1st / 2nd May 1993 – Price 20p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled by Durrow Scouts

After Easter.

The beautiful ceremonies surrounding the fast of Easter are over. Christ is alive and living among us. He is forever pleading for us to His Father. How are we feeling now that Easter is behind us? Are we more God – centred or just the same as if Easter had never been? Food for thought here. Think of the lovely readings we had in Church Holy Week and Easter Week. the activity of The Holy Spirit is a favourite subject in the Easter Liturgy. The Spirit is forever active in the world, in the church and in the soul. He will convince the world of it’s wickedness. He will manifest to all the fruitfulness of the Church, “The gates of hell shall not prevail against her.” He will convince the world of God’s certain judgement. One day all alone each one of us must face our just judge. The Holy Spirit is leading the world in triumph from age to age, and all those hostile to God will be forced to recognize their defeat.

In less than fifty days we will be celebrating the feast of Pentecost – the coming of the Spirit anew on all of us. To receive his fullness why not say a prayer such as this daily “Come O Creator, Spirit blessed and in our souls take up thy rest.” He acts as each person’s teacher and guide in this vale of tears. In your heart He plants the divine seed of grace and watches over its growth.


Badminton Club

An end of season Club Tournament ( for members only ) will be held in the Community Hall, on Tuesday night ( Ladies ), and Wednesday night ( Men ) at 8.00p.m. sharp.

All those wishing to take part must be in the hall before 8.00p.m.

Entry Fee £1

Prizes will be presented at a caberet in aid of the Community Hall in Castle Arms Hotel on Saturday 8th May.


Friends of the General Hospital Portlaois

A committee of Friends of the General Hospital Portlaois has been formed in Durrow.

Chairman – Sean O’Brien
Vice Chairman – Eamon Rafter
Secretary – Mary O Shea
Treasurer – Mary Cleary
Committee – Eugene Meehan, John Cashin, Nancy Phelan ( Cullohill ) Peg Monnelly, Bridie O’Brien

The committee are holding a Church Gate Collection on July 24th and 25th next.


For Sale –  Brother “Deluxe” manual Typewriter. Telephone 36358


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Heywood Community School

Results of Silver Circle Draws

Week 7
£150 – G. Whelan, Balladine Heights, Abbeyleix.
£75 – E. Kelly, 13 Thornberry, Abbeyleix.
£25 – S. Chester, 11 Thornberry, Abbeyleix.
£25 – A. Bergin, Fermoyle, Attanagh.
£25 – S. Dooley Ballyouskill.
Avonmore Hamper – U. Luthrell, Boley, Abbeyleix.
£10 Voucher – A. Heffernan, 44 Thornberry, Abbeyleix.

Week 8
£150 – Ned Healy, c/o Avonmore.
£75 – B. Kelly, The Swan.
£25 – M. Dunphy, Earlsgarden, Attanagh.
£25 – K. Brennan Ballyouskill.
£25 – Sarah Jacob, Swan Road, Durrow.
Avonmore Hamper – I. Graham, The Swan.
£10 Voucher – A. Connick, Abbeyleix.

Week 9
£150 – M. Fitzpatrick, Abbeyleix.
£75 – G. Kelly, Seskin, Lisdowney.
£25 – Mary Walsh, Cullohill.
£25 – M. Delaney, Donaghmore, Ballyragget.
£25 – SA. Higgins, The Swan.
Avonmore Hamper – A. O’ Shaughnessy, Kilkenny Road, Ballinakill..
£10 Voucher – Ed Hicky, Lisdowney.


Durrow Parish Lotto

Monday 19th April ; £200 Jackpot was shared between Eileen Dowling, Swan Road, Durrow and Eugene Meegan, Ballyragget.

Monday 26th April ; No Jackpot winner. Draw for £50 went to Tony Woods, Carrigan Street, Durrow.

Next Lotto Draw on Monday 3rd May in Keenans Lounge.  Jackpot – £350.


Durrow & District Angling Club

Winners in the Trout Fishing Competition on Sunday last for the Billy Lawlor Cup were ; 1st Sam Taylor – 2.14,   2nd Rita Buckley – 1.91,   3rd Paddy Regan – 1.79.

The second round of the All Ireland Pike Fishing Competition takes place on Sunday 2nd May in Athy. Fishing starts at 12 noon until 5.00p.m.


Harps G.A.A. News

The Harps Senior Hurling team made their debut in this year’s County Championship against Kilcotton in Rathdowney. Fielding a very youthful team the Harps played some good hurling and deserved their victory, 1 – 08 to 0 – 10.

The team were ; Thomas Kenna, Padraic Henderson, Martin Fitzpatrick, Ger Brophy, Tony Dunne, Billy White, Dan Deegan, Conor Murphy, Enda Murphy, Noel Kirby, Pat Spencer, Fred Townsend, Noel Delaney, Andrew Muldowney, James Fogarty. Sub ; Ray Fogarty.


DO YOU WANT YOUR HEADSTONE CLEANED – If so contact Sean O’ Brien, Phone 0502 – 36395.


