Easter Walk

Easter Walk

South Laois Tourism group invite you to the MacGiollaphadraig way (17km linear walk) on Easter Monday. Starting 12 noon in Durrow and concluding Gathabawn, Kilkenny. At the conclusion of the walk refreshments are available in Mackey’s Bar. Registration at 11.30am €5 euro which includes you in the Easter raffle. A bus will be available throughout the day to assist walkers. More information on the website www.southlaoistourism.com.


The Parish lotto with a jackpot of 4,150 euro, small winners were 30 euro Sarah and Leon, 25 euro Margaret Shortall and 20 euro Daniel Dunne. The Lotto draw of March 30 will be held in O’Connell’s, Cullohill with a possible jackpot of 4,450 euro. All tickets must be handed in before 9.30 pm on the night of the draw to be included in that jackpot.


The Mobile Unit of the Blood Transfusion Board will visit the Castle Arms hotel, Durrow on Thursday March 26 from 4.30 pm to 8 pm. With a huge demand for blood we appeal to everyone over the age of 18yrs to come along and donate blood. Your donation could and will save lives.

Late Betty Walsh

The death occurred on the 28th February of Betty Walsh nee Finn, 18 Erkindale Drive, Durrow, after a short illness. A member of a highly respected and much loved family in Durrow the death of Betty following a sudden and short illness came as a great shock with much sadness. Since coming to Durrow in 1971 Betty came involved in many organisations and contributed greatly to every one of them, the Durrow ICA, 3rd Laois Scout Group, Erkindale Residents Association, Durrow/Cullohill Parish Anglers, Durrow Development Forum and the Cleaning Rota in The Church of the Holy Trinity, Durrow. The huge attendance at her Wake in Phelan’s Funeral Home, the Rosary, and the removal from her home for Requiem Mass was a testament of the very high esteem that Betty was held within her community. A guard of honour was given to Betty from The Members of Durrow/Cullohill Parish Anglers and 3rd Laois Durrow Scout group from her home to the Church. Requiem Mass was concelebrated by Canon O’Doherty, Fr McGree, and Fr. Kieran O Shea and burial took place in adjoining cemetery .Betty will always be remembered and very sadly missed by her husband Michael and children; Brian, Sandra and David, grandchildren; Sean, Tara and Dylan, all her family and a wide circle of friends. May she rest in peace.


Anyone wishing to take part in the Ladies Flora Mini Marathon are advised to enter on line or through the Evening Herald on Wednesdays to be sure of a place at the starting line. For more details contact Marie Clooney 087 7742506


A meeting of Cullohill Tidy Towns is planned for next Friday night, March 20th, in the Community Centre at 9.00pm. With the evenings getting longer and growth appearing (including weeds!) it’s time to make plans for the year ahead. Also, Laois County Council has run a number of Workshops recently which will help in terms of planning our activities for the coming months. Suggestions welcome from all in the community and hopefully our meeting will be well attended.


A cake sale will take place after Mass on Saturday evening, March 28th and after Mass on Sunday morning, 29th March in the Presentation Centre, Durrow. If people wish to bake for the sale, we would be delighted - contact (087) 9194428 to organise. All proceeds go to the Irish Cancer Society. Please support.


Results of Durrow Bridge Club League Competition 2015: 1st Paddy Purcell, 2nd Anne Fitzpatrick, 3rd Sadie Phelan 4th Ella Walshe, 5th Rose Talbot, 6th Mairead Woods, 7th Margorie McGeough, 8th Jack Murphy, 9th Alice Bowe, 10th Kathleen Broderick,11th Dickie Dempsey


Durrow /Cullohill Parish Anglers held their first trout fishing competition of the season on St. Patrick’s Day for the Michael Walsh Cup. There were some lovely fish caught and the competition for prizes was very tense. Winner of the Michael Walsh Cup 2015 is David Walsh, 2nd Seamus Coffey and 3rd Shane Lawlor.

U-14 results 1st Daniel O’Regan, 2nd O. Delehunty, 3rd Lee Coffey

U-18 1st Patrick O’Regan, 2nd Tara Burke, 3rd Daniel Brophy.


The Killermogh Parish monthly whist drive will be held in the Parochial Hall, Cork Road, Durrow on Thursday night March 26 at 8.30 pm. All are welcome.

Tourism Grants

Application process for 2015 Funding Opens For Community Tourism Initiative for the Diaspora. Laois County Council has invited applications for funding under the Initiative which has funded the Durrow Scarecrow Festival. The initiative builds on the community involvement legacy of The Gathering 2013.,Applications will close on Tuesday March 31. Contact Dominic Reddin, Tourism Officer, Laois County Council, Portlaoise email dreddin@laoiscoco.ie telephone 057 86 64218 to apply.

Community Grants

The Community Grants Scheme provides grant aid to Residents Associations, Community Groups and other groups/committees who are engaged in community amenity works in their own area. Aapplications are invited for amenity projects such as landscaping, purchase of equipment i.e. strimmers, lawnmowers etc. and the maximum grant available is determined by the number of complete and valid applications Closing date April 15