May 25

GOLF OUTING: The third outing of the year for members of Mulcair Golf Society will take place on this Saturday May 25 when they visit Portumna Golf Club. The assembly time is 8.30am. New members are always welcome by the society

GOLF OUTING: The third outing of the year for members of Mulcair Golf Society will take place on this Saturday May 25 when they visit Portumna Golf Club. The assembly time is 8.30am. New members are always welcome by the society

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: A Meeting of the Historical Discussion Group will take place in Killoscully Community Hall on Wednesday next May 29 commencing at 8.30pm. The group are currently compiling a history of the Killoscully areaand welcome any support which they receive from the community on the interesting project. Anybody interested in this project are welcome to attend the meeting.

PRE SCHOOL PLACES: Parents are reminded that children born between February 2, 2009 and June 30, 2010 are entitled to a free pre school place commencing September next. Gill McGonigle, Chuckles, Clonbealy, Newport invite parents to contact the centre for more details.

PROCESSION: Arrangements are now being finalised for the Procession of the Blessed Sacrament which will take place at Newport on this Sunday May 26, to commemorate the Feast of Corpus Christi which falls on the following week.

There was a tradition of the Annual Procession being held in the town on the feast day, but it was discontinued some years ago. The revival of the tradition is expected to receive widespread approval and it is hoped that, with the prospect of favourable weather, a large number of the community will take part in the procession, which will commence following 12 noon Mass.

The route of the procession is from the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Newport through Main Street to the Square, returning via the Convent Grounds before returning to the church.

MISSION: A local woman who visited Africa last year is to return to the country in early June to deliver fund raising and give assistance towards improving the situation for your children whom she met on her previous visit.

Mary McCabe, Ballymackeogh, Newport has raised considerable funding over the past year for the project and hope that a church gate collection to be held in the parish on June 1 and 2 will further boost her funding.

“The project is based in a small village called Nakirebe which is about an hour’s drive outside Kampala city in Uganda. I worked in Watoto orphanage which was nearby Nakirebe village for the month of April last year and it was at this time that I came across this project” she said this week.

“I used to attend mass in Nakirebe and being the only white person in the village I kind of stood out, so they approached me and Br John Kizito asked me if I could help them with the construction of their new church and their primary school of which he is principal” she added.

She found the Bishop Kiwanuka Memorial Primary School excessively over-populated with a classroom of seating for only 30-35 students, often having up to 150 students.

“Some sit on the floor, on each other’s laps or others simply just stand. As you can imagine this is not the ideal learning environment. Not only does this prevent the children from learning but it is also bad for their health as over-populated classrooms often increases the risks of illness. The teachers are to be commended in these very restricting and under resourced schools as they make the most of what they have” she says.

She walked the grounds and found over 100 four year old kindergarten children sitting on a cement floor for four hours every day. Most of the children are orphans so they board. “It was just as difficult to witness where these children sleep. Some of the children do not have beds and so are forced to sleep on the floor. This is heart-breaking as they are just children and the situation they find themselves in is no fault of their own. Their faith as a community was an inspiration and despite the fact that they have very little, it doesn’t seem to deter their deep sense of hope” said Mary.

Conscious that a little can go a long way in the country, she has devoted much time over the past year to raising funds with the support of her family and operations such as bag packing at supermarkets which raised €1,100 over three days.

On June 10 she will return to the village, taking with her the proceeds of her fund raising and I will remain there for three weeks, to spend the money on construction materials and desks, with Br Kizito.

To support the project she will hold a church-gate collection at Newport, Birdhill and Toor on the bank holiday weekend of June 1 and 2 and appreciate any support received.

Mary can be personally contacted on 0863667458.

NEWPORT TOWN AFC: The A.G.M. will be held on Thursday evening of next week, May 30 at O’Sullivan’s Freigh Inn commencing at 8.30pm. Proposed motions and nominations must be submitted in writing to the Club Secretary, by Monday next May 27. For more details conact, Denis Lenihan-086/2513453.

BIRDHOUSE: Thousands of internet users have continued to view the progress at the Birdhill Birdhouse where bird life has been making great progress over the past week. The young birds have been making rapid growth with speculation increasing over the week-end that they may soon take flight from the nest. Viewers will be watching very closely in an effort to catch the precise moment at which the young chicks decide to vacate the comfortable nest.

Although there was some dissappointment that the nest was not occupied by a Blue Tit, as it had been in 2012, the Thrush was made very welcome and from the laying of the eggs to the hatching out and growth to date has been very closely watched.

ANNUAL AWARDS: Newport Town AFC Schoolboys/girls Awards Evening 2013, will be held at the Freigh Inn, Newport on this Sunday May 26, from 6pm to 7:30 pm

The club has extended their thanks to all managers and parents who helped out with teams during the season.

“You’ve given your time and efforts along with your support for the soccer club in facilitating these young talented players to engage in healthy exercise and fun in their community. Amongst others, Newport Soccer club is a vital resource of sport in the locality and your help to the soccer club is vital to enhance the resources available to the community at the club” they stated. Schoolboys Results:- U.10’s came from one behind at half time, to draw 2-2 with Shannon Town on Saturday morning in Derryleigh. They gave an excellent display particularly in the second half, with goals from Eoin McGloughlin and Cillian O’Sullivan. Shannon managed to grab a late late equalizer to take a share of the points on offer, in this enthralling encounter.​

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