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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

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Patrick “Bonner” Maher in action for Tipp seniors on Sunday last in the Munster semi-final v Limerick
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Brian Hogan in action for Tipp Intermediates on Sunday last in the Munster semi-final v Limerick
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Adrian and Tommy discussing the great response to the Lorrha Country Fest which takes place on July 17th from 12 noon to 7pm. Great entertainment, great location and great value for money. Don’t miss out. 

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A group of local ladies who completed the women’s mini marathon for the Rathcabbin First Responders Group and the Mark Heffernan Trust who donated two defibrillators to the parish.

Lorrha N.S. Summer Tennis Camp.

Lorrha N.S. are running a summer tennis camp from Monday June 27th to Friday July 1st. with Kieran Galvin. All equipment is supplied. There will be daily fun, games and competitions. For details and to book call (090) 9747295.

Church News.

Annual Killaloe Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine – Sunday,3rd July.:    Names to  Gertie O’Meara – 090  – 9747080  or  Betty Houlihan  087 –  6667374.  Please book your seat as soon as possible.
Mass in Lorrha Cemetery on Sunday 3rd July at 10.00 am , (weather permitting). All who have loved ones buried in the graveyard are invited to attend.
Youth 2000  Summer Festival, Cistercian College , Roscrea, from Thursday 7th July – Sunday 10th July 2016.  For young people aged 16 – 35, an opportunity not to be missed to experience the catholic faith & meet many new young people, with over 1200 young people from all corners of Ireland attending last year.  The festival is  donation only. Free buses available from all around Ireland. For more info & to book online, see www.youth2000.ie  or call 01 6753690.

Busy Bodies Summer Camp.

Busy Bodies Summer Camp takes place in Killeen School from 4th July for 3 weeks. Ring Ann for more information at 087 9625218 after 6PM.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to Margaret Heenan, Lorrha on the death of her sister Anne Day which occurred last week. After funeral Mass in St. Brendan’s Church Birr on Friday morning last, burial took place in Clonoghill Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Your Village Needs You.

This in National Tidy Towns adjudication month and Lorrha Tidy Towns committee are asking everyone to be extra vigilant for litter around the village and on the approach roads. Members of the committee have been out many long hours planting flowers, painting and cleaning around the village. We ask householders to help brighten up the village by sowing window boxes and hanging baskets, painting, cleaning and weeding where necessary around their houses. The committee also badly needs volunteers to  help so please come along to at least one of our weekly work evenings which take place every Thursday evening from 7.30pm. Please bring a brush, shovel, spade and or weeding implements. All help needed.

Lorrha Camogie

A huge thank you to Michael Naylor, Naylor Car Dismantlers for sponsoring the Lorrha Junior Camogie team a beautiful set of training jerseys and gear bags for all members of the panel. It is greatly appreciated Michael.
Thank you also to Noel Hogan of Urban Sports for his great generosity in sponsoring the team a set of  training sliotars.
Thank you also to the Ferry Inn Bar & Restaurant for providing breakfast for the team following a team training session in Portumna Forest Park last Sunday morning. Fixtures for the upcoming  Junior Munster league will be posted shortly, matches will be played on Sunday mornings and are due to start on the weekend of the 3rd of July. Check out our facebook page and local notes for updates.
Well done to Lorrha girls Emily, Frances, Caoimhe, Emer and Hannah who are members of the Shannon Rovers U14 team who were successful in winning the U14 County Final earlier in the month. Congratulations to the girls on their huge success in Feile reaching the semi-final stages at the weekend also. Excellent work girls!

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Summer Camps-

Wk 1: Jul 4th– 8th, Multi activity camp with Michelle and Paula, €50 per child.    9.30-2.00 daily. Activities: Cooking, Science, Sport, Art, Computing, Construction and much more!

