MUNSTER MEDALS: Local athletes, members of Newport Athletic Club had another very successful outing when they competed at the Munster Cross Country Championships on Sunday.
The individual medal winners were Aimee Hayde, Killoscully, and Emma Fagan, Newport. Team medals were won by Aimee Hayde, Emma Coleman, A. Ryan, Emma Fagan and T. O’Brien.
Congratulations to all.
PARISH ANNUAL: Any remaining material for the 2013 Newport Parish Annual ‘Newport News’ should be forwarded to the production committee within the next week to be included in the forthcoming edition.
The production committee have issued a reminder that the closing date for submitting articles, reports and photographs is November 10.
The production committee have also announced that it is intended to include photographs of weddings which took place during the past year and these may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Images should be in jpeg and a minimum of 1mb is size.
In appreciation of the support of the community for the production over the past three decades and in consideration of the current pressure on business people in the area, it was decided last year not seek advertising for the publication - for the first time since it was launched over thirty years ago. Instead a directory of local businesses was included at no cost. It has been decided that this policy will be continued for this year, with an extended directory for which there is no charge.
The cost of the production for last year and again for this year is therefore being subsidised by the committee from retained income from previous years.
TIDY VILLAGE AGM: The Annual General Meeting of Birdhill Tidy Village was held last week at Matt The Threshers, Birdhill. All residents and business people of Birdhill and the surrounding areas were invited to attend.
At the meeting the following officers were elected for the coming year -
Hon. Presidents: Rev. Father John O’Keeffe and Ted Moynihan
Vice Chairman:David Healy
Joint Secretary:Grainne Delaney and Terry Griffith
Asst. Treasurer:Donnchadh Floyd
Fundraising Co-ordinator: Paddy Bradley
Horticulture and Landscaping: Majella Foley-Friel
Youth Liaison Officer: Marie Gorman
P.R.O. Anne Barry
The committee will be completed when the various ‘Focus Groups’ nominate their representatives.
After a very successful and enjoyable year in the National Tidy Towns Competition, winning another Gold Medal, a ‘Local Hero Award’ for Denis Floyd and a nomination for the LivCom International Awards Competition in China, the final of which is taking place later this month, the committee are looking forward to further success in 2014.
ETHIOPIA WALK: Within a few weeks a local resident will undertake one of the most challenging endeavours of his life in a mission to raise aid for poor Third Country families.
Newport resident, Dave Noble is one of ten volunteers taking part in The “Tour De Ethiopia 2013”, which will be Self Help Africa’s first cycling / run event for supporters to Africa.
The event will take a small team of 10 hardy souls to the Horn of Africa in November, enabling them to visit this historic land to see at first hand the great work that Self Help Africa are doing there.
During their week in Ethiopia, they will get to meet rural communities and see for themselves the rural development projects that Self Help Africa has implemented in the region.
As Dave, who is P.R.O. of Newport Town AFC and incoming Captain of Mulcair Golf Society, works for MPCC Credit Union in Limerick, this is a very special and relevant trip for him.
Self Help Africa is a chosen charity of the ILCU (Irish League of Credit Unions) Foundation, which provides the charity with financial and technical assistance towards the self-help projects in Ethiopia and other African countries.
Dave explains: “In Ethiopia, Self Help Africa works on a number of projects including a rural savings and credit co-operative movement, similar to Irish Credit Unions. To date it has provided small loans to more than 32,000 people, most of whom are women”.
Dave added “as an employee of an Irish Credit Union, it will be very interesting for me to see how and where the monies donated by Irish Credit Unions and their members are used to improve the lives of ordinary Ethiopian people. I am especially looking forward to meeting these Ethiopians to get a better understanding of their daily lives. One of the visits will be to a Savings & Credit Co-Operative (SACCO) in Butajira. We will also be visiting the towns of Hawassa, Dodola, Bekoji & Assela”.
Dave has been training hard, putting in long hours on the saddle and pounding the roads around Newport.
He explained “This will be no walk in the park as the group will cycle over 400 kms in very hilly terrain, in warm temperatures, at a high altitude (highest point will be 3,025 metres or 10,000 feet) over 4 days and then run in the Great Ethiopian Run in Addis Ababa on November 24. This run is Africa’s largest road race, and an event that attracts upwards of 30,000 runners to the city each year”.
LAST MAN STANDING: And then there were just five remaining ....sums up the state of the first ‘Last Man Standing’ competition organised by Newport Town AFC after the outcome of last week’s matches took a further toll on the survivors who continue to battle it out for the title and prize.
The hardy soccer expert pundits remaining at this point are - Micheal Byrne, Ger O’Brien, Johnathan Coyle, James Collins and James O’Sullivan. Norwich let down Damien Walsh, so he’s gone.
The second instalment of the contest was launched by the club last week with a line out of 89 contestants at the starting point. However the first week-end had knocked out seven of them.
CEMETERY BLESSING: The new cemetery at Ballinahinch will be blessed following a special Mass to be celebrated at 3pm on this Sunday. Weather permitting the Mass will be celebrated in the cemetery. The Cemetery Committee under the chairmanship of Seamus Younge are to be complimented on the completion of the work on the cemetery.
CEMETERY PRAYERS: During the month of November the Rosary will be recited each Sunday at Birdhill Cemetery after 10am Mass, Ballymackeogh Cemetery at 2.30pm and at Rockvale and Kilnarath Cemeteries at 3 pm for the repose of the souls of those buried in the cemeteries.
SOCCER: Newport Town AFC players had a perfect weekend with all four teams in action winning their games. With Halloween imminent, there was always the danger that there could have been some horror stories but instead the Junior As & Bs, under-16s and under-10s all recorded great victories.
Newport A team welcomed Dromore Celtic to Derryleigh in a must-win game for both sides. In a game that wasn’t helped by the weather, Newport got the hard-earned 1-0 win that they deserved through a solitary strike from Pete O’Sullivan.
Having seen the A team secure a precious 3 points in the morning, the Bs were buoyed by that result and did exactly that with a 1-0 victory at home to Caherconlish in another crucial 6-pointer, with Danny Healy on hand to provide the winner.
In schoolboy football there were wins for the under 16s and under 10s. The under-16s had a super 6-2 victory at home to Aisling Annacotty with the goals coming from an Evan Hannon hat-trick, Thomas Carroll, Jay Madden and Harry Sheehy. The match went to Dan Powell who had a great game at centre half.
The under 10s maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a good 3-2 win away to Geraldines on Saturday morning. Adam McEvoy scored 2 and Shane O’Halloran scored for the second game in a row.
The boys have now won 3 and drawn 3 and are second in the table. The first round of games before Christmas are non-competitive but the second round in the Spring will be competitive. With the performances to date, they will be a match for any team and the coaching team of Peter Coleman, Tom Hickey and Eoin Bonfield are doing a fine job with their squad.