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Post Date : Tue 21 Nov 2017 10:06 AM

Detectives in Newry are appealing for information following a report of an assault at a house in the Carrickateel Court area of Newry on Sunday 19th November. 

Detective Constable McKeever said “At approximately 11:25 am it was reported to police that a man in his 30s had been stabbed in the chest at a property and was then taken to hospital for his injuries, which are not believed to be life threatening at this time. Three men in their 40s have since been arrested in relation to the incident but have all been released on bail pending further enquiries. 
I would ask that anyone with information contact 101 quoting reference 575 of 19/11/17, or if they wish to remain anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Post Date : Mon 20 Nov 2017 11:26 AM
Detectives at Lurgan CIB are appealing for information in relation to an assault at a property in the Terraskane Road area of Armagh in the early hours of Monday, 20 November. 
Detective Inspector Stephen Harvey said “Shortly after 12:15 am police received a report that a man had suffered stab wounds to his abdomen. He was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening. 
I would ask that anyone with information to contact 101 quoting reference number 8 of 20/11/2017, or if they wish to remain anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Post Date : Mon 20 Nov 2017 10:30 AM


A disappointing performance from our U21 amalgamation of Patrick Rankins saw them lose to a good Mullaghbawn side in the semi-final of the competition in Killeavy on Sunday, 5 – 13 to 0 – 12.
Mullaghbawn opened the scoring with their first attack of the game with a well taken goal but points from Mark McCabe, Eamon McCabe and Damian O’Hagan had the Rankins back on level terms. Two points from the boot of Matthew Girvan put the Rankins ahead but their lead was short-lived as Mullaghbawn soon registered their second goal of the game to put them one in front. Mullaghbawn tagged on a further four points to take five-point advantage with Matthew Girvan replying for the Rankins with a good point. Mullaghbawn restored their five-point lead with their fifth point of the half but two late first-half scores from Matthew Girvan and Mark McCabe saw the Rankins go into the break three points behind, 2 – 5 to 0 – 8.
The sides swapped points in the opening exchanges of the second-half with Mark McCabe pointing a free for the Rankins before another free, this time form Matthew Girvan, saw his side just two in arrears. However, Mullaghbawn then hit a real purple patch and hit two goals and two points in a ten-minute spell which all but sealed their win. Mark McCabe and Ciaran Mackin responded with a point apiece for the Rankins but these proved to be their final scores of the contest as Mullaghbawn went to register a further 1 – 5 without reply to claim a convincing win.
The club would like to thanks all the players and their management team for effort and commitment throughout the U21 campaign.
Senior Ladies Trip to China
In preparation for their upcoming trip to China our senior ladies will continue with their Mandarin lessons in the club on Tuesday night from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. On Tuesday 28th November at 7:30 pm there will be an information evening in the club on the China trip for all players and parents. A representative from the Confucius Institute and UUJ will be attendance. If anyone has specific questions for the evening please contact Peter Lynch or Caoibhe Sloan beforehand to ensure that the answers or information can be provided on the night.
U10 Gaelic football indoor training starts this Wednesday, 22nd November in Cloughreagh Community Centre from 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm. New children are very welcome to come along and join in regardless if they have never played Gaelic football. Beginner skills programme will be provided for new players.
Training for all our U6s continues every Tuesday evening in Bessbrook Community Centre from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Everyone please remember to bring water and £1. All new and current U6s are welcome to come along, starting from 3 years old.
Committee Meeting
All committee members are reminded that Monday nights committee meeting will begin at 8:00 pm.
The club’s Annual General Meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, 10th December at 3:00 pm in the club-house.
Paddy Lynch Memorial Cup Darts Tournament
The annual Paddy Lynch Memorial Cup darts tournament will take place in the club next Sunday 26th November. Entry fee to the tournament is £5.00 with registration beginning at 1:00 pm with the first darts being thrown at 2:00 pm. There is a total of £300.00 prize money on offer with the winner getting £140.00, the runner-up getting £80.00 and the two beaten semi-finalists getting £40.00 each. All entry fees and raffle proceeds are in aid of Children with Diabetes.
Christmas Coffee Morning
The club is hosting a Christmas coffee morning on Sunday 10th December from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Why not come along and enjoy the Christmas festivities with some tasty winter treats – tea, coffee, hot chocolate, mince pies, Christmas treats, cakes and buns – while the children visit Santa.
Happy Birthday
A big 50th birthday to a good friend of the club Anthony Sloan who celebrated with a great party in the club on Friday night.
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 5, 6, 14 & 18. There were no jackpot winners and 2 x match three winners. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £7,000 so why not get yourself a ticket…. if you’re not in, you can’t win.
Patrick Rankins U21s prior to their semi-final against Mullaghbawn
Post Date : Mon 20 Nov 2017 10:10 AM

