5th / 6th July  1997                                                                                                                                               Price 30p



Give life some time to spin the unseen threads of destiny. Give life time to solve your problems. Trust and wait and see. Providence has plans for you. Of that there is no doubt, but they can’t be hurried. Give life time to work them out.


Make your life a house of sunshine, beautiful and gay. A life that shines and gives out light to all who pass your way. Even though you live where there’s a grey and gloomy view. You, yourself can be a window that the sun comes through.


An important meeting of the Durrow Carnival Committee will be held in the small C.Y.M.S. Hall on Tuesday next, 8th July, at 9.00 p.m. sharp. As this meeting finalises the programme line-up for the weekend, it is of the utmost importance that all participating clubs attend with times etc. of their various events.


The Rory O’Moore Pipe Band would like to take this opportunity to appeal to the people of Durrow in their efforts to find drummers for the band. If you are interested or know of any likely candidate, who might be interested, please contact John Cashin, or any member of the band as soon as possible.


Euro Secretarial and Business Course

Heywood Community School will be running a one year Post-Leaving Certificate Euro Secretarial and Business Course, from September, which will lead to a National Vocational Certificate in Business Studies – Secretarial.

Course Contents:

1 – Typewriting. 2. – Word-processing. 3 – Spreadsheets. 4 – Tourism Awareness. 5 – Office Procedures. 6 – Reception Studies. 7 – Audio Typewriting. 8 – Interview Skills & Preparations. 9 – French. 10 – Communications. 11 – Accounting. (Modules are subject to change.)

Work Experience: Work experience will be an important part of the course.
Entry Requirements: Pass Leaving Certificate Standard.
Mature Students: Mature students who do not have the above qualifications are also invited to apply.
Unemployed Persons and Lone Parents: Unemployed Persons and Lone Parents are eligible to apply for a place on this course, while maintaining their social welfare payments.
Administration Fee: £25. Application Forms and further information, please contact Heywood Community School at (0502) 33333.



On Sunday 29th June, Cullohill / Durrow won two gold medals at the first attempt in the Avonmore Community Games Athletics Final, at St. Abbans in Monavea.

Congratulations to:
Cathal Loughman, Cullohill, who took a gold medal in the U/8, 80 m.

Conor Dunne, Durrow, who took a gold medal in the U/10, 200m.
Jack Lalor, Cullohill, who took a silver medal in the U/8. 80m.
Aine Mahony, Cullohill, Claire Dunne, mary Cleary and Carol Cleary, Durrow, who took a bronze medal in the U/12, relay.
Well done to all the other runners.

Best wishes to Cathal and Conor who will both go to Mosney in August. Best wishes also to Orlaith Ryan, Durrow, who took the gold medal, in the final of the swimming in Portarlington.


Senior Club members take note that the Club has now closed down for it’s Summer break.

Junior Branch members take note that the first two rounds of the Grand Prix takes place on 28th July. The themes are “Buildings” and “Candid”. Up to three entries in each section will be accepted and prints should be in the club premises at 8.15 p.m. sharp on July 28th.

The third and final rounds will take place on a date yet to be decided. Themes “Colour” and “Open”.

 THANKS – Paddy and Nell Sullivan wish to thank their friends and neighbours for their kindness to them during Paddy’s illness. Mass has been offered for you all.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Doran family, Aharney on the death of Bridie, who was very involved in Country Markets.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Delaney families, Parknahown, Cullohill, on the death of John Delaney, rathdowney.

 THE IRISH GRASSLAND ASSOCIATION had their Summer outing to Co. Laois on Thursday last. 150 members visited the farms of Jimmy Walsh and Padraig Walshe, accompanied by Laois Teagasc staff and Joe Murray of RTE.


Monday 23rd June: Jackpot of £1,100 shared by six winners, each recieving £183. They were Frank campion, Eamon Hutchinson, David O’Brien, Joe Kelly Snr. Durrow, Teresa Brennan, Cullohil and Tom Walsh, Dunmore, Kilkenny. Numbers were 3 – 13 – 23.

Monday 30th June – No Jackpot winner. Numbers 5 – 15 – 30. £50 won by Alice Fitzpatrick, Ballynevin, Cullohill.

Next draw on Monday 7th July in The Nore Nets. Jackpot £450.

 CURTAIN MAKING: Person available to make curtains. Contact 0502-36186, after 6.00 p.m.

DURROW & DISTRICT ANGLERS are holding a Trout Fishing Competition on Friday 11th July, 6.00 to 11.30 p.m.

SINGING GROUP available for Church weddings. Contact 0502-36327.



The monthly meeting of Cullohill I.C.A. was held at the Community Centre on Thursday last. Nancy Phelan, president, welcomed all and new member Kathleen Bishop. She also paid tribute to the outgoing officers for their hard work over the years. Sympathy and prayers of members were offered to Mrs. K. Prior, Ballyboden on the accidental death of her nephew Kieran Hickey at an Equestrian Centre in Kilkenny recently.

