Latest Laois News: Out and About in Durrow
Your latest news from Ballinakill, Cullohill, Durrow & Spink
THE FOLLY FESTIVAL – CULLOHILL – 7th AND 8th JULY 2023: The festival is fast approaching and tickets are selling fast. Capacity at the venue is limited and with our very strong ticket sales, it may be the case that tickets will not be available on the gate, so to avoid disappointment please make sure you buy your tickets in advance. Tickets are available from committee members and online at www.thefolly.ie – a limited number of day tickets are still available. As always in addition to the evening concerts, there will be a jam packed day of family entertainment on Saturday 8th including Nancy’s Yard Play Area, the Great Folly Bake, Dog Show, Artisan Market, live music and much more!
DUNMORE COMMUNITY ALERT: Dunmore Community Alert will hold their A.G.M on Thursday 29th June 8.30pm in Bob’s Bar, Durrow. All are most welcome to attend.
DURROW SCARECROW FESTIVAL 2023: The Scarecrow Village will go up on Saturday 15th July, meeting on the green in Durrow from 10am, all help and skills are needed on the day and in the coming week after the Saturday, setting up the village on that Saturday makes it easier for all the smaller jobs to be done during the week. Please do come out and assist, any queries please call Anne on 086 6079069.
Scarecrow Making: Would you like to get involved? Please join us on Mondays and Tuesdays from 7.30pm until 9pm and help us prepare for this year’s festival in the ICA hall, Patrick Street. If you’ve not made a scarecrow before, do come along, everyone has a skill or idea and we can all learn from each other.
DURROW TIDY TOWNS: With Tidy Towns ongoing Judging over the months of June, July and August, we are asking all businesses and Residents to continue the five minute sweet outside your own homes and premises. Every help is needed in keeping Durrow looking neat and tidy for the Judges.We meet on Wednesday and Friday nights if you would like to assist with a group or if you wish to work on your own, why not join our ‘hidden hour’ and work at your own pace or Adopt an Area to look after with some friends and family? Contact Fred on 087 6892323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.
LAOIS AGE FRIENDLY – COFFEE MORNING: Durrow Library will host a Coffee Morning in on Wednesday June 28th from 11.30am until 1pm. Durrow library welcomes you for a cup of coffee and a catch up! This is a free event and all are welcome. Bring a friend and enjoy a game of
cards or scrabble. Looking forward to seeing you there!
CLONOHILL GARDENS OPEN WEEKEND: Clonohill Gardens will host an Open Weekend in aid of Laois Hospice Foundation on Saturday, July 1st and Sunday, July 2nd. Located adjacent to Laois Angling Centre, Coolrain, (R32 NF80), the gardens feature , Woodland, Jacob’s Walk, Lawns punctuated by many colour themed herbaceous borders, with the Slieve Bloom mountains providing a colourful background and a Walled Garden full of treasures overlooking Clonohill Lake. Afternoon tea will be served in the Lodge and visitors are welcome to enjoy a lakeside walk while supporting the amazing services provided by Laois Hospice Foundation. Floral Artist and Garden Designer, Enda Thompson-Phelan will welcome visitors to her Clonohill Gardens from 2pm to 6pm on July 1st and July 2nd.
CULLOHILL BRIDGE CLUB: Summer Bridge has now commenced in Cullohill Community Centre. The game continues every Thursday evening at 7.30pm, and everyone is most welcome.
RATHDOWNEY COMMUNITY GARDEN OPENING: Come and enjoy an Afternoon of Ceol, Craic agus Caint to celebrate the Official Opening of the Rathdowney Community Garden at Main Street, Rathdowney on Wednesday 28th June 2023. Festivities will begin at 2pm with local artists providing some wonderful music. The Garden will be blessed by the Catholic and Church Of Ireland Bishops Of Ossory Niall Coll and Adrian Wilkinson at approx. 2.30pm after which the official opening will be performed by our special guests Daniel and Majella O’Donnell. What happens next is anyone’s guess and will be dependent on the weather! If you need your gas boiler serviced, a loaf of Gallagher’s bread or a hearing aid, Daniel may be able to help! All are most Welcome.
DURROW AND DISTRICT PIPE BAND: We’re always looking for new members, so why not come along to a practice? Get in touch with our Facebook page if you’re interested in learning the pipes or drums, all levels catered for. See https://www.facebook.com/DurrowPipeBand or search Facebook for “Durrow & District Pipe Band” to find us online.
BALLINAKILL SWIMMING POOL: Season tickets are now available to purchase on their website www.ballinakilloutdoorswimmingpool.com – prices remain as they were last year.
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DOG WALKERS! A reminder to clean up after your dog. We have Mutt Mitt dispensers and instructions on how to clean up after your dog, throughout Durrow. Dog fouling is a serious health risk and children can easily not see it and bring indoors on bikes, shoes, buggies and it’s a particular hazard to wheelchair users. If you’d like to become a green dog walker we have information in the Post Office and Library regarding the initiative. Please be responsible and clean up after your pet!
