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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

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A group from Lorrha, Rathcabbin, Borrisokane and Nenagh attended the LEADER rally which was held outside  Dáil Eireann last week. The group are calling on the Government to keep LEADER in the Community.

North Tipperary LEADER Partnership, and other Local Development Companies from across the country, attended and was addressed by Marian Harkin MEP, Liadh Ní Riada MEP and Jackie Healy Rea T.D. There was great support to keep LEADER run the way it was run, by the communities, and not Local Authority Committees, who can continue to decide how LEADER funding should be administered in this area.

North Tipperary LEADER Partnership has successfully delivered the LEADER Programme for over 20 years.  Now, the government is proposing to change this system, which is regarded by the EU as being a model of best practice throughout Europe, and one that has successfully supported the economic, social and community development of rural communities throughout Ireland. The proposed policy change being driven forward by  Minister Hogan & the Department of Environment Community and Local Government is called alignment, and aims to transfer the delivery of the LEADER Programme to newly established committees within each Local Authority Area.

New Appointment.

We send heartiest congratulations and God’s Blessing to Fr. Michael Kennedy, Rathcabbin on his appointment as P.P. in our neighboring parish of Lusmagh. His first appointment as a Parish Priest in Ireland, Fr. Michael is also remaining on as Chaplain to Emmanuel House, Clonfert. Since his return to Ireland, Fr. Michael has also helped out in Kilrickle and Portumna. We wish him well in his new appointment and we know he will be well looked after in his new parish.

Late Paddy Casey.

The death occurred on Wednesday July 16th of Paddy Casey, Curraghglass, Lorrha. A well know optician in the Athlone area, Paddy who was 74 years of age, came to live in the parish just a few short years ago. He was a familiar figure on his racing bicycle around the roads as he covered many miles on his pleasure trips. Sympathy is extended to his family, Donal, Catherine, Marie-Therese, Roisín and Patrick, brothers, sisters, in-laws, nephews, nieces, grandchildren, relatives and friends. After funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Athlone on Saturday 19th burial took place in Clonmacnois Cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Youth Summer Festival.

Cistercian College, Roscrea, from Thursday 14th – Sunday 17th August, 2014.  For young people aged 16-35, an opportunity not to be missed to experience the Catholic faith and meet many new people.  This festival has been nicknamed the “Holy Oxygen” with over 1000young people from all corners of Ireland attending last year.  The festival is donation only.  Free buses available from towns throughout Ireland. For more information and to book online see  www.youth2000.ie  or phone  01 6753690.

Birthday Celebrations.

Congratulations to Martin Kennedy, Rathcabbin who celebrated his 60th birthday last week-end. Martin celebrated the occasion with family and friends in The Last Chance, Rathcabbin. Well done Martin.

Summer De-Clutter.

Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Summer months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Summer collection. We will accept any kind of bag or in bags provided by the committee. We can collect your unwanted items. Just call or text  (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (086) 8355405 with your name and details. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep three adults employed.

Prize Winners.

Rathcabbin Development wish to congratulate all the winners in the garden competition last week-end. Special thanks to Michael Buckley Horticulturist Lecturer St. Rynagh’s College of further Education and  sponsors, Ken Hogan Tippland, Tom Lewis and Sleepy Hollow Garden Centre.

Taste of Lough Derg.

A Taste of Lough Derg continues in various locations throughout the months of July, August

and September. For further details visit their facebook page at www.facebook.com/A Taste of LoughDerg or on www.lorrhadorrha.ie under local notes.

Lorrha Camogie Notes.

Munster League:

The league final against Newport was due to be played last weekend but did not go ahead. It is now due to take place this coming weekend, no venue known. Best of Luck to players and management.

U12′s:
The girls will play in a cluster Blitz this coming Saturday. Details sent out via text.

Best of Luck to Bonner Maher and the Tipperary hurling team as they take on Dublin on Sunday

 

Smile Awhile & Laugh a Little Every Day.       Hi Frank in Limerick, this one is for you!!

Two men were sitting next to each other at a bar. After awhile, one guy looks at the other and says, ‘I can’t help but think, from listening to you, that you’re from Ireland .’

The other guy responds proudly, ‘Yes, that I am!’

The first guy says, ‘So am I! And where about from Ireland might you be’?

The other guy answers, ‘I’m from Dublin , I am.’

The first guy responds, ‘So am I!’

‘Sure and begorra. And what street did you live on in Dublin ?

The other guy says, ‘A lovely little area it was. I lived on McCleary Street in the old central part of town.’

The first guy says, ‘Faith and it’s a small world. So did I! So did I!
And to what school would you have been going’?

The other guy  answers, ‘Well now, I went to St. Mary’s, of course.’

The first guy gets really excited and says, ‘And so did I. Tell me, what year did you graduate’?

The other guy answers, ‘Well, now, let’s see. I graduated in 1964.’

The first guy exclaims, ‘The Good Lord must be smiling down upon us! I can hardly believe our good luck at winding up in the same bar tonight. Can you believe it? I graduated from St. Mary’s in 1964 my own self!’

About this time, Vicky walks into the bar, sits down and orders a beer.

Brian, the bartender, walks over to Vicky, shaking his head and mutters, ‘It’s going to be a long night tonight.’

Vicky asks, ‘Why do you say that, Brian’?

‘The Murphy twins are pissed again.’

Many thanks to all of you who continue to send on jokes for the weekly Smile Awhile and do keep them coming.


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Liam and Ronan King were the first in the parish to harvest their crop of Cassia Winter Barley early last week.

Youth Summer Festival.

Cistercian College, Roscrea, from Thursday 14th – Sunday 17th August, 2014.  For young people aged 16-35, an opportunity not to be missed to experience the Catholic faith and meet many new people.  This festival has been nicknamed the “Holy Oxygen” with over 1000young people from all corners of Ireland attending last year.  The festival is donation only.  Free buses available from towns throughout Ireland. For more information and to book online see  www.youth2000.ie  or phone  01 6753690.  Congratulations to Fr. Colm Mannion O.P. who was ordained to the priesthood on Saturday July 5th  in Dublin. Fr. Colm celebrated his First Mass in St. Brendan’s Church, Birr on Sunday July 6th.  

Date For Your Diary.

Lorrha Development Association / Tidy Towns will make a contribution from the sale of the clothing collection, which has proven to be so successful, to North Tipperary Hospice during a BBQ in Louis and Kathleen McCormack’s pub in Abbeyville on Friday night August 22nd.  Any donations from the night will also go directly to North Tipp Hospice.  We invite all, especially all our many and wonderful, loyal helpers, supporters and sponsors who have worked with us throughout the years and which is much appreciated by us.  We look forward to meeting you all on the 22nd.  More details to follow.

 Summer De-Clutter.

Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Summer months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Summer collection. We will accept any kind of bag or in bags provided by the committee. We can collect your unwanted items. Just call or text  (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (086) 8355405 with your name and details. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep three adults employed.

