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DURROW-CULLOHILL FLOWER & GARDEN CLUB: A floral demonstration by Paula Dowling titled “A walk through my Spring Garden” will take place in Cullohill Community Centre Hall on Monday the 8th of April at 8pm. Admission for non-members is €10. Tea/Coffee served. All are most welcome to attend.

DURROW TIDY TOWNS – EASTER DRAW: Fundraising for this year’s planting and projects, three luxury hampers to be won, tickets €2 each or three for €5. Tickets are available in the post office and from committee members.

Laois PPN/Laois Connects Woodlands Wellness Walk, Durrow: Gary Luttrell, Dan Bergin ( Laois PPN ) and John Thompson lead the walk. Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee.


DURROW TIDY TOWNS: Durrow Sustainable Energies Committee (SEC), do you want to reduce your heating bills by improving your energy efficiency? Durrow SEC are looking for 10 homeowners to jointly invest in attic and cavity wall insulation. Often these are the most cost effective upgrades made to a house. By pooling houses together we hope to benefit from economies of scale, resulting in reduced costs for each homeowner, grants of up to €, are available. To participate or if you need further information, please email:- secdurrow@gmail.com
Adopt an Area – is there an area in Durrow you’d like to adopt?  After our Bronze Win in 2023 and our biggest ever points jump, we need help over the coming months as we aim for a Silver Medal for Durrow in the 2024 National Tidy Towns Competition. If the volunteer days don’t suit you, would you like to adopt an area to weed, sweep, water, clean and keep tidy this year? Let us know on 087 9626350 or message our facebook page. If you would like to be added to our volunteer WhatsApp group, please text Add me to TT volunteers on 086 3657833 – many thanks!

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UNWANTED TEDDIES: We are grateful to be able to fundraise through the Scarecrow Festival for Tidy Towns projects and it seems early but if any of you or your children’s friends children are finished with Teddy Bears – can you please keep the festival for the prizes on your mind. Charity shops don’t take Teddies anymore and it would be great if anyone has any that they could put in the washing machine and dry over the coming months as the weather gets better. They are always a great and ‘old fashioned’ hit with visitors and a fantastic way to recycle into a circular economy whilst also helping with fundraising for Tidy Towns. Thanks everyone! You can message us directly on Facebook or contact 087 9626350 for any queries.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: St. Canice’s Credit Union is currently recruiting for a teller position in its Durrow and neighbouring branches. We are now inviting applications for the following: Teller/Office Assistant(s) Laois Branch (Ref: PTJ2024). This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an ambitious, forward looking and strategic thinking Credit Union. You must have the ability to engage positively with Members and represent St. Canice’s Credit Union with expertise, enthusiasm and dedication. St. Canice’s Credit Union is a not-for-profit organisation and one of the largest community credit unions in the country. With 70,000 plus members and a diverse product base. St. Canice’s Credit Union is seeking Teller/Office Assistant(s) for our Laois Branches. 

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Position Summary: Reporting directly to the Regional Branch Coordinator, the Teller provides an efficient service to members of the Credit Union and is accountable for carrying out a range of administrative and operational activities within authorised limits that contribute to the effective running of the credit union.
Principal Duties & Responsibilities:  Know and understand the products and services available to Members and be able to promote and communicate them easily and clearly to Members;  Processing payment & withdrawal transactions in a friendly, efficient and accurate manner;  Help Members to set up and maintain their credit union accounts;  Serving members through multiple channels i.e., telephone, online or over the counter;  Help Members with their online accounts or via the credit union App;  Completing other duties as assigned to include a range of administrative and organisational tasks;  Fulfil member requests, resolve problems and responds to Members’ questions through multiple channels;  Undertake relevant training as deemed necessary.

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


The successful candidates will have:  Leaving Certificate Pass;  Central Bank minimum competency requirements (MCR) or will undertake training to complete this requirement;  Excellent administration skills and attention to detail;  The ability to work as part of a team with good communication and organisational skills;  A strong member focus to maintain high standards of service;  The willingness to be flexible and take on new tasks and projects;  Excellent IT skills.
It would also be advantageous:  To have previous experience working in a credit union or other financial institutions;  To have obtained a QFA or other recognised professional qualification or working towards;  Flexibility of working hours is required.
Send applications including CV to the HR Manager: recruitment@stcanicescu.ie by email. Closing Date for receipt of applications is 5.30pm on the 5th of April 2024. Short listing may apply and assessment will be done on the basis of the information provided in the application. Canvassing will disqualify. St. Canice’s Kilkenny Credit Union Ltd. is an Equal Opportunities Employer. 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Second Year apprentice painter required for immediate start. Laois area, must have own transport. Please PM the Durrow Laois Ireland facebook page for further details.

