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Weekly News Roundup - Friday 12 Jan 2001

Tinryland Tigh an Raoireann

Irish Armed Forces International Pat Byrne retained his County Carlow Cross-Country Title and led Tinryland to win the Odlum Cup for the 21st time with a brilliant run in the championships which were held in perfect conditions in Tinryland on Sunday last.

The men’s race was always going to be an entertaining affair for the large crowd but it was Byrne who showed his title credentials from the off, and halfway through the first lap had established a winning lead over the 30 strong field, which he gradually stretched to the finishing line. Byrne was pursued all the way by Tommy Payne, who once again underlined his class and was some 150m behind the winner at the finish. PJ Byrne displayed his improvement over the past year with a very comfortable 4th placing.

Three of the next four places were filled by athletes wearing the host colours, with County Novice Champion Dwayne Farrell in 6th winning his 3rd team medal in a row, having ran under the LOT colours in the previous 2 years, the excellent Irish Veteran International JJ Murphy finishing 7th and finally the “engine of the club” Sean Doyle in 8th completing the Tinryland scoring and thus ensuring that Tinryland would regain the Odlum Cup after a two year breach.

The race for the team title was effectively ended by the halfway mark as O’Tooles suffered the withdrawals of key athletes in quick succession. Following this race, Tinryland have now gained 21 Carlow Senior Team Titles in the Club’s 30-year history. Their victory in Sunday’s race was due to the great commitment by the 12 Senior athletes over the last 12 months. The Tinryland back up included Jimmy Morgan 11th, Kevin Cuddy having his best race to date in 16th, PJ Doyle 18th, John Stephens 19th, Eddie Walsh 20th and Sean Duggan 21st. Credit must be also be given to young 16 year old PJ Byrne of Ballybromhill who ran for Tinryland and was a fine winner of the Junior Men’s Race and shows much promise for the future.

The ladies race was dominated from start to finish by Irish International athlete Geraldine Hendricken who was some 50 seconds clear of clubmate Eilish Connery at the line. In 3rd place was Australian based Rosie Doran who ran a great race under the Tinryland colours and led her team home. County Camogie Star Nuala Quirke was a fine 6th in the race and the other Tinryland athletes to score were the fast finishing Tina Doyle in 9th and Joanne Lawlor in 11th.

Tinryland finished 2nd in the team event with 29 pts.

A feature of the race was the excellent commemorative programme produced by Carlow County Board Treasurer Sean Doyle. Eamonn Byrne was once again a very capable MC on the day.

The club held a special function in Teach Dolmain on Sunday night.

The next event on the calendar is the Leinster Senior and Junior Cross Country Championships in Tinryland on Sunday January 21st.

Registration: Juvenile Club athletes are reminded to register with Tinryland AC Registrar Ann Brennan as soon as possible. The fee per athlete of £3 includes registration and insurance for the forthcoming season. With the Indoor Championships in Nenagh in February it is important that athletes register now for the 2001 season. The term fee for seniors of £10 is now also due.

Crossword: The editor of the Reaching Out Emigrants Newsletter wishes to inform readers that the closing date for the Crossword will be Sunday next.

Sympathy: Sympathy is extended to Mrs. Marie Byrne, Tinryland on the untimely death of her brother Tommie Farrell, Carlow who died on December 29th last in St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny. The deceased is also survived by his mother, brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters in law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Removal took place from R. Healy and Sons Funeral Home, Pollerton to the Church of the Holy Family, Askea. Burial followed funeral mass on Mon Jan 1st in St. Mary’s Cemetery

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