29th/30th May, 1993 – Price: 20p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled by Durrow Scouts



“In a little while” He told them “you will see me again”. He did not say how the sight would come, only that it surely would.

They waited, and the fire came leaping gladly, joyfully.
They waited, and the wind came blowing freely.
They waited, and the Spirit came, kindly as a dove.
And the dove lifted them on wings of peace and joy.

Then, consumed by their coming they went and consumed the world with Christ’s love. And now we come, waiting.


Durrow & District Camera Club

The club is organising an open photographic competition on the theme “DURROW”. The competition is being sponsored by The Castle Arms Hotel. Details are as follows:

Durrow and District Camera Club
Open Photographic Competition
Sponsored by Castle Arms Hotel.

Entry is Free – Junior (under 16) and Senior (16+) categories. Trophies for winners and runners up. Photographs will be exhibited in the Castle Arms on 24th and 25th July 1993. Copies of best prints framed and put on permanent exhibition in Castle Arms.


  1. Prints in senior section must be a minimum of 10″ X 8″.
  2. Prints in Junior section any size.
  3. Prints must be recent and taken in the Parish of Durrow.
  4. Closing date for entry 22nd July.
  5. Entries to be handed in to Castle Arms or to any camera club member.
  6. Maximum of 5 prints per person.
  7. Name, address and category of entrant to be on the back of all prints.

All Welcome To Participate.

Members travelling to Donegal on the Bank Holiday weekend are reminded that the bus will leave from outside the club premises at 2.00pm sharp on Friday 4th June.



Sympathy is extended to the Joyce family on their recent bereavement.


Sponsored Cycle

Sponsored cycle taking place in aid of the Holy Family Boy’s School on this Sunday 30th May. Starting from The Square at 1.30pm Check in from 12.30pm.


Scout News

The troop undertook a very successful joint Bivi night with the Rathdowney Troop recently. The Bivi night took place in Dunmore Wood and over 40 Scouts and Leaders took aprt in the activity. During the course of the night we held an excercise through the forest with joint Durrow/Rathdowney patrols and when this was finished the scouts watched a very through and professional Civil Defense excercise. This night will be submitted for the Troops outdoor award log because of the good attendance.


Mary Conroy 
Hair and Beauty Salon

Mary Conroy’s Hair and Beauty Salon has now moved to a new premises on Mary Street (i.e. Conroy’s Shop). The new phone number is 36380 and the salon is open from Tuesday – Saturday 10.00pm to 6.00pm. (Late on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 9.00pm)

New Turbo Sunbed treatments are £30 for 10 sessions plus 1 extra free. Appointments available during lunch and after 6.00pm.


Our Lady’s Meadow Primary School

Congratulations to all in our Lady’s Meadow School who won a Certificate of Merit and £100 worth of saving stamps in the “An Post National Youth Savers Awards for schools”. We look forward to the presentation during the coming weeks.

The children will travel to Bunratty castlle, Bunratty folk park and Shannon Airport on their school tour on June 11th.

We look forward to our sports day with the pupils of the boys school on Wednesday 9th June and are praying for a fine day.

All children are praying hard for those doing examinations during the coming weeks. we wish all our past pupils every success.

The results of this weeks draw  are as follows:

1st £100 Nora Coady, Ballykealy
2nd £50 Bridget Sheppard, Attanagh
3rd £10 Betty Murphy, Laurel Lodge, Dunmore
4th £10 Jim Dwyer, Cork Road
5th £10 Brendan Kelly, Tallyho
6th £10 Leo Dunne, Dunmore
7th £10 Sr Marie-Therese, Presentation Sisters.


Durrow & District Anglers

The Durrow Fishing Club held a very successful Trout Fishing Competition for the O’Diunn Cup on Sunday, 23rd May. The winners were as follows:

1st Patrick Kavannagh, Dublin 2.57 lbs.
2nd Michael Nolan, Castlecomer, 1.93 lbs.
3rd Rita Buckley, Durrow, 1.61 lbs

 The next competition for Pike Fishing will be held on June 20th for the Brendan Sheeran Memorial.



Congratulations to Brian Walsh, 18 Erkindale Drive, who celebrated his 21st Birthday recently.


Durrow Civil Defense 

Durrow Civil Defence recently tested their major disaster plan for the town and area. The excercise which was a resounding sucess, was held in the Dunmore Wood area on Saturday night, 22nd May. Here is an outline of the event.

24.00 hrs: The excercise commander and casualties gathered at the old cellars in Dunmore wood. The casualties were “made up” and placed in their positions.