At last Thursday’s meeting of the Council’s Strategy, Policy and Resources committee, Sinn Féin Councillor Barra Ó Muirí praised the work of the Irish language Strategy Cross-party Working Group and proposed a budget to help realise the Strategy.

Explaining that the committee had spent roughly eighteen months deliberating on the most efficient and cost-effective ways to roll out the strategy, Ó Muirí paid tribute to the Councillors and Officials who worked diligently to ensure the best opportunities would be provided for the residents of our District.
The proposal brought before the Committee was to establish two separate funding opportunities:
1) Scéim sparántachta na Gaeilge/ An Irish language Bursary Scheme
2) Scéim Chúnamh Airgeadais/ A Financial Assistance Scheme
The purpose of the Bursary Scheme is “to assist individuals to improve Irish Language skills through providing scholarships or bursaries for accredited Irish language courses, including Gaeltacht colleges, intensive courses and third level courses.” Parents or guardians will be able to apply for scholarships or bursaries for young people to attend Gaeltacht courses, and the scheme will allow applicants to apply for up to 50% of total fees for a course, up to a maximum of £300 in total, Ó Muirí explained.
The Financial Assistance Scheme will have two specific themes: 1) Irish language community renewal and development; and 2) Positively engaging the Irish language.
The first will provide an open call for projects/initiatives that encourage Irish language community capacity building, mentoring and volunteering. The second will be an open call for community engagement projects/ initiatives to build positive relations, address perceptions and promote respect for the Irish language.
Ó Muirí explained to the committee how repeated efforts were made to have Unionist representation on the Working Group, to no avail. He called for mutual respect and understanding for the language, and reiterated the Sinn Féin call for equality for all. “The Irish language has no political persuasion. It is neither green nor orange and the aim of every member of the Council should be to promote equality within our District. I hope these plans are recognised by all as being the intent of this council to provide increased opportunities for all residents of our District, young and old, to access and afford Irish language courses from now on.”
The committee were happy to second Ó Muirí’s proposal with support from almost all Councillors.
Ó Muirí has vowed to continue efforts to engage with the PUL community to highlight that the language belongs to us all.
Having passed the committee stage, the proposal now goes before full Council on Monday 4th December.
Post Date : Thu 16 Nov 2017 10:12 AM

Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has welcomed a historic Yes vote in favour of marriage equality in a non-binding nationwide survey in Australia. 

The party’s equality spokesperson said:
“Following the historic vote in Australia we now have another of the largest countries in the world voting in favour of marriage equality.
"Although the vote itself is non-binding it should be welcomed as a progressive and forward thinking step.
"The denial of the right to marriage equality in the north of Ireland by the DUP, facilitated by the British government is discriminatory as it is available everywhere else on these islands. 
“Sinn Féin believe in and will continue to stand up for equality, respect, recognition and rights for all citizens." 
Post Date : Wed 15 Nov 2017 09:33 AM
Commenting on reports that Police have seized Drugs with an estimated street value of £160,000 in the Bessbrook area, Newry and Armagh Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy said
"This significant seizure of drugs means that lives have been saved. It is essential that the PSNI is effective in removing drugs from our streets and also arresting those believed to be involved in the supply trade. These people have no regard for the people in their own communities, but instead are fuelled by a selfish desire to make money from others’ addictions"
Echoing her colleague’s sentiments local Councillor Roisin Mulgrew said

"I share the delight of the community that such a huge amount of drugs have been taken off our streets. I urge the Police to continue to pursue those who engage in the world of illicit drugs, and ensure they face the full rigours of the law. There should be no hiding place for them.” 

