BORAN FAMILY REUNION - A re-union of members of the Boran family was held on Sunday, 28th October. A crowd of about 150 adults and 23 children met to celebrate and renew their familial acquaintance.Mass was con-celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church, Clogh at 12.30pm. The con-celebrants were Fr. Anthony Boran, O.F.M., Fr. George Boran Spiritans, Fr. Jimmy O’Reilly, Kiltegan and Fr. Liam Shore. Fr. Anthony, formerly Peter Boran of Crutt, Castlecomer, is the oldest surviving member of that family. He is a son of Peter Boran and Margaret D’Arcy (Coon). Fr. Anthony and his youngest brother, Frank Boran, Kalamazoo, Michigan, are the only surviving members of the family of fourteen, i.e. eight sons and six daughters of Peter and Margaret Boran. Fr. Georgie Boran presently lives and works in Brazil. Georgie is the eldest son of the late Martin Boran and Annie Boran (Meally). Georgie’s name is well known for his pioneering work with youth in Brazil and Latin America. Fr. Jimmy O’ Reilly, formerly of Grettyard, is the brother of Anna May Mullins, Castlecomer P.O. and the grandson of James O’ Reilly and Margaret O’Reilly nee Boran. Jimmy spent more than 30 years in Kenya, and is working in Kilteegan at present.Fr. Liam Shore, now retired from ministry in Wales, lives in Castlecomer. Fr. Liam’s presence is a very welcome, reassuring one, for the people of Castlecomer, a place where he is1 much valued. Clogh Church provided the beautiful setting for this happy gathering. Many members of the congregation remarked on the serene beauty of the church and its surrounds. What a wonderful affirmation of the love and care that the people of Clogh lavish on their church. Finnoula Lanigan (O’Dwyer) daughter of the late Kathleen Boran, Crutt and Mick O’Dwyer (Cork), provided the music. The offertory gifts, which were brought to the altar by members of the various Boran family branches, were symbolic of the interests and involvements of members of the family. Mass concluded with the blessing of the oldest grave of the Boran Family. This is the grave of ‘Nicholas Boran’, affectionately referred to as “Old Nick”. “Old Nick” and Tom, his brother, are the patriarchs of two of the branches. Another branch is that of Daniel Boran and the ‘Kelly’ family of Crutt are the descendants of this branch. The ‘Borans’ are a complex group, made more complex by the fact that the names Martin, Nicholas (Nixie, Nikki), Peter, Michael keep cropping up in all branches and in all generations. Borans are nearly as complicated to sort out as the ‘Brennans’ of North Kilkenny, albeit they are fewer. Having blessed ‘Old Nicks’ last resting place, the convoy set off up through Clogh to the Swan, up over Wolfhill to the ‘Clanard Court’ outside Athy. The locals all knew the quickest route, and the ‘foreigners’ got a quick lesson in orienteering, some may have used their ‘sat navs’, they are the posher Borans. A delicious meal was enjoyed by all. The lunch was followed by a presentation of the ‘Boran Family Tree’. Sean Boran, son of Marty and Frances – Donaguile and Kilteel, started with possible origins of the name. Nothing can be absolutely verified, but there are strong indicators that it is of Eastern origin, with the name being still used in places as varied as Turkey, Czcech Republic, Germany and Italy. Bafflingly enough there is a tribe in Kenya called the ‘Masai Boran’, and it also lends itself to a breed of cattle. Orla Murphy (nee Boran) daughter of the late Lt. Col. Tom Boran and Gentie Boran (nee Tracey) continued and followed the line of ‘Old Nicks’ brother Tom. Old Nick is the progenitor of the Massford & Cloneen Borans, and his brother Tom is the progenitor of the Crutt/Loon Borans. Daniel Boran, who seems to be a cousin of the former two brothers, is the ancestor of the Kelly’s of Crutt. It was all very entertaining and interesting, especially when members of the various branches stood up and identified themselves. We had O’Reillys, Delaney’s, Kellys, Coadys, Campions, Colgans, O’Donnells, Bolgers, Morans, Mackeys, Burkes, Mooneys, Finnegans, to name just a few, and in various ways, all of these were connected to one or other branch of the family. At this point, Billy Moran, Castlecomer, focused the minds of the group on Monsignor Patrick Boylan. Billy’s research and study of this scholarly man gave time for reflection. Monsignor Boylan’s illustrious career, his scholarly achievements, and the politics of Church and State in pre-modern Ireland, gave much food for thought. Next Anne Boran, daughter of ‘Nixie’ of Massford, gave a talk highlighting the interplay between Church, Politics, and Unions in Ireland of the 30’s and 40’s. The group thoroughly enjoyed the entire day, most of all they enjoyed the chat and the renewing of old acquaintances. The staff of the Clanard Court were exceptional. The food and service were second to none. Many present posed the question ‘when is the next one’? Well 2013 is the year of the Gathering – who knows!
