8 September 2021

Appeal for News

This is an appeal to those of you who are involved in various activities (which have increased a lot recently), not to forget to send us an email with a few lines and maybe a photo or two publicising what you are doing. The regular users of this site (particularly those not on social media) would like to see them and it will help paint a fuller picture of what is taking place in and around Borrisoleigh. We rely on you, the local community, to send us your news.


Borrisoleigh Website Committee


AXA Community Bike Ride
On last Sunday 5th Sept., as our end of summer challenge, the local AXA Community Bike Rides Group went to Limerick and cycled the newly opened Limerick Greenway, cycling from Rathkeale to Abbeyfeale and back. A distance of 75km with appox 400m climbing added into the mix. (There are no flat roads in Ireland, not even old railway lines).
This was by far the longest and most climbing in one spin that most of the group had ever attempted and they pasted the challenge with flying colours. ( Borrisoleigh Cycling Team colours of course).
A massive well done to everybody who cycled on Sunday. We are so proud to see how far you all have come over the past few months of cycling. Keep those pedals rolling.
A special thanks to Christy Reid who introducted the AXA Community Bike Rides inititive to Borrisoleigh and for all his hard work behind the scenes for both the AXA cycles and Borrisoleigh Cycling Team.
Thanks also to everyone who has helped us in anyway over the past few months, you know who you are.
On Sunday 19th and 26th of September we have 2 cycles leaving Borrisoleigh at 10.00hrs. An easy going cycle and a little challenging cycle. There is something to suit everyone. If you have been thinking about trying a cycle,   STOP — Don’t Think — Just Do It.
Go to www.axacommunitybikerides.com and check out how to register and get involved in a cycle. All you need is a road worthy bicycle, a helmet and a bit of spare time to enjoy some fresh air and a little gentle exercise.
AXA Community Bike Rides are free and open to all adults.
PLEASE take a little extra care when driving past a cyclist.
Think ….. Vehicle   Vs    Cyclist  ….. Only one winner.
Take Care & Stay Safe

National Masters Athletics

Borrisoleigh native Michael Kiely won a National Masters title at the competition in Santry Stadium last Sunday.


Parish News

Anniversary Masses:  7pm Mass Saturday 11th September Cora Murray, Rathmoy, Borrisoleigh.

Also pray for the repose of the souls of Kitty Ryan, Padre Pio Nursing home and formerly Glenkeen,

Sr.Angela Kinane, Presentation Convent, Thurles and formerly Gurtnahalla, Upperchurch,

Sean Stapleton, Moyglass and formerly Kilfithmone and Michael Tierney Glenbreeda, Borrisoleigh who were interred recently.

First Communion Mass will be celebrated next Saturday 11th September at 11am.

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on Friday and Saturday 17th and 18th September.

Statement from Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly

SEEDS OF HOPE 2021-2026

In our lifetime as parishioners within the Archdiocese of Cashel, Sunday next, September 12th, is a seminal day as our Archdiocese outlines its Diocesan Plan “SEEDS OF HOPE” 2021-2026.

No business, sporting or community organisation of any sport fulfils its potential without careful planning. We are no different. But plans take on a whole new sense of importance and meaning when organisations need to ‘go again’.  We are at that time; not just because the Church has come through some tumultuous decades that it must learn from but because we must also, in moving forward, bring with us all that is good and make it even better as we do God’s amazing work.

We need to turn to the future and plan for the future and that’s exactly what our pastoral plan ‘Seeds of Hope’ is about. We have always hope but we must plant seeds if we are to reap a harvest down the line.

Like any good plan, it has involved listening. We began our process all of four years ago as we engaged with people of all demographics across the archdiocese to hear exactly what it is that we need at parish and diocesan level so that we can serve the pastoral and spiritual needs of all in the years ahead.

Like any journey, there are bumps along the way and, just with the listening phase coming to an end, COVID-19 became ours last year.  It was an interruption rather than a derailment and now, having completed the listening process, we are on the cusp of unveiling ‘our’ plan – for it is, indeed, a plan for all of us, by all of us.

