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The Lorrha Notes are compiled weekly by Rose Mannion who is the local correspondant for a number of regional papers. Contact Rose at (090) 9747079 or (086) 8647166 or by emailing roselmannion@yahoo.ie

Lorrha Notes

Lorrha Juvenile Club are having a car treasure hunt to raise some necessary funding. Details above. 

Late Michael (Mick) O’Meara.

The peaceful death occurred at his home on 1 April 2021, of Michael O’Meara New Zealand and formally The Pike, Rathcabbin, brother of the late Danny. Mick was one of seven children born 86 years ago to Paddy and Kate O’Meara. Shortly after  he left school in Rathcabbin, Mick went to Canada where he spend the following five years before returning home in 1959. However, it wasn’t long before he was on the move again and this time he went to Australia where he spent a number of years before eventually settling in New Zealand. He never forgot his relatives and friends in Rathcabbin and he returned home on many occasions spending up to six or seven weeks enjoying the company of those he visited.
He is survived by his wife Denise, family Patrick and Elisa, John and Melissa, Michael and Lynda. Sisters Jane Buffini (Dublin), Peggy Dolan (Birr), Mary Morris (Templemore), brothers Patrick and Martin (Dublin), brothers in-law, sisters in-law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbours and many friends both in New Zealand and Rathcabbin. At Mick's request, a private funeral was held on Wednesday 7 April in New Zealand.  May Mick rest in peace.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to Brendan Flynn and family, Carrigahorig on the death of his sister Margaret (Maur) Gleeson, Salthill, Galway. Margaret passed away unexpectedly at home on Saturday, 10th April, 2021. Predeceased by her beloved husband Michael and her brother John,she is survived by her family, Kathryn, Judy, Annemarie and Michael, sister Ann Clifford, brothers Fr. Eamonn (Largs, Scotland) and Brendan, grandchildren,  sons-in-law, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, the extended Gleeson and Flynn family, neighbours and friends. After funeral Mass in the Church of Christ the King, Salthill  on Wednesday, 14th April, burial took place in Rahoon cemetery. May Maur rest in peace.

North Tipp Ploughing Offer Sympathy.

North Tipperary Ploughing committee offer their sympathies to Willie Mooney and family Borrisokane on the death of his wife Florrie which occurred recently. May she rest in peace.

Gratitude.

Lorrha GAA committee wishes to express their gratitude to those who turned out last Sunday for the clean up around the pitch and grounds. Anyone requiring lotto envelopes are asked to contact Joe Dolan (0879673124), Hubert Duggan (0872185995) or Kevin Molloy (0876738986).
Our juvenile club are running a car treasure hunt on the bank holiday weekend, Sunday, May 2, beginning at the clubhouse at 2.00. Contact Colm Kennedy (0868170633) or Kathleen Duffy (0868694528) for details.

Camogie Prize Winners.

Lorrha camogie club wish to extend thanks to all who supported their recent fundraiser which raised €5,000 from both online and offline donations. Lorrha people all over the world and around the world were very generous in their support and good wishes. They thank the business people for the spot prizes despite challenging times and the local community who have always shown support through the years. A donation to the Jigsaw charity will be made in the coming days.
The prize winners in the draw was 1st. Zipped top – Dympna and Willie Fogarty, 2nd. Lorrha Jersey – Eveleen Cleary, 3rd. gear bag – Simon Dagg Accountancy services, 4th . small prize – Pamela Guinan while the participants prize of a training top was won by Kayleigh Ryan.

Enrolment.

Scoil Lua Naofa Lorrha is accepting enrolments for the 2021/22 school year. Application forms can be  downloaded from the school website www.lorrhans.ie , by email to the school at luanaofa@gmail.com or by calling the school at (090) 9747295 and we can drop a form to you in the post.

Church News.

Masses: as we continue in Level 5 Covid Restrictions, masses are available as follows:

Sunday Masses can be viewed on Webcam from Borrisokane at 7pm Saturday  and 10:30am Sunday www.twitch.tv/borrisokaneparish or www.killaloediocese.ie/parish/borrisokane/

Weekday Masses Tue, Thurs. and Fri.  At 10am are available on webcam. Terryglass will have a recording of Sunday Mass www.terryglass/kilbarron https://bit.ly/3bhnxfj

Our churches remain open daily for private prayer.

 Anniversary Masses.

Anyone wishing to book an anniversary mass please contact the Parish Office on 090-9747009. Both Fr Tom and Fr Michael are happy to include anniversaries in their weekend masses, in Terryglass by audio on Saturday evenings and on webcam on Sunday mornings in Borrisokane.

 Marriage Preparation During Covid:

Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112.

Support.

A Covid-19 support line is available for older people and is managed by ALONE, a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. You can also contact the Samaritans:  Ph: 116,123, Text  087 2609090, email jo@samaritans.ie . Pieta House: Ph 1800 247 247, text HELP to 51444. Aware: Ph. 1800 804 848, email supportmail@:aware.ie

GAA News.

Juvenile car-treasure hunt: Our juvenile club are running a car treasure hunt on the bank holiday weekend, Sunday, May 2, beginning at the clubhouse at 2.00. Contact Colm Kennedy (0868170633) or Kathleen Duffy (0868694528) for details. (Picture attached below.)

Lotto: The lotto jackpot is at €4500 with a match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at clubforce.com while lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the clubhouse, at Mulrooney's, Kelly's, or at the Scéal shop. If you need Lotto envelopes, contact chairman Joe Dolan (0879673124), Hubert Duggan (0872185995) or Kevin Molloy (0876738986).

Euro-Millions: With our current term up in May, the club will be re-running the Euro Millions lotto fundraiser this year. The prize pot is above the €4000 mark as things stand, let's hope we have so more luck before the end of next month.

Clean-up: Thanks to all who contributed to our clean-up around the pitch and facilities last weekend.

 

                                               GAA Draws Take Place.

The draw for the Munster senior hurling championship will see Tipperary play either Clare or Waterford in the semi-final. Cork face champions Limerick in the other semi-final.

Meanwhile in football, Munster champions Tipperary will play either Kerry or Clare in the last four, with Cork taking on Waterford or Limerick on the other side of the draw. The dates and venues for all games will be confirmed at a later stage.
The football championship will operate on a straight knockout basis, while the hurling championship will feature qualifiers, with each team defeated in their opening game receiving a second chance.

 

 

              Templemore Station lift replacement works began on Monday 19th.

Iarnród Éireann has reminded customers that major lift replacement works will begin at Templemore Station today, Monday 19th April, running for a period of seven weeks up to 4th June. Templemore is the first of two stations in Co Tipperary which will benefit from lift renewal works in 2021, with Thurles to follow in mid-year.

The investment is part of a programme of improvements at 22 stations around the Iarnród Éireann network this year, funded by the National Transport Authority, with nine stations in total seeing full lift replacement works, which will see the installation of new heavy duty stainless steel electric traction lifts.  As well as the lift units, Templemore and Thurles will also see lift control systems, water ingress prevention works, new roller shutter assemblies, and other system improvements undertaken.  The works will improve the reliability of lift systems, and ensure improved access for customers of reduced mobility, including wheelchair users.

During the works at Templemore, platform 1 (trains to Dublin Heuston) will be accessible, but platform 2 (to Cork, Kerry, Limerick) will only be accessible via footbridge.  Customers requiring assistance should contact access@irishrail.ie or 1850 366222 in advance of travel for assistance to be arranged.

 Iarnród Éireann Chief Executive Jim Meade said “with new trains and station enhancements planned, accessibility will be central to the design of all improvements we deliver under the National Development Plan.  However, improving the reliability and performance of our existing lift network is crucial to ensure customers with reduced mobility have confidence in using our services.  While it is unavoidable that the works themselves will result in lifts being temporarily out of service, for which we apologise, we have arrangements in place at Templemore to maintain access to services during the works.”

 

 

Agri-innovators in Co. Tipperary invited to enter Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Arena Awards competition in partnership with the NPA

Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Arena Awards 2021, in partnership with the National Ploughing Association (NPA), are now open for entries.

Innovators and entrepreneurs in the agriculture sector based in Co. Tipperary are invited to enter their pioneering agri-related products and services to the annual awards competition which will continue online for a second year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Last year’s competition attracted more than 60 entries with the overall award going to Malone Farm Machinery in Co. Mayo. The company’s winning entry was a 16-bale trailer called ‘The Malone Express’. The best overall start-up award went to Iamus Technologies Ltd, an AI and robotics company based in NovaUCD Dublin. Its winning entry was ‘Gallus’, an autonomous robot for gathering data from chickens designed for the poultry industry.

The 12 award categories include best agri-technology start-up, best agri-engineering established company, young innovator of the year, farm safety and sustainable agriculture. The best start-up and overall winner of the Innovation Arena Awards will be eligible to win up to €5,000 each.

Jerry Moloney, Regional Director for the Mid-West at Enterprise Ireland said, “Despite the many challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, the quality of the entries to last year’s virtual Innovation Arena Awards showed that innovative and entrepreneurial activity is unabated in towns and villages all over Ireland.”

“Every year, the awards showcase Ireland’s valuable contribution to farming and technology on a global level. Our world-leading education and research through an established network of universities and research centres allows us to prioritise the development of new agri-innovations to address climate change and sustainability in farming practices. Irish companies are playing their part in enhancing agricultural efficiency while helping to protect the environment for years to come and I look forward to seeing some of that work highlighted in this year’s online Innovation Arena Awards.”

NPA Managing Director, Anna May McHugh said, “Innovation has been at the heart of the National Ploughing Championships since its inception 90 years ago in 1931, predominately as it has evolved and grown over the years. Throughout the past year, due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, innovation in business has never been more important and thoroughly vital, as companies have had to adapt quickly to an ever-changing and unknown economic climate and marketplace. As a result, this year’s Innovation Arena awards are particularly significant. With such a great prize fund on offer, I would strongly encourage Irish agriculture companies to enter, as previous winners have gone on to have major success in business both in Ireland and internationally.”

