Post Date : Fri 10 Nov 2017 09:58 AM
All-Ireland co-operation on energy must be protected in the wake of Britain’s exit from the European Union, Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan has said.
Chairing a major energy seminar in Belfast today, the Sinn Féin spokesperson for Energy, the Environment and Climate Change also warned Brexit poses a huge challenge to the energy market in Ireland.
“The electricity market here demonstrates the strengths that come from all-island structures," Cathal Boylan commented.
“We have an all-island electricity structure which operates in partnership with Britain.  
“Any changes to the working of these structures can have enormous implications upon the supply and costs of energy which will ultimately hit consumers the hardest.
“Brexit will undermine energy production on this Island.
“Changes to any of these elements of the energy market has the potential to affect every single local household. 
“A hard Brexit has the potential to create higher prices for everyone.

“We need to ensure that the current infrastructures are maintained and enhanced not fractured through Brexit.” 

Post Date : Fri 10 Nov 2017 09:53 AM
Newry & Armagh MP Mickey Brady has said a real living wage is essential for workers to protect citizens against poverty and deprivation, while ensuring economic growth.
Sinn Féin’s Westminster spokesperson on Welfare Rights and Anti-Poverty measures commented:
“For years, workers and families across Ireland have suffered under the economic burden of relentless austerity and chronic low pay.
“Of the OECD countries, only the US and Colombia report higher rates of law pay than the south of Ireland.
“With public services under attack and increasing numbers of families unable to make ends meet we must rethink how we ensure workers are paid fairly for their efforts.

“During Living Wage Week we must discuss progressive measures to lift workers and families from poverty and hardship. The time has come to implement a Living Wage.” 

Post Date : Fri 10 Nov 2017 09:49 AM

Sinn Féin Councillor Barra Ó Muirí has spoken about the shock and disgust in the community following an attack on a Cullyhanna family in their Carraig Way home last week.

“The victim of this attack was returning home from a wake house and upon entering the village had something thrown at his jeep. He shouted out the window of the vehicle to tell the assailants to stop, but instead they followed him to his home in Carraig Way.   After smashing the windscreen of the jeep, kicking in the front door of the house, with wife and children inside, the assailants set about attacking the victim and his father with an array of weapons.  Threats to shoot the family were delivered by the attackers and further threats of burning the house down with children inside were also made. After this, the assailants left the scene, but soon returned with another person, and together all three men resumed the attack and further damaged the family jeep with an iron bar. 
“I was contacted by neighbours who are understandably angry that such an unprovoked attack would take place in Cullyhanna in 2017. Both the Ambulance service and the Police attended the scene, and arrests were made. This disgraceful incident was totally unacceptable and local people are glad it didn’t result in more serious injuries or worse. The perpetrators of this crime are out of touch with the people of Cullyhanna, and on behalf of the entire community I would appeal to them to end their violent, barbaric behaviour which has become a blight on the whole area.
Post Date : Fri 10 Nov 2017 09:44 AM
Police and the family of missing 17 year old Chloe Osbourne from Belfast are becoming increasingly concerned for her welfare. 
Chloe, was last seen in Dublin on Monday, 05 November and it is thought she may still be there or have returned to Northern Ireland. She is described as being around 5 ft 8 inches tall, with black hair, brown eyes and of slim build.

We would ask Chloe or anyone who knows of her whereabouts to contact Police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 505 05/11/17. 

