The Public meeting organised by the local Community Alert recently was a great success. Thanks is extended to all those who attended the meeting. The large attendance shows that people are serious about preventing crime in our locality. The guest speakers at the meeting were Paddy Buggy, Laois Forum, Garda Paul Wilson, Garda Owen Beehan and Conor O’Leary from Munintr na Tire.

Following from the success of the meeting, volunteers from Borris Community Alert will be calling to houses in the area to answer any questions anyone might have.

Homeowners will also have the opportunity to sign up for the Community Text Alert System. This is a service run by the community for the community where subscribers will be notified by text of suspicious activity in the area.

The service has to be set up and maintained; therefore the cost will be €20 per mobile number signed up. This is a small price to pay for this service which has proved to lower the crime rate in other areas where it is in operation.


The annual Mass at the Mass Pit in Ballyquaid will be celebrated on Thursday August 15, the Feast of the Assumption at 7.30pm. This ancient and historic place of worship was restored eight years ago and the annual Mass attracts large crowds each year, reminding us of the sacrifices and risks made by our ancestors in order to attend Mass during Penal times.


A Social will take place in Killasmeestia Community Centre on this Friday night August 16 with music by J and S Sound. Dancing will be from 9.30pm to 12.30am and supper will be served.


The annual parish pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place on Thursday August 29. There are still a few seats remaining on the bus. Anyone wishing to travel should give their name to Marie Power, Green Roads 0505-41167 or 087-9766248, Marie Kelly, Kilcoke 0505-46255 or Josie Dunphy, Knockaroo 0505-41554.


There are forms available in Phelans Ballaghmore for anyone interested in joining the Text Alert System in the area. Please feel free to avail of this great service; it is in everyone’s interest to protect their family and their property as best they can.


The entire area around Borris in Ossory was saddened and shocked by the unexpected death of Breda O’Hara, 32 Glenn Glas, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary and formerly St Canice’s Terrace, Borris in Ossory. The late Breda, who was only in her forties died at Tullamore General Hospital on Sunday August 4 after a very short illness.

Her remains reposed at her residence on Wednesday August 7 until removal on Thursday morning to St. Cronan’s Church for Funeral Mass. Burial took place immediately afterwards in Dungar cemetery.

The late Breda, whose father Tom O’Hara died only three months ago, is deeply regretted by her partner Richard, mother Teresa, brothers Peter and Michael, sisters Carol, Margaret, Mary and Anne Marie, extended family and friends.


Congratulations to Borris in Ossory ICA Guild who were the winners of the Bernie Dunne Trophy at the Ossory Agricultural Show in Rathdowney. The competition which was confined to ICA Guilds in County Laois consisted of a tray with a Hand Knitted Teacosy, Pot of Raspberry Jam, Tea brack and an arrangement of flowers.

The competition attracted entries from several ICA Guilds and the trophy was presented to the winning guild by Federation President Betty Gorman. Castletown Guild was placed second and Spink guild came third.

Congratulations also to all the local exhibitors who won prizes at the show.

The winner of the Little Miss Ossory competition was Corey Jade Doheny from Borris in Ossory and the winner of the Master Ossory competition also came from Borris in Ossory – Reece Leahy. Well done to all!

Presentation thurles reunion

Presentation Secondary School Thurles Reunion Committee organising a school reunion for past pupils who left the school between 1942 and 2002 on Saturday, September 21 2013. It is being organised in conjunction with The Gathering 2013. Tickets, which are €30 and are on sale now, must be purchased in advance. For further details email or they can phone (087) 7037861.