Newcastle’s second annual Éigse to commemorate Séamas Ó Maolchathaigh will take place from June 29 to July 1, starting on Friday, June 29, after official opening by TD Mattie McGrath, followed with a nature walk, led by Environmentalist Éanna Ní Lamhna from ‘Mooney goes Wild’ radio programme on RTE 1, then at 8.30pm a presentation in Newcastle Community Hall by Niall MacCoitir, renowned author of books on native Irish trees, plants, animals and legends attached to them.

On Saturday, June 30, start with the official opening of ‘Musaem Shéamais uí Mhaolchathaigh’ at 9.15am, followed by lectures , fiddle-making overview and playing techniques (Mike Allen), cookery demonstration(chef Naoise Ó Cathasaigh, Limerick), sean-nós dance workshop (Kathy McGrath), artist workshop by J.G. O’Donoghue from Cork. A walk to Séamas Ó Maolchathaigh’s birthplace in the afternoon, followed by barbecue at Community Hall. At 8pm, a concert in the Community Hall will feature local musicians, dancers, also renowned musicians Bobby Gardiner, the McCauley brothers and John Nugent, Séamus MacCraith, amhránaí.

Sunday, July 1: Aifreann na h-Éigse at 11am in Newcastle, then Éigse na leabhar led by Jessica Ní Catháin, also Tai-Chi workshop, and the Éigse will finish with a heritage walk to Moloughabbey.

Throughout the weekend, there will be an art exhibition in the Community Hall, also a pop-up bookshop in the museum, where various books can be purchased. Most of the events will be in English and Irish, but with a focus on the rich cultural / language heritage of Newcastle.

Further information or to book a workshop, please contact Helen on 087-2405061 or Martha on 087-1949350.


Basic ICT training for the unemployed or people over 55 using a specially designed six hour training programme that will take place in the IT centre in Newcastle, Clonmel until the end of June. To book your place or for more information contact Mandy (087)1846393.


We are currently looking for Leaders to complete training for the new Newcastle Foroige club that will meet every Sunday evening from 6:30p.m. to 8p.m. in Tigh na nDaoine as of Sunday, June 10. Leaders must be over 18. Foroige is a great way to make a positive difference to young people in your Community. If you are interested please come along any Sunday or phone Mandy on (087)1846393.


Just a reminder if anybody has anything that they would like to donate towards a Fundraising Sale of Works for Tigh na nDaoine that is taking place in the coming weeks to drop them to Tigh na nDaoine on phone Mandy on (087) 1846393.


Junior A Hurling Championship

The junior A hurlers played their second game in this year’s championship against Skeheenarinky in Clogheen, on Sunday morning, June 10. The sides were level at half time 1-5 each. During the second half play was very tight resulting in very few scores on both sides. Final score was 1-7 to 1-8. Team: Will Kennedy, Conor Grant, Shane Hickey, Emmet Prendergast, Niall Morrissey, Barry Hickey (0-1), Caoimhín McGrath, Diarmuid Devaney (0-1), John O’Halloran (0-1), Daniel Kennedy (1-0), Johnny Hallinan, Andrew Fitzpatrick (0-4), Alan Cullinan, Cormac O’Flynn and Anthony Condon. Subs were Eanna O’Flynn for Anthony Condon, Paudie O’Shea for Alan Cullinan, Emmet Hallinan for Cormac O’Flynn and Darren Goonan for Daniel Kennedy.

Juvenile Notes

The juvenile teams were very busy over the last number of weeks. The Under 6’s travelled to Clerihan on Friday, June 1, to compete in a football blitz. Players: Brandon Moore, Aurora Moore, Isabelle Brown, Lily Brown, James Butler, Shannon Kerrigan, David Coyne, Kate Ross, Natasha Griffin, Ellie Cullinan and Aisling Corbett. The Under 8’s were in Clogheen for a three game hurling blitz. Players were Tommy Kiely, Tiernan Cremmins, Tighe Guinan, Fionn O’Dwyer, Jack McDonnell, Cian O’Reilly, Saoirse McCarra, Cormac Butler. The Under 12’s were also in Clerihan on June 9th for a hurling blitz. Players were Pádraig O’Loughlin, Eoin O’Keeffe, Dane O’Sullivan, Jason O’Donnell, Feidhlim Ryder, Aaron Heffernan, Jack Rice Fitzpatrick, Ciarán O’Loughlin, Diarmuid Keating.

County Board Draw

Congratulations to Mary Margaret, James and Kathy McGrath, on winning a car as the first prize in the first county board draw. Congratulations also to Séamus McGrath, club promoter, and Denis O’Grady, club co-ordinator on winning a spot prize at the draw. Both Denis and Séamus have been associated with the draw since the beginning and it’s great for the club to have such a win in the first draw.

Cúl Camp

Newcastle GAA Club will host the Kellogg’s Cúl Camp from the August 6 to 10. Registration nights have already taken place; however, late registrations can be facilitated by contacting the secretary of the Juvenile club, Caroline Kelly as soon as possible. The camp will run daily from 10am to 2.30pm Monday to Friday and is open to boys and girls from Junior Infants to 14 years old. Children will be provided with coaching skills, fun games and Go Games blitzes. Online registration will save €5 per child. Details are available on promotional packs of Kellogg’s Cornflakes and Rice Krispies. Please note that the €5 discount from promotional packs only applies to online registration.

Munster Hurling Championship Tickets

Anyone looking for tickets for the Munster hurling semi-final between Tipperary and Cork in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, should contact club secretary, Eamon McGrath, on or before Sunday, June 17.