24th/25th October, 1998 – Price: 30p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled by The Durrow Scouts

Thoughts for the Day


Throw a little stone into the middle of a lake
Watch the rings of ripples and the circles that they make
troubling the water just as if a storm had blown.
All the deep and hidden depths disturbed by one small stone!

Throw a stone of malice,
through it be a whispered word,
into some one’s life,
and how much trouble will be stirred!
Other people’s lives within the spreading rings are caught.
Who can see the end or say what misery is wrought?
The effects of words and deeds reach out to the unknown, far beyond today.
So Think – before you cast a stone.


The kind of person you will be depends in every way on the sort of person you are being now, today.
Have a warm and kindly heart and when your hands you fold, you’ll be wanted…… Loved when you are old.


Ossory Service Station – Jack Daly

To comply with planning regulations I regret that the Ossory Service Station will be closed from Novemr 8th – December 8th in clusive. This will allow for the old petrol storage tanks to be on the Station itself. When we re-open on the 8th December we will have a more modern station with a better and more comprehensive service available to the public.

We regret the inconvenience to our many valued customers and we assure you our best service when we re-open. I want to assure our customers that I will be back in business at the earliest possible date in our station in Durrow.

When we re-open we will have many special offers available to our customers.


Durrow Development Forum 

Durrow Development Forum have once again invited Oliver Lawlor, Bridge Gardens, to give flower arranging classes. they will be held on Friday nights for five weeks in the Boys School commencing on Friday 6th November at 7.45pm – 9.45 pm.

If you are interested please contact Mary Walsh 36327 or Anne Vaugh 36228as soon as possible.


Durrow Ladies Group

Durrow Ladies Group were recently awarded £700 Social Welfare Grant. The Annual General Meeting of the group will be held on Tuesdsay 3rd November at 8.30 pm sharp in the Castle Arms Hotel. Membership fees due will be collected at the AGM.



Sympathy is extended to the Dunne family, Dunmore, on their recent bereavement.

Sympathy is extended to the Bannon family on their recent bereavement.



Congratulations to Sean and Rosita Murphy, woodview, Durrow, on the birth of a son, Joe.

Congratulations to Orla Ryan who received an Hons Degree in Galway University recently.

Congratulations to Richard Muldowney on receiving Hons Degree in Electronics at Waterford Institute of technology.

Congratulations to John Kirby, Cullohill and Dolores Foyle, Aghaboe on their recent marriage.

Congratulations to Thomas Bowe, Capponellan and Pat Walsh, Erkindale Drive, Durrow, who celebrated their 21st Birthday recently.

Congratulations to Billy Woods, Carrigan St, Durrow, and Margaret Devine, Drogheda, on their recent engagement.


Cullohill P.T.A.A.

On November 4th 1938 a group of people under the Spiritual Direction of Rev. Fr. John Kenny C.C. came together to form a centre of the Pioneer Total Abstinance Association  in the Cullohill area, to mark this sixtieth anniversary of this occasion. The N orth Ossary Pioneer Council will hold their annual Mass in St. Tignearachs church, cullohill on Friday November 6th at 8.15 pm. All are welcome to attend. A special welcome to those who joined on that date sixty years ago and to those who have left the area.


Staff Wanted

Full and Part-time staff required for Supermarket work. Part-time may suit mothers with school going children. Apply in writing to Kevin O’ Shea, C/O O’ Shea’s Super Value, Ballyragget, Co. Kilkenny.


For Sale

Dressing Table with 3 mirrors, Bedside Locker and New Carpet 10′ X 9′. Contact 0502-36109


Are you between 17 and 35?

Do you want to meet new people? Are you interested in a wide variety of activities? If so, be in the Cullohill Community Centre at 9 pm on Friday 30th October. Sandra Kane, Portlaoise. Phone: 0502 60951


Durrow & District Camera Club

The club’s “Black & White” competition was held recently. 1st and 2nd places were taken by Eugene Meegan.

