10th / 11th August, 1996                                                                                                                                                                                        Price 30p




Friendship – The building of a friendship is something like the building of a house. If it is to be the real thing it must have strong foundations on which to stand, windows to let in the light, and doors for going out and coming in. Like the structure of a building, a friendship is subject to stresses and strains, certain things have to be allowed for, and taken into consideration. and after the architectural structure has been erected there is always the necessity of maintenance and repair. A neglected house soon goes to rack and ruin. So does a neglected friendship.


Look For It – You’ve got to make an effort and you’ve got to look around. That’s the only way precious treasure can be found. You’ll never catch the sunshine if you always draw the blind. You’ll never make a friend, unless you open heart and mind. If you want to find the best, you’ve got to search a bit. You’ll never see the good in life unless you look for it.


Sunday 28th July: £1,000 Jackpot shared by Trish Sheppard, Ballinalacken, Attanagh, and Denise Clooney, The Swan, Durrow. Both received £500.

Monday 5th August: £250 Jackpot won by Mrs. Sheila McEvoy, Cork Road, Durrow.

Next draw on Monday 12th August in The Durrow Inn at 10.30 p.m. sharp.


The Durrow Carnival Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all clubs, businesses, organizations etc. who took part in the successful Carnival Weekend. Special thanks is extended to the local FAS committee and workers for the trojan work they done in giving the town it’s festive appearance. Thanks again. Hopefully next years event will be both bigger and better.

 The Grow Organisation wish to thank the people of Durrow and Cullohill for their generous response to their weekend collection. £243.65 was raised. Very many thanks.

CONGRATULATIONS to Kevin Brophy, St. Fintan’s Terrace, and Patricia Kavanagh, Cork Road, Durrow, on their recent engagement.

CONGRATULATIONS to Fionnuala Tynan, Dunmore, Durrow and Barry Foley, Abbeyleix, on their recent engagement.

CONGRATULATIONS to Edela Meally, Cullohill C.C.E. on winning the Under 15 Leinster Championship, in the Piano Accordian Competition. She will now go forward to the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Kilcormack.

CONGRATULATIONS to Colum Alley, Bishopswood, Durrow and Louise O’Neill, Monaghan, on their recent engagement.

CONGRATULATIONS to Donal Carroll, Mary Street, Durrow and Noleen Birch on their recent engagement.



Open letter to the Durrow/Cullohill Community from the Harps G.A.A. Club:

Dear Resident,

Some of you will already have noticed the buzz of activity in the vicinity of Durrow G.A.A. field. This is due to the commencement of a two pronged Harps Development Project. The club has undertaken a major development of it’s playing fields, both in Durrow and in Cullohill. In Durrow the pitch is being levelled and enlarged, and it is proposed to create an additional Juvenile playing pitch. In Cullohill plans are well underway for the construction of new dressing rooms. The expansion of the club, particularly at Juvenile level, and also the addition of camoige teams, have placed increased pressure on the existing playing fields and have necessitated these developments.

We see this project as a major commitment on our behalf to the youth of the Parish for years to come, and with our Under 12 hurlers creating history last weekend by being the first team in the county to win the title three years in a row, we hope for a bright future for the club.

Over the forthcoming months, we will be organising a number of Fund Raising Events to help to defray the costs of this development. We acknowledge your support in the past, and ask you for a special effort for your support now, both on and off the field, as we endeavour to provide the very best sporting facilities for our up and coming sports stars and for the enjoyment of everyone in the Parish.

Yours in Sport,

Martin Fitzpatrick (Chairman),
Donal Deegan (Secretary),
Declan Phelan (Treasurer).

 Cabaret in aid of the Harps Development Project will be held in the Castle Arms Hotel on Saturday 17th August at 9.30 p.m. after Harps V Portlaoise S.H.C.  Admission £1. Music by local artists.

Harps Camoige U/16 team are playing their first match in the League this weekend, against Camross.

The Harps Committee wish to thank all who gave sponsorship in their recent Golf Classic.


Carpets Shampooed to high standard – £8 per room. Phone 056 – 33429.
Car Interiors Valeted – Seats and floor carpets shampooed.
Dash and all leather polished – £25.
Cars fully valeted inside and outside – £40. Phone 056 – 33429.


This Sunday morning – Jason Walsh, Joyce Donohue, Lorraine Lawlor and Seamus Stapleton.

Weekend 24th / 25th August: Saturday evening – Pat Walsh, Eoin Lalor, Sharon Lynch and Martin Walsh.

Sunday morning: Mary Lawlor, Mark Donohue, David Dunne and Jason Walsh.

Durrow & District Angling Club are holding a Pike Fishing competition on Sunday 18th August for the Harold Lawlor Cup. Fishing 11.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Usual rules apply.

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Summer Camp ’96 – Achill Outdoor Education Centre.

We left the waving parents behind us in the Church car-park at 7.30 a.m. on Saturday 6th July, and embarked upon the lengthy journey to Achill.

It consisted of a bus trip to Portarlington railway station, a 3.5 hour train journey to Wesport, and finally another hour on a bus to the island. When we eventually arrived on Achill, we saw little of its beauty, for it was shrouded in thick cloud, which persisted for most of the week.

The Centre itself is situated quite a distance from any of the quaint villages that Achill boasts, but a shop and a pub lay just down the road from it, much to the joy and relief of all concerned.

