GAA AGM: The adjourned Annual General Meeting of Newport GAA Club will be held on this Friday night, January 10 at the Clubhouse, Lacken Park commencing at 8pm.
ATHLETICS: Members of Newport Athletic Club won Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals at the Tipperary County Junior and Senior Track and Field Championships over the week-end where the club representatives put in brilliant performances.
Maria Carey, Shower, won the Gold Medal for the Long Jump in the Junior Section with a personal best of 5.14 metres. She added a Silver Medal in the Junior 60 metres event.
Charlene Mawdsley, Newport won the Gold Medal in the 60 metres Junior event and added the Bronze Medal in the 400 metres Junior event.
Eimer Lynch, Killoscully won the Gold Medal in the 60 metres Women’s Senior and her brother, Patrick won the Gold Medal in the Men’s Senior 60 metres. A third member of the family, Conor, also put in a great performance in his event.
SOCCER: Newport Town AFC has extended good wishes for a very Happy and prosperous New Year to all its players, members and supporters. There has been no playing action in the past few weeks due to the Christmas break and then the inclement weather putting paid to last weekend’s scheduled games. The Junior A team are scheduled to play Caherconlish under lights in Jackman Park in the Division 1A Cup on this Thursday, January 9 at 7.30pm. The players would appreciate as much support as possible in this game taking place in local headquarters. Most schoolboy teams are now back in training after the Christmas break. Hopefully the weather will soon settle down to allow some matches to be played.
BASKETBALL: Glen Cruisers Newport Basketball Club, Newport has expressed their thanks to all for their support in 2013, and are looking forward to the continued support in 2014. They have extended good wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year.
Training; Underage training resumes on this Saturday morning January 11. Under 10’s train from 10am-11am, Under 12,s train from 11am-12pm and Under 14’s & U16’s train from 12pm-1pm. The senior teams continue to train every Tuesday and Thursday evening, the ladies train from 7.30pm-8.45pm, the men’s team train from 8.45pm-10.00pm. Their appeal for the New Year is “Why not make it your New Year’s resolution to take up a new sport like Basketball, new members are always welcome”.
MASS TIME CHANGES: Changes to week-end Mass times at the churches in the area became effective last weekend.
The weekend Mass times are now as follows - Newport - Saturday evening 6.30pm. Sunday morning 11.30am.
Birdhill - Saturday evening 7.45pm. Sunday morning 9.30pm.
Toor - Sunday morning 10.30am.
Ballinahinch - Saturday evening 7.30pm. No Mass on Sunday morning.
Killoscully - Sunday morning 11am.
Changes to the Mass times in the neighbouring parish of Ballina-Boher also come into effect last week-end at Murroe-Boher changes will become effective from March 1.
For the parish of Boher-Ballina, Saturday evening Mass at Ballina is at 6.30pm and Mass on Sunday morning at 11.30am. Week-end Mass at Boher Church is on Sunday morning at 10am.
PLANNING GRANTED: The construction of a motorway service station adjacent to the M7 at Birdhill has been granted planning permission by An Board Pleanala.
The Board was adjudicating on an appeal against the decision by North Tipperary County Council to grant subject to conditions a permission to Applegreen Service Areas Limited care of Roughan O’Donovan Consulting Engineers of Arena House, Arena Road, Sandyford, Dublin.
The application was for a much smaller overall development than had previously been granted planning permission at the same site in 2010 and has been granted subject to eighteen conditions.
The development is based close to Exit 27 and beside the link road to Birdhill on a site of 2.66 hectares (6.5 acres) located at Lackanavea, Birdhill with access from the R494, link road to the N7 at the Killaloe Cross.
The development provides for a four pump island car/van forecourt and a one pump island HCV forecourt both with canopy over; underground fuel storage tanks and associated pipe work; an amenity building (total gross floor area of 966.6 square metres) comprising: a convenience shop (100 square metres net sales area) and ancillary store room, freezer, chiller, manager’s office, comms room, staff toilets, staff changing area, staff tea station and cleaners room; four number branded food offer café/restaurants (210 square metres in total) with ancillary dual use eat in or take away element (96 square metres), public toilets (80 square metres); seating/circulation area (278 square metres); internal and external play areas (83 square metres); parking for 60 cars, four number HGV and three coaches; ancillary signage (both illuminated and non-illuminated) on the shop building, forecourt canopies and general fuel forecourts. Among the eighteen conditions attached to the approval the planning authority has ordered that (a) The total net sales space of the forecourt shop area shall not exceed 100 square metres. The floor space to be used as the retail shop shall be physically distinguished from the seating/eat in area and hot food counters, and shall be easily identifiable as such and (b) The proposed development shall operate as a motorway services area and shall not be used for functions or events or otherwise in a manner which would present the facility as a destination in its own right.
The reason for the condition is described as “To protect the viability of nearby settlements and secure compliance with prevailing official policy for motorway service areas”.
HISTORICAL TALK: Newport Historical Society will hold a talk on Monday next, January 13 at 8pm in O’Sullivans, Newport. The Talk will be given by Richard Ryan, from Castleconnell, a History Graduade from UL. Richard’s topic will be “Patrick Ryan (Lacken); Profile of a Republican”. Light refreshments. All are very welcome.