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Local News

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

CIF Cheque Presentation to Pieta House, Lucan Pictured: L-R Marie Peelo, Deputy Director of Funding and Advocacy, John O'Shaughnessy President MBCA, Cindy O'Connor, Chief Clinical Officer Pieta House and Martin Lang, Director CIF Mandatory Credit: 1IMAGE/Bryan Brophy 1IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY Studio: +353 1 493 9947 / Mob: +353 87 246 9221 1image.ie

The Master Builder and Contractors Association (MBCA) of the Construction Industry Federatio have raised €6,700 for Suicide Prevention Charity, Pieta House.  Members of the MBCA met with Pieta House representatives last week to present the donation. A CIF spokesperson stated: “We are delighted to continue our work with Pieta House again this year, raising vital funds for suicide prevention.  Mental well being should be to the fore in health and safety training of any industry and that is why CIF will continue to engage with Pieta House for our #mindourworkers campaign throughout the rest of 2016.”

Pictured: L-R Marie Peelo, Deputy Director of Funding and Advocacy, John O’Shaughnessy, Managing Director Clancy Construction and President of the MBCA, Cindy O’Connor, Chief Clinical Officer Pieta House and Martin Lang, Director CIF

Weekly Clean Up.

Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns are holding a weekly clean up in the village commencing this Thursday 26th from 7.30pm and continuing every Thursday evening thereafter. Meet outside the hall. Please bring a brush, shovel, spade and or weeding implements. We appeal to locals, especially those living in the village to come along and help for just one hour. Many hands make light work.

Fundraiser

The Rathcabbin NS Parent Association are holding a fundraising 5km walk/cycle and family fun day in Rathcabbin on Sunday 12th June. The walk/cycle will begin after mass at approximately 12.30pm at the National school and continue to Bonoham Cemetery and then return to the school for refreshments and family fun!! All are very welcome to attend this day in support of the National School.

Lorrha Camogie

Our Junior B team won the County League title against Boherlahan last Saturday week on a scoreline of 5-9 to 1-9. Well done to all the players and panel on a great win and for such an entertaining and hard fought match. A huge thank you to our trainers James Dunne and Colm Duggan for all their great work and to our physio David Broderick and to all those who helped out on the sideline on the day. We would like to thank our sponsors The Ferry Inn Bar and Restaurant and Michael Naylor Car Breakers and Dismantlers for all their support for our club. Thank you also to all our families and supporters who came to our match and gave us such great encouragement on the day, it was deeply appreciated.

Celebrating 60 years of Pilgrimage.

This year the Killaloe Diocese is celebrating 60 years of pilgrimage to Lourdes.  On 26th June, four flights will leave Shannon Airport bringing pilgrims to Lourdes for five days, celebrating the Jubilee year of Mercy.   The cost is €687 full board with online discount available on www.joewalshtours.ie .   Aassisted pilgrims are most welcome to travel and care will be provided by medical, nursing and carers.   Cost for an assisted pilgrim is €585.   Application forms for assisted pilgrims to Fr. Tom Ryan,  Shannon Pilgrimage Director on 061 364133.

Diocese of Killaloe:

Nourishing  The Divine Within Us: 2 Days of Reflection & Quiet Prayer/ Meditation, Mount St. Joseph’s Abbey, Rosarea.  The two day experience begins at 10am on the morning of May 27th and ends at 3.30pm on Saturday May 28th.  This is a residential two days as the time away from our usual activities will help us to enter into the experience more deeply.  Registration takes place in the Monastery Guesthouse from 8.30am on Friday 27th May.  “ May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvellous divine energy” (Eph:3: 17)   Enquiries/ Application forms from  Maureen Kelly, Pastoral Office, 45 Garden View, Creggaun na Hilla, Clarecastle, Co. Clare.   087 289 0942.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to Sheila Dillon Portumna and formally Lorrha, on the death of her sister Breda O’Hare, which occurred in Sligo recently. May she rest in peace.

Active Retirement.

On Wednesday May 11th we celebrated Bealtine Festival and we were entertained by 251 who treated us to some lovely music which was enjoyed by all including our visitors. We had a very successful visit to McDonagh centre in Cloughjordan and also to Loughmore on May 4th. We are now planning our summer outings. If you would like to join us any Wednesday from 2.30 in Lorrha Hall you will be very welcome. We welcome new members.

Redwood NS Summer Camps are back!

Redwood NS are delighted to offer 3 weeks of summer camp this year

Week 1: Multi activity camp 4th – 8th July

Week 2: Tennis Camp 11th – 15th July with Tennis Ireland coaches Helena & Anne Marie Darcy

Tracing Relations.

Dorothy Payne is interested in tracing her relations. She has written the following. Interested in the Gibson/Gipson families in Riverstown, Derrinsalla, Parish of Lorrha who had family members emigrate to Ontario Canada.
Ellen Gipson/Gibson’s parents were John Gipson and Eliza (Alice) Kennedy. Also Catherine Gibson married a Michael Kennedy and an Ellen married Patrick Walsh. They had brothers, John and likely a Samuel.

Ellen Gipson married Denis Donovan (Oct. 30th, 1850) in Prince Edward County,Ontario, Canada. The record states her parents were John Gipson and Elizabeth Kennedy.  She was from Durrah, Tipperary, which I take to be Dorrha. She named a daughter Alice (possibly for her mom ??) and another daughter Jane. Again, I wonder if this could be for her younger sister in Ireland?  It’s possible a brother, John Gipson, also immigrated to Ontario, he is a godparent at the baptism for Ellen’s daughter Mary in 1852. Some records refer to Elisha Kennedy as Alice Kennedy so it’s a bit confusing.

Common names that perpetuate in Jane’s Gibson family and the Gibson family I’m looking for are: Samuel, Benjamin, Ellen, John, James. A Catherine Gibson who is connected to my Samuel Gibson, married Michael Kennedy in Tipperary.They lived in Dorrha. Their daughter’s marriage record states they were from Dhirra, Co. Tipperary, which I believe is Dorrha.  Ellen Gibson married Patrick Walsh. Ellen is from Derrinsalla. Their two young sons, Michael Walsh/Welsh and Benjamin are living with my Samuel Gibson on the 1851 Ontario census in Northumberland.  I have several records connecting them, plus Benjamin’s death registration states he was born in Ireland in 1839, his parents were Patrick Walsh/Welsh and mother Gibson. I’m trying to find if Michael Kennedy and Alice Kennedy were siblings and if my Samuel Gipson and John Gipson were brothers.  I have no idea when Samuel Gibson or Ellen Gibson/Gipson emigrated to Canada. In Samuel’s case it had to be before 1838.  Given the size of Riverstown, I feel it’s likely Catherine Gipson Kennedy, Ellen Gipson Walsh, and Ellen Gipson Donovan may have a family connection to each other and to my Samuel Gibson.

I have no record to show Samuel Gipson/Gibson, was born in Tipperary, all I know is a birth year of approx.1808. He married Ellen O’Reilly in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada, on Feb. 12th, 1838.  It’s interesting that a witness at his marriage is a P. Carrole and the witnesses at Ellen Gibson and Denis Donovan’s marriage were James Carrole and Mrs. J Carrole.  Samuel and Ellen also had children named, Benjamin, Mary, John, James, Ellen and Samuel. Any help at all would be so very much appreciated.

My postal address is 534 Yale Road, Port Moody, BC Canada, V3H 3K3 and my email address is  dcpayne@shaw.ca

Summer De-Clutter.

Thinking of clearing out the wardrobe to make room for the Summer collection? Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the year. 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. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows and cushions, carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats), soiled or wet clothing. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed.

Are You Job Ready?

Free Jobseekers Support Service now available for you! Birr Job Club offers support, assistance, advice and help to any one actively seeking employment. If you are a job seeker or are returning to work after a long period of time then we can help you. The Programme runs for  4 weeks, 10.00am – 1.00pm and is FREE of charge.

There is also a fully equipped Resource Room available for you FREE with computers facilities, internet access, photocopying, stationary and phone to aid you in your job search.

Our next Programme commences 30th May 2016
The Programme includes:  Self-assessment, identifying your skills and abilities, Researching jobs, social networking for employment, Developing /fine tuning your CV, setting up and using email, online job search, Advert analysis and Cover letter. Application forms, Employment Rights, Education and Training options, information on entitlements and return to work supports, Interview and Preparation, cover letters, career guidance and job planning, applying for jobs, , targeting and sourcing jobs, Stress awareness workshop, assertiveness  and confidence building,  Goal setting/action plans, mentoring and ongoing support is also provided and much more. Profiling of individual clients skills and matching with employment opportunities
To secure a place on our next Programme please contact Catherine or Siobhan at Birr Job Club, Phone: 057 91 23940 Mobile: 087 2802919. Or drop into our office at Unit 2 Shannon Development, Brendan Street, Birr, Co. Offaly.

