THE GATHERING: The formal launch of the programme by Very Rev Fr. J. Delaney, P.P. was attended by representatives of the many local organisations and groups contributing to the event, at a reception at McGrath’s Bar, Newport.
It was announced that the Gathering for the parish of Newport, Birdhill and Toor will take place from July 18 to July 28 with many of the events to be held in the parish already planned and further to be added when the arrangements are finalised.
Mary Bourke, Chairperson, Gathering Committee welcomed the representatives of the organisations and thanked them for their support for the event. She hoped that many people from the area will be encouraged to come back for the festivities.
The members of the organising committee are Chairperson, Mary Bourke, Secretary, Marie Tuohey, Treasurer, Donal Meaney, PRO, Greg Moroney, Committee members, Paddy Bradley, Ann McCarthy, Cora Moroney, Margaret Sheehy, Hugh Sweeney, and Paraic Walkin.
There was a power-point presentation on the schedule of events which have been planned.
The programme of events will commence on Thursday evening July 18 with a Soccer Match with the official opening of the ten day programme on Friday evening. A special Mass will be celebrated at the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Newport at 7.30 pm and will be followed by a parade of bands and clubs through the town, a demonstration of Tae Kwon Do and Open Air Concert with music to follow in the various pubs for the evening.
For the week forward in the Newport and Toor area, on Saturday evening there will be ‘Dancing at the Cross Roads’ at Toor Village followed by an evening of music in a number of the local pubs around the parish.
The main event on Sunday will be Open Air Dancing at the Square with a Dancing Competition, and a Sean Nos Dancing Competition followed on Sunday evening with a social at the Freigh Inn, Newport.
The Camogie Club will host at event on Monday evening and on Tuesday evening there will be a Monster Bingo Session at the Community Centre where €1,000 will be up for the Jackpot.
A historical walk of the town to be followed by a historical talk will take place on Wednesday evening. The GAA Club will host an event on Thursday evening and on Saturday Mulcair Anglers Association will host a display.
The busiest day of the festival will be Sunday July 28 when there will be a day of activity at Newport with a Farmer’s Market, Horse and Carriage Display, Vintage Car and Tractor Display, Fancy Dress Parade, Mr and Mrs Competition, Tug -o-War, Dog Show, Macra na Feirme Show, and the presentation of a One Act Play in the evening among the highlights.
The focus will be on Birdhill on Friday evening and Saturday with the hosting of the annual Summer Festival week-end in the village coincides with the ‘Gathering’ this year
Starting at 7pm on Friday July 26, there will be a walk through the woodland park and on to the Pollaghs nature trail just down from the village and leading in the direction of the Shannon.
There is a choice here of a long walk lasting one hour or a shorter one of half an hour.They hope to have a guide for this walk. Following the walk there will be light refreshments at the Coopers.
A table quiz will follow for the younger generation of 12 years upward to 18 years with traditional music session at The Coopers from 10.30pm onwards, provided by local and visiting musicians. All are welcome.
On Saturday July 27 the afternoon event will start at 3pm with a parade from the park and a fancy dress for children in the theme of country and western.
There will be a kiddies soccer match from the various roads plus several sporting events as organised by the sports team. There should be plenty of enjoyment provided here for all ages.
Alongside the sporting events there will be a barbeque and ice cream bar and tea rooms. Face painting will also take place plus a number of other side shows yet to be decided,
There will be a competition for the best dressed lady and best dressed granny in The Barn, at Matt The Threshers as well as ladies accessories stalls, eg. Shoes, Handbags, Jewellery, Hats and Scarf’s and Fascinators and Cosmetics.
Line dancing or a traditional music session by the junior musicians.
A tug of war is scheduled for 8.30pm - which proved to be a very exciting event last year - and followed by live music at the Coopers from 10.30 pm onwards.
DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION: Killoscully Development Association will hold its AGM at the Community Centre, Killoscully on Tuesday next March 26 commencing at 9pm. All interested are welcome to attend.
EASTER AT BIRDHILL: Details of the planned Easter Celebrations at Birdhill have been confirmed this week with the Mass at Dawn which proved so popular last year to be one of the highlights.
The Birdhill Tidy Village Committee are inviting the community to start the day by Rising at Dawn and making their way to the Woodland Path, Birdhill Village, on Easter Sunday morning to hear the Dawn Chorus at 6am (Summer time).
They are then invited to celebrate Easter at daybreak with Mass in Birdhill Community Park at 6.30am (Summer time).
There will be Easter Celebrations in Birdhill Community Park from 11am to 12noon. Meet the Easter Bunny, search for Easter Eggs, art & craft for children, enjoy a cuppa and a bun. There will also be an opportunity to buy some home baking for Easter with an Easter Cake Sale in conjunction with Easter Celebrations as Birdhill Tidy Village Committee will hold a fundraising cake sale in Birdhill Community Park on Easter Sunday from 11am-12noon. Community support will be appreciated.
DAFFODIL DAY: The annual daffodil morning will take place on this Friday March 22 at The Coopers Bar Birdhill in aid of Milford Hospice, from 10am until 12.30pm. All are welcome and support will be greatly appreciated.
KILLOSCULLY PLAYERS: Killoscully Players production of ‘The Maiden Aunt’ by Jimmy Keary opened at the Community Centre, Killoscully on Friday night last to a full house and also ran on Sunday and Monday nights to capacity attendances who thoroughly enjoyed the excellent production of the three act comedy.
The remaining three nights of the staging, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday were almost completely booked out before the show opened at the week-end, such was the level of interest from the community in seeing the local cast on stage. To check for any remaining available seats the booking line is 085 8332486.
CONCERT: The young musicians, singers and dancers from Ballinahinch, will be joined by a host of talented contributors from Newport, Rearcross, Birdhill and Burgess at the Community Hall, Ballinahinch on Monday April 8 for a concert commencing at 8 pm. The proceeds of the concert is being donated to the Day Care Centre, Newport. A great night’s entertainment is assured and support for the event will be appreciated.
The excellent service provided by the Day Care Centre, Newport benefits a number of people from the Ballinahinch area. With the recent reduction in the allocation to the centre from the HSE, which remains the major source of finance for the centre, there has been increasing pressure on local fundraising to meet the ongoing cost of running the centre, to which the proceeds of this concert with assist.
CANCER SOCIETY: The Irish Cancer Society daffodil Day is on this Friday March 22. The organisers have announced that volunteers will be out in force in Newport seeking support from the community. As part of their fund raising they will hold a Coffee Morning at O’Sullivan’s Lounge on this Wednesday March 20. This has proved to be a great social event in the past and they are hoping that it will be as successful this year.