Post Date : Fri 24 Mar 2017 09:26 AM

Adults with learning disabilities from across the Southern Trust area recently participated in a Fit 4 U 2 Team Building Day at Craigavon Leisure Centre.

Fit 4 U 2 provides physical activities and sports for people with learning disabilities.  
At this event, 25 participants enjoyed a range of team building activities, including ice breaker games, archery, skittles bowling alley, mini assault course and team challenge games, facilitated by Mobile Team Adventure.
Rhonda Richardson, Fit 4 U Co-ordinator, Southern Trust, explains “Fit 4 U 2 aims to empower people with learning disabilities to improve their health and wellbeing through participation in a range of day time physical activity and sports.  This event was a great opportunity for participants from the different areas to come together, have fun and try some new activities that were tailored to meet their needs.”
Emily McCrory, participant, explains “It was a really good experience, I enjoyed meeting new people and really enjoyed the mini assault course and skittles.”
Fit 4 U 2 is now operating in five Leisure Centres across the Southern Trust area, including Armagh, Dungannon, Craigavon, Banbridge and Newry.  
For more information about Fit 4 U 2 and referral to the programme, please contact Rhonda Richardson, Fit 4 U Co-ordinator, Tel. 028 3756 4490 or email 
Post Date : Tue 21 Mar 2017 09:37 AM

Sinn Féin leader in the North Michelle O'Neill MLA  has paid tribute to Martin McGuinness who passed away last night. 

Michelle O'Neill said: 
"On behalf of Sinn Féin I want to offer my deepest condolences following the death of our friend and comrade, Martin McGuinness. 
"Martin was truly a giant of Irish politics and was known and respected across the world. 
"He led republicanism from the front for decades, striving for reunification and promoting peace and reconciliation and a genuine commitment to equality and respect. 
"Growing up as a young republican I was inspired by Martin McGuinness and I continue to be today. 
"His leadership, grace and warm personality have transformed Irish politics for the better and his impact will be felt for many years to come. 
"My thoughts are with his wife, Bernie, and children, Emmet, Fiachra, Fionnuala and Grainne and the entire clann at this time." 
Post Date : Mon 20 Mar 2017 11:19 AM

Our U14 girl’s footballers had their first outing of the year on Saturday when they played in the county Feile. Weather conditions were poor; however the girls remained in good spirits. The girls played 3 games, beaten twice and a draw in the last, a great effort by all players. Thanks to all those who attended, training continues this week as normal.

U12 girl’s football will commence this Sunday 26th March at 11am in the Dublin road complex, all players new and old welcome.
Coaching for primary school children boys and girls (Nursery to P6) will commence on Saturday March 25th at 10am in St Malachy’s High School and will take place there for the 3 weeks before Easter after which time we will move to St Malachy's Park. Nursery to P2 will be indoors and P3 to P6 will be outdoors. There will be a charge of £5 per child to cover the cost of hiring the school. Membership must also now be paid on line at www.castlewellangac,com and click on club membership in the top right hand corner. All new members are welcome.
Saturday Morning Coaching Commencing Sat March 25th in St Malachy’s HS:
Nursery – P2  - Fundamentals (Indoors for first 3 weeks)      
10 – 11am P3/P4 Hurling                                         
10 – 10.45am P3/P4 Boys Football                    
10.45 – 11.30am P3/P4 Girls Football                                                                     10 - 10.45am P3/P4 Camogie                                                                                   10.45 – 11.30am P5/P6 Boys Football                                                                 
10 -10.45am P5/P6 Hurling                                                                                     10.45 – 11.30am P5/P6 Girls Football                                                                      10.45 – 11.30am P5/P6 Camogie
Congratulations to Aofie and Kathleen who both lined out on Saturday night in Newry for the Senior ladies county team, both girls gave good displays in a must needed win over Limerick.
The annual spring lake challenge is fast approaching, are you fit for the challenge? 10k and 5k routes, £8 and £5 respectively. Light refreshments available afterwards in the club rooms. Anyone interested contact Donal on 07870919611 or via the clubs Facebook page. Entertainment from 5pm with Tommy Fitz.
Club gear can now be ordered, forms can be found online via the clubs website or from the clubrooms. Order forms must be completed and paid for by April 2nd.
Happy mother’s day to all our club members this Sunday.
A reminder that membership should now be paid, if anyone has not done so by now please do so by contacting their management team or by payment via the club website.     
This week’s little numbers 13,18,27,28, no jackpot winner. Next week’s jackpot £4100. 
Post Date : Mon 20 Mar 2017 10:25 AM

Ryan McBride is understood to have been found dead at his home on Sunday evening, the cause of death is not known. Just 24 hours earlier, Ryan, the 27 year old centre back, led the Candy Stripes to their fourth win this season against Drogheda United. 

