26th / 27th August 1995.          Price 30p





There is hardly a subject in all the world that we hear more about today than justice. To be christian is to be a lover of justice. It is woven through every act of the christian’s life, or ought to be. Many christians are drawn to give witness on behalf of justice thro’ the grace they have received from God. For some this action finds its place in the sphere of social and political conflicts in which Christians bear witness to the Gospel by pointing out that there are ways to act other than conflict. namely love and right. Love will draw the christian to prefer non-violent action and work.

Let us look at the Church this week. It is bound to give witness to justice. Within the Church itself rights must be preserved. Those who serve the Church by their labour for example priests and religious, and lay people who give some years of their life to serving in the Church, should have a sufficient livelihood and should enjoy that social security which enables them to work unhindered. Likewise women in the Church should have their own share of responsibility as ministers of the Eucharist, music sharers, readers and co-workers in every aspect of the life of the Church.

The Church recognizes everyone’s right to suitable freedom of expression. Everyone has the right to be heard in a spirit of dialogue. The Parish where this is stifled is in great pain. Church members sshould have some share in the drawing up of decisions. The Second Vatican Council insisted on that. To be Christian and to be a member of of the Church is to be aware of the millions of hungry people that exist throughout the world. If it means cutting down on consumer spending ourselves that sparingness is necessary if we are to be called Christian and if the millions of hungry are to be fed. May our Sunday liturgies enable each of us to be better members of our Church and better Christians too.



Durrow Community Services FAS 5 Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 29th August at 9.00 p.m. in the Castle Arms Hotel. The meeting will review FAS 5 and look forward and plan the new FAS scheme which will start shortly.

All participating clubs and organisations are asked to send three delegates to this meeting. New members are most welcome. The meeting is open to the general public, so anyone interested in attending will be very welcome.

The FAS Work Schemes have done tremendous work in Durrow and many clubs and organisations have benifitted from work done by the schemes.

A.G.M. on Tuesday night, 29th August, at 9.00 p.m. in The Castle Arms Hotel.



As there is no FAS Scheme in operation at the moment, Durrow Community Council decided to keep the grass mowed in the cemetary, and the grounds in front of the church, and have it in reasonable condition for the Cemetary Mass.

Durrow Community Council would like to thank very sincerely the following, who gave of their time to make this possible;

Sean Brophy, John Holland, Oliver Clooney, Edmond Lalor, J.J. Drennan, Kieran O’Shea, Owen Casey, Padraig Mahony, Mick Dunne, James Holland, Derek Phelan, John Flynn, John Lalor.


SYMPATHY is extended to the Phelan family, Knockanoran, on their recent bereavement.




This year’s Night Hike took place on Friday 18th August last. We set off from outside the Boys’ N.S. shortly before 10.00 p.m. and headed up the Derry road. It was already quite dark, yet the night air was still very humid and heavy.

When eventually everyone had ascended the steep Ballagh hill and stood gasping and perspiring at the entrance to the wood, we knew that the single most grueling part of the hike was over us.

We entered the wood and maintained a brisk pace until we arrived at the old stone cabin, where like every other year we remained for an hour or two before completing the walk. We were unable to light a fire in the cabin for fear of igniting the desperately dry woodlands around us.

Once the Scouts had eaten whatever food they had brought with them the remaining hour or so was spent telling ghost stories and jokes, and then at midnight it was back to walking again. We hiked through the wood and came out onto the road at Ballykealy, and then on through Aharney and arrived back at the top of the Ballagh at 2.00 a.m.

Surprisingly we were well ahead of schedule for our return to Durrow, so after a quick vote we decided to complete the night by walking down through the wood, and then down the Cork Road.

When at last we arrived in Durrow at 4.00 a.m. some of the younger Scouts appeared to be quite drunk. However the jelly-legged symptoms proved to be fatigue related, and we walked or wobbled (as the case may be) for home, and most importantly a good nights sleep.


PARENTS & FRIENDS COMMITTEE members of the Scouts please note that there will be a committee meeting on Monday 28th August at 9.00 p.m. in the Presentation Centre. All members are asked to attend.


FOR ALL YOUR TYPING REQUIREMENTS –  C.V.s, reports etc. Contact Ann Geoghan / O’Brien at 0502 – 36557


NEW HEADSTONES supplied in Limestone, Marble and Granite. Inscriptions on old headstones renovated. Contact Sean O’Brien at 0502 – 36557



Results of draw held on Sunday 20th August in The Bridge bar are as follows;

£100 John Cahill Jnr. Main Street, Rathdowney.
£50 Danny Kerwin, Boley, Abbeyleix.
£10 Pat Smith, Cork Road, Durrow.
£10 Larry Dunne, Skehana, Castlecomer.
£10 Skehana Pipe Band
£10 John Cashin, Bridge Bar, Durrow.
£10 Emma Treacy, St. Bridget’s College, Callan.

The committee wish to thank all who supported the draw.



On Saturday afternoon last the newly formed Moyne Polo Club hosted a three-sided American tournament for charity. Hubert Hamilton of Moyne along with David Thompson of Abbeyleix organised the event. By the end of the day there were many keen on starting a club locally, and it is intended to start meeting on Tuesday evenings.

