Direct from Durrow

Direct from Durrow

Direct from Durrow


New Addition for 2016 Open to Clubs/families/groups of friends Book your pitch and hay bale and join in the fun on competition day! Bale decorating will start on Saturday 23rd July and be completed on Sunday 24th July by 12 Noon ready for the opening of The Scarecrow Festival Entry Forms on Website or in post office with detail flyer attached to this week’s Durrow Parish Newsletter. €20 per entry with a massive €500 in prize money!

Horses for courses at the upcoming Scarecrow Festival!

Horses for courses at the upcoming Scarecrow Festival!


Please be advised that for any entries that will be large format, you will need to contact any of the following as soon as possible so that your creation can be placed in the    planning for the festival. This would relate to any larger scarecrows or scarecrows in excess of 8, you must contact us as soon as possible. Your entry will be kept confidential but we will need to know for planning purposes. Phone Evelyn on (087) 9194428, Mary on (086) 3055157 or Emer on (087) 9626350.


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.




to Paul and Ann Shortall on the recent birth of their daughter Emma.
Congratulations to Susan Monahan and Liam Carroll on the recent birth of their son Kieran.


Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps provide boys and girls (between the ages of 6 and 13) with an action-packed and fun-filled week of activity which revolves around maximising enjoyment and          sustaining participant involvement in Gaelic Games. Activities are game-based (a strong emphasis is placed on skill acquisition) and are organised in an age appropriate manner with a view to: optimising learning; enhancing friendships; improving physical & psychological well being; promoting school and club links. The Harps GAA are holding this year’s Cúl Camp from July 18th to July 22nd. Booking can be made online at or contact Ciaran Muldowney on (085) 8351131. A Hurley and Helmet for Hurling and Camogie will be required for this camp. See website for further information.
Harps GAA: Standing tall on and off the field

Harps GAA: Standing tall on and off the field


The Laois Age Friendly County Strategy 2016 – 2021 was launched jointly by Cathaoirleach Catherine Fitzgerald and former Minister and award winning author, Ms’ Mary O’Rourke on Tuesday 14th June, 2016 in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel and was attended by 200 people from across County Laois.  The Chief Executive of Laois County Council and Chairperson of the Age Friendly Alliance Group Mr John Mulholland and CEO of Age Friendly Ireland, Mr Hugh O’Connor spoke about the journey so far and where we go from here.  Orla O’Byrne, Chairperson of the Laois Older Persons Forum spoke about membership of the Older Persons Forum and what they do.  The Launch was followed by a Tea Dance and music was provided by Mr Paddy Bracken from Clara.  Applications for the Older Persons Forum and copies of the Strategy are available to anyone interested by contacting Geraldine Delaney at or 057 86 64227.


Tuesday 20th June 2016: There was no jackpot winner of €7,250. The numbers drawn were: 01, 10, 11 and 28. The small draw winners were: €30: Conor Brophy, Swan Rd, Durrow, Co. Laois; €25: Pat Barnaville, Cullohill Village, County Laois; €20: Kevin Galvin Snr, Ballybooden, Ballacolla.

Durrow Lotto

Durrow Parish Lotto

Monday 27th June 2016: There was no jackpot winner of €7,400. The numbers drawn were: 04, 10, 13 and 15. The small draw winners were: €30: Margaret Donohue, Carrigan St, Durrow; €25: Breda Phelan, c/o Tommy Walsh, The Harps; €20: James Phelan, c/o Tommy Walsh, The Harps.


A great week for the club with victories for our U12, U14 and Senior girls:
Our U12 girls were in goal scoring mode against St. Brigids on Saturday last scoring an amazing 12-01 and also keeping Brigids scoreless. This was the girls first game of the championship and let’s hope they keep it up. They play Portlaoise this weekend. Good luck girls.
Our U14 girls are coming near the business end of the season and have qualified for the semi finals. They remain unbeaten in the championship so far with their last game against championship favourites Portlaoise on Wednesday 6th July in Rathleague at 7.30pm. Good luck girls. The semi-finals are fixed for the 20th July.

