GAA PLANS: An initiative to prepare a five year plan for Newport GAA Club was formally initiated at a well attended public meeting at Newport College, last week in which there was strong participation from the community.

GAA PLANS: An initiative to prepare a five year plan for Newport GAA Club was formally initiated at a well attended public meeting at Newport College, last week in which there was strong participation from the community.

Newport GAA club hosted the forum on Friday night to seek out views from the community as to how they would like to see the club develop over the next five years. The event was very well supported and the views of everyone ranging from the minors to the most senior members of the community were entertained.

All the views submitted are now being collated and five distinct topics have been identified for discussion, including games development, facilities, communications and fundraising.

A working group has now been convened in respect of each topic and they will meet again on this Saturday evening with a view to making a final submission which will be presented to the club membership very soon. The club has particularly welcomed the strong community interest in the forum.

Meanwhile the youth of the area are being given their chance to voice their opinion. St Mary’s Transition Year students, Michael Quigley,Liam Duffy and Daniel Delaney including Chairperson Conor Floyd are busy assembling their input for the youth forum which will take place on Sunday week February 3 at 5pm. All are welcome to attend from 14 to 18 years including the camogie and handball club’s.

TIDY TOWNS: In support of the year of the “Gathering” which 2013 has been designated, Newport Tidy Town Committee are encouraging all families to take a little extra time preparing for it, in their gardens, house fronts, residents associations, etc. and hoping that maybe doing a little to enhance beyond their own private boundaries.

The committee have pointed out that if anyone has any project or idea to help improve the appearance of the town it will b e very welcome. Tidy Towns will be applying for a grant so any proposal would be welcome and they can then see how all can help, working together.

Any suggestions can be forwarded to Martin Guilfoyle , Elaine Carey or any member of Tidy Towns, know of your idea ASAP stressing that it would be great to make a special effort this year.

SALE OF WORK: Birdhill Tidy Village Committee will hold a Sale of Work in the Community Hall, Birdhill on Sunday week, February 3 commencing at 2pm. Community support would be very much appreciated in ensuring the success of this event.

They are appealing to the community to donate items, which could be sold at the Sale of Work. Representatives of the Tidy Village Committee will do house - to- house calls during the coming weeks seeking contribution of items such as household goods, fuel, farm goods, toys (unused), books, tools/implements, groceries, home baking, vegetables, furniture, unwanted gifts, cosmetics, house/garden plants, etc. Those contributing are asked to please ensure that items donated are of good quality. No magazines or used clothes are to be included. Items can also be dropped in to the Community Hall on Saturday February 2 between 11am and 12noon . Home baking should be dropped off at 11am on the Sunday morning of the event. Birdhill Tidy Village Committee earnestly seeking community support for the main fundraising venture for 2013 and extending thanks in anticipation of the continued support which they have received in the past.

The past year marked another milestone in the continued of the committee objectives with the awarding of the All Island Pride of Place to Birdhill which was deserved recognition of their work. They continue to persevere with further improvements to the village and its surrounds all of which requires ongoing funding.

RUGBY: Newport Rugby Club held their annual Christmas Day swim again as usual this year. This was the Clubs 41st swim, the proceeds of which goes to a local charity each year. This year the club decided to make a donation to Newport’s Day Care Centre in recognition of the fantastic work carried out at the centre. A fine bunch of rugby players braved the cold waters of the Newport River after midday Mass and they were observed from dry land by a huge crowd on the bridge. Player of the year Phillip O Brien, Club Chairman Padraig Walkin, and Club President Mary Jo Sullivan presented the cheque to Day Care centre reps Ann Jones and Angela Coffey. Well done to all involved and special thanks from the club to all that contributed on the day.

CAMOGIE: St Mary’s Secondary Camogie Team , Newport are playing in the Munster Schools Final V Our Lady’s Secondary School , Templemore on next Saturday , 26th January at 12 noon in Lacken Park, Newport . Support from the community for the game would be appreciated.

WALK: A meeting will be held at the Community Centre, Newport on this Thursday night at 9 pm to initiate arrangements for a 10 km walk which is being planned for early Summer.

All interested are welcome to attend and the organisers would be delighted if there are any volunteers to assist with the arrangements in advance of the event.

More details can be had by contacting 086 3823819.

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