Weekend Paddling:We had a cold but rewarding paddling session on the Erkina last weekend and it was a great learning experience and practice for our Level 2 paddlers. This week-ends events will be on our Facebook page.
Munster Polo League:This league is always beneficial to our paddlers and they gain great experience in the competition. We wish all paddlers the best of luck in same.
Pool Sessions:Pool sessions to improve level 2 and 3 paddlers continue with Balto Canoeing club in Athy on Sundays evenings. It’s a great opportunity for younger paddlers to practice their roll.
Laois Kayak & Canoe club
Condolences:LKCC were saddened to hear of the loss of two well regarded Irish paddlers Alex McGourty and David Higgins who lost their lives due to a freak flood whilst paddling in Ecuador. For any of our younger kayakers who paddled with NUIG and Galway Fest both paddlers were well know and David in particular took huge interest in guiding and gave of his time freely, with enthusiasm and passed along a love for kayaking to our younger paddlers. Our thoughts and prayers are with all their families, friends and fellow Kayakers and with the family and friends of Adam Vaughan who is still missing.
Interested in Kayaking: We are founded and based in Durrow with a huge commitment to encouraging our youth to participate. Follow us on Facebook at Laois Kayak and Canoe Club or at www.laoiskayak.com
JANUARY OFFER AT TRIDENT FITNESS CLUB! – CLASSES ONLY €5 EACH!!! Learn to use kettlebells safely and effectively from one of Ireland’s top kettlebell lifters. My classes place great emphasis on posture correction and improvement through mobility, strength and endurance training. Circuits are a mix of kettlebell and bodyweight exercises which deliver a huge calorie burn and build a strong, toned body. Classes held at The Harps GAA Club Gym, Durrow, Co. Laois. For more information contact David on (087) 3833258 or email email@example.com to book your place. Hurry as places fill quickly!
LIONS AFC:Club togs and socks are now available through each team manager – €10 for both, which is great value!
HARPS CAMOGIE CLUB:
AGM – The Harps Camogie AGM will be held in Cullohill Community Centre on Sunday, the 286th January at 5pm. If you are a player / have a child playing with Harps Camogie or you have an interest in the running of the club please attend.
The 5K Fun Run: There was a fantastic turn out at our 5K Fun Run held on New Years Eve. A big thanks to everyone for their support throughout the event. The winners were as follows:
Men: First: Stephen Hunter; Second: Tom Dunne and Third: Tom Lupton. Women: First: Avril Deegan; Second: Breda McDonald and Third: Louise Mahony.
Christmas Raffle:The draw for our raffle was held in O’Connells Pub, Cullohill just before Christmas. Well done to those who won a prize. We would also like to thank everyone who supported our Christmas Raffle. The following were the winners: Electric Picnic Tickets – Teresa Kennedy, Fermoyle, Durrow; CastleDurrow Voucher – Sophie Ellis; Deegans Centra Hamper – Breda Tynan; Turkey – Leandra Pollard; Ham from Pius Hennessy – Laura Mahony; Meat Voucher from Tommy Kenna – Anne Comerford; Powers Whiskey – Martin Walsh; Bailey’s – Aveen Kavanagh; Molton Browne Set – Stephanie Phelan; Wine – Ray Fogarty, Donal Prior and Mick Dalton; Daltons Cullohill Torch – Michael Kells; Chocolates – Tom Kennedy, Mairead Doheny and Aoife Donohue; Sweets – Muire Fitzpatrick.
Barney’s Bonus Bonanza: Congratulations to our January winner Bill McEvoy.
Achievements: Well done to Molly O Connor, Ruby McEvoy and Lucy O’Connor who recently won a Munster Camogie Final with their school, The Presentation, Thurles. They now go on to compete in the All Ireland Semi-Final next month.
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DURROW-CULLOHILL PARISH ANGLERS: The following officers were elected at the AGM held recently at the Presentation Centre, Durrow. The following were elected: Chairman – Philip Kearney; Vice-Chairman – Tommy Coffey; Secretary – Michael Walsh; Assistant-Secretary – Pat Dunphy; Treasurer – Oliver Lawlor; Assistant Treasurer – Niall Donohue. The committee: Alan Dwyer, Seanie Delehunty, David Walsh, Ian Drennan, Patrick Regan, Jonathan Stapleton, Simon Dwyer and Darren Cooney.
Membership is the same as last year and membership cards are available from Lawlor’s Gala, Daybreak, Lawlor’s Flower shop and Michael Walsh, 18 Erkindale Drive.
Fishing: The first competition of the year was held on Sunday for the Brendan Sheeran Memorial Cup. First – Mick Walsh; Second – Sean Geoghegan and Third – David Walsh. The next competition will be held on Sunday January 28 and it is for the Harold Lawlor Cup. Each member will get a text during the week
outlining the full details of the competition.
THE HARPS GAA CLUB:Juvenile AGM: The Harps Juvenile AGM was held in Cullohill Community Centre on Friday, 5th January, 2018 with a sizeable number of members in attendance. The meeting heard detailed reports from the outgoing Officers in relation to the activities of the Juvenile section of the club during 2017. The Officers elected for 2018 were as follows: Chairman – Brain Farrell; Secretary – Enda Murphy; Treasurer – Sean Dunphy. The outgoing Chairman, Noel Kirby, was thanked for all of his hard work and dedication in the role over the last four years.
One of the main issues discussed at the meeting related to the new age structures which are being introduced at Juvenile level in Laois and at national level for 2018. These changes will mean that juvenile grades will be structured at Under 7, 9, 11, 13 and 15 in 2018 with the Under 17 grade being reclassified as Minor level.
Training for all the Harps Juvenile teams will commence in the coming weeks and team mentors will be in contact with parents with more detailed information. The club also intends to hold its annual indoor Nursery Programme during February/March.
Harps GAA News
Senior Management 2018:The Harps hurling management team for 2018 has been appointed and the club welcome Fintan Deegan, John Shortall, Ray Fogarty, Albert Townsend and Noel Kirby onboard for the new season. Training for all teams commences on January 30th with gym work at the Club’s gym in Durrow ahead of the opening round of matches later in February. The committee wish the management team and players the very best wishes for the season ahead.
Bonus Ball Draw: Congratulations to Seamus Clancy who won €500 in the January Bonus Ball Draw.
Annual County Board Draw: The Harps GAA Club appeal to everyone to support the Annual County Board Draw which is a massive fundraiser for the Club. Tickets are currently on sale from all committee members and adult players until February 28th. Why not buy one in conjunction with a friend? There are lots of prizes to be won with a massive €10,000 top prize in each of the four monthly draws.
CULLOHILL HANDBALL CLUB:The Jimmy and Vera Fogarty Cup was a lively affair with some fantastic performances and some very competitive games right through the day. Some of the highlights were great games at Under 11 Boys between Justin Duggan and John Delahunty and the Girls too with some great handball in a very close run match between the Brophy sisters Aoife and Una. It was only fitting that the best handball and closest game of the day was the final game with only a single point separating team captains and brothers David and Eoghan Doheny.