POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Mon 12 Feb 2018 11:24 AM

Senior Men

Our senior men were scheduled to play Mount Nugent on Sunday in the Ulster Intermediate league but the game was called off.

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 8:30 pm sharp at a cost of £3.00 per person.

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 continue to train away ahead of the upcoming season.

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 evening from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the Abbey at a cost of £2.00 per head – all eligible players are asked to attend.

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.

U10s
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.

U8s
Training for our U8s commenced on Saturday morning and will continue every Saturday morning at the field from 11:00 am.

U6s
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.

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 our underage footballer Paige Beattie who took part in the half-time game in the Athletic Grounds on Sunday.

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.

Lotto
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 6, 16, 24 & 29. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x match three winner. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £7,550.

Condolences
Everyone at the club would like to offer their sympathy to the family of Liz McGuinness who has passed away recently. Liz was grandmother to our footballers Thomas and Declan Harris. May she rest in peace.

Photo:
Paige Beattie who took part in the half-time game at the Athletic Grounds on Sunday
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POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Mon 12 Feb 2018 11:14 AM

Important Notice


As St Paul's is closed this week for mid-term there will be no training/coaching sessions for our Under 6 & Under 8 age grips. The mid-term break also means there is no Under 10 training.

Coaching Course

Foundation Coaching Course

Friday evening 23rd (Child Protection) & Saturday morning 24th February (foundation)

Cost £10 per person. Venue Craobh Rua Clubrooms

Safeguarding Award £10 per coach

Safeguarding/Foundation Award £25 per coach

For further information please contact Craobh Rua Secretary Henry McCloy.

U16: Training will continue as normal in preparation for the commencement of the Down U-16 League which sees Craobh Rua paired against Ballycran in Mc Kenna Park on the 25th February in our opening game.

Coaching and Training sessions details are as follows

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.The next scheduled Hurling Blitz date for this age group in Dundalk is Sunday 11th February

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.
We encourage all members and players to ensure that they are registered. 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 Under 8 had a great day out recently at the DKIT indoor Hurling Blitz with teams from Clonduff, Naomh Monnine, Blackrock & Keady on our group. Míle Buíochas to organisers and all who helped with transport.

Photo
Players from Craobh Rua Under 8 Panel who participated in the recent Hurling Blitz
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Fri 09 Feb 2018 12:14 PM
Slieve Gullion area Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin has confirmed that he has raised concerns about the condition of Kilnasaggart Bridge with NI Railways.
 
The local Councillor explained,
" For the second time in twelve months I have had to contact NI Railways regarding an issue at Kilnasaggart bridge, Jonesborough. On both occasions sheets of hardboard/plywood have become loose and hang precariously beneath the bridge. Used during the construction of the bridge the sheets have become rotten through time and are loosened by the passing of trains. They hang dangerously above the road and could cause damage to vehicles and injury to those passing beneath. I contacted NI Railways last year in relation to the problem and they acted quickly to remove those sheets which had come loose. However, a similar situation has occurred and I am concerned that this will continue even if the current problem is solved".
 
The Sinn Féin elected representative concluded 

"I have once again contacted NI Railways and requested that they inspect the bridge and put in place procedures to ensure the dangers are managed and negated. With numerous bridges along this mainline I enquired whether regular inspections were carried out to maintain safety standards. Staff assured me that inspections were often, rigorous and extensive. They pointed out that the construction method for this bridge was not replicated at all bridges along the line and that they would act upon my report. Contractors will be on site this week to remove the sheets and inspect those remaining. In the meantime, I would ask that road users are aware of the situation until the possible danger is removed." 

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Fri 09 Feb 2018 09:21 AM

Slieve Gullion Area Sinn Féin Councillor Roisin Mulgrew has said that the recent decision by Newry Mourne & Down Council to remove the Bus Shelter in Cloughreagh has left many in the Cloughreagh and John F Kennedy Park areas very angry.

