The birds are singing cheerily and the meadows in full bloom,
When on my boyhood days I think, the tears come rolling down,
For 'tis in the morning I must leave you, dear old Newport town."
Newport is a small, mainly residential town, situated in an area of great natural beauty.
The town stands at the gateway to the scenic Slieve Felim Area, which is on the borders of Counties Limerick and Tipperary. It is close to the Silvermines Mountains and is just a few miles from the Shannon River and Lough Derg, Keeper Hill, Doonane and Ballyhourigan woods, the famous scenic Clare Glens and the renowned Benedictine Abbey at Murroe.
The River Mulcair flows through the town centre and is intersected by the Cully River.
Newport enjoys a good level of prosperity, has a strong community base and is well served with educational and professional services. There are 2 secondary schools and 2 primary schools within the town, catering for up to 1,000 students, with primary schools also in the rural areas of Birdhill and Lackamore. In addition it has a rich tradition of Irish music, song, dance and drama and has many sporting activities.
The traditional ruling families of the area included the McKeoghs, Lynches and O'Donegans, before the Ryans (a name still abounding in the area) and MacBriens held sway up to the mid 17th century. These were dispossessed during the Cromwellian land confiscations and vast tracts of their lands were granted to Englishmen such as Richard Waller, Henry Shrimpton and William Sheldon who had served as officers in Cromwell's Army.
The Waller Family developed Newport mainly in the 18th Century. It became an important market town, its fairs being a significant element of local social life. In the mid 19th Century Newport had a large number of shopkeepers and publicans and boasted a huge variety of other occupations such as nail makers, shoe makers, tailors, stone masons, bakers, millers, slaters, carpenters, blacksmiths, saddlers, dress makers and bonnet makers etc. It still maintains a market town ethos today.
The population of Newport in 1841 is recorded as 8,700. Ten years later, following the ravages of the famine, it had decreased by 3,000. After a further 40 years, figures show 938 living in the town.
In the 2002 census, 887 persons lived in the town - the population of the District Electoral Division was 1,641. The town's population had increased to 1286 in 2006, a clear indication of the influence of the building expansion which accompanied the Celtic Tiger
From its very earliest days the GAA has been vibrant and always important in the affairs of the parish. While the club would never claim to be among the most successful in the county over the years, a modest stream of achievement has flowed towards the banks of the Mulcair. This includes three North Tipperary senior hurling titles as well as numerous football and hurling titles at Intermediate, Junior and under-age grades.
This website is designed to capture the character of the Newport club as well as to inform all locals and our many exiles of the happenings on home ground. As with the club itself we hope that it will provide enjoyment and flourish into the future.