The annual collection of our Sacristan will be taken up this weekend, June 3. Please use envelopes in your envelope box already given out. Jo plays an important role in being present at all ceremonies: Masses, Funerals, weddings Christenings, Holy Communions, Confirmation etc. Her work the 365 days in the year is unseen, and to show appreciation to her we ask you to be generous to her collection on Sunday.


On Saturday morning last, May 26, 9 boys and 3 girls received their first Holy Communion in Newcastle Church. Compliments to the teachers who had the Holy Communion well prepared for this the happiest day in their young lives.


The months mind Mass for the late Frey Hackett, Kilnacarriga, will be on Sunday next, June 3, in Newcastle Church.


A profound sadness descended on our locality, when we learned on Monday, May 21, of the passing of Mary Lonergan, Greenmount, Newcastle. Even though it was realised that she had a serious illness her untimely death at her home following a stay in hospital came as a great shock to all. Only 52 years, she was the daughter of the late Larry and Mary Quinn, Fihertagh, Bansha. Mary is survived by her husband Pat, sons John, David, Mark, daughter Kate, daughter in law Nicola and mother in law Maureen, and also her brothers and sisters. We all knew Mary by her gentle and obliging nature which commended her to young and old alike. Her whole life centred on her husband Pat and children and where they were, she was, in the centre encouraging her boys who were involved in the G.A.A etc. A talented singer she entertained many with her beautiful voice. During the past years she was Secretary at Noel O’Keeffe Car Sales in Newcastle, where she was highly respected by Noel, Nellie and staff. Needless to say this gentle and kind lady will be sorely missed. Reposing at her home her remains were removed to Newcastle Church on Thursday morning where they were met by a guard of honour formed by Newcastle GAA members. Requiem Mass was celebrated by rev Fr Desmond P.P assisted by rev Fr Ryan, Mellfont Abbey (cousin) and Rev Fr Egan friend of the family. Following mass burial took place in the New Cemetery, Mollough, when all walks of life were represented in the high concourse of mourners showing the respect and high regard the deceased was held. We extend very sincere sympathy to the Lonergan and Quinn family on this sad occasion.


Junior A Hurling Championship- The junior A hurlers played their first game in this year’s championships against Ballylooby/Castlegrace in Clogheen on Saturday evening, May 26. With perfect weather conditions, Newcastle, playing with the wind in the first half, led by 0-6 to 0-5 at half time. During the second half Ballylooby scored two goals that proved decisive. Final score was 0-10 to 2-9.

Sympathy- On behalf of Newcastle GAA club, we offer the sympathies if the club to the family of the late Mary Lonergan, Greenmount. Mary regularly attended Newcastle matches and was very proud of the achievement of her sons with the club. To Marys husband, Pat, sons David, Mark and Johnny and daughter Kate, our deepest sympathy.

County Board Draw- Another reminder to anyone who wishes to join the county board draw that the date for the first draw is approaching. For E100 you are entered into the weekly county lotto and monthly draw, which this year includes 25 cars as prizes throughout the year. The club also benefits from this draw in the form of development grants with E50 from each subscriber returned to the club. To join, contact any officer of the club.

Committee meeting- A reminder that the next committee meeting will be held on Wednesday night next, June 6, at 8.30pm in the clubrooms. All committee members are requested to attend.

Exams- Best of luck to those involved with the club sitting their exams in the coming week.


Foroige: A Foroige information session will be held on Tuesday, June 5, at 7:30p.m in Tigh Na nDaoine. Any children aged between 12-18 years and any adults that may be interested in getting involved, please come along in the hope of re-starting Foroige in Newcastle.

Good Morning South Tipperary: is a friendly, free and confidential phone service that supports the older and vulnerable people of South Tipperary and West Waterford. Trained volunteers make telephone calls to older and vulnerable people living in isolated rural areas or who are experiencing loneliness. We are currently hoping to reach out to older people who would like to avail of this service. For more information please phone (052)6120974 or Mandy on (087)1846393.


In support of the Jack and Jill Foundation, Mattie McGrath TD will hold a Crutches Collection Day on Friday, June 8, in The Enterprise Centre, Cahir from 3pm until 5pm. Please bring along any old crutches, zimmer frames, digital cameras, video console games, old mobile phones and ink cartridges that are no longer in use. All collected on the day will support the Jack and Jill Foundation. For further information please contact (086) 8184307.


Will be held on Wednesday, June 6, at 10a.m. at the composting site on the new line. Please come along if you are interested in recycling/composting.