Post Date : Fri 21 Jul 2017 10:18 AM

Newry Chamber of Commerce launches its annual Golf Classic taking place in Warrenpoint Golf Club on Friday 1st September 2017 with principle sponsor CRASH Services. 

Mary Meehan Chief Executive, Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade stated, “We are delighted once again to be hosting this great networking and social event for our members and the wider business community.  We would like to encourage all local businesses to put in a team, soak up the atmosphere and benefit from the networking on what promises to be a greats days outing”.  
Speaking on behalf of CRASH Services, Tony McKeown, Marketing Director and avid golf enthusiast, commented “CRASH Services is delighted to support the 2017 Newry Chamber Golf Classic.  We look forward to a great day out with Newry Chamber and its members”. 
Enter a 4-ball
For just £160 you and your team can enter a 4-ball and join the competition with prizes including rounds of golf at top golf resorts; as well as individual prizes for ‘Nearest to the Pin’ and ‘Longest Drive.  The day will begin with goody bags on arrival, ending the day with a 2-course meal and prize giving.  This will be a great opportunity to enjoy a fantastic day out and network with others.  To book team please contact Newry Chamber on (028) 3025 0303, or email:
Pic L-R: Mary Meehan, Newry Chamber and Tony McKeown, Crash Services. 
Post Date : Mon 17 Jul 2017 10:44 AM
It has been a quiet few weeks within the club, mainly due to the summer holiday season. However, that is about to change. We are giving away two £5,000 cash prizes in the club, one guaranteed and our weekly lotto has now a jackpot of £5,000, tickets can be bought in most shops in the town or from the clubrooms.
In 2 weeks time on the 5th August a guaranteed £5,000 first prize will be handed out on our final draw. Music on the night by Stephen Rafferty. After a very successful draw a great night is expected in the clubrooms. Everyone welcome. 

Commiserations to the Down Senior footballers, a great effort by all the lads and none more so that our own Micky Cunningham, to him, Sean, Colm and Rory well done and good luck in the qualifiers.  

Post Date : Mon 17 Jul 2017 10:31 AM

Senior/Minor Ladies

The senior and minor ladies will be training on Tuesday night at 7:00 pm.
Minor Boys
It was disappointment for our minor boys’ amalgamation of Patrick Rankins last Monday night, losing out by a single point to Maghery in a high scoring contest in Lisummon, 5 - 12 to 3 - 17. However, the result could have been a whole lot different if the lads had their shooting boots on as they failed to convert no less than 6 one-on-ones with the Maghery keeper and also hit the post on two occasions. The lads are back in action on Monday night with a home game against Clan na Gael which throws in at 7:30 pm and all players are asked to meet at the club no later than 6:45 pm.
U14 Boys
The U14 boys’ amalgamation of Patrick Rankins have a game away to Pearse Ógs on Tuesday night at 7:15 pm and all players are asked to meet at the club no later than 6:00 pm. Training will continue on Thursday evening from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
U14 Girls
The U14 girls have an away game on Monday night against Killeavy which throws-in at 7:30pm.
U12 Girls
The U12 girls are training on Tuesday and Thursday evening at the field from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
Due to the fact that the Cúl Camp is running all week they will be no U10 training this week. 
Underage Training
Please note that training for all our U6s, U8s, 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. 
Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie
The senior camogs will be training on Monday whilst the underage camogs will train on Wednesday evening from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.
Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp
The club is hosting a Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp which begins on Monday and running right through until next Friday and we hope everyone attending has a great week and enjoys themselves.
Best Wishes
Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Gregory McCabe who suffered a nasty injury during Armagh’s win over Tipperary in the All-Ireland qualifier on Saturday evening.
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. More details on the event will be available over the coming weeks.
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 6, 25, 28 & 32. There was no jackpot winner and 1 x match three winner. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £6,100.
Post Date : Fri 07 Jul 2017 12:57 PM

Police in Newry have arrested a 30 year old man on suspicion of drugs offences. 

The arrest follows the detection and seizure of class A, B & C drugs with a street value in the region of £5,000 by officers from the PSNI’s “D” District Support team in the Springfarm Heights area of Newry earlier in the week.
The man has been released on bail pending forensic reports.
Chief Inspector Joe McMinn said: “Good police work means that a significant quantity of drugs have been removed from sale. We understand that drug misuse is an issue of concern to the community and we are committed to keeping people safe by tackling drug supply.”
Post Date : Fri 07 Jul 2017 08:37 AM

Police are appealing for information following the report of criminal damage that was caused to commercial premises located on the Armagh Road in the Newry area.

