Newport, County Tipperary
Port Nuá or Tulach Sheasta
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Newport (Irish: Port Nua or formerly Tulach Sheasta) is a town in North Tipperary in Ireland. It is part of the parish of Newport, Bridhill and Toor which is in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly. It is in the barony of Owney and Arra.
It is located approximately 8 km from Birdhill and 16 km from Limerick. The Newport River, a tributory of the Mulcair (or Mulcair) 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.
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. He was granted 1,195 acres (4.836 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. During this time the settlement was changed from the Irish name Tulach Sheasta to the English Newport.
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.
- 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.
There are a number of clubs in the town:
- Newport Rugby Club
- Newport Town AFC Club 
- Mulcair Golf Society
- Newport GAA Club 
- Newport Athletic Club 
- Newport Taekwondo Club 
The soccer pitch was located in "Freigh", but the new pitch is located in Derryleigh. The hurling field is to the south of the town.
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'Newport Town AFC'
Founded in 1970 the club has gone from humble beginnings to a modern club with first class facilities. The town of Newport has seen a major population growth during the Celtic Tiger, with it becoming a popular commuter town to Limerick city. Newport soccer club was not left behind during this growth surge and has become one of the most popular clubs in the locality. The club was officially founded in 1970. Prior to that soccer had been played in the town in secret because of the ban. The ban was a rule employed by the GAA which involved anyone found playing soccer or rugby were not allowed play GAA. The first meeting of the club was in May 1970 in the pool room of O’Sullivan’s Bar, only five attended. These five men were the founding members of Newport Town AFC.
The club entered one team in the Clare League and played their first competitive game in August 1970. It was not until 1973 that Newport claimed their first piece of silverware beating Kilrush in the Clare shield final. In 1975 Newport entered the Limerick District league and this is where they remain today. The first league title was added to the list of honours in 1979 when the Division 2 League was won.
In 1985 there was a growing interest in soccer among school kids and the schoolboys section of the club was formed. Jimmy Ryan and Martin Lenihan were the two people mainly responsible for setting up the schoolboy section of the club. The schoolboys won their first trophies in 1988 when the U.12’s won both the League and Shield competition.
1991 was the most successful year ever for the Club with both the junior team and the schoolboy’s teams winning two trophies each. The club continued to win a number of leagues and cup’s throughout the 90’s. In 1997 the schoolboy teams joined their adult teams and competed in the Limerick District Schoolboy League (LDSL). Success was instant with the Under 12’s winning the LDSL Premier title in 1997, they were also awarded the LDSL team of the year. 2002 saw the U.13’s reach the FAI Cup last 64 losing out to Newbridge Celtic, sadly this feat has never been emulated. 2004 was a historic season for the schoolboy section of the club entering their first teams in the small-sided games competitions. During the 00’s the club saw its biggest surge in growth, growing by more than 140 members. All the while a major fundraising plan was in operation and in August 2007 a new chapter was written in the Newport Town AFC history book. After 37 years of using a field provided by the O’Sullivan family to cater for all teams, the club moved to its new home Derryleigh Park. A modern top-class facility was developed which has two sand-based pitches and in 2009 an artificial pitch was added.
Also in 2007 the club were invited to take part in the Manchester Cup, three teams travelled and competed in the prestigious tournament. Two teams claimed silverware. Every year the club has seen membership growth and in the 2012/13 season a record membership of 250 was recorded. Thankfully in this season we saw the formation of girls soccer after years of absence. The club fielded eight schoolboy teams, two schoolgirl teams and three junior team.