POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Thu 05 Oct 2017 08:48 AM
Newry & Armagh MP Mickey Brady has met with the Southern Trust to voice Sinn Féin's opposition to proposed cuts to local health.
 
Mickey Brady said:
 
"I questioned the Financial Director as to who sanctioned these cuts, and urged the Trust directors to meet with the Permanent Secretary of the Health Department to oppose these disastrous and unnecessary cuts."
 
“Sinn Féin have made it very clear that we believe these cuts are unnecessary and have called for centrally-held funds which other departments have been unable to spend for whatever reason, to be released in order to address the pressures facing front-line services.
 
“There are indications that may now be set to happen but there are still many questions facing the Department of Health as to why they chose to embark on such a divisive consultation process, proposing major cuts to front-line services when alternatives were available.
 
"It has always been Sinn Féin’s position that this was a politically-motivated and cynical exercise and it should now be ended.
 

"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." 

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Thu 05 Oct 2017 08:47 AM

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.

 
Speaking following the publication of the report from the Pathfinder Project, Brady said:
 
“This call from the Pathfinder Project and the Southern Trust will provide much needed certainty to the local community about the future of their local hospital.
 
“Daisy Hill is a lifeline to many thousands of people in the local area, and Sinn Féin has fought tirelessly to protect and enhance the services available in our healthcare facilities.
 
“This news is welcome, but now more must be done to defend against deeply damaging budget cuts.
 
“Tory austerity has ravaged our public services, and this shows no sign of stopping as a result of the right-wing DUP-Tory pact.
 
“In order to secure investment in the long-term future of our local health facilities, this ruthless program of cuts must end immediately.”
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Tue 03 Oct 2017 08:28 AM

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’. 

Speaking following a sitting of Council tonight at which a motion concerning the Newry park project was properly referred to the relevant committee, Mulgrew said:
 
“The abusive and aggressive behaviour directed towards me tonight from members of the public and other elected Councillors, as I adhered to Council procedures, is a disgrace.
 
“Tonight, I was verbally attacked and harassed for performing my legal duties and facilitating agreed Council standing orders. 
 
"As I left the building I had to run the gauntlet to escape harassment from members of the public gallery.
 
“This behaviour is despicable, and is unprecedented in the modern history of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.
 
“The Councillors behind this motion have known for some time that Council rules, which they agreed to, wouldn’t allow a vote to take place on their motion. Council officials informed them of this fact ahead of meeting.
 
“Either they are deceiving the public and playing petty party politics with a public project, or they are incompetent.
 
“Newry is in dire need of a public park. Sinn Féin is unequivocally in support of a public park project.
 
“As Councillors we are all legally bound to explore all options for a public park project to ensure the citizens of this area get the park they deserve.
 
“Tonight’s antics from certain public representatives and some of those in the public gallery are a disgrace. Sinn Féin will not allow this vital project to be sacrificed or defamed by cynical political point-scoring and abuse.
 
“Sinn Féin is wholly committed to delivering a public park for the people of the Newry, Mourne and Down area, and we will not be deterred by tonight’s sorry episode.”
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Tue 03 Oct 2017 08:24 AM

 Down County Board Updates 

 
The AGM will take place on Monday 23rd 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. Nomination forms are to be in by Sunday 8 0ctober at the very latest.
 
Down U15/16 Academy – BORN 2002/2003 ONLY 
 
U15 Academy for girls born 2002/2003 continued on Sunday 1st October at a wet and windy Ballykinlar. With over 65 girls now attending, the academy continues to grow each week. This is a great reflection of the girl’s enthusiasm as the weather hasn't been kind. Academy continues on Saturday 7th October at Ballykinlar girls to arrive 11:20 am finishing at 1 pm. Girls to bring all outstanding registration forms and monies. New girls very welcome to join in. Please see Facebook for photos!
 
