CONGRATULATIONS to Aaron and Lorraine Delaney, Ballynevin, Cullohill on the birth of a son, Liam on the 26th August last.

CULLOHILL-DURROW FLOWER & GARDEN CLUB: The Cullohill-Durrow Flower and Garden Club will meet in Cullohill Community Centre on Monday, September 12th at 8pm. Helen Lucas of AOIFA will be our demonstrator. Ladies don’t forget our competition “Last of the summer wine”! Looking forward to seeing everybody on the night and visitors are always welcome.

RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS NEEDED: The School of Psychology in Trinity College Dublin are currently seeking male and female participants over the age of 60 to take part in a study examining decision-making and health. The study can be completed online or in person, and will take approximately 25 minutes to complete. For more information please contact Sinead on (083) 8342455 or by email at – alternatively you can complete this survey at online.

ARTHRITIS IRELAND: Laois Branch of Arthritis Ireland are pleased to invite you to a “Free Information Evening” at The Killeshin Hotel on Monday 12th Sept at 6.30pm. Speakers will include Ms Ellen Roche, Reg. Dietitian who will speak about “Food & Nutrition to help tame the flame of Arthritis” and Ms Majella Fennelly, Laois Sports Partnership who will speak about the benefits of Keeping Active. All welcome. Further enquiries to (089) 2525344.

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

DURROW LIBRARY: The library will be open on Tuesdays from 1.30pm until 5.30pm and 6pm until 7.30pm; Wednesdays from 10am until 1.30pm and 2pm until 5.30pm; also Saturdays from 11am until 1pm. Membership to the library is free to all and provides a range of services for the community, so call in and say hello!

FRIENDS OF CUAN MHUIRE: The weekly meetings of Friends of Cuan Mhuire will take place at 7.30pm on Friday nights at the Sue Ryder Centre, Kilminchy village in Portlaoise. If you or someone you know is suffering with alcohol, narcotics or gambling addictions we are here to support you and to listen to you with compassion. This is an opportunity to meet and talk with people who understand your issues.
If you are in recovery from addiction, struggling with addiction or need support due to someone else’s addiction we can offer a wide variety of help and support systems. Sister Consilio will give a talk at the first meeting along with her team of highly trained staff members. Everyone is welcome to come along. Light refreshments will be available on the night. More information is available from Kieran (085) 7754876, Liam (087) 8298808 or Andrew (085) 1106872.

GROW – Community Mental Health Movement: The GROW Community Mental Health Movement holds regular meetings in various towns around Laois. In Portlaoise they meet every Wednesday at 7.30pm in Room 1 in the Parish Centre. The Rathdowney group meets every Wednesday at 7.30pm in 12 Cuan Bhríde, Rathdowney. The group meet every Thursday at 7pm in the Jobs Club, Oriel House, Upper Main Street, Portarlington. The Mountmellick group meetings are in recess at present and hope to resume in the coming months. Anyone who may feel anxious, isolated or depressed are invited along to join in any of the above group meetings where they can learn a practical psychology of mental health. For more details contact John on 086 803 3126, visit their website at or phone their Infoline on 1890 474 474.

TRIDENT FITNESS CLUB – Kettlebell and Bodyweight Training: Training with Kettlebells gives you a fantastic cardiovascular workout along with the muscle toning benefits of weight training, without an increase in muscle mass. Kettlebell training has been proven by recent ACE research as the most effective training method for burning calories. An hour long workout can burn 1200 calories! Benifets of training with kettlebells include – Full body strength and conditioning; improved posture; rapid fat loss; improved flexibility; stronger bones and joints; enhanced performance in athletic and everyday movement. Blast that fat today! Beginners classes will continue in The Harps GAA Club, Durrow on Tuesday evenings at 8pm. Contact David to join in the classes on (087) 3833258 or email to book your place.

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.

SATURDAY MARKET VACANCY: A vacancy has opened in the Country Market for anyone interested in selling Home Made Cakes, Buns, Breads, etc… For further information please contact Marie Clooney on (087) 7742506 or drop by the Saturday Market.

CAREGIVERS URGENTLY REQUIRED: Home Instead Senior Care is the largest non-medical home care provider in Ireland. We urgently require Care Givers in the Durrow and Cullohill areas. Candidates should have completed or be studying a FETAC Level 5 Qualification or Equivalent. Patient moving and handling qualification and experience is an advantage. Fluent English and own transport essential. Must have a kind, dependable and trustworthy nature. Please call Philomena on (045) by email

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.

LIVE WEATHER DATA: Visit for up-to-the-minute information.

NEXT NEWSLETTER: The next newsletter will be on sale weekending September 24th & 25th. 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.