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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

Rathcabbin Community Hall requires vital repairs to the roof. If repairs are not made unfortunately the hall will have to close. Due to Covid restrictions no fundraising can be held at the moment, which means the members are looking for support from the community. No matter how small of a donation it will all help. You can donate on line on our gofundme.com page. You can also donate by cash/cheque (envelopes are available in church porch and from Kelly's shop or from any Hall Committee members). The committee are asking the public to please get behind them on this issue as no one wants to see the hall closing permanently. Pictured here are the Community Hall committee  outside the hall recently. From left, Barry Noyce, Pat Kennedy, P.J. Nevin, Liam Dermody, Muireann Brophy, Johnny Brophy, Catherine Burke, Eamon and Marie O’Meara, Pat and Clare Burke.           Pic: Rose Mannion.

Dumping in Redwood Bog.            Pic: Rose Mannion

Ploughing Championships.

For the second year running, the big event of the year in all ploughing enthusiasts calendar, the club ploughing championships, have had to be cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic. While at National level plans are taking place to stage the annual event from 15th to 18th of September in Ratheniska, Co. Laois, a meeting will decide its fate later in the year and according to how the Covid pandemic pans out in the meantime. There has been only one previous ploughing cancellation in the 89 years history of the NPA Championships prior to this and that was back in 2001 due to the outbreak of the foot and mouth disease.

Daffodil Day.

Daffodil Day is coming up at the end of the month and the Irish Cancer Society is urging people to get behind what will be a very different Daffodil Day this year. With all the publicity around their annual fundraiser of street sales and events not possible due to Covid-19 restrictions, this fundraiser is more important than ever. There are still many ways for people all over the country to get involved with this year’s Daffodil Day which is taking place on March 26. Daffodil Day is an important chance not only to raise vital funds for services and research but also to send people affected by cancer a message of support in these challenging times. There are many ways for communities across the country to get involved with Daffodil Day, by hosting virtual fundraisers and collections, purchasing items from the Daffodil Day online shop or making a donation. Throughout the pandemic, the Irish Cancer Society has continued to provide vital services and support to cancer patients and their families. Services like Night Nursing, the Freephone Support Line 1800 200 700 and the Volunteer Driver Service are available because of the vital funds raised on Daffodil Day. If you have concerns or questions about cancer, or to learn more about support services available in your area, contact the Irish Cancer Society Support Line on freephone 1800 200 700. Visit www.cancer.ie/daffodilday.

Campaign.

 Trócaire Lenten 2021 campaign theme is “Land” The focus of this year’s campaign is South Sudan where there is a civil war and people are being driven from their homes
A message from Colm Hogan (Trócaire) “This week, within our parishes we will turn our thoughts to Lent, a time of sacrifice…Today, I want to thank you for supporting Trócaire this Lent, and bringing the stories of Awut & Ajak into your hearts. With schools closed, Parishes small and large across the island have stepped up to help us distribute Trócaire Boxes during a very difficult time. I just want to express my heartfelt gratitude to you – for all the support you give”. Trócaire boxes are available in both Lorrha & Rathcabbin churches.

Enrolment.

Scoil Lua Naofa Lorrha is accepting enrolments for the 2021/22 school year. Application forms can be  downloaded from the school website www.lorrhans.ie , by email to the school at luanaofa@gmail.com or by calling the school at (090) 9747295 and we can drop a form to you in the post.

Church News.

 First Friday.

 Friday coming March 5th is the First Friday of the month. Mass will be celebrated at 10am from Borrisokane on Webcam.

Set of Prayers.

Slivers of Light is a lovely set of prayers and reflections for Lent. Please see the following link. https://www.killaloediocese.ie/lenten-resource-slivers-of-light/

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to the Molloy families Rathcabbin on the death of Tony Molly, formerly Grange, who died in England last week. May he rest in peace.

Arrangements for Mass.
As level 5 restrictions continue, both Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches remain open for anyone wishing to pray privately. Weddings can have up to six guests and funerals can have ten people.

Masses are available online as follows:
Live at Borrisokane mass times- 7pm Saturday and 10:30am Sunday- and a recording from Fr Michael from Terryglass. Please check the following links:  www.twitch.tv/borrisokaneparish.  www.killaloediocese.ie/parish/borrisokane/.   www.terryglass/kilbarron       https://bit.ly/3bhnxfj

Weekdays Masses on Webcam 10am.Tues, Thurs, Fri. from Borrisokane.

Lenten Conversations.

Knock Shrine Lenten conversations continue on line at 8.30pm on the six Thursdays of Lent. Chaired by Fr. Eamon Conway who is a Professor of Theology in Mary Immaculate College, the conversations will explore a different theme each week with guest speakers involved. The discussions will be streamed online on the Knock Shrine website where people from all over the world can engage.‘ Living Christian Faith in the classrooms as young teachers’ will be the topic on this Thursday March 4th.  ‘Living Christian Faith in Christian life’ Mar 11th. ‘ Proclaiming Christian Faith as a Priest or religious today’ Mar. 18th. Studying Christian Faith ‘ Mar.25th. Anyone wishing in taking part can do so on www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live or on facebook@knockshrine.

Anniversary Masses.

Anyone wishing to book an anniversary mass please contact the Parish Office on 090-9747009. Both Fr Tom and Fr Michael are happy to include anniversaries in their weekend masses, in Terryglass by audio on Saturday evenings and on webcam on Sunday mornings in Borrisokane.

Marriage Preparation During Covid:

Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112.

Support.

A Covid-19 support line is available for older people and is managed by ALONE, a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. You can also contact the Samaritans:  Ph: 116,123, Text  087 2609090, email jo@samaritans.ie . Pieta House: Ph 1800 247 247, text HELP to 51444. Aware: Ph. 1800 804 848, email supportmail@:aware.ie

Lending a Hand.

With Level 5 restrictions set to continue into the next six weeks at lease, anyone who needs a helping hand  can call members of the Lorrha GAA club who offer their services whether it's to collect groceries, collect prescriptions etc. Ring Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Niall McIntyre (0857623158), David Fogarty (0872681134), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) all of whom will be happy to help.

GAA Notes:

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €3,450. The numbers drawn on 1 March were: 7-8-28-32. No Match 3's. Lucky Dips: Fiona Daly, Stephen Houlihan, Dennis Slevin, Colm Hogan. Promoters: Maria Brophy, Eamonn Maher, Kevin Molloy.
Next Monday's draw will be for a jackpot of €3,600 with a Match 3 pot of €120 so make sure you are in the draw. Team 5 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.
The lotto jackpot is at €3,600 with a match 3 pot of €120. You can play online at clubforce.com while lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the clubhouse, at Mulrooney's Gala, Kelly's Rathcabbin, or at the Scéal shop Lorrha.

Calf-rearing Scheme: The club have decided to run a calf-rearing scheme this year. Contact Joe Dolan (0879673124), Louis McCormack (0868493595), Tom Duffy (0876359007) for more information.

Membership: for 2021 is now due. Membership rates are unchanged from last year. €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership); €20 – Juvenile (16 & under); €90 – Family (2 adults & 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children).
No player can play or train without having their membership paid. Membership can be paid to registrar Louise Mannion (087659887) or online at clubforce.com or foireann.ie.

Congratulations to the recent lotto winners who were presented with the winnings recently. William Maher and Eillish Reddan were presented with their winnings by chairman Joe Dolan at the Tony Reddin complex.  Pictured here are from left Madeline Maher, William Maher, Alan O'Meara, Joe Dolan, Donna Mannion, Tom Duffy, Eillish Reddan, Tom Reddan.


Lorrha Notes

Just a very small amount of a lot of rubbish which was dumped in Redwood Bog.  Locals have spend days cleaning it up. Pic Rose Mannion.

Muireann Brophy and Clare Burke of Rathcabbin Hall committee standing inside the front door of the hall where a plaque was erected in 1972 to acknowledge the generosity of the O’Brien family, Gurteen, who donated the site for the hall in 1922.   Pic: Rose Mannion.

Late Margaret (La) Darcy.

Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Margaret (La) Darcy, Portland, Lorrha who passed away on Monday February 15th. peacefully in the loving care of the staff of Saint Kieran's Care Home, Rathcabbin. Predeceased by her parents John and Margaret, brothers Sean and Jimmy, sister Tina. La will be sadly missed by her brother Martin (Kilcormac), sister Brenadette Carroll (Crinkle), sisters in-law Mary and Nuala, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
After a private family funeral Mass which was held in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Terryglass, on Thursday 18th.  burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May La rest in peace.

Late Kathleen (Kitty) Kennedy.

The death occurred on Ash Wednesday February 17th of Kathleen Kennedy, Newtown, Rathcabbin.
Kitty as she was known to all, celebrated her 98th birthday just last October. She was nee Morris from Aglish. A light hearted woman, she loved socializing and attended bingo and day care outings well into her 90’s. Her door was always open to who ever called and the kettle was always on the boil. Very much a family woman who adored her children, she also took great pride, interest  and enjoyment from her grandchildren and they returned her affection one thousand fold. Kitty passed away peacefully at her home in Newtown in the company of her loving family. Predeceased by her husband Michael, parents Christopher and Vina Morris, sisters Sr Marie-Therese, Una and Bridge, sons in law John, Noel and Sean, daughter in law Zulekha. She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her children Mary, Fr Michael, Margaret, Vina, Paddy, Christy, Mark, Eugene, Teresa, Ita and Joe, brother James, sister Tess, 15 grandchildren 4 great-grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, extended family, neighbours relatives and friends.
After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin On Friday 19th. burial took place in Bonaham cemetery, Rathcabbin. May Kitty rest in peace.

