Join us on the MacGiollaphadraig Way (17k linear walk) on October Bank Holiday Monday. Starting from Mackey’s Bar Gathabawn at 12 noon with registration €5 (which will also enter you in raffle at finish) 11.30am. Refreshments afterwards in Dec’s Bar Durrow. Bus which leaves the square Durrow (€5 fee) will be available throughout the day. You may also join the walk at various points along the trail including Cullahill Mountain and Ballykealy. For more information call 0872395357.


A Halloween fancy dress party will be held in O’Connell’s Bar and Lounge, Cullohill on Saturday October 26. Prizes for the best costume and several spot prizes. Proceeds will all go to Cullohill Tidy Towns. DJ for the night is Alan Doran. Admission is €5. Please support this event, a great night is guaranteed.


The parish lotto with a jackpot of €10,700 was not won on October 14. Winners of the small draw were €30 Kayla Dwyer, €25 Larry Mahoney and €20 David Kelly. The lotto of October Bank Holiday Weekend will be held in Bobs Bar, Durrow on Tuesday night October 29 with a possible jackpot of €11,150. All tickets must be handed in before 9.30pm on the night of the draw to be included in that jackpot.


The monthly whist drive organised by Killermogh parishes will be held in the Parochial Hall, Cork Rd, Durrow on Thursday night October 24 at 8.30pm.

Fancy Dress

Community Alert are holding a fancy dress night in Bob’s Bar on Friday night October 25 in aid of Meals on Wheels and Durrow Senior Citizens Party. Fancy dress optional, music by Billy White. There will be a special draw on the night for a overnight stay and evening dinner for two in Castle Durrow, kindly sponsored by Peter Stokes. Admission is only €5 and all are welcome.


Cullohill born and raised celebrity chef from the Ballymaloe Cookery School, Darina Allen and Rory O’Connell will give a cookery master class in the Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix on Thursday November 7 starting at 7.30pm in support of the Abbeyleix Golf Club. Tickets are €25 each and are available from the hotel and members of the golf club. A great night is assured.

Set Dancing

Set dancing takes place in the parish hall in Urlingford every Monday night from 8pm to 11pm with live music by Danny Webster. Newcomers are welcome as most sets are demonstrated by Declan Doocey for the first hour.


Application forms for the 2013 Laois Community Forum Awards are now available and must be in before 5pm on October 31. There are five categories in the group/clubs section while there is also an Unsung Hero Award. Application forms can be downloaded from www.laoiscommunityforum.ie.


Durrow and surrounding parishes were saddened to hear of the death of Bridie Bergin, Attanagh on Tuesday night. A member of a highly respected farming family the late Bridie was a truly lovely lady and will be missed by her family and many friends. Bridie was involved in the Durrow ICA for many decades and was a very keen card player. A regular in the town of Durrow Bridie was known to everyone for her friendliness and her great character. She will be truly missed in Durrow. Bridie was in her 87th year and has failing health over the past while. Bridie was predeceased by her husband Sean and is survived by her daughters Betty, Mary and Catherine, sons John, Martin and Thomas, sisters Julie, Mary, Kathleen and Claire, daughters in law, sons in law, brother in law, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, relatives and wide circle of friends.

The huge attendance at her wake, removal and funeral mass in the Church of the Assumption, Ballyouskill was a testament to the high regard Bridie was held within the community and to offer to her family their hearth felt sympathy at their great loss. Sincerest sympathy is extended to the Bergin family on their sad loss.