Recent Christening.

Many congratulations is extended to  Lynda and Brendan Ryan, Annagh who christened their new addition to the family recently. A little sister Jessica for big sister Abbie to play with. Well done all and to the extended Naylor and Ryan families.

Taste of Lough Derg.

A Taste of Lough Derg continues in various locations throughout the months of July, August and September. For further details visit their facebook page at www.facebook.com/A Taste of LoughDerg or on www.lorrhadorrha.ie under local notes.

Music Event.

A Ferry Fest at the Ferry Inn Bar and restaurant Lorrha (beside Portumna Bridge) will be held on Saturday night July 19th from 10am. Theresa and Barry are moving their popular Saturday night music slot outside and will hold a B.B.Q along with the music. This is a free event and all are invited to attend.

50th Birthday Celebrations.  

Congratulations and many good wishes is extended to Eugene Sullivan, Lords Park and Birr who celebrated his 50th birthday last week-end. There was great craic in Kelly’s Rathcabbin on Saturday night for the occasion. Well done Eugene.

Lorrha Camogie Notes.  

LIT Munster Summer League: The Lorrha girls have played 5 games in the Munster League with one loss, 3 wins and one draw will play in the Shield Final against Newport next weekend probably on Saturday the 19th, details not confirmed. Best of Luck to team and management County Scene: Hard Luck to Caoimhe Kenendy and the Tipperary Senior Camogie panel who lost out bravely to Offaly on Saturday in the Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship. Sadly that ends Tipperary’s involvement in the Championship for 2014. Full time score from the Senior All Ireland championship match Tipperary 1-11 Offaly 0-17. Well done to Lorrha’s Celine Cleary who was playing centre foward for the Tipperary U15 Camogie team on Saturday in a blitz in Dublin in which they got to the final. Well done Celine! Well done also to Michelle Mannion who was playing with the Tipperary U14 Panel on Saturday in a blitz in Dublin in which they reached the Semi final. Well done to Bonner Maher and the Tipperary Hurling team at the weekend beating Offaly. Well deserved Man of the match.

Family Fun Day.

Borrisokane Community Sports Field will hold a “Family Fun Day” at the sports grounds beside the new secondary school.Free entry with lots to do such as pony rides, bouncy castles wheel of fortune, cake sale, dress for less,etc. We will also have race events ,penalty shoots out and prizes for the kids.We ask you to come along and bring all the family. A great days entertainment is guaranteed. All funds will go to the development of the field.


Lorrha Notes

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Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher Lined out for Tipperary in The All-Ireland Championship v Galway where Tipp recorded a great win. Here  Galway’s Daithi Burke gives chase. Tipperary play Offaly in the qualifiers on Sat. 12th at 7.00 in Portlaoise. This is preceded by the Tipp footballers who play Laois  in round 3 qualifiers at 4.45 after they had 17 points to spare over Longford last Saturday.  We wish our two parish players Bonner and Caoimhe the best of luck on Saturday.

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Caoimhe Kennedy in action with Tipperary Senior Camogie against Kilkenny on Saturday July 5th. Kilkenny won this outing. The girls play Offaly on Saturday 12th at 2.30 in the Ragg Camogie pitch in a must win game.

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Church News.

Youth  2000  Summer festival will take place from the  14th to the 17th August.  The theme “I want you to be happy, always happy in the Lord”    The venue is the Cistercian College, Mount Saint Joseph Abbey, Roscrea.  Inspiring talks,  Live Music, Workshops. Busses will be provided free of charge and festival is by donations.        You are advised to bring  a sleeping bag.  Suitable for ages from 16 years upwards.

New Catechism.

A new Irish catholic Catechism is now available for adults. The catechism plus study guide is now in stock in Veritas, Ennis. Suitable for study-groups,  faith formation  or  individual use.

Lorrha Development.

Many thanks to all who continue the work of keeping Lorrha clean and tidy. We urge all to continue throughout the summer months to keep the village tidy and clean. It’s not just for Tidy Towns but also for ourselves and for the many visitors coming into the village.

 Summer De-Clutter.

Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Summer months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Summer collection. We will accept any kind of bag or in bags provided by the committee. We can collect your unwanted items. Just call or text  (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (086) 8355405 with your name and details. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep three adults employed.

Alleluia Chorus Youth Choir.

This youth choir is based in Rathcabbin and will sing at one Mass per month.  Members are encouraged to sing and play music to praise God. New members are welcome. Practice is held weekly on Thursday 7.30 – 9pm in Rathcabbin Church. Contact 057 9139981 for information or look us up on facebook.

Rathcabbin Best Garden Competition

A reminder that the best front garden, window box and hanging basket in the village of Rathcabbin will be judged in the next week or so. The village is looking really well, thanks to all the hard work of Aidan Heenan and all the voluntary work carried out around the place. The childrens anti litter posters are proudly displayed around the village.

Rathcabbin Sensory Garden

The community garden is in full bloom and if you are in the village of Rathcabbin, stroll around or sit awhile and listen to the tinkle of the wind chimes. The edible garden has plenty of strawberries, gooseberries , blueberries and blackcurrants .The veggies are mainly pak choi at the moment with salad leaves to come. Barry Noyce of Saileach Willow Baskets constructed two amazing wigwams to trail runner beans on. To sit in the evening and breathe in the scents of rosemary, thyme and lavender is heavenly.

A Taste of Lough Derg 2014

A series of food events will take place around Lough Derg during July, August and September. The first event is a ‘Walk, see and taste’ afternoon on Sunny Meadow Farm, Power’s Cross, Portumna with Dermot O’Mara which will be followed by a BBQ & cheese tasting with Killeen Farmhouse Cheese. Phone to book on (087)9527466, starts at 3p.m this Sunday (13th) and is open to all. Visitwww.facebook.com/ATasteofLoughDerg for more details. Programmes are available in the local shops in the parish.

Public Meeting.

A public meeting to discuss the future of the community and voluntary sector in North Tipperary under the new County wide structures will take place in the Abbey Court Hotel Nenagh on Tuesday July 15th at 8.30pm.

CAVA are holding this public meeting to discuss the changing face of Community and Voluntary involvement in the newly established County Council structures in County Tippererary and they are inviting any and all groups that are involved in the Community and Voluntary sector throughout North Tipperary to come along on the night to express their views on where the Community and Voluntary sector sees themselves going over the coming years working under the new Tipperary County Council and Municipal Districts structures.

The meeting is being hosted by CAVA and will be an informal format where all matters relating to the Community and Voluntary will be discussed in an open forum. They hope to see as many people as possible there on the 15th, please feel free to contact the Chairman Frank Higgins for any information on 0868606000 or ruth4frank@gmail.com.

Smile Awhile and Laugh a Little Every Day

Three Doctors discussing their countries medical achievements

Israeli doctor says “We took a kidney out of one man and put it in another and he was out looking for work in 6 months.”

