SAMARITANS: There was a very generous response to the church gate collection at Newport, Birdhill and Toor for the Samaritans. Total proceeds came to €1,197.07 for which they were very grateful and have extended their thanks and appreciation to all who assisted with the collection and those who contributed.
COURSES: Enrolment is currently taking place for Back to Education Initiative courses at Newport College. The courses are an opportunity to combine a return to learning in a friendly atmosphere while also preparing for the work place. The courses are open to both young people and adults.
Modules are being offered in the following subjects - Communications, Spreadsheets, Information Technology, Personal and Impersonal Skills, Graphic Design, Maths, Office Procedures, Computer Applications, Word Processing, Computer Literacy and Careers Information at FETAC levels up to 5. More details can be had by contacting the college.
FITNESS: Dancing classes for fitness and fun commence on this Wednesday night, January 15 at the Community Centre, Newport at 8.30pm. A variety of dances are being taught including Ceili, Set Dancing, Waltz, FoxTrot, and Quickstep. The classes are for all ages and all interested are welcome.
SOCCER: It was a quiet week-end for Newport Town AFC players.
Unfortunately, the bad weather led to all junior and schoolboy games being cancelled for the weekend. However Newport’s midweek Division 1A Cup Game against Caherconlish did take place last Thursday under lights in Jackman Park, where Newport recorded a well-deserved 5-1 victory. A brace from Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan and goals from Christy Doyle, Pete O’Sullivan and a screamer from Paul Ryan ensured Newport’s safe passage into the next round of the 1A Cup. The Christmas break certainly did the lads no harm as they turned in a 5 star performance to win the game. It was a very good team performance with some very strong displays from Eoin Larkin in goals right through the team to Christy Doyle up front. Others to shine under the lights were Paul and Sean Ryan, John Meskell, Dave O’Brien and Brian O’Sullivan. They are hopeful that the weather will be kinder this weekend to allow some on-field action.
In the club Christmas Draw Winners: The winners of the club’s Christmas Draw were as follows. Hampers, kindly sponsored by John Meehan, Seamus Carew, Joe Minihan, James Nolan, Boyne Valley Foods and Newport Town AFC were won by Pat Wixted, Aine Kennedy, Michael Bradshaw, Anthony Healy, Own Cuddihy and Lillie Hackett respectively.
There was also a draw on the night for those in attendance and the winners of assorted hampers, bottles and vouchers kindly sponsored by Cadbury’s, Mary Jo O’Sullivan, Martin Collins, J C Ahern and Newport Town AFC, were Declan Kett, Tara O’Brien, Brian O’Sullivan, Katie Dunlea, Micheal Lenihan, Vinny Moloney and Richard Egan.
The club has sincerely thanked the local businesses who kindly sponsored the prizes and everyone who entered the raffle.
LAST MAN STANDING: Newport Town AFC has announed that Last Man Standing 3 will commence on February 1st. Club officers, committee, coaches and players will be selling for the competition in the coming weeks. Entry will be just €10 for a prize of €500 for the winner and your support of this vital club fundraiser is really appreciated by the club.
HISTORY: Killoscully Historical Society will re-commence meetings at the Community Centre, Killoscully on Wednesday Jan 29. The society are compiling a history of the area and all interested are welcome to attend the meeting.
GOLF SOCIETY: A quarter of a century enjoying the golf courses in the region will be celebrated by members of the local golfing society in 2014.
Mulcair Golf Society, which completes a quarter of a century of existence this year, has been one of the most successful in the region, with the membership earning the respect of all with whom they have come into contact with over the period.
Appropriate celebration of the milestone in its history was discussed at the Annual General Meeting which was held at O’Sullivan’s Lounge, Newport, at which another successful season for the society and its members was reported.
Chris Carroll was elected President of the Society for the Silver Jubilee Year, and David Noble was elected Captain.
The coveted Golfer of the Year Award was presented to Gerry Ryan who had an excellent year on the courses during their outings.
Seamus Rochford in his annual report as Secretary also described the season as a successful one during which there was a good spread of winners at the outings.
“Our outing to Shannon Golf Course on July 10 coincided with the hottest day of the year when the temperature was over 29 degrees. On that day Shannon was hotter than Spain or Portugal and some of our members were complaining about the heat”, he said.
He thanked all who had supported the society over the past year, their sponsors to whom they were indebted for their continued support during difficult times for all business, the members of the committee and a special thanks to Mary J O’Sullivan for the excellent facilities provided over the year for their meetings.
Dave Noble, outgoing Treasurer presented the financial report which show that the society had finished the year in a strong position.
Following his election as Captain for the coming year, Dave thanked the members for the honour and said that they were looking forward to a brilliant 25th Anniversary year.
“We are a strong society and our members are welcome at all of the courses. There is great credit due to the foresight of the founders twenty-five years ago and we still have some of the founder members in the society”, he said.
The election of officers for the coming year resulted - President, David Noble. Captain, Chris Carroll. Secretary, Seamus Rochford. Treasurer, Joe Hanrahan. Vice-Captain, Seamus Rochford. Committee, Michael Bourke, Dermot Ryan, Paul Ryan, Chris Carroll and Liam Hyde.