The annual Mass at the Mass Pit in Ballyquaid will be celebrated on Friday August 15, the Feast of the Assumption at 6.45pm. This ancient and historic place of worship was restored nine years ago and the annual Mass serves to remind us of the sacrifices and risks made by our ancestors in order to attend Mass during Penal times.

Please note the earlier time of 6.45pm for this Mass.


A warm welcome is extended to Fr. Sylvanus Attoh, a native of Nigeria who is helping out in Borris-in-Ossory parish at the moment. Fr. Sylvanus is living in Errill and is helping out in Rathdowney and Borris in Ossory parishes for a few weeks. He is getting to see all parts of the parish, as he is celebrating Mass in Borris in Ossory, Killasmeestia and Knockaroo.


Anyone travelling on the Borris-in-Ossory ICA weekend trip to Devon and Cornwell who has not yet paid the full fare should please note that the remainder of the money must be paid to Pat Kelly, Main Street, Borris-in-Ossory without delay. The cost, which includes the luxury coach, ferry crossings, 4 nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast in the New Continental Hotel and the tour guide for the five days is €439.


Sympathy is extended to Mrs Kitty Foyle, Shanboe, Borris-in-Ossory on the recent death of her sister the late Miss Margaret Finn, London and formerly Shanboe, Borris-in-Ossory . Her funeral Mass and burial took place in London two weeks ago. The late Miss Finn, who had spent most of her life in England, is deeply regretted by her sisters Kitty Foyle, Borris-in-Ossory and Teresa Parkinson, Birr, Co. Offaly, brother in law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.


The annual Church gate collection in aid of Borris-in-Ossory Social Services will take place on Saturday and Sunday August 23 and 24. Proceeds from this collection go towards the services provided by the committee including laundry, meals on wheels, chiropody, monthly afternoon parties, annual Senior Citizens party, annual outing and hospital/nursing home visitations.

It is hoped that the collection will be well supported.

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


The bus for the annual parish pilgrimage to Knock Shrine on Thursday August 28 is now full. Anyone looking for information about the pilgrimage or anyone who would like to leave their name in case of cancellations should contact Marie Power, Green Roads 0505-41167 or 087-9766248.


Borris-in-Ossory Lotto Draw Results for July 29

The numbers were 3, 8,10 and 17. The jackpot of €4,800 was not won. 10 winners of €20: Catherine & Enda Burke Dublin c/o Finty; Paddy Delaney Skeirke c/o Noel Meade; Cathal O’Donnell B-I-O c/o T O’Donnell; Joe Moore B-I-O c/o Kitty Moore; Liam Fitzpatrick Cullohill c/o Peggie Walsh; Anna Middleton B-I-O c/o Josie Keenan; Ann Barry B-I-O c/o Denise Origan; Eric Abraham B-I-O c/o Finty Kealy; Josie Keenan B-I-O c/o Self; Kathleen Walsh B-I-O c/o Noel Meade. Next Week’s Jackpot €5,000.