English doctor says “We took a lung out of one man and put it in another and he was out looking for work in 5 months!”

Irish doctor says “We took an arsehole out of Mayo and put it in the Dail and the whole country was out looking for work in 3 months…”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lorrha Notes

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First Friday.

This coming Friday, 4th July, is the First Friday of the month. Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha Church at 9.30a.m. Rathcabbin at 8.00p.m. Confessions before Mass.

Annual Pilgrimage.

Annual Killaloe Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place this comingSunday 6th July. Names please to  Gertie O’Meara – 090  – 9747080  or  Betty Houlihan  087 -  6667374.  Coach departs from Rathcabbin at 8.30a.m. and the fare is Adults €15 while a child is €7. Please book your seat as soon as possible.

Lorrha Development.

 We urge everyone to continue to keep the village tidy and clean throughout the summer months. It’s not just for Tidy Towns but also for ourselves and for the many visitors coming into the village.

 News From Lorrha School.

We extend thanks to Fr. Pat for offering our end of year Mass on Tuesday 24th and to Ann and Betty for coming into the school and giving the pupils a very valuable chance to experience and be involved in, the ago old art of making butter. Many thanks also to the Parents Association for providing refreshments and helping on the day and to all who helped in whatever way while three of our sixth class pupils helped to raise our third green flag. The principal and staff wish all a happy, enjoyable and safe summer.

 Vacancies

The South East Galway IRD local Training Initiative in Portumna currently has vacancies. For further  information call 090 9759092.

Date For Your Diary.

 The annual Lorrha parish golf outing will take place this year in Portumna golf club. The date is Saturday August 16th and this year’s captain is Vincent Liffey. Further details later.

Summer De-Clutter.

Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Summer months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Summer collection. We will accept any kind of bag or in bags provided by the committee. We can collect your unwanted items. Just call or text  (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (086) 8355405 with your name and details. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep three adults employed.

Camogie News.

LIT Munster Summer League:

The girls played their second round of the league against a strong Cashel side on Friday evening in Cashel. Some good performances and a close match with Cashel coming out with a 5 point win. The girls play Whitegate of Clare this coming week, not fixed yet and play their last group game against Tournafulla of Limerick away in Tournafulla on this coming Sunday.
Underage:
The U12 and U16 team traveled to Ballinderry on Saturday to compete in a blitz. The girls really enjoyed the day with some great performances on show. Thanks to Shannon Rovers Camogie Club for inviting us. Training will continue during the week, will receive details via text.

County Scene:
Hard Luck to the Tipperary Senior Camogie panel and to Caoimhe Kennedy who played Derry on Saturday in the Liberty Insurance Championship, Caoimhe was playing wing back. They now play Kilkenny in the next round.
Best of Luck to Bonner Maher and the Tipperary hurling team as they face Galway on Saturday in Thurles.

Thanks to all in Podumna Village, Portumna, Co. Galway and all your staff for a great evening on of activities with the Junior Camogie girls last week. The girls really enjoyed the evening. Also Thanks to Theresa Dunne Walker of The Ferry Inn, Bar and Restaurant for the well needed food after all the exercise & torment we endured!! A big Thank you to Jack & Michelle Maher of JM Autoparts, Portumna for sponsoring the Camogie Club to take part in this event.

Lorrha Camogie Club Facebook Page:
Keep up to date on any recent activity in the Club and in the Parish. See old and new pictures and keep up to date on what’s happening in the Club!

Turf Cutting.

More than ever before, turf bank owners in the SAC designated Redwood bog have cut and saved their turf in recent weeks. They believe that they are exercising their rights on their private property and say they will continue to cut and save their winter fuel there.

North Tipperary LEADER Rally: 9th July at Dáil Eireann

Keep LEADER in the Community: NO to Alignment

North Tipperary LEADER Partnership, and other Local Development Companies from across the country, is calling on communities to support the forthcoming LEADER Rally in support of the retention of the bottom-up approach of LEADER, by local development companies.  The rally will take place on Wednesday July 9th at 1.30pm at Dáil Eireann and will be addressed by Marian Harkin MEP, Liadh Ní Riada MEP and others.  Now, more than ever, we need your support, so that communities, and not Local Authority Committees, can continue to decide how LEADER funding should be administered in this area.

North Tipperary LEADER Partnership has successfully delivered the LEADER Programme for over 20 years.  Now, the government is proposing to change this system, which is regarded by the EU as being a model of best practice throughout Europe, and one that has successfully supported the economic, social and community development of rural communities throughout Ireland. The proposed policy change being driven forward by  Minister Hogan & the Department of Environment Community and Local Government is called alignment, and aims to transfer the delivery of the LEADER Programme to newly established committees within each Local Authority Area.  Coach transport from North Tipperary to Dublin will be provided to all those wishing to support our cause on the day. There will be a bus leaving from Borrisokane (Credit Union) at 8.30am which will be free. Please book your seat before 12noon Tuesday 8th July.

For further information, to confirm your attendance or enquiries regarding coach routes please call 087 9873489 or email ntlpleaderrally@yahoo.com.

Smile Awhile and Laugh a Little Every Day.

Father Murphy walks into a pub in Donegal, and asks the first man he meets, “Do you want to go to heaven?” The man said, “I do, Father.” The priest said, “Then stand over there against the wall.”

Then the priest asked the second man, “Do you want to go to heaven?” “Certainly, Father,” the man replied”. Then stand over there against the wall,” said the priest.

Then Father Murphy walked up to O’Toole and asked, “Do you want to go to heaven?”  O’Toole said, “No, I don’t Father.”  The priest said, “I don’t believe this.  You mean to tell me that when you die you don’t want to go to heaven?”    O’Toole said, “Oh, when I die , yes.  I thought you were getting a group together to go right now.”


Lorrha Notes

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On Tuesday Lorrha School raised their 3rd Green Flag

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Sophie is the youngest student in Rathcabbin School and she cut the ribbon to officially open the new classroom last Monday

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Turf bank owners in Redwood bog North Tipperary out in force footing their turf, exercising their rights to cut turf on their own property. This season, more turf has been cut than last, by turf bank owners. This group of people have no wish to re-locate to Sharragh bog some miles away, which has no proper access and has extremely poor turf. As pointed out in Judge Quirke report, there is need for a change in the National Parks personnel.  We the bog owners, experience nothing else only intimidation and no possibility of reasoning with them.

 

Lorrha Development.

Tidy Towns judging is in full swing and we are usually visited during the month of June. Sincere thanks to everyone for helping with work around the village, and do please continue with the good work of keeping the village looking it’s best. Hopefully the act of vandalism caused in spraying the grass area in the village, will not cost us marks. We appeal to anyone who may have seen anything or those who know anything regarding this incident to please contact the Gardai in Borrisokane who are investigating the matter on (067) 27160.

News From Lorrh School.

