Latest Laois News: Out and About in Durrow

Latest Laois News: Out and About in Durrow

Your news from Ballinakill, Cullohill, Durrow & Spink

ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE 2023 IN DURROW: Join us this Friday from 12pm noon until 3pm for Music, Gaelic Games, Irish Dancing, Bouncy Castles, Food and Craft Stalls and much more on The Square! The Parade will start at Erkindale Drive – meet at 1pm to assemble. The Parade will commence at 1.30pm. All are most welcome to join and celebrate. 
Anyone still wishing to enter a float should text or phone Ian on (087) 4422654 or Pat on (087) 2814661 for further information and to partake or contact us on our social media pages.

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‘Blast from the Past’ 2011 Mollie O’Rourke at the 2011 Durrow St. Patrick’s day parade. Picture: Alf Harvey.

THE FOLLY FESTIVAL 2023: We are thrilled to announce our acts for the Folly Festival 2023, and what a fantastic line up! It promises to be another wild and wonderful weekend in July! The event takes place at Cullohill Castle on July 7th and 8th, and a very limited number of Early Bird tickets are still available! See online for all the details.

DURROW BRIDGE CLUB NEWS: Durrow Bridge Club have resumed their Bridge nights in the Castle Arms Hotel every Wednesday night at 7.30pm. All are most welcome.

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ST. CANICE’S CREDIT UNION (DURROW): IMPORTANT NOTICE – We have been made aware of a scam text message circulating purporting to be from the Credit Union. It is claiming that your accounts have been either ‘placed on hold’, ‘blocked’ or ‘needs to be updated’ and is asking you to follow a link. St. Canice’s Credit Union will never contact you by text message asking you to click/tap on a link to verity your account. If you get such a text message – PLEASE DO NOT CLICK/TAP ON THE LINK! 

IRISH WATER – CUSTOMER NOTICE: Customers are reminded not to dispose of wet wipes in their toilets. Why should you not flush wet wipes down the toilet? A wet wipe seems like a harmless item to put down the toilet. After all, how much damage can a small sheet made up of cotton and plastic really cause? Wet wipes don’t break up properly in our sewers, but with many manufactures labelling their wipes with the word ‘flushable’, consumers think it is ok to put these products down the toilet. Around 90% of wipes contain some form of plastic, which is one of the main reasons as they don’t disintegrate like regular toilet paper does. Flushed wipes will eventually gather in your pipes which may stop your toilet from flushing correctly, potentially resulting in sewage backing up into your home or yard through your toilet or sewer lid. Following recent blockages at the end of Erkindale Drive, customers around the Durrow area are reminded not to dispose of wet wipes in their toilets. Many thanks in advance for your cooperation.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Business in Portlaoise looking for an administrator. Position requires experienced person with an outgoing personality and good communication skills. 
Must have own transport due to location not being near public transport. Please email cv to

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

DURROW POST OFFICE: We here at Durrow Post Office do both AIB and Bank of Ireland Lodgements and withdrawals. We provide a quick and professional service for all your personal and business banking. We are here to help you and make banking easier.
AIB CUSTOMERS – You can do * Cash lodgements with bank debit card or lodgement slips; * Cash withdrawals with bank debit card; * Cheque lodgements with a personalised lodgement slip.
BANK OF IRELAND CUSTOMERS – You can do * Cash lodgements with bank debit card or lodgement slips; * Cash withdrawals with bank debit card; * Cheque lodgements with a personalised lodgement slip.

DEFIBRILLATORS IN DURROW: We are lucky to have defibrillators in Durrow – one at the Gala Grocery Store and one at The Community Playground. It is vitally important that if you or anyone you know is unfortunate enough to need to use one, you must inform Susan in the Gala Grocery Store as soon as possible afterwards, as the pads need to be replaced – NOTE: They are single use! The defibrillator needs to be ready for the next person who may need to use it – that person could be you or a loved one! Thanks for your cooperation.

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DARKNESS INTO LIGHT 2023: Darkness into Light will take place in Durrow this year on Saturday May 6th 2023. Registration will open in March. Everyone is welcome to join us in Durrow and we will provide further updates closer to the time.

BOOK: A book titled ‘The Poorest of the Poor’ by Durrow author Seosamh O Cuinneagain is now available. All the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated towards the education and general welfare of the street children of Kolkata. Price €20. Please phone 0868263368 for more details.

WHIST DRIVE: The Killermogh Whist Drive is held in the Parochial Hall, Cork Road, Durrow at 8pm on the ***fourth*** Thursday of every month during 2023. Please come and enjoy a lovely friendly night. The Next Whist drive is on Thursday 23rd March at 8pm. 

