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Weekly News Roundup - Friday 16 Mar 2001

Tinryland Tigh an Raoireann

The AGM of Tinryland Tennis Club was held on Monday, March 6. The following officers were elected: Chairperson, Brigid Doyle, Linkards-town; secretary, Grania Delaney, Tinryland; treasurer, Joe Glancy, Tinryland.
A number of issues were discussed at the AGM including the fact that the tennis club is in urgent need of revitalisation over the forthcoming season. Parents are requested to become involved as there is real concern that the facility could be lost to the parish without the help of volunteers. The club is also in need of funding and the proceeds from membership go straight into the development and improvement of the club.
A number of fundraising events are also planned for the coming months. Among the upcoming events include children’s coaching and training for Community Games. All juveniles in the area who are interested in taking part or joining the club should contact any of the committee members. The membership rates for the new season are Family- £25, Adults, £10, Students and Juveniles £5 and Children Under 12 – £3. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Michael Off To Belarus: Michael Aylward, Ballyloo will depart for Belarus on April 1st as part of an Irish Aid Convoy of ambulances and trucks. Michael, along with co-driver Frank Hynes from Borris will drive an ambulance across mainland Europe which will be provided for medical services in contaminated areas of Belarus affected by the Chernobyl disaster. Along with wife Breda, Michael has been hugely active in charity work with Russian Children spending time at their home over the last 4 years. The Aylward family are also hoping to be involved in a long term project which would involve a children from the Chernobyl region spending 3 months in Ireland during the summer and 1 month at Christmas. The local school has also been actively involved with rice supplies and donations collected in February. The group will leave Clonmel Barracks on April 1st and will return by air from Minsk, Belarus on April 16th.

Study of Castletown: Brother Tom Costello, formerly of Rathcrogue, has undertaken and completed an extremely interesting, concise and well-detailed study on the history of Castletown Castle. Tom’s project on the history of this historic residence includes accounts on the families who have previously owned the castle: the Kavanaghs and Faulkners, pictures of the many unique monuments such as the Chinese gate entrance and the long stone which are documented together with photographs. The history of the castle spans over 500 years and all of this is mentioned up until the present day. Tom has also undertaken other projects in the area including a fine account of the Mass Path in Tinryland during the 1930’s. The study will be published in this year’s Emigrant’s Letter.

Fundraiser: Tinryland/Bennekerry Community Games will hold a fundraising dance in Rathcrogue House on Monday next. The music on the night will be provided by TJ Murahy and Seamus Shannon from 10 pm onwards. Admission is £2 and there is also a draw for spot prizes.

Irish Montessori School: Enrolment is now commencing for Sept 2001 for Carlow’s first Irish speaking Montessori School. For further information please contact Frances Byrne, Tinryland, phone no. 0503-31518

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