8th/9th May, 1999 – Price: 30p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled by The Durrow Scouts


Thoughts for the Day

If you travel your road with a faith in your heart, it will give you the courage to grope – up through the valleys of failure and fear, spurred by a wonderful hope. While you have faith you will feel every day the urge to go forth with a smile – believing you’ll find when you’ve climbed the last hill, the something that makes all worth while.


Build castles, but remember dreams are not enough. Castles must be underpinned with sterner stronger stuff. Courage and determination, faith and energy. You will need to turn your dream into reality.


Scouts sponsored walk for Kosovo

Durrow Scouts are holding a sponsored walk for Kosovo on this Sunday 9th May. All Beavers, Cubs and scouts will take part. This walk will commence at 3 pm from the Church Carpark. Anyone wishing to take part in the walk is very welcome to come along. Your support for this worthy cause will be much appreciated.


Durrow Parish Lotto Results

Monday 26th April:

No Jackpot winner – Numbers: 21-22-30

£20 won by Michael Dunne, Skehana, Castlecomer and Erik Lalor, c/o Aylwards, Rath Durrow.
£10 won by Michael Campion, Carrick, Rathdowney.
Tuesday 4th May:

No Jackpot winner – Numbers: 13-26-29

£20 won by Kevin Maher, Erkindale Drive, Durrow and Michael O’Dea, Dunmore, Durrow.
£10 won by Margaret Phelan, Knockanoran, Durrow.

Next draw on Monday 10th May in The Durrow Inn. Jackpot £900.


Benefit night

Durrow Community Groups present a Benefit Night, including All Star Variety Concert and Old Time Dancing, in The Castle Arms Hotel on Friday 14th May. Commencing at 9 pm. Subscription £5.


Durrow Development Forum

On Friday 14th May the B.R.A.D.S Area Development Plan will be launched in the Castle Arms Hotel at 8 pm. All householders in the area will be notified of this event through An Post. Liam Hyland, M.E.P will be guest speaker. Laois Leader Board, T.D’s and Councillors will be in attendance.


Weekly Market

Weekly Saturday morning Market in Durrow C.Y.M.S. Hall, 10.30 am – 1 pm. Stalls include:

Bric-a-Brac, Crafts, Internet, Local Cheese, Home Baking, Fancy Goods, Books, Plants etc.

Anyone interested in a stall can contact: 0502-36167 or 36211. Fee £5 per morning.



Sympathy is extended to the Donohue family, Derry road, Durrow on the death of Margaret’s mother, Mrs Mary Murphy, Lisdowney, last week.

Sympathy extended to Helen Lalor and family, Bunlacken, on the death of her mother, Mrs Mary Moran, Clougheen, Co. Tipperary.

Sympathy is extended to the relatives and neighbours of Judy Murphy, Cullohill Mountain.


Cullohill National School

Good Luck to boththe boys and girls who have reached the Cuman Na mBunscoilschool finals. The finals are being played in Portlaoise on 22nd May. The boys team: Brian Galvin, David Lalor, Johnathon Delahunty, Mark White, John Prior, Dan Delahunty, Patrick Holland, Shane Doran, L. Delaney, T. Delaney, Ian Fitzgerald, P. Dunne, B. Guilfoyle and D. Loughman.

The girls team: Aine Saunders, Zarah Delaney, Aisling Saunders, Erin Dunne, Aine Mahony, Aisling Phelan, Emma O’Connell, Joan Dollard, Michelle Fitzpatrick, Margaret Prior, Helen Spencer, B.Bergin, O.Walsh and I.Culloten.

Also well done to the girls who won the Laois I.N.T.O. mini sevens and now go on to play Wicklowont the 19th May. The panel of ten is: E. Dunne, A. Saunders, Z. Delaney, A. Mahony, A. Saunders, E. O’Conell, J. Dollard, M. Prior, M. Fitzpatrick, H. Spencer.


Durrow ladies Club

A total of £120.73 was raised on Saturday 1st May at the Market stall set aside in aid of Kosovo Crisis. Anyone interested in a stall may contact 36167 or 36211 for details. The next meeting of the Ladies Club will be held on Wednesday 19th May at 9 pm in The Castle Arms Hotel. All members are requested to attend.



Moses Basket, Brass Stand and covers – £40. Cot (mahogany) – £30. Baby Bouncer – £10.

All in perfect condition. Contact 0502-36443 after 6 pm.


Durrow Tidy Towns Committee

As judging in the Tidy Towns competition commences from 1st June we ask everyone to maintain the kerbs and footpaths outside their homes/premises. Window boxes and hanging baskets add greatly to the appearance of the town and we would hope that people would put out as many as possible this summer. Window boxes, which were made by FAS Participants, are for sale and can be purchased by contacting the FAS office, phone 36376, or at Lawlor’s Gardens. prices range from £8 – £12 according to size.

With your help we can increase our marks this year and get third place in the county.



Congratulations to Tom and Elaine McEvoy, Lisdowney, on the birth of a daughter, Emma.

Congratulations to Elaine Lalor, Cork Road, Durrow and Steve Exwood, Notthingham, England on their recent engagement.

Congratulations to Barry McGree, Carrigan St, Durrow, who celebrated his 21st Birthday last weekend.


Durrow Summer Camp

Durrow Summer Camp, sponsored by Durrow Scouts, will be held from Monday 5th July to Friday 13th August. Application forms will be distributed through the schools during the coming week. anyone interested in sending their children to the camp should book their place now as numbers will be limited.

Third level Students wishing to work on the camp, through the Students Summer Jobs Scheme, should give their names now to Angela Drennan, 36419 or Mary Walsh, 36327, as soon as possible.