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PHELAN’S TOPLINE: Spring has arrived – call in for all your gardening and maintenance products, from compost to gardening tools to Green Algae and Moss removers, flowers and seeds, all available in store. Lawnmowers, Strimmer’s, Hedge trimmers all in stock! Building material, tools and machinery all at competitive pricing. Thinking of painting inside or outside this year? Make sure and call in to our paint counter for lots of helpful advice. Thanks to all our valued customers for supporting local and keeping local business in the town.

LIVE WELL EXPO: All roads lead to Portlaoise College on Thursday the 4th of April for the return of the Live Well Expo. The first running of this event in April last year saw crowds of almost 1000 attend the health and well-being event. The event is a joint initiative by Age Friendly & Healthy Laois, in response to what they heard during consultations – the need to be aware that support and services are available. This event brings support and services in person to Portlaoise college, so that you can have a chat, receive advice and be directed to the support required. The event is to be opened once more by Laois’ age friendly ambassador, the ever energetic and positive Anna May McHugh.
Already we have more than exhibitors confirmed to attend. Among the new stands ths year are national groups such as the Road Safety Authority, who will also be speaking, and the Decision Support Service. The Healthy Age Friendly Homes team will be there again so come along to meet them, and your Laois co-ordinator, who is now in place. The Health Service Executive will have a number of their services and supports represented on the day as will local community groups, such as pride of place winners Vicarstown, Stradbally and Timahoe activity
and wellness hub.

Healthy Laois and Age Friendly Laois, today confirmed the return of the Health and Wellbeing Show-Live Well to Portlaoise College on Thursday 4th April 2024. Live Well  celebrates the range of supports and services across Laois that are available to help people improve their own health and wellbeing.


Overall, the exhibitors all have a common theme – supporting you to live well in Laois. The stands on the day will give attendees the opportunity to meet social, health, community and technology support in person and have those interactions that just don’t happen online. for a full listing of stands, see www.laois.ie online. We are asking individuals, as well as groups to register their attendance this year in order that we can plan for catering and parking.
Register by phone: Call or text Emma on 086 0665215 or email eoconnor@laoiscoco.ie – Call, Text or WhatsApp Tom on 086 0363426 or email tcurran@laoiscoco.ie for further information.

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DURROW DEVELOPMENT FORUM – READY TO RUMBLE! We are getting Ready To Rumble with a very special fundraising event! Family Friendly Grand Slam Wrestling comes to The Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow on Saturday 6th April 2024 at 7pm. WWE style entertainment for ALL the family to enjoy. Get ready to Cheer the Good Guys and Boo the Baddies as we crown the King of the Ring! Tickets €15, available to buy at durrowscarecrowfestival.com/community-shop/ online. (Fundraising event with the proceeds going to building the Durrow Community Hub)

SLIME WORKSHOPS! For kids aged 5 to 9 years old at 9.30am and for kids aged 9 to 12 years old at 11am at Bob’s Bar on April 6th and April 13th. Each session is one hour. Contact Ruth on 087 2158319 or to ruthcampion@hotmail.com by email.

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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 17th March 2024 were: First – Sean and Anna Burke; Second – John and Kitty Farrell. The Raffle Winners on the night were: Martin Mahony, Dick Brennan, Pat Dunne and William Carroll.

BALLYOUSKILL 25s CARDS GAME – Ballyouskill 25s Cards continues in Ballyouskill Community Hall on the last Friday of the month at 8pm. Usual prizes and a raffle on the night. The next game will be held on Friday the 29th of March 2024 at 8pm sharp. All are welcome.

WHIST DRIVE: The Killermogh Whist Drive is held in the Parochial Hall, Cork Road, Durrow. The Next Whist drive is on Thursday 21st March 2024 at 8pm. All are most welcome.