2nd / 3rd December 1995.          Price 30p





How can I say I have learned from Jesus
If I show no interest in continuing the mission
He gave me when he died for me.
If I have found the pearl of great prices,
yet share it with no one.
If the good shepherd guides me along the “path of
righteousness” but I place no one else in his footsteps
So that they too can reach the “green pastures”.
If I have heard the words of eternal life yet never speak them
If I know the Name that saves but tell that name to no other person.
If in the Eucharist I eat the Bread of Life yet bring no one
else to the banquet.



Monday 25th September: No Jackpot winner. £50 to Michael Walsh, 18 Erkindale Drive, Durrow.

Monday 2nd October: No Jackpot winner. £50 to Ian Peacock, Abbeyleix.

Next draw on 9th October in Lennons Bar. Jackpot £650.



Durrow Community Services FAS 6 invites applications for the forthcoming scheme due to start shortly. All eligible people please apply in writing to Anne Vaugh, Secretary.



Durrow Ladies Club have been given a £500 government grant. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 8.30 p.m. in the Durrow Inn. New members welcome.



The National Ploughing Championships took place on the farm of David and Heather Lalor, Ballygogue House, Ballacolla from 26th to 28th September. It was the biggest and most successful ever, attended by record breaking crowds each day. It brought in a big number of people to Durrow and the surrounding areas. It was very well organized with parking space for thousands of cars within a few hundred yards walking distance from the event. Weather held up very good over the three days.

After the great success of the Championship, everyone looks forward to its return.


SYMPATHY is extended to the Sheppard family, Swan Road, on their recent bereavement.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Kelly family, St. Fintan’s Terrace, on their recent bereavement.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Grace family, The Square, on their recent bereavement.



The Lions suffered a 2 – 0 defeat by Bagenalstown in a Division 1 in Carlow recently. Playing well below par, the Lions will need to improve greatly if they are to achieve promotion this year.


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A rare feat was achieved by Martin Walsh in the Slide Competition which was held in conjunction with the club’s Annual Exhibition on Sunday 1st October. Martin took 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the event and was presented with all three trophies plus the Liam Hyland M.E.P. Perpetual Cup by the club’s competition secretary, Liam Donohue.

the club’s programme up to Christmas ’95 is as follows:

16th October – Eddie Moore Memorial Shield 1st round, Theme Close-up / Macro.
31st October – Darkroom Night.
13th November – Portrait Night.
27th November – Eddie Moore Memorial Shield 2nd round, Theme Hobbies.
11th December – Photographer of the Year & Print of the Year Competition.
(Junior and Senior Branch)

Junior Branch members will be contacted very shortly re Grand Prix (over the weekend hopefully).




Our Annual Book Fair is in full swing at the moment and will continue until Wednesday 11th October. All are welcome to come and browse over a wide selection of children’s books. Remember Christmas is approaching quickly and books make a very acceptable and worthwhile gift. Bookmarks and posters are also available.

Opening Times

Sunday: 3.00 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.
Monday: 9.30 a.m – 3.15 p.m.
Monday night: 8.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday: 9.30 a.m. – 3.15 p.m.


The 6th class girls continue their matches and are showing great skill and determination. Team: Ciara Lanigan (back), Lucy Alley (back), Ann Campion, Karen Flynn (midfield), Elaine Mooney, Aoife Donohue (forwards), Anna Lavery (goalie). Subs: Rita McCann, Lisa Clancy, Muireann Phelan and Sarah Gaughan.

Results: Durrow 4 – 4, Abbeyleix 1 – 2. Mountmellick 1 – 2, Durrow 1 – 1.

Our next match promises to be a very challenging match against Emo and we wish the girls every success.


The Parents Council for 1995 – 1996 has now been elected.

5th / 6th classes – Liam Ryan and kathleen Flynn.
3rd / 4th classes – Martin Lawlor and Mary Cleary.
1st/ 2nd classes – John Sheeran and Ella Walshe.
Senior Infants class – Paul Cashin and Anne Lanigan
Junior Infants class – Tom Brennan and Mary Clear.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Parents Council for their work and co-operation and look forward to working with our new Parents Council in the year ahead.


FOR SALE: Child’s Cot, in perfect condition. Contact 0502 – 37152.


CONGRATULATIONS to Mary Bowe, Capponellan, who celebrated her 21st Birthday recently.


Contact Ann Geoghan / O’Brien at 0502-36557


NEW HEADSTONES supplied in Limestone, Marble and Granite.
Inscriptions on old headstones renovated.
Contact Sean O’Brien at 0502-36557


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Heywood Community School Fundraising Committee in conjunction with the Patrents Association are running their Annual Silver Circle with £300 weekly in prizes. There is a special draw on the final night for fully paid up members. The prize is a weekendfor two in London and is kindly sponsored by Portlaoise Travel, (prop P.J Brennan). 1st Draw on Monday 9th October.


