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In the night to the holy place, lift up your hands, over darkening lands and luminous lakes the flight glides between patterned stars and the echoing glow from bridges and highways below, with their jeweled strands.

Mother of Love and fear and of holy hope… Under the starry scope of sky, you are very near. above the roar of engines, the rush of wings, the whispered night psalm rings, and flings a rope of comforting prayer. To thy patronage we fly …. Lady, to thee we cry from this chapel in air. The seat belt fastened, the clouds adrift, as psalm and plane speed through a rift in the shadowy sky.


Durrow Red Cross are holding a Table Quiz in The Castle Arms Hotel, on Thursday 11th may, at 9.00 p.m. We would very much appreciate your support.


Durrow Ladies Club would like to thank everyone who supported them in their Cake Sale. Christina Dalton will give a talk on Aromatherapy on Tuesday, may 9th, in The Durrow Inn, at 8.00 p.m Cover charge £1. All are welcome.


Anyone interested in providing accomodation for Ploughing Championship, to be held in Ballacolla on 26th, 27th and 28th September, please contact; Noreen Byrne, Tontore, Ballacolla, Tel. 0502 – 34069 or Margaret Tynan, Crooked Wood, Abbeyleix, Tel. 0502 – 34148, as soon as possible.

Requirements: Bed & Breakfast and Evening Meal, also unoccupied houses for self-catering.


A meeting will be held in the Presentation Centre, on Tuesday 9th May at 8.30 p.m. with a view to setting up a branch of Foroige in Durrow. Young people between the ages of 12 yrs and 18 yrs who are interested in becoming members, are invited to attend. For further information contact Michael Hogan at 36113 or 31019, or Aileen Donohue at 36548.

Foroige is an organisation which helps self development of young people and involves its members in community based activities and projects.


The Lions took a major step in retaining their Premier Division status with a splendid victory over Bennettsbridge team, East End A by 1 – 0. Scorer: Sean Woods.

Best of luck to the Lions on this Saturday, 6th May, when they play the semi-final of the Cup in Dermidus at 6.00 p.m. They are playing Ormonde Villa. 1974 was the last year the Lions won this cup, so this is a great chance for them.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Guilfoyle family, Mary Street, on their recent bereavements.



On Sunday 30th April the club held a trout fishing competition for the Billy Lawlor memorial Cup. Over thirty anglers took part and some beautiful fish were caught on the day.

Winners: 1st Patrick Donoghue – 1.26, Joint 2nd – Joe Fogarty and David Donohue, 3rd Ian Mulligan.

Next competition will be on Sunday, May 14th, for trout fishing for the O’Duinn Cup. Usual rules apply.

On Sunday 7th May, the club are running a bus to Pullagh, Co. Offaly for the next round of the All-Ireland Pike Fishing qualifier. Bus leaves the Square at 9.00 a.m. and leaves Tullamore at 6.00 p.m on Sunday evening.

All Ireland Fly Fishing Final

The All Ireland Fly Fishing Final, for the Liam Ward Memorial Cup, promoted by Durrow & District Angling Club, will be held on Sunday 28th may, and will be fished on the rivers Nore and Erkina.


The Harps Senior Team beat Errill, in Division 1 of the Hurling League. result: 2 – 10 to 1 – 05. This game was played in Errill on Saturday last, 29th April. The Senior Team will play Clonad in the Senior Championship next weekend.

The Junior Hurling Team are playing Camross in Division 3 of the Hurling League on this Sunday, 7th May, in Durrow at 11.30 a.m. Support at this game will be much appreciated by the players.


Tuesday 25th April; 1st John Gilligan, 2nd Eamon Ryan, Robbie Dempsey, Elsie Stewart, Joe Brennan, Tom woods.

Tuesday 2nd May; 1st Tom Woods, 2nd Marie Brennan, Liz Clancy, Richard Dempsey, Ian Drennan, John Gilligan.


You are reminded that the man himself, daniel O’Donnell will stage his new summer show in the Heywood Community School Sports Centre on Wednesday 26th July 1995.

Tickets at £12.50 each are available from the school 0502 – 33333, Sherwoods, Kilkenny, Pedigree Corner and Trax Portlaoise.

Special guest is Mary Duff. Early booking is advisable for the limited number of tickets still available.


Monday 24th April: Lotto Jackpot of £250 won by Mrs. A. Farrell, Grange, Ballyragget.

