20th / 21st May, 1995                                                                                                                                                                             Price 30p




A little of the best part of myself is what I want to give, what I should like to give, but is not what I finally end up giving. After all, I don’t have anything to give, I give what I don’t own. I give what I don’t possess. The bread I give does not belong to me. I give words that sometimes allude me. This is a joy I do not possess entirely.

A happiness in which I don’t live fully. And when I give life, I know that it no longer belongs to me. But i do know that every time I give, I divide myself, I give away something. In giving something of myself away, I make a place for another.

The gift that I offer is a bit like space: an atmosphere of distance and closeness, a place of wonder and love, a moment of dispossession, of welcome and sharing.


The Boys’ School Hurling Team have qualified for the Cumann na mBunscoil hurling final which will be held on Sunday 21st May at 12 o’ clock in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise. They will play against Ballacolla. The team lining out on the day is Martin Clancy (Goalie), Stephen kearney, Brian Brennan, Kevin Shortall (backs), Tony Woods, James Campion (midfield), Aidan Keenan, Patrick Bowe, Enda Carroll, John Brophy (forwards), Robert Campion (captain).

The subs are: Patrick O’Regan, Brian Kelly, David Phelan, Marc Aylward, Danny Donohue, Brian Purcell, John Phelan, James Freeman, Shane Phelan, P.J. Phelan, Stephen Kenna, J.J. Delahunty, Darren Kearney, Keith Parkinson and David Walsh.

To get to the final, Durrow defeated Clonaslee, Camross, Castletown and Ballinakill (semi-final).

Cullohill also qualified in a 9 a-side group and are playing against Mountrath at the same time as Durrow, on a short pitch (12 o clock).

2nd and 3rd classes went on a very enjoyable day’s tour to Kilkenny. They visited Dunmore Caves, and had a guided tour of Jenkinstown House and Kilkenny Castle.


Best wishes to the Lions Soccer Team who play the final of the McCalmont Cup on this Sunday, 21st May, at 3.30 p.m. in Dermidus, Kilkenny. They had a 1-0 victory over Ormonde Villa, in Kilkenny on Saturday 13th in a replay of the semi-final. The game was not a classic but by dogged determination and a great defence the Lions victory was secured by a penalty by Derek Walsh.

It is the twenty first anniversary of the Lions winning the McCalmont Cup and everyone hopes that the Lions will bring home the McCalmont Cup to Durrow on Sunday by beating Bridge United in the final.

DURROW RED CROSS committee wish to thank all who came to the Table Quiz in the Castle Arms Hotel on Thursday 11th May. Your support made the night a success.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Kenna family, Swan Road, on their recent bereavement.

CONGRATULATIONS to Shirley Coffey and Donie Brophy on their recent engagement.



Judging for the Tidy Towns Competition will start on June 1st so we must be prepared for the judges visit. We are asking everyone to co-operate. It would be nice to see window boxes and hanging baskets out again this year and help keep the town clean and litter free.

Our thanks to Sean Brophy and the FAS team, they have the town looking lovely.

The committee would like to wish John Cashin a speedy recovery.


This year’s Summer Camp has been arranged for Cappanalea Outdoor Education Centre, near Killorglin, Co. Kerry. The Centre at Cappanalea gives young people an opportunity to participate in an active, healthy, safe and varied outdoor adventure programme. All activities offered are instructed by qualified staff and are supervised by the resident instructors. Accomodation and catering is provided along with the full use of the specialist equipment for the activities. The activities include: Canoeing, Hillwalking, Orienteering, Raft Building, Fishing, Bouldering, Rockclimbing and Caving. Lots of fun and adventure is guaranteed.

The camp will run from Monday 17th July – Friday 21st July. These are the only dates available with accomadation for our number of Scouts.

At the moment we need a definite number for booking reasons, so we ask parents to let us have a £10 non returnable deposit per Scout, on or before Monday 22nd May, as final numbers must be given to the Centre by Tuesday 23rd May. At our meeting on Friday 26th, details of final costs and subsidy from Parents & Friends will be given to all Scouts.

All Scouts, both Group A and Group B, are to attend the Scout meeting on Friday next, 26th May.

Cub Scouts

The Cub District Sports Day is being hosted this year by Durrow, and will take place on Saturday 27th May, in the Harps G.A.A. grounds, from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. approximately. Mountrath and Mountmellick Cubs will take part.

All Cubs should wear a tracksuit and their Cub scarf, and are asked to pay £1 towards the cost of the sports badges.


The Newsletter Poetry Competition will run until the end of June. Entries  can be handed in to Angela Drennan, Mary Walsh and Woods Grocery Shop, up to 30th June. The name and address of the entrant must be on a separate piece of paper than the actual poem, which can be written on any subject of your choice.

The categories are: Under 14 years, Under 18 years and Adult.

Trophies will be presented to the winners in early July. The competition will be judged by Mrs. B. Alley.

DURROW MACRA NA FEIRME wish to thank everyone who made their recent Cabaret in The Durrow Inn, such a success.



School Tour

The children are looking forward to their school tour on Thursday next.
1st – 3rd classes will visit Fort Lucan, Dublin and the U.C.I. Cinema in Tallaght.
4th – 6th classes will visit Waterford Bowl, Waterford Glass and Splashworld in Tramore.
Please pray for a fine day and a safe journey.