Innovators in Co. Tipperary from the following industry sectors are encouraged to enter: Dairy and dry-stock farming, horticulture, information and communication technology, cloud and mobile based software, animal health and genetics, water and waste management, environment and cleantech, animal and farm management, farm safety and leading research.

To enter this year’s Innovation Arena Awards, visit www.innovationarena.ie.

Closing date for entries is Wednesday, 30 June 2021.

[caption id="attachment_7902" align="alignnone" width="2420"] Mike and Jarlath Malone of Malone Farm Machinery, Co. Mayo overall Innovation Arena Winner 2020.[/caption]


Lorrha Notes

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Lorrha Dorrha Camogie Club.

 We had a tremendous response to our fundraiser 250KM in 1 day challenge, clocking up 350KM and raising over €4,000. There was great participation from all the girls and their families which led to a very positive community response to the event. Our GoFundMe page- Lorrha Dorrha Camogie will remain open until Wednesday 14th April with our draw for prizes taking place Friday 16th. Many thanks to all who contributed so generously and to our prize sponsors and local businesses who have helped make this event a success.

2021 CLÁR Programme

The 2021 CLÁR programme was launched on 15th March 2021 by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD. A total of €5.5 million is available under the CLÁR 2021 programme, a 10% increase on 2020 funding.  Measure 3 focuses on Community Wellbeing Measures in the areas of: Community Gardens and Allotments and Mobility and Cancer Care Transport.
The new CLÁR Innovation Measure is targeted at piloting new ideas and outside-the-box thinking which address specific challenges faced by communities in CLÁR areas, including those associated with rural isolation, village decline, service accessibility, population change, social disadvantage and marginalisation in communities within the CLÁR areas. This Measure seeks to support fresh ideas and new ways of working that might not otherwise be identified or supported.  Details of the various measures, including the relevant Scheme Outlines, are available on the DRCD website at https://www.gov.ie/en/policy-information/91ba52-clar/.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to the Dolan families Rathcabbin on the death of Mikey Meara, formerly the Pike (brother of Peggy Dolan), who died recently in New Zealand. May he rest in peace.

Free Bereavement Resource Pack

The Irish Hospice Foundation has just launched  a free bereavement resource pack. It includes all the bereavement resources (For adults and children/teenagers) specially developed as part of COVID-19 Care and Inform hub. The link is free to download.  Please see the website for more information at https://hospicefoundation.ie/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Support-for-Grieving-in-Exceptional-Times.pdf

Be Warned.

It has been brought to the attention of The Department of Social Protection in recent days that a scam using the Departments name is circulating to the public.  Some members of the public have received phone calls from an individual purporting to be from a named official of the Department.  The caller then informs the person that their PPS number is compromised and they are asked to provide or verify their name, PPS number and in some cases, Bank Account details. This is a sophisticated scam. We urge our customers not to engage with these callers, not to return calls to these numbers and not to share any personal information with the callers. If a person is in any doubt, they should take the caller’s name and phone the Department’s helpline number 1890 800 024. Also, people who are managing social welfare applications online are reminded to ensure that they are using official Departmental websites. The Department wishes to make it absolutely clear that they never request Bank account or other Financial institution account details from their customers by phone or SMS.

Go Fishing Week

Inland Fisheries have for the very first time launched a virtual ‘Go Fishing Week 2021’ to run from April 25th to May 3rd.  The Inland Fisheries say that this will be a national celebration of fishing with a programme of online events where people will have the opportunity to connect with others across the country making information accessible to all. They will also run a video competition as part of the event. The video titled ’Why I love to fish’ is asking people to submit a short clip of their fishing adventured online and stating what angling in general means to them. The whole idea is aimed to encourage more people to get involved in fishing. All the details on this event can be viewed on inlandfisheriesireland.ie/gofishingweek.

Enrolment.

Scoil Lua Naofa Lorrha is accepting enrolments for the 2021/22 school year. Application forms can be  downloaded from the school website www.lorrhans.ie , by email to the school at luanaofa@gmail.com or by calling the school at (090) 9747295 and we can drop a form to you in the post.

Church News.

Prayer to St Ruadhan, Patron of Lorrha, Feast day Thursday April 15th. O great St Ruadhan! Remarkable for thy wondrous love of God and compassion for the poor and grief-stricken! Hater of wrong and injustice, upholder of the laws and privileges of our Holy Church! Help us in times of trial on earth and at last bring us to thee in Heaven. Amen


Anniversary Masses.

Anyone wishing to book an anniversary mass please contact the Parish Office on 090-9747009. Both Fr Tom and Fr Michael are happy to include anniversaries in their weekend masses, in Terryglass by audio on Saturday evenings and on webcam on Sunday mornings in Borrisokane.

 Marriage Preparation During Covid:

Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112.

Support.

A Covid-19 support line is available for older people and is managed by ALONE, a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. You can also contact the Samaritans:  Ph: 116,123, Text  087 2609090, email jo@samaritans.ie . Pieta House: Ph 1800 247 247, text HELP to 51444. Aware: Ph. 1800 804 848, email supportmail@:aware.ie

Juvenile AGM: 

Lorrha GAA club are holding the Juvenile AGM online through Zoom on Thursday April15th at 8pm.  All are welcome to attend . Please contact Colm Kennedy (086/8170633) or Kathleen Gleeson (086/8694528) and we will send you the Zoom link and password.

GAA News

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €4,350. The numbers drawn on 12 April were: 5-11-15-24. 1 Match 3: Tammy Brennan wins €100. Promoters: John McLeish, Liam Reddish, Sceal CE. Next Monday's draw will be for a jackpot of €4,500 with a Match 3 pot of €100 so make sure you are in the draw. Team 3 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Juvenile AGM: will be held online through Zoom on Thursday 15th April at 8.00pm. All are welcome to log-in. Contact Colm Kennedy 0868170633 or Kathleen Gleeson 0868694528 and we will send you the Zoom link and password.

Grounds Clean-up: On Sunday from 2-3pm, we will be doing a clean-up of the pitch and its surroundings at Tony Reddin Park in preparation for our return to training. All are welcome to attend. Bring strimmer’s, hedge-cutters if available.

Camogie Fundraiser: We had a tremendous response to our fundraiser 250km in a day challenge on Sunday, clocking up 350km and raising over €4,000. There was great participation from all the girls and their families which led to a very positive community response to the event. Our GoFundMe page - Lorrha Dorrha Camogie will remain open until Wednesday 14th April with our draw for prizes taking place on Friday. Many thanks to all who contributed so generously and to our prize sponsors and local businesses who have helped make this event a success.

Calf-rearing Scheme: There has been a positive response to date, and we would like to thank all who have contributed. We still have a few more farms to call to. Contact Joe Dolan 0879673124, Colm Kennedy 0868170633, Louis McCormack 0868493595, Tom Duffy 0876359007 for more info.

Membership: for 2021 is now due. Closing date is the end of April. Players will not be allowed to train without having their membership paid. The rates are as follows: €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership); €20 – Juvenile (16 & under); €90 – Family (2 adults & 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children). You can pay online at clubforce.com.


Lorrha Notes

                                           

A First for Inland Fisheries.

Inland Fisheries have for the very first time launched a virtual ‘Go Fishing Week 2021’ to run from April 25th to May 3rd.  The Inland Fisheries say that this will be a national celebration of fishing with a programme of online events where people will have the opportunity to connect with others across the country making information accessible to all. They will also run a video competition as part of the event. The video titled ’Why I love to fish’ is asking people to submit a short clip of their fishing adventured online and stating what angling in general means to them. The whole idea is aimed to encourage more people to get involved in fishing. All the details on this event can be viewed on inlandfisheriesireland.ie/gofishingweek.

One Day Challenge.

Lorrha & Dorrha Camogie Club are organising a fundraiser 250KM in 1 day challenge this Sunday 11th April, with girls as young as 8 years old taking part in the event. Funding is vital to keep camogie in the Lorrha community going for our adult girls and developing our underage team, so please support our Adult and underage girls as they bid to clock up 250KM running or walking. You can donate through our GoFundMe page- Lorrha Dorrha Camogie or contact Caroline O’Brien on 087 2345817.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to the Moore family, The Ferry, on the recent death of Sean’s sister Esther who died in England. May she rest in peace.

Our Rural Future.

The Government last week published Our Rural Future, the most ambitious and transformational policy for rural development in decades. The policy reflects the unprecedented change in living and working patterns during COVID-19 and the significant opportunities this presents for rural communities – from remote working and revitalising our town centres to job creation, developing a green economy and enhancing our outdoor amenities. Launched in Croke Park, Our Rural Future sets out a blueprint for the development of rural Ireland over the next five years. It address the challenges facing communities and deliver new opportunities for people living in rural areas.

The policy is aimed to help rural Ireland to recover from the impacts of COVID-19, enable long-term development of rural areas, and create more resilient rural economies and communities for the future. You can read all about Our Rural Future, Ireland’s Rural Development Policy 2021-2025 on gov.ie.

Vaccination Continues.

Slow and all as it may be, the Covid-19 vaccination continues to give us all some hope for the summer months ahead. We are all weary of this dreadful lockdown but it is vital to stay the course now that we are on the home stretch. The lovely fine weather coupled with the extra hours light in the evenings is without doubt, giving us all itchy feet to move but don’t give in just now and keep in mind there is a very contagious virus on the loose waiting to mingle with us too and it could have devastating effects. So, do continue to be careful and keep safe while we await the vaccination to come our way- it won’t be long...

Enrolment.

Scoil Lua Naofa Lorrha is accepting enrolments for the 2021/22 school year. Application forms can be  downloaded from the school website www.lorrhans.ie , by email to the school at luanaofa@gmail.com or by calling the school at (090) 9747295 and we can drop a form to you in the post.

