POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Fri 08 Dec 2017 09:42 AM
Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan has welcomed a resolution from the UN that the world needs to completely stop plastic waste from entering the oceans.
 
The party’s spokesperson on climate change said:
“Marine litter is a growing concern and is one of the fastest-growing environmental problems.
 
“Under the UN proposal, governments would establish an international task force to advise on combating what the UN's oceans chief has described as a planetary crisis.
 

“We all have a responsibility to deal with this issue. The UN can't do it alone we need to work together at government level, with businesses and even individuals.” 

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Fri 08 Dec 2017 09:38 AM
Speaking after news that the Australian Parliament passed a Bill introducing marriage equality Sinn Féin equality spokesperson Megan Fearon said:
"News that the Australian parliament has passed a Bill that will allow two people regardless of their gender to marry is a welcome step.
 
"This comes after almost 79.5 percent supported a non-binding postal ballot in Australia to endorse a law. 
 
"Australia is now the 25th country in the world to have marriage equality. 
 

"It is Sinn Féin's belief that marriage equality should be extended to the north so that citizens here can be treated equally, with the same dignity and respect as citizens across the rest of these islands." 

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Tue 05 Dec 2017 10:09 AM

Down County Board Updates

The next County Board meeting will take place on Monday 11th December in The Thierafurth Inn, Kilcoo. We still have a number of vacant positions and we welcome any new members who would be interested in joining our committee for 2018. 

U18/Minors - BORN 2000/2001 ONLY

Minor Trials have started for girls born in 2000/2001. The trials started yesterday in St. Colman’s Newry and will continue this Sunday on 10th December and Sunday 17th December from 12:30 pm - 2 pm. Please try to be there from 12 noon.  Can all clubs please spread the word and encourage all players to participate.  

Down U16 – BORN 2002 ONLY

Great turnout of girls attended week 3 of trials with Declan Grant from Ballymartin who came to help out yesterday. Many thanks to Declan. Last week of trials for all girls is next Sunday 10th December 11:30 am - 1 pm in Ballykinler GAC. The standard of Gaelic on display each week is of a very high standard which is a fantastic reflection of the talent and skill across the county.  

Down U15 – BORN 2003 ONLY

Massive thank you to all the girls who came and participated in the trials over the past month, the talent on display has been very encouraging. We are delighted to invite the following girls to attend a final trial at St. Colman’s, Newry this Saturday, 9th December. Girls are asked to arrive 1:15 pm so training can begin at 1:30 pm and will end at 3:00 pm.

Aimee Higgins

Ballymartin

Linden Haughain

Ballymartin

Aimee McClelland

Ballymartin

Mia Murtagh

Bredagh

Sian Curran

Bredagh

Orla Carville

Bredagh

Fiona Dolan

Bredagh

Caoimhe Duffy

Bredagh

Niamh Edgar

Bredagh

Rebecca Doherty

Bryansford

Siobhan Thompson

Bryansford

Eve Kineally

Bryansford

Katie White

Burren

Ellie Murdock

Burren

Eva Sloan

Burren

Katie Foster

Carryduff

Cara Morris

Carryduff

Meabh Toal

Carryduff

Hannah McCabe

Carryduff

Kathryn Harty

Carryduff

Niamh Blaney

Carryduff

Cara McKee

Castlewellan

Aoife McCusker

Clonduff

Orlaith McCusker

Clonduff

Siofra McAteer

CPN

Sara Daly

CPN

Jodie Cunningham

Dundrum

Chloe Trainor

Dundrum

Maria Merendino

Newry Bosco

Emer Doyle

Newry Bosco

Sinead Quinn

Newry Bosco

Erin Sands

Saul

Eve Mullan

Saval

Aoife Brady

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Girls that have not progressed please continue to train hard with your clubs, keep improving your skills and we hope you will return to the academy and trials next year. If anyone has any queries or is unable to attend training, please contact Aidy or Donnla.

Down U14 - BORN 2004 ONLY

The U14 squad training continued at the weekend for the panel of 34 girls. The girls are working very hard, two more sessions are planned before Christmas.  

