22nd/23rd May, 1999 – Price: 30p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled by Durrow Scouts

Thoughts For The Day

You can’t retrace your steps in life. The road goes winding on. You
can’t return along the track in search of what has gone. You have to keep right on and use the light that’s given you – your own small mission to fulfil, your purpose to pursue.


Even in the midst of crowds the heart in silent prayer, can hold a brief communion for God is always there. A moment in his presence is enough to heal and bless, and carry you through many hours of work and weariness.


Durrow Summer Camp

Durrow Summer Camp, sponsored by 3rd Laois (Durrow) Scout Group, will be held from July 5th to August 13th. This multi-activity camp is divided into three age groups. They are as follows:

Kiddie Camp: 4-6 year olds, July 5th – 16th
Junior Camp: 7-9 year olds, July 19th – 30th
Senior Camp: 10-12 year olds, August 2nd – 13th

The activities of the camp include: Treasure Hunt, Orienteering, Commando Course, Basketball, Soccer, Athletics, Fancy Dress, Swimming, Art, Day Trip for each group, Games, Bouncing castle, Bicycle Safety and many more.

The Camp will be held at The Boys School and Community Hall Durrow, from 10 am to 3 pm each day. Children to bring packed lunch and runners for use in halls.

£5 deposit per child with application forms by Friday 28th May, to Angela Dreannan or Mary Walsh.


1st Durrow Sports Camp

1st Durrow Camp, sponsored by Durrow Scouts, Badminton Club, Harps Durrow Summer Camp, from July 5th to August 13th, as follows:

Group 1 – Badminton, Tennis and Softball – Venue: Durrow Community Hall
10-12 year olds from 4 pm to 6 pm.
13-16 year olds from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Group 2 – GAA – Football, Hurling and Camogie – Venue: GAA Field
9-12 year olds from 4 pm to 6 pm.
13-16 year olds from 7 pm to 9 pm

Group 3 – Soccer – Venue: Lions Soccer Field and Boys School.
9-12 year olds from 4 pm to 7pm.
13-16 year olds from 7 pm to 9 pm.

The activities will take place on seperate evenings, Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week for six weeks.

Application forms to be returned by Friday 28th May, with deposit, as places are limited.

3rd Level Students wishing to work on these camp’s please contact Angela or Mary as soon as possible.


Durrow & District Angling Club.

On Sunday last, 16th May, the club held a trout fishing competition for the O’Duinn Cup. Over thirty people fished on th eday. Despite the high waters there were some lovely fish landed. Winners were as follows:

1st – Joe Kavannagh, Ballacolla: 2.06 lbs
2nd – Joe Fogarty, Ballyragget: 1.22 lbs
3rd – Mick Nolan Jnr, Castlecomer: 1.12 lbs

The next competition is for the Brendan Sheeran Memorial Cup for trout fishing on Sunday 6th June.


Baby High-Chair in good condition. Contact: 36321


Phelan’s Hardware – Summer Sale

Spring into Summer this year with great offers at Phelan’s Hardware like, Iron Head Garden Bench only £33.99, oval garden table and 4 chairs in white £32.50 or in green only £34.95. We also have a large range of assorted parasols for only £9.99. Also in stock we have a large selection of crafted hardwood garden furniture. To keep cool this Summer we have some great offers in fridges and freezers, like a 4.5 cu ft Indesit Fridge Freezer for £129, and a Candy Fridge Freezer only £269, an Indesit Fridge Freezer for £239 and a Futura chest freezer 8 cu ft for only £215. Also in stock we have great value in house wares, home ideas, paint, woodcare, timber and doors, so why not drop in to us or call Durrow at 0502 36121 or Ballyragget at 056 33380. You’ll find a GREAT DEAL in our store.


Durrow Parish Lotto

Monday 10th May – £900 Jackpot won by Anthony Doran, Erkindale Drive, Durrow, Co Laois.
No’s: 7-24-29

Monday 17th May – No Jackpot Winner
No’s: 17-19-23
£20 won by Shirley Seale, Attanagh and Harold Lawlor, Bride Gardens, Durrow.
£10 won by Jas. Walsh, Castlequarter, Cullohill.

Next draw Monday 31st May. Jackpot: £600. Draw in Cashin’s Bar.



Congratulations to Sean Woods, Carrigan St, Durrow, on celebrating his 21st Birthday last weekend.
Congratulations to Enda Murphy, The Square, Durrow and Mary Flynn, Castlegregory, Co Kerry on their recent marriage this weekend.


Harps GAA Club Development Draw results

1st – Michael & Eamon Bolger, Cannonswood
2nd – Shane Brophy, Durrow
3rd – Pat Bowden, Cullohill
4th – John Phelan, Ballyragget
5th – Don McIntyre, Clonmel
6yh – Eddie Clancy, Fermoyle
7th – Mary Maher, Ballyragget
8th – Ann Marie Deegan, Cullohill
9th – Barry Murphy, Durrow
10th Lawrance Mahoney, Cullohill
11th – M. Drennan, Rathdowney
12th – Kevin Flynn, Ballyfin

The club wishes to thank everyone in the parish for their great support in this draw and indeed throughout the whole year.



Orlaith Ryan competed in the leinster U/14 Championship last weekend in New Ross. She finished 3rd in the Breast stroke winning a bronze medel. Well done Orlaith. On 10th and 11th March last, she took part in the Leinster Open Championships in Dublin. Orlaith swam very well, competing against girls much older than her and did herself proud. She is also off to the All Ireland Feile with the U/14 Camogie team at the end of the June.



If you see a swarm of bees this Summer, Would you please ring Brendan Sheppard at 0502 36431 or 086 8182086.


