Newport, County Tipperary

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Newport
Port Nuá or Tulach Sheasta
Town
Newport is located in Ireland
Newport
Newport
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°42′36″N 8°24′25″W / 52.710°N 8.407°W / 52.710; -8.407Coordinates: 52°42′36″N 8°24′25″W / 52.710°N 8.407°W / 52.710; -8.407
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County County Tipperary
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference R574572
Website www.newport.ie
Newport Church

Newport (Irish: Port Nua or formerly Tulach Sheasta) is a town in County Tipperary in Ireland. It is in the barony of Owney and Arra. In the 2011 Census the population stood at 1,806[1]

Location[edit]

It is located approximately 8 km from Birdhill and 16 km from Limerick. The Newport River, a tributory of the Mulcair (or Mulkear) River, flows through the middle of the town. Newport is nestled in the Silvermine mountain range. It is close to Lough Derg and the villages of Murroe, Killaloe and Ballina.

History[edit]

The original settlement in Newport dates back centuries back before the Norman invasions. After the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland, Richard Warren Waller acquired Cully Castle sometime in the 1650s.m He was the son of Edward Waller and Margaret Glascoke. He was granted 1,195 acres (4.84 km2) of land in the vicinity. After the war the castle was in ruins and was rebuilt as Castle Waller. A townland still bears that name. He died in 1676.[2] Vice-Admiral Robert Otway [3] and Sir Arthur Otway, 3rd Baronet along with the other Waller baronets are direct descendents. During this time the settlement was changed from the Irish name Tulach Sheasta to the English Newport.

There are ruins of two other churches in the town. The previous catholic church called St John's is located on Chapel Lane and built circa 1796.[4] There was also a Church of Ireland church also called St Johns which is now demolished. It dated back to before the 19th century. The church graveyard remains. It is located on church road.

The town also contains an old courthouse and a jail called the Bridewell. Built in 1862-63 on land owned by Sir Edward Waller. The Courthouse was used for the trail of minor offences fromm time to time it was used for preliminary hearings for more serious crimes, before they were referred to a higher circuit court. The building contains 8 cells, 2 day rooms and 2 limestone staircases. It remains today on Jail street and now houses the Peter Dee Academy of Music.

Newport today[edit]

Education[edit]

There are two primary schools (Convent of Mercy Primary School and the Boys' National School) in the town and two second level schools (St Mary's Secondary School and St Joseph's College).St.Mary's was ranked 224 out of 400 schools in a recent poll of top secondary schools.

Transport[edit]

Newport is served by Bus Eireann. Who run a bus service three times a day to and from Limerick to Newport. The nearest railway station Birdhill railway station is in the neighbouring village of Birdhill which is 8.5 km away. The main road through Newport is the R503 and the M7 lies 12 km to the west

Religion[edit]

There is one catholic church in the village The Church of the Most Holy Redeemer. It was constructed in 1933 and is located on Church street. It is part of the parish of Newport, Birdhill and Toor which is in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly.

Services[edit]

  • A Garda station
  • An unmanned fire station (which has a pager notice system) in the town.
  • A post office
  • Mulcair Credit Union.
  • Various butchers, grocery and stationery shops
  • Restaurants and fast food outlets
  • A Veterinary clinic.
  • A Peter Dee Academy of Music.

Amenities[edit]

Three kilometers from the town there is the beauty spot called Clare Glens. It is a wooded area along the banks of the Clare River.

Soccer[edit]

The Newport soccer club 'Newport Town AFC won 2 cups last season with the U11's winning one and the Seniors winning one.The soccer pitch was located in "Freigh", but the new pitch is located in Derryleigh.They have an astro turf pitch too.

GAA[edit]

Newport GAA sports facilities are based at Páirc Chuimhneacháin Pádraig Uí Riain locally known as Lacken Park. It features 1 Full size field with flood lights with a small stand, 1 Juvenile field with lights and 1 Small training field. There is also a clubs room. It is named after Patrick Ryan

Social activities/groups[edit]

There are a number of clubs in the town:

  • Newport Rugby Club
  • Newport Town AFC Club [1]
  • Mulcair Golf Society
  • Newport GAA Club [2]
  • Newport Athletic Club [3]
  • Newport Taekwondo Club [4]

The soccer pitch was located in "Freigh", but the new pitch is located in Derryleigh.They have an astro turf pitch too. The hurling field is to the south of the town.

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