Coordinates: 52°56′20″N 7°37′52″W / 52.939°N 7.631°W / 52.939; -7.631
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Buiríos Mór Osraí
Main Street
Main Street
Borris-in-Ossory is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°56′20″N 7°37′52″W / 52.939°N 7.631°W / 52.939; -7.631
CountyCounty Laois
105 m (344 ft)
Irish Grid ReferenceS246878
St. Mark's Church of Ireland

Borris-in-Ossory (Irish: Buiríos Mór Osraí, meaning 'the great borough of Ossory', or the 'Burgage of Osraige')[2] is a village in west County Laois, Ireland, close to the Tipperary border and the M7 motorway.


The village has facilities such as a school, churches, community hall, convenience retail outlets and a number of service businesses.[citation needed] The village centre comprises Main Street and includes retail, commercial, institutional, educational and residential functions. Landmark buildings include the Hiberno Romanesque Church of Ireland church of St. Mark, built c.1870, with round tower style bell tower, St. Canice's Church (Roman Catholic), the Ossory of Borris-in-Ossory, and former courthouse. The renovated O’Brien Hall is used as a meeting place for the village's Youth Club and other activities.[citation needed]



The village is on the R445 road between the towns of Mountrath (13 km east along the R445) and Roscrea (12 km west).

During 2009 a motorway junction was constructed to the south of the village in preparation for the westward extension of the M7 motorway. The M7 bypassed the village on 28 May 2010 at Junction 21.


The village is served by inter-urban bus links to Dublin, Limerick, Galway, Cork and Carlow, and a town link service connects nearby towns and villages. Long-distance bus passengers were once familiar with Borris-in-Ossory because it served as a refreshment stop, typically 15 minutes at a time.


Ballybrophy railway station is located approximately 5 km south of the village.[3] The station is on the main Dublin-Cork railway line at its junction with the Limerick–Ballybrophy railway line.


Convent of Mercy National School currently has five classrooms and is currently[when?] preparing plans for a new eight classroom school extension.[3][needs update] The school was built in 1965.[4]


Churches in the area include St. Canice's (Roman Catholic) and St. Mark's (Church of Ireland), which are both on Borris-in-Ossory's main street.


The local Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) club is Borris-in-Ossory GAA. The Gaelic playing fields are located 1.5 km to the east of the village. The amenities include a playing pitch, dressing and meeting rooms.[3] In 2011, the village's GAA club team and the nearby Kilcotton team were amalgamated into one team.


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  1. ^ "Census 2022 - F1015 Population". Central Statistics Office Census 2022 Reports. Central Statistics Office Ireland. August 2023. Retrieved 16 September 2023.
  2. ^ "Buiríos Mór Osraí". Placenames Database of Ireland. Archived from the original on 24 September 2021. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Borris in Ossory Village Plan" (PDF). Laois County Council, June 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2008.
  4. ^ "Convent of Mercy, Borris-in-Ossory". Convent of Mercy website. Archived from the original on 14 May 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2008.

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