Out and About in South Laois

Out and About in South Laois

Out and About in South Laois


Our scouts had a great day on Good Friday, building a campsite, pitching tents and building gadgets (camp craft). All practice for the Slievebloom County Shield which will be held in Tullamore on May 6th.
Next weekend the 9th and 10th of April we will have a full practice camp locally in Dunmore, by kind permission of Leanne Fogarty Scouter. We look forward to this and hope all will work hard and put in the effort. This year we are giving it our all and hope to qualify for Phoenix which will be held in August in the townland of Castlesaunderson in Cavan. From now until the end of June our Scouts will meet from 7pm to 8.30pm every Thursday. Busy times ahead.

Durrow Scout group on the march

Durrow Scouts News


Clean Up Laois Week is being held from 11th to 15th April. We are asking everyone to organise a clean up in your own area during that week. Please segregate clean and dry recyclable goods as you pick them into separate bags from wet litter items.  Standard black sacks only to be used, they can be got to use at your area clean up from the  local FAS Office between 10am and 1pm Monday to Friday. Full sacks can be brought to the Community Centre from now until Thursday 14th April for collection by Laois County Council. Please note that only properly bagged hand picked litter and litter related items will be taken.
Swan Road Area:
Ann Lanigan is doing a Clean Up on 11th, 12th and 13th of April on the Swan Road and surrounding roads also as part of Laois Clean Up week. Rubbish will then be collected by Laois County Council. If anyone would like to join her to give a hand… give her a call or text on (087) 7749281.

Do your bit to clean up Laois

Do your bit to clean up Laois


Ladies – it’s Mini Marathon time again! Registration is urgent at this stage. Register on line at VHI Women’s Mini Marathon or by registration form in every Wednesday’s Evening Herald newspaper. We are raising funds this year for the Durrow Meals on Wheels and we are looking for ladies to join us. You can contact either Marie Clooney on (087) 7742506 or Susan Lawlor on (087) 2574477 for more information.


There will be a meeting this Wednesday 6th April in the Library on Chapel Street, Durrow at 8.30pm. If you would like to, or are wondering about getting involved in making scarecrows for the festival, we would be      delighted to have you come on board. Rumours are around that we bite, but we assure you that we just sew, hammer, cut, chop and stitch to create scarecrows.


DURROW SCARECROW FESTIVAL 2015. Photo courtesy of Yvonne Kennedy

Every now and again, you get a cup of tea and if you are really lucky you will get a biscuit and a laugh. Please do come and join us, we would be more than happy to have you come on board for the 2016 Durrow Scarecrow Festival! For more information contact Evelyn on (087) 9194428.


We would like to remind all that an AED Defibrillator is  located on the side-wall of Cullohill Community Centre. Pat Barnaville (086) 8304420 also    carries around an AED in his car at all times. An AED is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. In the event of a person collapsing and becoming unresponsive: 1. Call 999 (landline) or 112 (mobile) 2. Call any one of our local Defibrillator Responders – their numbers can be found in the Defibrillator box. 3. Start CPR immediately while awaiting responder and emergency service.


Readers: Saturday Evenings: April 2nd and 9th – Bernie Murphy; April 16th and 23rd – Kay Sheppard. Sunday Mornings: April 3rd and 10th – Deirdre Moore; April 17th and 24th – Gearoid Ryan.
Church Cleaning Rota – April 2016: Maeve Thornton, Eileen Keenan, Brigid Traynor, Angela Drennan.
Eucharist Ministers – April 2016: Saturdays – Willie Dunne and Kay Mahony; Sundays– Pat O’Hara and Donal Bowe.
Sympathy is extended is extended to the Kelly family, 4 Erkindale Drive, Durrow on their recent bereavement.


The 2016 Ossory Pilgrimage to Our Lady Shrine in Lourdes will take place from May 22nd to May 27th. The price is €765 per person sharing. All bookings to Glenmore Parish Office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday between 9.30am and 1.30pm and ask for Eleanor.

Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2015. Pic courtesy of

Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2015. Pic courtesy of


The Durrow Bridge Club winners on February 24th were: First – Fr. John Lalor and Ann Fitzpatrick; Second – Nora Fitzpatrick and Teresa Phelan; Third – Marie Foley and Jack Murphy. 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.
The Presentation Centre in Durrow is also available for bookings to hold meetings or similar  activities etc… Contact: Angela Drennan (087) 1928522.