Tipperary Studies

On Saturday last, 21 May, Tipperary Studies, the local history library for the county, launched its new website, www.tipperarystudies.ie . The culmination of months of work by both the Library staff and Eclipse website design, this brand new site is a massive development for Tipperary Studies’ online presence. Designed to provide the browser with up-to-date and topical content, the new site is also the showcase for theTipperary Studies Digitisation Project, which provides visitors with access  to primary source material online. Local history enthusiasts will be well aware of the much increased provision of such web-based content in recent times, and www.tipperarystudies.ie now offers a wealth of online sources for Co. Tipperary. The bulk of the collection presently consists of Rate Books for the Poor Law Unions of Cashel, Nenagh and Thurles (1840s – 1870s), along with the Irish Tourist Association Reports (1942-45) for the county’s parishes. These records contain a wealth of information for the local historian or genealogist, and, indeed, any browsers eager to explore the records of their own locality.  The Digital Collection is an ever increasing one and we will be adding to it as time goes by with the hope that, in the very near future,www.tipperarystudies.ie will become a “go-to” resource for the study of the county’s history not just in Ireland, but worldwide.
The Digitisation Project was made possible through fundraising carried out by the Tipperary Studies during 2014/15, and the response to the appeal has been startling in its generosity. Warm thanks and immense credit is due to everyone who contributed to the drive to purchase the necessary equipment, as their kind donations were, in effect, an investment in the security and promotion of the study of Tipperary’s past. All of the Library staff are most appreciative of the positive response and are confident that this new site will do justice to their generous donations.

Other new features on the site include an updated “Events” section, and we encourage all local history and heritage groups to contact us atstudies@tipperarycoco.ie with details of their upcoming functions, meetings, lectures and publications. We would be delighted to highlight them on the site. Also of interest is our new section entitled “Times Past”, a weekly delve into some of the more unusual, humorous or entertaining snippets from almost 250 years of editions of Tipperary’s newspapers.

www.tipperarystudies.ie promises to have something of interest to all browsers, from near and far, and we are confident that even a quick and cursory visit to the site will give rise to many more. The content is ever changing and we look forward to greatly adding to our online sources in the near future. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TippStudies (@TippStudies) for more updates, news and interesting Tipperary historical odds and ends.

Galway International Arts Festival 2016 programme has been revealed!

Packed into the programme this year we’ve got four world premieres including powerful new works by Enda Walsh, Druid, and Kellie Hughes; live music from renowned artists such as Elvis Costello; giant insects roaming the streets and LOTS more.
Get ready for a summer of extraordinary experiences!

Galway International Arts Festival

Black Box Theatre

Dyke Road

Galway,

Ireland

 

GAA News

 

 

Senior: The senior hurlers bowed out of the Challenge Cup at the quarter final stage of the James Holohan Cup on Friday evening following a disappointing performance in losing 2-16 to 1-12 to Clonakenny in Clonakenny. Lorrha will face Roscrea in the first round of the North Championship in Cloughjordan on Sunday 5th June at 7pm where a win is a must to prolong our year and progress to the quarter finals.

Junior: The Juniors are still in the hunt for a league semi-final and are awaiting the result of the final group game between Kiladangan and Portroe.

Under 16: Lorrha Rovers Gaels will play in the ‘A’ Hurling Championship which gets underway on 4th July away to Nenagh Eire Og. The team will also play Borris-Ileigh, Silvermines, Roscrea, Kilruane MacDonaghs, Kiladangan and Toomevara.

Under 14: Hard luck to Lorrha Rovers Gaels footballers who lost the North ‘B’ final, 3-8 to 2-6 to Ballinahinch/Templederry in Puckane last Thursday evening. The Hurling Championship gets underway this evening (Wednesday) against Moneygall/Clonakenny in Moneygall. The team will also play Newport, Burgess, Portroe, Borrisokane, Ballinahinch/Templederry, Borris-Ileigh and Roscrea ‘B’.

Under 12: The Hurling Championship gets underway next Monday 30th May when Lorrha play Shannon Rovers in Ballinderry at 6.30pm. Lorrha are also grouped with Ballinahinch, Toomevara ‘B’ and Ballina ‘B’.

Feile na nGael: Lorrha and Shannon Rovers Gaels will be hosting players and officials from Clooney Gaels in Antrim as part of Feile na nGael which is being held in Tipperary & Waterford from June 17th-19th. This is a huge honour to welcome hurling folk from another part of the country and we look forward to showing them the best of the area that weekend.

Tipperary: Well done to Patrick Maher and John Madden in Tipperary’s Munster Senior Championship win over Cork wile Brian Hogan was in goals for the Intermediates, and scored a penalty, in their win over the rebels on Sunday also. Both teams progress to face Limerick in Thurles on Sunday 19th June.

Lotto: Our jackpot is now €7,800 with a Match 3 pot of €100. Thank you for your continued support. You can play our lotto online at www.locallotto.ie where it is easy to play every week. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5.

Tipperary Clubs Draw: for 2015-2016 has now concluded. All promoters and subscribers are asked to bring your accounts up to date and contact Margaret Gleeson. The 2016-2017 draw will get underway next Friday night and if you want to join, contact any club officer. Tickets are €100 for an excellent prize fund of €500,000 with 12 monthly draws.

Lorrha CountryFest 2016: The launch night for Lorrha CountryFest 2016 will be held in the GAA Centre on Wednesday, 8th June at 8pm. All are welcome to attend to meet some of the artists who will be performing on the day and to help make the event a success not just for the club but for the local community as we aim to get thousands of people into the area on the day. Tickets are on sale for Lorrha CountryFest on Sunday, 17th July from 12 noon to 7pm. Line-up includes Mike Denver, Robert Mizzell, Louise Morrissey, The Conquerors, Johnny Brady, Pete Kennedy, Sean Slattery & The Connections as well as local band Tradstone and local artist Brendan Liffey. A day not to be missed! Tickets (€20) can be purchased from Kevin Molloy or at www.eventbrite.ie

Social Dancing: on Friday night to the music of Brendan McGee. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30a


Lorrha Notes

                                                               Doing their bit!

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National Spring Clean.  As part of the Green flag programme, Lorrha N.S. participated in the National Spring Clean in April which took place around the village with members of Lorrha Development Association.

“Please Don’t Go”.

Megan O’Meara Redwood, has penned and sang a song to create awareness around mental health and highlight the plight of suicide in Irish society. Now a Health Care Assistant, her heartfelt song ‘Please don’t go’ highlights how important it is to speak out when going through a difficult time. She published the video to her Facebook account, https://www.facebook.com/megan.omeara.5/posts/1132951363393252 where it has been viewed more than 43,000 times. On her Facebook post Megan wrote,  “I’m not usually one to put up a status like the following but I feel like this is something that I wanted to share. More than 120,000 people took part in darkness into light to raise money for Pieta House and help prevent suicide. Everyone has been effected by suicide as rates increase each year. Families and friends are left heartbroken every day as they say goodbye to a loved one who has been taken before their time. Mental health is a serious issue that needs to be a priority in our society, so that we can help and support those who are suffering in silence. The song I have written describes a story that is constantly happening today, and it has become too common in my eyes, it aims to create suicide awareness.”  Congratulations Megan, well done and keep up the good work.

Award for Creative Enterprise.

Congratulations is extended to Daniel Maher, formally Lorrha and Portumna, who recently won a prestigious Creative Enterprise Award. Daniel, an International Heritage Visualisation graduate from The Glasgow School of Art, has won the 2016 Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprise beating off competition from across the UK. Daniel won the Craft and Design Award for his company – Equinox Digital, which uses a combination of ‘drone’ technology and 3D mapping to help preserve important cultural archaeological sites for posterity. The shortlisted candidates pitched their ideas to panels of experts in London which included prominent industry specialists. As a winner Daniel will receive a cash investment of £10,000 and a year of business mentoring from a Deutsche Bank executive together with two days of intensive small business training. Well done Daniel.

Celebrating 60 years of Pilgrimage.

This year the Killaloe Diocese is celebrating 60 years of pilgrimage to Lourdes.  On 26th June, four flights will leave Shannon Airport bringing pilgrims to Lourdes for five days, celebrating the Jubilee year of Mercy.   The cost is €687 full board with online discount available on www.joewalshtours.ie .   Aassisted pilgrims are most welcome to travel and care will be provided by medical, nursing and carers.   Cost for an assisted pilgrim is €585.   Application forms for assisted pilgrims to Fr. Tom Ryan,  Shannon Pilgrimage Director on 061 364133.

Well Done.

Congratulations to the children of the parish who receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in Lorrha Church on Sunday last 15th May, during 11.30a.m. Mass.

Summer De-Clutter.

Thinking of clearing out the wardrobe to make room for the Summer collection? Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the year. 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. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows and cushions, carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats), soiled or wet clothing. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed.

Redwood N.S.

Redwood NS gains fifth green flag for Biodiversity!!

Well done to all the pupils of Redwood NS on being awarded their fifth green flag recently in the area of Biodiversity. Many thanks to Declan Houlihan for creating our own jungle garden, to Christy Hough for maintaining the school grounds so well, and of course to all the children who have worked so hard planting, sowing and harvesting. All their hard work has been rewarded!

Confirmation 

Congratulations is extended to Emily Needham, Dan Needham, Frances Bugler & Colette Houlihan  on celebrating their confirmation on Sunday last in Lorrha church.

Weekly Clean Up.

Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns are holding a weekly clean up in the village commencing on Thursday 26th from 7.30pm and continuing every Thursday evening thereafter. Meet outside the hall. Please bring a brush, shovel, spade and or weeding implements. We appeal to locals, especially those living in the village to come along and help for just one hour. Many hands make light work.

Are You Job Ready?

Free Jobseekers Support Service now available for you! Birr Job Club offers support, assistance, advice and help to any one actively seeking employment. If you are a job seeker or are returning to work after a long period of time then we can help you. The Programme runs for  4 weeks, 10.00am – 1.00pm and is FREE of charge.

There is also a fully equipped Resource Room available for you FREE with computers facilities, internet access, photocopying, stationary and phone to aid you in your job search.

Our next Programme commences 30th May 2016
The Programme includes:  Self-assessment, identifying your skills and abilities, Researching jobs, social networking for employment, Developing /fine tuning your CV, setting up and using email, online job search, Advert analysis and Cover letter. Application forms, Employment Rights, Education and Training options, information on entitlements and return to work supports, Interview and Preparation, cover letters, career guidance and job planning, applying for jobs, , targeting and sourcing jobs, Stress awareness workshop, assertiveness  and confidence building,  Goal setting/action plans, mentoring and ongoing support is also provided and much more. Profiling of individual clients skills and matching with employment opportunities
To secure a place on our next Programme please contact Catherine or Siobhan at Birr Job Club, Phone: 057 91 23940 Mobile: 087 2802919. Or drop into our office at Unit 2 Shannon Development, Brendan Street, Birr, Co. Offaly.

GAA News:

Senior: Lorrha return to competitive action on Friday evening when they travel to    Clonakenny  to take on     the home side in the quarter final of the James Holohan Cup. Throw-in is at 7.30pm. Following that, Lorrha will face Roscrea in the first round of the North Championship which will take place on 28-29 May or 4-5 June.

Junior: The Junior hurlers recorded an impressive 3-20 to 2-8 win over Kiladangan in their last group game of the league in Moatfield on Sunday evening. The win keeps Lorrha in the hunt for a semi-final place, depending on the outcome of the Kiladangan v Portroe game.

Under 16: Lorrha Rovers Gaels played Inane Rovers in the North U16 ‘A’ Football final on Monday but fell to a 3-8 to 0-8 defeat. Hard luck to the players and mentors but it was a great achievement to get to the final and we look forward to the hurling championship in the coming weeks.

Under 14: Lorrha Rovers Gaels defeated Kiladangan 2-9 to 1-3 in the North ‘B’ Football semi-final in Moatfield last Wednesday evening. They will play Ballinahinch/Templederry in the final this Thursday, 19th May in Puckane at 7pm. Your support would be appreciated.

Feile: Lorrha will be hosting a team from Antrim as part of Feile na nGael which is being held in Tipperary & Waterford this year from June 17th-19th.

Tipperary: Best of luck to Patrick Maher, Brian Hogan, John Madden and the Tipperary senior hurling team in their Munster Championship first round game against Cork in Thurles on Sunday.

Lotto: Our jackpot is now €7,650 with a Match 3 pot of €100. Thank you for your continued support. You can play our lotto online at www.locallotto.ie where it is easy to play every week. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5.

Tipperary Clubs Draw: for 2015-2016 has now concluded. All promoters and subscribers are asked to bring your accounts up to date and contact Margaret Gleeson. The 2016-2017 draw will get underway next Friday night and if you want to join, contact any club officer. Tickets are €100 for an excellent prize fund of €500,000 with 12 monthly draws.

Lorrha CountryFest 2016: Tickets are on sale for Lorrha CountryFest at Moatfield which takes place on Sunday, 17th July from 12 noon to 7pm. Line-up includes Mike Denver, Robert Mizzell, Louise Morrissey, The Conquerors, Johnny Brady, Pete Kennedy, Sean Slattery & The Connections as well as local band Tradstone. A day not to be missed! Tickets (€20) can be purchased from Kevin Molloy or at www.eventbrite.ie

Social Dancing: on Friday night to the music of Brian McDermott. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.

Sympathy: Lorrha GAA Club would like to sympathise with the Boothman family on the passing of former GAA President Jack Boothman who died last week. Mr Boothman was President of the GAA in 1993 when he officially opened our club grounds at Moatfield.


Lorrha Notes

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Congratulations to second class pupil Emma Kennedy, a member of the Borrisokane Athletic club,  who won gold in the under 9’s 60 m event at the County Tipperary juvenile event on Sunday May 1st. which took place in Templemore. Emma also won a bronze medal in the under 9’s turbo javelin on the same day. 
Congratulations also to sixth class pupil Caoimhe O’Meara who won first prize in the Portumna Enterprise town art competition for schools which was held recently.  Caoimhe was promoting the village of Lorrha in her art work which was titled ‘my community’.  Well done to both girls.

News From Lorrha School.

National Spring Clean. As part of our Green flag programme, we participated in the National Spring Clean in April which took place around the village with members of Lorrha Development Association.
Benemerenti Awards The pupils and staff of Scoil Lua Naofa wish to extend congratulations to Eileen Mannion, a former teacher of our school, who was presented with the Benemerenti Medal recently by Fr. Pat Mulcahy P.P. Eileen received the award in recognition of her outstanding service in the role of music and choir. When Eileen took up her teaching career in the school in 1968, part of the responsibility was to organise a choir which she has continued to do through the years. We also extend our congratulations to Richie Bourke and to Mary O’Meara who also received Benemerenti Medals. We thank them for their work in the Church and wish them many more years in their respective roles.
Fire Safety. Two fire safety officers from Borrisokane fire station Bob Sullivan and Gary Donnelly visited the school recently  and spoke to the pupils about the importance of fire safety in the home and fire drill. The children had plenty of questions and were very interested in the information provided.  Many thanks to Bob and Gary.
First Confession. Congratulations to our second class pupils who received the Sacrament of First Confession recently in preparation for Communion on May 29th.
Enrolment.
Enrolment forms for September 2016 are available from the school or contact (090) 9747295. They can also be downloaded from the school web site www.lorrhans.ie.

Spring De-Clutter.

Thinking of clearing out the wardrobe to make room for the Spring collection? Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Winter months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Spring 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. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows and cushions, carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats), soiled or wet clothing. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed.

Computer Course:

Do you want to learn computer skills/ improve your employment prospects?  Training is suitable for beginners and advanced users and is open to everybody – QQI (FETAC) certified. Eligible participants may be entitled to receive a training allowance from GRETB,  childcare & travel allowance also available. Contact Patricia or Lynn at South East Galway IRD Ltd, College of Further Education & Training, Portumna, Co Galway on 0909759092.

 Social Media.

The Galway Roscommon Education Board (gretb) in Portumna College of Further Education (Old VEC) St. Brigid’s Rd, Portumna have places on  QQI level 4  Tourism Visitor Care and also  on a New Social Media course michael.cunniffe@gretb.ie  or call   087 6258696  or daniel.cronin@gretb.ie   or call   0852810895 

GAA News

Senior: Despite a close game for long spells, Lorrha fell to a 0-28 to 1-18 defeat to Kilruane MacDonaghs in the County Championship in Borrisokane on Saturday. Our third loss means we are demoted to roinn 2 for 2017. To get back into the county championship we now have to win the North Championship and our first round game against Roscrea will take place on 28-29 May or 4-5 June.

Under 16: Lorrha Rovers Gaels played Inane Rovers in the North U16 ‘A’ Football final on Monday but fell to a 3-8 to 0-8 defeat. Hard luck to the players and mentors but it was a great achievement to get to the final and we look forward to the hurling championship in the coming weeks.

Feile: Lorrha will be hosting a team from Antrim as part of Feile na nGael which is being held in Tipperary & Waterford this year from June 17th-19th.

Tipperary Clubs Draw: for 2015-2016 has now concluded. All promoters and subscribers are asked to bring your accounts up to date and contact Margaret Gleeson. The 2016-2017 draw will get underway in late May and if you want to join, contact any club officer. Tickets are €100 for an excellent prize fund of €500,000 with 12 monthly draws.

Lorrha CountryFest 2016: Tickets are on sale for Lorrha CountryFest at Moatfield which takes place on Sunday, 17th July from 12 noon to 7pm. Line-up includes Mike Denver, Robert Mizzell, Louise Morrissey, The Conquerors, Johnny Brady, Pete Kennedy, Sean Slattery & The Connections as well as local band Tradstone. A day not to be missed! Tickets (€20) can be purchased from Kevin Molloy or at www.eventbrite.ie

Sympathy: Lorrha GAA Club would like to sympathise with the Bergin family on the death of Kitty Bergin. May she rest in peace.


Lorrha Notes

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Congratulations is extended to Anna Slevin, Lorrha and Michael Harte, Kinnity who recently got married in Rome, Italy. They were accompanied by their families and the wedding Mass was beautifully celebrated by Fr. Michael O’Meara, Kinnity.
Anna and Michael continued the celebrations in The Thatched Cottage, Ballycommon last weekend with the help of their many friends and family. We wish them both many years of  healthy and a happy future together.

Lorrha Camogie:

Our Junior B’s are through to the league semi-final having won all of our group matches.

