Post Date : Mon 03 Jul 2017 08:06 AM

Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade Hosts Gala Dinner with First Derivatives Founder and CEO, Brian Conlon

Over 230 guests attended Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade’s Gala Dinner 2017, held in the Canal Court Hotel on Thursday 29th June with Guest Speaker, Brian Conlon, Founder and Chief Executive of global firm First Derivatives Plc.
This high-profile event was sponsored by Ulster Bank and the Canal Court Hotel.  It was attended by dignitaries, government decision makers and distinguished guests including Ministers, Chairperson of Newry & Mourne District Council, Councillors, local schools and local business leaders.  
Speaking on the success story of First Derivatives plc from its humble beginnings in 1996 started from his bedroom with a loan of just £5,000, Brian Conlon reflected on the diverse range of organisations using the company’s software worldwide and the dedication and commitment of the organisation to become one of the leading researchers and innovators in its field worldwide.  Brian also spoke passionately of his commitment to Newry as a wonderful place to do business.
To date in 2017 almost 200 graduates have started their careers at the company's HQ in Newry, with a projected 400 graduates to take up employment in the graduate programme before the end of 2017 - making it one of the largest recruiters on the island. 
President Michael McKeown stated, “We in Newry Chamber are immensely proud of the success of First Derivatives Plc employing circa 1750 employees, the majority of whom are graduates from local universities.  From its humble beginnings, it has expanded into a global phenomenon and we welcome Brian’s very positive comments about First Derivatives commitment to its future in Newry”.  
President McKeown added, “Newry Chamber offers it appreciation to The Ulster Bank and The Canal Court Hotel for generously sponsoring this annual event and to the Chamber members, patrons and guests who made this event a great success”.
Post Date : Fri 30 Jun 2017 12:44 PM

Police are appealing for information following the report of criminal damage that was caused to a vehicle within the vicinity of the Newcastle Road in the Clough area of Downpatrick. 

Inspector Darren Hardy said : It was reported that at approximately 1.35am on Friday 30th June, bottles and bricks were thrown at a black Audi A6 located on the Newcastle Road in the Clough area of Downpatrick causing damage to the windscreen and to the paintwork on the vehicle. The driver and passenger inside the vehicle were not injured as a result of the incident, but were left badly shaken. 
We are appealing to anyone that may have witnessed this incident to contact Downpatrick Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 87 of the 30/06/17. 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 30 Jun 2017 09:00 AM

Rural communities play an essential role in the local economy. Thefts of livestock can not only hamper a farmer’s ability to do the job, but can cause significant upset, inconvenience and loss of income. Police understand this and have been ‘up skilling’ officers to develop their knowledge in tackling rural crime. 

