23rd/24th May, 1998 – Price: 30p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled by The Durrow Scouts

Thoughts for the day

If we could plan our lives there’d be no trials, no tears, no loss.
But then how should we ever learn the meaning of the Cross?
If all went well we’d never need to kneel and close our eyes and never
learn about the thigs that make us strong and wise.


Just keep going – knowing that you’ll get there in the end.
Must keep showing you believe there’s something round the bend.
Many falter when misfortune’s icy winds come blowing – but those who live to reach their goals are those who just keep going.


Fleadh Cheoil

Fleadh Cheoil Laois in Durrow 30th and 31st May

Saturday 30th May: Open Air Music and Set Dancing
Workshop on Special dancing Boards,
All set dancers Welcome

Sunday 31st May: Aifreann Tradisiunta at 11 am
Parade Through Town at 12 noon

Official opening by Mr Labhras O’ Murchu at 1 pm.
Fleadh Cheoil Competitions commence at 1.30 pm in Holy Family Boys School and adjacent halls.

Traditional Music & Set Dancing in The Square
Followed by a Concert featuring all newly crowned champions from 3 pm onwards in The Square.


Durrow Development Forum, Durrow Community Council & Durrow Tidy Towns

Committees were outraged when they learned on Wednesday last 20th May the The National Roads Signs Authority were in the process of erecting HUGE directional signs all over Durrow. Laois County Council’s plan for Durrow was for traditional signage and members of the three local organisations absolutely agree with this idea. They believe that the N.R.A. signs would totally destroy the town. On Thursday 21st May a number of local people formed a protest and prevented the work from proceeding any further. Councillor Eamon Rafter was asked to contact the County Council immediately and get them to stop the N.R.A from going ahead with this work.
We hope Laois County Council will look favourably on this request.



Congratulations to Peter Dunne, Dunmore, Durrow, on winning 2 gold medals in the World Fly Tying Championships, one held in Canada and the other in Scandanavia. These medels follows the Bronze one Peter won last year.
Congratulations to Shiela Kenna, Patrick Street, Durrow, who celebrates his 21st Birthday this weekend.
Congratulations to John and Catherine Freeman, Mary Street, Durrow on the birth of a son.
Congratulations to St Fergal’s College U/16 camogie team on winning the Leinster Colleges Final in Newbridge on Thursday last. Local Players: Sinead and Louise Mahony.
Congratulations to Dervla Dunne, Seafield, Swan Road, Durrow, on winning first prize in the 1st/2nd class section in the County for her essay entitled “My School”in the Ready Brek I.C.A Children writing competition.
Congratulations to the children of 1st class in Our Lady’s Meadow who received their First Holy Communion at 11 am Mass on Sunday last.



Sympathy is extended to Michael and Molly Foley, Mary Street, durrow, on the death of Michael’s sister in England recently.
Sympathy is extended to the Tynan family, Dunmore, Durrow, on their recent bereavement.


Cullohill Golfing Society

Golf Notice to all golfers of the Cullohill Society The Summer outing will be held on Wednesday the 27th May at Portarlington Golf Club. Tee Time 2 pm – 4 pm, Dinner @ 8 pm.
The committee are expecting all members new and old to attend as a very enjoyable day will be had by all. Please contact T. Delahunty at 37204 with names before Monday 25th May.


Durrow Parish Lotto Results

Monday 11th May – 3 people shared Jackpot of £450. Each received £150. Noel Cooney, Erkindale Dr, Tommy Whyte, Cullohill and Kathleen Dwyer, Durrow. No’s 3-9-18

Monday 18th May – No Jackpot winner. No’s 12-23-25. £20 to MartinGleeson, Ballyragget, Ian Drennan, Erkindale, and Sarah Freeman, Durrow.

Next draw on Monday 25th May in O’Connell’s Cullohill, Jackpot £600.


Progressive 25

Progressive 25 continues at Cullohill Community Centre on Sunday nights for the Summer months.

Sunday May 10th winners: 1st – Margaret Delaney & Anthony Phelan
2nd – Jim Duggan & Martin Mahony.

Sunday 17th May – 1st – Paddy Dunphy & Pad Dunphy
2nd shared – Michael & Alice Fitzpatrick, Michael O’Grady & Pierce Kavanagh.

Raffle winners: Patty Fitzpatrick & Paddy Delaney.


Durrow Summer Camp

Durrow Summer Camp will commence on Monday 6th July for 11 to 13 year old’s, for two weeks, followed by 5 to 7 year old’s from 20th to 31st July. The Junior camp, for 8 to 10 year old’s is from 4th to 14th August. Eight students on The Student Summer Jobs Scheme will work on the camp. The activities on camp include: Athletics, Basketball, Treasure Hunt, Tennis, Soccer, Swimming, Orienteering, Day Trips, Bouncing Castle, Commando Course, Games, Art, Hurling, Football and many more.
As places are limited we ask parents to please put in your child’s name now to avoid dissappointment, Contact Angela Drennan or Mary Walsh.


