Post Date : Wed 23 Aug 2017 12:30 PM

Police are urging members of the public to protect themselves against fraudsters who claim to represent HMRC and trick them into making a bogus payment. 

Victims are being contacted in a variety of methods and, in some instances reported, the fraudsters ask for payment in iTunes gift card voucher codes because they can be easily redeemed and easily sold on. The scammers don’t need the physical card to redeem the value and instead get victims to read out the serial code on the back of their card over the phone. 
Chief Inspector Joe McMinn said: “Police are urging members of the public to always air on the side of caution with any text, call, email or letter asking for payment or personal details in order to release money, refund fees, pay lottery wins or supply a holiday, giveaway or service. 
HMRC will never contact you by telephone and ask for payment of tax arrears by iTunes vouchers or similar payment methods.
“Scammers are inventive and can be very convincing, but each scam is designed to tempt you to drop your guard. If you are at all suspicious about a call that you receive, hang up and phone the organisation that the person is purporting to represent to check their authenticity. Ideally make the call from another telephone so you can be sure the original caller has not remained on the line.
“If you have received a call of this kind, or are concerned by the intent of unsolicited calls, emails or letters then please report it to Action Fraud via their website or by phoning 0300 123 2040, or call police on the non-emergency number 101.”
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Post Date : Wed 23 Aug 2017 12:28 PM

Police in Newry, Mourne and Down are rolling out an Operation Exposure social media campaign which will see images of people officers want to identify published on local Facebook pages.  

