May 11

Martin Ryan


Martin Ryan

THEY’VE ARRIVED: There has been a flurry of interest around the village of Birdhill following the week-end arrival of the latest additions to the ‘bird life’ community in the area which had been eagerly awaited in anticipation over the previous weeks after the latest tenant to the village had taken up residence.

THEY’VE ARRIVED: There has been a flurry of interest around the village of Birdhill following the week-end arrival of the latest additions to the ‘bird life’ community in the area which had been eagerly awaited in anticipation over the previous weeks after the latest tenant to the village had taken up residence.

Birdhill Community Birdhouse were delighted with their most recent tenant - a nesting Thrush which had been made feel very welcome.

Last week they reported that the Thrush was busy hatching her four eggs whilst being fed by her partner. Over the week-end the breaking news was that the Bird Community in the village were celebrating the arrival of a ‘new family’ which created a flurry of excitement for the broader community of the area.

The update over the week-end was that on Friday night last, in terrible inclement weather conditions, that the eggs had hatched out successfully, three at first then followed by the fourth.

The good news spread quickly and there was a rush of visitors to the web site to familiarise themselves with the new arrivals.

The four young chicks can now be seen regularly being fed by the adults and seem to have ravenous appetites. All this action is being observed on Some pictures were downloaded via the remote CCTV link to avoid disturbing the Thrush family and the precise location of the bird house continues to be carefully guarded as a secret in the interest of the security of the family.

They now enter a perilous stage in their development due to the amount of other wildlife present higher up the food chain. The camera feed has proven to be very popular as hundreds of internet “hit’s” have been recorded since the link went live. For the latest internet users can log on to to following this intriguing nature watch as the story continues to develop over the coming days and weeks.

It is the second year of operation by Birdhill Tidy Village Committee of the bird nest and the link to the internet for the wider audience to view. Last year it was a Blue Tit which inhabited the nest and they were hoping for her return this year, but the extremely cold Spring weather may have been a factor that interest from the Blue Tit was not as strong this year. Instead the next was occupied by the Thrush who has been welcomed.

ICA OUTING: Arrangements are now being finalised for the outing of Newport ICA Guild to the Annual Bloom Festival at the Phoenix Park, Dublin on Thursday May 30.

The event which features the winning Super Garden from the RTE television series currently running on the screens and the overall programme has become a major event in recent years attracting a huge attendance of enthusiasts in gardening and outdoor activities and is well worthy of a visit for an enjoyable and fulfilling day.

Bookings for the outing by the guild are now being finalised and anyone interested in travelling, who have not reserved a seat are asked to immediately contact the ICA Guild officers, Nancy Hickey (061 378218), or Helen Brennan (061 378260) as soon as possible for more details.

ALZHEIMER’S TEA DAY: The Annual tea party in support of the Alzheimer Association will be held at Ann Fagan’s house, Tullow, Newport on this Thursday from 7 pm to 9.30 pm. Support for this worthy cause will be greatly appreciated and all are welcome.

SOCCER TEAM PROMOTED: Newport Town AFC underage ‘A’ team secured promotion without kicking a ball on Sunday as the opponents didn’t field a team. This is a fantastic achievement as it is 3 promotions in 4 seasons. They are looking forward to the challenge of 1A football and with their young, pacey, skilful team we will be hopeful of making their mark. Congratulations to all concerned.

DEATHS: The death occurred tragically at his residence of Harry Ryan, Keeper hill, Toor, Newport. He is survived by his brother, Martin, sisters Margaret, Mary, Nancy and Nora, relatives and friends. His remains were removed from Meehan’s Funeral Home, Newport to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Killoscully and following Requiem Mass burial took place at the Cemetery, Killoscully.

The death has occurred of Gerard O’Brien, Oakhampton, Newport. He is survived by his wife Marette, sons Stephen, Gerard, Ollie, daughter Marie, brother Tony, relatives and friends. His remains were removed from is residence to the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Newport and following Requiem Mass burial took place at Rockvale Cemetery, Newport. Deepest sympathy is extended to the families, relatives and friends of the deceased in their bereavements.

