27th/28th March 1999 – Price: 30p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled by The Durrow Scouts

Thoughts for the day

It’s the light of happiness when shining in the mind – that makes the day look bright to you and life seem good and kind. It’s the inner sunshine gives your world a smiling face – and helps you see the loveliness behind the commonplace. 


Open the window of faith today and pray that a wind will blow your way – to scatter all thoughts of doubt and fear – and bring you a message of hope and cheer


Durrow Community Council

Durrow Community Council are holding a Race night on Saturday 17th April in the Castle Arms Hotel. All proceeds will go towards the Millenium Bridge project. Horses at £10 each can be bought from any Community Council member.


    Cullohill Youth Club

Cullohill Youth Club are holding their Easter egg Hunt on easter Sunday at 3 pm in Community Centre. All children under the age of  12 years are welcome. Admission £1. A fun time is guaranteed. The youth Club are having a raffle for Easter eggs on Easter Sunday in O’Connell’s Pub. Tickets £1 and are available from youth club members and in the pub. Your support would be appreciated.


Scout News


At our recent meeting Helen Lalor, our Leader, taught cubs the basics of “First aid”. By the end of the night they realised how useful their scarves could be in an emergency – to make a sling in replacement for a bandage.

Cubs B went on an outing to see Abbeyleix Garda Station. Garda Frank ~Brennan and his colleagues gave them a tour of the station, they thoroughly enjoyed the gym work-out and getting their fingerprints taken. They seen the radar system for checking speed and many other items used in the course of Garda duties. Many thanks to the Gardai for their kindness.


On Sunday 14th March the Scout Group went orienteering in Dunmore Wood. A good day was had by all who attended. Future outings are being planned.

Personality of the year

The 1999 Scout Personality of the Year Award has gone to Mary Thornto (Cub Leader). Mary’s commitment, hard work, enthusiam and leadership since she became Cub leader has transformed the Cub pack into one of the best in the region and has brought enjoyment and fun to numerous children from the town and surrounding areas. Congratulations Mary from the Parents and Friends Committee and all Beaver, Cub and Scout leaders.



Sympathy is extended to Betty Walsh and Family , Erkindale Drive, Durrow, on the death of her mother, Mrs Johnna Finn, Ballycallan.

Sympathy is extended to Kathleen Collier and Family, Prospect House, Durrow on the death of her mother, Mrs Delaney, Eirrill.

Sympathy is extended to the Doran family and Mrs Healy on the unexpected death of Kay.

Sympathy is extended to the Maher Family, Rapla, on the deaths of Winnie and Bride.

Sympathy is extended to Ruth/Dunphy family, Ballygarvin and knockanoran on the death of Mrs Kathleen Ruth, Ballygarvin.

Sympathy is extended to Mrs Shiel, Swan Road, Durrow, on the death of her brother Patrick Dunne.

Sympathey is extended to the Dooley family, Rathmakelly, on the death of Mrs Dooley Snr.


Harps GAA Club 

Camogie News

Training on Sunday 27th March in Cullohill for under 16’s, Under 18’s and Juniors. Commencing at 5.30 pm

Harps Camogie Club are holding a sponsored walk on easter Monday 5th of April , starting at 2.30 pm in Cullohill. Support will be much appreciated.

Congratulations to the Laois Minor Camogie team who won the first round of the Championship against Kildare. Score: Laois 5-6, Kildare 2-2. On the team from the Harps Club: Patricia Dunphy, Denise Quigley, Mary Cleary, Louise Mahony and Lisa Clancy.



Childminder for 2 children, one school going, in Durrow. Contact: 0502-36515.



Congratulations to the Cullohill Syndicate whose Greayhound “Cul-Choil” won at Kilkenny track on Thursday last and is now in the final.

Congratulations to Ciara McEvoy, Cullohill on opening her own business, Accountancy Software Consultancy, at Bridge Street, Portlaoise.

Congratulations Deirdre Kelly on celebrating her 21st Birthday recently.

Congratulations to Richard O’Connell, Cullohill, on celebrating his 21st birthday recently.

Congratulations to Claire O’Connell, Cullohill, on celebrating her 21st birthday recently.

Congratulations to Noeleen and Tony McGuigan (nee Kavanagh, Gurteen) on the birth of a daughter.

Congratulations to Danny and Julie Duggan (nee Dollard) on the birth of a son, Matthew.


Walsh’s Newsagent

Videos for Hire – March List

Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels
The Lion King 2
The Assignment
Mercury Rising
Lethal Weapon 4

April List

There’s something about Mary
The Wenton Boys
A Perfect Murder
Dancing at Lughnasa


Cullohill Progressive 25 Results

Sunday 14th March:

Joint 1st – Liam Dunphy & Larry Mahony, Ann Mulhall & Helen Holland.

Other winners: Paddy Dunphy & Joe Shiel, Martin Roahan & Mary Kelly, Pat Bowden & Ned Duggan.

Raffle winners: 1st – Paddy Fitzpatrick, 2nd – Madge Brennan, 3rd – Molly Dollard.

Sunday March 21st:

1st – Paddy Mooney & Edward Dooley, Joint 2nd – Paddy Lalor & Mick Lalor, Ann Mulhall & Helen Holland.

Other winners: Kieran McNeill & Jim Mahony, Ned Brophy & John Kennedy, Michael & Alice Fitzpatrick.

