Post Date : Tue 12 Sep 2017 08:31 AM

Sinn Féin Councillor Liz Kimmins has called vandalism at Barcroft Community Centre over the weekend an ‘attack on the community’.

Extensive damage was done to the building, as windows were smashed and security protections damaged.
Speaking following the incident, Kimmins said:
 “I am saddened and annoyed that anyone would attack such a valued facility in the Barcroft area, causing such wanton damage.
“The Community Centre is at the heart of the area, and residents rely on the services and facilities they provide.
 “The PSNI are following a definite line of inquiry following the attack and I would appeal to residents to provide any information they have to the relevant authorities. 
“I would urge local people to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to ensure that our local facilities aren’t attacked and vandalised in the future."
Post Date : Mon 11 Sep 2017 08:59 AM

Down County Board Updates 

The next County Board meeting will take place on Monday 11th September 2017, at 8 pm in the Thierafurth Inn, Kilcoo. 
Big thanks to Teconnaught who ran a LGFA U10 Blitz on Saturday 9th Sept, well done to all the girls that participated and big thanks for hosting! See our Facebook page for photos!
Special thanks to RGU Downpatrick and their members for hosting the Ladies Club Championships on Saturday 9th Sept, well done to all the team that took part and congratulations to the three winners: Junior - St. Johns, Intermediate - Ballymartin and Senior - Carryduff. See our Facebook page for photos! 
U15/16 Academy 
The county board would like to invite all girls born in 2002/2003 to take part in a Development Academy starting Saturday 16th September at Ballykinlar GAC. Following the 6 weeks programme all girls who have attended at least 4 sessions will be invited to play in Ulster Blitz on 28th October. Trials for 2018 teams will take place starting November. There is a registration fee of £20 and each girl will receive Gaelic development top. Girls are asked to take a water bottle.
The Development Academy will be split into two sessions with girls from the following clubs are asked to arrive at 11:15 am for registration. First session will run from 11:30 am-12:50 pm. 
*Session 1*
St John's Bosco
The girls from the following clubs are asked to arrive by 12:45 pm for registration and session will last from 1 pm-2:20 pm
*Session 2*
St John’s
Any queries please contact Brenda Murphy 07711223477 or Aiden Morris 07842 876034.
Down U13 Academy 
The third session of the Down U13 Academy takes place on Saturday 16th September 2017 at RGU Downpatrick GAC grounds. There is a registration fee of £20 and can parents/guardians please ensure any outstanding registration forms and fees are handed in at this session. The Ulster Blitz will take place on Saturday 14th October. Girls are also asked to take a water bottle and gumshield as normal. Due to an U14 Club Championship game involving Clonduff and Saval scheduled for Saturday afternoon, players from those clubs are excused from attending.
Girls from the following clubs are asked to arrive by 11:15 am. First session will run from 11:30 am to 1 pm:
  • Kilcoo
  • Bredagh
  • Castlewellan
  • Rostrevor
  • Annalish 
  • Burren 
  • Bryansford
  • St John’s
  • Teconnaught
Girls from the following clubs are asked to arrive by 12:40 pm and session will last from 1 pm to 2:30 pm:
  • Ballymartin 
  • RGU Downpatrick
  • CPN Warrenpoint
  • Carryduff
  • Loughinisland
  • Mayobridge
  • Saul
  • St John's Bosco 
  • Dundrum
Down U12 Academy 
Details will be published on social media and circulated via email. 
Post Date : Mon 11 Sep 2017 08:48 AM
U12 Girls – Division 2 Championship Winners
Pride of place this week goes to our U12 girls who clinched the Division 2 championship on Friday night with a hard-fought narrow one-point win over Dromintee on Friday evening, 1 – 5 to 0 – 7.
Both sets of players put on a brilliant display of football with some great scores and courageous defending however it was the young Shane's girls who emerged victorious by the narrowest of margins. This is the first year that some of these young girls have been playing football and its great testament to all the work their manager James Feehan and his management team have put in that saw them picking up some silverware to end the season in style. Well done to all the girls, not only on Friday night’s win but for all their hard work and effort throughout the year. Well done also James and everyone who helped him in any way this year with the team and special word of thanks to all the parents for their continued support and commitment.
Senior Men
St Paul’s will be our senior men’s opponents in the quarter-final of the championship next week-end with date, time and venue still to be confirmed.
Minor Boys
Last Monday saw our minor boys’ amalgamation record a deserved three-point win over Granemore, 2 – 12 to 1 – 12 to qualify for the Division 2 championship final. The Rankins made a brilliant start to the game and found themselves leading 2 – 3 to no score after fifteen minutes but by half-time Granemore trailed by just four points, 2 – 6 to 0 – 8. The second-half was a closely fought affair which saw Granemore draw level with then minutes left on the clock but the Rankins side dug deep to finish the game the stronger side and outscore their opponents three points to one to claim the win. The lads are now scheduled to play Maghery in the championship on Wednesday 27th September in the Athletic Grounds at 8:15 pm.
Minor Girls
Our minor girls have a championship shield semi-final game at home on Wednesday 20th September at 6:30 pm but as yet their opponents are unknown.
U14 Girls
The U14 girls have a home re-fixture this Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm against Derrynoose.
Our U10s have two home games this coming Wednesday evening starting at 6:30 pm.
7-A-Side Minor Ladies Blitz
Our 7-A-Side minor ladies blitz, kindly sponsored by BM Steel, is taking place on Saturday 30th September. Spaces are filling up very quickly and there are only a limited number of places remaining. At the minute, we have teams from Armagh, Down, Louth, Antrim, Derry, Donegal and Galway competing in what should be a great day's ladies football. Any team interested in taking part but still haven't registered please do so asap to avoid disappointment.
Gaelic4Mothers & Others
The Shane's Gaelic4Mothers & Others is starting at the club on Monday, 18th Sept from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. All participants must be over 21 and not currently playing football. Anyone who is interested in a combination of exercise, football and craic... not necessarily in that order... should consider themselves invited and bring and friend along for 1 hour of guaranteed fun.
All enquiries to Peter Lynch on 07876 453546.
Merchandise Orders
The club will be taking orders for skinny bottoms on Monday 11th, 18th & 25th September in the clubhouse from 9:00 pm. The prices are:
ADULT: Small – XL £34.00
KIDS: 5/6 – 12/13 £26.00
Please note that this will be the Christmas order and full payment is required when ordering. All other club merchandise can be ordered directly from 
Best Wishes 
Best wishes to our senior footballer and minor boys manager Paddy Doran who is recovering in hospital following a serious road traffic accident on Friday afternoon. Best wishes also to our lotto committee member Anne Loughran who is currently recovering from a broken arm following a nasty fall.
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 11, 26, 29 & 31. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x lucky dip winner. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £6,500 so why not get yourself a ticket…. if you’re not in, you can’t win.

