21st/22nd August, 1993 – Price: 30p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled by The Durrow Scouts

Today and Tomorrow For God’s People

Did you ever sit down and think deeply about the world you live in in 1993 and ask yourself a few questions like these?

How am I creating an atmosphere where people can live happily and express themselves and communicate?
How can I help this happen more often?
What is influencing people today?
What are the main issues of world injustice that concerns me?
How do I deal with evil in my life? (It could be telling lies, not paying my way, not saying my prayers, and many others).
Do I reduce the church to a business of priests and Bishops instead of being conscious that I, too, am the church?
Do I really believe there is a place, an opportunity and a challange to play my part in the Church of Christ?
Do I really believe there is no place to go except to the pub?
Do I see my family as a place, an opportunity and a challange to play my part in the church of Christ?
Do I teach my children that all of us are the Church?
Do I feel that I am a partner in the work of Christ – that work which he left us to finish?
Do I encourage my children to give some or all of their lives to help spread the good news of Christ?


Beaver & Cub Day in Ballyfin

On Saturday 31st of July the Beavers and Cubs set out on a fun day to Ballyfin Jamboree. The sun shone brightly as the sleepy but excited children and leaders set off from the town 9 am. When we arrived we were amazed at the sight that greeted us – tents in every direction and colourful Scouts busy about their business. We were met by the organisers and greeted warmly. There were activities planned for us, including face painting, penalty shoot out, obstacle course and the children’s favorite, wet sponge throwing at the poor unfortunate leaders. Then a break for lunch – hot dogs provided. We then paid a visit to the Cubs weekend camp where Mary, Virginia and Martha invited us to have our lunch. We took this opportunity also to visit the older scouts on “Hill 16” or Strangford as their camp was called.

Then back to the Beaver Activity Area where the children took part in many and varied games including finding Toto – that very elusive dog from the “Wizard of Oz”. The children enjoyed chatting to all the characters – Dorothy, The Tin Man, The Lion and of course The Wicked Witch of the West. At 4.30 pm the Beaver activities ended so for an hour we had an ideal opportunity to take in all the sights of the beautiful house and lake and to observe all the different activities in the various camps. At 5.30 pm we boarded our bus and headed to Durrow. Needless to say we had a few sleeping beauties and many tired ones on our arrival back. We would like to thank sincerely all the parents and leaders who helped make the day a happy and safe one for all the children.



Congratulations to Vicky Walsh who won the Staff Talent Competition at Ballyfin ’93 and to Raymond O’Sullivan who came second in the same competition.

Congratulations to Patrick and Mairead Roche (McEvoy) on the birth of a daughter.

Congratulations to Alice and John Bowe who celebrated their 25th wedding Anniversary recently.

Congratulations to Jack and Helen Murphy who celebrated their 25th wedding Anniversary recently.


Harps G.A.A Club

In the first round of the championship the Harps had a successful 4 Point win over last years intermediate winners Kilcotton.
The game opened brightly for the Harps when Noel Delaney scored a goal. The Harps completely dominated the first half with all sections of the field being dominated by the Harps men.
By half time the Harps held a substantial lead which seemed to be beyond the reach of the Kilcotton men.
The second half however saw the Harps relax a little on their lead. Kilcotton took advantage of this relaxation and began to reduce the deficit through numerous frees given by the Harps defense. A Christy Jones goal from a penalty brought the Harps lead to the bare minimum but they replied perfectly with an excellent Tony Dunne goal. Kilcotton did not relent however and the game was not finally scaled until Noel Kirby got a goal in the dying minutes.
Final Score: Harps: 3-10, Kilcotton: 1-12

The Harps now find themselves in the County Semi final yet again because Rathdowney, who were due to play them in the quarter final failed to field a team. A date for the semi final has not been finalized yet because Rathdowney have to appeal the decision of the County board.
Congratulations to Noel Delaney on his recent appointment by the County Board to Coach Organiser for the County.
The Intermediate footballers play Portlaoise this Sunday in the Championship. Venue: Timahoe, Time: 7 pm.
The U/21 footballers play Crettyard on Wednesday next at 7 pm in Timahoe.


Durrow & District Angling Club

Results of the Trout fishing Competition held on Sunday 8th August for the Paddy Holohan Cup;

1st – Mick Monaghan – 1.45
2nd – Mick Nolan – 1.24
3rd – Paddy Carolan – 1.02

Pike fishing competition on Sunday 29th August for the Victor Bowell Trophy.

Results for the Skittle Tournament:

The final between Barry’s of Rathdowney and Cullohill No 1 team was played in The Nore Nets on Thursday 19th August. Best of 5 games, Barry’s winning 3 games to nill. Winners and runner-ups received plaques. £50 presented to Friends of Laois Hospital.

The Ladies Tournament will start on Wednesday night, 25th August, in The Nore Nets.



