Latest Laois News: Out and About in Durrow

Latest Laois News: Out and About in Durrow

Your latest news from Ballinakill, Cullohill, Durrow & Spink

DURROW TIDY TOWNS NEWS – Take a little piece of Durrow home with you, or buy the perfect gift for that someone special! Durrow 2024 Calendar now available featuring photographs of our beautiful Georgian village, all in support of Durrow Tidy Towns.  Can also be purchased locally in shops and businesses in Durrow and will be on sale at the Saturday Market in the CES office. The calendar can also be purchased directly from any of our committee which includes Fred Townsend, Mary Thornton, Tom or Kathleen Flynn, Fiona Jacob, Kathleen Doyle, Rita Casey or Emer O’Brien. You can also message our Tidy Towns page on Facebook. Many thanks to everyone for their ongoing support of Durrow Tidy Towns.
BEST OF LUCK – Best of luck to Durrow Tidy Towns in this year’s National competition.  Three members of the committee will travel to Croke Park in Dublin on Friday 6th October for the results of the 2023 competition.  
WINTER PLANTING: Winter weeding and planting will take place in the coming weeks, please keep an eye out on social media and if you can assist us, it would be great.

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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

SET DANCING CLASSES: Set Dancing classes have resumed in The Wheel Inn Ballyouskill on Thursdays at 9pm – all are most welcome to join. Contact Paddy at (085) 8607256 or Francis at (085) 7157694 for more details. An enjoyable way to socialise and dispel the winter evening blues while helping to keep fit.
SUNDAY NIGHT DANCING: Dancing in The Wheel Inn on Sunday nights to Checkers.

COVID AND FLU INJECTIONS: These are now available from the health Centres in Rathdowney and Durrow for all vulnerable patients or those aged over 65. Durrow Walk in Clinic is on Thursday 3rd October from 10am to 1pm. No appointment required.

DURROW BRIDGE CLUB: The new season begins on Wednesday 4th October at 7.30pm in the Castle Arms Hotel. All are most welcome.

DURROW CES: Durrow Community Services currently have vacancies in Meals On Wheels, Durrow and Cullohill for Environmental Workers and Catering Assistants. The vacancies do not require any experience however persons must be over 21 years old and currently on a Social Welfare payment. Department of Social Protection rules apply. Please contact Astrid Andersson for further information on (057) 8736870.

VOCEM DARÚ – Vocem Darύ, Durrow’s Ladies Community Choir have resumed rehearsal Tuesdays evenings from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow. New members are most welcome. Vocem Darύ will hold their AGM on Tuesday October 3rd at 7.30 pm and anyone interested in joining the choir can contact Ann Moylan on (086) 6045409.

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.

LAOIS COUNTY COUNCIL – Charges at Kyletalesha Recycling Centre – Please note the following charges took effect from the 18th of September; Car – €5; Van or Jeep –  €10; Single Axle Trailer – €10; Double Axle Trailer – €15; Large Van – €15; Large Van and Trailer €25.

CULLOHILL COMMUNITY CENTRE – PROGRESSIVE 25 CARD GAME: Progressive 25 Card Game continues every Sunday night in Cullohill Community Centre at 8pm and all are most welcome. Winners on Sunday 24th September 2023 were: Joint First – Mary Kelly and Terry Dunne, Mary Teresa Delaney and Liam Dunphy; Joint Second – Joe and Anne Cass, John Dollard and Martin Mahony, Sean and Anna Burke. The Raffle Winners on the night were: John Dollard and Kevin Wolfe.

AGE FRIENDLY LAOIS – Older Persons Council AGM, a FREE Public Event with booking required. New Members are welcome to join our Older Persons Council and our AGM will take place at Castletown Community Centre, Castletown, Co. Laois, R32 F624 on Tuesday, 24th October from 2pm to 5pm. Dancing to Martin Delaney with refreshments served. Information stands include: TFI Local Link; Laois County Council – check the register; Laois Library Services and An Garda Siochana. Our Age Friendly Strategy Guide will be launched by our Ambassador Anna May McHugh. Make sure to be there!! Book your place today by calling Tom Curran on 086 0363426 or email: as soon as possible.

