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POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Tue 17 Oct 2017 09:20 AM

Down County Board Updates 

The AGM will take place on Monday 23 October 2017, at 8 pm in the Thierafurth Inn, Kilcoo. As you are all aware we are moving into a big year ahead, with our 25 years anniversary and the Feile taking place in Down. It is important that we have all our positions filled and we look forward to new members coming on board to our committee.
 
Remember you are the county board, and you elect your officers, but we will be asking for more help. Please do not put a nominee on without asking the person first. 

U18/Minors - BORN 2000/2001 ONLY
Trials are starting in November 2017; can all clubs please spread the word and encourage all players to participate. Further details will be published closer to the time. 
 
Down U15/16 Academy – BORN 2002 / 2003 ONLY 
Academy is on this Sunday 22nd October in Ballykinlar. Girls to arrive 11:20 am finishing at 1:30 pm. Bring all outstanding registration forms and monies. Full turnout of players is desirable in preparation for blitz the following week.  Training will be in blitz format with teams playing each other and breaks between so bring warm clothing.  Ulster blitz is on 28th October in Mid Ulster Sports Arena Cookstown. Transport will be available.
 
Down U13 Academy - BORN 2004 ONLY
The U13 Ulster Blitz took place in Mid Ulster Sports Arena on Saturday 14th October and Down entered 6 teams which consisted of 110 girls playing a total of 7 hours of football against multiple teams from Antrim, Donegal, Derry and Monaghan. This has been the culmination of 6 weeks of preparation at the Down U12 and U13 Academies, and the girls should be very proud of their performances as they more than matched the ability displayed by the other counties, with some fine performances and victories along the way.
 
Thanks to all the girls for the great determination, attitude, work rate and skill on display throughout. Thanks to the support from those parents that travelled and to the Ulster Council for the fantastic organisation of the blitz which ran smoothly. Best of luck to all those girls participating in U14 club championship finals next weekend from all the mentors.
 
Trials for the U13 girls gets underway next Sunday afternoon, 22nd October 2017 at RGU Downpatrick, with details to follow. Please see Facebook for photos!
 
Down U12 Academy - BORN 2005 ONLY
The academy continues on Sunday from 10 am to 11:30 am at the Bann Road, Castlewellan. 
 
Fixtures 
Keep up to date with fixtures via the website and social media. 
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Tue 17 Oct 2017 09:16 AM
Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has expressed his “shock and deep sadness at the news of a death in Ravensdale as a result of Storm Ophelia”.
 
Teachta Adams said:
“I want to extend by condolences to the families of those citizens who have lost their lives as a result of Storm Ophelia, and especially to the family of the person killed by a falling tree in Ravensdale this afternoon.
 
“Storm Ophelia has already caused significant damage as it makes its way across the island of Ireland.
 
“I would urge everyone to heed the advice of the emergency services and stay indoors.
 
“And I want to commend the courage of the first responders who are risking life and limb helping those in trouble.” 
 
Echoing these sentiments of her Party President Chairperson of Newry, Mourne & Down Council Cllr Roisin Mulgrew stated,
 

"We in this Council area are deeply saddened to learn of the death of a man in an incident in Ravensdale. There have been numerous reports of fallen trees, power cuts and storm damage throughout our Council area. I want to also commend the efforts of all those who have been at the front line of the task of dealing with the impact of Storm Ophelia and I ask members of the public not to endanger themselves or any of our Emergency personnel by taking any unnecessary risk". 

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Mon 16 Oct 2017 08:53 AM
Newry Mourne & Down Council Chairperson Cllr Roisin Mulgrew attending the launch of the Brexit Border Corridor Document in Brussels this week has said that Councils along the border will work together to ensure their common concerns are addressed during Brexit negotiations.
 
Speaking in Brussels where she also attended the European Citizens Prize award presentation to the Border Communities Against Brexit Group the Council Chairperson stated,
 
"Councils from both sides of the border have met regularly to discuss the impact of the UK leaving the EU on Border Corridor. We have been working closely and today in Brussels we launched our policy document. We will continue to work together to ensure our common concerns are highlighted and addressed".
 
Cllr Mulgrew also congratulated the Border Communities Against Brexit who received the European Citizens Prize.
"Well done all involved with the Border Communities Against Brexit Campaign, a deserved recognition of the huge work this Group has done to highlight the impact of Brexit, thus ensuring that the communities concerns continue to be heard".