The semi-final will take place on Sunday 8th May @ 4 o ‘clock against Clonoulty in the camogie grounds in the Ragg. All support greatly appreciated. Best of luck to all involved

Dates for your diary – Redwood NS

A talk on  ‘Anti-bullying and Cyber-bullying’ which will take place on Wednesday, 11th May at 7.30p.m.  The course is free of charge and are being led by the NPC (National Parents Council) All are welcome to attend. Contact the school on 090 9747186 for any queries.

Church News.

Mass in Lorrha Church at 9.30a.m. onFriday, 6th May for the First Friday of the month Confessions beforehand. Dates for family Participation in First Communion and Confirmation Mass:   Saturday, 7th May   –  Redwood Church at 8.00p.m . Sunday,  8th May  – Lorrha Church at 10.00am & Rathcabbin Church  at  11.30a.m.
Talk on the spirituality of JPIC (Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation). Fr Gearóid Ó Conaire, a Fransciscan friar, will present a talk on the theme of JPIC spirituality, its foundation in Scripture, Church documents and Catholic Social Teaching and the role it plays in our Christian lives. Monday 9th May, 8pm, in Barack Obama Plazza,  Moneygall,  Co.Offaly.   Tuesday 17th May, 8pm in Pastoral Centre, Ennis, Co.Clare.

Celebrating 60 years of Pilgrimage.

This year the Killaloe Diocese is celebrating 60 years of pilgrimage to Lourdes.  On 26th June, four flights will leave Shannon Airport bringing pilgrims to Lourdes for five days, celebrating the Jubilee year of Mercy.   The cost is €687 full board with online discount available on www.joewalshtours.ie .   Aassisted pilgrims are most welcome to travel and care will be provided by medical, nursing and carers.   Cost for an assisted pilgrim is €585.   Application forms for assisted pilgrims to Fr. Tom Ryan,  Shannon Pilgrimage Director on 061 364133.

Late Kitty Bergin.

The death has taken place of Kitty Bergin, Redwood Lorrha on Sunday the 24th of April 2016 at Portiuncula hospital, Ballinasloe. She passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends. Kitty was born at Kyle Rathcabbin on the 29th of June 1922. She attended Lorrha National School to which she walked every day with her best friend Mary Anne Meara. She worked on the farm as a girl and then spent some time as an auxiliary nurse in London during the Blitz. Her mother became ill so she returned and cared for her until she passed away.
Kitty married Joe Bergin in 1954 and together they had a happy life with Kitty enjoying the music that Joe played on the fiddle with his friends. She will be sadly missed by all her family and friends for her humour and her razor sharp wit. She is survived by her daughter Maura Milne (Birr), sons Joe and Stephen (Lorrha), sister Phyllis Corrigan (Banagher), nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren, son in law, daughters in law, neighbours and friends.
After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church, Lorrha on Tuesday 26th. burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace. Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam dilis. “what are we going to do?”

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of Jimmy Sullivan, Passage West, Cork and late of Redwood who died on Friday April 29th. Jimmy never forgot his roots and many will remember him when he visited the celebrations in Redwood school two years ago.After funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Passage West on Monday last May 2nd. Funeral took place to The Island Crematorium. May he rest in peace.

A Note of thanks from Ute Duggan

To all my art students for their participation in this year’s children’s art exhibition in Portumna library, to their parents for all their support and to Theresa Tierney and Mary Hourigan for their generous help at all times. It was a wonderful success!

Award For Outstanding Service.

Congratulations to Eileen Mannion and Richard Bourke who received their Benemerenti Award in recognition of  their outstanding service to St. Ruadhan’s Church, Lorrha and Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin in the role of music and choir. We thank them both for their work and wish both many more years in that role.

Spring De-Clutter.
Thinking of clearing out the wardrobe to make room for the Spring collection? Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Winter months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Spring 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. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows and cushions, carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats), soiled or wet clothing. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed.

Pieta House Fundraiser.

The Darkness into Light 5km walk/run will take place in Banagher this year on Saturday 7th May in aid of Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of suicide and self harm. The event will begin  at 4:15 am from Banagher College  and participants will cross the line as dawn is breaking. Please come out and lend your support to this uplifting and inspirational event.

Computer Course:

 Do you want to learn computer skills/ improve your employment prospects?  Training is suitable for beginners and advanced users and is open to everybody – QQI (FETAC) certified. Eligible participants may be entitled to receive a training allowance from GRETB,  childcare & travel allowance also available. Contact Patricia or Lynn at South East Galway IRD Ltd, College of Further Education & Training, Portumna, Co Galway on 0909759092.

 Social Media.

The Galway Roscommon Education Board (gretb) in Portumna College of Further Education (Old VEC) St. Brigid’s Rd, Portumna have places on  QQI level 4  Tourism Visitor Care and also  on a New Social Media course michael.cunniffe@gretb.ie  or call   087 6258696  or daniel.cronin@gretb.ie   or call   0852810895 

 GAA News

 Senior: The senior hurlers face Kilruane MacDonaghs in a crucial final group game in the County Senior Hurling Championship in Borrisokane on Saturday at 7pm. A three-point win would see Lorrha maintain their roinn 1 status for 2017 and could see us into the knockout stages depending on the outcome of the Portroe v Clonoulty game. All support would be appreciated for this crucial game.

The North Championship first round game against Roscrea will take place on 28-29 May or 4-5 June.

Junior: The Junior hurlers suffered a 3-15 to 2-12 defeat to Ballina in the third round of the league in Ballina at half time. The concession of three first half goals put Lorrha under great pressure but they improved in the second half. Our final game is away to Kiladangan where we need to win to have any hope of reaching the semi-finals.

Under 16: Lorrha Rovers Gaels are through to the North ‘A’ Football final after defeating Nenagh Eire Og 1-12 to 0-10 in the semi-final last Monday week in Ballinderry. They will play Inane Rovers in the final on Monday, 9th May with venue and time to be confirmed.

Under 14: Lorrha Rovers Gaels North ‘B’ semi-final will be played on weekend 14-15 May.

Feile: Lorrha will be hosting a team from Antrim as part of Feile na nGael which is being held in Tipperary & Waterford this year from June 17th-19th.

Lotto: Our jackpot is now €7,350 with a Match 3 pot of €100. Thank you for your continued support. You can play our lotto online at www.locallotto.ie where it is easy to play every week. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5.

Tipperary Clubs Draw: for 2015-2016 has now concluded. All promoters and subscribers are asked to bring your accounts up to date and contact Margaret Gleeson. The 2016-2017 draw will get underway in late May and if you want to join, contact any club officer. Tickets are €100 for an excellent prize fund of €500,000 with 12 monthly draws.

Lorrha CountryFest 2016: Tickets are on sale for Lorrha CountryFest at Moatfield which takes place on Sunday, 17th July from 12 noon to 7pm. Line-up includes Mike Denver, Robert Mizzell, Louise Morrissey, The Conquerors, Johnny Brady, Pete Kennedy, Sean Slattery & The Connections as well as local band Tradstone. A day not to be missed! Tickets (€20) can be purchased from Kevin Molloy or at www.eventbrite.ie

Social Dancing: on Friday night to the music of Derek Veale. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.


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For the first time, Mass was celebrated in Friars Park and also for the first time to mark the Feast day of St. Ruadhan which takes place on April 15th. This special event took place on Saturday 16th and replaced the vigil Mass which takes place in Redwood. Although the evening was cold it did remain dry and many availed of the tea afterwards, lashings of cakes and several plates of sandwiches which was provided by members of the parish pastoral council. Pictured above is a small section of the crowd that turned up on the evening. 

Spring Clean.

Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns have once again come together with pupils and staff from Scoil Lua Naofa for the annual National Spring clean event. We will be out on Wednesday April 27th from 1.30am and we invite anyone that can spare an hour to come and join us. Gloves and bags will be provided. Our event last year has been recorded in this year’s National leaflet where a photograph of Lorrha school pupils has been printed. Well done to all. Now in its 18th year, National Spring Clean is the country’s most popular, well recognized and successful anti-litter initiative which takes place during the month of April. The campaign encourages every sector of society to actively participate and take responsibility for litter, by actually conducting clean ups in their own local environment.

Church News.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament  continues  every Thursday from 10am to 10pm in Rathcabbin  Church.  We invite all parishioners to come and stay a while in the presence of Jesus.

Award For Outstanding Service.

Congratulations to Mrs Mary O’Meara, Redwood who received her Benemerenti Award in recognition of  her outstanding service to Redwood Church in the role of sacristan.  We thank her for her work and wish her many more years in that role.

Walking Soccer

A novel idea is coming to town, walking soccer for over 50’s, men & women will commence in Rathcabbin  hall on Wednesday night, starting at 9.00pm. €3 per head.  For further information contact Michael O’Sullivan on 087 6980064.

First Aid Course.

Birr Responders Group are running a First Aid Course in Dooley’s Hotel on Thursday, April 28th. Please ring Zara Cordial on 0863362445 to book a place.

For anybody still interested in joining Rathcabbin First Responders Group, please contact Martina Duffy or Darina Kelly for application forms.

 Spring De-Clutter.

