24th / 25th May, 1997                                                                                                                                               Price 30p




When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging is all uphill,
When funds are low, and costs are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is strange with it’s twists and turns,
As everyone of us, in no time learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When they might not have won, but they stick it out.
Don’t give up ‘tho the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another flow.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the cloud of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far.
So stick to the flight when you’re hardest hit,
It’s when things seem worst you must not quit.


The Tidy Towns Committee wishes to remind everyone in Durrow and it’s environs that adjudication for the Tidy Towns Competition begins on June 1st. Please participate in the campaign by putting out hanging baskets or window boxes or any other attractive display.

Mr. Oliver lawlor, as in other years, is very kindly offering a 20% discount on window boxes and hanging baskets.

Please also be aware of litter, and help to keep Durrow LITTER-FREE.


The members and committee of the Rory O’Moore Pipe Band would like to thank Mr. Charles Flanagan and Senator Tom Enright for obtaining a grant of £3,000 towards the cost of new uniforms. There was a great sense of relief among the members, when they heard the good news and we wish to thank them both.


Starting from Thursday afternoon, 12th June, and continuing every Thursday afternoon, Dr. Rabinowicz is being joined by Dr. Rosario Harrington MB, B CH, BAO, DCH, DOBS, DME, FPC, MRCGP.
The Thursday surgery timetable will be as follows:

9.30 – 10.15 a.m. Dr. Rabinowicz (by appointment).
10.30 – 12.00 noon Dr. Rabinowicz (walk in surgery, no appointment).
1.30 – 2.15 p.m. Dr. Rosario Harrington (by appointment).
2.15 – 4.00 p.m. Dr. Rosario Harrington (walk in surgery, no appointment).
4.30 – 5.30 p.m. Dr. Rabinowicz (walk in surgery).

The regular cervical smear clinic will continue with Dr. Rabinowicz every four weeks with the assistance of the Public Health Nurse. Next dates: 27th May, 24th June and 22nd July. Time 1.30 – 2.30 p.m.



The final preparations have now been made for the 1997 Laois Fleadh Cheoil, which will be held in the town over Whit weekend.

The programme of events is as follows:

Friday 30th May: Open Air Set Dancing on special dancing board – All set dancers welcome.
Saturday 31st May: Open Air Set Dancing at 3.00 p.m.
Ceili in the Castle Arms Hotel – Music by Matt Cunningham Ceili Band. Admission £4.
Sunday 1st June: Aifreann Tradisiunta at 11.00 a.m. in the Holy Trinity Church, Durrow.
Official Opening, after parade through Durrow at 12.00 noon.
Music Competition in the Holy Family Boys School and adjacent halls.
Major Busking Competition – 1st Prize – £100, 2nd Prize – £75, 3rd Prize – £20, 4th Prize – £20.

All clubs are asked to take part in the Parade on Sunday, and we hope local organisations will enter a float as well. Above all we hope for the support of the local community, over the weekend.


The final round of the Eddie Moore Memorial Shield takes place on Monday next, 26th May. Entries should be in the club at 8.30 p.m. sharp. The theme is “Landscape”.

The first round of the Junior Grand Prix, takes place on 30th June. The theme – “Fleadh”.


Congratulations to Our Lady’s Meadow Camoige team who got through to the semi-finals in the Cuman na mBunscoil League. After losing the toss to Mountrath we entered the semi-finals against Ballinakill, to meet them for the second time in the league. The venue was Ballacolla. Ballinakill got off to a great start, and from their first point there was no looking back. The score was 4 – 1 to 1 – 0. The goalscorer for Durrow was Orlaith Ryan. It was a free from the halfway line and was taken excellently by Orlaith.

The team was: Lisa Dooley (goalie), Tracy Lynch, Julianne Walshe, Aodain Phelan, Orlaith Ryan, Mary Cleary, Lisa Clancy, Aine Lawlor, Catherine Walshe, Susan Purcell, Cathy Walsh, Vicki Donohue, Carol Cleary. Subs who came in: Aileen Phelan, Aoife Phelan, Aoife Donohue and Sarah Freeman.

We’d like to thank Ballinakill for a very good match, and we hope they do well on Sunday in the final. Our thanks to our coach and trainers, Mary Cleary, Aileen Donohue and Liam Ryan, and all the parents who provided transport.

SWIMMING: Orlaith Ryan is our next Michelle Smith. Herself and Paul Pembrook have qualified for the Leinster team. They will be travelling up to Belfast on the 8th June to compete in the Nationals. The best of luck to both of them.

Good luck also to the girls in the school who will participate in the Swimming Gala in Kilkenny on Wednesday next.

Congratulations to Kate Freeman, 3rd class, who recently won the individual County prize for Laois, in the Neighbourhood Watch Schools Colouring Competition. The competition attracted thousands of entries from nearly 400 schools throughout the twenty six counties. We have to say that we are very proud of Kate. She is the first person to win this competition in Our Lady’s Meadow.

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Junior Infants to 2nd Class are looking forward to their trip to the Japanese Gardens, Co. Kildare, on Friday May 30th. The Senior students, 3rd to 6th classes will travel to Kilmainham Jail, Dublin Castle and Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, on June 6th.

Reminder to all pupils that the May Silver Circle Draw will be held on Thursday 29th May. Draw cards to be returned to the school by Tuesday 7th.


Cullohill boys are wished the best of luck on Sunday when they play Mountmellick boys in the Cuman na mBunscoil final.


Athletics Day in Cullohill Hurling Field on Sunday 25th May. Assemble at 2.00 p.m. First Race – 2.30 p.m. sharp.

All boys and girls in Cullohill / Durrow area are welcome once their membership of £1 has been paid. we hope all the children in the area will attend.

Cullohill / Durrow Community Games U/14 Camoige team will represent Laois in the quarter finals of the Leinster Community Games Finals. Team members: Ciara Lanigan, Patricia Dunphy, Teresa Dollard, Blathnaid Kenny, Aine Lawlor, Linda O’Sullivan, Lorraine Phelan, Nicola Brophy, Louise Mahony, Orlaith Ryan, Elaine Mahony, Mary Cleary, Lisa Clancy, Lindsey Brennan, Nicola Cleary, Treacy Lynch, Lorraine Holland, Aoife Donohue, Aine Mahony, Joan Dollard, Aileen Phelan, Aodaoine Phelan.

PLEASE NOTE: Change of date for Cullohill / Durrow area final for swimming in Portlaoise Swimming Pool will now be held on Sunday 1st June at 9.00 a.m. Anyone interested in participating should contact Liam Ryan at 0502 – 36310.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Geraghty family, Gurteen, on their recent bereavement.

SYMPATHY is extended to Michael Delaney, Cullohill Mountain, on the death of his niece.

SYMPATHY is extended to the family of Dan Carroll, Cullohill, on his recent death.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Doyle family, Rapla, on the death of Oliver Doyle, Urlingford.

SYMPATHY is extended to Canice Maher and family, Cullohill, on the death of his father.

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