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Weekly News Roundup - Friday 10 Dec 1999

Paddy Dowling, formerly of Linkardstown received the Carlow person of the century award in the Dolmen Hotel on Wednesday last. 95 year old Paddy received the prestigious award on the basis of his pioneering work on the development of rural electrification throughout the country.

Paddy, who spent his entire working life in the ESB, originally obtained a degree from the College of Sciences in Dublin before being selected as one of the first graduates on the board. His first responsibility was the connection of the major towns to the ESB grid before making the suggestion of providing electricity to the rural areas of Ireland. After Sean Lemass, then Minister for Industry and Commerce took up the issue, a detailed investigation was then undertaken on rural electrification with Paddy central to the survey. Tinryland was one of the first parishes to be linked up in May 1947, thus bringing a phenomenal change on the Irish landscape. He was particularly delighted to unveil a plaque commemorating this event in Tinryland in 1996. Paddy was presented with his award for his groundbreaking work by Martin Nevin, Chairman of the Old Carlow Society and Ken O’Hara, Chief Executive of the ESB.

MRS. E. COLE: The death occurred in St. Brigid’s Nursing Home, Carlow on Monday November 29 of Elizabeth (Betty) Cole (nee Cooney) of Ballybar after a long illness. Betty, who was a native of Ballylinan Co. Laois was in her 91st year, and came to Carlow in the 20’s to work in her uncles business in what is now the L and N. She married James Cole, Ballybar, in 1930. Betty was a person of quiet disposition, yet held her own definite views on a wide range of issues. Her main interest outside her family was the ICA. She was a founder member of the Tinryland ICA Branch in 1949. Together with her great friend Mrs. Maud Dowling, she served as president and secretary of that body for many years. Meetings were held in the Old Hall, Tinryland, Keenans of Ballinacarrig and of late Rathcrogue House.

Betty helped to organise very successful field days at Dowlings of Linkardstown and the School Fields. She was a recepient of a presentation at the ICA Guild’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations in January. During the war years, Betty helped to organise the Carlow Farmer’s Annual Harvest Dance. For many years, Betty and her husband Jim trained many prizewinning greyhounds. She will be sadly missed by her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren. At her funeral, Tinryland ICA Guild formed a guard of honour at the removal of the remains.

She is survived by her sons Eric (Ballybar), Leslie (Bridgetown, Wexford), daughters Olive (O’Quigley) (Bray), Doreen (Neiland) (Ballybrack, Dublin) and Mary (Griffith) (Kenmare), 22 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, daughters in law, son in law, relatives and a wide circle of friends. She was predeceased by her husband Jim in 1981 and her son Brian who died tragically at the age of 8 following a farm accident.

Remains were removed from from Carpenter Bros. Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 30 to St. Joseph’s Church, Tinryland. Requiem Mass took place on Wednesday, December 1 at 11 am followed by burial in adjoining cemetery.

Football AGM: The AGM of Tinryland GFC will take place in the Tinryland GFC Clubhouse, Rathcrogue on Monday next, 13th of December at 8 pm. All past, present and future members are invited to attend.

Goose Club: The Annual Goose Club will be held on Sunday 19th of December in Tinryland GFC Clubhouse, Rathcrogue at 7 pm. Once again the usual high class prizes are on offer and a good night is guaranteed for everyone.

Byrne in Fine Form: Pat Byrne continued his fine present form with an excellent 8th place finish in the Tullamore Festival of Road Races on Nov 28th. Pat, a recent winner of the Simon Race in Dublin, completed the course in a fine time of 19:39 for the 4 mile course, just 30 seconds behind the winner, Killian Lonergan of Dublin. Byrne was ahead of road specialists such as Fiachra Lombard (Cork), Noel Richardson (Limerick) and Alan Merriman (Dublin). Pat will now be odds on favourite to win his first Carlow Odlum Cup on Sunday January 23rd in the Royal Oak, Bagenalstown. Tinryland AC will hold their annual Christmas Handicap Race in Tinryland on Dec 26th at 12 noon sharp. Once again there will be a large selection of prizes and it is open to runners, joggers and walkers alike. Best wishes are extended to Bennekerry native and LOT athlete Geraldine Hendricken, who is part of a 5 strong Irish team taking part in the European Cross Country Championships in Velenje, Slovenia this weekend.

Christmas Trees: A selection of Christmas Trees are currently for sale in Tinryland. For further details please contact 0503-35022 or 086-8732447.

Parent Teacher AGM: The following officers were re-elected at the AGM of Tinryland Parent Teacher Association on Tuesday night: Chairperson, Josie Kelly; honorary secretary, Breda Aylward; treasurer, Jackie Deane. The two representatives to the Carlow Parents Council are Eamonn Redmond (Tinryland) and Mary Murphy (Clonmelsh). Santa will visit the school on Wednesday, December 22. To help with fundraising, the association will hold a quiz and jumble sale over the next term. The next meeting will be in January when a tutor from RSE team will give a talk on the programme.

Community Games: The Draw and a Meeting of Bennekerry-Tinryland Community Games will be held on Thursday 9th of December in Tinryland GFC at 8.30 pm.

Information Evening: A Public Information Evening on the New Curriculum for Primary Schools for Parents and Guardians of Primary and Pre-School Children takes place in the Dolmen Hotel on Thursday 9th of December at 8.30 pm. The meeting is presented by the National Parents Council- Primary (Co. Carlow Branch) and will feature speakers Mr. Peter Mullan NCCA (National Council for Curriculum and Assessment), Ms. Fionnuala Kilfeather NPC- Primary National Co-Ordinator and Ms. Geraldine Graydon NPC- Primary Special Education. This is an ideal opportunity to have all your questions answered on the New Curriculum.

Christmas Demonstra-tion: Carlow Flower Club presents a Gala Christmas Demonstration by Susan Mulvihill in Rathcrogue House, Carlow at 8.00 pm on Wednesday 8th of December (tonight). Proceeds in aid of The National Council for the Blind. Subscription is £5.

Tour Party: The Eithne Ryan Tour Group will have their Christmas get together in the Castle Arms, Durrow Co. Laois on Sunday December 12th. Lunch will be at 1 pm followed by Music and Dancing from 3 pm to 6.30 pm. Early booking essential. For further information please contact Eithne Ryan at 22004 or Edward Dawson at 59109.

Deaths: Sympathy is extended to Mrs. Jane Cleere, Garryhundon on the sudden death of her brother Thomas Keogh (formerly of Newtown) in Dublin and also to the family of Mrs. Violet Watchorn, Garryhundon, who died suddenly last week. She will be sadly missed by her sons Arnold and Raymond and her three grandchildren.

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