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

Lorrha Notes

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

Spring Clean.

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

Church News.

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

Award For Outstanding Service.

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

Walking Soccer

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

First Aid Course.

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

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

 Spring De-Clutter.

 

Thinking of clearing out the wardrobe to make room for the Spring collection? Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Winter months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Spring collection. We will accept any kind of bag or in bags provided by the committee. We can collect your unwanted items. Just call or text  (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (086) 8355405 with your name and details. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows and cushions, carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats), soiled or wet clothing. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed.

Pieta House Fundraiser.

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

GAA News

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

Q.R. Code Launch.

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

Spring Clean.

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

Celebrating St. Ruadhan’s Feast Day.

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

Pilgrimage.

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

Draw Results.

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

Sympathy.

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

Spring De-Clutter.

Thinking of clearing out the wardrobe to make room for the Spring collection? Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Winter months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Spring collection. We will accept any kind of bag or in bags provided by the committee. We can collect your unwanted items. Just call or text  (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (086) 8355405 with your name and details. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows and cushions, carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats), soiled or wet clothing. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed.

Redwood School.

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

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

Pieta House Fundraiser.

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

Tourist Course.

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

GAA News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Change of Date for Q.R. Code Launch.

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

Well Done.

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

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

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

Church News.

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

Celebrating St. Ruadhan’s Feast Day.

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

Late Fr. John Slattery.

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

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

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

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

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

St. Ruadhan’s Community Hall.

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

Spring De-Clutter.

Thinking of clearing out the wardrobe to make room for the Spring collection? Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Winter months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Spring collection. We will accept any kind of bag or in bags provided by the committee. We can collect your unwanted items. Just call or text  (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (086) 8355405 with your name and details. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows and cushions, carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats), soiled or wet clothing. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed.

Pieta House Fundraiser.

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

Rathcabbin First Responders (R.F.R.)

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

U13 Girls Connacht Champions 2015/2016

Report sent by Emer Power:

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

GAA News.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

                                          Volunteer today

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

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

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

 

Reducing risk factors for cardiovascular disease:

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

Possible break-out box: Make your own heart smile

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

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

Here is what they said:

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

Lorrha Notes

 

 

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

Rathcabbin First Responders (R.F.R.)

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

Recent Wedding.

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

Pieta House Fundraiser.

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

Sympathy.

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

Census 2016 – Make Your Mark.

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

Q.R. Code Launch.

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

Children’s Art Exhibition.

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

Dates for your diary – Redwood NS

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

Redwood NS Annual Fundraiser

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

Lorrha Apostolic Society.

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

Spring De-Clutter.

Thinking of clearing out the wardrobe to make room for the Spring collection? Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Winter months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Spring collection. We will accept any kind of bag or in bags provided by the committee. We can collect your unwanted items. Just call or text  (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (086) 8355405 with your name and details. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows and cushions, carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats), soiled or wet clothing. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed.

Family Fun Walk / Run.

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


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

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


Rathcabbin First Responders (R.F.R.)

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

Draw Results.

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

Pieta House Fundraiser.

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

Church News.

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

Thank you from Redwood NS.

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

Dates for your diary – Redwood NS

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

Redwood NS Annual Fundraiser

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

Census 2016 – Make Your Mark.

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

Good Wishes.

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

Children’s Art Exhibition.

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

Spring De-Clutter.

Thinking of clearing out the wardrobe to make room for the Spring collection? Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Winter months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Spring collection. We will accept any kind of bag or in bags provided by the committee. We can collect your unwanted items. Just call or text  (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (086) 8355405 with your name and details. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows and cushions, carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats), soiled or wet clothing. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed.

Free Jobseekers Support Service now available for you!

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

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


Lorrha Notes

                                  Happy Easter to all our Readers

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Birthday Greetings.

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

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

Easter Ceremonies.

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

Ploughing Raffle.

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

Pieta House Fundraiser.

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

 Thanks From Lorrha N.S.

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

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


Spring De-Clutter.

Thinking of clearing out the wardrobe to make room for the Spring collection? Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Winter months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Spring collection. We will accept any kind of bag or in bags provided by the committee. We can collect your unwanted items. Just call or text  (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (086) 8355405 with your name and details. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows and cushions, carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats), soiled or wet clothing. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed.

Free Jobseekers Support Service now available for you!

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

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


Lorrha Notes

                              Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all our Readers…

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Tomorrow 17th March, we will be celebrating our patron saint’s day. St. Patrick, apostle of Ireland was born in England circa 385 AD and one of Christianity’s most widely known figures. But for all his celebrity, his life remains somewhat a mystery. When Patrick was 16 he was sold into slavery in Ireland and began to see his enslavement as God’s test of his faith. During his 6 years of captivity he became deeply devoted to Christianity through constant prayer. In a vision he saw the children of pagan Ireland reaching out to him. With this, he grew increasingly determined to free the Irish of from Druidism (a nature based religion with gods and goddesses) by converting them to Christianity. He is believed to have died on 17th March, around 460 A.D. This day is celebrated in Ireland and throughout the world with parades, feasts and religious traditions. We hope you have a good one.

North Tipperary Ploughing Results.

The committee wish to thank all who helped, supported and participated in the championships on March 6th. in such dreadful weather conditions. The results are as follows: Conventional (Senior): 1st. Larry Bergin (South Tipp), 2nd. D.J. McHugh (Laois), 3rd. Alan Davis (Laois). Intermediate: 1st. Jonathan Murray (Offaly), 2nd. Tom Duffy (North Tipp), 3rd. Sean Gilligan (Galway), 4th Jim Green (Laois). Junior: 1st. Noel Howley (South Tipp), 2nd. J.P. Fenlon (Laois). 3 Furrow: 1st. Ciaran Milne (North Tipp), 2nd: Tom Ryan (North Tipp), 3rd: Liam Morris (South Tipp), 4th: Andrew Wilson (North Tipp). Farmette: 1st. Laura Grant (Offaly). Reversible: 1st. Joe Slattery (North Tipp), there was a tie for 2nd place between John Cahalan (North Tipp) and Enda Kelly (Offaly), 3rd. Karl Davis (Laois). Reversible U28: Dermot Ryan (Offaly). Vintage Hydraulic: 1st. John McBride (Offaly), 2nd. Michael Bourke (Galway), 3rd. Ray Clancy (North Tipp), 4th. Ethan Harding (North Tipp). Classic Vintage: 1st. Adrian Kennedy (North Tipp), 2nd. Michael Spain (Offaly). Single Furrow: 1st. Trevor Fleming (Cork), 2nd. James Hough (North Tipp), 3rd. Andrew Hogan (North Tipp). Horses: 1st. Joe Egan (Longford), 2nd. Michael Bourke (Galway), 3rd. Philip Larkin (Galway), 4th Eamon McDonagh (Mayo).

Bee Keeping Meeting.

Anyone interested in beekeeping can attend a meeting in Lorrha hall on Wed 16th  March at 8 pm. Basic beekeeping and honey production will be covered.

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Church Gate Collection- We are holding our church gate collection this weekend 19th and 20th outside all Masses. Please support generously.
Our next Junior match will be played Easter Monday against Ballina in Ballina at 12noon.

Church News.

Thursday, 17th March is Feast of Saint Patrick  –  Holyday of obligation.  Mass in Rathcabbin Church at 10.30am.

