Post Date : Mon 24 Jul 2017 11:15 AM

Sinn Féin Councillor Liz Kimmins has welcomed the move by the Council Planning Committee on Wednesday to reject proposals to erect a 24ft bridge over Lindsay Hill.

Following extensive work with residents from St Clare’s Avenue and greater High Street area, Kimmins made several representations to planners, developers and Council authorities, expressing widely held concerns that the proposal would decimate the historical St Clare’s Avenue site. 
After Wednesday’s decision Kimmins said:
“It will be a great relief to residents that the rich history and heritage of the area will be protected from such a disruptive and dominant bridge project.
“Residents first contacted us in January 2017, and made clear their concerns that the quiet residential community of St Clare’s Avenue, which houses many elderly citizens, would be massively impacted by this development.
“In addition, the likely increase in traffic and congestion as a result of this project would have posed a threat to children in the area who have limited space to play as it is.
Valerie Harte, Sinn Féin Councillor for the area, commended residents for their tireless efforts in lobbying to protect the site, and for recording and promoting the local history for the benefit of people in Newry and beyond.
“Much work has been done by those living in the area to revive and promote the cherished history of this listed site. As a community, we should be grateful for their hard work”, she said.
“We should be protecting our heritage, not destroying it.”
As the committee have decided to refuse this application on historical grounds, planning officials will now take time to compile a report with these reasons for approval which will come back to the planning committee for agreement at a later date.
Post Date : Mon 24 Jul 2017 09:29 AM
Pride of place this week goes to the O'Rahilly's U16 hurlers who won Division 2 of the league. This is a team combined with our neighbours Leitrim. Congratulations to all and especially all the Castlewellan lads, joint captain Joe O'Boyle lifted the trophy on Sunday, a great future lies ahead for these lads. Well done to all involved. 
Joint Captains Joe O'Boyle and Eoin McCrickard receive the trophy from referee Hugh Torney.
Our senior ladies footballers continued on their winning ways, beating Annaclone away on Saturday night. The first half was end to end but the girls stepped it up a gear in the second half & with a massive team effort they ran out the clear winners. Final score: Annaclone 5-06 Castlewellan 5-14. Two final league games remain with the girls still in contention for the league title. Next up the ladies will play Annaclone again on Thursday night (27 July, throw in 7:30 pm) in the Meadow. Well done girls.  Keep up the good work.
After our Summer break Saturday morning coaching returns to St Malachy's Park this Saturday 29th at 10 am for our Primary School Children. Last years nursery to P2 boys and girls from 10 am to 11 am.  Last years P3 to P6 girls football and camogie from 10 am to 11:30 am. Boys schedules will be confirmed by coaches during the week. We look forward to the continued support of our coaches and parents from now to the end of our season in mid September.
U14 girls footballers played Rostrevor in their last league game of the season. The town had to field 14 missing many of their players so girls found themselves playing out of their preffered postitions. That said all played well and battled against the league winners. Castlewellan started strong, opening scores with a goal and two points in quick succession. Rostrevor secured a goal in the counter attack and town girls' heads dropped, sadly after this confidence became the biggest challenge. Rostrevor won comfortably however, the town girls showed glances of the skillful, determined football they are more than capable of.  Training Wednesday night at 7:30 pm.
Good luck to the Down Senior football team who this week will take on Monaghan for the second time in the championship. It's not often we as a county get a day out at the headquarters in Dublin. Best wishes to the whole team and especially our own players Mickey, Sean, Colly and Rory. 
Just over one week to put final draw, a massive jackpot of £5000 is on offer to one lucky dinner, there will be nice music in the club for our last draw, everyone welcome on what promises to be a great night.  

This weeks lotto numbers were 2,3,8,10, there was no jackpot winner, making next week's jackpot £5050.  

