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Weekly News Roundup - Friday 9 Feb 2001

Tinryland Tigh an Raoireann

The National Intermediate and Veteran Cross-Country Championships will be held in Tymon Park, Tallaght on Sunday next. Tinryland Veteran International athlete Tommy Payne will be aiming for his 4th individual medal in consecutive years.
In 1998, when Tommy turned Veteran, he finished a close 2nd to former Olympian Gerry Kiernan in Killenaule. In 1999, he finished 3rd to Michael Hassett of Tipperary and last year in Sligo finished 2nd to the same athlete. While Hassett’s form seems to be on the wane, the new “kid” on the block appears to be Dubliner Tom O’Connor, who outsprinted Payne in the recent Leinster Seniors in Tinryland. Payne’s teammates John Joe Murphy, Jim Morgan, Kevin Cuddy and John Stephens should be well in contention for team medals.
Pat Byrne finished a fine 4th in the National Indoor 3000m in Nenagh on Sunday last.

Bridget New Secretary: Bridget Doyle, Linkardstown became the 1st woman to be elected Hon. Secretary of Tinryland Juvenile Football Club at a well attended meeting on Thursday last. The gender balance was upheld when the ladies were elected to 3 of the 6 officerships. The club reviewed a very successful year with the Under 12’s winning the “B” Title, the Under 14’s reaching the “A” Final and the Under 16’s reaching the “A” Semi-Final. From an organizational point of view, the members can take a bow having won the Club of the Year in 2000 for the 3rd time. Long time Club secretary Michael Doran now occupies a similar post with Bord na nOg Ceatharlach.

The officers elected were:
Chairman: Sean Barrett (Kilmeaney), Vice-Chairman: Shay Byrne (Linkardstown), Hon Secretary: Brigid Doyle (Linkardstown), Ass Secretary: Ann Lawlor, Hon. Treasurer: Cora Townsend (Ballyloo), PRO: Eamonn Byrne (Ballybar). Committee: Bernard Mullan, John Delaney, Bridie Pender, Ned Deane, Paddy Townsend, Martin Murphy, Cormac O’Toole and John Doyle.

Presentation: The Annual Medal Presentation for Tinryland Juvenile GFC will be held in the clubhouse on this Friday evening commencing at 7.30 pm. Medals will be presented to the Under 12’s who won the County B Championships. The Under 10’s will also be presented with their runners up award from the Maurice Nolan tournament while the Under 9 team will receive their medals from the Annual Mick Brennan Memorial Tournament. Parents and family members are also welcome to attend this function.

Sports Star Awards: The 2001 Tinryland Sports Stars were announced on Monday last. The following will receive their awards which are sponsored by Finches at the Annual GFC Dinner Dance in Rathcrogue House on Saturday February 24th. The recipients are: Athletics- Sean Doyle (Tinryland AC), Badminton- Eilish Costello (Tinryland Badminton Club), Handball- Mark Doran (Tinryland Handball Club), Gaelic Football- Bernard Mullan (Tinryland GFC), Young Player- Paul Doyle (Tinryland GFC), Work with Juveniles- Paddy Townsend (Tinryland Juvenile Club). A special award to be announced at the dinner will be presented to a distinguished ex player from Tinryland GFC. Tickets for the night are £15 and are available from any committee member.

Bowling Title for Richard: 12 year old Richard Costello, Rathcrogue did himself and his school St. Lazerian’s Carlow proud when winning a silver medal in the Leinster Special Olympics in bowling which was held in Tallaght recently. Richard also finished 4th in the team event.

Community Alert: A meeting of Tinryland Community Alert will be held in the Clubhouse, Rathcrogue on Tuesday February 13th at 8.30 pm. All are welcome.

Tinryland AC: A meeting of Tinryland AC will be held in Rathcrogue Clubhouse tonight, Wednesday February 7th at 8.30 pm.