A club members are reminded of the clubs major end of year competitions: ” Photographer of the Year ” for the Joe Brophy Cup and ” Print of the Year ” for thye Civil Defense Shield. Both competitions will take place on 14th December.


Durrow Community Council

There was a full attendance at the Community Council’s A.G.M. held on October 12th ’98. President John Cashin stated that thisis the 25th anniversary of the Council as it is in existance since 1973. The Chairman Oliver Clooney in his detailed address expressed his sadness on the death of two valued members of the Council – Diarmuid Murphy and Con Geoghegan, both of them passing so suddenly and within such a short space of time. He complimented the treasurer, Mick Donohue and the secretary, Anne Vaugh for their commitment and dedication to the Council whose work he said is greatly appreciated in the community and the support of all members is appreciated. He extended his thanks to Councillor Eamon Rafter for his work for Durrow through the year. Durrow, he said, would be a poorer place without the Community Council and he hopes for better times ahead.

Eamon Rafter conducted the election of Officers:

President: John Cashin
Chairman: Oliver Clooney
Vice-Chairperson: Mary Walsh
Secretary: Anne Vaugh
Treasurer: Mick Donohue
P.R.O: Mary Walsh


Progressive 25 at Cullohill Community Centre

Sunday 11th October:

1st – Fr Larry Dunphy & Kieran Mc Neill
2nd – Molly Dollard & Rita McEvoy

Money Back: Bill Walsh & Paddy Dunphy, Paddy Sullivan & P. O Sullivan.
Raffle winners: Watt Delahunty, Mary Walsh and Nancy Phelan.

Sunday 18th October:

1st – Paddy Lalor & Joe Shiel
2nd – Peter Coffey & Aidan Ryan, Anthony and Mgt Phelan

Money Back: Jim Duggan & Watt Delahunty, Peter Kennedy & Jack Mooney.
Raffle winners: 1st: Larry Mahony, 2nd: Jim Mahony


Durrow/Cullohill Apostolic Society

Durrow/Cullohill Apostolic Society will hold their Annual Display & Cake sale at the Presentation Centre, Durrow, on Saturday 31st and Sunday 1st November after the Masses.


Durrow Badminton Club 

Under 17 Badminton takes place on Wednesday nights between 7 & 8 pm. Under 15 Badminton takes place on between 7 & 8.30 pm on Friday nights in the Badminton hall. All are Welcome.

A Ladies tournament takes place at 8.30 pm on tuesday night (27th).

The hall is to be booked through Liz Clancy. Thanks to Mary Brophy for holding the key over the last few years.

The Bazaar will be held in the Badminton hall on the 13th of December.

Congratulations to Stephanie and Declan Phelan on the birth of their daughter. Thanks to Stephanie for her work over the last two years.


Lord Mayor Fancy dress Ball

On Saturday 31st October, Halloween night, Durrow Development Forum present the Lord Mayor’s Fancy dress ball in the Castle Arms Hotel. Admission is only £5 and tickets are available from any members of the forum and also on the door. £50 prize for best costume. So get working on your costumes right away………………… the more bazaar, the better. If you would like to hire a costume, you can pick up a list of costumes available from Momac Productions in waterford from any of the pubs in town. Orders can be given to Margaret Tobin by Tuesday @ 6 pm at the latest. Phone: 0502 36608. In addition if the order is large enough, they will deliver to Kilkenny train station on Friday 30th.

If last year’s ball is anything to go by, this promises to be a fantastic night of fun!!!!!!!!!

So be there or be square!!!!!!!!!!!!


Heywood Community School 

Table lamps available to order from deirdre kilbride, Phone: 0502 37208. Hand made by students mini company in Heywood C.S. Prices range from £10 to £12. Shades and bulbs included. Support youth enterprise.

