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Think before you cut the link that snaps the golden chain. Pause before you take a step that causes others pain. Wait before you speak the word, the angry thought subdue. Think before you cast aside affection tried and true.

And Then Begin Again

It takes a lot of courage, it calls for strength of mind – to make a new beginning and leave the past behind. To build upon the ruins, to dream another dream. To set forth in the darkness towards a distant gleam. To suffer many losses, yet faithful to remain. To rise above disaster and then begin again.


A Special & Important Message for the Community of Durrow


3,000 units of blood are required each week to serve the needs of our hospitals. There are many blood donors from Durrow and surrounding areas, and we would be grateful if they could encourage friends, neighbours and family members to come along to the donation clinic. All are welcome. Young people aged 18 years or over are also reminded that they too can now give blood!

The mobile blood donor clinic will be in Durrow on Monday 18th August at the C.Y.M.S. Hall from 3.00 – 4.45 p.m. and 7.00 – 9.30 p.m.

Blood Donors Save Lives! – Thank You!

Blood donors truly save lives. We can vouch for this, as the blood donations  collected are dispatched to hospitals on a daily basis. The community of Durrow and the surrounding areas have been most supportive in the past, for which we are very grateful.


Heywood Community School will present Charlie Landsborough in Concert on Sunday 12th October. Seats will be numbered to correspond to tickets.

Euro Business & Secretarial Course

A small number of places still available on this course. Part-time or full-time. One or Two years. Apply now to The Secretary, Heywood Community School, Ballinakill, Co. Laois. Phone 0502 – 33333. This course is N.C.V.A. Certified.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Coady family, Ballykealy, on their recent bereavement.



The Harps G.A.A. Club are holding a Benifit Night for Fr. John Bowe in O’Connell’s, Cullohill, on Sunday 24th August. All proceeds to Tanzania Mission Fund.

Best of luck to John Burke and the Harps Senior team on this Sunday (17th August) when they meet Camross in the semi-final of the Championship in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, at 7.00 p.m.

Well done to the Junior B team on their great win over Ballinakill in the Championship quarter final on Sunday last.

CONGRATULATIONS to John and Catherine Clooney (O’Shea), Aghaboe, on the birth of a daughter, Ciara.

CONGRATULATIONS to Lisa Muldowney, Ballynevin, Cullohill, who became the 1997 Greystones Festival Queen on the August Bank Holiday Weekend. Lisa represented McAuley’s Fitness Centre, Greystones, where she works as a fitness instructor.


 The Soccer Season starts on August 20th with the first round of the Pat Maher Shield. The Lions will register a Junior A and Junior B team, a Youth team, an U-16 team and an U-14 schoolboys team. Any player interested in joining the club can contact the secretary Robbie Dempsey.


Monday 4th August: Jackpot of £1,250 was won by Angela Dunphy, Bunlacken, Cullohill. Numbers 7 – 11 – 25.

Monday 11th August: No Jackpot winner. Numbers 8 – 10 – 26. £50 was won by Mrs Kay Kelly, Ballyragget.

Next draw on Monday 18th August in the Castle Arms Hotel. Jackpot £450.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION for “We Care Ireland” which was held recently in Durrow and Cullohill, for famine in Africa raised £100 in Cullohill and £110 in Durrow. Many thanks to all who subscribed.

CULLOHILL I.C.A. Bus for Outing will be in village on Monday evening at 5.20 p.m.

WALSH NEWSAGENTS For all your Video Rentals call to us and choose from our collection, which includes Metro, Daylight, Extreme Measure, Fly Away Home, Ranson and many more. Also available: All of the Friends Series on Video. Phone 0502 – 36411.


FAS WORKERS are thanked for their continued good work in Durrow and Cullohill.

In Cullohill work continues at the school, painting and replacing glass in doors and windows, mowing the grounds and the Rocks area. In Durrow the ongoing maintenance of grass areas, cleaning kerbs, sweeping footpaths, painting church railings and the collection of litter etc.


