5th/6th June, 1999 – Price:30p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled By The Durrow Scouts

Thoughts of the day

There’s no meaning in the creed that I repeat each day, unless to live it as I go upon my way. There’s no meaning in the words unless they strengthen me and give me faith to face the challenge of adversity.


Make a little time each day for putting wrong things right, For breaking up the gloomy clouds and letting in the light. Make the time for making friends and take some time each day for counting up the blessings that you’ve gathered on the way.


Community Games Update


Three teams representing Cullohill/Durrow Community Games were successful in winning the Laois County Final of Drafts competition. The following teams now go forward to compete in the Leinster Championship in Westmeath in the near future:

Under 10
Brian Clancy
Callum Creegan
Pat Walshe
Laura Saunders
Jack Lalor
Denis Lennon
Dearbhla Murphy

Under 12
Paddy Holland
Kate Freeman
Yvonne Delahunty
Shane McCann
Brian Galvin
Lorraine Delahunty
Paula Madden

Under 14
Dan Delahunty
Thomas Delaney
Mark White
Gregory Delahunty
Helen Spencer
Joan Dollard
Steven Thomas

Congratulations to Yvonne Delahunty who got highly commanded in the U/12’s Art. She received her certificate in the Killeshin Hotel on 19th May. Well Done Yvonne.


A number of swimmers from the area will go forward to the county finals on 19th June in Portarlington. Best of Luck to all.

A Cabaret was held in O’Connell’s Pub, Cullohill for Community Games. Thanks to all who supported it.


On this Sunday 6th June, at 2 pm Cullohill/Durrow will hold the first round of Community Games Athletics in the Harps GAA field, Durrow. There will be events for U/8 to u/17. All are welcome.


Best Of Luck

Best of Luck to Alice and Michael Fitzpatrick, Bally nevin, Cullohill, in their New Flower Shop “Away With Flowers”, Main Street, Urlingford.



Sympathy is extended to Peter Carey and family, Cullohill, on the recent death of his mother.



Congratulations to Sandra Walsh, Erkindale Dr, Durrow and Noel Moore, Dunnamaggin, on their recent engagement.

Congratulations to Joan and Breda Mahony, Gurteen, who celebrate their 21st birthday this weekend.

Congratulations to the boys and girls from Cullohill and Durrow who made their Confirmation on Sunday 30th May, in Holy Trinity Church, Durrow. The Cermony was celebrated by Bishop Forristal and Con-celebrated by Fr Tobin and Fr O’Doherty.


Pilgrimage of Knock 

The Pilgrimage to Knock from Cullohill takes place on Tuesday 27th July.


Durrow and District Camera Club

The final round of the Eddie Moore Memorial Shield was held recently. The theme of this round was “Open” and the results were – 1st Martin Walsh, 2nd Martin Walsh, Joint 3rd Eugene Meegan & Martin Walsh.

Overall the result of this highly popular competition was – 1st Paul Cashin: 25 points , 2nd Martin Walsh: 22 1/2 points, 3rd Eugene Meegan: 13 1/2 points.

This years competition has proven to be an outstanding success, the change in format from 6″ X 4″ to 10″ X 8″ means that the club has a growing pool of enlargements for competition and exhibition purposes and is fitting memory to Eddie Moore.

Congratulations to Paul Cashin who has made the competition his own, winning it for the last four years which is a testament to his consistant photography. The presentation of prizes will be made at the club’s Exhibition later in the year.

Member’s please note the next three rounds are, Sport, Candid and Open. Judging will take place in September ’99, February 2000 and May 2000.


Community Games Handball

A team from Cullohill/Durrow will represent Laois in the Leinster finals in Community Games Handball in Westmeath, on a date yet to be decided. Members of the team are: Sean Bourke, Gregory Delahunty, Johnathon Delahunty, Paul Dunne and Aidan Galvin. Well Done lads.


For Sale

Large 3 Piece Chesterfield Suite (Olive Green).. Very good condition. Phone (0502) 36141.


Cullohill NS

On Saturday 22nd May both the boys and girls were in the hurling and camogie school finals in Portlaoise. The girls played Killadooley at 1 pm. The final score was 3-5 to 1-1.

The boys played Clonaslee at 12 O’Clock. The final score: 4-6 to 3-0. Congratulations to all concerned on making the double for Cullojill NS for the second time.


Durrow Summer Camp & Sports Camp

Application forms have been distributed through the schools for both camps. The forms should be returned as soon as possible, with £5 deposit per child, to Angela Drennan or Mary Walsh as places are limited.

Durrow Summer Camp will be held from July 5th to August 13th. This multi-activity camp will be divided into three age groups:

Kiddie Camp – for 4 to 6 year olds, Junior Camp – for 7 to 9 year olds and Senior Camp- for 10-12 year olds,

Each camp will run for two weeks, from 10 am to 3 pm each day.

Durrow sports camp will run in conjunction with Durrow Summer Camp, from 5th July to 13th August. It is divided into three groups:

Group 1: Badminton, Tennis and Softball in Durrow Community Hall on Monday afternoons and evenings, 4 – 6 pm and 7 – 9 pm.

