Post Date : Thu 22 Feb 2018 09:19 AM
Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Councillor Darren McNally has confirmed that an indecent exposure incident took place in the Keady Play Park area and he has appealed for parents to be vigilant.

The local Sinn Féin Councillor stated
"On Monday an incident took place in the play-park area of Keady were a man indecently exposed himself to a number of children who were playing at the time.

After speaking to one of the parents we feel it’s important that people are made aware of the incident in the hope that it serves as a timely reminder to all us parents and the local community to always be vigilant even in public areas with our kids".

The elected representative concluded

"I would like to assure people that the PSNI are investigating the matter and that council has been made aware as owners of the facility. Stay safe"
Post Date : Tue 20 Feb 2018 09:14 AM

Down Ladies County Board

The next County Board meeting will take place on Monday 12th March at 8 pm in the Thierafurth Inn, Kilcoo. Well done to Down Ladies secretary Moira Hawkins on picking up the Club person of the year at her home club, Castlewellan GAC! Very well deserved, as Moira works tirelessly for club and county!

Down Senior Ladies
The girls are continuing their preparation for their national league fixtures this week, with having two games. Match details will be published on social media.

U18/Minors - BORN 2000/2001 ONLY
The girls took on Louth in a challenge game before the Ulster championship starts. The girls were determined to keep the momentum going, a point down at the break they held the hosts to 2 points in the second half whilst scoring 3.09 in return ending the game winning 6.10 - 3.05. Next challenge game is this Sunday away to Wicklow - the game will be the curtain raiser to the Wicklow senior game v Antrim.

Down U16 – BORN 2002 ONLY
Down U16 ladies continued their championship preparation with a challenge game against Antrim today. Thankfully the weather was kinder this week with the rain holding off until the last 5mins. The girls are improving week on week which is giving the mentors some tough decisions to make over the next few weeks. Many thanks to Antrim for hosting the game at The Dub in Belfast. On Saturday 3rd March the u16 girls are holding a fundraising event by completing 'A Marathon of Toe Taps' - more details next week. All support and sponsorship greatly appreciated. Training continues Sunday 25th February 11 am-1 pm at Ballykinlar GAC.

Down U15 – BORN 2003 ONLY
The U15s continue preparation for the league with friendly games this Saturday. Details to be confirmed during the week via WhatsApp and social media.

Down U14 - BORN 2004 ONLY
Down U14 ladies travelled to Kilkerley Emmetts GAA Club in Louth to play two games against the neighbours from the wee county on Saturday. In the first game, Louth came out on top but there were some fantastic passages of play by the Mourne ladies to keep the game hanging in the balance to the very end. Captain for the first game was Una Fearon, Clonduff. In the second game, it was Down’s turn to get on top with some wonderful football played all over the park, moving the ball at speed to create excellent scoring opportunities.

Captain for the second game was Erin Byrne, Saval. Overall, the challenge was very beneficial to both sides, with everyone taking away plenty of positives from it, along with areas to focus on for improvement next day out. Many thanks to Louth Ladies for the hospitality after the games. The U14 squad received their tracksuit bottoms today as a result of recent fundraiser undertaken by the girls and also many thanks to McMahon & Co. Accountants and Plumbmaster (Haldane & Fisher) for their very generous donations to the team. Much appreciated McMahon & Co Accountants PlumbMaster.

Down U13 - BORN 2005 ONLY
Down U13 ladies played their first county match against Armagh today. The match was highly competitive throughout. All girls played with determination and true team spirit from throw in, to final whistle. This was a great learning experience for future matches. Thanks to Leo Smyth for refereeing and a big thank you to the parents who provided and served refreshments after the game. A special thanks to the staff and management of the Downshire Arms Hilltown for the very generous post-match dinner and hospitality provided to the team. Training continues on Saturday 24th February at 9 am – 10:45 am at St Malachy's High School Castlewellan.

Down U13 player Cait Rooney was dancing on Saturday in the Northern Ireland Championships. Cait dances for the McCartney School in Bryansford and got a 6th & 7th place medal. Well done Cait!
Post Date : Mon 19 Feb 2018 10:16 AM
Slieve Gullion Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin has described the increasing levels of dumping in the area as a blight on the beauty of the Ring of Gullion.
" Over the past twelve months we have seen a substantial increase in the amount of rubbish being left along our roads and on private property adjoining them. Whilst the Council is responsible for lifting waste from the roadside it is left to landowners to foot the bill for clearing up after the polluters who fly-tip on their ground.

This is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and we need to protect it from these criminals. There are few roads around South Armagh which have escaped this scourge. The levels are now approaching industrial in scale. You don't have to drive too far to see piles of tyres, household rubbish, domestic appliances, beds and three-piece suites as well as builder’s rubble dumped along the verge.