FIRST FEMALE PRINCIPAL OF THE ORIGINAL MUSLIM NATIONAL SCHOOL, CLONSKEAGH, DUBLIN - Ms. Bernadette Boran (Brennan) formerlyof Marymount, Castlecomer was appointed to the position of principal of the Muslim National School, Clonskeagh, in June 2012, having been acting Principal from December 2010. She succeeded Mr. Colm Mc Glade, who was appointed principal when the Muslim National School first opened in September 1990. The school is unique, in that it is the first national school in these isles that has an Islamic ethos. Berna comes from a family whose roots are deeply embedded in education. Her great-grandmother, Catherine Boran (Walker) was Principal of Clogh Girls School in the mid-nineteenth century. Her aunt Mrs. Kit Dwyer (Boran), and later her sister Maura, also held the same position. Education and the Boran name are inextricably linked over the generations, so it’s no great surprise that Berna graduated from Carysfort College, in 1984. She has worked at the Muslim National School since September 1992, where she was deputy principal for about thirteen years. The school opened its doors on South Circular Road, Dublin, in September 1990, with 41 pupils, 2 full-time teachers and 2 part-time Religion staff. In 1992, the Islamic Foundation of Ireland, aided by Sheikh Hamdan Al-Maktoum from U.A.E., acquired the former CERT site in Clonskeagh. In January 1993, the school transferred to the new location. It then had 117 pupils and four teachers. At present the school has 300 pupils, 22 teachers, 5 Religion teachers, four S.NA.’s and 4 other ancillary staff, not forgetting the 8 bus drivers who ferry the pupils from differing locations round the south city.
AUTUMN FAIR - St Mary’s Parish (Church of Ireland) warmly invite you to their annual Autumn Fair Friday 16 November at 7 pm in the Wandesforde Hall, Castlecomer (opposite the Avalon Hotel). Admission is free. Light refreshments, games, bric-a-brac & more will be on offer. It’s a great chance to relax and chat over a cup of tea or browse the stalls. Looking forward to seeing you there!
WORTHY CAUSES - Charity concert in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind and The National Council for the Blind of Ireland will be held in the Springhill Court hotel Kilkenny on 22nd November At 8pm. Tickets: 15 euro available from hotel and rollercoaster Kieran Street Kilkenny. Singers include Derek Ryan, Nicky Kealy, Trudi Lawlor and David Maguire. There will be a raffle on the night. Hope you can come and support two great charities.
MRS. J. BRENNAN. - Donaguile has lost one of its more senior and respected people with the death of Julia Brennan (NeeHetherington) at St. Lukes Hospital, Kilkenny. Predeceased by her husband Jimmy in 1974 she was a no fuss individual always supportive of and so proud of her extended family. In her 93rd year she was one of the old stock, a stay at home mum who for close to four decades filled both the maternal and paternal role in the family. She will be fondly remembered on Deenside for the wonderful love and loyalty she had at all times for her family. She was laid to rest in Crosshill Cemetery after Requiem Mass celebrated in the Church of the Immaculate Conception by Fr. Joe Campion C.C. Castlecomer ; assisted by Msgr. Michael Ryan P.P. Castlecomer ; Fr. Liam Shore P.E. Castlecomer. She is survived by her sons John, Martin, Michael, James (England), Paddy ; daughters Margaret, Kathleen (England), Elsie, Julia, Mary (Kilkenny) ; brother Willie ; grandchildren ; great-grandchildren ; other relatives and a large circle of friends.
