6th/7th June, 1998 – Price: 30 p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled By The Durrow Scouts

Thoughts of the day 

Good Intentions 

Good intentions often take us far out of our way and lead us into trouble, for the hand of fate will play against us through an action or a word misunderstood, resulting in disaster, though the though was kind and good. Maybe when we’re judged God will look down into the mind and see the motive and the inward wish that lay behind the folly and the failure, the mistakes that we have made when we’ve hurt and harmed the very ones we’d hoped to aid.

So when you yourself feel injured, think before you judge. Do not let your wounded feelings grow into a grudge. If there is a doubt then let them have the benefit. Maybe there’s a good intention at the back of it.


No Going Back 

The path of daily life is strewn with opportunities passed by, with beauty trodden underfoot and flowers of friendship left to die. Good intentions, lofty aims and high resolves that faided out in the dust of dissappointment, fear, frustration, failure, doubt. Oh, if we could only turn and go back just a mile or two – to say the things we should have said, and do the things we meant to do.


Sponsored Walk

A sponsored walk is being organised locally in aid of Daniel O’Donnell’s Romanian Orphanage Appeal Fund.

There will be a 41 and a 8k walk so you can take your choice. It will take place on Sunday 28th June commencing at 2 pm from the church car park in Durrow. There will be water stations at various points along the walk and the civil Defence will be on stand-by.
Proceeds from the walk will be presented to Daniel O’Donnell on the night of his concert in Heywood Community School on Saturday 11th July.
Sponsorship cards are available in Durrow from Mary Walsh, Erkindale Drive and Anne Vaugh, Tinweir, Durrow. At the moment the midland Health Board are encouraging people to get out and walk as it improves your health both physically and mentally and they say that by taking part in a sponsored walk such as this, you will help improve the health of orphaned children in Romania.
Please ask your friends to join you in raising money for this worthy cause. Remember the 28th June is fast approaching, so get your sponsorship card now.


Blood Bank

The Blood Bank will be in Durrow on Tuesday 9th June from: 3 pm to 4.45 pm and from 7 pm to 9.30 pm at the C.Y.M.S Hall.


Community Games

Durrow/Cullohill Community Games athletics will be held on this Sunday 7th June at Cullohill G.A.A. grounds at 2 pm.



Congratulations to Claire Lalor, Cork Road, Durrow and Fergus Bergin, Ballacolla, on their recent marriage.
Congratulations to Enda Murphy, The Square, Durrow and Mary Flynn, Kerry, on their recent engagement.



Sympathy is extended to the Murphy family and Conroy family, Durrow, on their recent bereavement.
Sympathy is extended to Mrs Lil Sheeran and Family on the death of Fr. Seamus Sheeran in Africa.


Cullohill Progressive 25

Progressive 25 at Cullohill Community Centre every Sun day night at 8.45 pm.

Winners on Sunday 24th May: 1st – Rita McEvoy & Molly Dollard
2nd shared – Joe Shiel & Paddy Lalor, Bill Walsh & Paddy Dunphy,
Raffle – Mrs Mulligan and Michael Fitzpatrick.
Sunday 31st May: 1st 11 games – Paddy & Mary Teresa Delaney
2nd shared 7 games – Mary Doyle & Jim Duggan, Pierce & Ann Kavanagh, Pad Sullivan & Paddy O’Sullivan, Joe Shiel & Paddy Lalor, Anthony Phelan & Margaret Delaney.


Durrow Tidy Towns

Durrow Tidy Towns Committee have two students on the Student Summer Jobs Scheme who will soon start work, along with Joe Donohue, helping to keep the town clean over the Summer months. We ask all residents to help the Tidy towns by putting out window boxes and hanging baskets and keeping outside your houses clean.
Committee members are in the process of approaching all business people in the town and so far subscriptions have been received from Gerri’s Bar, Mr & Mrs L.Mahoney, Jack Murphy, Imelda Foyle, Jack Phelan, Jimmy Ryan, Jimmy Joyce, Mi. & Angela Carroll, Mrs Mary Lennon, Michael Gaughan, Susan Lawlor, Winnie Joyce, Ger Alley and Castle Arms Hotel, for which we are very grateful.


Harps GAA Club

Harps Camogie fJunior players had a great win against Camross on Monday last. They now meet Castletown in the final at the end of June:
Sharon Lynch, Elaine Clancy, Laura Mahoney, Marie Lalor, Marie Coonan, Claire Donohue, Denise Quigley, Blathnaid Clancy, Maeve Brophy, Teresa Delahunty, Catriona Phelan, and Jane Kennedy.
Elaine Dollard and Orla Phelan.

Development Draw Results:

1st – Holiday in Spain £500 – Joseph Bourke, c/o John Bourke.
2nd – Weekend for two in Ryan Hotel – Ronan Kenna, Swan Rd, Durrow.
3rd – Ferguson 14″ Colour TV – Colin Lawlor, Mill Road, Durrow.
4th – Ferguson Video Recorder – John Moran, Abbeyleix.
5th – Microwave Oven – Statia Kenna, Cullohill.
6th – Seiko Ladies and Gents Watches – Breda Phelan, Knockanoran, Durrow.
7th – Amstrad Cd System – Brian Bergin, Athy.
8th – Kodak Camera – Maura Brophy, St Fintan’s Tce, Durrow
9th – £100 cash – David & Seamus Holland, Tubberboe, Durrow.
10th – £100 cash -Jim Phelan, c/o Larry Phelan, Tubberboe, Durrow.
11th – £100 cash – Maisie Myner, Roscrea.
12th – £100 cash – Martin Bergin, Ballyouskill.

The committee wish to thank everyone who supported this draw.


