Durrow -

Lotto - The parish lotto with a jackpot of €6,650 was not won. Other winners were €30 Jimmy Joyce, €25 Padraig Phelan, €20 Kate O’Brien. The lotto will be in Bob’s Bar on April 15 with a jackpot of €6,950 on offer. Tickets must be handed in before 9.30pm on the night of the draw to be included in that jackpot.

Lotto - The parish lotto with a jackpot of €6,650 was not won. Other winners were €30 Jimmy Joyce, €25 Padraig Phelan, €20 Kate O’Brien. The lotto will be in Bob’s Bar on April 15 with a jackpot of €6,950 on offer. Tickets must be handed in before 9.30pm on the night of the draw to be included in that jackpot.

Buy a Brick - All past pupils and friends of Our Lady’s Meadow National School are calling on you help in their fundraising efforts - no matter where you are in the world you can buy a brick for ten euro and the brick with your name on it will help build the new class room.

Late Margaret ‘Peg’ Kavanagh - The death took place on Thursday, March 28 in Brookhaven Nursing Home of Margaret ‘Peg’ Kavanagh, Cork Road, Durrow following a long illness in her 92 year. A member of a highly respected family in the community the late Mrs Kavanagh will be sadly missed by her family, friends and neighbours.

A lovely lady Margaret was originally from Durrow and is predeceased by her late husband Michael. She is survived by her daughters Patricia, Margaret and Ann, sons Sean and Mixey, sons in law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, relatives, friends and neighbours. Rosary was held in Brookhaven on Saturday night and her remains were removed to Holy Trinity Church, Durrow on Easter Sunday morning for mass.

The late Mrs Kavanagh was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard following the funeral service. The huge attendance at the rosary, removal and burial paid their last respects to a truly lovely lady and to offer to the Kavanagh family their heartfelt sympathy at their great loss. May she rest in peace.

Open Forum - The Harps GAA Club in conjunction with Laois GAA are holding an Open Forum 5 year Strategic Plan in Cullohill Community Centre on Wednesday night April 10 at 8pm sharp.

Mini-Marathon - Ladies mini-marathon sponsorship cards and tee shirts are available from Kay in Lawlor’s Gala, Eileen Keenan and the office in Our Lady’s Meadow. Please support these ladies as they are raising funds towards the cost of the new extension to the school.

Vintage Club - The 11th Annual Vintage Vehicle show and autojumble organised by Durrow Vintage Club will be held on Sunday, April 21 at the Cork Road, Durrow. A special display of Lanz Bulldog Tractors and pre-1930’s cars and motor bicycles will take place on the day. Admission; adults €5, children free. All proceeds will be given to charity. For more details contact Austin Ryan 086 8860598.

Daffodil Day - A big thank you to all who supported the Irish Cancer Daffodil Day fundraising event in Durrow. A sum of €688 was collected. Thanks to all who donated cakes and food.

School Re-Union - Durrow Development forum in conjunction with the Gathering are hoping to organise a school reunion of St Fintan’s College (both primary and secondary) in Castle Durrow on Sunday, July 28. Anyone wishing to help out please contact Marian 086 8390266.

Voice of Laois - The Young Voice of Laois will be held in Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow on Saturday May 18. Auditions are scheduled for Tuesday, April 16 and Wednesday, April 17 in Portlaoise College and Castle Arms Hotel respectively.

Angling - Durrow/Cullohill parish anglers held a Fishing competition for the Billy Lawlor cup on Easter Sunday. The results are as follows 1st Alan Dwyer, 2nd Declan McDonald, 3rd Pat Dunphy. U-16 1st Daniel Brophy, 2nd Daniel Regan. Next trout fishing competition for the Bill Kelly Cup will be held on April 14.

Bridge - Durrow bridge club March 13 results: 1st N/S Dickie Dempsey, 2nd N/S Marion Sherman and Helen Woods. 1st E/W Nora Fitzpatrick and Teresa Phelan. 2nd E/W Babe Duggan and Phil Mahony.

Cullohill ICA - Monthly meeting of Cullohill ICA was on Tuesday, April 2 in Cullohill Community Centre. A vote of sympathy was passed with Patricia Phelan and the Geoghegan family on the death of their mother Margaret Kavanagh. Members will attend the choir concert at the church in Abbeyleix on Friday, April 19. Eight members will go to federation meeting in Camross on Wednesday, April 24.

The parish vigil is on Tuesday, April 23. Bus leaves Cullohill at 7pm. Ann Delaney won the raffle and the guild members will help with the John Murray walk on Sunday, April 14 from 10.30am to 4pm.

Tidy Towns - Durrow Tidy Towns AGM will be held in the Castle Arms Hotel on Thursday, April 18 at 8.30pm sharp. Please come along to this meeting.