St. Cualans Social Club

Christmas Tree Light Up


Borris-Ileigh Juvenile GAA Club

Borris-Ileigh Juvenile GAA club are holding a presentation night this Friday night the 5th of December in the Community Centre at 7:30pm . We would like to invite all our hurlers and their parents from U-6 to U-16. We had a great year and there is a number of medals to be presented on the night. Refreshments will be served.

Coffee Morning

Presentation of proceeds from coffee morning to Ms. Anna Ryan from Suir haven Cancer Support Centre, Thurles. Well done to all involved and who supported the coffee morning.
A total of €570 was raised and this was divided between both Suir haven and Milford Hospice.

Bourke Sports

A fine display of some of Cathal’s work

Borrisoleigh Track-Attack Notes

Mens Marathon Challenge Winner – Alan Kelly

The 42 kilometres of the Borrisoleigh Marathon Challenge are now completed with Alan Kelly and Suzanne Whyte crowned as the inaugural champions. The destiny of the titles were only decided on the finishing straight of the final kilometre as the extra seconds gained were the all important ones that earned valuable bonus points hence the claiming of the laurels.
The improvement shown by all participants over the course of seven weeks is remarkable and most impressive. The level of competitiveness became more evident with every passing week with individual battles breaking out amongst the field while it was also evident that individuals were putting in a serious effort to progress their performances each week.
Alan Kelly certainly proved to be the star of the show after claiming 3 of the possible stage victories and then to pull out all the stops on the final night and in doing so he claimed the title by a mere 7 seconds, showing just how important his last lap increase in acceleration proved to be. Richie Tynan deserves tremendous credit also for his huge improvement in time from the Challenge’s commencement to its completion. He was certainly worthy of his podium finish claiming the second spot overall.

The battle for the final podium place was brilliant and only a single point separated Denis Ryan and Noel Kennedy. Denis was brilliantly consistent right throughout the consecutive weeks and again he’s a very worthy winner of that third place overall. Noel’s performances have been equally brilliant especially over the latter half of the Challenge. That one point difference when broken down even further is a mere 10 second turnaround on the last night and the positions would have been reversed. Martin Fahy saved his best performance for the last night and that impressive outing saw him claim a top 5 placing overall.

Marathon Challenge Round 7 Winner
Geraldine O’Brien

Only 4 points separated the top 3 women and again the names etched on the prizes were to be decided on the final night as all 3 carved out personal best times to climb the ladder when it mattered most. Suzanne Whyte is the overall champion thanks again to her excellent level of consistent running and impressive level of improvement over the 7 week duration especially over the latter 4 rounds when she clocked in with some superb finishing times. Again it couldn’t have been closer as Suzanne beat her personal best time on the final night by a single second to claim the bonus points on offer and in doing so she climbed to top rung of the ladder to claim the inaugural title.
Frances Stapleton claimed second spot overall and again it was her final performance that proved the telling factor. A personal best time of 12 seconds resulted in 10 bonus points hence catapulting her to that well deserved podium place. The foggy and cold conditions didn’t affect the performance of Geraldine O’Brien during the last round and she proved to be the star of the night claiming the stage win while also claiming the bonus points on offer resulting in her clinching the third spot overall in the women’s grade. Geraldine’s performance on the night deserve the highest of praise and the accolades that have followed are absolutely merited after a brilliant series of consistent performances. Patricia Ryan was very close to that podium placing after finishing 2 points behind Geraldine overall to take fourth spot while the top five was completed by Marie McGrath another 5 points in arrears.
Overall the Marathon Challenge proved to be a huge success with 69 different people competing over the 7 weeks. 17 people completed the full 42km while 8 more have the chance of completing the distance with the aid of the extra night we are putting on as they only missed a single night. These 17 and possibly the 25 will have their efforts acknowledged at the presentation night. The top 3 men and women on the overall league table will also be receiving their prizes on the night as will the individual stage winners.

Women’s Marathon Challenge Winner – Suzanne Whyte with Frances Stapleton (Runner Up) and Tom Stapleton

We would like to thank our sponsors of the event namely Owen Ryan Motors (Loughmore), Albany Home Decor (Nenagh), Cross Fabrication (Templederry), Wright Insurance Ltd (Wexford) and Pat Keane Painter & Decorator (Mountkinane).

Frances Maher, Trish Ryan, Marie O’Connell, LauraYoung, Mairead Lane

Upcoming Events

Next Tuesday (9th Dec) night at the track we will have the Borrisoleigh Mile Challenge. It starts at 8pm and all are welcome to attend. It’s just over 2 laps of the track so it will suit all-comers irrespective of whether you run or walk.
There will be prizes for the first 3 men, first 3 women and the 3 people who finishes closest to their predicted time so again all are catered for. Entry fee on the night is €2.

The following Tuesday (16th Dec) night, will have the Joey O’Dwyer Butcher sponsored 4km Christmas Challenge. This will be a run/walk with a difference. The clock will start at one hour at 7:30pm sharp and proceed to count down backwards. Participants will then start at whatever time they feel it will take them to complete the course (5 laps).
The beauty of the system is that every single participant have an equal chance of claiming the top prize. The victor will be determined by who finishes closest to when the clock hits zero!! No watches or phones allowed on the night.
The victor will win the nice prize of their Christmas dinner which will include a turkey, ham, vegetables etc. kindly sponsored by Borrisoleigh butcher Joey O’Dwyer. Entry fee on the night which is our last night before the Christmas break-up is €5. All are welcome to come try their luck.
The date and venue for our prize presentation night will be confirmed next week. On the night, all prizes from the Marathon Challenge, Mile Challenge and the Christmas Challenge will be presented.
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Jane’s Flower Cabin


A few photos from our first wreath workshop at Jane’s Flower Cabin a good night was had by all
and some beautiful wreaths were made. Well done ladies heres to the next night.

Borrisoleigh Historical Society

Christmas Flower Arrangement Demonstration

Jane’s Flower Cabin, Borrisoleigh will present Christmas Flower Arrangement Demonstration in the Community Centre, Borrisoleigh on Wednesday next 10th December.
It will commence at 7.30pm. This is a great opportunity to sit back and enjoy the Professionals at work.

Scoil Naomh Cualán

Young artist enjoying taking part in  School project

 Bush & Briar

Yet again we were blessed with a lovely fresh morning on last Sunday for our walk which saw the group taking to the hills of Upperchurch to stroll around the Eamonn a Chnoic Loop Walk. There is something special about the mountain air on a frosty clear morning. Well done to all for a pleasant walk.

Next Walk for the Ramblers

Next week we are changing to Saturday for our walk.We are heading to Templederry on Saturday next 06 Dec 2014 to do a walk around Ormond Stile. This walk is about 3.5hrs all on forest track or road.
Boot essential and a small pack lunch and raingear are recommended.
All are Welcome.

Meeting at the rear of Shanahan’s Service Station at 08.50hrs for departure at 09.00hrs. Also we will meet at the church in Templederry at approx 09.15hrs.

Trip to Coolmore

Who’s taking the horse to France? Photo of our pilot to Coolmore during the Historical Society’s summer tour. Well done Joe. 

Borrisoleigh Annual 2014

The 2014 Annual will be launched this year in "The Bothy" at 8pm on Saturday 6th December 2014, we would be delighted to see you there. The Annual will then be on sale in the local shops. This year again we have managed to increase the size and keep the cost to €10. There are many interesting articles and photos both from the current year and the past.

Pic of the Past….down memory lane

Mary and Pakie Ryan, Knockdonee in the early 1980s

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