More needs to be done to deter and catch those who use our district as an open dump. I believe the Council should invest more resources into both the clearing of this rubbish and the detection of those who fly tip. Very few people have been caught and fined for destroying our district in this fashion.

Communities also have a part to play in defeating the polluters. We can all have a roll in defending the countryside. If anyone witnesses an incident of fly-tipping they should report it to the Council. Ultimately it is the ratepayer who foots the bill for clearing most of this waste. This is a preventable cost to the public purse. It is time to put a stop to the desecration of South Armagh."
Post Date : Mon 19 Feb 2018 10:10 AM
Senior Men
Our senior men are containing with their rigorous pre-season training regime ahead of the year ahead which begins in earnest on Sunday 8th April at home to Eire Og in the county league.

Senior & Minor Ladies
Pre-season training for all senior and minor ladies’ players continues on Monday night at EST28 gym in Mill Industrial Estate, Bessbrook. The sessions will be taken by Greg McCabe, beginning at 8.30pm sharp at a cost of £3.00 per person. Following last week’s championship draw our senior ladies have been drawn against Clann Eireann in the quarter-final of the competition.

Minor Boys
The minor boys’ amalgamation of Patrick Rankins has been paired against the winners of Loughgilly Gaels/Eire Og in the Division 3 championship.

U16 Girls
Pre-season training for our U16 girls continues on Monday evening at 8:30 pm sharp in EST28 gym in Mill Industrial Estate, Bessbrook. The sessions will be taken by Greg McCabe at a cost of £3.00 person. All U16 girls are asked to attend including those moving up from last year’s U14 girls. For further information please contact Mike Mathers on 07841 423103.

U14 Boys
Our U14 boys’ amalgamation of Patrick Rankins continues to train away ahead of the upcoming season. They have been drawn at home to Madden in the Feile competition with the winners away to Culloville.

U14 Girls
Training for our U14 girls takes place on Thursday evening at the field from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm and all girls at this age group are asked to attend. All new players are welcome to attend also.

U12 Boys
Training for our U12 boys continues on Friday evenings in the Abbey at a cost of £2.00 per head but please note the change of time – training will now take place from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm from this Friday on.

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.

Training for our U8s continues every Sunday morning at the field from 10:00 am – 11:00 am and all boys and girls at this age group are welcome to attend.

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.

Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie
Training for all underage camogs takes place in St Paul’s school on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at a cost of £2.00 per person. The club has arranged a few dates for registration: 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th March with camogie membership rates as follows:

U8 - £15.00
U14 - £25.00
Family Offer 2 children over 9 - £45.00
Third Level Student - £30.00
Senior member - £50.00

Registration will take place each Wednesday in St Paul’s before training begins.

The camogie club would like to offer its sympathies to their senior team goalkeeper Emma McCann and her extended family following the recent death of her uncle.

Shane O’Neill’s 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 the first player in a family, £10.00 for every other player.

All membership must be paid before 31st March 2018.

Armagh GAA Club Draw
Have you got your Armagh GAA Club Draw Ticket yet? Get 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.

Well Done
Well done to Louise Kenny who was part of the St Mary’s camogie team who won the Fr Meachair Cup during the week. Well done also to Brianna Mathers who has been named as part of this year’s Armagh U16 Ladies squad.

Good Luck
Good luck to our former player Paddy Murphy, currently living in Australia, who heads to Brazil on Wednesday to marry with his lovely fiancée Natalia Penques Malheiro – best of luck folks.

Club Puffer Jackets
Anyone who wants to order the same club crested puffer jacket as worn by senior ladies’ team, please contact your relevant team manager. The coats are £31.00 for U14 size and £46.00 for adult size.

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 16, 26, 27 & 31. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x match three winner. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £7,600.
Post Date : Mon 19 Feb 2018 09:38 AM
Important notice for all managers/coaches inclusive of U-18 age group down to those working with our youngest ages.

Foundation Course Coaching Course + Child Protection / Safeguarding Training - Friday 23rd February 7 pm/Saturday 24th Feb.

There is an open invitation to parents/mentors to join this course this weekend.

Contact Fiachra Bradley for more information.

Please note that all persons working with U18s in GAA must attend Safeguarding / Child protection training. It must be updated every 3 years. As we are a unit of the GAA, only official GAA certification is recognised with regard to this matter.

Craobh Rua encourages all those involved with any of our Underage teams to attend, this includes anyone who normally supports our underage teams in the form of transport, coaching, first aid etc. Attendance will not place any obligations upon those who attend but rather will ensure that they are aware of all matters in relation to Safeguarding - both for the well-being of the young people in our care and our own individual well-being.

O’Neill’s Club Orders - Update!!!!

