15th/16th May, 1993 – Price 20p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled by The Durrow Scouts


Letter To Our Lady In May

Mother, I am your child, please listen to me. Do you know I’ve often dreamed of a mother like you. Our Irish mothers are good, you know that, but they’ve so many cares and worries with their children. They pass on the precious faith of our Fathers to them, they work for them and never count the cost. I often think of you mother and the hard time you had as a mother to Jesus. You had mo shiny tap to turn on when you wanted water, no complicated cooking utensils. Daily you went to the fountain for water and came back singing in your heart “Jesus is nigh”. Was the jar on your shoulder heavy, did the heat of the stones sting your bare feet? And Joseph your husband, is he not our model for work and care.

That is why it is easy for you to understand how much we need you everywhere in the world today. We need your own special joy in face of a world teeming with sorrow and self destruction. It is such a different world from the one you had on earth – different in technology, the same in needing a guiding star like you. Your world knew a different joy from the wild excitement of this twentieth century. Teach us the lesson this day that joy comes from your work, your unselfishness and closeness to your son. O Virgin Mary my heart is full of so many desires, take them all into your Mother’s hand’s.

Thank you.

Bring flowers of the fairest
Bring blossoms the rarest
From gardens and woodlands and hillside and dale
Our full hearts are swelling
Our glad voices telling
The praise of the loveliest
Flower of the vale.


Durrow Community Council

Durrow Community Council have been in contact with the County Council about the possibility of putting a new sign on the Derry Road between Clonageera House and the residential area below it. This matter has been referred to the Road Design Department.

Voting Forms will be issued to everyone over 18 years during the coming week. Please vote for whoever you think will best represent your area and have them ready for collection when they are called for.


Disco With Ray D’Arcy

Ray D’Arcy of The Den and Zig znd Zag fame will be in the Castle Arms Hotel on Sunday 16th May (today) at 3.00pm to 6.00pm.

Admission £3. In Aid of Mountrath Boxing Club.


Durrow & District Camera Club

The club’s last meeting consisted of the first Photographic Competition of the year, the theme being “Patterns”. Each entrant was allowed to submit 5 7″ X 5″ prints. There was a high standard of entries and the results on the night was as follows:

1st – Eugene Meegan
2nd – Martin Walsh
Joint 3rd Pat Farrell, Martin Walsh and Eugene Meegan.

Members are reminded that the theme of the next club meeting is “My 5 Favourite Slides”. Hopefully every member will bring some along.


Scout News

 The Troop will hold a “Bivi” night with Rathdowney next weekend in Dunmore Wood. A “Bivi” night is actually a camp but with one major difference – no tents are used – full details in next issue.

The Troops guest for the 1993 Quality Troop Award continues but unfortunately on the nights in question the attendance hasn’t been enough to qualify. 75% of the Troop must attend if we are to qualify for the award. Our last award activity was a bicycle/obstacle course which was a success but attendance was down to 16 so Scouts please try to attend all outdoor events.

A reminder to Parents that the final payment of £20 is now due for Ballyfin ’93. Payment to be made to Maura Rafferty or Martin Walsh as soon as possible.


Cub News

The Cubs went on a trip to the Curragh Army Camp recently. A most enjoyable day was had by all, the children were given a tour of the camp where they could explore the tanks, etc., We ate our lunch at Donnelly’s Hollow and afterwards we visited the swimming pool where we all had great fun. To finish off the day we went to the Equestrian Centre.

From this trip a competition was held for the cubs. Everyone wrote a story on the day trip to the Curragh. Congratulations to Catherine Alley, who put a lot of effort into her story and also submitted drawings. Well done to Joyce Donohue who came second.

On Saturday 31st July Beaver & Cub Day will be held at Ballyfin ’93. Durrow Beavers and Cubs will attend. As the Cub Leaders will already be there with the Sixers and Seconders, who are spending the weekend at the Jamboree, we are looking for volunteers to help out for the day. If anyone is interested please let Maura Rafferty know as soon as possible.


Mary Conroy-O’Brien Hair & Beauty Saloon

has now moved to a new premises on Mary Street (i.e. Conroys Shop).

The new Phone number is 0502-36380.

Business hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10.00am – 6.00pm

Late appointments available on request

Complete range of Hair & Beauty treatments available.



Good homes for two male pups – 9 weeks old – Colour: Black.

Contact 0502-36340


Durrow C.Y.M.S.

