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Weekly News Roundup - Thursday 16 Jun 2005

MRS. Kathleen O’Neill, who has been Parish Sacristan since the early 1970s was the recipient of the ‘Benemerenti’ Medal at the Mass celebrated by Bishop Jim Moriarty at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 12. This Medal is a Papal award and is reserved for individuals who contribute to the life of the Church in an exceptional way. Kathleen has spent her entire life close to St. Joseph’s Church. As a child her grandmother, Mrs. Hayden, was Sacristan and then her mother, Mrs. O’Neill, was also the Sacristan for a lengthy period. Kathleen had done a long apprentice-ship in sacristan duties even before she became the official Sacristan and since then has gone on to give invaluable service to the Parish over the last three decades.

WEBSITE: There have been some recent changes to the Tinryland Parish website. The popular forums section is now up and running again having been recently given a facelift. This facility allows users to create new discussion topics and post new messages on various issues and events and contains a new registration section. There is also a new links section with sites of local interest included and an option where users can select new links. Since the launch of the website in June of last year, there have been almost 10,000 hits from Ireland and countries all over the world. The Tinryland Parish Website can be accessed at

REACHING OUT: The Reaching Out initiative to visit Parish homes will shortly be launched. There will be a Parish directory (20 page booklet), which will be distributed to each home by the “Visitors”. The meeting to discuss the final details will take place in the Parochial House on Friday, June 19 at 8.45 pm.

BENNEKERRY-TINRYLAND LADIES G.F.C. A table quiz in aid of Bennekerry-Tinryland ladies football club will be held in the Tinryland G.F.C. clubhouse in Rathcrogue on Friday, June 17 at 8.30 p.m. Proceeds from the quiz will be used to offset the cost of travelling to the All Ireland feile in Limerick at the beginning of July. Congratulations to all who took part in the Country Walk on Sunday last and thanks to all who supported the event.

Bennekerry/Tinryland Girls Under 12 team played their first championship game on Sunday against O’Hanrahan’s and lost out by 4-8 to 17. Scorers for B/T were Clodagh McGrath (1-0), Amanda Kinsella, Lauren Dwyer, Dearbhla Kelly (0-2 each) and Cliona O’Leary (0-1). The other team members ere Emma Delaney, Jenny Condon, Vivienne Nolan, Tanya Curran, Caoimhe McCreanor, Katie Doyle, Orla Stafford, Niamh O’Neill, Una McVeigh, Sarah Kehoe, Stacey Brooks, Judith Doyle, Jenny Doheny, Eimear Fahy, Lauren McGrath. Coaches Frankie Kelly and Pat McArdle.

COMMUNITY GAMES SWIMMING: The following Area 11 swimmers were successful at the Carlow Community Games swimming finals:

Boys Under 10 Freestyle-Andrew Hanley - Gold. Boys Under 12 Freestyle-Donald Curran - Gold. Boys Under 16 Backstroke-Simon Breheny- Gold. Girls Under 16 Backstroke-Alison Hanley- Gold. Girls Under 12 Freestyle- Roisin Breheny - Silver. Boys Under 12 Breaststroke-Eoin Luke Kelly- Bronze. Marie Lawlor reached the semi-final of the Girls Under 10 Freestyle

CELEBRATION: The Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will visit St. Joseph’s Church, Tinryland on Sunday, June 19 from 2.45 - 4.45 p.m.

The programme will be as follows: 2.45p.m. Procession into Church; 2.50 p.m. Talk on the Fatima Message by the custodian; 3.15 p.m. Celebration of the Eucharist; 4 p.m. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; 4.10 p.m. The Parish will be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary; 4.15 p.m. Enrolment in the Brown Scapular; 4.30 p.m. Benediction. People are invited to come for any part of the programme and to avail of the chance of praying in the presence of this special Pilgrim Statue.

CEMETERY MASS: The Annual Cemetery Mass in Tinryland will be celebrated on Friday July 8th at 8 pm. All graves should be attended to .

PILGRIMAGE: The St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Saturday June 25th. The bus will leave Tinryland at around 7.45 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.

COACH TOUR: There will be a trip to the Fairyhouse Sunday Markets in Co. Meath on Sunday, June 26. Those interested in travelling should contact Eithne Ryan at 9722004 before Tuesday, June 21.

CARLOW WOMENS AID: Carlow Womens Aid provides an information, support and counselling service for women who are experiencing or have experienced violence in the home. Freephone 1800 444 944.

PTAA: The Confirmation Class of 2005 will receive their Pioneer Pins on Thursday, June 23. The cost of the pin and certificate is •4 and this should be paid before Friday, June 17. Anyone who received pins in 2001 are due to get the full pin now. Anyone wishing to become full Pioneers should contact Josie at 087-8324656.

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