Perhaps it is time to forget about this summer and start thinking ahead to next spring, at least that is what Borris in Ossory gardening group are hoping to do. The first meeting of the season will take place in St Canice’s Hall on Thursday night September 13 at 8.30pm. This meeting is open to everyone interested in growing something whether it is grass for a lawn, fruit trees, soft fruit, flowers or vegetables (in the ground or in flower pots). Remember even herbs growing in a windowbox on the window sill is a form of gardening. All are welcome to the group where ideas and advice are shared.

All regular members are reminded to bring a small gift from the garden.


Borris in Ossory ICA Guild will resume its activities after the summer break when it holds the first meeting of the season in St Canice’s Hall tonight Wednesday September 5 at 8pm. All members are requested to attend. The guild will host the Laois federation meeting in St Joseph’s National School, Borris in Ossory on Tuesday September 18 at 8pm.


The annual church gate collection in aid of Concern was taken up at all churches in the parish on Saturday and Sunday August 25 and 26. A total amount of €570 was collected for which the organisers are very grateful. Thanks is extended to all who contributed so generously and thanks also to the volunteers who took up the collection.


The results of last week’s Progressive 25 Drive in the O’Brien Hall were as follows: 1st Martin Delaney and Martin Walsh, Marie Quinn and Dan Tierney, 2nd Billy Kirby and Tom Moore, 10th game John and Catherine Dalton, 20th game Billy and Jim Maher.

Raffle winners were Mary Jo Ryan, Bridget Gleeson, Seamus Byrne and Joe Dooley.

The Progressive 25 Drive will continue next Thursday night in the O’Brien Hall at 9pm and this will be the monthly €10 game.


Sympathy is extended to Mrs Iris Allen, Ballaghmore, Borris in Ossory on the death of her mother the late Mrs Roberta Howard (nee Prittie), The Mill, Eyrecourt, Ballinasloe, Galway and late of Garbally, Birr, Offaly. Her death took place on Monday August 27 at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe and her remains were removed to St John the Baptist Church Eyrecourt on Wednesday August 29. Following funeral service on Thursday burial took place immediately afterwards in adjoining churchyard.

The late Mrs Howard, who had reached a great age, is deeply regretted by her son Robert (Bobby), daughters Iris and Florence, grandchildren, great-grandchild, relatives and friends.


Sympathy is extended to Tom and Gerry Fitzpatrick, Killasmeestia on the death of their brother, the late James (Jim) Fitzpatrick, Canada and late of Killasmeestia, Ballybrophy. The late Jim had lived in Canada for many years and his funeral will take place there this week. He was son of the late Gerry and Ellen Fitzpatrick, who reared a large family in Killasmeestia. He is deeply regretted by his brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, extended family, relatives and friends.

The late Jim is the fourth member of the Fitzpatrick family to die within a relatively short period of time. Tom and Gerry were bereaved by the death of their sister Christina and their brother Bill in January 2011 and by their sister Mary in December 2011.

A mass for the repose of his soul will be celebrated in the Church of the Assumption, Killasmeestia on Thursday September 13 at 7.30pm.

ICA Federation

The autumn federation meeting is held in the new school in Borris-in-Ossory on Tuesday, September 18 at 8pm.


Practical workshop to face life challenges, maintaining and taking control of your physical and mental well being at St Canice’s Hall, Borris-in-Ossory on Thursday, September 20 9.30am-4.30pm. To book contact Karen at SHINE on 086 8525281 refreshments provided. Part of Laois Connects Mental Health Week.