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Weekly News Roundup - Friday 6 Jan 2006

Popular Teacher Retires

Tinryland NS teacher Mrs. Maire Foster bid a sad farewell to her pupils for the last time on Thursday December 22nd.
Maire, a native of Faugheen, Carrick On Suir, took up her appointment in Tinryland in 1980, having previously taught in the Mercy Convent in Rosbercon, New Ross and St. Fiacc’s, Graiguecullen.
During her 25 years in Tinryland, she was respected for her professional, dedicated approach to her work and for the care and welfare of her pupils.
For many years she prepared her classes for First Communion and she also took a keen interest in the school environs.
A deputy principal, Maire staged some spectacular shows for the school concerts. She also worked with parents for many years for much needed fundraising, one being a special and well-remembered fashion show in Rathcrogue House.
She will be sadly missed by her pupils, parents and colleagues and is wished many happy years of a well-deserved retirement.
Ms. Bredeen Keane will replace Maire on Monday next.
Ms. Keane has been teaching in Askea Girls NS and resides in Kyleballyhue.

The Ups in You’re Star Final

Best wishes are once again extended to local group “The Ups” who will compete in the finals of the You’re Star Talent Competition in the Helix in DCU on Sunday January 14th.
The duo consisting of Debbie Kelly, Linkardstown and Justin Kelly, Carlow are now in the last 12 of the competition, which attracted thousands of entries at auditions in four locations around Ireland.
All the remaining acts will now compete against each other on a weekly basis on RTE television with a contestant eliminated each week until the grand final in April.
All support and especially text votes would be greatly appreciated.

Tinryland’s X Factor

The search for Tinryland’s very own X Factor contestant is on, as Tinryland Variety Group are hosting a special fundraising night in the Clubhouse on Friday 24th February. The three judges for the event are soon to be announced. Over the next few weeks, each judge will pick and coach three acts. The audience on the night will choose the eventual winner. Tickets are €5 and are soon available in Jim Deane’s shop, the clubhouse, or from members of the variety group and a great night is assured.
The Variety Group are resuming practice after the Christmas break on Sunday January 8th in the Clubhouse from 2 to 5pm. This extra day will be for people that have missed out on practices and also for new members to catch up but everyone is asked to come to this practice. Normal weekly sessions will resume at 8 o'clock on Tuesday nights in the Clubhouse from 11th January onwards. The group are currently preparing for this year's show to be staged in late April. We are currently looking for singers, dancers, actors, and backstage crew for the show. Anybody interested can contact Robert O'Neill on 086 3501699.

Sky Flight for Santa

Schoolchildren in Tinryland NS awaited Santa with great anticipation and enthusiasm on Wednesday December 21st.
Parent-Teacher Chairman Mick Byrne made abortive attempts in his vintage Morris Minor and another in a tractor to confuse the children as to the actual mode of transport of Santa’s arrival. With excitement at a frenzy, the sight of Santa descending from the air in a helicopter was the perfect finale.
Thanks to Stephen Murphy of Milltown Engineering and all involved.

Successful Draw

Tinryland Parent-Teacher Association held a very successful Christmas draw on Wed December 21st. Prior to the arrival of Santa in his helicopter, officers Mick, Barbara, Caroline and Martina put in many hours putting the hamper together and would like to thank the many parents who submitted prizes for the draw.

The following were winners:

1. Mick Byrne, Rathcrogue 2. Roisin and Cormac O’Brien, Ballyloo 3. Leanne Costello, Rathcrogue 4. Claire and Benson Byrne, Ballinacarrig 5. Josh Scully, Tinryland 6. John Murphy, Ballyloo 7. Jim Dunne c/o Hosey’s PO 8. Barbara Nolan, Ballybar Upper 9. Jenny Curran, Clonegal 10. Shannen Townsend, Ballybar Upper 11. Paul Murphy c/o Morrissey’s 12. John Brennan, Castletown 13. Ciaran Doyle, Rathcrogue 14. Bridie Kelly, c/o Jamie Hodge, Ballinacarrig 15. Linda Galway, Tullow 16. Ian Scully, Tinryland 17. Patrick Farrell, Ballycarney 18. Vera Holmes, Tinryland 19. The Foster family, Tinryland 20. Deboragh Howard, Tinryland 21. Darragh Townsend, Linkardstown 22. Shauna Farrell c/o Tinryland NS 23. Eddie Townsend, Linkardstown 24. Jason Kehoe c/o Aaron Doyle.

