17 February 2016

Community Games


Anyone interested in putting forward the following teams to represent Borrisoleigh in Community Games, please contact Sheila @ 086 403 0458
U14 camogie
U10 mixed Gaelic football
U12 girls Gaelic football
U11 boys hurling
U12 boys outdoor soccer
U15 girls outdoor soccer
U12 girls 7-aside outdoor soccer


St Joseph’s College

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Excitement is building for St Josephs College Fundraiser Race Night at Thurles Greyhound Track on Saturday 19th March. Tickets are being sold by students and are also available to buy from the school. We look forward to a great night with students, parents and teachers. We hope to see you there!


CanSat is a European Space Agency competition for 2nd Level Students (transition year and upwards) run by ESERO Ireland in association with Cork Electronic Industries Association and Institutes of Technology.

In the school, Jack Cullen, Aaron Reid, John Ryan and Nicky Cooney decided to take on the challenge. A CanSat is a simulation of a real satellite, built inside an empty soft drink can. The boys will be taking their CanSat to the regional competition in Limerick on the 4th of March.

1916 Commemoration

On the 15th of March our school will be hosting a commemoration of 1916. The tricolour will be raised on the day. The students are busy preparing projects on the topic which will be displayed on the day. There will also be music, entertainment and a re-enactment of the events of 1916 helping to celebrate the spirit of the centenary. It’s sure to be an enjoyable and educational occasion for all the students in the school.

Borrisoleigh Track-Attack Notes

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Kim & Patrick Tynan

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One of the most striking aspects of the Track-Attack concept to date is undoubtedly the outstanding performances of the school going members.  Of the 201 members that have signed up to Track-Attack to date this year, 67 of them are of school going age.

Their outstanding performances so far should not only be measured by their finishing times alone but also by the manner in which they apply themselves with every passing week. Each and every one of them when crossing the finish line do so with their tanks completely emptied on the course. The levels of determination, willingness to improve and succeed and their levels of commitment to the task in hand regardless of the weather is a joy to watch.

When you consider that many are new to the sport and it’s not their primary sporting activity, their achievements to date is all the more commendable. Their efforts over the winter months and beyond will be rewarded within their Track-Attack activities and within all their chosen sport and recreational activities as the summer months develop.

As with all sports, the fundamental aspect of it is the enjoyment of its participants and this is certainly evident on Monday nights as the masses of people both young and old do so because it’s something that they want to do.

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Philip Rabbitte, Philip Maher & Henry Groome

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Denis O’Connell, John Cummins, Ailbe Cummins & Austin Ryan

We are now after hitting the half way spot of the Track-Attack Safari Team Trek which is sponsored by Camsaw Distributors Ltd (main suppliers of OleoMac and Weibang lawnmowers). Tom Delaney’s Antelope team have run clear of the chasing pack but only just. With “Imogen” deciding to make running conditions as difficult as possible, the vast majority of participants dropped points on the night. For the Antelopes however, 2 of their members stood out from the crowd and assisted greatly in getting their team to the top of the table.

Gabrielle Hodgins again grabbed the headlines with yet another superb performance. Since the opening night, she has slashed 4 minutes and 17 seconds from her finishing time and her efforts in doing so deserve tremendous credit. With double points on offer, she chipped in with another maximum and now sits as the top points scorer in the entire league.

Gabrielle’s efforts were impressively backed up by those of Oran Bergin who produced his best performance of the Series despite the horrendous weather conditions. Taking advantage of the double points on offer, Oran clocked up a total of 86 and as a result of the duos impressive outings, their team now sits on the top rung with a 12 point lead over the previous leaders, the Buffaloes.

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Deirdre Collins, Leo Collins, Caroline Kennedy & Rena Ryan

Right throughout the competing teams, there is many outstanding performances from their members. For the Tigers team, their captain Tracy Devaney is their top scorer while Anne Maher is the leading score getter in the Lions team. Templederry’s Seb Marchand is the Cheetahs supreme scorer to date while Kate Bourke, Dan Ryan and James Ryan are the scorers in chief for the Leopards, Pumas and Warthogs teams respectfully.

James Gould is the Rhinos trump card at the half way spot, Rena Ryan is the leading Buffalo, Sean Young is the Bears top point scorer while Aoife O’Meara leads the scoring charts for the Hyenas. The front runner for the Zebras is Yvonne Hodgins with her son Lochlainn leading the way for the Meerkats.

Last week’s biggest movers, the Wildebeests have Grainne Moore as their leading point-getter, the impressive Sean Hayes leads the Crocodiles attack, Philip Maher is the Impalas leading ace while the Jaguars captain Miriam Murphy has strung together some impressive performances to be their shining light.

