Post Date : Mon 21 Nov 2016 10:32 AM

Shane's Senior Ladies into All-Ireland Final

A fantastic performance from our senior ladies saw they beat Parnell’s of London by three points on Sunday, 3 – 7 to 1 – 10, and in doing so making it through to an historic All-Ireland final.

The pitch was shrouded in thick fog in the lead up to throw-in time but it burnt off sufficiently to allow the game go ahead and what a game it was for the large crowd in attendance. The Shane's hit the front in the opening minute when Aoife McCoy was upended in the square and Aimee Mackin stepped up to take the resulting penalty and great save from the Parnell’s keeper forced the goal bound effort over the bar. An Aimee Mackin free edged the Shane's further ahead and the same player scored a brilliant point from play minutes later to give her side a 0 – 3 to 0 – 0 lead.  Two points in a row, one from a free, from Parnell’s had them one arrears but a great individual point from Shauna Grey put the Shane's two up again. A further pointed free from Parnell’s kept them one in arrears before the sides swapped points with Aimee Mackin on target again for the Shane's to keep her side narrowly ahead. With half-time fast approaching Aimee Mackin fired over another point before a great ball from Blaithin Mackin found her sister Aimee in a bit space in front goal and she made no mistake, firing the ball to the Parnell’s net. This late flurry from the Shane’s saw them go into the half-time interval leading by five points, 1 – 6 to 0 – 4.

An early second-half free from Aimee Mackin stretched the Shane’s advantage to six before some great defending resulted in the Shane's powering forward and the ball found its way to Aimee Mackin who once made mistake, driving the ball low to the net. The Shane’s led by nine points at this stage but the contest was far from over as Parnell’s then hit a bit of a purple patch and began to dominate and they scored 1 – 5 without reply to trail by just one point. It really was backs to wall stuff now but the Shane’s defence, who were magnificent over the hour, stood firm and refused to let their opponents get back on level terms. Their breaking up of Parnell’s attacks was superb and one of these defensive efforts saw Shanua Grey turn over the ball which again made its way to Aimee Mackin and having beat her marker for pace she rifled the ball to the roof of the Parnell’s net and give her side an all-important four point advantage. Parnell’s fought hard to get themselves back into the game but again the Shane’s defence stood strong and restricted the London side to just one further point and at the final whistle the Shane’s had done enough to see them through to the All-Ireland final on a score-line of 3 – 7 to 1 – 10.

All roads now lead to Parnell Park on Sunday 4th December where the girls will take on Annaghdown from Galway in the All-Ireland Intermediate final.

Everyone at the club would like to congratulate all the girls and their management team on a tremendous achievement and really hope they go on and win the All-Ireland title.


Training for the U10s continues this Thursday evening in St Paul’s school from 7.00pm – 8.00pm.


Training for the U8s continues this 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 all age groups has now moved indoors for the winter and will take place every Tuesday evening in St Paul's school sports hall from 6.00pm – 7.00pm.

The camogie club are holding a bag pack next Saturday, 26th November in Tesco and volunteers are required to help out on the day. Anyone who can spare an hour or two is asked to contact any committee member; your help would be much appreciated.

Well done to all those who received their awards last Friday at the Meabh O’Neill’s prize-giving night. 


Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 8, 13, 19 & 23. There were no jackpot winners and 2 x match three winners. The jackpot now stands at £4500.


The club would like to offer its sympathy to the Jordan family and Middletown GFC following the death today of Joe Jordan, former County Chairman. May he rest in peace.

Post Date : Mon 21 Nov 2016 10:27 AM

Sinn Féin National Chairperson and South Antrim Sinn Féin MLA, Declan Kearney has called for mutual respect and a shared culture of commemoration following recent attacks on memorials in Glenavy and Belfast.


Referring in particular to attacks on memorials around the time of Remembrance Sunday, Mr Kearney said;


“I was disappointed to see yet another attack on the War Memorial in Glenavy, and appalled by the vile desecration of the David Ervine Memorial in East Belfast.


“Given the timing of these attacks, it is clear they were designed to cause maximum offence during a significant period of remembrance for many in our society. All memorials are places which demand reverence and respect, regardless of what tradition they represent. 