Reaching Out

The 2005 Reaching Out Emigrants letter is now in circulation.
Liam Byrne made a significant contribution to the publication with well-written articles on locals Paddy Regan and Eddie Kennedy together with the Leinster Hills Golf Club and the Irish Sugar Factory.
There are also many detailed accounts of the many sporting, cultural and religious events in the parish for the past year together with interesting pictures from years gone by.
The Reaching Out Magazine, which contains 35 pages, can be purchased in Deane’s Shop or in St. Josephs Church and is excellent value at 5 euro.

Tinryland Variety Group

Practices for the variety group will resume on Tuesday 11th January. New members young and old welcome. The group are beginning to rehearse for the Carlow Tops competition due to take place at the end of April.


Review of the Year

January

Pat Byrne of Tinryland AC won his 6th consecutive County Carlow Cross-Country Title and led Tinryland to win the Odlum Cup with Tommy Payne winning an individual medal for the 26th consecutive year.
Pat then had his best ever performance to win silver at the Leinster Cross Country Championships in Tinryland.
There was a very large attendance in Tinryland G.F.C. clubhouse when
Kerry football captain Daire O’Cinneide brought the Sam Maguire Cup to the club for the annual juvenile presentation evening.
140 young players representing eight teams received awards.
Brian Teague was also appointed trainer of the Senior Football team.

February

FUNDRAISING in Tinryland for the Tsunami disaster appeal was a huge success with a total of €7500 raised. Tinryland parish contributed €4000 to the Trocaire appeal run in conjunction with the diocese of Kildare and Leighlin.
A joint fundraiser between the staff of Seamus Byrne Electrical L.T.D. and Tinryland G.F.C. in aid of the Irish Red Cross raised 3500.
Over 500 athletes competed in the Irish Masters and Intermediate Cross Country Championships in Tinryland with Tommy Payne winning his section.
Tinryland-Bennekerry Girls U16 Basketball team won the Carlow Community Games Title.
Tinryland AC won bronze team medals in the "C" section at the Irish Senior CC with Pat Byrne leading the way in 14th position.
There was a record attendance at a very enjoyable Tinryland G.F.C. dinner dance in the Seven Oaks Hotel.

March

Tinryland was featured in a 1-hour radio programme on KCLR entitled "Your Neighbourhood". There were interviews with representatives from all the clubs and organizations in the parish and it also featured local musical talent.
The death of 6 year old Ger O’Donoghue in a road accident in Ballybar caused a great amount of shock and sadness in the area.
The B.O.M of Tinryland School were informed that their application for a summer grant has been successful with a 6 figure sum allocated for various improvements.
It was decided at a Parish meeting to prepare a leaflet listing all parish and community information.
18 Children from Tinryland NS made their First Confession in St. Joseph’s Church on Wednesday March 9th. The celebrant was Fr. John McEvoy PP.
Jim Morgan, Tinryland was elected Chairman at the 35th AGM of Tinryland AC in Rathcrogue

April

A convoy of 15 trucks and 12 ambulances left Lapple car park on as part of the Operation Hope XXV mission to Belarus. This was the 25th convoy to travel to Belarus from Ireland and was led by the Carlow ambulance sponsored by the Carlow Outreach Group of the Chernobyl Children’s Project and driven by Michael Aylward, Ballyloo and Michael Lyons.
Colm Kennedy of Ballycrogue was selected on the Irish Pony Club Mounted Games team for an international competition in Stirling, Scotland.
Pat Meaney, Rathcrogue organized a hugely successful golf classic, which raised 10,000 Euro in aid of Niall Mellon’s township challenge building project in Capetown, South Africa.
Ann Marie Kehoe, Ballybar took Gold in the Reel Under 18 and a bronze in the Jig at the All Ireland Dancing Championships in the Helix, Dublin.
Bennekerry-Tinryland took Gold in the Boys Under 10 and Girls Under 12 Gaelic Football competitions in the Carlow Community Games finals.
Tinryland were 2nd team in the National 10km Championships and also won the team event in the Four County League.

May

Padraig Townsend, Ballyloo along with David Donovan formed the Carlow team, which won the National 40x20 U17 Doubles Handball final at Mullingar.
Tinryland Variety Group made a big impression at Carlow Tops in Tullow and only narrowly failed to reach the final.
Eighteen Tinryland NS pupils made their First Communion in St. Joseph’s Church, Tinryland on Sunday May 22.
St Joseph’s won their first ever Carlow league title when the U13 team defeated local rivals Nurney Villa 2-1.
35 teams took part in the Tinryland Golf Classic in Mount Wolseley.
A few floodlighting system was installed in Tinryland GFC for the new playing pitch.
Tinryland footballer Colm Doran helped Knockbeg College to win the All Ireland colleges (A) final in Nenagh.

