Mar 2

Martin Ryan


Martin Ryan

NATIONAL TREE WEEK: Birdhill Tidy Village Committee have issued an invitation to the community to attend and participate in the events which they are organised for this Sunday March 3 commencing at 2pm in Birdhill in conjunction with National Tree Week.

NATIONAL TREE WEEK: Birdhill Tidy Village Committee have issued an invitation to the community to attend and participate in the events which they are organised for this Sunday March 3 commencing at 2pm in Birdhill in conjunction with National Tree Week.

The theme for 2013 is ‘A Feast of Trees’, to remind people of the role of trees in providing food for humans, birds, bees and other wildlife.

The arrangements are to assemble at Birdhill Railway Station at 2pm. The programme will include viewing of a display of drawings and paintings by pupils of Birdhill N.S., literary readings with reference to trees and to their own locality. Thee will be a short walk in the Pollogh Trail.

Paddy Keane ( retired forester) will guide the attendance on a short talk on the trees. Members of the community and invited guests will also plant trees. Members of the community in attendance are also invited to plant a tree.

More details can be had on Website: or email:

EPILEPSY ASSOCIATION: The Irish Epilepsy Association have expressed their thanks for the support of the community for their recent church gate collection which was taken up in the area. The proceeds amounted to €510 which will greatly benefit the work of the association.

ATHLETICS: Four members of Newport Athletic Club added five Munster Silver Medals to their collection when they competed at the Munster Track and Field Championships which were held at Nenagh over the week-end.

The competition was extremely competitive with records being broken in a number of the events. Top honours to Sharlene Mawdsley winner of two Munster Silver Medals.

Congratulations to Newport AC Silver Medal winners, Maria Carey, Shower (Long Jump Under 16 years), Shar lene Mawdsley, Newport (200 metres Under 16 years and Hurdles Under 16 years), Emma Fagan, Newport (800 metres), Conor Lynch, Killoscully (400 metres).

HANDBALL CLUB: Newport Handball and Racquetball Club will hold a Table Quiz at O’Sullivan’s, Newport on this Friday night March 1 commencing at 9 pm for tables of four. An enjoyable night is assured.

CHILDREN’S ART: In conjunction with the celebration of Tree Week at Birdhill children in the area are being invited to draw or paint a picture on an A4 or A3 page to represent the role of trees in the environment. A slogan may be added if desired. Prizes will be awarded for Under 10’s and over 10’s.

Completed entries of pictures should be brought to the Railway Station, Birdhill at 2pm on this Sunday March 3.

PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: Birdhill Tidy Village Committee have announced that they will be participating in the inaugural St Patrick’s Day Parade in Newport on Saturday March 16. Members of the community are invited to join them and walk behind their ‘float’ to highlight two elements of their on-going activities - growing and recycling. Participants should assemble outside the Day Care Centre, Newport at 10.45am.

KILLOSCULLY PLAYERS: Final preparations are now under way for the Killoscully Players upcoming production of ‘The Maiden Aunt’ a 3 act comedy by Jimmy Keary.

In 2012 the group had an outstanding run with their production of another of Jimmy Keary’s plays, ‘Too Close to Home’.

This season they have panned to stage the play for six nights in March over two weekends. The play will be presented at the Community Centre, Killoscully on Friday March 15, Sunday March 17, and Monday March 18 and the following weekend on Friday March 22, Saturday March 23 and Sunday March 24.

They have a strong line-up with some of last years cast taking leading roles and with some new faces also in place. More details on the cast next week.

As seating is limited and to avoid disappointment, a booking system has been put in place, and to reserve a seat for the preferred night patrons are requested to book by telephone and then pay at the door on the night. Ticket sales are already moving swiftly. To reserve seats for any of the performances please contact the booking line on (085) 8332486 A.S A.P.

RUGBY: On Sunday last The Freigh, Newport was a hive of rugby activity when Newport RFC hosted an U10 blitz and an U13 Cup match. The U10 blitz was as an exciting affair as Newport encountered opposition from UL Bohs, Estuary and Copsewood Gaels. A very well drilled Newport side done very well in all matches, winning three and drawing the fourth. Their U13’s simultaneously played Newcastlewest in their Cup match. This also proved to be an exciting duel as the result was not in doubt until the closing stages when Newcastle score two late tries to win the match 25-15.

After the game, the opposing teams were all treated to some fine hospitality from the female committee who supplied some welcome food to the players and supporters.

Well done to all involved. The U16’s who have combined with Presentation were also busy on Sunday last as they played Estuary in a friendly and won well. This combination have really stepped up to the mark recently, as over three successive Sundays they have played Thomond, Corinthians of Galway and Estuary, winning two and narrowly losing to Corinthians. They now eagerly await their cup matches which will be coming up over the next few Sundays. Meanwhile, off the pitch, the Club Lotto jackpot remains intact with a massive jackpot of €10K whilst the roll over jackpot approaches €5K. The draw takes place each Monday at 8:30 pm in Sullivan’s and tickets are available at Centra, Newport. Also, the club is busy finalising arrangements for the Keeper Challenge on Saturday week March 9. Visit for further information.

GAA: Newport GAA Scor na nOg ballad group, accompanied by a huge group of supporters made the long trek to Derry last weekend where they participated in the All Ireland Final. The Newport balladeers, comprising of Brian McAuliffe, Conor, Kealan, Lorna and Ciara Floyd proudly represented their parish of Newport, Tipperary and Munster at the highest level. Alas,they were overcome by the Mayo representation in a keenly fought competition. Nevertheless this young bunch have represented the Club and Parish proudly and will no doubt feature again on stage in the future.

Meanwhile, the GAA boxers continue to prepare for the Kings of Keeper fundraiser which takes place on Saturday March 16. More details next week.

On the coming Saturday night the Juvenile Committee have organised a table quiz at The Coopers, Birdhill whilst the club lotto draw will take place as usual each Monday night in the Club Rooms.

SOCCER: Overall, it was a mixed weekends fortunes, on the playing front for Newport AFC teams.

However, well done to all the teams who donned the clubs colours and represented Newport Town AFC so proudly and valiantly over the weekend. A special word of encouragement and support to the younger players.

Juniors Results:- The A’s game away versus Prospect was off due the very poor pitch conditions in Cals park, Limerick. The B’s were very unlucky to have lost out on penalties in the Open Cup Semi-Final at home to Caherconlish. (Joe Conneally grabbed a goal

with a long range strike). The highlight of the weekend came from the U.17’s who had an emphatic 7-1 win away to Aishling-Annacotty on Sunday morning keeping them very healthily placed in their league. Well done lads. (Keith Mawdsley(3), Sean Ryan, Keegan Park, Ciaran Casey, Declan Fitzpatrick).

Schoolboys Results:- Newport U15’s 2 - Regional United 3 (Thomas Carroll; Harry Sheey); This bunch of lads deserve massive credit in a very tough league we keep going every week , remembering most these lads underage again next season . Well done lads ye truly wear the jersey with Pride. U.13’s had heart breaking experience after conceding very late goals to lose out 2-1 against Granville away. Elliot Slattery with the Newport Goal. The boys were very down after the game but knowing them, they will bounce right back in the next game, as they are a resilient squad of players. Finally, U’11s lost out 1-0 to Corbally away while the U.10’s continued with the blitzes which were well attended by all and a fun filled time was had.