Down U13 Academy - BORN 2004 ONLY
 
It was Club Colours Day at the U13 Academy this weekend at Clonduff GAC, which generated great banter. A fantastic turnout of 52 girls in bright sunshine showed great commitment and desire to improve their skills, as the Ulster Blitz on 14th October draws closer. Well done girls on your great attitude throughout. Thanks to Clonduff GAC for the use of their facilities. There is just one weekend left of the Academy and following the Ulster Blitz, trials will get underway to pick the squad for next year’s Ulster U14 Championship. Details will be published early next week of the venue and time for next weekend’s academy. Please see Facebook for photos! 
 
Down U12 Academy - BORN 2005 ONLY
 
The U12 Academy continued on Sunday 1st October, great turn out this weekend by the girls. The Academy will continue this Sunday at the Bann Road, Castlewellan. Starting at 10 am and finishing at 11:30 am. The girls involved in the U14 Championships are excused from training. 

Fixtures
 
Keep up to date with fixtures via the website and social media. 
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Mon 02 Oct 2017 08:46 AM

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.

Minor Boys

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.

Minor Girls

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.

U12 Girls

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.

U6s

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.

Underage Meeting

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

Congratulations to our senior footballer Kevin McParland and his new fiancé Orla Craven who got engaged at the week-end.

Lotto

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.

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Wed 27 Sep 2017 10:13 AM

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.

 
Peregrine Watch is an ongoing initiative to prevent and stop any peregrine persecution and this can include theft of eggs and chicks from nests and/or the killing of adults and/or chicks throughpoisoning, shooting or trapping at any time of the year.
 
The PSNI have been using the latest technology to help prevent and combat wildlife crime. Small Unmanned Aircraft(SUA), more commonly known as ‘drones’, fitted with specialist cameras, have been used throughout the nesting season to monitor ‘hot-spot’ areas across Northern Ireland where crimes against birds of prey.
 
The Northern Ireland Raptor Study Group (NIRSG), who monitor peregrine breeding sites every year across Northern Ireland, have said “There was a very clear reduction in the number of persecution incidents recorded at peregrine sites this year. The average number of successful nests in Northern
Ireland each year is 49 – in 2017 there were 55.
 
Among these was a nest site in Co. Armagh at which persecution has been recorded for at least the past 30 years, and for the first time in 15 years a pair of peregrines at this site was successful in producing young. In total, 138 peregrine chicks have fledged this year, compared to the average annual production of 109. We still recorded a number of suspected persecution incidents, but overall this was certainly lower than in an ‘average year’.”
 
PSNI Wildlife Liaison Officer, Emma Meredith, said, “We are delighted to have been of assistance in the fight against wildlife crime, and are pleased to be able to continue to work with our partners. As far as we are aware, the Police Service of Northern Ireland is one of the first Police Services in the UK
to use this technology in this way. We are pleased to be able to effectively target hotspot areas and areas further afield as and when required so we can work with our partners in the hope that we can all prevent this type of crime and reach our ultimate goal to combat wildlife crime.
 
She continued “The Police Service of Northern Ireland take all types of crime seriously and this includes wildlife crime such as shooting, poisoning or trapping of birds of prey. On occasions, baits (examples such as a rabbit carcass or sausages) have been laid laced with poison in the public
domain. Be under no illusion that some poisons could also be fatal to humans, not only wildlife suffers but also any child, adult or pet could find and ultimately consume poisoned baits. Given the potential dangers of this and other poisons, for the first time PSNI began to use the PSNI drones fitted with specialist cameras to assist in prevention and if possible catching the perpetrators, who if caught will be reported to the Public Prosecution Service. I would also ask if anyone find what they suspect to be a poisoned bait or suspicious dead bird to leave it in situ and call the police on 101.”
 
Sgt. Scott Fallis said, “I was very happy to be involved with Peregrine Watch, and have been involved with NIRSG scientists over the last couple of breeding seasons in monitoring nest sites, and ringing peregrine chicks. This is an element of wildlife crime which PSNI take very seriously to ensure these
birds are protected for future generations to enjoy. We will robustly investigate any form of persecution of these birds not only at nesting time but throughout the year, alongside any other protected species.”
 
The NIRSG additionally said “The impact of the Peregrine Watch initiative in its pilot year on the successful breeding of peregrines has been very positive.
 
