POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Wed 11 Oct 2017 08:22 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan said: 

"Recently, I learned that the Southern Trust told parents and carers of children with complex needs that short break provisions have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. 
 
"It came as a shock to parents as they received a letter from the Southern Trust in September relaying information on the future of short break provisions at Oakland’s Respite Unit, Armagh.
 
“The unit supports children and young adults with learning disabilities and provides that much needed support for parents and families. Parents understand how much the service is valued and the impact it makes on the lives of families who use it. 
 
“Over the years I have heard of the genuine affection for the staff and how much they do for the children. To receive a letter out of the blue blind sighted parents. This service has been a lifeline.
 
"I have raised concerns directly with the Trust and I am glad to report that I have received a response regarding the future of its short break services. 
"Reassurances have been given straight from the Director of Child and Family Services, Paul Morgan, that the Southern Trust are “committed to restoring their short breaks service to its usual levels as soon as possible.
"It is a great relief that families have been given assurances that the Trust are keen to work positively with them and are keen to meet with parents and political representatives to discuss the recent difficulties. 
 
"It is my understanding that the Trust will be facilitating a cross party meeting in Armagh to address the complications faced, on Thursday 12th October. 
"As always, the devil is in the detail, the Trust have stated that recent difficulties have been temporary, however their aim is to provide a full resumption of the service in the very near future.”
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Mon 09 Oct 2017 11:52 AM

Down County Board Updates 

The AGM will take place on Monday 23 October 2017, at 8 pm in the Thierafurth Inn, Kilcoo. As you are all aware we are moving into a big year ahead, with our 25 years anniversary and the Feile taking place in Down. It is important that we have all our positions filled and we look forward to new members coming on board to our committee.
 
Remember you are the county board, and you elect your officers, but we will be asking for more help. Please do not put a nominee on without asking the person first. 
 
Down U15/16 Academy – BORN 2002/2003 ONLY 
Down ladies U15 Academy continues to become more successful every week. Great to see new faces joining in. Academy continues this Saturday 14th October at Ballykinlar GAC. Girls to arrive 11:20 am finishing at 1 pm. Ulster blitz on 28th October in Mid Ulster Sports Arena Cookstown. Transport will be available. All girls to confirm availability to attend blitz next Saturday to allow for planning. All outstanding registration forms/monies to be brought also on Saturday.
 
Down U13 Academy - BORN 2004 ONLY
The last session of the U13 Academy took place on Saturday 7th October at Dundrum GAC. With as many as 12 clubs being involved in club championships, girls from those clubs were excused from attending. Those that did attend worked very hard throughout in preparation for the Ulster Blitz on Saturday 14th October at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena in Cookstown, with Down entering 6 teams for girls born in 2004 and 2005. The opposition will be multiple teams from Antrim, Monaghan, Derry and Donegal. Three teams will play in the morning with a further three teams playing in the afternoon. Bus pick-up times and locations will be published during the week.
 
Trials for those girls born in 2004 gets underway on Sunday 22nd October from 1 pm to 4 pm, with the venue to be confirmed. Two further trial sessions are also pencilled in for 9:30 am to 12 noon on both Saturday 28th November and Saturday 4th November. The panel for the 2018 U14 Ulster Championship will be chosen following the last trial with six training sessions planned before the Christmas Break.
Please see Facebook for photos! 
 
Down U12 Academy - BORN 2005 ONLY
Well done to the 56 girls who attended the U12 Academy on Sunday 8th October. Please see Facebook for photos!
 
Fixtures 
Keep up to date with fixtures via the website and social media. 
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Mon 09 Oct 2017 08:30 AM

U21s

Our U21 amalgamation of Patrick Rankins begin this year’s campaign with an away game against Grange on Sunday 22nd October with a 12 o’clock throw-in. This is followed up with a home game against Carrickcruppen on 5th November and a final group game at home to Ballyhegan on 12th November.
 
Minor Boys
It was disappointment for our minor boys’ amalgamation of Patrick Rankins on Wednesday night, losing out by nine points to Maghery in the Division 2 championship final in the Athletic Grounds. Played in terrible weather conditions Maghery were the better team throughout the contest and fully deserved their win on a score-line of 2 – 14 to 2 – 5.
Minor Girls
Our minor girls were in shield final action on Sunday evening against Silverbridge in Crossmaglen but the result of the game was unknown at the time of going to press.
 
