25th/26th April, 1998 – Price: 30p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled by the Durrow Scouts

Thoughts of the day

Scatter seeds of friendship, thoughts and words and deeds.
Though the soil looks scary, scatter wide your seeds.
Every kindly action, every word sincere,
every good intention meant to help or cheer, is a seed of friendship and somewhere, someday,
it will root and blossom in its own sweet way.


If you see the funny side you’ll always walk the sunny side,
and come out smiling through the stress and strife. so cultivate
the power to see – the little touch of comedy behind the trials and
tragedies of life.


Durrow Tidy Towns

The workers on the present FAS Scheme are not allowed by the trade unions to clean the streets. As a result Durrow Tidy Towns members are in the process of approaching all business people in the town for donations which will be used to pay a local man for carrying out this important work. The committee would be very grateful for support with this endeavour.


Durrow Community Council

Durrow Community Council recently held a public meeting in The Presentation Centre to discuss the proposed erection of an ESAT Digifone Mast at the back of the Garda Station. Garda Kieran McDermott attended and briefed the meeting on the dangers attached to same. As a result of this meeting it was decided that we register our objection now with the Garda Commissioner and also with ESAT Digifone, on the grounds that it will be a health hazzord, will devalue property and also placing a mast on a station that is practically closed does not make sense.
Up to the time of the meeting the planning application had not been lodged with Laois County Council but it is expected that it will be lodged in the very near future. It is proposed that 10 masts will be erected in Co. Laois. Sean Flemming T.D. attended the meeting and he agreed to lodge our objection to the Government.
A sub-committee was formed to monitor the progress and is made up of the following: Imelda Foyle, Ester O’Regan, Carmel Bowe, John Freeman, Sean Conroy, Tom Woods.
Chairman of Community Council, Oliver Clooney, thanked everybody for attending and extended a special thanks to Kieran McDermott and Sean Fleming for their help. He concluded the meeting by saying that we want development in Durrow, but not this kind of development.



Sympathy is extended to the Shortall family, Durrow, on their recent bereavement.
Sympathy is extended to Rev. John Kenny and Shiel family on the death of Nicholas Downey, Burnsgrove.


Progressive 25 Results

Wednesday 15th April:

1st – John Kelly & Ned Brophy, 2nd – Jack Mooney and Tommy Corrigan

Raffle winners: Kieran McNeill and John Kelly

Wednesday 22nd April:

Joint 1st – Bill Walsh and Jack Fitzpatrick, 2nd – Margo McKenzie and Larry Mahony

Raffle winners: Paddy Sullivan and Jim Duggan.

Progressive 25 continues every Wednesday in Cullohill Community Centre.



Special offer, only £5 to join until 3rd May. Also competition – Slim & Win a Luxury holiday for 2 in Jamacia. Classes meet every Wednesday at 8 pm in The Castle Arms Hotel.



Congratulations to John and Carmel (nee Brennan) Bowe, Rathdowney on the birth of a son.
Congratulations to Trevor Foley, Barn hill, Durrow, who celebrated his 21st Birthday recently.


Durrow Summer Camp

Application forms for Durrow Summer Camp have been distributed to the children of the parish through the schools. We ask parents to please get application forms back to Angela Drennan or Mary Walsh by Friday 1st May so thyat insurance etc, can be arranged according to number of applications.
Application forms are available to children outside the parish and can be got by contacting Angela or Mary.


Durrow & District Anglers

There was a large turnout for Richard O’Rourke Memorial Trophy for Trout fishing. Winners: 1st Dermot Geoghegan, 1.43 lbs, 2nd Jody Flaherty. 1.13 lbs, 3rd Damien Geoghegan, .96lb.
Next competition for William Lawlor Memorial Cup for Trout Fishing will be held on Sunday 3rd May. Usual rules apply.


Harps Camogie Club

A teenage disco will be held on Friday 5th June in Durrow Badmington Hall. This is another fundraising activity to go towards the feile expenses. A great night assured.


Leinster GAA Summer Camp

Leinster GAA Summer Camp is open to all boys and girls from 2nd to 6th class. It is conducted by noel Delaney and Siobhan Reynolds. Local Venues: Abbeyleix -August 18th to 21st, Rathdowney – July 7th to 10th. All camps 10 am to 2.30 pm


For Sale

2 Tickets for Texas Concert on Sunday 3rd May in Millstreet, Cork. Pric £30. Contact 0502 36256.

Brother Sewing Machine in good condition. Contact 0502 36419


Durrow Community Council

The new Fas Scheme has commenced with 20 participants and a supervisor. There are still a number of places to be filled.

If anyone wishes to participate please contact the local Fas Office in the Boys School, Durrow, Phone 0502-36376


Harps GAA Club


On Easter Monday evening the Harps U/21 hurling team won the U/21 B Championship, beating a good Clough/ Ballacolla team.
This was a great win for a lot of the players, as this was their last year at U/21 level.