FIRST COMMUNION: The boys and girls of Birdhill National School will receive their First Holy Communion at the Church of Our Lady of the Wayside, Birdhill on this Saturday May 11 at 11 am. The pupils from the Convent Primary School and the Boys National School, Newport will receive the sacrament at Newport on the following Saturday and pupils from Lackamore National School will receive the sacrament at Newport on Saturday May 25.

SOCCER: Newport Town AFC underage B’s concluded their season confirming their status with a hard earned win away to Parkville. Though they had to wait until deep into the second half to get the all important goal it was worth it as Eoin Bonfield lobbed a brilliant goal from 35 yards to seal the victory and the crucial points. Well done to the management and players.

The u-17s brought the curtain down on an excellent season when they ran into a bang in form Charleville team away on Sunday. Needing a draw to win the league unfortunately it was not to be. All credit to the team and management though for a wonderful season.

The under-13s great run of form was brought to a halt by Granville in the cup quarter-final with a 2-0 defeat. The scoreline doesn’t reflect the real story of the game as it was a very even contest between the top teams in the league. The difference on the night was that Granville took their chances and we just couldn’t put ours away despite creating a hatful of chances. The boys cannot be faulted as they all gave 100% and put in a great performance but it was just one of those games. It was very tight and whoever got the first goal was probably going to win the game.

Newport owned the first half, playing some lovely football and creating some great chances but some good saves from the Granville keeper and some close wides denied us a deserved breakthrough. Granville were under pressure but could have taken the lead at the very end of the first half when they were awarded a penalty for a handball in the box. However the Granville player scuffed his shot and it went wide. 0 - 0 at half time and it was anybody’s game.

Granville came into the game more in the second half but Newport were still creating chances but with 15 minutes to go, Granville scored the crucial opener and we then had to chase the game. Newport didn’t deserve to be behind but the boys dug deep and worked hard to get an equalizer but it wasn’t to be. While chasing the game, they had to push extra men up from deep, which left them exposed at the back and Granville scored their second goal in the very last minute with a swift counter-attack. Thanks to Granville for a very sporting game and they wish them all the best in the cup.

In truth, Granville wouldn’t have argued too much if Newport had managed to get an equalizer and brought the game into extra-time, as both teams were very evenly matched. However football isn’t always fair. The Newport boys were very disappointed after the game but they should be very proud of their performance and effort. The coaching team were very proud of the team and it’s brilliant to see the way they have all blossomed and grown in stature as the season has progressed. The future is bright for Newport Town AFC.

Newport is still alive in the league and if results go their way, we are still in with a chance to win it. They have three league games left. One thing is sure; the Newport boys will give it their best shot.

The U-10s were home to top of the table Corbally A on Saturday morning and to be

honest the result didn’t do them justice, They lost 2-0 but on this display they definitely deserved at least a draw. The amount of effort they are putting into games will surely get the results. Each member of the squad played their heart out and showed no mean amount of skill. The next game is away to Aisling.

SUMMER CAMP: Arrangements have been announced for the Annual Newport Summer Camp. The popular Summer Camp will go ahead as usual this year at the gym at St Mary’s Secondary School, Newport where it will commence on Monday July 1 and continue to Friday July 5. Those interested in attending the camp can obtain more details from Mary O’Connor on 085 1534816.

MACRA NA FEIRME: Ballinahinch-Killoscully Macra na Feirme branch are holding a clothes recycling drive in aid of Enable Ireland on this week-end May 11 and 12. Those wishing to support the initiative can donate clothes, shoes, soft toys, mobile phones, books (school books and magazines excluded) for collection which will take place at the Community Hall, Ballinahinch on this Saturday May 11 from 6 pm to 9 pm and on this Sunday from 9 am to 12 noon. There will also be collection facility at the Community Hall, Killoscully on this Sunday May 12 from 10 am to 1 pm. All donations will be greatly appreciated and all proceeds are in aid of the recognised and registered charity Enable Ireland.