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Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 24 Sep 2003


McKiernan Stars In Rockford Race

Last Sunday's 24th Annual Tinryland Rockford Rooftile Road Race proved to be one of the best in quality to date and attracted its largest field in over 10 years with almost 160 taking part.
The star attraction was undoubtly four times World Cross Country Silver Medallist and former London Marathon winner Catherina McKiernan, who was always on course to break the women's record once her participation was confirmed. Cavan Native McKiernan, who is currently in preparation for next year's Olympic Games, dominated the women's section in the 4.2 Mile Race from start to finish and took over 10 seconds off the course record, running a time of 21 mins 34 with fast finishing Irish International Pauline Curley of Tullamore 2nd in 21 mins 59. In 3rd position was Ann Sullivan of DMP in 25 mins 29 with Zoe Melling of Rathfarnham 4th in 26 mins 09, Pauline Kavanagh of Tullamore 5th in 26 mins 26 and Eimear Martin of Sportsworld 6th in a time of 26 mins 33. The womens over 35 section was won by Tinryland athlete Patricia Lyons in 26 mins 29 ahead of Tara Murphy, Sportsworld with Bernie Corry of Fingallians winning the over 40 section and Evelyn McNelis of Naas winning the over 45 category.
Laura Scriven of LOT won the Junior Women's event.
The mens event was always going to be a closely fought affair with athletes the calibre of Irish Internationals Peter Matthews of Dundrum, Mark Kenneally of Raheny, who was 6th in the European Under 23 5000m this year as well as former US Scholarship Athlete Gearoid O'Connor of Rathfarnham and local favourite Pat Byrne of the host club. The race started off at a frantic pace with Matthews and Kenneally sharing the lead over the opening 2 miles with Byrne and O'Connor following closely behind. The 3rd mile up Ballyloo Hill saw a change at the front with Byrne falling behind as O'Connor and Kenneally built up a small lead. Over the final mile it looked as if a sprint finish was on the cards until O'Connor made his break from the fading Kenneally with 400m to go to win in a time of 19 mins 49 after probably the most exciting race in recent years. In 2nd position was Kenneally in 19 mins 55 with Matthews, who was just returning from injury, 3rd in 19 mins 59. Pat Byrne maintained his current fine form with a 4th place finish in 20 mins 19 with Paul Deegan of Dundrum 5th in 20 mins 38 and Colm Burke of St Abban's 6th in 20 mins 45. The Junior Mens event was won by Autumn League leader Brian Kirwan of LOT in 21 mins 06, 19 seconds ahead of teammate Robert O'Rourke. Tom O'Connor of Liffey Valley was a fine winner of the Veteran Mens section in a time of 20 mins 58 with Jim Stafford of DMP 2nd in 21 mins 18 and Mick Byrne of Sli Cualann, Wicklow 3rd in 21 mins 51. The over 45 category was won by Martin McDonald of North Laois in 21 mins 14 with legendary local athlete Tommy Payne 2nd in 21 mins 29 while John Todd of Tullamore won the over 50 section ahead of Peter Murphy of the host club. Great credit must go to 79 year old Nick Corish of Raheny who completed the course in a time of 41 mins 24 and was given a great reception by the large crowd on the finish line. The mens team event was won by Liffey Valley with the Tinryland team of Byrne, Payne, Peter Murphy and Jerry O'Sullivan 2nd while Sportsworld won the womens event ahead of Tinryland team of Patricia Lyons, Tina Doyle and Ann Brennan. After the race, the prizegiving and showing of the race video took place in the Tinryland GAA Centre, Rathcrogue.
The following are the results:

Men: 1st- G O'Connor (Rathfarnham) 19:49 2nd- M Kenneally (Raheny) 19:55 3rd- P Matthews (DSD) 19:59 4th- P Byrne (Tinryland) 20:19 5th- P Deegan (DSD) 20:38 6th- C Burke (St Abban's) 20:45 7th- M Browne (L Valley) 20:56 8th- D Byrne (L Valley) 20:57 9th- T O'Connor (L Valley) 20:58 10th- B Kirwan (LOT) 21:06

Women: 1st- C McKiernan (Annalee) 21:34 2nd- P Curley (Tullamore) 21:59 3rd- A Sullivan (DMP) 25:28 4th- Z Melling (Rathfarnham) 26:09 5th- P Kavanagh (Tullamore) 26:26 6th- P Lyons (Tinryland) 26:29 7th- E Martin (Sportsworld) 26:33 8th- T Murphy (Sportsworld) 27:00 9th- L McDonnell (Tallaght) 27:28 10th- B White (Sportsworld) 27:47.

Autumn League

The 4th and final stage over 2 miles of this year's Jason Farrell sponsored Autumn League takes place in Tinryland on Friday next at 7 pm sharp. There will be prizes in all categories and for those who complete all 4 stages. The prizegiving will take place in the GAA Centre, Rathcrogue after the race with the overall winner taking the Seamus Galway Memorial Trophy. The mens event is currently led by Brian Kirwan of LOT with Ann Sullivan of DMP, Wexford leading the ladies standings.

