26th/27th June, 1993. Price: 30p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled by The Durrow Scouts

I said a prayer for you today

I said a prayer for you today
and know God must have heard.
I felt the answer in my heart
Altho’ he spoke not a word.
I didn’t ask for wealth or fame
(I knew you wouldn’t mind)
I asked him to send treasures
Of a far more lasting kind.
I prayed that He’d be near you
At the start of each new day,
To grant you health and blessings
And friends to share your way.
I asked for happiness for you
In all things great and small
But it was for his loving care
I prayed the most of all.


Durrow Credit Union

On 3rd of June Mr Tony Burke, Field Officer, Visited Durrow Credit Union on his yearly visit. Mr Burke spent the day at the office where he checked out all the books and ledgers. Mr Burke complimented all the Board on their dedication and in particular the Treasurer on her hard work in keeping all books in such good order. He hoped that Durrow Credit Union continues to grow as it has done in the last year.
Mr Oliver Clooney was nominated as the Credit Union representative for the fourth-coming Laois Enterprise Board being established by the Minister for Enterprise and Employment.


Friends of The General Hospital, Portlaoise, Durrow Branch, thank most sincereily the Durrow & District for their recent donation of £50 to Friends of the Hospital. It is greatfully appreciated.


Durrow Parish Lotto

Results of Lotto for last four weeks as follows;

Monday 31st May: £200 Jackpot won by Betty Walsh, Erkindale.
Monday 7th June: No Jackpot won. Draw for £50 was won by Carmel Palmer, Ballyouskill.
Monday 14th June: £400 Jackpot won by Sean O’Brien, c/o Meadow Meats, Rathdowney.
Monday 21st June: Jackpot, increased to £250, not won. Draw for £50 was won by Bridie Donohue, Patrick Street, Durrow.

Next Lotto draw on Monday 28th June in Keenan’s Lounge. Jackpot £450


Castle Arms Hotel

Fabulous 60’s Disco on Sunday 27th June. Great night assured. Admission £4.


Talent Competition

The list leg of the Durrow Inn Talent Competition was held on Friday 11th June. The following are the results:

Irish Dancing Section: Elizabeth Moore
Ballad Group Section: Bam Boys, Clonking Trio X2.
Male Solo Section:Ned O’Brien, Joe Delaney, Ballyragget.
Female Solo Section: Madoline Byrne, Castlecomer, Elizabeth Gorman, Ballinakill.
Other Section: Laurance Bacon.

The 2nd leg of the Talent Competition will take place in Durrow Inn on Friday night, 25th June, at 9.30 pm. This competition will be for set dancers and all the sets will compete for the right to compete in the final.


Durrow Tidy Towns

The Duck Derby which was to take place on this Sunday 27th June to==had to be postponed due to bad conditions along the river banks as a result of the wet weather. The Derby will now take place on Friday 23rd July at 7 pm. Ducks can be bought for £2 each or three for £5.

The Tidy Towns recently held a colouring competition in Our Lady’s Meadow and The Holy Familiy P.S and the winners who were judged by Ned O’Brien are as follows:
Holy Family Boys School: 2nd Class – Michael Gaughan
3rd Class – John Phelan
4th Class – Kevin Shortall
5th Class – Johnathon Walsh
6th Class – Brian Shortall

The winners in the Boys School were each presented with a football.

Our Lady’s Meadow P.S: Infants – Vicki Donohue
1st Class – Catherine Walsh
2nd Class – Orlaith Ryan
3rd Class – Lisa Clancy
4th Class – Niamh Dunphy
5th Class – Marie Lalor
6th Class – Evelyn Kenny

The winners in the Girls school will be presented with their prizes before they close for the Summer Holidays


Alleys Sale

Call and see reductions in all Sunner clothing.
All footwear reduced – some at half price and less to clear.
Please support local Business.
Support your local Sale.



Congratulations to Ellen Sullivan who celebrates her 21st birthday this weekend.
Congratulations to Fr. John Bowe, Rathmakelly, on his Ordination to the priesthood.
Congratulations to Margaret Fitzpatrick, Tubberboe, who celebrated her 21st birthday recently.



Sympathy is extended to the Kavannagh Family, Cork Rd, Durrow, on their recent bereavement.


Holy Family Boy’s N.S.

In the recent swimming Gala in Kilkenny 3 boys from the Holy Family school won bronze medals. These were Shane Brophy, Tomas Woods and Emmet Dunne.

