Newcastle News – Christmas 2004

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Things are going well in Newcastle. We are delighted that so many people have decided to come to live in the area.

We hope that they are all settling in and getting to know the locals. The Social and Civic Amenity Trust (previously known as the Community Council) under the Chairmanship of the mighty Billy Caulfield would like to encourage all of our new neighbours to become involved in the activities of the community.

We held a successful open-night earlier in the year in order to get to know people and some ideas were gathered for activities. Walking was the most often suggested, it would be great if somebody would rejuvenate the walking club, any takers? The inclement weather might be a deterrent just now but Spring is only round the corner.

Just round the corner from most of us is the Community Centre with excellent facilities. There is a large Gymnasium suitable for indoor soccer and basketball, and also squash and racket-ball/handball courts. Our Foróige club (for secondary school children) meets there every Friday night, and Rita Keane has enthusiastically led this group for many years. The centre is open in the evenings and when the homework is finished it’s great on a winters night to bring the kids over for a kick-about. Many of us parents owe our sanity (well we think we’re sane) to this facility, membership costs only €40.00 per family. We recommend that an adult stays to supervise children in the Centre as it is impossible for the caretaker to attend to all areas. We are grateful to FÁS for their continued support with the maintenance and upkeep of the Centre.

FÁS have also assisted with the Pitch development and car parking and a changing room have recently been added. The pitch is where Brendan Madden and Billy Caulfield give their time every week to train our sports stars of the future. Rumour has it that Newcastle National School are hotly tipped to win the County Final this season!

We have reluctantly loaned our Principal teacher Martin T Kelly to the Athenry area for a while. We are very thankful for the enormous contribution he has made over the years to the community as a whole as well as to the school. One of his areas of special interest is the historic Templemoyle Cemetery.

The cemetery sub-committee under the dedicated stewardship of Malachy Madden has made giant strides in improving the graveyard. Unfortunately though, space is very limited and there are no new graves. Hopefully we will be able to extend it in the future so that all of those people who would wish to have graves could be facilitated. There are three members of the trust elected from each station area and if new people to the area have any ideas, suggestions or comments your local representative would like to hear from you.

We plan to visit every household in the half-parish and every business in the area before December 19th. Please mark this date in your diary as it when our annual sale-of work will be held in the Community Hall, at 12.30. It is our main fund-raiser and the money raised is used to maintain the Community Centre. As always, we are very grateful to those businesses and private individuals who make the event possible by donating so generously to it. It is a fun day and can be a great way to stock up on goodies for the season. So please come along and join in the craic if you can. You will hear more about this later.

Last but not least, in case anybody doesn’t know where Newcastle is we have erected a stone placename at the entrance to the village. Whether you come to visit or to stay we extend a céad mile fáilte to you.

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Published here 01 Jan 2024 and originally published Christmas 2004

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