Silver Circle Results

Week 2 – Draw 1

1st – £200 Eileen Brophy, Ballinaslee
2nd – £150 Mick Maher, Cullohill
3rd – £100 Mgt. Ryan, Beggar Cross.
4th – £75 Kathleen Stapleton, Erkindale dr, Durrow
5th – £50 Declan Bergin, Abbeyleix
6th – £25 T. O’ Connor, Ballyroan.

Draw 2

1st – £200 Teresa Brennan, Ballyragget
2nd – £150 D. Donnelly, C/O Asphalt Roofing
3rd – £100 E. McKillycuddy, Ballyroan
4th – £75 Nell Kavanagh, Ballacolla
5th – £50 Joan Murphy, Portarlington
6th – £25 Joan Egan, Ballyragget

Thank you for your support. Next draw on Monday 2nd November.

French Exchange Group

The French exchange Group of students arrived in Heywood C.S on Sunday last, 18th October, on a ten day visit in return for the visit to France last Easter by students from Heywood C.S. Many activities were arranged for them including a reception in County Hall, Portlaois on Tuesday 27th October. The students are staying with the families of students who visited them in France. The visiting group will leave for France on Wednesday 28th October.


Harps News


 The Harps U/18 team were beaten in the County final by Camross on Sunday last. This was a great game with great skill showing by both teams. Camross got 2 goals in the first 10 minutes of the match but when Harps girls settled they had a brilliant game. Final Score: 4-1 to 1-4. Well done to all involved.


Harps senior team had a great win over Castletown in the semi final of the Brady Cup on Sunday last. It was a draw at full time, so extra time had to be played. Evetually the Harps won by a point. They now play Camross in the final. Best of Luck.


FAS Team

Thanks to the FAS team in Cullohill for clean up of Church Grounds and all the repairs they carried out at the Community Centre last week. In Durrow for the replanting of all flower beds for pruning trees and painting of Badminton Hall. Many thanks.


Lions Soccer Club

On Friday, October 30th, the Lions Club will hold a Table Quiz in Phelan’s Lounge Bar at 9 pm sharp. This is always a very enjoyable night, many valuable prizes for the top teams.

The Lions A team defeated Lisdowney 8-0 in FAI Junior Cup in Durrow. Scorers: Karl Lawlor 2, Sean Delahunty, Sean Whelan, Brian Shortall, Aeonghus Campion, Tommy Coffey and Kevin Pembrook.

The Lions School boys Soccer teams are doing well in their leagues. The U/11 team defeated St Canices 4-1. Scorers: Lee Campion 3 and Conor Dunne 1. The U/13’s defeated Brookville 6-4. The Lions youth’s teams have also made a good success to the start of the season. They defeated Thomastown 3-1 and drew 4-4 with Bagnalstown.


Durrow Parish Lotto Results

Monday 12th October

No Jackpot winner No’s 2-14-15

£20 each to Gay Lalor and Mick Carroll, Durrow and £10 to Fiona Joyce, Durrow.

Monday 19th October

No Jackpot winner

£20 each to Ita Delaney, c/o Nore nets and Elizabeth Monahan, Erkindale Dr, Durrow and £10 to Liz Clancy, Barnhill Durrow

Next draw on Tuesday 27th October in Gerri’s Bar. Jackpot £1,100.


Walsh’s Newsagent

Large selection of films for hire including:

Hoodlums, Wag the Dog, U.S Marshalls and the long awaited TITANIC, book now. Phone 36411


Durrow ICA

The monthly meeting of Durrow ICA was held on the 13th of October. A vote of sympathy was extended to the family of the late Mrs Bannon, who was a founder member of the guild. A minutes silence was observed and the meeting was adjourned as a mark of respect.