We are recruiting new Eucharistic Ministers for all three churches.   If you are willing to serve in this ministry, please inform Fr.Pat.   New Eucharistic Ministers will be commissioned at Mass on Holy Thursday night.  On that evening existing ministers will be invited to renew their commitment for another year. During the Season of Lent  we will continue to recite the Rosary before Sunday/Vigil  Mass in our churches.
Consultation on new ERB  Programme: ‘The national Council for Curriculum & Assessment (NCCA) is holding a consultation on Education about Religions and Beliefs(ERB). Submissions on proposals will be accepted up to 31st March at www.ncca.ie.  Submissions do not have to be particularly long or detailed but it is very important that our parishes, schools and those with an interest in religious education would avail of this opportunity to be involved.  Such a consultation could affect the way in which religious education would be determined in all our schools in the future.  For Catholic schools it is imperative that the school’s characteristic spirit – it’s Ethos – must be allowed to influence the teaching of religious & ethical values. There are significant potential philosophical problems with the NCCA proposals on ERB & Ethics. The proposals are arguably inspired more by an adult intellectual critique of religions than the childhood experience of living in a world informed by religious and other beliefs.’  The closing date for submissions is March 31st and all written submissions should be sent to ERB & Ethics Consultation, national Council for Curriculum & Assessment, 35 Fitzwilliam Sq., Dublin 2.
Recruiting Altar Society Volunteers: The response  to last Sunday’s request for help to keep our churches cleaned on a regular basis was very encouraging and sincere thanks to those who responded so promptly. However, we still do not have enough help to fill the rota and though you may not be in a position to volunteer yourself perhaps you could help by asking someone else who may be able to contribute a little of their time. If we get the response we’re hoping for no one should have to do more than two hours per year. Many hands make light work. Contact person for Lorrha church: Mary Coen 9747972 or 087 2601413, for Rathcabbin church Betty Houlihan: 0876667374.

Pieta House Fundraiser.

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

 School Enrolment.

Enrolment of new junior infants for September, 2016 is now taking place in Rathcabbin N.S.   Please contact the School at telephone number  –  057  – 9139008.

Tennis  Club Open Day.

Birr Wilmer Tennis Club are holding an open day on Saturday 19th March from 2.30 – to 5pm. They invite you to come along and try tennis. Practice drills with coaches, tennis racquets will be supplied. Children 2.30 to 4pm adults and students 4 to 5pm Lots of fun for kids, face painting, refreshments, special membership offers, information on Easter tennis coaching 29th March – 1st April for juniors. Schedule of events for adults beginning for the year.

Thanks From Lorrha N.S.

The pupils and staff wish to extend thanks to all who attended the school’s annual open day and thanks also to all who helped in organising the day which took place last Thursday.  Many thanks to the parent’s association for supplying refreshments. If you were not able to attend and would like to talk to the staff, please contact the school on (090) 9747295 or email: luanaofa@eircom.net.
Enrolment forms for September are available from the school at the above details. Log on to our web site www.lorrhans.ie or follow us on Facebook where you can view tips for parents and much more. Bus service available for school transport.
We also wish to extend thanks to the parents association for organising the recent fundraising poker classic.

Lorrha Development.

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

Spring De-Clutter.

Thinking of clearing out the wardrobe to make room for the Spring collection? Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Winter months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Spring collection. We will accept any kind of bag or in bags provided by the committee. We can collect your unwanted items. Just call or text  (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (086) 8355405 with your name and details. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows and cushions, carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats), soiled or wet clothing. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed.

Redwood NS – Easter Science & Computing Activity Camp

Redwood NS will be holding an Easter Science & Computing Activity Camp from Monday 21st – Thursday 24th March in the school from 9.30am to 2.00 pm. Activities include hands on science experiments, design and make, photography, cookery, photostory,Kahoot, powerpoint, nature trails, aistear (learning through play) and lots and lots more!! The camp is €10 per child per day. The camp are open to children from 3 to 10 years old. Bookings are now being taken, please contact Michelle on 090 9747186 or 087 4478115 to reserve a place for your child.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Portumna on March 17th.

Register your float now at Portumna P.O. in the categories: Youth, Humorous, Business/Commercial, Voluntary or Vintage.
Leaving from mart at 12.15pm. Fun day guaranteed.