Supt. Paul Reid explains: “You will see images of people appear on our local PSNI Facebook pages over the coming weeks who we would like to speak to in relation to various matters. If you know who these individuals are please do not post on our social media but contact us directly by phoning 101and quoting the reference provided. 
“The community response in other policing Districts has been really positive around this initiative and we are confident that the public in Newry, Mourne and Down and beyond will support us in our efforts to solve crime, give victims justice, and keep people safe.” 
Images are only used within a set of stringent guidelines and authorised by the District Commander.
These guidelines include – the prevention and detection of crime, the apprehension of suspects, encouraging victims to come forward, discouraging offenders, reassuring and informing the public and re-enforcing confidence in the criminal justice system.
All other methods of identification must also have been attempted and failed before a photo is used. Each photo is only posted for 24 hours before being deleted and anyone who recognises the person can contact police on the non-emergency number 101. Comments on Facebook naming the person are not permitted. Lawful authority for the use of an image under Op Exposure is through Section 32 of the Police Act (NI) 2000.
Post Date : Mon 21 Aug 2017 09:55 AM
The Castlewellan camogs travelled to Drumaness on Wednesday night knowing they had an uphill battle with Bredagh who had previously beaten them at home in the league. But they are a championship team and nothing that went before this was going to deter these girls. The town girls started brightly with a well taken point from Sorcha McCartan the town girls kept up the pressure scoring three points from play before Bredagh got their first score of a point.
Castlewellan kept this pressure on never conceding any ground and tackling every ball. Bredagh had the wind in the first half and used this to their advantage scoring seven points but a goal from the town girls left it level at half time.
The start of the second half, Castlewellan continued the hard work with backs thwarting every attack by Bredagh and their midfielder Aoife Keown giving excellent balls into the forward line. A great solo run from Captain Caitriona Caldwell resulted in an excellent goal quickly followed by a point from Aoife Keown leaving Castlewellan four points up and tens mins to go the match remained tight all over the pitch. Bredagh changed tactics trying to choke the supply of ball from Aoife Keown but this left some of the town girls more room and they tightened their control on the game.
Though a goal from Bredagh brought the game back to within a point the town girls still looked in control A 21 metre free from Sorcha McCartan saw the ball hit the back of the net and put the town girls back in front by four though Bredagh scored from a late free the game was never in doubt score line finishing Bredagh 2-10 Castlewellan 3-10.
Comhghairdeas to our Under 12 Girl Footballers who won the 11 aside tournament at RGU last weekend. The girls topped their group beating St. Geraldine’s (Louth) and RGU whites. The winners of each group progressed to the semi -final of the cup. Our girls met Burren in the semi-final and beat them by 2pts and then meet Clonduff in the final in what was a very exciting match going to extra time but our girls never gave up and won by 2 points in the end! 
Well done to the team and coaches. Thanks to Downpatrick RGU for the invitation and a well organised day. 
Well done to our Year 6 Hurlers who travelled to Clonduff on Saturday morning for a County Blitz. The boys were unbeaten in their games against Ballycran, Kilclief and Warrenpoint. This was a great achievement for the boys, thanks to Tony and Conor. 
Well done to the senior men footballers who has a convincing win in the end round of the championship last Saturday against Saval. The club would like to wish Daniel Morgan a speedy recovery.
On Sunday, our Senior hurlers travelled to Fontenoy park to take on a strong and fancied Clonduff team in the junior championship semi-final. In a very evenly and right first half the town boys trailed by just 2 points at the interval. In the 2nd half, both teams went hammer and tongs and threw everything on the line, unfortunately Clonduff pulled away in the last 5 minutes and showed why they are contenders for this year's championship. 
Final score Castlewellan 2-11 Clonduff 5-15, great performance from, D. Cairns, R. Toner and F. Lennon. Well done to Paul and Paddy.
The Club are organising another Play, again in conjunction with Ciaran Milligan productions, scheduled for November. It again promises to be a great spectacle. Would you be interested? - We are recruiting cast members at the minute so anyone interested in getting involved, both male & female, Contact Kevan Owens (07712183399) for further details asap as positions are filling up fast and we need to get rehearsals off the ground shortly. Roles range from small to not so small so don't be put off.
Can you encourage as many people to come out this coming Saturday evening (26 Aug) as the senior ladies footballers take on Downpatrick in the QF Of the Senior championship, throw in 7 pm in Downpatrick. 
New club gear. Anyone wishing to purchase club gear forms can collected from the club rooms. 
Our former PRO has been back on the bike after his recent medical treatment. However, he isn't up to the pace and unfortunately had to be left behind on a recent cycle at the weekend. Thankfully he had his bus pass with him and was able to make his way home. 
Image 1: The successful Under 12 girls pictured with manager Ciara Hardy.  
Post Date : Mon 21 Aug 2017 08:42 AM
Senior Men
Our senior men recorded an impressive sixteen point championship win over Derrynoose in Silverbridge last Monday night, 2 – 17 to 0 – 7.
A well taken Danny Monaghan point gave the Shane’s an early lead with Derrynoose replying almost immediately with their first point of the contest. Micheál Brady restored the Shane’s advantage and two quick points from Paul O’Rourke and Matthew Girvan increased their lead before some good work from Ryan McCabe found O’Rourke in space and he fired over for his second point of the game. The Shane’s led by four at this stage and further excellent points from Danny Monaghan and Matthew Girvan extended their advantage to six before a pointed free saw Derrynoose register their second score of the game. Paul O’Rourke kept the scoreboard ticking over for the Shane’s with a great point from a very tight angle before a brilliant ball from the hard-working Eamon McCabe found Matthew Girvan who in turn powered at the Derrynoose defence before slotting the ball over the bar for his third and his side’s ninth point of the opening half. Two late first-half points, one from a free, saw Derrynoose go into the half-time interval five points in arrears, 0 – 9 to 0 – 4.
The Shane’s made a great start to the second-half with that man Girvan firing over an early point to put his team six points to the good before two points in a row from Derrynoose reduced the deficit to just four. However the Camlough side took total control of proceedings from this point on and in the next ten minutes then added another five points to their total with Paul O’Rourke (0 – 3), Ryan Quinn and Eamon McCabe all on target. At this stage the Shane’s led by nine points and they all but sealed their win when the impressive Danny Monaghan rounded the Derrynoose keeper to send the ball to net and give his an unassailable twelve point advantage. Second-half substitute Mark McCabe then fired over from close range following a sweeping Shane’s attack before Derrynoose replied with their seventh and final point of the game. Another Mark McCabe point was quickly followed by the Shane’s second goal of the contest when David McCabe was on hand to flick the ball home and seal his side’s win on a score-line of 2 – 17 to 0 - 7. 
Overall this was a very impressive performance from the Shane’s, all the more so considering that every one of their nineteen scores all came from play.
Next up is a second round tie against St Peter’s which has been scheduled for Saturday 26th August at 4:45 pm in Crossmaglen.
Senior Ladies
Our senior ladies made the trip to Clonmore last Wednesday night to take on Clann Eireann in the semi-final of the championship but unfortunately, they lost out to a very good, very strong and very slick Clann Eireann team. Despite the defeat the girls can take great heart from their performances during their first year competing in the senior championship, something which should stand them in good stead in the future. Well done to all the girls and their management team.
Minor Boys
Our minor boys’ amalgamation of Patrick Rankins put in a decent performance last Monday night to beat Silverbridge on a score-line of 0 – 17 to 0 – 14. The lads return to action on Monday evening with a championship tie against Clan na Gael in Davitt Park Lurgan at 7:30 pm and all players are asked to meet at the club no later than 6:15 pm.
U16 Boys
The U16 boys’ amalgamation of Patrick Rankins take on Keady in the semi-final of the shield on Wednesday evening at 7:15 pm in Correnshigo. All players are asked to meet at Shanes no later than 6:15 pm.
Our U10s hosted Newry Shamrocks on Friday evening with both clubs fielding two teams and it was great to see all the kids enjoying a good evenings football. Training continues every Tuesday and Friday from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the field.
Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie
Camogie training continues as normal this week on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the field.
Big Weekend at the Shane’s
Next weekend promises to be a very busy one at the club with events taking place in the marquee on Thursday night, Friday night Saturday night and Sunday night.
Thursday 24th sees the club hosting a Ladies Fashion Show beginning at 8.00pm with a £5.00 entry fee whilst Friday 25th will see a “Big Night of Boxing” taking place in the marquee with local club St Monica’s taking on a Dublin Select. There is an entry fee of £10.00 to this event with the first bout is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm.
Saturday night, 26th August, sees the big event of the weekend taking place with country music sensation Barry Kirwan taking to stage. The night also sees a country disco and jiving competition taking place, with a £500 winner takes all cash prize. So if you fancy yourself a bit of jiver then why not come along and put your moves to the test. Doors for this event open at 9:00 pm, with a £10.00 entrance fee.
Sunday 27th sees a family and friend’s day taking place in the marquee before popular local band Raglan bring things to a close on Sunday night from 9:00 pm with an entry fee of £10.00.
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 
Trip to Croke Park
Last Saturday saw a bus load of young Shane’s head to Dublin for a trip to GAA Headquarters at Croke Park. By all accounts everyone a great day out and the club would like to thank all those who helped to organise the trip.
Best Wishes
Best wishes this week to Aimee Mackin who underwent surgery on Friday on a broken finger sustained against Westmeath 3 weeks ago. Aimee deferred the operation until after club and county championship ended and we all wish her a full and speedy recovery.
Well Done
Well done to all our younger members who received their exam results during the week.
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.
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 1, 6, 10 & 30. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x match three winner. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £6,350.00 so why not get yourself a ticket….if you’re not in, you can’t win.

