High hopes for Deirdre in London

Good Luck Deirdre - Best of luck to Deirdre Ryan who is representing Ireland in the Olympics High Jump in London. Deirdre is daughter of P.J and Ann formerly Ann Lalor Chapel Street Durrow. Everyone will be watching and hoping that Deirdre does herself proud. Her uncles Rev. Fr. John Lalor pp Camross, Gay, her Aunt Mary with extended family and many friends around Durrow hope that we will be celebrating with a coveted Olympic medal for Deirdre.

Good Luck Deirdre - Best of luck to Deirdre Ryan who is representing Ireland in the Olympics High Jump in London. Deirdre is daughter of P.J and Ann formerly Ann Lalor Chapel Street Durrow. Everyone will be watching and hoping that Deirdre does herself proud. Her uncles Rev. Fr. John Lalor pp Camross, Gay, her Aunt Mary with extended family and many friends around Durrow hope that we will be celebrating with a coveted Olympic medal for Deirdre.

Festival Walks - On Friday July 27 there will be a Grade C walk in Ballinakill. It will commence at 7.30pm in the square and will be 5 km approximately, followed by refreshments. On Sunday July 29 the final walk of this year’s festival will be in Durrow. Meet at the Castle Arms Hotel at 2.00 pm for a 16 km walk on the Leafy Loop. This walk will take 3.5 hours to complete and sturdy footwear is recommended.

Durrow Art Exhibition - This is being held in conjunction with Durrow Scarecrow Festival. Throughout the festival the Art Exhibition will be on display in the Community Hall. The exhibition will be open daily from Saturday July 28 to Monday August 6 between 2 pm and 5 pm. Appointments can be made for visiting groups outside of opening hours. Anyone interested in displaying pieces of Art of Craftwork should contact Mary Walsh on 0863055157 or Mary Dowling on 087 2200199.

Senior Citizens Night - A social night for senior citizens will be held on Monday July 30 in Castledurrow Hotel at 7 pm which will include a walk through the Castle Gardens. All senior citizens are invited to attend and evening of music, song, and refreshments will be served. Contact Mary Walsh for any queries including the organization of transport to and from the event.

Vita- Friends of Fr.Kevin Doheny The committee invite you to join them in their Sponsored Walk on Friday July 27 at 7.00 p.m. from the Square Ballinakill, The Boy’s School, Ballyragget, Ballyouskill Church and the Ballyragget/Castlecomer Road at Ballinakill/Abbeyleix sign to Ballymartin Cross where refreshments will be served and an evening of craic,cheoil agus rince weather permitting alternatively at Ballyouskill Hall. For further information and sponsorship cards contact Ballyouskill-Frank Brennan 0857157694 Ballinakill- Kathleen Mooney 0876928349 and Ballyragget- Patricia Doheny 0879264201.Thank you for your support which greatly benefits the community in Chencha, Ethiopia in providing them the opportunity to build sustainable livelihoods which improves their quality of life. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Little Oaks parent and Toddler Group - The group is taking a break for the summer. We wish you all a great summer. We will be back on September 4. Contact Alison 0872491779.

Community Council- Durrow Community Council is anxious to set up a support network for the elderly in our community. Volunteer names are required as soon as possible. Please contact Pat 0868096693 or Debbie 0874192077 if you would like to volunteer. The annual day trip is due to take place on Saturday September 1. the trip will be to New Ross Co. Wexford and will include a river cruise where lunch will be served and then on to a guided tour of the Dunbrody Famine Ship. The bus will leave at 10 am and return after 6 pm. Places on the tour are filling up quickly and as they are limited it is advisable to book now. 20 euro per person is required when booking and this will guarantee your place. The balance of the cost is being met by The Community Council committee. For and enquiries or booking contact Debbie Stapleton or Mary Walsh.

Durrow Community Services - A vacancy exists for a person to work as a playschool Assistant in Durrow Community Playschool . Applicants must meet qualifying criteria. Contact Durrow Fas office on 0578736870.

Lotto - There was no Jackpot winner. Numbers drawn were. 05 13 19 26. Small draw winners were; 30 euro Mick Dunphy Rath Durrow, 25 euro Philip Kearney Dervald Durrow 20 Euro Noel Still c/o Oliver Lawlor Lawlor’s Gardens. Next draw for a possible 1750 euro in Bob’s Bar. Tickets must be in by 9.30 to be included in draw.

Flower Show - Durrow Development Forum present an Evening with Flowers in Castle Durrow starting with a walk in Castle Durrow Gardens with resident Gardner Bart from 7.00 pm. and followed by a Flower Demonstration at 8.00 pm with Oliver and Martin Lawlor on Wednesday August 1 2012. Entry fee 8 euro.

Scarecrow Festival - Scarecrow festival 2012 will be launched on Saturday night July 28 with a Hooley in the Castle Arms Hotel. Tickets are 10 euro and music is by the works . Fancy dress is optional and a great night is assured. Again this year there is a large number of Craft Workshops taken place in the scarecrow village including Pottery, Knitting, Mosaic’s, Paper Beading, Rush Work, Basketry, Samba Drumming. Booking your place is essential as places are limited, contact Evelyn at 0879194428 or Delphine at 0863655178. A Buy and Sell Fair will be held from Monday July 30 to Friday August 3 from 2 pm to 9 pm . Get some extra cash by hiring a stall at 15 per day or 60 euro for the week. The Scarecrow Village will be open ,depending on the weather ,; Sun 29 -2 pm to 7 pm Mon 30 to Friday 3 2 pm to 9 pm ;sat 4 10 am to 7 pm ,sun 5 11 am to 7 pm and mon 6 12 noon to 6 pm