Durrow news

Scarcecrow art

Scarcecrow art

Sunday, the 28th July next, sees the launch of an exhibition with an eclectic mix of art and crafts from Durrow- based artists and others from south Laois. The Durrow Centre is located on the Kilkenny Road, just opposite the R.C. Church. The exhibition will be officially opened at 2 pm and will run weekdays, from 2pm to 7.00pm and closes on following Bank Holiday Monday at 6pm. Admission to the event is €2 per adult, with U16s


5km Fun walk/run.

The annual fundraiser for Vita, Friends of Fr Doheny will take place on Friday 9th of August at 7pm. All walkers/runners young and old welcome for 5km route in Ballyouskill. Entry E5 per person. Spot prizes, entertainment and refreshments on the night. All support gratefully appreciated for this local charity, working towards ending poverty, by increasing the sustainability of people’s lives in Ethiopia.


The parish lotto with a jackpot and of 8,900 euro was not won, small winners were 30 euro Mick Fennell, 25 euro Jacqueline Tynan, 20 euro Oliver Lawlor. The lotto will be in the Castle Arms Hotel , on July 29 with a possible jackpot of 9,200 euro. Tickets must be handed in before 9.30 pm on the night of the draw to be included in that jackpot.


Durrow/Cullohill Parish Anglers held a pike fishing competition for the O Duinn Cup and the winner was Pat Dunphy, 2nd Tommy Coffey and 3rd Fred Townsend.

Golf Classic

The Harps GAA Annual Golf Classic takes place August 5th Bank Holiday Monday in Abbeyleix Golf Club. Teams of 4 , €100 per team. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Timesheet-Contact Barry Murphy -086-1656040.

Make a Wish

Make A Wish Foundation will hold a fundraising night on Saturday, July 27 in the Castle Arms Hotel. Music by Dave Allen band and Crystal Swing.

Tidy Towns

With the national Tidy Towns judging in full swing everyone is asked to do their “bit”to ensure that the town is looking it’s best when the judges come around. Please check for litter outside your patch and make sure there is no weeds or dirt on the footpaths. Thanks to everyone who put out window boxes, hanging baskets, and tubs, they all really add to the town. With large crowds expected for the festival and the gathering it is of utmost importance that we show off Durrow in a great light. Thank you for all your support and work so far, please continue until the end of August.

Big Houses lectures

Shelly Stokes, owner of Castle Durrow will give a talk on Castle Durrow - Nixers in the 17th Century on July 30 at 8pm in Portlaoise Library. This lecture is part of a series celebrating the architecture and big houses of Laois. Admission is free.

Castle Durrow was built in a time when architect to the state were not allowed to have private clients but did neixers for wealthy people. Owner, Shelly Stokes tells how her home made the transition from house in the country to Country House Hotel.


Things are really hotting up for this year’s festival which promises to be the biggest and best yet. DDF with the valued assistance of additional volun-teers have been busy making over 100 scarecrows for this year’s exhibition. But most of all right now we need your help. DDF are a small voluntary committee with a huge task ahead of them over the next few weeks. The operation of the festival itself is only half the task. A huge amount of work is required to get Durrow ready for the fes-tival. Previous shout-outs for assistance on the newspaper, in the newsletter and on our facebook have yielded little results and time is very much against us now. We want to hold the best fes-tival Durrow has ever seen but we cannot do that without the help of the community. Please please give us a couple of hours of your time. We particularly need the assistance of the men of Durrow as a lot of the work over the next two weeks is physical in nature. Please call Marian on 086 8390266 if you can help. If you cannot commit to a time, and you see us out working, just join in.