13th/14th February 1993 – Price 20p

Durrow Parish NewsLetter

Compiled by Durrow Scouts


Do you want more priests, brothers and sisters? 

In many parts of the world today thousands and thousands of people have no opportunity to hear mass on Sunday, to receive the Sacraments, to hear the word of God or to experience the kindness of a brother or sister consecrated to promoting the spread of the Gospel. We are truly proud of our many lay people who have taken up the challenge and have gone far away from friends and family, sacrificing time and salary to help spread the Kingdom because they have heard God’s call “Go Ye, therefore, teach all nations,  baptising them………

We may not have the opportunity to do all those great things for god but everyone of us can be part of the good work thro’ prayer. Pray especially at Mass, in your private prayers, in saying the rosary etc, or pray the following way for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. “God our Father, you wish all people to be saved and come to knowledge of your truth. Send workers into your great harvest, shepherds after your own son’s heart, filled with the spirit of love. May they be worthy ministers of your alter, and ardent but gentle servants of the Gospel. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Durrow Community Council

A special meeting was held on Tuesday 2nd of February. Four County Councillors had been invited along so that we could discuss with them the on going problems with roads, paths etc, in the Durrow area. Billy Mansfield was the only Councillor in attendance. Owing to unforeseen circumstances the others could not attend. We are very grateful to Councillor Mansfield for attending and for his interest in the matter.

Prior to a roads meeting in the County Council offices in Portlaoise on Thursday 4th February a large delegation from the Community Council met with all four Councillors to highlight once more the problems. we are hopeful that some of those problems will be looked after.

Durrow/Cullohill Senior Citizens party will be held on Sunday 21st of February at 2.00pm in the Castle Arms Hotel. Members are distributing invitations at present.

Next meeting of Community Council will be held on Monday 15th February in Durrow Inn at 8.30pm. Return draw cards and money to this meeting or to Mick Donohue before Friday 19th February.


Durrow Credit Union

Durrow Credit Union will hold a School’s Table Quiz on Thursday 25th February at 3.30pm in the boy’s School. Teams of four from Our Lady’s Meadow, Holy Family Boy’s School, Cullohill N.S and Ballacolla N.S are invited to take part, only 3 teams per school. The winning team will then go forward to the next stage in Kilkenny.


Table Quiz

Table Quiz in aid of Rory O’Moore Pipe Band will take place in the Castle Arms Hotel on Friday 19th February. Tables of four £10. Your support will be appreciated.



Sympathy is extended to the Stapleton family, Dunmore, on their recent bereavement.


Harps Juvenile G.A.A. Club

The Harps Juvenile Club have joined forces with their adult club to promote a Gala Benefit Night with Cabaret and dancing for a very special cause. This function will take place in The Castle Arms Hotel on Saturday March 27th. Tickets will be on sale shortly at £2 each and your support would be appreciated.

At a recent meeting of the Juvenile Club the following team managers were appointed for 1993.

U/12 Hurling & U/12 Football – Martin Brophy and William O’Connell.

U/14 Hurling, U/14 Football, U/15 Hurling  and U/15 Football – Fr Dunne, Kevin Galvin & Larry Phelan.

U/16 Hurling & U/16 Football – Bobby Campion, Jimmy Fogarty and Tommy Walsh.

U/17 Hurling & U/17 Football – Tom Flynn, Tommy Walsh & Sean Shiels.


Holy Family Boy’s N.S

Congratulations to the Boy’s school Quiz team who came 2nd in the Cumann na mBunscol Quiz on Wednesday 3rd in the Killeshin Hotel.  38 Schools fromLaoistook part. The team representing the school was; David Dunne, Michael Kennedy, Canice Clooney and Brian Shortall.

A team from Holy Family Boy’s School has won a county award in the church and general childrens safety awards. The team is Justin Dooley, Kevin Donohue, Allen Ryan, Michael Kennedy and Canice Cooney, and their project was Farm Safety. Prizes will be presented in the school on the 16th of February at 11.00am by Church and General representatives.

The Parents Council of the Boy’s School will hold their next meeting on Thursday 18th February at 9.00pm in the school. We ask all parents who have not yet returned the slips for the Race Night to return them as soon as possible.


Durrow I.C.A

The monthly meeting of the I.C.A was held on Tuesday 9th of February in the I.C.A Hall. Mrs. B Bergin presided in the absence of Mrs M. Bowe, President. A vote of sympathy was passed to canon Marnell and Mrs Bowe on their recent Bereavements.

Any lady interested in a gardening class, sewing or pruning, please contact Mary Doyle, Secretary at 36199.

Competition winner was Miss K Deasy and raffle winner was Mary O’Brien and Peg Monnelly.



Give yourself every chance for that new job with a perfect colour photo instant 1 minute. Contact: M. Conroy, Patrick Street, Phone – 0502 36227 or 36265



Congratulations to Carmel and George Lanham, Ballyfin, on the birth of a daughter.