Church News.

Trócaire: A message from Colm Hogan. This week I wanted to share with you,  an update from Fr James, whose crucial work your parishes’ Lenten donations will help.“Coronavirus is spreading around the world, but in South Sudan it joins three other pandemics already ravaging the country – constant conflict, hunger and sexual violence. And Covid-19 is making them worse. If this pandemic is to be overcome, it will be in large part through the efforts of the churches.” Please, keep South Sudan in your hearts.

 Anniversary Masses.

Anyone wishing to book an anniversary mass please contact the Parish Office on 090-9747009. Both Fr Tom and Fr Michael are happy to include anniversaries in their weekend masses, in Terryglass by audio on Saturday evenings and on webcam on Sunday mornings in Borrisokane.

Marriage Preparation During Covid:

Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112.

Support.

A Covid-19 support line is available for older people and is managed by ALONE, a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. You can also contact the Samaritans:  Ph: 116,123, Text  087 2609090, email jo@samaritans.ie . Pieta House: Ph 1800 247 247, text HELP to 51444. Aware: Ph. 1800 804 848, email supportmail@:aware.ie

Get a licence.

Gardai are reminding dog owners to make sure they have a dog licence. With dog ownership more popular than ever, particularly over the past 12 months, the Gardai say that you can purchase your licence or renew your existing licence at any Post Office around the country. Every dog aged four months and over should have a licence. Under the Control of Dogs Act, all dog owners must have a licence for their pet or working dog. The dog licence fee helps local authorities across Ireland to provide dog shelters, appoint dog wardens, rescue neglected and mistreated dogs and seize dangerous dogs, when necessary.

GAA News

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €4,200.  The numbers drawn on 5 April were: 1-13-21-30. 2 Match 3's: Agnes Sherlock and Charlie Corrigan share €100. Promoters: Eamonn Maher, Louis McCormack, Joe Dolan. Next Monday's draw will be for a jackpot of €4,350 with a Match 3 pot of €100 so make sure you are in the draw. Team 2 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Juvenile AGM: We are holding our Juvenile AGM online through Zoom on Thursday 15th April at 8.00pm. All are welcome to attend. Please contact Colm Kennedy 0868170633 or Kathleen Gleeson 0868694528 and we will send you the Zoom link and password. We as the outgoing committee (Colm Kennedy - Chairperson, Tom Kennedy - Vice Chairperson, Kathleen Gleeson - Secretary and Caroline O'Brien – Assistant Secretary) are happy to stay on for this year but if anyone wants nominate a person for any position please feel free to so. Nominations must be in by 12th April.

Juvenile Coaching Courses: For anyone wishing to become involved with juvenile teams, the following courses must be completed: Online foundation coaching course, Safeguarding 1 course and Garda Vetting. Contact Colm Kennedy 0868170633 if interested in completing these courses.

Camogie fundraiser: Lorrha & Dorrha Camogie Club are organiing a fundraiser 250KM in a day challenge this Sunday 11th April, with girls as young as 8 years old taking part in the event.
Funding is vital to keep camogie in the Lorrha community going for our adult girls and developing our underage team, so please support our Adult and underage girls as they bid to clock up 250KM running or walking. You can donate through our GoFundMe page- Lorrha Dorrha Camogie or contact Caroline O’Brien on 087 2345817.

 

 


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Birthday Greetings.

Congratulations and many good wishes is extended to Fr. John Donnelly Rathcabbin who celebrated his 98th birthday last week with his relatives and carers, all of whom are all in his ‘bubble’.  Well done Fr. John and continued good health.

Get a licence.

Gardai are reminding dog owners to make sure they have a dog licence. With dog ownership more popular than ever, particularly over the past 12 months, the Gardai say that you can purchase your licence or renew your existing licence at any Post Office around the country. Every dog aged four months and over should have a licence. Under the Control of Dogs Act, all dog owners must have a licence for their pet or working dog. The dog licence fee helps local authorities across Ireland to provide dog shelters, appoint dog wardens, rescue neglected and mistreated dogs and seize dangerous dogs, when necessary.

Enrolment.

Scoil Lua Naofa Lorrha is accepting enrolments for the 2021/22 school year. Application forms can be  downloaded from the school website www.lorrhans.ie , by email to the school at luanaofa@gmail.com or by calling the school at (090) 9747295 and we can drop a form to you in the post.

Church News.

Holy Week Services:

Borrisokane on Webcam Holy Thursday 8pm. Good Friday at 3pm.  Easter Saturday 8pm  Easter Sunday 10.30am
Terryglass on Audio on Good Friday 3pm. Easter Saturday 8pm. Easter Sunday 10am.

Lorrha on Live Stream

Holy Saturday: The Easter vigil ceremony will be live-streamed from Lorrha church at 7.30pm and will be available on the Lorrha Parish youtube a/c. The link for this will be forwarded to whatsapp groups as was done for previous celebrations.
Bottles of Easter Water will be available for collection at Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches from Easter Sunday onwards.
Stations of the Cross:
The children from our 3 primary schools have been reflecting on the sufferings of Jesus and  have drawn pictures to illustrate the 14 stations. They are on display in the grounds of Lorrha church, the parking area at Redwood church and inside Rathcabbin church. You are invited to visit them, to view the children’s representations of what happened on Good Friday any time during Holy Week and have your own private prayer.

Suggestions for Holy Week/Easter. We invite you to watch Liturgies at home and listen to the Scriptures during this special and sacred time in our church year. Holy Thursday reminds us with the washing of the feet by Jesus in the gospel that we love and serve each other.  Good Friday we invite you to place a cross on your kitchen table for the reading of the Passion of the Lord.-Jesus gives his life as a loving servant.  Holy Saturday/Easter Sunday you are invited to light a candle as you watch/listen to the Easter Vigil.

Bishop Fintan has written an Easter Letter, which he has summarized below. It is a reflection on the pandemic and the church at this time.
Let Hope Shape Our Future:  Covid-19 has radically changed our lives and Church & Familiar faith practices have been greatly disrupted. Our Church is in a time of profound change. We look forward to returning to a more acceptable form of normal.  The Church to which we shall return will be very different. What sort of Church do you want that to be?  How will that Church be resourced?  Do you want to be part of shaping that new reality? I invite you to join me in the Diocese of Killaloe on that new journey.  As Easter people we are people of joy and this gives us hope to live and share that joy with future generations.
Link to the full letter is on https://www.killaloediocese.ie/easter-letter-let-hope-shape-our-future/

Anniversary Masses.

Anyone wishing to book an anniversary mass please contact the Parish Office on 090-9747009. Both Fr Tom and Fr Michael are happy to include anniversaries in their weekend masses, in Terryglass by audio on Saturday evenings and on webcam on Sunday mornings in Borrisokane.

Marriage Preparation During Covid:

Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112.

Support.

A Covid-19 support line is available for older people and is managed by ALONE, a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. You can also contact the Samaritans:  Ph: 116,123, Text  087 2609090, email jo@samaritans.ie . Pieta House: Ph 1800 247 247, text HELP to 51444. Aware: Ph. 1800 804 848, email supportmail@:aware.ie

Lending a Hand.

With Level 5 restrictions set to continue into the next six weeks at lease, anyone who needs a helping hand  can call members of the Lorrha GAA club who offer their services whether it's to collect groceries, collect prescriptions etc. Ring Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Niall McIntyre (0857623158), David Fogarty (0872681134), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) all of whom will be happy to help.

Ifac reminds farmers to take advantage of the Organic Farming Scheme

Farmers considering an application to the Organic Farming Scheme have until the 30th of April to do so, following the re-opening of the scheme earlier this month with an additional budget of €4 million for 2021. This additional funding was confirmed by Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Senator Pippa Hackett when she confirmed the continuation of the scheme last month.  1,460 farmers participated in the last scheme, and it is envisaged that approximately 500 more may be successful in their application this Spring. Philip O’Connor, Head of Farm Supports at Ifac said: “Applications for the scheme must be made online through the Department’s online system at agfood.ie. I would encourage every farmer to inform themselves of the opportunities that the Organic Farming Scheme offers and give it full consideration.” Payments of up to €220 per hectare are available for farms undergoing conversion to full organic status, a process that takes two years, or €170 per hectare for farms that have obtained that status. Higher payment rates are available for organic horticulture and tillage farmers. The minimum farm area allocated is three hectares for dairy, dry stock and tillage, or one hectare for horticulture, with rates of payment decreasing for horticulture farms over six hectares, tillage farms over 20 hectares and all farms over 60 hectares.
All applications must be processed through agfood.ie, and to be eligible, farmers must submit an annual Basic Payment Scheme application and must be registered with one of the two Organic Control Bodies that certify land-based organic operators; The Irish Organic Association and Organic Trust CLG.

GAA Notes

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €4,050. The numbers drawn on 29 March were: 6-8-15-24. 1 Match 3: Joe Cleary wins €120. Promoters: Joe Dolan, Mulrooney's Gala, Internet. Next Monday's draw will be for a jackpot of €4,200 with a Match 3 pot of €100 so make sure you are in the draw. Team 1 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Juvenile coaching courses: For anyone wishing to become involved with our juvenile teams, the following courses must be completed - Online foundation coaching course, Safeguarding 1 course and Garda Vetting. Contact Colm Kennedy if interested in completing these courses (0868170633).

Calf-rearing scheme: There has been a positive response to date, and we would like to thank all who have contributed. Contact Joe Dolan (0879673124), Colm Kennedy (0868170633), Louis McCormack (0868493595), Tom Duffy (0876359007) for more info.


Lorrha Notes

 Another load of rubbish that was dumped in Redwood bog in recent times

Birthday Greetings.