Benefit Night

The organising committee of the recent Benefit Night held in the Castle Arms Hotel, wish to thank the following: all those who so generously supported this worthy cause, our ticket sellers who worked so hard to make the night the success it was, the entertainers and production team for a wonderful show, the M.C for the nigh, the management of the Castle Arms Hotel for the use of their premises, all the generous sponsors and those who donated prizes for the raffle.

The night was an outstanding success and once again many thanks to all involved.


B.R.A.D.S. Area Development Plan

M.E.P. Liam Hyland officially launched the B>R>A>D>S> area Development plan in the Castle Arms Hotel, on Friday last.

Incorporating the Ballinakill, Raheen, Abbeyleix, Durrow and Shanahoe areas, the plan is an ambitious blueprint for community development, in a variety of projects. It marks the cumination of months of work by members from the five areas involved and Laois Leader. Representing Durrow on this committee were: Hugh Sheppard, Anne Vaugh, Vincent O’Brien and Mary Walsh. On the new management committee Durrow will be represented by Sean Conroy and Ann Lanigan.


Cullohill Community Centre

Progressive 25 Results

Sunday 9th May:

1st: Liam Dunphy & Eamon Fitzpatrick
Joint 2nd: Paddy Delaney & Bill Walsh
Bridie Quinn & Madge Brennan
Other winners: Jim Dayton & Joe Cass
Martin Mahoney & Peader Duggan
Andy Fogarty & Peter Kinane

Raffle winners:

1st – Jim Dayton
2nd – Jack Mooney
3rd – Paddy Dunphy

Sunday 16th May:

Joint 1st: Paddy Mooney & Edward Dooley
Paddy Lalor & Charlie Keys
Joint 2nd: Peter Coffey & Madge Brennan
Martin Mahoney & Peader Duggan
Mollie Dollard & Paddy Dunphy
Micheal & Alice Fitzpatrick
Other winners: John Dollard & Martin Brophy
Ned Duggan & Paddy Dunphy
Martin Rohan & Mary Kelly

Raffle winners:

1st – Paddy Dunphy
2nd – Peter Coffey
3rd – Paddy Dunphy

Progressive Card Game on Sunday 23rd in aid of Harps Feile Fund. Jackpot £240. Your Support will be much appreciated.


Blood Transfusion Clinic

The Blood Transfusion Clinic will be in Durrow at the C.Y.M.S. Hall on Tuesday 1st June, 3 pm – 4.45 pm & 7 pm – 9.30 pm.

Blood donors are always needed. If you are not a blood donor already , please think about coming along to our clinic. If you are already a Donor or have given blood before, thank you, and if you can , come agian. Bring a friend, we welcome all donors, new and old.



Sympathy is extended to the White family, Aughmacart, on the death of their mother, Agnes.

Sympathy is extended to the Healy family, on the death of their mother, Molly.

Sympathy is extended to Margaret Flynn and family, St. Fintan’s Tce, Durrow, on the death of their mother,  Mrs Kelly, Rathdowney.


Durrow Development Forum Co Ltd

The above committee has been active since it’s inception, with repeated lobbying to Laois County Council and local representatives, in an effort to secure physical and infrastructural improvements for the Durrow area.

While some improvements have been recorded, efforts to secure a commitment from Laois County Council in relation to other areas of improvement in Durrow have proved difficult if not frustrating.

Given the forthcoming local elections, Durrow Development Forum request you to pursue (in the interest of your town) the following points with election candidates, when your vote is being canvassed.

  • A glaring need for traffic calming measures in Durrow.
  • The proper alignment of parking spaces in the Square.
  • The removal of ESB poles and to finish re-surfacing at Mary Street.
  • The development of Laois County Council landbank at Abbeyleix/Rathdowney Road for housing and industry.
  • A commitment by Laois County Council to develop the local courthouse as a “living arts” community centre.
  • A commitment by Laois County Council to assist Durrow Development Forum (financially or physically) in the development of the Old Bridge area as a millennium project.
  • The provision of new paths in Chapel Street and Derry Road.
  • The provision of a 40 m.p.h Speed limit and removal of dangerous bend at the Swan Road.
  • Additional Street lighting in your area if required.
  • The upgrading of sewerage and water systems in Durrow.
  • The need for permanent Council workers in Durrow, given th fact that the Council officials have instructed FAS workers to cease kerb cleaning.
  • Undergrounding of cables and paving of footpath at Carrigan Street.

Make your Vote Count on 11th June.

Thank you for your Co-Operation.


Harps Camogie Club

Congratulations to the Harps U/14 Camogie team who beat Mountmellick in the semi-final and Castletown in the final, which sends them on their way for a second year in a row to the All Ireland Feile in Wexford. Congratulations and well done girls.

Junior Camogie – The Juniors played and beat Ballyfin last weekend in the championship. They are now through to the semi-final.


Durrow Ladies Club

Our Market continues every Saturday @ 10.30 am to 1 pm in C.Y.M.S. Hall. Home-baking, Clothes, Toys, Fresh Veg, Crafts, Bedding plants, Books, Bric-a-brac, Jewellary and ornaments for sale. Each month a table will be available for a local group. On Saturday 29th May the table will be for the Play school. To ensure continuing success of Market Public support would be greatly appreciated. Table available each week at £5. For information phone 36167 or 36211.

At last meeting a vote of sympathy was passed to Margaret Donohue on the death of her mother, Mrs Murphy, Lisdowney and to Margaret Flynn on the death of her mother, Mrs kelly, Rathdowney.

The Ladies are planning a trip to Springhill Hotel, Kilkenny to see the American Drifters on June 9th. Members wishing to attend should contact the secretary.

Next meeting on Tuesday 1st June at 9 pm in Castle Arms Hotel. All members are requested to attend.