Out and About in South Laois Extra

Out and About in South Laois Extra

Killermogh Parish Union held their monthly whist drive on Thursday night last. The top score was Tom Gowing; First Lady – Mary McCabe; Second Lady – Lena McEvoy; First Gent – Ciarian Breen,        Second Gent – Tom Lalor; Low Score – Damian Carter; Quarters – Kate Bennett, Francis Stanley, Mary Dohney, Sadie Carter and Margaret Slevin. The raffle winners were – Ray Seale, Pauric Dowling, Nora Breen and Pauric Dowling. The next Whist Drive will be held on Thursday November 26th at 8.30pm.
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. Location:  Bob’s Bar, Durrow. Date: next Saturday 14th November from 10am to 12pm. To book a place contact Mary on (086) 8422029.
Cullohill/Durrow Flower and Garden Club hold their November meeting on Monday November 9th at 8pm in Cullohill Community Centre. This month we hold our Annual General Meeting. We also discuss some ideas for Christmas. Our Annual Christmas Gala Flower Arranging and demonstration will be held in the Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow on Monday night November 23rd at 8pm. The floral demonstrator on the night will be Enda Phelan-Thompson. All are welcome to attend.
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.
Tuesday 27th October 2015: There was no jackpot winner of €2,350. Numbers: 03, 04, 05 and 28. The small draw winners were: €30: Kathleen Dunne, c/o The Castle Arms Hotel; €25: Elaine Kearney, Ballacolla, County Laois; €20: Eileen Keenan, Cork Road, Durrow, Laois.

Durrow Lotto

Durrow Parish Lotto

Monday 2nd November 2015: There was no jackpot winner of €2,500. Numbers: 06, 09, 17 and 20. The small draw winners were: €30: Esther O’Regan, Derrywood, Durrow, Laois; €25: Lilly Fitzpatrick, Seandoire, Durrow, Laois; €20: Bob Campion, Bob’s Bar, Durrow, Co. Laois.
Sympathy to the Bergin family late of Castlewood, Durrow and the all the Presentation Sisters on the death of Sr. Eilish Bergin in the Presentation Convent, Thurles recently.
Sympathy to Canice Maher and family, Cullohill Village on their recent bereavement.
The plan for how communities across Laois will commemorate the Centenary of the 1916 Rising will be formally launch on 26th November at 7.30pm in Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise. All are most welcome to attend.
Durrow Bridge Club continues in the Presentation Centre every week on Wednesdays. Anyone interested in beginners classes should contact Marie Foley for more details.
The Community Centre in Durrow is available for bookings to hold parties or any sports activities etc… Contact: Mary Walsh (086) 3055157.
ST VINCENT de PAUL: Anyone looking for help can contact us on (087) 3476012.

St. Vincent de Paul Durrow news

St. Vincent de Paul 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 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! Extra stalls from now until Christmas!
to Louise Mahony of Laois and the Harps Camogie on being presented with “Soaring Star” award at a function held in the City West Hotel on Saturday night last. This award is very well deserved as Louise was and is a star Camogie player for her club, The Harps and for her county Laois. Very well done Louise, an award very truly deserved.

Harps Camogie team. Photo courtesy of

The Harps Camogie team Photo courtesy of

Congratulations to Emmett Dunne, Rath, Durrow and Bonnie Clancy, Fermoyle, Durrow on their recent engagement.
Congratulations to Aisling Vaugh, Tinweir, Durrow & Justin Webb, London on their recent engagement.
Durrow Credit Union since it foundation has been one of the greatest      successes ever in Durrow thanks mainly to the huge support it receives locally, to the wonderful staff and the great committees that kept Durrow Credit Union growing year after year. As of Monday November 2nd Durrow Credit Union Members joined with St. Canice’s Credit Union, Kilkenny to become a new and bigger Credit Union which will benefit the former members of Durrow Credit Union.
Social Dance classes continue at the Community Hall, Johnstown on Wednesday nights from 8.30pm in a social atmosphere, while losing weight and tone the muscles you can learn the old time waltz, the quick step, the jive, the foxtrot, the slosh and many other dances. You don’t need a partner just come along and bring a friend. More information from (086) 8825200.
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.
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.
A Book Launch will be held at 8pm on Friday 27th November in the Castle Arms Hotel for “A Score and Ten” by Seán Conroy (The Harps – Winning Titles for over 30 years – and other GAA Victories in the Parish.) The book – a pictorial history – will be launched on the night by Liam O’Neill, Past-President of the GAA. All are most welcome to attend.

Harps GAA: Standing tall on and off the field

Stirring tales about Harps GAA

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 on or directly to  Heritage House or by phone on (086) 6071258.
Members of Durrow Gun Club had a very successful first day of the new season’s shooting on November 1st last. The first day competitions were all very well contested with the eaviest Pheasant: First – David Donohue; Second – Michael Monahan; Third – Seamus Doyle. Longest Pheasant: First – Lee Donohue; Second – Ray Fogarty; Third – Michael Monahan. The best overall bird on the night was won by David Donohue. Congratulations to all our winners and a special thank you to the landowners who make this day possible. Thank you also to Joe Doyle who judged all competitions. The Tommy Thornton Memorial Cup and the Sean Jacob Shield was won by Lee Donohue, this is the third time in the club history that both trophies were won by the same person. Lee’s father David won both trophies twice in 1991 and 1997. Congratulations to Lee and best of luck to all gun club members for the season ahead!

Durrow Gun Club News

Durrow Gun Club News

The next local orienteering event featuring local man Conall Whelan will be held at Castlecomer Park on 22nd November. All are welcome. More info at online.
Durrow/Cullohill parish Anglers held their last pike fishing competition of the year for the John Dwyer Memorial Cup. The competition was held on Grantstown Lake and it proved to be very difficult to land fish. The winner was David Walsh and runner-up was Pat Dunphy. Well done to all involved.
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Strictly DDF and Harps Dancing: Congratulations to all our kayakers who took part in Sundays Nore Basin Peddle and Paddle which took place on November 1st in aid of the Strictly DDF and Harps dancing fundraiser. This event included LKCC kayakers and Durrow High Nellie Cyclists paddling and peddling from Durrow to Ballyragget with a BBQ afterwards in Bob’s bar, it was a very successful event and the great weather and organisation of the event helped to make it run smoothly. There was a lot of fun had by participants of all ages and we look forward to our next event.

Laois Canoe and Kayaking club making waves

Laois Canoe and Kayaking club making waves

Instructors: Congratulations to Fergal Hill and Hannah Rafferty who passed their canoe instructor assessment recently. It’s a great boost to the club, we now have 8 certified instructor’s 4 kayak and 4  canoe (open boat). Well done to both of them.
Interested in Kayaking: with the short evening, kayaking is now only at week-ends, if you are     interested in kayaking, please take a look at our Facebook under Laois Kayak and Canoe Club and also check on line on for updates on events and meets.
Congratulations to Niamh Dunne & Ciara Dowling Ladies Junior Doubles All-Ireland Handball       Champions!
Last date for inclusion of notes is Thursday, November 26th at 7pm to and ALL ADVERTS MUST BE BOOKED WITH ANGELA DRENNAN (087) 1928522 OR MARY WALSH (086) 3055157.