The parish lotto held its third draw of 2015 with a jackpot of €3,100, small winners were €30 Agnese Alkshe, €25 Orla Doyle and €20 Teresa Grady. The Lotto draw of February 3 will be held in O’Connell’s, Cullohill with a possible jackpot of €3,500.

Our Lady’s Meadow

If you wish to enroll your child in Our Lady’s Meadow PS for 2015/2016 please contact the school office from 9am to 3pm or telephone the school at 0578736329 during the month of January.


Congratulations to Cullohill Handball Club who were named Leinster Club of the year at the recent Leinster Handball All Star Awards. As well as opening a state of the art handball facility in Cullohill, the club won two 40x20 juvenile titles, three Leinster Wall-Ball juvenile, Leinster Cumann na Mbunscol titles, and the girls team reached the final of Div. 2 Feile. In senior Niamh Dunne won Ladies All-Ireland junior B title 60x30 as well as the Leinster wall-Ball title. A truly great year for all involved in the club.


The AGM of Durrow/Cullohill Parish Anglers was held in the Durrow Inn on Friday night January 15. It was very well attended and the club reviewed a very good year and has planned for the coming year. Officers elected were: chairman Philip Kearney, vice-chairman Tommy Coffey, hon. sec. Michael Walsh, asst. sec. Pat Dunphy, hon. treasurer Oliver Lawlor, committee Niall Donohue, Seamus Coffey, David Walsh, Alan Dwyer, Simon Dwyer and Ian Drennan. Memberships are the same as 2014. 1st pike fishing competition of the year Sunday February 8 from 10am to 4pm at Grantstown Lake. The Brendan Sheeran Cup. Presentation of all prizes and awards for 2014 will be held in the Durrow Inn at 5pm on Sunday February 8 after the competition.


Durrow /Abbeyleix Macra are holding our annual table quiz on Friday, February 20 in Dec’s Bar, Durrow. Food and raffle prizes on the night. All proceeds will go to St Vincent de Paul. We are also holding a food collection on the night and any nonperishable items would be greatly appreciated.

Community Alert

The Dunmore Community Alert AGM was held in Bobs Bar, Durrow on Sunday January 18. The meeting, which was opened by the chairman Ollie Clooney, was well attended and marked a very successful end to the second year of the scheme. A comprehensive secretary’s report was presented by Gabby Irwin which highlighted the activities and fundraisers the group engaged in during the year. The treasurer’s report was delivered by Alan Gee. All outgoing committee officers were re-elected to their positions: Ollie Clooney chairman, Jim Murphy vice chairman, Gabby Irwin secretary, Alan Gee treasurer, PJ Phelan assistant treasurer and Shane Curran PRO.

The meeting was addressed by Sergeant Brian Farrell of Abbeyleix Garda Station and Garda Stephen Murphy who has been appointed liaison garda for the scheme. They expressed their appreciation on behalf of An Garda Siochana for assistance received by residents throughout the year and reinforced the message that Text Alert schemes have led to good and valuable information being disseminated.

The committee would like to thank its secretary, Gabby Irwin, along with John Bonham for their extensive and trojan work and also acknowledge the valuable input from Ollie Clooney, Jim Murphy and Shane Curran.

Annual subscriptions are now due and can be given to or collected by your street coordinators. The proposed subscription is €20 per household with a further €10 for households who wish to have two numbers on the text alert system. Survey forms will be distributed to each household in the area with a view to ascertaining the population and age profile of the residents and crime trends within the area.   

Durrow Scouts

3rd Laois Durrow Scouts needs leaders. Get involved in the community both in Durrow Attanagh, Cullohill, Abbeyleix, Ballacolla etc. It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends, to bring forth your ideas, to get kids involved and to inspire and have fun.

Scouting Ireland provide full training and you don’t need to commit 24/7!!

You can be available for two hours a week or two hours a fortnight, this is important. Scouting in Durrow has been in existence for years and is of huge importance to the community and surrounding areas.