Post Date : Mon 31 Jul 2017 08:34 AM

Sinn Féin Councillor and Newry, Mourne & Down Council Chairperson, Roisin Mulgrew, has congratulated the organisers and participants of the Border Route Run as the finished their run along the entirety of the Irish border in Warrenpoint on Friday afternoon.

Aleks Stanek, among others, have run the length of the Irish border to raise awareness about the uncertainty the lives of EU nationals have been placed in as a result of Brexit. 
Mulgrew commended this profile-raising effort in the midst of the uncertainty of Brexit, and encouraged other citizens in Newry, Mourne and Down to do likewise:
“The north decisively voted against Brexit, with 56% of the population in opposition", she said.
“Now, as a result of Tory government refusing to listen to the concerns of citizens here we will be dragged out of the EU against our will.
“This incredible physical and civic feat achieved by the participants of the Border Route Run help shine a light on the uncertainly thrust upon EU nationals in our community as a result of Brexit.
“In the time ahead our community must do much more to focus the attention of the world on the status of citizens here post-Brexit.
“Not everyone can run hundreds of miles, but everyone can do something. This is a great example set by the organisers and our community should show its gratitude to the Border Route Runners.”
Post Date : Mon 31 Jul 2017 08:30 AM

The All-Ireland Poc Fada finals in hurling and camogie will be held on the Cooley Mountains on Saturday August 5th. The competition was first held in 1960 and following a short hiatus from 1970-1980, it returned in 1981 and has been ever-present on the National calendar since. 

The unique GAA contest promises to be a great day of sport. Defending senior hurling champion James McInerney (An Clár) puts his crown on the line against a high calibre field that includes All-Star winning goalkeepers Brendan Cummins (Tipperary) and Eoin Murphy (Kilkenny).
Aoife Murray (Corcaigh) also returns to defend the Senior titles she captured 12 months ago. Cathal Kiely (Uíbh Fhailí) does likewise in the Under 16 hurling competition and he will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of his older brother and current Offaly senior player, Cillian by annexing the title for a second year-in-a-row. The 2015 and 2016 Under 16 camogie winner, Sarah Healy (Gaillimh) returns to the mountain but she is taking part in the Senior competition for the first time.
Across all competitions hurlers and camógs from Clare, Louth, Antrim, Derry, Laois, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Down, Roscommon, Offaly, Cork and Meath will have the opportunity to compete for an All-Ireland title.
M. Donnelly GAA All-Ireland Final Proceedings will get under way at 11.00am on Annaverna Mountain, Ravensdale, Co. Louth on Saturday, August 5th.
Speaking at the recent launch event the GAA Leas-Uachtarán, Jim Bolger said: “There are few events in our diary that stand out from the rest of our activities in the same way as the Poc Fada. 
“The Poc Fada is a truly unique event held at the picturesque setting of the Annaverna Mountain. It is a real test of skill and stamina. The contestants value the competition highly and given that they participate at a very busy time of the season, both at Inter-County and club level, shows the importance they place on their involvement. I would also like to thank Martin Donnelly for his continued support of the competition, in what will be the 21st year sponsoring the Finals in the Cooley Mountains.” 
Also speaking at the launch Ard Stiúrthóir Cumann Camógaíochta, Joan O'Flynn said: “I am looking forward once more to this year’s prestigious Poc Fada Finals, which promise to be an exciting event in the spectacular Cooley Peninsula at the foot of the Annaverna Mountain. I am very pleased that Camogie players are, once again, part of this outstanding competition. I am really looking forward to a tremendous contest over the very challenging course. Thanks to Martin Donnelly, whose commitment to the Poc Fada goes beyond that of a standard sponsorship.”
Martin Donnelly said: “I’m particularly proud to continue my association with the Poc Fada, supporting this wonderful and exciting competition as this is my 21st year sponsoring the Finals in the Cooley Mountain. This year’s finals promise to be “as good as ever” with James McInerney and Aoife Murray returning to defend their titles against very stiff opposition.”
Humphrey Kelleher, Chairman of the National Poc Fada Committee stated: “An Poc Fada is one of our finest traditions and we in the GAA, whether it be at Club, County, Provincial or National level have a responsibility to cherish and develop it to the best of our ability. I am particularly delighted that most counties and provinces have held their competition on “mountain courses” this year. That gives the final contestants a real flavour for what they will face on the mountain.”
Senior Hurling
1. James McInerney (Clare)
2. Gerard Smith (Louth)
3. Donal McKernan (Antrim)
4. Ruairi Convery (Derry)
5. Eoin Reilly (Laois) 
6. Fintan O’Brien (Dublin) 
7. Mark Fahy (Galway)
8. Tadhg Haran (Galway)
9. Brian O’Loughlin (Clare) 
10. John Chawke (Limerick)
11. Brendan Cummins (Tipperary)
12. Eoin Murphy (Kilkenny)
U-16 Hurling
1. Ciaran Watson (Down)
2. Adam Donnelly (Roscommon)
3. Cathal Kiely (Offaly)
4. Ryan Renehan (Tipperary)
Senior Camogie
1. Aoife Murray (Cork) 
2. All-Star Pick to be confirmed 
3. Orlagh O’Hara (Antrim)
4. Faye McCarthy (Dublin)
5. Sarah Healy (Galway) 
6. Áine O’Loughlin (Clare)
U-16 Camogie
1. Roisin McCormick (Antrim)
2. Abbye Donnnelly (Meath)
3. Maeve Muldoon (Galway) 
4. Molly Lynch (Cork)
Post Date : Fri 28 Jul 2017 12:13 PM

