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Weekly News Roundup - Saturday 24 Jan 2015



Tinryland AC won the overall title at the Carlow Senior Cross Country Championship in Curraghcruit, Bagenalstown.

The 2013 Reaching Out Yearbook with many contributors was launched and circulated in the area.

The Tinryland Senior Citizens new years party was held on January 19th in the Tinryland GFC clubhouse Rathcrogue and was an outstanding success. Almost 60 senior citizens from the area attended the event with lunch served and a guest appearance by Richie Kavanagh.

On 13th January, Tinryland ICA reached the 65th Anniversary of their founding in 1949. In that year two local ladies the late Betty Cole and the late Maud Dowling came together to commence what was to be the foundation of an association which was to last the test of time culminating in the event which was celebrated in January. Ideas were exchanged as to the best way of marking this unique Anniversary until a suggestion was made that a tree, already planted in the amenity Park, should be sponsored and a plaque inscribed with the words to commemorate the founding of the group.


Community Games

The local U10, U12,and U14 Draughts teams who won the County Finals in the Community Games Competition. The teams went on to represent Carlow in the following months when they played Wexford opposition in the next round.


Tinryland GFC Announce 5 Year Plan

The Tinryland G.F.C. 5 year plan which followed on from the club forum held in April of 2013 was launched in the clubhouse.

The 5 year plan has been drawn up under the following 5 headings. Coaching and games development, Club structures and admin., Finance and fundraising, Facilities and development, Communication and public relations.

School Debating team in Team Final

Well done to the 6th class school debating team who came so close to winning against Dunmanway, West Cork in the National Schools Debating Competition. The school had to oppose the motion "All schools should have a healthy eating policy". The team comprised of 3 researchers, Sinead Hayden,Joe Walton and Sam Byrne and 3 speakers ,Barry Sutton ,Ashling Shaw and Aodhán Breathnach who acquitted themselves so well to reach this stage of the competition.


School Draw
Fr. Cullen Memorial National School Parents Association would like to thank everyone for their continued generous support of their recentfund-raising Easter Draw. The school would like to thank all our sponsors who donated prizes for this successful draw and in particular would like to extend gratitude to Mr. Phil Morrissey who sponsored one of the laptops for the children's use in the school.

Tinryland/Bennekerry Come Out On Top In County Final

The Bennekerry/Tinryland U/10 Mixed Gaelic Football team won the County Community Games final by beating Bagenalstown. They went on to represent Carlow in the next round of the Leinster Competition

Handballers Win Leinster Championships

Tinryland Handballers Laura Donovan and Dinny Farrell won the Leinster Handball Championships .Laura beat Jade Tracy Kildare 21/11 and Dinny beat Conor Mulhall Laois 18/12.


The 39th Annual Community Games Finals were held in Tinryland GAA Centre and conditions were ideal and the events were run very efficiently with a good crowd present.

Fundraising Initiative in Tinryland School

As Computer Literacy is now a focus in Primary Schools, and new guidelines have been issued by the Department of Education, Fr. Cullen Memorial School in Tinryland found itself in need of new laptops and computers to meet with this requirement. It was hoped that with some successful fund raising the school could increase the pupils access to IT equipment within their school. It was decided therefore to focus the Easter Fundraising Raffle Draw monies raised to deal with this issue.

Tinryland Active Week

The children enjoyed a very busy "Active week" in school in May. Events started off with Mr Denis Shannon holding the "Run a mile challenge", followed by aerobics, trips down to Tinryland Park to play on the astro turf, outdoor gym equipment and in the children's play area.The children had a surprise visit from some of the Mount Leinster Rangers hurling players and were absolutely delighted that they brought the Leinster cup with them. The whole school took part in Gaelic football and many of the children got a chance to practice hand ball against a few walls around the school!

Tinryland G.F.C. Video

A Documentary film “Man about Football” produced by Tinryland student Greg Murphy as part of his thesis in Film and media studies was shown for the first time in Tinryland GFC . The documentary profiles the sporting career of legendary Tinryland and Carlow footballer Tommy Dwyer who was perhaps the most influential player of his era in Carlow during the late 1970’s and the 1980’s.
Local Elections

Congratulations are extended to newly elected Local Councillors Jim Deane (Sinn Fein), Tinryland and Fergal Browne (Fine Gael), Ballinacarrig following last weeks elections. First candidate and local shopkeeper Jim Deane had a very impressive vote on his first political campaign and was elected to the Council on the 12th count while former Councillor Browne retained his seat on a later count. Park Native John Pender was re-elected on the 1st count with the 2nd highest amount of first preference votes.
Leinster Finals
Congratulations to the Bennekerry/Tinryland U/10 U/12 and U/14 Draughts teams who have qualified for the Leinster finals in late June by beating Wexford opposition. Well done to Mairead Breen and Mary Kavanagh for their time and dedication on training the Draughts teams Best of Luck to all the players involved.