The local Councillor who on behalf of residents made the request for a Bus Shelter almost two years ago said that she like those who had contacted her were both angry and bewildered.

Councillor Mulgrew stated,
"This, as Translink can confirm is a particularly busy and well used service. As an elected representative for the area, I was asked almost two years ago to have a bus shelter erected to serve the Cloughreagh and Kennedy Park estates. All procedures were properly followed. It was only after the shelter had started to be installed that a petition was received raising concerns of anti-social behaviour. A number of meetings were held with different agencies including the PSNI who at these meetings confirmed that they were unaware of any such incidents at the Shelter"

The elected representative continued,

"On several occasions, I have recommended that Bus Shelter be completed. I also felt that my request to monitor the area for any increase in anti-social activities was very reasonable and would be seen as doing my best to be fair to anyone who had doubts about the erection of the much needed facility.

Over the last week, the local youth group carried out an independent survey of 123 homes with 108 in favour of retaining the shelter. The Councillors who decided to deny this Bus Shelter have completely ignored the work by these local young people and also letters of support from older residents with mobility issues and the parents of young children whose only access to travel is by Public Transport.

The service is now a stop and hail service and Translink again stated that they were happy with the shelter location and anyone using the shelter would be picked up by the bus. Although it has been suggested that a new location will be sought, Council officials have clearly stated that this could prove difficult and will not cater for the majority of residents whereas the current location was central.

Those who voted to deny the Cloughreagh community of the use of this Bus Shelter have denied the vast majority of the people that I represent the very Services which they fight for in their own communities. This area has suffered much deprivation for many generations, however, over recent years people from within this community have stepped forward and shown great leadership and commitment to encourage a new sense of pride and ownership of the area. To deny our most vulnerable, the old and young families, access to protection from inclement weather whilst they wait for a public service with unfounded claims of anti-social activities is nothing short of a disgrace"

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Thu 08 Feb 2018 10:50 AM

Unique Cross Border Conference Welcomes Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney

At a unique conference, the first of its kind, attended by almost 400 people, Minister for Foreign Affairs and keynote speaker, Simon Coveney was heartened to see the continuing close working relationships enjoyed by Louth County Council, Newry, Mourne & Down District Council, the Newry and Dundalk Chambers of Commerce, InterTradeIreland and Local Enterprise Offices in Newry and Louth.

During his keynote address, Minister Coveney provided reassurance on the European Council agreement in December and commented on the priorities in the next phase of negotiations emphasising that any type of border North-South or East-West would have disastrous effects economically, politically and socially. He also underlined the importance of ensuring that we are all “Brexit-Ready".

Attendees also heard from a wide range of speakers providing very comprehensive advice on issues such as taxation, customs and movement of people. It was clear that the scale of this challenge was unprecedented and pleas were made from businesses for good sense to prevail to protect the future of Ireland and Britain.

Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council, Cllr. Colm Markey said "Brexit is one of the most significant challenges facing business and our community in recent generations. Because of its potential impact, it is critically important businesses start preparing for Brexit. I’m delighted that Louth County Council is co-hosting this informative event with our cross-border partners which will help businesses start their preparations.

Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew said “Newry, Mourne and Down District Council were delighted to co-host this conference with key local and cross-border partners in an area which will be most impacted by Brexit. The conference reinforced that businesses need to start planning now to prepare for all eventualities in order to mitigate future risks and minimise the impact of Brexit’."

President of Newry Chamber of Commerce, Paul Convery said “The scale of this event is a clear indication of the importance of Brexit dialogue and engagement on all levels. It was an unrivalled platform for our members to see and fully understand the support that the Chambers and our cross-border partners are providing”.

President of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, Michael Gaynor said “We are delighted with the huge turnout of attendees and the success of the event. The collective nature of engagement was unprecedented and further validates the importance of this issue for all of our members”.

