10th September 1998.          Price 30p




No Time To Spare.

Our time belongs to those who need us. It is not our own, for we were not meant to live for self and self alone. The passing days are precious gold to use and not to waste. There’s not much time for others when we live our lives in haste.

We make excuses for ourselves when faced with hard demands, something that requires a willing heart and ready hands. We say that we are weary with the burdens of the day, yet we seem to find the time for pleasure and for play.

We talk as if our lives belong to us exclusively. But our lives belong to God. Though busy we may be, the world is full of folks in need of comfort, help and care. This remember when you say you have no time to spare.



Parents A.G.M. will take place on Wednesday 16th September at 7.45 p.m.

Adult Education at Heywood Community School – Enrolment for Adult Education night classes on Monday 14th September, 7.00 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.



Another collection will take place in your area on Tuesday 15th September, between 10.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m.

If you have any Old Clothes, Bed Clothes, Curtains, Towels, Linens, Leather Goods, Handbags and Shoes, please put in plastic bags or boxes and leave at the Presentation Centre, Durrow.

We ask you to ensure that the clothes and textiles are clean and dry so they can be re-used. All of these items are badly needed for the Third World countries in Africa, India and Pakistan.

We thank you for your support. Peter O’Brien, Tel. 062-33237 in association with Rehab Recycling Services.



We are in the process of restructuring ou working groups. If you feel you have something to contribute to the development of Durrow and would like to be part of a working group, please contact Ann Vaugh at 0502-36228.


SYMPATHY is extended to the McGree family, Carrigan Street, Durrow, on their recent bereavement.




Welcome back to all pupils and teachers after the summer holidays. A special welcome to our new pupils and their families. We hope they will be very happy with us.

sincere thanks to Paddy Quinn and the FAS team for their great work in the school during the holidays.

Cumann na mBunscol Laoise

The Boys and Girls Football matches started last week. The girls team played Ballyfin on Thursday and were victorious in the game. Durrow 3 – 02, Ballyfin 3 – 01.

Team: Tina Dunne (goalie), Lisa Dooley, Cathy Walsh, Claire-Anne Alley, Carol Cleary, Susan Purcell, Vicki Donohue, Rita Jacob, Michelle Thornton.
Subs:Kate Freeman, Katrina Sheeran, Veronica Boyhan, Marie Brophy, Claire Phelan, Elma Walshe, Aisling Kelly, Yasmin Dempsey.

Scorers for Durrow – kate Freeman, 2 goals and 1 point, Carol Cleary 1 goal and 1 point.
The remaining matches will be against Ballinakill, Mountrath, Emo and Rath.

The Boys team was also on a winning streak defeating Abbeyleix in their match on Tuesday. Durrow 4 – 04, Abbeyleix 2 – 04..
Team: Colin Dooley (goalie), Justin Brophy, Stephen Shortall, Simon Dwyer, Bernard Dunphy (Capt.), Conor McCann, Paul Kenna, Lee Campion, Steven Thomas, Liam Lacey, Shane Donohue, Padraig Dunphy, Jonathan Boyhan.
Subs: Darren Lynch, Ian Doogue, James Donohue, Sean Healy, Seamus Clancy, Craig Parkinson and Liam Dowling.

Scorers: Padraig Dunphy 1 goal, Lee Campion 1 – 02, Seamus Clancy 1 goal, Shane Donohue 1 goal, Paul Kenna 2 points, Bernard Dunphy 1 point.
The remaining matches will be against Knockmay, Ballyroan, Rath and Ballinakill.

Many thanks to Mary Cleary for managing the Girls team and to Tommy Walsh for managing the Boys team. Sincere thanks also to Sean Cahill for refereeing the Boys match and for preparing the pitch in Cullohill.

LOTTO: Congratulations to Brian Clancy who won a £130 sports voucher, the winning prize in the Parents Council Raffle for those children who continued to sell Lotto tickets for the school, over the holidays.

We would like to wish Sean Brophy a speedy recovery after his operation. Sean is a great friend of the school and we are all thinking of him.

THE ANNUAL HOSPICE COFFEE MORNING will be held in the G.P. Room in the school on Thursday 17th September, 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. ALL ARE WELCOME.


SYMPATHY is extended to the Cashin family, Erkindale Drive, Durrow, on their recent bereavement.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Guilfoyle family, Durrow, on their recent bereavement.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Spencer family, Rapla, on their recent bereavement.

SYMPATHY is extended to Darina Allen, Ballymaloo, on the death of her father-in-law, Ivan Allen.



Bernie Brennan would like to invite you to take part in the Hospice Coffee Day on Thursday 17th September. All welcome. Please call anytime throughout the day. Phone 37270.



 “Good Luck to the Harps”, from Tommy & Mary Walsh and all our customers. Large Harps Flags, Harps Car Flags, limited amount of County Final Tee-Shirts for sale, also Laois Flags, Car Flags, Ariel Flags.

Videos: As Good As It Gets, Desperate Measures, Jackie Brown, Flubber, The Man In The Iron Mask.



Schoolboy Soccer Draw for trip to Old Trafford was won by Paul Shortall, Mill Road, Durrow. 2nd prize was won by Mark Flynn, St. Fintans Terrace Durrow. The club wish to thank all who supported this draw.




Continued from last issue –

The early part of the week passed casually and us Leaders were pretty much unscathed. The Scouts were adjusting to their surroundings and trying to settle in. As expected however, their alarming alacrity wasn’t going to last long. On Wednesday night most scouts were engrossed in the television watching Manchester United’s convincing performance against LKS Lodz. The scene was set. The decoy was in place and the dastardly deed was executed with considerable dexterity. Sleeping bags were the target and shaving foam was the ammunition.