Slieve Gullion Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin has condemned the illegal dumping of three diesel cubes near Silverbridge on Friday.

In recent months there have been repeated incidents of illegal dumping in the area, pointing to ongoing criminal activity resulting in potential environmental damage.
Councillor Larkin insisted that the criminals behind this dumping activity must desist immediately, and urged the community to remain vigilant:
"Yet again we have ratepayers in this district paying to clear the toxic waste which is dumped at our roadside by diesel launderers.
“The latest incident occurred on the New Line at Silverbridge. 
Three pods of diesel waste were left beside a N.I. Water facility.
“This criminal behaviour is a blight on our landscape, our environment, but most importantly, our community.
“The people behind these crimes have no respect for citizens in the area who are forced to pay for their actions, which this time threatened to contaminate local water supplies.
“I urge the statutory authorities and the local community to redouble their efforts to put this activity to an end once and for all.
“It’s dangerous, it’s criminal, and it must stop immediately.”
Post Date : Fri 28 Jul 2017 08:18 AM

Sinn Féin Councillor Charlie Casey teamed up with the Newry Felons and Barcroft Community Association for a litter-pick and clean-up of the Barcroft area on Wednesday afternoon.

Around 20 people turned out, including Felon's members, those in the Community Association and residents, and lifted litter with equipment provided by Newry, Mourne and Down Council. Heavier items were arranged to be lifted on Thursday.
Speaking after the community initiative, Casey, a member of Newry Felons, commended the efforts of people and the civic groups involved in coming together to look after a highly residential area in Newry town:
"Projects such as these have great value for all involved, and for the area as a whole.
"It demonstrates a vibrant community spirit that is alive and well in this part of the town, but also brings a social good that inspires people to foster a culture of activism and community awareness.
"No doubt the groups involved will be out again soon taking care of the Barcroft area, and keeping the streets clean and tidy for residents. 
"I would encourage everyone to take on this initiative in their homes. Our town can only benefit from seeing this rolled out across the community."
Post Date : Fri 28 Jul 2017 08:16 AM
Sinn Féin Environment Spokesperson, Cathal Boylan MLA, is urging landowners to apply for grants under the Forest Expansion Scheme, currently open in support of management and expansion of existing woodlands.
The opening of the third phase of the scheme, which is and part financed by the Rural Development Programme and DAERA, is intended to encourage and support farmers and landowners who wish to plant or expand their own woodland of 5 hectares or more.
Mr Boylan said:
“The Forest Expansion Scheme, The Forest Protection Scheme and Woodland Investment Grant are a welcome opportunity for protection and enhancement of our environment and woodlands.
“These schemes will greatly improve the management of existing woodland, building more vibrant and resilient ecosystems in our forests, and in our rural communities.
“At a time when we must all respond to the global challenge of climate change, moves like these empower local landowners to protect wildlife, their habitats, and the entirety of our natural environment.
“I would urge anyone who is eligible to apply for a grant to do so without delay. Application forms as well as further information can be attained online through the DAERA website at
“Alternatively, Forestry Service can be contacted on 028 6634 3019 or via email at”
The Newry Armagh representative added:
“Grants are available for land owners including estate owners, charitable organisations, local councils and farmers. 
 “Applicants should be aware that land on which Single Farm Payment was paid in the 2008 scheme year or subsequently and was converted to forestry under an EU scheme remains eligible for Single Farm Payment for the duration of the Forestry Grant Scheme."

