19 May 2021

Website Update!

Over the next few weeks we will be updating the information sections of the website. If you are involved in any of the clubs, groups, schools or businesses and would like to amend or change your information or contact details please email the updated information to info@borrisoleigh.ie

Appeal for News

This is an appeal to those of you who are involved in various activities (limited as they might be in the current circumstances), not to forget to send us an email with a few lines and maybe a photo or two publicising what you are doing. The regular users of this site (particularly those not on social media) would like to see them and it will help paint a fuller picture of what is taking place in and around Borrisoleigh. We rely on you, the local community, to send us your news.


Borrisoleigh Website Committee

Borrisoleigh Historical Society

Placenames In the Parish in the 1650s

The parish of Glenkeen was surveyed extensively in the 1650s and around 100 placenames were recorded. Some of these are readily recognisable in today’s names, some are almost beyond recognition, and about 50 names are no longer used and seem to be forgotten. Some names are fairly easy to recognize, such as Borreshleagh, Fountaine, Killcoolane and Cowlyne. Then there are names such as Cappapullonealogh, Lisanardybawne, Caragh Worish and the Mountaine of Gortinoryorna, all still in use but shortened or simplified. Finally there are names that are no longer used such as Gortyloghane, Garrangortygilly, Garrilish and Corbally; the last two were the biggest townlands in the parish in 1650. For more on this and other facts such as who owned the land in 1640, click on this link.   

Placenames in Territory of Ileigh, 1650s



Borrisoleigh is famous for the number of missionaries that have come from the parish and their endeavors in foreign fields. Most notable among them, Bishops Joseph Shanahan and Thomas Quinlan. But at certain times, our relationship to faith and religion might have been occasionally somewhat unothrodox or a little contradictory.

The above must have had a chastening effect on the good PP, because by the end of that month, the Nenagh Guardian could proudly proclaim,

“The Very Rev. Theobald Matthew has forwarded to the Rev. Fr. William Morris P.P. the sum of £8, as a token of his regard for the teetotallers of the parish, for their uniform adherence to the temperance pledge”.

Happy and secure in the elevated status afforded to the clergy resulting from Daniel O’Connell’s Catholic emancipation movement, it was a rather ungrateful PP who encountered Repeal agitator, Tom Reynolds as he attempted to address the exiting worshippers from Sunday Mass in Sept of 1841. As reported at the time by a traveller who witnessed the scene.

“While waiting in the village of Borrisoleigh on yesterday, for a change of horses, I of course, was inquisitive enough for ‘the news’. I learned that Tom Reynolds, of Repeal notoriety had visited the parish in the character of the hierophant of agitation. But he met with a most signal discomfiture, for the Rev. Mr Morris P.P. refused to sanction the itinerant repealer’s scheme for disturbing the tranquillity of the parish. The Rev. gentleman, I have been informed, not only declined to sign the requisition, but assured the travelling humbug that he would denounce such proceedings and recommend his flock to devote the Lord’s Day to pursuits more edifying than listening to the inflammatory harangues of a repeal hireling”.


Borris-Ileigh Camogie Club Notes


Sports Stadium Tour

Next week will see our camogie club take on a virtual 3000km tour of the 32 County GAA grounds as well as Ruislip in London in our club fundraiser for this year. 
We would encourage everyone to be part of our event by getting up, get active and do a 5km. You can run it, jog it, walk it, cycle it or crawl it!! 
On completing your 5km, just send us a photo to Pat at 0876380649 or Kate at 0870901618 and give a donation of your choice to our event GoFundMe page. 
We would encourage you to follow the virtual journey on our social media pages next week and hear some messages of support from some well known faces of the world of GAA,  camogie, sport and entertainment. Already we had messages from Liam Sheedy and Irish International soccer player Jason Molumby. 
Dust off the cobwebs,  lace up the runners and be part of the Sports Stadium Tour by doing a 5km…. 

The Ryan family – Johnny, Rita, Jack & Ava


Finn & Evan Walsh

Borrisoleigh Active Social Club

Pic of the Past

Going Down Memory Lane
Margaret Ryan, The Glebe, past-pupil of Garrangrena N.S.
pictured here at the entrance to the original school.

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