18th/19th July 1998 – Price: 30p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled By The Durrow Scouts

N.B: The next issue of the Newsletter will be on the weekend 8th/9th August. Copies of newsletter are available at Walsh’s Newsagents, Carrigan Street, Durrow.

Thoughts for the day

Easy to Smile

It’s easy to smile when you haven’t a care and there isn’t a cloud in the sky. When you’re happily sitting on top of the world and enjoying the beautiful view. It’s easy to smile when it’s bright all the while, facing life with a jest and a song – but the time to be cheery is when you feel weary and everything’s going all wrong.


Vain Regrets 

Do not waste regrets upon the things you meant to do; fallen castles, broken dreams and friends that proved untrue. The effort that you failed to make, the prize you might have gained, the hopesthat crashed all unfulfilled, successes un-attained.

Profit from your past mistakes. Draw wisdom from your pain. Look beneath the surface for the meaning. Start again. Deepened by experiences that have come your way – building your tomorrow on the ruins of today.



Congratulations to everybody in Durrow who protested to Laois co. Council on the erection of a 36m mast by Esat at Chapel Street, Durrow. On July 8th Laois County Council rejected Esats application. The Durrow action group against Esat are now focusing on the likely appeal of the decision by Esat to An Bord Planoila, we urge the people of Durrow to get involved and attend our next meeting in the Presentation Centre on Tuesday night next, 21st July, at 8.30 pm.


Sponsored Walk 

Mary Walsh and Anne Vaugh are delighted to announce that the total sum of money collected for the Daniel O’ Donnell Romanian Orphanage Appeal Fund as a result of the sponsored walk amounted to £1,680. A bankdraft for this amount was presented to Daniel O’ Donnell just before his concert in Heywood Community School, Ballinakill, on 11th July, for which he was deeply grateful and acknowledged it afterwards on stage during the show. The total fund to date for this appeal is £300, 000 and Daniel’s target is to make a million pounds. A special word of thanks to all those who collected such huge sponsorship for this worthy cause in the Parish of Durrow an also to all those who gave private donations. A few donations have come in since the presentation was made and so if there are any others who would still like to give a contribution you can do so within the next couple of weeks and we can send it altogether to this special fund.

Thanks once again to everyone who helped out in any way with the sponsored walk especially the Civil Defensewhose presence on the day was a great comfort to organisers.



Sympathy is extended to the Geoghegan family, Ballybooden, on their recent bereavement.

Sympathy is extended to Breda Bourke, Parkanahown on the death of her Aunt, Mrs Power, Woodsgift, recently.


Cullohill Progressive 25 results

Sunday 5th July: 1st – Mick Lalor & Margaret Fitzpatrick, 2nd Mick & Alice Fitzpatrick
Raffle: 1st Ann Fitzpatrick, 2nd Molly Dollard

Sunday 12th July: 1st – Joe Shiel & Paddy Lalor, 2nd – Donal & Mae Bowe
Money Back: Martin Mooney & Peader Duggan
Raffle: 1st Kitty Mulligan, 2nd Martin Quinlan

Abbeyleix Heritage Co. Ltd

Heritage House, Abbeyleix will host “Irish Architecture 1998: The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland Awards Exhibition”. From Saturday 18th July to Monday 3rd August 1998. Over seventy projects are on display. Opening hours:  Mon – Sat: 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday: 1 pm to 6 pm.



Sets of clothesline poles, Winches, Pullys etc; Contact Sean Doyle, Granstown, Ballacolla. Phone No:  0502-34089


Phelan’s Hardware

Youth required for short term summerwork. Apply in writing to John Phelan by Wednesday 22nd July.


Walsh’s Video Rentals

July & August offers on videos: Rent 2 videos get 1 free. Children’s Video Box: Rent 2 videos for £1.50, get 1 can of Pepsi free.

Top Videos for July: The Jackal, The Devil’s Advocate, Excess Baggage, Truth or Consequences. You can book by phoning 0502-36411.


Cullohill/Durrow Community Games Camogie

Cullohill/Durrow Community Games Camogie team play in semi final of the Leinster Championship on Sunday 19th July in Carlow. They play Kildare and the winning team will play Louth or Carlow in the final on the same afternoon. The overall winners will playin the All-Ireland finals in mosney in early September.


Carnival Pub Soccer 

 The Carnival pub soccer fixtures for the Tommy Brophy Cup will commence on July 21st at 7 pm in the soccer field, Cork rd, Durrow.
The draw is: 7 pm – Gerr’s V Lennon’s
7.30 pm Durrow Inn V Phelan’s
8 pm Cashin’s V Nore Nets
Castle arms bye to semi final. semi final’s on Thursday 23rd July at 7 pm. Final on Saturday evening 25th July at 7 pm.


Lions Soccer Club

The Lions schoolboys soccer club are holding a super draw for a trip for two to Old Trafford to see Manchester United V Liverpool on Saturday, September 26th. The trip includes return flight Dublin to Manchester, tickets to the game plus an overnight stay in a top class Manchester Hotel. Tickets are on sale from any committee member at £5 each. Draw in early September.


