Borris-in-Ossory has won the Inter-Litter Competition in Laois for the seventh time. Congratulations to Borris-in-Ossory Development Association/ Tidy Towns Committee on this great achievement. They brought home the Cup and a Cheque for €500 which will be put to good use by the Tidy Towns Committee. This win had a special significance for all concerned as it came just after the untimely death of the late Jack Fahey, one of the hard workers on the committee. Great credit is due to Fr. Jackie and to all the dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly each week to keep the place looking its best and keeping it litter free.

Fran Dowling has been appointed as the new Co-ordinator of the Parish Community Employment Scheme. Also, Sister Regina will take on the role of the New Caretaker of St Canice’s Hall (Old Boys School). Anyone wishing to book the Hall for any event should contact Sr. Regina on 086-3615701


The Annual General Meeting of the Defibrillator Group took place on Thursday night September 18. The new Chairperson elected on the night was Noel Dooley Senior, Theresa Kelly was elected as Vice Chairperson, Secretary - Rhoda Brogan, Vice Secretary - Fiona McEvoy, Treasurer - Breda Kavanagh and joint PRO’s - Denise Orrigan and Deborah Delaney. A lot of work remains to be done with the help of the group and the public. We are still seeking new members to train in the near future and previous and present members to retrain when certs are out of date. We would appeal for interested parties and groups to attend the next meeting which is scheduled for Thursday October 9 at 8pm in St Canice’s Hall.


Dancing for Fun with Maureen Culleton takes place next Thursday and will continue each Thursday in St Canice’s Hall, Borris in Ossory from 2pm-4pm. All are welcome.


Set Dancing classes have started again and will continue each Monday night in St Canice’s Hall, Borris in Ossory, starting at 8.30pm. For further information please contact Eileen Daly at 087-6699412


Weekday Mass takes place each morning in St Canice’s Church, Borris in Ossory at 9am. There is a Eucharistic Service in Killasmeestia Church on Thursdays at 10am and in Knockaroo Church on Tuesdays at 2.30pm. (NOTE: Change of time)


Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament has resumed for the winter months. Adoration takes place each Tuesday in St Canice’s Church, Borris in Ossory from 9.15am to 3pm. Adoration takes place in Killasmeestia Church on Thursdays from 10am to 11am and in Knockaroo Church on Tuesdays between 2.30pm and 3.30pm. (NOTE: Change of time). Anyone is welcome to come along and spend some time in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.


Get winter fit! Play badminton - the world’s fastest racket sport. Every Monday and Wednesday nights from 8pm -10pm in the new school hall. Monday nights are for beginners and improvers. Come along any night and give it a go. Over 18’s only. The entrance to the hall is at the back of the school.


As part of Mental Health Week Alison Sweeney, Music Therapist, will deliver interactive workshops, in St Canice’s Hall from 3pm – 6pm on Friday the 10th of October. Alison specializes in paediatric rehabilitation, special needs and care of older adults. First Workshop: 10am – 11.30am for Mothers & Tots. Second Workshop 11.30am – 1pm for Older Adults. Booking Essential – Tel: 057-8674363 or email: Snacks provided. Free of Charge.


Borris-in-Ossory GAA Lotto Draw Results for September 23: The numbers were 2, 9, 13 and 28. The jackpot of €6,400 was not won.

10 winners of €20: Jake & Phoebe McNamara c/o Canice; Angela Dollard, Clough c/o Sean Egan; Bridie Abraham, B-I-O c/o Finty Kealy; Lily Sheeran, B-I-O c/o Canice Sheeran; Jim Quinlan c/o Canice Sheeran; Danny Gorman, Ballacolla c/o Finty Kealy; Cillian O’Donnell B-I-O c/o M O’Donnell; Conor & Ciaran Dollard, c/o D Abraham; Ger Carter, Castletown Inn c/o Caroline; Peter Middleton, Mountrath c/o Michelle.


A seminar promoting self-care for family carers will take place on Wednesday Oct 1st from 10am to 4pm in Portlaoise Parish Centre. Guest speakers will talk on topics including entitlements and services for carers, personal journeys of carers and mindfulness. Admission is free and all are welcome. To book a place contact Alison Hackett, Carers Association, on 086 7957086 or Finola Colgan, Mental Health Ireland, on 086 8353387.