Borris-in-Ossory

BORRIS-IN-OSSORY AND RUSHALL COURSING CLUB - A number of local members travelled to the National Coursing Meeting, which was held at Powerstown Park Clonmel on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday January 30, 31 and February 1. Once again record crowds attended on all three days, proving once again that this sport is as popular as ever. Coursing was of the highest order with hares and dogs performing magnificently in the wonderful setting at Powerstown.

BORRIS-IN-OSSORY AND RUSHALL COURSING CLUB - A number of local members travelled to the National Coursing Meeting, which was held at Powerstown Park Clonmel on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday January 30, 31 and February 1. Once again record crowds attended on all three days, proving once again that this sport is as popular as ever. Coursing was of the highest order with hares and dogs performing magnificently in the wonderful setting at Powerstown.

BRIDGE RESULTS - The Bridge Club resumed after the Christmas break on Tuesday January 17 and the competition resulted as follows 1st Stella Kealy and Pat Kelly, 2nd Margaret Scott and Noreen Fitzgerald, 3rd Marie and Agnes Geoghegan.

The winners of the Competition played on Tuesday January 24 were 1st Ann Maher and Breda Sharpe, 2nd Teresa Butler and Irene Delaney, 3rd Margaret Scott and Noreen Fitzgerald.

LAOIS TALKING NEWSPAPER - Laois Talking Newspaper is a free 90-minute audio cassette tape recording of local news, features, entertainment and sports produced every week. The Talking Newspaper is free to anyone with a disability or infirmity, who may be blind or visually impaired or people with literacy problems, which prevents them from reading the printed word. Several of our listeners have lived locally all their lives and have friends and family in the area. The Talking Newspaper helps keep them in contact, sustain an active interest in life and aids conversation. Some of our listeners have commented that the Talking Newspaper is like a weekly visit from a friend so, if you have a relative or neighbour who has failing eyesight or other disability then please put them in touch with Angela Mockler on 057 8661754 or email talkingnewspaperlaois@gmail.com

JOSEPH THOMPSON MEMORIAL BILLIARDS - 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.

PARENTS TAKE NOTE - Down through the years there was always a rule in the O’Brien Hall that juveniles who come in to play billiards or snooker should go home at 11pm but this rule has been relaxed lately. It is now intended to strictly enforce the rule again and parents of juvenile players should note the following times – All u-14’s must leave the hall at 10pm sharp and all u-16’s must be gone home by 11pm sharp unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

WHIST DRIVE - The winners of last week’s Whist Drive in Knockaroo Community Centre were -: Top score –– Sadie Delaney, Kyledellig, 1st lady – Sadie Delaney, Camross, 2nd lady - Bridie Kavanagh, Windsor 1st gent – Henry Martyn, Ballacolla, 2nd gent – Mollie Bates, Colrain, Halves – Sean Kennedy, Camross, Michael Kennedy, Camross and Mai Conroy, Camross.

Raffle winners - Kathleen Kennedy, Camross, Josie Dunphy, Knockaroo and Mai Comerford, Knockaroo.

Whist Drive continues each Wednesday night in Knockaroo Community Centre at 8.30pm. All are welcome.

SENIOR CITIZENS DANCING - Afternoon dancing for Senior citizens will take place in St Canice’s Parish Hall, Borris in Ossory each Thursday from 2pm to 4pm. All are welcome.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS CARD GAME - The annual Progressive 25 Drive card game in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland took place on Thursday February 2 in the O’Brien Hall.

The results were as follows 1st - Marie Quinn and Murt Ryan, 2nd – Myles and Helen McMurrough, Mary Kelly and Noreen Ryan, Jim and Denis Shanahan, John and Anna Meagher, Jimmy Ryan and Tom Lalor, Dan Tierney and Sean Mockler, Spot prizes - Noel O’Sullivan and Michael Fitzpatrick, Jack and Patsy Mooney, Paddy Dunphy and Larry O’Mahony.

Raffle winners were – Liam Cleary, Joe Cass, Seamus O’Grady, Conor Quinn, Peadar Rice, Dinny Dunne, Peter Delaney, Jim Walsh, Marie Quinn, Lucy Bergin, Jack Maher, Tom Quigley and Nuala Breslin.

Thanks is extended to everyone who supported this cause including all the sponsors.

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

PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES - The Ossory Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from May 22 to May 27. Bookings can be made by contacting Eleanor at Glenmore@ossory.ie or by phoning 051-880414 weekdays except Wednesday from 10.30am to 2.30pm. the fare is €720 including the bus to and from the airport.

“Help me Play” Supporting your Child’s development through Play - is an interactive & experiential workshop to boost your babies’ brain development from birth to three years. It looks at how to play with your Child to enhance their emotional intelligence & their brain development. Coming to the Abbey Court Nanagh on Saturday the 25th February 9.30am to 4pm – Book early due to limited places.

Contact: Madeleine Kelly: 087-6606864 or email: helpmeplay@hotmail.com