The last meeting of Borris in Ossory ICA Guild took place in St Canice’s Hall on Wednesday October 2, presided over by Helen Kavanagh. A vote of sympathy was passed with Anne O’Sullivan on the death of her mother in law. A new member Josie Keenan was proposed and seconded and two guests were welcomed to the meeting Mary Teehan and Sheila Phelan. A report was given on the recent Federation meeting in Cullohill. The guest at the meeting was Niav Riley, Fashion designer, who gave a very interesting demonstration of her handmade fascinators and headpieces. Niav specialises in pieces made to order for weddings, races and special occasions and also gives courses at her studio in Ballinakill. Happy Birthday wishes were extended to the guild’s most senior member, Kitty Foyle, who celebrates a special birthday this month and a celebration cake was enjoyed by all the members. Thanks was extended to all who supported the Hospice Coffee morning in St Canice’s Hall which raised almost €1000. The competition was won by Nuala Costello. 2nd Pat Kelly and 3rd Lily Sheeran and the raffle winners were Sheila Phelan and Margaret Shortiss. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday November 6 at 8pm and the competition for November will be the best hand knitted Christmas stocking no bigger than 15” by 10”. Arrangements were made for members to fill shoeboxes for the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox appeal on Thursday November 7 at 8pm.


The death took place suddenly, at her residence on Sunday October 6 of Mrs Margaret (Peggy) Kirwan, (nee Moriarty), Villa Maria, Main Street, Borris-in-Ossory, Co Laois. Her remains reposed at her son’s residence until removal on Wednesday morning to St. Canice’s Church, Borris-in-Ossory for Funeral Mass followed by burial in the new cemetery. The late Peggy, who was predeceased by her daughter-in-law Margaret is deeply regretted by her husband Willie, sons Michael, Laurence, Mark, Martin and William, daughters Carmel and Maria, sisters Nora, Maria and Kathleen, brother Jude, sons-in-law Willie and Des, daughters-in-law Margaret RIP, Mary, Julie, Angela and Caroline, grandchildren, relatives, friends and neighbours.

She was a hard working woman all her life who, in addition to rearing her family, was very much involved in the family business in the village and also made time for her interests including her passion for greyhounds. In later years, when she retired, she devoted much of her time to charitable works and was well known for all her work for the missions and for deserving causes in poorer countries. May she rest in peace.


The results of last week’s Progressive 25 Drive in the O’Brien Hall were as follows 1st Johnny Butler and Seamus O’Grady, Billy Kirby and Tommy White, 2nd - Joe Cass and Mary Kelly, 3rd - Tom Moore and Mick Doyle, Michael Murphy and Joe Dooley, 10th game – Paddy and Tony Walsh, 20th game – Seamus Byrne and Sean Finan. The Progressive 25 Drive will continue next Thursday night in the O’Brien Hall at 9pm.


Sympathy is extended to the club chairman Shane Kirwan and all the Kirwan Families on the death of Shane’s grandmother, the late Peggy Kirwan.


Get well wishes are sent from the club to Lily Sheeran, Main Street, Borris-in-Ossory who is presently recovering in hospital after a recent accident.


A social will take place in Killasmeestia Community Centre on this Friday, October18 with music by Checkers. Dancing will be from 9.30pm to 12.30am and supper served.


Sympathy is extended to Mrs Denise Origan, St Canice’s Terrace, Borris in Ossory on the recent death of her mother, the late Mrs Margaret Moloney, (nee Killoran), Ballybritt, Roscrea Co Offaly. Her Funeral Mass took place in Ballybritt Church on Monday September 23 with burial afterwards in Dungar cemetery.


Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place each Tuesday in St Canice’s Church, Borris in Ossory from 10am to 3pm. Adoration takes place in Killasmeestia Church on Thursdays from 9.30am to 3pm and in Knockaroo Church on Tuesdays between 2pm and 4pm. Anyone is welcome to come along and spend some time in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.


Congratulations are in order for local girl Olivia Parlon who has been picked from 100 people to sing with “Starcamp” (Solitaire). Her song “A Song for Childline”. Olivia and Starcamp are looking for support as 100% of the proceeds are going to Childline. It will be available to download from mid-October or from Tesco Golden Discs. “Childlike needs your help”.


Laurence Campion, Knockaroo will launch his new album “Keep on Dancing” in the Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow on Saturday October 19 at 8.30pm. 6673.


The hall in St. Joseph’s National School, Borris in Ossory is now available for renting by various groups . Contactn 0505 41331.


Social Dancing with Maureen Culleton will take place each Thursday in St Canice’s Hall, Borris in Ossory from 2pm-5pm. All are welcome.