The Parish lotto with a jackpot of €2,950 was not won. Winner of €30 Ger Dunne, €25 Angela Drennan and €20 Andrew Walsh jnr. The Lotto will be held on August Bank Holiday weekend on Tuesday night 4th in Peadar’s Bar with a possible jackpot of €3,250. All tickets must be handed in before 9.30 pm on the night of the draw to be included in that jackpot.

Walk’s Festival

Laois Walk’s Festival on Tuesday July 28 with a walk in Killamuck Bog, Abbeyleix with a 7.30pm start. On Friday night July 31 there will be a walk on the Leafy Loop in Durrow with a start time of 7 pm and assembly point is the Castle Arms Hotel. Full details of all walks at www.fb.com/Laois Walks Festival


Cemetery Mass night at Holy Trinity Church, Durrow will be held on Tuesday night August 4, 2015 at 7.30 pm. All families with some of their members in the graveyard are asked to have their graves cleaned and well decorated for the Mass.


Durrow /Cullohill parish anglers held a course fishing competition on Grantstown Lake on Sunday. It was the second leg of the Richard O’Rourke Memorial Trophy. The winner was Pat Dunphy, 2nd David Walsh and 3rd Jonathan Stapleton. There are three more legs and the winner of the Richard O’Rourke Memorial trophy will be the person who has the most points over all five legs.


Summer Camp 2015: Our annual FAI Summer Soccer School took place from 6th to 10th July 2015 for boys and girls at our club grounds at Cork Rd Durrow. This year we had 114 participants which are our biggest yet. It was a huge success with all boys and girls thoroughly enjoying it. A special thanks to Kieran Shortall who coordinates the camp each year and also to Conor Murphy and Liam Kelly who assisted with traffic each day.

Annual Awards Day 2015: Our annual awards day took place on Saturday 4th July 2015 for all our underage teams. There was a great attendance by players from all age groups and the support of parents was once again greatly appreciated. Local star Aidan Keenan who now plays for Wexford Youths in the League of Ireland made the presentations to all the players including all noncompetitive players (U6 to U10) who received medals for their participation during the season.

The following players were selected for ‘player of the year’ awards: U11 - Oisin Conroy; U12 - Darragh Kelly; U13 - Jim O’Connor; U14 - Aaron Grady; U15 - David Bergin; U17 - Sean Dundon. U12 Girls - Ella Moore; U14 Girls - Faye Bryam. Congratulations and well done to all.

A special merit award was also presented to three players who represented the Lions soccer club on the Development Squads this season. They were Aaron Grady and Daire Quinn at U14 and Adam Kenna at U15 levels - well done to the three lads!

Next Season: To get the next season up and running, a registration night will take place on Tuesday 18th of August for all age groups in the club. A text will be sent out to all parents nearer the date to remind them of the registration night.


The Harps Camogie club is holding a Cake/Home baking Sale in Durrow on Thursday 30th July in aid of Strictly Come Dancing and Harps Camogie. A delicious selection of cakes and homemaking will be available from 6.30pm at our stand located near the bridge. Please come and support and treat yourselves to some of our selection of goodies.

Scarecrow Festival

The Scarecrow festival got underway last Sunday and will continue until Monday, August 3. Musical entertainment will be provided by Johnny Keegan (August 1) and ‘Davie Furey’ and ‘Abbeyfolk’ (August 2). The IWW Wrestling Warriors will once again take to the ring on Monday (show every hour from 12.30 – 5.30pm).

Street Entertainers will once again be an integral part of the festival’s weekend entertainment;‘The Wobbly Circus Show’ will be performed twice on Sunday 2nd August. There will also be walk about entertainers on Sunday to ensure that there is always a laugh around the corner.

An Arts & Crafts Exhibition will be held each day in the Community Centre and the Courthouse Museum Exhibition – ‘Durrow of Yesteryear’ will be open to the public on Sunday and Monday. The Outdoor Market (food and crafts) which always draws a large crowd will be held on all over the weekend. Aghaboe Carriage Driving Club will provide tours of the scarecrow trail on Sunday.

‘Fittest Four’ which will take place on Saturday is bound provide great entertainment and excitement for competitors and spectators alike. Run in conjunction with Core Health & Fitness, this competition will see teams of 4 go head to head to be crowned the ‘Fittest Four’. All events will take place in the Scarecrow Village from 1pm with the final being held at 7pm.

This year’s Durrow Scarecrow Festival is going to be the biggest and best yet, so make sure you don’t miss it. Full details are available on www.durrow.ie where you can download the programme of events etc. The festival Facebook page is where you will find the most up to date information and happenings www.facebook.com/durrowscarecrowfestival. This festival offers superb value for money with general admission to the Scarecrow Village being Adults €2, Teenagers €1 and Children Free (with the exception of Mon 3rd – Adults & Children €3 due to IWW Wrestling). Opening times of the Scarecrow Village are as follows: Sun 26th 2-7pm; Mon – Fri 2pm -9pm, Sat 1st 10-9.30pm, Sun 2nd 12pm – 7pm and Mon 3rd 12pm – 6pm...but remember the streets of Durrow will be lined with scarecrows so even if you can’t come during these times, you can still soak up the fun is the Durrow Scarecrow Festival.