Post Date : Tue 20 Dec 2016 09:45 AM

Members of Kilkeel Golf Club have recently donated £1,335 to the Diabetes Fund, Craigavon Area Hospital.

The members raised the funds at a recent ‘Captain’s Day’.   

Diabetic services staff would like to thank David Niblock and everyone who contributed towards this very kind and thoughtful donation to the Diabetes Fund. 

Post Date : Tue 20 Dec 2016 09:42 AM

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust recently hosted a Christmas event for children and young people with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). 

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person understands the world and communicates with others, and figures show that more than 300 children in Northern Ireland are diagnosed with Autism every year. 

Children and young people enjoyed a range of activities including face painting, balloon modelling, sensory play and a visit to Santa Claus.   

Denise Carroll, Southern Trust Autism Services Co-ordinator said:

“Visits to see Santa can be overwhelming for children with autism and can trigger sensory problems because the event isn't part of a normal routine” 

“That’s why it’s important to help make this an enjoyable occasion by giving these children the opportunity to have fun, socialise and use their creative skills.” 

“I would like to thank all of our staff for organising what has been an entertaining morning for everyone.  Massive efforts have been made to help each of these children enjoy the festive season with us here at the Southern Trust.” 

One parent who attended the party with their child said:

“We have had the most wonderful Christmas party.  Thank you so much for your kindness, your input and ideas, your refreshments and just the whole experience.  My child has never chatted so much in his whole life.” 

For further information on the autism services provided at the Southern Health and Social Care Trust please call 028 3836 6777 or email:  

Post Date : Tue 20 Dec 2016 09:32 AM
Pride of place this week lies with our juvenile members and their achievements at school level. First up is St Louis Grammar student and the youngest member of our senior ladies team Socha McCarten. Socha has this week received an Ulster schools all star, this is is a massive achievement for Socha, she is selected at an U20 level at the age of 15, it is not the first Ulster all star to enter the McCarten household and we hope it wont be the last. Congratulations Sorcha from everyone at the club.
Congratulations also to our club members Shane Kearney, Daragh Tumilty, Daire McViegh and Cian Rice who areUlster champions. The boys were pivotal in helping St Malachys Castlewellan lift the U16 Rafferty cup. In a game against highly rated St Pauls Bessbrooke at the Dub playing fields in Belfast St Malachys were very impressive throughout the game and were able to take the Rafferty cup to the town for the first time. 
On Saturday night the club was turned into a court room. The night started with everyone in attendance unsure of what was in store for the 3 defendants.
First up was Rory “Buba” Burns. Even with the lack of evidence i don't think any defence lawyer in the world would have saved Rory from being found innocent, Rorys punishment for bringing the club into distribute was a 30 second stomach punch from his superior midfield partner Fintan McGreevy. 
Defendant 2 was Kathleen McCarten, Kathleen was also found guilty, this time it was or offences of faking injury whilst playing for the ladies. Kathleen partner Fergal is now free from house work for the next 3 months. 
The final defendant was the Brian McAlinden, Brian was charged with gross malpractice while assisting the Senior mens team this year, thankfully Brian was the only one who was found innocent, thanks mainly to insufficient evidence that 4 of the clients didn't actually play senior football last year. Brian's defence Jason was happy with the outcome and believes Brian should never be brought to trail. 
Thanks to everyone who organised and helped out on the night,  a good night was had by all, be on the look out for the next sitting of the honourable Judge Maguires court hearings.
Post Date : Mon 19 Dec 2016 09:50 AM

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has announced tonight that his party will be bringing a proposal to the Assembly tomorrow for the First Minister Arlene Foster to stand aside to facilitate an independent investigation into the RHI scandal. 

He commented, 

"The current crisis is not about party politics.  

“It is not an orange or green issue. It is about restoring the credibility of the power-sharing institutions and dealing with incompetence and allegations of corruption and abuse. 

"That is my sole focus and the sole focus of Sinn Féin. 

"It is my firm belief the only way to establish the truth of what has occurred and to begin to restore public faith in the institutions is for an independent, time-framed and robust investigation to take place. 

"The First Minister should stand aside to allow this. There is also an urgent need to minimise the cost of the scheme to the public purse.  

"Given the First Minister’s failure thus far to accept this Sinn Féin will bring forward a proposal to the Assembly which calls on the First Minister to stand aside until this independent investigation brings forward a preliminary report.   

“We are calling on all parties and MLAs to support this. 

“The statement which Arlene Foster plans to make to the Assembly tomorrow does not have my authority or approval as deputy First Minister. We have told the DUP this.  

“If she speaks this will be in a personal capacity and not in her role as First Minister.  

“There is no credibility in an inquiry established solely by the DUP or in the selective release of some documents by DUP departments.

“If the DUP does take a unilateral approach, disregarding the authority and joint nature of the Executive Office on an issue which is cross-cutting, with massive budgetary implications and which is undermining public confidence in the political institutions this will have grave consequences.”  

“Sinn Féin’s commitment is to making the institutions work for citizens. This has to be on the basis of transparency and equality and putting the people and their interests first.” 

Post Date : Mon 19 Dec 2016 09:33 AM

 Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year

On behalf of the committee of Shane O’Neill’s I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone associated with the club a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year – to all those who sponsored the club in any way this year, to all those who contributed in any way to the successful running of the club, to all the local papers, websites and photographers who continued to promote our club, to everyone who bought lotto tickets and those all who helped with our fundraising efforts throughout the year, to all our Cairde members, to all our players (senior and underage) and their families and to anyone else involved with the club in any way.

Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie

The camogie club would like to thank everyone who supported their fundraising bag pack in Tesco on Saturday. A huge thank-you to those who gave up their free time to help make it possible and many thanks to all the members of the public who gave generously to support the club. Meabh O’Neill’s would like to thank Tesco management and staff for their support and allowing the club the opportunity to fundraise in their Newry store.

This coming Tuesday, 20th December is the last camogie training before Christmas. Training will resume on Tues 10th January 2017. The club would like to take this opportunity to you all happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.


The clubs Annual General Meeting will take place in the clubhouse on Sunday 8th January at 3.00pm. This is undoubtedly the most important meeting of the year and we are asking all current and past members, players (past and present), parents of our underage footballers and anyone else with a genuine interest in the club to come along. 2017 promises to be any busy year for the club and we are encouraging everyone to get on board to help make it a successful one.


Congratulations to Blaithin Mackin and Jessica Watters who have been selected to represent Ulster at the Schools Inter-Provincial tournament in January. Congratulations also to Louise Kenny who recently named as the Gaelic Life Player of the Week


Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 9, 16, 19 & 29. There were no jackpot winners and 2 x match three winners. The jackpot now stands at £4700.

Post Date : Fri 16 Dec 2016 02:10 PM

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust in partnership with ‘Acorns for Autism’ recently hosted a Christmas Formal at Armagh City Hotel to recognise the work of the Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)/ Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Connect Service. 

The ASD/CAMHS Connect Service gives children and young people with ASD (and co-occurring conditions) the opportunity to meet new people, make friends and find support within the autism community. 

The evening showcased innovative and creative ways that the young people from the service are raising awareness of ASD.  

The Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Garath Keating, was also in attendance to show his ongoing commitment on behalf of the council to promote awareness of ASD within the community.  

Speaking at the event;

Chris Millar, ASD/ CAMHS Connect Coordinator said:

“This evening is about celebrating what the young people have achieved through the connect service and recognising the great strengths that they have to offer within the community.” 

Roberta Brownlee, Southern Trust Chairperson said:

“Autism is much more common than most people think, affecting one in 100 people in the UK. Some people with autism and their families face unimaginable challenges every single day of their lives. We need to increase awareness so that people will acknowledge, understand and help us to drive forward initiatives that support people and their families.” 

“The Trust is fully committed to broadening and strengthening the range of support services for families living with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and I want to thank the young people of the connect service who have done so much to increase Autism awareness.” 

For further information on SHSCT Autism Services call 028 3836 6777 or email:

Post Date : Fri 16 Dec 2016 09:16 AM

Patients in the Children’s Ward in Craigavon Area were thrilled to be able to speak directly to Santa Claus thanks to a live video call from the North Pole recently.

During the call, Santa got to hear the children’s Christmas wishes before staff helped give out the presents on his behalf. 

All the arrangements for this very special video call were made by the Southern Trust’s IT Team with the help of video communications technology company Cisco (who set up the video link at Craigavon Hospital’s children's ward). 

Darren Meade, Voice & Data Communications Partner Technical Lead for the Southern Trust said:

"Santa is very busy over Christmas, but using video technology means that he can make sure young patients get a well-deserved visit from him.” 

Jean Caddoo, Children’s Ward Manager said:

“The Christmas period can be an especially difficult time to be in hospital and today has brought along some festive cheer to the ward. 

I would like to thank our IT department for creating such a wonderful experience for the children and their parents. The team does a great job all year round in making sure all our systems are working 24/7 so clinicians can do their jobs effectively.”  

Post Date : Thu 15 Dec 2016 01:00 PM

The family of Mr James Wilson from Portadown have very kindly donated £600 to the Southern Trust’s Heart Failure Team in his memory.

The family would like to thank everyone who contributed to the donation in lieu of flowers.

The Heart Failure Team would like to thank the Wilson family and friends for this very generous and thoughtful donation.

Post Date : Wed 14 Dec 2016 09:38 AM

Sinn Féin MLA for South Down Caitríona Ruane has welcomed the announcement of new funding for Burren and Kilcoo totalling over £700,000 from Space and Place.

Ms Ruane said:

"I am delighted to welcome this funding to Burren Vision of £346,000 and to Eoghain Rua Kilcoo GAA of £350,000. It is great news for these areas and it is a welcome boost for all involved.

"Over recent years, I have worked closely with both Burren Vision and Eoghain Rua Kilcoo GAA as they campaigned for funding to provide hubs that will serve those communities and allow for greater partnership between groups and agencies in the area.

"The planned community hubs in both areas will provide key facilities to further promote greater community connections and deliver a range of activities for all." 

Post Date : Tue 13 Dec 2016 10:23 AM

The Rainbow Project, in partnership with the Newry Rainbow Community, will be delivering a Personal Development Programme for LGB&T people in 2017.

The programme will look at all aspects of being LGB&T; sexual orientation, gender identity, rights & legislation, physical, sexual and mental health & wellbeing, as well as a range of other topics.

The programme also has an important social element, and will create social connections with other LGB&T people in a safe, inclusive environment.

The programme will run in Rainbow House, Monaghan Street Newry, commencing Monday 23rd January through to Monday 6th March 2017 (6:45pm – 9:00pm).

To register an interest in participating, or to find out more information please e-mail Nuala at or call 028 9031 9030.