The Parish lotto jackpot is now heading for €16,550 and it would be lovely jackpot to win. On July 7 the jackpot was €16,250 and it was not won, small winners were €30 Margaret Prior €25 Aishling Duck, and €20 Angela Keane. The lotto of July 21 will be held in Castle Arms Hotel with a possible jackpot of €16,550. 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 trout fishing competition for the Super Value Cup. Winner was Seamus Stapleton, 2nd Niall Donohue and 3rd Mick Walsh. On Sunday June 29 the club held a pike fishing competition for the O’Duinn Memorial Cup. The winner was Jonathan Stapleton, 2nd Tommy Coffey and 3rd was Ian Drennan.


Laois Festival of walks starts on July 1 and continues until the end of the month with guided walks throughout the county, 23 walks and 23 locations. On Thursday night July 17 there will be a Grade A walk in Cullohill. This is a beautiful walk traversing the hills of the 16th Century Cooper Estate with views of six counties, Laois, Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford, Kildare and Tipperary. Assembly at 7 pm at Cullohill Community Centre. On Friday night July 18 there is a family walk in Dunmore Woods, Durrow starting at 7.30 pm with assembly point at the Car park in the wood. This is a Grade C walk and it is 5 km in length and one and half hours in time. All are welcome to come on some or all the walks.


We ask all residents and business people to please put out hanging baskets and window boxes etc on your premises to make the town look colorful and attractive for the visitors coming to attend the Scarecrow Festival and everyone who comes to Durrow over the summer months. We also need all areas kept clean and swept so we ask residents in all areas to come out on Thursday evenings. Bring brushes, wheelbarrows etc. And help the committee members in their efforts. Together, we can all make a difference as many hands make light work. Thank you for helping in anticipation.


Durrow Saturday market is open every Saturday from 9 am to 12.30pm in the Computer Centre beside the RC Church on the Kilkenny Rd.  Potato’s and Fresh Vegetables are available, to book your favorites please ring Marie on (087) 7742506. Home Baking from Bernie Brennan is also now available with a selection of fresh breads, scones, tarts and cakes. You can also book cakes for parties etc. with Bernie. Do come along, great value on offer.


The annual Scarecrow summer camp will be held from Monday, July 28 to Friday, August 1 in the Scarecrow Village. The camp will run from 10am to 1pm each day. The cost will be €50 per child, €95 for two children or €140 for three children from the same family. Payment in full with application before July 18. For more information contact: Marie on (087) 9800090.


Durrow Development Forum invites you to come on board for the 2014 Scarecrow Festival. We are looking for people who would like the get involved in the festival - new input and ideas are what keep a festival alive and flourishing. If you are in doubt but considering that you might like to get involved, please do! Do not worry that it will take all of your time; you would not be expected to attend every meeting. Please contact Evelyn on (087) 9194428.


Our Cub and Beaver sections have now finished for this scouting year. It was another busy year with our Cubs, Beavers and Scouts being well represented locally, at county, provincial and National levels. Well done to all! When we resume in September our Beaver sections will join together as will our Cubs. As always, we are looking for Scouters, and we need male Scouters at the moment.

If anyone is interested please contact Maureen Campion on (085) 8060287 or any Scouter. Sadly we will not be in a position to take names off the waiting list this year and possibly next as we are full to capacity for the foreseeable future. Thank you to all our committed Scouters, we had a great year - enjoy your break and see you all in September.