IRISH HEART: The proceeds of the church gate collection for the Irish Heart Foundation which was held at Newport and Toor last week-end came to €778 which is being forwarded to the foundation this week. The organisers have thanked those who helped with the collection and a special ‘thank you’ to the community for their continued generous support for the worthy cause.
SUMMER READING: Following on the outstanding success of previous years, the Annual Summer Reading Bus is to visit Newport again this year over a period of five weeks from July 17 to August 21.
The book bus is an initiative of Tipperary Libraries, which is supported by North Tipperary LEADER Partnership, without whose allocation it may not have been possible to provide the service to the young readers of Newport this year.
There was a very large interest from young people to avail of the service in recent years, very many of them being presented with certificates in recognition of the extent of reading over the period.
The bus will be parked outside the Community Centre, Newport each Wednesday from next week on between the hours of 10.30 am and 1 pm and `again from 2 pm to 4.30 pm. It is necessary for young children to be accompanied by an adult. Certificates of achievement and medals will be
presented in September to each participant in the Summer Reading Tree who read at least six books over the period.
GATHERING: The Year of the Gathering will be celebrated at Newport with a festival from Thursday July 18 to Sunday July 28 with events to be held at Newport, Toor and Birdhill over the eleven days. On Thursday July 18 Newport A.F.C. will host an evening of soccer, and fun activities in Derryleigh. The following evening the GATHERING MASS will be celebrated at the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Newport at 7.30p.m. followed by a parade of clubs through the town to the car park at Jail Street. There will be an exhibition of Martial Arts by Taekwon-Do followed by performances from Tulach Sheasta Comhaltas, local musicians and artists, and Music until 10pm. There will be an Art Exhibition in McGrathï¿½s Bar (Upstairs) 8p.m. ï¿½ 11p.m and pub music in the town. On Saturday Newport Racquet/Handball club will host a tournament at Newport College at 12 noon. There will be a Fishing Demonstration by Mulcair & District Anglers from 2p.m. to 4p.m. at The Bridge, Newport with experienced Anglers passing on their knowledge on all aspects of fishing. Those interested in taking part, are advised to please bring their fishing gear, baits & wellies. At Lee’s Bar there is Pig on a Spit at 8pm, party night music at McGrathï¿½s Bar, traditional music session at Gleesons Bar and a band at Ahern’s Bar, Bunkey. The same evening there is dancing at the Crossroads in Toor Village at 8.00pm to 11pm. Refreshments will be served with an opportunity to win a trailer load of timber and a guarantee of Craic Agus Ceol in abundance. On Sunday there is the final of the Racquet/Handball Tournament at Newport College at 12 noon. The Newport 10k run or 6k walk will commence at 2 pm with Registration at the Community Centre at12 noon and followed by Athletic club fun/sports and family evening at Lacken Park at 4p.m. There is a Welcome Home Gathering Supper/Music at The Freigh Inn at 7pm. On Monday evening C.L.G. Tulach Sheasta with Camogie Club will host an evening of sport, music and fun in Lacken Park, welcoming back the teams over the decades, and linking former players with current players in the clubs gathering with a Long puck, long kick and solo run competitions. Tuesday will see the focus on a Special Gathering Monster Bingo at which €1,000 Jackpot must be won and Glen Cruisers (Newport) Basketball Club will host a Basketball Fun Evening in St. Mary’s Secondary School Gym from 6.30p.m. to 8.30p.m. On Wednesday evening there is a historical walk at 7p.m. through Newport, starting and finishing at the Community Centre followed by an informal talk and a cup of tea/coffee. During the remainder of the week, there will be an Open Air Concert, the annual Mass at Rockvale Cemetery on Friday evening and the focus of activity switching to Birdhill on Friday evening and Saturday for their annual July Festival which has been an outstanding success in recent years, with the concluding of the Gathering Festival on Sunday night. The Birdhill programme will be held on Friday and Saturday of the following week with a super progranme of events on both days.
PILGRIMAGE: In association with the Annual Cashel and Emly Diocesan pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady at Knock, Co Mayo on Sunday August 4, arrangements are being made for a bus to serve Ballinahinch, Shallee, Killoscully and Newport for those from the area wishing to travel. More details can be had by contacting Joan O’Brien, Shallee 067 25503 and advanced booking is necessary.
COFFEE MORNING SUCCESS: The Sunflower Coffee Morning in aid of Milford Hospice, Castletroy which was held at the Cooper’s, Birdhill was an outstanding success. In addition to the sale of sunflowers in various places the proceeds came to €2,785. A further €435 was raised from the Daffodil Coffee Morning. All monies raised have now been forwarded to the Fundraising Committee at Milford Hospice for which they are extremely grateful.
CROSS ROADS: The community of the village of Toor, will turn back the clock to the memories of the good olde days in rural areas, when cross road platform dancing was common through the summer months, inviting all to their Gathering Celebration of Dancing At The Crossroads on Saturday July 20 from 8pm - 11pm in Toor Village. Music will be by Castle Trio, with refreshments served and Craic agus ceol guaranteed.
IRISH TEAM: Two local athletes have been selected to compete on thge Irish team at an International Athletics Championships. Maria Carey, Shower has been selected for the Irish 200 metres team at the Irish Schoolgirls International Athletics Championships to be held at Morton Stadium, Dublin on the week end of July 20-21. Sharlene Mawdsley, Newport has been chosen on the Irish team for the Triple Jump at the same event. The best of luck to both in the Irish colours.
TRAD MUSIC SHOW: Musicians, singers and dancers from the Murroe and Cappamore CCE branch are currently hosting a weekly traditional music summer show each Tuesday night for the summer months at the Heritage Centre in Adare at 8.30pm. This is a professionally produced stage presentation featuring some of the best musicians, singers and dancers in the area in the authentic traditional culture or rural Ireland of the past.
NEWPORT AFC: Newport Town AFC have announced full details this week of their part in the ‘Newport Parish Gathering’ festival. They will be holding a number of challenge matches for all age groups, from under-7s all the way up to over-35s at their pitches in Derryleigh. All players are invited to participate and supporters are also encouraged to come along. Entry is free and teams will be selected each evening, so there is no need to pre-register. The schedule is, Friday, July 12 @ 6pm - under 7s & 8s. Tuesday, July 16, Juniors & Youths. Wednesday, July 17, 7-8pm, under 11s & 12s and under 16s. Thursday, July 18, 6-7pm, under 9s & 10s. 7-8pm, under 14s. 8pm - Adults / over-35s. They are hoping that these games will be lots of fun for everyone.
DEATH: The death occurred last week of Sadie Kennedy nee O’Meara Hollyhill House, Rearcross, Newport. She was wife of the late Donal and is survived by family Donna and Pat, Garrett and Josephine, Kate and Liam, Sadie & John, Bernie & Kenneth, relatives and friends. Her remains were removed from her residence on Saturday evening to Rearcross Church and following Requiem Mass on Sunday burial took place at Rockvale Cemetery, Newport. Deepest sympathy is extended to her family, relatives and friends in their bereavement.