1st / 2nd June, 1996                                                                                                                                Price 30p




Each time we meet, you always say
Some word of praise that makes my day.
You see some hidden, struggling trait,
Encourage it and make it great.
Tight fisted little buds of good,
Bloom large because you said they would.
My soul sprouts tiny, flaming wings,
My day takes on a brand new zest,
Your gift of praising brings my best,
Revives my spirit, flings it high,
For God loves praise and so do I.



The Committee of the Durrow Carnival would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took part in our recent sponsored Cycle / Walk.

The results of the draw were as follows: Winner of the Mountain Bike was Patrick O’Connell, Cullohill. A Bicycle Helmet each to Liam Burke and Shane Phelan, Cullohill and Peter Phelan, Tubberboe, Durrow.

Thanks to Nicholas Mooney, Fire Brigade, Civil Defense and The Scouts for their assistance on the day.

The next committee meeting will be on Wednesday 12th June in the C.Y.M.S. Small Hall at 9.00 p.m. sharp. All clubs please attend this important meeting.



Tidy Towns adjudication begins on June 4th. Please participate in the Tidy Towns Campaign by maintaining a neat and attractive street / road frontage.

Many people will have window boxes and baskets from previous years. Boxes and hanging baskets can now be filled at Lawlor’s at 20% discount.

Please be aware of litter and help keep Durrow beautiful.

The next meeting of Durrow Tidy Towns Committee will be held on Wednesday 5th June at 8.30 p.m. in the Castle Arms Hotel. All members please attend.



All children taking part in the above Summer Camp are now asked to pay balance due by Friday 7th June, as bookings have to be made and deposits paid.

Cost £20 per child for 2 Week Camp. £30 for 2 children. £45 for 3 children.

A £5 deposit per child taking part has already been paid so please pay the balance by due date.


 Cullohill N.S. Parents Council will hold a Cabaret, in O’Connell’s, Cullohill, on Sunday 2nd June. Music by Jury. Proceeds in aid of the school. all parents are asked to support.


Durrow Community Services, FAS 6 will hold the monthly committee meeting on Thursday 6th June at 8.30 p.m. in the Castle Arms Hotel. All clubs are asked to have their representatives present.



School Run to Kilkenny – Due to the limited availability of seats I wish to advise parents who intend sending their children to schools in Kilkenny in September ’96 to confirm their booking before Friday 7th June. Phone 088 538164.

Weekend Trip to West Clare & The Dingle Peninsula on the last weekend in July. DAY 1 – This trip will take in Limerick Castle, Ennis, The Burren, Lisdoonvarna, The Cliffs of Moher and an overnight stay in a Grade A hotel in Ennis.

DAY 2 – Trip to West Clare – Departing from Ennis and continuing on to Kilrush and crossing by ferry from Killimer, Co. Clare to Tarbert, Co. Kerry, continuing on to Dingle and returning to Tralee to stay overnight in a Grade A hotel.

DAY 3 – Returning to Durrow via Killarney and the Glen of Aherloe, stopping also in Cahir, Co. Tipperary.

Those interested in travelling on this tour should contact Ger Conroy on 088 538164 or Mrs. A Conroy, Mary Street, Durrow, 0502 – 36380. Bookings before June 30th. Ger Conroy, Patrick Street, Durrow.




This years Summer Camp to Achill Outdoor Education Centre takes place from 6th to 12th July. The second payment is now due to be paid to the Centre, so all Scouts taking part please pay £20 by Friday 7th June to Andrew Walsh or Angela Drennan. All Scouts who have not yet fully paid their Insurance, please do so by the same date.

Cubs Gold Arrow – On Friday 24th May, the Cub Scouts travelled to Mountrath for the semi final of the District Soccer League against Mountrath. It was a very exciting match ending in a draw, 2 goals each. Our two goals were scored by Lee Donohue and Jason O’ Regan. It was then decided that the match would finish by a penalty shoot out.

