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CAKE SALE IN AID OF CUISLE CENTRE: Durrow Development Forum wishes to express their thanks to everybody who supported their cake sale for The Cuisle Cancer Care Centre in     Portlaoise. To everyone who made cakes and bought them, it was very much appreciated. Your contribution made a whopping €658.40 and DDF have contributed to this to bring the total raised for the Cuisle Centre to €800. The raffle winners are as follows: First Prize – Mt. Juliet Voucher: Roisin Kenny, Coole, Ballyragget; Second Prize – Bottle of Champagne and Box of Chocolates: Stephen Murphy, Derry Rd, Durrow; Third Prize – Bottle of Wine: Patrick Woods, Barnhill, Durrow; Fourth Prize – Box of Chocolates: Eddie Clancy, Fermoyle; Fifth Prize – Box of Chocolates: Tony Clancy, Barnhill. Well done everybody!
USED CLOTHES COLLECTION IN AID OF DURROW COMMUNITY CENTRE: The committee are holding a used clothes collection which will be collected from the Community Hall at the end of April. Bags of used clothes can be left into the Hall each morning, 9.00am to 1.00pmfrom now until the end of April. No duvets, pillows or cushions to be included as they will not be    accepted. This is an opportunity to do a clean-out of used clothes and by doing so, you will be supporting the Community Centre and The National Council for the blind – and this would be very much appreciated!
DAWN CHORUS 2017: The Annual Dawn Chorus will take place this year on Sunday 30th April in Dunmore Wood. Meet in the car park at 4.45am and the walk starts at 5am sharp. Pat Durkin from Birdwatch Ireland will lead the walk. Wear warm clothes as the nights are still cool. Please bring your own refreshments. For more information contact Noeleen on (087) 9636460.
GIVE BLOOD: The Mobile Unit of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be in attendance at the Castle Arms Hotel on Thursday April 27thfrom 4.30pm until 8.00pm. As this is the first visit for the New Year we appeal to have a good attendance at this clinic. Please give one hour on the 27th to help save lives.
CULLOHILL ICA: The ICA group held their last Annual General Meeting in Cullohill Community Centre following the Pilates Class. Noreen Byrne attended and announced the details of the Federation trip to Donegal at end of June. Booking through any Guild member for deposit of €100. This trip has been a very enjoyable trip every year and very good value. The Pilates classes ran by the guild had twenty three people attending and have two more classes to go. These are free classes and all are welcome. Our teacher Julia McGuire is going to do voluntary work in Uganda from June to November. We held a fundraiser to help with her work at an all-girls school. We wish Julia a safe journey and we look forward to Pilates Classes on her return. Charities supported during the year were Cuisle Walk, Federation Charities and the Homecare team. We also supplied plants for the Community Centre window boxes. The guild had a most successful year and the next meeting will be held on Tuesday May 2nd.
CHURCH NEWS: Eucharist Ministers Rota – May 2017: Saturdays – Rose Woods and Sean Phelan; Sundays – Ann Palmer and Edmund Kenny.
Church Cleaning Rota – May 2017: Daisy Dollard, Mary Dollard and Babe Duggan.
Mass Readers: Saturdays – April 29th and May 6th – Martin Lawlor and Aislinn Townsend; May 13th and 20th – Noreen Joyce and Molly Dollard. Sundays – April 30th and May 7th – Deidre Moore and Chloe Moms; May 14th and 20th – Bea Alley and Brandon.
Ossory Pilgrimage: The Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place this year from May 22nd to May 27th inclusive. Price per person sharing is €775 which includes bus transport to and from the Airport. Bookings through the Glenmore Parish office: (051) 880414. Office hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.30am to 1.30pm. Very Rev. Michael A. O’Connor P.P. will be the director of the pilgrimage.
SYMPATHY: Sympathy is extended to Madeline Conroy and family, Scotts Lane and to Angela Mockler and family, Seandoire, Durrow on their recent bereavement.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Fr. Tom Delahunty whose death has taken place in California. A native of Cullahill, Fr. Tom spent 28 years as a US Army Chaplain.
SATURDAY STUDY: Is your child doing enough study? Supervised study for Secondary School Students is held every Saturday from 9am until 1pm in The Presentation Centre, Durrow. For €24 your child will be getting 16 hours of supervised study time with study skills given. For more information please contact (087) 9510587.
CONGRATULATIONS: to Alan and Stephanie Dwyer, Lisdowney and Erkindale Drive, Durrow, on the birth of a son.
Congratulations to Catherine Alley, The Square, Durrow and Terence O’Sullivan, Cork on their marriage this weekend.
