19th / 20th December, 1998 – Price 30p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled by The Durrow Scouts



When Mary and Joseph were preparing to leave Galilee and go up to Jada for the census the three wise men were already on the way. They had seen the Star of the prophecy and had set out in faith on the long long journey to Bethlehem. Had they doubted or delayed they would have missed their moment and arrived too late to see the King.

Soon we too we must be at the manger with our gifts of praise and adoration. Spiritually, we should already be on the way for there will be many things between now and then to waylay and detain us. We make costly elaborate and exhausting preparations to entertain ourselves and our friends, but how much time do we spend in preparing to meet the King?


Christmas is like a lamp that lights the closing year. A lamp that radiates a glow of charity and cheer. a lamp that burns at every window with a golden ray and warms the heart in winter when the world seems cold and grey.



Monday 23rd November

No Jackpot winner. Nos. 2 – 6 – 24.
£20 won by mary Clear, Derry Road, Durrow and Anne Marie Dunne, Castlecomer.
£10 Nancy Campion, Erkindale Drive, Durrow.

Monday 30th November

No Jackpot winner. Nos. 9 – 11 – 14.
£20 won by Michael loughman, Gurteen and Gerry Dunne, Dunmore, Durrow.
£10 Joe Murphy, Durrow.

Next draw will be held in Phelan’s Lounge. Jackpot £700.
The Christmas Draw, with over 20 prizes to be raffled, will be held on Monday 21st December in Gerri’s Bar.



Durrow Tidy Towns Committee are holding a Caberet in the Castle Arms Hotel on Sunday 6th December. Music by the Websters. Tickets £1 each. Please support this cabaret as funds are badly needed to cover the cost of keeping the town cleaned as FAS workers cannot do this work. Tickets are on sale from all committee members.



Church Gate Collection will be taken up on this weekend at both Masses. The proceeds of this collection will go towards the cost of erecting the Christmas tree. Your support will be greatly appreciated.


CONGRATULATIONS to Raymond Campion, Erkindale Drive, Durrow, on celebrating his 21st Birthday recently.


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Sixth class pupils had a very interesting and enjoyable trip to Dublin last Thursday week (17th November). They travelled to Dublin by train and began their day with a tour of the National Museum on Kildare Street. The tour commenced with the Stone Age Period artefacts and continued through the ages culminating in the Viking’s Longships Exhibition where the pupils were able to talk to boat-builders from Roskilde, Denmark who are building a replica of a Viking fishing boat in the Museum, and observe them at their work as well as viewing other relevant objects from the Viking era.
From there we went to McDonalds on Grafton Street for a very welcome lunch and rest after which we all did some window shopping.
At 2.45 p.m. it was off to Dail Eireann for our visit to Leinster House. Here we were met by our local T.D. Sean Fleming who organised a tour of the Dail for us. This was very interesting and enjoyable. After our official tour sean Fleming treated everyone to refreshments in the Dail canteen. Sincere thanks to Deputy Fleming for his kindness to everyone and his help and interest. Thanks also to jack Phelan and Marian, Cork Road, for their help in organising this visit.
After a long tiring but most enjoyable day we went back to Heuston Station for our train home.
Thanks also to our Parents Council for subsidising our trip.


FOR SALE – 3 Piece Suite ( Dark Green )
Second-hand Gas Cooker, 4 rings. Contact: 0502-36269



The clubs two major end of the year competitions, “The Photographer of the Year” and “The Print of the Year” competitions take place in the club premises on Monday 14th December. Members should have their prints up at 8.30 p.m. on the night. The Photographer of the Year competition is for the “Joe Brophy Memorial Cup” which will be presented by Mrs. Mary Brophy who is always a welcome visitor to our premises. The Print of the Year competition which is for the “Civil Defense Shield” will be presented by Seamus Clancy from the local Civil Defense Unit.

The best 5 combined 10″ x 8″ prints will win the “Joe Brophy Cup” while the best single print will take the “Civil Defense Shield”.

Unfortunately this year, due to a fall off in membership, there will be no Junior competition which has been kindly sponsored by John Freeman every year.
Hopefully the Junoir Branch can be re-activated in the New Year.


CONGRATULATIONS to Gabby and Gerri Irwin, Mary Street, Durrow on the birth of a son, Diarmuid.
CONGRATULATIONS to Ger and Madeline Conroy, Patrick Street, Durrow, on the birth of a daughter.


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The usual monthly meeting of Cullohill I.C.A. was held on Tuesday last. Votes of sympathy were passed with local families who were bereaved since we last met. Corrospondence was read and report on Federation meeting. Everyone is encouraged to attend the protest march for our hospital on Saturday 12th December. Members who attended the Federation Christmas Party on Thursday last had an enjoyable night. There will be no meeting in January and we wish everyone a Happy Christmas & New Year.


