27th/28th February, 1999 – Price: 30p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled by The Durrow Scouts

Thoughts for the day

Someone’s got to stitch the golden threads into the grey. Someone’s got to make the music on a dreary day. Someone’s got to clear the clouds and let the sunlight through. Someone’s got to brighten up the world. So why not you?


Trust in God a little more and let him work things out. When around your path the shadows fall. “Be not anxious for the morrow”. Never fear or doubt. It may never happen after all.



Wanted – Old clothing for the third world

We wish to inform you that another collection will take place in your area on Thursday 4th March, between 10 am and 12 noon. If you have any old clothes, bed clothes, curtains, towels, linens, leather goods, handbags or shoes, please put in a plastic bag or boxes and leave at the presentation centre, Durrow. Thank you for your valid support. From P O’Brien in association with REHAB recycling services. Tel: 062-33237


Cullohill PTAA

Cullohill PTAA met at Community Centre on Monday last to make arrangements for the rally at Croke Park. Since it clashes with the Parish Confirmation many members are unable to go. Tickets will be purchased this week for those who intend to travel.  The north ossery branch will hold a meeting at Cullohill on Tuesday 23rd
March at 8.30 pm.



Reminder of Parish Vigil at Peace in Christ on Monday night 8th March 8 – 11.30 pm. Bus will be provided, names to the parish clergy or the promoters.


Our Lady’s Meadow P.S 


The following pupils will be enrolled for confirmation at 7 pm mass this Saturday 27th February:

  • Claire Anne Alley
  • Sean Healy
  • Veronica Boyan
  • Rita Jacob
  • Justin Brophy
  • Eilis Keane
  • Marie Brophy
  • Mairead Keane
  • Lee Campion
  • Aishling Kelly
  • Seamus Clancy
  • Paul Kenna
  • Carol Cleary
  • Darren Lynch
  • Nadine Dempsey
  • Conor McCann
  • Yasmin Dempsey
  • Susan Monohan
  • Shane Donohue
  • Claire Phelan
  • Vicki Donohue
  • Susan Purcell
  • Colin Dooley
  • Katrina Sheeran
  • Lisa Dooley
  • Stephen Shortall
  • Ian Doogue
  • Steven Thomas
  • Liam Dowling
  • Michelle Thornton
  • Martina Dunne
  • Cathy Walsh
  • Padraig Dunphy
  • Elma Walshe
  • Kate Freeman

Each candidate has applied in writing asking for the sacrament and making a commitment to work and live as a better christian as part of their preparation. We hope you will pray for them over the next few weeks as this is a very important step in their lives as Christians and in our parish. We remember also their faith friends who will be giving them extra support at this time. Confirmation will be celebrated in Durrow on Sunday 30th May.


Well done to Mary Cleary and the camogie team who won the indoor blitz held in Ballyfin on Monday 22nd February. The girls beat Ballyfin, Mountmellick and Ballinakill to emerge as champions. Team: Carol Cleary, Susan Purcell, Lisa Dooley, Cathy Walsh, Vicki Donohue, Veronica Boyan, Tina Dunne, Kate Freeman, Elma Walshe, Marie Brophy, Aishling Kelly, Tanya Aylward. Good luck to the boys team who will participate in the indoor hurling blitz in Rathdaowney on Monday. Laois County Council Enterprise Board Ltd “Enterprising Student Award”. Congratulations to Eilis Keane 6th class who was nominated the school’s most enterprising student 1998/1999.



Sympathy is extended to the Bradish family, Durrow, on the death of Bertie Bradish.

Sympathy is extended to the Lalor family, Cullohill on the death of their Aunt.

Sympathy is extended to the Thornton family, Derrywood and Mary Street, Durrow, on their recent bereavement.


Millennium Meeting

A meeting will take place in Cullohill Community Centre on the 16th March at 9 pm to discuss ways to celebrate the millennium within the community.


Harps Camogie Club

The Harps Camogie Club held their Annual General Meeting in the Castle Arms Hotel, on Tuesday 16th January. The following officers were elected for the coming year:

  • Chairperson – Marie Phelan
  • Vice – Chairperson – Ann Mahony
  • Secretary Mary Donohue
  • Ass. Secretary – Marion Phelan
  • Treasurer – Bernie Brennan
  • Assistent Treasurer – Ann Lanigan
  • P.R.O – Mary Cleary

Trainer for U14 and U16 teams – Martin Brophy. Selectors – Mary Cleary and Ann Mahoney

Trainer for Minors and Junior teams – Theresa Delahunty. Selectors – Jack Phelan and Mary Cleary.

