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Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 1 Jan 2003


Quinlan Stars in Turkey Trot

Top Carlow Footballer Willie Quinlan took a break from the playing fields to run out a convincing winner of the Annual Tinryland AC Turkey Trot on St. Stephen's Day.
Billed as a dark house from the outset, Quinlan, running off 5 mins 30, finished well clear of former winner Sean Dillon of Athy to run a time of 24 mins flat for the 4 mile course. In 3rd and 4th places were John Bolton and Derek Coogan who made the trip from Portarlington for the event. The first local athlete to finish was Joe Doheny in 5th just ahead of teammate PJ Doyle. Tina Doyle was the first woman home with Katie Duggan running the fastest ladies time.
Pat Byrne ran the fastest time of the day by posting 20 mins 54 seconds.

The Carlow Cross Country Championships will be held in Curracruit, Bagenalstown on Sunday next, starting with the women's race at 2.30 pm with the Senior Mens Race starting at 3 pm.

Review of the Year


New York GAA Club were guests of Tinryland GFC for a pre feile challenge match and were afterwards entertained in a special celebration of Independence Day in the Clubhouse.
Westmeath club St. Loman's were visitors to Tinryland for the duration of the Feile Competition and they stayed with local families for the weekend.
There was again a large attendance at the Annual Cemetery Mass.
There was much regret among parishioners when Parish Priest Fr. Peter Dunne announced his resignation on health grounds.


A new golfing society was formed in Tinryland GFC.
A very successful fundraising night was held in the GAA Clubhouse for Fr. Eamonn Hayden's Zambian mission.
The new Parish Priest of Tinryland Fr. John McEvoy took up his appointment on August 30th.


Fr. Peter Dunne died on September 16th after a long illness.
The 23rd Annual Dan Morrissey sponsored Rockford Rooftile 4 mile race took place in Tinryland village and was won by Irish International Noel Berkeley of Dundrum South Dublin with top Irish Cross Country athlete Ann Keenan Buckley of Laois winning the women's race.
Tinryland village received a mark of 174 (58%) in the National Tidy Towns Competition for 2002. This was an improvement of 3 marks on the previous year's score.


Former Tinryland schoolteacher Mrs. Brigid Curtis retired from her position in Bennekerry NS after 30 years service.
A large contingent from Tinryland GFC travelled to Croke Park for the International Compromise Rules Game between Ireland and Australia.
Two projects for the village submitted by Tinryland Area Development Association were successful in their application for funding under the Leader 11 Programme.
Tommy McElwaine of SBR, Ferns won the Tinryland AC Autumn League.


The hard work of the Tinryland Tidy Towns Committee and Area Development Association was recognised by the judges of Carlow Floral Pride when the village finished 2nd in the (200-400) population category in Carlow.
A scripture sharing group for Advent commenced in the Parochial House.
The third phase of the urban and village renewal project began in the village with the provision of a new footpath and bollards.
9 year old Greg Murphy, Linkardstown, son of Michael and Marie, made his trip to London worthwhile when winning the British Under 10 Karate Championships.
The heavy storms caused considerable damage and much flooding in the local area. There were a number of trees uprooted with in several cases, trees blocking driveways and roads. The most evident example of the bad weather was the extent of the flooding, which was some of the worst ever to be seen in Tinryland. The stretches of road near Roche's Cross and between some residence's in Tinryland Lower were almost completely blocked.


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.
Carlow IT Lecturer John Scott was elected Hon. Secretary at the AGM of Tinryland GFC in Rathcrogue, succeeding Cormac O'Toole who had completed his 3 year term
There was another fine production of the Parish Reaching Out Emigrants Letter. All the parish sporting and cultural events are again chronicled
This year's Tinryland NS School Concert proved to be another huge success with the various productions attracting large crowds to the school. The staff, the pupils and the various helpers are to be congratulated on a very enjoyable production.
Tinryland Senior Citizens Committee held their Christmas Party on Sunday 15th December in the GAA Clubhouse, Rathcrogue.
The annual juvenile prizegiving was held on Saturday December 14th in the GFC Centre, Rathcrogue. This years guest of honour was Dublin and Kilmacud Crokes All Star Ray Cosgrove, who presented the medals to the championship winning Under 12 and 16 teams.

(Pictures of Willie Quinlan, winner, Sean Duggan and Katie Duggan, fastest woman attached)

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