Post Date : Wed 03 May 2017 01:38 PM

Large crowds are expected to attend this year’s Balmoral Show and with an extra day planned, Police are urging motorists to take care and leave extra time for their journey. 

Lisburn and Castlereagh PSNI District Commander, Supt. Sean Wright said, “Of course, we are delighted to see the Balmoral Show back again this year. This is an excellent day out for everyone and I want everyone to enjoy a positive experience. 
“Please help us to help you by being patient and by driving and parking responsibly and with regard to other road users. I encourage everyone to use public transport wherever possible or park only in the designated locations if you have to bring a vehicle. 
“Public safety is of paramount importance to us so anyone parked illegally could get a fixed penalty notice for ignoring parking restrictions. These restrictions will be obvious so please do not ignore them.”
Rhonda Geary, operations director at the show, said, “We want people to come and enjoy the Show and to get here by the safest possible route.  We have worked hard along with our partners to improve the traffic management plan to facilitate the flow of traffic into and around the showground but, as with all large events, people should be prepared for potential delays.  Prepare your route beforehand, leave plenty of time for your journey and follow the directions of police.”  
Translink is asking visitors to plan their journeys in advance and leave extra time to make onward train connections. For more information, log onto for more information. 
If you are driving to the Show, leave extra time for your journey and follow directional signage to the Show grounds. 
More information regarding public transport and park and ride facilities are available at and 
Post Date : Wed 03 May 2017 01:28 PM
As countdown to the 149th Balmoral Show gets ever closer, the PSNI is making last minute preparations for the event which, this year, adds an extra day to the itinerary.  
The PSNI will occupy two stands this year, offering more advice on how to protect your farm, business, home, property and equipment. 
The PSNI liveried John Deere Gator utility vehicle (kindly loaned by Johnston Gilpin & Co Ltd of Lisburn) will be officially ‘unveiled’ at the event and will be situated in the Eikon complex, where Crime Prevention Officers (CPOs) will be on hand to provide guidance and advice on protecting against rural crime.  CPOs will also occupy another stand in its usual spot outside and will feature the Service’s liveried tractor (kindly loaned by Burke’s of Cornascriebe). 
Supt. Brian Kee said "Tackling crime against the rural community is important to police. We understand the effect these crimes have on communities and the grave impact they can have on farmers’ livelihoods.
“The Police Service is committed to reducing rural and agricultural crime. Our strategy is to work with partner agencies and commercial stakeholders to identify ways of preventing crime, as well as targeting and arresting those committing such offences.
“We are particularly pleased to be working as part of the Rural Crime Partnership to spread the message about crime prevention and reporting suspicious activity. The Rural Crime Partnership (RCP) aims to work together and bring forward recommendations and initiatives around preventing and combatting rural criminality. The Rural Crime Partnership members include representatives from the Department of Justice (DoJ), Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU), Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), National Farmers’ Union Mutual Insurance (NFU Mutual), and the Young Farmers’ Club (YFC). 
“The farming industry is a very important part of our community, and we want to reassure them that we are doing all we can to prevent thefts. Thefts of farm machinery or livestock can not only hamper a farmer’s ability to do his job but can cause significant upset, inconvenience and loss of income. We understand this. We want to disrupt those who would target the rural community and help farmers to safeguard their properties and themselves.”
“John Deere is now fitting Datatag’s CESAR security marking system as standard on all XUV and HPX Gator utility vehicle models sold in the UK & Ireland, as a way of protecting against theft, recovering stolen equipment and reducing insurance premiums,” said Johnston Gilpin’s managing director  Randal McConnell. “We are very happy to support the PSNI in this way to help their efforts to prevent crime in the countryside.”
Mr. Harry Burke said, “We are pleased to be associated for the last numbers of years with the supply of the liveried tractor. I feel it has been an effective tool in raising awareness of rural crime, and what we can do to help prevent it.” 
Post Date : Wed 03 May 2017 08:43 AM

Sinn Féin Newry, Mourne & Down Councillor Liz Kimmins has stated that those who dumped  waste diesel Qubes at the Flagstaff Viewpoint had no respect for the community or the environment.