Photo 1: L-R: Frank Pentony, Director of Services at Louth County Council, CEO of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Liam Hannaway, Chair of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Cllr Roisin Mulgrew, President of Newry Chamber of Commerce, Paul Convery, Chair of Louth County Council Cllr Colm Markey, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, President of Dundalk Chamber, Michael Gaynor and CEO of Newry Chamber, Mary Meehan

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Thu 08 Feb 2018 09:58 AM

Police in Belfast are becoming increasingly concerned about the welfare of 47-year-old Mr Fei Lin from Belfast.  

 
Detective Inspector Anthony Kelly said: “Mr Lin was last seen around mid-day on Friday 26 January, close to a hotel in the Springfield Road area of Belfast. 
 
“He is described as being approximately 5'10" in height, of thin to medium build and with dark, but slightly greying hair.  We believe he could be wearing a long blue anorak and jeans. 
 
“There have been a number of reports of sightings of him across Northern Ireland in recent days and we would appeal to Mr Lin or anyone who knows of his whereabouts to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 956 of 2/2/18.”
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Thu 08 Feb 2018 09:55 AM

 Sinn Féin’s Newry & Armagh MP, Mickey Brady, has said Israeli military occupation, rights abuses and the imprisonment of children must end immediately.

Speaking after a hosting a discussion in Westminster on solidarity between Palestine and Ireland, Brady called on Irish and British governments to act to end Israeli human rights abuses:
“The racially charged imprisonment of Palestinian children by the Israeli state, and their prosecution in military courts is an inhumane practice to be condemned by anyone claiming to support human rights and the rule of law.
“Last week Ahed Tamimi spent her 17th birthday in the shackles of the Israeli state. Her case has also raised attention to the rights abuses inflicted on around 700 Palestinian children arrested each year.
 
“The British government, with their refusal to condemn the Israeli state’s military occupation and human rights abuses, are directly culpable in these barbaric practices.
 
“I am calling on the Irish and British governments to break their silence, and to take a stand against the routine and widespread attacks on the human rights of Palestinian children.”
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Wed 07 Feb 2018 09:34 AM
The centenary of women’s suffrage should act as a reminder that the struggle for equality is ongoing, Sinn Féin Equality spokesperson Megan Fearon has said.
 
The Newry-Armagh MLA commented: “Today marks the 100th Anniversary of the Representation of the People Act which extended partial franchise to women.
 
“That represented a major milestone for the Women’s Suffrage movement. It paved the way for the eventual extension of voting rights to all women. 
 
“However, we are also very conscious that it would be more than five decades before we had universal suffrage in the North. 
 
“We also mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement this year and both these events should serve as reminders that the struggle for rights and equality is ongoing.
 
“It is 2018 and we are still discussing basic human rights as if they are optional. Issues including the gender pay gap, equal representation and access to healthcare must be addressed if we are to move towards a rights-based society founded on genuine equality.”
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Tue 06 Feb 2018 09:54 AM

 No Surprise that Mothers in Part-Time Jobs being Hit by 'Pay Penalty' - Fearon


Sinn Féin equality spokesperson Megan Fearon has said it is no surprise that a report by The Institute for Fiscal Studies has found that mothers in part-time jobs are being hit by a 'pay penalty'.

The Newry and Armagh MLA said:
“It comes as no surprise that a report by The Institute for Fiscal Studies has found that mothers in part-time jobs are being hit by a 'pay penalty'.

“It is imperative that all organisations take steps to understand why part-time work diminishes opportunities for women to increase their wages and to address the negative impact of part-time work on employment opportunities.

“The Equality Commission too in its recent ‘audit of inequalities in employment’ identified that ‘women experience a lower employment rate and a higher economic inactivity rate when they have dependents’.

“One factor contributing to this is the lack of access to affordable quality childcare.
“First class provision of childcare helps parents into work, to move families out of poverty while helping break the cycle of inter-generational deprivation.

“While Sinn Féin acknowledges affordability as a key issue, we stress the need for easy access to high-quality childcare provision in all communities, including rural communities.

