CONGRATULATIONS to Bowe’s Café, The Square, Durrow who were awarded the “Best in Ireland 2017” by McKenna’s Guides recently.
Congratulations to Gerard and Eimear Alley, The Square, Durrow, on the birth of a son, Harry.
Congratulations to Ciara (nee Lanigan) and Ivan Matthews, Swan Rd, Durrow and Portlaoise, on the birth of a son, Ned.
Congratulations to Adrian Sheppard and Nadine Martin, Durrow on their recent engagement.
Congratulations to Bernard O’Shea who was voted Laois person of the month for April.

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

KILKENNY BRANCH OF ARTHRITIS IRELAND: Weekly Coffee: The Arthritis Ireland Kilkenny Branch hold their local coffee chat every Saturday morning from 11am until 12 noon in the fantastic Ossory Park Community Centre. Do you live with Fibromyalgia or Arthritis? Don’t suffer alone! Come for a chat, get out of the house, make new friends and know you’re not alone – looking forward to meeting you, we’ll have the kettle on! To find out more information you can call or text (087) 1491767.
Consultant Rheumatologist, Oliver Fitzgerald talks in Kilkenny: On 22nd May the Arthritis Ireland Kilkenny Branch will host a FREE event with Consultant Rheumatologist, Professor Oliver Fitzgerald and Linda Murray Nutritionist. This will be held in the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel from 5.30pm. Call or text (087) 1491767 to secure your seat.

SATURDAY STUDY: Is your child doing enough study? Supervised study for Secondary School Students is held every Saturday from 9am until 1pm in The Presentation Centre, Durrow. For €24 your child will be getting 16 hours of supervised study time with study skills given. For more information please contact (087) 9510587.

ADULT ART CLASSES: Adult Art Classes for all levels with qualified Art Teacher will be held on Thursday evenings at 7pm for two hours in Durrow Library. €12 per session or €50 for block of five sessions. All materials provided (you can also bring your own). Enquiries to Marie (086) 3136028.

LIVE WEATHER DATA: Visit for the latest weather data from Durrow.

SCARECROW FESTIVAL BRING AND BUY SALE: Unfortunately we are unable to run the bring and buy sale during the week at this years Scarecrow Festival due to the increased entertainment and lack of room. It was a very difficult decision to make and we apologise to all our regular participants.

SCARECROW CAMP VOLUNTEERS: For any young adult or college student – are you interested in working with young people? Now is your chance to see if this is a career path that will suit you. If you would like to volunteer for the annual Scarecrow Summer Camp, please contact us through our Facebook Scarecrow Page as soon as possible so we can arrange Garda Vetting and bring you on board for the 2017 Scarecrow Festival!

CULLOHILL NATIONAL SCHOOL: The School is now enrolling new pupils for the 2017-2018 term. Please contact the School at (057) 8737281 for further details.

CULLOHILL COMMUNITY CENTRE: Progressive 25 Card Games are held in the hall every Sunday night at 8.30pm sharp followed by tea and sandwiches. Please support!

APPEAL: This year, 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the O’Brien’s starting their Headstone business in Durrow. If anyone has any old pictures of the Quarry on the Derry Road, Sean would be delighted to hear from you. You can email them to or phone Sean on (086) 2656657 if you have them in paper form. Any additional details such as the names and date of the picture would be greatly appreciated.

MINI-MARATHON: This year the funds raised will go to Motor Neurone Research. Sponsorship cards and t-shirts are available from Susan Lawlor.

CORE HEALTH AND FITNESS: Get fit, lose weight and feel better. With memberships from €32 per month, Personal training for less than €7 per session, at a time that suits you. Pilates, Yoga and Circuit training classes ongoing, you really have no more excuses! Feel free to come in and look around. For more information visit our website or contact us on (087) 9302152 or (057) 8740637 or by email.

DURROW REMINISCING GROUP: A book with 200 pages of Photographs spanning almost 100 years of Durrow and Cullohill memories including ICA, Hurling, Camogie, Soccer, School to mention but a few. Books for sale €25 each or two for €40. Please text or call Tom on (087) 2936531 or Kathleen on (086) 8263368 for further information.

CASTLEWOOD FARMSHOP: Now re-opened. Organic meat, apple juice, eggs and other produce. Farmshop and tearoom open Fridays and Saturdays 10am – 5pm; Sunday 11am – 5pm. Enquiries to Dominic (087)9694070.

LIONS FC: The Lions are entering an Over-35 Soccer team into a Summer League. If anyone over thirty five is interested in playing, please contact any committee member of the Club.

NEXT NEWSLETTER: The next newsletter will be on sale the weekend of May 27th and 28th. All adverts must be booked with Angela Drennan (087) 1928522 or Mary Walsh (086) 3055157. Advertisements cost €2 per issue of Durrow Parish Newsletter and must be paid for in advance.