BEGINNERS JIVE CLASSES are due to resume in September ONLY IF there is enough interest. Classes will be on Monday evenings and if interested you need to let us know asap or it won’t happen.

Steward Training



This is open to everyone aged 16+ and it is important for any groups running events to have accredited stewards to call upon.


Cancer Focus Man Van

The Cancer Focus Man Van which brings lifesaving messages and health checks to men in the Southern Trust area is visiting An Riocht Social Initiative / Kingdom Mens Shed on Saturday 5th July from 10am to 1pm.


The purpose-built Man Van is a mobile drop-in centre where men can have their body composition and weight management assessed, get one-to-one advice on stopping smoking, care in the sun and early detection, plus free health checks on cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose. Men are also offered interactive health promotion sessions and self-development programmes to help improve their health.


The Man Van is staffed by Health Promotion Nurse Mairead McCann and Senior Cancer Prevention Officer Sandra Gordon.


Sandra Gordon said, “The Man Van has been even more popular than we expected and we are absolutely delighted with its success so far. The Man Van is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and we are expecting the service to grow from strength to strength. One reason for its success is that men find the Man Van convenient and accessible because it comes to them – whether they are at a farmers’ market, a sports club, leisure centre or at work. As well as giving timely cancer prevention advice to hundreds of men, we’ve, suggested ways people can improve their lifestyles, offered support and encouraged others to see their GP if necessary. As a result we have a whole range of men of all ages and backgrounds who are on their way to improving their overall health.”

Gerry McElwee, Head of Cancer Prevention, said, “Traditionally men are reluctant to talk about health issues or seek professional help. As a result if they are diagnosed with cancer, it may to be at a more advanced stage leading to fewer treatment options, a poorer outcome and a higher death rate. The Man Van aims to target these hard to reach groups to help men reduce their risk of the disease. However, the good news is that two-thirds of cancers could be prevented by adopting a healthier lifestyle and it’s never too late for men to start incorporating simple but effective cancer prevention measures into their daily life. Adopting a healthy diet, increasing physical activity, moderating alcohol consumption, stopping smoking and taking care in the sun are all positive measures that can dramatically reduce your chances of developing cancer. Furthermore, there are other benefits as a healthy lifestyle can also help reduce your risk of other illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and osteoarthritis. Many cancers such as bowel, skin, prostate and testicular cancer can be treated successfully if diagnosed in the early stages. But men need to be aware of the warning signs and symptoms and the need to seek medical advice at an early stage.”


As well as the Man Van visit, there will be the opportunity to view the Men’s Shed project run in conjunction with the County Down Rural Community Network and the Conservation Volunteers. The Men’s Shed meet twice weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11am to 1pm. Kingdom Men’s Shed is a community based space which is open to all men in the Kilkeel area. The Shed gives local men somewhere to go, something to do, and someone to socialise with. The Shed has been up and running since earlier this year; since then the members have made, painted and planted 14 window boxes and raised beds. Plans are underway for development of a vegetable garden and construction of a polytunnel later this summer. 


You do not have to have played gaelic games to take part in the Social Initiative.

This weekend sees the inaugural Kingdom to Cooley Charity Cycle

After weeks and months of preparation, this weekend sees the inaugural Kingdom to Cooley Charity Cycle in aid of Southern Area Hospice and Club Development.


On Thursday evening at 7pm the cyclists will gather at Dunavil to receive their specially commissioned cycling tops, review arrangements for Saturday and hand in their sponsorship money.


Over 100 cyclists will depart in small groups from 7am on Saturday with an expected return time to Dunavil of 4pm where there will be shower facilities followed by food from 5pm with music from 6pm. While the start time may be too early for most, it is hoped a large attendance will be present to welcome home the cyclists.


Let’s not forget the small army of support staff required to make this worthwhile event happen among them the registrars, the road marshals, the first aiders, the cooks, the people at the two pit stops, the bike repair people, the support vehicles, the photographers etc.

Cycling phenomenon at the Kingdom

There is a cycling phenomenon at the Kingdom just now with almost 100 people set to take to the road on Saturday 5th July to help raise funds for club development and the local hospice; we are sure you will have seen the weekly practice runs that are taking place.


If you are interested in registering or becoming one of the Kingdom to Cooley 110K Charity Cycle sponsors or simply want to fill a sponsor card please contact ei­ther Tara 07921 829544, Rosanne 07743 829766, Paul 07889 534400 asap as this Charity Event is only 3 weeks away.


Also for those not cycling there are plenty of opportunities to get involved with such as first aid, as marshals, distributing water and food, etc. These are all essential duties without which the cycle cannot proceed; to help contact one of the above numbers or leave your name into the club, there will be a pre-cycle get-together to finalise responsibilities.

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Monday 6 November

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Upcoming Activities

Monday 13 November

11am Men’s Shed; 6.30pm P6 Gaelic; 6.30pm Secondary School Drop-in; 7pm Girls Club First Year plus; 7.30pm U12 (born 06/07) Gaelic; 7.30pm Irish Language Beginners Class; 9pm Lotto

Tuesday 14 November

6pmIrish Dancing;7pm Primary School aged Drop-in and FIFA tournament; 7.15pm Bootcamp; 7.30pm U12 Football Presentation; 8.15pm Basketball

Wednesday 15 November

11am Men’s Shed; 6pm Ladies Circuits; 6.45pm U14 Gaelic (born 04/05); 7pm Kingdom Walkers; 7pm All Together Now Disability Inclusion programme for aged 12+; 8pm Cards – 45 @ Dunavil

Thursday 16 November

6pm Irish Dancing; 6.30pm to 8.30pm Activities for aged 4 to 8 boys and girls; 7pm to 9pm Girls Club for aged 8 to 12 years; 7pm to 9pm Bridging the Divide Inclusion programme; 7pm Yoga

Friday 17 November

11am Men’s Shed; 5.30pm P5 Gaelic; 7pm Kids Movie Night; 7pm to 9pm Boys Club for aged 9 to 12 years; 7.30pm Deceased Members Mass at Dunavil

Saturday 18 November

8am Kingdom Walkers; 11am P1/P2 Gaelic; 12pm P3/P4 Gaelic; An Riocht Dinner Dance in Canal Court Hotel.

Sunday 19 November

10am Breakfast at Dunavil; 2pm Birthday Party; 8pm Bingo

Monday 20 November

11am Men’s Shed; 6.15pm P6 Gaelic; 6.30pm Secondary School Drop-in; 7pm Girls Club First Year plus; 7.30pm U12 (born 06/07) Gaelic; 7.30pm Irish Language Beginners Class; 9pm Lotto

Tuesday 21 November


6pmIrish Dancing;7pm Primary School aged Drop-in and FIFA tournament; 7.15pm Bootcamp; 7.30pm Camogie Annual General Meeting, all players aged 15+, parents of younger players, coaches, other volunteers and supporters should attend; 8.15pm Basketball