Out and About in South Laois

Out and About in South Laois

Out and About in South Laois


Annual Senior Citizen’s Day Trip: On August 13th the Durrow Community Council will host the Annual Senior Citizen’s Day Trip for 2016. Anyone booked on this trip should note that the bus will leave Durrow Catholic Church Car Park at 9am in the morning and returning at 9pm in the evening.




Put the kettle on and relax as on Sunday August 7th at 6.30pm   Durrow will feature on the RTE1 TV programme Creedon’s Epic East. The programme will include a visit to Bob’s Bar, a chat, music and craic. The show will also cover a trip on the High Nellies and a visit to the Ballroom of Romance in the hall – reliving the sixties era, all dressed in the fashion of the time. Don’t miss it and if you do, make sure to set your Sky+ to record!



Our scouts travelled to Castle Saunderson, County Cavan for their Annual Camp. The title of camp was Camp 4 – the fourth camp in a series of National Camps with one more to go before The Jamboree which will be held at Stradbally in 2018. Our scouts had a fantastic time with activities including: pioneering, backwoods, drumming, rafting, kayaking and much, much more. We are all looking forward to camp 5 in Mountmellary during 2017. Happy days ahead! The Scouts also had a ball at Scoutfest in Garryhinch, where a relaxed festival-style camp took place with music and games. Our scout section is now closed until September.

Durrow Scout group on the march

Durrow Scouts News

The Beavers went two nights under canvas in Fota, Co. Cork – a first for some of the beavers. They loved their trip to Cobh on the train and the visit of Fota Wildlife Park.
The Cubs had two successful camps in Clara, Co. Offaly and in Castle Saunderson, Co. Cavan where they met new friends and had fun at mud runs, water slides, catapult building and hikes. The sun shone for these two camps and made them some of the best camps ever.
If you know anybody who would like to join scouts as a leader, please contact Delphine on (086) 3655178 as soon as possible.


Final Night in Durrow: The final walk in the popular Laois Festival of Walks will take place on the Leafy Loop, Durrow. The Leafy loop brings you through woodlands, farmland, riverbanks and loads more with a delightful rich abundance of flora and fauna. This is a Grade A walk of 12 kilometers and it will take well over two hours. The meeting place is the Castle Arms Hotel at 7.15pm this Friday, 29th July.




Laois County Council is happy to announce the reopening of the library in Durrow situated at the old Courthouse on Chapel St. The library will be open on Tuesdays from 1.30pm until 5.30pm and 6pm until 7.30pm; Wednesdays from 10am until 1.30pm and 2pm until 5.30pm; also Saturdays from 11am until 1pm. Membership to the library is free to all and provides a range of services for the community, so call in and say hello!


Readers: Saturday Evenings: August 6th and 13th: Catherine Freeman; August 20th and 27th: Ann Vaugh. Sunday Mornings: August 7th and 14th: Declan Phelan;  August 21st and 28th: Michael Conroy.
Church Cleaning Rota – August: Maeve Thornton, Eileen Keenan, Brigid Traynor and Angela Drennan.
Eucharist Ministers – August: Saturdays – Kate Doogue and Mary Doogue; Sundays – Liam Kavanagh and Brigid Jordan.

Rest in Peace

Rest in Peace

SYMPATHY is extended to Steven and Stephanie Thomas and the Morrissey Family, Durrow on the death of Teresa recently.


The School of Psychology in Trinity College Dublin are currently seeking male and female participants over the age of 60 to take part in a study      examining decision-making and health. The study can be completed online or in person, and will take approximately 25 minutes to complete. For more information please contact Sinead on (083) 8342455 or by email at – alternatively you can complete the survey here.


The first weekly meetings of Friends of Cuan Mhuire will take place at 7.30pm on Friday 5th August at the Sue Ryder Centre, Kilminchy in Portlaoise. If you or someone you know is suffering with alcohol, narcotics or gambling addictions we are here to support you and to listen to you with compassion. This is an opportunity to meet and talk with people who understand your issues. If you are in recovery from addiction, struggling with addiction or need support due to someone else’s addiction we can offer a wide variety of help and support systems.

Friends of Cuan Mhuire

Friends of Cuan Mhuire

Sister Consilio will give a talk at the first meeting along with her team of highly trained staff members. Everyone is welcome to come along. Light refreshments will be available on the night. More information is available from Kieran (085) 7754876, Liam (087) 8298808 or Andrew (085) 1106872.


A book with 200 pages of Photographs spanning almost 100 years of Durrow and Cullohill memories including ICA, Hurling, Camogie, Soccer, School to mention but a few. Books for sale €25 each or two for €40. Please text or call Tom on (087) 2936531 or Kathleen on (086) 8263368.
CONGRATULATIONS to Richard Dunne, Knockanoran, Durrow and Fiona Brennan, Cloushan, Attanagh on their recent Marriage.


A vacancy has opened in the Country Market for anyone    interested in selling Home Made Cakes, Buns, Breads, etc… For further information please   contact Marie Clooney on (087) 7742506 or drop by the Saturday Market.

Durrow & Cullohill News

Durrow & Cullohill News


The Alzheimer Information Unit will be at the Scarecrow festival in Durrow until 6pm on Saturday 30th July and in Stradbally at the Annual Steam Rally on Sunday July 31st and Monday August 1st. The Service is to raise awareness about dementia and to ensure that people have access to the information they need to live well with Dementia. If you feel you would like to avail of this service for yourself or a family member please feel free to drop in for a chat at any time.

