Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 1 Oct 2003
Tinryland Set for Minor Final
All roads lead to Dr. Cullen Park on Sunday next 1.45 for the eagerly awaited Co. Minor final with Eire Og. Amazingly this will be the fourth minor final in five years for Tinryland but unfortunately a first minor title has still to be won against the Y.Is. Hopes are high that next Sunday will be a historic day for the club, which was first formed in 1888. This particular Tinryland team have come up through the juvenile ranks winning All Ireland Feile Titles and Co. U14 and U16 championships. The team appears to be peaking at the right time judging by their performance in the controversial semi final with Rathvilly and the team mentors have left no stone unturned in the preparation for next Sundays final.
The panel for Sunday is as follows: David O'Neill, Padraig Delaney, Mark Dempsey, Colm Doran, Peter Doran, David McDonough, Mark Doran (Captain), Kevin O'Neill, Evan Doyle, Shane Brown, John Kelly, Donogh O'Brien, Barry Doyle, John Murphy, Brian Byrne, John Kehoe, Colin Byrne, Ian Doyle, Richard Whyte, Cian Moore, Alan Barrett, Shane O'Neill, Paul Broderick, Padraig Minnock, Andrew Murphy, Daniel O'Boyle, Alan Nolan, Ian Scully. Next Sunday's Dr. Cullen Park double-header also features the Co. Senior final between O'Hanrahan's and Old Leighlin.
Kirwan on Top in Autumn League
Irish Schools 2000m Steeplechase Champion Brian Kirwan of LOT maintained his fine current form to win the Tinryland AC Autumn League, sponsored by Jason Farrell Sports on Friday last after a fine win on the final 2-mile stage. After a strong start to the race by teammate Robert O'Rourke, Kirwan gradually took control and won in a fine time of 9 mins 42, with O'Rourke outsprinting Veteran Jim Stafford of Wexford for 2nd place in 9 mins 44. In 4th position on the night was Mick Kelly of Gowran in 9 mins 48 with four more athletes breaking the 10-minute barrier. The first Tinryland athlete home on the night was Tommy Payne who was 9th in 10 mins 00 with former Carlow Football Great Willie Quinlan representing the local club having a fine run in 11th in 10 mins 17 while Veteran Eddie Walsh and Joe Doheny had fine runs in 18th and 22nd positions respectively.
Kirwan won the overall section on 8 pts ahead of Kelly with Robert O'Rourke 3rd. Stafford won the highly competitive Veterans section ahead of former National winner Mick Hassett of Tipperary and Tommy Payne.
Patricia Lyons was a fine winner of the Women's Section in the absence of pre-race leader Ann Sullivan, in a time of 12 mins 01 with Tina Doyle 2nd and Evelyn McNelis 3rd.
The league had its best support in many years with 60 athletes taking part in the final stage and almost 90 athletes from 10 different counties competing over the course of this year's league. The presentation of prizes took place after the race in the GAA Centre, Rathcrogue.
The Seamus Galway Trophy for Best Overall Male was then presented by his father Paddy to Kirwan.
Pat Byrne, Tinryland AC was a fine winner of the Rathdrum 10 mile race over a tough course on Sunday last. Tommy Payne won the Vets award while Patricia Lyons finished 2nd lady with Tina Doyle taking a Ladies Vets award.
The County Novice and Even Age Cross Country from Under 10 to Under 18 takes place in Lismaconly, Myshall (beside Lismaconly Graveyard on the Fenagh-Myshall road) on Sunday next at 12 am.
(Photo enclosed of Brian Kirwan, League Winner being presented with Seamus Galway trophy by Paddy Galway with Jason Farrell, League Sponsor.)
Tinryland U12s win a second successive John Finn Cup
There was great news for Tinryland juvenile G.F.C. at Dr. Cullen Park on Friday last when the club won a second successive John Finn Cup after a thrilling final with Killeshin.
Last Friday's win completes a magnificent double for the U12 squad as earlier in the season the (B) championship was won after a replay with O'Hanrahan's.
