Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 12 Feb 2003
National Bronze for Payne
Tommy Payne of Tinryland AC produced one of his finest displays in recent years to finish 3rd in the National Veterans Cross Country in the Phoenix Park, Dublin on Sunday last. Payne was always in the leading bunch, which consisted of Ireland's top Veteran athletes. With a lap to go, the 200 strong field was reduced to 3 with Payne among them. In the end Tom O'Connor, Dublin made the decisive break to lead home Dominic Bonner, Donegal with the gallant Payne 3rd. The consistent Tinryland athlete also won the V2 (over 45) section and led home the team of Jeremiah O'Sullivan, JJ Murphy and Joe Doheny to 7th position with Jim Morgan and Kevin Cuddy also running well.
Dwayne Farrell also put in a good showing in the Intermediate Race.
Congratulations are also extended to Tommy Payne for winning the Veterans Section in the Raheny 5 mile race recently and to Pat Byrne on winning the Leinster Indoor 3000m.
There will be a meeting of Tinryland AC in the GFC Clubhouse, Rathcrogue tonight (Wednesday) at 8.30 pm.
The Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships drew a huge crowd to the area on Wednesday last. There were many fine races on the day and athletes, coaches and supporters were all impressed with the quality of the course.
The top athlete from the local area on the day was Andrew Murphy, Ballyloo, representing Pres Carlow, who finished 11th in the Senior Boys Race.
There were some fine performances from local underage athletes in the Leinster Indoors in Nenagh on Sunday last.
Stephanie Murphy won an excellent Gold in the Girls Under 12 60m with Silver Medals won by Amanda Cassidy, Girls Under 14 60m and Niall Murphy, Boys Under 16 60m with bronze medals won by Kate Purcell, Girls Under 14 Walk and Deirdre Doyle Girls Under 14 800m while the Girls Under 12 Relay team were 4th.
The above medallists now qualify for the National Indoor Championships to be held in Nenagh next month.
(Photo of the Tinryland AC Veterans team enclosed, L-R John Joe Murphy, Kevin Cuddy, Tommy Payne, Jim Morgan, Jeremiah O'Sullivan and Joe Doheny)
Tinryland Area Development Association are hoping to produce a video and possible book in the coming months using the unprompted and unscripted tales of the parish and its people, that have influenced present day living in Tinryland, whether monumental or minute.
As many of the premises for these stories will eventually become extinct, either physically or traditionally, the viewer/reader will then in time, be dependent on the stories told. It is hoped to have the video as a modern day seanachai outlet for some of the parish's notable characters.
Such a project would have obvious benefits as it would leave a lasting effect and record of local people, which has been overlooked in the past and would provide a sense of identity to people in the area and would be something people with a pride of place can contribute to a lot.
A video and book with such contents would not only prove popular with the present day community, but would be there for future generations to learn about the area.
The development association are currently seeking funding from various bodies for the venture and more information will be available about the proposal in the coming months
County Titles for Local Teams
Area 11 Girls and Boys Under 13 Basketball Teams both won their respective Carlow Community Games competitions in fine style last weekend. The girls team produced an excellent performance to defeat Ballon-Rathoe by 33 pts to 6 after a hard fought final. The team were unsettled in the early stages and led by 7 pts to 3 at the end of a very competitive opening half. The girls went on to have a very 2nd half and inspired by player of the match Amanda Cassidy who scored 16 pts they went on to record a fine win. The other scorers were Deirdre Doyle 11 and Ciara Butler 6. The other squad members were Aisling Kinsella, Jamie Lee Doyle, Evelyn Whitney and Mona Mullins.
The boys team completed a magnificent double by holding off Bagenalstown by 27 pts to 17 in a very competitive game. The half time score was 11 pts to 9. The man of the match was Jeff Sutton who played well throughout and scored 4 pts while Kevin Barrett also had a fine game, contributing 16 pts on the day. The other team members were Conor Byrne 4, Ciaran Williamson 3, Stephen Chubb, Darren Murphy and Simon Breheny.
The Boys Under 16 team had good wins over Graiguecullen and Myshall in their competition over the weekend and now advance to the County final where they will face St. Lazerian's. The team was Philip Mullins, Padraig Townsend, Colm Delaney, John Smyth, Gary Fields, Philip Condron, Nicholas Byrne, Liam Fitzpatrick, Ben Lynch and Darragh Walshe.
Tinryland Village have now qualified for the last 8 in the Litter League and big preparations are being made for the next round against Kildavin.
Tinryland GFC are holding a Charity Fun Night in the GFC Clubhouse, Rathcrogue on Friday night next, St Valentines Day. The theme on the night is "You Can't Buy me Love" and there will be numerous "auctions" on the night. All are welcome to attend especially those smitten by the "love-bug" on the day.
