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Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 25 Feb 2004


Pedestrian Crossings and Ramps for Tinryland

At a recent meeting of the five local councillors of the Bagenalstown electoral area, it was unanimously agreed to provide Tinryland village with the following: (a) a ramp doubling up as a pedestrian crossing between the shop and the school, (b) a second ramp in the vicinity of Lime Trees and (c) a footpath from St. Martin's Terrace to the Shop. The above works will be carried out as part of the 2004 road programme under area engineer Kieran Cullinane. Local Councillor Jim Townsend has been pressing for the above improvements for some time.

National Universities CC Set for Tinryland

Tinryland will stage a major sporting event on Saturday next 28th February when the Irish Universities cross country championships will be held over the renowned cross country course in the village in conjunction with Carlow I.T.
The 2 race programme commences at 2.p.m. with the women's 4 kilometre race followed at 2.30 p.m. by the men's 10000 metres which has attracted an entry of 150 runners representing 20 third level institutions. There will be a local Carlow interest in the womens race with current Carlow cross country champion Eilish Connery lining up in the colours of U.C.D. Her O'Tooles clubmate Katie Duggan who finished third in this race when held in Dublin last March will run for Dublin City University. This will be Katie's first race for some time after injury. The favourite in the womens race will be current Irish senior international Pauline Curley who will be representing Athlone I.T. Another strong challenger in the womens race will be Wicklow runner Fionnuala Britton the current National Intermediate champion who will be running for D.C.U. The womens team event is likely to concern D.C.U., U.C.C., U.C.D., and T.C.D.
Mark Kenneally of T.C.D. will be defending his title in the men's 10000 over 6 laps of the Tinryland course. Kenneally's main opposition on Saturday will surely come from Mark Christie of D.C.U. the very exciting Mullingar runner who recently finished 6th in the European Junior Cross country championships in Edinburgh. The Westmeath runner is very familiar with the course in Tinryland having previously won All Ireland schools and Leinster A.A.I. Titles there. Other well-known names likely to figure at the business end of Saturday's men's race include Gary Hynes of D.I.T., Eugene O'Neill of T.C.D., and Colm Rooney of D.C.U. With 6 to score in this race the likely winners of the team event include defending champions T.C.D together with last years runners up D.C.U. and N.U.I.G.

Pat Byrne had a fine performance when he finished 18th in the National Senior Cross Country Championships in Roscommon on Sunday last.
Andrew Murphy, Ballyloo was 18th in the Junior Mens Race and was part of the LOT team which finished 2nd in the team event.

Great Performance in Scor Ceatharlach

Tinryland GFC were once again well represented at the Scor Ceatharlach competition on Saturday last. A total of seven acts competed at the county final, which was held in the Eire Og Clubhouse. Tinryland GFC enjoyed great success under stiff competition from Eire Og, Mount Leinster Rangers and Naomh Brid, but still managed to enjoy great success on the night.
In the figure dancing event, Tinryland danced the eight hand Cross Reel The figure dancers were Joan Byrne, Brenda Maddock, Anthony Pender, Louise Lawlor, Marie Farrell, Robert and Sharon O'Neill and Leeanne Kavanagh. The standard was very high in the solo singing competition. Josie Kelly provided an excellent performance of the song Slan Abhaile on the night. It was sung with a great traditional quality and enjoyed by all. She was unlucky not to go through on the night with the award going to Mt. Leinster Rangers. The instrumental group of Eddie Townsend, Louise Lawlor, Paddy Delaney, Sarah Morrissey and Robert O'Neill also delighted the crowd playing two reels and a jig, and also enjoyed success on the night.
In the recitation competition, Eilish Costello had the entire venue laughing with her monologue entitled 'My Daddy'. It was thought by many to be the highlight of the night but Eilish was unfortunate not to be chosen to progress onto the next round, with Eire Og's representative as the winner. The quiz team comprised of Eamonn Byrne, Davey Power and Diarmuid O'Shea. In a tense competition they took an early lead to go on to win the county trophies. Tinryland's set dancers danced up a storm with their performance and were also deemed county champions on the night despite a high standard of competition from Eire Og. The team was made up of Sharon O'Neill, Sandra Walker, Joan Byrne, Tina Doyle, Lilian and Leeanne Kavanagh, Marie Farrell and Louise Lawlor. The group were accompanied by Mary O'Neill on accordian. Their rousing performance of the Kerry Set was much appreciated by the audience. The ballad group was Joan Farrell, Catriona Barrett, and Sharon and Robert O'Neill. The group sang two contrasting pieces and started with the old Irish folk tune 'Gartan Mother's Lullaby' in three part harmony, accompanied by Joan Farrell on the guitar. Their next song was sung in Irish. The group sang a song in four part harmony with Robert O' Neill accompanying on bodhran. In total, Tinryland GFC brought home 28 county trophies! All the competitors were delighted with the support shown in Eire Og.
Following the county final, all those involved with Scor headed out toward Tinryland GFC Clubhouse where a seisiun and a singsong was enjoyed by all. The group will now travel to Clara in Co. Offaly where they will represent both Tinryland GFC and County Carlow at the Leinster semi-finals which takes place on Saturday 6th March.

