19th / 20th December, 1998 – Price 30p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled by The Durrow Scouts


When a peaceful hush falls over the world and the holiday rush is through,
When the wrapping is done and the last errand run,
May everyone think anew of the deeper meaning of Christmas,
And the beauty that it imparts,
Not the Christmas we see under the tree,
But the Christmas within our hearts.
May your Christmas be rich with the laughter of friends,
With the closeness of family whose love never ends,
May your heart be content, may your spirits be light,
And may all of your holiday memories be bright.


I see not a step before me as I tread on another year,
But I’ve left the past in God’s keeping, the future His mercy shall clear,
And what looks dark in the distance may brighten as I draw near.



Christmas Opening Hours: Wednesday 23rd December, 7.30 – 9.15 p.m.
Re-opening on Friday 8th January, 10.30 – 11.30 a.m. and 7.30 – 9.15 p.m.
We wish all our members a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year



The organisers of collection of clothes, food and medicine for Honduras Aid wish to thank Woods’ Grocery, The Stores and their customers, John Freeman and everyone who gave to this worthy cause. It is hoped to organise more collections in the New Year.



Durrow Community Council wishes to thank all those who contributed so very generously to the Annual Church Gate Collection for the Christmas Tree expenses. We would like to take this opportunity to wish everybody a very Happy Christmas.



The A.G.M. of the Durrow Foroige Club was held recently. A new committee was formed as follows:

Chairperson: Marc Aylward    Secretary: Enda Carroll
Treasurer: Rachel Tobin   P.R.O.: Nicola Brophy

New members would be welcome as would be new leaders, both male and female. Members have to be between the ages of 12 – 17 years and leaders have to be over 18 years. Meetings are held every Thursday night from 7.30 – 8.30 p.m. in Small C.Y.M.S. Hall.

A Cake Sale was held recently and was very successful. We thank you for your support. At the moment we are organising other fundraising ideas, and we are selling Home Quizzes around the locality.


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Sunday 6th December – 1st Ned Duggan & John Mooney – 2nd Dick Brennan & Tony Dooley

Other winners – Noel Delaney & Pat Bowden, Martin Rohan & Mary Kelly, Larry Mahony & Tommy Corrigan.
Raffle winners – 1st Pat Dunphy, 2nd Fr. Lar Dunphy, 3rd Edward Dooley.

Sunday 13th December – Joint 1st Tony Dooley & Paddy Dunphy and Tommy White & Tommy Fitzpatrick.
Other winners – Pat Bowden & John Kelly, Jack Mooney & Peter Kennedy, Bernie & Ann Kilbride.
Raffle winners – 1st Peader Duggan, 2nd Fr. Martin Tobin, 3rd Rita McEvoy.

A MONSTER PROGRESSIVE 25 CARD DRIVE will take place in Cullohill Community Centre on Sunday 20th December at 8.30 p.m. sharp. £300 Prize Fund. All your support would be greatly appreciated.

A Children’s Party will take place in Cullohill Collunity Centre on Sunday afternoon, 20th December, at 2.00 p.m. Santa will be present. All are welcome.

LEAGUES in both Squash & Handball are up and running at the moment and those involved are asked to play their game in the near future. A prize of a training top will be given to each member of the winning team.
The committee would like to thank all of our members and patrons for their support during the past year and look forward to your continued support in 1999. Happy Christmas & Bright New Year.



“I’m fed up with turkey,” said Grandad, last Spring,
“Let’s go for tradition, a GOOSE is the thing.
There’s plenty of dripping and lashings of meat,
Plus feathers galore, a Seasonal treat.”

So we bought a fine gander and fattened him up,
With barley and biscuits and beer from a cup.
He lived in our garden and slept in our shed,
We called him GOLIATH and tickled his head.
He chased off intruders and guarded our gate,
But no-one dared mention his terrible fate.

But Christmas drew closer as Christmases will,
GOLIATH grew fatter, while Grandad grew ill.
No longer he wanted to murder his friend,
It gave him goose pimples to think of the end,
We all loved GOLIATH – but what could we do?
We had him for Christmas and Boxing Day too.

He sat at our table
As proud as could be
And shared Grandad’s dinner
And drank Grandad’s tea!


We wish our sellers and our readers a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.


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The Lions A team lost 5-3 to Bagenalstown in the Premier League in Durrow. The Lions scorers: T. Coffey and B. Shortall.

