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Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 7 Apr 2004


New website for Tinryland G.F.C.

History was made on Friday last when Tinryland G.F.C. which has been in existence since 1888 launched its own website on the Internet. Designed by Offaly hurling star David Franks and Tinryland club secretary John Scott the new website ranks among the best GAA sites on the Internet. It includes a detailed history of the club since the beginning with numerous photos of different Tinryland teams that were successful. The new site also has sections devoted to juvenile football, Scor and the Ladies club. It also has links to the other Carlow clubs that have their own websites.
Plans are in place to link the site to the new Tinryland parish website which is due to be launched shortly. The new website can be found by logging in to

Tinryland on Top in Four County League

Pat Byrne continued his fine recent form with another win in the 3rd stage of the Four County League in Gowran Co. Kilkenny on Sunday last. The Army Sergeant had his most impressive display in this event to date, having maintained a 400m lead over the chasing pack for the final three laps. Dwayne Farrell had another excellent outing in 4th position with newcomer Eddie O'Neill 7th edging out Veteran Tommy Payne in 8th. The winning Tinryland team was completed by Willie Quinlan in 17th and look set to win the team title with an unassailable 100 pt lead over SBR Ferns with one stage left. There was once again a good turnout from club members with the other finishers being PJ Byrne 19th, JJ Murphy 37th, Eddie Walsh 43rd, Rock Pender 51st, Sean Doyle 58th, PJ Doyle 60th, John Maye 61st, Kevin Cuddy 68th, Denis Shannon 69th and Sean Duggan 74th. Tinryland also have a narrow 12 point advantage on St. Abban's in the B section and lead the Veterans team event.
In the Ladies Race, Tina Doyle had a great run in 7th place with Ann Brennan showing another improvement in 25th.
The final stage will be held in Tolerton Co. Laois on Friday April 16th at 7 pm sharp.

(Photo enclosed of Tinryland AC Team after last Sunday's Race)

Bon Voyage

Best wishes to the five St. Joseph's soccer players who left for Barcelona on this Wednesday morning to take part in the Trofeo Meditterano underage tournament.
The five local lads Conor Byrne, Ryan Curran, David O'Shea, Matthew O'Toole and Padraic Whelan are part of the Carlow Schoolboys soccer academy team that were invited to the prestigious tournament by F.A.I. regional development officer Paul Sheridan who will bring five other squads from the south east to the event. The Carlow squad will play in a group that includes Floria from Arrezzo in Italy, Tullibody United from Alloa in Scotland and a team from Marseille in France. The group games are scheduled for Friday and Saturday with the finals fixed for Sunday afternoon. When in Spain the Carlow group that includes four adults from Tinryland will visit the famous Nou Camp stadium home of F.C. Barcelona. The group will also attend a Spanish league match in the Olympic stadium.

McDonald's U16 football championship

Tinryland 2-12 Michael Davitts 2-7

Tinryland made a good start to this years U16 football championship by proving marginally stronger than the home side in a competitive game at Old Leighlin on Friday last. In a closely matched first half both sides did well to overcome the difficult conditions after a number of heavy showers. At the interval Tinryland led by 2 points after raising the white flag 9 times to the home sides 7.
Early in the second half Mark Morrissey scored Tinryland's opening goal but strong play from Sean Brennan and Padraig Amond who both scored goals for Davitt's saw only two points between the sides once again entering the closing stages. With Ian Scully and Padraig Townsend beginning to dominate at midfield and with sub Donal Kingston making an immediate impact when introduced Tinryland finally put the issue beyond doubt when Townsend flicked a Scully '45 to the net with 2 minutes remaining.
The winners had outstanding players in Ian Scully, Padraig Townsend, Shane Redmond, Laurence O'Neill, Jason Curran, Colm Nolan, Brian O'Halloran and goalkeeper Bobby Whelan.

A talk by Regina Duane (Community Support Officer with Carlow V.E.C.) on drug awareness and education for young people in sport will be held on Thursday, April 15th at Tinryland GFC clubhouse commencing at 8.30 p.m. sharp. All team mentors and committee members are requested to attend.


Under 12 League

Hanover Harps 1-2 St Josephs

St Josephs collected all three points after a very good display in The Plots on Saturday. Playing into a strong breeze in the first half Joeys took the game to the home side and with Dean Farrell in great form on the right wing they created a number of good goal scoring opportunities but failed to take any of them. The Joeys defence was strong and kept the home side to just a couple of chances but at half time it was still 0-0.
The second half saw Joeys continue to create all the chances but it looked as if it was going to be one of those days as they continued to miss numerous opportunities and also some great goalkeeping by the Hanover keeper. The pressure eventually led to a break through. When the ball was played down the right Dean Farrell beat two players before crossing for Kris Whelan to volley the ball to the net. Immediately from the kick off Joeys went to sleep and allowed a Hanover player to beat three defenders and score to level the game. However Joeys continued to press forward and with five minutes remaining Darren Murphy collected the ball on the half way line. He took on two players and having created some room for himself sent an unstoppable shot to the roof of the Hanover net from fully thirty yards. This goal would grace any football field and will definitely qualify as Joey's goal of the season. Joeys then had to defend as Hanover pushed forward in search of the equalizer bur they held out for a fine win. Best for Joeys in a good all round team display were Dean Farrell, Kevin Barrett, Niall Farrell and Darren Murphy.

Community Games

Bennekerry/Tinryland played Bagenalstown in the Boys Under 12 soccer competition last week. The team was slow to settle with Bagenalstown scoring twice early in the first half. B/T then scored with two goals coming from Barry Kennedy. Half time
score was 2-2. B/T came out very strong in the second half with a great goal from Eoin Maddock and then Barry Kennedy scored again to claim his hat-trick. Final
score B/T 4- Bagenalstown 2. It was a great team performance.
B/T were drawn against Graiguecullen in the semi-final. B/T were unlucky to
go down 2 goals in the first few minutes. B/T fought hard all through the
game. They scored 3 goals, 2 from Barry Kennedy and 1 from Jack Lowry but
it was Graiguecullen who progressed to the final with the final score
Graiguecullen 7 B/T 3.
B/T had another great team performance. The team was Michael Lawlor, Eric
Bates, Michael Delaney, Barry Kennedy, Aaron Doyle, James Murphy, Martin
Deane, Eoin Maddock, Jack Lowry, Kevin Chubb, Rory Lynch and Jonathan
Brennan. Great credit to Manager John Maddock.

Easter Ceremonies

The following ceremonies will take place in St. Joseph's Church, Tinryland over the Easter week:

Holy Thursday: 8th April
Liturgy of the Lords Supper - 8 pm

Good Friday: 9th April
Stations of the Cross (on the Parochial avenue) weather permitting - 3 pm
Liturgy of the Passion with Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion - 7 pm

Holy Saturday: 10th April
The Easter Vigil. The Ceremony of Light. Renewal of Baptismal Promises - 9 pm

Trocaire Boxes may be returned at the time of the ceremonies on any of the days from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday. They should be placed in a container, which will be beside the Altar.

Local Artist joins Elite Group

Congratulations are extended to local artist Noreen Madden (Tinryland) who has recently been selected for full membership of the Pastel Association of Ireland, which is based in Lisburn Co. Antrim. Noreen had been an associate member for a number of years. This year she forwarded a number of her pastel pictures and was overjoyed to be selected to this elite Group due to the quality of her artwork.

(Photo enclosed)

Table Quiz

A table quiz in aid of Staplestown Parish will be held in Tinryland GAA Clubhouse, Rathcrogue on Wednesday April 14th at 8.30 pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.

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