The C.Y.M.S. Club is now closed for the Summer. The past year was one of the best for the club. There was an increased membership, and several tournaments were held during the year. Billards made a big comeback in the club and at times was more popular than snooker with the members. The tournament results are as follows:

Senior Snooker; Liam Kelly beat Finian Dempsey

Junior Snooker; Fergal Brophy beat Aonghas Campion

U-14 Snooker; Brian Feehan beat Tommy Coffey

Shem Sheeran Shield Billards: Fergal Brophy beat Damien Clooney

Shem Sheeran Cup Billards: Conor Murphy beat Sean Brophy

Snooker Doubles: John Carter and Richard Dwyer beat Kieran Soames and Brendan Casey.

The club is in the process of buying a billard table and hope to have it when the club re-opens in October. We wish our members sitting exams next month all the best and look forward to seeing all members in the Autumn.


Heywood Community School

The Leaving Certificate students at Heywood C.S. gained valuable experience when representatives of local business, administration and services carried out mock interviews at the school on Thursday 29th April.

The visiting interviewers were very impressed with the standard of achievement, application and presentation of the students and expressed confidence to Mr Fred Tuite, Careers Teacher, that they will be well prepared for seeking employment.

Computer Diplomas:

Nine participants of the Adult Education Night School Courses at Heywood C.S. received their London City and Guilds Diploma in Numerical Applications, Business Mathematics and Simple Data Processing type applications.

Results of the final Draw in the Silver Circle, Week 10:

£150 Sinead Kelly, 10 Thornberry, Abbeyleix

£75 Esther Murphy, Ballycondra, Ballyragget.

£25 Mary & Mairead Miller, Boley, Abbeyleix.

£25 Fintan Phelan, Knockanoran, Durrow.

Avonmore Hamper – Debbie O’Brien, Portlaoise Road, Abbeyleix.

Voucher £10 Martin Kells, Cullohill.

The Finance Committee of Heywood C.S. wishes to thank everyone who supported the Silver Circle.


Durrow Parish Lotto

Result for Monday 3rd May – Jackpot £350 won by Nora Jordan, tinweir, Attanagh.

Result for Monday 10th May – Jackpot not won. Winner of draw for £50, Robbie Dempsey, Swan Road, Durrow.

As from Tuesday 11th May you may choose your sets of 3 numbers between 1 and 30.

Next draw on Monday 17th May in The Durrow Inn. Jackpot £350.


Durrow & District Angling Club

Competition results for William Lawlor Cup:

1st Sam Taylor

2nd Paddy O’Regan

3rd Rita Buckley

The next competition is a trout competition for the O’Duinn Cup. It will be fished on Sunday 23rd May. usual rules.

The Third heat of the All Ireland Pike Fishing Competition will be held on Sunday June 13th on the River Suck at Ballinasloe, Co Galway. Entries taken in the Jekyll & Hyde Pub, Ballinasloe, from 10.30am. Fishing is from 12 noon until 5.00pm.


Our Lady’s Meadow Girls P.S.

The Photographer will attend Our Lady’s Meadow P.S. on Wednesday 19th May at 9.30am. Anyone wishing to have family groups taken may attend.

Congratulations to the 18 children, 9 boys and 9 girls, who received their First Holy Communion on this Saturday, May 15th.


Holy Family Boy’s National School

A Book Fair is going on in the Boy’s School at the moment. Books are on view during school hours next Monday and Tuesday and from 7.00pm to 9.00pm on Monday evening. All are welcome to come along, your support will be much appreciated as the school will benefit from this sale by receiving books for the school.

On Sunday, 30th May, the sponsored Cycle will take place in aid of School Funds. Sponsorship cards can be collected in Boy’s school, Durrow shops and Stapletons, Ballyragget.


Sean O’Brien


If so contact Sean O’Brien, Phone 0502-36395



Congratulations to Declan Phelan, Castle Street and Stephanie Delaney, Dunkerrin on their recent engagement.

Congratulations to Marie Duggan, Tubberboe and Tom Bryan, Jenkinstown on their recent engagement.

Congratulations to all the boys and girls of the parish who received their Confirmation and First Holy Communion.



Sympathy is extended to Mrs Murphy, Carrigan Street, on her recent bereavement.



Congratulations to John Cummins, Castlemarket, Ballyouskill, who celebrated his 90th birthday recently.


Singing Group

Singing Group available for weddings. Contact 0502-36327.