9th / 10th September 1995.          Price 30p






Our task Lord, is to let your light shine and to proclaim that you are the One who has come to give joy to the world. But we cannot be satisfied with pious advice and explanations, and good intentions Lord.

Our daily responsibility is to bring a bit of light to those who stumble in the night, to support those who are crippled by excessive burdens, to open our hearts to those who are constantly rejected, to give back the love of life to those who have lost love, to destroy the mechanisms that lead to poverty and loss of dignity.

Then, Lord if we accomplish our work the world will see and hear the good news. It will be said ‘Look! They are working in His name! They are bringing the happiness of God to our world.


COFFEE MORNING in Our Lady’s Meadow P.S. on Thursday 14th September from 9.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 1.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. in aid of the Hospice movement.

RAFFLE FOR HAMPER will be held at 3.00 p.m. in Our Lady’s P.S. on Thursday 14th in aid of Hospice. Tickets for raffle on sale in the Post Office.


THE BLOOD BANK will visit Durrow on Tuesday next, 12th September, from 3.00 p.m. to 4.45 p.m. and from 7.00 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. at the C.Y.M.S. Hall.



This year’s Appeal begins on September 11th. Envelopes will be distributed during that week and collected the following week.

Your contribution is vital to the work of the S.O.S. in the provision and development of services for the mentally handicapped of the Diocese.

We now cater for 90 people through our training and sheltered employment workshops at Callan Road, Kilkenny and through our residential facilities at ten locations throughout Kilkenny city. In addition we employ 39 full-time and 19 part-time staff.



Results for Monday 28th August: No Jackpot winner. £50 to S. Kerwin, Kilbricken.

Results for Monday 4th September: No Jackpot winner. £50 to Anne- Marie Dunphy, Bunlacken, Cullohill.

Next draw on Monday 11th September in The Castle Arms Hotel. Jackpot £1,450.


CONGRATULATIONS to John Cashin, Swan Road and Kathleen Grace on their recent marriage.

CONGRATULATIONS to Bill and Eleanor Mooney, Grawn, on the birth of a daughter.

CONGRATULATIONS to Andrew Muldowney, Cullohill who celebrated his 21st Birthday recently.

CONGRATULATIONS to Shirley Coffey, Derry Road and Donie Brophy, Ballyragget on their recent marriage.

CONGRATULATIONS to Grainne Joyce, The Square and Tom Butler, Ballyragget on their recent engagement.




The Annual General Meeting of Durrow Community Services, FAS 5, was held on Tuesday 29th August in the Castle Arms Hotel.

Great tribute was paid to the supervisor Sean Brophy and the FAS team for the great work carried out in Durrow and surrounding areas. Tribute was paid to the late Seamus Kenna and the late Billy Lawlor, former members of the FAS committee.

A full financial report was given and an account of the Social Evening held in the Castle Arms Hotel to raise money to pay FAS P.R.S.I. and other expenses. It is hoped to make this an annual event.

The committee was disappointed to learn that the next FAS scheme will not commence until January’96. Due to cutbacks our numbers will be greatly down on the last scheme, as numbers in Co. Laois are down from 800 to 350.

The following officers were elected:

Chairman – Seosamh Murphy. Secretary – Ann Vaugh.
Vice Chairman – Mick Donohue. Ass. Secretary – Ann Dunne.
Treasurer – Mary Walsh. Co-Ordinator – Ger Alley.
Ass. Treasurer – Seosamh Murphy.



by Eilish Keane aged 8 years.

One day I met a king,
And he gave me a diamond ring,
He said I could be Queen,
And then he gave me a chair to sit on,
Where I could be seen.


by Shane Donohue aged 7 years.

I did something nice,
When I helped my Dad to cut the grass,
And to wash the car,
Wasn’t that very nice.


by Cathy Walsh aged 8 years.

The big armchair by the fireside,
Is where I’ve sat and often tried,
To read a book or sing a song,
But fell asleep before too long.
And as I sleep I always dream,
Until maybe I hear a scream.
When I wake up and standing there,
My brother says get off my chair.



WANTED: Timber Playpen. Contact 0502 – 36327.



This Sunday 10th September – Martin Walsh, Lorraine Lawlor, Mark Donohue and Jonathan Walsh.

Weekend 23rd/24th September: Saturday evening – Pat Walsh, Karen Stapleton, Natasha Kenna and Jason Walsh.

Sunday morning – Mary Lawlor, Margaret Aylward, Kevin Donohue and David Dunne.



Meeting of all Leaders will be held on Monday night, 11th September, in the Presentation Centre at 8.00 p.m. It is important that all leaders attend this meeting as plans for the new Scout year have to be made.


CONGRATULATIONS to Colin Lawlor on receiving a Cadetship in the Army.




