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Weekly News Roundup - Saturday 7 Jul 2007

Senior Citizens Outing

Tinryland Senior Citizens held a very successful outing to Farmleigh House and gardens in the Phoenix Park, Dublin on Thursday June 7th. Almost forty people assembled in Tinryland Square at 10am to board the bus for the trip. The first stop was at Bewley’s, Newlands Cross for refreshments. Then it was onwards to the city where the driver pointed out landmarks of interest including the War Memorial Gardens - Islandbridge, Guinness’ Brewery, Collins Barracks, the Zoo, the Pope’s Cross, Arus an Uachtarain and the American Ambassador’s residence before finally arriving at Farmleigh. The tour of the house was appreciated and enjoyed by all and there was plenty of time to view the gardens, have afternoon tea and a d enjoy the views of the surrounding pastures of cattle, horses and donkeys. After a very pleasant afternoon in the sunshine at Farmleigh it was back on the bus and on to Newbridge for a short break and an opportunity to do some quick shopping before returning to the Seven Oaks Hotel for dinner. After a lovely dinner it was a tired but happy group that arrived back to Tinryland Square at 10pm that night.

Mrs. Mary Hayden (nee Byrne)

The death took place of Mrs. Mary Hayden (nee Byrne), Kilmeaney, after bravely battling a long illness, in St. Joseph’s ward, Mater Hospital Dublin on Friday morning 15th June 2007.

Mary was born in Knockbower on 16th December 1937 and then moved with her family to Kilmeaney Cross. She attended Fr. Cullen National School in the 1940’s and early 1950’s and had very fond memories of the ICA organised sports days then held in Brendan Dowling’s land in Linkardstown. She attended the Presentation Convent secondary School in Carlow and following this worked in Knockbeg College, and as a housekeeper in a number of Parishes in Carlow. She then joined the Crofton Hotel (now the Seven Oaks) in the 1960’s and worked there until she married in 1968. Mary then moved just up the road from her family home to begin her married life with her beloved husband Seamus.

Mary was a quiet, gentle low-key person and devoted herself in life as a wife, mother and grandmother. Her love for her family was clear in the wonderful home she created. She was a great cook and many will miss her brown bread, jams, tarts etc. Mary always put herself before others; she had a great sense of humour, was a wonderful friend and always listened with an open and non-judgemental heart.

Mary had a huge love for Tinryland and was very proud of her home parish. She supported the school, church, Athletic and GAA clubs and many other organisations in any way she could. She collected various pictures of outings, field days and sports days over the years, and loved to look back and remember the fun and friends she had.

Mary battled a long illness with cancer over many years, but did so with a strength, courage and patience that was beyond comprehension to many. She rarely complained and always seen someone worse off then herself. All the nurses and doctors loved her as a patient, and chaplains over the years found inspiration and courage in her company. She had a love for simple things and found pleasure in music, nature and walking in the garden even at the lowest points. Her faith and dedication to the Sacred Heart and the Virgin Mary was profound and she had a very simple and pure spirit. She died peacefully on the last day of the Novena to the Feast of the Sacred Heart.

Her remains were at repose in her home in Kilmeaney and removal was to St. Joseph’s Church Tinryland on Sunday 17th June with funeral mass the following morning at 12 noon. She was buried in the adjoining cemetery.

She is sadly missed by her loving husband Seamus, her daughter Brigid, her sons Edward & Declan, son in law Pat, daughter in law Ann, grandchildren Eoin, Conor, Aine and Keeva, brothers Jimmy, Christy and Joe, sister Statia, in laws, extended family and many loving friends. The funeral mass was celebrated by Fr. Eamonn Hayden, Fr. John McEvoy and Fr. Seamus Whitney.

The Hayden family would like to thank all the people - family, relatives, parishioners and loving friends who helped in so many ways over the years in supporting Mary and her family. They would like to give special thanks to the nurses, doctors, carers, home help’s and hospital staff in St. Joseph’s Ward, Mater Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital and Trinity Dental Hospital.
They are eternally grateful. May she rest in Peace.


The death took place at her home in Rockdale, Kilmeaney on Sunday June 10th of Mrs. Eilish Stratton (nee Matthews). A native of Ballinabranna, Eilish moved to the Tinryland area with her husband Jack in the 1970's, having previously lived in Bagenalstown. Eilish, who was of a quiet disposition, was an avid reader, cook and gardener who was loved and very popular in her neighbourhood.
She is survived by her husband Jack, daughters Mary (Kilrane, Wexford), Joan (Dublin) and Valerie (California), sons in law Pat and Jamie, brothers Peter (Maynooth), Paul (England) and Reg (Ballinabranna), grandsons Shane, Timothy and James, relatives and friends.

