In recent months and in an effort to stimulate progress and advance the needs of our community, Muintir na Tire Community Council held an open meeting under the chairmanship of James O’Neill, Regional Development Officer of Muintir na Tire. Ensuing from that meeting was the election of a new committee, which is representative of all quarters of our electoral area. This committee is now operational and has many projects in hand. However your help and financial support are essential if we are to achieve success.

There are a number of ways you can help: Your support of the weekly 45 Drive (Thursday nights 8.45 p.m.) would be welcome. This is an excellent social night out and refreshments are served.

Your support for the activities/events organised by the Community Council will ensure that the hall will continue to be available to the people of Newcastle and will remain the central hub of the community.

Remember your views will always be welcome and considered.


The monthly meeting of the Muintir na Tire Community Council will take place in the Community Hall on Wednesday, March 21, at 8 p.m. All are welcome.


On Tuesday, March 6, Rev. Fr.Michael Cullinan (Lismore), deputising for Bishop Lee administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to the pupils from Newcastle and Newtown (Ballymacarbry) schools in Newcastle Church. Also in attendance was Fr. Garrett Desmond and Fr. Kelly. The church was packed and suitably decorated for the occasion. Compliments were paid to the teachers, priests, parents and godparents who had prepared the children to receive the sacrament. The children’s choir was also complemented on, as well as others who were involved in the preparation for the day. Congratulations to all the boys and girls from the parish on their special day.

Summer Time comes in this week-end when clocks are put forward by one hour on Saturday night.


Six hours of free IT training.

Basic ICT training for people over 55 or unemployed, using a specially designed six-hour training programme, will take place in the I.T. Centre in Newcastle, Clonmel. To book your place or for more information contact Mandy (087) 1846393.

Easter Arts and Crafts for children over six years of age to create colourful window decorations, decorate eggs, pop-up cards and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult and this is a great way to help re-create idea’s at home. Classes will take place in Tigh na nDaoine on Tuesday, March 20, March 27 and April 3 at 3.30p.m. to 5p.m. and cost E2 per class. Contact Mandy (087)1846393 to book a place or for more information.

Mens Social Group. A social morning for the men of Newcastle and the surrounding area to enjoy, which includes tea/coffee, chat, a game of cards, rings or whatever the group would like, plus soup and sandwiches, takes place every Tuesday in Tigh na nDaoine from 10.30a.m. to 1.30p.m. Come along any Tuesday or phone Mandy on (087)1846393 for more information.


Will hold a fundraising table quiz in the Glenview Lounge, Goatenbridge on Friday, March 23, commencing at 9 p.m. Tables of four E20 . Your support would be gratefully appreciated.


The GAA club will hold a road hurling competition on the Bank Holiday Monday, May 7, beginning at 12 noon. Further details in relation to rules and the route of the competition will be available later. So get practising!

Scrap Metal - if anyone has any scrap metal that is not required, the GAA club is again collecting it. To have the metal collected please contact Michael Keating at 087-6121351 or William Devaney at 086-2468432 as soon as possible to arrange collection.

Membership - Club membership for the year is now due. The cost for the year is €E40 for adults, €E10 for OAP’s and students and €E5 for juveniles. The is also a family membership available for €E80 for two adults and two juveniles (under 16). To ensure receipt of membership cards, please pay the membership fees before March 31.

Juvenile Notes - The Newcastle juveniles had a very enjoyable week. On Monday night, March 5, the under 12’s played against Fr. Sheehys and Clonmel Og. Both matches were very well contested and the Newcastle teams played very well. On Saturday, March 9th, the Under 10’s played a great game of football against Clonmel Og. With the sun shining, the game ended in a draw. The Under 10 players were Jack Rice-Fitzpatrick, Ciaran O’Loughlin, Alice Ryan, Jack Kelly, Conor Butler, Max Zimmann, Shane Hyland, Caelainn McGrath, Joshue McLean and Emma Dennehy.

Sports Equipment - Help our club get €E500 worth of sports equipment. If you or anyone you know buys the Irish Independent, please collect the tokens on page 2, and give them to the local shops or any committee member.