 

Thinking of clearing out the wardrobe to make room for the Spring collection? Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Winter months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Spring 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. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows and cushions, carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats), soiled or wet clothing. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed.

Pieta House Fundraiser.

The Darkness into Light 5km walk/run will take place in Banagher this year on Saturday 7th May in aid of Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of suicide and self harm. The event will begin  at 4:15 am from Banagher College  and participants will cross the line as dawn is breaking. Please come out and lend your support to this uplifting and inspirational event.

GAA News

Senior: The senior hurlers gave up a winning position in the first half to lose in the second round of the County Championship against Clonoulty/Rossmore, 0-19 to 1-13 in Dolla on Sunday. Lorrha’s final group game is against Kilruane MacDonaghs on weekend 7-8 May where a win could still see us to the knockout stages and avoid falling into Roinn 2 for 2017.

Junior: The junior hurlers received a walkover from Toomevara in the Junior ‘B’ Hurling League on Saturday evening. Their next game is away to Ballina next Saturday, 30th April at 7pm.
Under 16: Lorrha Rovers Gaels completed their group phase of the ‘A’ football championship with a 4-5 to 1-5 win over Inane Rovers last Monday week. Last Monday evening they played Nenagh Eire Og in the North semi-final and won 1-12 to 0-10.
Under 14: Lorrha Rovers Gaels easily Portroe in Moatfield last Wednesday in their final group game to finish top of their group and are through to a North ‘B’ semi-final.
Feile: Lorrha will be hosting a team from Antrim as part of Feile na nGael which is being held in Tipperary & Waterford this year from June 17th-19th.

Lotto: Our jackpot is now €7,200 with a Match 3 pot of €100. Thank you for your continued support. You can play our lotto online at www.locallotto.ie where it is easy to play every week. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5.

Tipperary Clubs Draw: for 2015-2016 has now concluded. All promoters and subscribers are asked to bring your accounts up to date and contact Margaret Gleeson. The 2016-2017 draw will get underway in late May and if you want to join, contact any club officer.

Lorrha CountryFest 2016: Tickets are on sale for Lorrha CountryFest at Moatfield which takes place on Sunday, 17th July from 12 noon to 7pm. Line-up includes Mike Denver, Robert Mizzell, Louise Morrissey, The Conquerors, Johnny Brady, Pete Kennedy, Sean Slattery & The Connections as well as local band Tradstone. A day not to be missed! Tickets (€20) can be purchased from Kevin Molloy or at www.eventbrite.ie

Social Dancing: on Friday night to the music of Pat Daly. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.

 


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Pictured at the launch of the QR code by Lorrha Development /Tidy Towns on the Martin O’Meara Memorial in Lorrha on Saturday evening April 16th were Mark Carroll, David Power, Liam Mannion, Louis McCormack.

Q.R. Code Launch.

Lorrha Development/Tidy towns committee wish to offer thanks to all who came out to the launch of the Martin O’Meara QR code on Saturday evening last. It was great to see so many people with such a deep interest in the project. This will be a great addition to the many tourists who visit the village every year and is in indeed one more added attraction to the village.  Our thanks to Mark Carroll for his time and expertise with the code and also to all who helped in making the project become a reality.

Spring Clean.

Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns have once again come together with pupils and staff from Scoil Lua Naofa for the annual National Spring clean event. We will be out on Wednesday April 27th from 1.30am and we invite anyone that can spare an hour to come and join us. Gloves and bags will be provided. Our event last year has been recorded in this year’s National leaflet where a photograph of Lorrha school pupils has been printed. Well done to all. Now in its 18th year, National Spring Clean is the country’s most popular, well recognized and successful anti-litter initiative which takes place during the month of April. The campaign encourages every sector of society to actively participate and take responsibility for litter, by actually conducting clean ups in their own local environment.

Celebrating St. Ruadhan’s Feast Day.

For the first time Mass was celebrated in the lovely setting of Friars Park in the village of Lorrha on Saturday evening last by Fr. Pat Mulcahy P.P. to honour the Feast of St. Ruadhan. Although the evening was cold, the rain stayed away and many are hoping that this lovely occasion can become an Annual event.

Pilgrimage.

A Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place on Sunday next, 24th April  –  Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration. For full details, re bus etc., please contact  Betty Houlihan  at 087  –   6667374.

Draw Results.

Lorrha Apostolic Society members wish to extend thanks to all who supported their annual display on Sunday April 10th in Lorrha Hall. A special word of thanks to visiting branches. The winners of the draw are as follows: 1st. Gerry Needham (Lorrha), 2nd. Colin Coughlan (Lorrha), 3rd. Margaret Keogh (Killaloe), 4th Anita Enright (Ennis), 5th Mary Ryan (Templederry), 6th. Ann Quinn (Ardcroney), 7th. Mike Quirke (Lorrha), 8th. Ruaire Power (Athlone), 9th. Lee Reddin (Lorrha). Your support is much appreciated.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to David Haslam and family, Portland, Lorrha and formerly Moorpark, Birr and Ballacolla, Laois on the death of Anne which occurred on Wednesday April 13th. After funeral Mass in St. Brendan’s Church Birr on Friday 15th cremation took place. May she rest in peace.
Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of Patricia Hourigan, late of Riverstown, who died on April 14th. After funeral Mass in St. Brendan’s Church Birr on Sunday last burial took place in Clonoghill Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Spring De-Clutter.

Thinking of clearing out the wardrobe to make room for the Spring collection? Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Winter months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Spring 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. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows and cushions, carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats), soiled or wet clothing. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed.

Redwood School.

Thank you to all that supported our Buffet dance  held recently, it is greatly appreciated and to all our parents for organising and running the event each year.

Well done to all the children of the parish who received the Sacrament of First Confession last Wednesday in Redwood Church and to all the children who provided the beautiful music for the occasion.

Pieta House Fundraiser.

The Darkness into Light 5km walk/run will take place in Banagher this year on Saturday 7th May in aid of Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of suicide and self harm. The event will begin  at 4:15 am from Banagher College  and participants will cross the line as dawn is breaking. Please come out and lend your support to this uplifting and inspirational event.

Tourist Course.

Portumna College of Further Education (Old VEC) St. Brigid’s Rd still has places on the QQI Tourist Course on Wednesday 12 O’Clock. Duration 40 hours class time over a period of12 weeks.

GAA News

Senior: Our senior hurlers suffered a disappointing 1-15 to 0-16 defeat to Portroe in the opening round of the County Championship in Cloughjordan on Sunday evening. See match report. Next Sunday, 24th April, Lorrha will play Clonoulty/Rossmore in round 2 in Dolla at 3.30pm, needing a win to stay in the hunt for the knockout stages.

Junior: Our next game in the North League is at home to Toomevara in Moatfield this Saturday, 23rd April at 6pm.

Under 16: Lorrha Rovers Gaels played Kilruane MacDonaghs in Ballinderry last Thursday and recorded another impressive win to remain unbeaten. Last Monday evening, they played Inane Rovers in Moatfield; news next week.

Under 14: Lorrha Rovers Gaels easily defeated Newport in Ballinderry last Wednesday in their second game. This evening (Wednesday) they play Portroe in Ballinderry @ 6.30pm.

Under 12: The U12’s lost to Templederry in the ‘B’ Football quarter final last Friday. This ends their football campaign as attention turns to the hurling championship which begins next month.

Feile: Lorrha will be hosting a team from Antrim as part of Feile na nGael which is being held in Tipperary & Waterford this year from June 17th-19th.

Lotto: Our jackpot is now €7,050 with a Match 3 pot of €100. Thank you for your continued support. You can play our lotto online at www.locallotto.ie where it is easy to play every week. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5.

Tipperary Clubs Draw: for 2015-2016 has now concluded. All promoters and subscribers are asked to bring your accounts up to date and contact Margaret Gleeson. The 2016-2017 draw will get underway in late May and if you want to join, contact any club officer.

Lorrha CountryFest 2016: Tickets are on sale for Lorrha CountryFest at Moatfield which takes place on Sunday, 17th July from 12 noon to 7pm. Line-up includes Mike Denver, Robert Mizzell, Louise Morrissey, The Conquerors, Johnny Brady, Pete Kennedy, Sean Slattery & The Connections as well as local band Tradstone. A day not to be missed! Tickets (€20) can be purchased from Kevin Molloy or at www.eventbrite.ie

Social Dancing: on Friday night to the music of Ciaran Rosney. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.

Sympathy: Lorrha GAA Club would like to sympathise with the Slattery family, Kilruane on the passing of Fr. John Slattery, former curate in Lorrha, who passed away recently. May he rest in peace.


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Congratulations to Portumna U13 girls Connacht Champions 2015 –  16 and to the two Lorrha girls on the team, Caoimhe Claffey and Emily Needham. A great achievement.

Change of Date for Q.R. Code Launch.

The Martin O’Meara memorial which was erected in Lorrha village in 2013 by Lorrha Development Association has a new Q.R. code attached to it in recent weeks.
People can scan the code with their iphone or tablet and follow the story of Martin’s life. Lorrha Development Association invite everyone to the unveiling of the QR code on Saturday evening April 16th at 7.10pm at the memorial and prior to Mass at 7.30pm in Friars Park to celebrate the Feast of St. Ruadhan. Please note the change of date.

