Latest Laois News: Out and About in Durrow

Latest Laois News: Out and About in Durrow

Your latest news from Ballinakill, Cullohill, Durrow & Spink

SEAN KEANE TOUR 2023 IN AID OF DEBRA IRELAND – Legendary musician Sean Keane will play concert in aid of Debra Ireland at The Wheel Inn, Ballyouskill on Friday May 5th 2023. Tickets costing €30 available by contacting (085) 7157694.

ROSE OF TRALEE 2023: Congratulations to Sinead Dowd, Delahuntys, Cullohill, County Laois on being selected Laois Rose for the upcoming Rose of Tralee Festival 2023.

DURROW TIDY TOWNS: Durrow Tidy Towns weekly clean ups starting at the Pound, end of Derry Road on Wednesday 19th April from 7.00pm. We have limited tools so if you have your own, please bring same. We are aiming on tidying and weeding in specific areas each week for an hour and the more help we have the easier it will be for everyone to help keep Durrow beautiful for the coming season. If you wish to be added to our Tidy Towns Team to get notifications on when we are meeting for different projects, please text – add me to ‘tidy towns team’ on (086) 3657833.

Midlands Region PPN Meeting in Durrow – Eilish Devine and Willie John Creeedon – Meath PPN delegates.. Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee.

LAOIS CLEAN UP WEEK 2023: Next Saturday, 22nd April – meeting on the main green in Durrow, all are welcome to assist but children must be accompanied by an adult. Pickers, Gloves and Bags are provided, please wear a Viz Vest and be visible, especially on roadsides. All help needed and much appreciated.

DURROW SCARECROW FESTIVAL 2023: A Scarecrow Festival Volunteer meeting will be held on Monday 17th April 2023 at 8.00pm in the Library. The Scarecrow Festival is the largest volunteer run festival in Ireland and we want to keep it at the top. If you can help in any way, please come along and volunteer.

CULLOHILL COMHOLTAS: We are delighted to announce that there will be a Cullohill Comhaltas group starting in September 2023. This will be open and available to all members of our community (adults and children). A showcase of Irish traditional music will take place in Cullohill Community Centre on Sunday 23rd of April from 3pm to 5pm with members of Laois Comhaltas. Come and join us for an opportunity to sample some instruments and get a feel for what will be available in September. Bígí Linn!

Midlands Region PPN Meeting in Durrow – Westmeath delegates – Laura Costello, Andrew Slevin and Hugh Farrell.. Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee.

DURROW COMMUNITY SERVICES: Durrow Community Services have vacancies for Environmental Workers, Office Administrator, Catering Assistant and Groundskeeper; location of positions in Durrow and Cullohill. Please contact Astrid Andersson on 057 8736870 or or call: 057 8736870.

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.

LAOIS DOWN SYNDROME NEWS: Laois Down Syndrome will be holding an Employment Open Day on Thursday the 20th of April in the Maldron Hotel Portlaoise. Aoife Gaffney, head of Employment at Down Syndrome Ireland will be on hand to offer advice on practical skills to our adult members, parents, carers, key workers, and local companies and businesses who wish to employour young adults. We are currently preparing a leaflet, and once finalised, we will circulate to all, including local businesses. This is a fantastic opportunity for our members, so we would encourage as many as possible to attend on the day. Please reply before Friday the 14th of April with numbers attending. Call 086 8279942 or alternatively 086 0491633.

Midlands Region PPN Meeting in Durrow – Paddy Buggy and Dan Bergin ( Laois PPN ) . Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee.

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.

DARKNESS INTO LIGHT 2023: Darkness into Light will take place in Durrow this year on Saturday May 6th 2023. Registration and Information Sessions will take place on Saturday 22nd April from 1pm to 3pm at The Castle Arms Hotel.

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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.

BALLYOUSKILL CARDS: Ballyouskill Progressive 25s continues on a monthly basis. The next game will be held on Friday 28th April.

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 27th April 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 9th April 2023 were: Joint First: Willie Gorman and Kevin Woulfe, Percy Phelan and Jimmy Ryan, Michael and Patsy Moran. The Raffle Winners on the night were: John Mackey and Paddy O’Loughlin.

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

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.