Wk 2: Jul 11th to 15th, Tennis Camp with Helena and Anne Marie Darcy both qualified Tennis Ireland coaches, €40 per child, 10.00-12.00 daily

Wk 3: Jul 18th -22nd, Multi activity camp with Michelle and Paula, €50 per child

Reductions for siblings on all camps

To book any of the camps call 090 9747186  or 087 4478115

Active Week in Redwood-

All classes, parents and teachers walked to school from the GAA grounds as part of ‘Active Week’ last week. We took part in hurling, tennis, yoga, bootcamp and soccer over the week. Many thanks to David Fogarty, D20 Fitness, for doing an invigorating bootcamp session with us. We also had a very informative talk from nutritionist Honor Gerathy. Honor advised the children to make small changes such as drinking more water, changing white to brown eg. bread, rice, pasta and eating as much veg as you like. We got lots of tips and ideas for a healthy eating and simple things to cook and try out at home.

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.

A Feast of Country Music Coming to Lorrha.

Lorrha GAA club will host a massive Country Music Festival on Sunday July 17th in Motefield with the launch last week drawing huge interest. Music starts at 12pm and continues throughout the day till 7pm and all for just €20. See local press for details. Tickets can be purchased from Supervalu Portumna, County Arms Hotel Birr, Abbey Court Nenagh, Kellys Rathcabbin, Friars Tavern Lorrha, The Ferry Inn Lorrha, Lar na Pairce Thurles and all members of the committee. For details call (087)  967 3124. A concert not to be missed.

Week-End Games.

Commiserations is extended to Brian Hogan and the Tipperary Intermediate hurling team who lost to Limerick on a scoreline of 2.11 to 0.15 and well done to Bonner Maher and John Madden with the seniors who had a narrow win over Limerick in their game. They play Waterford in Thurles on July 10th.

Lorrha GAA Notes:

Junior: The Junior hurlers will play Ballina in a second playoff for a semi-final spot in the Junior ‘B’ League this Friday in Ballina at 7.30pm. If they win they will play Newport in the semi-final in Puckane on Sunday evening at 7.30pm

Feile na nGael: Well done to everyone that was involved in Feile na nGael last weekend. The U14 hurlers won their group with wins over Portaferry, Silvermines and Clooney Gaels before falling to Holycross/Ballycahill in the Cup quarter final. Clooney Gaels were made feel very welcome over the weekend and on Saturday morning got to meet out county players Patrick Maher and Brian Hogan with presentations made while late in the evening there was a function in the Clubhouse.

Under 14: Lorrha Rovers Gaels resume their championship campaign this evening, Wednesday 22nd June with a home game against Ballinahinch/Templederry at 7pm

Under 12: The U12′ play Ballina this Friday in Moatfield at 6.30pm

Tipperary: Well done to Patrick Maher and John Madden on Tipperary’s Munster senior hurling semi-final win over Limerick. Hard luck to Brian Hogan who was goalkeeper in the Intermediates narrow defeat to Limerick.

Munster Football Final Tickets: Anyone interested in tickets for the Munster Final should get their requests into Shane Brophy by this Friday, 24th June.

Lotto: Our jackpot is now €8,400 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.

Lorrha CountryFest 2016: 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, Tradstone and Brendan Liffey. Tickets (€20) can be purchased from Kevin Molloy (0876738986), Joe Dolan (0879673124), Graham Downes (0879905870), from Kelly’s Village Store Rathcabbin, Friars Tavern Lorrha, SuperValu Portumna, County Arms Hotel Birr, Abbey Court Hotel Nenagh, Lar na bPairce Thurles or online at www.eventbrite.ie.

Social Dancing: on Friday night to the music of Aidan Ryan. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.


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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, Tradstone and Brendan Liffey. Tickets (€20) can be purchased from Kevin Molloy (0876738986), Joe Dolan (0879673124), Graham Downes (0879905870), from Kelly’s Village Store Rathcabbin, Friars Tavern Lorrha, SuperValu Portumna, County Arms Hotel Birr, Abbey Court Hotel Nenagh, Lar na bPairce Thurles or online at www.eventbrite.ie.

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Congratulations is extended to Lisa Duggan Lorrha who won the recent colouring competition organized by Specsavers in Nenagh. A fifth class pupil in Lorrha N.S. Lisa beat off a “extremely high standard of entries” according to the organizers and was presented with her winning prize, a goodies hamper recently for her artistic efforts. Well done Lisa and keep up the good work.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

Our boat trip is coming up shortly. Anyone interested in joining us please get in touch as names are now required. The number to call is (087) 7613458. We are having a walk in Portumna Forest Park on Tuesday June 21st followed by lunch in the golf club restaurant. Please note that we have no meeting on Wednesday 22nd June.

