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Weekly News Roundup - Friday 24 Dec 1999

Tinryland Tigh an Raoireann

The death took place in Blackrock Clinic, Dublin on Friday December 17th after a short illness of Paddy Dowling, Dundrum and formerly of Linkardstown.

Paddy, who was born in 1904, was a past pupil of Tinryland NS and Clongowes Wood College. Paddy will be best remembered for his remarkable contribution to the rural electrification of Rural Ireland which saw him bestowed with the prestigious honour of Carlow Person of the Century by the Old Carlow Society only 3 weeks ago. 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. These graduates were to be the architects of the rural electrification process which was to leave an indelible mark on Rural Ireland.

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. The task of electrifying Ireland at this time was a daunting one given the amount of preparation needed prior to commencement of electrification, materials required, the fear and uncertainties of landowners and a society accustomed to tradition and the immense changes it would bring.

It was the pioneering work of men such as Paddy which helped ease the dramatic transformation which was to become known as the “Quiet Revolution” Paddy liased with local parishes and organisations to dispel the doubts surrounding rural electrification. An academic knowledge of the working of electricity together with his approachable, unassuming personality made him ideal for this role. The results were hugely impressive with over 99% of the population availing of electricity between 1947 and 1980.

A man who had a quick wit and engaging personality as well as being a keen historian, Paddy will be remembered as a pioneer who left a huge mark on rural Ireland. It was electricity of all technological advances in the 20th century that enabled change and benefited progress in rural Ireland and it is this proud legacy which he leaves behind. In recent years, he was particularly delighted to unveil a plaque commemorating this event in Tinryland in 1996.

Predeceased by his wife Maureen, he is survived by his sons Jim, Fr. Pat (O.S.B), Frank and daughter Maureen (O’Grady), sister Marie, daughters in law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Remains were removed from the hospital to the Church of the Holy Cross, Dundrum at 6 o’c on Monday. Funeral took place after 11 o’c Mass on Tuesday to Glasnevin Crematorium.

RE-ELECTED: Outgoing chairman Brendan Hayden will lead Tinryland GFC into the new millennium following the AGM on Monday last which was well attended in Rathcrogue GAA Centre. Even though Tinryland was relegated from the senior ranks, 1999 was good year with the minor team winning their County B championship and reaching the County A Final. Tinryland had a hugely successful year at Juvenile level and there are over 150 juveniles playing football at present. In his acceptance speech, Brendan Hayden called for more effort from the junior and intermediate players so that the club can return to the top flight of Carlow football once more. He also said that discipline should be a major priority in the coming year. Mayo native Cormac O’Toole of Ballycrogue is the new secretary of the club. He succeeds Tommy Lyons who stepped down after 3 years. The new secretary called for a big effort from club members in the clubs millennium draw, which commences in February. The following officers were elected: President, Michael Whelan; vice- president, Fr. Peter Dunne PP; chairman, Brendan Hayden; vice chairman, David Power; honorary secretary, Cormac O’Toole; assistant secretary, Tommy Lyons; honorary treasurer, Dinny Murphy; PRO, Eamonn Byrne; Co. Board delegates, Pat Foster, Tommy Lyons; committee, Peter Scully, Mick Murphy, Ned Byrne, Ned Deane, John Farrell, B. Pender, C. Townsend, Dinny Murphy, E. Nolan, Michael Keyes, Joe Walshe, Tom Delaney, N. Moore, J. Murphy, Shay Byrne, Bernard Mullen.

