15 June 2016

Track Attack

Trevor’s 24 Hour Challenge

On Saturday next the 18th of June, Borrisoleigh man Trevor Groome will attempt a sporting challenge that could only be tried by a rare breed of competitor. At 3pm on Saturday as part of a fundraiser for our Track-Attack Club, he will rotate the pedals of his bike at Mizen Head at the foot of Co. Cork and in less than 24 hours later, he will be hoping to finish his challenge at Malin Head at the most northerly part of Co. Donegal.

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Trevor will be joined on the trek by 2 of his club mates of the Upperchurch/Drombane Cycling Club namely Pat Healy and Davy Cullen and also by Barry Meehan of Sean Kelly Cycling.com. They were also meant to be joined by another Borrisoleigh man in Liam Murray but unfortunately an injury sustained in recent weeks have scuppered his chances of making the start line.

The quartet will be joined on their daunting task by a back-up van which will be driven for the first half of the journey by All-Star hurler Shane McGrath while Trevor’s brother, Jamie will take the wheel for the second leg of the trek.

If all goes to plan, Trevor and his comrades will be hitting the outskirts of Nenagh town between 11pm and 11:30pm on Saturday night. They will be coming in by Donal Ryan’s Garage and then proceed up the town by-pass and head out the Borrisokane road. We will keep the progress of the group updated on the Borrisoleigh Track-Attack Facebook page throughout the journey.
Trevor has kindly offered to do the challenge to help Track-Attack’s efforts in raising the funds to erect lighting on the newest development of the 1.3km track surrounding the sports field in Borrisoleigh. The club are hugely grateful for this and if anyone would like to support Trevor’s efforts by purchasing a line for €2 of 3 for €5, they can do so by contacting Declan Maher at 087 1444977, Pat Keane at 087 6380649 or any member of the Track-Attack Club. The club are also hugely grateful to everyone who took cards to help the club in their fundraising drive. (Cards can still be obtained from either of the 2 named above or from Mark Stapleton).

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The very best of luck to Trevor, Pat, Davy and Barry in their challenge of endurance. Hopefully they will achieve their goal. Hats off to the teak tough quartet.

Track-Attack on Tour

The Track-Attack on Tour Series will next Monday night hit the roads of Templederry. A 2.2 mile course or a distance of 5 miles is on offer to participants. The Loughane 5 mile route is a favourite training ground for many Track-Attackers.

There is an entry fee of €2 for adults with under 18’s free of charge and all are welcome to attend.

Fifi’s Tots Open Evening

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Willow Weaving Classes

Under the auspices of the ETB and Community Education, facilitated by Deborah Ryan, the 8 week course has come to its conclusion. Group members enjoyed making baskets, flowers, obelisks and the community project at the Town park. A special thanks to our excellent tutor Hanna Van Aelst, willow artist. Also to Sinead in the Community Centre. Watch out for further details for upcoming concert in the autumn.

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Volunteers Wanted

Are you interested in having your village looking well  ?
Have you some time to spare  ?
Voluntary  help needed to  look after flower beds in the area
Meeting place every Tuesday at 10 am in the park
Please bring own tools.

ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) Course

ECDL Borrisoleigh Poster 2016

Borrisoleigh Active Social Club

We presented a cheque to Anna Ryan of the Suir Haven Cancer Support Centre Thurles which were all the proceeds from our recent 12 hour walk. Anna was delighted on behalf of the centre and was very thankful to the club for organising the walk. And again on behalf of the club we would like to thank everybody who supported our walk to make it such a success.

Borrisoleigh Active Social Club

We are having a day trip on July 1st to the Kildare/Newbridge area. Places we are planning to visit are The National Stud, The Japanese Gardens, Newbridge Silverware and Museum. As there is alot of interest in this trip we would appreciate it if anyone who intends travelling would let us know asap. Final date for booking is June 24.
Further details can be got from Lucia 0863961211, Dolores 0863815020 or Eileen 0879849848.

A.M Bootcamp

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Saints All Stars is back on Bank Holiday Monday, 1st of August.
10.00am – 2pm Monday to Friday.
The camp will have new coaches and games as well as some
old favourites.
There will be new gifts as well as county hurlers to meet.
To book just text/call me with the childs name and age on

Bus to Knock 2016

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Graveyard Masses

The Annual  Graveyard Masses are as follows:
Ileigh – Thursday 9th June @ 8pm.
St. Brigid’s, Borrisoleigh – Thursday   16th June @ 8pm
Glenkeen – Friday 17th June @ 8pm

Rural Electrification Scheme

This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the commencement of the ESB’s Rural Electrification Scheme. We would like to gather as many first hand accounts of this project as we can. It was an enterprise that brought Ireland out of darkness and liberated a rural population from much of the drudgery that existed prior to its arrival

In November of 1946 the first pole in ESB’s Rural Electrification Scheme was erected in a field in Kilsallaghan, near Oldtown, County Dublin. It would take over two months before the connections were in place for throwing the first switch. That date was 15th January 1947, a cold, windy evening with patches of snow lying in the fields. The body of the small village hall was packed with local people, while up on the stage sat a group of leading citizens, the parish priest and senior ESB offcials. The occasion was the switching on for the  first time of electricity under the new Rural
Electrification Scheme. There was, however, a snag of which the audience was unaware. Severe winter storms had caused a last-minute fault in the supply line and even now, as the speeches commenced, a line crew was working frantically in the pitch darkness over a mile away to put things right.

