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Weekly News Roundup - Sunday 11 Mar 2007

Variety group has the X-Factor

THE local variety group is extremely busy at this stage, having just had a successful fundraiser with Tinryland’s X Factor and now putting the final touches to this year’s show.

Rehearsals are in the final stages for Tinryland Variety Group’s 2007 production which is entitled Freedom. This show promises to be an excellent one, with a large and very talented cast of almost 40 performers. The group will represent both Tinryland and Carlow when it competes in the South-East Tops of the Town competition in Taghmon, Co. Wexford.

Tinryland will stage their show on Wednesday, March 7 and Friday, March 16. Tinryland’s first performance of the competition will be on stage at Taghmon/Camross GAA Centre with the show starting at 8pm. Also performing on the night will be Taghmon Variety Group, who were last year’s overall winners. The second performance will be shared with Rathnure Variety Group with Tinryland’s show once again staged at 8pm. The variety group has moved from strength to strength since its formation in summer of 2004, winning awards for best comedy item in a show, overall best item, costume and make up awards, most outstanding dance item and best new entry in its inaugural year and as this is the group’s first time travelling out-side the county, local supporters would be especially appreciated.

Tickets for shows are available in the clubhouse and shop or by contacting members of the variety group. Anybody looking for information can contact 0863501699. Once again, Tinryland’s X Factor was a resounding success and a huge thank you is owed to the host Mick Murphy who really made the night and did an excellent job. The night also wouldn’t have been as successful without the four judges Josie, Brian, Debbie and Seán. Raffle prizes were donated by Doyle’s Tarmacadam, Hennessy Maxol Direct, Eilish Costello, Deane’s Gala Tinryland, MB Landscaping, Enid McCreanor and International Dance Supplies. Over the two weeks of the competition, over •1,000 was raised and this money will all go towards running a 2007 entry in Tops of the Town.

This event was the variety group’s main fundraiser which contributed greatly towards the cost of running the voluntary group and financing performances. Altogether, it was a community effort, and was very well supported by not only the locals of Tinryland but the many others who came on the night to support their friends and enjoy a great night’s entertainment.

FOUR LOCAL SOCCER PLAYERS STAR FOR SOUTH EAST ON SCOTTISH TOUR: The four local soccer players who travelled with the South East Academy to Scotland last week all played prominent roles on a very successful two-match tour.

Jeff Sutton was outstanding for the South East u-15 team in their defeat of Dunfermline on Wednesday last when the Irish boys won with the only goal of the game scored by Kilkenny’s Jimmy Keohane.

On Thursday evening the South East u-16 team achieved a magnificent draw with Celtic u-16s at the Barrowfield training ground in Glasgow. Local players Conor Byrne, Ryan Curran and David O’Shea were all outstanding in the 1-1 draw with the Celtic Academy that included four Scottish schoolboy internationals. Wexford player Tiernan O’Gara scored the equaliser for the South East boys after the team had fallen behind to an early Celtic goal.

MEETING RE. OLD BUILDINGS: The next meeting to examine the possibilities for the enhancement of the old school buildings (hall and handball alley) takes place in the parochial house on Monday, March 12, at 8pm. All are welcome to come and contribute to the discussion.

WALKING CLUB: Ever wonder how far you can walk in one hour? The walking club will leave Tinryland school at 7.30pm on Wednesdays and Fridays starting tonight. All are welcome. Fluorescent jackets are necessary.

DEFIBRILATOR FOR AREA: The local area development group are currently looking into the possibility of setting up and training for the use of a defibrilator for the Tinryland area. Further information can obtained from Jim at 086-8586541. An information session on training and costs with the visit of a paramedic will take place in the parochial house on Monday, March 12, at 7.15pm. All are welcome to attend.

SCHOOLS HANDBALL: Tinryland NS had numerous successes in this years Cumann na mBunscol Handball Competition which were held in Garryhill recently. In the individual competitions, Adam Nolan won the U-11 Singles Title by defeating Eoin Cormack (Bishop Foley) while Eoin O’Gorman lost out in the Boys U-13 decider.

In the Boys U-11 doubles final, the pairing of Adam Murphy and Mark Lawlor were convincing winners over the Garryhill team of Damien Jordan and Alan Hosey.

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