Sunday, October 22, 2017

 Woolfest Weekend

The "Boorowa Hotel Irish Woolfest" was an absolute beauty!   October long weekend, 1st, 2nd & 3rd October was such a success in brilliant sunshine.  Friday night, live band and 'Finer Dining' at the Boorowa Hotel, Saturday the Quickshear Competitions bringing the best sheep shearers in the industry to compete.  Saturday evening the Boorowa Rodeo thrilled all who attended.  Then the 'coup de grace' the "Running of the Sheep," and all its associated activities that bring approximately 15,000 visitors to Boorowa for a days stunning entertainment.


Many thanks to South Coast Ulysses!

Ably led and organised by the humorous & brilliant Mike Leonard, supported in fine style by the amazing Tracey Jordan who took out all category's on the night including Dancing Disco Queen!

Many thanks also to Gazza Karagiannis for taking a fund collection to support those in need raising the whopping sum of $220 crisp Australian dollars!   The South Coast Lads & Ladess's have certainly thrown the gauntlet down to all other Ulysses groups to visit the Boorowa Hotel, partake in the convivial hospitality, thrive under their hedonistic pursuit and better the "South Coast Ulysses" crisp Aussie dollar tally!

Show no mercy, be there or be square!


Another visit planned from the Hawkesbury Ulysses for Saturday 24th October.....I'm bracing myself already!

2014; Great Visit from Hawkesbury lads & lasses, a fantastic 70's night with all in the coolest of 70's paisley style clothes, long hair and dancing!!!

"Happy Birthday!"

Both Young and I would like to thank all the locals and customers that offered us their congratulations on achieving our 2nd Birthday here at the Boorowa Hotel.    We are looking forward to moving into and enjoying our third year in Boorowa, we still can’t believe our luck in finding such a wonderful town to settle in.  

Boorowa Hotels 4th Birthday due 2nd August 2016


Press Release!

On Saturday August the 2nd2014, the Boorowa Hotel celebrated its 2nd Birthday moving into year 3 under the celebrating Hosts of Licensee Michael and Young Ward.   Mike and Young spent two years looking for a hotel in Australia and through a tip off from his brother in Moss Vale, Mike and Young discovered the delights of Boorowa and the magnificent charm of the ‘Top Pub’ Boorowa.  


The Boorowa Hotel provides a great source of employment to locals and is so lucky to have a team that show wonderful desire and commitment to see the hotel thrive.   Mike says they are also lucky to have such strong support from the locals and “although we benefit from the growing passing trade, the local patrons remain our strength.”  We recognise this local support in the unusual manner of a ‘Quid Pro Quo.’ Over the last financial year the Boorowa Hotel has returned to local clubs and various groups in excess of $20,000 in financial support and sponsorship.  For a hotel like ours, in the current economic climate, this is a significant achievement and contribution.   We do not have Poker Machines to fund any of these activities and appreciate the support offered to us by the locals.  


With Boorowa’s strong Irish connection and Mike’s Irish background, the hotel was re-focused to reflect the Irish heritage of the district. The Top Pub takes great pride in being the Major Sponsor for the Irish Woolfest!    Also Mike along with a small group of exceptionally pro-active locals, in March 2014 began the Inaugural ‘St Patricks Picnic in the Park’, conducted the weekend of St. Patricks Day.   This is a day designed to celebrate Boorowa’s Irish heritage and cater for Children”, we wanted a day that doesn’t cost Mums & Dads big money to entertain their children!”   It has a complete 6 month separation from the Irish Woolfest and offers Boorowa another opportunity to publicise Boorowa’s great attributes to the masses.  


We pride ourselves on being a ‘Family’ orientated hotel where our customers know they can relax and enjoy leisure time in a pleasant and safe environment. Our focus is long term and to have lots of fun.   One of the highlights this year was the naming on Australia Day of our first ‘Pub Patron of the Year!’    This was a marvellous opportunity to recognise one of Boorowa’s significant local identities with Stan Corcoran collecting this prestigious honour!   Stan is a family man, has been a shearer, and is a farmer, a historian, a wonderful communicator and possesses a humour that is extremely infectious.  


