The parish lotto with a jackpot of 11,150 euro was not won on October 28, 2013. Winners of the small draw were 30 euro the Mary Townsend, 25 euro Aisling Phelan and 20 euro Lucy Alley. The lotto of November 11 will be held in Dec’s Bar, Durrow with a possible Jackpot of 11,450 euro. All tickets must be handed in before 9.30 pm on the night of the draw to be included in that jackpot


Cullohill born and raised Celebrity Chief from the Ballymaloe Cookery School, Darina Allen and Rory O’Connell will give a cookery master class in the Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix on Thursday November 7 starting at 7.30 pm in support of the Abbeyleix Golf Club.

Tickets are twenty five euro each and are available from the Hotel and members of the Golf club. A great night is assured. Book early as tickets are selling fast.


Durrow Community Services are looking for people to work as General Operatives and in Meals on Wheels. Please contact the local FAS office for   details as soon as possible. DCS are looking for an Administrative Assistant/Secretary for the scheme. Anyone interested contact the local office for details


Durrow/Cullohill Parish Anglers held their last fishing competition of the season for the Pat Gaughan Memorial Cup. It was a pike fishing competition and the winner was Patrick O’Regan , 2nd Pat Dunphy and 3rd Ian Drennan. The members are now waiting anxiously for the fisherman of the year winner to be announced.


The Killermogh Parish October Whist Drive was held in the Parocial Hall, Cork Rd, Durrow on Thursday night. Top score Louise Kavanagh, 1st lady Lena McEvoy, 2nd lady Betty Keegan, 1st gent Ciarian Breen, 2nd gent Robert Caldbeck, Quarters; 1st Etna Moran, Mary McEvoy Nora Carroll, 2nd Mai Conory, Carol Drough, Bridie Kennedy and Ray Seale, 3rd Billy Moore, 4th Madge Brennan, Halves; Ann Walsh and Dickie Byrne, Juvenile Killian Breen

Low Score Violet Cantwell, Raffle: Nora Breen, Mary McEvoy, Mary Fennelly, Ann O’Sullivan, Desmond Finnamore and Rose Cunningham. Next whist drive will be on Thursday November 28 at 8.30pm

Table Quiz

A Table Quiz in aid of Irish Motor Neuron Disease will be held in Peig’s Bar, Portlaois on Wednesday Novenber 20,2013 starting at 8 pm. Table of four costs twenty euro. Spot prizes on the night.

Christmas raffle with big prizes being completed on the night also. Please give this event your support as it does great work with people that suffers from Motor Neuron Disease.

School Reunion

Reminder regarding the Rathdowney Vocational School Class of 1973-78 Reunion which is taking place in Rathdowney Golf Club on Saturday 9th November 2013 at 8pm. An opportunity to renew old acquaintances and fill in the intervening years. Tickets available from Card Stand, or at the door on the night.

Team Hope Shoebox Appeal

The Team Hope Children’s Shoebox Appeal is underway around the country. Completed shoeboxes can be dropped off in Portlaoise at Axa, the parish centre, Tesco, and TK Maxx; in Abbeyleix at the golf club or library; in Mountmellick at the library or the post office; and in Mountrath at Centra.

The closing date for this year’s appeal is November 11.

To find out how you can participate, log on to www.teamhope.ie to download your leaflet or contact Laois coordinator, Tania Thompson if you would like to get involved or join our local team of volunteers.


Application Forms for the 2013 Laois Community Forum Awards are now available. Entry deadline extended to Thursday, November 7 before 5pm. There are five categories in the group/clubs section while there is also an Unsung Hero Award. Application Forms can be downloaded from www.laoiscommunityforum.ie.