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Christmas dinner was over and the table was cleared. The adults bloated and heavy eyed, half watched The Sound of Music on T.v. Scattered around the floor were the toys that had been opened with such whoops of glee at 4.00 a.m. a radio controlled tank, a computer game, a doll that could open and close its eyes and do a wee-wee.
All discarded. The children were back at the table absorbed in a home-made game of table-top football, flicking a piece of orange peel from one to another with the salt and pepper for goal posts.

Uncle Edward, who had spent a fortune on toys, gazed at them and wondered whether he’d have been better off just bringing them the piece of orange peel instead.
Buying expensive presents for the kids is, perhaps, understandable. And they’ll go back to their toys eventually. But adults can be just as fickle when it comes to enjoying the presents they get. How many will you put in your drawer on St. Stephen’s Day, never to be seen again until Spring-cleaning?

We can’t do much about the presents we receive, but we can do something about the gifts we give. If you’ve still got Christmas shopping to do, ask yourself these questions before lashing out on extravagant presents:

Is there a difference between a present and a gift?
Why do I give Christmas gifts?
What do they express?
How much of myself goes into them?
Do I give any present merely out of habit or convention or social pressure?
Do I feel obliged to spend a lot of money on presents?
How can I give more imaginative and creative gifts without spending a lot?
Can I give home-made gifts?

A little more thought could save you a lot of money and bring someone else a lot more joy.



The Durrow Credit Union A.G.M. was held on Thursday 23rd November 1995.

The Chairman, Oliver Clooney opened the meeting by welcoming everyone. The Secretary, Ann Rafter read the minutes of the last year’s A.G.M. Then it was the turn for the Treasurer’s report read by Rita Casey. In the report Rita told the meeting that 90 new members had joined in the last year, bringing membership up to almost 1,000.

Stated also was that assets at present were up £115,000 on last year and at present are £569,819, last year assets were £454,713.

Next report was by Mr. C. Bardon, Auditor, who stated that proper books of accounts have been kept by the Credit Union. The financial statement is agreement with the book of accounts.

Finally the Chairman in his closing address thanked all directors, supervisors and tellers for their work done over the past year. He said that any bad debts will be persued vigorously until recovered. He also said that  when members are in receipt of loans that they honour their payments. His final words were to invite everyone present to have a sandwich and a cup of tea.

There was about 70 people in attendance. There was also a free draw for those people who attended the meeting. Winners were Rosary Lacey, Sean Kelly, Helena Dunphy, Breda Kelly, Marie Clooney, Benny Dunne, Breda Phelan, Susan Lawlor, Vera Kenna and Mary Walsh.

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The following people were elected at the Organization meeting held on Tuesday 28th November:

Chairman: Oliver Clooney – Vice Chairman: Peter Monnelly
Secratary: Ann Rafter – Ass. Secretary: Sarah Brophy
Treasurer: Rita Casey – Ass. Treasurer: Michael Kells
P.R.O.: Philip Monnelly – Membership Officer: Catherine Clancy
Director: Mary Walsh

Credit Committee: Owen Casey (Chairman), Kathleen Geoghan (Secretary), Oliver Clooney and Peter Monnelly.

Supervisors: Tony Dooley, Jack Phelan and Margaret Tobin.
Auditor: Chris Bardon.



Durrow Foroige Club are holding a Coffee Morning and Cake Sale on Sunday morning, 10th December after 11 a.m. Mass in the Presentation Centre. Donations appreciated. All are welcome.



The Senior Branch held the 2nd competition of the Eddie Moore Memorial Shield ’95/’96 recently. There were a high number of top quality entries on the night and after the votes were counted Paul Cashin was judged to be in both 1st and 2nd place with Liam Donohue in 3rd. Paul now has a commanding lead of 26 points after two competitions with Terence Smeaton in 2nd spot with 10 points. The theme of the competition was “Hobbies”. Next stage on 29th January – theme “Special Effects”.

The first competition in the Junior Branch’s Grand Prix takes place on this Monday 4th December in the club premises, the theme being “Macro / Close Up”.

All members both Senior and Junior are reminded that the “Photographer of the Year” competitions take place on Monday 11th December – and “Print of the Year” also. Prints should be in club at 7.30 p.m. Usual rules apply.



Christmas Concert

The Christmas Concert ‘Angels on High’ will take place on Thursday 14th December, Friday 15th December and Saturday 16th December in the G.P. room at 8.00 p.m. sharp. All are welcome.

Booking for the Concert will be on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th in the school from 9.15 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. Pre-paid tickets are £2 each and there will be strictly no admission without tickets.

Donations of raffle prizes would be greatly appreciated.

Coffee Day

Thanks to all who supported our Coffee Day recently. Hope to see you again in the New Year.


