Out and About in South Laois Extra

Out and About in South Laois Extra

Laois IFA 60th Anniversary Dinner Dance will be held on Saturday October 31th in the Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix. Guest of Honor will be Eddie Downey, National President IFA. Tickets can be got from Sean Duggan, (0872348023) or any member of IFA.
Laois IFA Seminar

Laois IFA News

A Christmas Craft Fair will take place in the Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow on Saturday, 7th November from 11am to 6pm and will feature Crafts people from all over counties Laois and Kilkenny who will present their unique Christmas gifts at affordable prices. If you wish to have a    table at this event – please contact Mary on (087) 2200199 or by email
Any old or unwanted clothes or fabric can be left in the porch of the Cullohill Community Centre. All in aid of Cullohill Handball Club. Please support.
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday November 3rd at 8pm.
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

Landowners are reminded by Laois County Council that the period for Hedge Cutting runs from 1st September 2015 to the 29th February, 2016. Landowners have a responsibility to ensure that hedges, ditches, trees or any other vegetation growing on their land are not nor could not become a danger to individuals using or working on a public road. Hedgerows along the public road that require cutting or trimming back should be cut immediately and all cuttings moved… Many thanks.
A Family Fun Day in aid of the Parents Council of St. Tighearnach’s School in Cullohill will take place on Sunday 8th November from 1pm to 4pm. The venue for the event will be Cullohill Community Centre and the adjoining field. Thanks to PJ Aylward, the art of threshing will be on display in Cullohill for the first time in nearly 50 years.

Clean Up Laois Week Photo courtsy of

Out and about in Cullohill (Photo of Cullohill courtesy of Bernard Kilbride)

There will also be a butter churning as well as a vintage machinery exhibition. Cullohill Equestrian Centre will provide pony rides on the day. Inside the community centre, there will be a host of activities for all the family including a Nerf Shooting      Gallery, Fairy Door Making, Nail Art, Face Painting, Cake Sale and refreshments. Admission is €5 per adult and children are free. Donations of cakes etc… for the cake sale would be very much appreciated.

The DRG Book – Durrow & Cullohill Gatherings 2013 is on sale in Our Lady’s Meadow School. Price €25. If you would like a copy but are unable to travel to the school just give Tom (087) 2936531 or Kathleen (086) 8263368 a ring and we can deliver one to your house. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the School Building Fund.
Album Launch:
Davie Furey will launch his excellent forthcoming album ‘Easy Come, Easy Go’. It will be officially launched in Whelan’s of Wexford Street, Dublin, on Sunday, November 15th at 8pm. For further information on this event, please visit online.
You are very welcome to come along to public meetings to discuss a Local Economic and Community Plan for Laois. The Plan is to promote economic development and community development in Laois. This important meeting will be held on 3rd November from 7pm to 9pm in Rathdowney. For more information please phone the Local Enterprise Office on (057) 8661800.
Monday 12th October 2015: There was no jackpot winner of €2,050. The Numbers drawn were: 01, 06, 14 and 27. The small draw winners were: €30: Paddy Bowe, St. Kierans, Johnstown, KK; €25: Ken Mooney, Earlsgarden, Attanagh, Laois; €20: Alice Gleeson.

Durrow Lotto

Durrow Parish Lotto

Monday 19th October 2015: There was no jackpot winner of €2,200. The Numbers drawn were: 06, 09, 17 and 20. The small draw winners were: €30: William Lawlor, Fermoyle, Durrow, Co. Laois; €25: Margaret Moore, Tubberboe, Durrow, Laois; €20: Noel Kirby, Cullohill, County Laois.
LAOIS 2016 COMMEMORATION PLAN: The plan for how communities across Laois will commemorate the Centenary of the 1916 Rising will be formally launch on 26h November at 7.30pm in Áras an      Chontae, Portlaoise. All are welcome.
To Jonathan Walsh, 10 Erkindale Drive, Durrow and Maricia Horan, Birr, Co. Offaly on their recent marriage.
Congratulations to Niall Brophy, Carrigan Street, Durrow and Emma O’Connell, Cullohill Village on their recent engagement.
The 1st of November is fast approaching and Durrow Gun Club would like to thank the local landowners for the use of their land. We are very conscious that without their generosity we could not function.