REMINDER: Tuesday 12th September – Interviews for Repeat Candidates.
Monday 18th September – Repeat Class Group begin.
Wedfnesday 18th September – First Year Mass at 8.00 p.m.

ADULT & COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMME COURSES include Music Appreciation, Pottery, A.C.A.D. Conversational French, Typing, Woodwork, Computers, Demonstration Cookery, etc. etc.Over 20 courses to choose from.
Enrollments on Monday 11th September in Heywood C.S. – 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Full programme available in local shops and P.O. or from the school 0502 – 33333



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

CARPETS SHAMPOOED to highest standard – £8 per room. No job too small. Telephone Joe at 056 – 33429.



The Lions Soccer Club fielding two junior teams are going very well in the early season. On Wednesday 30th August the Lions defeated River Rangers in the Junior Cup by 2 – 0. Padraic Henderson scored both.

Sunday last in the Maher Shield, the Lions needed extra time to defeat local neighbours SPA United by 3 – 0. Scorers in the first half of extra time were, Tomas Kenna 2 and Conor Murphy 1.

In the Youths Shield the Lions defeated Evergreen on penalties after a 2 – 2 draw. Scorers were Aengus Campion and Brian Shortall.

DUCK DERBY – The Lions Supporters Club have had to call off the Duck Derby fixed for the 3rd September. The club wish to apologise to all for any inconvenience.



The local Fire Brigade will be trying to make it three in a row on Sunday 10th September when they defend their All Ireland Pump Drill title in Dublin Airport.

The Brigade have been training very hard for the past few months and are hopeful of winning again. The Competition starts at 1.00 p.m. in Dublin Airport and anyone wishing to support the team can get more information and details from Brigade members.

The four members on this year’s team are: Station Officer Gay Lalor, Tom Flynn, Gearoid Ryan and David Donohue. Sub will be Kevin Brophy.

Providing lots of moral support will be the other members of Durrow Brigade: Sub-Officer Martin Lawlor, Ger Brophy and Noel Keenan. Best of luck is wished to the team.


SYMPATHY is extended to the Donohue family, 44 Erkindale Drive, on their recent bereavement.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Young family, 7 Erkindale Drive, on their recent bereavement.

SYMPATHY is extended to Mrs. Brophy, Cork Road, on her recent bereavement.




On Sunday 24th September the club will hold a Trout Fishing Competition for the Christy Finnegan Cup. This is the last Trout Fishing competition of the season.

The fifth round in the All Ireland Pike Fishing Competition is being held this weekend in Inchigeelagh, Co. Cork. Fishing starts at 10.00 a.m. on Sunday morning and finishes at 5.00 p.m. The top five anglers qualify for the All Ireland Final.



The final competition in the Eddie Moore Memorial Trophy took place recently. The theme of the competition was”Portrait”. The ressults on the night were as follows;

1st – Liam Donohue. 2nd – Martin Walsh.
3rd – Joe Donohue. 4th – Liam Donohue.
5th – Liam Donohue. 6th – Terence Smeaton & Martin Walsh.

The final points total after the 6 part competition ended were;

1st – Liam Donohue 56 points. 2nd – Paaul Cashin 29.5 points.
3rd – Martin Walsh 24.5 points. 4th – Eugene Meegan.
5th – Pat Farrell. 6th – Breda Kelly.
7th – Joe Donohue. 8th – David Brophy.
9th – Frank Campion & Terence Smeaton.

Liam was presented with the Memorial Shield and plaque by Mrs. Kathleen Moore. Paul and Martin were presented with plaques.

The themes of the competition s for next years Trophy are: Colour, Animals/Wildlife, Macro, Special Effects, Night, Hobbies. No dates have yet been set for them.

The club would like to take this opportunity to thank the Moore family for their assistance to consent in the running of this competition which is now an annual event. The standard of Photography is high as is the number of members taking part. The competition is a fitting memorial for Eddie, one of the clubs most popular members.

The Junior Branch will soon be resuming their meetings. The final part of their Grand Prix will take place the night meetings resume. The junior competition mirrors the senior, as Jason Walsh, like Liam Donohue, established a commanding lead from the early days, three or four members are in the running for 2nd & 3rd place, so we are all set for an exciting finish.

Date of meeting in the next newsletter.



Sunday September 10th marks Ireland’s fifth Heritage Day. A Council of Europe initiative encouraging awareness of the natural and built heritage around us.

In Laois, Heywood Gardens in Ballinakill will be open during daylight hours. Completed in 1912, the gardens are located in the grounds of the Salesian College, now Heywood Community School.

The property, consisting of gardens, lakes, woodlands and architectural features, was transferred in November 1993 to State ownership, under the Office of Public Works.

The formal gardens form the centrepiece of the property. The gardens are composed of four elements linked by a terrace that ran along the front of the house which now no longer exists.