Newport Aug 24

NATIONAL GOLD MEDAL: Members of Newport Athletic Club who represented Tipperary at the National Final of Community Games over the week-end brought further success to their county and club after exceptional performances on the track.

NATIONAL GOLD MEDAL: Members of Newport Athletic Club who represented Tipperary at the National Final of Community Games over the week-end brought further success to their county and club after exceptional performances on the track.

Pride of place goes to the very successful local athlete Maria Carey, Shower who won a National Gold Medal competing in the Triple Jump in which she achieved a personal best at 11.57 metres.

Maria has had another outstanding season of competition, adding several awards to her large collection of honours in athletics and once again did her local club and county proud at the national finals.

Sharlene Mawdsley, Newport, who is also one of the leading young athletes in the club had another very successful outing winning a national bronze medal for her performance in the 100 metres event.

The Under 17 years Relay Team, who finished just outside of the medal, also put in a great performance. The members of the team were Maria Carey, Sharlene Mawdsley, Lena O’Sullivan and Sarah Fagan.

The Under 14 years Relay Team, which comprised of Amy Bourke, Emma Fagan, Lisa McKeogh, and Emma Flanagan also performed very well reaching the final.

In the individual events, Emma Fagan gave one of her best performances to date in the 1500 metres.

With the completion of the Community Games Athletics the training sessions for members of Newport Athletic Club will now take a short break.

Training will be resumed later in September in preparation for the cross country season events.

BASKETBALL: Glen Cruisers Basketball Club Newport have finalised arrangements to hold a 1,500 kms fundraising Spinathon at Sweeney’s Mace Supermarket, Newport and Ryan’s Centra Newport on this Saturday, August 24 from 10am to 4pm. Anyone interested in taking part can get more details on the club’s face book page or by contacting Paul Tierney on 0860423232. All support for the event will be appreciated by the club.

Underage training for members will resume shortly and preparations are being made to hold an open day on Saturday September 7 at St. Mary’s Secondary school sports hall, Newport.

CLASS RE-UNION: A re-union of the class of 1987 who attended St Mary’s Secondary School, Newport has been arranged to be held at O’Sullivan’s, Newport on this Saturday August 24. Families have been requested to inform family members of the 1987 class at the school and it is hoped for a large representation of the class for the gathering. More details can be had by contacting Pat Brennan 087 2289817.

PILGRIMAGE: Arrangements are being finalised for the annual St Pio’s Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady at Knock, Co Mayo to take place this year on Sunday September 15. Anyone interested in travelling can obtain more details by contacting Mary Vaughan 061 378869 or 087 2462059.

SILVER FOR EMMA: Congratulations to a very successful young athlete, Emma Hennessy, Killoscully on winning a national silver medal at the Community Games Final over the week-end.

Emma was a member of the Ballinahinch-Killoscully Community Games and competed in the High Jump in which she achieved 1.56 metres to win the Silver Medal.

Well done to Emma who did her parish and county proud with her performance and success.

DEATHS: The death occurred last week of Ellen O’Neill, (Nee Heffernan), The Square, Scariff, Co. Clare and formerly of Clare Glens, Newport. The deceased was wife of the late Brendan and is survived by her family members, Shane and Pam, Maeve and David, relatives and friends.

Her remains were removed from Long’s Funeral Home, Scariff to the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Newport and following Requiem Mass burial took place at Rockvale Cemetery, Newport.

The death occurred last week of Noel O’Shea, Ballina,and formerly of Newport. He is survived by his wife, Josephine, family members, Colm, Niamh, Fergus, Gráinne and Noel relatives and friends. Burial took place at Ballina.

Deepest sympathy is extended to the families, relatives and friends of the deceased on their bereavements.

GATHERING: The parish which was made famous countrywide in recent years by a popular television series will play host to a big ‘Gathering’ celebration this week-end.

Ballinahinch-Killoscully, which hit the television screens with the popular ‘Killinaskully’ comedy series will welcome hundreds to a two day festival for their contribution to the year of ‘The Gathering’ over this Saturday and Sunday.

Hundreds of former residents of the parish and ex-pupils of the national school have been contacted with personal invitations to make a return visit to meet old and new friends while enjoying some of the festivities planned for this week-end.

It is expected that many of them will avail of the

occasion to revisit their native parish and at the same time help to boost the numbers attending some of the events.

The programme is set over this Saturday August 24 and Sunday August 25 with events centre at both sides of the parish.

For the opening day of the festival, this Saturday, the focus will be on Ballinahinch as the venue for the events.

The activity will get under way at 12 noon with the Relay Run or Walk leaving Killoscully Village for Ballinahinch. There are teams of four, one of which must be a female member and registration will take place at the Community Centre, Killoscully from 11 am.

At 3 pm there will be a Children’s Drama, Music and Art Workshops session at Ballinahinch. Pre registration is required as numbers are limited and bookings are being taken by Aoife Hayde who can be contacted on 086 8145425 on or before August 19.

Later that evening the Gathering Mass will be celebrated at Ballinahinch at 7.30 pm and the Mass will be followed by an open air Traditional Music Session (weather permitting) which promises plenty of ceol and craic with the return of outdoor platform dancing to be one of the highlights of the evening for the natives and visitors alike.

On Sunday, Killoscully will be the centre of activity. Events get under way at 10.30 am when a fleet of cyclists will leave the village for a 61 km cycle over the route of the Sarsfield Ride - the route travelled by the famous leader in 1691 on his way to Ballyneety - and registration for this event will be taken at the Community Hall, Killoscully from 9.30 am for those who have not pre registered. The cycle is for participants who are 16 years or over. The route map has now been posted around the relevant areas and appropriate markings will be in place for the event.

The ‘Gathering Mass’ in the village will be celebrated in open air at the local cemetery at 3 pm (not 2 pm as was originally stated in the programme circulated) following which refreshments will be served at the Community Centre. Later in the evening there will be dancing at the crossroad, a BBQ and a host of family attractions for young and not so young to enjoy including a sports programme which will commence at 4 pm.