Open Invitation.

Everyone is invited to Lorrha N.S. for a very unique occasion on Friday June 17th when the Army band from the 2nd Brigade with Conductor Captain John Carpenter will visit the school at 12 noon. Afterwards we will raise our 4th Green Flag at 1.00pm approx. and this will be followed by refreshments. We look forward to meeting you all on the day.

We also wish to announce that we are running a summer tennis camp from Monday June 27th to Friday July 1st. with Kieran Galvin. All equipment is supplied. There will be daily fun, games and competitions. For details and to book call (090) 9747295.

TG4 telavised a documentary about rural Ireland in which Lorrha was a feature. The pupils of Scoil Lua Naofa welcomed them with a Céad Míle Fáilte in front of the cameras. This programme was shown on TG4 last Sunday 12 th June at 7p.m.

Well Done.

Congratulations is extended to Lisa Duggan Lorrha who won the recent colouring competition organized by Specsavers in Nenagh. A fifth class pupil in Lorrha N.S. Lisa beat off a “extremely high standard of entries” according to the organizers and was presented with her winning prize, a goodies hamper recently for her artistic efforts. Well done Lisa and keep up the good work.

Tidy Towns

Lorrha Tidy Towns committee are asking everyone to be extra vigilant this month for litter around the village because it’s adjudication month. Members of the committee have been out many long hours planting flowers, painting and cleaning around the village. We ask householders to help brighten up the village by sowing window boxes and hanging baskets, painting, cleaning and weeding where necessary around their houses. The committee also badly needs your help so please come along to at least one of our weekly work evenings which continue this Thursday evening from 7.30pm. Please bring a brush, shovel, spade and or weeding implements. All help welcome.

Church News.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament continues in Rathcabbin Church every Thursday from 10am to 10pm. All are invited to come and stay awhile in the presence of Jesus.
Youth 2000 invites you to a fantastic four day Catholic Youth Festival from the 7th to the 10th July in Cistercian College, Mount St. Joseph’s Abbey, Roscrea. The event is aimed at those aged 16 to 35 and is by donation only. Free Busses. To book a place call (01) 6753690.

National Charasmatic renewal conference takes place on June 25th & 26th in The Concert Hall, RDS, Dublin. On Saturday 25th from 10am to 8.30pm. and on Sunday from 10am to 4.30pm. Weekend is €30, Saturday €20, Sunday €15. For further information call (0870 9350434, (067) 29103 or (067) 38140.

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Summer Camps-

Wk 1: Jul 4th– 8th, Multi activity camp with Michelle and Paula, €50 per child, reductions for siblings. 9.30-2.00 Activities: Cooking, Science, Sport, Art, Computing, Construction and much more!

Wk 2: Jul 11th to 15th, Tennis Camp with Helena and Anne Marie Darcy both qualified Tennis Ireland coaches, €40 per child, reduction for siblings, 10.00-12.00

Wk 3: Jul 18th -22nd, Multi activity camp with Michelle and Paula, €50 per child

To book any of the camps call 090 9747186  or 087 4478115

Birr Outdoor Education Centre: All classes in Redwood went on our school tour to Birr OEC, we had a great day taking part in team bonding games, caving, rock climbing, orienteering, canoeing and pier jumping. We had fabulous weather and enjoyed the day thoroughly.

Farming and Country Life 1916: All classes went to Athenry to attend 1916 commemorative celebrations hosted by Teagasc. It was a hugely interesting day with  a re-enactment of a 1916 National school, fair days and games children played in 1916

Well Done.

Congratulations is extended to the four children who graduated from Little Feet playschool last week in preparation for their venture into ‘big school’ in September. They all looked wonderful in their hats and gowns.We wish them well.

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.

Reminder

Tracing Relations.

