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Weekly News Roundup - Thursday 27 Dec 2001

Tinryland - Emigrants Letter an outstanding publication

THIS year’s Reaching Out Emigrants Letter has just been published in the past few days and is without doubt the best yet. The 30-page publication contains a wide range of articles and a comprehensive review of all happenings in the local area over the past 12 months. The largest single article to date in the annual letter is a fascinating history of Castletown Castle by Tom Costello. The detailed account of the various residents in the Castle over the past 500 years including the infamous Buck Whalley and the items of historical interest make for great reading. Liam Byrne provides an excellent account of the Tinryland Under 21 Championship winning team of 1967 while Michael Aylward chronicles in diary form his sometimes harrowing aid trip to Belarus in April. Other fine contributions come from Peadar McMurcadha who relives the pastimes of children in the area in the 1930’s and from Eamonn Hayden who tells of the impact of life and death on his vocations abroad. Full sporting, cultural, news, local club accounts and school reviews of the year together with Christmas recipes from local chef Romain Chall are also contained in the letter. For the first time there are colour photographs by photographer Karl McDonough on both front and back covers which feature the local church. Great credit once again must go to editor Maureen Byrne for the production of another excellent publication, which is on sale in Deane’s of Tinryland and Barrack St and from the local GAA Club at a bargain price of Ł2 (2.54 Euro).

CALENDAR: Brother Tom Costello, formerly of Castletown has produced a calendar entitled Carlow Rural Gems for 2002. The calendar contains 12 stunning photographs of Carlow’s scenic beauty all taken by Bro. Costello. The pictures include stunning backdrops of the River Barrow and Blackstairs Mountains, churches, and of beautiful villages such as Leighlinbridge and Rathvilly. The aims of the production are to heighten the awareness of the rural treasures of County Carlow and to support the fundraising in the local communities.

SOCCER: Under 9. St Joseph’s 0- St Pats 6. The score in this game does not fairly reflect the standard of football played by this young Saints team. Against a very big and strong Pats team the standard of soccer played by the Saints was very good. At this age it is about the basics and if this little team stays together and continues to try and play the type of football on show today they will do very well in the future. The home team was playing the ball to each other and was not afraid to try and do the simple thing even though they were the lighter of the two sides. Pats were 2-0 up at half time down to the strength of individual players but Saints had played the finer football. Under 9 soccer is 7 a side with continuous substitutions allowed and the Coaches of this squad are to be commended that despite conceding goals they are giving the full squad time on the field to learn the basics and in fairness to all these young kids they are giving great enjoyment to all. Paul Costello, Martin Deane, Barry Kennedy, Shane Callinan, Aaron Doyle and Owen Maddock were outstanding this week in a team of stars.

Under 12: St Joseph’s 4-Killoughternane 2. Saints are now starting to show that they have the ability to take on the best in this league. The first 20 minutes of this game saw Saints playing some lovely football but not converting their superiority to a significant lead. The Saints defence was not troubled and the midfield was in total control. Two early goals by Geoff Abbot and Michael Mullins were not enough for the amount of good possession and opportunities in this game. This team needs to take the extra touch and finish off teams rather than let them continue to cause problems. Saints should have led comfortably but instead let the away team score from a poorly defended free kick. This gave the away team confidence. Fortunately saints then got a third through Ryan Curran to leave the half time score 3-1 to the home side.

The second half saw the Saints dominate the game but trying to do too much individual and not enough team play meant that they were putting themselves under pressure. Midway through the half Ryan Curran scored a fourth to allow the team to relax but still they were rushing and not playing the fluent supportive football that they are capable off. This team is now moving up the table and can finish well up in the league if they start to play the kind of football they are showing in patches. They are playing in the Blackpool Tournament, England in April 2002 and will have to really focus on getting the basics right to hold their own which they are more than capable of doing. Shane Redmond and Darren Costello are now starting to form a good defensive partner-ship and with David O Shea and Ryan Curran in good form things are looking good. Colm Kennedy and Joey Ryan made strong debuts and are part of what is now becoming a large quality squad.

GAA: Former Baltinglass All Ireland Club Medallist Paul Kenny has been appointed team coach for Tinryland GFC in 2002.

The new trainer will take up his new position at the end of January when training for the new season begins.

The following sub commit-tees for 2002 were elected at the December meeting of Tinryland GFC:

FOOTBALL COMMITTEE: Chairman- Ned Deane, John Doyle, Joe Walshe, Cormac O’Toole, Bernard Mullen, John Barrett, David Power and Michael Murphy

Development and Financial Committee: Chairman- Seamus Byrne, David Power, Mary Doyle, Enda Nolan, Michael Keyes and Cormac O’Toole

Bar Committee: Chairperson- Mary Doyle, Cormac O’Toole, Seamus Walshe, David Power and Michael Keyes

Social and House Committee: Chairman- Michael Murphy, Peter Scully, Pat Whelan, Brian Doyle, Cora Townsend and Martin Murphy

Tournament Committee: Chairman- Michael Murphy, Eamonn Byrne, Donal Murphy and Cora Townsend

Field Committee: Chairman-Peter Scully, Michael Keyes, David Power and Michael Keyes.

GOLF OUTING: Tinryland GFC held a very successful golf outing in Kilkea Castle last weekend. The winner was Tony McGuill on 37 pts with Joe Roche in 2nd. Tony McGuill’s team also won the team prize while Mick Curran won the Longest Drive Competition. Credit is due to Michael Murphy and Peter Scully for organising the outing. Prizegiving took place at the Christmas Party in the Clubhouse on Sunday night.

BOOK: There is a feature on St. Joseph’s Church, Tinryland in a new book “The Churches of Kildare and Leighlin 2000 AD” edited by Fr. John McEvoy. There is a very good account of its history since 1819 together with a drawing of the Church in the book, which has similar articles on all parish churches in the diocese.

MASS SERVICES: A penitential service will be held in St. Joseph’s Church, Tinryland tomorrow (Thursday) at 7.30pm.

The following are mass times for the Christmas period:

December 24th (Christmas Eve) 9 pm.

December 25th (Christmas Day) 11 am.

There will be no mass on St. Stephen’s Day.

FOROIGE: The members and the leaders of Tinryland Foroige Club went to Dublin to see the Coin Mural of the Irish Harp in Collins Barracks. The Club participated in collecting coins for the challenge. While in Dublin the group also visited the National Museum of Ireland in Collins Barracks. The group then completed their enjoyable day by returning to Carlow.

IBTS: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service is at present experiencing difficulty in collecting enough voluntary blood donations in order to meet hospital requirements of 3,000 units of blood per week.

The times and venues for the Carlow Clinics are as follows:

Wednesday and Thursday December 19th and 20th between 4.30 and 8.30 pm and Saturday December 22nd from

11.30am to 3.30 pm at the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow.

TURKEY TROT: The Tinryland AFC Annual St. Stephens day Turkey Trot will be held in Tinryland at 11-30 am. The race will again be on a handicap basis, will be run over the Ballybar/Ballyloo 4-mile circuit. The usual festive season prizes will be on offer for all athletes/ joggers/ walkers. Tinryland will be the venue for this years Carlow C/C Championships on January 6th and also the Leinster Senior and Juvenile relays on January 20th.

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