Direct from Durrow

Direct from Durrow

Direct from Durrow

Do you enjoy singing, but don’t get much a chance to do so? Would you like to sing a huge variety of music, from The Beetles to Ballads, from Irish to Abba, from Yesteryear to modern… and beyond, in beautiful harmonies? We would like to invite one and all to a new community choir here in Durrow. Open to all, from 19 to 90 who love to sing, and have fun. The first meeting will be held on Tuesday 4th of October in Durrow Library (the Old Courthouse) on Chapel St at 7.15pm. Just show up! Come along even if you’re not sure, just to check us out. We look forward to hearing you. For more information call Ann on (086) 6045409.
The Killermogh Winter Whist Drives resumes on Thursday September 29th at 8.30pm in the  Parochial Hall, Cork Road, Durrow. All are welcome.

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There will be a really good concert featuring Cúig and local Laois group Fiúntas coming up on Saturday 1st October in Dunamaise Theatre, Portlaoise at 8pm. Tickets are very competitively priced at €12 so buy yours now. This gig will be sold out so don’t rely on getting one on the night. You can get tickets here .There will be a two hour music workshop before the concert between 4pm and 6pm with members of Cúig for young musicians who buy a concert ticket. Further details will be confirmed – if you wish to attend this workshop you must have a ticket bought in advance – please send an email to once you have bought your ticket to indicate the numbers at the workshop.

Spink branch of Comhaltas hosting this year's Laois Fleadh Ceoil

Spink branch of Comhaltas pictured hosting the Laois Fleadh Ceoil

This September, Home Instead Senior Care is running a Free Dementia Workshop in the Maldron Hotel, Midway, Abbeyleix Rd, Portlaoise on Tuesday 27th  September from 7pm to 9pm. All are Welcome.
This FREE educational workshop helps Family Carers and those concerned about dementia how to provide individualised relationship based care that: *Helps maintain a safe and calm environment for the person with dementia; * Encourages engagement; * Helps minimise symptoms; * Honours who the person was in earlier life; * Supports the entire family. To book your place or register for future dates, call Brenda (045) 484623 or visit
Durrow Tidy Towns is in much need of volunteers for the coming season, if you feel that you would like to get involved in the community, improve your living environment, have your speak on how you would like your town to improve, how you would like your town to shine and how you would like your town to excel, please keep it in mind as we will be looking for volunteers over the coming months, every little bit helps and every new idea lights a spark in a community that will enhance and improve your own living community and your own living environment, Don’t be shy, have your say and get involved! We will issue further notices in the coming weeks.

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Shouldn’t all of Laois be spotlessly clean?

Anyone looking for help can contact us on (087) 3476012.
Monday 12th September 2016: There was no jackpot winner of €9,050. The numbers drawn were: 02, 18, 21 and 25. The small draw winners were: €30: Robert Saunders, Cullohill, County Laois; €25: Tom Woods, Carrigan St, Durrow, Co. Laois; €20: Rachel Muldowney, Erkindale, Durrow, Laois.
Monday 19th September 2016: There was no jackpot winner of €9,200. The numbers drawn were: 06, 20, 27 and 28. The small draw winners were: €30: Gemma O’Shaughnessy, Dervald, Durrow; €25: Kathleen Dunne, c/o The Castle Arms Hotel; €20: Denis Lennon, Ross, Cullohill, County Laois.

Durrow Lotto

Durrow Parish Lotto

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A book with 200 pages of Photographs spanning almost 100 years of Durrow and Cullohill memories including ICA, Hurling, Camogie, Soccer, School to mention but a few. Books for sale €25 each or two for €40. Please text or call Tom on (087) 2936531 or Kathleen on (086) 8263368.
The weekly meetings of Friends of Cuan Mhuire will take place at 7.30pm on Friday nights at the Sue Ryder Centre, Kilminchy village in Portlaoise. If you or someone you know is suffering with alcohol, narcotics or gambling addictions we are here to support you and to listen to you with compassion. This is an opportunity to meet and talk with people who understand your issues.
If you are in recovery from addiction, struggling with addiction or need support due to someone else’s addiction we can offer a wide variety of help and support systems. Sister Consilio will give a talk at the first meeting along with her team of highly trained staff members. Everyone is welcome to come along. Light refreshments will be available on the night. More information is available from Kieran (085) 7754876, Liam (087) 8298808 or Andrew (085) 1106872.

Friends of Cuan Mhuire

Friends of Cuan Mhuire

Julie Thorne is a historian based in Oxfordshire, England and she has wrote a book telling the story of the Cinderella marriage in 1766 of the Second Viscount Ashbrook of Castle Durrow and an Oxfordshire fisherman’s daughter named Betty Ridge. This year is the 250th anniversary of that marriage. Betty’s elder brother William Ridge came to live in Durrow c.1772 and took charge of the Ashbrook estates until his death in 1798. Her younger brother John became a Church of Ireland minister – with two wives living, one in England and one in Ireland! His parish was at Eirke. Julie visited Durrow in 2012 to research the story, and the resulting book is called “The Water Gypsy: how a Thames fishergirl became a Viscountess”, and is available to buy from the online Amazon bookstore.
Community Mental Health Movement: The GROW Community Mental Health Movement holds regular meetings in various towns around Laois. In Portlaoise they meet every Wednesday at 7.30pm in Room 1 in the Parish Centre. The Rathdowney group meets every Wednesday at 7.30pm in 12 Cuan Bhríde, Rathdowney. The group meet every Thursday at 7pm in the Jobs Club, Oriel House, Upper Main Street, Portarlington.

