Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 2 Apr 2003
Operation XXI Trip to Chernobyl
Michael and Breda Aylward, Ballyloo, will form part of the 21st Chernobyl Childrens Project aid convoy to Belarus which departs from Mallow on Sunday April 6th.
The couple will act as ambulance drivers as part of the convoy, which consists of 20 ambulances and 12 trucks, and will travel 3,000 miles through Europe before eventually reaching Belarus.
All of the aid supplies were sponsored by people throughout Ireland with fundraising conducted in various outreach groups.
The relief packages will be delivered to hospitals, orphanages and day care centres in Belarus.
The Carlow Ambulance which will be travelling for the 3rd time, is sponsored by Lapple, Carlow and local people.
Such is the radioactive contamination from the nuclear disaster, which happened 17 years ago this month, that all volunteers involved have to bring their own personal food and water to Belarus.
Mrs. Mary O'Reilly
The death took place in St. Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny on Monday March 24th of Mrs. Mary O'Reilly (nee Mulrooney) of Clonmelsh.
Formerly of Oldtown, Nurney, Mary who was in her 81st year, enjoyed excellent health until about two weeks before her death.
A woman of quiet disposition, she married Martin O'Reilly in 1941 and reared a family of 11. In her early years, she liked to socialize and was an accomplished melodeon and mouth organ player.
She lived for her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She enjoyed reading, ballads, the "soaps" and was an avid GAA supporter.
"Granny O'Reilly's" white soda bread was also a speciality in the locality.
Perhaps her proudest moment was when her 2nd cousin Brian Mulrooney, Prime Minister of Canada (1984-1993) visited Leighlinbridge in 1991, where Mary was an honoured guest.
She was the last surviving member of the Mulrooney family.
She will be sadly missed by her husband Martin and her family Ann Connolly (Kent), Kathleen Dermody (Leighlinbridge), Eileen Innis (Northampton), Michael (Clonmelsh), Martin Jnr (London), Carmel Walker (Carlow), Marian Jeaney (Tinryland), Tom (Carlow), Cora (Clonmelsh) and Jim (Leighlinbridge), nephews Sean and Martin McCarthy, niece Mary, sons in law, daughters in law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her daughter Mary Curran in 1988.
Her remains were removed from Healys Funeral Home on Tuesday to St. Joseph's Church, Tinryland.
She was buried in the adjoining cemetery on Wednesday after Requiem Mass.
Mrs. Eileen Condron
The death occurred in St. Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny on Thursday last of Eileen Condron (nee Brophy) of "Oreen", Ballinacarrig.
Eileen, who was in her 74th year was a very popular lady in the parish.
She served as a Eucharistic Minister in St. Joseph's Church for several years.
She loved ballroom and set dancing and organised Ceili dancing in the local GAA Centre and she also excelled at table quizzes.
A native of the Dublin Road, she lived in Athy for a number of years, where her late husband Nicholas worked for the ESB.
While living there, she was a founder member of the ICA in the area.
On returning to Carlow in 1969, she ran a grocery shop in Castle Hill for a few years while her husband ran an electrical business.
Some 30 years ago, she came to live in Ballinacarrig.
She will be sadly missed by her daughter Ruby Connolly (Milan), Elaine Maguire (Athy) and Olive (Dublin), son in laws, grandchildren Darragh and Roisin, brothers John (Torquay, England), Martin (Texas), sisters Sheila Haughney (Graiguecullen), Lily O'Neill (London) and Mary Power (England), nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her husband Nicholas who died in 1997, and by brothers Tom, Harry and Paddy.
Her remains were removed from Healys Funeral Home to St. Joseph's Church, Tinryland on Saturday evening.
Burial took place in St. Mary's Cemetery after Requiem Mass in Tinryland on Sunday.
Local Players Win Leinster Medals
A number of local youngsters formed part of local schools teams which won Leinster Football Titles during the past week.
Mark Doran, Shane O'Neill, Paul Broderick, Andrew Murphy, David O'Neill and Richard Whyte were all panellists on the Presentation College, Carlow team that won the Leinster C Football Title in Newbridge on Thursday last.
