Scór, which comes under the umbrella of the GAA, was established in the parish of Borrisoleigh in the early 1970s, and in accordance with the GAA objective strives to “actively support the Irish language, traditional Irish dancing, music, song and other aspects of Irish culture in a meaningful and enjoyable manner”. Over the years, Borrisoleigh has enjoyed great success in Scór competitions at County, Provincial and All-Ireland level where the club has competed in all three categories: Scór na bPáistí, Scór na nÓg and Scór Sinsear.
The Scór Committee appreciate the help given by people who have coached teams in Question Time, Music, Song and Novelty Act and would encourage them to continue supporting the Scór competitions. As in our field games, we must be constantly on the look out for new talent, new personnel, who will keep Scór alive and vibrant and who will ensure its continuity and growth. In addition to the competitions entered, Scór also organises Set Dancing classes on Monday nights for children and adults in the Marian Hall from September to March.
The Scór Committee would welcome more support and help in running these classes from parents and anyone else who may be interested. Scór held their AGM recently and the following is the committee for the coming year:
Chairperson: Phil Maher 086 3018334
Admin Secretary: Theresa Doolan 086 0765202
Organising Secretary: Eileen Slattery 087 9849848
Treasurer: Fiona Ryan 087 1417263
Public Relations Officer: Kellie Kelly 087 6637097
If you require any further information, or would like to get involved.
Contact: Any of the above committee
The local branch of Comhaltas was formed in 1995 with the predominant aims being the promotion and revitalization of music and traditional song in the parish. Since then the branch has gone from strength to strength and has competed at local and national level with great success. The branch has hosted two county Fleadh Cheoil since its foundation. The focal point of the branch has been Stapleton’s Bar where traditional Irish sessions are held every Thursday night. Singing workshops are also organised throughout the year.
Pat Kavanagh 086 3845369
The Borrisoleigh Lourdes Committee
The Borrisoleigh Lourdes Committee was formed in 1997. The idea came following the Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes that year. A small group from the parish, who were working as helpers and volunteers, became aware of the number of other parishes throughout the Diocese who had raised funds to send their sick to Lourdes. This was seen as very worthwhile and rewarding. On our return the Borrisoleigh Lourdes Committee was formed.
The committee set out two main aims:
(1) to raise funds to send the sick, the housebound or those in need of healing to Lourdes on an annual basis
(2) To bring two fifth year students from St. Joseph’s College as youth helpers on the pilgrimage.
Over the last ten years the committee has sent two or more people from the parish each year. Also one or two fifth year students have represented their school, annually on the pilgrimage as youth helpers. All of them have found it to be a wonderful and amazing experience and showed such kindness and dedication towards the sick or invalided.
As a voluntary committee we depend on the generosity and goodwill of the parishioners to help raise funds. This is done through our annual church gate collection. We thank you for your support in the past and look forward to your continued support in the future.
Lourdes offers so much. It is a very spiritual and moving place. It touches all who go there in a variety of different ways. It may be the baths, the grotto, or the torchlight procession, all of which bring great peace and healing to people. Many men, women and nurses volunteer their services as helpers to the pilgrimage each year. You may consider it some time!!
Anna Ryan (Glenarisk) 0504 51242
Biddy Stapleton 0504 51464
Catherine Ryan (Glebe) 0504 51193
Christian Mediation is one way of answering spiritual hunger. It is seen as a new way of prayer, yet it is a very old form of prayer in the Church. It is prayer without words, thoughts, concepts or images. It is not a matter of talking to God but of listening to Him. It sounds simple and it is simple but like anything worthwhile in life it needs commitment and discipline. To achieve stillness and silence we need help and happily that help is available.
Rev. Liam Everard P.P 0504 51259
Parish Renewal Team
Our Parish Renewal Team was set up in March 2004. Our commitment is to care for all the people of the community and in doing so we hope Borrisoleigh will be a more spiritual, welcoming and nicer place to live in.
Our activities include providing for a Parish Centre which is well underway. This centre will incorporate a parish office, meeting rooms, a kitchen etc. and will be available to all in the community. A new ramp and other modifications will replace the existing ramp outside our Church. We are also providing two car parking spaces in the churchyard and two designated wheelchair areas in the Church. This is to make our Church more wheelchair accessible.
Other activities include, preparation of various liturgies throughout the year, the introduction of confirmation robes and facilitating the needs of our parish as they arise.
All our meetings are friendly and spiritually uplifting. We meet on a monthly basis in St. Patrick’s Boys’ National School. New members are always welcome.
Chairman: Gerry Ryan (C) 0504 52307
Secretary: Mary Kenny
St. Cualan’s Senior Citizens Club
St. Cualan’s Senior Citizens Club was set up in May of 1991. We are a voluntary organization that aims to enhance the quality of the lives of the elderly in our parish.
We hold social afternoon gatherings that begin with the celebration of Mass. Afterwards we retire to our local restaurant where we are served with a beautiful meal and drinks both “hard and soft” are provided. These evenings involve singing and dancing, all supplied free by local talent and the senior citizens themselves. Our Christmas party is the highlight of the year. We would like to say “thank you” to our local community for their continued support over the years.
On occasion we go on day tours when our senior citizens dress themselves up to the “nines” and are raring for road for fun filled and most enjoyable outings. Down the years we have travelled the country and have accumulated many happy memories of past trips, the ‘post mortems’ of which were often recorded in verse.
A subsidised chiropody service is also provided by our organisation.
However much as we do as an organisation we are aware that we are only scratching the surface at present. We are really looking forward to the provision of our new parish centre. We have lot of ideas and ambitions in mind for this centre. It is hoped that quite a few of the elderly will drop in to have a chat, cup of tea, or a game of cards to while away the time. We in St Cualan’s will endeavour to play our part to have Borrisoleigh a better and nicer place for the older person to live in the twenty-first century.
Chairman: Fr. Liam Everard 0504 51259
Secretary: Margaret Kelly
Treasurer: Frances Kennedy
Committee Members: Nora Delaney, Bridie Shanahan, Noreen McGrath, Teresa Stapleton, Angela McSherry.
St. Joseph’s Young Priests’ Society
The aims of the society are to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life. This is done by prayer and raising funds to assist students who may not have the wherewithal to fund themselves. These funds are used to help students both in Ireland and overseas.
Here in Borrisoleigh, we meet in the sacristy of our parish church after 10.00am Mass on the first Tuesday of every month. At these meetings we pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life and conduct any other business that may arise.
At this time we are co-ordinating the Borrisoleigh Parish Chalice Programme. In this programme a different family takes the chalice and accompanying prayers each week. During that week the family prays for vocations using the prayer sheets provided. At the end of the week the chalice is returned to the Church for use by the next family.
President: Mary Kiely 0504 51535
Secretary: Mary Lanigan-Ryan 0504 51241
New members are always welcome.
Borrisoleigh Life Savers Action Group
In case of emergency dial 112 to activate the ambulance service and then dial 086 241 251 2 to activate the local defibrillator group.