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EPIPHANY (January 6th)

The wise men came to worship the newborn King. They saw their destiny and the destiny of the world in the stars. They looked for truth even tho’ they were open to idolatry. This star allowed them to encounter God – the child of Bethlehem.

Herod was an unscrupulous leader who would go to any length to maintain his power. He encounters the Divine Infant through the wise men’s story. what an experience that was. The giving of self is stronger than the cruelest power, because it changes hearts and the world. Love is stronger than any injustice. meanwhile he became frightened and his fear had terrible consequences – suffering and death.

This encounter with love that starts with Christmas will be fulfilled at Easter. But this encounter has to pass through the Cross.

On the other hand you had the priests and scribes. They had no need of stars. They had the Book of the Word of God. They could interpret it correctly but they didn’t draw the right conclusions. They had no intention of going to Bethlehem. It is not enough to know and to believe correctly, you have to start out on the journey to meet God where no one expects him.



The last Lotto Draw was held in the Durrow Inn on 19th December ’94. The Jackpot of £850 was not won. The draw for £50 was won by Mark Donohue, Cork Road, Durrow. The Christmas Raffle was won by the following;

Bottle Whiskey – Lar Dunphy, Rath, Durrow. Ham – J. Delahunty, Raheenleigh. Bottle Brandy – Eilis O’Dea, Dunmore. Turkey – Sheila Moore, Cannonswood. Bottle Vodka – M. Fitzpatrick, L. Tubberboe. Bottle Whiskey – Mary Brophy, Carrigan Street, Durrow. Bottle Whiskey – Ger Alley, The Square, Durrow. Bottle Vodka – Margaret Donohue, Derry Road, Durrow. Food Voucher – Brian Purcell, Coole, Ballyragget. Turkey Voucher – Paddy Dunphy, Cullohill Mountain. Voucher for Alley’s Drapery – Jas. Holland Snr. Fermoyle, Attanagh. Ham – Mrs. Morrissey, Carrigan Street, Durrow. Food Voucher – Gearoid Ryan, Barn Hill, Durrow. Voucher for Lawlor’s Gardens – B. Martin, c/o Castle Arms Hotel. Voucher for Lawlor’s Gardens – Noel Mooney, Attanagh. Food Voucher – mary Walsh, Mary Street, Durrow. Voucher for Copper Kettle – Dan Phelan, Knockanina, Mountrath. Vanity Case – Patsy Dunphy, Dunmore, Durrow. Ham – Pat Rafferty, Cullohill.

The next Lotto Draw will be on Monday 9th January, in O’Connell’s Bar, Cullohill. Jackpot – £1,050.


CONGRATULATIONS to Mary and James Monaghan, Erkindale Drive, on the birth of a son.

CONGRATULATIONS to Mary and John Cleere, Derry Road, on the birth of a son.


SYMPATHY is extended to the Shortall family, Mill Road, on their recent bereavement.

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




As mentioned in a previous issue, letters will soon be sent to Parents of the proposed new arrangements concerning the Scout Troop. We ask for all parents support during this critical rebuilding programme.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the numerous people who gave us support during the past year, we will be calling on you again in ’95.



Committee members are reminded of a meeting in the club premises on Monday 6th January at 8.30 p.m. sharp. All committee members please attend as we will be planning our programme up to the A.G.M. Hopefully we will be resuming our full club meetings on the 15th January.

The next phase of the Eddie Moore Memorial Trophy will take place at the end of January. The theme is “Still Life”. Just to remind you of the state of play so far ;

Liam Donohue 13 points – Breda Kelly 6 Points
Eugene Meegan 5.5 points – Frank Campion 1.5 points

The Junior Branch will resume on 26th January with the next stage of the Junior Branch Grand Prix. This contest stands as follows;

Kevin Donohue 10 points –  Claire Doyle 6 points
Jason Walsh 4 points – Erin Kelly 3 points
Ashling Ryan 2 points – Claire Donohue 1 point.