Post Date : Thu 09 Nov 2017 09:45 AM
Over 500 people recently attended the annual Peter Corrigan lecture which was held in Armagh City Hotel. The annual lecture commemorates the former Sinn Féin member who was assassinated by a pro-British death squad on 25th October 1982. The Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams who was imprisoned along with Peter in both the Maidstone Prison Ship and in Long Kesh was the guest speaker. 
Speaking after at the event, Armagh Sinn Féin Councillor Garath Keating said,
"We're delighted to have our Party President Gerry Adams TD with us in Armagh to deliver the annual Peter Corrigan lecture. With standing room only, the large turnout is testament to both Peter's memory and in solidarity with the Corrigan family who were also in attendance. As Gerry pointed out, Peter Corrigan was both a republican and community activist who led from the front, someone who was tireless is his resolve to bring about a change in society by standing against discrimination and oppression. We must continue to remember Peter and everything he represented, but his lasting legacy will be secured by bringing about the reunification of our country and its people with the realisation of the 1916 Proclamation. 
Photo 1: Some of those who packed into the Armagh City Hotel recently to hear Gerry Adams TD deliver the Peter Corrigan lecture
Photo 2: Cllr Garath Keating, Cathy Rafferty, Gerry Adams TD, Cathal Boylan MLA, Cllr Darren McNally, Brona Haughey, Megan Fearon MLA
Post Date : Thu 09 Nov 2017 09:42 AM

Sinn Féin’s Megan Fearon has called on the SDLP to clarify whose rights they will abandon in order to get a deal at any price.

The Newry and Armagh MLA was responding to comments made by Justin McNulty.
Megan Fearon said:
“The DUP’s refusal to accept a future based on rights and equality, an anti-rights position facilitated by a British Government dependent on the DUP for its own survival, has prevented the restoration of an Executive of locally accountable ministers.
“Justin McNulty and the SDLP should set out whose rights they want to abandon in order to get a deal at any price?
“Is it families who have been waiting for inquests for 45 years? The LGBT community our those of us who demand recognition and acceptance of Irish cultural identity?
“Sinn Féin wants to see the Executive restored to set budgets and make decisions for local people on the basis of equality, rights and respect.
“That’s the only way that an Executive can be credible and sustainable. 
Post Date : Tue 07 Nov 2017 10:00 AM
Down County Board Updates 
We still have a number of vacant positions and we welcome any new members who would be interested in joining our committee for 2018.
Huge congratulations to the girls that organised the Spin fundraiser in the RGU clubrooms. The 12-hour spin fundraiser was a great success, and everyone enjoyed the day for the very worthwhile cause, KBRT. Big thanks to RGU Downpatrick for hosting the event.
U18/Minors - BORN 2000/2001 ONLY
Trials are starting in DECEMBER 2017; can all clubs please spread the word and encourage all players to participate. Further details will be published closer to the time. 
Down U16 Academy – BORN 2002 ONLY 
Trials for 2018 U16 Down Ladies Squad begins Sunday 12th November in Ballykinler GAC. This age group ended last season on a positive note being crowned Ulster Champions. Trials are open to all girls born 2002 only and it is not a requirement that they attended the recent Development Academy.  Trials will be split in 2 sessions for the first 2 weeks as follows.
Session 1: 11:30 am -12:50pm. Girls from the following clubs are asked to attend arriving at 11:20 am for registration:
RGU Downpatrick
St John's
Session 2: 1 pm - 2:20 pm - Girls are asked to arrive at 12:50 pm for registration:
Trials will continue for 4 weeks as follows with the final squad being named on 3rd December.
Week 1: 12th November and Week 2: 19th November Ballykinler GAC 2 sessions as above from 11:30 am - 2:20 pm
Week 3: 26th November St Colman’s College Newry 12:30 pm - 2 pm
Week 4: 3rd December Ballykinler GAC 2 sessions as per Week 1 and 2 from 11:30 am - 2:20 pm
Week 5: 10th December final squad training session 11:30 am - 1 pm
U16 Management would encourage all girls to attend all of the 4 trial sessions as each girl will be assessed on a weekly basis with final squad determined on performances from all 4 weeks. Girls are asked to wear their club shorts, bring mouth guards and a water bottle.
Any queries please contact Brenda Murphy 07711223477

Down U13 - BORN 2005 ONLY
The Down U13 Trials (year 2005) will begin Saturday 11th November and will be held over 3 sessions for all girls born in 2005. Please note that this is STRICTLY for girls born in 2005.
These trials are NOT restricted to just those that attended the recent Academy, but all girls must be registered by their club for insurance purposes and to enable verification of date of births. Due to anticipated large numbers we will split the trials on a club basis and will be structured as follows:
Week 1 Trial Saturday 11th November held in Abbey Grammar School Newry from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Girls must arrive at Abbey at 11:30 am sharp for registration.
Only girls from the following club are asked to attend Week 1
Week 2 Trials Saturday 25th November held in Abbey Grammar School Newry from  11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Girls must arrive at Abbey at 11:30 am sharp for registration.
Only girls from the following club are asked to attend Week 2

