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Weekly News Roundup - Saturday 18 Sep 1999

Tinryland Tigh an Raoireann

Tinryland U14 Footballers won their first ever County “A” title in Dr. Cullen Park in atrocious conditions on Monday last on a score of 0-16 to 2-6 over a gritty Eire Og team.

The game was played in a continuous downpour but was good entertainment for the vociferous spectators. This was Tinryland’s first win at this level since the amalgamated Palatine/St Joseph’s win in 1971. Tinryland were always in control in midfield where Shane Browne and Padraig Minnock reigned supreme. The half time score was 0-7 to 0-2.The Tinryland forward machine was led by man of the match Alan Barrett with fine support from Shane O’Neill and Cian Moore. Aidan Dowling had a fine game between the posts with Mark Doran, Padraig Delaney and David McDonagh the top defenders.

On a sourer note, the failure of the GAA to open the gate at the back of the stand caused a lot of hardship for patrons before the match.

U16’s take Title: Tinryland u-16 Footballers followed the example set by their U14 Counterparts by defeating O’Hanrahan’s on a score of 2-6 to 0-6 in the U16 “B” Final in Dr.Cullen Park on Thursday last. The teams were level at 0-4 each at the interval. However the Tinryland lads called the tune in the second half to run out easy winners. Scoring for Tinryland was Brian Foster who had a personal tally of 1-5 at centre forward. Paul Haughney was reliability personified at full back with captain Christopher Cleary nominated as man of the match while John Whyte had his best game to date at corner back.

Minors in Final: Tinryland minor team will enter the lions den on Sunday next when they face Eire Og in the County Final in Dr.Cullen Park at 2 pm. No fewer than 12 of this Tinryland team are eligible for this grade again next year. To get to the final the hoops had to do it the hard way having played in the “B” Championships. After having a hard game in the “B” final against Fenagh, the team recorded a fine win over Myshall in the “A” semi-final. Tinryland will be looking to Barry McDaniel, William Power, John Doyle and Daniel Barron for inspiration on the day.

Girls DRAW: Tinryland-Bennekerry u-14 girls football team played out a draw with Ballenkillen in the county final in Dr. Cullen Park on Sunday morning last on a score of 3-3 to 3-3. Eileen Moore with 2-2 was Tinryland’s most impressive performer. The team tried really hard and in the last few minutes had a few great chances to win it but in all fairness Ballinkillen missed a few easy chances during the game as well, so a draw was a fair result.

With both teams trying very hard and serving up an exciting game of football it was a pity that there was no scoreboard in operation, no photographer, and every Tom, Dick or Harry could go on to the sideline. On more than one occasion there was 40-45 people on the field, thirty players, one referee and an assortment of hangers-on. When an injury occurred it was like the charge of the Light Brigade with spectators running all over the place. The girls from both teams were under enough pressure playing in a county final, without the intimidating presence of so-called adults.

The team was: Aideen Byrne, Niamh Delaney, Sinead Doyle, Siobhán Howard, Laura Kennedy, Theresa Murphy, Roisín Cleary, Karen Doyle, Aislinn Byrne, Marie Farrell, Eileen Moore, Leah Mullins, Caoimhe Whelan, Clare Farrell, Tracey Lawler, Celine Dempsey, Louise Costello, Danielle Fennelly, Antoinette Farrell, Josephine Farrell, Eilish Murphy, Laura Murphy and Michelle Rooney, with selectors Fran Mullins and Pat McArdle.

Autumn League: This year’s Tinryland AC Autumn League reaches its climax tonight (Wednesday) with the final stage taking place in Tinryland at 7 pm. Local athlete Tommy Payne is on course to win the Seamus Galway Cup with Ann Sullivan from Wexford poised to win the ladies section overall. Over 30 athletes are on course to receive special momentos for completing all 4 stages. In last Wednesday’s 3rd stage Pat Byrne made a fine return to action, winning in a time of 20:37 for the 4 mile stage ahead of Tommy Payne in 20:47 and Tommy McElwaine of SBR in 21:12. Colm Burke of St Abbans was 4th in 21:24 ahead of clubmate Con Marshall and Martin McDonald of North Laois. Ann Sullivan of DMP was again a fine winner of the women’s section in 24:41 ahead of Alva Prendergast and Clare O’Reilly of LOT.

Public Phone Installed: A new public phone has been erected at St.Joseph’s Terrace. This replaces the old phone which has been out of order for many months due to vandalism. Tinryland Area Development Association had been negotiating with Eircom for a replacement phone as it had been intended by Eircom not to replace a phone in the area. The development group stressed that the public phone was essential for residents who had no private phone. Following discussions with Eircom management, the development group were successful in getting the new phonebox installed but this will not be replaced if further vandalism occurs.

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.

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