10th/11th July, 1993 – Price: 30p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled By The Durrow Scouts

Finding The True God 

In talking of God many fall victim to inadequate perceptions of a deep reality. What is God like? If we call ourselves Christians are we sure we have the full image of God as shown to us in Jesus? If some call themselves unbelievers could it not be that they are rejecting some improverished picture of God? Often we find ourselves defending or attacking something that is not revealed to us in Scripture. The Jesus of the Gospel is the image of God for Christians.

Some people carry around with them an image of God that is in fact superstitious. It is the image of the punishing puppet master who has to be humoured and pacefied in case he might pull the wrong strings. Others picture him as inaccessible, distant. A surprising number of people look on God as a kind of clock-maker – a god of explanation for the universe but irrelevent to ordinary life. Some consider he has no compelling existance until favours are needed or trouble strikes. None of these is the God of Christianity.

The only God worth believing in is the God who believed enough in People to die for us.

The only God worth living for is the one who calls us to live with him, through dark faith in this life and beyond death in face-to-face fullness.

The only God worth searching for is the one who searched for us and who still struggles within us in order that we become more full to love.

It is all too easy to pick up false images and to get stuck with them. It is harder to listen more deeply for the one who stands at the door of each life and knocks, who wants to come in and be with us, who comes to expand the size of our tent and guide us to life more abundant.


Durrow I.C.A

The Annual General Meeting of the Durrow guild was held recently. The meeting was attended by the Federation President Mrs. Lourey who gave an interesting talk on issues of interest to the I.C.A.

Officers elected were:
President – Mrs. B. Bergin
Vice-President – Mrs. M. Bowe
Secretary: Mrs. M O’Brien
Treasurer – Mrs. M.Walsh
Crafts Promotor – Mrs. Connelly
Contest Secretary – Mrs. R.Casey
P.R.O – Mrs. B. O’Brien
Youth, Sport & Leisure – Mrs. E. Kenna
Produce Secretary – Mrs L. Sheeran

Mrs Lourey complimented Mrs. Mai Bowe on all the improvements she had done on the hall during her term of office, also Secretary Mrs. Mary Doyle and Treasurer Mrs. M.O’Brien for their dedication to the I.C.A. Four members attended the AGM of the Federation of Ballyroan. Winner of the monthly competition was Mrs. Mary Doyle. Competition for July – A fancy Apron. Next meeting Tuesday 13th July.


Beaver Day Out

The troop plus four leaders assembled in the green on Friday 2nd July to head out to Dunmore wood for an adventurous afternoon. Off we went piled up in cars to Dunmore gates and then, full of energy the Leaders had to run with the Beavers to the starting point of the Treasure hunt. We were gasping for breath by the time we reached it. The 16 Beavers were divided into groups of four for the hunt and at different time intervals headed into the wood following arrows. At one stage of the hunt all Beavers got lost but having gathered them together again we put them back on the right track. We would like to thank David and Eva Dunne for guiding the young Beavers around the course. The winners of the Treasure hunt were John Brophy, Shane Walsh, Gerard Alley and Niall Brophy.

Hungry as wolves they ran up to Bridie, the cook, who had cooked sausages for them on an alter fire (yeah right!) After the hot dogs they were brave enough to go down into the cellars without a light, with leaders guiding them down. We finished around 6 pm and headed towards the gates, tired and happy.

We would like to thank Eadaoin Lalor for her help when setting out the Treasure hunt and also for her assistance during the day. We are also very grateful for the parents involved in transporting the Beavers to and from the wood.

Beavers must dress up for the day out in Ballyfin on 1st August. The theme for the Beavers is the Wizard Of Oz. The leaders will give each Beaver a character to dress as and help out with their costumes. We will send further details as soon as arrangements are made.


Durrow & District Camera Club

The club held it’s first major Black & White print competition on Monday 4th July. Over 20 10″ X 8″ mounted prints were entered which is reasonable for an initial competition of this kind.

1st: Eugene Meegan
2nd: Joan Ryan
3rd: Liam Donohue

Judge for the event was Michael Scully.

Durrow & District Camera Club open Photographic Competition Sponsored by Castle Arms Durrow.
Junior (under 16) and Senior (16 plus) categories. Trophies for winners and runners up. Photographs will be exhibited in Castle Arms Hotel on 24th and 25th July. Copies of best prints framed and put on permanent exhibition in Castle Arms.

1. Prints in senior section must be a minimum of 10″ X 8″.
2. Prints in Junior section any size.
3. Prints must be recent and taken in the Parish of Durrow.
4. Closing date for entry 22nd July.
5. Entries to be handed in to Castle Arms Hotel or any camera club member.
6. Maximum of 5 prints per person.
7. Name, address and category of entrant to be on the back of all prints.



Durrow & Lisdowney Pilgrimage

Durrow & Lisdowney P.T.A.A. Pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday 18th July. For Further details contact Mick Fitzpatrick, Phone 0502 37116


Our Lady’s Meadow P.S.

