28th/29th August 1999 – Price 30p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled By The Durrow Scouts

Thoughts for the day

Face the problems of today. That’s all you need to do. Deal with them according to the strength that’s given you. Don’t anticipate the hour until you hear it chime. We were meant to live this life just one day at a time.


Up and down the countryside the golden sheaves now stand. And a rich fulfilment crowns the labours of the land. Satisfying to the heart and pleasing to the eye: the pattern of the harvest fields beneath the August sky.


Durrow Community Playgroup

Durrow Community Playgroup will re-open on Tuesday 7th September. For enrolments or further details contact Caroline Nichols at 36493 or any committee member.

Playgroup hours: Tuesday – Thursday 9.15am to 12 noon.


Abbeyleix Golf News

It is Captain’s prize time again at Abbeyleix Golf Club and this year’s event will be hosted by local man Mr John Alley who is club captain for the current year. Up to now John has had a very successful captaincy leading his committee and members into acquisition of land and the drawing up of plans to convert the course from its existing 9 holes to the status of an 18 hole course. Work is well underway and everyone is looking forward to its successful completion.

John’s captain’s Prize will be played over two weekends culminating in a final showdown on Sunday September 5th. Good golf and favorable weather conditions are all that is now required.

Another Durrow person figured highly in Abbeyleix last Sunday when Ms. Catherine McLoughlin of Patrick Street won the Lady’s Presidents’s (Mrs Sylvia O’Donovan) Prize. Catherine was presented with a beautiful piece of Lladro china. Congratulations and good wishes to all concerned.



Congratulations to Fr. Aengus dunphy, Portglenone Abbey, on celebrating his Golden Jubilee at his nephew’s residence in Oldtown, Cullohill on Tuesday last.

Congratulations to Pat Dunne, Belmont, who represented Macra Ireland at Sheep judging competition in Ramsey, Isle of Man. There were young farmers from England, Scotland and wales taking part. Pat came 6th in such high flying competition. The competition was held last weekend. Congratulations to Pat and Cullohill Macra.

Congratulations to Sinead Alley, Bishopswood, Durrow  and Paul Johnson, London, on their recent engagement.

Congratulations to Rosemary and Larry Dunphy, (Bunlacken) and Carraigaholt, Co Clare, on the birth of a daughter, Laura.


Durrow Community Services – FAS 

Durrow Community Services committee were very saddened to hear of Supervisor Paddy Quinn’s departure from the FAS Scheme in Durrow. We know Paddy had a great interest in Durrow while he was with us over the past 2 1/2 years and got on very well with both the committee and the workers.

Paddy is wished every success with his new scheme in Portlaoise.

The next FAS committee monthly meeting will be held on Thursday 2nd September in the Castle Arms Hotel at 8.30pm. All committee members please attend.


Harps GAA Club

The Harps Senior Hurling team are thought to the County Senior Hurling Semi-final by defeating Kilcotton in an easily won game in Rathdowney on Sunday last. Score: 2-14 to 1-6. They will now meet Castletown, the current County champions, in the semi-final on this Sunday, 29th August, at 1.45pm in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise. Do come along and support them,everyone is hoping that the Harps will appear in their third County final in a row. They are wished the best of luck.


Drama Group

A meeting will be held in the Presentation Centre at 8.30pm sharp on Tuesday 31st August with a view to forming a Drama Group in the town. The intention is to begin rehearsals in early September and to stage three short plays in late October/early November in Durrow. This is an ideal opportunity for you to get involved in something new for the winter evenings. All ages are encouraged to come along. If you are interested in any area of a stage production other than acting, i.e. costumes, make-up, stage and set design, lighting etc, please express your interest by attending this meeting. Enquiries to Anne Conroy – 0502 30165.


Durrow Parish Lotto Results

Monday 9th August: No Jackpot Winner. Nos- 3-17-21

£20 won by Claire O’Brien, Derry Road, Durrow and Mairead Woods, Carrigan Street, Durrow.
£10 won by Sean Phelan, c/o Phelan’s Hardware, Durrow.

Monday 16th August: No Jackpot Winner.Nos – 7-10-21

£20 to Mrs Casey, c/o Bridge Bar, durrow and Pauline Dunphy, St. Fintan’s Tce., Durrow.
£10 Tomas Kenna, Swan Road, Durrow

Monday 23rd August:

£20 to Breda Dowling, Fermoyle, Attanagh and Jim Dwyer, Cork Road, Durrow.
£10 Catherine Shiel, Lisbigney, Ballinakill.

Next draw on Monday 30th August in The Durrow Inn. Jackpot £1,400.



Sympathy is extended to Mary Kelly and Family, Carrigan Street, Durrow on the death of her Father.



Congratulations to Emma O’Connell, Cullahill who was picked to play on the Camogie team in Croke Park at half time of the All-Ireland semi-final hurling game. Also Aine Mahoney who was picked to play at half-time of the All-Ireland final.

Congratulations to all the leaving cert students on their results and best wishes for the future.


Progressive 25 Results 

Sunday 1st August:

1st: Paddy Lalor & Joe Shiels
Joint 2nd: Sean Fitzpatrick & Sadie Chester, Leo & Catherine Brennan.

Other Winners: Paddy Holland & Ger Delahunty, Kieran McNeill & Mary Kelly, Rita McEvoy & mollie Dollard.