Late Patrick (Pat) Morris.

 The death occurred on Ash Wednesday February 17th  after a short illness of Patrick (Pat) Morris, Annagh, Rathcabbin just hours after his first cousin Kitty Kennedy’s passing. Pat’s father hailed from Lisballyard and his mother was Margaret Colgan from Cloghan. They met and married in Dublin in the early 1920’s settling down  in Carrickmines where Pat was born and raised along with his siblings. Pat came to Rathcabbin a young man when he inherited a farm after his uncle passed away.  It was here that he met his future wife Maura Smyth and they married in 1970. The Covid pandemic last year meant their 50th wedding anniversary celebrations couldn’t be held.
Pat was known far and wide through his dismantling business which he ran alongside his farm in Annagh. The business brought him in contact with people from everywhere and he loved meeting them and having the chat.
Predeceased by his son Liam, he will be sadly missed by his loving wife Maura, son Padraic, daughters Anne, Rita and Nuala, adored by his seven grandchildren Nuala, Allana, James, Martin, Sarah, Stephen and Abbie, three great-grandchildren, brothers, sister, sons-in-law, partners, relatives, neighbours and friends.
After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Friday 19th. burial took place in Bonoham Cemetery, Rathcabbin. May Pat rest in peace.

 Numbers Remain High.

We are all feeling somewhat weary as we face into what will soon be a year of serial lockdowns due to the Covid – 19 pandemic. What is now becoming more clear is that we will be living for most of this year under restrictions of some sort or other. No one can make plans anymore because there is no magic wand to wipe away the virus and allow us to return to normal life as we knew it. Vaccinations are pushing ahead as the all important liquid becomes available and the virus continues to spread very quickly, but while numbers remain high, they are falling ever so slightly in hospitals around the country. Over a six day period last week, 182 people were reported to have passed away from this virus in Ireland while the number of people in ICU around the country fell from 178 to 151. But we cannot become complacent and we must continue to adhere to the public health guidelines even if you have been vaccinated. Stay safe.

 Appeal Continues.

Please help the Rathcabbin Hall committee from making a difficult choice about the future of the hall.  They are making a special appeal for your support right now. The community hall requires vital repairs to the roof. If repairs are not made unfortunately the hall will have to close. Due to Covid restrictions no fundraising can be held at the moment, which means the members are looking for support from the community. No matter how small of a donation it will all help. You can donate on line on our gofundme.com page. You can also donate by cash/cheque (envelopes are available in church porch and from Kelly's shop or from any Hall Committee members). The committee are asking the public to please get behind them on this issue as no one wants to see the hall closing permanently.

Copies Remaining.

If you haven’t purchased your copy of the 2021 Lorrha parish calendar, there is still time to get a copy. The calendar can be purchased in Lorrha village, Mulrooney’s at The Ferry, O’Meara’s Super Valu Portumna, Boathouse, Salmons, Heenan’s Borrisokane, Flynn’s of Carrigahorig, Buckley’s Super Valu, Birr.

Church News.

As level 5 restrictions continue, both Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches remain open for anyone wishing to pray privately. Weddings can have up to six guests and funerals can have ten people.

Masses are available online as follows:

Live at Borrisokane mass times- 7pm Saturday and 10:30am Sunday- and a recording from Fr Michael from Terryglass. Please check the following links:  www.twitch.tv/borrisokaneparish.  www.killaloediocese.ie/parish/borrisokane/.   www.terryglass/kilbarron       https://bit.ly/3bhnxfj

Weekdays Masses on Webcam 10am.Tues, Thurs, Fri. from Borrisokane.

Lenten Conversations.

Knock Shrine Lenten conversations continue on line at 8.30pm on the six Thursdays of Lent. Chaired by Fr. Eamon Conway who is a Professor of Theology in Mary Immaculate College, the conversations will explore a different theme each week with guest speakers involved. The discussions will be streamed online on the Knock Shrine website where people from all over the world can engage. This Friday February 25th ‘Living Christian Faith as young adults’ will be discussed. The remaining topics are ‘ Living Christian Faith in the classrooms as young teachers’ March 4th. ‘Living Christian Faith in Christian life’ Mar 11th. ‘ Proclaiming Christian Faith as a Priest or religious today’ Mar. 18th. Studying Christian Faith ‘ Mar.25th. Anyone wishing in taking part can do so on www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live or on facebook@knockshrine.

Anniversary Masses.

Anyone wishing to book an anniversary mass please contact the Parish Office on 090-9747009. Both Fr Tom and Fr Michael are happy to include anniversaries in their weekend masses, in Terryglass by audio on Saturday evenings and on webcam on Sunday mornings in Borrisokane.

Marriage Preparation During Covid:

Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112.

Support.

A Covid-19 support line is available for older people and is managed by ALONE, a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. You can also contact the Samaritans:  Ph: 116,123, Text  087 2609090, email jo@samaritans.ie . Pieta House: Ph 1800 247 247, text HELP to 51444. Aware: Ph. 1800 804 848, email supportmail@:aware.ie

Lending a Hand.

If anyone needs a helping hand during this latest Level 5 restrictions, Lorrha GAA club would like to offer their services whether it's to collect groceries, collect prescriptions etc. Ring Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Niall McIntyre (0857623158), David Fogarty (0872681134), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) all of whom will be happy to help.

GAA News.

Lotto: There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €3,300. The numbers drawn on 22 February were: 2-12-22-31. 1 Match 3: Anna Young wins €100. Promoters: Eamonn Maher, Liam Reddish & Internet.

Next Monday's draw will be for a jackpot of €3,450 with a Match 3 pot of €100 so make sure you are in the draw. Team 4 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support. You can play online at clubforce.com while lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the Clubhouse, Mulrooney's The Ferry, Kelly's Rathcabbin, or at the Scéal shop Lorrha.

Membership: for 2021 is now due. Membership rates are unchanged from last year. €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership); €20 – Juvenile (16 & under); €90 – Family (2 adults & 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children).  No player can play or train without having their membership paid. Membership can be paid to registrar Louise Mannion (087659887) or online at clubforce.com or foireann.ie.

Fundraising: We appreciate that people are stretched these days with various requests but with our EuroMillions term coming to an end in May, we will be re-joining again for the year. All syndicated members will be contacted from April to see if they wish to take part again for the forthcoming year. The club have also decided to run a calf-rearing scheme. More details to follow.

RIP: Sympathies to the Kennedy family on the death of Kathleen (Kitty), Newtown, and to the Morris family on the death of Pat Morris, Annagh. May they rest in peace.


Lorrha Notes

 

Some of the huge amount of rubbish which has been dumped in Redwood Bog and which some locals have helped to clean up   Pic: Rose Mannion

Rathcabbin Hall committee member Eamon O’Meara shows how far up the water damaged the presses in the kitchen of the hall when a water pipe burst recently destroying the unity and floor covering.   Pic: Rose Mannion.

A Special Appeal.

Please help the Rathcabbin Hall committee from making a difficult choice about the future of the hall.  They are making a special appeal for your support right now. The community hall requires vital repairs to the roof. If repairs are not made unfortunately the hall will have to close. Due to Covid restrictions no fundraising can be held at the moment, which means the members are looking for support from the community. No matter how small of a donation it will all help. You can donate on line on our gofundme.com page. You can also donate by cash/cheque (envelopes are available in church porch and from Kelly's shop or from any Hall Committee members). The committee are asking the public to please get behind them on this issue as no one wants to see the hall closing permanently.

Crime Prevention Videos.

Gardaí are recording a series of online videos giving crime prevention and road safety help and advice to the public. The current Covid-19 lockdown restrictions mean that the community Gardai cannot hold their normal round of crime prevention public meetings or have crime prevention information stands at community meetings and events so their response to this is to produce the online videos.
The first video focusing on road safety advice for people walking and cycling on public roads and other road users. The second video will highlight the problem of unsolicited contacts where people receive cold calls or unwanted texts/emails asking them to click on a link to divulge personal information. The video addresses the upcoming roll-out of the Covid vaccines and gives advice on how to deal with suspicious callers/texts. It also offers practical advice for those who experience people calling to their homes offering cleaning and maintenance services.
Another video in the series will offer advice to people who are victims of domestic violence and provide information on how they can access information and help.
The final video will focus on burglary and theft crime prevention and will be brought out as the country moves towards the easing of the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. This video will aim to highlight that with increased flexibility of movement, people should be aware criminals will also be on the move looking for opportunities to capitalise on people leaving their homes unattended. All videos can be viewed on the Tipperary Garda facebook page.

Helpline For Farmers.

Teagasc -  The Agriculture and Food Development Authority has opened a dedicated helpline to assist farmers with queries in relation to Covid -19 matters. Farmers can call (076) 1113533 which is open from 9.30am to 5.00pm Monday through to Friday or go on their website www.teagasc.ie where there is loads of information on all matters farming. Teagasc is advising farmers to continue to use their advisor’soffice and mobile numbers to make contact as usual.

eLearning Courses.

