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Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 20 Nov 2002


Local Youngster wins British Title

9 year old Greg Murphy, Linkardstown, son of Michael and Marie, made his trip to London last week worthwhile when winning the British Under 10 Karate Championships. Greg, who took up the sport 3 years ago, under the tutelage of Patsy Whelan, trains on Wednesdays and Saturdays over 2 hour sessions. This year the talented youngster was nominated by the Carlow club to compete in the British Championships. After 4 successful rounds in the competition, he reached the semi-final where he found himself 3 down to a Dublin opponent. He pulled out all the stops and finished strongly to reach the final. He then went on to comfortably defeat an English opponent on a score of 3-1 to win the title. Greg's ambition is to claim his black belt by his 15th birthday.

Litter League

Over the next 12 weeks, Tinryland Village will be competing against Myshall, Old Leighlin and last year's County Winners Clonegal in the County Council sponsored Litter League Competition. To date, members of the Tinryland Tidy Towns Committee with the help of the local schoolchildren are making every effort to ensure that Tinryland will put up a far more respectable showing in this league than in the previous year. Members of the community are asked to make every effort to co-operate. It is hoped this week to remove the debris from the bonfire which took place in the village over Halloween.

Minor Title for Ladies Footballers

Bennekerry-Tinryland Ladies Football team capped a marvellous season when they won the Carlow MFC Title against Ballinkillen-Newtown in Ballon on Sunday last. Leading by 2-2 to 0-3 at half time, Bennekerry-Tinryland survived a second half fightback by the southerners to run out with a six point advantage at the final whistle. Two first half goals from the penalty spot by Catherine Dempsey gave Bennekerry-Tinryland a great start. With Gloria Nolan dominating the midfield, the local girls did well to survive the Ballinkillen challenge in the early stages of the second half and further scores from Roisin Cleary, Leah Mullins and Catherine Dempsey ensured that the TSB Bank Perpetual Cup will visit the Tinryland and Palatine Clubhouses in the coming year. Best for Bennekerry-Tinryland were Captain Donna Mullins who was excellent throughout together with goalkeeper Clare Farrell, Sinead Lyons, Gloria Nolan, Aimee Doyle, Caoimhe Whelan and Niamh O'Regan.

Community Games Award

The efforts of all team mentors and members of the Tinryland-Bennekerry Community Games committee in promoting and publicising activities in the area over the past year were acknowledged when Chairman Tommy Lyons accepted the new Eddie Dawson Perpetual Trophy for the best PRO in Carlow Community Games for 2002. At the County Community Games AGM in Leighlinbridge Centre on Tuesday last, Nationalist editor Eddie Coffey presented a Waterford Crystal Clock to the area in recognition of the coverage each week in the local paper.


There were some fine displays by Tinryland Athletes at the Leinster Cross Country Championships held in Ardee Co. Louth on Sunday last. PJ Byrne produced an excellent run to finish 5th in the Intermediate Mens event to add to his 5th placing in the Leinster Novice CC and is also an improvement on his position in the same event last year. Patrick Mullins also put in a good showing in the Boys Under 14 Race, finishing 9th, and he will now go on to compete in the All Ireland Championships next month in Navan.


The mass for those of the Altar List of the Dead will be held in St. Joseph's Church on Friday next November 22nd at 7.30 pm. During the mass a relative of each on the list who has died over the past year will light a candle in their memory.

Parish News

Tinryland Parish needs new members in all of the following groups : The Parish Choir, Special Ministers of the Eucharist, Readers and Collectors. Anyone interested should contact Fr. John McEvoy PP or any member of the Parish Council as soon as possible.


The County Carlow Womens Network will hold an open meeting in St. Catherine's Community Centre, St. Joseph's Road, Carlow tomorrow (Thursday) at 2 pm. The theme of the meeting is "Empowering Women with Disabilities".


Under 10 League
St Joseph's 7 - Derry Rovers 1
The future for the club looks good thanks to this very good under 10 team. This team started the season well and is improving with every performance. The skill and work of the team is to be admired. From the start of this game they were camped in the Rovers half and took the lead early. Every player was playing well and passing the ball. Many of the skills being coached were on display and by half time they had gone into a comfortable 5-0 lead. The second half was as good and when the Derry team started to put some pressure on the Joey's backs were strong and held their positions well. John Doyle scored 4 goals, Eoin Maddock 1, David Townsend 1 and Sean Delaney 1. This was a very good display and every player was outstanding.

Under 12 League
St Joseph's 0- Burrin Celtic 4

This young squad came away from this game with their heads high after putting in a very gutsy display against a bigger Burrin side. The home team played some good football early on and should have gone in front when Dean Farrell broke down the right after a good through ball from Gary Finnerty and fired his shot just over the bar. From the kick out Celtic took the lead and for a few minutes looked as though they were going to have an easy day. However the home side then got stuck in and nearly levelled when Peter Morgan shot grazed the post. The home side did every thing but score and were unlucky to be two down at half time. The second half was much the same with Joey's trying hard but with no joy. The final score was 0-4 but this young team is improving all the time and will have a great time next season when they are playing at their own age group. For the home side T.J. Curran, Brian Deane, Gary Finnerty, Dean Farrell and Paula Murphy played really well.

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