At the back of the stage was mounted a large switch, which, when operated, should illuminate the hall and village with the new light. The hands of the clock now showed eight, the scheduled time for the “switch on”. As the Engineer-in-Charge, W.F. Roe, commenced his speech he kept one eye on a
small table at the side. There sat a gramophone turntable, connected to the still inanimate supply line. Anxiety sharpened as talk time was running out. Suddenly and unobtrusively the turntable started to rotate; the pick-up dropped onto the record, and legend has it that a very relieved Bill Roe concluded his speech to the strains of “Cockles and Mussels, Alive, Alive -O!”

A blessing was invoked. The switch was thrown. The hall burst into light and Oldtown passed into the history books as the  first village in Ireland to be electrified under the Rural Electrification Scheme.

‘Then there was light’ will be a unique collection of stories by people recalling their memories  and experiences of the Rural Electrification scheme which was rolled out in the late 1940’s across Ireland.

We want to gather as many  first hand accounts of this revolutionary project as possible before it is too late. We plan to do so by appealing for memories of the time. All recollections will be recorded for future historical and social research at the ESB’s archives and a selection of them will be published in book form to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the event.

The stories will provide a valuable snapshot of the time Ireland left the dark ages by allowing power and light into the midst of even the most remote communities.

The stories for the collection  will provide a frank insight into the suspicions, worries and welcome the ESB’s light brigade faced as they began work on one of the most important undertakings in recent Irish history. The stories will encapsulate and preserve the approach of a previous
generation as it came to terms with the prospect of a rapidly changing rural landscape.

The book collection will be edited by PJ Cunningham and Dr Joe Kearney.

We would love an opportunity to discuss our appeal for contributors via your societies and would be delighted to call and discuss the project if you would like.

Joe Kearney 087 2633041 and PJ Cunningham 086 8217631



Borris-Ileigh Camogie Notes

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U12s are through to a County Final which will be played shortly. More details to follow. This team have gone from strength to strength and we wish them the very best of luck.  Like our Borris-Ileigh Camogie Facebook page for further updates.

U12's 2016

U12’s 2016

U10’s continue to train hard and will compete in County blitz days as follows:

June 25th, July 23rd, Aug 20th and Sept 10th at the Camogie Grounds, The Ragg.  


Our U8’s had a fantastic morning last Saturday at the County blitz day held at the Camogie Grounds, The Ragg. This is a really well organised event, with 27 teams attending on the day. The girls had two teams and each played very competitively in three matches each. Well done to all.

u8's 2016

u8’s 2016

Next U8’s blitzes scheduled as follows:

July 16th, August 13th & September 3rd, also at the Camogie Grounds.

Congrats to our U12/U14 player Dani Ryan who has qualified to play for Tipp in the Primary Game at half time of the Tipperary v Limerick Senior match in Semple Stadium, Thurles on June 19th. Well done Dani, we are very proud of you

Borris-Ileigh Juvenile Club


Training continues every Saturday morning @ 11:30am.


The U8’s played Toomevara on Saturday last. We  fielded  two teams and both games were enjoyable to watch. It was great to see all our players on the field displaying their skills that they are been coached.  Will done to all involved.

Challenge match organised for this Saturday 18th @ 11:30am in Borrisoleigh. It is hoped that we will be able to field two teams.

The U10’s continue to train on a Tuesday and Saturday and the management will be organising games shortly.

Both U12 Teams played on Friday last against Nenagh Eire Og. Both games were a thriller to watch. The boys and girls played there hearts out and never gave up once. The two teams were victorious. Well done to the boys and girls. Keep up the good work at training.
The next fixtures for the U12’s are the Second Team play Roscrea in Borrisoleigh on Thursday 23rd @ 7:30pm.
The First Team play Ballina on Friday 24th @7:30pm away in Ballina.

The U14’s played Borrisokane on Wednesday last. The team put in a spirited performance on the evening put were unable to get on top of a strong Borrisokane team.
Next fixture is against Newport @ 7pm Wednesday 22nd in Borrisoleigh.

The U15’s participated in the Munster 10 aside tournament on Saturday last in Cork. The team put in a very strong performance but were beaten by Aghabulloge from Cork in their first match. Aghabulloge had won their first game and in beaten us they topped the group to go forward.
We beat Abbeydorney from Kerry in a second game put our participation ended in the tournament at this stage. Well done to the panel of players for the effort that they put in and the management team.

Training continues and players will be notified by text message of the date and time. The Championship is starting on Monday 4th July. Our opponents in the first round are Kildangan and the game is in Borrisoleigh.


Scoil Naomh Cualán

The month of June got off to a very exciting start with the Tipp FM Breakfast Crew calling to the school. Brian and Lorraine  arrived in the school just after 11.30 am to record the children in fourth class for the Big Question, Little People Show. All the boys and girls were fantastic on the day and came up with some really ‘interesting’ answers to the questions they were asked. The showed will be aired on Tipp FM from Monday 13th of June to Friday 17th June at  8.15 am.

Gum Litter Launch Day which took place in Scoil Naomh Cualán today Wednesday, June 15th was a huge success. Full report and photos next week.

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Pic of the Past ………..down memory lane

100th Birthday Celebrations Billy Cummins, Johanna Ryan with her daughter Anna Cummins

100th Birthday Celebrations
Billy Cummins, Johanna Ryan with her daughter Anna Cummins

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