On Sunday July 15 the spectacular gardens at Clonohill House, Coolrain will host an open day in aid of Laois Hospice Foundation from 1pm - 7pm. The gardens feature woodland, lawns, herbaceous borders, with many unusual plants and a walled garden overlooking the lake. Floral artist and garden designer, Enda Thompson Phelan will give guided tours around her one acre garden and afterwards visitors may enjoy afternoon tea or take a stroll around the lakes. All proceeds in aid of Laois Hospice.


Please note that anyone travelling on the Borris in Ossory ICA trip to Belfast must pay the balance of the fare to Lily Sheeran (0505 41308) before the end of this week. The trip will include a visit to the Titanic Exhibition in Belfast, a tour of the Antrim coast and a visit to the ICA College at An Grianan, Termonfeckin, Co Louth for an evening meal on the way home.


Edel Sheridan, a talented young artist from Borris in Ossory will hold her debut art exhibition in St Joseph’s National School, Borris in Ossory from Saturday July 21 to Monday July 23. The exhibition will open on Saturday evening at 5pm with a wine reception and will continue until 9pm. The exhibition will be open all day Sunday from 10am until 6pm and again on Monday July 23 when any purchased items can be collected. Please come along to support Edel and view her extensive collection of paintings.


The monthly meeting of Borris in Ossory ICA guild took place in St Canice’s Hall on Wednesday night July 4, presided over by Helen Kavanagh. A report was given on the federation meeting which took place recently in Ballyroan. Members were informed that there will be a competition for the Bernie Dunne Cup at Rathdowney Show. The competition will be for handmade jewellery and it will be confined to Laois ICA members. A report was also given on Laois week at An Grianan. The guild agreed to host the next federation meeting which will take place in September.

Final arrangements for the guild’s trip to Belfast were announced. The group will be staying at the Park Avenue Hotel from Sunday July 29 to Wednesday August 1 and there will be a visit to the ICA College at An Grianan, Termonfeckin, Co Louth for an evening meal on the way home.

The feature of the meeting was a talk given by one of the guild’s members Spruce Lynch. Spruce had plenty of advice for the ladies on healthy eating habits, nutrition, diet, importance of physical exercise etc.

The competition was won by Pat Kelly, 2nd Noreen Whelan and 3rd Kitty Foyle and the raffle winners were Noreen Whelan and Helen Kavanagh. The meeting ended with the president wishing the members an enjoyable summer break. The next guild meeting will take place on Wednesday September 5.


The annual parish pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place on Thursday August 30. Anyone wishing to travel should give their name to Marie Power, Green Roads 0505 41167 or 087 9766248, Marie Kelly, Kilcoke 0505 46255 or Josie Dunphy, Knockaroo 0505 41554.


Borris-in-Ossory Cycling Club recently held a presentation night in Kelly’s Bar. The fundraising cycle and cabaret realised a large sum of money and the proceeds were presented to Spina Bifida (Laois/ Offaly) and Pieta House Suicide Awareness (Roscrea Branch). Once again thanks is due to all involved, cyclists, bucket collectors, helpers, sponsors and all who donated monies big and small.


The U-15 girls indoor soccer team travelled to University Arena, University of Limerick on Saturday 30 June to compete in the All Ireland finals. The team was defeated by Kilfenora, Annauscaul, Oylegate and Fanad and so failed to progress any further. The opposition on the day proved to be much stronger but it was great to get so far. All who travelled enjoyed the day.

The club’s summer tour will take place on this Sunday July 15 to Zipit Forest Adventure, Lough Key, Boyle, County Roscommon. Zipit Forest Adventure Aerial Trail is an action-packed, multi-platform, adrenaline-filled adventure journey for anyone from age 7 upwards with a basic level of fitness. Zipit is Ireland’s first high-wire aerial forest adventure. Platforms on trees at various heights (ranging from 1 metre to 20 metres off the ground) are connected. A range of activities allow participants to move from one tree to another. The bus will leave from St Canice’s Hall at 9am and return at 7-7.30pm approx.


A coffee day in aid of St Molua’s Church, Kyle will be held in Eddie and Mai Clare’s home, Beau Vista, Ballaghmore on Monday July 23 starting at 10am. Tickets are also on sale for a fundraising raffle with many valuable prizes. The draw will take place at the coffee day.


The results of last week’s Progressive 25 Drive in the O’Brien Hall were as follows: 1st Tom Quigley and Tim Tierney, John Mooney and Martin Delaney, 2nd Paddy Dunphy and Larry O’Mahony, Sean and Anna Bourke, Mary Kelly and Noreen Ryan, Michael Doyle and Joe Bolger, Michael Murphy and Jack Maher, 10th game Tom and Sheila Ryan, 20th game Johnny Butler and Seamus O’Grady. Raffle winners were Tim Tierney, Tom Kennedy, Jacob Fairbrother and Joe Bolger.

The Progressive 25 Drive will continue next Thursday night in the O’Brien Hall at 9pm.


The monthly meeting of the gardening group will take place in St Canice’s Hall on this Thursday night July 12 at 8.30pm. Despite the unfavourable weather there is still plenty of work to be done in the garden so come along and share some tips and advice