Newport Aug 17

ALL IRELAND MEDAL: Heartiest congratulations to Oscar Ottman, who added an All Ireland Medal in athletics to his collection when he competed at the All Ireland Track and Field Championships which were held at Tullamore over the week-end.

ALL IRELAND MEDAL: Heartiest congratulations to Oscar Ottman, who added an All Ireland Medal in athletics to his collection when he competed at the All Ireland Track and Field Championships which were held at Tullamore over the week-end.

A member of Newport Athletic Club he is the holder of county and Munster medal to which he has added his first All Ireland when he competed in the Under 14 years event at Tullamore winning a Bronze Medal. Very well done with another great honour for himself and his club.

LAST MAN STANDING: Soccer enthusiasts have been offered a novel opportunity to test their skill and knowledge of the sport and with a bit of luck get handsomely rewarded for their achievement.

Its the ‘Last Man Standing’ challenge which has been issued this week by Newport AFC to decide who is the real local expert when it comes to forecasting the best team.

The objective is that the challengers are invited to select a team from the Premiership and nail their colours to the mast - so to speak. If the team loses or draws they are out of the game. But if their selected team wins, they remain in the game and have the opportunity to go forward to select another prospective winner. But the contest becomes a little bit tougher, because they are not allowed to select the same team for a second week in the contest. The challenge goes on until there is but one contestant remaining to be rewarded with the ‘Last Man Standing’ title, a cash prize of €250 and the priceless honour of bragging rights as to their knowledge of soccer.

Entry forms are available at the local shops this week - Ryan’s Centra, English’s Butchers, Kennedy’s Discount Store or any of the Newport pubs and details can also be had on Newport Town Facebook Page. The closing date for making an entry is midnight on this Friday August 16 and there is a small entry fee. Entries should be dropped into the entry boxes at the sale centres or given to any member of the committee. The competition is intended to be challenging a good fun over the coming weeks.

ALL IRELAND MEDALS: Congratulations to Keely Lenihan and Caroline Mullaney, both members of Newport-Ballinahinch Camogie Club, on winning All Ireland Camogie medals, when they played with the Tipperary Under 16 years team winners of the All Ireland Final at Portlaoise. Keely was one of the team to make her own contribution to the final score in the game when Tipperary emerged convincing winners by 4-8 to 2-6 for Galway

CEMETERY MASS: The Annual open air Mass at Birdhill Cemetery will be celebrated on Monday evening August 26th. It has been the practice in recent years to have the open air Mass at the cemetery for the repost of the souls of those buried in the cemetery and the other cemeteries in the parish. Many people from outside of the parish, whose relations and friends are buried in the cemetery normally attend the Mass in remembrance of those who have passed to their External Reward.

CONCERT: A thoroughly enjoyable concert brought the curtain down in a fitting style on the successful celebrations for “The Gathering 2013” in the parish of Newport, Toor and Birdhill.

There was a full house at the Community Centre, Newport for the concert at the end of the eleven days of events throughout the parish, which culminated with the activities centred in the town for the final day after the other venues in the parish had each staged their own programmes over the preceding days.

The two and half hour concert, featured the “Land of Exile Show”, the final of the pub Talent Competition and a locally scripted and presented comedy sketch, all of which set a very high standard for the audience to enjoy, which they did.

Earlier in the day, the activities had got under way with a large collection of beautiful vintage cars, and more than a score of meticulously restored tractors, some dating back to the early days of mechanisation on farms in the area, in a parade from Church Road to the Community Centre.

They were joined by the participants in the children’s Fancy Dress Parade in which the Royal Family and their recently born further heir figured prominently in the imagination of those taking part.

The “Land of Exile Show” cast included (in alphabetical order) Fr Bobby, Eileen Briscoe, Fiona Bonfield, Tom Bridgeman, Terry O’Brien, Bridget O’Brien, Catherine Campbell, Christopher Campbell, Denis Carey, Mary Casey, Majella Coffey, James Collins, Tom Earl, Siobhan Egan, Nuala Egan, Teresa Galvin, Paraic Kennedy, Fr John, Caitriona O’Brien, Lily O’Grady, Willie O’Neill, Marion McCormack, John McKeon, Margaret Meskell, Gavin Ryan, Joan Ryan, Tracey Ryan, Willie Ryan, Marie Claire Tuohey, and Michelle Tuohey.

The show was expertly produced by Marie Tuohey and Joan Ryan and the background team included John O’Neill, John Tuohey, Anne O’Toole, Martin Tierney, and Kerry Acheson.

The final of the pub talent contest provided the centrepiece of the evening’s programme with the honours going to the talented tip toeing Birdhill Set Dancers.

The final segment of the programme was a locally scripted short comedy which brought tons of laughter as some imagination is used to solve the financial problems of a local drama group as they presented “Last Tango in Little Grimley”.

The members of the cast were Caitriona O’Brien, Catherine Bradshaw, James Collins, and Paraic Kennedy. The comedy was produced by John O’Neill and John Tuohey and the production was aided by Gavin Ryan and Christopher Campbell as stage crew.

Martin Kennedy was MC for the evening and Mary Bourke, Chairperson, organising Committee, Parish Gathering Festival 2013 thanked all who had contributed to the success of the festival over the previous ten days and the supporters of the various events on the programme.

BASKETBALL: Glen Cruisers Basketball Club Newport will hold a 1,500 kms fundraising Spinathon at Sweeney’s Mace Supermarket, Newport and Ryan’s Centra Newport on Saturday week, August 24 from 10am to 4pm. Anyone interested in taking part can get more details on the club’s face book page or by contacting Paul Tierney on 0860423232. All support for the event will be appreciated by the club.

Underage training for members will resume shortly and preparations are being made to hold an open day on Saturday September 7 at St. Mary’s Secondary school sports hall, Newport.

GATHERING: Arrangements are being finalised this week for the celebration of The Gathering 2013 in the parish of Ballinahinch and Killoscully which will take place over the week-end of Saturday and Sunday August 24 and 25 when it is hoped that many former residents of the parish and their friends will return to their roots to attend some of the events which are being planned.

Activity will centre on Ballinahinch on Saturday afternoon, August 24, before switching to Killoscully for the programme on Sunday August 25.