring of Gullion has to offer.  In the meantime, I have reported this waste to the Environmental Health Dept. of the Council with a view to having it cleared as soon as is practical." 

Post Date :
Mon 22 Jan 2018 10:17 AM
Shane O'Neill's Club Notes - 21st January 2018

Senior Men
Our senior men have entered the Ulster Immediate League this year and have been placed in Section C. Their first game in the competition will be next Sunday 28th January at home to Killanny from Co Monaghan before travelling to Cavan on 4th February to take on Laragh United. Another Cavan side, Mount Nugent visit Camlough on 11th February and the lads finish off their group games away to Derrynoose on Sunday 18th February.
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.
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.
U6 training continues every Tuesday evening in Bessbrook Community Centre from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm and all boys and girls at this age group are welcome to attend.
Club Membership for 2018
Club membership is now due and the rates for 2018 are as follows:
Senior Members: £40.00
Cairde Members: £30.00
OAPs & Students: £20.00
U18s: £15.00 for 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 club-house 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.
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.
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.
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 2, 3, 17 & 31. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x lucky dip winner. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £7,400.
Community Walkway
If you fancy burning off the turkey after Christmas, want to begin the New Year by getting fit or just want to blow away the cobwebs our community walkway is open to everyone and anyone who wish to avail of the facility.

Everyone at the club would like to offer their sympathies to our club and lotto committee member Joe Brady and the entire Brady family circle following death of Joe’s sister, Patricia McShane in America. Patricia was also the sister-in-law of our club and Cairde member Bridie Doran. May she rest in peace. 

Post Date :
Mon 22 Jan 2018 10:10 AM
Craobh Rua Camlocha Hurling Club Notes Week

Our underage coaching and training sessions have commenced. Registration for our players shall take place during these sessions. 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.

Coaching and Training sessions have now recommenced. The 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. This Sunday 28th January our u12/14 are scheduled to participate in the Hurling Blitz in Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT). Players will be advised of details.

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. A Group of our U10 hurlers travelled to DKIT in Dundalk on Sunday past to take part in the Hurling Blitz. All found it an enjoyable and learning experience. Many thanks to those who organised the event and all from Club who helped coordinate the trip. 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. The first Sunday Blitz for our U8s took place in Dundalk DKIT recently. Our young hurlers who attended found it an enjoyable trip recently and many thanks to all who helped organise the event and those who help with getting our Craobh Rua hurlers to it. Please note the next Blitz for this age group is scheduled for Sunday 4th February.

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 have not signed up cairde members.

Parents/Guardians should not hesitate to contact the appropriate Underage Team Mentors for any further information.

Referees Course
The Club has been advised that a Referees Course will be held on the nights of Thursday 1st, Thursday 8th and Monday 12th February in the Ceannaras Building Armagh. Any Club member who may wish to attend this Course should contact our Secretary Henry McCloy.

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.

Some of young Craobh Rua Camlocha hurlers who have participated in the Recent Hurling Blitz Competitions in Dundalk DKIT

Post Date :
Mon 22 Jan 2018 09:58 AM
Curriculum Sports Programme must be retained -Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin MLA Sinéad Ennis said that work must be done to retain the Curriculum Sports Programme post March 2018.
The party’s culture, arts and sports spokesperson said:
“On Monday, I, alongside my party colleague Conor Murphy MLA, met with senior officials from Ulster GAA and they raised the need to retain the Curriculum Sports Programme post March 2018.
“We also discussed other areas of funding that are under threat and how Sinn Féin could lend our support to the call to have these funds secured.
“Sinn Féin will raise the issue of retaining the Curriculum Sports Programme post March 2018 with the temporary permanent secretary when we meet with him in early February.
“I have also written to Permanent Secretary of the Department for Communities seeking reassurances that the programme ‘Sport - a home for lifelong volunteering’ will be continued.”

Photo Sinead Ennis MLA Conor Murphy MLA pictures with Ulster GAA Council Officers  

Post Date :
Fri 19 Jan 2018 10:26 AM
Practical Help to Navigate Brexit

DATE: Wednesday 7th February 2018

TIME: 08:30-13:00
VENUE: Bernish Suite, The Carrickdale Hotel
Post Brexit International & Cross Border Trade.
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Practical workshops on specific Brexit-related issues such as VAT, Customs,
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Tips on how to prepare for the challenge with a panel discussion on
people, supply chain and currency with SME company experiences
Dundalk Chamber, Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade, Louth Local
Enterprise Office, Louth County Council and Newry, Mourne & Down
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Post Date :
Fri 19 Jan 2018 10:18 AM
Arrests for Possession of Class A Controlled Drugs

 A 32-year-old male has been charged with Possession of a Class A controlled drug, namely heroin, and is due to appear at Newry MC on Friday 19 January. 

Two men, aged 34 & 46, have been charged with Possession of a Class A controlled drug, namely heroin, and are expected to appear at Newry MC on 14 February. A 50-year-old woman has been charged with Permitting Premises to be used for the supply of Class A drugs and is expected to appear in court on 14 February. 
As is normal procedure, all charges will be reviewed by the PPS.
A 56-year-old man has been released unconditionally.
The charges follow a property search in Newry on 17 January and the subsequent arrests of five people.

Post Date :
Thu 18 Jan 2018 01:48 PM
Brady Calls for Information Following Death in Newry

Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has called for information following the death of a man in Newry last night.
Mickey Brady said:
"I am shocked and saddened to learn of the untimely death of a young man in Newry last night.

"My thoughts and condolences are with the family in a profoundly difficult period, and I call on anyone with any information to come forward to the PSNI." 

Post Date :
Thu 18 Jan 2018 10:51 AM
4 Men and 1 Woman Arrested on Drug Related Charges

Detectives investigating the death of a man (51) in the Dublin Road area of Newry on Wednesday, 17th January have arrested four men (56, 46, 34 & 32) and a women (50) on suspicion of drug-related offences, including Possession of a Class A controlled drug, namely heroin, with intent to supply. 

The arrests follow a search of a property in the city yesterday. All five people are currently in custody.

Post Date :
Tue 16 Jan 2018 01:54 PM
Car Stolen on Castlewellan Road, Newcastle, 29-year-old Apprehended

At approximately 8:40 pm Monday, 15 January, Police received a report that a car had been stolen from premises in the Castlewellan Road area of Newcastle.

Police responded to the call and set up a vehicle checkpoint on the Moygannon Road, Warrenpoint. Police attempted to stop the stolen vehicle at a vehicle checkpoint, however, the driver failed to stop and collided with two police vehicles. Five police officers received minor injuries as a result.

Two police vehicles were damaged, one of them extensively

A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a number of offences including aggravated taking and driving away, dangerous driving, and possession of an offensive weapon. He is currently in police custody.

Inspector Nigel Henry said: “This was excellent work from our officers and a prime example of police working to keep the community safe. I would ask anyone who has any information about crime of any sort to contact police on the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”