7th / 8th May, 1994                                                                                                                                               Price 30p




There was once a sea captain who in his retirement skippered a boat taking trippers to the Shetland Islands. On one trip the boat was full of young people, these laughed at the old captain when they saw him saying a prayer before setting out, for the day was fine and the sea calm.

But when out at sea the storm suddenly blew up, and the boat began to pitch violently, the terrified passengers came to the captain and asked to join in prayer, but he replied: “I say my prayers when it’s calm, when it’s stormy I attend to my ship”.

There is a lesson here for us. If we cannot or will not seek God in the quiet moments of our lives, we are not likely to find him when trouble strikes and we are more likely to panic. But if we have learned to seek Him and to trust Him in the quiet moments then most certainly we will find him when the going gets tough.



Monday 25th April: No Jackpot winner. £50 to J. Molloy.

Monday 2nd May: Two winners of the Jackpot which was worth £1,250 – Breda Kane and Eileen Sheppard.

Next draw on Monday 9th May in The Durrow Inn. Jackpot £250.



Applicants are invited to apply for the position of Supervisor on FAS 5, due to commence shortly. Applications to Ger Alley on or before Wednesday 11th May.



Durrow Scout Troop took part in a sponsored Abseil in Mountrath over the weekend. Several of the older patrol leaders took part in this event which was held in the G.A.A. grounds in Mountrath town. The Abseil was off a man made tower in the hurling field. The tower was almost forty feet high (not for the faint hearted!!) and secured to the ground by means of ropes and large pegs. Safety was of paramount importance with each person being belayed (method of safety rope). At the end of the day each scout agreed that the wall was as high and exciting as the wall in Ballyfin ’93.



Why not treat yourself – in the comfort of your own home – to a hairstyle with distinction?

Specialising in: Perms, Hi-lites, Cuts, Colours, Easy Meche Hi-lites.

Contact Geraldine Cranny. Monday morning – Saturday evening.

Trained with Peter Mark. Advanced course in colour and cutting completed. years of working experience. For appointment telephone 0502 – 31713.




The theme of Monday night’s meeting is ‘Available Light Photography’. Members should bring along their camera and tripods.

The junior branch will hold a Durrow Photo Walk on Thursday night next during their club meeting. All members should bring along their cameras loaded with film. We hope each member will take at least six shots and later during the summer we will hold a club competition on the result of our walk.



The Durrow & District Angling Club are hosting a qualifying round of the All Ireland Pike Championship on the River Erkina on this Sunday, May 8th. The championship is organised by the Pike Fishing Federation of Ireland.

Fishing will be from 12:00 noon until 5.00 p.m. Competition rules will be given out on the morning of the competition. Breakfast will be served in the Durrow Inn. Entry fee £6. Pool £1, optional. The top five anglers will qualify for the All Ireland Final. 150 anglers are expected to compete.



Heywood C.S. U/14 boys basketball team traveled to Knockbeg College last week to take part in South Leinster Blitz involving Knockbeg, Heywood C.S. and Patrician College, Ballyfin. In the first game  the Heywood boys accounted for Ballyfin without any great difficulty, with Heywood winning on a 28-12 scoreline.

With Knockbeg having already defeated Ballyfin the second game for Heywood proved a much closer contest. Heywood persisted with a man to man defence in an attempt to keep a much bigger Knockbeg side at bay. Owen Wallace and Tomas Woods were superb in defence with David Dunne also doing well. Still Heywood trailed all through until Jason Knowels and John Brennan started to convert good shooting opportunities into valuable scores.

Aided by Donal Tynan, Heywood took the lead and fought hard to the final whistle, to hold on to their slender 19 – 16 lead and assure victory for Heywood who have now qualified for the Leinster semi-final which will be played in the near future.

Heywood team: Conor Simms, Owen Wallace, John Brennan, Jason Walsh, Graham Kavanagh, Donal Tynan, Tomas Woods, David Dunne, Jason Knowels and Niall Donohue.

Fundraising Committee

The Fundraising Committee, in conjunction with the Parents association, wish to thank all those who supported the recent Silver Circle and Talent Competition in aid of the school.



Anyone wishing to apply for a position on FAS 5, and who has not already done so, hand in your application immediately to Ger Alley. Applicants must be aged 21 or over and in receipt of Unemployment Benefit Assistance.


S.O.S. KILKENNY LTD. wishes to thank everyone who contributed to their annual appeal.  The amount collected in this parish was £487.90. Your support is vital to the work of S.O.S. in the development of services for the mentally handicapped in the diocese.




