17 January 2024

Borrisoleigh Historical Society

Our own local man and member of our Society, Jamie Groome, will present a lecture on the emigration that emanated from the Cullohill evictions of 1850. This talk will be both interesting and informative to all who wish to learn of the wider impact of the Great Hunger on our local community and beyond.

Borrisoleigh to Ballarat or Boorawa

Eviction, Emigration, Establishment

1850 – 1860


Borrisoleigh Community Centre

Wednesday, 17 January at 8.00pm

Admission 5 euro 


The attached photographs show what remains of homesteads in the parish that 100 years ago [and less] were where large families were reared, An initiative is presently underway to photograph as many of these as is possible and to match them with the 1901/1911 census, Griffith’s Valuation, emigration records, etc.

For them no more the blazing hearth shall burn,

        Or busy housewife ply her evening care:

No children run to lisp their sire’s return,

         Or climb his knees the envied kiss to share.

If anyone has such photos or stories relating to the people who once inhabited these abodes, — I would like to hear from you – please contact:-


John Connors 086 2752634


Borrisoleigh Active Social Club

The AGM of the Borrisoleigh Active Social Club takes place on Wed Feb 7th at 7pm in the Community Centre Borrisoleigh.  If anyone is interested in becoming an officer nominations need to be with the secretary Dolly 087 1932196 by January 26th. 


Chair Yoga with Nora continues on Thursday afternoons @2.30pm upstairs over Centra. It’s suitable for all abilities.  More info from Nora 087 1473457.


Meals on Wheels service has started in the Borrisoleigh and surrounding areas.  Meals are delivered to your home 3 times a week. Freshly cooked dinner and dessert €7. More info from NTDC 0505 24168.


Suir Productions are performing a Comedy play “Big Splash Small Fish” for 1 night only in the Marian Hall Borrisoleigh  on Sat Feb 10th at 8pm. Tickets €12 are available from Hurleys,  Meaghers  and Post Office Borrisoleigh and also from Moloneys (The Ragg). This is a play that is sure to brighten the dark evenings. 

Scór na Paistí


Hunting the Wren

Borrisoleigh Scór had a great time Hunting the Wren on St. Stephen’s Day. We visited several houses throughout the parish, Revel in the Ragg, Pa’s Bar and Kinnanes in Upperchurch and then finished up in Finns and Stapletons.

It was a fantastic day and we received great hospitality along the way


Parish News

Borrisoleigh Community Centre:


Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Borrisoleigh Community Centre will take place on January 23rd at 8pm. This meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.


Meals on Wheels


Borrisoleigh Community Centre has started Meals on Wheels. Meals are delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays – freshly prepared each day of the service in the centre where we have recently installed a commercial kitchen dedicated for this purpose. If you are interested in learning more about the service or interested in availing of this service, please contact NTDC on 0505 24168


Thought for the Week


Little by little, day by day, what’s meant for you will find its way.


Little Kickers

Little Kickers Portlaoise and Thurles are delighted to announce we are coming to The Marian Hall in February 2024. Little Kickers are early learning classes from the ages of 18 months. The classes help develop children through imagination, soccer and coaching.  
Classes Times below:
10.00am – 10.45am Little Kickers 1.5 – 2.5yrs
11.00am – 11.45am Junior Kickers 2.5 – 3.5yrs
12.00pm – 12.45pm Mighty Kickers 3.5 – 5yrs
1.00pm – 2.00pm Mega Kickers 5 – 8yrs
If interested in classes, waiting list is available on our website:
Contact Jonathan: jnorton@littlekickers.ie

For one night only – Comedy play by Suir

A COMEDY PLAY BY SUIR Productions for 1 night only ..

Sure to brighten the dark evenings 


Sat 10th February @ 8pm 

Admission :12e 

Tickets can be purchased at 

Hurleys , Meaghers , Post office & Moloneys (Ragg) 

Borris-Ileigh GAA History Book

Hi all,

I’ve been tasked with compiling and writing a history of GAA activity in the primary schools, e.g. North Finals/ County Finals, Primary Game, INTO mini sevens etc.

The more recent history is fairly well documented, however older records are sparse. I don’t want to leave anyone out!

If you are aware of any noteworthy GAA related facts from 1987 to present in relation to Fantane NS, St Theresa’s GNS, St Patrick BNS or Scoil Naomh Cualán please get in contact with me at scoilnaomhcualan@gmail.com. Or you can drop photos, newspaper cuttings etc. into the school and I’ll photocopy or scan what’s needed.  

I’m looking for photos of teams, photos of Primary Game representatives, write ups from finals, coaches that were involved over the years, pupils who went on to represent Tipperary in the various codes, GAA quiz winners etc.

Many thanks for your help,

Michael Small

Meals on Wheels

Knitting and Crochet Group

The Knitting and Crochet Group continues to meet on Wednesdays from 10.00am to 11.30am. New members always welcome.


Eucharistic Adoration


Pic of the Past

Borrisoleigh National School in the Mid 1930s
Front: Martin Treacy, Johnny Treacy and Gerry Crowley
Second row: Willie Connors, Frankie Stapleton, Austin Kearney,
Jim Stapleton, Tommy Hewitt, Mick Prior and Tommy Gleeson
Third row: Pakie Stapleton, Bill McCormack, Billy Ryan (M), Johnny Stapleton,
Connie Stapleton, Donal Maher and Mick Shanahan
Back: Jim Prior, Phil O’Dwyer, Seamus Stapleton, Billy Stapleton,
Jim Quinn, Phibby Kenny and Sean Kenny

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

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