Post Date : Fri 12 May 2017 08:59 AM
A series of Easy Read resources focusing on, AAA screening, Menopause and Know Your Prostate have been launched for adults with a learning disability across Northern Ireland.
The publications, funded by the Health and Social Care Board were developed in ‘Easy Read’ format which means more people with learning disabilities can access information more easily.  
The AAA (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm) screening publication is targeted at men over 65 years providing detail about scanning inside your tummy to check for swelling in blood vessels from your heart to your tummy. ‘Women’ keep healthy during the menopause and ‘Men’ know your prostate booklets have also been developed due to a lack of ‘easy to understand’ information on these health topics for adults with a learning disability. 
Launching the new resources Valerie Watts, Chief Executive of the Health and Social Care Board and Interim Chief Executive of the Public Health Agency explained: 
“These new resources will ensure that everyone is able to access and understand information that affects their everyday lives, including people with learning disability. Information that is easier to understand helps people to make better choices on important issues such as healthcare.” 
“We have also produced a DVD promoting annual health checks for those with a learning disability. The Annual Health Check is a chance for the person to get used to going to their GP practice, which reduces their fear of going at other times. 
“Regular health checks for people with learning disabilities often uncover treatable health conditions. Most of these are simple to treat and make the person feel better, while sometimes serious illnesses such as cancer are found at an early stage when they can be treated.
“I am committed to ensuring ongoing progress in this area continues to provide better and improved experiences and access to health services for people with learning disabilities,” she said.
Service User Declan Armstrong also spoke at the launch highlighting that he was diagnosed with type 11 Diabetes following his health check. He now attends diabetic nurse in his GP practice regularly and gets his bloods, weight and eyes monitored.
Speaking at the launch, Bryce McMurray, Acting Director of Mental Health and Disability Services for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust who developed the resources said:

“In the Southern Trust we want to ensure that having a learning disability does not prevent our service users from accessing the same health and social care services as the wider population. I would like to commend our learning disability health facilitators who have shown such dedication to improving the health and wellbeing outcomes of our services users in developing these fantastic resources and we are absolutely delighted to share these with the rest of the region. I encourage all service users and their families to avail of the Easy Read resources and the support offered by our health facilitators to help them access the services they need to ensure the best possible quality of life.” 

Post Date : Thu 11 May 2017 08:39 AM

Police are investigating a burglary at a house at Tullyframe Road in Kilkeel on Monday 8th May.

