Direct From Durrow

Direct From Durrow

Direct From Durrow



Public Meeting Wed 22nd June at 8.30pm: Cullohill Community Council are currently engaging with SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) to assess the possibility of Cullohill becoming a ‘Sustainable Energy Community’. This is a community in which everyone works together to develop a sustainable energy system. To do so, they aim as far as possible to be energy efficient, use renewable energy where feasible and develop decentralised energy supplies. The Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) includes all different energy users e.g. homes, schools, churches, community centres etc.



Being part of the SEC gives the community access to additional funding in relation to sustainable energy and also the technical expertise required. By bringing the community together and identifying the energy needs, the community can access more funding than is currently available to individual households and can also benefit from cheaper prices for the works to be completed. Why become a Sustainable Energy Community?
Achieve financial & energy savings.
Improve public well-being through enhanced comfort from energy efficient buildings
Boost local employment.
Build capacity and leverage funding
Contribute to the Tidy Town effort
A public meeting will take place on Wednesday 22nd June in Cullohill Community Centre from 8.30pm to 10pm. In addition to discussing the benefits of becoming a ‘Sustainable Energy Community’, the SEAI representative will also be covering how to save money on your energy bills, grants available, fuel allowances etc… Special attention will also be given to energy provision to old aged pensioners e.g. what allowances they are entitled to, works (e.g. wall insulation) Which are 100% grant aided etc… So whether you are interested in renewable energy, are a local tradesman who could provide services, or just want to save a few euro on your bills, then this meeting is for you!


Congratulations to Tom Dunne, Ballinslee, Durrow on winning Beef Farmer of the Year and Overall Grand Prix Farmer of the Year 2016. Tom was presented with his awards at the Zurich Insurance-Irish Independent Annual Awards. Everyone wishes Tom, his wife Gemma and two daughters Dervia and Bronagh every good wish in the future and well done for your great success.

Tom Dunne from Co Laois receives the Farmer of the Year award from Zurich’s head of agri-business Michael Doyle at the Farmer of the Year Awards in the Ballsbridge Hotel sponsored by Zurich and the Irish Independent. Photo: Douglas O’Connor5 Tom Dunne from Co Laois receives the Farmer of the Year award from Zurich’s head of agri-business Michael Doyle at the Farmer of the Year Awards in the Ballsbridge Hotel sponsored by Zurich and the Irish Independent. Photo: Douglas O’Connor

Tom Dunne from Co Laois receives the Farmer of the Year award from Zurich’s head of agri-business Michael Doyle at the Farmer of the Year Awards in the Ballsbridge Hotel sponsored by Zurich and the Irish Independent. Photo: Douglas O’Connor Click on for more local farming news.


Saturday 18th June at 8pm will see the launch of Ras an Asal, The Midlands Donkey Derby in Ballacolla village by champion flat jockey Chris Hayes who recently rode the 2,000 guineas winner Awtaad at the Curragh. The event itself will be held on Sunday 31st July at Talbots Hill Ballacolla.


Cullohill Community Council have cancelled their big fundraiser on Saturday 4th June as a mark of respect to the Moore Family, Canonswood, Cullohill on their recent bereavement.


We would like to see householders and business people decorating their premises with window boxes and hanging baskets also. We need to have our town looking its best for the Scarecrow Festival which attracts a large amount of visitors. It would be very much appreciated by the Tidy Towns committee for people to make that extra effort for ourselves and all the people that will visit the town over the summer months. A neat and tidy town creates a feel good factor for everyone and it’s so rewarding when we hear all the positive comments about Durrow.

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Durrow Tidy Towns news here.


As part of National Bike Week the Woodenbridge Paddlers will stage a 15K Family Fun Cycle on Sunday 19th June. Starting from Supermacs, Manor Stone, Junction 3 – Ballacolla at 11am the spin will bring you through the villages of Ballacolla and Durrow before returning back to the Supermacs/Topaz at M8 Junction 3 where refreshments will be served. All are welcome to come along.