We were all on tenterhooks  as we waited for each shot to be taken. Gerard Alley was outstanding as our goalkeeper. The three penalty goals were scored firstly by Thomas Mooney and then in spectacular fashion by Shane Walsh. We must not forget the girl Cubs who played an important part in beating an all boys team from Mountrath. We look forward to the final against Mountmellick next Friday evening, 7th June.

This weekend the highlight of the year for Gold Arrow Cubs is the Annual Cub Camp which is being held this year in Fota Wildlife Park. We are all looking forward to a great weekend.



On Sunday last the girls camoige team did themselves and the school proud by winning the Super Trooper Cup in the Cumann Na Mbunscoil finals. The end score was an indication to the skill and amount of work each team member put in. The score was Cullohill 9 – 1, Abbeyleix 1 – 0. Each team member played played very well with Elaine Mahony scoring 4 – 0, Louise Mahony 3 – 1, Aishling Phelan 2 – 0.

The team consisted of Aine Mahony in goals, Lynsey Brennan, Linda O Sullivan, Blathnaid Kenny in defense, Eimear Dollard, Louise mahony and Patricia Dunphy (Capt.) in midfield, and in attack were Elaine Mahony, Aishling Phelan and Theresa Dollard. Subs were Lorraine Holland and Aishling Dunne.

Once again the girls did themselves, their trainer Ann Mahony and their teachers proud. Sunday wasn’t to be the finish of the camoige for the girls however, as they were representing Laois in the I.N.T.O.  Mini 7’s on Thursday. Despite terrible weather the girls who were divided up into teams from the five participating counties, played very well and will be eagerly awaiting the results of the selection committee. Also on subs were Eirin Dunne, Emma O’ Connell, Orla Walsh and Niamh Guilfoyle.

The pupils of the school will be going on their school tour on Friday next. They are travelling to Dublin where they will visit the R.T.E. Studios, the Phoenix Park. Dublinnia ( a Viking village) and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.



The last major club event before the summer break, the Black & White competition, took place recently. The results were as follows: 1st – Eugene Meegan, 2nd Eugene Meegan, 3rd – Pat Farrell.

The club resumes it’s meetings in early September.

The Junior Branch will hold the 3rd part of the Grand Prix on Monday 1st July. The theme is “Buildings & Ruins”.



The U/14 Harps Camoige team went down to Camross on Monday last. They played very well but failed to get the scores needed and lost by 4 points.
Six members of the team were picked on the panel for the Laois U/14 League against Offaly. They were: Nicola Brophy, Linda O’Sullivan, Louise Mahony, Maeve Brophy, Alma Ryan and Mary Kells.

The Senior Football team went down to Timahoe in their last game. They now face Graiguecullen in their final game and need a result to stay in the championship. The Harps looked like winning 1-9 to 1-6 with five minutes to go, when Timahoe got a goal from a free to bring the match level, then another point was scored to win the game for Timahoe.

Harps G.A.A. Club would like to thank everyone involved in helping out with their Barn Dance, which was a great success. Thanks to everyone who supported it and to McEvoy Engineering for the use of their workshop.


Congratulations to Ger and Sarah Brophy on the birth of a daughter.

Congratulations to Liam and Claire Delahunty on the birth of a daughter.

Congratulations to Noel and Kitty Lalor on the birth of a daughter.




The Boys’ School did very well last Sunday to win the Universal Coaches Cup. In a match against Ballinakill the boys had a convincing 6-7 to 1-1 win. Scorers: Donal Bowe 2-0, James Campion 0-5, Brian Purcell 1-0, Patrick Bowe 1-1, John Brophy 2-0, Aidan Keenan 0-1. All the boys contributed to the win.
Team: Martin Clancy, goalkeeper, Stephen Kearney, Brian Brennan, Tony Woods and Aidan Keenan backs, James Campion, Patrick Bowe midfield, James Freeman, Donal Bowe, Brian Purcell and John Brophy forwards.

The boys also represented Laois in the Mini-Seven on Thursday in the hopes that two will represent the school at the All Ireland on September 1st.

