Line Dancing  Classes 

New Year, new hobby. Did you ever want to learn a Tango, a Waltz, Irish maybe even a Cha Cha Cha while doing Country Line Dancing steps? Then my Line Dancing class is for you. Line Dancing is a fun way to lose weight, learn a variety of new dance steps, listen to great music and the best part you don’t need to have a partner to do it.
Our classes resume this Thursday night in the Marian Hall (Jan 8th) 8-9.30pm and Saturday morning (10th) 10-11.30am. Classes are €5.00 per class.
All new members are always welcome and are suitable for absolute beginners.
Happy New Year,

 Borrisoleigh Historical Society 

Some more photographs of the attendance at the recent Historical Society Lecture on "The Life and Times of Sean Hogan" in the Community Centre given by  John Connors


 Borrisoleigh Track-Attack Notes 

Track-Attack is Back
The 2015 activities of Borrisoleigh Track-Attack will kickstart next Monday night the 12th January starting at 8pm at the track surrounding the hurling field. It is our aim to cater for every individual irrespective of their current fitness levels. It is the perfect opportunity to kickstart the new year with a healthy living regime while also participating in a positive community project.
Regardless if you want to run, jog or walk, all are encouraged and welcome to participate. To follow on from the success of our pre-festive season activities, we are back with two different options for all potential participants to choose from.
The first option is the Borrisoleigh Half Marathon Challenge which will consist of participants completing a 3km course for 7 weeks. 3kms of the track in distance is just shy of 4 laps which will prove very achievable and ideal for all including newcomers. It is a perfect distance for anyone wishing to walk, beginner runners while it also ideal for athletes who wish to sharpen up their overall speed over the remaining weeks of the winter season.
The second option is the Borrisoleigh “Steps of the Stairs” Marathon which will consist of 7 weeks starting on Monday next with 3km and then proceeding to step up the distance each night by one km and finishing with 9km on week 7 hence completing the marathon distance of 42km.
There will be an entry fee of €2 each night with anyone under 16 free of charge. Registration each night will be from 7:30pm onwards with an optional warm-up starting at 7:40pm. The start whistle will sound each night at 8pm.
For any further information, contact Declan Maher (087)1444977, Paddy Ryan (087) 9959831 or Pat Keane (087) 6380649.

Borrisoleigh Marathon Man

Trevor with Evelyn, Therese, Ella and Eamon before the Marathon take off!

Photo shows Trevor Groome with family members and cycling participants

2015 started with a real bang for one Borrisoleigh man. Celebrating his 40th birthday on New Year’s Day, Trevor Groome decided to mark the occasion by running a marathon starting from the front door of his dwelling house heading into the driving wind and rain at 8am.

Trevor with Ailbe Cummins

With only 8 weeks of training, Trevor set himself the challenge of finishing the 26.2 miles in a sub 4 hour time. After completing the opening 3 miles which took him to Borrisoleigh village, he was then joined by Ailbe Cummins for the next 8 miles to Thurles having to battle the elements en route. The weather elements improved favourably for the next 8 mile leg from Thurles to Templemore where Trevor was joined by Paddy Ryan and Pat Keane.
Heading into the last leg where he was accompanied by his sister Aileen and John F Kennedy, Trevor was still on track to achieve his finishing goal. The weather again took a turn for the worse as the trio had to endure the driving wind into their faces en-route back into the track at Borrisoleigh. 2 laps of the track had to be competed on arrival to successfully complete the distance and when the finishing line was crossed, the clock stood at 3:46:50. A super achievement by Trevor. You would think that a well earned rest would then be the order of the day but the New Year’s Birthday Challenge wasn’t yet completed!! Trevor was then joined by John Slattery, Maire O’Doherty and Michael Stapleton where they went on to cycle the marathon distance. Well done to Christy Reid who guaranteed everyone was dropped off and picked up at their respective spots during the day.
Trevor with Maire O’Doherty, Michael Stapleton and John Slattery

Joey O’Dwyer Christmas Challenge

Joey O’Dwyer and family presenting prizes to Martin Fahy, Denis Ryan and Ailbe Cummins

Our Christmas Challenge which was very kindly sponsored by Joey O’Dwyer Butchers proved to be a huge success as the participants had to predict their finishing times and then head off to complete the 4km course without the aid of a watch.
If all prediction were to be correct, then everyone would be finishing together. As the clock approached zero, there was a group of participants jostling for position coming up the finish straight but in the end it was Martin Fahy that finished bang on his forecasted time and he picked up a “Christmas Dinner Hamper” for his efforts. Denis Ryan finished in second spot while Ailbe Cummins finished in third spot.
A huge thanks to Joey, Christina and family for their kind sponsorship and making it possible to run such an event.

 Bothy Book Club 

Storytime for 4 to 7 yr olds 11a.m

Bookclub for 8 to 12 yr olds from 11.20 to 12

Kindly facilitated by Ms. Fiona Max


 Old Photo from the 1960s 

Borrisoleigh Churchyard in the 1960s

  Can you name anyone in this photo? Email us at info@borrisoleigh.ie and let us know.

 Bush & Briar Ramblers 

A great start to the New Year for the group with a dry, fresh, crisp stroll around the hills of Upperchurch last Sunday where we walked the Knockalough Loop. Fair play to all who joined us for the ramble, we really enjoyed the morning.

Walking the Knockalough Loop
There is another chance next Sunday 11 Jan 2015 to shake off the Christmas excesses with a stroll on the Silvermines ridge and around the Knockanroe loop. Meeting at the rear car park of Shanahan’s Centra at 08.50hrs for departure at 09.00hrs. Meet in Dolla approx 09.15hrs. Don’t forget a small packed lunch and rain gear. Looking forward to seeing you for a nice weekend of walking.

 Pilates  Classes 

NEW YEAR NEW YOU Get fit for 2015
Pilates starts Tuesday Jan 13th 2015 at 7.30pm in Borrisoleigh Community Centre. Pay as you go. €10 per night. New members always welcome. Booking not essential. See you then

 Borrisoleigh Community Games 

Any boy or girl interested in taking part in the following please contact John @ 0860894718

Art (U12, U14 & U16)

Project Titles 2015
Under 11
When my Grandparents were Young
Present a project based on life long ago. Research of the following aspects must be included education, home life, transport and pastimes. You may include any other elements which you see fit.
Irelands most famous person
Present a project based on who you see as Ireland’s most famous person (living or dead)
Under 13
The History of Community Games
Research and present a project based on the history of Community Games its influence on the young people of Ireland.
Under 16
The most influential fashion icons and how fashion has changed/repeated itself over time
Research and present a project based on the above. You may use a variety of resources to support your project.
How has the music industry been affected by the internet and digital downloading?
Research and present a project based on the above. You may use a variety of resources to support your project.


 Pic of the Past………down memory lane 

Alice Ryan and Maura Ryan, Coarsepark

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