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Weekly News Roundup - Monday 4 Mar 2002

Tinryland - Motorway sharply criticised

THE government’s decision to construct the new M9/M10 motorway was sharply criticized by residents of Bennekerry and Tinryland at a recent meeting of the newly formed N9/N10 Unified Group. The meeting was attended by Senator M.J.Nolan.
Members of the group are calling on the government to scrap its plans for a multi billion euro motorway from Kilcullen to Waterford and instead carry out the recommendations of the N.R.A.’s Roads Needs Study which recommends upgrading the present N9/N10 and bypassing urban centers such as Carlow.

Some of the issues raised at the meeting include - the enormous cost of the motorway to the taxpayer, the complete absence of traffic figures to show a need for such a development, destruction of the environment, the consequences of road closures and devaluation of homes close to the proposed route.

The next meeting of the group will be held tonight (Wednesday 27th February) in Palatine G.A.A. Club at
8.30pm. In particular, homeowners and landowners within 1km of the proposed route are urged to attend to discuss the implications of the proposed motorway. Councillor Mary White has been invited to attend.


WEBSITE LAUNCH: Local Labour Party General Election Candidate Jim Townsend, Ballybar launched a new Website on Friday last to boost his forthcoming campaign to gain a seat in Dail Eireann. The well-illustrated Website www.jimtownsend.ie comes under four separate headings with good profiles of the local politician. The first heading “Experience” highlights the extensive service of Jim as a public representative for over 23 years which have included 5 years service in Seanad Eireann and 3 terms as Chairman of Carlow County Council. The next category “Service” gives a profile of his dedicated service to the local area. The heading “Leadership” gives an account of his strong leadership qualities while finally the heading “Vision” highlights Jim’s goals and aims if elected in the next election.


DEFENDING TITLE:


Tinryland Senior Men’s Cross Country team will attempt to retain their Four County League “A” Team Title in the annual series, which begins in Ardattin on Sunday next at 2 pm. County Cross Country Champion Pat Byrne had 3 wins last year before Irish Army duty in Lebanon denied him the title however. With his recent form which included a 5th placing in the Leinster Championships he should go one better this year. Veteran Tommy Payne who has recuperated after his 6th place finish in the National Veteran Championships in Donegal should also be in the frame and with good support from PJ Byrne, Dwayne Farrell, Jeremiah O’Sullivan, John Joe Murphy and Sean Doyle, Tinryland will be the team to beat. The ladies team who were narrowly beaten last year will also strive for the No. 1 spot.
The very high calibre of athletes taking part in the Rockford Rooftile Race was further demonstrated on Sunday last when both of last year’s winners Peter Matthews and Ann Keenan Buckley won their respective titles at the National Senior Cross Country Championships at the ALSAA Complex in Dublin last Saturday. They will now lead the Irish Cross Country Teams in the World Championships to be held in Leopardstown on the weekend of March 23rd and 24th.

The National Nestle Schools Cross Country Championships will be held in Tinryland on Saturday March 9th at 1 pm.

The Club AGM will be held in the GAA Centre, Rathcrogue on Wednesday March 13th at 8 pm.


SOCCER: Under-12 - St Joseph’s 3- Slaney Rovers 3. St Josephs under 12s are making it really hard for themselves every game by allowing the other teams to settle and not doing the basics until they are in trouble. Against a big and determined Rovers team Saints sat back and allowed them to dictate the early running. Rovers scored twice in the first ten minutes after two very bad mistakes by the home team. The first when an easy ball should have been cleared left a small Rovers forward to head home. The second when the defense allowed a Rovers forward a one on one with the keeper to make it 2-0 to the away team. Joeys players need to start with the same determination they have shown in the later parts of recent games. If they played and passed the ball around in the first ten minutes the way they do for the rest of the game they would be a lot higher in the league. At 2-0 down Joeys started to play and should have scored three themselves but bad misses including a penalty miss had the home supporters worried. Just before half time Geoff Abbot scored to lift the hopes for the second half. Half time 1-2.


The second half was a totally different affair and Saints equalized when a short pass from Michael Murphy found Ryan Curran who rifled the ball over the keeper to the net. Murphy was on hand again a few minutes later when he played a neat pass to Connor Byrne who gave the keeper no chance with his shot hitting the top corner of the net. Joeys could have scored again on a few occasions, the closest coming from Murphy who had his shot headed off the line. Against the run of play Rovers grabbed an equalizer just before the end. This team has loads of ability and could be close to the top if they played hard. Of the games they have lost this year the have lost five by a single goal. This shows how close they are to the top teams. Alan Kirwin did a great job marking a big player and he was supported well by Michael Murphy and Ryan Curran.


