TRADITIONAL HARVEST: Scenes from the tradition of Autumn harvesting in the area will be recalled on this Sunday when the annual Harvest Threshing Festival takes place at Bunkey, Newport.
The one day festival which has been taking place for a number of years is reminiscent of harvest time on many of the farms in the area half a century ago when the visit of the threshing mill to the farms to thrash the corn was a common practice.
The Ahern family, where the festival now takes place were involved in the provision of the service in the area for many years and one of the old theshing mills used at that time has been carefully restored and will be in use on Sunday afternoon for the continuation of the festival.
The programme will get under way shortly after 2 pm. In addition to the traditional style threshing, which will be the highlight of the afternoon, there will also be a variety of side shows of interest to all and a large display of vintage cars and machinery.
NEW CEMETERY: The blessing of a new cemetery which has been provided at Ballinahinch will take place on Sunday November 3. The new cemetery adjoins the old cemetery beside the church and offers the opportunity to many families in the parish without graves at the cemetery to acquire burial plots.
Development of the cemetery has been carried out over the past two years by a special committee under the chairmanship of Seamus Younge
STUDENT AWARDS: A ‘dedicated’ student who is developing into ‘a responsible person’ with a positive outlook has been awarded the ‘Student of the Year’ at Newport College.
The award was presented to Carrie Whelan by Cllr Jonathan Meaney, Chairperson, Board of Management at the annual awards for 2012-13 which took place at the college.
Her citation read “This student is truly dedicated to studies, extremely co-operative, mature in outlook, with a positive attitude. A responsible young person, who epitomises our mission statement. This student is a trustworthy, caring person who through the years has worked and continues to work to reach full potential”.
The ‘Spirit of Newport College’ award was presented to Tracey O’Connell whose citation read “This student is an all-rounder, positive, pleasant hard-working and thoughtful of others. A credit to our school. Conscientious, always a pleasure to deal with. This student has an excellent attendance record and is a role model for others. This student truly embodies the Spirit of Newport College”.
Another of the special annual awards at the college is the ‘Principal’s Award’ which made history when it was awarded jointly for the first time, because in the words of Clodagh Kelly, Principal it was a most difficult decision with so many to choose from.
It was awarded jointly between Sean Hickey and Robert Howard.
Presenting the award to Sean Hickey, Ms Kelly said “This student is hard-working, consistent in effort, pleasant and cooperative. A model student who gives 100% to school and homework. Mannerly and respectful to all. An excellent ambassador for our school”.
Making the award to Robert Howard she said “This student works very well in class, is co-operative, does homework to a high standard and is a pleasant young person. A sociable person with a respect for students and staff, a positive vibrant person, another excellent ambassador for our school”
In the Class Awards the following winners were also praised for the standards which they had achieved and their performance as students while attending the college - Finn Bradley, Dionne Ryan, Ava Callanan, Stephenie Edwards, Shannon Shimmon and NCLA Colin McInerney.
COFFEE MORNING: A Coffee Morning in aid of ‘The Ray of Sunshine Foundation’ will take place at Knockaunbawn, Newport on this Saturday, October 5. It is being organised by Danny Ryan, Knockaunbawn and will take place at the home of his brother, Willie, at Knockaunbawn. All re welcome.
BASKETBALL: Glen Cruisers Newport Basketball Club Pre Season Tournament was held at the week-end and proved to be a fantastic weekend of basketball. Many supporters turned out and witnessed some great games with some frenetic battles and great scoring. Both the ladies and the men’s teams were very competitive with very little separating teams throughout the weekend. The ladies final was contested by Rathdrum and Rathmines, in what was a close and competitive game the experience of Rathdrum saw them come out as victors in a fantastic match. The weekend seemed to belong to the more experienced teams with
Newport Golden Oldies playing Carlow I.T. in the men’s final. The games were nip and tuck all the way and with 40 seconds left it seemed that Carlow would go on to win but a dramatic 40 seconds it was, Newport who outscored their opponents 10 to 0 in that 40 second period and went on to win the final by 2 points with some fantastic performances by Ger Gorman, Ger Egan, Jan Pedersen, Rob Holmes, Paul Tierney and Colm Ryan. Well done to all who organised and participated over the weekend.
Training is now taking place for Senior Ladies every Tuesday and Thursday night from 7.30pm to 8.45pm; and Senior Men every Tuesday and Thursday night from 7.30pm to 8.45pm Social Basketball takes place every Friday night from 8.30pm. Underage train every Saturday as follows, U10’s 10am, U 12’s 11am, U14’s midday and U16 at 1pm.