Congratulations to Mairn McGrath, Mollough, Newcastle, finalist in the Londis 'Write Up My Street' short story competition. The "Write Up My Street" book is a collection of stories from young people all over Ireland. This is an initiative undertaken by Londis, in conjunction with Barnardos Childrens Charity, who receive all proceeds from the sale of the book.

Mairn's winning story, about Newcastle, was one of only 30 stories published out of over 6,000 entries. The book was launched in the National Library, Dublin where 'Jedward' presented the winners with their prizes and posed for photos with each finalist. They also provided some wonderful entertainment on the day. Mairn had a brilliant time, the highlights being having her story published, meeting Jedward and having her photo taken with them.

Not only did Mairn write a lovely story about Newcastle Community, but she is an active member of Newcastle Community Alert and Tidy Towns as well as being involved with the local G.A.A., Badminton and Cheili Club, etc.

Mairn is daughter of Margaret and Mattie, and was attending Newcastle N.S. when she entered the competition through McCarras Londis Store in Newcastle. She is now a pupil of Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel.

Congratulations also, to Newcastle National School, who received a voucher for E250 as a result of Mairin's success.

McCarras Londis Newcastle are the only store in the country to have two winners, as Clodagh

Kelly, Ballymacarbry N.S. was a Category Winner with "A Rhyming Rap for Ballymac".

The book is available to purchase at McCarras Londis Newcastle or any Londis Store.


To enable the St. Vincent de Paul Society to continue it's excellent work, the Annual Church gate collection will be taken up this weekend 11th December in Newcastle, and on Sunday next 12th, before Mass in Fourmilewater. The Society is someone to turn to when needed and unless we get help we cant give it. Thanks for your support this weekend.


On Sunday afternoon next, 12th December, starting at 12 noon for drinks, the Annual Christmas Party hosted by Muintir na Tire, will be held in the newly decorated Community Hall. Christmas dinner will be served at 12.30pm sharp, with the usual Christmas fare. This will be followed by some lively entertainment, with some very attractive prizes to be won in the free raffle. So please come along on Sunday.


The "45" Fundraising Card Drive" which was to have taken place on Sunday night last had to be cancelled owing to the severe weather conditions, and will now be held at a later date. You will be informed.


Saturday evening at 6.30pm, Joan O'Dwyer and Helen O'Grady


Saturday evening at 6.30pm, Kathleen O'Keeffe


The evening of reflection and prayer on Advent will be held in the Community Hall, Newcastle on this Thursday 9th December at 7.30pm.


Children's practice on Thursday night and the senior choir will have their practice after Mass on Saturday night. New members welcome.


A.G.M. next Friday December 10th. Mass for deceased members will be at 7.30pm. This will be followed by a cup of tea and continuing with the business of the meeting in the GAA Complex. Following a successful year, this is the forum to raise any issues concerning the running of the Club. Please return nomination papers to the Secretary today, Wednesday 8th December.


A small number of the Club's history books are still available. Also through the work of Denis and Paddy, we have produced a D.V.D. of all the photographs used in the book. These will be available in O'Duibhir's and McCarra's for 10 euros. Thanks to both shops for their co-operation. Anyone wishing to order the Club gear for Christmas should contact John on 087 8743009.

Best of luck to Tom Kennedy who has joined a number of our players in Australia. Hopefully we will see them all back again playing with the club in the years to come.


Weekending 29th November, 2010. Winning numbers (3, 4, 18, 19). The lucky winner of the Jackpot was Maurice Caplice, Crough, Ardfinnan.

2 X 3 numbers get E75 each: Theresa Hyland, Newcastle, Noreen Keating, Newcastle.

E20 Lucky Ticket winner was Sheila and Amy Hackett, Newcastle.