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

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.
ADULT ART GROUP – A self-led art group meets weekly every Tuesday at 2:30pm. Call or email the library for more details.
IRISH CIRCLE — The Irish Circle group meets in the library on Tuesdays at 6.10pm. Beidh fåilte röimh cupån tae a 61 agus cüpla focail Gaeilge a labhairt no a canadh.
CROCHET WORKSHOP – Ukrainian workshops taking place on Wednesday 19th and 26th April at 11am. Call or email the library for more details.
ADULT BOOK CLUB — The club will next meet on Tuesday 25th April at 6.10pm to discuss The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard. Call or email the library for more details.

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.

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.

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.

Midlands Region PPN Meeting in Durrow – Laois and Offaly delegates. Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee.

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.

JOHNSTOWN KILKENNY: Johnstown Family Festival is back again for 2023 – save the date: 25th June 2023 in the Johnstown Sports Field. Live Music; The Dog Show; Hurling and Soccer Tournaments; Family Fun Games; Demonstrations; Mega Raffle; Craft Stalls and Food Market plus loads more fun! Hanging Tough is back! And this year we will be looking for “Johnstown’s Fittest Family”. Keep an eye out on the Facebook Page: Johnstown Kilkenny Community Town Team for further details – but you might want to start training for it now!

Laois PPN Wellness Walk at Dunmore Woods Durrow- Greta Quinlan, Eldie Quinlan and Brenda O’Toole. 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.
REVISED MASS HOURS: Effective from 9th September Durrow and Rathdowney Parish Mass Times will be revised as follows: Saturday Evening – 6pm Vigil Mass in Rathdowney;
7.30pm Vigil Mass in Cullohill and 7.30pm Vigil Mass in Durrow (This Mass in Durrow only celebrated when Canon O’Doherty is available to celebrate it); Sunday Morning – 10am Mass in Errill; 11.15am Mass in Durrow.
ADORATION: There will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Cullohill Church every Thursday morning from 8.50am until 9.50am.
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.

SYMPATHY: Sympathy is extended to the friends and family of Martin Moore, Tullynally, Castlepollard, Westmeath County, N91 H393 and Tubberboe, Durrow, Laois county on their recent bereavement.

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

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 – Congratulations to Justin Duggan on winning Electric Ireland Minor Championships Player of the Week.

THE HARPS CAMOGIE CLUB NEWS: The Harps Camogie club would like to thank all the families, friends and players who came and supported the table quiz fundraiser that was held on Good Friday. A special thank you to the quizmaster of the night David Finnegan. The quiz was a great success raising €1139.75.

CULLOHILL HANDBALL CLUB: You can contact the club on by email.
FEILE: The John West Féile na nGael Handball 2023 event is fast approaching. The competitions are being hosted in Connacht clubs this year on the weekend of April 29th. Wishing all participants the best of luck.

The Portlaoise Gospel Choir at A Christmas Experience in the Church of the Holy Trinity, Durrow in aid of Children of the Philippines (a Presentation Sisters Project) in 2007. Picture: Alf Harvey.

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.
ABBA CONCERT – We had such fun at our ABBAesque fundraiser last year, we are doing it all again! The event will take place in the Castle Arms Hotel on Saturday the 29th April at 9pm. Tickets are available for €25 from Committee Members or on (no booking fee). Tickets are selling fast so don’t delay.
The club will be hosting an FAI soccer camp this summer. If any club members or players are interested in being a coach at the camp, contact Brian on 085 7088511.
RESULT – U11 David Doran Cup Final Result: Lions AFC 0 V 2 Evergreen. Utter Heartbreak for our young U11 team today in the David Doran Cup Final. The boys went down to a very good Evergreen side in Derdimus Park. The boys, coaches, parents & the club should be very proud of these young boys as they develop into fine footballers & their day will come to taste success in the future. Well done to both teams on a fantastic game of football for the large crowd in attendance.
RESULT – U13 League Division 2 Result: Lions AFC 4 V 3 Paulstown. Scorers: Gary Thornton (X2), Pa Coffey, Ben Murphy.
EASTER CAMP 2023: Great fun was had at the Lion’s Easter Camp on the Cork Rd last week. A big thanks to all the Coaches for giving up their time to help out on the camp. Well done to all the happy boys and girls for making it a wonderful morning of football and fun.

St. Brigids hold out after great rally from The Harps
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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!

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.