MR. J. SHORTALL - The death has taken place at his home in Aughamuckey of John Shortall. One of natures gentlemen he died as he had lived ever so quietly and peacefully surrounded by those nearest and dearest to him at his home. Simplicity, humility and dignity were the characteristics most appropriate to his life of just over 85 years. He worked for Kilkenny County Council for over 44 years serving as an Overseer in the Coon-Muckalee and Ballyfoyle areas in the days when manual labour was best practice in rural road maintenance and drainage. He enjoyed the bit of dancing and this hobby came second best only to the company of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and he loved to see the house full of his extended family. He was laid to rest in Coon Cemetery after Requiem Mass celebrated in St. Brigid’s Church by his son Fr. Maurice Shortall (Brazil); assisted by his nephew Fr. Michael Shortall C.C. ; Fr. John Delaney C.C. Coon ; Fr. Martin Ryan, Muckalee ; and a host of priests from the Holy Ghost Order. e is survived by his sons Michael, Tom (Mayo), John (Canada), Fr. Maurice (Brazil), Seamus, Noel ; daughters Bridget, Mary, Ann (USA), Helen (Portlaoise) ; brother Michael ; grandchildren ; great-grandchildren; other relatives and a large circle of friends.
CHRISTMAS BUMPER WHIST NIGHT - The Christmas Whist Drive will take place on Friday 7th December at 8.30pm in the Castlecomer Community Hall. Top Score Prize €70. Refreshments will be served. Admission €5. All are welcome. Big winners in last weeks Whist Drive were: Top Score: Nano Brennan; 1st Lady: Margaret Kealy, 2nd Lady: Ena Wallace; 1st Gent: Gerry Kelly, 2nd Gent:Lesley Hunter; 1st Half: Maureen Coady, 2nd Half: Margaret Brennan. Raffle prize winners:1st Kit Farrell, 2nd Ena Wallace,3rd Elizabeth Corrigan, 4th Kit Farrell. 5th Nano Brennan.Whist continues every Friday night at 8.30pm in the Community Hall, Castlecomer. All are welcome.
GAA - Erin’s Own GAA second annual climb of Croagh Patrick will take place on the weekend of the 17th/18th November next. If you are interested in partaking in this climb and social weekend contact Billy Moran on 087 2683178. The club have sponsorship cards available to all those travelling and climbing. This year part of the proceeds from the fundraising will be given to The Castlecomer Lourdes Invalid Fund. Under 21 Championship. Our under 21’s took on St. Lachtains of Freshford on Saturday last in the quarter Final of the Northern Roinn A Championship in Jenkinstown. Played in excellent conditions for the time of year it was the Freshford team who settled much quicker and appeared first to nearly every ball around the field. Freshford raced into four points lead and but for some wayward passing and wrong options they could have been a lot more ahead in the first fifteen minutes. Comer‘s first score came via Andrew Carron when the Freshford corner back dropped the ball and Carron picked it up and blasted an unstoppable ball to the net. This score seemed to settle the locals down from here to the break with little or nothing between the teams at this stage. However just before half time Freshford got their first goal again after some poor defending by Comer out the field. At half time Freshford held a four point lead on a shoreline of 1-5 to 1-1. Early in the second half Freshford kicked on again and opened up a six point lead and were comfortable throughout the field with their half back line in total control. A few brave substitutions by the Comer mentors brought a new energy to the Comer challenge and they were rewarded when the hard trying Eoghan Mealey scored a fine point followed by a smashing goal off the ground after a long run through the Freshford defence. Freshford kept the scoreboard ticking over with some fine points from play and frees to keep the difference between the teams around the six point mark. A further Freshford goal looked to have put the game beyond any doubt with fifteen minutes played in the second half when the opened up a ten point lead but the Comer boys didn’t give up and with a couple of pointed frees from the industrious Declan Dunne and two quick goals from Shane Rice and Darragh Brennan brought Comer right back into the match. Comer worked the ball into the Freshford goal area again and with an open goal at their mercy the Comer boys missed a chance to bring the game level entering the last few minutes. It wasn’t to be and Freshford had the last score to run fully deserving winners on a final scoreline of 2-16 to 4-6. Team ; S.Daly, N.Callinan, P.Keating, L.Wallace, S.McDermott, R.Moran, E.Mealey (1-1) C.Wallace, D.Dunne (0-3f) Eoin Brennan (0-1), C.McDermott, Ciarán Brennan (0-1) M.Dwyer, M.Hawley, A.Carron (1-0) Subs ; S.Rice (1-0), Darragh Brennan (1-0), C.Delaney, C.Dunne, D.Moran.