Raffle winners: 1st – Edward Dooley, 2nd – Donal Deegan, 3rd – Margaret Kealey

Jackpot on Sunday 28th March £195. Games will start at 9 pm. Benefit Game on Sunday night (28th). Your support appreciated.


Credit Union

Opening Times for Easter Week:

Thursday 1st April (Holy Thursday) 10.30 am – 11.30 am, 3 pm – 4 pm and 7.30 – 9.15 pm.


Durrow Parish Lotto Results

Sunday 15th March 

£700 Jackpot shared by two winners. Nos 2-4-6. £350 each to Ray Campion, Erkindale Drive, Durrow and Donal Dunne, Skehana, castlecomer.

Monday 22nd March

No Jackpot winner. Nos 5-10-13. £20 each to Martin Kells, Cullohill and Michael Muldowney, Ballynevin, Cullohill. £10 to Bernie White, Newtown, Durrow.

Next draw on Monday 29th March in Cashin’s Bar. Jackpot £600.


Lyrics Board Competition

The final of the Lyrics Board competition will take place in the Castle Arms Hotel on Thursday 8th April (not 1st April as on Leinster Express notes). The three teams that have reached the final are:

  1. Community Council
  2. Community Alert
  3. The Nore Nets

Your support would be appreciated. A great nights entertainment assured. Admission £1. All proceeds goes to Durrow Development Forum.


Durrow Tidys Towns

The 1999 Tidy Towns Personality of the year is Carmel Bowe. Carmel was presented with her trophy, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, at the Durrow Parish Dance recently. Carmel is a person who has great interest in the upkeep of the town. She is a great fundraiser and is always willing to put forward ideas and suggestions which are of great benefit to the organisation. She is truly deserving of this award.


Laois Hospice Bereavement Support Group

Laois hospice bereavement support group are holding another series of meetings for those experiencing the trauma of grief. The next meeting will be held in the old parochial house, Dublin Road, Portlaoise, at 11 am.

“The many faces of grief” and “Closure of the bereavement process” are the subjects of the Laois Hospice Bereavement support group meeting on Thursday morning, April 22nd, at 11 am. This meeting will also be held in the old parochial house.


D.K’S Lamps

Bottle Lamps available. these unique bottle lamps can be made to your specification. A wide range of shades available. To create an atmosphere in your room for just £12 order a bottle lamp now from Deirdre Kilbride, Phone 0502-37208.


Durrow & District Angling Club

Durrow & District Angling Club held it’s first competition of the year on St Patrick’s Day. It was a trout fishing competition for the Michael Walsh Cup.

Winners: 1st Pat Keller -2.09lbs, 2nd Richard Malone 1.81lbs, 3rd Jim Stapleton 1.70lbs.

The next competition will be held on Sunday, 11th April, for the Bill Lawlor Memorial Trout Fishing.


The Lions Soccer Club

The Lions Soccer Club present a summer Food & Flower Extravaganza in the Castle Arms Hotel on Thursday 15th April at 8.30 pm. Tickets £5 including a cheese & wine reception. Demonstration by Richard Das, Chef and Oliver Lawlor, Florist.


Killermogh Table Tennis Club

We are pleased to announce that Henry Martin has been chosen as the Killermogh Table Tennis Club Personality of the year. Henry has been playing competitive Table Tennis for forty six years, and has been on the winning Ossory League 17 times, he is the holder of the most League trophies in Ossory. At present Henry is Treasurer of the Ossory League, this being his tenth year in the post. He is well deserving of this award.


Heywood Community School – Draw results

The parents association fund raising committee of Heywood CS wish to thank all those who supported the recent Monster draw held at a function in the school. The winners were as follows:

1st – Car Liam and Catherine Whelan, Ballyroan.
2nd – £3,000 The Coonan Family, Tentore, Ballacolla.
3rd – £2,000 Paddy Dunne, Raheen
4th – Holiday Rosemarie McGrath, Ballydavis, Portlaoise
5th £250 Gilmartin Family, Dereen, Durrow
6th Oil Mrs Bernie Kelly, Doonane, Wolfhill
7th Weekend away Martin Kirwin, Kilbricken, Mountrath
8th £100 Olly Grealish, Co Galway
9th £100 Pat Bowden, Cullohill
10th £100 Tom Cleary, Co Clare


Easter Ceremonies

Tuesday 30th March  – Penitential Service 7.30 pm

Spy Wednesday 31st March – Mass of blessing of holy oil in Kilkenny 7.30 pm (All invited, Confirmation children asked to attend)

Holy Thursday 1st April – Mass of Lord’s Supper

Good Friday 2nd April – Celebration of the Passion of our Lord 3 pm

Easter vigil Saturday 3rd April – 10 pm

Easter Sunday Mass – 11 am

Rota on display in church porch and on notice board in the school.


Rota for Servers

  • Monday 29th March – Callum Creegan & Dean Lacumber
  • Monday 5th April – Anthony Dunne & Michael Lannigan
  • Monday 12th April – Shane Doogue & Ian Doogue
  • Monday 19th April – Jamie Drenna & Stephen Shortall
  • Monday 26th April – Kieran Monahan & Tomas Kearney

Rota on display in church porch and on notice board in the school.


Pioneer rally in croke Park

The pioneer centenary rally will take place in Croke Park on Sunday 30th May. Tickets can be booked – £5 each – from Larry Mahony in the Post office.