Constable Coombs said: “It was reported that at approximately 3:30 pm on Saturday 1st July, a number of windows belonging to commercial premises on the Armagh Road in the Newry area were smashed by a group of youths. 
We are appealing to anyone that may have witnessed the incident or may have seen any suspicious activity in the area at the time to contact Newtownhamilton Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 281 of the 03/07/17. Or, 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 : Fri 07 Jul 2017 08:17 AM

Valerie Harte, Sinn Féin representative in Newry, Mourne & Down Council, has congratulated the local Autism Families group for organising a family fun day for the local community in Newry Town.

Held in the Newry Hockey Club on Thursday, the Fun Day is an annual event pulled together by the Autism Families to express gratitude to the wider Newry community for the support received throughout the year.
Speaking following the event, Harte said:
"For yet another year the Autism Families have provided the local community and children with a fantastic, family-oriented event.
"The Group have shown their gratitude to the local community, and in return I would urge the wider Newry area to do likewise, and continue lending their support to such a friendly and committed group of citizens.
Post Date : Mon 03 Jul 2017 08:35 AM

Newry Chamber welcomes allocation of extra funds for key infrastructural projects

Following the announcement that the Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) have reached an agreement on support for the government in Parliament, Michael McKeown, President of Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade, said:
“The allocation of extra funds to help deliver positive, all-inclusive impacts in areas such as the economy, infrastructure, health and education will be very welcome.
Newry Chamber is a key lobbying body in the push for the Newry Southern Relief Road and we are committed to ensuring that this is high up on the Government agenda going forward.  We have already seen much progress in this project in recent weeks.  Two options for development of the Newry Southern Relief Road Scheme have been published for further consultation by Transport NI”.
Commenting on the report, Michael McKeown said: “The publication of this report is another key step in the delivery of the Newry Southern Relief Road. This will be an important link road between the key strategic corridor of the A1/N1 Belfast to Dublin route with the A2 and Northern Ireland’s second largest port at Warrenpoint Harbour.
“The route will improve ‎journey times and journey time reliability for strategic traffic between the A2 Warrenpoint Road and the A1/N1. It will also significantly improve road safety and traffic congestion within Newry City centre by providing an alternative route for port traffic.
“The scheme will improve accessibility to both Newry City and Warrenpoint Harbour and support and maintain sustainable economic growth and employment within the area.”
The options have been identified following completion of the Stage 1: Preliminary Options report.  This considered five options for the proposed scheme and has identified two road corridors to take forward for further development.
The scheme aims to provide a strategic transport link from the A1 Belfast-Dublin key transport corridor to the A2 Warrenpoint dual carriageway.  Both road corridors link the A2 Warrenpoint Road to the Ellisholding Junction on the A1. One corridor starts on the A2 Warrenpoint Road along the frontage of Greenbank Industrial Estate and crosses the Newry River and Canal just to the south Drumalane Quarry and then heads in a westerly direction towards the N1.  In the second option the corridor extends further south as far as Rough Island and follows along Fathom Line before heading in a northerly direction up Fathom Mountain to the N1.
A public information event is programmed for late autumn 2017 to provide an update on progress and to invite feedback to inform Stage 2 of the development work. This will assess routes within each corridor and identify a preferred route. It is expected that, subject to the project being allocated the necessary funds, the Stage 2 assessment could be complete in summer 2018.
Post Date : Mon 03 Jul 2017 08:30 AM

Police in South Armagh are investigating an incident in the Camlough Road area of Bessbrook on Saturday 17th June. 

Constable Roberts said: “ We received a report that at around 4.30pm on the Saturday afternoon, the driver of a blue coloured van shouted racial abuse to a man standing near the junction of Green Road and Camlough Road in Bessbrook. This is the latest in a number of similar incidents and our enquiries are ongoing. I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information to contact police in Newtownahmilton on 101 quoting reference number 1081 17/06/17 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Post Date : Mon 03 Jul 2017 08:17 AM

