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Weekly News Roundup - Friday 7 Jan 2000

Tinryland Tigh an Raoireann

Tinryland Juvenile Football Coach John Doyle (Rathcrogue) and Tinryland veteran athlete Tommy Payne will receive County Carlow Sports Star Awards at a special function, organised by Eire Og GFC, on February 11.

John Doyle is a winner of the Setanta Award. John, holder of SFC medals with Tinryland, has given dedicated service for a number of years to the promotion of juvenile football within the club, being the driving force behind the club’s underage successes. In 1999, John had his most successful year to date, coaching Tinryland Under 14 Footballers to the County Title and to a National Feile Title in Clare in May. At a time when the adult team is falling on hard times, this work at underage level is helping to secure the future of the club.

Tommy Payne receives his first award for athletics. Winner of a record 15 Carlow Cross Country Titles and present holder of the title, Tommy had a very successful year, helping Ireland to win silver medals at the World Veteran Championships as well as representing Ireland in Home Cross Country Championships. Tommy was also a fine winner of the Autumn League Title while also winning medals at National Track and Cross Country Level.

Review of the Year: July-December. July: The annual Cemetery Mass was held on Friday, July 2nd. The St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Island took place on Sunday, July l8. Tennis continued every Tuesday evening for adults and every Wednesday evening for juveniles. Eircom managed to lay cables in Tinryland village. Tommy Payne was a member of an Irish team which finished 2nd in an International Cross Country event in Gateshead, England. The Area 11 Choir were selected to represent Leinster in the National Community Games finals.

August: The 25th staging of the popular Tinryland AC Autumn League for the Seamus Galway Trophy commenced on Wednesday, August 25. Tinryland Area Development Association carried out extensive landscaping on the 1798 Commemorative Monument at Roche’s Cross. Shrubbery planted will in time represent the blue and white colours of Tinryland as well as the green, white and gold of Ireland. A French Oak Tree planted will acknowledge the French involvement in the 1798 rising.

Area 11 Girls Under-12 Relay team were the star performers at the National Community Games finals In Mosney, winning a magnificent gold in the final. Tommy Payne finished 2nd in the National Veterans 5000m in Tullamore. Brian Foster captained the New Oak Boys Soccer team which won the Umbro Cup in Manchester in August.

September: Tinryland under-14 Footballers capped a memorable year by winning the County “A” Title by 0-15 to 2-6 over Eire Og in Dr. Cullen Park. The team had earlier won a National Feile title in May. The Under 16 Footballers also won a County Title when defeating O’Hanrahan’s in the “B” decider a week later. The Minor Footballers lost to a strong Eire Og team in their County Final, which preceded the County Senior Football Final.

Tommy Payne and Ann Sullivan were fine winners of Autumn League Titles. Tinryland received 51% (153/300) in Category B of the Carlow Section of the National Tidy Towns Competition. The result was encouraging as no committee had been formed during the year for the competition. A report highlighted the improvement needed to be made with a development plan seen as a likely step to make. Tinryland ICA resumed their monthly meetings on Wednesday 1st of September. A tournament was held in Tinryland Tennis Club for juvenile members. Tinryland GFC held their Annual Golf Outing at Quinagh Par 3 Golf Course. Tinryland Area Development Association organised an information meeting for Lone Parents on September 28th. Tinryland Set Dancers held a meeting in the GFC Clubhouse for those interested in re-forming the Set Dancing Group.

October: Ten new public lights were installed in the Tinryland area by the ESB. The lights were sanctioned at a County Council meeting 18 months before. There are 4 new lights in the Tinryland village area with 3 more in the Linkardstown/Ballybar area with the remaining ones at the Tennis Club and McArdles Cross. The Parish Social was held in Rathcrogue House on Friday, October 29. This was an opportunity for many new parishioners to meet and socialise with the longer established residents. Music was provided on the night by Blue Lace from Wexford. The 20th running of the Rockford Roof Tile 4 mile race on Sunday October 10th was another huge success with over 100 athletes from all over Ireland taking part. The race was won by International Athlete Cormac Finnerty from Mullingar with Tinryland AC’s Pat Byrne in 3rd. Geraldine Hendricken of LOT won the women’s section. All who took part in the race received T-shirts and special momentoes. The AGM of Tinryland/ Bennekerry Community Games took place after another successful year in Rathcrogue House on Thursday 21st of October. The table quiz organised by Tinryland Tennis Club on October 15th was well supported with over 30 teams taking part. Tinryland Lone Parents Group and CANDO commenced their first course on Interior Design on a Budget on October 26th. A Regional Pioneer Meeting took place in Tinryland. 31 Junior, 3 Youth and 1 Full Pioneer received their pins in the ceremony. Mrs. Kathleen O’Neill, Tinryland was presented with the gold pin for her 50 year membership of the Pioneer Association by Fr. Peter Dunne PP. She was also complimented for her many years of service to St. Joseph’s Church. Ellen Nolan (12) of Kyleballyhue was a fine winner of the Wexford Song Competition in Courtown on the October Bank Holiday Weekend, defeating competitors from 18 different counties.

