Latest Laois News: News from Durrow and District

Latest Laois News: News from Durrow and District


Regrettably due to the Level 5 lockdown none of our Churches are open for worship during the month of February which includes St. Fintan’s Church in Durrow. We do however livestream a service every Sunday at 11.00am, on our Parish Facebook page called ‘The Abbeyleix & Killermogh Union of Parishes’. All are welcome to view it.

With attendance at public Mass prohibited, parishioners can visit all churches within the parish for private prayer. On Saturday nights at 8pm you can receive Mass from St. Tighearnach Church, Cullohill on your computer or Radio at 106.8FM

Appeal for Readers, Cleaners and Eucharistic Ministers: Readers and Cleaners are needed to assist the present group who are doing great work reading at Mass and cleaning the Church weekly in the Holy Trinity Church, Durrow. The rota for Readers is two Masses every six months and the readings are given to you once we receive them in the Church. For more details contact Martin Lawlor who coordinates the readers at (087) 2185839. The Rota for the cleaners is a couple hours once a week for a month and it reoccurs every four to five months depending on the number of cleaners. The number of cleaners has dropped in the past year and we appeal to anyone who has two hours a week in the morning for a month rota maybe twice a year to contact Angela Drennan or any member of the cleaners to get your name added to the list. Your help will be greatly appreciated.


The “Keep Well” campaign is aimed at showing people of all ages how we can mind our own physical and mental health and wellbeing by adding healthy and helpful habits to our daily and weekly routines. For more tips and information go here.

ALONE manages a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm by calling 0818 222 024, and will remain open over the Christmas period.


We are continuing to fundraise to match fund a grant received for stage two of our community hall! Our Festival as most of you will know is a huge fundraiser for projects within our community including the maintenance of our much loved amenity areas. If you can assist, please do, any amount would be so much appreciated. We are in this together and will look forward to working with and seeing you all in 2021! Visit online to donate if you can.  If you are not online, you can donate directly if you wish, this can be done by dropping an envelope into Happy Days Crèche or Lawlors Gala and addressing same to DDF/Community Hub 


Visit for live local weather data from Durrow.


Durrow Community Market continues on Saturdays from 9am to 12 noon on the Kilkenny Road beside the church. Social Distancing will be in practice and please adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines!

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News from Cullohill and Durrow Photo of Cullohill courtesy of Bernard Kilbride


The committee of the Woodenbridge Community Alert group would like to alert local residents that during this period of the Coronavirus outbreak (Covid 19) if anyone in the area is in need of assistance of any kind Day or Night please do not hesitate to contact any of the following: Chair – Michael G Phelan (087) 2395357; Vice Chair – Kevin Galvin (086) 2452337; Secretary – Liam Geoghegan (087) 2587084; Assistant Secretary – Pat Dollard (087) 8460657; Joint Treasurer – Michael Broderick (087) 2254099 ; Ann Marie Begadon-Browne (087) 1262102.


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 since November 1st 2017. For more information contact Michael G Phelan (087) 2395357.


Please note our new phone number (087) 6072617.


Everyone goes through a tough time at some point in their lives, it’s important to know who you can talk to and where you can get the help you may need.If you’re going through a tough time please take that first step and talk to someone, or contact some of the help lines;- Teac Tom Kilkenny: 056-7796592- Pieta house 24/7: 1800 247 247- Pieta house South East: 051 858510- Laochas The Warrior Soul Project: 086 220 4441- Childline: 1800 66 66 66- Teen-Line Ireland: 1800 833 634- Samaritans: 116 123- 01 675 3554- 1800 80 48 48- Talk to (0818) 30 30 61The Pieta House 24/7 Suicide Helpline is a confidential and professional service providing telephone/SMS counselling, support, advice and referral for people who may be feeling suicidal, engaging in self-harm, bereaved through suicide and for concerned friends or family members.


Reward for finding prescription sunglasses which were in a black case. Contact: Tom on (087) 2936531.