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Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 5 Jan 2005

The Late Christy Fenlon

The death occurred in the Sacred Heart Home, Carlow on Saturday January 1st after a short illness of Christy Fenlon, late of St. Martin’s, Tinryland. He was in his 81st year and had been a patient in the hospital since April 2003. For many years he was a familiar figure around the village. He was a most popular person with both young and old. He entertained all and sundry with his stories even if some were slightly exaggerated. He loved the village and its surrounds and felt that the church, its grounds and Parochial House should be kept to its highest standards and he spent many hours on its maintenance.
For many years, Christy worked in Keenan’s of Ballinacarrig as a dairyman. He loved animals and the outdoor life. Although confined to bed in recent months, he never complained and was always in good humour to entertain the staff, fellow patients and his many visitors. Testimony to the esteem in which he was held was the large attendance present in Tinryland Church for the funeral ceremonies.
His remains were removed to Tinryland Church on Sunday January 2nd. Burial took place on Monday after concelebrated Mass in the local cemetery. The chief celebrant was Fr. John McEvoy PP assisted by Rev. Denis Doyle, former PP of Tinryland.

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Presentation Night

The Bennekerry/Tinryland Ladies Football Presentation Night will take place on Friday next, January 7th at 9 pm in Tinryland GFC Centre, Rathcrogue.
The AGM of the above club will be held in Tinryland GFC Centre on Tuesday January 11th at 9 pm.

School Concert

There was a very successful Christmas Concert and Matinee in Tinryland NS last week. All the school children played their part in making the productions an outstanding success. The staff would like to thank all the parents for their support and the auxiliary staff Mary O’Donoghue (Dancing), Helen Castle (Drama) and Mary O’Neill (Music) for their contributions to the Concert.
The following are the results of the Tinryland NS Christmas Draw:
Hampers- Alan Byrne, Ballinacarrig, Glen Doyle, Rathcrogue, Mark Hickey, Linkardstown, Monica Arthur, Suncroft, Sena Harenberg, Linkardstown and Ciaran Townsend, Linkardstown. Other winners were John Brennan, Castletown, Charles O’Hara, Fenagh, Tom Moore, Rathcrogue, Mary Shaw, Graiguecullen, David Murphy, Kyleballyhue, Rachel Buchs, Garryhundon and Valerie James, Tinryland.

Reaching Out

The 2004 Issue of the Tinryland Parish Magazine “Reaching Out” is available after all masses in St. Joseph’s Church. There are also copies available from Deanes Shop. The cost per issue is 5 Euro.

Review of the Year


Tinryland G.F.C. were winners of the prestigious Allied Irish Bank G.A.A. club of the year award for Co.Carlow.
Pat Byrne of Tinryland AC won his 5th consecutive County Carlow Cross-Country Title and led Tinryland to win the Odlum Cup with a brilliant run in the championships, which were held in Tinryland.
He also ran one of the best races in his career to win the silver medal in the Leinster Senior Cross Country Championships in Wexford where the Girls Under 14 Relay team took Gold medals.
St. Joseph’s Under 13 Soccer team reached the last 32 of the SFAI Cup.
Paddy Townsend was re-elected Chairman of Tinryland Juvenile GFC.


A meeting of parishioners was held in Tinryland NS for the launch of the new edition of the Kildare and Leighlin guide.
The new vibrancy in Tinryland G.F.C. was reflected in a record turnout for the clubs victory dinner dance in the Dolmen Hotel.
Over €3000 was raised at the St. Valentines night fundraiser in Tinryland G.F.C. in aid of cancer research and the Carlow Homecare organization.
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. The hearing received great coverage in the national press.
Tinryland GFC were once again well represented at the Scor Ceatharlach competition, winning 28 trophies.
Tinryland also staged the National Universities Cross Country Championships.


Five young soccer players from Tinryland club St. Joseph's were selected on the Carlow and District U13s football academy squad for a major international tournament in Barcelona at Easter.
The dispute between Tinryland GFC and the NRA over the proposed new motorway from Dublin to Waterford was featured on the "Seachtain" bi-lingual weekly programme on RTE 1.
John Farrell, Ballybar was re-elected Chairman at the 34th AGM of Tinryland AC in Rathcrogue.
The Tinryland GFC Website was launched having been designed by John Scott and David Franks.

Tinryland-Bennekerry Minor Girls Football team won the Carlow County Title while the Under 14 Girls team qualified for the Feile Peil na nOg in Tyrone. Pat Byrne took the National 10km Road Title in Sligo in fine style and also led Tinryland to win the Four County League.


The Tinryland golf classic in Mount Wolseley proved to be an outstanding success with over 120 golfers representing 30 teams taking part. Bishop Jim Moriarty officiated at both Masses in Tinryland on his pastoral visit on May 15th and 16th.
A variety and performing arts group was set up in the area.
The 29th Bennekerry/Tinryland Community Games Finals were held in ideal conditions in Rathcrogue.