"This is an act of environmental crime which has angered the local community. Those engaged in dumping their toxic sludge with no respect or care about its potential poisonous impact are motivated by greed".
said the local Councillor and she continued 
"I have contacted the Council and asked them to liaise with the Environmental agency to ensure that the area is cleared as soon as practically possible. Unfortunately the cost of this operation will have to be picked up by the ratepayers. Those engaged in this type of environmental crime need to be apprehended. 
Post Date : Tue 02 May 2017 09:14 AM
Speaking at the recent Youth Action NI event to support the campaign for the creation of a City Centre Park within the 15 acre Albert Basin area,  Newry City Councillor Liz Kimmins praised all those involved  in organising the event and said that not only would such a development lead the way in the overall urban regeneration vision that she and her Council colleagues shared, but also it would help the health and emotional wellbeing  of all. Cllr Kimmins was accompanied at the event by Newry & Armagh MP Mickey Brady and Conor Murphy MLA.
"I wish to commend all those involved in this Youth Event. Our young people have added a strong voice to the growing call for movement on this project"
Supporting the need for a City Park the Sinn Féin Councillor said,
"The creation of a fully resourced City Park is viewed by most of us as a key element in the key area of urban regeneration. A fully resourced, easily assessable natural Park area would facilitate and encourage healthy lifestyles and emotional well being of all in particular the most vulnerable within our communities. It would also contribute to the social and economic well being of the District"

