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Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 14 Jan 2004


Tinryland G.F.C. win A.I.B. club of the year award for Carlow

2004 began in the best possible way for Tinryland G.F.C. when it was announced on Friday last that the club had won the prestigious Allied Irish Bank G.A.A. club of the year award for Co.Carlow.
Tinryland will now represent Carlow in the Leinster club of the year competition. The club will receive a prize of 2000 for reaching the next stage of the competition which was previously won at National level by Eire Og.
To win the award at county level the club had to submit a very detailed account of all aspects of club activity over the past year. That task was expertly carried out by the present club secretary John Scott.
The competition is judged on many different criteria including structure, community involvement, contribution to language and culture, use of modern technology, plans for the future and juvenile involvement.
Over the past year Tinryland was heavily involved in Scor and plans are well under way for the club to have its own web site on the internet. The use of web mail and text messaging have become a regular feature also while on the playing field the club won the Carlow u21 championship for the first time in 20 years. At juvenile level Tinryland ranks among the strongest in Leinster while a major development of a new playing pitch at Rathcrogue is currently in progress. The club recently announced a sponsorship deal with local firm Dan Morrissey L.T.D. while new style track suits, polo shirts and playing gear are currently available for club members to purchase at keen rates in the club.
The award for winning the club of the year competition will be presented to the club in Croke Park in February.

Juvenile GFC AGM

The AGM of Tinryland Juvenile GFC takes place on Wednesday January 21st in Rathcrogue Centre at 9 pm. All are welcome to attend.
The AGM of Tinryland GFC Golf Society will take place tomorrow (Thursday) evening in Rathcrogue Centre starting at 8.30 pm.

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.

County Award for Byrne

Pat Byrne once again proved that is by far Carlow's Top Senior Athlete when, an award that he will receive in the Seven Oaks Hotel from the Athletics Association of Ireland on the 17th January. This in fact is the second year in a row that Pat has received this award from the A.A.I. and is judged on performances during the previous year.
Pat, from Wells, Bagnelstown started his Athletics career with Bagenalstown A.C. as a Juvenile before moving across the border to Gowran A.C. where he won three County Kilkenny cross country titles in 1995,97 and 98. During this time with Gowran he also represented Ireland on several occasions in Cross-country and on the track mainly in his speciality event, the 3000m Steeplechase.
By this time Pat was serving in the Irish Defence forces where he is regarded as their number one middle distance athlete. This year he again won the Irish Defence forces cross country and 10Km road championship. Having served in the Lebanon on two tours of duty Pat returned home to marry Carol Pender and now resides in New Oak with their newborn baby Eoghan.
At present he is running with Tinryland A.C. and on Sunday last he won his 5th County Carlow Senior cross-country title helping Tinryland to regain the Odlum Cup.
As far as athletics is concerned he is one of the most respected and feared athletes in the Country. During the year Pat has travelled from Cork to Donegal representing Tinryland and Carlow. He is also a regular visitor to the U.K. where he runs in the colours of London Irish A.C.
In May 2003 he travelled to Northern Ireland to win their Steeplechase Championship, which he added to his Leinster title and his National Bronze Medal. He won every title available in Leinster this year, on the Road, Indoor track and outdoor track and also finished with a Bronze medal in the Cross country championships. Also he added a National 10km Road Bronze medal to his collection.
On Sunday 18th January he will be taking part again in the Leinster cross-country championships where he hopes to improve on last years performance.
If Pat can reproduce anyway near the form he has been having over the last few years there will be a lot more titles heading in Carlows direction and a lot more recognition to this great athletes talents.

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 Under 13s are through to the last 32 of the SFAI Cup. On Sat 24th Jan they will play Waterford Crystal away and it is hoped that we will have a good traveling support. The team will leave from the square at 9:00am and will kick off at 12:00 o clock. This has been a great cup run and has helped to establish the name of the club. After the game the players, mentors families and supporters are staying in The Woodlands Hotel for what is hoped will be a great entertaining night for all.

Balloon Race

We are now into week two of the Balloon Race and there is now a new leader. At the end of the first week there was a number of cards back from the Wexford area and Bridie Pender was in the lead with her card being sent back from Boolavogue. However Bridies lead did not last long. Declan Finnerty whose card came back from Wales is in third place. Jackie Deane in second place with her card coming back from Goole, Yorkshire and leading at the moment with his card coming back from Rotherham in Yorkshire is Philip Fields. Remember who ever is furthest away on the 31st January wins the main prize.