Boys also attended the Swimming Gala in the pool on Wednesday. Without winning any medals the boys did the school proud.



Monthly meeting in the Castle Arms Hotel on Tuesday 4th June at 8.30 p.m. There will be a ladies talk on how to improve your home. All members are asked to attend and bring £5 deposit for our day trip on June 22nd. New members also welcome.


Congratulations to Patricia Delaney, Ballykealy, a transition year student at Johnstown Vocational School, who has been awarded a scholarship to Ring Gaelteacht in Co. Waterford.

Congratulations to Therese Dunphy, who celebrated her 21st Birthday recently.

Date For Your Diary – Durrow Apostolic Society will hold their Display & Cake Sale on Sunday 29th September after 11.00 a.m. Mass.

Cullohill I.C.A. Guild A.G.M on Tuesday 4th June at 8.30 p.m. Demonstration on planting your garden. New members always welcome.



The meeting called for Thursday 30th May had to be cancelled due to lack of support and has now been re-arranged for Wednesday 12th June at 9.00 p.m. We hope to see at least one representative from each household at this meeting.



Results Monday 20th May: No Jackpot winner. No.s 25 – 26 – 27. £50 to Joe Doyle, Swan Road, Durrow.

Results Monday 27th May: Jackpot of £1,050 won. No.s 8 – 14 – 21. Winners – Sally Grogan, Derry Road, Durrow and Declan Phelan, Castle Street, Durrow, each receive £525.

Next draw on Monday 3rd June in Gerri’s Lounge. Jackpot £250.



The All Ireland Trout Fly Fishing Competition was hosted by Durrow & District Angling Club on Sunday 19th May. Despite the bitterly cold winds and wintery conditions, 169 anglers turned out on the day, landing 263 beautiful trout. Winner of the Overall Catch was Thomas Whelan. Winner of Heaviest Fish, Michael Gleeson.


When President Mary Robinson visited Paris recently a Boquet of Flowers to celebrate her 52nd Birthday was presented to her by Orla Dignan, daughter of Derek and Marie (nee Walsh), Cullohill, on behalf of the staff of the Irish Embassy Paris.


Sympathy is extended to the McEvoy family, Rapla, on their recent bereavement.

Sympathy is extended to the Cahill family, The Scrub, Cullohill, on their recent bereavement.

Sympathy is extended to the Dunne family, Coolnacritta, on their recent bereavement.


Best Wishes to all students sitting exams over the next few weeks.

Congratulations to Fintan Deegan, Cullohill, who won the U/13 Handball Final recently.


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The 6th class girls went on their annual school tour to Tralee this year. This was a very enjoyable trip. It began on Wednesday 15th May. They got the train to Tralee where they were met by a bus which took them to Collis Sands Hostel, where they stayed that night.

The following morning it was up early again for Mass. After a nice quick ceremony they set of for the Geraldine Experience, the Steam Train and Blennerville Windmill. It was a very interesting and educational trip. It was shopping time now and the girls came back with all kinds of bits and pieces, such as rabbits and fish called Collis and Sandes. That evening they headed back for the train. It was a very exhausting journey, but definitely it was the best tour of the girl’s primary school years.

On Thursday 4th June the 1st to 6th class girls will take part in the Skipathon, in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation, from 2 – 3 p.m. Your support will help a lot.

Sports Day on Wednesday 5th June. We join the Boys’ School for a most enjoyable day of sports for everyone involved and spectators. All are welcome.

On Thursday 6th June, 1st to 5th class go on their School Tour to Wexford. The trip will include a visit to the Irish National Heritage Park, Pirates Cove, Courtown Harbour and a visit to Bennettsbridge Farm.

Silver Circle Draw results: £100 – Pat Dowling, Heywood C.S. £50 – Kieran Freeman, Mary St. Durrow, £10 Michael Monaghan, Erkindale Drive, £10 Michael Fitzpatrick, Derry Road, £10 – Ethel Lawlor, Mill Road, £10 – Mary Porter, Erkindale Drive and £10 – Malcom Smith, Cork Road, Durrow.

