24/25th  April, 1999 – Price: 30 p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled by The Durrow Scouts

Thoughts of the Day 

Benefits and boons and blessing’s, mercies big and small. Add them up. You’ll find life’s not so hopeless after all. Difficulties may increase and cares be multiplied – but don’t forget to count the entries on the credit side.


Shine and shower! They come together all along the way. Life with all its ups and downs is like an April day. It’s easy to go smiling through the bright and sunny hours – but we have to learn to go a-singing through the showers.


Durrow Community Services

Applications are invited for positions on the forthcoming C.E. Scheme due to start in June. Applications to local FAS Office, Phone, 0502-36376.


Kosovo Appeal

Baby foods, Liga etc, Nappies, Rice, Tinned foods (no Peas), Cereals etc, Good clothes, children and adults, blankets etc to be bagged. All can be left to Bridget Newman, Swan Road, Durrow.

This collection will be on-going until further notice. Lorries will leave Borris-in-Ossary every week for Kosovo.


Durrow Parish Lotto Results

Monday 12th April: No Jackpot winner. Numbers-1-8-24

£20 each won by Eugene Murphy, castlecomerand Sean O’Brien, Derry road, Durrow. £10 Marian Dooley, Attanagh.

Monday 19th April: No Jackpot winner. Numbers-11-27-29

£20 each won by Maura Clancy, Fermoyle and Kay Kelly, c/o Paul Cashin, £10 Fiona Deegan, Cullohill.

Next draw on Monday 26th April in Gerri’s Bar – Jackpot: £700.


Durrow Community Council

On Saturday 17th April Durrow Community Council held a Race night in the Castle Arms Hotel and an enjoyable night was had by all in attendance. We wish to express our sincere gratitude to all our generous sponsors and to those who bought horses for this event.

The proceeds from this function goes towards the refurbishment of the old bridge – Durrow’s Millenium Project.


Durrow Development Forum

On Friday 14th May the B.R.A.D.S. Area Development Plan will be launched in the Castle Arms Hotel at 8 pm. All households in the area will be notified of this event through An Post. Liam Hyland, M.E.P. will be in attendance along with T.D’s and Councillors and Laois Leader Board.


Tea & Coffee evening

Tea & Coffee evening will be held at Josephine Fitzpatrick’s, Gurteen, in aid of Kosovo, on Thursday 29th April between 7.30 and 10 pm. All are welcome.


Progressive 25 results

Sunday 11th April:

1st – Ned Duggan & Paddy Dunphy
Joint 2nd – Joe Shiel & Paddy Lalor, Fr. M. Tobin & Liam Dunphy

Other winners: Larry Mahony & Tom Corrigan, Anthony & Margaret Phelan, Tom & Margaret Kealy.

Raffle winners: 1st – Eugene Murphy, 2nd – Joe Cass, 3rd – Margaret Kealy.

Sunday 16th April:

1st – Joe Fanning & Mick McLoughlin,
2nd – Peter Coffey & Tom Kenny,
Joint 3rd – Paddy Mooney & Edward Dooley, Jimmy Mahoney & Billy Kirby

Other winners: Paddy Sullivan & Pat O’ Sullivan, Mary Kelly & Martin Rohan, Bernard and Ann Kilbride.

Raffle winners: 1st – Eugene Murphy, 2nd – Larry Mahoney, 3rd – Peader Duggan.

Jackpot on Sunday 25th April: £215.


Cullohill I.C.A Guild

Next meeting of Cullohill I.C.A Guild is on Tuesday 4th May. Anyone wishing to join us at our 30th Birthday Party on Wednesday 5th May can contact any member immediately for details.



Sympathy is extended to Jerry Murphy , Newtown and Essie Drennan, Coolnacritta, on the death of their mother Mrs C. Murphy, Johnstown.



Congratulations to Aidan Kavannagh, Gurteen, who celebrated his 21st birthday recently.

Congratulations to Colm and Louise Alley, Bishopswood, on the birth of a daughter.

Congratulations to J.P and Mary Delaney (nee Fitzpatrick) on the birth of their daughter.

Congratulations to Tara Cahill, Rapla, Cullohill, who celebrates her 21st birthday this weekend.

Congratulations to Hazel Atkinson, Capponellan, Durrow and Pat Manning, Kilkenny on their recent Marriage.