Report of Ballylinan Federation meeting was given. A video of Lourdes Pilgramage was shown and enjoyed. mary Dollard won the raffle and arrangements for Knock Pilgrimage were made. There is no meeting in August.

Cullohill Pilgrrimage to Knock on Wednesday 23rd July (note change of day). fare £6.60. Names before Sunday July 20th to any I.C.A. member.


Last week doors at the Community Centre were painted, Church Road and Parknahown Road strimmed, Castle and Old Church area very well cleaned in preparation for visitors to the area on Sunday. Very well done lads.


The Harps Minor team had a good win over Borris-In-Ossory during the week. Score: Harps 4-10, Borris-In-Ossory 2-09.

The Harps Intermediate team is playing against Ballacolla in rathdowney on this Sunday, July 6th, at 8.00 p.m.


The Harps U/14 Camoige team were narrowly defeated by Camross in the County Final on Wednesday last. The match was played in dreadful conditions but this didn’t affect the quality of camoige. Unfortunately, they ended up losing by one point – the final score being Camross 0 – 7, Harps 1 – 3.

The team was: Ciara lanigan, Blaithnaid Kenny, Teresa Dollard, Aine Lawlor, Lynda O’Sullivan, Orlaith Ryan, Nicola Brophy, Lorraine Phelan, Louise Mahony (1 – 3), Patricia Dunphy, Elaine mahony, Lisa Clancy. Subs: Lyndsey Brennan, Mary Cleary, Aine Mahony, Joan Dollard, Lorraine Holland, Aoife Donohue and Tracy Lynch.

After the match Louise Mahony was presented with a trophy sponsored by martin Moore, Laois Camoige Trainer, for Player of the Match. Well done Louise.

Laois Camoige News

The U/14 Laois Camoige team have reached the Leinster ‘B’ Final after a comprehensive victory over Carlow. Harps players on this team were: Nicola Brophy, Louise Mahony, Lynda O’Sullivan, Teresa Dollard. This final will be played on July 19th against Westmeath or Louth.

 CONGRATULATIONS to Catriona Moore, Cannonswood and Pauraig Henderson, Coolnacritta, on their recent marriage.

 CONGRATULATIONS to Michael and Pauline Kenna, Erkindale drive, Durrow, on the birth of a daughter, Chloe.

 CONGRATULATIONS to Gillian Grogan, Derry Road, durrow, who celebrates her 21st Birthday this weekend.




Friday July 11th – Floral Display at Lawlor’s Gardens, at 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. Admission £2.
Friday 11th – Skittles Tournament – Gerri’s Bar.
Sunday 13th – Music & Craic – Phelan’s Lounge.
Thursday 17th July – Poker Classic – Castle Arms Hotel.


Thursday July 10th – Table Quiz in The Durrow Inn.
Wednesday 16th July – Babs Keating Golf Classic in Rathdowney Golf Club.
Saturday 19th July – Karaoke in Durrow Inn.
Friday 18th July – Teenage Disco in Rathdowney Community Centre.


Sunday 6th July – Cake Sale in Presentation Centre, after 11.00 a.m. Mass.
Sunday 6th July – Cabaret in Castle Arms Hotel. No cover charge. Raffle for 3 good prizes.
Friday 11th July – Gala Talent Competition in Cashins – “The Riverside Inn”. Great night’s entertainment assured. Admission £1.


Wednesday 9th July – Lyrics Board in The Nore Nets.
Sunday 13th July – Slave Auction after Mass in Oliver Stanley’s Statoil Station, Cork Road.
Sunday 13th – Christmas Party in the Nore Nets.
Wednesday 16th July – Lyrics Board in the Durrow Inn.
Friday 18th July – “How Well Do You Know Your Partner” in Jack Phelan’s Lounge – Music & Craic.
Saturday 19th July – Fancy Dress in The Nore Nets.

The Lord Mayor Election Campaign has been in full swing for the last few weeks and will continue until the Lord Mayor’s Ball which will be held in the Castle Arms Hotel on Friday 6th August. The campaign is being run for Durrow Development Forum.

The four Lord Mayor candidates wish to thank everyone for their support.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Rory O’Moore Pipe Band on coming 2nd in the Pipe Band Competition in Howth on Sunday last.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Harps U/14 Feile Football team who were defeated in the All-Ireland semi-final, division 11 at the National Feile Finals in Donegal last weekend. The Harps were representing Laois and were based in Glenties. They defeated Glenties, Glenfinn and Cahir, and were narrowly beaten by Pearse Og, Armagh in the semi-final. This is the first time that the Harps represented Laois in the football finals and the team and trainers deserve great credit.

CARPET & UPHOLSTERY CLEANED – Carpets £9 per room, 3 Piece Suite £16. Contact: Mac’s Cleaning Service. Tel: 056 – 33429.

FOR SALE: Sets of Clothes Lines, Winches, Pullies etc. Contact Sean Doyle, Ballacolla. Phone: 0502 – 34089.