28th/29th March, 1998 – Price: 30p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled by The Durrow Scouts

Thoughts of the day

Never let your trials and troubles fill you with dismay.
There’s a purpose in them all as you will find one day.
Often the calamities are blessings in disguise.
The things that make us humble are the things that make us wise.


Life is double sided; there’s a wrong side and a right.
A sad side and a happy side, a black side and a bright.
So if things seem dark to you just change your thoughts about,
Life will look quite different if you turn it best side out.


Public Meeting

There will be a public meeting regarding the future of the boy’s school in the Presentation Centre, Durrow on Thursday 2nd April at 8.30 pm.


Durrow Community Council – Public Meeting

On Tuesday next 31st March a public meeting will be held in the Presentation Centre, Durrow in order to discuss ideas for the Millenium. Please come along and voice your opinion.



The Durrow Community Services – FAS 7 Annual General Meeting was held in The Castle Arms Hotel on Thursday 26th March. Chairman, Seosamh Murphy said FAS 7 Scheme had been most successful. He praised Supervisor Paddy Quinn for his great work during the year. He alos thanked the committee for their dedication. He commented that the workers had received a great deal of training and this will continue in the forth coming scheme – FAS 8 which commences on 14th April. The skills the workers acquire will eventually help in assisting them on to full time employment in the future. All present agreed that both Durrow Cullohill have benefited greatly from the FAS Scheme. The Chairman said he looked forward to the co-operation of all clubs and organisations during the coming year.

Officers elected – Chairman – Seosamh Murphy
Vice Chairman – Michael Donohue
Secretary: Anne Vaugh
ASS. Secretary: Carmel Bowe
Treasurer: Mary Walsh

Committee will be made up of representatives from all clubs/organisations in the area.



Sympathy is extended to Tom Doheney and family, Graiguevoice, on the death of his brother Denis in Ballingarry.
Sympathy is extended to the Dunphy family, Derry road, Durrow, on the death of John Dunphy.
Sympathy is extended to the Bergin family, Raheenleigh on the death of Jerry Bergin, Blackwood, Freshford.


Durrow & District Angling Club

The Trout Fishing Competition for the Ritchie O’Rourke Cup, due to be held on Sunday 29th March, has been postponed until Sunday 19th April as a mark of respect to the late John Dunphy. Sympathy is extended to the Dunphy family.
Results of Competition for the William Lawlor Memorial Cup which was held on March 17th, as follows:

1st – John Gallagher – 2.14 lbs
2nd – Jack Killegher – 1.75 lbs
3rd – Jack Wallace – 1.40 lbs


Lions Soccer Club

The Lions A soccer team are out of the McCalmont Cup by virtue of their 2 – 1 defeat by Evergreen in Durrow. The game was played before a large attendance and the young Lions team were unlucky not to get at least a draw. Scorer for the Lions was Sean woods.

In the youth Subsidiary Cup the Lions defeated Fort Rangers by 7 – 3.


Tops of the Town

The fifth leg of the Tops of the Town will be held in Cashin’s Bar on this Saturday night, 28th March, at 9.30 pm. Patrons please note the change of date. A great night’s entertainment assured.


The Irish Heart Foundation

Collection outside Cullohill Church Gates amounted to £139.
The classes given by personel from the Heart Foundation, at the Community Centre was very successful and much appreciated by the 17 people who attended. We may put on another in the Autumn.


Laois Federation Fashion Show

Laois Federation Fashion Show is being held in The Castle Arms Hotel on Tuesday 31st March. Great night assured. Tickets £5 each.


St. Fergal’s College

Congratulations to St Fergal’s Basketball Senior team on winning the All-Ireland “D” Final, which was played in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, on wednesday 18th March. It is the first All-Ireland for the girls and one thoroughly deserved after a great performance, the final score being 32-24. Members of the team included: Imelda Galvin, Maeve Brophy, Joyce Donohue and Marie Lalor.
Comiserations to St. Fergal’s Senior Football team who lost the Leinster Football “B” Final on Thursday last. The lads came up against strong opposition and badly missed their players who were out through suspension.



For Sale: A single bed complete with matress and head board – as good as new – Contact 0502 – 37284.

White Bathroom Suite, Round Coffee Table, 4 New Fire Doors, 6 Kitchen Chairs. Phone: 0502-33353



Congratulations to Colin Lawlor, Mill Road, Durrow, who celebrated his 21st Birthday recently.


