Post Date : Thu 12 Jan 2017 11:29 AM

Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff said Communities Minister Paul Givan has moved as a result of public outrage to reverse a disgraceful decision to remove the Líofa bursaries. 

Barry McElduff said: 

“The decision to cut the Líofa bursary of £50k for disadvantaged children was disgraceful. 

“While this reversal is welcome, it is a decision that should never have been taken. 

The DUP has demonstrated contempt for the Irish Language and that must change.  

“The rights of the Irish Language speakers need to be recognised and respected.” 

Post Date : Wed 11 Jan 2017 12:41 PM

Sinn Féin MLA Michelle O’Neill told the British Secretary of State today that he should call an election on Monday and allow the people to have their say on the Renewable Heat Incentive  (RHI) scandal and the crisis in the political institutions. 

Michelle O’Neill said:

“A Sinn Féin delegation met with the British Secretary of State James Brokenshire today. 

“We made it clear that we would not be re-nominating for the post of Deputy First Minister and told him he should call an election at the earliest possible opportunity. 

“We told him that suspension of the institutions is not an option. 

“We told him that there would be no return to the status quo and no return to direct rule. 

“The crisis of confidence in the institutions has gone way beyond the RHI scandal. 

“The equality, mutual respect and all-Ireland approaches enshrined in the Good Friday Agreement have never been fully embraced by the DUP.   

“The DUP cannot be allowed to block equality for women, the LGBT community, ethnic minorities, the Irish language community and Irish identity.  

“The Irish and British governments are responsible for equality and parity of esteem. They need to fulfill their obligations. 

“The people must be allowed to have their say.”

Post Date : Tue 10 Jan 2017 09:08 AM

 Martin McGuinness announces resignation as deputy First Minister  

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has announced that he is resigning as deputy First Minister in protest at the DUP's failure to accept the principles of power sharing and parity of esteem and their handling of the RHI crisis. 

Mr McGuinness said; 

"Over the last ten years I have worked with DUP leaders and reached out to unionists on the basis of equality, respect and reconciliation.

"Over this period the actions of the British government and the DUP have undermined the institutions and eroded public confidence

"Sinn Féin will not tolerate the arrogance of Arlene Foster and the DUP.

"Sinn Féin wants equality and respect for all.

"That is what this process must be about.

"Today I tendered my resignation.

"Today is the right time to call a halt to the DUP’s arrogance.

"There will be no return to the status quo.” 

Post Date : Mon 09 Jan 2017 12:44 PM


The club’s AGM took place in the club on Sunday afternoon with a decent number of people in attendance.

Outgoing chairman Mick Mackin, secretary Peter McKeown and treasurer Louis Doyle all gave very comprehensive reports for 2016 before Gerry Barry oversaw the election of the new officers for 2017:

Chairperson: Mick Mackin

Vice-Chairperson: Gareth McLoughlin

Secretary: Paul O’Neill

Asst Secretary: Peter McKeown

Treasurer: Lynda Griffin

Asst Treasurer: Terence Feehan

PRO: Brendy Osborne

Cairde Officers: Brendy Osborne & Terence Feehan

Development Officer/Club Maith Officer: Peter McKeown

Coaching/Games/Youth Officers: Mick Mackin & Peter Lynch

Irish Officer: Micheál Brady

Health & Wellbeing Officer: Paul O’Neill

Registrars: David Muckian, Louis Doyle, Gareth McLoughlin & Yasmin Mackin

Fundraising Officer: Mick Mackin

Co Board Delegate: Gerry Barry

Minor Board Delegate: Brendy Osborne

Ladies Board Delegates: Paul McMenamin & Paul Watters

Lotto Officers: Mick Mackin, Joe Brady, Ann Loughran, Josie McGivern & Ann McGlade

Premises/Social Club/Bar Managers: Paul O’Neill & Eoghan Jones

Grounds Maintenance: Kevin Barry & Gareth McLoughlin

Gate Persons: Oliver Doran, Barney Osborne & Kevin Barry

Youth Meeting

The first youth meeting of the year will take place tomorrow night in the club tomorrow night, Monday 9th January at 8.00pm. All underage managers for the 2017 season are asked to attend.

Membership Rates for 2017

Club membership is now due and the rates for 2017 are as follows:

Senior Members: £30.00

Cairde Members: £15.00

OAPs: £15.00

U18s: £15.00 for first player in a family, £10.00 for every other player

All membership must be paid before 31st March 2017.

Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie

Training for all camogs begins again this coming Tuesday evening, 10th January in the sports hall in St Paul’s from 6.00pm – 7.00pm. All new members from age 4 and upwards are welcome to attend.


Last week’s winning lotto numbers were: 1, 4, 11 & 17. There were no jackpot winners and 2 x match three winners. The jackpot now stands at £4800.

Post Date : Mon 09 Jan 2017 12:41 PM

Police are appealing for information following the report of a burglary at residential premises in the Rathview Park area of Crossmaglen, yesterday, Friday, 6 January.

Sometime between 3.10pm and 5.45pm the house was broken into and the house ransacked.

It is unclear at this time if anything has been stolen.

Constable Jason McMullen would appeal to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area to contact police at Crossmaglen on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 960 06/01/17. Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

Post Date : Mon 09 Jan 2017 12:34 PM

Happy New Year from the Ring of Gullion Team.  If you haven't picked up one of the Ring of Gullion 2017 calendars yet, there are still some available from Crossmaglen Community centre.  2016 was such a busy and exciting year for us here in beautiful South Armagh.  Here are just some of the Highlights. 

2016 Highlights

StreamScapes Gullion Project
The Ring of Gullion team and local schools launched the ‘StreamScapes Gullion’ Project in February, which was supported by NIEA’s Challenge Fund.  The project raised awareness of the streams and rivers flowing from Slieve Gullion, with the participating students engaging in related ‘Eco-Art’ projects to share with the wider community.
Woodland and Hedgerow Creation
Over 14km of hedgerows and 11,000 saplings were given away at Slieve Gullion in February, to farmers, householders and community groups.  The crisp winter’s day saw the culmination of the Gullion’s Green Woodland Scheme, which was run by Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership together with the Million Trees in a Day project and the Woodland Trust.
Launch of Bessbrook Model Village Project
In April the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership received £55,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, ‘The Model Village Living History Archive’, in Bessbrook. The project focuses on Bessbrook’s heritage and will allow people to be proud of their village again. It aims to do this by creating innovative interpretation, developing local skills, knowledge base and networks and engaging with the local community in a fun way and hosting inter-generational and cross community workshops.
Archaeological Dig
May saw excavation into the site of a ringfort at Cornahove. This provided an exciting opportunity for archaeologists to explore the hidden history of south Armagh. The programme was undertaken by the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork at Queen’s University Belfast on behalf of the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership Scheme. 330 local school children were key to the success of the excavation.
Ring of Gullion Ambassadors Training
The Ring of Gullion Ambassadors course continued to grow and nine brand new Ambassadors graduated from this accredited course in September.
Youth Rangers Programme
During the last two weeks of July we had a fantastic group of ten young people from in and around the Ring of Gullion, working with us as part of the Volunteer Youth Ranger Programme.  The programme provided the Youth Rangers with the skills and confidence to explore our wonderful AONB.
Townland Education Programme
The Townland project was delivered to 27 schools from Kingsmill to Clonalig and Newtownhamilton to Killeen.  Over 800 children now know their townland, the neighbouring townlands, the civil parish, poor law union and barony in which they live.  They have examined the historical information of Griffith’s valuation, locating their families in their townlands living on two or three acres of land controlled by landlords. 
ROGHA Shop Launch
Local arts group ROGHA (Ring of Gullion Handcrafts and Art) launched an online retail shop in partnership with the Ring of Gullion Partnership. Their offline shop was also launched in the Tí Chullain centre and a Christmas pop up shop in the Quay Shopping Centre, Newry. You can also view some of the fantastic work at .
Trace Your Family Tree workshop
The Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership, with Pauline Loughran, ran two workshops in February for sixteen enthusiastic participants to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in how to trace family trees and find out who our ancestors are. Participants examined a Crossmaglen family from the 1790’s and used this to see how to join the dots with any family
Lúnasa Festival 2016
Lúnasa Festival 2016 ran from 30th July to 29th August.  This fantastic community-led festival opened with the revived Flagstaff Fiesta and included Guided Bus Tours & Walks, Arts & Crafts and the first Footsteps in the Forest event.  It was enjoyed by many locals and visitors.
How to be a Hollywood Producer
In July and August young people from south Armagh took their first steps onto the red carpet as part in an innovative new summer scheme “How to become a Hollywood Producer”. The project provided opportunities for young people to experience professional script writing techniques, learn how to design a story board and discover the world behind the camera from experienced producers, directors and camera operators.
Winter Solstice Festival 2016
We completed 2016 with another highly successful Winter solstice festival.  The Ring of Gullion team and local community groups hosted a series of events this year in December to celebrate the arrival of the shortest day and the turn in the year.  The unpredictable weather had an impact on the ever popular walks to the Slieve Gullion Cairn, however some lucky hikers experience the breathtaking lighting of the passage tomb.

