Post Date : Mon 03 Jul 2017 08:30 AM

Police in South Armagh are investigating an incident in the Camlough Road area of Bessbrook on Saturday 17th June. 

Constable Roberts said: “ We received a report that at around 4.30pm on the Saturday afternoon, the driver of a blue coloured van shouted racial abuse to a man standing near the junction of Green Road and Camlough Road in Bessbrook. This is the latest in a number of similar incidents and our enquiries are ongoing. I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information to contact police in Newtownahmilton on 101 quoting reference number 1081 17/06/17 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Post Date : Mon 03 Jul 2017 08:17 AM

U10 Annual Football Blitz

The club held its annual U10 blitz on Saturday and it proved to be a very successful day. With twenty-seven teams and over two hundred players, boys and girls, the tournament saw teams from Armagh, Down, Monaghan and Tyrone taking part.
After a couple of hours of group games and cup, shield and plate quarter-finals and semi-finals, six teams were left standing. Both Whitecross teams made it through to the plate final, Shane O’Neills and Middletown got through to the shield final whilst Castleblayney and Fr Rocks contested the cup decider. All three games, like a lot of the games before them, were all keenly contested with all the young footballers playing some great football and showing off some of their skills. When the final whistles sounded in the finals Shane O’Neill’s triumphed in the shield whilst Castleblayney overcame a very good Fr Rocks side to claim the cup with Whitecross sharing their plate success amongst their two teams.
Following the completion of the football all the players who took part in each final were presented with runners-up and winners medals with club PRO Brendy Osborne presenting the plate, our senior footballer Mark McCabe presenting the shield and Armagh ladies footballer and All-Star winner Aimee Mackin presenting the cup.  Aimee also presented Tiarnan Ruddy from Castleblayney who was named as the Player of the Tournament.
The club would like to thank all the teams who participated in the competition and helped to make it a great success. We would also like to thank everyone who organised the event and helped out on the day – referees, umpires, score keepers, tea and sandwich makers, the burger-makers, tuck shop operators, the Hughes Family (NISA Camlough) – your help was greatly appreciated.
Senior Men
It was a busy weekend for our senior men with a home game against Clonmore on Friday night followed by another home game against St Pauls on Sunday afternoon with both contests ending in draws.
In Friday night’s game, the Shane’s were by the far the best team in the first-half and deservedly went in leading at half-time. However as has been happening recently the second-half saw their opponents mount a comeback and in the end the Shane’s were fortunate to escape with a draw, 1 – 13 apiece.
On Sunday St Pauls were the visitors to Camlough and as with the Shane’s previous two league games it ended all square, 1 – 14 to 1 – 14.
The sides were level in the opening minutes with St Paul’s leading through a free which was cancelled out by a David McCabe point and they swapped the next two points also with Matthew Girvan on target for the home side. The Shane’s moved three ahead minutes later when a high ball from Matthew Girvan made its way to David McCabe and he made no mistake from close range before young Girvan extended his side’s advantage with a well taken point minutes later. However, the Shane’s lead was short-lived as St Paul’s hit a goal and a point in quick succession to get them back on level terms once more. A point from Ryan Quinn and a free David McCabe edged the Shane’s two ahead again with St Paul’s responding with a pointed free. With half-time fast approaching the Shane’s hit a real purple patch and scored four answered points to lead by five at the break. Paddy Doran powered forward from defence for fire over from long range before good work from Michael McParland found Matthew Girvan in space and he made no mistake as he slotted over his third point of the half with Paul O’Rourke and Mark McCabe also chipping in with scores.
The Shane’s made a great start to the second period with David McCabe registering a great point in the opening minute and his side now led by six. However, this proved to be their last for score twenty minutes as St Paul’s fired over seven points on the trot to put them ahead for the first time since the opening minute. Paul O’Rourke stopped the rot with a well taken free and he cancelled out another St Paul’s point minutes later to leave the sides all square with less than five minutes on the clock. St Paul’s edged ahead soon after only for Ryan Quinn to level things again with a well taken point from a very tight angle and when Mark McCabe put the Shane’s in front with the game in added time it looked like the Camlough had done enough to claim the win but a pointed free with the last kick of the ball saw St Paul’s salvage a draw with the sides finishing on 1 – 14 apiece.
Next up for the seniors is a vitally important game away to Mullaghbawn on Friday evening. 
Senior Ladies
Our senior ladies are back in league action on Monday night way to Armagh Harps with the game throwing in at 7:30 pm in Sherry’s field. The ladies also have a challenge game at home to Newry Bosco on Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm. Training continues next Sunday morning at 9:30 am.
Minor Boys
