16th/17th January 1993 – Price 20p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled by Durrow Scouts

A sure way to a happy day.

Happiness is something we create in our minds. It’s not something we search for and so seldom find. It is just waking up and beginning the day by counting our blessings, and kneeling to pray. It is also giving up thoughts that breed discontent, and accepting what comes as a “gift heaven-sent.” It is giving up wishing for things we have not, but making the best of whatever we’ve got. It’s knowing that life is determined for us and pursuing our tasks without fret, fume or fuss. It’s by completing what God gives us to do that we find real contentment and HAPPINESS too.


Durrow Community Council

Our monthly meeting scheduled to be held on Monday 11th January was cancelled owing to bad weather conditions. It will now be held this Monday 18th January at 8.30p.m. in the I.C.A. Hall. All members are requested to attend.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all those who subscribed to our recent Church Gate collection for the Christmas tree and also to the following for their kind donations : Jack Murphy, Jimmy Ryan, Bank of Ireland, Tim Cleary, Mrs Joyce, Ger Alley, Michael Gaughan, Mrs Lennon, Pius Hennessy, Michael Carroll, Christy Sheppard and Joan Gee (Betting Office). Without your help Durrow would not have had a Christmas tree. Our sincere thanks to the FAS team who helped erect the tree.

The Senior Citizen’s Party will take place this year on Sunday 21st February in the Castle Arms Hotel. Members will be selling lines shortly in order to raise money for the party. Your support will be appreciated.


Poker Nite

Results for Tuesday 8th December – 1st Elsie Stewart, 2nd Kieran Soames, Billy Lawlor, Sean Aylward, John Phelan, J. Gleeson.

Results for Tuesday 15th December – 1st Sean Aylward, 2nd Elsie Stewart, S. Brennan, Phillip Monnelly, Neil Dollard, Tom Woods.

Results for Tuesday 5th January – 1st John Phelan, 2nd Richard McGeough, Elsie Stewart, Tom Woods, Kieran Soames, Billy Woods.

Results for Tuesday 12th January – 1st Billy White, 2nd Elsie Stewart, Kieran Soames, Joe Brennan, Neil Dollard, Martin Lawlor.


SYMPATHY is extended to the Sheehan family, Carrigan Street, on their recent bereavement.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Guilfoyle family, Durrow, on their recent bereavement, and also the Ryan family, Carrigan Street.

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Durrow Parish Lotto

At a meeting on Tuesday 12th January the final plans were made to get the Durrow Parish Lotto started. Tickets will go on sale from next weekend. They will be available from committee members of all the clubs participating in the running of the draw.

To play the lotto the charge is £1 which entitles you to pick two sets of numbers. Each card will have the players name on it.

The Jackpot for the first draw will be £200. If there is no winning combination one card will drew for a prize of £50 and the balance of £150 will be added to the next week’s Jackpot.

The first Lotto Draw will take place on Monday 8th February.


Soccer News

The Lions Schoolboys soccer teams had good results last weekend. In the U/16 league the Lions were held 2-2 by Dean Celtic. Scorer for the Lions was Harry Stone 2. In the U/14 league the Lions drew 1-1 with Bagenalstown. Scorer was Brian Shortall.

In the U/13 league the Lions lost 4-3 to St. Pat’s Boys in Carlow. Scorers were N. Hamm 2, A. Donohue 1.

The final draw in the South East Co-Operative Draw will take place in Wexford on 22nd January. All outstanding monies will be collected this weekend for this draw. The final draw will consist of two seperate draws, first the monthly draw and then an extra draw for fully paid up. The Lions Soccer Club will be represented at this draw.


Harps G.A.A. Club

At the Annual General Meeting of the Harps G.A.A. Club, which was held on Friday 15th January, the following committee was elected –

President: John Cashin, Vice Presidents: Fr O’Doherty, P.P. Fr Dunne, C.C.Canon Marnell.

Chairman: Seamus Kenna, Vice Chairman: John Burke.

Secretary: Donal Deegan, Ass. Secretary: Seosamh Murphy.
Treasurer: John Shortall, Ass. Treasurer: Pat Bolger.
P.R.O.: Sean Duggan.
Committee: Hughie Sheppard, Tomas Kenna, Noel Kirby, Seamus Campion, Declan Phelan, John Phelan, Gabrial Muldowney, Tom Lennon, Pius Hennessy, Noel Delaney, John Stapleton, Joe Dollard and Walter Foyle.

The first meeting of the above committee will take place on Monday 18th January, in Cullohill Community Hall, at 8.00p.m.

