Lorrha/Dorrha
 

Local News

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

Lorrha Notes

The newly formed Lorrha Community Responder Group on their first outing which was in the Lorrha St. Patrick's Day Parade.  

Enrolment.

Scoil Lua Naofa Lorrha are enrolling for September 2017. If you would like to call to the school talk to the teachers or to collect an Application form please phone (090) 9747295. We will also post out an form to you when you leave your name and postal address or email luanaofa@eircom.net. Application forms can be also be downloaded from the school web site www.lorrhans.ie. Bus service available on selected routes.

Church News.

Summer-time begins next Sunday, 26th March. Mass will be celebrated in Redwood Church – Vigil Mass, at 8.00p.m commencing  Saturday, 1st April and in Lorrha Church on Sundays at 10.00a.m. and Rathcabbin Church on Sundays 11.30a.m.

North Tipperary Ploughing.

The North Tipperary Ploughing committee were forced to cancel the championships yet once again due to the heavy rain towards the later end of the last week. They apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. A new date of Saturday coming March 25th has been provisionally penciled in and once again all will depend how the week’s weather pans out. The time remains the same, 12.30p.m. on the lands of Joe and Lillian Austin, Borrisokane by kind permission. The site is situated close to the COI hall on the Ballingarry road. Enquiries to the secretary Denis Cahalan on (087) 7793719.

Lorrha Rathcabbin Energy Team.

Lorrha Rathcabbin Energy Team (LRET) are holding their Annual General Meeting (AGM) in the GAA Clubhouse, Moatfield, on Thursday, 23rd March 2017 at 8pm.  All are welcome to attend.

Spring De-Clutter.

When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the spring collection, please remember Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns who continue to collect unwanted clothes throughout the year. Items of clothing must be clean and dry and in good condition please and we can supply bags if you want. We can also collect to make it easy for you, just call (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (087) 2601413 with your name and details. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows, cushions, carpets, rugs and maths including bath toilet and shower math’s, soiled or wet clothing. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed. Many thanks for your continued support.

Late Sean O’Meara.

The death took place on Saturday March 18th of Sean O’Meara Nenagh and formerly Lorrha and St. Kieran’s Care Home Rathcabbin, after a long illness. After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha on Tuesday 21st. burial took place in Nenagh. Sympathy is extended to his family. May he rest in peace.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to Brendan Flynn and family Carrigahorig and extended relatives, on the death of his brother John, Nenagh which occurred on Saturday 18th. March.  After funeral Mass in Terryglass Church on Tuesday last, burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Redwood NS

We are now enrolling pupils for September 2017. Enrolment forms can be obtained from the school of from our website (www.redwoodns.ie) If you would like to visit the school or speak with the teachers, please contact us on 090 9747186 or email redwoodns@live.ie to make an appointment.

In Concert.

South East Galway Comhaltas in conjunction with Galway Comhaltas are delighted to present Sean Keane in concert on Friday April 7th in Portumna Town Hall at 8pm. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets priced at €20 can be purchased through Salmons Newsagents, Portumna or call (087) 0994578.

Fashion Show.

Portumna Community School are hosting their own fashion show , organized by Transition Years on Thursday, 23rd March at 7.30pm, in Portumna Community School.  Cheese and wine reception on arrival. Tickets are available from the school and in all participating boutiques and at the door - €15 for adult;  €12 – student/ senior citizen. Come and support local students and teachers as they strut down the catwalk.


lorrha Notes

Open Day.

Lorrha National School Open Day will take place on Thursday March 16th from 1.00 to 2.30p.m Come along and meet the teachers, view the school and see what we have to offer. We look forward to meeting you. All welcome.

Lorrha St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Come along to the Lorrha St. Patrick’s Day parade on Friday March 17th at 3.00p.m. Anyone wishing to enter a float is asked to contact Donna on (087) 9050565. Entry is free and all are welcome. There will be a BBQ and music in the Friars Tavern later to bring proceedings from the day to a close. Do come along and support local effort.