Commiserations to the Lorrha/Redwood hurling team who lost the County Final to Annacarty by two points on Wednesday last in Semple Stadium. This was a game that Lorrha should have won as they raced into an early lead through Colm Fogarty but Annacarty came back at them and despite pulling out all the stops in the last half, an Mike Houlihan effort to draw the game, went over instead of under and Lorrha were down two points on the final whistle. The panel of players: Tom Duggan (L), Courtney Houlihan (R), Daniel Madden, Jack Moran, Mikie Houlihan, Ronan O’Meara, Colm Fogarty (L), Dan Needham (R),Cathal Molloy (R), Dylan Mannion, Cian Cannion, Ronan Shewbridge. Many thanks to James and Katie for coaching the team throughout the year.

Well done to our pupils who won medals recently for their tennis skills in the schools competition. We also congratulate our pupils who won medals and trophies recently when they participated in the Feis competition which was organised by Grainne McLoughlin and held in Banagher. We have always been very successful in Feis competitions down through the years, with many of our pupils winning more than one category and this year was no exception. We also congratulate Tom Duggan, Mikie Houlihan, Daniel Madden and Colm Fogarty who participated recently in a football skills competition which was held in Thurles. We were placed in fifth place in Tipperary and were less than twenty points away from the overall winner who were Thurles. Thanks to James for travelling with the lads and well done. Indeed well done all our medal winners.

School Tours. Our senior classes travelled to Clare for their school tour recently and had a wonderful day out while our juniors travelled to Glendeer Pet Farm in Athlone and were delighted to view all the animals there even getting the opportunity to feed them. All had a marvellous time and enjoyed the day away from the books.

Summer De-Clutter.

Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Summer months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Summer collection. We will accept any kind of bag or in bags provided by the committee. We can collect your unwanted items. Just call or text  (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (086) 8355405 with your name and details. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep three adults employed.

Annual Pilgrimage.

The annual Killaloe Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place onSunday 6th July. Names lease to  Gertie O’Meara – 090  – 9747080  or  Betty Houlihan  087 -  6667374.  Coach departs from Rathcabbin at 8.30a.m. and the fare is Adults €15 while a child is €7. Please book your seat as soon as possible.

 New Arrivals.

Congratulations and many good wishes is extended to Padraig and Pamela Madden, Lorrha on the birth of their first born, a boy. Cormac was born on Sunday 8th June. Welcome to the world Cormac. Congratulations is also extended to Mary Heenan, Lorrha on the birth of her daughter Zahra Noelle on June 14th. A little sister to big brother Keiko. Welcome to the world Zahra.

 Busy Bodies Summer Camp 2014.

 A reminder that there are still places available for starting on June 30th, in Killeen National School.  Please phone Ann on 087 9625218 for more information.

Interested in gaining a qualification to work in Healthcare?

Offaly Local Development Company in association with SOLAS (formerly FAS) invites applications for a 30 week full-time FETAC Level 5 “Healthcare Support” course commencing in October 2014 in Birr.

Please make any informal enquiries to 087-7385989- we would be delighted to discuss the course with you and answer any of your queries.

Formal applications to Department of Social Protection, Castle Buildings, Tullamore 057-9318500  or Jobs’ Club Birr, 057-9123940

Horticulture Course:

 Offaly Local Development Company in association with SOLAS (formerly FAS) invites applications for a 26 week full-time FETAC Level 4 “Horticulture” course commencing immediately in St. Rynagh’s College of further Education, Banagher, Co. Offaly

Please contact Monica/Michael at: 087-6835561

 

Smile Awhile & Laugh a Little Every Day

 A Note seen on a hardware store in a small town: “No paint will be mixed without a note from the wife”.


Lorrha Notes

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Photograph shows a green area in Lorrha village where the grass has been sprayed deliberately and which has now died off completely leaving big areas of dead patches and a lot of damage done. This act of vandalism was caused around the first week of June, just in time for Tidy Towns judging. The person who did this is not a true Lorrha person and obviously doesn’t like the village.  Anyone with any information whatsoever is asked to call the Gardai in Borrisokane who are investigating the matter at (067) 27160.

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Pupils from Rathcabbin NS entertain the guests and patients on Williams Birthday

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William O’Brien Kinnitty celebrates his 90th Birthday in St. Kierans Nursing Home with members of his family

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Food Galore at the Rathcabbin NS Country Market held last Sunday June 15th

Tracing Relatives.

Carol O’Connor has spent the last month in Ireland, including Lorrha parish, tracing her relatives. This is Carol’s third visit to Ireland where she is piecing together he family tree. John Carroll and Judith Heenan from Lackeen married in Lorrha in 1837. They had five sons William, John, Thomas, Patrick and James and one daughter Margaret. The two eldest William and John, emigrated to Australia. There are no records of Thomas Margaret or James but Patrick arrived on Ellis Island (NY) in September 1899. John is the great grandfather of Carol who says that the Carroll side of her family tree is proving extremely difficult to piece together.
If anyone can provide additional information about this family, Carol would love to hear from you.  She can contact by email at carol.oconnor@bigpond.comor by post at 4 /182 Russell Avenue, Dolls Point NSW 2219, Australia.

Rathcabbin School News

 School Tour: Our senior classes went to the University of Limerick for an action packed activity day which included canoeing, rafting, swimming, archery and many more activities. The Junior pupils went to see Jack and the Bean Stalk in Birr theatre and a trip to Portumna forest park. Both trips were educational with lots of fun included.

A Day of Celebration to mark the opening of our new classroom and raising our third green flag will take place on Monday 23rd June from 12.30pm to 2pm. We would like to take this opportunity to invite parents and families, past and present and the local community to come along and help us mark the occasion.

Country Market ; The Parents Association hosted the Country Market on Sunday 15th June which was a very successful fundraiser for the school. We wish to express our thanks to everyone that organised, baked, judged, sponsored items, helped on the day and entered the brown bread competiton. Our heartfelt appreciation to the parents and community for your outstanding support. Congratulations to our raffle winners Rita Gorman, Colm Kennedy and Helen Davis and Best Brown Bread winner Maureen Guinan.

Lorrha Development.

Tidy Towns judging is in full swing and we are usually visited during the month of June. Sincere thanks to everyone for helping with work around the village, and do please continue with the good work of keeping the village looking it’s best. Hopefully we will continue to gain valuable marks but most important of all is we don’t lose any.

Golden Jubilee.

 Congratulations and many good wishes is extended to Fr. John Joe Houlihan, Montana, USA and Corrigeen, Rathcabbin on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood which he celebrated with family and friends last week-end. Well done Fr. John Joe.

Councillor’s Thanks.

 Councillor Michael O’Meara wishes to extend thanks to all in the parish who voted for him in the recent Council elections. He says he is committed to the parish and the residents whom he will work hard for over the following five years.

