Direct from Durrow
PLEASE SUPPORT UPCOMING AFTERNOON TEA IN AID OF LAOIS HOSPICE:
Teresa Dunphy and family are hosting an afternoon tea in their garden on Patrick St, Durrow on Saturday, August 26th next from 2pm until 5pm. All are most welcome. We are hoping to raise much needed funds for Laois Hospice so that they can continue to support all the palliative services in County Laois. These vital and exceptional services allowed Simon to be cared for throughout his illness and final days in his own home. Your support would be very much appreciated.
COMMUNITY ENDEAVOUR AWARD:
Durrow Development Forum were delighted to present Hughie Sheppard with the Community Endeavour Award 2017. Hughie returned from England in the early 1970’s and became one of the founder members of the Lions Soccer Club. He also founded the first schoolboy’s team. Hughie was also chairperson of the Harps GAA Club from 1989 to 1992. He was one of the founder members of Durrow Development Forum and was instrumental in the development of the Mill Wheel and Cannon Carrigan amenity areas, The Leafy Loop Walk, The Courthouse Library, The Community Playground and the Scarecrow Festival. Since retiring from the Durrow Development Forum in 2011 he has been involved in cycling trails and other local projects. Well done Hughie.
PRESENTATION: Congratulations to the Moylan Family, Barnhill, Durrow who were presented with a remembrance on behalf of Durrow Development Forum and the people of Durrow which acknowledges the vocation in community nursing by Nurse Sheila Moylan. The reward was accepted on behalf of Nurse Moylan (R.I.P.) by her husband Johnny and daughters Marie and Ann.
THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE SCARECROW FESTIVAL SUCH A HUGE SUCCESS! A most sincere “thank you” to all our sponsors, service providers, scarecrow makers and volunteers who helped before, during and after the Scarecrow Festival.
The atmosphere in Durrow was brilliant and none of it would have been possible if not for the volunteers that gave up a large part of their time, by volunteering to ensure that the festival and its visitors had a great nine days. The commitment of the volunteers show the best things about our community that you can’t find anywhere else. We had so many volunteers that we cannot reach on thanking you all individually, so on behalf of Durrow Development Forum, we want to once again say thank you to all who made this Festival a success once again.
Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Sale: A big thank you also to all the volunteers and craftspeople who helped out at the Arts & Crafts in the Community Centre during the Scarecrow Festival.
GIVE BLOOD: The Blood Transfusion Mobile Unit will visit Durrow on Thursday September 21st. Please put this date in your file and reserve one hour to donate blood on the day because your donation will save lives.
CHURCH NEWS: Church Cleaning Rota – August 2017: Maeve Thornton, Eileen Keenan, Brigid Traynor and Angela Drennan. September 2017: Daisy Dollard, Mary Dollard and Babe Duggan.
Mass Readers: Saturdays – August 19th and 26th: Kay Sheppard; Sept 2nd and 9th: Bernie Murphy. Sundays – August 20th: Liam Phelan; August 27th: Bea Alley; September 3rd and 10th: Declan Phelan.
SYMPATHY is extended to the Jacob family, Kyle, Durrow on their recent bereavement.
HAROLD LAWLOR WINS ALL-IRELAND COMPETITION: Harold Lawlor from Durrow was the Toast of Tullamore Show when his collection of Vegetables was judge to be the best entry in the Bridge House All-Ireland Collection of Vegetables. Ninety Four years young Harold won with his Celery, Carrot, Parsnip, Potato’s and Cauliflower.
His victory was all the more sweet as his Grandson Colin was second only one and a half points behind him. Both Harold and Colin got many prizes in the vegetable section. Well done to both on achieving such high standards!
Midlands Champion: While his Father and son were winning all around themselves, Harold’s son Martin was winning most of the Dahlia Classes at the Show. Martin won the Midland Dahlia Championship with his two vases of Hillcrest Candy and Mary’s Jomanda; he also got the best Vase at the show and five more first prizes. All and all it was a very good day for the Three generations of the Lawlor Family. Well done to all three for doing so well and keeping Durrow to the fore at these events.
DISTRICT LIONS CLUB: Abbeyleix and Portlaoise District Lions Club are delighted to announce that Abbeyleix Estate Open Day by kind permission of the Davies Family will be held on Sunday next August 27th from 1pm to 5pm. Admission is €5 per adult with light refreshments.
STOLEN: A large 22” World Lawnmower with a Briggs & Stratton Engine – WYZ2OH – was taken from outside the Kayak and Canoe Club Building on Thursday last, 17th August. Anyone with any information please phone the local FÁS Office on (057) 8736870.
ST VINCENT de PAUL: Anyone looking for help can contact us on (087) 3476012.
SCOUTS APPEAL: Now is the time to contact Delphine Lawlor on (086) 3655178 if you wish to join us as Scouters/Leaders as we need adults to make the meetings more active for the youth in September. A planned information night will be held in July to show what we do and what is needed to become a Scouter. Required: over 18, likes the outdoors and wanting to live an adventure with kids… having fun!