Apostolic Society

The Parish Apostolic Society presented a set of priests vestments to Mrs Val Newton for use by missionary priests in Croatia. Val spoke at 11 am Mass in Durrow on Sunday last outlining the numerous trips which she and her husband Bill have made bringing aid of all type to deprived people in Eastern European Countries. She thanked the people of Durrow for all their kindness and support up to now and asked that they continue to help in the future.


Cullohill Schools Final 1998

On Sunday May 24th, Cullohill N.S. took part in the Cumann Na mBunscoil Hurling Finals at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise. After a very good performance throughout the league the Cullohill boys secured themselves a place in the final against near neighbours, Ballacolla. However on the day Ballacolla proved themselves to be worthy of the cup, turning in a score of 2-7 to Cullohill’s 0-3. Cullohill played a dissapointing first half and came out after half time with all engines fired, scoring 3 point’s in succession. Ballacolla responded and with 10 minutes to go they had secured their victory. Best for Cullohill were John Paul Deegan, Alan Brennan (0-3) and Tommy Moore.


Durrow Carnival Committee

The committee would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who assisted in this years Fleadh Cheoil which was held in the town over the June Bank Holiday weekend, organisations, clubs individuals, pubs and businesseswho helped out or took part in the parade are thanked for their efforts. Congratulations to local musicians: Lee Campion, Robbie Campion, Laura Flynn, Adela Meally, Robert White, who done so well in their respective competitions.
The Fleadh was a great success with a large crowd in the town on the Sunday. Over 250 people took part in the competitions and the highlight of the day was the music and dancing on the green on Sunday afternoon. At the moment plans are underway for the Carnival Weekend, 24th to 26th July, which we hope will be bigger and better than ever.
Special thanks to Fas for their work for the weekend.


Cullohill Golf Society

The Cullohill Golf Society wish to thank everyone who supported their Summer outing. A very successful day was had by all at Portarlington Golf Club.
Thanks to the locals David Gibbs and Pascal Bergin for sponsorship on the day. The competition was easily won with a brilliant score from Claire Delahunty of 46 points, with Eamon, her brother, 6 shots a drift in 2nd place. Best on the Par 3 was James Joyce.
Looking forward to our Captain’s Prize in September. Any new members please give your names to T. Delahunty to be included in the next outing.


Durrow Community Services – FAS 8

Due to bad weather and lawnmower and strimmer break downs work on grass areas is behind but we hope to keep up with it over the next couple of weeks.
A training course in block laying has been held in the Durrow G.A.A. field where the wall around the pitch is being completed. Next week we start a carpentry training course where picnic tables and seats, window boxes and tubs will be produced. Anyone wishing to get tubs or window boxes mad please give in measurments to FAS Office, Boys School, Durrow.



For Sale: Sets of Clothesline poles, Winches, Pulley’s, etc., Contact Sean Doyle, Granstown, Ballacolla. Phone: 0502-34089


Durrow Community Council

At a recent meeting of Durrow Community Council the treasurer gave a financial report on the Senior Citizens party. The total expenses of running same was £1,694.26. The Community Council are very grateful to all the clubs, organisations and individuals who were so very generous in their subscriptions.


Cullohill I.C.A. Guild

Cullohill I.C.A. Guild met on Tuesday last. Votes of sympathy were passed with the family of Ger Tynan, Murphy and Conroy families, Durrow and Mrs Lil Sheeran on the death of Fr Seamus Sheeran in Africa. Report on Federation Meeting in Ballyroan was read. Our Guild had to give a report. It was read by Mary Bergin. Membership fees are now due for ’98/99.
The Guild evening outing is to Hazel Hotel for Arts Centre Concert on Thursday 18th June. Bus leaves village at 6.00 pm Fare, including cocert ticket and evening meal £22 payable next Tuesday at Community Centre. Non-members welcome to join us. Contact 37236 or 37227 before Tuesday (as the tickets have to be booked).
The Annual Pilgrimage to Knock is on Wednesday 15th July D.V. Kath Bishop won the raffle. Next meeting on July 7th.


Durrow Cumann Na mBunscoil

Congratulations to the Girls Camogie team from “Our Lady’s Meadow” who won the Cumann Na mBunscoil “Church & General Cup” on Sunday 24th May against Rathdowney. Final Score: Durrow 3-0, Rathdowney 0-0. It was a tough match with the marking very tight. Scorers: Aoife Donohue 1-0, Elaine Mahony 2-0.

Team: Claire Dunne (goalie), Sarah Freeman, Aine Lawlor, Catherine Walshe, Mary Cleary, Elaine Mahony (Captain), Aodain Phelan, Marie Clancy, Aoife Phelan, Aoife Donohue, Annette Feehan.
Subs: Carol Cleary, Cathy Walsh, Susan Purcell, Lisa Dooley, Vicki Donohue, Rita Jacob, Claire-Ann Alley, Yasmin Dempsey.

It was a great win cheered on by teachers, parents and supporters. Afterwards the parents council treated the team to Supermacs which went down a big hit and great fun was had by all. These girls had a great year also winning the Football final and represented Laois in the INTO’s in Kilkenny. At the INTO’s there were 5 counties, Wexford, Laois, Carlow, Wicklow and Kilkenny. The girls played their matches and the selectors pick 7 players plus 3 subs to represent Leinster in the 7-a-side on All Ireland Final Day in Croke Park. The School will be notified before the end of June if any of the Durrow girls are picked.

Well done to all concerned.


Durrow Parish Lotto Results

Monday 27th May: £600 Jackpot was won by John Bourke, Cullohill. No’s 4-9-11

Tuesday 2nd June: No Jackpot Winner. £20 to Alan Dunne, Dunmore, and Liz O’Leary, Tinweir, £10 to Patricia Kavanagh, Cork Road, Durrow.

Next draw in Castle Arms Hotel on Monday 8th June. Jackpot £600.