DRAMA GROUP AGM: Newport Drama Group will hold their AGM on Wednesday evening of next week October 16 in the meeting room in the Community Centre commencing at 8.30pm sharp.
Announcing that the AGM is also to serve as a recruitment night for new members they point out “We are always looking for new members. If you are interested in joining and helping out on stage, backstage, front of house or learning about what’s involved in set design and construction, lighting or sound, then come and join the group. We would be delighted to see you and share the fun and we welcome all ages. If you’ve any queries, please contact 0862743587 or else just call in on Wednesday 16 and see for yourself”.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Newport Historical Society will hold a meeting and talk at O’Sullivan’s Lounge, Newport on Monday next October 14 at 8 pm.
The talk will be given by Thomas Toomey and the title is “The Whiteboys of North Munster area”.
The Whiteboys were a mid-eighteenth century secret agrarian society and agitated against the spread of pasture, tithe and the price of conacre land, which should provide the base for a very interesting presentation.
LAST MAN STANDING: The temperature is rising and the challenge intensifying as the finalists in Newport Town AFC ‘Last Man Standing’ contest battle it out to the end.
At the start of this week there were eight left in the contest after two experienced campaigners, Denis O’Sullivan & Jody
Lenihan, were badly let down by Arsenal and Spurs respectively and were the
only two to be knocked out of Last Man Standing over the previous week. The Group of eight remaining in contention for this week are - Michael Byrne, James Collins,
Jonathon Coyle, Danny Healy Jnr, Ger O’Brien, James O’Sullivan, Thomas Small and Damien Walsh. They are getting plenty of expert advise on selecting their team wisely this week.
The contest has generated huge interest and as a result the club have already decided to start a second competition beginning on October 26. This time, the club is asking people to register for the competition in plenty of time so as not to miss out. more details are available on the club’s Facebook page.
TEACHERS RETIRE: Two teachers who have completed almost three quarters of a century of dedication to the service of educating children at primary level have been praised for their work.
Patricia (Patsy) Kennedy retired after 36 years teaching having been at Lackamore NS for all of her teaching career.
John Ryan retired after 38 years service. He started his teaching career at Castleconnell NS in 1975. He was appointed to Ballinahinch NS in 1991, before returning to Castleconnell in 1998 on being appointed to Lackamore in 2000.
Both teachers were honoured at a special function organised by the parents of the pupils at Lackamore School which was held at the Freigh Inn, Newport.
Each were presented with a watch and voucher and book of memories by Kevin Healy and Sandra Baker. Patricia was presented with a bouquet by Fiona Daly and Crystal by Eddie Quigley.
A presentation was also made to Rev Fr. J. Delaney, Manager on his retirement as Parish Priest.
Mary O’Sullivan thanking all who had helped to organise the function said that it would be impossible to thank each individually because so many had been involved
“As you know Ireland is undergoing in creditable change, but we have been blessed to have had the same teachers at Lackamore school over many years. Most families have had two generations put through your hands and in some case up to three generations. The unique atmosphere of the school fostered by you, Patricia and John endeared so many of us to Lackamore. Your professionalism and your caring of our children has been much appreciated and I know that I can speak for all of the parents of children in the school when I say that you both will be missed by us.
She said that Patricia had an unique way of teaching the young children their first lessons in how to write and in relation to John she recalled the famous lines from Goldsmith and the village schoolmaster “the wonder is that one small head could carry all he knew” has meant that the students had enjoyed a wide and varied curriculum.
“Education should not be about filling an empty vessel. It should be about igniting a love of learning in the people. Both of you have certainly lived up to this and your eagerness to show our children new experiences and new ideas has been excellent. Having given so much of your lives to the service of education, I am sure that you are now looking forward to taking it easier. Before you do, enjoy to-night, because it will be a night of recalling and remembering, a night of reflection and enjoyment and a night for past pupils to catch up”, she added.
Rev Fr J. Delaney, school manager said that Patricia and John had come to the end of one phase in their lives and if the next phase in their lives is as productive and rewarding, you will have a great life. During their long years teaching at the school they had touched the lives not only of many pupils but also of their families. During their time at the school they had established a great relationship with their pupils.
Both teachers thanked the parents, Board of Management, and the community for the support over the yers.
TIDY TOWN: The adjudicators report on this year’s entry was considered at a meeting of Newport Tidy Town Committee last week at which there was a resolve to take note of the areas where improvements can be made for next year’s participation.
It was also decided to invite suggestions from members of the community on further ways and ideas for improvement (contact No 087 9980720) over the winter months.
The committee have also expressed their thanks to all who helped with the work during 2013 and appeal for more people to lend a hand in the coming year.
TRAD FOR TROCAIRE: A Trad for Trocaire session will be held on this Saturday night at Kennedy’s Bar, Rearcross. All musicians are welcome for an enjoyable night.