Post Date : Fri 02 Jun 2017 08:40 AM

There has been an oil spillage on the main road from Newry to Portadown in the direction heading towards Portadown.  This is affecting areas such as Poyntzpass and Tandragee.  Approach with caution.

Post Date : Thu 01 Jun 2017 01:38 PM

Sinn Féin’s Mickey Brady has issued a stark warning against the perils of Brexit on the campaign trail, alongside Martina Anderson MEP, at a public meeting organised by the party on Tuesday.

Speaking to a packed hall of residents from Newry & Armagh at a Sinn Féin Brexit Update, Mickey Brady expressed concerns that the undemocratic Brexit pursued by the Tories and DUP would have monumental impacts on the economic, social and political life of our border communities.
“The looming threat of a hard border as a result of the DUP/Tory Brexit threatens to disrupt life for people living along the border corridor.
“The successes of the Peace Process in removing checkpoints and invasive infrastructure has reconnected communities on both sides of the border, and transformed life here. Our young people especially have never had to deal the scourge of intrusive searches and a hard border through their towns and villages.
‘I and the entire Sinn Féin team have been on a diplomatic offensive in the European Parliament, Oireachtas and Westminster immediately following the Brexit vote to secure special status and protect the rights of people living in the north. 
‘Our team of MEPs and MPs have the critical negotiating experience necessary to fight the corner of the people of Newry & Armagh, and the six counties as a whole’
He continued:
“At our public meeting we were joined by community leaders who have also represented the fears of the local population in Brussels, Dublin and London. They pressed for an urgent resolution to the uncertainty now imposed on their homes and businesses as a result of a Brexit we voted against.
“We must have designated special status to protect the stability of our local economy and, more importantly, to respect the democratic right of the people of Newry & Armagh, of whom 62% voted to Remain.
Brady concluded:
“If the DUP and the British Government continue to refuse to respect the livelihoods and democratic integrity of the people of Newry & Armagh, they should have the opportunity to express these wishes once again in a referendum on Irish Unity.
Post Date : Tue 30 May 2017 09:56 AM