Good luck to all contestants in ’95.




The school has recently received a generous sponsorship of £4,000 towards the school library from Bank of Ireland Abbeyleix. This sponsorship will be spent on the most up to date library resources for the benefit of students and those parents who may wish to avail of this major educational resource. The school see’s this as a major step forward in view of the significant changes.


The school has received a grant of £50,000 from the Dep. of Education (Sports Section) towards the development of recreational facilities at the school.

Thanks is expressed to the Fundraising Committee and Parents Association for their efforts in realising £25,000 over the past two years in savings. It is hoped that work on the proposed project will commence in the spring of 1995. Our sincere thanks to all parents and friends of the school who have supported our Silver Circles etc.


We wish to inform you that the school has secured a concert featuring Daniel O’Donnell and Mary Duff for July 26th. Tickets will be available early in the New Year and first choice will be offered to Parents and their families and friends. The proceeds of this concert will help pay for the recently purchased school bus.


The Schools Social Employment Scheme has completed the restoration of a room for Adult and Community Education. The building includes a Lecture Hall, Kitchen and Toilets. It is proposed to develop courses of particular interest to Parents and Adults in general in the next school year. Your suggestions on same would be most welcome.

We take this opportunity to wish you all every blessing in 1995.




There will be a Public Meeting of Laois Community Network in the Presentation Centre, Durrow on Tuesday 10th January at 8.00 p.m. At this meeting staff of the Network will be available to explain the services and work of Laois Community Network.



The Lions Soccer Club were very busy over the Christmas, off the field. The 22nd Annual Christmas Hamper Draw was held on Christmas Eve. Winner of the huge Hamper was John Moore, Carrigan Street. 2nd prize of a lamb went to Amy Walsh, Erkindale Drive. 3rd Julie Foyle, 4th Sheila McKeogan, 5th Sarah Freeman, 6th Ann Parkinson, 7th Noleen Dunphy, 8th Harold Lawlor, 9th Robbie Dempsey, 10th Virginia Dunne, 11th Nicholas Brophy, 12th Eadaoin Lalor, 13th Tony Clancy.

The club wishes to thank everyone who gave sponsorship and to those who supported the draw.

The 3rd draw in the South East Draw is being held on Friday 20th January in Oilgate, Co. Wexford.

The committee and members of the club wish to extend their sincere sympathy to the Shortall family on their recent bereavement.



For this Sunday morning: Martin Walsh, Seamus Clancy, Lorainne Lawlor and Mark Donohue.

Weekend 21st / 22nd January – Saturday evening: Angela Drennan, Pat Young, Mark Young and David Dunne.
Sunday morning: margaret Aylward, Pat Walsh, Seamus Stapleton and Eoin lalor.



January 7th

May the way that lies ahead be lit with sunny gleams – and prove to be the road to the fulfillment of your dreams. May it lead you to the place where lost hopes are restored. Where love is true and life is good and faith has it’s reward.

January 8th

Do not let the unknown future fill you with dismay. It is in the hands of God, so go upon your way. Trust in Him and have no fear. You do not walk alone. He leads the faithful in the dark and careth for His own.



The A.G.M. of the Harps G.A.A. was held on 16th December. The following committee was elected:

President – Sean Cashin
Vice Presidents – Fr. O’Doherty and Fr. O’Connor
Chairman – Seamus Kenna
Secretary – Donal Deegan
Ass. Secretary – Billy White
Treasurer – John Shortall
Ass. Secretary – Declan Phelan
P.R.O. – Noel Delaney

Committee: Seamus Campion, Tommy Walsh, John Phelan, Philip Monnelly, Tomas Kenna, Gay Muldowney.

Since our A.G.M. John Shortall died suddenly. He will be remembered by all in the Harps for the tremendous work he has done for the club. We extend our sincere sympathy to his wife Mary and family.


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