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Weekly News Roundup - Friday 17 Nov 2000

Tinryland Tigh an Raoireann

St. Joseph’s win Morrissey cup

Holders St. Joseph's gained some compensation for their surprise early exit from the Leinster Club Championship when easily accounting for Crettyard in the first all- Laois Dan Morrissey Cup final in Tinryland on Sunday last – final score: St. Joseph's 3-18 Crettyard 1-8.

After Crettyard had flattered to deceive with two points in the opening 90 seconds, St. Joseph's never looked back after a well taken Colm Kelly goal after 3 minutes. The same player repeated this act on 13 minutes to give his side a 6 point cushion but to their credit Crettyard replied immediately with a cracking goal from Tom Doone. The Laois champions continued to dominate midfield and by the 25th minute had built up a 9 point lead courtesy of some delightful points from Mark O'Brien, Liam Stapleton, Des Cooney and Colm Kelly. At half time St. Joseph's led by 2-12 to 1-4. On the resumption the winners continued to pile on the pressure and a Stephen Kelly goal after only 5 minutes ensured that the rest of the game was merely a formality. Further points from the former Laois player PJ Dempsey, Liam Stapleton and Mark O'Brien put the issue way beyond doubt before John Conway's long whistle. Joe Brennan, David Maher and Pa Brennan scored some nice consolation points for the losers in the closing minutes of this one sided game. Best for the winners were Captain Joe Murphy, PJ Rowan, Fergal Lacey, Liam Stapleton, Cathal George and goalie Aidan Rowan.

Crettyard had hard triers in Peter Brennan, John Jones, Darren Ayres, John Graham, Ciaran Kelly, Joe Brennan and Pa Brennan. Scorers for St. Joseph's were Colm Kelly (2-1), Mark O'Brien (0-6), Liam Stapleton (0-6), Stephen Kelly (1-0), PJ Dempsey (0-2), Mick O'Brien, Des Cooney and Martin Dempsey (0-1) each.

Scorers for Crettyard were: Tom Doone (1-2), Joe Brennan (0-2), David Maher, Pa Brennan, Martin Rice and Michael Murphy (0-1) each.

After the game Tinryland GFC Chairman Brendan Hayden presented the Dan Morrissey Cup to the winning St. Joseph's Captain Joe Murphy.

Tinryland in ACFL Final: Tinryland advanced to the final of the All County Football League with a comfortable win over Askea at Pairc Ui Bhrian on Sunday last. Trevor O'Reilly opened the scoring for the winners after 3 minutes which was followed by another point from his team mate Garry Morrissey. John Kavanagh opened the Askea account after 7 minutes before Paul Doyle stretched the Tinryland advantage with a fine goal on 10 minutes. After 18 minutes Garry Morrissey increased the Tinryland lead with a pointed free before John Kavanagh and John Nolan brought Askea back into contention with two excellent points in the 22nd and 25th minutes. On the resumption Willie Power and Garry Morrissey both scored points to tighten Tinryland's grip on the game before Veteran John Murphy scored the first of two goals following good work from Ger Scully and Martin Doyle. Garry Morrissey and John Kavanagh then exchanged points before Bernard O'Brien reduced the deficit to 6 points with 6 minutes remaining. Askea continued to press and substitutes Jason O'Reilly and Mickey Corcoran further reduced the Tinryland lead until John Murphy and Connie Guidera put the issue beyond doubt with goals in the 57th and 59th minutes. Best for Tinryland were defenders Bernard Mullan, John Farrell and Gerard Scully, midfielders Martin Doyle and Garry Morrissey and forwards Paul Doyle, Niall Barrett, Niall Walsh and John Murphy. Askea were best served by goalie Dermot Ingram, John Kavanagh, Tom Cranny, Nigel Murphy, Andy Madigan, Bernard O'Brien and David McEvoy. Scorers for Tinryland were John Murphy (2-0), Garry Morrissey (0-5), Paul Doyle and Connie Guidera (1-0) each, Trevor O'Reilly and Willie Power (0-1) each. Scorers for Askea were John Kavanagh (0-3), Bernard O'Brien (1-0), Mickey Corcoran, Jason O'Reilly and John Nolan (0-1) each.

Payne and Murphy on Irish Teams: Tinryland athletes Tommy Payne and John Joe Murphy will represent Ireland in the Home Countries Veteran International CC which will be held in Navan on Saturday next. Payne, who is in fine form this year, was the winning vet in the Rockford Race, runner up in the Leinster Championships in Ballyfin and finished 3rd in the recent open CC in Ballybrittas. He was the leading Irish athlete in the same internationals in Devon last year. John Joe Murphy will lead the Irish V3 team having won the honour in the Phoenix Park in October. The Tinryland athlete of the year never lets his team down and should again run a blinder over the 10km course on Saturday. Pat Byrne finished 3rd in the Simon 5 mile race on Sunday. From a field of 1700, Pat's time was 25 mins 15 secs.

Community Alert: Tinryland Community Alert would like to make some elderly people feel more secure in their homes for Christmas. We now have personal alarms and sensor lights to give to those in need of them. It is not necessary to live alone to qualify, but the applicant must have a phone in their house. If you know of someone in your area please contact Jim Boles, Tinryland, phone 33560 for details.

Articles: The closing date for the submission of articles for the Annual Parish Reaching Out Newsletter is November 19th. If you have some item of local or historical interest which you would like published please submit it to the editor Maureen Byrne, Ballybar by the above date.

Deaths: Sympathy is extended to Angela Dunne, Clochristic and Ann Kennelly, Tullow on the death of their mother Mrs. Madeline Kennelly, who died in Limerick Regional Hospital on Tuesday. Her remains were removed from her home in Shanagolden Co. Limerick to the local church on Thursday. Burial took place in the adjoining cemetery on Friday after concelebrated mass.

Sympathy is also extended to Peg Farrell and Sean O'Neill, Ballybar on the death of their brother Kevin who died recently in Tullamore. To Mrs. Terri Murphy, Ballyloo and PJ Brennan, Mortarstown on the death of their sister Mrs. Lilo McGrory who died in New York on November 9 after a long illness.

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