Bishop Shanahan honoured by Edenvale School (SA)

Edenvale School Choir and Teachers at the birthplace of Bishop Joseph Shanahan

On August 10th last a group of 53 pupils together with their teachers from Edenvale School in South Africa came to Borrisoleigh to pay homage to Bishop Joseph Shanahan, founder of their school. The girls, who are members of their school choir, gave a number of recitals in Ireland including at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin and Cavan Cathedral. 

Their visit to Borrisoleigh began with another recital at the birthplace of Bishop Joseph Shanahan during a prayer service that marked this special occasion. 
A commemorative stone was placed at the monument of Bishop Shanahan to honour the visit of this Holy Rosary School to the birthplace of its founder. The group, joined by parishioners of Templederry and Borrisoleigh, then convened to the local community centre where there was a cultural interchange between young and old as light refreshments were served. 

There was great interaction between the young people from both continents where they easily bonded in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere incorporating both Irish and South African music, song and dance. 
Later in the evening, after a hot meal was served by a team of local volunteers, the choir gave a short recital in the adjoining Sacred Heart Church.

All then adjourned to the Community Centre where the Committee marked the visit by unveiling pictures of Bishop Joseph Shanahan and Bishop Thomas Quinlan to which the Centre is now dedicated. Members of both the Shanahan and Quinlan families were present at this event where the unveiling was performed by Michael Quinlan (nephew) and Joe Shanahan (grandnephew). Presentations from the visiting school and the local community were then exchanged. 

This was followed by a memorable concert to an appreciative and packed community centre. 
As can be seen from the photos below there was a wide variety of entertainment from the young people of Edenvale, Templederry and Borrisoleigh.  Phil Maher was MC for the night and as usual made sure that everything ran as smoothly as possible. 

When the night concluded our visitors were warmly thanked for their visit by Fr. Liam Everard PP before being wished well on their onward journey to Kerry and trip back to South Africa. It was truly a memorable occasion and served to renew our sense of pride in these two missionary men who are so highly regarded both at home and abroad. 

Fr. Liam leads a prayer service at the monument

Relatives of Bishop Joseph Shanahan and members of the Holy Rosary Sisters at the monument

Girls gathering at the Grotto

Kay Ryan conducts a musical workshop by teaching our new friends “Lovely Fair Ileigh”

Proud moment as Joe and Michael perform the unveiling of the two pictures

Music teachers Tania Van Eeden and Janine Plunkett make a presentation to Fr. Liam.
The plaque contains their school motto which was inspired by Bishop Shanahan and reads as follows:
May every girl who enters this school enter one day the gates of heaven

Michael Delaney has a quiet word with the deputy principal as he presents her with a copy of ‘Pobail Ailbhe’ (History of our Diocese)

Up Tipp and C’mon Borris!

The women at the well

Five lovely lassies and four lively lads!

Sr. Madeleine, Janine Plunkett, Sr. Hilda and Sr. Angela enjoying their visit to Borrisoleigh

John & Sally Burridge from Kent with their grandaughter who is called ‘India’. John and Sally travelled over to Ireland especially for this occasion and to meet with India who was going to spend some time with them before travelling back to South Africa.

Zenani and Inga show off thier lovely smiles!

Musical Director, Janine Plunkett, conducts her beautiful choir in the parish church

Templederry talent at the concert

Liam mixes it up with the Temple boys!

Music to the beat of an African Drum as Clive Richardson (tour operator) listens in

Borris talent playing their part at the concert

Dancing the night away…

Edenvale girls perform one of their pieces at the concert

Local and visiting girls happily mixing

The complete set of photos of this event can be viewed by visiting our three photo galleries:
Gallery 1
Gallery 2
Gallery 3

 Music Sessions at Finn’s Bar  

 After School Study 

An After School Study Programme, in the Community Centre, will begin in the next number of weeks. It will begin on Monday September 19th and it is aimed specifically at secondary students. It is envisaged that this programme will have many benefits for those students that take part.
  • An ideal work environment, in close proximity to the school and the town square. Students will benefit from the ideal school atmosphere but will be removed from the physical school space thus making their study session feel like a ‘fresh start’ after school.
  • It will be an ideal opportunity to complete homework or to study for exams in a quiet, studious and disruption-free atmosphere. In such an atmosphere, a student can feel more confident in reaching their full potential.
  • Regular contact with parents will always be available as will study tips and extra help with various subject areas.
  • While the co-ordinator will maintain a relaxed atmosphere where students can work at their own pace and with their own methods, discipline will be strictly monitored for the greater good of all.
This programme will be available to students from Borrisoleigh and all local areas.
The fee will be €25 per week or €7 per day. This will allow students to be more flexible in how often they use the service. Alternative rates may be available from the co-ordinator.

The service will take place weekly, from Monday to Thursday.
To book a place or for further information, contact Jody @ 086-3976552.

 Ileigh School 1915 

This photo was taken at Ileigh School in 1915
If you can name each person in this photo and submit your answer to info@borrisoleigh.ie then a surprise of a prize awaits you! First correct answer claims the prize! 

 Borrisoleigh Camogie Club News 

The Tomas Max Memorial Shield was held in Bishop Quinlan Park, Borrisoleigh on Friday the 4th September, 2011 at 6.30 pm. A great evening of sport was had by all with Borrisoleigh being the victors on this occasion. The Shield was presented to Aoife Max (captain) and daughter of Tomas. The results were as follows: 
Borrisoleigh v Moycarkey
2             1
Toomevara v Silvermines
3             1
Borrisoleigh v Toomevara
2             1
Moycarkey v Silvermines
3             1
Borrisoleigh v Silvermines
    5            2-1
Toomevara v Moycarkey
3-1          2
The Camoige Club would like to thank Moycarkey, Toomevara and Silvermines for participating, the referees on the night and all those who helped with the refreshments that were provided after the matches. Training will be notified as usual by text.


 Set Dancing Classes 

Set Dancing classes will resume on Monday the 12th September at 6.45pm.

Charity Cycle for Cystic Fibrosis

Just over a week to go for our cycle on Saturday 17th September in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis group TLC4CF.  Please note that those taking part in the 50 mile cycle should be in the square in Borrisoleigh at 1:15 p.m..  The Group will be leaving at 1:30 p.m. sharp.  The 25 mile cyclists should gather at 2:15 p.m. as that group will leave no later than 2:30 p.m..  It is important that both groups leave on time to ensure that we can all finish together in Borrisoleigh.  Also this will enable the cycle to co-operate with the requirements of the Gardai to travel through Thurles.  All cyclists please ensure that you are wearing helmets and bright clothing, reflective gear would also be an addition.  Cards and sponsorship money may be returned to Ruairi or P.J. before the cycle.


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 Pic of the Past………down memory lane 

100th Birthday Celebrations
Billy Cummins, Johanna Ryan with her daughter Anna Cummins

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