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Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 17 Sep 2003


Poor Mark in Tidy Towns Competition

A great sense of injustice was felt among many locals in the Tinryland area when the results for the National Tidy Towns Competition were announced last week.
The mark of 178 out of 300 (59%), an improvement of 4 marks on last year's total was a very poor reflection on the many locals and members of the tidy towns committee who made great strides to have the village in immaculate condition over the last few months. The many floral displays, landscaping work and absence of litter in the village seemingly went unnoticed by the judges as hopes were high that Tinryland would be in contention for a Special Endeavour Award and would achieve over 200 marks for the first time.
In the overall developmental approach, the adjudicators praised the information and plans set out for the coming years. In the Built Environment area, all buildings in the village were seen as well maintained and the pump outside the shop was seen as a nice feature but that more could be done in terms of presentation. The landscaping work in the village was commended while the village was seen as practically litter free on the day of judging apart from minor traces of litter on one of the housing estates. The houses in the village were all seen as looking very well and many gardens in bloom added to the appearance of the village while it was felt that the area around the tennis club was run down and needed attention. The general impression was that Tinryland is a very nice village that had the capability to do very well in the competition. The adjudicators felt that further success would be achieved in future years through planning and attention to detail and maintaining current progress to a high level.
The breakdown of marks was as follows: Overall Developmental Approach: 29/50, The Built Environment: 24/40, Landscaping 25/40, Wildlife and Natural Amenities 15/30, Litter Control 19/40, Tidiness 14/20, Residential Areas 20/30, Roads, Streets and Back Areas 25/40 and General Impression 7/10.

Top Athletes Set for Road Race

Two former winners will be among the starters at the 24th annual Rockford Roof Tile 4 mile road race in Tinryland on Sunday next (2 p.m.)
2001 winner Peter Matthews of D.S.D. together with his club mate Noel Berkeley who triumphed last year will be joined on the starting line by a host of top class runners for the Dan Morrissey sponsored event which was first run in 1980.
Over the years the 'Rockford' has produced a string of very fast times and with a prize fund of 6000 on offer on Sunday the long standing course record of 18.46 is sure to be tested with a bonus of 500 for any athlete who dips under Dave Taylor's 1982 mark.
Next Sundays race could also surpass the 200 entry as this years race for the first time will incorporate the Leinster Novice and Masters road championship.
Other names expected to figure at the business end of the race include 3 times runner up Gerry Ryan of Galway City Harriers and Seamus Power of Clare who has been one of Irelands leading road and cross country runners for the past decade.
Pat Byrne of the local Tinryland A.C. who has previously finished third in this event will also be expected to figure prominently having won the bronze medal in the 3000 metre steeplechase at this years National track and field championships.
In the womens section the possible participation of Catherina McKiernan who is well on the way in her come back to the sport will put the womens course record of 21.51 under pressure and with former winner Pauline Curley of Tullamore also in the line up a ding dong battle for the top prize is guaranteed.
Carlow athletes are expected to figure prominently in the mens junior category with All Ireland schools champion Brian Kirwan and his St. Laurence O'Toole club mates Robert O'Rourke, Andrew Murphy and Kevin Lawlor carrying the main local hopes.
The mens and womens team events are always well contested in the 'Rockford' with Tinryland defending the mens event for the Paddy Byrne cup and North Laois hoping to retain the womens team category for the Sean Delaney trophy.
The main event on Sunday will commence at 2.p.m. and will be preceded at 1 p.m. by races for Boys and Girls u11, u13, and u15.
The prize presentation will take place in Tinryland G.A.A. at 4 p.m. where a video of the race will also be shown.

Autumn League

Tinryland AC Athlete Pat Byrne marked his first appearance in this year's Autumn League in fine style by winning last Wednesday's 2nd stage over 4 miles in a time of 20 mins 33. LOT Athlete Brian Kirwan maintained his overall lead by finishing 2nd in 20 mins 51, which was his best ever time for this distance. Mick Kelly of Gowran finished five seconds further back in 3rd and currently lies 2nd in the overall standings.
Veteran Jim Stafford of DMP, Wexford continued his fine form in the league by finishing 4th with fellow Vets Michael Hassett in 5th and Tommy Payne 6th. Other Tinryland athletes to run well were Jerry O'Sullivan 13th, JJ Murphy 15th and Eddie Walsh 24th.
Ann Sullivan of DMP had another fine outing to win the Womens section in a time of 25 mins 04 with Castledermot based Tinryland athlete Patricia Lyons having an outstanding race to finish 2nd, some 44 seconds behind with Tina Doyle once again in 3rd in a time of 28 mins 43.
There was another fine turnout with almost 60 athletes taking part.
The 3rd stage incorporates the Rockford Rooftile Race on Sunday next, September 21st at 2 pm.

The following are the full results:
Men: 1st- Pat Byrne (Tinryland) 20:51, 2nd- Brian Kirwan (LOT) 20:51, 3rd- Mick Kelly (Gowran) 20:56, 4th- Jim Stafford (DMP) 21:15 5th- Michael Hassett (St. Catherine's) 21:17 6th- Tommy Payne (Tinryland) 21:33 7th- Tommy McElwaine (SBR) 21:57 8th- Tommy Levingston (SBR) 21:58 9th- Robert O'Rourke (LOT) 22:04 10th- Andrew Murphy (LOT) 22:09
Women: 1st- Ann Sullivan (DMP) 25:04 2nd- Patricia Lyons (Tinryland) 25:48 3rd- Tina Doyle (Tinryland) 28:43 4th- Evelyn McNelis (Naas) 29:21 5th- Ann Brennan (Tinryland) 33:37.