Spring Celebration Concert – Friday, March 18th

 Swing into Spring – a concert to celebrate music & words with Omna Singers, Portumna Pen Pushers and local guests including Miriam Donoghue, Anna Browne, Mary Smith, Anne McGhee, Muirne Goode & friends, Treeny Hogan-Canning, Eric Flaherty and Laura Byrne. This fundraising event for Portumna Arts Group will take place on Friday, March 18th in Portumna’s Christ Church 8pm-10pm. Tickets at €10 available at Hayes & Hayes Pharmacy, The Cottage Store Antiques, Palmerston Stores, Ladies Day and The Beehive. Seating limited so get your ticket soon.

Story, Poetry and Song.

St. Joseph’s N.S. Aglish will commemorate 1916 in story, poetry and song in the old school hall this coming Wednesday and Thursday night at 8pm. This promises to be a fantastic night of entertainment for all to enjoy. Please show your support and phone the school (067) 21271 to book your ticket.


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Secretary of North Tipp Ploughing Denis Cahalan lets a flare off to signal the commencement of the 51st Annual Championships which was held in dreadful weather conditions on Sunday March 6th on the lands of Brendan and Mairead Tierney Terryglass by kind permission.

Open Day.

Lorrha National School will hold their open day on Thursday March 10th from 2 to 4pm.  This is an ideal opportunity to view the school and meet the staff, so all are welcome. If parents are unavailable on that day please contact the school and we can arrange a time that suits you. Enrolment forms for September available by calling (090) 9747295 or email: luanaofa@eircom.net. Bus service is available to transport pupils to and from school.

Church News.

On Saturday 23rd April, at 8.00pm Mass in Redwood  Mrs Mary O’Meara will be presented with a Bene Merenti  award for her services as sacristan. On Friday 29th April at 8.00pm Mass in Rathcabbin Church where Mrs Eileen Mannion and Richard Bourke will receive the Bene Merenti award for many years of talented service given to the parish in the music ministry. For more information contact 090 9747067 or 087 4125651.
Please Note:  We are recruiting new Eucharistic Ministers for all three churches.   If you are willing to serve in this ministry, please inform Fr.Pat.   New Eucharistic Ministers will be commissioned at Mass on Holy Thursday night.  On that evening existing ministers will be invited to renew their commitment for another year. During the Season of Lent  we will continue to recite the Rosary before Sunday/Vigil  Mass in our churches. Lenten Station Mass for people of the Parish on Wednesday next, 9th March  at 7.30p.m. in Rathcabbin Church.    Confessions beforehand.  This Station Mass is for all three areas – Lorrha, Rathcabbin and Redwood.

School Enrolment.

Enrolment of new junior infants for September, 2016 is now taking place in Rathcabbin N.S.   Please contact the School at telephone number  –  057  – 9139008.
Table Quiz.  Rathcabbin N.S. are holding a fundraising table quiz on Thursday night March 11th. in Kelly’s Rathcabbin at 9pm. Please support.

Lorrha Camogie:

Well done to the Junior team on winning their first league match against Silvermines. The next league match is due to be played Easter Monday against Ballina. Training continues this Wednesday evening at 7pm. Membership is now due and all players should pay membership as soon as possible.
Fundraiser: We will be holding our church gate collection shortly, we ask everyone to please support generously.

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.

Fundraiser.

Shannon Rangers soccer club will host Brendan Grace in concert on in Coolbawn Quay on Thursday night March 10th at 8pm. The organisers are asking for your support and you won’t be disappointed with Brendan on stage. Information and tickets from (087) 8120841 or (087) 7423990.

Shorelines Table Quiz – Friday, March 11th

On Friday March 11th, come along to the annual Table Quiz in aid of Shorelines Arts Festival 2016 in the Boathouse Bar. Starting at 8.30 pm, there will be a great variety of questions and prizes to be won. Adults: €10 and Students: €5. Please support the local arts group who are planning another super arts festival September 15th-18th.