ICA Meeting: The Tinryland ICA Monthly Meeting will be held in Rathcrogue House tonight, Wednesday February 7th at 8 pm. A guest speaker from AIB will attend to give a talk on the new EURO Currency. All interested people and new members are most welcome to attend.

Community Games: Participants from Area 11 wishing to take part in this year’s Table Tennis (Boys and Girls Under 16) and Draughts (Under 10,12 and 14 mixed) should contact Area Secretary Ann Condron, Rutland or Chairman Tommy Doyle at 30294 as soon as possible.

MR. W. McDONNELL: The death took place in St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny on Friday last, February 2nd of Willie McDonnell of Ballybannon. Willie, who was 84, had been unwell for some time and was nursed with great care by Eileen and staff at Beechwood Nursing Home, Leighlinbridge. Willie was a gentleman farmer and will be remembered as a great and gracious neighbour to all who knew him. He enjoyed card games with his friends and also loved to play bingo at numerous locations. A private and independent man, he drove his car until his illness. He will be sadly missed by his wife Kitty, brothers Brendan (Curragh House, Skeagha-vasteen), Noel (Bagenalstown), Pat (Bagenalstown), sisters Kathleen Delaney (2, Bullock Park), Clare Drennan (Grove House, Goresbridge), brothers in law, sisters in law, 35 nephews and nieces, relatives and friends. Burial took place after 2 o’c Funeral Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, Tinryland on Sunday in adjoining cemetery.

Soccer: St. Pat’s C 3, St. Joseph’s 2. Saints came away from a very entertaining in Graiguecullen with no points despite having most of the play and opportunities. The first twenty minutes saw Saints playing some nice football, but failing to take advantage of this in the final third of the field. The defence appeared to have everything under control with Shane Redmond making an outstanding debut as sweeper. The midfield was in control but the forwards were not taking any of their chances and were continually offside. After Saints had missed a number of chances they fell behind to a scrappy goal. However to show their dominance and also what they could do, Saints went straight down the field and equalized through Ian Scully.
Just before half time, Pats went back in front when after Saints keeper Colm Nolan managed to push the opposing player out wide, he managed to slot it home from a near impossible angle. The second half saw Saints continue to play well and again they should have levelled but for the players failing to pass to team mates in better positions. Pats then went 3-1 ahead when a back pass to the goalie was not properly cleared leaving the home side with an easy tap in.
The next 20 minutes saw the Saints dominate completely. Jason Curran, who had earlier hit the post, played the ball to Ambrose Doran who duly finished it to the net to reduce the margin to 3-2. Saints then seemed to think it was easy and though they should have won comfortably, the lack of a killer instinct left them having to accept their 5th defeat of the season.
During the match a major problem for the Tinryland side was the number of times they were caught offside which shows what they still have to learn about soccer. The centre forward was caught offside on 9 occasions which gave the home side time to get shape back and pressurize the Saints defence. In the final minute, Saints should have levelled when one of their forwards took the ball around the keeper and with an empty goal in front and no one challenging kicked the ball wide.
Best for St. Joseph’s were Shane Redmond, Christine Scully, Ambrose Doran and Keith Byrne. Scorers were Ian Scully and Ambrose Doran.

Training continues at 3.30 pm every Tuesday at the soccer pitch. The next game is away to Tullow A on Saturday next, February 10th with kick off at 1 pm.

Tickets for St. Joseph’s first club draw go on sale next week and your support would be very much appreciated.

BASKETBALL WIN: Area 11 began the 2001 Community Games programme with two fine wins in girls u-13 basketball in St. Leo’s on Saturday. In the first game the team had a fine win over St. Mary’s on a score of 52-6. Carrie Lawler with 12 pts. and Deirdre Doyle with 10 pts. were the leading scorers. In the semi-final they defeated Bagenalstown 21-6. The scorers were Carrie Lawler, Sinead Lyons and Amanda Doyle.

The final will be on Saturday next in St. Leo’s at 10 am where they will meet the Burrin area. The team would appreciate as much support as possible

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