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Weekly News Roundup - Thursday 3 May 2012

Mr. Eddie Kennedy

The death took place after a long illness in Hillview Nursing Home, Carlow on Thursday April 5th last of Eddie Kennedy of Kyle. Eddie, who was born in 1923, was a native of Ballinagree, Borris where his family ran a stud farm, was educated in the local national school and also later in Knockbeg College. Having worked on the family farm following the completion of his education, Eddie later purchased a large farm of 200 acres at Kyle and soon became deeply involved in the local community. In 1957, Eddie married Peg (nee Nolan) from Myshall with whom he had eight children. Eddie was an instrumental member of the local branch of Macra na Feirme and was also heavily involved in setting up the Bennekerry/Tinryland IFA Organisation, serving as Chairman of the County Carlow executive from 1959 to 1967. Eddie was always seen as a progressive farmer and developed his farm significantly over the years using new and innovative farm methods. A life long member of the IFA, Eddie was particularly involved in the farmers rights campaign of the 1960's and was also involved in the co-operative movement and other organisations set up to support the development of farming in Ireland. A very active parishioner, Eddie served on the Parish Council, was on the first board of management for the local school and was an officer of the St. Joseph's Young Priests Society and supported all parish activities.

A man of deep faith, Eddie was a regular churchgoer, and in his latter years made a number of pilgrimages to Lourdes. One of his last outings before suffering a stroke 3 years ago, was to attend a dawn mass on Mount Leinster on Easter Sunday. Following his retirement, Eddie devoted huge amounts of time to his favourite pastime of local history and spent many enjoyable hours visiting graveyards, checking various parish records and also the National Library to gather this information. Reading historical research on the locality led to him being an accomplished local historian who was also a member of the Old Carlow Society. Having a great interest in history, Eddie traced his family tree back several hundred years and also discovered the remains of an old Catholic Church in Kyleballyhue. A great follower of the GAA and in particular hurling who formerly played for Kilcloney, Eddie also walked several miles a day and in the year 2000 completed a Millennium Pilgrimage over 53 miles from Old Leighlin Cathedral to the Curragh racecourse. For the past 3 years, Eddie was a patient in the Hillview Nursing Home where he was treated was the utmost kindness and respect. His wife Peg and family would also like to thank all who cared for him in this time and to neighbours and friends who visited him during his illness.

Eddie will be sadly missed by his beloved wife Peg, sons Sean, Matt, Eddie, Tom and Jim, daughters Liz, Brid and Mairead, brother John, sons in law, daughters in law, brothers in law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, neighbours, relatives and friends.

The large attendance at both his removal and funeral masses reflected the widespread respect for a very popular parishioner. At his funeral which was celebrated by Fr. Tom Little PP Askea assisted by Fr. John McEvoy PP Paulstown/Goresbridge, the IFA formed a guard of honour on the entrance to the church.

Remains were removed from Kearneys Funeral Home, Fenagh on Sunday evening, April 8th to arrive at St. Joseph's Church, Tinryland at 7pm. Requiem Mass took place on Monday at 11 am followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Community Games

Athletics training for Bennekerry/Tinryland Community Games resumes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from this week in the Tinryland Parochial Fields at 7pm. Training will be for all age groups up to Under 16 level.

Great Ireland Run Success

Congratulations are extended to Chloe Nolan,Dun Na Ri, Tinryland who came 1st in the Great Ireland Race held in the Phoenix Park,Dublin on Sunday 15th April for the age group 9 - 11 running for St. Laurence O'Toole's AC.

Family Fun Day

St. Joseph's Soccer Club Tinryland proposes to hold a family fun day on 20th May, 2012 and are asking for donations of any item for inclusion in the Wheel of Fortune Stall, the Bottle Stall and the book/DVD Stall. All donations that could be used as a prize for this venture would be appreciated. If you have anything to donate, please call or text Carmel at 086 8908820, Lorraine at 086 8184589 or contact any Manager or Committee Member of the Club.

Montessori School

Suantrai Montessori School Tinryland (est 2001) now taking enrolments for
immediate start and September 2012. Limited free full-time preschool places
left for (ECCE Scheme) and also some private part-time places available. Two
classroom school, offering combined Montessori and play based activities.
Wide and varied curriculum with special emphasis on learning maths and
science using child friendly and fun methods. Bilingual (Irish/English).
After school care available. For further information contact Frances Byrne on (087) 9079331

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