Applications for the Forest Expansion Scheme must be submitted to Forest Service by Friday 29 September 2017 for the 2017/18 planting season. 

Post Date : Wed 26 Jul 2017 08:39 AM

Police in Newry are appealing for witnesses to a serious road traffic collision on the A1 carriageway on Tuesday 18th July to come forward.

Inspector Denise Graham said: “Shortly after 12.30pm on the afternoon of Tuesday 18th July, police received a report of a single vehicle collision on the A1 carriageway, just outside Newry, near the Sheepbridge complex. A blue Toyota Rav 4 car, which had been travelling northbound, crashed through the central reservation, ending in the southbound carriageway. The driver, a man aged 50, was taken to hospital, where he remains in a critical condition. The A1 was closed in both directions for a number of hours following the collision.”
“I am appealing today for anyone with any information or who witnessed the collision or has dashcam or mobile phone footage from the scene to contact police at Ardmore on 101 quoting reference number 512 18/07/17.”
Post Date : Wed 26 Jul 2017 08:37 AM

Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said the future of green energy research in the north could be jeopardised by Brexit. 

Murphy outlined the loss to critical research for the environment, and opportunities for economic growth in renewable energies, as a result of Brexit: 
"The fact that Queen's University, Belfast has been awarded an £8 million Interreg funding package for research into renewable energy shows the opportunities that exist as a result of our EU membership. 
"This funding will help benefit the all-Ireland green energy sector and has the potential to significantly enhance our knowledge in environmental research." 
Speaking of the reduced opportunities local young people now face, Murphy said:
“Brexit clearly threatens to derail the educational and professional opportunities for thousands of young people in Newry & Armagh, many of whom will be heading to Belfast to study in September.
"This is the type of funding we stand to lose as a result of the Tory Brexit agenda.
"Not only will this loss of funding impact on research but it will also limit the opportunities of students as it could lead to less PhD places and post-doctoral research places. 
"It shows that not only is Brexit bad for our economy but also the majestic local environment in the Slieve Gullion area.
"In order to protect EU Interreg research funding in the future we need to secure designated special status for the north within the EU."
Post Date : Mon 24 Jul 2017 11:15 AM

Sinn Féin Councillor Liz Kimmins has welcomed the move by the Council Planning Committee on Wednesday to reject proposals to erect a 24ft bridge over Lindsay Hill.

