Feb 9

SWIMMNG FINALS: The Community Games County Swimming Finals 2013 will be held at Clonmel over the coming weeks and it is hoped to have entrants from the Newport area taking part.

SWIMMNG FINALS: The Community Games County Swimming Finals 2013 will be held at Clonmel over the coming weeks and it is hoped to have entrants from the Newport area taking part.

The County Competition for Girls will be held on this Saturday February 10 and the competition for boys takes place on Sunday March 3.

More information on the competition can be found at www.tipperarycommunitygames.ie and anyone from the Newport area interested in competing should contact Niamh at nyinteriors@live.ie. Or 0863823819

HISTORICAL TALK: Newport Historical Society will hold a meeting and talk at O’Sullivan’s Lounge, Newport on Monday next February 11 commencing at 8pm. The topic for the talk is: Fr John Kenyon - The Rebel Priest and the guest speaker on this occasion will be Tim Boland, who is a retired primary school teacher from Ballinaclough, Nenagh.

In 2004 he was awarded an M.A. in Local History by the University of Limerick, and followed in 2009 by a PhD, also from U.L. There is a fee of €5 for non-members. All interested are welcome to attend.

CAKE SALE: Newport Boys’ National School annual Cake Sale will take place on this Sunday February 10 commencing at 12.45pm in the School Hall. There will also be Cookery Demonstrations on the day. This is a fantastic family afternoon out! Lent is starting on Wednesday 13th and Valentines Day is on Thursday 14th so the organisers says that this is your perfect opportunity to get some treats!”

SOCCER: Newport AFC has extended their congratulations to Newport Boys U13 and Newport Girls U13 who both won their respective North Tipp finals in Nenagh to progress to the County Finals.

The Boys beat their rivals Ballinahinch 3-0 in the semi-final and went on to beat Cloughjordan 5-2 in an exciting Final..

Team: Damien Ryan, Pa Murtagh,Tom Mulryan, Nathan Hartigan, Darren Collins, Colin Coleman, Killian O Malley, Jack Noble

The Girls matched the boys success by beating Roscrea 3-0 in the semi-final and went onto beat Cloughjordan in the Final also..

Team:Lauren McGrath, Emma Flanagan, Emma Coleman, Ruth Allen, Aine O Gorman, Fay Berry, Niamh Cryan, and Grace Floyd.

The details for the County Final have yet to be announced, Well done to all involved

SALE OF WORK: Birdhill Tidy Village Committee has expressed their sincere appreciation to the community for their generosity in donating items for the Sale of Work which was held in Birdhill Community Hall on Sunday last. The Committee also extended its thanks to all who helped in any way to add to the to the success of the event.The funds, which were raised, will be used by Birdhill Tidy Village Committee for the maintenance of the village over the coming season.

KILLOSCULLY PLAYERS: Killoscully Players have announced that they are currently in rehearsals for a 3 act comedy called ‘The Maiden Aunt’ by Jimmy Keary.

They are planning to be on stage over the St Patrick’s bank holiday weekend in March for three nights and hopefully the following weekend also!

The group had an outstanding run with their production of ‘Too Close to Home’ by Jimmy Keary last year which was an excellent production and their supporters will be anxiously looking forward to seeing their next production.

BIRDHILL SOCCER: Birdhill Soccer Club are holding a Valentines Dance in the Freigh Inn on Saturday February 16. Tickets currently on sale from Committee members. All are welcome and there will be plenty of spot prizes on the night.

CERTS PRESENTED: The opportunity for life long learning, which is now widely available through the VEC, has added a new dimension to the lives of many adults, graduating students at a local college have been told.

Certificates for having successfully achieved the necessary standard were presented to students who completed a wide range of adult courses at Newport College by Antoinette Coffey, Adult Education Officer, North Tipperary Vocational Education Committee.

Clodagh Kelly, Principal, Newport College described it as a very special occasion for the college which has a very long history in the provision of adult education in the community for many years.

“It is an area of education that is very close to my heart. It is great to see people who may not have had the opportunity in earlier life coming taking and availing of the facilities which are now available for further education in adult life and the interest and enthusiasm which you have shown in the courses has been absolutely fantastic for us as teachers and it really has invigorated us.

“I think we will all agree that at second level you may not have been in the right place at that time to appreciate the education you were getting, because you had to attend the classes and you had to do the home work which you may not have been enthusiastic about at that stage in your lives.

“As adults attending the classes here it is different. You are here because you want to attend the classes and you want to learn and further your education. It is absolutely great to see that and to see the interest which you have shown in attending the courses and to see your interest in the courses day in and day out is absolutely wonderful.

“We are very fortunate here in Newport in the range of courses which we are able to offer, starting at FETAC Level 3 and to see the students progressing to come back year after year to engage in it and enjoy your experience to develop on to Level 4 and then Level 5.

“That is what life long learning is all about. Education des not stop at second level. Education continues for all of your life and we have a range of courses here to suit that. We have a share and a concern in your success too and that is why we frame our courses around your particular needs so that you, can get the greatest benefit from the time that you spend here”, she said.

Antoinette Coffey, Adult Education Officer, North Tipperary VEC said it was great to have the opportunity of being present for the occasion to mark the successful completion of so many courses in the Adult Education Programme at the college.

The students who qualified for the certificates were Component Certificate in Graphic Design: Kevin Barry, Mary Boland, Eileen Brisco, Mary Doolan, Bridie Frawley, Margaret Gundak, Sadie Hogan, Martin Lenihan, Angela Mulcahy, Eileen O’Brien, John Joseph O’Donnell, Thomas O’Grady, Mary Ryan

Computer Applications: Mary Doolan, Joanne Kennedy, John Joseph O’Donnell

Word Processing : Bridie Frawley, Margaret Gundak, Mary Hickey, Margaret Hogan, Pauline Kennedy, Mary McAuliffe, Angela Mulcahy, Michael O’Donnell, Fiona Ryan

Design :Caroline Bradshaw, Sabrina O’Donoghue, Maree Ryan

Business: Anne-Marie Glynn, Mary Grace, Janet Leo

Childcare : Lynsey Duhig, Helen Harding, Joan Kennedy, Deirdre Lees, Lindsey O’Donoghue

The following got Major Awards in Business Studies: Margaret Carr, Lisa Folen, Stephen Folen, Ann Griffin, Sean Hickey, Geraldine Kirwan, Caroline McMahon, Alison O’Riordan, Ann Marie Ryan, Jacinta Tuohey, Marie Wallace, Maura Walsh, Patrick Wright,

Childcare: Mary Berkery, Nicole Curley, Jessie Dawon, Patrice Donovan, Audrey Long, Marta Miarka, Haraldur Oskarsson, Laura Smith, Margaret Turner.

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