The Lions 26th Annual Christmas Draw will take place in The Nore Nets on Christmas Eve. Tickets are on sale from all committee members and players. The Hamper and all prizes will be on display in The Square on Christmas Eve.

In the South East Draw the Lions Soccer Club had only one winner in the December draw. The winner of £50 was Padraic Henderson, Coolnacritta, Cullohill.

The Lions Soccer Club wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.



Monday 7th December – No Jackpot winner. Nos. 17-25-29.
£20 won by Nancy Mahony, Durrow Post Office and Noel Whelan c/o Rory O’Moore Pipe Band. £10 Martin Lawlor, Mill Road, Durrow.

Monday 14th December: No Jackpot winner. Nos. 2-13-29.
£20 won by Paddy O’Regan, Attanagh and Margaret Delaney, Cullohill. £10 Peg Ryan, Bunlacken.

Next draw will be held in Gerri’s Bar. Jackpot £900. The Christmas Draw, with over 20 prizes to be raffled will take place on Monday 21st December.
The first Lotto Draw of 1999 will be held in Lennon’s Bar on Monday 11th January.



Durrow Tidy Towns Committee wishes to thank everyone who supported their recent Cabaret in the Castle Arms Hotel.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Joe Donohue, Paddy Quinn and the FAS team for their work in the town during the past year and we look forward to their help and co-operation in the new year.

We wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year


SYMPATHY is extended to the McCann family, Knockanoran, Durrow on their recent bereavement.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Dunne family, Erkindale Drive and Dunmore, Durrow on their recent bereavement.



Mass for deceased members of the club will be offered in Durrow on Saturday 19th December at 7.00 p.m.

The club would like to thank everyone for their support during 1998. We wish you all a very happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.


CONGRATULATIONS to Mark Donohue, Cork Road, Durrow, on celebrating his 21st Birthday recently.

NEXT ISSUE of the NEWSLETTER will be on the weekend 16th / 17th January 1999.


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Lions Soccer Club


The Lions B team moved up the table in Division 3 after a good away win over Ormonde Villa. The score was 4-2. Scorers P. Henderson (2), K. McGree and B. Feehan.
Our next TABLE QUIZ is in the Castle Arms Hotel on Monday 28th December. Table of 4 £10. As it is Christmas we would like a few more people to come and support this very lighthearted and enjoyable Table Quiz.

Junior A – Sunday December 20th Home V Bridge United, 2.30 p.m.
Sunday December 27th Away V Freebooters, 2.30 p.m.
Junior B – Sunday December 20th Away V Tullaroan, 11.00 a.m.
Sunday December 27th Home V Inistioge United, 2.30 p.m.



Investiture to Cubs took place on 27th November. Martin Walsh invested the following new members: Paul Brennan, Charlotte Clear, Calum Creegan, Kieran Monahan, Aibfinn O’Sullivan, Karla Parkinson and Alan Tynan.
They all received their ‘Tenderfoot Badge’, this is the first of their progress badges in Cubs. The Silver Arrow members of the group were presented with their ‘Bronze Badges’ and also the Sixers and Seconders in each of the groups. Prizes were given for the Christmas Card competition and after some training on ‘Fire Emergencies’ everyone got some refreshments and snacks and an enjoyable night was had by all.

Both Cub Groups were taken to the Cinema on Saturday 5th December. Appropriate for this time of year “The Santa Claus” was showing in the new Cinema in Kilkenny. All cubs were provided with snacks and refreshments, everyone enjoyed the day.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the Dunne family from Durrow Scout Group on the death of Virginia. She was a much valued leader with the Cub Section and will be sadly missed.



The Badminton Club would like to express their sincere sympathy to the Dunne family on the death of Virginia. She was a valued member of the club and always brought great life and fun to any game that she played. She will be sadly missed.

The committee would like to thank all the people who supported the Bazaar on Sunday last and all the businesses who donated so generously. A special word of thanks to the FAS team for their help.

We wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.



The General, Scream 2, Breakdown, City of Angels.
LATEST – Palmetto, Gang Related, Sliding Door, Deep Impact, Red Corner, Barney (New)
Lots of Christmas Movies & Children’s Specials.

We wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.



The staff of Our Lady’s Meadow P.S. would like to sincerely thank everyone who helped with the school’s production of “Peter Pan”, especially Maureen Dunne, Mary Ryan,  Anastasia Kenna, Ena Maher, Bridget Barnaville, Paddy Quinn and the FAS team, Parents and the Parents Council.

We wish everyone a very Holy and Happy Christmas, and a Peaceful New Year