The Annual General Meeting of Parents will be held in the school on Wednesday 11th October at 8.00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Voting papers have been sent out to all parents on which all parents are asked to vote for the people of your choice, FROM YOUR OWN AREA ONLY, who you feel will best represent your area on the Parents Committee for the next two years. All outgoing members are eligible for re-election.

It is important that you return the completed voting papers to the school not later than  MONDAY 9th OF OCTOBER.



Scout meetings resumed in the Presentation Centre on Friday last, 6th October. Because of the large influx of Cubs into an already overcrowded troop, it has become obvious that the Troop will again have to be split for the duration of our weekly meetings.

This year the divide will be determined by badge-work in preference to a divide based upon the age of the Scouts.

The two groups will consist of those Scouts who have yet to receive, and will be working towards the achievement of their Frontier badges, and of those who having already earned the above said are now working on their Explorer badge.

Because of the split each group will meet once a fortnight in the Presentation Centre. Due to the fact that Scouts will now be having fewer meetings per annum it unfortunately means that we have to look for a £5 down-payment on each Scout’s yearly insurance. The remaining sum will be paid off by the weekly subscription of £1. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.


Cub Scout meetings will resume on Friday 13th October at the usual time of 7.00 – 8.00 p.m. Both groups A and B are to attend this meeting. Beavers moving up to Cubs will also attend on this night. Cubs who moved on to Scouts attended their first meeting on Friday last.

Congratulations go to the Cub Scouts on being awarded the Q-Pack Award for 1995. This is the second year running that they have received this award.


CAR VALETED at your own home. Seats and carpets shampooed, dash and all leather polished – £25. Contact Joe McCormack at 056-33429.



While there are no Work Schemes in operation in the town we would ask everyone to do their best to keep their own area clean and litter free.

A meeting of the Tidy Towns Committee will be held on Wednesday 11th October in the Castle Arms Hotel and all members are asked to attend this meeting at 9.00 p.m.




An important event is to take place in the life of the Congregation this coming year so perhaps we will tell you briefly about it.

Well, a General Chapter of the Order will be held which will affect the congregation, the Church, the world. A Chapter is a meeting of Delegates from houses all over the world. Every Chapter should be a new and deeper sign of God to the people in the Church, both the Sisters and the laity with whom they work.

At it very important decisions are taken, so the Delegates attending the coming Chapter need our prayers both in their preparations and in their decision takings. For this Chapter we invite you, here in Durrow, to take part in it by adding your prayers to ours. Towards this we hope to take a group on pilgrimage to Ballygriffin (near Mallow) to the birth place of our founder Nano Nagle (now a retreat centre). Would you like to join us. Bus leaving the Square on Saturday next, October  14th at 9.30 a.m. Return at 6.00 p.m. or there abouts. Cost £5 or £6 at most. Bring packed lunch. Contact any of the Sisters.



Durrow & District Anglers held a Trout Fishing Competition for the Christy Finnegan Cup. Despite a large number of fishermen turning out there was no fish caught because of the very low waters and bright conditions. This competition was the last trout fishing competition of the season. It was held on Sunday 24th September.

On Sunday 8th October the club will hold a Pike Fishing Competition for the Harold Lawlor Cup. The club will decide on the morning of the competition what stretch of the river will be fished.



This Sunday 8th October – Seamus Clancy, Martin Walsh, Seamus Stapleton and Jason Walsh.

Weekend 21st / 22nd October

Saturday Evening – Andrew Walsh, Karen Stapleton, Kevin Donohue and Niall Donohue.

Sunday Morning – Pat Walsh, Mark Donohue, David Dunne and Aileen Donohue.



by Danny Donohue, aged 11 years

I sleep in a room at the top of the house,
With a flea and a fly and a jolly good mouse,
And a spider that hangs by a thread from the ceiling,
Which gives me each day such an utterly feeling.
When I watch him at work on a beautiful weave
Of his web that’s so fine I can hardly believe.
It won’t all end up in such terrible tangles,
For he always sways as he weaves and spins as he dangles.
I cannot get up to that spider I know,
And I hope he don’t get me down here below.


by Rachel Tobin, aged 11 years

The flowers that bloom,
The birds that sing,
Are some of the stuff,
That God’s gifts bring.

Our parents and friends,
Who help us along,
And teach us the difference
Between right and wrong.

Videos, computers,
They cause a sensation,
But can they compare with
The Beauty of Creation.


CONGRATULATIONS to John and Catherine Freeman, Mary Street, on the birth of a son.