May 4

Birdhill Birdhouse: After weeks of waiting and hoping for a new tenant, and thousands watched in anxious anticipation, an occupant has arrived for the popular birdhouse at Birdhill.

Birdhill Birdhouse: After weeks of waiting and hoping for a new tenant, and thousands watched in anxious anticipation, an occupant has arrived for the popular birdhouse at Birdhill.

The nature watch CCTV link from the Birdhill Birdhouse has had a new focus of attention as, after the weeks of waiting , a nesting Thrush has been found.

The Thrush which is currently busy hatching four beautiful blue eggs can be clearly seen live via the webcam link on the web page This video stream was very popular last year as young and old could follow the Great Tit family as they hatched their young. Unfortunately the cold spell seems to have dissuaded the Great Tits from breeding so far this year, but luckily the Thrush family have kindly obliged. The precise location of the Bird House is not being disclosed for security reasons, but the crystal clear pictures which are being transmitted over the internet have created lots of interest which is certain to further increase over the coming weeks as many watch the progress of nature.

All interested are invited to have a look and enjoy the wonders of nature from their computer.

ICA OUTING: There are still some seats available on the Newport ICA Guild outing in conjunction with the Annual Bloom Festival at the Phoenix Park, Dublin on Thursday May 30. This has become a major event in recent years attracting a huge attendance of enthusiasts in gardening and outdoor activities and is well worthy of a visit for an enjoyable and fulfilling day.

Anyone interested in travelling are asked to contact the ICA Guild officers, Nancy Hickey (061 378218), or Helen Brennan (061 378260) as soon as possible for more details.

SUMMER CAMP: Arrangements have been announced this week for the Annual Newport Summer Camp. The popular Summer Camp will go ahead as usual this year at the gym at St Mary’s Secondary School, Newport where it will commence on Monday July 1 and continue to Friday July 5. Those interested in attending the camp can obtain more details from Mary O’Connor on 085 1534816.

MACRA NA FEIRME: Ballinahinch-Killoscully Macra na Feirme branch are holding a clothes recycling drive in aid of Enable Ireland on May 11 and 12. Those wishing to support the initiative can donate clothes, shoes, soft toys, mobile phones, books (school books and magazines excluded) for collection which will take place at the Community Hall, Ballinahinch on Saturday May 11 from 6 pm to 9 pm and on Sunday from 9 am to 12 noon. There will also be collection facility at the Community Hall, Killoscully on Sunday May 12 from 10 am to 1 pm. All donations will be greatly appreciated and all proceeds are in aid of the recognised and registered charity Enable Ireland.

COMMUNITY CENTRE: The Community Centre, Newport is a hive of activity throughout the week. There is Taekwondo classes on Monday and Wednesday evenings, Body Toning on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, the very popular Bingo on Tuesday nights, which is a great success, Irish Dancing Classes on Thursday evenings and Youth Club activities on Friday evenings.

Unislim classes have now resumed at the Community Centre, Newport on Wednesday evenings from 6.15 pm to 7.15 pm and more details can be had by contacting Jenny on 086 8390949.

SOCCER: Newport Underage Soccer Club players have had an extremely busy week on the playing pitches and another very successful one.

The Bs played Glenview away on Thursday evening in a re run of their recent cup final win, this time crucial league points were at stake. After a terrific display they had to settle for one point when their display probably deserved a little more. Still a vital point and everything to play for in the remaining matches.

The As need something from their last match to achieve promotion after failing to secure a point away to a very well drilled Athlunkard side. In a see-saw game it fell to a last minute goal to leave them losing 2-3. Scorers were Joe Conneely and Sean O’Brien.

The U-15s found themselves 2-0 down away to Mungret early on but a screamer from Thomas Carroll brought them back into it,, but a dubious penalty award put Mungret back in the driving seat. When they slipped 4-1 down it looked over but Harry Sheehy banged in a quick double to make for a grandstand finish. As often happens they were then caught on the break and Mungret finished the scoring at 5-3 with a breakaway goal. Entertaining stuff and they were unlucky not to get something from the game.

The Newport under-13s put in a superb performance this evening to beat a gallant Corbally Utd. 7-0 in a must win league game. Every game is now a cup game for the boys and they are responding to the challenge superbly. With only 3 league games left they are still top of the pile and are doing all they can to keep the pressure on their nearest rivals.

Before the game the boys were asked to continue from where they left off in their last game against Granville and they responded accordingly by starting the game at a cracking pace. The pitch was in great condition and this suited the lads as they tried to keep the ball down and play it on the deck.

Nathan Hartigan opened the scoring after 8 minutes after a well worked throw-in between Jack Noble and James Lynch. Nathan hit a lovely shot on the turn to give the Corbally keeper no chance.

Darren Collins made it 2-0 with a shot from a Cathal Ryan free kick, which was played over the top. It was all Newport at this stage and James Lynch extended the lead with a spectacular strike from long range. They went in at half time with a three goal lead but they had also hit the bar twice in the first half.

Before the game the boys had been encouraged to try and get their heads on to crosses as they had not scored too many goals during the season in this manner. The boys were reminded of this at half time and they responded with two superb headed goals from crosses. James Lynch scored his second of the game with a brilliantly executed diving header from a Mikey Ryan cross and not to be outdone Darren Collins powered home a header from a Nathan Hartigan corner.

Once again all the subs got an extended run and contributed to the team effort. Mikey Ryan rounded off an excellent display with a well struck shot, which found the top corner and then after a great run put the ball in the path of Colin Coleman who slotted the ball home from close range.

The lads now have a tough week ahead of them when they are away to Granville in the cup quarter-final on Wednesday, followed by an away league game to Coonagh Utd. next Saturday. It’s been a very long season. They have now played 14 competitive games, having won 12 and narrowly lost 2. They have scored 58 goals and conceded 23. Twelve different players have scored during the season. James Lynch still leads the scoring chart on 14 goals with Darren Collins just behind on 12. The message from all of their supporters is to ‘Keep it going lads’.

In the Under 8’s Blitz, Newport continued their campaign against Aisling, F airview and Lisnagry. First up was Lisnagry who were well prepared and won 3 -1. Newport goal scorer was Connor Brett .

But the scoreline flattered the opposition and teams were evenly matched. Fairview were the next team and it again was an even enough match. Connor Jones was in goals and made at least a dozen saves from a lively Fairview attack. However Fairview managed to score 2 and Paddy Hussey took a well taken goal in the first half Final score 2_1.

The final match was a 5-3 thriller with chances galore from both teams in an end to end match. Connor Brett scored twice and also Cillian English.

The 17s had a super 2-1 away win against Geraldines to keep their excellent run going. Scorers Keith Mawdsley and Declan Fitzpatrick. This win keeps them well involved at the top of this league.

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