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Weekly News Roundup - Monday 14 Jan 2002

Tinryland - Helicopter ride for Santa

Unsuspecting local school children were left totally surprised by the arrival of Santa in the area on December 21st.

Having come in a chauffeured limousine the previous year, teachers and pupils waited in anticipation to see what surprise Rudolf (Josie Kelly) had planned for 2001. At 10.45 am, to everyone’s surprise Santa hovered overhead in a helicopter and eventually landed in an adjoining playing field. When Santa and his helpers emerged there was pandemonium all around. Thanks to the many local sponsors, Santa was very well received with plenty of bounty to distribute for all.

LOCAL WOMAN CELEBRATES 40th: Over 200 family, neighbours and friends celebrated the 40th birthday of Eilish Costello, Rathcrogue, at Rathcrogue Guesthouse on Wednesday last. Even husband Kevin had to take a back seat as beauty therapist and extrovert Eilish had been organising the night for the past 12 months. Among the more daring and onerous tasks Eilish had to perform was to kiss over 100 men present in less than 3 minutes which she managed with aplomb. Cheering her on were her family, her father Tom Whelan and her mother-in-law Kathleen Costello. A memorable night was enjoyed by all present.

TURKEY TROT: This year’s Tinryland AC St. Stephen’s Day Trot proved one of the most successful to date with over 40 runners, joggers and walkers overcoming Christmas excesses to take part. Despite the bitterly cold weather, there were some good performances on the day and also some novelty elements with one competitor completing the 4.2-mile course dressed in robes as a Christmas ghost! The winner of the Handicap was Margaret Brennan of Ballinabranna with John Stephens (who travelled from Dublin for the event) in 2nd and Michael Cassidy from Kerry in 3rd place. The fastest overall time on the day once again came from Tommy Payne with 21 mins 12 with clubmates PJ Byrne and Dwayne Farrell also posting fast times. After the race prizegiving took place in the local school with all finishers receiving a prize.

The next fixture will be the Carlow Cross Country Championships, which take place in Tinryland on Sunday next, January 6th at 2 pm.


January: Tinryland AC regain the Odlum Cup for best team in the Carlow Cross Country led home by Pat Byrne, who won his 2nd title.

February: The Tinryland GFC Sports Star Awards took place in Rathcrogue House.

The six sports star winners were Bernard Mullan (Senior Player), Paul Doyle (Young Player), Sean Doyle (Athletics), Mark Doran (Handball), Eilish Costello (Badminton) and Paddy Townsend (Work with Juveniles)

Joseph Cleere, Tinryland was one of the finallists in the 2FM Jacobs Song Contest, which was broadcast live from Vicar Street, Dublin.

Tinryland GFC featured strongly in the nominations for the Carlow Football Team of the Millennium with no fewer than 15 players from Tinryland included on the 90 strong list.

March: The local area was plunged into sadness after the tragic death following a road accident in Wexford of Michael Murphy, Linkardstown.

The 30th AGM of Tinryland AC was held in Rathcrogue with Sean Doyle, Rathcrogue, elected Chairman for the 2nd time.

Tinryland Foroige Club went on their first outing to Donard Co. Wicklow.

Tinryland NS were awarded of £2,000 from the Arts Council to have an artist in residence. The school employed artist Elaine Butler to work with Children from Junior Infants to Sixth Class.

Ellen Nolan (13), Kyleballyhue appeared on the Network 2 Talent Programme Starstream.

Wideranging precautionary measures were taken in the area with the outbreak of foot and mouth disease. A number of disinfected mats were placed at the entrances to the local church, school and shop.

17 Children from 1st Class in Tinryland received their First Confession.

April: Michael Aylward, Ballyloo, left for Belarus as part of an Irish Aid Convoy of Ambulances and Trucks.

The Easter Services in St.Joseph’s Church were well attended with the Stations of the Cross taking place on the Parochial Avenue.

May: The Annual Race Night in aid of Tinryland Juvenile GFC took place in Rathcrogue.

Tinryland GFC honoured their 1961 and 1971 winning teams at a function at a function in the Clubhouse, Rathcrogue. The 1961 team won the Carlow Senior Football League while the 1971 team won the Carlow Senior Football Championship for the first time in 21 years.

The Trocaire Collection, which amounted to £1,704, was the largest for some years.

Tinryland NS Student Cillian Townsend won the Ceoltoiri Eireann Competition up to 3rd Class Level while Christopher Costello finished 3rd in the same competition.

The people of 5th and 6th class held a very successful jumble sale in the school with proceeds contributed to a project in Kenya.

Renowned Irish folk singer Jimmy Crowley gave a performance in the local school and conducted a workshop.

First Class Pupils in Tinryland NS received their First Holy Communion.

A 6-week Interior Decorating Class commenced in the GAA Clubhouse.

Tinryland NS were placed 2nd in the ESB Environmental Competition for Carlow Schools.

