Post Date : Tue 18 Oct 2016 08:47 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Catherine Seeley has welcomed a commitment from the Finance Minister on marriage equality. 

Ms Seeley said; 

"I asked the Minister of Finance Máirtín Ó Muilleoir today about steps to bring forward marriage equality in the North. 

"I welcome the fact the Minister reiterated his commitment to making progress on marriage equality by way of an Executive bill and indicated that he will see Executive approval to move this forward. 

"Marriage equality threatens no one and is a human right which everyone should be able to avail of. 

"Sinn Féin is committed to ensuring that marriage equality is extended across the island." 

Post Date : Tue 18 Oct 2016 08:39 AM

 SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood has paid tribute to the contribution of Gertrude Mallon to politics and peace in Ireland following news of her passing last night. 

Gertrude was a life-long SDLP member who stood against violence alongside her husband Seamus from the early days of conflict. 

Mr Eastwood said: 

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of life-long SDLP member Gertrude Mallon last night. Gertrude will long be remembered as a pillar of strength and a source of hope for SDLP members in Armagh during the darkest days of conflict, none more so than her devoted and beloved husband Seamus. 

“Close family members of politicians often bear the greatest burden. And given Seamus’ towering political stature and fierce opposition to violence in south Armagh, Gertrude and their children had a lot to bear. But it was her strength in the face of such visceral opposition, her unyielding commitment to peace and her unconditional support for Seamus that contributed as much to our political process as any negotiator.  

“My thoughts are with Seamus, their daughter Orla and granddaughter Lara at this difficult time.”

Former SDLP Leader John Hume said:

“Gertrude Mallon was the beating heart of the SDLP in South Armagh. A tower of support to Seamus, her contribution to peace, politics and people across this island is immeasurable.  

“It’s often those closest to politicians who are forced to endure the most in difficult times. Gertrude’s caring nature from her background in nursing stood her in good stead as she looked after not only her own family but all those who needed support as the horrors of that time unfolded.

“Gertrude will be sorely missed by all who knew her.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam Uasal. 

SDLP Newry and Armagh MLA Justin McNulty said:

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Gertrude Mallon, wife of my friend and colleague, Seamus Mallon.  I extend my heartfelt sympathy to Seamus, Orla, and the wider family circle on what is the saddest of occasions for them.   

“Gertrude made an outstanding contribution in her chosen profession of nursing and was a rock to her husband, Seamus, through the most difficult days of the Troubles here.  She was a woman of courage who did not flinch even in the face of bomb and bullet.  She will be sorely missed by Seamus and Orla and by all who loved and knew her.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam Uasal.

Post Date : Tue 18 Oct 2016 08:34 AM

 Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson will host a major conference on disability rights later this year. 

The Sinn Féin MEP said; 

"As vice chair of the European Parliament's intergroup on disability, I will be hosting a major international conference on disability rights later this year. 

"The 'United for Rights' conference will be held in the Carrickdale hotel, Carrickarnon on December 4. 

"It will bring together a range of experts to discuss issues around inclusion and dignity for people with disabilities. 

"We will also look at current rights provision and how those rights could be threatened by Brexit and the British government's plans to scrap the Human Rights Act. 

"It is vitally important that the rights of people with disabilities is protected and I'm looking forward to this event to inform future policy decisions."

Post Date : Mon 17 Oct 2016 03:54 PM

Savvy parents and parents-to-be in and around Newry can find top quality baby and toddlers’ clothes, toys and equipment at the first ever NCT (National Childbirth Trust) Nearly New Sale in Newry.

NCT Tyrone, Armagh and Down Branch Nearly New Sale is on Sunday 20 November from 1-3pm at Altnaveigh House, Downshire Road, Newry BT34 1EE (opposite Tescos).

Doors open for volunteers and National Childbirth Trust members at 12.45pm and admission is £1 per adult. In addition to accepting cash, a chip and pin machine will be available on the day to make it easier to purchase goods and refreshments will also be served.