Well Done.

Congratulations is extended to two Lorrha girls Caoimhe Claffey and Emily Needham who along with Portumna Rugby club U13 girls were crowned Connacht champions recently for the first time in the history of the club. Well done to Caoimhe and Emily and their Portumna team mates on creating sporting history for the club.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

On Tuesday 19th our outing to McDonagh centre in Cloughjordan takes place, no meeting on Wed. 20th. We are now planning our Spring – Summer outings and would like all our members to join us. We meet every Wednesday at 2.30pm at Lorrha Hall and would welcome new members.

Church News.

Please pray for the children in our Parish who will receive the Sacrament of Penance for the first time in Redwood Church on Wednesday, 13th April at 7.30p.m.  All welcome to attend this communal celebration of God’s forgiveness.
There will be Choir Practice  in preparation for a number of events on Wednesday 13th April, in Rathcabbin Church at 8.00pm.
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The Education Fund of the Killaloe Diocese will hold Annual collection next weekend. As well as supporting education of students preparing for the priesthood, the fund also supports post-graduate education for the priests of the diocese and in recent years a portion of the fund is allocated towards the future expense in the training of lay people for various ministries in the diocese.  Please use appropriate envelope in your packet.  We continue to pray that many will respond to the  Lord’s calling in the future.

Celebrating St. Ruadhan’s Feast Day.

For the first time, Mass will be celebrated in Friars Park in Lorrha on Saturday evening coming April 16th  at 7.30pm.(weather permitting). This special occasion is to mark the Feast of St. Ruadhan of Lorrha which falls on April 15th. This will replace the Vigil Mass in Redwood Church and will be preceded by Lorrha Development Association launching the QR code on the Martin O’Meara memorial at 7.10pm. All are welcome to attend.

Late Fr. John Slattery.

The death occurred of Fr John Slattery on Thursday 7th April in Birr Community Hospital.

Born on May 23rd 1940, he was a native of Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary and was a priest of the Diocese of Killaloe for 52 years. He was a past pupil of St Flannan’s College, Ennis. He studied for the priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Carlow where he was ordained on June 6th 1964.

His first appointment was in the Diocese of Limerick until 1968 when he was appointed to the Emigrant Apostolate in London. He returned to Ireland in 1973 to take a year long course in Catechetics in Dundalk. He was appointed as Curate in Birr in 1974 and in July 1980 he was appointed fulltime Chaplain in Birr Community School. In July 1988 he was appointed Curate in Lorrha. He was appointed Parish Priest Killanena, Co. Clare in 1994 and moved to Kilcolman, Co Offaly as Parish Priest in 1998. He was appointed Parish Priest in Puckane, Co. Tipperary in 2002. He remained there until his retirement in July 2014.

His remains were reposed in the Church of St Mary of the Rosary, Nenagh, on Saturday evening last and after concelebrated funeral Mass there the following day burial took place in Kilruane Church grounds. May he rest in peace.

Official Opening.
The new owners of the Friars Tavern in Lorrha village Mark and Donna Mannion and their family invite all to the official opening of the premises on Saturday evening April 16th from 6pm. Music on the night by “Off the Wall” from 9pm. They look forward to seeing you there.

St. Ruadhan’s Community Hall.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of St. Ruadhan’s Commuynity Hall will take place on Tuesday, 19th April 2016, at 8pm.  All are welcome.

Spring De-Clutter.

Thinking of clearing out the wardrobe to make room for the Spring collection? Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Winter months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Spring 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. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows and cushions, carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats), soiled or wet clothing. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed.

Pieta House Fundraiser.

The Darkness into Light 5km walk/run will take place in Banagher this year on Saturday 7th May in aid of Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of suicide and self harm. The event will begin  at 4:15 am from Banagher College  and participants will cross the line as dawn is breaking. Please come out and lend your support to this uplifting and inspirational event.

Rathcabbin First Responders (R.F.R.)

Ladies, please join us in the VHI women’s mini marathon on Monday June 6th to raise funds for the Rathcabbin First Responders and the Mark Heffernan Trust and thanks for their donation of a defibrillator and wall cabinet now located at Walshpark Cross. Please register as soon as possible on www.vhiwomensninimarathon.ie or contact Martina Duffy on (087) 2922783.

U13 Girls Connacht Champions 2015/2016

Report sent by Emer Power:

On Saturday 26th March 2016 Portumna Rugby U13 Girls made history as they were crowned U13 Girls Connacht Champions. They brought home the first ever Connacht Title and Cup to Portumna Rugby Club since it was reformed in 2002.  The U13 Girls Inaugural Connacht Cup & Plate Finals took place in Westport RFC where the Portumna girls came out as the top team of the blitz beating Monivea, Corinthians, Westport and Ballinasloe.  The final was between Portumna & Ballinasloe with the Portumna Girls putting on a fantastic display of determination, a will to win and team work which enabled them to prevail in the final against Ballinasloe and come away with the victory. The Portumna U13 girls were crowned U13 Girls Connacht Champions.  A very proud day for Portumna RFC, one for the history books as they brought a Connacht title to Portumna for the very first time.
A huge word of thanks must go to the coaching and management team of Emer Power, Brendan Murray, Philip Haverty, Vincent Treacy & Mella  Muldoon for all the hard work that has been put in throughout the season. Also the club would like to thank all the parents of the girls for giving them the opportunity to play with Portumna. We hope to see more children come and play rugby with the club and hope that this success shows how rugby offers opportunities for all to get fit, make new friends and most importantly, have some fun.  Well done to the two Lorrha girls on the team Caoimhe Claffey and Emily Needham.

GAA News.

Senior: Due to the heavy rain on Sunday morning, the County Championship opener against Portroe was postponed and has been refixed for this Sunday, 17thApril in Cloughjordan at 6.30pm. On Sunday, 24th April, Lorrha will play Clonoulty/Rossmore in round 2 in Dolla at 3.30pm.

Junior: Our next game in the North League is at home to Toomevara in two weeks.

Under 16: Lorrha Rovers Gaels defeated Borris-Ileigh 4-10 to 0-5 in Borrisoleigh on Monday week last. On Thursday evening at 6.30pm, they play Kilruane MacDonaghs in Ballinderry. Next Monday evening, they play Inane Rovers in Moatfield at 6.30pm

Under 14: Lorrha Rovers Gaels began the ‘B’ Football Championship last Tuesday week and easily defeated Moneygall/Clonakenny. This evening (Wednesday) Lorrha Rovers play Newport in Ballinderry @ 6.30pm and next Wednesday, 20th April they play Portroe @ 6.30pm.

Under 12: The U12’s suffered a heavy defeat in their most recent game against Burgess last week and brings their football campaign to an end having failed to reach the knockout stages.

Lotto: Our jackpot is now €7,050 with a Match 3 pot of €100. Thank you for your continued support. You can play our lotto online at www.locallotto.ie where it is easy to play every week. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5.

Tipperary Clubs Draw: for 2015-2016 has now concluded. All promoters and subscribers are asked to bring your accounts up to date and contact Margaret Gleeson. The 2016-2017 draw will get underway in late May and if you want to join, contact any club officer.

Lorrha CountryFest 2016: Tickets are on sale for Lorrha CountryFest at Moatfield which takes place on Sunday, 17th July from 12 noon to 7pm. Line-up includes Mike Denver, Robert Mizzell, Louise Morrissey, The Conquerors, Johnny Brady, Pete Kennedy, Sean Slattery & The Connections as well as local band Tradstone. A day not to be missed! Tickets (€20) can be purchased from Kevin Molloy or at www.eventbrite.ie

Social Dancing: on Friday night to the music of Peter Bourke. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.

Blood Donor Clinic: returns to Lorrha GAA Centre on Tuesday, 19th April from 3-5pm and 7-9.30pm. Blood supply is low at present, please make every effort to donate.

  • Irish Heart Foundation seeks big-hearted volunteers in Tipperary to give a few hours of their time to Happy Hearts Appeal this May
  • COME on and be a heart hero this May 5&6 by joining the Irish Heart Foundation in Tipperary for this year’s Happy Heart Appeal sponsored by Abbott and volunteer a few hours of your time to sell Happy Heart pins on-street and raise much-needed funds.

Shockingly, every single day in Ireland 27 people are losing their lives to heart disease and stroke and some 300 new cases are diagnosed daily – yet 80% of these deaths are completely preventable.

“Prevention is crucial to stop this disease in its tracks and save lives,”

is the message from Irish Heart Foundation Medical Director and cardiologist Dr Angie Brown ahead of this year’s Happy Heart Appeal.

Dr Brown continued: “It is well known by medical professionals that heart disease and stroke remains the number one killer in Ireland – despite a significant reduction in morbidity and mortality in the last 35 years.

“The harsh reality is that every hour someone in Ireland suffers from a stroke and every day, hundreds of Irish people – people we all know – are diagnosed with heart disease. Too often the lives of the people we love are cut tragically short or many are left disabled. It shouldn’t be this way.

“The good news is that 80% of this disease is preventable – and the Irish Heart Foundation is here to help. We need increased awareness of heart disease and stroke prevention and symptoms. We’re here to ensure people affected by this disease get access to support they need, when they need it.”

