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Weekly News Roundup - Friday 9 Mar 2001

Tinryland Tigh an Raoireann

Tinryland NS have been awarded a grant of £2000 from the Arts Council to have an artist in residence. The school will employ artist Elaine Butler who will work with children from Junior Infants to Sixth Class. Elaine will begin her work in April and continues after the summer vacation. She will work with the pupils on a pebble mosaic, pottery, modelling, drawing and on a new mural at the school entrance.

Local Connections with Saint Killogan Graveyard in Clonmelsh has had a number of pilgrims from the continent over the last few years. It transpired that St. Wilibrord, who is now the patron saint of Holland and Luxembourg, spent 12 years in a monastery there in the 7th century. St. Wilibrord, who was born in Northumbria, England in 658 came to Ireland around 678 and spent his time on the site of the ancient monastery of “Rath Melsigi” before moving to the Dutch Frisian Islands. In the year 695 AD, St. Wilibrord was consecrated archbishop of the Frisians in Rome and he was also the founder of the Dutch Christian Community. He established Cultural and Christian influences in the Frankish kingdom in the 8th century and he also attempted to evangelise Denmark. His tomb is in the Church of Saint Peter and Paul in Echternach, Luxembourg, where he died on retreat aged 81 on November 7th 739. Today the site where he studied is known as Killogan Graveyard. In the centre of the graveyard there is a small ringed or wheeled granite cross, which was found buried in the ground in the summer of 1892. The graveyard will now be highlighted in the local Heritage Pathfinder which will be erected in the Village Centre in the near future.

Ellen to Star on TV: Ellen Nolan (13), Kyleballyhue, will appear on Starstream, the Network 2 talent programme on a Tuesday afternoon shortly. Ellen did her recording for the show in the RTE Studios last week with her rendition of Mariah Carey’s “Hero”. A phone in poll will decide who goes through to the Grand Final in May.

Foot and Mouth Disease: In the wake of the current outbreak of foot and mouth disease, wide-ranging precautionary measures have been taken in the area in accordance with directives from the Department of Agriculture. A number of disinfected mats have been placed on the entrances to the local church, shop and primary school. All sporting and local events have been postponed until further notice. The local ICA Meeting and Athletic Club AGM which were scheduled for next week have been called off. The sporting events affected include all GAA Matches with the Under 21 Championship Match against Burrin Rangers and the Leinster Road Races which were to be held last Sunday in Rathdrum was called off.

Soccer: St. Joseph’s AFC announce that all training and matches involving both the Under 12 and Community Games teams have been postponed until further notice. The club is prepared to defer all its activities until the threat posed by foot and mouth disease recedes.

The club regrets the cancellation of the Ireland vs. Denmark international friendly during the week which caused considerable disappointment to a large amount of people in the locality who were intending on travelling. Details will be given at a later date regarding the next outing to an international match.

Basketball: Over the past few weeks, the Tinryland NS Boys and Girls teams have been very successful in the Carlow NS Basketball league. Playing away to Myshall, the girls team had a 10 pts each draw while the boys went down by 14 pts to 6. Playing at home against Ballon, the teams achieved a notable double. The girls had a very easy win while the boys drew 8 pts each at full time. In extra time, Colm Delaney scored the winning basket. When they travelled to Rathvilly, the teams once again won twice. The girls were victorious by 4 pts to nil while the boys played their best basketball to date and were fine winners on a scoreline of 12 pts to 4 thanks to some excellent scores by Ian Scully.

The teams were Boys: Padraig Townsend, Ian Scully, Colm Delaney, Jason Curran, Patrick Byrne, Mikey Murphy and Shane Redmond, Girls: Amanda Doyle, Sinead Lyons, Christine Scully, Rachel Moore, Rachel Mannion, Ciara Jeaney and Rebecca Fields.

Sympathy: Sympathy is extended to Ned Coogan, Quinagh on the death of his mother Cecilia Coogan, Bagenalstown last week and also to Ann Cuddy, Greenhills, Carlow on the death of her mother Annie Murphy on Friday March 2.

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