IFA: Laois IFA are holding an Information Seminar on Thursday 27th of April from 6pm until 9pm in the Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix. Among the wide range of topics covered will be Fire Prevention, Grants for Home Improvements and Insulation, Farm Initiatives, Grants, Community Groups, New Partnership Funding, Legal Matters and Social Entitlements. Free Health Screening will also be available. All are welcome to come along and admission is free. It’s an opportunity for people get answers to their questions in an informal chat at a local level.
KILKENNY BRANCH OF ARTHRITIS IRELAND: Weekly Coffee: The Arthritis Ireland Kilkenny Branch hold their local coffee chat every Saturday morning from 11am until 12 noon in the fantastic Ossory Park Community Centre. Do you live with Fibromyalgia or Arthritis? Don’t suffer alone! Come for a chat, get out of the house, make new friends and know you’re not alone – looking forward to meeting you, we’ll have the kettle on! To find out more information you can call or text (087) 1491767.
International Fibromyalgia Day: This May 12th, the Arthritis Ireland Kilkenny Branch will hold an    information stand in the McDonagh Junction Shopping Centre. Do you know someone or are you living with Fibromyalgia? Come get more information and meet others living with the condition. Do you live with Fibromyalgia? Come to our weekly group: call or text (087) 1491767.
Consultant Rheumatologist, Oliver Fitzgerald talks in Kilkenny: On 22nd May the Arthritis Ireland Kilkenny Branch will host a FREE event with Consultant Rheumatologist, Professor Oliver Fitzgerald and Linda Murray Nutritionist. This will be held in the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel from 5.30pm. Call or text (087) 1491767 to secure your seat.
ST VINCENT de PAUL: Anyone looking for help can contact us on (087) 3476012.
DURROW PARISH LOTTO RESULTS: Monday 3rd April 2017 – There was no jackpot winner of €13,100. The numbers drawn were 04, 05, 15 and 25. The small draw winners were: €30: Ester O’Regan, Derrywood, Durrow; €25: Nadine Martin, Durrow and €20: Sarah Gaughan, Erkindale, Durrow, Co. Laois.
Monday 10th April 2017 – There was no jackpot winner of €13,250. The numbers drawn were 04, 08, 11 and 19. The small draw winners were: €30: Mary Lennon, Mary Street, Durrow, Co. Laois; €25: Angela Drennan, Erkindale, Durrow, Laois; €20: Hillary Gee, Dunmore, Durrow, County Laois.
Tuesday 18th April 2017 – There was no jackpot winner of €13,400. The numbers drawn were 01, 09, 17 and 26. The small draw winners were: €30: Kevin Galvin Snr, Ballyboodin, Ballacolla; €25: Josephine Kavanagh, Derrywood, Durrow; €20: Kevin Kelly, Newline, Durrow, County Laois.
DURROW BRIDGE CLUB: The Results of the of Durrow Bridge Club’s last meeting on March 29th is as follows: First – Teresa Muldowney and Jimmy Ryan; Second – Tied – Nora Fitzpatrick and Teresa Phelan; Ann Fitzpatrick and Dolly Harding. Durrow Bridge Club continue their Bridge Club meetings every Wednesday night at 7.45pm in the Presentation Centre, Durrow. All are most welcome.
ADULT ART CLASSES: Adult Art Classes for all levels with qualified Art Teacher will be held on Thursday evenings at 7pm for two hours in Durrow Library. €12 per session or €50 for block of five  sessions. All materials provided (you can also bring your own). Enquiries to Marie (086) 3136028.
LAOIS PPN: Laois Public Participation Network are holding a Crime Prevention Advice Seminar and a Meet your PPN Representative Session on Tuesday 25th April from 7.30pm until 9.30pm in The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. For further information please contact Pamela Tynan, Laois PPN on (057) 8665661 or visit Laois PPNs new website at www.laoisppn.ie or find Laois PPN on Facebook.
FUELLING AMBITION ROADSHOW:  Organised by Enterprise Ireland and Network Ireland, in conjunction with the Local Enterprise Office Laois and the Entrepreneurs Academy, the event will take place in The Portlaoise Heritage Hotel on Tuesday 25th April at 6pm. The Event is Free of Charge to     existing and potential entrepreneurs and businesswomen and will showcase inspiring stories of female success. Event Facilitator for the evening is Mary O’ Rourke, Former Minister, renowned speaker and  published author. Helen Gee, founder of G’s Gourmet Jams and Maryrose Simpson, founder of Ladybug, two ambitious Laois entrepreneurs will share their business journeys and ‘steps to success’ at the event.