“For republicans in South Antrim, the attack on the David Ervive Memorial was reminiscent of the vandalism carried out at the Roddy McCorley Memorial in Toome earlier this year. On that occasion the people responsible also took time to record their vile behaviour which included scrawling graffiti, and urinating on the monument.


“All such attacks are wrong and demand the strongest possible condemnation. Sinn Féin has been consistent in speaking out against such actions and calling for respect for the different narratives and traditions which reflect our shared history.


“It was in this spirit of reconciliation and understanding that I represented Sinn Féin at the Armistice Remembrance ceremony in the Assembly, and also at a recent discussion on the Easter Rising organised by the Fermanagh Orange Order. 


“Increased understanding and mutual respect are the basis upon which to discuss our historic and current cultural and political differences and societal divisions. As a community we need to be discussing the development of a shared culture of commemoration based upon parity of esteem, mutual respect and equality.  This represents the way forward to building an inclusive, equal, agreed and shared future.” 

Post Date : Mon 21 Nov 2016 10:17 AM

Awareness events were held at Daisy Hill and Craigavon Area Hospital to mark World Prematurity Day 2016. 

Both events were supported by Tinylife - Northern Ireland's premature and vulnerable baby charity which is dedicated to reducing premature birth, illness, disability and death in babies born here. 

Staff from the Special Care Baby Unit in Daisy Hill Hospital raised £326.66 through a cake and bun sale and a £440.80 donation was made by the Crilly family to the Neonatal Unit in Craigavon Area Hospital to help raise awareness.

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust would like to thank all those who donated and contributed at both gatherings. 

Post Date : Fri 18 Nov 2016 12:51 PM

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

The family recently donated an outdoor wheelchair accessible swing which will be extremely beneficial to service users.

Charlotte’s family would like to thank everyone who supported them to make this donation possible. 

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

Post Date : Thu 17 Nov 2016 01:57 PM

Southern Trust staff raise £184,237 for charity partner Marie Curie   

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has handed over a cheque for £184,237 to Charity partner Marie Curie after a series of successful ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ events.  

The ‘Southern Trust does Strictly Come Dancing’ events alone totalled £150,500 with the remaining £33,737 coming from a range of fundraising activities such as ‘The Blooming Great Tea Party’, Sponsored Cycles, ‘The Great Daffodil Appeal’ and many more.

Over 100 ‘dancers’ signed up to take part in ‘Southern Trust does Strictly Come Dancing’ all in aid of Marie Curie.  The top five couples from the four local heats in October then went head-to-head at the grand final on November eleventh.  A range of staff and friends from across the Trust along with Marie Curie colleagues and other willing dancers, resulted in a huge team effort to raise an amazing total for such a worthy cause.       

Congratulating all involved in the Strictly fundraiser, Roberta Brownlee, Southern Trust Chairperson said: “As well as being fun events and personal challenges for the staff involved, we are delighted to have raised such a substantial sum for Marie Curie. I would like to congratulate all of those involved for giving of their own personal time and throwing themselves into this task wholeheartedly - the comradery amongst our dancers has been wonderful to see.  My thanks go to each and every one of them for their huge fundraising efforts and also the staff in our Trust and local communities who so generously supported this cause.” 

Commenting on the Southern Trust partnership, Anne Hannan, Partnerships Manager at Marie Curie said:

“This has been the charity’s most successful partnership to date.  The Trust’s staff have been very engaged and have gotten behind the partnership in such a huge way. 

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Southern Health and Social Care Trust and its entire staff for everything that has been achieved to date.  Reaching the fundraising milestone of raising £184,237 (which is the equivalent to 92,118 nursing hours) is an extraordinary moment for the partnership.”

Post Date : Thu 17 Nov 2016 09:41 AM

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has said the A5 Western Transport Corridor is a vital piece of infrastructure for the North West. 

Mr McAleer said: 

“The development of the A5 is a national priority for Sinn Féin. 

“What people have to realise is that we are dealing with a history of neglect and discrimination West of the Bann. 

"The A5 transport corridor will help address this and provide a high quality road link between Derry, Strabane, Omagh and Ballygawley and cut costs for hauliers and commuters alike who are travelling to Dublin.

“It will also unlock the potential for future economic development of these areas, including Counties Donegal and Monaghan and will create immediate employment with over 1,000 jobs for the construction industry alone." 

