Borrisoleigh Historical Society


St. Joseph’s College

Busker Abú

On Sunday the 1st of March our very talented 6th year student Clóda Scanlon took part in a new tg4 talent show. Busker Abú is a competition where the acts have 90 seconds to impress the judges. If they fail, the lights will turn red and they must end their performance. To stay in the competition and the battle for the title of Ireland’s Top Busker they need to give the performance of a lifetime. Each judge has 5 coins; to survive the 90 second test the act must have all 15 coins before the 90 seconds are up.

Clóda did extremely well in getting all 15 coins but unfortunately was not picked to sing in the sing-off. After having the hurlers on Seo Spóirt last week and Katie Shanahan on Scór Encore last year, soon St. Joseph’s College will need a show of their own!

Scór na bPáistí
Congratulations to our the Borrisoleigh novelty act who won the county final of Scór na bPáistí Sunday last. Well done to the kids, their parents and their mentors.

BT Business Bootcamp

Following their huge success, Ciara Ryan, Jack O’Meara and John Ryan are currently attending the 6th annual BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp programme. They were 1 of 30 to be selected from 550 groups. This is taking place in UCD where the students will enjoy 4 days of fun and business development. As an extension of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, the BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp has enabled BT to take a national leadership role in economic development.

U15 Rugby
Best of luck to the U15 boys rugby team who are in the ¼ finals this week.

Congratulations to our Transition year student Aaron Reid who was 1 of 30 students selected from all over the country to attend lectures and labs with focus on Nanophysics in Trinity College last week as part of theirTYPE programme. We hope you enjoyed it!

The T.Y.’s took part in training for Touch Rugby ahead of a transition year touch competition later in the year. Two men from the IRFU came down
to give them some coaching and tips! 

Borris-Ileigh Camogie Club

A second Registration morning will take place in the Pavilion on this Saturday March 7th from 10 to 12 am. Please contact Paula Ryan club registrar to arrange payment of membership and collection of our Code of Ethics, Conduct and Best Practice.

The County Board requires full details of club registration/insurance asap. €40 adults, €20 juveniles, €20 social members.
We are holding a Clothing Collection in the next couple of months, please ensure to keep any unwanted clothing, bags, belts or shoes to help us with our fundraising.
Help is still needed, and if you would like to be involved with the coaching of any of the teams, please contact a committee member.
Training continues each week for some of the teams, LIKE us on FACEBOOK for up to the minute updates.

Scór News

3 In a row

There was great excitement in Halla Na Feile in Cashel last Sunday when Borrisoleigh won the county final of Scor na bPaisti in the novelty act category. This is the 3rd consecutive year that Borrisoleigh has won this competition. This is a great achievement for our club. Great credit is due to Paula Stapleton who wrote the novelty act and mentored the children. The children in the novelty are Emma, Michael, Chantal, Niamh, Conor, Emma, Jane and Nicole.

The County Final of Scor Sinsear takes place in the Marion Hall, Borrisoleigh on Saturday 7th of March at 8pm. Borrisoleigh have a number of participants taking part. Please come along and show your support. We wish all participants the very best of luck.

Borrisoleigh Track Attack News

New Year’s Series Conclude
The Track-Attack New Year’s Series have come to its conclusion and the identity of the four champions are now known. Overall the Series has been a resounding success, one in which 177 different people participated in which in turn contributed to an improvement in their fitness levels.

The seventh and final round was held in atrocious weather conditions. The rain poured from the heavens and the wind howled across the track as participants dug deep into their reserves of willpower to bring themselves to cross that finish line for the last time in the Series. Each one of the 64 participants who endured the Baltic like conditions deserve great credit for their efforts. 

Half Marathon Challenge Champion Laura Kennedy with her father Noel

The Young-Guns proved to rule supreme in the Half Marathon Challenge. In the women’s grade, the identity of the overall champion was delicately poised heading into the last round as anyone of the top 6 had a realistic chance of claiming the crown jewels. In the end, it took one of the performances of the night from teenager Laura Kennedy to lay claim to the title as she produced her personal best time of the Series by a single second despite the energy sapping weather conditions.

The display of commitment and running ability from another one of our youngest participants in Aimee Kenneally over the duration of the Series was a joy to watch and her efforts were justifiably rewarded when she was announced as the runner up in her grade. The young-guns made it a hat-trick of podium placings when Chloe Carroll produced yet another outstanding display to clinch that all important third spot.

The long-time leader of the men’s grade Ben O’Donnell held off the best efforts of his nearest challengers to deservedly claim the overall laurels and kept the young-guns flag flying high in the overall series. Ben battled hard right from the start whistle and can feel extremely proud of his efforts over the seven weeks which in turn resulted in the top honours.

Jim Ryan climbed the second step of the podium after yet another steady and impressive performance while the big move on the overall leader board came in the fight for third spot when another superb performance from John “Zenga” Vahey saw him clock up the necessary points that entitled him to a place at the top table. All that extra training in the weeks leading up to the final outing reaped the rewards!!!!


Half Marathon Challenge Champion Ben O’Donnell with sister Eimear and father Derry
Steps of the Stairs Marathon Champion Daniel Madden with Alan Kelly

Steps of the Stairs Marathon Champion Delia Ryan with Marie O’Connell

The destination of the Steps of the Stairs women title was somewhat never in doubt as Delia Ryan virtually ruled the roost since the opening week. Her steady and impressive levels of improvement over the duration of the seven weeks made it difficult for her challengers to make inroads into the lead she built up week on week.

