Newport November 30

ATHLETICS: Members of Newport Athletic Club added further to their collection of awards for 2013 when they competed at the Cross Country Championships at Two-Mile-Borris over the week-end.

ATHLETICS: Members of Newport Athletic Club added further to their collection of awards for 2013 when they competed at the Cross Country Championships at Two-Mile-Borris over the week-end.

In Under 9 years individual medals were won by Aoife Kennedy, Eryn Kennedy, and G Sage. Blaithin Ryan, Abbie Lenihan and John Ryan took awards in Under 11 years and Gillian Lyons, an individual award Under 15 years.

Team awards were won in Girls Under 9 years and Under 11 years.

This Friday night, November 29 is a special night for all members of the club when the accolades for the year will be presented at the Annual Awards at the Freigh Inn, Newport. The awards ceremony takes place from 7 pm to 9 pm.

BENEFIT NIGHT: A Milford Hospice Benefit Night will be held at Richard Ryan’s Newport on this Saturday night November 30.

A night of Music, Dancing and wonderful prizes is assured during which well known and very popular local musician, Pete Creighton will perform live on the night.

Milford Hospice is a cause that is very special to the organising committee and they are delighted to be doing something that helps to raise funds for such a worthy cause.

There will be prizes galore to be won on the night, including some valuable hampers with the committee expressing amazement at the generosity of the sponsors Tickets for the night are now available locally and the organisers are confident of a sell out with the level of support for the worthy cause.

OPEN EVENING: School day memories were among the happiest of their lives for three past pupils of Newport College who returned to applaud their days in the classrooms at the Open Evening.

Carrie Whelan, Shannon Shimmon, and Tracy O’Connell spoke glowingly of their experiences when they addressed the gathering at the Annual Open Evening at the college.

All three are now studying at Third Level where Carrie is hoping to become a teacher, Shannon is looking forward to a career in industrial chemistry and Tracy is one of the five girls in her class of 53 studying to become a teacher of metal work and engineering.

They offered a lot of encouragement to prospective students as to why they should chose the college for their second level studies.

Clodagh Kelly, Principal, gave a very warm welcome to the large

gathering of parents, guardians and potential students and hoped that in

the course of the evening they would learn more about what the college

has to offer to their sons or daughters in furthering their education at

second level.

She said that there is a misconception among some sources that the

college does not offer a Leaving Certificate to students. Nothing could

be further from the truth, because the college offers the full Leaving

Certificate right up to the higher level just like any other second

level school.

“As part of the Leaving Certificate established programme we also offer

a vocational programme which is an add-on offering your child the

opportunity to learn work experience skills, CV preparation skills and

enterprise skills, which are invaluable in the world in which they will

enter in five years time”, she said.

GAA CONVENTION: Ballinahinch GAA club will host the North Tipperary GAA convention at the Community Centre, Killoscully on Monday night next, December 2 commencing at 8pm. Under the guidance of local Co Councillor and club member, John ‘Rocky’ McGrath as chairman in his final year of office, it will be a unique occasion for the Ballinahinch GAA Club that this meeting will be taking place outside of Nenagh. All are welcome to attend. Mass will precede the event at 7pm

CHRISTMAS TREE: All members of the community are being invited to participate in a Carol Service and the blessing and illumination of Birdhill Christmas Tree on Saturday week, December 7. Assembly will be in the Community Park at 8.30pm for the carols, followed by a procession to the Village Green to switch on the Christmas Tree lights.

LAST MAN WINNER: Congratulations to Micheal Byrne and Ger O’Brien who were crowned the joint winners of the first Newport Town AFC ‘Last Men Standing’ contest over the weekend, after a nail biting battle to the end. Michael and Ger share the top prize of €250 after an exciting contest to find the soccer forecast experts.

In Round 2, a further twelve contestants dropped out over the week-end with Hull City costing eight people their place and Man Utd costing a further 10 people their place. There is now 52 contestants still in contention going into week five.

PARENTING:Birdhill Parents Association are holding a talk on ‘Parenting - The Challenges and Rewards’ at the Community Centre, Birdhill on this Thursday night, November 28 at 8 pm. The guest speaker is John Lonergan, former Governor, Mountjoy Prison.

SOCCER: Newport Town AFC A team were in action at home to Bruff in the Lawson Cup, over the week-end and recorded a 3-1 victory. Goals from Christy Doyle, Ross Dunne and Brian Cosgrave. The U.14 game was called off in Coonagh due to a frozen pitch.

The club Annual Quiz will take place this Friday night November 29 in Lee’s Bar with a 9:30 start. All are welcome.

Fixtures: Saturday November 30: U.11s Home Vs Fairview Rangers 10:30 kick-off.

Sunday December 1: As Away Vs Shannon Town 10:30 kick-off, U.18s FAI Cup Home Vs Regional 2:00 kick off.

TURKEY RUN: The Annual Birdhill Turkey Run in aid of Birdhill NS and the Long House Field Development Fund will take place on this Sunday December 1 commencing with assembly at the Cooper’s at 12 noon. There is a choice of 5km, 10km and a half marathon for participants. Bookings can be made on Saturday afternoon at the Cooper’s and again on Sunday morning immediately prior to the start of the event.