Church News.

Friday, 17th March - Feast of Saint Patrick  -  Holyday of obligation. Mass will be celebrated in Rathcabbin Church at 10.30a.m.
Don’t forget the ‘Suggestion Box’ which is in each of our three churches for the next number of weeks. We invite parishioners (Catholics who are active and non-active) to write their suggestions as to how best in your opinions we can make this parish into a true Christian Community. We welcome positive suggestions and also the fact those making them are willing to be involved themselves.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of Mary Larkin, nee Sammon late of Carrigahorig, who died recently. May she rest in peace.

North Tipperary Ploughing Re-Scheduled.

The North Tipperary Ploughing committee are hoping for the fine weather to continue throughout the week so that the championships can go ahead on Sunday 19th March but again if weather permits. The time remains the same, 12.30pm. and the venue the same, on the lands of Joe and Lillian Austin, Borrisokane, by kind permission. The site is situated close to the COI hall on the Ballingarry road. Enquiries to the secretary Denis Cahalan on (087) 7793719.

Lorrha Rathcabbin Energy Team.

Lorrha Rathcabbin Energy Team (LRET) are holding their Annual General Meeting (AGM) in the GAA Clubhouse, Moatfield, on Thursday, 23rd March 2017 at 8pm.  All are welcome to attend.

Spring De-Clutter.

When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the spring collection, please remember Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns who continue to collect unwanted clothes throughout the year. Items of clothing must be clean and dry and in good condition please and we can supply bags if you want. We can also collect to make it easy for you, just call (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (087) 2601413 with your name and details. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows, cushions, carpets, rugs and maths including bath toilet and shower math’s, soiled or wet clothing. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed. Many thanks for your continued support.

Redwood NS

We are now enrolling pupils for September 2017. Enrolment forms can be obtained from the school of from our website (www.redwoodns.ie) If you would like to visit the school or speak with the teachers, please contact us on 090 9747186 or email redwoodns@live.ie to make an appointment.

In Concert.

South East Galway Comhaltas in conjunction with Galway Comhaltas are delighted to present Sean Keane in concert on Friday April 7th in Portumna Town Hall at 8pm. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets priced at €20 can be purchased through Salmons Newsagents, Portumna or call (087) 0994578.

Lorrha GAA News.

Senior: Lorrha got their County League campaign off to a winning start with a 2-13 to 1-10 win away to JK Brackens in Templemore with Niall McIntyre and Barry Moran getting the goals. Lorrha host Burgess in round 2 on 25-26 March.

Minor: Lorrha Rovers Gaels will begin their Minor Football Championship campaign against Kiladangan in Puckane this Sunday, 19th March at 2pm.

Under 16 Football: Lorrha Rovers Gaels finally hope to get their football championship underway against Borris-Ileigh in Borrisoleigh this Saturday at 3pm.

Under 14 Football: Lorrha Rovers Gaels begin their football campaign against Borrisokane in Moatfield on Wednesday 22nd March at 6pm.

Under 12: Lorrha received a walkover in the football championship from Templederry last Saturday. This Saturday they face Kilruane MacDonaghs in Cloughjordan at 1pm

Poker Classic: Thank you to everyone who supported our Poker Classic last Saturday night. Although it clashed with the Tipp v Kilkenny game, it was well supported with Liam Donoghue emerging the winner. Our raffle prizes were won by: 1st – Kevin Burke, 2nd – Jamie Lewis and 3rd – Michael O'Carroll, David Fogarty and Paddy Kennedy.

Membership: for 2017 is now due. €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership); €20 – Juvenile (16 and under); €90 – Family (2 adults and 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children). All players (juvenile and adult must have their membership paid before matches begin) Closing date for membership is 31st March as number the County Board will use towards our ticket allocations for Tipperary games so it is in your interest to have membership paid by then. Membership can be paid to club registrar Louise Mannion or can also be done online at www.locallotto.ie. Members can also log onto www.grma.gaa.ie to get their new GAA Rewards card.