SYMPATHY is extended to the Kelly family, Townspark, on their recent bereavement.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Moore family, Ballinaslee, on their recent bereavement.


CONGRATULATIONS to Kevin Barry, Dunmore who celebrated his 21st Birthday recently.

CONGRATULATIONS to Vicky Walsh, Erkindale Drive, who celebrated her 21st Birthday recently.


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Heywood Community School will be officially opened by Mr. Bernard Allen T.D. (Minister of State at the Department of Education), blessed by His Lordship Most Rev. Dr. Laurence Ryan D.D. (Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin) and The Right Rev. Noel Willoughby (Bishop of Cashel and Ossory) on Tuesday 5th December.

In conjunction with this event the school is holding an open day in the school from 1.00 p.m. to 4 p.m. following the official opening.

The Official Opening commences at 10.45 a.m. sharp. After the main ceremonies you are invited to visit the classrooms. Various displays, activities and events are being organised for the day. All parents and their 6th class child are invited to come to the Open day. light refreshments will be provided at various points throughout the school.


Geraldine Cranny

Treat yourself in the comfort of your own home at Christmas to: Perms, Cuts and Colours.
Monday to Saturday. Phone 0502-31713.
Make your Christmas appointment now.
Wishing all my customers a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.



The Harps claimed the Minor B Football Championship for ’95 with a brilliant victory over a very fancied Portarlington side.

Portarlington, sporting three senior players that won the Senior Championship this year had to yield to a very determined spirited Harps team. The team short a few of their more established players showed the never say die spirit that all our football teams have in the Harps with a scoreline 4 – 3 to 13 points. With hard work this team can look foward to a very bright future in Under – 21, Junior B and Senior football.

The Harps players and club alike would like to wish a speedy recovery to Johnny Holland who received a very bad injury in breaking his right leg. He spent two weeks in Tullamore Hospital and is now recovering at home. Hoping to see him out and about for Christmas.

The club would like to thank Gabrial Irwin, Seamus Campion and Tommy Walsh who guided the Minor team to success.

The harps Juvenile G.A.A. would like to congratulate the Holy Family Boys School Durrow, on winning the Cumann Na mBunscol Football Final early in the month.




Durrow Badminton Club are holding their Annual Bazaar on Sunday 10th December. Santa will be arriving at the hall at 2.30 p.m. There will be a Cake Stall, Bottle Stall, Wheel of Fortune etc. All club members are asked for their support on the day.

We are asking all Juvenile members to bring a bottle for the Bottle Stall and Senior members to bring cakes for the Cake Stall. We look forward to your support.


CONGRATULATIONS to Conor Murphy, The Square, who celebrates his 21st Birthday this weekend.


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The Rory O’Moore Pipe Band Committee are holding a Cabaret on Saturday 9th December in the Nore Nets. Music by MARTIN & TED. Door Prize of £20. Subscription £1.



Durrow Tidy Towns Committee are pleased with the good response to the letter and questionnaire distributed recently. Your comments were much appreciated. All replies were entered in our draw for Lottery tickets.

Winners: 1st Veronica Dunne, 37 Erkindale Drive – 20 Lottery Tickets. 2nd Ger Tynan, Dunmore – 10 Lottery tickets.



S.O.S. Kilkenny Ltd. wish to thank all those who contributed to their envelope collection during their annual appeal. Your generosity is vital to the work of S.O.S. in the provision and development of services for the mentally handicapped of the Diocese.



Monday 20th November: Jackpot of £1,850 was shared by two winners; James Martyn, Ballygogue, Ballacolla and Barry Hudson, Ennisnag, Stoneyford. They received £925 each.

Monday 27th November: No Jackpot winner. £50 to Donal Deegan, Cullohill.

Next draw on Monday 4th December in Lennons Lounge. Jackpot £450.



Owing to the official opening there will be no draw on Monday night 4th December. The two final draws in the series will be held on Monday 11th December at 9.00 p.m.



This Sunday 3rd December – Martin Walsh, Mark Donohue, Jason Walsh and Kevin Donohue.

Weekend 16th / 17th December: Saturday evening – Pat Young, Mark Young, Natasha Kenna and Eoin Lalor.

Sunday morning: Aileen Donohue, Mary Lawlor, Pat Walsh and Niall Donohue.



The Lions Soccer Club wish to thank everyone who supported the South East Draw. Regrettably the first draw was held on Friday 24th November and the Lions had no winner. We now look forward to the December draw where there is 10 extra prizes on offer.

Members who subscribe every month are now asked for their subscription for December.


DURROW COMMUNITY COUNCIL wish to remind everyone that they are holding a Church Gate Collection on this Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December at all Masses to help towards the expenses of erecting a Christmas tree. Please give generously to help make Durrow more festive.