7th/8th November, 1998 – Price, 30p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled by the Durrow Scouts

Thought For The Day

Do the things you have to do and do them faithfully.
Consercrate the commonplace wherever you may be.
Someone may be influenced by what you say and do.
Somebody may learn a lesson just by watching you.


Give me the happy things of life.
A heart that’s merry all the way.
An outlook that is broad and bright.
A spirit that is brave and gay.


Heywood Community School

The School Musical “Grease” will be staged in Heywood Community School on Thursday 19th, Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November.  Curtain up at 8.00 pm. Adults £5. OAP & Students £3.
Booking at 0502 33333. Tickets available at Heywood C.S and Morans, Abbeyleix.

Study Skills Seminar – Talk to parents on Tuesday 10th November at 7.30 pm.



Window boxes made by the local FAS team, can be seen on display in Lawlor’s Garden Centre. Different sizes can be made to order.

Sitting room suite (3 seater couch and 2 armchairs) in very good condition. Contact – 0502-36500


Parish Apostolic Society

The Durrow Parish Apostolic Society committee thank most sincerely all who supported their cake sale and raffle and to those who donated sacred Vessels (chalices £45 and Pyx £17) which will be used on the Mission fields.
Raffle Results:
1st – Freddie Townsand, Dublin
2nd – Sinead Mahony, Gurteen
3rd – Enda Murphy, The Square, Durrow
4th – Mrs Graham, Dereen, Durrow.

Guess the weight of the cake: Mrs Lil Sheeran, Abbeyleix, 7.10ozs

Guess Money in Jar: Teresa Ryan, Barnhill, Durrow, 843 (1/2 pennys)



Pair of glasses found in Cullohill Church car park . Contact key holders or FAS team.



Sympathy is extended to the Dollard family, Ballynevin, Cullohill, on their recent bereavement.

Sympathy is extended to the Fitzpatrick family, Derry Road, Durrow, on their recent bereavement.

Sympathy is extended to the Clancy family, Rapla, on their recent bereavement.



Congratulations to Joe and Dianne Deegan, Thurles, on the birth of a son.

Congratulations to Dermot Woods and Olga Keating, Erkindale Drive, Durrow, on their recent marriage.

Congratulations to the girls football team in Our Lady’s Meadow P.S. Durrow, on winning the Cumann na mbunscoil football final recently. They defeated Ballyfin, 2-4 to 0-7.

Congratulations to Conor Murphy, The Square, Durrow, on graduating as a Garda at the training college, Templemore, on Thursday last.

Congratulations to Breda Mahony, Gurteen, Cullohill, on getting her Degree in Finance at DCU recently.

Congratulations to Pat and Tony Dunne, Cullohill, on receiving their certificates at a Teagasc Awards Night recently.


Cullohill I.C.A.

Cullohill I.C.A. met at the Community Hall on Tuesday last. Votes of sympathy were passed with Mary Dollard and family on the death of her father Mark Convey at Swinford, Co. Mayo, to the Bannon Family and the Dunne Family on their recent bereavements. Members will attend the Federation Christmas Party at Montague Hotel. Non members are welcome to join us. Bus from village at 7.30 pm on 3rd December. Contact any member.

Personel from the Irish Heart Foundation gave a talk and demonstration on the importance of knowledge in dealing with a heart attack or choking.

Mary Geoghegan and Teresa Delahunty won the raffle. Next meeting on December 1st at 8.00 pm.

Mass for deceased members will be held on Friday 20th November at 8.00 pm.


Training for Employment  

A course for long-term unemployed who are in receipt of Social Welfare with the necessary motivation and basic skills to enable them to take advantage of the current job market will be  run in Rathdowney, commencing on 23rd November. The course will last six weeks, Monday – Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm and will cover the following:

1. Introduction and Safety procedures
2. Motivation and Personal Presentation
3. Effective Communication
4. Personal Effectiveness and Career Planning
5. Employment Data Base Creation
6. Organisational Requirements
7. Basic Computer Skills

FAS allowances will apply.



A vacancy exists for an Apprentice Carpenter in Durrow. Hours: 8 am – 5.30 pm Age: 17 – 22 years. Contact FAS Office Portlaoise, 0502 21462.


Castle Arms Hotel

Why not make the Castle Arms Hotel your Party H.Q. for 1998.

Whether your party size is 10 to 100 come and enjoy a feast of food and fine wine and lots of fun. We promise an enjoyable night. Bar open till late.

Christmas office Parties will be held on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th December. After dinner dancing to the sound of our residents band and D.J. Price per person £16.50.