Post Date : Mon 24 Jul 2017 09:21 AM
Senior Men
Our senior men staged a late smash and grab raid in Derrynoose on Friday, beating the home side by just two points, 3 - 9 to 2 - 10.
Both sides made an indifferent start to the game and it was fully fifteen minutes before David McCabe fisted over the opening point and put the Shane’s in front with his younger brother Mark following up soon after with a close-range point. Two points in a row, one from a free, had Derrynoose back on level terms with Micheál Brady replying for the Shane’s to put them one ahead again. Great work from Kevin McParland in the full back berth saw the ball make its way to Paul O’Rourke who powered forward at the Derrynoose defence before firing the bar over to give his side a two-point advantage once more. However, the lead lasted barely two minutes as Derrynoose recorded their first goal of the game to put them one in front and they followed this up with three points on the trot before a point from David McCabe got the Shane’s back to within three. With the game in first-half stoppage time a second Derrynoose goal saw them go into the half-time interval six points to the good, 2 – 5 to 0 – 5.
The sides swapped two points apiece in the opening five minutes of the second-half, the Shanes’ scores coming from David and Mark McCabe, which saw Derrynoose hang onto their six-point lead. Paul O’Rourke reduced the deficit to five with a well taken point before Mark McCabe connected brilliantly with a loose ball to slam the ball to the Derrynoose net and get the Shane’s back within two. Derrynoose weathered the mini Shane’s storm and fired over the next two points to give them a four-point cushion with second-half substitute Danny Monaghan responding for the Camlough side. With less two minutes of regulation time remaining Derrynoose got their tenth point of the contest to give them a seemingly unassailable four-point lead but the Shane’s lads weren’t finished and with thirty-one minutes on the clock a goal mouth scramble ended with David McCabe finishing the ball to net to get his team back to within one. The Shane’s had a couple of chances to level the game but they failed to take them and it looked like their chance had gone but a great diagonal ball from Ryan Quinn saw David McCabe dive full length to flick the ball to the Derrynoose net and put his side two in front. There was still time for the home side to launch a final attack but the Shanes defence held firm and they held on to claim a dramatic two-point victory, 3 – 9 to 2 – 10.
Whilst the Shane’s didn’t play their best football in this game they deserve great credit for their guts and commitment throughout which hopefully they can carry into their final two league games, both against Middletown, at home this Wednesday 26th July and away again on Friday 28th July. The championship is up after that on Friday 4th August against Derrynoose in Cullyhanna. 
Senior Ladies
Training for our senior ladies takes place on Sunday morning at 9.30am and Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm. The senior league game against Dromintee has been refixed for 7th August at 7:30 pm at home.
Minor Ladies
Training for our minor ladies takes place on Sunday morning at 9:30 am and Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm
Minor Boys
Our minor boy’s amalgamation of Patrick Rankins put in a great display of football last Monday night to record a 4 – 13 to 3 – 9 home win over Clan na Gael. The young Rankins side led by ten at the break and they continued to play the better football throughout the second-half to record the win. The lads were due to be in action again on Monday night against Mullaghbawn but the game has been postponed and will be refixed for a later date.
U16 Boys
Our U16 boys’ amalgamation of Patrick Rankins took part the Leo Hughes 7s Tournament in Carrickcruppen on Saturday. The lads enjoyed a great day’s football and we would like to thank Carrickcruppen for the invite and hospitality. The lads have an away game against St Paul’s on Thursday evening.
Underage Training
Please note that training for all our U6s, U8s, U10s and U12s will take place every Friday night from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the field. All boys and girls at these age groups are very welcome to come along. The U10s also train on Tuesday evening from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the field.
Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie
The senior camogs will be training on Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm whilst the underage camogs will train on Wednesday evening from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Tuesday night sees the U14 camogs travel to play Clontibret and all girls are asked to meet at the club at 6:00 pm. The senior camogs are in championship action on 2nd August against Crossmaglen with the venue still to be confirmed.
Cúl Camp
Over the past week the club hosted a very successful Cúl Camp which saw well over 100 children, boys and girls, in attendance on each day. The club would to thank all those attended the camp, all those who helped to organise it and special word of thanks to everyone who volunteered every day to help make it such a great success.
Barry Kirwan Comes to the Shane's
Irish Country Music sensation Barry Kirwan will be appearing in the marquee at Shane O'Neill's GFC on Saturday 26th August in what promises to be a great night’s entertainment. The night will also see the club host a jiving competition with a winner-takes-all prize of £500 – so if you think you’re the best jiver around then why not come along and put yourself to the test. More details on the event will be available over the coming weeks.
Congratulations to the Meabh O’Neill’s senior camogie player Fionnuala Bradley who married Mark Hadden at the weekend. Congratulations also to local couple Eamon and Aoibheann Reavey on the birth of their baby son Dáire at the week-end.
Transfer Tuition Summer School
A Transfer Tuition Summer School will take in the club for pupils entering P7 in September. The school will be running from Monday 31st July - Friday 4th August, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm. The numbers will be limited to a maximum of 10 pupils. For further information please contact 07813 148134.

Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 12, 16, 21, & 31. There was no jackpot winner and 1 x match three winner. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £6,150. 

Post Date : Fri 21 Jul 2017 10:18 AM

Newry Chamber of Commerce launches its annual Golf Classic taking place in Warrenpoint Golf Club on Friday 1st September 2017 with principle sponsor CRASH Services. 

Mary Meehan Chief Executive, Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade stated, “We are delighted once again to be hosting this great networking and social event for our members and the wider business community.  We would like to encourage all local businesses to put in a team, soak up the atmosphere and benefit from the networking on what promises to be a greats days outing”.  
Speaking on behalf of CRASH Services, Tony McKeown, Marketing Director and avid golf enthusiast, commented “CRASH Services is delighted to support the 2017 Newry Chamber Golf Classic.  We look forward to a great day out with Newry Chamber and its members”. 
Enter a 4-ball
For just £160 you and your team can enter a 4-ball and join the competition with prizes including rounds of golf at top golf resorts; as well as individual prizes for ‘Nearest to the Pin’ and ‘Longest Drive.  The day will begin with goody bags on arrival, ending the day with a 2-course meal and prize giving.  This will be a great opportunity to enjoy a fantastic day out and network with others.  To book team please contact Newry Chamber on (028) 3025 0303, or email:
Pic L-R: Mary Meehan, Newry Chamber and Tony McKeown, Crash Services. 
Post Date : Mon 17 Jul 2017 10:44 AM
It has been a quiet few weeks within the club, mainly due to the summer holiday season. However, that is about to change. We are giving away two £5,000 cash prizes in the club, one guaranteed and our weekly lotto has now a jackpot of £5,000, tickets can be bought in most shops in the town or from the clubrooms.
In 2 weeks time on the 5th August a guaranteed £5,000 first prize will be handed out on our final draw. Music on the night by Stephen Rafferty. After a very successful draw a great night is expected in the clubrooms. Everyone welcome. 

Commiserations to the Down Senior footballers, a great effort by all the lads and none more so that our own Micky Cunningham, to him, Sean, Colm and Rory well done and good luck in the qualifiers.  

Post Date : Mon 17 Jul 2017 10:31 AM

Senior/Minor Ladies

The senior and minor ladies will be training on Tuesday night at 7:00 pm.
Minor Boys
It was disappointment for our minor boys’ amalgamation of Patrick Rankins last Monday night, losing out by a single point to Maghery in a high scoring contest in Lisummon, 5 - 12 to 3 - 17. However, the result could have been a whole lot different if the lads had their shooting boots on as they failed to convert no less than 6 one-on-ones with the Maghery keeper and also hit the post on two occasions. The lads are back in action on Monday night with a home game against Clan na Gael which throws in at 7:30 pm and all players are asked to meet at the club no later than 6:45 pm.
U14 Boys
The U14 boys’ amalgamation of Patrick Rankins have a game away to Pearse Ógs on Tuesday night at 7:15 pm and all players are asked to meet at the club no later than 6:00 pm. Training will continue on Thursday evening from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
U14 Girls
The U14 girls have an away game on Monday night against Killeavy which throws-in at 7:30pm.
U12 Girls
The U12 girls are training on Tuesday and Thursday evening at the field from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
Due to the fact that the Cúl Camp is running all week they will be no U10 training this week. 
Underage Training
Please note that training for all our U6s, U8s, and U12s will take place every Friday night from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the field. All boys and girls at these age groups are very welcome to come along. 
Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie
The senior camogs will be training on Monday whilst the underage camogs will train on Wednesday evening from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.
Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp
The club is hosting a Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp which begins on Monday and running right through until next Friday and we hope everyone attending has a great week and enjoys themselves.
Best Wishes
Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Gregory McCabe who suffered a nasty injury during Armagh’s win over Tipperary in the All-Ireland qualifier on Saturday evening.
Barry Kirwan Comes to the Shane's
Irish Country Music sensation Barry Kirwan will be appearing in the marquee at Shane O'Neill's GFC on Saturday 26th August in what promises to be a great night’s entertainment. More details on the event will be available over the coming weeks.
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 6, 25, 28 & 32. There was no jackpot winner and 1 x match three winner. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £6,100.
Post Date : Fri 07 Jul 2017 12:57 PM

Police in Newry have arrested a 30 year old man on suspicion of drugs offences. 

