19th / 20th October, 1996                                                                                                                                                                                        Price 30p




Communication is essential to the development and maintenance of any relationship, and this includes our relationship with God. Prayer of course is the absolute centrepiece of any religion worthy of the name. Prayer is a form of communication so prayer must be an essential part of the life of any Christian.

How do I pray then? Do I go in for set prayers at set times? And to limit and regiment your relationship with God? Do I suspect you are saying you are too busy to pray? I must get on with the business of life. Of course you have. This reminds us of the time when Jesus visited the home of Martha and Mary. Martha fussed and fumed about the table laying etc., but Mary sat at the feet of Jesus and listened to Him.

Jesus took in the situation and said to Martha “You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the better part.” Of course the table had to be laid etc., but Jesus wanted to tell us that we can become so busy that we can overlook the more important thing in life, namely our relationship with God. God is always with us and He doesn’t ask the impossible when he says we must always pray.

When I meet with success or a rare sunny day, do I say Thank God for this. As I enter a house do I say ‘God save all here’ or later ‘God be with you’ – then I am praying. Yes, as I drive alone in the car I can repeat the prayers that I learned at my mother’s knee or at school. If I feel drawn I can enter into myself and find God there and tell Him my worries or successes. Yes, there are many ways to pray. As you practice prayer it will develop and mature. The Holy Spirit will come to help you to pray as you ought. Don’t disappoint your best Friend. He is waiting for you.

Durrow Ladies Club meeting will be held in the Castle Arms Hotel on Thursday 24th October, at 8.30 pm.

Kolbe Centre For Handicapped Children are holding a RACE NITE in the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise on Friday, 1st November.

Supper Served – Bar Extension – Dancing

Tickets £5 each. Contact Ger Woods.

Durrow Tidy Towns Committee are holding a CABARET in the Castle Arms Hotel on this Sunday, 20th October. Music by The Websters. Door Prize of £20 on door ticket. Raffle on the night.
Tickets from all committee members. Support appreciated.


Junior Branch members are reminded that the final rounds of the Junior Branch Grand Prix will be held on Monday 4th November. All prints to be in the club premises at 8.00 p.m. sharp. Trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings.

Sympathy is extended to the Dwyer family, Erkindale Drive, Durrow, on their recent bereavement.

Sympathy is extended to the Stapleton Family, Kyle, Durrow, on their recent bereavements.



The Guild will travel to Timahoe by bus to the Federation Fashion Show on Tuesday 5th November. Bus will leave Cullohill at 6.45 p.m. Some seats are still available. Contact any member soon, for a lovely night out.


The Parish Apostolic Display & Sale of Work, Cakes, Books and Bric-a-Brac. Please come and support the Missions at Boys School, Durrow before and after Masses, on Saturday 19th October, from 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. and Sunday 20th October 10.30 a.m to 1.30 p.m.


Durrow Carnival Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday 29th October at 9.00 p.m. sharp, in C.Y.M.S. Old Boys School Hall. All club representitives please attend.


A day retreat for widows/widowers takes place in Peace In Christ, Kilkenny, on Saturday 26th October, 10:00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. The Director is Rev. Jim Murphy. Cost £12.

Also a retreat for men on November 1st – 3rd November. Director Rev. M. O’Regan OSA. Cost £35. Times: *.00 p.m. on Friday to 4.30 p.m Mass on Sunday.

Contact the promoters or the Parish clergy. Retreat House phone no. 056-21054.



Week 1
1st – Holiday Voucher – Conor Murphy, The Square, Durrow.
2nd – Bicycle – Bernie Fitzpatrick, 3 Melville Heights, Kilkenny.
3rd – Drapery Voucher – Noleen Burke, Greenview, Ballyragget.
4th – Radio C.D. – P.J. Phelan, Kyle, Durrow.
5th – Meal Voucher – Mark Kelly, Doonane Hill, Wolfhill.
6th – Voucher, Laois Educational Supplies – Michael Walsh, Erkindale Drive, Durrow.

Week 2
1st – Holiday Voucher – Mr. Howe, c/o M. Whelan, Ballinakill.
2nd – Portable T.V. Set – Mary Joe McDonald, Shanahoe.
3rd – Grocery Voucher – Tony Walsh, Church St. Ballinakill.
4th – Sports Voucher – Mary Gorman, Moate, Ballinakill.
5th – Meal Voucher – G. Devlin, 14 Grove Terrace, Ballyragget.
6th – Voucher, Laois Educational Supplies – Siobhan Purcell, Main Street, Abbeyleix.


Progressive 25’s every Wednesday at 8.30 p.m. in Community Centre. Your support is greatly appreciated.

last week’s winners: Ml. Ryan, Fennor, Urlingford and Paddy Delaney, Cullohill.

Congratulations to Jack Lalor, Cullohill, who celebrated his 90th birthday recently

Congratulations to Emer Lennon, Mary Street, Durrow and Brendan Foley, Ballyragget, on their recent marriage.

Best Of Luck to Lulu Carroll and the Laois Ladies Football Team on Sunday 20th October, when they play Monaghan in the replay of the All Ireland Final.



Cullohill Foroige Club recommenced weekly meetings on Friday 11th October. The following committee was elected for the coming year:

Chairman: Billy Holland, Secretary: Aileen Holland, Treasurer: Gavin Brennan, P.R.O.: Jason Dollard.

