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Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 25 Sep 2002


Berkeley, Curley on Top in Rockford Race

Last Sundays 23rd running of the Dan Morrissey sponsored Rockford Rooftile 4 Mile Race threw up probably the highest quality field in the history of the race to date. Among the starters in the 115 strong field were two former winners, Irish 10,000 m Champion Noel Berkeley of Dundrum South Dublin and another ex Irish International Cormac Finnerty of Mullingar, together with 2 time runner up Gerry Ryan of Galway City Harriers, David Burke of Mullingar, regular road race winner William Harty of West Waterford, and local favourites Pat Byrne of Tinryland and Colm Burke of St. Abban's. The race started at a fast pace with the afore mentioned 7 athletes and pace setter Gary Hynes of Civil Service breaking away at an early stage and staying together until just past the 1 mile mark. At this point, Berkeley made his decisive break, which he gradually extended over the next 2 miles until he built up a lead of some 200m over Ryan and Burke after the 3-mile mark on top of Ballyloo Hill. He held this large lead until the finish line, winning his 2nd Rockford in an excellent time of 19:08. For the 3rd year in a row Galway based Ryan had to settle for the runner up spot in 19:50, some 6 seconds ahead of Burke with Hynes 4th in 20:00. Former winner Finnerty was 5th in 20:01 with Pat Byrne running a fine race in 6th position in 20:06 with Burke 7th in 20:20. A 10-mile race the previous day had its effects on Harty, who despite being one of the pre-race favourites, eventually faded to 12th place but still won the Junior Mens prize just ahead of Robert O'Rourke of LOT. Credit once again must go to local Veteran athlete Tommy Payne who won his section in another fine time of 21:03 ahead of Jim Stafford of Slaney Olympic, Wexford and World Veteran 800m Record Holder Colm Rothery of Metro St Brigid's. The over 45 winner was Martin McDonald of North Laois with Eddie Walsh and Jimmy Morgan of Tinryland taking 2nd and 3rd positions respectively while Peter Murphy won the over 50 section ahead of brother John Joe.
The womens race had its best field to date with athletes the calibre of Irish International and defending Irish Cross Country Champion Ann Keenan Buckley of North Laois, Mini Marathon winner Pauline Curley of Tullamore and Annette Kealy of Raheny among the starters. The race was closely contested by Keenan and Curley throughout with the Tullamore athlete proving the stronger over the final mile to run an excellent time of 21:52, which was only 7 seconds outside the course record. Defending champion Keenan Buckley was 2nd in 22:10 with Kealy 3rd some 25 seconds back. In 4th was Sinead Cummins of St. Joseph's, Kilkenny with Fionnuala Keane of Loughrea 5th and local athlete Rosie Doran, who returned from the UK for the event 6th. The veteran categories were won by Josephine Killeen, Clare (over 35) and Mags Greenan, Clonliffe (over 40) with Clare Phelan of St. Abban's winning the Junior Womens Race. The mens team event was won by the Tinryland team of Pat Byrne, Tommy Payne 11th, PJ Byrne 18th and Dwayne Farrell 26th with Rathfarnham 2nd 6 points behind. The womens team event was won by North Laois with Tinryland winning the mens Veteran event. After the race the prizegiving and showing of race video took place in the GAA Centre, Rathcrogue.

