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Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 24 Dec 2003

St. Stephens Day Handicap

The Annual Tinryland AC Turkey Trot will take place on St. Stephens Day in Tinryland Village at 11 am. The 4-mile handicap is sponsored for the first time this year by Carlow Credit Union who are celebrating their 40th anniversary. The event is open to runners, joggers and walkers alike. The presentation of prizes will take place afterwards in the Tinryland GAA Centre. There will be prizes to all who complete the handicap.
Registration will take place in the school from 10.30 am.

Large attendance at Tinryland GFC AGM

At one of the best-attended A.G.M.s in recent years Tinryland G.F.C. elected a number of new officers and executive committee members on Monday last. With Chairman Ned Deane and secretary John Scott being returned unopposed the first significant change at the top table saw Cormac O’Toole replace Mary Doyle whose term of office expired as Treasurer at this years A.G.M. Outgoing Chairman Ned Deane paid tribute to Mary Doyle who did trojan work during her three year term holding the purse strings. Mary was presented with a bouquet of flowers by the chairman in appreciation of her great efforts.
Tinryland G.F.C. will also have a new P.R.O. in the coming year. Robert O’Neill who is well known in Scor circles will replace Eamonn Byrne who was elected Vice Chairman. Eamonn will replace outgoing vice chairman Mick Murphy who did not seek re election.
Co. Coisde Na Nog secretary Michael Doran and U21 player Niall Barrett are new additions to the executive committee.
In his chairman’s address Ned Deane described 2003 as a good year that saw the club win the U21 championship. With the Minors only narrowly losing the Co. Final the future looked bright for the club. Ned paid tribute to the many tireless workers who kept the club going in the past year and he was delighted to see a large number of young players in attendance at the meeting. He congratulated Brendan Hayden on his recent election as President of C.L.G. Ceatharlach. Ned also paid tribute to the Bennekerry-Tinryland Ladies G.F.C. who had a great year in 2003 also.
Secretary John Scott in his detailed report highlighted all the highs and lows of the past year giving special mention to the U21’s and Minors. Tinryland had given great commitment to various Co. teams in 2003 but this had caused a negative impact on the club at times when club players were not allowed to take part in Carlow league fixtures. The club was one of only three clubs that had a 100% attendance record at Co. Board meetings. John also outlined the new sponsorship deal that has been recently agreed with local firm Dan Morrissey LTD. During the year the new text messaging service had proved a very good communication tool while the Secretary also gave details of the new Tinryland G.F.C. web site that will shortly be up and running.
John Scott also paid tribute to new P.R.O. Robert O’Neill for his efforts with Scor while the Handball club led by Martin Clancy also came in for special mention. Tinryland Handball club recently pulled out all the stops in organising games in the World Handball championships, which were held in Ireland. Tributes were also paid to Tinryland juvenile G.F.C. chairman Paddy Townsend for his outstanding work in promoting the juvenile side of the game in the club.
Following a motion from the floor it was agreed to elect the Football sub committee at the A.G.M. This resulted in Joe Walshe, Sean Barrett, David Power, Mick Murphy, Brian Doyle, and Brendan Hayden joining executive chairman Ned Deane to run the core business of football for the coming year.
Both the Chairman and Secretary spoke of the need to raise substantial finance in the coming year to fund the new pitch development adjacent to the existing one at Rathcrogue. Tinryland will once again be getting involved with the forthcoming Co. Board draw which proved very successful in the past year. The chairman appealed to all club members to make a special effort in selling tickets for this draw.


President: Michael Whelan
Vice Do: Fr John McEvoy P.P. and Paddy Regan
Chairman: Ned Deane
Vice Do: Eamonn Byrne
Secretary: John Scott
Asst Sec. Michael Keyes
Treasurer: Cormac O’Toole
P.R.O: Robert O’Neill
Irish Officer: Diarmuid O’Shea
Scor Officer: Robert O’Neill
Registrar: Peter Scully
Co. Board delegate: John Scott
Executive committee: Shay Byrne, Sean Barrett, Niall Barrett, Michael Doran, Brian Doyle, Mary Doyle, Martin Clancy, David Power, Brendan Hayden, Mick Murphy, Joe Walshe.


Great weekend for St Josephs Soccer Club

St Josephs AFC contested five games at the weekend and came away with four wins and a draw. This demonstrates the number of young people playing the game and also that the club is now performing to a good standard.

Soccer Day

St Josephs hold their annual soccer day on Saturday 27th Dec and we hope that everyone will come and cheer and enjoy himself or herself. The under 9s and 10s will play at 11:00am and we would ask that all players be in the field at 10:30. The under 11s and 12s are playing at 12 and all players are asked to be in the field at 11:30. At 1:00 the Under 13s will play New Oak Boys in a friendly and all players are to be in the field at 12:30. At 2:00 the under 14s and 15s will play and all players are to be in the field at 1:30. At 3:00pm the adult’s match takes place and we hope that everyone will come in fancy dress for this event. A marquee will be on site to deal with any weather issues and hot drinks and food will be available throughout the day. Please note that St Josephs operates an alcohol and drug policy and we ask that everyone abide by this by not smoking in the field. Please park properly and respect the rights of all.

