23rd/24th October, 1999 – Price: 30p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled by The Durrow Scouts


Thoughts for the day

Do not cross your bridges before they come in view.
Wait until you’re there before deciding what to do.
Wait before anticipating trouble, tears and loss.
The bridge you dread may prove to be an easy one to cross.


The Spring has its glory of daffodil gold,
When primroses open and green buds unfold.
But sometimes I think as I watch the leaves fall,
That Autumn’s fair days are the fairest of all.


Car boot Sale

Laois Branch of the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland are holding a Car Boot Sale in the Presentation Centre on this Sunday from 2 pm – 6 pm. Items include: Furniture, Household items, appliances, bric-a-brack, crafts, cakes, plants, pottery and more.

This recentlyformed branch are presently setting up a home support service for the carers of Alzheimers patients, to give them a much needed break and to continue to care for their loved ones in their own home. We are totally dependent on voluntary funding and while we realise the many demands on people’s generosity, we hope this request will be seen as deserving of you’re support. This event is organised by Mai Bowe, Durrow, Esther Brennan and Tom Marshall, Portlaoise.


Harps GAA Club

The Harps GAA Club would like to congratulate the children of Our Lady’s Meadow PS on their recent success in reaching the semi-final of the Cumann Na mBun Scoil Competition. The club would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who encourage, support and help out with football in the school.

The Harps committee would like to express their thanks to everyone who donated items for the auction and to all who came and supported it on the day. Thanks also to all the club members who worked so hard to make this event a great success.



Congratulations to John and Catherine ( O’Shea ) Clooney, Aghaboe, on the birth of a daughter.

Congratulations to Andrew and Agnes (Dunphy) Henderson, Rathdowney, on the birth of a daughter.

Congratulations to Billy and Margaret Woods, Drogheda, on the birth of their baby daughter, Niamh.


Lord Mayor’s Fancy Dress Ball

Durrow Development Forum present the Lord Mayor’s Millennium Fancy Dress Ball in the Castle Arms Hotel 30th October (Halloween Eve). Music by the Smithereens, Admission £5. £50 prize for Best Fancy Dress Costume. The Lord Mayor’s Ball is now an annual event. A great night’s entertainment assured.


Walshs Videos

New Release – Knock Off, Patch Adams, The Faculty, Waking Ned, Arlington Road, Playback, Rush Hour, 8mm, N. Cage, American History, X, You’ve got Mail.
All good quality videos, good for your video recorder. Book your video by phoning 0502 – 36411.


Durrow Community Council AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Durrow Community Council was held on Monday October 11th. The Chairperson Oliver Clooney in his address stated that Durrow would be much poorer place without the existence of the Community Council. A summary of the activities for the year was outlined.