Durrow Lotto

Durrow Parish Lotto


Monday 18th July 2016: There was no jackpot winner of €7,850. The Numbers drawn were: 02, 05, 06 and 16. The small draw winners were: €30: Mary Monahan, Erkindale Dr, Durrow, Laois; €25: Terence Jacob, Carrigan St, Durrow, Laois; €20: Andrew Cantwell, Moyne, Durrow, Co. Laois.
Monday 25th July 2016: There was no jackpot winner of €8,000. The Numbers drawn were: 11, 17, 20 and 27. The small draw winners were: €30: G. Connolly, c/o Durrow Post Office; €25: Padraig Phelan, Oldtown Cullohill, Co. Laois; €20: Eoin and Andrew Farnan, Durrow, Co. Laois.


Home Instead Senior Care is the largest non-medical home care provider in Ireland. We urgently require Care Givers in the Durrow and Cullohill areas. Candidates should have completed or be studying a FETAC Level 5 Qualification or Equivalent. Patient moving and handling qualification and experience is an advantage. Fluent English and own transport essential. Must have a kind, dependable and trustworthy nature. Please call Philomena on (045) 484623 or by email

Home Instead Caregivers

Home Instead Caregivers


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.


There will be no meeting in August, with the next meeting being held on  September 6th in Cullohill Community Centre.

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


Calling all residents to come out on Tuesday nights to clean and tidy outside your own home and premises, there is a lot to be done. Volunteers along with Durrow Development Forum, have been working over the past few weeks to weed, clean and plant around the town, all help is needed. If you can come out on Tuesday nights to sweep and clean around your own home it would be greatly appreciated.
Watering Flowers: We ask residents to help water any flowers planted in your area either in baskets, pots or flower beds.

Clean Up Laois Week Photo courtsy of

News from Durrow & Cullohill Photo of Cullohill courtesy of Bernard Kilbride


Anyone looking for help can contact us on (087) 3476012.


Durrow-Cullohill Parish Anglers held a trout fishing competition for the Bill Kelly   Memorial Cup on Sunday July 24th last. The winner was Michael Walsh; Second – Pat Dunphy, and Third – Seamus Coffey. In the Juvenile sections the U14 winner was Daniel O’Regan; second – Kyle Murphy and third – Luke McLoughlin with the U18 winner being Patrick O’Regan.
The next competition will be a pike competition and all members will receive a text with full   details of the date, time and venue.

Durrow and Cullahill anglers reeling in new season

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Paddling continues at the Bridge in Durrow on each    Wednesday night from 7.15pm for Juniors. Our juniors are also competing in polo with South east and Kilkenny Aqua and Canoe Club. Trips and events for weekends are on our Facebook page.
Scarecrow Festival: LKCC were delighted to be assisting again this year in the Teen Zone with a Kayaking night on Wednesday 27th at the Bridge in Durrow. We had a lot of happy people   after the event and were lucky to have nice weather on the night.

Laois Canoe and Kayaking club making waves

Laois Canoe and Kayaking club making waves

Updates and news on forthcoming events are on our Facebook Page and also on our website at online.


The Lions are holding there Annual BBQ and Awards Day on the 20th of August at 3pm. A great day out for the whole family is assured and we hope to see yea all there as there will be a raffle on the day with two fantastic prizes: Dinner for 2 in the Newpark Hotel and    Dinner for 2 in the Ashrook Arms. There will also be an opportunity for players to register for the upcoming season.


Well done to Avril Deegan who has now came to the end of the track season and now prepares for cross country. After a good run in the All Ireland Schools, Avril came back to Tullamore to claim the silver medals in the Leinster 3000m and 1500m. Next up was the Junior All Ireland’s where Avril won gold in the 5000m event. Avrils first All Ireland title. Two weeks later Avril ran in the U19 800m All Ireland Final and claimed a silver medal in a very fast race. Finally Avril finished off the track season with the U19 All Ireland’s last weekend to win silver in the 3000m and bronze in the 1500m.

Avril being interviewed after another success

Avril being interviewed after another success. Photo courtesy of


Jack’s Golf Society held the President’s Prize in Carton House Golf Club recently. A very enjoyable round was had by all on the O’Meara Course. The results were: First – Pat Alley; Second – Cathal Phelan and Third – James Joyce. Front 8: Liam Delahunty & Back 9: Mark Kirwan. The next outing is the Captain’s Prize on 24th August in Naas Golf Club.


The Woodenbridge Paddlers will hold a fundraiser as part of the Blueway 10K challenge on Sunday 21st August. The event will start from the Woodenbridge on the River  Erkina at 12noon and will conclude on the River Nore at New York. Refreshments will be held afterwards in the Fly Fishing Museum Attanagh. The Woodenbridge Paddlers have been the providers of the Blueway 12 week programme in Laois and have attracted big numbers to  practice sessions twice weekly many of which are first timers to the sport of canoeing. This  programme is rolled out by Waterways Ireland and Canoeing Ireland. We invite all our friends and supporters to be part of this event. Sponsorship cards are available at Wednesday and  Saturday sessions. For more information contact (087) 2395357.

Blueways Ireland programme courtesy of Woodenbridge Paddlers

Blueways Ireland programme courtesy of Woodenbridge Paddlers