Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 13 Mar 2002
Very Successful Staging of National Championships
The 33rd All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships drew a huge crowd in Tinryland on Saturday last in what was the largest sporting event to be held in the area for many years. The championships saw the top young athletes from all over the island compete for individual and team honours as well as earning the distinction of representing Ireland in international competition. The quality of the competition was underlined by the fact that all participating athletes had to qualify from their own school selection process, regional and provincial finals. In the second race of the day, there was great reason for the large local contingent to celebrate as Kevin Lawlor, representing the Presentation College ran an outstanding race leading from start to finish to win the Junior Mens 3.5 km event. Going into the race as one of the favourites having won the Leinster Title some weeks earlier, the young Carlow athlete ran the race of his life and maintained a sizeable 50 metre lead throughout the final lap to record an excellent win. He will now lead the Irish team in the Home Internationals in Derby, England in 2 weeks time. In the Intermediate Boys event, there were great performances from 3 local athletes. Danny Darcy of Presentation DLS Bagenalstown, a previous winner of the Junior event ran a good race throughout to finish 5th while Brian Kirwan of CBS Carlow ran a fine race to place 9th. Great credit is due to local athlete Andrew Murphy (Ballyloo) representing the Presentation, Carlow who continues to improve greatly and this was shown in an excellent 12th placing. For their efforts both Darcy and Kirwan will be part of the Irish Intermediate Boys team that compete in Derby on March 23rd. In all 4 athletes from the Carlow area will represent Ireland in the coming weeks as Laura Scriven of St. Leo's Carlow, produced an outstanding display to finish 6th in the Junior Girls 2 km event and will also be part of the Irish squad in Derby. On the day there were some outstanding winners with Joseph Sweeney of Scoil Eoin, Dublin dominating the Intermediate Boys Race from start to finish while Fionnuala Britton of Dominican, Wicklow showed her international credentials by comfortably winning the Senior Girls 2.5 km race. There was great interest in the final race of the day, the Senior Boys 6.5 km race as St. Mary's CBS, Mullingar aimed to win the team event that had only been won by North Monastery of Cork or St. Malachy's of Belfast since 1989. In the end the Mullingar school were victorious in their quest and were led home by one of Ireland's finest young prospects Mark Christie in 1st while fancied teammate Martin Fagan in 4th and Des Shaw in 6th ensured the end of the dominance enjoyed by the two top athletic schools in the country. Both Senior winners Britton and Christie will now lead the Irish Junior Mens and Womens Teams in the World Cross Country Championships in Leopardstown on March 23rd and 24th. These championships have traditionally been the breeding ground of future Irish stars with past winners including the likes of Sonia O'Sullivan, Catherina McKiernan, John Treacy and Eamonn Coughlan. Great credit is due to all who helped out during the day to ensure the day's proceedings went successfully.
Tinryland Area Development Association are planning to develop a Tinryland Village Website to include all information relevant to the area. Secretaries and PRO's of all clubs and groups in the area are asked to compile all information on their organizations and have the same ready for inclusion on the site. The Website will be open to all people with information, photos etc. on the area and will be updated on a regular basis. It is hoped to have the site up and running in June. Other areas to be included on the proposed site are services, sponsors, services, travel, records, history etc. For information on the proposed site contact TADA Secretary Jim Deane, Michael Keyes or Mark Shannon.
Area 11 take County Basketball Title
Tinryland/Bennekerry Under 16 Girls Basketball players retained their Under 16 County Title with a 30 points to 20 win over a game Borris team in the final played in St. Leo's on Thursday last. The Borris girls settled quickly and were 8-0 ahead in the early stages without any reply from the Area 11 girls. However the Tinryland/Bennekerry girls responded in fine style to lead 18 pts to 12 at the break thanks to trojan work from Rachel Condron who played a stormer. The second half was evenly fought with Area 11 holding out to won gold on a scoreline of 30 pts to 20. All the girls played well with Michelle Rooney with 14 points again the leading scorer with the afore mentioned Condron on 8 pts with Karen Doyle getting 6 pts while Karen McGrath, before injury, scored 2 pts. The remaining team members who played their part were Orla Connolly, Lydia Canning, Sinead Lyons and Ella Brennan. The event was sponsored by Pat Hosey Construction, Rutland.
A karaoke night in aid of Tinryland NS will take place on Saturday March 23rd in the Tinryland GAA Centre, Rathcrogue. The admission fee will be €5.
The Tinryland/Bennekerry (Area 11) Swimming Finals take place in Graiguecullen Pool on Friday April 14th at 10 am.
The 33rd AGM of Tinryland AC will take place tonight (Wednesday) in Tinryland GAA Centre, Rathcrogue. It would be greatly appreciated if all club members could make their best efforts to be present on the night. All athletic enthusiasts or new members are welcome to attend.
The 2nd stage of the Four County League takes place over Cross Country in Ferns Co. Wexford on Sunday next, St. Patrick's Day at 2 pm.
Tinryland athletes had a very successful and enjoyable outing to the Ballycotton 10 mile race in Cork on Sunday last. The club managed to have 3 athletes in the top 30 of the race, which is one of the biggest in the country and attracts a field of over 2,000 annually. Pat Byrne ran one of his best races in recent times to finish 7th in a great time of 51 mins 45 while Tommy Payne was the 1st Veteran home in 20th in a time of 54 mins 12 while PJ Byrne was 26th in 55 mins 20. Dwayne Farrell, one of several athletes from the club making his debut at the distance, ran 56 mins 30 with Sean Doyle just outside the 1 hour mark. The other local athletes to finish were Kevin Cuddy, Tina Doyle, PJ Doyle, Seamus Connolly and Liam Dunne. Afterwards the group spent a night celebrating in Midleton.
Visit by Top Author
Renowned children's author Cora Harrison paid a visit to Tinryland NS on Tuesday March 5th. She spoke to pupils in the Senior Classes, conducted a workshop, signed copies of her books and enthralled children with readings from some of her published novels.
She also taught primary school children in England for twenty-five years before moving to a small farm in Kilfenora, Co. Clare. The farm includes an Iron Age fort, with the remains of a small castle inside it. The mysterious atmosphere of this ancient place gave her the idea for a series of historical novels tracing the survival of Drumshee down through the centuries.
There were no games this weekend due to school entrance exams and the all Ireland cross-country.
Roisin Dubh: Tickets are now on sale for what we hope will be an excellent night out. This will take place in Kelly's White Mills Kilbride on the 22nd March. The money raised on the night will go to help defray the Blackpool trip, which takes place at the end of the month. Get your tickets from Deanes Shop or any of the committee. Phone 0503-46013 for more information. Tickets are just 5 Euro. Why not make this a family night out?
The Draw took place in the school some weeks ago and the following were the lucky winners. Padraig Sorohan 2 Tickets for Ireland V Russia. Beth Harris 2 Tickets for Ireland V Denmark and Mary Coughlan 2 tickets for Ireland V Nigeria. Breda Carthy, Peenie Whelan and Danielle Power won the footballs. Thank you very much for all your support.
Trip to Blackpool. The under 12 team will play 6 games in the Blackpool tournament at Easter. If you can help by sponsoring kit or any aspect of the trip this would be a massive boost. Please contact Jim Murphy if you can help out.
Fixtures: This week the under 12 team are away to St Pats Boys A, kick off 11:0 AM and the under 10 Team are away to St Anne's kick off 11:00 AM. Why not come out and support these young teams as they are now getting to the end of the season.