10th/11th April, 1999     Price – 30p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled by The Durrow Scouts

Thoughts of the Day 

Getting all you’ve prayed for doesn’t always bring content. Learn to take with gratitude what Providence has sent. Often God withholds from us the things for which we pray – and in the end we find that something better comes our way.


We’re only here a little while. We’re only passing by. Time has wings and quickly do the golden mements fly. So do not waste a single minute of the precious day. There is something to be gathered out of every phase.


Durrow Community Services

The present C.E. Scheme (FAS 8) has just finished. Great credit is due to both the Supervisors and the workers for their commitment to the Scheme over the past 12 months. It is hoped to have the next Scheme up and running by June. During the break between schemes it is hoped that 14 people will take part on a work placement Scheme. Eleven in Durrow and three in Cullohill. Those will carry out such work as grass cutting, spraying and cleaning of kerbs etc.

For Sale – Picnic Seats and Window boxes (exceptional quality), which were made by FAS Participants are for sale. Picnic seats £60, Window boxes £8 – £12 according to size. Very good value. Contact FAS office: 36376 or Mary Walsh at 36327.


Durrow Community Play Group

Durrow Community Play Group will open for children aged 2½  years and over from Monday 19th April. This will operate for the next term only. Parents can contact Caroline Nichol at 36493 for further details.


Lady required

Lady required to work part time in restaurant . Apply to Trish at 36544.


Durrow Ladies Club

Next meeting to be held on Wednesday 21st April in Castle Arms Hotel. The Agenda for the night will be setting up of a Saturday Market in Durrow. This will be held in the presentation Centre on the 1st May. The Letts System may be incorporated into the market. All members are invited to attend this meeting. Any persons interested in the setting up of a market are welcome to attend.


Harps GAA Club

Results of matches:

Division 1 – ACHL Harps 1 – 7, Rathdowney 1-6.
Division 3 – ACHL Harps beat Abbeyleix by 4 points.
Division 4 ACHL Harps 1-6, Slieve Bloom 2-8.
Division 3 – ACHL Harps beaten by Portlaoise by 2 points.

Upcoming fixtures:
Division 1 ACHL – Harps V Clough/Ballacolla, Venue – Ballacolla, 11th April @ 12 noon with an option to start match earlier due to Leinster U/21 Football replay at Tullamore.
Tuesday Senior Football, Harps V Heath.
Wednesday Division 5 Football, Harps V Errill.

Training: All players to attend Tuesday and Friday at 7.30 pm in Cullohill.



Sympathy is extended to the McKenzie family, St Fintan’s Tce, Durrow, on the death of Dinky this weekend.

Sympathy is extended to the Phelan family, Tubberboe and the Walsh family Erkindale, Durrow on the death of Larry and Mary’s Uncle, Jim Hennessy in Perth, Scotland this weekend.

Sympathy is extended to the relations and friends of Michael Farrell, Swan rd, Durrow who died on 3rd of April.

Sympathy is extended to the relations and friends of Mrs Julia Murphy, Carrigan street, Durrow who died on 2nd April.


Cullohill I.C.A 

The Cullohill I.C.A. met on Tuesday. Sympathy was offered to all the families who suffered bereavements since our last meeting. Reports from Council and Federation were read. Angela Brickley gave a talk o skin care. The Guild models, Mary and Nancy were congratulated on their Performance on the Fashion show ramp. The show was a great success.

Our new Television & Video were on view and much admired. The Guild will celebrate its 30th Birthday in May. Any past members or their friends are welcome to join us. Contact any member for details.

Mary Walsh and Betty Kirby won the raffle and the sum of £50 was given to Kosovo via Angela Brickly to Portlaoise Red Cross.


Lisdowney Development Association

Lisdowney Development Association present Ronan Tynan in Concert with the Garda Band, at the Hebron Road Venue, Kilkenny, on Friday 23rd April 1999. Tickets available at o’Connell’s, Cullohill and sherwoods, Kilkenny.


Durrow I.F.A

The organisers of the Fodder Collection for the West of Ireland thank everyone who gave so generously. A lorry load of bales has been sent to Ballycloy, Co. Mayo.



Congratulations to Kathleen Holland, Tubberboe, whose design has been short listed in a competition to find a Millennium logo for Ireland. Kathleen’s design has already won £500 and is one of six in line for the overall award of £5000. Best of luck in final Kathleen from your old friends at Cullohill NS.


Scout news


Our last get together before Easter was our “Denim night”. We had the Cub group from Ballyragget join us. Everyone turned out in their denims and prizes were awarded to the best dressed. Music and games were enjoyed by all and spot prizes were handed out and everyone got a bag of goodies.

Cub meetings will resume on Friday 16th April, notes will be sent out shortly.


Meetings will resume on Friday 16th April for all Scouts, at 8.30 pm in Presentation Centre. All Scouts please attend.


Golf News

The Cullohill Golfing Society AGM was held on the 23rd March. Congratulations to Michael Jacob (Galway) Captain for 1999. The Summer outing will take place on the 12th May in East Clare Bodyke Golf Club. Visitors wilcome on the day. Notice will be sent to members and please reply by the 28th April

Congratulations to Eileen Dowling and Quinnie Daly who qualified for the Daily Mail competition in Rathdowney Golf Club. Best of Luck to Margaret Phelan, Kay Muldowney, Lady President, and Claire Delahunty who are playing in Kilkenny next Monday and Theresa Delahunty Snr,  playing in Birr.