Congratulations and many good wishes is extended to Sackie O’Brien Rathcabbin who celebrated his 85th birthday last week-end with his relatives, all of whom are all in his ‘bubble’.  Well done Sackie and continued good health.

Apprenticeships.

For any person who might fancy an apprenticeship, the ESB are currently launching a Recruitment Campaign which is now open for applications. Full details are on the esb web site or email apprentices@esb.ie.

Enrolment.

Scoil Lua Naofa Lorrha is accepting enrolments for the 2021/22 school year. Application forms can be  downloaded from the school website www.lorrhans.ie , by email to the school at luanaofa@gmail.com or by calling the school at (090) 9747295 and we can drop a form to you in the post.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to Mary Cleary Rathcabbin on the death of her brother Tommy Grogan, Castletown, Kinnitty, who died peacefully at home  in the loving care of his family on Sunday March 7th.  Tommy is also survived by his loving wife Nuala, sons Fergal and Ivor, daughter Karena, son in-law John, daughters in-law Deirdre and Martina and his adored grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbours and a large circle of friends. After funeral  Mass in St. Flannan's Church, Kinnitty, burial took place in Rath cemetery. May Tommy rest in peace.
Sympathy is also extended to Rathcabbin post man Matt Feenane on the death of his mother Mary Ellen (Mollie) of Fortal, Birr which occurred on Friday March 19th. May Mollie rest in peace.

Rear a Calf for the future of Club.

Lorrha GAA club have decided to organise a fundraising campaign to help put the club on a financially secure footing in the years ahead. Rear a calf scheme is a well known way of raising much needed funds and is no stranger to the parish of Lorrha having successfully helped many clubs and organisations in the past. All farmers in the parish are asked to rear a calf over a two year period and when the animal reaches maturity and is sold, the farmer donates the money to the campaign. This is one way of securing money coming into the club on a regular basis and will start to show dividends for the club in two years time. Anyone who requires further information or wishes to get involved can call Joe Dolan on (087) 9673124, Tom Duffy on (087) 6359007, Louis McCormack on (086) 8493595 or Colm Kennedy on  (086) 8170633.

Church News.

Both Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches remain open for anyone wishing to pray privately.

Masses are available online as follows:

Live at Borrisokane mass times- 7pm Saturday and 10:30am Sunday- and a recording from Fr Michael from Terryglass. Please check the following links:  www.twitch.tv/borrisokaneparish.  www.killaloediocese.ie/parish/borrisokane/.   www.terryglass/kilbarron       https://bit.ly/3bhnxfj

Weekdays Masses on Webcam 10am.Tues, Thurs, Fri. from Borrisokane.

 Lenten Conversations.

Knock Shrine Lenten conversations are coming to an end.  Chaired by Fr. Eamon Conway who is a Professor of Theology in Mary Immaculate College, ‘Studying Christian Faith ‘ is the final topic on this Thursday Mar.25th. Anyone wishing in taking part can do so on www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live or on facebook@knockshrine.

Anniversary Masses.

Anyone wishing to book an anniversary mass please contact the Parish Office on 090-9747009. Both Fr Tom and Fr Michael are happy to include anniversaries in their weekend masses, in Terryglass by audio on Saturday evenings and on webcam on Sunday mornings in Borrisokane.

Marriage Preparation During Covid:

Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112.

Support.

A Covid-19 support line is available for older people and is managed by ALONE, a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. You can also contact the Samaritans:  Ph: 116,123, Text  087 2609090, email jo@samaritans.ie . Pieta House: Ph 1800 247 247, text HELP to 51444. Aware: Ph. 1800 804 848, email supportmail@:aware.ie

Lending a Hand.

With Level 5 restrictions set to continue into the next six weeks at lease, anyone who needs a helping hand  can call members of the Lorrha GAA club who offer their services whether it's to collect groceries, collect prescriptions etc. Ring Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Niall McIntyre (0857623158), David Fogarty (0872681134), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) all of whom will be happy to help.

GAA News

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €3,900. The numbers drawn on 22 March: 5-8-17-24. Lucky Dips: Fergus Gorman, Mary Molloy, Margaret O'Brien, Liz O'Hara. Promoters: Joe Dolan, Margaret Gleeson, Liam Reddish. Next Monday's draw will be for a jackpot of €4,050 with a Match 3 pot of €120 so make sure you are in the draw. Team 1 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Membership drive-in: Membership is due on March 31st. The club will be holding a drive-in membership day on Sunday 28th March, in Moatfield from 11am to 1pm, in compliance with Covid guidelines. Club registrar Louise Mannion will be in attendance.

Membership rates are as follows: €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership); €20 – Juvenile (16 & under); €90 – Family (2 adults & 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children). You can also pay online at clubforce.com.

Calf-rearing scheme: There has been a positive response, and we would like to thank all who have contributed. We still have a few more farms to call to. Contact Joe Dolan (0879673124), Colm Kennedy (0868170633), Louis McCormack (0868493595), Tom Duffy (0876359007) for more info.

Lotto: The lotto jackpot is at €4,050 with a match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at clubforce.com while lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the clubhouse, Mulrooney's Gala, Kelly's Rathcabbin, or at the Scéal shop Lorrha.

Sympathies: Our thoughts are with all in Kilruane MacDonaghs after the passing of Oisin Williams. Sympathies also to the Hogan family, Birr on the passing of Jimmy Hogan. Jimmy was a great supporter of the Tipperary GAA Draw with the club and was rewarded with a big win last year. May they rest in peace.

 


Lorrha Notes

Covid Scam.

An Garda Síochána is aware of members of the public having received fraudulent text messages and calls regarding Covid vaccinations. An Garda Síochána, the HSE and The Department of Health would like to advise members of the public to be aware of potential scams relating to the Covid-19 vaccine.  A number of people have recently received phone calls or text messages in which they are offered vaccinations. However, the callers and on text messages, are then providing fraudulent vaccination dates and looking to extract sensitive personal details. The details requested include, the person’s name, PPS number, date of birth and address. The HSE will never text seeking such information. Your local GP will be the first point of contact about vaccination so keep that in mind.  The Covid-19 vaccine is free and it is not available privately. Never disclose private information over phone or via text message. Gardai say never give out your PPS Number to anyone who makes unsolicited contact with you whether by phone or email. Never give away personal data or disclose who you may live with or if you live alone. If you receive such a call, just hang up.
Anyone who mistakenly provides personal information in response to this scam should contact report the matter to their local Garda Station. We would ask that members of the public make contact with any vulnerable friends or family to make them aware of these calls and text messages. If you have questions or concerns relating to Covid testing or vaccination, please contact the HSE. For further information on the vaccine rollout and on which groups are currently being vaccinated please consult HSE.ie.

Apprenticeships.

For any person who might fancy an apprenticeship, the ESB are currently launching a Recruitment Campaign which is now open for applications. Full details are on the esb web site or email apprentices@esb.ie.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to Johnny Quinn, Rathcabbin on the death of his brother Jimmy (Clonmel) which occurred recently. Jimmy was a very popular man in his locality and was heavily involved in St. Mary’s GAA club. After funeral Mass in St. Oliver’s Church Clonmel, burial took place in St. Patrick’s cemetery.  May he rest in peace.

Rear a Calf for the future of Club.

Lorrha GAA club have decided to organise a fundraising campaign to help put the club on a financially secure footing in the years ahead. Rear a calf scheme is a well known way of raising much needed funds and is no stranger to the parish of Lorrha having successfully helped many clubs and organisations in the past. All farmers in the parish are asked to rear a calf over a two year period and when the animal reaches maturity and is sold, the farmer donates the money to the campaign. This is one way of securing money coming into the club on a regular basis and will start to show dividends for the club in two years time. Anyone who requires further information or wishes to get involved can call Joe Dolan on (087) 9673124, Tom Duffy on (087) 6359007, Louis McCormack on (086) 8493595 or Colm Kennedy on  (086) 8170633.

Dog Theft.

Gardai are asking dog owners to take extra care of their dog, particularly high valued breed of dogs after recent thefts in the area.  The public are asked to Report any suspicious behaviour immediately. Report suspicious vehicles to Gardaí and use Community text alert to notify your neighbours . The gardai suggest the following six tips to help keep your dog safe. 1. Get your dog microchipped. 2. Keep your dog in sight. 3. Think about CCTV. 4. Don’t tie up your dog. 5. Report theft immediately. 6. Buy from a trusted source.

Enrolment.

Scoil Lua Naofa Lorrha is accepting enrolments for the 2021/22 school year. Application forms can be  downloaded from the school website www.lorrhans.ie , by email to the school at luanaofa@gmail.com or by calling the school at (090) 9747295 and we can drop a form to you in the post.

Church News.

Both Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches remain open for anyone wishing to pray privately. Weddings can have up to six guests and funerals can have ten people.
Masses are available online as follows:
Live at Borrisokane mass times- 7pm Saturday and 10:30am Sunday- and a recording from Fr Michael from Terryglass. Please check the following links:  www.twitch.tv/borrisokaneparish.  www.killaloediocese.ie/parish/borrisokane/.   www.terryglass/kilbarron       https://bit.ly/3bhnxfj

Weekdays Masses on Webcam 10am.Tues, Thurs, Fri. from Borrisokane.

 Lough Derg.
On Sunday next 21st March RTE Studio Broadcast Mass at 11am will be celebrated by Msgr La Flynn, Prior of Lough Derg along with the Lough Derg Pastoral and Music teams. The Mass will be offered for the Lough Derg pilgrim family near and far. Tune into RTE 1 Television or RTE Radio 1.  Slivers of Light is a lovely set of prayers and reflections for Lent. Please see the following link. https://www.killaloediocese.ie/lenten-resource-slivers-of-light/

Catholic Grandparents Association:

You are invited to join us for Mass (via the webcam) on churchcamlive.ie/cashel on the second Tuesday of each month at 10.30am.  After Mass we pray the Rosary and include the Prayers of the Catholic Grandparents Association.   If you would like to include an intention in this Mass, please send it to cashelparish@gmail.com. The theme of each Mass is to keep prayer at the heart of family life and to pass on the faith to the next generations.

