CONGRATULATIONS: to Jonathan Walsh, 10 Erkindale Drive, Durrow and Maricia Horan, Birr, Co. Offaly on their recent marriage.
Congratulations to Niall Brophy, Carrigan Street, Durrow and Emma O’Connell, Cullohill Village on their recent engagement.

MUSIC CLASSES: Adult Music classes will be held in Heritage House, Abbeyleix every Thursday night. Beginners welcome. Flute, whistle, guitar, banjo taught. Good craic to be had by all the participants. The Tutor is highly qualified and experienced. Contact us via email on or directly to Heritage House or by phone on (086) 6071258.

BRIDGE CLUB: Durrow Bridge Club continues every week on Wednesdays. The club hopes to run beginner’s classes during the year and anyone interested should contact Marie Foley for more details.

SOCIAL DANCE CLASSES: Social Dance classes continue at the Community Hall, Johnstown on Wednesday nights from 8.30pm in a social atmosphere, while losing weight and tone the muscles you can learn the old time waltz, the quick step, the jive, the foxtrot, the slosh and many other dances. You don’t need a partner just come along and bring a friend. More information from (086) 8825200.

THIRD LAOIS DURROW SCOUTS: Spaces are available in our cub section at the moment – ages 9 to 12 and scouts 12 to 15 and a half also in Venture Scouts aged 15 and a half to 18. Anyone over 28 welcome as a Rover or Scouter. So if you like the outdoors and would like to join the adventure please contact Group Leader Maureen Campion.

PLAYGROUP: Little Oaks Parent and Toddler Playgroup continues on Tuesdays meeting from 10am to 12pm in the Presentation Centre. All welcome. Enquiries: Teresa (086) 3914725.

CLOTHES COLLECTION POINT: Any old or unwanted clothes or fabric can be left in the porch of the Cullohill Community Centre. All in aid of Cullohill Handball Club. Please support.

HEDGE CUTTING: Landowners are reminded by Laois County Council that the period for Hedge Cutting runs from 1st September 2015 to the 29th February, 2016. Landowners have a responsibility to ensure that hedges, ditches, trees or any other vegetation growing on their land are not nor could not become a danger to individuals using or working on a public road. Hedgerows along the public road that require cutting or trimming back should be cut immediately and all cuttings moved… Many thanks.

DURROW REMINISCING GROUP: The DRG Book – Durrow & Cullohill Gatherings 2013 is on sale in Our Lady’s Meadow School. Price €25. If you would like a copy but are unable to travel to the school just give Tom (087) 2936531 or Kathleen (086) 8263368 a ring and we can deliver one to your house. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the School Building Fund.

THIRD LAOIS DURROW SCOUTS: Please Support the Scouts: We would ask that all the parents of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts to please support the Durrow Scouts in their fundraising by buying the newsletter either at the Church gate or in Tommy Kenna Family Butchers on The Square. Also to purchase a Parish Lotto ticket either in The Castle Arms Hotel, The Post Office or Tom Woods shop. Thank you for your continued support.

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!

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

DURROW BEFRIENDING GROUP: The aim of the Group is to lessen social isolation and enhance the quality of life. If you are feeling isolated, lonely and need a friend to talk to please contact Pat on (086) 8096693. This service is totally confidential and we will not in any way interfere with your lifestyle, or get in the way of you doing the things you have to do every day. Your visitor will drop in just for a friendly chat, to talk about the things happening in your area, things hitting the national headlines, or anything else you would like to chat about.
The relationship is a voluntary one on both sides. The Befriender is there to provide some form of regular, practical assistance and support. If you feel we can be of help to you or would like to find out more about this service do not hesitate to contact us on the above phone number.

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.