We had a tie for second place as the performance of the Templederry duo of Madeline and Roisin Kennedy resulted in the gathering of sufficient points to enable them climb the final podium.
The Steps of the Stairs men’s title is destined for nearby Templederry as Daniel Madden outscored his nearest challengers over the final two weeks. His stats over the seven weeks speak for themselves as on week one he covered the 3km course in an average of 6:01 per kilometre while on week 8 he impressively covered the 8km in an average of 5:04 per kilometre hence the reason he deservedly clinched the top prize.
Tom Kenneally was no less impressive in claiming the runner up spot in the grade, matching the podium placing of his daughter Aimee in the Half Marathon Challenge. Another family double was recorded when Noel Kennedy produced one of his most impressive displays to date resulting in a third place spot making up for losing out in last year’s podium placings when finishing in fourth place.

A huge congratulations to all participants who contributed greatly to the overall success of the event. Hopefully we will see everyone continue to come on Monday nights as we build towards the second annual Borrisoleigh 5km which will be held on Wednesday 8th August.

Next Monday night sees the start of the new marathon series. The series start with a 2km run/walk followed by a 3km the following Monday night, then 4km and 5km. We then return to 2km again and repeat the 2, 3, 4, 5 sequence and then finishing again with the same sequence with the final 5km being the Borrisoleigh 5km.

If you haven’t joined us to date, please feel free to do so on Monday night next. All are welcome and encourage friends and family to come along also. Registration starts at 7:30 pm with a fee of €2 per participant (under 16’s free of charge). The start whistle will sound at 8pm. 

Community Games

Table Quiz

Boys and Girls U14 interested in taking part in a Table Quiz please contact Sheila @ 086 403 0458

Table Quiz will be taking place this Friday 6th, March 7pm Presentation School, Thurles.

Talent Competitions
Any Boys and Girls interested in the following:
Solo Dance (Modern & Disco), Solo Music, Solo Singing, Solo Recitation.
Group Dance (Modern/Disco), Group Dance (Irish Contemporary), Group Singing, Group Drama or Comedy Sketch, Group Music. Please contact Sheila @ 086 40300458

Cross Country
Any Boy and Girl U12, U13 & U14 interested in the Cross Country event please contact Sheila @ 086 403 0458

Borris-Ileigh G.A.A. Notes

Challenge Cup: Borris-Ileigh will take on Moycarkey on Sunday next 8th in Borrisoleigh at 12pm. This is the first game of the league and will be our first competitive outing of 2015. We hope to see a big crowd here to support the lads. If we win in this clash we will be playing the winners of Knockavilla and Clonoutly while if we lose we will be playing the losers of Loughmore and Ballina.

North Championship: The draw was recently made for the senior north championship. We have been drawn against our neighbours Templederry. It is believed that these games will take place at the end of May. The other fixtures in the draw are as follows: Lorrha-Dorrha v Borrisokane, Burgess v Kilruane MacDonagh’s, Moneygall v Portroe, Roscrea v Kildangan, Nenagh V Toomevara and Silvermines v Ballina.

County Championship: We have been drawn against Drom-Inch in the first round of the group stage in the county championship. This game will take place on the first weekend of April. The other teams in the group are Kilruane and Burgess.

Membership: Membership and insurance is now being taken by both the senior and juvenile club. The cost for adult players is €50 and ordinary members are just €30. Martin Fahy and John Bradshaw will be taking the membership. The juvenile club will also be holding two registration evenings on March 11th and March 25th from 7pm to 8:30pm in the pavillion. All players are to be registered by March 31st to ensure they will be insured to play for the club. We would encourage that all players are registered on these nights. The cost is €15 per child and €30 per family. Anyone wishing to avail of Tipperary tickets later in the year must be a member by March 31st.

Junior A Championship
: The north junior championship draw took place recently and we have been drawn in group 2 along with Toomevara, Roscrea, Knockshegowna, and Templederry. The top team in the group will progress to the semi final with the next 2 teams playing in a quarter final. The draw for the junior league will take place at a later date

Harty Cup: Huge congratulations to Martin Maher, James McCormack and all the panel from Thurles CBS who recently won the Harty Cup. Martin is a selector for the team while James is sub goalie. They will play the All Ireland Semi Final in a few weeks.

St. Cualan’s Social Club


Scoil Naomh Cualan news

All at Scoil Naomh Cualan would like to congratulate our U-11 Credit Union Quiz team who put in a marvellous performance and achieved 4th place against teams from Tipperary, Offaly and Waterford in The Chapter Final on Friday night, last. Well done also to the Novelty Act Team and their mentors on bringing another County Title to Borrisoleigh on Sunday.

We would also like to congratulate all our pupils who entertained us so well at our recent school concert and went on to represent our parish so well at North Final level. Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí! Comhgairdeas libh agus go raibh maith agaibh go léir.

Borrisoleigh Text Alert A G M 

The A G M of the Borrisoleigh Text Alert Committee will take place on Weds night 11 th March at 8.00 p.m. Venue is the Marian Hall Borrisoleigh.

Kick Start Fat Loss

The dates are Wed 18th March at 7:30pm and Fri 20th March at 11am in the Community Centre Borrisoleigh

Pic of the Past…..down memory lane

 View of Upper Main Street on this special occasion.

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