Entry was gained to the property sometime between 5.15pm and 9.15pm. The house was ransacked and a sum of money was reported stolen.
Detectives would ask anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area or who has any information to contact them at Ardmore on 101 quoting reference number 1379 08/05/17 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Post Date : Tue 09 May 2017 09:35 AM
Down Senior Ladies County Team 
The Ladies next game is the Final of the Ulster Championship on Friday 30th June 2017 at 7pm, venue Silverbridge GAC, Armagh. #MourneLadiesRising 
Down U15 Ladies Development Team
U15 girls continue their preparations for Ulster semi-final away to Antrim this weekend, which will take place on Sunday 14th May at 12.30pm in Musgrave, Belfast. Training session on Friday 12th May at 7.30pm in Saval GAC. Good luck to the U15 girls in their quest to continue with their impressive campaign, please try and get out to support the girls this weekend! 
Down U14 Ladies County Team 
The U14 team played their final Ulster championship against Tyrone on Saturday. The result was disappointing with Tyrone getting a much better start to the game and maintaining that advantage throughout the match. Next Saturday the u14 panel travel to Portlaoise to take part in the All Ireland Blitz competition. This has always been a very enjoyable day and provides the opportunity to play against different Counties from outside of Ulster. The mentors would like to thank all the players, parents and clubs for their commitment and support this year at U14 level. 
Down U13 Ladies County Development Team 
Down U13 girls played their last Ulster league game against near neighbours Armagh in RGU Downpatrick on Saturday afternoon, in wonderful conditions. Down lost the toss and had to face a stiff breeze in the first half. The girls rushed into an early lead with well taken goals from Caroline Kennedy and Niamh King, before the visitors settled into the game picking off a few points with the wind at their backs. Jenna McMahon and Erin Byrne were having a real battle with their opposite numbers at mid-field with no quarter asked or given. This allowed Down to break forward on occasions to pick off three points and two further goals from the inside players of Caroline and Niamh. with the Orchard county securing two goals also before the break. Ciara McCullough, Anna Mulholland and Lily McKee in the half-forward line were proving a very effective link when going forward. However, the Down backs swept up a lot of ball with Enya Quinn acting as a very effective sweeper assisting our secure full back and captain today, Shauna O’Higgins and centre-half back Aoife Doyle both of whom were having a serious battle with their markers. Down went in at the break three points up leading 4-3 to 2-6. The second half started off in the same vein as the first with the game proving tight. Down scored a point first through Caroline before Armagh picked off another point and followed it up quickly with a well taken goal to level matters, after 12 minutes. At this stage, Nora Maguire in nets was keeping Down in it with a solid pair of hands and super kick-outs down the wings. The corner backs of Una Fearon and Sinead Scullion and wing half backs Ellen Shields and Caoimhe McKeown were working very hard at this stage to break up the Armagh attacks, with the support of Aoife and Shauna. After a sensible water break from the referee, the girls pushed on with further scores from Caroline and Niamh as a result of excellent balls being put in from our midfielders and half backs, with great support from our half forward line. Una Fearon was putting in a serious shift at this stage with some powerful solo runs down the wing and delivering some great balls to the forwards. The introduction of Caoimhe Quinn also helped to shut down any chance of a comeback by the visitors, as Down powered forward with the introduction of Eveagh Kelly and Aoibhin Dougan who freshened it up to stretch the Armagh defence further. The final goal for the Red and Blacks came from Anna Mulholland which was a great reward for her efforts today. Down ran out winners on a scoreline of 7-8 to 3-7, as a result of a late surge. This was a hard -working powerful performance today. The Mentors would also like to acknowledge the efforts all season of all the other girls on this excellent squad, who made valuable contributions in other games this year, namely Ellie Carr, Emily Fitzpatrick, Lauren Devlin, Ciara McEvoy Ireland, Neva Louden, Orlaith Lynch, Colleen McClean, Maeve Haigney, Rihanna Wojcieszak, Katie Convie, Rhian Boal, Sorcha McCullagh, Ellen McKay, Emily Magee, Aoife Trainor and the currently injured Rosie McCann. Best wishes Rosie!
Thank you to all the parents for their support and supply of refreshments when requested, and providing lifts to training and matches throughout the season. Thanks also to RGU Downpatrick for the use of their facilities today.
Big thanks also to our main sponsors Vanilla Restaurant and Strangford Fuels and all those who made sizeable financial contributions to support the girls. A fun day is planned for Saturday 20th May, with a possible friendly game still being looked at for next Saturday, if there is another County squad available to play.
Post Date : Thu 04 May 2017 09:41 AM

 Craobh Rua Camlocha Hurling Club held a successful and highly enjoyable  Sunday Afternoon Tea & Fashion Show Fundraising event last Sunday. 

The Club would like to thank Sonia O Reilly Event Coordinator and all involved.
Pictured with Fashion Show MC Pat McGinn are Under 16 hurlers and the "Catwalk" team who on the day accompanied the models showing their fashions, Ryan Shortt, Fionn Mc Cann, Cormac Murphy, Niall McGinn, Tom  Trainor, Sean Mc Verry, Eoin Hughes
Post Date : Wed 03 May 2017 01:38 PM

Large crowds are expected to attend this year’s Balmoral Show and with an extra day planned, Police are urging motorists to take care and leave extra time for their journey. 

