ALL IRELAND TALENT SHOW: Local group Na Fianna will appear on the All Ireland Talent Show on Sunday 24th January on RTE1 at 6.30pm. Lee Campion, son of Bobby and Marian Campion is a member of the group so make sure to vote for them on the night and get Na Fianna a step closer to becoming All Ireland Talent Show Champions.

DURROW COMMUNITY COUNCIL: The Annual Senior Citizens Party will he held on Saturday 6th March in the Castle Arms Hotel from 2.00pm to 6.00pm. The January meeting of Durrow Community Council will be held on Monday next 18th January at 8.30pm in the Computer Centre. All members please attend.

POSITIVELY DURROW 2010: The general public is invited to the launch of Positively Durrow 2010 on Thursday 28th January in the Castle Arms Hotel at 8.00pm sharp. This in an open invitation to everyone with an interest in Durrow. Full details of the programme for the night is attached.

THIRD LAOIS DURROW SCOUTS – RESULTS OF 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS DRAW: First Prize: Family Holiday to Disney World Florida or €6,500 cash – Winner – Ahad Khalil, Dublin; Second Prize: One week Mediterranean Cruise and One week at Resort for two Adults or €3,000 cash. Winner – Karina Carey, Mayo; Third Prize: The Algarve for two adults for two weeks or €1,250 cash. Winner – Derek Wynne, Dublin; Fourth Prize: Spring Weekend break for two in Amsterdam or €650 cash. Winner – Tony Stanners, Cork; Fifth Prize: €650 for holidays. Winner – Kevin Hannigan, Donegal; Sixth Prize: Theatre weekend in London for two. Flights, Theatre tickets and Accommodation or €650 cash. Winner – J. Mitchell, Waterford; Seventh Prize: Week for two at Delphi Adventure Centre or €650 cash. Winner – Suzanne Kelly, Dublin; Eighth Prize: West of Ireland holiday cottage for one week or €650 cash. Winner – Ethan Williamson, Celebridge; Ninth Prize: Week for two in Isle of Man. Winner – Gillian, Castlefield Drive, Dublin; Tenth Prize: Family week at Trabolgan Holiday Centre, or €650 cash. Winner – Olga Curran, Dublin; Eleventh Prize: Four berth cruiser on Shannon or Lough Erne for one week or €650 cash. Winner – Margaret Keating, Dublin; Twelfth Prize: Luxury Golf weekend for two or €650 cash. Winner – Ray Conway, Sligo.
We would like to thank all Scouts and parents who supported this draw before Christmas. This is one of our fund raising events of the year.

BROADBAND IN DURROW: Eircom are offering broadband speeds of up to 7.6mb in the Durrow Area. Telephone numbers beginning with (057) 8736xxx or 8740xxx should qualify for this service which depends upon line condition and distance from the exchange on Mill Road.

DURROW ACTIVE OVER 50’S GROUP: The weekly meetings of the Over 50’s Group will resume in the Boy’s School, on Tuesday 19th January at 7.30pm. New members always welcome.

CHURCH CLEANING ROTA: Church cleaners for the month of January as follows: Daisy Dollard, Kay Mahony, Babe Duggan and Patty Fitzpatrick.

OSSORY PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2010: Bookings are now invited for our Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes from May 22nd to May 27th 2010. The Cost is €720 p.p.s. All who are interested in traveling should contact Glenmore Parish Office on (051) 880414, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10.30am to 2.30pm or by email.

Sympathy is extended to the Brennan family, Addergoole, Cullohill on their recent bereavement.
Sympathy is extended to the Bolger family, Cannonswood, Cullohill on their recent bereavement.

SHAPE UP AND KEEP HEALTHY: Eight week courses are starting on Thursday 21st January in Durrow Community Hall. Aeor Tone from 6.45pm to 7.30pm and BLT Toning from 7.30pm to 8.15pm. All 45 minute classes cost of €7 per class. All are welcome. All enquiries to Susan on (086) 3204208.

IFA: Durrow IFA will hold a General Meeting on Tuesday 26th January at 8.00pm in Durrow Presentation Centre. Chairman of Laois Livestock Committee will be guest speaker on the night. All members are asked to attend.

BEST WISHES: Best wishes to Julianne Walshe, Bishopswood, Durrow on making it to the final of the Macra na Feirme, Bank of Ireland National Leadership Awards. Three overall winners will be selected based upon interviews with a judging panel and marking of an already submitted project. The National Final will take place on January 19th at Bank of Ireland Business Banking Offices in Dublin. Three overall winners will be presented with travel bursaries worth €2,000 each. Julianne is a founder member of Durrow/Abbeyleix Macra. She is wished the very best in the final.

CLUB NOTES WANTED: Free advertisement for your sporting organisation… send in your match reports and fixtures to to be included in the next issue!