The Top Pub has some wonderful facilities, darts are really strong and three boards allow for good competition.   There is also the pool table and a Juke Box with an array of tunes to thrill all music lovers. The Shamrock Café serves all day breakfasts and has a comprehensive menu choice including great coffee and take away meals.   The Café is also suitable for functions through the evenings and provides a great spot for private meetings, birthdays and other celebrations. The main hotel restaurant apart from the daily specials has a significant menu and also boasts a selection during the evening for ‘Finer Dining’ that is not often found in a country hotel.   The licenced bars are set out into three very pleasant and cosy areas with nine different draft beers on tap including Guinness.   Accommodation is also available with thirteen spacious rooms available each catering to either single, double of family style accommodation. The Boorowa Hotel also has the 21 seat bus referred to as the ‘Boorowa Chariot’, this is used as a safe driving vehicle for patrons and often takes groups away on daily outings.  


Festivities kicked in after hosting the local Boorowa Rovers Rugby League home game against Bungendore.   Although winning is important, what has set this team apart is the strength of friendships, unique to country teams with many players traveling back three times a week from Canberra for trainings and game day appearances. In my eyes, this ‘Mateship’ is the triumph that makes them winners. All enjoyed our special ‘Birthday Pricing’ of refreshments and the evening’s entertainment with ‘DJ i Sounds’.   Boorowa Hotel 6385-3000

Easter is a celebration about the ‘Resurrection’ and at the Top Pub Saturday night the 19th April 2014, we resurrected Johnny Cash and Elvis

Front man Andrew Leonard from Canberra in a show called “Cash is King!

What a fantastic night with so many great songs!  Andrew Leonard better known as Lemvis was simply brilliant with a most professional showing and the greatest moves!   Brilliant display when Elvis left the building and broke many hearts doing so!

Will do again soon!


The Poem that started Poppy Day


‘In Flanders Fields’

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below


We are the dead, short days ago

We lived, felt down, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders’ fields.


Take up the quarrel with the foe

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields


On April 22nd, 1915, while British, Australian, New Zealand and other European  troops were making final preparations to land at ANZAC Cove on the Gallipoli Peninsula, in Europe the German army launched its first infamous poison gas attack of the Great War in the battle which was to become known as Second Ypres.

The 1st Canadian Brigade, supported by the French Colonial troops, had been thrust into Ypres Salient in an attempt to stem the German attack and at 5pm, on that fateful day, were enveloped in rolling yellowish green chlorine gas.

Taken completely by surprise, many men died where they stood, but somehow those who were able to survive the highly poisonous vapour were able to hold the line and prevent the enemy pouring through the gap.

History records the following 16 days of fighting, suffering and dying as one of the bloodiest battles of the war, with Allied forces suffering tremendous casualties while repulsing a series of furious German assaults.


In an exposed dugout on the west bank of the Yser Canal, just north of the burning Belgian City of Ypres, Canadian medical officer Major John McCrae cared for an unceasing flow of his wounded countryman, many of whom rolled down the embankment into the dressing station.

McCrae, a trained artillery officer who had seen action in the Boer War, spent endless hours ministering to the wounded and at times was also required to relieve the battery commander from the Brigade’s 16 18 pounder guns – a task he appeared to accept as normal for he was still a gunner at heart.

It was in this setting of bloodshed and suffering in the war devastated country of Flanders that Major McCrae watched with dismay the growing forest of crosses, expanding to the cemetery dotted with wild red poppies, as troops buried their dead whenever the battle permitted.

On Monday, May 3, during a short respite in the arrival of wounded at the first aid post, this tragic scene inspired him to write the soul stirring lines that have immortalised the red poppy of Flanders as the international symbol of remembrance for the fallen in battle.

‘In Flanders Field’ was written in pencil on a torn page from a dispatch book.  It first appeared in ‘Punch’ on December 8, 1915, and immediately touched the hearts of civilians in all Allied countries.

It was printed in newspapers and magazines throughout the English-speaking world and has been recited at memorial services ever since.

John McCrea never returned home.

In 1918 he died of pneumonia aggravated by the distressing chronic effects of the highly toxic chlorine gas which he had breathed three years earlier.  He was 45.


In New Zealand the Returned Services Association uses the proceeds of Poppy Day to benefit al veterans – usually healthcare in rest homes and hospitals – whether they are members of the association or not.

