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The earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.
He causes grass to grow for the cattle,
And herbs for the service of man:
That he may bring forth fruit out of the earth;
And wine that maketh glad the heart of man,
And oil to make his face to shine,
And bread which strengthens man’s heart.
The trees of the Lord are full of sap;
The cedars of Lebanon, which he has planted;
Where the birds make their nests.
The glory of the Lord will endure forever;
The Lord shall rejoice in his works.
He looks on the earth and it trembles
He touches the hill and they smoke.
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being,
My meditation of him shall be sweet;
I will be glad in the Lord.



The Durrow Badminton Club A.G.M. was held  on 11th September.
Officers elected: Chairperson: Evelyn Clancy. Secretary: Stephanie Phelan. Treasurer: Ger Brophy
Committee members: Martin Brophy, Noel Cummins, Liam Kennedy, Liz Clancy, Moira Campion.
Team Selectors: Martin Brophy, John Kelly and Noel Cummins.

This year the club hopes to have  juvenile badminton for 10 – 16 years old and help from senior players would be greatly appreciated.
The great work carried out by FAS in the hall during the year was highly complimented by all.
There will be an Open Night on Tuesday 3rd October at 8.00 p.m. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing some new faces.



Monday 11th September: No Jackpot winner. £50 to Joe O’Leary, Tinweir, Durrow.
Monday 18th September: Jackpot of £1,650 won by Mrs. Carter, Ballinakill.

Next draw on Monday 25th September in The Nore Nets. Jackpot £250.



The Coffee Morning which was held in Our Lady’s Meadow P.S. in aid of the Hospice Foundation raised £1,023. Many thanks to everyone who helped to make this worthy venture such an outstanding success.


CONGRATULATIONS to Martin and Bridie Dunne, Erkindale Drive, on the birth of a son.

CONGRATULATIONS to Jim and Fionnuala Walsh, Bunlacken, Cullohill, on the birth of a daughter.




The last Trout Fishing Competition of the season will be held on Sunday 24th September fo the Christy Finnegan Cup. The stretch to be fished will be decided on the morning of the competition. Fishing from 10 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

The new bridge over the river Gully will be in place on Saturday 30th September.

Work has been completed in Canice Farrell’s. The committee members would like to take this opportunity to thank the Farrell family for their support to the club over the years.

The Irish Pike Fishing Team will fly out from Dublin Airport on Thursday 5th October to take on the U.K. Team in Chatters, Cambridge. Reserve for the team is Michael Walsh, from our club. Ireland won last year in Ballinasloe by 194.6 to 190.12.  Best wishes to Michael and the team.




The Rory O’Moore Pipe Band Committee are holding a TABLE QUIZ in the Castle Arms Hotel on Thursday 5th October at 9.00 p.m. Adults – table of 4 – £10, school children £5.
Raffle Prizes. Your support will be appreciated.



The Boys School have started their Cumann na mBunscol Football League. They beat Abbeyleix by 6-8 to 1-3 and they also defeated Ballylinan by 3-7 to 2-0. They still have to play against Portlaoise B, Ballyfin and Killadooley.
The team and subs are; Brian Brennan, Patrick Bowe, James Campion, Stephen Kearney, Tony Woods, Danny Donohue, Martin Clancy, Brian Purcell, James Freeman, John Brophy, Donal Bowe, Jason O’Regan, Aidan Keenan, John Phelan, J,J Delahunty, Shane Phelan, P.J. Phelan, Keith Parkinson, Stephen Kenna, Gearoid Campion, Mark Flynn, Jonathan Stapleton, Alan Donohue, Mark Kelly, Paul Aylward, David Walsh and Darren Kearney.

The Boys School A.G.M. was held on Thursday night last. Immediately afterwards Rose Woods, chairperson of the Parents Council, presented Mrs. Marie Gannon with a beautiful set of pottery and a boquet of flowers. Mrs. Gannon had been employed in the school since 1987 and is now teaching in St. Canices Co-Ed Primary School in Kilkenny. A large crowd attended to mark her leaving. Tea and refreshments were supplied by the Parents Council. Fr. O’Doherty and Fr. Tobin also attended.


IRISH DANCING CLASSES taught by maureen Wise, have resumed in the Old Boys School on Mondays at 3.15 p.m. Classes cost £2 per child.



