Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 3 Mar 2004
Large Media Focus on Tinryland
Rarely if ever has Tinryland GFC attracted as much media interest as in the past week. This follows the Bord Pleanala oral hearing in Leighlinbridge concerning the proposed motorway from Kilcullen to Waterford. Many of the nations broadsheets including the Irish Independent, Times and Examiner plus the Irish Daily Star covered the Tinryland submission to the hearing extensively. On Wednesday evening last Club Development Officer Shay Byrne was interviewed by Rachel English on the RTE Radio programme Five Seven Live.
The oral hearing in Leighlinbridge is due to end this week and Tinryland GFC will now await the findings of the Bord Pleanala Inspector. Officers from the club have been overwhelmed by the number of goodwill messages received concerning the clubs plight in its dispute with Kildare County Council and the NRA.
Tinryland Hits the Net
Committee members of Tinryland GFC were given their first look at the Clubs new website prior to the February monthly meeting last week. By any standards the new website ranks among the best Irish Sports sites on the Internet and should prove to be an invaluable communication tool in the future. The new website was designed by Offaly hurler David Franks and present Club Secretary John Scott. David Franks has close links with the club through the Doyle family. The new site is a minefield of historical information about the club, which has been in existence since 1888. When up and running at the end of March, the Tinryland GFC site will be updated on a twice weekly basis carrying up to date news, match reports and team selections. It will also be linked to the new Tinryland Parish website which is due to launched around the same time. The address of the new Tinryland GFC site will be tinrylandgfc.com.
Tinryland soccer players selected to play in Spain
Five young soccer players from Tinryland club St. Joseph's have been selected on the Carlow and District U13s football academy squad for a major international tournament in Barcelona at Easter. Conor Byrne, Ryan Curran, David O'Shea, Matthew O'Toole and Padraig Whelan will be part of the 25 strong squad from the Carlow league that will participate in the "Trofeo Mediterranex" a 24 country tournament that attracts the cream of Europes young soccer players. The Carlow squad which has been in training for the past 18 months will travel to Spain on a chartered plane with 5 other squads from the southeast. The overall project, which will cost in the region of €100,000, is the brainchild of the F.A.I. Development officer for the southeast Paul Sheridan who has already visited the venues for the 4-day tournament. Fundraising for the project has been taking place since the start of the year and to date the Carlow target of €18000 is now within reach.
Fundraising projects included a jersey raffle for local business concerns with the winner having their logo printed on the team jerseys. The members of the squad were also required to seek sponsorship themselves while the various clubs involved including St. Joseph's also assisted with raising funds.
St. Josephs who are the current leaders in the U13 league in Carlow will have the second highest representation on the travelling squad after Carlow town based Stretford. Other clubs represented on the Carlow squad include Parkville, St. Patrick's Boys, Derry Rovers, St Anne's, Vale Wanderers, Killoughternane and Nurney Villa.
When in Spain the travelling party which will include 4 adults from Tinryland will be brought on a tour of the famous Nou Camp stadium but as F.C. Barcelona are playing away on the weekend of the trip the party will attend a Spanish league game in the Olympic stadium in Barcelona which is the home ground of Espanyol.
(Photo enclosed L-R Matthew O'Toole, Conor Byrne, David O'Shea, Padraig Whelan and Ryan Curran)
St Josephs under 9s are having a great season and came out of Tullow with a great win. David O Neill and Christopher Gaule scored two each and Barry Power, Ciaran Townsend, Shane Webb, Dermot Walsh and Shane Kavanagh got one each. Michael Calvey, Aveen Webb, Jack Sheehan, Fiach Byrne and Cathal Whelan were outstanding.
The second Under 9 team played well but against the Parkville first team they were always going to be up against it. Martin Mullins scored the Joeys goal and Connal O Se, Clodagh McGrath and Art O Dea played great games.
Cross Country Championships
Tinryland once again staged a major athletic event when the National Universities Cross Country Championships were held on the Parochial Lands on Saturday last. The day proved to be a huge success given the full turnout of athletes from all the Universities and Colleges and the large crowd present on the day. The electronic display and timing was certainly new to the venue. The Men's Race was won by Irish International Mark Kenneally of TCD with Irish Junior Champion Mark Christie of DCU in 2nd position. The Ladies Race was won in fine style by Fionnuala Britton of DCU with Jill Shannon 2nd. The team events were both won by DCU.
Tinryland Bennekerry easily accounted for their great rivals Eire Og in this minor football championship match played at Pairc Uí Bhrian under lights last Wednesday evening on a scoreline of 3-7 to 0-3. The early exchanges were quite close with only a point separating the teams at halftime after Antoinette Farrell had blasted the ball to the Eire Og net from the penalty spot midway through the first half. At the start of the second half Tinryland Bennekerry introduced the lively Sinead Lyons and from their on never looked back as Sinead went on to score 1-3 from play gaining great assistance from Róisín Cleary, Christine Scully, Antoinette Farrell and Simone Kelly .Try as they did Eire Og never really got going in the second half as they met a stonewall defence in Amy Doyle, Carrie Lawlor, Gloria Nolan, and Player of the match Niamh O Regan. Scorers Tinryland Sinead Lyons 1-3, Rosalind Deane 0-1 Antoinette Farrell 1-1, Simone Kelly 0-2 and Christine Scully 0-1.Tinryland Bennekerry will meet Mount Leinster Rangers in the next round.
The Late Martin Dermody
The sudden death of Martin Dermody at his home in Ballybannon on Monday February 23rd caused widespread regret in the area. Martin, who was 72, had been employed in Carlow College for over 30 years in charge of maintenance. He was regarded as a "Mr. Fixit" and was very popular with both students and staff. He was previously employed by Walshes of Park. He maintained his interest in sheep farming throughout his life. He is survived by his brothers Ted (Powerstown), Jim (Leighlinbridge) and Tony (Carlow), sisters in law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. He was pre-deceased by his brothers Johnny, Mick, Andy, Joe and his sister Kathleen. His remains were removed from Carpenters Funeral Home, Carlow on Tuesday to St. Joseph's Church, Tinryland. His burial took place in the local cemetery on Ash Wednesday after Requiem Mass, which was concelebrated by Fr. John McEvoy PP and a number of present and former Carlow College Priests.
Sympathy is extended to Mrs. Maura Foster, Tinryland on the death of her mother Mrs. Ethel O'Shea, former principal of Newtown Lower NS Co. Tipperary who was buried in Faugheen Cemetery, Carrick on Suir after Requiem Mass on Thursday.
Also to Mrs. Lily Maddock, St. Joseph's Terrace on the death of her brother Tom Murphy who died in Carlow recently.
Congratulations to Mrs. Mary Condron (nee Nolan) formerly of Tinryland who won 14,500 Euro on last Saturday nights Winning Streak Lottery Programme. She was very unlucky not to go forward to "Spin the Wheel" after unfortunately taking her daughters normally lucky advice on selecting numbers in the closing stages. She was cheered on by her mother Mrs. Susan Nolan, Tinryland, who figured prominently in the audience.
There will be a meeting of Tinryland Juvenile GFC takes place tomorrow night (Thursday) at 8.30 pm in Rathcrogue Centre. Training for Under 8 to Under 10 players will commence on Saturday March 20th.
School B.O.M Meeting
A meeting of Tinryland NS Board of Management will be held tomorrow (Thursday) night in the Parochial House at 8 pm.