DURROW DEVELOPMENT FORUM – LYRICS BOARD: The Lyrics Board will commence shortly in the Pubs and will be run up to St. Patrick’s Day. Anyone wishing to take part on a team or on entering a team please contact Evelyn on (087) 9194428.

SATURDAY MARKET: The weekly market is held in the IT Centre from 9.3am to 1pm. Please Support

ST. VINCENT de PAUL SOCIETY DURROW: The Durrow branch of St. Vincent de Paul Society wish to thank most sincerely all those who contributed to our Christmas collection and to our Church collections throughout 2009. We also wish to thank the Confirmation Class and the Communion Class of Our Lady’s Meadow, Primary School, the local Church of Ireland community and private individuals for their generous donations. Your generosity is greatly appreciated especially during these difficult times.

THANK YOU: Durrow Development Forum wish to thank all those who came out and helped grit the footpaths and walkways during the cold spell of weather.

LUCKY DIP DRAW: The Lucky Dip Draw tickets are on sale and can be purchased from any member of the Durrow Development Forum at a cost of 1 cent up to €20. First Prize €5,000, Second Prize €1,000, Third Prize €500 and ten prizes of €50. As funding is needed to continue with the very successful Festivals during 2010 we ask for your support of this draw.

DURROW PARISH LOTTO RESULTS: Monday 21st December 2009: There was no jackpot winner of €1,300. The numbers drawn were: 10, 20, 21 and 28. The small draw winners were: €30: Noeleen Dunphy, Patrick St. Durrow, Laois; €25: Kathleen Drennan, Erkindale Dr. Durrow; €20: Bridie Donohue, Patrick St. Durrow, Laois.
Monday 11th January 2010: There was no jackpot winner of €1,450. The Numbers drawn were: 03, 22, 26 and 27. The small draw winners were: €30: Anne Conroy, Mary Sreet, Durrow, Co. Laois; €25: Rosa Dooley, Ballybooden, Cullohill, Laois; €20: Aisling Dunne, Gurteen, Durrow, Laois.

STARS IN YOUR EYES DVD: A DVD of the Stars in your Eyes show held recently is available from Pat Farrell Photography. Contact (087) 2814661 or (056) 8833443. The cost is €12 per DVD.

HARPS CAMOGIE CLUB: The Harps Camogie Club Would like to thank the Woodenbridge Paddlers for their very generous donation following the recent Raft Race on the River Erkina. They also wish to thank everyone who entered Rafts in the race, all of the Businesses and individuals who gave so generously to this event. Your support is very gratefully welcomed.

THANK YOU: The Harps also wish to thank all of their loyal supporters, who have been there for the club in the last 4 glorious years. Even when the Junior Team were knocked out in the All-Ireland Semi Final, the standing ovation from the supporters in the stand of O’Moore Park was amazing and showed how gracious and loyal the supporters are to the team. For this the Harps Camogie Club thank each and every supporter.

HARPS CAMOGIE CLUB: Go online and visit: for more information, pictures, videos and news from the club.

THE HARPS GAA CLUB AGM: The Harps AGM will take place at 8.00pm on Friday 11th December in Durrow Dressing Rooms. All members or intending members are welcome to attend. A Mass for Deceased members of the Club will be held in Cullohill Church at 11.00am on Sunday 13th December.

DINNER DANCE: The Harps Dinner Dance will be held in the Castle Arms Hotel on Saturday Night 16th of January at 8.30pm sharp. This is the 25th year of The Harps, so the founding officers will be honoured and also, the Junior County Champions and selectors of that year. The brilliant Harps camogie Team will also be honoured and presented with their County and Leinster Medals. A great night is assured. Tickets are €30 each and are available at the door on the night.

Congratulations to Peter Phelan, Tubberboe, Durrow and Nicola Bolger, Royal Oak, Carlow on their recent marriage.
Congratulations to Claire Duggan, Lakefield, Dereen, Durow and Thomas Milner, Emo on their recent engagement.
Congratulations to Rosarie Phelan, Coolnacritta and Anthony O’Hara, Lisdowney on their recent engagement.

HEYWOOD COMMUNITY SCHOOL: Adult Education classes will commence in Heywood Community School, Ballinakill from the 1st February 2010. Enrolment night will take place on Monday 18th January in the school from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Postal applications accepted with fees enclosed and must reach the school before Monday 18th January. Proposed courses as follows: Mondays: Digital Photography, Pilates, Stress Management and Computers; Tuesdays: Ballroom Dancing, Personal Development and Know your Rights. Practical Cookery Class: Tuesday 23rd February. Menu available on enrolment. Safe Pass Course: Thursday 11th February. For further information contact Olivia O’Connor at the school on (057) 8733333 or (087) 9016509.