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Weekly News Roundup - Friday 20 Oct 2000

Tinryland Tigh an Raoireann

Tanzanian brings international flavour to race

Tanzanian International Runner Daniel Gidumbanda became the first foreign athlete to win the Rockford Rooftile 4 mile race, after a fine front running exhibition in the milestone 21st anniversary race, held in fine conditions in Tinryland on Sunday last.
The man from Dar Es Salaam stamped his authority on the race from the starting gun and quickly built up a strong lead on the rest of the field, which included former winner Alan Merriman of Liffey Valley, International David Burke of Mullingar and fancied local Pat Byrne. Though Gidumbanda led for all the race, Merriman managed to pull away and reduced the gap to some 30 metres for the final 1 km of the race and pushed the African all the way to the line. The winning time for Gidumbanda of 19:36 was only 3 seconds faster than that of the Dubliner with Pat Byrne delighting the large crowd with a great 3rd place finishing in 20:01.
Mick Traynor of Raheny was 4th in 20:09 ahead of Colm Burke in 5th and David Burke in 6th. In the absence of Geraldine Hendricken, who was running against Sonia O’Sullivan in Loughrea, Annette Kealy of Raheny ran an outstanding race to win the women’s event in a time of 22:33 ahead of Ann Sullivan of DMP in 24:07 and Blaithin Hannen of St Finbarrs, Cork in 25:48. Tommy Payne’s fine run in a time of 20:57 saw him regain the Veteran’s Title ahead of former Olympic Marathon Runner and Multiple Dublin City Marathon Winner Dick Hooper in 2nd and Jim Stafford of Slaney Olympic, Wexford in 3rd. Alan Byrne of LOT was the winner of the Junior Men’s section in 21:49 with clubmate Eilish Connery winning the Junior Women’s event in a time of 26:29.
Tinryland regained the Senior Mens team event with Pat Byrne 3rd, Tommy Payne 10th, PJ Byrne 14th and JJ Murphy 29th the winning scorers with LOT won the women’s section ahead of the Tinryland team of the returning Tina Doyle, Nuala Quirke and Joanne Lawlor. The Tinryland Veterans team of Tommy Payne, JJ Murphy and Kevin Cuddy took their team event to cap a fine day for the local club.
The race winners were presented with special commemorative clocks while a special presentation was also made to Denis Noonan, Clonliffe, a former National 1500m winner, who was running in his 21st consecutive Rockford Race. After the race refreshments were provided in Tinryland GAA Centre together with the showing of the race video. Great credit is due to all who organised the race and helped out on the day.

Prior to the race, juvenile races were held and the following are results:

Boys Under 11- 1st- Michael Murphy (Tinryland), 2nd- Darren Murphy (Tinryland), 3rd- Joey Ryan (Tinryland)

Girls Under 13- 1st- Leah Flood (Ballon/Rathoe) 2nd- Nicola Kirwan (Ballon/Rathoe)

Boys Under 15- 1st- Danny Darcy ((Bagenalstown), 2nd- Brian Kirwan (LOT), 3rd- Neil O’Rourke (LOT)

Girls Under 15- 1st- Sarah Kelly (Ardattin), 2nd- Antoinette Farrell (Tinryland) 3rd- Nicola Clarke (Bagenalstown)

New Chairman: Tommy Doyle, St. Joseph’s Tce, was elected Chairman of Area 11 at the Community Games AGM in Rathcrogue House on Wednesday last. Doyle, who was closely associated with the relay successes in Mosney and with ladies football, takes over from Pat McArdle, who stepped down after 6 years. Ann Condron, Rutland, will be the new secretary, replacing Ann Brennan, who has filled the position for the past 17 years. Ann however is not taking a complete break, as she will continue as assistant secretary.
In a detailed report, outgoing secretary Ann Brennan highlighted the successes of Area 11 throughout the year including the winning of Gold Medals at National level by the Under 16 Choir Group and the Boys and Girls Under 12 Relay Teams , the individual successes at the National with Claire Murphy, Gold Girls Under 16 Cycling and Darren Murphy, Silver Boys Under 10 200m getting special mention, the regaining of the Hosey Cup for best overall area after a 4 year absence and the fine overall performances given by Area 11 competitors at area, county, provincial and national level.
The officers elected were: President- Fr. P Dunne PP Tinryland, Vice President- Fr P Daly PP Bennekerry, Chairman- Tommy Doyle, Vice Chairman- Tommy Lyons, Secretary- Ann Condron, Ass. Secretary- Ann Brennan, Treasurer- Jacinta Doyle, Ass. Treasurer- Jennie Galway, PRO- Mark Shannon (Tinryland), Margaret Burke (Bennekerry), Games Director- Denis Shannon, Area Manager- Cora Townsend, Youth Officer- Karen Matthews (Tinryland), Aine Kelly (Bennekerry), Delegates to Council Meeting- Tommy Doyle, Ann Condron, Delegates to County AGM-

New Era for Church Ringing: Tinryland sacristan Mrs. Kathleen O’Neill was pleasantly relieved on Thursday morning when for the first time in 40 years, she was not required to ring the church bells for the morning Mass. The old bell system has been replaced by a new automatic system which rings for the angelus at noon and 6 pm and also for the various Mass times. The system, which is audible over a wide area, will also play suitable music for church feast days. Kathleen is the third family member to act as sacristan as together with her mother Margaret and grandmother Mary Hayden, they have held this position in St. Joseph’s Church for 125 years.