All parents present agreed to help out with the club during the year if called upon. Presentation of medals was made by Ray Fogarty to the U14 team, winners of the County Final against Camross, and to U16 team, winners of the Shield Final against Mountmellick. Many thanks to Ray for a job well done.

Louise Mahony (captain of U14) presented Mary Brophy on behalf of Martin with a beautiful plaque for his wonderful achievements with the teams. well done to Martin and continued success for the coming year.

Oliver Clooney on behalf of the Credit Union, who were our main sponsors, accepted a framed photograph of the “All Ireland Feile U14 Champions”. Oliver congratulated the team and all involved on their wonderful achievements during the year and wished them continued success. All Ireland trophy is on display in the Credit Union.

We take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone who helped to raise funds (too numerous to name individually) and to those who supported us during the year. we couldn’t have done it without you. Many thanks.


84 Years In Durrow 

More than a year has passed since the nuns left the town. During that time their absence has been felt by all of us. However , Sr Oliver has been busy trying to fill the gap by writing a short account of the 84 years the Sisters were in Durrow. at first the booklet was intended for the archives of the congregation only but then it was thought that perhaps, most families would like to have a copy as a souvenir of the Convevt and the Sisters.

It will be available in Lawlors, Joyces, Walshs and the school by the coming week. I am sure it will be given an enthusiastic welcome by all. (A nice gift for past pupils away from Durrow also.) There is a limited number of copies printed so it is better to secure yours early. A modest charge of £2.99 per copy for paper and printing is unavoidable.


Cub Scout News

Our Cub Group enjoyed a brilliant pantomine “Ali Baba & The Forty Thieves” in the Watergate Theatre recently. Currently at our meetings we are preparing for outdoor activities later on in tghe year, under expert guidance from Miriam Mooney, Our Leader. She taught the group the basic “Knots” necessary for Silver & Bronze Arrow Achievements.

The annual Table Quiz was held in Mountmellick, five teams took part from our group. An enjoyable night was had by all.

Many thanks to Garda Frank Brennan wgho attended our last meeting. He gave a very interesting talk on crime and the highlight of the evening was everyone getting their finger prints taken.


Cullohill N.S

Last Tuesday the Cullohill camogie team headed off to Trumera to play in the first ever indoor Camogie Blitz. Our first match was against Camross which we won 7 – 1. Our next match was against Camross again and we won well. We played Killadooley in the final which was a very exciting match. Cullohill came out the winnersagain, score 10-2. the team received lovely medals. Well done to all the girls. The team was: Aine Saunders, Zarah Delaney, Aine Mahony, ~Aisling Phelan, Emma O’Connell, Erinne Dunne, Subs: Joan Dollord, Aishling Saunders, Bronagh Bergin, Michelle Fitzpatick, Margaret Prior, Orla Walsh, Imelda Culleto and Helen Spencer.

Schools Handball final – Last Thursday evening saw the finals of this years Cumann Na mBunscoil Handballin Cullohill Community Centre. The Cullohill team were very successfulwinning three of the four finals and being runner up in the fourth.


Boys Singles: Gregory Delahunty beat B. Beehan.

Boys Doubles: W. Fitzpatrick & S. Buggy beat Sean Bourke and Johnathon Delahunty.

Girls Singles: Aine Mahony beat Ciara Dowling

Girls Doubles: Zarah Delaney and Aishlig Phelanbeat C. Dowling and Aoife Carr

On completion all were presented with their prizes by Cumann Na MBunscoil

chairman Joe Hickey and Pauline Dunne, who co-ordinated the event and thanked all involved including Fintan Deegan who coached the Cullohill team.


Progressive 25 Results

Sunday 14th February – Joint first with 9 games – 8 couples:

K, McNeill & M. Fitzpatrick, J.Mooney & P. Kennedy, F. Darcy & M. Brennan, T. White & B. Kirby, W. Tone & H. O’Grady, P. O’Sullivan & Pat O’Sullivan, T & M. Kealy, M. Rohan & M. Kelly.

Money Back: C. Keys & L. Mahony, P. & A, Fitzpatrick, N. Duggan & J. Mooney.

Raffle results: 1st & 2nd Andy Fogarty, 3rd Larry Phelan.

Sunday 21st February – Joint 1st P. O’Sullivan & Pat O’Sullivan, Fr L Dunphy & P. Kavanagh, J Shiel & P Lalor.