The minor boys are at home on Monday night against Clan na Gael with the game throwing in at 7:30 pm.
Minor Ladies
Training continues next Sunday morning at 9:30 am. 
U16 Boys
The U16 boys have no game this week but will be training at 6:00 pm on Thursday.
U12 Girls
A massive well done to our U12 girls who were in action on Thursday night away to a very good Silverbridge and Cullyhanna amalgamation. The game itself was played in poor weather conditions but the Shane's girls put in a great team performance to win the game – well done everyone. Training continues this week on Tuesday and Friday from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the field with a challenge game away to Poyntzpass at 7:00 pm on Wednesday evening. The girls are scheduled to have their next league game next Sunday at home to Naomh Labhaoise with the time still to be confirmed.
Our annual U10 blitz took place in Saturday which saw the Shane’s field two teams in the tournament. One of our teams found themselves in a tough group along with Madden, An Port Mor, Silverbridge and Armagh Harps. The young Shane’s put in a great effort which saw them qualify for the knock out stages of the plate. They faced Whitecross in what proved to be a very tight game but it was Whitecross who took their chances and emerged victorious by a couple of scores. 
The other Shane's team also found themselves in a tough group with Carrickcruppen, Naomh Eoin, Fr Rocks and Whitecross. This group produced some great games of football by all clubs and at the end of the group stages the Shane’s found themselves paired against another of the team’s fielded by Fr Rocks in the quarter-final of the shield. 
This started off a tight game but the young Shane's upped their game and eventually emerged victorious. Next up was the semi-final against a very good Clann Eireann team and it was the Lurgan side who began the game strongly and raced into a three-point lead. However, the Shane’s remained composed and clawed back two points before the half-time interval. The second-half was also very tight with both teams putting in a massive effort and produced one of the best games of the tournament which saw the Shane’s gain the upper hand, scoring a great goal and point to put them two points in front. Clann Eireann pulled a point back to produce a tense finish, but great defending and overall team work saw the Shane's over the line by the narrowest of margins and into the shield final.
Middletown were the opponents in the final and the Shane’s started strongly and a couple of early scores helped to calm the nerves. Throughout the remainder of the game the Shane’s produced some great football all over the pitch and came away with a thoroughly deserved win.
Every member of the U10s squad played their part right throughout the blitz and the management would like to thank all the kids for their continued effort and to everyone who helped make the tournament run smoothly.
U10 training continues on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the field.
Underage Training
Please note that training for all our U6s, U8s, and U12s will take place every Friday night from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the field. All boys and girls at these age groups are very welcome to come along. 
Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie
Well done to Meabh O'Neill's senior camogs who won the Division 2 league title on Monday night having gone through the season unbeaten. The U14 camogs are away to Crossmaglen on Tuesday night with the game beginning at 7:00 pm. Training continues on Wednesday night from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the field.
Club Merchandise
Club shorts and socks will be handed out in the club on Wednesday evening between 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm. There are still some spare socks for sale in sizes 11 – 2, 4 – 7 and 7 – 9…there are no size 2 – 4 left.
Well Done
Well done to everyone who took part in the quiz in the The Yellow Heifer on Wednesday night to help raise funds for our ladies’ football teams – your support is greatly appreciated. A big word of thanks to Aengus Hannaway who performed the role of quizmaster on the night.
Best Wishes
Best wishes to our underage footballer Cadhla Ferris who suffered a broken finger during the U12 girls game last Thursday night. Best wishes also to our senior footballer Damian Doyle who suffered a nasty eye injury during the St Paul’s game.
Hard Luck Sinead
It was disappointment for Sinead McDonnell and her Armagh U14 team-mates when they lost out in the All-Ireland final against Leitrim on Saturday but it was a great achievement none the less.
Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp
The club is hosting a Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp from Monday 17th July – Friday 21st July. To register for the event visit
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 2, 5, 17 & 31. There was no jackpot winner and 2 x match three winners. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £6,000.
The club would like to offer its sympathy to the family of Philip Patton who died recently. Philip was the father of our former underage footballers Mark and Philip and brother of Gerard Patton who managed our 1994 Junior Championship winning team. May he rest in peace.
Attached pictures with our club notes:
Whitecross – Plate winners at the Shane O’Neill’s U10 blitz
Shane O’Neill’s – Shield winners at their blitz on Saturday
Castleblayney – Cup winners at the Shane O’Neill’s U10 blitz
Post Date : Mon 03 Jul 2017 08:10 AM

