Senior Men

Sunday afternoon saw our senior men lose out by two points to Killanny from Monaghan in a very competitive opening fixture in the Ulster Intermediate league, 1 – 10 to 0 – 11.

Played in very testing conditions Killanny were first on the scoreboard with a close-range point before Neil Paul Lennon pointed for the Shanes from a placed ball. A Kristian Magill free nudged his side ahead but Killanny replied with a pointed free of their own before Magill slotted over another placed ball to put the Shanes one in front again. Two points in a row from the away side, both from play, some them go into the half-time interval leading by a point, 0 – 4 to 0 – 3.

The Shanes made the better start to the second-half with Michael McParland firing over to bring to the sides level before David McCabe pointed for the home side to edge them in front. Three points on the trot from Killanny saw them lead by two but the Shanes replied with three points of their own, two great long-range efforts from Connaire Mackin and good score from Kristian Magill, to put them one to the good once more. A Killanny free levelled proceedings before they registered the only goal the game to give them a three-point advantage. The sides then swapped points with Connaire Mackin on target again before points from Micheál Brady and Kristian Magill brought the Camlough side back to within one. The Shanes had a couple chances to equalise but it was Killanny who got the last point of the game to claim the win by two, 1 – 10 to 0 – 11.

Despite the defeat the Shanes can take a lot of positives from the game including the return of Paddy Gregory, Neil Paul Lennon, Kristian Magill, Conor O’Neill and Conor Ruddy to the senior ranks and an impressive senior debut from young Patrick Garvey. The game itself proved to be a useful workout for the lads in a very competitive environment. Next up is an away game next Sunday, 4th February against Cavan side, Laragh United at 12 noon.

Senior & Minor Ladies

Pre-season training for all senior and minor ladies’ players begins on Monday 29th January at EST28 gym in Mill Industrial Estate, Bessbrook. The sessions will be taken by Greg McCabe, beginning at 8.30pm sharp at a cost of £3.00 per person.

U12 Boys

Training for our U12 boys continues on Friday evening from 6.30pm – 7.30pm in the Abbey at a cost of £2.00 per head – all eligible players are asked to attend.

U12 Girls

Our U12 girls continue their weekly training sessions every Wednesday night at 7.15pm in Cloughreagh Community Centre and all girls at this age are welcome to attend.


U10 indoor training continues as normal in Cloughreagh Community Centre every Wednesday night from 8.15pm – 9.15pm and all boys and girls at this age group are welcome to attend. As soon as the weather permits it is planned to organise a number of challenge games with neighbouring clubs.


U6 training continues every Tuesday evening in Bessbrook Community Centre from 6.00pm – 7.00pm and all boys and girls at this age group are welcome to attend.

Registration Day

The club is holding a registration day next Sunday, 4th February from 12.00 noon - 3.00pm. All our current club members and indeed new ones are invited to come along and register for the coming year. All players from U6 to senior must be registered also. Membership rates for 2018 are as follows:

Senior Members: £40.00

Cairde Members: £30.00

OAPs & Students: £20.00

U18s: £15.00 for first player in a family, £10.00 for every other player

All membership must be paid before 31st March 2018.

Annual Awards Night

This year’s annual awards night will take place in the club-house on Saturday 24th February.

Armagh GAA Club Draw

Have you got your Armagh GAA Club Draw Ticket yet? Why not start your New Year on a winning note by getting your ticket from any of our committee members, priced at £100 which can be paid in four monthly instalments of £25 per month if you wish. Why not consider buying one between a family of 4 or a group of friends, that’s only £25.00 each.

There are four monthly first prizes of a Renualt Clio and numerous monthly cash prizes on offer – 2nd prize £3,000; 3rd & 4th prize £1,000; 5th & 6th prize £500; 7th – 16th prize £100.

Not only are you in with a chance of winning one of their fantastic prizes on offer but you will also be supporting the Shane O’Neill’s club at the same time.


Congratulations to our senior ladies’ footballer Aimee Mackin who is one of three players nominated to be named as the Ulster Writers Ladies Footballer of the Year 2017.

Club Volunteers

The club is always on the lookout for new volunteers, whatever your skills. Maybe you’ve got time on your hands and fancy doing something different, maybe you’re new to the area and are looking to play a part in the community, perhaps your children or grandchildren are players at the club and you’d like to get involved. Whatever your reasons our doors are always open to new members and new ideas whether it be working with our underage teams, helping with fundraising, washing strips, cleaning, upkeep of the grounds, selling lotto, recruitment, club development, lining out the pitch, doing the gate and a host of other tasks. You can be part of Shane O’Neill’s in so many ways, and you can give as much or as little time as suits you – so why not come along a get involved.


Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 1, 12, 26 & 30. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x lucky dip winner. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £7,450.

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