Rathcabbin Anti- Litter Poster Competition 

Rathcabbin Development Association held a children’s poster competition to tie in with our entry for Tidy Towns 2014. The winners are first Celine Guinan, second Amie Ryan, third  Eden Williams. Prizes sponsored by Kelly’s Village Store. Thanks to all who entered and most of the posters will be appearing around the village this week. Our clean up night is changed to every TUESDAY from 6-8 pm – all help would be gratefully appreciated.

Rathcabbin Front Garden and Window Box Competitions.

As part of the Tidy towns and to recognize the beautiful gardens around the village, the best front garden within the Rathcabbin speed limit signs will receive €100 Tippland Garden products, kindly sponsored by Tippland Peat Products in Ballinderry. There will also be prizes sponsored by Tom Lewis for the best window box and the best hanging basket in the same area. Judging will take place during the next couple of weeks. To the owners of all the beautiful gardens outside the village, we are sorry we can’t include you this year.

Summer De-Clutter.

Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Summer months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Summer collection. We will accept any kind of bag or in bags provided by the committee. We can collect your unwanted items. Just call or text  (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (086) 8355405 with your name and details. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep three adults employed.

Redwood School Thanks.

We would like to thank all those who attended and supported the Redwood NS reunion. It was great to see so many people meet up with old friends. We would also like to thank all those who helped in so many different ways to make the event possible. We are sincerely grateful to all for making it a cherished and memorable event.

Interested in gaining a qualification to work in Healthcare?

 Offaly Local Development Company in association with SOLAS (formerly FAS) invites applications for a 30 week full-time FETAC Level 5 “Healthcare Support” course commencing in October 2014 in Birr.

Please make any informal enquiries to 087-7385989- we would be delighted to discuss the course with you and answer any of your queries.

Formal applications to Department of Social Protection, Castle Buildings, Tullamore 057-9318500  or Jobs’ Club Birr, 057-9123940

Horticulture Course:

 Offaly Local Development Company in association with SOLAS (formerly FAS) invites applications for a 26 week full-time FETAC Level 4 “Horticulture” course commencing immediately in St. Rynagh’s College of further Education, Banagher, Co. Offaly

Please contact Monica/Michael at: 087-6835561

 

Smile Awhile and laugh a Little Every Day.

Paddy was in New York . He was patiently waiting and watching the traffic cop on a busy street crossing.  The cop stopped the flow of traffic and shouted, “Okay pedestrians.”  Then he’d allow the traffic to pass. He’d done this several times, and Paddy still stood on the sidewalk.

After the cop had shouted, “Pedestrians!” for the tenth time, Paddy went over to him and said, “Is it not about time ye let the Catholics across?”


Lorrha Notes

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Many congratulations and best wishes  to Tom and Kathleen Houlihan, Lorrha on the occasion of their 60th Wedding Anniversary. Tom and Kathleen celebrated this wonderful occasion on Sunday last with their family. You are wished many more happy and healthy years ahead Tom and Kathleen and well done.

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Past Pupils of Redwood N.S. viewing the roll book during the 75th Anniversary Celebrations held last week-end.

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This Bat escaped the feet of the Lorrha Mass goers last Sunday as he happily relaxed inside the main door.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

On Wednesday June 4th we were invited to Redwood N.S. where we enjoyed a entertaining and well presented play. Well done to the talented pupils and to the teachers. We are now planning our summer outings which includes a day at the races, boat trip, visit to Adare etc. If you would like to take part in any of these activities, come and join us any Wednesday in Lorrha Hall at 2.30pm.

Good Luck.

We extend the best of luck to the Lorrha / Redwood hurling team who play Annacarty on Wednesday 18th June in the County Final which takes place in Semple Stadium at 3.50pm. They would welcome support, so if you can, please do come along.

Rathcabbin National School

Our Country Market will be held in Rathcabbin Hall on Sunday 15th June commencing at 12.15pm.  Please donate books, comics and magazines to the school by Tuesday 10th June. Enter the Brown Bread  competition, text your name to Martina on 087 2922783. Raffle tickets on sale in Kellys , 1st Hamper,2nd Hurl signed by Tipp, 3rd Cosmetic Hamper. Face painting for the children. Lots of home baking, jams, flowers and fresh eggs and vegetables from the school  garden. All are welcome for tea/coffee, Please support.

Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns.

With Tidy Towns judging now in full swing, as in previous years, we ask all residents to help keep the village looking good. This can be done by keeping the path outside your house free from litter, grass and weeds. The litter bins provided in the village and housing estates are for the use of keeping the village tidy and litter free and are not for personal use. Plant some window boxes and do some painting where required if you can please. Every little helps. Without you’re continues support over the past number of years, we could not have achieved the high marks that we have and with everyone doing a little, we can continue to build on this and hold onto what we have.

Summer De-Clutter.

Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Summer months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Summer collection. We will accept any kind of bag or in bags provided by the committee at (086) 8647166. We can collect your unwanted items. Just call or text  (086) 8493595/ (086) 8647166/ (087) 2601413 with your name and details. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing  work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep three adults employed.

New Arrival.

Congratulations and many good wishes is extended to Jessica Kennedy and Brendan    O’Meara on the birth of their first born, a boy. Baby Ben was born on April 1st . Well done Jessica and Brendan and welcome to the world Ben.

Redwood Book

Redwood NS have produced a book in conjunction with the recent reunion.The book includes photos from 1914 to the present day and also details the founding of the original national school in 1879. This book is available to buy for €10 from the school (090)9747186, Pat Hough’s Pub and shops throughout the locality.

Camogie Notes.

Junior’s:

Well done to the Junior girls who had a good win in the first round of the LIT Summer Munster League agaisnt Feenagh Kilmedy of Limerick on Friday  evening in Moatfield. Scoreline Lorrha  3-20 Feenagh Kilmedy 1-02. Thanks to all who came and supported the girls. They play this Friday the 13th in the second round in a away game to Limerick side Tournfulla, third round 20th of June home game to Newport, fourth round 27th of June away game to Cashel, round five, 4th of July away game to Bodyke of Clare.

Underage Training:
Training will continue during the week, will receive details via text.

U13 League:
The girls played Portroe last night (Tuesday) in the league and play this Saturday the 14th against Holycross at home in Moatfield at 12 noon.

Lorrha Camogie Club Facebook Page:
Keep up to date on any recent activity in the Club and in the Parish. See old and new pictures and keep up to date on what’s happening in the Club! Junior’s:
Well done to the Junior girls who had a good win in the first round of the LIT Summer Munster League agaisnt Feenagh Kilmedy of Limerick on Friday  evening in Moatfield. Scoreline Lorrha  3-20 Feenagh Kilmedy 1-02. Thanks to all who came and supported the girls. They play this Friday the 13th in the second round in a away game to Limerick side Tournfulla, third round 20th of June home game to Newport, fourth round 27th of June away game to Cashel, round five, 4th of July away game to Bodyke of Clare.