Attached picture: Shane O’Neill’s U12 Girls – Division 2 Championship Winners 

Post Date : Fri 08 Sep 2017 10:59 AM
Michael McKeown, President of Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade welcomed The Right Hon Damian Green MP, First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office, along with his advisors and department chiefs to a recent meeting, held at the office of Autoline, Newry to discuss Brexit implications for business.
The Chamber’s party included, Dr. Conor Patterson, Cathal Grant of CGDM, George Mullen of ABP Beef, Vincent McGovern of Trans Europe Express, Julie Gibbons of Autoline, Jerome Mullan The Honorary Polish Consulate for Northern Ireland and Liam Hannaway representing Newry, Mourne & Down Council.
In addressing Mr Green, President Michael McKeown said, “We are an hospitable people always glad to greet a visitor. In your case we may be justifiably restrained as your presence here raises in us the height of anxiety about our future peace and our prosperity threatened by the United Kingdom’s intent to leave the European Union.
Upon the result of the Referendum of 23th June 2016, I wrote to members urging them to respect the vote but vowing to hold the Brexiteers to their promises of uninterrupted trade and freedom of movement on this island. The anxiety, which tempers our welcome, arises from, our inability to comprehend how those promises can be honoured.
I urge continued patience on all of our members whilst your Government seeks a solution but no solution will have our support unless it meets the promises made by those who lead the successful Brexit campaign. Those promises of continued uninterrupted trade and freedom of movement on this island.”
Chamber Members each gave a short presentation on how customs control or restriction of worker’s movements would affect their individual business. It appeared that a number of Mr Green’s advisors were unaware of the complexity of trading arrangements that have grown up between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland over the past twenty five years since customs controls were removed.

To that end, the meeting may be deemed to have had a successful outcome.  