Under-10 - St Josephs 3-Slaney Rovers 0. This was the best team performance by a St Josephs team for a long time. From the start they all worked hard and played some lovely football. They never gave the opposition a second on the ball and kept this up for the full match. The passing was excellent and if this team plays their next three games as well as this, they will be serious Title Challengers. 10 minutes into the game the hard working Michael (John) Mullins scored with a low shot to the corner. This gave the team a great lift and shortly after Robert Smith scored a goal that would have graced any soccer pitch. From an excellent corner by Darren Murphy, Robert volleyed an unstoppable shot past the keeper. From here on in it was all Joeys with Lee Buggle only having to make one save, which he did brilliantly.
The second half continued in the same fashion with the team working hard and taking the game to the opposition. Michael Mullins was unlucky to see his effort hit the post and Darren Murphy tested the away keeper with another brilliant free kick. With five minutes to go David Townsend finished off the game with a low shot past the keeper. This was after some lovely passing between Robert Smith, Michael Mullins and David Townsend.
This was a great game with every Josephs player giving their all. The two things that would have worried other teams in the league were the discipline and work rate of the team. For a young team they are all listening and learning. They are holding position well and working hard both on and off the ball. This win takes them into 3rd position with everything to play for.


Lotto Bonus - Tickets are available from any committee member or Deanes shop.


Blackpool Trip - All the hard work has been done and the under12 team will be travelling to play in the Blackpool Tournament at Easter. A great night out at the White Mills in Kilbride on the 22nd March is planned to help raise some funds to help the trip. Rosin Dubh are playing and tickets will be on sale this week. Araffle for an autographed Chelsea football will also take place on the night. If you could offer some sponsorship or help the club in any way it would be very much appreciated.


Training Times - Under 12s Tuesday and Thursday from 4-6 pm. Under 10s, Thursday 4-5.30 pm. Under 8s, Tuesday 5 -6 pm.


For more information contact Jim Murphy, secretary, on 46013.


COMMUNITY GAMES SOCCER: Bennekerry/Tinry-land boys under-13 indoor soccer team played Askea in the opening round of the Carlow Community Games last weekend. After a well-contested match it ended 0-0. Extra time was then played but it remained scoreless so it went to penalties. Both teams then scored 3 penalties each so it then went to sudden death where Askea emerged victors and progressed to the next round. Scorers for Area 11 were Luke Doyle, Ryan Curran and Michael Murphy. The team was Colm Nolan, Alan Kirwan, Luke Doyle, Ryan Curran, Michael Murphy, Brian Farrell and Michael Pender.
The team was coached by Tommy Lyons and Cora Townsend.


TABLE QUIZ: A table quiz organized by St. Joseph’s AFC and in aid of the Blackpool Trip for the Under 12 team will be held in Tinryland Clubhouse on Friday next, March 1st at 8.30 pm. The price for a table of 4 is 20 and there will be numerous cash prizes. All support would be greatly appreciated.


WEDDING: The wedding took place in the Holy Family Church, Askea on Saturday February 16th of Carol Pender, New Oak Estate, Carlow and Pat Byrne of Royal Oak, Bagenalstown. The celebrant of the nuptial mass was Fr. John Fitzpatrick. The bridesmaids were Fiona Pender and Edwina Byrne. The best man was Eddie Byrne while Ian Pender was groomsman. The reception was held in the Seven Oaks Hotel. The couple who are well known Tinryland and Carlow athletes spent their honeymoon in Lanzarote.


ST. JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS SOCIETY: A meeting of St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society takes place in the Parochial House, Tinryland on Friday next at 9 pm.


COACH TOUR: There will be a coach tour to Kilkenny on Sunday March 3rd visiting the local Sunday Markets followed by lunch in Kilkenny. There will then be a visit to the Brother Ignatius Rice Home in Callan, which is marking its bicentennial year. For further information please contact Eithne Ryan at 22004 or Edward Dawson at 59109.


THE LATE MARY LYONS:


The death took place on Wednesday in Carlow District Hospital of Mrs. Mary Lyons (nee Keightley) of Ballinacarrig after a long ill-ness patiently borne. Mary, who was 85, was a native of Boley Hse Ballylinan, and was from a farming background. When she married Michael Lyons 60 years ago, she came to live in Oakpark. For the past 35 years she lived for a short time in Rathcrogue before moving to her home in Ballinacarrig. She was devoted to her daughters and grandchildren. She had a great love for the land, and gardening, and was often seen walking her dog on the main Carlow-Wexford road. By coincidence, her only sister Kitty Farrell Ballycorman, Ballylinan died two days later. Her remains were removed from R. Healey funeral home on Thursday to the Holy Family church Askea. She was buried in St. Mary’s cemetery after requiem mass on Friday morning. She will be sadly missed by her husband Michael, daughters Breda Keane and Paula Lyons, son-in-law Michael Keane, grandchildren Denis, Michael and Sofia, great grandchildren, nephews, relatives and friends.

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