Cullohill Primary School

Qualifiers in Community Games Draughts Competition:

U/12 – Paddy Holland, Helen Spencer, Mark White, Dan Delahunty and Michael Larkin.
U/10 – Paula Madden, Emily Delahunty, Yvonne Delahunty, Lorraine Delahunty and Patrick Lyons.

Cumann na mBunscoil Hurling:

On Tuesday evening last Cullohill boys played Durrow. The score was Cullohill 2-5 Durrow 1-3. The scorers were: Sean Bourke 1 – 0, Sean Cahill 1-0, John Prior 0-2 and Alan Brennan 0-3. The next game for the boys is against Knockmay.

Cumann na mBunscoil Camogie:

On Thursday evening last Cullohill girls drew with Ballinakill, the final score bing 4 goals each. Cullohill scorers: Joan Dollard 2-0, Margaret Prior 1-0 and Aine Mahoney 1-0.



Thanks very much to all the people who subscribed to Daffodil Day in Cullohill area. The amount raised so far is £768.65. Thanks again from the organiser.


Durrow Parish Lotto Results

Monday 16th March: Jackpot of £1,050 was won by Eugene Murphy, Castlecomer. No’s 20-15-18.

Monday 23rd March: Jackpot of £250 won by John Bourke, cullohill. No’s 9-15-18.

Next draw on Monday 30th March in O’Connell’s Cullohill. Jackpot £250.00.


Heywood Community School

The following post leaving certificate courses are on offer at Heywood Community School:

1. Euro Secretarial & Business (full time/part time)
2. Information Processing (full time/part time)
3. Community and Health Services – Nursing Studies
4. Community and Health Services – Community Care
5. Agricultural Engineering

Application forms and further information from: The Secretary, Heywood Community School, Ballinakill, Co Laois. Phone: 0502 33333.
Closing date for receipt of application forms is friday 3rd of April.


Durrow Summer Camp

Durrow Summer Camp, organised and sponsored by 3rd Laois (Durrow) Scouts will be held again this Summer. Application forms will be distributed to the children through the schools in Cullohill and Durrow. Anyone who wishes to apply and is not in those schools can get them from Angela Drennan or Mary Walsh.
The camp will be held from 6th July to 14th August for 5 to 14 year olds. Eight students will work on the camp under the Student Summer Jobs Scheme. Names have already been received for this work so if any student wishes to apply please do so as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. You can give your name to Mary or Angela.


Durrow & District Camera Club

The A.G.M of the camera club was held recently and elected to guide the fortunes of the club for the coming year were:

Chairman – Eugene Meegan
Secretary – Liam Kavannagh
Treasurer Paul Cashin
P.R.O – Martin Walsh
Competitions – Terence Smeaton & Pat Farrell
FAS Delegate – Breda Kelly
Committee – Helen Monnelly and John Flynn.

The club programme until Mid-May is as follows:

6th April – 3rd round of the Eddie Moore Memorial Shield Theme “Animals/Birds”.
20th April – Bowling in Carlow.
5th May – “Architecture of Durrow” competition.
18th May – Black & White competition.

New members are always welcome to come along to any of the club meetings.


Cullohill Community Centre

Progressive 25

March 18th – 1st Tommy White & Michael Fitzpatrick
2nd Larry Mahoney & Tommy Corrigan.

Raffle winners – Tommy Corrigan and Pierce Kavanagh.

March 25th – 1st Fr. Larry Dunphy & Willie Dunphy
2nd Johnny Kelly & Neddy Brophy

Raffle winners – Kathleen Cummins and Jim Duggan.


Well Done

Well done to Denise Quigley and Louise Mahoney who were on the winning Laois U/16 Camogie team last Sunday, when they defeated Carlow 4-9 to 2-4. Denise scored 0-4 and Louise scored 1-3.


Durrow Credit Union

Opening times on Holy week will be on Thursday 9th April (Holy Thursday) at the usual times: Morning: 10.30 – 11.30 am
Evenin: 7.30 – 9.30 pm


Durrow C.Y.M.S.

In a tense yet brilliant final of the Father and Son Snooker Tournament Noel and Aidan Keenan overcame David and Lee Donohue in a five frame thriller. The game was decided on the black in the final frame. Well done to both finalists.


Easter Concert

The Portlaoise Singers under the direction of Brendan McNamara, B. Mus. present an Easter Concert at the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise on Sunday 5th April at 8 pm. Also featuring: Presentation Convent Junior Choir.
Tickets £5.