On Friday 25th October the club members will go on a trip to Thurles Cinema. New members are very welcome.


On Sunday 27th October, the Harps G.A.A. Club are holding a CABARET in O’Connel’s, Cullohill. Your support will be much appreciated.


Cullohill boys lost to Shanahoe in their first football game in the league. In their second game they beat Ballacolla. In a play-off game they met Shanahoe again, which was a good game, with Cullohill coming out the winners. They now meet Ratheniska in the final on Saturday 26th October.


Durrow Foroige Club have recommenced their meetings. The committee elected were:

Chairperson: Julie Ryan, Vice Chairperson: Fiona Kenna, Treasurer: Laura Flynn, Secretary: Rachel Tobin, P.R.O.: Catherine Alley. Assistant P.R.O.: Sarah Gaughan.

A few weeks ago we went to Portlaoise and collected money for Bosnia. We would like to thank everybody for their help and generosity.
We also organised a bus to the Ladies All Ireland Final in Croke Park. The bus left at 11.00 a.m. and everybody who went had a great time. We are now going back up to the replay on 20th October.
On the 31st of October we are organising a Halloween Fancy Dress Party. The admission for children will be £1 and all adults are free of charge. This will take place from 7.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. There will be lots of fun and games and everybody is welcome.

 Sympathy is extended to the Roberts family, Graiguevoice, Cullohill on the death of Mick at Blackburn, England, last week. Mick played on the school hurling winning team in 1950.


The Lions A Soccer Team were defeated 4 – 2 by Evergreen in the league in Durrow on Sunday last. Scorer for the Lions was Tony Dunne.

Tickets for the South East Draw are on sale and the committee urges all sellers to get their tickets returned as soon as possible.


PHONE 0502-36411

Rent a Video – No membership needed. Top Titles from Video Charts.

Newest Releases – Trainspotting, Heat, Father Of The Bride, Toy Story, Desperado, Jumanji.

Good selection of Children’s Movies. Due 21st: 12 Monkies, Broken Arrow.


Monday 7th October – The £250 Jackpot was won by Mrs. Rita McEvoy, Rapla, Cullohill.

Monday 14th October – No Jackpot winner. £50 won by Michael Donohue, 11 Erkindale Drive, Durrow. Next Draw on Monday 21st in Cashin’s Bar. Jackpot £450.



Good Luck to the Laois Ladies in the All Ireland Ladies Football replay on Sunday and especially Lulu Carroll. We wish you the best of luck Lulu from Our Lady’s Meadow.

Our Lady’s Meadow Football team came fourth in the Cumann na mBun Scoil League. They played Abbeyleix on Wednesday last and scored 3-4 to 0-2. Both teams played well.

Our Book Fair went very well and we hope everyone is happy reading their books. We are beginning our Readathon on Friday 18th October, in aid of M.S.

Our Hallow’een Fair is on 25th October in aid of school funds.

Parents Council

The first meeting of the newly elected Parents Council for Our Lady’s Meadow P.S. took place recently. Officers elected:

Chairman: Martin Lawlor. Vice-Chairman: Ken Creegan. Secretary: Mary Cleary. Ass. Secretary: Catherine Clancy. Treasurer: Liam Ryan. Ass.Treasurer: Frank Jordan. FAS Representitives: Kathleen Flynn and Mary Doogue.

The Parents Council are holding a super Cookery Demonstration with Jim Tynan of Jim’s Country Kitchen, Portlaoise, in the Castle Arms Hotel on Tuesday 12th November at 8.00 p.m. Tickets £5 each. A great night is assured. Tickets available from the school or any parent.


The A.G.M. of Durrow Macra Na Feirme was held recently. The following officers were elected:

Chairman: Edward lalor. Secretary: John Clooney. Treasurer: Johm lalor. P.R.O. Peter Phelan.

Two teams from Durrow Macra took part in the County Agriculture Quiz held recently.
Team 1: David Holland, John Kennedy, Noeleen Phelan and David Tynan, qualified for the next round.
Team 2: John Clooney, John lalor, Michael Phelan and Peter Phelan failed to qualify for the next round.

A trip to Carlow for Bowling and afterwards a Disco is organised for Saturday 19th October.


Bill and Val Newton would like to thank everyone who contributed greatly to their recent collection. In all over £2,500 was collected between Portlaoise, Durrow and Cullohill. The bus was full with food and shoes. They would like to thank the Foroige Club who helped with the collection in Portlaoise. Special thanks to Seamus and margaret Ryan and Fr. O’Doherty and Fr. Tobin. Thanks to the Apostolic Society for the priest’s vestments.


Sunday Morning – Pat Walsh, Martin Walsh, Niall Doniohue and Kevin Donohue.

Weekend 2nd/3rd November: Saturday evening – Pat Young, Mark Young, Eoin Lalor and Sharon Lynch.

Sunday Morning– Mary lawlor, Natasha Kenna, jason Walsh and Seamus Stapleton.

Fire Prevention Week is from October 20th- 27th inclusive. Durrow Fire Brigade Service will open the Fire Station to the public on Wednesday 23rd October, from 8.10 p.m. when local fire personnel will give advice on fire safety in the home and at work. Everyone is invited to the open night.