Friday 15th August saw the end of this years Durrow Summer Camp. Our last group’s activities included an enjoyable day trip to Trabolgan Holiday Centre, Co. Cork. A sports league was held also with some feedback from the enthusiastic participants. Thanks to our six leaders: Audrey Brophy, Joya Dunne, Louise Dunphy, Joan Mahony, Collette Saunders and Samantha Vaugh who worked to the best of their ability keeping the children on their toes for the six weeks. A fancy dress was held with a colourful display of talent from the entrants. 1st place was given to “The Chinese ladies” – Lisa Dowling and Aisling Fitzpatrick, 2nd place to “Mrs. Doyle and Fr. Dougal” – Sarah Freeman and Marie Clancy, 3rd place to “The Hippie” – Michelle Dunne and 4th “Nurse” – Joanne Holohan.

Table Quiz results: James Freeman, Keith Parkinson, Lisa Dowling and Danny Donohue made up the winning team.

Soccer League winners: Mark Flynn, Donal Bowe, Claire Dunne-Das, Adele Lacey, Michelle Dunne and Mark Kelly.

And  finally there is a number of jumpers and cardigans left from the first and second camp, they can be claimed from Mary Walsh.

Thanks to all who helped provide facilities for the Summer Camp this year and maybe even again next year.

A  word of thanks also to Catherine Geoghegan, Michelle Ferguson and Miriam Mooney and to Paddy Quinn (FAS Supervisor) for all their help.

A Benifit Night Cabaret
In aid of
Tanzanian Mission Fund for Fr. John Bowe
will be held in the Castle Arms Hotel on Saturday next 23rd August
Music by LARGO – Subscription £1
Your support will be much appreciated.


Durrow & District Anglers are holding a Pike Fishing Competition for the Christy Finnegan Cup on Sunday 17th August. Time: 12 noon until 5.00 p.m. Usual rules apply.

LOST: Two door keys on ring lost in the area of the Barn Hill. Contact 36327.



Durrow Development Forum together with the expertise of an architect are currently putting together a plan for the town e.g. the layout of the Square (better parking facilities, tree planting, paving, street lighting, etc.) The plan will be on public display in Alley’s window very shortly, by kind permission of Mr. Ger Alley. Residents will have the opportunity to view the proposed plan and will have every opportunity to make their views known, be they positive or negative, at a public meeting which will be arranged in the near future. In the meantime comment sheets will be left around in the shops on the Square and when filled in can be left in the box provided.

As you can imagine, only a portion of the town can be improved on, this year, commencing with Patrick Street, very shortly. It is hoped that everybody will show their interest in this matter.

Durrow Development Forum wish to take this opportunity to thank all the candidates who took part in the Lord Mayor Campaign: Bobby Campion, Jack daly, Susan Lawlorand Jack Murphy and all their committees for the trojan work they carried out over the 7 week period leading up to the election. The sum of £33,000 collected was absolutely astounding, and a great deal of gratitude is due to them for putting in such a huge effort for this fund raising campaign, especially when you consider that most of those committees were out every night of the week for the seven weeks.
Thanks also to the generosity of the people of Durrow and surrounding areas for their huge support.

The next meeting of the Development Forum will be held on Wednesday 3rd September at 8.30 p.m. in the Castle Arms Hotel, at which the following working groups will be met:
8.30 p.m. – Tourism. 9.00 p.m. – Physical Development.

On Wednesday 10th September the following groups will be met by the Forum, in the Castle Arms Hotel:

8.30 p.m. – Surveys. 9.00 p.m. – Housing. 9.30 p.m. – Community Development. 10.00 p.m – Parades & Festivals.

All members of the above working groups please take note of date and time of your meeting.

FOR SALE: Tricity Bendix Electric Cooker (Prexdent) with Double Fan oven and Extractor Fan. On;y two years old. Phone: 0502 – 36371.

CARPETS CLEANED: Carpets Shampooed to high standard – £8 per room. Car Interiors Valeted, seats and floor carpets shampooed, dash and all leather polished – £25. Phone 056 – 33429.

FOR SALE: Sets of Clothes Lines, Winches, Pullies etc. Contact: Sean Doyle, Ballacolla. Phone: 0502 – 34069.