Laois Chamber would like to invite you to our September networking event ‘Management and effective listening’. Guest speaker Chris Uys, owner of In Dialogue on Thursday, September 27 in the Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow at 5pm. Chris Uys, owner of In Dialogue, will discuss the value of effective listening in the business environment. He will also provide valuable tips on how to be better listeners, and as such, better communicators in business. For Laois Chamber members it is free and for non-members first two meetings are free and then the charge is €10. To register please email Irina at the Laois Chamber Officeby email admin@laoischamber.ie or phone 057 8621598.

Thank You

On behalf of my sister Marie Conroy her son Martin and his friends Ciaran Coughlan and Cahir Healy and myself Noeleen Dunphy we wish to thank most sincerely all who helped raise money for the Cuisle Centre and the Specialist Palliative Care Team through our sponsored shave or dye event. A total of €18000 euro was raised. We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to all who donated in the Durrow and Portlaoise areas. We were overcome by your very generous offerings which will help the Cuisle Centre and the Specialist Palliative Care Team to continue to be a vital support system to cancer care in Laois

Durrow Tidy Towns

Durrow Tidy Towns have won 500 daffodil bulbs to enhance the approach roads to Durrow and with Durrow Development Forum we are planning to commence planting during the months of October-November. If you would like to join us on the new project this year please let us know, if you can come out for a day part of a day or even an hour. More daffodils will be needed so if you would like to sponsor a bag of daffodils for €25 or even donate towards a bag please contact Noeleen on 0879636460 or Mary 086 3055157.

Stars in your Eyes

The fantastic local show featuring local stars will take place in The Castle Arms Hotel on Saturday November 3. The line up is being kept very secret and all artists will start rehearsing very soon. If you would like to take part don’t hesitate to join us there is always more room for more budding or experienced talent contact Evelyn on 987 9194428 for details.

Durrow Development Forum

The DDF are holding their AGM on Thursday September 27 at 8.30pm in the library. During the meeting The scarecrow festival The All-Ireland Pride of Place and the projects such as the plan of the Square will be discussed. If you are interested in any of these please drop in and see what we can do and how you can also help.


there was no jackpot winner. Winners on the night were €30 Trish c/o Simon Dwyer €25 Lar Dunphy €20 Terence Jacob. Next draw for a possible €2,800 will be held in Bob’s Bar. Tickets must be handed in by 9.30 on night of draw.

Fitness for Fun Pilates

A new session of pilates commences on Tuesday September 18 of September from 8.30 – 9.30pm in the Castle Arms Hotel Durrow. The cost is €50. Places are limited so booking is essential. Contact Margaret on 0868547710.

St Tighearnachs Church Pastoral Council

Cullohill church fete will take place on Saturday September 22 following 5pm mass in the church grounds. Come along and enjoy fun for all the family. Later on come and enjoy the cabaret from 9.30 in O’Connell’s pub. Tickets €5 at the door or from committee members. Raffle on the night. All money raised will be used to fund painting exterior walls of St Tighearnach’s Church.


Durrow/Cullohill Anglers are holding a trout fishing competition on Sunday September 16. Fishing commences at 10am, weigh in at 6pm in Durrow Inn. Entries taken at Lawlor’s Florists from 9.30am. Usual rules apply.


As part of the Laois Connect week there will be a 5km walk in Dunmore Woods, Durrow on Sunday September 16 at 2pm. Meeting point is the car park in Dunmore Wood. For more information please contact Noleen Dunphy at 087 0636460. If you interested in joining a walking club in the Durrow area, please contact Noleen Dunphy.

Woodenbridge Paddlers

Due to the involvement of the Clough/Ballacolla and Harps hurling teams in the Laois senior hurling championship semi-finals on Sunday September 16 the Woodenbridge Paddlers duathlon due to take place on that date has been rescheduled and will now double with our National Trails Day event on Sunday October 7.

Little Oaks

Group is resuming its meetings on Tuesdays from 10am til 12pm in the Presentation Centre, on the left side of the RC Church. Meetings are really informal, allowing children to play with their peers and their parents, guardians and minders to spend time in adult company. Refreshments are served mid-morning for children and adults. Contact Alison 0872491779.