CULLOHILL COMMUNITY CENTRE – PROGRESSIVE 25 CARD GAME – NEW EARLIER START TIME OF 8PM: Progressive 25 Card Game continues every Sunday night in Cullohill Community Centre at 8pm and all are most welcome. Winners on Sunday 5th March 2023 were: First – Seamus Brennan and Martin Mahony; Joint Second – Jim Walsh and John Mooney,
James and Veronica Muldowney; Joint Third – John and Kitty Farrell, Larry Dunne and Paddy Dunphy, Canice Sweeney and Willie Dunphy. The Raffle Winners on the night were: Kevin  Woulfe and Gerry Kelly.

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ZUMBA CLASSES: Zumba classes are held in The Parochial Hall in Rathdowney each Wednesday night from 8pm to 9pm. The weekly Fee is just €7. Keep fit the fun way while dancing to great music. No dancing experience necessary at all. Good fun guaranteed!

SET DANCING CLASSES: Set dancing classes are held every Thursday night in The Wheel Inn, Ballyouskill from 9pm. All are most Welcome.

DURROW ART CLUB: Art Classes are held in the ICA Hall, Patrick Street, Durrow. Beginners are most welcome to join. More details from Marie on (086) 3136028.

DURROW LIBRARY NEWS: 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 details below. You can browse the Laois Libraries online catalogue here: and if needed, borrowers can reset their library PIN in order to access the catalogue – contact your local library or email for assistance with this.
ONLINE BOOK CLUB – Laois Libraries Online Book Club reads one book a month chosen from the BorrowBox collection. Join us on the last Wednesday of each month when questions are posed for discussion on our Book Club Facebook page. You can join the group on: online. New members are always welcome.
OPEN 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.
LOETB ADULT ART CLASSES – Adult art classes are held every Tuesday at 3.30pm in the Library. All are most welcome. Contact Amy in the Library for more information.

Laois PPN Wellness Walk at Dunmore Woods Durrow- Mary O’Dwyer and Ann Mc Donald. Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee.

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

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

WANTED: Child minder required for 10 year old boy during school summer holidays, Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 3.00pm, preferably in child’s own home, might suit student teacher. Please email interest to

2023 ESB APPRENTICESHIPS: Applications for the ESB Networks Apprenticeship Programme are open since Monday 27th February and remain open until March 20th 2023! Visit online for more information.

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

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.
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.

BIRDWATCH IRELAND: BirdWatch Ireland wishes to remind the public that, under the Wildlife Act 1976, as amended, it is prohibited to cut, burn or otherwise destroy vegetation not then cultivated between Sunday 1st March to August 31st, except in the case of any of the derogations permitted under the Wildlife Act. This means that the cutting of hedgerows and the burning or gorse and other vegetation are prohibited during this period.
The restrictions on the destruction of vegetation are in place in order to allow birds to undertake their breeding cycle, a time when they are most vulnerable. All wild birds are protected under national and EU law, especially during the period when they are breeding. This period starts when birds seek out and establish territories, find a mate, begin nest-building and then lay eggs and rear their chicks.

Laois PPN Wellness Walk at Dunmore Woods Durrow- Climbing the steps. Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee.

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.
PASTORAL COUNCIL MEMBERS – The members of the Pastoral Council are: Martin Lawlor; Mary Lawlor; James Walsh; Carmel Ruane; Mary Ryan; Vicky Murphy; Margaret Murphy; Seamus Clancy; Sr. Anita O’Leary and Fr. Martin Delaney.
TOWARDS PEACE – Safe spaces to connect with your own spirituality, with your sense of God and your journey Towards Peace. Towards Peace Coordinator Ms. Una Allen, Coordinator Phone: 01 5053028 Mobile: 086 7710533. The service is available on Monday and Tuesday from 9am – 4pm and on Wednesday from 9am -12 noon. For out of office hours, please call us on 086 7710533 and leave a message, we will respond to your call as soon as possible. 
TOWARDS HEALING – Towards Healing provides face to face counselling, structured phone counselling, family counselling and a counselling helpline. Their help line is open Tuesdays to Fridays from 9am to 5pm. Freephone 1800 303416. Hearing-impaired Text Line Number: (085) 8022859. Email: Website: Online.

NUMBER FOR ST. VINCENT DE PAUL – LAST UPDATED JULY 2021: Our new contact phone number for confidential assistance is (087) 6974792.
DURROW-CULLOHILL PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL: Durrow-Cullohill Pastoral Council are looking for people who will assist with: (1) Cleaning the Church; (2) assisting with the collection during Mass, and (3) Readers for weekend Masses and Eucharistic ministers. Please give your name to Martin Lawlor, Seamus Clancy, or any member of the Pastoral Council. Your help would be gratefully appreciated. This is for The Holy Family Church, Durrow.

