GAA News - Friday 7 Jul 2006
Tinryland hosting of Feile Peil Na nOg a huge success
Having had four previous experiences of Feile Peil Na nOg since 1999 Tinryland G.F.C. certainly excelled itself when hosting division 3B of the leading underage G.A.A. national event at the weekend. In the weeks leading up to the event Tinryland Feile officer Linda Kenny and her hard working team left no stone unturned in the preparation for Feile and a tremendous amount of work was carried out, with the club and surrounds looking splendid by the time Fermanagh club Belnaleck and their large group of followers arrived on Friday at lunch time. The opening game between Tinryland and Belnaleck was worthy of the occasion with Tinryland eventually winning by one point after one of the best underage games ever seen at the Rathcrogue venue.
After a great night of traditional music for the adults from Tinryland and Belnaleck on Friday night it was an early start on Saturday morning with Clane from Kildare and Warwickshire from England joining Tinryland and Belnaleck for the remainder of the group games. Clane who had drawn with Warwickshire at a Wicklow venue on Friday laid down an early marker by defeating Belnaleck by seven points in Saturdays opening game and a physically strong Warwickshire avenged the 2004 Feile final result in Tyrone by defeating Tinryland by 5 points. Tinryland then faced Clane and after a tough game the Kildare side put themselves in the group driving seat by winning by 3 points and in the last game at the Rathcrogue venue Belnaleck did Clane a favour by defeating Warwickshire. During Saturdays games the skills competition also took place with Cathal O’Toole representing Tinryland.
During Saturday’s proceedings there was great excitement when it was announced that G.A.A. president Nicky Brennan was on his way to Tinryland by helicopter to present Belnaleck with the prize for best club at Fridays Feile parade in Arklow that attracted all 140 participating teams. There was further good news for the Fermanagh club when their representative in the skills competition won through to the semi finals. The real winners at the weekend however was Tinryland G.F.C. who showed what can be done on the organisational front when everyone pulls together and adult club chairman Brendan Hayden was lavish in his praise for all those involved in the entire feile project.
Special word of thanks goes to the Feile committee under the direction of Linda Kenny, the Tinryland juvenile G.F.C. under the stewardship of chairman Mick Murphy and the womens catering committee under Geraldine O’Toole who excelled themselves in catering for the large crowds that attended Feile over the weekend.
A very enjoyable concert was held outside the club later on that evening with a great performance from local group Roisin Dubh along with special guest Brian Doyle.
Bennekerry/Tinryland Girls U14 team took part in the Feile competition over the weekend.
The team easily won their opening game against hosts Knockananna on a score of 3-7 to 0-0. Scorers were Zoe Curran (1-2), Deirdre O’Sullivan (0-4), Amy Dwyer (1-1) and Lauren McGrath (1-0).
In the second game against Glenealy, it was all B/T with a winning score of 8-4 to 0-1. Scores came from Zoe Curran (6-2), Lauren McGrath (1-0), Kate Dooley (1-0), Amanda Kinsella (0-1) and Niamh Walshe (0-1).
The third game was against Tullamore with the team from Offaly winning by 4-4 to 2-4 after an entertaining match.
This was a very fast game of football with both teams playing well throughout. After Tullamore scored an early goal, B/T replied with scores from Amy Dwyer (1-2) and Deirdre O’Sullivan (0-1) to lead by 2 points at the interval. In the second half Tullamore proved to be the stronger team and with 3 goals, they eventually held out for the win.
The squad was Stacey Doyle, Caoimhe Townsend, Aoife Byrne, Niamh Walshe, Kate Dooley, Jemina Kirwan, Deirdre O’Sullivan, Niamh Mullins, Niamh O’Neill, Amy Dwyer (Capt.), Vivienne Nolan, Amanda Kinsella, Zoe Curran, Katie Doyle, Dearbhla Kelly, Lauren McGrath, Judith Doyle, Rebecca McCarthy, Danielle Power, Orla Stafford, Jenny Condon, Alison Farrell and Orla Moran.
Amy Dwyer also took part in the skills competition over the weekend.
Credit is due to Martin Doyle, Sean Lowry and Pat McArdle for their work with the team and to all committee members who travelled on the bus with the team and all supporters who travelled to the games.