ALL IRELAND WINNERS: Congratulations to Tulach Sheasta CCE U18 group who won the All Ireland Final of the Plearacha competition in Clasac, Clontarf on last Saturday. Well done to all the boys and girls involved in Music, Song and Dance and a special word of praise for their mentors Mary McAuliffe, Ruairi Floyd and Sarah McAuliffe. Their performance was highly praised by the judges in all aspects. They had great support with a large contingent travelling on the day for what is a very significant achievement for a branch that was only reformed in 2008.
EASTER CEREMONIES: The following are the arrangements for Easter ceremonies at the churches in the area over the coming days.
Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Newport - Holy Thursday Mass at 7.30 pm and a Holy Hour at 10 pm. Good Friday, Liturgy at 3 pm and Stations of the Cross at 7.30 pm. The Stations of the Cross will be held outdoor if the weather permits. Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil Mass at 9 pm. Easter Sunday, Masses at 9 am and 12 noon.
Our Lady of the Wayside, Birdhill, Holy Thursday Mass at 7.30 pm and a Holy Hour at 10 pm. Good Friday, Liturgy at 3 pm and Stations of the Cross at 7.00 pm. Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil Mass at 8.30 pm. Easter Sunday, Mass at 10 am. There will also be Mass in the Village Park at 6.30 am.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Toor, Holy Thursday Mass at 8.30 pm. Good Friday, Stations of the Cross at 8.00 pm. Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil Mass at 8.30 pm. Easter Sunday, Mass at 11.00 am
St Joseph’s, Ballinahinch, Holy Thursday Mass at 8.30 pm and Reflection at 9 pm. Good Friday, Liturgy at 3 pm and Stations of the Cross at 7.00 pm. Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil at 8 pm. Easter Sunday, Mass at 10.45 am.
Sacred Heart, Killoscully, Holy Thursday Mass at 7.00 pm. Good Friday, Stations of the Cross at 8.00 pm.
ATHLETICS: Congratulations to the new All Ireland 200 metres Under 15 years Silver Medal winner, Sharlene Mawdsley, Newport, a member of Newport Athletic Club who gave an outstanding performance at the All Ireland Track and Field Championships which were held at the new Arena at Athlone over the weekend.
Three athletes from Newport Athletic Club qualified to compete in the National Finals, which was a great achievement for a small club and reflected the standard which members of the club have attained. They were Sharlene Mawdsley in the 200 metres and hurdles Under 15 years, Emma Fagan in the 800 metres and Maria Carey in the Long Jump Under 15 years.
In addition to taking the Silver Medal in the 200 metres event, Sharlene Mawdsley also reached the final of the Hurdles Under 15 years. Maria Carey finished just outside of the medals in the Long Jump final in which she was placed fourth after reaching 4.97 metres in great performance.
Emma Fagan was also marginally ousted from a medal when she finished fourth in the final of the 800 metres.
Very well done to all.
GOLF OUTING: Its that time of the year again for the members of the Mulcair Golf Society to head to the attic to dust off the golf clubs after the winter break.
The First outing of 2013 will take place on Saturday week April 6 when they visit East Clare Golf Club, Bodyke. The assembly time is 8.30 am.
New members are always welcomed and more information can be found on their facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PILGRIMAGE: A Year of Faith Pilgrimage will take place to Medusa, from September 14 to 21 departing from Shannon. The cost is €689 which includes half board accommodation, airport transfers, taxes and spiritual guide. Accommodation is two minutes from church. Contact John O’Brien @ 061-380614.
SOCCER: Pride of place this week for members of Newport RFC went to the club B’s and U17’s on reaching their respective Cup Finals. For the first time ever two teams reached the finals on the same day. The B’s won at home 2-1 against Caherconlish. (Danny Healy and a late winner from a Chris Carroll penalty, after Danny was pulled down). Well done to Management of Marc and Denis.
The U.17s also won at home against Caherdavin. The club very own ‘K-Club’ were in emphatic scoring form, winning on a 7-1 scoreline. Kieran Casey(3), Keith Mawdsley(2), Kalem Hart, Keegan Park. Well done to Management of Donogh, Joe and Dobs.
Best of luck to both teams and management in their finals in Jackman in a few weeks. Details to be announced later.
Two excellent teams provide a great morning’s entertainment as the A’s drew 2-2 at home to Knockainey in a tight affair. Dean Lenihan and Sean O’Brien were the goal scorers for the Newport side. Well done lads. It was as good a game as had been seen at the grounds in a long time.
BIRDHILL BIRD BOX: For the second time, the Birdhill Bird Box is going live on the internet again this year. Following on the success of the venture last year with the live transmission of the Blue Tit being viewed on the internet by thousands of followers, even greater numbers are expected to follow the bird breeding life in the area this year.
The latest word is that while “some viewings” by prospective tenants of the nest have been observed there is no tenant in place as yet. The box is situated at a secret location close to the village - for security reasons - but can be viewed via a link on the Birdhill Tidy Village web site.
EASTER AT BIRDILL: The special celebrations for Easter at Birdhill will commence at the break of dawn on Sunday morning when members of the community, and all others interested who are welcome to attend, will assemble at the Woodland Path close to the village to hear the Dawn Chorus at 6 am. (Summer Time).
They are then invited to celebrate Easter at daybreak with Mass in Birdhill Community Park at 6.30am (Summer time).
There will be Easter Celebrations in Birdhill Community Park from 11am to 12noon. Meet the Easter Bunny, search for Easter Eggs, art & craft for children, enjoy a cuppa and a bun. There will also be an opportunity to buy some home baking for Easter with an Easter Cake Sale in conjunction with Easter Celebrations as Birdhill Tidy Village Committee will hold a fundraising cake sale in Birdhill Community Park on Easter Sunday from 11am-12noon. Community support will be appreciated.
RUGBY: Well done to Newport Rugby Club adult junior team who have retained their division two status thanks to a great 17-14 win over Ennis RFC on Sunday last in Freigh.
Meanwhile their U15 combination with Presentation got their cup campaign off to a great start with a big win over St Senans from Shannon. Great displays from Sean Coffey, Mark Murray, Daniel Powell, Tiernan Ryan,Mike Griffin and Ben King helped to grind out the result. Simultaneously their U11’s , fresh from their great community games victory, went on the rampage at a blitz day in Garryowen when they overcame Garryowen, UL Bohs and Richmond.
Newport RFC will hold an information evening in Sullivan’s very soon to encourage more parential participation as the youth section has grown exponentially this year. More information on these plans next week.
The club have extended good wishes to Sean Coffey and the best of luck in his trials with the North Munster U16 squad over the Easter period.
CONCERT: Arrangements are now being finalised for a gala concert at the Community Centre, Ballinahinch on Monday week, April 8 at 8 p.m.
Artists from Ballinahinch, will be joined by a host of talented contributors from Newport, Rearcross, Birdhill and Burgess for the evenings entertainment the proceeds of which is being donated to the Day Care Centre, Newport. A great night’s entertainment is assured and support for the event will be appreciated.