Post Date : Wed 16 Nov 2016 09:54 AM

The Quiet Room in Craigavon Area Hospital and the Church in Daisy Hill have been recently refurbished.

A new welcome archway was erected over Daisy Hill’s Church entrance and the porch was repainted. In the Quiet Room at Craigavon Area Hospital new flooring was laid down as well improving access by removing an internal door. The Quiet Room was also fully re-painted and the lighting and heating/ventilation systems were updated.

Patients, visitors and staff of all denominations are welcome to use these facilities as a place to pray or sit quietly to reflect. 

Edel Corr, Patient Support Manager within the Southern Trust, commented on the importance of the upgrade:

“We know that many of our patients and clients take great comfort from their faith while they are ill in hospital and our staff who are often working in stressful and emotional situations greatly appreciate a place to find some solitude in our busy hospital environment.

“That is why it’s important to keep these rooms in good condition and help maintain a welcoming aura for people when they need the peace. It’s a nice place for people to go at a difficult time.”

The Trusts ChaplaincyTeam also provides spiritual care services for patients, their families and staff.

The Quiet Room at Craigavon is located on the ground floor corridor as you approach the lifts - it is open 9.00am to 9.00pm. The Church in Daisy Hill is located at the main foyer - it is open 8.00am to 11.00pm.  Both rooms can be used outside of these hours by contacting the Portering Service.

For further information on the Southern Trust’s Chaplaincy Service, please contact Chaplains Line Manager, Edel Corr, on 028 3861 4265 or email:  

Post Date : Wed 16 Nov 2016 09:51 AM

 Government must do all in its power to avoid a hard border - Border Communities Against Brexit 

Border Communities Against Brexit has called on Fianna Fáil to use all in its power to ensure that there is no hard border and the North’s remain vote is respected, following the Brexit vote. 

Speaking after the Fianna Fáil “Brexit: Issues and Impact” Conference in the Carrickdale Hotel on Saturday, representatives from the group, Declan Fearon, Bernard Boyle and Dermot Keely who attended the conference said,  

“This is the biggest issue facing our communities north and south, particularly in the border region and it is good to see Fianna Fáil organising a conference on it. 

“The conference brought together industry experts, members of the public and political representatives to determine the key issues which must be addressed as border communities prepare for Brexit.

“We are made up of, and represent, ordinary people and if Brexit goes ahead it will be the ordinary people in our communities who will pay the price – therefore we welcomed the opportunity to attend the conference.   

“Not to mention the impact on business, agriculture and tourism, Brexit would also result in a major setback in the progress made during the Peace Process. Ignoring the fact that people in the North voted to remain runs contrary to the commitments in the Good Friday Agreement regarding the right to self determination of the people of the North.

“Fianna Fáil has a big role to play. In context of the minority government they enjoy unprecedented power over government decisions and actions. Border Communities against Brexit is calling on Fianna Fáil to use this power to ensure that there is no hard border and the North’s remain vote is respected in  whatever form that is possible to do.” 

Post Date : Tue 15 Nov 2016 12:44 PM

 Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has called for changes to the Farm Business Improvement Scheme to support farmers. 

The Sinn Féin agriculture spokesperson said; 

"I have concerns about the items that are eligible for grants under the Farm Business Improvement Scheme. 

"I was very surprised that no provision was made for farm safety equipment or IT equipment. 

"Given the push towards online applications for grants and payments and the fact that farmers are actually given additional points for applying online then it stands to reason that help should be available to allow farmers to do that. 

"I will be contacting the health minister asking for this to be reconsidered so that the eligibility for grants under the Farm Business Improvement Scheme is widened." 

Post Date : Tue 15 Nov 2016 09:47 AM

Sinn Féin MLA Catherine Seeley has welcomed unanimous Assembly support for the transformation of the health service proposed by Health Minister Michelle O'Neill.  

The Sinn Féin Assembly health spokesperson said; 


"I welcome the unanimous support shown in the Assembly today for the plan brought forward by my party colleague and health minister Michelle O'Neill for the transformation of the health service. 


"The health minister's plans set out proposals for the most radical transformation of our health service in decades and this level of support is encouraging.


"These proposals will have a hugely positive impact on health provision and delivery in our society and it is important that as many people as possible play a role in that process."