CULLOHILL-DURROW FLOWER AND GARDENING CLUB CHRISTMAS GALA: The Cullohill-Durrow Flower and Gardening Club will hold their Christmas Gala on Monday, November 24th in The Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow at 8pm. A demonstration will be given by Richard Delaware. Mulled Wine and Mince Pies will also be served on the night. Admission will cost €10. All proceeds are in aid of Motor Neuron Disease and Laois Cuisle Centre. Please support.

CHURCH NOTES: Readers: Sunday Mornings: November 16th & 23rd: Deirdre Moore; November 30th & December 7th: Kevin Kelly. Saturday Evenings: November 15th & 22nd: Catherine Walsh; November 29th & December 6th: Seosamh Murphy.
Ministers of the Eucharist: November – Sunday Mornings: Donal Bowe and Pat O’Hara; Saturday Evenings: Mai Bowe and Pius Hennessy. December – Sunday Mornings: John Kelly and Maura Fitzpatrick; Saturday Evenings: Rose Woods and Sean Phelan.
December Church Cleaning Rota: Teresa Dunphy, Mary Lawlor, Margaret Donaghue & Brigid Conroy.

Sympathy is extended to the Campion Family, Cork Rd, Durrow and the Mulhall Family, Portlaoise on their recent bereavement.

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION – by Andrew Walsh in The Copper Kettle Restaurant: Large choice of framed pictures and photos on canvass are on display. All welcome to drop in, have a look and maybe find a picture you would like.

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!

Congratulations to Mary Dwyer, Cork Rd, Durrow and Kieran Campion, Rathmakelly, Ballacolla on their recent marriage.
Congratulations to Justin Brophy, Swan Rd, Durrow & Lisa Lang, Germany on their recent engagement.

DURROW COMMUNITY SERVICES: A vacancy exists for a Meals on Wheels cook. Please contact (057) 8632900 quoting job reference 891967 and leave in a copy of your CV to Paddy Quinn in the FAS Office beside the Catholic Church on the Kilkenny Road.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: A Christmas Market in collaboration with Sunday School, Portlaoise and Dance Collective, Longford will be held in the Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow on Saturday December 6th from 12pm to 5pm. There will be loads of homemade produce and hand crafted gifts – ideal for Christmas presents. Admission is just €1 and every second ticket sold will be donated to charity. After 7pm there will be a dance and fun until late and all are welcome. Admission to the dance is €10 by ticket or €15 on the night.

DURROW BRIDGE CLUB: Bridge results held on October 29th. First N/S – Theresa Muldowney and Jimmy Ryan; Second N/S – Josie Murphy and Bridget Nolan; First E/W – Pilar Delaney and Nancy Mahony; Second E/W – Terrie Phelan and Nora Fitzpatrick. Durrow Bridge Club continues on Wednesdays in the Presentation Centre. We look forward to meeting all our friends/players each Wednesday night at 7.45pm.

JACKS GOLF SOCIETY: Jack’s Golf Society Christmas Hamper Golf Outing will be held on Saturday 22nd November in Rathdowney. Contact Declan to book a time on the time sheet at (057) 8736280 or (087) 9893044. All golfers are most welcome.

THIRD LAOIS DURROW SCOUTS: Uniforms: If anyone out there has old scout uniforms can they please pass them back to Angela Drennan 14 Erkindale Drive, Durrow, Co. Laois and we will try and sell them for you as some of our new Youth members are actively look for some.
Beavers: Our Beavers are travelling to Rathwood this Sunday, 16th November for their Christmas trip. We hope all will have a great time!

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.

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.

CORE HEALTH AND FITNESS: A new Health and Fitness Centre has opened in Old Boy’s School, Kilkenny Road, Durrow which will cater for all types of fitness training for everyone. Opening hours are from 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday and Saturday from 10am to 6pm. For more information please ring (087) 9302152 or call into the centre during opening hours.

SWAN ROAD ACTION GROUP: We are still looking for anyone who may help in removing the stumps from the site thus leaving it ready for work to commence. If there is anyone who may be in a position to remove the stumps of the trees please could you contact Fred Townsend on mobile (087) 6892323 or any member of the committee as soon as possible. The committee would once again like to thank anyone who has helped with the project to date.

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.

DURROW LIBRARY OPENING HOURS: Monday – Closed; Tuesday – 1pm to 5.30pm; Wednesday – 1.30pm to 5.30pm and 6pm to 7.30pm; Friday – 10.30am to 12.30pm; Saturday – 11am to 1pm. Phone: (057) 8736090.

OUR LADY’S MEADOW: Buy a Brick for only €10 and have your name immortalised as part of our school’s building fund! Contact the School on (057) 8736329 for further information.
One-Way System: We ask that parents be mindful of the one-way system in operation during school hours. Parents are asked to enter the green area via the Castledurrow entrance and exit via The Stores Daybreak. Many thanks for your co-operation as it will help keep the area safer for children going to and from the School.

PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES AND SHRINES OF FRANCE 2015: In place of the usual five night pilgrimage to Lourdes there will be a seven-day pilgrimage in July next year. It will include visits for one night to Lisieux. Rue-de-Bac (Paris), Nevers (where the body of St. Bernadette lies), Rocamadour concluding with three nights in Lourdes. This is a once-off opportunity as we will revert to the usual pilgrimage to Lourdes in 2016. Find out more from JWT on (01) 2410800.

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.

NEXT NEWSLETTER: The next newsletter will be on sale weekending November 29th and 30th. NOTICE: The deadline for inclusion of notes is NEXT Thursday, November 27th at 7pm to and ALL ADVERTS MUST BE BOOKED WITH ANGELA DRENNAN (087) 1928522 OR MARY WALSH (086) 3055157.