 Durrow Carnival Weekend

Programme as follows:

Friday 24th: 6 pm – Trout Fly Fishing Competition, Weigh in 12 pm.
7.30 pm – Parade by Rory O’Moore Pipe Band, Durrow
8 pm – Caberet in the Carnival Marquee Featuring “The Whacketeers” Comedy Act. Admisision: £3

Saturday 25th: 3 pm – Barney and the Teletubbies in the Carnival Marquee
4.30 pm – Children’s Sports
6 pm – Lions Juvenile 7A side soccer Final
7 pm – Lions mixed 7A side soccer Final at Lions AFC Grounds Cork Road
8 pm “Marquee Madness” Presented by Durrow Development Forum feturing “Carnival Queen Contest” Admission £1

Sunday 26th: 12 noon – Pike fishing competition for Harold Lawlor Cup Weigh in at 5 pm
2 pm – Durrow Carnival Parade
2.30 pm – Pipe Band Recital – Rory O’Moore Pipe Band
2.45 pm – “Battle Display” with the Society of Irish Re-enactors. Displays of Weaponary and village life until 5 pm.
3.30 pm – Latin Express Show with spectacular Latin Salsa Band with Brazillian dancers, Drag Queen and Durrow Carnival Drag Queen Contest.
5 pm – St. Patrick’s Brass & Reed Band Recital
5.30 pm – Taek-won-do Display by the Local Club
8.00 pm – Caberet in the Carnival Marquee, featuring International Stars of Magic & Illusion – Pat Fallon and Tanya.

Durrow & District Camera Club Photographic Exhibition from 2.30 pm to 6 pm.
The Carnival Committee hope you enjoy the weekend and join with them in creating the unique atmosphere that is the Durrow Carnival.

 Durrow & District Camera Club

The Durrow & District Camera Club are holding their Annual Exhibition in conjunction with the Durrow Carnival Weekend on Sunday 26th July. The exhibition opens at 2.30 pm and finishes at 6 pm and will include the best work from local photographers over the last couple of years. During the day the winners prizes for Eddie Moore Memorial Shield and the Liam Hyland Slide of the year competition will be presented. Admission Free.



Congratulations to Agnes Dunphy, Cullohill and Andrew Henderson, Rathdowney, on their recent marriage.

Congratulations to Edel Kavanagh, Gurteen, Cullohill, who graduated recently from Middlesex University with DIP in Highher education in Nursing. At present she is in the Whittington Hospital London.

Congratulations to Andrew Muldowney, Ballynevin, Cullohill, who recently graduated from UCD with a degree in Architecture.

Congratulations to Angela (nee Dollard) and Brian Hendley on the birth of a son, Cathel.


Pilgrimage to Knock

 Over 50 Pilgrims went to Knock from Cullohill area last week. We had a very prayerful day.  Thanks to everyone who took part.


Durrow Community Council

Durrow Community Council members were shocked and deeply saddened by the recent sudden deaths of Diarmuid Murphy and Con Geoghegan. Both men served for over 20 years on the committee and their huge commitment, dedication and loyalty to Durrow Community Council was deeply appreciated by all concerned. Diarmuid had retired from the committee two years  ago, while Con had remained an active member up to the time of his death. They will be fondly remembered. May they both rest in peace.


Durrow Tidy Towns

Durrow Tidy Towns committe wish to thank all those who put out window boxes and hanging baskets. They add greatly to the appearance of the town. We thank the FAS workers and their supervisors for all their work keeping the town and approach roads looking so well.

At present we have two students on the Student Summer Jobs Scheme working along with Joe Donohue, keeping kirbs and footpaths clean and litter under control.

Litter Warden: Laois Co. Council have confirmed that over the next couple of months the litter warden will be visiting all towns and villages in the county. Initially he will be calling on the business Community to make them aware of their obligations and responsibilities. Thereafter it will be the policy of the litter warden to commence the issue of fines for non-compliance.


Durrow Parish Lotto

Results Monday 6th July: No Jackpot winner. No’s 24 -27-30.
£20 to Sam Vaugh, Tinweir, Durrow and Shiela Lawlor, Mill Rd, Durrow. £10 Mary Thornton, Mary Street Durrow.

On Monday 13th July the lotto draw was cancelled due to the sudden death of Con Geoghegan. Con was one of the founder members of the lotto and served on the committee as Vice-Chairperson and Chairman last year. Con hardly ever missed a Monday night’s lotto draw. His cheerful manner will be sadly missed by everyone on the committee. Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife and family.

The next Lotto draw will be on Monday 20th of July in The Durrow Inn. Jackpot £1,100.


Durrow Summer Camp 

The Senior Camp (for 11-14 year olds) came to an end on Friday last. Activities included: Indoor soccer, Outdoor Soccer, Basketball, Art, Volleyball, Games, Tennis, Bouncing Castle, Swimming, Sports day, Orienteering in Dunmore wood, Day Trip to Noreside Adventure Centre in Thomastown. Medals were presented to the winners and runner up in the soccer league. Winning team: Niall Brophy, Thomas Mooney, Paul Kenny, Sarahlee Murphy and Mairead Berigin. Runner up: Aoife Donohue, Danny Donohue, Claire Dunne-Das, Carol Cleary and Paudraic Kenny.

Everyone had a great time and were sorry to see it come to an end.

On Monday 20th July the Kiddi Camp (for 4-7 years) will commence. There are still a few places available in this group. The children will start each morning at 10 am and finish at 3 pm every day except on day of trip when children will be asked to arrive at the boyus school at 9.45 am. This year their day trip is to The Harper Farm, Bennetsbridge and it will be on Tuesday 28th July, arriving back in Durrow about 3 pm. There is swimming in Portlaoise Pool every Wednesday. Everyone to bring a lunch every day.

The Junior Camp (for 8-10 years) will commence on Tuesday 4th August at 10 am and end on Friday 14th August. Camp will be held on Saturday 89th instead of the Monday Bank Holiday.

We hope everyone has a very enjoyable time on their camp.