Laois PPN Wellness Walk at Dunmore Woods Durrow- Greta Quinlan, Eldie Quinlan and Brenda O’Toole. Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee.

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 Tom Ryan on (087) 6159226 or Shane Brophy on (087) 2034035. Thanks to everyone who supports our weekly Split the Bucket draw.
Congratulations – Laois Minor Hurling Management team have named their team captain for the coming year: Eoghan Murphy, The Harps. Well done Eoghan and best wishes to the Laois Minor Hurling Team and Managment this season.

THE HARPS CAMOGIE CLUB NEWS: Easter Camps – Laois Camogie will hold two camps at Easter from Tuesday April 4th to Thursday April 6th with a morning camp in Clonad from 9:30am to 12:30pm and an afternoon camp in St Fergal’s, Rathdowney from 2pm to 5pm. Camps will run for three hours over three days at a cost of €50 per child per camp. Laois Camogie players will coach on the camps & members of the Executive will manage the general running of the camps. All girls from 6-14 years of age are welcome to participate. All money raised goes back into Laois Camogie. Thank you for supporting Laois Camogie. To register, please visit: online.
Well Done – A massive Congratulations to our March Lotto Winners: Liam and John Paul Deegan with the lucky No 12. Enjoy Lads and thanks to everyone who continues to support our club’s fundraiser.

St. Brigids hold out after great rally from The Harps
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CULLOHILL HANDBALL CLUB: Well Done to Annie Grant from St Bridget’s Monevea who won the Leinster Under 13 Songles title last Sunday week, March 5th.
Ladies Junior All-Ireland Semi-Final Result – Hard luck to Aoife Brophy yesterday who lost out to Laura Finn of Sligo in an epic battle. Both players played some outstanding handball on the day. Unfortunately Aoife was defeated by the narrowest of margins 11-10 in a pulsating tie-breaker. Everyone in Laois GAA Handball are very proud of Aoife’s efforts. Laura Finn (Sligo) dft. Aoife Brophy (Laois) 14-21, 21-19, 11-10.

THE LIONS AFC CLUB: FOR HIRE – Astro Pitch Hire, suitable for 7-a-side soccer social groups, casual bookings and team activities. For all enquiries or to make a booking please contact or call (085) 7088511.
Congratulations – Congratulations to Fionn O Sullivan, Danny Campion and Alex Sheppard who have been selected for the FAI Centre of Excellence in Waterford. A Just reward for three hard working and dedicated players. This is a fantastic achievement for the lads who are among only 25 players selected from four League’s in the South East.: Kilkenny, Waterford, South Tipperary and East Cork. Great credit to the lads, their families and their coaches. Enjoy the experience lads.
Well Done – Well done to Lucy Kelly and her Kilkenny team mates who had a great win recently in the semi final of the Inter-League Shield. The girls had a 3-2 win with Lucy bagging a brace. The girls now have the final to look forward to soon. Well done Lucy and keep up the good work!
RESULTS: Well done to Both Lions U12 teams who had excellent wins last Sunday, March 5th in the league: Lions White 2 V 1 Highview. Scorers: Brian Gee and Patrick Cleary. Lions Blues 6 V 1 Freebooters. Scorers: Alex Hickey (X3), Odhran Murphy (X2) and Charlie Farrell.
Kilkenny U15 Division 2 League – Lions Boys 2 V 1 Callan. Scorer: James Walsh (X2). Two first half goals by James Walsh was enough to earn the Lion’s Boys three points last Sunday afternoon in Durrow. A great team performance and a well deserved win. Keep up the good work lads!
Kilkenny League Division 1A – Lions 3 V 0 Freebooters Boys. Scorers: Joey Dempsey, Harry Donohue and Conor Dempsey.
THANK YOU: A big thanks to FAI Development Officer Will Kinsella on taking time out to take coaching sessions with our U11 and U14 boys teams on Thursday evening, March 2nd. The lads as always are eager to listen and it was a great learning experience for our young players as they continue their football development.

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ABBAESQUE CONCERT IN AID OF LIONS AFC: Due to Popular Demand Abbaesque are back for another epic night of Abba vibes! The concert will take place on Bank Holiday Saturday, 29th April at The Castle Arms Hotel in Durrow. Advance ticket purchases are strongly recommended – visit for more information.

DURROW AND CULLOHILL DISTRICT ANGLERS: The club are always looking for more Juvenile and Senior members to join up. Why not consider it – a great way to get outside to a new hobby!

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

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.