Direct from Durrow

Direct from Durrow

The Community Council wish to thank everyone who supported the Cake Sale held recently, our thanks also to everyone who baked cakes, gave prizes for the raffle and  anyone who helped in any way, your support and help was very much appreciated. The winners of the raffle were: First prize – Large Hamper won by Fiona Donohue, Castleview, Durrow;  Second prize – Nivia Hamper won by Ciaran Flynn, Derrywood, Durrow; Third prize – Bottle of Red and Bottle of White Wine won by John Freeman, Mary Street, Durrow.

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The Senior Citizens’ Party was held on 25th February in the Castle Arms Hotel. It was great to see the biggest attendance in recent years enjoying a wonderful day. Our thanks to the following: Seosamh and Staff of the Castle Arms Hotel for the excellent food served, to Andrew Walsh who provided the music for the    afternoon and also to Rev. Canon Harvey for his attendance, everyone who donated the many prizes for the raffle on the day.  A special word of thanks to all the helpers who never let us down, it’s great to be always able to count on your help. Thanks to everyone for the lovely comments of appreciations.
Durrow Development Forum will hold a Cake Sale to support the Cuisle Centre, Portlaoise on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th of April after both Masses. Cakes can be dropped in for sale before Mass on each day. Please do call in for a cup of tea, coffee, cake and a chat to support this very worthy and local cause.

Cuisle Centre looking seasonal

Fundraiser for the Cuisle Centre

DDF will hold a Tidy Towns meeting on Wednesday 22nd March at 8.00pm in the Library. Please do come out and support as all community assistance is required.  Every person, business, adult and child can do their little bit in their own way to better the area and community that they live in.
There will be a Scarecrow volunteer meeting in the Library, Durrow at 8.00pm on Wednesday 5th April. If you would like to be involved in the festival, be it for an hour or more, please do come and meet on the night. Also if you have an idea for a scarecrow but are unsure of how to put it all together, please do come to the short meeting and our committee will be happy to discuss and assist you with same.

Horses for courses at the Scarecrow Festival!

For any young adult or college student – are you interested in working with young people? Now is your chance to see if this is a career path that will suit you. If you would like to volunteer for the annual Scarecrow Summer Camp, please contact us through our Facebook Scarecrow Page as soon as possible so we can arrange Garda Vetting and bring you on board for the 2017 Scarecrow Festival!
The School is now enrolling new pupils for the 2017-2018 term. Please contact the School at (057) 8737281 for further details.
Mass Readers Rota: Saturday Evenings: March 11th: Bernie Murphy; March 18th: Ann Vaugh; March 25th: Kay Sheppard. Sunday Mornings: March 12th: Kevin Kelly; March 19th and 26th: Bea Alley.
Eucharist Ministers Rota – March 2017: Saturdays – Miriam Connolly and Seamus Clancy; Sundays – Pat O’Hara and Donal Bowe.
Church Cleaning Rota – March 2017: Mary Kennedy, Mary Walsh, Gabriel Daz and Miriam and Pat Connolly.
Ossory Pilgrimage:
The Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place this year from May 22nd to May 27th inclusive. Price per person sharing is €775 which includes bus transport to and from the Airport. Bookings through the Glenmore Parish office: (051) 880414. Office hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.30am to 1.30pm. Very Rev. Michael A. O’Connor P.P. will be the director of the pilgrimage.
Mission 2017:
The Ballyraggett/Ballyouskill Parish Mission 2017 starts on Monday March 27th and finishes on Friday March 31st. The theme of the Mission is “Shining the Light”. People from surrounding parishes such as Durrow/Cullohill are most welcome to join the Mission. Morning Masses in St. Patrick’s Church Ballyragget are at 7am and 10am and evening the Mission will be at 7.30pm. In Ballyouskill there will be daily mass at 11.30am. The Themes are: Monday March 27th at 7.30pm “Community”; Tuesday March 28th at 7.30pm “Baptism”; Wednesday March 29th at 7.30pm “Family”; Thursday March 30th at 7.30pm “Healing-Reconciliation”; Friday March 31st at 7.30pm “Remembering the dead”
All are most welcome.
Service for Healing of the Generations:
(Family Tree Mass) will be held in St. Brigid’s Church, Coon, Co. Kilkenny which will be led by Fr. John Delaney and Prayer Team. The Service commences with    Adoration at 6.30pm followed by Holy Mass at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 15th of March concluding with Solemn Benediction.

Clean Up Laois Week Photo courtsy of

News from Cullohill and Durrow Photo of Cullohill courtesy of Bernard Kilbride

The Parents Council of Cullohill NS are delighted to announce that the ‘Kilkenny Gospel Choir with Special Guests’ will perform in St. Tighearnach’s Church, Cullohill on Friday 31st March at 8pm. This event is a fundraiser for the Parent’s Council, the proceeds from which will be used to assist in the establishment of a Book Rental Scheme within the school. Tickets are priced at €10 and will be distributed through the school and also the Parents Council. Please contact Hanna for further information on (087) 8179497. We look forward to seeing you on the night!
Cullohill and Durrow Flower and Garden club will have their monthly meeting on Monday March 13th at 8pm in Cullohill Community Centre. Martin Lawlor will be our guest speaker and he will help us to get started with the growing season. New members and guests welcome.