Money Back: B Walsh & P Dunphy, T Corrigan & L Mahony, P coffey & T Gleeson.

Raffle winners: Donal Deegan, John Kennedy and Vera Brennan.


Heywood Community School 

On Friday 12th March we will hold a “Once Off Draw”, the proceeds of which will go towards a new canteen and changing rooms currently under construction. we would appreciate your support with this venture. Tickets are available from the school parents association members in your area. They are: Tom Flynn, Mary Doylle and Rita Casey. On the night of the draw we will hold a function. Music by Blacklace, tickets £5. Everyone is welcome on the night.



News for the newsletter must be in to Angela Drennan or Mary Walsh by Wednesday of newsletter week as it must be copied by Friday from now on.


Liturgical Ministers

Liturgical Ministers in Durrow for March : Saturday night – Sean Phelan, Carmel Murphy, Tom Kenna. Sunday Morning – Padraig Walshe, Sean O’Brien, Margaret Dunne.


Church Cleaning 

Thanks to Maynebog district for cleaning Cullohill Church during the month of February. The Oldtown locality will care for it during the month of March.


Durrow Parish Lotto Results 

Monday 22nd February £800 Jackpot was won by Karen Mooney, Clone, Freshfors. No’s 7-24-30. Next draw in Gerri’s bar on Monday 1st March. Jackpot £500.


Harps GAA Club

Draw for the hurling and football championship matches were made recently and are as follows:


Senior – Group A – Errill, Ballinakill Gaels, Portlaoise, Harps. Top team to qualify for semi-final.

Junior B – Harps V Rathdowney.  Junior B: Harps V (Slieve Bloom V Borris-in-O)

Under 21 A: Harps V Portlaoise, Minor;  Harps V (to be decided)


Senior- Group A – The Heath, Crettyard Gaels,  Emo Gaels, Harps. Top two teams to knock out stages.

Under 21 B: Harps, St Fintan’s Raheen, St Mammans, Errill. Championship played on league basis – top team the winner.

Minor B – Harps V (Courtwood V Crettyard). Junior B to play in Div 5 League

On the development front, the wall has been finished on the Durrow pitch, and it is hoped that the bars and wires will be completed in the  next couple of weeks. In Cullohill, we hope to have the pitch completed around the dressing room, and the wall and fence on the rathdowney road also finished shortly. O~ur fund development draw will be launched soon and we ask for your support – more details later.

Omission – Omitted from the last parish newsletter; Tom Lennon was also a selector for the U/21 team, winners of the B Championship.

Membership Now Due: £10 player, £5 Non-Player- Please pay to Seamus Campion or Declan Phelan.

Training continues every Friday night in Cullohill at 8 pm for all players. The Senior Hurlers had a challange match against Moycarkey Borris in Cullohill on 21st February, winning by 2-3 to 2 points.


Durrow Credit Union

At the recently held, 17th AGM of Durrow Credit Union, the meeting was opened by the chairman Oliver Clooney, he welcomed everyone present. The auditor, Mr Chris Bardon, addressed the meeting. He complimented the treasurer Mrs Rita Casey and the Board of Directors and Supervisors on the way the Credit Union has been managed during the year. Mr Bardon was very pleased with the steady growth of all aspects of the Credit Union. The Treasurer, Mrs Rita Casey, in her report thanked Mr Bardon and his staff for their help during the year. She also thanked the tellers for the great work done during the year. She told the meeting that the total assets has now passed the £1,000,000 mark.

Credit Committee report was given by Kathleen Geoghan. There were 372 loans granted amounting to over £400,000 approx. She urged the borrowers to honour their commitments for repaying their loans. Supervisors report was given by Tony Dooley who said they inspected all books and records several times and found all to be in order. In his closing address the chairman thanked all for attending the meeting, he also thanked the board members, supervisors and tellers for their help and work during the year. Further good news for Credit Union members is the extra opening on Thursdays 3 – 4 pm. Also the drop in interest rate to 10.6%. The following officers were elected for the coming year:

Chairman – Oliver Clooney
Vice-Chairperson – Peter Monnelly
Secretary – Ann Rafter
Ass. Secretary – Sarah Brophy
Treasurer – Rita Casey
Ass. Treasurer – Michael Kells
P.R.O. – Philip Monnelly/Mary Walsh
Membership officer – Catherine Clancy
Credit Committee – Owen Casey, Kathleen Geoghegan, Oliver Clooney, P. Monnelly
Supervisors – Tony Dooley, Margaret Tobin, Jack Phelan

Opening hours: New thursday 3 – 4 pm, Friday 10.30 – 11.30 am and 7.30 – 9.15 pm.