Here at the Boorowa Hotel, we honour and uphold with respect the great traditions ANZAC soldiers have provided us.


ST. Patricks in the Park 

The ‘St Patricks Picnic in the Park’ committee would like to thank many of those that assisted in making this wonderful celebration take place. 

Boorowa’s Honorary Irish Ambassador Dilly Cliffe officially opened the day and offered in Gaelic “céad míle fáilte romhaibh” which translated to “100,000 welcomes to all who had attended the day.”  Dilly also congratulated the Irish Rugby side for winning the Six Nations Rugby Championship!

Our MC and Yarn teller extraordinaire Justine Fleming, the judging panel for the Busking competition led by Laurelle Nosworthy and accompanied by Local singing legend Bede Morrissey and Rod Ward.

Honary Irish Ambassador Dilly Cliffe later presented all the Busking competition entrants with their awards and also announced the winner, ‘The McGrath Irish School of Dance’ who took away the winners cheque of $1,000.00

Michael from M & M’s in Young, provided an amazing sound system for the event and assisted all musicians in tuning their instruments to provide the audience with absolute quality sound.

Steven Karaitiana provided the stage and the rides that made all the fun of the fair possible for the many children that enjoyed this wonderful day.

The St Patricks picnic in the Park was a brilliant celebration despite the cooler arctic weather in the middle of the day.   There were many visitors with families and children having a lot of fun.   Apart from the fairground rides, there were many old fashioned games, spoon & potato, wheel barrow, three legged and piggy back races!   Squeals of delight are a great reward and the positive comments from many of the parents are an inspiration for next year!

‘Big oak trees from little acorns grow!’   On Sunday, March the 16th in Boorowa’s  ‘ St Patricks Picnic in the Park’ the seed was definitely sown for next year!  Mark Sunday the 15th of March 2015 into your dairy now!

 The Shamrock Café opens most mornings at 7:30am, enjoy a combo of bacon and egg roll with a regular coffee for only $8 or fortify your day with a full Boorowa Farmers breakfast!  Our Restaurant is open for lunch from 12pm – 3pm and Dinner 6pm – 9pm

Valentines Dinner

"Drink to me only with thine eyes,

and I will pledge with mine!"

“Patron of the Year?”

Australia Day has become the largest annual civic event in Australia

It was a pleasure for the Boorowa Hotel to host the official welcoming dinner to meet our Australian Day ambassador Zoe Naylor.   Zoe is a well-known, much loved Australian film, television and theatre personality.

The Boorowa Hotel also took great pleasure in announcing the Inaugural “Top Pub Patron of the Year” Award for 2013.  

This prestigious award goes to a gentleman who is a family man, has been a shearer, and is a farmer, a historian, a wonderful communicator and possesses a humour that is extremely infectious!  

Congratulations to Mr Stanley Corcoran of Boorowa who fought off intensely strong competition to take out the main prize of ‘Top Pub Patron of the Year 2013.’

Stan has brightened many eyes and put a smile on so many faces over the last year.   He is a great philosopher and is at ease in discussing any topic and does so with an informed and wide knowledge base.   There is always a glint in his eye that proclaims his ever present brilliant and sharp humour.

Stan is an absolute 'Top Bloke!'




 2017 Summer Darts Competition 9 March;

The New Dart Season has kicks off on Thursday the 9th March at 7:30pm, this format will be 501 singles and doubles followed by a team game.   There will be a winter break from June the 1st with Darts resuming in July.   This second part of the comp will be split into A, B & C division with teams playing each other twice before going into the finals!    

Front up to the 'Oche' line and throw your best!

Always room for a stand in, come join the fun and a relaxing night out.   A few refreshments and a couple of nibbles!   If your looking for a game, always welcome!

The 'Ulysses motorcycle club' visit Boorowa on occasion and are most welcome!


Wow; we just had a great visit from an amazing team, much fun was had and all managed to keep respect of themselves....almost!!!

Weather Forecast

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Wind: SW at 17.70 km/h
Monday 6°C / 20°C Sunny
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Wednesday 12°C / 21°C Mostly cloudy
Thursday 11°C / 21°C Scattered thunderstorms
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