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Weekly News Roundup - Friday 31 Dec 1999

Tinryland Tigh an Raoireann

January: A public meeting was held in Rathcrogue by the joint parishes of Tinryland and Bennekerry to discuss local concerns regarding the proposed Carlow bypass. Numerous local politicians and representatives attended and a committee was formed with PJ Hickson as Chairman.

January marked the 50th anniversary of the formation of Tinryland ICA Guild. The momentous event was marked with an ecumenical service and dinner in Rathcrogue House with National ICA President Aoife Coyle as guest of honour. A commemorative cloth was also designed for the occasion.

February: The Tinryland GFC Sports Stars Dinner Dance was held in Rathcrogue House on February 27th. Award recipients were GAA- Connie Guidera, Handball- Cecil Whelan, Badminton- Tony McGuill, Juvenile Award- Cora Townsend, Young GAA Player- Garry Morrissey, Athletics- PJ Byrne, Basketball- Orla Nolan, Special Awards- David Power and Michael Murphy.

Following discussions between Tinryland Area Development Association and Eircom, it was decided to provide a new public phone booth in Tinryland village. Eircom had originally planned to remove the phone totally from the area due to vandalism with the previous facility being out of service for 6 weeks.

With the disbanding of the Leighlin Group TV Committee, it was decided to distribute £500 of its funds to the Tinryland Senior Citizens Group. The committee, which was founded by members from Tinryland and Leighlinbridge disbanded as it could no longer operate legally due to the licence given to Nore Suir Relays to broadcast signals in the area.

March: Tinryland Juvenile GFC staged their Annual Race Night in the GAA Club on March 6th. Proceeds went towards sending an U14 team to Clare for the Feile Finals. Pupils of Tinryland NS staged a very successful concert in the school auditorium on Friday March 12th and on Monday March 15th. The packed house enjoyed a drama presentation from the Juniors to 6th class. The shows were the Three Little Pigs, The Golden Goose, Babbling Banshees, A Lad in Blunderland, Dail Debate, Jack and the Beanstalk. Mrs. Mary O’Neill’s musicians came up trumps, as did members of the O’Donoghue School of Dancing. The show was well received by the parents and extended family members.

First Confessions were held in St. Joseph’s Church, Tinryland on March 22nd. Tinryland U16 Quiz team of Paul Kenny, John Kelly, Clare and Aoife Murphy were fine winners of the County PTAA Quiz in Leighlinbridge. The following Tinryland NS pupils took part in a table quiz organised by the National Parents Council in Rathcrogue: Conor Furlong, Sinead Byrne, Richard Whyte, David O’Neill, Niall Shannon, Patrick Townsend, David Burke and Karen McGrath.

The Tinryland Tour Group travelled to New York for the St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, which included marching down 5th avenue in the parade with the Carlow Association in New York.

April: There was a large attendance at the Holy Week and Easter Ceremonies. Tinryland Community alert held a meeting at which they presented their report for the year. Tinryland AC regained the 4 County League team title after a long absence while the Veterans team won the “A” team section.

May: The Tinryland NS students who were making their Confirmation and taking the pledge attended a special penitential service in St. Joseph’s Church, Tinryland. 49 Fifth and Sixth Class Pupils made their Confirmation on May 11th in St. Joseph’s Church, Tinryland. Dr. Laurence Ryan, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin officiated at the ceremony, assisted by Fr. Peter Dunne PP and Fr. Patrick Daly PP Bennekerry. 16 First Class Pupils received their First Holy Communion on May 22nd. Tinryland Juvenile Athletes performed exceptionally well at the Carlow Track and Field Championships in Askea. Tinryland AC Athlete Pat Byrne was a fine winner of the 3000m at the BLE Games in Santry. The Area 11 Community Games Finals were held in Palatine GAA Grounds and were once again a resounding success. Tinryland Under 9 Footballers won the Eire Og blitz. Area 11 Boys and Girls U16 Basketball teams were beaten in the Carlow Community Games Finals by Old Leighlin and St. Mary’s respectively. Tinryland Area Development Association launched a feasibility study in Rathcrogue Centre, which outlined their plans for the area including the restoration of the local hall and the development of youth resources.

