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Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 28 May 2003


Under 21's Going for County Title

All roads lead to Dr. Cullen Park in Carlow on Saturday next at 7.15 p.m. for the Co. u21 football final between Tinryland and Kildavin-Clonegal. The last time these two clubs met in a Co. Final was way back in 1971 when Tinryland won the S.F.C. after a lapse of 21 years. The nucleus of that Senior team was made up of the U21 championship winning teams of 1967 and 1969. Tinryland won further Senior championships in 1972, '75, '79 and 1981 while further U21 titles came in '78, '79 and '80. The club lost the 1983 u21 final to Tullow and hopes are high that a 6th u21 title will be won on Saturday next.
In this years championship Tinryland knocked out defending champions and favourites Eire Og before accounting for Tullow and Mount Leinster Rangers. Kildavin- Clonegal who will start favourites on Saturday looked very impressive in accounting for The O'Hanrahans in the quarter final before easily dismissing Naomh Eoin in the semi-final on Friday last. Both clubs will go into next Saturdays decider with a great deal of hunger having suffered the heartbreak of losing recent Co. Finals in Dr. Cullen Park. Many of the Tinryland team members lost out in Co. Minor finals to Eire Og in 1999, 2000, and 2002.
Kildavin-Clonegal have had a similar experience of being on the losing side in recent Co. Finals having lost at the final hurdle in both minor and u21 grades on 4 occasions.
Win or lose on Saturday this u21 team has given the Tinryland supporters a lot of joy and hopes are high that the u21 trophy will make the four mile journey to The Tinryland clubhouse shortly before 9 o clock on Saturday evening.

In the past week four teams from Tinryland G.FC were in action in Carlow league and championship games. On Wednesday last the Junior team who compete in the S.F.L. Div. 4 lost by a single point to Leighlinbridge in Ballinaboley. Tinryland who lined out without the U21 players still have seven games remaining in the league.
On Saturday evening a very under strength Intermediate team were defeated by Askea in the S.F.L. Div. 2. Tinryland were 3 points in arrears at half time but Askea increased the tempo in the second half to run out comfortable winners on a score of 1-13 to 0-7. Best for Tinryland were John Murphy, Garry Morrissey, P.J. Murphy, Martin Doyle and J.J. Doran.
At juvenile level Tinryland U14s were involved in an extraordinary match with Muinebheag in Bagenalstown on Monday of last week. With 9 minutes remaining in the game Tinryland held a 9 point advantage but in the closing stages Muinebheag scored an amazing 3 goals and 1 point to win the match. It was a harsh lesson for the Tinryland lads who took their foot off the pedal when apparently cruising but they still have 5 games left in the league stages of the U14 championship. On the same evening the U14 Div. 2 team scored their second win in the championship when they defeated Askea by 7 points. Best for Tinryland in this game were goalkeeper Bobby Whelan, Brian O'Halloran, Darren Murphy, Colm Kennedy and Darren Hanlon. This team have shown steady improvement under coaches Mick O'Halloran, Peter Whelan, and Tom Kennedy and their next game will be away to Clonegal at 7.30. p.m. next Monday. On the same evening the U14 Div. 1 team will be at home to Mount Leinster Rangers. The U12 team will play their penultimate game in the championship away to Michael Davitts at 6.p.m. on this coming Saturday. There are no U16 fixtures until 20th June due to examinations.
The first Co.Board G.A.A. draw in conjunction with Carlow G.A.A. clubs will take place in the Tinryland clubhouse on this Friday evening 30th May at 9 p.m.

Girls Football

Bennekerry-Tinryland Under 12 Girls continued their winning ways in their competition beating Old Leighlin on a score of 2-5 to 2-0.
The team was S Sheehy, C Townsend, C Butler, T Curran, R Fields, M Whelan, K Doyle, A Kinsella, A Dwyer, S Cleary, D Kelly, E Lowry, A Byrne, L Kirwan, N Redmond, N Walsh, J Doyle and S Larkin.

Bennekerry-Tinryland Under 18 Girls got off to a good start in the County competition with an easy win over Rathvilly on Sunday on a scoreline of 6-16 to 0-2 after dominating throughout.
The team was A Byrne, T Burke, C Farrell, E Murphy, N O'Regan, S Quigley, A Doyle, M Barrett, K Doyle, S Lyons, L Mullins, S Kelly, A Farrell, R Cleary and L Kennedy.


Congratulations to local athletes Christine Scully and Sinead Lyons who helped St. Leo's to silver medals in the Leinster Junior Colleges Relay in Santry. They will now compete in Tullamore on Saturday in the All Ireland Colleges Finals.
Pat Byrne was a close 2nd to International Cathal Lombard in the Kilkenny 5 mile road race on Sunday last. Tommy Payne took the 1st Vet award finishing 5th with the much improved Dwayne Farrell 8th in the 150 strong field.


The sun shone for the 1st Holy Communion in St. Joseph's Church, Tinryland on Sunday last. The ceremony was conducted by Rev. John McEvoy PP. The children were prepared by class teacher Mrs. Renee Flynn.
The following 2nd class pupils were recipients: Christophe Chall, Susan Chubb, Mark Curran, Craig Farrell, Harry Hennessy, Shane Kavanagh, Cian Lawlor, Clodagh McGrath, Colette Murphy, Gary Scully, Colin Townsend and Shannen Townsend.

Zoe Curran, Tinryland was accidentally omitted from the list of children who received their Confirmation in St. Joseph's Church on Thursday May 15th.

Pilgrimage to Knock

The St. Joseph's Young Priests Society Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Saturday June 28th. The cost is 15 Euro per person.
The society is also planning a pilgrimage to Lourdes from October 2nd to 7th this year. For further information contact Josie Kelly at 087-8324656

New Houses

Work is now underway on the construction of 26 new houses on the outskirts of the village. It is understood that the next phase of development of 30 homes will commence shortly after the completion of the current project.
Local Councillor Jim Townsend states that a Community Centre with the help of Tintean, of which he is a director, will be constructed on part of the Tennis Club and old Pitch and Putt Grounds.
Plans for this centre are now at an advanced stage.

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