Post Date : Wed 12 Apr 2017 09:27 AM

Down Senior Ladies County Team 

The Ladies next game is in the Final of the Ulster Championship in the last weekend of June/early July 2017. The girls are continuing their training with the club leagues and gym work #MourneLadiesRising 
Down Minor Ladies County Team 
Down Minor Ladies conceded the game against Tyrone on Saturday 8th April due to the lack of numbers available. 
Down U16 Ladies County Team 
Training will continue and details will be provided via social media. The girls will not be training over the Easter week and the Managers will confirm a midweek match or training session for Wednesday 19th April 2017. Next up in the Ulster league for the girls, is a home game to Cavan – date and venue tbc. 
Down U15 Ladies Development Team 
Due to club fixtures and the Easter break U15 squad will next train on Wednesday 19th April 7.00-8.30pm venue tbc as soon as possible. The last 2 league games are as follows: at home to Monaghan on Sunday 23rd April and away to Donegal on Saturday 29th April. 
Down U14 Ladies County Team 
The Down U14 started their championship on Saturday 8th April with a win against Fermanagh played in St Colman’s, Newry. Down had the advantage of a strong wind in the first half and had much of the possession but were wasteful in front of goal. They did produce some excellent passages of play with Fiona Dolan and Orlaith McCusker a constant threat. In midfield Stephanie Hall was dominant and Sara Daly at full back was able to deal with the Fermanagh attacks. In the second half, Fermanagh now had the advantage of the conditions and began to created pressure on the Down defence. Elle Murdock was excellent at half back with team captain Siofra McAteer also moving into the half back line to provide additional cover. Down made a number of changes to the team as the game progressed with all the girls contributing to a great result.  Final Score 5:10 to 5:03. U14 Championship. Round 3 continues Saturday 15th April, Armagh v Down @ Clann Eireann (Paul Swift, Monaghan) @ 3pm.                 
Down U13 Ladies County Development Team
The Down U13 girls continued their Ulster League campaign by hosting Donegal at the Abbey Grammar School, Newry in glorious sunshine over last weekend. This proved to be a tough affair for the girls against strong running opposition who came out of the blocks very fast to open up an early 6-point lead. The teams then exchanged a number of scores before the Mourne girls opened them up for a second goal just before half time to cut the deficit to 6 points at the interval, with the Down girls playing against the wind in that first period. However, the visitors took the early initiative in the second half by grabbing a three pointer to open up a 9-point lead. The teams again traded scores with the Down girls finishing with two fine goals to get their reward for not giving up. A second game was then held for any of the girls who did not start in the first game and some of these girls really excelled putting in some wonderful individual displays. The girls know that we didn’t reach the heights of the previous performance against Monaghan two weeks ago and the whole camp are very determined to put that right for the next outing away to Fermanagh next Saturday. A big thank you to all the parents for their kind donations of food for the after games refreshments and to all those mothers who helped with the teas etc. Big thanks also to our own Francis Rogan for refereeing the second match. Round 3 continues U13 Development League - Saturday 15th April, Fermanagh v Down @ Brookborough (Garry Gormley, Tyrone) @ 1pm 
The next Fundamentals course will be on Saturday 13th May 2017 in RGU Downpatrick. If you are interested in participating, please contact Down Ladies PRO Aine McClean: or 07519562798. 
Post Date : Tue 28 Mar 2017 08:24 AM

The ÓRathaile u16 hurling team travelled to Kilclief on Sunday morning and came away with the points putting up a big score against a battling home side. Thats three wins out of three in the league with the next game at home against Carryduff next Saturday evening. Well done lads.

