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Weekly News Roundup - Thursday 25 Nov 1999

Tinryland Tigh an Raoireann

Parishioners from Bennekerry and Tinryland joined forces at Green Acres on Sunday to walk the route of the proposed route 18, 18A or 18B bypass of Carlow town. The group was accompanied by Cllr. Mary White and Rev. John Fingleton, PP, Graiguecullen.

The area of the route covered was from the start point to Urglin via Bennekerry, Kernanstown, Staplestown, Tinryland and finished at Ballyloo Cross. Chairman PJ Hickson explained to all present the devastation to the lush farmland the roadway will cause. He again told the group that councillors were hoodwinked by the production of a summary account of a preliminary report of routes 1-13 last January when in fact he had documentary evidence sent to him in March that no such report existed. He again called on the urban council to produce a traffic plan for Carlow town and to further look at the possibility of extending the Western Route. Cllr. Mary White pointed out the destruction which would be caused to our hedgerows which are now unique in Europe. She explained that species of trees in part of the hedgerow in the Rutland area could be traced back to over 900 years. Cllr. White was thanked for her support and disappointment was expressed that no other politician showed solidarity with the action group..

Over 150 people turned up at the protest meeting in Tinryland on Monday night. Leading Environmentalist Dick Warner emphasised the importance of our surroundings and our need to protect same. Local councillor Jim Townsend again showed his support for Routes 18, 18A and 18B despite being personally affected. Cllr. Rody Kelly also was in favour of Route 18 as he argued that the amount of air pollution at present being spread over a 2 mile journey through Carlow town would be dissipated with the 12 mile route. Cllrs. Denis Foley and Mary White were anti Route 18 while many other councillors were prepared to wait until the February meeting of Carlow County Council to see what the NRA would produce for them.

WON NATIONAL TITLE: Carlow won the All-Ireland ‘C’ cross-country title in Carrignavar, Co. Cork on Sunday last. Tinryland athletes formed the main part of the team with Pat Byrne the first finisher home in 17th position while Tommy Payne was 40th, PJ Byrne 70th and Sean Doyle 90th. Others on the Carlow team were the fast improving Mick Kelly of Borris (O’Tooles) in 40th and Dwayne Farrell (O’Tooles) in 93rd. Bennekerry native Geraldine Hendricken had an excellent performance in the women’s race, finishing 5th, which should gain her international selection for the forthcoming European Cross Country Championships in Velenje, Slovenia on December 11 and 12.

Litter Bugs: Tinryland Area Development Association have signed a partnership agreement with Carlow County Council on litter management for the year 2000. While the emphasis is on co-operation with the various parish groups to enhance the area, the new Patrol Officer James Lakes will patrol the area from January next. His duties will involve checking for the presence of litter and calling on property owners where litter is observed on property and pavements. He will also attend public events likely to be a source of litter and issue on the spot fines. Mr. Lakes will also respond to reported litter complaints in the area and the enforcement of environmental legislation through fines and prosecution. Locals are asked to support the association by the use of skips, bags and to supply helpers for clean ups on a twice yearly basis.

Games Fundraiser: The Area 11 Tinryland/Bennekerry Community Games annual draw takes place on Thursday, December 9 in the Tinryland GAA Centre. The cost is £1 per line or £10 for one card. All funds are needed for the upkeep and continuity of the various activities within Community Games in Area 11. Patrons are asked to support this fundraiser.

Community Alert: A meeting of Tinryland Community Alert will be held in the Tinryland GAA Centre on Tuesday November 30th at 8.30 pm.

Jumble Sale: Tinryland schoolchildren will hold a jumble sale to help to provide funds to send Chernobyl affected children to Ireland in the year 2000. Books, cakes, toys, gifts and donations can be forwarded to the school secretary before Friday next. The sale will take place on Friday, November 26. All support would be greatly appreciated for this worthy cause.

Girls Football AGM: Tinryland-Bennekerry Girls Football AGM will take place in Rathcrogue House on Wednesday, November 24 at 8.30 pm.

Road Reconstruction: Carlow County Council have approved a sum of £50,000 for road resurfacing for the Tinryland area in their year 2000 estimates. The money will be spent on a stretch of road from McArdles Cross to Ballybar Cross (Frank Kelly’s Gate). The present road is in very poor condition and is frequently used as a bypass on the Wexford to Kilkenny Route. A further £60,000 will be spent in 2001 on the road from Ballybar Cross to Garryhundon Cross (Martin O’Reilly’s).

Mass for the Deceased: Mass will be offered on Friday evening in St. Joseph’s Church, Tinryland for all those whose names are on the Altar List of the Dead and all who are interred in Tinryland. The List and Death Register will be placed on the altar and at the Offertory. Each family are requested to light a candle on the candelabras around the altar.

MRS. M. Barrett: Sympathy is extended to John Barrett, Kilmeaney and to his sister Maureen McDaniel, Rathcrogue on the death of their mother Monica in Kingscourt, Co. Cavan on Saturday, November 13. Mrs. Barrett, who had been unwell for 18 months, was 83 years and a native of Omagh, Co. Tyrone. She was predeceased by her husband Tommy in 1994.

Communion Enrolment: First Holy Communion and First Confession Enrolment will take place at a special ceremony in St. Joseph’s Church, Tinryland tonight (Wednesday) at 7.30 pm. All children and their parents must be there to enrol and to bring their Baptismal Candle. An enrolment certificate will be issued to each child.

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