19th / 20th November, 1994                                                                                                                                               Price 30p



TIME (At the beginning of the Church year – Advent).

We stand once more on the threshold of a shining and unblemished year, untouched yet by time and frustration, unclouded by failure and fear. How will we use the days of this year and the time God has placed in our hands, will we waste the minutes and squander the hours, leaving no prints behind in time’s sands…. will we rarely complain that life is so swift we haven’t the time to do good.

Our days are too crowded, our hours are too short to do all the good things we should…. We say we would pray if we had but the time, and be kind to all those in need. But we live in a world of ‘planned progress’ and our national password is ‘speed’. God grant us the grace as another year starts to use all the hours of our days. Teach us to take time for praying and to find time for listening to You, so each day is spent as well as one can God’s will what each one wants to do.

The Church goes so far as to set aside an entire liturgical season to the end of the world and the final coming of the Lord, so important a part of the faith does she consider these truths. The Church’s year begins on the first Sunday of Advent, the time of preparation for the coming of the Saviour. The remembrance of Christ’s first coming directs our minds and hearts to await Christ’s second coming at the end of time. It is therefore a period of devout and joyful expectation.


Durrow Community Council will hold a Church Gate Collection for the Christmas Tree expenses on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December. As expenses for same are quite high, you are asked to support this collection as generously as you can. It is hoped that with your financial help, to have the lights switched on by 8th December.


The C.Y.M.S. is back in full swing for the past two months. Opening hours are;

6 – 11.00 p.m./ Monday to Saturday
12 noon to 11.00 p.m. on Sunday
All new members are welcome. Senior membership for the year is £10 and juniors are £3.

Snooker tournaments for Seniors and Juniors are about to commence, also the Poker Classic will start back soon, on Tuesday nights at 9.00 p.m. sharp. Further notice will be given as to the official date.


Trips To Dublin

Taking in The Square Tallagh and Dublin City Centre, on Sundays, November 27th, December 4th and December 11th. Leaving the Square, Durrow at 8.30 a.m. and returning to Durrow at 7.30 p.m. approx. Bookings are now being taken. Fare: Adults £7, Children Under 14 £5.

Bus to Christy Moore in Goffs on Sunday December 18th. Leaving Durrow at 5.45 p.m. Limited availability on seats. (Concert tickets not supplied)

Bookings are now being taken for Christmas parties and outings.

All enquiries for above to Ger Conroy, Patrick Street, Durrow. Tel: 088 538164.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Dunphy family, Derry Road on their recent bereavement.



Monday 21st November is Presentation Day. Our Lady’s Meadow P.S. will celebrate the occasion by having Mass in the G.P. room at 11.30 a.m. The school will close at 12.30 p.m. on Monday. We wish all our past pupils, teachers and the Presentation Sisters a very happy day.

Preparations are well under way for this year’s concert ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ which will take place on Friday 2nd December, Saturday 3rd December and Sunday 4th December at 8.00 p.m. sharp. Admission will be strictly by ticket only. Tickets may be bought in the school on Monday 28th November, Tuesday 29th November and Wednesday 30th November, from 9.15 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. Price: Adults £2, Children £1.

The cast this year is as follows; Jack – Sarah Gaughan. Mother – Anne Campion. Mother Giant – Niamh Dunphy. Krista – Anna Lavery. Farmer – Tracy Lynch. Old Man – Ciara Holland. Daisybell (Cow) – Aisling Ryan and Lisa Clancy. Musical Narrator – Lucy Alley.

Men – Eva Dunne, Sarah Phelan, Fiona Kenna, Roisin Phelan.

Women – Lorna Case, Orlaith Ryan, Rachel Dunne, Laura Flynn.

Parents – Aoife Donohue, Siobhan Aylward, Vanessa Healy, Rachel Tobin, Valerie Bergin, Nicola Cleary, Joanne Donohue, Emma Dooley, Catherine Walsh, Elaine Kearney, Michelle Dunne.

Sellers – Deirdre Cleary, Lisa Sheppard, Tara kelly, Catherine Alley, Ciara Lanigan, Karen Flynn, Elaine Brophy, Muireann Phelan, Aoife Conroy, Elaine Mooney, Eva Dunne, Nicola Young, Nicola Brophy, Rita McCann.

Friends – Eve Walsh, Caroline Kelly, Samantha Doran, Julieanne Walsh, Kelly Parkinson, Aodain Phelan, Sarah Freeman, Annette Feehan, Aileen Phelan, Orla Doyle, Aoife Donohue, Marie Clancy, Aine Lawlor.