Great turnout for our first coaching sessions for our Nursery to P6 children. Thanks to all coaches, parents and children. Coaching continues for the nursery to P6 children next Saturday in the High School at 10am. Anyone who missed last Saturday please come along this Saturday. All new members welcome. £5 each please bring your water bottles. 
Comhghairdeas to St Patrick's Grammer School, Downpatrick and our own players Cormac Barr, Cormac Watson and Nathan Garland on winning the Kevin Smith Tournament hosted by St Malachy's High School. Commiserations to the defeated finalists, host school St Malachys High School, and our club players Shea Stratton and Donagh Keary. Great to see the 5 Town lads reaching the final for their respective schools.
250 Cyclists from across Ireland will be taking part in the 'Cycle Against Suicide' break the cycle event which visits towns and cities across the country over a 2 week period. The event will be coming to Castlewellan/Newcastle area on Monday 24 April. The lead co-ordinator is our own Ladies Senior Footballer, Lisa Morgan.
The event, part of the Homestay Programme sees people in the local community open their homes to participants of the cycle providing them with a warm meal, a chance to freshen up and a bed for the night. It provides the opportunity for people to lend their support to Cycle Against Suicide without necessarily having to get on a bike themselves.
The Cycle will arrive to Castlewellan/Newcastle on the evening of 24 April and the host families will be able to collect their guest and drop them off again there the following morning. If you are interested in helping out on the day even for a few hours and/or becoming a host family for the evening, please contact Lisa on 07734858557 for more information.
Membership should be paid at this stage for the season ahead. Anyone who has not plase do so via the clubs website or speak to your management team. 
The Castlewellan Spring lake challange is on Sunday April 2nd. There will be 10kand 5k routes, everyone is welcome. There will be refreshments afterwards in the club rooms followed by music with Tommy Fitz.
Date for you diary, on Friday 28th April there will be a night of the races in the club rooms. This is a very important event that will see all money raised going to medical equipment for all teams within the club, it is also to fund a new set of defib pads for our second defib that will be stored at the bann road complex. Each Senior team will be given one race to sell with 3 races between all juvinille teams, each management team will have the cards this week. Please all get involved and help fund the importance of your safety.
Post Date : Mon 27 Mar 2017 09:18 AM

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust Fit 4 U programme recently supported a Boccia Tournament for people with physical and/or sensory disabilities from across the Trust area. 

Boccia is a chair based version of bowling and was organised in partnership between the Southern Trust Fit 4 U Project and Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon (ABC) Borough Council, Sport NI Everybody Active Programme, Disability Sport NI Inclusive Sports & Leisure Initiative and the Get Out, Get Active Programme. 

16 teams, which included 46 participants from across Armagh, Dungannon, Craigavon, Banbridge and Newry took part in the tournament held in Craigavon Leisure Centre.  Following close competition in the league stages and a close final, the awards were presented by the Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Paul Greenfield. 

1st Place        The Head Bangers: Beverley Jory, Scott Cromie & Christine Weir

2nd Place      The Flyers: David Wylie and Emilia Krzeminska

3rd Place       Craigavon Allsorts: Georgina Glassey, Shirley Hobson & Florence Watson 

Christine Weir of the winning team said “I like boccia because it gets me out to meet people”. 

Colleen Connolly, Inclusive Sports & Leisure Officer, Disability Sports NI said:

"Boccia has been played in the Craigavon area for over 10 years, starting out recreationally in care homes and disability day centres. This was followed by a Gotcha Boccia League, delivered in partnership with Disability Sport NI, which is a monthly pan-disability competition at Craigavon Leisure Centre.” 

“Boccia has now been developed further, with weekly sessions and opportunities to access competitive pathways for those people who the sport targets at Paralympic level.  Craigavon Boccia Club was established in 2013 and competes in the NI Boccia League.  It also has representatives on the Ulster/NI Squads.” 

Rhonda Richardson, Southern Trust Fit 4 U Co-ordinator explained:

“Boccia is a sport that promotes co-ordination, mentally it requires focus and concentration and socially it is a team sport that encourages communication and competition.” 

For more information about Fit 4 U and Boccia in your local area contact Rhonda Richardson on Tel: 028 3756 4490. 

For more information about Craigavon Boccia Club, which meets Thursday evenings in Brownlow Community Hub, contact Colleen Connolly on 077 6925 0885.

