2nd/3rd November, 1996                                                                                                                                Price 30p



The Feast Of Christ The King 

The Solemnity of Christ the King comes as we wind to the close of another year. What does it mean? In a word that claim of God’s law upon the human heart takes priority over all other claims.

When we speak of the heart we also speak of freedom, which as God’s gift, permits love. Christ’s way is to draw us to Him not compel us. He wants us to accept Him freely. This is the reason why he never worked a miracle until He saw evidence of faith. It was never the other way round. First faith, then miracle, never the miracle first. Christ is a King of hearts, then He invites us, draws us, to Himself. Today we pray that we will utilize our freedom to follow Christ our King, to allow ourselves to be drawn by his love. We ask Him to enlighten our conciences, where he speaks to us in the innermost recesses  of our personhood and helps us to respond to His subtle summons. We do this by reviewing our allegiance to Him today as Lord of Lords and King of Kings forever. The annual Solemnity of Christ the King gives us fresh opportunity to rehearse the truth, that the coming of Jesus’ Kingdom can be accelerated by our daily witness – and prayer.

Advent follows this beautiful Feast so why not think of daily Mass now to prepare for the next great Feast – that of Christmas.



The Parish Apostolic Society thank most sincerely everyone who supported their Sale of Work on Sunday the 20th October. The raffle winners were; Sheila Delaney, Cullohill, Frank Campion, Cork Road, Durrow, Julie lalor, Cork Road, Durrow and Sabrina Ruth, Erkindale Drive, Durrow. Guess the Weight of Cake: Rev. Fr. Sean O’Doherty P.P. Guess Amount of Money in Jar: Nancy Mahony, Chapel Street, Durrow.



Iyengar Yoga for Health & Relaxation. Svada Rabinowicz’s Yoga Class for beginners will start on Thursday, November 7th, at 8.30 p.m. in the Presentation Centre Hall, Durrow.

Anybody interested in a morning class, to start later in the month, please phone 36580 (evenings).



The A.G.M. of the Badminton Club will be held on Tuesday 5th November at 9.00 p.m. All members are urged to attend. We wish each of the 4 teams the best of luck as the League begins this week.

Open nights will continue on Tuesday nights at 8.30 p.m.


Well Done to LuLu Carroll on a brilliant display of football, when the Laois Ladies played the replay of the Ladies All Ireland Football Final recently. Unfortunately they were defeated by Monaghan after a hard fought game.

Congratulations to twins Agnes and Breda Deegan, Cullohill, who celebrate their 21st Birthday this weekend.

Congratulations to Olivia Spencer, Rapla, Cullohill, who celebrated her 21st Birthday recently.




The Junior Branch of the Durrow & District Camera Club will hold the last round of it’s Grand Prix on Monday 11th November. All prints are to be in the Club by 8.00 p.m. sharp.

The Club holds it’s Annual Exhibition on Sunday 10th November. All members who have prints to exhibit please leave them down to the Club on Friday night, 8th of November.



Silver Circle Results

Week 3

1st Holiday Voucher – Jaqualine Quinn, Staff, Heywood C.S.
2nd Bicycle – Sheila Delaney, The Square, Ballinakill.
3rd drapery Voucher – Kathleen Kirwan, raggettstown, Ballinakill.
4th Radio/C.D. – Mrs. O’Brien, The Square, Ballinakill.
5th Meal Voucher – Shane O’Rourke, Ballyknocken, Portlaoise.
6th Voucher – Laois Educational Supplies – Suzette Phelan, Westfield, Abbeyleix.

Week 4

1st Holiday Voucher – Joe Carroll, Church View, Abbeyleix.
2nd Portable T.V. Set – Betty Delaney, Clashboy, Timahoe.
3rd Grocery Voucher – Donal Morrissey, Laois Concrete, Portlaoise.
4th Sports Voucher – Conor Murphy, The Square, Durrow.
5th Meal Voucher – Sarah O’Rourke, Boley, Abbeyleix.
6th Voucher L.E.S. – Breda Dunphy, Heywood Demense, Ballinakill.

Congratulations to Mary kells, Cullohill, on winning the Best Second Year Student’s Mathematics Award 1995/’96.



On Saturday November 2nd a team from Durrow macra Na Feirme will represent laois in the Regional Final of the Agriculture Affairs Quiz, which will be held in Baltinglass. We wish them well.

The club have organised a trip to Thurles on November 9th, where they will go to the Greyhound Track and later to a Disco. Anyone interested in joining them can contact any member.

The next meeting will be held on Friday November 8th in the Presentation Centre at 9.30 p.m. New members always welcome.



Sunday morning – Mary Lawlor, Natasha Kenna, Jason Walsh and Seamus Stapleton.
Weekend 16th/17th November: Saturday evening – Andrew Walsh, Niall Donohue, Sharon Lynch and Eve Walsh.
Sunday morning – Pat Walsh, Lorainne lawlor, David Dunne and Jonathan Walsh.



The Foroige Club had it’s Annual Halloween Fancy Dress Party on 31st October. This was a great success, lots of money was raised and everyone had a great time.

At the moment we are trying to organize some fund raising activities eg. Cake Sale, Disco etc. so we hope that you will support us in these events.