Harps G.A.A Club

Final Development Draw

Tickets are available from all committee members and players. The draw takes place on Monday 3rd May 1999 at The Nore Nets, Durrow. The prizes are as follows:

  1. Computer, Printer, Software & Computer Furniture.
  2. £500 Shopping Voucher.
  3. Ferguson T.V. & Video.
  4. 1,000 Litres of Heating/’Diesel Oil, sponsored by Vale Oil Co. Thurles.
  5. E.B.S. savings Account Value £200, sponsored by E.B.S Kilkenny.
  6. Lawnmower, Sponsored by K.W.S.
  7. Ladies & Gents Watches.
  8. Stereo/Cd Player.
  9. Permanet Make up,  sponsored by Jackie O’Brien.
  10. Free refuse Collection for 1 year, sponsored by Midland Refuse.
  11. Kodak Camera.
  12. Meal for Two.

Your support will be very much appreciated for this worthy cause.


Players – £10, Non Player – £5

It is important that all players pay now so they are covered for insurance.


A very generous presentation was made to John Bourke and his selectors on Easter Sunday night, by the players. The club presented their long – suffering wives with flowers and chocolates, which were very much appreciated.

Pitches update

Wall and gates completed in Durrow, Juvenile pitch ploughed and grass seed sown. Clean up of dressing room area in Cullohill has commenced. Wall on Rathdowney road is due to start soon.


Big Thank you to all Lotto sellers, keep up the good work please.

Camogie News

Under 14 Camogie team beat St. Canice’s (Clough/Ballacolla) in the first round of the championship. The Harp’s were a much more experienced team so they won well. Best of luck to  U/16 team who qualified to meet Westmeath in the Leinster Final on this Saturday evening.


Scouts Sponsored Walk

Durrow Scouts are holding a Sponsored Walk for Kosovo on Sunday 9th May. All Beavers, Cubs and Scouts will take part. Sponsorship Cards will be issued to all the children during the coming week. The walk will commence at 1 pm from the church Carpark. Your support for this worthy cause would be appreciated.


Durrow Ladies Club – Market

Durrow Ladies Club will commence with a market on Saturday 1st May at 11 am in Presentation Centre. Numerous items will be on sale including home-baking, vegetables, Jewellery, brick-a-brac and many more. A table will be set aside in aid of Kosovo Crisis. Any person with small items to donate for this table can be dropped in to Mary Kelly, Carrigan St, or any member of the Ladies Club.

Persons interested in the market may contact the Club for more information. Your support will be greatly appreciated to make this a successful venture.


Phelan’s Hardware 

Spring into action at Phelan’s Hardware with offers like 21″ Murray self drive mower 5 H.P only £329.95. 19″ Castlegarden mower and grassbox only £149.95. we also stock shamrock 80 ltr potting compost @ 3.70 and 200 ltr peat moss @ £4.95. And to brighten up the house we have an extensive range of Crown paints, wallpapers and colour washes. Call and see at Durrow 0502-+36121 and Ballyragget 056-33380.


Walsh’s Videos

Videos for Hire – April list of new videos:

Something about Mary, The Newton Boys, A perfect Murder, Dancing at Lughnasa. All 4 in stock along with a large selection of other adult and childrens videos. you can book a Video by phoning 0502-36411.


Heywood Community School

Vacancies exist for the Summer Job Scheme for 3rd level studentsin the above school. Please apply in writing to the secretary, Heywood C.S.

Sponsored Car Push, Durrow to Portlaoise in aid of the Chernobyl Children’s project on Tuesday 27th April. “Guess the Time” Cards available in local shops.

A variety concert in conjunction with the District Hospital, Abbeyleix celebrating the International year of the elderly will be held in Heywood Community School on Friday 23rd April.



Panasonic Mobile Phone, in the Square area, two weeks ago. If you can help please phone 0502-36270.


For Sale

5 Aluminium windows, single glaze. Contact 0502-36358.


Durrow & District Camera Club

The AGM of the Durrow & District Camera Club was held recently, the following were elected to guide the foortunes of the club into the 21st century:

Chairman: Eugene Meegan
Secretary: Liam Kavanagh
Treasurer: Paul Cashin
P.R.O: Martin Walsh
Competition Secretary’s Terence Smeaton and Pat Farrell
Committee member: Breda Kelly

The second round of the Eddie Moore Memorial Shield was also held recently, the theme was “Portrait” and it resulted in a resounding win for Paul Cashin. Paul, who has won the last three Memorial Shields took the points for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places and has now established a strong lead in this years competition.

