The festival drew to a close on Bank Holiday Monday after 9 fantastic days of entertainment, fun, happiness and laughter. It has been the most successful festival to date, with over 16,000 people entering the Scarecrow Village and an estimated 2,500 more who simply roamed the streets of the town. The success of this community run festival is a source of great pride for the Durrow Development Forum, but we couldn’t have done it without the support of our sponsors and the local army of nearly 100 volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure that the festival is the best it can be. Four years ago, the festival was non-profit making and relied heavily on the financial support of Laois Partnership. However after 2012, we were no longer eligible for this funding. Instead of giving up as so many festival committee’s do, we worked even harder we cut every cost we could, we twisted every arm, we begged, we pleaded, we did what we had to to make it work and together as the community of Durrow, we have made the festival both self-financing and better still, profit making. We were nominated for Best Festival in the Irish Times Ticket Awards for 2012 and 2013, so we must be doing ok. For a voluntary committee working in a small community, this is no small feat. But then Durrow is a very special place. It will be a few weeks before we have a figure of the funds raised by the festival, but as always all of the monies will be reinvested back into the community. Durrow Development Forum would like to thank the following people who played such an important part in the festival: our amazing volunteers whether you gave an hour or a week, you were on our team. The scarecrow creators, without you we wouldn’t have a scarecrow festival. The 18,000+ people who came and supported the festival. It has been our pleasure to have you visit. Our sponsors and supporters, the craftspeople who gave their time, skills and expertise free of charge, those who loaned us equipment or helped in any way before, during or after the festival. The Scarecrow Championship judges, a very hard and time consuming job and last but not least, the community of Durrow who are so supportive of our efforts and happily welcome the visitors to their hometown over the course of the festival. We are already taking about the 2015 festival, and look forward to seeing you all again next year. Congrats to Hughie Sheppard, on winning the overall prize with his entry anger management clinic. Very well done to everyone who put out a scarecrow.


Calvin O’Brien is representing Ireland in the European Free style championship in September. Calvin is a member of the Laois Kayak and Canoe Club and is from Durrow. With this in mind the club is holding a raffle with twelve good prizes with a value of €1,240. Tickets are on sale locally. Your support will enable the club to purchase a competition model boat and much needed equipment for the members. Thank you in advance for your support. We wish Calvin every good wish in the Europeans.


The parish lotto jackpot is now heading for €17,150 and it would be lovely jackpot to win. On August 5 the jackpot was €16,850 and it was not won, small winners were €30 Laura Good, €25 Kieran John Campion, and €20 Shauna Monahan. The lotto of August 18 will be on Durrow Inn with possible jackpot of €17,150. All tickets must be handed in before 9.30pm on the night of the draw to be included in that jackpot.


With Grantstown Lake open the club is running several coarse fishing competitions and to find out more details please ring the club secretary Michael Walsh 0851080455 or 0578736437.


Knock NS parents association and board of management are delighted to welcome Crystal Swing to the Manor hotel Abbeyleix for our harvest moon dance on sat August 16. Raffle and refreshments on the night. Support by Bare foot Jenny. Tickets available through the Manor Hotel Abbeyleix or phone 086 8270189. The night will also serve as a launch for our threshing day on Deightons farm beside the hall in Knock on Sunday September 14. So bring your dancing shoes and support a great cause.


Durrow Fadó Writers Group and the local White Lady Drama Group have joined forces to bring you a really unique play, The Ferryman’s Daughter. This is an outdoor play depicting an episode in the rich history and heritage of 18th century Durrow. The first act of the play will commence on the banks of the river Erkina, then move to the Square and conclude in the grounds of Castle Durrow. Spectacular features of the presentation will include period costume, horse drawn carriages, a ferryman’s cottage on the banks of the river Erkina and also a depiction of 18th century cottage life in Durrow. The play will be performed during Heritage Week, Tuesday August 26 and Wednesday August 27 commencing at 7.45pm each evening. Due to health and safety issues, tickets limited so book early. Details of ticket distribution on the event flyer or available from any member of the White Lady Drama Group or Durrow Fadó Writers Group.

If you have any period costumes stashed we would be very appreciative if you could loan them for the production. Please contact Anne Conroy 086 607906.

Give Blood

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be in Durrow at the Castle Arms Hotel on Thursday August 21 from 5pm to 8.30pm. Please come and donate blood as it plays a vital part in having essential blood supplies available to save lives. Please keep an hour of your time free on Thursday August 21 to give blood. We appeal to the young people to donate blood as it is good to give life to someone who is very ill.