BALLYOUSKILL 25s CARDS GAME – Ballyouskill 25s Cards continues in Ballyouskill Community Hall on Friday evenings at 8pm. Usual prizes and a raffle on the night. All are most welcome.

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.

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

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.

THIRD LAOIS DURROW SCOUTS – Our Beaver and Cub Scout sections are currently at capacity for leader Ratios. If you are considering volunteering, love the outdoors and learning new skills then please consider joining the scout group. Email with any questions or to put your name forward.
Scouts Section: Are you 12-15 years old? Do you like: * adventure; * the outdoors; * making new friends? If so, our Scout group could be for you! We currently have limited spaces in our Scout section. For more information please contact by email.

HEYWOOD COMMUNITY SCHOOL: OPEN NIGHT – Join us on Thursday October 12th from 7pm to 9pm at Heywood CS, Ballinakill, County Laois. (057) 8733333.

CASTLEVIEW OPEN FARM: The dates for our Annual Halloween and Pumpkin Carving Event have been finalised! We will be open for our Pumpkin Patch, carving and treasure hunt on Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd and Saturday 28th to Monday 30th October from 11am to 6pm each of the days with carving finishing at 5pm. Our witches cabin and fancy dress competition will be held on Halloween day – Tuesday October 31st from 11am to 6pm. No booking required for any day. Entry is €8.50 per person with under 2s and carers free. Pumpkins will have an additional charge of €4.50 each.

M7 MOTORWAY DISRUPTION NOTICE – M7 Motorway Planned Overnight Closure – midnight Tuesday 8th October to 06:00AM Wednesday 9th October. The M7 Motorway is scheduled to be closed overnight from midnight Tuesday 8th October to 06:00 AM Wednesday 9th October between Junction 21 (Borris-in-Ossory) and Junction 22 (Roscrea) in both directions. The diversion route will be the R455 (former N7) and will be signed accordingly. The road is being closed to enable ESB Networks to install a new 38kV line for a wind farm. The affected County Councils have approved the closure 30 days in advance and it was advertised in the press.

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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!

ABBEYLEIX HOUSE & FARM – Save the date. Our Christmas Market and Santa Grotto will take place on Saturday December 9th 2023. Open call for craft stalls & food vendors. Contact for more information. Tickets will be on sale at a later date.

ABBEYLEIX CHRISTMAS MARKET CALLOUT – A callout to all traders who may be interested in the annual Abbeyleix Christmas Market which will be held on December 2nd, 2023
from 2pm until 7pm at Market Square, Abbeyleix. Crafts, home baking, local businesses, clubs, gifts, antiques, art, pottery, food van, coffee truck, etc… Fee: €30, hot food/bev vendors must supply their own insurance. Email: short description of work to be sold and three images to by email.

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.

LAOIS CONNECTS – Family Therapist Richard Hogan of the Parenting and Technology Institute is delivering a “Parenting The Tech Savvy Child” webinar at 7pm on the 12th October as part of Laois Connects week. Here he is on the topic of Anxiety, Resilience and Failure – to give a sample of what to expect in the webinar. Register at where you can also submit a topic or question at this link.

photo of walkers in the distance on a country road
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MORE ON LAOIS CONNECTS WEEK – Laois Connects programme is available now at online. There is a wide range of activities throughout the week and a full day of activities in the Dunamaise Arts Centre on Thursday the 12th October. All events are free unless stated but registration/booking is required. Check it out today.

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 26th October at 8pm.  

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.

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 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.