Photo Cllr a Liz Kimmins & Mickey Brady pictured at the Youth NI Event in  Newry  

Post Date : Tue 02 May 2017 09:08 AM

Senior Men

Our senior men began their league campaign with a comprehensive thirteen point away win over Clonmore on Sunday afternoon, 5 – 11 to 3 - 4.
Playing against a strong wind the Shanes bossed the opening exchanges and went ahead thanks to a goal from Greg McCabe but they soon found themselves one in arrears thanks to a quick Clonmore goal and point. David McCabe restored the Shanes lead when he got on the end of a flick from Paddy Maughan to palm the ball to the net for his side’s second goal.
However, the lead was short-lived when a wind assisted line ball caught out the Shane’s keeper and found its way to the net to put Clonmore a point ahead. A fisted point from Paddy Maughan levelled game before Nathan Morgan broke the ball in the middle of the field which was picked up by Connaire Mackin and he cut through the Clonmore defence to rifle home the Shane’s third goal. Ryan Quinn followed up with a well taken point before a late pointed free from Clonmore saw the home side trail by three at the break, 3 – 2 to 2 – 2.
The Shane’s had the wind at their backs in the second-half and they made a great start with David McCabe scoring an early goal and point to put his side firmly in control. Connaire Mackin followed up with a superb point from a side-line ball before Paul O’Rourke popped over from close range. Another side-line ball from Mackin made its way over the bar to put the Shane’s ten to the good. Clonmore responded with a pointed free before a fantastic pinpoint ball from Connaire Mackin found Greg McCabe who needed no second invitation to drive at the Clonmore defence and plant the ball in the net. Clonmore slotted over another pointed free but the Shane’s replied with four points in a row with the scores coming from Paul O’Rourke, Ryan Quinn, Greg McCabe and David McCabe. Clonmore replied with a late consolation goal but the final score of the game went to the returning Neil Paul Lennon who confidently knocked over a close range free to leave the final score 5 – 11 to 3 – 4 in favour of the Shanes.
The senior men return to action on Friday evening with a home game against Middletown before travelling to St Pauls next Sunday.
Senior Ladies
It was a busy week for our senior ladies with two home games, the first against Grange on Tuesday evening and the second against Forkhill on Saturday. The girls went into Tuesday’s game on the back of two defeats but they were much more clinical against Grange and recorded a comfortable victory, 8 – 11 to 1 – 1. Grange opened the scoring on Tuesday evening with an early point but the Shanes scored 4 – 4 without reply before Grange scored a late first-half goal. The second-half was completed dominated by the Shanes, scoring a further 4 – 7 whilst keeping their opponents scoreless.
The senior ladies continued their good run of form with a comfortable win over Fork hill on Saturday night. The Shane’s hit the front early on and maintained a consistently high tempo throughout the game to keep a valiant Fork hill team at bay and secure another all-important two league points. The game was especially significant, in that we saw debuts for our recent additions to the panel, all the way from Brazil to South Armagh. Dhebora, Rayza, Jacqueline, Luany and Elenize all received a warm welcome from the Shane’s football family and we look forward to seeing them in the green jersey in the coming weeks.
Next up for the senior ladies is a home league game against Clan Eireann on Tuesday night at 7.15pm.
Minor Boys
Our minor boys’ amalgamation of Patrick Rankins recorded hard fought three-point win over Keady on Monday evening, 4 – 12 to 4 – 9. The Rankins trailed by two at the interval but a strong second-half performance saw them claim the win. No further league fixtures have been issued for the minor boys but they continue to train on Mondays and Thursday from 6.30pm – 7.45pm.
Minor Girls
Our minor girls had their second league outing on Thursday evening against Cullyhanna, with the game being played in Dorsey. With several players missing through injury and school commitments, the Shanes played with a strong wind in the first-half, dominating possession but failing to find the target as much as they should have, taking a seven-point lead into half-time. Despite playing against the wind in the second half, the girls played intelligent football, staying strong in defence while using the ball wisely to move forward and pick off major scores to finish well ahead at the final whistle. The final- score was 5 – 5 to 0 – 8 in favour of the Shanes and well done to both teams on a sporting and skilful game. Next up for the minor girls is an away fixture against Clann Eireann on Thursday evening.
U16 Boys
Our U16 boy’s amalgamation of Patrick Rankins were in action on Thursday evening at home to Derrynoose. Despite putting a decent performance, the home side were defeated on a score-line of 4 – 18 to 2 – 4. The lads will be training in Correnshigo on Monday evening at 6.00pm before returning to action on Thursday with an away game against Keady.