The “Cripple of Inishmaan” comes to The Dunamaise Arts Centre – Laois Open Door Theatre presents “The Cripple of Inishmaan” by Martin McDonagh in the Dunamaise Arts Centre on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th April at 8pm nightly. This is an absolutely must–see production as it has Fantastic Comedy, Brilliant Drama and Dazzling Suspense.

dunamaise arts centre

Book at Dunamaise Arts Centre!



This play is set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland and is a strange comic tale in the great tradition of Irish Storytelling. This is one of Martin McDonagh’s most brilliant plays. Laois Open Door Theatre is an amateur drama group based in Laois and have members from all over the county and all walks of life. Book your tickets early from The Dunamaise Arts Centre to avoid disappointment on the night.

Durrow Development Forum are holding a Coffee and Cake sale with benefits of same going to The Cuisle Centre. The cake sale will be held after mass on the May Bank Holiday Weekend of Saturday 30th April and Sunday May 1st. If you can make some cakes for this worthy cause, please do drop same into the presentation centre before mass on each day and we would be delighted if you could please support this worthy event.

Cuisle Centre looking seasonal

Cuisle Centre looking seasonal


Results from March 16th: First – Phil Mahony and Paddy Purcell; Second – Dolly  Harding and Ann Fitzpatrick; Third – Joan and Dickie Dempsey. Results from 23rd March: First – Paul Maher and Johnny Bowe; Second – Teresa Gleeson and Nora Fitzpatrick; Third – Helen woods and Marian Sherman.


Monday 14th March:
There was no jackpot winner of €5,150. The numbers drawn were: 08, 09, 26 and 27. The mini-draw winners were as follows: €30: Anne Creagh; €25: Mary Bergin, c/o The Durrow and Cullohill Fishing Club, Co. Laois; €20: Brian Thornton, Tinweir, Attanagh Road, Durrow, County of Laois.
Monday 21st March 2016:
There was no jackpot winner of €5,350. The Numbers drawn were: 08, 16, 17 and 20. The small draw winners were: €30: Karen Shortall, Seandoire, Durrow, Laois; €25: Liz Monahan, Erkindale, Durrow, Co. Laois; €20: Michael Monahan, Erkindale, Durrow, Laois.

Durrow Lotto

Durrow Parish Lotto

Tuesday 29th March 2016:
There was no jackpot winner of €5,500. The Numbers drawn were: 04, 07, 22 and 26. The small draw winners were: €30: Johnny Dunphy, Knockanoran, Durrow; €25: Richie Dunne, Clough Village, Ballacolla; €20: Collette Dunne, Russelstown, Attanagh.


The next meeting is on Tuesday April 5th and we will be having our AGM that night. All members are asked to attend.


presents Country & Western sensation Robert Mizzell and Soundz Country on Friday 8th April at 9pm in The Castle Arms Hotel. The evening will also include a mini auction and raffle with many prizes including a Shane Long signed Irish Jersey, a trip for two to Manchester United, a two night break in the lovely Radisson Hotel,   Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, a €250 All4One voucher, a plane ride for two, and many many more. Tickets are €15 includes entry for a door prize. Tickets are available from Mary (086) 0823447 or Ethel (087) 0665752. All proceeds go to the Naomh Bríd Autism Unit in Abbeyleix.

Durrow's developing all the time.

Castle Arms Hotel, celebrating 60 years in business.


Special Olympics Ireland urgently requires volunteers in the Durrow area to help with its charity collection day which takes place on Friday 22nd April.    Collection Day is the biggest annual fund raising event in aid of Special Olympics with the funds supporting more than 9,000 athletes in 360 clubs around Ireland. Special Olympics Ireland    requires volunteers across the day. If you can commit to the full day or even just an hour, please contact Louise Duffy on (01) 8691626, email: or check out the website online.




Congratulations to Lawlor’s Gala, The Square, Durrow on celebrating forty years in business. The Business was started on April 1st 1976 by Billy and Susan Lawlor and family. Down through the years they have provided great service to the people of Durrow and surrounding areas. The business was formerly owned by Brendan Sheeran. Despite the tragic death of Billy in 1994, Susan and her young family put everything into the business and have played a big part in serving the area for all their needs. Great credit is also given to the very friendly and helpful staff. To mark the occasion Susan, Family and staff will celebrate on Friday with their customers by selling chosen items at 1976 prices, a nice cuppa and a free draw.   Everyone wishes Lawlor’s Gala every success in the years ahead.


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Well done to Shane Lawlor, Fermoyle on getting into the final five of the Board Bia’s Ham and Bacon grand final cook off live on the Anton Savage Radio Show recently. Shane cooked a Spicy Roast Bacon and Cabbage and his dish got great praise from all the judges. Shane won an Apple iPad for his efforts.