Post Date : Mon 19 Jun 2017 10:37 AM

Slieve Gullion Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin has condemned acts of environmental vandalism and dumping following a recent discovery of illegally disposed tyres at Flagstaff Viewpoint. 

Sharing his anger following a further incident of illegal dumping, Larkin said:
"Yet again the beauty of South Armagh has been desecrated by those who care nothing for the environment, or our community. 
"Approximately fifty tyres and other waste have been dumped at the Flagstaff Viewpoint. Locals and day trippers regularly visit this breathtaking viewpoint to take in our cherished vistas of Carlingford Lough.
"No doubt those who dumped these tyres have charged their customers for the
safe disposal of them. These rate payers will likely pay twice for this
service, as the Council is forced to pick up the cost of disposal. 
"At a time when the Council are spending millions to tourists from around the world to share in the majesty of South Armagh, unscrupulous polluters continue to lay waste to our area of outstanding natural beauty. Our community rejects them, and they should hang their heads in shame."
Taking action on this latest incident of illegal dumping in the Slieve Gullion area, Larkin concluded:
"I have reported this incident to the Environmental Health Department
within the Council and I hope that swift action is taken to clean up this illegal dump."
Post Date : Mon 19 Jun 2017 10:30 AM
Four Birthday Honours have come to policing in Northern Ireland.
Sergeant Gwyneth Buchanan has been awarded the MBE for Services to Policing and the Community in Northern Ireland.
Three Queen’s Police Medals (QPM) have been awarded.  They go to Detective Chief Superintendent Nigel Forsythe along with two other officers who have requested no publicity.
Sergeant Gwyneth Buchanan has been a serving police officer for 28 years.  She was one of the first officers to specialise in supporting victims of domestic abuse through the criminal justice process.  She has also worked closely with the community and voluntary organisations in the Armagh area.
Sergeant Buchanan has also played a central part in the RUC GC Widows Association and the Police Benevolent Fund.
Detective Chief Superintendent Nigel Forsythe has been a police officer for 28 years. 
During his time he has served across Northern Ireland in both uniform and detective roles.  In recent years he has been influential in enhancing relationships and building community confidence in policing through his work in the investigation of serious crime.
Post Date : Fri 16 Jun 2017 08:37 AM

A 32-year-old man has been charged with handling stolen goods to appear at Newry Magistrates Court on June 28th. As is normal procedure all charges will be reviewed by the PPS. 

Post Date : Thu 15 Jun 2017 08:54 AM

☘☘ Saturday 17th June we welcome Setanta Folk to the clubrooms ☘☘






Post Date : Thu 15 Jun 2017 08:39 AM

The Kilbroney Vintage Show is taking place on Saturday 17th June and traffic congestion is expected in the Warrenpoint/Rostrevor areas between 8am & 4pm. Motorists not attending the show are advised to avoid these areas if possible. 

Post Date : Mon 12 Jun 2017 12:32 PM

Slieve Gullion Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin has called for an end to reckless driving at Jonesborough following dramatic 

"On Sunday 4th June during the afternoon a thoughtless driver sped up and down the Edenappa Road past houses hand-breaking and doing doughnuts whilst children played outside their homes. 
"As parents ran to gather their young this driver and his co-pilot reached speeds which launched them into the air when they hit the speed ramps in the village.
"There was an attempt by the death drivers to run down a number of residents who had emerged to witness this criminal behaviour. There is a fear in the community that drink or drugs was the genesis of this attack on the village. 
"Damage was caused to cars and residents had to jump garden walls to escape the drivers.
"Immediately after this, the driver of another car rammed a PSNI vehicle whilst escaping from An Garda in Co. Louth into Co. Armagh.
Those responsible for both incidents crossed into the village from Co. Louth. 
"They are not welcome in our community. The residents of Jonesborough will not tolerate the rampages of reckless drivers like this. Children should be able to play safely on the streets of our towns and villages.
"I have spoken to both the householders affected and the PSNI in relation to these incidents. Also I have contacted my colleagues in Louth to gather a greater understanding of what is happening and to encourage increased cooperation between An Garda and the PSNI to ensure that such incidents become a rarity instead of the norm."
Post Date : Mon 12 Jun 2017 12:26 PM