Cullohill and Durrow Flower and Garden Club News

The committee wish to thank everyone who donated clothes for our recent collection. It was a very generous collection and should be of great benefit to the National Council for the Blind. The next collection will be held after Easter so do keep us in mind if you have bags of used clothes!
Is your child doing enough study? Supervised study for Secondary School Students is held every Saturday from 9am until 1pm in The Presentation Centre, Durrow. For €24 your child will be getting 16 hours of supervised study time with study skills given. For more information please contact (087) 9510587.

Castle Durrow: A wonderful part of this proactive community

Castle Durrow winning more and more accolades

Congratulations to Rita of CastleDurrow who was in the Chef of Ireland, Culinary Competition 2017 where she won a silver and two bronze medals!!!
Monday 20th February 2017 – There was no jackpot winner of €12,200. The numbers drawn were 09, 11, 21, 27. The small draw winners were: €30: John Gilligan, Erkindale, Durrow, Co. Laois; €25: Mary Campion, Rathmakelly and €20: James Barnaville, Cullohill.
Monday 27th February 2017: There was no jackpot winner of €12,350. The numbers drawn were: 03, 06, 21 and 27. The small draw winners were: €30: Finn Alley, The Square, Durrow, Co. Laois; €25: Mary Dowling, c/o Mary Walsh; €20: Vivian Mullalley, Lisdowney, Co. Kilkenny.
Monday 6th March 2017: There was no jackpot winner of €12,500. The Numbers drawn were: 14, 18, 20 and 28. The small draw winners were: €30: Lucy O’Connor, Cullohill, County Laois. €25: Brigid Donovan, c/o Pius Hennessey. €20: John Bergin, Grennan, Attanagh, Co. Laois.

Durrow Lotto

Durrow Parish Lotto

The Results of the Killermogh Whist Drive for February are: Top Score – Erin Lalor; First Lady – Josie McCartney; Second Lady – Patricia Delaney and Rose Cunningham (Tied); First Gent – C. Galvin; Second Gent – Paul Kavanagh; Quarters – Kathleen Kavanagh, Rory O’Shea, Noreen Ni Leighin and   Kathleen Kennedy; Juvenile – John Bailey.
The raffle winners were: Ray Seale, John Bailey, Valarie Stanley, Billy Carter and Madge Brennan. The next Whist Drive will be held on Thursday, March 23rd at 8.30pm in the Parochial Hall, Cork Rd, Durrow. All are most Welcome.
This year 2017, Durrow Development Forum celebrates  its 20th year of existence and this year we will continue to strive to better and enhance the community. We would be delighted if all households took part in the Scarecrow Festival and displayed a Scarecrow outside their home or business. We will be sending out some information coming up to the festival and hope that   anybody that is interested would be happy to attend some Scarecrow Making Classes which should assist in their creations!

Durrow Development Forum

Durrow Development Forum Anniversary

Defib Course – A second First Aid Responder / Defib Course will be ran in The Community Centre in the near future. If interested contact Eimear Kelly (087) 6233144 or Pat Barnaville (086) 8304420. Progressive 25 Card Games are held in the hall every Sunday night at 8.30pm sharp followed by tea and sandwiches. Please support!
There is a noticeable increase in Dog Waste (which is an environmental pollutant) around Durrow. It has been estimated that a single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, which are known to cause cramps, diarrhoea, intestinal illness, and serious kidney disorders in humans. Please clean up after your dog and be vigilant in doing same, even if nobody is looking.
Durrow Library are looking for donations of old and new Lego in order to start a Lego Club aimed at children from the age of 6 up. Please contact Lori at the Library or to by email. Your donation would be greatly accepted and appreciated.
Midland Cakes by Rita along with Kyle Farm Potatoes and Fresh Veg are both at the Saturday Market every Saturday morning from 8.30am to 12 noon in the CAIT Centre, beside the Catholic Church in Durrow. For more information, please phone Rita on (085) 8423201 or Marie on (087) 7742506. Do drop in on Saturdays!
DDF will have a specialised award in this year’s Scarecrow Festival. The award which started last year saw Erkindale Drive winning with their fantastic display of Scarecrows and this year DDF will continue this Local Community Award! A prize of €200 will be awarded to the best area for displaying scarecrows.


DURROW SCARECROW FESTIVAL. Photo courtesy of Yvonne Kennedy

A minimum of ten scarecrows must be on display to be considered for this award. There is no separate entry required, the judges will consider each area in their judging process. The Square, Old Esso Station and any DDF Display Scarecrows will be excluded from this judging process.
Areas will be judged as follows: Cork Road and Patrick Street, Barnhill and Carrigan Street, Erkindale Drive, Swan Road, St. Fintan’s Terrace, Mill Road to include Green Display Area, Derry Road, Chapel Street and Mary Street, Sean Doire, Derry Wood.
DDF will be running workshops to assist you in your creations coming up to the festival, please keep an eye out on facebook and website for details, our  committee members are ore than happy to assist you with your creations.
Durrow Community Services have two vacancies for the position of General Operative on their Ballacolla operations team and one position for General Operative on the Durrow operations team. For further information or to apply, please contact Patrick Quinn on (057) 8736870 or call into the FÁS Office beside Durrow Catholic Church during office hours.
Enrolment for September 2017 takes place now. Contact Sheila on (087) 2389140 or call to Playschool on the Kilkenny Rd beside the Playground.