The winning Heywood Community School Debating Team at the recent Laois Inter-School Debating Final: from left Daniel Delaney, Niamh Carroll, Rachel Rafter, Philip Walton, Aoibhinn OSullivan and Cormac McGowan.


The parish lotto with a jackpot of €6,200 was not won, small winners were €30, Seosamh Murphy, €25 Fiona Ryan and €20 Marian Lynch. The lotto will be in the Durrow Inn on March 25 with a possible jackpot of €6,450. Tickets must be handed in before 9.30pm on the night of the draw to be included in that jackpot.


The club will, in conjunction with the Wooden bridge Paddlers, be holding a number of family days on the river. More details will be announced later but last year this family day proved to be very successful and both clubs look forward to having many family days during the summer season. Memberships are on sale in Lawlor’s Gala, The Square, Durrow, Lawlor’s Florists, Bridge Gardens, Durrow, and from Secretary Michael Walsh. Durrow/Cullohill Parish Anglers are delighted to announce that they have signed the lease for Granstown Late and will during the year have an official opening. Work is currently being done on the lake and this facility will be a great asset to all anglers.

Scarecrow festival

Thanks to all the business who pledged their sponsorship for this years festival. If any community member or club would also like to make a donation we would be extremely grateful. Donations of over two hundred and fifty euro are tax deductible but any donation would be gratefully accepted. Please remember that you are not donating to the festival but to the regeneration of the square in Durrow.


The Killermogh monthly whist drive was held recently in the Parocial Hall. Top score Mary Gowing, 1st lady Marian Ryan, 2nd lady Mary McEvoy, 1st gent K. Phelan, 2nd gent L. Kavanagh, Halves Tom Gowing, Henry Millar and Sheila Duff, Quarters; Theresa Phelan, Liam McCartney, Paul Kavanagh, Donal Bowe and Mary Quigley. Juvenile Damian Carter Low Score ; Margaret Neile, Raffle ; Lena McEvoy, Violet Cantwell, Billy Moore, Margaret Moynan, Michael Morris. Next whist drive will be held on Thursday April 4 at 8.30pm. Please note the change of date.


A new session of Pilates Classes will commence on Tuesday March 26 from 8.30pm to 9.30pm in the Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow, classes are for ten weeks and cost eighty euro. Places must be booked in advance as numbers are limited. To book your place and to find out more information please contact Margaret at 086-8547710.

Laois Kayak

Congratulations to Calvin O’Brien, Durrow, of Laois Kayak and Canoeing Club on coming first in the Junior Wild Water Canoeing race at King’s River, Ennisnag, Co Kilkenny on Sunday March 10. Calvin is son of Paul and Emer O’Brien, Derry Road, Durrow

Civil Defence

Durrow Civil Defence Unit are currently accepting applications for membership. The unit trains in first aid, rescue and firefighting and provides a wide range of services to the community in emergency situations and at public events. For more information please contact Seamus Clancy on 086-3491317.

Daffodil Day

Durrow Development Forum are delighted to assist Mary Ryan in organising a fundraising event for the Irish Cancer Society. As well as selling Daffodil’s on March 22, a coffee morning/evening and a cake sale will take place after mass on Saturday March 23 and Sunday March 24 in the Presentation Center. If you have a hour to spare and are willing to help please contact Miriam Mahony, if you can bake a cake it would be tremendous and if you can drop in for a chat and a cuppa you are most welcome. To contact Miriam please call 0868390266.


As part of the Scarecrow Festival and in celebration with the gathering Durrow Development Forum are hoping to assist in organising a school reunion ( both primary and secondary) of St Fintan’s College in Castle Durrow on Sunday afternoon July 28. if you can assist in organising this event we would be delighted to hear from you. You can contact Marian Mahony 0868390266 for all information

Couch to 5 k

This programme has been designed to get just about anyone from the couch to jogging 5 km or thirty minutes in nine weeks. The secret is that its gentle introduction to getting the body moving, starting off alternatively between walking and jogging, small distances building up to 5 km. anyone in the greater Durrow catchments area please contact Ann Lanigan for more details on 0877749281.

Our Lady’s Meadow

Our Lady’s Meadow Primary School Board of Management, Parents Council, Fundraising Committee wish to sincerely thank everyone who supported and participated in the fashion show on Friday night. It was a fantastic night of fashion and fun and a great start to the fundraising effort. This year for the Flora Ladies Mini Marathon the Durrow Walkers have volunteered to participate on behalf of Our Lady’s Meadow. Their collective sponsorship will directly go to the school building funds. If you are interested in joining the walkers you must register on line at www.florawomensminimarathon.ie or get entry form from the Evening Herald on Wednesday and Saturdays editions. Closing date for entries is April 24 and the mini marathon takes place on Bank Holiday Monday June 3. for more enquiries contact the school office on 0578736329.

Voice of Laois

The Voice of Laois final will take place in the Castle Arms Hotel on Saturday May 18 and is open to singers between the age of 12 and 18 who live in the county. The winner will receive the Ronan Lawlor Memorial Cup and receive voice training from the Laois School of Music. Auditions will be held in Portlaois college on Tuesday April 16 and in the Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow on Wednesday April 17. Entries can be got by downloading the form from www.durrow.ie and closing date is Tuesday April 9.


Durrow/Abbeyleix Macra Na Feirme basketball teams in both men and women have qualified for the All-Ireland finals to be held in Ul Limerick on May 24. Both teams won the county championship and are now representing Laois in the competition. Anyone interested in joining Durrow/Abbeyleix Macra please contact Joe 085-7665838.

Kieran Mono Monahan night

The Monahan family, extended family and committee of the Kieran Mono Monahan Memorial night want to thank everyone who supported this event in any way. We especially want to thank everyone who donate items for the auction and raffle, who donated money, who too part in the wax or dye, the slave auction and who gave of their time and expertise to help make the night so successful. A total of €7,550 euro was raised and will be presented to the Aislinn Adolescent Treatment Center Ballyragget on Tuesday March 26 at a function in the Center. A special thank you to Declan and Stephanie Phelan for the use of their premises to hold the event. Once again a million thanks to everyone and hopefully the money raised will help some young people get help when they need it.

County Draw

The Harps GAA Club had only one winner in the first of four draws in the Laois County Board Monster draw. Larry Phelan, Tubberboe, Durrow won five hundred euro. The club congratulates Larry on his win and also would like to thank everyone who supported the club by buying a ticket in this draw. Many thanks and the best of luck in the next three draws.


The Durrow contacts for the Laios High Nellie Challenge for Laois Hospice which takes place from June 12-16 are: Tom Dunne 086 1923720; Noel Mooney 0879517311; Hugh Sheppard 086 869 4691; Kay Sheppard 087 991 2047.