The Irish president Michael D Higgins was one of the first to pass condolences on to his family. He posted on Twitter: “Along with all those who support Irish football, I express my sadness and condolences to the family of @derrycityfc Captain Ryan McBride.” 
Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney said "There is widespread shock across the city and beyond following the sudden death of Derry City FC captain, Ryan McBride. Ryan was an excellent player, a great leader on and off the field and an inspiration to many. 
“I send my condolences and those of the party to the McBride family and everyone who knew Ryan. I have no doubt the community across the city will rally round to support them at this sad and difficult time."
SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan also expressed his sadness at Ryan’s death. Mr Durkan said: “All thoughts are with Ryan McBride’s family, his Derry City teammates, club officials and all his friends who have lost someone so special.
“There is deep shock and sadness at the loss of a young man who brought so much happiness to others through his skills and dedication. I extend my sincere condolences to Ryan’s family, colleagues and friends – and hope they can take some comfort from the breadth and depth of sympathy which has been so widely expressed following his very sad death.”
Post Date : Mon 20 Mar 2017 10:06 AM

Sinn Féin Leader in the North Michelle O’Neill said today, “it’s time to deliver on the unfinished business and chart a course for the future”.

Michelle O’Neill said:
 “Over the past two weeks Sinn Féin has met daily with the other Assembly parties and the two Governments as part of the implementation talks at Stormont Castle.
“The recent election and strengthened mandate which Sinn Féin has been given makes clear that the people made the extra effort to come out and vote and stand up against corruption, arrogance and bigotry.
“This election has ended the perpetual unionist majority at Stormont, however Sinn Féin does not want minorities or majorities, we want equality and integrity in Government which must deliver for everyone and treat citizens decently, fairly and with respect.
“Nothing less is acceptable.
“The DUP has demonstrated a negative and cynical approach towards the Good Friday Agreement and the power-sharing institutions, including the All-Ireland bodies, which must operate on the basis of equal partnership.
“Responsibility within the Agreement for delivering on equality and rights protections lies ultimately with the British Government. They must now step up and deliver on their commitments otherwise political progress on restoring the institutions is in serious doubt.
“We face into a week where it is crucial we make a difference, which means full implementation of political commitments and firm actions which can restore public confidence in the Assembly, Executive and All-Ireland dimensions of the Good Friday Agreement.
“Sinn Féin has entered these implementation talks in good faith and will continue to honour our responsibilities and agreements. We will continue to represent all within the community based on respect and equality.
“There is a rightful expectation that the Irish government will assert itself as a co-equal guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement and ensure that full implementation is now delivered.
“I want to make clear that now is the time to deliver on the unfinished business and chart a course for the future based on equality, respect and integrity.”
Post Date : Wed 15 Mar 2017 09:59 AM

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has expressed his deep sadness and sympathies to the family of a young Killeavy man who died in the Camlough area yesterday. 

Mr McNulty said, “We are all stunned and heartbroken at this tragic news.  A young life lost, a young family heartbroken and a community in disbelief.  
“No words I or anyone else can offer will console the family at this very difficult time, but I hope they are rest assured this community will rally round them in their hour of need.  They will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks ahead.”
Post Date : Tue 14 Mar 2017 10:12 AM
Sinn Féin’s South Antrim MLA Declan Kearney has rounded on those responsible for gathering bonfire material on open ground owned by the NIHE at a Dublin Road estate in Antrim.
“We are over four months out from the 12th July celebrations and already large amounts of bonfire material has been dumped - without permission - across the green field site adjacent to Greenpark Drive. 
“Those behind this annual environmental eyesore have no mandate from the residents of the area, who are victims of the disruption and annoyance caused. It is absolutely disrespectful to expect local families to put up with open space on this estate, otherwise available for recreation purposes, being turned into a dumping ground for months every year.
“I am on record defending the rights of all sections of our community to celebrate their cultural traditions, when that is done with respect for, and without causing offence to others. This rogue bonfire is an absolute disgrace. A small minority of extremists are responsible for making it happen and their behaviour is inexcusable.   
“I have asked the Housing Executive to explain what it intends to do about illegal dumping on their land, and how they propose to mitigate the serious negative impact on the local environment, denial of common recreation space, and the undermining of the quality of life for tenants and rate payers in this part of the Dublin Road estate. I have also brought my serious concerns to the attention of the PSNI and Antrim and Newtownabbey Council officials. 

“The NIHE must act decisively to prevent further disruption and distress being caused to those residents from both sections of our community who wish to live free from this type of unwarranted and unacceptable disturbance in their lives. I expect other agencies with responsibility to ensure that is achieved and to act appropriately."  

Post Date : Mon 13 Mar 2017 10:41 AM

Friends, Family, Staff and Customers of David Morrow (Bessbrook) have recently donated £4,000 to the Mandeville Unit at Craigavon Area Hospital in his memory.

On behalf of the family of David, Paula would like to thank everyone who contributed to her father’s donation to the Unit. 

Staff of the Mandeville Unit would like to thank David’s family and friends for this very generous and thoughtful donation.