U16 Girls
Our U16 girls make the short journey to take on Carrickcruppen on Monday evening, 1st May at 7.00pm and all girls are asked to meet at the Shane’s for no later than 6.10pm. Training continues every Saturday afternoon from 4.00pm – 5.00pm at the field.
U14 Boys
The U14 boys have no game this coming week but will be training as normal. They return to action on Tuesday 9th May with a home game against Tullysaran.
U14 Girls
The U14 girls will be training from 6.00pm – 7.30pm on Wednesday.
U12 Boys
Our U12 boys’ amalgamation of Patrick Rankins recorded a great win over their Dromintee opponents in their first league of the year on Saturday. The game saw a couple of our U10s step up to play for the U12s and they all put in great performances.
U12 Girls
Well done to our U12 girls who took on a very good Crossmaglen side last Sunday evening in their first league game of the season. It was a great game of football by all accounts but unfortunately our girls just came up short. The girls were back in action on Sunday evening against Correnshigo and put in a brilliant performance to record a very comprehensive win…well done everyone. Training for the girls continues every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7.00pm - 8.00pm at the field before they travel to Silverbridge next Sunday evening for their next game. 
Thursday evening saw our U10s take on Lisbrack and a lot of good football was produced by all the boys and girls…keep up the good work. Training continues on Tuesday and Friday evenings from 6.00pm – 7.00pm at the club.
U10 Girls
Training for the U10 girls continues on Saturday mornings at 11.00am at the field.
Training for our U6s continues every Wednesday evening from 6.00pm – 7.00pm in Bessbrook Community Centre and all boys and girls are welcome to attend.
Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie
The senior camogs were in action recently against Clan na Gael and put in a fantastic performance to record a comprehensive win over the Lurgan side. The club hosted a very successful U12 Go Game blitz on Saturday which saw all the young camogs play a couple of great games against Ballymacnab and Mullaghbawn…well done everyone. Training will continue at the usual times during the week with the minor camas scheduled to play next Friday evening.
Weekly Fixtures
We have had several requests to publish the weekly fixtures, home and away, for all our teams - senior men, senior ladies, senior camogs, underage boys, underage girls and underage camogs.
On that basis could all managers please forward their weekly fixtures to Damien (Dee) Beattie either by PM via Facebook, email ( or text (07733405769) no later than 7.00pm on a Sunday evening. Some of you may already have a list of all your fixtures – so you can send this to Dee. Dee will put together a list of fixtures (home and away) for the coming week for all age groups, in all codes which will then be published on our Facebook page.
This approach will make everyone aware of all weekly fixtures, home and away, and your co-operation would be greatly appreciated. 
Special Presentation
Last week saw the club make a special presentation to local photographer Brendan Monaghan. Louise Kenny and Aimee Mackin, on behalf of our senior ladies, presented Brendan with a signed jersey in recognition of the fantastic coverage he afforded our senior ladies during their journey to last year’s All-Ireland final
Best Wishes
Best wishes to a good friend of the club Anthony Sloan who is currently recovering at home following a short spell in hospital.
Darts Team
Well done to our darts team who recorded a great win over Magee’s in the cup semi-final on Friday night. They now meet local rivals Sleeve Gherkins (Quinn’s Camlock) in the Divisional cup final on Friday May 19th.
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 9, 10, 25 & 27. There was no jackpot winner and 1 x lucky dip winner. The jackpot now stands at an impressive £5,500.
Articles for Weekly Notes 
Anyone who has anything for inclusion in the weekly club notes – match reports for all age groups (boys, girls, camogie), scores from matches etc -  please forward their article to Brendy Osborne (PRO), no later than 4.00pm on Sunday afternoons.
Cairde Sheáin Uí Néill
We are planning on increasing the membership of our Cairde Sheáin Uí Néill scheme over the coming weeks and months and following up with current members. Membership of the scheme costs only £10.00 per month and will contribute enormously to future development around the club. Thanks to the contribution of our current Cairde members we have been able to upgrade the playing surface of our main field and construct a new training area beside the clubhouse and concrete the driveway around the club. We still have plans to construct a new spectator area and other works around the club and we would like everyone associated with the club to be part of all future development and are encouraging people to become a Cairde Sheáin Uí Néill member. For further information on how to become a member of the scheme please contact Brendy Osborne on 07543806274.
Post Date : Thu 13 Apr 2017 08:37 AM

