The AGM of Borris in Ossory ICA Guild took place on Wednesday night, April 3, presided over by Helen Kavanagh. The federation president/information officer Betty Gorman was welcomed to the AGM. Also welcomed was guest Teresa Cuddy from Castletown guild and a new member Mary Sheeran.

The secretary, Noreen Whelan, read a detailed report of all the guild’s activities during the past year and the treasurer Valerie St Leger gave an account of the guild’s financial situation.

The president, Helen Kavanagh, thanked all the members for their help and co-operation and for their financial support to all the guild’s fundraising projects.

She thanked especially all the members who donated prizes and sold tickets for the Easter raffle. She also thanked the local shops and business premises who displayed the hamper and sold tickets.

Information officer Betty Gorman was present to oversee the election of officers and the following officers were elected for the coming year, President Helen Kavanagh, vice president Margaret Jestin, hon secretary Lily Sheeran, hon treasurer Pat Kelly, PRO Lily Sheeran, An Grianan rep Nuala Costello, contests secretary Florrie Foley, membership secretary Teresa Lalor, and hostess Mai Clare.

Arrangements were made for members to attend the Federation AGM in Camross and the Federation dinner dance in the Gandon Inn. Laois Week at An Grianan was discussed and several members will attend. Members were also reminded about the Federation Choir concerts in Abbeyleix and Portlaoise.

The competition for the nicest Easter card was won by Helen Kavanagh, 2nd Noreen Whelan, 3rd Lily Sheeran and the raffle winners were Betty Phelan, Rose Kealy, Noreen Whelan, Betty Gorman and Mary Sheeran. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday May 1.


The results of the Bridge competition held on Tuesday March 19 were as follows 1st Kate Connaire and Josephine Campion, 2nd Anne Maher and Breda Sharpe, 3rd Margaret Scott and Noreen Fitzgerald. President’s prize Competition will be played on Tuesday April 9 at 7.30pm. AGM will be held on Tuesday April 16 at 7.30pm.


Borris in Ossory Women’s Mock Wedding of the Year in aid of Lupus Group Ireland. Rosie O Gradys, Saturday April 13. Bride arriving at 7.30pm sharp. Music at this event is Outa Diesel. Invite Tickets €10, available from all members of the walking group. Purchase of invite enters you into a draw to win two nights B&B for two in one of the Clare Coast hotels.


Last year we had an early Spring and no Summer so maybe this year we might have a late Spring and a good Summer, we live in hope. We can still prepare for the growing season by coming to the Gardening Group on this Thursday 11th April at 8pm in St Canices Hall. Find out about getting a start on the growing season and share tips for a good time in the garden.


A choir practice for confirmation will take place in St Canice’s Church, Borris in Ossory on Thursday night April 11 at 7.30pm.


The first draw in the 4 Month Draw in aid of Knockaroo Church Renovation Fund will take place on Friday April 26. There will be cash prizes. The subscription is €10 per month or €40 for the four months. There will be a special prize of €200 on the first night for fully paid up members and a promoter’s prize of €100 per month. The remaining draws will take place on May 31, June 28 and July 26 in St Canice’s Parish Hall, Borris in Ossory at 7pm.


Killasmeestia ICA Guild held its AGM in the community centre on Thursday April 4, presided over by Margaret Ryan. Information officer Helen Kavanagh was present to oversee the election of officers. Officers elected for the coming year are president Margaret Ryan, vice president Carol Sinnott, hon secretary Marie Dowling, hon treasurer Betty Bergin, PRO Carol Sinnott, competitions secretary Frances Lalor, hostess Annette Kilmartin.

The competition for the nicest Easter card was won by Margaret Ryan and the raffle was also won by Margaret Ryan. The next meeting will take place on Thursday May 2.


The death took place on Sunday March 24 of Tim Rafter, (ex Garda Siochana), Main Street, Newtownforbes, Co. Longford and formerly Ballymeelish, Ballybrophy, Co Laois. His remains reposed at his residence until removal to St Mary’s Church, Newtownforbes on Tuesday evening March 26. Following mass on Wednesday, interment took place in the local cemetery. The late Tim whose brother Mike died only a month before him is deeply regretted by his wife Mary, sons Seamus, Kevin and David, daughter Eleanor, sisters Lily, Tessie, Mary and Pauline, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, grand- children, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.