Out and About in South Laois

Out and About in South Laois


The Scouts in Durrow are delighted with the good weather coming our way. Preparations are well underway for the upcoming county camps and summer camps. The beavers are heading to Fota Island in Cork at the end of June. It will be the first night for some new beavers to sleep under canvass! It’s all really exciting but also a bit scary for some, however they already had a sleepover in their own Den and in the Kilkenny Den, so their parents are now getting used to sleeping away from them! Soon, like the Cubs and the Scouts, they will be practising pitching their tents… a lot of work still to do but it is so much fun! Look out for more reports in the coming weeks ahead.

Durrow Scout group on the march

Durrow Scouts News


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.


In preparation for this years festival weekly scarecrow workshops have commenced and will continue every Wednesday evening from 7pm in Evelyn Clancy’s house at Barnhill, Durrow. 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.

Horses for courses at the Scarecrow Festival!

Horses for courses at the Scarecrow Festival!


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.

Strides for life group at Cuisle Centre

Strides for life group at Cuisle Centre


The AGM for the Derrywood Resident’s   Association will be held on Thursday 28th April 2016 at 8.30pm in Presentation Hall, Durrow. We would urge all residents to attend as there are important issues to be discussed.


The Annual General Meeting of Dunmore Community Alert will be held in Bob’s Bar, Durrow on Sunday April 24th at 7pm. All members are invited and encouraged to attend. Dunmore community Alert has done tremendous work in the area in helping to prevent crime and great credit is due to everyone fortheir work in particular the very dedicated committee. In the past year Dunmore Community Alert has had Camera fitted throughout their area and this is a first in Ireland. Do come to our AGM and support the great work being done by Dunmore Community Alert and its members.

Laois Community Alert News

Laois Community Alert News


Readers: Saturday Evenings: April 23rd – Kay Sheppard; April 30th and May 7th – Mary Lawlor; May 14th and 21st – Catherine Walsh. Sunday Mornings: April 24th –    Gearoid Ryan; May 1st and 8th: Liam Phelan; May 15th and 22nd – Fergal Hassett.
Church Cleaning Rota – May 2016: Daisy and Mary Dollard, Kay Mahony and Babe Duggan.
Eucharist Ministers – May 2016: Saturdays – Rose Woods and Sean Phelan; Sundays – John Kelly and Maura Fitzpatrick.


Sympathy is extended to Mary Monahan and Family, 31 Erkindale Drive, Durrow on their recent bereavement.
Sympathy is extended to the Fitzpatrick Family, Upper Tubberboe, Durrow on their recent     bereavement.
Sympathy is extended to the Mooney Family, Closhaun, Attanagh 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 March 30th were: First – Fr. John Lalor and Ann Fitzpatrick; Second – Ella Walsh and Mairead Woods; Third – Theresa Muldowney and Jimmy Ryan. The winners on April 6th were: First N¦S – Rose Talbot and Sadie Phelan; Second N¦S – Marie Foley and Jack Murphy; First E¦W – Babe Duggan and Phil Mahony; Second E¦W Fr. John Lalor and Ann Dooley; Well done to all! New members welcome.