Walsh’s Videos

For the latest Videos call to Walsh’s, Carrigan Street, Durrow. A large selection in stock, including:

Maximum Risk
Welcome to Sarajevo
L.A. Confidential
The Game
High School Reunion
Mulholland Falls
Her Majesty
Mrs Brown
New series of Friends

Phone: 0502-36411


Durrow Carnival Commitee

The Durrow Carnival Committee would like to take this opportunity to congratulate The Castle Arms Hotel on winning the “Tops of the Town” recently. Thanks to all the Pubs and Organisations who entered this event and put on shows which showed the depth of talent which lies in the town. Special thanks to Largo music, to the ticket sellers and door attendants, also to everyone who donated spot prizes. Thanks also to The Castle Arms Hotel for the use of the ballroom for the finals.


Heywood Community School

Daniel O’Donnell

A Daniel O’Donnell concert will be held in Heywood Community School on Saturday 11th July. Tickets £16.50.

Leinster Junior “B” Title

On Tuesday last the Heywood C.S Junior “B” Football team defeated Portarlington C.B.S in the Leinster Junior “B” Final by 5-10 to 2-8. This was a very unique all-Laois final played in O’Moore Park. Heywood played some very good football, they certainly deserved to win. Local boy Patrick Bowe, Capponellan, scored 2-1 in this final. Congratulations goes to the team and their Mentors.


Durrow & District Angling Club

Durrow & District Angling Club are jolding a Trout Fishing Competition for the O’Duin Cup on Sunday 24th May. Fishing from 10 am weigh in at 6 pm in The Durrow Inn. Usual rules apply.


Best Wishes

Best wishes to local referee Oliver Lawlor who will referee the Soccer Final for the McCalmont Cup in Dermidus, Kilkenny on Sunday 24th May between Evergreen and highview Athletic.


Good Luck

Best of Luck to the Durrow School girls camogie team who play in the final of the Cumman Na mBunscoil competition on this Sunday 24th May. Support would be appreciated.

Best of Luck to the Cullohill School Boys who are playing in the Cumann Na mBunscoil Final against Ballacolla in Portlaoise at 4 pm on Sunday (24th May).


Cullohill I.C.A.

Cullohill I.C.A. Guild and their friends enjoyed a great show by Colour me Beautiful demonstrator Ms Theresa Quinn from Kilkenny at the Community Centre on Tuesday night last. Raffle winners were: Bernie Brennan, Mary Walsh, Nancy Phelan, Alice Fitzpatrick, Paula Bowden, Nora Rhatigan, Mary Quinn and Mary T Delaney.


Durrow & District Camera Club

Durrow & District Camera Club has decided to change the format of the Eddie Moore Memorial Trophy for next year. The changes will be as follows:

3 Competitions per year
3 10 X 8″ Photographs per member per competition

Competition dates and themes – Landscape (September)
Portrait (February)
Open (June’99)

Further details from committee members.
The annual club outing takes place on Sunday 14th June – venue: Fota Wildlife Park and Cobh.


Harps G.A.A. Club

Harps Camogie Club had a very successful Table Quiz in O’Connell’s on Thursday night last Thanks to everyone who supported it, also thanks to Mrs Eileen Ryan, Principal of Cullohill School , who organised it. Winners: 1st – Martin & Mary Lawlor, Mary Dollard & Mary O’Leary, 2nd – Stephanie & Declan Phelan, Jimmy Mahony and Eamon Duggan, 3rd – Bernadette & Jimmy Walsh, Vincent O’Sullivan & Martin Kells.

Laois U/14 Camogie team beat Offaly 4-6 to 4-4 in Mountmellick on Friday evening, 22nd May. Local girls on the team are: Ciara Lanigan, Lisa Clancy, Patricia Dunphy, Aine Lawlor, Mary Cleary, Louise Mahony. Subs: Elaine Mahony, Linsey Brennan and Michelle Dunne.

Harps Development draw will be held on Sunday 31st May. Tickets are £20 and are available from all committee members.

Golf Classic: Harps club wish to thank all sponsors and participants who supported them in this event which was held in Rathdowney on Saturday last.


Laois Alzheimers Group

Laois Alzheimers group wish to thank all who took part in their recent Tea Day and to The Copper Kettle Restaurant for all their help and support. £161 was collected which will benefit Laois sufferers.


For Sale

Unwanted Prizes – Mini Cooker – Electric, oven and two hot plates new.


Roller Blades, complete with helmet, Knee and Elbow Pads, new. Phone: 0502-36281.


Staff wanted:

Full-time and Part-time staff wanted for shop opening soon in Mountrath area. Phone Mary at 0502-36190.