Team: Johnny Holland, Bernard Ryan, Peter Phelan, Pat Phelan, Pat Dunne, Derek Phelan, Laurence Mahony, tommy White, Colin Lawlor, Mark Donohue, Sean Woodas, Kevin Galvin, Tom Bowe, Shane Brophy, Aidan Kavanagh, Ray Campion.
Subs: Aengus Campion, Graham Kells, Niall Donohue, Don O’Connell.


On Monday 13th April the U/14 Camogie team went to Mountmellick to play in the County Feile Blitz.
Their first match was against Castletown, which they won very easily. Next match was against Ballyfin, this was a more even contest. With great determination the Harps came out winners. Their next match was against Mountmellick, which was also a very hard match. Harps finished with another win. As Camross was oon the same points it was decided both teams would go through to the final. The Harps played a tremendous game and came out the winners. This was the first time Camross have been beaten in the feile blitz in 10 years.

The Harps will represent Laois in the Feile which will be held at the end of June in Wexford.

Team: Aine Mahony, Ciara Lanigan, Treacy Lynch, Patricia Dunphy, Lisa Clancy, Lyndsey Brennan, Aine Lawlor, Mary Cleary, Michelle Dunne, Louise Mahony, Elaine Mahony, Aisling Phelan.
Subs: Claire Dunne, Emma O’Connell, Aoife Donohue, Joan Dollard, Zara Delaney, Margaret Prior, Michelle Fitzpatrick, Eireann Dunne, Marie Brophy.

Well done to trainer Martin Brophy.

Easter Monday was a very successful day for the HArps Hurling and Camogie Clubs. Also well done to U/21 hurling mentors: Tom Lennon Jimmy Kells and Seamus Campion.

Recent Match results:

Harps senior team beat Clough/Ballacolla and Mountrath and lost to Castletown. Intermediates beat Trumera. Juniors beat Graiguecullen. Well done to all the girls and lads.

Camogie Training:

Camogie traing will be in Cullohill on Tuesday next at 7.30 pm. All players must attend training.

Fundraising Camogie Club:

The following fundraising events are to go towards the cost of feile weekend:

Progressive 25 – Monster Card Drive on Wednesday 29th April in Cullohill Community Centre at 8.30pm.

Cake Sale – Cake Sale will be held after mass in durrow and Cullohill on the May Bank holiday weekend, 2nd/3rd May.

Darts – Monster Darts Tournament in O’Connell’s Bar, Cullohill on Sunday 3rd May at 9.30 pm. Ladies and Gents Welcome.


Cullohill Bridge Club

Presidents Prize:

1st Nora & Jim Rhatigan
2nd Toni Ryan and Breda Brennan
3rd Joan Dempsey and Marie Mahony
4th Sean and Kay Muldowney
5th Jack Murphy and Marie Foley
6th Dick Dempsey and Peggy Duggan
7th Nancy and Phil Mahony

Best Gross: Ann Dowling and Mary Walshe

1st first session: Shiela Delaney and Mary Walshe
1st second session: Marian Holland and Patty Fitzpatrick

Raffle at Bridge in aid of Hospice. Winners: 1st Babe Duggan, 2nd Phil Mahony, 3rd Annie Walsh

Bridge will continue at Community Centre every Thursday night at 8 pm. come and bring a friend. All are welcome.


Durrow Development Forum

Durrow Development Forum are in the process of carrying out a feasibility study for a music/Drama College in Durrow. At the momnet we are sending out questionaires to a random selection of local people. We would ask those involved to please complete the questionaire and send it back, with your name, by Friday 1st May.


Durrow Parish Lotto Results

Monday 13th April: No Jackpot winner. No’s 16-17-22
£20 to Mrs Corrigan, Ballacolla and Ger Phelan, Knockanoran. £10 to Tim Cochrane, c/o A.Campion

Monday 20th April: No Jackpot winner. No’s 1-12-15
£20 to Martin Bergin, Gurteen and Sean Conroy, Mary St, Durrow. £10 to Ben Conroy, Patrick St, Durrow.

Next draw in The Nore Nets. Jackpot £850.

At a special meeting of the Lotto Committee held recently it was proposed to make the following changes to the weekly draw:

1. Only one set of 3 No’s for £1.
2. Jackpot to start at £500 with £100 added each week when jackpot not won.
3. The 3 Prizes – £20 X 2and £10 X 1 will remain the same, if the Jackpot is not won.

These changes will only commence when the present tickets have all been sold.


Walsh’s Videos

For the latest Videos contact 0502 36411. A large selection in stock, including:

Maximum Risk
Welcome to the Jungle
L.A Confidential
The Game
High School Reunion
Mulholland Falls
Her Majesty Mrs Brown
New series of Friends



Twin Push Chair in good condition. Contact 0502 36419



Molly, Rita and Agnes wish to thank most sincerely all their neighbours and friend who wished them well after their recent accident.