CULLOHILL COMHALTAS: 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).
DURROW BRIDGE CLUB NEWS: Durrow Bridge Club continue their Bridge nights in the Castle Arms Hotel every Wednesday night at 7.30pm. All are most welcome.
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.
WHIST DRIVE: The Killermogh Whist Drive is held in the Parochial Hall, Cork Road, Durrow. The Next Whist drive is on Thursday 28th September 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 18th June 2023 were: Joint First – Joe McGill and Eddie Delaney, Kevin Woulfe and Paddy Walsh, Patsy and Michael Moran, Larry Dunne and Paddy Dunphy. The Raffle Winners on the night were: John Dollard and Canice Sweeney.
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 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: https://laois.spydus.ie and if needed, borrowers can reset their library PIN in order to access the catalogue – contact your local library or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/315513126404037 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: email@example.com 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.
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 www.laoisweather.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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!
CHURCH NEWS: Parish Office – The Parish Office at the Presentation Centre beside the Church is open from 9.30am to 2pm on Weekdays. 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 2023 – 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.
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.
FINANCIAL STATEMENT: The Financial Statement for 2022 is available for your information in the Church porch. If you have any questions please ask in Parish Office.
CEMETERY MASSES 2023: Cullohill – Saturday 5th August at 7pm; Durrow – Sunday 27th August at 12 noon; Aughmacart – Friday 11th August at 7pm.
ANNUAL BUS TO KNOCK SHRINE – The National Mary’s Meals Annual Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine takes place on Saturday 1st July. Bus will leave Roscrea at 9am. To book a seat (€20), please contact Angela on (089) 4339592.
NUMBER FOR ST. VINCENT DE PAUL – LAST UPDATED JULY 2021: Our new contact phone number for confidential assistance is (087) 6974792.
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.
JUVENILE CAMP 2023: This year The Harps will be running our own Juvenile camp with our own coaches in conjunction with our games development officer. Save the Date: Monday 21st August to Friday 25th August. More details and information to follow.
THE HARPS CAMOGIE CLUB: SUMMER CAMP – Laois Camogie Summer Camp will be taking place again this year. We have our camp in St Fergals Rathdowney confirmed for Monday July 24th until Friday July 28th. It will run from 10am to 2pm daily. Fabulous gear again this year! We are also hoping to run a second camp, details to be confirmed.
Camp and gear will cost €100. Visit the following link to book your place and order camp gear – see https://forms.office.com/e/aDp8ZFVSqp online.
BLITZ: On Saturday morning, June 17th our club hosted an U8 and U10 blitz for Banríon Gaels Camogie Club and St. Lazarians Camogie Abbeyleix, thanks so much for traveling over. A great day was had and lots of great skills were on show!
CULLOHILL HANDBALL CLUB: You can contact the club on email@example.com by email.
U16s: Hard luck to Orla Brophy who was unfortunate not to take her game to a tiebreaker but eventually lost the Under 16 Leinster final to Katie Jordan of Kilfane by a score of 21.7 21.20. Very impressive to go to the bigger 60×30 Alley and compete so well.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (085) 7088511.
SUMMER CAMP 2023 – 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.
WOMENS KICKFIT – GET FIT WITH FOOTBALL: Have fun and get fit with a social soccer kick about. No experience necessary. Held every Wednesday during June and July from 8pm to 9pm on the Astroturf at Lions AFC. For more information please contact Sinead on 0879510587. Commences 21st June.
ABBAESQUE IN CONCERT: After an incredible event last year, ABBAeque are back for another amazing show in aid of Lions AFC Development Fund. The show takes place in the Castle Arms Hotel on Friday 30th June and tickets are available from committee members and from Eventbrite.
WELL DONE! Congratulations to Conor Dempsey, Joey Dempsey, Sean Dempsey, who as part of the Kilkenny and District League Team were Plate winners at the prestigious SFAI Kennedy Cup Competition recently.
DURROW AND CULLOHILL DISTRICT ANGLERS: APPEAL – Durrow Cullohill District Anglers want to offer our support to Sean Dunphy and Mairead Brennan for their Memorial Run for Pat and Elaine. Pat Dunphy was a long serving Member in our Club and is sadly missed. We as a Club can only promote this worthy cause as Pat gave endless commitment to the running of the Fishing Club. So please visit www.gofundme.com/f/memorial-run-for-pat-elaine-50km-for-5k online and any donation would be greatly appreciated.
JOIN US – The club is 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! All fishing membership cards can be bought in The Gala Shop Durrow, Lawlors Flower Shop Durrow, and in Fran’s Fishing Shop Mountrath. All day tickets and full membership cards are available. There are court appointed water keepers overseeing the club’s waters and you could be asked for membership. Please ensure all membership and tickets are valid and please adhere to club rules listed on the membership cards. Happy Fishing!
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: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.