Out and About in Durrow

Out and About in Durrow

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THE FOLLY FESTIVAL 2024: The Folly Festival 2024 will take place on July 5th and 6th in the beautifully intimate venue, known as Nancy’s Yard, beneath the towering ruins of historic Cullohill Castle. All proceeds from the Folly Festival are used by the organisers Cullohill Community Council for Village renewal projects along with donations to local Schools, Clubs and Societies. 
The concerts will be punctuated by Saturday’s Daytime Events, with the Family Trad Event in Nancy’s Castle. Led by the fantastic Dooley Brothers who take to the Castle Stage at 2pm along with a packed schedule of  children’s entertainment, Artisan Food & Craft Fayre, vintage cars, a dog show, an art exhibition and so much more. Festival tickets are not required to take part in the daytime events, and everyone is welcome to attend!
LINE-UP FOR 2024: Headlining the Folly Festival on Friday night is Darren Kiely, the Irish singer-songwriter who has accumulated three million global streams and has sold-out headline shows at Rockwood Music Hall and Mercury Lounge in NYC, while The Scratch – currently one the most talked about bands in the country signed to Sony Music and garnering a huge fan base as they tour the US and Canada – will headline Saturday.
Róisín O a firm favourite on the festival circuit, has most recently toured Ireland, the UK and Australia in the wake of her chart-topping album Courageous, and Dea Matrona, an all-female trio from Belfast who have amassed over 5.7 million views on YouTube and secured a number one on both the UK and Ireland iTunes chart will also join the lineup of Oscar Blue, Jessica Doolan, Saibh Skelly, Paddy Keys, Dooley Brothers, Cullohill Comhaltas, Garda Band and many, many more over the festival weekend.
TICKETS NOW ONLINE: Day Tickets are now available online for the Folly at €50 per day. Friday – Darren Kiely, Rosin O, Oscar Blue; Saturday – The Scratch, Dea Matrona , Saibh Skelly, Barry Deegan. Weekend Tickets €80. Visit for tickets.

The highly-anticipated Folly Festival is back, ready to captivate music enthusiasts and families alike in its intimate venue beneath the majestic Cullohill Castle ruins.

SECONDARY SCHOOL JOHNSTOWN – VIABILITY SURVEY: TFI have responded to our survey stating “that there are no plans currently to amend the timetable for 2024, but that there is a plan to review the timetable in 2025.” While we are disapointed that this is the current situation, we will keep appealing to TFI in the hope that we can get the changes needed for 2025.

LAWLOR CLAN RALLY: The year 2024 is a special one for the members of the extended Lalor clan as the members will be celebrating their 30th anniversary. The Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix will be the venue and the dates for the events will be July 12th, 13th and 14th. If you are a Lalor, Lawlor or a Lawler or married to a person of one of those names then you are eligible to become a member of the clan.
Some of the most illustrious of the name are Patt Lalor of Tennakill, Raheen who was elected one of the first Catholic MPs along with Daniel O’Connell, “The Liberator” in 1830 after the passing of the Catholic Emancipation legislation in Westminster. Three of Patt’s sons were James Fintan, champion of land reform; Peter who led the gold miners at the Eureka Stockade rebellion in Australia and who went on to become Speaker of the House of Parliament in Victoria State and Richard who succeeded his father as MP and constantly opposed the Act of Union legislation which brought Ireland under the direct control of the British Government.
Others of the name who have become involved in politics and public life have done so in America , England and Spain with representatives of those families attending the annual clan rallies down through the years. Anyone wishing to attend the events in July are welcome to do so. Details are available from Mary Lalor-O’Mahony, Boley, Abbeyleix, and her phone number is (087) 9015280 or any clan member.

Poll show great support across Leinster for right to flexible work
Google are holding another “Senior Citizens Technology Day” in Google HQ,

GOOGLE – SENIOR CITIZENS TECHNOLOGY DAY: Google are holding another “Senior Citizens Technology Day” in Google HQ, Dublin on July 10th, 2024. This time, in addition to helping our guests to navigate the online digital space for their day-to-day activities and help clarify any doubts and concerns they have, they  will have a talk about Accessibility and showcase available apps that can help people with vision or hearing impairment. Community members are welcome to visit the Google office for one-to-one consultation addressing their areas of concern and/or interest. Topics on which our volunteers could offer assistance range from internet access basics, how to use apps, how to use a smartphone and staying secure online to tips for recognising online fraud, booking trips, sourcing online entertainment, and creating an email account. Date: July 10th, 2024. Venue: Google Docks, Barrow Street, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 4, D04 V4X7.

Bike Week – Laois PPN Short Leisure Vintage Cycle in Durrow. Participants ready to go . Photo:Michael Scully – no reproduction fee.

DURROW COMMUNITY SERVICES CLG: Durrow Community Services currently have the following vacancies: 5 positions as an Environmental Worker in Durrow; 1 position as Groundskeeper in Durrow; 2 position as Catering Assistant in Durrow; 2 position as an Environmental Worker in Cullohill; 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 minimum of 12 months to apply. Please contact Astrid Andersson on 057 8736870 or for further information.

Bike Week – Laois PPN Short Leisure Vintage Cycle in Durrow. Time for Refreshments at Bobs – Oisin Buckley , Niamh Campion and Liam O’Neill . Photo:Michael Scully – no reproduction fee.

DURROW AREA MEALS ON WHEELS: Durrow Meals On Wheels are currently looking for volunteer drivers for their Country Run. The volunteers will be able to use our New Delivery Van which was kindly donated by Secto. Please contact Pius Hennessy on 087 0611880 if you are interested. Thank you.

