Pictured enjoying the "Womens Night Out" at Clonaslee Community Centre were Lorraine Whelan, Catherine Sythes, Bridget and Caroline Condon.Picture Denis Byrne.


The parish lotto with a jackpot and of €7,250 was not won, small winners were €30 Killian, Mickey and Saoirse c/o Fawltys, €25, Ellen Kenna, €20 Ester O Regan. The lotto will be in the Mark Lennon’s Bar, on May 13 with a possible jackpot of €7,550. Tickets must be handed in before 9.30pm on the night of the draw to be included in that jackpot.


Durrow/Cullohill Parish Anglers wish Tommy Coffey the best of luck and good fishing when he competes in the All-Ireland Pike fishing final to be held on Saturday May 11 in Leitrim. The club are very pleased to announce that Granstown Lake will be offically opened in mid May and it will provide excellent fishing facilities for the club members.


The local Community Employment Scheme will be looking for Playschool Assistant and General Operatives on the Scheme commencing the end of May. All enquiries to the local office beside the church.


The Irish Blood Transfusion Service mobile unit will visit Durrow on Thursday May 9 from 4.30 pm to 8pm in the Castle Arms Hotel. With such great demands for blood please donate when the unit is in Durrow. Your donation will help ensure essential blood supplies are always available thus saving lives . There are over 3,000 donations of blood needed each week in Ireland to meet the demand and your donation can and will play a vital part in someone recovery after an operation or in an accident . Do make time on Thursday May 9 to give blood and join the very exclusive club .


Durrow /Cullohill Parish Anglers held a trout fishing competition for the Mick O’Rourke Memorial Cup on Sunday and the first winner of this trophy is Declan McDonald, second was Tommy Coffey and third was Seanie Delehunty. Juvenile winner was Daniel Brophy with Odhran Delehunty as runner–up. The next competition will be a pike fishing competition and it will be held in Granstown Lake . This will be the first competition that the club will host on this lake since it has taken over the fishing rights.


The local High Nellie’s have merged with other High Nellie’s groups in Laois and are embarking on a fundraising campaign for the Laois Hospice. The group will embark on a five day cycle in early June through the highways and byways of Laois and are looking for sponsorship from the people of Laois. The Local High Nellie’s through Hughie Sheppard, Kay Sheppard and Tom Dunne are seeking the support of the Durrow/Cullohill people and business in their efforts to raise funds to care for the seriously ill people looked after so well by the hospice. If you are approached for a donation please be generous. On Thursday next May 9 there will be a CD launched in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel by the Spokes Family , a bluegrass style band which has been formed from the merging of the High Nellie’s groups in Laois. All proceeds of the sale of this CD will go to Laois Hospice. On the night there will be many other artists performing including the 65 Kitchen Choir, Damien Bowe, James O’Connor, Brian O’Mahoney, Kieran Scott, Carmel Minogue and Abbeyfolk. Admission is free but your donation would be greatly received.


The stage is set for The Young of Voice Final which will be held in the Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow on Saturday May 18. This singing competition run by Durrow Development Forum in conjunction with the Laois School of Music showcases and encourages the young talented singers of the county. Admission €10 for adults and €5 for children. See Stage Left for more details.


As part of ‘The Gathering’ Durrow Development Forum will be putting postcards advertising the Durrow Scarecrow Festival in local shops etc. over the next week. DDF would very much appreciate if people would post the card to friends or family abroad and invite them to Durrow over the course of the festival.


The programme for this year’s event is very close to completion. A draft of the festival highlights is currently available online. Please visit the www.durrow.ie and facebook page www.facebook.com/durrowscarecrowfestival regularly for updates.