Orders that required modifications have been returned to O’Neill’s, and are scheduled for distribution within the next 2 weeks.
Orders for additional items will be available in 1 month. This is due to a six week lead-in time from the order being placed to order being ready.
We will notify you of updates when they are received.
Thank you for your continued patience with regard to this matter.

Coaching and Training sessions details are as follows

U16: Training will continue as normal in preparation for the commencement of the Down U-16 League which sees us paired against Ballycran in Mc Kenna Park this Sunday 25th February in our opening game. Meet Up time for the game is 10 am sharp.

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.

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 have not signed up cairde members.

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

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 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)

Craobh Rua Fixtures

U18 A Down League Fixtures (Subject to Change)

Round 1 Páirc Esler, Newry
Michael Cusacks v Craobh Rua 28/3/2018 19:30

Round 2 Camloch Craobh Rua
Craobh Rua v O'Rahillys 4/4/2018 18:45

Round 3 Camloch Craobh Rua
Craobh Rua v Bredagh 11/4/2018 19:00

Round 4 Kilclief Ben Dearg
Kilclief Ben Dearg v Craobh Rua 18/4/2018 19:15

Round 5 Camloch Craobh Rua
Craobh Rua v Ballygalget 25/4/2018 19:30

Round 6 Portaferry
St. Patrick’s GAC, Portaferry v Craobh Rua 2/5/2018 19:30

Round 7 Camloch Craobh Rua
Craobh Rua v Ballycran 4/7/2018 19:30

U16 Hurlers - Down League Fixture Details (Subject to change)

Rd 1
Ballycran (U16 A) v Craobh Rua (U16 A) 25/2/2018 12:00

Ballygalget (U16 A) v Craobh Rua (U16 A) 3/3/2018 17:00

Craobh Rua (U16 A) v St. Patrick’s GAC, Portaferry (U16 A) 10/3/2018 17:00

Bredagh (U16 A) v Craobh Rua (U16 A) 24/3/2018 17:00 Cherryvale

Craobh Rua (U16 A) v Bredagh (U16 A) 14/4/2018 17:00

Craobh Rua (U16 A) v Ballycran (U16 A) 22/4/2018 12:00

St.Patrick's GAC, Portaferry (U16 A) v Craobh Rua (U16 A) 6/5/2018 12:00

Craobh Rua (U16 A) v Ballygalget (U16 A) 13/5/2018 12:00

(U14 A) Down Hurling League Division 1 Fixtures (Subject to change & review after round 5)

Round 1
Craobh Rua v Liatroim 13/4/2018 19:00 Camloch Craobh Rua

Round 2
Bredagh v Craobh Rua 20/4/2018 19:15 Cherryvale

Round 3
Ballygalget v Craobh Rua 27/4/2018 19:30 Ballygalget

Round 4
Ballycran v Craobh Rua 4/5/2018 19:30 2018 Ballycran

Round 5
Craobh Rua v St. Patrick’s GAC, Portaferry 11/5/2018 19:30 2018 Camloch Craobh Rua

Round 6
Craobh Rua v Ballycran 18/5/2018 19:30 2018 Camloch Craobh Rua

Round 7
St. Patrick’s GAC, Portaferry v Craobh Rua 25/5/2018 19:30 Portaferry

Round 8
Craobh Rua v Ballygalget 1/6/2018 19:30 2018 Camloch Craobh Rua

Round 9
Liatroim v Craobh Rua 15/6/2018 19:30 Liatroim

Round 10
Craobh Rua v Bredagh 22/6/2018 19:30 2018 Camloch Craobh Rua

U8 / U10 Hurlers - Blitz Details

Sunday 29 April 2018 Middletown
Sunday 13 May 2018 Sean Treacys
Sunday 27 May 2018 Killeavy
Sunday 10 June 2018 Cuchulainns
Sunday 24 June 2018 Portadown
Sunday 8 July 2018 Derrynoose
Sunday 22 July 2018 Craobh Rua
Sunday 29 July 2018 Keady

Club Activities

Many thanks to the Quays Shopping Centre who hosted our Craobh Rua Hurling Club Information Day. It was an enjoyable experience for all involved. We also appreciate the efforts of our young hurlers who participated and all who helped with organising the event.  

Post Date : Mon 19 Feb 2018 09:27 AM

Detectives are investigating the report of two burglaries in the Eleastan Park area of Kilkeel yesterday, Friday, 16 February. 

Police received the first report at approximately 7:10 pm that a house had been entered and items disturbed. It is not known at this stage if anything has been stolen.
The second burglary is believed to have occurred sometime between 6.00pm and 7:30 pm. The house was entered and a sum of cash stolen.
Detective Sergeant Melanie McGrory would appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious vehicles or persons in the area to contact Detectives at Ardmore on the non-emergency number 101, quoting references 1122 and 1082 16/02/18. 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.
For your guidance: A possible link between both burglaries is one line of enquiry.
Post Date : Mon 19 Feb 2018 09:23 AM
Slieve Gullion Area Councillor Terry Hearty has said that there is growing dissatisfaction in the area at Police response to contacts from members public seeking support.

