Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 11 Sep 2002
Large Turnout for League
There was a large turnout of over 60 athletes for the opening stage of the Jason Farrell Sports sponsored Autumn League in Tinryland on Wednesday last. The 2 mile event threw up a very exciting finish as Brian Maher of Kilkenny City Harriers outsprinted Robbie McGee of Gowran in 2nd and Veteran Jim Stafford of Slaney Olympic, Wexford in the last 100m. Maher's winning time of 9 mins 49 seconds was just one second ahead of McGee with Stafford another second behind in 9 mins 51 seconds. Junior athlete Brian Kirwan of LOT was 4th with PJ Byrne the first local finisher in 5th with another LOT Junior Robert O'Rourke in 6th. Other Tinryland athletes to finish well were Tommy Payne in 8th, Dwayne Farrell 12th, returned exile Peter Murphy 15th and Kieran Cahill in 16th. The womens section was won by Eilish Connery of LOT in 12 mins 5 seconds ahead of Eileen Kelly of St. Abban's and Sarah Prendergast of LOT. The next stage over 4 miles takes place in Tinryland tonight (Wednesday) at 7.15 pm sharp.
Minor Footballers in County Semi-Finals
Tinryland Minor Footballers put up an outstanding performance to defeat highly fancied Michael Davitt's by seven points in the Carlow MFC quarter final last week. Despite scoring the opening point of the game, Tinryland found themselves six points in arrears after only 10 minutes as league champions Davitt's playing outstanding football looked to be heading for a semi-finals spot. Tinryland then began to get to grips with their opponents and by the half time whistle were one point ahead. The second half began with Tinryland taking the game to the Leighlin parish outfit with Shane O'Neill, Mark Dempsey and Alan Barrett showing a high degree of skill. After O'Neill had set up Barrett for a goal in the 36th minute, Tinryland never looked back and they ran out comfortable winners to reach the semi-final where they will meet O'Hanrahan's. Best for Tinryland were Shane O'Neill who was outstanding throughout, Alan Barrett who scored 1-7, Mark Doran, goalie David O'Neill, John Paul Moore, Mark Dempsey and John Whyte.
The soccer season starts in two weeks time and St Joseph's have had a very busy and enjoyable time getting ready for it. On Wednesday night the club held its AGM and this was a huge success with a very good attendance and a very positive meeting. The first part of the meeting was dedicated to accounts of last season. In only its second year of existence the club had under 9s, 10s and 12s playing league and cup football. Over 80 young people took part. A very successful trip to Blackpool was recalled and many others social events were described. Alan Doyle Treasure gave a very detailed account of the clubs finances. All in all a very enjoyable season. The future of the club looks strong with the election of officers giving rise to many new faces enlisting to take the club forward. The following officers were elected. Edwin Abbot, Chairman. Catherine Delaney, Secretary. Brenda Maddock, Treasurer. Jim Murphy PRO and Michael O Shea, Enda Nolan, Jackie Deane and Sean Byrne are joining the committee.
Martin Kirwan will manage the under 7s and 8s. John Maddock the 9s and 10s. Alan Doyle and Ray Curran the under11s and 12s. Jim Murphy will manage the under 14s. Anybody interested in playing for the club should contact any of the above. Training will start week commencing 16th September.
The club thanked all its sponsors and supporters and wished everyone a very enjoyable year.
The club held its annual presentation night in Carlow Rugby club on Thursday night and a good crowd turned up to support the kids. Robert O Neill supplied a great cabaret and Ian Doyle the disco. There were many awards on the night with the most prestigious Clubman of the year going to Alan Kirwan.
FAI Coaching; The club held its first ever coaching event this weekend and there were 30 people in attendance. A FAI senior coach led the course and everyone deemed it a very informative time. St Joseph's would like to thank the Parkville club for allowing the use of their facilities.
People of the Year Awards
The Carlow and District Credit Union/Rehab Foundation People of the Year Awards Night takes place on November 15th. The organising committee are looking for local individuals/clubs to nominate a person in the community for one of their awards. The committee are looking for unsung heroes in the community and nominations can be made under any field. Nominations can be returned to the Carlow Person of the Year Awards c/o Carlow District Credit Union Ltd, Burrin Street, Carlow before October 3rd.
Set Dancing classes for beginners have commenced and will take place on Mondays in Tinryland GAA Club, Rathcrogue between 8.30 pm and 10.30 pm. Individuals and partners welcome. For further information please contact Denis Ryan at 31475 (office hours) or at 33242.
The Pioneer Total Abstinence Association Dinner Dance takes place in the Seven Oaks Hotel on October 18th. The music will be by Images and the cost is €18. For more information contact Josie Kelly at 087-8324656.
There will be a pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday September 15th. For further information please contact Eithne Ryan at 22004 or Edward Dawson at 59109.
Sympathy is extended to Michelle Townsend, Linkardstown on the death of her mother Margaret Lynham, Moone Co. Kildare and to Mrs. Tina Broderick, St. Joseph's Terrace on the death of her brother Matt Murphy, Borris. To Community Games President, Mrs. Catherine Curran, Oak Park, on the death of her husband Paddy.
Big Five-0 for Tom
Congratulations are extended to popular Tinryland postman Tom Hayes, Castletown, who celebrates his 50th birthday on Saturday next, September 14th. Tom has carried out his duties as postman in the area for the past 25 years with great efficiency and no shortage of wit. One of Tom's famous lines after the atrocious terrorist attacks this time last year was that postage delivery in Ireland would go ahead despite 'Bin-Liners' best efforts.