Following extensive work with residents from St Clare’s Avenue and greater High Street area, Kimmins made several representations to planners, developers and Council authorities, expressing widely held concerns that the proposal would decimate the historical St Clare’s Avenue site. 
After Wednesday’s decision Kimmins said:
“It will be a great relief to residents that the rich history and heritage of the area will be protected from such a disruptive and dominant bridge project.
“Residents first contacted us in January 2017, and made clear their concerns that the quiet residential community of St Clare’s Avenue, which houses many elderly citizens, would be massively impacted by this development.
“In addition, the likely increase in traffic and congestion as a result of this project would have posed a threat to children in the area who have limited space to play as it is.
Valerie Harte, Sinn Féin Councillor for the area, commended residents for their tireless efforts in lobbying to protect the site, and for recording and promoting the local history for the benefit of people in Newry and beyond.
“Much work has been done by those living in the area to revive and promote the cherished history of this listed site. As a community, we should be grateful for their hard work”, she said.
“We should be protecting our heritage, not destroying it.”
As the committee have decided to refuse this application on historical grounds, planning officials will now take time to compile a report with these reasons for approval which will come back to the planning committee for agreement at a later date.
Post Date : Mon 24 Jul 2017 09:29 AM
Pride of place this week goes to the O'Rahilly's U16 hurlers who won Division 2 of the league. This is a team combined with our neighbours Leitrim. Congratulations to all and especially all the Castlewellan lads, joint captain Joe O'Boyle lifted the trophy on Sunday, a great future lies ahead for these lads. Well done to all involved. 
Joint Captains Joe O'Boyle and Eoin McCrickard receive the trophy from referee Hugh Torney.
Our senior ladies footballers continued on their winning ways, beating Annaclone away on Saturday night. The first half was end to end but the girls stepped it up a gear in the second half & with a massive team effort they ran out the clear winners. Final score: Annaclone 5-06 Castlewellan 5-14. Two final league games remain with the girls still in contention for the league title. Next up the ladies will play Annaclone again on Thursday night (27 July, throw in 7:30 pm) in the Meadow. Well done girls.  Keep up the good work.
After our Summer break Saturday morning coaching returns to St Malachy's Park this Saturday 29th at 10 am for our Primary School Children. Last years nursery to P2 boys and girls from 10 am to 11 am.  Last years P3 to P6 girls football and camogie from 10 am to 11:30 am. Boys schedules will be confirmed by coaches during the week. We look forward to the continued support of our coaches and parents from now to the end of our season in mid September.
U14 girls footballers played Rostrevor in their last league game of the season. The town had to field 14 missing many of their players so girls found themselves playing out of their preffered postitions. That said all played well and battled against the league winners. Castlewellan started strong, opening scores with a goal and two points in quick succession. Rostrevor secured a goal in the counter attack and town girls' heads dropped, sadly after this confidence became the biggest challenge. Rostrevor won comfortably however, the town girls showed glances of the skillful, determined football they are more than capable of.  Training Wednesday night at 7:30 pm.
Good luck to the Down Senior football team who this week will take on Monaghan for the second time in the championship. It's not often we as a county get a day out at the headquarters in Dublin. Best wishes to the whole team and especially our own players Mickey, Sean, Colly and Rory. 
Just over one week to put final draw, a massive jackpot of £5000 is on offer to one lucky dinner, there will be nice music in the club for our last draw, everyone welcome on what promises to be a great night.  

This weeks lotto numbers were 2,3,8,10, there was no jackpot winner, making next week's jackpot £5050.  

