4th / 5th January 1997                                                                                                                                               Price 30p




What shall we ask of the year that is dawning? What shall we hope as we face the new day? What shall we ask on the very first morning? What shall we wish and for what should we pray? … Ask for an eye that is open to beauty. Ask for a faith that no bludgeon can break. Ask for the patience to do every duty with a good humour that nothing can shake.

Now at this time of the year’s new beginning, pray for these gifts. They outweigh all the rest. For without these there is naught worth the winning. Ask for these things that your days may be blessed.


Open the windows of our minds that we may catch the morning light. Grant us, Lord, a wide horizon, and a vision broad and bright. Give us eyes to seek for beauty and a heart to understand. ears to hear the voice of conscience, feet to run at Love’s command.


The above committee was established some months ago with the sole purpose of setting out guidelines for a future development committee. With a view to the future development of Durrow there will be an information night in the Castle Arms Hotel on Thursday 9th January at 8.00 p.m. Guest speaker will be Mr Brian Mooney from Kiltemogh. It is envisaged that when this committee is eventually set up it will hopefully achieve the following;

1. Enterprise creation and development.
2. Tourism.
3. Community Development.
4. Physical and Structural Development of Durrow.

WEIGHT WATCHERS in the Boys’ School Durrow, Monday nights 7.30 p.m., commencing on 6th January. All are welcome. Get slim and trim for the new year. Special offers until end of January.

DURROW COMMUNITY SERVICES (FAS 6) are holding a FUND RAISING PARISH DANCE on Friday, 31st January in the Castle Arms Hotel. Dancing 10 – 2 . Spot Prizes Galore. Hot Supper served at 10 p.m. sharp. Bar Extension. Tickets £6. Music by LARGO.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Donohue family, Cork Road, Durrow on their recent bereavement.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Dunphy family, Cannonswood, on their recent bereavement.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Kenna family, Derry Road, Durrow, on their recent bereavement.



Monday 16th December: No Jackpot winner. £50 to Mick Ryan, C/o Harps. Next Lotto Draw on Monday 6th January in The Castle Arms Hotel. Jackpot £650.

The following are the results of the Christmas Raffle:

1st – Hamper, Maureen Cashin, Bridge bar, Durrow.
2nd – Bottle of Whiskey, Conor McCann, Knockanoran, Durrow.
3rd – Hamper, Kathleen Stapleton, Erkindale Drive, Durrow.
4th – Bottle of Whiskey, Ml Ryan c/o Harps.
5th – Bottle of Whiskey, Eileen Keenan, Cork Road, Durrow.
6th – Bottle of Whiskey, Alan Dwyer, Erkindale Drive, Durrow.
7th – Bottle of Whiskey, Sean Geoghan, Gurteen.
8th – Bottle of Whiskey, Pat Walsh, Erkindale Drive, Durrow.
9th – Bottle of Whiskey, David Holland, Cullohill.
10th – Bottle of Whiskey, Senan Kenna, Swan Road, Durrow.
11th – Bottle of Whiskey, Margo McKenzie, St. Fintan’s Terrace, Durrow.
12th – Bottle of Whiskey, Ivan Rafferty, Parknahoun, Cullohill.
13th – £10 Voucher, Carmel Bowe, Derry Road, Durrow.
14th – £10 Voucher, Sean McEvoy, Cork Road, Durrow.
15th – £10 Voucher,Margaret Donohue, Derry Road, Durrow.
16th – Tin of Biscuits, Gabriel Irwin, Mary Street, Durrow.
17th – Tin of Roses Sweets, Anne-Marie Deegan, Cullohill.
18th – £10 Voucher, Liam Brennan, Cullohill.
19th – Turkey Voucher – Eddie ?
20th – Turkey Voucher – Catherine Campion.
21st – Biscuits – David Finnegan.
22nd – Box of Chocolates – Kieran Shortall & Enda Carroll.
23rd – £10 Voucher – Ellie Kenna, Swan Road, Durrow.
24th – Planted Bowl, Helen Holland, fermoyle.
25th – Jason Monnelly, Moate, ballyragget.
26th – Bottle of Martini, Sean Burke, Cullohill.
27th – Bottle of Wine, Carmel Brennan, Cullohill.
28th – Bottle of Wine, Trish Gaughan, Durrow Inn.
29th – Set of Toiletries, Breda Fitzpatrick.
30th – Set of Toiletries, E. McFadden, c/o C. McCann, Knockanoran, Durrow.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Phelan family, Newtown, Cullohill, on their recent bereavement.

SYMPATHY is extended to Dunne family, Coolnacritta on the death of Rev. Sean Dunne at Dalgan Park, Navan. He retired from Korea and served as Curate at Ballyragget and Templeourim, Piltown.

SYMPATHY is extended to Breda Dunphy, Cullohill Mountain, on the death of her uncle.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Delahunty family, Newtown, on their recent bereavement.

The death took place recently in London of Harry Freeman formerly of Cullohill. He won a Laois Co. Council Scholarship to St. Kierans College in the late 1930’s and spent his working life in England. Mourned by his brother Dick and sisters Mary and Bess in Dublin.

 CULLOHILL BRIDGE CLUB winners: League – 1st Babe Duggan. 2nd Breda Brennan. 3rd Patty Fitzpatrick.

