22nd/23rd August, 1998                                                                                                                                Price 30p




In Time of Trouble

In time of trouble friends draw near to offer sympathy. They desire to share our griefs in all sincerity, but human love is not enough when hearts are desolate. We yearn for a diviner touch, a love more intimate.

In time of trouble something more than love of friends we crave. It is God we hunger for, for He alone can save – only in that gracious Presence can we hope to find consolation for the soul and healing for the mind.


Friendship Between Nations 

Friendship between nations is a thing not lightly made. The broad foundations of respect must first be truly laid. Speech is easy. Deeds are costly. Friendship must be proved. Sacrifices must be made, gaps bridged and mountains moved.



An expression of sympathy can be extended to the people of Omagh by signing a Book of Condolences. The Book can be signed in Lawlor’s Newsagents and Jack Murphy’s, The Stores.



 The Harps U/16 Camoige players started their championship recently. Their first match was against Camross. After a tough match they were unlucky to lose by a goal. The score ended, Camross 1-6, Harps 0-6. Scorers were: D. Quigley 0-1, L. Mahony 0-5.

Their next match was against a determined Ballyfin side. After a close first half the Harps girls came out strongest in the end with a goal and a point to spare. The match ended Harps 2-6, Ballyfin 1-5. Harps scorers were: Lisa Clancy 0-2, Mary Cleary 1-1, Louise Mahony 1-3. Everyone played well.

The team was: T. Dollard, O. Phelan, P. Dunphy, A. Ryan, M. Brophy, N.Brophy, D. Quigley, S. Mahony, L. Mahony, M. Cleary, L. Clancy, A. Campion.

Subs: E. Mahony, L. Brennan, M. Dunne, A. Lawlor, C. Lanigan, T. Lynch.

They now play Mountmellick in Cullohill on Monday evening, 31st August at 7.00 p.m.


Congratulations to Mrs Margaret Guilfoyle, Mary Street, Durrow, on celebrating her 99th Birthday recently.

Congratulations to Patricia Hickey-Townsend, Swan Road, Durrow and Donal Mulcahy, Limerick, who were married in Limerick recently.

Congratulations to Margaret Kennedy, Castlewood, Durrow and Brian Pearson on their recent marriage.

Congratulations to all the Leaving Cert. pupils and Good Luck with their choice of career.




The Durrow Carnival Committee wish to take this opportunity to thank every club, organisation, business and individual who played an active part in this years weekend event. All help given was very much appreciated.



The Durrow & District Camera Club held its Annual Exhibition on the Sunday of the Carnival Weekend (26th July). All through the day a steady stream of people visited the club premises to view the best work of the local photographers.

Two important competitions awards were also held during the exhibition: The Eddie Moore Memorial Trophy was presented to Paul Cashin for the third year running. Runner-up was Breda Kelly. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Moore family for their attendance and for making the above presentation to the winners.

The Liam Hyland M.E.P. Cup, which is presented every year for the club’s Slide Competition, was won this year by Pat Farrell. Runner-up was Eugene Meegan.

Thanks to the members of Mountmellick Photographic Club for judging this event.



There will be a Community Playschool starting in Durrow on September 15th ’98. Parents with children for playschool can enroll them by contacting Margaret Tobin at 0502-36608.


Required: Trainee Dental Assistant. Must be 18 years or over. Apply with C.V. before next Thursday, 3rd September, to Foyle Dental Laboratory, The Square, Durrow.



Coach will leave AA Office, Portlaoise every Sunday evening at 7.00 p.m. Abbeyleix – 7.10 p.m. Durrow – 7.20 p.m. Returns every Friday. For further information contact 0502-21291. Fare: £10 return, £7 single.



Work on new dressing room complex commenced on Thursday, 13th August, by Tom Hogan, building contractor. This will provide the most modern changing facilities and showers, meeting rooms and referees room for the Lions Soccer Club. It is hoped that the new complex will be ready in early new year.

The Schoolboys Soccer Draw for the trip for two to see manchester United V Liverpool game is going well, tickets on sale at £5 each. The draw will be held in early September.

Due to Sky Sports this game, originally fixed for Saturday September 26th, is now rearranged for Thursday night, September 24th.


Copies of the Newsletter are available at Walsh’s Newsagents, Carrigan Street, Durrow.




The Lions Soccer team have opened the deason in great form with two good victories in the maher Shield. On Wednesday 19th they defeated East End United by 1-0. Scorer K. lawlor.

On Sunday 23rd they defeated St. Patrick’s United, Clogh by 2-0. Scorers T. Coffey and S. Whelan.

They now play Inistioge United and the winners qualify for the quarter final of the shield.

