Fianna Fail will officially launch the 2014 local election campaign for the Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick area on Friday March 7 in the Castle Arms Hotel Durrow.

The function starts at 9pm and all friends and supporters are invited to attend.

The five candidates are Michael G Phelan, Sheamus McDonald, Ger Phelan, Joe Digan and Paddy Bracken, who have been selected to contest the elections which will be held on May 23.


The Parish lotto jackpot is now over €13,250 and it would be a lovely jackpot to win. On February 17 the jackpot was €13,250 and it was not won, small winners were €30 Henry Mooney, €25 Kathleen Dwyer, Cork Road, and €20 C and D Drennan.

The lotto of Monday night March 03 will be in Dec’s Bar with a possible jackpot of €13,550.

All tickets must be handed in before 9.30 pm on the night of the draw to be included in that jackpot


This year’s party will be held on Saturday March 1 in The Castle Arms Hotel from 2pm to 6pm. Invitations will be issued during the coming weeks. Anyone who wishes to attend and does not receive an invitation should contact (086) 3055157 or (086) 0868017.


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. 


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.

Whist Drive

The Killermogh Parish Union is holding their monthly whist drive in the Parochial Hall, Cork Road, Durrow on Thursday night February 27 starting at 8.30pm. All are welcome.


The weather over the past few weeks have brought much damage to the area with several houses damaged, sheds and outbuildings destroyed and several trees blocking many roads and cutting off the electricity supply to many houses.

The water level of the Nore and Erkina is very high and thousands of acres of land are flooded and many houses were also flooded.

Great credit is due to the staff of ESB, Eircom, Laois Co Council for doing such wonderful work in very dangerous circumstances.

A special mention for our Fire and Rescue Service who battled the elements to keep roads clear of fallen trees and water.

They spent many days and nights doing this work and we all say a “Big Thank You”.