Butlers and Maids – Kate Freeman and Lee Campion, Nadine Dempsey and Conor Dunne, Elma Walsh and Darren Lynch, Lisa Donohue and Colin Dooley, Mairead Keane and Ian Doogue, Katrina Sheeran and Stephen Thomas, Tina Dunne and Stephen Shortall, Claire Phelan and Shane Donohue, Amy Mooney and Liam Dowling, Marie Brophy and Justin Brophy, Aisling Kelly and Sean Healy, Jennifer Doran and Conor McCann, Susan Monaghan and Seamus Clancy.

Head Fairies – Aoife Phelan, Claire Dunne, Elaine Dowling and Mary Cleary.

Fairies – Karen Holland, Sarah O’Leary, Laura Thornton, Tanya Aylward, Rebecca Kearney, Sarah Ryan, Eirin Dunne, Lisa Buckley, Kari Donohue, Aisling Dolphin, Dervla Dunne, Alison Keenan, Gemma Phelan, Charlotte Walsh.

Hens – Niall Dunne, Craig Parkinson, Anthony Dunne, James Donohue, James Jacob, Dean Lacumber.

Ducks – Shane Parkinson, John Cleere, Damien Smith, Brian Clancy, Keith Cashin, Calum Creegan, Paul Cleere, Alan Tynan.

Calves – Tomas Kearney, Pat Walshe, Michael Lanigan, Kieran Monaghan, Shane McCann Jamie Drennan.

Children – Vicki Donohue, Michelle Thornton, Rita Jacob, Susan Purcell, Carol cleary, Lisa Dooley, Yasmin Dempsey, Eilis Keane, Cathy Walsh, Claire Anne Alley.

A great nights entertainment is assured and all are welcome.


The Lions are through to the semi-final of the FAI Junior Cup, when on Saturday last they defeated Highview Athletic by 2-1.

The Lions Soccer Club would like to thank everyone who supported the South East Draw. The first draw on November 18th. Winners in next edition.

The Lions host the second draw on 16th December in Irwin’s Pub & Lounge (Keenans). It is hoped that there will be several local winners in this draw.

The Lions Christmas Hamper Draw goes ahead at Christmas, with tickets on Sale from this weekend, and the draw will be held on 24th December in the Nore nets Pub.


For this Sunday morning; Martin Walsh, Pat Walsh, Mark Donohue and Natasha Kenna.

Weekend 3rd / 4th December; Saturday evening; Mary Brophy, Geraldine Phelan, Jason walsh and Lorraine Lawlor.

Sunday morning; Andrew Walsh, Seamus Clancy, Margaret Aylward and David Dunne.

CONGRATULATIONS to Martin Carroll, The Nore Nets and Denise Burke on their recent marriage.



 Anyone interested in providing accomodation (i.e B & B and Evening meals) for National Ploughing Championships in September 1995, please contact Noreen Byrne, Tel: 0502 – 34069, as a list is being compiled.


The first semi-final of the camoige tournament was played on Sunday last.

Team 1: Blanaid Clancy, Sharon Lynch, Joan Mahony, Ruth Campion, Elaine Clancy, Maria Lalor and Joyce Donohue, were defeated by

Team 4: Catriona Phelan, Anne Marie Deegan, Imelda Galvin, Aileen Holland, Tara Cahill, Aisling Lanigan, Mary Kells and Alma Ryan.

It was a very enjoyable game to watch with some good displays of camoige. The final score was 4 – 2 to 1 – 1.

On Sunday 20th November the second semi-final will be played at 12 noon, in Durrow GAA Grounds.

Team 2: Teresa Lalor, Breda Mahony, Sarah Dempsey, Claire Donohue, Maria Clancy, Debbie Stapleton, Antoinette Townsend and Margaret O’Sullivan, will play

Team 3: Laura Mahony, Eileen Shiel, Lisa Muldowney, Darina Grogan, Elaine Dollard, Norma Shiel and Rosarie Phelan.

The final will be played on Sunday 27th November in Durrow GAA Grounds, at 2.00 p.m.

There will also be an under-12 final on Sunday 27th November at 2.00 p.m. Panel of players:

Team 1: Louise Mahony, Linda O’Sullivan, Sinead Mahony, Deirdre Kilbride, Elaine Mahony, Aine Mahony, Aoife Donohue, Aisling Phelan.


