CONGRATULATIONS: to Mark Kelly, Carrigan Street, Durrow and Bríd Lalor, Cashel, Ballyroan on their recent marriage.
Congratulations to Seamus Clancy, Barnhill, Durrow and Shannon Mockler, Seandoire, Durrow on their recent engagement.

CULLOHILL TIDY TOWNS: Cullohill Tidy Towns will hold a Fancy Dress Party on Saturday night, October 28th in O’Connells, Cullohill Village. Come along for the prizes and the craic and see who’s making a surprise visit on the night?!!

BALLYOUSKILL VINTAGE RUN: The Annual Ballyouskill Vintage Run takes place this Sunday, October 29th. Registration from 11am. Do come along to enjoy what promises to be a great day!

ARTHRITIS IRELAND KILKENNY – Weekly Coffee: The Arthritis Ireland Kilkenny branch hold their local coffee chat every Saturday morning from 11am until 12 noon in the fantastic Ossory Park Community Centre. Do you live with Fibromyalgia or Arthritis? Don’t suffer alone! Come for a chat, get out of the house, make new friends and know you’re not alone – Looking forward to meeting you, we’ll have the kettle on! To find out more information you can call or text (087) 1491767.

LAOIS KAYAK AND CANOE CLUB – Winter Paddling: With the shorter evenings all paddling is now at weekends only due to shorter daylight hours. Please keep an eye out on Facebook page and Viber for information about our weekend trips. Pool Sessions: Pool sessions will be starting soon in conjunction with Balto canoeing club, please keep an eye on our facebook and viber to get details on same. Crayfish: There have been a number of outbreaks of crayfish plagues this summer, this is a disease that kills Irish crayfish. We are advising kayakers to follow these instructions if paddling the following rivers; the River Barrow, the River Suir and the River Deel. If these are your local rivers, please follow these guidelines before travelling to other water courses. Following each trip, all paddle sports equipment should be routinely inspected, disinfected and thoroughly dried out. Drain water from watercraft and inspect inside and out and all other gear. Remove and safely dispose of all attached plant and animal material, mud or debris. Full details are in the club house and on our Facebook page. Interested in Paddling: We are founded and based in Durrow and have a huge commitment to encouraging our youth to participate. Follow us on Facebook under Laois Kayak and Canoe Club or on our website at online.

SOCIAL GROUP IN DURROW? Interested in joining a Social Group in Durrow? If interested please phone (086) 2224178 for more information or meet up in Bowe’s Café this Saturday afternoon, October 27th at 1pm to discuss creating a book club/social group in Durrow. Hoping to expand to other activities such as: cinema, tasting nights, going for a drink, baking, dinner out, knitting, etc… Open to all and all ideas welcome. We hope to see you there!

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

OUR LADY’S MEADOW PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWS: Cycling: This year once again, The Parent’s Council will subsidise the Cycling Skills training for fifth class students. This will commence on Tuesday, the 7th of November and run for four weeks!
Parent’s Council: The Parents Council are on the lookout for new Members and always welcome a helping hand. The time commitment is limited with a meeting perhaps once every two months. If you would like to get involved or know more please contact Helen in the School Office. All Help and Assistance would be Greatly Appreciated.

THIRD LAOIS DURROW SCOUTS: The 3rd Laois Durrow scout Group has starting back up the new season with a great number of youth and a few adults joining in. If you are interested in the outdoors and like to show skills to others, why don’t you join us? Contact Delphine Lawlor on (086) 3655178 for further details.

HARPS GAA CLUB PRESENTS: Joe Rooney and The Afters “Father Ted Experience” – The ultimate Fr Ted Party night featuring Joe Rooney & The Afters playing music inspired and featured From the hit TV show (My Lovely Horse, Songs of Love Fr Ted Theme, Ghost Town, My Lovely Mayo Mammy) as well as some unholy party hits. Plus full comedy set From Joe Rooney (Fr Damo, Killnaskully) & Patrick McDonrell (Eoin McLove, Naked Camera) Fr Ted fancy Dress, Spot Prizes & lovely girls competition! All takes place in Lennon’s Venue, Durrow on Bank Holiday Sunday night, October 29th from 9pm followed by DJ. Tickets, €10 available from the bar, any Harps GAA Club adult player, any Harps GAA Club committee member or Eventbrite online. Please support and come along on the night – it promises to be great craic!

HARPS GAA: Children’s Disco: A Halloween Disco will be held on Friday, October 27th from 7pm to 9pm in Cullohill Community Centre. (All Children must be supervised by Parents). Disco with fun and games, guess the sweets in the jar, name the cat and shop facilities. There will be a special prize for the Best Halloween Costume! Admission: €5 per child.

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

BRIDGE CLUB: Durrow Bridge Club continues for the winter season on Wednesday evenings in the Presentation Centre at 7.45pm. All are most welcome.

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 for further information.

IRISH DANCING CLASSES: Irish Dancing for boys and girls of all ages are held in Cullohill Community Centre every Thursday from 5.00pm and Johnstown every Tuesday from 3.30pm. For further information contact Anne Flood on (087) 9049644.

THE BEGADON FORGE: The Historical Heritage Visit Booklet can now be bought in locally in Lawlor’s Gala, Daybreak and Bob’s Bar. Price €2 each or three for €5.

LIVE WEATHER DATA: Up-to-the-minute local weather conditions for Durrow are available online at which includes day-to-day records going back to 2008.

LSCPA RESCUE – URGENT APPEAL: We desperately need Dog Fosterers, we are full beyond our limit and cannot take in anymore dogs, unless we get more fosterers. We supply everything and cover all veterinary costs. If you can help, contact our Dog coordinator on (086)4169559.

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

CULLOHILL-DURROW FLOWER AND GARDEN CLUB: Please note change of date for Christmas Gala with Oliver Lawlor to the 11th of December at 8pm.

DURROW CHOIR REHEARSALS: Durrow choir, ‘Vocem Daru’ are continuing their rehearsals and music making on Tuesdays in the Presentation Centre from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. We are always looking for new members. Do you love music, and enjoy singing, and would like to be part of a mixed voice choir, singing everything from ballads to pop, traditional to classical? Then drop in any Tuesday evening, or for further information phone Ann on (086) 6045409.

DURROW COMMUNITY ALERT: With the evenings getting shorter now as we approach the Autumn and Winter seasons, keep vigilant for suspicious activity in our community. Keep an eye on the Community Alert’s new Facebook Page: regular updates and information from across the district.

MARKET: The Cottage Market Mountrath brings you all things home-made, home-grown and hand-crafted. Located at The Macra Hall, Main St. Mountrath – from 10am to 2pm on the first Saturday of each month. Contact Anne or Lucy on (089) 2048089 for more details.

CASTLEWOOD FARMSHOP: Organic meat, apple juice, eggs and other produce. Farmshop and tearoom open Fridays and Saturdays 10am – 5pm; Sunday 11am – 5pm. Enquiries to Dominic (087)9694070.

APPEAL: This year, 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the O’Brien’s starting their Headstone business in Durrow. If anyone has any old pictures of the Quarry on the Derry Road, Sean would be delighted to hear from you. You can email them to or phone Sean on (086) 2656657 if you have them in paper form. Any additional details such as the names and date of the picture would be greatly appreciated.

LIONS AFC: The Lions Soccer Academy will continue on Sundays at Noon. The Academy caters for boys and girls with the emphasis on learning in a fun atmosphere. Any questions or queries to Robbie Dempsey on (087) 4115971.

NEXT NEWSLETTER: The next newsletter will be on sale this weekend of November 11th and 12th – 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.