10th/11th October, 1998 – Price 30p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled by The Durrow Scouts

Thoughts for the day 

Remembering those day

Every season brings its special memories to me.
Through the chaging year I walk in unseen company, with those I loved and shared so much.
And now with Autumn’s phase I walk again the golden woods remembering those days.


October Morning

Drifting mist and burning bushes all along the garden ways.
Blue smoke rising from the chimney through the soft and silvery haze.
Weds upon the spangled hedges. wisps of gauze upon the lawn.
Dying roses wan and lovely in the grey October dawn.
By the pond a white birch weeping.
Sighing wind and falling leaf, and a small bird fluting sweetly, heedless of the tree’s quiet grief.


Durrow Carnival Committee

Durrow Carnival Committee will hold a meeting on Wednesday night, 14th October, in the Old Boys School Hall. All members please attend.


Durrow Development Forum 

Durrow Development Forum


Lord Major Fancy Dress Ball
in The Castle Arms Hotel,
on Saturday 31st October (Halloween night)

Admission £5

Music by: The Smithereens

£50 Prize for Best Fancy Dress Costume


Apostolic Display 

A raffle will take place at Apostolic Display on November 1st.
Tickets now on sale.
Please help us to support the Missions.
Next meeting in Cullohill Community Centre at 8 pm on Monday 19th October.
Everyone welcome to help.


Readers for the Word of God for Durrow Church

At present we are building up our church reader’s rota. If you believe that you (or someone you have ascertained to) have a gift, talent and ministry to read the Word of God at the weekend masses, etc, please let us know as soon as possible.


Harvest Thanksgiving Service

Harvest Thanksgiving Service at the church of Ireland, Durrow on Sunday 18th October at 7 pm. As an ecumenical service, the parish Catholic community is invited to partake.



Congratulations to Deirdre Mooney, Grennan, Attanagh and Liam O’Brien, Donaghmore, Rathdowney, on their recent marriage.
Congratulations to Seamus Brophy, Aughmacart and Teresa Hennessey, Crosspatrick, on their recent marriage.
Congratulations to eamon Fogarty, Newtown and Fiona Bergin, Rathmakelly, Ballacolla, on their recent marriage.


Our Lady’s Meadow P.S.

Cumann na mBunscoil Laois:The girls Football team are through to the final after winning their last matchagainst Rath on Thursday. Well done to all – especially to their trainer Mary Cleary. The final will be against Ballyfin or emo.
The Boys Football team are through to the Semi-finals. Venue and time not yet decided. The boys will play against either Rath or Knockmay. We wish the boys and trainers tommy walsh and Michael Lanigan every success.

Abbeyleix Heritage Centre: The sixth class pupils paid a most enjoyable and interesting visit to Abbeyleix recently. Their trip included a guided tour of the Heritage Centre, Abbeyleix Town, Dove house sensory gardens and the sexton’s house. All agreed that it was a very worthwhile visit.

Furniture: Sincere thanks to our Parent’s Council who purchases beautiful new Postura Chairs and desks for the 6th class recently. More will be purchased as funds become available so keep selling those lotto tickets.

Book Fair: Our annual book fair once again proved a great success. Over £700 was raised and the school received £400 worth of books as commission. Many thanks to the parents who gave so freely of their time to run the fair.


KWS Bridge St Portlaoise

Come visit our showrooms at Bridge St., new selection of tiles in stock. 20% off all tiles. Phone: 0502-60558.


Harps Camogie Club

A Harps Camogie team is through to yet another County Final. This time it is the minor team. They beat Castletown, Camross and Ballyfin to reach this final. They are now meeting Camross again in th efinal on Sunday 18th of October. Time and venue to be arranged. Well done to Teresa Delahunty trainer and the team on reaching this final.

Team: Elaine Clancy, Sharon Lynch, Laura Mahoney, Marie Lalor, Maeve Bophy, Blaithnead Clancy, Catriona Phelan, Denise Quigley, Michelle Fitzpatrick, Claire Donohue, Louise Mahoney, Adrienne Cooke.

Subs: Carol Daly, Alma Ryan, Orla Phelan, Patricia Dunphy, Mary Cleary.

BEST OF LUCK GIRLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Cullohill Macra Na Feirme

Cullohill Macra Na Feirme are holding a Table Quiz in O’Connell’s Cullohill on Friday 16th October at 9 pm. Your support would be appreciated.


Mission Sunday 

Mission Sunday is on Sunday 18th October. Pope John Paul II tirelessly points out that the day of mission is not over. There will be no St. Vincent de Paul collection taken up in the churches this month in favour of the mission collection. You may put your offering in an envelope and title it Missions, and hand it into either churches next weekend. Usual collectors please attend. N.B As a measure of our charity, please do not hold another collection at the church gates.


Durrow Fire Brigade

Durrow Fire Brigade once again proved tops when they won the Aer Rianta Shannon Airport Pump Drill Competition on Sunday 4th October. This is a great achievement for the Durrow Fire Brigade having already won the All Ireland in Dublin in September. The team were presented with the Aiden Walsh Cup and Replica and set of Galway crystal glasses each. Team: Gay Lalor, Martin Lawlor, Ger Brophy, Tom Flynn and David Donohue.

WELL DONE LADS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Cullohill Community Centre

Progressive 25 Results: 

Sunday 27th September game cancelled as a mark of respect to the Walsh Family, Ballykealy.

