PARADE: Arrangements were being finalised this week for the celebration of the National Holiday with the largest parade ever to have been seen in the town to be held on this Saturday the eve of St Patrick’s Day.
Special arrangements have been put in place by the Gardai with restrictions on traffic entering the town to come into effect from 9 am on Saturday morning and remain in place until the afternoon with diversions for all though traffic.
The St Patrick’s Day Parade Committee confirmed that the ‘election’ to select the Grand Marshal for the parade had resulted in the election of Tom Hunt as Parade Marshal when the counting of votes secured by each of the ten candidates for the position was completed over the weekend.
Willie O’Neill, Chairman said that the entries for the parade include eight marching bands, forty-six floats, horse drawn carriages, members of O.N.E. and 12th Infantry Batt., and participation from all the schools and community organisations in the parish.
The programme will commence with the celebration of Mass at the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Newport at 10 am during which there will be the official Salute of the Blessed Host, and the shamrock will be blessed and distributed.
The assembly for the parade is at the Day Care Centre, Limerick Road, and the reviewing stand outside O’Sullivan’s Bar, Main Street where the Parade Marshal will formally give permission to ‘St Patrick’ to proceed with the parade through the town at 11 am.
On arrival at the Square the children will proceed to Jail Street, the marching bands to Cork Road and the other participants to the Community Centre at Clonbealy.
The children will be the first to return, followed by the bands, each of whom will perform a recital in front of the Reviewing Stand at Main Street.
The parade is scheduled to be completed shortly after 1 pm with refreshments for all to be provided at a number of licensed premises in the town.
The outside broadcast unit from Tipp FM will broadcast from Main Street and the MC for the programme will me D J John. There will be entertainment throughout the town during the afternoon.
The gardai have announced that the traffic restrictions will come into effect at 9 am and they have requested that all vehicles parked on the parade route be removed by 11 am. They have also announced that no pets will be allowed on the route of the parade during the parade in the interest of safety.
Willie O’Neill has expressed his thanks and appreciation to all who generously supported the election for the Parade Marshal, the recent church gate collection, which was also very successful and the many sponsors of the programme for the day and hope that everyone will enjoy the experience.
TIDY TOWN: Tidy Village Committee have confirmed that they will be participating in the Parade in Newport on Saturday. They have invited adults, teenagers and children to join them and walk behind their float. They hope to depict various elements of their activities, planting, litter picking, recycling, cleaning, etc so participants should dress accordingly. Please assemble outside the Day Care Centre on Saturday at 11.00am.
DAFFODIL DAY: The annual daffodil morning will take place on Friday March 22 at The Coopers Bar Birdhill in aid of Milford Hospice, from 10am until 12.30pm. All are welcome and support will be greatly appreciated.
COMMUNITY GAMES: Congratulations to the Newport under 13 boys Community Games indoor football team beat Latin Cullen 4 - 1 in the county final, which took place in Tipp Town. The score was 0-0 at half time but 4 goals in the second half from Darren Collins (2) Pa Murtagh and Tom Mulryan earned the boys the right to represent Tipperary in the Munster finals, which will take place on Easter Saturday. The boys have beaten Silvermines, Ballinahinch, Cloughjordan and now Latin Cullen to get to the provincial final. Well done boys and best of luck in the Munster finals. The team is Jack Noble, Tom Mulryan, Nathan Hartigan, Darren Collins, Colin Coleman, Pa Murtagh, Damien Ryan and Killian O’Malley.
SOCCER: Local school St Mary’s School put up a magnificent display before losing 3-1 against Cresent Comprehensive Limerick (Keith Mawdsley with the goal).
The under 11s had a brilliant 5-1 win over Star Rovers on Saturday. Johnny Ryan scored 3, Jack Foley and Fergus Reeves scored one apiece.
Newport under 13s bounced back from the disappointment of their last game to record a fine 3-1 away win against fellow title contenders Star Rovers. This win puts Newport back on top of the table. The boys are now in the second half of their season and are well in contention. Scorers for Newport were James Lynch (2) and Elliott Slattery.
The As are away to Prospect on Monday at 2pm.
Newport Town AFC will take part in the St. Patrick’s Day parade on
Saturday 16th. Best wishes to the organisers of this event.
Beannachtai na Feile Phadraig
RUGBY: On Saturday last, Newport played Cashel in the Co. Tipperary U11 Mini Rugby Community Games County Final, at Clanwilliam R.F.C. Grounds, in Tipperary Town.
Newport were warmed up by their coaches, putting them through their paces with drills. The match kicked off at midday, and consisted of two fifteen minute halves. Newport got off to a great start scoring two tries in quick succession with two fine runs along the wing. After some tight play , with some great tackling and rucking, Cashel scored to bring Newport back to a one try lead. Newport answered immediately from the restart, with a fabulous team try, to regain their two try lead. Despite a great effort by both teams the score remained at 3 tries to 1 until half time.
Half time provided a well needed opportunity for Newport and Cashel to catch their breath, settle down and both teams came back on the pitch determined to win. Newport scored first to stretch their lead and but Cashel fought on and immediately replied with a score of their own. Both teams then trade one score each to leave the score at 5 tries to 3 in favour of Newport with only 4 minutes remaining. Cashel dug deep and were the next to score leaving Newport ahead by the narrowest of margins. Newport set about the last few phases of play, rucked and passed with steely determination and were duly awarded with a try at the death. The final score 6 tries to 4 in favour of Newport.
Both teams entertained their supporters with a fabulous display of all the skills of rugby with some excellent tackling, rucking, & running rugby that impressed all.
The Newport U11 Community Games Mini Rugby Team would like to thank, The Newport Community Games Committee, Team Manageress Rose Ryan, Team Coaches, & Mrs Mary Jo O’Sullivan for holding a victory celebration party for the team on their return to Newport.
Newport now go forward to represent Tipperary in the Community Games Munster Finals on Easter Saturday March 30 in Tralee.
Best of Luck Boys !!!!!