Post Date : Tue 07 Mar 2017 09:25 AM
Sinn Féin MLA Michelle O'Neill has said political unionism must live up to the responsibility to share power.
Michelle O’Neill said: 
"We have been given a very strong mandate to enter negotiations and we must now make a difference.
"The people have had their say and the message is very clear. They don’t want minorities or majorities – they want equality. They want agreements implemented. They want progressive change. 
"Political unionism must now live up to its responsibility to share power on the basis of equality, to demonstrate respect and to act with integrity in government. 
"From today we will start meeting with the other parties and the two governments and tell how we see it and what it'll take to fix it.
"We will confront the two governments who have shamefully undermined and failed in their duty to protect, nurture and develop the Good Friday Agreement. 

"What is required is genuine power sharing and partnership with Republicans, based on equality and respect and mutual respect for our Irish national identity."  

Post Date : Fri 03 Mar 2017 02:17 PM
Sinn Fein's Carál Ní Chuilín has welcomed today's judgement from the High Court on the failure to implement an Irish language strategy.
Carál Ní Chuilín said:
"I welcome today's judgement from the High Court.
"It is long past the time that we had implementation of the commitments made on the Irish Language in successive agreements, including the commitment for an Irish Language Act.
"I congratulate the Irish language activists and organisations who brought this case to campaign for their rights.
"The Executive has now been told to implement an Irish language strategy and that should be underpinned by an Irish language act, as previously agreed, to protect the rights of Irish language speakers." 


Post Date : Thu 02 Mar 2017 09:20 AM
Sinn Féin's Pat Sheehan has welcomed the announcement from Health Minister Michelle O'Neill of approval for an air ambulance service. 
Pat Sheehan said: 
"I welcome today's announcement that my party colleague and health minister Michelle O'Neill has approved the north's first Helicopter Emergency Medical Service. 
"This will provide a live-saving service across the North and will operate seven days a week, providing a doctor-led service. 
"This announcement by Michelle O'Neill follows the move by Martin McGuinness as deputy First Minister to make land available at Long Kesh as a base for the service. 
"This is a credit to the many people who campaigned for this service, including the late Dr John Hinds. 

"I want to thank Minister Michelle O'Neill for approving this air ambulance service and look forward to it becoming operational." 

Post Date : Wed 01 Mar 2017 01:30 PM

Sinn Féin's Caitríona Ruane has expressed her condolences following the death of the former SDLP MLA for South Down PJ Bradley. 

Caitríona Ruane said:
"I was saddened to hear of the death of former South Down MLA, PJ Bradley. 
"I worked with him in the Assembly over a number of terms and he was a dedicated representative and advocate for South Down. 
"I want to express my condolences to his family, friends and colleagues at this sad time."
Post Date : Tue 28 Feb 2017 10:18 AM

Our Under 14 hurler's playing under the O'Rahilly banner with fellow Gaels from Liatroim Fontenoys began their season on Saturday afternoon with a challenge match against Lámh Dherg.

In an entertaining match that ended in a draw against a team which finished second in the Antrim A league last year, the boys played some excellent hurling. Well done lads. Go raibh maith agat to Lámh Dhearg CLG for the game, and best wishes for their upcoming season. Details for our Under 14 Football training sessions will be communicated shortly.

The first ever Female Sport Conference ran in integration with Ulster Camogie titled   EMPOWERING FEMALE SPORT in Armagh City Hotel on the 11th March 2017. If anyone would like to attend please contact John O'Neill or Terry Connolly. The course will have specific workshops for Ladies Football, Camogie and handball. 
Well Done to Juvenile Club Member, Donagh Keary who finished 5th in Ulster Cross Country Race this week while representing his school St Malachy's High School.
The Spring lake 5k and 10k run is to be held on Sunday 2nd April, more details will follow in the coming weeks,anyone wishing further details please contact Donal Ward or the Club via Facebook or twitter. 
The annual dinner dance is this Saturday night in the club rooms, tickets are selling fast, anyone wishing to obtain tickets at £20 each please contact Kevan Sweeny, guest speaker on the night is Oision McConville.
Reminder to all players that membership is now due, please speak to your management team or visit the clubs website to make payments. 
This weeks lotto results, 2,13,20,22, no ja kpot winner, next weeks jackpot is £3950. 
Post Date : Mon 27 Feb 2017 09:53 AM
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.
Senior Men
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. 
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 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.
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.
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.
Registration Morning
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
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.
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. 

