The passing last week of former Taoiseach, the late Albert Reynolds brought back memories to many people in and around Borris-in-Ossory. Before his political career took off, the late Albert, along with his brother Jim, ran a successful business as a dancehall owner and promoter. He owned a large number of ballrooms in the midlands including the Rockland Ballroom in Borris in Ossory.

Other ballrooms in the chain were Danceland Portlaoise, Dreamland Athy, Roseland Moate, Lakeland Mullingar, Jetland Limerick, Cloudland Roosky and Fairyland Roscommon.

The Reynolds brothers were responsible, at the height of the showband era, for bringing all the big name bands to Borris in Ossory and every Friday night large numbers of dancing fans came to the Rockland Ballroom to hear Joe Dolan, Dickie Rock, Brendan Bowyer, Big Tom, Johnny McEvoy and many more.

All that remains of the Rockland Ballroom in Borris in Ossory now are memories as it has been demolished and replaced by a housing estate. Thank you for the memories Mr. Reynolds. May you rest in peace.


Borris in Ossory ICA Guild will resume after the summer recess on this Wednesday night September 3. The meeting will commence at 8pm and new members are welcome.


Badminton resumes on Monday and Wednesday nights from 8pm-10pm in the new school hall. Monday nights is designated beginners and improvers night. Come along any night and give it a go. Over 18s only. The entrance to the hall is at the back of the school.


As we are bringing in all the fruits and vegetables from the garden, now is the time to start preparing for next year. It is now that we should be getting the ground and soil ready to have a good harvest next year. The best way to find out how is to attend the local Gardening Group in St Canice’s Hall at 8.00pm on Thursday September 11. The AGM will also take place on the night. New members are always welcome and for existing members don’t forget your gift from the garden.

Age Friendly

Are you over 50? Would you like to contribute to the plans to make County Laois and its towns and villages more age friendly? If so, you are invited to attend a public workshop on the preparation of an Age Friendly Strategy for County Laois in Cuain Bride , Rathdowney on Tuesday September 9 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Have your voice heard and input in this important Strategy for the future.

For more information please contact Marie O’Hora, Planning Dept, Laois County Council, Aras an Chontae, Portlaoise, Co. Laois

Phone 057 86 64000 or email at

Text Alert

The Borris-in-Ossory area text alert system is proving a great success. If you would like to be added to the system as a subscriber to receive text alerts on suspicious activity directly to your mobile phone, please contact any committee member. The fee for the year is €20.


Grants for personal alarm systems are now available. It is open to all members of the community over 65 subject to certain criteria. These systems offer great reassurance for older people to continue to live securely in their own homes.

Fran Dowling of Borris-in-Ossory Community Alert will assist applicants through the process. You can contact Fran on 087 2214432


Lotto draw results for August 26. The numbers were 9, 13, 25 and 28. The jackpot of €5600 was not won. 10 winners of €20: David Dooley B-I-O c/o Josie Keenan; Frankie Cullinan Portlaoise c/o Direct Debit; Tom Ryan B-I-O c/o Finty Kealy; Mary O’Donnell B-I-O c/o Self; Maura Groarke Portlaoise c/o Sean Egan; Kathleen Walsh B-I-O c/o Noel Meade; Louise Moynan B-I-O c/o Mary Kavanagh; Ray Kelly Errill c/o Pat Moore; S Hennessy Errill c/o Josie Keenan; Billy Byrne Castletown c/o C Costigan.

Next week’s jackpot €5800.