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Weekly News Roundup - Friday 21 Apr 2000

Tinryland Tigh an Raoireann

Tinryland AC’s Pat Byrne regained this year’s St. Abban’s 4 County League following a hugely impressive winning run in the final stage over 4.5 miles in Tolerton Co. Laois on Friday night last.

Byrne abandoned his usual front running tactics in the early stage of this race and did not make his decisive killer move until the 3rd lap, where he built up a 100 yard lead which he managed to increase to the finish line. Byrne’s winning time of 22:22 was one of the fastest for the course in recent years and was some 25 seconds clear of local favourite Colm Burke in 2nd position with Tommy McElwaine of Ferns taking 3rd spot.

It was a night of mixed fortunes for versatile veteran Tommy Payne whose 6th position saw him overhauled for an individual medal by Burke and McElwaine, though his veteran club team of J.J Murphy and Kevin Cuddy were easy winners of the team section. P.J Byrne proved his excellent progress with a fine 14th place finishing while Sean Doyle had his best run of the year, finishing a comfortable 30th and defeating more fancied athletes. J.J Murphy continued his role as “SuperVet” in the club with a comfortable 36th finish. Rathvilly man PJ Doyle had his best run since he joined the club, edging out Kevin Cuddy in 62nd position.

Unfortunately, Joe Doheny had to pull out due to injury in the early stages of the race. In the Individual Standing Pat Byrne’s total of 5 pts was clear of Colm Burke of St Abbans on 12 pts and Tommy McElwaine on 13 pts with Payne in 4th overall. The Section A Team Title went to Portlaoise, whose average of having 4 men in the first 15 over the 4 stages, put them well clear of the Tinryland team of Byrne, Payne, PJ Byrne and Doyle in 2nd. The Veteran Team were comfortable winners over Kilmore. The women’s race was an early highlight of the evening with Geraldine Nolan of KCH defeating fellow international Geraldine Hendricken into 2nd position. A note of concern was the high volumes of traffic on the course of the route which provided unnecessary hazards to all athletes on the night.

Tournament: The annual Kevin Jordan Inter County Senior Football Tournament will take place on Sunday next (Easter Sunday) at the Tinryland GAA Grounds at 7 pm. This year’s game will no doubt attract a huge crowd to the local venue as 1998 All Ireland Finalists Kildare provide the main attraction and will take on host county Carlow. Both managers Mick O’Dwyer and Cyril Hughes have promised to field full strength teams in advance of the forthcoming championships. This year’s tournament is sponsored by South East Electrical, Tullow Rd. Carlow with a set of engraved clocks for the winning team. The match referee will be John Conway of Arles. Patrons are advised to get to the ground as early as possible due to parking restrictions.

Easter: The following are times for ceremonies in St. Joseph’s Church, Tinryland over the Easter Week:

Wednesday: Penitential Service: 8 pm

Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 8 pm with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 10 pm.

Good Friday: Stations of the Cross: 3 pm (weather permitting this will take place on the Parish Priest’s Avenue)

Passion of the Lord Celebration: 8 pm

Holy Saturday: Vigil Mass: 9 pm (All are reminded to bring a candle for the renewal of baptismal promises)

MR. BILL ABBEY: The death took place in the Sacred Heart Home on Thursday last of Bill Abbey of Garryhundon. Bill, who was 86, came originally from Ballyleen, Ballon and was born on 31st of January 1914. He served in the army for nine years and was stationed in Ballsbridge in Dublin where he met his future wife, Dollie Hughes (Nurney). After their marriage, they returned to live in Clonmelsh and then moved to Garryhundon where they resided for the last 49 years. On his return to Carlow, Bill had several driving positions as lorry driver for Kelly’s, Reddy’s, Clogrennane Lime and Carlow County Council, which he held up to his retirement. Bill kept very active during his retirement and was an avid GAA supporter and he also won many medals for tug o’ war in his younger days. The chief celebrant Fr. Ned Dowling, at his funeral, described Bill as a gentleman and a good friend of his, with a great sense of recall. He said that he was renowned for his vegetable garden on which he produced excellent crops while his wife, Dollie, specialised on her flower garden, which always made an impact on travellers on the Garryhundon road. He is survived by his wife, Dollie, sons Pat (Graiguecullen), Billy (Garryhundon), daughters Maureen (Coolgreaney, Gorey) and Eveleen (Ballybar), sons in law, daughter in law, Elizabeth, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, sisters in law, relatives and friends. Removal took place on Friday from Kearney’s Funeral Home, Kilree St. Bagenalstown to St. Patrick’s Church, Newtown. Burial took place after Requiem Mass on Saturday to the adjoining cemetery. The chief celebrant Fr. Dowling was assisted by Fr. Tom Little, Graiguecullen, Fr. Peter Dunne PP Tinryland and Fr. J. Fingleton PP Graiguecullen.

COLLECTION: Rehab foundation annual churchgate collection, this weekend, April 22/23. Please support.

Took Gold: Area 11 Girls Under 12 Soccer Team retained their County Community Games Title with a great 3-2 win over a gallant Slaney Valley (Kildavin, Ardattin, Clonegal) team. The Slaney Valley Girls were the stronger outfit in the first half and led by 1-0 at the break. The Area 11 Girls came out with all guns blazing in the 2nd half and within 5 minutes were level after a great strike from Christine Scully. They kept up the momentum and shortly afterwards Sinead Lyons added to their tally. With 10 minutes remaining, Slaney Valley drew level and extra time and penalties looked on the cards. 5 minutes later, the player of the tournament Sinead Lyons lobbed the goalkeeper to give Area 11 their 2nd title. For the local girls, Amanda Doyle had a great game in defence while Tina Walker was a very competent goalie. The other squad players who played their part were Ciara Jeaney, Deborah Fields, Rachel Mannion, Emma Murphy, Bonita Butler, Lisa McGuill, Sandra Williamson, Niamh Fennelly, Deirdre Doyle, Aisling Kinsella, Ciara Butler, Amanda Cassidy and Debbie Fitzpatrick.