Training is ongoing and by the time it is complete this summer,  the majority of officers from the 13 Tactical Support Groups (TSG) and  Roads Policing Units will have attended the training course. The course concentrates on, not just the role of Department of Agricultural, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), but also on legislation, practicalities and problems the DAERA and PSNI Officers face and ways in which they can work together in a partnership approach to combating rural crime.  
Constable Paul Moore explained: "The PSNI have been working with a number of other agencies to find ways to disrupt and hamper the work of would-be criminals. Giving officers the knowledge and skills to disrupt criminals is one way of addressing this issue. We are eager to disrupt those who target farmers and others in the countryside.”
Talking about the course, Constable Moore said, “During the course, there is a packed agenda for the officers attending which starts off with a talk about the role of the Department of Agricultural, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) delivering a short presentation on ear-tagging procedures and the Aphis system. We were then given the opportunity to view movement permits so that officers could make themselves familiar with these.
"Officers also hear about the TB inspection regime and were told about common cattle breeds, including difference between pedigree and cross bred and how this affects value. We also made sure officers were aware of ‘cattle terminology’, body score and Fallen Stock Scheme. 
“The Police continue to work extremely closely with partner agencies such as the DAERA, but also DOJ and the UFU. The Police service has also endeavoured to increase our engagement with the rural community through the Farmwatch scheme and this livestock familiarisation training will give officers much more confidence in dealing with livestock issues particularly theft.”
DAERA Enforcement Officer Gareth Bryson said; “DAERA Veterinary Service Animal Health Group (VSAHG) Welfare And  Enforcement Branch (WAEB)has a positive working relationship with the PSNI. An important element of our joint-working is the sharing of information and my colleague Keith Scott and I welcome the opportunity to work with the PSNI in an effort to further reduce livestock crime. The training course provides an opportunity for PSNI officers, to not only improve their knowledge, but  also gives them a 24/7 direct point of contact to liaise with DAERA on specific agricultural crime related issues.”
Post Date : Fri 30 Jun 2017 08:57 AM
Slieve Gullion Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin has taken action on road safety in Mullaghbawn following a meeting with members of the local community this week, and ongoing engagement with statutory authorities.
Larkin's on-the-ground efforts, and consistent contact with Transport NI and PSNI in which he raised concerns about a number of recent severe traffic incidents, has been part of an ongoing effort to install traffic calming measures in the area.
Speaking following a meeting with local residents, Larkin said:
"Following a number of incidents of dangerous driving and accidents in the village, in which pedestrians and drivers were injured, I contacted both the PSNI and Transport NI to discuss possible road improvements which would calm traffic and increase road safety.
"At these meetings I requested that both organisations monitor traffic movements and speed through the village. 
"I continuously highlighted the dangers made clear by recent events, and urged both agencies to respond and ensure the safety and wellbeing of road users in the village.
"This week I met with residents in Mullaghbawn to update them on these developments, and inform them of my plans to meet with the PSNI and Transport NI again in the near future.
Commending the initiative and organisation taken by the local community in campaigning for traffic improvements, Larkin continued:
"Residents have been concerned for some time about traffic in the village, and had collected signatures on a petition calling for traffic calming measures on their roads. 
"It was obvious from the discussion that a number of needs within the village were not being met. These included traffic calming, the installation of a pelican
crossing along the Main Street and increased footpath provision.

"I will be again meeting with the PSNI and Transport NI to ascertain what actions they have taken to date to address the problem. This affects all the residents of the village and I will continue to argue and lobby for investment to tackle the issue." 

Post Date : Fri 30 Jun 2017 08:55 AM

Sinn Féin Councillor and Newry, Mourne & Down Council Chairperson Roisin Mulgrew and Mickey Brady MP have welcomed the approval of the ‘Daisy Hill Emergency Department Pathfinder Project’ at Tuesday’s meeting of the Southern Health & Social Care Trust.

The Pathfinder Project, expected to last 20 weeks, is a consultation and engagement process with medical professionals, stakeholders and the local community in the Newry & Mourne area. Its purpose is to identify a long term solution to dangerously low staffing levels and potential closure of Daisy Hill Emergency Department.
Speaking following the meeting of the Trust, Mulgrew welcomed the initiative: 
“We welcome the initiative taken by the Trust to take a comprehensive and holistic approach to resolving the deep uncertainty around the future of Daisy Hill Emergency Department.
“This move will alleviate some of the concerns held in the local community about the future of their local hospital and its emergency services.
“Consultation as part of this project must be extensive and involve huge sections of our community, from people in all walks of life. There is a robust strength of feeling on the ground that must be made clear to the Trust." 
Cllr Mulgrew also made clear that her priority campaign as Council Chairperson in the coming year would focus on bringing the community together to speak cohesively on their concerns regarding the future of Daisy Hill:
“Since my election as Chairperson of Council on 1st June, I have contacted local groups and stakeholders in an effort to bring them together in a forum that will share concerns and ideas surrounding Daisy Hill Emergency Department. I will then make these concerns known to the Trust." 
Mickey Brady, recently re-elected MP for Newry & Armagh, was present at the meeting of the Trust and took the opportunity to voice support for the project, while urging the Trust to go further:
“This is an opportunity for the Trust not only to maintain services at Daisy Hill, but also expand and enhance those available to the local community.
“Daisy Hill Hospital has for some time now suffered dangerously low consultancy staffing levels, has relieved too heavily on locums, and training supervision has been inadequate. This will have a knock on effect to other sections of the hospital as resources are increasingly strained.
“This Pathfinder Project is an opportunity for the Trust to embrace a clean slate and provide the necessary resources to a hospital and Emergency Department that is increasingly unfit for purpose.”
Post Date : Thu 29 Jun 2017 09:13 AM
Detectives are appealing for information following the report of a burglary at residential premises in the Havelock Place area of Warrenpoint on Saturday, 10 June. 
It was reported that at approximately 3.00pm a male entered the premises. The occupant of the dwelling was present and when the intruder realised this he fled from the scene.
Nothing was stolen during this incident, however the female occupant was left very badly shaken.
The intruder is described as being aged between 40-50, approximately 6’ tall, large build, with short brown hair and wearing dark coloured clothing. It is believed the person spoke with a southern Irish accent.