Down U13 - BORN 2005 ONLY

Another great turnout for the 2nd group of girls attending year 2005 trials on Saturday morning at Red High Downpatrick. The girls from the two trials have definitely made it tough for the coaches so far and with both set of girls coming together for the final trial this Saturday the coaches have their work cut out to select a final squad of girls to represent Down at this level. Best of luck for all girls this Saturday. Details of times for final trial to follow.

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Mon 04 Dec 2017 10:38 AM

Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious road traffic collision on Camlough Road in Bessbrook on Friday evening, 01 December. 

 
The collision, involving a car and a pedestrian occurred at approximately 4:25 pm close to the junction with High Street. The male pedestrian was taken to hospital for treatment for his injuries.
 
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward and we would particularly like to speak to those people who stopped and assisted until the arrival of the emergency services. If you were one of those persons please make contact with Police on 101 quoting reference 970 1/12/17
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Mon 04 Dec 2017 10:27 AM
Underage Presentation
On Sunday afternoon our U12 girls and U10 team held a joint underage presentation. During the first part of the afternoon the boys and girls enjoyed brilliant session of Footgolf with them all having a great time. Everyone then returned to club for some food provided by local café Fiships before the girls were presented with their championship winning medals by two-time All-Star winner Aimee Mackin. Armagh county star Greg McCabe was on hand to present the medals to our U10s in recognition on their shield wins at the Killeavy and Shane O’Neill’s blitzes. The club would like to congratulate all the boys and girls for their efforts throughout the year and to thank all their managers and mentors for their hard work and commitment during 2017.
Senior Ladies Trip to China
 
Our senior ladies are finalising plans for their upcoming trip to China. This unique and historic occasion will be the first time any GAA club has been invited to visit China. The travelling party of 30 will leave on Friday 29th of December, flying from Dublin to Paris for a short stop before their onward journey to Beijing. The first five days will be spent in the Chinese capital with a reception at the Irish Embassy included in the itinerary. The group will then continue through visits to three universities, engaging in workshops on Chinese culture, language and contemporary society. The due return date is for Thursday 11th of January. With the visa application process now complete, there are a lot of practical details to consider over the coming weeks. Preparation plans continue with a meeting on Tuesday at 7:00 pm in the club. There will be an official launch night arranged shortly hosted by Mayor Roisin Mulgrew... more details to follow soon.
 
AGM
The clubs Annual General Meeting will take place in the clubhouse next Sunday 10th December at 3:00 pm. 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. 2018 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.
 
U10s
U10 Gaelic football indoor training continues on Wednesday in Cloughreagh Community Centre from 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm. New children are very welcome to come along and join in regardless if they have never played Gaelic football. Beginner skills programme will be provided for new players.
 
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
A meeting for ALL our underage managers and mentors for both boys and girls football has been organised for next Monday night, 4th December at 7:30 pm.
 
Christmas Coffee Morning
The club is hosting a Christmas coffee morning next Sunday 10th December from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Why not come along and enjoy the Christmas festivities with some tasty winter treats - tea, coffee, hot chocolate, mince pies, Christmas treats, cakes and buns - while the children visit Santa.
 
Quiz Night
A quiz night in aid of St Paul's International projects to Romania is taking place in the club this Friday night, 8th December at 9:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to come along to what should be a great night’s craic! £5.00 entry fee with a raffle on the night.
 
Paddy Lynch Memorial Darts Tournament
Last Sunday the club hosted and sponsored the annual Paddy Lynch Memorial darts tournament which saw a total of 36 throwers taking part. Following an afternoon of some great darts Stephen O’Hara emerged as the deserving winner. The event raised a total of £340 for Children with Diabetes, the chosen charity of the local darts league. The club would like to thank all those who helped to organise the event and to Mark Trainor for his generous donation towards the charity.
 
Lotto
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 1, 27, 30 & 31. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x match three winner. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £7,100 so why not get yourself a ticket…. if you’re not in, you can’t win.
 
