Out and About in South Laois

Out and About in South Laois


Following a very successful visit to Durrow by the Irish Blood Transfusion Service the following people received awards! Gold – (20 donations) Mary Paul Delaney, Cullohill; John Kenny,   Parkbawn; Stephanie Phelan, Durrow and Salvator Mezzapelle, Abbeyleix. Silver – (10 donations)    Lyndsey Gaughan, Portlaoise; Martin Kennedy, Ballyouskill and Jane Wallace, Ballacolla. Many thanks to all who attended the clinic!


The September meeting of Cullohill ICA was held in the Community Centre on Tuesday night September 1st. Prayers were offered and votes of sympathy were extended to family of Tom Doheny, Graigueavoice, and to the Family of Nurse Ann Rafter who served as district nurse for years, and the family of Margaret McGree, Portlaoise who was laid to rest in Cullohill cemetery on Wednesday. May all their souls rest in peace.
Congratulations to Vivien Rigley of Arles who represents Laois in the Brown Bread Competition during the Ploughing Championship. Three members will represent the Guild at the Federation meeting in Timahoe on September 14th. Ann and Mary reported on their week in An Grianan and gave useful advice on how to look after your health and well-being. Congratulations were extended to Leaving certificate students on their results and they are wished well in their further studies. Mary Bergin, Mary Kavanagh and Mary Kelly won the raffle and the next meeting will be on Tuesday October 6th at 8pm in Cullohill.




The event will be launched on Friday 25th September in Lennon’s Venue at 9pm. We would very much like to thank all the dancers who are giving so generously of their time to participate and to raise funds for the two groups – The Harps GAA and Durrow Development Forum. We also acknowledge the great support of the community who have been supporting their fundraising events so generously throughout the summer.
Bagatelle in Concert:

As part of their Final Year Tour, Bagatelle will appear at The Castle Arms Hotel on Friday 23rd October from 9pm ‘tillmidnight. The concert is for Trish and Ronnie who are taking part in Strictly Come Dancing. Tickets, €20 each, are available from The Castle Arms Hotel, Lawlors Gala and The Copper Kettle or by contacting Trish directly on (086) 8779014. A great night is assured.
Monster Raffle: Claire Walsh and Rory Doyle are holding a monster raffle as part of their Strictly Come Dancing fundraiser. Tickets €5 each. First Prize: Calf (or cash value); Second Prize: Weekend Break for Two; Third: Monster Hamper. Please Support. Claire (087) 9800007. Rory (086) 1591903.

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Would you like to volunteer in your local community? The Durrow unit of Laois Civil Defence are currently recruiting new members to join our ever   growing team of skilled volunteers. Our volunteers train each week and receive qualifications which are recognised nationally in areas such as: Casualty/First Aid, Search & Rescue,      Swiftwater & Flood Response, Communications & Basic Fire Fighting Skills. Civil Defence plays an important role in the local community dealing with severe weather, flooding, missing person searches and first aid for major events. For more information please visit the Laois Civil       Defence website online.


Durrow/Abbeyleix Macra will be holding a Scavenger Hunt in Durrow on Saturday, 26th of September. The hunt will consist of teams of four following a number of clues which will guide them through the places to see and different bars in Durrow. The night will kick off from Dec’s Bar at 8.30pm. Entry is €5 per person with free draw entry. Check us out on Facebook for more details.


Please Support the Scouts: We would ask that all the parents of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts to please support the Durrow Scouts in their fundraising by buying the newsletter either at the Church gate or in Tommy Kenna Family Butchers on The Square. Also to purchase a Parish Lotto ticket either in The Castle Arms Hotel, The Post Office or Tom Woods shop. Thank you for your continued support.

Durrow Scout group on the march

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Happy Days Creche, Durrow, is established for the past 15 years. All our staff have a minimum of Level 6 qualifications. We qualify for all the Government Schemes so if you are interested in returning to the work force and need childcare, please contact us anytime on (087) 9194428. There are two places available on the ECCE Scheme.

HIGH NELLY: Derrinlough to Durrow:

On Saturday and Sunday August 29th and 30th nearly thirty people took part in the High Nelly Heritage Cycle from Derrinlough to Durrow (in the ”Wheelrims” of William Bulfin (1864-1910). There was a large crowd to welcome them to Durrow as well as two direct decendents of the Great William Bulfin, Jack and Mary. This journey retraces one of William Bulfin, “Rambles in Eirinn” journeys and when he came to Durrow he describes it “A Gem in the Basin of the Nore”. Well done to everyone who took on the two day challenge and to Hughie Sheppard and Team for organising this event.

High Nelly Trail

Derrinlough to Durrow on a High Nelly!


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Readers: Sunday Mornings: September 13th: Fergal Hassett; September 20th: Stephanie Phelan; September 27th: Michael Conroy. Saturday Evenings: September 12th: Oliver Lawlor; September 19th: Seosamh Murphy; September 26th: Noreen Joyce.
Ministers of the Eucharist for September:

Sunday Mornings: Liam Kavanagh and Brigid Jordan.   Saturday Evenings: Miriam Connolly and Seamus Clancy.
Church Cleaning Rota – October:

Teresa Dunphy, Mary Lawlor, Margaret Donohue and Brigid Conroy.


Sympathy is extended to the McGree family, Carrigan St, Durrow on their recent bereavement.


Appeal for mens clothes/shoes/jackets/gloves and toiletries such as soap, razors, toothbrushes and toothpaste for Syrian Migrants. They can be dropped to Ann Lanigan or she can collect. (087) 7749281.