2nd / 3rd December 1995.          Price 30p






“What were you arguing on the road?” Christ asked his followers one day. They were embarrassed by his question for they had been arguing which of them was the greatest. Even they though so close to Jesus were hungry for positions of honour and superiority.

Today there is sorrow and injustice being imposed on many people, races, nations because of such unhealthy rivalry. How can a nation with wealth and power justify aggression and greed against a weaker nation?

For Jesus greatness consists not in domination but in service. Behind service stands the word “love”. There are those who think they “love God” but freeze people – those who disdain to extend the helping hand – those who refuse to respond to the plight of the oppressed. We come to God through and with one another.



Christmas is fast approaching and once again Durrow Community Council intend erecting a Christmas tree on the Square for the enjoyment of young and old alike during the festive season.

In order to raise money towards the expenses of same, we are holding a Church gate Collection on saturday 2nd December and Sunday 3rd December.

We look forward to your kind support.



There will be a Rosary Procession on this Sunday, 19th November in Portlaoise at 3.00 p.m. from the Statue of Our Lady to the Church to pray for protection for marriage and family life at this critical time.

Please come and bring a candle and your rosary.



Durrow Badminton Club will hold their Annual Christmas Bazaar in the Community Hall on Sunday 10th December. Further details later.



Monday 6th November: No Jackpot winner. £50 to K .Byrne, Ballacolla.

Monday 13th November: No Jackpot winner. £50 to Nicky O’Toole, Attanagh.

Next draw on Monday 20th November in The Nore Nets. Jackpot £1,850.


CONGRATULATIONS to Eddie Lalor, Cork Road, who celebrated his 21st Birthday recently.

CONGRATULATIONS to Terence Brophy, St. Fintan’s Tce. who celebrated his 21st Birthday recently.


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The club’s Junior Branch are back in full swing at the moment. The first round of the 1995 / 1996 Grand Prix takes place on Monday 4th December and the theme is “Macro / Close Up”. After this everything will be geared for the “Photographer of the Year” and “Print of the Year” competitions. This competition takes place on the 11th December. Five prints (7″ x 5″) are entered for “Photographer of the Year” the best single print wins “Print of the Year.”

The club is thankful to John Freeman for his continued sponsorship.

In the Senior section the next stage of the Eddie Moore Memorial Shield takes place on 27th November, the theme being “Hobbies.” Paul Cashin has built a lead at this early stage.

Members are reminded of the club’s “Photographer of the Year” and “Print of the Year” competitions which will be held on 11th December. Photographer of the Year will be presented with the magnificent Joe Brophy Memorial Cup.



Coffee Morning

The Parents Council will hold a Coffee Morning on Friday 24th November from 9.15 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. in the G.P. room. We would encourage you to come and bring some friends. Proceeds are in aid of school funds which are very low at the moment. All are welcome.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish Ms. Noreen Shortall the very best in her new post in The Heath P.S. Noreen commences work there on monday 20th November. Noreen has been working with us for the past year and we will miss her very much.

Rehearsals have begun for this year’s Christmas Concert ‘Angels On High’ which will take place on December 15th, 16th, and 17th in the school. Further details at a later date.

Our Halloween Fair was a great success and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. All pupils made many fine purchases and visits to the fortune teller, face painters and The Haunted House were well worthwhile. Photographs of the Fair are on display in the front hall of the school.

Mr O’Donohue our school inspector was very pleased with the standard of all the pupils on his visit to the school recently.



Congratulations to the Durrow Boys School, on winning their Cumann na mBunscol Football Final in O’Moore Park on Sunday the 11th November. They beat Ballylinan by 4 points having scored 3 – 5. Many thanks to the Parents Council for providing refreshments in the school afterwards.



The November meeting of Durrow I.C.A. was held on Tuesday 14th November. Mrs. Noreen Byrne, Clough Guild attended and gave a talk on the Granstown Lake Development Plan.

Winners of the draw on the 29th October in the C.Y.M.S. Hall were: 1st – Teddy Bear- Margaret Moore, Tubberboe. 2nd Btl. Sherry – Mrs Lizzy Monahan and 3rd – Btl. Wine – Fiona Mahony.

Next meeting Tuesday December 12th.



The Lions B team lost 3 – 2 to Tullaroan on Sunday last.

Pride of place in the club must go to the Youth Team who remain unbeaten in the League following their great 2 – 0 victory over Bagenalstown. Scorers T. Bowe and A. Campion.

