9th/10th May, 1998 – Price: 30 p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled by The Durrow Scouts

Thoughts For the Day

Happiness is so infectious once it gets about – Do not keep it to yourself but always give it out.
Happiness is catching.
How the joy germs thrive. If you’re feeling grateful just to be alive – don’t suppress your feelings.
Let them effervesce.
Start an epidemic, spreading happiness.


Never measure Time, but if you want a sum to do – count the many mercies that the Lord has granted you.
Count the boons and benefits, the things you’re thankful for.
Keep on adding to the list.
There’s always something more, something to be glad about whatever my betide, another item to be marked upon the credit side. Never measure out the miles as down life’s road you tread.
Do not count your birthdays up but count your friends instead.


Heywood Community School

Heywood Community School offers the following Post Leaving Certificate Course:

1. Euro Secretarial & Business (Full/Part time)
2. Information Processing (Full/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. Closing date for receipt of Apllications is Friday 22nd May.


Durrow Community Council

Regarding our recent piece on the Parish Newsletter about the proposed erection of the ESAT DIGIFONE MAST at the Garda Station we wish to state, in case there be any misunderstanding by the general public, that the contents was in no way intended as a slur on the two Gardai stationed in the town. The people of Durrow appreciate their work in the community.

Durrow Development Forum

On Sunday 10th May Laois Strategy Group are holding an open day in Clonaslee Community Hall from 2.00 – 6.00 pm. Durrow Development Forum are having a stand in this exhibition and it is hoped that as many D.D.F. members as possible will attend, your support would be appreciated.
The Laois Heritage Society will come to Durrow on Sunday 17th May. Mr Ned O’Brien, local historian, and members of Durrow Development Forum will give a guided tour of Durrow starting at The Green, at 3 pm. All those interested are invited.



Congratulations to Cullohill First Holy Communion children whos Big day is on Saturday 9th May.
Congratulations to Margaret and Pat Spencer, Rapla, Cullohill on the birth of a baby girl.
Congratulations to Martina Fogarty, Newtown and Brian Nugent, Cuffsgrange, on their recent marriage.
Congratulations to Sharon Sheppard, Knockanoran, Durrow and Paul Killian, Tullaroan, on their recent marriage.
Congratulations to the Lions Youth Soccer team on winning the Kilkenny & District League subsidiary Cup by 4-3 on Sunday last against Easten.

Durrow & District Camera Club

The Durrow & District Camera Club held it’s defered 10th Anniversary Photographic competition on Tuesday 5th May. The venue for the competition was the Nore Nets, with the theme being “Architecture of Durrow”. Approx. 27 110″ X 8″ prints were entered with 1st prize going to Martin Walsh. Runner up Terrance Smeaton, 3rd Liam Kavanagh.
The Camera Club committee would like to take this opportunity to thank Angela, Mick and Brid Carroll for their hospitality on the night. Thanks also to the members of Mountmellick Camera Club who judged the event.
The contest for the Eddie Moore Memorial Shield is hotting up and the final two competitions will be judged on Tuesday 2nd June. The themes are “Water” & “Cars”. At the moment Paul Cashin has 37 points followed by Breda Kelly with 24 points. With a total of 26 points available in each heat anything is possible at this stage.

N.B. Committee members please attend committee meeting monday 11th May at 8.30 pm sharp.


Cullohill I.C.A. Guild

The Cullohill I.C.A Guild met on Tuesday 5th May at the Community Centre. Votes of sympathy were passed with the family’s of Eileen Mansfield and Moira Farrell. Work on the history of the area is continuing and Rev. Fr O’Doherty gave us some good advice on completing the book. His help was greatly appreciated by the members.
Miss Teresa Quinn (Colour me Beautiful), Kilkenny, will put on a show for 2 hours at the meeting room in the Community Centre, on Tuesday 19th May at 8 pm. Admission £3. As space is limited please give your name and £3 to your nearest I.C.A. neighbour to book your place. Now – members welcome but book ahead!
Mary Walsh won the raffle and Lil Sheeran will attend the A.G.M on June 2nd at 8 pm.


Cullohill FAS

Cullohill FAS employees have cut and strimmed all the grass from the Church school area, approach roads and rock area, painted bins and erected two new bins supplied by Laois Co. Council. Teenagers please use the bins to keep Cullohill tidy. Weed killer has been spread in the graveled areas. Thanks to Laois Co. Council for the use of two skips for clean up Laois week. Gates, railings and oil barrell at Community centre will be painted when weather permits.
Well done lads you are doing a great job.


Durrow Tidy Towns

Tidy Towns judging will take place in early June, so now is the time to start preparing window boxes and hanging baskets. We are asking all householders to put out flowers and keep kerbs and footpaths clean. The workers on the present FAS scheme are not allowed by the Trade Unions to clean the streets. Durrow Tidy Towns committee are in the process of approaching all business people in the town for donations which will be used to pay a local man to help keep the streets clean and litter collected, but one man cannot do it all on his own. So we ask the community to respond to our request, to keep footpaths and kerbs clean in your own area.



Sympathy is extended to the Farrell family, Swan Road, Durrow on their recent bereavement.


