If you are interested in helping out at the Durrow Scarecrow Summer Camp which runs from Monday 25th July until Friday 29th July during the mornings, please contact Evelyn on (087) 9194428 as soon as possible!

Horses for courses at the upcoming Scarecrow Festival!

Horses for courses at the upcoming Scarecrow Festival!


With €5,000 prize money up for grabs on Sunday 3rd July in the Mountrath Marguee Festival which will be held at the GAA Grounds in Mountrath from 3pm, great craic is assured. Double books €15, Single book €10 and Single sheets €2. All welcome.


We are always on the lookout for new scouters. Maybe you were a leader previously and after your kids grew out of scouts, you left, by choice or not, maybe you would like to join us again and share your skills with new kids and new leaders alike. Or maybe you know someone that would enjoy being outdoors and join the big scout family. And even if you never did scouting but enjoy walking and challenging yourself, you should give us a shout and come and meet one of our sections. For more information about our group, please contact Delphine Lawlor on (086) 3655178.

Durrow Scout group on the march

Durrow Scouts News


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.



Your local Laois news brought to you courtesy of Shaws Department Stores

Your local Laois news brought to you courtesy of Shaws Department Stores


Durrow-Cullohill Parish anglers held the second round of the Richard O’Rourke     Memorial Trophy on Sunday in Grantstown Lake for course fishing. The winner was Patrick O’Regan Second – Jonathan Stapleton and Third – Mick Walsh. This Sunday, June 19th the club are holding a trout fishing competition.
Durrow and Cullahill anglers reeling in new season

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Summer Kayaking:
The regular weekly kayaking will be every Wednesday night from 7.15pm to 9.00pm for club members. If you don’t yet have your own equipment there is a small charge of €5 for the hire of same. Weekend kayaking, trips and events are updated on our club members Facebook page, our Viber group and our regular  Facebook page so please keep an eye out on same.
A special thanks to the LKCC instructors and trainee instructors Brian, Mick, Fergal, Karl, Calvin and Jordan for bringing another group of kayakers up to Level 2 – well done to all the adults and children who passed their 2 kayak assessment on May 28th last.

Laois Canoe and Kayaking club making waves

Laois Canoe and Kayaking Club News

Blueway 10K:
Laois Kayak and Canoe Club are excited about linking in with the Kilkenny Aqua Canoe Club for the Blueway10K training programme. Both clubs have lots of experienced     paddlers and instructors to help you improve your paddling skills – whatever your level. The Blueway 10K is FREE and is a great opportunity to meet and develop with the local kayaking community. All gear and equipment will be provided.
Congratulations to LKCC Instructors Matt and Brian who recently competed in the Red Bull Soap Box Race in Cork in their ‘Raging Kayak’, a great weekend was had by all.


Hurl Smart Week began on Bank holiday Monday with our U12s, who received training in various drills and competed in soloing relays, ball hopping competition etc… Some amazing scores were achieved (We think it may have been to some dubious counting!). The U14s were out the next evening and on Friday where they also practiced a number of drills, skills and took part in a wall-ball session. The Senior girls also participated and had training sessions on Thursday and Saturday.

Harps Camogie team. Photo courtesy of

The Harps Camogie team Photo courtesy of

Our Juveniles – U6s, U8s and U10s – received coaching in various different skills from our Senior players on the Thursday evening. Our Camogie Fun Day took place on Saturday and all the girls from U6 to U14 participated in a number of fun drills and games, with our Senior players    looking after the older age groups. The day was a great success. We are now entered into a draw to play in Croke Park in August. Let’s hope we get lucky!
Feile Skills: Eimear Fitzpatrick, having won the Laois Feile Skills competition, represented the County in the All-Ireland competition which took place in Abbottstown last Saturday where she preformed very well. Well done Eimear.
Under 8s: Congrats to our U8 team who played Ballacolla on Thursday evening and played   excellent camogie. A great turn out with 20 girls each playing an important part in their overall success. Well done to the girls. Next week, they will take on Abbeyleix.


Clough/Ballacolla proved too strong for The Harps Junior hurlers in last week’s ACHL Division 2 match. Played in Durrow in ideal hurling conditions, a blistering start for the visitors had The Harps on the back foot from the start as C/B raced into a five point lead. A good score from play by Ross Young got The Harps off the mark, and further converted frees from Young and Conor Deegan kept The Harps in the game. When C/B goaled midway through the half it spelled trouble for the homeside, but The Harps put the shoulder to the wheel as  further scores from Conor Brophy and Ross Young kept them in touch as the half-time whistle sounded.

Harps GAA: Standing tall on and off the field

Harps GAA: Standing tall on and off the field

The Harps were going to need goals to win this game, and the game sprang into life when a shot from a tight angle by Ross Young finished up in the net. The game intensified as C/B grabbed a third goal of their own to push the lead out to 6 points again, but a string of points from play by Niall Brophy, John Dunne and Conor Brophy gave The Harps hope. With five   minutes left Justin Brophy pulled off a great save in the goals only for a C/B forward to react the fastest to pull first time and send the ball crashing to the net.
The scoreline was a bit harsh on the home side who will rue the concession of a few soft goals. With a tough last game away to Trumera, our junior hurlers need a win to avoid relegation to Division 3 of the league.
The Harps: 1.Justin Brophy; 2.Sean Cahill; 3.Tommy Moore; 4.Shane Brophy; 5.Danny        Delahunty; 6.Brian Farrell; 7.Shane Fitzpatrick; 8.Rory Moore; 9.Conor Brophy; 10.John Dunne; 11.Ross Young; 12.Darren Maher; 13.Conor Deegan; 14.Albert Townsend; 15.Niall  Brophy.
Subs used: Ciaran Costigan, Niall Donoghue, Cathal Phelan.


A public meeting will take place on Wednesday 22nd June in Cullohill Community Centre from 8.30pm to 10pm 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.

Clean Up Laois Week Photo courtsy of

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


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.


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!




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


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.

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Durrow & Cullohill News


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