Continue Good Start: St. Joseph’s Under 12 Soccer Team, playing only their second ever competitive match, against a well established St. Pat’s team, put up a marvellous display, narrowly losing 5-4. Playing their first game in their new kit, sponsored by Ted Egan, Rathcrogue House, St. Joseph’s went 2-0 up through two brilliant goals from Ian Scully and Ambrose Doran in the first 15 minutes. St. Pat’s then took control of the game and scored three goals in 10 minutes despite great goalkeeping from Colm Nolan. St. Joseph’s then dug deep and levelled the game on half time when Brian O’Halloran, following good approach play, curled the ball into the opposition net. St. Pat’s went 2 up within 10 minutes after the break but Joseph’s then showed that they are going to be serious opposition for any team in the future by playing some excellent football restricting St. Pat’s and scoring a fourth goal through Ian Scully.
This was a game that brought a lot of excitement to the many parents and supporters who turned up to cheer the team on. The enthusiasm, quality of play and behaviour of the players was exemplary and already the players are starting the show the rewards of their commitment to training. Every St. Joseph’s player contributed to making this a great day for the newly formed club with Ian Scully, Colm Delaney, Brian O’Halloran and Michael Murphy showing that if you do the simple things well you get great results.
The team trains every Monday evening from 6 pm to 8 pm in the CBS gym and anyone interested in joining can contact either Jim Murphy 46013 or Martin Byrne at 48868. Players must be aged 10 and under 12 from Jan 1st. The club will hold a formal meeting in Rathcrogue House at 8.30 pm on Tuesday 24th October and all parents and anyone interested in joining or helping the club are invited to attend.

Schools Football: The rapidly improving Tinryland NS Girls Football Team had a narrow victory over Bennekerry in the CKR Shield Competition on Tuesday. It was an action packed game with the home side playing into the strong wind in the first half. The win was especially sweet as Bennekerry put Tinryland out last year with the last kick of the game. Sinead Lyons continued to show her sparkling form of her last two games by attacking continually from midfield which gave her a tally of 2-1. Christine Scully had her best display to date by putting two goals past the Bennekerry keeper. Another inspiring young player was Amanda Doyle who played the captain’s role with a rock solid performance in defence. With a great overall performance, Tinryland ran out winners on a score of 5-1 to 3-6. Tinryland, who are unbeaten in this competition this year, will now play Askea GNS in the semi-final.
The boys team, who have defeated Ballon, Leighlinbridge and drawn with Tullow, lost by 4 pts to Bennekerry on Tuesday. They will now play Rathvilly in their final match on Thursday at 3.30 pm. The team have had excellent performances from Shane Redmond, Luke Doyle, Brian Farrell, Padraig Townsend, Ian Scully and Jason Curran.

Juvenile GAA: Tinryland played their first match against Fenagh away in the Under 13 Winter League on Sunday last. The game started slow with the wet, heavy pitch making good play difficult. Full forward Declan Redmond opened the scoring with a fine point followed soon after by a point from Padraig Townsend. Fenagh played well to score 1-1 but a Christopher Townsend goal saw Tinryland ahead at the break by 1-2 to 1-1. In the second half, Tinryland took control of the game with fine work from Ambrose Doran, Ian Scully and Mark Morrissey in defence with Patrick and Padraig Townsend and Cian Clancy also working well. Colm Delaney’s late goal saw Tinryland confirm a good win on a score of 5-4 to 3-1. Scorers for Tinryland were Patrick Townsend (2-0),Padraig Townsend (1-2), Chris Townsend (1-0), Colm Delaney (1-0), Declan Redmond (0-1) and Cian Clancy (0-1). The next match will be against Ballon in Tinryland on a date yet to be arranged.

The Mick Brennan Memorial Under 9 Tournament will be held in Rathcrogue on Saturday next, October 21st starting at 10.30 am sharp. Six teams will take part which are divided into two groups as follows: Group 1- Tinryland, Tullow, Portlaoise. Group 2- Eire Og, Sarsfields Newbridge and Athy. The games will be 15 minutes a side and there will be A, B and C Finals following the group competition.

The parents of the Under 12 and Under 14 Football teams would like to thank the following for a great day out in Croke Park for the recent Compromise Rules Match between Ireland and Australia: Ned Deane and Cora Townsend who organised the tickets and the bus, Jim Deane for providing refreshments for the children when they arrived at Croke Park. Thank you to Sean Barrett and Paddy Townsend who looked after the Under 14’s all year and to Shay Byrne and Martin Byrne who took care of the Under 12’s. Despite Ireland’s loss on the day, all the children thoroughly enjoyed their day out together.

Coach Tour: There will be a coach tour to Dublin on Sunday October 22, visiting Sunday markets near Tallaght and also visiting the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. For more information contact Eithne Ryan at 22004 or Edward Dawson at 59109.

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