Lenten Conversations.

Knock Shrine Lenten conversations are coming to an end.  Chaired by Fr. Eamon Conway who is a Professor of Theology in Mary Immaculate College, the conversations will explore a different theme each week with guest speakers involved. The discussions will be streamed online on the Knock Shrine website where people from all over the world can engage. ‘Studying Christian Faith ‘ is the final topic on Mar.25th. Anyone wishing in taking part can do so on www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live or on facebook@knockshrine.

Anniversary Masses.

Anyone wishing to book an anniversary mass please contact the Parish Office on 090-9747009. Both Fr Tom and Fr Michael are happy to include anniversaries in their weekend masses, in Terryglass by audio on Saturday evenings and on webcam on Sunday mornings in Borrisokane.

Marriage Preparation During Covid:

Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112.

Support.

A Covid-19 support line is available for older people and is managed by ALONE, a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. You can also contact the Samaritans:  Ph: 116,123, Text  087 2609090, email jo@samaritans.ie . Pieta House: Ph 1800 247 247, text HELP to 51444. Aware: Ph. 1800 804 848, email supportmail@:aware.ie

Lending a Hand.

With Level 5 restrictions set to continue into the next six weeks at lease, anyone who needs a helping hand  can call members of the Lorrha GAA club who offer their services whether it's to collect groceries, collect prescriptions etc. Ring Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Niall McIntyre (0857623158), David Fogarty (0872681134), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) all of whom will be happy to help.

GAA News.

Membership drive-in: Membership is due on March 31. The club will be holding a drive-in membership day on Sunday March 28, in Moatfield, in compliance with Covid guidelines. Club membership rates for 2021 are as follows.. Membership rates are unchanged from last year. €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership); €20 – Juvenile (16 & under); €90 – Family (2 adults & 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children) You can also pay online at clubforce.com.

North board: Congrats to Michael Kennedy, who was elected as Assistant Secretary and will represent the club on the North Board for the coming year. All the best to Michael in his new role.

Calf-rearing scheme: There has been a positive response to date and we would like to thank all who have contributed. We still have a few more farms to call to. Contact Joe Dolan (0879673124), Colm Kennedy (0868170633), Louis McCormack (0868493595), Tom Duffy (0876359007) for more info.

Lotto: There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €3,750. The numbers drawn on 15 March were: 11-21-22-30. 2 Match 3's: Alan Joyce and Donal O'Meara share €100. Promoters: Joe Dolan, Mulrooney's Gala, Internet. Next Monday's draw will be for a jackpot of €3,900 with a Match 3 pot of €100 so make sure you are in the draw. Team 7 in charge of the draw. The lotto jackpot is at €3900 with a match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at clubforce.com while lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the clubhouse, at Mulrooney's, Kelly's, or at the Scéal shop. Thank you for your continued support.


Lorrha Notes

Another photograph from the extensive dumping that has taken place in Redwood bog

Rear a Calf for the future of Club.

Lorrha GAA club have decided to organise a fundraising campaign to help put the club on a financially secure footing in the years ahead. Rear a calf scheme is a well known way of raising much needed funds and is no stranger to the parish of Lorrha having successfully helped many clubs and organisations in the past. All farmers in the parish are asked to rear a calf over a two year period and when the animal reaches maturity and is sold, the farmer donates the money to the campaign. This is one way of securing money coming into the club on a regular basis and will start to show dividends for the club in two years time. Anyone who requires further information or wishes to get involved can call Joe Dolan on (087) 9673124, Tom Duffy on (087) 6359007, Louis McCormack on (086) 8493595 or Colm Kennedy on  (086) 8170633.

Mothers Day.

Next Sunday March 14th is Mothers Day. This is a day when offspring honor the woman who brought them into the world and it’s also a day of celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. Mothers Day  is celebrated all over the world on different days and at different times of the year. The tradition of taking the mother out for Sunday lunch or cooking for her at home, cannot be undertaking this year because of the Level-5 restrictions and this is very sad indeed but also very necessary to curtail the virus from spreading. However, on a more positive note, there are plenty more ways to celebrate the day such as flowers, gifts of various descriptions and of course the cards and   mothers and grandmothers, like nothing more than a home- made card. And of course there’s no doubt that the phone lines will be jammed on the day too.  So enjoy the occasion as best you can, make the most of it and happy mothers day to all mums where-ever you are.

Dog Theft.

Gardai are asking dog owners to take extra care of their dog, particularly high valued breed of dogs after recent thefts in the area.  The public are asked to Report any suspicious behaviour immediately. Report suspicious vehicles to Gardaí and use Community text alert to notify your neighbours . The gardai suggest the following six tips to help keep your dog safe. 1. Get your dog microchipped. 2. Keep your dog in sight. 3. Think about CCTV. 4. Don’t tie up your dog. 5. Report theft immediately. 6. Buy from a trusted source.

Enrolment.

Scoil Lua Naofa Lorrha is accepting enrolments for the 2021/22 school year. Application forms can be  downloaded from the school website www.lorrhans.ie , by email to the school at luanaofa@gmail.com or by calling the school at (090) 9747295 and we can drop a form to you in the post.

Daffodil Day Reminder.

Daffodil Day is coming up at the end of the month and the Irish Cancer Society is urging people to get behind what will be a very different Daffodil Day this year. With all the publicity around their annual fundraiser of street sales and events not possible due to Covid-19 restrictions, this fundraiser is more important than ever. There are still many ways for people all over the country to get involved with this year’s Daffodil Day which is taking place on March 26. Daffodil Day is an important chance not only to raise vital funds for services and research but also to send people affected by cancer a message of support in these challenging times. There are many ways for communities across the country to get involved with Daffodil Day, by hosting virtual fundraisers and collections, purchasing items from the Daffodil Day online shop or making a donation. Throughout the pandemic, the Irish Cancer Society has continued to provide vital services and support to cancer patients and their families. Services like Night Nursing, the Freephone Support Line 1800 200 700 and the Volunteer Driver Service are available because of the vital funds raised on Daffodil Day. If you have concerns or questions about cancer, or to learn more about support services available in your area, contact the Irish Cancer Society Support Line on freephone 1800 200 700. Visit www.cancer.ie/daffodilday.

Church News.

Slivers of Light is a lovely set of prayers and reflections for Lent. Please see the following link. https://www.killaloediocese.ie/lenten-resource-slivers-of-light/

Arrangements for Mass.

As level 5 restrictions continue, both Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches remain open for anyone wishing to pray privately. Weddings can have up to six guests and funerals can have ten people.

Masses are available online as follows:

Live at Borrisokane mass times- 7pm Saturday and 10:30am Sunday- and a recording from Fr Michael from Terryglass. Please check the following links:  www.twitch.tv/borrisokaneparish.  www.killaloediocese.ie/parish/borrisokane/.   www.terryglass/kilbarron       https://bit.ly/3bhnxfj

Weekdays Masses on Webcam 10am.Tues, Thurs, Fri. from Borrisokane.

 St. Patrick’s Day.

Masses on Webcam for St. Patrick’s Day will be from Borrisokane on Tueday.16th March at 7pm and on Wed.17th March at 10.30am Please visit the Lenten sacred spaces in both Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches.

Catholic Grandparents Association:

You are invited to join us for Mass (via the webcam) on churchcamlive.ie/cashel on the second Tuesday of each month at 10.30am.  After Mass we pray the Rosary and include the Prayers of the Catholic Grandparents Association.   If you would like to include an intention in this Mass, please send it to cashelparish@gmail.com. The theme of each Mass is to keep prayer at the heart of family life and to pass on the faith to the next generations.

Lenten Conversations.

Knock Shrine Lenten conversations continue on line at 8.30pm on the six Thursdays of Lent. Chaired by Fr. Eamon Conway who is a Professor of Theology in Mary Immaculate College, the conversations will explore a different theme each week with guest speakers involved. The discussions will be streamed online on the Knock Shrine website where people from all over the world can engage. The topic ‘Living Christian Faith in Christian life’ will be this Thursday night Mar 11th. ‘ Proclaiming Christian Faith as a Priest or religious today’ Mar. 18th. Studying Christian Faith ‘ Mar.25th. Anyone wishing in taking part can do so on www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live or on facebook@knockshrine.

Anniversary Masses.

Anyone wishing to book an anniversary mass please contact the Parish Office on 090-9747009. Both Fr Tom and Fr Michael are happy to include anniversaries in their weekend masses, in Terryglass by audio on Saturday evenings and on webcam on Sunday mornings in Borrisokane.

Marriage Preparation During Covid:

Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112.

Support.

A Covid-19 support line is available for older people and is managed by ALONE, a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. You can also contact the Samaritans:  Ph: 116,123, Text  087 2609090, email jo@samaritans.ie . Pieta House: Ph 1800 247 247, text HELP to 51444. Aware: Ph. 1800 804 848, email supportmail@:aware.ie

Lending a Hand.

With Level 5 restrictions set to continue into the next six weeks at lease, anyone who needs a helping hand  can call members of the Lorrha GAA club who offer their services whether it's to collect groceries, collect prescriptions etc. Ring Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Niall McIntyre (0857623158), David Fogarty (0872681134), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) all of whom will be happy to help.

Covid Scam.

An Garda Síochána is aware of members of the public having received fraudulent text messages and calls regarding Covid vaccinations. An Garda Síochána, the HSE and The Department of Health would like to advise members of the public to be aware of potential scams relating to the Covid-19 vaccine.  A number of people have recently received phone calls or text messages in which they are offered vaccinations. However, the callers are then providing fraudulent vaccination dates and looking to extract sensitive personal details. The details requested include, the person’s name, PPS number, date of birth and address. Text messages have also made requests for people to confirm private information such as PPS number, date of birth and address. The HSE will never text seeking such information.