U10 Annual Football Blitz

The club held its annual U10 blitz on Saturday and it proved to be a very successful day. With twenty-seven teams and over two hundred players, boys and girls, the tournament saw teams from Armagh, Down, Monaghan and Tyrone taking part.
After a couple of hours of group games and cup, shield and plate quarter-finals and semi-finals, six teams were left standing. Both Whitecross teams made it through to the plate final, Shane O’Neills and Middletown got through to the shield final whilst Castleblayney and Fr Rocks contested the cup decider. All three games, like a lot of the games before them, were all keenly contested with all the young footballers playing some great football and showing off some of their skills. When the final whistles sounded in the finals Shane O’Neill’s triumphed in the shield whilst Castleblayney overcame a very good Fr Rocks side to claim the cup with Whitecross sharing their plate success amongst their two teams.
Following the completion of the football all the players who took part in each final were presented with runners-up and winners medals with club PRO Brendy Osborne presenting the plate, our senior footballer Mark McCabe presenting the shield and Armagh ladies footballer and All-Star winner Aimee Mackin presenting the cup.  Aimee also presented Tiarnan Ruddy from Castleblayney who was named as the Player of the Tournament.
The club would like to thank all the teams who participated in the competition and helped to make it a great success. We would also like to thank everyone who organised the event and helped out on the day – referees, umpires, score keepers, tea and sandwich makers, the burger-makers, tuck shop operators, the Hughes Family (NISA Camlough) – your help was greatly appreciated.
Senior Men
It was a busy weekend for our senior men with a home game against Clonmore on Friday night followed by another home game against St Pauls on Sunday afternoon with both contests ending in draws.
In Friday night’s game, the Shane’s were by the far the best team in the first-half and deservedly went in leading at half-time. However as has been happening recently the second-half saw their opponents mount a comeback and in the end the Shane’s were fortunate to escape with a draw, 1 – 13 apiece.
On Sunday St Pauls were the visitors to Camlough and as with the Shane’s previous two league games it ended all square, 1 – 14 to 1 – 14.
The sides were level in the opening minutes with St Paul’s leading through a free which was cancelled out by a David McCabe point and they swapped the next two points also with Matthew Girvan on target for the home side. The Shane’s moved three ahead minutes later when a high ball from Matthew Girvan made its way to David McCabe and he made no mistake from close range before young Girvan extended his side’s advantage with a well taken point minutes later. However, the Shane’s lead was short-lived as St Paul’s hit a goal and a point in quick succession to get them back on level terms once more. A point from Ryan Quinn and a free David McCabe edged the Shane’s two ahead again with St Paul’s responding with a pointed free. With half-time fast approaching the Shane’s hit a real purple patch and scored four answered points to lead by five at the break. Paddy Doran powered forward from defence for fire over from long range before good work from Michael McParland found Matthew Girvan in space and he made no mistake as he slotted over his third point of the half with Paul O’Rourke and Mark McCabe also chipping in with scores.
The Shane’s made a great start to the second period with David McCabe registering a great point in the opening minute and his side now led by six. However, this proved to be their last for score twenty minutes as St Paul’s fired over seven points on the trot to put them ahead for the first time since the opening minute. Paul O’Rourke stopped the rot with a well taken free and he cancelled out another St Paul’s point minutes later to leave the sides all square with less than five minutes on the clock. St Paul’s edged ahead soon after only for Ryan Quinn to level things again with a well taken point from a very tight angle and when Mark McCabe put the Shane’s in front with the game in added time it looked like the Camlough had done enough to claim the win but a pointed free with the last kick of the ball saw St Paul’s salvage a draw with the sides finishing on 1 – 14 apiece.
Next up for the seniors is a vitally important game away to Mullaghbawn on Friday evening. 
Senior Ladies
Our senior ladies are back in league action on Monday night way to Armagh Harps with the game throwing in at 7:30 pm in Sherry’s field. The ladies also have a challenge game at home to Newry Bosco on Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm. Training continues next Sunday morning at 9:30 am.
Minor Boys
The minor boys are at home on Monday night against Clan na Gael with the game throwing in at 7:30 pm.
Minor Ladies
Training continues next Sunday morning at 9:30 am. 
U16 Boys
The U16 boys have no game this week but will be training at 6:00 pm on Thursday.
U12 Girls
A massive well done to our U12 girls who were in action on Thursday night away to a very good Silverbridge and Cullyhanna amalgamation. The game itself was played in poor weather conditions but the Shane's girls put in a great team performance to win the game – well done everyone. Training continues this week on Tuesday and Friday from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the field with a challenge game away to Poyntzpass at 7:00 pm on Wednesday evening. The girls are scheduled to have their next league game next Sunday at home to Naomh Labhaoise with the time still to be confirmed.
