The Parish lotto jackpot is over €13,250. Not won on February 10. Small winners: €30 Eamonn Spencer, €25 Mary Ryan, Cork Road, and €20 T. Brennan. Draw on February 24 in the Castle Arms Hotel. Possible jackpot €13,400. All tickets must be in by 9.30pm on the night of the draw to be included in that jackpot.

Enrolment 2014

Enrolment for Our Lady’s Meadow Primary School from February 3-28. Enrolment forms from the school office 9am-3pm.

Peace in Christ

The Durrow parish church gate collection for Peace-in-Christ Retreat House, Kilkenny on Saturday/Sunday February 22/23 at all masses in Durrow & Cullohill. Support greatly appreciated.


Durrow/Cullohill Parish Anglers are asking all anglers to be especially careful when out fishing due to the extreme height of the waters and the very heavy swell on the rivers. The best advice would be is not to fish until the weather improves but if you go fishing let some person know where you are going fishing, bring a mobile phone and keep in contact by the phone to home.


This year’s party will be held on Saturday March 1 in The Castle Arms Hotel 2-6pm. Invitations issued in coming weeks. To attend, if no invite is received, contact 086 3055157 or 086 0868017.


The following opening hours introduced on January 2 2014 are now in effect at Durrow Library on Chapel Street: Monday: Closed, Tuesday: 1pm to 5.30pm; Wednesday 1.30pm to 5.30pm and 6pm to 7.30pm; Thursday: Closed; Friday: 10.30am to 12.30pm; Saturday: 11am to 1pm; Sunday: Closed. Laois County Council announced the new changes last week. New charges for Third Level and PLC Students from Friday, February 7. The new fee is now €3.00 annually.


Laois GAA All County Clubs Members Draw 2014: The Laois GAA All County Clubs Members Draw 2014 begins with the first draw on March 7th. Three further draws will also take place on April 4th, May 2nd and June 6th. Each draw date will have twenty winners…

First Prize: €10,000… Second Prize: €5,000… Third Prize: €3,000… Fourth Prize: €1,500… Fifth Prize: €1,500… Sixth Prize: €1,000… with €500 per prize for the remaining fourteen winners.

The Laois GAA All County Clubs Members Draw is the major fundraiser for The Harps forming a large part of the Club’s income which is absolutely vital to the day-to-day running of the club. We appeal to everyone to buy a ticket and we would like to congratulate our winners over the past couple of years. Contact any member of the Harps GAA club for a ticket or email: theharpsgaa@gmail.com for further details. Please ensure you buy ticket from The Harps GAA club as all sales benefit the club directly. Many thanks.

Leafy Loop

South Laois Tourism are delighted to welcome the inclusion of the Durrow Leafy Loop on the popular RTE 1 programme Tracks and Trails which will be transmitted on Friday next Febuary 21 at 7.30pm presented by retired politician and author Liz McManus who will be accompanied by locals including historian Sean Conroy. An invitation to include the South Laois area in the latest series had been extended by Laois County Council, Bord na Mona, South Laois Tourism and Laois Partnership. Chairman of South Laois Tourism Michael G Phelan says programme will showcase one of the many attractions the area has to offer.


The Aware Support Group for people experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and other mood related conditions meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm in St.Peter and Paul’s Parish Centre, Portlaoise. This service is free of charge, no referral is required and you do not need to book. If you require further information contact 016617211 or www.aware.ie or the lo call Helpline 1890303302.