GAA Club Get Hearing on Roads Issue

Tinryland G.F.C. officials got a chance to voice their concerns at the impact the proposed new motorway will have on the club facility at Rathcrogue when the Bord Pleanala oral hearing continued in the Lord Bagenal Inn in Leighlinbridge this week.
The club was represented at the hearing by chairman Ned Deane together with secretary John Scott and development committee chairman Shay Byrne. The Tinryland representatives were backed up by Nicky Brennan vice president of the G.A.A. and chairman of the Leinster council together with Mr. Michael Horgan of Horgan Lynch consulting engineers who advise the G.A.A. on technical and safety issues.
The Tinryland delegation told the chairman Dom Hegarty of their concerns regarding the effect the new motorway will have on the club and its members.
In objecting to the proposed compulsory purchase of a portion of club lands the Tinryland officials outlined the long history of the club and its relationship with the local community.
The future growth of the club will be severely constrained by the proximity of the new motorway to the clubhouse, dressing rooms and playing pitches. The dual carriageway as proposed will physically sever the G.F.C. facility from Tinryland village lying to the west of the motorway and the club grounds to the east. The development of the new juvenile pitch currently in progress will be greatly affected by the new road while the overall safety issue was also of major concern to the Tinryland group.
Tinryland G.F.C. is one of 139 objectors to the proposed 46.2 k.m. stretch of dual carriageway which will run from Kilcullen to Powerstown.

Tinryland handed tough assignments in Carlow G.A.A. draws

Tinryland now know who their 2004 championship opponents will be following the draws at last Thursday's Co. Board meeting. In the u21 championship Tinryland the holders have been handed a tough opening round game against Eire Og in a repeat of last years first round that saw Tinryland prevail by one point before going on to lift the title. This year's u21 championship will not begin until July. In the Intermediate championship which will be run as usual on a league basis Tinryland will play in a group comprising of last years beaten finalists Askea, St Andrew's, Kilbride and Ballon. Tinryland's opening game in the Intermediate championship will be against Kilbride. Tinryland Junior team will compete in the Junior (B) grade with their opening championship fixture against Kilbride.
Our near neighbours Palatine will play in a very tough Senior championship group comprising of holders O'Hanrahans, last years Intermediate champions Ballinabranna, and Clonmore. The minor championship draw will be made at a later date.


Under 12 League
Killeshin 3-1 St Josephs

St Josephs travelled to Killeshin missing a couple of strong players but came away with their heads held high after their best display of the season. Working hard as a team they were in the game up to the last kick of the match. TJ Curran in goal was excellent pulling off some great saves. Despite being under a lot of pressure Joeys took the lead when David Townsend broke down the right and pulled the ball back from the line for Rob Stynes to send the ball to the net. Shortly after the home side equalized even though there was a lot of doubt as to whether the ball had crossed the line. Joeys ended the half 2-1 down but came out fighting in the second half. Stephen Chubb and Declan Ryan were introduced and both contributed to a really stirring finish. Joeys were unlucky not to level just before the end and were pushing forward at the end when Killeshin scored with the last kick of the game. In an all round team effort Darren Murphy, TJ Curran and Dean Farrell excelled.

Under 14 League
Killeshin 2-2 St Josephs

Joeys under 14s came back down to earth after their fine win in their last game against St Annes. Playing with the wind in the first half Joeys comfortably went in to a 2-0 lead thanks to good goals from Ryan Curran and Jeff Abbot. At this stage they took their foot off the pedal and allowed Killeshin back in to the game and they scored 2 goals in the second half to level the game. Best for St Josephs were Laurence O Neill, Conor Byrne and Darren Costello.

Under 10 League
St Annes 2-1 St Josephs

Joeys played a good game and scored through Eoin Maddock but despite their good football they could not get the equalizer. Best for Joeys were Aaron Doyle, Eoin Maddock and Jack Gilman.

Under 10 League
St Annes 2-3 St Josephs

Joeys under 10s blue team put up the best display of the day. Despite missing players through illness and other commitments Joeys came away with a great win. Barry Power scored 2 and Kevin Chubb got 1. Best in this team were all the players who worked their socks off and defied the odds to win.

Community Games

Girls u/16 Basketball Final
Bennekerry/Tinryland vs. Askea

Bennekerry/Tinryland Under 16 Girls Basketball team had a great win over Askea in the Carlow Community Games Final last weekend. The scores came from Carrie Lawlor 8, Christine Scully 4, Sinead Lyons 3, Deirdre Doyle 2, Mary Barrett 5. The First half score was B/T 22 to Askea 4.
In the second half B/T dominated with Askea failing to score. The scores came from Carrie Lawlor 6, Sinead Lyons 1, Christine Scully 2, Ciara Butler 1 and Deirdre Doyle 2.This was a great team performance with B/T deserving winners. The final score was 34 to 4.
Great credit is due to coaches Eddie Corcoran and Aine Kelly.
The team was Sinead Lyons, Christine Scully, Carrie Lawlor, Deirdre Doyle, Tanya Doyle, Mary Barrett, Ciara Butler, Ciara Jeaney and Amanda Cassidy.

Boys Under 11 Soccer.
Bennekerry/Tinryland vs Myshall.

The boys were unsettled in the first half but they came strong in the second but the goals would not come. It was a good team performance. Final score B/T 0 to Myshall 2.
Great credit to coaches Jody Townsend and Martin Kirwan.
The team was Michael Calvey, Marcus Lawlor, Ciaran Townsend, Shane Webb, David O'Neill, Cathal Whelan and Shane Kavanagh.


Lenten Scripture Sharing will begin in the Parochial House, Tinryland on this Thursday evening, February 26th at 8 pm.

Churchgate Collection

There will be a churchgate collection in Tinryland this weekend in aid of the Salesian Missions in Lesotho, Southern Africa. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Presentation College Celebrates 21 years

The Presentation College, Carlow will celebrate 21 years with a Mass with the theme "Keep the Fire Burning" in the Holy Family Church, Askea on Friday March 12th at 7 pm. The College wishes to invite all past and present pupils and parents as well as past and present Parents Council Representatives to attend. Rehearsals are planned to prepare the Music and Hymns for the Mass on Sunday February 29th and Sun March 7th in the Presentation College, Askea.

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