26th/27th September, 1998                                                                                                                                Price 30p





Birthdays seem to bring to mind our childhood memories – and to wake an echo of forgotten melodies. Happy birthdays of the past! The heart recalls once more the parties and the presents and the postman at the door. happy birthdays of the future! many may there be, bringing blessings of contentment and felicity.



What is the meaning of life and of living?
The joy and the torment, the taking, the giving?
Love is the answer, the power and the glory.
Life without love is a meaningless story.
Love is the light on the untrodden road,
Our hope and salvation, the hearts true abode.



A Sponsored Walk to provide extension to Durrow Christmas Lighting, in conjunction with Durrow Development Forum, will be held on Sunday October 4th at 12.00 p.m. from the Church carpark. Sponsorship cards available from Julie Lalor.

The route will be up the main Cork Road to Capponellan Wood, through the wood and down the Derry Road.

Your support is needed to complete the Christmas lighting in Durrow this year. do come out and join us on the day, and help make Durrow a brighter place this Christmas.



Heywood Community School Fundraising Committee are holding a 10 week Silver Circle with £6,000 in prizes. first draw will be held on Monday October 5th in the school. A special draw for £100 for fully paid up members . Proceeds of this draw will be used exclusively for new canteen and changing facilities.

Draw Dates

Two draws will be held on each of the following dates: Monday October 5th at 8.00 p.m. – Monday October 19th at 8.00 p.m – Monday November 2nd at 8.00 p.m. –  Monday November 16th at 8.00 p.m. –  Monday November 30th at 8.00 p.m.

Weekly Prizes

1st Prize – £200, 2nd Prize – £150, 3rd Prize – £100, 4th Prize – £75, 5th Prize – £50, 6th Prize – £25.

Each family is asked to make a special effort to promote this draw over the 10 weeks and make it a success.


Durrow Apostolic Society resumed its meetings on Monday 21st September. The Annual Display & Cake Sale is on November 1st next. Your support for the Missions will be gratefully received.


Congratulations to Ger Delaney, Cullohill and Connie Bergin, Gurteen, Cullohill on their recent engagement.

Congratulations to Siobhan (nee Bergin) and Herve Gueltas on the birth of a son, Luka Anthony.

Congratulations to Noleen and Donal Carroll, Mary Street, Durrow, on the birth of a son, Daniel.




Durrow Womens Group members please note that the meeting this month is on Wednesday October 7th.

At the meeting Aidan of A & A’s Hairdressers Salon in Portlaoise will give a talk on hair care and general grooming and will do a make-over on two members of the audience. This meeting is at the Castle Arms Hotel at 8.30 p.m. New members welcome. £1 cover-charge.



Progressive 25 Results:

Sunday 13th September – 1st Martin Mahony & Peadar Duggan, 2nd Paddy Delaney & Mary Teresa Delaney. Money Back – Kieran mcneill & Michael Fitzpatrick, Tommy Whyte & Tom Corrigan. Raffle winners – Martin Quinlan & Margaret Phelan.

Sunday 20th September – Joint Winners: Joe Sheil & Paddy lalor, Paddy Delaney & Paddy Mooney, Pierce Kavanagh & Henry O’Grady, Paddy Lalor & Mick Lalor. Raffle winners Michael Fitzpatrick and Patty Fitzpatrick.

Card game continues every Sunday night at 9.00 p.m. Next weeks game is in aid of I.C.A. Guild Funds. Your support is greatly appreciated.


Sympathy is extended to Mrs. Kathleen Bishop, Bishopswood, Durrow on the death of her mother in England.


Congratulations to all the Junior Cert. Students who received their results last Wednesday. We wish them well in their future studies.

Congratulations to Stephanie and Declan Phelan, Castle Street, Durrow, on the birth of a daughter, Aoife.



The A.G.M. of the Durrow Carnival Committee, which was cancelled recently due to very poor attendance has been reset for Tuesday 29th September. The venue is the C.Y.M.S. Old Boys School at 9.00 p.m. sharp.

It is vitally important that every club, organisation and individual who is interested in the continuation of the Carnival attend this meeting.

It will be impossible for the committee to organise any future Carnivals if they don’t get the support of everyone at this meeting on Tuesday, 29th September.



The first round of the Eddie Moore Memorial Shield took place recently. The competition this year has a new format – each club member can enter up to three 10″ x 8″. This format has proved to be  an instant success as 18 top class prints were entered. The theme was “Landscape”.

Results: 1st Breda Kelly, 2nd Eugene Meegan, 3rd Eugene Meegan, 4th Paul Cashin, Joint 5th Paul Cashin and Pat Farrell.

Points to date after one competition: Breda Kelly 10 points, Eugene Meegan 10 points, Paul Cashin 4.5 points, Pat Farrell 1.5 points.

The theme of the next round is “Portrait” and will be judged in February.


Congratulations to Aengus Dunphy, Graiguegarron, Rathdowney and Margaret Kavanagh, Gurteen, on their recent marriage.




Senior Hurling Championship Final

 It was a bitterly sad day for the Harps Senior Hurling team and their huge number of supporters when they narrowly lost to Portlaoise in a great County Final. Leading for fifty nine minutes the Harps lost out by 2 points that were scored in the final minutes. Great credit is due to the panel, their trainer John burke and selectors, for their tremendous efforts. The Harps lost by 0-13 to 0-11.

