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Weekly News Roundup - Friday 28 Jan 2000

Tinryland Tigh an Raoireann

Tinryland AC were narrowly beaten, on a score of 42 pts to 38, by the younger LOT squad in the Carlow cross country championships in Ballywilliamroe, Bagenalstown on Sunday last.

The senior men’s race was always going to be a competitive and entertaining affair with 25 athletes taking part.

Pre-race favourite and former Kilkenny champion Pat Byrne lived up to his billing in leading right from start to finish, coming home a convincing winner in a time of 33 mins 13 secs for the tough 10km course. Pat had 29 seconds to spare over the 13 times winner and clubmate Tommy Payne. Payne ran his usual consistent run throughout and was never troubled for 2nd position but was always some 200m adrift of the impressive Byrne.

Mick Kelly from LOT finished 3rd ahead of 18 year old Alan Byrne. There was a great battle for 5th place between 16 year old Robert O’Rourke of LOT and Tinryland veteran John Joe Murphy. The younger O’Tooles clubman came out on top after a close battle throughout. Sean Doyle had a great battle with Dwayne Farrell of LOT, eventually holding his rival off to back up the first two scorers in 8th place. PJ Byrne, who was recovering from a recent injury, was well below form on the day and finished 11th.

Jimmy Morgan ran a very consistent race all the way and completed Tinryland’s scoring by finishing in 14th place. The Carlow town team, however, had completing their scoring at this stage courtesy of John McDonald in 7th, Dwayne Farrell in 9th and William Minchin in 10th. Other Tinryland athletes to perform with distinction on the day were Joe Doheny, John Stephens, Kevin Cuddy, Liam Dunne, PJ Doyle and Billy Abbey.

Cup presented: The Odlum Cup was then presented to LOT Captain Mick Kelly by County Chairman Noel Kehoe. Tinryland will be looking for new recruits in the coming year to back up the existing squad and suffered on the day through P.J. Byrne’s injury and the absence of Denis Shannon.

Unfortunately Tinryland were unable to provide any athletes in the ladies event where all the starters were running in the colours of LOT. Geraldine Hendricken was in devastating form in the 3.6 km race and like Byrne led from start to finish to capture her 12th county title. Katie Duggan was 2nd some 90 seconds adrift with Maria O’Rourke 3rd. The LOT scoring total was 10 pts.

MRS. K. COUGHLAN: The death occurred in St. Brigid’s Hospital on Thursday, January 18, of Kathleen Coughlan (nee O’Brien) of Pembroke, Carlow. Kathleen, who was in her 98th year, must surely have been the longest serving teacher in the Carlow area. A native of Enniscorthy, she qualified as a teacher from Carysfort College in 1924. She taught in Ardagh school from 1924 to 1944. After her husband’s death, she left their farm in Coolcullen and bought a house in Pembroke. She was a teacher in Bennekerry NS until her retirement in 1970. Fr. Brendan Howard described her as a very dedicated teacher who had a great love of Irish and history and who instilled great Christian values in her students. After her retirement, she was a substitute teacher in a number of schools, including Tinryland.

Her remains were removed to the Cathedral where her teaching colleagues formed a guard of honour. nterment took place in Gorey Cemetery on Thursday after concelebrated Mass with chief celebrant Fr. Howard assisted by Fr.. Patrick Daly, Bennekerry. Soloist was Mrs. Mary Agar, her former colleague in Bennekerry NS.

She is survived by her daughter Aileen, son-in-law Jack, grandchildren, her carer Sile Rogers, relatives and friends.

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