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Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 13 Aug 2003


Ladies Footballers Take County Title

Tinryland-Bennekerry ladies junior footballers are Co. champions for the 2nd successive year and will now play in the senior ranks following a great win over Ballon at Ballinaboley, Leighlinbridge on Sunday.
In a game played in brilliant sunshine Ballon opened the scoring with a goal after 5 minutes before Caoimhe Whelan opened Tinryland-Bennekerry's account with a point 4 minutes later.
In the 11th minute Caoimhe was on hand to crack home the opening goal for the defending champions and from then onwards the girls never looked back. At half time the score was 3-4 to 1-1 in favour of Tinryland- Bennekerry with Antoinette Farrell and Louise McArdle notching further goals. The second half was all one-way traffic with Tinryland- Bennekerry scoring further goals from Sinead Lyons who had an excellent game and Laura O'Farrell. Despite a brief Ballon rally Tinryland-Bennekerry ran out easy winners at the end on a final score of 5-11 to 2-2. The captain Karen Mullins was presented with the trophy by her father Fran who is the Co. chairman at the end of the game.
Best for Tinryland-Bennekerry were Aimee Doyle, Laura Murphy, Karen Doyle, Sinead Lyons, Caoimhe Whelan, Louise McArdle, and Antoinette Farrell.
Scorers: Sinead Lyons 1-4, Caoimhe Whelan 1-4, Antoinette Farrell 1-3, Louise McArdle 1-0, Laura O'Farrell 1-0.

Minors Get Last Gasp Draw

Tinryland minor footballers needed an injury time goal from the penalty spot to gain a share of the spoils with Rathvilly in the M.F.L. at Rathvilly on Thursday last.
With both teams already qualified for the semi-final of the league this game was played at a furious pace with one eye on the forthcoming minor football championship.
On a very warm evening both teams served up a high standard of football with the scores level at the interval. Tinryland's only goal of the first half was scored by Andrew Murphy in the 26th minute. At one stage in the second half Tinryland held a three point advantage
but it was Rathvilly who looked the stronger entering the closing stages. The home side led by a comfortable 4 points 3 minutes into stoppage time before sub. Alan Barrett reduced the margin to one goal with a 40 metre free. With one last gasp effort after six minutes of injury time Shane O'Neill was grounded in the small square and Paul Broderick converted the resulting penalty to give Tinryland a draw that looked highly unlikely minutes earlier. On this showing Tinryland will have to improve a bit if they are to win the forthcoming championship but before that competition takes place these two teams will meet again in the league semi-final. Best for Tinryland were goalkeeper David O'Neill who saved a first half penalty and he was well supported by Peter Doran, Padraig Minnock, Colm Doran, Mark Dempsey, and Paul Broderick.
On this Friday evening at Dr. Cullen Park Tinryland will play Ballinabranna in the semi-final of the Rapid Express Co. Intermediate football championship. The winners will play either Askea or St. Andrews who will contest the other semi-final next week.
The McDonald's Co. U14 championship finals could see two Tinryland teams in action at Dr. Cullen Park on Monday next. The Tinryland no.2 team have already qualified for the division 2B final where they will face Clonegal. Depending on the result of the division 1 A semi- final with Mount Leinster Rangers on Monday last a second team from the club could be in action at Dr. Cullen Park on Monday next.

Tinryland will face Grange in the Junior "B" Championship in the Palatine GAA Grounds in Bennekerry tonight (Wednesday) at 7.30 pm.

Win for locally owned horse at Downpatrick races

Having been placed at the recent Killarney and Galway festivals locally owned Murghob visited the winners enclosure at Downpatrick races on Saturday last when the 4 year old gelding won the Downpatrick Museum Maiden Hurdle over 2 miles and 6 furlongs.
Murghob is owned by Shay and Rita Byrne of Linkardstown and is trained at Fenniscourt Bagenalstown by in form trainer Pat Hughes. The winning horse was given a fine ride by top jockey Timmy Murphy to come home with 4 lengths to spare over English challenger Old Nosey. Local punters who backed the horse at best odds of 7/2 got a nice return for their investment and judging by the manner of the horses victory on Saturday further glory awaits Murghob when conditions are in his favour.

National Bronze

Congratulations are extended to Tinryland AC Athlete Pat Byrne who won a bronze medal in the 3000m Steeplechase at the National Track and Field Championships in Santry last weekend.

Autumn League

Tinryland AC have announced the following dates for the Annual Autumn League in September with all stages starting and finishing in Tinryland Village.

Stage 1 over 2 miles will take place on Wednesday September 3rd at 7.30 pm.
Stage 2 over 4 miles will take place on Wednesday September 10th at 7.30 pm.
Stage 3 incorporates the Annual Rockford Rooftile 4 Mile Race and takes place on Sunday September 21st at 2 pm.
The race is sponsored by Dan Morrissey Ireland Ltd and has a prize fund of 5,000 Euro with prizes in all the usual categories including course record bonuses.
There will be refreshments and special t-shirts for all finishers. This race also incorporates the Leinster Novice and Masters Road Championships.

Stage 4 over 2 miles will be held on Friday September 26th at 7 pm sharp.
There will be prizes in all categories and for all who complete the 4 stages

Community Games

Best wishes are extended to the following who will represent Area 11 in the National Community Games Finals in Mosney Co. Meath next weekend:
Art Under 8: MacDara Burke (Brownshill), Gymnastics: Under 16 Mary Barrett (Rathcrogue), Under 10 Sarah Rennick (Brownshill), Under 10 Brendan Hutton (Busherstown), Under 8 Conor O'Shea (Tinryland), Swimming Under 16: Laura Murphy (Ballyloo), Under 8: Conor Hanley (Ballinacarrig), Grand Prix Cycling Under 16: Emma Murphy (Clonmelsh)

Legion of Mary

The weekly meeting of the Legion of Mary takes place in the Parochial House on Mondays at 7 pm. All new members are welcome to attend.

Lough Derg Retreats

Places are still available for One Day Retreats to Lough Derg for the following dates: August 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30 and 31 and on September 2, 3, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 20 and 21. The cost is 20 Euro and includes boat fare, coffee and light lunch. Reservations are essential. For further information contact the Lough Derg Office, Pettigo Co. Donegal. Tel/Fax 072-61518.

Late Tommy Butler

The death of the late Tommy Butler Castletown as the result of a tragic drowning accident at Lanigan's Lock on Monday last caused much sadness in the area. Tommy, who was only 42, had been fishing at the lock when he decided to go for a swim. Unfortunately, though he was a good swimmer, he experienced difficulties, and despite the best efforts of his partner Maria, he could not be saved. His family experienced the additional trauma of having to wait until Friday before family members and friends recovered his body. Tommy was of a quiet disposition and worked in the building trade and also did some landscape gardening. His interests included fishing, music and bowling (as practiced in West Cork). He will be sadly missed by his heartbroken parents Tom and Lily (Castletown), his partner Maria, brothers John (Castletown), Michael (Athy), sisters Catherine (Castledermot) Siobhán (Rathcrogue), Elizabeth (Castletown), relatives and friends. His remains were removed from Kearney's funeral home Fenagh to Bagenalstown church on Sunday evening. His burial took place in Newtown cemetery on Monday after concelebrated mass by Rev. Pierce Murphy P.P Bagenalstown, assisted by Rev. John McEvoy P.P Tinryland.

After the burial as a final farewell his friends sang Rita McNeill's 'Tis a working man I am' which was his favourite ballad.

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