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Weekly News Roundup - Friday 5 Nov 1999

Tinryland Tigh an Raoireann

There was a very good attendance at the 17th AGM of Area 11 Community Games held in Rathcrogue on Thursday last.
Secretary Ann Brennan gave a detailed report on the many and varied activities during the ‘99 season. She outlined the achievements of Area 11 in team games during the year. In Draughts, 1999 marked the first year in 11 years that both teams (U10 and U14) failed to win a County Title. In Basketball, all 4 teams (Boys and Girls U13 and U16) reached the County Finals with the Girls U13 being the only team to advance to Leinster Competition where they narrowly lost to Piltown of Kilkenny in the 1st round. The Table Tennis U16 team lost the County Semi-Final. This year was the 1st time Area 11 won the Girls U12 Soccer Title when they defeated Slaney Valley in the final. They lost to Johnstown of Kilkenny in the 1st round in Leinster. The Boys U12 team lost the County Semi-Final to St Lazerians. It was a very successful year for the Boys U10 Gaelic Football team who won the County Title before being knocked out by National Runners Up Athy in the Leinster Semi-Finals. Due to unfortunate circumstances the Hardcourt Tennis Teams U13 and U16 were unable to field teams at the Leinster Semi-Finals having won their County Titles. The Boys Indoor Soccer U13 team lost to Bagenalstown in the Carlow Semi-Final. 1999 was another successful year for the U16 Mixed Choir who won the County Title and finished 2nd in Leinster and 3rd in the National Finals. There were medals won at County level in Art, Model Making and Gymnastics with 1 Gold won in Art and no less than 4 Gymnastics Golds. The Swimmers performed very well at County Level with a medal haul of 5 Gold, 6 Silver and 1 Bronze. The Athletics County Finals saw many individual successes with 14 Gold, 11 Silver and 34 Bronze Medals won by Area 11 Competitors. With 93 pts, Bennekerry/Tinryland finished 2nd to Bagenalstown in the Hosey Cup. In the National Community Games Finals, 39 Competitors from Area 11 took part. Pride of place went to the Girls Under 12 Relay team of Niamh Dempsey, Orla Delaney, Laura Murphy, Lisa McGuill and Sinead Lyons who won the National Title after excellent performances in their heats and final. Aideen Delaney who competed in the Marathon won a County Medal as part of the winning Carlow team. Clare Murphy put in a fine performance to finish 2nd in the Grand Prix Cycling while Mary Barrett won a fine silver in the Girls U10 Gymnastics and Catriona Barrett took bronze in the Girls U16 Gymnastics event. The Boys U17 relay team of Andrew Doyle, Stuart Connolly, Christopher Cleary, Mark Townsend and Aidan Doyle put in a great 77 achievement. The team was Marie Farrell, Noreen Farrell, Aileen Farrell, Paula Barrett, Catriona Barrett, Mary Barrett, Wesley Hanlon, John May, Tracey Lawlor, Carrie Lawlor, Sharon O’Neill, Sara Reidy, Aoife Parker, Gloria Nolan, Fionnuala Clarke, Victoria Clarke, Sinead Lennon, Ann Marie Meaney, Tanya Doyle and Aisling Jordan. The medal total at National level was a very impressive 6 Gold, 2 Silver and 26 Bronze. The secretary went on to thank all the participants who competed at Area, County, Provincial and National level, the parents for their co-operation, the coaches and relay managers. The Officers and Committee Members were commended for their help during the year. An official apology was also made to basketball referees Aine Kelly and Clare Matthews for the unnecessary abuse they were subjected to during a County Basketball fixture. The Area has supplied referees on a voluntary basis for many years but following the poor support given to them at County level it was felt necessary to withdraw referees from all future County fixtures. The following officers were elected for the forthcoming year:

Chairman- Pat McArdle, Vice Chairman- Tommy Doyle, Secretary- Ann Brennan, Assistant Secretary- Billy Delaney, Registrar- Bennekerry- Jacinta Doyle, Tinryland- Jill Murphy, Treasurer- Kathleen Breen, Assistant Treasurer- Catherine Farrell, PRO- Bennekerry- Margaret Burke, Tinryland- Mark Shannon, Games Director, Denis Shannon, Area Manager- Ann Condron, Development Officer- Paddy Farrell, Youth Officer- Aine Kelly, Delegate to County Board- Catherine Farrell, Assistant Delegate- Tommy Doyle, Delegates to County AGM in Rathcrogue on November 14th- Des Broderick, Pat McArdle and Tommy Doyle.

