Post Date : Wed 15 Mar 2017 09:59 AM

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has expressed his deep sadness and sympathies to the family of a young Killeavy man who died in the Camlough area yesterday. 

Mr McNulty said, “We are all stunned and heartbroken at this tragic news.  A young life lost, a young family heartbroken and a community in disbelief.  
“No words I or anyone else can offer will console the family at this very difficult time, but I hope they are rest assured this community will rally round them in their hour of need.  They will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks ahead.”
Post Date : Tue 14 Mar 2017 10:12 AM
Sinn Féin’s South Antrim MLA Declan Kearney has rounded on those responsible for gathering bonfire material on open ground owned by the NIHE at a Dublin Road estate in Antrim.
“We are over four months out from the 12th July celebrations and already large amounts of bonfire material has been dumped - without permission - across the green field site adjacent to Greenpark Drive. 
“Those behind this annual environmental eyesore have no mandate from the residents of the area, who are victims of the disruption and annoyance caused. It is absolutely disrespectful to expect local families to put up with open space on this estate, otherwise available for recreation purposes, being turned into a dumping ground for months every year.
“I am on record defending the rights of all sections of our community to celebrate their cultural traditions, when that is done with respect for, and without causing offence to others. This rogue bonfire is an absolute disgrace. A small minority of extremists are responsible for making it happen and their behaviour is inexcusable.   
“I have asked the Housing Executive to explain what it intends to do about illegal dumping on their land, and how they propose to mitigate the serious negative impact on the local environment, denial of common recreation space, and the undermining of the quality of life for tenants and rate payers in this part of the Dublin Road estate. I have also brought my serious concerns to the attention of the PSNI and Antrim and Newtownabbey Council officials. 

“The NIHE must act decisively to prevent further disruption and distress being caused to those residents from both sections of our community who wish to live free from this type of unwarranted and unacceptable disturbance in their lives. I expect other agencies with responsibility to ensure that is achieved and to act appropriately."  

Post Date : Mon 13 Mar 2017 10:41 AM

Friends, Family, Staff and Customers of David Morrow (Bessbrook) have recently donated £4,000 to the Mandeville Unit at Craigavon Area Hospital in his memory.

On behalf of the family of David, Paula would like to thank everyone who contributed to her father’s donation to the Unit. 

Staff of the Mandeville Unit would like to thank David’s family and friends for this very generous and thoughtful donation.

Post Date : Mon 13 Mar 2017 10:36 AM

The annual Spring lake challenge is fast approaching, are you fit door the challenge? 10k and 5k routes, £8 entry with light refreshments in the club rooms after. Anyone intreseted please contact Donal  07870 919611or message us on Facebook, everyone welcome. 

The club would like extend thier deepest sympathy to the McComb family on the sudden death of thier sister Margaret. Margaret in her younger teenage years was extremely talented across all levels of sport. A highlight for herself and her club was when Margaret stared in the 1976 All Ireland Camogie final when Down lifted the honours. Margaret later moved to London where she settled along sides some of her brothers and sisters, Magaret never forgot her roots, and on a recent return the "town" she got to walk around "bunkers hill", a place she spent alot of her childhood. Margaret is survived by her brothers Paddy, Tommy, Davy, Chuck and Keven, and sister Kate. May she rest in peace. 
Nursery to P6 coaching for boys and girls in all codes commences in St Malachys HS on Sat March 25th at 10am. Bring indoor and outdoor gear. We will be at the school for 3 weeks and the cost will be £5. Registration is now due for the year on line at See you on 25th.
The 2017 Cycle Against Suicide is fast approaching, Have you registered yet? Or could you offer a tired cyclist a bed as they pass through the town spreading the message "It's OK Not To Feel OK". Let's all get involved and help out organiser and our own Senior ladies footballer Lisa Morgan in what is no doubt a great cause. Anyone willing to help please contact Lisa via Facebook. 
Our Under 14 and Under 16 footballer's training begin this week. The Under 14's begin on Monday night at 6.15pm and the Under 16's on Thursday night at 6.15pm. Both sessions will be in the Bann Road.
U14/16 girls football training Tuesday and Thursday at 7:15 on, everyone welcome old and new. 
Membership is now due, all players should be aware that it MUST be paid before anyone is able to field for any of our club teams, please consult with your management to arrange payment.
The club would like to thank Paul Duffin for taking the photographs on the night of the dinner dance, very professional.
Club gear can now be ordered, forms can be found in Facebook, Twitter, the club website or in the clubrooms, orderforms to be completed and handed in before the deadline on April 2nd. 
This week's lottoe reslts  16,21,25,28. No jackpot winner,  next week's jackpot £4050.
Post Date : Mon 13 Mar 2017 10:14 AM