June: Tinryland Under 14 Footballers had a magnificent win in the Peil na nOg Competition in Clare, defeating teams from Clare, Leitrim and London en route to the final where they defeated De La Salle from Waterford in Ennis.

Tinryland ICA Group held an outing to Wicklow on June 10th. At the EGM of Tinryland Tennis Club, the following trustees were elected: Ned Brennan, Clem Delaney and Enda Nolan. Tinryland GFC held another hugely successful field day on June 20th in Rathcrogue. The children who received Confirmation received their Pioneer Pins on June 24th in Tinryland Church. St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society held their Annual Pilgrimage to Knock on June 26th. Tinryland Senior Citizens held their outing followed by a dinner in Rathcrogue House. Three local representatives were elected in the Council Elections with TD John Browne returned for Carlow and Jim Townsend and Enda Nolan re-elected in Mhuine Bheag. Tinryland athletes put up a very creditable performance to finish 2nd to Bagenalstown on a score of 110 pts to 93 in the Carlow Community Games Finals with the under 12 Girls and under 17 Boys relay teams advancing to the National Finals.

Mr. S. Brennan: The death took place after a long illness in Las Vegas, USA on December 26th of Seamus Brennan formerly of Mortarstown. Seamus, who was 61 years, was born in Ballygowan, Milford and later moved to Mortarstown. Seamus, who played juvenile football with Tinryland, was instrumental in the relaunch of Milford GFC in the 1950’s. He originally served an apprenticeship with the Sugar Company before moving to the US in 1956, where he ran an air conditioning company. Predeceased by his parents Patrick and Statia Brennan, he is survived by his wife Gertrude (nee Quinn) formerly of Rathcrogue, sons Patrick and John, daughter in law Sharon, 2 grandchildren, brothers Michael (Los Angeles), Danny (Waterford), PJ and John (Carlow), sisters Vinnie Molloy (Birr), Terri Murphy (Ballyloo), Rae Fay (London), Connie Fitzpatrick (Perth) and Dell Doorley (Chapelstown), relatives and friends especially Jim and Ollie Salter. Funeral arrangements later.

Mrs. S. Shirley: Family, accompanied by many neighbours and friends gathered last Thursday Dec 23rd to pay tribute in a thanksgiving service in Staplestown Church for the life of Sadie Shirley (nee Bradley), Leagh who died on December 21. Sadie was in her 80th year and was described by her son John, in his address as a farm daughter, farm wife and a farm mother. She learned how to milk cows at the age of 7 and after her marriage to George Shirley, Leagh in 1947 supplied milk to neighbours from Kilnock to Castletown. When calling, these customers observed her meticulous hygenic standards and also appreciated her prowess at making butter. Despite ailing health in recent years, she still kept some free range hens and loved seeing the early lambs and calves. Also acknowledged was her work for the Church in Staplestown and her fond respect for its ministers past and present. Sadie will be remembered for her wealth of proverbs, for her “burn ointment”, a cure passed down from her mother and the love and pride she took in her family and grandchildren. Sadie was a native of Fenagh and was one of a family of 8, 4 of her siblings died of tuberculosis in the 1930s. She will be sadly missed by her son John, daughter Maeve Bayley, sister Georgina Rose (Clonegath), step children Olga, Ken and Jimmy, daughter in law Heather, son in law Stuart Bayley and grandchildren David, Alison, Jonathan, Gary and Ruth. She was predeceased by her brothers Jim Bradley, Ballyloo and Tom Bradley, Fenagh.

St. Stephens Handicap: 13 year old Andrew Murphy of Park was a fine winner of the St. Stephens Day Handicap in Tinryland. Andrew, running off 71/2 minutes was 30 seconds clear of Tommy Payne with John Causey in 3rd and Pat Byrne, running off scratch, finishing 4th. Nuala Quirke was the first woman home in 5th. 21 people finished the race with Pat Byrne running the fastest race time of 20:45. Prizegiving took place after the race in Tinryland NS.

Mass Times: There will be no 8.30 am masses in St. Joseph’s Church, Tinryland until further notice.

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