Laura Kennedy has been the Bobcats most consistent performer to date with three PB’s in a row which in turn makes her one of the league’s leading scorers. Ruairi O’Connell has put together a string of excellent performances and is the Gazelles top performer to date.

To keep up to date with all Track-Attack activities, just check us out on our Facebook page.



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There was a fantastic day in the Marian Hall last Sunday at the Parish Final of Scór Na bPáistí. Congratulations to all involved. This year both 1st and 2nd go forward to the area final. The area final will be held in the Marian Hall this Sunday the 21st February at 2pm.

The County Final of Senior Scór will be held in Clonmore on Friday night the 19th February at 8pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Borris-Ileigh GAA Club Notes

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Membership: Membership and insurance is now being taken for 2016. For adult players the rate is €50 and for student players the rate is €30. The cost for non playing members is also €30. Membership and insurance can be paid to Registrar John Bradshaw or any club officer.
Appointments: Congratulations to Noelie Maher who was recently appointed as North Board treasurer. Noelie has a long affiliation with Borris both on and off the field having served as both secretary and chairman of the club and I’m sure he will bring all this experience to his new role.
Inter-County: Well done to Brendan, Dan and Conor who all played important roles in Tipperary’s 14 point win over Dublin in the first round of the National League. They will now face Kilkenny next Sunday in Nowlan Park
Harty Cup: Best of luck to our two representatives, Jerry Kelly and Ray McCormack, who are part of the Our Lady’s team that will take on Ard Scoil Ris in the final of the Harty Cup on Saturday. The game will take place at 2pm in Nenagh. Best of luck lads!
S&C Talk: On Friday evening 19th @ 6pm the club will host a meeting with Tipperary and Munster rugby Strength and Conditioning coach Lukasz Kirszenstein in the Community Centre. The talk will give a great insight into a method of training that often is full of misinformation and is open to all to attend. We strongly advise parents, players and anyone involved with teams to attend.

Borris-Ileigh Camogie Club

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Last Friday night’s event was a fantastic success, with great crowds and lots of style. Many thanks to all who made the night possible, without all your efforts this night could not take place.


Adjourned AGM takes place next Saturday February 20th in the Pavilion at 7.30pm. It is important that as many as possible attend as this is an opportunity to plan for the year ahead.


Borris-Ileigh camogie club have been included in Tesco sponsorship for clubs, so the more tokens that are collected in Tesco Thurles, the more funds could be generated for the club. We would really appreciate your support and many thanks to Tesco Thurles.


Fundraising clothes collection will take place in the spring, so if you are doing some clearing out, please put some aside for this collection. Many thanks.

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Sr. Aine Historical Society

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Borrisoleigh Historical Society

Whoever wins the war, writes the history and tells the story. …

Our forthcoming lecture on Monday 22nd Feb next will be delivered by one of our own, Gerry Kearney, who hails from Borrisoleigh.

Many of the people who influenced our everyday lives were not prominent at the defining moments of our history. Rather they came before or after such events. And some were not always well acknowledged in life or historical record. Also events which shaped our society often came with support from odd corners of the universe, conveniently now forgotten.

These range from,
– the remarkable woman from Clew Bay who bravely sailed into Greenwich to negotiate with Elizabeth 1 while the menfolk fled to the Continent
– to a resilient local bishop who quietly but resolutely renewed the Catholic church across Tipperary at the height of the Penal laws
– to the British army general who dragged Lloyd George’s Cabinet to the imperative of negotiating for peace
– to the blessing of the Abdication of Edward the Eight in 1936 for the establishment of the Irish Republic
– to the scourge of David Gray American Ambassador to Ireland during the Second World war
– to the woman from Urlingford who shattered the glass ceiling for women across the public service
– to our colourful revered Presidents of Ireland

Born in Borrisoleigh, Gerry previously worked across a range of Government Departments with Ministers of all political hue ranging from Dick Spring to Charlie McCreevy, and from Eamon O Cuiv to Phil Hogan. He stepped down as Secretary General of a Government Department some years ago. He has since served as
Chairman of the Electoral Boundary Committee, Chair of the National Concert Hall, and of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland. He is also involved with Pieta House and the Rutland Centre
So this evening, Gerry has offered to talk to us about a few less highlighted aspects of our history, laced with some public service gossip on our past.

Community Centre, Borrisoleigh.—8.00pm, Monday 22nd of Feburary

Pic of the Past … down memory lane

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Following the Hunt
Tom Younge and Tom Joe Spillane

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Committee: Enda Ryan, Noreen Fahy, Margaret Cowan, Marie McGrath, Aileen Óg Groome and Derry O’Donnell

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