Post Date : Mon 13 Mar 2017 09:58 AM

The Confederation of Community Groups recently launched the Patricia Graham ‘Shining Light’ Community Volunteering Awards for 2017. 

Speaking at the launch in Newry Credit Union, Mr. Brendan Jackson Manager of Newry Credit Union said: “Newry Credit Union is delighted to act as the main sponsor of the Confederation of Community Groups ‘Shining Light’ Community Volunteering Awards. As local people are aware the Credit Union began over 50 years ago from a spirit of voluntary self-help and it is reassuring to see that same ethos is still alive and well in our local area.”  

This year CCG will be inviting nominations, under eight different Award Categories, from groups and organisations across the Newry & Mourne area. The Award Categories are Age 16-24, Age 25-49, Age 50-64, Age 65+, Older Peoples Services, Youth Work, Community Group and Community Project. The Nomination Process is open until Friday 5th May. Once again we anticipate a high level of interest and a diverse range of nominations reflecting the community landscape locally.” 

The Confederation will be seeking sponsorship for each of the different Award Categories and, as in previous years, an Independent Adjudication Panel will be appointed.  The Panel will meet in early May to assess the Nominations and select the Award winners.  All Nominees will be recognised on the Awards night; Friday 2nd June 2017 in the Canal Court Hotel, Newry. 

Concluding the event Mr Raymond Jackson, CEO of the CCG said: “ The Patricia Graham “Shining Light ”Community Volunteering Awards are a highlight of our year and the CCG is indebted to everyone who supports these awards whether through sponsorship, help in kind, by engaging in the nomination process or by attending on the night. “   

For further information contact the Confederation of Community Groups on 028 3026 1022 or email  

Post Date : Fri 10 Mar 2017 09:26 AM

Sinn Féin MLA Seán Lynch said the party is committed to delivering equality for all citizens.

The party's equality spokesperson was commenting after the latest report from the Council of Europe found that Irish Travellers are still face discrimination.
Seán Lynch said:
“Recently the Dáil adopted a report by the Justice and Equality Committee chaired by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin to formally recognise Irish Travellers as an indigenous ethnic minority. 
“Irish Travellers still face discrimination in the North in respect of accommodation.
“A multi-agency Taskforce on Traveller accommodation in the North needs to be set up to cater for the needs of Irish Travellers.
"Sinn Féin has called for the establishment of a national forum, across the island of Ireland, involving Travellers and the settled community, including representatives of all political parties, of government, local authorities, health and education sectors and representatives of media organisations to plan a way forward.
“Sinn Féin stood in the election on the platform of equality and respect for all and we will use our increased mandate to deliver for all citizens.” 
Post Date : Thu 09 Mar 2017 11:10 AM

The Southern Trust is ‘Proud to be a Quitter’ as it celebrates one year Smoke Free this No Smoking Day (8 March 2017). 