Family Carets Ireland with support from the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Dormant Accounts Fund which is administered by Pobal, has launched a suit of free eLearning courses providing information and guidance to those caring for loved ones at home and can be accessed through www.familycarers.ie  The courses cover the key aspects of caring ie self care, coping with grief, nutrition and hydration, positive communication, and continence care. Eack key aspect includes an introduction and over view of the topic and allows family carers to work through the information at a time and pace that suits them. Further information is available by calling free phone 1800 24 07 24 or visit www.familycarers.ie

Enrolment.

Rathcabbin National School is now taking enrolments for the next school year. Contact Mr. DArcy at the school for information or have it sent out by  text/ring 0864140102 or email principal@rathcabbinns.ie. Thank you.

 The Vaccine Commences.

Over the next three weeks, all of the country’s over 85 year olds should be vaccinated against the Covid -19 virus. About 20,000 vaccines will be distributed to 84 GP practices across 20 counties this week while next week will include a further 384 practices and the last lot of practices will get their vaccine around the first week of March. Then it’s the time for the over 70 year olds and so on down the line until every citizen in the country is vaccinated against this deadly virus.
As we can all appreciate, this is going to take time but most of all this will mark an very important week in the fight back against the virus. With Level 5 restrictions still very much in sharp focus and no sign of a let up, we the public have to continue isolating and on guard as this virus is not gone anywhere but still very much at large. The rate of close contacts are going up again which means that the positivity rates remain high with about seven in every ten of the new cases identified as the UK variant of the virus which is proving to be much more aggressive. So there is a lot of uncertainty out there yet. Do continue to adhere to the public health guidelines and stay safe.

Copies Remaining.

If you haven’t purchased your copy of the 2021 Lorrha parish calendar, there is still time to get a copy. The calendar can be purchased in Lorrha village, Mulrooney’s at The Ferry, O’Meara’s Super Valu Portumna, Boathouse, Salmons, Heenan’s Borrisokane, Flynn’s of Carrigahorig, Buckley’s Super Valu, Birr.

Church News.

As level 5 restrictions continue, both Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches remain open for anyone wishing to pray privately. Weddings can have up to six guests and funerals can have ten people.

Masses are available online as follows:

Live at Borrisokane mass times- 7pm Saturday and 10:30am Sunday- and a recording from Fr Michael from Terryglass. Please check the following links:  www.twitch.tv/borrisokaneparish.  www.killaloediocese.ie/parish/borrisokane/.   www.terryglass/kilbarron       https://bit.ly/3bhnxfj

Weekdays Masses on Webcam 10am.Tues, Thurs, Fri. from Borrisokane.


Lenten Conversations.

Knock Shrine are hosting on line faith discussions at 8.30pm on the six Thursdays of Lent, which commenced on February 18th last. Chaired by Fr. Eamon Conway who is a Professor of Theology in Mary Immaculate College, the conversations will explore a different theme each week with guest speakers involved. The discussions will be streamed online on the Knock Shrine website where people from all over the world can engage. On February 25th ‘Living Christian Faith as young adults’ will be discussed. The remaining topics are ‘ Living Christian Faith in the classrooms as young teachers’ March 4th. ‘Living Christian Faith in Christian life’ Mar 11th. ‘ Proclaiming Christian Faith as a Priest or religious today’ Mar. 18th. Studying Christian Faith ‘ Mar.25th. Anyone wishing in taking part can do so on www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live or on facebook@knockshrine.

Anniversary Masses.

Anyone wishing to book an anniversary mass please contact the Parish Office on 090-9747009. Both Fr Tom and Fr Michael are happy to include anniversaries in their weekend masses, in Terryglass by audio on Saturday evenings and on webcam on Sunday mornings in Borrisokane.

Marriage Preparation During Covid:

Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112.

Support.

A Covid-19 support line is available for older people and is managed by ALONE, a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. You can also contact the Samaritans:  Ph: 116,123, Text  087 2609090, email jo@samaritans.ie . Pieta House: Ph 1800 247 247, text HELP to 51444. Aware: Ph. 1800 804 848, email supportmail@:aware.ie

Lending a Hand.

If anyone needs a helping hand during this latest Level 5 restrictions, Lorrha GAA club would like to offer their services whether it's to collect groceries, collect prescriptions etc. Ring Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Niall McIntyre (0857623158), David Fogarty (0872681134), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) all of whom will be happy to help.

GAA News.

Lotto: 

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €3,150. The numbers drawn on 15 February were: 1-5-29-30. 1 Match 3: Paula S & Paddy C win €100. Promoters: Margaret O'Brien, John McLeish, Liam Reddish. Next Monday's draw will be for a jackpot of €3,300 with a Match 3 pot of €100 so make sure you are in the draw. Team 3 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support. The lotto jackpot is at €3300 with a match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at clubforce.com while lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the clubhouse, at Mulrooney's, Kelly's, or at the Scéal shop.
If you need Lotto envelopes, contact chairman Joe Dolan (0879673124), Hubert Duggan (0872185995) or Kevin Molloy (0876738986).

Fundraising: It's obviously a difficult time to be mentioning fundraising but with our Euro Millions term coming to an end in May, we will be re-joining again for the year. All syndicated members will be contacted from April to see if they wish to take part again for the forthcoming year. The club have also decided to run a calf-rearing scheme. More details to follow.

Membership: for 2021 is now due. Rates are unchanged from last year. €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership); €20 – Juvenile (16 & under); €90 – Family (2 adults & 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children). No player can play or train without having their membership paid.  Membership can be paid to registrar Louise Mannion (087659887) or online on either of the websites clubforce.com or foireann.ie. Contact Maureen (0872426965) if you are having issues signing up.

Vaccination Centres.

The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, has confirmed locations for 37 vaccination centres across Ireland for the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.

The 37 centres have been confirmed by the HSE, with at least one in every county. These centres will support the vaccination of the general population in a safe and efficient manner. While currently vaccines are being administered in healthcare settings and by GPs, many people will be offered their vaccination in these centres, having self-registered online.  

In North Tipperary the Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh is one venue. It is important to note that the centres will be of different sizes and operating hours will be based on vaccine supply and catchment area need. These centres will be ready well in advance of vaccine supply when they will be used as part of our programme. People can expect to see these vaccination centres ready and waiting in their county, the vaccination programme would only be limited by the availability and reliability of supply in these early stages of the programme. In the coming months supply will increase substantially and we will see these centres operating to full capacity and administering vaccines to the general population, following the Government priority list.

 

Inland Fisheries Ireland fishing for young poets in Tipperary

Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Blackrock Education Centre are running the national ‘Something Fishy’ poetry competition aimed at 5th and 6th class primary school students in Tipperary and nationwide. It is an opportunity for students to get creative at home and learn about fish. This is the second year the competition has been run as a fun way for students to learn more about fish and their environment while also being in with a chance to win some great prizes.

The competition is to write an acrostic poem; in which the first letter of each line spells out a word. Each student is to spell out the word ‘STREAM’ to write their own acrostic poem.  Students are also encouraged to illustrate their poems with their own artwork. Only one entry is permitted per student and it is to be original work. The closing date for entries is Friday, 28th of May 2021. Parents/ Guardians are being asked to email the entry to outreach@fisheriesireland.ie and to include the student’s name, class (5th or 6th) and school name and address. The entries will be divided into three categories: 5th class in one category, 6th class in another and there is also a category for entries in Irish. The winning illustrated poems will be chosen by a panel of judges.

Suzanne Campion, Head of Business Development at Inland Fisheries Ireland said: ‘We are delighted to launch this competition for the second year in a row and we are looking forward to seeing the imaginative works the young poets create. There are lots of fun and interactive resources available on www.somethingfishy.ie, to help inspire budding poets.’

Susan Gibney, Director of the Blackrock Education Centre said: ‘We are looking forward to being involved in the second year of this competition. The poetry competition is a great way to inspire students to engage in learning in an innovative way. As an education centre it is great to be part of new ways to involve students in learning particularly during current times.’

Winners will be announced on the 18th of June 2021 and prizes are as follows:

Three Categories- 5th and 6th class and Irish language category

1st prize- Fishing kit (to the value of €100)

2nd prize- Outdoor field trip kit (to the value of €50)

3rd prize- Goody Bag (to the value of €30)

Each category has three prize-winners winning the above prizes.

For any queries, please email outreach@fisheriesireland.ie.


Lorrha Notes

Barry Noyce who is a member of the Rathcabbin Hall committee, shows where the ceiling collapsed in the hall from the heavy weight of water. The rest of the ceiling is in a poor state needing renovation work without further delay.   The committee welcomes any new volunteers who would like to help in the upkeep of the community hall, whether through cleaning, painting or promotion.  Anyone wishing to contribute in whatever way, please contact  (087) 136 4936.       Pic: Rose Mannion.

Please help the Rathcabbin Hall committee from making a difficult choice about the future of the hall.  They are making a special appeal for your support right now. The community hall requires vital repairs to the roof. If repairs are not made unfortunately the hall will have to close. Due to Covid restrictions no fundraising can be held at the moment, which means the members are looking for support from the community. No matter how small of a donation it will all help. You can donate on line on our gofundme.com page. You can also donate by cash/cheque (envelopes are available in church porch and from Kelly's shop or from any Hall Committee members). The committee are asking the public to please get behind them on this issue as no one wants to see the hall closing permanently. For further information call

Lorrha & Dorrha Camogie Club.