Girls selected from Weeks 1 and 2 will be invited to Final Trial on Week 3 to enable a final panel selection. This will be held on Saturday 2nd December in Red High Grammar School Downpatrick. The final panel will progress to further training sessions held in Red High Downpatrick and Abbey Grammar before and after Christmas leading to a number of inter county blitzes in January, February and March. We ask that all girls give their best at the trials so that coaches can pick the strongest panel, we understand that some girls will be disappointed not to make the final panel and we ask for parents understanding and support with this. 

Post Date : Tue 07 Nov 2017 09:51 AM

Speaking following the opening (Monday 6th November) of the new Newry Leisure Centre, Sinn Féin Newry, Mourne & Down Council Group Leader Cllr Mickey Ruane said that the new modern leisure centre with state of the art facilities was open to all and a great facility for the whole community to enjoy.

"The Newry Leisure Centre project was one of the biggest investment the Council has made and it reflects our commitment to health and well-being in the district. The new modern centre with state of the art facilities is open to all and is a great facility for the whole community to enjoy".
His colleague Newry & Armagh MLA Conor Murphy commenting after visiting the new facility commended all involved in helping deliver the new flagship facility for Newry.
"Many groups, individuals and sports have over the years lobbied for the provision of this new facility. Elected representatives, Council Officers, Assembly Departments, Funders, User Groups and Communities working together have helped deliver this £20 million Leisure Centre.
We in Sinn Féin commend all involved, we are committed to delivering for our communities and we are proud of our record of delivery for the Newry City Region which includes over £50 million for local and primary schools, £150 million for Newry Bypass, £15 million for Newry Train Station, £20 million for Newry Leisure Centre.
Post Date : Tue 07 Nov 2017 09:32 AM

Lissummon GFC’s Annual Dinner Dance which took place at the Whistledown Hotel, Warrentpoint 4th November 2017.

Photos of award winners and guests at the Annual Dinner Dance.

1 - Sinead O’Hagan presents the Peter O’Hagan Perpetual Trophy to Men’s Young Player of the Year, Damien O’Hagan.

2 - Joanne Rafferty presents the Joseph Rafferty Perpetual Crystal to Siofra McAleer for Personality of the Year.

3 - Orla Connolly, Senior Ladies Player of the Year is awarded the Hugh Meehan Perpetual Trophy by Martin Rice.
4 - Sean Quinn presents the Phelim Quinn Perpetual Shield to Senior Men’s Player of the Year to Dara Noonan.
5 - Jacqueline Rafferty receives a Token of Appreciation for Service to the Club from Martin Rafferty. 
6 - Sean Murtagh is awarded the prestigious Hall of Fame award for his outstanding contribution to Lissummon GFC since its inception in 1972 from Chairwoman Tracy Rogers (right) and Club Secretary Siofra McAleer.
7 - Lissummon GFC Committee 2017.  (from left standing) Shirlie Murtagh; Aveen Rafferty; PJ Connolly; Tommy O’Hagan; Paul Rafferty; Brian O’Hare; Kieran Rafferty; Claire O’Hare and Sarah Gamble.  Seated (l-r); Jacqueline Rafferty; Tracy Rogers and Siofra McAleer.
8 - Hannah Quinn receives the Ladies Young Player of the Year award from Fr Sean Larkin.
9 - Guests attending the dinner dance.
Post Date : Mon 06 Nov 2017 10:09 AM

