31 October 2018

Hello from Brazil

Its been a while since I have been in contact with you. Just to let you know that our priestly and Missionary  Social Work here in Brazil continues.  After having helped a few families rebuild their houses over the last few months we’ve now begun to  help the group of nuns here in our Area to  improve the structure of their Creche.

There are over a hundred children between 7 and 14 years of age, being cared for daily in this Creche. About fifty children come very morning from 7.00 o’clock  to 11.30h, and another group of 50  come from one o’clock in the afternoon until 5.30pm.

  The majority of these children are from our own area and are living in very deprived and difficult circumstances.

The Creche offers a meal and a lunch to both groups of children  every morning and evening and also offers them reforce classes for school activities , ballet classes, music classes, singing classes and religious formation. (I have verified that serious child protection measures are in place in the this Creche).

Recently I have been helping out a fellow Redemptorist  Fr. Nairton who had to rebuild the Parish Church which had fallen down last year. It’s a big parish  church involving big expenses, but the parishioners despite their limited resources have been very generous in their contributions both in the form of labour, building materials and financial contributions. The church has been rebuilt at this stage and now we’re at the external  plastering, but the doors and windows and floors and the  internal plastering and decoration has still to be done. We’ll get there but it will take time yet.

Apart from these two bigger projects we are constantly heping out students and other people who are going through difficult financial crisis. A little help can mean a lot when you’re really in need. We do everything possible to try to avoid people  create  dependency  on what we have to offer. But at times I remember  that the resources I happen to have are not mine, but were simply entrusted to me to use in the best possible way to benefit the poor and under priviledged here where I am living. That’s why I sometimes ask the question to myself when I’m trying to decide about a specific case, I wonder what  would the people at home think if I was to refuse help here in these circumstances !

So that’s all that I have to be writing about for the present.  I constantly keep you in my prayers and remember you in my masses. You have all been very good and supportive to me and to our Redemptorist Mission here. The Borrisoleigh Tractor Run  the Templederry Walks and the Apostolic Workers of Templederry and Kilaloe Diocese  have indeed  been  a tremendous source of  support. Thank you all. Matt.


Chiropody Service

Craft Class/Community Project

The Craft class in Borrisoleigh will be commencing their community project in the park in the coming weeks. 

This will be a mural that will be painted on a sheet of mdf and secured to a section of the wall dividing the park and the parochial property.

It is hoped that it would be a mural of houses, local attractions and maybe some business premises. If any businesses would be interested in making a contribution/ supporting this project it would be greatly appreciated. Materials such as paint and mdf will need to be purchased. Any businesses that support this community project will have their premises represented on the mural.

This is a project being done by the craft class. Anyone that would like to get involved is more than welcome to join us. It is a great opportunity to continue to enhance the great work that is being done by all in the park. 
Any enquiries please phone 087-6166225. 
Being done by the community for the community


Amanda Stapleton Benefit Fund


Cake drop off

Amanda Stapleton Fundraiser- cakes and buns can be dropped off from 4pm – 6pm on Friday 2nd November at the Marian Hall and 10:30 to 12:00 noon on Saturday 3rd November at Shanahans Centra. Thank you. 


Volunteers Wanted!

We are looking for volunteers to help in the ‘Tea Tent’ on the day of the Amanda Stapleton Fundraiser.  We are looking for both volunteers to help serve the tea and also donations of buns, cakes etc.  If you can be of help serving the tea (help needed for times between 4pm and 9pm) can you please text either Evelyn McGrath 087-1206538 or Yvonne Hodgins 087-2707095.  Locations of baking ‘drop-offs’ will be confirmed early next week.  Thank you.


**Attention all Hillwalkers**

The Bush & Briar Ramblers are facilitating a hillwalk as one of the events for the fundraiser on November 3rd. 

Details of Walk:

Registration and tea from 8.30am in the Community Centre, Borrisoleigh, departing at 9am. Voluntary donations accepted. The walk is from Latteragh to Borrisoleigh over Knockanora, 12km with some tough mountain terrain and some road. Boots necessary and gaiters recommended. Refreshments in Town Park after the walk.

It’s going to be a great day and night and for a great cause with something for everyone. You can follow Bush & Briar Ramblers on Facebook.  #SupportAmanda


Track Attack Notes – Club Jersey 5km Fun Run

On Saturday 3rd November, Track-Attack will host a Club Jersey 5km Fun Run in Borrisoleigh where the proceeds will go towards the Amanda Stapleton Benefit Fund.

Club members of all sports are invited to take part where they can run, jog, walk or crawl. It is a non-timed event with an entry fee of €10 for adults and children are free. The 11am start will see participants start outside Shanahan’s Centra at the Nenagh side of the village. They will go down through the village and continue out to Rathmoy, heading onto the Borrisoleigh 5km course, returning back and finishing on the track in the GAA field.

Refreshments will be served afterwards.  Track-Attack invite you to round up your club mates and display your club colours with pride and support a very worthy cause. 