Bowed Out: Tinryland Under 21 Footballers were knocked out of this year’s Carlow Under 21 Football Championship by neighbours Palatine on a score of 1-6 to 0-4 in a match played in miserable conditions in Fenagh on Sunday last. The Palatine team were always more stronger than the more youthful Tinryland side over the 70 minutes and held on for victory. Tinryland were unfortunate to miss out on influential players Barry McDaniel and Gerard Scully but can take solace in the fact that most of the team are eligible to play again next year. Best for Tinryland was goalie Keith Gaule while the scorers were John Doyle (0-2), Paul Doyle (0-1) and Willie Townsend (0-1).

Football Double: Tinryland/Bennekerry Girls Under 14 Football Team had two wins in the Carlow league last week. On Monday night last, the local girls had a very impressive victory over MLR on a score of 7-2 to 3-3. Best for Tinryland/Bennekerry were goalkeeper A Byrne, backs T Burke and A Doyle, midfielder G Nolan, forwards A Farrell, A Kehoe and C Whelan. The team was A Byrne, L Kennedy, T Burke, K Doyle, L Murphy, M Rooney, A Doyle, G Nolan, C Farrell, O Connolly, A Farrell, A Kehoe, S Kelly, E Murphy and C Whelan. Subs used were S Lyons and A Doyle.

The Girls then travelled to Rathvilly on Thursday to play the local side. In the first half Tinryland/Bennekerry were anything but impressive but, after this bad patch, they recovered after the break and ran out easy winners on a score of 8-6 to 3-3. Best for Tinryland/Bennekerry were backs A Parker, Sinead Lyons, forwards T Lawlor and K Doyle. The team was A Byrne, A Parker, T Burke, A Doyle, E Murphy, R Cleary, S Lyons, G Nolan, C Farrell, A Doyle, A Jeaney, T Lawlor, S Kelly, C Whelan, K Doyle. Subs used L Kennedy, A Farrell, J Farrell, R Deane, C Lawlor, M Grandon and C Dempsey.

Juvenile Fixtures: Tinryland Juvenile Football Teams are in action this weekend in the Coisde na nOg Ceatharlach Competition. On Friday next, April 21st Tinryland Under 16’s will host O’Hanrahan’s in Rathcrogue at 7 pm. On Saturday April 22nd, the Under 14 team will open their campaign at home to Tullow at 6 pm while on Monday at 7.30 pm, the Under 12’s will make their second appearance at home to Mount Leinster Rangers. All support would greatly appreciated for the young footballers.

Concert: The Darren Kelly Memorial Concert was a big success for the 400 patrons who packed into the Seven Oaks Hotel on Wednesday night with 13 bands giving their services free for the worthy charities involved. Tinryland Parish Priest Fr. Peter Dunne officially opened the show and said that as Chaplain of Holy Angels, he was delighted that they were beneficiaries from the function. Having recently travelled from the St. Luke’s to the Mater for a Scan he said that funding towards a CAT Scan in Kilkenny was badly needed and he was pleased that this was supported through the concert.

Patrons enjoyed the diverse mixture of Country and Western to Rock Music on the night. New band The Country Kings were a big hit while veteran local rocker John Brennan of the Rock Group “Phoenix” showed that he can still strum it out with the best. Young Tinryland singer Debbie Kelly strutted her talent and proved to all that she is very much an up and coming star. Many patrons were disappointed that the top billing Michael English did not appear on stage until after 2 pm because of the log jammed programme. The charities involved will benefit to the tune of a good four figure sum.

Cosets Win: Twelve teams took part in the Tinryland GFC Sports Quiz on Friday. Quizmaster Eamonn Byrne certainly tested the mettle of the sports minded people. Questions on Carlow Sports Stars certainly upset some of the more fancied teams. The winning team was Cosets, which consisted of PL Curran, Charlie Keegan, Evan Hickey and Padraig Cullinane. Runners up were Eire Og with Pat McCarthy, Anthony Doyle, Andy Ellis. Local sports expert Donal Murphy with his son Brian and Michael Murphy (River) finished 3rd.

School Break In: Tinryland NS fell victim to the recent spate of school break-ins in the early hours of Saturday morning. Access was gained through a corridor window. The raiders failed in their quest to add to their booty but caused much malicious damage by trying to gain access to various locked up rooms. Carlow Gardai would welcome information from anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious that night.

Foroige: Tinryland Area Development Association and Foroige have held two meetings recently. The local group intend to set up a Foroige Club in the Area. Anyone interested should contact any members of the local development association. Back up and support will be available from Foroige.

Tidy Towns: The village has been entered in the Tidy Towns Competition for 2000 and also in the Carlow Floral Pride for 2000. Tinryland NS has entered in the school’s section. It is hoped that the school children, teachers and parents will keep up the excellent work as the school has been maintained in excellent conditions. As no current Tidy Towns Committee exists in the area, residents are asked to keep their own areas tidy and also to look after park and green areas.

Computer Classes: Thirty-nine local people sat their Computer Exams during the week following the 10-week course organised by Tinryland Area Development Association and CANDO. The two groups wish to thank the School Board of Management, Principal Mr. Denis Shannon, and all who took part in the course. Certificates will be presented at a special function in the GAA Club on Thursday night, May 25th

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