The arrest follows the detection and seizure of class A, B & C drugs with a street value in the region of £5,000 by officers from the PSNI’s “D” District Support team in the Springfarm Heights area of Newry earlier in the week.
The man has been released on bail pending forensic reports.
Chief Inspector Joe McMinn said: “Good police work means that a significant quantity of drugs have been removed from sale. We understand that drug misuse is an issue of concern to the community and we are committed to keeping people safe by tackling drug supply.”
Post Date : Fri 07 Jul 2017 08:37 AM

Police are appealing for information following the report of criminal damage that was caused to commercial premises located on the Armagh Road in the Newry area.

Constable Coombs said: “It was reported that at approximately 3:30 pm on Saturday 1st July, a number of windows belonging to commercial premises on the Armagh Road in the Newry area were smashed by a group of youths. 
We are appealing to anyone that may have witnessed the incident or may have seen any suspicious activity in the area at the time to contact Newtownhamilton Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 281 of the 03/07/17. Or, alternatively if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.” 
Post Date : Fri 07 Jul 2017 08:17 AM

Valerie Harte, Sinn Féin representative in Newry, Mourne & Down Council, has congratulated the local Autism Families group for organising a family fun day for the local community in Newry Town.

Held in the Newry Hockey Club on Thursday, the Fun Day is an annual event pulled together by the Autism Families to express gratitude to the wider Newry community for the support received throughout the year.
Speaking following the event, Harte said:
"For yet another year the Autism Families have provided the local community and children with a fantastic, family-oriented event.
"The Group have shown their gratitude to the local community, and in return I would urge the wider Newry area to do likewise, and continue lending their support to such a friendly and committed group of citizens.
Post Date : Mon 03 Jul 2017 08:35 AM

Newry Chamber welcomes allocation of extra funds for key infrastructural projects

Following the announcement that the Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) have reached an agreement on support for the government in Parliament, Michael McKeown, President of Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade, said:
“The allocation of extra funds to help deliver positive, all-inclusive impacts in areas such as the economy, infrastructure, health and education will be very welcome.
Newry Chamber is a key lobbying body in the push for the Newry Southern Relief Road and we are committed to ensuring that this is high up on the Government agenda going forward.  We have already seen much progress in this project in recent weeks.  Two options for development of the Newry Southern Relief Road Scheme have been published for further consultation by Transport NI”.
Commenting on the report, Michael McKeown said: “The publication of this report is another key step in the delivery of the Newry Southern Relief Road. This will be an important link road between the key strategic corridor of the A1/N1 Belfast to Dublin route with the A2 and Northern Ireland’s second largest port at Warrenpoint Harbour.
“The route will improve ‎journey times and journey time reliability for strategic traffic between the A2 Warrenpoint Road and the A1/N1. It will also significantly improve road safety and traffic congestion within Newry City centre by providing an alternative route for port traffic.
“The scheme will improve accessibility to both Newry City and Warrenpoint Harbour and support and maintain sustainable economic growth and employment within the area.”
The options have been identified following completion of the Stage 1: Preliminary Options report.  This considered five options for the proposed scheme and has identified two road corridors to take forward for further development.
The scheme aims to provide a strategic transport link from the A1 Belfast-Dublin key transport corridor to the A2 Warrenpoint dual carriageway.  Both road corridors link the A2 Warrenpoint Road to the Ellisholding Junction on the A1. One corridor starts on the A2 Warrenpoint Road along the frontage of Greenbank Industrial Estate and crosses the Newry River and Canal just to the south Drumalane Quarry and then heads in a westerly direction towards the N1.  In the second option the corridor extends further south as far as Rough Island and follows along Fathom Line before heading in a northerly direction up Fathom Mountain to the N1.
A public information event is programmed for late autumn 2017 to provide an update on progress and to invite feedback to inform Stage 2 of the development work. This will assess routes within each corridor and identify a preferred route. It is expected that, subject to the project being allocated the necessary funds, the Stage 2 assessment could be complete in summer 2018.