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Weekly News Roundup - Friday 2 Mar 2001

Tinryland Tigh an Raoireann

For the parishioners of Tinryland and in particular his neighbours in Cloughna, the sudden death in the early hours of Sunday morning, February 18th of Michael O’Brien, caused much sadness in the locality.
Michael, who was 72 years, enjoyed excellent health throughout his life. He felt unwell at his home late on Saturday evening and died shortly afterwards.
A deeply religious, kind and caring man, he was described by neighbours as “one of the nicest men you could ever encounter and irreplaceable”. Michael, who farmed in Cloughna, was very actively involved in many activities in the parish of Tinryland. He was involved in the Tinryland Parish Council, acted as treasurer of St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society, and he also was a Eucharistic Minister and member of the Tinryland Church Choir.
Michael was a keen sportsman all his life and had been planning to go to the All Ireland Club semi-final in Clonmel on the Sunday of his death. In his younger days, he played Gaelic football for Ballinabranna and he then went on to become one of the founder members of the Milford Football Club and took great pride in playing for the club. As a notable full back, he won County Junior Champion-ships with Milford in 1952 and 1955. He also represented Carlow at Junior level. The members of the club came out in strength to form a guard of honour at the removal of his remains and at his burial.
Coming from a large musical family, he enjoyed entertaining his friends on the accordion. In 1995 with his neighbour Dinny Murphy, he did trojan work for the Tinryland NS Past Pupils Reunion.

As a devoted family man, he will be sadly missed by his loving wife Judy (nee Doran), son Michael, daughters Angela, Melinda and Michelle, brothers Brendan (Old Leighlin), Vincent (Tullow), Joe (Somerset, England), John, Tommy and Peter (London), sisters Chrissie and Breda O’Brien (London), Kitty Gaule (Ballycarney), Collette Morgan (Swindon), brothers in law, sisters in law, nephews, nieces, relatives and a wide circle of friends. He was predeceased by his parents Michael and Catherine and brothers Val and Edward.
Remains were removed from Carpenter Brothers Funeral Home, Barrack St, Carlow on Monday Feb 19 to St. Joseph’s Church, Tinryland. Requiem Mass took place at 11 am on Tuesday followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Litter Louts: Tinryland Tidy Towns Committee are appalled at the amount of litter and in some cases household refuse, being dumped in the area. In recent times, the names of some of the perpetrators have been noted by Carlow litter warden officials and await prosecution. The committee are asking each household to keep a small area in front of their houses clean and free of litter.

Hall of Fame: Enda Smith was the popular winner of the Hall of Fame award at the Annual Tinryland GFC Sports Dance in Rathcrogue on Saturday night. Enda, who is a native of Meath, played with the club from the late 1950’s until 1965, and won the League in 1961 and the Fr. Maher Shield in 1962 with the club. He was a central figure on the Carlow team beaten by Down in the National league semi-final in 1962. He described coming to work in the Sugar Factory and on being recruited by the Tinryland scouts Joe O’Gorman and Brendan Hayden. He felt that though not having any major championship wins during the era, he thought that the camaraderie he encountered lasted him a lifetime.

County secretary Tommy O’Neill congratulated the club on winning the Div. 1 league and success at juvenile level. He compared the present state of Tinryland football as similar to a cup that was half full. It was up to every mentor and player to fill it. He thanked the club for its positive attitude to the County Board and for supplying players at Minor and Under 21 level.

In accepting his award for Senior Player of the Year, Bernard Mullan, felt that he was awarded for his work on the many sub committees on the club but challenged all the players in 2001 to deny him the honour as a footballer on the field of play.

U21 Fixture: Tinryland Under 21 team will play Burrin Rangers in the opening round of this year’s championship in Fenagh on Sunday next at 2 pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Fine Basketball Win: Area 11 Under 16 Girls Basketball Team had an excellent win over Askea by 41 pts to 8 in the Carlow Community Games Final on Saturday last. With the Under 13 title already won, the girls showed great teamwork throughout which resulted in this impressive win. At half time, the girls had a 20 pts to 2 advantage. With coach Denis Byrne, the girls will now have to wait until late June when they will represent Carlow to face Wexford or Kilkenny opposition. The team with scorers were Michelle Rooney (13), Karen McGrath (9), Karen Doyle (6), Laura Kennedy (5), Rachel Condron (4), Orla Connolly (2) and Lydia Canning (2). The other team members who played their parts were Eilish Murphy, Teresa Murphy and Ella Brennan.

tennis club agm: The AGM of Tinryland Tennis Club will be held in the Tinryland GAA Centre, Rathcrogue on Tuesday, March 6 at 8.30 pm. Plans are being forumlated to revamp the club and make it more secure, also to update the facilities and to affiliate to the leagues. The Community Games tennis training will be commencing soon and parents are requested to come along and become involved. The adult section of the club is in need of revigoration and serious concern has been expressed that the entire facility might be lost to the parish.

Indoor Soccer Win: Area 11 Boys Under 13 team had a very convincing 5-0 win over Slaney Valley in the quarter final of the Indoor Soccer Competition. They will now play the semi-final in the CBS on Sunday morning next. The scorers were Ambrose Doran (2), Darren Costello (2) and Padraig Townsend (1) with Jason Kelly, Patrick Byrne, David Townsend and Philip Condron also contributing handsomely.

Soccer: St Anne’s 2- St Joseph’s 4. A lovely day, a lovely game and a great result. Saints travelled to Ballylinan with expectations low after the previous week’s defeat. The home team were also very confident and expected an easy win. What a surprise each and every member of the Saints team gave everyone. They played with a passion and showed that they have loads of ability by producing some great flowing football. Saints went ahead after a great passing move down the left opened up the home defence for Ambrose Doran to score. Anne’s then scored twice to take the lead and leave everyone thinking that we had all seen this somewhere before, but not today. Saints then got to work and for the remaining forty minutes dominated the game and produced some very entertaining football.

Sinead Lyons won the ball in the left back position and despite getting injured in the process passed the ball to Ryan Curran who beat two players before putting an inch perfect pass through to Mikey Murphy. From a position where he could have shot he played the ball to Jason Curran who was in a better position to score which he did to level the game 2-2 just on half time. This was an example of how Saints were thinking and playing and it got better. The back four were listening and the home team got very frustrated when every attack they made resulted in them being caught off side or Ian Scully gathering comfortably. Saints scored twice in the second half again after excellent work by all the players but these two came down the right side. Jason Kelly passed the ball inside the opposing left back for Jason Curran to run thought to score. Shortly after Laura Murphy played the ball down the right for Ambrose Doran to score his second and Saints fourth.

Saints went on to play out the remainder of the match comfortably with the home side only threatening once but a brilliant tackle by Ambrose Doran guaranteed nothing came form it. Saints back four were brilliant with Laura Murphy and Sinead Lyons exceptional. The referee and the opposing manager selected these two players as the best players on the pitch. Ambrose Doran, Jason Kelly and Colm Nolan in midfield worked tirelessly in the cause. The front three Ryan Curran, Mikey Murphy and Jason Curran caused the home team continuous problems by shielding the ball before passing to fellow players who were moving for them. Scorers: Ambrose Doran 2, Jason Curran 2.

Club AGM: The 30th AGM of Tinryland AC will be held in Rathcrogue House on Wednesday March 7th at 8 pm.

Foroige: Tinryland Foroige Club went on their first outing to Donard Co. Wicklow recently. The group attended a table quiz and disco and had a very enjoyable night and would also like to thank Ann-Marie, Brenda, Anne and Catherine for their help.

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