Community Mental Health Movement in Ireland

Community Mental Health Movement in Ireland

The Mountmellick group meetings are in recess at present and hope to        resume in the coming months. Anyone who may feel anxious, isolated or depressed are invited along to join in any of the above group meetings where they can learn a practical psychology of mental health. For more details contact John on 086 803 3126, visit their website at or phone their lo-call Information line on 1890 474 474.
DURROW COMMUNITY SERVICES have vacancies for general operatives and also a kitchen helper for the Meals on Wheels project. Call (057) 8736870 for information.
The library will be open on Tuesdays from 1.30pm until 5.30pm and 6pm until 7.30pm; Wednesdays from 10am until 1.30pm and 2pm until 5.30pm; also Saturdays from 11am until 1pm. Membership to the library is free to all and provides a range of services for the community.
CONGRATULATIONS to Charlie and Cathy Curran (nee Walsh) Erkindale and Carlow on the birth of a son, Jamie Charles recently.
Congratulations to Niall Brophy, Carrigan St, Durrow and Emma O’Connell, Cullohill on their recent marriage.
Congratulations to Tanya Aylward, Patrick St, Durrow and Paddy O’Shea, Gathabawn on their recent engagement.

Studio M opens its doors

Studio M opens its doors

A new Ladies and Gents Hair and Beauty Salon has opened at Studio M, on Durrow’s Mary Street. Best Wishes is extended to Melissa O’Brien in her new venture. You can find Studio M on Facebook or phone (057) 8740721 for further enquiries.
If you are a quilter, any level, or interested in learning more about or  taking it up as a hobby, we are going to establish a group for quilters in Laois and  surrounding areas. The library in Mountmellick has kindly let us use the chambers at the front of the building to meet on  Saturday September 24th at 10am. We will discuss our vision and expectations for the future. In order to plan ahead, we need as many as possible to join us in the discussion at this first meeting, therefore we ask you to spread the word. For further info please contact Ethelda Ellis at or  Annette Doolan on (087) 9881046.
The next meeting on Tuesday October 4th at 8.30pm will have a craft demonstration by Ann Holland. This meeting is open to everyone and all are welcome to attend.
The council wish to thank everyone who supported their cake sale last weekend either by donating cakes, buns etc… Thanks also to all who called and supported the event. A total of €370 was raised and all funds are in aid of our Senior Citizens upcoming events. Our sincere thanks to all.
Laois Public Participation are holding an Information Session for the Over 50s on September 29th from 2pm to 5pm in The Gandon Inn. This event is free and open to all. We will have stands providing information about the Fair Deal Scheme, Nursing Homes, Legal Advice,   Financial Services, Personal Security, Fire Prevention, Health/Fitness and Well-being and much more.  Refreshments will be available on the day. For further information please call Pamela Tynan on (057) 8665661 or by email – please note change of venue since last issue!

The Laois Age Friendly County Strategy 2016-2021 is an initiative designed to create a county where older people are valued and respected.

The Laois Age Friendly County Strategy 2016-2021 is an initiative designed to create a county where older people are valued and respected.

At St. Canice’s Credit Union Durrow Branch our loan book is open and we have a loan to suit your needs. St. Canice’s issued over 600 loans in July so call in and see Mary and the team. We work hard to say yes to loans!
Dear Customers, After 23 years of successful business, “The Copper Kettle” Restaurant will close on Friday 23rd of September 2016. We would like to thank all our staff over the years who offered great service to our business. Extended thank you to our customers who came through our doors & enjoyed the “Copper Kettle” experience. Trish & Ger will now enjoy retirement after an enjoyable service in the Hospitality industry.
The next chapter of “The Copper Kettle” begins in the coming weeks as we will focus solely on the chipper outlet. The Chipper will be renovated and developed in the coming weeks. We look forward to welcoming you through our doors in the future. We are delighted to invite our customers to join us for final refreshments from 2pm to 6pm this Friday, 23rd. Thank You, Yours in Business, The Alley Family.

Niamh Dunne in action at One-Wall Nationals!