First Friday of the Month: Feast of St Kieran, Patron Saint of Ossory 

Mass, Adoration & Holy Hour:


Durrow 7.30 pm Cullohill 7-8 pm

Durrow: 7     Cullohill: 7.30 pm

Pioneers Total Abstinence Association Of The Sacred Heart Centenary Celebration will take place on Sunday 30th May in Croke Park. A bus will travel from the parish and its district. Tickets for this historic occasion are av ailable from any PTAA member.

The Parish Vigil on Monday the 8th March is an opportunity for you to get away and rest for a while, to pray, reflect and deepen your faith in the peaceful and relaxed atmosphere of Peace in Christ. The bus will leave Cullohill village at 7 pm. Contact: Mary Walsh 37145 or Shiela Delaney 37175.

Holy Land Pilgrimage ’99, dedicated to God the Father. Fr Martin Tobin in alliance with th Ossery Catechetical team, is arranging a ten day pilgrimage to the holy land from the 24th October to 2nd November ’99, in preparation for the Jubilee year 2000. The price £760 is fully inclusive, with direct flight from Dublin, 4* Hotels, Half-board. Since this offer, a once in a life-time chance, perhaps, is based on “first come – first served” policy it is essential to book immediately. Phone: 086 240 1278

Cullohill Neighbourhood Mass: The Ballynevin District will have a neighbourhood Mass on Wednesday 3rd March 1999 at 8 pm. Mrs Elizabeth Delaney will host the Mass and kindly invite all her neighbours to attend.

Lenten Stations: The Lenten Stations, for the financial support of your priests, was taken up in Durrow and Cullohill churches at Friday’s Blessing of the seeds and last weekend Masses we, the priests, sincerely thank our parishioners who, have contributed so generously. While we are fully concious of the heavy demands that are being made on your family’s budgets in these times, we would ask that all of you, young and senior, would respond to the six collections for the priests to the best of your financial ability. The outstanding Lenten offerings will be most welcome at anytime. Thanks to the pupils of Our Lady’s Meadow and others for delivering the envelopes in the Durrow area. The Cullohill are: the fourth white envelope in your box of envelopes, (delivered in September) is for same.

Trocaire: Please support Trocaires Lenten Campaign 1999. Trocaire aims to ensure that only one family fast box arrives in each home, but recognises that many children like to have their own box during Lent. Trocaire stresses that all should be encouraged to participate, but on a voluntary basis. All contributions, great and small, are equally welcome. It is generosity of heart that counts, not just the amount given. Thanks to the Cullohill and Durrow N.S pupils for delivering the Trocaire boxes.

Confirmation ’99: During this weekend masses the parish will enrol candidates for Confirmation ’99 due to be administered on May 30th at 11 am mass. The Cullohill Community wish to enrol the following:

  • Mark White
  • Orla Walsh
  • Helen Spencer
  • Aine Saunders
  • Aisling Saunders
  • John Prior
  • Margaret Prior
  • Aisling Phelan
  • Aine Mahoney
  • Padraig Lyons
  • Diarmuid Loughman
  • Michael Loughman
  • Michael Larkin
  • Niall Lalor
  • David Lalor
  • Paddy Holland
  • Michelle Fitzpatrick
  • Ian Fitzgerald
  • John Dunphy
  • Erinne Dunne
  • Shane Doran
  • Joan Dollard
  • Zarah Delaney
  • Thomas Delaney
  • Liam Delaney
  • Johnathon Delahunty
  • Gregory Delahunty
  • Dan Delahunty
  • John-Paul Deegan
  • Imelda Culleton
  • Sean Cahill
  • Sean Bourke
  • Brona Bergin


Faith Friends: We are very proud that 23 parish families are involved in the Faith Friends programme. Following their training nights, they are now very much looking forward to meeting their 34 Confirmation Candidates. We will start on Monday 8th March 8 – 9 pm.

Scoil Tighearnach Naofa Board of Management Meeting: Tuesday 16th March, in the Church meeting room, following St Patrick Vigil Mass. All members please attend.

Ossery Lourdes ’99: May 22nd – May 27th Cost £389 Bookings to Manning Travel Agency, Kilkenny.