The next meeting of Borris in Ossory ICA guild will take place on this Wednesday night January 9 in St Canice’s Hall at 8pm.


The results of the Bridge Competition played on Tuesday December 4 were as follows: 1st: Rosario Cullinane and Noreen Hanrahan, 2nd: Stella Kealy and Pat Kelly, 3rd: Marie and Agnes Geoghegan. The winners of the Competition for Christmas Prizes were 1st Michael Murray and Molly Bates, 2nd Nuala Costelloe and Kathleen Phelan, 3rd Stella Kealy and Pat Kelly All members please note that the Bridge Club will resume on Tuesday January 8 at 7.30 pm.


Borris in Ossory/Kilcotton GAA Club are hosting a club forum in Killasmeestia Community Centre on Friday January 11. The idea of the forum is to gather as many suggestions as possible on how the club can improve the way in which its carries out its business in areas such as coaching, development, etc. Those attending will be placed in small groups and will give feedback which will be used in order to develop a club plan which will be launched later in the year. The event is open for all to attend and we particularly invite non-members living within the parish and with an interest in Gaelic games to attend. Events start at 7.30 pm and there will be light refreshments provided on the night. And don’t worry, if you attend this meeting you will not be landed with a job so put it in your diary and bring a friend! For further details contact Eoin Phelan (086) 6012371 or Brian Stapleton (087) 2152071.


The annual parish Christmas Carol Service which took place in St Canice’s Church on Sunday night December 23 was once again an outstanding success. Members of the four choirs in the parish took part, also children from the local schools and the parish orchestra with soloist Erin Dollard. A large crowd attended and at the end of the Carol Service Rev Fr. Jackie Robinson PP gave all a special Christmas blessing. He thanked everyone for all the rehearsing and preparing for the night and had special praise for musical director Patricia Scott who gave so much of her time, energy and commitment to ensure the success of the event.


Members of Borris in Ossory ICA filled over 160 shoe boxes with toys and gifts for the Team Hope Christmas Children’s Shoebox Appeal. A letter of thanks has been received and all those who helped out will be delighted to know that the boxes have arrived at their destination. A total of 4147 gift filled boxes went from County Laois to a place called Timisoara in a desperately poor part of south western Romania. For some of these children it was their first time to ever receive a present. It is impossible to describe the faces of these children when they opened their shoebox and found a scarf, a woolly cap, a teddy bear, a small doll or even a new toothbrush. Borris in Ossory can be very proud of its effort for this very deserving charity. Between the ICA, the Brownies and the local national school, a total of 394 boxes went to Romania from this area. The generosity of people is amazing, even in these hard times. Sincere thanks to everyone who donated gifts, money or who helped in any way to make it a happy Christmas for so many poor children.


A very successful Christmas Food and Craft Fair took place in Rathdowney Community Centre on Friday December 14. There was a wide variety of local produce on offer including handmade chocolates, Christmas wreaths, candles, knitwear, jewellery, paintings, handmade Christmas cards as well as lots of seasonal home baking. Well done to Margaret Creagh and her helpers who put a lot of work into the event on the day.


The results of last week’s Progressive 25 Drive in the O’Brien Hall were as follows 1st John and Catherine Dalton, 2nd - Jim Walsh and Jacob Fairbrother , Martin Delaney and Martin Walsh, Johnny Butler and Seamus O’Grady, Noel O’Sullivan and Michael Fitzpatrick, 10th game – P.J.Holohan and Michael Muldowney, 20th game – Dan Tierney and Joe Dooley. The Progressive 25 Drive will continue next Thursday night in the O’Brien Hall at 9pm.


The Cavanagh Cup Senior Billiards competition is in full swing at present and there are plenty of top class games taking place each night.


The Joseph Thompson Memorial Billiards Tournament is about to commence. This annual tournament commemorates the late Joseph Thompson, Borris in Ossory, who was a well-known billiard player. Each year it attracts top class competitors from all over Ireland. Anyone wishing to take part should contact the club secretary Joe Dooley on 086 – 8421598.


Membership Fees for the club are now due and should be paid as soon as possible. It should be noted that only paid up members will be allowed into the hall. The fee for adults is €20 and for students and under 14’s it is €10.