16th / 17th November, 1996                                                                                                                                                                                        Price 30p



Only A Shadow

The love I have for you my Lord,
Is only a shadow of your love for me,
Only a shadow of your love for me,
Your deep abiding love.

My own belief in You, my Lord,
Is only a shadow of your faith in me,
Only a shadow of your faith in me,
Your deep and lasting faith.

My life is in your hands,
My life is in your hands,
My love for you will grow, my God,
Your light in me will shine.

The dream I have today, my Lord,
Is only a shadow of your dreams for me,
Only a shadow of all that will be,
If I but follow you.

The joy I feel today, my Lord,
Is ionly a shadow of your joy for me,
Only a shadow of your joys for me,
When we meet face to face.


Congratulations and pride of place must go to our Under 16 football team on winning the B Championship against St. Johns in Colt on Saturday last, and now are hoping to complete a good double in winning the B Hurling Championship against Colt, in Ballinakill on this Saturday 16th November. There is great joy with this team because lots of the members have not won a championship before.

The Harps played with great skill and determination in heavy underfoot conditions. The lads adapted better after a slow start, trailing at half time. The Harps staged a remarkable comeback in the second half. The defence tightened up, and midfield took a firm grip. In attack the forwards were winning a lot of possession and scored freely. Final score: Harps 1 – 10, St. Johns 2 – 6.

Keep up the good work and best of luck on Saturday lads.


Seventeen members of Durrow Macra went on a trip to Thurles recently. First we went to the Greyhound Track where we all won and lost some money. After the racing we went to a disco in The Ragg. A great night was had by all.

This Saturday, 16th November, Cullohill and Durrow Macra members are travelling to attend the “Queen Of The Land” contest. Best of luck from the club to Francis lalor, Cork Road, Durrow, who represents Kilkenny in the competition, and also to the Laois representative Sinead Dooley from Stradbally.


The Rory O’Moore Pipe Band committee have undertaken a fundraising effort to raise money to cover the cost of the purchase of new uniforms for the band. It is over 45 years since the last set of uniforms were bought. The new uniforms will cost over £6,000. The band was founded in 1913 and currently has 20 members who play at a wide variety of events. The committee are seeking sponsorship from local businesses and the general public of Durrow and surrounding areas.

Anyone who would like to support this appeal should contact John Cashin (0502-36180), or any committee member.

Anyone with items of news in the  Cullohill area can hand them in to Mary Walsh or Ann Mahony, by Wednesday of Newsletter week.



The Junior Branch Grand Prix finished on Monday 11th November. This years event was the closest run yet with only 3 points separating the first two places.

The Grand Prix is made up of 5 seperate competitions, points are awarded for the first 6 places, with the winner being the person, with most points at the end of the 5 events. Going into Monday’s two competitions the points were as follows:

Jason Walsh – 22 points. Kevin Donohue – 19 points. Claire Doyle – 16 points. Jonathan Walsh – 14 points. Erin Kelly – 6 points.

Two competitions were judged on 11th November. The themes were Candid, and Sport. Results were as follows:

CANDID: 1st – Erin Kelly, 2nd – Erin Kelly, 3rd – Jason Walsh.
SPORT: 1st – Erin Kelly, 2nd – Claire Doyle, 3rd – Jason Walsh.

So the final points tally is:

1st – Jason Walsh – 36 points. 2nd – Erin Kelly – 33 points. 3rd – Claire Doyle – 25 points. 4th – Kevin Donohue – 19 points. 5th – Jonathan Walsh – 16 points.

Congratulations to Jason who wins for the 2nd year running and well done to Erin and Claire, who both came so close to winning. A lot of top class photographs were produced by the Junior Branch in the Grand Prix – keep up the good work.
Trophies to the top 3 were presented by Club Chairman – Eugene Meegan.

A word of thanks to the following people who judged competitions this year; Paul Cashin, Pat Farrell, Eugene Meegan and Eugene O’Brien.

