The Parish lotto jackpot is now heading for €13,700 and it would be lovely jackpot to win. On February 24 the jackpot was €13,400 and it was not won, small winners were €30 Ann Campion, €25 Ester O’Regan, and €20 Bernie White. The lotto of Monday night March 10 will be in Peadar’s Bar with a possible jackpot of €13,700. All tickets must be handed in before 9.30pm on the night of the draw to be included in that jackpot.


Entries are now open for the Ladies Mini-Marathon on June Bank holiday weekend and anyone from the Durrow Area need get their entry forms as soon as possible as numbers are limited and are on a first come basis. For more information contact Susan in Lawlor’s Gala.


Durrow Development Forum wishes to advise intending walkers of flooding and downed trees along the Leafy Loop Walk owing to the recent storms. Coillte have been advised of the downed trees and work on these is ongoing. For further information and advice on the walks, please contact Noleen on (087) 9636460 who is surveying the walk on a daily basis.


Macra National Leadership Awards - at an event to recognise outstanding young leaders in Macra na Feirme, Brid Walsh of Durrow/Abbeyleix Macra was one of three to be awarded a National Leadership Award. The announcement was made a special reception held in the Irish Farm Centre in Dublin, Tuesday February 18. Brid was one of the six finalists announced in January, following a challenging interview process a number of weeks ago. Nearly every corner of the country was represented with finalists from Limerick, Meath, Sligo, Cork and Laois. It’s goes some way to recognising the commitment and effort that Brid has given to Durrow/Abbeyleix Macra over the past number of years. Well done.


Art Classes are resuming shortly and anyone interested in doing the Art Class please contact Bob’s Bar on (087) 6165484 or (086) 8263368.


Tackwondo & Hapkido: For fitness, tone up muscles, build confidence, feel strong and self defence. Classes held every Monday and Wednesday in Durrow Community Hall from 7.45pm to 8.45pm. Start any time – call (086) 8359333.


Who can I speak to about the Befriending service? Contact Pat Young, Coordinator of the Service on (086) 8096693 or Mary Brophy on (085) 7387043 or Eamon Dunphy on (087) 7556383. Many older people can find themselves socially isolated due to the onset of illness, bereavement, living alone or caring for a partner as they age. Our aim is to lessen their social isolation and enhance their quality of life. Befriending is all about building one-to-one relationships based upon trust, confidentiality and support. The relationship is a voluntary one on both sides. The Befriender is there to provide some form of regular, practical assistance and support. Befriending is about developing more informal and supportive social relationships, often over a fairly long period of time. The service is free. Home Visiting Service: When signed up, our Visitor will call to you (approximately once every week) on a day and at a time agreed with you, in advance. Your visitor will drop in just for a friendly chat, to talk about the things happening in your area, things hitting the national headlines, or anything else you like to chat about. Be Assured… This service is totally confidential and we will not in any way interfere with your lifestyle, or get in the way of you doing the things you have to do every day. This exciting new service will be available in this area before the end of April, and we are inviting people to register.