Dorothy Payne is interested in tracing her relation 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 Dorrha. She named a daughter Alice and another daughter Jane.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.
Common names in Jane’s Gibson family and the Gibson family are Samuel, Benjamin, Ellen, John, James. A Catherine Gibson married Michael Kennedy in Tipperary.They lived in Dorrha.  Ellen Gibson married Patrick Walsh/Welsh. Ellen is from Derrinsalla. They had two sons, Michael and Benjamin. Was Michael Kennedy and Alice Kennedy siblings? and if  Samuel Gipson and John Gipson were brothers? And when did they emigrate to Canada?  In Samuel’s case it had to be before 1838.  Given the size of Riverstown, Dorothy feels it’s likely Catherine Gipson Kennedy, Ellen Gipson Walsh, and Ellen Gipson Donovan may have a family connection to each other and to Samuel Gibson.

Samuel Gipson/Gibson was born about 1808. He married Ellen O’Reilly in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada, on Feb. 12th, 1838. 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.
Dorothy can be contacted by post at  534 Yale Road, Port Moody, BC Canada, V3H 3K3 and my email address is  dcpayne@shaw.ca.

A Feast of Country Music Coming to Lorrha.

Lorrha GAA club will host a massive Country Music Festival on Sunday July 17th in Motefield with the launch last week drawing huge interest. Music starts at 12pm and continues throughout the day till 7pm and all for just €20. See local press for details. Tickets can be purchased from Supervalu Portumna, County Arms Hotel Birr, Abbey Court Nenagh, Kellys Rathcabbin, Friars Tavern Lorrha, The Ferry Inn Lorrha, Lar na Pairce Thurles and all members of the committee. For details call (087)  967 3124. A concert not to be missed.

GAA News

Junior: Well done to the Junior hurlers who defeated Kiladangan 2-12 to 2-10 in the Junior ‘B’ League playoff on Friday evening. They will now play Ballina in a second playoff, possibly this weekend.

Under 14: Lorrha Rovers Gaels made it three wins from three in the ‘B’ Championship with a 4-10 to 0-8 win over Portroe last Wednesday. There is a break this midweek in advance of Feile but the championship resumes on Wednesday 22nd June with a home game against Ballinahinch/Templederry
Feile na nGael: Lorrha and Shannon Rovers Gaels will be hosting Clooney Gaels from Antrim in Feile na nGael this weekend. 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. Lorrha Rovers are in Division 4 and will play Portaferry from Down in Dolla on Friday at 4.30pm before playing Silvermines in Dolla at 5.30pm. On Saturday, Lorrha Rovers will play Clooney Gaels in Moatfield at 10.30am and depending on where they finish in their group will head towards Mid and West Tipp for a quarter final in the Cup or Shield later in the afternoon.

Under 12: The U12’s recorded a 5-3 to 2-4 win over Ballinahinch in Shallee last Friday. There is now a two week break before they play Ballina in the next round

Tipperary: Best of luck to Patrick Maher, John Madden and the Tipperary senior hurling team in their Munster semi-final against Limerick, and to Brian Hogan and the Intermediate team in their semi-final with Limerick.

Well done to the senior footballers on their great win over Cork in the Munster semi-final. Anyone interested in tickets for the Munster Final should get their requests into Shane Brophy by Friday, 24th June

Lotto: Our jackpot is now €8,250 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.

Lorrha CountryFest 2016: We enjoyed a successful launch of Lorrha CountryFest 2016 in the GAA Centre last Wednesday evening. Thank you to all those who came across in big numbers to give their support and to many of the artists who attended. 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, Tradstone and Brendan Liffey. Tickets (€20) can be purchased from Kevin Molloy (0876738986), Joe Dolan (0879673124), Graham Downes (0879905870), from Kelly’s Village Store Rathcabbin, Friars Tavern Lorrha, SuperValu Portumna, County Arms Hotel Birr, Abbey Court Hotel Nenagh, Lar na bPairce Thurles or online at www.eventbrite.ie.

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

Irish Heart Foundation calls for new regulations to restrict digital marketing of unhealthy foods to children

Tough new regulations to protect children’s health by restricting digital marketing of unhealthy food and drinks to them were demanded today (Wednesday June 15) at the launch of a groundbreaking new report for the Irish Heart Foundation exposing the hidden tactics being used to target children online.

