3rd/4th July, 1999 – Price: 30p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled by The Durrow Scouts

Thoughts for the day

If we cannot see beauty on sunless days when the sky is grey and cold we’ll never see much when the sky is blue and the earth all green and gold. If we cannot see God in the daily round as we hurry here and there, it’s doubtful whether we’ll ever find him anywhere.


Would you really wish to live again those bygone years? Would you think the joy recaptured would be worth the tears? We cover the past with rosy veils of glamour and romance. But would you want to live again if you could have the chance?


Durrow Summer Camp

On Monday next, 5th July, Durrow Summer Camp will commence with the kiddie camp ( 4 – 6 years) , at the old boys School,, Durrow,  starting at 10 am and over at 3 pm every day. Children are to bring a packed lunch.


Durrow Badminton Club

Durrow Badminton Club in conjunction with Durrow Summer Camp, are running a camp one evening per week for the 6 weeks. It will be held on Monday evenings as follows:

10-12 year olds from 4 – 6pm and 13-16 year olds from 7 – 9 pm.

Coaching and tournaments in Badminton, Tennis and Softball will be held. Anyone interested should come to Durrow Badminton Hall on Monday next, 5th July.


Harps GAA Club

Harps GAA Club in conjunction with Durrow Summer Camp, are running a camp one evening per week for 6 weeks, commencing on Wednesday 7th July for 6 weeks. Times as follows:

9-12 year olds from 4 – 6 pm and 13 – 16 year olds from 7 – 9 pm.

The 4 – 6 pm sessions will be held in The Boys School grounds and the 7 – 9 pm sessions will be held in Durrow Harps GAA grounds.

All interested should come along on Wednesday next, 7th July. Coaching and tournaments will be held over the 6 weeks


Lions Soccer Club

Lions Soccer Club in conjunction with the Durrow Summer Camp, are running a camp one evening per week for 6 weeks, commencing on Thursday 8th July. Times are: 9-12 year olds from 4-6 pm and 13-16 year olds from 7-9 pm.

All sessions will be held in the Lions Soccer Grounds, Cork Road, Durrow. Anyone interested should come along on Thursday next, 8th July.



Congratulations to Paula Bowden, Parknahown and Martin Bergin, Gurteen, on their recent marriage at Cullohill church.

Congratulations to Geraldine Clancy, Barn Hill, Durrow on celebrating her 21st Birthday last weekend.

Congratulations to Clive Sullivan, Tubberboe, Durrow on celebrating his 21st birthday last weekend.


Ballinakill Swimming Pool

The new heated swimming pool was opened recently in Ballinakill. Open hours are as follows:

2.30 – 5.30 pm and 6.30 – 8.30 pm every day expect on Wednesday nights. Wednesday nights are for adults only from 8 – 9 pm.

Admission: Children – £1, Adults – £2, Family membership – £60, Single membership – £35, Student membership – £25.


St Vincent de Paul Society of Durrow

The June collection for the St. Vincent de Paul came to £166.95. We would like to thank all who subscribed to the collection.


Scout news 

Arrangments have been made for a weekend camp for Scouts and Gold Arrow Cubs to Shielbaggen Outdoor Educational Centre, New Ross, Co. Wexford, from Friday 20th August to Sunday 22nd August. 21 Scouts and 6 Leaders will go on this camp. The cost will be subsidised by the Parents & Friends committee. We hope this will be a very enjoyable weekend for all who take part.

Cubs Sports Day 

Our Cubs group took part in the annual sports day in Mountmellick. Each cub had to take in 18 different events and were awarded with medals at the end of the day.

Overnight Camp

On Friday evening, 25th June, our Cub group headed off to Dunmore wood to camp overnight. Weather conditions were perfect and everyone was in great spirits. On arrival all helped to pitch the tents and organise the camp. Activities began with a penalty shoot-out and then a scavanger hunt. Meanwhile Leaders prepared supper, by the time this was eaten and cleaned up it was getting dark. Equipped with torches and jackets we set off on a hike through the woods, we were back after midnight. At this stage we thought that all the  Cubs had burned up their energy and would go to sleep, needless to say that wasn’t so, never-the-less they were ready for action early next morning. After breakfast they took part in a compass trial and rounded off the morning with a few games of tug-o-war. Everyone had an enjoyable time. We would like to thank the parents who helped and contributed to make this event a success, also thanks to the FAS workers for their help.


Durrow Parish Lotto

Monday 21st July: £1000 Jackpot won by Mrs Kathleen Stapleton, Erkindale Drive, Durrow. Numbers:3-5-19

Monday 28th June: No Jackpot winner. Numbers: 4-7-28

£20 won by Ann Foley, Ballyragget and Mary Murphy, Shragh. £10 Noel McKenzie, St Fintins Tce, Durrow.

Next draw on Monday 5th   Jly in The Durrow Inn. Jackpot £600.


Cullohill Church

Church Painting of Cullohill Church is near completion. Thanks to all.


Cullohill church Finance has now reached week 44. Only 8 weeks to the end of the financial year.


Priests finance – the Parish Priest and curate would like to thank everyone who supported them in the recent June-Pentecost Collection. Outstanding offerings will be most welcome anytime.


Harps GAA Club

Both the Harps U/14 Camogie team and the hurling team represented Laois in the Feile na Gael in Wexford last weekend.