The winners of the last draw for Our Lady’s Meadow are as follows:

1st: Tommy Lalor – £100
2n: Aisling O’Leary – £50
3rd: Ann Doran – £10
4th: Leo Dunne – £10
5th: Mary Delahunty, The Bridge – £10
6th: Siobhan Dwyer – £10
7th: John Flynn, Carrigan St. – £10

Promoters Prizes:

1st:Ciara Holland – £5
2nd: Siobhan Aylward – £5
3rd: Lisa Donohue – £5
4th: Zoe Foley – £5


Cub News

Last weekend 30 cubs and 4 Leaders spent a very enjoyable stay at the Scout Den in Kilkenny. We left Durrow at 10.45 am approx and headed straight for the Den where we disposed of our gear. We walked back towards the Castle by the park where we fed the ducks and played in the castle playground and the had a lovely picnic lunch. After lunch we headed up towards John’s bridge by the pathway and once back in the High Street the Cubs did their little bit of shopping. Their money spent but happy we headed up to St. Canice’s Cathedral and on the way we were able to see the changing of the guards at the city gates. At Canice’s we all had the ‘memorable experience’ of climbing to the top of the tower, especially Mary and Geraldine who were terrified that Aileen Phelan and Orla Ryan would fall off the top!!!

At 4.45 pm we headed back to the castle where we had a very relaxed and informative tour of the castle and following that the hungry cubs and Leaders went to Supermacs for their evening meal. Our hunger filled we started back to the Den through the park where the cubs gathered fire wood for our camp fire that night. At about 10 pm we lit the camp fire and we had a great sing song and the trophies were presented to our cubs of the year.

Winners were:

Gold Arrow Trophy: Joyce Donohue
Silver Arrow Trophy: Ann Campion
Bronze Arrow Trophy: Catherine Alley

At approx 12.30 we all retired to our sleeping bags and at some unknown hour drifted to sleep, thanks to the boys! Sunday morning after breakfast we went to mass at 10.30 am returned, tidied up and played some games at 12.30 the parents came to pick their children up.

We would like to thank all parents who helped in transporting the kids to and from the Den. We are also grateful to Martin Phelan and Sinead Campion for their assistance during the weekend.

Ballyfin is less than a month away and we have to start preparing for the day out. All cubs going for the day (not sixers and seconders) must bring a fancy dress costume to change into. The theme for the cubs is Toon Town so each cub must dress up as a cartoon character. Get your thinking hats on and we will send further details about the day as soon as all arrangements are made.



Gents Bicycle in good condition. Contact Tom Kenna, Patrick Street.

The Irish Cancer Society would like to thank all who contributed to their recent church gate collection at Church of Ireland Kilermo, Aughmacart and Durrow and The Holy Trinity Church Durrow. The amount collected was £465.15.


Durrow & District Angling Club

Club results and fixtures:

The results of the Brendan Sheeran Cup for Pike Fishing are as follows:

1st – Gerry Davin, Dublin, 9-11
2nd – Gerry Rae, Kilkenny, 6-14

The next competition is for the Patrick Gaughan memorial cup for Trout fishing and it will be fished for on Sunday 25th. The committee would like to thank Michael and Patricia Gaughan for their sponsorship for this competition.

European Pike Angling Challange 1993 will be fished on Lough Derg on the 20th, 21st and 23rd of September 1993. Entry fee is £60 per angler and prize money is £5,000.00.

The following is the list for The National Pike Championships

4th July – River Suck – Ballinasloe. Check in at the Jeckyll and Hyde Lounge, Dunlo Street from 10.45.

8th August – River Suck – Ballinasloe. Check in at the Jeckyll and Hyde Lounge, Dunlo Street from 10.45.

12th September – Clea Lake – Keady. Check in at the lakeside car park from 10.45.

3rd October – River Shannon – Limerick area. Check in at Mullingans, The Park, Parkway Shopping Centre, Dublin Rd, from 10.45 am to 11.30.

7th November – Grand Canal- Tullamore. Check in at The Stella Press. Kilbride Street from 10.45 am.

5th December – Lough Muckno – Castleblaney. Check in at the Black Island Car Park from 10.45

2nd January – Swan Lake – Lough Gowna – Check in at the Pikers Lodge from 10.45

23rd January – Lough Eguish – Check in at the Crossroads from 10.45

In all cases fishing starts at 12 noon and finishes at 5 pm except for a couple of winter qualifiers. All are welcome and the entry fee is £5. Further details from the competitions officer or any other officer listed above.

Skittles – The proposed tournament which was to be run in conjunction with the now cancelled Durrow Festival will be run in the Nore Nets. Entries will be open until 19th July. Teams of 4 men £10 per team and ladies team £8. Entries to Michael Carroll Telephone: 0502 36280 or Con Geoghgan on 0502 37275. trophies for winners and runner up in Ladies and mens.


Durrow Community Council

As a result of pressure from Durrow Community Council, Coillte are at the moment having the trees removed at Dunmore Wood, which were considered a danger to the public.



Sympathy is extended to the Shiel family, Castleview, on their recent bereavement.


Durrow Parish Lotto Results:

Monday 28th June – Jackpot of £450 won by John Dunphy, Derry Road.
Monday 5th July – Jackpot of £250 won by Larry Dunphy, Rath, Durrow.
Next draw Monday 12th July in Durrow Inn, Jackpot £250.