"The Department should re-evaluate their overall financial position, clarify that front-line services will be protected and return to the transformation agenda set out by Michelle O'Neill as Health Minister."
Mickey Brady MP has said the call from the Trust’s Pathfinder Project to retain a 24 hour Emergency Department at Daisy Hill provides much needed certainty to the community.
Sinn Féin Councillor Roisin Mulgrew, Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down Council, has called abusive behaviour directed towards her by other Councillors and members of the public ‘disgraceful’.
Down County Board Updates
Minor Girls 7-Aside Blitz
Saturday saw the club host a very successful minor girls 7-aside blitz with a total of thirteen teams battling it out for the silverware: Carrickcruppen, Corofin, Magheracloone, Dromore, Emyvale, St Patricks, Cooley, Warrenpoint, Ballymaguigan, Shane O’Neill’s, Finbarrs, Killeavy and Silverbridge.
Following a great mornings football in the group and knock-out stages four teams were left standing, with host team Shane O’Neill’s taking Carrickcruppen in the shield final whilst Corofin (Galway) faced Derry side Ballymaguigan in the final of the cup. Both finals served up brilliant games of football with all four teams playing some great stuff but when the final whistles sounded Shane O’Neill’s claimed the shield win whilst Corofin picked up the cup title. Corofin player Leanne Coen was also named as the player of the tournament.
The club would like to thank all the teams who took part in the competition and helped to make it such a great success. We would also like to thank all those who helped to organise the blitz, who helped out on the day – referees, score-keepers, pitch managers, umpires, burger-makers, tea-makers, shop attendants and anyone else who helped out in any way. The club also extends its sincere gratitude to local company BM Steel who were the generous sponsors of the inaugural Shane O’Neill’s minor girls 7-aside blitz.
Our minor boys’ amalgamation of Patrick Rankins was scheduled to play Maghery last Wednesday night in the Division 2 championship final. However due to the very heavy rain the game was postponed and re-fixed for this Wednesday night, 4th October at 8:15 pm in the Athletic Grounds and everyone is encouraged to come along and give the lads your support.
Having defeated Cullyhanna last week our minor ladies now face Silverbridge in the shield next Sunday, 8th October at 7:30 pm in Silverbridge. Ahead of the final the girls will be training this Tuesday evening from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the field.
Our U12 girls had a challenge at home against Keady on Sunday morning. Despite the poor weather there was excellent football on view from both sets of players. Well done to all.
U6 training has now changed to indoors in Bessbrook Community Centre starting from next Tuesday, 3rd October and will continue every Tuesday from 6 pm-7 pm. Please bring water and £1. All new and current U6s are welcome to come along, starting from 3 years old.
An underage meeting has been organised for next 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.
A Party for Paddy
As most of you know our senior footballer Paddy Doran was seriously injured in a car accident recently. Paddy will be out of work now for the foreseeable future and the club is organising a fundraising "Party for Paddy" next Saturday night, 7th October in the Shane's clubhouse. The fantastic DJ Sammy will be providing the tunes from 8 to late and everyone is encouraged to come along to show your support for one of our own.
Annual Golf Classic
This year’s Shane O’Neill’s Annual Golf Classic will take place on Saturday 4th 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 to our senior footballer Kevin McParland and his new fiancé Orla Craven who got engaged at the week-end.
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 5, 9, 10 & 16. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x lucky dip winner. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £6,650 so why not get yourself a ticket…. if you’re not in, you can’t win.
Following the successful launch of Operation Raptor in March 2016 the PSNI have continued to show their commitment to tackling wildlife crime by contributing to a UK initiative named “Peregrine Watch” throughout 2017.
- Wildlife legislation, namely the Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985, as amended by the Wildlife and Natural Environment (NI) Act 2011, protects all birds of prey from disturbance and/or destruction by special penalties. Penalties can include a custodial sentence and/or up to a £5,000 fine per offence.
- All raptors are listed on Schedule 1 of the order and there are six raptor species which receive additional protection on Schedule A1 which protects them and their nests from disturbance or destruction at all times of the year. Schedule A1 includes peregrine falcon, red kite, barn owl, golden eagle white-tailed eagle and osprey.
- In the spring of 2014, the PAWNI Raptor Priority Sub-Group produced an information leaflet on raptor crime detection and reporting in Northern Ireland which can be downloaded here: http://www.nirsg.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/PAWNI-Raptor-Crime-Leaflet.pdf
- The NIRSG was founded in 1992 and is a voluntary organisation that studies, researches and monitors birds of prey (raptors) across Northern Ireland. We encourage the conservations of raptors and provide information on breeding and wintering raptors to statutory agencies and non-government organisations to ensure effective and practical management and conservation. We raise awareness and profile of all raptor species and inform and assist the police and wildlife agency regarding crimes against raptors. More information can be found at www.nirsg.com
Anyone who wishes to support the work we are doing by making a contribution can do so through:Donate to Charity on the following website www.mydonate.bt.com, or our Cuan Mhuire Newry Facebook Page.
All roads lead to the Athletic Grounds this coming Wednesday night, 27th September when our minor boys’ amalgamation take on Maghery in the Division 2 championship final. The game throws-in at 8:15 pm and everyone is encouraged to come along and the lads your support. The lads and management have worked hard all year and hopefully they can end the season by picking up the silverware on Wednesday night.
Down County Board Updates
“I call on the international community and citizens in Europe to make their support for Catalan democracy known, and urge the Spanish government to respect the free press, freedom of assembly and the right of Catalan citizens to determine their future.”