Post Date : Thu 17 Aug 2017 08:30 AM

Sinn Féin Equality Spokesperson, Megan Fearon MLA, said today that she will be meeting student’s union representatives to discuss the ‘Stand Together Survey’ into rates of sexual assault among Queen’s students.

Speaking following the launch of the survey on Wednesday, which was conducted by the Student Consent Research Collaboration (SCORE), the Newry Armagh MLA urged the relevant authorities to take action on the students’ findings:
Megan Fearon said:
“My party colleague Caoimhe Archibald and I will be meeting representatives of the students’ union to discuss the results of the ‘Stand Together Survey’ into rates of sexual assault among Queen’s students.  
“The results of this survey are a damning indication of the lack of knowledge in our society about sexual consent, and of the rates of sexual assault among students.
“Disproportionate rates of sexual violence against women and members of the LBGTQ community were prevalent themes in particular.
“As the first survey of its kind in the north, this work will be instrumental in providing an evidence base for authorities to take action on the proposed recommendations of the group.
“Public awareness on rates of sexual assault, the role of alcohol in these crimes, and an emphasis on improving consent education are welcome recommendations.
“The ‘Stand Together’ survey results also point to a problem of underreporting of crimes to the PSNI and other authorities. The group’s efforts may encourage silent survivors to come forward and share their experiences, and they should be commended.” 
Post Date : Tue 15 Aug 2017 09:03 AM

Well done to our Year 6 Boy Footballer's who this morning took part in the Michael Hanley Tournament in Bryansford. We fielded two teams and the boys had a great mornings football. Thank you to Bryansford GAC for the invitation, and well done for organising such a well-run tournament. 

Our team comprising of our older boys in the panel won the Shield Competition with our younger group being put out in the quarter finals of the Plate Competition by the eventual winners Clonduff. Brilliant performances by all the kids. Well done lads. 
Our Senior Ladies Camogie Championship game has been changed. 
We now play Bredagh In Drumaness on Wednesday 16th at 7.30pm. 
We would to ask all parents and anyone else to come out and support the girls - They deserve your support folks - let's get out and give the girls a hand. 
U12 girls participated in Ulster Blitz on Saturday in Killeavy Girls had a win over Armagh Harps, drew with Dungiven and were defeated by Shercock Cavan & St. Enda's Omagh. The girls enjoyed the experience of playing   teams from outside the county.
Well done to the senior footballers who advance to the best round of the championship. This came after a 1:17 to 1:8 victory over Bredagh.
On Sunday, our Senior hurlers take on Clonduff in Laitroim at 13:00. Again, it would be great to get out and support the team and management. 
On Sunday, we ran a bus to the All Ireland Hurling Semi Final between Waterford and Cork. Everyone had a great day and enjoyed the game. On the way into the ground we met legendary GAA commentary Micheal O Muircheartaigh.
Club gear can now be ordered. Forms can be collected in the club rooms; the final order will be going on September 10th. 
Image 1: Year 6 boys at the Bryansford tournament. 
Image 2: Members of our club who travelled to Croke park for the All Ireland Hurling semi-final, seen here with Micheal O Muircheartaigh.
Post Date : Mon 14 Aug 2017 09:51 AM
Pat McGinn (far right) of Cuan Mhuire Regional Addiction Centre based in Newry pictured with a group of participants involved with the Princes Trust initiative. 
The Group recently visited the Addiction Support Centre in Newry where they learned of the wide range of services delivered by Cuan Mhuire which was founded by Kerry born Nun Sister Consilio Fitzgerald just over 50yrs ago. 

Those present discussed a wide range of issues including the impact of Addiction on individuals, their families and communities, emotional health and well-being and Addiction services offered by the Health Agencies, Voluntary & Community sector. 

Post Date : Mon 14 Aug 2017 09:48 AM

Slieve Gullion Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin has called for an end to dangerous joyriding following a one-car crash in the Kilnasaggart area of Jonesborough on in the early hours of Monday morning.

A vehicle travelling at speed clipped a ditch and overturned, as residents complained of racing and dangerous driving on the extremely narrow country roads in the area.
Cllr Larkin strongly condemned those responsible, adding that only luck on this occasion prevented serious injury or perhaps tragedy:
“Although the occupants of the vehicle in question appear to have escaped without injury, the car was wrecked. This road is a narrow one-way route, and is entirely unsuitable for hard driving. 
“Residents in the area are disturbed by the actions of joyriders on the surrounding roads last Sunday night. This behaviour is extremely dangerous and will not be tolerated by the local population. 
“Lives are being put at risk by reckless behaviour of this kind. This community could likely see another road tragedy if those pursuing this madness do not desist from their anti-community activities. 
“A car is a lethal weapon in the wrong hands, and maturity and respect for the local community is absent from those pursuing these actions.”
Post Date : Mon 14 Aug 2017 09:46 AM

Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin has called for anyone with information regarding the robberies of three cars in Slieve Gullion Forest Park on Wednesday evening to come forward and contact the PSNI.