Soccer Results

Under 14
St Pats Boys 5-1 St Josephs

St Josephs put up a good display against a very strong Pats team in Meadowlands on Saturday. Joeys would have been a lot closer but for some soft mistakes at the back giving the home side a comfortable win. Laurence O Neill, Brian O Neill, Mikey Pender and Mikey Murphy were best for St josephs. Goal scorer Jeff Abbott.

Under 12
St Josephs 1-2 St Pats Boys

Joeys under 12s worked hard but failed to play the type of football they are capable of and as a consequence saw a game that they could have won slip away. Joeys hit the post twice in the first 10 minutes but never managed to test the keeper until late in the second half. Pats took the lead just before half time and when Darren Murphy leveled with a free kick midway through the second half hopes were high. Pats regained the lead shortly after as a result of a number of players failing to get a tackle in. despite a lot of pressure near the end Joeys could not get an equalizer. Best for Joeys were Gary Finnerty, TJ Curran and Brian Deane.

Under 10
St Josephs 2-1 St Pats Boys

Pats took the lead in the first minute but this young Joeys team then played some lovely football and got the result their play deserved. Jonathan Brennan scored both goals and John McGrath, Barry Kennedy, Eoin Maddock and Christopher Gaule were excellent in a good team performance.
Under 10
St Josephs 0-8 St Pats Boys

Joeys tried hard but coming up against an in form Pats team was always going to be hard for this young team. Aaron Doyle, Kevin Chubb, Barry Power and Shane Webb worked hard for Joeys.

Review of the Year


Tinryland AC Athlete Pat Byrne had an outstanding performance when finishing 3rd in the Leinster Cross Country Championships in front of a large crowd in Tinryland.
Tinryland Community Alert held their AGM on January 30th.
The First Communion Class in Tinryland NS, which for the first time were children from 2nd class made their commitment in preparation for First Confession and First Communion.


For the 2nd year running, the Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships was held in the in Tinryland.
Tommy Payne of Tinryland AC produced one of his finest displays in recent years to finish 3rd in the National Veterans Cross Country in the Phoenix Park, Dublin.
Area 11 Girls and Boys Under 13 and Girls 16 Basketball Teams all won their respective Carlow Community Games competitions in fine style.


Construction of 26 new houses commenced in Tinryland village.
Tinryland GFC competed in Scor na Sinsear after an absence of several years from the competition.
In all competitions entered by Tinryland, the club were successful.
Local firm Seamus Byrne Electrical LTD received another award wwhen it was honoured by the Carlow County Enterprise Board at a function in the Seven Oaks Hotel. The Carlow firm was among seven Carlow companies who achieved national prominence in 2002.
John Farrell, Ballybar, was elected Chairman of Tinryland AC at the 33rd AGM in Rathcrogue on Wednesday March 12th.
Michael and Breda Aylward, Ballyloo, were part of the 21st Chernobyl Childrens Project aid convoy to Belarus.
On the 28th March St Josephs AFC took 16 under 12 players and 14 under 10 players on a weekend away to Cork.


Tinryland NS Parents Association had a very successful 60's and 70's Night in Rathcrogue Centre.
Shauna Fitzpatrick,Ballybar, danced for President Mary McAleese in Dublin on March 27th. She is a member of the Sadie O'Mara School of Dancing
Tinryland AC retained the Senior Mens Four County League Team event after the 4th and final stage in Tolerton Co. Laois.
A newsletter was circulated by Rev. John McEvoy PP to parishioners, aimed at collecting a small census and encouraging those interested to become involved in parish organisations.


Tinryland G.F.C. golf society held a successful outing at Kilkenny golf club while the annual Tinryland G.F.C. Golf Classic took place in Mount Wolseley Golf and Country Club in Tullow with 36 teams competing.
The 28th Bennekerry/Tinryland Community Games Finals were held in ideal conditions in the Palatine GAA Grounds, Bennekerry.
34 Fifth and Sixth Class Children in Tinryland NS were confirmed by Bishop Jim Moriarty in St. Joseph's Church, Tinryland.
The Senior Primary Children in Tinryland NS had a most entertaining visit from Chernobyl Childrens Project founder Adi Roche. Adi kept the children enthralled with her reports on the conditions and life of the people in parts of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine which were affected by the radioactive fallout from the nuclear disaster in 1986.
Tinryland G.F.C. won the Carlow U21 Football Title for the first time since 1980 after defeating Kildavin-Clonegal in an amazing match in Dr. Cullen Park courtesy of an injury time Alan Barrett goal.
Legendary G.A.A. personality Mick O'Dwyer paid a surprise visit to Tinryland GAA Club.
Andrew Murphy of Ballyloo representing Presentation College Carlow won a silver medal at the Irish schools Track and Field Championships.


