Many past pupils of Presentation National School and St Fintan’s College Durrow will have many happy memories of Sr Imelda Carew, who with a colleague lost her life in a tragic swimming accident in Kerry during the past week. Sr Imelda taught pupils in both primary and Secondary school in Durrow during the late sixties and early seventies.

She was very highly respected by the students and was a super person. Her death is so sad and we all in Durrow extend to her family and to the Presentation Sisters our heartfelt sympathy and sadness. Many past pupils attended her funeral in Mountmellick on Sunday.


The Parish lotto jackpot is now heading for €17,450 and it would be lovely jackpot to win. On August 18 the jackpot was €17,150 and it was not won, small winners were €30 Trish Gaughan, €25 Tom Keane, and €20 Liam Hyland. The lotto of September 1 will be on Bob’s Bar with possible jackpot of €17,450. All tickets must be handed in before 9.30pm on the night of the draw to be included in that jackpot.


Durrow/Cullohill parish anglers held a pike fishing competition on Grantstown Lake on Sunday for the Harold Lawlor Cup. Fishing conditions were difficult and very few fish were caught. Winner was Pat Dunphy.


There was a great response to the visit of the Blood Transfusion service to Durrow on Thursday August 21 with over one hundred and thirty donating blood. Many thanks to everyone who gave of their time and blood to help save lives.

With a shortage of O+ there was a good response to the request by text for this blood group. Many thanks.

Community Council

Durrow Community Council Annual Senior Citizens’ Outing will be on Saturday September 6. This year we are going to Dublin and the trip will include a visit to Collin’s Barracks, Trinity College and St. James’ Gate. It will also include a meal in The Red Cow Hotel. Bus will leave the Church Car park at 8.30am and returning at 9pm. Anyone wishing to book a seat on the trip can contact Eileen Keenan 086 0868017, Mary Walsh 086 3055157 or Mick Dunphy 087 7573099 as soon as possible. Deposit of €30 to be paid when booking.


Laois Kayak and Canoe Raffle Results: 1st Prize; Golf for four at Heritage; Rita Casey, Durrow, 2nd Prize; Teeth Whitening Voucher; Seamus Campion, 3rd Prize; Intendo Game Council; Shane Ruane, Durrow, 4th Prize; Wine Hamper; Jenny Munnelly c/o Bob’s Bar, 5th Prize; Children’s Games Hamper; Cllr J. Kelly, Mountrath, 6th Prize; Atari Flashback; Trish Boyhan, Durrow, 7th Prize; 6 Bottle’s Red Wine; Breda O’Leary, Durrow, 8th Prize; Annual Membership LKCC; Paul Egan, Portlaoise, 9th Prize; Hero’s Sports; Liam Rambsbottom, Timahoe, 10th Prize; Energy Gift Pack; Eamonn Sweeney, Kilkenny, 11th Prize; Gin and Chocks; Damien Dunne, Portarlington, 12th Prize; Gardening Treat Box; Betty Walsh, Durrow.

Lime Kiln

There will be a lime kiln demonstration at Michael Bergin’s, Ballycarran, Jenkintown on Wed. 27th August 3-8 pm and Sat. 30th 2-8 pm.  Kilkenny Archaeological Society, in the spirit of Heritage Week, has teamed up with Conahy Heritage Society and Conahy Vintage Club, to host this event. This kiln, which is quite sizeable, has had some repairs and a tidy up enhancing its appearance and visibility. As this kiln, about 18 ft deep, could hold about 6 tons of coal and 20 tons of limestone, a smaller demonstration model will be on site. There will be information on the formation of limestone and its distribution, to the history and uses of lime, the production of lime on site and demonstrations on its use. Also on view will be some vintage equipment. This is a unique event and may not be repeated. Refreshments will also be available. From Kilkenny take the Castlecomer Road (N78) to the junction with Ballyragget (N78) and about a mile north of Conahy Shamrock’s Club House & Ardaloo cross and a mile south of Foulksrath cross, its where Bergin’s vegetable farm is. Sign posting and stewards will direct you to the car-park area.


Calvin O’Brien is representing Ireland in the European Free style championship in September. Calvin , from Durrow, is a member of the Laois Kayak and Canoe Club . With this in mind the club is holding a raffle with twelve good prizes with a value of €1,240. Tickets on sale locally. Support will enable the club to purchase a competition model boat and equipment Thank you .


Durrow Fadó Writers Group and the local White Lady Drama Group have joined forces to bring you a really unique play, The Ferryman’s Daughter. This is an outdoor play depicting an episode in the rich history and heritage of 18th century Durrow. The first act of the play commences on the banks of the river Erkina, then move to the Square and conclude in the grounds of Castle Durrow. Spectacular features of the presentation will include period costume, horse drawn carriages, a ferryman’s cottage on the banks of the river Erkina and also a depiction of 18th century cottage life in Durrow. The play will be performed during Heritage Week, Tuesday August 26 and Wednesday August 27 commencing at 7.45pm. Due to health and safety issues, tickets limited so book early. Contact any member of the White Lady Drama Group or Durrow Fadó Writers Group.