Club of the Year: Congratulations are extended to Tinryland Juvenile Club who have retained their status as Club of the Year in Carlow for the 2nd successive season. This award is made under the following criteria: teams entered, punctuality and of course success on the field. The mentors in the club, which caters for over 150 juveniles, will take great encouragement from this due recognition.

Parish Social: A parish function in a growth area like Tinryland is still an important fixture in the social calendar. Friday’s function was certainly worthwhile as it blended together many new parishioners with the long established. Music for the night was provided by “Blue Lace” from Wexford. On the early hours of Saturday morning, those present gave a rousing happy 90th birthday rendition to one of the parish’s oldest residents Jack McArdle. Credit for the function is due to Parish Council members John Kehoe and Catherine McGuill.

Major Fundraising Initiative: Tinryland GFC have unveiled details of a major fundraising draw at a meeting on Thursday last. The draw, in conjunction with the Kildare and Leighlin Millennium Co-Op Draw will commence in February and will run for 10 months until November 2000. Tickets are £100 each and can be purchased on a monthly basis at £10 per month. All parishioners will be circulated in the coming week with further details of this unique project which is hoped will give the local area a state of the art recreational facility.

With the amount of juveniles currently playing for Tinryland, it may be necessary to purchase additional playing grounds adjacent to the present complex. It is hoped that as many parishioners as possible support this worthwhile venture.

Mrs. Catherine Pender: The death took place in St.Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny on Saturday October 23 of Mrs. Catherine (Kitty) Pender (nee Byrne) of Park. Kitty, who was 75, was a native of Grangeford, Johnstown. The family moved to Park in 1960. In his homily, the chief celebrant Fr. Peter Dunne PP said that Kitty’s main mission in life was the well being of her family and passing on the faith. She was an avid sports follower and was interested in television coverage of all sports. Until some years ago she attended all major GAA games. She was predeceased by her husband Daniel in 1990 and her brother Paddy. She is survived by her sons John (Friarstown), George (Barrow Lodge), Oliver (Talbot Terrace), Michael (Dublin) and Patrick (Waterford), daughters Mary (Waterford), Nuala (Dublin) and Bernadette (Park), brothers Tommy (Canada), Joe (Grangeford), Larry (Ardnehue), sisters Maggie (England), Maura (Ballycullane), grandchildren, sons in law, daughters in law, sisters in law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Removal took place from Carpenter Bros. Funeral Home, Barrack St. on Sunday at 7 o’c to St. Joseph’s Church, Tinryland. Burial took place in adjoining cemetery following Concelebrated Mass with Chief Celebrant Rev. Peter Dunne PP assisted by Monsignor Brendan Byrne PP Tullow on Monday.

Leinster Novice Athletics: Carlow Novice Mens Cross Country Team put up an excellent show in Ballyfin Co.Laois on Sunday last. Mick Kelly from Borris ran the race of his life to finish 3rd while Tinryland athlete Sean Doyle had a personal best in this event to finish 17th, PJ Byrne ran below form to finish 20th, Dwayne Farrell finished 30th, County Novice Champion John McDonald was 31st, Billy Delaney finished 56th with Carlow taking 4th in the team event. Tinryland women’s team won an excellent bronze medal in the team event with 98 pts. Nuala Quirke was a good 12th in the Ladies Novice event with Joanne Lawlor 26th, Enid McCreanor 29th and Ann Brennan 31st all scorers on the Carlow women’s team that finished in 6th position.

ICA Meeting: The monthly meeting of Tinryland ICA Guild takes place on Wednesday November 3rd at 8 pm in Rathcrogue House. A guest speaker will attend. All new members are welcome.

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