Underage Training:
Training will continue during the week, will receive details via text.

U13 League:
The girls played Portroe last night (Tuesday) in the league and play this Saturday the 14th against Holycross at home in Moatfield at 12 noon.

Lorrha Camogie Club Facebook Page:
Keep up to date on any recent activity in the Club and in the Parish. See old and new pictures and keep up to date on what’s happening in the Club!

Smile Awhile and laugh a little Every Day.

Paddy was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn’t find a parking place.

Looking up to heaven he said, “Lord take pity on me.  If you find me a parking place I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of me life and give up me Irish Whiskey!”

Miraculously, a parking place appeared.

Paddy looked up again and said, “Never mind, I found one.”


Lorrha Notes

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When Patrick “Bonner” Maher went for his second goal in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday last June 1st he came up against a wall of strength from Limerick defender Richie McCarthy aided by Seamus Hickey.

Church News.

Next Friday, 6th June, is the First Friday of the month. Mass in Lorrha at 9.30a.m. and Rathcabbin at 8.00p.m. Confessions beforehand.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is spreading to many parishes in the Diocese of Killaloe. Why? A speaker will supply the answer in two weeks time.
To celebrate Pentecost Sunday,(June 8th), you are invited to “Songs of the Spirit” in St. Mary’s of the Rosary, Nenagh, at 5.00pm. This is like the BBC “Songs of Praise”. It will be led by Bishop Kieran O’Reilly.
Please Note: The first meeting of the New Youth choir will be held in Rathcabbin Church on Thursday 5th June @ 7.30p.m. – 9.00pm – open to all parishioners of Primary/ Secondary school age, from all parts of the parish. Play, sing and Praise the Lord. The choir hope to sing at one Mass each month in the parish.

Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns.

Planting of flowers and shrubs is now complete around the village. Thanks to our members Liz, Mary, Gavin and Louis, and to volunteer Ann for her time and help. Tidy Towns judging has now commenced and as in previous years, we ask all residents to help with the appearance of the village. As we don’t know when an adjudicator will be visiting, we ask all residents to please keep the area outside their house free from litter, grass and weeds. Plant some window boxes and do some painting where required if you can please. Without you’re continues support in the past, we could not have achieved the high marks we have, so let’s keep it that way if at all possible.

Summer De-Clutter.

Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Summer months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Summer collection. We will accept any kind of bag or in bags provided by the committee at (086) 8647166. We can collect your unwanted items. Just call or text (086) 8493595/ (086) 8647166/ (087) 2601413 with your name and details. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep three adults employed.

Portumna Lawn Tennis Club Open Day.

Monday, 2nd June – Come along with family and friends. Meet and get loads of tips from professional Tennis Coach, Kieran Galvin; Free coaching from 2pm – 4pm.
Exhibition matches with a difference from 4pm. Face painting. BBQ from 4.30 – 6pm.
10% discount on membership fees if you join on the day. For more info see Facebook page or contact 087 3906067.

Best of Luck.

Good Luck to all the young people in the parish who are sitting their Junior and leaving Cert. exams at this time.

New Rathcabbin Youth Choir

The Alleluia Chorus youth choir will meet in Rathcabbin Church on Thursday 5th June at 7.30. The aim is to sing and play to praise God. Please bring instruments if you have them and whatever music you have. All welcome from 4 years up. There is a facebook page if you want to get a flavour of the music the choir will sing.

Rathcabbin Tidy Towns

Rathcabbin has entered the Tidy Towns competition this year and in order to impress the judges and gain lots of marks, Rathcabbin Development Association are launching the following competitions. Best Garden sponsored by TippLand Peat Products and Best Window Box sponsored by Tom Lewis.  Primary schools Childrens Anti Litter Poster sponsored by Kelly’s Village Store. We also need volunteers to pick litter and tidy around the village on a weekly basis on Thursday from 7-9pm. Your participation will be much appreciated. Thanks to everyone who work so hard to make the village look great.

Rathcabbin National School

Our Country Market will be held in Rathcabbin hall on Sunday 15th June. Please donate books, comics and magazines to the school by Tuesday 10th June. Enter the Brown Bread competition, text your name to Martina on 087 2922783. Raffle tickets on sale in Kellys , 1st Hamper,2nd Hurl signed by Tipp minors 3rd Cosmetic Hamper. Face painting for the children. Lots of home baking, jams, flowers and fresh eggs and vegetables from the school garden. All are welcome for tea/coffee, Please support.

Redwood Book

Redwood NS have produced a book in conjunction with the upcoming reunion. We would like to sincerely thank Seamus King, Pat Hough and Fionnuala Cahalan for their great work in writing articles for this book. We would also like to thank all those who contributed so many fantastic photos. The book includes photos from 1914 to the present day and also details the founding of the original national school in 1879. This book is available to buy for €10 from the school (090)9747186, Pat Hough’s Pub and shops throughout the locality.

Redwood NS Reunion

We are holding our reunion for past pupils and members of the locality on Saturday 7th June. The school will be open to visitors from 3-4pm for people to view the roll books, (which date back to 1879), collections of photographs and the folklore commission provided by the historical society. Redwood Castle will also be open during the day for tours. A special Mass will be held at 7pm in Redwood Church, following which presentations will be made by Seamus King and Pat Hough to our most senior past pupils. Then it is back to the clubhouse for a buffet meal and dancing to the music of Pat & Richie. Tradstone will cap off what is a great night’s entertainment. Tickets are €10 and are on sale throughout the parish. All are welcome to this special occasion.

Portumna Arts Group.

For one night only! Portumna Arts Group is delighted to welcome the Galway-based Mephisto Theatre Company with their production of Blackbird by David Harrower to the Town Hall, Portumna on Sunday, June 8th @ 8.30pm. Tickets €8 at the door.

Lorrha Camogie.

Juniors.
The girls are out in the Munster league in the first round against Feenagh Kilmedy of Limerick this coming Friday the 6th of June at home in Moatfield, time not confirmed. Second round-Friday the 13th of June away game to Limerick side Tournfulla, third round 20th of June home game to Newport, fourth round 27th of June away game to Cashel, round five, 4th of July away game to Bodyke of Clare.

Underage Training:
Training will continue during the week, will receive details via text.

County Scene:

Well done to Courtney Houlihan, Michaela Young and Julia Boons who played on Saturday in Limerick with the Under 13 Tipperary Camogie academy. Also to Hazel Reddin and Michelle Mannion who were playing with the Tipperary U14 Development squad in Cork. Well done girls! Best of Luck to all doing exams at this time. Hard Luck to Bonner Maher and the Tipperary hurling team at the weekend.

Lorrha Camogie Club Facebook Page:

Keep up to date on any recent activity in the Club and in the Parish. Send in any old pictures or new and keep up to date on what’s happening in the Club!

Smile Awhile and Laugh a Little Every Day.

