June 1

GAA PLAN: Tulach Sheasta GAA Club have launched their long awaited five year plan. The process behind the compilation of the plan began last January when six different focus groups were formed, as a result of an open forum which was very well attended. The working groups focused on Administration, Facilities,Coaching, Finance, Communications and Youth Affairs.

GAA PLAN: Tulach Sheasta GAA Club have launched their long awaited five year plan. The process behind the compilation of the plan began last January when six different focus groups were formed, as a result of an open forum which was very well attended. The working groups focused on Administration, Facilities,Coaching, Finance, Communications and Youth Affairs.

These groups then subsequently presented their findings to the club executive under the guidance of Denis Floyd. It became apparent that Newport is one of the fastest growing towns in the County with a very young population. For example, the study showed that there are over 700 people under the age of 21 living in the town and that there are now 600 children attending the primary schools in the Parish. Armed with these statistics, Tulach Sheasta GAA Club have now developed a road map for the future of the Club over the next five years.

Under the title “New Opportunities” this publication is a very easy read, full of facts and offering a very balanced view of where the club must go in the near future, to maintain its place within the community and continue to serve the best interests of the local community in the development of Gaelic games.

The Launch was attended by Michael Burke, Vice Chairman, County GAA Board, Jimmy Minogue, County Development Officer, Tim Floyd, Secretary, Tipperary County GAA Board , and John ‘Rocky’ McGrath, Chairman, North T ipperary GAA Board.

The plan was formally launched by Rev Fr J. Delaney, P.P. who highlighted the value of a vibrant GAA club in the Parish and praised all the club members for the trojan work already been done.

Copies of the plan are now available from, Martin Guilfoyle, Chairman, Newport GAA Club.

COMMUNITY GAMES: The Newport/Birdhill/Toor Community Games Athletics will be held at Lacken Park, Newport on this Thursday May 30 commencing at 6pm. The event will decide the representatives from the area to compete at the next round to select the team to represent Tipperary at the national finals to be held later in the year.

COLLECTION: The Irish Wheelchair Association have expressed their sincere thanks to all those who contributed so generously to their recent Church Gate Collections in Newport, Birdhill, Toor, Killoscully and Ballinahinch and to all who helped with the collection at the different venues. The proceeds of the collection amounted to €1,354.43 for which the association is very grateful.

CAMOGIE QUIZ: Newport-Ballinahinch Camogie Club will hold a Table Quiz at the Bonnan Bui , Ballinahinch on this Friday evening May 31 commencing at 9.30pm. There are tables of four @ €30. This is a fundraiser for the expenditure associated with the upcoming Feile and all support will be much appreciated.

The club has been chosen as a host club for Feile na nGael which will be held this year at Limerick on the first week-end in July. The club will host Sarsfields of Galway. In conjunction with the involvement of the club in the event, James Nolan, who will take part in the Cork City Marathon this week-end is presenting the proceeds of his sponsorship to the club finances.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: A Meeting of Killoscully Historical Discussion Group will take place at the Community Centre, Killoscully on this Wednesday night May 29 commencing at 8.30pm. The group are currently compiling a history of the Killoscully area and welcome any support which they receive from the community on the interesting project. Anybody interested in this project are welcome to attend the meeting.

PRE SCHOOL PLACES: Parents are reminded that children born between February 2, 2009 and June 30, 2010 are entitled to a free pre school place commencing September next. Gill McGonigle, Chuckles, Clonbealy, Newport invite parents to contact the centre for more details.

NEWPORT TOWN AFC: Newport Town AFC will hold their A.G.M. on this Thursday evening, May 30 at O’Sullivan’s Freigh Inn commencing at 8.30pm. Proposed motions and nominations for consideration at this meeting were required to have been submitted in writing to the Club Secretary, by Monday last May 27.

FIRST COMMUNION: Children from Lackamore National School received their First Holy Communion at the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Newport on Saturday morning last. Pupils from Ballinahinch National School received the sacrament at St Joseph’s Church, Ballinahinch on Saturday morning. The parents of children at both centres and their teachers were complimented on the manner in which the children were prepared for the reception of the Blessed Sacrament, which was an important day in their lives.

UGANDA: A church gate collection will be held at Masses at Newport, Birdhill and Toor this week-end, June 1 and 2, to support the extension and furnishing of a school in Uganda, which Mary McCabe, Ballymackeogh has committed to, following her time spent in the area last year.

The project is based in a small village called Nakirebe which is about an hour’s drive outside Kampala city in Uganda near where she worked in Watoto orphanage last year. She became concerned that school facilities for the children were often required to accommodate up to five times its intended numbers.

On June 10 she will return to the village, taking with her the proceeds of her fund raising over recent months and remain there for three weeks, to spend the money on construction materials and desks for the school.

TIDY COMMUNITY: With the adjudication in the National Tidy Town Contest scheduled to commence around the country this week-end, the community at Birdhill have already completed several weeks of planning and physical work having commenced with the annual clean up, which was followed in recent weeks by emphasis on painting and planting of flowers over recent days.

The message of the committee to the community this week is that the Tidy Town project embraces the entire community and not just the village area and consequently they are seeking the support of all householders to ensure that houses and their surrounds are well presented for adjudication 2013.

They point out that the adjudication in the contest extends to include the presentation and attractiveness of the buildings, level of maintenance, retention of traditional features, treatment of boundary walls and fences, and the roadside areas.

The message to the community is that colourful flower displays, trimming of verges adjacent to houses and involvement in the promoting and preserving of wild life and their habitats all contribute significantly to achieving a better result for the village in the contest.

European, national, regional and county awards have been won by Birdhill over recent years, but they are still chasing the coveted overall National Tidy Town title and maybe they will accomplish that dream in 2013 with the continued help of the community which has been such a vital contribution to their success to date.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Newport Historical Society in preparation for a forthcoming publication on the Creameries in the Newport area would appreciate copies of photographs, butter wrappers for 1lb, 2lb or butter rolls. We would also appreciate the opportunity to photograph butter boxes, milk books or other creamery documents or dockets. The creameries of the area include Newport, Birdhill, Ballinahinch, Killoscully, Knockfune, Puckawn, Lackamore, Bunkey and Annagh. Also any documents relating to a Turf Society associated with Annaholty bog. Please contact Michael at 087 6968487.

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