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Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 18 Sep 2002


23rd Running of Rockford Race

The 23rd Annual Dan Morrissey sponsored Rockford Rooftile 4 Mile Race takes place in Tinryland Village on Sunday next at 2 pm sharp. The race is one of the largest on the Irish athletics calendar and has attracted many Irish Internationals over the years. There is a prize fund of over 7,000 for the event with special goody bags for all entrants. While last year's winner Irish International Peter Matthews will not be able to defend his title due to injury, there will be strong contenders such as Gerry Ryan of Galway and another Irish International Cormac Finnerty of Mullingar, William Harty of Waterford and local challengers Pat Byrne and Colm Burke of St. Abban's while last year's winner Ann Keenan Buckley and Dublin Mini Marathon winner Pauline Curley of Tullamore will start as favourites for the women's race. As the race coincides with the All Ireland Football Final, the football will be shown on a big screen together with the race video in the Tinryland GAA Clubhouse, Rathcrogue after the race. The presentation of prizes will also take place in the clubhouse after the race. There will be juvenile races for Boys and Girls Under 11,13 and 15 starting at 1 pm.

Tidy Towns

Tinryland Village received a mark of 174 (58%) in the National Tidy Towns Competition for 2002 when the results were announced on Monday last. While initially the result, which was 3 marks more than last year's score, was disappointing considering the hard work put in by many members of the committee over the summer months, the judging took place on June 22nd which was before most of the work was carried out. With a large group now involved, there are very encouraging signs for further progress next year. Under the overall development approach, the adjudicators felt that the floral displays on the arrival to the village were striking and the setting of targets each year were important. In the built environment section, the school, shop, pump area and the route finder map were commended while restoration work including painting were needed around the church. The floral displays including the hanging baskets along the walls were seen as an example to other villages and praise was also given to the diligent gardeners who contributed to the landscape of the village. The judges noted that litter control around the village was very disappointing and that it was an everyday problem that needed to be controlled. In the tidiness section, the judges said that while there was a tidy appearance to the village, there was a lot of weeds around the entrance to the church. In the residential areas category, the estates were commended for being well maintained while the large green at the end of St. Martin's would accommodate more trees and the wall at the green would benefit from climbing plants or a line of trees. The judges also felt that the car park in the village could have trees planted in some areas to make it more interesting. The general impression was there was a great deal of activity in the village and if this continues, Tinryland would improve significantly. The breakdown of marks was as follows: Overall Development Approach 28/50, Built Environment 23/40, Landscaping 24/40, Wildlife and Natural Amenities 15/30, Litter Control 18/40, Tidiness 14/20, Residential Areas 20/30, Roads/Streets and Back Areas 25/40, General Impression 7/10.
Tidy Towns Chairman Brendan Farrell commenting on the result said that the tidiness and improvement of the village were the first priority of his committee for this year. He felt that given the same co-operation for 2003, Tinryland are well capable of scoring 200 points and winning the County Endeavour Award.

Autumn League

Pat Byrne of Tinryland got back to winning form when he won last Wednesday's 2nd stage of the Autumn League when he won the 4 mile race in a time of 21 mins 4 seconds, some 10 seconds ahead of Tommy McElwaine of SBR, Ferns with Robbie McGee of Gowran 3rd in 21 mins 25. In 4th position was the leading veteran Jim Stafford of Slaney Olympic, Wexford in 21 mins 29 seconds with local PJ Byrne 5th some 2 seconds further back with LOT Junior Brian Kirwan 6th. Other Tinryland athletes to finish well were Tommy Payne in 7th and Dwayne Farrell in 8th. The first woman home was Eilish Connery of LOT in a time of 27 mins 16 seconds with Eileen Kelly of St. Abban's 2nd and Barbara Rossiter of Kilkenny 3rd. In the Senior Mens Section Robbie McGee leads on 5 pts with Stafford on 7 pts, McElwaine on 9pts and Byrne and Kirwan on 10 pts. The Veterans section is led by Jim Stafford ahead of Tommy Payne and Larry Stafford of DMP with Connery leading the ladies event. Once again there was a very encouraging turnout with 60 athletes, including some from England, taking part. The 3rd stage will be held in conjunction with next Sunday's Rockford Rooftile Race beginning at 2 pm.