Tinryland/Bennekerry won the Hosey Cup for the best athletic area in the Co. Community Games Finals in Ardattin.
Pat Hayden, Kilmeaney, decided to stand down after 30 years as a Presiding Officer for Elections in the Tinryland and Carlow areas.
The new Tinryland Parish website was formally launched at a well-attended function in Rathcrogue Centre. The GAA Website was also launched on the same evening having been up and running for the last couple of months while Tinryland GFC launched a major sponsorship deal with Dan Morrissey.


For the second time in 5 years Carlow representatives Tinryland won the All Ireland u14 Feile Peil na nOg division 4 title in Tyrone
Despite the inclement weather there was another very good crowd present at the Annual Graveyard Mass in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. The mass was celebrated by Fr. John McEvoy PP.
Carlow County Council prepared a village plan for the coordinated development of Tinryland and held a public consultation session in the local school.
Locally owned racehorse Treculiar was a very impressive winner of the Novice Hurdle at Killarney races.


Bennekerry/Tinryland Boys Under 15 Handball Team advanced to the National Community Games Finals after a fine win over Clara (Offaly) in the Leinster Final in Carlow and went on to take the silver medals in the National Finals. The team was Shane Redmond, Colm Nolan, Cormac Walshe, Brian Deane, Matthew O’Toole and Kevin Barrett.
A firm which specializes in renewing Church fittings began working on some of the key elements of St. Joseph’s Church.
The construction of 26 new houses in the village was completed in August.
In the National Community Games Finals there were many local successes including the Boys Under 14 Relay team 1st, Grace Lawlor, 1st Girls Under 8 80m and Sean Kirwan, 2nd Boys Under 8 80m.


Oscar winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis was a surprise participant in the Rockford Race, which drew large crowds to the village. Over 150 took part in the event that was won by Gerry Ryan of GCH and Irish Olympian Maria McCambridge broke the womens course record.
Record numbers competed in the Tinryland AC Autumn League.
A speed ramp was erected adjacent to the school and shop by Carlow County Council.
Tinryland Village gained its highest mark to date when the results for the National Tidy Towns Competition were announced.
The score of 187 out of 300 (62.3%) was an improvement of 9 marks on the previous year's total.
Tinryland made a glorious return to the Senior football ranks at Dr. Cullen Park when the Intermediate team convincingly won the Rapid Express Carlow I.F.C. title against Kilbride.
Tinryland U14 footballers duly added the Carlow U14 title to the All Ireland feile crown when they overran Miseal in a very one sided final.
The Variety Group held a Barn Dance in the Rathcrogue Centre.


Mrs. Breda Brennan Murphy, Clochristic, was crowned Queen of the Plough for the 5th time at the National Ploughing Championships in Grangeford.
Martin and Liz Kavanagh of Castletown celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Local youngsters Greg Murphy, Cillian Townsend and Cian Lawlor competed on the Irish team in the WKC Childrens and Junior Karate World Cup in Darmstadt, Germany.
St. Joseph’s AFC fielded a team in the Carlow and District Senior League for the first time.
Tinryland Juvenile G.F.C. was awarded the prestigious club of the year award at the annual coisde presentation night.
Over 100 young players from the juvenile club attended the second compromise rules test between Ireland and Australia in Croke Park.
Tinryland juniors lifted the clubs 4th trophy at adult level this year when comfortably accounting for Asca in the Co. J.F.C. (B) final at Dr Cullen Park.


Tinryland Senior Citizens held a Fundraising Draw.
The 22nd AGM of Bennekerry/Tinryland Community Games was held in Rathcrogue Centre with Tommy Lyons re-elected Chairman.
Eight new Eucharistic Ministers were appointed in Tinryland Parish.
Paddy Murphy of Ballybar Upper had the great distinction of receiving a Hall of Fame honour at the Carlow Handball Awards night in Borris.
Mick (Benny) Byrne was elected Chairman of the Tinryland NS Parent-Teacher Association.
Tinryland Intermediate footballers exited the Leinster Intermediate championship at the first hurdle when losing by the minimum margin to a more determined Erin’s Own of Castlecomer.
Tinryland-Bennekerry U16 girls ended a great season for the local ladies G.F.C. when they defeated Ballinkillen in the Co. U16 final.


There was a great attendance at the Tinryland Senior Citizens Christmas Party in Rathcrogue.
The children of Fr. Cullen Memorial School had their bi-annual Christmas Concert.
The 2004 Reaching Out Magazine was launched.
David Power, Park was elected Chairman of Tinryland GFC at the AGM in Rathcrogue.
Tinryland won the Carlow SFL Division 2 Title.

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