St. Josephs N.S

St. Josephs N.S

The pupils of the school staged their Christmas performance of the Grinch to a packed hall in December.All students gave outstanding performances under the guidance of Jared Madden. Thanks to all that attended and gave great encouragement to all the performers. Raffle winners on the night were ; Rosie Costigan, Kieran o’ Loughlin, Laura Sinnott and Martin Costigan.

Christmas Raffle

The winners of the Annual Christmas draw were as Follows; Hamper - Emer Carey, Load of sticks - Canice Sheeran, 100 euro Voucher - Lourda and James Fahy, other winners were; Fr. Jackie, Grainne Poole, Odhran Finlay, Daniel Houlihan, Chloe and Ben Doran, Craig Ryan, Dean and Evan Carey.

The Parents Association is very grateful to all that supported the raffles on both days and all money collected goes towards extra curricular activities for the students.Special thanks to the following that sponsored prizes, they have always been very generous with their support for the school down through the years and hopefully people will continue to support these local businesses in the years ahead

Bernies Super Valu,Shaws Roscrea, Eric Abraham, Racket Hall, Tonys, Canice Sheeran, Noel Meade, Kellys Bar, Esso, Midland Tyres, Emer Carey Head Rush, Polished Perfection, Eddie Phelan, Fortune House, Sals Diner, Kellys Machinery Spares, Telfords, Noel Dooley, Ray Fox and Borris Kilcotton GAA.


The monthly Parish Social will take place in Killasmeestia Community Centre on this Friday night January 16 with music by Laurence Campion. Dancing will be from 9.30pm to 12.30am and supper will be served.


Borris-in-Ossory Bridge Club held its A.G.M. on Tuesday December 9, 2014. Officers elected for the 2014-15 season were as follows President: Breda Sharpe, Secretary: Josephine Campion, Treasurer: Margaret Scott, Asst. Treasurer: Noreen Fitzgerald. Tournament Director: Irene Delaney.Winners of competition held on Dec 2 were 1st Noreen Hanrahan and Rosari Cullinane, 2nd Teresa Butler and Irene Delaney, 3rd Agnes and Marie Geoghegan. Sympathy was extended to Irene Delaney on the death of her brother, the late Rev.Fr. Rodge Rafter, Pallotine Fathers, Thurles. Bridge resumes on Tuesday, 13/01/15.

New members welcome.


It is hoped to to undertake a project in St Cronan’s Workshop, Roscrea re-cycling Christmas cards for next year. Anyone wishing to donate their old Christmas cards should leave them into Tony’s Foodstore, Main Street Borris in Ossory.


Borris-in-Ossory ICA guild held the first meeting of the New Year on Wednesday night January 7, presided over by Helen Browne. A report was given on the group meeting held in Camross before Christmas. The President thanked all who supported the Christmas Fair / Bring and Buy Sale on Saturday December 6.

She thanked all who brought in all the produce and items for sale, to those who purchased and to all who bought tickets for the raffle on the night.

Proceeds from the Sale are going towards the renovation of one of the bedrooms at An Grianan, the ICA College in Termonfeckin, Co Louth. Laois Federation is hoping to renovate and re-decorate a bedroom in honour of the late Kathleen Gorman. Arrangements were made for the Pilates course which will commence on this Wednesday night.

The competition for the nicest Christmas card was won by Sheila Phelan, 2nd Noreen Whelan and 3rd Pat Kelly and the raffle winners were Anne O’Sullivan and Stella Kealy. The overall competition winner for 2014 was Noreen Whelan and she will be the recipient of the Maura Flanagan Perpetual Silver Salver. After the meeting the members enjoyed a game of bingo with some of the women taking home cash prizes. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday night February 4 at 8pm.

The guild is starting a course of armchair Pilates on this Wednesday January 14 in St Canice’s Hall. The classes will run for six weeks and will start at 8pm each night.

Anyone interested in taking part should contact any ICA member.


Members of Borris in Ossory Social Services visited Erkina House, Rathdowney on Sunday afternoon January 4 where they held a little party for the residents. They were accompanied by Martin Delaney with his guitar and all enjoyed the sing song and dancing.

Parish Book

There are still a number of copies of the history of Borris in Ossory parish ‘’Viewing Through History’’ available now at reduced price of €50 for the two volumes.The book can be purchased by contacting the author John Phelan at 087-6156808 or by email or his brother Liam Phelan in Garron - Tel 087-7662486 .

They will arrange to send same by post anywhere in the world, just cover the cost of postage.

Also, there are still a few copies of ‘’In the Shadow of the Goalpost’’ available - soft back €20 hard back €25. Again, this is a detailed history of the three local GAA clubs and is a must for anyone with a love for the gaelic games.

GAA Book

A new publication is at completion stage and it was hoped to have had it ready for Christmas but will now be launched in March 2015.

This publication will cover all Finals in all grades Hurling and Footballl including all Underage finals, since start of GAA in Laois and has a chapter on Club and Railway Cup and Inter County Games. It is also hoped to have a chapter each on Camogie and Ladies Football It will have all Team Listiings of Finalists in all competitions including their correct Christian Names.

It will be a must for GAA clubs and Historians alike and it will be a very limited number so please watch out for the launch night to make sure of your copy.


Evening Mass will be celebrated in St. Molua’s Church. Ballaghmore at 7.30pm every Saturday evening for the next six months.