Tinryland/Bennekerry won the Hosey Cup for the best athletic area in the Co. Community Games Finals in Ardattin.
Tinryland NS went on a day tour to Oakwood in Wales.
Three Tinryland families accommodated six of the Slovenian athletes and their coaches for the duration of the Special Olympics.
A Tinryland branch of the Legion of Mary was established with meetings every Monday night.


The Annual Cemetery Mass took place in St. Joseph's Church, Tinryland.
The success of Tinryland juvenile G.F.C. continued when the U12 team brought home the McDonalds Co. Carlow (B) championship.
Tinryland/Bennekerry Girls Under 14 team took part in the All Ireland Feile Competition in Galway.


Tinryland GFC received a grant of 50,000 Euro from the Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism.
Tinryland-Bennekerry ladies junior footballers won the Carlow Title.
There was a fundraising concert in Tinryland GAA Centre, Rathcrogue on August 26th to enable Eoin Searle who suffers from celebral palsy, to have special treatment in the Peto Institute in Budapest.
Area 11 Under 14 Boys relay team won bronze medals in the National Community Games Finals in Mosney Co. Meath


The FAI selected 12 members of St Josephs AFC to be the ball boys at the European Qualifier between Ireland and Russia on 6th September at Lansdowne Road.
The Tinryland AC Autumn League took place with Brian Kirwan, LOT emerging as overall winner.
Tinryland G.F.C. held a monster Barbecue in aid of club development on Saturday 13th September.
Tinryland received 178 out of 300 (59%) in the National Tidy Towns Competition.
A most enjoyable night was had by those who attended the special fundraising night in aid of Fr. Eamonn Hayden's work in Zambia.
The 24th Tinryland AC Rockford Rooftile Race was held with 150 competitors taking part.


Once again there was no joy for Tinryland minors in the Co. minor final with Eire Og when the lads in blue and white lost out by a single point at the end of a closely fought game.
A group of parishioners went to Lourdes on a pilgrimage organised by St. Joseph's Young Priests Society.
Tinryland Village was 2nd in the Carlow Floral Pride Awards.
Jim Deane (Jnr.), Tinryland was the first recipient of a Community Award sponsored by Carlow Chamber of Commerce at the Delta Centre.
Tinryland GFC hosted the World Handball Championships when some games were staged in the alley in the G.A.A. club.
Tommy Lyons, Tinryland was re-elected Chairman at the 21st Annual AGM of Bennekerry/Tinryland Community Games.
Cllr. Jim Townsend, Ballybar Upper, made representations to Carlow County Council regarding the provision of a pedestrian crossing/ramp with flashing amber lights in front of the entrance to the local school.
Tina Doyle, Rathcrogue took part in the Dublin City Marathon raising much needed funds for the Haven Day Care Centre in Tullow.


Tinryland G.F.C. commenced development work on a new playing pitch at its Rathcrogue headquarters.
Tinryland GFC had an excellent showing in Scor Na nOg Ceatharlach in Kildavin with all seven acts taking part emerging victorious.
One of Tinryland's oldest citizens, Patrick Brennan of Cloughna, celebrated his 90th birthday.
Legendary folk singer Jimmy Crowley performed in concert at Tinryland G.F.C. Rathcrogue.


Two teams from Tinryland G.F.C. qualified for the Leinster finals of Scor na Nog following the provincial semi finals in Portarlington G.A.A. club.
Over 80 Tinryland Senior Citizens had a very enjoyable Christmas Party in Ballykealy Manor Hotel.
Laois football ace Brian "Beano" McDonald was the guest of honour at the Tinryland Juvenile G.F.C. presentation evening in the clubhouse in Rathcrogue.
Ned Deane, Castletown was re-elected Chairman of Tinryland GFC at the AGM in Rathcrogue.
Patrick Byrne, Linkardstown, was the winner of the Tinryland AC Turkey Trot Handicap sponsored by Carlow Credit Union on St. Stephens Day.
Much work was carried out in the environs of the village and areas such as Kane's Cross, Tinryland Crossroads , the 1798 Monument and waterpumps were landscaped.
St. Joseph's AFC held a very successful Balloon Race on December 27th.

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