Feb 2

Martin Ryan

Reporter:

Martin Ryan

MUNSTER CHAMPIONS: Congratulations to Newport GAA Scor Na nog ballad group consisting of Brian McAuliffe, Lorna, Kealan, Conor and Ciara Floyd on their tremendous success in winning the Munster Final of the competition on Sunday last. An extremely talented group of young musicians and singers, they will now represent Munster at the All Ireland to be held at Derry on February 23. The best of luck to them.

MUNSTER CHAMPIONS: Congratulations to Newport GAA Scor Na nog ballad group consisting of Brian McAuliffe, Lorna, Kealan, Conor and Ciara Floyd on their tremendous success in winning the Munster Final of the competition on Sunday last. An extremely talented group of young musicians and singers, they will now represent Munster at the All Ireland to be held at Derry on February 23. The best of luck to them.

GATHERING: Details of the plans for the celebration of ‘The Gathering’ in the parish of Newport, Birdhill and Toor later this year are now being finalised by the local committee with a number of activities and events being planned for late July.

The formal launch of The Newport, Birdhill and Toor Gathering has been arranged for this Friday night, February 1 at McGraths Pub, Newport commencing at 9p.m. The full programme for later in the year will be announced. All interested are welcome to attend the launch.

DUATHLON: Community Games Duathlon county finals will take place in Newport on a date to be finalised, later this month or early March.

Entries for the event are now being taken with a closing date for entries of Monday week, February 11. All entries should be submitted to Niamh Yelverton nyinteriors@live.ie.

A Duathlon is a combination of a run,bike event, and run event. The first section will be a run of 1400m, followed by a bike stage on 8km and the final stage is another run of 1400m. Participants must be over 12 years and Under 15 years to compete in this event.

GAA PLAN: The work behind the compilation of the five year plan for Newport GAA has now begun in earnest following the highly successful forum held recently. Five key areas have now been clearly identified as the objectives to be assessed and working groups have already began to consolidate all the information gathered.

Chairpersons who have now been appointed to coordinate the five key topics are as follows; Administration - Mary Bourke; Finance - John Hogan; Facilities - James Flanagan; Games - Ger Bradley and Shane Gavin and Communications - John Delaney. These groups will now meet over the coming weeks with a view to making a final submission to the club by mid February. Meanwhile the views of the youth in the area are also being lobbied and a special Youth Forum will take place this Sunday February 3 at the clubrooms, Lacken Park, Newport at 5 pm.

The forum is being organised the transition years students at St Mary’s Secondary School, Newport and over the coming days they will be seeking views from all the players from 14 to 18 years age group including the views of the Camogie and Handball Clubs.

Meantime, the club has announced that their main fundraiser planned for this year in the shape of “White Collar Boxing” is now gathering momentum and will be formally launched on this Saturday night, February 2, at The Coopers, Birdhill.

Several of the adult players are believed to have commenced secret training in preparation for an encounter with their nearest neighbours Ballinahinch in the event. All will be revealed over the coming weeks.

Weather permitting the clubs U16’s will make a welcome return to the field this Friday night when football training is scheduled to begin.

SOCCER: The weather was the winner again last weekend with all the Schoolboy games going by the board for soccer players in the area. Newport AFC Junior B’s game survived however and this resulted in a hard earned 1-0 win against Lisnagry B in the quarter final of the 3A/3B/4A cup. Despite the very testing conditions a good game was served up and it would have to be said that Newport probably deserved their win. The

goal was as a result of a good move down the left started by Richard Shinnors who laid it on for Eoin Bonfield who provided the perfect cross for Christy Connors to finish well. Next up for the club is the “A”s away to Prospect on this Sunday morning and the “B”s are home to Shannon at 2pm on Sunday.

SALE OF WORK: Birdhill Tidy Village Committee are this week finalising arrangements for their Sale of Work which will be held at the Community Hall, Birdhill on this Sunday, February 3 commencing at 2pm. Community support for the event has been very generous very much appreciated in ensuring the success of this event.

It is expected that a large collection of items such as household goods, fuel, farm goods, toys (unused), books, tools/implements, groceries, home baking, vegetables, furniture, unwanted gifts, cosmetics, house/garden plants, etc. will be on offer at the sale.

Contributors are reminded that items being donated for the sale can be dropped in to the Community Hall on this Saturday February 2 between 11am and 12noon . Home baking should be dropped off at 11am on the Sunday morning of the event.

The proceeds from the event will be used to finance the ongoing work of maintaining the beautiful village and adding further enhancements during the coming year.

SCHOOL ENROLMENTS: Enrolments are currently taking place at the Primary Schools in the area for the next school year commencing in September.

Enrolments are now being taken at Lackamore NS for Junior Infants commencing school in September. Parents interested in enrolling children should contact the school or ring 061 378360.

Parents intending to send pupils to the Convent of Mercy NS, Newport in September should obtain an application form by calling to the school or contacting the school at 061 378622.

Parents of pupils intending to enrol for the new school year at Ballinahinch NS are required to contact the school or ring 061 379404.

SWIMMING: Anyone interested in taking part in Community Games Swimming Competition this year are being asked to contact Niamh Yelverton, Newport at 086 3823281 or nyinteriors@live.ie. The Tipperary County Finals are scheduled to take place at Clonmel on March 2 for boys and March 3 for girls.