Harps Camogie News

Harps U/14 Camogie

The Harps U/14 Camogie team are through to the semi final against Mountmellick for the Feile. The winners play Castletown. Both matches to be played off the same evening next week. Fixture date to be confirmed.

We send many congratulations to the Harps U/14 Hurling team on their superb win last Sunday as they achieved the U/14 Hurling Feile title. Well done lads.

Laois U16 Camogie

The U/16 Laois Camogie team continued their successful run in the Leinster Camogie Roinn B Championship by defeating Westmeath. On Sunday, May 9th they  meet Wexford in Mounthrath aat 5.30 pm in the Leinster Semi final of the Rionn A Championship. Best of luck to the Harps girls on the team, Denise Quigley, Mary Cleery, Louise Mahony, Patricia Dunphy and Lisa Clancy.

Laois U/14 Ladies Football

Last Saturday Laois played Wexford and needed a win to qualify for the Leinster championship semi-final and they achieved this in style. Results: Laois 6-8, Wexford 3-2. Congratulations to Aine Lawlor, the Harps, who lined out at wing back and played a superb game.

Harps U/16 Ladies Football

Harps U/16 team lined out last Tuesday against Crettyyard. Harps needed to win this game to stay in the championship. The girls put up a great fight and had their chances to win. Final Score: Crettyyard 4-6, Harps 4-3.

Team: Elaine Dowling, Rita McCann, Ciara Lanigan, Vanessa Healy, Nicola Cleary, Karen  Flynn, Aine Lawlor, Michelle Dunne, Mary Cleary, Ann Campion (Captain), Aoife Donohue, Lisa Clancy, Sarah Phelan, Aodain Phelan, Aoife Donohue, Tracy Lynch, Sarah Gaughan, Claire Dunne, Elaine Mooney and Muireann Phelan.

Congratulations to Ann Campion who is on the Laois U/16 Panel.

Harps Junior Ladies Camogie

Congratulations to the Junior Ladies who beat Camross last Saturday evening in their first match of the league. Great start ladies.

Team: O. Phelan, J. Lynch, L. Mahon, E. Clancy, M. Fitzpatrick, M. Coonan, B. Carroll, B. Clancy, C. Donohue, A. Cooke, M. Brophy, L. Cahill, E. Dollard, T. Delahunty, C. Daly and M. Phelan.


Cullohill Youth Club

The Easter Egg Hunt which was held on Easter Sunday was a great success and was enjoyed by all. The raffle for Easter Eggs was held in O’Connell’s Bar. The winners were:

1st Lar Dunphy, 2nd Dave Hickey, 3rd Kate Delaney.

The youth club is going on a trip from 15th – 16th May. The bus will leave Cullohill village on Saturday 15th at 6 pm for a four hour trip to an Adventure centre in Ballybunnion. The leaders who will attend are Marion Holland and Eamon Fitzpatrick. The activities will include water sports etc, so come prepared.


Walsh’s Videos

Videos for Hire – Large selection of the latest videos available. Also large selection of childrens videos. Call or Phone 36411 to book your video.


Durrow Community Services – FAS 

A.G.M was held on Thursday 6th May. The following officers were elected: Chairman – Seosamh Murphy, Vice-Chairman – Mi, Donohue, Secretary – Anne Vaugh, Assistant Secretary – Margaret Tobin, Treasurer – Mary Walsh, Assistant Treasurer – Carmel Bowe.


Share A Break

Would you like to give a holiday, in your home, to a person with a learning disability. The Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary are looking for families to take a child into their homes in order to give them a holiday. It also facilitates parents in having a break from the stress involved in caring for their son or daughter. It would give you and your family a chance to learnmore about disability while caring and sharing in your home.

Host families: Meet the families requesting “Share A Break”. Visit the local centres to enable them to see how special needs are met, first hand. Get particular information from the relevent professions on the specifics they need to know.

Any people interested can ring 0502-21072 from Monday to Friday between 9 am and 5 pm for further information.


Flower & Garden Club

A meeting to start a Flower & Garden Club will be held in Cullohill Community Centre on Monday Next, 10th May, at 8 pm. Guests from Kilkenny City Flower Club will attend. All are welcome.


Cullohill I.C.A Guild

Cullohill I.C.A met at the Community Centre on Tuesday last. Sympathy to Jerry Murphy, Helen Lalor and the relatives and neighbours of Judy Murphy were extended.

The members and their friends will celebrate their 30th Anniversary on Wednesday next. A great night was had at The Gandon Inn where we met the Rathdowney I.C.A celebrating their 40th Anniversary.


Progressive 25 Results

Sunday 23rd April:

1st – Paddy Delaney & Ned Duggan
Joint 2nd – Kieran Mc Neill & Pat Bowden, Andy Fogarty & Peter Kinnane.
Other winners – Henry O’ Grady & Willie Tone, Tom Corrigan & Liam Dunphy, Mick McLoughlin & Joe Fanning.

Raffle winners:

1st – Rita McEvoy
2nd – Paddy Delaney
3rd – Margaret Kealy

Sunday 2nd May:

1st – Eamon Fitzpatrick & Patti Fitzpatrick
2nd – Marty Rohan & Mary Kelly
Joint 3rd – Jim Mahony & Kieran Mc Neill, P. Coffey & P. Dunphy.
Other winners – Madge brennan, Mary Teresa Delaney, Mrs D’Arcy, Jim Duggan and Watt Delahunty.

Progressive 25 card games continue in Cullohill community Centre every Sunday night. Jackpot on Sunday 9th May is £230.


Kosovo Appeal

Kosovo appeal for food, baby foods, clothes etc, continues. All can be left to Bridget Newman, Swan Road, Durrow. Lorries leave Borris-in- Ossary every week for Kosovo. Your support is needed.