19 April 2023

Borrisoleigh Historical Society


On Monday 24th next, we welcome celebrated archaeologist, researcher and author, Dr. Louise Nugent to Borrisoleigh. Dr. Nugent will deliver a lecture on The Pilgrim Paths of Tipperary in the Community Centre next Monday night at 8.00 PM. The talk will discuss medieval pilgrimage in Ireland with special emphasis on the Tipperary pilgrim sites of Holycross abbey and Monaincha.

Later years have seen a renewed interest in these ancient pilgrimage trails. St. Declan’s way, from the famous Rock of Cashel to Ardmore in County Waterford is perhaps one of the better known pilgrimage paths, featuring of late on numerous television programmes. In the past number of years, much local effort has seen the reusing of such paths in nearby Kilcommon and Ardmayle. On a lesser scale but of no less importance, are the number of Mass Paths that were once a feature of our [and other] parish.

The idea of ‘pilgrimage’ has long predated trips to places such as Lourdes and Fatima. Pilgrimage has long been an integral part of the Christian tradition, based on the notion of mankind as a pilgrim being forever journeying towards eternity.

Dr. Nugent’s main research interests are medieval roads, pilgrimage and medieval pilgrim souvenirs. In 2001 she completed a Master’s thesis at University College Cork on The Rian Bó Phádraig a medieval pilgrim road running from Cashel Co Tipperary to Ardmore Co Waterford. In 2010 she completed a doctoral thesis Pilgrimage in Medieval Ireland AD 600-1600 at the school of Archaeology at University College Dublin. She curates the blog pilgrimage in Medieval Ireland.

Parish News


Anniversary Masses

Saturday 22nd April, Borrisoleigh at 7pm    Teresa Coffey, Lower Main St.

Saturday 29th April, Borrisoleigh at 7pm     Pat Ryan, Curragloss, Months Mind & Lorraine Chute, Grangelough, Anniversary


Anam Cara Tipperary

Anam Cara Tipperary the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding it’s monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Monday 17th April at 7:15pm in the Horse and Jockey Hotel, Thurles. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not. We also offer an online meeting. For more information please contact us on info@anamcara.ie or 085 288 8888


The Catechism of the Catholic Church Workshop 

Our Ladys’ Shrine Knock, Saturday 22nd April.  The Workshop will include Celebration of Mass, overview of Adult Learning, Introduction to Catechism Studies, Stations of the Cross and Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration. For booking please contact marin991@gmail.com – 087 795032


Silent Retreat

Theme: “If you but knew the gift of God…”

Preached by: Fr. Kilian Byrne, Foyer of Charity

Venue: Mount Melleray Abbey, Co. Waterford

Date:  May 15th to 21st           

Cost: €400 full board

Contact: Helen : 086 1678027/ hellywilliams@gmail.com


A privileged time to come away from noise and distractions, and listen to the Spirit of God, – Who is Love.  Silence, prayer, teachings & liturgy of the Church.


The Legion of the Holy Family

Book Launch & Presentation of the Family Stage 1 – A Handbook for Matrimony, Wednesday 19th April, 2023, Hayes Hotel, Thurles at 7pm sharp. 

Eucharistic Adoration


Borrisoleigh Active Social Club

Tom Kennedy and Tom Carey

Borrisoleigh Active Social Club held a  Progressive 45 Drive last Saturday night in the Community Centre Borrisoleigh. There was a great crowd in attendance.  Winners with 12 games and won €500 were Tom Kennedy and Tom Carey. Runners up with 10 games and won €250 were Gareth Kennedy and Tommy Dwyer. Table prizes were won by John Coughlan & Philip Grant, Tom & Olive Ryan and Ann O’Connell & Michael Ryan. Non player winners of €50 each were Emma Ryan & Lar O Brien. We held a raffle and had lovely prizes sponsored by Centra Borrisoleigh,  Premier Meats Thurles,  Drennan’s Butchers Templemore,  O’ Connel’sl Pharmacy Borrisoleigh,  Unique Hair Design Thurles, Mid West Oil Upperchurch, Peter’s Fruit and Veg Templemore,  Stakelums, Woodlands Hotel Adare,  plus many hampers put together with donations from members. Thanks also to Micheal Bourke Catering Drombane for his support.  

Gareth Kennedy and Tommy Dwyer.

Thanks to everybody who supported us and helped us in any way possible. 
Line dancing classes continue every Tuesday at 11am and Chair yoga class on Thursday at 11am. 
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday May 3rd at 7pm in the Community Centre Borrisoleigh.  

Terry’s Bridge

In Association with the Rathmoy Residents

We have marked TERRY’S Bridge recently with a limestone plaque as per photograph. This bridge was built in the period between 1770 and 1900s. In 1966 the bridge was closed as a new road layout and bridge took its place. The river running beneath is known as the Cromogue. This river rises just above Greenane in the parish of Templederry. Its meanders down through Ross and crosses the road at Ballyroan bridge. It flows onwards to Chapel Street where it meets a bridge known as beef bridge, thus this name came from the fact that the workers bonus was actually paid with beef for their toils. The river then continues on to TERRY’S bridge and joins the Fishmoyne in lower Rathmoy.  Liam Donnelly.

Presentation to Keelan 

Borrisoleigh Community Centre Board of Management and Fr. Hennessy on the behalf of the parish made presentations to Keelan Chute last Wednesday morning in the community Centre. Congratulations Keelan.


Scoil Naomh Cualán and St Joseph’s College

On Friday 28th of April, Scoil Naomh Cualán and St Joseph’s College will be in concert with the Ormond Octaves. The money raised by the concert will be invested in the school extensions that both schools are currently engaged in. It promises to be a wonderful night of entertainment with our school choirs performing with the fantastic Octaves! We will also have a very special performance, by Keelan Chute, the 2023 World Irish Dancing Champion! Please join us for a night to be remembered and to support our local schools. Details can be found on the poster. Thank you.

My Early Years Child


Knitting and Crochet Group

Knitting and Crochet Group continues to meet every Wednesday at 10am. New members with other skills or none always welcome.

For information call Mary on 0863098982.

Borrisoleigh Community Development Association

Borrisoleigh Community Development Association is looking to the future, and we need your help. If you have an idea or a suggestion for something you would like to see happen in Borrisoleigh please let us know. Send your idea or suggestion by clicking here

Pic of the Past

Claire and Eddie (holding Claire) Hurley,
Upper Main Street

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