TRIPLE GOLD MEDALS: Three local athletes took individual gold, in a great achievement at the Tipperary County Cross Country Championships which were held at Clonmel over the week-end.
The successful competitors, members of Newport Athletic Club, winning Gold Medals were, Aimee Hayde,Killoscully (Under 11 years), Emma Coleman, Newport (Under 13 years) and Emma Fagan, Newport (Under 15 years).
The other successful representatives of Newport Club were Robin McNamara, Toor, who won a Bronze Medal Under 9 years, Aaron Coleman, Newport winner of a Bronze Medal Under 11 years, Ben O’Sullivan, Newport, winner of Bronze Under 11 years, B. Quinn, Ballinahinch winner of a Bronze Medal Under 11 years and R Allen, Newport winner of a Bronze Medal Under 13 years.
Gold medals were won by the Under 15 years Girls team of Emma Fagan, Sarah Fagan and Roisin Allen. Silver Medals were won by Under 13 years Girls team of Emma Coleman, Ruth Allen, L. O’Halloran, and M Sage.
Bronze Medals were won by the team of B. Quinn, J. Mullaney, M Mullaney, and B O’Sullivan.
There was also an excellent performance by Thomas O’Brien, Cappanahana in Under 15 who finished just outside of the medals.
LOCAL HERO HONOURED: A truly great local hero, with more than a quarter of a century of dedication to making his home village a more beautiful place in which to live, has been honoured by the community which he continues to serve.
Recent recipient of a Local Hero Award in the National Tidy Towns Contest, Denis Floyd, has been honoured by the community of Birdhill for his many years of hard work.
At a surprise celebration at the Coopers Lounge - where Denis Floyd though he was turning up for a meeting on tidy town work - the community had gathered to honour him as their local hero.
He was presented with bog oak sculptured in the shape of a bird by Martin O’Brien and his wife, Mary was presented with a bouquet of flowers.
Fiona Ryan welcomed everyone to the celebration “of a very special occasion for the one and only Denis Floyd” and the band tuned up with “Congratulations .. . . . Congratulations” to set the spirit of the evening rolling.
“This award is recognition of the work that Denis has put into the community. Everyone is aware of the countless hours and time that Denis has put into making Birdhill very beautiful” said Fiona.
Majella Foley-Friel said that Denis Floyd had been the foundation of Tidy Town’s in Birdhill since its inception, and had worked hard at every level of the organisation from planning to watering the hanging baskets.
“For more than 20 years Denis has played a crucial role in creating not only a pleasing environment in Birdhill, but creating a sense of community with emphasis on bringing people together at various community events. Behind the scenes he has worked hard with local authorities and state agencies to make possible the dreams of the community with significant funding resources.
“But far more important than all of that has been Denis’s quiet but steady impact on whichever role he held on the committee. His effort has moved the community of Birdhill, inspiring people by personal action, inspiring them to an openness to new ideas and innovation. We all turn to his reassuring presence in the village whether he is checking the plants, picking up the litter or constantly looking for further improvements in the village”.
Rev Fr John OKeeffe, P.P. extended congratulations to Denis on behalf of all the community of Birdhill. When he was recognised in Dublin as a local hero the people of Birdhill felt it was only right that he should be recognised in his own home place. They had gathered to enhance the recognition he received in Dublin with this little celebration of appreciation for all he gad done for the community of Birdhill over more than quarter of a century.
“We have won awards in the Tidy Towns, Tidiest Village, several Gold Medals, European Entra Florale, Pride of Place. We are now going global, going to China and if we come back from China with an award it will say to the Tidy Town people maybe a prophet is not always accepted in their own country”, he said.
Denis Floyd in expressing his thanks said that everything he had done down through the years was done “for the sake of the little village”.
He encouraged as many as possible within the community to adopt that model and give whatever time they can to the betterment of the community.
SOCCER: It has been a quiet week for Newport Town AFC members on the playing front for both Juniors and Schoolboys with the Junior B team, the only team in action. The B’s made the journey to Ballylanders, went out on the pitch, did a job and returned with all 3 points on offer with a very important and morale boosting 6-2 away victory. The veterans on the team continue to defy mother nature and showed all their experience, guile and craft with Chris ‘Speedy’ Carroll securing the match ball with a hat-trick, including 2 penalties. PJ O’Rourke contributed with a brace and Danny Healy in his role as player/manager scored one. However the outstanding Jamie Collins, full of confidence after having been recently selected on the Limerick District Youths Squad, showed that the future is bright for NTAFC with the quality of the younger players coming through the ranks.
This weekend the A team are at home to Dromore Celtic, while the B team are home to Caherconlish. Both league games kick off at 10.30am. In Schoolboy fixtures, the under-10s are away to Geraldines while the under-16 team are home to Aisling Annacotty.
In the FAI Junior Cup Draw, Newport have been drawn away to Premier League outfit, Pike Rovers, in the third round of the FAI Junior Cup. A very exciting future for the club. Date is to be confirmed.
The club has extended best wishes to junior player, Glen Ryan and his fiancee, Joanne Sheedy on their recent engagement.
GOING TO CHINA: Birdhill Tidy Village has been nominated to represent Ireland at the 2013 LivCom (Livable Communities) Competition in Xiamen, China which will take place in November.
The Birdhill promotional video for the competition will be launched in the Coopers, Birdhill on Friday November 8 at 9.30pm.
This social event is also a Bon Voyage celebration for the four members of the Birdhill Tidy Village committee who will travel to China to represent and promote our community at the competition. There will be a fun and Chinese theme to the Birdhill event on November 8. As red is the National colour of China the community is encouraged to wear a touch of red on the night to add to the celebration. There will be music and refreshments on the night. Everyone will be welcome.