26th / 27th April, 1997                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Price 30p




Every dawn is a miracle. We wake to life once more. Every morn is a key that opens yet another door. Every day is a precious gift that God bestows on you and an opportunity to prove yourself anew.


Life upon this little globe is just an episode. A journey, and we pass but once along this bit of road. So do to others as you would that they should do to you. You will not come this way again. You’re only passing through.


Durrow Badminton Club are holding a CABARET in Gerri’s Bar on Saturday 3rd May in aid of Norri Burke (Smeaton) Fund for a heart and lung transplant. Music by Creagh Family. Subscription £1 on door. Donations can be handed in to Evelyn Clancy or Margaret Tobin.


A Coffee Evening & Bring And Buy, will be held in the Presentation Centre on Saturday 10th May, before and after 7.00 p.m. Mass, and on Sunday 11th may after 11.00 a.m. Mass. Raffle prizes will include a meal for two, bottles, etc.


The Harps Ladies U16 football team have had two matches recently and although beaten in both, the girls showed great commitment, as these were their first games.

We would like to thank everyone who helped get the Ladies Football Club off the ground and just say well done to our young lady players.

The club is joining with the Harps Camoige Club in a sponsored Walk on Sunday 27th April  (this Sunday). Your support will be much appreciated.


Following the success of this year’s course we are pleased to announce that a similar course will take place in the next academic year.

The course which is NCVA Certified consists of:

(A) Full-time course for Post Leaving Students

(B) Part-time course (mornings) for Mature Students.

An Open Night will be held on Wednesday 30th April at 8.00 p.m. Application forms and further information will be available on the night, or from the Secretary, Heywood Community School, Ballinakill, Co. Laois. Phone 0502-33314.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Jacob family, Newtown, Durrow, on their recent bereavement.

SYMPATHY  is extended to the Guilfoyle family, Mary Street,  Durrow, on their recent bereavement.



Cullohill girls had a great game against Abbeyleix, but unfortunately lost. The score ended Abbeyleix 4 – 02 to Cullohill 1 – 00. Ashling Dunne scored the goal. Best players: Aine Mahony, Caroline Delaney, Zarah Delaney, Joan Dollard, Eimear Dollard and Elaine mahony.

The boys also played Abbeyleix and came home with a victory. The score was Cullohill 6 – 02 to Abbeyleix 3 – 00. All played a good game.


In order to organise classes for the school year 1997 – 1998, in the newly amalgamated Primary School, it is essential that each boy and girl enrol by Tuesday may 13th. enrolement forms are available from both Primary Schools. One per child is necessary.

Best wishes to the 1st Class girls and boys who will make their First Holy Communion on Saturday 3rd May. We hope they have a lovely day and our prayers will be with them. They are: Alan Tynan, Shane Parkinson, Keith Cashin, Karri Donohue, Shane McCann, Dean Lacumbre, Michael Lanigan, Laura Thornton, Callum Creegan, Thomas Kearney, Pat Walshe, John Clear, Eirin Dunne, Brian Clancy, Lisa Buckley and Jamie Drennan.

Results of April Draw in our Silver Circle:

£100 – Susan Monahan, Erkindale Drive, Durrow.
£50 – Rev. Fr. Dunphy P.P.
£10 – Paula Bowden, Cullohill.
£10 – marian Phelan, Cork Road, Durrow.
£10 – Bill Mooney, Fermoyle.
£10 – Denise Delaney, Cardtown, Mountrath.
£10 Terence Jacob Jnr. Newtown, Durrow.

Thank you for your support to date.

CONGRATULATIONS to Adella Meally, Cullohill, who was overall winner in the Senior Section of the Traditional Music category at the All-Ireland Accordian Festival held at the West County Hotel, Ennis recently.

CONGRATULATIONS to Sean and Sheila Keown, St. Fintan’s Terrace, Durrow on the birth of a son.


Cullohill Bridge Club Invitation Night was held on 24th April when the club entertained Freshford, Durrow, Johnstown and Conahy clubs. 48 prizes were presented in all. First Prize winners were: T. Norton and E. Phelan, Johnstown. F. Campion and A. Fitzpatrick, Durrow. B. Duggan and F. D’Arcy, Cullohill. M. Gibbons and J. Rhatigan, Cullohill. M. Walshe and A. Dowling, Johnstown.


The closing date for applications for Durrow Summer Camp has passed and we find Group 1 has two vacancies, Group 2 has 18 vacancies and Group 3 has 16 vacancies. For insurance purposes we can only take a set number into each group, so anyone interested should apply immediately with £5 deposit.

The list of Activities for each group will be distributed to all children involved, very shortly, with the balance due on it, to be paid before the Camp starts.

ACCOMODATION –  Durrow Carnival Committee ask anyone interested in doing B & B for the Fleadh Weekend or Carnival Weekend to contact martin Walsh, 0502 – 36456, as soon as possible.



 Sunday 27th April – Mary Lalor, Jonathan Walsh and Joyce Donohue.

Weekend 10th / 11th May – Saturday evening: Angela Drennan, Sharon lynch and Jason Walsh.

Sunday morning – Pat Walsh, Eoin Lalor and Niall Donohue.

Cullohill Sellers

Saturday 10th May – Patricia Dunphy, Imelda Galvin, Louise Mahony.

Sunday 11th may – Orla Phelan, Catriona Phelan, Aileen Holland.



 The Older Scout Section (Section A) took part in an overnight hike last weekend (18 / 19th  April) approx. 24 Scouts and Leaders attended. We left the Scout Hall at 11.30 p.m. and made our way up the Ballagh and across Capponellan Wood to an old stone hut in the forest, where we had food and a hot drink. The food was interrupted by the telling of a few ghost stories, but those finished when a mysterious face was spotted at the window – who was the owner of this handsome visage which suddenly appeared?