Lisburn and Castlereagh PSNI District Commander, Supt. Sean Wright said, “Of course, we are delighted to see the Balmoral Show back again this year. This is an excellent day out for everyone and I want everyone to enjoy a positive experience. 
“Please help us to help you by being patient and by driving and parking responsibly and with regard to other road users. I encourage everyone to use public transport wherever possible or park only in the designated locations if you have to bring a vehicle. 
“Public safety is of paramount importance to us so anyone parked illegally could get a fixed penalty notice for ignoring parking restrictions. These restrictions will be obvious so please do not ignore them.”
Rhonda Geary, operations director at the show, said, “We want people to come and enjoy the Show and to get here by the safest possible route.  We have worked hard along with our partners to improve the traffic management plan to facilitate the flow of traffic into and around the showground but, as with all large events, people should be prepared for potential delays.  Prepare your route beforehand, leave plenty of time for your journey and follow the directions of police.”  
Translink is asking visitors to plan their journeys in advance and leave extra time to make onward train connections. For more information, log onto for more information. 
If you are driving to the Show, leave extra time for your journey and follow directional signage to the Show grounds. 
More information regarding public transport and park and ride facilities are available at and 
Post Date : Wed 03 May 2017 01:28 PM
As countdown to the 149th Balmoral Show gets ever closer, the PSNI is making last minute preparations for the event which, this year, adds an extra day to the itinerary.  
The PSNI will occupy two stands this year, offering more advice on how to protect your farm, business, home, property and equipment. 
The PSNI liveried John Deere Gator utility vehicle (kindly loaned by Johnston Gilpin & Co Ltd of Lisburn) will be officially ‘unveiled’ at the event and will be situated in the Eikon complex, where Crime Prevention Officers (CPOs) will be on hand to provide guidance and advice on protecting against rural crime.  CPOs will also occupy another stand in its usual spot outside and will feature the Service’s liveried tractor (kindly loaned by Burke’s of Cornascriebe). 
Supt. Brian Kee said "Tackling crime against the rural community is important to police. We understand the effect these crimes have on communities and the grave impact they can have on farmers’ livelihoods.
“The Police Service is committed to reducing rural and agricultural crime. Our strategy is to work with partner agencies and commercial stakeholders to identify ways of preventing crime, as well as targeting and arresting those committing such offences.
“We are particularly pleased to be working as part of the Rural Crime Partnership to spread the message about crime prevention and reporting suspicious activity. The Rural Crime Partnership (RCP) aims to work together and bring forward recommendations and initiatives around preventing and combatting rural criminality. The Rural Crime Partnership members include representatives from the Department of Justice (DoJ), Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU), Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), National Farmers’ Union Mutual Insurance (NFU Mutual), and the Young Farmers’ Club (YFC). 
“The farming industry is a very important part of our community, and we want to reassure them that we are doing all we can to prevent thefts. Thefts of farm machinery or livestock can not only hamper a farmer’s ability to do his job but can cause significant upset, inconvenience and loss of income. We understand this. We want to disrupt those who would target the rural community and help farmers to safeguard their properties and themselves.”
“John Deere is now fitting Datatag’s CESAR security marking system as standard on all XUV and HPX Gator utility vehicle models sold in the UK & Ireland, as a way of protecting against theft, recovering stolen equipment and reducing insurance premiums,” said Johnston Gilpin’s managing director  Randal McConnell. “We are very happy to support the PSNI in this way to help their efforts to prevent crime in the countryside.”
Mr. Harry Burke said, “We are pleased to be associated for the last numbers of years with the supply of the liveried tractor. I feel it has been an effective tool in raising awareness of rural crime, and what we can do to help prevent it.” 
Post Date : Wed 03 May 2017 08:43 AM

Sinn Féin Newry, Mourne & Down Councillor Liz Kimmins has stated that those who dumped  waste diesel Qubes at the Flagstaff Viewpoint had no respect for the community or the environment.

"This is an act of environmental crime which has angered the local community. Those engaged in dumping their toxic sludge with no respect or care about its potential poisonous impact are motivated by greed".
said the local Councillor and she continued 
"I have contacted the Council and asked them to liaise with the Environmental agency to ensure that the area is cleared as soon as practically possible. Unfortunately the cost of this operation will have to be picked up by the ratepayers. Those engaged in this type of environmental crime need to be apprehended. 
Post Date : Tue 02 May 2017 09:14 AM
Speaking at the recent Youth Action NI event to support the campaign for the creation of a City Centre Park within the 15 acre Albert Basin area,  Newry City Councillor Liz Kimmins praised all those involved  in organising the event and said that not only would such a development lead the way in the overall urban regeneration vision that she and her Council colleagues shared, but also it would help the health and emotional wellbeing  of all. Cllr Kimmins was accompanied at the event by Newry & Armagh MP Mickey Brady and Conor Murphy MLA.
"I wish to commend all those involved in this Youth Event. Our young people have added a strong voice to the growing call for movement on this project"
Supporting the need for a City Park the Sinn Féin Councillor said,
"The creation of a fully resourced City Park is viewed by most of us as a key element in the key area of urban regeneration. A fully resourced, easily assessable natural Park area would facilitate and encourage healthy lifestyles and emotional well being of all in particular the most vulnerable within our communities. It would also contribute to the social and economic well being of the District"

