Borris-in-Ossory ICA Guild went all Australian last week with a Christmas in July party. Due to some members being hospitalised last December it was decided to postpone the Christmas party until a later date. The party took place in St Canice’s Hall on Wednesday July 2. All the members attended the party along with special guests Kitty Foyle, Nancy Fagan, Lily Sheeran, Sr. Regina and Mary O’Meara. A beautiful meal was served, followed by musical entertainment provided by Mary O’Meara and all the members doing their party pieces. Thanks was extended to Sheelagh Maher and staff of Rosemount Catering for the delicious food, to Stella Kealy and Pat Kelly who cleaned the hall and decorated it for the party, to Margaret Shortiss who made the lovely Christmas in July banner and to Joe Dooley and hall committee for the use of the O’Brien Hall for the ICA meeting which preceded the party. Kitty Foyle thanked the ICA guild for inviting her to the party in her honour and said she was delighted to meet and chat with all her ICA friends.


The last meeting of Borris-in-Ossory ICA Guild took place in the O’Brien Hall on Wednesday July 2, presided over by Helen Browne. Votes of sympathy were passed with Noreen Whelan on the death of her sister, the late Sr Anna Hyland and with Kitty Foyle on the death of her sister, the late Miss Margaret Finn who died in England. The president gave a report on the Federation meeting which took place in Rosenallis recently. Florrie Foley gave a report on her recent visit to An Grianan. The forthcoming weekend away to Devon and Cornwell was discussed and it was stressed that names and deposits of €100 must be given to Pat Kelly Main Street, Borris-in-Ossory without delay. The guild hopes to organise a bring and buy sale in the autumn with the proceeds going towards the refurbishments which are taking place at An Grianan. The guild hopes to enter a team in the ICA competition to be held at Clonaslee Show in September. The competition for the nicest boiled fruit cake was won by Sheila Phelan, 2nd Noreen Whelan. The next guild meeting is on Wednesday September 3 and the competition will be the nicest holiday photograph.


The annual Social Services outing took place on Tuesday July 1. The day began with mass celebrated by Rev Fr Jackie Robinson, who travelled with the fifty plus group of people. First stop was Bewley’s Hotel, Newlands Cross for morning coffee, and then on to Dublin Zoo where, in addition to admiring the animals, the group was given a guided tour and a very interesting history of the Zoological Gardens since it was first opened in 1831. The group then returned to the Gandon Inn, Emo for a lovely evening meal followed by a sing song. Thanks is extended to Marian Carey, Nan O’Brien, Sr Regina, Noreen Hanrahan and all the Social Services Committee for organising such a great day out.


The last meeting of the gardening group before we break up for the summer will take place on next Thursday July 10 at 8pm. Everyone is more than welcome to attend.


The cemetery mass and blessing of graves in Kyle Cemetery took place on Thursday evening July 3, con-celebrated by Rev. Fr Michael Harding, Roscrea and Rev. Fr Jackie Robinson. Before the mass started, a vote of sympathy was passed with the families of two members of the committee who passed away during the year, the vice-chairman Albert Garrett, Springhill, Borris in Ossory, and the treasurer Bob Stanley, Springhill, Monadrehid.


The annual parish pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place on Thursday August 28. 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.


A bus will leave Ballaghmore Car Park for Wicklow on Saturday July 12 at 9.30am. Call to Phelan’s Post Point or text your name to 089-4646673 ASAP as seats are limited.