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Weekly News Roundup - Sunday 12 Mar 2006

Tinryland songwriter wins 2fm song contest

IT WAS a case of third time lucky for young Tinryland songwriter Joe Cleere who was won the 2006 2FM Perri Song Contest having first appeared in the contest 5 years ago and again in 2003.
Joe won the top prize of €10,000 worth of Yamaha equipment as well as two free days in Brian McFadden’s Chilli Studios, Dublin as part of the prize in the prestigious competition which was broadcast live on 2FM on Friday February 24th.
The 19-year-old was this year voted the winner with his song Queue by a panel of the Irish music industry’s most influential professionals. The final was broadcast live from Vicar Street, Dublin on 2FM and Joe was cheered on by a large gathering of family and friends in the audience.
Some of the winners of this contest in recent years have gone on to achieve major success in the music industry including Bell X1 Guitarist Dave Geraghty and well-known singer-songwriters Naimee Coleman and Laura Isobor.
Joe will now record his debut album this summer in his own home studio, where the winning song Queue was recorded.
Despite studying for an honours degree in PR and Communications at IT Carlow, Joe is keen on maintaining his music career and will reappear at Vicar Street in the coming months to support a headline act yet to be announced.
Joe has also recently launched his own website which contains information, song downloads and recording tips amongst many other things.

Tinryland’s X-Factor a big success

The inaugural Tinryland’s X Factor proved to be an outstanding success with Brian Foster emerging as the local answer to Shayne Ward on the night.
Tension had been building in the weeks leading up to the competition with participants even running poster campaigns throughout Tinryland in a bid to boost local support. Nine contestants were under considerable pressure to entertain a packed house and impress the three judges who did not hold back when it came to giving their views. Tinryland’s very own Brian Doyle, Josie Kelly and Paddy Delaney acted as judges for the night.
Mick Murphy was the MC making sure everything ran smoothly even if the audience felt the judges had overstepped the mark with some of their comments. Nine were soon whittled down to just three finalists: John Murphy; Aideen Byrne; and Brian Foster. With his rendition of “Achy Breaky Heart,” John Murphy had everyone up dancing and the energetic performance guaranteed him a place in the final round. Aideen received the most favourable comments from the judges with her outstanding rendition of the Carly Simon hit “You’re So Vain”, but it was Brian ‘Frosty’ Foster who won the audience over with his superb version of REM’s “Losing My Religion.” From the beginning of the competition, Foster stood out from the crowd and the audience loved him. Even the judges who had elicited such mixed reactions from the crowd all night, agreed that Foster did indeed have the X Factor.
The event was the main fundraiser for the local variety group who will use the money raised to cover the costs of keeping the voluntary group going and to improve their costume department in time for their next production.
The variety group meets once a week in Tinryland Clubhouse and anyone interested in getting involved can contact Robert O’Neill on 086 3501699.

Clonmore Rambling House Group to visit Tinryland G.F.C.

A music night with a difference is planned for Tinryland G.F.C. on Friday 31st March when the famous Clonmore Rambling House group will perform in aid of the Carlow branch of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. Following the huge success of the Tinryland X factor which recently packed the club it is hoped that local music supporters will once again turn out in large numbers for this very worthy cause. Tickets are currently on sale at €5 and refreshments will be served on the night. Further details from Teresa Power or any member of the club.


Draughts training for Area 11 in this years Community Games competition for the Under 10, 12 and 14 age groups has commenced and takes place in Bennekerry NS on Wednesdays between 7 pm and 8 pm.

Social Function

On Friday, March 24th there will be a Social/Function to mark the retirement of Mrs. Máire Foster after 25 years of service in Fr. Cullen Memorial N.S. in Tinryland GFC, Rathcrogue. Tickets costing €10 will be available shortly. This function is jointly planned by Tinryland Parish, the school Board of Management and the Parents’ Council.

Area 11 Art

The Area 11 Art Competition was held in Rathcrogue on Sunday. The following will represent Bennekerry/Tinryland at the Co. finals in the Presentation College on Saturday next, March 11th at 2pm.

U8 girls – 1st Lauren Holohan, 2nd Doireann Walshe, 3rd Niamh Kavanagh.
U8 boys – 1st Cuan Burke, 2nd Cian Campbell, 3rd Cormac Kelly.
U10 girls – 1st Meaghan Keenan, 2nd Katie Farrell, 3rd Niamh Kennedy.
U10 boys – 1st Fionnan Burke, 2nd Cathal Costello, 3rd Patrick Doheny.
U12 girls – 1st Aoife Kavanagh, 2nd Jenny Doheny, 3rd Amy Quinn.
U12 boys – 1st Macdara Burke, 2nd Michael Calvey.
U14 girls – 1st Beibhinn Keenan.

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