Lotto: Our jackpot is €4,350 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at www.locallotto.ie.

Social Dancing: on St Patrick's Night night with Pat Daly. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.

Sympathy: Lorrha GAA Club would like to sympathise with the family of Dickie Quinn, formerly of Knockshegowna, who passed away recently.


Lorrha Notes

106 year old Bridie Duggan Daly visited Lorrha N.S. last where she enjoyed the warm welcome she received. Lisa (her great-grandniece) Kayla and Sheena presented her with a St. Bridget's Cross which Bridie said she would cherish.

Born Bridget Duggan in the parish of Ballinakill, Loughrea in Co. Galway on February 13th 1911, Bridget  was one of ten children, six brothers and three sisters. She is quick to explain why she is called Bridie and not Bridget. ‘My parents christened me Bridget but because I had a aunt and a cousin called Bridget, they decided to call me Bridie to avoid confusion so that’s how I got the name and it has stayed with me’ she said.
On April 29th 1929 at the age of 18, Bridie left her family behind and emigrated to the U.S. Her brother Tom (formally Portland, Lorrha) brought her to Cobh to board the boat. Her parents had arranged that she would live with her Aunt and cousins in Somerville, Massachusetts. ‘My cousin got me a job as a nanny when I went over first but then sometime later I went to work in St. Joseph’s Church in Somerville.
Somerville had a big Irish community there and Bridie said it was like been in Ireland only there was a lot more people.
Her first visit home was in 1936 and when she returned a few weeks later, she went with some friends to an Irish dance where she met her future husband William Daly from Cork. ‘We went to Irish dances every week and we met up with all the other Irish and that’s how we all got to know each other’ she said. They married in 1939 and went on to have six children, four boys, Bill, David, Michael and Jerry, and two girls Mary Anne and Kathleen. ‘Imagine three of my sons Bill, David and Jerry are gone since’ she said.  Her husband died a young man in 1960 leaving her with a family aged from 16 to 4 years, and is buried in Arlington Cemetery near Boston.

She has her first passport and some old photographs taken with her husband and children in years gone by. Bridie says there was nothing in Ireland for her all those years ago and that she had a good life in the U.S. However, she can never forget her roots and her relatives and looks forward to visiting  Ireland every two years. ‘Since I turned 100, the Irish President sends me a big silver medal every year. It has the harp on it and the name of the president too’ she said.
Bridie is a happy and content lady who says that the key to her longevity is that she lived and enjoyed every day and she prays too every day for good health ‘so he must be listening to me’ she laughs.

Ploughing Cancelled.

The North Tipperary Ploughing Championships fell victim to the wet weather on Sunday last and had to be cancelled. The heavy rain throughout the week in particular on Friday and Saturday, made conditions too bad for any ploughing to take place. A new provisional date of Sunday 19th March has been agreed and again if weather permits. The time remains the same, 12.30pm. and the venue the same, on the lands of Joe and Lillian Austin, Borrisokane, by kind permission. The site is situated close to the COI hall on the Ballingarry road. Enquiries to the secretary Denis Cahalan on (087) 7793719. The committee apologize for any inconvenience caused.

St. Ruadhan’s ARA.

We would like to thank all who attended our coffee afternoon for the Irish Heart Foundation. We collected €447.00 so well done to all those that took part.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to Paddy Guinan Lorrha on the death of his sister Kathleen Cleary, Fortal and to the extended Guinan family and relatives. After funeral Mass in St. Brendan’s Church Birr, on Saturday 4th burial took place in Clonoghill Cemetery, Birr. May she rest in peace.
Sympathy is extended to Johnny Quinn, Roden, Rathcabbin on the death of his brother Richard (Dick) Lacka, Carrig which occurred on March 1st. After funeral Mass in The Church of the Annunciation Carrig on Monday 6th burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Church News.