The study titled Who’s Feeding The Kids Online led by child psychologist and researcher Dr Mimi Tatlow-Golden, reveals the sophisticated digital marketing techniques directed at children by the top food and beverage brands and how little parents know about the efforts being made to influence their children.

The Irish Heart Foundation report, which includes the first known research in Europe into the marketing techniques of top brands most popular with young teens on Facebook, will be submitted to Minister for Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources Denis Naughten this week.

Its findings are already being examined by the World Health Organisation, a strong and consistent global advocate for action to reduce children’s exposure to junk food marketing. WHO nutrition and food marketing regulation expert Jo Jewell today addressed a seminar in Dublin organised by the Irish Heart Foundation to coincide with the publication of the report.

Also speaking at the launch, Dr Tatlow-Golden said: “Junk food companies and some of the world’s best marketing brains are targeting children with subtle, sophisticated and surreptitious methods in an environment where parents don’t know what’s going on – and can’t easily find out.

“We know that marketing of products high in fat, sugar or salt plays a causal role in obesity. That is why there are some restrictions on TV advertising to children – though children in Ireland still see thousands of unhealthy food ads every year on TV. Now, junk food companies are magnifying the known effects of broadcast advertising, by using the ‘3 Es’ – powerful engagement-, emotional– andentertainment-based tactics – in digital media. They also use hi tech analytics to target children directly: in the digital world, they can identify those who are most reactive to food and drink marketing and thus target the most vulnerable children.

“In that light the Government has no option but to regulate digital marketing of junk food. The alternative is to allow children’s long-term health to be put at severe and continuing risk.”

The report found many of the big food and beverage brands are not now using websites to promote their products to children – with just one in ten top retail brands in Ireland having sites with child-directed content – although one in five still had content appealing to older children and teens, virtually all for items high in fat, salt or sugar.

However the picture changed dramatically on Facebook where all the food and beverage brand pages with the greatest reach among 13-14 year old users in Ireland are for brands that feature unhealthy products. These brands actively seek to recruit Facebook users to spread their marketing – seeking likes, tags, comments and photos and providing many links and hashtags.

Brands use tactics with strong appeal to children and young people –featuring bold graphics and strong visuals, competitions, a strong emphasis on humour, fun and ‘special days’, links to entertainment, festivals, sports and other events, and regularly featuring sports stars and celebrities popular with children.

An online survey of parents of 13-14 year olds conducted as part of the report showed that although parents had generally positive attitudes to marketing, and were initially indifferent to the idea of food marketing to children online, their attitudes shifted after they were shown digital food and drink marketing examples. Ultimately, three-quarters of the surveyed parents were strongly against digital marketing of unhealthy products to their children and terms they used to describe the tactics included immoraldishonest and exploitative.

Dr Tatlow-Golden said the parents surveyed were particularly hostile to two types of digital media marketing tactics. They reacted very negatively to brands in social media that encouraged children to ‘tag’ their friends or share brand posts with their networks. Parents were also very hostile to sports stars and other celebrities promoting unhealthy products. They felt role models for young people were unlikely to use these products frequently themselves and so this advertising was misleading. These included an advertisement by Irish rugby star Sean O’Brien for Supermac’s burgers and the singer Rita Ora’s YouTube promotion of Coca-Cola.

Irish Heart Foundation Head of Advocacy, Chris Macey said: “Social media platforms could take action immediately to stop marketing unhealthy food to children in line with Ireland’s existing broadcast media regulations. The very nature of targeted online marketing means that social media companies could instantly change their advert settings to stop this advertising to under-18s.”

The report recommends that existing regulations protecting children from unhealthy advertising should be extended to all media, that existing loopholes in regulations should be closed, and that celebrities should be banned from promoting products that are high in fat, salt and sugar, among other recommendations.


Lorrha Notes

Lorrha Notes

Lorrha Seniors were beaten by Roscrea on a scoreline of 5.14 to 1.10 in the first round of the North Championship which ended their season on Sunday last in Cloughjordan

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Rathcabbin School First Communion class with their teacher Ms. Cleary. 

Weekly Clean Up.

