Irish conversation classes for adults will start back in Tigh na nDaoine on Wednesday, February 29, at 7:30 p.m. and will continue every Wednesday night at the same time. Please contact Helen McGrath on (087)2405061 for more information or come along on the 29th and join in. Classes are free.


A basic first aid course will commence soon in Tigh na nDaoine on Monday mornings and will run for six weeks. The cost of the course will be E30 and a basic first aid manual for E10 is optional. This course would be ideal for parents with young children, people working with the elderly or anybody who would be interested in learning the basics of first aid. All are welcome. After this course is complete you could go on to do further CPR/Defibrillator training.To book your place on the course or for more information please contact Mandy on (052)6120141 or (087)1846393.


If anyone would be interested in coming to a Parent and Toddler morning in Tigh na nDaoine please phone or text Mandy on (087)1846393 with your contact details. It would be a nice way for both adults and children to mingle in a homely atmosphere.


Knockmealdown Active would like to invite you to “Demo & Dine” cookery demonstration and tasting evening, on Wednesday, February 29, at 7.30pm, in Cahir House Hotel.

Hosted by Bord Failte Head Chef JJ Healy, the evening will consist of a series of cookery demonstrations by top local chefs, including: Dermot Gannnon from The Old Convent, Clogheen; Eileen Condon Catering, Newcastle; Noel Coady, The Hermitage, Clogheen; Peter Greene, Cahir House Hotel

Each chef will prepare a number of courses, using locally-sourced ingredients, with tasting samples for everyone in the audience and recipes available to take home.

Admission costs €15 per person, with tickets available from Marian O’Dwyer on 087-1254882 or Kevin O’Donnell on 086-3541700 or at the door on the night.


It was great to see a large attendance at the first ever meeting of the Newcastle Historical Society on Monday February 6. A name for the Society was among the first items to be discussed and as Newcastle was traditionally a Gaeltacht area in the past, it was decided at the meeting that the name should be in Irish – Cumann Staire An Caislean Nua. A membership fee of €5 per adult was also decided on, with no charge for children. The following officers were elected on the night: Chairperson: Breda Lonergan-Ryan, Secretary: Maurice Corbett, Treasurer: Philly Freaney, Committee: Kathryn Heffernan, Martina Coleman, Michael Keating, Dan O’Loughlin, Catherine McCarra, Helen McGrath, Peter Ryan, Denis O’Grady, Joe Corbett, Several ideas for talks, classes and lectures were suggested and more information on these will be available soon.

The memorial plaque for the soldiers of World War 1 was discussed at length and information regarding this will be sought from the public at a later date. The next meeting will be on Monday, March 5 in Tigh na nDaoine, and new members welcome.


Irish Classes for adults will resume on Wednesday, February 29, at 7.30 p.m. in Tigh na nDaoine. Classes are for all who enjoy learning the cupla focail in a relaxed interesting and fun way. All are welcome. Contact Helen on 087 2405061.


Deputy Mattie McGrath is holding a public meeting in relation to concerns raised about the future of small schools this Thursday, February 16, in Cahir House Hotel, Cahir at 8.15 p.m.


The Badminton Club are having a fundraising tea/coffee evening in the Community Hall on Monday, March 12, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Support appreciated.


Sheila Hackett wishes to say a big thank you to all those who wished her well at her recent Retirement and Birthday.


Sincere sympathy is extended to Catherine Fennessy, Newcastle on the unexpected death of her brother Maurice Kerwick which occurred in England recently.


Newcastle G.A.A. Juvenile training will commence on Monday February 20. Training times: Under 6/Under 8 Mondays 6pm to 6.45 p.m. Under 10, Under 12, Under 14 Mondays also at 7pm to 7.45 p.m.


Player registration for 2012 will take place on the night from 5.45p.m. at the G.A.A. Hall. Juvenile membership yearly fee is €5. Also an additional €5 per family per term to assist with training/fundraising costs. Payable at start of each term. Registration forms will be available on the night. We look forward to seeing all players and we are always looking for new members.


Well done to our figure dancing team who were placed second at the County Finals in Cashel last Sunday. Congrats also to Kathy.