Latest Laois News: Out and About in Durrow

Latest Laois News: Out and About in Durrow

Your news from Ballinakill, Cullohill, Durrow and Spink

DURROW FIRE AND RESCUE: Members of Durrow Fire Brigade are available to give fire safety talk to any interested adult groups or organisations, in the Durrow, Cullohill and Ballacolla areas. If interested please contact Station Officer David Donohue.

VOCEM DARU LADIES CHOIR: Vocem Darύ Ladies Choir is looking for new members! Meet Tuesday nights at 7.30pm. Vocem Darύ is back!  We are always on the lookout for new members and we would like to invite ladies of all ages to come and join us for at our open rehearsal evening, where we will sing together. We are hosting the open rehearsal on Tuesday the 11th of October in the Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow, Co Laois at 7.30pm. Group singing has been scientifically proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety and elevate endorphins. The release of these endorphins can leave you feeling completely rejuvenated and after our rehearsal, we are living proof of that! This open rehearsal is an opportunity for you to come and sing with us. Refreshments will be provided on the night.
Vocem Darύ choir was founded in Durrow in 2017 and has established itself as a vibrant part of the local community for women of all ages.  From the beginning, the choir actively participated in choral events and festivals, both local and national and have discovered that we thrive on performing in front of an audience, singing everything from rock to light classical. We focus on creating beautiful music, making friends and having fun. We just love to sing!

A special open rehearsal will take place on Tuesday October 11th at 7.30pm – so save the date! Location: Castle Arms hotel, Durrow, Co. Laois. Vocem Darύ Ladie’s Choir celebrates group singing during National Singing Week 10th to 16th October 2022. New members welcome. For further information please call Deirdre Dowling 086 8551152.

Ballinakill, Cullohill, Durrow and Spink news courtesy of The Castle Arms Hotel
Ballinakill, Cullohill, Durrow and Spink news courtesy of The Castle Arms Hotel

CULLOHILL COMMUNITY CENTRE: Progressive 25 Card Game continues every Sunday night in Cullohill Community Centre at 8.30pm and all are most welcome. Winners on Sunday 25th September 2022 were: First – John Dollard and Pat Maher; Joint Second – Johnny Kelly and Martin Mahony, Mary Ellen Bowe and Peggy Bergin, John and Kitty Farrell, John Mackey and Terry Dunne. The winners of the raffle were John Mooney and Johnny Kelly.

DURROW LIBRARY: All our Laois Library branches are open to the public for browsing, PC usage, printing, photocopying and studying, in addition to all the free events taking place throughout the month – see all details below. You can browse the Laois Libraries online catalogue here:– if needed, borrowers can reset their library PIN in order to access the catalogue – contact your local library or email for assistance with this.
First Five Little Library – do you know a child starting primary school this month? To help children navigate starting school, libraries have put together a bag of books just for them that can be collected at any library.
Opening Hours – Durrow Library Opening hours are Tuesdays from 11am to 7.30pm and Wednesdays from 10am to 5.30pm (closed for lunch from 1.30pm to 2pm). Phone: (057) 8736090 Email: for further information.

All the latest news from Durrow, Ballinakill, Spink and Cullohill
All the latest news from Durrow, Ballinakill, Spink and Cullohill

CHURCH NEWS: Parish Office: The Parish Office at the Presentation Centre beside the Church is open from 10am to 2pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The booking of Masses, Christenings of babies, sale of Mass Cards, Booking of  weddings and funeral arrangements will go through this office. All  matters relating to Church business in the Parish must also go through this office. You can also call the Parish Office on (085) 2625033.
Mass Times in Durrow: Sundays – 12 noon; Saturday Nights – 7.30pm.
Mass Times in Cullohill:  Saturday Nights – 7pm. All are most welcome.

NUMBER FOR ST. VINCENT DE PAUL – LAST UPDATED JULY 2021: Our new contact phone number for confidential assistance is (087) 6974792.


Durrow, Spink, Ballinakill & Cullohill news
Ballinakill, Cullohill, Durrow and Spink news Credit Laois Tourism

THE HARPS GAA CLUB NEWS: Split the Bucket: A standing order of €8 a month gives one entry a week, €16 a month gives two entries a week and €20 a month gives three entries a week. If you would like to set up a monthly standing order please contact Joe Deegan on (087) 9678729 or Shane Brophy on (087) 2034035. Thanks to everyone who supports our weekly Split the Bucket draw.

U9 HURLERS: Our Under 9s travelled last weekend to Castlecomer to play in the Denis Brennan hurling tournament. In the tournament they played Lisdowney,  Freshford, in the group stages. They came up against Emeralds in the Shield final and came out champions. A great effort put in by all players on the day. Congratulations to all players involved!

