It is with deep regret that we accord the death at an early age of Mrs Catherine Neale which occurred at her residence Kilgorey, Crettyard, Co Carlow on April 18 last. Catherine was daughter of Teddy and Kathleen O’Keeffe, Burgesland, Newcastle. She was a loving wife to her husband Thomas and devoted mother to her young children Mason and Theo who are left behind to mourn the loss of a young woman. Catherine’s funeral was to Mount Jerome Crematorium on Friday last. To her parents Teddy and Kathleen, siblings Christine, Roisin and Edmond, her husband Thomas, children, and all the Neale and O’Keeffe families we extend our very sincere sympathy.

The O Keeffe family, Burgesland, and the Neale family, Carlow, would like to thank the community of Newcastle for their overwhelming kindness, support and attendance at the funeral of their daughter and sister, the late Catherine (Kate) Neale (nee O Keeffe) in Carlow last week.


Road Hurling. Don’t forget the road hurling competition to be held on the May bank holiday Monday, May 7. Entry fee for a team of 3 players is 30 euro and under 18s can take part at a cost of 5 euro, but there must be one player over 18 years of age on each team. Registration of teams will take place at the GAA complex on May 7th at 12 noon.


On Monday night April 16, the under 14 footballers were at home against Clonmel Og. All players gave a great performance but Clonmel Og won by a couple of points. The players involved were Jamie Grant, Oisin O’Dwyer, Maitiu McGrath, Jason Hally, John McGrath, Eoin Keating, Eoin Corbett, George Forbes, Ryan McCullagh, Padraig O’Loughlin, Luke Quinlan, Darragh O’Flynn, Darragh Condon, Brandon Hackett, Adam McNamara and Lorcan O’Donovan.

Committee meeting

The next committee meeting will be held this Wednesday night, April 25 in the clubrooms at 8.30pm. Please note the change of date. All committee members are requested to attend.

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.

6 hours free IT training-Basic ICT training for the unemployed or people over 55 using a specially designed 6 hour training programme that will take place in the IT centre in Newcastle, Clonmel. To book your place, or, for more information contact Mandy (087) 1846393.

Alzheimer’s Tea Day- Tigh na nDaoine will hold an Alzheimer’s Tea Day on Friday May 4 from 11am to 2pm. Please come along and support this amazing organisation which is the most important fundraising day of the year for the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland.

Car Boot/Sale of Work-We are continuing to collect any items that people would like to donate towards a sale of work/car boot sale for fundraising for Tigh na nDaoine. Please call to the house or contact Mandy (087) 1846393.

Bealtaine Festival in Newcastle-2012 is European year of active ageing and Solidarity between generations. Brigid Teehan along with Tigh na nDaoine, Newcastle and South Tipperary Arts Service are offering a series of intergenerational “Magic Mats” workshops to bring young and old participants together. Over four workshops starting 28th April, each grandparent with their grandchild (over 6 years) will design and create a unique play-mat or bed throw by re-inventing an old fleece/baby blanket. Please contact Mandy (087) 1846393.

Eucharist Ministers-Sunday at 11am: Sean Fitzpatrick, Margaret Morrissey

Readers of the Word-Sunday at 11am: Patricia Hackett.

Newcastle Tidy Towns

Our annual spring clean will take place on Saturday, April 28 starting at 10.30 p.m. Anyone, young and old who have a few hours to spare and who want to help keep Newcastle clean and beautiful are asked to meet at the community hall where gloves and bags etc. will be available . This clean-up has been a great success in recent years and we want to make sure this year will be even better. Refreshments will be supplied to children on completion

We also hope volunteers will come forward for litter picking/clean ups which we will be holding two evenings weekly starting on Monday May 8. We will meet in the car park at 7 p.m.

This Thursday evening we will be holding a Training and Demonstration evening at the new composting site which is currently being completed by our FAS workers under supervision of Michael Desmond and a Consultant from the E.P.A. This is an exciting project and the site will be used to demonstrate and educate the public on the value of composting/recycling and the ease at which different methods of recycling can be carried out. This project has been planned for some time and we had secured some funding from the Agenda 21 programme. We are very grateful to Liam and Helen McGrath, who made the site available to us. Following advice from the E.P.A. consultant we are now involved in a bigger project than was first envisaged and our costs are now also much greater. We are hoping that some people might be interested in sponsoring a piece of recycling/composting equipment which would help defray some of the costs. If interested in such sponsorship or would like to help in any way please call Catherine on 0879817091. Details of start time for Thursday’s events will be posted in shops. Please do come along.

Our 3 year TIDY TOWN PLAN is now available. If you wish to receive a copy please forward your e-mail address to