Locals mingled with polo enthusiasts from the area and around the country to see the three teams – Whitfield Campero from Waterford, Baroda Centaurs of Kildare and Dublin – in action.





The Daniel O’Donnell & Mary Duff Concert held recently in Heywood Community School was an outstanding success, with people travelling from several counties throughout Ireland and from overseas.

Close on 1,600 people packed the school’s gymnasium and enjoyed a tremendous performance by both artists. Excited fans lined the school corridors for hours after the show in order to meet with Daniel.

The committee wish to thank the Gardai, Civil Defence, Order of Malta and students who gave valuable assistance on the night. Their help was greatly appreciated and highly praised by those attending the concert.

The committee hope that Daniel O’Donnell & Mary Duff will return again to Heywood C.S. in the not too distant future.


The students are requested to attend for introduction and integration in the following order:
Friday 1st September – 1st and 4th Year classes at 8.50 a.m.
Monday 4th September – 2nd, 3rd & 5th Year classes at 8.50 a.m.
Wednesday 6th September – Transition Year Group
Tuesday 12th September – Interviews for Repeat Class
Monday 18th September – Repeat Class Group at 8.50 a.m.

We welcome all the children back to school for the 1995/96 year.

The final phase of the interior decorations at the school are now almost completed and the school is on schedule to be officially opened on October 3rd 1995.



Due to very low waters the Lions Soccer Supporters Group DUCK DERBY had to be postponed and will now go ahead on Sunday 3rd September at 6.00 p.m. Ducks are now on sale at £2 per duck or three for £5. They can be bought from any committee member.



 The Junior Hurlers had a good win over Timahoe in the championship recently. It was close all through but in the end it was Martin Brophy’s goal, scored just before half time, which seperated the sides. The Harps now play Colt in the semi-final this weekend.

The Harps Senior Hurlers disappointed in the heat of O’Moore Park on Sunday last when they were defeated by Portlaoise in the county senior hurling semi-final. In a very even first half the Harps played well, but in the second half the experience of the Portlaoise team plus the heat got to the Harps, and in the end were easily beaten 2-12 to 1-5.

While losing in the semi-final the hurlers have made great strides under Tom Flynn and the experience of a big day will stand to the young Harps in years to come.

The club would like to thank all players and sponsors who made the recent Golf Classic a magnificent success. After this, it’s second year, it now seems likely to become an annual event. We also wish to thank Michael Carroll of the Nore Nets for the use of his premises for the recent Cabaret which was well supported.


On this Sunday night, 27th August, the Harps are holding a Barn Dance in McNeills Shed, Cullohill. Music by the Paddies. Food will be served and there is a Bar extension for the night.


CONGRATULATIONS to Sean Delahunty, Erkindale Drive, who celebrated his 21st Birthday recently.




The Annual General Meeting of Durrow Macra Na Feirme was held recently and the following officers were elected;

Chairman – David Tynan, Vice Chairman – David Holland, Secretary – Noelle Phelan, Ass. Secretary – Tina Phelan, Treasurer – John Lalor, Ass. Treasurer – Ed. Lalor, P.R.O. – Caroline Phelan, Ass. P.R.O. – Michael Tynan.

The club reviewed a good year and thanked all who supported the Church Gate Collection for “We Care Ireland”.


FOR SALE: Sheets of Galvanize. Contact Tommy Thornton, Mary Street, Durrow.


BEST WISHES for the future go to all Leaving Cert Students who received exam results recently.

CONGRATULATIONS to Tom Moore, Tubberboe on winning £10,000 in the National Lottery “Millionaire T.V. Game Show” held in R.T.E. recently.

CONGRATULATIONS to Anne Marie Moore, Tubberboe, who celebrated her 21st Birthday recently.

CONGRATULATIONS to Denise McKenzie, Patrick Street, who celebrated her 21st Birthday recently.

CONGRATULATIONS to Michelle Mulally, Lisdowney, who celebrated her 21st Birthday recently.

CONGRATULATIONS to Shirley Coffey, Derry Road, Durrow and Donie Brophy, Ballyragget, on their recent marriage.

CONGRATULATIONS to Jas. Ruth, Erkindale Drive and Julie Brennan, Crettyard, on their recent marriage.



Results for Monday 14th August; No Jackpot winner. £50 to Susie Tone, Johnstown.

Results for Monday 21st August; No Jackpot winner. £50 to K. Keavney, c/o Bridge Bar.

Next draw on Monday 28th August in O’Connells, Cullohill. Jackpot £1,050.



This Sunday morning – Andrew Walsh, Karen Stapleton, Pat Walsh and Niall Donohue..

Weekend 9th / 10th September: Saturday evening -Mary Brophy, Geraldine Phelan, Jason Walsh and Eoin Lalor.
Sunday morning – Martin Walsh, Lorraine Lawlor, Mark Donohue and Jonathan Walsh.



Durrow & District Anglers held a Trout Fishing Competition for the Brendan Sheeran Cup on Sunday last, 20th August. Despite low waters many anglers turned out to fish the competition. Winners were; 1st – Joe Fogarty 1.18, 2nd – Declan McDonald, 1 oz, 3rd – David Donohue 0.67.

The work is progressing well on the new bridge over the Gully and within the next few weeks work will be completed and walkers will be able to walk the full length of the club waters.