Monday 1st May: No jackpot winner. £50 won by Tommy Sheppard, St, Fintan’s Terrace, Durrow.

Next draw on Monday 8th may in Cashin’s Bar. jackpot £450.

CONGRATULATIONS to Sean Murphy, Woodview restaurant and Rosita Bergin, Rathdowney, on their recent marriage.



On Wednesday last, 3rd May, the junior Branch judged a mock competition from a collection of martin Walsh’s brilliant work. The idea of the mock competition was to let the Junior members realise how hard it is to judge a competition. It was also a great opportunity for the members to see some good photography and how to compose a photograph properly. The experience was enjoyed by all.

On Wednesday 17th May the next meeting will be held and at this meeting we will have a Slide Show. Time of meeting 8.00 p.m. All members are asked to attend this show.


On Saturday last the Harps Camoige club contested in the Feile competition in Mountmellick for a team to represent Laois. The Harps played very well in all their four games but failed to get through to the final.

Camross were the outright winners, so they will represent Laois in the Camoige Feile in Limerick at the end of May.


First Communion

The children in First Class are busy preparing for their First Communion, which will take place on Saturday 20th May at 11.00 a.m. We ask you to remember them in your prayers.

First Communion Meeting

A reminder for parents that a First Communion Meeting will take place on Monday next, 8th may, at 8.30 p.m. in the school.

Get Well Soon

Special “Get Well Soon” wishes to Mrs. margaret Kelly who is recovering after an operation.

Army Band Recital:

The Army band from the Curragh, will visit the school on Tuesday 23rd May from 11.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. If it is a nice day all are welcome to an outdoor recital.


This Sunday morning, 7th May; Andrew Walsh, Seamus Clancy, Jonathan Walsh and Karen Stapleton.

Weekend 20th / 21st May –  Saturday evening: Bridie Dunne, Pat Walsh, natasha Kenna and Niall Donohue.

Sunday morning – Mark donohue, Lorraine Lawlor, Jason Walsh and Seamus Stapleton.


May 6th; Build your castles, but remember dreams are not enough. Castles must be underpinned with sterner, stronger stuff. Courage and determination, faith and energy. You will need to turn your dream into reality.

May 7th; If you have the power to take the bright and rosy view, it will bring you smiling through the worst that Fate can do. None can take it from you if this treasure you possess – for it is the gift of God: the gift of happiness.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Carroll family, Mary Street, on their recent bereavement.

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 A very successful coffee Morning and Bring & Buy Sale was held on Friday last in Our lady’s Meadow School. The grand sum of £475 was raised for the cardiac and cancer units of the Mater Hospital. Mary sheppard would like to thank all the people who brought items for the sale, people who gave cash donations, and all the people who helped out on the day, in particular, Marie Lalor, Mary Ryan, Ann Bergin, Ann Lanigan, Alice Bowe and Bridget Newman. A special word of thanks to Mrs Collins and staff at Our Lady’s Meadow for their help and co-operation.


The Newsletter is running a Poetry Competition for three different age groups. The categories are: Under 14 years, Under 18 years and Adult.

The competition will run until the end of June and trophies will be presented to the winners in early July.

Entries can be handed in to Angela Drennan, Mary Walsh and Woods’ Grocery Shop, up to 30th June ’95. The name and address of the entrant must be on a separate piece of paper, than the actual poem, which can be written on any subject of your choice.

The competition will be judged by Mrs B. Alley.


The committee of Durrow Community Services (FAS 5) wish to thank all who supported the Parish Fundraising Dance. The night was a great success and enjoyed by all who attended.

We wish to thank the band, Castle Arms Hotel, who provide a lovely meal and all our raffle sponsors. We would also like to thank Fr. O’Connor and Rev. harvey for attending.

It is hoped to make this an annual event.


For First Communions, Confirmations, Christenings etc.

Contact Seosamh Murphy. Phone 0502 – 36117.

LOST: Pair of Reading Glasses, somewhere in Durrow. Contact Kathleen Flynn.


Durrow Credit Union was represented at the 35th Annual General meeting of the Irish League of Credit Unions, which was held in Limerick, last weekend.

Our two representatives at the meeting were Catherine Clancy and Mary Walsh.

 CONGRATULATIONS to Martin and Claire Delahunty, Newtown, on the birth of a son.