Patients, visitors and Trust employees are reaping the benefits of a healthier, cleaner and more pleasant environment since the implementation of the Smoke Free Health & Social Care Sites policy on 9 March 2016.
Roberta Brownlee, Southern Trust Chair said: 
“We are extremely proud to have reached this key milestone of being one year Smoke Free.  It is brilliant to see the high rate of compliance and support we have received.”
“As a health and social care service we have an important role as an example and advocate for this environmental change. Our patients, management, staff and visitors are to be commended for their tremendous efforts throughout the challenges that they have faced and continue to face in reaching a Smoke free environment.”
Since the Southern Trust became Smoke free in March 2016, approximately 1200 people have availed of the support and advice from the Trust’s Stop Smoking Service and over 750 people have successfully quit. 
A recent survey undertaken by the Trust has highlighted that awareness of the Smoke Free Sites policy is high with 99.6% of 810 people aware that the Policy is in place.
Lynne Smart, Southern Trust’s Head of Health Improvement (Acting) said: 
“By creating a Smoke free environment and providing stop smoking support services, we are enabling smokers to have the best possible chance of quitting.”
“This year’s No Smoking Day message is about being ‘Proud to be a Quitter’ which is set to inspire smokers to use No Smoking Day as the day they pledge to stop smoking. The Trust’s Stop Smoking Service has developed effective evidence-based services for people who wish to stop smoking and we would encourage anyone who wishes to take the first steps towards a healthier, Smoke free life for themselves and their families, to avail of our services.”
Free help and support is available to smokers across the Southern Trust area from:
  • The Southern Trust Stop Smoking Team Click here for Clinic Timetable To make an appointment with the team contact: 028 3741 5333 or email: 
  • Pharmacies 
  • GP services
The help provided through these specialist services can improve the chance of stopping successfully by up to four times compared to a smoker trying to quit on their own.
Post Date : Wed 08 Mar 2017 09:27 AM
The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has recently organised a film making workshop for young people who use the Autism Spectrum Disorder and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Connect Service. 
Over 30 young people took part in the workshop which focussed on developing career and social skills as well as learning about the tools needed to make a movie.  
Chris Millar, ASD/CAMHS Connect Practitioner says “Some young people have exceptional talents and this is a wonderful way for them to utilize them as well as interact and have great fun. We hope to create further opportunities within the community for our young people to have access to”. 
For further information on SHSCT ASD/CAMHS Connect Service call 028 3836 6777 or email: 
Post Date : Tue 07 Mar 2017 09:33 AM

On Saturday night past the club hosted the annual awards dinner. It was a night that celebrated the achievements both on and off the field of play. Guest speakers on the night were Jack Deveny from the County board committee and Armagh and Crossmaglen legend Oisin McConville.

Both men spoke highly of the club and the importance of the community and how they are the backbone to the successes of a wonderful club. Oisin also spoke about how as individuals we can achieve the targets we set, he touched on his own club and how their success for years at club level is and will always be of the hard work put in by the members, and how every member within the club is held with the highest of esteem no matter their role. 

On the night 2 players picked up double awards across both codes as dual players, this highlighting how their talents are not going unmissed, Sean Hardy picked up Senior Hurler and U21 footballer of the year, while Aoife Keown picked up Camogie player of the year and Ladies football managers player of the year.
Elsewhere senior football player of the year went to Donal McKibben, 2nds player of the year Finbar Toner, Minor footballer of the year Gareth McKibben, contribution to minor football Ruairi Toner, and ladies footballer of the year going to the reliable Kathleen McCarten. On the night a special award was made to Sorcha McCartan for her achievments this year, another dual player Sorcha picked up a double collage all star with her school St Louis Grammar school Kilkell. She then went on to represent Ulster and was apart of the successful interprovincial team. 
Off the field of play Donal Ward was named as club man of the year, this is an award that Donal  deserved, his dedication and consistent  application and support to the club throughout the year never went unnoticed.
Elsewhere a special presentation was made to Gerry Dougherty for 50 years service to the committee, this is an amazing achiement, and after 50 years Gerry still continues to bring the club forward in the best way possible. 
Congratulations to all recipients on the night, and we hope for the same success in the year to come, on behalf of the committee we would like to wish all teams the very best for the season ahead.  
Senior Footballer of the Year 2016 – Liam McKibben                     
Senior Hurler of the Year 2016 – Sean Hardy                                   
Ladies Footballer of the Year 2016 – Kathleen McCartan                 
Ladies Managers Player of the Year 2016 –   Aoife Keown
Under 21 Footballer of the Year 2016 – Sean Hardy                        
Minor Footballer of the Year 2016 – Gareth McKibben                                
2nds Footballer of the Year 2016 – Finbarr Toner                             
Contribution Award Minor Football Team 2016 – Ruairi Toner
Senior Camogie Player of the Year 2016 – Aoife Keown     
Club Person of the Year 2016 – Donal Ward                         
Hall Of Fame 2016 – Colm Crilly      
 Special Award – Gerry Dougherty
 Special  achievement Award – Sorcha McCartan      
There will be a meeting of all juvenile Coaches from all codes in St Malachys Primary School at 8.30pm sharp on Thursday April 9th. The meeting will last no longer than one hour.
Post Date : Tue 07 Mar 2017 09:25 AM
Sinn Féin MLA Michelle O'Neill has said political unionism must live up to the responsibility to share power.
Michelle O’Neill said: 
"We have been given a very strong mandate to enter negotiations and we must now make a difference.
"The people have had their say and the message is very clear. They don’t want minorities or majorities – they want equality. They want agreements implemented. They want progressive change. 
"Political unionism must now live up to its responsibility to share power on the basis of equality, to demonstrate respect and to act with integrity in government. 
"From today we will start meeting with the other parties and the two governments and tell how we see it and what it'll take to fix it.
"We will confront the two governments who have shamefully undermined and failed in their duty to protect, nurture and develop the Good Friday Agreement. 