U6s
Training for all our U6s continues every Tuesday evening in Bessbrook Community Centre from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Everyone please remember to bring water and £1. All new and current U6s are welcome to come along, starting from 3 years old.
 
Underage Meeting
An underage meeting will take place tomorrow night, Monday 9th October at 8:00 pm in the club. Anyone interested in helping out in any way with any of our underage teams next year is asked to come along and make yourselves available. 
 
Annual Golf Classic
This year’s Shane O’Neill’s Annual Golf Classic will take place next Saturday 14th October in Cloverhill Golf Club. The tournament will take the format of a 3 Ball Scramble with an entry of £75.00 per 3 ball team. The winners will receive a 1 night’s Stay and Play at Slieve Russel Hotel. For further information or to book your place please contact Gareth on 0044 7810 892439.
 
Congratulations
Congratulations to Aimee Mackin who has recently been nominated for another All-Star award.
 
Lotto
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 11, 18, 30 & 32. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x lucky dip winner. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £6,700 so why not get yourself a ticket…. if you’re not in, you can’t win.
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Mon 09 Oct 2017 08:22 AM

Sinn Fein MLA for South Armagh, Megan Fearon held meetings on Wednesday 4th October with Ofcom, the communications regulator, and the Irish Central Border Area Network (ICBAN) to discuss the roll out of broadband provision in rural areas and potential funding to bring it to fruition.

Ofcom regulates telecoms and networks throughout the North and states that "the telecoms network across Northern Ireland has been upgraded in recent years so that broadband via VDSL is available to most premises.  However, an issue with VDSL is that speeds slow down over the length of the copper – and a long copper line between cabinet and premise can mean that speeds can be much lower than the superfast speeds typically associated with fibre connections."
 
Megan Fearon pointed out, "many households in rural areas have not benefited from any upgrades in recent years. Business owners, community centres and families in rural areas like South Armagh are in a terrible predicament. They experience extremely slow or non-existent broadband speeds, with no access to the superfast broadband service enjoyed by residents in other more urban areas. It is true that many business people travel from South Armagh to Newry library to conduct vital daily business online by using the broadband services provided by the library.  This is not sustainable for any business owner and simply cannot continue.  There is an urgent and dire need to dramatically improve broadband performance in rural areas."
 
"I will continue to do all that I can to ensure that work commences immediately to formulate and implement an immediate and comprehensive plan, that will see all premises have access to a high quality broadband service with acceptable speeds, regardless of where you live or do business."
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Mon 09 Oct 2017 08:14 AM

Detectives from CIB department have seized a large quantity of illegal fireworks after the search of a house in the Jonesborough area. 

Detective Inspector Gawley said "Officers seized the fireworks with an estimated value of £25,000 following the search of a property on Thursday, 05 October. They also recovered a quantity of class B controlled drugs at the address.
 
It’s important to remember that fireworks are made from explosive material and if misused, can cause serious and life changing injuries. The law clearly states that fireworks - except indoor fireworks and sparklers - must be bought from reputable, licensed dealers who are required to keep sales records.
 
Fireworks bought from other sources may not be British Standard approved thus presenting an even bigger risk of injury. It is also illegal to possess, sell, handle or use fireworks if you do not have a licence. And you can be fined up to £5,000 for breaking the law. Remember, what might seem like harmless fun to some, may seem feel like anti-social behaviour to others.
 
Please contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you have any information as it may help prevent someone being seriously injured.” 
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Thu 05 Oct 2017 08:48 AM
Newry & Armagh MP Mickey Brady has met with the Southern Trust to voice Sinn Féin's opposition to proposed cuts to local health.
 
Mickey Brady said:
 
"I questioned the Financial Director as to who sanctioned these cuts, and urged the Trust directors to meet with the Permanent Secretary of the Health Department to oppose these disastrous and unnecessary cuts."
 
“Sinn Féin have made it very clear that we believe these cuts are unnecessary and have called for centrally-held funds which other departments have been unable to spend for whatever reason, to be released in order to address the pressures facing front-line services.
 