It’s adjudication month in Tidy Towns and the Lorrha committee are working hard planting, painting and cleaning in the village. We ask householders to help brighten up the village by sowing window boxes and hanging baskets, painting, cleaning and weeding where necessary around their houses. The committee also badly needs your help so please come along to at least one of our weekly work evenings which continue this Thursday evening from 7.30pm. Please bring a brush, shovel, spade and or weeding implements. All help welcome.

Summer Tennis Camp.

Lorrha N.S. are running a summer tennis camp from Monday June 27th to Friday July 1st. with Kieran Galvin. All equipment is supplied. There will be daily fun, games and competitions. For details and to book call (090) 9747295.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to the Dunne families Portland on the death of John Dunne which occurred in England recently. May he rest in peace.

Rathcabbin NS.

Well done to our eight pupils in Sixth-Class, that celebrated their Confirmation on Sunday, May 15th in Lorrha Church. The Ceremony was a lovely occasion and the children were a credit to their families and the school. Thank you to Fr. Mulcahy and the choir for making the ceremony a special one. Well done to the First Communion class in that celebrated in Rathcabbin on Sunday May 29th at 11:30am. The staff prepared our children for the mass choir and the children and Fr. Pat made it a special day for our fantastic 2nd class children.

We are holding a Green Flag Raising in school on June 22nd have been awarded our 4th Flag. Well done to Ms Walsh and the Green School Committee for all their work.

The children have just completed their golf lessons but do have one more in June to complete. They have begun their Whizzkids coding/web design lessons in the school. Tennis lessons will begin in the coming weeks for all classes also.

Well done to the children that took part in the Borrisokane Athletics day and especially the pupils that won medals on the day.

The children took part in the Cuman na mBunscol hurling blitz at u11 and u13 level recently and gave a very good account of themselves, winning most of their matches but just missing out on the top spot and a North Final place on each occasion. Our 1st and 2nd classes also recently took part in hurling blitzes in Thurles and Puckane and greatly enjoyed the day.

We are having a 5km walk/family fun day in Rathcabbin on Sunday June 12th at 12:45pm. The walk will be from Rathcabbin NS to Bonahem Cemetery and back to the school. There will be refreshments and fun at the school after the walk and we invite anyone from the community and beyond to take part in what we hope will be a great social outing for the young and the more mature young!

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 Times 9.30 – 2.00pm €50 per child with reductions for siblings

Week 2: Tennis Camp 11th – 15th July Times 10.00 – 12.00 €40 per child with reduction for siblings

Week 3: Multi activity camp 18th – 22nd July 9.30 – 2.00 pm €50 per child with reductions for siblings

To Book 090 9747186  or 087 4478115 for more information

 Holy Communion 2016

Congratulations to all the children of the parish who received the sacrament of Holy Communion in Rathcabbin last week.

Anti bullying and Cyber bullying

Pupils from 3rd to 6th class took part in a workshop with Pat Courtney (www.antibullyingservices.ie) on anti bullying and cyber bullying. The children gained a lot from the talk.

FAI Soccer 

All classes took part in FAI soccer training with James Scott at school recently, we all learned some great new skills ahead of the Euro’s!!

Redwood NS stars in mental health music video with Megan O’ Meara

Many thanks to past pupil Megan O’ Meara for including us in her music video for her song ‘Please don’t go’ Megan is doing great work to promote mental health and in supporting Pieta House. Megan’s song is available to download on spotify and itunes.

Date For Your Diary.

Lorrha Parish Golf outing will take place in Portumna Golf Club on 27th August. This year’s Captain is Pascal Moran and the President is Martina Taffe. More details later.

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.

Portumna & District Lions Club

As part of this year’s Portumna Fun & Fit Festival, the local Lions Club are holding their Annual Fun Cycle on  Sunday, 12th June at 1pm, The Square Portumna. All proceeds go to local charities – prizes for funniest bike/cyclist, best individual/club fundraised. Donations accepted on the day. No entry fee. Contact: 087-7427950. Come and join in the fun & do some good for your local community at the same time! Free events at The Irish Workhouse Centre.

Also, come and discover how archaeologists solve the puzzle of mystery objects! Participate in an excavation and have fun making pottery! Events at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm — just drop-in! No booking required. Suitable for ages 7+ Receive some practical advice and tips on how to go about tracing your family tree online at these free drop-in sessions from 10 am – 4 pm; 1-on-1 help for absolute beginners; get answers to your genealogy queries and tips to start your research online.

