8th / 9th November 1997                                                                                                                                               Price 30p




The Master came on earth to save the Gentile and the Jew. He came to lift our vision to a wider, grander view. He came to turn the thoughts of men away from self and sin – and to tell the tidings that God’s Kingdom is within.


Quiet are the woods for the song birds are dumb,
Knowing the hint of the winter is come,
Hushed is the garden and silent the lane,
But there’ll be sunshine and music again.
This is the promise to which we shall cling,
While we are waiting and dreaming of Spring.


Laois Juvenile Badminton Championship Results for 1997:

U/12 Boys Doubles winners – Niall Brophy & John Brophy
U/12 Boys Singles runner-up – John Brophy
U/12 Boys Singles (Shield) runner-up – Donal Bowe.

U/16 Girls Doubles runners-up – Maeve Brophy & Joyce Donohue
U/16 Girls singles runner-up – Joyce Donohue
U/16 Girls Singles(Plate) – Sharon Lynch
U/16 Boys Doubles runners-up – Tomas Woods & Shane Brophy
U/16 Boys Singles (Plate) winner – Shane Brophy
U/16 Boys singles runner-up – David Dunne.

Congratulations to all involved.

Juvenile coaching recommences next weekend as follows:
U/14 on Friday 14th November from 7.00 to 8.00 p.m. for 12 to 14 years.
U/12 on Saturday 15th November from 7.00 to 8.00 p.m. for 10 to 12 years.
U/16 on Saturday 15th November from 8.00 to 9.00 p.m. for 14 to 16 years.


The Laois Leader Board will run a City & Guilds Certificate Course in the Boys School, Durrow for 3 weeks commencing on 12th January.

Week 1 – 3 days or evenings – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Week 2 – 3 days or evenings – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Week 3 – 4 days or evenings – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 4th day to be arranged.

Three hours per day. The course will be run with a maximum of 20 people, 10 in morning session, 10 in evening session. Applications will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis.
Cost of course will be £75 per person or £30 for Medical Card holders.
If more than the required number of applications are received then these people will be accomodated on the course to be run in Ballacolla in February ’98.
Application forms available from the office in the Boys School. Please return all forms to this office.


Nine Masses will be offered by Fr. Doherty and Fr. Tobin for deceased relatives and friends during this month of the Holy Souls.

The annual Offering and alter list of the Dead can be handed in at the weekend masses during November.



Harps / Gaels Minor Hurling Final

The Harps Minor Hurling team, including a number of players from Ballacolla, are playing in the County Final against Portlaoise in Rathdowney on this Sunday, 9th November, at 2.30 p.m. They beat Rathdowney in the semi-final on Saturday last. Great credit must go to the trainers and selectors: Jim kells, martin Fitzpatrick, Tom Dunne and Walter Foyle, for bringing them this far and they are wished the very best of luck in the final.

Team: Dan Hanlon, John Phelan, Noel Brennan, Niall Donohue, Brian Shortall, Derek Phelan, Graham Kells, Taidgh Dooley, Graham Kavanagh, Michael Dunphy, Kevin Galvin, Tommy White, Mark Young, Shane Brophy, Canice Coonan. Subs: Jason Dollard, Jonathan Walsh, Michael McEvoy, Tomas Woods, Don O’Connell, Kevin Shortall, Kieran McGree, Vincent Fitzpatrick.


Cullohill I.C.A. meeting was held in the Community Centre on Tuesday last. Sympathy vote was passed with Brigid Dunphy on the death of her brother, Joe Doherty. Twelve members will attend Group Meeting in Durrow on November 18th. mass will be offered for all deceased members on Friday 14th November at 8.00 p.m. in Cullohill Church.

We hope to provide a bus  to the Federation Christmas Party at the Montague Hotel on December 4th. Anyone wishing to join us contact any I.C.A. member.

Betty Dunne won the Raffle. Work and research on the Local History is continuing. Next meeting December 2nd.

 CONGRATULATIONS to Patricia Delaney, Ballykealy, who was one of three students who got a Gaisce Award at Johnstown Vocational School.

 CONGRATULATIONS to the following who were conferred at a ceremony recently at Waterford Institute of Technology:

B.A. Hons. Music – Vicky Walsh, 10 Erkindale Drive, Durrow and ml. McGrath, Spink.

B.A.  Hons. in Legal & Business Studies – Gillian Grogan, Derry Road, Durrow.

Nat. Certificate in Agricultural Science – Bryan Gee, Dunmore, Durrow.

Diploma in Professional Administration, with Merit – Sinead Casey, Derry Road, Durrow.

Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing – Declan Fitzpatrick, Archerstown, Durrow.


Nine adult leaders from Cullohill and 8 leaders from Aghaboe Parish attended the Youth Club’s Information Night in the Community Centre, Cullohill, on Thursday last. The information and help given by Emer Mullaly, Ossory Youth Service, was essential for the future management of any Youth Club.

Cullohill and Aghaboe have signed up for training as adult leaders in their respective communities. Training commences this Monday night, 10th November, in the Community Centre from 8 – 9.30 p.m. If anyone outside these groups would like to start training in Cullohill please contact Fr. M. Tobin 36155 / 087 401278.


Excellent work has been done both in Cullohill, building a stone wall at the Sports Field, and in Durrow, building wall around Hurling Field.
On Monday 10th November a Tiling Course will commence in Durrow Badminton Hall for 5 days and on Monday 17th November a Painting Course will be held in Cullohill Community Centre, for the FAS workers.
Thanks to all the workers and their supervisor for a lot of work well done.



