Sinn Féin’s Fra McCann has said figures released by the Department of Communities showing a 5.8 per cent increase in people presenting as homeless shows the need for additional social housing.
"Thanks a million folks and safe home”. If ever you left the Stables, the Commercial or the Kings Inn on any night over the years - that was the farewell greeting you got from the proprietor Gerry King when he let you out at closing time.
I could not say that you didn’t get a farewell or a thank you from any other establishment but I can say you always got it from Gerry. It’s a simple thing but one which said thank you for your custom which went a long way. Something you always remember.
Gerry passed away last week following an illness he fought bravely. Many club members would have spent many great times in his establishment from the running around years to the settled years and beyond. Gerry was a permanent fixture over that time. So Gerry all we can say to you now is thanks a million to you for your service to us and we know that you are now home safely.
The Executive Committee and Members wish to extend to his wife Carmel, his son’s and club members John and Gerard, son Charles and daughter Mary all our sincere sympathy for their loss. We also extend our sympathy to his brothers Raymond and Cyril, his sister Colette and the wide family circle at this time. Ar dheis de go raibh a anam dilis.
On Thursday February 9th at 7.15pm sharp in St Malachys Primary School we will have our second coaching session in our "Back to basics" coaching course. All juvenile coaches and those from the club who are interested in becoming involved in juvenile coaching in all codes are invited to attend and please still come along even if you missed the first session.
This is a fantastic opportunity for both new and experienced coaches in an interactive session to learn new coaching skills and to brush up on your existing coaching skills. We would ask everyone to please avail of this opportunity and come along. The session will last one and a half hours. Look forward to seeing you there.
The clubs annual senior awards night will be held in the club rooms on Saturday 5th March. Special guest on the night is former Armagh player and double all star Oisín McConville. Tickets are £20 each and are available from Kevin Sweeney.
Senior hurling training will start this Thursday 9th at 7:30 in the Dublin road complex. All players new and old welcome.
Minor football training will also commence this week on Wednesday 8th, all players are asked to be in the Dublin road complex for 7:15.
On Monday 24th April a large cycle event called "Cycle against suicide break the cycle" will becoming to Castlewellan. The event will see the town host up to 250 cyclists and crew. This event organisers are looking for a number of local volunteers to host cyclists over night. If anyone would like to help in anyway possible please Anne McGowan via their website www.cycleagainstsuicide.com.
This weeks lotto results are 14,15,18 and 20, there was no winner this week, next weeks jackpot is £3800. Tickets avaukble in usual outlets and in the clubrooms.
- FACE: Can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
- ARM weakness: Can the person raise both arms?
- SPEECH problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
- TIME to call 999
The Southern Health and Social Care Trust today thanked the local community for their generous donations over the past 18 months.
Over half a million pounds of voluntary donations and gifts was spent on equipment and services that will directly benefit patients and clients.
Non-Executive Director Siobhan Rooney, Chair of the Trust’s Endowments and Gifts Committee said: “I would like to thank our local community for the donations and gifts they have generously made to services across the Trust.
“Patients and clients have benefitted greatly as we can buy things that we would otherwise be unable to purchase such as; emergency clothing, additional hoists and high back chairs for wards and patient areas, as well as workshops, games, providing reflexology for patients and many more items.
“Every donation large or small to our facilities and services is greatly appreciated. Endowments and Gifts funds are used on items to ensure patient comfort and extra equipment to enhance safe and quality care.
“There are also numerous donations in memory of family members which have gone directly to facilities including day centres for adults with learning disabilities; services for older people and children and young people’s services.”
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Thanks to all those juvenile coaches who attended the coaching course on Thursday night past. Thanks to Liam and Paddy for such an enjoyable and informative session. Thanks also to St Malachy's Primary School for the use of their facilities. The next course will be on Thursday 9th February at 7pm venue to be confirmed. All club juvenile coaches welcome.
On Saturday past some of our juvenile member made the journey to Corrigan park in Antrim to watch current All Ireland Hurling champions Tipperary. The event was on of many this weekend to celebrate the life of Nenagh born Fr Alex Ried. A great day was had by all, thanks to those who took time out to take them to the event.
The clubs annual senior awards dinner has been set for Saturday 4th March, further details will follow, look out on the clubs facebook page and I'm next week's notes.
Saturday night last the club hosted Mr& Mrs for the Senior footballers. On the night 3 couples took part, there was some very very intresting answers to the questions. It is great to see one couple have a soft spot for former Armagh footballer Francis Bellew. A great night was had by all.
The club would like to extend deepest sympathy to the King family on the passing of their father and husband Gerard. Gerard is survived by his wife Carmal, daughter Mary, sons John, Gerard and Charles. May he rest in peace.
Lotto numbers this week are: 1,11,18,19. There was no jackpot winner, with 2 £20 winners, Chris King and Declan Fitzpatrick, next week's jackpot £3800.
Photo: Juvinile club members with 3 time All Star Séamus Callanan in Corrigan Park.
Excellence Awards 2017…do you know someone who has made a difference?
Southern Trust launches this year’s Excellence Awards
Do you know a member of health and social care staff who has provided exceptional treatment and care for you or your relative?
The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has launched the Excellence Awards for 2017 and is asking for members of the public to play their part and nominate a member of staff who has made a big difference to their lives for the People’s Choice Award.
Siobhan Rooney, a non-executive director with the Trust, and chair of the Excellence Awards committee, said: “The staff excellence awards recognise those staff who make such a difference to patients and clients by going that extra mile. You may wish to acknowledge staff who work in hospital, come to your home, are based in health centres or day centres, or who work as support staff – porters, domestics, drivers or clerical workers.”
“The People’s Choice award is for Trust employees who have demonstrated to a patient, client or relative exceptional care – maybe kindness, professional expertise or expert care which has made a difference in their life.”
The judges will be particularly looking for evidence of:
· Putting the safety, needs and welfare of service users first
· Ensuring service users feel valued and cared for
· Treating service users with respect, dignity and compassion
· Going above and beyond the call of duty
Do you know someone who deserves this award?
How do I nominate?
Complete a Nomination Form, available on the Trust’s website: http://www.southerntrust.hscni.net/contact/ExcellenceAwards.htm
E-mail: Excellence.Awards@southerntrust.hscni.net or Tel: 028 3756 4159 if you would like to receive the form by post.
The closing date is 5pm on Monday 6 March 2017.
The overall winner will be announced on Wednesday 14 June 2017.
Photo Caption: Staff and clients of the Southern Area Family Nurse Partnership Programme, join with the Trust Chair, Roberta Brownlee to launch this year’s Excellence Awards. Do you know someone who has made a difference – why not nominate for the People’s Choice award?
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