The official opening ceremony of St. Joseph’s National School, Borris-in-Ossory took place on Friday May 2. The opening ceremony was performed by Most Rev. Dr, Seamus Freeman, Bishop of Ossory who blessed the building and cut the ribbon, assisted by the oldest and the youngest pupil in the school. School principal Kevin Horgan, in his opening address, welcomed Bishop Freeman, Rev. Fr. Jackie Robinson PP, Rev. Fr. Donal Walsh, the Sisters of Mercy, the parents, pupils, teachers, past pupils, former staff and former board of management members, along with the local community. Mr Horgan thanked all the contractors and sub-contractors who were part of the building project, he paid special tribute to the Sisters of Mercy who have been responsible for providing primary education to the children of Borris-in-Ossory since 1873 and he also thanked Jack Fahey and his team of workers who have been a huge help to the school.

Other speakers included Sr. Moira Bergin, Chairperson of the board of management and Bishop Freeman who addressed the pupils and told them how fortunate they were to have such a school with its excellent facilities.


The annual evening retreat at Peace in Christ Retreat House, Kilkenny will take place on Tuesday May 20. Anyone wishing to travel should please contact Pat Kelly at 087/8530829.


The dates for this year’s Cemetery Masses in the parish are as follows – Wednesday June 4 - New Cemetery, Borris-in-Ossory at 7.30 p.m., Wednesday June 11- Knockaroo Cemetery at 7.30 p.m., Wednesday June 18 - Killasmeestia Cemetery at 7.30 p.m. and Wednesday June 25 - Skeirke Cemetery at 7.30 p.m.


Congratulations to the boys and girls from Killadooley National School who received their First Holy Communion in Knockaroo Church on Saturday May 3 and to the boys and girls from St Joseph’s National School who received their First Holy Communion on in St Canice’s Church, Borris in Ossory Saturday May 10. Both Masses were celebrated by Rev. Fr. Jackie Robinson who thanked everyone involved in the preparations for the First Communion Day especially the teachers, parents and the children themselves. He also thanked the choir, the readers, singers, those who brought up the gifts and everyone who took part in the ceremonies.


The death took place at Tullamore Regional Hospital on Sunday May 11of Mrs Mary Bergin (née Power), Ballyquaid, Ballybrophy, Laois

Her remains reposed at her residence until removal on Wednesday to in Killasmeestia Church for Con –celebrated Funeral Mass followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

The late Mary, who was predeceased by her husband Patrick only six months ago is deeply regretted by her daughters Maureen and Ann, son Donal, sons in law Owen and Sean and Donal’s fiancee Sinead, grandchildren, her brother Richard and her sister Bridget (Drennan), brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.


The death took place at her residence on Friday May 9 of Estella (Muriel) Patterson (née Mitchell), Ballymullan, Errill, Laois. Her remains reposed at her residence until removal on Monday to Castlefleming Church for Funeral Service followed by burial in the adjoining churchyard.

The late Mrs Patterson, who was in her 90th year is deeply regretted by her husband, William, her sons Ronald and Victor, daughter in law Jean, grandsons David and Derek and their wives Mary and Tracey, great-grandchild Conor, her sisters Dorothy and Mary, brothers Tommy, Charlie and Gerald, brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, neighbours, relatives and friends.


Borris-in-Ossory Bridge Club ended a successful year with dinner in Roscrea Golf Club on Tuesday May 6. President Teresa Butler welcomed special guest Fr. Jackie Robinson and all the members. She thanked everyone for their support during her year as President and paid tribute to Tournament Director Irene Delaney and treasurers Margaret Scott and Noreen Fitzgerald. All deceased members were remembered on the night.

The following prizes were presented on the night.

Presidents Prize to Anne Kruse and Enda Fitzpatrick.

Margaret Delaney/ Kirwan Memorial Trophy to Maureen Delaney and Breda Kennedy

Club Prizes 1st Irene Delaney and Teresa Butler, 2nd Rosario Cullinan and Noreen Hanrahan, 3rd Nuala Costello and Kathleen Phelan


Due to unforeseen circumstances, the concert featuring the Laois Federation ICA Choir and pupils from Killadooley NS will not now take place.


The Annual General Meeting of Borris in Ossory Social Services Committee took place in St Canice’s Hall on Tuesday May 13, presided over by Marian Carey. Votes of sympathy were passed with the families of the late Cathy Doheny, Borris in Ossory, the late May Daly, Castletown, the late Mary Bergin, Ballyquaid and the late Tom Doherty, Dublin and a minute’s silence was observed. Special guests Rev. Fr. Jackie Robinson PP and Miss Mary Delaney, HSE Portlaoise were welcomed to the meeting. The President also welcomed all the members of the committee including two new committee members Fran Dowling and Peadar Teehan. A very detailed report of last year’s activities was given by the secretary Sr. Regina. Among the services provided were - laundry, meals on wheels, chiropody, monthly afternoon parties, annual Senior Citizens party, annual outing and hospital/nursing home visitations. The treasurer Anne O’Brien reported on the finances of the committee.

Mary Delaney, representing the H.S.E. thanked the secretary for inviting her to the meeting and congratulated Borris in Ossory Social Services on all the work they do in the community and said that they provide a very worthwhile service. She said the committee had a very busy year and if the Social Services were not operating in Borris in Ossory there would be a huge void which would be difficult to fill. She wished the committee every success in all its work during the coming year.

Election of officers then took place and the following officers were elected for the coming year – Chairperson – Marian Carey, Vice-Chairperson - Mary Sheeran, Hon. Secretary – Sr. Regina Delaney. Asst. Secretary – Stella Kealy. Hon. Treasurer – Anne O’Brien, Meals on Wheels co-ordinator – Noreen Hanrahan, PRO – Helen Kavanagh, Bingo organiser – Tommy Whelan, Chiropody co-ordinator - Lily Sheeran.

This year’s outing - possibly early July - was discussed and it is hoped to visit Dublin Zoo, with a stop for morning tea/coffee en route and back to the Gandon Inn for evening meal.