Police are advising motorists that the off slip from the A1 carriageway to the Carnbane Industrial Estate in Newry is closed due to an overturned lorry. Please seek an alternative route for your journey.

Post Date : Wed 12 Apr 2017 09:27 AM

Down Senior Ladies County Team 

The Ladies next game is in the Final of the Ulster Championship in the last weekend of June/early July 2017. The girls are continuing their training with the club leagues and gym work #MourneLadiesRising 
Down Minor Ladies County Team 
Down Minor Ladies conceded the game against Tyrone on Saturday 8th April due to the lack of numbers available. 
Down U16 Ladies County Team 
Training will continue and details will be provided via social media. The girls will not be training over the Easter week and the Managers will confirm a midweek match or training session for Wednesday 19th April 2017. Next up in the Ulster league for the girls, is a home game to Cavan – date and venue tbc. 
Down U15 Ladies Development Team 
Due to club fixtures and the Easter break U15 squad will next train on Wednesday 19th April 7.00-8.30pm venue tbc as soon as possible. The last 2 league games are as follows: at home to Monaghan on Sunday 23rd April and away to Donegal on Saturday 29th April. 
Down U14 Ladies County Team 
The Down U14 started their championship on Saturday 8th April with a win against Fermanagh played in St Colman’s, Newry. Down had the advantage of a strong wind in the first half and had much of the possession but were wasteful in front of goal. They did produce some excellent passages of play with Fiona Dolan and Orlaith McCusker a constant threat. In midfield Stephanie Hall was dominant and Sara Daly at full back was able to deal with the Fermanagh attacks. In the second half, Fermanagh now had the advantage of the conditions and began to created pressure on the Down defence. Elle Murdock was excellent at half back with team captain Siofra McAteer also moving into the half back line to provide additional cover. Down made a number of changes to the team as the game progressed with all the girls contributing to a great result.  Final Score 5:10 to 5:03. U14 Championship. Round 3 continues Saturday 15th April, Armagh v Down @ Clann Eireann (Paul Swift, Monaghan) @ 3pm.                 
Down U13 Ladies County Development Team
The Down U13 girls continued their Ulster League campaign by hosting Donegal at the Abbey Grammar School, Newry in glorious sunshine over last weekend. This proved to be a tough affair for the girls against strong running opposition who came out of the blocks very fast to open up an early 6-point lead. The teams then exchanged a number of scores before the Mourne girls opened them up for a second goal just before half time to cut the deficit to 6 points at the interval, with the Down girls playing against the wind in that first period. However, the visitors took the early initiative in the second half by grabbing a three pointer to open up a 9-point lead. The teams again traded scores with the Down girls finishing with two fine goals to get their reward for not giving up. A second game was then held for any of the girls who did not start in the first game and some of these girls really excelled putting in some wonderful individual displays. The girls know that we didn’t reach the heights of the previous performance against Monaghan two weeks ago and the whole camp are very determined to put that right for the next outing away to Fermanagh next Saturday. A big thank you to all the parents for their kind donations of food for the after games refreshments and to all those mothers who helped with the teas etc. Big thanks also to our own Francis Rogan for refereeing the second match. Round 3 continues U13 Development League - Saturday 15th April, Fermanagh v Down @ Brookborough (Garry Gormley, Tyrone) @ 1pm 
The next Fundamentals course will be on Saturday 13th May 2017 in RGU Downpatrick. If you are interested in participating, please contact Down Ladies PRO Aine McClean: or 07519562798. 
Post Date : Tue 28 Mar 2017 08:24 AM

The ÓRathaile u16 hurling team travelled to Kilclief on Sunday morning and came away with the points putting up a big score against a battling home side. Thats three wins out of three in the league with the next game at home against Carryduff next Saturday evening. Well done lads.

Great turnout for our first coaching sessions for our Nursery to P6 children. Thanks to all coaches, parents and children. Coaching continues for the nursery to P6 children next Saturday in the High School at 10am. Anyone who missed last Saturday please come along this Saturday. All new members welcome. £5 each please bring your water bottles. 
Comhghairdeas to St Patrick's Grammer School, Downpatrick and our own players Cormac Barr, Cormac Watson and Nathan Garland on winning the Kevin Smith Tournament hosted by St Malachy's High School. Commiserations to the defeated finalists, host school St Malachys High School, and our club players Shea Stratton and Donagh Keary. Great to see the 5 Town lads reaching the final for their respective schools.
250 Cyclists from across Ireland will be taking part in the 'Cycle Against Suicide' break the cycle event which visits towns and cities across the country over a 2 week period. The event will be coming to Castlewellan/Newcastle area on Monday 24 April. The lead co-ordinator is our own Ladies Senior Footballer, Lisa Morgan.
The event, part of the Homestay Programme sees people in the local community open their homes to participants of the cycle providing them with a warm meal, a chance to freshen up and a bed for the night. It provides the opportunity for people to lend their support to Cycle Against Suicide without necessarily having to get on a bike themselves.
The Cycle will arrive to Castlewellan/Newcastle on the evening of 24 April and the host families will be able to collect their guest and drop them off again there the following morning. If you are interested in helping out on the day even for a few hours and/or becoming a host family for the evening, please contact Lisa on 07734858557 for more information.
Membership should be paid at this stage for the season ahead. Anyone who has not plase do so via the clubs website or speak to your management team. 
The Castlewellan Spring lake challange is on Sunday April 2nd. There will be 10kand 5k routes, everyone is welcome. There will be refreshments afterwards in the club rooms followed by music with Tommy Fitz.
Date for you diary, on Friday 28th April there will be a night of the races in the club rooms. This is a very important event that will see all money raised going to medical equipment for all teams within the club, it is also to fund a new set of defib pads for our second defib that will be stored at the bann road complex. Each Senior team will be given one race to sell with 3 races between all juvinille teams, each management team will have the cards this week. Please all get involved and help fund the importance of your safety.
Post Date : Mon 27 Mar 2017 09:18 AM

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust Fit 4 U programme recently supported a Boccia Tournament for people with physical and/or sensory disabilities from across the Trust area. 