"What is required is genuine power sharing and partnership with Republicans, based on equality and respect and mutual respect for our Irish national identity."  

Post Date : Fri 03 Mar 2017 02:17 PM
Sinn Fein's Carál Ní Chuilín has welcomed today's judgement from the High Court on the failure to implement an Irish language strategy.
Carál Ní Chuilín said:
"I welcome today's judgement from the High Court.
"It is long past the time that we had implementation of the commitments made on the Irish Language in successive agreements, including the commitment for an Irish Language Act.
"I congratulate the Irish language activists and organisations who brought this case to campaign for their rights.
"The Executive has now been told to implement an Irish language strategy and that should be underpinned by an Irish language act, as previously agreed, to protect the rights of Irish language speakers." 


Post Date : Thu 02 Mar 2017 09:20 AM
Sinn Féin's Pat Sheehan has welcomed the announcement from Health Minister Michelle O'Neill of approval for an air ambulance service. 
Pat Sheehan said: 
"I welcome today's announcement that my party colleague and health minister Michelle O'Neill has approved the north's first Helicopter Emergency Medical Service. 
"This will provide a live-saving service across the North and will operate seven days a week, providing a doctor-led service. 
"This announcement by Michelle O'Neill follows the move by Martin McGuinness as deputy First Minister to make land available at Long Kesh as a base for the service. 
"This is a credit to the many people who campaigned for this service, including the late Dr John Hinds. 

"I want to thank Minister Michelle O'Neill for approving this air ambulance service and look forward to it becoming operational." 

Post Date : Wed 01 Mar 2017 01:30 PM

Sinn Féin's Caitríona Ruane has expressed her condolences following the death of the former SDLP MLA for South Down PJ Bradley. 

Caitríona Ruane said:
"I was saddened to hear of the death of former South Down MLA, PJ Bradley. 
"I worked with him in the Assembly over a number of terms and he was a dedicated representative and advocate for South Down. 
"I want to express my condolences to his family, friends and colleagues at this sad time."
Post Date : Tue 28 Feb 2017 10:18 AM

Our Under 14 hurler's playing under the O'Rahilly banner with fellow Gaels from Liatroim Fontenoys began their season on Saturday afternoon with a challenge match against Lámh Dherg.

In an entertaining match that ended in a draw against a team which finished second in the Antrim A league last year, the boys played some excellent hurling. Well done lads. Go raibh maith agat to Lámh Dhearg CLG for the game, and best wishes for their upcoming season. Details for our Under 14 Football training sessions will be communicated shortly.

The first ever Female Sport Conference ran in integration with Ulster Camogie titled   EMPOWERING FEMALE SPORT in Armagh City Hotel on the 11th March 2017. If anyone would like to attend please contact John O'Neill or Terry Connolly. The course will have specific workshops for Ladies Football, Camogie and handball. 
Well Done to Juvenile Club Member, Donagh Keary who finished 5th in Ulster Cross Country Race this week while representing his school St Malachy's High School.
The Spring lake 5k and 10k run is to be held on Sunday 2nd April, more details will follow in the coming weeks,anyone wishing further details please contact Donal Ward or the Club via Facebook or twitter. 
The annual dinner dance is this Saturday night in the club rooms, tickets are selling fast, anyone wishing to obtain tickets at £20 each please contact Kevan Sweeny, guest speaker on the night is Oision McConville.
Reminder to all players that membership is now due, please speak to your management team or visit the clubs website to make payments. 
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