IMNDA: The Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association would like to thank all who contributed so generously to their Annual Church Collection held in Durrow and Cullohill on September 6th and September 7th. A total of €1,110 was collected!

COMHOLTAS: Adult music Classes are on Thursdays between 7.30pm and 9.30pm in Heritage House, Abbeyleix. If you are a complete beginner, instruments supported are Tin Whistle, Fiddle, Banjo If you can play your instrument competently, and are interested in learning new traditional Irish tunes in a group, then you are very welcome with any instrument. Last year there were guitar, banjo, fiddle, tin whistle, flute. This year, we would like to have enough adults and a variety of instruments to make up an adult groupa cheoil (i.e. up to 20 performers). PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR INTEREST ASAP, and your instrument, level of experience. We hope to commence classes, assuming we have sufficient numbers. Fees will be confirmed once numbers are known. Responses to ,with your name and instrument details.

COMPUTER SKILLS: Would you like to be able to Send Emails, Search the Internet, Buy items Online? If you are interested in learning Basic Computer Skills as part of a small group, please phone Mary on (086) 8422029.

CHURCH NOTES: Readers for October: Sunday Mornings: October 5th and 12th: Gearoid Ryan; October 19th and 26th: Stephanie Phelan. Saturday Evenings: October 4th and 11th: Oliver Lawlor; October 18th and 25th: Kay Sheppard.
October Church Cleaning Rota: Daisy Dollard, Kay Mahony, Mary Dollard and Babe Duggan.
CHURCH CLEANERS: Due to the decline in Church cleaners for reasons of health etc… we urgently need more men and women with one hour to spare per week to come on the rota. We try to have four in a group, so the more groups we have the less you will be called on during the year. Contact: Betty Walsh or Angela Drennan or any of the volunteers on the list with your name and you will be notified through the newsletter which month you will be required to volunteer. Many thanks.

TALK: Alzheimers/Stroke Related/Dementia: Alzheimers/Challenging Behaviour in older adults talk with Mia McLoughlin, consultant psychiatrist for later life. Are you providing extra support for a loved one? Could you do with additional support? If so, come along to our talk on Monday 13th October at 3pm in The Carers Association Centre, Springhill Clinic, Waterford Road, Kilkenny.

AWARE: The Aware Support Group for people experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and other mood related conditions meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm in St.Peter and Paul’s Parish Centre, Portlaoise. This service is free of charge, no referral is required and you do not need to book. If you require further information contact (01) 6617211 or or the LoCall Helpline 1890 303302.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR: A Christmas Craft Fair will be held in The Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow on Saturday 8th November from 11am to 6pm. Crafts people from all over counties Laois and Kilkenny will present their unique Christmas gifts at affordable prices. Come, Browse and Buy!

SHOE-BOX APPEAL: It’s that time of year again when an appeal goes out to one and all to donate a shoe-box/boxes for the benefit of less well off children in the under-developed world. These Christmas boxes filled with little gifts bring tremendous joy to the child who receives it. Please contact Kay Sheppard on mobile (087) 9912o47 for further information on how to donate. Many Thanks!

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 Vegetables 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!

AVAILABLE: The Presentation Centre is available for hire to any club or group during the day or evening time. Contact Angela on (057) 8736419.

LITTLE OAKS PARENT AND TODDLER PLAYGROUP: The Little Oaks Parent and Toddler Playgroup continues meetings on Tuesdays at 10am in the Presentation Centre. All are most welcome. All enquiries to Teresa on (086) 3914725.

TAEKWONDO CLASSES: World taekwondo association classes are held in Durrow Community Centre every Monday and Wednesday from 7.45pm to 8.30pm (both nights). Classes are open to men, women and children. For more information, contact (086) 8359333 or visit online.
Note: Adult classes have commenced and there are places available, please contact above number.

BRIDGE CLUB: Durrow Bridge Club resumed on Wednesday October 1st in the Presentation Centre. We look forward to meeting all our friends/players each Wednesday night at 7.45pm.

WHIST DRIVE: The Killermogh Parish Monthly Whist Drive resumed for the winter season recently and will be held on the fourth Thursday of every month. The last meeting’s winners were… Top Score: Ann Mulhall; First Lady: Lena McEvoy; Second Lady: Una Cahill. First Gent: Mick Kelly; Second Gent: Billy Carter. Halves: Sean Fitzpatrick and Damien Carter. Low Score: Mary McEvoy. Quarters: Patricia Delaney, Mary Orr, Des Finnamore and Madge Brennan. The winners of the raffle were: Louise Kavanagh, Madge Brennan, Billy Carter, Mary McEvoy, Des Finnamore. The next Whist Drive meeting will be on October 23rd at 8.30pm in The Parochial Hall, Cork Road, Durrow.

CHURCH BAZAAR: The Killermogh Group of Parishes Church Bazaar will take place on Sunday 19th October 2014 from 2pm to 5pm at The Durrow Parochial Hall, Cork Road, Durrow. An afternoon for all the family. Jam & Cake stalls, Bric-Brac, Raffles, guessing games together with various fun activities.

CULLOHILL COMMUNITY CENTRE AGM: Cullohill Community Centre will be holding their AGM at 7.30pm on Wednesday 15th October in the Community Centre. All are welcome. It will be a great chance to get an update of on-going developments and how the funds from the Community Auctions were spent. There will be an opportunity for a tour of the New Handball Facility on the evening, followed by refreshments.

CULLOHILL NATIONAL SCHOOL PARENTS COUNCIL: A Halloween Fancy Dress Party will be held on Saturday 25th October at 9pm in O’Connells Pub, Cullohill. There will be prizes for the best outfits, raffle prizes, music and much more… Admission is only €5 and all proceeds will go to Cullohill National School Parents Council. So get your thinking cap on, get your outfit ready for what will be a great night and we look forward to seeing you there!

JAMES FINTAN LALOR SCHOOL: This year’s James Fintan Lalor School takes place in Portlaoise on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th October. There’s a great line up again this year, with speakers including Sean O’Rourke, Áine Lawlor, Diarmaid Ferriter, John Lonergan, Pat Moylan, Fr Peter McVerry, Noeline Blackwell, Michael Martin TD, Eoghan Harris and many many more. Tickets are priced at €10 for the weekend and are available from the Dunamaise Arts Centre and online.

TIME TO GET THE KETTLE ON!: Classes have commenced 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 by email.

NEXT NEWSLETTER: The next newsletter will be on sale weekending October 18th and 19th. NOTICE: The deadline for inclusion of notes is Thursday, 16th October at 7pm to and ALL ADVERTS MUST BE BOOKED WITH ANGELA DRENNAN (087) 1928522 OR MARY WALSH (086) 3055157.