CO-ORDINATOR: A vacancy exists for a Co-Ordinator - Caretaker at the Community Centre, Newport under a Community Service Programme which is financed by An Pobal. Candidates are required to be flexible in approach to the working hours which will include evenings and week-ends. Computer and IT skills are an advantage. It is necessary for candidates to be on Job Seekers Allowance or equivalent and the position is open to both male and female candidates. There is a closing date of June 14 for applications and more details can be had by contacting the Community Centre, Clonbealy, Newport.
THANKS: Newport Convent Primary School Parents Association have expressed their thanks to all who contributed so generously to their recent Church Gate Collection, the proceeds of which amounted to €850. The proceeds will be used to help to fund extracurricular activities such as music lessons, speech and drama lessons, and swimming lessons during the coming year. Over the past year the Parents Association have paid out almost €6,000 for such activities for pupils attending the school and without the continued support from the community this would not be possible.
SOCCER: The well attended Newport AFC AGM was held recently at which the Player’s of theYear for the various teams were announced. The “A” team Player of the year honour was awarded to David Murray. Golden Boot, Dean Lenihan. “B” Player of the Year, Christy Connors, Golden Boot Chris Carroll. Youth’s Player of the Year. Kieran Casey, Golden Boot, Keith Mawdsley and most improved player was Aaron McGrath. The Club young Player of the Year was Blain Lenihan. The club have expressed thanks to all who helped in any way with the club activities during the past season.
Best of luck to Joe O’Brien who has been appointed the new A team manager. Congratulations to the four players who have been chosen on the Divisional Team of the Year. They are David Murray, Paul Ryan, Dean Lenihan and Brian O’Sullivan. The Under 9s finished up their season with a blitz at home to Aisling Annacotty and Lisnagry. They won one and drew one in a very entertaining.
Tournament: The club wishes the best of luck to Conor O’Mahony and Sean O’Brien who will be with the Tipperary teams in Limerick on this Sunday for the Munster Senior Hurling semi-finals against Limerick.
BUS TO KNOCK: A Pilgrimage from the area to the Shrine of Our Lady at Knock, Co Mayo has been arranged for Sunday week, June 16. The bus will leave Newport at 8.15 am and anyone wishing to travel are asked to contact Mary Ahern, Birdhill 061 379128 or Mary Coffey, Cragg 061 378174.
SUMMER CAMP: Arrangements are being put in place for the annual Summer Camp 2013 at Newport which will be held at the gym at St Mary’s Secondary School, Newport from Monday July 1 to Friday July 6. More information can be had by contacting Mary O’Connor on 085 1534816.
DEATHS: The death has occurred at her residence of Josephine Rafferty, (née O’Grady) of Derryleigh, Newport. She is survived by her husband, Nicholas, sons Philip, Kevin and Paul, daughters, Michelle and Joann, brothers, sisters, relatives and friends. Her remains were removed from Meehan’s Funeral Home Newport to the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Newport and following Requiem Mass burial took place at Rockvale Cemetery Newport
The death occurred at Bushy Park Nursing Home, Borrisokane of Johnny Kennedy, Keeper Hill, Toor, Newport. He is survived by his brother Tim, sisters Lil Cahill, Josie Garrigan and Kathleen Collins, 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 adjoining cemetery.
Deepest sympathy is extended to the families, relatives and friends of the deceased in their bereavements.
NATURE OUTING: Birdhill Tidy Village Committee have arranged a visit to an organic farm at Toomevara on this Sunday June 8 from 10 am to 12 noon. The focus of the visit will be on a food production system that work with nature, composting, waste reduction and recycling, local habitats, wildlife gardening and water conservation. The outing is free and more details can be had by contacting Denis Floyd, Chairman, Birdhill Tidy Village Committee.
The Committee have also installed a new concept to the Village Park this year. The Conversation Seat in the Park is to mark the Year of the Gathering. Locals and visitors are being invited to call in, sit, chat, listen to and observe nature at the Suiochan an Tostail which should be an ideal meeting place to converse during the summer.
GOLF OUTING: Mulcair Golf Society outing to Portumna Golf Club proved to be an excellent occasion under ideal weather conditions for the members. The course and greens were in great condition and the 28 players who turned up enjoyed every minute of their round of golf. With the good weather and good conditions Mike Lysaght Jnr led the way to win the overall competition with 38pts. Category ‘A’ was won by Martin Collins with Ger Byrne second. Category B was won by Jimmy Ryan with Tom Bond second. Category C was won by Pat Browne with Jimmy Burke second. The winner of the front nine was PJ O’Rourke and Dave Noble won the back nine and Tom Bond won the 2’s competition. Well done to all our winners. The next outing for the members of the society will take place on Wednesday June 19 when they visit Limerick Golf Course with an assembly time of 2 pm.