24.45 hrs: Durrow rescue unit are placed on full alert, pending all out. The team gathered at the H.Q on the Cork Road. Equipment, first aid gear, radios etc, were loaded and the jeep drove out ready to go. Now it was a case of waiting on the call.

01.00 hrs: The exercise commander, Aidan Doyle, came on the air and placed an official request for Durrow rescue to assist in a rescue operation in the Dunmore woods. A light aircraft had crashed in the wood, hitting a dwelling house, trapping persons under the rubble and started a number of fires. The unit responded and the jeep was set off.

01.08 hrs: The rescue team arrived at the disaster area. Personnel and equipment were unloaded and a brief was given by the commander. The scene that met us was one of utter confusion. A large fire was burning in the middle of the site and around it casualties were strewn. We were also informed that a number of people were trapped underground. Our first task was to extinguish the fire. A pump team went into action and got it under control. At the same time the remaining team set up the generator and emergency lighting equipment. with the area now flood lit we began a sweep search of the area to find the trapped casualties. They were discovered in a small pocket about 6 feet underground. the entrance was only two feet wide, caved in a blocked. Tunneling and cutting equipment had to be used to open a hole large enough to allow a stretcher down. The team now entered the survival pocket and the task that lay ahead was daunting.There was eight injured people, all stretcher cases and the injuries included burns, unconsciousness, blast, pelvic and spinal injuries. Because of the fact that we were underground, stretchers had to be hauled to the surface with ropes. The last casualty was removed at 3.10 hrs. At this stage we would like to Thank the following.

Durrow and Rathdowney Scout Leaders, Adian Doyle who acted as exercise commander, Gay Lawlor, Durrow Fire Station Officer and finally our cameraman, Michael Gaughan who filmed the exercise and produced an excellent video. Thanks Mick.

We would like to say that if at any stage Civil Defense are required for First aid duty, crowd control etc, please feel free to contact us.


For Sale 

Three Drawer Chest of Drawers, Three Drawer Dressing Table and Wardrobe. Jones/Brother Electric sewing machine. Telephone – 36224


Free to good home

12 week old male pup. ring 36340 after 6.00pm


Good Luck

Best of Luck to Gaughan’s Pub who are competing in the second round of Smithwicks Singing Pubs Competition which takes place in the Durrow Inn on Thursday 3rd June.


Durrow Tidy Towns

Durrow Tidy Towns appeals to everyone to get their areas into shape as judging for 1993 is due to commence in June. Householders are reminded to fill their window boxes with flowers and to hang their hanging baskets.

The committee are delighted with the work being done by FAS 4, but extra work is needed to be done by each and every householder, for example, brushing and cleaning the street outside their houses, picking up litter and generally keeping their area clean and tidy.


Clean Up Ireland Week 1993

The Department of the Environment has designated the week commencing Monday 31st May as “Clean up Ireland Week” and as part of it’s programme Laois county Council is arranging the following:

  1. Extended Tip-site Opening hours: Tip-head at Kyletelisha, Portlaoise will remain open to the public until 8.00pm Monday – Friday and until 5.00pm on Saturday during the week.
  2. Special Bulky Household Goods Collection: Special bulk collection can be arranged on request by local public representatives, local interest groups or residents associations by contacting the local Area Engineers offices in Portlaoise (0502-21451), Stradbally (0502-25227) and Borris-in-Ossery (0505-41123)
  3. Schools, Tidy Towns groups or residents Associations organising clean-up activities in their areas the Council will be giving any assistance possible by the Council if contacted at the above Area Offices.


Heywood Community School

Heywood Community School began offering a Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme course to 4th year students in September 1992. The course,  as the name suggests, is vocational in orientation and offers pupils the opportunity of completing their Leaving Certificate while at the same time receiving some preparation for the world of work. Extra time is allocated to the study of Technology based subjects and each year pupils are required to do two weeks work experience with local employers. This year’s 4th years have finished their work experience and the reaction from both pupils themselves and employers has been very favourable.

Heywood Community School wishes all its students sitting exams in the coming weeks the very best of luck.


Durrow Parish Lotto

Result for Monday 17th May – Jackpot £350 not won. Winner of draw for £50, Ed. Cleere, Attanagh.

Result for Monday 24th May – Jackpot £500 shared between Sean O’Shea, Attanagh and Ray Phelan, Lisbigney, Ballinakill.

Next draw on Monday 31st May in Cashin’s Bar. Jackpot £200.


Good Luck and best wishes to all students sitting exams over the coming weeks.