The launch of this plan will be in a sacred space for our diocese, Holycross Abbey, on Sunday 12th September at 3.00pm.  Because of the pandemic, numbers that can attend are limited but each parish will be represented. For those unable to attend, the unveiling of the plan, with a special Mass celebrated by Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, will take place at 3.00pm.

It will be a day of truth, a day of reconciliation, a day of renewal and, above all, a day of hope.

We ask that you join us on this special day as this very special celebration is live streamed from the Abbey.

In the meantime, we ask that this weekend and over the coming days and months that you pray that, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, our Seeds of Hope will, indeed, bear fruit, a new beginning for us all here in our parish and across the Archdiocese of Cashel & Emly.

HOLYCROSS Annual Solemn Novena 2021

We are happy to announce that Novena 2021 will go ahead from Sept 8th to 16th inclusive. Unfortunately, because of the proximity & prevalence of the virus, we are once again forced to hold this year’s Solemn Novena behind closed doors for the protection of all. There will be no congregation permitted at all in the Abbey. 

The Novena will be available online on www.churchservices.tv/holycrossabbey.

We will broadcast online at 10.30am and 7.30pm daily and on Tipperary Mid West Radio at 7.30pm daily (except 2pm on Saturday 11th).  Petitions for the Annual Novena and our weekly Friday Novena can now be submitted online (anonymously) on our website holycrossballycahill.com under Novena and Novena Petitions. These petitions will be prayed for at the Novena.

The Session for the Sick will be broadcast online and on Tipperary Mid West Radio at 2pm on Saturday 11th September.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to facilitate any Anointing of the Sick. There will be no

Blessing of Infants or Penitential Service this year.

If you wish to receive a copy of the Novena prayers to join in at home, visit holycrossballycahill.com/novena, email hbparishoffice@gmail.com or call 0504-43124 and we will be happy to forward them to you.

Mass Cards and Shop items can be posted or collected on request. Please call 0504-43124 or email holycrossabbeyshop@gmail.com.

We thank you for your understanding and support during these difficult times and we pray that Our Lady will watch over us all.

Thought for the week: Every time a worry or thought comes to your mind, pray instead.

Vhi Women’s Virtual Mini Marathon

This year Jane from Jane’s Flower Cabin will be doing the Vhi 10k Women’s Mini marathon on 19th September and is trying to raise funds for the Irish Heart Foundation. This charity means a lot to Jane. As most of you know 5 years ago Jane was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy/heart failure. All is going good since. She been fitted with a CRT-D and losing a bit of weight, she feels she is up to the challenge. So if you would like to support this great charity please see link below or you can pop into Jane’s flower Cabin where they have a bucket for your donations.

Borris-Ileigh GAA Club Newsletter

Our Seniors will continue their 2021 FBD Insurance County Senior Hurling Championship Campaign this weekend when they lock horns with Kilruane MacDonaghs once again. The game will take place this Friday the 10th of September in Semple Stadium.
We will be sending out a separate email regarding tickets for the game early this week.
The game will be streamed through the Tipperary GAA Streaming Service. Unfortunately because of this we are not allowed to stream it through our own YouTube channel. Access to the stream costs €10. For more information click the following link: https://page.inplayer.com/TipperaryGAA/
Finally we would like to wish the lads the very best of luck as we aim to make it two wins from two in Group 4.
Junior ‘A’
Commiserations to our Junior ‘A’s who were defeated 2-18 to 1-12 by Nenagh Eire Óg in Round 3 of North Junior ‘A’ Hurling Championship. Full Match Report can be found here: https://member.clubforce.com/newsrec.asp?LL_ID=549&ID=24568
They now have a bye before their last Group game against Toomevara in Round 4 on the 19th of September
Junior ‘C’
Our Junior ‘C’s will continue their quest for a North title when they take on Kiladangan in Round 2 of the North Junior ‘C’ Hurling Championship this weekend. The game will take place this Sunday the 12th of September in Puckane at 11am. Best of luck to both players and management, all support greatly appreciated. 
The following is the fixture list for the coming week, best of luck to all involved:

Pic of the Past

Ricky Bourke, Glenbreeda and Tom Ryan, Knockinrodger and
Mountkinane (Child in background – Geraldine Kenny)

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