Weekly News Roundup - Friday 3 Mar 2000
Tinryland Tigh an Raoireann
Tinryland sports stars are honoured
The 5th Tinryland GFC Sports Dance was very well supported in Rathcrogue House on Saturday night. Club Chairman Brendan Hayden thanked all who supported the club during the year. He paid special compliments to the parents and managers who were keeping the juvenile club to the fore. He asked the senior players to rally in behind new coach Mick Murphy.
He added that he hoped Mick would imbue the same spirit into the players as he himself had displayed over the years.
County Secretary Tommy O’Neill thanked the club members for their co-operation with the County Board and for making their players available for county teams. He said people who were beginning to write off Tinryland teams did so at their peril as he expected a rejuvenation of the club in the new millennium. Mr. Eamonn Byrne was once again a capable MC.
The following were award winners: Joe Murphy (athletics)
ATHLETICS: J.J. Murphy – a most deserving winner of this award for his long standing service to Tinryland AC and his large array of successes. Over the years he has won county, team and individual medals, has been a major part of Tinryland’s national winning 15km and veterans teams, and has represented Ireland on three occasions in World Cup Hill Running and at Home Internationals. At 49, J.J. shows no signs of slowing as is evident with his recent impressive display in the Carlow Senior Cross-Country.
YOUNG PLAYER: This year’s Young Player Award went to William Power on the basis of the key role he played in Tinryland’s Minor B Carlow winning side. He had also been an inspirational figure in earlier league and championship games. William, who plays in the same midfield position as his father, former Tinryland great David, is surely an outstanding prospect for the future.
WORK WITH JUVENILES: For his work with the juvenile section of Tinryland GFC juveniles John Doyle won his award. His contribution can be gauged from the fact that he has received a Carlow Sports Star Award for the same category. In the 1980s John was instrumental in setting up Tinryland as an independent unit for underage football along with Ned Deane and the late Mick Brennan. The achievements have been immense with 150 juveniles currently playing in the club. He wins this award having coached Tinryland’s U14 team to win last year’s All Ireland Feile title and the Carlow Championship for the first time in 26 years. He was also the man responsible for coaching the Minor team to last year’s victories and thoroughly deserved this award.
HANDBALL: The Handball Award went to Eamonn Sunderland who has made a huge contribution to the game at local and regional level. Eamonn has progressed from Novice to Senior level since joining Tinryland in 1989 and has competed on many occasions in the Leinster Championships. Eamonn had a major success last year when partnering National and International Handball Star Kenneth Kane to the Carlow 40 x 20 Doubles Championship.
SENIOR FOOTBALL: The Senior Football Award was a fitting honour for the experienced John Murphy. John has played a central part with Tinryland GFC at all levels. He was part of the last team from the parish to win the County Minor Title in the 1980s and has gone on to play for the Carlow Senior team. John’s commitment has never been in doubt and he is currently determined to ensure that Tinryland win this year’s Intermediate Championship and return to their former greatness.
BADMINTON: Since joining Tinryland Badminton Club in 1984, Ann Kavanagh has been an outstanding presence in a team which has steadily risen to a high level in regional competitions. Ann has helped the club in gaining promotion to Grade 2 at local level, having won Carlow, South West Leinster and knockout cups at Grade 3. Ann has won county championships at ladies doubles and mixed doubles over the years and has made a valuable contribution to badminton in the area and this award recognises her fine achievements.
SPECIAL: A standing ovation was given to Tinryland Football legend Paddy Sullivan on receiving a special award from Tinryland GFC. Tributes were paid to Paddy, the last surviving Tinryland member of the Carlow Leinster Championship winning side of 1944. His considerable successes included five Carlow SFC titles (captaining the three in a row side between 1948 and 1950) and his dedication to the sport saw him continue playing until 1960. He was seen as someone who led his teammates by example and had given great service to the club.
OTHER AWARDS: Other awards were given for outstanding service to Tinryland GFC in the last century with five recipients including longstanding club treasurer Tom Doyle, former Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer of the club Pat Hayden, former player, trainer and official Joe Gorman, County Secretary and former Tinryland star Tommy O’Neill and Michael Whelan who gave a lifetime of service to the club at all levels from the 1940s until very recently and is currently Vice President of the Club.
Dan Carbery was also honoured for his assistance with the Tinryland Intermediate side last year.
INDOOR SOCCER: Area 11 Boys Under 13 Soccer team put up a tremendous display in the Carlow Community Games Competition held in the CBS on Sunday. In the opening game, thanks to goals from Chris Townsend and Liam Fitzpatrick, they emerged victorious over Myshall on a score of 2-1. In the quarter finals, after a hard fought game with Bagenalstown, extra time failed to separate the teams. In the penalty shootout Bagenalstown, who later reached the final, won out on a score of 2-0. For Area 11, Philip Mullins proved an excellent goalkeeper. The other panel members to play their part were Ian Scully, Darren Sheehan, Padraig Townsend and Glen Doyle.
The girls under-13 indoor soccer team will open their campaign on Sunday next at 9.30 am in the CBS.
BASKETBALL: Area 11 Girls U-16 Basketball Team will play St. Mary’s in the Carlow Community Games Final on Sunday morning next at 10 am in St.Leo’s.
All support would be greatly appreciated.
ICA: The Tinryland ICA monthly meeting will be held in Rathcrogue House tonight (Wednesday) at 8 pm. A guest speaker will attend.
MS B. TOWNSEND: Miss Brigid (Bridie) Townsend of Linkardstown died in St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny, on Thursday last after a short illness. Bridie was of a very gentle disposition and travelled to all events in the company of her sisters Annie and Margaret O’Neill. She came from a family legendary for contributions to local raffles and draws and to a variety of religious publications. Religion played a major part in her daily life and she was a daily communicant and a life-long member of the Third Order of St. Francis. Her death was described by Rev. Mark Townsend as the “final piece of the Lord’s jigsaw”. She is survived by her sisters Annie and Maggie, brother Joe, sister-in-law Statia, brother-in-law Danny O’Neill, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives and friends. Removal took place to St. Joseph’s Church, Tinryland. Burial took place in adjoining cemetery after Requiem Mass.
MRS N. WALKER: The death occurred of Mrs. Nancy Walker (nee Nolan) at her home at No.8 St. Joseph’s Terrace, Tinryland, on Sunday, February 20. Nancy was 62 and formerly of Ballinacarrig. After a number of years in England, she returned with her three children to live in Tinryland in 1973. When Braun located in Carlow, Nancy was one of the first workers to sign on. After 16 years working in Braun, where she commuted by pushbike and later by moped, she retired in 1992 after the tragic death of her son, Dessie, an event which had a profound effect upon her. Nancy was a strong woman and always held very definite viewpoints.
She will be sadly missed by her son Tony (Luton), daughter Angela (Tullow Rd.), brothers John (Idrone Park) and Joe (Naas), grandchildren Tracey, Ruth, Maria and Victoria, son in law Frank, relatives and friends.
Sympathy: Sympathy is extended to Mrs. Una Pender, Park on the death of her mother Mrs. Donohue of Ardattin who died last week.