"The vision of the concept of "policing with the community" shared by us all, for many I represent is not materialising. On a regular basis, I am being contacted by residents who cannot get through to local Police through the phone 101 phone contact. They feel they are getting the run-around"

The Sinn Féin Councillor continued,
"This morning I spent over 30-mins trying to get through to local Police to advise them of a dangerous situation on one of the local roads. I know that residents also tried in vain to contact local police but spent most of their time answering directions to push buttons on a phone. More and more local input and contact us being diluted, this ultimately will result in the lack of effective and efficient policing for this area".

Cllr Hearty said that the issue of inability to contact the appropriate Policing services particular at a local level would have to be addressed.

"The growing dissatisfaction regarding the issue of contact with and response from the Police has to be addressed. I have asked that it be discussed by the Policing & Community Safety Partnership".

The elected representative concluded

"Sinn Féin continues to support Policing and is committed to developing the concept of policing with the community. We want an efficient and effective police service, assessable to all. We will confront bad policing where warranted and likewise commend where it is deserved. The public expects this from us. Where proper policing is not delivered then it needs challenged and changed for the better" 

Post Date : Fri 16 Feb 2018 09:28 AM
Slieve Gullion Area Sinn Féin Councillor Roisin Mulgrew has said that the further deterioration of the road surface in John F Kennedy Park in Cloughreagh is a great cause of concern. The local Councillor has requested a meeting on site with Roads Service Engineers and Officers to view the road surface first hand.
She explained
"The state of the roads serving the residents of John F Kennedy Park has been an ongoing issue of concern, however the rapid deterioration in the surface over the past weeks has compounded the problem and is causing grave health and safety worries for motorists and pedestrians. For example, Disabled Parking Markings have worn away, potholes are numerous and there are extremely dangerous and crumbling stretches of the road. The situation is totally unacceptable and I have asked to meet with Department for Infrastructure (DfI) Roads Service Officers on site so that we view at first hand the situation".
The Sinn Féin elected representative concluded 
"The neglect in the maintenance of the road around John F Kennedy Park has been an ongoing issue of concern for quite some time. It is a situation that the residents of the Park should not be expected to endure any further. The health, safety and well-being of them and their families Should not be ignored by Roads Service"
Post Date : Tue 13 Feb 2018 09:34 AM
Sinn Féin's Equality Spokesperson, Megan Fearon MLA, has said that relationship and sexuality education must be reformed to ensure it is effective and relevant.

The Newry & Armagh MLA was speaking following an event organised by the Family Planning Association to launch sexual health awareness week.

Megan Fearon MLA said:
"Relationship and sexuality education must be reformed to ensure that information given to young people is effective in encouraging healthy and consensual relationships.

"A stigma exists in our society, not only around discussing safe and healthy relationships but also about the issues concerning LGBTQ citizens and those with disabilities.

"Relationship and sexuality education must be reviewed and standardised for all young people. It must be focused on creating an environment of openness, safety and consent."
Post Date : Tue 13 Feb 2018 09:30 AM
Ancillary workers in independent nursing and residential care homes in Northern Ireland are to be recognised in a new category that has been added to the 2018 Staff Nursing Care Awards. The closing date for entries has been extended to 28 February 2018.
The awards, sponsored by Staff Nursing, Northern Ireland’s leading provider of, and training for, nursing and healthcare workers, recognise best practice and celebrate achievements in independent nursing home and residential care settings. 
“When listening to comments from the sector we learned that the awards should also recognise the contribution made by ancillary staff such as cooks, domestic and maintenance personnel who very often have an important informal relationship with patients,” explained Margaret Robinson, Director and Nurse Manager at Staff Nursing. 
“We have taken this on board and have added a new category that will identify the Ancillary Worker of the Year who has demonstrated a commitment to the well-being of patients beyond the traditional expectation of their job role and description”.
The fourteen category winners in the 2018 Staff Nursing Care Awards will receive their awards at a glittering dinner in April 2018, which will support the Alzheimer’s Society. 
The closing date for all categories has been extended to Wednesday 28 February 2018.
Details for the awards can be found at
Janet Plunkett, Regional Fundraising Manager for the Alzheimer’s Society in Northern Ireland, said, “We are delighted that the 2018 Staff Nursing Awards are supporting Alzheimer’s Society raising both funds and awareness of dementia. One in three people over 65 will develop dementia. It is more than just memory loss; it robs people of their lives and has a devastating impact on families and loved ones.

“As a charity, we rely on the generosity of organisations like Staff Nursing to help us continue our vital work leading the fight against dementia. 

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