Sunday 4th October – Joint 1st Mi. Dunphy & Lar Dunphy, MKartin Mahony & Peader Duggan. 2nd Jimmy Dwyer & John Mooney. Money back – Fr Lar Dunphy & Kitty Mulligan,  Molly Dollard & Rita McEvoy. Raffle winners- Lar Dunphy & Bridie Quinn.

Cards every Sunday night and your support greatly appreciated.

Squash League

Anyone interested in playing in an inter-club squash league should enter their name on a chart in Cullohill Community Centre. A team (or teams) of five will play a number of local clubs one night weekly over a number of weekis. Local Leagues in Handball and squash will also be commencing in the centre.

Cullohill ICA

Cullohill ICA Guild meeting was held on Tuesday last. Votes of sympathy were passed with Charlotte Walsh and family on the death of Tom, Emily Stanley and family on the death of Joe, Paddy Spencer and family on the death of Danny, Mrs Bishop and family on the death of her mother. Ar Deis De Go Raimh Siad.

Congratulations to management and staff of Oldtown Construction on their quality award.

Reports from clough Federation meeting were read. Membership cards were distributed. Bridgid Dunphy won the raffle. Local people in hospital were wished a speedy recovery. we got no reply as yet to our request to Laois Co.Council to control in some way the speeding traffic through the village.


October Stations

The October Stations, for the financial support of your priests, was taken up in durrow and Cullohill churches at the first friday masses and last weekend. we the priests, sincerely thank our parishioners who, yet again have contributed so generously. The outstanding offerings will be most welcome at anytime.


Cullohill Neighbourhood Mass

The Maynebog/Gurteen, Cullohill postal address district will have a neighbourhood mass on tuesday October 13th at 8 pm. Jimmy, anne and Mrs Mahoney will host the mass and kindly invite all their neighbours to attend. The Oldtown district will have a neighbourhood mass on Tuesday 20th October at 8 pm. Michael and Ann Dunphy will host the mass and kindly invite all their neighbours to attend.

Thanks to Paddy and Eileen ryan and their neighbours for a wonderful night at Newtown.


Walsh’s Newsagents

Film’s in stock, Large selection.

New arrivals: Hoodlums, Wag the Dog, U.S Marshals.

Much awaited TITANIC out on 19th October.


Cullohill PTAA

Cullohill PTTA are celebrating their 70th Anniversary with a mass on Friday 6th November at 8.15 pm. All members past and present are invited



October is the month of the holy Roasary, Please remember to pray in your home.


Durrow parish Lotto

No jackpot winner on Monday last. Next draw on Monday 12th October in Phelans Lounge. Jackpot £900.0



Sympathy is extended to the Walsh family, Ballykealy on their recent bereavement.


Durrow & District Anglers

The final fishing competition of the year was held on Sunday last for the John Dwyer Memorial Cup for Pike fishing.

Results: Joint 1st – Mick Nolan & Michael Walsh. 2nd – Danny Doyle. 3rd Michael O’Rourke. Heaviest Trout of the Year: John Gallagher 2.14Ibs. Heaviest Pike of the Year: Shane Lawlor 14Ibs. Fisherman of the Year: Mick Nolan.

The club would like to thank everyone for their help during the year, especially Susan Lawlor and staff for use of weigh scales, Michael and Trish Gaughan, Landowners and everyone who sponsored prizes and competitions.


Durrow & District Anglers have received a grant of £12,500 through the Tourist Angling measures for the development of the River Nore at Dunmore Wood. The work will be due next Spring and will  greatly enhance the fishing in the area. The grant came through the Southern Region Fisheries Board.


Durrow Carnival Committee

The AGM of Durrow Carnival Committee was held on Tuesday 29th September. The following officers were elected: Chairman: Seosamh Murphy. Secretary: Imelda Foyle. Treasurer: Declan Phelan. PRO: Brid Carroll.

The new committee are very excited about their plans for next years carnival. A fundraising Caberat will be held in the Nore Nets on Dunday 11th October. Your support would be appreciated.


Golf News

Congratulations to John Delahunty, Cullohill on winning the All Ireland inter county Golf competition in Thurles, with a wonderfulscore of 43 points of 7. Well done to PJ Bowden on winning the “Captain’s Prize” of the Cullohill Goldf Society. The Captain, Mr Bill Martin, wishes to thank everybody for their support on the day.


Heywood community School

Silver circle results:

Week 1: 1st. Nonie Wallace, Ballinakill, 2nd. David Kells, Cullohill, 3rd. Stella Kelly, Durrow, 4th. Andy Shiels, Abbeyleix, 5th. Linda walsh, Ballinakill, 6th. Susan O’Brien, Ballyroan.

Week 2: 1st. Sean Miller, Abbeyleix, 2nd. Shiela Moore, Cannonswood, 3rd. Damien O’Rourke, Ballyragget, 4th. Karen Flynn, Derry rd, Durrow, 5th. Darren Fennelly, Abbeyleix, 6th. Joesph Drennan, Parksgrove, Ballyragget.

Prizes: 1st:£200, 2nd:£150, 3rd:£100, 4th:£75, 5th:£50, 6th:£25.

Next 2 draws on Monday 19th October. We thank you for your support.


Computer Course

Cullohill Community Centre, Basic Introduction, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Database, Overall General concept of computers. Starting: 9th November 1998. Morning & evening class available. Week Course, 3 hours per week. one computer per person. Cost: 150. Comtact Ciara/Barbara at 0502 37317. City and Guild Certificate £40 extra.



Confirmation will be administered in Durrow Parish on Sunday 30th May 1999 at 11 am.