The club would like to extend congratulations to Clodagh McIntyre on her recent selection to the Tipperary Senior Camogie panel for 2021 and for being nominated in the midflied position on the Tipperary Club team of the year 2020.
Membership to the camogie club will be €25 each for juvenile players, €40 for Students and  €60 for adults. Non playing adult is €30. Family membership can also be paid to the camogie which allows you the same benefits as the GAA club for ticket draws. Family of 2 adults and 2 children U18 is €90, capped at €100 for 3 or more children. We hope to have an update on when we can return to the training pitch at the end of February.

eLearning Courses.

Family Carets Ireland with support from the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Dormant Accounts Fund which is administered by Pobal, has launched a suit of free eLearning courses providing information and guidance to those caring for loved ones at home and can be accessed through www.familycarers.ie  The courses cover the key aspects of caring ie self care, coping with grief, nutrition and hydration, positive communication, and continence care. Eack key aspect includes an introduction and over view of the topic and allows family carers to work through the information at a time and pace that suits them. Further information is available by calling free phone 1800 24 07 24 or visit www.familycarers.ie

Enrolment.

Rathcabbin National School is now taking enrolments for the next school year. Contact Mr. DArcy at the school for information or have it sent out by  text/ring 0864140102 or email principal@rathcabbinns.ie. Thank you.

 The Fight Is On.

Good news for Tipperary with the county recording the 14-day Covid-19 incidence rate is now the sixth lowest in the country as the fight against this deadly virus steps up a gear from last Monday Febuary 8th. 40 centers will open Nationwide in the coming weeks to administer the Covid vaccination. From Monday Frontline workers are due to receive their first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine after 21,600 vials arrived in the country over the week-end from Belgium and was placed in cold storage awaiting its distribution on Monday

HSE chief clinical officer Dr Colm Henry told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland last Monday that older people were being prioritised as an at risk group. He said that the aim of phase three is to get through the over 70s with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. He also stated that at the moment 43,000 vaccines is coming in each week and that's increasing in February and March. This is great news for everyone.
Also from Monday people living in Northern Ireland who cross the Irish border without a reasonable excuse face a €100 fine.  So this means that if gardai stop a car with a driver and two passengers then each of the three adults will receive a fine of €100. Under Ireland's current Covid-19 public health restrictions, travel is restricted to within five kilometres of a person's home except for essential reasons. People travelling to an airport or port to take a holiday abroad are liable for a €500 fine for undertaking a non-essential journey. This is only right in an effort to stop the spread of this deadly virus.  Do continue to adhere to the public health guidelines and stay safe.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of Gerry McHugh, Dublin, and late of Portland, Lorrha, who passed away in recent weeks. May he rest in peace.
Sympathy is also extended to the family and friends of Martin Connolly Birr and late of Walshpark, Rathcabbin who passed away last week. May he rest in peace.

Weather Alert.

Spring is in the air and the stretch in daylight is indeed welcome during these difficult times but the next eight to ten days are going to bring an Arctic blast as temperatures are set to plummet to -5C bringing heavy snowfall over most of the country and severe frost with ice. Gardai are advising motorists and pedestrians to take extreme care on the roads as conditions could prove challenging as it will be bitterly cold with a severe wind chill and the heavy frost will bring black ice. Take it easy everyone.

Reminder.

Gardai are asking all dog owners to secure their dog and make sure they know where their dog is at all times after a number of sheep attacks in recent weeks and as the lambing season gets underway.

 

Copies Remaining.

If you haven’t purchased your copy of the 2021 Lorrha parish calendar, there is still time to get a copy. The calendar can be purchased in Lorrha village, Mulrooney’s at The Ferry, O’Meara’s Super Valu Portumna, Boathouse, Salmons, Heenan’s Borrisokane, Flynn’s of Carrigahorig, Buckley’s Super Valu, Birr.

Church News.

As level 5 restrictions continue, both Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches remain open for anyone wishing to pray privately. Weddings can have up to six guests and funerals can have ten people.

Masses are available online as follows:

Live at Borrisokane mass times- 7pm Saturday and 10:30am Sunday- and a recording from Fr Michael from Terryglass. Please check the following links:  www.twitch.tv/borrisokaneparish.  www.killaloediocese.ie/parish/borrisokane/.   www.terryglass/kilbarron       https://bit.ly/3bhnxfj

Weekdays Masses on Webcam 10am.Tues, Thurs, Fri. from Borrisokane.

Ash Wednesday.
Mass for Ash Wednesday on 17th February will be celebrated  from Borrisokane at 10.am .

Virtual Blessing.
Virtual Blessing of the Sick will be held this coming weekend of 13th/14th  February from Borrisokane Church who will have a family Mass with the theme of Healing. This will be available on webcam.

Lenten Conversations.

Knock Shrine will host on line faith discussions at 8.30pm on the six Thursdays of Lent, commencing on February 18th. Chaired by Fr. Eamon Conway who is a Professor of Theology in Mary Immaculate College, the conversations will explore a different theme each week with guest speakers involved. The discussions will be streamed online on the Knock Shrine website where people from all over the world can engage in topics. On Feb. 18th the first topic will be ‘Living Christian Faith in the family’, while on February 25th ‘Living Christian Faith as young adults’ will be discussed. The remaining topics are ‘ Living Christian Faith in the classrooms as young teachers’ March 4th. ‘Living Christian Faith in Christian life’ Mar 11th. ‘ Proclaiming Christian Faith as a Priest or religious today’ Mar. 18th. Studying Christian Faith ‘ Mar.25th. Anyone wishing in taking part can do so on www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live or on facebook@knockshrine.

Free Remote Tutoring.

Age Action’s getting started KIT programme provides free remote tutoring to older people to use the internet on their device. Please see the following link for further information or contact Age Action on 01-4756989 https://www.ageaction.ie/how-we-can-help/getting-started-kit.

Anniversary Masses.

Anyone wishing to book an anniversary mass please contact the Parish Office on 090-9747009. Both Fr Tom and Fr Michael are happy to include anniversaries in their weekend masses, in Terryglass by audio on Saturday evenings and on webcam on Sunday mornings in Borrisokane.

Marriage Preparation During Covid:

Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112.

Staff and residents in St. Kieran’s Care Home in Rathcabbin  were delighted and relieved, to receive the Covid – 19 vaccination on Friday last January 22nd.   Local man Seamus O’Meara,  (Lisballyard) was the first resident to receive the vaccine.

Support.

A Covid-19 support line is available for older people and is managed by ALONE, a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. You can also contact the Samaritans:  Ph: 116,123, Text  087 2609090, email jo@samaritans.ie . Pieta House: Ph 1800 247 247, text HELP to 51444. Aware: Ph. 1800 804 848, email supportmail@:aware.ie

Lending a Hand.

If anyone needs a helping hand during this latest Level 5 restrictions, Lorrha GAA club would like to offer their services whether it's to collect groceries, collect prescriptions etc. Ring Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Niall McIntyre (0857623158), David Fogarty (0872681134), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) all of whom will be happy to help.

GAA News.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €3000. The numbers drawn on 8 February were: 9-13-14-17. 2 Match 3's share €100: John Carroll, Needham family (Lorrha). Promoters: Agnes Sherlock, Eamonn Maher, Thomas P Cahalan. Next Monday's draw is for a jackpot of €3,150 with a Match 3 pot of €100 so make sure you are in the draw. Team 2 in charge of the draw. Thank your for your continued support.

Lotto winners: Congrats to Willie & Noel Maher and Eilish Reddan who shared last week's €12,600 lotto jackpot. The lucky numbers were: 1-4-18-20.

The jackpot now reverts to €3,150 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at clubforce.com. Lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the clubhouse, Mulrooney's The Ferry, Kelly's Rathcabbin, or at the Scéal shop Lorrha. If you need Lotto envelopes, contact chairman Joe Dolan (0879673124), Hubert Duggan (0872185995) or Kevin Molloy (0876738986).

AGM: We hope to run the club's Annual General Meeting by April in the clubhouse, virus permitting.

Membership: for 2021 is now due. Rates are unchanged from last year. €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership); €20 – Juvenile (16 & under); €90 – Family (2 adults & 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children). No player can play or train without having their membership paid.

Membership can be paid to registrar Louise Mannion (087659887) or online on either of the websites clubforce.com or foireann.ie. Contact Maureen (0872426965) if you are having issues signing up.

Camogie: The club would like to extend congratulations to Clodagh McIntyre on her recent selection to the Tipperary Senior Camogie panel for 2021 and for being nominated in the midfield position on the Tipperary Club team of the year 2020.

Membership to the camogie club is now due. €25 – juvenile; €40 – Students; €60 – Adult player; €30 - Non-playing Adult. Family Membership can also be paid to the camogie which allows you the same benefits as the GAA club for ticket draws. Family of 2 adults and 2 children is €90, capped at €100 for 3 or more children. We hope to have an update on when we can return to the training pitch at the end of February.

RIP: to Martin Connolly, Walshpark and sympathies to Sean Lambe on death of his uncle Mike Treacy.


Lorrha Notes

Work continues on old Pallas Church in Rathcabbin

Best of Luck.

