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Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 18 Dec 2002


Scott New Secretary of Tinryland GFC

Carlow IT Lecturer John Scott was elected Hon. Secretary at the AGM of Tinryland GFC in Rathcrogue on Monday night, succeeding Cormac O'Toole who had completed his 3 year term. John was at the forefront of Feile Peile in Carlow and was responsible for promoting the event and also was editor of the excellent programme published for the occasion. The Golden Co. Tipperary native is also an enthusiastic follower of the Tipperary Hurling Team.
Former Chairman Brendan Hayden returns to the fold as County Board Delegate replacing Bernard Mullen. In his address, outgoing Chairman Ned Deane reflected on an active year that saw the minor and junior teams reach County Finals. He praised the juvenile structure in the club that continues to thrive. The Chairman called for unity for the coming year. Outgoing secretary Cormac O'Toole listed the redevelopment of the club as one of the highlights of 2002 together with the successful staging of the Kevin Jordan Tournament, The Golf Classic and the premium ticket draw, all of which brought in much needed revenue.
The proposed development of the N9 Motorway, however still casts a doubt over the longer term developments in the club.
On the playing front, the intermediate team once again failed to make a serious while the Under 21's did well to reach the County Semi-Final.
Prior to the meeting, New Tinryland PP Fr. John McEvoy celebrated mass for the deceased members of Tinryland GFC.
The following officers were elected :
President : Mick Whelan, Vice-Presidents : Paddy Whelan, Fr. John McEvoy PP, Chairman : Ned Deane, Vice-Chairman : Mick Murphy, Hon. Secretary : John Scott, Assistant Secretary : Michael Keyes, Hon. Treasurer : Mary Doyle, PRO : Eamonn Byrne, Registrar : Peter Scully, County Board Delegate : Brendan Hayden, Committee : Joe Walshe, David Power, Shay Byrne, Cormac O'Toole, John Doyle, Cora Townsend, Sean Barrett, Mick Nolan, John Murphy.

Local Firm Wins Excellence Through People Award

Carlow based electrical engineering company Seamus Byrne Electrical Ltd received the coveted Excellence Through People Award at an awards ceremony in Dublin Castle on Monday last.
The company employs 80 people and carries out commercial, industrial and environmental electrical and instrumentation contracts throughout the country. The award is a culmination of an 18 month implementation programme aimed at enhancing the skills and technical development of every member of staff. The company are fortunate to have a dedicated progressive and flexible staff with the management team, site supervisors, electricians and apprentices contributing to the success of the company in a very competitive business.
The Carlow firm is one of the first building services companies in the country to be accredited the award and now join fellow Carlow firms Lapple and SuperQuinn as holders of the Excellence Though People Standard. E.T.P is the national standard for human resource development.
Among current contracts being completed by the company are a New Theatre in Naas, New Grandstand, Tote and Golf Clubhouse in Gowran Park Race Course, Waterford Credit Union, Superquinn Car Park, a Hotel in Galway, Three Projects for Bord Gais in the Mid-West, Wexford Main Drainage Scheme, a new department store for Shaws in Wexford and Raths New Supermarket in Carlow.
The award was accepted from the Tanaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Mary Harney on behalf of the company by the Managing Director Seamus Byrne together with five members of the companies Excellence Through People Steering Committee.

Reaching Out

Editor Maureen Byrne and Clem Delaney (Layout) are both to be complimented on another fine production of the Parish Reaching Out Emigrants Letter. All the parish sporting and cultural events are again chronicled. The main feature in this year's edition is a fine article by Liam Byrne on Staplestown ocotogenerian Michael Whelan, a former GAA legend. After retiring from the game he has held every officer position in the club and possesses great conversational skills. Michael won 6 Carlow SFC Medals and represented his county from 1945 to 1955 and also had the honour of playing for Leinster in 1949.
Another interesting article is by Park native Michael Pender and now a government advisor. He accounts his early tentative steps as an altar boy in Tinryland when members of the congregation in the back gallery had prayer books of the 52 page variety. Photographs in this years edition range from the early 1920's to the present schoolchildren. A story by the late Fr. Peter Dunne relates to his early years spent in his first parish Clonegal entitled a Curate to a Hill Country makes for poignant reading. Reaching Out is available in Deane's of Tinryland and Barrack Street and St. Joseph's Church and sells at 3 Euro.


There was a large attendance at the Tinryland Juvenile GFC Presentation Night in the Clubhouse on Saturday last in the GAA Clubhouse, Rathcrogue. Age groups from Under 6 upwards received awards with both the Under 12 and 16 teams receiving their County Championship winning medals. All awards were presented by Dublin All Star Footballer and championship top scorer Ray Cosgrove of Kilmacud Crokes. There were also videos shown on a large screen of the matches involving the juvenile teams over the past year.

