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Post Date : Fri 19 Jan 2018 10:26 AM

DATE: Wednesday 7th February 2018

TIME: 08:30-13:00
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Post Date : Fri 19 Jan 2018 10:18 AM

 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
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

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

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.”
Post Date : Tue 16 Jan 2018 12:22 PM
A lorry is stuck due to snow on the Markethill Road which runs between Newry and Armagh. 

The area is treacherous and drivers should avoid it. 

Post Date : Tue 16 Jan 2018 12:11 PM

Following a planned search of a dwelling in the Irish Street area of Downpatrick yesterday, Monday, 15 January, police discovered a suspected cannabis factory. A 42-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a number of drugs offences including cultivating cannabis and possession of class A controlled drug. 

He has been released on bail pending further police enquiries.
Post Date : Tue 16 Jan 2018 09:43 AM
Officers from the Paramilitary Crime Taskforce have obtained a Property Freezing Order over a Newtownabbey property under the Proceeds of Crime Act. This is the first use of such powers by the Paramilitary Crime Task Force. 
The Police Service of Northern Ireland, HM Revenue & Customs and the National Crime Agency have established the Paramilitary Crime Task Force to tackle criminality linked to paramilitarism as part of the Executive's action plan on Tackling Paramilitary Activity, Criminality, and Organised Crime.
NCA Branch Commander Billy Beattie said: “Civil recovery investigations will play an integral role in the work of the PCTF. These powers are a strong tool in preventing those engaged in criminal activity from benefiting financially or materially from it.”
The PSNI’s Head of Organised Crime, Detective Superintendent Bobby Singleton, added: “This shows the strength of the three agencies working together, and is the first of many such actions.”
1. On 11 January 2018, the High Court in Belfast granted an application for a Property Freezing Order (PFO) under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA), made by lawyers for the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF). The property frozen is subject to a civil recovery investigation and the Order prohibits anyone from dealing with or dissipating the value of the property while the investigation continues. 
2. The PFO was granted at an ex parte hearing and anyone affected by the Order can seek to apply for its discharge or variation.

3. Civil Recovery proceedings under Part 5 of POCA provide for the recovery of property which has been acquired through unlawful conduct and therefore is, or represents the proceeds of crime. Unlike criminal confiscation, civil recovery is not dependent on there having been a criminal conviction and the proceedings are brought in the High Court in the form of a civil action. The civil recovery claim focuses on the property as opposed to the person and whether property is recoverable or not is determined by the High Court on the civil standard of proof namely, the balance of probabilities. 

Post Date : Tue 16 Jan 2018 09:36 AM
Down Ladies Seniors
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 is 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 for helping them to make a difference with this very worthy cause.
28th Jan Meath v Down 2pm  (Venue: TBC)
4th Feb Down v Roscommon 2 pm  (Venue: RGU Downpatrick)
Down Ladies senior team have been sponsored new kit bags from Sunnyholme Caravan Park, Newcastle. Pictures include Down Ladies players Natasha Ferris, Aoife Keown and Lauren Cunningham with Amy Nicholson from Sunnyholme Caravan Park Newcastle. Big thanks to Amy. 
Training continues Sunday at the assumption grammar school, Ballynahinch. the time is same meeting at 12 for 12:30 start and finishing for 2 pm. 
U16s started back training on Sunday with a parent/player/management meeting. Plans for forthcoming season outlined. Training continues next Sunday 21st January in Ballykinler GAC 11:20-1 pm.
2018 U16 team:
Annaclone- Maria Fegan
Bredagh- Anna O’Keefe, Caitlin Cunningham, Grainne Sweeney, Maeve o Keefe
Burren- Aine O'Connor, Caoimhe Loughran, Eimer Fitzpatrick, Orla Bradley
Carryduff- Anna Morris, Annie McWilliams, Chloe McHugh-Reid, Emer Mc Kenna, Molly McCrory, Rebecca Laverty
Clonduff- Lauren Kane
Dundrum- Cliodhna Carey
Loughinisland- Jessica O’Hare, Mia Carville
RGU Downpatrick- Ciara Hanna, Eilis Murphy, Olivia Murdock, Paige Smyth
Rostrevor- Maeve Murdock, Tara Brown
Teconnaught- Brooklyn Flannigan
Warrenpoint- Caoimhe Shannon
Great first session of the year for the u15s in a miserably wet Ballynahinch, well done to all girls who braved the weather and put a massive effort in. Training this week will be on Saturday in St Colman’s from 1:30 to 3:00 pm. As always make sure girls have plenty of water, boots and warm dry clothes to change into in case we have a downpour again!!Any issues let Aidy or Donnla know.
U14s hosted Meath on a cold damp Saturday at Abbey Grammar, Newry in their first challenge matches of the new season. The Leinster ladies were a very strong, fit and skilful outfit which proved a real test for the Mourne ladies. However, in both games, the Down sides battled throughout with some excellent passage of play and they all fought hard to the end. This is all about learning to get up to speed with inter-county football at this early stage in the season and the mentors and squad will move forward with great confidence. Thanks to parents for the kind donations of food for the refreshments post-match and those who helped out with teas etc. A big thanks to the following businesses who made kind donations towards the new tops shown in the photos for the U14 ladies: House of Murphy, Paddy McClean Contracts, Bawnless Recruitment, BPF Road Safety Ltd, Lucy Annies Bakery, CM Precision Ltd, PM Boiler Services, Milligan Oil, MR Plumbing & Heating, H&A Rice Holdings Ltd. Check out social media for photos! 


Brilliant effort from all 31 girls that made it to training on Saturday morning. Tough session but brilliant attitude from all girls. #progress Check out social media for photos!  

Post Date : Mon 15 Jan 2018 09:38 AM

Senior Ladies Return from China

Late last Thursday night our senior ladies and their mentors returned from their trip of a lifetime to China. By all accounts, they had a brilliant trip which saw them visit many sights throughout the country - Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, The Great Wall of China, The Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium, The 3 Gorges Dam, a boat trip on the Yangtze River. The trip also saw the girls take part in Chinese lessons and give some basic GAA coaching at the Hubei Normal University and Huangshi Number 8 Middle School.

The club was given a fantastic opportunity to experience China and its incredible history, culture, language, geography and thriving contemporary society and along the way, they made some life-long friendships, unforgettable memories and forged a strong bond between our Irish and Chinese cultures.

The club would like to thank Hubei Normal University, Confucius Institute, Yan, Sean, Michael, Alex, Mary, Nancy, Matilda, Ivan, Jack and Billy for making the trip such a memorable experience for all who travelled.

Before travelling to China, the Confucius Institute based in the Ulster University knew the Shane’s girls would be excellent ambassadors but they surpassed all expectations as magnificent representatives for club, family, community, county and indeed our entire country.

Senior Men
Last Monday night saw our senior men begin their pre-season training under the watchful eye of new manager Kelly O’Rourke. The lads also trained on Friday night with great numbers attending both sessions and the mood is good as everyone looks forward to the new season.
Underage Training Schedule
Our underage training schedule is still to be finalised but hopefully, it should be available from next week onwards.

Best Wishes
Best wishes to our club member and underage manager Bob Mathers who was involved in a nasty road traffic accident recently.

If anyone in the club fancies becoming a referee please contact Yasmin Mackin for further information.

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 installments 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.

Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 17, 18, 28 & 30. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x lucky dip winner. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £7,350.

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 wishes to avail of the facility.