27th/28th March, 1993 – Price 20p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled by Durrow Scouts


A Tree in Spring

It stands there stripped of all it’s camouflage

No pretence possible.

Only the bare essentials of it’s identity remaining.

And yet there is no sense of defeat or of limitation,

Only of dignity and strength of a quiet steady drawing of nourishment through deep roots,

And of new life waiting

Preparing to burst out in a profusion of leaf and colour.

And round it’s feet the snowdrops clustering

Proclaim that Spring is on its way.

May I, too, like the tree endure the stripping which leaves only the bare essentials and in the discovery of my true identity

Steady drawing of nourishment through deep roots prepare for Spring

Seeing in the snowdrops the proclamation and the promise.

So creator, my Father, speaks thro’ the created to me,

His creature, his child who enduring the frosts and the snows of winter,

Fears defeat knocking at the door.

But now opening the door to the seasons,

I find instead a hope of Spring and a promise.


Durrow & District Angling Club

Results of the Harold Lawlor Cup as follows:

1st Mick Nolan 18-10

2nd Mick Monahan 16-4

3rd Aiden Keenan 15-4

The cup was presented to Mick Nolan by Martin Lawlor in te Durrow Inn that evening.

The next competition is on Sunday April 4th, for Richard O’Rourke Trophy. It is a trout fishing competition. Fish Farm Trout will not be accepted by the weigh master, Wild Trout Only.

The first heats of the All Ireland, to find the team to represent Ireland in 1994 will start on Sunday 4th April at the red bridge, Ballymahon. Fishing starts at 12 noon and finishes at 5.00pm.


Heywood Community School

 Results of Silver Circle Draws:

Week 3,

£150 Mrs Flanagan, Clough,

£75 E. Dennehy, Heywood Staff,

£25 A. Gibson, c/o Avonmore,

£25 M. Hamm, Ballinakill,

£25 B. Tynan, Boley, Abbeyleix,

Avonmore Hamper N. Guilfoyle, Abbeyleix

£10 voucher Mrs Treacy, Rathduff, Ballyragget.


£150 George Haistings, Attanagh,

£75 Mrs G. Cahill, Abbeyleix,

£25 D. McDonald, Abbeyleix,

£25 S. Fennell, Ballyroan,

£25 J. Murphy, The Square, Durrow,

Avonmore Hamper L. Whyte, Ballacolla,

£10 voucher B. Bonham, Tunduff, Abbeyleix.



Sympathy is extended to the Mullins family, Tinweir, on their recent bereavement.


Scout New 

The 3rd Laois Scouts had their first weekend away of ’93 recently. The venue for theweekend was the Log Cabin in kinnetty, Co. Offaly. 25 Scouts and 7 Leaders attended. The troop left Durrow on Friday evening and arrived at the Cabin around 8.30pm. After the sleeping accomodation was arranged, as usual the girls had the bunk beds downstairs, while the lad’s were on the hard floors upstairs, a game of Fox and Hound was organised. This went off fine except for the sorry spectacle of Debo and David cheating!!! After this game everyone arrived back to sample Niamh’s soup – Darina Allen need not worry. Around 12.30 the scouts retired to bed, tired and smelling of smoke, as they said smoke went everywhere except up the chimney, it went out through the windows, out through the doors but most of all it hung like nuclear fall-out in the boy’s dorm.

Saturday Morning arrived and Murt was on his usual rounds tousing everyone out of bed and as usual he was met bay a hail of very un-scout like language that lasted until the smell of cooked sausages wafted its way through the dense fog of uncleared smoke and boys and girls of all ages were to be seen with knives and forks and watery eyes falling towards the tables.

When the breakfast was decimated the Scouts went on an Obstacle Course which was a great success and after lunch, when we were joined by Sean Conroy, we had a compass course through the forested part of the area. When the compass course was completed Debo and David took the Scouts on a stream walk or swanaboree as it is usually called but unfortunately Debo fell in and received zero on the sympathy scale. Every Scout recounting this sorry tale had a huge smile on their face. All during the day, games of rounders were taking place and a lot of good laughs were had.

After dinner – spaghetti bologonese – the senior girls, Karen, Natasha and Lorraine organised the campfire which was a big success, then more fox and hounds. During this time we were joined by Seamus and Andy. 1.00am came and the last of the scouts and Leaders were gone to bed. Sometime during the night it happened, the dreaded things that go bump in the night,  we shivered in our sleeping bags as we heard the groan that followed, then horrible laughter, someone was brave enough to investigate and the discovery was made – Seamus Clancy’s camp bed had collapsed under him downstairs and the laughter belonged to Andy!

Sunday morning meant a lie-in  (till 8.00am). After we had breakfast and tidied up the Cabin we waited for our bus to come and collect us. On the journey home most scouts slept and we arrived in Durrow around  1.30pm.

The feedback from the scouts was that the weekend was a great success, we believe them. Thanks to the parents and friends Committee for keeping the price affordable. Also thanks to Oliver Clooney and to Dunnes for their help.

Best wishes to David Kenna this weekend as he attempts his first parachute jump.

A reminder to parents that the insurance money outstanding for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts must be paid by Friday 3rd April.


For Sale

For Sale: Set of Blaupunkt Car Speakers complete with mounting material, wiring kit and mounting template. Brand new, unwanted gift, £30. Contact 0502-36352



Lost: Pair of Wine Leather Gloves, lost between Holy Trinity Church and Castle Street. Contact 0502-36327


The Rory O’Moore Pipe Band

Annual Church Gate collection will be held on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th April. Your support will be much appreciated.