Girls Footballers are County Champions

Bennekerry/Tinryland Girls Under 12 Football Team had a great win over Old Leighlin in the County Final played at Pairc Ui Bhriain on Sunday last on a score of 2-9 to 1-3. Bennekerry/Tinryland got off to a great start with a goal from Ciara Butler. Playing against a very strong wind in the first half, Bennekerry/Tinryland led at half time on a score of 1-4 to 0-2. In an excellent game of football, a great team performance in the 2nd half saw Bennekerry/Tinryland run out decisive winners.
The team was Samantha Sheehy, Caoimhe Townsend, Paula Murphy, Niamh Redmond, Mairead Whelan, Kate Dooley, Aisling Kinsella, Jamie Doyle, Zoe Curran, Elizabeth Lowry, Amanda Kinsella, Aoife Byrne, Ciara Butler, Amy Dwyer, Tanya Curran, Niamh Walshe, Katie Doyle, Orla Stafford, Amanda Curran, Sonia Cleary, Dearbhla Kelly and Judith Doyle.

Minors Into Final

As expected Tinryland were confirmed as Co. Minor finalists following investigations last week into the abandoned Co. minor semi final with Rathvilly. The team can now concentrate on the upcoming Co. Minor final on October 5th with old rivals Eire Og.
There was a sting in the tail for Tinryland however when the club was fined 1500 by the Co. Board a penalty which seems harsh in the extreme considering no Tinryland player even received a yellow card during the game. Despite extreme provocation for a long period leading up to the abandonment Tinryland players held their cool until it was obvious that no protection was forthcoming from the officials in charge.
The appeal of this fine will no doubt be fought at a later date but the main priority now is for Tinryland to win a first ever county minor title.

On the juvenile scene, there was great news for the U-12 squad when they reached the final of The John Finn Cup by defeating neighbours Palatine by 2-13 to 1-10. Two first-half goals by Darren Murphy gave Tinryland a great start and with Michael Mullen, Michael Lawler, Brian Deane, Lee Buggle, Kevin Barrett and Cillian Townsend also outstanding, Tinryland qualified to meet Killeshin in next Saturday mornings final.
Tinryland juniors were defeated by Leighlinbridge in the county junior(B) semi-final at Pairc Ui Bhrian on Sunday last. The final score was Leighlinbridge 2-9, Tinryland 2-5. The Tinryland goals were scored by Barry Doyle and Richard Whyte.

Recent Weddings

The wedding took place in St. Joseph's Church, Tinryland on Saturday September 13th last of Aileen Dowling, daughter of John and Tessa, Linkardstown House and Salvatore Ascoli, Italy.
The celebrant was Rev. John McEvoy PP (who is a fluent Italian speaker). The bridesmaid was Sarah Dowling (cousin of the bride) while the groomsmen were Giovanni Graziano and Alessandro Giannezzo.
The reception was held at a marquee at the family home in Linkardstown.
The couple, who are based in Dublin, are spending their honeymoon in Greece.
The wedding took place in Abbeyside, Dungarvan recently of Brose Hayden, son of Ambrose and Eilish, Ballinacarrig and Eve Pyrrell, Dungarvan. The reception was held in the Park Hotel in Dungarvan and the honeymoon spent in Bali. The couple are based in Waterford.

Tidy Towns

Tinryland Tidy Towns Committee would like to express their thanks to the people of Tinryland for their support during the National Tidy Towns Competition over the summer months.

Tinryland Area Development Association

Tinryland Area Development Association will soon launch the Tinryland Trail Finder Brochure, giving a brief historical background to the areas of interest in Tinryland.
The Development Association will also soon announce details of a video production on Tinryland and its people as part of their ongoing development projects within the area.

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. Seats are still available and the pilgrimage is not confined to society members.
Anyone interested should contact Josie at 087-8324656


Under 15: Parkville 8-St Josephs 1: Joey's played their first ever under 15 game against a very good Parkville side and despite the result the team learnt a lot. The Joey's lads only started to play to their ability in the second half but by then the game was lost. Best for Joey's were Brian O Neill, Ciaran Farrell and Geoff Abbott who was also the goal scorer.

Under 13: Parkville 2- St Josephs 1: The under 13s can count themselves unlucky as despite playing the better football and dominating the first 20 minutes they found themselves 2 down. Having gone behind they then lost their composure and only really got going again with 10 minutes left but by then it was too late. Geoff Sutton scored but despite lots of possession they never really troubled the Parkville keeper. Best for Joey's were Luke Doyle, Geoff Sutton and Joey Ryan.

Under 11: St Josephs 1- Parkville 1: In a very entertaining game Joey's were unlucky not to get all three points. Michael Lawlor scored a sensational goal but despite numerous more chances Joey's failed to take advantage and Parkville got a draw. Best for Joey's were David Townsend, Eric Bates and Paul Costello.

Under 9: St Josephs Blues 0- Parkville 3: This young team played their hearts out but were unlucky to come up against a very strong Parkville side. Best for Joey's were Finn Lynch, Sean Kirwan and Art O Dea.

Under 9: St Josephs Reds 2- Parkville 3: In a very close game Joey's lost by the odd goal in five. Ciaran Townsend and Christopher Gaule scored and Shane Webb, Michael Calvey and David O Neill played well.

On Saturday 27th Sept St Josephs under 14s kick off their season at home at 11:00am to Parkville in the SFAI Cup. St Josephs Under 10 Blues play St Josephs under 10 Reds at 12:30. For information on training times contact any of the team managers. John Maddock under 10s and 15s, Alan Doyle under 14 and under 11, Jim Murphy under 12 and under 13 and Martin Kirwan Under 9s. The club values your support and welcomes everyone to come and cheer the teams on.

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