Shane’s Senior Ladies to Visit China

Following hot on the heels of UUJ men’s GAA team, Shane O Neill’s senior ladies football team will also be travelling to China for two weeks over the Christmas and New Year period from 30th December until 13th January.
Since June of this year the ladies have been very generously sponsored by Confucius Institute, a branch of the Chinese Ministry of Education based in UUJ and they have facilitated and funded the Chinese trip. This visit is classed as an academic and cultural exchange under the Study in China programme and will see a travelling party of 30, consisting of players and mentors, making the trip. They will initially arrive into Beijing before travelling to 3 different universities (Wuhan, Huangshi and Yitchang) over a 9-day period. 
The girls and their mentors are already participating weekly Mandarin lessons at the club in preparation for the trip and each morning in China they will take part in University classes, learning about Chinese language, culture, history and contemporary society. The afternoons will be spent demonstrating and coaching Gaelic football to the Chinese students. This format will be followed until returning to Beijing for 4 days of guided sightseeing with visits to the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Olympic Stadium and Tiananmen Square being arranged, with no doubt some time being set aside for the much-vaunted shopping therapy.
This represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience and learn so much about the rich culture of this fascinating country and Shane O’Neill’s will be the first GAA club to undertake such a visit. This incredible opportunity represents an investment in the future reputation of our club and even more so in our players, who have always been excellent ambassadors for club and county over the years. It goes without saying of course that this experience will certainly add to the personal and professional development of all involved, especially those who are training and studying in the fields of education and business. 
Everyone making the journey are currently going through the visa application process while continuing with basic language and cultural lessons. There is considerable growing media interest in the trip, being such a unique opportunity to promote ladies football and the wider business and educational prospects for young women and we shall strive to keep everyone updated as everything progresses.
Our U21 amalgamation of Patrick Rankins made it two wins from two on Sunday afternoon with a ruthless display of football, defeating Carrickcruppen on a score-line of 8 – 25 to 2 – 4.
For the second week running the Rankins played with a strong breeze at their backs in the opening half and played some great attacking football and prevented their opponents from getting any kind of foot-hold in the game. They were clinical in front of the posts and by half-time they led by 6 – 16 to 0 – 2.
The Rankins continued to boss proceedings during the second period and added a further 2 – 9 to their total, with Carrickcruppen registering an additional 2 – 2. Overall it was a very convincing performance from the side with every one of the lads playing some football which will see them all vying for places in next week’s final group game against Ballyhegan which is scheduled for next Sunday at 12 noon in Correnshigo.
The scorers for Patrick Rankins on Sunday were: Matthew Girvan 5 – 11, Eamon McCabe 1 – 3, Oisin O’Callaghan 0 – 3, Ryan Quinn 0 – 3, Michael McParland 1 – 0, Cian Feehan 1 – 0, Conor Ruddy 0 – 2, Padraig Magee 0 – 1, Declan Harris 0 – 1, Aaron Boyle 0 – 1.
Training for all our U6s continues every Tuesday evening in Bessbrook Community Centre from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Everyone please remember to bring water and £1. All new and current U6s are welcome to come along, starting from 3 years old.
Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie
Training continues St Paul's every Wednesday evening from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm and all players are asked to attend. 
Underage Meeting
A meeting for anyone interested in helping out in any way with our underage teams, boys and girls, will take place in the club on Monday night, 6th November at 8:00 pm. Anyone interested in managing a team, helping out as a mentor or helping out in any small way is encouraged to attend. It is vitally important that we have a strong youth structure in the club and the more people who get involved the more successful it will be.
Committee Meeting
All committee members are reminded that Monday nights committee meeting will begin at 8:00 pm.
Workshop for Underage Coaches and Mentors
A workshop aimed at underage managers and coaches will take place next Thursday night, 9th November from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm in Carrickcruppen. Anyone managing or helping out with any of our underage teams in 2018 is encouraged to attend.
Congratulations to our former senior footballer Damien Brady and his wife Judith on the birth of new baby boy, James Brady. 
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 4, 15, 16 & 21. There were no jackpot winners and 5 x match three winners. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £6,900 so why not get yourself a ticket…. if you’re not in, you can’t win.
Attached picture:
Shane O’Neill’s senior ladies being presented with a new set of jerseys by representatives of the Confucius Institute