Group 2: G.A.A Football, Hurling and Camogie in Durrow G.A.A Field on Wednesday afternoons and evenings, 4 – 6 pm and 7 – 9 pm.

Group 3: Soccer in Lions Soccer Field and Boys School on Friday afternoons and evenings, 4 – 6 pm and 7 – 9 pm.

The 4 – 6 pm sessions are for 9 – 12 year olds and the  7 – 9 pm sessions are for 13 – 16 year olds. Application forms are available from Angela and Mary.


Cullohill Progressive 25 Results

 Sunday 23rd May:

Joint 1st: Paddy Delaney & Bill Walsh, Fr Lar Dunphy & Liam Dunphy, Jim Duggan & Watt Delahunty.
Other Winners: Sean and Anna Bourke, Mary T. Delaney & John Dollard, Johnny Kelly & Jim Mahony.
Raffle winners: 1st Noel Duggan, 2nd Bridie Brophy, 3rd Martin Rohan.

Sunday 30th May

1st Noreen Ryan & Bridie Brophy
2nd Joe Cass & Jim Dayton

Other winners: Bill Walsh & Jim Duggan, Margaret Delahunty & Annette Brennan, Pat Bowden & Jim Mahony.

Raffle winners: 1st Watt Delahunty, 2nd Jim Dayton, 3rd Molly Dollard.

A monster Progressive 25 card Drive, in aid of Harps Feile Fund will take place in Cullohill Community Centre on this Sunday, 6th June, at 9 pm sharp. £300 prize fund. All public support would be greatly appreciated.


 New Heated Swimming Pool

New heated swimming pool was officially opened in Ballinakill on Firday 4th June. Opening hours as follows: Monday – Friday 2.30 pm to 5.30pm and 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Saturday and Sunday 11.30 am to 1 pm, 2.30 to 5.30 pm and 6.30 – 8.30 pm. Admission: Adults £2 and Children £1. group bookings at special rates. Contact No: 0502-33373.


Feile Fundraisers This weekend

Cake Sale in presentation Centre, Durrow after mass on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th. Cakes Galore. Your support will be appreciated.

Cabaret in The Nore Nets, Durrow on Sunday 6th June.

Cabearet in O’Connell’s, Cullohill, on Sunday 6th June.

Disco on Saturday 5th June in Durrow Community Hall, from 9.30 to 12. All teenagers welcome. Admission £3

Table Quiz in O’Connell’s, Cullohill, on Tuesday 8th June.

We look forward to getting the support of every family to help us with the feile experience.


Harps G.A.A Club

On this weekend Laois GAA is hosting a mini-feile for U/14 hurlers with 12 visiting teams taking part. A team from St. Oliver Plunket’s Club, Co. Westmeath, is staying with families in the parish for the weekend. The first round for our teams will be held on Saturday 5th June in Rathdowney and the finals will be held in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise on Sunday 6th. We hope our visitors have a very enjoyable weekend.


The Camogie Junior B County Final took place in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise on Sunday last, and in their third final appearance The Harps claimed a positive result, defeating debutants Ballyfin in the decider. Result: Harps 2-7, Ballyfin 2-0. Team: B. Bourke, S. Lynch, M. Coonan, O. Phelan, B. Carroll, L. Mahony, M. Fitzpatrick, D. Quigley, B. Clancy, C. Donohue, C. Phelan, L. Mahony, A. Cooke, M. Brophy, C. Daly, Subs: E. Clancy, L. Brennan, P. Fitzpatrick, L. Cahill, P. Dunphy and T Delahunty.

Several U/14 Camogie players from the Harps played a big part in helping Laois U/14’s win group B of the Leinster Championship and qualified for the Leinster final to be held in mid June.


Kosovo Appeal 

Kosovo appeal Fund with Bridget Newman has now closed. She wishes to thank everyone for their support. Thank you to the shops and to Jimmy Ryan who transported the goods to Abbeyleix pick up point, the Scouts for their sponsored walk, the Garda and everyone who helped. In all roughly £15,000 was raised.



For the latest videos call to Walsh’s Newsagents, Durrow. Phone 36411


Durrow Carnival Committee

Durrow Carnival Committee asks all clubs to participate in this year’s Carnival by putting forward a Carnival Queen and a float in the parade. Each club will directly benefit from the sale of the tickets for the Queen of the Carnival dance. We wish to notify everyone that there will be an adult and children’s Fancy dress Competition. As the Carnival is a community event we would ask everyone to get involved as much as possible.

The next Carnival Committee meeting is in the Castle Arms Hotel on Monday 7th June at 8.30 pm. All clubs are asked to send a representative to this meeting.


Scout News

Sponsored walk

All sections of the Scouts took part in a sponsored walk for Kosovo recently. A cheque for £700 was presented to Bridget Newman on Friday 28th May. This money will be used to buy provisions for the children of Kosovo. A big thank you to all who sponsored the children.


The Cubs soccer training for the last few weeks proved very worthwhile when Durrow drew with Mountmellick, 3 – 3. The replay will be in Mountmellick. Scorers for Durrow: Kate Freeman – 2 and Shane Parkinson – 1. This game was played in the Boys School grounds, Durrow last weekend.

