Lotto - The parish lotto with a jackpot of €6,950 was not won. Other winners were €30 Simon Dwyer, €25 Peter Carey and €20 Kathleen Dwyer. The lotto will be in the Dec’s Bar on April 28 with a possible jackpot of €7,100. Tickets must be handed in before 9.30pm on the night of the draw to be included.
Dawn Chorus - The dawn chorus will be held on Sunday, May 5 in Dunmore wood at 5am. Assemble at Dunmore Wood car park and enjoy the walk led by Pat Durkin of Birdwatch Ireland. Breakfast will be served on return. All welcome and for more details contact Noleen Dunphy 087 9636460.
Harps GAA - Harps GAA would like to thank everybody who came along and took part in the Club Forum. The night was chaired by Billy McEvoy and co-ordinated by Tom Jones of Laois GAA. There was good discussions and debate and this will be taken on board by the various committees and put into the club five year plan which will be launched later on in the year.
Senior Hurlers: Harps senior hurlers took on Camross in the league on Wednesday last. The Harps went in at half time two points up playing with a very strong wind but Camross had the wind in their backs in the second half, they took full advantage and came away winning on a score line of 2-11 to 1-8. The intermediates first match against Timahoe did not go ahead as the visitors failed to field a team.
The Harps junior team had to be withdrawn from the league as they are unable to field a team, while the junior footballers took on Killeshin in their first outing last week. With a team comprising of young heads and old seasoned dogs this was a spirited performance from the Harps side, with the team missing five of its starting fifteen from last year’s final.
The U-16 hurlers have experienced mixed fortunes. With two matches played, they beat Abbeyleix but lost out to Kilcotton/Borris by two points. They take on Portlaoise in the final match of the group this weekend. Best of luck to all involved. In football the U-16’s have reached the league B final beating teams from Ballacolla, Rosenallis and Mountrath along the way. This final will take place on June 23. The U-12’s had their first outing on Wednesday in Durrow beating Kilcotton/Borris by a goal in a tightly contested match.
Durrow/Abbeyleix Macra na Feirme - Durrow/Abbeyleix Macra na Feirme held a fund-raising scavenger hunt entitled ‘Durrow Debauchery’ last Saturday night. The idea was that the teams had to answer clues and questions as they toured through Durrow. Thank you to all those who supported the event and it is hoped to do another one again in the future.
Best of luck to Laura Brennan, Catherine Walshe, Brid Walsh and Cathy Downey who are representing Durrow/Abbeyleix in the next round of the set dancing in Cashel on May 4. Laura Brennan is also taking part in the solo Instrumental competition. Best of luck girls.
The farm skills competition is coming up and anyone who is interested in taking part in it or in any other competition please contact Joe on (085) 7665838.
Age Friendly - Kilkenny Age Friendly County programme is available to provide ‘Aging with Confidence’ in your area. The eight weeks workshop is a personal development programme designed to help people over 55 explore their aging process. The workshop is free of charge and is usually run at local community/parish centers. If you are interested in attending or holding a workshop please contact Moira on 056 7772787 for further details or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Whist Drive - Killermogh Parish Whist Drive will be held in the Parocial Hall, Cork Road, Durrow on Thursday night, April 25 at 8.30pm.
Fishing - Durrow/Cullohill Parish anglers held a trout fishing competition for the Bill Kelly Memorial cup on Sunday. Some beautiful fish were weighed-in. The winner was Tommy Coffey, 2nd Alan Dwyer and 3rd Mick Walsh. Juveniles winner was Daniel Brophy with Lea Coffey in second place.
On Sunday April 28 there will be a trout fishing competition for the Mick O’Rourke Memorial Cup. This will be the first time this trophy will be competed for as it was presented to the club by the O’Rourke Family to mark the tragic death of Mick. The late Mick O’Rourke was a wonderful chairperson of the club for many years and was also a great member.
The club are very pleased to announce that Granstown Lake will be offically opened in mid May and it will provide excellent fishing facilities for the club members.