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Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 22 May 2002


National Defeat for Townsend

Local Labour General Election Candidate Jim Townsend failed by a mere 395 votes to Carlow's MJ Nolan to win a seat in the 29th Dail last weekend. The Ballybar farmer and Carlow Co. Councillor, who received 9% of the 1st preferences put up a great battle to gain a seat, receiving transfers from Richard O'Brien of Labour, Fergal Browne of Fine Gael and Mary White of the Green Party to give the Labour Party, his best result to date at National level. Young Fine Gael Candidate Fergal Browne was very pleased with his 5,500 first preferences despite the National swing against his party. His organisation is hopeful of success for him at the next outing. The local vote was 61% in the 3 booths at the Tinryland polling station. Presiding officers and party activists found that the voting register was poorly prepared. Some voters received no fewer than 3 votes while more were omitted from the list.

Community Games Finals

The Tinryland-Bennekerry Community Games Finals will be held in the Tinryland GAA Club grounds in Rathcrogue on Thursday next, May 23rd at 6.30 pm. There will be athletic finals from Under 6 up to the Under 17 age groups. The presentation of medals will be in the GAA Centre immediately after the finals. Trials for relays for the County Finals in Ardattin will be held in the athletic training field in Tinryland on Tuesday May 28th and Thursday May 30th at 7 pm. The finals for the field events will be held in the Tinryland athletic fields on Wednesday May 29th at 7 pm.

GAA President to Visit Tinryland

GAA President Sean McCague will visit Tinryland NS on Monday morning next, May 27th at 9.30 am. The president will be on a promotional tour of schools to promote the All Ireland Feile Peil na Gael. This event will take place in Carlow in early July with Tinryland one of the main centres. Tinryland will host Westmeath club St. Loman's for the duration of the competition.


Tinryland Juvenile Football Teams were successful in championship and tournament games during the past week. The Under 16's maintained their unbeaten record with a highly impressive victory over O'Hanrahan's in Rathcrogue on Friday last. Tinryland forward Paul Broderick scored 2-9 in a match that saw Tinryland score 6-17 in total with O'Hanrahan's scoring 3-4. Others to play well for Tinryland were Andrew Murphy, Colm Doran, Daniel O'Boyle, John Murphy, Keith Jackson, Peter Doran and John Keogh.
Tinryland Under 12's got back on the winning trail with two impressive victories in the past week. On Wednesday last, they easily defeated Killeshin in the John Finn Cup with fine performances from Patrick Kelly, Luke Doyle, Darren Murphy, David O'Shea, Ciaran Williamson, Stephen O'Reilly, Cormac Walshe, Michael Mullen and Ryan Curran. On Saturday last, the Under 12's won their 2nd game in the championships when comfortably accounting for Michael Davitt's. Best for Tinryland were Darren Hanlon, Brian Farrell, Conor Byrne, Padraig Whelan, Alan Kirwan, Matthew O'Toole, Joey Ryan and Cathal O'Brien.

Community Alert

Tinryland Community Alert will hold a meeting on Tuesday May 28th at 8.30 pm in the GAA Centre, Rathcrogue. All are welcome to attend.

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