Portumna Arts Group presents — 4×4 as part of the Fit for Fun Festival! An Evening of Song and Writing – 4 singers, 4 writers. Tickets on sale now. Friday June 10th in Portumna’s Christ Church at 9 pm. €10 admission.

There was no GAA notes made available to the web site this week.


Lorrha Notes

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                                 Mannion (TJ) Tommy

1st Anniversary

In loving memory of Tommy (TJ) Mannion

Sandyford Dublin and Lorrha Nenagh Co. Tipperary

who passed suddenly on 4th June 2015.

 

We think of you in silence

We often speak your name

But all we have are memories

And your picture in a frame.

Your resting place we visit

And put flowers there with care

But no one knows the heartache

As we turn and leave you there.

Deeply missed and remembered by his Loving Wife Mary, Sons, Daughters, Daughters-In-Law, Grandchildren, Brothers, Sister and extended Family and Friends

Tommy’s Wife and Family would also like to extend their deepest gratitude and heartfelt appreciation to everyone who travelled near and far to express their condolences and support.

Thank You

Tracing Relations.

Dorothy Payne is interested in tracing her relation 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 Dorrha. She named a daughter Alice and another daughter Jane.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.

Common names in Jane’s Gibson family and the Gibson family are Samuel, Benjamin, Ellen, John, James. A Catherine Gibson married Michael Kennedy in Tipperary.They lived in Dorrha.  Ellen Gibson married Patrick Walsh/Welsh. Ellen is from Derrinsalla. They had two sons, Michael and Benjamin. Was Michael Kennedy and Alice Kennedy siblings? and if  Samuel Gipson and John Gipson were brothers? And when did they emigrate to Canada?  In Samuel’s case it had to be before 1838.  Given the size of Riverstown, Dorothy feels it’s likely Catherine Gipson Kennedy, Ellen Gipson Walsh, and Ellen Gipson Donovan may have a family connection to each other and to Samuel Gibson.

Samuel Gipson/Gibson was born about 1808. He married Ellen O’Reilly in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada, on Feb. 12th, 1838. 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.

Dorothy can be contacted by post at  534 Yale Road, Port Moody, BC Canada, V3H 3K3 and my email address is  dcpayne@shaw.ca.

Rathcabbin First Responders Fundraiser

Please sponsor the 15 local ladies who are participating in the Dublin Mini- Marathon on Monday 6th June. Funds raised will go towards the upkeep of the defibrillators and start up equipment for the first responder group. Next meeting  & training Tuesday 12th June.

Weekly Clean Up.

Weekly work evenings in Lorrha Village continue this Thursday evening from 7.30pm. Please bring a brush, shovel, spade and or weeding implements. All help welcome.

 

Church News.

Mass for the First Friday June 3rd will be celebrated  in Lorrha Church at 9.30a.m.  Confessions beforehand. June 3rd is also the Feast of The Sacred Heart of Jesus. Saturday, 4th June is the Feast of The Immaculate Heart of Mary.

News From Lorrha School.

First Communion. Congratulations to our First Communion class Niall, Bláthnaid, Katie, Chloe, Emma, and Ava who received the Sacrament on Sunday last during Mass in Rathcabbin.

Book Fair. We are organising a Scholastic Book Fair in the school on Thursday June 2nd. from 2 – 3pm. The Book Fair is a wonderful reading event for everyone to enjoy so do come to our Book Fair.

Green Flag. Congratulations to our pupils who have been awarded the 4th green flag which is for travel. By promoting sustainable transport modes (walking, cycling, car pooling or public transport) our pupils can reduce their impact on the environment as well as improve their safety, health and fitness. The journey to school is an ideal way for children to take part in regular physical activity, to interact with their peers, and to develop the road sense children need as pedestrians and cyclists. Well done to all.

Tennis. Our popular tennis lessons finished recently after five weeks with coach Kieran Galvin. We extend our thanks to Kieran. As usual the pupils had a great time.

School Tour.  We travelled to the Kingfisher club in Galway’s NUI recently for our annual school tour. Our pupils just loved the activities and arrived home tired but delighted with the adventure.

