GOING TO CHINA: A delegation from Birdhill will join representatives of more than 60 communities from around the world in next week (28 November-2 December) at the finals of the UN-backed International Awards for Liveable Communities (LivCom)
Denis Floyd, Patrick Bradley, Majella Foley Friel and Geraldine Floyd ,will make the case for Birdhill over four days of adjudication before a panel of world renowned experts in the field of municipal and environmental management.
The winning communities in the global awards scheme for civic environmental achievement will be announced on Monday 2nd December at an awards ceremony billed as the “green Oscars”.
At the pre departure ‘Chinese Night’ at the Coopers in the village they were surrounded by community and public representatives wishing them well. The attendance included Noel Coonan, TD, Alan Kelly, TD, Cllr John Carroll, Ger Darcy, Mayor of North Tipperary, and Virginia O’Dowd, Deputy Mayor.
The colourful occasion was also the launch platform for an hour long DVD on the community which will form part of their presentation in China, where they will take their place on the world stage on Wednesday next in the final of the contest, which will be beamed live across the world on the internet.
During the visit they will present a specially commissioned set of Birdhill Place Mats to the Mayor of Xamin and encourage the Chinese to make a return visit to holiday in Ireland, before they leave for home again on December 3.
Marie Gorman said recalled the judges comment at the Pride of Place awards in 2012 - “They said that their experience in Birdhill was positive, gracious and warm”.
She went on “Of coarse we know this. We know that we live in the best village in Ireland and we know that we have something really, really special, something that we want to nurture, something we want to preserve and something that we want to pass on to our children” she said.
VINCENT DE PAUL: The annual church gate collection for the Newport Branch of St Vincent de Paul will be taken up this year on the week-end of November 30 and December 1. The collection will be held at the Masses on Saturday and Sunday at Newport, Birdhill, Toor, Ballinahinch and Killoscully.
The public support for this collection in past years has been very generous and with the current economic situation, demands on the society to provide assistance to families has increased. The measure of support which they will be able to provide this year is dependent on the response to the collection.
ATHLETICS: Six members of Newport Athletic Club competed for Munster at the National Cross Country Championships which were held at Santry, Dublin over the week-end. The participants were Aimee Hayde, Emma Coleman, Michelle Sage, Aidan Ryan, Emma Fagan, and Thomas O’Brien all of whom performed extremely well and finished just outside of the medals at the event to conclude another successful season.
It has also been announced by the club this week that the Annual Awards Night will take place at the Freigh Inn, Newport on Friday November 29 from 7 pm to 9pm when the honours for the year will be announced and the awards presented to the athletes.
CONGRATULATIONS: Congratulations to Michael Lynch, Killoscully on scooping the jackpot of €6,950 in the Ballinahinch GAA Lotto. The jackpot has not been won for twelve months and well done to Michael for whom the handsome win coincided with his birthday - a nice present in time for Christmas.
CHRISTMAS TREE: All members of the community are being invited to participate in a Carol Service followed by a blessing and illumination of the Christmas Tree at Birdhill on Saturday December 7. Assembly will be in Birdhill Community Park at 8.30pm for the carol service followed by a procession to the Village Green to switch on the lights on the Christmas Tree.
GAA CONVENTION: Ballinahinch GAA club will host the North Tipperary GAA convention at the Community Centre, Killoscully on Monday December 2 at 8pm. Under the guidance of club member, Cllr John ‘Rocky’ McGrath as chairman in his final year of office, it will be a unique occasion that this meeting is taking place outside of Nenagh. All are welcome to attend. Mass will precede the event at 7pm
NEWPORT TOWN AFC: It was a quiet weekend for Newport Town on and off the pitch with only one game. The unbeaten U.11’s made their way to Portland Park on Saturday morning and came away with the 3 points following a 7-0 victory against Summerville Rovers. Scorers: Ben O’Sullivan (3), Nathan O’Donoghue (2), Callum Grant and Diarmuid O’Riordan. An excellent performance from the entire squad and their haul of 19 points from the opening 21 is a fantastic start to the season. The situation in the Last Man Standing contest is unchanged because of the international break, and will resume this week. Newport Town AFC Schoolchildren U.6/7/8’s train every Thursday evening at 6pm on the astro-turf, and all newcomers are welcome.