  1. A group was formed to organise the Millenium Project (the Refurbishment of the old bridge and surrounding area) and were joined by Durrow Development Forum members. A race night was organised which raised £2,435.50 to which was added £1565.00 bringing it to a total of £4000.00. This amount was matched by the Durrow Development Forum. A Grant was received from Laois Leader of £5000. To date a great deal of work has taken place at the bridge.
  2. The Community Council organised and paid for the cleaning of the graveyard prior to the graveyard mass. Dissatisfaction was expressed once again that this mass was held indoors on a beautiful Summers evening. The Community Council have offered in the past to organise seating for the elderly people but were never taken up on their offer.
  3. The School, All Businesses and Clubs were contacted about the idea of town twinning as contact had been made with an area near Lyon in France called Colombier Sangnieu. Sadly very little interest or support was shown for the idea and so it was put on hold.
  4. Once again a Christmas tree was erected on the Square with the help of FAS. Unfortunately it was vandalised after Christmas.
  5. A basket of flowers was delivered to Paddy and Mrs Scott on the occasion of their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Paddy was a former member of the Community Council and it was with regret that we learned of the death of both Paddy and his wife later on in the year.
  6. Numerous letters were sent to Laois co. Council regarding various problems in the town and surrounding areas. Great pressure was put on the Midland Health Board to refurbish the Health Centre and we are now delighted that work has commence and will be finished in February 2000.
  7. The senior citizens party in the Castle Arms Hotel was once again a huge success. Thanks once again to the red cross for their donation, the Fire Brigade for their generous collection and to Jackie Daly who donated the proceeds from a Car Wash. Thanks also to the Clubs and individuals who made financial contributions. Without this financial help and the help of the workers on the day we would be unable to run this event.
  8. John Cashin was unanimously elected the Community Council person of the year. He was presented with a well deserved plaque at the Community Services Dance in the Castle Arms Hotel.
  9. We were represented on Midlands Radio programme on Durrow back in June. This was a very Successful Programme promoting all aspects of Durrow.
  10. The Community Council are well represented on the Carnival Committee. This Committee has been struggling for a while and it is hoped that more people will try and keep the Carnival weekend alive. At this year’s Carnival Parade the Community Council beat off stiff opposition to win first prize for the best float.
  11. As people have objected strongly to old graves being opened up and reused because of a shortage of graves – the Community Council have been putting pressure on the Laois County Council to have the new graveyard opened up. We are glad to relate that plans are now at an advanced stage.
  12. The oldest woman in the parish, Mrs Margaret Guilfoyle of Mary Street was presented with a piece of bog oak and a cheque on the occasion of her 100th birthday in the Castle Arms Hotel.


Church Bulletin 

Mission Sunday Today 

The annual collection for the Missions will be taken up at all Masses in the parish this weekend. Special Collectors please attend.

Mass Attendance

Thanks to those who helped calculate the number of people attending our weekend Masses.

Cullohill Community Centre

AGM will be held on Tuesday 26th October ’99 in the Centre at 8.30 m. All members to attend and all families in the Community to be represented.

Confirmation 2000

The parents of our fifth classes passed the proposal that we would celebrate Confirmation in th eparish on Pentecost Sunday 11th of June 2000. However, the final vote has not been taken in all 42 parties in the diocese, so we must await and abide by the majority decision.

In Loving Memory 

The November Offering will be taken up the weekend 30/31st October and 1st November. Cullohill district please return youralter list of the Dead. Prayers and masses will be offered for our deceased loved ones throughout the month of November. Usual collectors please attend. Thanks to the pupils of Our Lady’s Meadow, Scoil Tighearnach Naofa & others for delivering envelopes. Spare envelopes at the back of church.

Live Radio Broadcasting of Mass

Live radio broadcasting of mass and other church services will commence this weekend from Cullohill Church. You will be able to use any ordinary radio, in your home or in your car, with a FM Frequency band. Tune your radio to FM 106.8. Durrow Mass is broadcasting very successfully on the CB handset.

Church Cleaning 

Thanks to the Raheenleigh/Castle/ Ross families for cleaning the church during the month of October. We invite all families in the Ballynevin area to take care of the Church and its grounds during the month of November.

Eucharistic Ministers For October:

Durrow Church – Sat night: Sean Phelan, Carmel Murphy, Rose Woods. Sunday: Donal Bowe, Kathleen Sheeran, Hugh Sheppard.

Cullohill Church – Sat night: Margaret Murphy, Mairead Bolger, Eamon Fogarty. Sunday: Marian Delaney, John Conroy.

Youth Ministry 

There is a great need in the parish, in both Durrow and Cullohill to afford teenagers with an opportunity to recreate and socialise with their peers. we have great facilities, we have the young people, but we don’t have the ADULT LEADERS that is necessary for the successful running of our youth Clubs. This is an appeal to Parents & Adults to come together and solve this problem.

Say a Prayer

Say a prayer for FR Tobin and the 52 Pilgrims he is travelling with to the Holy Land this weekend. He assures us that he will pray for all the families of the parish at the holy places of Our Lord and Our Lady.

Jubilee 2000

Please support the progressive 25 card game in aid of Cullohill Millennium Project, this Sunday night 24/10/99 in the Community Hall @ 8.30 pm. £1000 in Prizes.


