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Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 10 Dec 2003


Two teams from Tinryland qualify for Leinster Scor Na Nog finals

Two teams from Tinryland G.F.C. have qualified for the Leinster finals of Scor na Nog following the provincial semi finals in Portarlington G.A.A. club on Sunday last.
The Tinryland club will be represented in the Leinster final in Figure dancing and Ballad singing after those groups won out against stiff opposition from five other counties in last Sunday’s event. Competing against the Co. champions from Offaly, Laois, Westmeath, Wicklow and Wexford the Tinryland club members excelled themselves to reach the provincial decider, which will be held in Heywood community college Abbeyleix on Saturday 17th January 2004.
In the Figure Dancing competition the team of Anne Marie Kehoe, Niamh O’Regan, Emma O’Regan, Lydia Canning, Orla Glancy, Aoife Glancy, and Aishling Kavanagh performed a cross reel to win the title.
The Ballad group of Aideen Byrne, Roisin Cleary, Noreen Farrell, Alison Moran and Mary Barrett sang “The water is wide” and “Beidh Aonach Amarach” which greatly impressed the judges. Great credit is due to Robert O’Neill for his tremendous efforts in coaching the entire Scor team, which reached last Sunday’s stage.
Tinryland was also represented in Recitation, Set dancing, Instrumental group and Question time at Portarlington.

Senior Citizens Party

Over 80 Tinryland Senior Citizens had a very enjoyable Christmas Party in Ballykealy Manor Hotel on Sunday evening last. The organising committee are to be congratulated on hosting such a fine occasion. After a very pleasant dinner, MC for the evening Josie Kelly presided over a draw for a wide array of spot prizes. Music for the evening was provided by local musician Nicky Kealy of Ballycrogue. The event was attended by Rev. John McEvoy PP and Rev. Garry Dowd.

(Photos enclosed of (1) Ambrose and Eilish Hayden, Ballinacarrig and (2) Hope Tomkins, Graignaspideog and Lil Mannion, Ballyloo.)

“Beano” McDonald visits Tinryland G.F.C.

Laois football ace Brian “Beano” McDonald was the guest of honour at last Sundays Tinryland juvenile G.F.C. presentation evening in the clubhouse Rathcrogue.
This years Leinster S.F. medal winner presented awards to team members from successful u6, u8, u9, u10 and u12 teams. At last Sunday’s ceremony highlights of juvenile games during 2003 were shown together with video footage of the work in developing the club’s new playing pitch, which will be ready in early 2005. The speakers at last Sunday’s event included Co. Juvenile board chairman Martin Barry together with Tinryland juvenile and senior chairmen Paddy Townsend and Ned Deane.
MC for the evening Eamonn Byrne received a special presentation for his video commentaries with Brendan Hayden Snr. throughout the year.
(Photo enclosed of Beano McDonald together with L-R Under 12 Championship Captain Michael Mullan and Finn Cup Captain Darren Murphy.)

(Photos enclosed)

Mrs. Gertrude Brenan (nee Quinn)

Widespread sadness was felt around Rathcrogue and Mortarstown on Sunday November 30th when news filtered through of the death in Las Vegas, Nevada of Gertrude Brenan, widow of the late Seamus Brenan of Mortarstown. Gertie, as she was fondly known, was aged 63 years and she grew up in Rathcrogue and was educated in Tinryland and the Mercy Convent, Carlow. After school, Gertie trained as a nurse in the Walton Hospital, Liverpool. After completing her nursing training, she emigrated to the US where she met and married Seamus Brenan.
Gertrude was a regular visitor back home and during those trips with her husband she spent time with relatives in Rathcrogue, Greenhills, Chapelstown and with her sister in law Mrs. Ter Murphy, Ballyloo. Some years ago, her husband Seamus suffered a serious accident and she continued to work full time and acted as a carer for Seamus who pre-deceased her three years ago. Her passing will be sadly missed by all who knew her and valued her cheerful personality. She is survived by her sons Patrick and John, daughter in law Sharon and granddaughters Anastasia and Sienna.