Childbirth at 65

With all the new technology regarding fertility recently, a 65-year-old woman was able to give birth.
When she was discharged from the hospital and went home, a friend went to visit her.
‘May I see the new baby?’ she asked.
‘Not yet,’ she said. ‘I’ll make coffee and we can talk for a while first.’
Thirty minutes had passed, and her friend asked, ‘May I see the new baby now?’
‘No, not yet,’ she said. After another few minutes had elapsed, the visitor asked again, ‘May I see the baby now?’
‘No, not yet,’ replied the mother. Growing very impatient, the friend asked, ‘Well, when can I see the baby?’
‘WHEN HE CRIES!’ came the reply. ‘WHEN HE CRIES?’ ‘Why do I have to wait until he CRIES?’ said the visitor.
‘BECAUSE I FORGOT WHERE I PUT HIM, O.K.?!!’


Lorrha Notes

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Redwood NS have produced a book in conjunction with the upcoming reunion on June 7th. We would like to sincerely thank Seamus King, Pat Hough and Fionnuala Cahalan for their great work in writing articles for this book. We would also like to thank all those who contributed so many fantastic photos. The book includes photos from 1914 to the present day and also details the founding of the original national school in 1879. This book is available to buy for €10 from the school (090)9747186, Pat Hough’s Pub and shops throughout the locality. Pupils in the school enjoying the contents at the launch of the book last week.

North Tipperary Ploughing Honour Their President.

Members of the North Tipperary Ploughing committee gathered in The Yanks, Borrisokane last week to pay a surprise tribute to their President, Rathcabbin lady Eileen Duffy, who celebrated her 80th birthday in recent weeks. A hard working and dedicated member of the ploughing committee and President for a long number of years, Eileen had no idea what the gathering was all about and received the surprise of her life. Secretary Denis Cahalan made a suitable presentation to the very surprised recipient. Happy birthday and well done Eileen and you are wished many more good and healthy years ahead. The committee also extended get well wishes to their Chairman Eamon Murphy who was unable to attend on the night.

 News From Lorrha School.

Well done to the Lorrha/Redwood hurling team who were crowned North champions after a thrilling final against Kilbarron on Wednesday 21st May. The team came away with a one point victory and we extend the best of luck to them and their mentors in the County Final which will take place in early June. We also extend congratulations to our Green Flag committee who were presented with the school’s third green flag at the awards ceremony which took place in Kilkenny also on Wednesday 21st.  Avie, Niamh and Scott represented our school on the day. Wednesday 21st was a busy and rewarding day for our school. Well done all.

 Youth Ministry Studies Certificate Programme

An accredited Training Programme for Voluntary and Professional Youth Ministry Leaders will be held from Sept 2014 – Sept 2016(8 weekends over 2 years). Sponsored by the Redemptorists in Ireland and accredited by St. Mary’s University College (Q.U.B.) and the centre for Ministry Development in the U.S.A.  €50 Registration Fee.  Course will be partly subsidised.  For further information and Application form please contact Fr. Donagh O’Meara – mobile 087 2322140. Email : donaghomeara@gmail.com  or your local Parish.   www.killaloediocese.ie or www.ymsp.ie .

Parish Bulletin.

 What is Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament? And why is it beginning in this Parish soon? Watch this space for further details.

 Thank You.

Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns offer sincere thanks to all who contributed to the unwanted clothes collection taken up last Friday, election day.

Summer De-Clutter.

Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Summer months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Summer collection. We will accept any kind of bag or in bags provided by the committee at (086) 8647166. We can collect your unwanted items. Just call or text  (086) 8493595/ (086) 8647166/ (087) 2601413 with your name and details. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing  work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep three adults employed.

Well Done.

Congratulations and well done to Councillor Michael O’Meara who has retained his seat on the new Tipperary County Council committee which will commence from June 1st. It will be more important than ever before that our parish is represented on this new set up and we wish Michael the very best of luck in the years ahead.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association.

The Committee and members of St. Ruadhans Active Retirement Association would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the Nevin and Fallon families on the recent death of Sarah Nevin, a very gentle and lovely lady who will be sadly missed by all who knew her.  Also we would like to express our sympathy to the Tom and Billy Dagg  and family on the recent death of their sister Lil Smith, the Coen Family on the death of Tony’s brother Fr. Michael Coen, to Gay Needham on the recent death of her brother Seamus McCarthy and to Therese Donoghue on the recent death of her sister in law Carmel Kelly (Trim). May they all rest in peace.

 Lorrha Apostolic Work Society.

Lorrha Apostolic Work Society wish to extend thanks to all who attended their Annual display in Lorrha hall recently and purchased tickets for the raffle. Also to all who contributed to the recently held church gate collection. Many thanks for your generosity.

Redwood Book

Redwood NS have produced a book in conjunction with the upcoming reunion. We would like to sincerely thank Seamus King, Pat Hough and Fionnuala Cahalan for their great work in writing articles for this book. We would also like to thank all those who contributed so many fantastic photos. The book includes photos from 1914 to the present day and also details the founding of the original national school in 1879. This book is available to buy for €10 from the school (090)9747186, Pat Hough’s Pub and shops throughout the locality.

Redwood NS Reunion

We are holding our reunion for past pupils and members of the locality on Saturday 7th June. The school will be open to visitors from 3-4pm for people to view the roll books, (which date back to 1879), collections of photographs and the folklore commission provided by the historical society. Redwood Castle will also be open during the day for tours. A special Mass will be held at 7pm in Redwood Church, following which presentations will be made by Seamus King and Pat Hough to our most senior past pupils. Then it is back to the clubhouse for a buffet meal and dancing to the music of Pat & Richie. Tradstone will cap off what is a great night’s entertainment. Tickets are €10 and are on sale throughout the parish. All are welcome to this special occasion.

 Portumna Arts Group.

For one night only! Portumna Arts Group is delighted to welcome the Galway-based Mephisto Theatre Company with their production of Blackbird by David Harrower to the Town Hall, Portumna on Sunday, June 8th @ 8.30pm. Tickets €8 at the door.

Smile Awhile and Laugh a Little Every Day.

Facebook is like jail, you sit around and waste time, you write on walls and you get poked by people you don’t know.


Lorrha Notes

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Congratulations to Lorrha N.S. and to Rathcabbin N.S. who were presented with their third Green Flag at an awards ceremony held in Kilkenny on Wednesday 21st May. Well done to all concerned.

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Lorrha/Redwood N.S. Hurling Team North Champions by the narrowest of margins. Well done all and the best of luck in the Co. Final in early June.

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Councillor Ger Darcy presenting a cheque to Lorrha Development Chairperson Rose Mannion towards the new Friar’s Park in the Village. Also in the photograph is David Power, scheme worker and Louis McCormack, Treasurer.   The committee offer sincere thanks to Cllr. Ger for his contribution.

Late Greg Hughes.

