Borris in Ossory ICA guild held its first meeting of 2013 on Wednesday night January 9 in St Canice’s Hall. The President welcomed the members and wished them all a very happy New Year. Thanks was expressed to the members who took part in the Youth Club concert in Killesmeestia Community Centre before Christmas and special thanks was extended to Patricia Scott for all her help to the group. A visitor, Betty O’Brien was welcomed to the meeting and Betty hopes to become a member of the guild.

A letter from Team Hope, thanking the guild for its donation of over 160 shoe boxes filled with toys and gifts for the Christmas Children’s Shoebox Appeal, was read.

Congratulations were extended to Kitty Foyle on being the overall competition winner for 2012 and she was presented with the Maura Flanagan Perpetual Silver Salver. The competition on the night was won by Lily Sheeran, 2nd Noreen Whelan, 3rd Stella Kealy and the raffle winners were Betty O’Brien, Valerie St Leger and Pat Kelly. A game of bingo was then enjoyed with several members taking home cash prizes! The next meeting will take place on Wednesday February 6 and the competition will be the best pot of homemade marmalade.


A very successful and entertaining Variety Concert took place on Saturday December 22 in Killesmeestia Community Centre. Playing to a packed hall and with standing room only at the back, the following acts and songs were performed brilliantly with Traditional Music by An Gael Scoil tSlí Dala Ballaghmore, Travelling Soldier by Charlie Origan, Rock Band The Rivets by Mark Bergin, Luke Spencer, Darragh Morrissey and Stephen Lee, Music and Dance by Knockaroo Choir, Little Pub in London Monologue by Canice Sheeran, Borris In Ossory Cowboys from the Wild West performed by Slim, Leftie, Jake, Buck, Dusty, Boss and Rex, Trad Medley by Scotts Clan, Solo singing by Peadar King, Songs Galore by Dawn and Jessica, Mixed Medley by Borris in Ossory ICA, Mistaken Identity – Comedy Act by Peter Hennessy and Sean Sinnott Music Song and Dance including Grease and a Christmas Carol Finale by Borris in Ossory Youth Club. Borris-In-Ossory Youth Club would like to sincerely thank all the members for their work and efforts in rehearsing for the last couple of months. Thanks to all of the above groups and individuals who were invited to take part and did so with top class performances. Thanks to Sal Cuddy who did an excellent job as MC for the night and thanks to producers and advisers Patricia White and Paul Hogan who were an enormous help throughout rehearsals and on the night. A very successful raffle was run on the night and congratulations to all the winners, thanks to all who donated and sponsored prizes for the raffle. Please support them - Fiacri House Country House Restaurant and Cookery School, Damien Carroll Photography – Cearbhúil Studios, Paul Hogan Electrical, Midland Tyre Services Ltd, Petals Roscrea, Ray Drennan Family Butchers, Sheerans Fuels and Cycle Repairs, Drennans Bar, Green Roads, Kellys Bar, Noel Meade Butchers, Sals Diner- Fiona Kavanagh, Midland Service Station, Rosie O’Grady’s and Rosie Kealy.


A Social will take place in Killasmeestia Community Centre on this Friday night January 18 with music by Laurence Campion. Dancing will be from 9.30pm to 12.30am and supper will be served.


The death took place on Monday January 7 at Portlaoise Regional Hospital of Mrs Mary Houlihan (nee Butler), Garron, Ballybrophy and formerly of Graigueavallagh, Errill, Co. Laois. Her remains reposed at her daughter Dympna Kennedy’s residence, Newtown, Skeirke until removal on Wednesday evening to St. Canice’s Church, Borris in Ossory. Following Con – celebrated Funeral Mass on Thursday morning burial took place in St. Fergal’s Cemetery, Camross, with her late husband Paddy. The late Mary, who was predeceased by her husband Patrick, her sisters Eileen and Ann and brothers Thomas and Ned is deeply regretted by her daughters Winnie, Maureen, Dympna, Joan and Kathleen, son Dan, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, sisters Joan, Bríd and Kay, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.


The Cavanagh Cup Senior Billiards competition is in full swing at present and there are plenty of top class games taking place each night.


The Joseph Thompson Memorial Billiards Tournament is about to commence. This annual tournament commemorates the late Joseph Thompson, Borris in Ossory, who was a well-known billiard player. Each year it attracts top class competitors from all over Ireland. Anyone wishing to take part should contact the club secretary Joe Dooley on 086 – 8421598.


Membership Fees for the club are now due and should be paid as soon as possible. It should be noted that only paid up members will be allowed into the hall. The fee for adults is €20 and for students and under 14’s it is €10.


The Ladies Football Club wish to thank all who supported our recent cake sale. Congratulations to Fr Jackie winner of the hamper and Erica Fox who won the Christmas cake.