MASS TIME CHANGES: Changes to the Saturday evening Mass times at Newport and Birdhill have been announced and are to take effect from the end of this month.
The changes have become necessary because of the difficulties being experienced in providing celebrants when one of the priests is not available for the celebration of the Saturday evening Mass.
Beginning on Saturday November 30, to coincide with the start of the new church year, the evening Mass at Newport will come forward by one hour and will be celebrated at 6.30 pm and the evening Mass at Birdhill will go back by a quarter of an hour to a new time of 7.45 pm.
The changes will be on trial for a period, following which a further review will take place. Presently there are no changes to the Mass times for Sunday at either churches in the parish.
JOB BRIDGE: Chuckles Creche are offering an Internship in association with Jobbridge as a Childcare Assistant. Eligibility criteria will apply. Details on www.jobbridge.ie or forward CV to Chuckles Creche, Unit 5, Clonbealy Business Park, Newport.
TIDY TOWNS: Newport Tidy Town Committee have expressed their thanks to all who contributed to their church gate collection, the proceeds of which amounted to €839.00.
Anyone who may have missed the collection and would like to contribute, are invited to drop it into the credit union for tidy towns with an assurance that it will be much appreciated.
Their AGM will be held in March and in the mean time, anyone with ideas or projects that would help the appearance of our town , are invited to let them know and they will see if something can be done about it
VILLAGE DVD: Birdhill Tidy Village Committee have produced a DVD in association with their forthcoming trip to China for the final of LivCom.
The DVD which runs to just over one hour is a great record of 2013 life in Birdhill and is now available in the Birdhill area.
GOLF OUTING: The final outing of the year for members of Mulcair Golfing Society for the President’s Prize (Alan Byrne) was held on Saturday at Ballykisteen Golf Club. There was a fine turnout of 31 players and despite the wet weather a number of players came in with 40pts plus scores. In the end it was a showdown between Gerry Ryan and Peter Coleman. Gerry with a score of (45pts-4) 41pts beat Peter (42pts-1) 41pts with a better back nine. Congratulations Gerry. It did not end there for Gerry. He was one of the main contenders for Player of the Year along with Seamus Rochford, Ger Byrne and Martin Collins. With his score of 45pts he jumped to the top of the leader board. A great way to finish the year for Gerry who at this stage last year came second in the Presidents prize and Player of the Year. Well done Gerry. The results of Alan Byrne’s Presidents Prize are as follows. President Prize winner Gerry Ryan. Outing winner was Peter Coleman. Category A was won by Ger Byrne with Martin Collinsin second place. Category B was won by Jimmy Ryan and second was Tom Bond. Category C was won by Pat Browne with Mick Byrne in second. The Front Nine was won by Society Captain, Joe Hanrahan with Seamus Rochford taking the Back Nine. The nearest the pin was won by Paul Ryan and the longest drive was taken by big hitting Robbie Bailey. The 2’s competition was shared between Gerry Ryan and Michael Hayes.
LAST MAN STANDING: Newport Town AFC inaugural ‘Last Man Standing’ contest has come down to a nail biting finish with two contestants to battle it out at the line.
Just Ger O’Brien and Michael Byrne remain standing after Aston Villa came good for them last week-end. Unfortunately for James Collins, Jonathan Coyle and James O’Sullivan, they were let down badly by Everton, Swansea and West Ham respectively. With Ger and Michael remaining the challenge is as to who will win the inaugural title of Last Man Standing?
In the new contest, more than half the remaining contestants were wiped out over the week-end with Chelsea and Everton failing to deliver for them and now just 72 are left standing.
MILFORD HOSPICE: A fund raising night with all of the proceeds going to Milford Hospice will take place at Ryan’s Bar, Cork Road, Newport on Saturday November 30.
ATHLETICS: Members of Newport Athletic Club had another excellent outing to the second day of the Munster Cross County Championships at Castlelyons, Co Cork on Sunday last and came home with a further collection of medals.
Aaron Coleman, Newport won an individual medal and a medal with the county team. Aimee Hayde, Killoscully also won an individual medal and a medal with the county team. Emma Coleman, Newport also received an individual medal and Ben O’Sullivan, won a team medal. Excellent performances were also given by Emma Fagan and Thomas O’Brien, both of whom finished just outside of the medals.
The winners now go forward to the All Ireland Final which takes place at Santry Stadium, Dublin this week-end. We wish them the best of luck.
SOCCER: Newport Town AFC Junior A team’s game on the week-end was cancelled, therefore it was only the schoolboy sides who saw any action. The under-14s were togged out, warmed up and ready to go but unfortunately Coonagh were unable to turn up. In the other two games, the under 16s and under 14s lost their respective games to Limerick FC and Coonagh.
CHEQUE FOR PIETA HOUSE: Staff at Mulcair Credit Union have presented a handsome cheque to Piete House, Limerick, which is the proceeds of their participation in a sponsored walk at Limerick.
Kieran O’Brien, Piete House, Limerick, who accepted the cheque for €2,130, paid tribute to the participants for undertaking the walk and in particular for choosing Piete House as beneficiary of the money raised.
Making the presentation on behalf of the staff at Mulcair Credit Union, Kathleen O’Sullivan said that they were very conscious of the excellent work being done by the organisation and they were delighted to take part in the sponsored walk and to present the money raised to the organisation.
The Human Race, which involved a 10km walk, was held at University of Limerick last month.
The staff members of Mulcair Credit Union who took part in the walk were: Sinead Jones, Bridget O’Brien, Kathleen O’Sullivan, Mairead Steed, Mary Bourke, Mona McGrath, Margueritte Fordham O Meara, Margaret Kirby, Eileen Furber, Aishling O’Sullivan, Ann Bourke, Lucey Phelan and James McDonagh.
They were also joined on the day by Geraldine Bourke and Pauline McDonagh.