Senior Men

Our senior men continue to train three times per week as they continue their preparations for the upcoming season.
Senior Ladies
The senior ladies team are back in training and have three challenge games arranged in March before the league begins:
Monday 13th against Saval at St Joseph’s High school at 7.30pm. 
Monday 20th an away game against Castlewellan at 7.30pm.
Monday 27th at home against Rostrevor at 6.45pm.
The league begins with a home game on Saturday April 1st against Clann Eireann at 7pm, before travelling to Dromintee the following week.
Minor Boys
Training for our minor boys continues as normal over the coming at the club.
U16 Boys
Training for the U16 boys continues on Thursday night at 6.00pm in Correnshigo. All our U16 footballers are asked to meet at the Shane's at 5.40pm sharp on Thursday evening. 
U16 Girls
Circuit training for our U16 girls continues this Tuesday evening from 6.30pm to 7.45pm in Bessbrook Community Centre.
U14 Boys
Our U14 boys’ amalgamation of Patrick Rankin’s were in action against Tullysaran in the quarter-final of the Féile Shield on Saturday but unfortunately, they lost out narrowly by two points, 3 – 11 to 3 – 9. The lads began the game well and found themselves in front early on, a lead which they maintained until half-time but Tullysaran eventually edged ahead with less than ten minutes left on the clock. The young Rankin’s battled hard right until the end but they were unable to claim the win and a semi-final spot. Despite the loss, the young lads can take great heart from their performance on Saturday – they played some great football and despite it being early in the year there are plenty signs that they have an exciting and enjoyable season ahead. Training continues thus Thursday evening at 6.30pm and all players are asked to be in attendance.
U14 Girls
Our U14 girls continue indoor training this Wednesday evening from 7.30pm to 8.45pm at Cloughreagh Community Centre. Please contact Tara Byrne on 07397 540087 for further information.
U12 Boys
Training for this age group continues next Saturday afternoon at 4.00pm at the Shane’s and all players are requested to attend.
U12 Girls
With our U12 girls’ management team now in place training will be getting underway within the next few weeks – keep an eye on the notes for more details.
Our U10 footballers hosted Whitecross on Saturday afternoon in their first game of 2017. Two pitches were set-up and upwards of 20 kids enjoyed a great game of football on a lovely afternoon. The young Shane’s footballers played some great football throughout both games and thoroughly enjoyed. Many thanks to Whitecross who travelled down to play. Training for the U10s continues on Sunday mornings at 11.00am.
Training for U8 footballers takes place every Sunday at 11.00am at the field and all players at this age group are asked to attend. All boys and girls at this age group are welcome to come along.
Training for our U6 footballers continues this Wednesday evening at 6.00pm in Bessbrook Community Centre and all new boys and girls are welcome to attend.
Shanes Gaelic for Girls
There are only two weeks remaining of the Shanes Gaelic for Girls programme, next Saturday 18th March and the following Saturday, 25th March. Once again it has been a very successful programme with large numbers of girls attending and they are all encouraged to come along for the last couple of sessions.
Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie
U8’s and U10’s train in St Paul's on a Tuesday night from 6.00pm – 7.00pm, all new members age four and upwards are welcome to attend. Training for the U12 and U14 camogs will take place on the Shane’s pitch on Wednesday nights from 6.00pm – 7.00pm. whilst the U16s will train on Wednesday’s from 6.30pm – 7.30pm at Shane’s.
Registration Evening
A further registration evening will take place at the club on Monday, 13th March from 7.30pm for all those people who have still to pay their club membership for 2017.
Membership Rates for 2017
Club membership is now due and the rates for 2017 are as follows:
Senior Members: £30.00
Cairde Members: £15.00
OAPs: £15.00
U18s: £15.00 for first player in a family, £10.00 for every other player
All membership must be paid before 31st March 2017.
Good Luck
Good luck to our own Matthew Girvan and his St Colman’s College team-mates in the MacRory Cup final this coming Friday.
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 2, 18, 22 & 25. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x lucky dip winner. The jackpot now stands at an impressive £5,200.
Siúl at the Shane’s
As most of you know we ran a very successful Pave the Way scheme last year which led to the installation of a brilliant concrete driveway in and around the club. To everyone who donated to that scheme we are extremely grateful and a sign will be erected shortly thanking you all.
The next phase of development at the club will see the creation of a floodlit Community Walkway around our main pitch.This project is being partly funded by the Council but the club need to raise a certain amount of funding also and this is where you, our friends and members, can help out.
Siúl at the Shane's is a scheme where people can donate to or sponsor a yard of asphalt as we attempt to raise the necessary funds for the new walkway. The walkway itself will be available for use by the whole community and will give people the opportunity to walk in a safe and friendly environment all year round.
Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the scheme please contact our club chairman, Mick Mackin, on 07746 242231.
Post Date : Mon 13 Mar 2017 09:58 AM