Our annual U10 blitz took place in Saturday which saw the Shane’s field two teams in the tournament. One of our teams found themselves in a tough group along with Madden, An Port Mor, Silverbridge and Armagh Harps. The young Shane’s put in a great effort which saw them qualify for the knock out stages of the plate. They faced Whitecross in what proved to be a very tight game but it was Whitecross who took their chances and emerged victorious by a couple of scores. 
The other Shane's team also found themselves in a tough group with Carrickcruppen, Naomh Eoin, Fr Rocks and Whitecross. This group produced some great games of football by all clubs and at the end of the group stages the Shane’s found themselves paired against another of the team’s fielded by Fr Rocks in the quarter-final of the shield. 
This started off a tight game but the young Shane's upped their game and eventually emerged victorious. Next up was the semi-final against a very good Clann Eireann team and it was the Lurgan side who began the game strongly and raced into a three-point lead. However, the Shane’s remained composed and clawed back two points before the half-time interval. The second-half was also very tight with both teams putting in a massive effort and produced one of the best games of the tournament which saw the Shane’s gain the upper hand, scoring a great goal and point to put them two points in front. Clann Eireann pulled a point back to produce a tense finish, but great defending and overall team work saw the Shane's over the line by the narrowest of margins and into the shield final.
Middletown were the opponents in the final and the Shane’s started strongly and a couple of early scores helped to calm the nerves. Throughout the remainder of the game the Shane’s produced some great football all over the pitch and came away with a thoroughly deserved win.
Every member of the U10s squad played their part right throughout the blitz and the management would like to thank all the kids for their continued effort and to everyone who helped make the tournament run smoothly.
U10 training continues on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the field.
Underage Training
Please note that training for all our U6s, U8s, 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. 
Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie
Well done to Meabh O'Neill's senior camogs who won the Division 2 league title on Monday night having gone through the season unbeaten. The U14 camogs are away to Crossmaglen on Tuesday night with the game beginning at 7:00 pm. Training continues on Wednesday night from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the field.
Club Merchandise
Club shorts and socks will be handed out in the club on Wednesday evening between 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm. There are still some spare socks for sale in sizes 11 – 2, 4 – 7 and 7 – 9…there are no size 2 – 4 left.
Well Done
Well done to everyone who took part in the quiz in the The Yellow Heifer on Wednesday night to help raise funds for our ladies’ football teams – your support is greatly appreciated. A big word of thanks to Aengus Hannaway who performed the role of quizmaster on the night.
Best Wishes
Best wishes to our underage footballer Cadhla Ferris who suffered a broken finger during the U12 girls game last Thursday night. Best wishes also to our senior footballer Damian Doyle who suffered a nasty eye injury during the St Paul’s game.
Hard Luck Sinead
It was disappointment for Sinead McDonnell and her Armagh U14 team-mates when they lost out in the All-Ireland final against Leitrim on Saturday but it was a great achievement none the less.
Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp
The club is hosting a Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp from Monday 17th July – Friday 21st July. To register for the event visit
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 2, 5, 17 & 31. There was no jackpot winner and 2 x match three winners. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £6,000.
The club would like to offer its sympathy to the family of Philip Patton who died recently. Philip was the father of our former underage footballers Mark and Philip and brother of Gerard Patton who managed our 1994 Junior Championship winning team. May he rest in peace.
Attached pictures with our club notes:
Whitecross – Plate winners at the Shane O’Neill’s U10 blitz
Shane O’Neill’s – Shield winners at their blitz on Saturday
Castleblayney – Cup winners at the Shane O’Neill’s U10 blitz
Post Date : Mon 03 Jul 2017 08:10 AM

Mickey Brady MP and Chairperson of Newry, Mourne & Down Council, Roisin Mulgrew, have commended the efforts and successes of young people in the South Armagh and Dundalk area following their completion of the Emergency and Rescue Course.

Facilitated by the Camlough Community Association and Muirhevnamor Cross Border Partnership, and funded by the Peace Impact Programme, the Course consists of skills-building exercises for 13 young people from the local area, emergency skills, promoting social leadership and community awareness.
Speaking following an awards ceremony in Bessbrook Community Centre on Friday night, Councillor Mulgrew congratulated the participants for their hard work and community pride:
“This Emergency and Rescue Course is an exceptional cross-border opportunity for young people in the area to learn essential information and skills in emergency situations.
“Those bright young activists involved have taken an opportunity to meet and share their skills for their own wellbeing, and that of their community.
“By taking the lead in building social cohesion in their area, and recognising the invaluable importance of community activism, we can all learn from their example.”