Fr. Dunne Remembered

Large crowds attended the funeral of the late Fr. Peter Dunne, recently retired PP, both at the liturgy of the reception on Tuesday last and at the Requiem concelebrated mass, which was presided over by the new bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, Jim Moriarty on Wednesday.
In their homilies on both Tuesday and Wednesday, classmates of Fr. Dunne's from Maynooth, who were ordained in 1960, Rev. Tommy O'Shea PP, Arles and Rev. Francis McNamara PP, Mountmellick, described him as a shy, reserved man who did his duties at all times with no frills. As a college student, he was always willing to help fellow classmates get through their exams. He was never a man to hog the limelight.
On Wednesday at his burial, over 70 priests concelebrated mass with Bishop Moriarty. Parishioner Pat Hayden welcomed the bishop to the parish, the many priests and especially Fr. Denis Doyle, former PP and Rev PJ Byrne PP Kilcock (formerly of Tinryland).
The local choir were backed up by organist Mary Hennessy O'Neill with soloist Josie Kelly adding to the occasion. Members of Tinryland GFC carried the coffin to the local St. Joseph's Cemetery. Local children provided a guard of honour at the entrance to the church on both days.
Fr. John McEvoy PP thanked the many Tinryland people who helped out at the ceremonies and Fr. Dunne's many carers in particular his housekeeper Bridie, Sr. Clare Walshe, his parish team of John, Catherine, Pauline, Phil and Evelyn.
Fr. Dunne had been chaplain of Holy Angels for 12 years and Nurse Geraldine O'Connor penned and recited the following tribute to Fr. Dunne "

As Holy Angels Chaplain,
for many, many years,
you helped us through our losses,
and comforted our fears.
Mass was extra special,
For you'd add you're human touch,
with that magic twinkle in your eye,
We'd come to love so much.

To share a pot of tea with you,
Was such a simple pleasure,
Your brilliant sense of humour,
Was a trait we'd come to treasure.
The warmth and compassion,
You exuded was so rare,
It gave a piece of heaven,
To the children in our care.

Though sad we are to lose you,
Much from you we did gain,
Our fondest memories of you,
Will never ever wane.

Due to Fr. Dunne's death, and his commitment to the Holy Angels Day Care Centre, it has been suggested that all donations towards his retirement collection will now go forward to the Holy Angels. Any further donations will be gratefully accepted.

Barrett's Wonder Goal

Tinryland 3-8 O'Hanrahan's 1-13

A wonderful catch by Alan Barrett 4 minutes into injury time produced a great goal by the full forward to give a very unexpected victory to Tinryland in the County Minor Semi-Final against O'Hanrahan's in Kildavin on Saturday last. The teams were level at 0-8 to 2-2 at the interval. The Blues dominated the second half and at one stage held a 6 point lead. The introduction of Cian Moore with 10 minutes to go was the turning point for the blue and whites as they reduced the deficit to 2 points. The late winning goal gave Tinryland the rub of the green they have seldom had over the years. They will now contest their 3rd County Minor Final in 4 years on October 13th. Outstanding for Tinryland were defenders Mark Doran and Sean Lynch, captain John Paul Moore while up front Mark Dempsey, Shane O'Neill, Paul Broderick and Barrett formed a lively forward combination. Scorers for Tinryland were Alan Barrett (1-4), Paul Broderick (1-2), Mark Dempsey (1-0), Cian Moore and Shane O'Neill (0-1) each.

Autumn League

The 4th and final stage over 2 miles of this year's Jason Farrell sponsored Autumn League takes place in Tinryland on Friday next at 7 pm sharp. There will be prizes in all categories and for those who complete all 4 stages. The prizegiving will take place in the GAA Centre, Rathcrogue after the race with the overall winner taking the Seamus Galway Memorial Trophy. The mens event is currently led by Tommy McElwaine of SBR with Eilish Connery of LOT leading the ladies standings.

Cumann Na mBunscol

Tinryland NS Boys and Girls teams won recorded two fine wins away to Leighlinbridge in Ballinaboola on Wednesday last. The boys match was a closely fought affair with some fine football played by man of the match Conor Byrne, Cormac Walshe, Joey Ryan, Darren Murphy and Dean Farrell ensuring victory for Tinryland.
The girls match was also a tight affair with Zoe Curran, Deborah Fields (3-2) and Paula Murphy outstanding for Tinryland. On Friday evening the girls were beaten by a stronger Tullow outfit.
The boys and girls team will now play Rathvilly in Rathcrogue tomorrow (Thursday) at 1 pm.

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