The Confederation of Community Groups recently launched the Patricia Graham ‘Shining Light’ Community Volunteering Awards for 2017. 

Speaking at the launch in Newry Credit Union, Mr. Brendan Jackson Manager of Newry Credit Union said: “Newry Credit Union is delighted to act as the main sponsor of the Confederation of Community Groups ‘Shining Light’ Community Volunteering Awards. As local people are aware the Credit Union began over 50 years ago from a spirit of voluntary self-help and it is reassuring to see that same ethos is still alive and well in our local area.”  

This year CCG will be inviting nominations, under eight different Award Categories, from groups and organisations across the Newry & Mourne area. The Award Categories are Age 16-24, Age 25-49, Age 50-64, Age 65+, Older Peoples Services, Youth Work, Community Group and Community Project. The Nomination Process is open until Friday 5th May. Once again we anticipate a high level of interest and a diverse range of nominations reflecting the community landscape locally.” 

The Confederation will be seeking sponsorship for each of the different Award Categories and, as in previous years, an Independent Adjudication Panel will be appointed.  The Panel will meet in early May to assess the Nominations and select the Award winners.  All Nominees will be recognised on the Awards night; Friday 2nd June 2017 in the Canal Court Hotel, Newry. 

Concluding the event Mr Raymond Jackson, CEO of the CCG said: “ The Patricia Graham “Shining Light ”Community Volunteering Awards are a highlight of our year and the CCG is indebted to everyone who supports these awards whether through sponsorship, help in kind, by engaging in the nomination process or by attending on the night. “   

For further information contact the Confederation of Community Groups on 028 3026 1022 or email  

Post Date : Fri 10 Mar 2017 09:26 AM

Sinn Féin MLA Seán Lynch said the party is committed to delivering equality for all citizens.

The party's equality spokesperson was commenting after the latest report from the Council of Europe found that Irish Travellers are still face discrimination.
Seán Lynch said:
“Recently the Dáil adopted a report by the Justice and Equality Committee chaired by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin to formally recognise Irish Travellers as an indigenous ethnic minority. 
“Irish Travellers still face discrimination in the North in respect of accommodation.
“A multi-agency Taskforce on Traveller accommodation in the North needs to be set up to cater for the needs of Irish Travellers.
"Sinn Féin has called for the establishment of a national forum, across the island of Ireland, involving Travellers and the settled community, including representatives of all political parties, of government, local authorities, health and education sectors and representatives of media organisations to plan a way forward.
“Sinn Féin stood in the election on the platform of equality and respect for all and we will use our increased mandate to deliver for all citizens.” 
Post Date : Thu 09 Mar 2017 11:10 AM

The Southern Trust is ‘Proud to be a Quitter’ as it celebrates one year Smoke Free this No Smoking Day (8 March 2017). 

