D-day has finally arrived

Kevin Kennedy, Yvonne Meade, Thomas Fahy, Margaret Ann Ryan and Ciarán Dwyer on the day of their Leaving Cert. results at St. Joseph’s College

Marguerite Bradshaw with her Leaving Cert. results firmly in hand, with her mum Mairead and sisters Máire and Catherine

Karen Ryan, Aisling Stapleton, Sharon Madden and Ciara Lyons with every reason to smile on the day of their results

The long awaited Leaving Cert Exam Results have finally arrived. For all the 6th year students in our parish who have been anticipating (and possibly dreading!) this day, the wait is finally over. For some this was an opportunity to pay a final visit to their ‘place of learning’ for the last five or six years – while for others, thanks to modern technology, they were able to access their results online from the comfort of their own home. We hope that many dreams will be fulfilled following today’s results. Best of luck for the future to all concerned.

Summer Sports Camp in The Park

Stephen McCormack, Brendan Maher and Paidi Young give the thumbs-up for the summer Camp

Nicole Walsh keeping an eye on the younger folk at the Summer Camp

The Borrisoleigh Juvenile GAA Summer Camp is taking place this week in the Town Park. Despite the inclement weather there is a great attendance and spirits are high. Well done to all those who organised this event and especially to the young helpers who are making this camp such a success. More to follow next week… 

Silver Wedding Celebrations

Phil Mason signing on the dotted line 25 years ago

Cakes – now and then!

25 years on!

Tom and Phil Mason on the occasion of their 25th Wedding Anniversary

 Phil and Tom Mason from Mount George, Borrisoleigh recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. To mark the silver anniversary of their marriage, which took place at Holycross Abbey on August 6th 1983, the happy couple with family and a close circle of friends went for a meal in Sheehan’s Restaurant. This was followed by a party in Stapleton’s Bar. Congratulations to both on reaching this milestone in their married lives.

Just for a laugh

(An ode to English plurals)

We’ll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes, But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes. One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese, yet the plural of moose should never be meese. You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice, yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.

If the plural of man is always called men, why shouldn’t the plural of pan be called pen? If I speak of my foot and show you my feet, and I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet? If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth, why shouldn’t the plural of booth be called beeth?

Then one may be that, and three would be those, yet hat in the plural would never be hose, and the plural of cat is cats, not cose. We speak of a brother and also of brethren, but though we say mother, we never say methren. Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him, but imagine the feminine: she, shis and shim!

Let’s face it – English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England. We take English for granted, but if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square, and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham? Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the folks who grew up speaking English should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.

In what other language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? We ship by truck but send cargo by ship. We have noses that run and feet that smell. We park in a driveway and drive in a parkway. And how can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out, and in which an alarm goes off by going on.

And in closing, if Father is Pop, how come Mother’s not Mop?!


Christian Meditation

Fr. Liam Evereard PP is joined at Christian Meditation on Thursday night last by his two aunts Sr.Angels Collier Convent of Mercy, St. Maries of The Isles, Cork and Sr. Margaret Collier, Ursulines, Blackrock, Cork. Christian Meditation takes place at the Parochial House every Thursday night. New members are very welcome.

It’s my birthday! No, it’s my birthday!

These two lovely ladies from Borrisoleigh, Sharon Madden and Marguerite Bradshaw, celebrated their 18th birthdays during the past week. Instead of one celebration the ladies spent much of the bank holiday weekend celebrating, the effects of which are evident in the photo below. Happy Birthday ladies!

Here come the girls!

Smiley happy faces!

Borrisoleigh Camogie Club

Borrisoleigh Camogie team played their first match in the Junior B Championship last Wednesday (August 6th) against Gortnahoe in Borrisoleigh. After a great display they emerged victorious with a score line of Borrisoleigh 4-6 to Gortnahoe 2-2. Well done girls!

Their second match of the Championship against Thurles was played yesterday (August 12th) in St. Patrick’s College. Thurles were the stronger team on this occasion and emerged the winners. 

The next match is against Drom. Date and venue to be announced.


Results Marian Hall Lotto


Numbers: 02, 05, 12, 23

No Jackpot Winner

6 match 3 winners @ €25 each

Siobhan Stapleton, Pallas
Steven Cummins, c/o Mary Cummins
Jack Ryan, Roscrea
Mary Fitzpatrick,  Ballinaclogh
Lina Murphy, Roscrea
Liz Carney, Roscrea

Next Weeks Lotto Jackpot

€5, 400

Pic of the past…down memory lane

Jimmy and Susan Chadwick with Anna and Connie Ryan, Coohaun

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