Congratulations are extended to 1992 Rose of Tralee Niamh Grogan, formerly of Kilmeany and her husband Conall Brennan, formerly of Strawhall on the birth of their twin sons Cian and Oscar who were born in the Rotunda Hospital last week.
Lent 2003:Bible Sharing Groups
A training and information night will be held on Thursday February 20th in the Bishop Lennon Conference Room (in the Sacristy area of Carlow Cathedral). Further information can be obtained from Janet or Christine at 40944.
St Joseph's Young Priests Society
The local branch of St. Joseph's Young Priests Society meet in the Parochial House on the first Friday of every month in the Parochial House after 7.30 pm Mass.
For anyone interested in helping to promote vocations to religious life there is also a copy of the society's newsletter "The Sheaf" available at weekend masses.
Bennekerry/Tinryland (Area 11) Under 15 Boys Indoor Soccer Team were unlucky to lose 3-2 to Borris after extra time in the opening round of the Carlow Community Games last weekend.
Area 11 opened the scoring with Luke Doyle scoring a cracking goal. Goalkeeper Jason Kelly kept them in front with some brilliant saves and was unlucky when Borris drew level. Area 11 went on to play well for the rest of the first half, creating chances but could not find the net to leave the half time score at 1-1.
The Bennekerry/Tinryland boys started the second half well but were unlucky when Borris scored again to go 2-1 in front. Captain Ambrose Doran brought the team level by scoring a great goal in the closing minutes of the second half to bring the game into extra time. In the next period, the local team were unlucky when Borris scored another goal and despite further chances, the Area 11 team could not draw level and went out of this year's competition. It was a good overall performance by the team and they were unlucky to be beaten.
The team was Ambrose Doran, Jason Kelly, Darren Costello, Luke Doyle, Brian Farrell, Joey Ryan and Padraig Whelan.
Credit is due to coach Tommy Lyons for his efforts with the team.
Under 12s League
St Josephs 0- GRS United 6
There is a belief in football that when you are down and things are not going your way lady luck does not run in your favour and the first 10 minutes of this game confirmed this. Joey's started well and pushed the away side back and looked as if they would go on and win this game but then in 2 minutes everything was turned on its head. First Joey's were awarded a penalty and unfortunately this was missed going wide. From the kick out the ball went up the field where the Joey's goalkeeper made a last ditch tackle which the referee deemed to be a foul and as he was the last player in defence he was shown a straight red card which is very unusual at this level. This also resulted in a penalty to the away side, which they converted. The home side continued to work hard and every player is to be commended for their effort. Gavin McKenzie who took over in goal made some great saves including at least 4 one on ones. David Byrne was back to his best with Stephen Chubb and Brian Deane also starring.
Under 10 League
St Josephs Reds 1- St Anne's 1
This was a great game of football with both teams showing that the standard is improving in the League and we can look forward to great games in the coming years. James Murphy in the home goal along with the away keeper was starring throughout the first half as both teams of attackers were in control. Shortly before half time the away side took the lead but the half time talk did the trick and the Joey's squad came out fired up in the second half. From the kick off Joey's camped in the away sides half and they were rewarded for their effort when from a David Townsend cross Rory Keenans flick found the net. With minutes left a brilliant swerving free kick from Paul Costello hit the crossbar and bounced to safety. Best for Joey's were James Murphy, Eric Bates and Pat Brannigan.
Under 14 League
Derry Rovers 2- St Josephs 1
At the start of the season Joey's would have thought this to be a good result but such is the improvement in this squad that everyone came away disappointed at not having performed to their ability and leaving three points behind. Joey's won the toss and played with the wind in the first half. Despite all the pressure and getting about a dozen corners the home keeper only made two saves of note. Joey's finishing was very poor and even the goal Joey's got was from a home player. From an Ambrose Doran corner Michael Murphy dummied and the ball deflected off a home player into the net. Right up to half time Joey's were in control but right on the whistle they conceded what turned out to be a fine goal for the home side but a demonstration of the lack of perseverance by the Joey's squad. A home player picked up the ball on his own 18 yard box and was allowed to run without being tackled the full length of the pitch before putting an unstoppable shot past Colm Nolan. Half Time 1-1
The second half saw Joey's actually play better football against the breeze but the home side was awarded a penalty for handball, which they scored. Joey's piled on the pressure but despite creating some good openings could not score. Best for Joey's were Ambrose Doran, Shane Redmond and Ronan Lawlor.
Training for all St Joseph's squads has now moved back out doors. All players and parents should contact the relevant managers. Training for the under 13 and 14 squads will take place at 4:45pm every Friday evening.
Quiz Night: St Josephs are holding a Quiz Night on Friday 28th February. Tables for 4 people cost 20 Euro; there are a limited number of tables and the club can not guarantee places. We would suggest that all people interested in attending this event contact any member of the committee to reserve a table.