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Congratulations to the Carroll Family, formerly of the Nore Nets Durrow, who attended the Ladies Gaelic Football Association Volunteer of the Year award winners last night, the family would be proud to see their daughter and sisters award go national and especially when it is to recognise volunteering – Without a volunteer a community, club or organisation is nothing.

The Overall Volunteer of the Year, Sheena Byrne, received the Lulu Carroll award, named after the late Lulu Carroll, who was a 2001 All-Ireland senior medallist with Laois. Lulu, who passed away in 2007, was a committed servant to Ladies Football at club and county levels, and one of the game’s most popular and well-known figures. Lulu, a former All-Star recipient, also won eight Leinster titles with Laois, along with six county senior titles and a provincial crown at club level with Timahoe.

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Sheena, from the Kilcock Ladies Football club in county Kildare, has been volunteering for 14 years and fulfils a number of roles. Sheena is club secretary, coordinating the playing and fundraising activities for the Kilcock’s adult and juvenile sections, and remains an active playing member. In 2004, Sheena, who’s a local schoolteacher, was responsible for setting up the club’s juvenile section and she is renowned for her outstanding communication and organisational skills.

DURROW BRIDGE CLUB: Durrow Bridge club hosted their Winter League over the past few weeks. The Prize winners were: First – Dickie Dempsey; Second – Jack Murphy; Third – Joan Dempsey; Fourth – Fr. John Lalor; Fifth – Pilar Delaney; Sixth – Ella Walsh; Seventh – Mairead Woods; Eighth – Sadie Phelan; Ninth – Rose Talbot; Tenth – Gay Doyle. The club continues on Wednesday evenings in the Presentation Centre at 7.45pm.

ZUMBA CLASSES: Zumba Classes will commence in Durrow Community Centre on Thursday 22nd March from 8pm until 9pm continuing every Thursday thereafter. Contact Karen Ivanova by email to for more information.

WHIST DRIVE: The results of the January Whist Drive for the Killermogh Parishes Union are as follows: Top Score – Tom Dunne; First Lady – Bridie Metcalfe; Second Lady – Ann Pearson; First Gent – M. Slevin; Second Gent – Damien Carter; Quarters – Mary Dohney, PJ Cahill, Valarie Stanley and Lena McEvoy; Low Score – Eugene Murphy. The raffle winners were: Tom Dunne, Ray Seale, Mick Scully, Bridie Metcalfe, Violet Cantwell, Louise Kavanagh and Damien Carter. The next Whist Drive will be held on Thursday, February 22nd at 8.30pm sharp in the Parochial Hall, Cork Road, Durrow.

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ST VINCENT de PAUL DURROW: Contact us, in strict confidence on (087) 1917813 (New Number).

ACTIVE RETIREMENT IRELAND: A big thank you to everyone who attended a recent information night about Active Retirement Ireland. Following on from this another meeting will be held on Tuesday 27th of February at 7.30pm in Cullohill Community Centre with the aim of establishing an Active Retirement Group in Cullohill. All are most welcome to attend.

CULLOHILL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN: If anyone was unable to attend the last meeting but would like to contribute please contact Marian on (086) 8390266. The next meeting will be advertised in due course – so keep an eye out in local newsletters, newspapers and online.

CULLOHILL PRIMARY SCHOOL: Any parents wishing to enrol their child in our school for September 2018, please do so as soon as possible. Enrolment forms are available in the School Office.

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SENIOR ALERT SCHEME: The Woodenbridge Community Alert are the local authorised Personal Alarm (Senior Alert Scheme) suppliers for the Durrow, Cullohill, Ballacolla and Rathdowney areas. The new programme states that (1) eligible persons (65 years and over) no longer have to be living alone; and (2) there will be free monitoring of alarm service for one year for all new participants after November 1st 2017. For more information contact Michael G Phelan (087) 2395357.

LOCAL ENTERPRISE WEEK 2018: Local Enterprise Week will take place this year from March 4th to 9th. During the week, entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to participate in workshops, seminars, advice clinics and one-to-one mentoring on every aspect of business including business planning, trading online, marketing, digital marketing and a blogging clinic by well known blogger Amanda Webb, Spiderworking. Many of the events already available to book at online.

REBECCA STORM CONCERT: A concert featuring St. Fergal’s College Choir, Rathdowney will take place on Friday 23rd March at 7.30pm in the Church of the Holy Trinity, Rathdowney. Over the past 40 years Rebecca has established herself as one of the most popular leading ladies in musical theatre, playing demanding roles in Evita, Les Miserables, Chess, Aspect of Love, Blood Brothers etc… The school choir will perform a number of songs with Rebecca on the night. Tickets are now on sale from the Parish Office in Rathdowney – Phone (050) 546282 – opening hours are Tuesday to Friday from 10am until 2pm. Also, if anyone would like tickets ordered and picked up please contact Vicky Murphy on (086) 1000230.