Post Date : Mon 24 Jul 2017 09:21 AM
Senior Men
Our senior men staged a late smash and grab raid in Derrynoose on Friday, beating the home side by just two points, 3 - 9 to 2 - 10.
Both sides made an indifferent start to the game and it was fully fifteen minutes before David McCabe fisted over the opening point and put the Shane’s in front with his younger brother Mark following up soon after with a close-range point. Two points in a row, one from a free, had Derrynoose back on level terms with Micheál Brady replying for the Shane’s to put them one ahead again. Great work from Kevin McParland in the full back berth saw the ball make its way to Paul O’Rourke who powered forward at the Derrynoose defence before firing the bar over to give his side a two-point advantage once more. However, the lead lasted barely two minutes as Derrynoose recorded their first goal of the game to put them one in front and they followed this up with three points on the trot before a point from David McCabe got the Shane’s back to within three. With the game in first-half stoppage time a second Derrynoose goal saw them go into the half-time interval six points to the good, 2 – 5 to 0 – 5.
The sides swapped two points apiece in the opening five minutes of the second-half, the Shanes’ scores coming from David and Mark McCabe, which saw Derrynoose hang onto their six-point lead. Paul O’Rourke reduced the deficit to five with a well taken point before Mark McCabe connected brilliantly with a loose ball to slam the ball to the Derrynoose net and get the Shane’s back within two. Derrynoose weathered the mini Shane’s storm and fired over the next two points to give them a four-point cushion with second-half substitute Danny Monaghan responding for the Camlough side. With less two minutes of regulation time remaining Derrynoose got their tenth point of the contest to give them a seemingly unassailable four-point lead but the Shane’s lads weren’t finished and with thirty-one minutes on the clock a goal mouth scramble ended with David McCabe finishing the ball to net to get his team back to within one. The Shane’s had a couple of chances to level the game but they failed to take them and it looked like their chance had gone but a great diagonal ball from Ryan Quinn saw David McCabe dive full length to flick the ball to the Derrynoose net and put his side two in front. There was still time for the home side to launch a final attack but the Shanes defence held firm and they held on to claim a dramatic two-point victory, 3 – 9 to 2 – 10.
Whilst the Shane’s didn’t play their best football in this game they deserve great credit for their guts and commitment throughout which hopefully they can carry into their final two league games, both against Middletown, at home this Wednesday 26th July and away again on Friday 28th July. The championship is up after that on Friday 4th August against Derrynoose in Cullyhanna. 
Senior Ladies
Training for our senior ladies takes place on Sunday morning at 9.30am and Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm. The senior league game against Dromintee has been refixed for 7th August at 7:30 pm at home.
Minor Ladies
Training for our minor ladies takes place on Sunday morning at 9:30 am and Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm
Minor Boys
Our minor boy’s amalgamation of Patrick Rankins put in a great display of football last Monday night to record a 4 – 13 to 3 – 9 home win over Clan na Gael. The young Rankins side led by ten at the break and they continued to play the better football throughout the second-half to record the win. The lads were due to be in action again on Monday night against Mullaghbawn but the game has been postponed and will be refixed for a later date.
U16 Boys
Our U16 boys’ amalgamation of Patrick Rankins took part the Leo Hughes 7s Tournament in Carrickcruppen on Saturday. The lads enjoyed a great day’s football and we would like to thank Carrickcruppen for the invite and hospitality. The lads have an away game against St Paul’s on Thursday evening.
Underage Training
Please note that training for all our U6s, U8s, U10s and U12s will take place every Friday night from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the field. All boys and girls at these age groups are very welcome to come along. The U10s also train on Tuesday evening from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the field.
Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie
The senior camogs will be training on Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm whilst the underage camogs will train on Wednesday evening from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Tuesday night sees the U14 camogs travel to play Clontibret and all girls are asked to meet at the club at 6:00 pm. The senior camogs are in championship action on 2nd August against Crossmaglen with the venue still to be confirmed.
Cúl Camp
Over the past week the club hosted a very successful Cúl Camp which saw well over 100 children, boys and girls, in attendance on each day. The club would to thank all those attended the camp, all those who helped to organise it and special word of thanks to everyone who volunteered every day to help make it such a great success.
Barry Kirwan Comes to the Shane's
Irish Country Music sensation Barry Kirwan will be appearing in the marquee at Shane O'Neill's GFC on Saturday 26th August in what promises to be a great night’s entertainment. The night will also see the club host a jiving competition with a winner-takes-all prize of £500 – so if you think you’re the best jiver around then why not come along and put yourself to the test. More details on the event will be available over the coming weeks.
Congratulations to the Meabh O’Neill’s senior camogie player Fionnuala Bradley who married Mark Hadden at the weekend. Congratulations also to local couple Eamon and Aoibheann Reavey on the birth of their baby son Dáire at the week-end.
Transfer Tuition Summer School
A Transfer Tuition Summer School will take in the club for pupils entering P7 in September. The school will be running from Monday 31st July - Friday 4th August, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm. The numbers will be limited to a maximum of 10 pupils. For further information please contact 07813 148134.

Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 12, 16, 21, & 31. There was no jackpot winner and 1 x match three winner. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £6,150.