Latest Laois News: Out and About in Durrow

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 – 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!

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. 

ERKINA RIVER FESTIVAL: Ancient Road Walk – Sunday 16th July: This Years Woodenbridge Erkina River Festival will trace the route of the ancient road that ran from Western Upper Ossory to Kilkenny. It crossed the River Erkina near a ford which was located near Coolkerry Church 2km North/West of Rathdowney. It then continued by Carrick and Kilnaseer to Gurteen crossing the River Goul near Newtown Nunnery before continuing to Kilkenny via Aharney Church. Having reached the county boundary the walk will finish in Lisdowney, County Kilkenny. A bus service will be available here to carry walkers to where refreshments will be available in the same parish at the tavern of Mackey’s in Gathabawn. Afterwards the bus will return all to the carpark at the Woodenbridge. Registration from 2.00pm at the Woodenbridge where parking will also be available. Reg. (donation) which includes your bus fair. Proceeds to the Woodenbridge Paddlers & Woodenbridge Community Alert. A presentation to mark this momentous occasion will be made to all participants.

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DURROW MEALS ON WHEELS SERVICE: The committee of Meals on Wheels wish to thank all those involved in the cooking and delivering of many meals daily, five days weekly. This include the kitchen staff and van drivers, who are employed on the CE Scheme in Durrow, and to the volunteers who deliver in the local area on a regular basis.

New volunteers are needed at present, it can be for one day at a time or more. If you would like to help with this worthy service you can do so by contacting Pius on 0870611880.

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 with any queries.

OUR LADY’S MEADOW PRIMARY SCHOOL: The Parent’s Council will be holding a second-hand uniform sale in the CES Hall (beside the Church) after weekend Masses on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July. This is a great way to save on uniform shopping for the new school year but also a chance to pass on uniforms that don’t fit anymore. Donations of uniforms can be dropped to the school before Friday 7th July. Please ensure same are in good condition.

The highly-anticipated Folly Festival is back, ready to captivate music enthusiasts and families alike in its intimate venue beneath the majestic Cullohill Castle ruins. Taking place on July 7th and 8th, this year’s festival promises an unforgettable weekend filled with exceptional Irish music acts, vibrant performances, and a range of daytime events that will delight attendees of all ages. On July 7th, the festival kicks off with an electrifying lineup of talented artists, including Chasing Abbey, Flynn, Isaac Butler, The Scobes, and the night’s headline act Lyra! The Co. Cork native has established herself on both the domestic and international stage with a string of exciting, vibrant singles accompanied by a unique style of visual presentation that is never less than stunning.

OUR LADY’S MEADOW PRIMARY SCHOOL: As you may or may not be aware Our Lady’s Meadow will celebrate its 40th Anniversary later this year. As part of the celebrations we are looking for people’s stories and memories of their time there. We will be asking the schoolchildren to share their own stories, however we are sure many of you have attended yourselves and can help out also. It could be a funny incident, a happy memory, a teacher you will always remember and why, a classmate who was there for you- anything at all. Photographs would also be appreciated if you are willing to share! We would love to hear from you. Please send your story directly to the school or to by email.

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.

ANNUAL LALOR/LAWLOR/LAWLER CLAN RALLY 2023: The  Annual Lalor/O’Leathlobhairl Clan Rally is being held this weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 7th, 8th and 9th at the Manor  Hotel, Abbeyleix. If you are a Lalor, Lawler or Lawlor come along and learn the history of your clan which has an ancient lineage and heritage stretching back into the mists of time. Anyone of the name is welcome to join the clan and full details will be available from officers during the event. Enrolled members can have a vote in the election of the chieftain which takes place every AGM and the incumbent holds the office for 12 months. It is a great opportunity to learn the clan  history and details of some of the most outstanding members of the clan who have impacted the history of Ireland, America, Australia and Spain just to mention a few. We hope to see you there!

Minister for Housing, Darragh O’Brien TD, cutting the ribbon at Seandoire Housing Development in Durrow on Monday. Included in photo are: Minister Pippa Hackett, T.D., Minister Sean Fleming, T.D., Brian Stanley, T.D. , Clr. Thomasina Connell ( Cathaoirleach ), John Mulholland ( CEO Laois Co Council.), local Councillers , Clergy and residents. Photo: Michael Scully no reproduction fee.

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 or search Facebook for “Durrow & District Pipe Band” to find us online.

