MISSING DOG: A 5 year old Golden Labrador is missing since 25th April. A Family pet wearing a black collar. Any information to (087) 2319809 please. Reward offered.

Congratulations to Orla Doyle, New Line, Swan Road, Durrow and Brian Cooney, Co. Meath, on their recent marriage.

DURROW COMMUNITY COUNCIL: The council wish to thank all those who supported their Walk, Cycle or Jog to Castlewood on Sunday last, 3rd May. To those who gave sponsorship, to the stewards who kept everyone safe on the way, and to everyone who walked, cycled or jogged. Refreshments were supplied at Castlewood Farm Shop. Our thanks to Alison and Dominic and to everyone who helped. A very enjoyable time was had by all who took part.

SCOIL TIGHEARNACH NAOFA CULLOHILL: Enrolments for Junior Infants starting in September 2015 are now being taken. Please call to the school office between 9:30am and 1pm to collect an enrolment form or telephone the school on (057) 8737281 for further information.

LADIES MINI-MARATHON: Any Ladies wishing to travel to the Ladies VHI Mini-Marathon on the June Bank Holiday Monday are asked to give their name to Marie Clooney as soon as possible so as to book transport to the race. Without booking your seat there will be no place kept on the bus!

SQUARE PLAN: Durrow Development Forum are delighted with the progress of works to date. The Phase 1 Plan is available for public viewing in Durrow Post Office currently.

OVER THE RAINBOW MONTESSORI BALLYOUSKILL: Summer Camp 2015: Running from the 13th – 17th of July in Ballyouskill for 2 1/2 to 10 year olds. Activities such as water games, orientation, swimming, teddy bear picnics, barbeque, indoor soccer, arts/crafts, musical games, disco, hip-hop dancing, face painting, camp games and many more! Run by Laura Saunders and Tina Hayde. Contact Laura (085) 1652589 for bookings or for more information.
Now taking names for September 2015: Free ECCE places available. Call Laura Saunders to arrange a visit and experience the standard of an AMI Montessori preschool. Sneak a preview on our Facebook page. (085) 1652589.

LIONS AFC: We will be hosting our annual FAI Summer Soccer School from 6th to 10th July. It’s for both boys and girls aged 6 to 14 years of age. Booking online is at www.summersoccerschools.ie presently. The camp booked out last year so book early to avoid disappointment. This is a great opportunity for boy and girls to receive coaching from FAI accredited staff. Any queries to lionsafc@gmail.com by email.
Lions AFC training/match tops and beanie hats are currently on sale. Contact lionsafc@gmail.com or on Facebook at lionsafcshoolboys/girls for details.

THIRD LAOIS DURROW SCOUTS: We are still looking for Scouters in our group. If you like the outdoors, working with children and if you like to learn new skills then maybe you would like to come along and join our crew! Please contact (085) 8099528 for more information.

YOUNG VOICE OF LAOIS: The competition has been postponed and the committee will announce a new date in the coming weeks. To register your interest in taking part please contact info@durrow.ie by email.

DURROW & DISTRICT BEFRIENDING GROUP: This Group offers a free, confidential, friendly, voluntary, dedicated, practical, reliable and often fun home visiting service. Befriending is all about building one-to-one relationships based upon trust, confidentiality and support. Our aim is to reduce social isolation and enhance quality of life in Durrow and surrounding communities. We need more volunteers to consider giving ONE HOUR of their time per week to this worthy service. Any interested person please contact Patricia Young on (086) 8096693.

OUR LADY’S MEADOW NEWS: Keep an eye on our School Website ourladysmeadow.org for school news!

ST VINCENT de PAUL: Anyone looking for help can contact us on (087) 3476012.

SCHOOL BUS SERVICE: Commencing this September there will be a new bus service from Durrow to Colaiste Mhuire, Johnstown for students. All will be catered for. For more information please contact M&A Coaches on (056) 8833454.

SATURDAY MARKET: Durrow Saturday market is open every Saturday from 9am to 12.30pm in the Computer Centre beside the RC Church on the Kilkenny Rd. Potato’s and Fresh Veg are available, to book your favourites please ring Marie on (087) 7742506. Home Baking from Bernie Brennan is also now available with a selection of fresh breads, scones, tarts and cakes. You can also book cakes for parties etc… with Bernie. Do come along, great value on offer!

BALLINAKILL BINGO: Monday night in the hall on The Square at 8.30pm and there is €1,000 in prize money every week. We also run a raffle. Books are at €7.50 for a single book with sheets and €15 for a double book with double sheets. There is also a bus service running from Durrow. For more information on pick up times please contact Dick on (086) 8402139.

PROCUREMENT SEMINAR COMING SOON: The procurement landscape in the public sector is changing to become much more transparent and straightforward for suppliers. In particular there is a drive towards encouraging small and medium businesses to engage more in this lucrative €8.5 billion per annum market (that’s roughly €23.5 million every day). In this regard The Local Enterprise Office Laois and Laois County Council are looking at hosting a free seminar specifically designed for small and micro businesses to provide clear introductory information on how to register to be informed of tender opportunities that arise in the public sector. If you would like to register your interest in attending such a seminar (dates to be confirmed) please reply to bdunne_LEO@laoiscoco.ie by email as soon as possible.

TIME TO GET THE KETTLE ON!: Classes continue in Durrow Community Centre every Tuesday and Thursday evening, PLUS! SATURDAY MORNINGS from 11am to Noon. First class free for everyone joining at any time. Contact David on (087) 3833258 or tridentfitnessclub@yahoo.ie by email

AED DEFIBRILLATOR: Cullohill Community Centre have installed an AED Defibrillator in a box on the outside wall of the Community Centre. This is accessible by using the Key in the break Glass Box alongside it. A list of trained responders to call in the event of an emergency is in the box. The Community Hall is now protected by a new CCTV System and access to footage from the cameras can be gained through by any committee member.

NEXT NEWSLETTER: The next Durrow Parish Newsletter will be on sale weekending May 23rd/24th.

NOTICE: The deadline for inclusion of notes is NEXT Thursday, May 21st at 7pm to info@durrow.ie and ALL ADVERTS MUST BE BOOKED WITH ANGELA DRENNAN (087) 1928522 OR MARY WALSH (086) 3055157.