Raffle Winners:

1st: Jim Duggan
2nd: Billy Doyle
3rd: Ann Kilbride.

Sunday 8th August:

1st: Una Norton & Billy Doyle
Joint 2nd: Seamus & Veronica Muldowney, Mary Kelly & Martin Rohan, Joe fanning &Mick McLoughlin.

Other Winners: Tom Lennon & Mary Smith, Mary Doyle & Catherine Brennan, Andy Fogarty & Peter Kinnane.

Raffle Winners:

1st – Tom & Margaret Kealy
2nd – Jim Dwyer & Catherine Breannan
Joint 3rd – Paddy Delaney & Una Holohan, Kieran McNeill & Dick Heffernan.

Other Winners: Tom Lennon & Mary Smith, Kitty Mulligan & Mary Doyle, FR. Lar Dunphy & Paddy Dunphy.

Raffle Winners:

1st Tom Lennon
2nd Mary Kelly
3rd Jim Muldowney

Sunday August 22nd:

1st – Pat Bowden & Paddy Sullivan
Joint 2nd – Kitty Mulligan & Mary Doyle, Tom & Julia Ferns.

Other Winners – Jack Phelan & Eddie Delaney, Jim Duggan & Willie Tone, Kieran McNeill & Charlie Keyes.

Raffle Winners:

1st Jim Muldowney
2nd Noreen Ryan
3rd Paddy Dunphy

JAckpot on Sunday, August 29th, £300



Sympathy is extended to the Monnelly family, Barn Hill, Durrow, on the death of Peter’s Sister in England.

Sympathy is extended to the Walsh family Cullohill and Ballykelly and Dunphy family Bunlacken on the death of Madge Delaney (nee Walsh), Portarlington.

Sympathy is extended to the Mealy family, Ballynevin, Cullohill on the death of Brigid Long (nee Mealy) in Kilkenny.

Sympathy to the Begadon family on the death of Chloe McEvoy, jJohnstown.

Sympathy is extended to the Doheney family, Graiguevoice, Cullohill on the death of Mairead’s Cousin.

Sympathy is extended to the Holohan family, Derry Road, and Murphy family, Tinweir, on the death of Jack Holohan, Earlsgarden, Attanagh.


Shoe Repairs

All repairs undertaken. Weekly Service. Local Agents: The Stores, Durrow Tel- 0502-33375 Mobile:087-2974416


For Sale

Gas Cokker, Four Burner. Less than 2 years old. Contact: 0502-36630


Holy Land Pilgrimage 2000

Fr. Martin Tobin with Ossery prayer groups, is arranging a 10 day pilgrimage to the Holy Land from the 14th – 23rd October 2000. The price is £795 and is fully inclusive, with direct flight from Dublin, 3+4* Hotels, Half board. Due to the exceptional high demand for this year (’99) many people were disappointed that they failed to secure a place in time. 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 0862401278. A reminder to pilgrims travelling in October ’99, Celebration travel Ireland Limited are due final payment. A group information meeting will be held in peace in Christ, Kilkenny on Thursday 30th September’99 @ 8.00pm.


Cullohill Choir for the Millennium 

Cullohill choir for the Millennium will restart with a brief meeting and rehearsal after Saturday night Mass, 4th September. Since this is the Jubilee Year 2000 we ask that as many as possible would be committed members to the Millennium Church Choir, So that we can make this unique year a memorable and special one.


Cullohill weekly/annual envelope collection

Year II finishes this weekend. All out-standing contributions towards the maintenance-renovations-upkeep of the Church will be most appreciated to bring our undertakings to  a successful conclusion. If the outstanding offerings are made soon, then our forecast is that we can suspend the envelope collection. This is a tremendous achievement that so much work has been completed and paid for in such a short space of time. Congratulations to the people of such generosity and goodness.


Scoil Tighearnach Naofa 

Scoil Tighearnach Naofa will reopen on Wednesday 1st September.


Church Cleaning

Thanks to the families from Rapla who kept the church and its surrounds during the month of August. We ask that all families from Cannonswood/Aughmacart will take charge of the church cleaning during the month of September.


Durrow Prayer Group

Durrow prayer group meets every Monday night @ 8.00 pm in Old School, Ballyragget Rd. Mass in honour of Our Lady’s Birthday on Monday 6th September. All Welcome.


Universal Coaches, Portlaoise

Universal Coaches, Portlaoise will commence their coach service to Waterford collage on Sunday 12th September. Leaving Portlaoise Credit union at 7.00 pm, Abbeyleix at 7.10 pm and Ballyragget at 7.30pm. Our phone No: 0502- 21291.


Durrow Community Council

Durrow Community Council wish to congratulate Mrs Margaret Guilfoyle, Mary Street, on celebrating her 100th Birthday. In order to mark the occasion the Community Council made a presentation to her at her party in the Castle Arms Hotel. She is wished the very best of health and happiness in the future.


Durrow & District Angling Club

The pike fishing competition for the Harold Lawlor Cup was postponed due to the death of Mr Jack Holohan, Earlsgarden, Attanagh. The committee and members of the club wish to extend their sincere sympathy to the Holohan family.

The next club competition is on Sunday, 5th September, for the Paddy Holohan Memorial Cup for Trout fishing. Fishing from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. Usual rules apply.