Mickey Brady MP and Chairperson of Newry, Mourne & Down Council, Roisin Mulgrew, have commended the efforts and successes of young people in the South Armagh and Dundalk area following their completion of the Emergency and Rescue Course.

Facilitated by the Camlough Community Association and Muirhevnamor Cross Border Partnership, and funded by the Peace Impact Programme, the Course consists of skills-building exercises for 13 young people from the local area, emergency skills, promoting social leadership and community awareness.
Speaking following an awards ceremony in Bessbrook Community Centre on Friday night, Councillor Mulgrew congratulated the participants for their hard work and community pride:
“This Emergency and Rescue Course is an exceptional cross-border opportunity for young people in the area to learn essential information and skills in emergency situations.
“Those bright young activists involved have taken an opportunity to meet and share their skills for their own wellbeing, and that of their community.
“By taking the lead in building social cohesion in their area, and recognising the invaluable importance of community activism, we can all learn from their example.”
Post Date : Mon 03 Jul 2017 08:06 AM

Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade Hosts Gala Dinner with First Derivatives Founder and CEO, Brian Conlon

Over 230 guests attended Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade’s Gala Dinner 2017, held in the Canal Court Hotel on Thursday 29th June with Guest Speaker, Brian Conlon, Founder and Chief Executive of global firm First Derivatives Plc.
This high-profile event was sponsored by Ulster Bank and the Canal Court Hotel.  It was attended by dignitaries, government decision makers and distinguished guests including Ministers, Chairperson of Newry & Mourne District Council, Councillors, local schools and local business leaders.  
Speaking on the success story of First Derivatives plc from its humble beginnings in 1996 started from his bedroom with a loan of just £5,000, Brian Conlon reflected on the diverse range of organisations using the company’s software worldwide and the dedication and commitment of the organisation to become one of the leading researchers and innovators in its field worldwide.  Brian also spoke passionately of his commitment to Newry as a wonderful place to do business.
To date in 2017 almost 200 graduates have started their careers at the company's HQ in Newry, with a projected 400 graduates to take up employment in the graduate programme before the end of 2017 - making it one of the largest recruiters on the island. 
President Michael McKeown stated, “We in Newry Chamber are immensely proud of the success of First Derivatives Plc employing circa 1750 employees, the majority of whom are graduates from local universities.  From its humble beginnings, it has expanded into a global phenomenon and we welcome Brian’s very positive comments about First Derivatives commitment to its future in Newry”.  
President McKeown added, “Newry Chamber offers it appreciation to The Ulster Bank and The Canal Court Hotel for generously sponsoring this annual event and to the Chamber members, patrons and guests who made this event a great success”.
Post Date : Fri 30 Jun 2017 12:44 PM

Police are appealing for information following the report of criminal damage that was caused to a vehicle within the vicinity of the Newcastle Road in the Clough area of Downpatrick. 

