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Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 26 Jan 2005

Kathleen Celebrates 80th

Kathleen Costello celebrated her eightieth birthday last weekend in the company of her large family, eight sons and seven daughters. The special occasion took place in Ffrench's Restaurant in Castledermot. Kathleen was born eighty years ago in Castletown, the youngest member of the Kavanagh family. She had one sister and four brothers. Her brothers Morgan and Paddy lived their entire lives in Castletown
She began her schooling in Tinryland NS in the early thirties, walking the Mass path from Castletown. Shoes were often discarded in preference to the freedom of walking in bare feet during the summer months. Her teachers were, Ms Shine, Ms Prendergast, Mr. Brophy and Mr. Shine. Ms Prendergast, (later Mrs. Fleming), taught Kathleen's first five children during the late fifties and early sixties. Her school was sited where the current handball ally now stands. When she was in third class she moved to the new three- roomed school between Deane’s and Byrnes. There she continued her education through seventh class before commencing her secondary education in Saint Leo's Carlow. Transport to and from St Leo's was by bicycle; no school buses in those days, no heavy traffic. Rural electrification came to the Tinryland area in 1946 and among the ESB crew was Patrick Costello. Kathleen and Patrick were married in 1949 by Fr Dunny PP. Their union was blessed with a large family stretching from 1950 to almost 1969. The family moved the short distance to Rathcrogue in 1964. Six of the family live in the parish of Tinryland, seven others are within an hour and a half's drive of the homestead while the remaining two live near London.
We wish Kathleen many more years of good health and happiness.

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World Youth Day

(Cologne, Germany 14-21 Aug 2005.) This is intended for 17-30 year olds. Cost is approx. €499. This covers travel, basic food, and accommodation. The event is a youth pilgrimage involving lots of varied activities. Booking forms available in the Church Sacristy and porches. The booking deadline has been extended by five weeks to late January. The deposit is €100. The Parish wishes to sponsor 4 young people. Those interested should contact the Parish Priest Fr. McEvoy within the next week.


Tinryland ICA would like to thank all who supported its recent coffee morning in aid of the Asian Disaster fund. The proceeds, which amounted to €520, have been forwarded to GOAL.

Reach Out

A workshop to help enthuse and equip Parish volunteers to do visitation in their parish will take place in the Dolmen Hotel, Carlow on Tuesday February 22nd at 8 pm. Volunteers are sought and names should be given to Fr. McEvoy as soon as possible.


Sympathy is extended to Tinryland and Carlow U14 football mentor Cormac O’Toole of Ballycrogue on the death of his father Paddy O’Toole at St. Vincent’s Hospital Dublin on Monday 17th January. Mr O’Toole’s remains were removed from his home at 21 Rathbawn Road Castlebar on Wednesday last 19th January to the Church of the Holy Rosary Castlebar with burial taking place on Thursday last following requiem Mass.

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