Spring Celebration Concert – Friday, March 18th

Swing into Spring – a concert to celebrate music & words with Omna Singers, Portumna Pen Pushers and local guests including Miriam Donoghue, Anna Browne, Mary Smith, Anne McGhee, Muirne Goode & friends, Treeny Hogan-Canning, Eric Flaherty and Laura Byrne. This fundraising event for Portumna Arts Group will take place on Friday, March 18th in Portumna’s Christ Church 8pm-10pm. Tickets at €10 available from March 1st at Hayes & Hayes Pharmacy, The Cottage Store Antiques, Palmerston Stores, Ladies Day and The Beehive. Seating limited so get your ticket soon.

Bee Keeping Meeting.

Anyone interested in beekeeping can attend a meeting in Lorrha hall on Wed 16th  March at 8 pm. Basic beekeeping and honey production will be covered.


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North Tipperary Ploughing.

The 51st annual North Tipperary Ploughing Championships will take place on Sunday March 6th  in Terryglass on the lands of Brendan and Mairead Tierney by kind permission. The site is situated just out of the village on the Ballinderry road. Proceedings gets under way at 12.30pm. Usual tractor classes plus three vintage classes, one classic class and horse class. Competitors are requested to pre enter by Thursday March 3rd to the secretary Denis Cahalan on (087) 7793719. Trade stands will be welcome while for the younger people there will be a bouncing castle available. Raffle tickets are presently on sale from all members and will also be available on the day of the ploughing. Draw will take place on Saturday 26th March in Paddy’s Bar, Terryglass. A percentage from the gate takings will be made to North Tipperary Hospice on the night. Your support on the day will be much appreciated.

Open Day.

Lorrha N.S. will hold their open day on Thursday March 10th from 2 to 4pm.  This is an ideal opportunity to view the school and meet the staff. All are welcome. If parents are unavailable on that day please contact the school and we can arrange a time that suits you. Enrolment forms for September available by calling (090) 9747295 or email: luanaofa@eircom.net. Bus service is available to transport pupils to and from school.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to the Parnell family, Killeen and formerly Rathcabbin on the death of Michael last week. After funeral Mass in St. Brendan’s Church Birr on Wednesday 24th burial took place in Clonoghill Cemetery. May he rest in peace.
Sympathy is also extended to the family and relatives of Madeleine Forkan, Swinford,  County Mayo, née Frawley, late of Lorrha, who died recently. May she rest in peace.

Church News.

First Friday Mass on March 4th will be celebrated in Lorrha Church at 9.30a.m.  Confessions beforehand.   Please note there will be  no Mass in Rathcabbin Church on Friday evening. Dates for family Participation in First Communion and Confirmation Mass. Saturday, 5th March    – Redwood Church at 7.30p.m .  Sunday, 6th March  –  Lorrha Church at  10.00am and  Rathcabbin Church  at  11.30a.m.
During the Season of Lent  we will continue to recite the Rosary before Sunday/Vigil  Mass in our churches.

School Enrolment.

Enrolment of new junior infants for September, 2016 is now taking place in Rathcabbin N.S.   Please contact the School at telephone number  –  057  – 9139008.

Table Quiz.

Rathcabbin N.S. are holding a fundraising table quiz on Thursday night March 11th. in Kelly’s Rathcabbin at 9pm. Please support.

Spring De-Clutter.
Thinking of clearing out the wardrobe to make room for the Spring collection? Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Winter months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Spring collection. We will accept any kind of bag or in bags provided by the committee. We can collect your unwanted items. Just call or text  (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (086) 8355405 with your name and details. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows and cushions, carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats), soiled or wet clothing. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed.

Redwood NS 

Enrolment forms are available from the school now or can be downloaded from our website www.redwoodns.ie. If any parents would like to arrange a private viewing of the school and to meet the teachers please contact the school on 090 9747186 to arrange an appointment.

Redwood NS – Easter Science & Computing Activity Camp

Redwood NS will be holding an Easter Science & Computing Activity Camp from Monday 21st – Thursday 24th March in the school from 9.30am to 2.00 pm. Activities include hands on science experiments, design and make, photography, cookery, photostory, Kahoot, powerpoint, nature trails, aistear (learning through play) and lots and lots more!! The camp is €10 per child per day. The camp are open to children from 3 to 10 years old. Bookings are now being taken, please contact Michelle on 090 9747186 or 087 4478115 to reserve a place for your child.

Dates for your diary – Redwood NS

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

Fundraiser.

Shannon Rangers soccer club will host Brendan Grace in concert on in Coolbawn Quay on Thursday night March 10th at 8pm. The organisers are asking for your support and you won’t be disappointed with Brendan on stage. Information and tickets from (087) 8120841 or (087) 7423990.

Shorelines Table Quiz – Friday, March 11th

On Friday March 11th, come along to the annual Table Quiz in aid of Shorelines Arts Festival 2016 in the Boathouse Bar. Starting at 8.30 pm, there will be a great variety of questions and prizes to be won. Adults: €10 and Students: €5. Please support the local arts group who are planning another super arts festival September 15th-18th.

Spring Celebration Concert – Friday, March 18th

Swing into Spring – a concert to celebrate music & words with Omna Singers, Portumna Pen Pushers and local guests including Miriam Donoghue, Anna Browne, Mary Smith, Anne McGhee, Muirne Goode & friends, Treeny Hogan-Canning, Eric Flaherty and Laura Byrne. This fundraising event for Portumna Arts Group will take place on Friday, March 18th in Portumna’s Christ Church 8pm-10pm. Tickets at €10 available from March 1st at Hayes & Hayes Pharmacy, The Cottage Store Antiques, Palmerston Stores, Ladies Day and The Beehive. Seating limited so get your ticket soon.

Foroige Volunteers.

Foróige Volunteers from Tipperary Jimmy Ryan, Mary O’Sullivan, Shauna Keyes, Jackie Brazil, Theresa Smith and Ben O’Keeffe at the 46th Foróige Volunteers’ Annual Conference which took place recently

  • Six volunteers represent Tipperary at 46thAnnual Foróige Volunteers’ Conference  
  • ‘Young People in 2016 – Shaping Ireland’s Future’theme of major national conference which hears that youth organisation engages with more than 54,000 young people and 5,500 volunteers across Ireland 

Six volunteers representing Tipperary attended the 46th National Volunteers’ Conference of Foróige, Ireland’s leading youth organisation, which took place recently.

The six – from Clerihan and Carrick-on-Suir – were amongst the more than 220 Foróige volunteers from all over the country who took part in the conference, themed ‘Young People in 2016 – Shaping Ireland’s Future’, which was held in Hotel Westport in Co Mayo at the weekend.

Speaking at the conference, Chairperson of Foróige Michael Lynskey paid tribute to the Foróige volunteers across the country who give their time to help improve the lives of young people.

“Last year, over 400,000 hours were given freely by volunteers in Foróige – it’s a staggering amount of time, energy and commitment. Our volunteers help equip young people with the skills, knowledge and attributes they need to lead the best lives that they possibly can and we are truly grateful.”

Foróige now works with 54,000 young people and 5,500 volunteers each year through a network of 600 clubs, 150 projects and national programmes such as Entrepreneurship, Citizenship and Leadership.

Lorrha GAA

Senior: Lorrha will host Moyne-Templetuohy in the opening round of the County Challenge Cup in Moatfield on Sunday, 13th March at 12 noon.

Under 21: The under 21 footballers were forced to concede a walkover against Moneygall/Clonakenny on Sunday and have now exited the championship.

Under 16: Lorrha Rovers begin their ‘A’ football championship campaign against Nenagh Eire Og in Nenagh this Saturday, 5th March at 4.00pm

Lotto: Our jackpot is now €6,000 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.

Membership: for 2016 is now due. Rates were also confirmed with all inclusive of Gym membership: €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership for 12 months); €20 – Juvenile (16 and under); €90 – Family (2 adults and 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children). Closing date is 31st March. This date will be strictly enforced and no monies will be accepted beyond this date. It is important to remember that our total number of adult members by 31st March is the number the County Board will use towards our ticket allocations for Tipperary games so it is in your interest to have membership paid by then. Membership can be paid to club registrar Louise Mannion or can also be done online at www.locallotto.ie

1916 Commemoration Day: Lorrha GAA Club in association with Lorrha & Dorrha Historical Society are hosting a 1916 Commemoration Day and celebration of local heritage in the GAA Centre, Moatfield on Easter Sunday, 27th March at 3pm.  All are invited to attend events which include a celebration of Lorrha GAA and a reenactment of hurling from the 1916 era which promises to be an exciting event as the parish is split into four mixed teams which will battle for their townland. This will be followed by a reading of the proclamation of independence and raising of the tri-colour by schoolchildren from Lorrha, Rathcabbin and Redwood National Schools. These activities will be followed by refreshments in the Clubhouse and traditional music from local band Tradstone and guest musicians. There will also be prizes for the best adult and child outfit as everyone is urged to dress in the style of 1916. Anyone who would like to participate in anyway on the day, please contact: David Broderick (Cultural Officer, 0863308172); James Heenan (0872031798); Graham Downes (Club Chairman 0879905870); Michael O’Meara (0868379300).

Poker Classic: Lorrha GAA Club will be holding a Poker Classic in the GAA Centre on Saturday, 12th March from 8pm. Tickets €10 are on sale and there will also be a draw as part of the night.

Lorrha CountryFest 2016: Tickets (€20) are available from Kevin Molloy (0876738986) for this years Country Music Festival 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!

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

Anniversary Mass: The anniversary Mass for the late Tony Reddin takes place in St Rynagh’s, Church, Banagher, this Sunday, 6th March at 11.30am.

Elvis Costello And The Imposters

Live at the Absolute Festival Big Top Galway Friday July 15, 2016

Tickets €49.50 on sale this Friday
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A true songwriting legend, Elvis Costello has followed his musical curiosity for more than 35 years. Since his debut hit Watching the Detectives in 1977, he has amassed a music catalogue of 30 studio albums and 42 Top 100 singles.

Costello will be joined at the Absolut Festival Big Top by The Imposters for what promises to be a spectacular live performance.

Special guests on the night will be The Undertones.

Tickets on sale Friday 4 March from www.giaf.ie


Lorrha Notes

 

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Lorrha school pupils enjoying their time testing their balance on the new school play equipment. 

Late Tony Molloy.

The death occurred in Tullamore General Hospital on Thursday February 11th of Tony Molloy, Roughan, Rathcabbin.
Born and raised in Ballyea 81 years ago the youngest in a family of four, Tony left for England as a young man after finishing school in Rathcabbin and worked in a number of jobs before returning home eight years later. He will be best remembered as the local wildlife ranger and for his musical talents attending Fleadh Cheoil’s around the country and winning medals for his accordion playing and for whistling. He helped make an accordion with his friend Michael Searson from Moneygall which they presented to the American Ambassador as a gift for President Obama and which in turn was to lead to a kiss on his cheek from Michelle Obama when they visited Moneygall.
Tony loved the great outdoors and the simple things in life like fishing and shooting, a sport he carried on until last August until he started to get ill. Another one of his past times was local history and folklore which he immersed his thoughts in. He will be sadly missed by all who knew his but in particular by his family. Sympathy is extended to his wife Mary,  sons Kevin and Colin, daughters Caroline and Tracey, sister Bridget (Bridie) England, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends. After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland church Rathcabbin on Saturday 13th  burial took place in Bonaham cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Late Bridie O’Donoghue.

The death took place in Ballinasloe Hospital on Thursday February 18th of Bridget (Bridie) O’Donoghue, Pairc Na Cille, Lorrha. Nee O’Hara from Kilregane, she was a quiet individual and a good neighbour who loved gardening and her array of different colored rose bushes was her pride and joy and a sight to behold.  Other hobbies she enjoyed was knitting her Aran jumpers, reading and country music concerts but mostly she enjoyed the game of bingo, playing up until recently.  A great family woman, she lived for her family and continued her interest in them into their adult lives and that interest extended to her grandchildren whom she adored.  Predeceased by her husband Paddy eighteen years ago and by her son Keith one year later she is survived by her sons Desmond, Niall, Ray, Owen, daughters Laura and Caroline, brother Joe O’Hara, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and friends to whom sympathy is offered. After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church, Lorrha on Saturday 20th. burial took place in Terryglass cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to Sheila Dillon and family on the death of her sister Betty which occurred recently. May she rest in peace.

Church News.

During the Season of Lent  we will continue to recite the Rosary before Sunday/Vigil  Mass in our churches.   The Gospel in our lives:  At 9.30  on Friday mornings, during Lent, in Lorrha Church, we will have reflection and prayer related to the Gospel reading for each of the following Sundays.  This is a real opportunity to discover the meaning of the Gospel in our lives.  Everyone is welcome to come along. We will have Mass each Friday evening at7.30pm, with short reflection on Stations of the Cross beforehand, in Rathcabbin.

School Enrolment.

Enrolment of new junior infants for September, 2016 is now taking place in Rathcabbin N.S.   Please contact the School at telephone number  –  057  – 9139008.

Table Quiz.

Rathcabbin N.S. are holding a fundraising table quiz on Thursday night March 11th. in Kelly’s Rathcabbin at 9pm. Please support.

North Tipperary Ploughing.

The annual North Tipperary Ploughing Championships will take place this year on March 6th (weather permitting), on the lands of Brendan and Mairead Tierney (Terryglass) by kind permission. The site is situated just out of the village on the Ballinderry road. Proceedings gets under way at 12.30pm. This year a donation from the gate revenue will be made to a charity.

Fundraiser.

A poker classic will take place in Maher’s Lorrha on Sunday night 28th Feb. at 6pm with the proceeds going to Lorrha NS.

Cookery Demonstration.

Borrisokane Community School are holding a Healthy Eating Cookery Demonstration in the school on Monday night February 29th at 7.30pm. All are welcome.

Redwood NS Open Evening 

Our Open evening will take place on Wednesday, 02nd March from 7 p.m.

This is a great opportunity to visit the school, meet with the teachers, view the resources in the school and see the variety of activities carried out during the school year.  Enrolment forms are available from the school now or can be downloaded from our website www.redwoodns.ie. If any parents would like to arrange a private viewing of the school and to meet the teachers please contact the school on 090 9747186 to arrange an appointment.

Redwood NS – Timber for sale

We have a tractor trailer load of ash/sycamore timber for sale with all proceeds going to the school. Please contact Declan Houlihan on 087 6185461 if interested. Local delivery is also available.

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.

Fundraiser.

Shannon Rangers soccer club will host Brendan Grace in concert on in Coolbawn Quay on Thursday night March 10th at 8pm. The organisers are asking for your support and you won’t be disappointed with Brendan on stage. Information and tickets from (087) 8120841 or (087) 7423990.

Job Ready Programme.

Our next Programme commences 29TH February 2016 and includes  HACCP  and MANUAL HANDLING Certification, Self-assessment, Work experience, customer service, Researching jobs, social networking for employment, Developing /fine tuning your CV, setting up and using email, online job search, Cover letter. Application forms, Employment Rights, Education and Training options, information on entitlements and return to work supports, Interview and Presentation skills, career guidance and job planning, applying for jobs, targeting and sourcing jobs,  Goal setting/action plans, mentoring and ongoing support is also provided and much more.  Group participation and motivation; using the internet in job searching, online applications and much more. There is also a fully equipped Resource room available for you free with computer facilities, internet access, photocopying, stationary and phone to aid you in your job search.

To secure a place on our next Programme please contact Catherine or Siobhan at Birr Job Club,Phone: 057 91 23940 Mobile: 087 2082919. Or drop into our office at Unit 6 Shannon Development, Brendan Street, Birr, Co. Offaly.