U11 LARRY MAHONY TOURNAMENT 2022: The Larry Mahony Under 11 hurling tournament was held last weekend in the Harps GAA Grounds in Durrow. The Club welcomed Ballinakill-Ballypickas, St Fintans Mountrath, Park-Ratheniska-Timahoe to play in the tournament. A great display of hurling was shown by all the Under 11 players. The Shield final was won by Park-Ratheniska-Timahoe, while the Cup final was won by St Fintans Mountrath. Well done to all teams involved on the day!

All the latest news from Durrow, Ballinakill, Spink and Cullohill Credit: Laois Tourism
All the latest news from Ballinakill, Credit: Laois Tourism

LIONS AFC: We are very excited to be launching our new Joma Lions club gear for the new season which is now available online. Players are not obliged to have the new gear as we understand that many of our players are still using their O’Neills gear and the phasing in of the new gear will be over a year or two. All items will be crested and the addition of initials optional. The shop is open 365 days a year and is available at online. Please note that the Joma shorts and socks are for training only and are not suitable for matches. We will have the crested O’Neills shorts and blue socks on sale very shortly in our Club Coffee Shop.

FAI JUNIOR CUP RESULT. Lions AFC 1 V 4 Freebooters. Lions Scorer: Aaron Grady. Hard luck to our Juniors who came up against a very formidable, well drilled Freebooters team in the Watershed. The boys battled hard all day but just found it a step too far to break down. The boys can hold their heads high as they now move on to the league in the coming weeks ahead.

Durrow is one of two Laois locations to get Outdoor Dining funding
Latest news from Ballinakill, Cullohill, Durrow & Spink. Courtesy of The Castle Arms Hotel.

U13 Skechers National Cup Result: Lions AFC 0 V 1 Bohemians (Waterford). Hard luck to our U13s last weekend away in Waterford who went down 1 nil to a good Bohs team. We would like to extend our gratitude to Bohemians F.C. Waterford for their very warm welcome and the post match refreshments to all our parents and players. We wish them all the very best in the next round.

TRIDENT FITNESS CLUB – KETTLEBELL SPORTS AND FITNESS CLASSES: Learn to use kettlebells safely and effectively from one of Ireland’s top ranked and most experienced professional kettlebell sports and fitness instructors with over 10 years of experience in kettlebell sport and fitness. Included in the classes are bodyweight exercises as well as posture correction and strengthening techniques. Together with proper kettlebell instruction you can learn to prevent and remedy a wide range of joint and mobility issues and injuries. Class schedule: Tuesday 6.30pm; Thursday 6.30pm; Saturday 11am. Venue: Durrow Community Hall CYMS. Call David or email for further information. Also available for personal training. Tel: (087) 3833258 or email: or for more information.

Hugh Sheppard with another of his topical themes at the Durrow St. Patrick’s day parade. Picture: Alf Harvey.

DURROW-CULLOHILL ANGLERS: Membership Cards for the River Nore and its Tributaries and also Grantstown Lake are available from Durrow-Cullohill Parish Anglers through their agents: Lawlor’s Gala, Daybreak Durrow, Lawlor’s Flower Shop, Fran’s Fishing Shop Mountrath and Club Secretary David Walsh.


IRISH RURAL LINK: The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Irish Rural Link takes place on Friday 7th October 2022. Save the date! You can contact National Rural Network at Unit 2A, Moate Business Park, Clara Rd, Moate, Co. Westmeath or by phone on (090) 6482744.

DURROW COMMUNITY SERVICES: Durrow Community Services CLG currently have vacancies in Ballacolla and Durrow for Environmental Workers on the local Community Employment Scheme. Please contact Astrid Andersson on (057) 8736870 or by email.

DURROW COMMUNITY SATURDAY MARKET: Durrow Community Market continues on Saturdays from 9am to 12 noon on the Kilkenny Road beside the Church.

photo of face in Durrow St. Patrick's day parade
Mollie O’Rourke at the 2011 Durrow St. Patrick’s day parade. Picture: Alf Harvey.

LIVE LOCAL WEATHER: Visit for live local weather data from Durrow.

WHIST DRIVE: The Killermogh Whist Drive is held in the Parochial Hall, Cork Road, Durrow at 8 pm. It will be held on the last Thursday of every month. Please come and enjoy a lovely friendly night.

DURROW FIRE AND RESCUE: Do you need a smoke alarm? Or do you know of someone who does, in the Durrow, Cullohill or Ballacolla area? Every home should have a minimum of two of the life saving devices! Durrow Fire & Rescue will provide and install smoke alarms for anyone that needs them, and there is no charge for this service. Simply email if you are interested, or if you know of a friend or neighbour that needs to have the devices installed. Please leave a contact number too.