Senior Men

Our senior men’s unbeaten start to the league came to an end on Sunday when they suffered a two-point defeat at home to Mullaghbawn, 1 – 17 to 1 – 15.
The Shane’s enjoyed a great start to the game and found themselves three points to the good after ten minutes, with Paul O’Rourke getting all the scores but three points in a row from Mullaghbawn had them back on level terms. Two points in as many minutes from Connaire Mackin and David McCabe edged the Shane’s in front again but four points in four in minutes gave Mullaghbawn the lead by two. However, the lead was short-lived when a deflected shot from David McCabe made its way to his brother Mark and he made no mistake from close range, flicking the ball to the Mullaghbawn net. An eighth Mullaghbawn point had the sides level again but two late points from the Shane’s, one from Conal O’Brien and a free from Paul O’Rourke saw the home side go in at the break in front, 1 – 7 to 0 – 8.
The sides exchanged points early in the second-half with Connaire Mackin on target for the Shane’s before two points on the trot from Mullaghbawn saw them draw level once more. Another point apiece kept the sides level pegging with Sean McLoughlin getting the Shane’s score before two great points from Paul O’Rourke and a brilliant side-line free from Sean McLoughlin gave the Camlough side a three-point advantage. Mullaghbawn replied with two points of their own to leave just one between them before another pointed free from O’Rourke kept the scoreboard ticking over for the Shane’s. The sides then swapped frees with O’Rourke again on target for the Shane’s before an unfortunate mistake form the Shane’s keeper, Conor McKeown, was pounced on by Mullaghbawn and they made no mistake, driving the ball to the back of the net and put them in front by one. They added on another point almost immediately with Damian Doyle replying for the Shanes but it was Mullaghbawn who got the last score of the game to claim the win, 1 – 17 to 1 – 15.
The lads will continue to train as normal before returning to action on Wednesday 14th June at home to Derrynoose.
Senior Ladies
The senior ladies are back in action on Monday night at home to Silverbridge with the game throwing in at 7.00pm.
Minor Boys
Our minor boys’ amalgamation of Patrick Rankins had a great win over Wolfe Tones last Monday night. The amalgamated side led from start to finish, playing some brilliant football throughout and thoroughly deserving their win. Due to the exam break the minor boys have no game this week.
Minor Girls
Training for our minor girls continues on Tuesday night at 7.00pm.
U16 Boys
Due to the exam break the U16 boys have no game this week.
U16 Girls 
The U16 girls have a game on Thursday evening at home to Killeavy with the game scheduled to throw-in at 7.00pm.
U12 Girls
The U12 girls were in action on Sunday against a very good Dromintee side. Both sets of players put on a great display of football and well done to everyone. Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7.00pm at the field.
Our U10 footballers visited Whitecross on Wednesday evening. On what was a beautiful evening for football, both of our U10 teams showed great effort and produced some very entertaining football. Training continues each Tuesday and Friday at the from 6.00pm – 7.00pm and they also have a match at home at 7.00pm on Wednesday evening.
U8 training takes place every Friday evening from 6.00pm – 7.00pm at the field and all boys and girls at this age group are welcome to come along.
Training for our U6s continues every Wednesday evening from 6.00pm – 7.00pm in Bessbrook Community Centre and Friday evenings at the field from 6.00pm – 7.00pm. All boys and girls are welcome to attend.
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
Well done to the senior camogs who had a brilliant win away to An Port Mór during the week and best wishes to Fionnuala Bradley who suffered an injury during the game. Senior camogie training continues as normal on Monday and Wednesday from 6.30pm – 8.00pm with underage training (U8, U10, U12 & U14) taking place from 6.00pm – 7.00pm on Wednesday. 
The club would like to thank everyone who donated to their recent bucket collection which saw them raise £940.00 and €150.00
Triathlon Fundraiser – Team Splash, Flash and Dash
Watch out for sponsor cards this week as our intrepid trio of Yasmin Mackin (swimming), Peter Lynch (cycling) and Caoibhe Sloan (running) tackle the Crooked Lake Triathlon in the relay section, all proceeds to Shanes Ladies Football and KBRT!
Tickets for Armagh v Down Game
Anyone who ordered tickets via the club for the Armagh v Down Ulster Championship game next Sunday can collect them in the clubhouse from 8.00pm on Tuesday night.
Club Merchandise
We will be taking orders for socks and shorts for all teams on Friday, 2nd June from 7.00pm in the clubhouse. The prices are as follows:
Shorts Up to 26" = £13.00
Shorts 28" & Over = £15.00
Socks up to size 4 = £6.00
Socks size 4 and up £7.00
All Items must be paid for on the night. Could all managers and mentors please inform parents of this arrangement.
Best Wishes
Best wishes this week to our former senior footballer Brian Quinn who is currently recovering from a short illness. Best wishes also to Sheila Osborne who is recuperating at home following a short spell in hospital.
Well Done
Well done to our senior ladies’ footballer, Aimee Mackin, who was named on the Lidl NFL Division 1 Team of the Year.
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 20, 24, 25 & 28. There was no jackpot winner and 1 x lucky dip winner. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £5,750. Please note that the lotto draw will take place on Tuesday night this week due to the Bank Holiday on Monday.
Post Date : Tue 30 May 2017 09:47 AM