Patients, visitors and Trust employees are reaping the benefits of a healthier, cleaner and more pleasant environment since the implementation of the Smoke Free Health & Social Care Sites policy on 9 March 2016.
Roberta Brownlee, Southern Trust Chair said: 
“We are extremely proud to have reached this key milestone of being one year Smoke Free.  It is brilliant to see the high rate of compliance and support we have received.”
“As a health and social care service we have an important role as an example and advocate for this environmental change. Our patients, management, staff and visitors are to be commended for their tremendous efforts throughout the challenges that they have faced and continue to face in reaching a Smoke free environment.”
Since the Southern Trust became Smoke free in March 2016, approximately 1200 people have availed of the support and advice from the Trust’s Stop Smoking Service and over 750 people have successfully quit. 
A recent survey undertaken by the Trust has highlighted that awareness of the Smoke Free Sites policy is high with 99.6% of 810 people aware that the Policy is in place.
Lynne Smart, Southern Trust’s Head of Health Improvement (Acting) said: 
“By creating a Smoke free environment and providing stop smoking support services, we are enabling smokers to have the best possible chance of quitting.”
“This year’s No Smoking Day message is about being ‘Proud to be a Quitter’ which is set to inspire smokers to use No Smoking Day as the day they pledge to stop smoking. The Trust’s Stop Smoking Service has developed effective evidence-based services for people who wish to stop smoking and we would encourage anyone who wishes to take the first steps towards a healthier, Smoke free life for themselves and their families, to avail of our services.”
Free help and support is available to smokers across the Southern Trust area from:
  • The Southern Trust Stop Smoking Team Click here for Clinic Timetable To make an appointment with the team contact: 028 3741 5333 or email: 
  • Pharmacies 
  • GP services
The help provided through these specialist services can improve the chance of stopping successfully by up to four times compared to a smoker trying to quit on their own.
Post Date : Wed 08 Mar 2017 09:27 AM
The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has recently organised a film making workshop for young people who use the Autism Spectrum Disorder and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Connect Service. 
Over 30 young people took part in the workshop which focussed on developing career and social skills as well as learning about the tools needed to make a movie.  
Chris Millar, ASD/CAMHS Connect Practitioner says “Some young people have exceptional talents and this is a wonderful way for them to utilize them as well as interact and have great fun. We hope to create further opportunities within the community for our young people to have access to”. 
For further information on SHSCT ASD/CAMHS Connect Service call 028 3836 6777 or email: 
Post Date : Tue 07 Mar 2017 09:33 AM

On Saturday night past the club hosted the annual awards dinner. It was a night that celebrated the achievements both on and off the field of play. Guest speakers on the night were Jack Deveny from the County board committee and Armagh and Crossmaglen legend Oisin McConville.

Both men spoke highly of the club and the importance of the community and how they are the backbone to the successes of a wonderful club. Oisin also spoke about how as individuals we can achieve the targets we set, he touched on his own club and how their success for years at club level is and will always be of the hard work put in by the members, and how every member within the club is held with the highest of esteem no matter their role. 

On the night 2 players picked up double awards across both codes as dual players, this highlighting how their talents are not going unmissed, Sean Hardy picked up Senior Hurler and U21 footballer of the year, while Aoife Keown picked up Camogie player of the year and Ladies football managers player of the year.
Elsewhere senior football player of the year went to Donal McKibben, 2nds player of the year Finbar Toner, Minor footballer of the year Gareth McKibben, contribution to minor football Ruairi Toner, and ladies footballer of the year going to the reliable Kathleen McCarten. On the night a special award was made to Sorcha McCartan for her achievments this year, another dual player Sorcha picked up a double collage all star with her school St Louis Grammar school Kilkell. She then went on to represent Ulster and was apart of the successful interprovincial team. 
Off the field of play Donal Ward was named as club man of the year, this is an award that Donal  deserved, his dedication and consistent  application and support to the club throughout the year never went unnoticed.
Elsewhere a special presentation was made to Gerry Dougherty for 50 years service to the committee, this is an amazing achiement, and after 50 years Gerry still continues to bring the club forward in the best way possible. 
Congratulations to all recipients on the night, and we hope for the same success in the year to come, on behalf of the committee we would like to wish all teams the very best for the season ahead.  
Senior Footballer of the Year 2016 – Liam McKibben                     
Senior Hurler of the Year 2016 – Sean Hardy                                   
Ladies Footballer of the Year 2016 – Kathleen McCartan                 
Ladies Managers Player of the Year 2016 –   Aoife Keown
Under 21 Footballer of the Year 2016 – Sean Hardy                        
Minor Footballer of the Year 2016 – Gareth McKibben                                
2nds Footballer of the Year 2016 – Finbarr Toner                             
Contribution Award Minor Football Team 2016 – Ruairi Toner
Senior Camogie Player of the Year 2016 – Aoife Keown     
Club Person of the Year 2016 – Donal Ward                         
Hall Of Fame 2016 – Colm Crilly      
 Special Award – Gerry Dougherty
 Special  achievement Award – Sorcha McCartan      
There will be a meeting of all juvenile Coaches from all codes in St Malachys Primary School at 8.30pm sharp on Thursday April 9th. The meeting will last no longer than one hour.