22 February 2017

Fenian Walk And Glankeen Commemorative Event

Sunday. 5th of March, marks the 150th anniversary of the Fenian Rising. On that night in 1867, bands of Fenians rose out all over the country in what was the first attempt ever to form an Irish Republic. Borrisoleigh and the surrounding areas were no exceptions, with groups assembling at Barnane, Dovea, Moyaliffe, Roskeen, Drombane and in Borrisoleigh itself. While the rising could be described as an abject failure, with the participants quickly rounded up and imprisoned or transported, it did go on to inspire a new generation fifty years later with the insurrection of 1916.

In Templederry, a band of Fenians made an attempt to raid ”a house of the gentry” to procure arms. However, the police and militia were aware of the plan and the men were ambushed and captured. In the incident, one of the group, Jeremiah Bourke was shot and seriously wounded. His fellow conspirators were captured, tried and transported to Australia but because of his injuries, the trial of Bourke was delayed. The following year he was tried in Kilkenny and sentenced to eighteen months in prison. Jeremiah Bourke was to go on to play an important role in the War of Independence. His family home in Templederry was a noted safe haven for men ”on the run” and indeed, Sean Treacy, Seamus Robinson and Sean Hogan were to find refuge there. His greatest contribution perhaps, was his role as a judge in the Republican courts. As the country bordered on anarchy in the wake of the truce of 1921, with burnings, reprisals and acts of vandalism becoming commonplace, Bourke stepped in and was steadfast in the protection of his Protestant neighbours, ex British army men and retired RIC.

On Sunday, March 5th, between 1.45pm and 2.00pm, we assemble at Ballyroan bridge and walk the mile to Glenkeen graveyard, to the grave of Jeremiah Bourke. Our program of events will be as follows.

Sunday 5th March 2017
Schedule Of Events

1.45 – 2.15 Park and Assemble at Ballyroan Bridge (at Nenagh end of Borrisoleigh). A small number of cars can be facilitated to bring those in need of transport to Glankeen

2.15 –2.45 One mile Fenian Walk from Borrisoleigh to Glankeen Graveyard, with everyone, children especially, invited to bring small bunches of daffodils to place on the Fenian Graves

2.55 Piper (Joe Barry of Templemore Pipe Band) will lead the assembly into Glankeen Graveyard from the public road,

3.00 Event Convenor, Seán Hogan, calls the assembly to order and explains the plan

3.05 The Fenian Proclamation, forerunner of the 1916 Proclamation of an Irish Republic, is read by Clare Hanley (nee Kenny).

3.10 Blessing and Prayer by Fr Liam Everard, PP Borrisoleigh

3.15 Wreaths laid by the Bourke family in the grave of Jeremiah Burke; Children called forward to lay flowers on the graves of others (eg Seamus Burke); Other wreaths by Historical Societies

3.20 – 3.30 Oration at the Graveside of Jeremiah Bourke by Tipperary Historian John Flannery

3.30 – 3.35 Songs by Paudie Bourke

“Templederry my Home”

“The Bold Fenian men”

3.35 – 3.40 Last Post

National Anthem by Piper Joe Barry

3.35 -4.15 Return walk to Borrisoleigh and move to Borrisoleigh Community Centre for event hosted by Borrisoleigh Historical Society.

A series of archive photographs of Tipperary Fenians and related archive material will be on display, and the public will be invited to bring and display historical family mementos and memorabilia relating to their ancestors and the Decade of Centenaries.

4..00 – 4.30 Tea and refreshments in Borrisoleigh Community Centre, courtesy of Borrisoleigh Historical Society

4.30 Convenor calls order for second part of event of the day

4.35 Presentation of Commemorative Plaque by Michael Delaney, Chair, Borrisoleigh Historical Society.

4.40 Lecture by John Flannery – “The Fenians in Tipperary”

5.15 “Voices of Tipperary Fenians” – Borrisoleigh College Transition Year Students.

5.30 – 5.45 Fenian Songs

5.45 – 6.00 Facilitated Reflection and Discussion on Event

6.00 Formal Event Closes


Alternative Plan in the event of very wet, inclement day on 5th March.

Crowd to be directed to Community Centre and Fenian Walk cancelled

Small Group to lay wreaths and flowers at Glankeen instead

Undertake as much of programme as possible within Community Centre

Borrisoleigh Active Social Club

Our monthly meeting for March takes place next Wed March 1st at 8.30pm in the Community Centre. Any outstanding membership(€10) will need to be paid on or before that night. New members are always welcome.

Members of the group are going to a cookery class in Fiacri House in April and if anyone else is interested in going please contact Lucia 086-3961211 for more details.

