A reminder to all those travelling on the annual parish pilgrimage to Knock Shrine on Thursday August 30 of the following pick up points – Green Roads at 8am, Knockaroo at 8.15am and Borris in Ossory at 8.30am. Anyone with any query should contact Marie Power, Green Roads at 087-9766248 or Josie Dunphy, Knockaroo at 086 – 1294056


The annual Mass at the Mass Pit in Ballyquaid took place on Wednesday evening August 15, the Feast of the Assumption. However, because of the very unfavourable weather conditions, the Mass was celebrated in the Church of the Assumption, Killasmeestia. It was con-celebrated by Dean Seamus McEvoy and Rev Fr Robert Fletcher, both natives of Killasmeestia. This ancient and historic place of worship was restored seven years ago by a dedicated committee of volunteers to remind us of the sacrifices and risks made by our ancestors in order to attend Mass during Penal times. During the Mass prayers were offered for all those who went before us and made sure that the faith was passed on to us today.


The annual Church gate collection in aid of Concern will be taken up at all churches in the parish on Saturday and Sunday August 25 and 26. All donations for this worthy cause will be gratefully accepted.


Congratulations to Geraldine Kealy, Sentry Hill, Borris in Ossory who was one of the five lucky players on the RTE 1 game show “The Big Money Game” on Saturday night last. Geraldine won a substantial cash prize and her husband and three daughters as well as family members and friends were present in the audience to cheer her on.


An envelope collection in aid of the development of a Playground in the village is currently taking place. The cost of the Playground will be approx €85,000 (incl VAT). It is hoped that most of the cost will be grant aided but there will have to be some local contribution. Committee members are delighted with the response to the collection so far and wish to thank all who have donated. They are well aware that due to the present economic situation some people are unable to make a donation. Those who still wish to contribute can do so by contacting either of the treasurers Canice Sheeran or Jack Fahey.


The Pallotine Fathers Missions wish to thank all those who contributed to their recent Church gate collection. The collection realised €320 for which they are very grateful.


The National pilgrimage of the World Apostolate of Fatima will be held in Holy Cross Abbey on Sunday August 26 at 2.30pm. Commencing with Rosary followed by Stations of the Cross, Annointing of the Sick and concluding with Mass at 4pm. The chief celebrant will be Most Rev Dr Dermot Clifford. For further details contact Helen at 0504-21602.


The Laois Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association wishes to acknowledge with thanks the generous contribution of €377.50 from Borris in Ossory parish. This was collected at the recent Church gate collection.


PJ Wright, well known photographer will show slides of Ballaghmore parish Bi- Centenary celebrations in Ballaghmore Hall on Monday night August 27 at 8pm. Admission is free and all are welcome.


Sympathy is extended to Mrs Margaret Burke, Ballyduff House, Ballaghmore, Borris in Ossory on the death of her mother, the late Mrs Evelyn (Evie) Horan (nee McGillen), St Bridget’s Park, Ballymore Eustace, Co Kildare. Her death took place on Wednesday August 15 at Naas General Hospital. Her remains reposed at her residence until removal on Friday evening to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballymore Eustace and following Funeral Mass on Saturday burial took place immediately afterwards to St. Mary’s Cemetery. The late Mrs Horan is deeply regretted by her family Evelyn, Margaret, Michael, Sean (Jack), Jenny and Eamon, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.


Sympathy is extended to Liam Delaney, Ballymeelish, Ballybrophy, Renee O’Riordan, Kilcotton and Louise Nolan, Shanboe on the death of their uncle, the late Mr Tommy Delaney. His funeral Mass took place on Wednesday August 15 in St Abban’s Church, Doonane, Crettyard followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. The late Mr Delaney is deeply regretted by his wife Mary, family, relatives and friends.


Sympathy is also extended to Mr Gerry Moylan, Derrinsallagh and Mr Billy Moylan, Donaghmore, Ballybrophy on the death of their uncle the late Mr John Cuddy, Bacca, Killenure, Mountrath. His death took place on Tuesday August 14 in his 93rd year at The Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise.

His remains reposed at Burke’s Funeral Home, Mountrath until removal on Thursday evening to St. Fergal’s Church, Camross. His Funeral Mass took place on Friday morning followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. The late John, who was predeceased by his wife Mary Anne (Ciss) is deeply regretted by his family, relatives, neighbours and friends. He was brother to the late Mrs Nora Moylan, Kilpurcell, Ballybrophy.


The results of last week’s Progressive 25 Drive in the O’Brien Hall were as follows 1st Sean and Anna Bourke, 2nd - Mary Maher and Tom Lalor, 3rd - Paddy Dunphy and Larry O’Mahony, Lucy Bergin and Eugene Murphy, Willie O’Reilly and Larry Dunne, 10th game – Martin Delaney and Martin Walsh, 20th game – Michael Higgins and Peter Delaney.

Raffle winners were - Tom Lalor, Jacob Fairbrother, Jim Maher and Sadie Delaney. The Progressive 25 Drive will continue next Thursday night in the O’Brien Hall at 9pm.