Two wheels better than four for Laois Bike Week

Two wheels better than four for Laois Bike Week


Senior Competition for the Joe Brophy Memorial Cup, Juvenile Competition for the Durrow Development Forum Trophy. Juvenile age is up to 16 years old. Print size for both competitions: From Standard size up to maximum 12″X10″ prints can be mounted but not necessary. Limit of photographs per ENTRY: 3. All entries to be presented in an envelope with name of entrant, address and telephone number written on envelope. Entry dates: Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th July from 3.00pm to 6.00pm both days at Durrow Community Centre. Entry fees: Senior €5, Juvenile €3. The winning prints will be announced and prizes presented at 4.00pm on Sunday 31st July. For further information contact Andrew Walsh at (086) 3791904.


The Durrow Community Centre committee wish to thank most sincerely everyone who was involved in the organising and the running of the High Nelly Hop on Saturday last, especially Bobby Campion. A very enjoyable evening was had by all who took part
and those who attended.

High Nelly and high romance!

High Nelly and high romance!

The filming of the event will be shown on the John Creedon Show on Sunday August 7th. The donation to the Community Centre received from the proceeds of the night is very much appreciated. Well done to all involved.


The Community Centre in Durrow is available for bookings to hold parties or any sports activities etc… Contact: Mary Walsh (086) 3055157.
The Presentation Centre in Durrow is also available for bookings to hold meetings or similar activities etc… Contact: Angela Drennan (087) 1928522.


Get-out-Get Active Summer Camp is on from July 11th to July 15th daily from 9.30am to 3.00pm. Open to children from age 4 years to 12 years old – all are welcome. For more details contact Sinead Curran (087) 2943889 or or at Our Lady’s Meadow School, Durrow.


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Weekly Bingo is held in Camross Community Hall on Friday nights starting Friday 10th June at 8.30pm sharp. Over €1,500 in prizes to be won each night. Single Book €6, Double Book €10, Junior Book €4, Jackpot Sheets €2 Each.


Durrow-Cullohill Parish anglers held a pike fishing competition for the Anglers Cup recently. The winner was Seamus Coffey; Second – David Walsh and Third – Michael Walsh. The club also held the first of five rounds for the Richard O’Rourke Memorial trophy on Grantstown Lake which is fished over five competitions with the winner having the most points from each round. The first round was held recently and the winner was David Walsh; Second – Patrick O’Regan and Third – Alan Dwyer. Well done to all!


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June Details for Paddling:

Each Wednesday Evening at 7.30pm – Mid-Week Splash Around, Club House, Durrow; Sunday 5th June at 9.30am – Club Trip to Green’s Weir, Kilkenny (level 3 skills training); Sunday 12th June at 10.30am – Club Trip to Kilfarassy Caves, Copper Coast, Waterford; Sunday 19th June at 9.30am – Club Trip to Clashganny (level 3 skills training); Sunday 26th June at 9.30am – Level 3 Kayak Skills Assessment for club members who have completed a level 3 course. Please check our website and our Facebook page for further details.

Red Bull Soap Box Race:

We wish club instructors Matt McGrath and Brian Ogilvie along with their team members, James, Anne-Marie and Eoin who will all compete this weekend in Cork at the Red Bull Soap Box Race in their creation, Raging Kayak! You can vote for them on our Facebook page and also see some of their photos! Matt has created a race car from a kayak and its pretty amazing!

All your Durrow news here.

All your Durrow news here.

Sponsored Kayaking Run:

The Club are running a sponsored kayaking trip from Durrow to Ballyragget in the coming weeks and members will be out selling lines. Your support would be greatly appreciated.


The Harps Camogie Club are taking part next week in “Hurl Smart Week 2016” A number of fun and skill focused events will take place over the weekend with a fun day on Saturday in Durrow GAA pitch from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Look out for more events on our Facebook page. The Club will be entered into a draw to play in Croke Park in August. So let’s hope we get lucky!