Tipperary senior camogie manager Bill Mullaney has named his 33 member training squad for the National Camogie League. The line up includes our own Lorrha club woman Clodagh McIntyre. We wish Clodagh the very best of luck along with her team mates, for the forthcoming season. Well done Clodagh.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to Mick Quinn and family, Rathcabbin, on the death of his sister Marie Mellon, Swinford which occurred on Saturday 23rd January. After funeral Mass in St. Luke’s Church, Meelick, Swinford, Mayo on Tuesday January 26th. burial took place in Meelick Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Numbers Decreasing.

The numbers from the Covid-19 virus is beginning to ease very slightly with the death rate falling to 269 over a six day period last week, 73 less than the six days the previous week. But that’s still a lot of death’s and  far too many families left without loved ones because of this dreadful virus. The number of patients in ICU had fallen very slightly too over the same period but that still remains way too high while the number of new confirmed cases is also falling slowely.
Hospitals however are still under huge pressure and it will remain like that until the numbers fall a lot more. This is putting our front line workers under enormous pressure too and what a worrying time it is for them as they continue to give of their best in order to save lives. It’s highly unlikely that life will ever be the same again as we knew it prior to March 2020. We now know that wearing a mask for example prevents the spread of infection so we need to ask ourselves, will the wearing of masks be a new norm in the future? And so why not when it has proven itself to be so effective.  Do continue to adhere to the public health guidelines and stay safe.

A Special Appeal.

Rathcabbin Hall committee are making a special appeal for your support right now. The community hall requires vital repairs to the roof. If repairs are not made unfortunately the hall will have to close. Due to Covid restrictions no fundraising can be held at the moment, which means the members are looking for support from the community. No matter how small of a donation it will all help. You can donate on line on our gofundme.com page. You can also donate by cash/cheque (envelopes are available in church porch and from Kelly's shop or from any Hall Committee members). The committee are asking the public to please get behind them on this issue as no one wants to see the hall closing permanently. See report elsewhere in this paper.

Hold Firm.

 Tipperary GAA have issued an online YouTube video of encouragement for supporters to stay safe during this Covid-19 pandemic. The video features, players, supporters, and well known personalities encouraging everyone to ‘hold firm, stay positive and we will beat this together’. The virtual message can be viewed on the usual GAA social media platforms on by following this link and its worth watching. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqVj1aTHbgE&feature=youtu.be.

Dog Control.

 Gardai are asking all dog owners to secure their dog and make sure they know where their dog is at all times after a number of sheep attacks in recent weeks and as the lambing season gets underway.

Don’t Forget.

Don’t forget to purchase your copy of the 2021 Lorrha parish calendar while it is still available. You can purchase the calendar in the shop in Lorrha village, Mulrooney’s at The Ferry, O’Meara’s Super Valu Portumna, Boathouse, Salmons, Heenan’s Borrisokane, Flynn’s of Carrigahorig, Buckley’s Super Valu, Birr. The calendar as usual is packed with photos from the past and the present and makes a lovely gift for anyone whether living at home or abroad.

Church News.

Both Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches remain open for anyone wishing to pray privately. Weddings can have up to six guests and funerals can have ten people.

Masses are available online as follows:

Live at Borrisokane mass times- 7pm Saturday and 10:30am Sunday- and a recording from Fr Michael from Terryglass. Please check the following links:  www.twitch.tv/borrisokaneparish.  www.killaloediocese.ie/parish/borrisokane/.   www.terryglass/kilbarron       https://bit.ly/3bhnxfj Weekdays Masses on Webcam 10am.Tues, Thurs, Fri. from Borrisokane.

Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes.

As we prepare for the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on Thursday 11th February, World Day of Prayer for the Sick, The Franciscan Pilgrimage & the Killaloe Diocesan Pilgrimage will host a Novena of Prayer which will be available on the parish webcam: www.ennisparish.com/webcam on weekdays starting Wed 3rd Feb at 7.30pm, Saturday 11am & Sunday 11.30am. The Novena will be conducted by Bro. Damian Casey OFM Franciscan Pilgrimage Director and Fr Tom Ryan Killaloe Pilgrimage Director.

Free Remote Tutoring.

Age Action’s getting started KIT programme provides free remote tutoring to older people to use the internet on their device. Please see the following link for further information or contact Age Action on 01-4756989 https://www.ageaction.ie/how-we-can-help/getting-started-kit.

Anniversary Masses.

Anyone wishing to book an anniversary mass please contact the Parish Office on 090-9747009. Both Fr Tom and Fr Michael are happy to include anniversaries in their weekend masses, in Terryglass by audio on Saturday evenings and on webcam on Sunday mornings in Borrisokane.

Marriage Preparation During Covid:

Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112.

Support.

A Covid-19 support line is available for older people and is managed by ALONE, a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. You can also contact the Samaritans:  Ph: 116,123, Text  087 2609090, email jo@samaritans.ie . Pieta House: Ph 1800 247 247, text HELP to 51444. Aware: Ph. 1800 804 848, email supportmail@:aware.ie

Lending a Hand.

If anyone needs a helping hand during this latest Level 5 restrictions, Lorrha GAA club would like to offer their services whether it's to collect groceries, collect prescriptions etc. Ring Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Niall McIntyre (0857623158), David Fogarty (0872681134), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) all of whom will be happy to help.

GAA News.

There were 2 winners of this weeks lotto jackpot of €12,600. Congratulations to Noel & William Maher, and Eilish Reddan. The lucky numbers on 1 February were: 1-4-18-20. The Winning Promoters were: Madeleine Maher & Mulrooney's Gala. Next Monday's draw reverts to a jackpot of €3000 with a Match 3 pot of €100 so make sure you are in the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

GAA Vetting: All people who wish involved with underage teams in the coming year must ensure that they are vetted properly and that their vetting is up to date. This is up to and including the new U19 grade.

Membership: for 2021 is now due. Rates are unchanged from last year. €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership); €20 – Juvenile (16 & under); €90 – Family (2 adults & 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children). No player can play or train without having their membership paid.  Membership can be paid to registrar Louise Mannion (087659887) or online on either of the websites clubforce.com or foireann.ie. Contact Maureen (0872426965) if you are having issues signing up.

Lotto: The jackpot is at €3,000 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at clubforce.com. Lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the clubhouse, Mulrooney's The Ferry, Kelly's Rathcabbin, or at the Scéal shop Lorrha. If you need Lotto envelopes, contact chairman Joe Dolan (0879673124), Hubert Duggan (0872185995) or Kevin Molloy (0876738986).

Helping hand: Contact Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Tom Kennedy (0879191689), Louis McCormack (0868493595), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) if a helping hand is needed. Support local business if you can.


Lorrha Notes

Don’t forget to purchase your copy of the 2021 Lorrha parish calendar while it is still available. You can purchase the calendar in the shop in Lorrha village, Mulrooney’s at The Ferry, O’Meara’s Super Valu Portumna, Boathouse, Salmons, Heenan’s Borrisokane, Flynn’s of Carrigahorig, Buckley’s Super Valu, Birr. The calendar as usual is packed with photos from the past and the present and makes a lovely gift for anyone whether living at home or abroad.

Scams.

There are a lot of scam text messages, phone calls and emails doing the rounds at the moment and the gardaí are warning people to be vigilant and check out such notifications if you receive one. The most recent text message doing the rounds is purportedly from the HSE asking people to confirm availability for the Covid vaccination, your PPS number, date of birth and address. Do not reply without checking with your doctor.  Others have received phone calls on a similar line except this time they are told that they have an appointment in a hospital and usually it’s a random hospital. The caller will offer to come to your home with the vaccine but first they are personal questions. You are advised not to entertain these people. An incident occurred recently in which an individual claiming to be from a reputable company phoned a homeowner who gave details of their bank account, which resulted in theft. The gardaí are advising everyone to be careful at all times.

Best of Luck.

Tipperary senior hurling manager Liam Sheedy has named his 37 man open ended training squad for the Allianz National Hurling League. The line up includes our own two Lorrha club men Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher and Brian Hogan. We wish them well for the forthcoming season.

Numbers Still High.

With numbers from the Covid-19 virus still remaining stubbornly high, the death rate has risen even higher with 342 deaths reported over a six day period last week, 42 more than the six days the previous week and almost 3,000 in total nationwide since March 2020.  That’s a lot of families left without loved ones because of this dreadful virus. There’s a new high in ICU also with 217 reported on Monday 25th. All very frightening indeed for us all.
The figures remain staggering and the hospitals are under huge pressure in order to cope, putting our front line workers under enormous pressure too and what a worrying time it is for them as they continue to give of their best in order to save lives. Under the level 5 restrictions, we are all required to restrict our movement to essential travel and stay within 5k of our homes. All are encouraged to work from home where possible with only essential businesses opening to the public while all schools remain closed indefinitely. Do continue to adhere to the public health guidelines and stay safe.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to the Lamb families on the death of Michael Treacy, Portumna which occurred on January 11th. Predeceased by his parents Bridget and Patrick, sisters Mary (Larkin), Dympna (McDonagh), Rita (McDonagh) and Chrissie (Lambe), and brother Pidge. He is deeply missed by his loving wife Theresa, sons Brendan and John, daughters Breda and Fiona, sisters in law, brothers in law, nieces, nephews, relatives, extended family, neighbours and friends. After funeral Mass in St. Brigids Church Portumna on Friday 15th. burial took place in  Kilmalinogue Cemetery, Portumna. May he rest in peace.