DURROW LIBRARY: Durrow library would like to thank everyone for their donations of Lego. The Lego club will start after Easter break and will run on Wednesday after school with an additional session on Saturday should there be a lot of children interested. If anyone has any more Lego they would like to   donate, please drop it in to the library at their convenience.
The Irish Comhrá Group meeting in Durrow Library had a good turn out for their first session. Some scheduling issues still have to be ironed out so the time and date of their next meeting will be advertised as soon as possible. If anyone would like to join the group please just contact Lori at the library.
Recent updates to the library system mean that some changes have happened. Details of these can be found online or in the library. Joining the library is still free but your library card will now work in any library in the Republic of Ireland and books/dvds/CDs/magazines can be ordered at and delivered to Durrow library from any of these libraries also.
DURROW-CULLOHILL PARISH ANGLERS: Durrow-Cullohill Parish Anglers held another Trout fishing competition on Sunday April 9th last for the Michael O’Rourke Memorial Cup. The winner with a beautiful fish was Seanie Delehunty. Second placed was Sean Geoghegan and third placed was Seamus Stapleton. The Juveniles U14 winners were – Liam Townsend, Shane Townsend, Shane Shortall and Keelan Carroll. The next Competition will be held on April 30th for the Bill Kelly Memorial Cup and again it will be a trout fishing competition. Best of luck to all!
LAOIS KAYAK AND CANOE CLUBClub AGM: The Club AGM took place on Monday 3rd April in the Club House, Durrow. The following committee was elected: Chairperson – Vincent O’Brien; Vice-Chairperson – Donal Cronin; Treasurer – Enda Whelan; Secretary – Emer O’Brien; Assistant Secretary – Brenda Murphy; PRO – Brian Ogilvie; Child Protection Officer – Debbie Whelan; Club Meets/Activity/Development Officer – Fergal Hill; Safety Officer – Matt McGrath; Equipment Officers – Jim Tierney and Fergal Hill. Committee Members – Mick Malone, Eugene Meehan, Brendan Murphy, Seamus Byrne,    Jonathon Young, Paul O’Brien and Kate Delaney. LKCC would like to thank all who attended the meeting.
Membership Renewal: Annual Membership is due in April, please have all renewal forms into Emer O’Brien by April 30th for Canoeing Ireland Renewal, please check your email, our Viber or Facebook group chats for details. If you would like to join, the membership form is available on our website, or contact any member, or message through our facebook page for more details.
Level 2 Kayaking Training: LKCC will be running a Kayaking Training session on the weekend of 27th and 28th May. A fun two days of weekend paddling, games and on-the-water instruction for both adults and Juniors (U18) who want to learn the basics of kayaking with qualified Canoeing Ireland instructors. This course is part of Laois Kayak and Canoe Club’s Summer Development Programme. What you will learn: To kayak safely & competently on flat water, An understanding of the Basic Paddling Techniques and Safety Rules of canoeing, An ability to Enter and Exit a kayak correctly, Forward Paddle, Reverse Paddle, and Stop, An ability to turn while stationary using Forward Sweep Stroke, Reverse Sweep Stroke and a combination of Forward and Reverse Sweep Strokes, Simple Draw Stroke, Low Brace
Turning on the Move, Edging while the kayak is moving, Capsize Drill, An ability to assist in an Assisted X Rescue and/or an H Rescue. Group sizes are limited to a maximum of 12 persons Booking details are on our Facebook page.
Interested in Kayaking: Our Summer kayaking training and introduction sessions are now booking.  Midweek Paddling will start again on Wednesday evenings, once the evenings are longer. If you are     interested in taking up paddling please keep an eye out on Facebook and on our website for introduction nights, training sessions and events for Junior and Senior paddlers – see www.laoiskayak.com online.
LIONS FC: The Lions are entering an Over-35 Soccer team into a Summer League. If anyone over thirty five is interested in playing, please contact any committee member of the Club.
THE HARPS GAA CLUB: Congratulations to Trish Alley who won €500 in the Third Time Lucky Bonus Ball Draw on Saturday last. Her number 13, unlucky for some, but not for Trish! Well done!
County Board Draw: Congratulations also to David O’Connell who scooped a nice €250 in the Laois GAA All County Clubs Members Draw on Friday 7th April last. Best of luck to everyone who bought a ticket in the upcoming May draw which will be held on May 5th.
Allianz Laois Cumann na mBunscol Hurling Panel: Congratulations to Bobby Murphy and Ciaran Flynn who are members of the newly formed Laois Hurling Panel following recent trials.
