Out and About in Durrow

Out and About in Durrow

Your latest news from Ballinakill, Cullohill, Durrow & Spink

DURROW SCARECROW FESTIVAL 2024: We’ve the last few trading spaces available for this year’s Durrow Scarecrow Festival. You will need your own insurance, gazebo and indemnity to us. Thanks to everyone who has booked so far, we’re updating to advise that we are now fully booked out for Sweets, Toys, Hot food, Jewellery, Candles, Soaps and Art. If you’ve craft or something different and would like to showcase what you have, then Durrow is the place to do so with a nationwide and international audience. You’re welcome to trade with us in Durrow! Please send us with photos of products you’d like to trade on by email.

photo from Scarecrow Festival
Update from Scarecrow Festival

CULLOHILL FORÓIGE CLUB: The local Foroige club are holding a 5km walk on Sunday, April 28th. Registration begins at 10.30am at Cullohill Church Car Park with the walk then commencing at 11am. €5 entry for children, €10 for adults and €20 for family. All funds go towards the Foróige club who have recently reformed and are increasingly more active. We would love to see everyone there!

CULLOHILL COMMUNITY CENTRE NEWS: CRECHE – the local creche is to close soon with outline plans currently being discussed to provide childcare services through the community centre. Further developments expected over the coming weeks.

photo of walkers in the distance on a country road
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CIRCUIT CLASSES – running in The Centre every Tuesday and Thursday at 8.00pm with instructor Richie Saunders. Further details from any committee member.

DURROW TIDY TOWNS: 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!
APPLE TREE PLANTING: Espalier Apple Trees have been planted in a new project supporting Nature & Biodiversity in our community and Creating Space for Nature. A future edible wall! Growing an apple tree using Espalier is amazingly productive and rewarding. Apples love to be trained along a trellis and though they do take work and patience the results are very rewarding. Espaliering will help keep our fruit trees in check while still providing us with a bountiful harvest. We look forward to seeing the results in Autumn!
STOP FOOD WASTE: Bananas are a big culprit but so many ways to save them. Freeze to use in smoothies (remove skin) or use to make
Fresh Smoothies, Banana Muffins, Pancakes, Flapjacks and a Favourite, Banana Bread. Great snacks for lunch boxes too! See recipe attached and enjoy!

Ballinakill, Cullohill, Durrow and Spink news courtesy of The Castle Arms Hotel
Ballinakill, Cullohill, Durrow and Spink news courtesy of The Castle Arms Hotel

GRASS CUTTING ON THE GREENS: Why are the greens not cut? Because they are early feeding for or pollinators! No pollinators = no food. A Community survey was taken last year between May and September online and in post office and local shops, unfortunately despite our previous information campaigns, the majority of people didn’t know what was going on and in particular on the green areas, even though they are like this for the past number of years. This year a decision was made to cut a strip on the edge of the green to visually show that yes, it’s intentional! The greens are left to grow to facilitate pollinators from February to April. We also planted over 2,000 crocuses in the green areas in November 2023 to further save our pollinators.

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ADULT ART CLASSES: Evening Art Classes for all levels resume on Wednesday 24th April or Thursday 25th April in Durrow. Beginners welcome too. Materials provided. For enquiries, please contact Marie on (086) 3136028.

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 14th April 2024 were: First – Margaret and Anthony Phelan; Joint Second: Tommy Whyte and Liam Dunphy, Dick Brennan and Michael Kells, Vera Brennan and Willie Gorman. The Raffle Winners on the night were: Ollie Clooney and John Mooney.

BALLYOUSKILL 25s CARDS GAME – Ballyouskill 25s Cards continues in Ballyouskill Community Hall on the last Friday of the month at 8pm. Our next game is the Annual Charity game for the Missions on Friday 26th April at 8pm. Look forward to seeing you all. 

WHIST DRIVE: The Killermogh Whist Drive is held in the Parochial Hall, Cork Road, Durrow. The Next Whist drive is on Thursday the 25th of April 2024 at 8pm. All are most welcome.

Durrow is one of two Laois locations to get Outdoor Dining funding
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DURROW BRIDGE CLUB: Club meetings continue on Wednesdays at 7.30pm in the Castle Arms Hotel. All are most welcome.

NATIONAL LOTTERY GOOD CAUSES AWARDS: The National Lottery Good Causes Awards is now open for applications. The competition will culminate with a National Final awards ceremony which will take place on the 12th of October 2024 in Killashee House Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare. For more information and to enter, please go to online.

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 while helping to keep fit.

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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.