The Eddie Moore Memorial Shield has reached the mid-way stage in the Senior Branch. The most recent competition was on 28th October, the theme “Shopfronts & Buildings”.
The results: 1st – Paul Cashin – 10 points. Joint 2nd – Liam kavanagh & Breda Kelly – 5 points each. Joint 4th – Eugene Meegan and Terence Smeaton – 2.5 points each.

Overall standing is as follows: Paul Cashin – 22 points, Terence Smeaton – 9 points, Joe Donohue – 6 points, Liam Kavanagh – 5 points, Breda Kelly – 5 points, Eugene Meegan – 2.5 points, Martin Walsh – 2 points.

Committee members are reminded of meeting on 2nd December at 8.30 p.m. sharp.


The A.G.M. of Cullohill Community Centre was held recently. The following committee was elected for this year, 1996-1997.

President: Fr. M. Tobin. Chairman: David Holland. Vice Chairman: Kyran McEvoy. Secretary: Breda Burke. Assistant Secretary: Bernie Brennan. Treasurer: John Dollard. Assistant Treasurer: Seamus Brophy. P.R.O.: Joe Costigan.

Committee members: Dan Deegan, Sean Dunphy, Paugie Begadon, Noel Delaney, Eamon Doheny.

The following activities are held every week:
Monday nights – Aerobics, Tusday nights – Indoor Soccer, Wednesday Nights – Progressive 25, Thursday nights – Ladies night, Friday nights – Foroige.

Results of Progressive 25.
Wednesday 6th November – 1st James Duggan & W. Delahunty, 2nd place was divided 3 times – P. Sullivan, Cullohill & P. Sullivan, Bunlacken, Wm. Walsh & Jack Fitzpatrick, Ml. & Alice Fitzpatrick.

Wednesday 13th November – 1st Jas. Mahony & Jas Parkinson, 2nd Fr. L. Dunphy & Pierce Kavanagh. 3rd – Ed. Brophy & John Kelly.

“Creative Christmas Cookery” night by Blanaid Bergin will be held in the Centre on Sunday afternoon, 1st December. Everyone welcome.

Children’s Step Dancing every Monday 5.15 p.m. – 7.00 p.m. by Gabriel Lynham.



The Harps recorded a very good victory by defeating Emo in the U/21 Football Championship on Sunday last. Short some regulars, the lads achieved their victory with no shortage of skill and determination. They had to see off a very strong Emo side and can now look forward to the next round with great confidence.

The club wish Kevin Galvin every success as a member of the Laois U/16 footbal team.

The Harps Club are holding a CABARET in aid of the Players Injury Fund on Saturday 30th November in the Castle Arms Hotel. Please support.

Next committee meeting will be held on Thursday 28th November at 8.00 p.m.

The Annual General Meeting of Harps Club will be held on Sunday 8th December, in the Castle Arms Hotel, at 6.00 p.m.

SYMPATHY is extended to Diane Deegan, Cullohill, on the death of her father recently.

SYMPATHY is extended to Josie Clancy, Cullohill, on the death of Sr. Brigid at Holy Cross Family Convent, Newbridge. She spent her working life as a nurse in France.

PEACE IN CHRIST – One Day Retreat in preparation for Advent on Sunday November 24th, 10.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Contact the promoters or Parish Clergy, or phone 056-21054.

THE BLACKROCK CLINIC OSTEOPOROSIS MOBILE UNIT will test for osteoporosis at the Medical Centre, Chapel Street, Durrow on Wednesday 20th November, 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Ring Marie 056-33105. By appointment only.

MONSTER CARD DRIVE on Wednesday 27th November at Cullohill Community Centre at 8.30 p.m.

 CONGRATULATIONS to Ed. and Helen Dunne, Cullohill, on the birth of a daughter.

 CONGRATULATIONS to Jimmy and Jaqueline Costigan, Cannonswood, on the birth of a son.

 CONGRATULATIONS to Darina Allen on her appointment to the Food Board.

 CONGRATULATIONS to Breda Deegan, Cullohill, who graduated from Athlone College recently.

 CONGRATULATIONS to Sinead Casey and Peter McGree, Durrow, who both graduated from Carlow College recently.

 CONGRATULATIONS to Albert Moynan, Capponellan, Durrow, and Margaret Hardy, Birr, on their recent marriage.

 CONGRATULATIONS to Deirdre McGree, Carrigan Street, Durrow and William Walsh, Ballykealy, on their recent engagement.

GALA LAUNCH of Paugie Begadon’s tape, with supporting artists, will be held in the Castle Arms Hotel, on Friday, 29th November, commencing at 8.30 p.m. All proceeds to Laois Hospice Foundation. Subscription £3.


On Sunday last, 11th November, Cullohill Boys were in their first football final, against Ratheniska. Final score: Cullohill 2-4, Ratheniska 2-5.
Scorers for Cullohill: Ross Young 0-2, Damian Phelan 2-0, Patrick O’Connell 0-2.
The team: Patrick O’Connell (Capt.), Liam Bourke, Martin Saunders, Kieran Bolger, Ken Mooney, Ross Young, Shane Phelan, Damian Phelan, Tony Lennon.


Durrow & District Anglers held a Pike Fishing Competition for the John Dwyer Memorial Cup. There was a good turn ou, despite high waters. Results are as follows:

1st – Thomas Gilligan 10.2 lb. 2nd David Dunne 10 lb. 3rd Ml. Monahan 6.7 lb.

Fisherman of The Year – Mick Nolan. Heaviest Trout of The Year – Pat Lynch, Gorey. Heaviest Pike of The Year – Mick Nolan.

The committee would like to thank all who made the club such a success for the season. Thank you to land owners, club members, sponsors and Lotto supporters.

 JOE DELAHUNTY, Raheenleigh, Cullohill, was featured on the final programme in the “Stateside” series on RTE on Wednesday last. Joe arrived in Memphis three years ago for a three week holiday and never left.



We would like to thank Jim from Jim’s Country Kitchen, who put on a great demonstration, for a large crowd in the Castle Arms Hotel on Tuesday last. We would like to thank everybody that came, and we hope you enjoyed it. We would also like to thank the Parents Council for organising such a great event.

A photo of 5th and 6th class appeared in this weeks Leinster Express showing the team from Cumman Na nBunscoil League and their classmates. The photo was taken by Noel Delaney.

The school had a Football League last week. The final score was 7-6 to 8-6. The red team won. The captains for the red team were Orlaith Ryan and Aoife Conroy. The black team came second captained by Sarah Phelan.

Rehearsals for our school play have started now. The play “Ali Baba” will be held on the 29th and 30th of November. We hope it will be a big success.


Congratulations to three former pupils, Danny Donohue, J.J. Delahunty and Tony Woods on being chosen for the S.A.T. competition in Dublin City University.

Once again the school is producing their Annual Christmas Concert. This year it is “Tommy The Theatrical Cat”. It will be staged in December.



Week 5
1st Holiday Voucher – L. Foyle, Chapel Street, Ballinakill.
2nd Bicycle – M. Walsh, Ballycarnan, Portlaoise.
3rd Drapery Voucher – Kathleen Moore, Abbeyleix Road, Ballyroan.
4th Radio/CD – Tom Devoy, c/o M. O’Brien, Abbeyleix.
5th Meal Voucher – Sean Kavanagh, Cork Road, Durrow.
6th Voucher for Laois Ed. Supplies – Marie Kennedy, Ballyouskill.

Week 6
1st Holiday Voucher – C. Stynes, Balladine Heights, Abbeyleix.
2nd Portable TV – Billy Phelan, Woodsgift, Urlingford.
3rd Grocery Voucher – M. Ronan, Corbally, Abbeyleix.
4th Sports Voucher – Eileen Dowling, Swan Road, Durrow.
5th Meal Voucher – Eamon Dunne, Ballyragget.
6th Voucher for Laois Ed. Supplies – Ned Cuggy, Rathduff, Ballyragget.