Dog Control.

 Gardai are asking all dog owners to secure their dog and make sure they know where their dog is at all times after a number of sheep attacks in recent weeks and as the lambing season gets underway.

Church News.

Both Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches remain open for anyone wishing to pray privately. Weddings can have up to six guests and funerals can have ten people.

Masses are available online as follows:

Live at Borrisokane mass times- 7pm Saturday and 10:30am Sunday- and a recording from Fr Michael from Terryglass. Please check the following links:  www.twitch.tv/borrisokaneparish.  www.killaloediocese.ie/parish/borrisokane/.   www.terryglass/kilbarron       https://bit.ly/3bhnxfj Weekdays Masses on Webcam 10am.Tues, Thurs, Fri. from Borrisokane.

 Free Remote Tutoring.

Age Action’s getting started KIT programme provides free remote tutoring to older people to use the internet on their device. Please see the following link for further information or contact Age Action on 01-4756989 https://www.ageaction.ie/how-we-can-help/getting-started-kit.

Anniversary Masses.

Anyone wishing to book an anniversary mass please contact the Parish Office on 090-9747009. Both Fr Tom and Fr Michael are happy to include anniversaries in their weekend masses, in Terryglass by audio on Saturday evenings and on webcam on Sunday mornings in Borrisokane.

Marriage Preparation During Covid:

Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112.

Support.

A Covid-19 support line is available for older people and is managed by ALONE, a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. You can also contact the Samaritans:  Ph: 116,123, Text  087 2609090, email jo@samaritans.ie . Pieta House: Ph 1800 247 247, text HELP to 51444. Aware: Ph. 1800 804 848, email supportmail@:aware.ie

Lending a Hand.

If anyone needs a helping hand during this latest Level 5 restrictions, Lorrha GAA club would like to offer their services whether it's to collect groceries, collect prescriptions etc. Ring Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Niall McIntyre (0857623158), David Fogarty (0872681134), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) all of whom will be happy to help.

GAA News.

Membership: Club membership for 2021 is now due. Membership rates are unchanged from last year. €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership); €20 – Juvenile (16 & under); €90 – Family (2 adults & 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children).

No player can play or train without having their membership paid.

Membership can be paid to registrar Louise Mannion (087659887) or online on either of4 the websites clubforce.com or foireann.ie, Contact Maureen (0872426965) if you are having issues signing up.

 Euro Millions: The club will be re-running the Euro Millions lotto fundraiser some time this year. There is €2300 in the fund with our numbers having come up once so far. Members will be made aware when we are re-launching it later in the year.

 Lotto: There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €12,450. The numbers drawn on 25 January were: 1-5-12-23. 3 Match 3's share €140: Eamonn Maher, Johnny Moore, Eamonn & Farragh Maher. Promoters: Kevin Molloy, Thomas P Cahalan, Internet.
Next Monday's draw will be for a jackpot of €12,600 with a Match 3 pot of €100. Team 8 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

The jackpot is at €12'600 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at clubforce.com. Lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the clubhouse, at Mulrooney's, Kelly's, or at the Scéal shop. If you need Lotto envelopes, contact chairman Joe Dolan (0879673124), Hubert Duggan (0872185995) or Kevin Molloy (0876738986).

 Helping hand: Contact Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Tom Kennedy, (0879191689) , Louis McCormack (0868493595), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) if a helping hand is needed.


Lorrha Notes

Late Gerry D’arcy.

Sympathy is extended to Gerry Hackett (Lorrha) on the death of his brother in law Gerry D’arcy which occurred in Brighton, England on Christmas Day after a long illness. Born and raised in Lorrha (where the statue of our Lady now stands), Gerry left the peaceful life of the village and crossed the pond for the bright lights when he was a young man. He was a regular visitor back home down through the years and he liked nothing better than to catch up with all his old friends over a drink in Pat Hough’s, or a sing song in Maher’s. Pre-deceased by his brothers Sean and Desmond and sisters Aileen (Hackett) and Maureen, he is survived by his wife Carol, son Kieran, daughters Karen and Tina, sons in-law, daughter in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, brothers Pat (England) and Michael (St. Joseph’s Retirement Home, Killimor), sisters in-law, brothers in-law, relatives, neighbours and friends to whom sympathy is offered. Burial took place in England on Wednesday last January 13th. May he rest in peace.

Sympathy.  

Sympathy is extended to Lorrha post man Bertie Nevin (Borrisokane) on the death of his brother Tommy which occurred in Milford Hospice on Sunday January 10th. Cremation in Shannon Crematorium followed funeral Mass in SS Peter & Paul’s Church Borrisokane on Wednesday 13th. May he rest in peace. Sympathy is also extended to the family and relatives of Esther Cleary, sister of the late Fr. Slattery who dies recently. May she rest in peace.

Late Thomas O’Meara.

The death occurred on Tuesday 12th January of Thomas O’Meara, The Lake, Lorrha. Predeceased by his brothers Michael, PJ and Liam, sisters Mary Ann and Bridget, Thomas is deeply missed by his loving brothers Sean (Rathcabbin) and Flann (Cork), sister Freda (Tierney, Birr), nephews and all his nieces especially Caroline his niece, dearly cherished by Thomas to whom sympathy is offered. After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha on Friday 15th. burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Dog Control.

Gardai are asking all dog owners to secure their dog and make sure they know where their dog is at all times after a number of sheep attacks in recent weeks and as the lambing season gets underway.

Don’t Forget.

Don’t forget to purchase your copy of the 2021 Lorrha parish calendar while it is still available. You can purchase the calendar in the shop in Lorrha village, Mulrooney’s at The Ferry, O’Meara’s Super Valu Portumna, Boathouse, Salmons, Heenan’s Borrisokane, Flynn’s of Carrigahorig, Buckley’s Super Valu, Birr. The calendar as usual is packed with photos from the past and the present and makes a lovely gift for anyone whether living at home or abroad.

Church News.

With Level 5 restrictions back in force, religious services move back on line. Both Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches will remain open for anyone wishing to pray privately. Weddings can have up  and six guests and funerals can have ten people.

Masses are available online as follows:

Live at Borrisokane mass times- 7pm Saturday and 10:30am Sunday- and a recording from Fr Michael from Terryglass. Please check the following links:  www.twitch.tv/borrisokaneparish.  www.killaloediocese.ie/parish/borrisokane/.   www.terryglass/kilbarron       https://bit.ly/3bhnxfj

Weekdays Masses on Webcam 10am.Tues, Thurs, Fri. from Borrisokane.

 Free Remote Tutoring.

Age Action’s getting started KIT programme provides free remote tutoring to older people to use the internet on their device. Please see the following link for further information or contact Age Action on 01-4756989 https://www.ageaction.ie/how-we-can-help/getting-started-kit.

Recruiting.

The Samaritans Ennis and Clare are currently recruiting new volunteers. Everybody is welcome to apply. For information please log on to volunteer.samaritans.org, text 085 176 3491 or email samaritansrecruitmentennis@gmail.com.

Anniversary Masses.

Anyone wishing to book an anniversary mass please contact the Parish Office on 090-9747009. Both Fr Tom and Fr Michael are happy to include anniversaries in their weekend masses, in Terryglass by audio on Saturday evenings and on webcam on Sunday mornings in Borrisokane.

Marriage Preparation During Covid:

Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112.

Support.

A Covid-19 support line is available for older people and is managed by ALONE, a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. You can also contact the Samaritans:  Ph: 116,123, Text  087 2609090, email jo@samaritans.ie . Pieta House: Ph 1800 247 247, text HELP to 51444. Aware: Ph. 1800 804 848, email supportmail@:aware.ie

Lending a Hand.

If anyone needs a helping hand during this latest Level 5 restrictions, Lorrha GAA club would like to offer their services whether it's to collect groceries, collect prescriptions etc. Ring Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Niall McIntyre (0857623158), David Fogarty (0872681134), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) all of whom will be happy to help.

Dark Days.

With Covid-19 still raging here in Ireland, we are witnessing dark days indeed. These are very frightening times for us all. 260 Covid related deaths were recorded last week over a six day period and that’s in the 26 counties, leaving a lot of families without a loved one.
This virus has absolutely no regard for age and now with three variant’s, UK, South African and Brazillian, popping up its ugly head and spreading aggressively through all adult age groups, no one is safe, not even those who have had Covid already.
The figures remain staggering and the hospitals are under huge pressure in order to cope, putting our front line workers under enormous pressure too and what a worrying time it is for them as they continue to give of their best in order to save lives.
Some doctors now believe that it could take up to a further twelve months of restrictions before the number of people vaccinated would be sufficient to protect the public, because we are in the middle of the main wave now. So do adhere to the public health guidelines and stay safe.

GAA News.

 Membership: Club membership for 2021 is now due. Membership rates are unchanged from last year. €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership); €20 – Juvenile (16 & under); €90 – Family (2 adults & 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children).

No player can play or train without having their membership paid.

Membership can be paid to registrar Louise Mannion (087659887) or on the website foireann.ie, Contact Maureen (0872426965) if you are having issues signing up.

Euro Millions: The club will be re-running the Euro Millions lotto fundraiser some time this year. There is €2300 in the kitty with our numbers having come up once so far. Members will be made aware when we are re-launching it later in the year.

