Rejuvenation of the Town Square - Durrow Development Forum are delighted to announce that planning permission has been granted for work to commence on the rejuvenation of the town square. This project has been in the pipeline for years and it is great despite the poor economic climate that this project costing over 750,000 euro gets the go-ahead. It’s a major boost to the town. Thanks to Laois Partnership, Laois County Council and the many County Councilors who gave this project such support. It is hoped that work would commence before the end of the year and will take a few months to complete . Durrow Development Forum will be running a few fund raising events to help provide the community share of the costs. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
Lotto - The parish lotto with a jackpot of 5,500 euro was not won, small winners were 30 euro Mary Ryan 25 euro Mary Geoghegan and 20 euro Breda Kearney . The lotto of February 18 will be held in the O’Connell’s, Cullohill with a possible jackpot of 5,800 euro. Tickets must be handed in before 9.30 pm on the night of the draw to be included in that jackpot.
Senior Citizens - The Senior Citizens party will be held in the Castle Arms Hotel on Marc 2 at 2 pm. Invitations are being distributed by the community council. Anyone who wishes to attend or wants to nominate someone to attend are asked to contact any member of the community council .
Enrolment - Enrolment forms are available from Our Lady’s Meadow Primary School for children starting school in September 2013. Forms should be returned before February 28. If you need a form please call to the school office during school hours. You and you child will be invited to visit the school on Wednesday June 2 and you will receive a reminder nearer that date. If you are not enrolling your child in the school please let the secretary know as soon as possible.
Blood - The Irish Blood Transfusion Service wish to thank everyone who attended their clinic held in Durrow . A total of 125 donors attended including eleven new donors and seventeen lapsed donors. A silver award was given to Aidan Galvin, Ballacolla for his tenth donations and gold awards were presented to Thomas Dunne, Durrow and Joan McGrath ,Ballinakill.
GAA - The Harps GAA club held their annual general meeting recently and the following officers were elected ; President, John Alley, Vice-President, Jimmy Fogarty, John Moore and John Dollard, Chairman, Kieran McEvoy Hon Sec,; Dan Deegan, Hon Treasurer ; Martin Fitzpatrick, PRO , Mick Fitzpatrick Committee; Seamus Campion, Albert Townsend, Barry Murphy, Gabriel Irwin, Donal Deegan, Enda Murphy, Kevin Galvin, Justin Brophy, Noel Delaney, Joe Deegan, Padraic Henderson, Eamonn Doheny, Jimmy Kells and Sean Conory.
Draw - Tickets are on sale for the Laois County Board members draw that is the major fundraiser for the Harps. Tickets can be got from any member of the club and by buying a ticket you are helping the club get much wanted finances. Tickets cost 130 euro or 32.50 euro per month for four months. Prizes each month for the four monthly draws are 1st 10,000 euro, 2nd 5,000 euro 3rd /4th and 5th are 1,500 euro each, 6th 1,000 euro and ten prizes of 500 euro. Please support your local club and give yourself a chance of winning big money.
Athletics - Congratulations to Louise Mahony on winning the Laois Novice Ladies Road Race Championship held on the Turra Triangle in Tolerton recently. This was a super show by Louise who is getting better with every race. Louise also led the Ballyroan/Abbeyleix and Districts Team to gold medal. On the team also were her two sisters Elaine and Laura.
Congratulations also to Avril Deegan, Cullohill representing her school Presentation Convent Thurles on her second place in the East Munster Championship . Avril will now represent her school in the Munster championship finals and is wished well by everyone who knows her. Avril has improved so much in her first season as a athlete that in a short space of time she is now one of the top girls in her grade. Very well done
Fishing - Durrow/Cullohill Parish Anglers are holding on Sunday February 17 a pike fishing competition for the Brendan Sheeran Memorial Cup. All members will receive a “text” with full details of the competition early in the week. Membership can be got at Lawlors Florists, Lawlors Gala or from club secretary Michael Walsh.
Enrolment - Parents wishing to enroll their child in St. Tighernachs Primary School Cullohill for September 2013 or 2014 can do so by contacting the school on 05787 37281 as soon as possible