Parent and Toddler Group

Parent and Toddler Group

The group meet every Monday morning from 10 - 11.30am. All parents, grandparents and minders with children from newborn to 3 years welcome. Come and enjoy tea and a chat.


The first meeting of the season took place in in St Canice’s Hall on Wednesday September 5. The meeting was presided over by Helen Kavanagh who welcomed everyone after the summer break. Sadly the guild lost two members over the summer months – Joan Thompson, Clonohill, Coolrain and Gladys Murphy, Kilcoke, Ballybrophy. Votes of sympathy were passed with the families of both members and the meeting was adjourned for ten minutes as a mark of respect. Votes of sympathy were also passed with Una Dooley on the death of her sister, the late Mrs Rena Dobbyn, with Pat Kelly on the death of her husband the late Aidan Kelly and with Iris Allen on the death of her mother, the late Mrs Roberta Howard, Eyrecourt, Co Galway. Congratulations were extended to Kitty Foyle on the birth of her new great-granddaughter and to Stella Kealy on the birth of her new grandson.

A report was given by Noreen Whelan on the guild’s weekend to Belfast which was very successful and thanks was expressed to Lily Sheeran for all her hard work organising the trip. The guild will host the Laois Federation meeting in St Joseph’s National School, Borris in Ossory on Tuesday September 18 and arrangements were made for same.

The guest speaker at the meeting was Mr Paul Corr from Laois Partnership who spoke to the members about the forthcoming changeover to digital television on October 24.

Members were reminded about the forthcoming coffee morning in aid of Laois Hospice Foundation which will now take place on Friday September 21. The meeting was also informed about the ICA’s involvement with World Suicide Prevention Day and it was decided to give a donation to this worthy cause. Also, as it is fast approaching the time of year for the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox appeal, members were reminded to start collecting shoeboxes for filling in November.

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 Anna Costigan and Stella Kealy. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday October 3 and the competition will be the nicest holiday postcard.


A reminder to all members of Borris in Ossory gardening group and to anyone else with an interest in gardening that the first meeting of the season will take place in St Canice’s Hall on this Thursday night September 13 at 8.30pm. This meeting is open to everyone interested in growing something whether it is grass for a lawn, fruit trees, soft fruit, flowers or vegetables (in the ground or in flower pots). All are welcome to the group where ideas and advice are shared. All regular members are reminded to bring a small gift from the garden.


A free workshop on personal development and mental health will take place in St Canice’s Hall on Thursday September 20 from 10am to 4.30pm. Lunch will be provided. Further information may be had by contacting 086 8525281.


A coffee morning in aid of Laois Hospice Foundation will be held in St Canice’s Parish Hall on Friday September 21 from 10am to 1pm. This annual event is always very well supported in the parish. Anyone wishing to host a coffee morning in their own home should contact Lily Sheeran, Main Street, Borris in Ossory for posters and coffee. Lily can be contacted at 0505 41308.


The results of last week’s Progressive 25 Drive in the O’Brien Hall were as follows: 1st Joe Dooley and Tom Ryan, PJ Holohan and Michael Muldowney, 2nd Michael Fitzpatrick and Tom Lalor, Michael Murphy and Jack Maher, Joe Cass and Mary Kelly, Paddy Dunphy and Larry O’Mahony, 10th game Bridget Gleeson and Mary Jo Ryan, Raffle winners were Sinead Bourke, Mary Jo Ryan, Paddy Sheeran and Billy Kirby.

Before the game began, a vote of sympathy was passed with the O’Sullivan family, Portlaoise on the tragic death of their grandson.

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


A new Knuckles boxing club has opened in Mountrath. The club caters for boys and girls and also has adults and ladies fitness classes. The club meets beside Mighty Moll’s Garage on the Portlaoise road, Mountrath. For further information about dates and times of classes contact Noel Carroll on 0851981551.