CONGRATULATIONS to Pat and Sandra Dunne, Dereen, Durrow, on the birth of a son Paddy.
Congratulations to Ross and Helen Young, Core Fittness, Durrow, on the birth of a daughter Emily.
Congratulations to Tom and Emer Moore, The Course, Durrow, on the birth of aa daughter Hannah.
Congratulations to Sean Cahill and Ciara Lalor, Aughmacart, Cullohill, on the birth of a son Jack.
Congratulations to Sarah Phelan, Knockanoran, Durrow and Michael Magan, on their recent marriage.
Congratulations to Tanya Aylward, Patrick Street, Durrow and Patrick O’Shea, Gathabawn, on their marriage last weekend.

LOST: A bunch of keys were lost somewhere in Durrow on the last Friday of the Scarecrow Festival. It may have been in the playground or at laser wars or in some of the on-street play and dress up areas. The bunch contains a Toyota and a Nissan key among other keys and Dunnes, Tesco and Centra fobs.

LIFT REQUIRED to Portlaoise on Mondays to Fridays in September, from Cullohill or Durrow. Expenses will be paid. Contact (086) 8982427 if you have car space.

WANTED: Treadmill that somebody may not require any more. Please contact 087 6224740.

ST VINCENT de PAUL DURROW: Contact us, in strict confidence on (087) 1917813.

PRESENTATION CENTRE: The Presentation Centre beside the Catholic Church is available for hire. For further information please contact Angela on (087) 1928522.

CASTLEWOOD FARM-SHOP: Castlewood Organic Farm. Farmshop & Tearoom open Friday to Sunday 10am to 5pm. Organic beef, lamb, pork and bacon. Seasonal apples August – October, apple juice, local produce. Farm tours by appointment. For more information please contact Dominic on (087) 9694070.

NATIONAL TIDY TOWNS COMPETITION 2018: Judging is underway and we are asking all homes, premises and residents to keep the village clean and tidy, please sweep and clean up outside of your premises and make sure there is no litter around our beautiful village. With the busy tourist season now underway and the upcoming festivals in the Parish we ask everyone to play their part! Many thanks!

CHILMINDER AVAILABLE: Childminder available in Durrow area to mind child/children of playschool/school going age in own home. Own transport, homework supervision, and meals can be provided if requested. I am available on weekdays and weekends if required. All children would be welcome into a loving family environment. For further information, please call (087) 7020003.

ZUMBA CLASSES NOW ON BREAK! Karens Zumba Divas! Are on Summer break and will resume classes in early September. Keep an eye out in the local newsletter for details closer to the time!

LIVE WEATHER INFORMATION: For up-to-date information on rainfall, wind and temperature visit online which includes climate data going back to 2008.

DURROW REMINISCING GROUP: A book with 200 pages of Photographs spanning almost 100 years of Durrow and Cullohill memories including ICA, Hurling, Camogie, Soccer, School to mention but a few. Books for sale €25 each or two for €40. Please text or call Tom on (087) 2936531 or Kathleen on (086) 8263368 for further information.

PIPE BAND: The Durrow and District Pipe Band which is back open and running are seeking a few new members. Age is of no importance, anywhere between 9 and 90, male or female will be warmly welcomed. For more details contact John Sheeran, Bandmaster on (087) 2493749.

PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP: The group meets in the Presentation Hall, Durrow on Tuesdays from 9.30am. Any parents, carers, childminders etc… interested in attending with their little people, suitable from baby stage up to pre-school for a play, chat, cuppa and cake are most welcome to attend. For more information contact (086) 3914725.

CULLOHILL COMMUNITY CENTRE: The Progressive 25 Card Games are held in the hall every Sunday night at 8.30pm sharp followed by tea and sandwiches. Please support!

LAOIS COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTARY AWARDS 2018: Laois County Council in participation with Laois Public Participation Network wishes to celebrate the major contribution made by Community/Voluntary Organisations in County Laois. Nomination Forms are available in the following Categories:
* Arts, Culture & Heritage; * Healthy & Active Community; * Children & Youth; * Environment; * Social Inclusion; * Age Friendly; * Unsung Hero.
You can also make an individual nomination for an Unsung Hero Award for outstanding contribution by one person to community/voluntary life in their local area and/or the wider community in Co. Laois. Nomination forms and further information on terms & conditions are also available by contacting the Community Development Section, Laois County Council on (057) 8664150 or to by email. The closing date is Friday 24th August at 5pm.

NEXT NEWSLETTER: The next newsletter will be on sale the weekend of September 8th and 9th – weather permitting. All adverts must be booked with Angela Drennan (087) 1928522 or Mary Walsh (086) 3055157. Advertisements cost €2 per issue of Durrow Parish Newsletter and must be paid for in advance.