Borris in Ossory

St Josephs National School

St Josephs National School

The Parents Association wish to thank everyone that supported their annual Christmas draw and the school’s Christmas performance, both events were a great success. The following were the prize winners: hamper Vicky, Fortune House Main Street, load of timber Linda Egan, €100 voucher Joe Doheny Jnr. Other prize winners were Kathleen Killeen, Claire Byrne, Joe Kelly, Caroline Costigan

and Lynn O’Brien. Noel Meade was the winner of the sellers prize, congratulations to all the winners. We are very grateful to all who sponsored prizes and continue to support the school. Thanks to Super Value Roscrea, Eric Abraham, Racket Hall, Midland Tyres, Shaws Roscrea, Tesco, Canice Sheeran, Noel Meade, Telfords, Noel McCormack, Ray Fox, Noel Dooley, Tonys, Ronan Kelly, Breda and Red Murray, Ray Drennan, Emer Carey, Sals Diner, Fortune House, Josie Keenan, Claire MeadeEddie Phelans, Keegan Butchers, Cosy Cafe Mountrath.


Brent Pope and Michael Duignan will be the guest speakers at a special night celebrating positive living and the role sport can play in this. The event is being hosted by Borris-in-Ossory/Kilcotton GAA Club, and is open to the entire local community.

It will take place in St Joseph’s NS, Borris in Ossory and will start at 7.30pm. MC on the night will be Damian Lawlor (Sunday Independent) and the two celebrity pundits and former sports stars will be joined by Colin Regan, GAA community and health manager and Susan Kenny from the National Office for Suicide Prevention. The aim of the event is to promote a culture of positive mental health, both in the club and the wider local community. All are welcome and admission is free.

Community Alert

Letters supporting the need for a CCTV system in the community will be sent by post to clubs, organisations and businesses on Monday January 13. Borris in Ossory Community Alert would ask all to row in behind their quest for authorization for this security aid for the community.


A seven week course of pilates suitable for all levels will take place in St Joseph’s NS from Thursday January 23 starting at 7.15pm. Pilates is highly recommended for anyone recovering from back/neck/leg or hip injuries or postural problems. Develops core strength and aids in losing weight and toning. Booking is essential as places are limited Contact Niamh at 087 6257564.


Ladies bootcamp will take place on Tuesday nights in St Joseph’s NS at 7.30pm, starting on January 14. Ideal for losing weight and toning. Classes include kickboxing, kettle bells, HIIT, Tabatha and more. Booking essential. Contact Niamh at 087 6257564.


Borris in Ossory ICA Guild held its first meeting of 2014 in St Canice’s Hall on Wednesday night January 8. The president Helen Kavanagh welcomed the members after the Christmas break and wished all a Happy New Year.

Thanks was extended to all who supported the Christmas concert featuring the Laois ICA Choir which was held in Knockaroo Church on Sunday evening December 15. Thanks also to all the members who donated food and helped with catering. A sum of €1240 has been sent to Sr Anne Healy, a nun from Co. Tipperary who works in the Philippines with the victims of the hurricane.

A letter of thanks was read from Tanya Thompson, co-ordinator with Team Hope, thanking the guild for their donation of 150 gift filled shoeboxes which were sent to needy children in Moldova for Christmas.

Members were informed about upcoming ICA events at federation level: the table quiz in Spink on February 26, Irish night in the Gandon Inn on March 14 and the ICA dinner in the Gandon Inn on April 11.

The competition for the nicest Christmas card was won by Pat Kelly, 2nd Mary Sheeran and 3rd Stella Kealy and the raffle winners were Sheila Phelan, Florrie Foley, Teresa Lalor and Helen Kavanagh. The meeting ended with a bingo session. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday February 5 at 8pm.


Social in Killasmeestia Community Centre on this Friday night January 17 with music by Laurence Campion. Dancing will be from 9.30pm to 12.30am and supper will be served.


The monthly afternoon bingo and get together organised by Borris in Ossory Social Services will resume on Saturday January 18 from 2pm to 5pm.


Dancing for fun with Maureen Culleton takes place each Thursday in St Canice’s Hall, Borris in Ossory from 2pm-4pm. All are welcome.

Strictly Come Dancing

St Brigids Camogie club and Rathdowney/Errill Hurling Club are hosting Strictly Come Dancing in the Templemore Arms on Saturday March 1st 2014. Preparations for this event are well underway. This is guaranteed to be an enjoyable night for all. Limited number of tickets will be available so it will be first come first served. Tickets will be available from both hurling and camogie committees.


Country Markets will resume on Saturday January 18. A big thank you to all our customers who supported us in 2013 and looking forward to meeting you all again in the New Year. On sale will be home baking, jams, fresh eggs and vegetables, flowers, shrubs and crafts.


Computer classes will start in Ballaghmore Hall on Monday January 13 at 7.30pm. Please bring a laptop or tablet. For more information please contact 089 4646673.


Gaelscoil an tSli Dala, Ballaghmore will hold an information evening on Tuesday January 14 in the school, starting at 7.30pm. Guest speakers will include Liam O’Neill, GAA president, Adrian Hewson, Church of Ireland representative, Paud O’Reilly, former principal of Rathdowney NS and representatives from the current school parent body.

This information evening will be relevant to anyone wishing to enrol a child in September 2014 or to those thinking of educating their child through the medium of Irish.

Mary Teehan from the pre-school Naionra will also be available to speak to anyone who wishes to enrol their child in the Naionra in future years.

Laois Hospice

Laois Hospice annual public meeting takes place on Friday, January 17 at 8pm in the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. Special guests are Mr Sean O’Rourke and Ms Eileen Dunne of RTÉ.