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Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 13 Feb 2002


Treacy and Coughlan in Schools Finals

The rivalry between Ireland's leading athletes of the 1970's and 1980's, former World and Olympic greats Eamonn Coughlan and John Treacy was renewed in Tinryland on Wednesday last when Eamonn's son John and Treacy's son Sean opposed each other in the Leinster Schools Minor Boys Race. In the end, John Coughlan, a student in Castleknock College, showed all the signs of emulating his illustrious father by winning the race in fine style with the younger Treacy down the field. The proud dads were both present to cheer on their offspring. The Championships, which catered for almost 1,000 athletes, were run by the Leinster Schools body with great precision. Waterlogging had deprived Knockbeg College of the event with the Tinryland course thanks to the goodwill of Fr. Dunne proving a winner. The National Championships, which were fixed for Knockbeg on Saturday March 9th, have also been re-scheduled to take place in Tinryland. Carlow athletes were very successful with Kevin Lawlor of the Presentation College winning the Junior Boys event. In the Intermediate Boys event Brian Kirwan was 4th with Danny Darcy, Presentation De La Salle Bagenalstown was 6th while local boy Andrew Murphy, Ballyloo running for the Presentation College ran the race of his life to finish 9th and qualify for the National finals. The Pres. Carlow Junior Girls Team won their team event with Laura Scriven 3rd and local girl Laura Murphy completed the winning team.

Disappointment for Basketballers

Three defeats including two in finals completed a black day for Tinryland/Bennekerry (Area 11) Basketball Teams in the County Carlow Community Games Finals in St. Leo's on Saturday last.
The Boys Under 13 team faced up against Ballon in their County Final. The teams were level 8 points each at the break. With several minutes to go the teams were tied at 16 points apiece. However the Ballon/Rathoe Boys scored the deciding basket in the closing stages to win the title. Area 11 had great players in Nicholas Byrne, Philip Condron, Jeff Sutton (6), Luke Doyle (6) and Shane Redmond (4). The team was completed by Patrick Kelly, Mikey Murphy, Noel Broderick, Colm Nolan and Brian Farrell.
The Girls Under 13 team met a strong Bagenalstown team in their final. The local girls trailed 10-3 at half time and ended up losing on a score of 18 points to 9. The Bagenalstown side prepared well for this game and restricted Area 11 top scorer Deirdre Doyle to 5 points while Aisling Kinsella (3) and Ciara Jeaney (1) completed the scorers. Rachel Moore also had a fine game and the remaining squad members were Ciara Butler, Amanda Cassidy, Jamie Lee Doyle, Evelyn Whitney, Alison Hanley and Mona Mullins. All the squad with the exception of Ciara Jeaney are eligible again next year.
The Boys Under 16 team came up against a very good Graiguecullen team and were well beaten by 36 points to 16. Unfortunately for this team the lure of the Under 16 Soccer League saw a number of key players miss this match. The team gave a good account of themselves and were best served by Philip Mullins, Thomas Butler, Declan Redmond, Colm Cushen, Peter Doran and David Kinsella.

The Late Billy Darcy

The death occurred in Dublin on Sunday February 3rd of Billy Darcy formerly of Kilmeaney. He was aged 75 years and died after a short illness. Billy was a mechanic and worked in Graiguenamanagh, Dublin and England before returning to live in Walkinstown. He was a quiet, reserved person with a lifelong interest in motorbikes and cars and was a member of a motorcycle club. He is survived by his wife Breda (nee Doyle), formerly of Graiguenamanagh, 3 sons, 3 daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchild, sister Kathleen Dunn (Kilmeaney), brothers Paddy (Kilmeaney) and Eddie (Graiguecullen). He was interred in the New Cemetery in Newlands Cross after Requiem Mass in the Church of the Assumption, Walkinstown. He was predeceased by his brothers Johnny and Joe and sisters Mollie and Theresa. He was a frequent visitor to Carlow.

School News

It is recommended that for safety reasons that all children attending Tinryland NS be collected in the square in the village at both 2 pm and 3 pm. If this causes any problems please contact the principal.

If any schoolchildren take any Nestle Cereals, it would be welcomed if they return the "Box Tops for Education" tokens to the school, as they are each worth 45 cents towards school funds.

Over 100 Children are currently availing of swimming classes in Graiguecullen Pool. All sessions are on Wednesdays and continue until April.

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