Cullohill Youth Club

The first meeting of the new club year was held on Friday 30th October. Leaders for this year are: Margaret Phelan, John Bourke, Eamon Fitzpatrick, Barbara Walsh, Tony Dunne. This week the meeting will be held on Saturday night after mass and every Friday night from 13th November at 8.30 pm to 10 pm in the Community Centre.

The youth Club will hold a Cake sale on  Sunday 15th November after 10 am Mass in Community Centre.

Cullohill Youth Club won £50 prize for Best New Club of the year.

The following people make up the committee for this year:

Chairman – David Kells
Secretary – Orla Phelan
Treasurer – Barbara Walsh
PRO – Deirdre Kilbride & Lorraine Holland

A fee of £5 per person, family over 2 people £10 to cover Insurance costs.


 Cullohill Community Centre 

Cullohill Community Centre are starting Badminton on Wednesday night 11th November, at 9 pm. All beginners are welcome. Please contact any of the committee members if you are interested in same.


Squash and handball Leagues will be starting in the near future. Any interested in playing should enter their names on chart in Centre by Wednesday 11th November.

Membership for ’98/’99 is now due.


Durrow Parish Lotto 

Results on Tuesday 27th October: No Jackpot winner. Nos. 3-28-29

£20 won by Catherine Clancy, Fermoyle and Tom Kenna, Patrick St, Durrow. £10 to Don Banks, Chapel street, Durrow.

Monday 2nd November: No Jackpot winner. Nos 2-6-21.

£20 to Catherine Clancy, fermoyle an Mary Walsh, Erkindale Drive, Durrow. £10 to Maeve O’ Halloron, Carrigan Street, Durrow.

Next Draw on Monday 9th November in The Durrow Inn. Jackpot £1,300.


Computer Course

Cullohill Community Centre, Basic Introduction, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Databse, Overall General Concept of Computers. Starting: Monday 9th November. Morning and evening classes available. 10 week course, 3 hours per week. One computer per person. Cost £150. Contact Ciara/Barbara at 0502-37317. City & Guilds Certification £40 extra.


Lord Mayors Ball  

On Halloween Night, 31st October, Development Forum ran the Lord Mayors Ball in the Castle Arms Hotel, Which was very well attended.n Everyone was there, from the Smashing Pumpkins to Henry 8th, The Holy Souls to 101 Dalmations. Great credit is due to all those who participated in this very enjoyable occasion. Grateful thanks is extended to everyone who attended and supported this event, to the Forum members who sold tickets and organised the night.


Our Lady’s Meadow

The Parents Council AGM will be held in the school on Monday 9th November at 8.30 pm. A meeting of the out going and in coming members will be held at 8 pm in the school. all members please attend.


Ossory Service Station

Jack Daly regrets the inconvenience to his many valued customers while the Ossory Service Station is closed to allow for the Old Storage Tanks to be removed and repleced with new ones. The Station will close from the 8th of November to the 8th of December. We assure our customers of our best service when we re – open and will have many special offers available.


Lions Soccer Club

The Lions A team were defeated 3 – 0 by Thomastown United in the F.A.I Junior Cup, in Durrow on Sunday last. The young Lions team played good soccer and the final result does not reflect the competitive nature of the game.


The first draw in the Lions South East Draw will take place in Wexford on Friday, November 13th. Tickets are on sale from any committee member and all the proceeds of this draw will go towards financing the new dressing rooms which are nearing completion.

Tickets are £20 each or £5 per month for 4 months. Prizes varying from cars, holidays, clothes, electrical goods and cash prizes each month.


Cullohill Progressive 25 results

Sunday 26th October:

Joint winners – Michael & Alice Fitzpatrick
Fr. Lar Dunphy & Kieran McNeill
Margaret & Anthoney Phelan

Raffle winners: Mary Kelly and Madge Brennan

Sunday November 1st

1st – Pad Dunphy & Bill Walsh
2nd Jim Duggan & Watt Delahunty

Money back: Molly Dollary & Rita McEvoy
Paddy Sullivan & Paddy O’Sullivan

Raffle winners: Bill Walsh and Ann Kilbride

Cards continue in the Community Centre every Sunday night, 8.20 to 10.30 pm. Jackpot commences on sunday, November 8th, with £100 Jackpot.



Do you want to learn more about computers? For your information, there are classes held in the Presentation Centre every Saturday morning. If anyone is interested in this please contact Veronica on 0502-37281 (day)/ 0502-36424


Harps GAA Club 

The Harps Senior Hurling team finished the season with a defeat in the Brady Cup final against Camross by 3-6 to 0-10. Star of the game was Noel Delaney who scored nine points from frees for the Harps.