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Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 29 Jan 2003



On Wednesday February 5th next, for the 2nd year running, the Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships will be held in the Parochial Fields in Tinryland. This a major event on the Irish Athletics Calendar with Irish Athletics legends John Treacy and Eamonn Coughlan both present to watch their sons in action last year. Over 500 of the top young athletes in the province are expected to participate in the 8-race programme, which includes Minor, Junior, Intermediate and Senior events. Athletes expected to feature prominently include Irish Junior Internationals Mark Christie of Mullingar (Senior Boys) and Fionnuala Britton of Wicklow (Senior Girls) who both won their respective All Ireland Schools Titles last year.
The day's action will commence with the Minor Girls Race at 12 noon.

First Communion

At 11 am Mass on Sunday next in St. Joseph's Church, the First Communion Class from Tinryland NS will be making their commitment in preparation for First Confession and First Communion. Parents/Guardians will accompany children with their Baptismal Candle. This year for the first time the children from 2nd class are being presented with these sacraments.

Citizens Information Service

Co Carlow Citizens Information Service Ltd offers a free and confidential service on rights and entitlements regarding social welfare, health, housing, tax, consumer affairs and other topics between Monday to Friday 10 am to 12.30 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm.
Freephone 1800 747 748

A taxation service will be held in St. Catherine's Community Centre tomorrow (Thursday) from 2 pm to 4 pm. No appointment necessary. Please phone or call in person.


Under 10 League
Parkville 2- St Josephs 6

This Joey's under 10 team are playing some great football and keeping close to the top of the table. Joey's started brightly and dominated the first half. Goals from John Doyle, Owen Maddock and David Townsend saw Joey's arrive at the break with a comfortable 3-0 lead. The second half saw Parkville gain in confidence and pass the ball around and when they scored early it looked as though they might get something from the game but Joey's showed their ability by scoring quickly to maintain their 3 goal cushion and despite the Tullow team pulling another back further goals from John Doyle and Michael Lawlor gave Joey's a very good 6-2 win. Best for Joey's were Michael Lawlor, Darragh Townsend and John Doyle.

Under 10 League
Parkville 11 - St Josephs 3

A game of two halves with the home side running riot in the second half when the Joey's players seemed to fall asleep after performing very well in the first half. The first half was a very even affair with staying in touch with the help of a very well taken penalty from Martin Deane. Half time 2-1. The second half saw the Joey's lads tire and despite further goals from Ronan Farrell and Rick Callinan there was no answer to the home side who scored 9 in rapid fashion to give them a very comfortable win. Best for St Josephs were Jason Noctor who made some excellent saves in the Joey's goal, Colm Curran and Martin Deane

Under 12 League
Killeshin 0- St Josephs 0

This under 12 team has managed to get 7 players into the recently formed Carlow soccer academy but for the last few matches they appear to have forgotten how to score. The defence are playing brilliantly and have only conceded goals in one of their seven games to date but their failure to score has allowed other teams to take control of the league. This was a very tight game and in the end a fair result. Best for Joey's were Darren Murphy, Brian Shiels and Ryan Curran.

Killoughternane 17- St Josephs 0

St Josephs are fortunate to have 8 teams competing in the Carlow and District Soccer league this year but it is this team that deserves all the applause for the effort they are all putting in given that the odds are stacked against them. Every player on this team is eligible to play in this league for at least one more year and in some cases 2 years. At the moment due to the league structure some of our players aged 10 are playing against opponents aged 13. This unfortunately is the only way that these kids can get to play for this season. Despite the odds these young players are contesting and learning with every game. All of this will stand them in good stead in the coming years and anyone who was at the under 12 Christmas game would have seen that where these kids are playing on a level with other kids they are equally as good. Every player on this team deserves to be mentioned for all that they are doing for the club and over the coming weeks everyone in this squad will be reported on. This week T J Curran, Dean Farrell, Declan Ryan and Paula Murphy are to be applauded.

Under 14 League
Killoughternane 2- St Josephs 0

If every St Josephs player put in the effort and dedication that Ciaran Farrell and Brian O Neill did they would see these close results turn round in their favour. The first half of this game was very evenly balanced and 0-0 at half time was in keeping with the game. The second half saw the home side really pile on the pressure and following some very sloppy defending in the last 15 minutes saw the home side pinch the points. Ciaran and Brian were excellent through out the full seventy minutes and never once gave up in a tackle. Their running and commitment to the tackle was to be admired and when in the last 10 minutes with Joey's one down looking for the draw after some great work by Ciaran and Brian the ball was played through to Shane O Rourke who was unlucky to see his shot just miss. Best for Joey's were the two lads Brian and Ciaran and Shane O Rourke worked really hard.

Carlow Soccer Academy

Congratulations to all the players who attended the launch of the Academy on Thursday evening in the Regional college. Lee Buggle, Conor Byrne, Alan Kirwan, David O Shea, Ryan Curran, Matthew O Toole and Ciaran Williamson are the selected elite who are going to benefit from this venture in the coming years.

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