Detective Constable Campbell would appeal to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area or anyone who has information about this incident to contact Detectives at Reactive and Organised Crime at Ardmore on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 935 10/06/17. 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 : Thu 29 Jun 2017 09:12 AM

Detectives are appealing for information following the report of a burglary at a house in the Victoria Square area of Rostrevor on Saturday, 10 June. 

It was reported that sometime between 3.00pm and 4.30pm the house was entered and a quantity of distinctive jewellery stolen.
Detective Constable Campbell would appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious vehicles or persons in the area to contact Detectives at Reactive and Organised Crime at Ardmore on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 931 10/06/17. 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 : Tue 27 Jun 2017 08:46 AM
Detectives are appealing for information following the report of a burglary at a house located in the Church Rock area of Camlough. 
Detective Constable McCartan said: “It was reported that between the hours of 10:00pm and 10:30pm hours Saturday 24th June 2017, a male described as being in his 30’s, of a slim build, with dark hair and wearing a denim jacket gained entry to a house in the Church Rock area of Camlough via a bedroom window. The male suspect was then disturbed by the home owners and made off with several bank cards and a sum of money. 
The home owners were not injured as a result of the break in but were left badly shaken.

We are appealing to anyone that may have any information, in particular we are appealing to anyone that may have witnessed a suspicious black hatchback car or the male suspect in the area at the time to contact detectives at Ardmore Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1404 of 24/06/17. 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 : Mon 26 Jun 2017 09:38 AM

 Senior Men

Our senior men recorded a hard fought one point home win over Keady on Friday evening, 1 – 8 to 1 – 7.

Following a cagey opening to the game Mark McCabe put the Shanes ahead with a well taken point with Keady replying minutes later with a pointed free. Two David McCabe points, both from frees, edged the Shanes ahead before a Paul O’Rourke point, again from a placed ball, gave the Shane’s a three-point advantage midway through the first-half. A Mark McCabe score stretched their lead to four before a Ryan Quinn ball found McCabe in space in front of goal and he made no mistake from close range and the Shane’s now led by seven. Keady responded with their second point of the half but it was quickly cancelled out when David McCabe fired over from long range. A late first-half free saw Keady register their third point and go into the break six in arrears, 1 – 6 to 0 – 3.

The Shane’s made a great start to the second period with substitute Eamon McCabe slotting over following a powerful run from the halfway line. The home side were now seven to the good and in total control but some sloppy play in the middle of the field saw Keady drive forward and following a foul in the small square they were awarded a penalty. The resulting kick was sent low to Conor McKeown’s right and Keady were now only four behind. This score lifted the away side and they scored the next four points, two from frees, to level the game. The Shane’s had a number of good scoring opportunities to make the game safe but failed to make the most of them and it took a late point from the boot of David McCabe to edge the home side in front again, a lead which they held until the final whistle and claim a narrow win, 1 – 8 to 1 – 7.

Early Sunday afternoon and the senior men were back in action away to Eire Óg and after another tough contest the game ended all square at 2 – 9 apiece.

The sides swapped points in the opening exchanges with Matthew Girvan on target for the Shane’s before Eire Óg got the next two scores with David McCabe replying for the Shane’s with a well taken point. The home side moved four in front when they registered their first goal of the game but four points on the trot saw the Shanes draw level with the McCabe brothers, David and Mark, getting two points each. A pointed free put Eire Óg back in front again but from the resulting kick-out the Shane’s flowed forward and the move ended with Matthew Girvan slotting the ball low to the Eire Óg net to put his side in front for the first time. With the game in first-half injury time David McCabe found the Eire Óg net again, getting on the end of a fisted pass from Mark McCabe. The Shane’s led by five at this stage but Eire Óg narrowed the gap to four with a late pointed first-half free.