The Friends of Portlaoise General Hospital

The Friends of Portlaoise General Hospital will hold a meeting in Durrow on Monday 15th February at 9.00 pm in The Castle Arms Hotel, with a view of setting up a sub-committee in Durrow to assist the Hospital committee in fund raising activities. Members of the hospital committee will attend this meeting. All those interested are invited to attend.


Durrow Parish Lotto

The 1st draw in Durrow Parish Lotto took place in Cashin’s Bar on Monday last 8th of February. Two people shared the jackpot of £200, Monica Carroll, Cork Road, and Mairead Phelan, The Bridge.

Next draw on Monday 15th February in the Castle Arms Hotel.


Durrow Community Services

Durrow Community Services hold their next meeting on Thursday 18th February at 8.00pm sharp in The Castle Arms Hotel.


Durrow & District Anglers

The A.G.M of the Angling Club was held recently in The Durrow Inn. A large attendance was present. Officers elected:

Chairman – Con Geoghegan

Vice-Chairman – Jim Dwyer

Secretary – Micheal Walsh

Treasurer – Pat Bowden

Committee – Billy Lawlor, Michael O’Rourke, Jim Delahunty, Denis Lynch, J Fogarty, S O’Rourke and Fred Townsand.

The Club would like to thank Tom O’Sullivan, Department officer with the fisheries Board for the work carried out on the river bank and all the farmers in the area.

The All-Ireland pike fishing compeition is being fished this Saturday 13th February on Lake Ross, Moycullen, Co.Galway. Qualified from our local club are Michael Walsh and Mick O’Rourke. We wish them the best of luck.

Th club are holding a cabaret in the Hawthorn Lounge, Ballacolla on this Saturday night 13th February. Music by Sundown.

Membership fees are now due. They can be paid at Billy Lawlors shop or to any committee member. Senior membership £10. Junior membership £1.


Durrow Community Hall

Durrow Community Hall committee are holding their Annual Auction on this Sunday 14th February, commencing at 2pm. Your support would be gratefully appreciated as the Community Hall provides an important facility within the town.


Peace in Christ Retreat

It’s that time of year again when Peace in Christ Retreat house offers the ladies of Durrow/Cullohil the opportunity for a time of peace, quiet, reflection and prayer. The retreat is from 26th to 28th February and will be conducted by Fr Bob staples. Any ladies interested should contact Nancy Mahony, Sheila Walshe, in Durrow or Mary Walsh, Sheila Delaney in Cullohill as soon as possible.


Singing Group

Singing group available for weddings. Contact Vicky Walsh at 0502-36327


Harps G.A.A Club

A committee meeting of the above took place on the 9th of February in Cullohill and was well attended. The first matter raised was the regrading of certain players for the beginning of the coming season.

Regraded from senior to intermediate are the following M.Brophy J. Phelan and P Connelly.

Regraded from Intermediate to Junior A are the following M. Deegan, J. Dunne, M. Dunphy.

Three sub-committees were elected for the coming year.

  1. Executive committees
  2. Financial Committees (Chairman H. Sheppard)
  3. Field Committee (Cullohill and Durrow)

There are two groups for the forth coming senior championship which will be run on the league basis as far as the quarter final stages.

Group 1 – Harps, Clonad, Ballacolla, Kilcotton, Camross, St Fintan’s and Castletown.

Group 2 – Errill, Rathdowney, Borris-in-ossary, Portlaoise and Rosenallis.

In the Intermediate championship the Harps play Castletown in the first round.

In the Senior A the winners of Mountrath V Shanahoe play the Harps.

In the u/21 Championship the winners of Rathdowney V Portlaoise play Harps.

A minutes silence was held for the Stapleton family on their recent bereavement.

Next committee meeting on Tuesday 16th February at 8.00pm in Cullohill.


Heywood Community School

Heywood Community School invites applications from post Leaving Certs and mature students for the one year intensive secretarial course.

Exams – RSA (England) Department of education (Advanced)

Closing date for applications is February 28th.

Application forms can be obtained from the secretary. phone – 0502 33333

Heywood Community School Fund raising committee in association with the parents council are running a 10 week Silver Circle. £3,200 plus in prizes.

Prizes each draw are: 1st – £150, 2nd – £75, 3rd -£25, 4th – Avonmore Hamper, 5th – £10 voucher.

£1 per weekly draw for £10.

Also a draw for £200 for fully paid members on final night. Promoters draw on final night for full cards. Sports bags for everyone with fully paid up cards. first draw on Monday March 1st.


Poker night results

Results for Tuesday 2nd February

1st: Sean Delahunty

2nd: Peter monnelly, Elsie Stewert, Liz Clancy, Philip Monnelly and Sean Aylward.

Results for Tuesday 9th February

1st: Patrick Dempsey

2nd: Philip Monnelly, Peter Monnelly, Elsie Stewert, Oliver Clooney and Billy Lawlor.