June: Great sadness was felt in the parish with the death of one of its most senior and respected citizens Jack McArdle.

A 16 strong syndicate from the Dan Morrissey Bennekerry Office won £250,000 in the Lotto Plus Draw.

A group of local women ran the Ladies Mini Marathon in Dublin with proceeds going to Tinryland Senior Citizens and Tinryland Tennis Club.

37 Tinryland NS Pupils received their Confirmation in St. Joseph’s Church, Tinryland with the Chief Celebrant being the most Reverend Dr. Laurence Ryan, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin.

The Confirmation Class were presented with their Pioneer Pins at a ceremony in St.Joseph’s Church, Tinryland.

The Heritage Trail Finder was unveiled in the Village by local resident Christy Fenlon on behalf of the Tinryland Area Development Association.

It was also announced that the St.Joseph’s Terrace Green would benefit from funds of £6,000 for landscaping work over the next 12 months.

The Tinryland Senior Citizens Outing took place with visits to New Ross and the Dunbrody Famine Ship.

Padraig Townsend of Linkardstown won a Gold Medal in the Skills Section of the Feile Handball Competition in Cork.

July: The Annual Cemetery Mass was held in Tinryland on July 6th.

Tinryland Area Development Association was awarded a grant of £6,000 by the American Ireland Fund.

The St.Joseph’s Young Priests Society held their second pilgrimage of the year visiting Our Lady’s Island having already travelled to Knock.

August: The Tinryland GFC Field Day was held having being postponed earlier in the year.

Mr and Mrs. Martin O’Reilly, Clonmelsh held their diamond jubilee wedding anniversary.

St. Joseph’s AFC held its first presentation night in Rathcrogue House.

September: Tinryland received 171 marks (57.0%) in the National Tidy Towns Competition, which was an improvement on their mark in the previous year.

The Dan Morrissey Rockford Rooftile Race was held in September for the first time and proved to be an outstanding success with over 150 people taking part. The race was won by Irish International Peter Matthews of Dublin with fellow international Ann Keenan Buckley of Laois winning the women’s event.

The race was featured on the cover page of the Irish Runner Magazine in October.

Catherine Whelan of Rathcrogue won £23,800 in the National Lottery Winning Streak Programme.

October: Catriona and Mary Barrett, Rathcrogue were part of an Irish Team that put on an excellent display in the International Youth Sports Acrobatics Competition in Arnstadt, Germany.

Tinryland players filled 4 positions on the Carlow Football Team of the Century. Deceased members Andy Murphy and Peenie Whelan were both selected on the halfback line and Brendan Hayden and Paddy Sullivan were both selected as forwards. TG4 spent a day filming the programme “An Tuath Nua” in Tinryland. A number of items which are featured on the local Trail Finder were covered including the inside of the church with the stained glass window of Myles Keogh, the Disney Grave in Clonmelsh, the 1798 monument and the local school.

Tinryland NS Parents Committee held their annual Table Quiz in the GAA Centre, Rathcrogue and raised £800.

The AGM of Tinryland Foroige Club took place. The club also took part in the Pfizer Coin Challenge in aid of several charities including the Marie Keating Foundation, the ISPCC and the Alzheimer Society.

Mission Sunday was marked in Tinryland with a display of priests vestments in the local church by apostolic workers led by Mrs. Statia Townsend, Linkardstown.

It was announced that the new N9 Motorway would be in the form of an Eastern Bypass of Carlow Town and thus passing through parts of the parish in future years.

November: The Foroige Club held a cake sale and also cleaned up the area around the bonfire as one of their projects.

Tinryland took three top awards at the Carlow Floral Pride Awards held in Rathcrogue. Tinryland NS was best school in the County, having impressed the judges with the display of flowers, window boxes, mural, mosaic and ogham stone at the entrance.

Mrs. Maureen Doran received the Chairman’s Award for the enhancement of the bridge area adjacent to her residence.

Tinryland artist Noreen Thomas held a very successful art exhibition in the Talbot Hotel, Wexford.

Tinryland Area Development Association received grant aid under the Local Environment Partnership Funds.

December: RTE Sports Personality Michael Lyster was the guest of honour at the Tinryland Juvenile Football Presentation evening in the Clubhouse.

The AGM of Tinryland GFC was held with Ned Deane, Castletown elected as Chairman.

Former Baltinglass All Ireland Club Medallist Paul Kenny was appointed team coach for Tinryland GFC in


Brother Tom Costello, formerly of Rathcrogue, produced a stunning visual calendar entitled “Carlow’s Rural Gems” which featured photographs of scenic areas throughout County Carlow.

The Tinryland Senior Citizens Christmas Party was held in Rathcrogue House on December 6th.

The Tinryland AC St. Stephen’s Day Turkey Trot was an outstanding success with over 40 people taking part. The handicap was won by Margaret Brennan with John Stephens in 2nd and Michael Cassidy in 3rd.

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