Darren Murphy who had a magnificent game throughout opened the scoring with a point in the 7th minute before Killeshin got on the scoreboard with a well-taken goal 3 minutes later. Points in the 13th and 19th minute from Michael Lawler and Darren Murphy left the teams level before Murphy scored a beauty in the 20th minute to restore Tinryland's lead. John Doyle increased the Tinryland lead 3 minutes before half time with another excellent point before goalie Lee Buggle made a magnificent save when Killeshin were about to score a goal. The second half began with Tinryland bombarding the Killeshin goal but seven wides in the opening 6 minutes was all the team could show for their efforts. Killeshin then began to exert pressure and two points in the 6th and 8th minutes left the teams level and all to play for. Darren Murphy who was now operating at midfield restored the Tinryland lead with a point in the 14th minute and when that little dynamo from Milford John Doyle raised another white flag with seven minutes remaining the omens looked good for the defending champions. The remaining minutes were played out in a welter of excitement with Killeshin exerting extreme pressure in search of a dramatic winning goal. Tinryland captain Michael Mullen leading by example helped his team withstand the onslaught and deep into injury time another well worked John Doyle point gave Tinryland a three point cushion to set off scenes of great celebration among the large Tinryland attendance. Great credit is due to Michael Murphy and his backroom team of Bernard Mullen, Pat Finnerty and Ned Deane for their efforts with this team during the past year. Apart from Darren Murphy, Michael Mullen and John Doyle others to impress were Brian Deane, Paul Costello, Dean Farrell, and subs Evan Brennan, Garry Finnerty and Patrick Brown. The full panel was as follows: Lee Buggle, Kevin Barrett, Brian Deane, Martin Deane, Dean Farrell, Eric Bates, Paul Costello, Michael Mullen, Robert Stynes, David Townsend, Cillian Townsend, Michael Lawlor, Chris Whelan, Darren Murphy, John Doyle, Evan Brennan, Garry Finnerty, Patrick Brown, Declan Ryan, Niall Farrell, James Murphy, Jason Noctor, Fergal Costello, Mark Wogan, Michael Foley, Patrick Brannigan, Jack Lowry, John Townsend, Adam Doyle and Tom Nolan.
Mixed Luck in Schools Football
Tinryland NS had varying fortunes in the 1st round of this year's Cumann na mBunscol Competition in Rathcrogue on Thursday last.
The boy's team had a fine 4-5 to 2-6 win over Borris NS.
The locals were best served by goalie James Murphy, backs Paul Costello, Garry Finnerty and forwards David Townsend, Darragh Townsend and TJ Curran who helped himself to a fine tally of 2-3.
The girl's team came up against favourites Gaelscoil and acquitted themselves extremely well before going down on a score of 1-9 to 1-3.
Best for Tinryland were goalie Caoimhe McCreanor, backs Maggie Doyle and Caoimhe Townsend, midfielders Zoe Curran and forwards Kate Morgan, Niamh Redmond and Aoife Byrne.
The boy's team will now play Leighlinbridge and Bennekerry while the girls play Leighlinbridge at home and Tullow and Rathvilly away.
There will be a coach tour to Offaly on Sunday next, October 5th visiting the grave of the renowned healing priest Fr. Andrew Mullen in Daingean. It is hoped that Fr. William Dempsey, who is promoting the cause of Fr. Mullen's works will give a speech at the grave. The trip will also take in a visit to a garden centre and Tullamore. For further information please contact Eithne Ryan at 9722004 or Edward Dawson at 9159109.
The monthly meeting of Tinryland ICA will be held tonight (Wednesday) October 1st at 8 pm in the Tinryland GAA Centre, Rathcrogue.
All new members are welcome.
Parish Council Meeting
All members of the Parish Council and people who have agreed to join for the next 3 years are invited to an important meeting in the Parochial House tomorrow night (Thursday) at 8 pm.
A most enjoyable night was had by those who attended the special fundraising dance in aid of Fr. Eamonn Hayden's work in Zambia.
Fr. Eamonn, who is returning to Lusaka, Zambia this week, would like to thank all those who gave their generous support on the night.
Tinryland GFC Scor Na nOg
Following the success of Tinryland GFC in Scor Na Sinsir; this year Tinryland GFC will have an entry in Scor Na nOg. The competition is open to all of those that are under 17 on 1st January 2004. Comortas Scor Ceatharlach will take place in Kildavin on Saturday 29th November. The final meeting prior to the competition will finalise entries from each club in County Carlow and is due to take place on Friday 17th November in Leighlinbridge. There has already been a great interest shown in Scor Na nOg locally. Any young person that would like to take part in Scor that has not already given their name should do so immediately by contacting Robert or Sharon O'Neill on 9143149. Rules and details of entry can be obtained on request.