Every €3 donation the Irish Heart Foundation receives as a result of big-hearted volunteers inCounty Tipperary selling the iconic Happy Heart pins on May 5&6, will drive prevention so that Irish families in every community in Ireland can live longer and healthier lives.

“Volunteering for the Happy Heart Appeal is one way we can all help people to live fuller, healthier lives in Ireland,” said Director of Abbott, John Kilcoyne. “That’s why Abbott colleagues across the country are supporting the Irish Heart Foundation’s efforts. In addition to funding support from Abbott, teams of employee volunteers at each of our 12 sites are working in their local communities to raise awareness of cardiovascular health, whilst also raising additional vital funds for the Happy Heart Appeal 2016. We urge people to get involved in their own communities to help advance the Irish Heart Foundation’s important work.

“In Ireland, Abbott employs almost 3,000 people dedicated to helping people live their best possible life through the power of health. Abbott serves the Irish market with a diverse range of healthcare solutions, including products that support the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease.”

According to the national charity, its work cannot happen without the support of volunteers and the donations they collect. With your help:

  • WE CAN prevent childhood obesity as we teach more children to be active and healthy in our schools
  • WE CAN prevent sudden death by training 55,000 people this year in lifesaving CPR
  • WE CAN care for those living with stroke or heart conditions with the best nurse advice, information and support groups
  • WE CAN pioneer new treatments and breakthroughs through our research programme
  • WE CAN campaign and work with government to promote better public health so that this disease becomes a thing of the past.
  • WE CAN help children and adults in every corner of Ireland live longer, healthier lives.

 

With the public’s generous donations and continuing support, we are working steadfastly to provide the best care and support to those affected by these illnesses and to prevent unnecessary anguish for families across the country through increased support group networks and expanded helpline and information services.

                                          Volunteer today

To register your interest as a volunteer for the Happy Heart Appeal on May 5&6, call Anne Harrington at the Irish Heart Foundation on 01-6685001 or email happyheart@irishheart.ie.

The Happy Heart Appeal is supported by Abbott and it is the Irish Heart Foundation’s flagship national fundraising event. A virtual red army of volunteers around the country will take to the streets and shopping centres of Ireland selling happy heart badges at €3 a piece on Thursday and Friday, May 5&6.

The Irish Heart Foundation is your national charity fighting heart disease and stroke through care, prevention and research.

 

Reducing risk factors for cardiovascular disease:

At the Irish Heart Foundation we advise stopping smoking, increasing exercise to at least 30 minutes five times a week, improving diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables and having regular checks to measure blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar.

Possible break-out box: Make your own heart smile

Recent research by Volunteer Ireland shows that 98% of people said volunteering makes them a happier person. It also found that volunteering is a good boost for mental health and can lead to reduced depression and increased self esteem and confidence.

A 2013 US survey, ‘Doing Good is Good for You[i]’, also found that people who had volunteered in the previous 12 months had experienced great personal benefit.

Here is what they said:

  • 94% found that volunteering improved their mood
  • 76% said volunteering made them feel healthier
  • 96% said volunteering enriched their sense of purpose in life
  • 95% said they were helping to make their community a better place.
  • 78% said volunteering lowered their stress levels

Lorrha Notes

 

 

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Pakie O Brien, the Pike, Rathcabbin on the occasion of his 80th birthday, received a special presentation from Paddy Boylan, Secretary of the National Loy Association in recognition of his  significant contribution to the ancient skill of loy digging, both as a multiple All Ireland Champion and as a trainer and  mentor to younger competitors in North Tipperary. Well done, Pakie.

Rathcabbin First Responders (R.F.R.)

Ladies, please join us in the VHI women’s mini marathon on Monday June 6th to raise funds for the Rathcabbin First Responders and the Mark Heffernan Trust and thanks for their donation of a defibrillator and wall cabinet now located at Walshpark Cross. Please register as soon as possible on www.vhiwomensninimarathon.ie or contact Martina Duffy on (087) 2922783.

Recent Wedding.

Congratulations is extended to Roy Gill,  Ross House, Rathcabbin and Claire Donaldson, Finnoe, Borrisokane who were married  on the 23rd October 2015 in Borrisokane Church. We wish them both all the best for the future.

Pieta House Fundraiser.

The Darkness into Light 5km walk/run will take place in Banagher this year on Saturday 7th May in aid of Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of suicide and self harm. The event will begin  at 4:15 am from Banagher College  and participants will cross the line as dawn is breaking. Please come out and lend your support to this uplifting and inspirational event.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of the late Thomás (Moss) Murray, Wickow Town, and late of Lordspark, Rathcabbin who died recently. May he rest in peace.

Census 2016 – Make Your Mark.

Census night is Sunday 24th April. The enumerator is presently calling to houses in Lorrha and Aglish so you can expect her to visit over the next four weeks. Your co-operation in Census 2016 is much appreciated and remember its quick, its compulsory and its confidential.

Q.R. Code Launch.

The Martin O’Meara memorial which was erected in Lorrha village in 2013 by Lorrha Development Association has a new Q.R. code attached to it in recent weeks.
People can scan the code with their iphone or tablet and follow the story of Martin’s life. Lorrha Development Association invite everyone to the unveiling of the QR code on Friday evening April 15th at 7.10pm at the memorial and prior to Mass at 7.30pm in Friars Park to celebrate the Feast of St. Ruadhan.

Children’s Art Exhibition.

Portumna Library is hosting a children’s art exhibition of creations by the students of Ute Duggan “Bramble Art” from April 2nd – 16th, opening on Saturday 2nd at 3pm. All welcome.

Dates for your diary – Redwood NS

A talk on ‘Mental Health & Well being’ will take place in Redwood NS on Wednesday, 6th April at 7.30p.m and on ‘Anti-bullying and Cyber-bullying’ which will take place on Wednesday, 10th May at 7.30p.m.  Both courses are free of charge and are being led by the NPC (National Parents Council) All are welcome to attend. Contact the school on 090 9747186 for any queries.

Redwood NS Annual Fundraiser

We are holding our annual buffet dance in the GAA Clubhouse on Saturday, 9th April at 9.30pm. Music by Pat & Richie. Raffle for hamper and spot prizes  Tickets are now being sold by the parents  and will also be available on the night.  All support much appreciated.

Lorrha Apostolic Society.

The Lorrha Apostolic Society group will hold their annual display on Sunday April 10th in Lorrha Community Hall from 2pm to 6pm. All the work which was carried out by the group over the last twelve months will be on display. All are invited to come and view this work before it’s dispatched to the missions and the group will also be serving refreshments to which all are invited. Everyone welcome.

Spring De-Clutter.

Thinking of clearing out the wardrobe to make room for the Spring collection? Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Winter months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Spring 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. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows and cushions, carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats), soiled or wet clothing. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed.

Family Fun Walk / Run.

A family fun 5k walk / run will take place on Sunday April 10th in Kinnitty Castle at 2pm. Registration for runners from 1 to 1.30pm with a fee of €12. 1st and 2nd place trophies for runners. Refreshments afterwards in Kinnitty Castle. Donations accepted on the day. All proceeds in aid of St. James Hospital Foundation targeting Brain Disease. For further information call Maria Fogarty on (087) 2826088.


Lorrha Notes

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North Tipperary Ploughing committee made a presentation of €500 the gate takings from the 2016 championships, to North Tipp Hospice during their annual draw which was held on Saturday night last in Terryglass. From left: Tom Duffy, Treasurer, Denis Cahalan, Secretary, James Hough, Vice Chairman, Nigal Foxton and Lelia Kelly, North Tipp Hospice, Eamon Murphy, Chairman North Tipp. Ploughing.   

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Cups were presented to the North Tipp ploughing winners during the committee’s annual draw which took place on Easter Saturday night in Paddy’s Terryglass. From left: Eamon Murphy, Chairman, Ray Clancy, Vintage Hydrolic, Tadgh Milne who accepted the cup for his son Ciaran, 3 furrow, Tom Duffy, Intermediate, James Hough, Single furrow, Denis Cahalan, secretary.  


Rathcabbin First Responders (R.F.R.)

Ladies, please join us in the VHI women’s mini marathon on Monday June 6th to raise funds for the Rathcabbin First Responders and the Mark Heffernan Trust and thanks for their donation of a defibrillator and wall cabinet now located at Walshpark Cross. Please register as soon as possible on www.vhiwomensninimarathon.ie or contact Martina Duffy on (087) 2922783.
R.F. R. meeting will take place on Tuesday night 5th April at 8pm in Kelly’s Rathcabbin. All welcome.

Draw Results.

