27th / 28th September, 1997                                                                                                                                               Price 30p




We worship not a God remote but One who loves us here and now. A King with wounds upon His hands and a crown of thorns upon His brow. The Friend of man! He stands and watches at the gateways of the heart – Waiting to be called upon when other comforters depart.


There will be higher hills to climb and stronger foes to conquer yet. There will be greater loads to bear and more temptations to be met. Do not suppose the road gets smoother as the winding way you wend. You will need God’s help and guidance right on to the journey’s end.


Monday 15th September; No Jackpot winner. Numbers: 4 – 13 – 25. £20 won by Ciara Geoghan, Erkindale Drive, Durrow, and Ted Young, Erkindale Drive, Durrow. £10 Michael Dunphy, Rath, Durrow.

Monday 22nd September: £1450 Jackpot won by Eddie Clooney, Erkindale Drive, Durrow.

Next draw on Monday 29th September in O’Connell’s, Cullohill – Jackpot £250.


Photographic Competition

As part of our 10th anniversary celebrations, Durrow & District Camera Club are running a photographic competition on the 21st November in the Nore Nets at 9.00 p.m. The prizes are; 1st – £50, 2nd – £30 and 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″ colour.
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 of November 1997.
7. Photographs for entry to be sent to The Camera Club, c/o Durrow Post Office.
8. The judges decision is FINAL.
9. Photographs may be retained for reproduction.
10. It’s a condition of entry that entrants abide by the RULES.

The above competition is open to all ages whether they are Camera Club members or not. Further information from any club member.


CONGRATULATIONS to Orla Ryan, Ballybowden, Cullohill, who celebrated her 21st Birthday recently.

CONGRATULATIONS to Sinead Casey, Derry Road, Durrow, who celebrates her 21st Birthday this weekend.

CONGRATULATIONS to Eamon and Mairead Doheny, Graiguevoice, Cullohill on the birth of a son.

CONGRATULATIONS to Mary Dunphy, Rath, Durrow and Joe O’ Leary, Tinweir, Durrow, on their recent marriage.

CONGRATULATIONS to Maeve Lalor, Cork Road, Durrow and David Quinn, Mountrath, on their recent marraige.

CONGRATULATIONS to John Kirby and Dolores Foyle on their recent engagement.



Tommy and Dan Kelly returned to Ireland and traced their roots to Augmacart, Cullohill. They were delighted to find their uncle, Henry Kelly, and their aunt, Kitty Dollard, alive and well. A get-together of their cousins and friends took place in the Castle Arms Hotel recently. Their father emigrated 1n 1925, to America, when the fare was £5. He married a girl from Kerry and they have eight children. They enjoyed their visit and will come again.


Heywood Community School present Charlie Landsborough in Concert on Sunday 12th October 1997. Tickets £14.50 each. Early purchase advisable. Please note that seating does not correspond to ticket numbers as first advertised.

October Calendar, First Term

Friday 3rd October – School Mass
Friday 24th October – Final date for assessment tests, 3rd and 4th years.
27th – 31st October (inclusive) – Mid Term Break.


Progressive 25 Card Game resumes at the Centre at 8.30 p.m. on Wednesday 1st October. All are welcome, your support will be appreciated.


On Friday 26th September the Junior & Senior Infant classes visited the Library in Portlaoise. The Senior classes, i.e. 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th went bowling to Carlow at 3.00 p.m. A great time was had by all.

The school mass will take place on Sunday 5th of October at 11.00 a.m. All children are asked to wear their school uniform.

The new Parents Council for the forthcoming year will take up duty after the A.G.M. which will be held on Tuesday 30th September at 8.30 p.m. in the school.

The following parents were elected;
6th & 7th Class – Helen Mooney & Tony Clancy
5th Class – Aileen Donohue & John Cleary.
4th Class – Sarah Brophy & Denis Lynch
2nd & 3rd Classes – Geraldine Phelan & Paul Cashin.
1st Class – Tom Brennan & Helen O’Sullivan
Junior Infants & Senior Infants – Jim Clancy & Michelle Ferguson.

We look forward to seeing all parents on Tuesday night.

VIDEOS FOR RENT – All the Latest Videos are now available for Hire at Rowena’s Shop, Cullohill. Good selection of children’s videos also.

FOR SALE – 3 Seater Couch/Bed Settee. Perfect Condition. Contact; 0502 – 37145.

FOR SALE – Opel Ascona Hatchback. In good working order, suitable for parts. For quick sale £150. Contact 0502 – 36109.

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Many thanks to all who help our Annual Appeal. Your support and assistance is vital to the work of S.O.S. in the provision and development of services for the mentally handicapped of the Diocese.
These services now include;
Day services for 104 people at locations in Kilkenny City and Castlecomer.
Residential services for 58 people at ten locations throughout Kilkenny city.

In addition we have an ongoing capital development programme. Nearing completion are; Stage 3 of a four phased project to replace the old workshop at Callan Road, Kilkenny, and residential accomodation at Castlecomer.
And at a planning stage are; Stage 4 of the workshop project and another residential accomodation in Kilkenny city.
Without your generous support those services cannot be developed. Envelopes are being distributed house to house at present. Do give as generously as possible to this very worthy cause.