Post Date : Tue 05 Sep 2017 08:39 AM
Police have arrested four people in the Enniskillen area this weekend in joint operations with HMRC and Trading Standards, aimed at tackling the sale of counterfeit goods. 
On Sunday 3 September, a quantity of counterfeit clothing was seized at a market in the Swalinbar Road area of Mullan and a 49 year old man arrested on suspicion of displaying counterfeit goods for sale. He was street-bailed, pending further enquiries.
On Saturday, 2 September, police arrested two men aged 64 and 19 and a 49 year old woman in a market on the Drumgramph road area of Newtownbutler. The three were arrested on suspicion of a number of offences including displaying items for sale in breach of trading standards, trading in counterfeit goods and fraudulently using a trade mark. HMRC seized a quantity of cigarettes. Counterfeit clothing, including hats, jeans and jackets were removed. A large quantity of handbags, purses, make-up and make-up brushes - all bearing the insignia of well-known high street brands - were also removed.
Superintendent Jane Humphries commended the work of the PSNI’s South Area Burglary Team and Fermanagh and Omagh District Support Team which were also involved in the two operations. She said: "Cheap counterfeit goods appear to be bargains that aren’t hurting anyone but there is no such thing as victimless crime. 
“Buying fake goods means revenue to the legitimate economy is lost and jobs are put at risk. There is also a wealth of evidence that shows money made from the sale of counterfeit goods is used to fund other forms of crime. 
“I would encourage anyone with information about counterfeit goods to contact police on the non-emergency number 101."
The three people arrested have been released on police bail, pending further enquiries.


Post Date : Tue 05 Sep 2017 08:35 AM

 Down County Board Updates 

>The next County Board meeting will take place on Monday 11 September 2017, at 8 pm in the Thierafurth Inn, Kilcoo. 
>Big thanks to Burren who ran a LGFA U12 Blitz on Saturday 2 Sept, well done to all the girls that participated and a big thanks to Burren for hosting! See Facebook for photos! 
>Special thanks to RGU Downpatrick and their members for hosting the big breakfast for the Down Ladies in aid of KBRT. Well done to Kyla and all the county girls for helping out on the morning! Great work! 
Down U13 Academy 
The U13 Academy continued on Saturday at Clonduff GAC Grounds. It was great to see 16 new faces this week, swelling the numbers attending this Academy to 64 girls from 20 clubs, which is tremendous. A big thank you to all the girls for their dedication and commitment, including those girls who had competitive camogie club championship games earlier in the day. The big numbers is serving up a very competitive and fun atmosphere at the Academy which is to the benefit of all those attending. It is great to witness the high level of skill on display from all those girls and the support from the clubs is much appreciated by the mentors JR, Kieran, Siobhan and Brian. Thanks also to Clonduff GAC for the use of their facilities. See Facebook for photos!
Down U12 Academy 
Down U12 academy program will be starting Sunday September 10. We require U12 mentors to come on board and offer their help for the 6-week program. If you can only do 2, 3, 4 or 5 weeks then super as others can fill in when you cannot make it. Please contact Sean Sherry (07740539219 if interested.
Down U10 Blitz 
We are confirming that the Aug Blitz will be held on Sept 9th 9:45 12:00 at Teconnaught.
The following teams have confirmed attendance: 
Teconnaught, Bredagh, Carryduff, Dundrum, Castlewellan. 
If Sean Sherry has missed any team please let him know ASAP as we print the fixtures on Wednesday night. 
Keep up to date with fixtures via the website and social media. 
This is Championship weekend for the Senior, Intermediate and Junior Final, good luck to all the teams involved! The championship finals will take place on Saturday 9th September in Downpatrick at the following times:
  • 2:30 pm - Tullylish v St Johns 
  • 4 pm - Saval v Ballymartin
  • 5:30 pm - Carryduff v Bryansford
Post Date : Mon 04 Sep 2017 08:53 AM
Senior Men
As a result of last week’s win over St Peter’s our senior men have been drawn against the winners of Mullaghbawn and St Paul’s in the quarter-final of the championship. The time, date and venue are all still to be confirmed.
Minor Boys
Monday night sees our minor boys’ amalgamation of Patrick Rankins take on Granemore in the semi-final of the championship in Dorsey at 6:45 pm. All players are asked to meet at the Shane’s no later than 5:40 pm.  The lads also play their last league game of the season at home to Keady on Thursday evening at 7:00 pm and all players are asked to be at the Shane’s for 6:20 pm.
Minor Girls
It was disappointment for our minor girls on Friday night, losing out to Clann Eireann in the championship. Clann Eireann hit the front in the opening minutes and they went on to run-out deserving winners. 
U12 Girls
Last Thursday night saw our U12 girls put in a brilliant performance to defeat Granemore by two points in the semi-final of the championship. There was some excellent football on display from both sets of players and after a hard fought first-half the Shane’s girls led by six at the break. Granemore put in a brave effort in the second-half and at one stage were only one point in arrears but the Shane’s held firm, playing right until the final whistle to claim the win, 2 – 7 to 1 – 8. The girls now play Dromintee in the championship final which will take place either this coming Thursday or Friday evening and we would encourage everyone to come along and cheer the girls on. Good luck to all the girls and James Feehan and his management team in the final. Keep an eye on the club’s Facebook page for confirmation of the date, time and venue for the final.
7-Aside Minor Ladies Football Blitz
The club is hosting a 7-aside minor ladies football blitz on Saturday 30th September with a cup and shield competition on the day. For further information please contact 07843 182835 or e-mail 
Club Merchandise
The club now have pencils cases and boot/swim bags for sale. If anyone is interested in purchasing some of these please contact Lynda Griffin on 07815 087855.
Free Computer Classes in Camlough IT Centre
Free computer classes in Camlough IT Centre for all ages and abilities. Southern Regional College will hold a registration evening on Tuesday 5th September at 7:00 pm in Camlough IT Centre and it is essential to register to secure your place. For more information contact Margaret 07801651920 or
Congratulations to our senior footballer David “Chief” Boyle and his new wife Yvonne who got married last week….we would like to wish them the very best of luck for the future. 
The club would like to thank everyone who helped with the bucket collection on Saturday and donated money as they drove through Camlough village. The collection raised a grand total of £896.41 and €243.36. All help and donations were greatly appreciated.
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 11, 19, 22 & 25. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x match three winner. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £6,450 so why not get yourself a ticket….if you’re not in, you can’t win.