The Beaver and Cub Sections are back in full swing with a full compliment of new Leaders. Both sections are now putting their programmes for the new Scout year into action.
It is hoped to restart the young group of the Scout Section on either 6th or 13th December (depending on date of Boy’s School concerty) 11 – 13 year olds. And the older group to start after Christmas break, 13 – 15 year olds.
At the moment new Leaders are at the planning stage and getting to know the running of a Scout Troop. The Scouts in the younger group will be notified of the date of first meeting.


Applications are invited from eligible persons for the following positions under the above scheme:

  1. Secretary. 2. Bus Driver – D1 Licence. 3. Art (General Interest). 4. Health Care. 5. General.

Applications to Secretary, Heywood Community School, Ballinakill, Co. Laois.


LAOIS LEADER DEVELOPMENT CO. LTD. are holding an innovative project for women in rural areas, in the Killeshin Hotel on Monday 18th November at 10.00 a.m. This is to help women create part-time/full-time jobs for themselves in their own local areas.

DURROW COMMUNITY COUNCIL will hold a Church Gate Collection for the Christmas Tree expenses, on weekend of Saturday 30th November / Sunday 1st December. Your support will be appreciated.


Sunday morning – Pat Walsh, Lorraine Lawlor,  David Dunne, Jonathan Walsh.

Weekend 30th November / 1st December

Saturday evening – Andrew Walsh, natasha kenna, Eoin lalor, Debbie Stapleton.

Sunday morning – Angela Drennan, jason Walsh, martin Walsh and Ann Campion.

Cullohill Sellers

Saturday 30th November: Blathnaid Clancy, Elaine Clancy, Carmel Brennan.

Sunday morning 1st December: Breda Mahony, Sinead mahony and Alma Ryan.


Monday 4th November: No Jackpot winner. £50 won by Walter Foyle, Patrick Street, Durrow. Numbers: 13 – 15 – 18.

Monday 11th November: No Jackpot winner. £50 won by sandra Walsh, 18 Erkindale Drive, Durrow. Numbers: 1 – 4 – 20.

Next draw on Monday 18th November in Gerri’s Bar. jackpot £1,250.

DURROW TIDY TOWNS  Committee are holding a Church Gate Collection on this weekend, 16th and 17th November, at both Masses. Your support is needed.


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FOR SALE: Girl’s Bicycle, suit 6 – 10 year old and Girl’s Bicycle, suit 10 – 12 year old. In Perfect condition.
Also Boy’s Racer, 12 Speed, full size. Contact 0502 – 37152.


The monthly meeting of Durrow Community Services (FAS 5) committee was held on 7th September. The next committee meeting will be held on Thursday 21st November. All members are asked to attend this important meeting.
The following is a list of work done by FAS workers during month of October: Cleaned pathway to Derry Wood. Cleaned and swept Badminton hall inside and outside. Fitted stone marking at the Colera Field on Swan Road. Turned summer seat and repaired same, fitted new timber.
Collected stones in Soccer Pitch and cleaned dressing rooms. Cleaned small C.Y.M.S. Hall. Cleaned and swept town, Cork Road, Erkindale Drive
Presentation Centre: Repaired door, made water channel.
Fitted two seats on bank of River Nore in Dunmore Wood.
Our Lady’s Meadow: Painted walls and fitted curtain rails. Took down basketball stands.#Boy’s School: Cleaned grounds. Repaired water leak and door locks.
Collected tables, barrells etc. in Cullohill for Our Lady’s Meadow.
All weeds and litter collected and dumped.
Grass cutting: All greens, areas at both bridges, Church Of Ireland School grounds.
All mowers and trimmers cleaned and checked.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Roberts family, Cullohill, on their recent bereavement.

CONGRATULATIONS to Orla Murphy, Ballyragget, who will celebrate her 21st Birthday next weekend.