PROPOSED WINDFARM FOR DURROW, CULLOHILL AND GATHABAWN AREA:
A public meeting in relation to the proposed development of wind farms in the Durrow, Cullahill and Gathabawn areas was held on Tuesday, 24th of November at 8pm in Gathabawn National School. A number of invited speakers attended on the night.
Wind Power. Here to stay? Photo courtesy of www.farmersjournal.ie
REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT OF TREES ON NORTH GREEN:
We are sure a lot of people will be saddened to see the trees being replaced in the green. This decision was not taken lightly or without a lot of consultation with specialised people in this area. The reason for this decision is that at least two of the trees have a disease and only has an approximate four year life span left. The other trees at most, only have a twenty year life span. The roots of the existing trees are in danger of lifting the paving. It was recommended that the trees be removed and 6 new mature lime trees be planted on the road side of the green. This will compliment the trees on the smaller green.
A new-look green takes shape in Durrow.
A mature oak tree will also be planted in the green to reflect the heritage of Durrow. The idea being that all the new aspects of the green will mature together and that this would not have to be revisited in the future. The new trees will be planted immediately. Each tree will have its own power point for Christmas lights which will hopefully be sorted this coming week. Thank you for your continued support.
Ministers of the Eucharist for December: Sunday Mornings: Sheila Finnegan and Padraig Walshe. Saturday Evenings: Mai Bowe and Pius Hennessy.
Readers: Saturday Evenings: November 28th and December 5th: Seosamh Murphy; December 12th and 19th: Noreen Joyce. Sunday Mornings: November 29th and December 6th: Kevin Kelly; December 13th and 20th: Michael Conroy.
Church Cleaning Rota – December: Mary Kennedy, Mary Walsh, Gabriel Daz, Miriam and Pat Connolly.
CHURCH GATE COLLECTION:
The Annual Church Gate Collection in aid of Epilepsy Ireland will take place on the weekend of December 12th and 13th. Members of The Harps GAA will be present collecting donations outside the Church gates before Mass times and your support would be most appreciated.
Presentation of a cheque to chosen charity from Laois ICA held at 2014 Laois Federation AGM Photo courtesy of www.ica.ie
ICA- CULLOHILL BRANCH:The next meeting of Cullohill ICA Club will be held on Tuesday, December 1st in Cullohill Community Centre.
Durrow Bridge Club continues in the Presentation Centre every week on Wednesdays. The results for November 11th are as follows: First – Dolores and Francis Campion; Second – Marie Foley and Jack Murphy; Third – Ann Fitzpatrick and Dolly Harding. Well done to all!
CLOTHES COLLECTION POINT:
Any old or unwanted clothes or fabric can be left in the porch of the Cullohill Community Centre. All collections are in aid of Cullohill Handball Club. Please support.
ARTHRITIS IRELAND LAOIS BRANCH:
Thank you to all who attended our Local Branch Formal Launch on November 13th last. Our walking group is still meeting weekly at Portlaoise Pool & Leisure Centre each Wednesday evening at 6pm and we go for a coffee and a chat afterwards.
At a recent committee meeting, we decided to pause the walking group for the month of December as the weather conditions are not ideal and the darkness is also a hindrance. The last weekly walk of this year will be November 25th. Our group will still meet socially each Wednesday evening at 7pm for the cuppa and a chat commencing on Wednesday 2nd of December at O’Loughlins Hotel, Main St, Portlaoise. All welcome!
ARTHRITIS IRELAND LAOIS BRANCH
We will be recommencing our walking group in the New Year. We are also planning some other activities for 2016 to include a six week course of “Gentle Zumba Classes” commencing on January 26th. Please watch out for updates about further activities and details of group meetings in local newspapers, our Facebook page hereor on the Arthritis Ireland Website. The Local Branch can be contacted by phone on (089) 2525344.