Newport 300 Committee

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The Newport 300 team was formed in late 2018 to oversee and
co-ordinate events and activities celebrating the town's tricentenary.

We are your family, your friends and your neighbours.


Some were born and raised in the town, while others made the decision to move here and make their lives here in Newport - but all of us share a passion for the town - its stunning coastal setting, its history, and its wonderful community spirit!



Cormac Kelly

Cormac is our chairman and is also a member of the well known Kelly Family (of Kelly's Butchers fame).

Cormac loves his hometown and his goal is to bring the whole community together during its tricentenary year.

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Mary Keane

Mary is our hard working treasurer.  Recently retired, after a distinguished career in public service,  her skills will be put to great use when planning our 2020 events!



Fiona Hopkins

Fiona is the secretary in Newport National School.  As a community volunteer, she is a director of NADDCo, looks after the Newport Mayo facebook page and organises the Mayo Dark Sky Festival.

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Peter Mullowney

Peter is a retired vet and has a great interest in history.  He is a very active member of the Newport Historical Society, and has played a key role in the publication of the Newport Church centenary and Tiernaur History books


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Charles Merritt

Charles has lived in Newport town for many years.  A history buff with a great interest in family trees and ancestry, he is hard at work with the rest of the team on the Newport History Book to be published in late 2020.


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Fr. Tod Nolan

Fr. Tod is the Parish Priest of Burrishoole Parish and has been a huge supporter of many Newport community events and occasions.  The 100 year old St Patricks Church will play host to many of the Newport 300 events


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Fran McDonnell

Fran is Newport born & bred. Retired three years, Fran is a busy Tidy Towns volunteer, easily recognized either planting flowers or with a litter picker, brush & pan in hand. She loves walking and cycling the Greenway.



Clodagh McGovern

Clodagh is an optometrist, a business owner and mum of 3.  She has a keen interest in sailing and hill walking and is a member of Network Mayo.

She believes the only true disability in life is a bad attitude.



Sinead O'Malley

Sinéad works in events and compliance for Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation. 

A mum of three, she is also the team coordinator for the recently formed Burrishoole Mothers and Others


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Martin Dillane

Martin is chair of NADDCo and loves building projects. Recent projects have included Newport GAP Astroturf, Newport Playground and Tennis Court.

He has been known to say 'I don't mind as long as there's progress'


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Elma Brazel

Elma moved to Newport for work and has stayed on ever since.  She has a passion for history, taking a particular interest in Newport's linen industry, and is currently working hard on the Tricentenary History book.


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Sharon McGreal

A primary teacher by profession, Sharon is involved in many aspects of Newport life.   Her organisational skills will be put to great use bringing together the many strands involved in our Historical Re-Enactment, among many other events

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Anne McGovern

Anne is a retired businesswomen, a member of Vocalessence choir and a keen bridge player.  She has also completed many missions overseas with Operation Smile, and is involved in Newport Tennis and Mayo Sailing Club.


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Annette McDonnell

Annette is a volunteer in Newport Tidy Towns and also at Cuan Modh Day Centre.  A Newport native, she is often seen about the town working with other Tidy Towns volunteers, making sure Newport is always looking its best