There was great excitement in Borris-in-Ossory on Sunday night March 1 when Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan paid a visit to the village. His first port of call was the local take away restaurant Sal’s Diner where he ordered chips and a cheese burger. He then asked the proprietor Fiona Kavanagh where could he and his three companions get a pint and she directed him to Kelly’s Bar. When he was eventually recognised in the bar he posed for photographs with the publican Red Murray and some of the customers. The unfortunate thing was that not one of Jamie’s many female fans in Borris-in-Ossory was present in the pub while he was there. By the time the word had spread Jamie had finished his drink, collected his chips and burger from Fiona and left town!


The last meeting of Borris in Ossory ICA Guild took place on Wednesday March 4, presided over by Helen Browne. Votes of sympathy were passed with the family of the late Kitty Foyle, a founder member of the guild. Sympathy was also extended to the Finan family on the death of the late Paul Finan, to Betty O’Brien on the death of her sister, to Betty Phelan on the death of her father in law, the late Robert Phelan and to Elizabeth Maher, a former member of the guild, on the death of her husband, the late Dermot Maher. Lily Sheeran paid a tribute to Kitty and said that they were both founder members of the guild in 1961 and were great friends ever since, travelling together to ICA meetings all over the country.

Guest speakers at the meeting were Michael and Anne from Marathon Coach Tours who outlined their programme of tours in Ireland, England and Scotland for 2015. After much discussion on the exchange rate of sterling and other considerations it was decided to stay in Ireland this year. The guild is planning a trip to Wicklow in early July, staying at the Glenview Hotel, Delgany. The dates, itinerary and cost to be decided in the next couple of weeks.

The guild was represented at the Federation Table Quiz in Castletown by two teams. The teams came third and fourth and were congratulated on same. Names were taken of members who wish to attend the Federation dinner in the Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix on Friday April 10. Names were drawn for two half scholarships to Laois Week at An Grianan in June.

The competition for the nicest handmade St Patrick’s Day card was won by Mary Teehan, 2nd Pat Brophy and Highly Commended Helen Kavanagh and Noreen Whelan. The next meeting will be the Annual General Meeting and May Bowe, Federation Information Officer will be in attendance. The competition will be the nicest vase of Spring flowers.


The next meeting of the Gardening group will be held on Thursday, March 12 at 8pm. in St Canice’s Hall. Everyone is more than welcome to attend and new friends are always needed.


The Annual General Meeting of the O’Brien Hall, Borris-in-Ossory will take place on Sunday, March 15 at 6 p.m. All members welcome.


The death took place on Friday, February 27 of Robert Phelan, Rossbaun, Ballaghmore. He died peacefully in the loving care of the nurses and staff of Patterson’s Nursing Home, Roscrea. Reposed at his residence. Funeral mass in Saint Molua’s Church, Ballaghmore, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Deeply regretted by his loving wife Kitty, daughter Mary, sons John and Michael, brothers Dick and Joe, extended family, relatives and friends.

Robert, who had reached a good age, was a member of the farming community. He was a like long member of Kyle GAA Club and was President of the club at the time of his death.


The AGM of Killasmeestia Tidy Towns has been deferred to a later date, apoligies of any inconvenience caused. The rescheduled date will be announced in the next week.


The annual Lourdes Invalid Fund collection will be taken up at all Masses in the parish on Saturday March 14 and Sunday March 15.