Taize ’99

Taize is a tiny village in central France where every Summer thousands of young people gather each week to spend some time together and with the community of Taize brothers who live there. Over the last ten years thousands of young people from Ireland have travelled to Taize, many from the Diocese of Ossory and all of them will say that the experience was brilliant, one they will never forget, many have gone back to Taize a few times. Next July/August 1999 Ossory youth plan to bring a group to Taize. The itinery will be:

5 days in Taize, 1 day in London and 3 days in Paris. The cost of the trip, which will include travel, accomodation, insurance and all meals (with the exception of 2 lunches)
will be circa £300 per person. The proposed dates are: July 25th to August 4th 1999. The trip is open to young people over 16/17 years of age, youth leaders and young adults from clubs and parishes. So if you are interested, we’re interested in organising a group from the Durrow/Cullohill area. Please contact Fr Tobin.

Cullohill youth club had a registration night on Friday 23rd October in the community centre. The youth club will commence on Saturday night 7th November after evening mass and will continue on the following Friday nights at 8 pm. Congratulations to Cullohill youth group on winning the Best New Club Award in Ossory.

Cullohill PTAA are celebrating their 60th Anniversary with mass on Friday 6th November 1999 at 8.15 pm. All members, past and present are invited. NB please note the change in the first Friday mass time.


 November Offering

The November Offering for the Holy Souls will be taken up in Durrow and Cullohill churches next weekend 1/11/98. Nine special and specific masses will be offered individually by Fr O’ Doherty and Fr Tobin for the dead, during the month of November. While we are fully concious of the heavy demands that are being made on your family’s budget in these times, we would ask that all of you, young and senior alike, would respond to the priests collections to the best of your financial ability. Thanks to the pupils of Our Lady’s Meadow and others for delivering the envelopes in the Durrow area. The Cullohill srea: the second white envelope in your bundle of envelopes, delivered in September, is same. Return with your envelope the “Alter List of the Dead”.



For the Holy Souls will be recited 15 minutes before daily mass in Cullohill.


Cullohill Neighbourhood Mass

The Bunlacken area will have their neighbourhood mass on Tuesday 27th October 1998 at 8 pm. Richie & Peg Ryan will host the mass and kindly invite all their neighbours to attend. The Parknahown district will have a neighbourhood mass on Tuesday 3rd of November 1998 at 8 pm. Kieran and Mary McNeil will host the mass and kindly invite all their neighbours to attend. The Graigueavoice/Ballykealy locality will have their neighbourhood mass on Tuesday the 10th of November at 8 pm. Mrs Charlotte Walsh will host the mass and invites all her neighbours to attend. Thanks to Jimmy, Ann & Mrs Mahoney, family and neighbours had a wonderful night at Maynebog. Thanks to Michael & Ann Dunphy and their neighbours for a wonderous night in Oldtown.


Computer Course

Cullohill Community Centre, Basic Introduction, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Database, Overall General Concept of Computers. Starting: 9th of November 1998. Morning and Evening classes available. 10 week course, 3 hours per week. One computer per person. Cost: £150. Contact Ciara/Barbara on 0502-37317. city and Guilds Certification £40 extra.



Confirmation will be administered in Durrow Parish on Sunday 30th May 1999 att 11 am.


Halloween Mystery Outing

Halloween Mystery Outing for Cullohill Alter Servers and Junior Choir, and Durrow Alter boys: Bank holiday Monday. Bus leaving outside Cullohill school at 10.45 am and Durrow church car park at 11.00 am. Returning at 5.30 pm. Halloween dress necessery.


Special Liturgical Ministers for November in Durrow Church

Saturday night: Mai Bowe, Kay Mahoney, Rose Woods                                        Reader: Niamh Lalor

Sunday Morning: Bridget Conroy, Liam Kavannagh, Kathleen Sheeran                Reader: Margaret Dunne

                    October is the month of the Holy Rosary. Please remember to pray in your homes.


Church Cleaning

Thanks to Raheenleigh/Castle/Ross districts for cleaning Cullohill Church during the month of October. The Ballynevin locality will care for it during November.


Mission Sunday – Sunday 18th October

Thanks to all who contributed to thhe missin collection. Please support Durrow/Cullohill Apostolic Society exhibition.