Carpets Cleaned: Carpets Shampooed to high standard, £8 per room. Car Interiors Valated, seats and floor carpets shampooed, Dash and all Leather polished – £25.  Cars fully Valeted inside and outside – £40. Contact 056 – 33429.



The Beaver and Cub sections will re-open on Friday 8th November. The Beavers will have their meetings from 5.00 to 6.00 p.m. The Cubs from 7.00 to 8.00 p.m.

At the moment the Leaders from both these sections are putting the final touches to their programmes which will take them to the end of the year.

The Group Council would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people for their services to the Beavers and Cubs sections over the last number of years – Mary Brophy, Geraldine Phelan, Michael Lanigan, Kathleen Stapleton and Virginia Dunne. Without these people giving up a lot of their time, those sections would not have been the success that they were. Again, on behalf of everyone concerned – thank you.



The Durrow Carnival Committee are holding it’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 5th November at 8.30 p.m. sharp in the C.Y.M.S. Old Boys School Hall. All clubs are asked to send a representative to this important meeting.



The Lions Soccer Club have their pitch drained, leveled and resown and the grass has now appeared. They are currently playing all home games at Dereen Cross, Durrow, by kind permission of Jimmy Kells.

To fund this project a huge financial drive to sell Parish Lotto tickets and tickets in the South East Draw is now on. Tickets for South East Draw are £20 each or £5 per monthly draw for four months. First draw is second week in November. Tickets are available from all club members. last year the Lions sold a top prize of a Car to Pat Brennan, Ballyouskill and twenty other valuable prizes. Your support will be much appreciated.



A Cookery Demonstration with Jim Tynan of Jim’s Country Kitchen, Portlaoise, will be held in the Castle Arms Hotel on Tuesday 12th November at 8.00 P.m. Tickets £5 each. The Parents Council of Our Lady’s Meadow P.S. are organising the demonstration in aid of school funds. Tickets are available from parents or the school. A great night assured.


Phone 0502-36411

Rent a video – No membership needed.
NEWEST RELEASES: Trainspotting, Heat, Father Of The Bride, Toy-Story, Desperado, Jumanji, 12 Monkeys, Broken Arrow.
Good Selection Of Children’s Movies



Well done to six members of Durrow Civil Defence who recently won the All Ireland final in Sligo. They were: Seamus Clancy, Sean Ivory, mark Donohue, Ronan Lawlor, Michael Grogan and Ian Kelly. They were part of Laois Civil Defence team who won the All Ireland title.


Congratulations to Rowena Saunders, Cullohill and Tom Hawkes on their recent engagement.

Congratulations to Seamus Brophy, Aughmacart and Teresa Hennessy, Crosspatrick, on their recent engagement.

Congratulations to Billy Woods, Carrigan Street, Durrow and margaret Devine, Drogheda, on their engagement.




Bus to Fashion Show from Cullohill on Tuesday next, 5th November. Bus will be in village at 6.30 p.m. leaving at 6.45 p.m. sharp. Mass on Wednesday 13th November at 8.00 p. m. will be offered for the deceased members of Cullohill I.C.A.



Calling all card players to Cullohill Community Centre Progressive “25” every Wednesday night at 8.30 p.m.

Winners Wednesday 30th October: 1st Prize – Bill Walsh and Neddie Delaney, Eamon and Ann Fitzpatrick.


WANTED: Personal Assistant to lady in wheelchair in Durrow / Ballacolla area. Person applying must be on Unemployment Assistance or Unemployment Benefit for one year, or if you are a lone parent.

Contact: Portlaoise FAS Office, phone no. 21462.



Durrow C.Y.M.S. Hall now opened nightly, fo Snooker, Billards, Pool, Cards, Television room. Two full size tables, one Pool Table.

Membership: Seniors – £10, Juniors – £3. Open from October to April. New members welcome.



Results Monday 21st October: No Jackpot winner. £50 won by Jim Dwyer, Cork Road. No.s 9 – 14 – 15.

Results Monday 28th October: No Jackpot winner. £50 won by John Phelan, Cork Road, Durrow.

Next Draw on Monday 4th november in Phelan’s Lounge. Jackpot £850.


Harps G.A.A. Club would like to thank O’Connells, Cullohill, Maher’s, Ballacolla and Tommy Walsh, Durrow, for their sponsorship of prizes at their Cabaret held in Cullohill recently.



Durrow Tidy Towns Committee wish to thank everyone who supported the Cabaret which they held recently in the Castle Arms Hotel, and also to thank those who gave Raffle Prizes. Winner of Door Prize was claire O’ Flanagan, Cork Road, Durrow.

Our next fundraising effort will be a Church Gate Collection on the weekend 16th/17th November. Your support is needed for the ongoing work being done in the town and surrounding areas.


Congratulations to Richard McGeough, Derry Road, Durrow, who passed out for the Gardai at a ceremony in Templemore Training Centre recently.

Best Wishes go to Conor Murphy, The Square, Durrow, who has started training in the Garda training Centre, Templemore.

Congratulations to Alriona Costigan, Cannonswood, on being conferred with an Honours Degree in English and Economics at U.C.D. recently.