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Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 17 Mar 2004


Tinryland on Top in Four County League

Pat Byrne of Tinryland AC was a very impressive winner of the opening stage of the 3rd annual 4 County League held in blustery conditions in Tinryland on Sunday last. The army man who recently competed in Lebanon, broke away from the field from the start and never let go of the 400m lead he had built up by the end of the first lap. Byrne went on to win the 7km race in a time of 24 minutes 8 seconds. In 2nd place, some 55 seconds behind, was perennial runner up Colm Burke of St. Abban's, with Mick Kelly of Gowren close behind in 3rd position. Dwayne Farrell continued his recent form in 4th, which was his best ever performance in this event. Tommy McElwaine of SBR was 5th with Robert O'Rourke of LOT in 6th. Tommy Payne was the next local athlete home in 7th and with former footballer Willie Quinlan in 12th, Tinryland easily won the team event. There was another good turnout from the host club with 14 athletes finishing on the day. PJ Byrne, recovering from his injury finished strongly in 19th, just ahead of Jeremiah O'Sullivan in 20th. The other Tinryland athletes to finish were JJ Murphy 23rd, Eddie Walsh 31st, Rock Pender 34th, John Maye 46th, Sean Doyle 52nd, PJ Doyle 57th, Kevin Cuddy 63rd and San Duggan 68th. Tinryland lead Grade A on 24pts ahead of SBR on 67pts and Ballyfin on 77. Tinryland also lead Grade B on 107pts ahead of St. Abban's and St Joseph's and are 6th in Grade C. In the ladies race Tina Doyle produced her best performance in recent years to finish 4th. The local athlete ran strongly throughout and was only just outside the first 3 placings. Ann Brennan was 28th in this race with 30 athletes finishing. The next stage will be held in Crossabeg Co. Wexford on Sunday March 28th.

Farrell Re-Elected Chairman

John Farrell, Ballybar was re-elected Chairman at the 34th AGM of Tinryland AC in Rathcrogue on Thursday last. Secretary Pat Byrne opened the meeting with a detailed report of a very successful year for the club with successes at juvenile and senior level in local, provincial and national events. Among the items discussed were the 25th Rockford Rooftile Race on September 19th and the hosting of the National Half Marathon next year. The following officers were elected: President: FR. John McEvoy PP Vice Presidents: Mrs. Mai Byrne, Jim Salter. Chairman: John Farrell. Vice Chairman: PJ Doyle. Secretary Pat Byrne. Assistant Secretary: Dwayne Farrell. Treasurer: Jeremiah O'Sullivan. PRO: Mark Shannon. Men's Captain: Tommy Payne. Ladies Captain: Tina Doyle. Delegates to the County Board: Jim Morgan, Pat Byrne, PJ Doyle and Sean Doyle.


Tinryland GFC will hold a Poker Classic in Rathcrogue Centre on Sunday March 28th at 4 pm. The cost will be 25 Euro per head.

5 members of Tinryland GFC are currently undertaking a GAA Level One Training Course with 12 other members participating in a foundation coaching programme. The course is being held on a twice-weekly basis.

Registration for U8 players born after the 1st of January 1996 will take place on Thursday 18th March (tomorrow). Training sessions will commence on Saturday morning 20th March at 11am. Registration fee including insurance is €20. Further details from Diarmuid at 9146392 or Martin at 9140990


Under 13 League
St Josephs 0-3 Parkville

Joey's title hopes took a severe blow when they lost at home on Saturday. Joeys never played the football that got them to contest the league and as a result were never comfortable. Joeys had the early possession but too many players were guilty of overplaying the ball and the Parkville lads took advantage when Joeys again lost an easy ball and from the long ball through Joeys defence were caught asleep and the Parkville forward was able to place his shot low past Lee Buggle in goal. Joeys never really troubled the Parkville keeper. HT0-1
The second half saw Joeys push forward but with no penetration as a result of not passing the ball and as the game wore on and the home side got more desperate gaps were appearing at the back and two good goals on the break finished Joeys off. Joeys hit the post with a few minutes left but it was too little too late. In a poor team performance Ryan Curran, Brian Farrell and Cormac Walsh tried hard.

Under 9 League
St Josephs (1) 10-1 St Anne's

Joeys under 10s first squad are improving with every game and against a young St Anne's team they all played well to record another good win. Every player in this team is working hard and putting their training into practice on the pitch. Chris Gaule continues to get the goals but it is the hard work off all the team that creates them. Best for Joeys were Michael Calvey, Ciaran Townsend and Barry Power

St Josephs (2) 1-5 St Anne's

St Joseph's younger nines team is also having a great season and despite losing they are demonstrating that in the coming years they will benefit from this years experience. Michael Mullins scored with a well-taken penalty and Adam Murphy, Sean Kirwan and Brian Hosey played well

Community Games

Bennekerry/Tinryland Boys took part in the Under 15 Indoor soccer on Sunday playing Borris. The teams were well matched in the first half with
both sides scoring a goal apiece with Padraig Whelan scoring the goal for B/T.
In the second half there was some great displays of skill from both sides but B/T or Borris could not find the net. The match went into extra time where Borris were eventually winners.
The team was Padraig Whelan, Darren Murphy, Alan Kirwan, Brian Farrell,
Michael Murphy, Luke Doyle and Ryan Curran.
Great Credit is due to manager John Maddock.

Community Games Draw

The Bennekerry/Tinryland Community Games draw will be held in Rathcrogue Centre on Friday next March 19th. All cards should be returned to the committee members by this date.

Stations of the Cross

A Reflection on The Way of the Cross, 'the Passion of Christ' will take place on Friday evening in St. Joseph's Church Tinryland at 7 pm.

Lenten Scripture Sharing

Lenten Scripture Sharing will continue in the Parochial House on Thursday evening at 8.00pm. It will be based on the Gospel the following Sunday.

Art Exhibition

There will be an Art Exhibition in Café Bleu, Court Place, Carlow from March 20th to April 20th. The local artists displaying their work will be Noreen Madden (Tinryland), Helen O'Meara (Nurney), Sally Ashmore (Maganey), Mary Cassidy (Maganey) and Jim Flack (Athy). There will also be a pottery exhibition from Gus Mableton from Thomastown

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