Post Date : Mon 13 Mar 2017 10:36 AM

The annual Spring lake challenge is fast approaching, are you fit door the challenge? 10k and 5k routes, £8 entry with light refreshments in the club rooms after. Anyone intreseted please contact Donal  07870 919611or message us on Facebook, everyone welcome. 

The club would like extend thier deepest sympathy to the McComb family on the sudden death of thier sister Margaret. Margaret in her younger teenage years was extremely talented across all levels of sport. A highlight for herself and her club was when Margaret stared in the 1976 All Ireland Camogie final when Down lifted the honours. Margaret later moved to London where she settled along sides some of her brothers and sisters, Magaret never forgot her roots, and on a recent return the "town" she got to walk around "bunkers hill", a place she spent alot of her childhood. Margaret is survived by her brothers Paddy, Tommy, Davy, Chuck and Keven, and sister Kate. May she rest in peace. 
Nursery to P6 coaching for boys and girls in all codes commences in St Malachys HS on Sat March 25th at 10am. Bring indoor and outdoor gear. We will be at the school for 3 weeks and the cost will be £5. Registration is now due for the year on line at See you on 25th.
The 2017 Cycle Against Suicide is fast approaching, Have you registered yet? Or could you offer a tired cyclist a bed as they pass through the town spreading the message "It's OK Not To Feel OK". Let's all get involved and help out organiser and our own Senior ladies footballer Lisa Morgan in what is no doubt a great cause. Anyone willing to help please contact Lisa via Facebook. 
Our Under 14 and Under 16 footballer's training begin this week. The Under 14's begin on Monday night at 6.15pm and the Under 16's on Thursday night at 6.15pm. Both sessions will be in the Bann Road.
U14/16 girls football training Tuesday and Thursday at 7:15 on, everyone welcome old and new. 
Membership is now due, all players should be aware that it MUST be paid before anyone is able to field for any of our club teams, please consult with your management to arrange payment.
The club would like to thank Paul Duffin for taking the photographs on the night of the dinner dance, very professional.
Club gear can now be ordered, forms can be found in Facebook, Twitter, the club website or in the clubrooms, orderforms to be completed and handed in before the deadline on April 2nd. 
This week's lottoe reslts  16,21,25,28. No jackpot winner,  next week's jackpot £4050.
Post Date : Mon 13 Mar 2017 10:14 AM

Senior Men

Our senior men continue to train three times per week as they continue their preparations for the upcoming season.
Senior Ladies
The senior ladies team are back in training and have three challenge games arranged in March before the league begins:
Monday 13th against Saval at St Joseph’s High school at 7.30pm. 
Monday 20th an away game against Castlewellan at 7.30pm.
Monday 27th at home against Rostrevor at 6.45pm.
The league begins with a home game on Saturday April 1st against Clann Eireann at 7pm, before travelling to Dromintee the following week.
Minor Boys
Training for our minor boys continues as normal over the coming at the club.
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. 
U16 Girls
Circuit training for our U16 girls continues this Tuesday evening from 6.30pm to 7.45pm in Bessbrook Community Centre.
U14 Boys
Our U14 boys’ amalgamation of Patrick Rankin’s were in action against Tullysaran in the quarter-final of the Féile Shield on Saturday but unfortunately, they lost out narrowly by two points, 3 – 11 to 3 – 9. The lads began the game well and found themselves in front early on, a lead which they maintained until half-time but Tullysaran eventually edged ahead with less than ten minutes left on the clock. The young Rankin’s battled hard right until the end but they were unable to claim the win and a semi-final spot. Despite the loss, the young lads can take great heart from their performance on Saturday – they played some great football and despite it being early in the year there are plenty signs that they have an exciting and enjoyable season ahead. Training continues thus Thursday evening at 6.30pm and all players are asked to be in attendance.
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
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.
Our U10 footballers hosted Whitecross on Saturday afternoon in their first game of 2017. Two pitches were set-up and upwards of 20 kids enjoyed a great game of football on a lovely afternoon. The young Shane’s footballers played some great football throughout both games and thoroughly enjoyed. Many thanks to Whitecross who travelled down to play. Training for the U10s continues on Sunday mornings at 11.00am.
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.
Shanes Gaelic for Girls
There are only two weeks remaining of the Shanes Gaelic for Girls programme, next Saturday 18th March and the following Saturday, 25th March. Once again it has been a very successful programme with large numbers of girls attending and they are all encouraged to come along for the last couple of sessions.
Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie
U8’s and U10’s train in St Paul's on a Tuesday 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 take place on the Shane’s pitch on Wednesday nights from 6.00pm – 7.00pm. whilst the U16s will train on Wednesday’s from 6.30pm – 7.30pm at Shane’s.
Registration Evening
A further registration evening will take place at the club on Monday, 13th March from 7.30pm for all those people who have still to pay their club membership for 2017.
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.
Good Luck
Good luck to our own Matthew Girvan and his St Colman’s College team-mates in the MacRory Cup final this coming Friday.
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 2, 18, 22 & 25. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x lucky dip winner. The jackpot now stands at an impressive £5,200.
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.