Post Date : Mon 27 Mar 2017 08:58 AM

Senior Men

Our senior men made a great start to the season, defeating Mullaghbawn by twelve 12 points, 3 – 11 to 0 – 8, in the Intermediate Divisional Cup on Sunday.
Mullaghbawn opened in the scoring with a pointed free before Greg McCabe rose highest to fist the ball to the net and put the Shanes ahead. Mullaghbawn replied with their second point but a speculative long range effort from Ryan Evans was spilled to the net by the Mullaghbawn keeper and the Shanes led by four. The sides then swapped points with Greg McCabe on target for the Shanes before Mullaghbawn hit three points in a row to reduce the deficit to just one. A Ryan Evans point edged the Shanes two ahead before great work from Ryan McCabe set up James Girvan to finish to the Mullaghbawn net for his team’s third goal of the half and a five point half-time advantage, 3 – 2 to 0 - 6.
Just like the first-half, Mullaghbawn opened the scoring with a well taken point but the Shanes bossed the rest of the game, scoring nine points on the trot. Paddy Doran and Ryan Evans scored a point apiece in quick succession before Paul O’Rourke knocked over a free. Second-half substitute Mark McCabe then pointed from close range before great work from Michael McParland setup Oisín Murphy for his side’s seventh point of the contest. Mark McCabe and Paul O’Rourke both scored superb solo points before a pointed free and late ’45, both from Sean McLoughlin, rounded off the scoring for the Shanes. Mullaghbawn registered only their second point of the half with the last kick of the ball but it was the impressive Shanes who claimed a fully deserved win, 3 – 11 to 0 – 8.
Next up for the senior men is a home game against Grange next Sunday.
Senior Ladies
Our senior ladies have a challenge game at home against Rostrevor on Monday 27th March at 6.45pm. Training continues on Thursday evening at 7.30pm.
Minor Boys
Training for our minor boys continues as normal over the coming week at the club.
Minor Girls
Training for our minor girls continues on Thursday evening at 7.30pm.
U16 Boys
Training for the U16 boys continues on Thursday night at 6.00pm in Correnshigo. All our U16 footballers are asked to meet at the Shane's at 5.40pm sharp on Thursday evening. The Championship draw has paired our amalgamation of Patrick Rankin’s away to Derrynoose on 29th June.
U16 Girls
Our U16 girls have a challenge game on Monday evening, 27th March at St Joesph’s High School in Newry. All U16 girls are asked to meet at the school at 6.30pm. Training for the U16 girls continues on Saturday afternoon from 4.00pm – 5.00pm at the field.
U14 Boys
Training for our U14 boys continues as normal over the coming week at the club. The Championship draw has paired our amalgamation of Patrick Rankin’s away to Pearse Ógs on 23rd May.
U14 Girls
Our U14 girls have a Féile game this Wednesday evening, 29th March at home to Clann Eireann with a throw-in time of 6.45pm.
U12 Boys
Training for this age group continues as normal at the club over the coming week.
U12 Girls
Training for our U12 girls will take on Sunday afternoons at the field from 4.45pm – 6.00pm. All girls at this age are welcome to attend.
U10 Boys
Our U10 boys travelled to Silverbridge on Sunday to take part in a very enjoyable game of football against the home side. Training for this age group continues this Friday evening at the field from 6.30pm – 7.30pm.
U10 Girls
Training for this age group will be confirmed very shortly.
Training for U8 footballers will continue as normal this week at the club and all boys and girls at this age group are welcome to come along.
Training for our U6 footballers continues this Wednesday evening at 6.00pm in Bessbrook Community Centre and all new boys and girls are welcome to attend.
Shane’s Gaelic for Girls
The latest Shanes Gaelic For Girls Programme finished on Saturday morning. Over the past ten weeks seventy-five aged eight to thirteen took part in this introduction to Gaelic Football. 
During that time, they have begun, what we hope will be a lifelong involvement in Gaelic games, by learning the basic skills in a fun and positive environment, making many new friends along the way.
Throughout the programme the girls were coached by members of our Senior ladies’ team.
All the participants received their Shanes Gaelic For Girls training tops from their coaches and a certificate presented by Councillor Roisin Mulgrew representing Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. The programme has been a great success with many of the girls set to continue playing with our U12 and U10 girl's teams, with U12 training taking place on Sundays from 4.45pm - 6.00pm at the field whilst U10 training will be confirmed shortly. 
Many thanks to all the girls who took part, also to the parents, schools, coaches and mentors for all their support and we look forward to seeing these young girls lining out for Shane O’Neill’s ladies in the very near future.
Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie
U8’s and U10’s train at the Shanes on Wednesday night from 6.00pm – 7.00pm, all new members age four and upwards are welcome to attend. Training for the U12 and U14 camogs will also take place at the Shane’s on Wednesday nights from 6.00pm – 7.00pm and any past or present hurling or camogie player that would like to volunteer an hour per week on Wednesdays night from 6.00pm -7.00pm please contact Sandra on 07599 640444 - your help would be greatly appreciated. The U16 camogs will train on Wednesday’s from 6.30pm – 7.30pm at Shane’s.
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.
Well Done
Well done to our underage footballers Aoibh Murray and Ben McCamley who played in the primary schools’ game at half-time during the Armagh v Antrim game at the Athletic Grounds on Saturday night.
Best Wishes
Best wishes to our club chairman Mick Mackin who is recovering well at home following a short spell in hospital. Best wishes also to our club and Cairde member Patsy McParland who spending time in hospital.
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 11, 20, 28 & 29. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x match three winner. The jackpot now stands at an impressive £5,300.
Siúl at the Shane’s
As most of you know we ran a very successful Pave the Way scheme last year which led to the installation of a brilliant concrete driveway in and around the club. To everyone who donated to that scheme we are extremely grateful and a sign will be erected shortly thanking you all.
The next phase of development at the club will see the creation of a floodlit Community Walkway around our main pitch. This project is being partly funded by the Council but the club need to raise a certain amount of funding also and this is where you, our friends and members, can help out.
Siúl at the Shane's is a scheme where people can donate to or sponsor a yard of asphalt as we attempt to raise the necessary funds for the new walkway. The walkway itself will be available for use by the whole community and will give people the opportunity to walk in a safe and friendly environment all year round.
Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the scheme please contact our club chairman, Mick Mackin, on 07746 242231.
Post Date : Fri 24 Mar 2017 09:26 AM

