Out and About in South Laois

Out and About in South Laois


This week all the scouts are busy getting ready for going outdoors and for their summer trips… Tents are being checked, bags are being packed first thing to come out first. Scouts are practising their knots and building gadgets and tables for camp. After most of the winter in the Den, it is great to look forward to it. Some of our new members are joining us in the big scouting family. This week 7 Beavers and a scouter, are doing their investiture this year so they can take part into the big scouting adventure.

Durrow Scout group on the march

Durrow Scouts News


The Durrow St. Patrick’s Day parade will take place on 17th March 2016, there will be an open air country market on the green from 11am until 5pm along with bouncy castles and entertainment. The parade will take place at 2.00pm. All are welcome to join in both in the parade and also on the green to celebrate our first St. Patrick’s Day on the newly re-generated green. We hope that you can join us in the celebrations!

Portlaoise parade needs you to get involved!

Gearing up for a big Paddy’s Day parade in Durrow!


Dress up and step out to the ‘Gladrags’ Cabaret! On   Saturday night, 13th February O’Connells, Cullohill will host a cabaret with a difference. The Parents Council of Scoil Tighearnach Naofa invite you to put on your Gladrags and dress to   impress for Valentines weekend! Tickets will cost €5 each and will be distributed primarily through the school, but will also be available on the door. There will be complimentary punch on arrival between 9.30pm and 10pm, a raffle, a monster door prize and all the hits will be played by our DJ.
There will also be a ‘Best Dressed’ Award for one lucky male and female (Winners will be announced at 11pm). There will be great fun on the night including a chance for you to find out how well you know / don’t know your other half and you could even win yourself an amazing prize!!! Step out in style to this fun event whilst also supporting the school.


If anybody has any 1916 Memorabilia that they would like to display, on loan to the Durrow Museum, can you please contact Mary Walsh or any member of Durrow Development Forum regarding same. These items will be on loan only to the Museum and will be displayed there during the coming year and especially around Easter and around the Durrow Scarecrow Festival.

1916 Commemoration Workshops

Laois 1916 Commemoration


The Council presents “Mr & Mrs Competition” in aid of the Senior Citizens Party and Outing. It will be held in Decs Bar on Saturday night, 13th February commencing at 9.00pm. There are prizes for first, second and third places. First prize for    winning couple is a Holiday Voucher worth €250. DJ for the night is Billy White. For further information or if you would like to take part in the competition please contact Mick Dunphy (087) 7573099, Eileen Keenan (086) 0868017 or Mary Walsh (086) 3055157. Come and enjoy a great night for a great cause. Please support!
Readers: Saturday Evenings: January 30th: Oliver Lawlor; February 6th and 13th: Catherine Freeman; February 20th and 27th: Ann Vaugh. Sunday Mornings: January 31st: Irene Phelan; February 7th: Declan Phelan; February 14th and 21st: Deirdre Moore.
Church Cleaning Rota – February 2016: Teresa Dunphy, Mary Lawlor, Margaret Donohue and Brigid Conroy.


The Party will be held on Saturday 6th March in the Castle Arms Hotel, commencing at 2.00pm with a four course meal followed by music and dancing. Invitations will be sent out over the coming weeks. If you know of someone who would wish to attend that we are not aware of please contact Eileen on (086) 0868017 or any member of the Community Council committee.

Durrow's developing all the time.

Castle Arms Hotel, celebrating 60 years in business.


Durrow Bridge Club continues in the Presentation Centre every week on Wednesdays. The results for January 13th are as follows: First – Marie Foley and Jack Murphy; Second – Marjorie McGeough and Kathleen Broderick. Well done to all! New members welcome.


The Community Centre in Durrow is available for bookings to hold parties or any sports activities etc… Contact: Mary Walsh (086) 3055157.

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The Group will hold a Coffee Morning and Cake Sale on the weekend 27th/28th February in the Presentation Centre after the 7.00pm Mass on Saturday night and the 11.00am Mass on Sunday morning. This fundraiser is to help cover the running costs of the group. The Group has a good number of volunteers but always more needed to visit by request people in their homes who would like to avail of the service. For enquiries contact Patricia on 089 4649759. Please support this very worthy cause.
CONGRATULATIONS to Mrs Kathleen Bolger, Cannonswood, Cullohill, who celebrated her 100th Birthday recently.


Cullohill and Durrow Flower and Garden Club hold their monthly meeting for February in the Community Hall, Cullohill at 8 pm. Guest Speaker is Tommy Moore, Horticulturist. All Welcome.


Presentation of a cheque to chosen charity from Laois ICA held at 2014 Laois Federation AGM Photo courtesy of

Presentation of a cheque to chosen charity from Laois ICA held at 2014 Laois Federation AGM Photo courtesy of

Cullohill ICA resumes their monthly meetings in the Community Centre on Tuesday February 02 at 8pm. All members welcome.


Monday 11th January 2016: There was no jackpot   winner of €3,700. The numbers drawn were: 08, 17, 18 and 19. The mini-draw winners were as follows: €30: Pat Dollard, Dereen, Durrow; €25: Big Tom, c/o The Castle Arms Hotel; €20: Mary Dollard.
Monday 18th January 2016: There was no jackpot winner of €3,850. The Numbers drawn were: 05, 17, 24 and 28. The small draw winners were: €30: Angela Carroll, New Line, Durrow, Co. Laois; €25: Maria Phelan, c/o Our Lady’s Meadow NS; €20: Eileen Farrell, c/o DurrowPost Office, Laois.

Durrow Lotto

Durrow Parish Lotto

Monday 25th January 2016: There was no jackpot winner of €4,000. The Numbers drawn were: 08, 10, 23 and 25. The small draw winners were: €30: Terence Jacob, Carrigan St, Durrow, Laois; €25: Mary Cashin, New Line, Durrow, Co. Laois; €20: Richard Dunne, Watercastle, Durrow, Laois.