Post Date : Tue 14 Nov 2017 12:44 PM
Sinn Féin Councillor Terry Hearty has urged parents to be vigilant for harmful items discarded on the street.
The Slieve Gullion representative issued the warning after residents in Glassdrummond found used syringes and other items of drug paraphernalia on the Glassdrummond Road.
“I would stress that there is no intention here to cause a panic or undue concern but I would just urge parents to be vigilant for dangerous items that may be lying on the ground around the community,” he said.
“I would also ask them to perhaps have a talk with their children about the dangers of going near such things.
“To those who carelessly discarded these disgusting items close to homes, school bus stops, a primary school and a play school, I would plead with you just to stop for one minute and think about your actions.
“If you want to destroy your own life with this stuff that is one thing but you have absolutely no right to put the children of this area in danger.

“If a child had fallen on or picked this stuff up it’s unthinkable what could have befallen them. Used needles can pass on any number of blood-borne viruses and infections. Is that really something you want on your conscience? 

Post Date : Tue 14 Nov 2017 11:10 AM
Cllr Terry Hearty helps remove the dumped waste from the Creggan River 
Creggan River Dumping Causes Anger 
Sinn Féin Councillor Terry Hearty has hit out at those responsible for dumping household waste in the Creggan River.
The Slieve Gullion representative made the comments after removing several bags of rubbish from the water himself.
“I'm absolutely baffled and appalled at how someone could do this,” he said.
“Not only is it unsightly, deeply disrespectful to the area and the community, dangerous to livestock that drink from the river and damaging to the environment, but it is easier than ever now to dispose of waste.
“Along with blue, brown and black bins we also have a state of the art recycling facility in Crossmaglen. There is no possible excuse for this. It is wanton vandalism and pollution.
“This absolutely cannot be tolerated and I would urge anyone with any information on who may be responsible for this or similar acts of dumping to contact myself, Environmental Health or the police.

“The people of this area have worked long and hard to undo the damage caused to it by decades of occupation, to restore South Armagh to its natural beauty and to make it an inviting place for visitors. We will not allow that work to be spoiled by the lazy, the ignorant and the spiteful.” 

Post Date : Tue 14 Nov 2017 10:57 AM
Down County Board Updates 
We still have a number of vacant positions and we welcome any new members who would be interested in joining our committee for 2018.
U18/Minors - BORN 2000/2001 ONLY
Trials are starting in December 2017; can all clubs please spread the word and encourage all players to participate. Further details will be published closer to the time – keep an eye out on Facebook. 

Down U16 – BORN 2002 ONLY 
Trials for 2018 U16 Down Ladies Squad will continue on Sunday 19th November in Ballykinler GAC. Many thanks to the girls who braved to cold east Down wind! It was a very impressive session with a lot of skill and talent on display. Trials are open to all girls born 2002 only and mentors would encourage all eligible girls to attend. 
Details for forthcoming Sunday:
Session 1 11:30 am - 12:50 pm - Girls from the following clubs are asked to attend arriving at 11:20 am
RGU Downpatrick
St John's
Session 2 1 pm – 2:20 pm - Girls are asked to arrive at 12:50 pm
Trials will continue weekly with the final squad being named on 3rd December.
week 3 - 26th November St Colman’s College Newry 12:30 pm – 2 pm
week 4 - 3rd December Ballykinler GAC 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
week 5 - 10th December final squad training session 11:30 am – 1 pm
U16 Management would encourage all girls to attend all of the trial sessions as each girl will be assessed on a weekly basis with final squad determined on performances from all 4 weeks. Girls are asked to wear their club shorts, bring mouth guards and a water bottle. 