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Handball season is upon us again with training planned to start early October. Congratulations to the following who completed a foundation course in handball earlier this year: Tony McGuigan, Eamon Delahunty, David Holland, Seamus Duggan, Paddy Dunne, Sean Dunphy, Shem Brophy, Avril Deegan, Clem Whyte, Dan Deegan, Eddie Walsh and Barney O Connor. As our trainer is unavailable for coming year it is expected that the above people will be available to help out with training this year. An information/registration night is planned for Thursday, October 29th.
A historic day for our Camogie club today and for our super U12 girls who claimed our first U12 county title. On a wet day in Mountrath GAA Grounds our girls got off to a great start and dominated possession. Two early goals from Lucy O’Connor settled the nerves. Portlaoise began to settle into the game and a long ball in deceived the backline and found its way into the net. The Harps replied in great fashion scoring 2-01 in quick succession with the scores coming from sharp shooter Lucy O’Connor and Amy Lacey. Portlaoise finished strongly in the last few minutes of the first half scoring 1-01 which left the half time score at 4-01 to 2-01 in favour of our girls.

Harps Camogie team. Photo courtesy of

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The second half saw a determined Harps team lay siege on the Portlaoise goals again and the hard work resulted in in two quick goals in succession from Lucy O’Connor and Amy Lacey. Great defending from the Harps girls kept the Portlaoise attack at bay and they only managed 1 point in the second half. Lucy finished off the Harps scoring with a point just before the final whistle sounded much to the delight of the girls, management and supporters. Great credit must go to all the girls.
Cara in goals was rock solid. Her backline of Ella, Aislinn, Lisa and particularly Una were excellent. The midfield partnership of Abbie, Emma and Rachel worked tirelessly helping out their backs and giving great ball into their forwards. Upfront Lucy, Amy, Katie and Orlaith made great use of every ball that was hit into them and got some great scores. Blathnaid, Brid, Emma, Caoimhe, Eva and Rachel all played a great part when introduced. A real team performance. Also a big shout out to Abbie Gibbons who was  injured today but has played a huge part all year.
Well done to Padraig, Kay and Joan for all their hard work with the girls all year. Well done everyone. We are very proud of you. Thanks to all the parents for their support and commitment all year. The team can take a well-deserved break now but remember to keep practicing at home and we’ll see you all back at training early next year.
Durrow-Cullohill Parish Anglers held a trout fishing competition for the Paddy Holohan Memorial Cup. Despite the bad wind and difficult conditions some fine trout were weighed-in. The winner was David Walsh, Second was Sean Delehunty and Third was Fred Townsend. The club is holding a pike fishing competition on this Sunday, September 25th.

Durrow and Cullahill anglers reeling in new season

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Liffey Descent: Wishing all our paddlers the very best of luck this  Saturday 24th in the 57th International Liffey Descent, The race course is 28.2km consisting of 10 Weirs and 1 portage and will be both exciting and gruelling for the paddlers.
Paddlefest: Another great Paddlefest was participated in last week-end and well done to our instructors Brian, Fergal and Karl for their volunteering our Junior Paddlers, Holly and Niall who both had a great kayaking experience and to Ciaran, Edward, and Stephen who participated in the level 3 skills and smashed the Jackson falls, some great kayaking tips and new experiences and also a very enjoyable week-end was had by all.
Winter Pool Schedule: Advance notice of Winter Pool Schedule with Balto Kayak Club. The following Sunday’s are now confirmed. Learn to roll or just improve your skills in the warmth of Athy pool. Please confirm with Brian or Matt to reserve your place. Arrive for 5pm, on the water from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. The pool session dates are October 9th & 23rd, November 6th & 20th, December 4th & 18th, January 8th & 22nd, February 5th & 19th and March 5th & 19th.

Laois Canoe and Kayaking club making waves

Laois Canoe and Kayaking Club News

Shorter Evenings: With the winter drawing in, paddling will now be at week-ends only and advance   notice of events and meets will be on our Viber Group or on our Facebook page and Website.  If you are interested in joining don’t forget that the next membership renewal date is 5th October and after that it will be May of next year to keep in sync with Canoeing Ireland. We look forward to seeing you on the  water and paddling together, don’t forget to check our site for any updates or follow our Facebook page.
Win €500 per Month with The Harps GAA – Third Time Lucky Lotto! The club would like to hear from supporters who may be interested in participating in our new monthly lotto. The draw will be limited to the first 47 names who sign up. Each person will get a random number between 1 and 47 which becomes their number costing €20 per month. The winner of €500 will be determined by the bonus ball in the main National Lotto draw on the third Saturday of the month – hence third time lucky! If interested, please contact Seamus (087) 2797214. Further details including all the terms and conditions are posted on the club’s website: online.

Harps GAA: Standing tall on and off the field

Harps GAA: Standing tall on and off the field

Kettlebell and Bodyweight Training: Training with Kettlebells gives you a fantastic cardiovascular workout along with the muscle toning benefits of weight training, without an increase in muscle mass. Kettlebell training has been proven by recent ACE research as the most effective training method for burning calories. An hour long workout can burn 1200 calories! Beginners classes will continue in The Harps GAA Club,    Durrow on Tuesday evenings at 8pm. Contact David to join in the classes on (087) 3833258 or email your request to to book your place.
Offering Yoga for beginners, Yoga for men, Restorative Yoga and Sound Meditation. For more information or to book a class call Zara on (087) 1225752, Ballynevin, Cullohill.
The next newsletter will be on sale weekending October 8th & 9th. 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.