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Newry, Mourne & Down Council Chairperson Cllr Roisin Mulgrew pictures with her elected colleagues from along the Border Region and members of the award-winning Border Communities Against Brexit Group
 
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Mickey Brady MP Chris Hazard MP Dáire Hughes Sinn Féin Cllr Roisin Mulgrew Martina Anderson MEP  

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Mon 16 Oct 2017 08:44 AM

 Detectives have charged a 29 year old man with a number of offences including possession of a class A drug, possession of a class A drug with intent to supply and possessing criminal property. He is due to appear at Newry MC on Wednesday 8th November. As is normal procedure all charges are reviewed by the PPS.

 
Detective Inspector Keith Gawley said: “ The man was stopped by a police patrol as he drove his car in the Doran’s Hill area of Newry at around 9 pm on Friday evening 13th October. A search of the man and his car was then carried out and a quantity of suspected class A drugs and cash was recovered. Further follow up searches were carried out at other locations in the Newry area. In total, around £30k of suspected cocaine has been recovered as well as a substantial amount of cash.”
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Fri 13 Oct 2017 12:53 PM
This week the seven Sinn Féin MPs travelled to Brussels for Brexit related engagements, and the European Citizens Prize Awards ceremony at which Border Communities Against Brexit were honoured.
 
Speaking from the European Parliament, Mickey Brady MP spoke of the impact of the Sinn Féin visit.
"The seven Sinn Féin MPs travelled to Brussels to engage in a series of meetings with European officials and with the Constitutional Affairs Committee at which we raised the disastrous impact of Brexit for Ireland.
 
"As MPs we are making the case in Dublin, in Brussels and in London for Designated Special Status for the north within the EU.
 
"I also want to congratulate Border Communities Against Brexit for their ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the entirely negative impact of Brexit in Ireland.
 
"To be awarded the European Citizens Prize for this work is a remarkable achievement.
 
"I call on everyone to get involved in civic campaigns of this kind to draw the attention of Europe, and the world, to the economic and social challenges posed by Brexit."
 

Photo Sinn Féin MPs In Brussels this week  

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Wed 11 Oct 2017 08:22 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan said: 

"Recently, I learned that the Southern Trust told parents and carers of children with complex needs that short break provisions have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. 
 
"It came as a shock to parents as they received a letter from the Southern Trust in September relaying information on the future of short break provisions at Oakland’s Respite Unit, Armagh.
 
“The unit supports children and young adults with learning disabilities and provides that much needed support for parents and families. Parents understand how much the service is valued and the impact it makes on the lives of families who use it. 
 
“Over the years I have heard of the genuine affection for the staff and how much they do for the children. To receive a letter out of the blue blind sighted parents. This service has been a lifeline.
 
"I have raised concerns directly with the Trust and I am glad to report that I have received a response regarding the future of its short break services. 
"Reassurances have been given straight from the Director of Child and Family Services, Paul Morgan, that the Southern Trust are “committed to restoring their short breaks service to its usual levels as soon as possible.
"It is a great relief that families have been given assurances that the Trust are keen to work positively with them and are keen to meet with parents and political representatives to discuss the recent difficulties. 
 
"It is my understanding that the Trust will be facilitating a cross party meeting in Armagh to address the complications faced, on Thursday 12th October. 
"As always, the devil is in the detail, the Trust have stated that recent difficulties have been temporary, however their aim is to provide a full resumption of the service in the very near future.”
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Mon 09 Oct 2017 11:52 AM

Down County Board Updates 

The AGM will take place on Monday 23 October 2017, at 8 pm in the Thierafurth Inn, Kilcoo. As you are all aware we are moving into a big year ahead, with our 25 years anniversary and the Feile taking place in Down. It is important that we have all our positions filled and we look forward to new members coming on board to our committee.
 
Remember you are the county board, and you elect your officers, but we will be asking for more help. Please do not put a nominee on without asking the person first. 
 
Down U15/16 Academy – BORN 2002/2003 ONLY 
Down ladies U15 Academy continues to become more successful every week. Great to see new faces joining in. Academy continues this Saturday 14th October at Ballykinlar GAC. Girls to arrive 11:20 am finishing at 1 pm. Ulster blitz on 28th October in Mid Ulster Sports Arena Cookstown. Transport will be available. All girls to confirm availability to attend blitz next Saturday to allow for planning. All outstanding registration forms/monies to be brought also on Saturday.
 
Down U13 Academy - BORN 2004 ONLY
The last session of the U13 Academy took place on Saturday 7th October at Dundrum GAC. With as many as 12 clubs being involved in club championships, girls from those clubs were excused from attending. Those that did attend worked very hard throughout in preparation for the Ulster Blitz on Saturday 14th October at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena in Cookstown, with Down entering 6 teams for girls born in 2004 and 2005. The opposition will be multiple teams from Antrim, Monaghan, Derry and Donegal. Three teams will play in the morning with a further three teams playing in the afternoon. Bus pick-up times and locations will be published during the week.
 
