25th / 26th October 1997                                                                                                                                               Price 30p




It is love and love alone that makes life bearable. Lifts it from the commonplace and makes it beautiful. Gives to it a meaning and a motive  high and fine – toughing it with something that is more than half divine.


No-one wants to weep with you if you are always sad. Lonely you will never be if you are brave and glad. Search the clouds. You’re bound to spot a gleam of light to follow. Though today looks grim and grey. Remember there’s a tomorrow.



Durrow / Cullohill Community Alert Association wish to appeal to parents not to allow their children to use bangers or fire-crackers during the Halloween period. Bangers and fire-crackers are dangerous and a number of children have received eye, hand and facial injuries from their use.

Last year elderly people were terrified by the use of bangers and fire crackers, we would ask that elderly citizens be treated with a bit of respect instead of terrifying them.

The Gardai would also like to bring to the notice of parents that bangers and fireworks are illegal. Their use will not be tollerated. This notice should be taken as a warning.

The Community Alert Association advises that all houses should have at least one Smoke Alarm fitted and in working order. A Smoke Alarm for a fiver could save lives.

The Community Alert Association wish all a safe and happy Halloween period.



Application forms from Laois Co. Council, Local Authority Housing Section are now available in the Durrow Development Forum Office. Tel: 0502 – 36526. 31 people in our area have indicated a need for housing during our recent survey. Now is the time to apply.  Application Forms are also available at Durrow Post Office.

Community Development Course

40 people from all over the County are taking part in a 10 week Community Development Course, N.C.V.A. accredited by Waterford R.T.C. in the Boys’ School, Durrow, commencing on Saturday 1st November for 3 hour sessions.

City & Guilds Computers and Computing Course

Application Forms are available from our Office, Boys’ School, Durrow, for the above course being run in January by Laois Leader. If sufficient applicants apply, this course can take place in Durrow. There is a choice of morning or evening classes.


FOR SALE: Red and Green “Giro” cycling helmet. Bought new. Perfect condition. Contact 0502 – 37256 after 7.00 p.m.




On October 12th a highly successful Arts & Crafts Exhibition was hosted by the Community Development Group of D.D.F. in the Boys’ School Durrow, highlighting the immense talents of local Crafts people and Artists. Congratulary speeches were made by Sean Flemming T.D., Ger Deering, Manager, Laois Leader, Muireann Ni Connall, Laois Arts Officer and Councillor Eamon Rafter. It was officially opened by Lord Mayor, Jack Murphy.

Teagas Walking Route Programme

On Wednesday 12th November, Teagas are holding a meeting in Durrow, part of an ongoing programme on Tourism, Angling and Walks within the County. Over 40 people will attend and the Durrow Development Forum will be represented there.

Durrow Development Forum have secured funding from the Department of Social Welfare for the purchase of a new computer to be used as a Community Resource from an office in the Boys School.

Environmental News

The Environmental Exhibition “Heritage Towns of Ireland” was held and very well received over the October 11th weekend. Next Exhibition “Interesting Insects” will be on show in the Boys School, Durrow, during the Mid-Term break, from Wednesday 29th October to Friday 7th November, daily from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Looking forward to seeing all the families in the Parish taking an interest. Admission FREE. We would be delighted to hold the Environmental Exhibitions in other areas, if interested please contact 0502 – 36526.

Recycling Information

Recycling information in D.D.F. office, please drop in. The Blue Skip in the Church Carpark, Durrow, to be used for collection of Glass Bottles & Cans. Please wash out any food and bag the cans.


MARION CAMPION SALON will be closed as from November 8th. Marian would like to thank all her customers for their custom through all the years and wish them the best of luck.


APOSTOLIC SOCIETY – A Raffle will be held in aid of the Parish Apostolic Society. The draw will take place at their Display and Sale of Work in Durrow on Sunday 16th November. Your support would be appreciated. Donations of Chalice and Pix would be much appreciated.



Cullohill Macra wish to thank those who supported the table quiz which was held recently.
The club was represented in a 7-A-Side soccer tournament in Stradbally and were narrowly defeated by the home team in the final. The players received runner-up medals.

The next meeting will be held in O’Connell’s Lounge on Thursday 30th October at 9.30 p.m. New members welcome.


DURROW PARISH LOTTO: Jackpot £1,050 on Monday night. Draw in The Nore Nets at 10.30 p.m.




The Lions Soccer Club 7th Annual South East Draw, with over £80,000 in prizes, commences on 2nd Friday in November, 14th. Tickets are on sale at £20 or £5 per month for four months. Anyone wishing to buy a ticket should contact the Club. This is a very good draw for the Lions with many great winners, in February ’96 Pat brennan, Attanagh won a New Car. Several other prizes were won that year and ten prizes last year.

To ensure your ticket is in the draw please have them in before the 10th November. More details from South East Draw Secretary Martin Lawlor.

Soccer News

The Lions A team were defeated 2 – 1 by Bagenalstown in the league on 12th October, while on 19th October the Lions defeated Innistioge Utd. by 5 – 3 in the Maher Shield. Scorers P. Shortall 2, S. Woods 1, B. Shortall 1, A. Campion 1.
The Lions B Team defeated Clover by 4 – 0 in their Division 3 league game.
On Sunday 26th the Lions B play Tullaroan in the league.