The peregrine population here in Northern Ireland is already under pressure from many natural causes but we also lose a number each year to illegal poisoning, shooting and trapping, particularly during the nesting season when they are most vulnerable. The use of drones has enabled the PSNI to survey hard to reach areas, meaning there is no hiding place for wildlife criminals who seek to persecute these protected birds.”
 
NIRSG scientists, along with PSNI officers, were also able to carry out the fitting of leg-rings, under special licences, at a number of sites across the country, as part of ongoing research studies on this species. In addition to the monitoring carried out by PSNI, NIRSG scientists have also been installing
covert cameras under licence, in order to monitor adults and nestlings and to identify individual peregrines, including those which are fitted with leg rings.
 
There have been great results recorded at a number of sites, including identifying a female peregrine by her leg rings, originally born in Co. Kildare, which had two chicks this year in Co. Armagh. This information contributes to knowledge about the movements of peregrines and their survival, and ongoing monitoring by remote cameras across Northern Ireland will continue indefinitely.
 
Raptor crimes often comprise illegal shooting, trapping or poisoning events and may occur at any time of the year. It is also illegal to cause disturbance to all raptors during the breeding season or damage their nests or eggs.
  • 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
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Tue 26 Sep 2017 09:36 AM
Local woman Katie Bennett is participating in her first ever Marathon Run, later this month, 29th Oct and the popular young lady is using her Dublin Marathon 26 mile challenge to raise funds for Cuan Mhuire Addiction Centres.
 
Sr Consilio founded her first Cuan Mhuire in Athy County Kildare 51 years ago and today the Charity is recognised as Ireland’s largest provider of residential assessment and support for those suffering from addictions.
 
Katie is involved in many aspects of the day to day services provided by Cuan Mhuire Regional Addiction Support Centre in Newry, and she explained:
 
"At any given time, Cuan Mhuire cares for approximately 600 residents providing some 50% of the residential addiction support in Ireland. 3,000 people are admitted annually for residential support and an open-door policy operates on a 24 hour per day basis, 365 days of the year.
 
“We have seen an enormous demand on our services by individuals and families who are suffering the effects of addiction and the negative consequence’s resulting from addiction”. 
 
“We are a Charity and now more than ever we depend on the generosity and support of the local community, which over the years, has been an inspiration and motivation for those of us involved with Cuan Mhuire" 
 
and she continued, "I am using my challenge of taking on the Dublin Marathon on Sunday October 29th  to help raise funds for Cuan Mhuire. “I didn’t sign up to win it, nor did I sign up to get a personal best, I am running it because I believe anything is possible and that I had the courage to start”, and If I can help raise funds for a worthy cause then I have achieved my goal.
 

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. 

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Tue 26 Sep 2017 09:31 AM

Minor Boys

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.

 
Minor Girls
Our minor girls are at home on Monday night, 25th September against St Patrick’s Cullyhanna in the shield semi-final at 6:30 pm and again everyone is encouraged to along to lend the girls your support.
 
U14 Girls
Our U14 girls took part in a blitz in Correnshigo on Saturday and some great performances saw them qualify for the semi-final before losing out to Silverbridge.
 
U10s
Our U10 attended Killeavy’s annual tournament on Sunday to bring an end to their footballing season. They found themselves alongside Dromintee, Pearse Ogs and Culloville in the group stages and following some tough games where the where the young Shane’s put in a great effort they progressed to the shield quarter-final. This game saw them face another Dromintee team and the Shane’s came out strong from the start and clocked up a couple of early scores which helped them qualify for the semi-final. Killeavy awaited the young Shane’s in the semi-final and again they started the stronger side and went into an early three-point lead. Killeavy got back to within a point but the Shane’s stood firm and tagged on a couple of further points to see them through to the shield final. Culloville were the opponents in the final, a side which had beaten the Shanes convincingly in the group stage, so the Camlough side knew they were in for a tough game. Culloville began the much better side and led by two points early on but the Shanes showed some great skill and determination to cancel out the deficit and the sides went into the half-time interval all-square.  Both sides served a brilliant second-half of football exchanging scores throughout but it was the young Shanes who eventually emerged victorious by one point to claim the shield. A great day was had by all and it was great to finish the season with another great win. Well done to all the players and their management team for all their hard-work and commitment throughout the year.
 
