Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 7 Jan 2004
Tinryland Regain Odlum Cup
Pat Byrne of Tinryland AC won his 5th consecutive County Carlow Cross-Country Title and led Tinryland to win the Odlum Cup with a brilliant run in the championships which were held in Tinryland on Sunday last. After an excellent 2003, Byrne continued his form into the New Year with an exceptional display of solo running over 10km course leading the 25 strong field from start to finish, winning in a time of 28 mins 53. Byrne was pursued all the way by a chasing group led by the in-form Dwayne Farrell and 13 time winner Tommy Payne. Farrell ran the greatest race of his life to finish 2nd in a time of 30 mins 15 with Payne taking the bronze medal some 15 seconds further back. Farrell, who was winning his 1st Carlow Senior Medal on the day proved his ability to perform at this level, having finished 11th in the same race last year. Payne also continued a remarkable record of not finishing outside the medal positions since his first Carlow CC 24 years ago with his record now standing as 13 Gold, 10 Silver and 1 Bronze. In 8th position was Carlow Football legend Willie Quinlan who was running his first Carlow CC with Jeremiah O'Sullivan 9th and Joe Doheny 11th completing the winning Tinryland team. There were almost 20 athletes from the club on the starting line and this back up included Eddie Walsh 12th, Rock Pender 13th, Jimmy Morgan 15th, Simon Carey 16th, Sean Doyle 17th, PJ Doyle 19th, John Stephens 20th, Denis Shannon 21st, Kevin Cuddy 22nd and Billy Abbey 23rd. PJ Byrne suffered an injury in the closing stages of the race while in a good position and was forced to drop out.
Tinryland have now won 24 Senior Titles in the 33 year history of the club and last Sunday's win was due to the great commitment and dedication shown by all the Senior athletes in the club over the last 12 months.
In the Ladies Race, Patricia Lyons had a great race to finish 2nd behind Eilish Connery of LOT. The Castledermot athlete is currently in fine form having recently returned to athletics following an absence of almost 20 years. In 4th was the ever consistent Tina Doyle with Pamela Ramsbottom 6th and the fast finishing Ann Brennan close behind in 9th.
Tinryland were 2nd in the team event, some 5 points behind LOT.
Tinryland had a very successful day in the juvenile relays which preceded the Senior Races by winning three events on the day. The Girls Under 12 and 14 teams both edged out LOT while the Boys Under 16 team of Patrick Byrne, Conor Byrne, Patrick Mullins and Niall Murphy won their race in fine style over rivals LOT. All of these teams should feature prominently in the forthcoming Leinster Championships on January 18th.
Tinryland ICA will hold their monthly meeting tonight (Wednesday) at 8 pm in Tinryland GAA Centre, Rathcrogue. There will be a bring and buy sale during the meeting. All new members are welcome.
Legion of Mary
The weekly meeting of the Legion of Mary takes place on Mondays at 6.30 pm in the Parochial House. New members are welcome any week.
St Josephs AFC training is back this week at the usual times. The club would like to thank everybody who supported the Annual Balloon Race which was a great success. The first card has been sent back from just outside Enniscorthy and Bridie Pender is the leader for the moment. Remember the closing date for receiving returned cards is the 31st Jan and the winner will be announced on the 3rd Feb.