Inspector Darren Hardy said : It was reported that at approximately 1.35am on Friday 30th June, bottles and bricks were thrown at a black Audi A6 located on the Newcastle Road in the Clough area of Downpatrick causing damage to the windscreen and to the paintwork on the vehicle. The driver and passenger inside the vehicle were not injured as a result of the incident, but were left badly shaken. 
We are appealing to anyone that may have witnessed this incident to contact Downpatrick Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 87 of the 30/06/17. Or, alternatively if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.” 
Post Date : Fri 30 Jun 2017 09:00 AM

Rural communities play an essential role in the local economy. Thefts of livestock can not only hamper a farmer’s ability to do the job, but can cause significant upset, inconvenience and loss of income. Police understand this and have been ‘up skilling’ officers to develop their knowledge in tackling rural crime. 

Training is ongoing and by the time it is complete this summer,  the majority of officers from the 13 Tactical Support Groups (TSG) and  Roads Policing Units will have attended the training course. The course concentrates on, not just the role of Department of Agricultural, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), but also on legislation, practicalities and problems the DAERA and PSNI Officers face and ways in which they can work together in a partnership approach to combating rural crime.  
Constable Paul Moore explained: "The PSNI have been working with a number of other agencies to find ways to disrupt and hamper the work of would-be criminals. Giving officers the knowledge and skills to disrupt criminals is one way of addressing this issue. We are eager to disrupt those who target farmers and others in the countryside.”
Talking about the course, Constable Moore said, “During the course, there is a packed agenda for the officers attending which starts off with a talk about the role of the Department of Agricultural, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) delivering a short presentation on ear-tagging procedures and the Aphis system. We were then given the opportunity to view movement permits so that officers could make themselves familiar with these.
"Officers also hear about the TB inspection regime and were told about common cattle breeds, including difference between pedigree and cross bred and how this affects value. We also made sure officers were aware of ‘cattle terminology’, body score and Fallen Stock Scheme. 
“The Police continue to work extremely closely with partner agencies such as the DAERA, but also DOJ and the UFU. The Police service has also endeavoured to increase our engagement with the rural community through the Farmwatch scheme and this livestock familiarisation training will give officers much more confidence in dealing with livestock issues particularly theft.”
DAERA Enforcement Officer Gareth Bryson said; “DAERA Veterinary Service Animal Health Group (VSAHG) Welfare And  Enforcement Branch (WAEB)has a positive working relationship with the PSNI. An important element of our joint-working is the sharing of information and my colleague Keith Scott and I welcome the opportunity to work with the PSNI in an effort to further reduce livestock crime. The training course provides an opportunity for PSNI officers, to not only improve their knowledge, but  also gives them a 24/7 direct point of contact to liaise with DAERA on specific agricultural crime related issues.”
Post Date : Fri 30 Jun 2017 08:57 AM
Slieve Gullion Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin has taken action on road safety in Mullaghbawn following a meeting with members of the local community this week, and ongoing engagement with statutory authorities.
Larkin's on-the-ground efforts, and consistent contact with Transport NI and PSNI in which he raised concerns about a number of recent severe traffic incidents, has been part of an ongoing effort to install traffic calming measures in the area.
Speaking following a meeting with local residents, Larkin said:
"Following a number of incidents of dangerous driving and accidents in the village, in which pedestrians and drivers were injured, I contacted both the PSNI and Transport NI to discuss possible road improvements which would calm traffic and increase road safety.
"At these meetings I requested that both organisations monitor traffic movements and speed through the village. 
"I continuously highlighted the dangers made clear by recent events, and urged both agencies to respond and ensure the safety and wellbeing of road users in the village.
"This week I met with residents in Mullaghbawn to update them on these developments, and inform them of my plans to meet with the PSNI and Transport NI again in the near future.
Commending the initiative and organisation taken by the local community in campaigning for traffic improvements, Larkin continued:
"Residents have been concerned for some time about traffic in the village, and had collected signatures on a petition calling for traffic calming measures on their roads. 
"It was obvious from the discussion that a number of needs within the village were not being met. These included traffic calming, the installation of a pelican
crossing along the Main Street and increased footpath provision.

