7 February 2018

Borrisoleigh Track Attack Notes

O’Hagan’s in Table Topping Form

Four rounds of the Track-Attack Double-Trouble Series which is sponsored by Declan Maher Financial Services is now completed and there is plenty of activity at the top of each of the 22 groups.

Father and daughter Micheal and Aodhamair are flying the O’Hagan family flag high with both producing some outstanding performances in recent weeks to lead the Eamon Coghlan and David Gillick groups respectfully. Both are holding on to a slender one point lead as Micheal has both Alesha Fanning and Aisling Stakelum within touching distance while Sean Ryan is Aodhamair’s closest challenger.

Clonakeeny’s Michael Murray is starting to really find form and has a 4 point lead over John “Zenga” Vahey in the Neil Cusack group. Newbie Track-Attacker Eddie Martin also hold down a 4 point lead in the Derval O’Rourke group while Patrick Tynan and Willie Corcoran are now deadlocked at the head of the Jerry Kiernan group.

We have a 3 way tie at the head of the Fionnuala McCormack group where Aoibhinn Keane, Lucy Ryan and Aisling Kennedy are deadlocked while it’s also girl-power to the fore in the John Treacy, Marcus O’Sullivan, Ciara Mageean and Catherina McKiernan groups as the in-form Ciara Hennessy, Mary Ryan, Karen Ryan and Suzanne Whyte all hold down the poll positions respectfully in their groups.

Drombane’s Liam Leamy heads the way in the Ray Flynn group while Templederry’s Donie Kennedy has battled his way to the loftiest position in the Dick Hooper group. The youthfulness and fitness levels of Colm Boyle and Caimin Kennedy have seen them surge ahead in the Thomas Barr and Paul Hession groups while the leader of the Ronnie Delaney group is Marian Gleeson.

Neighbours Natasha Kennedy, Eamon Ryan and John Ryan are in great form and hold the lead in the Mark Carroll, Frank O’Mara and Michael McKillop groups respectfully. Teresa Coffey has opened up a sizable lead in the David Matthews group while Ben Looby hold a single point lead in the Jason Smyth group.

Anne Geraghty is the current pick of the bunch in the Sonia O’Sullivan group and the Mark English group leader after week 4 is Alan Ryan.  

Micheal O’Hagan with Track-Attack’s main sponsor Declan Maher (Financial Services) 

L-R Laura Bourke, Ciara Hennessy, Sinead O’Meara, Carol Hassett and Mary Treacy-Ryan 

Track-Attackers who completed the Dungarvan 10 Mile Race on Sunday

Inch Youth Drama

Cast from Borrisoleigh and Drom/Inch

Inch Youth Players


Jimmy Keary’s comedy “Fortunes & Misfortunes” this

Saturday and Monday, February 10th and 12th at 8.15pm at Inch Community Hall.

Proceeds this year are towards ‘Le Chéile’ ASD unit at Scoil Naomh Cualán, Borrisoleigh.

Pupils in ‘Le Chéile’ are assisted with social and sensory needs and learn through active experiences. Our local environment is a rich source of learning and the Town Park with its Fairy Trail, walking track, garden and playground is a particular favourite with all the students. Students also enjoy trips to the shop and restaurant, horse riding and swimming to name but a few activities and the unit are always glad of any additional help and are very grateful for any support received.

So come along and support this great cause!!.


Sr. Aine Historical Society


A local event of national significance.

As the War of Independence began to bitterly escalate in early 1920, a number of assassinations took place. Among these was the killing of Tom Dwyer in his public house at Bouladuff at the end of March of that year. At the time, few would have predicted the fatal consequences and fallout that would result from the killing of the young Dwyer. A pattern of “outrage and reprisal” was to quickly emerge, leaving a trail of death and destruction in its wake. Days prior to the calling of the truce, the body of a retired R.I.C. sergeant, was discovered on the roadside between Ballina and Bonniconlon in Co. Mayo. Pinned to the dead man’s chest was a label that read, “Revenge for Dwyer and the Ragg”.

This lecture, by Borrisoleigh historian, John Connors, traces the events leading up to the killing of Tom Dwyer, the military and political fallout, and tells about the series of fatal casualties that were to come in its wake.

In compiling this lecture, as well as examining the various archives relevant to that time, John Connors has interviewed many people from the Ballina / Bonniconlon area, including direct descendants of who many would suspect to be the chief suspect in the killing of Tom Dwyer.


