13th/14th January, 1996                                                                                                                                Price 30p




We stand once more on the threshold of a shining and unblemished year, untouched yet by TIME and FRUSTRATION, unclouded by FAILURE and FEAR. How will we use the days of this year and the TIME God has placed in our hands. Will we waste the minutes and squander the hours leaving no prints behind in time’s sands. Will we vainly complain that LIFE is so SWIFT that we haven’t the time to do good.

Our days are too crowded, our hours are too short to do all the GOOD things we should. We say we would pray if we just had the time, and be kind to all those in need. But we live in a world of PLANNED PROGRESS and our natural password is SPEED. God grant us the grace as another year starts to use all the hours of our days. Not for our own selfish interests and our own willful, often wrong, ways. But to teach us to take TIME for PRAYING and to find time for LISTENING TO YOU. So each day is spent well and wisely doing WHAT YOU MOST WANT US TO DO.



The Durrow / Cullohill Senior Citizen’s Party will be held on Sunday 25th February ’96 in the Castle Arms Hotel. Invitations will be issued a week or so prior to the party.

Grateful thanks to the Scouts for their very generous donation towards the party, which they raised at their Carol Service. We appreciate it very much indeed.#Thank you once again to Sean Brophy and the FAS workers who helped out with the Christmas Tree.




Monday 18th December – Jackpot of £850 was won by Sinead Alley, Bishopswood.

Monday 8th January – £250 Jackpot was won by Sheila Finnegan, Cork Road, Durrow.

Results of our Annual Christmas Raffle

Turkeys – Mrs Sheila Delaney, Cullohill & P.J Simms, Ballinakill.
Hams – Mary Dollard, Cullohill, John Moore, Cannonswood and Vera Kenna, Patrick Street, Durrow.
Hampers – John Sheppard, Ballyouskill and Jack Daly, Esso Station.
Petrol Voucher – Marina Walsh, Hairdresser and Jack Murphy, The Square.
£10 Voucher – Noel Brett, c/o O’Shea’s, Swan Road and Joe Donohue, Cork Road.
£15 Voucher – J. Fitzgerald, Clough.
Sweets & Biscuits – C. McRae, Ballacolla and Ml. Carroll, Nore Nets.
Jug Kettle – B. Cleere, c/o Avonmore.
Btl. Wine – D. Lynch, Derry Road.
Sweets – Marie Bergin, Rathmakelly.
Biscuits – Grett Fennell, Dereen and J. Bowe, Capponellan.
Bottles of Whiskey – Peter Carey, Cullohill, Jack Daly Esso Station,
Carrie & Vicki Donohue, Erkindale Drive,Durrow, Dan Prior, Gurteen,
Ml. Byrne, Dunmore, Marie Young, Erkindale Drive, Durrow,
Ml. Fitzpatrick, Lr. Tubberboe, Catriona Redmond, Shanahoe,
Sheila Walsh, Ballinakill, R. Moylan, Kilkenny,
P. Coffey, Barn Hill, S. Prior, Attanagh,
B. Cashin c/o J. Cashin, Carrigan Street,
Toiletries – T. Brennan Cullohill & D. Phelan, Mountrath.
Sweets – Gay O’Sullivan, Erkindale Drive.

Next Lotto Draw on Monday 15th January in Castle Arms Hotel. Jackpot £250.




Durrow Badminton Club held it’s Annual Bazaar on Sunday 10th December. The Bazaar was a great success and credit is due to those who helped in any way. We wish to thank all our sponsors for their very generous donations. We especially wish to thank Billy White M.C. and Nicholas Mooney for their help, and not forgetting the “Man of the Season” – Santa Clause.

The Club Tournament final was held on Friday 22nd December. Congratulations to the winning team: Noel Cummins, Liz Clancy, Madge Hennessy and Tommy Corrigan.

Runner_Up team: John Kelly, Evelyn Clancy, Kathleen Stapleton and John Collier.

The Juvenille teams played the first round of the Laois League on Saturday 6th January. Congratulations to the U/14 team who were successful on the day.

U/12 team: Danny Donohue, Niall Brophy, Lisa Clancy, Orla Ryan and Treacy Lynch.

U/14 team: Kevin Shortall, John Paul Buckley, Jonathan Walsh, Maeve Brophy, Nicola Brophy and Joyce Donohue.

U/16 team: Shane Brophy, David Dunne, Tomas Woods, Sharon Lynch, Lorraine Lawlor and Debbie Stapleton.



Enrollment for Adult Education Classes for Spring 1996 on Monday 22nd January from 7-9 p.m. Classes will commence week beginning 29th January.

Monday Nights: Keep Fit Classes, Woodwork (Beginners), Auto CAD, Pattery (Beginners), Flowere Arranging and Colour in your Garden, Demonstration Cooking, Typing & Shorthand (Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced), Maths (Pass L.C.).

Tuesday Nights: English Literature and Creative Language, Computers and Word Processing / Spread Sheets (Adv.), Maths (Junior Cert Higher Level), Guitar Lessons, Woodwork (Advanced), Upholstery and Furniture Restoration, Classical Studies.

Wednesday Nights: Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM), Learn to play an Irish Musical Instrument, Maths (Lower J.C. Level), Local History, Parenting (Teens), Keep Fit Classes.

Workshop on AWARENESS: Full Day 20th January. Further details and booking – Tel. (0502) – 33333.

CO-DEPENDENCY: One day experiential and education workshop on Saturday 8th February, with emphasis on exploring issues from your family of origin. Further details and bookings – Mr. T. Lodge at 0502 – 27002.



Do you want something to do? Anyone between the ages of 17 – 22 years who are interested in joining a Camoige team on Saturday afternoons please leave names into Collette Newman, T.V. Services. Names in before 10th February.