KCCEEC – Environmental Awareness – A Free Electric Recycling Day with WEEE Ireland Free Public Electrical Recycling Events in partnership with Kilkenny County Council will take place on 15th July 2023 from 10am until 4pm at Johnstown Church Car Park, Johnstown, County Kilkenny. All household items with a plug or a battery will be accepted free of charge, including old washing machines, TVs, toasters and kettles, electronic tools and toys, cables, IT equipment, mobile phones, remote controls, batteries, including farm fence batteries, and even watches.

BALLINAKILL SWIMMING POOL: Season tickets are now available to purchase on their website – prices remain as they were last year.

Please email with any queries.

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!

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 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.

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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 25th June 2023 were: First – Jim and Anne Mahony; Second – Michael and Patsy Moran; Joint Third – Joe McGill and Eddie Delaney, Pa Maher and John Dollard, Phil Doheny and William Carroll, Joe and Anne Cass. The Raffle Winners on the night were: Sean O Shea and Jim Mahony. 

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: 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.

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The Office of Public Works has launched a new Visitor Guide to Ireland’s Historic Gardens which the OPW holds in trust for the Nation.  This comprehensive guide to each of the OPW’s 32 stunning gardens features Heywood Gardens and Emo Court and Gardens in Co. Laois, which the OPW take pride in recording and preserving for future generations. Credit: Laois Tourism

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 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.

Durrow is one of two Laois locations to get Outdoor Dining funding
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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.

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, weddings and funeral arrangements must be arranged with this office. Sale of Mass Cards, Christening Candles, Communion gifts and booking of All matters relating to Church business in the Parish must also go through this office. You can also contact the Parish Office by phone on (085) 2625033 or to by email.

Summer Opening hours for July and August will be: Wednesdays – 930am until 2pm; Thursdays – Closed; Fridays – 930am until 2pm.

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.

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

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.

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

WELCOME TO THE PARISH – We welcome Billy Joe Clancy who was baptised last weekend.

SYMPATHY: Deepest Sympathies are extended to the family and friends of Josephine (Jo) Finnegan (née Carroll), Durrow on their recent bereavement.

SYMPATHY: Deepest Sympathies are extended to the Deegan family, Cullohill on their recent bereavement.

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.

HURLING FÉILE 2023 – Our U15 hurlers travelled to the Connacht GAA centre last Saturday, June 24th to compete in the National Tournament. The Harps played three very tough group games against Trim, Clane and Ballyduff which they won by very tight margins. Next up in the semi final was Kilcormac-Killoughey which tuned into a nine goal triller with the Harps coming out on top by one point and thus qualified for the final. Our last game of the day and Final was played against Kevin Lynch’s GAA from Derry. Unfortunately we were beaten by two late points in injury time. Great credit goes to these players as they tried so hard all day with very high levels of skill and determination on show.

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

RESULT: Intermediate League Semi-Final – Camross v The Harps – Camross 1-13 v The Harps 1-08. Hard luck girls.

U15s: Hard Luck to the U15 girls who were so unlucky in the Regional Féile Cup Final recently missing out by two points to a strong Lough Lene Gaels team. A great day of camogie for the girls in Rathleague and a credit to their parents and the club. Keep up the good work girls!

THANK YOU: Thanks so much to Aylward Heavy Haulage who are great supporters of our club for sponsoring our U15 girls with gear for the Regional Féile.

CULLOHILL HANDBALL CLUB: You can contact the club on by email.

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U16s: Cullohill Handball Club have wish heartiest congratulations to Una Brophy on winning Ladies Junior B, All Ireland 60×30 Title recently in Abbeylara by a score of 21 12, 21 15. Well done Una  a great achievement to go to the big alley and come back a winner!

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.

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.

WELL DONE! Congratulations to Conor Dempsey who won Kilkenny and District Leauge U14 Division 1A Player of the Year. Conor has had a great Season helping the Lions U14 team to a historic last four in the SFAI CUP, the Lions U15 team to the last sixteen in the SFAI Cup and winning the South East Region of the SFAI CUP. Conor also represented Kilkenny at the recent Kennedy Cup in UL playing every minute of every game and receiving the MOTM award in the Plate Final as Kilkenny secured fifth place overall. Well done Conor, keep up the good work.

photo of two boys playing soccer
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WELL DONE! Congratulations to Tony Mahoney who won Kilkenny U15 Division 1 Player of the Year. Its a well deserved award for Tony who is a leader on the field and consistently performs at a very high level every week. Tony has been in outstanding form this Season helping the Lions reach the last sixteen of the SFAI National Cup, winning the SFAI South East Regional Cup, and runners up in the Kilkenny leauge and cup. Tony also represented the Kilkenny and District Leauge U15 team in the Inter-Leauge competition. Well done Tony, keep up the good work.

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 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: or for more information.