Borrisoleigh Community Garden

Tipperary ETB have kindly facilitated for Hanna Van Aelst Willow Tutor to return to us for a follow up maintenance  and upkeep class. 

This is on Wednesday 14th from 10a.m to 1 p.m. All welcome. 

Free event.

Tea/ Coffee for all. 

Please come along all help greatly appreciated.  

Borrisoleigh Festival

Scoil Naomh Cualán


Borrisoleigh Scór

The parish final for Scór Na Páistí is on Sunday 11th February.  Anyone interested in participating please leave your name to Clare at 0872820497 no later than Monday 5th February.
Senior Scór County Final is on Saturday 24th February. Anyone interested can also please give your name to Clare at the above number. 

 Borrisoleigh Active Social Club

The AGM of the Borrisoleigh Active Social Club takes place in the Community Centre Borrisoleigh  on Wed Feb 7 @ 8.30pm. 

This club is open to  men and women and is run under the guidelines of the Active Retirement Association of Ireland.  New members would be very welcome.


News from Fr. Matt from his Mission in Brazil

I arrived back here in Brazil on January 6th. I was delighted to find that the other priest that lives here with me, had done great work while I was absent. And all my Redemptorist confreres here were amazed with the amount of money that both the Tractor Run from Borrisoleigh and the Charity Walks from Templederry had raised for our work here in  Brasil. Once more I want to say thanks to all who donated to  our work here in Brazil. Your generosity exceeded the expectations of all of us.

So what’s being going on since I came back ?  We are in the rainy season here at the moment so I’m waiting a  while to let the rains pass before  continuing the building of the Community  Centres.  In any case its good to wait a while so that we don’t give the impression that I came back” loaded”. That could lead the locals to complacency !

So over the last few weeks I’ve been visiting some of the very poor families and helping them out in various ways. To some I’ve given help to buy food and medicine, to others I’ve given something to help them get medical tests done to others I have facilitated the process to get them into hospital for treatment and to another I gave what corresponds to about 100 euros to help get the father of the family in for treatment in a drug rehabilitation centre.
So in  general I have been trying to discreetly do something for those for whom you have entrusted to me so much  money and support.
The school year begins now in February after Carnaval.  These days I’ve been arranging with the people who work with me here to help out the families also who have most difficulty to get their children rigged out for going back to school……clothes shoes books and a bag etc. This is another important way which your donations have been making its way to help those people who most deserve our support and who are in greatest need.
Later on in the year I hope to have a group of nuns working with us here in our Area Pastoral who will help us develop other  social activities. More about that later !

One of the the photos is a grandmother with twins in her arms. We have been helping them since they were born last March.

They have been in and out of hospital but as you can see they’re fine now.

Above is a photo of Fr. Matt with a little group of co workers here in our Area Pastoral.  They are great people who dedicate much of their free time as
voluntary workers with us on our Mission here.

Borrisoleigh Playground 

The Borrisoleigh Playground Committee would like to announce the confirmation of the planned and long overdue refurbishment of our playground. We are delighted to have secured a Leader Grant.  The playground was originally established in 2001 with the great work of the previous committee and local community. Now in 2018 we can excitedly look forward to a revamp!

We have been working away for the last couple of years to secure this grant, having fundraised with the wonderful support of the Borrisoleigh Cycling Club and of course our big event held in Youngs of the Ragg   “ Tie the Knot or Not “ {one of the best weddings we were ever at!! All involved in that were just absolutely fantastic}. These events combined gave us the start we needed to approach Leader and go through all the hoops necessary to secure the Grant. Our committee Laura Ryan, Marie Maher, Janice Farrell, Evelyn McGrath and Kate Bourke have worked really hard to bring it to this stage. Thanks to Laura as secretary. She played a very important roll regarding the paper work involved.

We have been fortunate to have also got some sponsorship from a couple of local businesses. Full details and an acknowledgment of those to follow. A mention to Michael Lowry who not only wore the collar for the cause, but gave us the support we needed. The community in general, and surrounding areas have showed such great support for this worthy cause. We are truly grateful and have done the best we can do for you all.

We have over 200 children here in Borrisoleigh under the age of 12 not to mention those who visit for various reasons. A safe and happy playground is something we deserve and need and we are happy to say it’s on the way. All going well we are hoping to have completion by March/April.


Pic of the Past ………..down memory lane

Vatican Visit
Brother David Ryan, Ballyroan at his audience with His Holiness Pope John Paul lI. 

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