Everyone is welcome to come along and more details about the sale are available online at

NCT Nearly New Sales offer excellent quality used baby and children’s items. Baby products on the high street can be pricey but shoppers at the NCT sale can save up to 75% on the price of most goods. Families with baby and toddler items they no longer need can ensure they go to a good home through the sale and items will be available for up to 6 year olds. They’ll make some cash too as sellers keep up to 70% of the proceeds.

More information on how to sell your items at the sale is available through the Facebook page –

Seána Talbot, NCT President, says: “This sale is a real first for this area and has been organized by volunteers in our newly formed Tyrone, Armagh and Down NCT Branch. Our volunteers ensure that the quality of the goods at our sales is excellent and shoppers can bag some real baby bargains. Whether you’re buying, selling or both you can be sure you’re helping to support other parents in this area by funding NCT’s vital work.”

Nearly New Sales are open to everyone, not just NCT members, and there are over 600 held annually. The income generated from these sales helps the charity support parents, fund helplines, provide breastfeeding counsellors, train antenatal teachers and offer many more services.

For more information, go to or email us at

Post Date : Mon 17 Oct 2016 11:21 AM

Corey McCormick and his family have recently made a donation to the Children’s Ward at Craigavon Area Hospital.

The McCormick’s raised the funds by requesting for donations in lieu of gifts for Corey’s first birthday.  

Staff of the Children’s Ward 3 North would like to thank Corey, the McCormick family and their friends for their very kind donation.  

Post Date : Mon 17 Oct 2016 11:19 AM

 The family of Miss Michelle Doyle from Katesbridge have very kindly donated to Bannvale Social Education Centre (S.E.C), Gilford in her memory.

The money was used to purchase a media system and projector which will be extremely beneficial to service users during sensory programmes. 

On behalf of the family of Michelle, Henry and Carol would like to thank everyone who donated to the donation in lieu of flowers. 

The staff of Bannvale S.E.C would like to thank Michelle’s family and friends for this very generous and thoughtful donation.

Post Date : Mon 17 Oct 2016 11:15 AM


Notification is hereby given that the register of membership of the Newry Rainbow Community for the 2016 / 2017 year is now open. 

An application form to apply for membership / renewal of membership of the NRC is attached and should be returned by the due date to the NRC Secretary at Rainbow House, 28a Monaghan Street, Newry BT35 6AA.

PLEASE NOTE that application forms along with the annual membership fee must be received by the Secretary no later than 5:00pm on Saturday 5th November 2016.

Post Date : Mon 17 Oct 2016 09:51 AM

Senior Ladies

Our senior ladies are through to the Ulster Intermediate Championship final following a very hard fought win over Monaghan champions Truagh on a score-line of 6 – 5 to 1 – 11.

Playing against a strong wind in the first-half the Shane’s got off to a dream start with Aoife McCoy netting in the opening minute before a long range effort from Shauna Grey crept over the keeper’s head and into the net and the Shane’s found themselves six to the good. Aimee Mackin tagged on another point before Truagh registered their first point of the contest but this was quickly cancelled out by another Mackin point. The Shanes led by seven at this stage but Truagh hit the next four points to leave just three between them but great work from Aoife McCoy found Aimee Mackin in space in front of goal and she made no mistake from close range. The same player was on target minutes later with another well taken point and to restore her side’s seven point advantage. Truagh then hit a bit of purple patch, scoring 1 – 3 without reply to get themselves right back into the game and, but for an excellent save from Shane’s keeper Katie Daly the Monaghan girls could have gone in at half-time in front. However it was the Shane’s who went into the half-time interval with a narrow one point lead, 3 – 3 to 1 – 8.