The Lions Youths are the only unbeaten team in the League and are 4 points clear on top.

Table Quiz

the Lions Soccer Club will hold a Table Quiz in The Nore Nets on Friday 24th November.



Durrow Branch of Red Cross have commenced a First Aid Course. The course is under the guidance of Adrian Aherne and is held on Tuesday nights at 8.00 p.m. in The Castle Arms Hotel. Further details from G. Lalor or H. Donohue.



The Annual General Meeting of Durrow Credit Union will be held on Thursday 23rd November at 8.30 p.m. in the Presentation Centre.



The winners of the John Dwyer Memorial Trophy for Pike Fishing Competition were:

!st Jim Delahunty, 15-20. 2nd Mick Nolan, Castlecomer, 13-02. 3rd Philip Bodgen, Gorey 12-00.

Results of Durrow & District Anglers of the Year 1995

Fisherman of the Year – Joe Fogarty
Heaviest Trout of the Year – Pat Lynch
Heaviest Pike of the Year – Jim Delahunty.

Club Chairman Con Geoghan thanked all who helped the club in the past year, especially Susan Lawlor, Michael and Patricia gaughan, Brian Lynch and especially all landowners for their help and co-operation throughout the year.



This Sunday 19th November: Pat Walsh, Lorraine Lawlor, Natasha Kenna and David Dunne.
Weekend 2nd / 3rd December: Saturday evening – Andrew Walsh, Niall Donohue, karen Stapleton and Jonathan walsh.
Sunday morning: Martin walsh, mark Donohue, jason walsh and Kevin Donohue.


FOR SALE : Sitting Room Unit, 3′ 4″ wide x 10′ 10″ high. In perfect condition. Contact 0502 – 31643 after 6.00 p.m.


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Heywood Community School, Ballinakill, which has been in operation for the last five years will be officially opened by the Junior Minister of Education, Mr. Bernard Allen T.D. on Tuesday the 5th December.

In conjunction with this event the school invites all parents and their sixth class child to an Open Day which takes place in the school from 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. following the Official Opening.

Silver Circle results – Draw 6

£150 Martin Kells, Cullohill. £75 Paddy Farrell, Ballyraggett. £25 Sean Dowling, Attanagh.
£20 Eamon Brennan, Castlecomer. £25 John Feehan, Grennan, Attanagh.
Avonmore Hamper to U. Breen, Dr. Murphy Plc. Portlaoise.


DURROW TIDY TOWNS Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday 22nd November in Castle Arms Hotel at 8.30 p.m. All members are asked to attend.



Durrow Macra Na Feirme held their recent meeting in the Presentation Centre on Friday 17th November. Congratulations was extended to the Farm Task team who won the County Final on Sunday 12th November in Stradbally. Representing the club were; David Holland, John Clooney, and John Lalor. It is the first time the club has won the County Final and they have brought great pride and celebration to the club.

On Tuesday November 14th a team took part in the County round of the Kerry Table Quiz. On the team were Peter Phelan, John Clooney, David Holland and John Lalor. The venue was the Eagles Rest.

Congratulations to Cullohill and Borris-in-Ossory who will represent the County in Tralee, Co. Kerry on Sunday December 3rd.

The club has two teams in the Novice Quiz Competition which is being held in Eammon An Chnoic, Raheen, on Friday 24th November at 8.00 p.m. A Cabaret will follow the Quiz. Music by Largo. Admission £1. The two teams of 4 are: Noelle Phelan, Ann Mahony, Johnny Holland and Peter Phelan. Trevor Foley, John Dorgan, Brendan Maguire and John Clooney.

A number of club members are travelling to Tullamore for the Queen of the Land. The club wishes Carmel Dunne from Abbeyleix, representing Laois, the very best of luck.

Next meeting is on Friday 1st December at 9.00 p.m. New members are always welcome.#The Club would like to welcome FArm Apprentice Brendan Maguire from Cavan to Durrow and also to our Macra Club. Brendan is presently working on Padraig Walshe’s farm.


CASTLE ARMS HOTEL Irish Music Night. Traditional Music Session every Friday night starting on Friday 24th November. Musicians welcome.


POKER NITE RESULTS Tuesday 14th November: 1st Noel Meade, 2nd Jack Murphy, Elsie Stewart, Liz Clancy, John Gilligan and Pat Bergin.