Next draw on Friday 28th June. We thank you all for your support.



Thirty three students from Heywood C.S. were presented with the Gaisce Awards bronze medals at a function in the school on Friday 17th May. The awards are given by the President, Mrs Mary Robinson, for achievements by young people. The recipients from Heywood completed a set number of tasks including supervision varying from coaching young people, cycle run, swimming/lifesaving, community involvement, physical recreation and personnel skills. They completed a 75 mile cycle. Seven students from the Durrow area received the award: Lorraine Lawlor, Gemma Dunphy, Joseph Walsh, Sharon Dooley, Louise Dooley, Aisling Vaugh and Lesley Sheppard.

The Graduation of the Class of ’96 took place in Heywood C.S. on Wednesday 22nd May. As usual it was a glittering function and those who shone brightest were the students themselves. 150 young men and women had chosen the theme of Great Expectations for this special event and this theme was echoed again and again throughout their thoughtfully prepared mass. The assembled crowd was addressed by Mrs Mary McNamara, Year Head, by Sr. Mary Dalton, Chairperson of the Board of Management, Mr. david Dwyer, Principal, Sr. Mgt. Craigh, Vice Principal and Mrs Ann Vaugh, Chairperson of the Parents Association. As Sr. Margaret is retiring at the end of this school year it was fitting that the occasion should acknowledge her contribution and dedication to the growth and development of Heywood C.S. On behalf of the Parents Association she was presented with a set of suitcases by Mrs. Deirdre Kennedy, Secretary of the Parents Association.

Student of the Year Awards were presented by Declan Moore and Ms. Mary Culliton from Bank of Ireland. This year’s award went to Aileen Fogarty and runner up was Adrian McDonald. A pleasent meal concluded the evening and then it was off to the disco to conclude the celebrations for the class of ’96.



The Lions are champions of Division 1 of Kilkenny & District League. On Sunday night last they defeated Callan Utd. by 1-0 in a play off held in Derdimus. The scorer of the only goal was Padraic Henderson. Well done to the team and managers Francis Campion and Martin Lalor for a great job, well done.

The A.G.M. of the Lions Soccer Club was held on Saturday 25th May. It was well attended. The following Officers were elected: President – Eugene O’Halloran, Vice President – Harold Lawlor, Chairman – Kevin Kelly, Vice Chairman – Ger Woods, Secretary – Robbie Dempsey, Treasurer – Enda Murphy.
Committee: F. Campion, B. Sheppard, S. O’Brien, M. Lawlor, M. Lanigan, T. Dunne, P. Monnelly, L. Kavanagh and F. Townsend.


For Sale – Mahogany Commode, 3′ Mattress still in plastic – never used, 3 drawer chest of drawers. Contact 0502 – 36109.




Playing Sunday 2nd June – DR. DESSIE’S KARAOKE
2nd Heat Karaoke Talent Contest
Final on Carnival Weekend
First Prize £100



Playing Live in Lennon’s Lounge
The Talented Young Band GROPE
Back by popular demand, tonight Saturday 1st June
Admission £1



Saturday 1st June – Music in Lounge by MORT & NIALL

Sunday 2nd June – In Ballroom LISDOONVARNA Reunion.
Music by: Heatherside 3 – 5 p.m. & Kieran Fogarty 5 – 7 p. m.
LOUNGE: Music by Sundown.
BALLROOM: BANK HOLIDAY DISCO. Bar Extension. Garda I.D. required.


Carpets Cleaned: Carpets Shampooed to high standard, £8 per room. Car Interiors Valated, seats and floor carpets shampooed, Dash and all Leather polished, £25. Contact 056 – 33429.



This Sunday 2nd June – Martin Walsh, Karen Stapleton, David Dunne and Jason Walsh.

Weekend 15th/16th June – Saturday evening: Andrew Walsh, Niall Donohue, Natasha Kenna and Jonathan Walsh.

Sunday morning: Mary lawlor, Pat Walsh, Seamus Stapleton and Mark Donohue.