19th/20th June,1999 – Price: 30p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled By The Durrow Scouts

Thoughts of The Day

On the wings of Memory we rise and fly away, back into the ever-lovely lands of yesterday. We live again the sweetest moments of the bygone years, disappointments are forgotton, sorrow disappears. Time draws golden veils across the scenes of grief and pain. Birthdays come and birthdays go, but memories remain.


Store the sunshine in the secret places of the heart. Then should shadows fall and all the golden hours depart, you’d still be happy for you’d have the brightness stored away, to bring the memory of June into a winter’s day.


Durrow Development Forum

The winners of The St. Patrick’s week shop window display competition was announced recently. John Cashin’s Pub and Durrow Credit Union were the winners. Great credit is due to everyone who got involved.

Sincere thanks is extended to Oliver and Sandra Stanley for their generous sponsorship of this event.


Laois Heritage 

Laois Heritage Historic outing to Dublin on Saturday, June 26th. For further information please ring Catherine Dwyer at 0502-31768.


Durrow Summer Camp

Application forms for Durrow Summer Camp should be returned, with £5 deposit, to Angela Drennan and Mary Walsh as soon as possible as places are limited.

The camp will commence on Monday 5th July for the Kiddie Camp (4-6 years) for two weeks, followed by the Junior camp (7-9 years) for two weeks commencing 9th July. The Senior camp will commence on Monday 2nd August for 10-12 years.

Student Summer Jobs Scheme 

3rd Level Students wishing to work on the above camp, through the student Summer Jobs Scheme should contact Angela or Mary as soon as possible.

Applications are also due to be returned for Durrow Sports Camp, which is being run in conjunction with Durrow Summer Camp. This camp includes Badminton, Tennis, Softball, Hurling, Camogie, Football and Soccer. It is divided into two groups:

9-12 years from 4-6 pm.
13-16 yearrs from 7-9 pm.

Badminton , Tennis and Softball on Mondays. GAA Hurling and Camogie on Wednesdays and Soccer on Thursdays.



Congratulations to Tommy Sheppard, St Fintin’s Tce, Durrow, on celebrating his 80th Birthday this week.

Congratulations to Julie McGree, Carrigan St, Durrow and Tom Bergin, Castlemarket, Attanagh, on their recent marriage.

Congratulations to Mary Kells, Cullohill on receiving the Bank of Ireland Student of the Year Award at Heywood Community School recently.

Congratulations to Anne Lalor, Cork Road, Durrow and Eric McKinley, Co Antrim, on their recent marriage.



Sympathy is extended to the Kelly Family, St, Fintin’s Tce, Durrow on the death of Joe Kelly.


Durrow Community Services – FAS

The new FAS Scheme will commence on Monday 21st June with 21 participants along with supervisor Paddy Quinn and assistant supervisor John Cooney.

As Durrow and Cullohill come under the same scheme five of the participants are for the Cullohill area and the remainder for Durrow.

FAS, together with the co-operation of local people participating in some Tidy Towns work, will no doubt transform the town and help make it a place we can all be proud of.

The Scheme is wished well in all their endeavours.


3rd Laois (Durrow) Scout Group

Arrangements are being made for a weekend camp for scouts and Gold Arrow Cubs to Shielbaggan Educational Centre, New Ross, Co Wexford, from Friday evening 20th August to Sunday evening 22nd August.

The activities for the weekend will include: canoeing, snorkling, absailing, windsurfing, rockclimbing and an Indoor swimming pool availabole at night.

A £15 deposit must be paid by Wednesday 23rd June as numbers must be given to the centre with deposit by Friday 25th.


Heywood Community School

Euro Camp 1999

French/German – 2 week day Camp – 28th June to 9th July – 1st & 2nd year and 6th class.

One week Camp – 4th class up – 5th July

Irish – 2 week Day Camp – 12th July to 23rd July. 1 Week Camps – 12th July tor 19th July

For further information contact Irene at 0502-31382


For Sale

Folding Swing suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Age 1 – 3 years. Telephone – 36601 or 36419.

Single Bed Matress, still in plastic, New Brass Fire Companion Set and Bathroom Wash hand basin (new White). Contact – 0502 36109.

Walsh’s Video Hire

June Tops: The Negotiator, Horse Whisper, Saving Private Ryan, The Exorcist (18’s only), The Parent Trap, Mask of Zorro.

New Chldren’s Video: Small Soldiers, 3 Ninjas, Mr Magoo, Kundun, Leave it to Beaver.

Special Offer for June and July: Rent 2 videos and get 1 free. Charges on late videos.