Harps Camogie team. Photo courtesy of

The Harps Camogie team Photo courtesy of


Any old or unwanted clothes or fabric can be left in the porch of the Cullohill Community Centre. All collections are in aid of Cullohill Handball Club.


Our Lady’s Meadow boys did the double this year. They won both the hurling and football finals. Congratulations to the boys who added to their trophy collection by winning the Division Three final in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise. Under the guidance of Coach Dervla Dunne, the boys showed great determination to defeat Kiladooley by six points.

It was a hard fought encounter with Kiladooley taking an early six point lead. The Durrow boys settled down and worked out points thanks to the free taking of Cathal Murphy, with points and a goal from play from Charlie Murphy this brought Durrow to a two point lead at half time. An early goal in the second half from Kiladooley gave Durrow supporters cause for shortened nails but with the aid of our hard work at defending in the backs, Stephen Murphy, Ciaran Flynn and Adam Walshe, midfield from Darragh Kelly and Daniel Dooley and the steady hands of Eoghan Whelan in goal the forwards had the lion’s share of quality ball. Forwards Charlie Murphy and Cathal Murphy and Daniel Murphy (no relation) combined well to etch out scores despite great defending from Kiladooley.

Subs on the day were Séan Curran, Daniel Bowe, Keelan Carroll, and Neil Cronin. Absent from the team on the day were Oisín and Darragh Conroy who played in previous rounds and contributed hugely in the semi-final victory over Ballinakill. Well done to all. The Final Score on the day was Our Lady’s Meadow School 3-11 V 3-05 Kiladooley.


Congratulations to the Lions U13 team on winning the KnDL U13 Division Two title. Well done to the lads and the their managers Enda Murphy and Kevin Kelly.
U14s Unlucky in Final: On Saturday 28th May the Lions U14 team played in the Declan Fennelly Cup final played at Derdimus in Kilkenny. They played a very strong Newpark side. In a very entertaining game they unfortunately lost on scoreline of 4-1. Well done to the lads on reaching the final.
U15s win League: Congratulations to the Lions U15 team on winning the KnDL Division Two title on Sunday 29th May when they defeated Bridge Utd 6-0 in the final league game. Well done to all the lads and to their managers Kieran Shortall and Kevin Donohue.
FAI Summer Camp: Booking for the annual FAI Soccer Summer Camp is currently open. It’s runs from the 4th to the 8th of July at our club grounds. The cost is €65. Book online at quickly as places are filling up – so book now to avoid disappointment!

Harps GAA: Standing tall on and off the field

Harps GAA: Standing tall on and off the field


The Harps GAA Club extend their deepest sympathies to the family of John Moore, Canonswood, Cullohill on their recent bereavement. The club was honoured to have John serve as President of the club and for his loyal support all down through the years. Ar dheis de go raibh sé.


Monday 23rd May 2016: There was no jackpot winner of €6,650. The Numbers drawn were: 12, 13, 20 and 24. The small draw winners were: €30: John Bourke, Cullohill, County Laois; €25: Noreen Joyce, The Square, Durrow, Co Laois; €20: Karen Shortall, Seandoire, Durrow, Co Laois.
Monday 30th May 2016: There was no jackpot winner of €6,800. The Numbers drawn were: 07, 18, 21 and 28. The small draw winners were: €30: Paddy Quinn, Portlaoise, County Laois; €25: Niall Donaghue, Carrigan St, Durrow, Laois; €20: Michael O’Carroll, c/o Pius Hennessey.


Anyone looking for help can contact us on (087) 3476012.

St. Vincent de Paul Durrow news

St. Vincent de Paul news


Durrow Saturday market is open every Saturday from 9am to 12.30pm in the Computer Centre beside the RC Church on the Kilkenny Rd. Potato’s and Fresh Veg are available, to book your favourites please ring Marie on (087) 7742506. Home Baking from Bernie Brennan is also available with a selection of fresh breads, scones, tarts and cakes. You can also book cakes for parties etc…

Durrow & Cullohill News

Durrow & Cullohill News