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.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to the Moore families Portland on the death of Michael which occurred on May 22nd. After funeral Mass in The Church of Christ the Good Shepherd, Four Roads, Roscommon on May 25th burial took place in the local cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Date For Your Diary.

Lorrha Parish Golf outing will take place in Portumna Golf Club on 27th August. This year’s Captain is Pascal Moran and the President is Martina Taffe. More details later.

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.

Portumna & District Lions Club Annual Fun Cycle, Sunday, 12th June at 1pm, The Square Portumna

As part of this year’s Portumna Fun & Fit Festival, the local Lions Club are holding their Annual Fun Cycle. All proceeds go to local charities – prizes for funniest bike/cyclist, best individual/club fundraised. Donations accepted on the day. No entry fee. Contact: 087-7427950. Come and join in the fun & do some good for your local community at the same time!

FREE Events at The Irish Workhouse Centre – Portumna on Sunday, 12th June

(as part of the Portumna Fun & Fit Festival, 10th-12th June)

Archaeological Detective Challenge

Come and discover how archaeologists solve the puzzle of mystery objects! Participate in an excavation and have fun making pottery! Events at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm — just drop-in!

No booking required. Suitable for ages 7+

Family Tree & Genealogy Drop-in Clinic!

Receive some practical advice and tips on how to go about tracing your family tree online at these free drop-in sessions from 10 am – 4 pm; 1-on-1 help for absolute beginners; get answers to your genealogy queries and tips to start your research online.

4 x 4

Portumna Arts Group presents — 4×4 as part of the Fit for Fun Festival! An Evening of Song and Writing – 4 singers, 4 writers. Tickets on sale now.

FRIDAY, JUNE 10th in Portumna’s CHRIST CHURCH at 9 pm. €10 admission.

GAA News.

Senior: Lorrha will face Roscrea in the first round of the North Championship in Cloughjordan this Sunday 5th June at 7pm where a win is a must to prolong our year and progress to the quarter finals. All support would be appreciated

Junior: The Juniors are still in the hunt for a league semi-final and will likely face a three-way playoff with Ballina and Kiladangan. Check fixtures for possible game this weekend.

Under 14: Lorrha Rovers Gaels got their hurling championship campaign underway last Wednesday with a 3-17 to 1-2 win over Moneygall/Clonakenny. This evening (Wednesday), they play Newport in Ballinderry at 7pm

Under 12: Lorrha took on Shannon Rovers in the first round of the championship last Monday evening, news next week. This Friday evening, Lorrha host Toomevara in Moatfield at 6.30pm

Feile na nGael: Lorrha and Shannon Rovers Gaels will be hosting Clooney Gaels from 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.
Lorrha Rovers are in Division 4 and will play Portaferry from Down in Dolla on Friday 17th June at 4.30pm before playing Silvermines in Dolla at 5.30pm. On Saturday, Lorrha Rovers will play Clooney Gaels in Moatfield at 10.30am and depending on where they finish in their group will head towards Mid and West Tipp for a quarter final in the Cup or Shield later in the afternoon.

Tipperary v Limerick: Tipperary play Limerick in the Munster Senior & Intermediate Hurling semi-finals in Thurles on Sunday 19th June. All ticket orders must be with Shane Brophy by Friday 10th June, no orders will be taken after that date. Depending on demand, there might have to be a draw for stand tickets.

Lotto: Our jackpot is now €7,950 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: The 2016-2017 Draw will get underway next Friday 3rd June. If you want to join, contact any club officer. Tickets are €100 for the year with an excellent prize fund of €500,000 with 12 monthly draws.

Lorrha CountryFest 2016: The launch of 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 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, Tradstone and Brendan Liffey. Tickets (€20) can be purchased from Kevin Molloy, www.eventbrite.ie or from Kelly’s Village Store Rathcabbin, Friars Tavern Lorrha, SuperValu Portumna, County Arms Hotel Birr, Abbey Court Hotel Nenagh, or Lar na bPairce Thurles.

Social Dancing: on Friday night to the music of Muriel O’Connor. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.


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.


Lorrha Notes

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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.