DURROW SCARECROW FESTIVAL 2024: Get Ready for the Durrow Scarecrow Festival! Have you ever experienced the magic of a village coming to life with creativity, fun, and endless entertainment? If not, then the Durrow Scarecrow Festival is a must-visit event for you and your family! From July 28th to August 5th, Durrow transforms into a whimsical wonderland where every corner is brimming with excitement. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a festival veteran, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in store:
* Scarecrow Village: Open daily with live music, puppet shows, bouncy castles, carnival games, face painting, clay workshops, and more! Dive into the heart of the festival where fun meets creativity.
* Funky Zone: Open daily from 11AM-6PM with Europe’s Largest Mega Slide, a Scarecrow Maze, an Agri Aware pet farm, Legoand tons of games for kids of all ages.
* Live Music: Dance to the tunes of local favorites like The Kelly Brothers, The Finns, Drops Of Green, Sweet Freedom, and the Des Hopkins Dixieland jazz Band. There’s live music every day to keep you grooving!
* Workshops & Activities: Get hands-on with cookie decorating, slime making, fairy door crafting, and even a kids’ talent show. Perfect for keeping the little ones entertained and engaged.
* Laser Tag in small green opposite the Scarecrow Village! From Monday 29th July to Friday 2nd August!
* Entertainment Galore: Meet Jeca The Clown and laugh at his madcap antics, watch incredible escapologist Monsieur Gusto, and don’t miss out on the meet & greets with unicorns and dinosaurs!
* Outdoor Adventures: Kayaking on the River Erkina, Hund dog training sessions, Family Stroll in Dunmore Country School, and even a historical walk through Durrow. Embrace the great outdoors with family-friendly activities.
* Special Events: From a Photographic Exhibition by Annie Holland, a ladies’ night at Castle Durrow to a Grand Slam Wrestling match, Duck Racing, and more, each day brings unique events that you won’t want to miss.
This is not just a festival – it’s an experience filled with laughter, joy, and countless memories waiting to be made. Join us at the Durrow Scarecrow Festival and be part of a tradition that celebrates community spirit and creativity. Dates: July 28th – August 5th; Admission: Adults €6, Children €1 (Scarecrow Village) | Adults €4, Children €1 (Funky Zone). Don’t miss out on the festival of the summer! See you there!
CLOWN JECA – We are delighted to have Clown Jeca back with us again for this years Scarecrow Festival, keep an eye out for him at this year’s festival.
VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED: Volunteers Needed for Scarecrow Summer Camp from Monday 29th July to Friday 2nd August – 10am to 1pm Daily. Volunteers must be aged 18+. Contact (087) 9194428.

Details of 2024 Scarecrow Festival

CULLOHILL COMMUNITY CENTRE – CIRCUIT CLASSES – running in The Centre every Tuesday and Thursday at 8.00pm with instructor Richie Saunders. Further details from any committee member.

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 16th June 2024 were: First -Two Margaret’s (Doheny). Second: Dinny Shaughnessy and Eddie Delaney; Joint Third: Frances Darcy and Chris Fitzpatrick, Paddy Lalor and Eugene Murphy. The Raffle Winners on the night were: Vera Brennan and William Carroll. 

Fred Townsend and Emer O’Brien from Durrow Tidy Towns at the Laois Federation of Tidy Towns agm in The Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix. Picture: Alf Harvey.

DURROW TIDY TOWNS: If you would like to be added to our volunteer WhatsApp group, please text Add me to TT volunteers on 086 3657833 – many thanks!
DOG WALKERS! A reminder to clean up after your dog. We have Mutt Mitt dispensers and instructions on how to clean up after your dog, throughout Durrow. Dog fouling is a serious health risk and children can easily not see it and bring indoors on bikes, shoes, buggies and it’s a particular hazard to wheelchair users. If you’d like to become a green dog walker we have information in the Post Office and Library regarding the initiative. Please be responsible and clean up after your pet!
WATERING APPEAL! Durrow Tidy Towns needs your help! Our watering unit unfortunately is in for repair and we are really struggling on watering and feeding our baskets and planters. Can you help? The areas are as follows: 1. Winnie’s Island, five planters around the Fairy; 2. Baskets at Mill Wheel Area, five in total; 3. Two Beds on the Greens (Marigold ones); 4. Beds at St. Fintan’s Terrace; 5. Hula Hoop Girl at Derry Wood; 6. Three Planters, two at School, one at The Castle Arms Hotel; 7. Two Planters, one at Bus Stop, one close to Daybreak; 8. Three Planters, one at The Health Centre, one at the turn from Abbeyleix Road to Kilkenny Road. (beside Marie’s Snowflake Utility box painting) and one on Winnie’s Island; 9. Five smaller white planters beside seats on green, near day break, School and bike stand; 10. Planters at the Library.
We can provide the feed if you can provide the time to volunteer to feed and water different areas. We need help!

See you all again soon at 2024 Scarecrow Festival

THIRD LAOIS DURROW SCOUTS – Our Beaver and Cub Scout sections are currently at capacity for leader Ratios. If you are considering volunteering, love the outdoors and learning new skills then please consider joining the scout group. Email with any questions or to put your name forward.
WELL DONE! Congratulations to the Third Laois Durrow Scout Group who achieved their Silver award last week! Well deserved.

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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 June 28th. 

WHIST DRIVE: Club meetings have now ended for the Summer season. We will be back in September.

DURROW BRIDGE CLUB: Club meetings have now ended for the Summer season. We will be back in October.