Post Date : Mon 27 Feb 2017 09:48 AM

Sinn Féin's Barry McElduff has condemned an incident where a defibrillator was destroyed during a break-in at a GAA club in Trillick. 

Mr McElduff said: 
"The destruction of this life-saving defibrillator during a break-in at St Macartan's GAA club in Trillick was despicable. 
"Defibrillators literally provide a life-saving service to the local community and this disgraceful vandalism has taken away that service. 
"GAA clubs are the backbone of many communities, particularly in rural areas and attacks and vandalism like this are attacks on the community. 
"I would encourage anyone with information on this incident to bring it forward to the PSNI." 
Post Date : Mon 27 Feb 2017 09:45 AM
Sinn Féin's Conor Murphy has condemned an arson attack on an Orange hall in Newry. 
Mr Murphy said: 
"The attack on Altnaveigh Orange hall was wrong and I condemn it. 
"Thankfully no one was injured in this incident. 
"Attacks of this nature serve no purpose whatsoever and are not representative of the local area. 
"I would call on anyone with information on this incident to bring it forward to the PSNI." 


Post Date : Fri 24 Feb 2017 09:44 AM

 Final Call for Excellence Awards 2017 Nominations

…do you know someone who has made a difference? 

Do you know a member of health and social care staff who has provided exceptional treatment and care for you or your relative? 

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has launched the Excellence Awards for 2017 and is asking for members of the public to play their part and nominate a member of staff who has made a big difference to their lives for the People’s Choice Award before it is too late.  

The closing date for nominations is 5pm on Monday 6 March 2017 

Siobhan Rooney, a non-executive director with the Trust, and chair of the Excellence Awards committee, said: “The staff excellence awards recognise those staff who make such a difference to patients and clients by going that extra mile. You may wish to acknowledge staff who work in hospital, come to your home, are based in health centres or day centres, or who work as support staff – porters, domestics, drivers or clerical workers.” 

“The People’s Choice award is for Trust employees who have demonstrated to a patient, client or relative exceptional care – maybe kindness, professional expertise or expert care which has made a difference in their life.” 

The judges will be particularly looking for evidence of:

·         Putting the safety, needs and welfare of service users first

·         Ensuring service users feel valued and cared for

·         Treating service users with respect, dignity and compassion

·         Going above and beyond the call of duty

Do you know someone who deserves this award?

How do I nominate?

Complete a Nomination Form, available on the Trust’s website:  

E-mail: or Tel: 028 3756 4159 if you would like to receive the form by post.

The overall winner will be announced on Wednesday 14 June 2017.  

Photo Caption: Staff and clients of the Southern Area Family Nurse Partnership Programme, join with the Trust Chair, Roberta Brownlee to launch this year’s Excellence Awards. Do you know someone who has made a difference – why not nominate for the People’s Choice award?

Post Date : Thu 23 Feb 2017 12:44 PM

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has developed a series of infomercials to help people self-treat a range of very common minor conditions.  

Produced with the help of the newly appointed Medical Manager, for the GP Out of Hours, Dr Sandra Elliott, the videos are part of a campaign to help reduce inappropriate use of the service.  

Dr Sandra Elliott says “GP Out of Hours is only for patients with urgent care needs that cannot wait until their own GP surgery re-opens. However we receive a large volume of non-urgent calls every week, such as colds, hangovers, head lice, nappy rash, all of these conditions can be treated with self-care and over the counter remedies. I want to help people to better understand which service it is they need; it may be self-care, minor injuries or even the Emergency Department.  

The series of short infomercials aims to remind people how to use the GP Out of Hours service and how to treat some common minor conditions in the comfort of their own home.  

Dr Elliott adds: “The less non urgent calls we receive, the quicker we can respond to those with genuinely serious, urgent problems, so I urge people to please take a minute to think about which service you need. Remember, wait if you can, call if you can’t.” 

Click here to watch the short infomercials or follow the Trust on Twitter and Facebook @SouthernHSCT.