Boccia is a chair based version of bowling and was organised in partnership between the Southern Trust Fit 4 U Project and Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon (ABC) Borough Council, Sport NI Everybody Active Programme, Disability Sport NI Inclusive Sports & Leisure Initiative and the Get Out, Get Active Programme. 

16 teams, which included 46 participants from across Armagh, Dungannon, Craigavon, Banbridge and Newry took part in the tournament held in Craigavon Leisure Centre.  Following close competition in the league stages and a close final, the awards were presented by the Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Paul Greenfield. 

1st Place        The Head Bangers: Beverley Jory, Scott Cromie & Christine Weir

2nd Place      The Flyers: David Wylie and Emilia Krzeminska

3rd Place       Craigavon Allsorts: Georgina Glassey, Shirley Hobson & Florence Watson 

Christine Weir of the winning team said “I like boccia because it gets me out to meet people”. 

Colleen Connolly, Inclusive Sports & Leisure Officer, Disability Sports NI said:

"Boccia has been played in the Craigavon area for over 10 years, starting out recreationally in care homes and disability day centres. This was followed by a Gotcha Boccia League, delivered in partnership with Disability Sport NI, which is a monthly pan-disability competition at Craigavon Leisure Centre.” 

“Boccia has now been developed further, with weekly sessions and opportunities to access competitive pathways for those people who the sport targets at Paralympic level.  Craigavon Boccia Club was established in 2013 and competes in the NI Boccia League.  It also has representatives on the Ulster/NI Squads.” 

Rhonda Richardson, Southern Trust Fit 4 U Co-ordinator explained:

“Boccia is a sport that promotes co-ordination, mentally it requires focus and concentration and socially it is a team sport that encourages communication and competition.” 

For more information about Fit 4 U and Boccia in your local area contact Rhonda Richardson on Tel: 028 3756 4490. 

For more information about Craigavon Boccia Club, which meets Thursday evenings in Brownlow Community Hub, contact Colleen Connolly on 077 6925 0885.

