Durrow

Marie Gleeson, Jim Clancy and Bridget McCormack watch course Instructor, John Liston as he opens the census records during the "My People, My Place. My Heritage" initial training night held in the Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow last Wednesday.                                          Photo Kevin Byrne NRF
Lotto

Lotto

The parish lotto with a jackpot and of €7,100 was not won, small winners were €30 Bernie White, €25 John Dunphy, Oldtown, €20 Catheriona Henderson. The lotto will be in the Peadar’s Bar, on May 7 with a possible jackpot of €7,400. Tickets must be handed in before 9.30pm on the night of the draw to be included in that jackpot.

Dawn Chorus

The dawn chorus will be held on Sunday May 5 in Dunmore wood at 5am. Assemble at Dunmore Wood car park and enjoy the walk led by Pat Durkin of Birdwatch Ireland. Breakfast will be served on return, all welcome, For more details contact Noleen Dunphy 0879636460.

Age Friendly

Kilkenny Age Friendly County programme is available to provide ‘Aging with Confidence’ in your area. The eight weeks workshop is a personal development programme designed to help people over 55 explore their aging process. The programme is run by two trained facilitators and looks at all aspects of aging including physical, emotional and intellectual. The workshop is free of charge and is usually run at local community/parish centers. Enquiries welcome from community centers/individuals and groups. If you are interested in attending or holding a workshop please contact Moira in the Age Friendly office on 056 7772787 for further details or email agefriendlycounty@gmail.com

Fishing

Durrow/Cullohill Parish Anglers wish Tommy Coffey the best of luck and good fishing when he competes in the All-Ireland Pike fishing final to be held on Saturday May 11 in Leitrim. The club are very pleased to announce that Granstown Lake will be offically opened in mid May and it will provide excellent fishing facilities for the club members.

Blood Donor

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service mobile unit will visit Durrow on Thursday May 9 from 4.30 pm to 8.00 pm in the Castle Arms Hotel. With such great demands for blood please donate when the unit is in Durrow. Your donation will help ensure essential blood supplies are always available thus saving lives . There are over 3,000 donations of blood needed each week in Ireland to meet the demand and your donation can and will play a vital part in someone recovery after an operation or in an accident. Do make time on Thursday May 9 to give blood and join the very exclusive club.

Community alert

The response to the initial stages of the setting up of the Dunmore Community Alert Scheme has been extremely positive.  The committee would like to thank everyone involved for their support to date. An official launch of the scheme will take place on Thursday 2nd May 2013 at the Castle Arms Hotel in Durrow starting at 8 pm.  All residents in the catchments area are encouraged to attend this event.  Road signs for the scheme will be erected in the near future.  A Garda liaison Officer has been appointed to the scheme and details of the ‘Text Alert’ system will be finalised shortly. A big thank you to all the residents who came out on Saturday the 20th April to help in the litter blitz as part of ‘Clean Up Laois Week’. A small number of busier roads in the area have yet to be cleaned and it is hoped to tackle these in the coming weeks.

Kayak and Canoe

Congratulations to Laois Kayak and Canoe Club members who took part in the Nore Marathon race from Bennettsbridge to Thomastown recently, club members, Paul Byrne, Debbie Whelan, Conal Whelan and Eoghan Whelan took home four medals, 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal. Congratulations to Laois Kayak and Canoe Club members who took part in the Nore Marathon race from Bennettsbridge to Thomastown recently, club members, Paul Byrne, Debbie Whelan, Conal Whelan and Eoghan Whelan took home four medals, 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal.

Services-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.