Tips and Advice
The HSE will never text or call individuals to request payment for a Covid test or Vaccine

Your local GP will be the first point of contact about vaccination
The Covid-19 vaccine is free and it is not available privately
Never disclose private information over phone or via text message
Do not give out your PPS Number to anyone who makes unsolicited contact with you whether by phone or email
The HSE will never text you and ask for your PPS number
The HSE will never text you to request your home address
Never give away personal data or disclose who you may live with or if you live alone
If you receive such a call, just hang up
Anyone who mistakenly provides personal information in response to this scam should contact report the matter to their local Garda Station. We would ask that members of the public make contact with any vulnerable friends or family to make them aware of these calls and text messages. If you have questions or concerns relating to Covid testing or vaccination, please contact the HSE.  For further information on the vaccine rollout and on which groups are currently being vaccinated please consult HSE.ie here

GAA News.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €3,600. The numbers drawn on 8 March were: 2-14-15-29.
2 Match 3's: Dolores McCabe and Ronann & Eimear Moore share €120. Promoters: Noreen Houlihan, Eamonn Maher, Internet.

Next Monday's draw will be for a jackpot of €3,750 with a Match 3 pot of €100 so make sure you are in the draw. Team 6 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

EuroMillions: Our Euro Lotto syndicate had another little bit of luck, winning €2,027 in a recent draw. Having won the same amount earlier in the year, this brings the prize pot to just above the €4,000 mark. Let's hope we have more luck before our term is up in May, when will be re-entering for another year.

Camogie All-Stars: Congrats to Tipp's 3 All-Stars, especially to our neighbour Aine Slattery from Shannon Rovers, who was honoured as the game's best goalkeeper.

Calf-rearing scheme: The club have decided to run a calf-rearing scheme for the year. Contact Joe Dolan (0879673124), Colm Kennedy (0868170633), Louis McCormack (0868493595), Tom Duffy (0876359007) for more info.

Membership:  €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership); €20 – Juvenile (16 & under); €90 – Family (2 adults & 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children). Membership can be paid to registrar Louise Mannion (087659887) or online at clubforce.com or foireann.ie.

Lotto: The lotto jackpot is at €3,750 with a match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at clubforce.com while lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the clubhouse, Mulrooney's Gala, Kelly's Rathcabbin, or at the Scéal shop Lorrha.

Sympathies: To the relatives of Paddy Kelly, Kiladangan, on his recent passing.


Lorrha Notes

Rathcabbin Community Hall requires vital repairs to the roof. If repairs are not made unfortunately the hall will have to close. Due to Covid restrictions no fundraising can be held at the moment, which means the members are looking for support from the community. No matter how small of a donation it will all help. You can donate on line on our gofundme.com page. You can also donate by cash/cheque (envelopes are available in church porch and from Kelly's shop or from any Hall Committee members). The committee are asking the public to please get behind them on this issue as no one wants to see the hall closing permanently. Pictured here are the Community Hall committee  outside the hall recently. From left, Barry Noyce, Pat Kennedy, P.J. Nevin, Liam Dermody, Muireann Brophy, Johnny Brophy, Catherine Burke, Eamon and Marie O’Meara, Pat and Clare Burke.           Pic: Rose Mannion.

Dumping in Redwood Bog.            Pic: Rose Mannion

Ploughing Championships.

For the second year running, the big event of the year in all ploughing enthusiasts calendar, the club ploughing championships, have had to be cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic. While at National level plans are taking place to stage the annual event from 15th to 18th of September in Ratheniska, Co. Laois, a meeting will decide its fate later in the year and according to how the Covid pandemic pans out in the meantime. There has been only one previous ploughing cancellation in the 89 years history of the NPA Championships prior to this and that was back in 2001 due to the outbreak of the foot and mouth disease.

Daffodil Day.

Daffodil Day is coming up at the end of the month and the Irish Cancer Society is urging people to get behind what will be a very different Daffodil Day this year. With all the publicity around their annual fundraiser of street sales and events not possible due to Covid-19 restrictions, this fundraiser is more important than ever. There are still many ways for people all over the country to get involved with this year’s Daffodil Day which is taking place on March 26. Daffodil Day is an important chance not only to raise vital funds for services and research but also to send people affected by cancer a message of support in these challenging times. There are many ways for communities across the country to get involved with Daffodil Day, by hosting virtual fundraisers and collections, purchasing items from the Daffodil Day online shop or making a donation. Throughout the pandemic, the Irish Cancer Society has continued to provide vital services and support to cancer patients and their families. Services like Night Nursing, the Freephone Support Line 1800 200 700 and the Volunteer Driver Service are available because of the vital funds raised on Daffodil Day. If you have concerns or questions about cancer, or to learn more about support services available in your area, contact the Irish Cancer Society Support Line on freephone 1800 200 700. Visit www.cancer.ie/daffodilday.

Campaign.

 Trócaire Lenten 2021 campaign theme is “Land” The focus of this year’s campaign is South Sudan where there is a civil war and people are being driven from their homes
A message from Colm Hogan (Trócaire) “This week, within our parishes we will turn our thoughts to Lent, a time of sacrifice…Today, I want to thank you for supporting Trócaire this Lent, and bringing the stories of Awut & Ajak into your hearts. With schools closed, Parishes small and large across the island have stepped up to help us distribute Trócaire Boxes during a very difficult time. I just want to express my heartfelt gratitude to you – for all the support you give”. Trócaire boxes are available in both Lorrha & Rathcabbin churches.

Enrolment.

Scoil Lua Naofa Lorrha is accepting enrolments for the 2021/22 school year. Application forms can be  downloaded from the school website www.lorrhans.ie , by email to the school at luanaofa@gmail.com or by calling the school at (090) 9747295 and we can drop a form to you in the post.

Church News.

 First Friday.

 Friday coming March 5th is the First Friday of the month. Mass will be celebrated at 10am from Borrisokane on Webcam.

Set of Prayers.

Slivers of Light is a lovely set of prayers and reflections for Lent. Please see the following link. https://www.killaloediocese.ie/lenten-resource-slivers-of-light/

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to the Molloy families Rathcabbin on the death of Tony Molly, formerly Grange, who died in England last week. May he rest in peace.

Arrangements for Mass.
As level 5 restrictions continue, both Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches remain open for anyone wishing to pray privately. Weddings can have up to six guests and funerals can have ten people.

Masses are available online as follows:
Live at Borrisokane mass times- 7pm Saturday and 10:30am Sunday- and a recording from Fr Michael from Terryglass. Please check the following links:  www.twitch.tv/borrisokaneparish.  www.killaloediocese.ie/parish/borrisokane/.   www.terryglass/kilbarron       https://bit.ly/3bhnxfj

Weekdays Masses on Webcam 10am.Tues, Thurs, Fri. from Borrisokane.

Lenten Conversations.

Knock Shrine Lenten conversations continue on line at 8.30pm on the six Thursdays of Lent. Chaired by Fr. Eamon Conway who is a Professor of Theology in Mary Immaculate College, the conversations will explore a different theme each week with guest speakers involved. The discussions will be streamed online on the Knock Shrine website where people from all over the world can engage.‘ Living Christian Faith in the classrooms as young teachers’ will be the topic on this Thursday March 4th.  ‘Living Christian Faith in Christian life’ Mar 11th. ‘ Proclaiming Christian Faith as a Priest or religious today’ Mar. 18th. Studying Christian Faith ‘ Mar.25th. Anyone wishing in taking part can do so on www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live or on facebook@knockshrine.

Anniversary Masses.

Anyone wishing to book an anniversary mass please contact the Parish Office on 090-9747009. Both Fr Tom and Fr Michael are happy to include anniversaries in their weekend masses, in Terryglass by audio on Saturday evenings and on webcam on Sunday mornings in Borrisokane.

Marriage Preparation During Covid:

Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112.

Support.

A Covid-19 support line is available for older people and is managed by ALONE, a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. You can also contact the Samaritans:  Ph: 116,123, Text  087 2609090, email jo@samaritans.ie . Pieta House: Ph 1800 247 247, text HELP to 51444. Aware: Ph. 1800 804 848, email supportmail@:aware.ie

Lending a Hand.

With Level 5 restrictions set to continue into the next six weeks at lease, anyone who needs a helping hand  can call members of the Lorrha GAA club who offer their services whether it's to collect groceries, collect prescriptions etc. Ring Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Niall McIntyre (0857623158), David Fogarty (0872681134), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) all of whom will be happy to help.

GAA Notes:

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €3,450. The numbers drawn on 1 March were: 7-8-28-32. No Match 3's. Lucky Dips: Fiona Daly, Stephen Houlihan, Dennis Slevin, Colm Hogan. Promoters: Maria Brophy, Eamonn Maher, Kevin Molloy.
Next Monday's draw will be for a jackpot of €3,600 with a Match 3 pot of €120 so make sure you are in the draw. Team 5 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.
The lotto jackpot is at €3,600 with a match 3 pot of €120. You can play online at clubforce.com while lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the clubhouse, at Mulrooney's Gala, Kelly's Rathcabbin, or at the Scéal shop Lorrha.

Calf-rearing Scheme: The club have decided to run a calf-rearing scheme this year. Contact Joe Dolan (0879673124), Louis McCormack (0868493595), Tom Duffy (0876359007) for more information.

Membership: for 2021 is now due. Membership rates are unchanged from last year. €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership); €20 – Juvenile (16 & under); €90 – Family (2 adults & 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children).
No player can play or train without having their membership paid. Membership can be paid to registrar Louise Mannion (087659887) or online at clubforce.com or foireann.ie.

