Durrow news

Congratulations to the set dancers from Durrow/Abbeyleix Macra who have reached the National Talent final, which will be held in The Helix in Dublin on May 18th. The girls won both the county round and the regional round of the competition to get to the National Final. We wish the girls all the best in the competition. The team members are Br�d Walsh, Cathy Downey, Laura Brennan and Catherine Walshe.

Lotto

The parish lotto with a jackpot and of €7,400 was not won, small winners were €30 William c/o Granny Sue, €25 Noreen Joyce, €20 Ted Farrell. The lotto will be in the Durrow Inn, on May 20 with a possible jackpot of €7,700. Tickets must be handed in before 9.30pm on the night of the draw to be included in that jackpot.

FAS

The local Community Employment Scheme will be looking for playschool assistant and general operatives on the scheme commencing the end of May. All enquiries to the local office beside the church.

Blood Donor

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service mobile unit visited Durrow on Thursday May 9 from 4.30pm to 8pm in the Castle Arms Hotel. There was a great turn out of donors with over one hundred and twenty donating blood. Many thanks to all who attended and to the people who attended and could not donate blood for various reasons

Fishing

Durrow /Cullohill Parish Anglers are holding a pike competition on Granstown Lake on Sunday May 19 from 10am to 6pm. All members will be notified by “text” during the week with full details of the competition and rules . This will be the first competition the club will host on the lake since it acquired the fishing rights and hopefully many fish will be caught and weighed in and released. For more details contact the secretary Michael Walsh.

Young Voice of Laois 2013

The stage is set for The Young of Voice Final which will be held in the Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow on Saturday May 18. This singing competition showcases and encourages the young talented singers of the county. Auditions were held in recent weeks in both Portlaoise and Durrow and as always the quality of entrants was very high. Fifteen auditionees have been selected to participate in the final which will be judged by Helena Begley and Geraldine Ryan. The winner of this coveted title will be awarded the Ronan Lawlor Memorial Cup and receive a Voice Training Scholarship from the Laois School of Music and the opportunity to perform at both the ‘Durrow Scarecrow Festival’ and the ‘Laois School of Music Concert’. As well as the fifteen competing performances, last year’s winner Michael Kirkman will also perform. Admission €10 for adults and €5 for children.

The Gathering

As part of ‘The Gathering’ Durrow Development Forum will be putting postcards advertising the Durrow Scarecrow Festival in local shops etc. over the next week. DDF would very much appreciate if people would post the card to friends or family abroad and invite them to Durrow over the course of the festival. 

Scarecrows

The programme for this year’s event is very close to completion. A draft of the festival highlights is currently available online. Please visit the www.durrow.ie  and facebook page www.facebook.com/durrowscarecrowfestival regularly for updates.

Macra congrats

Congratulations to the set dancers from Durrow/Abbeyleix Macra who have reached the National Talent final, which will be held in The Helix in Dublin on May 18th. The girls won both the county round and the regional round of the competition to get to the National Final. We wish the girls all the best in the competition. The team members are Bríd Walsh, Cathy Downey, Laura Brennan and Catherine Walshe. 

Tidy Towns

Durrow Tidy Towns have decided to have work evenings every Thursday nights over the coming months. There will be designated areas every night and the residents of these areas are asked to come out and help make your area cleaner. Sacks and pickers are available from the FAS office beside the church. All help would be greatly appreciated. The committee would also ask householders and businesses to put out window boxes and /or hanging baskets to add color to the town to impress visitors over the summer.