MILLENNIUM TOUR: Tinryland Tour Group, organisers of 3 successful tours to the USA and Turkey in the last 2 years, have in conjunction with LSA Travel, Carlow, embarked on plans for their most ambitious and spectacular venture yet which is a 3 week trip to Australia and Malaysia in August 2000. The trip promises to be a hugely enjoyable and fulfilling one, which includes 18 nights accommodation (7 nights in Sydney, 4 nights in Melbourne and finally 7 nights in the 5 star “Mutiara Resort” in Penang, Malaysia). The tour will commence with a visit to Sydney, which as well as being host to the 2000 Olympics, is home to some of the worlds most famous tourist attractions including the Sydney Opera House, The Harbour, The AMP Tower as well as being a stunning city of diversity and cultural attractions. This will be followed by a four stay stop in Melbourne, which as well being renowned as one of the best cities in the world to live, offers countless attractions with out of town trips to sights such as Phillip Island, home of fairy penguins. The final stop on the odyssey is a 7 stay stop in Malaysia, a land of myth and legend, which is most welcoming to tourists and offers countless tropical beaches and exotic resorts. The 5 star hotel in Penang “The Mutiara”, set on an island of palm trees and tranquil tropical beaches, in which the group will stay, has the unique distinction of being part of the Leading Hotels in the World Chain and is one of the most extraordinary resorts in the far east. The itinerary is as follows: leaving Dublin on Friday August 4th at 1600 hours to arrive in London at 17.30 hours. Check in at 2000 hours with Malaysian Airways arriving in Kuala Lumpur on August 5th at 1715, departing at 2200 hours to arrive in Sydney August 6th at 945 and transfer to the Rex Hotel. On August 13th 2000 check in for flight with Malaysian Airlines to Melbourne arriving at 2230 in Melbourne Airport. Transfer to the hotel by private air-conditioned coach at 2300 hours. Flight will depart Melbourne on 17th August to arrive at Kuala Lumpur followed by transfer to Penang to arrive at 2030. On August 24th, the group will leave Penang to fly Kuala Lumpur to London, arriving at 605 on the 25th with a connection for Dublin scheduled for 900 am to arrive at 1030am. Group leaders for this exciting tour are the 3 wise men Michael Keyes, Tom Codd and Jim Deane. For further information and details regarding the trip please contact either of the above or LSA Travel, Carlow.

Handicap Race: Tinryland AC will hold their annual Festive Handicap Road Race on St. Stephens Day at 12 noon. The event, which guarantees a wide selection of prizes to finishers, is open to runners, joggers, fun runners, walkers with very generous handicap times on offer. All support would be appreciated for this novel and enjoyable event.

Area Development: Tinryland Area Development Association (T.A.D.A) are currently engaged in numerous projects for the millennium. The primary project for the millennium is the restoration of the local hall for use, with a major fundraising drive to be undertaken in the coming months. Barrow Nore Suir Development have been contacted with regard to partial funding of the restoration but further funding is needed to complete the project successfully. The wall at Nolans which is currently being moved back and rebuilt in granite, is nearing completion, and the council have given an understanding to place a new footpath where the old wall stood, in the interests of safety.

It is the intention of the group to expand the association and to set up autonomous subgroups within the area. Anyone interested in being part of these groups including Heritage, Arts and Crafts etc. should contact Jim Deane at 43430 or Michael Keyes at 40083 as soon as possible.

Millennium Dance: Tinryland GFC will hold a Millennium Dance on Dec 31st in Rathcrogue Centre. Music will be provided on the night by M and M and the event is an all ticket affair. Tickets are available from any committee member.

Christmas Masses: There are new arrangements for mass times in St. Joseph’s Church, Tinryland over the Christmas period. For the first time in a number of years, there will be a midnight mass on Christmas Eve at 12 midnight with further services on Christmas Day at 8.30 am and 11 am.

Emigrants Letter: Copies of this years excellent, highly informative and well illustrated Reaching Out Emigrants Letter are currently on sale for £1 from Deanes Newsagents Tinryland and Barrack St.

Best Wishes: Tinryland Parishioners wish a speedy recovery to parish priest Rev. Peter Dunne who is currently hospitalised in Kilkenny. Masses over Christmas will be conducted by Rev. Conn Maloney, Spiritual Director of St. Patrick’s College. Good wishes are also extended to John Browne TD, Ballinacarrig who is recovering after an operation on Monday in a Dublin hospital.

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