School Book Fair
The annual school book fair will be held on the following dates;
Friday October 3rd – 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.
Sunday October 5th – 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Monday October 6th – 9.30 a.m to 3.30 p.m.
Tuesday October 7th – 9.30 a.m to 3.30 p.m. & 7.30 p.m to 9.00 p.m.
Wednesday October 8th – 9.30 a.m to 3.30 p.m.
All are welcome.


Well done to the Boy’s Football team who defeated St. Pauls, Portlaoise by 4 – 10 to 0 – 02. Following this success the Gir;’s Team had a great victory over Ballacolla 11 – 12 to 1 – 02.


The Harps Junior B hurling team defeated Slieve Bloom by two points in the semi-final of the Junior B League. They now play Castletown in the final on a date to be arranged.

Congratulations to Tom Flynn on being chosen by new Laois hurling manager, Paudric Horan as one of the trio that will lead Laois in the coming year. Tom and his fellow selector Noel Foynes along with team manager Pauric Horan are wished well in their task of bringing Laois hurling to the top.


The Lions A, fielding a very young team were narrowly defeated by Bridge United. Scorer: Pauric Woods.

The Youths lost to Callan 3 – 1. Scorer: Aungus Campion.

The U-14’s suffered their first defeat in over a year, when they lost to Callan.

South East Draw

The Lions Soccer Club in conjunction with the South East Co-Op are holding their 7th Annual Draw, with over £80,000 in prizes. Tickets are £20 each for four monthly draws or £5 per month for four months. Tickets are available from club members or draw secretary Martin Lawlor. First draw in November with two extra free draws for fully paid up members.

DURROW COMMUNITY SERVICES, FAS 7 will hold their monthly meetings in the Castle Arms Hotel on Thursday 2nd October at 8.30 p.m. All club representatives please attend.

CONGRATULATIONS to Brian Dollard, Bishopswood, Durrow, who celebrated his 21st Birthday recently.

CONGRATULATIONS to Denis and Cliona Doheny, Kilkenny (Graiguevoice) on the birth of a daughter – Maeve Ann.




We welcome all Beaver, Cubs and Scouts back for the new Scouting Year. We invite more input by the parents as to how meetings can be improved and outdoor activities organised. All Scout Leaders were new to |Scouting last year and we hope after a years experience and with the help of some former scouts this years meetings will be much improved. Any ideas from parents would be most welcome.

We would ask parents to encourage their children to sell Lotto tickets for Scouts, as this is our only source of income and with this money we can subsidize more outings etc.

Insurance for this year is £10.25 and this can be paid over the coming weeks, up to Christmas.

National Beaver Day In Dublin

On Saturday 4th October the Beavers and their leaders will travel to Dublin Zoo to attend National Beaver Day there. The bus will leave the Church carpark at 9.00 a.m. returning at 5.30 p.m. approx. Further details will be sent to parents at next weeks meeting.


The Annual General Meeting of Cullohill Bridge Club was held at Cullohill Community Centre on Thursday last. Outgoing President Ann Kilbride thanked everyone for their co-operation during the year, especially her Secretary J. Rhatigan and Treasurer Pat Greir. The new President is Dick Dempsey.

Bridge game every Thursday at 8.00 p.m. sharp.


Durrow Development Forum invite all members of the public to an Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Sale in Durrow Boy’s School on Saturday 11th October – 2.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. & Sunday 12th October – 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

This is an opportunity for artists and crafts people of Co. Laois to display and sell their works. This is in conjunction with an Environmental Exhibition on Heritage Towns of Ireland.

If you wish to have a stand at the Arts & Crafts Exhibition contact Julie Lalor, phone 0502-36175, Jack Donohue, Gearoid Ryan or Andrew Walsh.

It is hoped to produce a booklet on Durrow and surrounding areas by mid November, so the Survey Group are calling on all business people of the area to see if they are interested in placing their advert in this booklet.

Snippets of information on Durrow and all surrounding areas as well as a brief history of business in the town will be included. Anyone who hasn’t already been approached and would like to be included can contact any of the Survey Group: Angela Drennan, 36419, Margaret Tobin, 36608 or Kathleen Flynn, 36415 as soon as possible.

The following is the result of our Survey:

Areas Surveyed: Areas reaching as far as Newtown, Attanagh, Ballinaslee and Knockanoran, Kyle, Dunmore.

Population – 1184. People surveyed – 1316.
Age Groups; Pre-School – 53. 4 – 16 years – 219. 16 – 21 years – 121. 21 – 25 years – 101. 25 – 40 years – 318. 40 – 65 years 299. Over 65 – 128. Unknown – 77.

Employment; Self Employed – 157. Full Time – 265. Part-time – 28. Unemployed – 68. Emigrated – 55. Migrated – 73. Emigrated and Unemployed – 2. Disabled – 19. Community Employment – 16.
Interest in Housing; Local Authority – 31. Private House – 60. Private site – 70.