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Take The Bus To Durrow Scarecrow Festival

🌾 Join us at the Durrow Scarecrow Festival with the Local Link Bus! 🌾

Attention residents of Cashel, Thurles, Urlingford, and all the wonderful towns along the way! 🚌 Get ready for a fantastic day out at the Durrow Scarecrow Festival, and leave the transportation worries behind.

📍 Route: Cashel/Thurles/Urlingford to Portlaoise 🛑 Stops: Horse & Jockey, Littleton, Urlingford, Johnstown, Cullohill, Durrow, and Abbeyleix 📆 Date: July 30th to August 7th – Please note buses will run to Sunday’s timetable on Bank Holiday Monday 7th August.

The much-awaited Durrow Scarecrow Festival is back with a bang, and we’ve got you covered with the Local Link Bus service to make your journey comfortable and hassle-free. This delightful festival promises a day of fun, creativity, and laughter for people of all ages. From quirky scarecrows to vibrant entertainment, there’s something for everyone!

The information provided is based on previous events and available timetable. Please check the Local Link website for the most up-to-date schedule.

Slieve Bloom Coach Tours

For festival-goers on the Borris-in-Ossory route, Slieve Bloom Coach Tours have got you covered.
Please note this service is available from Monday to Friday, and does not run on weekends or Bank Holidays.

Servicing: Portlaoise – Mountrath – Castletown – Borris-in-Ossory, Rathdowney, Ballacolla, Durrow, Ballinakill, Abbeyleix, Ballyroan


Borris-in-Ossory to Portlaoise
Monday to Friday

Portlaoise Bus Stop: Front of Laois Shopping Centre 6:50am

Mountrath Bus Stop: @ Main Street 7:10am

Castletown Bus Stop: @ Main Street 7:15am

Borris-in-Ossory Hotel Car Park: 7:30am – 11:00am – 3:30pm

Rathdowney Square: 7.45am – 11.15am – 3.45pm

Ballacolla: Centre 7.55am – 11.25am – 3.55pm

Durrow Bus Stop: 8.00am – 11.30am – 4.00pm

Ballinakill: Centre 8.10am – 11.40am – 4.10pm

Abbeyleix Bus Stop: 8.20am – 11.50am – 4.20pm

Ballyroan: Centre 8.25am – 11.55am – 4.25pm

Portlaoise Bus Stop: @ front of Laois Shopping Centre 8.40am – 12.10pm – 4.40pm

Portlaoise to Borris-in-Ossory

Portlaoise Bus Stop: @ Front of Laois Shopping Centre – 9.20am – 2.00pm – 5.10pm

Ballyroan: Centre – 9.30am – 2.15pm – 5.25pm

Abbeyleix Bus Stop: 9.35am – 2.20pm – 5.30pm

Ballinakill: Centre – 9.40am – 2.25pm – 5.35pm

Durrow Bus Stop: 9.50am – 2.35pm – 5.45pm

Ballacolla: Centre – 9.55am – 2.40pm – 5.50pm

Rathdowney Square: 10.05am – 2.50pm – 6.00pm

Borris-In-Ossory Hotel Carpark: 10.20am – 3.05pm – 6.20pm

Castletown Bus Stop: @ Main Street – 6:35pm

Mountrath Bus Stop: @ Main Street – 6:40pm

Portlaoise Bus Stop: – Front of Laois Shopping Centre – 7:00pm

Borris-in-Ossory to Portlaoise
Monday to Friday

Portlaoise Bus Stop-Front of Laois Shopping Centre 6:50am
 Mountrath Bus Stop @ Main Street 7:10am
 Castletown Bus Stop @ Main Street 7:15am
 Borris-in-Ossory Hotel Car Park 7:30am 11:00am 3:30pm
 Rathdowney Square 7.45am 11.15am 3.45pm
 Ballycolla Centre 7.55am 11.25am 3.55pm
 Durrow Bus Stop 8.00am 11.30am 4.00pm
 Ballinakill Centre 8.10am 11.40am 4.10pm
 Abbeyleix Bus Stop 8.20am 11.50am 4.20pm
 Ballyroan Centre 8.25am 11.55am 4.25pm
 Portlaoise Bus stop @ front of Laois Shopping Centre 8.40am 12.10pm 4.40pm

Portlaoise to Borris-in-Ossory

Portlaoise Bus Stop @ Front of Laois Shopping Centre 9.20am 2.00pm 5.10pm
 Ballyroan Centre 9.30am 2.15pm 5.25pm
 Abbeyleix Bus Stop 9.35am 2.20pm 5.30pm
 Ballinakill Centre 9.40am 2.25pm 5.35pm
 Durrow Bus Stop 9.50am 2.35pm 5.45pm
 Ballycolla Centre 9.55am 2.40pm 5.50pm
 Rathdowney Square 10.05am 2.50pm 6.00pm
 Borris-In-Ossory Hotel Carpark 10.20am 3.05pm 6.20pm
 Castletown Bus Stop @ Main Street
 Mountrath Bus Stop @ Main Street
 Portlaoise Bus Stop -Front of Laois Shopping Centre

The information provided is based on previous events and available timetable. Please check with Slieve Bloom Coach Tours for the most up-to-date schedule.