Cullohill/Durrow Community Games

Congratulations to the girls and boys U/10 and U/14 from Cullohill and Durrow who beat Stradbally and Killeshin in Druaghts in the County Final. They will go forward to the Leinster final in the near future.


U/10’s – Brian Clancy (Captain)
Pat Walshe
Callum Creegan
Paula Madden
Patrick Lyons
Yvonne Delahunty (Sub)
Lorraine Delahunty (Sub)

U/14’s – Dan Delahunty (Captain)
Michael Larkin
Thomas Mooney
Helen Spencer
Paddy Holland
Mark White (Sub)
Claire Ann Alley (Sub)

Best of Luck to both teams.
Congratulations to Lisa Walsh, Bunlacken, U/10, who was highly commended on her art. She will be presented with her medal on Sunday in the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise.
Durrow/Cullohill U/12 soccer team are playing Portarlington in Portarlington on this Sunday morning.


Harps GAA Club

The Harps Camogie Club would like to thank everyone who supported their fund raising events. The club held a monster Progressive 25 game in Cullohill which was a great success and very well supported.

Winners include: 1st David Holland & Tom Sullivan
2nd Jackie Fogarty & Wm. Tone
3rd Michael & Brendan Carey

Other Prizes: Padraig Henderson & Margaret Delaney
Jim Duggan & Wat Delahunty
Joe Cahill & John Kennedy
Paddy Dunphy & Pat Dunphy

Sponsors for the Drive: Pius Hennessey
Oliver Stanley
Ned O’Flanagan
John Freeman
Tommy Walsh
Pat Delaney
Jack Murphy
Tom Woods
Noel Lalor
Marian & PJ Aylward
David & William O’Connell
John Phelan & Sons

A dart tournament was held in O’Connell’s on Saturday and Sunday last with over 50 people entering. With times running out on Sunday the quarter final and final was played on Monday. Winners as follows: Ger Henderson, Gathabawn and Kay Muldowney, Parknahown. Runners up are Sean Delaney, Parknahown and Joe Costigan, Cannonswood.
Thanks to sponsors of Prizes – 1st 2 sides of Lamb sponsored by O’Connell’s, Cullohill and Puis Henessey, 2nd 2 sides of bBacon sponsored by O’Connells.

A cake sale was held in Durrow & Cullohill last weekend. This was also a great successs. Thanks to the help of all the parents in Durrow and Cullohill who baked a lot of cakes, to those who donated money towards our events but did not take part in them.

We are holding a table quiz in O’Connells, Cullohill on Thursday 21st May at 9 pm. Your support would once again be very much appreciated.

Harps Development Draw – The Club are holding a development draw on 30th May. Tickets £20 are available from committee members.
Golf Classic – The Club are holding a Golf Classic on Saturday 16th May in Rathdowney. Time sheets – Phone Declan at 0502 36538. Your continued support would be greatly appreciated.

Harps Junior Camogie team will play Castletown in Castletown on sunday 10th at 1 pm.
Harps U/14 Camogie team will play Castletown in Cullohill on Monday 11th May at 6.30 pm.
Well done to Louise Mahoney and Denise Quigley who played a major part on the Laois team who won the U/16 B Championship. They now play Kilkenny A on Wednesday next, 13th May, in Camross.


Durrow Carnival Committee

The finals of the “Tops of the Town” competition takes place in the Castle Arms Hotel on Thursday 14th May and Friday 15th May. The running order is as follows:

Thursday 14th May

Cashin’s Bar at 8.30 pm sharp followed by The Castle Arms and Lennon’s.

Friday 15th May

The Nore Nets at 8.30 pm sharp followed by Gerri’s Bar and The Durrow Inn.

It is essential that all groups are organised and ready to go on at their allocated time as with 3 groups on per night, time will be at a premium. Co-ordinators from each group should liaise on the night to ensure a smooth run of acts. Entry fee on the night will be £2 per head. Come and support what should be a very enjoyable night.


Scout News

The Cubs will travel to Lough Dan, Co Wicklow, on Saturday 23rd May, to take part in the National Cub Fun Day. All Cubs are invited to take part in this fun packed day. The theme of the day is Down Under (Australia) so please bring fancy dress costumeas there will be a prize for the best costumed cub pack.
The bus bringing Durrow Cubs will leave the church car park at 7.45 am and arrive back at 5.30 pm approx. Full uniform must be worn by each cub. A change of clothes to be brought to take part in the fun games. Full details are being sent to parents. We wish all a very enjoyable day.


Durrow Parish Lotto Results

Monday 27th April: £850 Jackpot was won by Ben Conroy, Patrick Street, Durrow. No’s 7-18-19.

Tuesday 5th May: No Jackpot winner. No’s 1-14-19. £20 to Eamon Kavanagh, Gurteen and Dermot Woods, Erkindale, Durrow. £10 to Aileen Donohue, Erkindale drive, Durrow.

Next draw on Moonday 11tgh May in Lennon’s Bar. Jackpot £450.


Walsh’s Videos

For the latest videos contact Walsh’s at 0502-36411. A large selection in stock including children’s videos.