In the Community Games in Mountmellick on 20th June the Holy Family school won 3 Silver medals. The winners were John Phelan, Emmet Dunne and Tony Woods. The replay team came 3rd and each received a bronze medal – Tony Woods, David Dunne, Emmet Dunne, Tomas Woods and Brian Purcell.

In the school seven a side league the team led by David Dunne were victorious. Other members of the team were: Eoin Lalor, Leo Feehan, Ciaran Mooney, Emmett Dunne, Evan Grogan, Ciaran Walshe. Brian Shortall team were beaten in the final.

The following are poems composed by pupils in 2nd and 3rd class;

The Bee

by Jason O’Regan, 2nd Class

I heard a bee byond the tree
And as I stopped to see
He flew down gently to my lap
Oh with such a fright I began to slap

The bee flew up without a care,
For a minute I thought he was in my hair
But as I watched him fly away
I thought, “How great, now I can Play”.

The Bee

by James Holland, 2nd Class

I was in the garden one day
When I heard a buzzing noise coming my way,
The noise came closer and closer
I could not see a thing
Then I saw a bee,
He gave me such a sting.

The Bee

 by John Phelan – 3rd Class

The honey bees are busy
Gathering nectar from the flowers
Always buzzing to and fro
In between the Summer Showers.

The Queen bee is fat and bossy
She gives the orders in her house,
And she never brings the nectar
From the flowers to the comb.

The Bee

 by James Campion, 3rd class.

Where ever you find flowers,
That’s where you find me,
My colour is black and amber
And I’m a busy little bee.

We’re the nicest little creatures,
That you have ever seen,
We work all day in our little hive,
Making honey for the Queen.


Durrow Community Council

The Annual General Meeting of Durrow Community Council took place on Monday 14th June.

The following officers were elected:

President: John Cashin
Vice-President: Eugene O’Hallaran
Chairperson: Mick Donohue
Vice-Chairperson: Pauraic Mahony
Secretary: Anne Vaugh
Assistant Secretary: Bridie O’Brien
Treasurer: Oliver Clooney
P.R.O: Helen Mooney



Reliable Girl available to babysit during Summer holidays. Contact 36211


Guitar Lessons

Guitar Lessons for beginners. Phone David at 36188.


Durrow & District Camera Club

A competition on the clubs recent outing to Donegal was held at our meeting on Monday night last. Over 35 prints and slides were entered, all of a high standard. Winners include:

1st – Frank Campion
2nd – Frank Campion
3rd – Martin Walsh


Scout News

The troop went on a dusk to dawn hike on last weekend. 18 Scouts and 3 leaders took off at 11.30 pm on Saturday night and hike over the Ballach via Capponellan, Ballykealy, Lisdowney and back home over the Ballach again. We reached home at around 5.30 am and promptly collapsed into bed.
The Troop will be leaving Durrow on the afternoon of Monday 26th July to take part in Ballyfin ’93 International Scout Jamboree and will return at mid-day on Friday 6th August.


Harps GAA

Piltown Draw:

In the first draw in 1993 on 3rd of June the Harps committee sold 3 of the winning tickets. The winners were:

1. Frank Fitzpatrick – £300
2. Mick O’Rourke – £300 Voucher
3. Harps GAA – £100 cash

The committee thanks all its supporters who purchsed tickets. The remaining draws are on Thursday July 8th and Thursday August 12th. The first prize in each draw is a motor car and there are 90 prizes in each draw. Further tickets are available from the committee.

Well done to Noel Delaney and Tony Dunne who played major roles in Laois Senior team that was narrowly defeated by Wexford in the Leinster Hurling Semi-Final in Carlow last Sunday. Both players got their names on the score sheet and certainly justified their inclusion on the team.

Local GAA supporters wish both Billy White and Freddie Townsand a speedy recovery to full health following accidents last weekend. Both men are key players on the Harps Senior Hurling team. Get well and fit soon lads.


Restoration of Old Boys School

Places are still available for 18 – 25 year olds who would like to work for six months with a FAS youth training Schem for the restoration of the Old Boy’s School. Please comtact the FAS office in Portlaoise.

A position is there for a craftsman and a foreman is also needed for the Scheme. Any person interested in the Foreman’s job please contact Kieran O’Shea, Tubberboe or Angela Drennan, Durrow for information.

As this is a local project we would like to see young men from locality taking part.


Basketball League

Anyone interested in taking part in an under 14 Basketball league, Boys and girls, Please contact Vicky or Amy Walsh.