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Weekly News Roundup - Saturday 11 Sep 1999

Tinryland Tigh an Raoireann

Area 11 girls u-12 relay team struck gold in the National Community Games Finals in Mosney on Sunday last.

This is the first time Tinryland/Bennekerry have achieved a top podium finish at this level. The team managed by Karen Matthews and coached by Billy Delaney, ran with great confidence throughout the competition, winning their heat, semi-final and final. The winning squad was Niamh Dempsey (Ballinacarrig), Laura Murphy (Park), Lisa McGuill (Brownshill), Orlagh Delaney (Ballyhide) and Sinead Lyons (Tinryland).

The boys u-17 team took bronze in their final, having won the semi-final. The team was basically the same as the quartet that won national gold as u- 12’s in 1994 and gold as u-14’s in 1996. The team was managed by Pat McArdle and coached by Michael Cleary. The scoring members were Andrew Doyle (Brownshill), Aidan Doyle (Tinryland), Christopher Cleary (Tinryland), Mark Townsend (Linkardstown) and Stuart Connolly (Ballinakillbeg).

Aideen Delaney (Ballyhide) was on the Carlow u-17 girls team that won the team event in the marathon. The total number of medals won by the area over the 2 weekends in this year’s competition was 2 gold (girls u-12 Relay and Aideen Delaney for girls u-17 marathon team), 2 silver (Clare Murphy, 2nd Grand Prix Cycling u-16, Mary Barrett girls u-10 gymnastics) and 3 bronze (u-16 mixed choir, Catriona Barrett girls u-16 gymnastics and boys u-17 relay)

Payne leads: Tommy Payne of Tinryland AC continued his fine start to the Autumn League by winning his 2nd consecutive stage in the 4 mile event held in Tinryland on Wednesday last. Payne led the 50 strong field from start to finish and his finishing time of 21 mins 12 was 24 seconds clear of Tommy Jordan of SBR, Ferns in 2nd place. Con Marshall of St Abbans ran a fine race to finish 3rd in 21:52 ahead of Martin McDonald and Tommy McElwaine. P.J. Byrne was the 2nd local, finishing 6th in 22:30. Sean Doyle finished 8th ahead of J.J. Murphy, who was 2nd vet. Ann Sullivan of DMP, Wexford was a convincing winner of the women’s race in an impressive time of 24:42 with Sinead Cummins of Kilkenny 2nd in 25:48 and Clare O’Reilly of LOT 3rd in 28:44. Etta Doyle took the veteran womens race ahead of Ann Brennan. Athletes are reminded that the next stage over 4 miles takes place at 7 pm in Tinryland tonight (Wednesday).

U16’s in Final: Tinryland u-16 footballers will aim to win to County “B” title tomorrow (Thursday) when they face O’Hanrahan’s at 6.30 pm in Dr. Cullen Park.

Tennis Tournament: The tournaments arranged by Tinryland Tennis Club have been deferred for one week. The under-10’s competition is now on Wednesday, September 15 at 6 pm and the over-10’s on Wednesday, September 22 at 6 pm. Members only. Entrance fee is 50p.

Bypass Protest: The opposition in the area to the proposed bypass of Carlow Town “Route 18” was to be seen at the opening of the Bill Duggan Bridge at Strawhall on Monday, August 30 by Noel Dempsey, Minister of the Environment. A number of local protestors voiced their objections claiming that the proposed bypass would “obliterate” the rural parishes of Tinryland and Bennekerry and campaigned for an extension of the Northern Relief Road to link up with the Kilkenny Road at Mortarstown. Committee chairman PJ Hickson was a recent guest together with Fr. Fingleton, Graiguecullen on Today with Pat Kenny on RTE Radio 1.

A decision is expected in the next few months by National Roads Authority (N.R.A) which will determine the exact solution to the traffic problems in the Carlow Town area.

Pilgrimage to Knock: The Blessed Padre Pio Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday, September 19. The chief celebrant will be the Most Rev Michael Neary, DD Archbishop of Tuam. The sermon will be delivered by Fr. Dermot Lynch, Irish Capuchin. Early booking essential. For further details please contact Eithne Ryan at 22004 or Edward Dawson at 59109.

Mrs. Ellen Bourke: Sympathy is extended to former Tinryland NS schoolteacher Miss Freda Bourke on the death of her mother Mrs. Ellen Bourke at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Nenagh on Wednesday, September 1. The deceased, who resided at Croke St, Thurles, is survived by her husband Liam, sons Billy, John and Joseph, daughters Joan, Rita and Freda, sisters Mollie and Maggie, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Removal took place from St.Mary’s Funeral Home, Thurles to the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles at 7 o’c on Thursday Sept 2. Burial took place on Friday after Requiem Mass at 10.30 o’c to St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Thurles.

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