BORD NA NOG AGM - The AGM of Erin’s Own Bord Na Nog will take place on Friday the 23rd November at 8pm in the club room’s of Ballycomey. All parents of children involved with the club are asked to attend this very important information evening and review of the year. As always the Club is always looking for people to help out in the running of this most important part of the club. The club intend to organise advanced coaching courses and introductory coaching courses for anyone who would like to get involved. On the night the club will set out its ambitious building programme also to further improve the excellent facilities that the club have in Ballycomey and the Prince. Why not come along and view these plans and all the other plans that the executive of Bord na Nog have put in place. Don’t forget that a club is only strong once adults are prepared to lend a hand to the development of its youth and young. AGM Friday the 23rd November 2012 at 8pm in Ballycomey. Please make a big effort to attend. Club lotto is now up to €17,150.00 Be in to win. Get your tickets from any committee members or from local shops. You can also sign up to a direct debit scheme whereby you are entered every week in the Local lotto so you don’t have to worry about getting your ticket. Contact Helen at 087 6645022 or any committee member if you would like to take up this way to play the local lotto. Remember all the money raised goes back into your community. All members and supporters are reminded that they can support Erin’s Own GAA Club when renewing your car or home insurance with Campion Insurances. Simply quote Erin’s Own/Kilkenny when contacting Campion Insurances for your quote and Campion’s will contribute €10.00 per policy to the club. This is open to all new and existing customers.
PROVINCIAL ATHELTICS - The Leinster Cross Country Championships concluded in Dunboyne on Sunday. Castlecomer athletes ompeted in a number of races from U-11 to U-17. The U-11 Boys Kilkenny team were silver medal winners - Jack Murphy finished inside the top twenty as their second runner across the line. Katie Clarke was part of the U-11 girls team who were fourth. Conor Clarke, Killian Hogan, Nicky Connolly and James Buggy all competed at U-13 level - and here the Kilkenny team were bronze medallists. Sean Buggy in 17th led home the county U-15 team who finished fourth. Lauren Dermody, crossing in 13th spot, was part of the U-17 silver medal winning Kilkenny team. While it was a pleasant day weather wise, underfoot conditions were testing on this flat course. BOYS’ SCHOOL SENIOR CUP HURLING FINAL - SENIOR CUP FINAL Teams: Dan Coogan (capt), Carlos Gonzalo, Mark Steen, Kevin Holland, Kevin Brennan, Michael Rowe, Adam Steen, Corey Bray, Oran Byrne, Ewan Connery, Kyle Graham, Matthew Heaney; Kevin Brennan (capt), Conor Dowd, Thomas Judge, Jamie Maher, Brian Holland, Shane Coogan, Joshua Mayo Doyle, Owain Comerford Jones, Luke Stowe, Jack Rothwell, Joey Rowe, Ben Holden. Winning captain Kevin Brennan became the second member of his family to captain a Cup winning team as his brother, Dara did so in 2006. Many thanks to past pupil and former All-Ireland minor star, Davy Buggy for refereeing and his officials John Callinan, Donal Carroll, Niall McMahon and Conor Dwyer. Thanks to camera men Craig and Cian Brennan, first aider, Thomas Brennan, laptop and sound engineers, Liam Kenny and Carlos Gonzalo, Cup and table manager, Mark Steen and Christopher Korff, Dan Coogan, Kealan Ring and Carlos Gonzalo who flagged the field. A total of 14 games were played in the Boys’ school senior hurling league during September and October. Thirteen boys achieved distinction in the following categories: sideline, Joey Rowe (2nd), pull, Eoghan Moore (2nd), solo, Evan Harding (2nd), block, Billy O’ Neill (5th), hook, Carlos Gonzalo (6th), tackle, Liam Holland (6th), save, Oisín Dwyer O’ Neill (4th), point, Dean Bray (4th), goal, Ewan Connery (3rd), handpass, Matthew Heaney (2nd), honesty, Kevin Brennan (4th), bravest hurler, Dara Normoyle (2nd), sportsman, Liam Kenny (6th).