At our last meeting we had a scavanger hunt, the Cubs were sent off in pairs to fill an empty yogurt pot with as many items as they could find. The winners came back with an amazing 23 items. Our annual Sports Day will be held on 12th June in Mountmellick.


Harps U/14 Feile Weekend

The Harps U/14 Hurling and Camogie teams have won the Laois Feile Finals and will now represent Laois in the National Feile Finals in Wexford from 24th to 27th June, inclusive.

Altogether 57 boys and girls will travel by bus to Wexford for the weekend along with their mentors. The bus will stay with them to bring then to matches etc. The club will supply the children with sports bags, t-shirts, shorts and socks for the occasion. The weekend will cost the club in the region of £3500 and as you are aware fundraising is already in progress for same, with progressive card games, dart matches, raffles , disco, cake sale, etc.

Our host clubs are in the Curracloe/Castlebridge/Screen area of Wexford, and it is proposed that all players and officials will stay in houses of the host clubs.

Our next fundraiser is a Table Quiz in O’Connell’s, Cullohill, on Tuesday 8th June. We would hope that every family would support this venture.


Durrow Parish Lotto Results 

Monday 24th May: No Jackpot winner – No’s 3-6-23

£20 to Paddy Purcell, castlecomer and Billy Barry, Dunmore
£10 to Jack Murphy, The Stores, Durrow.

Monday 31st May: No Jackpot winner. No’s 7-13-27

£20 to Joyce Donohue, Cork Road, Durrow and Dermot Woods, Erkindale Dr, Durrow
£10 to Mary Kelly, Derry Road, Durrow.

Next draw on Tuesday 8th June in phelan’s Bar. Jackpot £800.



Many Thanks to everyone who supported the Tea and Coffee evening for Kosovo in Joesephine Fitzpatrick’s Gurteen recently. Amount raised £355.70p.


Corpus Christi

Today is the feast of corpus christi.

“At the heart of the life of the Catholic church has always been the celebration

of the Eucharist, or the mass as Catholics often call it. Taking part in the mass is the hallmark of the Catholic central and crucial to our Catholic identity… For Catholics now, as in the past, the Eucharist is the summit and source of the whole Christian life… because at its heart is the real presence of the crucified, risen and glorified Lord, continuing and making available his saving work among us…… The Eucharist is the most precious gift of the Lord to his Church….. We urge Catholics to refresh and renew their belief in the Eucharist, their understanding of Catholic teaching and their reverence for this great mystery of faith.

Kiltegan Fathers

Kiltegan Fathers will visit the parish this weekend and will speak about their missionary work.

Knock 99

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

Church Painting

Church painting of Cullohill church will commence on Monday 7th June. Weekday mass will be suspended until work is completed. However, the weekend masses 8pm Saturday and 10 amSunday will continue in the church as usual. N.B morning mass, Durrow church daily @8.50 am

Confirmation ’99 

congratulations to the 67 young people confirmed in the Christian faith and Catholic tradition by Bishop Forristal and his co-celebrants on Sunday 30th May. Congratulations to their parents, sponsors and teachers. Thanks to the parish Choir, the servers, to the Apostolic Society, the Artist for the Ambo frontal and window decorations, to Lawlor’s florists, and FAS for preparing the Church grounds.

Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is Friday the 11th of june. Mass on Saturday evening @ 8 pm in Cullohill will honour the Sacred Heart and include the (re)dedication and (re)consecration of families and homes to the protection and mercy of Our Lord and Our Lady. Congratulations to the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association on the Centenary celebration at Croke park on Sunday 30th May. Thanks to those who organise the Durrow and Cullohill centres. Please take and read the Bishops letter, THE TEMPERATE WAY, and reflect on its truths.

Priest Finances

By now you will have received a reprint and edited version of Bishop Forristal’s letter dated 9th June 1998, outlining the reasons and justification for an extra collection, (known as the June or Pentecost Collection) to support the priests of the parish and the diocese. Thanks to the pupils of our Lady’s meadow for delivering the envelopes and letters in the Durrow district. Thanks to the pupils of Scoil Tighearnach’s Naofa for delivering the letters in the Cullohill district. The sixth and now last white envelope in the set of envelopes is for the June collection. Please return your offering this weekend or as soon as possible.


The pupils of Scoil Tighearnach Naofa raised £1,278 for the Kosovo appeal. £905 was collected by 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th and sent via Trocaire. £373 was collected by Junior and Senior infants, 1st and 2nd and was sent via Refugee Trust. Well Done Pupils!!!!!!!!

Exam Students

Our thoughts and prayers are with all our students who are presently preparing to take their public exams. The following is a prayer to St. Joseph of Cupertino, for success in exams:

O great St. Joseph of Cupertino,
who, by your prayers, obtained from God,
the grace to be asked at your exams,
the only question you knew,
obtain for me, success like yours,
in the exam for which i am preparing,
and, in return, i promise to make your name known,
and cause you to be invoked in prayer.
St. Joseph of Cupertino, Pray for Us.