The thieves, who targeted cars parked in the upper car park on the mountain drive, smashed the windows of several vehicles and looted the contents of each car, and a small blue car was seen driving away from the scene.
Speaking following the robberies, Cllr Larkin urged tourists and the local community to be vigilant of these crimes, and to practice caution when leaving cars unattended:
"On Wednesday evening a number of people were driving and walking the surrounding roads and it is likely that the car and its occupants were observed by several witnesses.
“I would encourage anyone with information to contact the police in order to bring these callous thieves to justice. A number of CCTV cameras also cover the area and I am hopeful that the footage will provide sufficient evidence to prosecute these petty thieves.
“These drive-through thieves are not welcome in South Armagh. The breathtaking scenery in this region attracts day-trippers and tourists from all over the world. We will not allow these mindless crimes discourage people from enjoying what was the most popular tourist attraction in the district in the past year.
“Finally, I would implore visitors and locals to remove valuables from their cars when leaving them unattended. To do otherwise is an invitation for undesirables to pillage. Be vigilant, be safe, and enjoy your visit.”
Post Date : Mon 14 Aug 2017 09:43 AM

Sinn Féin Councillor Roisin Mulgrew, current Chairperson of Newry, Mourne & Down District Council, has expressed her delight as Slieve Gullion Forest Park is named the most popular tourist destination on the Council District, hosting about 400,000 visitors last year.

This dramatic increase in popularity, with numbers of visiting tourists rising every year, is in large part due to substantial Council and external investment in the site to transform facilities available to local residents, families and mountain trekkers.
Speaking following the announcement, Mulgrew also raised the possibilities for the further development site, which could further unlock the potential of the historic.
Ring of Gullion area:
‘Slieve Gullion Forest Park is now a community hub that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, with something for everyone.
‘Sinn Féin in Newry, Mourne and Down Council have pushed hard for further development, and the Council has secured investment in recent years that has transformed the site as a tourist destination.
“For the fourth year running the Forest Park has been received the Green Flag award, the only one in the council area.
“Not only does continued development bring tourists in from far and wide to enjoy the natural splendour and new facilities in the area, it has also resurrected the vibrant ancient history of the Ring of Gullion area and boosted tourism across South Armagh.
“New parking and exercise facilities have been a success, while the ‘Fairy Trail’ captures the local myths and legends of the mountain area, bringing to life for children their local heritage.
“As the Killeavy Castle development continues to progress, there is even greater potential for touristic and economic development. Our local community can only benefit as a result.”
Post Date : Tue 08 Aug 2017 08:26 AM

Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin has described an assault at Anduff as a reckless criminal act, following an alcohol-fuelled attack on a cyclist near Silverbridge on Sunday morning.

"At about 10 am on Sunday as a cyclist was approaching Anduff on the Silverbridge Road a car drew alongside him and a passenger struck the cyclist on the leg with a beer bottle”, said Cllr Larkin.
“The car then sped off with the occupants cheering and tossing glass bottles onto the road. Although shaken and injured, the cyclist maintained his balance and dignity.
“This was a reckless criminal assault upon a visitor to the area who was out enjoying an early morning cycle through South Armagh.
“It is obvious that those involved were under the influence of alcohol, and while driving put the lives of this cyclist, and the wider community, at risk.
“Their selfish and dangerous antics could have brought another tragedy to our rural roads. It is unacceptable behaviour and must be condemned.
“Throughout our District hundreds of cyclists take to the roads, especially at weekends. It is an increasingly popular sport and pastime which is improving the health of the local population and draws tourists from far and wide to enjoy South Armagh’s majestic scenery. 
“Sinn Féin value the contribution made by the cycling fraternity to this District and understand the issues they can face whilst out on the highway. 
Hopefully this assault will not dissuade them from continuing their activities. I urge everyone to remain vigilant and make known to the authorities drink-driving and criminal actions like these.”
Post Date : Mon 07 Aug 2017 11:28 AM
Slieve Gullion Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin has met with Transport NI in Dromintee and Jonesborough to express concerns about road conditions in the local community.
Following the meeting, Larkin said the meeting was a constructive opportunity with authorities to highlight the dire state of rural infrastructure:
"I was able at short notice to arrange a site meeting with a Transport NI engineer in order to highlight a number of serious issues including potholes and verge cutting in the Dromintee and Jonesborough area. 
“Several narrow roads in the area have still not had their verges cut back, creating dangers for both motorists and pedestrians. Briars are meeting in the middle of some roads and sight lines have virtually disappeared. 
“There are numerous potholes growing in size, some of which I reported months ago. The approaches to many of our villages are rapidly deteriorating, and to residents and tourists have the appearance of abandonment.”
“Both I and Megan Fearon MLA have successfully lobbied authorities over the last three years to have a number of roads resurfaced, but much more investment is required to bring rural areas like these to a standard in keeping with our towns."
Cllr Larkin said it was clear that despite his on-going lobbying and engagement, continuous and damaging budget cuts to vital services was having a real impact on the local community:
“The engineer, although sympathetic, explained the problems faced by himself and the Department. One shocking revelation was the fact that potholes must be 4 inches deep before they are scheduled for repair.
“This is totally unacceptable. While I understand our public services are under assault from years of Tory austerity, much more must be done with existing resources to ensure rural communities are not deserted in this fashion.