On Monday night, the 18th September, Chairman Pat Farrell had the pleasure of welcoming two new members into the club. The main event of the evening was our “Summer Slide Show” which was thoroughly enjoyed by all present. While the number of slides are down this year, the quality is definitely up.

Congratulations to Paul Cashin who sold the winning Lotto ticket in last Monday night’s Lotto Draw for the Camera Club, also many thanks to everyone who supports us by buying Lotto tickets from us week after week.

On Sunday 1st October we will hold our 9th Annual Photographic Exhibition in our premises over the Health Centre, Durrow from 12.00 noon to 6.00 p.m. All are welcome and admission is free.


FOR SALE – Bunk Beds, in perfect condition. Contact 0502 – 36447.




Durrow Macra Na Feirme held a meeting recently in the Presentation Centre at which Fr. John Bowe addressed the meeting on his work in Tanzania.

The club wish to congratulate David Tynan and John lalor who have been elected Competition Chairman and Agricultural Affairs Secretary respectively, for County Laois.

The club had a good night out, bowling and attending a disco in Carlow recently.



The Lions defeated Bridge United in a Division 1 game in Goresbridge by 4 – 2. Scorers were John shortall 2, Padraig Henderson 1, Padraig Woods 1.

The Lions B team drew 1 – 1 with Inistioge, with a great goal by Patrick Dempsey.



The Harps Junior Hurling Team are through to the County Final by virtue of their great win over Colt in the semi-final replay held in Rathdowney on Saturday last. They now play Camross in the final on Saturday 7th October.

In the Senior Sheild the Harps had a good win over Borris-In-Ossory.



The National Ploughing Championships which will take place on the farm of Mr. David Lalor, Ballygogue, Ballacolla, from Tuesday 26th to Thursday 28th September, will be the biggest outdoor show in Europe this year.

All categories of the championships have attracted record entries, especially the ploughing competitions, the livestock section and the trade exhibits. There will be a strong international presence and all 32 counties will be represented.

Health Minister’ Michael Noonan will open the event on Tuesday at 10.30 a.m. President Robinson and the Minister for Agriculture, Ivan Yates, will attend on Wednesday. A large number of other special guests will be attending over the three days.

Durrow will be playing its part in the success of the Championships in many ways. B & Bs are fully booked up, as well as private householders taking on B & B to help cater for the large numbers requesting same. The local pubs are busy and several organizations are doing much needed work on the site. The local Fire Brigade will have a unit on duty in Ballacolla as well as a unit on duty in Durrow.

Everyone wishes the Ploughing Championships every success and thye hope of fine weather.


CONGRATULATIONS to Durrow Fire Brigade Pump Drill Team who were only beaten by a fraction of a second in the Pump Drill All Ireland Final at Dublin Airport recently. The Durrow team held the title for the past two years.

CONGRATULATIONS to all Junior Certificate students on receiving their exam results.

BEST WISHES go to Colin Lawlor, Mill Road, who commences his Cadetship with the Army next week.


CAR VALETED  at your own home. Seats and carpets shampooed, dash and all leather polished – £25. Contact Joe McCormack at 056 – 33429.

CARPETS SHAMPOOED to highest standard – £8 per room. No job too small. Phone Joe at 056 – 33429.




Durrow Tidy Towns Committee were pleased with this years Tidy Towns result of 186 points, four up on last year, leaving Durrow runner-up to Stradbally in Category C by two points.

In the report the adjudicators recommended that the community pay attention to “finer details” of presentation in order to improve the town further. They commented on the need to camouflage unsightly objects, and the presence of litter and weeds. The committee look forward to an increase in marks in 1996 with the help and co-operation of the community and hopefully win out in Category C.

We would like to thankeveryone who contributed to our envelope collection, without which we would not have been able to finance the cleaning of the town all Summer. We wish to thank the Student Scheme workers; Martin Mahony, Denise Clooney, Vicky Walsh and Sinead Casey, who did great work keeping the town litter free, grass cut, etc. for the past three months. Also thanks to Joe Donohue and Sean Brophy for their help.

With FAS 6 not commencing until January ’96 and the Student Scheme at an end we would like to make everyone aware of the fact that over the next few months, while there are no work schemes running, we would appeal to everyone to do anything they can to help keep Durrow tidy and litter free.

