Church Services - The following are the times of Christmas Church Services in Borris in Ossory parish. Confessions in Borris-in-Ossory Church on Tuesday, December 20th from 7.15 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass in Killasmeestia Church at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass in Borris-in-Ossory Church at 9 p.m. and Christmas Day at 11 a.m. Christmas Day Mass in Killasmeestia Church at 8.45 a.m. Christmas Day Mass in Knockaroo Church at 9.45 a.m. I.C.A. Meeting - Borris-in-Ossory I.C.A. Guild held its Christmas meeting in St Canice’s Hall on Wednesday night, December 7th. As this was the Christmas meeting, most of the members brought along a friend. The president, Helen Kavanagh welcomed all the members and their guests. Votes of sympathy were passed with Florrie Foley and Olive Higgins on the death of Florrie’s sister and with Noreen Whelan on the death of her cousin. The guild’s annual raffle was a great success and the president thanked all the members for donating prizes and selling tickets. She also thanked them for their great effort in filling 125 shoe boxes with gifts for distribution at Christmas to needy children in the Ukraine. A report was given on the Federation meeting held recently in Abbeyleix which was attended by six members of the guild. Well done to the guild’s Table Quiz team which came third in the recent Federation Table Quiz held in Arles. The President told the members about the Christmas tree of Remembrance which will be on display in Dunnes Stores Kyle Centre in Portlaoise. This is being organised by the Rotary club and the idea is that people write a name or a simple message on a ribbon which is then put up on the Tree of Remembrance. They make a donation and all proceeds are divided by the Rotary club among local deserving causes. The tree provides a wonderful opportunity for people to remember loved ones in the middle of the Christmas rush, while supporting local charities.
The winner of the competition for the nicest Christmas tree decoration was Kitty Foyle, 2nd Olive Higgins and 3rd Helen Kavanagh. When the business of the meeting was completed the members and visitors enjoyed a lovely festive supper, followed by some fun games and quizzes and lots of spot prizes. The night ended with the traditional singing of some Christmas carols. The President wished everyone a very Happy Christmas. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 11th and the competition will be the nicest Christmas card.
Youth Club - Borris-In-Ossory Youth Club members meet each Friday evening in St Canice’s Hall, Borris-In-Ossory from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. with a range of activities on the programme. New members are most welcome to join. The club urgently requires more volunteers/helpers on Friday nights. Please contact any of the listed names below if you are interested. Chairman, Shane Kirwan (086) 3050652, Vice Chairperson, Denise Origan (087) 6364648, Secretary, Canice Sheeran (087) 2071267, Treasurer, Damien Carroll (087) 2194703.
Sympathy - Sympathy is extended to Mrs Gretta Kelly, Ballymeelish, Ballybrophy on the death of her niece, the late Mrs Mary Stanley (nee Fleming), 9 The Swan, Wolfhill, Co. Laois. Her death took place on Tuesday, Nov 29th at her residence. Her remains were removed on Thursday, December 1st to St. Mary’s Church, Wolfhill for Requiem Mass followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. The late Mary is deeply regretted by her loving husband John, daughters Emma, Laura, parents Andy and Brigid, brothers, sister, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Progressive 25 Drive - Results of last week’s Progressive 25 Drive in the O’Brien Hall were as follows 1st Willie O’Reilly and Larry Dunne, 2nd Michael Murphy and Jack Maher, Michael Doyle and Sean Kenny, Paddy Sheeran and Joe Cass, Michael Grimes and Billy Hogan, Paddy Dunphy and Larry O’Mahony, 10th game Mary Jo Ryan and Bridget Gleeson, 20th game Tim Tierney and Tom Quigley. Raffle winners were Michael Higgins, Eugene Murphy and Sean Finan. The Progressive 25 Drive will continue next Thursday night in the O’Brien Hall at 9 p.m.
The Late Canice Bergin - The death took place suddenly at his residence on Thursday, December 8th of Canice Bergin, 4 The Acorns, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny and formerly of Grange, Knockaroo, Borris in Ossory. His remains reposed at Guilfoyle’s Funeral Home, Castletown until removal on Sunday December 11th to St Kieran’s Church, Knockaroo for Requiem Mass followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. The late Canice, who was predeceased by his wife Dodie about fifteen years ago, is deeply regretted by his loving partner Ann, son Joe, daughters Claire, Deirdre and Orla, sister Maeve, brother-in-law Gerry, daughter-in-law Mary, grandchildren, relatives, neighbours and friends.
Whist Drive - The winners of last week’s Whist Drive in Knockaroo Community Centre were, Top score, Bridie Kavanagh, Windsor, 1st lady, Mai Comerford, Knockaroo, 2nd lady, Kathleen Kennedy, Camross, 1st gent, Kathleen Conroy, Clough, 2nd gent, Tim Keenan, Borris in Ossory, Halves, Mai Conroy, Camross and Mary Fennelly, Cuddagh. Raffle winners, Bridie Kavanagh, Windsor and Sadie Delaney, Camross. Whist Drive continues each Wednesday night in Knockaroo Community Centre at 8.30 p.m. All are welcome.