Cullohill FAS Committee

The ’98 FAS Scheme is now closing for a number of weeks. Thanks to the workers and supervisors for many good jobs done in the locality and we hope you will soon be back.

In the meantime, April is clean-up-month in Laois. Plastic bags and gloves are available from FAS committee, for each road to clean up their own area. We hope to have 2 skips to help dispose of rubbish, a couple of new bins will be erected at school to help dispose of rubbish, a couple of new bins will be erected at the school and CHILDREN PLEASE USE THEM, particularly in the Communityy Centre area.


Refugee Trust – Dance

A dance in aid of the refugee trust – Albanian Refugees (Fr Kevin Doheny) will be held in the Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow, on Saturday 24th April from 9 pm – 12.30 am. Music by – North to Alaska. Please support the great need of the refugees fleeing Kosovo.


Durrow & District Angling Club

On Sunday 11th of April the club will hold a trout fishing competition for the Bill Lawlor Memorial Cup. Usual rules apply, fishing from 10 am, weih in at Durrow Inn @ 6 pm.

The committe and members of the club would like to extend their deepest sympathy to Michael and Betty Walsh on the death of Betty’s mother Mrs Finn in Ballycallan recently.


Harps Camogie Club

The Harps Camogie Club would like to thank everyone who supported their sponsored walk on Monday last. Thanks to all those who came along and walked.

Congratulations to the Heywood C.S Camogie team who are the best team in Laois. The team defeated Mountmellick CS 4-1, St Fergal’s 2-1 in the group matches and then qualifie to defeat Brigidine Convent, Mountrath 5-2 in the semi final. In the final against St Fergal’s Rathdowney, Heywood won 2-1. Three members of the Harps Camogie team played onthe Heywood team, Aoife Donohue, Mary Cleary and Claire Dunne. Well done girls.



Congratulations to TJ and Mary Quinn, Bishopswood Durrow on the birth of a son Ronan.

Congratulations to John Holland, Tubberboe, Durrow who celebrated his 21st birthday recently in Austrailia.

Congratulations to the winners of pool tournament at Cullohill Community Centre. They were: Sean Cahill, winner and Liam Delaney, runner-up in Juvenile Section, Damien Phelan, winner and Edwin Dunne, runner-up in Senior section.


For Sale

Girls Bicycle, suit 10 – 13 year old. Very good condition. Phone: 36307

Electric Cooker in good working condition & push lawn mower. Contact 36115



Yorkshire Terrier, may have strayed too far from home and can’t find his way home. If you know where he is please contact Michael Donohue, 9, Erkindale Drive, Durrow.


Cullohill Community Centre

Sunday 28th March

Joint winners – Bernie & Ann Kilbride and Joe and Mary O’Leary and Michael Dooley & Jim Walsh.
Joint 2nd – Kieran McNeill & Jim Mahony and Paddy Dunphy & Tony Dooley.
Other Winners – Jack Fitzpatrick & Tom Kenny, Michael Kileen & Frances Darcy, Fr. Lar Dunphy & Joanie Kavanagh.

Raffle Winners: 1st Larry Mahony, 2nd Pat Sullivan, 3rd Tony Dooley, 4th Mick Lalor.

Sunday 4th April

Joint 1st – Gerard Delaney & Connie Bergin, Joe Fanning & Mick McLoughlin, Peter Coffey & Mary Teresa Delaney.
Other winners – Michael & Alice Fitzpatrick, Phil @& Helen Lalor, Ned Duggan & Paddy Dunphy, Peter Kinnane & Andy Fogarty.

Raffle Winners: 1st and 3rd Mem Dunphy, 2nd Mick Mcloughlin, 4th Dick Brennan, 5th Paddy Lalor, 6th Pierce Kavanagh, 7th Martin Mahony, 8th Mary Kelly.

The card committee thank everyone who was so generous to the benefit night. A sum of £420 was raised. Thanks again.
Cards as usual on Sunday next at 9 sharp.


Durrow Parish Lotto Results

Monday 29th March: No Jackpot winner. Nos: 12-18-23
£20 won by Mrs Kenny, Tubberboe, Durrow and Patrice Phelan, Coolnacritta, Rathdowney.
£10 Joe Glennon, c/o Phelan’s Hardware=, Durrow.

Tuesday 6th April: £700 Jackpot won by Marie Murphy, Skehana, Castlecomer. No’s 7-21-28

Next draw on Monday 12th April in Phelan’s Bar. Jackpot £500.


Race Night

Durrow Community Council are holding a Race Night in the Castle Arms Hotel on Saturday 17th April. All proceeds will go towards the Millenium Bridge project. Horses at £10 each can be bought from any Community Council member. Your support will be much appreciated. A great nights entertainment assured.


Lions Soccer Club

The Lions A team lost 4-3 to Highview Athletic in the premier division game on Sunday last. Scorers for the Lions: A. Campion, R. Dempsey, K. Pembroke. The Lions were 3-0 down at half time and got back on level terms with a great second half performance only to concede a late goal.

Food & Flowers

The Lions Soccer Club are hosting a food & flower Extravaganza in the Castle Arms Hotel on Thursday 15th April from 8.30 pm. Demonstrations will be by Richard Das, Castle Arms Hotel & Oliver Lawlor, Lawlor’s Gardens.

Tickets £5 each, cheese and wine reception from 8 – 8.30 pm


Durrow Community Services

Applications are invited for positions on the forthcoming C.E Scheme due to start in June. Applications to local FAS Office, Phone: 36376.