The parish lotto with a jackpot of €5,800 was not won, small winners were €30 Andy Walsh €25 Jack Murphy Jnr and €20 Jim O’Connor. The lotto of March 4 will be held in the Castle Arms Hotel with a possible jackpot of €6,100. Tickets must be handed in before 9.30pm on the night of the draw to be included in that jackpot.

Senior Citizens

The Senior Citizens party will be held in the Castle Arms Hotel on March 2 at 2 pm. Invitations are being distributed by the community council. Anyone who wishes to attend or wants to nominate someone to attend are asked to contact any member of the community council.


All items that are for Auction or in the Raffle are on display in the Corner Shop of Alley’s Window in the square. There are many items that will interest everyone and there are great raffle prizes. Anyone wishing to put in a bid for any item prior to the auction can contact Martin Lawlor at 087 2185839 or Declan Phelan at 087 9893044. All items in the auction must be paid for in full on the night. A special thank you to the Alley Family for the use of their windows to display our items for auction and in the raffle. A thousand thanks to everyone who donated items for this event. All proceeds from this night in Dec’s Bar on March 2 will be donated to a local Adolescent Treatment Centre.


Stations of the Cross will be held every Sunday during Lent in the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Durrow at 6 pm . All are welcome.


Durrow Bridge Club League Competition 2013 is currently being led by Jimmy Ryan with a score of 129.9%. 2nd Barbara Sheppard 128.82% , 3rd Rose Talbot 128.81%, 4th Ann Fitzpatrick 121.16%, 5th Sadie Phelan 119.27%, 6th Dolores Campion 118.86% , 7th Babe Duggan 118.04% ,9th Jack Murphy 116,57%, 10th Shem Mulhall 114.96%. Followed by Marian Sherman, Bridget Nolan, Francis Campion and Fr. Martin Delaney.


Tommy Coffey was the winner of the first competition of the season for the Durrow/ Cullohill Parish Anglers. It was a pike fishing competition for the Brendan Sheeran Memorial Cup. The next competition will be a trout fishing competition and it will be held on the first day of the trout fishing season, St. Patrick’s Day , March 17. It will be for the Michael Walsh Cup. Memberships are on sale in Lawlor’s Gala, The Square, Durrow, Lawlor’s Florists, Bridge Gardens, Durrow, and from Secretary Michael Walsh.


The Harps Camogie club held their Annual General Meeting in Cullohill Community Centre and it was very well attended. Officers elected for the coming season are; Chairman ;Tom Dunne, Vice-do Breda Prior, Secretary ; Margaret Murphy, Ass. Do ; Ann Fitzpatrick, Treasurer ; Bernadette Walsh, PRO Joan Dollard, Committee ; Joe Dooley ,Laura Mahony, Martin Bergin, Clement Whyte, Elaine Mahony. The Harps Camogie Club wish to thank everyone who attended their AGM and we look forward to a very good year in 2013. New members in all age groups welcome to join.


Very well done to Avril Deegan, Cullohill, on finishing a brilliant 10th in the Munster Schools Cross Country Championship held in Waterford last weekend. In a field of over eighty competitors Avril ran a superb race for her school Presentation Convent, Thurles and has qualified for the All-Ireland school finals to be held in early March. This is a marvelous achievement for Avril who is in her first year as a competitive Athletic.

Fashion Show

Our Lady’s Meadow Parents Council invite you to a local fashion show in the Castle Arms Hotel on Friday night March 1 ,doors open at 8 pm admission is only ten euro. All proceeds will go to the school building fund of a new classroom and the upgrading of essential equipment. A large selection of shops will show their Spring/Summer wear including Shaws, Carrig Donn, Fyffe’s, Pauls, Krazy Kids, Erre Ease, Annie Apple, Buy Designs, Bramley’s , Heaton’s, Dunnes Stores and Pennies. All these wonderful fashions will be modeled by local people. please come along and support your school and your friends on the catwalk.

Rejuvenation of the Town Square

Durrow Development Forum are delighted to announce that planning permission has been granted for work to commence on the rejuvenation of the town square. This project has been in the pipeline for years and it is great despite the poor economic climate that this project costing over €750,000 gets the go-ahead. It’s a major boost to the town. Thanks to Laois Partnership, Laois County Council and the many County Councilors who gave this project such support. It is hoped that work would commence before the end of the year and will take a few months to complete. Durrow Development Forum will be running a few fund raising events to help provide the community share of the costs. Your support would be greatly appreciated.


Enrolment forms are available from Our Lady’s Meadow Primary School for children starting school in September 2013. Forms should be returned before February 28. If you need a form please call to the school office during school hours. You and you child will be invited to visit the school on Wednesday June 2 and you will receive a reminder nearer that date. Please let the secretary know as soon as possible.