NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR - Congratuations to Maeve Flaherty (nee Bergin), from Ballinteer, Dublin 16 who was the winner of the 2012 special category Neighbour of the Year at the recently televised People of the Year awards. Maeve is from Grangemore, Borris in Ossory and is daughter to the late Joe and Josie Bergin and sister to the late Canice and Oliver. This was a great achievement for Maeve and was very well deserved. She is wished well by all around Knockaroo and Borris in Ossory who know her.
She received her award for her fantastic neighbourly spirit, willingness to turn her home into a place of refuge for people in difficulty, and unwavering support as a friend and neighbour. Maeve is the epitome of what a good neighbour should be, offering a helping hand to all in trouble, from neighbours caring for a sick relative, children in need of a warm, nurturing home environment, the homeless and those in need of shelter. She is a great worker in her community, she mows the grass on the street, plants flowers, cleans up litter and graffiti, and supports a club in the area for local youths with whom she has a fantastic rapport.
BORRIS-IN-OSSORY & RUSHALL COURSING CLUB - The Annual General Meeting of Borris-In-Ossory and Rushall Coursing club will take place in the O’Brien Memorial Hall on Monday night October 1 at 9pm. All members are requested to attend.
PROGRESSIVE 25 DRIVE - The results of last week’s Progressive 25 Drive in the O’Brien Hall were as follows 1st Martin Delaney and Martin Walsh, P.J.Holohan and Michael Muldowney, 2nd - Willie O’Reilly and Larry Dunne, 3rd - Tom Quigley and Tim Tierney, John Mooney and Paddy Sheeran 10th game – Billy and Tom Maher, 20th game – Joe Dooley and Tom Ryan Raffle winners were - Martin Delaney, Tom Lalor, Jack Dooley and Kathleen Walsh.
The Progressive 25 Drive will continue next Thursday night in the O’Brien Hall at 9pm.
Before the game began, a vote of sympathy was passed with Michael Murphy, Kilcoke , Ballybrophy on the recent death of his brother in law.
BORRIS IN OSSORY SANTA CLAUS CLUB - Christmas is fast approaching and Borris-in-Ossory Santa Claus Club are getting ready for in good time. A Fundraising Cabaret will take place in Rosie O’Grady’s on Saturday September 29 with music by ‘Kieran Scott’. Tickets are €5 each and are available at Rosie O’Grady’s and from committee members. There will be a Door Prize of €30. All proceeds on the night will go towards Santa’s visit to Borris-in-Ossory in December. A great night’s entertainment is assured so please come along and support this worthy cause.
FUNDRAISING THRESHING - A fundraising vintage threshing will be held on Dermot Leahy’s farm, Ballyreilly, Borris in Ossory on Sunday October 7. All proceeds from the day will go to Knockaroo Church Building Fund and Laois Hospice Foundation. As part of the threshing, it is hoped to have an exhibition of interesting items from days gone by. If anyone has an old fashioned kettle, iron, piece of agricultural equipment etc and would like to share it with people, please bring it along to the exhibition. If the history of the piece could be outlined on a sheet of paper and attached to the piece, then it would make it more interesting for the viewer. The next meeting in connection with organising this event will take place in Knockaroo Community Centre on Tuesday September 25 at 8pm.
SYMPATHY - Sympathy is extended to Mrs Mary Holohan and family, Garron, Ballybrophy on the death of her sister, the late Miss Anne Teresa Butler, Elm Lawn, Portlaoise and Graigueavalla, Errill, Co. Laois. Her death took place peacefully on Monday September 17. Her remains reposed at her sister Bríd Davin’s residence, Eglish, Rathdowney until removal on Wednesday September 20 to the Church of Our Lady Queen of the Universe, Errill, for Funeral Mass, followed by burial in the local cemetery, Rathdowney.
Anne, who was daughter of the late Martin Edward and Mary Butler, was predeceased by her brothers Thomas and Ned and by her sister Eileen. She is deeply regretted by her loving family, nieces, nephews, neighbours, relatives and friends.
ICA FEDERATION MEETING - Borris-in-Ossory ICA Guild hosted the Laois Federation meeting on Tuesday night September 18. The local guild President welcomed Betty Gorman, Federation President and delegates from all around the county to St Joseph’s School Hall, Borris-in-Ossory. Guest speaker at the meeting was Mr Paul Corr from Laois Partnership who spoke to the members about the forthcoming changeover to digital television on October 24. He advised the members on changes which need to be put in place before the October deadline.
TIDY TOWNS REPORT - Borris-in-Ossory received a very favourable report from the judges in this year’s Tidy Towns competition and improved their marks from 270 last year to 275. The judges commented on the landscaping projects and weed control in the village, tidiness of the approach roads and the attractive buildings such as the church and the courthouse. All the housing states were praised for their presentation and tidiness and the importance of the input of the residents associations was stressed. It was also noted that the committee works in close harmony with the National school, involving the children with litter picking in the vicinity around the school. The judges were very impressed with the three year Tidy Towns plan put forward by the committee and were pleased to learn that grant aid had been received from Laois Partnership for a feasibility study of the courthouse restoration.
IRISH DANCING - Irish dancing classes will take place each Thursday in the School Hall, Borris in Ossory from 3pm to 4pm. New pupils are welcome. For further information please contact Orla Byrne at 086-2025906.