June

Mrs. Kathleen O’Neill, who has been Parish Sacristan since the early 1970s was the recipient of the ‘Benemerenti’ Medal at a Mass celebrated by Bishop Jim Moriarty on Sunday, June 12.
Bennekerry/Tinryland Community Games Athletics team won the Hosey cup for the best athletic area in sun drenched Ardattin. This was a historic 4 in a row achievement.
28 Children from Tinryland NS received their Pioneer Pins in St. Joseph’s Church. Mrs. Maureen Regan, Graiguenaspideogue, received a Gold Medal to mark her 50 years as a Pioneer member.

July

The Bennekerry/Tinryland teams who represented Carlow in the Leinster Finals were unlucky to lose out in their competitions with the Boys Under 10 Football team, Girls Under 16 Basketball team and Boys Under 13 Handball team all losing in the semi-finals.
There was another large attendance at the Annual Cemetery Mass at St. Joseph’s Church, Tinryland.
Aideen Byrne, Ballybar Upper and Mary Barrett, Rathcrogue, travelled to Toronto on Saturday, July 16 with Carlow Young Artists Choir. The choir had accepted an invitation to be a featured artist choir-in-residence at the Choral Music Experience Institute for Choral Teacher Education at the University of Toronto.
There was a fine turnout of runners, joggers and walkers for the Tinryland AC Handicap Run in aid of the Special Olympics.
Tinryland Under 14 footballers were denied a 2nd successive All Ireland feile title by a kick of a ball at the Gaelic grounds in Limerick when they lost to Shelmaliers of Wexford.



August

Ryan Curran, David O’Shea and Conor Byrne were all selected for the Irish Under 15 International Soccer Trials.
The Tinryland AC Autumn League had a record turnout for its opening stage with almost 100 taking part.

September

Tinryland Village once again gained its highest mark to date when the results for the National Tidy Towns Competition were announced. The score of 194 out of 300 (64.6%), an improvement of 7 marks on last year's total continued Tinryland’s improved showing in the competition since first entering some 6 years ago and an increase of 20 points on the score of 174 just three years ago.
Bennekerry-Tinryland Girls U12 and U14 Football teams win County Football Titles.
The Tinryland Senior Mens team of Pat Byrne, Dwayne Farrell and debutant Paul Doyle produced exceptional performances to win bronze medals in the National Half Marathon Championships in Tinryland.
British International Peter Riley of Leigh Harriers, Manchester produced an exceptional run to break the long standing course record with a time of 18 mins 30 in the Rockford Rooftile Race.
Tinryland Under 14 (A) team retained their County Title by defeating Palatine.

October

Patrick Byrne of Linkardstown a student at Knockbeg College departed for Lusaka in Zambia for a project which involved fully equipping and setting up a computer training room in one of the Zambian capitals most under privileged schools.
Dwayne Farrell won the Tinryland AC Autumn League.
Tinryland Minor Footballers were beaten in the County final by town rivals Eire Og by a 2-point margin.
Bennekerry-Tinryland Girls U16 Football team won the Carlow Final.


November

RATHCROGUE building contractor Pat Meaney returned from his second tour of duty at the Niall Mellon Township challenge in Imizamo Yethu near Cape Town in South Africa.
Tommy Payne and Peter and JJ Murphy represented Ireland in the Home Countries Masters International Cross Country.
Tinryland GFC hosted Limerick club Claughaun. The city club had been Tinryland’s host club for the All Ireland Feile Championships earlier in the year.

December

Tinryland native Sadie Burke (nee Foley) was a special guest on the RTE show “When Dreams Come True”.
Sadie, who now lives near Bulmullet Co. Mayo is a much-respected Bean an Tí with Coláiste Mhuigheo and was one of two people interviewed by presenter Ray Darcy for the programme.
6-year-old David Kehoe from Ballyloo along with Conor O’Doherty from Bennekerry sang in front of over a million viewers on the Late Late Toy Show.
Local group “The Ups” proved their star quality by emerging victorious in the Cork auditions of the RTE “You’re a Star” competition.
The duo consisting of Debbie Kelly, Linkardstown and Justin Kelly, Carlow polled 30,000 votes or 24% of the total to advance to the final stages of the contest.
St. Joseph’s Under 15 team progressed to last 16 of SFAI Cup.
There was a very large turnout for the Tinryland AC St Stephens Day Handicap Race on Monday with 55 runners, joggers and walkers taking part and 4 competitors tying for first place.







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