(Photo enclosed of Mrs. Gertrude Brenan)

Pedestrian Crossing

Cllr. Jim Townsend, Ballybar Upper, has received assurances from local area engineer Patrick Connolly that Carlow County Council will look into the provision of a pedestrian crossing/ramp with flashing amber lights in front of the entrance to the local school in early 2004.


Annual Christmas Soccer Day

St Josephs AFC will hold their Annual Soccer Day on Saturday 27th Dec. Over the last few years this has proved to be a very enjoyable day for all and we are sure that this year it will be even better. Every player from each age group will play a game on the day. Programme for the day will be available next week. A marquee will be on site with hot drinks, food and sweets. The parent’s match this year is fancy dress and we hope everyone will make an effort to participate.

Balloon Race

Tickets for the race are available from everyone involved in the club and we would appreciate all your support. On the 27th Dec Helium filled balloons will be released into the clouds with your ticket no on them. Please bring your children to the field to let their balloons off themselves. There are many prizes and we hope everyone supports us.


There were no fixtures on Saturday 6th Dec as a mark of respect to Jonathan Cummins a talented and popular young soccer player from Killoughternane who sadly passed away whilst playing on Saturday 29th November.
Saturday 13th Dec 11:00am Under 14 Burrin Celtic V St Josephs. 12:30 Under 12 Burrin Celtic V St Josephs

Tinryland G.F.C. Annual General Meeting

The A.G.M. of Tinryland G.F.C. will take place on Monday next 15th December commencing with Mass for deceased members at 8.p.m.
This years meeting will look back on a reasonably successful year, which saw the club, win the Carlow U21 championship and begin development work on a new pitch adjacent to the existing one at Rathcrogue. Secretary John Scott’s report will also highlight the narrow defeat the minor team suffered in the Co. Final while there is also sure to be some discussion on the poor showing by the Intermediate team in the Co. semi final after putting up a brilliant performance in an earlier round against one of the championship favourites St. Andrews. Outgoing chairman Ned Deane together with secretary Scott are expected to be returned unopposed but the present Treasurer Mary Doyle will be stepping down from her job having completed her three years in office. All present, past and intending members are asked to attend the A.G.M.

Doran shines for Knockbeg in Leinster Colleges S.F.C.

Tinryland footballer Colm Doran was one of the stars of the Knockbeg college team that scored a brilliant victory over reigning Leinster champions St. Mels of Longford in the first round of the Leinster colleges S.F.C. (A) championship in Dr Cullen Park on Wednesday last. The Tinryland minor player scored 2-2 for his school in the 2-13 to 1-11 victory over one of the aristocrats of colleges football. Colm is one of many current Tinryland players presently starring for their secondary schools in college’s games.
In a recent Leinster C Schools Football Game, the following Tinryland players were in fine scoring form for the Presentation in their defeat of Monasterevin. Out of a total score of 3-15, local marksmen Richard Whyte (2-5), Paul Broderick (1-5) and Andrew Murphy (0-4) showed their promise in the build up to next year’s Carlow Minor Championships.

Handballers Success

A number of Tinryland Handballers were recipients of awards at the County Juvenile Presentation Night in Rathcrogue Centre on Friday night last.
Amongst the award winners were Martin Deane and David Townsend who were winners of the Under 11 South East Plate against teams from Wexford, Kilkenny and Kildare. They also won the Shay Reilly League with James Murphy and Martin Deane winning the Under 11 section while Colm Nolan and Colm Delaney won the Under 15 event. This year the club also won the Fr. Hayden trophy for Under 12 and 13 beginners and the team included Martin Deane, Brian Deane, James Murphy, Matthew O’Toole, Michael Lawlor, Kevin Barrett and David Townsend.
Padraig Townsend was the Under 16 County Winner and together with Colm Delaney, they won the Doubles event.

(Photos enclosed of Fr. Hayden Trophy team)

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