Lotto - The parish lotto with a jackpot and of 7,250 euro was not won, small winners were 30 euro Killian, Mickey and Saoirse c/o Fawltys, 25 euro Ellen Kenna, 20 euro Ester O Regan . The lotto will be in the Mark Lennon’s Bar, on May 13 with a possible jackpot of 7,550 euro. Tickets must be handed in before 9.30 pm on the night of the draw to be included in that jackpot.
Fishing - Durrow/Cullohill Parish Anglers wish Tommy Coffey the best of luck and good fishing when he competes in the All-Ireland Pike fishing final to be held on Saturday May 11 in Leitrim,
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.
Community Services - The local Community Employment Scheme will be looking for Playschool Assistant and General Operatives on the Scheme commencing the end of May. All enquiries to the local office beside the church.
Blood Donor Clinic - The Irish Blood Transfusion Service mobile unit will visit Durrow on Thursday May 9 from 4.30 pm to 8.00 pm in the Castle Arms Hotel. With such great demands for blood please donate when the unit is in Durrow. Your donation will help ensure essential blood supplies are always available thus saving lives . There are over 3,000 donations of blood needed each week in Ireland to meet the demand and your donation can and will play a vital part in someone recovery after an operation or in an accident . Do make time on Thursday May 9 to give blood and join the very exclusive club .
Trout - Durrow /Cullohill Parish Anglers held a trout fishing competition for the Mick O’Rourke Memorial Cup on Sunday and the first winner of this trophy is Declan McDonald, second was Tommy Coffey and third was Seanie Delehunty. Juvenile winner was Daniel Brophy with Odhran Delehunty as runner –up. The next competition will be a pike fishing competition and it will be held in Granstown Lake . This will be the first competition that the club will host on this lake since it has taken over the fishing rights .
High Nellies - The Local High Nellie’s have merged with other High Nellie’s groups in Laois and are embarking on a fundraising campaign for the Laois Hospice. The group will embark on a five day cycle in early June through the highways and byways of Laois and are looking for sponsorship from the people of Laois . The Local High Nellie’s through Hughie Sheppard, Kay Sheppard and Tom Dunne are seeking the support of the Durrow/Cullohill people and business in their efforts to raise funds to care for the seriously ill people looked after so well by the hospice. If you are approached for a donation please be generous. On Thursday next May 9 there will be a CD launched in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel by the Spokes Family , a bluegrass style band which has been formed from the merging of the High Nellie’s groups in Laois. All proceeds of the sale of this CD will go to Laois Hospice. On the night there will be many other artists performing including the 65 Kitchen Choir, Damien Bowe, James O’Connor, Brian O’Mahoney, Kieran Scott, Carmel Minogue and Abbeyfolk . Admission is free but your donation would be greatly received.
Young Voice of Laois 2013 - The stage is set for The Young of Voice Final which will be held in the Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow on Sat 18th May. This singing competition run by Durrow Development Forum in conjunction with the Laois School of Music showcases and encourages the young talented singers of the county. Auditions were held in recent weeks in both Portlaoise and Durrow and as always the quality of entrants was very high. Fifteen auditionees have been selected to participate in the final which will be judged by Helena Begley and Geraldine Ryan.
The winner of this coveted title will be awarded the Ronan Lawlor Memorial Cup and receive a Voice Training Scholarship from the Laois School of Music and the opportunity to perform at both the ‘Durrow Scarecrow Festival’ and the ‘Laois School of Music Concert’. The event is sure to be a great night’s entertainment. As well as the fifteen competing performances, last year’s winner Michael Kirkman will also perform. There will also be performances by Durrow Youth Choir and Vicky Murphy. The final will take place on Sat 18th May at 8 pm in the Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow. Admission €10 for adults and €5 for children.
Durrow Development Forum would like to thank the Laois School of Music, Midlands 103 and the Leinster Express for their involvement in the event.
‘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.
Top Player - Local Bridge Player Jimmy Ryan has been chosen as Durrow Bridge Club Player of the Year and he will be presented with the Sheila Walsh Perpetual Cup. Jimmy won this prize for being the most consistent player week in since the start of the season. Durrow Bridge Club President ,`Shem Mulhall prize for 2013 1st Ella Walsh and Mairead Woods, 2nd Josie Murphy and Bridget Nolan
3rd Marie Foley and Jack Murphy, 4th Alice Bowe and Johnny Bowe 5th Barbara Sheppard and Ann Dooley, 6th Nuala Molumby and Shem Mulhall 7th Sadie Phelan and Rose Talbot, 8th Phil Kingston and Teresa Phelan