Watch Out for Your Neighbours
With recent spate of burglaries in the area we asking to be vigilant and if you notice anything suspicious – strange cars or people – report it to the police.
 
Attached pictures are:
Shane O’Neill’s U12 girls at their underage presentation on Sunday afternoon

Shane O’Neill’s U10 team at their underage presentation on Sunday afternoon  

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Mon 04 Dec 2017 10:05 AM
Chairperson of Newry, Mourne & Down Council, Cllr Roisin Mulgrew has described the sawing down of the Christmas Tree in the village of Bessbrook as a "wanton act of destruction"
 
The local Councillor was speaking after it was decided to remove the damaged tree from the centre of the village due to safety concerns.
 
Cllr Mulgrew explained 
 
"The village Christmas Tree had all its lights broken and has been sawed practically the full way through. This is not the first time this has happened, as over the past years the tree has been the focus of deliberate attacks. The Council has had to remove the vandalised tree due to safety concerns. There is a strong possibility that it might not be replaced as many local people feel that those engaged in this wanton act of destruction, will attack it again"
 
The Sinn Féin elected representative continued,
 
"I share the anger and frustration of all right-minded people at this deliberate attack on a community trying to bring a festive flavour to their village. There is nothing funny about this criminal act of damage and hopefully those who carried it out will be identified and face the full rigorous of the law".
 
The local Councillor concluded
 

"I have asked Council Officers to take soundings from the local community on their views about replacing the Christmas Tree, as to how secure they feel it will be or whether it is a futile exercise". 

POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Mon 04 Dec 2017 10:01 AM
Newry & Armagh Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said that the long standing issues of Parking in the locality of the Southern Region College and the impact on local residents, especially in the locality of the John Martin Gardens, John Martin Street,James Connolly and Michael Mallin Parks area of the City, had been further compounded by the closure of the old Sports Centre Car Park. 
 
The MLA was commenting after he and his colleague Mickey Brady MP had met with the Southern Regional College to discuss the situation.
 
The Sinn Féin elected representative explained, 
 
"Residents living in the vicinity have voiced their concerns about parking in their local area. The issue of all day and night time commuter parking is one faced by many communities.The situation here has been compounded by the closing of the old Sports Centre Car Park as it would have at times been able to accomadate some of those attending the College or other nearby businesses seeking parking. 
 
Many residents complain of facing problems of others parking outside their homes and using their areas as a car park on a daily basis.As well as the inconvenience caused it can also cause problems for emergency services such as ambulances when driveways are blocked.Residents have also been on the end of verbal abuse when they've challanged motorist parking outside their homes. This is unacceptable".
 
He continued,
 
"Myself and Mickey Brady recently met the Regional College Estates manager to discuss these concerns and the overall parking issue in general. The meeting was benifical and the College stated that they were in consultation with the Council to look at the possibility of opening the old Sports Centre Car Park for the Regional Colleges staff and students. The College is  also exploring some short term measures to increase their own parking capacity. The Estates Officer also assured us that the unsightly concrete bollards recently erected at the College enterance would be removed and replaced with stainless steel barriers".
 
The MLA concluded,
 
"Hopefully working together we may be able to help alleviate some of the problems faced, in the meantime I would ask all to be mindful of local residents concerns"
 
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Mon 04 Dec 2017 09:52 AM

Almost 200 people last night attended a centenary lecture in Ballymacnab hall to mark the foundation of the Ballymacnab Company of the Irish Volunteers who were formed in November 1917. The lecture was delivered by local historian, Liam O’Manachain who focused on the impact which the 1916 Rising had on the local area, leading to the foundation of a local IRA Company under the leadership of the 4th Northern Division. Following the lecture, a specially commissioned video was played which documented the local Republican journey from 1923 up to the present day. The event was organised by the local Caraher/McCreesh Sinn Féin Cumann and was attended by Sinn Féin representatives Cathal Boylan MLA, Cllr Pearse McGeough, Cllr Darren McNally and Cllr Garath Keating. 

