21st / 22nd November, 1998 – Price 30p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled by The Durrow Scouts


The Meaning of the Cross

Life is not an easy stroll along a peaceful path. nor is it a pleasant dream beside a quiet hearth. life is not a bed of roses. It’s an uphill climb; and we have to fight and suffer, struggling all the time. That’s God’s way of making us courageous, brave and strong. Not by smoothing out the road when things are wrong. If we never had to meet with adverse circumstances – soft and weak we’d soon become – unable to advance. Some go under, broken by the first stroke of the rod. Others see in every lash the hidden hand of God. Trouble, sorrow, difficulty, pain, disaster, loss. That is how we live and learn the meaning of the Cross.


The choice is yours to fall or rise, to injure or to bless. To fill a room with gloom or light it up with happiness. To use or waste the precious hours, to work or take your ease. To walk the path of duty or to go the way you please.



Christmas is fast approaching and once again Durrow Community Council, with the help of FAS, will erect a Christmas tree on the square for the festive season. In order to cover the cost a Church Gate Collection will be taken up on Saturday and Sunday 12th & 13th December. Your support will be greatly appreciated.



The Badminton Club committee would like to thank the FAS team for all the work they carried out in the hall during the past year.

The Annual Christmas Baazar will be held on Sunday 13th December in Durrow Badminton Hall. Santa will arrive a 2.30 p.m.


CONGRATULATIONS – to Marie Phelan, Tubberboe, on winning the Egan Trophy at Rathdowney Golf Course recently.



On Monday next, 23rd November, the pupils of 6th class will attend the presentation of awards for the Kilkenny Youth Project 1998 in Rothe House. Their project “The Burial Sites of Cullohill” has been nominated for an award. The pupils would like to thank all local people who supported them in researching their project.


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Table Quiz  The Lions Soccer Club are holding a Table Quiz in Gerri’s Bar on Friday, November 27th at 9.00 p.m. Quiz Master – David Finnegan, table of 4 – £10. Valuable prizes. A great night’s entertainment assured.

Soccer Results – The Lions B team defeated league leaders Clifden Utd. by 6-5 in a league game in Durrow on Sunday last. Scorers: Brian Feehan (2), Pauraig Henderson, Vincent Fitzpatrick, Padraic Woods and Fred Townsend.

In U / 13 league the Lions defeated Highview Ath. 6-3. Best for the Lions were Brendan Murphy and Kevin Scott.

The Lions A team are due to play Freebooters in semi-final of Maher Shield on Sunday, November 22nd in Kilkenny. Come and support the lads.


BEST OF LUCK to local students who are among many that will appear in Heywood C.S. musical”Grease” from Thursday 19th – Sunday 22nd Nov. A show well worth seeing.



A meeting was held recently by a sub-committee of Durrow Community Council to discuss the future twinning with an area near Lyon in France, called Colombier Sangnieu.
There was a very good attendance with some clubs and businesses represented. It was decided at this meeting, that as the twinning will in the main benifit the school children (5th / 6th Classes) parents should be encouraged on to the committee.
Those interested are asked to please contact Mary Walsh (36327) or Anne Vaugh (36228) for further details. The co-operation of a wide range of people will be required in order for this endeavour to be successful, so please get involved. Lots of areas around us have twinned with places in France, so why not Durrow!


DURROW FOROIGE CLUB have resumed meetings in the Presentation Centre on Thursday nights. The club are holding a CAKE SALE in Presentation Centre on Sunday 22nd November after 11.00 a.m. Mass. Your support will be much appreciated.


CONGRATULATIONS – To Sinead Mullins, Tinweir, Durrow who recently graduated from Limerick University with B.A. Hons. Degree (Arts).

CONGRATULATIONS – To Jimmy Costigan, Cannonswood, Cullohill, on receiving two firsts and a third in the Championship of the Year Show at Kill, with “Cullohill Boy”.


HARPS CAMOIGE CLUB – U / 16 team will play Mountmellick in Camross on this Sunday, 22nd November, at 12 noon.



Monday 9th November: Jackpot of £1,300 was won by Mrs. Brenda Phelan, Raheen, Donaghmore, Rathdowney. Nos. 15-19-28.

Monday 16th November: Two winners of £500 Jackpot. Nos. 7-12-24. £250 each to Mairead Woods, Carrigan Street, Durrow and Sean Delahunty, Erkindale Drive, Durrow.

NEXT draw on Monday 23rd November in Cashin’s Bar. Jackpot £500.


COPIES OF NEWSLETTER are available at Walsh’s Newsagents, Carrigan Street, Durrow.


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Trip to Garda Training Centre Templemore

Our Silver & Bronze Arrow Cubs enjoyed a great days outing in Templemore Garda Training Centre. We were met by Sgt. Hogan who welcomed us and directed us to our guides. Our group divided into two and were taken on tour by trainee Gardai who were very patient and answered all our questions, also provided us with Garda caps for photograph sessions.
After a lovely meal in their canteen Sgt. Hogan introduced usto the Garda in charge of motorbikes, needless to say this was the highlight sitting on these bikes with sirens blaring and plenty of photos taken.
On our arrival back to the Cub’s Den we completed our day by sowing daffodil bulbs in the Church grounds by kind permission from Fr. O’Doherty.

Sponsored Walk

On Sunday 8th November our Cub Group had a sponsored walk in Dunmore Wood. We set off a little anxious of the threatening storm but weather wise we were very lucky. The leaders were met by a very different storm once inside the wood, our energetic Cubs were quick to note that the leaders would be perfect targets for throwing leaves at. Our walk was very enjoyable along by the river bank and over the bridge, of course we had to visit the wishing well and then back to the main gates. We arrived back earlier than expected so once again the leaders were set upon, but we decided if you can’t beat them join them. Games were organised and prizes given to fulfill our time plan. Thirst was beginning to affect one and all so back to the Den where everyone was given some welcome refreshments. We would like to thank everyone who supported our walk.



Durrow Tidy Towns Committe are holding a CABARET in the Castle Arms Hotel on Sunday 6th December. Music by The Websters. Tickets £1, Door Prize on tickets. Please support this event as funds are badly needed to cover the cost of keeping the town clean and litter collected, as this work cannot be carried out by FAS.



Progressive 25 Results

Sunday November 8th: 1st – Peter Coffey & Paddy Dunphy.
Joint 2nd – Fr. Larry Dunphy & Pierce Kavanagh and Pat Bowden & Jim Mahony
Money Back – Bernie & Ann Kilbride and John Dollard & Kieran McEvoy.
Raffle Winners: Molloy Dollard and Peter Kennedy.

Sunday November 15th: Joint Winners – Rita McEvoy & Molly Dollard
and Paddy Sullivan & Paddy O’Sullivan.
Money Back – Jack Mooney & Ned Duggan and Bill walsh & Pad Dunphy.
Raffle Winners – John Dollard and Mem Dunphy.

Jackpot £110 on Sunday 22 November. Game starts at 8.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.


CHOIR PRACTICE – Every Tuesday night at 8.00 p.m. in the Church. All are welcome. For further information contact Maurice Kelly.