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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Upcoming Activities

Wednesday 18th

11am Men’s Shed; 6pm Ladies Circuits; 7pm P1 to U12 Camogie Presentation Night; 7pm Kingdom Walkers from the Leisure Centre; 7pm All Together Now Disability Inclusion programme for aged 12+

Thursday 19th

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; 7.15pm visit from Mourne Youth Forum LOHAH group; 7.30pm U13 Football An Riocht v Clonduff; 7.30pm Senior Football Kilcoo v An Riocht 7.40pm Basketball Andersonstown Tigers v Knights at La Salle.

Friday 20th

11am Men’s Shed; 7pm Kids Movie Night; 7pm to 9pm Boys Club for aged 9 to 12 years; 6.30pm P6 Football; 7.30pm P7 Football

Saturday 21st 

7.30am Kingdom Walkers at Mourne Park; 11am P1/P2 Football; 12pm P3/P4 football; 3pm Birthday Party

Sunday 22nd

10.30am Breakfast at Dunavil; 11am U11 Football An Riocht Gaels v Ballyholland ‘A’ and An Riocht Ogs v Mayobridge ‘B’; 2.30pm Birthday Party; 8pm Bingo

Monday 23rd  

11am Men’s Shed trip to Tayto Tandragee; 6.30pm Secondary School aged Drop-in; 7pm Girls Club for First Year+; 7pm Dunaman Community meeting; 7pm P6 Football in the hall; 7.30pm Irish Language Beginners Class; 9pm Lotto

Tuesday 24th  


6pm Irish Dancing; 6.30pm to 7.30pm, Kilkeel Library presents Irish sources of local place-names by Gordon McCoy Irish Language Education Officer East Belfast Mission, everyone welcome (booking essential); 7pm Primary School aged Drop-in; 7.15pm Bootcamp.