The attached picture is of the young Shane O’Neill’s players enjoying their trip to Croke Park 

Post Date : Mon 21 Aug 2017 08:34 AM
Sinn Féin Councillor and Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down Council, Roisin Mulgrew, has congratulated the Friends of Derrymore House for securing investment to develop the historic estate into an enhanced public site.
The group is in the final stages of securing up to £120,000 in funding from Sport NI to construct walking trails, toilets and a car-park, among other amenities, as the historic Bessbrook site.
The group have lobbied for years for investment into Derrymore House to see the site reach its full tourism potential.
Speaking following the Council’s decision to release funding for the project, Cllr Mulgrew said the hard work of the Friends of Derrymore had paid off:
“The efforts of the Friends of Derrymore group in their pursuit of funding will be a tremendous boost to the wider tourist project in the Newry, Mourne and South Armagh areas."
“We also welcome the decision of the ERT Committee in Newry, Mourne & Down Council who have recommended that, if the group is successful, the Council will match as much as is possible of the potential £120,000 in Sport NI funding".
“The Group is also currently engaging with schemes such as the Rural Development Program, and with officials in Tourism NI, to explore avenues of additional funding for the transformation project at Derrymore House.
“I have been an active member of the group for many years, and as a representative for this area, I am delighted that a leisure and historical facility of this calibre will soon be open to this community.

“The group welcomes the support of various Council officials in securing this funding, and warmly thanks Sport NI and Newry, Mourne and Down Council for releasing much-needed investment into one of the most deprived wards in the north.” 

Post Date : Mon 21 Aug 2017 08:32 AM
Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has expressed concerns regarding the lack of accessible for facilities for urgent and emergency health care needs in Newry and Armagh, particularly in rural communities.
Speaking following contact with the Southern Health & Social Care Trust, Fearon stressed that inadequate ambulance cover, and major concerns with the unavailability of breast cancer treatment facilities, was making healthcare increasingly difficult to access for vulnerable patients.
Megan Fearon said:
“My contact with the Southern Trust revealed that citizens in Newry and in rural sections of Armagh will have access to breast screenings at a mobile unit in Drumalane.
“But for patients whose scan reveals complications, the closest site where they can access urgent treatment in Craigavon.
“This puts young people, the elderly, and those in isolated rural communities at a disadvantage as they struggle to access treatment critical to their long-term health.
“This appears to be another example of persisting health inequalities in this district as a result of gradually relocating services from Daisy Hill to Craigavon."
“All of this exists against the backdrop of poor ambulance cover to rural areas, particularly in South Armagh, and ongoing uncertainty around the future of services at Daisy Hill Hospital.