Just like the first-half the Shane’s made an excellent start to the second when Moya Feehan was on the end of a flowing move to stylishly finish the ball to the Truagh net and increase her side’s advantage. A further two points from the boot of Aimee Mackin kept the scoreboard ticking over for the Shane’s but Truagh kept themselves well in the hunt with their ninth point of the contest to leave just five between them. A period of sustained Shane’s pressure ended with Aoibheann Jones dispatching the ball low into the Truagh net to all but seal the win for the Camlough side. To their credit Truagh didn’t drop their heads and they scored the next two points but with almost the last kick of the game a Blaithin Mackin shot made its way to the Truagh net to leave the final score 6 -5 to 1 – 11 in favour of the Shane’s.

This was a game in which the Shane’s had to dig deep and grind out a result against a very good Truagh side but credit to all the girls who played with great heart and determination to set up an Ulster Final tie against Fermanagh side Kinawley. The game is scheduled to take place on Sunday 30th October but the venue is still unknown.

Senior Men

Our senior men travelled to Middletown on Sunday afternoon for their final league game of 2016 and despite some terrible conditions both sides played out entertaining but hard fought draw.


Training for the U10s will continue every Thursday evening in St Paul’s school from 7.00pm – 8.00pm.


Training for the U8s will continue every Thursday evening in St Paul’s school from 6.00pm – 7.00pm.


Training for U6s continues every Wednesday evening at 6.00pm in Bessbrook Community Centre. All boys and girls at this age group are welcome to attend.

Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie

Training for age groups has now moved indoors for the winter and will take place very Tuesday evening in St Paul’s school sports hall from 6.00 - 7.00pm.

The camogie club’s AGM will take place in the Shanes club-house on Monday, 24th October 7.30pm sharp. For anyone wishing to take up position in the committee your nomination must be received two weeks before AGM. Please contact Sandra Smith on 07599640444 for more information.

The prize-giving night for the Meabh O’Neill’s camogie club will take place on Friday, 18th November at 7.30pm. 

Bucket Collection

On Saturday our senior ladies held a very successful bucket collection in aid of their Ulster Club Championship fund. We would like to thank everyone who helped out on Saturday in what were atrocious weather conditions. We would also thank to thank everyone who contributed to collection.

Shane’s Shoot-Out Darts Classic

The club is hosting a darts classic on Sunday 13th November with a total of £300 prize money on offer. Entry fee £10 per person….registration at 2.00pm with throwing starting at 3.00pm. Everyone welcome.


Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 6, 9, 13 & 16. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x match three winner. The jackpot now stands at £4250. 

Post Date : Mon 17 Oct 2016 09:48 AM

 Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney MLA and Seán Lynch MLA have attended the 'Understanding 1916 - Easter Rising' discussion in Enniskillen, jointly organised by the Fermanagh Orange Order, Church of Ireland, and local Presbyterians and Methodists. 

Speaking after the event last night Declan Kearney said: 

"I congratulate the Orange Order and the Protestant section of our community in Fermanagh for organising this discussion on the Easter Rising. 

"I fully agree with the comments of the Grand Master Stuart Booker when he emphasised that such initiatives should not be about agreeing or disagreeing on our history but rather developing greater understanding through listening and speaking. 

"I said in my own contribution from the floor that it is quite valid for us as a society to agree to disagree but that willingness to engage with each other on the basis of equality must be paramount. 

"Engagement about our differences increases mutual understanding and that builds national respect. 

"This is what our wider community needs. 

"Willingness to engage was key to the accommodation on the North Belfast parade impasse. 

"The efforts of the Orange, local residents, mediators and Sinn Féin in Ardoyne may now open the potential to resolving the small number of remaining parading disputes. 

"That is a goal we should all aspire towards for the greater good of the peace process.

"Direct engagement, appreciation for each other, increased understanding and mutual respect are the basis upon which to discuss our historic and current cultural and political differences and societal divisions. 

"This represents the way forward to building an inclusive, equal, agreed and shared future. I hope we can look forward to similar initiatives as that taken by the Orange and Protestant Churches in Fermanagh being organised elsewhere."

Post Date : Fri 14 Oct 2016 09:56 AM

The Centenary Garden will be officially opened by the Camlough Community Association on Sunday 16th October, 1pm.