PROCESSION: The tradition of a procession through the town to honour the Blessed Sacrament on the Feast of Corpus Christi is to be revitalised this year at Newport, after a lapse of many years.
When the procession was last held in the town the moveable feast was celebrated on the day. Now that the feast is no longer a holiday of obligation, the celebration of the feast has been moved to a nearby Sunday by the Church.
This year the actual feast day falls on Thursday May 30 and for the parish of Newport it has been decided to revive the practice of a procession through the town, which will take place on the previous Sunday May 26.
The arrangements which have been announced this week are that the Solemn Procession will leave the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Newport at 12.45 pm approx - immediately after the regular 12 noon Mass at the church - and proceed through the town to the Square before returning to the ground of the Convent of Mercy where the final prayers and concluding of the procession will take place.
Older parishioners will recall when up to 1,000 people would take part in the procession. Although there has been a considerable decline in church attendance nationwide over the recent decades, the parish committee who have decided to hold the procession again this year, are hoping that there will be a large attendance for the revival of a parish tradition which was very much part of the life of the previous generations in the parish for decades.
COFFEE MORNING: Staff at Mulcair Pharmacy, Newport who are taking part in the Pink Ribbon walk at Killaloe are holding a Coffee Morning at the Pharmacy on Friday week, May 24 from 10 am to 1.30 pm. Donations of any confectionary will also be greatly appreciated.
CONCERT: A ‘Gathering of the Schools’ concert is to be held at the Community Centre, Newport on Friday May 24 commencing at 8 pm. The concert will feature students from the local schools, who can sing, dance of play a musical instrument and will also include a performance by Tulach Sheasta Comhaltas Ceoilteoiri Eireann All Ireland winning Plearacha Group 2013.
FIRST COMMUNION: The boys and girls of Birdhill National School received their First Holy Communion at the Church of Our Lady of the Wayside, Birdhill on Saturday last. The pupils from the Convent Primary School and the Boys National School, Newport will receive the sacrament at the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Newport on this Saturday May 18 and pupils from Lackamore National School will receive the sacrament at Newport on Saturday week May 25.
GATHERING: Arrangements are proceeding with plans for the celebration of the ‘Gathering’ in the parish of Newport, Birdhill and Toor at the end of July. In conjunction with the programme of events which has been planned the active local committee are currently compiling a brochure and local business people interested in having their business’s featured in the publication are asked to contact the organisers as soon as possible. More details can be had from officers of the committee Mary on 087 9784805 or Marie at 087 9679818.
UGANDA: A local volunteer, Mary McCabe, Ballymackeogh, Newport will leave for a mission of voluntary work in Uganda in early June. In conjunction with he departure, a church gate collection for the support of mission work in Uganda will be taken up at Newport on week-end of Saturday and Sunday June 1 and 2. Support for the worthy cause will be greatly appreciated.
CAMOGIE: A local camogie club are to become one of the hosts of the national festival of Hurling, Camogie and Football for boys and girls under 14 years of age, Feile na Gael 2013 which is taking place at Limerick.
Newport / Ballinahinch Camogie Club have confirmed this week that the club has been chosen by Limerick County Board as a host club to accomoodate players and mentors representing Galway in the Feile to be held at Limerick on the week-end of July 5 -7 at their homes in the parishes.
Newport-Ballinahinch Under 14 girls who will represent Tipperary in the Feile are currently putting in a great effort under the management of Eddie Quigley, Bill Mullaney , Edel Flanagan and Josie Curtin.
The panel of girls are as follows Katie Jones, Leah Healy , Izzy Ryan, Caoimhe Mcgrath, Thea Curtin, Niamh Sheldon, Emma Flanagan, Amy Quigley , Trudy Hurley, Elizabeth Floyd, Ellen McKeogh, Grace Allen, Grace O Toole, Elizabeth Allen, Ruth Allen, Sara Hennesy, Grace Floyd, Gillian Lyons, Aoife Baker, Aoife Butler, Sara Carroll, Brid O Keefe, Kate Hewitt, Liza McKeogh.
As a fundraiser to defray the associated costs, James Nolan , Nolans Carpets, is running in the Cork City Marathon on June 3 and donating his sponsorship to the club. The club have extended their thanks to James for his continued support for the camogie Club.
SOCCER: Newport Town Under 13 team had a convincing victory over Shelbourne in Div 2 on the final score of Newport Town 8 - Shelbourne 2 after putting on a great show in their last home game of the season against a plucky Shelbourne side.
Darren Collins with his second hat-trick of the season, James Lynch and Colin Coleman with a brace each and Odhran Brett were the scorers for Newport. Now with just one league game left away to Regional, the pressure has been maintained on Granville and the league title decider is going to go all the way to the very last series of games.
So with one game left, Newport are still on top of the league and are ahead of Granville by two points. However they still have a game in hand, therefore if they both win their remaining games, Newport will finish 1 point behind them. All the lads can do is win their last game and hope that Granville slip up along the way. It’s in the lap of the footballing Gods and an exciting time for the local players.
In the final game of the season for the Under 15 side, Newport were unable to match the scoring strength of Aisling with the match ending on the score of Aisling 2 -- Newport 5 after a great performance by both teams.
Man of the match award went jointly to Finn Reeves , Aidan Healy and Chris Trehy . The Newport squad were Chris Trehy , Jay Madden , Finn Reeves , Dade Richter , Nathan Duggan , Aidan Healy , Ciaran Braddich , Johnny Coyle ,Thomas Carroll , Adam Keane , Diarmuid Madden , James Powell , Harry Sheehy. Well done lads
Newport under 10’s travelled to Annacotty on Saturday morning to face Aisling in the league. In a cracking game they shared the spoils in a 3-3 draw. Ben O’Sullivan, Eoin McLoughlin and Daniel Egan were the scorers and the rest of the team all contributed to a great game.