Removal took place from McGuill's Funeral Home, Bennekerry on Tuesday evening at 7 o'c. to St. Joseph's Church, Tinryland, arriving at 7.30 o'c. Funeral Mass took place on Wednesday at 11 o'c. with Burial afterwards in adjoining cemetery.

The death took place after a long illness on Friday June 15th in the Mater Hospital, Dublin of Mrs. Mary Hayden (nee Byrne) of Kilmeaney. Obituary to follow next week.

Sympathy is extended to Mrs. Mary Moore, Tinryland on the death of her brother Leo McDonald of Johnstown, Bennekerry who was interred in Killeshin on Friday last.

Local Electrical Firm moves to new premises at Ballinacarrig

Local electrical engineering firm Seamus Byrne Electrical L.t.d. together with its sister company South East Electrical Wholesale L.t.d. will this week re locate to its new state of the art headquarters at the Wexford road business park in Ballinacarrig.

The company which was set up in the early 1980’s by its managing director Shay Byrne from Linkardstown has been based on the Tullow road for the past twenty years and currently directly employs almost 100 people many of whom are from the Tinryland area.

Since its foundation Seamus Byrne Electrical Ltd has completed numerous high profile contracts throughout Ireland in the Commercial, Industrial and Institutional sectors and has won many awards for high standards, top quality workmanship and attention to detail. Seamus Byrne Electrical Ltd was one of the first building services contracting companies in Ireland to be accredited with the “Excellence Through People” award in recognition of the Company achieving the National standard for human resource development. The company is currently involved in major contracts in Carlow, Clare,Dublin, Drogheda, Fermanagh, Kilkenny, Waterford, Westport and Wexford.

St. Joseph's Juvenile A.F.C.

On Friday 29th June the Club held their AGM . A small total of 7 parents arrived at this meeting out of a
possible 280 parents. Unfortunately for those who made the effort to come to
the AGM with such low numbers, no decisions could be made and the AGM had to
be cancelled. The club would like to thank those parents who made the effort to
attend, but in view of the fact that the club caters for 138 young people
and only 7 parents attended the AGM, those present were left with no
alternative but to call an EGM. This will be held in August and once there is a
definite date parents willbe informed. The survival of St. Joseph's
Juvenile A.F.C. depends on forming an Executive committee at this EGM. All
the clubs needs is 4 or 5 volunteers, which should be possible, in the ever
expanding Club. The club could also do with more people to help with our 9 teams.
It is hoped that for the sake of all the Children involved in the Club
that there will be a better turnout at our EGM. The Club cannot move forward
without a committee and this means volunteers. If this cannot be achieved there
will be a lot of disappointed Children come the start of the Soccer Season.
Anyone who feels they can help in any of these areas can contact any Manager
or Committee member. The club would like to state that if you have a few free
hours and would like to help in anyway , you are more than welcome , even if
you don't have any children in the Club. The committee would like to Thank all who have
given unselfishly 100% over the last 7 years to all these children.
Hopefully this is not the end for St. Joseph’s

Feile Competition

Bennekerry/Tinryland Girls Football team will travel to Roscommon on Friday next to take part in the Feile Peile competition. This is their 5th to take part in the competition, having first competed in 2002 when the tournament was held in Carlow and following this travelled to Galway, Tyrone, Limerick and Wicklow. This year the team is based in Roscommon town with the host club being Roscommon Gaels.
The girls will play their first game on Friday at 2 pm against Roscommon Gaels and will then travel to Carrick On Shannon for the parade at Pairc Sean MacDiarmada at 6.30 pm. On Saturday they will play their 2nd game against St. Dominic's of Roscommon at 10.15 am with the skills competition taking place at 11 am and the girls final game will be against Ballymoney at 12.30 pm.
The semi-finals of this competition will take place in Annaduff at 5.15 pm.

Tinryland Area Development Association (TADA)

TADA are in the process of setting up an arts and crafts group in the area for beginners to advanced levels. The group will be set up if sufficient interest is shown. For further information contact Michael at 9140083 or Jim at 9143410.

Tidy Towns

Volunteers are invited to join in the work each Wednesday for this years Tidy Towns effort.
All who wish to help out should meet at the Church gates at 7.30 pm.
A good amount of work needs to be done on maintenance and enhancement of features in the village.

Lourdes Pilgrimage

A 5 day pilgrimage to Lourdes is being organised by the St. Joseph's Young Priests Society and will take place from September 7th to 12th. The cost is 695 Euro per person. Bookings can be made to Tullys Travel, Carlow at 9136100 or Josie at 087-8324656.


The Festival, Thurs 26 – Sun 29 July at Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo is an opportunity for young people to take time out to reflect on their lives and what God is offering…”Life to the full”!. Contact Ann at 094-9388100, Sheena at 01-6753690 or look up for further details.

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