Trials for those girls born in 2004 gets underway on Sunday 22nd October from 1 pm to 4 pm, with the venue to be confirmed. Two further trial sessions are also pencilled in for 9:30 am to 12 noon on both Saturday 28th November and Saturday 4th November. The panel for the 2018 U14 Ulster Championship will be chosen following the last trial with six training sessions planned before the Christmas Break.
Please see Facebook for photos! 
 
Down U12 Academy - BORN 2005 ONLY
Well done to the 56 girls who attended the U12 Academy on Sunday 8th October. Please see Facebook for photos!
 
Fixtures 
Keep up to date with fixtures via the website and social media. 
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Mon 09 Oct 2017 08:30 AM

U21s

Our U21 amalgamation of Patrick Rankins begin this year’s campaign with an away game against Grange on Sunday 22nd October with a 12 o’clock throw-in. This is followed up with a home game against Carrickcruppen on 5th November and a final group game at home to Ballyhegan on 12th November.
 
Minor Boys
It was disappointment for our minor boys’ amalgamation of Patrick Rankins on Wednesday night, losing out by nine points to Maghery in the Division 2 championship final in the Athletic Grounds. Played in terrible weather conditions Maghery were the better team throughout the contest and fully deserved their win on a score-line of 2 – 14 to 2 – 5.
Minor Girls
Our minor girls were in shield final action on Sunday evening against Silverbridge in Crossmaglen but the result of the game was unknown at the time of going to press.
 
U6s
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.
 
Underage Meeting
An underage meeting will take place tomorrow night, Monday 9th October at 8:00 pm in the club. Anyone interested in helping out in any way with any of our underage teams next year is asked to come along and make yourselves available. 
 
Annual Golf Classic
This year’s Shane O’Neill’s Annual Golf Classic will take place next Saturday 14th October in Cloverhill Golf Club. The tournament will take the format of a 3 Ball Scramble with an entry of £75.00 per 3 ball team. The winners will receive a 1 night’s Stay and Play at Slieve Russel Hotel. For further information or to book your place please contact Gareth on 0044 7810 892439.
 
Congratulations
Congratulations to Aimee Mackin who has recently been nominated for another All-Star award.
 
Lotto
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 11, 18, 30 & 32. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x lucky dip winner. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £6,700 so why not get yourself a ticket…. if you’re not in, you can’t win.
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Mon 09 Oct 2017 08:22 AM

Sinn Fein MLA for South Armagh, Megan Fearon held meetings on Wednesday 4th October with Ofcom, the communications regulator, and the Irish Central Border Area Network (ICBAN) to discuss the roll out of broadband provision in rural areas and potential funding to bring it to fruition.

Ofcom regulates telecoms and networks throughout the North and states that "the telecoms network across Northern Ireland has been upgraded in recent years so that broadband via VDSL is available to most premises.  However, an issue with VDSL is that speeds slow down over the length of the copper – and a long copper line between cabinet and premise can mean that speeds can be much lower than the superfast speeds typically associated with fibre connections."
 
Megan Fearon pointed out, "many households in rural areas have not benefited from any upgrades in recent years. Business owners, community centres and families in rural areas like South Armagh are in a terrible predicament. They experience extremely slow or non-existent broadband speeds, with no access to the superfast broadband service enjoyed by residents in other more urban areas. It is true that many business people travel from South Armagh to Newry library to conduct vital daily business online by using the broadband services provided by the library.  This is not sustainable for any business owner and simply cannot continue.  There is an urgent and dire need to dramatically improve broadband performance in rural areas."
 
"I will continue to do all that I can to ensure that work commences immediately to formulate and implement an immediate and comprehensive plan, that will see all premises have access to a high quality broadband service with acceptable speeds, regardless of where you live or do business."
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Mon 09 Oct 2017 08:14 AM

Detectives from CIB department have seized a large quantity of illegal fireworks after the search of a house in the Jonesborough area. 

Detective Inspector Gawley said "Officers seized the fireworks with an estimated value of £25,000 following the search of a property on Thursday, 05 October. They also recovered a quantity of class B controlled drugs at the address.
 
It’s important to remember that fireworks are made from explosive material and if misused, can cause serious and life changing injuries. The law clearly states that fireworks - except indoor fireworks and sparklers - must be bought from reputable, licensed dealers who are required to keep sales records.
 
Fireworks bought from other sources may not be British Standard approved thus presenting an even bigger risk of injury. It is also illegal to possess, sell, handle or use fireworks if you do not have a licence. And you can be fined up to £5,000 for breaking the law. Remember, what might seem like harmless fun to some, may seem feel like anti-social behaviour to others.
 
Please contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you have any information as it may help prevent someone being seriously injured.”