It was a disastrous start to the second-half for the Shane’s when in the opening minute a high ball into the square was fumbled to the net and Eire Óg were back to within one. A Paul O’Rourke point edged the Shanes further ahead but Eire Óg hit a purple patch to score the next four points of the game and go into the lead with less than five minutes left on the clock. The Shane’s poured forward in an effort to get back into the game and Mark McCabe’s third point of the contest had them back to within one and with the game entering additional time Matthew Girvan popped the ball over to level things up. Both sides had late chances to claim the spoils but ultimately the game all square, 2 – 9 to 2 – 9.

Senior Ladies

Our senior ladies made the short trip to Carrickcruppen on Saturday evening and put in a mighty effort to claim a two-point win, 6 – 12 to 4 – 16.

The Shane’s ladies were slow out of the blocks in the opening ten minutes and found themselves 2- 3 to 0 – 0 in arrears. However, they settled into the game and scored six of the next seven scores to level the game and the sides went in all-square at half-time at 2 – 6 apiece but in truth the Shane’s should have been ahead on the scoreboard as a perfectly good Aimee Mackin point was signalled wide.

Two early second-half goals, one each from Sorcha McDonnell and Aimee Mackin, and a fine point from Aoibheann Jones to a single pointed free from Carrickcruppen gave the Shane’s a six-point lead. By the midway point of the half the Shanes led by seven points before four points on the trot gave them a seemingly unassailable eleven-point advantage but Cruppen fought back to get within two. The Shane’s girls defended like their lives depended on it in the final few minutes and their sheer hard-work and determination saw them over the line, 6 – 12 to 4 – 16.

Training for the senior and minor ladies continues this Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm before the senior ladies’ travel to Armagh Harps next Monday night at 7:30 pm.

Minor Boys

The minor boys were scheduled to play Grange on Monday night but the game has been postponed until Monday 7th August.

U16 Girls

Our U16 girls recorded a great win over Killeavy on Thursday evening in the league and they were back in championship action on Saturday afternoon away to Armagh Harps. Despite putting in a decent performance, the Shane’s lost out to the home side. The girls have an away game against Clann Eireann on Thursday evening and all girls are asked to meet at the club at 5:30 pm.

U14 Girls

It was disappointment for our U14 girls last Monday, losing out by two points to Armagh Harps in the championship. The Shane’s girls trailed by double figures going into the last ten minutes of the game but they mounted a tremendous comeback but unfortunately time ran out and they fell to a narrow defeat.


Saturday saw our U12 amalgamation of Patrick Rankins travel to Ballyholland to take part in their annual blitz and after a brilliant day’s football they won the Cup competition. The young footballers played some brilliant football right through the tournament and they saved one of their performances for the final itself where defeated their Warrenpoint opponents by a few scores. On top of winning the cup Caolan O’Hare was deservedly named as the Player of the Tournament. The club would like to thank Ballyholland for their invite and their hospitality on the day.

U12 Girls

Well done to our U12 girls who were at home to a very good Tír na nÓg side on Sunday morning. It was a great display of football from both sets of players and the Shane’s girls battled really hard from start to finish to go on and seal the win. Training continues on Tuesday evening from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm with a game away to the amalgamated side of Silverbridge and Cullyhanna on Thursday evening with a throw-in time of 7:00 pm.


Training for our U10s this week will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evening this week from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the field. Over the past week the U10s were in action away to Lisbrack on Wednesday evening before hosting Drumgath on Sunday morning. All the boys and girls put in a great effort in both games and really enjoyed themselves. Next up for the U10s is their annual home blitz next Saturday.

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 have a busy week ahead with a home game against An Port Mor on Monday evening before returning to action on Wednesday evening with another home game against Killeavy, both games begin at 7:30 pm.  Underage camogie training continues on Wednesday evening from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm before the U12s travel to An Port Mor next Saturday.

Annual U10 Blitz

Our annual U10 football blitz takes place next Saturday 1st July. With over 20 teams scheduled to take part it promises to be a great day’s football. Anyone interested in helping out on the day - refereeing, score-keeping, time-keeping etc - please contact Brendy Osborne. We would also ask that all the parents of our U10s prepare sandwiches etc for next Saturday.