Attached picture: Shane O’Neill’s U12 girls who play in the championship final on Thursday evening 

Post Date : Fri 01 Sep 2017 11:20 AM

 A 31 year old man has been charged with possessing Class B controlled drug with intent to supply, possession of a Class B controlled (2 x counts); supplying Class A controlled drug and supplying Class B controlled drug. He is due to appear at Newry Magistrates Court today, Friday, 1 September.

42 year old man charged with cultivating cannabis, possessing Class B controlled drug with intent to supply, possession of a Class B controlled drug and supplying Class B controlled drug. He is due to appear at Newry Magistrates on Wednesday, 27 September.
As is normal procedure all charges will be reviewed by the PPS.
Post Date : Wed 30 Aug 2017 08:39 AM
Conor Quinn, an Irish sailor from Rostrevor and a member of Carlingford Lough Yacht Club (CLYC) and Rush Sailing Club (RSC), has recently been crowned the all-Ireland Youth Laser Radial Sailing Champion for 2017.
Receiving the prestigious accolade tops a successful summer for the young sailor, having also represented Ireland at the European Championships in Gdynia, Poland and the World Championships in Medemblik, Holland, at which he finished 31st and 32nd place respectively in a highly competitive field of 280 sailors from over 50 countries.
Following impressive spells in both national and international sailing competitions over the past few months, Quinn’s success has seen him achieve the required selection criteria to be nominated as the sole Irish Laser Radial representative in the International Sailing Federation Under 19 Youth Sailing World Championships in China in December.
The required selection criteria is set out by the Irish Olympic Steering Group and previous ISAF (World Sailing) sailors such as Annalise Murphy and Finn Lynch have gone on to represent Ireland at the Olympics.
Conor Quinn commented: “I’m really pleased to have been able to deliver consistently throughout the summer and to have met the criteria for the ISAF World Championships in China later in the year.
“I hope to continue my good run of form into China and am hungry for further success on the international stage.
“Having witnessed top Irish athletes like Annalise (Murphy) and Finn (Lynch) succeed at this level and go on to represent Ireland on the ultimate world platform at the Olympics, gives me the motivation to follow in their footsteps.”
Further to Quinn’s impressive sailing efforts this summer, he also secured a place at Newcastle University to study Accounting & Finance, a course in which he embarks on in the coming weeks.
Conor Quinn is supported by Newry-based sports technology firm STATSports Group and regularly wears their most up to date, high performance sports monitoring GPS unit during training sessions, which analyses and gives him added insight into his performance prior to any upcoming competitions. 
Part of the RYANI Performance Academy, Quinn also trains with the Irish Sailing (ISA) Youth Academy.

STATSports have an impressive client list, which includes some of the world’s biggest sports teams, for example, Manchester United, Barcelona, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bulls, Ireland Rugby and the All Blacks. Elite athletes such as Lionel Messi, Neymar, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku wear the STATSports training unit on a daily basis. 

Post Date : Thu 24 Aug 2017 12:00 PM

A 34 year old man and a 29 year old women have been arrested by police from Belfast, following the seizure of £15,000 worth of suspected Heroin just outside Newry, which was bound for sale in Belfast. 

Chief Inspector Kelly Moore said: “The arrests were made after officers stopped a car outside Newry yesterday evening. This proactive operation is part of ongoing efforts to disrupt the supply of incredibly harmful drugs and substances coming into Belfast, and keep people safe.
“Both people remain in custody this evening assisting us with our enquiries. If anyone has any information which may be of assistance please contact 101 quoting reference 1518 of 23/08/17, or if you wish to remain anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."