SYMPATHY is extended to Ann Phelan and family, Oldtown, Cullohill, on the death of Kitty Barber R.I.P.
SYMPATHY is extended to the Cahill family, The Scrub, Cullohill, on the death of their sister Kathleen Maher.
SYMPATHY is extended to the Roberts and Conroy families on the death of Mary Byrne formerly from Bishopswood, Durrow.


PART TIME POSITION – Part-Time Security position in the Durrow area. Contact the FAS Office at 0502-36376 or 21462.



The Annual General Meeting of Harps G.A.A. Club will be held on Friday 18th December in the Castle Arms Hotel at 8.30 p.m. sharp. All members are asked to attend this important meeting.

Laois G.A.A. are holding a Church Gate Collection on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th at all Masses. Proceeds for the Omagh Bomb victims. Local clubs will be collecting. Your support will be appreciated.

Congratulations to the Harps U / 16 Camoige team who won the under 16 Camoige Shield Final on Sunday last. They beat Mountmellick 1-7 to 1-4. Team: Teresa Dollard, Orla Phelan, Aine Lawlor, Patricia Dunphy, Maeve Brophy, Nicola Brophy, Sinead Mahony, Denise Quigley, Lisa Clancy, Louise Mahony, Michelle Dunne, Mary Cleary.
Subs: Ciara Lanigan, Elaine Mahony, Treacy Lynch.
Well done to trainer Martin Brophy and to all the girls.



The Lions held a hard fought, deserved victory over Callan United by 1-0 in Durrow on Sunday last. Scorer was Karl Lawlor from the penalty spot.
The Lions B team lost to Clover United by 2-0 in league game in Rathdowney.
The Lions U / 13 team lost to St. Canices 4-0 in the league. The scoreline does not reflect the contribution the young Lions made to the game. Only for late goals for St. Canices the game would have ended in a scoreless draw. Best for the Lions were Michael Larkin and Brendan Murphy.

Next South East Draw will be held on December 11th in Carlow. We hope to have many more winners.


CONGRATULATIONS to Dan and Ann-Marie Deegan, Cullohill, on the birth of a daughter Avril.

CHOIR: Practice continues every Tuesday night at 8.00 p.m. in the Church.


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An Area Development Plan is being drawn up at the moment for this region of the County. It is known as the BRADS Area Development Plan which includes the areas of Ballinakill, Raheen, Abbeyleix, Durrow and Shanahoe.

The plan is well under way at this stage and should be made public in the near future. Four members of the Forum Committee – Hugh Sheppard, Vincent O’Brien, Mary Walsh and Anne Vaugh have been attending meetings since August together with groups from the other four areas. LEADER appointed Donna McGreevy & Vincent O’Shea to provide writing skills and facilitation for the plan.



Sunday 23rd November – 1st Tommy Corrigan & Larry Mahony.
2nd – Paddy Dunphy & Peter Coffey, Martin Mahony & Paddy Delany, Paddy Sullivan & Pat Sullivan.
Money Back – Larry & Elaine Dollard, Jimmy Mahony & Jim Brennan.
Raffle winners – Jim Duggan and Eddie Dooley.

Sunday 30th November – 1st Paddy Mooney & Eddie Dooley. 2nd Bernie & Ann Kilbride.
Money Back – Bill Walsh & Pad Dunphy, Molly Dollard & Rita McEvoy.
Raffle Winners – Paddy Lalor, Jack Mooney, Peter Coffey.

Jackpot next Sunday £120. Monster Card Game on Sunday 20th December.


Durrow Badminton Club

The annual CHRISTMAS BAZAAR of the Durrow Badminton Club will be held in the Badminton Hall on Sunday 13th December. SANTA will arrive at 2.30 p.m. There will be lots of prizes on offer on the Wheel Of Fortune including turkeys, hams, spirits, and Christmas goodies. Well worth a visit.



The 26th Annual Christmas Draw will be held on Christmas Eve at 10 p.m. in the Nore Nets. Tickets only £1 each, available from all club members. First Prize is a Monster Hamper valued at £300. 2nd Prize – Full Lamb, 3rd – Btl. Whiskey & Btl. Brandy. 4th – Bottle of Brandy, 5th – Btl. Whiskey and several other prizes. The Hamper and all prizes will be on display in The Square on Christmas Eve.



Durrow Scouts recently went on a very enjoyable trip to the prison in Portlaoise. A full bus left the Church carpark at 11.30 a.m. to be at the prison for lunchtime. We were met by Prison Officers who broke us into two groups and took us on a tour of the exercise yard, prisoners canteen and the prisoners cells which were on three different floors, the library, computer room, the radio room and the security room. After the tour we had lunch in the Prison Officers Canteen, which was provided by the officers. We left for home after a very educational tour. We would like to thank the prison officers involved for making this possible for us all. A great day was had by all.


FOR SALE: Girls Bicycle, suits 9-13 yr. old, good condition. Phone: 36307


WALSH VIDEOS: The General, Scream 2, Breakdown, City Of Angels.

Latest: Palmetto, Gang Related, Sliding Door, Deep Impact, Red Corner, Barney (New).

Lots of Christmas Movies & Children’s Specials.