2023 Ladies Night


Ladies Night at Castle Durrow: An Unforgettable Evening of Fun and Fashion

Join us on Tuesday, 1st August, at Castle Durrow as part of the Durrow Scarecrow Festival for an exclusive Ladies Night event. Get ready for an evening filled with glamour, entertainment, and delightful surprises. With limited places available, make sure to secure your spot early!

Event Details:

Date: Tuesday, 1st August
Time: Doors open at 6:30pm for a 7pm start
Location: Castle Durrow

Highlights of the Evening:

  • Three Course Meal & a Glass of Wine: Indulge in a delectable three-course meal expertly crafted to tantalize your taste buds. Savor each bite while enjoying a complimentary glass of fine wine.
  • Fashion Show with 57 Boutique and Ladybelle: Be mesmerized by the latest fashion trends as two renowned boutiques, 57 Boutique and Ladybelle, showcase their stunning collections on the runway. Get inspired by the stylish ensembles and gather ideas for your own wardrobe.
  • MC, Special Guest, and Fabulous Raffle: Our charismatic MC will keep the evening lively and entertaining, while a special guest will add an extra touch of glamour to the event. Don’t miss out on the chance to win fantastic prizes in our fabulous raffle!
  • Fun & Frolics: Expect laughter, excitement, and memorable moments throughout the evening. Connect with friends, meet new people, and embrace the joyous atmosphere as you participate in various fun activities.
  • DJ & Entertainment ’til Late: Dance the night away to the beats of our talented DJ, who will keep the energy high and the dance floor buzzing. Let loose, enjoy the music, and create unforgettable memories.

Ticket Information:

  • Price: €60 per person
  • Limited Availability: Only 150 places are available for this exclusive event, so book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.
  • Booking Options:
    • Eventbrite: Visit our Eventbrite page and secure your tickets online.
    • Text Irene: Alternatively, you can text Irene at 086 8412683 to reserve your place.

Don’t miss out on this extraordinary evening of elegance, laughter, and style. Join us for Ladies Night at Castle Durrow.


On Monday 7th August, Senator David Norris, will attend the official unveiling of a Plaque to commemorate Saint Benedict of Durrow, the man that legend has it, became Pope and Bishop of Rome for two days – Ireland’s First Pope. The unveiling will take place in The Square, Durrow at 2pm. 

The Story

A tale circulates among the people of the Aran Islands, recounting the legend of a man from Durrow, Co. Laois, who briefly held the position of Pope and Bishop of Rome. The renowned Saint Benedict, hailing from Durrow, was born around 460 AD to Lugneay, the King of Ossory and rightful heir to the throne. As a young man, he departed from his home to study under St. Fintan at Clonenagh, where he developed a deep friendship with Colmcille, a Prince of the Royal House of Ireland. After their ordination, both Benedict and Colmcille journeyed to the Monastery established by St. Enda on Innishmore.

Years passed as they devoted themselves to prayer. Colmcille eventually embarked on a mission to Iona, while Benedict became the faithful assistant and companion of St. Enda. In 522, Benedict and Enda set off for Rome. During their time in the Eternal City, the reigning Holy Father, St. Hormisdus, passed away.

Impressed by Benedict’s devoutness, the elders chose him as the successor. He assumed the name Pope Pupeus. However, legend has it that the following day, as St. Enda bid him farewell, the emotional separation overwhelmed the newly elected Pontiff. Without hesitation, he called upon the Church Elders once more and commanded another election to take place. On this occasion, Pope John the 1st was chosen.

St. Enda and Benedict returned to Aran, where Benedict succeeded Enda as the Abbot following his death. They were laid to rest side by side in the now-ruined Cathedral of Aran. Both saints are celebrated on March 21st. The Book of Cashel, which traces the lineage of the fourteen Saints of the Royal House of Ossory, refers to St. Benedict as ‘Ipse est Papa Pupeous,’ signifying his brief papal reign.

Source: An Historical and Social Diary of Durrow, County Laois, 1708-1992, Edward O’Brien, Millfield Press, 1992