Training: The Lions Youth training resumes on Thursday 27th August and continues every Thursday at 7.30 p.m. sharp. All newcomers are welcome and all who don’t train don’t play.


Congratulations to Jimmy Costigan, Canonswood on winning the Rock Barton Championship Trophy at the Dublin Horse Show on “Cullohill Also”. Well done Jimmy.


The Community wish Sr. Margaret Mary Costigan, Kilnaseer, God Speed on her missionary work in Brazil, South America, with the Mercy Sisters Mission.


Durrow Community Services – FAS 8 monthly meeting will be held on Thursday 3rd September, in the Castle Arms Hotel, at 9.00 p.m. sharp. All representatives please attend.



Sympathy is extended to the Drennan family, Erkindale Drive, on the death of Angela’s father, Tommy Byrne, Patrick Street, Durrow. From the formation of the Scouts in Durrow, Tommy was a supporter. He played an active part in the Group programme in the form of P.E. sessions and was always available when needed with his car. He will always be fondly remembered in the group.

Congratulations from all in Durrow Scouts to Martin Walsh, our Group Leader, and Angela Dunphy, on their recent engagement.


The venue for this year’s Scout Summer Camp was the Burren Outdoor Education Centre in Co. Clare. Having already been there, about four years ago, the Leaders and some of the older scouts knew that it was always going to be an enjoyable week.

On Monday 16th August, 16 scouts, 2 Leaders (Vicky and Pat Walsh) and 2 assisstant Leaders (Eoin Lalor and David Dunne) set off with Ger Conroy into the midday sun for the Burren. Already however, us responsible leaders could scent an air of mischief among our flock of surprisingly well behaved associates. so to avoid any possible future misdemeanors, a stern warning was issued for each scout to act civilized and obedient, while we leaders just crossed our fingers in anticipation of the inevitable.

After alighting from the bus on arrival at the Centre, we thanked Ger for his accustomed driving and patience. We went inside, where we were assigned with both activities and chores. The activities provided by the centre included: Rock-climbing,  Canoeing, Caving, (Pot-holing), Snorkling, Hill-walking, Orienteering and Absailing, to name but a few. The chores provided included: cleaning out the toilets, hoovering, washing up and drying up. All of these challenges were executed with great skill and imagination as you could well imagine!

To be continued next issue.


Sympathy is extended to the Drennan and Byrne family, Patrick Street, Durrow, on the death of Tommy Byrne.




Progressive 25 Results

Sunday 9th August – Joint winners: Jim Dwyer & Jim Fitzpatrick, Paddy Delaney & Jim Mahony, Tommy Whyte & Bill Walsh. Raffle winners: Paddy Delaney and Paddy Lalor.

Sunday 16th August – 1st Pierce & Ann Kavanagh. Shared 2nd Mary Doyle & Una Norton, Jim Duggan & Watt Delahunty, Martin Mahony & Peader Duggan, Paddy Lalor & Mick Lalor, Paddy Delaney & Mary Teresa Delaney. Raffle winners: Helen Holland and Paddy Mooney.

Sunday 23rd August – 1st Anthony & Margaret Phelan. 2nd Ned Delaney & Jack Phelan. Money Back – Fr. Lar Dunphy & Paddy Dunphy, Bernie & Ann Kilbride, Billy Bergin & Billy Doyle. Raffle winners: Tommy Whyte and Madge Brennan.

Cards every Sunday night at 9.00 p.m. Come and join us.


Cullohill National School opens on Tuesday 1st September.

Cullohill I.C.A. meeting on Tuesday night, 1st September, at 8.00 p.m. in the Community Centre.



The next meeting of Durrow Women’s Group will be held in the Castle Arms Hotel on Tuesday 1st September at 8.30 p.m.

Local Artist, Jock Nicholls, a Scottish man who moved to Moyne six years ago will give a presentation of his paintings of landscapes and scenes of Durrow and surrounding areas,

All members please attend as our winter programme of events will be arranged at this meeting. New members always welcome.


FOR SALE: Leaving Cert Books. Contact 0502-36211.


WANTED: Housekeeper/Childminder, in Durrow area, to look after two children and do light housework. 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Contact Paddy Quinn at Durrow FAS Office, phone: 36376.



Offers on Videos: Rent 2 videos get 1 FREE.

Children’s Video Box: Rent 2 Videos for £1.50, get 1 can Pepsi FREE.

Top Videos Available: Good Will Hunting, Double Team (Van Damme),  Butcher Boy (Stephen Rea), The Edge (Alec Baldwin).

Get Your Laois Colours: Large and small Flags, Car Flags, Aerial Flags and Bunting.

All available at Walsh’s Newsagents, Carrigan Street, Durrow.


Durrow Parish Newsletter 23/08/1998 – PDF Copy