November: Tinryland Juvenile GFC had another magnificent accolade when they regained their status as club of the year in Carlow for the 2nd successive season. The award is made under the following criteria: teams entered, punctuality and success on the field. The club had a very successful year at county and national level and is in a very healthy state with over 150 juveniles taking part. Tinryland GFC announced details of a major fundraising draw in conjunction with the Kildare and Leighlin Millennium Draw which will commence in February and run until November 2000 on a monthly basis. The Tinryland/ Bennekerry Bypass Action Group held a very well attended public meeting in Rathcrogue Centre. One of the guest speakers was leading environmentalist and television presenter Dick Warner. The group also staged a protest march along the route of the proposed bypass. Tinryland Area Development Association entered an agreement with Carlow County Council on Litter management for the year 2000. Carlow County Council also approved a sum for road resurfacing for Tinryland in the forthcoming year. Enrolment for Holy Communion took place at a special ceremony in St. Joseph’s Church on November 24th. Fr. Wilkinson of the Componi Order visited the parish on a mission appeal and received a generous response. All Ireland Winning Footballer Tommy Dowd of Meath was the guest of honour at the presentation of awards to the Tinryland Juvenile Players in Rathcrogue House. Brendan Hayden received Carlow County Board’s Hall of Fame Award for 1999.

December: Paddy Dowling of Linkardstown, who was instrumental in the rural electrification of Ireland, was awarded Carlow Person of the Century at a special function in the Dolmen Hotel on December 4t. A very informative and well-illustrated Emigrants Letter was produced by Maureen Byrne and Clem Delaney. Josie Kelly, Linkardstown was re-elected Chairperson at the Tinryland Parent Teacher Association AGM. Brendan Hayden was elected Chairman at the Tinryland GFC AGM on the 13th of December. Tinryland Senior Citizens once again staged a very successful Christmas Party in Rathcrogue House. The Annual Goose Club was well supported on the 19th of December. Tinryland Community Alert held their AGM where a very successful year for the organisation was reported. The group received a series of grants in ‘99 from the Department of Family and Social Affairs and the National Lottery, which enabled them to purchase a large number of emergency response personal alarms and sensor lights for the area. The Millennium Dance was held in Rathcrogue Centre on the 31st of December. Music was provided by local group M and M. Tinryland Tour Group unveiled plans for a spectacular odyssey to Australia and Malaysia in August 2000 for duration of 3 weeks. The group will spend time in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia before spending a week in Penang, Malaysia. Andrew Murphy (13) was a very good winner of the Annual St. Stephen’s Day Handicap, which was well supported by local athletes. Parishioners extended best wishes to Fr. Peter Dunne PP and John Browne TD, Ballinacarrig, who were both hospitalised around the Christmas period.

Marriages and Deaths: The following marriages took place in St. Joseph’s Church, Tinryland in 1999: Thomas Kehoe and Ann Nolan, Patrick Bermingham and Jacqueline Guidera, Paul Lyons and Catherine Kelly, John O’Mahoney and Mary Doyle, Jimmy Walshe and Laura Conlon, Des Kehoe and Denise Coogan, Denis Collins and Geraldine Browne, Jason Dooley and Sharon O’Leary.

The following deaths took place during 1999: Betty Delaney (Tinryland), Paddy Townsend (Ballycarney), Pauline Whelan (Staplestown), Michael Brennan (Ballycarney), Jack Doyle (Kilmeaney), Darren Kelly (Linkardstown), Michael Sullivan (late of Castletown), Joe Roche (Ballybannon), Sr. Augustine Shine (late of Castletown), Carmel O’Neill (Ballybannon), Cecilia Curran (Linkardstown), Catherine Pender (Park), Shane Kennedy (Kyleballyhue), Violet Watchorn (Garryhundon), Doreen Townshend (Kilmeaney), Elizabeth Cole (Ballybar), Paddy Dowling (late of Linkardstown), Sadie Shirley (Leagh) and Seamus Brennan (formerly of Mortarstown).

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