Down County Board Updates 

Well done to the coaches and goalkeepers who attended the Coaching the Keeper Workshop on Thursday 25th May in Saval GAC. Many thanks to Saval GAC for providing facilities. 
The next County Board meeting will take place on Monday 12th May 2017, at 8pm in the Thierafurth Inn, Kilcoo. 
Down Senior Ladies County Team 
The Ladies next game is the Final of the Ulster Championship on Friday 30th June 2017 at 7pm, venue Clonmore, Armagh. #MourneLadiesRising 
Down U15 Ladies Development Team
The girls continue their preparations for Ulster Final with a training session on Sunday 28th May at RGU Downpatrick. Last training session will be Wednesday evening at Annsborough. Ulster final will be played at Musgrave Park, Belfast at 2pm. Good luck to all the girls who have worked hard throughout the season.
Down U10 Blitz – Saturday 3rd June 10am-12noon
The County Board has confirmed venues for the LGFA U10 Blitz: Castlewellan (Mid / South Down) and Dundrum (East Down). Clubs must confirm the following: 
  • Attendance Y/N
  • If yes which Venue
  • Number of expected players attending
Please note that clubs are free to use school age if they need to make up team numbers, allowing girls up to P6 to attend. Games will be (numbers permitting), 9 a side and for clubs with smaller numbers this can be reduced to 7 aside or as low as 5 aside to accommodate. Entries will be taken until midnight of Wednesday 31st May 2017. Emails confirming the above information if attending should be sent to
Club Fixtures 
Tuesday 30th May – 7:30pm 
Intermediate League 
Bosco v Saul 
Wednesday 31st May – 7:00pm 
Under 12 East 
Bryansford v Dundrum 
Bredagh v Carryduff 
Saul v Downpatrick 
Under 12 Mid 
Kilcoo v Saval 
Castlewellan v Carryduff B 
Under 12 South 
Annaclone v Cumann Pheadair Naofa 
Burren v Mayobridge 
St Michaels Magheralin v Bosco 
Thursday 1st June – 7:30pm 
Junior League 
Loughinisland v Teconnaught 
Saturday 3rd June – 7:00pm 
Senior League 
Bredagh v Carryduff 
Post Date : Thu 25 May 2017 08:32 AM

Folks our annual club draw is back and bigger than ever before. This year offers hugely increased prizes on each of the 3 draw nights.

The star prize this year is an incredible £5000, while other highlights include Caribbean and Mediterranean holidays, a fabulous home makeover, various home improvement appliances, 20 huge cash prizes, plus much, much more. 
We would like to invite all our loyal members, supporters and friends to please support us by purchasing a ticket for our Annual Draw. Every penny is spent on our juvenile and adult teams across all four codes, and in the continual development of our facilities. 
Tickets are £25 a month for 3 months (£75 total) and are available from all committee and club members! Or for our friends overseas or anyone who would prefer to buy online you can pay it all in one go or in three instalments at the two links below. #UTT
Post Date : Mon 22 May 2017 11:57 AM

 PSNI use latest technology to combat crime and monitor Peregrine sites across Northern Ireland

