EASTER: There were large attendances at the Easter ceremonies in all of the churches in the area over the week-end despite the very un seasonally low temperatures which did not deter the crowds from coming out to maintain the traditional practice of attendance at the Holy Week devotions.
One of the special ceremonies was the Dawn Mass at Birdhill on Easter Sunday morning which was being held for the second time.
Nearly one hundred people attended the open air Mass celebrated at the Village Park, Birdhill at 6.30 am by Rev Fr John O’Keeffe. The attendance included many from outside of the local area who came out for the unique occasion for which the air temperature was slightly above freezing point at the time. Later in the day there was a range of festivities in the park for all where the Easter Bunny made an appearance and the younger people had a wonderful time.
DAFFODILL DAY: The Daffodil Day fund raiser for cancer in the Newport area was once again a great success. Despite the current economic climate in the country and the cut backs, as well as the inclement weather on the day, there was a magnificent response from the community and the proceeds amounted to €2,615 which has been forwarded to the society. The organisers have expressed their thanks to everyone who helped and in particular to all who so generously supported the worthy cause.
UNISLIM: Unislim classes are being held at the Community Centre, Newport on each Wednesday from 6.15-7.15pm. More details can by had by contacting Jenny at 086-8390949.
DRAMA: Newport Drama Group will return to the stage at the Community Centre, Birdhill on this Friday night, April 5 for a three night run of their 2013 production for which they have chosen to present three one act plays.
While there are some newcomers to the stage among the casts of the three plays most of the performers are fresh from the outstanding success by the group in 2012 and once again are certain to live up to the standards which have come to be expected from them.
This year the production will open with a performance of “Oh, Lawsy Me” by Thomas King Moylan and the members of the cast are Padraig Kennedy, Shauna Callanan, John O’Neill, Gavin Ryan, Mary Casey and Terry O’Brien.
Students from St Mary’s Secondary School, Newport, performing with the Newport Players for the first time will present a short play “Yesterday”. The members of the cast are David Gleeson, Elizabeth Morgan, Cian McGlinchy, Aaron O’Neill, Grace Walsh, and Jonathan Coyle.
The third part of the programme is the popular one act play by Seamus Burke, “Love and Acid Drops”. The members of the cast are Tim McInerney, Shannon Cronin, Tom McCabe, Mairead Heaney, Noreen O’Brien, and Chris Campbell.
The Newport Players have been very fortunate in recent years to have available to them the vast experience on stages of Tim McInerney as producer. This season in addition to benefiting from his experiences as producer the audience will have the opportunity of seeing him on stage when he stars in the lead role in their production of “Love and Acid Drops” with a powerful performance which will add greatly to the enjoyment of this play. On stage with him will be Tom McCabe who excelled in 2012 as “Dinzie Dunlee” in “Sharon’s Grave” for one of the best performances ever seen on a stage in the area.
This year’s programme will run for three nights, opening on this Friday night, with further performances on Saturday and Sunday nights over this weekend at Birdhill.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The April Talk/Workshop of Newport Historical Society will take place on Monday next April 8 at O’Sullivan’s Lounge, Newport, commencing at 8 pm.
The topic of the Talk/Workshop is; The people of Newport back over the decades. Information from the census and the knowledge of the residence combined with discussion from the town’s people. Any old photographs also would be welcome.
BIRDHILL ANNUAL SPRING CLEAN: The annual spring clean for the village of Birdhill and immediate surrounds for 2013 will take place as follows -
Main Road (Birdhill Church to Lacken) Killaloe Road and New link road on Saturday April 13 commencing at 11am. Meeting point at the Village.
Cregaugh Road, Newport Road and Chapel Hill on Wednesday April 17 commencing at 7pm. Meeting point Cleary’s Cross.
Cooleen, Ballyhane, the Pike - Old Road will also be on Wednesday April 17 commencing at7pm. Meeting point Ballyhane.
Coosane Road (Village to Fairyhall) will take place on Saturday April 20 commencing at 11am. Meeting point John Hogan’s.
Main Road (Church to Ballyhane) will also take place on Saturday April 20th commencing at 11am. Meeting point Ballyhane.
Community support for the annual clean up will be very much appreciated by the organisers who have made Birdhill such an attractive village by their dedication and hard work over recent years. Gloves and bags will be provided but they stress that many helpers can make a difference.
SOCCER: On Sunday last Newport AFC u13 boys represented Tipperary in the Community Games Munster Finals at the CBS school Tralee. Competition as expected was of a very high standard. Behind at half time, they rallied after the break and a good
finish from Thomas Mulryan brought them right back into it. However the Kerry champions finished the stronger to take the spoils.
Well done to the boys who were very gracious in defeat and they should be very proud of their achievements and finish the campaign with a County gold medal.
The club have also expressed their thanks for the great support from friends and family who made the trip.
The Easter draw was held in O’Sullivan’s Bar and it proved to be a great success. The winners of the Hampers were ; William McGill, Margaret O’Brien and Dinny Lees. The house prizes, kindly donated by MaryJo O’Sullivan were won by Angela O’Riordan, Danny Healy and Callum Lees.
The clubs says “Thanks” to all who helped and contributed and assure them that it was very much appreciated.
Looks like the U17s cup final will take place on Wednesday the 10th of April at Jackman Park with a 7oc kick off.