DURROW CARNIVAL 2007: August 3rd to August 6th: We invite you to join in the spirit of Durrow Carnival weekend by:
· attending the Canoe Regatta at the Old Bridge on Friday evening 7.30p.m.
· entering a Queen and Bachelor in the Contests in Peadar’s Bar on Friday night or by just supporting them
· attending PUB SOCCER in Lions Grounds on Saturday evening from 6p.m. – 8.30p.m.
· ENTERING A FLOAT IN THE PARADE on Sunday
· TAKING PART IN THE FANCY DRESS competition
· ENJOYING THE ENTERTAINMENT on the Green
· bringing your children to the TEDDY BEAR’S PICNIC on the Green on Monday
THE PARADE will commence from Erkindale Drive at 1.30p.m. on Sunday. Adults & Children entering the FANCY DRESS competition to take part in The Parade. LIVE MUSIC & Carnival Amusements on the Green all Sunday afternoon. TEDDY BEAR’S PICNIC on the Green at 3.00p.m. on Monday.
CANCELLATIONS: Queen & Bachelor Contest on Friday 3rd August and Pub Soccer on Saturday 4th August are cancelled as a mark of respect to the Lennon family. The Carnival committee would like to offer their deepest sympathy to the family on their recent bereavement.
NATIONAL TIDY TOWNS COMPETITION: This weekend if the final judging in the Tidy Towns Competition. As this is our Carnival weekend we would appeal to everyone to come out and keep out side their premises clean and litter free.
LOCAL TIDY TOWNS COMPETITION: The Tidy towns Competition winners for July: Joint First Prize winners: Jim & Cella Delahunty, The Bridge, Durrow and John & Catherine Freeman, Mary Street Durrow. Joint Second Prize winners: Stella Dwyer, Erkindale Drive and Anglo & Veronica Dunne, Erkindale Drive. Judging in this competition is based on litter, weeds, colour, floral display and overall appearance. No entry forms are necessary as all are judged.
PLEASE NOTE: No dumping of grave yard rubbish allowed in the vicinity of the Church grounds. Please take home all your rubbish.
HERITAGE WEEK 2007 IN COUNTY LAOIS: National Heritage Week 2007 begins on Saturday 25th August in Co. Laois. Heritage Week nationally is co-ordinated by the Heritage Council. Events in Laois are co-ordinated by the Heritage Office of Laois County Council. There is a varied and interesting range of events planned for the week. The following are some of the events taking place throughout the County most of which are free.
Bat Talk & Walk – Saturday 25th August, 8.30pm in the Parish Centre, Portlaoise. Talk by Conor Kelleher on the bats of Ireland and the world, followed by a walk to Portlaoise Town Park to see and hear bats, using bat detectors.
Family Wildlife at Brittas Lake – Sunday 26th August, 2pm-5pm. Wild fun for all the family with nature walks, games and exploration, with Betsy Hickey.
“Music for a Summers Afternoon” – Sunday 26th August, 2pm-4pm at Emo Court, Classical concert with guitarist and flautist. Booking not required.
Heritage Railway Open Day – Sunday 26th August, 2.30pm-4.45pm. at Stradbally Hall Estate.
Narrow gauge train will operate to give woodland rides for visitors.
Emo Court Free Guided Tours – Sunday 26th August and Sunday 2nd Sept. hourly on the hour.
Free entry to house with guided tours.
Talk on the History of Abbeyleix – Monday 27th August, 8pm. At Heritage House. Lecture and slideshow on the history of Abbeyleix Heritage Town.
Heritage Photography – Tuesday 28th August, 8pm-10pm in Parish Centre, Portlaoise.
Guided Tour of Rock of Dunamase – Wednesday 29th August, 7pm at Rock of Dunamase.
Guided tour of “Flight of the Earls” Trail – Wednesday 29th August, 7pm at Poet’s Cottage, Camross. Guided tour followed by music and refreshments.
Wildlife Gardening & Compost making workshop – Thursday 30th August, 11am. At Heritage House, Abbeyleix.
Industrial Heritage of Laois – Thursday 30th August, 8pm at Parish Centre Portlaoise.
Family Wildlife Walk on the Grand Canal – Friday 31st August, 7pm-9.30pm meet at Vicarstown Bridge, Vicarstown. Explore the wildlife of the Grand Canal. Suitable for adults and children.
Donaghmore Workhouse – Saturday 25th August to Sunday 2nd September at Donaghmore Workhouse Museum.
Stradbally Steam Museum – Saturday 25th August to Sunday 2nd September from 2.30pm-5pm. At The Green Stradbally.
Heywood Gardens – Saturday 25th August to Sunday 2nd September from 8am-7pm at Heywood Gardens, Ballinakill.
Mountmellick Museum, Photographic Exhibition on Saturday 25th August to Friday 31st August 2pm-4.30pm at Mountmellick Museum.
Irish Fly Fishing & Game Shooting Museum on Saturday 25th August to Sunday 2nd September Daily at Irish Fly Fishing & Game Shooting Museum, Attanagh, Durrow.
PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP: Please note the Parent & Toddler Group is closed for the month of August.
DURROW NEWSLETTER: Please have all notes in by 7.00pm Thursdays for printing.
Congratulations to Kayla Newman, Erkindale Drive on her successful and brave achievement.
Kayla is 8 1/2 years old, and she climbed Croagh Patrick in Co. Mayo in 3 1/2 hours. Well done Kayla.
Congratulations to Aisling Lanigan, Swan Road, and Padraic Lalor, Shanahoe on their recent engagement.
Sympathy to the Lennon family, Mary Street on their recent bereavement.
Sympathy to the Dwyer & Monaghan families, Erkindale Drive on their recent bereavement.
DURROW PARISH LOTTO RESULTS: Monday July 23rd 2007: There was no jackpot winner of €7,600. The numbers drawn were: 10, 12, 16 and 25. The small draw winners were: €30: Dolores Roberts, Cullohill, County Laois; €25: Noel Mooney, Attanagh, County Laois; €20: Emer O’Brien, Derry Road, Durrow, Laois.
Monday July 30th 2007: There was no jackpot winner of €7,750. The numbers drawn were: 14, 16, 21 and 27. The small draw winners were: €30: Shane Doogue, Balinaslee, Durrow, Laois; €25: Celie Hennessey, Swan Road, Durrow, Laois; €20: Margo McKenzie, St Fintans Tce, Durrow.