The Newcastle Homecoming Festival committee have organised a table quiz for Thursday, March 21, in the Glenview Lounge Goatenbridge. Tables of four €20. The Homecoming Festival (Gathering 2013) will take place from Friday, June 21, to Sunday, June 30. Full detail of activities for the ten-day event will be announced soon. All monies raised from the table quiz will go towards running the festival.


Newcastle GAA club are running a table quiz in conjunction with Ballybacon/Grange and Ardfinnan GAA clubs in the Glenview Lounge Goatenbridge on Friday next, March 15. This fundraiser is in aid of the Tipperary County Board and the cost is €40 for a table of four. The winning team will progress to the County final in the Dome, Thurles on Thursday March 28. Newcastle Juvenile GAA will hold their annual church gate collection on Saturday, March 16.

Newcastle GAA are holding an Easter GAA Camp from Tuesday to Thursday, March 26 to 28, from 10am to 1pm. €20 per child, places are limited. Contact the juvenile club officers immediately to register


Keep Good Friday Night, March 29, free for the Monster 45 Card Drive to be held in the Community Hall, proceeds in aid of the Lourdes Invalid Fund.


In conjunction with National Tree Week, a tree planting ceremony took place in the vicinity of the Health Centre on Thursday, March 7. The Tree planting was preformed by Mattie McGrath T.D in the presence of the Tidy Town members, FAS and local residents.


Our u12s started their season with two challenge matches. The first game played on Monday, February 25, against Nire/Ballymac. Our second match against Fr Sheehy’s was played on Wednesday, February 27. We did very well in both games and we are looking forward to more outings. Our u14s have now joined with Ballyporeen/Skeheenarinka in both Hurling and Football. Our girls’ team have training every Thursday night.


Many are aware of the final movements General Liam Lynch on April 10, 1923, but were his movements the day before, on April 9, when he walked from Glasha near Fourmilewater Church to Croan, between Newcastle and Goatenbridge. You can walk the probably route taken and experience what it would have been like to travel quite country roads in early spring knowing that every sound in the distance could be troops searching for you. We are taking this route on Saturday, April 6, meet in Newcastle Community Centre, 12.30pm, bus to Fourmilewater 1pm. Walk is approximately 14km and should take four hours ending at the site of Bill Houlihan’s, the house Lynch left to start his walk over the Knockmealdowns. There will be a bus from here back to Newcastle. The walk will be predominantly on roads and tracks. Bring good foot ware, raingear, food, water and a sense of adventure. Soup will be served at the end of the walk and there is a small fee to cover the bus and soup.