Post Date : Thu 23 Feb 2017 09:58 AM

Police are appealing for information following the report of a hit and run road traffic collision.

A Hit and Run was reported to the Police on Thursday 2nd February. The collision occurred on the Green Road area of Bessbrook where a teenage girl is said to have been struck by a small, dark coloured car near the local garage at about 6:55pm.
The young girl was later treated in hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Constable Douglas has appealed to anyone who saw the collision or has any information that could help the police with their enquiries to contact officers in Newtownhamilton on 101 quoting reference number 1125 02/02/17.
You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Post Date : Thu 23 Feb 2017 09:30 AM

Sinn Féin's Sinead Ennis has said the planned closure of half of the First Trust bank branches in the north will hit rural areas particularly hard.

The South Down Assembly election candidate said: 
"News that First Trust bank is planning to close half of its branches across the north will come as a shock to many. 
"Bank branches provide a key service in many local communities for both small businesses and personal banking customers. 
"The loss of these branches will be particularly keenly felt in rural areas with people having to travel longer distances to access a bank. 
"The news will also come as a blow to bank staff who will be facing an uncertain future following this announcement." 
Post Date : Thu 23 Feb 2017 09:21 AM
Commenting after the families of the victims of the McGurk's Bar Bombing spoke before the the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality, Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile said;
"The McGurk families were very welcome to the Oireachtas today.
"Their accounts of the massacre of their loved ones in December 1971 and the treatment of the atrocity by the British government of the time and successive British governments is appalling.
"Fifteen people, including two children, died in the outrage.
"Within hours of the massacre the British government deliberately spread lies that the IRA was responsible for the bombing and that those who died were also involved despite the fact that an eye-witness gave RTE an interview, which was broadcast saying he saw the bombers fleeing the scene.
"These lies were based on reports from the British Army and the RUC willingly accepted and promoted by the British and unionist governments.
"A British Army scenes of crime assessor submitted a report to the British Army Headquarters in which he stated that the bomb was placed in the entrance to the bar.
"This contradicted the public account by the British government and the soldiers report was marked 'Not for PR'.
"The lie was publicly supported by Reginal Maudling, British cabinet minister, Brian Faulkner, the North's prime minister, John Taylor, unionist cabinet minister, Graham Shillington, RUC Chief Constable and Sir Harry Tuzo, British Army GOC among many others.
"The lie continued for decades until the families uncovered the truth themselves from the British government's own files in Kew Gardens.
"The Historical Enquiries Team (HET) and the police Ombudsman failed to find these files.
"The families are seeking justice and the truth.
"I support the calls they made today for a new investigation, a new inquest and the scrapping of the HET report into the massacre.

"It is time the families of the bereaved were given the truth after 46 years of lies and deceit."  

Post Date : Wed 22 Feb 2017 09:10 AM
Sinn Féin Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile has challenged Fianna Fáil to state whether it supports the opening of an Irish passport office in the north. 
Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said: 
"I welcome the calls for additional Passport Office facilities from Fianna Fáil today.
"There is no doubt that the stark increase in passport applications from the North warrants an urgent review of services.
"Recently the increased demand saw an additional 230 people employed by the Passport Office and the staff there deserve our full respect and appreciation for the hard work they are putting in.
"The campaign for any such new facility must be about meeting the logistical, demonstrable need emerging from within the Six Counties.
"Any new and indeed much-needed office facility must be located where the increased demand lies.  Does Fianna Fáil support the need for a Passport Office in the Six Counties?
"The huge increase in Irish and therefore European passports indicates clearly that there should be special designated status for the North within the EU and the Irish Government should stand with the rest of us in making that case."


Post Date : Tue 21 Feb 2017 01:35 PM

 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 : Tue 21 Feb 2017 01:23 PM

The annual Spring lake 5k and 10k run has been pencilled into the diary for April 2nd, more details in next weeks notes and updates will be on the clubs website along with Facebook and twitter.

It has been a great week for two of our young Senior Camogie players, both Caitriona Caldwell and Nicola McCabe were part of the University of Jordanstown team that won the Purcell shield in Abbotstown last week against a strong Trinity college. The girls followed this up on Sunday past when they lined out for the Senior County Camogie team against last years Intermediate All Ireland Champions Kilkenny, a tight affair seen the camogs lose by just 2 points.

The Annual awards dinner dance will be held on St 4th March, tickets are £20 each with Oision McConville as guest speaker, please contact Kevan Sweeny for tickets.

This weeks lotto numbers are 7,20,24,25. There was no jackpot winner, next weeks jackpot £3900, tickets in usual outlets around the town.

Post Date : Mon 20 Feb 2017 09:42 AM

Annual Dinner Dance

The club’s annual dinner dance takes place next Saturday night, 25th February in the Canal Court Hotel. Having picked up the Armagh and Ulster club titles in 2016 our senior ladies will be guests of honour on the night. Everyone is invited to come along to what should be a brilliant night to celebrate our successes from last year, including of senior ladies and our minor boys who the Division 1B league title. Entry fee is £30 per head and is payable at the door on the night. Dinner will be served at 7.00pm.

