Latest Laois News: In and Around Durrow

Latest Laois News: In and Around Durrow


Continuing this Saturday night at 8pm, Durrow will launch it’s online bingo! Simply visit our website for the details on purchasing bingo books. The six-game bingo will be hosted on Zoom and will also feature a bonus Jackpot Game. Our multi-talented host Anne will be calling out your lucky numbers, so do listen carefully to be in with a chance of winning a prize. There will be lots of winners prizes on the night with a prize fund of over €1,500 to be shared out!While our bingo game will take place online, we are aware that some internet connections can be slow – but don’t worry one bit, if your winning lines come up we will know you’ve won and will hold your prize for you! So, there is nothing to be concerned about! Once you’ve purchased your books, we will immediately send an email with your receipt showing proof of payment. You will then receive a second email by Saturday afternoon with your books with the link to our Zoom session and a confirmation list of game rules. These rules will also be available to view on our website prior to purchase. It is advisable to print your books (three A4 pages max) before the games begin.Books will go on sale every Monday, so keep an eye out on for the details!  We hope for your support and that you will enjoy the games and we wish you the very best of luck!

photo of face in  Durrow St. Patrick's day parade
Our Durrow ‘Blast from the Past’ photo featuring Mollie O’Rourke at the 2011 Durrow St. Patrick’s day parade. Picture: Alf Harvey.


Bloom Coffee are open from 9:30am-5pm everyday at Dunnes Garden Centre Durrow, do drop in!


Please remember that dogs are required to be on a lead on the Leafy Loop walk in Durrow. Please remember that the walk crosses Private, Coillte and Farmland and all dogs are required to be on a lead throughout the route, without exception. For local walkers, if you see a dog off the lead, please do remind visitors that dogs need to be on a lead as although there is some signage reminding people, sometimes it can be missed and visitors may not be aware that dogs must be on a lead at all times. 

photo of walkers in distance on Abbeyleix Bog
Keep your dogs on the leash please Picture: Alf Harvey.


To all members of the Harps.  With the ongoing health situation it is not possible to hold a Juvenile or Senior Club AGM.  The matter will be reviewed by the end of current level 5 restrictions and it will be sought to hold the AGMs as soon as is safely possible.  If anybody has any concerns they can contact a member of either committee.  Joe Deegan & Brian Farrell.


The Harps GAA club are appealing to their many supporters to get a ticket for the Laois County Board Draw 2021. With fundraising very difficult under Covid 19 restrictions the club needs all the support it can get. There are four draws taking place on 2nd April, 7th May, 4th June and 2nd July. Tickets cost €130 euro up front or €65 euro in two payments or €32.50 every month for four draws. Please support your club and tickets are available from all club members.

Woodenbridge Paddlers photo
National Community Day in Woodenbridge


The Woodenbridge Paddlers in association with Erkina Blueway Associationwill formally launch their fundraiser on Sunday last 21st March at The Woodenbridge. Details of the upcoming fundraiser: 

Woodenbridge Paddlers 30 Day Paddle Challenge April 1st – 30th. 

Supporting the Erkina Blueway Project. MG Phelan & Alison Bailey will complete a course on the river in all of the 30 Days of April. Contributions can be made Via GO FUND ME by searching “Woodenbridge Paddlers 30 day paddle challenge” or follow the link on Woodenbridge Paddlers Facebook Page. Sponsorship Cards are also available.Businesses are invited to sponsor either of the canoeists for one Day during this 30-Day challenge. In return their Business will be promoted on all social media outlets and will also be included in future information signage relating to the Erkina Blueway. Individuals or families are invited to join in support on the river throughout the 30 Day Challenge.

The Erkina Blueway which will connect the Towns  of Rathdowney & Durrow (14km) is a waterway usable for small boats and canoes with associated walking and cycling trails. Work on this project will start soon. A contribution from this fundraiser will be made to The Irish Wheelchair Association. All Covid 19 Guidelines will be adhered to throughout the 30 Day Challenge. For further details please Tel. 0872395357  or  0851009998.


Childminder wanted 2 days per week , if interested can you please text name and number to 087 3486976.

LCC Mutt Mitts Mountmellick launch
Mutts Mitts dispensers are for dog waste bags and three of these dispensers have been placed at various locations around the town. Honey takes in the official Mountmellick launch. Photo: Alf Harvey.


A handy information booklet for dog owners and their families is now available on online. Also a reminder that if your dog ‘poops’ please clean up after it.  We have installed ‘Mutt bag dispensers’ so you won’t be left short if you forget your bags. Also a reminder that dogs are required to be on a lead on the Leafy Loop walk in Durrow. Please remember that the walk crosses Private, Coillte and Farmland and all dogs are required to be on a lead throughout the route. 


With the winter time in everyone is asked to keep an eye on their elderly neighbours. Call regularly to see if they need shopping, food or fuel to keep them warm in these very cold and damp days and nights. This is all the more important since Covid is here and older people are afraid to go out in case they get the dreaded virus. Also it’s important to make sure their houses are safe and keep a watch for strange cars/vans in your area. Contact the Gardaí if you see something unusual, do not approach any person/persons. Take care and be safe.