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Weekly News Roundup - Monday 7 Apr 2008

Rossbeigh completes a four timer with victory at Fairyhouse

Local Racehorse Rossbeigh maintained his rich vein of form when he won his 4th race of the season in impressive style at the Fairyhouse Easter meeting on Saturday last.
Sporting the blue and white Tinryland colours of his owners Shay & Rita Byrne from Linkardstown Rossbeigh was given a magnificent ride by Ruby Walsh to easily win the Bambury Bookmakers Handicap Hurdle over 2 miles. Rossbeigh who was turned out looking a picture by his trainer Pat Hughes from Fenniscourt in Bagenalstown was following up another easy win on St. Patricks day when he won the Pinnacle Handicap hurdle at Wexford when ridden by Davy Russell. The success story for the 6yo Alhaarth gelding began at Downpatrick just before Christmas when ridden by Robbie Moran he scooted home in a 2mile 2 furlong event off a mark of 79. After narrowly losing out to top handicapper Splurge at Punchestown on new years eve Rossbeigh resumed winning ways at Thurles in early January when once again ridden by Robbie Moran he defeated subsequent winner Duers off a mark of 86 when he was the well backed 5/2 favourite. With regular jockey Moran suspended it was left to top jockey Davy Russell to do the steering at Wexford on St. Patricks day when Rossbeigh once again defied the Handicapper off a mark of 93 to win by 31/2 lengths over 2 miles.
With Davy Russell joining the list of suspended jockeys and Robbie Moran still on the sidelines Ruby Walsh was booked for last Saturday’s race and the recently crowned Cheltenham champion jockey gave the Tinryland horse a vintage ride to once again defy the handicapper off his new mark of 99 when a well backed 7/4 favourite. Only one other horse Bellflower Boy has won four Handicap Hurdles in Ireland this season and Rossbeigh will now aim to defy the Handicapper once again probably at the upcoming Punchestown festival.

Four County League

Tinryland AC moved back to 3rd position in the overall team standings in the Four County League following the 2nd stage in Ferns Co. Wexford on Sunday last. Dwayne Farrell led the team home in 4th place with Tommy Payne (who was recovering from injury) 9th, Eddie Walsh 17th and JJ Murphy 19th. Billy Abbey was also 48th in this event.
The race was won by Colm Burke of St Abbans ahead of fellow Laois athletes Tony Reilly and Cormac Ftzpatrick.
Portlaoise lead the team event on 79 pts with SBR, Ferns 2nd on 83 pts and Tinryland 3rd on 89 pts.

In the recent European Masters Athletics Championships in Clermont Ferrand, France, Tommy Payne was the 2nd scorer on the Irish Masters Cross Country team while Eddie Walsh ran a very 3000m in the indoor section.

On Carlow Team

Four members of Tinryland GFC were on the Carlow Under 21 team which lost to Kildare in the Semi-Final of the Leinster Championship over the weekend. Shane Redmond, Keith Jackson, Peter Doran and Glen Doyle all played important roles on the team which performed so well to get to that stage. On the Kildare team, one of the star midfielders was Niall Higgins, son of Anne Muphy, formerly of Ballyloo.

ST JOSEPH'S JUVENILE A.F.C. Will hold next meeting on Monday 6th April 2008
in the clubhouse Rathcrogue at 8.30pm. Will all committee members please
attend. Parents welcome.

The Solemn Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help takes place on Mondays in St. Clare's Church, Graiguecullen from this week up to May 26th at 7.30 pm. The next speaker on Monday April 7th will be John O'Shea, CEO and founder of the charity GOAL.

There will be a pilgrimage to Rome and Sorrento in Italy departing Dublin on August 15th for nine nights, staying in the Irish College in Rome. There will be an audience with the Holy Father. For more information contact Ray at 057-9355050 in the mornings only.

Pilgrimage 2008

The St. Pio Pilgrimage 2008 to Benevento and San Giovanni, takes place from August 8th (St. Pio's Anniversary) for 7 nights. The group leader is Brendan Byrne and the spiritual director is Fr. Brendan Byrne. There is a special group price of €849. For more information contact 059-9152666.

Digital Photography Course

Two Digital Photography Course is Starting Tuesday 22nd April 11am - 1pm
and Tuesday 22nd April 7pm - 9pm. It involves Using Picasa Software, tak
ing better Headshots, using softer light, positioning photo in portrait and
landscape, night shots, field trip, macro shots and lots more.
Contact: Phil or Freda 059 9143972. Book early to reserve your place.

National Spring Clean 2008

Carlow Local Authorities have organized a Litter Awareness Programme for April 2008. The Local Authority Litter Roadshow will visit all interested areas and an Environmental Education Workshop will be provided. Carlow Local Authorities will provide skips free of charge to all interested areas during the month of April. If you want your area to be included please contact John or Janette at 059-9132610 or 9136203. Community Organisations, Tidy Towns Groups, Residents Associations and Schools all qualify for this initiative.

Alzheimer Society of Ireland

Alzheimer's Tea Day is a lifeline for people with dementia and their families. Make this the "Biggest Brew"ever by registering to host a party in your home or workplace on Thursday May 1st. Call 01-2846616 or visit to make a difference.

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