The Annual General Meeting of the Harps Juvenile Committee will be held on Tuesday 19th January, in Cullohill Community Hall.


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Durrow Macra Club

Durrow Macra held their first meeting in the Durrow Inn on Wednesday 13th January. Discussed was the forthcoming competition of the Senior Quiz which will be held in the Portlaoise Macra Hall on January 20th at 8.30pm. Representing the club are Ethel Coady, david Holland, Ann Scully and Michael Fitzpatrick.

The club is also taking part in the Ballinakill Macra Variety Show in Knock Hall (Spink) on Friday night 15th January, performing Acts, Singing, Set Dancing, Comedy Act and Solo Instrumental.

With the Dublin City Variety Competition coming up soon the Club are busy getting their respective Acts together in Solo Singing, Novelty Act, Solo Instrumental, Mastermind and Comedy.

The club would like to welcome five new members to Macra; Ann Scully, Seamus Cullnane, Mary O’Dea, Tom O’Sullivan and Malcom Martyn.

Next meeting in the Durrow Inn on Wednesday January 27th at 9.00p.m. New members are always welcome.


Historical Snippet

by John Conroy

Continued from last issue:

Canon Carrigan never pulled down the blinds on his windows and could be seen writing his notes at his desk with lighting from two candles. When he would complete a page he would sprinkle snuff over it to dry the ink holding it over a candle. Dad used to say he often seen two, three or even more people standing outside looking at him writing.

A story comes to mind Dad told me about Canon Carrigan, it goes like this, he would leave his writing and go for a brisk walk around the town and return to his writing. One night he went for his usual walk but a very strange thing happened to him. I think the word Dad used was “befriended”. He lost his way and could not reach his own house, he walked and walked but still couldn’t know where he was. After a long time he heard voices, he called out to tell him where he was and they told him he was at the Tallyhoe. They came back with him to his house. They were Ballyouskill men. After that strange happening the Canon said he would “never burn the midnight oil again” , and from then on he was always in bed before midnight.



On Saturday 16th. Music by Winning Streak.





CONGRATULATIONS to Raymond O’Brien, Cork Road, who celebrated his 21st birthday recently.

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Durrow & District Camera Club

Due to the atrocious road and weather conditions the club’s Advance Course meeting on 11th January was cancelled. We will resume our course this Monday 18th January at our club premises at 8.30p.m. sharp, when Eamon Nolan will present a session in Darkroom work.

The club would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported our recent cabaret.


Scout News

The Troop resumes its Friday night meetings on 15th January. Last weeks meeting unfortunately had to be cancelled due to a power failure.

This Sunday the Troop have arranged a Pioneering Day in Dunmore Wood, this event starts at 12.00 sharp. This will be the first Outdoor Activity for 1993.

Our first weekend camp of the year has also been arranged, this is a trip to the Kinnity Log Cabin, which is set in the Slieve Bloom Mountains. We go there on 12th – 15th March.


Holy Family Boy’s N.S.

A Cake Sale and Sale of Work will be held in the Boy’s School on Friday the 22nd January. The Sale will begin at 9.00a.m. Everyone is welcome, including people coming from morning Mass.

Here are some of the winning poems written by 3rd, 4th and 5th classes in a recent competition.

Winter – By Ricky Tobin.

Winter time is sad for some,
But for me it’s lots of fun,
Snow is falling from the sky,
Brings lots of fun for every boy.

The Holy Family on bended knee,
Joseph, Mary there to see,
Baby Jesus kept from harm,
With lots of animals to keep him warm.

Winter – By Jonathan Walsh.

Each day to school we go,
In hail, rain, frost and snow,
Hats and scarves we always wear,
Trees and plants are all so bare.

Snowballs, slush and snowmen,
Everyone will make them,
Winter is such real good fun,
But roll on Spring and the sun.


Our Lady’s Meadow P.S.

The first of our 6 Monthly Draws takes place on the 29th January. All school children have cards.

Coffee mornings in aid of the Cancer Research Unit of Crumlin Hospital, will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week from 11a.m. to 12.30p.m.




World News For 16th & 17th January 1993

January 16, 1993 – Windsor Castle was reopened just two months after a fire had swept through the British landmark.

 January 17, 1993 – Russian cyclist Irina Privalova cycles  a world record 300m indoor, in 35.45 seconds.

No. 1 on the British billboard this weekend was Snap! featuring Nick Harris, with the song Exterminate, and in the U.S. Boyz II Men were top of the charts with In The Still Of The Nite.