Town Park Fairy Trail

Borrisoleigh Track Attack Notes

Damien Kilgallon, Alan Ryan and Paddy Kennedy


Templederry’s Sean Collins in Pole Position
Following the accumulation of points after the sixth round action of the Track-Attack Twin Peaks Series, 32 of the 33 group leaders have retained the pole position with the only exception happening in group 23.   
Templederry’s Sean Collins produced yet another excellent performance and as a result he has overtaken Cian Murphy at the head of proceedings with the minimum lead of a single point.
Although 32 participants retained their leading positions, the gaps have closed in many with the chasing packs making great inroads into the leads.

Track-Attacker Cillian Kennedy

In Group 3, Donal Ryan have 77 points but Kathleen O’Meara is now on 69 while Anne McCormack and Noel Cahill are both on 97. In group 8, Jane Chadwick has 66 points but Teresa Murray is within touching distance on 61 points.
In group 10, Margaret Meehan and Noreen Ryan continue their battle with Margaret now holding a slender 4 point lead. Caroline Hassett holds a 6 point lead over Frances Maher in group 11 while Cathal O’Brien is hanging onto a 3 point lead over his namesake Cillian in group 17.
Celia Dwan is holding off Martina Kennedy in group 20 where she has a 4 point lead while Daniel Groome is keeping Cathal Kennedy at arm’s length but only just as the lead is now down to 5 points.

John Vahey and John F Kennedy


Borris-Ileigh Juvenile GAA Club

There will be another registration opportunity for the Juvenile Club this Thursday 23rd Feb. from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in the Town Park Pavilion. Juvenile membership is €25 per member. The  family rate is €50. Training and matches will be commencing soon and all juveniles have to have their membership paid for insurances purposes.

Borris-Camogie Club

Senior League – Fixtures 2017.

Nenagh, Annacarty, Borris-Ileigh, Drom.

Sunday Feb 26th; Borris-Ileigh V Drom At 12 Noon.

Saturday March 12th; Nenagh V Borris-Ileigh.

Sunday March 19th; Annacarty V Borris-Ileigh.

Junior League Fixtures:

Sun March 5th Borris-Ileigh Vs. Silvermines.
Sat March 11th Borris-Ileigh Vs. Nenagh

U16 League Fixtures 2017

Saturday 25th March – Borris-Ileigh V Kilruane.

Monday 10th April – Silvermines V Borris-Ileigh.



Fundraising clothes collection will take place in the Spring, so if you are doing some clearing out, please put some clothes aside for this collection. Many thanks.


REGISTRATION morning takes place on this Saturday February 25th, time to be announced. Membership as follows:

Senior players: €50

Juvenile players: €30

Committee, Managers, Coaches & Social Members: €20

Forms will be forwarded at training and schools shortly.

We are hoping to do a jumble sale in a few weeks of used hurleys, boots and helmets. If you have any equipment (in good condition) that has outgrown your child we would appreciate if you could donate these items. Donations accepted this Saturday morning between 10 and 11 at the registration morning. Many thanks.

Local Enterprise Week 2017

The nationally co-ordinated ‘Local Enterprise Week’ takes place around the country from 6-10 March.  Organised by the Local Enterprise Offices, these events are aimed at anyone thinking of starting a business, new start-ups and existing businesses.

Local Enterprise Office Tipperary is holding seminars, workshops, clinics, master classes and networking opportunities at 13 locations across the County. If you would like more information or wish to book a place at any of the events scheduled for Tipperary just click on the following links:

https://www.localenterprise.ie/Tipperary/Training-Events/Enterprise%20Week/   or



The North Area Final of Scór na bPaístí was held in the Marian Hall last Sunday.  It was a great day for our club as 7 competitors qualified for the A North Final and 4 competitors qualified for the B North Final.  All roads will lead to Templederry on Friday night where the B Final will take place and all roads will lead to Newport on Sunday where the A Final will take place.  We would like to wish all the Borrisoleigh competitors the very best of luck.


Pic of the Past ………..down memory

County Champions – 1950
Back: Fr. Ryan, Philly Ryan, Jim Quinn, Paddy Ryan Murray, Jim Costello, P.O., Ned Ryan, Rathcarden, Joe Ryan, Raphael Ryan, Donal Meagher, Billy Stapleton(S), Paddy Kenny and Sean Kenny
Front: Dick Blake, Mick Joe Dwyer, Eddie Finn, Phibby Kenny, Phil Maher, Phil Crowley, Tom Ryan Murray, Johnson Hackett, Hugh Bourke, Jimmy Finn and Jim Devaney
Sitting: Jimmy Coffey, Martin Ryan (Knockanure) and Pakie Costello (Pallas)

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Committee: Enda Ryan, Noreen Fahy, Marie McGrath and Derry O’Donnell

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