Congratulations to the recent lotto winners who were presented with the winnings recently. William Maher and Eillish Reddan were presented with their winnings by chairman Joe Dolan at the Tony Reddin complex.  Pictured here are from left Madeline Maher, William Maher, Alan O'Meara, Joe Dolan, Donna Mannion, Tom Duffy, Eillish Reddan, Tom Reddan.


Lorrha Notes

Just a very small amount of a lot of rubbish which was dumped in Redwood Bog.  Locals have spend days cleaning it up. Pic Rose Mannion.

Muireann Brophy and Clare Burke of Rathcabbin Hall committee standing inside the front door of the hall where a plaque was erected in 1972 to acknowledge the generosity of the O’Brien family, Gurteen, who donated the site for the hall in 1922.   Pic: Rose Mannion.

Late Margaret (La) Darcy.

Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Margaret (La) Darcy, Portland, Lorrha who passed away on Monday February 15th. peacefully in the loving care of the staff of Saint Kieran's Care Home, Rathcabbin. Predeceased by her parents John and Margaret, brothers Sean and Jimmy, sister Tina. La will be sadly missed by her brother Martin (Kilcormac), sister Brenadette Carroll (Crinkle), sisters in-law Mary and Nuala, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
After a private family funeral Mass which was held in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Terryglass, on Thursday 18th.  burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May La rest in peace.

Late Kathleen (Kitty) Kennedy.

The death occurred on Ash Wednesday February 17th of Kathleen Kennedy, Newtown, Rathcabbin.
Kitty as she was known to all, celebrated her 98th birthday just last October. She was nee Morris from Aglish. A light hearted woman, she loved socializing and attended bingo and day care outings well into her 90’s. Her door was always open to who ever called and the kettle was always on the boil. Very much a family woman who adored her children, she also took great pride, interest  and enjoyment from her grandchildren and they returned her affection one thousand fold. Kitty passed away peacefully at her home in Newtown in the company of her loving family. Predeceased by her husband Michael, parents Christopher and Vina Morris, sisters Sr Marie-Therese, Una and Bridge, sons in law John, Noel and Sean, daughter in law Zulekha. She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her children Mary, Fr Michael, Margaret, Vina, Paddy, Christy, Mark, Eugene, Teresa, Ita and Joe, brother James, sister Tess, 15 grandchildren 4 great-grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, extended family, neighbours relatives and friends.
After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin On Friday 19th. burial took place in Bonaham cemetery, Rathcabbin. May Kitty rest in peace.

Late Patrick (Pat) Morris.

 The death occurred on Ash Wednesday February 17th  after a short illness of Patrick (Pat) Morris, Annagh, Rathcabbin just hours after his first cousin Kitty Kennedy’s passing. Pat’s father hailed from Lisballyard and his mother was Margaret Colgan from Cloghan. They met and married in Dublin in the early 1920’s settling down  in Carrickmines where Pat was born and raised along with his siblings. Pat came to Rathcabbin a young man when he inherited a farm after his uncle passed away.  It was here that he met his future wife Maura Smyth and they married in 1970. The Covid pandemic last year meant their 50th wedding anniversary celebrations couldn’t be held.
Pat was known far and wide through his dismantling business which he ran alongside his farm in Annagh. The business brought him in contact with people from everywhere and he loved meeting them and having the chat.
Predeceased by his son Liam, he will be sadly missed by his loving wife Maura, son Padraic, daughters Anne, Rita and Nuala, adored by his seven grandchildren Nuala, Allana, James, Martin, Sarah, Stephen and Abbie, three great-grandchildren, brothers, sister, sons-in-law, partners, relatives, neighbours and friends.
After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Friday 19th. burial took place in Bonoham Cemetery, Rathcabbin. May Pat rest in peace.

 Numbers Remain High.

We are all feeling somewhat weary as we face into what will soon be a year of serial lockdowns due to the Covid – 19 pandemic. What is now becoming more clear is that we will be living for most of this year under restrictions of some sort or other. No one can make plans anymore because there is no magic wand to wipe away the virus and allow us to return to normal life as we knew it. Vaccinations are pushing ahead as the all important liquid becomes available and the virus continues to spread very quickly, but while numbers remain high, they are falling ever so slightly in hospitals around the country. Over a six day period last week, 182 people were reported to have passed away from this virus in Ireland while the number of people in ICU around the country fell from 178 to 151. But we cannot become complacent and we must continue to adhere to the public health guidelines even if you have been vaccinated. Stay safe.

 Appeal Continues.

Please help the Rathcabbin Hall committee from making a difficult choice about the future of the hall.  They are making a special appeal for your support right now. The community hall requires vital repairs to the roof. If repairs are not made unfortunately the hall will have to close. Due to Covid restrictions no fundraising can be held at the moment, which means the members are looking for support from the community. No matter how small of a donation it will all help. You can donate on line on our gofundme.com page. You can also donate by cash/cheque (envelopes are available in church porch and from Kelly's shop or from any Hall Committee members). The committee are asking the public to please get behind them on this issue as no one wants to see the hall closing permanently.

Copies Remaining.

If you haven’t purchased your copy of the 2021 Lorrha parish calendar, there is still time to get a copy. The calendar can be purchased in Lorrha village, Mulrooney’s at The Ferry, O’Meara’s Super Valu Portumna, Boathouse, Salmons, Heenan’s Borrisokane, Flynn’s of Carrigahorig, Buckley’s Super Valu, Birr.

Church News.

As level 5 restrictions continue, both Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches remain open for anyone wishing to pray privately. Weddings can have up to six guests and funerals can have ten people.

Masses are available online as follows:

Live at Borrisokane mass times- 7pm Saturday and 10:30am Sunday- and a recording from Fr Michael from Terryglass. Please check the following links:  www.twitch.tv/borrisokaneparish.  www.killaloediocese.ie/parish/borrisokane/.   www.terryglass/kilbarron       https://bit.ly/3bhnxfj

Weekdays Masses on Webcam 10am.Tues, Thurs, Fri. from Borrisokane.

Lenten Conversations.

Knock Shrine Lenten conversations continue on line at 8.30pm on the six Thursdays of Lent. Chaired by Fr. Eamon Conway who is a Professor of Theology in Mary Immaculate College, the conversations will explore a different theme each week with guest speakers involved. The discussions will be streamed online on the Knock Shrine website where people from all over the world can engage. This Friday February 25th ‘Living Christian Faith as young adults’ will be discussed. The remaining topics are ‘ Living Christian Faith in the classrooms as young teachers’ March 4th. ‘Living Christian Faith in Christian life’ Mar 11th. ‘ Proclaiming Christian Faith as a Priest or religious today’ Mar. 18th. Studying Christian Faith ‘ Mar.25th. Anyone wishing in taking part can do so on www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live or on facebook@knockshrine.

Anniversary Masses.

Anyone wishing to book an anniversary mass please contact the Parish Office on 090-9747009. Both Fr Tom and Fr Michael are happy to include anniversaries in their weekend masses, in Terryglass by audio on Saturday evenings and on webcam on Sunday mornings in Borrisokane.

Marriage Preparation During Covid:

Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112.

Support.

A Covid-19 support line is available for older people and is managed by ALONE, a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. You can also contact the Samaritans:  Ph: 116,123, Text  087 2609090, email jo@samaritans.ie . Pieta House: Ph 1800 247 247, text HELP to 51444. Aware: Ph. 1800 804 848, email supportmail@:aware.ie

Lending a Hand.

If anyone needs a helping hand during this latest Level 5 restrictions, Lorrha GAA club would like to offer their services whether it's to collect groceries, collect prescriptions etc. Ring Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Niall McIntyre (0857623158), David Fogarty (0872681134), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) all of whom will be happy to help.

GAA News.

Lotto: There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €3,300. The numbers drawn on 22 February were: 2-12-22-31. 1 Match 3: Anna Young wins €100. Promoters: Eamonn Maher, Liam Reddish & Internet.

Next Monday's draw will be for a jackpot of €3,450 with a Match 3 pot of €100 so make sure you are in the draw. Team 4 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support. You can play online at clubforce.com while lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the Clubhouse, Mulrooney's The Ferry, Kelly's Rathcabbin, or at the Scéal shop Lorrha.

Membership: for 2021 is now due. Membership rates are unchanged from last year. €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership); €20 – Juvenile (16 & under); €90 – Family (2 adults & 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children).  No player can play or train without having their membership paid. Membership can be paid to registrar Louise Mannion (087659887) or online at clubforce.com or foireann.ie.

Fundraising: We appreciate that people are stretched these days with various requests but with our EuroMillions term coming to an end in May, we will be re-joining again for the year. All syndicated members will be contacted from April to see if they wish to take part again for the forthcoming year. The club have also decided to run a calf-rearing scheme. More details to follow.

RIP: Sympathies to the Kennedy family on the death of Kathleen (Kitty), Newtown, and to the Morris family on the death of Pat Morris, Annagh. May they rest in peace.


Lorrha Notes

 

Some of the huge amount of rubbish which has been dumped in Redwood Bog and which some locals have helped to clean up   Pic: Rose Mannion

Rathcabbin Hall committee member Eamon O’Meara shows how far up the water damaged the presses in the kitchen of the hall when a water pipe burst recently destroying the unity and floor covering.   Pic: Rose Mannion.

A Special Appeal.

Please help the Rathcabbin Hall committee from making a difficult choice about the future of the hall.  They are making a special appeal for your support right now. The community hall requires vital repairs to the roof. If repairs are not made unfortunately the hall will have to close. Due to Covid restrictions no fundraising can be held at the moment, which means the members are looking for support from the community. No matter how small of a donation it will all help. You can donate on line on our gofundme.com page. You can also donate by cash/cheque (envelopes are available in church porch and from Kelly's shop or from any Hall Committee members). The committee are asking the public to please get behind them on this issue as no one wants to see the hall closing permanently.

Crime Prevention Videos.