“There are indications that may now be set to happen but there are still many questions facing the Department of Health as to why they chose to embark on such a divisive consultation process, proposing major cuts to front-line services when alternatives were available.
 
"It has always been Sinn Féin’s position that this was a politically-motivated and cynical exercise and it should now be ended.
 

"The Department should re-evaluate their overall financial position, clarify that front-line services will be protected and return to the transformation agenda set out by Michelle O'Neill as Health Minister." 

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Thu 05 Oct 2017 08:47 AM

Mickey Brady MP has said the call from the Trust’s Pathfinder Project to retain a 24 hour Emergency Department at Daisy Hill provides much needed certainty to the community.

 
Speaking following the publication of the report from the Pathfinder Project, Brady said:
 
“This call from the Pathfinder Project and the Southern Trust will provide much needed certainty to the local community about the future of their local hospital.
 
“Daisy Hill is a lifeline to many thousands of people in the local area, and Sinn Féin has fought tirelessly to protect and enhance the services available in our healthcare facilities.
 
“This news is welcome, but now more must be done to defend against deeply damaging budget cuts.
 
“Tory austerity has ravaged our public services, and this shows no sign of stopping as a result of the right-wing DUP-Tory pact.
 
“In order to secure investment in the long-term future of our local health facilities, this ruthless program of cuts must end immediately.”
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Tue 03 Oct 2017 08:28 AM

Sinn Féin Councillor Roisin Mulgrew, Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down Council, has called abusive behaviour directed towards her by other Councillors and members of the public ‘disgraceful’. 

Speaking following a sitting of Council tonight at which a motion concerning the Newry park project was properly referred to the relevant committee, Mulgrew said:
 
“The abusive and aggressive behaviour directed towards me tonight from members of the public and other elected Councillors, as I adhered to Council procedures, is a disgrace.
 
“Tonight, I was verbally attacked and harassed for performing my legal duties and facilitating agreed Council standing orders. 
 
"As I left the building I had to run the gauntlet to escape harassment from members of the public gallery.
 
“This behaviour is despicable, and is unprecedented in the modern history of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.
 
“The Councillors behind this motion have known for some time that Council rules, which they agreed to, wouldn’t allow a vote to take place on their motion. Council officials informed them of this fact ahead of meeting.
 
“Either they are deceiving the public and playing petty party politics with a public project, or they are incompetent.
 
“Newry is in dire need of a public park. Sinn Féin is unequivocally in support of a public park project.
 
“As Councillors we are all legally bound to explore all options for a public park project to ensure the citizens of this area get the park they deserve.
 
“Tonight’s antics from certain public representatives and some of those in the public gallery are a disgrace. Sinn Féin will not allow this vital project to be sacrificed or defamed by cynical political point-scoring and abuse.
 
“Sinn Féin is wholly committed to delivering a public park for the people of the Newry, Mourne and Down area, and we will not be deterred by tonight’s sorry episode.”
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Tue 03 Oct 2017 08:24 AM

 Down County Board Updates 

 
The AGM will take place on Monday 23rd October 2017, at 8 pm in the Thierafurth Inn, Kilcoo. As you are all aware we are moving into a big year ahead, with our 25 years anniversary and the Feile taking place in Down. It is important that we have all our positions filled and we look forward to new members coming on board to our committee.
 
Remember you are the county board, and you elect your officers, but we will be asking for more help. Please do not put a nominee on without asking the person first. Nomination forms are to be in by Sunday 8 0ctober at the very latest.
 
Down U15/16 Academy – BORN 2002/2003 ONLY 
 
U15 Academy for girls born 2002/2003 continued on Sunday 1st October at a wet and windy Ballykinlar. With over 65 girls now attending, the academy continues to grow each week. This is a great reflection of the girl’s enthusiasm as the weather hasn't been kind. Academy continues on Saturday 7th October at Ballykinlar girls to arrive 11:20 am finishing at 1 pm. Girls to bring all outstanding registration forms and monies. New girls very welcome to join in. Please see Facebook for photos!
 
