DRAMA GROUP: Newport Drama Group returns to the stage in a new three act comedy ‘A Friend in Need’ which will have its premiere at the Community Centre, Newport on Friday week, February 14.
The hilarious comedy, which has been chosen by Newport Drama Group for their next production, is the latest play from Jimmy Keary, Westmeath, the author of such well known comedies as ‘The Maiden Aunt’, ‘Too Close To Home’, and ‘Fortunes and Misfortunes’ all of which have been staged in the area in recent years to wide acclaim.
Newport Drama Group are the first group in the country to undertake the production of ‘A Friend in Need’ which was written by Jimmy Keary last year.
The play will run for 5 nights, opening on Friday week February 14. It will be staged on the following two nights Saturday February 15, and Sunday February 16. The following week-end it will be staged on Saturday February 22 and Sunday February 23.
The production is in the capable hands of Tim McInerney who has brought the very best out of the talented Newport Drama Group members in recent years, with audience recollections of ‘Sharon’s Grave’ still vivid in their memories.
The role of ‘Fergus Lambe’ is played by Paraic Kennedy, and his stage wife, ‘Meave Lamb’ is filled by Margaret Meskell, the only newcomer to the stage with the group this year.
The attractive ‘Clodagh Fitzpatrick’, the former girlfriend of ‘Fergus’ is very well played by Oliver Buckeridge, while in the role of her stage husband ‘Lorcan Fitzpatrick’ is the former star of ‘Sharon’s Grave’ Tom McCabe. Two of his sisters, from this talented stage family, also feature in the cast. Noreen is housekeeper to the ‘Fitzpatrick’ family, and Caitriona is in the role of ‘Tilly Trimble’ who looks after the housekeeping for the ‘Lambe’ family.
Lily O’Grady - an accomplished amateur actor for many a day who returned to the stage last year - is in the role of mother-in-law ‘Margot Clancy’.
Completing the cast are James Collins as ‘Barry Feeney’ who is a friend of ‘Fergus Lambe’ and John O’Neill - another member with tons of stage experience as performer and producer - is cast in the role of ‘Cyril Potter’ a local undertaker.
Given the talent and experience of this cast in the hands of such an accomplished producer as Tim McInerney - he has played in and produced scores of the top drawer plays - this production is certain to be another thriller not to miss.
SCHOOL DISCO: A night of fun and reliving their youth is being offered to members of the community on this Saturday night.
Newport Boys National School and Convent Primary School Parents Association are combining to hold an 8O’s Disco in The Freigh Inn, Newport on this Saturday, February 8. Doors open at 9.3Opm. Dress Code - 8O’s style is optional. Spot Prizes on the night. Tickets can be purchased from both schools and Newport School & Office Supplies. Strictly Over 18’s.
CONCERT: The Ballinahinch Hall Committee will be hosting the Music Concert titled “Classic Hits of the Century” on Tuesday week February 18 and will feature numerous musicians including Peter Burke, Pete Creighton, Martin Burns, Tom Keogh, Fr Bobby and many more local friends. The production is being put together by Peter Burke and Fr Bobby and it is a journey through the years featuring numerous hits that all will be familiar with. Proceeds of the night will go towards the running expenses of the community hall. Ballinahinch Community Development committee have e expressed their thanks to everyone who supported the up keep of the local hall to date and reminded the local community that there are still a few 2014 calendars remaining which are a lovely record of the Ballinahinch / Killoscully gathering.
PLANT SALE/EXCHANGE: Birdhill Tidy Village Committee will hold their first Plant and Seed Sale and Exchange at the Community Centre, Birdhill on Saturday week February 15 from 11.00am to 1.00pm. The community are invited to visit the centre to browse, meet the neighbours and enjoy a cup of tea. The event also offers a great opportunity to get rid of any extra plants not required (perennial divisions, extra seedlings, unwanted house plants, pack annuals, saved seeds, etc.) or pick up locally-reared plants (begonia bulbs/corms, vegetables, fruit bushes, herbs, etc). Local gardeners will be on hand to share their knowledge. It is suggested that plants should be in containers and have Labels. It is also suggested to have box to take new plants home.
PARISH ANNUAL: The Newport Parish Annual ‘Newport News’ committee have expressed their thanks to all who supported the 2013 edition, which once again has proven to have been very popular with the community.
There are still a few copies available at some of the local shops - others have been completely sold out - and anyone interested in obtaining a copy have a final opportunity to secure a copy over the coming days while stocks last.
SENIOR CITIZENS: Birdhill Senior Citizens Annual party will take place this year on Sunday week, February 16 at the Lakeside Hotel, Killaloe commencing at 2.15 pm. It is always a great social occasion for the senior citizens and the organising committee make a special effort to ensure that it is enjoyable for everyone.
NEW CYCLING CLUB: An Open Information Evening on the forming of a new Cycling Club at Ballinahinch will be held at the Community Centre, Ballinahinch on this Friday, February 7 at 8 pm. There is an increased interest in cycling in the area and this is an opportunity to enjoy the recreation in a more organised way. All interested are invited to attend the meeting.
CIVIC RECEPTION: There will be a civic reception hosted by North Tipperary County Council at the offices at Nenagh on Monday next, February 17 at 5 pm to honour Birdhill’s recent very successful representation of Ireland at the Livcom International Final in China. All members of the community are welcome to attend.
SCHOOL EXTENSION: Local TD Alan Kelly, Minister for Public Transport has welcomed the news this morning that Ballinahinch National School has been approved for a new Classroom.
Minister Kelly said “I am delighted for the staff and pupils in this school, I was happy to work with the Minister Ruari Quinn TD on behalf of the school. I have no doubt that this will make a huge difference to the school”.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Newport Historical Society will hold a meeting and talk on Monday night next February 10 in O’Sullivan’s Lounge, Newport cmmencing at 8pm. The speaker will be, Ken Bergin, Special Collections Librarian at U.L. Ken’s talk will be based on the Special Collections held at the University of Limerick. The Collection contains the University of Limerick archives and rare books; consisting of 8 Archives and over 20,000 Volumes and Rare Maps. As this promises to be a very interesting lecture, please feel free to come along and join us.