Latest Laois News: Out and about in Durrow

Latest Laois News: Out and about in Durrow

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

DURROW-CULLOHILL PARISH ANGLERS: Durrow-Cullohill Parish Anglers held a trout fishing competition on Sunday July 31st for the Mick Monaghan Memorial Cup. The winner was Fred Townsend, Second Seamus Coffey and Third Pat Dunphy. The next trout fishing competition will be held soon. More details of competitions will be published on Durrow Notes and each member will receive text in the week of the competition. Contact David Walsh for all details.

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THE HARPS GAA: Very well done to the Harps Club on winning two County Titles in the past two weeks: The Harps hurling team won the All County Hurling League Division 2 Final when they defeated Trumera by 1-23 to 0-21. In the All County Division 4 Football League final the Harps defeated Emo by 0-15 to 0-07. Great credit is due to the players, mentors and the club forwinning these two county titles in these difficult times. Hopefully we will be reporting more Harps success in the coming week.

Durrow, Spink, Ballinakill & Cullohill news
All the news from Durrow, Spink, Ballinakill & Cullohill

CHURCH NEWS: New Weekend Mass schedule for Rathdowney and Durrow Parishes – Archdeacon Sean Doherty will retire as Parish Priest of Durrow on the weekend of August 28th and 29th 2021. Fr. Martin Delaney PP Rathdowney will become the Administrator of Durrow parish in addition to his duties in Rathdowney. Fr. Tom McGree CC will continue to minister in the Parish of Durrow residing in Cullahill. Resulting from this change it is necessary to revise the weekend Mass schedule in both Rathdowney and Durrow parishes. Following consultation with the Parish Pastoral Council in Rathdowney/Errill and representative members of the community in Durrow and Cullahill the following Mass schedule has been agreed and will become effective on the weekend of 4th and 5th of September 2021. Saturday Vigil Mass Cullahill: 7.00pm, Durrow 7.30pm, Errill 8.30pm. Sunday Mass: Rathdowney; 10.30am, Durrow 12 noon. Funeral Masses are not celebrated in Rathdowney parish on Sundaysand from September 5 th this will also apply in Durrow and Cullahill. These changes are necessary given the new circumstances we find ourselves in and I thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Fr. Martin Delaney.

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LIONS AFC NEWS: This August marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of Lions AFC. To mark this milestone, the club is putting together a commemorative book. To make this possible we’d ask anyone who has photos, newspaper articles, memories or any other information relation to teams they have managed or commitee roles they have held, to contact Hughie Sheppard at 086 8694691 or by email.

CREDIT UNION NEWS: 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.

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

COMPETITION TIME:- Have you taken part in our quiz around Durrow? The closing date is Friday 20th August. You can pick up a printed copy of the entry form in the Post office and Lawlors Gala. Drop your completed entries into the CES office Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm to be in with a chance to win one of three lovely prizes. This is a great way to explore Durrow and to see all the work that Durrow Tidy Towns have been doing over the past two years. Competition is open to everyone.

NEW NUMBER FOR ST. VINCENT DE PAUL – UPDATED JULY 2021: Our new contact number for assistance is 087 6974792.

DURROW MEALS ON WHEELS APPEAL: We are appealing for volunteer drivers for the Country Run Delivery. This area covers Knockanoran, Cullohill and Ballacolla road; Meals On Wheels has a van which volunteers can use for deliveries for this particular run – all help would be much appreciated.  Please contact Ethel Dunphy or call into the FAS Office.

photo of recent litter pick in Laois
Collaboration between local communities ensured this litter pick in Laois was a success. 📷

DURROW TIDY TOWNS: We are in full mode and judging will take place anytime between August 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.


Seeking a house to rent (2 or 3 bedroom minimum) for a couple of months in the Abbeyleix, Durrow, Cullohill, Johnstown area for a family who are moving to Cullohill and nearing completion of renovations. Children are starting school in local areas at the end if the month. Your help would be really appreciated. Many thanks Sonya Duggan 0872477471 or Fionnuala 0868172443.

BIKES FOR HIRE: “Pedal Vintage” Durrow Community Bike Hire Scheme. Make the most 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.