Christmas Party

The Tinryland GFC Childrens Christmas Party and Disco will take place in the Clubhouse, Rathcrogue on Sunday next, December 22nd between 3 pm and 6 pm. There will also be a special appearance by Santa.
The Annual Draw will take place at 9 pm and music will be provided by Men in Black which includes well-known local musician John Maddock.

Christmas Ceremonies

The following are the Christmas Arrangements for St. Joseph's Church, Tinryland : Christmas Vigil- Christmas Eve 9 pm, Christmas Morning at 9 am and 11 am.


The Annual Tinryland AC Turkey Trot takes place on St. Stephens Day at 11 am in Tinryland village. The handicap race is held over the 4 mile road course is open to runners, joggers and walkers. As usual there will be prizes of the festive variety for all finishers.

St Joseph's Update

On Saturday 28th Dec St Joseph's holds its annual Christmas Soccer celebration. This year due to the increase in players the event will take place on the soccer field starting at 10:00am. This is a fun day for all the players and their families and everyone is welcome to come along. The plan for the day is as follows: Kick Off, 10:00am Under 9s, 10:45 Under 10s, 11:45 Under 12s, 1:00 Under 13/14, 2:15 Under 8s and at 3:00pm Mixed Parents Match. A marquee will be erected for the day and soup, coffee, tea and sandwiches will be available. All players are to be in the field 20 minutes before their kick off time. If you can help in anyway contact Jim Murphy on 0503-46013. Parents interested in playing in the parents match talk to Alan Doyle, John Maddock or Jim Murphy.
Committee Meeting; A meeting of the St Joseph's committee will take place at 8:30pm Wed 18th Dec in the school.


Under 14 League
St Joseph's 0- St Anne's 4

Seven weeks ago Joey's played away to this very good St Anne's team and were totally outplayed. This time it was a very different show with all the Joey's players contributing to a tough competitive match with a lot of positives for the home side. Joey's competed for every ball and despite the quality of the away side were holding their own until a very dubious off side contributed to the away team scoring. Despite this set back the players continued to play well and were unlucky to go in at half time 2-0 in arrears. The second half saw the Joey's players enjoy themselves playing well and competing with good players. The away side had many quality players but their centre half Ritchie Ryan is a player to note for the future. The game finished 4-0 to the away side but both teams contributed to an excellent game of football. Best for the home side were
Shane Redmond, James Thompson and Ciaran Farrell.
Under 12 League
St Pats 0- St Joseph's 0

Joey's maintained their unbeaten run in the league by keeping their fifth clean sheet of the campaign. The Joey's players took the game to the Pats lads and were unlucky not to score when Geoff Sutton's shot hit the post. More close shaves followed but despite a lot of pressure throughout the game the Joey's lads were unable to break down the Pats defence. Final Score 0-0. Best for Saint Joseph's were Ciaran Williamson, Joey Ryan and Ryan Curran.

St Joseph's 0- St Anne's 14
This young squad is finding it very hard at this level and will have to show greater determination to get the results their ability entitles them to. For 15 minutes they competed hard and kept the score at 0-0 but when the away side scored heads went down and the shape was lost. By halftime the home side looked very weary but for the effort of three or four players. The second half saw Joey's nearly score on four occasions but it was not to be this week. Best for the home side were Gary Finnerty, Declan Ryan and Kevin Barrett.

Under 10 League
St Pats 3- St Joseph's 1

This was a very entertaining game with both sides contributing some lovely football in a very close encounter. The quality of the football was to be admired and this young team will do very well in the coming years. The home side went 2-0 up but the young Joey's players never gave up and really put the Pats lads to the test when John Doyle scored. It was nip and tuck all the way but with Joey's pushing for the equaliser Pats scored a third in the last few minutes. Best for Joey's were Eric Bates, James Murphy and Eoin Maddock

St Pats 6 - St Joseph's 1

Another very entertaining game with the game in doubt until the last 15 minutes. Pats are very good at this level and the Joey's lads did well to hold them for so long. Pats went 2-0 up but then the goal of the season from Jonathan Brennan got the Joey's lads going. The pushed forward but were caught on the break and went 3-1 down. This gave the home side more confidence and they ran out deserving winners. Best for Joey's were Seamus Hurley, Jason Noctor and Colm Curran.
Training: Training has now stopped for the Christmas break. All teams will start back training week commencing the 6th January.

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