Down U15 – BORN 2003 ONLY 
Massive thanks and well done to the 33 girls that attended the u15 trials today. It was great to see so many of last year’s squad returning and even better to see both new faces and girls that didn’t make the squad last year back to give it another go. It was disappointing however that, so many clubs were not represented, and especially missed were girls from the clubs that have recently played in U14 finals. There is still time for those girls to make the squad as trials continue next Sunday same time and place. 
The girls from the following clubs are asked to arrive by 12:15 pm and session will last from 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm:
St John's Bosco
And girls from the following clubs are asked to arrive by 1:30 pm and the session will last from 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm:
St John’s
Again, if you can’t make it please contact Aidy (07842876034) or Donnla (07590574561) and just let us know the craic. Please note that we will be trimming down the numbers from next week onwards. See you all there with gumshields and water bottles.
Down U14 - BORN 2004 ONLY
The Down U14 championship squad for 2018 has now been selected and names /clubs are listed below. Congratulations to those girls selected. The selection of the panel was much tougher this year due to the very high quality of the players at the trials and the limited number of places available on the panel. The mentors would like to thank all the girls, parents and clubs for their tremendous efforts and cooperation since the start of the Academy at the end of August. 
Heidi Conlon                       Annalish
Mollie Sheppard                Annalish
Grainne Cunningham        Ballymartin
Aoife Doyle                         Bredagh
Lily McKee                           Bredagh
Shauna O'Higgins               Bryansford
Orlaith Lynch                      Burren
Jenna McMahon                Burren
Cliodhna Murphy               Burren
Aoibhin Dougan                 Carryduff
Ciara McCullough              Carryduff
Rihanna Wojcieszak          Carryduff
Niamh King                         Castlewellan
Una Fearon                         Clonduff
Eveagh Kelly                       Clonduff
Caoimhe McKeown           Clonduff
Ellen Shields                       Clonduff
Katie Howlett                     Cumann Pheadair Naofa
Caoimhe Quinn                  Cumann Pheadair Naofa 
Enya Quinn                         Cumann Pheadair Naofa 
Kirsten Cunningham         Dundrum
Lauren Devlin                     Kilcoo
Colleen McClean                Kilcoo
Caroline Kennedy              Loughinisland
Ellie Carr                              Mayobridge
Emily Fitzpatrick                Mayobridge
Laura Greenan                   Mayobridge
Katie Convie                       RGU Downpatrick
Neva Louden                      RGU Downpatrick
Lianna Farrelly                   Rostrevor
Kate Rice                             Rostrevor
Nora Maguire                     Sabhaill Naomh Pádraig
Erin Byrne                            Saval
Anna Mulholland               Saval
Down U13 - BORN 2005 ONLY
Thanks to all 42 girls that attended the first trial for the Year 2005 group. Every girl put in a massive effort and commitment with no shortage of skill on display and us as coaches were very impressed. 2nd trial for the remaining clubs will be held on Saturday 25th November at the Abbey Grammar School in Newry as per previous messages. Well done girls.
Post Date : Mon 13 Nov 2017 10:27 AM
Michelle O Neill pictured at the Edentubber Martyrs Monument with family members of those who died 60 yrs ago and Sinn Féin elected representatives from the Louth, Armagh and Newry areas. 
“It is clear that the Tory government’s priority at this time is to sustain its political pact with the DUP,” she commented.
“Theresa May and her party have acquiesced in their own self-interests to the DUP blocking the equality agenda and denying rights which are the norm in all other parts of our islands.
“Sinn Féin remains committed to the restoration of the institutions and the Executive.
“However, they only have value if they enjoy the confidence and support of the people they were established to serve.
“They only have meaning if they are delivering fairly for all our people based on the principles of equality and mutual respect on which they were founded.

“If the DUP or anyone else wish to exercise political power in Government in the North of Ireland now or in the future, then the cost is to embrace a rights-based society and equal partnership government, which works for everyone.”