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Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 15 Sep 2004

Tinryland Village gained its highest mark to date when the results for the National Tidy Towns Competition were announced last week.
The score of 187 out of 300 (62.3%), an improvement of 9 marks on last year's total was very encouraging in the sense that the local committee was in many ways inactive over the last few months prior to adjudication.
It was also a marked contrast to last years disappointing results when more work was put in to have the village in an immaculate condition.
In the overall developmental approach, the adjudicators praised the information and plans set out for the coming years but felt that it could be more specific in its approach. In the Built Environment area, all buildings in the village were seen as well maintained and the plans for the restoration of the old hall and ball alley were commended. The landscaping work in the village was praised particularly around the school and car park while the village was seen as practically litter free on the day of judging apart from minor traces of litter on the car park. The housing estates and open spaces in the village were all seen as looking very well and many nice gardens added to the appearance of the village. It was again felt however that the area around the tennis club was badly in need of refurbishment and that approach roads needed strimming on judging day. The general impression was that Tinryland is a very nice village and had improved a great deal with the potential to do very well in the competition. The adjudicators felt that further success would be achieved in future years through the plans being made for the village and maintaining current progress to a high level.
The breakdown of marks was as follows: Overall Developmental Approach: 30/50, The Built Environment: 26/40, Landscaping 26/40, Wildlife and Natural Amenities 15/30, Litter Control 22/40, Tidiness 15/20, Residential Areas 21/30, Roads, Streets and Back Areas 25/40 and General Impression 7/10.

Evans on Top In League

Tommy Evans of Gowran continued his dominance of this years Autumn League with a convincing win in the 2nd stage over 4 miles on Wednesday last. Evans broke away from the field at the start and went on to win in an excellent time of 20 minutes 18 seconds, some 50 seconds ahead of clubmate Robbie McGee with Dwayne Farrell of Tinryland just behind 3rd. Tommy McElwaine of SBR was 4th in 21 mins 16 with Tommy Payne defying his veteran status with an excellent time of 21 mins 21. The second fastest time of the night was run by Pat Byrne who finished the course in 20 mins 30, having started one minute after the field.
Local athletes to run well were Jeremiah O’Sullivan 13th, Willie Quinlan 15th, JJ Murphy 17th and Peter Murphy 19th. The ladies section was won for the second night in succession by Barbara Rossiter of KCH in 27 mins 26 with Eileen Kelly of St Abbans 2nd in 28 mins 32 and Ann McGreal of Sportsworld running a fine race to finish 3rd in 28 mins 44.
There was a very high turnout of almost 65 competitors on the night considering the unfortunate clash with the Switzerland-Ireland World Cup Match.
Next Sundays 3rd stage incorporates the 25th Anniversary Rockford Rooftile Race and starts in Tinryland at 2 pm with entries taken in the school from 12 pm onwards.

The following are the full results:

Senior Men: 1st- Tommy Evans (Gowran) 20:18 2nd- Pat Byrne (Tinryland) 20:30 3rd- Robbie McGee (Gowran) 21:09 4th- Dwayne Farrell (Tinryland) 21:11 5th- Tommy McElwaine (SBR) 21:16 6th- Tommy Payne (Tinryland) 21:21 7th- Pat Malone (Newbridge) 21:55 8th- Jim Stafford (Slaney Olympic) 22:28 9th- Eoin Brett (Newbridge) 22:34 10th- Paul Cody (KCH) 22:36.

Senior Women: 1st- Barbara Rossiter (KCH) 27:26 2nd- Eileen Kelly (St. Abban’s) 28:32 3rd- Ann McGreal (Sportsworld) 28:44 4th- Kate O’Connor (KCH) 29:12 5th- Peggy Browne (KCH) 29:37 6th- Siobhan O’Reilly (Thomastown) 29:57.

Donal’s purple patch continues with three winners

Local greyhound trainer Donal Murphy whose kennel is enjoying a purple patch at present had a night to remember on Friday last when his charges won 3 races at two different venues. Having been highly impressive in the earlier rounds Blue Quill produced another sensational performance to win the final of the Tom Johnson Memorial stake at Newbridge running from trap 4. At Harold’s Cross on the same night Balerno Beauty and Captain Tosh were winners for the Castletown based trainer. Donal will be looking for further success on this coming Friday when Deas Gorm competes in the final of the Coughlan, White and Partners Solicitors Tri Distance Stake at Newbridge having looked impressive in earlier rounds.

Yoga course to start in Tinryland G.F.C.

A 5-week yoga course will begin in Tinryland G.F.C. on Tuesday 28th September at 8.p.m. The cost for the entire course is €40 to be paid on the opening night. For further details contact Angela at 059 9133305.


The St Padre Pio National Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine takes place on Sunday September 19. Early booking essential. For further information contact Eithne Ryan at 059-9722004.

PTAA Dinner Dance

The Annual Dinner Dance for the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association (Carlow Region) will be held in the Dolmen Hotel, Carlow on Friday October 8th. Tickets are priced at 22 Euro and are available from committee members. For further information contact Josie Kelly or Tina Broderick. Non-pioneers are also welcome to attend.

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