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Weekly News Roundup - Sunday 8 May 2005

Tinryland Variety Group make big impression at Carlow Tops in Tullow

“ A highly charged show showing a great variety of skill with excellent comedy, music and dance”. Those were the words of adjudicator Seamus O’Rourke as he summed up the first ever venture by a group from Tinryland into the Carlow Tops with the Robert O’Neill production “The music in me” which attracted a packed house to the Murphy memorial hall Tullow on Tuesday of last week.
Robert O’Neill who produced, choreographed and also acted as musical director excelled himself in this sixty minute production which involved over forty people from the area and attracted a very big Tinryland following that went home more that satisfied that artistic talent is alive and well once again in our community.
When the points were calculated Tinryland only failed by a whisker to make the final at the first attempt against experienced groups from Rathnure, Enniscorthy, Tullow and Hacketstown but the end result mattered little when balanced against the entertainment provided at last Tuesday’s show.
From the opening scene “Fame” featuring Michelle Hutton combining song and dance the Tinryland show had the packed audience entertained with the first of many comedy acts coming on stage when Anne- Marie Maher and Caroline Curran played the parts of Queenie and Marge. Scene 3 featured a Jazz scene from Chicago with the singing being led by Madeline Doyle while the audience was in raptures when Ber Deane played out a pub scene while reciting a funny monologue about the game of pool. Next followed a confessional scene featuring Pat Hayden who provided a link to Tinryland groups from the past and he was joined by Padraig Delaney and John “Sparks” Murphy who showed that he could have a career on the stage if he ever gave up the football.
The show continued with excellent performances from singers Marie Farrell and Aideen Byrne with Tinryland’s recently crowned All Ireland Irish Dance winner Ann-Marie Kehoe leading the dancers in a musical story about emigration.
The entertainment continued to flow with a Motown melody and a scene from the Hairdressers that featured a great acting performance from Anthony Pender.
One of the most popular acts of the night was a scene from a film set called “ Johnny’s Dead” featuring Padraig Delaney, Colm Delaney, John Murphy and Roisin Cleary while the finale to a great show featured the second performance of the night from singer Noreen Farrell who had earlier entertained the audience during the scene “ Voice of Emigration”.
Trojan work on the night was done by the backroom team led by stage manager Evan Doyle while the costumes provided by Tina Doyle added greatly to the show. Sean O’Neill who designed the sets also deserves a special mention as do Billy Wright and Gillian Robinson who were responsible for lighting and make up respectively.
The rest of the cast that contributed to an excellent show was: Maria Byrne, Nicola Byrne, Eilish Costello, Amanda Doyle, Aileen Farrell, Lisa- Marie Farrell, Joanie Feeney, Orla Glancy, Linda Hennessy, Michael Hennessy, Andrea Jeaney, Aislinn Kavanagh, Simone Kelly, Nessa Lowry, Brenda Maddock, Enid McCreanor, Laura O’Farrell, Sharon O’Neill, Niamh O’Regan, Valerie Salter and Aine Shiels.
At the final of the competition on Friday last, Tinryland were again much commended by judges and the Carlow Tops Committee, receiving nominations for every award and being awarded with 'Best New Act' for the overall performance and 'Best Comedy Item' for Johnny's dead. The group was also much praised for creativity for coming up with the concept for 'The Voice of Emigration'. Robert O'Neill and Linda Hennessy collected the awards on behalf of Tinryland Variety Group.

Athletics Training

Athletics training for Tinryland/Bennekerry Community Games takes place in Tinryland Parochial Fields on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 7 and 8 pm for the coming months.
The area finals will be held in Bennekerry on Thursday May 19th.


A committee meeting of Tinryland-Bennekerry Ladies GFC will be held on Tuesday May 10th at 9 pm in Tinryland GAA Centre.


The St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Saturday June 25th. The bus will leave Tinryland at around 9 am and the cost per place is 15 Euro. Bookings and payments should be made by June 12th to Josie Kelly, Linkardstown at 087-8324656.

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