The people of Borris-in-Ossory and surrounding areas were saddened by the death last week of the late Michéal Dooley, Castle Avenue, Derrin, Borris-in-Ossory. His death took place on Thursday April 26 at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. His remains reposed at his residence until removal on Saturday morning to St Canice’s, Borris-in-Ossory for funeral mass followed by burial in St Canice’s Cemetery, Borris-in-Ossory. A huge crowd attended the funeral to pay tribute to Michéal, a very popular member of the community. A guard of honour was formed by members of the GAA club, the billiard club and his card playing friends. Michéal was a hardworking man, well known around the area as a painter and decorator. He loved gardening and his vegetable garden and greenhouse was an admiration, often supplying fresh vegetables to his neighbours and friends.

Michéal hurled with the local club in his young days where his favourite position was in goal. When Borris-in-Ossory won the junior B final in 1983 against Cullohill, Michéal was the captain of the team. He acted as secretary of the club for many years. He was also a great billiard player and was a committee member of the O’Brien Memorial Hall and the CYMS before that. He loved the game of cards and was one of the organisers of the weekly Progressive 25 Drive in Borris-in-Ossory and also travelled to play cards elsewhere each week.

He is deeply regretted by his loving wife Una, sons Michael and David, daughters Caroline and Elaine, grand-daughter Rayanne, brother Joe, sisters Peg Ward and Bride Lalor, son-in-law, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.


The entire area was also deeply saddened by the sudden death on Saturday April 21 of Liam Brophy, Killadooley, Ballybrophy. Liam, who was affectionately known as ‘Chum’ was in his 92nd year and was still out and about and living an active life up to his death. His remains reposed at O’Sullivan’s Funeral Home until removal on Wednesday evening to Killasmeestia Church. His funeral mass on Thursday April 26 was celebrated by Dean Seamus McEvoy, assisted by Fr Jackie Robinson PP and his burial took place immediately afterwards in Beleady Cemetery. The mass was a celebration of Chum’s life and was attended by a large gathering of people who came from near and far for his funeral. The readings, prayers of the faithful and offering of gifts were all done by his neighbours and friends and symbolised his many interests and hobbies. Fr McEvoy, in his homily, paid many tributes to Chum and his friend Gerry Moylan also spoke and told many stories about his life. His love of music was remembered in the singing and one of his favourites ‘Danny Boy’ was heard as the remains left the church. At the graveside there were more tributes to Chum, ‘The Stone outside Dan Murphy’s Door’ was sung and Gerry Moylan recited a poem which he had composed for Chum’s 90th birthday.

A guard of honour was formed from the many organisations in which he had an interest including Borris in Ossory and Rathdowney Coursing clubs, Kilcotton GAA Club, Fianna Fail and the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

He is deeply regretted by his sister Betty, who resides in England, his nephews Frank, Paul and Willie, niece Kathleen, his neighbours and many friends. Chum was a wonderful character whose passing will leave a huge void in the locality but he will be missed mostly by his nephew Frank Magan who came from England as a teenager and has lived with Chum ever since and by his good friend and neighbour Mickey Whelan who always looked after his every need.

May he rest in peace.


Congratulations to Irene Delaney and Teresa Butler who were the winners of the president’s prize for the 2011-2012 season. On Sunday April 29 the annual end of season luncheon was held in Roscrea Golf Club. President Noreen Hanrahan in her address thanked the secretary, treasurer and tournament director for their assistance during her term of office. She also complimented the golf club catering staff on beautiful meals and efficient service. Treasurer Margaret Scott presented Noreen with a beautiful bouquet of flowers in recognition of her year in office. A vote of sympathy was passed with the Dooley family on the death of Micheal.

Winners of the club prizes for end of season were: 1st Rosario Cullinane and Noreen Hanrahan 2nd. Michael Murray and Molly Bates 3rd. Maureen Delaney and Breda Kennedy.


On next Saturday May 12 the second class boys and girls at Borris-in-Ossory Convent Primary school will receive their First Holy Communion at 11am mass in St Canice’s Church, Borris-in-Ossory.


The May meeting of the gardening group will be on Thursday night May 10 at 8.30pm in St Canice’s Hall. All crops should be getting into the ground now so come and get help and advice. The raffle winners at last month’s meeting were Noreen Whelan, Solene Ryan, Patricia Bergin, Denis Gorman and Eileen Brophy.


In preparation for the Eucharistic Congress, during the month of May, there will be evening mass every Friday evening in St Canice’s Church, Borris in Ossory at 7.30pm with Adoration at 7pm and benediction after mass. There will be no morning mass on those days.


The bi-centenary of St Molua’s Church, Ballaghmore takes place this year and this important event in the life of the parish will be celebrated on Sunday July 8 at 3pm. To coincide with this celebration a bi-centenary booklet will be published in which it is hoped to include information on all parishioners who joined the priesthood or religious life. At present the organisers are trying to trace information from friends or relatives of all those past or present who joined religious orders and it is hoped not to leave anyone out. Anyone with any information should contact Breeda Hally on 087 7589161 or Marjorie Phelan, Ballaghmore Post Office at 0505 41161. This information will be needed before June 3.


Borris in Ossory Cycling Club are taking part in the Midlands Charity Cycle Tour on Saturday and Sunday May 19 and 20 in aid of ppina bifida and Pieta House Suicide Awareness (Roscrea Branch). On Saturday the tour will set off for Athlone taking in Mountrath Portlaoise, Mountmellick, and Tullamore and will return to Borris-In-Ossory on Sunday through Ferbane, Cloghan, Birr and Roscrea. Sponsorship cards are currently being filled by all cyclists and all support will be gratefully received.


St Joseph’s National School, Borris in Ossory is considering running an afterschool/homework club from September 2012. Anyone interested in availing of these facilities should contact Lily Ward at 086 1993984 or the school at 0505 41331. A subvention scheme will form part of the package which will help to reduce the costs.


The first of the 4 month draws in aid of Knockaroo Church Renovation Fund took place on Friday night April 27. The lucky winners were as follows: 1st prize €1000 Michael Bergin Jnr, Ballymeelish (seller – Dan Whelan ), 2nd prize €300 Tony Douglas, Roscrea (seller – Liz Treacy), 3rd prize €100 Gerard Dollard, Pike of Rushall (seller – Michael Dollard), fully paid up members prize Paddy Carey (seller – Marian Carey), promote’rs prize Sr Regina Delaney. Thanks to all who supported this fundraiser and thanks also to all the promoters who sold the tickets. The next draw will take place on Friday May 25 in St Canice’s Parish Hall, Borris in Ossory.