The next meeting of the Tidy Towns Committee will be held on Wednesday 4th October, in the Castle Arms Hotel, at 8.00 p.m. All members are asked to make a special effort to attend this meeting.



Friday night meetings for Cubs and Scouts will commence on Friday 6th October at the usual times. Beaver meetings will also commence on Friday 6th October at 5.00 p.m.

Anyone interested in helping out in any of the three groups as a leader will be very welcome. Please contact martin Walsh or any of the leaders.



This Sunday 24th September – Mary Lawlor, Margaret Aylward, Kevin Donohue and David Dunne.
Weekend 7th / 8th September: Saturday evening – Pat Young, Mark Young, Pat Walsh, Eoin Lalor.
Sunday morning: Seamus Clancy, Martin Walsh, Seamus Stapleton and Jason Walsh.



Election of two parents to the Board of Management was held recently at the school. Congratulations go to the two representatives elected; Mrs. Kitty Dunphy, Knockanoran, Durrow and Mrs. Jackie Walsh, Abbeyleix. This is a three year term of office and both ladies are wished every success.

Tuesday, September 12th, saw the arrival of the Junior Certificate results. One hundred and twenty students sat the examination this year and once again the students did themselves proud.

On Tuesday 3rd October we will hold the Official Opening of the School.


WANTED: Pair of Dancing Poms, Size 1. Contact 0502 – 36327.




The staff and children are looking forward to their visit to the Ploughing Match on Wednesday next.

Well done to the 6th class girls who defeated Newtown in the Cumann Na mBunscoil Football League on Thursday 14th September. The final score was 3 – 2 to 0 – 2. Scorers for Durrow were; Anne Campion, Aoife Donohue – 1 – 1 each, Elaine Mooney 1 – 0. Performing very well also were Lucy Alley, Lisa Clancy and Anna Lavery. The team had greatly improved since their defeat by Ballyroan, due in no small part to the coaching by Michael Lanigan for which we are very grateful. Our next match will be against Abbeyleix.

The Annual School Mass was held in the G.P. room on Friday 17th September, and was attended by many parents, pupils and friends. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Niamh Lalor for her great work in preparing the Mass and her voluntary help over the last month. Thanks also to Vicky Walsh for her musical accompaniment.



The A.G.M. of Durrow Community Council was held on Monday 11th September.

The Chairman, Michael Donohue, thanked all the members for their attendances and co-operation over the year. he paid tribute to the Secretary and Treasurer and complimented the members of the Community Council and outsiders who helped to keep the grass cut in the graveyard during the Summer. Ticket sellers for the Lotto were thanked and the Lotto representitives for the coming year are Henry martin and Michael Donohue.

The following Officers were elected:

President: John Cashin. Chairman: Michael Donohue
Vice President: Con Geoghan. Vice Chairman: Pauric Mahony
P.R.O. / Secretary: Ann Vaugh. Treasurer: Oliver Clooney
Asst. Secretary: Bridie O’Brien.


We are aware that you recently  received a letter from the Midland Health Board explaining that in order to change over from Dr. T. McGuene’s Panel (now Dr. E. Maher’s Panel) to Dr. Rabinowicz’s Panel on 1st October ’95 you have to contact the Midland Health Board, otherwise you will automatically remain on Dr. Eilis Maher’s (Ballyragget) Panel. It has come to our attention that the majority of people, especially the elderly, have found this letter confusing. In order to help out, we, on the Community Council have put the following statement together which can be signed and posted away to the Midland Health Board, Portlaoise. They in turn will issue to you an official form which you must fill in as well, that is if you wish to change over to Dr. Rabinowicz. If you do not sign this you will then automatically remain on Dr. Eilis Maher’s Panel.

So you are all aware we on the Community Council fought very hard to secure a permanent Doctor for the town and fear that if there is a drop off in Medical Card patients we may loose our doctor. We are hoping that this will not happen. The decision however is completely up to you. We hope that this will clear up any confusion in this matter.

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Durrow Community Council wish to thank everyone for their generous donations to the recent Church Gate Collection.

RE-HAB wish to thank everyone who supported their recent Church Gate Collection.