Congratulations to Sheila Moylan, Barn Hill, Durrow, who is a student at the School of Art, University of East London, and who was recently conferred with her M.A. (Hons) Fine Art at Barbican Centre, London recently. Her work to be exhibited at Essex Library.


Congratulations to Niamh Lalor, Derry Road, who celebrated her 21st Birthday recently.

Congratulations to Martin Donohue, Erkindale Drive, who celebrated his 21st Birthday recently.

Congratulations to Peter mcGree, Carrigan Street, who celebrated his 21st Birthday recently.




Congratulations to Joe and Carmel Murphy and family, Castle Arms Hotel, on celebrating forty years of business in Durrow. The occasion was marked by a gala function in the hotel on Friday 5th January which was attended by a large number of friends, business acquaintances, staff (past and present) and people of Durrow. The Murphy family are wished many more years of success and good health.

Congratulations are also extended on the success of the horse, Castle Arms Hotel, owned by Joe Murphy, which won a great race in Down Royal, on Monday 1st January. In previous outings the horse came runner-up on a few occasions.



The Tidy Towns Committee will hold it’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 6th February in the castle Arms Hotel at 8.00 p.m.

In’96 we hope to further our success of last year in the Tidy Towns Competition, when we gained 4 points. To achieve this we need the co-operation of as many local people as possible, therefore we would like to see a large turnout at the A.G.M.

We wish to say thanks to Sean Brophy and the FAS workers for having the town so clean and tidy for the Christmas season.



This Sunday 14th January – Pat Walsh, Mark Donohue, Seamus Stapleton and Jonathan Walsh.

Weekend 27/28th January: Saturday evening – Mary Brophy, Geraldine Phelan, Andrew Walsh and Eoin Lalor. Sunday morning – Martin Walsh, Lorraine Lawlor, Kevin Donohue and Natasha Kenna.


Congratulations to Paul and Ann-Marie (Murphy) Monnelly on the birth of a son.

Congratulations to Donie and Shirley (Coffey) Brophy on the birth of a daughter.



South East Draw

The Lions Soccer Club are still celebrating their great success in the 2nd South East Draw, in which they had four winners: Pat Brennan, Ballyouskill won the choice of 12 cars or £7,500, Mary lennon, Mary Street, Durrow – Video Recorder, Patricia Gaughan, Durrow Inn – £100 and David Baldwin, c/o Francis Campion – Deluxe Electric Cooker.

We now look forward to success in the 3rd Draw on 19th January to be held in Arklow Bay Hotel. Members who pay on a monthly basis are reminded that the January fee is due by 15th January, to their promoters. Tickets not paid by that date will not be included in the draw.

Congratulations to Lorraine Lawlor, Mill Road, Durrow on winning the Hamper in the 24th Christmas Hamper Draw for the Lions Soccer Club, on Christmas Eve.



Our Lady’s Meadow will hold the first draw in their Annual Silver Circle on Friday 26th January. Draw cards will be distributed through the students in the school on Monday next. Please support this draw as funds are badly needed to keep the school expenses paid. Prizes are £100, £50 and five prizes of £10.



The December meeting was held on Tuesday 12th. The President, Mrs. M. O’Brien proposed a vote of sympathy to the Kelly family on their recent bereavement.

The Federation President, Mrs. Gina O’Loughlin attended the meeting, also present was Mr. Oliver Lawlor, Bridge Gardens. He gave very beautiful demonstrations of Christmas Arrangements for tables, doors etc. All members did an arrangement of choice. There were numerous prizes for the Raffle.

At the January meeting the @Lifewise Programme@ commenced for the duration of 10 weeks, each Tuesday night. The talks will include Healthy Eating, Light Exercises and Relaxation, etc.




The Harps G.A.A. Club will hold their Annual General Meeting in Cullohill Community Centre on this Sunday 14th January at 6.00 p.m. sharp. The Club appeals to parents, players and anyone interested in Gaelic Sports to attend the A.G.M.

The past year has been very successful for the club in the sporting field while off the field it was very sad with both Chairman Seamus Kenna and Treasurer John Shortall dying suddenly. It was a great shock to the club to lose two such valuable club members and sympathy is extended to the Shortall and Kenna families.

Club Mass: The 11.00 a.m. Mass in Durrow on this Sunday is being offered for the deceased members of the Club.



The Lions A team’s great run in the F.A.I. Junior Cup came to an end in Listowel, Co. Kerry on Sunday last when they lost 1-0 to the Kerry champions. A very tight game, there was very little given by either side and a fluky goal from a corner put the Lions out by the single goal. Great credit is due to the team manager Francis Campion and his squad for doing so well in the competition.

The Club would also like to thank everyone who helped with the Kerry trip – sponsors, supporters, Ger Conroy and all the players.



The Club resume it’s meetings for ’96 this Monday, 15th January, at 8.30 p.m. sharp. The theme of the meeting is “Special Effects”.

The Junior Branch will re-open in early February when we will begin a Photography Course for young members.



Saturday morning Workshops ( 5 per class max.)
Commencing Saturday January 20th (Portlaoise)
Qualified N.T., with additional Remedial and Dyslexia qualifications (15 years experience).
Further details: Contact Rose Behan 0502 – 23445.




Carrigan Street, Durrow

We have a wide and varied selection to choose from


Sympathy is extended to the Joyce family (shop), The Square, and the Mooney family, Grennan on their recent bereavement.

Sympathy is extended to the Palmer family, Tinweir, on their recent bereavement.

Sympathy is extended to the Guilfoyle family, Mary Street, on their recent bereavement.

Sympathy is extended to the Walsh family, Mary Street and Erkindale Drive, on their recent bereavement.

Sympathy is extended to the Dowling family late of Patrick Street, on their recent bereavement.