Table Quiz

Lions Soccer Club hold a Table Quiz in Carroll’s Nore Nets on Halloween night, 31st October, at 9.00 p.m. Table of 4 – 310. valuable prizes.



As part of our 10th anniversary celebrations, we are running a Photographic Competition on 21st November, in the Nore Nets, at 9.00 p.m. The prizes are: 1st – £50, 2nd – £30, 3rd – £20.
Also on the night we will unveil our new club logo, which was designed especially for us by Sheppard marketing & Design.

Competition Rules

1. All amateur photographers are invited to enter (free).
2. The theme is Architecture of Durrow.
3. Photographs to be 6″ x 4″.
4. maximum of 5 photographs per entry.
5. Your name and address to be on the back of each photograph.
6. The closing date is the 14th November 1997.
7. Photographs for entry to be sent to The Camera Club, c/o Durrow Post Office.
8. The Judge’s decision is FINAL.
9. Photographs may be retained for reproduction.
10. It’s a condition of entry that entrants abide by the RULES.

Congratulations to Claire Doyle, who is the winner of the 1997 Grand Shield. Runner-up was Jonatham walsh. well done to both.


CONGRATULATIONS to Julie (Dollard) and Danny Duggan, Navan, on the birth of a daughter, Gemma.

CONGRATULATIONS to Graine McEvoy, Cullohill, who celebrated her 21st Birthday recently.

CONGRATULATIONS to Joe Whyte, Cullohill and Marlene Hodkinson, Limerick, on their recent marriage.

GET WELL WISHES  to Paddy Sullivan, Ballykealy, who has had a kidney transplant operation at Beaumount Hospital, Dublin.

GET WELL WISHES to Tommy Byrne, Patrick Street, Durrow, who is recovering from surgery in St. Jame’s Hospital, Dublin.

SYMPATHY is extended to the O’Brien family, Mill Road, Durrow, on their recent bereavement.


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National Fire Prevention Week, from 27th October to 1st November, highlights the nations need to be very concious of the dangers of fire, and methods of fire prevention.

Over 80% of the call outs in Co. Laois are to deal with domestic fires, mainly chimneys. These are caused mainly by dirty chimneys.

Each household is asked to get their chimneys cleaned properly before the very cold weather, and maybe a call out for the Fire Brigade will be prevented.

As part of Fire Prevention Week, Durrow Fire Brigade will open the Fire Station to the public on Wednesday night, 29th October, from 8.oo to 10.00 p.m. Fire Personnel will be available to demonstrate Fire Prevention methods and equipment which they use for call outs.

In the event of ever needing the Fire Service please ring 999, ask for the service and then call your Local Brigade.



A group of local musicians and dancers left for Germany on 23rd October to take part in Concerts which have been arranged for them throughout Germany. Those taking part are Freddie Townsend, Robbie Campion, Catriona Phelan, marian Campion, Claire Donohue, Claire Lacey, Joyce Donohue, Ruth Campion, Paddy Loughlin and Hanna Drennan. The remaining members of the group are from Kilkenny, Johnstown and Tipperary. This group were in Germany last Halloween and were invited back again.



Progressive 25 takes place at the Centre every Wednesday night at 8.30 p.m. sharp. results of last two weeks:

Wednesday 15th – Bill Walsh & Jack Fitzpatrick (11 games). Jim duggan & Watt Delahunty, Pat Bowden & Jimmy Mahony, Padraig Henderson & Ml. Dunphy, Larry Mahony & Tom Corrigan, 9 games all.

Wednesday 22nd – Paddy & Mary Teresa Delaney (11 games). rev Fr. l. Dunphy & Henry, Rita McEvoy & Molly Dollard, Sean Delaney & Pad Ddunphy, 9 games all.

Raffle winners: P. Duggan & P. Sullivan, J. Duggan & Fr. Lar Dunphy.

You are earnestly requested to support the Community Centre Committee in their efforts to run the hall. membership fees are now due so that everyone using the hall is covered by insurance.

AEROBICS: New session commencing on Monday 3rd November. Everyone welcome to come along.

SET DANCING: Classes for children every Saturday morning at 11.00 a.m. at the Centre.



A group of interested adults met last Friday night and agreed to undergo a training programme with Ossory Youth services with the view to setting up a Youth Club in the Community Centre.
Training will commence on Thursday night, 6th November, in the Centre. If you would like to help and be trained as a youth leader, please give your name to Margaret Delaney.



On the 2nd October the girls played Shanahoe in Cullohill. final score: Durrow 6 – 4, Shanahoe 4 – 4. On Thursday 9th they had their final match in the League against Newtown girls, in Newtown. This game was played in appalling weather conditions, muck and rain. Final score: Durrow 4 – 4, Newtown 0 – 4. After winning all their matches they are through to the final which will be played on Sunday 9th November in Portlaoise against Derrylamogue.
Team: Elaine Dowling, Aine Lawlor, Aodain Phelan, Mary Cleary, Elaine Mahony, Sarah Freeman, Aoife Donohue. Subs: Susan Purcell, Catherine Walshe, Marie Clancy, Aoife Phelan, Claire Dunne, Annette Feehan and Kate Freeman. Best of luck girls.


SYMPATHY is extended to Mrs Collier Snr., Prospect, on the death of her brother-in-law Sean Finn, dublin.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Flanagan family, late of Castle St., Durrow, on their recent bereavement.