Sympathy is extended to the Phelan family, Tentore, on their recent bereavement.


For Sale

3 Seater Sitting room Suite as new. Phone 0502-36400 after 6 pm.

For all your Typing requirements contact Ann Geoghegan on 37275.

Academy Stereo Radio Cassette Recorder. Digital Tuner, Hi-Speed Dubbing. £60 Phone 0502-36419


Tir na nOg Playschool

Tir na nOg Playschool will re-open on September 1st 1993. Hours will be the same as previous years – Tuesday to Thursday 9.15 – 12.00 Children aged 3 years are welcome to join. Playschool provides an opportunity for the child to manipulate the materials of his environment, to discern shape, size, texture, weight and assist in their physical, mental and moral development.

The following is an extract from “Child Development” by R. Lansdown and gives some insight to the advantages of playschool.

The contribution of play to child development.

1. Physical Development – Active play encourages both gross and fine motor development.
2. Communication – Children must learn to communicate with others if they are to play successfully and in turn they must learn to attend to others.
3. An outlet for pent up emotional energy – Play offers an outlet for built up energy.
4. A source of learning – In a structured environment, play can be passed into productive service in the process of learning.
5.A stimulant to creativity – Children can experiment in play and the transfer activity to other situations.
6.Development of Insight – Children learn something of their abilities and how they compare with their peers.
7. Learning to be social – Since play involves other children there must be some accommodation to others.
8.Moral Standards – As play becomes more bound by rule, so these become increasingly rigidly enforced and group norms of right and wrong, fair and unfair are learned.
9.Development of desirable personality traits – If the play experience is successful, children may learn to be co-operative, generous and truthful.

In order to help parents understand and provide for the needs of young children, we need to have confidence ourselves in the value of play. We must constantly remind ourselves of its beneficial effects – it is precisely throught play that many of our childrens needs are attended to.

For any further information please contact Margaret Tobin.


Bus Service

Bus Service from Durrow to Ballragget – Anyone interested in availing of a bus service from Abbeyleix/Durrow to Ballyragget Monday to Friday please contact 36101 before 12 noon on Monday 23rd August.


Durrow & District Camara Club

The club resumes its fortnightly meetings on Monday 30th at 8.30 sharp. Entries for the clubs slide Competition sponsored by Liam Hyland TD will be taken on the night. The theme of this years competition is Colour and up to 3 slides per member can be entered. Outstanding subscriptions will be collected on the night.



Double Buggy (not side by side) for toddler and newborn. Also silver cross single buggy for sale complete with matching plastic cover and tray in perfect condition. Phone 0502-33396 anytime.


Macra Na Feirme

Durrow Macra would like to thank everyone who supported our recently held church gate collection for “We care Ireland” in aid of the Third World, Famine Relief.
The club’s A.G.M will be held on Tuesday 7th September in the Durrow Inn at 9 pm.

Year ending: As another Macra year has drawn to a conclusion the Chairman and committee would like to take this opportunity to gratefully acknowledge their thanks to all Macra members for their support and help in making the past year a very successful one. To the people of Durrow and surrounding areas for their support to the club, to our sponsors – we are very grateful for your support.
Our thanks to Martin Lawlor who kept us in the news with the Leinster Express and also to the Parish newsletter. We look forward to another very successful and eventful Macra year ahead. We are always looking for new members to join our progressive club. All very welcome.

Looking ahead: As the new Macra year will be starting in September, our club are holding a dance in the Castle Arms Hotel on Friday 10th September in aid of Missionary projects for the Church in Tanzania.
Music by Midnight Dynamo – Admission:£3 – Bar Extension – Food served – Dancing from 10 pm – 2 am.

Tickets available from club members.

Special note: On the same evening at 7 pm Mass will be celebrated for the forthcoming Macra year by Fr John Bowe with Participation by Macra members. As Fr Bowe will be going out to Tanzania in October the money raised will be used for his missionary workfor the church in Tanzania.
The club wishes to invite everyone to join with us on this special occasion and a cead mile failte is extended to all our past Macra members. There will be a Caberat for your enjoyment in The Castle Arms lounge prior to the main function. Your support will be much appreciated by all concerned.


Durrow Tidy Towns

Durrow Tidy Towns wish to thank all who supported and contributed to our church gate collection and duck derby. The cutting of grass is well in hand with the addition of two new lawn mowers, one self drive four stroke, and the other a four wheel drive heavy duty machine.
The cleaning work on the lodge and the walls adjacent to the church of Ireland and Our Lady’s Meadow school have added considerably to the square and Patrick street, thanks to the co-operation of Mr English. Please keep outside your homes or business premises free of litter.


Durrow Parish Lotto

August 9th – 2 winners Ann Rafter, Ballacolla: £125, Alice Farrell: £125

August 16th – No winners Oliver Clooney winner of £50

August 23rd Jackpot £450 – Nore Nets Durrow.