There will be a golf classic in Rathdowney Golf Club on Friday June 1 and Saturday June 2. For further information contact Evelyn Clancy 08779194428 or Paul Kelly 08684332179.


Will you take to the floor on Saturday June 30 in aid of Durrow Development Forum. Put on your dancing shoes and dance to your own beat, the floor is yours. If you are interested in taking part in our very first strictly Come Dancing then come along on Wednesday May 2 at 8.30pm to Durrow Library to hear more and give your input.


There will be a table quiz in aid of Cullohill Walks Development on Friday April 27 in O’Connell’s Cullohill. Table of four €40. Raffle on the night. Please support.


Durrow Tidy Towns held a clean-up night on Thursday April 19 at 7pm. We would like to thank all volunteers who turned out. We hope to see everybody back out again each Thursday night from now on. Please meet at the old bridge where you can get a hi-vis jacket, pickers and black sacks. All roads and streets are being cleaned so we ask for volunteers from all areas to take part. If this night does not suit you can pick up the equipment any week morning from the FAS office beside church and do it in your own time. Thank you for your support and pride in keeping our town clean. Our thanks for the beautiful beds of wallflowers in the green and a special word of thanks to Martin Lawlor who planted and looked after them.


Durrow Development Forum and Tidy Towns Committee would like to thank Laois County Council for their great work in re-surfacing the Patrick Street car park recently.


The Harps Camogie Club invites you to join them at a fun day in the GAA grounds in Durrow on Saturday April 28. The fun commences at 11am and continues until 1pm. There will be an array of activities on the day including camogie skills coaching, fun games and a visit from special guest. This event is open to any girl from first to sixth class in primary schools who would like to try out our game. So do come along and bring your family and friends. Light refreshments will be available. A great day is promised.


The local ladies taking part in the mini marathon are doing it this year for motor neuron research. The marathon takes place in Dublin on June bank holiday Weekend. Sponsorship cards are available from Susan Lawlor Lawlor’s Gala for anyone interested in taking part. A bus is being organized. To book your places contact Susan Lawlor, Eileen Keenan or Marie Clooney.


There was no winner of the jackpot worth €7000. Numbers drawn were 10 19 20 25. Small draw winners were €30 Breda Dunne, €25 Terence Jacob, €20 Margaret Dunne. Next draw for a possible €7,300 will be in Castle Arms Hotel. Tickets must be handed in by 9.30pm on night of draw.


A tour covering the heritage sites of South Laois will take place on May 9. The bus leaves Abbeyleix at 9.30am and will visit Attanagh Game Museum, Abbeyleix Heritage House, Donaghmore Museum, Durrow Village and Heywood Gardens. The cost is €45 and includes lunch and afternoon tea, all entry fees and guest speakers. Clubs and groups are welcome. Group discounts available. Enquiries to Don Sheeran o866081934 or email donncha@sheerantours.com.


The Hawthorn Social Club will hold a cabaret and dance in Hawthorn Inn Ballacolla on Saturday night April 28. Resident band. Raffle and great night is assured.


Durrow and surrounding areas will be well represented at the March to save Abbeyleix Hospital on Saturday April 28. Many people from this area have been associated with the hospital either as patients or staff members for many years. So come out and show your support.


Durrow/Cullohill District Anglers held a trout fishing competition for the Bill Kelly Memorial cup. The winner was Seanie Delehunty, 2nd Tommy Coffey and 3rd was David Walsh. U14 Lee Coffey, 2nd Patrick O’Regan and 3rd David O’Regan. Next competition is on May 13 for the Durrow Anglers cup.

There are two very important rule changes for all competitions, Entries only taken after 9.40am on the morning of the competition. All anglers must use the disinfection dip before fishing to prevent the spread of the Asian Clamp Disease. This applies to everyone who uses the river.


The Woodenbridge District Community Alert will hold a meeting on Thursday April 26 at 9pm, in St Patrick’s hall, Ballacolla. The meeting will be attended by Mr Jim o’Brien who will speak on the change over from analog to digital TV. Information will also be given in relation to alarm systems.