DURROW COMMUNITY COUNCIL – Monthly Meeting will take place in the I.C.A. Hall on Monday 10th May at 8.30 p.m.


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Scout News

The next major event in the Troops programme will be a local camp in Dunmore on 21st / 22nd May. This will be a joint camp with the Rathdowney Troop an will give us a much needed trial run for Ballyfin ’93.


Holy Family Boys School

The Parish of Durrow / Cullohill represented the Diocese of Ossory in the All Ireland Pioneer Quiz in Maynooth on Saturday the 24th April. the team consisted of Brian Shortall, Shane Brophy, David Dunne & Michael Moore came 5th over all with a score of 90 out of one hundred marks.

The Inter Schools Hurling League finally got under way this week. Durrow travelled to Clonaslee on Tuesday and had a good win. The score was 4-06 to 01-01. Durrow were at home against Killenure on Thursday and were beaten by one point. The score was 01-03 to 02-01.

More Quiz News – Durrow Boys School represented Laois in the Cadburys Quiz (National Parent’s Council). This team consisted of Brian Shortall, david Dunne, Canice Clooney and Michael Kennedy. This quiz will be held in the Burlington Hotel, today Sunday.


Our Lady’s Meadow P.S.

Congratulations to the girls in 5th and 6th class who were successful in the Poster and Radio Slogan Competitions organised by the Midland Health Board recently. Winners in Laois were ;

Poster Competition
1st Mairee Lalor
2nd Sharon Lynch
3rd Joyce Donoghue
4th grainne Casey

Radio Slogan Competition

1st Siobhan Aylward and Joyce Donoghue

The girls were presented with their prizes and certificates by Mary Delaney, Midland Health Board, Eamon Rafter and Deputy Charles Flanagan.

We ask you to pray for the 26 girls who will make their Confirmation on Saturday 8th of May and the 18 boys and girls who will receive their first Holy Communion on Saturday 15th May.

Results of School Draw 30th April

1st £100 – Susan lawlor, Mill Road
2nd £50 – Joan Dollard, Bishops Wood
3rd £10 – James Stapleton, Erkindale Drive
4th £10 – Liam Ryan, Attanagh
5th £10 – P.J. Hutchinson, Moyne, Durrow
6th £10 – Martin Lawlor, Erkindale drive
7th £10 – Margaret Shortall, Mill Road


FOR SALE – Hoover Vacume Cleaner. Contact David Kenna, Derry Road, Durrow.


CONGRATULATIONS to Maureen Walsh and John Campion on their recent engagement.


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Women’s Mini Marathon

On Sunday June 13th a number of ladies will travel from Durrow to Dublin for the Mini Marathon. Details of bus etc. from either Eileen Keenan or Anne Vaugh.


Community Alert

Members of Durrow / Cullohill Community Alert Association will be calling to all householders and business premises distributing leaflets in the very near future. Particular attention should be given to this leaflet as it gives valuable home protection advice and useful telephone numbers especially in emergencies.


Nore Nets Golfing Society

The Nore Nets Golfing Society are having an outing to Tramore on Saturday, 1st May. Booking and further details from Paul Kelly, Telephone 36406.


Old Boy’s School Restoration Committee

On Thursday, 22nd April a meeting was held in the Castle Arms Hotel with representatives from each of the participating clubs, Community Alert, Durrow Scouts and Macra na Feirme, with the intention of forming a committee for the restoration of the Old Boy’s School.

After discussions within the three clubs taking part, the Old Boy’s School Restoration Committee was formed. The elected officers are as follows –

President – Rev. Fr. Sean O’Doherty
Chairman – Kieran O Shea
Vice Chairman – Michael Kennedy
Secretary – Angela Drennan
Ass. Secretary – Mary Walsh
Treasurer – Liam Foley
Joint Treasurer – P.J. Hutchinson
P.R.O. – David Tynan
Ass. P.R.O. – Michael O’Dea


Camera Club

The next Club meeting (10th May) will be the clubs first photographic competition of the year, and the theme of this competition will be “Patterns.” Hopefully there will be a very large entry on the night.

This meeting is also the night when final payment is due for the clubs Summer outing to Donegal.


Keenan’s Lounge

SUNDAY 1st MAY – Masal Beag Dubh

Not to be missed.   Admission £1




World News for May 1st & May 2nd 1993

May 1, 1993 – Bomb attack on Sri Lankan President (26 die)
May 1, 1993 – “Death – Hans [Henri EA] Tuynman provo (Full-time Provo), dies at 50”
May 1, 1993 – “Death – Pierre Brgovoy PM of France (1992-93), commits suicide at 67”
May 1, 1993 – “Death – Ranasinghe Premadasa President (Sri Lanka, 1989-93), assassinated at 68”
May 2, 1993 – “Death – Julio Gallo wine maker (Gallo), dies in a car accident at 82”
May 2, 1993 – “Death – Will Weng Sunday Times crossword puzzle editor (1968-78), dies at 86”

Source – Dates In History