This was the first attack of the week, so in order to prevent any further hits the perpetrators had to be apprehended. Fingers were pointed, accusations were made, but evidence was limited and the alibis appeared sound and genuine. It was looking like the culprit (shrewd scout) was going to remain anonymous and undetected until my astute innate detective talents took control. I decided to calmly accuse the chief suspect in front of everyone. He innocently refuted the statement by displaying his own sleeping bag which was freckled with shaving foam, while other victims bags were reminiscent of the snow capped Alps. Lacking evidence and vindictiveness, a conviction was never possible. We did contemplate freezing his assets, but then decided to leave him his sleeping bag. Innocent until proven guilty remember.

Overall it was a worthwhile experience for everyone concerned. The activities were enjoyable, the instructors were cheerful and resilient, the food exquisite and the week was adventurous. Oh and by the way, there were no fatalities!

For all this fun and activity a price had to be paid. This was made easier by the Parents & Friends Committee who subsidized a considerable amount from the total expense of the camp. The Leaders and Scouts would like to acknowledge the diligent work and unrelenting fundraising carried out by the committee. Let it be known that it is much appreciated and we express our thanks.



Progressive 25 Results

Sunday 30th August – 1st Joe Shiel and Paddy lalor. 2nd Kieran McNeill & Michael Fitzpatrick. Money Back – Bill Walsh & Paddy Delaney, Anthony & Mgt. Phelan, Fr. Lar Dunphy & Willie Tone.

Raffle winners: 1st Jim Duggan, 2nd Margaret Phelan.

Sunday 6th September – Joint 1st John Mooney & Jim Duggan and Jimmy Deighton & Joe Cass. Money Back – Ned Delaney & Jack Phelan, Paddy Mooney & Jim Mahony, Tommy Lennon & Mrs. Smith.

Raffle winners: 1st James Dwyer, 2nd Jimmy Deighton.


CONGRATULATIONS to James Fogarty, Dereen, Durrow and Kate Maher, Ballacolla, on their recent marriage.

CONGRATULATIONS to Margaret Walsh, Ballykealy and Noel Teale, on their recent marraige. They will live in London where they are both working.

CONGRATULATIONS to Joe and Marlene Whyte on the birth of a son.

CONGRATULATIONS to Kevin and Ann Kavanagh, Gurteen, on the birth of a son.

BEST WISHES to the Harps Senior Hurling Team who play Portlaoise in the County Championship Final in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise on Sunday 20th September.


FOR SALE – 3 SEATER COUCH, in good condition. Contact 0502-36334.


WANTED: Part-time Shop Assistant, until Christmas. Contact 36376.




IFA Livestock Farmers’ Income Protest Demonstration will be held on Tuesday September 15th at 11.00 a.m. at Molesworth St. / Kildare St. Dublin.

The IFA are calling a National Demonstration of Farmers. The purpose of the demonstration is to highlight the serious Income Crisis in the whole livestock sector. We are seeking people from the branches to travel.

 Travel arrangements: bus will leave the Square, rathdowney at 8.30 a.m –  Ballacolla at 8.45 a.m. – The Square Abbeyleix at 9.00 a.m. – Old Quinnsworth Car Park, Portlaoise at 9.15 a.m.



Durrow Community Playgroup is now up and running. We will open on Tuesday morning at 9:15 a.m. in the Presentation Centre. The Playgroup Leader is Caroline Nichol and her assistant is Catherine Clancy.

Any parents with children for playschool can enroll them on Tuesday.



Cullohill I.C.A. met at the Community Centre on Tuesday 1st September. Sympathy and prayers were offered to all the families who suffered bereavements since our last meeting. Reports were read and four members were appointed to attend the Federation in Clogh.

A letter signed by all members will be sent to Laois Co. Council asking them to  plan some action to deal with the traffic in the village. Since the planning authority will not allow developments in the main road we feel they are obliged to provide a safe way to turn off to our school and church. We ask all your support in our efforts.



The Harps  Senior Hurling team is through to the County Final for the second year in a row. Last Sunday they beat Camross in the semi-final. It was a good team performance and in the end they won by 8 points. They now face Portlaoise in the final on Sunday 20th September.

Hopefully they can go the whole way this year with a big crowd from the Parish cheering them on.

Camoige News

On Thursday night last the Harps U/16 Camoige team took on Mountmellick in the semi-final play-off. In wintery conditions the Harps girls gave one of their best displays ever. The final score was 1-12 to 0-1. Scorers for the Harps were: Mary Cleary 0 – 2, Louise Mahony 1 – 8,  Maeve Brophy 0 – 2. Well done to all the girls.

the team was: Teresa Dollard, Aine Lawlor, Orla Phelan, Patricia Dunphy, Maeve Brophy, Denise Quigley, Sinead Mahony, Nicola Brophy, Louise Mahony, Mary Cleary, Elaine Mahony, and Michelle Dunne.
Subs were: Alma Ryan, Lynsey Brennan, Ciara Lanigan and Treacy Lynch.

They now meet Camross in the final which will be on Saturday 19th September at 5.30 p.m. Venue yet to be decided.

The U/18 Camoige team are playing Castletown in Cullohill on Monday 14th September at 6.30 p.m. Your support would be appreciated for this match.


CONGRATULATIONS to Peter Phelan, Tubberboe, Durrow, who celebrated his 21st Birthday recently.

CONGRATULATIONS to Brendan and Niamh (Alley) Phelan, Galmoy, on the birth of a son.