Balloon Race

The Balloon Race will take place on Saturday and we hope everybody will buy a ticket and support the club. Can everyone selling tickets please make sure they are returned to Jim Murphy as soon as possible.

Under 13 SFAI Cup

There was great excitement in the club on Thursday last when the draw for the 5th round of the SFAI Cup was announced in the National press. St Josephs who have done brilliantly to reach the last 32 have been drawn away to Waterford Crystal and will play this game the 31st January 2004. News on the trip will be finalized in the New Year.

Under 15 League
Derry Rovers 1- St Josephs 4

The under 15s secured their first win of the season on a very cold and blustery day in Clonegal. Joeys scored first through Darren Fingleton but some slack defending let the home side in for the equalizer. Joeys kept going forward and Darren Fingleton restored the lead in the first half. Shortly into the second half Jeff Abbott steered his header back across the keeper to give Joeys a 2goal cushion. From here on in it was a lot easier for the lads and when Darren Fingleton was on hand to complete his hat trick the points were save. Best for St Josephs were Ambrose Doran, Ciaran Farrell and Darragh Walsh.

Under 13 League
Derry Rovers 1 – St Josephs 3

St Josephs played some of the best football ever played by a Joeys team and showed that if they continue to put the effort in they will be a force to be reckoned with through out the season. Joeys dominated the game and were unlucky to see many attempts on goal miss. Against the run of play Derry went ahead but Saints only dug deeper and levelled when Ryan Curran slotted the ball low past the home keeper. The second half saw Jeff Sutton head Joeys in front and just before full time Patrick Kelly was on hand to score Joeys third. In an all round good team performance Alan Kirwan, Darren Murphy, Conor Byrne and Pauric Whelan were outstanding.

Under 11 League
St Pats Boy’s 1- St josephs 6

David Townsend achieved a major milestone in his career when he scored five goals in this great win in St Pats. This team is moving up the table rapidly and with performances like this they will contest to the end. At half time the score was 2-0 with joeys having to work hard to stay in front. The second half saw Joeys score 4 more with Natasha Donoghue scoring with her first touch after coming on as a sub. Best for St Josephs were David Townsend, Michael Lawlor, Ruari Keenan and Jason Noctor.

Under 9 League
Derry Rovers 3- St Josephs 3

Joeys under 9s showed that if you haven’t got heart you get nothing when they came back from 3-0 down in terrible conditions. These young players put in a tremendous performance and were unlucky not to score on a number of occasions. 2-0 down at half time and 3down just minutes into the second half most teams would have thrown in the towel but these players rallied and goals from Marcus Lawlor, Ciaran Townsend and Barry Power got them back on level terms and Joeys could have snatched the winner just before the end but for the excellence of the Derry keeper. Best for Joeys were Cathal Whelan, David O Neil and Ciaran Townsend.

Under 9 League
Derry Rovers 2 – St Josephs 6

This under nine team are starting to get some brilliant results and when you consider that some of these players are under age for the next two years the future looks bright for these players. Martin Mullins and Finn Lynch scored 2 goals each and Sean Kirwan and Adam Murphy scored the others to give them the points. Best for this young team were Conall O Se, Craig Farrell and Eoin Fields.

League Matches will start again on the 10th January

St Josephs AFC would like to wish all the players, parents, supporters and everyone involved in sport a Merry Christmas and a very Sporting and Happy New Year.

Rugby Win

Carlow Rugby Club Under 10’s were fine winners of the Leinster Cup recently. The team was coached by Alan Mannion, Ballyloo and John Farrell, Fighting Cocks. After a series of round robin games, the team who were also Under 8 winners in 2001 defeated Birr in a memorable final.
Local players who were on the team were Christophe Chall, Tinryland, twins Barra and Ronan Farrell, Fighting Cocks and twins Edward and Brian Byrne, Chapelstown.

Village Improvements

Much work has been carried out in the environs of the village thanks to Mick Byrne of MB Landscaping. Thanks to funds raised at a recent cabaret, areas such as Kane’s Cross, Tinryland Crossroad, the 1798 Monument and waterpumps have been landscaped.
A Large Christmas Tree has also been erected in the Church Grounds.
As much work still needs to be completed, it is hoped to hold another major fundraiser before Easter.

Christmas in Tinryland Church

There will be individual confessions at 3 pm and 7 pm in St. Joseph’s Church, Tinryland today (Christmas Eve). The times for Christmas Masses are as follows: Vigil at 9 pm today December 24th and Masses on Christmas Day at 9 and 11 am.

Reaching Out

The 2003 Issue of the Tinryland Parish Magazine “Reaching Out” is available after all masses in St. Joseph’s Church. There are also copies available from Deanes Shop. The cost per issue is 4 Euro.

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