4th / 5th February 1995.          Price 30p





Prime Light.
Light that allows us to know where we are going; towards the house where God is waiting for us with open arms.

Bright Light.
Light that allows us to know how to go about it; by following the path of His Son who has walked on our roads!

Intense Light.
Light that flashes from the fire of the Spirit to accompany us and to help us march on with courage.



Laois Community Network have set up a Temporary Office in the Presentation Centre Durrow every Wednesday from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Do come along if you need help or information as an individual or a group with business ideas and wish to apply for funding to develop business plans.

Laois Community Network would like to invite you to our seminars on ‘Alternative Farming Enterprises’.

Tuesday 7th February – Ostrich Production. Guest Speakers – Alisha Stewart, The Curragh and David Thompson, Rathdowney.

Wednesday 8th February – Mushroom Production in the 1990’s. Guest Speaker – Des Finamore, Marketing Director, Carbury Mushrooms, Kildare.

Venue: Teagas Offices, 1 Park Villas, Portlaoise. Time: 8.00 p.m. sharp. Admission Free. All are welcome.

For further information ring Aileen Gilchrist at 0502 21721 during Office Hours.



Monday 23rd January: Jackpot of £1,450 was shared by three winners; Dermot Woods, Carrigan St. Durrow, John Bolger, c/o Heywood C.S. Ballinakill, Sean Cashin, Carrigan St. Durrow. Each received £483.

Monday 30th January: Jackpot of £250 was won by Mrs. E. Morrissey, Carrigan Street.

Next draw on Monday 6th February in The Nore Nets. Jackpot £250.



Calander of Events in February;

Wednesday 8th February – Talk to Parents of Third Years (Senior Cycle Options).
Tuesday 14th February – Parent Teacher Meetings – First Years.
Wednesday 15th February – Mock Interviews 7.30 p.m.
Monday 20th February – Mock Examinations start.
Friday 24th to Tuesday 28th February inclusive – Mid Term Break.

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1st Year Enrollments 1995/’96

Parents of incoming 1st Years are reminded that interviews with Principal and Vice Principal will take place on Monday and Tuesday the 6th and 7th February from 2.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
It is not necessary to bring your son/daughter to this meeting.

Aptitude tests on Saturday 11th February 1995, 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. ( See prospectus).



Results for Tuesday 24th January

1st Ian Drennan
2nd Tom Woods
John Gilligan
Noel Meade
Eamon Ryan
Martin O’Leary

Results for Tuesday 31st January

1st Ian Drennan
2nd Tony Roe
Elsie Stewart
Margo McKenzie
Joe Brennan
Conor Murphy



The Junior Branch held the second stage of it’s Grand Prix competition on Thursday 27th January. The theme was “Portrait” and approx 20 prints were entered.

The results were as follows; 1st Jason Walsh, 2nd Jason Walsh, 3rd David Dunne, 4th Claire Doyle, 5th Claire Donohue, 6th Claire Donohue.

With these results now in, the standing is as follows, with two competitions from six now completed;

Jason Walsh 20 points, Kevin Donohue 10 points, Claire Doyle 9 points, David Dunne 4 points, Claire Donohue 4 points, Erin Kelly 3 points, Aisling Ryan 2 points.

The next competition is “Still Life” and this will be judged on 23rd February.

The Senior Branch also completed it’s second competition in the Eddie Moore Memorial Shield. The theme for this competition was “Still Life” and just under 30 prints were submitted. Results as follows;

1st Liam Donohue, 2nd Martin walsh, 3rd Liam Donohue, 4th eugene Meegan, 5th Martin Walsh, Joint 6th L. Donohue & E. Meegan.

Two competitions completed, four remaining. Points table;

Laim Donohue 27.5 points, Eugene meegan 9 points, Martin Walsh 8 points, Breda Kelly 6 points, Frank Campion 1.5 points.

The next Senior Competition is “Landscape” and will be judged on Monday 27th February.


FOR SALE – First Communion Dress with Veil and Headress – Contact 0502 – 36219

FOR SALE – 3 Tickets for The Cranberries concert on 2nd June in The Point Theatre. Price £12.75p. Contact 0502 – 36327.




Durrow Fire Brigade have been very busy recently with several chimney fires and a lot of flooding. During the past week the Brigade dealt with severe flooding on the Derry Road and a great effort by residents, fire personnel and workers kept the damage to dwelling houses to a minimum.



Once again the Lions Soccer Club had some winners in the South East Draw held in Oilgate, Co. Wexford on Friday 20th January. Winner of Garden Shed was Eugene Meegan, Ballyragget. Two £100 winners were Larry Mahony and A. Monnelly. Congratulations to all three winners.



For this Sunday morning – Mary Lawlor, Martin Walsh, Kevin Donohue and Jonathan Walsh.

Weekend 18th / 19th February: Saturday evening; Mary Brophy, Geraldine Phelan, Karen Stapleton, Jason Walsh.