The points table to date: Paul Cashin – 24.5 points, Breda Kelly – 12 points, Eugene Meegan – 10 points

The theme of the final round is “open” and it will be held mid-may. Brda and eugene are the only photographers who can now catch Paul but all members are aware that 2nd and 3rd spots are still there for the taking in this hugely popular competition.


Mushroom pickers

Apply to Noel Lalor. FlexibleHours. Phone – Day: 0502-37326 Night: 0882619440/0882123211



The Irish Heart Foundation – Thank you to all who subscribed to Church gate collection, £115 was collected in Cullohill.

The Disabled Drivers – Church gate collection  in Cullohill was £80. Thanks to all who subscribed.

All Collectors please note – No collections are allowed in the Church yard or Car park, only at gate at Cullohill church.


Daffodill Day

The house to house collection in the Cullohill Area on Daffodill Day amounted to £747.34. The promoter wishes to thank you for your generosity.


For Sale

Hurling boots, Size 4, Basketball ring, Net & Ball, Hurling Helmet (age 10-14). Contact 0502-37152


Trocaire relief efforts – Kosovo Conflict

Over 500,000 Albanian Kosovars have been forced to flee their country to seek sanctuary in neighbouring Albania and Macedonia. Hundreds of thousands more are displaced within Kosovo.

Kosovo was once home to an estimated 1.8 million people of whom 90% were ethnic Albanians. Even before the NATO offensive, 26% of the population were already displaced within the country.Ethnic cleansing has seen that flow of displaced people turn into a massive flood of refugees……. largely women, children and elderly people. Once in safety (over the borders) they have no money to buy food or clothes, shelter or medicine.

Thanks to the generosity of the Irish public, Trocaire has raised £400,000 for the emergency operation. Trocaire funding has allowed food and non food items such as blankets, matresses, clean water and medicine to be distributed to the refugees. Trocaire pledge to you:


Support the Trocaire special Kosovo appeal this weekend. NB as a measure of our charity, please do not hold another collection at the church gates. Congratulations to Midlands Radio and Bridgid Newman, Durrow on all they have achieved in the past week for the Kosovo appeal. More clothing and food is needed.

Vocation Sunday

Today is the 36th World Day of Prayer for Vocations to the priesthood and religious Life. Please pray for those who are responding to God’s Call to priesthood and religious life. Pray that more and more people will choose to make a difference by following their particular vocation with great earnestness and sincerity. Remember those priests, brothers, sisters, who made a difference to your life and make a special effort to pray for them. Pray for those whom you think would be good priests or religious, that they may respond generously to God’s call.

A Parish Confirmation Choir

This is an invitation to all in the parish of Durrow with a musical and/or a singing talent to be part of the Confirmation Choir ’99. Fr Richard Scriven. St Kierans College Director of Sacred Church Music in the dioceses of Ossery will conduct a workshop for the parish Confirmation Choir on Wednesday 5th May ’99 @ 8 pm in the Church of the Holy Trinity Durrow. All interested parties please attend.

Special Liturgical Ministers in Durrow Church May: 

 Saturday night: Pius Hennessy, Kay Mahony, Mai Bowe.              Reader – Sean Dillon

Sunday Morning: Rita Cleary, Liam Kavanagh, Padraig Walsh.    Reader – Margaret Dunne

Special Liturgical Ministers in Cullohill Church May:

Saturday night: Anne Dunphy, Kathleen Collier, Paul Mullins.    Reader – Brid Dunphy

Sunday Morning: Marian Delaney, Michael Kileen.                        Reader – Paugie Begadon

Church Cleaning

Thanks to Cullohill Mt & Bunlacken districts for cleaning and beautifying Cullohill Church during the month of April, particularly at Easter time. The Ballykealy & Graigueavoice localities will care for the Church during the month of May.

Cullohill Community Millennium Committee 

Cullohill Community Millennium Committee planning the social and spiritual dimension of the Community’s celebration of the Jubilee Year 2000 will meet on Tuesday 27/4/99 @ 9 pm in the Community Centre.


Those who held legal permits for church gate collections may do so outside the church gates and it precincts. Permission must be sought to enter the church ground to conduct any collection. we ask that no other collection compete with the St Vincent de Paul collection on the third Sunday of the month or with other charitable causes.

Parish Relay System 

Parish relay system is proving very successful. More handsets available on request.