Adults with learning disabilities from across the Southern Trust area recently participated in a Fit 4 U 2 Team Building Day at Craigavon Leisure Centre.

Fit 4 U 2 provides physical activities and sports for people with learning disabilities.  
At this event, 25 participants enjoyed a range of team building activities, including ice breaker games, archery, skittles bowling alley, mini assault course and team challenge games, facilitated by Mobile Team Adventure.
Rhonda Richardson, Fit 4 U Co-ordinator, Southern Trust, explains “Fit 4 U 2 aims to empower people with learning disabilities to improve their health and wellbeing through participation in a range of day time physical activity and sports.  This event was a great opportunity for participants from the different areas to come together, have fun and try some new activities that were tailored to meet their needs.”
Emily McCrory, participant, explains “It was a really good experience, I enjoyed meeting new people and really enjoyed the mini assault course and skittles.”
Fit 4 U 2 is now operating in five Leisure Centres across the Southern Trust area, including Armagh, Dungannon, Craigavon, Banbridge and Newry.  
For more information about Fit 4 U 2 and referral to the programme, please contact Rhonda Richardson, Fit 4 U Co-ordinator, Tel. 028 3756 4490 or email 
Post Date : Tue 21 Mar 2017 09:37 AM

Sinn Féin leader in the North Michelle O'Neill MLA  has paid tribute to Martin McGuinness who passed away last night. 

Michelle O'Neill said: 
"On behalf of Sinn Féin I want to offer my deepest condolences following the death of our friend and comrade, Martin McGuinness. 
"Martin was truly a giant of Irish politics and was known and respected across the world. 
"He led republicanism from the front for decades, striving for reunification and promoting peace and reconciliation and a genuine commitment to equality and respect. 
"Growing up as a young republican I was inspired by Martin McGuinness and I continue to be today. 
"His leadership, grace and warm personality have transformed Irish politics for the better and his impact will be felt for many years to come. 
"My thoughts are with his wife, Bernie, and children, Emmet, Fiachra, Fionnuala and Grainne and the entire clann at this time." 
Post Date : Mon 20 Mar 2017 11:19 AM

Our U14 girl’s footballers had their first outing of the year on Saturday when they played in the county Feile. Weather conditions were poor; however the girls remained in good spirits. The girls played 3 games, beaten twice and a draw in the last, a great effort by all players. Thanks to all those who attended, training continues this week as normal.