 
Local Sinn Féin member Bróna Haughey who chaired the event said, 
 
“There has been much interest locally in the role of the Volunteers and the activities they were involved in during a very defining period of Irish history. The presentation focused mainly on the period between 1917 – 1923 when the local IRA Company was formed, their training activities, arms procurement and actions against the British forces during the tan war. 
 
Commenting on the importance of reflecting on these important events in our history, Bróna said, 
 
“As Republicans who aspire to the same vision as the brave men and women who went before us, it’s important that we reflect on the very real contribution made locally by people from Ballymacnab and the surrounding area in the ongoing struggle for Irish freedom. We’re pleased to announce that local historian Liam O’Manachain has now decided to publish a book on this important period of Irish history.”
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Wed 29 Nov 2017 11:23 AM

Newry Mourne & Down Sinn Féin Councillor Liz Kimmins has said that there is a likelihood that the family involved in the recent house explosion in Barcroft will not be back in their home for Christmas.

 
The Councillor speaking on behalf of the family thanked their neighbours, the Fire Service, the Barcroft Community Association and all who helped them at the time of the incident and have been so supportive since then. 
 
"The family are in Emergency accommodation at the minute and are not so sure when they will be able to return to their home. The damage involved means that it may not be ready for Christmas" said the Councillor who has also been involved with assisting the family since the incident.
 
She continued 
 
"The family wish it placed on record their sincere gratitude to the Fire Service and her neighbours who attended the scene and unselfishly helped them. The neighbour next door to the family in particular, showed great courage and composure in the immediate aftermath of the gas explosion.  They would also like to thank the Barcroft Community Association for their support".
 
The local elected representative concluded by stating 
"We in Barcroft are proud of our community bond and once again it came to the fore in response to this incident which thank God didn't end with serious injury or loss of life. Hopefully, we will get this family back into their home as quickly as possible".
POSTED By : DESTINATION NEWRY
Post Date : Tue 28 Nov 2017 01:18 PM

Police Service of Northern Ireland win acclaimed award for ‘Operation Peregrine Watch’

 
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and partners have won the prestigious 2017 Wildlife Crime Operation of the Year Award – sponsored by WWF – for their outstanding contribution in reducing peregrine falcon persecution in Northern Ireland through the pioneering use of drones.
 
“Operation Peregrine Watch” made national news after it launched in February. The team used innovative drone technology, a UK wildlife crime first, to keep check on falcon nests in at risk areas and reduce the chance of illegal killings and egg collection. The operation has been a clear success and helped the number of peregrine nests to increase in Northern Ireland from an average of 49 per year in 2016 to 55 in 2017. One of these sites that recorded successful breeding pairs was in Co. Armagh, which had new chicks for their first time in 15 years.
 
Niki Rust, WWF Wildlife Technical Advisor said:
“WWF is delighted that the Police Service of Northern Ireland and their partners have won the Wildlife Crime Operation of the Year Award for Operation Peregrine Watch. The peregrine falcon is a symbol of our national wildlife heritage that has been ruthlessly persecuted through years of illegal killings and the removal of eggs and chicks for collections and falconry.
 
“It’s through the clever use of advanced technology, such as the drones, and the tireless work of all those in PSNI that we can ensure that these birds are monitored and protected all year round.”
 
This award is shared between PSNI and the many teams that contributed to the success of this initiative, such as the Air Support Unit, local Police Sergeant and Corporate Communications Department, Northern Ireland Raptor Study Group and Northern Ireland Environment Agency.
 
Superintendent Brian Kee, PSNI Service Lead for Wildlife Crime, said:
“We are delighted to have been of assistance in the fight against wildlife crime, and are pleased to be able to continue to work with our partners. In total, 138 peregrine chicks have fledged this year, compared to the average annual production of 109. As far as we are aware, the Police Service of Northern Ireland is one of the first Police Services in the UK to use this technology in this way. The Police Service of Northern Ireland takes all types of crime seriously and this includes wildlife crime.”