North Tipperary Ploughing held their annual raffle and presented cups to the winners on Easter Saturday night last in Paddy’s bar Terryglass. They also presented a cheque for €500 the proceeds from the gate takings on the day of the Championship, to North Tipp Hospice and there to collect the cheque was Lelia Kelly Nigal Foxton.  Chairman Eamon Murphy thanked everyone who attended especially the members. He went on to thank all the sponsors of the various prizes, ticket sellers and buyers. The results are as follows: 1st. €300. Seamus Loughnane (Tinlough, Birr). Seller: D. Loughnane. 2nd. €200 Tim Carey (Riverstown). Seller: Pakie O’Brien. 3rd. €100 Philip Tierney (Terryglass). Seller: Ken Harding. 4th Two free passes to the National Ploughing Championships: Mary Coen (Lorrha). Seller: Rose Mannion. 5th. Bt. Vodka Tim Ryan (Cloughjordan). Seller: R. Kennedy. 6th. Bt. Gin. Paul Lynch (Portlaois). Seller Laura McKenna. 7th. Bt. Wine. Michael Sullivan (Fadden). Seller: E. Kinsella. 8th. Bt. Wine Kathleen Flannery (Borrisokane). Seller: Denis Cahalan. 9th. Bt. Whiskey Dan Fogarty (Terryglass) Seller: Niamh Lyons. Cups were then presented to the North Tipp winners. Tom Duffy (Intermediate), Ciaran Milne won the 3 furrow and his dad Tadgh accepted the cup, Ray Clancy (Vintage hydraulic), James Hough (Single furrow).

Pieta House Fundraiser.

The Darkness into Light 5km walk/run will take place in Banagher this year on Saturday 7th May in aid of Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of suicide and self harm. The event will begin  at 4:15 am from Banagher College  and participants will cross the line as dawn is breaking. You can register online now or alternatively at Super Valu Banagher on Holy Thursday from 4-6 or Easter Saturday from 10-6 to avail of the early bird offer. Please come out and lend your support to this uplifting and inspirational event.

Church News.

First Friday Mass  on April 1st  will be celebrated in Lorrha Church at 9.30a.m. with confessions at 9.00a.m. The dates for family Participation in First Communion and Confirmation Mass are Saturday, 2nd April –  Redwood Church at 8.00p.m. Sunday, 3rd April       – Lorrha Church at  10.00am and   Rathcabbin Church  at  11.30a.m.

Thank you from Redwood NS.

We would like to thank everyone that took part in our Easter Camp. A great time was had by all!!

Dates for your diary – Redwood NS

A talk on ‘Mental Health & Well being’ will take place in Redwood NS on Wednesday, 6th April at 7.30p.m and on ‘Anti-bullying and Cyber-bullying’ which will take place on Wednesday, 10th May at 7.30p.m.  Both courses are free of charge and are being led by the NPC (National Parents Council) All are welcome to attend. Contact the school on 090 9747186 for any queries.

Redwood NS Annual Fundraiser

We are holding our annual buffet dance in the GAA Clubhouse on Saturday, 9th April at 9.30pm. Music by Pat & Richie. Raffle for hamper and spot prizes  Tickets are now being sold by the parents  and will also be available on the night.  All support much appreciated.

Census 2016 – Make Your Mark.

Census night is Sunday 24th April. The enumerator is presently calling to houses in Lorrha and Aglish so you can expect her to visit over the next four weeks. Your co-operation in Census 2016 is much appreciated and remember its quick, its compulsory and its confidential.

Good Wishes.

We extend the best of luck to Mark and Donna Mannion who have taken on the lease on Mahers Pub – Friars Tavern in Lorrha Village. We wish them well for the future in this new brave venture.

Children’s Art Exhibition.

Portumna Library is hosting a children’s art exhibition of creations by the students of Ute Duggan “Bramble Art” from April 2nd – 16th, opening on Saturday 2nd at 3pm. All welcome.

Spring De-Clutter.

Thinking of clearing out the wardrobe to make room for the Spring collection? Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Winter months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Spring 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. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows and cushions, carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats), soiled or wet clothing. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed.

Free Jobseekers Support Service now available for you!

Birr Job Club offers support, assistance, advice and help to any one actively seeking employment. If you are a job seeker or are returning to work after a long period of time then we can help you. The Programme runs for  4 weeks, 10.00am – 1.00pm and is FREEof charge. Our next Programme commences 29th March 2016

The Programme includes:  Self-assessment, identifying your skills and abilities, Researching jobs, social networking for employment, Developing /fine tuning your CV, setting up and using email, online job search, Advert analysis and Cover letter. Application forms, Employment Rights, Education and Training options, information on entitlements and return to work supports, Interview and Preparation, cover letters, career guidance and job planning, applying for jobs, , targeting and sourcing jobs, Stress awareness workshop,assertivenss  and confidence building,  Goal setting/action plans, mentoring and ongoing support is also provided and much more. Profiling of individual clients skills and matching with employment opportunities. There is also a fully equipped Resource Room available for you FREE with computers facilities, internet access, photocopying, stationary and phone to aid you in your job search. To secure a place on our next Programme please contact Catherine or Siobhan at Birr Job Club, Phone: 057 91 23940 Mobile: 087 2082919. Or drop into our office at Unit 6 Shannon Development, Brendan Street, Birr, Co. Offaly.


Lorrha Notes

                                  Happy Easter to all our Readers

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Birthday Greetings.

Congratulations and best wishes is extended to Sackie O’Brien, Rathcabbin on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Sackie celebrated the occasion with family and friends two weeks ago. Many happy returns.

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A huge thank you to everyone who supported our church gate collection at all Masses last weekend, it was greatly appreciated. Many thanks to Breda O’Meara Pharmacy Borrisokane for sponsoring us a fully kitted out first aid bag, it’ll get great use!
Lorrha travel to Ballina for their next Junior match which will be played Easter Monday in Ballina at 12noon. All support welcome.

Easter Ceremonies.

Holy Thursday:  24th March. Mass of the Lord’s Supper  – Rathcabbin Church  –  8.00p.m. Priest available for Confessions after Mass.
Good Friday – 25th March  –  10.00a.m. Confirmation candidates pray Stations of the Cross in Lorrha Church. 3.00p.m. Liturgy of the Passion and Death of Christ in Rathcabbin Church. 8.00p.m.  Prayer around the Cross in Lorrha Church.  Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence.
Holy Saturday   – 26th March   8.00p.m. Easter Vigil in Lorrha Church.
Easter Sunday  –  27th March – 11.30a.m. Mass in Rathcabbin Church.

Ploughing Raffle.

North Tipperary Ploughing Association annual draw will take place on Saturday night March 26th in Paddy’s Bar, Terryglass. There are numerous prizes to be won and with tickets still on sale, don’t miss out. We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday night.

Pieta House Fundraiser.

The Darkness into Light 5km walk/run will take place in Banagher this year on Saturday 7th May in aid of Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of suicide and self harm. The event will begin  at 4:15 am from Banagher College  and participants will cross the line as dawn is breaking. You can register online now or alternatively at Super Valu Banagher on Holy Thursday from 4-6 or Easter Saturday from 10-6 to avail of the early bird offer. Please come out and lend your support to this uplifting and inspirational event.

 Thanks From Lorrha N.S.

The pupils and staff wish to extend thanks to all who attended the school’s Proclamation day on March 16th.  Your presence added to the formality and significance of the event. Music, song and drama from the pupils also added greatly to the experience while fifth and sixth class pupils read the Proclamation and the tricolour was raised by sixth class pupils Patrick, Scott and Caoimhe.
Enrolment forms for September are available from the school by calling (090) 9747295 or email: luanaofa@eircom.net. Log on to our web site www.lorrhans.ie or follow us on Facebook where you can view tips for parents and much more. Bus service available for school transport.
Wishing everyone a happy, safe and peaceful Easter.

Lorrha Development.
Lorrha Development Association / Tidy Towns are holding a meeting this Wednesday night March 23rd in Lorrha Hall at 8pm. Now that Spring has arrived there is plenty of work and planning for the months ahead and to prepare the village for the National Tidy Towns adjudicating where it is hoped we can improve on marks from last year’s success.  However, we do need help and we invite everyone interested in the village to attend this important meeting so we can all work together. Please support.


Spring De-Clutter.

Thinking of clearing out the wardrobe to make room for the Spring collection? Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Winter months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Spring 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. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows and cushions, carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats), soiled or wet clothing. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed.

Free Jobseekers Support Service now available for you!

Birr Job Club offers support, assistance, advice and help to any one actively seeking employment. If you are a job seeker or are returning to work after a long period of time then we can help you. The Programme runs for  4 weeks, 10.00am – 1.00pm and is FREE of charge. Our next Programme commences 29th March 2016

The Programme includes:  Self-assessment, identifying your skills and abilities, Researching jobs, social networking for employment, Developing /fine tuning your CV, setting up and using email, online job search, Advert analysis and Cover letter. Application forms, Employment Rights, Education and Training options, information on entitlements and return to work supports, Interview and Preparation, cover letters, career guidance and job planning, applying for jobs, , targeting and sourcing jobs, Stress awareness workshop,assertivenss  and confidence building,  Goal setting/action plans, mentoring and ongoing support is also provided and much more. Profiling of individual clients skills and matching with employment opportunities. There is also a fully equipped Resource Room available for you FREE with computers facilities, internet access, photocopying, stationary and phone to aid you in your job search. To secure a place on our next Programme please contact Catherine or Siobhan at Birr Job Club, Phone: 057 91 23940 Mobile: 087 2082919. Or drop into our office at Unit 6 Shannon Development, Brendan Street, Birr, Co. Offaly.