Bennekerry Tinryland Area 11 Hosey Cup Winners for 2014

Bennekerry/Tinryland Area 11 won the Hosey Cup in Carlow Community Games in Ardattin last weekend. It was all down to the great dedication and determination of each competitor that took part from our area. The sun shone on Ardattin but it was even brighter on Area 11 side when the area regained the Hosey Cup for best overall area ahead of Hacketstown and St. Lazerian's and were also placed 2nd in the Parade.

Dan Morrissey

There was great concern in the wider locality when a receiver Grant Thornton was appointed to oversee the affairs of local company Dan Morrissey Ltd in the last week. Following a High Court application, an interim examiner was appointed to allow the company to continue trading pending efforts to come up with a survival plan within 100 days.


There was once again a very large attendance at the Annual Cemetery Mass with the ceremony being conducted outside in the graveyard

Diocesan Changes

Bishop Nulty announced the 2014 Diocesan changes which includes creating three new deaneries from the previous seven deaneries – Kildare and Leighlin North, West and South. As part of the changes which will come into effect from September 1st 2014, there will be a number of appointments in relation to the local parish. Having moved to the Tinryland area in 2011, Rev. Liam Morgan CC was appointed as CC in Naas Parish. Rev Fr Alex Kochatt and newly ordained Rev. Sean Hyland have both been appointed to Askea/Bennekerry/Tinryland Parishes.

There was a excellent turnout of over 200 runners, joggers and walkers for the Rockford Rooftile Run which was held in August
with Kenyan Freddy Keron Sittuk winning the main race.

Farewell to Local Priest
On Sunday August 31st the people of Tinryland bid a fond farewell to Fr Liam Morgan as he celebrated his final mass at 10 am. Over the past 3 years Fr Liam has lived in our parish, and administered to our community with great dedication. A gifted orator, he could console, empathise or celebrate in words or song as the need arose. A man of energy, he loved to stroll or jog around the Parochial lands on a regular basis, and finding time also to visit neighbours. Fr Liam is thanked for his outstanding contribution to Tinryland Parish, sharing joys and sorrows with all. He is wished well in his new ministry in Naas.
(Photo of Fr. Liam Morgan attached)


Tinryland GFC lost out to Rathvilly in the Semi Finals of the Carlow Senior Football Championship.

GAA News

There was great support from all quarters for the Tinryland golf classic held in Gowran Park golf club on Saturday last 6thSeptember. Over 40 teams of 4 participated in the event which raised much needed finance for the club. The presentation of prizes took place in the Tinryland club on Saturday evening after the event.


Tinryland Village once again gained another high mark when the
results for the National Tidy Towns Competition were announced. The
score of 260 was among the highest scores in Category B in
Carlow and was well above the National average and very encouraging
for continuing progress in the competition.

Danny Lawlor and Laura Ward were the individual winners of the Tinryland AC Autumn League.

Tinryland Park hosted a fashion show on Wednesday 22nd October in the Seven Oaks Hotel.

There were jubiliant scenes in Dr Cullen Park when Tinryland in dramatic fashion won the Carlow Minor Football Championship after a long drought stretching back to 1983 by defeating neighbours Palatine by 2-14 to 1-10 .

Andy Murphy memorial Events set for March 2015
Plans commenced in October to remember and celebrate the career of legendary Tinryland, Carlow and Leinster footballer Andy Murphy from Ballyloo on the 50th anniversary of his death next March with all proceeds going to the Co. Carlow hospice association for the provision of pallative care.
A one week series of events have been drawn up commencing on Saturday 28th February with a senior football game between 2014 Carlow semi-finallists Tinryland and neighbours Palatine which will be preceded by the launch of an exhibition in Tinryland G.A.A. club of Andy’s career and that of many of his famous contemporaries. Further details can be got from the Andy Murphy memorial page on facebook, the Tinryland and Carlow G.A.A. websites and the Carlow Nationalist.


There were a number of fine performances by local athletes Pat Byrne and Larry Murphy of Tinryland AC at the British and Irish Masters Cross Country Championships in Nottingham where they both were recipients of silver medals in their team sections.

Tinryland GFC members made two contributions totalling €5228.20 to the Irish Cancer Society after participating in Today FM's Shave or Dye fundraising campaign. A great night in the clubhouse culminated in a wonderful contribution to a worthy cause. Well done to everyone involved.

Tinryland Women's Group to Disband

It is with great sadness that a decision was made by the committee to wind up the Tinryland Women's Group. In 2013 funding for groups dried up and although the group tried to organise a few activities during the past year the cost to run most activities/ courses without subsidies has proved financially prohibitive.

The group were in the fortunate position to donate monies left in the bank account, a little over €400 to the Holy Angels in Carlow, a truly worthy local cause and would like to thank all members for their support in the last few years.


There was an excellent turnout for the Tinryland AC St Stephens Day
Handicap Race with 80 runners, joggers and walkers taking part.
The fastest time was recorded by Pat Byrne with Larry Murphy finishing closest to his predicted time. All proceeds went towards Tinryland Senior Citizens Group.

Tinryland National School Parents association held their Annual Pre-Christmas Hamper Draw with Bumper Hampers very kindly sponsored by many of the local Businesses in Carlow and County.

Mary Ann O'Sullivan won Silver in the National Ladies Novice Cross Country Championship in Santry, Dublin.

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