“Several constituents have raised this issue, and I urge the Trust to explore all available options to improve the accessibility of breast cancer treatment facilities in Newry and Armagh, to avoid disadvantaging vulnerable citizens.” 

Post Date : Mon 21 Aug 2017 08:30 AM
Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has noted the findings of the annual ‘Northern Ireland Households Below Average Income’ report, which this year points to a reduction in child poverty.
The report, which also indicates a rise in average income, highlights a reduction in absolute and relative poverty across several social groups including children, working age adults and pensioners.
Mickey Brady said:
“While the report notes a reduction in poverty in our society, the serious and stubborn levels of deprivation in the north are unacceptable.
“Long term trends point to an increasing likelihood that children are at a higher risk of poverty than the rest of society. Lone parents and pensioners continue to suffer, too, with long-term poverty.
“The significant mitigations in welfare cuts secured by Sinn Féin have been cited as a possible reason in the reduction in poverty, which is not matched by poverty figures in Britain.
“For too long this part of Ireland has suffered from lack of investment, savage welfare cuts, and economic under-development.
“Sinn Fein will continue to work with all departments to tackle poverty and disadvantage, however without an end to Tory cuts and devolution of the necessary fiscal powers it will not be possible to maintain the downward trend in poverty figures. 

“It should be increasingly clear to all that budget cuts, austerity, and stubborn levels of poverty are the price of the Union."  

Post Date : Thu 17 Aug 2017 12:57 PM
Liz Kimmins, Sinn Féin Councillor for Newry, has congratulated Newry, Mourne and Down Councillors last night after they formally rejected plans to build a 25ft wide bridge over Lindsay Hill.
Speaking following the decision, Kimmins said that the concerns of residents had been respected, and Councillors had recognised the rich history and heritage of the Lindsay Hill area:
“I am delighted that this disruptive bridge project has been formally rejected by Newry, Mourne and Down Councillors.
“For many months I have been meeting with residents alongside other Sinn Féin Councillors to listen to the case for protecting the vibrant history and heritage of the Lindsay Hill site.
“The decision by the Council Planning Committee reflects the concerns of residents who have been vocal in highlighting the problems this bridge project would impose on their homes.

“We will continue to engage with Lindsay Hill residents, and support the many initiatives taken by citizens to promote the important history of their area.” 

Post Date : Thu 17 Aug 2017 12:53 PM

Sinn Féin Councillor Liz Kimmins has urged the Housing Executive and Transport NI to take action regarding on-going safety concerns in the Barcroft area.

Speaking following meetings with NIHE and Transport NI, Kimmins said she stressed the importance of providing safe access to parking areas on 5th Street, and repairs for a crumbling wall on the same road which has been causing concern amongst residents.
Cllr Kimmins said:
“For a number of years now I have been lobbying for wall repairs and safe access to parking facilities for elderly and disabled residents of 5th Street in Barcroft.
“After meeting both the Housing Executive and Transport NI, I was assured that these projects have been earmarked for completion and made a priority.
“It must be stressed again to the relevant authorities that these issues are of major concern to residents, who have been restricted, and in some cases injured, as a result of lack of safe access to facilities they need.
“No risks can be taken when it comes to public safety, it’s time the Housing Executive and Transport NI invested in safety in the Barcroft area.”
Post Date : Thu 17 Aug 2017 11:44 AM
Sinn Féin MP Micky Brady has called for the planned introduction of the controversial Universal Credit system to be postponed. 
The Newry and Armagh MP said: 
"Tory plans to introduce the Universal Credit system in September have created considerable concern, particularly around the processing of payments. 
"The unacceptable delay of, on average, up to 6 weeks in administering the first payment has the potential to cause severe hardship during the most financially challenging months of the year.
"The Universal Credit advance, if granted, will not meet the costs of winter fuel, Christmas, housing and rising living costs. 
"This delay in payment could drive people further into poverty, lead to evictions/arrears and debt.
"The seven Sinn Féin MPs have jointly written to Tory minister David Guake at the Department of Work and Pensions calling for the introduction of Universal Credit to be postponed, that the delay in administration of the first payment is reduced urgently, and that the payment process is more widely processed. 

"The Universal Credit system is not fit for purpose and I am urging the department to take time to resolve the well documented difficulties experienced by many claimants in Britain."