Out and About in South Laois Extra

Out and About in South Laois Extra

Durrow Saturday market is open every Saturday from 9am to 12.30pm in the Computer Centre beside the RC Church on the Kilkenny Rd. Potatos 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 and extra stalls from now until Christmas! ALSO open on Tuesday 22nd December from 1pm-4pm.

'In the Frame' at Durrow's Christmas Fair

Be it Durrow’s Christmas or Saturday Market there’s always great bargains to be had.

On Monday December 21st the Murphy Family, Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow celebrate sixty years in business in Durrow and to mark this occasion they are hosting a party in the Castle Arms Hotel from 4pm to 8pm to say thanks to their customers, friends, staff both past and present. In 1955 Joe Murphy started his business in Durrow as a grocery shop, hardware and pub and down through the years he developed his business into what it is today, a renowned Hotel and Lounge Bar. In those sixty years the Murphy Family were great local employers and put Durrow on the map. Everyone who knows Joe and Carmel Murphy wish them a long life with good health and to their son Seosamh every success with the business in the  future years ahead.
Fundraising Bag Pack  We have been lucky to secure a fundraising bag pack at Dunnes Stores, Portlaoise on Sunday 20th December. If you are around please do come in and support us, every cent helps and we are happy to assist you in packing your groceries in our fundraising events.
Weekend Paddling  Our Sunday paddle on 13th December brought us to the Kings river with Kilkenny Aqua and Canoe Club. There was a great days paddling and moves over the          Poulanassy waterfall, of which a film is on our Facebook page.

Freestyle The next competitions will take place in the new year due to the high water levels after the recent heavy rainfalls.
Interested in Kayaking With the short evenings, paddling is now only on at weekends. Please check our website and Facebook for details on kayaking lessons and also for details on upcoming trips and  competitions. Please visit online.
The Lions Soccer Club will hold their forty first Annual Monster Christmas Hamper Draw in Lennon Bar on St. Stephen Day at 6pm. First prize is a monster hamper that has loads of good food and goodies, 2nd prize is a full lamb, 3rd and 4th prize are vouchers for weekend away, 5th prize Sports voucher, 6th prize Voucher for Ashbrook Arms and loads more prizes. Tickets are two euro each or three tickets for five euro. Please support, thank you.



For sale A limited number of Lions wind shearer tops and beanie hats are still available to buy. Sizes available SB (7-8 yr old), MB (9-10 yr old), LB (11-12 yr old), S (13yr old), M (14 yrs old) L (15yr old). Contact for further information.
CLOTHES COLLECTION POINT: 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. Please support.
Our group will still meet socially each Wednesday evening at 7pm for the cuppa and a chat commencing on Wednesday 2nd of December at O’Loughlins Hotel, Main St, Portlaoise. All welcome! We will be recommencing our walking group in the New Year. We are also planning some other activities for 2016 to include a six week course of “Gentle Zumba Classes” commencing on January 26th. Please watch out for  updates about further activities and details of group meetings in local newspapers, our Facebook page or on the Arthritis Ireland Website. The Local Branch can be contacted by phone on (089) 2525344.



This New Year’s Day will see the popular Ballacolla walk and  Vintage Run renamed the Richard Moynan Memorial Walk and Vintage Run. Richard who passed away on April 8th 2013 was hugely popular in the area and was known throughout the Country within the vintage fraternity. The New Years Day Vintage Run will take a 15km route starting in Ballacolla village at 2.00pm and continue by Grantstown, Coolacurragh,     Cannonswood, Woodenbridge and return to the finish by Lalor’s Farm Ballygague. The annual walk will also start at 2.00pm and follow it’s usual 6.5km route. The event will support the   Ballacolla Senior Citizens Fund. Your support would be most appreciated.

launch of Richard Moynan memorial Front Michael G Phelan Margret Moynan Marcus Moynan.Back Austin Ryan Jousha Moynan Eamonn Kirwan Anthony Phelan Hilda Moynan William Shirley

Launch of Richard Moynan memorial
Front (L to R): Michael G Phelan, Margret Moynan & Marcus Moynan, Back (L to R): Austin Ryan, Joshua Moynan, Eamonn Kirwan, Anthony Phelan, Hilda Moynan & William Shirley

Huge congratulations to Ms Dunne and the boys from 5th & 6th classes on their great victory earlier this term in the Cumann na mBunscol football finals. The boys worked very hard to earn victories all through the league to top the table earning them a spot in the final. Their opponents Derrylamogue, with whom they had a very tough league encounter, fought hard to overturn the league toppers but the team dug deep and their hard work paid off with the well deserved victory. The boys celebrated in style and earned the whole school a night off homework. The following day the team was presented to the school at assembly and they visited each classroom to show off their silverware.
The pupils of Junior and Senior Infants were treated to a great surprise on Monday 30th November. Coleen from Pet Connections in Portlaoise visited the school and brought a variety of friends with her. Among the beautiful pets were dwarf hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, turtles, fish, rabbits,  budgies, canaries, finches and a ginger kitten. Where possible the pupils were allowed to pet the animals and hold them. It was a terrific and calming experience for all involved ( hopefully the animals felt that way too).   Coleen gave the children a short talk on how to look after the pets and answered the many questions the children had. Please support her shop if you have any pet requirements in the future! Her visit was free of charge and very much appreciated by all!

Our Lady's Meadow News

News from Our Lady’s Meadow School and around Durrow

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 We hope to commence a Squash League/Tournament in the very near future and are looking for players!!! All levels of experience are welcome as everyone will play against opponents of their own standard. Squash is a game that can be enjoyed by all – it is great fun and great exercise. If you are interested, please contact any member of the Cullohill Community Centre Committee.
NEXT DURROW PARISH NEWSLETTER The deadline for inclusion of notes for the next issue is Thursday, January 7th at 7pm and ALL ADVERTS MUST BE BOOKED WITH ANGELA DRENNAN (087) 1928522 OR MARY WALSH(086) 3055157.