Army Band

The Army Band from the Curragh will give a recital in the school on Tuesday next from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. All are welcome if it is a fine day. No charge.

The Fantastic Friends Family Show Group will visit the school on Monday next at 11:00 a.m. They will entertain Junior Infants – 2nd Class. Parents of Infants are welcome. Video and tapes will be on sale after the show.

First Communion

The following children received their First Communion this weekend: Martina Dunne, Mairead Keane, Marie Brophy, Nadine Dempsey, Lisa Donohue, Jennifer Doran, Kate Freeman, Aisling Kelly, Amy Mooney, Claire Phelan, Katrina Sheeran, Elma Walsh, Susan Monaghan, Lee Campion, Seamus Clancy, Shane Donohue, Colin Dooley, Liam Dowling, Conor Dunne, Sean Healy, Darren Lynch, Stephen Shortall, Ian Doogue, Steven Thomas and Conor McCann. Please pray for us.
We would like to thank Sean Brophy and the FAS Scheme for their help during the past week. A special word of thanks to Dan Haverty who has given tremendous support to our school choir.


Durrow Gun Club & Game Protection Association are holding their Annual Raffle for a child’s pony, to be held on 8th October. Tickets £1 each. It is hoped that people will subscribe generously to this. All funds go to restocking pheasants, duck and other wild fowl in the area and also for the control of vermin. Tickets go on sale now and can be got from any club member.


On Wednesday 17th May the Junior Branch had a very enjoyable and successful metting, when we watched slides on the History of Durrow. We also learned a lot about our own town from the interesting information from Martin Walsh.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 31st May when we will have our second last competition of the Grand Prix, which is “Pets & Animals”. As it stands now, Jason Walsh with 42 points is in the lead, 2nd Claire Doyle has 18 points and 3rd Natasha Kenna with 15 points. We hope to have a large number of entries in this competition.


On Monday 15th there was no Jackpot winner. £50 was won by Tanya Aylward, Patrick Street, Durrow. Next draw on Monday 22nd May in The Castle Arms Hotel. Jackpot £700.

The Lotto Committee extend their deepest sympathy to the Kenna family on their recent bereavement.

DAFFODIL DAY The Appeal in the Durrow / Cullohill area got a great response. A total of £1,326.33 was forwarded to the Cancer Society. Sincere thanks to all who contributed so generously, especially Martin Blake who hosted a tea party at Castlewood House and to Seamus Rhatigan who organised the collection in Cullohill.



Everyone in the area was saddened last week by the sudden death of our chairman Seamus Kenna. Seamus did tremendous work for the club in every sector and he will be sorely missed. He was a great supporter of the club and county, and not a weekend went by without him going to a match or two, and even the day before he died , he attended the Laois, Westmeath Hurling challenge.

With the death of Seamus, and John Shortall at New Year, the club has lost two great servants and both will be difficult to replace. May they rest in peace.

The Harps wish to extend to Ellie Kenna and family, their sincerest sympathy on the great loss of Seamus.


In the first round of the County Championship, the Harps had a great victory over Clonad, in Mountrath. the game was tough and the greater skill and fitness of the Harps was too much for the Clonad team. The result was Harps 3 – 08 to Clonad 1 – 08.

Harps team: J. Deegan, E. Murphy, P. Henderson, J. Shortall, B. White, R. Fogarty, A. Townsend (0-01), T. Kenna (0-02), D. Phelan, A. Muldowney (0-01), T. Dunne (1-01), J. Fogarty, N. Kirby (0-01), N. Delaney (1-01), M. Monaghan.
Subs: C. Murphy for E. Murphy, F.Townsend (1-01) for J. Fogarty>

On Monday evening at 7.30 p.m. the Harps play Rathdowney in the O’Bradaigh Cup ACHL Division 1, in Rathdowney.
On Tuesday evening at 7.30 p.m. the Harps play Borris-In-Ossory in County Hurling League Division 3, in Durrow.


Durrow & District Anglers held a trout fishing competition on Sunday last. Winner with an excellent trout 3.88 lbs, was Pat Lynch, Gorey, Co. Wexford. 2nd Patrick Donohue, 3rd Jos. Fogarty.

The club are in the final stages of planning the All Ireland Fly Fishing Championship, which is being held in Durrow on Sunday 28th of May. Entries close on May 26th. It is hoped that up to 200 top fishermen in the country will compete in the competition.

Weigh-in will be at 6.00 p.m. and afterwards there will be a meal for the anglers at The Castle Arms Hotel, followed by a Cabaret in The Durrow Inn. Music by Largo.


Heywood Community School invites applicants for participation in Community Employment Scheme. Two of the positions will include Sports Coach and Bus Driver (D Licence).

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for the Community Employment Scheme.

Letters of application and details of eligibility should reach the Secretary, Heywood Community School, Ballinakill, Co. Laois, not later than Thursday 1st June 1995.


This Sunday morning: Mark Donohue, Lorraine Lawlor, Jason Walsh and Seamus Stapleton.

Weekend 3rd / 4th June: Saturday evening – Mary Brophy, Geraldine Phelan, Natasha Kenna and Niall Donohue.

Sunday morning – Mary Lawlor, Martin Walsh, Pat Walsh and David Dunne.