Lotto: There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €12,300. The numbers drawn on 18 January were: 1-7-17-26. No Match 3. Lucky Dips: PJ Coughlan, Simon Dagg, Maureen Guinan, John Kennedy.

Promoters: Hubert Duggan, Noreen Houlihan, Eamonn Maher.

Next Monday's draw will be for a jackpot of €12,450 with a Match 3 pot of €140. Team 7 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

 The jackpot is at €12'450 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at clubforce.com. Lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the clubhouse, at Mulrooney's, Kelly's, or at the Scéal shop. If you need Lotto envelopes, contact chairman Joe Dolan (0879673124), Hubert Duggan (0872185995) or Kevin Molloy (0876738986).

Helping hand: Contact Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Tom Kennedy, (0879191689) , Louis McCormack (0868493595), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) if a helping hand is needed.

Sympathies: Sympathies to the O'Meara family on the death of Thomas.

Stay safe and support local: These are challenging times but there are brighter days ahead. Stay safe and support local business.


Lorrha Notes

Don’t forget to purchase your copy of the 2021 Lorrha parish calendar while it is still available. You can purchase the calendar in the shop in Lorrha village, Mulrooney’s at The Ferry, O’Meara’s Super Valu Portumna, Boathouse, Salmons, Heenan’s Borrisokane, Flynn’s of Carrigahorig, Buckley’s Super Valu, Birr. The calendar as usual is packed with photos from the past and the present and makes a lovely gift for anyone whether living at home or abroad.

Rathcabbin Funding.

Funding to stabilise the ruins of the medieval Pallas Church near Rathcabbin was welcomed by Whitten Gill when he received the news recently. Whitten has been lobbying for this funding for some time so he has been very relieved to see work commencing on the project before Christmas. The State funding of €34,500 for the medieval ruins was granted under the July Jobs Stimulus package. It is expected that the improvements work will be completed later this year.

Church News.

With Level 5 restrictions back in force, religious services move back on line. Both Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches will remain open for anyone wishing to pray privately. Weddings can have up and six guests and funerals can have ten people.
Masses are available online as follows:
Live at Borrisokane mass times- 7pm Saturday and 10:30am Sunday- and a recording from Fr Michael from Terryglass. Please check the following links: www.twitch.tv/borrisokaneparish. www.killaloediocese.ie/parish/borrisokane/. www.terryglass/kilbarron https://bit.ly/3bhnxfj
Weekdays Masses on Webcam 10am.Tues, Thurs, Fri. from Borrisokane.

Anniversary Masses.
Anyone wishing to book an anniversary mass please contact the Parish Office on 090-9747009. Both Fr Tom and Fr Michael are happy to include anniversaries in their weekend masses, in Terryglass by audio on Saturday evenings and on webcam on Sunday mornings in Borrisokane.

Marriage Preparation During Covid:

Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112.

Support.

A Covid-19 support line is available for older people and is managed by ALONE, a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. You can also contact the Samaritans: Ph: 116,123, Text 087 2609090, email jo@samaritans.ie . Pieta House: Ph 1800 247 247, text HELP to 51444. Aware: Ph. 1800 804 848, email supportmail@:aware.ie

Back Again.

If anyone needs a helping hand during this latest Level 5 restrictions, Lorrha GAA club would like to offer their services whether it's to collect groceries, collect prescriptions etc. Ring Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Niall McIntyre (0857623158), David Fogarty (0872681134), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) all of whom will be happy to help.

Ireland numbers among highest on planet.

Since it was made known on Sunday last that Ireland announced more Covid- 19 cases in the past two weeks than in the first eight months of the pandemic, it means that our country is now reporting as one of the highest rates of the virus on the planet according to a public health expert.
There was 61,484 cases reported in the previous 14 days up to last Sunday, much higher it seems than anyone had feared. The numbers have been rising much faster than other European countries we are told which is rather worrying. At this rate of going, is the worst still to come or are we on the home stretch?. The present restrictions could last well into February or maybe even March if the numbers of confirmed cases continues to increase. Despite the vaccines on the horizon and many of our front line workers and elderly already having received their jab, we are far from out of the woods yet. Recovery begins with us and believe me, you do not want this virus. Stay safe.

GAA News.

Club facility and gym: Is closed for the time being due to the seriousness of the virus.

Euro Millions: The club will be re-running the Euro Millions lotto fundraiser some time this year. There are 2300 people in the syndicate and members will be made aware when we are re-launching it later in the year.

Lotto: There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €12,150. The numbers drawn on 11 January were: 5-9-20-26. No Match 3. Lucky Dips: Margaret O'Brien, A&B O'Meara, Joseph Sherlock, Mike Power.
Promoters: Noreen Houlihan, Liam Reddish, Internet.
Next Monday's draw will be for a jackpot of €12,300 with a Match 3 pot of €120. Team 6 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.
The jackpot is at €12'300 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at clubforce.com. Lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the clubhouse, at Mulrooney's, Kelly's, or at the Scéal shop. If you need Lotto envelopes, contact chairman Joe Dolan (0879673124), Hubert Duggan (0872185995) or Kevin Molloy (0876738986).

Helping hand: Contact Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Tom Kennedy, (0879191689) , Louis McCormack (0868493595), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) if a helping hand is needed.

Sympathies: Sympathies to club physio Triona Cleary on the death of her granny Esther Cleary (nee Slattery).


Lorrha Notes

Don’t Forget.

Don’t forget to purchase your copy of the 2021 Lorrha parish calendar while it is still available. You can purchase the calendar in the shop in Lorrha village, Mulrooney’s at The Ferry, O’Meara’s Super Valu Portumna, Boathouse, Salmons, Heenan’s Borrisokane, Flynn’s of Carrigahorig, Buckley’s Super Valu, Birr. The calendar as usual is packed with photos from the past and the present and makes a lovely gift for anyone whether living at home or abroad.

Church News.

With Level 5 restrictions back in force, religious services move back on line. Both Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches will remain open for anyone wishing to pray privately. Weddings can have up  and six guests from 3rd. January and funerals can have ten people.
Masses are available online as follows:
Live at Borrisokane mass times- 7pm Saturday and 10:30am Sunday- and a recording from Fr Michael from Terryglass. Please check the following links:  www.twitch.tv/borrisokaneparish.  www.killaloediocese.ie/parish/borrisokane/.   www.terryglass/kilbarron       https://bit.ly/3bhnxfj

Weekdays Masses on Webcam 10am.Tues, Thurs, Fri. from Borrisokane.

 Thank you

Frs. Tom and Michael would like to offer their gratitude to all who helped make the Christmas Liturgies so prayerful and meaningful.  To the team who kept and continue to keep our churches safe and organised throughout Covid-19, and all who are helping in any way.

 Anniversary Masses.

For anyone wishing to book an anniversary mass please contact the Parish Office on 090-9747009. Both Fr Tom and Fr Michael are happy to include anniversaries in their weekend masses, in Terryglass by audio on Saturday evenings and on webcam on Sunday mornings in Borrisokane.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to Phyllis Kennedy and the extended Kennedy family on the death of PJ Kennedy, formerly the Lake, who died in England last week. A young man only in his mid 60's, PJ was well known in the parish through his involvement with the GAA.  May he rest in peace. Also to Phyllis on the death of her brother in-law Sean (Scrapper) Phelan, Borrisokane, which occurred on December 29th 2020. A fine hurler with his local club, Sean won several North championships in his time. Predeceased by his wife Kathleen, brother PJ, sisters Nancy, Sadie and recently deceased Teresa. Deeply regretted by his loving daughter Annemarie, Partner John and treasured grandson Jack, brother’s Mikie and Liam, sisters Maura and Biddy, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.
After funeral Mass in SS Peter and Paul’s Church Borrisokane on Thursday Dec. 30th burial took place in Nenagh road cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Marriage Preparation During Covid:

Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112.

Support.

If anything comes out of this experience, it is the realisation that togetherness and care are what gives us the strength to survive. It is not a weakness to ask for help. A COVID-19 support line is available for older people and is managed by ALONE, a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.
You can also contact the Samaritans:  Ph: 116,123, Text  087 2609090, email jo@samaritans.ie . Pieta House: Ph 1800 247 247, text HELP to 51444. Aware: Ph. 1800 804 848, email supportmail@:aware.ie

Back Again.

If anyone needs a helping hand during this latest Level 5 restrictions, Lorrha GAA club would like to offer their services whether it's to collect groceries, collect prescriptions etc. Ring Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Niall McIntyre (0857623158), David Fogarty (0872681134), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) all of whom will be happy to help.

Rathcabbin Community Hall Ltd

The hall needs your help. It requires vital repairs to the roof. If repairs are not made unfortunately the hall will have to close. Due to Covid restrictions no fundraising can be held at the moment, which means we are looking for support from the community. No matter how small of a donation it will all help. You can donate on line on our gofundme.com page. You can also donate by cash (envelopes are available in church porch and from Kelly's shop or from any Hall Committee members).

Increase In Numbers Worrying.

