22nd/23rd November, 1997 – Price: 30p

Durrow Parish Newsletter

Compiled By The Durrow Scouts

Thoughts of the Day

The sun is fickle and uncertain going in and out,
But we can make a little bit of sun to spread about –
by friendliness and cheery words,
bright looks and merry ways –
to hearten and to help each other through the sunless days


It’s the little things of life that make it all worth while.
The gracious gesture quietly made, the unexpected smile.
The courteous act, the loving thought,
The kindliness that can’t be bought,
It’s the little things that prove the sort of folks we are,
What we say can charm or please, or it can hurt and jar.
It’s the little things that test, and show us at our worst or best.


Cullohill/Durrow Community Games

The A.G.M. for Cullohill/Durrow Community Games was held in the Castle Arms Hotel on Wednesday 5th November. There was a good attendance. The existing officers were reelected.
The following is a progress report for the year ’96/’97:

Badminton – Manager: Martin Brophy – Boys/Girls U/14 got silver medals in County Final.

Set Dancing – Manager: Teresa Delahunty – Boys/Girls Under 12 were runners up in the County Final to Ballyroan.

Soccer – Manager: Robbie Dempsey/Kevin Kelly – Boys Under 12 lost to Mountmellick.

Camogie – Manager: Martin Brophy – Girls Under 14 won Gold Medals in Laois County Final but lost to Shinroe from Offaly in the Leinster Championship.

Athletics – A number of boys and girls from the area competed in the Laois County Finals in Monavea with Conor Dunne and Cathal Loughman winning Gold medals and going forward to Mosney. The girls relay team U/12 won bronze medals.

Swimming – Manager: Liam Ryan – A number of boys and girls from the area competed in the Laois Swimming County Finals in Portarlington Where Orlaith Ryan won a gold medal and then went on to win a silver medal for Laois in the All Ireland Finals in Mosney.


Heywood Community School

The Staff and Students of Heywood Community School present the musical “Oliver” from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th November incl. Curtain – 8pm. Adm – Adults £5, Students & O.A.P’s £3, Special group rates available. Bookins – 0502 33333



Congratulations to Myra Campion, Erkindale Drive, Durrow who celebrates her 21st Birthday this weekend.
Congratulations to Adel Kavanagh, Gurteen, who celebrated her 21st Birthday recently.
Congratulations to Brendan Casey, Derry Rd and Kieran Shortall, Mill Rd who graduated from the Garda Training College, Templemore, recently.
Congratulations to Blathnaid Clancy, Rapla, who played on the Urceline Convent, Thurles hockey team who won out their division of the schools championship and went on to beat Limerick in the next round.
Congratulations to Eamon and Ann Fitzpatrick, Parknahoun on the birth of their son, Emmett.
Congratulations to Kieran O’Shea, Tubberboe, Durrow who was conferred with National Diploma in humanities (Philosophy & Theology) at St. Patricks College, Carlow, recently.
Congratulations to the following who were conferred at a ceremony recently at Waterford Institute of Technology:
B.A. in legal & Business Studies – Majella Tynan, Aharney.
National Certificate in Business Studies – Deirdre Farrell, Ballinaslee, Durrow.
Congratulations to Gerard Shiel, Coolnacritta, Cullohill, eho was conferred recently with Diploma in Business Studies in the National Business College.


St Fergals College

It has been a very busy month – Sport wise, in St. Fergals College Rathdowney.

Senior Camogie – The St Fergal’s Senior Camogie team got off to a great start on Monday 10th November, when they defeated a strong Mountmellick side in the Laois School’s Cup. St Fergals were defending their title from last year and came out convincing winners on a scoreline of 4-7 to 1-9. The next match was against Mountrath, who fielded a very strong team comprising of the majority of the Camross and Laois Camogie Players. In a skillful game of camogie St Fergals disposed of the threat of Mountrath with a scorline of 4-4 to 2-6.
There are five members of the Harps Camogie team on this panel: Laura Mahony, Imelda Galvin, Marie Lalor and Sinead Mahony.

Junior Hurling – St Fergal’s Hurling team had a great win over Athenry V.S. in the All Ireland V.S. J.H.C. semi-final. St Fergal’s eventually came out on top with a scoreline of 3-10 to 0-15. Members of the panel from the Harps include Fintan Deegan.