Camoige U/16 Final

Harps U/16 Camoige team were defeated by Camross in the County Final. 2-2 to 0-5, on Saturday 19th September. The girls played a great game throughout but this team had very young players on it, so the strong Camross team won out in the end. well done to all the players and mentors to reach the final.



Boys Football

Durrow V Knockmay – Score: Knockmay 2-4, Durrow 0-3. Scorers: Paul Kenna 0-1, Stephen Thomas 0-1, Lee Campion 0-1. Team: Colin Dooley, goalie. Backs: Justin Brophy, Stephen Shortall. Half-backs: Simon Dwyer, Bernard Dunphy (Capt.), Conor McCann. Midfield: Paul Kenna, Lee Campion. Half forwards: Steven Thomas, Liam Lacey, Shane Donohue. Forwards: Padraig Dunphy, Jonathan Boyne. Subs: Darren Lynch, Ian Doogue, James Donohue, Shawn Healy, Seamus Clancy, Craig Parkinson, Liam Dowling.

Durrow V Ballyroan – Score: Durrow 3-6, Ballyroan 3-14. Scorers: Darren Lynch 2-0, Bernard Dunphy 1-1, Liam Lacey 0-2, Lee Campion 0-3. Team: Jonathan Boyne, goalie. Backs: Seamus Clancy, Justin Brophy. Half-backs: Conor McCann, Paul Kenna, Padraig Dunphy. Midfield: Bernard Dunphy (Capt.), Liam Lacey. Half forwards: Shane Donohue, Lee Campion, Sean Healy. Forwards: Liam Dowling, Darren Lynch. Subs: James Donohue, Craig Parkinson, Ian Doogue.

The remaining matches will be against Rath and Ballinakill.

Girls Football

Friday 18th September the Girls Football team played Ballinakill. Score Durrow 5-3, Ballinakill 3-3.

Thursday 24th September played Mountrath. Score Durrow 4-3, Mountrath 1-4. Scorers for Durrow: Vicki Donohue, Kate Freeman, Marie Brophy, Veronica Boyhan, Susan Purcell and Carol Cleary.

Team: Tina Dunne, Lisa Dooley, Cathy Walsh, Michelle Thornton, Susan Purcell, Carol Cleary, Veronica Boyhan, Marie Brophy, Vicki Donohue, Kate Freeman, Rita Jacob, Claire Ann Alley, Yasmin Dempsey, Elma Walshe, Catriona Sheeran and Claire Phelan.

Remaining matches will be against Emo and Rath.



Congratulations to Orla Ryan, Durrow, who won Gold in the U/14 Breast Stroke in the All Ireland Finals in Mosney.

Also congratulations to Sarah Ryan, Durrow and Dennis Kells, Durrow and Sean Bourke, Cullohill, who did the area proud in their respective events in Mosney.


Aerobic Classes back for the winter so keep your Monday nights free for Cullohill Community Centre. Classes start on Monday 28th Sept. at 9.00 p.m. All welcome so make the effort to feel good for the winter. Looking forward to seeing you there. Theresa Delahunty.


Thank You to the Cullohill FAS team for the lovely job they did on the Maynbog Bridge, the Church and School Grounds and the Community Centre walls and doors.


For Sale: 3 Piece Sitting Suite (Dusty Pink), Lady & Gents chairs. Good condition. Reasonable. Contact 0502-36289.


Congratulations to Bill and Mary (Nee Dunphy) O’Toole, Shanahoe, on the birth of a son.




All sections of Scouts will resume meetings on Friday next, 2nd October, in Presentation Centre. Parents please note change of times for meetings, they are as follows: Beavers – 6.30 to 7.30 p.m. Cubs – 7.30 to 8.30 p.m. Scouts – 8.30 to 9.30 p.m.

Everyone will get written notice and details before Friday next.

Leaders Wanted There is a shortage of leaders in the Scout section. We wouls ask parents, men and women, to consider giving one hour of your time per month for your childrens benifit. If you feel you can help in any way, please contact Martin Walsh for more details.


Dancing Classes will commence on Monday 28th September, from 4.20 p.m. to 5.20 p.m. sharp. Venue: Durrow Badminton Hall. Cost £2 for one child, £3 for two children. Children only allowed in the hall during classes.



Bernie Brennan would like to thank all those who so generously supported the Coffee Day in aid of Laois Hospice Care. A total of £180 was raised. Many thanks to all.



The Lions Soccer team had a great 2-0 victory over St. James United, Dublin in the Leinster Junior Cup first round at the newly refurbished Lions soccer pitch at Cork Road, Durrow. Scorers were Aengus Campion and Paul Shortall. The game was very tough with three players  being sent off and several other players booked.



The Tidy Towns results were published last week. Durrow got 225 marks, an improvement of only three marks on last year.

We must thank the FAS team, Joe Donohue and the Students for keeping Durrow so well this summer. A far greater effort from the community is needed to improve the marks and keep the town looking well.

Laois Tidy Towns –  Competition 1998

This year Laois County Council have set up a County Competition for which 34 applications have been received. Judging will take place on Wednesday next, 30th Septamber. We ask residents to please clean footpaths and kerbs in your own area for this judging as FAS cannot do any of this work.



For all your videos call to Walsh’s Newsagents, Carrigan Street, Durrow. Top videos: As Good As It Gets, Desperate Measures, Jackie Brown, Flubber and The Man In The Iron Mask.


Good Luck to Brian Shortall and the Laois Minor Football team on Sunday in the All Ireland Final.