“I will be in contact with the Sector Management Team this week to impress upon them the urgency of the situation and to insist that solutions are found to reassure the residents of Dromintee and Jonesborough that their safety and wellbeing are the top priority for the Department." 

Post Date : Tue 01 Aug 2017 08:33 AM

Our under 14 boys footballers take pride of place this week in the club. Before Monday night's game they sat joint top of the table with St Paul's. With this the last league game and it against St Paul's this was sure to be an entertaining affair, especially as our boys had been unbeaten at home all season. 

A large crowd gathered at the Bann Road complex to cheer on both teams, the numbers would not be out of place at some division 1 senior fixtures never mind that of an U14 fixture. 
The town showed signs of their unbeaten home record and ran into a healthy lead early in the first half, however towards the half time mark St Paul's pulled it back to just 3 points going into the break. 
It was 10 minutes into the second half when Castlewellan started to push on. Hitting 4 goals on the trot midway into the second half gave the town boys the edge, this continued for the rest of the match. It was hard to pick one player who stood out and this shows the strength in the team. 
Credit goes to Francie, Ciaran, Robbie and all the players for their efforts so far this year, and hopefully they can push on going into the Championship. 
Finally, thanks to all the parents and supporters who turned up on Monday night to cheer the boys on. 
Final score Castlewellan 10-14 St Paul's 4-6. 
Coaching in St Malachys Park continues on Saturday morning Nursery, P1 & P2 boys and girls 10-11am. P3-P6 girls football and camogie from 10-11.30am. P3/P4 Hurling 10-10.45 P3/P4 boys football 10.45 -11.30. P5/P6 boys back to normal Monday and Wednesday next week. Enjoy! Please note all grades are last year’s classes.
Well done to our Under 12 girl footballers who played their last league last week winning 8.8 to 2 points away to Kilcoo. Brilliant result girls. 
Reminder that this Saturday night is the final night of our annual draw. With £5000 first prize in offer wouldn't it be great to be there when your name is called. Music on the night by Stephen Rafferty and a bbq will be served. 
Commiserations to the Down Senior football team who lost out to Monaghan at Croke park on Saturday. Both Sean and Mickey had great games, and to Rory and Colly who were on the squad. More of the same next year lads.
Image: U14  footballers receiving the East Down U14 b shield from chairman Sean McCashen.
Post Date : Mon 31 Jul 2017 08:38 AM

Detectives are appealing for information following the report of an aggravated burglary at a house in the Maryvale Road area of Newry on Saturday 28th July. 

Detective Sergeant Trish Bardon said: “It was reported that two male youths, one armed with a knife, entered the house at around 8 pm on Saturday evening, through the back door. They demanded money from the female occupant before ransacking the house. They then left the house leaving the woman uninjured but badly shaken. Both youths were described as being around 17 years old and spoke with a local Newry accent. One was described as being around 5’5” tall, of medium build and wore a dark grey hooded top and black track bottoms. The second was over 6’ tall, of thin build and also wore a grey hooded top with black track bottoms.”
“I would ask anyone who noticed persons matching these descriptions or observed a white coloured van in the area or anyone with any information which could assist with our enquiries to contact detectives at Ardmore station on 101 quoting reference number 1191 29/07/17. Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”