We slept in dormitories, each of which bedded four people comfortably, but the majority of the Scouts seemed to prefer the idea of fifteen per room.

because of the ailing weather conditions the majority of the activities were water based; such as canoeing, surfing, boogie boarding etc. The instructor’s advice; If you’re going to get wet, you may as well be in the water”, was almost proverbial by the end of the week, for we heard it daily. however, when the rains did abate, such activities as abseiling and hill walking took place. the latter was probably one of the highlights for those who took part, for after a couple of hours of seemingly aimless slogging up the soggy mountain, the clouds that enveloped us began to lift.

When eventually we reached the top, a totally different day existed on the other side. One of the most beautiful views one could imagine, basked in glorious sunshine below us. We continued down, walking along sheer drops of over two hundred feet, past deserted villages and a Corrie lake, until we arrived at a beach, totally unspoiled by commercialism. It lay in complete seclusion below the mountain, accessible only after the arduous hike we had undergone. And it made it so worthwhile. Even after we got drenched on the way back, as the clouds and rain returned, there were few complaints.

For the remainder of the week the Scouts spent most of their time at water activities, as well as an inter-troop soccer tournament, where ‘newcastle United’ finally won something.

Eventually Friday arrived and it was time to face into the long journey home. But after a week of dubious food, lousy weather, sleepless nights and offensive islanders, it was great to see Durrow again.

 We Care Ireland collection for 3rd World Appeal at Church Gates on last weekend. Sincere thanks to all who subscribed.


Durrow Tidy Towns Committee wish to thank all who supported the Duck Race, which was held on the Saturday of the Carnival weekend. Despite the bad weather everyone who attended had an enjoyable evening at the Old Bridge and some were lucky.

The winners of the 14 races were as follows: Peter Dunne, Dunmore, John Flynn, St. Fintan’s Terrace, Aoife Donohue, Castleview, Joe Dowling, Fermoyle, Calum Creegan, Derry Road, Kevin & Sabrina Sullivan, Castlewood Cottage, Lil O’Brien, Mill Road, Ml. Donohue, Durrow Inn, Lisa Buckley, Erkindale Drive, R.J. Martyn, Rose Cottage, Derry Road, Maureen Cashin, Bridge Bar, Seosamh and Johnny Dunphy, Castle Arms Hotel, Marie Clooney, The Swan and Carmel Murphy, Lisdowney.

Overall winner: Joe Dowling, Fermoyle. Auction race winner: Mary O’Leary, Tinweir.



The monthly meeting of Durrow Community Services was held on Thursday 1st August, in the castle Arms Hotel. The Chairman thanked Sean Brophy and the workers for work well done on the Carnival weekend.

The following is a list of work done by the FAS team in the month of July:

Our Lady’s Meadow: Walls cleaned and painted, 2 toilets repaired, shelf made and fitted in cabinet, basketball equipment taken down and stored away, cleaned and swept grounds, stone flags being repaired.

Spread weedkiller at area around Bandroom, Erkindale Drive, Stone flags at Our lady’s Meadow, stone flags at Cork road.

Collected 6 tubs, cleaned, repaired and painted, then planted and placed around town.

Boys School: Cleaned grounds and flower beds, moved chairs and furniture etc. burned litter.

St. Fintan’s Terrace: Painted 3 seats, litter bins and chains around Grotto.

Cleaned and painted bridge railings, sign posts and latched bin. Collected litter on a regular basis. Repaired 2 litter bin inserts and fitted two new ones. Cleaned and swept town. River bed cleaned, banks trimmed and edged. Made up table and two seats, litter bin and erected all on island at John Cashin’s.

Soccer Pitch: Collected and spread sand, dressing rooms cleaned, litter collected and dumped.

Badminton Hall: Repaired ceiling- took down damaged plaster boards and fitted new ones, repaired water leak in storage tank, cleaned and swept hall, inside and outside.

Erected four Carnival signs. Collected fencing and erected around green. Decorated town with buntings. made up flags and left around sports pitch. Took down fencing, buntings and Carnival signs. Stored away fencing, including stakes, sheep wire, flags and signs.

Grass mowed and trimmed: All greens, Ballacolla Road, Cork Road, Church of Ireland school grounds, Kilkenny Road, Our Lady’s meadow School, Boy’s School, Erkindale Drive. Repaired two mowers and one trimmers.


Cullohill I.C.A. are holding a CAKE SALE on Sunday 18th August, after 10.00 a.m. Mass, in the Community Hall. Proceeds in aid of Sr. kitty Roberts’ mission in North Cameroon. Your support would be gratefully appreciated.


The Harps U/12 “A” Hurling Team made history on Saturday last, when they became the first team in Laois to complete the three-in-a-row, in this grade. In a match of no little skill, a physically stronger and more experienced Harps side always had the upper hand, despite stern resistance from the typically wholehearted Camross team.

The Harps engrave their name on the cup for the third year running and this is a great tribute to their mentors for their hard work, and their underage policy in general.

In a commanding team performance every line on the field performed well. th team is a s follows:

Liam Burke, Gearoid Campion, Martin Saunders, Ciaran Bolger, John Phelan, Patrick O’Connell (Captain), Shane Phelan, Donal Bowe, Brian Brennan, Ross Young (1-0), Danny Donohue (0-1), John Brophy, Tommy Moore, James Freeman (0-1), Damien Phelan (1-0).