Durrow ICA

Durrow ICA recently celebrated their 40th Anniversary and on Tuesday June 3rd had their 41st AGM attended by Mrs Betty Gorman to oversee voting for the following officers:

President – Mai Bowe
Secretary – Bridie O’Brien
Treasurer – Mary O’Brien
P.R.O. – Nancy Mahony
Co. Council Rep – Ellie Kenna

The Durrow ICA Guild have had many achievements during their 40 years. Namely – they started the Tidy Towns Association here in 1966 and have a certificate for same as well as subsequent certs. They were also instrumental in starting the Senior Citizens Annual Party in the Presentation Convent. The Bridge Club started 27 years ago and the first meeting of Durrow Credit Union was held in the ICA Hall.

The ICA own their own hall which was a former Methodist Church and now houses the Durrow Branch of the Co. Library, which is open 3 days weekly. The Guild are involved in many projects at Co. Level and have a special interest in the starting of an Alzeimers centre, currently being organised in Portlaoise.

As always, new members are always welcome. Contact any ICA member.


Special Summer Offers at Phelan’s Hardware

5 Pce, Flower Pot Set , earthenware, only £13.95
True Temper Garden Shears, great value at only £9.99
200 Litre Bale of Peat Moss, £4.99
5 Sachet Box Patchclear weedkiller, effective for up to 3 months, £7.50
And for the kids we have a double swing and see-saw set for only £69.95
Call in and see us in Durrow 0502-36121 or Ballyragget 056-33380.


Music and Drama Classes

Music and Drama classes commence Saturday 3rd July, every Saturday for 10 weeks, to Saturday 4th September. Application forms will be distributed through the schools during the coming week.

For further information contact: Niamh Lalor 36225 or Vicky Walsh 36327


Lions Soccer Club

Congratulations to the Lions B team on completing a great season by winning the Division 3 Cup Final in Kilkenny on Sunday last. They out-played Stoneyford United and the Scoreline of 1-0 does not do justice to the dominance of the Lions throughout. Scorer was Freddie Townsand. Well done to player/manager Philip Monnelly on this great win.


Durrow & District Angling Club

Durrow & District Angling Club will hold their next fishing competition on Sunday 27th June. This is a trout fishing competition for the Pat Gaughan Memorial Cup.


Durrow Carnival Committee

On the weekend 23rd – 25th July Durrow will host a Carnival and plans are at an advanced stage for this now. clubs and businesses are asked to participate in the Carnival Queen competition and in the parade. The next meeting of the committee will be held in the Castle Arms Hotel on Monday next, 21st June, at 8.30 pm. All clubs and publicans are asked to attend this important meeting.


Durrow Tidy Towns

Flowers have been erected on the new lamp posts in Mary Street and Tae Lane. Residents in that area are watering them every evening, this is most important as the flowers would die within a couple of days without water. The Tidy Towns Committee wish to Thank Durrow Development Forum for their sponsorship of these flowers.

We appeal to everyone to assist in keeping Durrow clean and tidy for the summer. We thank those who have put out window boxes and hanging baskets and would like to see more. Please encourage your children to be litter conscious.

A small effort would make a big difference.


Irish Wheelchair Association

Open Day at Timahoe Community Hall on Tuesday June 29th from 1 pm. Display and sale of Arts and Crafts produced in centre by members. Also information desk on services provided by The Irish Wheelchair Association. All are Welcome.


Cullohill Progressive 25 Results

Sunday 6th June:

Joint 1st – James and Veronica Muldowney, Paddy Dunphy & Ned Duggan.
Joint 2nd – Kitty Mulligan & Mary Doyle, Frances D’Arcy & Mary Teresa Delaney, Joe Shiel & Paddy Lalor.

Other winners: Sean and Anna Bourke, Patty and Ann Fitzpatrick, Henry O’Grady & Willie Tone.

The Harps Feile committee would like to thank all who supported the card drive on the 6th.

Sunday 13th June:

Tei – Paddy Delaney & Bridie Brophy, Edward Dooley & Paddy Mooney, Ann Mulhall & Helen Holland, Madge Brennan & Bridie Quinn.

Other winners: Sean & anna Bourke, Mary Doyle, Kitty Mulligan, Noreen Ryan.

Raffle winners:

1st – Tommy Lennon
2nd – Kitty Mulligan
3rd – John Dollard

Jackpot on June 20th: £250.


Durrow Parish Lotto Results

Tuesday 8th June: No Jackpot winner.

£20 won by Vincent Comerford, Urlingford, Colin Lawlor, Mill Rd, Durrow.
£10 won by Pat Walshe, Ballinakill.

Monday 14th June: No Jackpot winner. No’s: 4-19-21

£20 won by Sean Kavanagh, Cork Rd, Durrow and Pat Bowden, Cullohill.
£10 won by Shiela Walsh, Ballinakill.

Next draw on Monday 21st June in Gerri’s Bar. Jackpot: £1000