Durrow - High Nellie Cycle for Laois Hospice

Lotto-The parish lotto with a jackpot and of 7,550 euro was not won, small winners were 30 euro Dan Deegan, 25 euro Mick Drennan, 20 euro Mary Cahill . The lotto will be in the Sportsman Inn, Cullohill, on May 27 with a possible jackpot of 7,850 euro. Tickets must be handed in before 9.30 pm on the night of the draw to be included in that jackpot.

Lotto-The parish lotto with a jackpot and of 7,550 euro was not won, small winners were 30 euro Dan Deegan, 25 euro Mick Drennan, 20 euro Mary Cahill . The lotto will be in the Sportsman Inn, Cullohill, on May 27 with a possible jackpot of 7,850 euro. Tickets must be handed in before 9.30 pm on the night of the draw to be included in that jackpot.

Blood Donor Clinic-The Irish Blood Transfusion Service mobile unit visited Durrow on Thursday May 9 from 4.30 pm to 8.00 pm in the Castle Arms Hotel. There was a great turn out of donors with over one hundred and twenty donating blood. Many thanks to all who attended and to the people who attended and could not donate blood for various reasons. A silver award was presented to Catherine Reilly, Abbeyleix for ten donations and a gold award was presented to Anne O’Gorman ,Ballyragget for twenty donations.

The Gathering 2013-As part of ‘The Gathering’ Durrow Development Forum will be putting postcards advertising the Durrow Scarecrow Festival in local shops etc. over the next week. DDF would very much appreciate if people would post the card to friends or family abroad and invite them to Durrow over the course of the festival.

Durrow Scarecrow Festival-The programme for this year’s event is very close to completion. A draft of the festival highlights is currently available online. Please visit the www.durrow.ie and facebook page www.facebook.com/durrowscarecrowfestival regularly for updates.

Whist-The monthly whist drive organised by Killermogh Parish was held in the Parocial Hall , Durrow on Thursday night. Top score Sadie Delaney, Camross 1st lady Kathleen Kavanagh, 2nd lady Nora Fitzpatrick 1st gent Tom Gowing, 2nd gent Frank Keenan. Halves Tom Lalor and Margaret Slevin. Quarters ; J. McCartney, Ann Walsh, Nell Conory, Bridie Reilly, and Michael O’Sullivan, Juvenile Damien Carter, Low Score ; Pauric Dowling. Raffle ; Theresa Phelan, Jacqueline McBride, Des Finnamore, Louise Kavanagh

Mini Marathon-All those ladies competing in the Flora Mini-Marathon on June Bank Holiday Monday who wish to travel by bus are asked to contact Eileen Keenan as soon as possible to book their seat. If you do not book your seat you will not be guaranteed a seat. Please ring Eileen on 086-0868017. With many different charities gaining from the ladies competing in this race you are asked to be as generous as possible if you are asked to sponsor a line.

High Nellie Cycle for Laois Hospice.-Laois High Nellie Harriers (Durrow, Camross, Abbeyleix and Clough High Nelly Clubs) are cycling around Laois over 5 days starting on June 12th in Portlaoise and arriving in Durrow on June 16th, when the town will be transported back in time for a unique Bloomsday Festival. During the High Nelly Challenge, cyclists will be accommodated in tented sleeping arrangements with campfire singsongs, music, craic and barbecues each night. With inspiration gleaned from James Joyce’s world famous book Ulysses, the route chosen for this unique Cycle Challenge will avoid all pubs along the way. Non members are welcome to join in; all that is required is a High Nellie Bicycle, a helmet and tent. For further information please contact local organisers: Tom Dunne 0861923720, Noel Mooney 0879517311, Kay Sheppard, Hugh Sheppard or email laoishighnelliechallenge@gmail.com

A High Nellie with Wings-This year is flying by like a High Nellie with wings! So much has been happening and before we have time to draw our breath, the last day for registration for the Laois High Nellie Cycle Challenge is upon us. So whether you intend to cycle for one day or five, please be sure to register before May 31st. Contact any High Nellie club member in your area or email laoishighnelliechallenge@gmail.com Remember, you don’t have to be a High Nellie club member to partake. So bring along your High Nelly or otherwise request a hired bike. June 12th - 16th is goanna be some craic!

GAA-The Harps senior hurlers take on Ballinakill in Durrow pitch Wednesday evening the 22 of May, this is an important match for the lads so please come along and show your support.

Well done to our Intermediates on defeating Camross on Thursday evening on a score line of 0:11 points to 0:9 points.

The Irish Cancer Society would like to thank everybody associated with the Harps GAA for supporting their clothes bank in both Cullohill and Durrow pitches ,please keep up the good work

Fishing-Durrow /Cullohill parish anglers held a trout fishing competition for the Anglers Cup and the winner was Declan McDonagh, 2nd Philip Kearney, 3rd Pat Dunphy. U-18 D. Sing. U-16 1st D. Brophy, 2nd P. Regan, 3rd D. Regan. There will be a pike fishing competition on Sunday next May 26, venue and all detail will be “text” to all members during the week

DURROW TIDY TOWNS- The May meeting of Durrow Tidy Towns will be held on Thursday next, 23rd May, in Castle Arms Hotel at 8. 30 pm. All members please attend. Work nights continue every Thursday evening at 7 pm. We ask residents to come out in their own area to pick litter and do general cleaning. It is time also to prepare window boxes and hanging baskets for the summer. We thank all who have been taking part in the Thursday night clean up over the last month, keep up the good work.

MANAGE YOUR LIFE BY MANAGING YOUR MIND - REVISITEDI am pleased to invite you to a fundraiser, on behalf of Raising and Giving (RAG) Ireland to MANAGE YOUR LIFE BY MANAGING YOUR MIND - REVISITED with DR. FERGUS HEFFERNAN in Hotel Kilkenny on Monday, 10th June 2013 @ 7.00 p m. This is a fun and informative session, that builds on the suggestions given by Dr. Heffernan in his previous well known talk, and proposes a number of simple strategies that we can implement to boost positive mental health, and generally help us to achieve a greater balance in our lives. Further information and an online booking form can be found at: ragireland.eventbrite.ie (Tickets cost: €5 and €10).