7-A-Side Minor Ladies Blitz
Our 7-A-Side minor ladies blitz, kindly sponsored by BM Steel, takes place next Saturday 30th September. Spaces are filling up very quickly and there are only a limited number of places remaining. At the minute, we have teams from Armagh, Down, Louth, Antrim, Derry, Donegal and Galway competing in what should be a great day's ladies football. Any team interested in taking part but still haven't registered please do so asap to avoid disappointment. Registration for the competition begins at 9:30 am next Saturday morning.
 
Gaelic4Mothers & Others
The Shane's Gaelic4Mothers & Others continues this Tuesday evening, 26th September from 6.30pm to 7:30 pm. All participants must be over 18 and not currently playing football. Anyone who is interested in a combination of exercise, football and craic... not necessarily in that order... should consider themselves invited and bring and friend along for 1 hour of guaranteed fun.
All enquiries to Peter Lynch on 07876 453546.
 
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" on Saturday, 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.
 
Merchandise Orders
The club will be taking orders for skinny bottoms tomorrow night, Monday 25th September in the clubhouse from 9:00 pm. The prices are:
ADULT: Small – XL £34.00
KIDS: 5/6 – 12/13 £26.00
Please note that this will be the Christmas order and full payment is required when ordering. All other club merchandise can be ordered directly from www.oneills.com 
 
Well Done
Well done to all our underage footballers who represented their schools at last week’s Cumann na mBuscol blitz.
 
Lotto
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 7, 12, 23 & 26. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x lucky dip winner. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £6,600 so why not get yourself a ticket…. if you’re not in, you can’t win.
 
Pictured:
Shane O’Neill’s U10s – Killeavy blitz shield winners
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Tue 26 Sep 2017 09:18 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 
The U15 Down academy continues next Sunday 1st October. Time:10 am-12 pm *All girls to arrive 9:50 am. Remember: only for girls born 2002/2003. Venue: Ballykinler GAC. Please note change of day for this week only. This is Due to u16 club championship games on Saturday. Please bring outstanding registration forms/money. along with water bottle. Ulster U15 blitz will be held on Saturday 28th October. 
 
Down U13 Academy - BORN 2004 ONLY
The U13 Academy continued on Friday evening at St Colman’s College with a good turnout as usual from girls throughout the county. The next Academy will take place next Sunday morning, 1st October, due to U16 championship games on Saturday afternoon with times and venue to be confirmed. All girls are asked to wear their club jerseys. 
 
Down U12 Academy - BORN 2005 ONLY
The U12 Academy will continue on Sunday 1st October – please see Facebook for further confirmed details during the week. 
 
Fixtures 
Keep up to date with fixtures via the website and social media. 
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Fri 22 Sep 2017 10:58 AM
Mickey Brady MP has called on members of the international community to support the right of the Catalan people to hold an independence referendum on 1st October amid mounting Spanish opposition to the vote.
 
The Newry & Armagh MP said:
“In recent days, we have seen a gross infringement on the right of the Catalan people to self-determination.
 
“In order to shut down the historic people’s referendum, the Spanish authorities have responded with raiding government offices, arresting officials, issuing massive fines, threats of legal action to hundreds of elected representatives, and the withdrawal of credit to the Government of Catalonia.
“More worrying, still, is the encroachment on the free press in Catalonia and the raiding of newspaper offices. This must be condemned outright by human rights advocates everywhere.
 
“For any resolution to be reached, the Spanish government must end this unjust interference and harassment immediately. Images of Guardia Civil seizing ballot boxes do not reflect well on any democratic state.
“This is coercion, plain and simple. It is also an attempt to subdue the passion for self-determination held by the people of Catalonia. The massive demonstrations organised in response to Spanish interference is evidence of this.
 

“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.”