The Borris in Ossory Badminton Club will hold its AGM on Wednesday next September 11 at 8pm in the School Hall. Old and new members welcome. Limited membership available.


Free Home Security Checks are being offered by Borris-in-Ossory Community Alert to anyone who has signed up to the Community Text Alert System. For details, or to make an appointment please contact any member of the committee.


Borris-in-Ossory ICA Guild resumed activities on Wednesday night September 4. The meeting was presided over by Helen Kavanagh who welcomed back the members after the Summer recess. Votes of sympathy were extended to Noreen Whelan on the death of her brother in law, to Josie Keenan on the death of her brother, to Stella Kealy on the death of her nephew and to Margaret Jestin on a family bereavement. Congratulations were extended to the team who won the Bernie Dunne Trophy at Rathdowney Show. The trip to Wales in July was enjoyed by all and thanks was extended to Lily Sheeran who organised the trip.

Details of the Federation meeting in Cullohill on Tuesday September 17 were outlined and seven members gave their names to attend. It is hoped to start a course of armchair Pilates for the members on Wednesday September 18 and all those interested gave their names. A survey from Central Office to be completed by the members was distributed. Members were reminded that the annual Coffee Morning in aid of Laois Hospice Foundation will take place in St. Canice’s Hall on Friday morning September 20.

The competition for the best pot of blackcurrant jam was won by Lily Sheeran, 2nd Kitty Foyle and 3rd Noreen Whelan and the raffle winners were Ursula Murray and Margaret Shortiss.


After a great year in the garden now is the time to reflect on what has been done and what we would do different next year,[ or maybe do the same better]. This is the most important time to get information for next year and prepare the ground. The next meeting of the Gardening Group is on this Thursday September 12 at 8pm in St. Canice’s Hall.

This year has been very educational with garden visits and also guest speakers at some of our meetings so come along and enjoy your garden. Any tips to make the garden easier and more enjoyable are always welcome.


A series of one day retreats in Lough Derg, the island of pilgrimage, in County Donegal will take place during the month of September. The morning will include Rosary and Way of the Cross as well as Prayers of Intercession and Healing of Memories. The afternoon will offer an opportunity for quiet time and personal prayer and will conclude with the celebration of the Eucharist.

Lough Derg offers a “Living with Suicide” Workshop on Wednesday September 25. Lough Derg is well recognised as a sanctuary – a safe place, this day is for adults who have been affected by suicide by personal loss or for those ministering to the suicide bereaved or working in support services.

thurles reunion

Presentation Secondary School Thurles Reunion Committee organising a school reunion in conjunction with the Gathering for past pupils who left the school between 1942 and 2002 on Saturday, September 21. Tickets, which are €30 and are on sale now, must be purchased in advance of the day, before Tuesday, September 10. For more information or to purchase tickets Tickets can be purchased over the phone (087) 7037861, via email , or in four outlets in Thurles.

Registration will begin in the secondary school at 2pm and the day will continue until approximately 7.30pm. The Boarding School will be open between 12.30 and 2 pm for any boarders who wish to view their old ‘home away from home’. There will be a huge amount of photos on display, which will aid people in their own personal nostalgic trips down memory lane. A cheese and wine reception followed by a hot fork buffet will be provided on the day.