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Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 20 Mar 2002


Road Fatalities on 2 Mile Stretch

Sympathy is extended to the families of Thomas Kealy and Brendan Gaskin both of Fenagh who died tragically on Sunday morning when their car went out of control in Castletown. Sadly this brings to 10 the number of people killed in this 2 mile stretch of road between Castletown Cross and Ballinacarrig Bridge in recent years. The death toll includes 2 pedestrians, 2 motorcyclists and 6 other people who died as a result of car accidents. There has also been a large ampunt of injuries sustained as a result of accidents and many reports of near escapes on this dangerous roadway.


Training sessions for Tinryland Juvenile GFC teams are about to commence. The following are the dates and times: Under 8's and Under 10's on Saturday mornings at 11 am commencing March 23rd, Under 12's on Wednesdays commencing tonight at 6 pm and the Under 14's will train on Friday's at 6 pm starting on Friday March 22nd. The Under 16 team will begin training on Monday March 25th at 6.30 pm.
The 2002 Coisde na nOg Ceatharlach fixtures have been published in a very impressive booklet in the past week. At Under 16 level, Tinryland, who are the defending County champions, will compete in Division 1 with the opening game on Friday April 19th away to Muinebheag. The other teams in this group are Ballon, Eire Og, Michael Davitts, O'Hanrahan's, Rathvilly and Clonegal. The Under 14 team will also play in Division 1A with their opening match away to Tullow on Monday April 22nd at 7 pm. All games will be played on Mondays at 7.30 pm from May 6th. At under 12 level, Tinryland will once again have two teams in Division 1 and Division 2 respectively with the opening game on Saturday April 20th. On that date the A team will be away to Miseal while the B team will be at home to Askea. All under 12 games will be on Saturdays at 6 pm.

Four County League

Tinryland athletes dominated the 2nd stage of the 4 County league in Ferns Co. Wexford on Sunday last. Pat Byrne, fresh from his Leinster Indoor 3000m win in Nenagh the previous day, led from start to finish to consolidate his overall lead. The ever reliable Tommy Payne finished 2nd to improve his overall standing in the league to 2nd overall. The other scorers were PJ Byrne 7th, Dwayne Farrell 16th and John Joe Murphy 31st. Tinryland lead the A section with 54 pts with St Abban's on 148 pts in 2nd. In Section B, Jeremiah O'Sullivan finished 20th, two places ahead of the most improved young athlete Kieran Cahill who was 22nd with Sean Doyle 29th and Eddie Walsh 35th to put Tinryland 2nd to Gowran on 236 pts, 39 pts behind the leaders. In Section C, the ever improving John Delaney finished 50th with Jimmy Morgan 53rd, John Stephens 62nd and Joe Doheny 67th to place them 3rd behind SBR on 234, Ballyfin on 453 with Tinryland on 467. Margaret Brennan is best placed of the ladies in 7th position overall. The 3rd stage will be held in Gowran on March 31st.


The 32nd AGM of Tinryland Athletic Club took place on Wednesday last in Rathcrogue. A very successful year was reviewed with the highlights including team and individual successes at County, Leinster and National level while large events such as the Irish Schools Cross County and the Rockford Race put the local area in the spotlight. Pat Byrne and Tommy Payne were once again the most successful athletes over road, track and cross country with Pat winning the Carlow Cross Country and finishing 5th in the Leinster Cross Country. To date he has won the Leinster and National Indoor 3000m Titles. Many felt if he had contested the National Short Course Trial for the World Cross Country, he would have had a chance of selection for the Irish team. Tommy Payne was again the most successful Irish athlete in the Home International Cross Country in Falkirk, Scotland, finishing 9th overall. In the Carlow Track and Field Championships, PJ Byrne of Ballybromhill, Fenagh, was the most successful athlete, winning both the 1500m and 3000m. Rosie Doran and Tina Doyle were the outstanding female athletes during the year. The club hope to put in place recommendations for the coming year: (a) a proper training programme for underage athletes and a new juvenile committee (b) to secure a lease on the present cross country course (c) more workers to help out for cross country and road championships (d) the purchase of juvenile singlets and athletic gear for Senior athletes and (e) the registration fee for Juveniles at 4 and Seniors at 20 to be given to Carol Byrne as soon as possible.

The officers elected for 2002/2003 were: President: Fr. Peter Dunne PP, Vice Presidents: Mrs. Mai Byrne and Jim Salter, Chairman: Sean Doyle, Vice-Chairman: Pat Byrne, Secretary: Denis Shannon, Competition Secretary: Dwayne Farrell, Treasurer: Carol Byrne, PRO: Mark Shannon, Registrar: Carol Byrne and John Curran, Team Captains: Tommy Payne and Tina Doyle, Delegates to County Board: Eddie Walshe, PJ Doyle, Sean Duggan and Carol Byrne

Karaoke Night

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 2.

Swimming Finals

The Tinryland/Bennekerry (Area 11) Swimming Finals take place in Graiguecullen Pool on Friday April 5th at 10 am. Swimmers are asked to report to the pool at 9.30 am.

Community Alert

Tinryland Community Alert will hold a meeting on Tuesday 26th March at 8.30 pm in the GAA Centre, Rathcrogue. All new members welcome.

Community Games Art

The following are the results of the Area 11 Art Competition:

Under 8 Boys: 1st- Shane Webb (Tinryland), 2nd- Harry Hennessy (Tinryland), 3rd- Mark Curran (Linkardstown)

Under 8 Girls: 1st- Aoife Byrne (Rathcrogue), 2nd- Niamh Kennedy (Ballycrogue), 3rd- Aoife Maddock (Tinryland)

Under 10 Boys: 1st- Jimmy Kinsella (Johnstown), 2nd- Eric Dalton (Ballycrogue), 3rd- Craig Sutton (Staplestown)

Under 10 Girls: 1st- Alison O'Neill (Ballycrogue), 2nd- Stacey Doyle (Kernanstown), 3rd- Kelly Anne Sheehan (Kernanstown)

Under 12 Boys: 1st- Paul Costello (Castletown), 2nd- Niall Farrell (Moyle), 3rd- Henry Roberts (Rathcrogue)

Under 12 Girls: 1st- Maria Lawlor (Tinryland), 2nd- Rachel Moore (Tinryland), 3rd- Shauna Doyle (Rathcrogue)

Under 14 Boys: 1st- Padraig Whelan (Ballycrogue), 2nd- Jonathan Curran (Linkardstown), 3rd- Cormac Holloway (Bennekerry)

Under 14 Girls: 1st- Mary Barrett (Rathcrogue), 2nd- Niamh Fennelly (Palatine), 3rd- Roisin Walshe (Rutland)

Under 16 Girls: 1st- Aisling Jordan (Palatine)

The County Finals of the above will be held in the Presentation College on Sunday next, March 24th at 10 am.

If there are any children interested in competing in the Cross Country events for the skills weekend in Mosney please give their names to Ann Condron at 33525 before April 9th.

A meeting of Tinryland/Bennekerry Community Games will be held in the GAA Centre, Palatine tonight (Wednesday) at 8.30 pm.

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