HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Newport Historical Society will hold its AGM on Monday October 7 at 8 o’clock in Sullivan’s Lounge. The purpose of the meeting is to review the activities for the past years and to elect the officers for the coming year. All interested are welcome to attend.
COLLECTION: The annual church gate collection for the maintenance of the cemeteries in the parish was held over last week-end. There was a very generous response, as is usual, in appreciation of the excellent work which is done by the committee. The proceeds of the collection helps to defray the cost of equipment and materials which are required during the year to continue the work. Many people from outside of the parish who own graves at the local cemeteries also contribute to the collection by making donations directly to the committee.
THANKS: The organising committee of the recent ‘Gathering’ celebration at Ballinahinch and Killoscully have expressed their thanks to all who supported the week-end activities and a special ‘Thank You’ to the many business people who provided sponsorship which was greatly appreciated. The event was a great success, the highlights of which were the ‘Gathering’ Mass at Ballinahinch at which there was a capacity attendance on Saturday evening, followed by a social evening; the Sarsfield Route cycle which attracted 108 cyclists on Sunday morning and the cemetery Mass at Killoscully which was largely attended and followed by a social evening in the village.
NEW PARISH PRIEST: Rev Fr John O’Keeffe, whose appointment as the new parish priest of Newport, Birdhill and Toor took effect last week-end has received very many messages of congratulations and good wishes from the parishioners where he has been a very popular curate over the past four years.
There has also been a very warm welcome from parishioners for the decision by Rev Fr J. Delaney, who has served as parish priest for the past 22 years, to continue to live in the parish into the future, which was confirmed over the week-end.
Rev Fr Delaney has informed the parishioners that he will continue to serve in the parish by assisting in ever way that he can. The parishioners wish him many long years of health and happiness in their midst.
YOUNG PRIESTS: The Ballinahinch-Killoscully Branch of the Young Priests Association are inviting members of the community to join with them in a Diocesan visit to St Patrick’s College, Maynooth which will take place on Sunday October 19. The bus will leave Thurles at 10.30 am. More details can be had by contacting Joan O’Brien, Shallee 067 25503.
The group will be welcomed at the college by the rector Rev Fr Michael Mullaney, brother of Killoscully resident, Bill Mullaney and will meet two deacons who will be ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly later this year. Twenty students for the priesthood are commencing their study at the college this year. They come from diocese across the country.
REARCROSS GATHERING:The ‘Gathering’ will be celebrated at Rearcross on this Saturday night, September 14 when the activities will be centred at Kennedy’s Bar where the Pig on a Spit will be one of the attractions.
The success of a local set dancing group at the Manchester Festival 23 years ago will also be recalled with a performance from the group during the evening. The members of the group were Mary Jo Kennedy, Siobhan Nolan, Nell Kennedy, Siobhan Kennedy, Eamon OToole, John O’Connell, Michael Nolan and Thomas Kennedy. An enjoyable evening is assured.
CONGRATULATIONS: Congratulations to Noreen Ahern, Black Road, Newport on winning €54,400 on ‘Winning Streak’ on RTE on Saturday night last. She was represented in the contest by her daughter, Helen, a former finalist in the Rose of Tralee, who was reminded of her participation in the Kerry Festival when a clip from her stage performance was resurrected on the show.
ATHLETIC CLUB: Newport Athletic Club are holding their annual Church Gate collection this Saturday and Sunday the September 14 and 15. Community support will be much appreciated.
SOCCER: It has been another hectic week for Newport AFC with a full schedule of games across all grades. The leagues are making full use of the bright evenings to get as many midweek games played as possible before games are played on weekends only. All 8 club teams, both Junior and Schoolboys played a game and they had six wins, a draw and one loss.
The Junior A’s had a great 2-1 away win against Pike in Div 1A, with both goals coming from the boot of Mike O’Brien. For the Junior Bs, the evergreen Chris Carroll continued to roll back the years and his brace away to Shannon Hibs helped them to a 3-2 win, with Glen Ryan also on the score sheet. The under-18s scored a superb 4-0 home win against Charleville, with the goals coming from Kalem Harte (2), Jason Ryan and Daniel Carew. Not to be outdone, the under 16’s boosted their league position with a 1-0 victory away to Janesboro courtesy of an Aaron O’Neill goal. The under-14s maintained their impressive start to the season with their third win on the trot with a home victory over Aisling Annacotty with goals coming from Nathan Hartigan (2), Mikey Ryan and Elliott Slattery. The under 12’s were very unlucky to go down 4-2 away to Caherdavin after conceding two very late goals. Scorers for Newport were Johnny Ryan and Gavin Denihan. The under 11’s had a great 9-1 home victory over a gallant Mungret Regional side. The home team players to feature on the score sheet were Callum Grant with a hat-trick, Daniel Egan (2), Nathan O’Donovan, Oisin Kennedy, Diarmuid O’Riordan and an OG. Last but definitely not least the under 10’s drew 5-5 with Caherdavin in their opening game of the season at home. Scorers were Stephen Madden with a hat-trick, David Healy and Malachy Mullaney in what was a cracker of a game. Details of fixtures for all upcoming games can be found on the club’s Facebook page, along with match reports, news, photos etc.
BASKETBALL: Glen Cruisers Newport Basketball Club, Newport have resumed training.
Senior men’s training has resumed training takes place every Tuesday and Thursday night from 8.45pm in St. Mary’s secondary school sports hall. Senior Ladies training has also resumed, training takes place every Tuesday and Thursday night from 7.30pm in St. Mary’s secondary school sports hall. Underage training resumes this Saturday morning September 14; U10 will train from 10am; U12 from 11am U14 from 12 noon and U16 from 1pm. Social Basketball takes place every Friday evening at 8.30pm
The club will be bag packing this weekend Friday September 13 and Saturday September 14 in Dunnes Stores Nenagh, anyone who would like to help out are asked to please see their facebook page.
The Club will hold a senior ladies and men’s Basketball Tournament on September 27 and 28. With visiting teams from all over the country support on the weekend would be greatly appreciated.