2020 will be a year that we all want to forget because of the Covid 19 pandemic and the way it has interrupted the way we live, but we will remember it for the rest of our lives. Now that we are into a new year and a vaccine coming on stream, we are not out of the woods yet and recent figures are worrying. Over two thousand homes throughout the country are without loved ones because of this dreadful virus and with the number of Covid-19 cases continuing to increase, the Government have introduced new, harsher restrictions for the start of 2021 which were listed in the papers last week-end. The big message here is to have no visitors to your house and to stay at home. The re-opening of schools has been postponed until Monday 11th  January and this date will be looked at closer as the week progresses. These present restrictions could last well into February if the numbers of confirmed cases continues to increase. But we are all to blame for the sharp rise in numbers. The Government relaxed restrictions so we could all have as normal a Christmas as possible and as we now see, the gamble failed. So it’s back to the lockdown and remember, recovery begins with us. Stay safe.

GAA Notes.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €12,000. Lotto No's - 4 January: 13-14-18-28. 2 Match 3's share €140: Helen & Charlie Corrigan, Ronan & Eimear Moore. Promoters: Agnes Sherlock, Eamonn Maher, Sceal Shop. Next Monday's jackpot is €12,150 with €100 Match 3 pot. Team 5 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Senior hurling: The management team of John McIntyre, Eamonn Maher, Martin Young and James O’Meara are staying on for the 2021 season.

Lotto: The jackpot is at €12,150 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at clubforce.com. Lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the clubhouse, at Mulrooney's Gala, Kelly's, or at the Scéal shop. If you need Lotto envelopes, contact chairman Joe Dolan (0879673124), Hubert Duggan (0872185995) or Kevin Molloy (0876738986).

Helping hand: Contact Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Tom Kennedy, (0879191689), Louis McCormack (0868493595), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) if a helping hand is needed.

RIP: Sympathies to the Kennedy family on the death of PJ, who lived in England and had a strong presence in the London GAA community. PJ was heavily involved with the Brothers Pearse club and was very good to any Lorrha players who were over in England.


Lorrha Notes

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL AND STAY SAFE

 

Reminder.

A gentle reminder to purchase your copy of the 2021 Lorrha parish calendar before it sells out. You can purchase the calendar in the shop in Lorrha village, Mulrooney’s at The Ferry, O’Meara’s Super Valu Portumna, Boathouse, Salmons, Heenan’s Borrisokane, Flynn’s of Carrigahorig, Buckley’s Super Valu, Birr. The calendar as usual is packed with photos from the past and the present and makes a lovely gift for anyone whether living at home or abroad.

Church News.

With Level 5 restrictions back in force, religious services move back on line. Both Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches will remain open for anyone wishing to pray privately. Weddings can have up to 25 guests up to January 2nd 2021 and six guests from 3rd. January until further notice while all funerals are confined to immediate family only.

Anniversary Masses.

For anyone wishing to book an anniversary mass please contact the Parish Office on 090-9747009. Both Fr Tom and Fr Michael are happy to include anniversaries in their weekend masses, in Terryglass by audio on Saturday evenings and on webcam on Sunday mornings in Borrisokane.

Marriage Preparation During Covid:

Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112.

Help Line:

A COVID-19 support line is available for older people and is managed by ALONE,  a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

Back Again.

If anyone needs a helping hand during this latest Level 5 restrictions, Lorrha GAA club would like to offer their services whether it's to collect groceries, collect prescriptions etc. Ring Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Niall McIntyre (0857623158), David Fogarty (0872681134), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) all of whom will be happy to help.

Rathcabbin Community Hall Ltd

The hall needs your help. It requires vital repairs to the roof. If repairs are not made unfortunately the hall will have to close. Due to Covid restrictions no fundraising can be held at the moment, which means we are looking for support from the community. No matter how small of a donation it will all help. You can donate on line on our gofundme.com page. You can also donate by cash (envelopes are available in church porch and from Kelly's shop or from any Hall Committee members).

Third Lockdown is Here Again.

 Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan is very concerned about the extraordinary growing number of Covid-19 cases in Ireland over recent days.  New level five restrictions are in force as we all know by now. So do keep safe everyone and be very careful over the coming days and into the new year because you do not want to catch this awful virus or pass it on to someone else. However, it’s not all doom and gloom with the announcement of 10,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid 19 vaccine arriving in Ireland on Saturday last, St. Stephen’s Day. The rollout of the HSE national vaccination programme, is expected to commence this Tuesday Dec. 29th. First up for the jab will be health care workers and care home patients and rightly so.

AWARE:
Is available to help people experiencing isolation during lockdown, over Christmas or at anytime.  Support is available by going to www.aware.ie  or https://www.aware.ie/support/support-groups/

New Years Greetings.

A happy and healthy new year is extended to all as a new year of hope is just around the corner. With the Covid -19 vaccination about to commence, this will be a new year of great hope and expectation that by next Christmas, society will have returned to normal, or at least close to it. So do welcome the new year like no other and stay safe too.

GAA News.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €11,850. The numbers drawn on 28 December were: 3-9-11-19. No Match 3. Lucky Dips: Liz O'Hara, Denis Maher, Pat Carroll, Alan Joyce. Promoters: Louis McCormack, Thomas P Cahalan, Mulrooney's Gala.

Next Monday's draw will be for a jackpot of €12,000 with a Match 3 pot of €140 with Team 4 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support and a Happy New Year to all.

                            NEW COVID RESTRICTIONS

 

With the number of Covid-19 cases continuing to increase, the Government is bringing new, harsher restrictions into effect for the country for the start of 2021. Here is a summary of the new restrictions with full details below. Please read carefully.

Visitors to your home or garden
No visitors except for essential family reasons or those in your support bubble

Domestic travel
Stay at home except for travel for work, education or other essential purposes, or to take exercise within 5km of home

Retail
Essential retail only from close of business from today December 31

Primary and secondary schools
Re-open on January 11

Work
Work from home unless working in essential health, social care or other essential service that cannot be done from home

Weddings
Maximum of 25 guests up to and including January 2; maximum of six guests from January 3

Funerals
Maximum of 10 mourners   At Level 5, the public health risk means that you will be asked to stay at home, except for travel for work, education or other essential purposes, or to take exercise within 5km of home. There will be no gatherings other than small numbers at funerals and weddings.

Social and family gatherings
In your home or garden: No visitors are permitted in private homes or gardens except for essential family reasons such as providing care to children, elderly or vulnerable people, or as part of a support bubble. Other settings outside your home or garden: No social or family gatherings should take place in other settings.

Weddings
Up to and including 2 January, a maximum of 25 guests can attend a wedding ceremony and reception, whether indoors or outdoors.  From 3 January, up to 6 guests are permitted.

Organised indoor gatherings
These are controlled environments with a named event organiser, owner or manager. For example: business, training events, conferences, events in theatres and cinemas or other arts events (excluding sport).
No organised indoor gatherings should take place.

Organised outdoor gatherings
These are controlled environments with a named event organiser, owner or manager. For example: outdoor arts events, training events. No organised outdoor gatherings should take place.

Exercise and sporting events
Training. People may meet with people from one other household in outdoor settings when taking exercise.
No indoor or outdoor exercise group activities, including those involving children, should take place.
Outdoor golf and tennis are not permitted.
Individual training only. No exercise or dance classes. No indoor or outdoor gatherings involving “individual training” except for professional and elite sports.

Matches and events
Professional, elite sports, horse racing, greyhound racing and approved equestrian events only are permitted to continue behind closed doors. No other matches or events are to take place.

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools
Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools must close from close of business on 31 December.

Religious services
Services will be held online. Places of worship remain open for private prayer.

Funerals
Up to 10 mourners can attend.

Museums, galleries and other cultural attractions
All venues closed.
Online services available.

Bars, cafes and restaurants (including hotel restaurants and bars)
Take away food and delivery only.

Wet pubs
Closed.

Nightclubs, discos, casinos
Nightclubs, discos and casinos will remain closed.

Hotels and accommodation
Open only for essential non-social and non-tourist purposes. Anyone staying in a hotel on 30 December can complete their stay.

Retail and services (for example: hairdressers, beauticians, barbers)
Face coverings must be worn. All retail, other than essential retail, must close from close of business on 31 December.
All non-essential services remain closed.

Work
Work from home unless essential for work, which is an essential health, social care or other essential service and cannot be done from home.

Domestic travel restrictions
People will be required to stay at home except for travel for work, education or other essential purposes, and will be permitted to take exercise within 5 km of home. People away from their place of residence on 31 December are permitted to return to their place of residence.

You can travel outside 5 kilometres of home for the following reasons:
- travel to and from work, where work involves providing an essential service
- to attend medical appointments and collect medicines and other health products
- travel to attend disability day services
- travel to attend a court
- for vital family reasons, such as providing care to children, elderly or vulnerable people, and in particular for those who live alone, but excluding social family visits
- for food shopping
- for farming purposes (food production or care of animals)
- to attend a wedding or funeral
- to visit a grave

Schools, creches and higher and adult education
Early Learning and Childcare Services remain open with protective measures.
Schools open from 11 January with further review on precise situation in advance of that date.
Higher, further and adult education should remain primarily online.

Outdoor playgrounds, play areas and parks
Open with protective measures in place.

Transport
Face coverings must be worn.   Walk or cycle where possible.  Avoid public transport - essential workers and essential purposes only.  Public transport capacity will be restricted to 25%.

Over 70 and medically vulnerable individuals
Those aged over 70 years and over and the medically vulnerable should exercise judgement regarding the extent to which they engage with others and in activities outside home. Specific guidance will be provided.
Visiting long-term residential care facilities (nursing and care homes)
Suspended, aside from critical and compassionate circumstances.