Latest Laois News: Out and About in Durrow

Latest Laois News: Out and About in Durrow

Your news from Ballinakill, Cullohill, Durrow & Spink

MAKE A SCARECROW FOR THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL! Have you got what it takes to win this year’s All Ireland Scarecrow Championship at Durrow Scarecrow Festival? Register your entry before July 26th and have your scarecrow in place by July 29th – that’s the only criteria! The rest is up to you! Enteries are accepted from all over Ireland and even beyond! Enter by visiting online where full details on categories and terms and conditions are listed along with the entry form.

photo from Scarecrow Festival
Update from Scarecrow Festival

WIN TICKETS TO THIS YEAR’S SCARECROW FESTIVAL – Visit our Facebook page at where we will be running promotional competitions throughout July, remember to Like, Comment and Share to be in with a chance to win!!!

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. 

Scarecrow Festival Update

JOB VACANCY: Durrow Community Services has a vacancy for an Office Administrator based in Durrow; as per the Department of Social Protection requirements, the position is 19.5 hours per week and must be on a Social Welfare payment for minimum of 12 months to apply. Please contact Astrid Andersson on (057) 8736870 or for further information.

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.

Ancient Road Walk Sunday 16th July supporting the Woodenbridge Paddlers & Woodenbridge Community Alert

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 volunteer drivers 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.

Pictured at the Official Opening of Seandoire Housing Development in Durrow, were: John Bergin ( LCC ), Minister for Housing, Darragh O’Brien TD, , Minister of State Sean Fleming, T.D. and Martin Kenny ( LCC ). Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee.

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 on Saturday 22nd July between 3pm and 4pm. Please ensure same are in good condition.

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.

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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.

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

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!

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.

photo of walkers in the distance on a country road
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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.

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.

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 2nd July 2023 were: Joint First – Jimmy Ryan and Martin Mahony, Tony and Paddy Walsh, Padraig and Noreen Ryan. The Raffle Winners on the night were: Tony Walsh and Jim Walsh. A minutes silence was observed, and condolences sent to the Deegan family by all present on the tragic death of Rory – May Rory Rest in Peace. 

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.

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

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.

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

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.

WANTED: Short term rental for approx three months required in Durrow or surrounding areas. Please call (086) 0469513 or contact by email.

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.

Group of participants in the Laois PPN Wellness Walk at Dunmore Woods Durrow, with Dan Bergin ( Laois PPN Resource worker) at the start of the walk. Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee.

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.

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.

Midlands Region PPN Meeting in Durrow – Grainne Fleming ( Kildare PPN ), Dan Bergin ( Laois PPN Resource worker) and Grace Clarke ( Kildare PPN ) . Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee.

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.

SYMPATHY: Deepest Sympathies are extended to the family and friends of John Freeman, Durrow 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.

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

THE HARPS GAA CLUB NEWS – RORY DEEGAN, RIP: The Harps GAA Club are saddened with grief and sorrow as we mourn the loss of our cherished club member and friend, Rory Deegan (R.I.P.). We express heartfelt condolences to his parents Joe and Diane, his brothers Conor, Barry Ross and Jack, his sister Rachel along with grandparents, Donal and Margaret and the extended Deegan and Cullen families. Our sympathies are beyond words.

Rory was a shining light, with an infectious smile and character. He lit up the lives of all who knew him. He loved life and loved making others happy, he always had

a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone he encountered. Rory was a people’s person, his bubbly personality brought happiness and joy to everyone who walked in his path. Born into a strong and dedicated hurling family, his inherent commitment and love for the game and his club was incessant. In his short life. he had many under-age hurling successes and in his return to play last year, his contribution was instrumental in our Junior County Final win in O’ Moore Park. Rory hurled with sheer heart and pride. 

As a club and community. we are deeply saddened and broken-hearted by his passing. He will be greatly missed on the field, on the sidelines and in the wider circles of life. We are thankful for all the fun and memories he created and the larger than life spirit he shared with us. ‘He will shine on in our hearts forever’. We offer our deepest condolences and unwavering support to all Rory’s family, his friends and clubmates during this overwhelming time of loss and despair. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ni neart go cur le chéile – The Harps G.A.A. Club.

St. Brigids hold out after great rally from The Harps
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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 footballers travelled to Nenagh last Saturday, July 1st to compete in the national feile tournament. The Harps again like the hurling feile played three very tough group games against Newtown Gaels of Kildare, the hosts Nenagh and also St Breckans of Clare. The Harps recorded two wins against St Breckans and Nenagh but were beaten by the tightest of margins against Newtown Gaels. The two earlier wins qualified us for the semi-final against Carrigtwohill of Cork. This unfortunately is where our feile campaign ended. Again, great credit goes to these players and mentors that put in a huge effort all year and make our club very proud. We wish them luck in both hurling and football championships that start soon.

Latest Laois Event: St. Lazarian's Camogie jersey sponsorship
Latest Laois Event: St. Lazarian’s Camogie jersey sponsorship

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.

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

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. Commenced 21st June – but welcoming new players on an ongoing basis.

Laois PPN Wellness Walk at Dunmore Woods Durrow- Maureen Culleton, Marie Walsh and Ann Dowling. Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee.

WELL DONE! Congratulations to our boys, Danny, Fionn and Alex who were representing the Waterford COE in the AUL Complex in Dublin on Wednesday last, July 5th. The lads were in good company as The COE’s showcase the best U13 talent in the country. The lads were playing against, Galway COE, Mayo COE and Donegal COE. Its a huge honour for our club to have one boy at this level but to have three the one year is incredible, and a testament to the fantastic work being done in our Academy. The three boys acquitted themselves brilliantly as they always do. Well done lads, keep up the good work.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2023-4: The Lions AFC AGM will be held in the clubhouse on Thursday 13th July at 8:30pm. We welcome all current members of the club and would love to see some new faces also, so please feel free to attend. Hope to see you there…

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!

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.

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.