Scór na nÓg takes place on Friday 16th November in the Marian Hall. Entries to be submitted to Helen Keane by Friday 9th November on 0874140287. Scór celebrates its 50th year in 2018 so the more entries the better.

Set Dancing and Sean-Nós Workshop – Saturday 17th November, Marian Hall. Full details here.

Borris-Ileigh minors 1991

Back:  Mark Rabbitte, John Vahey, John Cummins, Alan Kelly, Seamus Maher, Anthony Kennedy, Denis Kelly, Trevor Groome, Michael Carroll, Gerry Ryan and Conor Ryan

Front:  Peadar Fahy, Brendan Ryan, Robbie Stakelum, Jimmy Slattery, Shane Tierney, Sean Prior, Noel Ryan, Philip Delaney, Thomas Ryan and Eamon Ryan

Borrisoleigh Development Association

Borrisoleigh Community Development Association are looking for new members

The Borrisoleigh Community Development Association is an umbrella organisation representing the issues, members and agendas of the whole spectrum of committees, associations and organisations within the Parish. Our Committee meets on a regular basis dealing with and discussing various Parish based issues.

Recent activities of the Borrisoleigh Community Development Association include:

  • Borrisoleigh Website
  • Borrisoleigh Annual
  • Faces & Places
  • Fairy Trail
  • Remembrance Garden
  • Lobbying Councillors for local improvements of roads and footpaths
  • Tidy Towns
  • Annual Spring Clean
  • Development and planting works
  • Water Fountain
  • Purchasing of bins, seats and flower planters
  • Application for LEADER and other grants
  • Sponsorship of FÁS and BILD scheme
  • Liaising with County Council

Smallest Fairy Village in Ireland

Our Local Website

Faces & Places and Borrisoleigh Annual

Remembrance Garden and Dogwood Planting at Ballyroan

Remembrance Garden and Willows

Road Resurfacing and Wicker Work 

Annual Spring Clean

Picnic Table and Seats

If you would like to contribute and join our committee please contact us at info@borrisoleigh.ie

Retirement Night

After many years of outstanding service as both teachers and principals in the primary schools of Borrisoleigh, Mrs Kay Ryan and Mrs Mary Butler are now retiring. To mark their retirements and to celebrate and give thanks for their dedication and the great contribution they made to education in Borrisoleigh, the B.O.M. are organising a Mass of Thanksgiving in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Borrisoleigh, at 7pm on the 9th of November, followed by a retirement function in Borrisoleigh Community Centre.

The Board of Management would like to extend a warm invitation to the families of current and past pupils, former teachers and school staff and the wider community to attend the event.

If you would like to be associated with this event or should you wish to make a contribution towards their retirement gift, please call to Clare our school secretary or contact her on, 087-2820497. You may also contact Helen Keane on 087-4140287 or call in to Frances Kennedy in the Parish Office.


Borrisoleigh Active Social Club

Pilates continues every Tuesday for our members in the Community Centre Borrisoleigh starting at 6.45pm.
Members can start giving in their names for our shopping trip to Johnstown Garden Centre and Kildare Village on Dec 8th.
Date for the diary also is Wednesday Nov 28th when we’ll be having a Christmas cookery demo with Naomi.  More details next week. 

ETB Hospitality Training


ShoeBox Appeal

Filled shoe boxes can again this year be dropped to Fiona Max.
Phone 087-2169150 for leaflets, to arrange drop off, collection or if you’ve any questions. 
Leaflets will be distributed to local schools this week.

Yoga for Children

Childrens yoga classes. Monday and Tuesday evenings at the Community Centre.
3 to 6yr class 6.30 to 7.15
7 to 11yr class 7.30 to 8.30.

Payment for classes can be made weekly @ €8.50 per class, monthly @ €33. Discount for siblings @ €60 for 2 children. Some classes are full so book soon to avoid disappointment. Contact Nora @ 087-1473457 

Facebook: Nora’s Freespirit Holistics

Concentration and focus
Building confidence
Improves learning and memory skills
Focus on breathing and self- awareness
Feel part of a healthy, non – competitive group. 


Borris-Ileigh Camogie Notes

Our AGM takes place on Saturday November 10th at 7.30pm at the pavilion. All nominations and motions to club secretary by Friday November 2nd. All club members over 18 can vote at AGM. If you are interested in getting involved or helping out please come along or contact any committee member. We are going from strength to strength with our under age teams, winning 3 county titles this year. We have loads of players particularly in the younger age groups so the more help we have the better the club will be for all girls. You can help keep the future of Borris-Ileigh camogie bright. Thank you for your support.


Pic of the Past ………..down memory lane

Scór na nÓg All-Ireland Champions

Back:Brendan Maher, Mick Fahey, Toby Kavanagh and Peter Ryan
Front: Pauline O’Brien, Margaret Ryan,Elaine Stapleton and Mary Bradshaw

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