Mar 9

Martin Ryan

Reporter:

Martin Ryan

DRAMA: Newport Drama Group have announced arrangements for their 2013 production to be staged at the beginning of April.

DRAMA: Newport Drama Group have announced arrangements for their 2013 production to be staged at the beginning of April.

This year they have chosen to present three One Act Plays which will be staged at the Community Hall, Birdhill on April 5, 6 and 7 of April commencing each evening at 8.30pm.

The group have incorporated the Secondary School in this years productions and believe that the intimate environment of the Birdhill Centre will suit the new actors.

The change in venue this year is also planned to spread the entertainment to the entire parish. A great nights entertainment is guaranteed based on their previous performances. Introducing the youth and new members will see Newport Drama grow and flourish. It’s great to see versatility and after all they want to keep that element of surprise in their shows and the change of venue will keep everything fresh and exciting. Newport Drama would like to thank Birdhill for their hospitality.

COMMUNITY GAMES: Newport Community Games will hold their annual Church gate collection at Newport, Toor and Birdhill churches this weekend, Saturday and Sunday March 9 and 10.

The generous support of the community for the continuation of the work which they are doing for the youth of the are will be appreciated.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY TALK: Newport Historical Society March Lecture and Talk will take place on Monday next March 11 at 8pm in O’Sullivans Lounge, Newport.

The topic of the Talk is; The Life of Mike Quill - Irish Republican, New York Councilman and Trade Unionist.

The Speaker will be Stephen Ryan of Castleconnell. Stephen is doing is a PhD at the University of Limerick and has given talks to the Historical Society in the past.

POPULATION INCREASE: There was further evidence of the continuation in the increase in the population of Newport Parish in the statistics for 2012 with the number of births exceeding the deaths two and a half times.

There were 29 death in the parish during the year, while baptisms amounted to 74 - with the boys outnumbering the girls by 42 to 32.

The pattern continued the upward trend in the population of the area which has been contributed by the extent of new housing units built during the Celtic Tiger years. The increase also continues to put pressure on local schools for places for the higher enrolments.

SOCCER: Sunday morning last saw the Newport Soccer Club ‘B’ team make the journey to Knocklisheen to play Parkville in the divisional cup. After an early couple of goals it settled down to a very closely matched game. Two Martin Carey goals left it 2-2 at full time and the same score after extra time, for the second week in a row they faced the dreaded penalty shootout to decide the winner. Thankfully unlike last week the Newport side managed to pull through and now look forward to a semi final in the next few weeks. The A’s were involved in a cracker in their cup at Corbally in the afternoon but bowed out on a 4-3 scoreline. Five goals in the first 25 minutes saw

Newport recover from 2 down to go 3-2 up before half-time. Corbally levelled half way through the second half and it remained 3-3 at full time. Into injury time in extra time and with penalties looming Corbally somehow managed to knock in a winner. It was a heart breaker and with no time to recover we were out of the cup. The game was memorable for a brilliantly executed overhead scissors kick by Christy Doyle that put Newport up 3-2, as good a goal as they have seen in a while. Christy scored a second and the third was an og.

GOLD MEDAL: Ballinahinch Community Games representative in art, Evan Moran, scored a great success when he won the County Tipperary Gold Medal at the week-end and qualified to represent the county at the national final at Athlone. Also performing very well at the final was Cormac Ryan.

In the swimming section of the games, Brendan Quinn won the Silver Medal, with Aidan Ryan and Nathan Lenihan also performing very well.

THE GATHERING: Newport, Birdhill & Toor Gathering Festival have confirmed that the dates for the celebrations this year will be July 18 to 28. A community based initiative with clubs, organisations, businesses, schools and individuals organising events such as sport, music, dancing, historical, cultural, arts and competitions catering for all age groups is now in the final stages of planning. The committee are now finalising the details with each club for the week of activities covering all areas of the parish.

KEEPER CHALLENGE: Newport will be the centre of activity this Saturday as the Keeper Challenge will take place. Organised by Newport Rugby Club, this will be the second such event and if last year’s success is repeated everyone involved is in for a wonderful day on the slopes of majestic Keeper Hill. Registration will begin at 9am in St Mary’s Secondary School Gym, by kind permission and there will be changing facilities available including showers. The event itself will begin at 11am, leaving St Mary’s and parading up main St Newport turning left onto Pound St where a rolling start will be initiated outside the Community Centre.

The main Challenge which consists of a 32Km cycle followed by a 19Km hike and finished off with a 6 Km cycle will proceed towards Shallee, turning right at Longstone and into Gleann. It will then continue around Keeper Hill via Foilduff and Toor, eventually arriving at Doonane after 32Km in the saddle. The participants will then dismount, hike up and down the 19Km of Keeper Hill and return to Newport with the final 6Km cycle. The mini Challenge will also proceed out Pound St but will turn right at the The Graveyard, left at Ahane cross and proceed to Doonane. The cyclist’s will then dismount and hike the 9km around the Ballyhourigan loop before cycling the 6km back to Newport. People living on the route are asked to be vigilant, especially shortly after 11am when the roads will be very busy with cyclists and support vehicles. It is important to note that the roads are not closed for the event and all participants are obliged to obey the rules of the road. The Civil Defence will be on duty throughout the event to assist with safety of the event. Support for this event has been remarkable ranging from the Gardai, Civil Defence, Coillte, North Tipperary Sports Partnership, Mulcair Credit Union, St Mary’s Secondary School, Newport Community Centre and the title sponsors Cullen’s Insurance of Newport. Paul O Gorman of Newport Rugby Club will be the event controller on the day. Check out keeperchallenge.com for any further information.