Harps Camogie team. Photo courtesy of

The Harps Camogie team Photo courtesy of

Our Senior girls began their championship campaign against St. Brigids in Durrow on Wednesday night. This is a very young team with many girls making their senior debut but this did not faze the girls as they win the game with just a point to spare over St. Brigids. A great start for all involved. The next championship match is on Wednesday 13th July against Naomh Padraig.
The senior girls are also competing in the Laois summer league (played without county girls) and this  begins on Sunday morning at 10.45am in Durrow against O’Moores.
Well done to Louise, Elaine and Joan on their victory with Laois over Antrim in the first round of the Intermediate Championship. Their next game is on 9th July away to Wexford.


Good luck to all our Junior paddlers who will take part in the Polo Blitz this Sunday at 10.30am in Thomastown – a great experience for our new and regular kayakers. A great follow up to their day at the National Junior Canoe Polo competition on the Royal Canal kayaking with South East Under 11’s who took second place.

Laois Canoe and Kayaking club making waves

Laois Canoe and Kayaking Club News

Kayaking continues at the bridge in Durrow on a Wednesday evening from 7.30pm. Kayaking trips at the weekend are also varied. Check our facebook page for details and updates.
Our sponsored paddle was run on Sunday 26th June and was a superb trip from Durrow to Ballyragget. Lots of fun playing on some of the features on the way and it was great to have some new members on their first run down this stretch of the river. Thanks so much to everybody who sponsored and supported us for the event.


The society played in Palmerstown Golf Club, Naas on 15th June. The results of the golf outing were: First – Paul Monnelly, Second – Dick Brennan, Third – James Joyce, Front 9:      Seamus Duggan and Back 9: Peter Dunne. The next golf outing is on Thursday 7th July at Carton House, O Meara Course, from 3pm to 3.30pm. If you would like to play, please call Declan to put your name on the timesheet on (057) 8736280 or (087) 9893044.


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A Trout Fishing Competition for the SuperValu Cup was held on last Friday night. The winner was David Walsh, Second – Ray Fogarty, and Third – Niall Donohue. A big thank you to Dick and staff of SuperValu, Ballyragget for their kind sponsorship of this competition.
The third round of the Richard O’Rourke Memorial Trophy was held on Grantstown Lake recently. The winner was Patrick O’Regan, Second – Jonathan Stapleton and Third – Pat Dunphy.

Durrow and Cullahill anglers reeling in new season

All your Laois angling news


We have decided to participate in the Laois Walks Festival that’s running for the month of July. The walk we have chosen takes place Sunday 10th July at Garryhinch Forest – meeting point: Garryhinch Forest Car park at 10.30am for registration with Walk Leaders/Organisers at a cost of 2 Euro. Walk starts at 11am & duration is 2 hours. It’s a Foraging Walk with Mary Bulfin who is a wild food forager. It’s a chance to combine some exercise, fresh air and learn about wild plants that can be enjoyably eaten or used for home remedies. Its family friendly. Further information about this walk can be found at or Phone: Laois Partnership 057-8661900.



Members from Arthritis Ireland – Laois Branch will be visible on the day in our Orange Arthritis Ireland t-shirts and look forward to meeting you on the day. We will have information available about our group planned and upcoming activities that may be of interest to you. You can contact us at 089 2525344 or or join us on Facebook: “Arthritis Ireland – Laois Branch”.


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


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…

Durrow & Cullohill News

Durrow & Cullohill News


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The next newsletter will be on sale weekending July 16th and 17th. All adverts must be booked with Angela Drennan (087) 1928522 or Mary Walsh (086) 3055157. Advertisements cost €2 per issue of Durrow Parish Newsletter and must be paid for in advance.