Latest Laois News: Out and About in Durrow

Latest Laois News: Out and About in Durrow

Your latest news from Ballinakill, Cullohill, Durrow & Spink

EVENING ART CLASSES: Evening Art Classes for all levels resume on Wednesday 24th January in Durrow. Beginners are welcome too. Materials provided. For any enquiries, contact Marie on (086) 3136028.

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 COMMUNITY CENTRE – AUCTION: This year’s auction will be held on Sunday, January 28th, at 1.30pm. We are asking each household/business to offer or donate good quality items such as firewood (or a tree), agricultural goods, toys, vouchers, household goods and furniture to be auctioned on the day. You can drop your items to the Community Centre on the afternoon of Saturday, January 27th. We will also hold a cake sale on the day so we will be very grateful for your donations or cakes and home baking.

SQUID GAMES – Running in The Centre on Sunday, February 11th, with a series of games running and substantial prize money on offer. Further information from any committee member.
WALKS – Members of the committee are going for a walk on each Monday evening. Meeting at The Centre at 7.00pm. Walking the Mountain Road. Why not join us!

COON HALL KILKENNY: Kilquan Players present Separate Beds by Sam Cree. Shows held on Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th February at 8pm each night in Coon Hall, Co. Kilkenny R93 EC89. €10 Entry (no pre-booking). Raffles and Refreshments each night.

NATIONAL SOCIAL ENTERPRISE POLICY: On the 7th of December last, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, T.D. launched a public consultation to further inform the development of Ireland’s new National Social Enterprise Policy. This is the final stage of the consultation process which included six regional consultation events, the receipt of written submissions from stakeholders, and bilateral meetings between officials drafting the new policy and key stakeholders, representative groups, Government Departments and public bodies. If you would like to share your views and any ideas for a title for the new policy document email your submission to: with “Social Enterprise Policy 2023/2024” in the title. The consultation remains open until January 31st 2024. For more information please visit here online.

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CULLOHILL PRIMARY SCHOOL: Scoil Tighearnach Naofa, Cullohill is now accepting enrolments for incoming Junior Infants for September 2024. Enrolment forms are available from the school office on request, email The deadline for application is Thursday, 29th February.  

DURROW COMMUNITY SERVICES: Durrow Community Services currently have the following vacancies: 5 positions as an Environmental Worker in Durrow; 1 position as Groundskeeper in Durrow; 1 position as an Environmental Worker in Cullohill; 1 position as an Office Administrator in Durrow; 1 position as an Environmental Worker in Ballacolla. As per the Department of Social Protection requirements, the positions are 19.5 hours per week and must be on a Social Welfare payment for a minimum of 12 months to apply. Please contact Astrid Andersson on 057 8736870 or for further information.

ABBEYLEIX AND KILLERMOGH PARISH: The Abbeyleix South National School is advertising for a part time secretary. Full ad is on Online.

HEYWOOD COMMUNITY SCHOOL: Cleaning position available in Heywood Community School, Ballinakill, Co. Laois. Please apply with C.V. and cover letter to – Any enquiries to email above.

SET DANCING CLASSES: Set Dancing continues 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.

Durrow is one of two Laois locations to get Outdoor Dining funding
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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 31st December 2023 were: First – Kevin Wolfe and Willie Gorman; Second: Jim Walsh and John Mooney; Third – Chris Fitzpatrick and John Dollard. The Raffle Winners on the night were: John Mooney and Sinead Burke.