Annual Dinner Dance
The club held a very success Dinner Dance in the Canal Court Hotel on Saturday night with well over one hundred people in attendance to honour and recognise the achievements of the club in 2016.
Following a fantastic meal, the MC for the night Paul O’Neill invited our chairman Mick Mackin to say a few words. Mick thanked everyone for their contribution, hard work and commitment to the club over the past year and encouraged everyone to continue to work for the betterment of Shane O’Neill’s.
It was then on to the presentation of awards with our minor boys up first to collect their Division 1B league winner’s medals before Matthew Girvan picked up the Minor Player of the Year award. Greg McCabe was named the U21 Player of the Year with Paul O’Rourke collecting the Senior Player of the Year. A number of awards were presented to Eamon McCabe, Matthew Girvan and Greg McCabe in recognition of representing Armagh at minor and U21 level last year.
It was on then to our ladies’ football awards with joint senior manager Caoibhe Sloan highlighting the achievements of 2016, including the fact that our senior ladies were crowned Armagh and Ulster champions before narrowly missing out on an All-Ireland title in December. Caoibhe paid tribute to everyone who helped make 2016 so successful before Peter Lynch presented recognition awards to Angela Jones, Aoibhín Osborne, Paul McArdle, Keelan Downey, Anthony Sloan, Declan Lynch, Conor McKeown and Martina Devlin. Kirsty Murphy was then named the U16 Player of the Year with Cliodhna Sloan picking up the Minor Player of the Year Award. Hayley Mackin was nominated the Most Committed Player of the Year before Louise Kenny collected the Senior Player of the Year trophy.
Our Hall of Fame award was made to Gabriel McCreesh who played for the Shanes many years ago, before our current senior manager David Muckian picked up the Club person of the Year trophy. Before finishing a number of special awards were made to Caoibhe Sloan and Peter Lynch in recognition of their achievements with our senior ladies in 2016.
Following the completion of the awards ceremony everyone danced and enjoyed themselves into the early hours.
Our senior men continue to train three times per week as they continue their preparations for the upcoming season.
Shanes Gaelic For Girls
Unfortunately, the poor weather forced us to postpone Gaelic for Girls on Saturday but it will continue next Saturday at 11am in St Paul's Sports hall.
Training for our minor boys continues as normal over the coming at the club.
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.
Circuit training for our U16 girls continues this Tuesday evening from 6.30pm to 7.45pm in Bessbrook Community Centre.
Our U14 boys travelled to Silverbridge on Saturday for a friendly game with a strong panel of eighteen players. All the players got a good run out ahead of their Féile shield game next Saturday, 4th March at home to St Enda’s. Training for the U14s takes place this coming Wednesday evening at 5.50pm at the field. Next Saturday’s game throws-in at 2.00pm next Saturday and all players are asked to be at the club no later than 12.45pm.
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.
Training for this age group continues next Saturday afternoon at 4.00pm at the Shane’s and all players are requested to attend.
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.
Training for our U10 footballers continues on Sunday morning at 11.00am at the field.
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.
Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie
Training for the U14 and U12 camogs will take place on the Shane’s pitch on Wednesday night’s, starting this Wednesday, 1st March from 6.00pm – 7.00pm. U10's and U8's will train in St Paul's on a Tuesday night from 6.00pm – 7.00pm whilst the U16s will train on Wednesday’s from 6.30pm – 7.30pm at Shane’s.
South Armagh Games and Legends Festival
Next Sunday, 5th March sees the club host the South Armagh Games and Legends Festival as part of the St Patricks celebrations. The event will see a re-enactment of ancient sports, traditions and music from across Ireland and other cultures. It will draw upon Celtic myths and legends associated with the local area and beyond. The event will offer opportunities for all the family to participate in a fun day out. The event will conclude with a medieval banquet to celebrate the event victors. The event will run from 1.00pm – 5.00pm at the Shanes grounds with free entrance and everyone is invited to come along to what should be a great day’s craic.
A registration morning for all our ladies’ teams from U12 to senior will take place at the club next Sunday, 5th March from 10.00am – 11.30am. This is only for those ladies’ footballers who have not yet registered.
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
U18s: £15.00 for first player in a family, £10.00 for every other player
All membership must be paid before 31st March 2017.
Cairde Sheáin Uí Néill
The club is actively encouraging more people to sign up to the Cairde Sheáin Uí Néill scheme at a cost £10.00 per month. This money goes directly towards club development schemes and over the past number of years has helped to upgrade the playing surface on the main field, construct a new training pitch, partly contribute to the new concrete driveway and will hopefully help to begin construction on the new walkway around the field.
At £10.00 per month we feel it is a very easy, worthwhile and beneficial scheme to sign up to. For further information, please contact Brendy Osborne (07543 806274) or pm the Shane O'Neill's Facebook page.
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 11, 19, 20 & 22. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x match three winner. The jackpot now stands at £5,150.
Everyone at the club would like to offer their sympathy to the family of Eugene Monaghan who died recently. Eugene was the grandfather our senior footballer Danny Monaghan, our underage footballer Chloe Monaghan and former player Declan Monaghan. May he rest in peace. The committee and members of Meabh O’Neill’s camogie club send their deepest sympathies to their chairperson Sandra Smith following the death of her nephew Andy Smith. Their thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. May he rest in peace.