Photo Cllr a Liz Kimmins & Mickey Brady pictured at the Youth NI Event in  Newry  

Post Date : Tue 02 May 2017 09:08 AM

Senior Men

Our senior men began their league campaign with a comprehensive thirteen point away win over Clonmore on Sunday afternoon, 5 – 11 to 3 - 4.
Playing against a strong wind the Shanes bossed the opening exchanges and went ahead thanks to a goal from Greg McCabe but they soon found themselves one in arrears thanks to a quick Clonmore goal and point. David McCabe restored the Shanes lead when he got on the end of a flick from Paddy Maughan to palm the ball to the net for his side’s second goal.
However, the lead was short-lived when a wind assisted line ball caught out the Shane’s keeper and found its way to the net to put Clonmore a point ahead. A fisted point from Paddy Maughan levelled game before Nathan Morgan broke the ball in the middle of the field which was picked up by Connaire Mackin and he cut through the Clonmore defence to rifle home the Shane’s third goal. Ryan Quinn followed up with a well taken point before a late pointed free from Clonmore saw the home side trail by three at the break, 3 – 2 to 2 – 2.
The Shane’s had the wind at their backs in the second-half and they made a great start with David McCabe scoring an early goal and point to put his side firmly in control. Connaire Mackin followed up with a superb point from a side-line ball before Paul O’Rourke popped over from close range. Another side-line ball from Mackin made its way over the bar to put the Shane’s ten to the good. Clonmore responded with a pointed free before a fantastic pinpoint ball from Connaire Mackin found Greg McCabe who needed no second invitation to drive at the Clonmore defence and plant the ball in the net. Clonmore slotted over another pointed free but the Shane’s replied with four points in a row with the scores coming from Paul O’Rourke, Ryan Quinn, Greg McCabe and David McCabe. Clonmore replied with a late consolation goal but the final score of the game went to the returning Neil Paul Lennon who confidently knocked over a close range free to leave the final score 5 – 11 to 3 – 4 in favour of the Shanes.
The senior men return to action on Friday evening with a home game against Middletown before travelling to St Pauls next Sunday.
Senior Ladies
It was a busy week for our senior ladies with two home games, the first against Grange on Tuesday evening and the second against Forkhill on Saturday. The girls went into Tuesday’s game on the back of two defeats but they were much more clinical against Grange and recorded a comfortable victory, 8 – 11 to 1 – 1. Grange opened the scoring on Tuesday evening with an early point but the Shanes scored 4 – 4 without reply before Grange scored a late first-half goal. The second-half was completed dominated by the Shanes, scoring a further 4 – 7 whilst keeping their opponents scoreless.
The senior ladies continued their good run of form with a comfortable win over Fork hill on Saturday night. The Shane’s hit the front early on and maintained a consistently high tempo throughout the game to keep a valiant Fork hill team at bay and secure another all-important two league points. The game was especially significant, in that we saw debuts for our recent additions to the panel, all the way from Brazil to South Armagh. Dhebora, Rayza, Jacqueline, Luany and Elenize all received a warm welcome from the Shane’s football family and we look forward to seeing them in the green jersey in the coming weeks.
Next up for the senior ladies is a home league game against Clan Eireann on Tuesday night at 7.15pm.
Minor Boys
Our minor boys’ amalgamation of Patrick Rankins recorded hard fought three-point win over Keady on Monday evening, 4 – 12 to 4 – 9. The Rankins trailed by two at the interval but a strong second-half performance saw them claim the win. No further league fixtures have been issued for the minor boys but they continue to train on Mondays and Thursday from 6.30pm – 7.45pm.
Minor Girls
Our minor girls had their second league outing on Thursday evening against Cullyhanna, with the game being played in Dorsey. With several players missing through injury and school commitments, the Shanes played with a strong wind in the first-half, dominating possession but failing to find the target as much as they should have, taking a seven-point lead into half-time. Despite playing against the wind in the second half, the girls played intelligent football, staying strong in defence while using the ball wisely to move forward and pick off major scores to finish well ahead at the final whistle. The final- score was 5 – 5 to 0 – 8 in favour of the Shanes and well done to both teams on a sporting and skilful game. Next up for the minor girls is an away fixture against Clann Eireann on Thursday evening.
U16 Boys
Our U16 boy’s amalgamation of Patrick Rankins were in action on Thursday evening at home to Derrynoose. Despite putting a decent performance, the home side were defeated on a score-line of 4 – 18 to 2 – 4. The lads will be training in Correnshigo on Monday evening at 6.00pm before returning to action on Thursday with an away game against Keady.
U16 Girls
