Latest Laois News: Out and about in Durrow

Latest Laois News: Out and about in Durrow

Your latest news from Ballinakill, Cullohill, Durrow & Spink


Congratulations to the Harps U13-A team on winning the Midlands Park Hotel Under 13-A county final on Sunday last. They defeated Park Ratheniska by 1-09 to 1-06 in a greatly fought game. This is the fourth title won by Harps teams in past three weeks. Great credit is due to the players, mentors and the club for winning these county titles in these difficult times.SPLIT THE POT: We encourage club members, parents and supporters to sign up for a standing order for the weekly split the bucket draw. Just €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. For standing order details contact Joe Deegan, 0879678729, Brian Farrell, 0879555500, or Shane Brophy, 0872034035. There is a lot of expenditure at present in improving the pitches and grounds in Cullahill and Durrowand all support is gratefully appreciated.


The following Mass schedule has been set up and will become effective from this weekend: September 4th and 5th 2021. Saturday Vigil Mass Cullahill: 7.00pm, Durrow 7.30pm Errill 8.30pm. Sunday Mass: Rathdowney; 10.30am, Durrow 12 noon.

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


Durrow-Cullohill Parish anglers held a Trout fishing competition on Sunday August 22nd for the Bill Kelly Memorial Cup. The winner with a lovely fish caught was PatDunphy with Seamus Coffey a close second. All members will receive a “text” with full details of the next competition.


Experienced Female Carers required in home to assist an elderly couple in the Durrow area. Would suit a kind and honest person or social care student. previous experience / references required. Required to help clients with daily activities such as personal care (HSE home care package in place also), grooming, food prep and feeding, administering medication, encouraging and assisting in light exercising such as walking and stretching and some light house work. Hours 9.30am to 5.30pm 5 to 7 days a week. If interested please contact Finian on 086 8218065.


This week 50 years ago the Lions soccer club was formed. The club will publish a commemorative book later this year and would like to include in it, names of anyone who managed any club team. If you managed a team and have not already been contacted by the club, please contact Brian Sheppard at 085 7088511.

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


The Lions AFC Jackpot 10 Football Pools has returned. With a Jackpot currently of €1050 and an entry fee of just €3.50 why not register at and chance your luck. Guess all 10 results to win the Jackpot and if theJackpot is not won there is a weekly prize for the closest. all proceeds go towards our pitch development plan. See the Lions Facebook Page for more info.LADIES SOCCER: Women’s social soccer on every Monday from 7pm until 8pm at the Lions AFC all weather pitch. All abilities welcome. Contact Sinead at (087) 9510587 for further details.


St. Canice’s Credit Union | Durrow Branch: July 2021 Members’ Monthly Prize Draw | First Prize – Ford Kuga Plug in Mild Hybrid | Winner – Orla O’Neill, Newpark, Kilkenny| Second Prize – €5,000 in cash |Winner – Mary Maher, Kilkenny | To be included in the monthly draw, you must sign up. Get your Debit Card from your local Credit Union.  Tap, shop online, use abroad or withdraw cash at ATM’s.  Free to full time students and over 65’s. We are now taking applications for the annual Scholarship Draw.  Five scholarships for €3,000 each to be won.  Closing date 30th September 2021. To find out more about our prize draw, debit card or our annual scholarship draw, call into Mary, Catherine or Breda in your local Durrow branch.  They will be happy to help. Terms and conditions apply. St. Canice’s Kilkenny Credit Union Limited is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.

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

OPENING HOURS: St. Canice’s Credit Union, Durrow Branch – Location: Mary Street, Durrow; Opening Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm and Fridays from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm. Services Available: Debit Cards, Current Accounts, online banking and competitive loans to name but a few. Call in and have a chat with Mary, Breda or Catherine to see what St. Canice’s Credit Union has to offer you. St. Canice’s Kilkenny Credit Union Limited is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.


Our new contact number for assistance is 087 6974792.


We are in full mode and judging will take place anytime between now and October, we don’t have an exact date and have been advised that results won’t be in until late Autumn as the competition was later this year.  We are asking every premises both residential and business to partake in our weekly five minute sweep outside their own premises.  This will be of great benefit to everyone and will keep Durrow tidy.  The town is looking so well but also needs more work and we are so delighted to see how much work all the housing estates are doing too.  It’s so positive and so encouraging to have so many people interested in where they live.  Thank you everyone!APPEAL: Please join our volunteers every Wednesday evening from 7.30pm to weed, sweep, plant, tidy and litter pick. This helps to keep Durrow looking beautiful for all our residents, businesses, visitors and the Tidy Towns competition. Don’t worry if Wednesdays don’t suit, we’d love you to get involved at a time that suits you best, there’s plenty to be done, a five minute sweep each week outside your own home, business or organisation along with litter picking, weeding, sweeping throughout the town and approach roads—the list is endless and we need your help! ~ Love where you live

photo of face in Durrow St. Patrick's day parade
Mollie O’Rourke at the 2011 Durrow St. Patrick’s day parade. Picture: Alf Harvey.


“Pedal Vintage” Durrow Community Bike Hire Scheme. Make the most of the end of Summer! Cycle on the quiet country roads around Durrow and enjoy a cuppa at one of our lovely coffee shops or restaurants. Comfortable leisure style bikes for hire seven days a week at only five euro per hour, to include vintage style helmet and hi-vis jacket. Call 0868694691 or email for more information.


If your child is interested in joining scouting at any age, please email Leanne our group leader at We’re also looking for adults to join as leaders –  the time commitment you give can be flexible and since we’re a voluntary organisation we rely on our fantastic leaders, without whom the group simply couldn’t exist. And who knows, you might even enjoy yourselves!!!And if being a leader isn’t your thing but you’d like to help in other ways then you could always join our parents and friends committee who help with fundraisers and general logistics throughout the year or become an associate member and offer help that way. Looking forward to September when we will be starting the adventure again.


Please remember to leave no trace when out and about on our walks both in Durrow and around Durrow. We are proud members of Leave No Trace and we hope you will follow suit. Please keep your dogs on a lead, pick up after them and take your rubbish home with you. Leave our town and walks clean for all to enjoy safely. Be a part of who we are and what we believe in.


Please remember that dogs are required to be on a lead on the Leafy Loop walk in Durrow. Please remember that the walk crosses Private, Coillte and Farmland and all dogs are required to be on a lead throughout the route, without exception. For local walkers, if you see a dog off the lead, please do remind visitors that dogs need to be on a lead as although there is some signage reminding people, sometimes it can be missed and visitors may not be aware that dogs must be on a lead at all times.

Hugh Sheppard with another of his topical themes at the Durrow St. Patrick’s day parade. Picture: Alf Harvey.


We are continuing to fundraise to match fund a grant received for stage two of our community hall! Our Festival as most of you will know is a huge fundraiser for projects within our community including the maintenance of our much loved amenity areas. If you can assist, please do, any amount would be so much appreciated. We are in this together and will look forward to working with and seeing you all in 2021! Visit online to donate if you can.  If you are not online, you can donate directly if you wish, this can be done by dropping an envelope into Happy Days Crèche or Lawlors Gala and addressing the same to DDF/Community Hub.


Visit for live local weather data from Durrow.


Durrow Community Market continues on Saturdays from 9am to 12 noon on the Kilkenny Road beside the church. Social Distancing will be in practice and please adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines!