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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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James Hough, Rathcabbin ploughing last year in the North Tipp Ploughing Championships.

North Tipp Ploughing.

The North Tipperary Ploughing Campionships will take place on Sunday March 29th. at Ballincor, Lorrha on the lands of the Lambe family by kind permission. Blessing of the site will take place on Saturday 28th at 1pm. The official opening with the cutting of the ribbon on Sunday will take place at 11.30am. Competitors will then commence assembly at 12 noon. To commemorate the 50th Anniversary, it is planned that later on in the evening around 4.15p.m. to unveil a stone and plant a tree.  A great day out for all the family. You are invited to come along and join the 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Late Audrey Godlington.

The death occurred on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th of Audrey Godlington, Lisballyard, Rathcabbin. Audrey who was 78,  and her late husband John who pre deceased her in 2008, came from England to live in the parish close on twenty years ago. They were a quiet couple who welcomed all who called to them and they enjoyed the company of their neighbours for a chat. Sympathy is extended to her three sons and one daughter on their sad loss. After funeral Service on Saturday 21st in Pallas Church, Rathcabbin, burial took place afterwards in Bonoham cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Sympathy.

Rathcabbin Players extend sympathy to Tanya Coughlan and Ray Clancy, Lords Park, Rathcabbin on the death of her mother Maria Coughlan, High St., Birr which occurred on Friday 20th March. After funeral Mass in St. Brendan’s Church on Sunday last, burial took place in Clonoghill Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Summer Time Begins.

A reminder that with the commence of Summer time, don’t forget to put your clock forward one hour on Sunday coming March 29th.

Fundraising Poker Classic.

Sarah Brady Rathcabbin is travelling to South Africa in November with the Mellon Educate’s 2015 Building Blitz and she is holding a Poker Classic on Friday night 27th at 9pm in Kelly’s The Last Chance Bar in rathcabbin. Tickets are €20 available from Sarah on (086) 0646889. There will be Cash prizes, raffle and food. Sarah would welcome your support.

‘Mellon Educate’ is a new initiative by the Niall Mellon Township Trust. The trust was established by Irish developer Niall Mellon, after he visited South Africa in 2002 and was appalled by the living conditions of the people in the Imizamo Yethu township in Cape Town.

Niall realised he could utilise his expertise in construction to make a difference to the lives of these communities by providing people with the dignity and security of owning a proper home. That year The Niall Mellon Township Trust was established with the aim of providing quality social housing for the impoverished communities in the townships of South Africa.

Since the first ‘building blitz’ in 2003, over 22,000 volunteers have travelled to South Africa to participate in a week of intensive building efforts, which have provided decent homes for in excess of 100,000 people.

In 2013, the trust launched its new initiative, ‘Mellon Educate’, which uses the same principal to build schools for these underprivileged communities, seeing education as the next step to securing a brighter future. This ambitious programme will help educate 100,000 impoverished children in townships and slums across Africa in 10 years. But as well as voluntary labour, much financial support is needed to achieve this goal. Hence, each volunteer also fundraises, to fund the trip and the necessary building supplies and other cost.

The poker classic in Kelly’s is organised by Rathcabbin local Sarah Brady, who is volunteering in the 2015 building blitz, to take place in November. Tickets are €20, available from Sarah, by calling 0860646889, or on the night. There will be generous cash prizes for the poker, and there will also be a raffle on the night. It is sure to be a great evening, and hopefully will go a long way towards funding this marvelous project.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

We are planning a meal out in April and if you would like to come please let us know. On the 20th May for the Bealtaine Festival we have a tribute to Mick Delahunty in Lorrha Hall. All members welcome. We look forward to seeing you all.

Church News.

Community/Lenten Walks

Community Lenten walk continue on Sunday 29th March (Palm Sunday) in Rathcabbin at 2.30pm. With the change in the clock Mass times will be Redwood Church (Vigil Mass) at 8.pm. commencing Saturday 11th April, Lorrha at 10am on Sundays and Rathcabbin at 11.30am.

Invitation: “Come and See”

Lent is a time for prayer and reflection and with this in mind a special ceremony will be held in Rathcabbin church on Friday 27th March at 7.30pm.  At the ceremony a number of our parishioners, who are coping with difficulties which are typical of the times we live in, will share their experiences and also the strength and hope which helps them persevere. Sharing personal stories is a powerful way of inspiring others who are also struggling and everyone can benefit from such sharing.  So please do come along, encourage your family and friends to do the same. You’ll be very glad you did!

Charismatic Renewal:

Nenagh Holy Spirit Prayer Group – Life in the Spirit Seminar, Invitation to a seven week programme, where you will pray, sing and share with others. Meeting place: Pastoral Centre, Church Road , Nenagh.  Day: Every Tuesday commencing on Tuesday 7th April.  Time: 7.45pm.  Come to the gathering night on Tuesday 24th March, in the Pastoral Centre, at 8.00pm for a full overview of The Life in the Spirit Seminar.

Redwood N.S.

Music Lessons

Music lessons with Pio Ryan and Ms Helena Darcy are now available on Thursday evenings after school. Pio is offering lessons on the Banjo and Mandolin. Helena is offering lessons on the Button Accordion. The lessons are open to everybody, please contact the school if you would like to take part on 090 9747186.

Easter Tennis Camp

Teacher Helena Darcy and her sister Anne Marie are both qualified tennis coaches with Tennis Ireland. They are running an Easter tennis camp for all children (ages 4-12 yrs) from Mon, 30th March to Fri, 03rd April on the school tennis court. The camp will run daily from 10am-12pm. The camp will cost €35 per child with a reduction for families. Please contact Helena on 087 1021326 to book a place for your child.

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

Muck Run.

Lusmagh Camogie Club are hosting a 5km Muck Run on Easter Monday (6th April) at 12 noon in Stream Callows (Follow signs from sports field) Registration at 10.45am.  Adults €20 Students €15.   Kids course available also €10 (u14).  Limited spaces so arrive early. For more details see Lusmagh Muck Run on Facebook.  A fun filled afternoon guaranteed.

Congratulations.

Lorrha Parish has again been successful in bring home awards from the CAVA (North Tipperary Community & Voluntary Association) Awards Ceremony which was held in Moyne Community Hall on Saturday night, 21st March 2015.  Lorrha Rathcabbin Energy Team (LRET) won an award under the category of Community Enterprise and Innovation.  Very well done to the Team.

Unfortunately Betty Houlihan missed out on receiving an award under the individual category of Lifetime Achievement Award who was nominated by St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association.  This award was shared equally between Mary Lanigan Ryan (Borrisoleigh) and Martin Ryan (Moyne).

Congratulations also to our neighbouring parish, Terryglass, on receiving 2 awards.  Terryglass Arts Festival received an award under the group category of Arts, Culture and Tourism.  They also received the CAVA Overall Achievement Award for the best group overall.

Looking for Families to host Italian Students in July 2015

VIVI L’IRLANDA is looking for local families to host Italian students, (12-14 years) from 6th-27th of July in the Portumna area. Attractive remuneration. Families with children is one of the main prerequisites. Contact D. O’Shea: 085-1925466, dunkellin01@gmail.com.

Fashion Show.

Want to treat yourself to a fun night out????? For tickets please call or text Marguerite Murphy on 087-6200280.

Aglish Community Hall are hosting a Fashion Show in The Abbey Court Hotel this Friday, 247th March @ 8pm. Tickets cost 15 euro, which includes Pre-Show Cheese & Wine Reception & entry to a Massive Raffle being held on the night. The first 200 entrants on the night will also receive a free “Goodie Bag” with lots of surprises inside!!!! The shops participating are. All Occasions Boutique, Portumna – Ann Marie’s, Nenagh – Bella Boutique, Nenagh, De Stafford Bridal, Nenagh – Edel’s Boutique, Nenagh – Jim Mcloughney Menswear, Nenagh – Kiddies Kloset, Nenagh – Ladies Day Boutique, Portumna -The Logo Factory, Nenagh – Michelle’s Boutique, Birr – Rumple Silks, Nenagh – Sixty Three, Nenagh – A SportsmansDream Nenagh. There will also be an Exhibitors Display Area in the foyer from 7-8pm & the following will be showcasing their wears:

The Country Kitchen Borrisokane – Colette’s Home Baking Ardcroney – Heavenly Footwear Sopwell – New Moon Fashion Accessories Nenagh – McDermotts Pharmacy Borrisokane – Memory Lane Antiques Birr – Paddys Bar & Restaurant Terryglass – Oona Conroy Shoes & Bags Carlow. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Smile Awhile & Laugh a Little Every Day.

A man went to his solicitor and stated that he would like to make a will but didn’t know how to go about it. “ No problem” said the solicitor “ Leave it all to me”. The man looked upset as he said “Well, I know you are going to take the biggest slice, but I’d like to leave a little to my children too!”.


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The Parents Association of St Anne’s Special Needs school in Roscrea were delighted to receive a cheque for €312 which was donated by the Church of Ireland, Lorrha following their Christmas Carol service. Leslie Harding presented the cheque recently on behalf of the Church of Ireland Lorrha  to Caitriona O’Donoghue Secretary of the Parents Association  and Fiona Bennett, Treasurer. 

Reminder.

Scoil Lua Naofa annual open day will take place this coming Saturday March 21st. from 2.00pm to 4.00p.m. This is an ideal opportunity for parents to meet and talk to the teachers and view the school. All are welcome.

The school are accepting enrolments for September and Enrolment forms are available from the school, by phone on (090) 9747295 or can be downloaded from our web site www.lorrhans.ie

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to the Molloy families on the death of Johnny Molloy, England, late of Ballyoughter, Rathcabbin who died recently in England. May he rest in peace.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

We are now arranging our summer outings and continue to meet on Wednesdays at 2.30pm in Lorrha Hall. If you would like to join us transport is available to pick up door to door. Looking forward to seeing new members.

Annual Display.

The Lorrha Apostolic Work Society Annual Display will be held in Lorrha Community Hall this coming Sunday 22nd March from 2 to 6p.m. Raffle tickets will be on sale and the committee hope you will come and view their work over the last twelve months and join them for a cup of tea. All welcome.

Ploughing Rescheduled.

The North Tipperary Ploughing Campionships which had to be cancelled because of the bad weather, will now take place on Sunday March 29th. You are invited to come along and join in the celebrations of the 50th Anniversary.

Church News.

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

Community/Lenten Walks

The Parish Pastoral Council/Liturgy Group organize community walks which will take place during the six weeks of Lent will continue on Sunday 22nd March with Assembly outside the Community Hall in Lorrha at 2.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and experience the benefits of getting together.

Childrens Session.

Maureen Brown will be hosting a childrens Traditional Irish music session in Kelly’s Rathcabbin from 6 to 8pm on Sunday March 22nd. All are welcome.

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A huge thank you to everyone for supporting our annual table quiz, well done to the winners Tommy & Holmes Clan. A special thanks to Aidan McIntyre, our quizmaster on the night and to Kellys for hosting the event for the PA.

Well done to all the boys and girls on completing their IT course, they have produced great web pages and gained a lot of knowledge.

On Tuesday the pupils went to the indoor hurling skills event in Borrisokane CC with John O’Keeffe. It was a great day with Rathcabbin featuring high on the leader board.

The school will hold a book fair at the school before and after school from 13th March for a week, please support.

Spring  De-Clutter.

Thinking of clearing out the wardrobe to make room for the Spring collection? Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Spring  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. 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.

Badminton Club Success.

Well done to the Lorrha Badminton Club who won their first Tipperary League competition recently when they beat Templemore in the final. The team of Martin Young (Captain), Elaine Hough,  Tadhg Nevin, Declan Ryan, Celine Cleary and Danielle Ryan have done very well considering that the club is not long in existence. We wish them the best of luck in the future.

Parenting Seminar.

The seminar is called “Raising Children’s Self-Esteem” by Psychologist Dr Tony Humphreys. It will take place in the Nenagh Arts Centre at 7.30pm on Tuesday, March 24th. It has been many years since Dr Humphreys came to Nenagh in this capacity. He will discuss the important ways in which parents and care-givers can help children to realise their own worth.  He is one of Ireland’s best known Psychologists. He has written many books including Understanding Teenagers and Self-Esteem: the Key to your Child’s Future. Tickets for this event are €10. They are available to buy; at the Nenagh Arts Centre, by phone (067)34400, or online on www.nenagharts.com. Dr Tony Humphreys website is www.tonyhumphreys.ie

Muck Run.

Lusmagh Camogie Club are hosting a 5km Muck Run on Easter Monday (6th April) at 12 noon in Stream Callows (Follow signs from sports field) Registration at 10.45am.  Adults €20 Students €15.   Kids course available also €10 (u14).  Limited spaces so arrive early. For more details see Lusmagh Muck Run on Facebook.   A fun filled afternoon guaranteed.

Looking for Families to host Italian Students in July 2015

VIVI L’IRLANDA is looking for local families to host Italian students, (12-14 years) from 6th-27th of July in the Portumna area. Attractive remuneration. Families with children is one of the main prerequisites. Contact D. O’Shea: 085-1925466, dunkellin01@gmail.com.


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The remains of Tony Reddin is carried into Bonoham Cemetery in Rathcabbin by members of his family on Wednesday March 4th.

Reminder.

Scoil Lua Naofa annual open day will take place on Saturday March 21st. from 2.00pm to 4.00p.m. This is an ideal opportunity for parents to meet and talk to the teachers and view the school. All are welcome. The school are accepting enrolments for September and Enrolment forms are available from the school, by phone on (090) 9747295 or can be downloaded from our web site www.lorrhans.ie

Cancellation.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Lorrha has had to be cancelled. However, Denis Maher has organized a music session with Tradstone from 3pm onwards to compensate for the loss of the parade this year. All are welcome to the music session.

Sympathy

Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of the late Rodge Raleigh, Kilfadda, Lorrha who died on Friday March 6th at the Regional Hospital Limerick. After funeral Mass on Monday 9th in St. Michael’s Church Aglish, burial took place in Aglish Cemetery. May he rest in peace.    Sympathy is extended to Jim Coughlan and family Rathcabbin and Bridie Darcy and family Ardcroney on the death of their brother John Coughlan Portlaoise and formally Lorrha who died on Saturday March 7th at Drominin Nursing Home, Stradbally at the age of 90. After funeral Mass on Tuesday 10th in SS Peter and Paul’s Church Portlaoise burial took place in the local Cemetery. May he rest in peace. Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of the late Gertie White, nee Spain Birr and Rathcabbin which occurred on Sunday March 8th at St. Kieran’s Nursing Home, Rathcabbin. After funeral Mass this Wednesday 11th in St. Brendan’s Church Birr, burial will take place in Clonoghill Cemetery, Birr. May she rest in peace.

Rags Golf Society Reminder. We are looking for new or lapsed members to join us for the year ahead. We start with our first outing in Portumna on Sat 14th March at 10.30 – 11.20.  23rd May Nenagh 11-12,  25th July Tullamore 10.20 – 11.20 and Captains prize Portumna 8th Aug 1.30 – 2.30. So if you are interested and would like to join. Please come along to our first outing or call James on 086 8109099 for further details. All welcome.

New Venture.

Darina & Pat Kelly and family extend a warm welcome Nashville singer songwriter  Anne Marie Neff and banjo player Ken Grandjean to The Last Chance on Friday 13th March. This is an exciting venture for the musicians but in particular for the rural village business where they hope you will come and support this act.

Annual Display.

The Lorrha Apostolic Work Society Annual Display will be held in Lorrha Community Hall on Sunday 22nd March from 2 to 6p.m. Raffle tickets will be on sale and the committee hope you will come and view their work over the last twelve months and join them for a cup of tea. All welcome.

Ploughing Rescheduled.

The North Tipperary Ploughing Campionships which had to be cancelled because of the bad weather, will now take place on Sunday March 29th. More details next week.

Church News.

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

Community/Lenten Walks

The Parish Pastoral Council/Liturgy Group organize community walks which will take place during the six weeks of Lent will continue on Sunday 15th March with Assembly outside the Community Hall in Lorrha at 2.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and experience the benefits of getting together.

Redwood N.S.

Music Lessons

Music lessons with Pio Ryan and Ms Helena Darcy are now available on Thursday evenings after school. Pio is offering lessons on the Banjo and Mandolin. Helena is offering lessons on the Button Accordion. The lessons are open to everybody, please contact the school if you would like to take part on 090 9747186.

Easter Tennis Camp:  Teacher Helena Darcy and her sister Anne Marie are both qualified tennis coaches with Tennis Ireland. They are running an Easter tennis camp for all children (ages 5-12 yrs) from Mon, 30th March to Fri, 03rd April on the school tennis court. The camp will run daily from 10am-12pm. The camp will cost €35 per child with a reduction for families. Please contact Helena on 087 1021326 to book a place for your child.

Open Evening:

We are holding our open evening on Thursday, 12th March from 6 pm – 8 pm. It is a great opportunity for families to view the school, speak with the teachers and view the wide range of resources available to students. All are welcome, do come along!                   Our opening hours are changing from September 2015. The school will be open for pupils to arrive from 8.30 am in the morning with classes starting for all at 8.50 am. School will finish at 1.30pm for the infant classes and 2.30 pm for all other classes. ** Please Note** There is an optional afterschool pick-up service available to the school by a registered childcare facility. For up to date news on all activities happening in the school, please log on to our website www.redwoodns.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 Spring  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. 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.

Parenting Seminar.

The seminar is called “Raising Children’s Self-Esteem” by Psychologist Dr Tony Humphreys. It will take place in the Nenagh Arts Centre at 7.30pm on Tuesday, March 24th. It has been many years since Dr Humphreys came to Nenagh in this capacity. He will discuss the important ways in which parents and care-givers can help children to realise their own worth.  He is one of Ireland’s best known Psychologists. He has written many books including Understanding Teenagers and Self-Esteem: the Key to your Child’s Future. Tickets for this event are €10. They are available to buy; at the Nenagh Arts Centre, by phone (067)34400, or online on www.nenagharts.com. Dr Tony Humphreys website is www.tonyhumphreys.ie

Portumna Forest Park Trail Run 2015

Annual 10k Run & 5k Run / Family Walk Easter Bank Holiday Monday, April 6th

A Great Day Out in the Great Outdoors for Everyone.

This Year Proudly supporting ‘RUN FOR OLIVE’ – Olive Dermody Shaughnessy

Registration @ PLAYGROUND Car-park from 11am. Race starts at 1pm Sharp following warm up sessions to Live Music. Complimentary Post Race Refreshments for all Participants

Special Guest on the day is the Easter Bunny with Mini Easter Eggs and Free Face Painting!

Full Details, Costs & Updates on our Facebook Page: Portuma Forest Park Trail Run


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The late great Lorrha and Tipperary Goalkeeper Tony Reddin pictured on the occasion of the celebrating of his 93rd birthday pictured with his wife Maura.

Late Tony Reddin.

The death has occurred after a short illness of the legendary Lorrha and Tipperary goalkeeper Tony Reddin. Aged 95, Tony passed away at his home in Banagher on Sunday night last March 1st. Tony came from Mullagh in Co. Galway and arrived in Lorrha in 1947. From 1948 to 1957 Tony won three All Ireland senior titles in a row, six National league titles, and was selected as the greatest ever goalkeeper on The Team of the Century 1984 and again on the 2000 Millennium team. Sympathy is extended to his wife Maura and family and extended family relatives and friends on their great loss. Reposing at his home on Cuba Avenue, Banagher on Tuesday 3rd. from 12 noon until 7pm, with removal afterwards to St. Rynagh’s Church for 8pm. Requiem Mass on Wednesday at 12 noon followed by burial in Bonoham Cemetery, Rathcabbin. May he rest in peace.

News from Lorrha School

Enrolment.

Scoil Lua Naofa Lorrha are accepting enrolments for September. Enrolment forms are available from the school, by phone on (090) 9747295 or can be downloaded from our web site www.lorrhans.ie

Open Day.

Our annual open day will take place on Saturday March 21st. from 2.00pm to 4.00p.m. This is an ideal opportunity for parents to meet and talk to the teachers and view the school. All are welcome.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The Annual Lorrha St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place at 2.30pm. All floats are welcome on the day and there is no entrance fee. Contact Denis Maher for further information.

Ploughing Cancelled.

Due to heavy rain on Saturday night and again on Sunday morning the North Tipperary Ploughing Championships had to be cancelled on Sunday last. The organizing committee send their apologies to all. A new date has now to be agreed. Watch this space.

Church News.

Friday (6th March) is the First Friday of the month. Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha at 9.30am and in Rathcabbin at 7.30p.m. Confessions will be heard beforehand. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament   every Thursday from 10am to 10pm in Rathcabbin  Church.   We invite all parishioners to come and stay a while in the presence of Jesus.

Workshop.

A Liturgical Music Workshop takes place in the Pastoral Centre,  Church  Road, Nenagh, Tuesday 10th March  @  7.30pm.  Choir/ Leaders & Organists are invited to attend.  Details –  Noreen  on 087 2399243. Cost paid by parishes.

Community/Lenten Walks

The Parish Pastoral Council/Liturgy Group organize community walks which will take place during the six weeks of Lent will continue on Sunday March 8th with Assembly outside Redwood Church at 2.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and experience the benefits of getting together.

Pod-Umna Village Official Opening.

Orla Kennedy and Dick Ridge invite you to join them at Pod Umna Glamping village, Dominick Street Portumna on March 7th at 3pm to celebrate with them the official opening and first birthday celebration of our eco pod glamping village. Ribbon cutting, tree planting, blessing, live music, entertainment for the children and refreshments. All are welcome.

Redwood N.S Open Evening.

We are holding our open evening on Thursday, 12th March from 6 pm – 8 pm. It is a great opportunity for families to view the school, speak with the teachers and view the wide range of resources available to students. All are welcome, do come along!

Our opening hours are changing from September 2015. The school will be open for pupils to arrive from 8.30 am in the morning with classes starting for all at 8.50 am. School will finish at 1.30pm for the infant classes and 2.30 pm for all other classes. ** Please Note** There is an optional afterschool pick-up service available to the school by a registered childcare facility. For up to date news on all activities happening in the school, please log on to our website www.redwoodns.ie

Fundraising Table Quiz.

Rathcabbin NS Parent Association with hold a fundraising table quiz in Kellys Rathcabbin on Friday night 6th March.  WOW- walk on Wednesday. The whole school community walked to school on Wednesday last as part of our efforts to earn our 4th Green Flag for travel. All children, Parents and staff made a great effort and it was a very successful and enjoyable activity. We will be planning other whole school activities over the coming months. Oisin In Tir na nOg- Drama group Clan Cuan visited and put on a fantastic show for all the children. Swimming classes continue every Tuesday. IT classes every Wednesday- The children are learning 3D drawing and web design and really enjoying it. Well done to the many children from our school who took part in the Credit Union Quiz and the Scór dancing, music and sketch sections recently. We will celebrate Pancake Tuesday on the 17th by inviting in families to enjoy pancakes in school from 12noon. we are especially welcoming any Grandparents to visit and spend time with the children on that day.

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 Spring  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. 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.

Courses.

Portumna College of Further Education commences its level 5 Healthcare Support course on Monday 2nd March at 10am. Horticulture Level 4 also on offer with continuous intake. New computer e-learning course starting soon. 090-9741946

Moll.

Kilbarron Players stage the well known John B. Keane comedy “Moll” in Kilbarron Hall from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th March at 8.30pm.

Portumna Forest Park Trail Run 2015

Annual 10k Run & 5k Run / Family Walk Easter Bank Holiday Monday, April 6th

A Great Day Out in the Great Outdoors for Everyone.

This Year Proudly supporting ‘RUN FOR OLIVE’ – Olive Dermody Shaughnessy

Registration @ PLAYGROUND Car-park from 11am. Race starts at 1pm Sharp following warm up sessions to Live Music. Complimentary Post Race Refreshments for all Participants

Special Guest on the day is the Easter Bunny with Mini Easter Eggs and Free Face Painting!

Full Details, Costs & Updates on our Facebook Page: Portuma Forest Park Trail Run


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Rathcabbin Players Secretary Fiona Kennedy will travel to the Special Olympics in Los Angeles in July as a volunteer and to help her with her fundraising drive for the trip, Rathcabbin Players staged an extra night recently of “Wild Goose Chase” and presented the proceeds which amounted to €2,100 to Fiona after the performance. Pictured here presenting the cheque are the cast and Director. From left Eamonn Smyth, Fiona Kennedy, Tadhg Nevin (Chairman), Pat Kennedy, Brendan Dolan (Director). Back: Kevin Kennedy, Marguerite Walsh, Mark Carroll, Stacey Guinan, Mary Carroll, Des Clancy, Nancy Liffey.  

North Tipperary Ploughing Championships.

The 50th Anniversary of North Tipperary Ploughing Championships will take place this year on the lands of Sean and Carmel Lambe and family. Redwood. The site is ideally situated beside the main Birr to Portumna Road at Ballincur Cross, known locally as the top of New Line. The event gets under way with a parade of the tractors and ploughs in the field starting at 11.30am. for a 12 noon start and a blessing of the site will take place at 1.00p.m. All are welcome to a great day out for all the family.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

Following our A.G.M. on February 4th we elected the following committee. Chairman: Eamon Mannion. Deputy Chairman: John Craig. Secretary: Nancy White. Assistant Secretary: Teresa Donoghue. Treasurer: Tom Dagg. Assistant Treasurer: Betty Houlihan. P.R.O.: Mary Darcy. Committee members: Gaye Needham, Marie O’Meara, Nora O’Hara, Betty Reddish. We would like to say a huge thank you to our outgoing chairman. Well done Tim and all his committee for all the hard work on our behalf.

Community/Lenten Walks

The Parish Pastoral Council/Liturgy Group organize community walks which will take place during the six weeks of Lent will continue on Sunday March 1st with Assembly outside Rathcabbin Church at 2.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and experience the benefits of getting together.

Sincere Thanks.

Rathcabbin Players wish to offer thanks to all who supported in whatever way their 30th Anniversary production of “Wild Goose Chase”.  Without your valued support we would not have had the success that we enjoyed with this comedy.

Redwood N.S Open Evening.

We are holding our open evening on Thursday, 12th March from 6 pm – 8 pm. It is a great opportunity for families to view the school, speak with the teachers and view the wide range of resources available to students. All are welcome, do come along! Our opening hours are changing from September 2015. The school will be open for pupils to arrive from 8.30 am in the morning with classes starting for all at 8.50 am. School will finish at 1.30pm for the infant classes and 2.30 pm for all other classes. ** Please Note** There is an optional afterschool pick-up service available to the school by a registered childcare facility. For up to date news on all activities happening in the school, please log on to our website www.redwoodns.ie

Lorrha Camogie Club.

Membership is now due for all players and should be paid Wednesday evening at underage and junior training. Prices are as follows: U-18: €20, Non-player:€30, Students:€40, Adult players:€60, Family(2 adults & 2 children):€90

Junior Camogie: Training continues Wednesday evening at 7.30 pm. A full turnout of the panel is required at this training ahead of our first league match this Sunday 1st March v Burgess in the Burgess grounds at 3pm. If any player cannot make training this Wednesday evening, you must contact trainer John Harding asap 086 6797103

U-16/U-14

Training continues Wednesday evenings at 6pm and Saturday mornings at 11am. New players welcome, a full turnout of players at all training sessions is essential.

Facebook Page

Please keep updated on matches, training and club news on our facebook page- Lorrha Camogie Club.

Fundraising Table Quiz.

Rathcabbin NS Parent Association with hold a fundraising table quiz in Kellys Rathcabbin on Friday 6th March. More details next week.

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 Spring  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. 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.

Courses.

Portumna College of Further Education commences its level 5 Healthcare Support course on Monday 2nd March at 10am. Horticulture Level 4 also on offer with continuous intake. New computer e-learning course starting soon. 090-9741946


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Lorrha Students Participate in Ireland Most Acclaimed Youth Orchestras.

Pupils from Lorrha School will participate in this year’s Peace Proms concert which will take place in U.L. on Saturday 28th February. This major event is a wonderful occasion and a special day for the Lorrha students as Peace Proms is a choral education project for Primary Schools run by the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI). Peace Proms engages children and young people in music and enriches their lives through exceptional musical experiences and performances. Established in 1995 as a peace initiative it is now composed of 120 young people from all over Ireland – north and south. The CBOI is internationally recognised as one of Ireland’s flagship peace initiatives and has become one of the most acclaimed youth orchestras that Ireland has ever produced. Front from left: Amy Clarke, Katie Kennedy, Ceri McGrath, Blathnaid Bennett, Chloe Mannion, Kian Claffey, Conor Kennedy, Niall Duggan, Caoimhe Claffey.  Back: Ronan Shewbridge, Sarah Mannion, Kayla Boons, Lisa Duggan, Aaron Duffy, Cian Mannion, Lee Reddan, Colm Fogarty, Tom Duggan, Keeva Duffy, Ryan Clarke, Hannah O’Meara, Adam Walsh. At rear is Lochlann McGrath, Caoimhe O’Meara, Ronan O’Meara.

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Portumna Community School students and to the two parish lads, Michael Dolan (top photo) and George Harding who had significant leading roles in the schools recent show  “Back to the 80’s”.  Well done lads and to all the parish students who were part of the show.

News From Lorrha School.

Well done to our pupils who recently participated in the Borrisokane Credit Union quiz which was enjoyed by all. Our under 13 team consisted of Caoimhe Claffey, Caoimhe O’Meara, Tom Duggan, Colm Fogarty while our under 11 team was Lochlann McGrath, Sheena Claffey, Sarah Mannion, Lisa Duggan. Both teams put in a great performance on the night.

Sympathy.

Rathcabbin Players wish to extend sympathy to their director Brendan Dolan, Banagher on the death of his father Martin, Cuba Avenue, which occurred on Monday 9th February. After funeral Mass in St. Rynagh’s Church Banagher on Thursday 12th burial took place in the local cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Sympathy is extended to Emily Hogan and family Roden on the sudden death of her father Gerard (Cyril) Hackett Geashill which occurred on Wednesday Feb. 4th. After funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church Raheen, on Saturday 7th burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Church News.

Wednesday18th February is Ash Wednesday. Blessing and distribution of ashes in Lorrha Church at  9.30am.  Rathcabbin Church Mass at 7.30pm. Stations of the Cross will be prayed before all Masses during Lent. We would encourage you to come along twenty minutes before Mass to participate in this devotion.

Community/Lenten Walks

For the purpose of creating an opportunity for people to meet, interact and enjoy outdoor exercise, the Parish Pastoral Council/Liturgy Group has decided to organize community walks during the six weeks of Lent.  The first of these walks takes place next Sunday, 22nd Feb. Assembly point, Community Hall, Lorrha at 2.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and experience the benefits of getting together.  Refreshments will be served in the hall afterwards.

Good Luck.

Best of luck to Caoimhe Kennedy and the Tipperary senior camogie squad who commence their league campaign with a home game against neighbours Offaly on Sunday 22nd in The Ragg Camogie pitch at 2.30pm. This will be an important game for Tipperary who are under new management. See preview on game elsewhere in this paper.

Rathcabbin N.S. Open Evening.

Rathcabbin N.S. open evening for new students and their parents for Sept 2015 will take place on Tuesday 24th of February at the school from 6pm to 8 pm. All welcome.

Lorrha Lads Star in Back to the 80’s.

Well done to Portumna Community School student’s and to the two parish lads, Michael Dolan and George Harding who had significant leading roles in the schools recent show  “Back to the 80’s”. The show was performed to packed halls on three occasions, receiving a standing ovation each time. Well done again lads.

Redwood N.S Open Evening.

Redwood N.S. open evening will take place on Thursday, 12th March 2015 from 6pm – 8pm. A fantastic opportunity to visit the school, speak to the teachers and view the extensive range of facilities available to students.  Come Along, all are welcome! *Please note* New opening times for September 2015 – School will open at 8.30am and all classes will start at 8.50 am and finish at 1.30pm(Junior classes) and 2.30pm for all other classes.

A Dream Has Come True

John and Aileen Duggan from Co. Meath along with their extended family in Lorrha wish to thank everyone who signed the online petition that helped John secure the vital drug Soliris that he needs. With this drug John can go on to lead a normal life, one without fear of what will happen next. Describing the announcement that the HSE would fund the drug as a “dream has come through”, Aileen says that they would “ never have got to this day without all of you who have been an amazing support and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts”. We all wish John the very best of luck in the future and are delighted with this success story, and the power of people.

Camogie Club.

Juniors Training continues every Wednesday at 7.30pm and Saturday at 6pm U-14, U-16 Training every Wednesday at 6pm and Saturday at 11am Registration Registration is now due for all players and can be paid this Wed or next Wed evening after training. Prices: U18’s – €20, Non players- €30, Students – €40, Adult players- €60, Family membership (2adults & 2children) €90.

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 Spring  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. 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.

Induction Day.

Portumna College of Further Education will host an Induction day on Fri 20th of Feb at 2pm for all interested in pursuing the recently publicised Level 5 Healthcare Support course incorporating Care Skills, Care of the Older Person etc. For all enquiries or to add your name to the list call 090-9741946.

Love Songs & Sonnets — Friday, Feb 20th at 8pm, Church of Ireland Portumna 

Join Portumna Arts Group and guests for a night of Love Songs and Sonnets to celebrate the love in the air that February brings. Participants include Matrimony Melodies, Ava Downey, Treenie Hogan-Canning, Dave Gradwell and Laura Browne with love sonnets from Shakespeare to Heaney read by local guests and writers. A varied mixed bag of entertainment guaranteed in Portumna’s Church of Ireland. Admission: €8

Poetry Reading

Following the “Love Songs & Sonnets” event,  Rhymes and Poems in Horan’s Bar on Friday Feb 20th from 9.30 pm. Join members of the Pen Pushers, The Maple Poets and friends from Baffle and Nenagh for a selection of poetry and rhyme and an odd song too. Bring a poem you like to read or write a new poem to celebrate February, St Valentine’s Day or Spring!

Energy Saving Grant Scheme.

Lorrha Rathcabbin Energy Team following the very successful completion of the 2014 Energy Saving retrofit grant scheme from SEAI are progressing the scheme for 2015. LRET with support from North Tipp Leader Partnership is now taking names of householders, community buildings and businesses to retrofit their premises in 2015. A 50% grant available for Community Buildings. 30% for households and businesses. Up to 100% if in receipt of fuel allowance or Family Income Supplement or on Job Seekers Allowance longer than 6 months and with children under 7 years of age. An application form to assess qualification is available by calling Alan on 0892475793 or e-mail alanmad54@gmail.com  or marcdt14@gmail.com or fill out the form on www.energycommunities.worldpress.com website. Completed Application Forms must be returned to Marc Tanner, North Tipp. Leader, 2nd Floor, Friars Court. Nenagh.

St. Vincent De Paul Thanks.

The Birr and Banagher branch of St Vincent de Paul would like to thank the parishioners in Lorrha, Rathcabbin and Redwood for donating all the food and gifts from your ‘Giving Tree’ to us here in Banagher and Birr. Your contributions are gratefully received, appreciated and enabled us to help the needy over the winter months.             Go raibh maith agaibh go léir.

Text Alert Security System.

If you wish to join Text Alert  in our Community, please fill in special form available from any member of Community Alert as soon as possible. This service is up and running and is keeping our community safe.


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Enjoying the entertainment supplied by pupils from Lorrha School on Grandparents Day which was held on Wed 28th Jan was Kitty Kennedy, Maura Dooley, Marie O’Meara.

Late Maisie Dolan.

The peaceful death occurred on Saturday 24th January of Maisie Dolan, Lissernane, Rathcabbin. Nee Coughlan from Coolderry, Maisie was born in 1932 to Joe and Bridget the eldest daughter of seven children. She moved to Rathcabbin at a young age to live with her Aunt Margaret, where she worked the farm and attended Lorrha National School.  She settled into the area helped by great neighbours and friends.  She married Willie Dolan from Lusmagh in 1957 and raised a family of eight children.

A hardworking, proud, loyal, ambitious and deeply religious woman, she loved farming and was an active member within the community. Maisie developed Dementia and Parkinson’s disease some years ago and her husband Willie and daughter Sadie cared for her at home but when her illness progressed and required specialised care she moved to St Kieran’s Nursing Home in 2011. Her time in the nursing home was enjoyable helped by the great care she received.  She was also surrounded by other local residents and had regular contact with the community, family and friends.

Pre-deceased by her daughters Nuala and Marion, Brothers John Joe (Roscrea), Mick (Dublin) and sister Annette (Dublin), she will be missed by all who knew her but in particular by her family where her parting is a huge loss to all of them.  Sympathy is extended to her husband Willie, sons Joe (Rathcabbin) Liam (Naas) daughters Sadie (Rathcabbin ) Colette (Sydney) Annette (Nottingham) and Lorraine (Claregalway) . daughters -in -law , sons – in – law, grandchildren, Leo, Michael, James, Paul, Niall, Neve, Caitlin and Luke , brother Ted (New York), sisters Bridie Cosgrove (Shinrone), Teresa Baker (Manchester), neices , nephews , neighbours  relatives and friends . After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Thursday 29th burial took place in Bonoham Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Late Billy Lewis.

There was great sadness in the parish last week when news broke of the death of Billy Lewis, Gurteen, Rathcabbin. A quiet unassuming man who enjoyed life, Billy too was a hard worker who always had time for his family and took great pride in watching and helping the next generation start out in life and was always willing to help and advise if he was needed. He loved to chat and when anyone called to see him they got a cuppa, a welcome and a late night. He was pre-deceased by his daughter Tina, son baby Thomas and his grandson baby Jamie. Sympathy is extended to his wife Madeleine, daughters Mary (Cork), Madeleine (Rathcabbin), Veronica (Banagher), Noreen, Carmel (Lorrha), Sarah (Rathcabbin), sons Ray (Portumna), Liam, Thomas, Brian (Rathcabbin), Edward (Portumna), daughters – in- law, sons – in – law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, godchildren, relatives, friends and neighbours on their sad loss. His funeral Mass was celebrated in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Friday morning January 30th and burial took place in Bonaham Cemetery afterwards. May he rest in peace.

Late Daniel Rushe.

The death took place on Wednesday January 28th of Dan Rushe, Ballymacegan, Lorrha. In his 86th year, Dan came from Glenamaddy in Co. Galway and took up residence on a farm in Ballymacegan in 1971 along with his late wife and his young family. He was a quiet man with little to say but he read a lot and he loved music when time allowed. He worked hard on the land and was always willing to help out a neighbor when the need arose. He retired in ’95 and it was then that he had the time to pursue his reading and music interests. Unfortunately, Dan developed Parkinson’s disease some years back which was to take him into poor health.  Pre-deceased by his wife Margaret four years previously, he is survived by his son Michael, daughters Mary and Catherine, daughter- in-law Ruby, sons-in-law Noel and Tony, sister Margaret, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends to whom sympathy is offered. After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha on Saturday Jan. 31st burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Art & German Classes

Art & Craft for children (5 years up) on Saturdays at 3.30pm and 5pm, German through fun at 2pm, starting on January 31st.

Drawing for children (9 years up) on Thursdays at 6.30pm, starting on 29th January in Bramble Art Studio, Lorrha. Please contact Ute: 087-9151356

Redwood NS achieves Active Flag Status

The teachers and pupils of Redwood NS were delighted to learn that they had achieved Active Flag status early in the new year following a rigorous inspection prior to Christmas. The “Active Flag” initiative is a project by Mayo Education Centre and endorsed by the Department of Education. It promotes an active lifestyle through healthy eating and embraces being active as part of daily life.

Redwood NS have been working towards achieving this flag for over two years. The pupils have participated in a great variety of sport including gymnastics, zumba, cycling, swimming, yoga, rugby, karate, tennis, boot camp, hurling, football, athletics, soccer and basketball to mention but a few! Pupils and teachers have taken part in “Active Schools Week” and have had “active school tours” over the past two years. Pupils have also taken part in “Food Dudes”, a programme that involves healthy eating and developing healthy eating habits. We would like to thank all those who helped us along the way including our parent body, The Irish Heart Foundation, The Engine Room, Portumna & Borrisokane Athletic Club. We will raise our Active Flag later in the year.

Church News.

Friday, 6th February, is the First Friday of the month. Mass in Lorrha Church at 9.30a.m. confessions beforehand. Liturgy of the Word and distribution of Communion in Rathcabbin Church at 7.30p.m.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday 10am to 10pm in Rathcabbin Church. All parishioners are invited to come and stay awhile in the presence of Jesus.

Energy Saving Grant Scheme.

Lorrha Rathcabbin Energy Team following the very successful completion of the 2014 Energy Saving retrofit grant scheme from SEAI are progressing the scheme for 2015. LRET with support from North Tipp Leader Partnership is now taking names of householders, community buildings and businesses to retrofit their premises in 2015. A 50% grant available for Community Buildings. 30% for households and businesses. Up to 100% if in receipt of fuel allowance or Family Income Supplement or on Job Seekers Allowance longer than 6 months and with children under 7 years of age. An application form to assess qualification is available by calling Alan on 0892475793 or e-mail alanmad54@gmail.com  or marcdt14@gmail.com or fill out the form on www.energycommunities.worldpress.com website. Completed Application Forms must be returned by 11th Feb. 2015 to Marc Tanner, North Tipp. Leader, 2nd Floor, Friars Court. Nenagh.

Lorrha N.S. Enrolment.

Scoil Lua Naofa Lorrha is now enrolling pupils for September 2015. If you would like information about enrolling or an Enrolment Application Form, please call to the school. Alternatively  you can also contact the school on (090) 9747295, email scoilluanaofa@eircom.net or you can down load the Enrolment Application Form from the school web site www.lorrhans.ie

Reminder.

After a very successful three nights last week-end, Rathcabbin Players would like to remind patrons  that this coming week-end is the last chance to see  the 30th Anniversary production of Derek Benfield’s  three act comedy ‘Wild Goose Chase’.  The group are back on stage from Thursday Feb. 5th to 8th incl. at 8.30pm sharp in Rathcabbin Hall.  As there is great interest in this play, you are advised to book early to secure your seat on (087) 2360 096.

Lower Ormond Cycling Club.

A reminder that the Lower Ormond Cycling club are looking for new members. Based in Borrisokane, the club includes and welcomes members from all the surrounding areas. If you have an interest in cycling and would like to cycle as part of an organised group on a regular basis, we’d like to hear from you. Beginners welcome and will be catered for with shorter routes. Helmets are compulsory. For further details please contact James on 086 8109099.

 

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. 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.

Courses.

Portumna College of Further Education will be running FETAC/QQI Healthcare Support Level 5 incorporating Care Skills, Care Support, Care of the Older Person etc. Beginners Computers classes held every Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9.45am to 12.30pm. Further information from the college on 090-9741946 or 087-6258696

Smile Awhile and Laugh a Little Every Day.

The mother-in-law arrives home from the shops to find her son-in-law Paddy in a steaming rage and hurriedly packing his suitcase.

“What happened Paddy?” she asks anxiously.

“What happened?? I’ll tell you what happened! I sent an e-mail to my wife telling her I was coming home today from my fishing trip. I get home … and guess what I found? Yes, your daughter, my wife Jean, kissing Joe Murphy.

This is unforgivable, the end of our marriage. I’m done. I’m leaving forever!”

“Ah now, calm down, calm down Paddy!” says his mother-in-law. “There is something very odd going on here. Jean would never do such a thing! There must be a simple explanation.

I’ll go speak to her immediately and find out what happened.”

Moments later, the mother-in-law comes back with a big smile.

“Paddy. I told you there must be a simple explanation … she never got your e-mail!”

 


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Late Eileen White

There was much sadness in the Lorrha area in the past week with the passing of Eileen White (nee Corrigan) Portland in her 86th year.   Eileen was well known to all and was a quiet and always smiling, friendly lady who never complained. Eileen was predeceased by her husband Jack in 1981. She suffered a stroke 21 years ago and had been cared for in her daughter Patricia’s home since then, where she was always surrounded by her family. She passed away there on Monday January 19th.

She enjoyed going to the Day Care Centre in Portumna and always loved a journey. If there was a car going anywhere, she wanted to be in it. Her health declined two years ago and Eileen became confined to her home where she still enjoyed the many, many visitors that she had. She will be sadly missed by all but in particular by her family.

Sympathy is extended to her daughters Carmel Molloy, Marie Whyte & Patricia Cunningham. Her Sons-In-Law Christy & Jimmy, her granddaughters, Eleanor, Loretta, Paula, Alva, Edel & Michelle and her great grandchildren Niamh, Sean & Caitlin. Her sisters Judy (Tynagh), Kathleen (Loughrea), Chris (Dublin), Nance (Loughrea), her brother Murt Corrigan (Portland) and her nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and neighbours.

Her remains were removed from Dignity Retirement Village on Thursday, 22nd Jan for Funeral Mass at St. Ruadhans Church, Lorrha and burial took place afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. May her Gentle Soul Rest in Peace.

Late Ann Kennedy.

The death occurred on Tuesday January 20th of Ann Kennedy, Lusmagh and formerly Ravakeen and Cullagh, Rathcabbin. Nee Madden, Ann was predeceased by her husband Denis in 1987. Having  resided in the parish for many years, when Denis passed away, Ann moved back home to Lusmagh twenty five years ago. In recent years she resided in Elmgrove Nursing home in Birr where she passed away peacefully at the age of 85. Sympathy is extended to her nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Following funeral Mass in St. Cronan’s Church Lusmagh on Thursday 22nd burial took place in Aglish Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of the late Ann Hough, Townsent St. Birr, wife of the late Willie, formally Ballymacegan, Lorrha, which occurred on Friday 23rd January. After funeral Mass in St. Brendan’s Church Birr on Monday 26th burial took place in Clonoghill Cemetery, Birr. May she rest in peace.

Funeral Arrangements.

The remains of the late Maisie Dolan Lissernane, Rathcabbin will be reposing at her home on Wednesday 28th from 3.00 to 6.00p.m. with removal to Rathcabbin Church for 7.30p.m. Funeral Mass on Thursday morning at 11.30am followed by burial in Bonoham Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Church News.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday 10am to 10pm in Rathcabbin Church. All parishioners are invited to come and stay awhile in the presence of Jesus.

Art & German Classes

Art & Craft for children (5 years up) on Saturdays at 3.30pm and 5pm, German through fun at 2pm, starting on January 31st for 6 weeks.

Drawing for children (9 years up) on Thursdays at 6.30pm, starting on 29th January in Bramble Art Studio, Lorrha , for 8 weeks. Please contact Ute: 087-9151356 or 090-9747127.Early booking advisable.

Lines Open.

The phone line to book your seats for Rathcabbin Players three act comedy ‘Wild Goose Chase’ 30th Anniversary production is now open on (087) 2360 096.  The play will be staged in Rathcabbin Hall from Friday 30th January to Sunday Feb. 1st and from Thursday Feb. 5th to 8th incl. at 8.30pm sharp. As there is great interest in this play, you are advised to book early to secure your seat.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

On February 4th we have our A.G.M. This is your opportunity to vote in our new committee. We would like to see all our members present. We continue to meet every Wednesday at 2.30p.m. in Lorrha hall. We are now planning a Christmas meal in The Thatch in Ballycommon and hope you will all come. As booking is required please give your name to Barry at (086) 8143002. We wish all our members a happy and healthy new year.

Lower Ormond Cycling Club.

The Lower Ormond Cycling club are looking for new members. Based in Borrisokane, the club includes and welcomes members from all the surrounding areas. If you have an interest in cycling and would like to cycle as part of an organised group on a regular basis, we’d like to hear from you. Our first outing will be Sun Feb 1st meeting at Library in Borrisokane at 9.30am. Beginners welcome and will be catered for with shorter routes. Helmets are compulsory. For further details please contact James on 086 8109099.

 

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. 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.

Courses.

Portumna College of Further Education will be running FETAC/QQI Healthcare Support Level 5 incorporating Care Skills, Care Support, Care of the Older Person etc. Registration will be on 26th and 27th of January. Beginners Computer Classes will be held every Tuesday and Friday from 11am-1pm. Further Information from the college. 090-9741946 or 087-6258696.

Smile Awhile & Laugh A Little Every Day.

Hospital regulations require a wheel chair for patients being discharged. However, a student nurse found one elderly gentleman already dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet, who insisted he didn’t need my help to leave the hospital. After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let the young nurse wheel him to the elevator. On the way down she asked him if his wife was meeting him. ‘I don’t know,’ he said. ‘She’s still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown.’
                                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Denise couldn’t think of anything to say to Eamonn !!!!!

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North Tipperary Ploughing Chairman Eamon Murphy talks about their 50th Anniversary championships coming up on March 1st with Vice Chairman James Hough.

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Members of Rathcabbin Players Reading from their forthcoming comedy Wild Goose Chase for Tipp FM’s Down Your Way which will be aired this Thursday night 22nd & again Saturday morning. The Players celebrate their 30th Anniversary this year. Play will be staged  from Friday 30th to Sunday Feb. 1st and from Thursday Feb. 5th to 8th incl. at 8.30pm sharp. This hilarious comedy has a large cast that will have you laughing all night and for days afterwards. Booking from Jan. 23rd on (087) 2360 096

Polishing Process.

Rathcabbin Players are putting the polishing touches to their 30th Anniversary production of the Derek Benfield three act comedy ‘Wild Goose Chase’.  The play will be staged in Rathcabbin Hall from Friday 30th to Sunday Feb. 1st and from Thursday Feb. 5th to 8th incl. at 8.30pm sharp. This hilarious comedy has a large cast that will have you laughing all night and for days afterwards. Booking from Jan. 23rd on (087) 2360 096 so make it a date for Rathcabbin  Hall.

Full Steam Ahead.

North Tipperary Ploughing Association held their AGM on Friday night last in Rathcabbin Hall and outgoing officers were returned on block. President: Eileen Duffy, Vice President: John Slattery, Chairman: Eamon Murphy, Vice Chairman: James Hough, Secretary: Denis Cahalan, Assistant Secretary: Kevin Kennedy, Treasurer: Tom Duffy, Assistant Treasurer: Ray Clancy, N.P.A. Director Dinny Duffy.  It’s full steam ahead for the 50th Anniversary championships which will take place on Sunday March 1st on the lands of Sean and Carmel Lambe and family, Ballincur Cross, Lorrha, by kind permission. The committee are looking for a programme of the 1933 National Ploughing Championshais which were held in Clondalkin, Co. Dublin. If anyone has a programme they can loan or know of where there might be one, please call the Secretary Denis Cahalan on (087) 7793719. The programme will be returned.

Down Your Way.

A very successful recording of the popular Tipp FM programme ‘Down Your Way’ with presenter Eamonn O’Dwyer drew a large crowd to Kelly’s last in Rathcabbin. Thanks is extended to all who participated in the programme and to the Kelly family for hosting the event which marks the 30th Anniversary of Rathcabbin Players and the 50th Anniversary of North Tipp Ploughing. The programme will be broadcast this Thursday night 22nd from 7.00 to 8.00p.m. and will be repeated on Saturday morning 24th from 10.00 to 11.00am.. We hope you enjoy listening to this programme as much as we enjoyed making it.

 News From Lorrha School.

Nativity Play.Congratulations is extended to all the pupils who participated in the Christmas Eve Nativity play and to all the parents who helped and supported in so many ways.Knitting.Students and adult volunteers from the community are knitting mittens and hats for the special Care Babies in Ballinasloe and Limerick hospitals. Some will also be sent to the Missions.  If anyone would like to join us, please feel free to come to the school any Thursday between 2 and 3pm. You will be very welcome.After School Activities.Pre-School Speech and Drama commenced in the school after the Christmas break and there has been a great response to this activity.  Guitar, keyboard, and German classes have recommenced, see www.lorrhans.ie for dates and times.Peace Proms.

Rehearsals are in full swing in the school for the forthcoming Peace Proms concert which will be held in Limerick next month. A pre-concert rehearsal took place in Limerick last Friday which was very enjoyable.

Church News.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday 10am to 10pm in Rathcabbin Church. All parishioners are invited to come and stay awhile in the presence of Jesus.

John Needs Your Support.

John Duggan has a rare, life threatening blood disorder called PHN which means he requires regular blood transfusions and the life expectancy of such patients is about five year. Grandson of the late Katie and Tom Duggan, Portland, Lorrha, John is a regular visitor to his uncles and cousins in the parish and is well known in the locality. He was diagnosed with this condition back in 2008/9 and was prescribed the drug Soliris (eculizumab) by his medical team three years ago, but to date he has not actually received Soliris. Without this drug, John’s life expectancy is a short one and with no other option available to him, the 33 year old is asking you to help him put pressure on the HSE and the Government to fund this drug. You can help John by logging onto www.change.org, search for John Duggan and sign the online support petition. Every bit of support John can get is so important in hopefully getting the HSE and the Government to fund the drug. Please don’t leave it on the long finger before time runs out for John who asks that you act now and he appreciates your support at this difficult time for him and his family.

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. 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.

 Smile Awhile and Laugh a Little Every Day.

                                                                    This one is for you Caroline in Sandy Land!

A Dublin based teacher was testing her pupils in class to see if they understood the concept of getting to heaven.

She asked them, ‘ If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money to the church, would that get me into heaven?’

‘NO!’ the children answered.

‘If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the garden, and kept everything tidy, would that get me into heaven?’

Again, the answer was ‘NO!’

‘If I gave sweets to all the children, and loved my husband, would that get me into heaven?’

Again, they all answered ‘NO!’

The teacher was just bursting with pride for her young students. She continued, ‘Then how can I get into heaven?’

A little boy shouted out: ‘YUV GOTTA BE BLEEDIN’ DEAD MRS.’

                                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lorrha Notes

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The light aircraft carrying two adults and two children which developed engine failure and was forced to land in a field owned by Tim Reddan, Millform, Lorrha. The incident occurred on Christmas Eve as the family were on their way from England to Galway to visit relatives.

Church News.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday 10am to 10pm in Rathcabbin Church. All parishioners are invited to come and stay awhile in the presence of Jesus.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of the late Sally McCarthy, Cork, nee Sullivan, late of Coolross, Rathcabbin who died on January 5th. After funeral Mass in Timoleague Church on Wednesday 7th cremation took place at the Island Crematorium, Ringaskiddy. May she rest in peace.

Tipp FM Recording.

A Tipp FM recording of ‘Down Your Way’ will take place in Kelly’s Rathcabbin on Sunday 18th at 3p.m. This special recording will mark two notable events in the parish during 2015. The 30th Anniversary of Rathcabbin Players and the 50th Anniversary of North Tipperary Ploughing. There will also be individual recordings with music and craic the order of the day and evening. There’s an open invitation extended to all to come along and enjoy this special occasion. All are welcome.

Spring  De-Clutter.

Thinking of clearing out the wardrobe to make room for the Spring collection? Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Winter  months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Spring collection. We will accept any kind of bag or in bags provided by the committee. We can collect your unwanted items. Just call or text  (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (086) 8355405 with your name and details. 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.

Dance Classes.

Country and Western Dance Classes In Dooleys Hotel Birr every Tuesday at 8.30pm All Welcome (Jive,Quickstep,Foxtrot,Waltz)

Courses

Portumna College of Further Education has vacancies on the following courses: Horticulture Level 4/5; 5 places available. Retail Practice Level 4/5; 8 places available. Tourism with Business 8 places. Adult night classes also available in computers, Spanish, sewing/embroidery.  All courses beginning end of January.  All enquiries to the college on 090-9741946/ 0876258696 or michael.cunniffe@gretb.ie

Draw Results.

Lorrha Apostolic Work Society wish to extend thanks to all who supported their annual fundraising draw and the great generosity they received when they called to houses. The results are as follows:  1st Prize Hamper: John Madden, Church Park. 2nd. Meal Voucher: Sheila Coonan, Ballymacegan. 3rd. Bottle of Brandy: Colette Boucher, Lorrha, 4th. Box sweets: Riain Lane, Lorrha. 5th. Box Biscuits: T.T. c/o Carmel Lewis, Lorrha. 6th. Box Biscuits: Phyllis Kennedy, The Lake.

Smile Awhile & Laugh a Little Every Day. Two elderly gentlemen from a retirement centre were sitting on a bench under a tree when one turns to the other and says: ‘Slim, I’m 83 years old now and I’m just full of aches and pains. I know you’re about my age. How do you feel?’ Slim says, ‘I feel just like a newborn baby.’

‘Really!? Like a newborn baby!?’ ‘Yep. No hair, no teeth, and I think I just wet my pants.’