Newport Sept 7

APPOINTED PARISH PRIEST: Congratulations to Rev Fr John O’Keeffe on his appointment as Parish Priest of Newport with effect from this week-end. A native of Templemore, Fr O’Keeffe was appointed curate to the parish four years ago following the death of Very Rev Canon James O’Meara.

APPOINTED PARISH PRIEST: Congratulations to Rev Fr John O’Keeffe on his appointment as Parish Priest of Newport with effect from this week-end. A native of Templemore, Fr O’Keeffe was appointed curate to the parish four years ago following the death of Very Rev Canon James O’Meara.

During his relatively short period, since taking up residence at Birdhill following his appointment to the parish, Fr O’Keeffe has endeared himself to the local community and has become actively involved with the local organisations in the parish assisting them in every way possible. Having become totally integrated with the community within a very short time of his appointment, they have developed a great affection for him and extent heartiest congratulations to him on his new appointment, wishing him many long and happy years as Parish Priest of the parish.

He succeeds Very Rev Fr Joe Delaney, P.P. who was appointed to the parish 22 years ago and is due to retire shortly after a long and dedicated ministry. His dedication to the three churches in the parish at Newport, Birdhill and Toor has been a hallmark of his ministry, handing them on to his successor in superb condition. He has also been very supportive of all parish organisations and helpful in every way to their progress during his time in the parish, which together with his kindness and courtesy to all parishioners was always appreciated.

It is hoped that he will continue to reside in the parish for his retirement, which it is the sincere wish of the community, will be a long and very happy one.

ATHLETICS: Newport Athletic Club have announced that training will resume for the upcoming Cross Country season on Tuesday evening of this week at St Mary’s Secondary School Field, Newport from 5pm to 5.30 pm. Training will continue each Tuesday and Thursday evening for the duration of the Cross Country season. The club has also extended well done to Emma Coleman on her excellent performance at the Community Games Finals at Athlone recently where she represented Tipperary in the Under 12 years 600 metres.

CEMETERY: The Annual collection for the maintenance of the cemeteries in the parish will be held this week-end, Saturday and Sunday September 7 and 8. The condition in which the cemeteries in the parish are maintained is a credit to the committee who are deserving of support for the continuation of the work which they are doing. The proceeds of the collection will be used towards the purchase and upkeep of equipment and materials which are required to carry out the work.

The annual collection has been very well supported in the past and it is hoped that the response this week-end will be equally generous to a well deserved objective.

SOCCER: Newport Town AFC has kicked off the new season in the past few weeks and the games have been coming thick and fast. This season, they have Junior teams playing in Divisions 1A, 3A & Youths (U-18) Division 1 of the Limerick District Leagues. They also have schoolboy teams playing competitively at under 16, 14, 12, 11 & 10 age groups in the Limerick District Schoolboy League. The younger age groups will be playing in non-competitive blitzes in small-sided games after Christmas. The club are also delighted to have schoolgirl teams representing Newport Town. There has been a massive growth in their schoolboy/girl sections in the past couple of years and they continue to welcome new players to the club. Details of training times are available on the club’s Facebook page.

It’s been a mixed start for the Junior As, Bs and Youth teams. However it’s very early days in the season and there is lots of football yet to be played and points to be won. Leagues have never been won or lost after only a handful of games.

In the schoolboys section, both the under 16s & 14s have also seen league action. The under 14 squad had a great league campaign in last year’s under 13 league, finishing second by just one point. They have had a great start this year with 5-2 and 6-1 victories. The under 16s under the experienced coaching team of Chris Carroll and Kevin Healy have had a draw and narrow loss in their opening games but are playing some lovely football and have acquitted themselves very well. The under 12s, 11s and 10s commence their league campaigns this week.

After a few years absence, Newport Town AFC have expressed their delight to have entered the under 14 & 16 teams in this year’s National Schoolboy Cups. The draws have been made and both have received byes to the second round but have been given away trips. The under-14s are away to Abbeyfeale, with the winner playing Aisling or Granagh in the 3rd round. The 16s will face Fairview in the Fairgreen with the winners away to Shannon Hibs, Connolly Celtic or BT Harps.

Congratulations to U.18’s player Keith Mawdsley, who has been selected to attend the Football Association of Ireland 2013-14 Regional Emerging Talent centre at the Limerick Regional Centre, UL Campus, Limerick.

The club have also extends congratulations to Sean O’Brien who was on the Tipperary team who beat Kilkenny in the All Ireland Intermediate Hurling Final last weekend.

The club’s ˜Last Man Standing’ fundraiser continues but after only two weeks, less than 40 players remain in the competition, mainly due to some fancied teams inability to beat supposedly lesser teams, most notably Arsenal, Everton & Man City. Best of luck to those still standing.

Our club lotto draw continues every Thursday. Tickets can be bought at many of the local shops, businesses and pubs in Newport. This is the main fund-raiser for the club and they encourage players, parents and supporters to support the lotto.

IRISH DANCING: Children’s Irish Dancing Classes, with Siobhan Dorman of Costello School of Dancing, will return to Killoscully Community Centre on Monday next September 9 at 6pm for one hour and every Monday evening thereafter.

BASKETBALL: Glen Cruisers Basketball Club Newport will hold a youth coaching session on this Saturday morning September 7 from 10.00am -11.30am in St. Mary’s secondary school sports hall. All are welcome to attend. The Club covers the North Tipp, East Limerick and East Clare Regions, and provides youth coaching for Girls and Boys.

The Club will be Bag packing in Dunnes Stores, Nenagh on the Friday and Saturday week September 13 & 14. Anyone wishing to help out with this fundraising event are asked to please see their face book page for available times.

Training will resume on Tuesday September 10 from 7.30-8.45pm (Ladies) and 8.45-10.00pm (men’s) All training takes places at St. Mary’s secondary school sports hall