HARPS CAMOGIE CLUB: The U10, U8 and U6 girls are taking part in a fundraiser (‘Play for Barnardos’) in aid of Barnardos on Monday 24th April in the Juvenile pitch in Durrow. All players are being asked to bring along €2 each. Barnardos’ work is about helping children make the most of their lives, regardless of what they’re up against. They operate in over 40 Barnardos Centres in communities across Ireland and work with families to improve parenting skills and tackle issues of poverty, domestic abuse,          addiction and the impact these problems have on children. So please come along and support this very worthy cause. Contact Mary for further details on (087) 2866147.
U14 Camogie Feile: After a thrilling morning in Clonad GAA grounds on Easter Monday our girls made it through to the Laois Feile final on Saturday, 22nd April. The girls began the big day with a 2-02 to 0-00 victory over Camross and followed this up with a draw against reigning feile and county champions   Portlaoise. Our next game was against St. Brigids and with ten minutes left and three goals down our girls made a miraculous comeback to win by one goal! Our final game against Naomh Eamon also resulted in a victory for the girls which sees them play Portlaoise in the Laois Feile Final. Well done to each and every girl who played a part in some great camogie.
Thank You: Harps Camogie would like to thank all those who supported our Annual Table Quiz which took place on Good Friday.
LIVE WEATHER DATA: Visit www.laoisweather.com for the latest weather data from Durrow.
SCARECROW FESTIVAL BRING AND BUY SALE: Unfortunately we are unable to run the bring and buy sale during the week at this years Scarecrow Festival due to the increased      entertainment and lack of room. It was a very difficult decision to make and we apologise to all our regular participants.
SCARECROW CAMP VOLUNTEERS: For any young adult or college student – are you interested in working with young people? Now is your chance to see if this is a career path that will suit you. If you would like to volunteer for the annual Scarecrow Summer Camp, please contact us through our Facebook Scarecrow Page as soon as possible so we can arrange Garda Vetting and bring you on board for the 2017 Scarecrow Festival!
CULLOHILL NATIONAL SCHOOL: The School is now enrolling new pupils for the 2017-2018 term. Please contact the School at (057) 8737281 for further details.
CULLOHILL COMMUNITY CENTRE: Progressive 25 Card Games are held in the hall every Sunday night at 8.30pm sharp followed by tea and sandwiches. Please support!
APPEAL: This year, 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the O’Brien’s starting their Headstone business in Durrow. If anyone has any old pictures of the Quarry on the Derry Road, Sean would be delighted to hear from you. You can email them to seanobrien1957@eircom.net or phone Sean on (086) 2656657 if you have them in paper form. Any additional details such as the names and date of the picture would be greatly appreciated.
FOUND: Ladies spectacles in Dunmore wood car park a few weeks ago. Contact (086) 8263368.
MINI-MARATHON: The Ladies who compete every year in the Mini-Marathon on the June Bank Holiday Monday are reminded to register now as demand for places on the starting line is very high and will fill up very quickly. This year the funds raised will go to Motor Neurone Research. Sponsorship cards and t-shirts are available from Susan Lawlor.
CORE HEALTH AND FITNESS: Get fit, lose weight and feel better. With memberships from €32 per month, Personal training for less than €7 per session, at a time that suits you. Pilates, Yoga and Circuit training classes ongoing, you really have no more excuses! Feel free to come in and look around. For more information visit our website www.corehealthandfitness.ie or contact us on (087) 9302152 or (057) 8740637 or info@corehealthandfitness.ie by email.
DURROW REMINISCING GROUP: A book with 200 pages of Photographs spanning almost 100 years of Durrow and Cullohill memories including ICA, Hurling, Camogie, Soccer, School to mention but a few. Books for sale €25 each or two for €40. Please text or call Tom on (087) 2936531 or Kathleen on (086) 8263368 for further information.
SET DANCING CLASSES: Come on down to the Castle Arms Hotel on Monday evenings from 8.15pm until 10.15pm for Set Dancing Classes. Beginners and advanced levels are all most welcome. For more information please contact Declan Doocey on (087) 2768680.
CASTLEWOOD FARMSHOP: Now re-opened. Organic meat, apple juice, eggs and other produce. Farmshop and tearoom open Fridays and Saturdays 10am – 5pm; Sunday 11am – 5pm. Enquiries to Dominic (087)9694070.
NEXT NEWSLETTER: The next newsletter will be on sale the weekend of May 6th and 7th. All adverts must be booked with Angela Drennan (087) 1928522 or Mary Walsh (086) 3055157. Advertisements cost €2 per issue of Durrow Parish Newsletter and must be paid for in advance.

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