Newport Aug 31

SCHOOLS REOPEN: Classes at St Mary’s Secondary School, Newport resumed this week after the summer recess. The school re-opened for first year students earlier in the week with other classes following and concluding with the resumption of classes for the transition year students.

SCHOOLS REOPEN: Classes at St Mary’s Secondary School, Newport resumed this week after the summer recess. The school re-opened for first year students earlier in the week with other classes following and concluding with the resumption of classes for the transition year students.

PILGRIMAGE: The Annual Padre Pio pilgrimage from the area to the Shrine of Our Lady at Knock, Co Mayo has been arranged to take place this year on Suday September 15. Anyone interested in travelling are asked to contact Mary Vaughan on 061 378869 or 087 2462059 for more details and bookings.

GAA CLUB: Newport Juvenile GAA Club have extended their thanks to all who contributed to their recent church gate collection, the proceeds of which will contribute to funding the activities of the club. They are also planning top hold a duck race on Friday week, September 6 at the Bridge at Newport commencing at 7.30 pm.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Newport Historical Society will hold their annual outing on Sunday Septeber 29. The tour will take in Portumna Castle, Redwood Castle and the Abbey’s of Lorrha in North Tipperary. The bus will depart The Square , Newport at 8.30 a.m. For more details contact Michael at 087 6968487 with names of those interested in travelling to be provided as soon as possible please.

PLAY SCHOOL: Newport Community Playschool will re-open on Monday next September 2. More details can be had by contacting Nuala 087 2820609, Ann 086 1652386 or Olive 087 9847543.

GOLF OUTING: Alas all good things must come to an end and so after fourteen outings over the past eighteen months, for which the elements were kind, the rain belted down for the most recent outing for members of Mulcair Golfing Society which took place at Dromoland Golf Club. However the unfavourable weather on this occasion did not deter the 26 hardy souls who turning up from enjoying a tough but enjoyable course while they braved the elements. The winning team with a score of 74 points were Ger Byrne, Peter Coleman, Paul Ryan and Dermot Ryan. Second with a score of 72pts. were Jimmy Ryan, Mike Armshaw Snr., Martin Armshaw Jnr. and Ian Berry.

The next outing for the members is on Saturday September 14 at Nenagh Golf Club with an assembly time of 8.30am

BASKETBALL: Glen Cruisers Basketball Club, Newport have extened their thanks to all involved in their fundraising Spinathon held on Saturday last. A great day was had by all, many thanks has been extended to all who helped out and made donations. A special thanks has been extended to Ryan’s Centra and Sweeney’s Costcutter, Newport for providing the venues and also to Simon and Helen in Woodies DIY Nenagh for their sponsorship.

The club will hold a youth coaching open day for U10 & U12 Boys and Girls on Saturday week September 7th in St. Mary’s Secondary school Sports Hall, Newport from 11am. All kids and parents are welcome, particularly those new to the sport. The aim is to make the day as much fun as possible.

The senior men’s social basketball resumes this coming Friday evening August 30 in St. Mary’s Secondary school Sports hall from 8.30pm. All are welcome. For further information contact Ger Gorman(087)2820523

The Club will be bag packing as a fundraiser in Dunnes Stores Nenagh on Saturday and Sunday September 14 and 15. This event requires a lot of support. Anyone interested in helping out are requested to please make contact through a club member or on the club Face book page.

The annual pre season tournament will take place on the September 27 and 28 in St. Mary’s Secondary school Sports hall. It will include men’s and ladies teams competing from all around the country. This promises to be a very competitive and entertaining weekend of basketball, all support would be greatly appreciated. Keep an eye on the Glen Cruisers face book page for further upcoming event, fixtures and results.

GATHERIING: They came from near and far to celebrate the ‘Gathering’ in the parish of Ballinahinch-Killoscully over the week-end, which was a resounding success.

Despite the unfavourable weather on Saturday afternoon events got under way with a very successful Relay Walk from Killoscully to Ballinahinch in which there was a large level of participation of all ages who entered into the spirit and disregarded the rain to become part of the historic occasion for the parish.

During the afternoon there was a series of children’s workshops in music, drama and art for the younger set which was fully availed of by young enthusiasts.

Later in the evening there was a large attendance at the ‘Gathering’ Mass which was celebrated at St Joseph’s Church, Ballinahinch. Among the congregation were very many former residents of the parish who had travelled from different parts of this country and beyond to renew acquaintances with their friends and neighbours of their childhood and teenage years growing up and going to school in the parish. Among them few had travelled as far to return to their native sod than Very Rev Monsignor Jackie Foley who is based in Los Angelus, USA and became immersed in meeting his old friends and neighbours at the social evening which took place later at the Community Hall, Ballinahinch, after the weather failed to deliver for the planned outdoor platform dancing. His brother, Very Rev Fr Denis Foley came from Dublin and other members of the family from different parts of this country.

It was an early start on Sunday morning for the organisers as they finalised plans at Killoscully for the Sarsfield Ride Cycle over 61 km in which more than 100 cyclists set out after getting the ‘blessing’ of ‘Patrick Sarsfield’ (Bill Mullaney) who recalled the detail of the historic route taken by the military leader and his troops on their way to destroy the ammunition train at Ballyneety on its way to Limerick in August 1690 which included an overnight stop over at Ballyhourigan close to the village of Killoscully.

The afternoon programme got under way with an open air Mass at the cemetery at 3 p.m. following which there was a programme of sporting events for the younger set and a barbecue which was enjoyed by the young and not so young as the weather was much kinder than the previous evening.