U12 girl’s football will commence this Sunday 26th March at 11am in the Dublin road complex, all players new and old welcome.
Coaching for primary school children boys and girls (Nursery to P6) will commence on Saturday March 25th at 10am in St Malachy’s High School and will take place there for the 3 weeks before Easter after which time we will move to St Malachy's Park. Nursery to P2 will be indoors and P3 to P6 will be outdoors. There will be a charge of £5 per child to cover the cost of hiring the school. Membership must also now be paid on line at www.castlewellangac,com and click on club membership in the top right hand corner. All new members are welcome.
Saturday Morning Coaching Commencing Sat March 25th in St Malachy’s HS:
Nursery – P2  - Fundamentals (Indoors for first 3 weeks)      
10 – 11am P3/P4 Hurling                                         
10 – 10.45am P3/P4 Boys Football                    
10.45 – 11.30am P3/P4 Girls Football                                                                     10 - 10.45am P3/P4 Camogie                                                                                   10.45 – 11.30am P5/P6 Boys Football                                                                 
10 -10.45am P5/P6 Hurling                                                                                     10.45 – 11.30am P5/P6 Girls Football                                                                      10.45 – 11.30am P5/P6 Camogie
Congratulations to Aofie and Kathleen who both lined out on Saturday night in Newry for the Senior ladies county team, both girls gave good displays in a must needed win over Limerick.
The annual spring lake challenge is fast approaching, are you fit for the challenge? 10k and 5k routes, £8 and £5 respectively. Light refreshments available afterwards in the club rooms. Anyone interested contact Donal on 07870919611 or via the clubs Facebook page. Entertainment from 5pm with Tommy Fitz.
Club gear can now be ordered, forms can be found online via the clubs website or from the clubrooms. Order forms must be completed and paid for by April 2nd.
Happy mother’s day to all our club members this Sunday.
A reminder that membership should now be paid, if anyone has not done so by now please do so by contacting their management team or by payment via the club website.     
This week’s little numbers 13,18,27,28, no jackpot winner. Next week’s jackpot £4100. 
Post Date : Mon 20 Mar 2017 10:25 AM

Ryan McBride is understood to have been found dead at his home on Sunday evening, the cause of death is not known. Just 24 hours earlier, Ryan, the 27 year old centre back, led the Candy Stripes to their fourth win this season against Drogheda United. 

The Irish president Michael D Higgins was one of the first to pass condolences on to his family. He posted on Twitter: “Along with all those who support Irish football, I express my sadness and condolences to the family of @derrycityfc Captain Ryan McBride.” 
Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney said "There is widespread shock across the city and beyond following the sudden death of Derry City FC captain, Ryan McBride. Ryan was an excellent player, a great leader on and off the field and an inspiration to many. 
“I send my condolences and those of the party to the McBride family and everyone who knew Ryan. I have no doubt the community across the city will rally round to support them at this sad and difficult time."
SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan also expressed his sadness at Ryan’s death. Mr Durkan said: “All thoughts are with Ryan McBride’s family, his Derry City teammates, club officials and all his friends who have lost someone so special.
“There is deep shock and sadness at the loss of a young man who brought so much happiness to others through his skills and dedication. I extend my sincere condolences to Ryan’s family, colleagues and friends – and hope they can take some comfort from the breadth and depth of sympathy which has been so widely expressed following his very sad death.”
Post Date : Mon 20 Mar 2017 10:06 AM

Sinn Féin Leader in the North Michelle O’Neill said today, “it’s time to deliver on the unfinished business and chart a course for the future”.

Michelle O’Neill said:
 “Over the past two weeks Sinn Féin has met daily with the other Assembly parties and the two Governments as part of the implementation talks at Stormont Castle.
“The recent election and strengthened mandate which Sinn Féin has been given makes clear that the people made the extra effort to come out and vote and stand up against corruption, arrogance and bigotry.
“This election has ended the perpetual unionist majority at Stormont, however Sinn Féin does not want minorities or majorities, we want equality and integrity in Government which must deliver for everyone and treat citizens decently, fairly and with respect.
“Nothing less is acceptable.
“The DUP has demonstrated a negative and cynical approach towards the Good Friday Agreement and the power-sharing institutions, including the All-Ireland bodies, which must operate on the basis of equal partnership.
“Responsibility within the Agreement for delivering on equality and rights protections lies ultimately with the British Government. They must now step up and deliver on their commitments otherwise political progress on restoring the institutions is in serious doubt.
“We face into a week where it is crucial we make a difference, which means full implementation of political commitments and firm actions which can restore public confidence in the Assembly, Executive and All-Ireland dimensions of the Good Friday Agreement.
“Sinn Féin has entered these implementation talks in good faith and will continue to honour our responsibilities and agreements. We will continue to represent all within the community based on respect and equality.
“There is a rightful expectation that the Irish government will assert itself as a co-equal guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement and ensure that full implementation is now delivered.
“I want to make clear that now is the time to deliver on the unfinished business and chart a course for the future based on equality, respect and integrity.”
Post Date : Wed 15 Mar 2017 09:59 AM

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has expressed his deep sadness and sympathies to the family of a young Killeavy man who died in the Camlough area yesterday. 

Mr McNulty said, “We are all stunned and heartbroken at this tragic news.  A young life lost, a young family heartbroken and a community in disbelief.  
“No words I or anyone else can offer will console the family at this very difficult time, but I hope they are rest assured this community will rally round them in their hour of need.  They will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks ahead.”