“While there may be a range of factors contributing to the ‘pay penalty’, we would acknowledge that one possible step to addressing this issue is the Gender Pay Gap which has now become an act in the North of Ireland.

“It is worth noting that under Section 19 of the Act, employers are now required to publish information showing whether any gender pay disparities exist between their employees. Where gender pay differences are identified, employers will be required to publish an action plan to eliminate them and provide a copy of the action plan to employees and any recognised trade union.

“This will one step to help address discrimination and inequality issues in the workplace along with increasing the supply of high-quality, affordable childcare.”
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Tue 06 Feb 2018 09:46 AM
Down Senior Ladies
LIDL National League Division 3, Sunday 4th February, Down 5.06 Roscommon 2.09
Down Ladies enjoyed an excellent win today at the RGU in Downpatrick with a surge in the second half which left the Roscommon visitors standing. As the match started, it was Roscommon who came out fighting first and had a significant part of the run of play in the first half against Down despite both teams drawing level at the break.

But after a few minutes, a decisive intervention in a Roscommon attack close to the Down goal saw captain Orla Boyle who had a great game spur her side on to press out of the Down half and take the match to Roscommon in a quick attack.

Roscommon rallied quickly and Rebecca Finan was just wide of the Down sticks with the visitors’ first attempt. Then Sheila Brady shot from 20 yards and pointed in play.

Down were quick to reply moving into the Roscommon half and Down’s Kate McCay found an opportunity but kicked the ball wide. Then it was Louise Duffy’s turn to get into the action and almost scored on the goal line but was faced with a line of very focussed Roscommon defenders.

Roscommon found a chink in the Down armour and a short pass from Laura Fleming saw Finan fist the ball into the back of the Down net.

As the temperature of the match picked up, Down broke forward and Jess Foy scored a goal to keep the home side in the running. A short time later Down won a penalty converted by Natasha Ferris. Then, after a minute Down collected another goal at close quarters with Sorcha McCartan hitting the back of the net.

Roscommon’s Sheila Brady took a free after Finan was taken down in a tackle and pointed. At one stage it looked as though Roscommon’s Aisling MacAuliffe was going to break through on a solo run but Cara Cunningham was the last defender before the goal and she successfully dispossessed her ending the threat. And in another attack, Chara Laverty too played her part in breaking up a solid Roscommon build up.

Then it was Roscommon’s Jenny Higgin’s who made a run but she too was stopped by good defending from Down’s Laura Morgan. Roscommon collected another point but the Down defence were on form and Sinead Farrell’s dangerous low shot at the Down goal was fended off with a great reflex move by keeper Aisling Burns.
MacAuliffe broke into space and found the room to shoot at the Down goal but went wide.

However, Down were not deterred and a response saw a good passing move from Foy to McCartan to Keown who took another point.

As the first half ended, Down seemed to have a lot of the play in their half to Roscommon’s credit but the home side did well to come out intact with the scoreline level at 3-03 to 2-06 at the break.

Down opened the scoring in the second half with a point from Clara Mulvenna and there was a strong reply from Roscommon with a quick break signalling it was game on and the match had gone up a gear. The pace increased and both teams were intent on attacking.

Down’s Jess Foy just missed a goal opportunity when flanked by defenders she makes a timely turn to face the goal and unleashed a solid shot but it was inches wide of the goal.

McCartan was in fine scoring fettle and took a shot at the Roscommon goal but the ball was well saved by keeper Helena Cummins. Then Kate McCay ran in and took a well-earned point while under pressure from defender Roísin Wynne.

Then Down pressure eventually forced a penalty as Foy was taken down in the box and she converted it decisively.

Roscommon were trying to rally by around the 25-minute mark they started to look a bit more faded as Down were determined to ensure their victory was secured.

At this stage, the match became more physical and Roscommon’s MacAuliffe received a yellow card for fouling McKay. Down then won a free at the edge of the 14-yard line and converted.

