16 December 2020

AXA Community Bike Ride

Happy Christmas and a big thanks to everyone who participated in our cycles over the year. I hope you all enjoyed and now feel more comfortable going out for a cycle in the group. We had a great year the highlight being our cycle on the Waterford greenway and hopefully we can top that next year. Thanks to a few people who helped me and gave great encouragement to the new cyclists P.J Delaney, John F. Kennedy, John Slattery and Shauna Ryan. If you are interested in joining a cycle log into the website and you will be welcomed by all.

Parish News

Since I came here three years ago, Christmas masses have been very well attended with full churches. It was heartening to see so many people coming to mass and visiting the crib.

Sadly this year, it will be completely different.  Due to Covid-19 and Government regulations we are limited to 50 people only attending each mass.  Also there have to be one hour between masses to allow for cleaning and ventilation.

  • No one is allowed to congregate on church grounds.
  • The duration of each mass is limited to one hour and this includes people entering and leaving the church.
  • The wearing of face masks is obligatory for everyone over 13 years of age.
  • There will be 3 masses on Christmas Eve and 3 on Christmas Day and they are as follows:


Christmas Eve Thursday 24th December

11am                      Borrisoleigh Church

6pm                       Borrisoleigh Church

8pm                       Borrisoleigh church


Christmas Day Friday 25th December

8am                       Borrisoleigh

9.30am                 Ileigh

11am                      Borrisoleigh


The Community Centre will be open to cater for the overflow of people for three masses i.e.  6pm and 8pm on Christmas Eve and 11am on Christmas morning. Holy Communion will be distributed in the Centre at each of these masses.

Remember there is no obligation to attend mass on Christmas Day. Instead you may like to join as a family in the celebration of mass on-line from Borrisoleigh Church at twitch.tv/borrisoleighandileigh (all one word and all small letters) or you may watch it on R.T.E at 11pm on Christmas Eve and 10am on Christmas Day.


You may like to attend mass on Christmas Eve morning or on one of the twelve days of Christmas i.e. 26th of December – 6th January inc.

Stewards will be in place in the church and in the Community Centre to help and guide you. Please co-operate with them.  Volunteers are needed to clean the church after each mass. Names can be given to Fr. Hennessy, Noreen Ryan or to the parish centre.

Thank you in anticipation for your support, understanding and co-operation. It is very much appreciated.

Finally may I wish you all a very Happy, Holy and Peaceful Christmas and every blessing and happiness for the New Year

Fr. Hennessy.

SVP Annual Appeal

By supporting our Annual Appeal, you can help a family through this winter.  Your help can get them back on their feet and can give them a brighter future.
This Christmas please support St Brigids SVP Borrisoleigh Annual Appeal by donating through the link below:

Borrisoleigh Cycling Team

Another great year of cycling for this more advanced group of cyclists. Thanks to all again for your company and commitment to keep the group going this year. The highlight this year was a three day tour of Wicklow, Tipperary and Offaly where we found more hills than we thought possible. We got lovely club jerseys shorts, jackets and helmets which we thank all our sponsors for their generosity. We are looking forward to another great year and are planning a trip to France to climb some of the Tour de France mountains. Anyone interested in joining us are more than welcome, all you need is a bike and a helmet.

We are hoping to have Borrisoleigh cycling bottles for sale soon.

St. Stephen’s Run/Cycle in aid of Borrisoleigh Community Centre

St Stephen’s Day Run/Walk/Cycle Cancelled

Due to the uncertainty caused by Covid-19 this Christmas, a decision has been made to call off this years run/walk. Please God next year we’ll be back to normality and we’ll be back bigger and better. Thanks for your support of the last number of years and we look forward to seeing you all on St Stephen’s Day 2021.

Have a happy and safe Christmas

The Community Centre Committee

Local History – Glenkeen Graveyard

From a memorable day of history and pageantry in Glenkeen, – May 2018. Long before Corona and social distancing.

Thurles Martial Arts Academy Fundraiser

Local kick-boxer Liam Devaney undertakes a big challenge this Saturday the 19th December on the Borrisoleigh track and in the new club house as he attempts 1000 burpees and 13k to raise vital funds for his club Thurles Martial Arts.
There will be TEA/COFFEE refreshments on the day in the new club house from 10.30am – 2.30pm plus a FREE DRAW, & cash prize raffle. ALL WELCOME!! Come in for a cuppa and cake and show your support.
Covid guidlines apply.
Liam and his brother Sam both kick-box and have had great success representing the county and the country at amateur level, they can’t wait to get back in the ring once restrictions ease. All funds raised go directly towards the running costs of the gym and maintenance of the club facilities.
To find out more about the club or this event both Liam Devaney and Thurles Martial Arts and BJJ can be found on Facebook and Instagram.
THANK YOU for your support.

Borrisoleigh News 10 Years ago

This website provides a wonderful resource to the parish and has captured snapshots in time covering a wide range of news and events since its beginning. Have a look at what was in the Borrisoleigh news 10 years ago by clicking here

Pic of the Past

Back: Stephen Ryan, Lar Long, Phil Harty and Oliver Kent
Front: Pat Harty, Ned Harty, Fitz Chadwick and Pat Fanning

Your Website Needs You

Committee: Enda Ryan, Noreen Fahy, Marie McGrath, Derry O’Donnell

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