Coming Up in 2017

2017 is set to be another fantastic year and we are busy putting plans in place.  There will be lots happening in Slieve Gullion Forest Park so keep an eye out for updates on social media and . The Ambassador training and Youth Rangers programme will run again this year and the Townland project will be completed. 

We look forward to seeing you all at our events though out the year.

Post Date : Mon 09 Jan 2017 12:24 PM

The Southern Trust Fit 4 U Project recently co-ordinated an Archery Competition for people with physical/sensory disabilities from across the Trust area.

The event was organised in partnership with Sport NI funded, Everybody Active Coaches from Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council. 

People with disabilities from across Armagh, Dungannon, Craigavon, Banbridge, Newry and Mourne participated in a competition at Banbridge Leisure Centre on December 8 2016. 

Following several rounds of competition, the results were:

Group 1: 1st place Eric Flowers, 2nd place John McKenna, 3rd place David Wylie

Group 2: 1st place Beverley Jory, 2nd place Michelle Keenan, 3rd place Catherine Kowalska

Group 3: 1st place Joanne Thompson, 2nd place David Magee, 3rd place Ann Chesney

Highest Individual Score: Jacqueline Gee 

The event was attended by the Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Garath Keating, who presented the awards at the competition.  

Rhonda Richardson, Fit 4 U Co-ordinator said:  

“There are many health benefits to be gained from participation in the sport of archery; it promotes co-ordination, concentration and provides an opportunity for achievement and fun with other people.” 

Joanne Thompson, prize winner said:

“I was delighted to participate in the archery competition; I was very pleased with my scoring and to be the winner of my group.  I am amazed how well I did in the competition and the coach was so good.  It was very exciting and thank you to everyone involved.  Archery is a sport that can be played by everyone and it was really good to see people with different disabilities taking part.”

Matthew McNicholl, Everybody Active Archery Coach added:

“It was great to see such a good turnout for the competition and some really competitive scoring.  Well done to all the participants who took part, some of whom had only taken up archery in the last month.  I would also like to thank Ballyvalley Archery Club for the use of their equipment and assistance in organising the event."   

The Fit 4 U Project is funded by the Public Health Agency and led by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust in partnership with other organisations. It aims to empower people with physical/sensory disabilities to improve their health through participation in a range of physical activity and leisure opportunities. 

If you would like to find out more about the Fit 4 U Project and other activities available, please contact Rhonda Richardson, Fit 4 U Co-ordinator, Tel. 028 3741 2129 or email 

Post Date : Mon 09 Jan 2017 12:17 PM

John & Philomena McIntyre from Lurgan recently donated £4,000 to the Glenanne Unit at Craigavon Area Hospital.

The money was raised at a recent fundraising event in St. Peter’s Club in Lurgan. 

The McIntyre’s would like to thank everyone who helped, donated and supported them on the night to make this donation possible.

Post Date : Mon 09 Jan 2017 12:13 PM

 Janice makes donation to the Mandeville Unit 

Janice Martin from Lurgan recently donated £4,442 to the Mandeville Unit at Craigavon Area Hospital.

The money was raised at a recent sponsored walk in Tullymore Forest.  

Janice would like to thank everyone who took part and supported her to make this donation to the Unit possible, especially her father Desmond and Peter McVeigh. 

Post Date : Mon 09 Jan 2017 12:10 PM

 Fiona donates to Ear, Nose & Throat Theatres at Craigavon Hospital

Fiona Smyth originally from Lurgan, now living in Belfast has very kindly donated £1,757 to the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Theatres at Craigavon Area Hospital.

Fiona raised the money via sponsorship from friends and family after cutting off inches of her hair and donating it to the Princess Trust charity. 

The ENT Team would like to thank Fiona for this very generous and thoughtful donation.