The sudden death occurred on Wednesday May 14th at his residence of Greg Hughes, Portland, Lorrha. A native of Cloghan, Greg was just 75 years of age. A key figure in the Offaly football emergence as a major force in the 1960s he was one of life’s gentlemen. One of the great full-backs of his era, he played a major role as Offaly won the Leinster championship for the first time in 1960, a title they retained in ’61. He added a third Leinster title in 1969. In 1971 he picked up a fourth Leinster medal and was part of the squad that brought the Sam Maguire Cup to Offaly for the first time. He also won three Railway Cups with Leinster, one as captain. He managed Offaly U-21s to a Leinster title in 1986 and later managed the senior team. He was inducted into the Offaly Hall of Fame in 2010.When his playing days ended he was part of the management team when Offaly won the Leinster U21 football title in 1986. His proudest moment was when he trained St Rynaghs who won the senior B Football Final in 1988 beating St John’s in the final.  He was a great servant of club and County. Greg kept in touch with Cloghan and his beloved St. Rynagh’s football club and often attended games and events there through the years. He started out his life as a Garda based in Kinnegad and came to live in Lorrha 40 years ago, working for a time with Con Hynes in Portumna managing dance bands before he was appointed to the ACC Bank in Ennis and later serving as Manager of the Nenagh branch before his transfer to Ballinasloe. Greg was always willing to help with training and brought the Gortanumera school team glory some years ago as well as coaching under 21 and Junior teams with Lorrha. In 1974/75 he served as Chairman of the Lorrha club and as a player he won a North medal too in ’75 with his adopted parish. He went on to become a good friend of Jimmy McGee and the All-Star teams and was part of the set up who raised money for different charitable organisations. In later years he took up golf and served as both President and captain of the Portumna Golf club.

Greg and Kathleen celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary just a month ago when their family gathered in the U.S. to celebrate this wonderful occasion with them. Deepest Sympathy is extended to his wife Kathleen, son Gregory (Dublin), daughters, Eimear, Trini, Aoife (U.S) and Niamh (Kildare), sister Eileen, relatives and a large circle of friends. After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church, Lorrha on Monday last May 19th. Greg was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

News From Lorrha School.

Well done to the Lorrha/Redwood hurling team who were crowned North champions after a thrilling final against Kilbarron on Wednesday 21st May. The team came away with a one point victory and we extend the best of luck to them and their mentors in the County Final which will take place in early June. We also extend congratulations to our Green Flag committee who were presented with the school’s third flag at the  awards ceremony which took place in Kilkenny also on Wednesday 21st.  Avie, Niamh and Scott represented our school on the day. Some of our students participated recently in the schools athletics which was held in Borrisokane. Well done to Caoimhe O’Meara who came second in 4th class group, Avie Darcy who featured in the Long Jump and went on to come 4th the finals of the Athletics, Caoimhe Claffey and Niamh Moran who did very well in the Shot Putt Throw. Well done to all our students who participated. We also congratulate our students who received their First Holy Communion in Rathcabbin Church on Sunday last May 18th.

 Under 12 Football Champions.

Congratulations and well done to the Lorrha under 12 football team who were crowned County Champions on Saturday last in Templetuohy. Well done to both team and mentors.

 Rathcabbin National School.

Congratulations to Robert, Sarah, Grace, John, Sean, Celine, Maria, Emma and Mena  on receiving their First Holy Communion on Sunday. It was a lovely ceremony reflecting their preparation which was lead by the school choir.

Sport : The children have been very active with U11 & U13 hurling matches and well done to all who represented the school  in the recent athletics competition in Borrisokane. Tennis lessons continue every Wednesday for all children giving them an opportunity to learn a new sport.

Green Schools: Once again our hard work has paid off and we will soon be displaying our third green flag which we achieved for water conservation. All the children helped with the annual litter pick around the school and village which is great to create awareness of their environment.

Country Market: A date for your diary is June 15th with our next fundraiser which will include fresh produce for the school garden and chickens, with lots of home baking too.

Youth Ministry Studies Certificate Programme

An accredited Training Programme for Voluntary and Professional Youth Ministry Leaders will be held from Sept 2014 – Sept 2016(8 weekends over 2 years). Sponsored by the Redemptorists in Ireland and accredited by St. Mary’s University College (Q.U.B.) and the centre for Ministry Development in the U.S.A.  €50 Registration Fee.  Course will be partly subsidised.  For further information and Application form please contact Fr. Donagh O’Meara – mobile 087 2322140. Email : donaghomeara@gmail.com  or your local Parish.   www.killaloediocese.ie or www.ymsp.ie .

Used Clothing Collection.

An used clothing collection will take place on Friday May 23rd from Lorrha Community Hall. This is the place to bring along your unwanted clothes, belts, shoes, handbags, curtains, blankets etc. All proceeds from this fundraiser will be used for the ongoing work around Lorrha village.

Anniversary Re-Union.

To mark the 75th anniversary of the Redwood N.S. a reunion will be held for all past pupils on Sat, 7th June. It will commence with an open school during the day from 3 – 4pm to view roll books, photos etc. A special mass will be held in Redwood Church at 7pm and buffet dance at 9.30p.m. in Moatfield with music by Pat & Richie followed by Tradstone. Eamon O’ Dywer will also be in attendance with Tipp FM down your way.Tickets €10.00 are on sale now or available on the night. All are welcome!!

Camogie Notes.

 Junior’s:

The girls are out in the Munster league in the first round on Friday the 6th of June at home in Moatfield to Limerick side Feenagh Kilmedy,  second round-Friday the 13th of June away game to Limerick side Tournfulla, third round home game to Newport, fourth round away game to Cashel.

U13′s:
The league is commencing this week playing Boherlahan on Tuesday evening gone in Boherlahan. Remaining fixtures are on Tuesday 27th playing Holycross at home, June the 10th playing Portroe. Best of Luck to the panel.

Underage Training:
Training will continue during the week, will receive details via text.

County Scene:
Well done to Courtney Houlihan and Michaela Young who played on Saturday in Charleville in Cork with the Under 13 Tipperary Camogie academy. Well done girls!

Lorrha Camogie Club Facebook Page:
Keep up to date on any recent activity in the Club and in the Parish. Send in any old pictures or new and keep up to date on whats happening in the Club!

Annual Devotion.

The Annual devotions to Our Lady of Clonfert continue throughout the month of May in Clonfert Church each evening with several guest speakers and visiting clergy.

Smile Awhile and Laugh a Little Every Day.

An elderly gentleman had serious hearing problems for a number of years.. He went to the doctor and the doctor was able to have him fitted for a set of hearing aids that allowed the gentleman to hear 100%

The elderly gentleman went back in a month to the doctor and the doctor said, ‘Your hearing is perfect.. Your family must be really pleased that you can hear again.’
The gentleman replied, ‘Oh, I haven’t told my family yet.
I just sit around and listen to the conversations. I’ve changed my will three times!’