Direct from Durrow
St. Patrick’s Day: The St. Patrick’s Day festival will be held on Saturday, 17th March when we will have a parade. We ask all businesses, clubs and organisations to please get involved. There will be a Food and Craft Fair on the green along with Bouncy Castles, Dancing and Mini-GAA matches. If anybody would like to get involved and assist – please do contact any DDF member as we would be delighted with new ideas and assistance to help make this day a chance to catch up and meet with family and friends!
DURROW TOWN PLAN LAUNCH – POSTPONED: The Durrow Town plan was due to be launched next Friday, March 2nd – however owing to extra work involved the DDF have decided to postpone the launch and will announce a new date in the coming weeks. If you require any further information on the plan, please contact Sean at (087) 9873489 or send a message to email@example.com by email.
PIPE BAND: The Durrow and District Pipe Band which is back open and running are seeking a few new members. Age is of no importance, anywhere between 9 and 90, male or female will be warmly welcomed. For more details contact John Sheeran, Bandmaster on (087) 2493749.
LOCAL WEATHER: For up-to-the-minute weather data from Durrow, please visit www.laoisweather.com
ATTENTION! FARMERS – St. Canice’s Credit Union has a new Agri Loan product available for farmers in the area. We have a very competitive interest rate and lots of added benefits. For more information drop into the Credit Union Branch in Durrow or call Tom on (087) 6466280.
CHURCH NEWS: Church Cleaning Rota – March 2018: Mary Kennedy, Mary Walsh, Gabriel Daz, Miriam and Pat Connolly.
Mass Readers: Saturdays – February 24th and March 3rd: Seosamh Murphy; March 10th: Ann Vaugh, March 17th: Kay Sheppard. Sundays – February 25th: Bea Alley; March 4th: Declan Phelan; March 11th: Deirdre Moore, March 18th: Kevin Kelly.
Pilgrimage: The Diocese of Ossory Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from May 22nd to May 27th inclusive. Bookings are now being taken and anyone wishing to travel on the Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes can contact Eleanor at (051) 880414 during weekdays between 9.30am and 1.30pm except for Wednesdays. The cost of the Pilgrimage will be €785.
VISIT OF POPE FRANCIS TO IRELAND: A formal announcement that Pope Francis will attend the World Meeting of Families in Ireland is expected shortly. Pope Francis personally chose Ireland to host this event. Parishioners who would like to attend all or part of the event can register for the three-day Pastoral Congress on www.worldmeeting2018.ie online. Places for the Congress are limited and guarantee a ticket for the Festival of Families and the Final Mass which are expected to be led by Pope Francis. Although there will be no charge for any event led by the Pope, tickets for the Festival of Families will be very limited and not released until a later date, along with tickets for the Final Mass.
DURROW LIBRARY NEWS: Laois Libraries Lego Studios: This new project is aimed at young people between the ages of 10 to 14. If you are interested in film making, lego, drama, creative writing or art please register your interest in the project by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call into Durrow library. Places will be limited for this exciting new project!
Membership: Library membership is free and your library card now allows you access to all libraries in Ireland. Access to free ebooks, audiobooks, online magazines and online learning courses are also part of your membership. Call in if you want to find out more about Borrowbox or Universal Classes.
Opening Hours: The Library is open on Tuesdays from 1.30pm to 5.30pm and 6pm to 7.30pm; on Wednesdays from 10am to 1.30pm and 2pm to 5.30pm; and on Saturdays from 11am to 1pm. For more information on any of the above contact Lmoriarty@laoiscoco.ie by email or phone (057) 8736090.
CONGRATULATIONS to Martin Carroll (RIP), who was awarded a Posthumous Distinguished Service Medal by the Irish Prison Service recently. Martin is the son of Michael and Angela Carroll, Durrow and Timahoe and father to Conor & Daragh Carroll, Rathdowney. A great recognition for his sons and family.