A Halloween fancy dress party will be held in O’Connell’s Bar and Lounge, Cullohill on Saturday October 26. prizes for the best costume and several spot prizes. Proceeds will all go to Cullohill Tidy Towns. DJ for the night is Alan Doran. Admission is €5. Please support this event, a great night is guaranteed.


Pilates classes will be resuming in Cullohill Community Centre on Monday October 21 from 6.45 pm to 7.45 pm. The class will be over a six week period.


The parish lotto with a jackpot of €10,700 was not won on October 1. Winners of the small draw were €30 Ronan Delehunty, €25 Joe Hyland and €20 Kathleen Dwyer. The lotto of Monday night October 21 will be held in O’Connell’s, Cullohill with a possible jackpot of €11,000. All tickets must be handed in before 9.30pm on the night of the draw to be included in that jackpot.


This year marks the final in the annual Stars in Your Eyes show. We are hoping to go out with a bang. If you would like to participate in making this year’s show the biggest and best one yet, then please consider attending rehearsals every Thursday night at 8.30pm in the Library Courthouse on Chapel Street. For further information please contact Evelyn on (087)9194428.            


The monthly whist drive organised by Killermogh Parishes will be held in the Parocial Hall, Cork Road, Durrow on Thursday night October 24 at 8.30pm.

Fancy Dress

Community Alert are holding a fancy dress night in Bob’s Bar on Friday night October 25 in aid of Meals on Wheels and Durrow Senior Citizens Party. Fancy dress optional, music by Billy White. There will be a special draw on the night for a overnight stay and evening dinner for two in Castle Durrow kindly sponsored by Peter Stokes. Admission is only €5 and all are welcome.

Set Dancing

Set dancing takes place in the parish hall in Urlingford every Monday night from 8pm to 11pm with live music by the wonderful Danny Webster. Newcomers are most welcome as most sets are demonstrated by Declan Doocey for the first hour. Large numbers are enjoying the sets to date.

Dance Classes

Social dance classes will continue in hall in Johnstown on every Wednesday night at 8pm. If you would like to dance to old time waltz, a quick step, a foxtrot or the jive please come along.


At the Annual General Meeting in September 2012, the new committee of the Durrow Development Forum was formed with officers being appointed at a subsequent meeting. Committee membership was as follows: chairperson Evelyn Clancy, vice chairperson Noeleen Dunphy, treasurer Mary Welsh. Committee members: Jim Clancy, Delphine Lawlor, Mary Dowling, Daniel Dunne, Michael Conroy, Kathleen Drennan, Emer O’Brien, Michael Dunphy and Liam Phelan. During the year we were delighted to welcome Kay Clancy and Rita Casey to the committee.

The past 12 months have probably been the busiest yet but have been extremely rewarding for the committee. The committee would like to acknowledge the ongoing support of Laois Partnership Co. and Laois County Council without whose support and financial assistance we would not be able to do much of the work that is so vital to our community. They also thanked the army of over 100 volunteers who have assisted over the last year. As a voluntary committee of 15 with a large workload, it would be impossible for us to carry out our work without their support. We were delighted to see many few faces come on board this year.

Marian Mahony (secretary) has resigned from the committee. The meeting was brought to a close by the chairperson Evelyn Clancy thanking Marian for the fantastic work she has done on the committee. She brought a new professionalism to the forum and took on a huge work load. She will be greatly missed.

See next week for more.