SCARECROW MAKING is planned to continue each Wednesday from 8pm in the old ICA hall (DDF New Headquarters) All are welcome!
WANTED FOR THIS YEARS SCARECROW FESTIVAL: The Scarecrow Volunteers Group are on the lookout for Sheets of Ply board (they don’t have to be new), A working Sewing Machine, Jeans and Clothing, Children’s Dungarees and Shirts, Duvets, Pillows, Cushions, Curtains, Material, Soft plastic and Bubble Wrap. Also if anybody has any old tents, even if they are not waterproof, we would appreciate if you recycling these items to us for our scarecrow displays.

ST VINCENT de PAUL DURROW: Contact us, in strict confidence on (087) 1917813 (new number).

PRESENTATION CENTRE: The Presentation Centre beside the Catholic Church is available for hire. For further information please contact Angela on (087) 1928522.

ZUMBA CLASSES: Great news! Zumba Dance Class is now available in Durrow! I would like to welcome you all to my Zumba Dance Class every Thursday from 8pm until 9pm in Durrow’s Community Centre – regardless of age, gender or fitness level. Grab a friend and come join me for an exciting and fun workout like no other! Don’t forget to bring along with you plenty of water and a towel as you’ll need these. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t tried Zumba yet, this class is for you! So come give it a try and get ready to party! Class fee: €5 per person per class. Children go free of charge! See you soon. Karens Zumba Divas!

LOCAL WEATHER: For up-to-the-minute weather data from Durrow, please visit

HERITAGE WEEK: Join the Heritage Council for a free Training Day for National Heritage Week event organisers on Friday 27th April. Taking place at the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History, the day will include talks and workshops with practical event planning advice, networking with other event organisers, and lots of inspiration. Place are limited so book at online.

DURROW TOWN PLAN: The Durrow Development Forum will announce a new launch date in the coming weeks. If you require any further information on the plan, please contact Sean at (087) 9873489 or send a message to by email.

CULLOHILL PRIMARY SCHOOL: Any parents wishing to enrol their child in our school for September 2018, please do so as soon as possible. Enrolment forms are available in the School Office.

ATTENTION! FARMERS – St. Canice’s Credit Union has a new Agri Loan product available for farmers in the area. We have a very competitive interest rate and lots of added benefits. For more information drop into the Credit Union Branch in Durrow or call Tom on (087) 6466280.

PIPE BAND: The Durrow and District Pipe Band which is back open and running are seeking a few new members. Age is of no importance, anywhere between 9 and 90, male or female will be warmly welcomed. For more details contact John Sheeran, Bandmaster on (087) 2493749.

PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP: The group meets in the Presentation Hall, Durrow on Tuesdays from 9.30am. Any parents, carers, childminders etc… interested in attending with their little people, suitable from baby stage up to pre-school for a play, chat, cuppa and cake are most welcome to attend. For more information contact (086) 3914725.

SET DANCING: Set Dancing classes are held on Monday evenings at 8.30pm in The Castle Arms Hotel. All are most welcome. For more information please contact Declan Doocey on (087) 2168680.

CULLOHILL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN: If anyone was unable to attend the last meeting but would like to contribute please contact Marian on (086) 8390266. The next meeting will be advertised in due course – so keep an eye out in local newsletters, newspapers and online.

FREE TO GOOD HOME: Cats are available for free to a good home. All are neutered. If interested or for further information please contact (086) 8232393. Durrow Area.

SENIOR ALERT SCHEME: The Woodenbridge Community Alert are the local authorised Personal Alarm (Senior Alert Scheme) suppliers for the Durrow, Cullohill, Ballacolla and Rathdowney areas. The new programme states that (1) eligible persons (65 years and over) no longer have to be living alone; and (2) there will be free monitoring of alarm service for one year for all new participants after November 1st 2017. For more information contact Michael G Phelan (087) 2395357.

MUSIC TEACHER WANTED: A music teacher is wanted to teach keyboards as an after-school activity on Monday’s in Durrow. Immediate start. Please send a message to “Durrow Laois Ireland” on Facebook.

CULLOHILL WALKING CLUB: Why not stay active and walk in the safety and the company of others. Walking continues every Monday and Friday evening leaving Cullohill Community centre at 7.30 pm sharp. Free activity. All are most welcome.

DURROW COMMUNITY ALERT: Please keep vigilant for suspicious activity in our community. Keep an eye on the Community Alert’s new Facebook Page: for regular updates and information from across the district.

DURROW MEALS ON WHEELS SERVICE: New volunteers are always welcome, it can be for one day at a time or more. If you would like to help with this worthy service you can do so by contacting Marie Clooney on (087) 7742506 or Mary Walsh at (086) 3055157.

DEFRIBILLATOR IN GURTEEN – CULLOHILL: The Leinster Sports Clinic have purchased a defibrillator and is on site at the clinic in the case of an emergency in Gurteen or the surrounding local rural area. Please let everyone know to help raise awareness.

DEFIBRILLATORS IN DURROW: Durrow now has three defibrillators across the town with one in Our Lady’s Meadow National School, one outside on the wall between Lawlor’s Gala and Sheppard’s Auctioneers and one at the reception in the Castle Arms Hotel.

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

VHI MINI-MARATHON: This year’s VHI Mini-Marathon takes place on Sunday June 3rd and entries are open for anyone who wishes to take part. You can enter by getting the official form in the Evening Herald newspaper on Wednesdays or Saturdays or on the internet at online. Entries close on May 18th or before if the allowed quota of runners have been reached. So don’t be disappointed and enter now. The entry fee is just €23.

NEXT NEWSLETTER: The next newsletter will be on sale the weekend of May 5th and 6th – weather permitting. 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.