But the final nail in the coffin for Roscommon came when Natasha Ferris received the ball and ran in and kicked it past keeper Cummins with 15 minutes left to play.

It was all downhill for Roscommon from there as Down cruised on to a comfortable win. The match had moved to and fro and both teams had had their opportunities, but Down managed to get the upper hand in a fairly hard-fought battle between the counties.

Down Ladies: Aisling Burns, Laura Morgan, Orla Boyle (Captain), Hannah Murray, Cara Cunningham, Roisin Torney, Chara Laverty, Kate McKay, Clara Mulvenna, Meghan Doherty, Laoise Duffy, Aoife Keown, Jess Foy, Natasha Ferris, Sorcha McCartan. Subs: Adair Trainor, Graine McClean, Aoibheann McCarville, Kyla Trainor, Niamh Price, Leah Milligan, Brea McKee, Cassie Moane, Dearbhla McGreevy, Megan Boyle, Aimee Greene, Orla Duffy, Amanda Wood, Morgan Shannon.

Roscommon Ladies: Helena Cummins, Honor Ennis, Amanda McLoone, Rachel Brady, Aisling MacAuliffe, Sinead Kenny (Captain), Roisin Wynne, Jenny Higgins, Laura Fleming, Rachel Fitzmaurice, Jenny Downey, Niamh Feeney, Sheila Brady. Subs: Sasha Lavin, Shannon Dowd, Coleen Caueen, Niamh Fleming, Louise Brady, Sarah Scally, Aoife Gavin.

U18/Minors - BORN 2000/2001 ONLY
The minors had their second challenge game yesterday against Tyrone in Hilltown. Playing 3 25-minute games, everyone got plenty of game time. Some fantastic passages of play with commitment and desire seen the girls overcome a physical battle to secure a win over a good Tyrone side. We would like to thank Clonduff for the use of the facilities and soup and sandwiches was welcome after the game.

Down U16 – BORN 2002 ONLY
Congratulations to Senior Ladies team on their comprehensive win over Roscommon on Sunday. Several of the U16 panel attended the game and will hopefully have picked up some tips on how to improve their game. Preparation for U16s championship games continued earlier on Sunday with an intense training session in sunny Ballykinlar. Challenge game next Sunday 11th February against Armagh at St Malachy's High School, Castlewellan. Congratulations to Anna O Keefe who has been selected for NI U17 netball squad to play in the European championship in Dublin in few weeks. Also, well done to Eilis Murphy who retained her Ulster juvenile handball title yesterday playing in U16 doubles final. Eilis will represent Ulster in All Ireland semi-finals at beginning of March. Massive achievement for both girls- good luck in respective competitions.

Down U15 – BORN 2003 ONLY
U15 girls were back training this weekend in a drizzly Newry. The girls worked hard through a tough session as training steps up a gear in the last 6 weeks before competitive games begin. This Saturday is another chance to put in to practice what the girls have been working on as they take on Armagh in a friendly game in Portadown. There will be a bus for this game and *all * girls should travel to the game on the bus together. Details of pickup locations and times to be confirmed during the week.

Down U14 - BORN 2004 ONLY
The Down U14 ladies travelled to the GAA National Development Centre in Abbotstown, Dublin to take on Kildare on Saturday. The Mourne ladies performed well in both games, with some excellent passages of play against high-quality opposition. The ladies are improving week on week and learning from every game they play. The hospitality provided by Kildare was excellent and to play in first-class facilities was a great experience for the panel. The craic on the bus journey also helps to bond these girls together which is only a good thing. Players are now staking their place for the starting 15 for the upcoming Ulster championship, which is creating a lot of competition throughout the squad for every position.

Down U13 - BORN 2005 ONLY
Great session with the girls with the intensity increasing every week and it’s great to see the improvement on all the girls. This week will see the girls taking part in their sponsored Castlewellan 5k Park run and all support will be really appreciated – full details on social media.

The Down Ladies Gaelic Football team who beat Roscommon on Sunday. (photos by Jim Masson.)