The team will now advance to the All Ireland Semi-Final against Connacht opposition on Saturday next in Dr. Hyde Park, Roscommon.
Kevin O'Neill was on the Knockbeg College team that won the Leinster B Football Title last week and will now play in the All Ireland Semi-Final against Castlebar in Roscommon on Saturday.
Colm Doran will also play in the Leinster Junior A Schools Final for Knockbeg against Cabra next week.
Tinryland had representatives on the Carlow Under 21 Football Team which lost narrowly to hotly fancied Meath in Dr. Cullen Park on Saturday last. Niall Barrett in defence, midfielder Willie Power and forward Paul Doyle (2-0) all played their part while the Minor Team who beat Kilkenny were served by Alan Barrett, Mark Doran, Shane O'Neill and sub Evan Doyle.
Tinryland Under 16 Footballers lost to a stronger Michael Davitt's team by 3-10 to 2-4 in the opening round of this years Carlow Championship in Rathcrogue on Sunday last.
Tinryland were best served by Ambrose Doran, goalkeeper Colm Delaney, Ian Scully, Keith Jackson, Patrick Townsend (1-1), Jason Curran (1-0), Christopher Townsend (0-2) and John Mannion (0-1).
St Josephs AFC Tour
On the 28th March St Josephs took 16 under 12 players and 14 under 10 players to take on Wilton United in Cork. Wilton is a long established club and has hundreds of players. A great deal of work had gone into organising the event and the players and all representatives of the club were a credit to themselves, their families, the locality and the club.
The coach left the square at 2:30pm on Friday. Everyone stayed in the Brookfield Hotel in the center of Cork and found it a marvellous venue. The facility had everything for all ages and the kids had a whale of a time in the swimming pool.
On Friday evening both the under 10s and 12s played friendly matches on a magnificent full size floodlit pitch against Wilton United. These games proved to be very competitive and a great learning experience for the Joey's teams. On Saturday the teams played again on the Wilton United grounds with the Joey's under 12s winning a thrilling game 5-3. The under 10s lost to a very strong home side. Later on the Saturday evening again after having a very relaxing time in the hotel pool a great Quiz night was held for the teams. When St Josephs go on trips trophies are awarded to the players who portray the values of the club the best. This is not just for playing well but also for the way the young people behave on and off the pitch. This year the award for the under 12s went to Pauric Whelan and Jason Noctor collected the under 10 award.
This was a very good weekend for the club and enjoyed by all. The Managers and supporters are to be applauded for again providing the young people with a very rewarding experience. Thanks to everyone who supported the venture.
Four County League
There were some fine performances from Tinryland athletes in the 3rd stage of the Four County League in Gowran Co. Kilkenny on Sunday last.
Pat Byrne was a fine winner of the Mens Race, running the 4 mile course in 18 mins 25 seconds ahead of rival Colm Burke of St Abbans.
Tommy Payne was in 7th position with Dwayne Farrell having a fine race to finish 11th, just losing out a sprint finish with Brian Kirwan of LOT.
Tinryland still lead in the A section and are still in contention in the B and C sections.
The final stage will be held in Tolerton Co. Laois on Friday April 25th.
Athletics Training for Community Games in the Tinryland/Bennekerry Area has now commenced for this year.
Training sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Parochial Fields in Tinryland between 7 pm and 8 pm.
The Area 11 Gymnastics Finals will be held in St. Leos Sportshall, Carlow this Friday, April 4th at 6.30 pm.
Anyone interested in taking part should contact Ann Condron at 33525.
A Table quiz in aid of Community Games in the area will take place on Friday next, April 4th at 9 pm in the Tinryland GAA Centre, Rathcrogue.
The cost per table of 4 is 20 Euro.
All support would be greatly appreciated.
A meeting of the Parish Council will take place tonight (Wednesday) in the Parochial House at 8 pm. All representatives are requested to attend.
St Joseph's Young Priests Society
A monthly meeting of St. Joseph's Young Priests Society takes place this Friday evening at 8.20 pm in the Parochial House, Tinryland.