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
Shanes Gaelic For Girls programme was postponed on Saturday morning due to the poor weather conditions and a very wet pitch. The programme continues next Saturday morning at 11.00am at the field.
Minor Boys
Training for our minor boys continues this Thursday evening at 7.00pm sharp at the field
U16 Boys
Our U16 boys have amalgamated with Correnshigo and Lisummon for the coming year and will be called Patrick Rankins. 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
This year our U14 boys have amalgamated with Correnshigo and Lisummon and will be known as Patrick Rankins. Training for the U14 boys continues every Thursday evening at 7.00pm and Sunday morning at 11.30am at the Shane’s.
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
This year our U12 boys have also amalgamated with Correnshigo and Lisummon and will be known as Patrick Rankins. 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 all camogs continues this coming Tuesday evening, in the sports hall in St Paul’s from 6.00pm – 7.00pm. All new members from age 4 and upwards are welcome to attend. The senior camogs train every Monday and Wednesday evening from 6.30pm – 8.00pm at the Shane’s field.
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.
Referees Needed
If anyone associated with the club fancies becoming a referee and officiating at underage football (and earning a few quid along the way) please contact Brendy Osborne for further information.
Well Done
Well done to our ladies’ footballers Blaithin Mackin and Jessica Watters who picked up their Ulster Schools All-Stars last Friday night…. well done girls.
Congratulations to our former ladies’ footballer Grainne McTaggart on the birth of her baby daughter Riodhna. 
Best Wishes
Best wishes and a speedy recovery to our senior ladies’ footballer Claire Garvey who is currently recovering following recent fall.
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 6, 19, 21 & 22. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x match three winner. The jackpot now stands at £5,100.
Everyone at the club would like to offer their sympathy to the family of Oliver Kenny who died last recently. Oliver was the father of our minor footballer James Kenny. Sympathies also to the family of Kathleen McGuinness who died recently. Kathleen was the aunt of our senior footballer Sean McLoughlin and our Cairde member Grace McLoughlin. May both Oliver and Kathleen rest in peace. 
Post Date : Fri 17 Feb 2017 01:22 PM

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has hosted a special celebration event to share and learn from some of the Best Practice across Allied Health Professional Services.

Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) is the name given to the group of health care staff distinct from nurses and doctors, who offer a wide range of services and support to patients and clients. AHPs include Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Dietitians Orthoptists, Radiographers, Orthotists, Prosthetists and Art, Drama and Music Therapists. 
The event brought together AHPs from across all disciplines along with other health and social care staff to hear directly from service users, families and advocates about their experiences of AHP services. Topics included specialist stroke AHP rehabilitation, Speech and Language Therapy improvements for children, Radiography led fertility clinics , positive patient outcomes following interventions from Orthoptics, Podiatry, Physiotherapy and OT. 
Many of the stories shared by patients and posters displayed at the event demonstrating service improvements have won national, international and regional recognition.
Guest speakers also included Hazel Winning, Lead AHP Officer for the Department of Health and Dr Jacqui Lunday Johnstone, AHP Lead from the Scottish Government who shared the strategic visions and shared learning from a NI and Scottish perspectives.  
Speaking at the event Angela McVeigh, Executive Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust said: 
“Allied Health Professionals play such a vital role in ensuring safe, high quality care with a dedicated focus on supporting clients to self-manage their conditions to help them return to education, employment and other normal daily activities. 
“From diagnosis and assessment to delivering treatment right through to rehabilitation, they have a huge influence on the patient journey. We are continually looking for ways to help improve the services we provide, whilst at the same time keep up to date with the latest clinical developments and recommendations. 
“Our Service Users and Trust staff have shown meaningful partnership commitment to improving the   experience of patients and carers by participating today.  We particularly would like to thank all our service users, their carers’ and advocates, who have been so willing to openly share their experiences on what works well and how we can improve in shaping future services that will meet the growing demands of our population.”
Carmel Harney, Assistant Director for AHP Governance, Workforce Development and Training added: 
“AHPs are key to transforming Health, Care and Wellbeing in Northern Ireland working in partnership with other sectors like education, housing, leisure, employment and learning and the criminal justice system. AHPs impact on the wider determinants of health and are pivotal to delivering the transformation agenda for health and social care.” 
Post Date : Fri 17 Feb 2017 12:03 PM

Sinn Féin's Pat Sheehan has welcomed the investment of £750,000 by health minister Michelle O'Neill into suicide prevention and mental health programmes. 


The Sinn Féin health spokesperson said; 


"I welcome this announcement from my party colleague and health minister of an additional  £750,000 investment in suicide prevention and mental health programmes. 


"More than 60 groups right across the north will access this funding to address specific health needs for mental and emotional wellbeing, suicide prevention, drugs and alcohol support services and support for vulnerable groups. 


"This investment will ensure that positive mental health programmes, which are community-based and delivered by local organisations remain a priority. 


"This is yet another example of a Sinn Féin minister making a positive difference to the lives of people in the community." 

Post Date : Thu 16 Feb 2017 09:32 AM

Sinn Féin's Conor Murphy has welcomed confirmation from health minister Michelle O'Neill that Daisy Hill Hospital will be a key part of the acute hospital infrastructure. 

Mr Murphy said; 

"I invited my party colleague and health minister Michelle O'Neill to Daisy Hill hospital and I was delighted to welcome her to the hospital today alongside Megan Fearon. 

"During the visit Minister O'Neill confirmed that Daisy Hill will be part of the acute hospital infrastructure in the future, which is great news for the local area. 

"This confirmation ensures that Daisy Hill will continue to deliver a first-class service to the local community. 

"The heath minister also visited the hospital's emergency department and had a very positive meeting with more than 60 members of staff to update them on the transformation of the health service."