The boys were defeated on a count back of score after finishing equal in points to go through to the semi-final. The Harps boys won the competition for Best Banner at the Parade on Saturday last in Enniscorthy.

The camogie girls did well in the Feile competition. Their first match took place in Hollymount against their hosts St. Ibar’s and the Laois girls got off to a flying start, scoring 1-4 to St. Ibor’s no score. Scorers: Mary Cleary 1 – 1, Elaine Mahony 0 – 2,  Michelle Dunne 0 – 1.

Then it was off to coolree to play St. Lactain’s from Freshford. this match was a tightly contested game. Final score: Harps – 2-0 St Lactain’s – 0-1 Scorers for the Harps: Mary Cleary 1-0, Carol Cleary 1-0. Unfortunately Elaine Mahony sustained an injury in this game that put an end to her contribution to Feile. this was a major blow to the team as Elaine plays a prominent role in the forward line.

The final match on Friday was a game played in hollymount, against Duffy Rovers. This was a crucial game for the girls as both teams were on equal points. Final score: Harps: 2 -3 Duffry Rovers 1-2. Scorers for Harps: Mary Cleary 1-3, Michelle Dunne 1-0.

The Harps were now through to the semi-final. St Martin’s hosts of last year, were their opponents. Aine Mahony made some wonderful saves in goals in this game. Final Score: Harps 3-1 St Martin’s 1-0. Scorers: 1 goal each Mary Cleery, Carol Cleery and Michelle Dunne, Aisling Phelan 0-1.

The Final was played in Bellfield in Enniscorthy and the Harps girls were hopeful of another victory to follow that of last year, when they won Division 3. their opponents were Ballyboden/St enda’s Dublin, who were also hoping for success this year as they were appearing in their third successive Division 2 final. The Laois girls made a brave efforts into scores with Mary Cleery scoring their only point of the match while the Dublin girls scored 1-3.

Our congratulations to the Harps girls, they did their County and their club proud and are Alll Ireland Feile Division 2 silver medalists.

The Harps Senior Hurling team overcame Errill in the opening round of Group A of the Senior Hurling Championship in Rathdowney on Saturday 26th June. Final Score:  Harps 1-7 Errill 0-6.


Walk Development 

10 volunteers are coming to Cullohill this weekend to help with locals to develop the Cullohill walkway. They come under a schem called voluntary Services International. They want to work and be involved in the local people. They are 18-29 year olds from: 1 Russian, 1 American, 1 Swiss, 2 French, 2 Germans, 1 Turk, 1 British, 1 Spanish. they will be staying in the locality from 4th – 17th July. We are looking for volunteers to assist with th work being done during their stay. Anyone interested can contact Vincent O’Sullivan at 37100 or Paul Keating at 0505-46320. We welcome the students to our community and hope they enjoy their stay.


Phelans Topline Hardware

Phelans Topline Hardware at Durrow and Ballyragget have some Sizzling Shower bargains this summer. In stock we have Flair corner entry shower units for only £117.50, heavy duty ceramic shower trays only £49.00, White wall tiles at an unbeatable £4.95 per sq yard and 10 litre Durabond tile adhesive for £7.95.

We also stock Mira and Triton Electric, pumped and power showers. Also available in stock we have large range of paints, wallpaper, lawnmowers, garden products, plumbing and general DIY.

So if you are thinking of showers this summer, think Phelans topline hardware at Durrow 0502 36121 or Ballyragget 056 33380.


Progressive 25 Results 

Sunday 20th June:

Joint 1st – Rita McEvoy & Molly Dollard, Jim Dayton & Joe Cass. Joint 2nd – Tom and Julia Ferns, Kieran McNeill & Charlie Keyes.

Other winners – Kitty Mulligan & Mary Doyle, Michael &  Alice Fitzpatrick, Bernie & Ann Kilbride.

Sunday 27th June:

Joint 1st – Kieran McNeill & Mary Kelly, Tom and Julia Ferns, Leo and Catherine Brennan.

Other winners – Madge Brennan & Alice Fitzpatrick, Jack Mooney & Peter Kennedy, Paddy Dunphy & Charlie Keyes.

Raffle winners: 1st Paddy Holland, 2nd Margaret Kealy, 3rd Julia Ferns.

Jackpot £260 on Sunday 4th July at 9.00 pm sharp. The ICA Guild will benefit on the 11th , 18th and 25th July. We hope for your continued support.


Cullohill FAS

Welcome back to our FAS team. The scheme over the years has done tremendous work in the area and the new scheme is wished well. Thanks for their help in restoring the church floor to its former shine after the painting.
We have two people less on the scheme this year. The grass areas will be worked on this week. Now that the school holidays are on the Tayto bags and mineral bottles are appearing on our verges. Please use the Bins provided and keep our village litter free. Thank You.


Music and Drama Classes 

Music and Drama classes have commenced in Presentation Centre, Durrow. These classes will run for ten weeks. There are two sessions:

6-9 year olds 11 am – 12.30 pm

10-12 year olds 1pm – 2.30pm

The price of each class is only £2 per child. The classes will involve singing, dancing, drama workshops and games. Children are invited to bring instruments along if they play them. There will be a performance given by the children at the end of the Summer. For information contact Niamh Lalor at 0502-36225 or Vicky Walsh at 0502-36327.


Knock ’99 

The annual pilgrimage to Knock from Cullohill will be on Tuesday, 27th July.