The PSNI are using the latest technology to help prevent and combat wildlife crime. Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA), more commonly known as drones, have been used recently to monitor ‘hot-spot’ areas where crimes against birds of prey are occurring. This supports the work of officers in the districts, who investigate all instances of wildlife crime. 
D/Inspector Stephen Brown said, “The PSNI’s Air Support Unit (ASU) provides aircraft to support a wide range of police activities throughout the Police Service of Northern Ireland, and as far as we are aware, the Police Service of Northern Ireland is thought to be one of the first Police Services in the UK to use this technology in this way. We are pleased to be able to effectively target hotspot areas and areas further afield as and when required so we can work with our partners in the hope that we can all prevent this type of crime and reach our ultimate goal to combat wildlife crime.” 
Emma Meredith, PSNI Wildlife Liaison Officer, said; “The Police Service of Northern Ireland take all types of crimes seriously and this includes wildlife crime such as shooting, poisoning or trapping of birds of prey.  On occasions, baits (examples such as a rabbit carcass or sausages) have been laid laced with poison in the public domain. On occasions these are seriously dangerous poisons such as Carbofuran which was banned across the EU in 2001. 
Be under no illusion that this type of poison (Carbofuran) is an indiscriminate killer and can also be fatal to humans, not only wildlife suffers but also any child, adult or pet could find and ultimately consume these poisoned baits.  
Given the potential dangers of this and other poisons, for the first time PSNI have begun to use the PSNI drones fitted with specialist cameras to assist in prevention and if possible catching the perpetrators, who if caught will be reported to the Public Prosecution Service.   I would also ask if anyone find what they suspect to be a poisoned bait or suspicious dead bird to leave it in situ and call the police on 101. 
This is the first time in NI the drone has been used in wildlife crime and we are delighted the wildlife team, air support unit and external partners are working closely together to pilot this initiative.
Following on from the launch of Operation Raptor in March 2016, PSNI also contribute to a UK initiative named ‘Peregrine Watch’ and as part of this latest phase, we are using these drones. The ability to survey hard to reach areas mean that there is no hiding place for those who seek to persecute wild birds.”
The Northern Ireland Raptor Study Group (NIRSG) peregrine survey team who have been out monitoring with PSNI officers have welcomed the initiative saying; “We welcome the fantastic cutting-edge PSNI initiative using this technology locally especially since we lose a number of peregrines each year, particularly to illegal poisoning or shooting and trapping. The NIRSG volunteers are again spending time with local PSNI officers this year surveying peregrine sites, ringing chicks and liaising with landowners in order to raise the profile and prevent crimes against these birds. As always we would urge anybody who notices any suspicious activity particularly near quarries or cliffs to report these to the PSNI to help thwart these wildlife criminals”.
Dr. Jon Lees, Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) Wildlife Officer, said, “In Northern Ireland all nesting birds, their eggs and dependent young are protected by law from disturbance and destruction.  Peregrines have increased in numbers since historic lows of the 1950-60’s caused by organochloride pesticides, egg collectors and persecution, however they are still often targeted by those wanting to reduce their abundance, but can also be disturbed to the point of nest abandonment by people who just want closer look or a photograph.  
Any lawful operation that potentially impacts a protected species must be assessed by the NIEA.  We may subsequently require the operator(s) to apply for a licence to conduct their business by a strict set of conditions or defer their activities to a less sensitive period.  The NIEA have been working closely with the PSNI ASU, wildlife team and NIRSG to establish a safe working protocol to ensure that the Operation Raptor monitoring causes no harm.  We would caution members of the public to avoid disturbing protected wildlife while flying drones or when taking photographs.  Operators should contact the NIEA Wildlife Team 028 905 69551 for further advice”.  
According to a report into the illegal killing of Northern Ireland’s native birds of prey, published by the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime in November 2016, there were nine confirmed illegal poisoning or persecution incidents, affecting 11 protected birds of prey, in Northern Ireland in 2014. This report follows on from the 2009 – 2013 Persecution Report published in 2015. Between 2009 and 2014 there are now a total of 44 confirmed reports of native birds of prey being illegally killed, plus one confirmed incident of illegal nest destruction. The report examined occurrence and trends in persecution of these birds, which has allowed PAW to produce ‘hot-spot’ maps to identify areas where crimes against birds of prey are occurring. Of the nine confirmed cases in 2014, four of these occurred in County Down, two in County Tyrone and one in each of counties Londonderry, Armagh and Antrim. The report showed that the most frequent casualties were buzzards and the recently re-introduced red kite, with four of each of these species killed. Red kites and buzzards are particularly susceptible to poisoned baits as they will scavenge on carrion routinely. There were also two peregrine falcons and a sparrowhawk killed.
The PSNI take all reports of wildlife crime seriously and as such if we receive a report linked to Peregrine Watch we will respond accordingly.  If anyone has information on any type of crime against birds of prey please contact 101. 
Post Date : Mon 22 May 2017 10:32 AM