Team 2: Ciara Lanigan, Aoife Donohue, Orla Phelan, Lindsey Brennan, Patricia Dunphy and Niamh Kilbride.


The Durrow Badminton Club is now in full swing. Opening nights are now on Tuesday from 8 – 11.00 p.m. Wednesday nights – Martial Arts 6.30 – 8.00 p.m. Basketball from 8.00 – 10.00 p.m. Thursday nights – Indoor Soccer run by Lions Soccer Club.

There are 4 Badminton teams in the club this year, also there are two juvenile Badminton teams.

Any bookings can be made by contacting Liz Clancy, Phone 0502 – 36373.


A vacancy has arisen in Our Lady’s Meadow P.S. for office secretary. Ideal candidate must have experience of complete office duties. Persons eligible must be on the Unemployment Register for 6 months. Please apply in writing to Ann Vaugh, Secretary Durrow Community Services, Tinweir, Durrow, Co. Laois. Closing date for application is Saturday 26th November.


Annual Ceili will be held on Saturday 26th November, in the Castle Arms Hotel. Music by Durrow Ceili Band. Admission £3. Tea and Sandwiches served.

FOR SALE: Large Kitchen Table – £30 or nearest offer. Contact 0502 – 36484.

FOR SALE: Bike in good condition. Contact Paddy Scott, Patrick Street, Durrow. Phone 0502 – 36388.

CONGRATULATIONS to Joe Glennon on winning the Lotto Jackpot of £850. Next draw on Monday 21st November in Jack Phelan’s Lounge. Jackpot £250.



The club’s recent exhibition was a successful event with a large number of viewers over both days. The club would like to take this opportunity to thank Avonmore for their sponsorship of the exhibition.

Two important new competitions in the club’s programme are both now underway – The Eddie Moore Memorial Trophy for the senior members and The Junior Branch Grand Prix. Both comprise of six themed events and at the end of the year the highest amount of points gains the trophies. With one competition completed in both sections, this is how the points stand:

Senior: Liam Donohue – 13 points. Breda Kelly – 6 points. Eugene Meegan – 5.5 points. Frank Campion – 1.5 points.

Junior: Kevin Donohue – 1o Points. Claire Doyle – 6 points. Jason Walsh – 4 points. Erin Kelly – 3 points. Ashling Ryan – 2 points. Claire Donohue – 1 point.

With 5 events to go and with 10 points for a win, these tables could change dramatically before the final reckoning.

The Liam Hyland Slide Competition was held recently and these were the results; 1st – Joan Ryan, 2nd – Martin Walsh, 3rd – Frank Campion.

Members should bring along their cameras for this weeks meeting (Monday 21st November) the theme of the meeting being “Still Life”.


Silver Circle Results, for WEEK 5: £150 – Mrs Mulvahill, c/o Gleesons, Ballinakill. £75 – Mary McEvoy, Timahoe. £25 – Ann Dollard, Castletown. £25 – Tony Shaughnessy, Ballinakill. £25 – Helen Dunne, Avonmore.

WEEK 6: £150 – Evelyn Mulhall, Ballyroan. £75 – Mary Butler, Greenview, Ballyragget. £25 – Mary Holohan, Ballacolla. £25 – Maura Treacy, Rathduff, Ballyragget. £25 Paddy o@hara, Aharney, Ballyragget.

WEEK 7: £150 – Claire O’Flanagan, Cork Road, Durrow. £75 – Sheila Delaney, Cullohill. £25 – Andy McEvoy, Abbeyleix. £25 – Mark Hamm, Ballinakill. £25 – Bridie Brennan, Knockbawn, Abbeyleix.

Next draw on Monday 28th November at 9.00 p.m. for Weeks 8 & 9.


Ballinakill Squash Club is now in full swing for this season. New members are always welcome. Membership fo ’94/’95 as follows;

Single – £30, Married Couple – £45, Family – £55,  Students – £10, U-16s – £5. Group membership: 4 new members plus existing member – £100.

Keys available from: Ray Duggan – phone 33324, Willie Phelan – phone 33428, Joan Lacey – phone 33373, Tricia Dunphy – phone 33310.


Rory O’Moore Pipe Band are holding a CABARET in The Durrow Inn on Sunday, 4th December.


Door Prize of £20 on ticket. Admission £1.

Do come along and support us.

A great night’s entertainment assured.