Senior Men

Following a couple of weeks without a game our senior men return to action on Wednesday night with a home game against Derrynoose. Having been beaten in their last game the senior men will be hoping to return to winning ways on Wednesday night.
Minor Boys
After a couple of weeks without a game due to the exam break our minor boys’ amalgamation of Patrick Rankins return to league action on Monday night with an away game against Cullyhanna. The match throws-in at 7.15pm and all players are asked to meet at the club no later than 6.15pm. Last week’s Minor Championship draw saw the minor boys paired against Clan na Gael.
U16 Boys
Our U16 boys are training on Monday night, 12th June at 6.00pm ad all Shanes players are asked to meet at the club no later than 5.45pm. Thursday night sees the U16 boys at home to St Enda’s at 7.15pm.
U14 Boys
Our U14 boys’ amalgamation of Patrick Rankin’s have a home game on Tuesday at 7.15pm against Tír na nÓg and all players are asked to meet at the club no later than 6.30pm.
U14 Girls
The U14 girls have no game next week but will be training as normal.
Our U10 footballers travelled to Poyntzpass on Wednesday evening. Two teams were fielded with well over twenty kids playing, taking part and enjoying some great football. The young U10s are back in action this coming Wednesday evening with an away game against Saval with the game throwing-in at 6.30pm. Training continues on Tuesday and Friday evenings from 6.00pm – 7.00pm at the field.
Underage Training
Please note that training for all our U6s, U8s, U10s and U12s will take place every Friday night from 6.00pm - 7.00pm at the field. All boys and girls at these age groups are very welcome to come along. The training on Friday evening is on top of their normal weekly training session.
Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie
The U14 camogs are in action on Tuesday night away to KIlleavy with the game throwing-in at 7.00pm whilst the senior camogs are at home to Culloville on Wednesday night, also at 7.00pm. Next Saturday the club is hosting an U8 and U10 blitz from 9.30am – 2.00pm. Training for all camogie teams continues as normal over the coming week.
Annual U10 Blitz
Our annual U10 football blitz is taking place on Saturday 1st July. With over 20 teams scheduled to take part it promises to be a great day’s football. Anyone interested in helping out on the day - refereeing, score-keeping, time-keeping etc - please contact Brendy Osborne.
The Armagh Minor Board have asked clubs to remind all underage players and their managers/mentors that the wearing of gumshields is compulsory.
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 1, 3, 4 & 23. There was no jackpot winner and 1 x match three winner. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £5,850.
New Community Walkway
The new Community Walkway around our club grounds is now open for use by ALL members of the community, both young and old, male and female. The walkway gives everyone the opportunity to walk in a safe and friendly environment all year round. So, if you fancy a power-walk or just a leisurely stroll why not avail of our new community facility.
Post Date : Wed 07 Jun 2017 12:21 PM

Following a number of recent reports, Police have issued some advice on what to do when faced with an unwanted cold caller to your door. 

Supt. Simon Walls said, “Older and more vulnerable members of the community may feel pressurised into accepting goods or service from cold callers therefore the following advice should be shared with anyone you know who lives alone or requires extra support.

• Think before you open the door – use your chain and spy hole or look out of the window to see if you recognise them.
• Ask callers for proof of identity. Genuine tradespeople  should carry a photographic identification card. Check this carefully.
• Be wary of callers who attempt to distract you by claiming that they have seen something untoward in your rear garden or  there is something wrong with one of the utilities in your home.– they may have an accomplice who is waiting to act  on this distraction.
• If you are not convinced of the identity of the caller, don’t let them in. Ask the caller to come back later and arrange for a friend, relative or neighbour to be present on their return.

·         If a person’s behaviour is suspicious call the police on 101 or in an emergency 999. 

“Police also have a Nominated Neighbour Scheme whereby if a caller arrives when you are alone in the house, they can be shown a card instructing them to contact your ‘Nominated Neighbour’, who will then try and check the caller’s identity avoiding the need for you to open your front door. The forms can be downloaded from our website or contact a local officer who can provide them free of charge 

“For details of current scams and how to avoid becoming a victim of a scam go to the Scamwise NI internet site at

Post Date : Mon 05 Jun 2017 10:34 AM

On Thursday, 1 June officers from PSNI Tactical Support Group and Reactive and Organised Crime, along with the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (DEFRA – Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs) carried out a planned search of premises in the Crossmaglen area where a quantity of illegal veterinary drugs were seized. These drugs are not registered for use in Northern Ireland or the United Kingdom. 

Inspector Leslie Badger, Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “This operation was carried out in conjunction with DEFRA. It demonstrates our determination to work with key partner agencies to ensure that any illegal drugs, including veterinary drugs, are taken out of society.

“I would ask anyone who has any information about illegal drugs to contact Police on the non-emergency number 101. 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.”

For your guidance the drugs seized believed to be cattle worming medicine.