Gardaí are recording a series of online videos giving crime prevention and road safety help and advice to the public. The current Covid-19 lockdown restrictions mean that the community Gardai cannot hold their normal round of crime prevention public meetings or have crime prevention information stands at community meetings and events so their response to this is to produce the online videos.
The first video focusing on road safety advice for people walking and cycling on public roads and other road users. The second video will highlight the problem of unsolicited contacts where people receive cold calls or unwanted texts/emails asking them to click on a link to divulge personal information. The video addresses the upcoming roll-out of the Covid vaccines and gives advice on how to deal with suspicious callers/texts. It also offers practical advice for those who experience people calling to their homes offering cleaning and maintenance services.
Another video in the series will offer advice to people who are victims of domestic violence and provide information on how they can access information and help.
The final video will focus on burglary and theft crime prevention and will be brought out as the country moves towards the easing of the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. This video will aim to highlight that with increased flexibility of movement, people should be aware criminals will also be on the move looking for opportunities to capitalise on people leaving their homes unattended. All videos can be viewed on the Tipperary Garda facebook page.

Helpline For Farmers.

Teagasc -  The Agriculture and Food Development Authority has opened a dedicated helpline to assist farmers with queries in relation to Covid -19 matters. Farmers can call (076) 1113533 which is open from 9.30am to 5.00pm Monday through to Friday or go on their website www.teagasc.ie where there is loads of information on all matters farming. Teagasc is advising farmers to continue to use their advisor’soffice and mobile numbers to make contact as usual.

eLearning Courses.

Family Carets Ireland with support from the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Dormant Accounts Fund which is administered by Pobal, has launched a suit of free eLearning courses providing information and guidance to those caring for loved ones at home and can be accessed through www.familycarers.ie  The courses cover the key aspects of caring ie self care, coping with grief, nutrition and hydration, positive communication, and continence care. Eack key aspect includes an introduction and over view of the topic and allows family carers to work through the information at a time and pace that suits them. Further information is available by calling free phone 1800 24 07 24 or visit www.familycarers.ie

Enrolment.

Rathcabbin National School is now taking enrolments for the next school year. Contact Mr. DArcy at the school for information or have it sent out by  text/ring 0864140102 or email principal@rathcabbinns.ie. Thank you.

 The Vaccine Commences.

Over the next three weeks, all of the country’s over 85 year olds should be vaccinated against the Covid -19 virus. About 20,000 vaccines will be distributed to 84 GP practices across 20 counties this week while next week will include a further 384 practices and the last lot of practices will get their vaccine around the first week of March. Then it’s the time for the over 70 year olds and so on down the line until every citizen in the country is vaccinated against this deadly virus.
As we can all appreciate, this is going to take time but most of all this will mark an very important week in the fight back against the virus. With Level 5 restrictions still very much in sharp focus and no sign of a let up, we the public have to continue isolating and on guard as this virus is not gone anywhere but still very much at large. The rate of close contacts are going up again which means that the positivity rates remain high with about seven in every ten of the new cases identified as the UK variant of the virus which is proving to be much more aggressive. So there is a lot of uncertainty out there yet. Do continue to adhere to the public health guidelines and stay safe.

Copies Remaining.

If you haven’t purchased your copy of the 2021 Lorrha parish calendar, there is still time to get a copy. The calendar can be purchased in Lorrha village, Mulrooney’s at The Ferry, O’Meara’s Super Valu Portumna, Boathouse, Salmons, Heenan’s Borrisokane, Flynn’s of Carrigahorig, Buckley’s Super Valu, Birr.

Church News.

As level 5 restrictions continue, both Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches remain open for anyone wishing to pray privately. Weddings can have up to six guests and funerals can have ten people.

Masses are available online as follows:

Live at Borrisokane mass times- 7pm Saturday and 10:30am Sunday- and a recording from Fr Michael from Terryglass. Please check the following links:  www.twitch.tv/borrisokaneparish.  www.killaloediocese.ie/parish/borrisokane/.   www.terryglass/kilbarron       https://bit.ly/3bhnxfj

Weekdays Masses on Webcam 10am.Tues, Thurs, Fri. from Borrisokane.


Lenten Conversations.

Knock Shrine are hosting on line faith discussions at 8.30pm on the six Thursdays of Lent, which commenced on February 18th last. Chaired by Fr. Eamon Conway who is a Professor of Theology in Mary Immaculate College, the conversations will explore a different theme each week with guest speakers involved. The discussions will be streamed online on the Knock Shrine website where people from all over the world can engage. On February 25th ‘Living Christian Faith as young adults’ will be discussed. The remaining topics are ‘ Living Christian Faith in the classrooms as young teachers’ March 4th. ‘Living Christian Faith in Christian life’ Mar 11th. ‘ Proclaiming Christian Faith as a Priest or religious today’ Mar. 18th. Studying Christian Faith ‘ Mar.25th. Anyone wishing in taking part can do so on www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live or on facebook@knockshrine.

Anniversary Masses.

Anyone wishing to book an anniversary mass please contact the Parish Office on 090-9747009. Both Fr Tom and Fr Michael are happy to include anniversaries in their weekend masses, in Terryglass by audio on Saturday evenings and on webcam on Sunday mornings in Borrisokane.

Marriage Preparation During Covid:

Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112.

Support.

A Covid-19 support line is available for older people and is managed by ALONE, a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. You can also contact the Samaritans:  Ph: 116,123, Text  087 2609090, email jo@samaritans.ie . Pieta House: Ph 1800 247 247, text HELP to 51444. Aware: Ph. 1800 804 848, email supportmail@:aware.ie

Lending a Hand.

If anyone needs a helping hand during this latest Level 5 restrictions, Lorrha GAA club would like to offer their services whether it's to collect groceries, collect prescriptions etc. Ring Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Niall McIntyre (0857623158), David Fogarty (0872681134), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) all of whom will be happy to help.

GAA News.

Lotto: 

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €3,150. The numbers drawn on 15 February were: 1-5-29-30. 1 Match 3: Paula S & Paddy C win €100. Promoters: Margaret O'Brien, John McLeish, Liam Reddish. Next Monday's draw will be for a jackpot of €3,300 with a Match 3 pot of €100 so make sure you are in the draw. Team 3 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support. The lotto jackpot is at €3300 with a match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at clubforce.com while lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the clubhouse, at Mulrooney's, Kelly's, or at the Scéal shop.
If you need Lotto envelopes, contact chairman Joe Dolan (0879673124), Hubert Duggan (0872185995) or Kevin Molloy (0876738986).

Fundraising: It's obviously a difficult time to be mentioning fundraising but with our Euro Millions term coming to an end in May, we will be re-joining again for the year. All syndicated members will be contacted from April to see if they wish to take part again for the forthcoming year. The club have also decided to run a calf-rearing scheme. More details to follow.

Membership: for 2021 is now due. Rates are unchanged from last year. €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership); €20 – Juvenile (16 & under); €90 – Family (2 adults & 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children). No player can play or train without having their membership paid.  Membership can be paid to registrar Louise Mannion (087659887) or online on either of the websites clubforce.com or foireann.ie. Contact Maureen (0872426965) if you are having issues signing up.

Vaccination Centres.

The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, has confirmed locations for 37 vaccination centres across Ireland for the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.

The 37 centres have been confirmed by the HSE, with at least one in every county. These centres will support the vaccination of the general population in a safe and efficient manner. While currently vaccines are being administered in healthcare settings and by GPs, many people will be offered their vaccination in these centres, having self-registered online.  

In North Tipperary the Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh is one venue. It is important to note that the centres will be of different sizes and operating hours will be based on vaccine supply and catchment area need. These centres will be ready well in advance of vaccine supply when they will be used as part of our programme. People can expect to see these vaccination centres ready and waiting in their county, the vaccination programme would only be limited by the availability and reliability of supply in these early stages of the programme. In the coming months supply will increase substantially and we will see these centres operating to full capacity and administering vaccines to the general population, following the Government priority list.

 

Inland Fisheries Ireland fishing for young poets in Tipperary

Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Blackrock Education Centre are running the national ‘Something Fishy’ poetry competition aimed at 5th and 6th class primary school students in Tipperary and nationwide. It is an opportunity for students to get creative at home and learn about fish. This is the second year the competition has been run as a fun way for students to learn more about fish and their environment while also being in with a chance to win some great prizes.

The competition is to write an acrostic poem; in which the first letter of each line spells out a word. Each student is to spell out the word ‘STREAM’ to write their own acrostic poem.  Students are also encouraged to illustrate their poems with their own artwork. Only one entry is permitted per student and it is to be original work. The closing date for entries is Friday, 28th of May 2021. Parents/ Guardians are being asked to email the entry to outreach@fisheriesireland.ie and to include the student’s name, class (5th or 6th) and school name and address. The entries will be divided into three categories: 5th class in one category, 6th class in another and there is also a category for entries in Irish. The winning illustrated poems will be chosen by a panel of judges.

Suzanne Campion, Head of Business Development at Inland Fisheries Ireland said: ‘We are delighted to launch this competition for the second year in a row and we are looking forward to seeing the imaginative works the young poets create. There are lots of fun and interactive resources available on www.somethingfishy.ie, to help inspire budding poets.’

Susan Gibney, Director of the Blackrock Education Centre said: ‘We are looking forward to being involved in the second year of this competition. The poetry competition is a great way to inspire students to engage in learning in an innovative way. As an education centre it is great to be part of new ways to involve students in learning particularly during current times.’

Winners will be announced on the 18th of June 2021 and prizes are as follows:

Three Categories- 5th and 6th class and Irish language category

1st prize- Fishing kit (to the value of €100)

2nd prize- Outdoor field trip kit (to the value of €50)

3rd prize- Goody Bag (to the value of €30)

Each category has three prize-winners winning the above prizes.

For any queries, please email outreach@fisheriesireland.ie.