FESTIVE LIGHTS: Newport festive lights will be illuminated on this Saturday evening December 7 at 7 30 pm (approx) following the parish evening Mass at 6 30 pm. Following the blessing and the switch on of the lights the children from Convent N.S, and Boys N.S. will sing some carols to commence the Christmas season. The convent school band will play a selection of tunes to set the festive mood, and there is the possibility of some special visitors on the evening!! All are welcome.
ART EXHBITION: In conjunction with the start of the festive celebrations at Newport on this Saturday evening December 7, there will be an Art Exhibition over Ollie McGrath’s, Main Street commencing at 7pm. Kerry Acheson artist and teacher will display her own work and some work by her students, as well as local arts and crafts on the evening. All are welcome.
MASS TIME CHANGES: A number of changes to the week-end Masses for the parishes of Newport, Birdhill and Toor and Ballinahinch-Killoscully to take effect from the beginning of 2014 have been announced. Following a survey of the attendance at the Masss over the week-end, which was carried out in each parish earlier this year, and consideration of the number of week-end Masses and the number of priests in the parishes, it has been decided to reduce the week-end Masses in each parish by one with effect from January 1 next. There are also some changes to the Mass times with effect from the same date. The new arrangements are - Newport - Saturday evening Mass at 6.30 pm and Mass on Sunday at 11.30 am. At Birdhill the Saturday evening Mass will be at 7.45 pm and Sunday Mass at 10 am. Mass at Toor is on Sunday at 9 am. The Saturday evening Mass at Ballinahinch will be at 7.30 pm. There will be no Sunday Mass at Ballinahinch. Sunday Mass at Killoscully will be at 11 am. Some changes have also been made to Masses in the neighbouring parishes of Ballina-Boher and Murroe-Boher which will also take effect from the first week-end in 2014.
TURKEY RUN: Almost 700 participants signed up for the Annual Turkey Run which was held under ideal weather conditions at Birdhill on Sunday afternoon. They came from all corners of the region, and a wide spread of ages from the very young to the not so young, lined out at the starting line for their choice among the three distances on offer. The 5km run was the most popular among the entry with over 300 opting for the shortest distance with the first home in just over 17 minutes. The other options were over distances of 10 km and a half marathon. All participants were treated to the hospitality of the organisers on their return with the hospitality team ready to offer plenty of variety to quench the thirst and relieve the hunger after the tour of the surrounding roads. The event was organised to support Birdhill NS and the Longhouse GAA Field Development Fund, the recreational facility which has undergone major upgrading in recent years.
BIRDHILL: The Lighting of Christmas Tree and Carol Service at Birdhill will take place in Birdhill Park on this Saturday evening December 7 at 8.30 p.m. Hot Chocolate and Mulled Wine will be served. All are welcome
LAST MAN STANDING: In Newport Town AFC, Last Man Standing Contest, a further 12 contestants were knocked out over the weekend leaving only 39 remaining in contention for the first prize of €500. Everton, Man City and Chelsea were the most popular selections last weekend.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY TALK: Newport Historical Socity will hold a meeting and talk on Monday night next December 9 at 8pm in O’Sullivan’s, Newport. The speaker is Martin Ryan, Ballinahinch, journalist. The topic of the talk is ‘The Story of Arrabawn: A Social and Historical Account of The Co-Op over 100 Years’. Martin is basing his talk on his recently published, and very popular, book on the Arrabawn Co-Op over the past century.This promises to be a very interesting and informative evening and all are welcome to attend. Cost €5, incl. tea/coffee, mulled and mince pies.
SOCCER: Newport Town AFC Junior A team secured a valuable away point after a 2-2 draw away to Shannon Town in Div 1A. Scorers for Newport were Peter and Brian O’Sullivan. In the FAI U18 Cup, Newport bowed out of the competition after coming out the wrong end of a 4-3 score line at home to Regional on Sunday afternoon. The under-11s were the only schoolboy side in action. Unfortunately their unbeaten record came to an end on Saturday last as they lost 3-0 at home to Fairview Rangers. On this Sunday, December 8 the Junior A team are away to Caherconlish and the B team have a local derby away to Murroe. On Saturday, December 7, the under-14s are away to Mungret Regional. The club annual Christmas Draw will take place on Sunday week, December 15 in Sullivan’s for a selection of valuable prizes including large Xmas hampers, a fuel hamper and a Cadbury’s hamper specially for all the chocoholics, plus numerous other prizes. This is a major fund raiser for the club and your support is greatly appreciated. The club catalogue is available from committee members, team managers or on the club’s Facebook page and includes such items as tracksuits, hoodies, rain jackets, polo shirts, training tops, beanie hats and t-shirts.
DEATH: The death has occurred at Millbrea Nursing Home, Newport of Mrs Mary (Bridie) Moroney, (Nee Mulcahy) of Cooleen, Birdhill and formerly of Clonfadda, Killaloe. The late Mrs Moroney who was in her eighties was wife of the late Mick and is survived by her daughter Anne Sheridan, sons P.J., Christy and Mike, sister Nan Gavin, relatives and friends. Her remains were removed from Meehan’s Funeral Home, Newport Our Lady of the Wayside Church, Birdhill and following Requiem Mass burial took place at the adjoining cemetery. Deepest sympathy is extended to her daughter, sons, relatives and friends in their bereavement.
MARKET: The Annual Christmas Market at Ballinahinch will be held on this Sunday December 8 commencing at 1 pm with a large variety of stalls and goods on offer for the festive season.
QUIZ WINNERS: Newport Town AFC club’s annual table quiz took place in Lees Bar last week and it was the O’Brien clan of Ger, Laura and Aidan who took the title and they were closely followed by Dave O’Brien, Brian and Peter O’Sullivan. The organisers have extended special thanks to Lee’s for the hospitality shown on the night.
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