Congrats Lorraine and David

Lorraine Ryan with her husband David Quinlan and members of her family on the day of their wedding

Congratulations to Lorraine Ryan from Kilfithmone and David Quinlan from Moyne who were married in Holycross Abbey on Valentine’s Day Saturday 14 February. Their wedding reception was held in Aherlow House Hotel and the happy couple are currently honeymooning in Las Vegas. We wish them all the happiness in the world for the future.
Brotherly love

Lorraine with her brothers Sean and David on her wedding day

Padraig back from Chad

Padraig Dolan (second from right) with his fellow soldiers on his recent tour of duty in Chad 

Padraig Dolan from Mount George recently returned from a four month tour in Chad in Sub-Saharan Africa. Padraig served with the 98th Infantry Batallion and their primary role in Chad was to serve as a security presence in that region thus ensuring peace and stability. They carried out patrols in different areas and villages doing their best to provide for the basic necessities especially medical supplies.

They provided security for refugee camps and IDPs (internally displaced people fro Chad). When speaking of his experience Padraig said that it was an amazing opportunity to see how other cultures live and it also made him realise just how lucky are in at home here in Ireland (despite the recession!). What shocked him most was the absolute poverty of the people and the traumatic effect that war has on their lives. Typically his day would start at 5 am owing to the heat of the mid-day sun which could raise temperatures to the mid 50s.

The Christmas period in the camp was a little lonesome for all the lads but the they did their best to keep their spirits us despite being so far away from home. He celebrated St. Stephen’s day by running a half marathon (whatever happened the other half we wonder!) The biggest concern for the EUFOR (European forces) was the constant threat of being attacked by the rebels and on many occasions the Camp was on full alert. But despite all of this Padraig said that he would willingly return if called to do so.


Reporting for peace-keeping duty

The Camp

The enclosed camp where Padraig and his colleagues lived during their time in Chad

Flying high over Chad

Coming in to land with the camp dead ahead (runway to the left of the camp)

Urban planning in Chad!

A birds-eye view of the local residences

Slightly overloaded!

The local boys salute on the move!

Padraig with cap-in-hand and his mates travelling VIP style

Keepin’ an eye on things!

Don’t mess with me – I have a gun!

The green army boys

Now I have a gun and a TANK!

Bolt of Lightening at Base Camp

Natural fireworks in Chad!

For more photos of life in Chad go to our Photo Gallery or click on the following links:

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Gallery 3

Illegal Parking with a Smile!!!

Liam Ryan takes a chance in the blue zone!

Liam Ryan of Mountgeorge on his John Deere tractor is illegally parked in the disabled bay of the Sacred Heart Church in Borrisoleigh and is caught in the act by one of our website team. He said that the tractor wouldn’t start for him, so in a way ‘twas disabled and had a right to be there!!!

Recent Wintry Scenes

The river at the back of Castlecourt on Chapel Street

A nice snowy scene with the creamery in the background 

The snow capped castle ruin, probably the last of the snows for another year!

May They Rest in Peace

Josie Kinane RIP

The death has occurred of Josie Kinane of Knockanevin Borrisoleigh who died Thursday 12 February following an illness. Her Requiem Mass took place at The Sacred Heart Church, Borrisoleigh on Saturday 14 February followed by her burial in St. Brigid’s Cemetery.

We also record the death of Marion O’Dwyer late of St. Brigid’s Villas and daughter of the late Peter and Nonie O’Dwyer who has also died. She was laid to rest in St. Brigid’s cemetery on Saturday afternoon last 14 February. We offer our sincere sympathies to their families and friends.

Siobhan on her travels

Siobhan Kennedy of Cullohill doin her back-packing thing in Bolivia

Siobhan Kennedy from Cullohill is currently on a two month back-packing tour in South America. She is in the company of her friend Noreen O’Sullivan and the pair are getting to see strange and wonderful places. They’ve done the Inca Trail which was a fabulous experience. Siobhan sent us these photos but remarks that they don’t justice to the actual experience. She’s been to Lapaz, the Capital of Bolivia and even got to do a spot of mining as you can see from the ‘hard-working’ photo below! She is now in Brazil and is looking forward to a big annual Carnival in Rio which promises to be memorable for all sorts of reasons. Siobhan, just remember that we’re up to our eyes with the recession and to our ankles in snow as can be seen from a few of this weeks current news photos. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy…

The nearest she could get to a sheep was a lama!

Spot the odd one out?!!!

Hold on tight!

Siobhan with her friend Noreen on a cold day in Bolivia!

Smile – it’s for borris.ie

With friends on the Inca Trail

A city built on a hill-top

The ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’ – Siobhan almost felt this way when she finally got there! (a four day triail – 4200m above sea level)

It could be Cullohill Castle in the backgound!

Prentending to be miners but looking more like Kelly’s workers!

Table Quiz in the Clodagh
Table quiz in The Clodagh Bar in aid of Borrisoleigh GAA club on Friday 27th Feb @ 9pm….. €40 per table (adult ) & €20 per table juvenile. Raffle on the night also.

Havin’ a chat!

Tommy Gleeson and Mary Lanigan-Ryan havin’ a chat after Sunday morning Mass recently  

It’s ‘snow’ easy job in these conditions!

The new Hurling Manager Jim Williams putting some of his charges through their paces. 

A man with a mission!

Martin Fahy with a determined look on his face and his little ‘blue’ black book in hand!

Declan Maher testing the snow

Keith Ryan, Mattie Vahey, John Ryan and Thomas Fahy doing the drills

Keith Ryan planning his next move

Clodagh Macra Support

Some of the supporters who travelled to Mallow last weekend to cheer on our All-Ireland Public Speaking Champions Laura Ryan, Teresa Kennedy and Denise Ryan

Enjoying the celebrations after the great All-Ireland win!

Upcoming Events….Scór

Scór na nÓg
The Very Best of Luck to Cliodhna Bourke who represents Tipperary in the Recitation competition of the Scór na nÓg All-Ireland Final on Saturday afternoon next, 21st February, in the Regional College Athlone. All parishioners are invited to the Marian Hall Borrisoleigh on Saturday night at 9.30pm approx for the Homecoming Event organised for Cliodhna. Entertainment and refreshments will be provided.
Scór Sinsear
The North Final of Scór Sinsear will take place in the Marian Hall on Saturday 28th February at 8 p.m.
Scór na bPáistí
Entries for Scór na bPáistí must be given in to the Scór Committee no later than Monday 23rd of February. The Parish Final will take place on Sunday 1st March at 2pm sharp.

Marian Hall Lotto


Numbers:  03, 09, 15, 18

No Jackpot Winner

3 match 3 @ €50 each

K Ryan, Ballina
Carol Kevin, c/o Bingo
Lorraine Coleman, Railway View, Templemore

Next Weeks Lotto Jackpot


Pic of the Past…….down memory lane

 Funeral cortege of Russell, Bourke and Shea in Roscrea
Truck driven by Joe Stapleton of Main Street Borrisoleigh. In passenger seat: Big Jim Stapleton of Finnahy


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