Sunday morning; Seamus Clancy, Andrew Walsh, Lorraine Lawlor, Mark Donohue.


NEW HEADSTONES supplied in Limestone, Marble and Granite. Inscriptions on Old Headstones renovated. Contact Sean O’Brien at 0502-36557.



Durrow Ladies Group A.G.M. will be held on Tuesday 7th February, at 8.00 p.m. sharp in The Durrow Inn. Presentation of First Aid Certificates will be made on the night.

The Group are hoping to run an Assertive Course during the month of March. This will be open to non-members. Anyone interested please contact Bernie Healy – Phone 0502 – 36299.

Members interested in Head To Toe Fashion Show please bring £5 deposit on Tuesday night. Full details later.



Durrow Civil Defence Unit were called out last Friday evening at 6.00 p.m. to assist in the implementation of the emergency plan to combat flooding in the county. Fourteen personell from the Durrow Unit, along with the Mountmellick Unit, assisted Gardai, Fire Brigade personell and the County Council in Portlaoise and Mountmellick.

The role of the Civil Defence was to respond to calls for sandbagging, and the delivery and collection of sandbags. We also carried out evacuations of people from flooded areas. These people were then housed overnight in St. Vincent’s Hospital, Mountmellick. In Portlaoise the Civil Defence were used with the Gardai for traffic diversion.

Also Radio Operators from the Durrow Unit were kept at County Hall Control to relay all the messages between the emergency services and Council staff. This task was carried out by means of VHF and UHF radios and telephones.

The Durrow Unit came off duty at 4.30 a.m. on Saturday morning, however we remained on standby throughout the weekend.


FOR ALL YOUR TYPING REQUIREMENTS – C.V’s, reports etc. contact Ann Geoghegan O’Brien at 0502 – 36557.


CONGRATULATIONS to Treacy Woods, Carrigan Street, who celebrates her 21st Birthday this weekend.

CONGRATULATIONS to Bridget O’Sullivan, Ballykealy, who celebrates her 21st Birthday this weekend.




The Annual General Meeting of Durrow & District Anglers was held in The Durrow Inn on 26th January. Elected to run the club for the coming year were;

Chairman: Con Geoghegan, Vice Chairman: Jim Dwyer, Treasurer: Jim Delahunty, Secretary: Michael Walsh, Committee: Jim Coffey, Denis Lynch, Pat Bowden, Mick O’Rourke, Brendan Sheppard, Mick Nolan and Seamus Coffey.

The club and it’s members would like to thank all the land owners in the Parish for the use of their land last season.

As soon as floodwaters recede work will commence to erect the new footbridge over the river Gully where it enters the Nore in Dunmore Wood. This should be of great benefit to anyone who likes to walk the riverbank in Spring and Summertime.


The top 50 anglers in Ireland will fish the final in Co. Mayo on Saturday 11th February over 5 hours. The top ten anglers from this will represent Ireland later this year in an International against England. The Durrow & District Angling Club has three members through to the final. They are; Jim Delahunty, 1990 Irish Finalist, Mick O’Rourke, 1992 Irish Finalist and Mick Walsh, 1990 & 1992 Irish Finalist, and 1991 & 1993 Irish team member.

With a bit of luck on Saturday 11th the club may have three members on the Irish team. Our best wishes go with them.



Durrow Community Council will hold the annual Senior Citizen’s Party in the Castle Arms Hotel on Sunday 26th February. Invitations will be issued shortly to all Senior Citizens.



A meeting will be held in the Castle Arms Hotel on Thursday 9th February, at 8.00 p.m. sharp. All members are asked to attend.


CONGRATULATIONS to Paul and Damien Clooney, Erkindale Drive, who celebrated their 21st Birthday recently

CONGRATULATIONS to Sinead Kelly, Erkindale Drive, who celebrates her 21st Birthday this weekend.



On Friday 27th January 24 Cubs and 5 Leaders went to Mountrath to take part in the Annual Cub Table Quiz. Two Cub Packs took part, Mountrath and Durrow, consisting of six tables of four from each group. Mountmellick were unable to attend due to the bad flooding in the area. It was a very closely contested quiz with four teams running very close at the end. At the end of the final round both Mountrath and Durrow were on level score and went to a tie-break. It was a very exciting finish with Durrow scoring three points and Mountrath two points out of a final round of five. The winning team were as follows; Muireann Phelan, John Phelan, Jonathan Stapleton and Marie Clancy. The trophies will be presented at a later date.




We would ask you to pray for the girls in 5th and 6th classes who will make their Confirmation on Sunday 19th February.

Results of School Draw on Friday 3rd February:

£100 – Breda Dowling, C/o Clancys, Fermoyle, Attanagh.
£50 – Kelly Family, Townspark.
£10 – Pat Walshe, Bishopswood, Durrow.
£10 Teresa McEvoy, Meelick, Portlaoise.
£10 – Bernadette Sheppard, Mill Road, Durrow.
£10 – Ryan Family, Attanagh.