Newport Feb 1

LOCAL ELECTION: Interest in the forthcoming Local Election in the area is set to intensify with a third local candidate expected to be confirmed within the next 48 hours.

LOCAL ELECTION: Interest in the forthcoming Local Election in the area is set to intensify with a third local candidate expected to be confirmed within the next 48 hours.

Former member of North Tipperary County Council for the Nenagh-Newport area, Martin Kennedy is expected to be officially announced by Fianna Fail Headquarters as an addition to the party candidates in the area.

Contacted this week he said “I have been contacted in recent weeks by a number of parties to contest the election, and I have had discussions with party representatives. I expect an official announcement to be made within days”.

Sources close to the scene believe that he will be confirmed as a candidate for Fianna Fail later this week.

In the 2009 Local Election he sought re-election to the seat which he previously held as an independent member. He polled 1,151 first preference votes with just 81 votes between Mr Kennedy, Mattie Ryan (FF) outgoing, and John ‘Rocky’ McGrath (Independent) a member of the Michael Lowry Group, at the completion of the first count.

However transfers failed to deliver enough to see him regain the seat.

With John ‘Rocky’ McGrath, Killoscully seeking to retain his seat, and Fiona Bonfield (Lab), Newport a new candidate in the field, interest in the election is set to intensify with the emergence of a third local candidate.

ALL IRELAND CHAMPION: One of the most consistent members of Newport Athletic Club is the new All Ireland Junior Indoor Triple Jump Champion after an outstanding performance in the final which was held at Athlone over the week-end.

Maria Carey, Shower, who has a host of awards to her credit at every level in athletics added the All Ireland title in Triple Jump after a personal best at the final in which she competed against contestants up to four years her senior.

Sharlene Mawdsley, Newport, another one of the stars of local athletics, added an All Ireland Junior Silver Medal in the 200 metres after a personal best of 25.11 sec.

The Lynch family, Killoscully also had an outstanding week-end. Eimer reached the final of the 400 metres, while her brother, Patrick was placed fourth in the 200 metres and another member of the family, Conor, also performed very well.

Congratulations to all.

COMMUNITY GAMES: Arrangements are being made for the Newport Community Games Talent Competition. Parents of children in the parish of Newport who are interested in competing should please contact Rosemary Ryan 087 332 8308

The categories are as follows:

U12 - Solo Recitation and Group Dance Irish/Contemporary

U13 - Solo Music

U14 - Solo Dance, Solo Singing, Group Dance Modern, Group Singing,

U14 - Group Comedy Act, Group Music and Set Dancing

NEW CYCLING CLUB: An Open Information Evening on the forming of a new Cycling Club at Ballinahinch will be held at the Community Centre, Ballinahinch on Friday week, February 7 at 8 pm. There is an increased interest in cycling in the area and this is an opportunity to enjoy the recreation in a more organised way. All interested are invited to attend the meeting.

SOCCER: Unfortunately the bad weather put paid to any on-field action again last weekend FOR Newport AFC members as all schoolboy and junior games were cancelled.

Hopefully the weather will show some improvement in the next few weeks so the backlog of games can be cleared. This Sunday’s fixtures show the Junior A team away to Croom in the Lawson Cup at 10.30am. The B’s are at home to Moyross in the league at 2.00pm. Meanwhile at the same time the Youth team will entertain Corbally in their division 1 league clash. Two home games at the same time is not a problem for the club as the club are in the enviable position of possessing two top quality pitches in Derryleigh.

Off the field the club’s third running of Last Man Standing commences this weekend. All entries must be in by midnight on Friday.

CONCERT: Ballinahinch Community Development committee have e expressed their thanks to everyone

who supported the up keep of the local hall to date and reminded the local community that there are still a few 2014 calendars remaining which are a lovely record of the Ballinahinch / Killoscully gathering. The Ballinahinch Hall Committee will be hosting the Music Concert titled “Classic Hits of the Century” on Tuesday February 18 and will feature numerous musicians including Peter Burke, Pete Creighton, Martin Burns, Tom Keogh, Fr Bobby and many more local friends. The production is being put together by Peter Burke and Fr Bobby and it is a journey through the years featuring numerous hits that all will be familiar with. Proceeds of the night will go towards the running expenses of the community hall.