Well Done

Well done to all our U6's who completed 3 laps of the new Community Walk-way, with a few obstacles along the way, for their sponsored walk last Wednesday evening. A total of £630 and €20 was raised by the youngest members of the club....well done everyone. A big word of thanks to everyone for their donations and help and a special mention to their coach Yasmin Mackin who has worked hard with the U6s all year.


Congratulations to our former senior footballer Raymond Fitzpatrick and his wife Catriona on the birth of the new baby boy, Louie Fitzpatrick.

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 3, 7, 16 & 28. There was no jackpot winner and 1 x match three winner. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £5,950.

New Community Walkway

The new Community Walkway around our club grounds is now open for use by ALL members of the community, both young and old, male and female. The walkway is proving very popular and gives everyone the opportunity to walk in a safe and friendly environment all year round. So, if you fancy a power-walk or just a leisurely stroll why not avail of our new community facility.


Patrick Rankins who won the Cup competition at the Ballyholland blitz on Saturday

Caolan O’Hare, Player of the Tournament, at the Ballyholland blitz on Saturday.

Post Date : Mon 26 Jun 2017 09:29 AM
Not content with having conquered a variety of challenges such as the London Marathon, Dublin Marathon, Great North Half Marathon in Newcastle and Iron Man in Barcelona throughout this past year, Larry Mc Cabe and his side kick Pat McGinn are back in the line out for this years internationally renowned Great North Run.
The Great North Run is the largest half marathon in the world. Taking place in the North East of England in September, the route sees runners starting at Newcastle upon Tyne and finishing in South Shields. 
 The "boyz" will once again be hoping to raise much needed monies for the Southern Area Hospice.
This weekend local business BoyleSports, represented by Danielle Grimes, along with Chairperson of Newry, Mourne & Down Council Roisin Mulgrew and Grainne Mulgrew from the Southern Area Hospice joined with the two well known "athletes" to launch their fund raising campaign.
Larry Mc Cabe explained 
"Myself and Pat decided to mark the entrance into our 60th year’s by doing something different and also at the same time raising money for the Hospice in memory of all those who have availed of the services provided by the Hospice facility in Newry. These services have touched many amongst both our families and friends and we are blessed for the facility and all associated with it. 
We would like to thank our friend John Boyle & all at BoyleSports and Newry, Mourne & Down Council Chairperson Roisin for all their support which has helped kick start our fundraising and will give us the motivation to ensure we have a successful fund raising and complete our run".
Danielle Grimes, Spokeswoman for BoyleSports commented “We are once again delighted to be supporting two remarkable men, Larry and Pat, in yet another amazing undertaking. They truly are putting most of us to same, marking their 60th years by taking on the Great North Run. Of course it is all for a wonderful cause, the Southern Area Hospice, who do incredible work, which we are only too pleased to be part of supporting.”
Chairperson of NMDC Council Cllr Roisn Mulgrew wishing the two “lads” well said
“Best wishes to Pat & Larry in their Great North Challenge. The lads are great examples of that community and caring spirit that exists throughout our Council area”.
Thanking all for their support Grainne Mulgrew from the Southern Area Hospice said,
"We are indebted to Pat, Larry, Grainne and all at Boylesports & Chairperson Roisin for their support. Southern Area Hospice Services (SAHS) provides invaluable support and care to people living within the Southern Health Board Area, who are suffering from Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease and AIDS. Our aim is to provide the best quality of life for our patients and their families" 
She continued, "Southern Area Hospice Services relies on 73p in every pound coming from fundraising to enable us to care and support patients and their families. The Fundraising Dept has to raise £2.5 million in 2017 to maintain the level of care currently available. This equates to £208,333 per month, £48,077 per week or £6,849 per day.All our services are provided free of charge and we rely heavily on voluntary donations to continue providing our special care. Together we can help others".
The Great North Run takes place on the 10th of September and any support for Larry and Pats fundraising and the Hospice would be greatly appreciated. 

Photo: Pat McGinn, Grainne Mulgrew Southern Area Hospice, Chairperson of Newry Mourne & Down Council Cllr Roisin Mulgrew, Danielle Grimes BoyleSports, Larry Mc Cabe