Down U13 Academy - BORN 2004 ONLY
 
It was Club Colours Day at the U13 Academy this weekend at Clonduff GAC, which generated great banter. A fantastic turnout of 52 girls in bright sunshine showed great commitment and desire to improve their skills, as the Ulster Blitz on 14th October draws closer. Well done girls on your great attitude throughout. Thanks to Clonduff GAC for the use of their facilities. There is just one weekend left of the Academy and following the Ulster Blitz, trials will get underway to pick the squad for next year’s Ulster U14 Championship. Details will be published early next week of the venue and time for next weekend’s academy. Please see Facebook for photos! 
 
Down U12 Academy - BORN 2005 ONLY
 
The U12 Academy continued on Sunday 1st October, great turn out this weekend by the girls. The Academy will continue this Sunday at the Bann Road, Castlewellan. Starting at 10 am and finishing at 11:30 am. The girls involved in the U14 Championships are excused from training. 

Fixtures
 
Keep up to date with fixtures via the website and social media. 
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Mon 02 Oct 2017 08:46 AM

Minor Girls 7-Aside Blitz

Saturday saw the club host a very successful minor girls 7-aside blitz with a total of thirteen teams battling it out for the silverware: Carrickcruppen, Corofin, Magheracloone, Dromore, Emyvale, St Patricks, Cooley, Warrenpoint, Ballymaguigan, Shane O’Neill’s, Finbarrs, Killeavy and Silverbridge.

Following a great mornings football in the group and knock-out stages four teams were left standing, with host team Shane O’Neill’s taking Carrickcruppen in the shield final whilst Corofin (Galway) faced Derry side Ballymaguigan in the final of the cup. Both finals served up brilliant games of football with all four teams playing some great stuff but when the final whistles sounded Shane O’Neill’s claimed the shield win whilst Corofin picked up the cup title. Corofin player Leanne Coen was also named as the player of the tournament.

The club would like to thank all the teams who took part in the competition and helped to make it such a great success. We would also like to thank all those who helped to organise the blitz, who helped out on the day – referees, score-keepers, pitch managers, umpires, burger-makers, tea-makers, shop attendants and anyone else who helped out in any way. The club also extends its sincere gratitude to local company BM Steel who were the generous sponsors of the inaugural Shane O’Neill’s minor girls 7-aside blitz.

Minor Boys

Our minor boys’ amalgamation of Patrick Rankins was scheduled to play Maghery last Wednesday night in the Division 2 championship final. However due to the very heavy rain the game was postponed and re-fixed for this Wednesday night, 4th October at 8:15 pm in the Athletic Grounds and everyone is encouraged to come along and give the lads your support.

Minor Girls

Having defeated Cullyhanna last week our minor ladies now face Silverbridge in the shield next Sunday, 8th October at 7:30 pm in Silverbridge. Ahead of the final the girls will be training this Tuesday evening from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the field.

U12 Girls

Our U12 girls had a challenge at home against Keady on Sunday morning. Despite the poor weather there was excellent football on view from both sets of players. Well done to all.

U6s

U6 training has now changed to indoors in Bessbrook Community Centre starting from next Tuesday, 3rd October and will continue every Tuesday from 6 pm-7 pm. Please bring water and £1. All new and current U6s are welcome to come along, starting from 3 years old.

Underage Meeting

An underage meeting has been organised for next Monday 9th October at 8:00 pm in the club. Anyone interested in helping out in any way with any of our underage teams next year is asked to come along and make yourselves available.

A Party for Paddy

As most of you know our senior footballer Paddy Doran was seriously injured in a car accident recently. Paddy will be out of work now for the foreseeable future and the club is organising a fundraising "Party for Paddy" next Saturday night, 7th October in the Shane's clubhouse. The fantastic DJ Sammy will be providing the tunes from 8 to late and everyone is encouraged to come along to show your support for one of our own.

Annual Golf Classic

This year’s Shane O’Neill’s Annual Golf Classic will take place on Saturday 4th October in Cloverhill Golf Club. The tournament will take the format of a 3 Ball Scramble with an entry of £75.00 per 3 ball team. The winners will receive a 1 night’s Stay and Play at Slieve Russel Hotel. For further information or to book your place please contact Gareth on 0044 7810 892439.

Congratulations

Congratulations to our senior footballer Kevin McParland and his new fiancé Orla Craven who got engaged at the week-end.

Lotto

Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 5, 9, 10 & 16. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x lucky dip winner. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £6,650 so why not get yourself a ticket…. if you’re not in, you can’t win.