Our U16 girls make the short journey to take on Carrickcruppen on Monday evening, 1st May at 7.00pm and all girls are asked to meet at the Shane’s for no later than 6.10pm. Training continues every Saturday afternoon from 4.00pm – 5.00pm at the field.
U14 Boys
The U14 boys have no game this coming week but will be training as normal. They return to action on Tuesday 9th May with a home game against Tullysaran.
U14 Girls
The U14 girls will be training from 6.00pm – 7.30pm on Wednesday.
U12 Boys
Our U12 boys’ amalgamation of Patrick Rankins recorded a great win over their Dromintee opponents in their first league of the year on Saturday. The game saw a couple of our U10s step up to play for the U12s and they all put in great performances.
U12 Girls
Well done to our U12 girls who took on a very good Crossmaglen side last Sunday evening in their first league game of the season. It was a great game of football by all accounts but unfortunately our girls just came up short. The girls were back in action on Sunday evening against Correnshigo and put in a brilliant performance to record a very comprehensive win…well done everyone. Training for the girls continues every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7.00pm - 8.00pm at the field before they travel to Silverbridge next Sunday evening for their next game. 
Thursday evening saw our U10s take on Lisbrack and a lot of good football was produced by all the boys and girls…keep up the good work. Training continues on Tuesday and Friday evenings from 6.00pm – 7.00pm at the club.
U10 Girls
Training for the U10 girls continues on Saturday mornings at 11.00am at the field.
Training for our U6s continues every Wednesday evening from 6.00pm – 7.00pm in Bessbrook Community Centre and all boys and girls are welcome to attend.
Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie
The senior camogs were in action recently against Clan na Gael and put in a fantastic performance to record a comprehensive win over the Lurgan side. The club hosted a very successful U12 Go Game blitz on Saturday which saw all the young camogs play a couple of great games against Ballymacnab and Mullaghbawn…well done everyone. Training will continue at the usual times during the week with the minor camas scheduled to play next Friday evening.
Weekly Fixtures
We have had several requests to publish the weekly fixtures, home and away, for all our teams - senior men, senior ladies, senior camogs, underage boys, underage girls and underage camogs.
On that basis could all managers please forward their weekly fixtures to Damien (Dee) Beattie either by PM via Facebook, email ( or text (07733405769) no later than 7.00pm on a Sunday evening. Some of you may already have a list of all your fixtures – so you can send this to Dee. Dee will put together a list of fixtures (home and away) for the coming week for all age groups, in all codes which will then be published on our Facebook page.
This approach will make everyone aware of all weekly fixtures, home and away, and your co-operation would be greatly appreciated. 
Special Presentation
Last week saw the club make a special presentation to local photographer Brendan Monaghan. Louise Kenny and Aimee Mackin, on behalf of our senior ladies, presented Brendan with a signed jersey in recognition of the fantastic coverage he afforded our senior ladies during their journey to last year’s All-Ireland final
Best Wishes
Best wishes to a good friend of the club Anthony Sloan who is currently recovering at home following a short spell in hospital.
Darts Team
Well done to our darts team who recorded a great win over Magee’s in the cup semi-final on Friday night. They now meet local rivals Sleeve Gherkins (Quinn’s Camlock) in the Divisional cup final on Friday May 19th.
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 9, 10, 25 & 27. There was no jackpot winner and 1 x lucky dip winner. The jackpot now stands at an impressive £5,500.
Articles for Weekly Notes 
Anyone who has anything for inclusion in the weekly club notes – match reports for all age groups (boys, girls, camogie), scores from matches etc -  please forward their article to Brendy Osborne (PRO), no later than 4.00pm on Sunday afternoons.
Cairde Sheáin Uí Néill
We are planning on increasing the membership of our Cairde Sheáin Uí Néill scheme over the coming weeks and months and following up with current members. Membership of the scheme costs only £10.00 per month and will contribute enormously to future development around the club. Thanks to the contribution of our current Cairde members we have been able to upgrade the playing surface of our main field and construct a new training area beside the clubhouse and concrete the driveway around the club. We still have plans to construct a new spectator area and other works around the club and we would like everyone associated with the club to be part of all future development and are encouraging people to become a Cairde Sheáin Uí Néill member. For further information on how to become a member of the scheme please contact Brendy Osborne on 07543806274.
Post Date : Thu 13 Apr 2017 08:37 AM

Police are advising motorists that the off slip from the A1 carriageway to the Carnbane Industrial Estate in Newry is closed due to an overturned lorry. Please seek an alternative route for your journey.