Turkey Competition winners: May Fletcher & Marie Gibbons. Patty Fitzpatrick & Breda Brennan.

Next game on Thursday 16th January at 8.00 p.m.


Cullohill Macra Na Feirme held a Cabaret and Christmas Hamper Draw in O’Connell’s on Saturday 28th December. Winners were: 1st – Large Hamper, John Dunphy, Knockanoran, Durrow. 2nd – Hamper – Donagh McArdle, Carlow.

The club would like to thank all who supported the night.

CONGRATULATIONS to Vincent and Breda O’Sullivan, Bunlacken, Cullohill, on the birth of a son.



The Lions Soccer Club wish to thank everyone who supported their Annual Christma Hamper Draw, which was held on Christmas Eve night in The Nore Nets. The following are the winners;

1st Monster Hamper – Trish Phelan, Abbeyleix.
2nd Full Lamb – Niall Newman, Durrow.
3rd Bottle of Whiskey & Bottle of Brandy – Joe Murphy, Castle Arms Hotel.
4th Bottle of Brandy – Eddie Clooney, c/o Nore Nets, Durrow.
5th Bottle of Whiskey – Caroline Kavanagh, Abbeyleix.
6th Box of Chocolates – Jonathan McKenzie, Patrick Street, Durrow.
7th Bottle of Wine – Paschal O’Brien, Portlaoise.
8th Bottle of Wine – Michael Walsh, Brandra, Ballinakill.
9th Bottle of Wine – Morgan Kelly, Ballyragget.

FOR SALE: Raleigh Lizard Mountain Bicycle. Contact 0502 – 36107.


The Annual General Meeting of Durrow Community Services (FAS 6), will be held on Tuesday, 14th January, in the Castle Arms Hotel at 8.30 p.m. Each club are asked to ensure that two representitives attend this meeting.

The 3rd Annual Parish Dance will be held in The Castle Arms Hotel, on Friday 31st January. Music by LARGO. Subscription £6. Dancing 10 – 2. Tickets available from all clubs in the parish. The proceeds of this dance goes towards the running costs of the FAS Scheme so we look forward to your support.

Club Person of the Year Awards will be presented on the night of the Parish Dance.


 IN STOCK: The Rock, Sergeant Bilko, Sense & Sensibility, Birdcage, Down Periscope, Primal Fear, Get Shorty, The Juror, White Squall.

Selection of Children’s Videos in stock. You can book any video by ringing 0502 – 36411.

NEWSLETTER SELLERS: This Sunday morning – Martin Walsh, Lorraine Lawlor, Eoin Lalor and Jason Walsh.

Weekend 18th/19th January: Saturday evening – Pat Young, mark Young, Jonathan Walsh and Niall Donohue.

Sunday morning – Mary Lalor, Debbie Stapleton, Jason Walsh and David Dunne.

Cullohill Sellers:Saturday 18th – Orla Phelan, Aileen Holland and Ann Fitzpatrick.

Sunday 19th – Mairead Doheny, Linda O’Sullivan, Agnes Deegan.

CONGRATULATIONS to Mark Donohue, Derry Road, Durrow, who celebrated his 21st Birthday recently.



Congratulations to Paugie Begadon on his successful night in the Castle Arms Hotel recently for the launch of his tape “Fulfilled Dreams”. Performing on the night were: The Booze Brothers, Noel and Sadie Sheridan, Verona and Aisling Begadon and friends, Mrs. Morrissey, Clancy family, Teresa Dunphy and the Erkina Set Dancers. A great night was had by all.


Cullohill Community Centre held a very successful dance on St. Stephens Night in the Centre. Thanks to all who supported.

Cards continue every Wednesday night. Some memberships are due and must be paid at the earliest convenience.

Squash League winners: Mick Bolger, Richard O’Connell, Martin Deegan and Martin O’Sullivan.

Winners of Handball League: Eddie Dunne’s team.

 CONGRATULATIONS to Helen McGree, Carrigan Street, Durrow, who celebrated her 21st Birthday recently.

 CONGRATULATIONS to Denis Doheny N.T. Graiguevoice, Cullohill and Cliona Moore N.T. who were married recently.

 CONGRATULATIONS to Agnes Dunphy, Oldtown Cullohill and Andrew Henderson, Coolkerry, Rathdowney, on their recent engagement.

 CONGRATULATIONS to Joe Whyte, Cullohill and Marlene Hodkinson, Limerick on their recent engagement.


Beaver meetings and Cub meetings (groups A & B) will resume in the Presentation Centre on Friday 10th January at the usual times.

Scout meetings (for Younger Group) will not commence until Friday 17th January at 8 p.m. Scouts who are to attend this meeting will be notified.

FOR SALE: New Marlboro Teenager’s Mountain Bike. Unwanted prize. Phone 0502 – 37145.


The third draw of the Lions Soccer Club South East Draw will be held on Friday 17th January in Germain’s, Baltinglass. Members who have monthly tickets with the club are asked to pay their £5 before January 12th.

In the second draw the Lions Club had four prizewinners and hopefully in the January draw the Lions will have several winners.

 CONGRATULATIONS to Martina Moore, Ballinaslee, and Dermot Leahy, Waterford, on their recent engagement.

SYMPATHY is extended to the Kells family, Dereen, Durrow, on their recent bereavement.