Post Date : Mon 27 Mar 2017 08:58 AM

Senior Men

Our senior men made a great start to the season, defeating Mullaghbawn by twelve 12 points, 3 – 11 to 0 – 8, in the Intermediate Divisional Cup on Sunday.
Mullaghbawn opened in the scoring with a pointed free before Greg McCabe rose highest to fist the ball to the net and put the Shanes ahead. Mullaghbawn replied with their second point but a speculative long range effort from Ryan Evans was spilled to the net by the Mullaghbawn keeper and the Shanes led by four. The sides then swapped points with Greg McCabe on target for the Shanes before Mullaghbawn hit three points in a row to reduce the deficit to just one. A Ryan Evans point edged the Shanes two ahead before great work from Ryan McCabe set up James Girvan to finish to the Mullaghbawn net for his team’s third goal of the half and a five point half-time advantage, 3 – 2 to 0 - 6.
Just like the first-half, Mullaghbawn opened the scoring with a well taken point but the Shanes bossed the rest of the game, scoring nine points on the trot. Paddy Doran and Ryan Evans scored a point apiece in quick succession before Paul O’Rourke knocked over a free. Second-half substitute Mark McCabe then pointed from close range before great work from Michael McParland setup Oisín Murphy for his side’s seventh point of the contest. Mark McCabe and Paul O’Rourke both scored superb solo points before a pointed free and late ’45, both from Sean McLoughlin, rounded off the scoring for the Shanes. Mullaghbawn registered only their second point of the half with the last kick of the ball but it was the impressive Shanes who claimed a fully deserved win, 3 – 11 to 0 – 8.
Next up for the senior men is a home game against Grange next Sunday.
Senior Ladies
Our senior ladies have a challenge game at home against Rostrevor on Monday 27th March at 6.45pm. Training continues on Thursday evening at 7.30pm.
Minor Boys
Training for our minor boys continues as normal over the coming week at the club.
Minor Girls
Training for our minor girls continues on Thursday evening at 7.30pm.
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. The Championship draw has paired our amalgamation of Patrick Rankin’s away to Derrynoose on 29th June.
U16 Girls
Our U16 girls have a challenge game on Monday evening, 27th March at St Joesph’s High School in Newry. All U16 girls are asked to meet at the school at 6.30pm. Training for the U16 girls continues on Saturday afternoon from 4.00pm – 5.00pm at the field.
U14 Boys
Training for our U14 boys continues as normal over the coming week at the club. The Championship draw has paired our amalgamation of Patrick Rankin’s away to Pearse Ógs on 23rd May.
U14 Girls
Our U14 girls have a Féile game this Wednesday evening, 29th March at home to Clann Eireann with a throw-in time of 6.45pm.
U12 Boys
Training for this age group continues as normal at the club over the coming week.
U12 Girls
Training for our U12 girls will take on Sunday afternoons at the field from 4.45pm – 6.00pm. All girls at this age are welcome to attend.
U10 Boys
Our U10 boys travelled to Silverbridge on Sunday to take part in a very enjoyable game of football against the home side. Training for this age group continues this Friday evening at the field from 6.30pm – 7.30pm.
U10 Girls
Training for this age group will be confirmed very shortly.
Training for U8 footballers will continue as normal this week at the club and 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.
Shane’s Gaelic for Girls
The latest Shanes Gaelic For Girls Programme finished on Saturday morning. Over the past ten weeks seventy-five aged eight to thirteen took part in this introduction to Gaelic Football. 
During that time, they have begun, what we hope will be a lifelong involvement in Gaelic games, by learning the basic skills in a fun and positive environment, making many new friends along the way.
Throughout the programme the girls were coached by members of our Senior ladies’ team.
All the participants received their Shanes Gaelic For Girls training tops from their coaches and a certificate presented by Councillor Roisin Mulgrew representing Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. The programme has been a great success with many of the girls set to continue playing with our U12 and U10 girl's teams, with U12 training taking place on Sundays from 4.45pm - 6.00pm at the field whilst U10 training will be confirmed shortly. 
Many thanks to all the girls who took part, also to the parents, schools, coaches and mentors for all their support and we look forward to seeing these young girls lining out for Shane O’Neill’s ladies in the very near future.
Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie
U8’s and U10’s train at the Shanes on Wednesday night from 6.00pm – 7.00pm, all new members age four and upwards are welcome to attend. Training for the U12 and U14 camogs will also take place at the Shane’s on Wednesday nights from 6.00pm – 7.00pm and any past or present hurling or camogie player that would like to volunteer an hour per week on Wednesdays night from 6.00pm -7.00pm please contact Sandra on 07599 640444 - your help would be greatly appreciated. The U16 camogs will train on Wednesday’s from 6.30pm – 7.30pm at Shane’s.
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.
Well Done
Well done to our underage footballers Aoibh Murray and Ben McCamley who played in the primary schools’ game at half-time during the Armagh v Antrim game at the Athletic Grounds on Saturday night.
Best Wishes
Best wishes to our club chairman Mick Mackin who is recovering well at home following a short spell in hospital. Best wishes also to our club and Cairde member Patsy McParland who spending time in hospital.
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 11, 20, 28 & 29. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x match three winner. The jackpot now stands at an impressive £5,300.
Siúl at the Shane’s
As most of you know we ran a very successful Pave the Way scheme last year which led to the installation of a brilliant concrete driveway in and around the club. To everyone who donated to that scheme we are extremely grateful and a sign will be erected shortly thanking you all.
The next phase of development at the club will see the creation of a floodlit Community Walkway around our main pitch. This project is being partly funded by the Council but the club need to raise a certain amount of funding also and this is where you, our friends and members, can help out.
Siúl at the Shane's is a scheme where people can donate to or sponsor a yard of asphalt as we attempt to raise the necessary funds for the new walkway. The walkway itself will be available for use by the whole community and will give people the opportunity to walk in a safe and friendly environment all year round.
Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the scheme please contact our club chairman, Mick Mackin, on 07746 242231.