The Mother & Toddler Group will meet in the G.P. room on Monday 9th May at 11.00 a.m. All are welcome.

we are looking forward to our school tour this week. 1st – 3rd classes will visit the Zoo and Captain Ventures indoor playground. 4th – 6th classes will go to the Coca Cola Factory and the Dublinia exhibition and Christchurch. The day will conclude for all with a “shopping spree” in The Square, Tallagh.

The National Parent’s Council (Primary) have invited Aidan Herron and Dominic McGinley to give a talk on “Sex Education in Primary Schools” on May 10th in the Ballyroan Room, Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise, at 8.00 p.m. This is an excellent opportunity for parents to become informed on this programme. All parents are invited to attend.

Results of Silver Circle, April Draw;

£100 – Ciara Holland, Mill Road, Durrow.
£50 – Mary Dunphy, Derry Road, Durrow.
£10 – Caroline Bergin, Attanagh.
£10 – Christine Doyle, Urlingford.
£10 – Paula Bowden, Cullohill.
£10 – Anita Phelan, Foxboro, Mountrath.
£10 – Christy Sheppard, Mill Road, Durrow.



A meeting of the committee and all club representatives of the Lotto will take place on Tuesday next, May 10th, at 9.00 p.m. in the Castle Arms Hotel. Any club or society in the parish that wishes to join the Lotto scheme is welcome to attend.



Congratulations to the Harps U/13 hurling team on reaching the final of the Winter League Final. This was a very exciting game of hurling and the result was in doubt right to the final whistle. Castletown’s ability to score goals was the difference between them and the Harps.

Harps best players were: Gary Kenna, Brian Shortall, Shane Brophy and Kieran McGree.

Team members: Gary Kenna, mark Young, Kieran McGree, Justin Dooley, Tommy White, Brian Shortall, Niall Donohue, Don O’Connell, Jason Dollard, Shane Brophy, Kevin Galvin, Brendan Carey, James Scully, Kevin Donohue and Fintan Deegan.

Congratulations to the members of the Harps Ballad Group who defeated Carlow in Scor na bPaisti, in Kildavin Hall, Carlow recently.


SYMPATHY is extended to the Brophy family, Carrigan Street, on their recent bereavement.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Scott family and the Ryan family on their recent bereavement.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Walsh family, 18 Erkindale Drive, on their recent bereavement.




An urgent  request has been made through our local F.C.A. for clothes for children in an orphanage in Somalia.

Clothes in a good clean condition – including shoes and socks – for children aged 0 – 14 years can be left in to the F.C.A Courthouse, Durrow, on or before Thursday next, 12th May.

As these goods are being shipped out on Friday 13th, the deadline is Thursday 12th. Please help in this appeal if you can.



Bus To Kilkenny – As and from Saturday 14th May the Bus to kilkenny will leave the Square at 2.00 p.m. instead of the recently advertised 9.00 a.m. and it will leave Kilkenny at 5.00 p.m. sharp. This change of times is to suit public demand.

Departing From Durrow at 2.00 p.m SHARP – Departing From Kilkenny at 5.00 p.m. SHARP
Fare: Adults £3 return, children (under 14) £1.50 return.

Swimming Trip – A bus will leave the Square, Durrow, every Wednesday night at 7.15 p.m. sharp to Thurles Swimming Pool. Fare £4 including admission.

Bingo – A bus will leave Cullohill at 7.45 p.m. sharp and will leave Durrow at 8.00 p.m. sharp to Bingo in Ballyragget, every Thursday night. Fare £1 return.

For Outings, Tours etc. contact Ger Conroy, Patrick Street, durrow. Phone No. 0502 – 36380.


FOR SALE – Seven Heavy Flush Doors in perfect condition. Contact J.J. Drennan. Phone 0502 – 36419



Applications are invited to participate in the above scheme. It is hoped to take 8 persons including 4 women. Secretarial experience an advantage, other duties will involve general caretaking.

Applicants must be aged 21 years or over and in receipt of Unenployment Benifit Assistance. Applications should reach the Secretary of Board of Management, Heywood Community School, Ballinakill, on or before Monday 16th May ’94.


Durrow Community Council will hold their next meeting on Monday 9th May in the I.C.A. Hall, at 8.30 p.m. sharp.


Congratulations to Michael Fitzpatrick, Upper Tubberboe and Jucinta Kenny, Grange, on their recent marriage.