CHURCH NEWS – Parish Office – Regular opening hours have now resumed and are as follows; Wednesdays from 9.30am to 2.00pm; Thursdays from 9.30am to 2pm; and Fridays from 10.00am to 2.00pm. We have signed Mass cards, Baptismal candles, Communion gifts and more available to purchase. All Mass intentions, baptisms and weddings must be booked through the office on [085] 2625033, by email at or in person. No Private advertising in the weekly Mass Newsletter.

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

REVISED MASS HOURS NOW IN EFFECT: Effective since 9th September 2023 – Durrow and Rathdowney Parish Mass Times have been 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.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2024 – The 2024 Ossory Diocesan  Pilgrimage to Lourdes led by our Bishop, Most Reverend Niall Coll DD, will take place from Tuesday May 21st to Sunday May 26th inclusive. The organising committee are confident in offering places to pilgrims in need of assistance, youth helpers, support staff and able-bodied pilgrims. The youth section is organised through the head of RE in Secondary Schools and places are limited. Prices have yet to be established but the 2023 cost was €899 PPS.

Blessing of Animals – St. Francis of Assisi was a great lover of animals and nature and is considered the Patron Saint of animals and the environment. It is traditional in many places to bless animals on or near the Feast of St. Francis, in October. This year we will bring the tradition to Durrow. The Blessing of animals will take place on Sunday 8th of October in front of the church in Durrow at 2pm. Feel free to bring your pets for this special blessing.

'Blast from the Past' 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.
‘Blast from the Past’ 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.

St Mary’s Cathedral – Restoration Fund Draw 2023/2024 tickets are now available from the Parish Office at a cost of €120 for twelve months. The monthly prizes are
€2000, €1,000, €500, Two X €300, Two X €200 and Three X €100. The draws take place the last Wednesday of each month.

Baptisms in Rathdowney and Durrow – Following the changes to our Mass schedule, baptisms can be booked for Saturdays at 4.30 pm in either Parish and Sundays at 12 Noon in Durrow and Cullohill or 12.15 in Rathdowney and Errill.

Church Cleaners Needed – We are in urgent need of cleaners for Durrow Church. If you could spare one hour a week (6 months a year) please contact Darina or Sr. Anita in the Parish office or on [086] 2625033.

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.

CATHOLIC YOUTH MINISTRY INTERNSHIPs – The diocese of Lancaster in England are looking for young people aged around 18 to 25 to join their Youth Ministry Internship scheme, based at Castlerigg Manor in the English Lake District. The scheme lasts for either one or two years and offers comprehensive training and experience as well as recognised qualifications. Participants get free accommodation and food as well as £75 (€85) pocket money each week. If you’re interested, contact Jack Regan by email.

NUMBER FOR ST. VINCENT DE PAUL – LAST UPDATED JULY 2023: Please note that our confidential contact helpline number for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Durrow, has been changed to (083) 4056021 as of July 14th 2023.

St. Brigids hold out after great rally from The Harps
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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.
GOLF CLASSIC 2023: The Harps GAA will host a Golf Classic on October 7th 2023 at Rathdowney Golf Club. Timesheet Now Open. Contact 087 6805402 for tee times. €100 per Team – Three Ball Scramble. Places are filling up quickly.
U13 HURLERS: Congratulations to The Harps U13 hurlers on winning the U13A Shield Hurling Cup final at the LOETB CoE after extra time. Well played to Clough-Ballacolla. Thanks to referee Jamie McDonald and all his officials.

THE HARPS CAMOGIE CLUB: Follow all the latest news from the club at online.

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

Latest news from Cullohill Handball Club

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.
EXPANDED CAR PARK – We are delighted to see much needed progress on our car parking area thanks to the support of Laois County Council through the ‘Community Recognition Fund’. Special thanks to Bergin Plant Ltd for all their hard work over the past two weeks. We now have the area fully operational and we would encourage everyone to use this new area, as it will make the grounds safer for anyone crossing from the pitches to the changing rooms and shop – thank you for your cooperation.

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DURROW AND CULLOHILL DISTRICT ANGLERS: 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.