 Down County Board Updates 

Coaching the Keeper Workshop, Thursday 25th May, Saval GAC 7.30pm – 10.00pm Cost: £10 per person, Clothing: tracksuit & runners required, Refreshments will be provided Ladies Gaelic Football Coaches and Goalkeepers are welcome to attend, please note spaces are limited. A maximum of 6 Goalkeepers are required for the practical element and 25 coaches. To book your space on a first come, first served basis please contact Aine McClean on or 07519562798.
Well done to all the Down coaches who took part in the final day of the Ladies Level 1 on Saturday 20th May in St. Johns GAC, Drumnaquoile. Special thanks to the U15 girls who facilitated the practical session, St John GAC for facilitating and Maureen Ward for catering! 
Down Senior Ladies County Team 
The Ladies next game is the Final of the Ulster Championship on Friday 30th June 2017 at 7pm, venue Clonmore, Armagh. #MourneLadiesRising 
Down U15 Ladies Development Team
Preparation for the Ulster final continues with training on Sunday 28th May from 11-12.30pm, venue will be confirmed through the WhatsApp group. Well done to the girls and mentors who completed the Warrenpoint 10k walk on Sunday 21st May supporting the KBRT and Hospice. Well done everyone! 
Down U13 Ladies County Development Team 
The U13 girls had an end of season fun afternoon of trampolining followed by a meal at Jump Boxx, Banbridge on Saturday 20th May after all their hard work since January. The Mentors thank all the girls for their efforts and wish them all the best of luck with their clubs throughout the Summer.
Post Date : Wed 17 May 2017 09:24 AM
The Police Service of Northern Ireland has today (Wednesday 17 May) published its annual crime statistics for 2016/17 which show crime figures are at their lowest level since the series commenced almost 20 years ago.
In 2016/17, there were 98,076 crimes recorded by the PSNI, a drop of 6.6%, 105,023 crimes, on the previous year and the lowest number recorded since 1998/99.
Commenting on the statistics, Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris said: “The PSNI is committed to keeping people safe and we welcome the fact there has been a decrease in the number of crimes recorded.
“These figures show a snapshot of crime types we are dealing with but it is also important to acknowledge that although the statistics show the number of traditional crimes recorded has fallen, demand on policing is increasing and becoming more complex as traditional crime has given way to those less visible, more complex crimes such as public protection offending and cyber-crime.
Overall 16% of policing demand is linked to crime as around 80% of calls for service relate to public safety and welfare including incidents involving vulnerability, missing people and child protection.”
Of note, the statistics show there were 28 victims resulting from paramilitary style shootings in 2016/17, double the number recorded in the previous year. There was also an increase in the number of casualties of paramilitary style assaults, from 58 last year to 66 over the same period this year.
Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris added: “I acknowledge the increase in the number of victims as a result of paramilitary style attacks and would reassure local communities that we are continuing to focus on these crimes. The PSNI is working hard to bring those responsible for these types of crimes before the courts however we also need the support from the public in providing us with the information we need to bring the perpetrators to justice.”
There were 29,166 incidents with a domestic abuse motivation in 2016/17, an increase of 2.7%, 774 incidents, and the highest level recorded since the series commenced. However, the number of crimes with a domestic abuse motivation fell by 140 offences, 1%, from 14,073 in 2015/16 to 13,933 in 2016/17.
Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris said: “Whilst the number of crimes with a domestic motivation fell, the number of incidents with a domestic abuse motivation rose and I would continue to encourage anyone who is a victim of domestic abuse to come forward and report it to police.”
The PSNI statistics are available on the website: 
Further details in relation to these statistics are available at: 


Post Date : Mon 15 May 2017 12:10 PM

 Police in Newry, investigating an attempted robbery at Buttercrane Quay on Sunday 14th May, have charged a 22 year old man with a number of offences including attempted robbery, possession of an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence and assault on police. He is due to appear at Newry MC on Monday 15th May. As is normal procedure all charges are reviewed by the PPS.