Durrow Gun Club

Durrow Gun Club News

Thanks also to anyone else who supports us in any way throughout the year, to The Castle Arms for the use of their facilities and Bob’s Bar who promote our lotto sales. New members from the area are welcome – we’d love to have some new enthusiastic members. Shooting is a healthy, active sport enjoyed by young and old throughout the country. Our emphasis is as always on game protection. For more information contact any member of the committee.

Adult Music classes will be held in Heritage House, Abbeyleix every Thursday night. Beginners welcome. Flute, whistle, guitar, banjo taught. Good craic to be had by all the participants. The Tutor is highly qualified and experienced. Contact us via email or directly to  Heritage House or by phone on (086) 6071258.

Abbeyleix Heritage House hosts another fascinating talk.

Abbeyleix Heritage House hosts music classes

Basic Computer & Internet Training for Beginners – Are you working in the Rural Community, Farming, Senior Citizen, Unemployed? “Irish Rural Link” is a non-profit organization. We are holding training sessions to provide Basic Computer Training for people throughout Ireland. Location:  Durrow (Venue to be Confirmed); Date: Saturday 14th November from 10am to 12pm. To book a place contact Mary on (086) 8422029.
Interesting in Kayaking: Kayaking is now moved to week-ends due to closing evenings, if you would like to kayak, please keep an eye out on our Facebook page here also at our website here online.
Jack’s Golf Society Christmas Hamper outing will be Saturday 31st October in Esker Hills Golf Club Tullamore. All golfers are most welcome. Contact Declan on (057) 8736280 or (087) 9893044 to put your name on the timesheet.


All your Laois Golf news here!

Our local orienteer, Conall Whelan will be competing for Ireland in the Junior Home  Internationals at Magilligan Sand Dunes this Bank Holiday weekend. Junior teams from Scotland, Ireland (all counties), Wales and England will battle it out in County Derry. Conall will run an 8km course on   Saturday and relays on Sunday. More info at online. The next local orienteering event will be held at Castlecomer Park on 22nd November, all are welcome.
Durrow/Cullohill parish Anglers are holding their final Pike fishing competition of the season on Sunday October 25th on Grantstown Lake, Ballacolla. Best of Luck to all involved!

Durrow and Cullahill anglers reeling in new season

All your Laois angling news

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 Wood’s shop. Thank you for your continued support.

Durrow Scout group on the march

Durrow Scouts News

Durrow Saturday market is open every Saturday from 9am to 12.30pm in the Computer Centre beside the RC Church on the Kilkenny Rd. Potato’s and Fresh Veg are available, to book your favourites please ring Marie on (087) 7742506. Home Baking from Bernie Brennan is also now available with a selection of fresh breads, scones, tarts and cakes. You can also book cakes for parties etc… with Bernie. Do come along, great value on offer!
Anyone looking for help can contact us on (087) 3476012.

St. Vincent de Paul Durrow news

St. Vincent de Paul news

The aim of the Group is to lessen social isolation and enhance the quality of life. If you are feeling isolated, lonely and need a friend to talk to please contact Pat on (086) 8096693. This service is totally confidential and we will not in any way interfere with your lifestyle, or get in the way of you doing the things you have to do every day. Your visitor will drop in just for a friendly chat, to talk about the things happening in your area, things hitting the national headlines, or anything else you would like to chat about.
The relationship is a voluntary one on both sides. The Befriender is there to provide some form of    regular, practical assistance and support. If you feel we can be of help to you or would like to find out more about this service do not hesitate to contact us on the above phone number.
Monday night in the hall on The Square at 8.30pm and there is €1,000 in prize money every week. We also run a raffle. Books are at €7.50 for a single book with sheets and €15 for a double book with double sheets. There is also a bus service running from Durrow. For more information on pick up times please contact Dick on (086) 8402139.

It's Bingo time!

It’s Bingo time in Ballinakill!

The next Durrow Parish Newsletter will be on sale weekending November 7th/8th. NOTICE: The deadline for inclusion of notes is Thursday, November 5th at 7pm to and ALL ADVERTS MUST BE BOOKED WITH ANGELA DRENNAN (087) 1928522 OR MARY WALSH (086) 3055157.