Cullohill Community Centre members are asked to pay their membership to any committee member. Draw for £100 for all paid up members on Friday, 14th November.
Progressive 25s every Wednesday night at 8.30 p.m. All welcome. Squash, Handball, Racketball and Table Tennis and Indoor Soccer Leagues starting soon. Names to be given to Noel Delaney or any Committee member.

Art classes for beginners starting soon in Community Centre. Names to be given to Breda Bourke, Bernadette Walsh or Bernie Brennan. The classes will be given by a qualified art teacher.

Gymnastics Classes for school children starting shortly also. Date and time of commencement to be decided.

Winners of Progressive 25:

Wednesday 29th October – 1st Ml. Dunphy & Padraig Henderson, 12 games.
Joint 2nd Rita McEvoy & Molly Dollard and Tom Kenny & Martin Mahony, 10 games.
Raffle: Margaret DElaney & Sean Delany.

Wednesday 5th November – 1st Tom Kenny & Dickie Brennan
2nd Molly Dollard & Rita McEvoy
Raffle: Anthony Phelan.


The Parish Apostolic Society will have a display of work and a cake Sale at the Presentation Centre, Durrow on Saturday evening 15th November, after 7.00 p.m. Mass, and Sunday 16th after 11.00 a.m. Mass, until 2.30 p.m. Donations towards the cost of Sacred Vessels for the Missions are always welcome.
Please help our Missionaries by your support.

The Irish Heart Foundation are prepared to give a two night course on Life Saving in a heart attack situation. It is a national programme to teach members of the public this life saving skill. The cost is £5 for two nights tuition. Contact Cullohill Macra or I.C.A.


On Wednesday 12th November at 8.oo p.m. Mr. Fred Tuite, Guidance Counsellor will give a talk on CAO applications for Leaving Cert parents. There will be an opportunity to deal with any questions parents have in this area.

Parents please note that the Parent Teacher Meeting for all Junior Cert. and Leaving Cert. students, including Repeat leaving Cert. has been brought forward to Friday 14th November.

The musical “Oliver” is being staged in the gym for nights, from 27th  November to 30th November (inclusive). There are many students from the parish of Durrow taking part in the musical. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Sympathy is extended to the Gee family, Dunmore, Durrow on their recent bereavement.

Sympathy is extended to the Dunphy family, Graiguevoice and Murphy family, Newtown on their recent bereavement.

Thanks to all who subscribed to the Salesian Mission Collection at Cullohill and Durrow. £93 from Cullohill and £207 from Durrow has been forwarded to Re. Fr. Sean Murphy, S.B.D.

Congratulations to Tony Dunne, Cullohill, on celebrating his 21st Birthday.



Monday 13th October – No Jackpot winner. Numbers 7 – 10 – 21. £20 each to Breda Dunne, Knockanoran and Billy Kirby, Gurteen. £10 to Joe Donohue, Castleview, Durrow.

Monday 20th October – No Jackpot winner. Numbers – 2 – 9 – 30. £20 each to Sean McEvoy, Cork Road, and Ann & James Campion, Erkindale Drive, Durrow. £10 J. Ruth c/o O’Connell’s, Cullohill.

Monday 27th October – No Jackpot winner. Numbers 5 – 20 – 28. £20 each to Lisa Dowling, Ballyragget, and Vincent O’Brien, Mill Road, Durrow. £10 to Brendan Kelly, Tinweir, Durrow.

Monday 3rd November – No Jackpot winner. Numbers 5 – 20 – 25. £20 each to T. Dooley, Athy, and Thomas Gilligan, Erkindale Drive and £10 to Martin Lalor, Derry Road, Durrow.

Next draw on Monday 10th November in Lennon’s bar. Jackpot £1,450.

Mountrath Road, Abbeyleix Co. Laois. Phone 0502-31440.

IN STOCK: HiFi’s, radios, Personal Stereos, Video Tapes, & Video Cleaners.
VIDEO RENTALS: Some of our new releases – The English Patient, Jerry Maguire, Executive Target, The Swan Princess, Olive & Co. and many more.

Opening Hours – Weekdays: 4.00 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. Saturday & Sunday: 12 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.


Ceramic, slate and terracotta. Avail of 20% discount when buying your tiles. Free Quotations. Contact Ger Parkinson, phone 0502-36597.


Stanley Super 80, converted to oil, in perfect condition. Contact 0502 – 36484.


On this Saturday (8th Nov.) the girl;s football team will play Derrylamogue in the final of Cumann na mBunscoil in Portlaoise at 11.00 a.m. The team, under the excellent guidance of Mary Cleary, are undefeated after five games and hopes are high for a victory on Saturday. We will have a full report  on the game in our next issue.

The team is as follows: Elaine Dowling in goals, Aodain Phelan and Aine Lawlor backs, Mary Cleary and Elaine Mahony centre field, Aoife Donohue and Sarah Freeman forwards. Subs: Carol Cleary, Vicki Donohue, Lisa Dooley, Cathy Walsh, Claire-Ann Alley, Susan Purcell, Catherine Walshe, marie Clancy, Aoife Phelan, Claire Dunne, Annette Feehan, Kate Freeman.


South East Draw: This weekend, November 9th, is the final weekend before the first draw of the Annual South East Draw which will be held on Friday 14th November. All proceeds of this draw will be going towards the full development of the Lions Soccer Grounds. Tickets are still available from committee members. Tickets are £20 each or £5 per month for 4 months. There are £80,000 in prizes and hopefully there will be many local winners.

Congratulations to Deirdre Mooney, Grennan, Attanagh and Liam O’Brien, Donaghmore, Rathdowney, on their recent engagement.

Congratulations to Phidelma Kenny, Newtown and Frank Bergin, Coolnacritta, on their recent engagement.

Congratulations to James Fogarty, Dereen and Catherine Maher, Ballacolla, on their recent engagement.