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Weekly News Roundup - Monday 17 Oct 2005

Patrick off to Zambia to help set up computer room

SIXTEEN year old Patrick Byrne of Linkardstown a student at Knockbeg College departs for Lusaka in Zambia next Wednesday on a transition year project with a difference.

For the past six months Patrick who is the eldest son of Shay and Rita Byrne has been planning and fundraising for his project which involves fully equipping and setting up a computer training room in one of the Zambian capitals most under privileged schools. Patrick’s granduncle Fr. Eamonn Hayden of Kilmeaney has worked as a Kiltegan missionary priest in Lusaka for over thirty years.

To date Patrick who plays Gaelic Football for Tinryland and basketball and football for Knockbeg has raised funds and purchased ten computers together with printers, scanners and educational software for the project. All the equipment has already been transported to Lusaka and is awaiting Patrick’s arrival to begin setting up the training room. For the duration of his project Patrick has received tremendous encouragement and support from Fr. Murphy, the staff and pupils of Knockbeg College. Patrick is particularly grateful for all the financial contributions from family, friends and business concerns in the area.

Patrick will stay in the Central African country for one month and will be accompanied for part of the trip by his father Shay and his friend and neighbour Tony Turner a computer expert who has given him invaluable advice and assistance for his unique project.

TINRYLAND FOROIGE CLUB Tinryland Foroige club are starting back on October 21 from 7.30 - 8.30 in the Tinryland G.F.C. New and old members welcome back between the ages of 12 - 18.

ATTENTION FARMERS: There are four vacancies remaining on the rural social scheme in Carlow to provide supplementary income for qualifying farming households. To be eligible you must be in receipt of Farm Assist from the Department of Social and Family Affairs, or have a herd/flock number from the Department of Agriculture and Food and be in receipt of Unemployment Assistance, Unemployment Benefit or Disability Allowance. Contact Carlow LEADER, McGrath Hall, Bagenalstown. 059-9720733.

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