"I will be again meeting with the PSNI and Transport NI to ascertain what actions they have taken to date to address the problem. This affects all the residents of the village and I will continue to argue and lobby for investment to tackle the issue." 

Post Date : Fri 30 Jun 2017 08:55 AM

Sinn Féin Councillor and Newry, Mourne & Down Council Chairperson Roisin Mulgrew and Mickey Brady MP have welcomed the approval of the ‘Daisy Hill Emergency Department Pathfinder Project’ at Tuesday’s meeting of the Southern Health & Social Care Trust.

The Pathfinder Project, expected to last 20 weeks, is a consultation and engagement process with medical professionals, stakeholders and the local community in the Newry & Mourne area. Its purpose is to identify a long term solution to dangerously low staffing levels and potential closure of Daisy Hill Emergency Department.
Speaking following the meeting of the Trust, Mulgrew welcomed the initiative: 
“We welcome the initiative taken by the Trust to take a comprehensive and holistic approach to resolving the deep uncertainty around the future of Daisy Hill Emergency Department.
“This move will alleviate some of the concerns held in the local community about the future of their local hospital and its emergency services.
“Consultation as part of this project must be extensive and involve huge sections of our community, from people in all walks of life. There is a robust strength of feeling on the ground that must be made clear to the Trust." 
Cllr Mulgrew also made clear that her priority campaign as Council Chairperson in the coming year would focus on bringing the community together to speak cohesively on their concerns regarding the future of Daisy Hill:
“Since my election as Chairperson of Council on 1st June, I have contacted local groups and stakeholders in an effort to bring them together in a forum that will share concerns and ideas surrounding Daisy Hill Emergency Department. I will then make these concerns known to the Trust." 
Mickey Brady, recently re-elected MP for Newry & Armagh, was present at the meeting of the Trust and took the opportunity to voice support for the project, while urging the Trust to go further:
“This is an opportunity for the Trust not only to maintain services at Daisy Hill, but also expand and enhance those available to the local community.
“Daisy Hill Hospital has for some time now suffered dangerously low consultancy staffing levels, has relieved too heavily on locums, and training supervision has been inadequate. This will have a knock on effect to other sections of the hospital as resources are increasingly strained.
“This Pathfinder Project is an opportunity for the Trust to embrace a clean slate and provide the necessary resources to a hospital and Emergency Department that is increasingly unfit for purpose.”
Post Date : Thu 29 Jun 2017 09:13 AM
Detectives are appealing for information following the report of a burglary at residential premises in the Havelock Place area of Warrenpoint on Saturday, 10 June. 
It was reported that at approximately 3.00pm a male entered the premises. The occupant of the dwelling was present and when the intruder realised this he fled from the scene.
Nothing was stolen during this incident, however the female occupant was left very badly shaken.
The intruder is described as being aged between 40-50, approximately 6’ tall, large build, with short brown hair and wearing dark coloured clothing. It is believed the person spoke with a southern Irish accent.

Detective Constable Campbell would appeal to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area or anyone who has information about this incident to contact Detectives at Reactive and Organised Crime at Ardmore on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 935 10/06/17. Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

Post Date : Thu 29 Jun 2017 09:12 AM

Detectives are appealing for information following the report of a burglary at a house in the Victoria Square area of Rostrevor on Saturday, 10 June. 

It was reported that sometime between 3.00pm and 4.30pm the house was entered and a quantity of distinctive jewellery stolen.
Detective Constable Campbell would appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious vehicles or persons in the area to contact Detectives at Reactive and Organised Crime at Ardmore on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 931 10/06/17. Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.