Durrow Community Services – FAS

The next meeting of Durrow Community Services – FAS Committee will be held on Thursday 1st April at 8.30pm in The Castle Arms Hotel.

At the last Committee meeting attention was drawn to the fact that the streets have not been swept in the town by the County Council so we appeal to all householders to keep their own footpath and kerb area clean as FAS workers are not allowed by Union to sweep the streets.

The litter problem is still with us and we appeal to all the community to use the litter bins provided throughout the town. No household rubbish is to be put in these bins only papers and cans off the streets.


Durrow Parish Lotto

Results of Lotto Monday 15th March, there was no Jackpot winner so a draw was held for £50, the winner was Ann Dunphy, Dunmore, Durrow.

Result for Monday 22nd March; the Jackpot of £350 was shared by Mrs Shiela Lawlor, Bridge Gardens, Mrs M. Kenna, Derry road and Mrs M.  Bowe, Rathmakelly.

Next draw on Monday 29th March in O’Connell’s, Cullohill.


Heywood Community School

On Friday 19th March at St. Mels Park, Athlone the Republic of Ireland played Wales in the final game of the international series. This game was of significant importance to Heywood C.S. as Conor Murphy representing the school secured an international cap by playing in this game. According to team manager Barry McCourt, Conor would have been capped in the first two games had he not been injured.

All involved in sport at Heywood C.S. extend their congratulations to Conor who was described in the programme as a strong central midfielder with a thunderous right foot.

As Conor was unable to attend the post match dinner at The Shamrock Hotel, Athlone, due to a Saturday match commitment he received his international cap from Mr Kevin Fahy, chairman F.A.I.S. after the game. Another first for Heywood C.S. hopefully there will be many more.


Durrow Tidy Town

The A.G.M. of Durrow Tidy Towns was held in The Castle arms Hotel on Tuesday, 23rd March. The following committee was elected for the coming year;

Chairperson: Ger Alley

Vice-Chairperson: John Cashin

Secretary: Seoseph Murphy

Treasurer: Ned O’Brien

Committee: Eamon Rafter, Betty Walsh, Joe Murphy, Henry Joyce, Seamus Kenna, Mary Walsh, Tom Flynn, Vincent O’Brien, Helen O’Brien, Sean Brophy and Martin Lawlor.

A committee meeting will be held at the bridge on tuesday 30th March at 7.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend.


Sean O’Brien

DO YOU WANT YOUR HEADSTONE CLEANED? If so contact Sean O’Brien, Phone 0502-36395


For Sale

Bed settee suite of furniture, very reasonable. Contact Rita Buckley, 33 Erkindale Drive, Durrow.



Congratulations to Niamh Alley, Bishopswood, who celebrates her 21st birthday this week.

Congratulations Austin Ryan, Cork Road, who celebrates his 21st birthday this weekend.


Durrow & District Camera Club

The A.G.M. of the club was held in the club premises on Monday 15th March. The sizable attendance heard the chairman, Eugene Meegan, open and address the meeting, Eugene dwelt at length on the continued success of the club and of the role members played in this activity during the year. The treasurer’s report told of the clubs present healthy financial status and urged all members to support the clubs participation in the parish lotto.

Officers elected for ’93/’94 are as follows:

Chairman: Eugene Meegan,

Vice chairman: Liam Donohue

Secretary: Clare Meegan,

Treasurer: Martin Walsh

P.R.O: Pat Farrell,

Competition Secretary: Joan Ryan

Committee: Joe Donohue

Lotto Delegates: Liam Donohue and Pat Farrell

The theme of the next two club meetings are:

Monday 29th March, Available Light Photography.

Monday 12th April, Quiz night.

All members are reminded that membership for L993 is now due and should be paid before the end of April.

Participants in this years club outing to Donegal please note that the 2nd payment is due on the 12th April.


Poker Night Results

Results for Tuesday 16th March;

1st Neil Dollard

2nd Elsie Stewart, Kieran Soames, Tom Woods, Billy White, Margo Mckenzie.

Results for Tuesday 23rd March;

1st Joe Brennan

2nd Elsie Stewart, Marie Brennan, Kieran Soames, Neil Dollard, Ger Brophy.


Our Lady’s Meadow Girl’s P.S.

The 5th and 6th classes are looking forward to their retreat in Peace in Christ on next Tuesday and Wednesday in preparation for their Confirmation on May 8th.

We are delighted to welcome our new “Lollipop Man”, Mr Joe Donohue and wish him well in his job.

3rd – 6th classes have just completed an Aerobics course under the guidance of Mrs Teresa Delahunty. It proved to be most enjoyable and beneficial.

5th and 6th classes participated in a Gaelic Football blitz organised by Noel Delaney recently and many of the girls brought home medals.

Congratulations to Valerie Palmer 5th class who won a prize in “The Daffodil Day Competition” on the Saturday club on Network 2.

Well done to Emma Dooley and Lisa Sheppard 4th class who won medals for set dancing recently.

Results of school draw for March as foolows:

£100 Bertie Bradish, Patrick St,

£50 Ann Moore, Ballinasloe,

£10 Ann Brandon, C/o Zoe Foley, Barn Hill,

£10 Michael Traynor, Erkindale Dr,

£10 Jeremiah McGrath, Collin’s Park, Callan,

£10 Gerard Alley Jnr, The Square,

£10 Jimmy Ryan, The Stores, Durrow.