Heywood Community School

The famous band The Conquerors will be playing in Heywood CS at a special night which has been organised to mark the opening of the new canteen on Friday 29th October. A great night of dancing is assured at a modest price of £6. Bar facilities will be provided.


Lions Soccer Club 

South East Draw

The Lions Soccer Club are delighted to be part of the Super South-East 9th Annual Confined Members Co-op Draw with over £80,000 in prizes. There are four monthly draws and two free draws for members fully paid up before the first draw with top prizes each month.

The top prizes includ a choice of the following:

  1. one of thirteen cars
  2. Conservatory
  3. Mobile Home
  4. £8000 in cash

Other Prizes include many Holidays, Electrical goods, Clothes and Cash!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Draw will take place as shown below……….

1st Draw – 12th November 1999 in Tullow
2nd Draw – 10th December 1999 in Ballindaggin
3rd Draw – 21st January 2000 Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow
4th Draw – 18th February 2000 in Ferns

Tickets are on sale from any member of the Lions Soccer Club of any member of the committee( Philip Monnelly, Martin Lawlor, Francais Campion, Sean O’Brien or Liam Kavanagh) and are priced at £20 each or £5 per month for four months. Members who are fully paid up before the first draw are included in a special FREE DRAW for six valuable prizes.
There is also a special draw for members fully paid at the final draw for four valuable prizes!!!!!!!!

In addition, the Lions Soccer Club are giving supporters who purchase a ticket in the above draw several free prizes on the 21st of January in the Castle Arms Hotel. All fully paid up members will be included in a draw for many valuable prizes including a weekend away in a top hotel.

Each ticket purchased will include a free entry to the dance and to this additional draw. There will also be prizes for all members who sell more than 10 tickets. A great night is assured for all who attend!!!!!!!
The proceeds of this draw will help to alleviate the payments on our loan for the dressing room and pitch development at the Cork Road Durrow.
The Club would like to Thank everyone who have supported our many fund-raising ventures in the past and we look forward to your continued support in the future.


Durrow Carnival Committee

To: The people of Durrow and the surrounding areas

Durrow Carnival Committee are now in the preliminary stages of organising Carnival 2000. The committee feel that there are people out there who may have great ideas which would help make this carnival a success.
We would like to invite you, the people of Durrow and surrounding areas to our next meeting which will be held in the Castle Arms Hotel on Thursday next 28th of October 1999. The meeting will start promptly and last one hour from 8 pm – 9 pm.

We would appreciate your attendance at this meeting.

From: The Organising Committee of Carnival 2000.


Our Lady’s Meadow PS

Well done to the boys and girls of Our Lady’s Meadow Primary School in their recent run in the Cumann Na mBun Scoil competition.

After getting off to a bad start in the competition, losing their first few matches, they succeeded in turning the tables and went on to win the following three games which gave them a place in the semi-final against Knockmay. Alas Knockmay proved a bit stronger than Durrow and after a great display of football the home team conceded the match.

Great credit is due to all concerned. All the children who took part and those who lined out as subs and trained for these matches are to be commended. Our Lady’s Meadow should be proud of them as they are great ambassadors for their school and the game of football.

A special word of thanks to Sinead Curran, their teacher, who gave of her time to train the children and attend the matches giving great encouragement to one and all.


Durrow Parish Lotto Results

Monday 11th October: No Jackpot winner. No’s 3-18-21

£20 won by Trish Gaughan, The Durrow Inn & Mary Collins, Our Lady’s Meadow PS.
£10 – Richard Dunne, Watercastle, Durrow.

Monday 18th October: No Jackpot winner. Nos 5-15-27

£20 won by Dan Deegan, Cullohill and Tom Daly, Carlow.
£10 – Orla Phelan, Knockanoran, Durrow.

Next draw on Tuesday 26th October in The Durrow Inn. Jackpot £900



Congratulations to Mick & Peggy Fitzpatrick, Upper Tubberboe, Durrow, who celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary last weekend.