The parish defibrillator group are seeking more volunteers to undergo defibrillator training. The training will be free of charge. All AED cards which were issued in 2009 have now expired and should be renewed. Text or phone 087 2686070.


Due to cutbacks, the FAS Community Employment Scheme in Borris in Ossory has not been funded since December 2011, other than wages for the six participants involved. This year Borris in Ossory Development has received donations from St Joseph’s School, GAA, Sieve Bloom Residents Association, Ossory Court Residents Association, Glenall Residents Association, St Mark’s Church, Sisters of Mercy and from private individuals which helped fund work done to date. However, finance is now very low due to the cost of fuel, repairs etc. The children’s playground is now back on the agenda, the site being the 0.48 acre field owned by Laois County Council which was turned down three years ago as being too small. The cost of the playground will be approximately €80,500 (inc VAT). It is hoped that most of the cost will be grant aided but there will have to be some local contribution. A meeting of all interested parties will be held in St Canice’s Hall on Thursday August 2 at 8pm.


On Sunday last Borris-in-Ossory Youth Club went on their first summer tour to Zip It Adventures in Lough Key Forest Park Co Roscommon. Youth club members and leaders had a very exciting day doing very adventurous activities. They were attached to safety lines and navigated their way from treetop to treetop using zip wires and other obstacles, some platforms are as high as 50 feet. A great day was had by all involved and the club hopes to do similar activities in the future.


The first year since the re-formation of Borris-in-Ossory Youth Club is almost at an end. To celebrate and finish the year and also to bring in some funds to cover expenses throughout the year, a barbecue in Rosie O Grady’s has been organised and will take place on Sunday August 5 beginning at 5pm with music by local artists and friends. Tickets at €5 each are available from youth club and committee members.


The results of last week’s Progressive 25 Drive in the O’Brien Hall were as follows: 1st Willie O’Reilly and Larry Dunne, Paddy Dunphy and Larry O’Mahony, Paddy Dunphy and Larry O’Mahony, John Mooney and Martin Delaney, 2nd Tom and Sheila Ryan, 10th game Johnny Butler and Seamus O’Grady, 20th game Seamus Byrne and Michael Grimes. Raffle winners were Peggy Bergin and Peter Delaney.

The Progressive 25 Drive will continue next Thursday night in the O’Brien Hall. This will be the monthly €10 game and will start at 9pm.


All billiards, snooker and pool competitions are now at an end for the rest of the summer. They will resume again in the autumn.


The death took place on Monday July 23 at her residence of Mrs Helen Thompson (nee Damery), Kilmurray, Stradbally and formerly of the Castle, Borris-in-Ossory. Her remains reposed at her home in the Castle, Borris-in-Ossory until removal on Wednesday July 25 to Aghaboe Church for funeral service followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Helen, who was wife of the late Norman, is deeply regretted by her sons John, David and Andrew, daughters Mandy, Sandra, Shirley, Hazel and Jane, brother Norman, grandchildren, extended family and friends. She was sister in law of Mrs Queenie Walsh, The Bungalow, Killasmeestia to whom sympathy is also extended.


The last of the 4 month draws in aid of Knockaroo Church Renovation Fund took place on Friday night July 27. The lucky winners were as follows: 1st prize €1000 Lorraine Treacy, Doon, Borris in Ossory (seller Eliz Treacy), 2nd prize €300 Mary Maher, Rathdowney, (seller Tommy Whelan), 3rd prize €100 Margaret and Joe Burke, Ballyduff House (seller Eileen Daly), Promoters prize Eliz Treacy. Thanks to all who supported this fundraiser over the past four months and thanks also to all the promoters who sold the tickets.