Tinryland AC took the 1st team prize at the St. Abban's Annual 10km race held in Tolerton on Sunday last. The scoring team was Dwayne Farrell 8th, Peter Murphy 9th, JJ Murphy 12th, Eddie Walsh 13th and Sean Doyle 15th. The Murphy brothers and Eddie Walsh also took the Veterans team prize.
Meanwhile, in Poland, Pat Byrne finished 16th in the European Army 10km Road Race. He also was the first Irishman with Ireland finishing 2nd in the Team Event.
Congratulations are extended to Bennekerry athlete Geraldine Hendricken, who ran a new PB of 4 mins 2 seconds, the 2nd fastest ever run by an Irishwoman, in the IAAF Grand Prix in Paris on Saturday last.
The former Area 11 Community Games Star pocketed her biggest prizefund ever of $20,000 for finishing 3rd in the race.

Under 16's Win County Title

Tinryland Under 16 Footballers won the McDonalds County Carlow Championships after defeating Eire Og in their replayed game by 1-13 to 3-5 after a thrilling game of football. Having taken an early 2 point lead, Tinryland were pegged back by a goal from a penalty before Paul Broderick scored two further points to level the scores after Eire Og scored a point in between. After the town side went 2 points ahead, Tinryland introduced influential substitute Martin Curran who scored a point before Colm Doran brought the sides on level terms again. After an exchange of points, a good move saw Curran set up Broderick for a goal which was well taken and two more points from Doran and Broderick put Tinryland 1-9 to 1-4 ahead at the break. After Tinryland made a fine start to the second period with two more points from Doran and Broderick, Eire Og responded with a goal and a point to leave three points between the sides. There were no further scores until near the finish when a Broderick free put Tinryland 4 points ahead before another Eire Og goal reduced the deficit to the minimum. After an exciting finish another point from Broderick proved to be the winning score.
Best for Tinryland were man of the match Peter Doran, Ian Scully, Evan Doyle, Daniel O'Boyle, Paul Broderick, Martin Curran and Colm Doran. Scorers were Paul Broderick (1-9), Colm Doran (0-3) and Martin Curran (0-1).
The team was David O'Neill, Patrick Townsend, Colin Byrne, Peter Doran, Chris Townsend, Brian Byrne, Ian Scully, Daniel O'Boyle, Evan Doyle, Ian Doyle, Colm Doran, Richard Whyte, John Murphy, Andrew Murphy, and Paul Broderick. Subs Martin Curran, Padraig Townsend, John Keogh, Keith Jackson, Declan Redmond, Anthony Mannion, David Barron, Darragh O'Connor, Rick Whelan, Gary Fields, Niall Shannon, Liam Fitzpatrick, Mark McLean, Glen Doyle and James Phelan. (Photos enclosed of Peter Doran, man of the match and top scorer Paul Broderick).

The Annual Mick Brennan Memorial Under 9 Gaelic Football Tournament took place in Tinryland GAA Grounds last weekend and was a resounding success. Six teams from 3 different counties participated in the event held in memory of former Tinryland juvenile mentor Mick Brennan. Portlaoise emerged victorious in the A Final defeating Eire Og after a great game. The B Final saw Graiguecullen defeat Tinryland while Baltinglass won the C Final against Tullow.
Well done to the organising committee and especially the ladies committee who helped to make a very enjoyable day for over 100 young footballers.

The Tinryland Minor Football Team will contest the County MFC Semi-Final against O'Hanrahan's in Kildavin on Saturday evening. The winners will meet either Eire Og or Rathvilly in the final in early October.


A meeting of Bennekerry-Tinryland Girls GFC will take place tonight (Wednesday) in Tinryland GFC, Rathcrogue at 8 pm. All parents of
players are requested to attend.

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