Minor Match Abandoned After Brawl

Confusion reigned at Dr Cullen Park on Saturday last when the Co. Minor football semi final between Tinryland and Rathvilly was abandoned with 3 minutes remaining despite Tinryland being in complete control on the scoreboard. The reason for the referee's decision to call a halt to proceedings stemmed from the 10 minutes leading up to the premature end as all hell broke loose on the field of play with the stage resembling a riot scene rather than a football match. Midway through the second half with Tinryland leading by 2-8 to 0-2 the game took a nasty turn for the worse as one heavy tackle after another was shipped by players with football taking a back seat in favour of a litany of the most cynical fouls one could imagine.
With the referee and his officials seemingly losing complete control of matters the decision to abandon was not surprising but the Tinryland players certainly felt cheated at the end as their efforts during the 57 minutes of play were worthy of a place in the Co. Minor final.
It now appears that the team may have to do it all again but the final decision on a replay will rest with the Co. board who no doubt will make the correct decision when all the evidence together with the referees report is analysed. If a replay is to take place it is hoped that it will be played out in a more sporting manner than last Saturday's match.
The game itself was almost all one-way traffic as Tinryland completely reversed recent league form with Rathvilly.
A brilliant Evan Doyle goal in the 4th minute gave Tinryland a great start and with further first half points coming from Paul Broderick, Alan Barrett (2) and a Colm Doran beauty Tinryland were well worth their 5 point half time lead despite kicking eleven wides during the half. The defence in particular were brilliant during that first half with Rathvilly only scoring one point from play.
On the resumption Tinryland continued to impress and after 3 minutes Alan Barrett finished a brilliant movement to the net, which involved himself, Padraig Delaney and Paul Broderick. Four unanswered points from Broderick (2), Shane O'Neill and Alan Barrett followed before football took a back seat which resulted in the premature end of the game.
All of the team were on their game on Saturday with exceptional performances coming from Kevin O'Neill, Peter and Mark Doran, Cian Moore, John Murphy, Alan Barrett and Paul Broderick.
In the other semi final played on Saturday last Eire Og reached the Co. minor final by easily defeating Michael Davitts.

Fundraising Night for Zambian Mission.

A fund raising night in aid of Fr. Eamonn Hayden's Zambian mission will take place in Tinryland G.A.A. club on next Sunday at 8.30. p.m. Music will be provided by Josie Kelly and her band ''River Road'' and all support will be appreciated for this worthy cause.
Fr. Eamonn Hayden will return to Zambia following his short visit home in early October.

Tinryland G.F.C. Golf Society Presidents prize

Tinryland G.F.C. Golf Society held its President's (Ned Deane) prize at Killerig Golf club on Friday last. A good turnout of members resulted in John Brennan winning the overall prize ahead of Pat Meaney with Mick Murphy third, Liam Foster fourth and the President himself Ned Deane 5th. This was the final outing of 2003 for the golf society.

Girls Footballers Into County Final

Bennekerry/Tinryland Girls Under 12 Football team have reached the County Final for the 2nd year in a row with a win over MLR in Palatine on Monday night on a score of 3-7 to 3-1.
The panel is Samantha Sheehy, Caoimhe Townsend, Paula Murphy, Rebecca Fields, Mairead Whelan, Kate Dooley, Aisling Kinsella, Jamie Lee Doyle, Aoife Byrne, Elizabeth Lowry, Zoe Curran, Ciara Butler, Amy Dwyer, Amanda Kinsella, Niamh Walshe, Amanda Curran, Sonia Cleary, Niamh Redmond, Orla Stafford, Dearbhla Kelly, Katie Doyle, Tanya Curran and Judith Doyle.
The final takes place on Sunday next September 21st at 11 am.


The Padre Pio Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine takes place on Sunday September 21. Early booking essential. For further information please contact Eithne Ryan at 22004 or Edward Dawson at 59109.

Church Collection

A collection for Fr. Eamonn Hayden's Parish in Zambia will be taken up at all Masses on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st of September. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Legion of Mary

The weekly meeting of the Legion of Mary is now held at 6.30 pm on Mondays in the Parochial House. New members are welcome any week.


The St. Joseph's Young Priests Society Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place between the 2nd and 7th of October. The cost is 599 Euro.
Anyone interested should contact Josie at 087-8324656.


St Josephs get their season started Saturday 20th September with 5 teams playing. The club fielding an under 15 team for the first time will take on the well established Parkville Utd in all five matches. The under 15s and under 13 teams will travel away with the under 15s kicking off at 11:00 am and the under 13s following at 12:30. The under 11s kick off at home at 11:00am with the Under 9 Reds playing at 12:00 and the Under 9 Blues playing at 1:00pm. Best wishes to all the teams for the coming season and we hope to see all teams well supported.
All players must be registered by Thursday at 5:00pm if they are to be eligible to play. For further information contact Jim Murphy on 46013.

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