GENERAL MEETING: The Annual General of Birdhill Tidy Village Committee will be held on Wednesday October 23 at 8pm in Matt the Threshers. All are welcome and any ideas for the further improvement of the Village would be appreciated.
PARISH ANNUAL: Work is now well under way in the production of the Newport Parish Annual ‘Newport News’ for the thirty-first year.
The committee request that all material in submitted on time to continue with this outstanding production of the year in Newport. Please hand in material, articles, photographs, etc to Sweeney’s shop or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All text in word and photos in jpeg at a minimum of 1 MB size. Club and organisations are encouraged to submit their annual report on activities to be included so everyone especially oversea readers know what going on in Newport and the surrounding area.
SCHOOL CELEBRATES: Pupils at the Convent of Mercy Girls National School, Newport had double reasons to celebrate last week when a new extension to their school, and the raising of their fourth Green Flag took place on the same day.
Completed at a cost of around €450,000, to provide for the additional pupils attending the school, the Convent Girls NS has been one of the year on year expanding schools in the area over the past decade.
Enrolment at the school has now reached 300 and is set to at least retain that level of enrolment, or increase slightly further over the immediate years ahead according to the statistics on births registered within the school catchment area.
The third extension to the school in recent years which has added five rooms is the largest and is considered likely to be the last.
Miriam Foley, Principal, said that the school has benefited from record annual enrolments of pupils over recent years.
The extension was blessed by Rev Fr. J. Delaney who reminded the pupils how fortunate they were to be getting the lovely new rooms which will be a great benefit to the school.
A little later the pupils were in celebratory mood for the formal raising of the fourth Green Flag to be awarded to the school.
The school Green Flag programme is guided by Loraine Whelan, NT.,who says that every pupil attending the school have become very conscious of the importance of protecting the environment and the contribution which they can make to a better environment through the various Green Flag programmes which they have been involved with in recent years.
Gathered for the raising of the flag were the members of the school Green Flag Committee, Jade Power, Lean Murphy, Katlyn Donovan, Millie O’Hora, Niamh McGrath, Erin Djuric, Leona Carr, Hazel O’Brien, Ciara Tierney, and Aoibhin Fitzpatrick.
BIRDHILL CEMETERY: The committee of Birdhill Burial Ground advise that a small number of graves are still available for purchase by parishioners in the graveyard. There is no indication as to what the County Council’s plan is for extending the graveyard in Birdhill. Anyone interested in purchasing a grave should contact Francis Harvey, Caretaker, Newport and he will advise on the availability. Individuals that have already purchased unoccupied graves, should ensure that they have the receipt for the correct grave number. It is vitally important that the receipt matches the grave purchased. Some errors have been detected recently and re-checking maybe necessary.
GOING TO THE DOGS: Newport GAA Club have organised a very attractive event to be held at Limerick Greyhound Stadium on Friday November 1. Billed as “ A Night at the Dogs “ this event should be great entertainment for all the family. A percentage of the admission fee will go to club funds provided that the tickets are purchased in advance from any committee member.
There is another option whereby for €50 supporters can buy a dog for the night. Should their dog win a race the name will be put into a special draw at the end of the night. Included in the purchase of the dog will be two admission tickets. Club secretary Mary Burke will have her dog running on the night.
DEVELOPMENT: Ballinahinch Community Development Association will hold a fund raising dance on Friday November 8 at the Community Centre, Ballinahinch. Music by Peter Burke. Dancing 9.30 – 12.30. Teas and treats served with spot prizes on the night. Local support would be much appreciated. Proceeds will go to the upkeep of the community hall.
CRAFTS: The 25th Annual Craft Fair will take place in the Castle Oaks House Hotel, Castleconnell, on Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday, October 27 and 28, from 12 to 6 pm each day. All of the crafts at the fair are Irish made and of the highest quality. From the parish, Deborah Hickey will be in attendance, exhibiting her ceramics. The organising committee are non-profit making and all proceeds go back into voluntary groups in the parish. The work of the committee can also be followed on Facebook!
SOCCER: Newport Town AFC have extended congratulations to Youth players, Sean Ryan and Jamie Collins who have been selected on the Limerick District Youths Squad for the first round of the inter league youth competition versus Combined Counties. This is a great personal achievement for the lads but also great recognition for the club and the U18 coaches Donough McGrath and Joe O’Brien. A mention also for Paddy Conneely and Keith Mawdsley who were called up for the trials but missed out on final selection.
The under 14s and 16s took part in National Cup games at the weekend and faced tough assignments away to Abbeyfeale and Granville respectively. Unfortunately both teams failed to progress to the next rounds but put in good performances against very good teams. The under 14s lost out 7-4 in a real humdinger of a game. With the game level 3-3 at half-time, it was anyone’s game. Unfortunately despite a Nathan Hartigan hat-trick and a fine Mike Talbot strike, it just wasn’t to be. The under 16s faced premiership opposition and put in a great performance but just ran out of steam and the coaches chocolate towards the end and now it’s back to league action for them. Sean Moloney was the Newport scorer and Cathal Floyd was man of the match. The under-10s continued their unbeaten run with an excellent 1-1 draw away to Aisling Annacotty. Shane O’Halloran was the Newport hero with a great goal.
LAST MAN STANDING: Seven competitors remain standing in the first running of Last Man Standing but this weekend’s premier league fixtures could go a long way in determining the inaugural winner of the €500 prize. Due to the popularity of this competition, the club will start part two on October 26.