The hike continued across Capponellan via Ballykealy cross roads where a decision was democratically taken to continue on to Aharney. Some of our more adventurous Scouts and Leaders decided that this walk was just not long enough for them, so they headed for Lisdowney – when they discovered no refreshments were available – after all it was 3.30 a.m. – we all headed back home to Durrow. Everyone seemed to enjoy the night, and everyone was certainly tired.

Medal Of Merit Award

Congratulations to Martin Walsh who received the Scout Association of Ireland Medal of Merit, for outstanding Service to Scouting, at a Scout Investiture in Durrow recently. The award was presented by Justin maher S.A.I. Regional Officer from Kilkenny.

Congratulations to Emma Sheppard, Joanne Hennesy, Paul cashin and Bobby Campion who were invested as Leaders in the S.A.I at the same ceremony.

Thanks is extended to Fr. Tobin who celebrated Mass and also to Angela and Mary from the Parents Committee who organised the ceremony plus the refreshments afterwards.

Special Congratulations to all Scouts who were invested the same night.


The club’s Black & White Competition takes place on Monday 28th April. All entries must be on the Club premises at 8.30 p.m.

Congratulations to club members Eugene Meegan and Martin Walsh who recently climbed Ireland’s highest peak – Carrauntoohill.


The Carnival Committee are holding a Sponsored Walk / Cycle on Sunday 4th May. This is a joint fundraising venture between local clubs and the committee. 50% of proceeds go to participating clubs, and 50% to the committee. The cycle route is the same as previous years and the walk route is Durrow Square, Dunmore river and forest walk, returning to Durrow.

There will be a draw for a Mountain Bike and other numerous prizes.

 Please support this event by taking part in the cycle, or if you prefer a nice stroll come along on the walk. cards are available at the moment and check in time will be 1.00 p.m. in the Green, with the events taking place at 1.30 p.m.

At the moment the committee is working hard organizing the Carnival Weekend, which will take place from 25th – 27th July, and also organizing the laois Fleadh Cheoil, which will take place on the June Bank Holiday Weekend in Durrow. It is intended to hold a Parade on the Sunday. Participants of the Fleadh will be marching along with local clubs and organizations. we also hope to have various floats in the parade. We would be most grateful for local support in this event.


A meeting will be held on Tuesday 6th may at 8.30 p.m. in the Castle Arms Hotel. Ms. Grainne O’Donnell from The Money Advisory Centre, Portlaoise, will give a talk on Budgeting and Family Finances. All are welcome.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Delahunty family, the Square, Durrow, on their recent bereavement.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Sheil family, Oldtown, Cullohill, on their recent bereavement.



The Harps U/21 team went down in the first round of the Hurling Championship to a stronger Ballinakill team.

The Harps Senior Hirling team also went down to Ballinakill by one point in the League.

The Harps Junior B team had a good win over Ballacolla in the League.

On Saturday 3rd may a Harps team is going to Carlow to take part in the Carlow Elevens Tournament.

The Harps Camoige & Ladies Football Club are having a Sponsored Hill Walk in Cullohill, on this Sunday 27th April, starting at the Community Centre at 3.00 p.m. Anybody who wishes to walk with the girls, is very welcome to come along.

As this Sponsored Walk is our main fundraiser for both clubs, we would ask all interested in the clubs to give their full support to the walk. Sponsorship Cards are still available.


The Durrow Boys’ School played St. Pauls, Portlaoise. Although defeated the boys played an excellent game. Forwards, backs and midfield all came together to make a great team effort. Only one point behind at half time, the score was leveled early in the second half. The sides remained level until 3 minutes to go, despite a surge by the Portlaoise forwards the game was only lost in the last minutes. Excellent for Durrow were Bernard Dunphy (back), John Brophy (midfield), Lee Donohue (forward) and Jonathan Stapleton.

THE IRISH CANCER SOCIETY’S Daffodil Day collection for Durrow / Cullohill amounted to £1,250. many thanks to all who contributed so generously or helped at the Coffee Morning.

FOR SALE : Summer Cabbage Plants F1 Hybrid. Phone 0502 – 36211 or 088 – 635629

WANTED: A Good Home for a 12 weeks old pup. Phone 0502 – 36484.

COADY CONSTRUCTION supplies Tar-macadam or Tar Chipped. All work guaranteed. Contact Pat Coady, Maudlin, Castlecomer at 088 – 579918.


The 1997 G.A.A. Summer Camp is open to all boys and girls from 2nd to 6th class. Cost: £15 per child (with family reduction), which includes T-Shirt, baseball cap, Folder and pen. £25 for two, £30 for three, £35 for four family members.

Activities include coaching of Gaelic Football, Hurling, Mini Games, Skill Competitions, Handball, Rounders, Quizzes, Indoor Hurling, Hot Shot Ring, Videos and Full Care Situation.

Venues: Heywood Community School – 1st to 4th July (Hurling, Camoige & Football). Rathdowney – 8th to 11th July (Hurling, Camoige, One day football optional).

Those are the local venues, it will also be held in The Heath, Stradbally, Portlaoise, Crettyard, Mountmellick and Mountrath.

Conducted by: Noel Delaney and Siobhan reynolds. application Forms will be available through your school in the near future.


  1. Temporary Clerical Position in Portlaoise
  2. Jobstart Chiropodist’s Receptionist – Mountrath. No experience necessary
  3. General Office Worker – Monasterevin. Experience with computers necessary
  4. Waitress – Durrow
  5. Bar Person wanted – Portlaoise
  6. Security Person – Portlaoise
  7. Plasterer – Mountrath
  8. General Building Worker – Mountrath

Contact local FAS Office for further details – Phone 0502 – 36376.