Senior Hurling

St Fergal’s Senior Hurling Team defeated St Rynagh’s from Banagher in their first match of the Leinster V.S. S.H.C ‘A’ on a scoreline of 1-11 to 0-5. Members of the panal from the Harps include Kevin Galvin and Jason Dollard.


Durrow Community Games

The above committee are at present organising the Annual Parish Dance which will be held on Friday 31st January ’98 in the Castle Arms Hotel. It is hoped people of the parish will come out on the night and show their appreciation of work well done for the community by the FAS Team. It is always an enjoyable night. Your support is needed to help with the running costs of the scheme. All participating clubs are asked to nominate their “Club Person of the Year” before January monthly committee meeting. Bank of Ireland “Club Person of The Year” Awards will be presented at the Parish Dance.
Both Durrow and Cullohill had traingin courses over the last two weeeks. In Cullohill a painting course was held in the Community Centre. They have a beautiful job done on the shower areas and the meeting room. The big hall and Kitchen are also being done. In Durrow a tiling course was held in the B adminton Hall. The toilet areas and the Kitchen were tiled and painting is being carried out there. Work is also being carried out in the C.Y.M.S. Hall. It is hoped to continue the indoor work while weather forbids outdoor work.


Durrow/Cullohill Apostolic Society

The Durrow/Cullohill Apostolic Society members wish to thank very sincerely everyone who helped, by baking cakes and buying tickets for their fund raising sale at the Presentation Centre, last weekend.
Raffle winners: Bridget Conroy, Patrick Street, Durrow, John Cashin, The Bridge and Mary Donohue, Castleview, Durrow.
Jimmy Ryan, The stores guessed the value of “Penny’s in a Jar”. Many thanks to all.



Delta Flex home Gym, as new – £80.
Brother AX 310 Typewrither, as new – £80.
Contact 3 Masionette, Erkindale Drive, Durrow.

3 Piece Suite of Furniture, in good condition.
Contact 0502-36212

Pair of Boot roller Skates, Size 2. In good condition.
Contact Cathy at 0502-36327.


Durrow Credit Union

Durrow Credit Union AGM will be held on Thursday 27th November at 8.30pm in the Presentation Centre, Durrow.


Durrow Development Forum

An open invitation to all residents of Durrow, Cullohill and surrounding areas on Wednesday 3rd December in Castle Arms Hotel at 8 pm to 10.30 pm. We intend
We intend to launch phase 1 of our Environmental Partnership Plan. Topics for discussion:

A. The establishment of An Eco Village in the parish of Durrow – Please see attached leaflet.
B. To set upa local Agenda 21 Group. This Group is of vital importance as a veichle of partnership between Non Government Organisations (N.G.O.S) and local Authorities. It is your opportunity to establish an agenda for Social, Economic and Environmentally sustainable development (for our children’s future) into the 21st century.

The local Authority, State and semi State bodies, Public Representatives are being invited, and the media.
This is a pilot Programme within the County. The first of it’s kind in County Laois.
Speakers: Celine Horner from Global Action Plan, Saidbh O’Neill from Citizens Agenda 21 Group and Mary Turbity from Trinity College.
Any Queries please contact Dolores 0502-36526.


Cullohill Community Centre

Enrolement for Art Classes for Beginners will take place in the Community Centre on Tuesday 25th November at 8.30 pm in the meeting room. Classes given by qualified art teacher. Come and enjoy this very enjoyable and relaxing class. All welcome.

Progressive 25

Wednesday 12th November:

1st – Ned Duggan & Jack Mooney.
Join 2nd – John Kelly & Ned Brophy, Rita McEvoy & Molly Dollard.

Wednesday 19th November:

1st – 10 Games each: Andrew Bergin & John Drennan, Martin Mahoney & Peader Duggan, Jack Fitzpatrick & Bill Walsh, Dan Duggan & Seamus Duggan, Jim Duggan & Watt Delahunty.
They shared £100 equally.

Progressive 25 every wednesday night at 8.30 pm.

Soccer, Handball, Racket BaLL, squash and Table Tennis Leagues are being organised at the moment. Names to be given to Noel Delaney or any committee member. It is hoped to have classes for children organised in the very near future.


Durrow Branch Library

Durrow Branch Library in ICA Hall, Patrick St,

Opening hours:
Monday & Thursday 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Wednesday – 3.00 – 5.00 pm

Large selection of non-fiction, fiction and juvenile books. Membership fee.