ATHLETICS GLORY: Local athletes have scored outstanding success at the Tipperary County Final of Community Games from which several representing Ballinahinch-Killoscully Community Games and Newport Community Games have qualified to represent the county at the National Finals to be held at Athlone in May.
Pride of place goes to two Gold Medal winners, Emma Fagan, Newport who won the Gold Medal in the Girls Under 14 years and James Lynch, Killoscully winner of the Gold Medal in the Boys Under 14 years.
In the Girls Under 12 Years event it was a double for the athletes from the area. Amie Haye, Killoscully won the Silver Medal in the Girls Under 12 years event and Emma Coleman, Newport won the Bronze Medal in the same event.
Several other of the competing athletes from the area were very highly place with several qualifying to represent the county at the national finals. Under the rules of Community Games the athletes winning the first six places in each event at County level qualify to represent the county at national level.
In the Girls Under 12 years event, Ruth Allen, Newport was placed fourth and Sara Finn, Killoscully was placed fifth. Michelle Sage, Boher was placed sixth and seventh was Roisin Power, Killoscully.
Adam Ryan, Shallee was placed fourth in the Boys Under 12 years.
Thea Curtin, Ballinahinch was placed fourth in the Girls Under 14 years and Colin Coleman, Newport was placed fourth in the Boys Under 14 years event.
Congratulations to all and best of luck to those who have the honour of going forward to represent the county in May at the National Finals.
TEAM CAPTAIN: Hearthiest congratulations to All Star hurler, Shane McGrath, Killoscully who has been chosen for the honour of captain of the Tipperary Senior Hurling Team for 2013. Holder of an All Ireland Medal with the County in 2010 he has been a consistent outstanding performer on the field a play over recent years.
The first ever from the area to have the honour of leading the County Senior Hurling team, there was great jubilation in his Ballinahinch-Killoscully GAA Club with the announcement and hopes are high that he will have the added great honour of bringing home to the county and his parish the McCarthy Cup in September.
A National School teacher, Shane is son of John ‘Rocky’ McGrath, M.C.C., and Mary McGrath and a great ambassador for his parish and county.
HISTORY MEETING: A meeting of Killoscully Historical Group will be held at the Community Centre, Killoscully on Tuesday night next, February 26 commencing at 8 p.m. The group are currently working on compiling the history on the area and all interested are welcome to attend the meeting.
PARISH ANNUAL: A few copies of the Newport Parish Annual ‘Newport News 2012’ are still available in the local shops. The annual publication which has been in existence for more than a quarter of a century has become an excellent record of events past and present in the area and an invaluable record on the past for future reference.
Copies of the publication over the years have been archived by many people who have put together a complete collection of these annuals.
The remaining copies of the 2012 edition will run out over the coming weeks, but some are still available in local shops for anyone interested.
DEATH: The death has occurred of the oldest resident in the parish of Ballinahinch-Killoscully. The late William ‘Billy’ Ryan, Coole, Killoscully and 26 Clonbealy, Newport, who died at St Conlon’s Nursing Home, Nenagh was in his 99th year. He was predeceased by his wife, Nora and is survived by his sons Jimmy, and Tony, daughters Kathleen, and Margaret , 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 his family, relatives and friends in their bereavement.
BOXING BOUT: Two neighbouring sporting parishes, better known as keen rivals on the GAA fields are preparing to go head to head for superiority next month in a boxing ring.
The ‘players’ of Newport and Ballinahinchg will meet in the boxing ring to decide the ‘Kings of Keeper’ at the Ormond Hotel, Nenagh on Saturday evening March 16.
Each of the sides have chosen a panel of sixteen ‘players’ who have gone into serious training in preparation for the mother of all battles between them.
Each side have revealed their chosen sixteen players who have gone into training over the past week, committing to an intensive six week course of preparation, intended to have them ‘fighting fit’ for the big fight.
In training for Newport GAA Club are Kieran O’Sullivan, Thomas Smalle, Billy Jones, Aoife Shinnors, Blaine Lenihan, Vincent Moloney, Martin Ryan, Dinny Ryan, Eoin Bonfield, Jacko Coffey, Aidan Moloney, Paudge Hogan, Margaret Hickey, Dave Hickey, Paul O’Gorman and Mark Harrington.
The Ballinahinch GAA panel who commenced training are Paddy Kelly, Liam Murphy, Kevin Mulcahy, Mairead Berkery/Hickey, James Younge, John Paul O’Sullivan, Philip Kelly, Philip Collins, Stephen Carroll, Donncha McGrath, Pat Crowe, Jimmy Jones, Maria Moloney, Shane Healy, Liam McGrath, and Eoin Kelly.
The training got under way last week with professional training for all of the intending participants to run for a period of six weeks during which they will be instructed in both the regulations and the techniques of amateur boxing.
During the process the ‘boxers’ will be evaluated for both physical attributes and boxing expertise with the pairings to be announced closer to the date of the fight with the programme for the challenge to consist of fifteen fights and each fight to consist of three rounds.
It is all being organised by the clubs in association with White Collar Boxing, who provide the training, arrangements for the fund raiser, and supervision of the event.
SOCCER: Newport AFC players travelled to Douglas in Cork on Sunday and after giving a very good account of themselves the A team exited the Munster Junior cup at the hands of the locals on a 3-0 score line. The final score does scant justice to a team that gave everything and were unlucky to concede two late goals to put a lopsided look to the scoreboard.
Well done lads it was a great run and hopefully they can get to this stage a little more regularly in the future. The club have extended their thanks to their hosts Douglas Hall for giving them a great welcome and for looking after them very well on the day. They also wish them well in the future. They also had a special word of thanks to their supporters who travelled in their hoards to see the game and gave the lads huge support.
The Club would like to thank all the business people who have contributed to their jersey appeal. Those not contacted will be met in the next week by a committee member.
The under 10’s continued to play in their Saturday morning blitzes. They have been involved in some brilliant, hard fought games and hopefully this will stand to them when their league starts in a few weeks time.