Lenten Station Mass for people of the Parish on Friday 10th March  at 7.30p.pm  in Rathcabbin Church with Confessions beforehand. Please note that this Station Mass is for all three areas, Lorrha, Rathcabbin and Redwood.
Three students are currently studying for the Priesthood for the diocese of Killaloe. Please keep Martin, Anton and Aidan in your prayers. Three others are in the process of discernment at present. Vocations director is Fr. I. McCormack – 086 2777139.
At a recent Parish Pastoral Council Meeting it was proposed that a ‘Suggestion Box’ be placed in each of our three churches for a number of weeks. We invite parishioners (Catholics who are active and non-active) to write their suggestions on a sheet of paper provided. We welcome positive suggestions and also the fact those making them are willing to be involved themselves.

Lorrha St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Lorrha are holding a St. Patrick’s Day parade which will be held on Friday March 17th at 3.00p.m. Anyone wishing to enter a float is asked to contact Donna on (087) 9050565. Entry is free and all are welcome. There will be a BBQ and music in the Friars Tavern later to bring proceedings from the day to a close. Do come along and support local effort.

Spring De-Clutter.

When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the spring collection, please remember Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns who continue to collect unwanted clothes throughout the year. Items of clothing must be clean and dry and in good condition please and we can supply bags if you want. We can also collect to make it easy for you, just call (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (087) 2601413 with your name and details. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows, cushions, carpets, rugs and maths including bath toilet and shower math’s, soiled or wet clothing. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed. Many thanks for your continued support.

Redwood NS

We are now enrolling pupils for September 2017. Enrolment forms can be obtained from the school of from our website (www.redwoodns.ie) If you would like to visit the school or speak with the teachers, please contact us on 090 9747186 or email redwoodns@live.ie to make an appointment.

Lorrha Camogie:

Our group match against Ballina takes place next Sat 11th March at 2pm in Ballina. Best of luck to the girls and management in their first match of the year.

Lorrha Rathcabbin Energy Team.

Lorrha Rathcabbin Energy Team (LRET) are holding their Annual General Meeting (AGM) in the GAA Clubhouse, Moatfield, on Thursday, 23rd March 2017 at 8pm.  All are welcome to attend.

In Concert.

South East Galway Comhaltas in conjunction with Galway Comhaltas are delighted to present Sean Keane in concert on Friday April 7th in Portumna Town Hall at 8pm. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets priced at €20 can be purchased through Salmons Newsagents, Portumna or call (087) 0994578.

 

 


Lorrha Notes

The 5th Annual 5k/10k Lough Boora Fools Run with Will Faulkiner of Midlands 103 will take place on Saturday 1st April 2017 ‘fools day’, at 11am
The organising committee would like to thank the main sponsors of the event, Bord Na Mona and Ferbane Total Healthcare Pharmacy. The charities to benefit will be Irish Autism Action, Offaly School of Special Education Tullamore, LOFFA,  The Samaritans, Athlone.
The run has been very successful over the past four years with growing support each year and has raised a lot of money for charity.
The 10k race is chip time with entry €20. The 5k jog/walk is non chipped with entry €10. Family entry €30.
You can register online with www.myrunresults.ie Registration on the day at Teach Lea from 9:30am
There will be face painters and cartoon characters on the day. Refreshments will be provided after the run at Teach Lea. Please support.  For further details contact John on (087) 6280 160, or Paul on (086) 3248 086.

North Tipp Ploughing Championships Reminder.

The North Tipperary Ploughing Championships will take place on Sunday March 5th  at 12.30pm. on the lands of Joe and Lillian Austin, Borrisokane, by kind permission. The site is situated close to the COI hall on the Ballingarry road. Entries must reach the secretary Denis Cahalan on (087) 779 3719 on or before Friday March 3rd. please.

New Arrival.

Congratulations is extended to Sarah and Brendan Heenan, Lorrha on the birth of their daughter Bonnie May who came into the world on February 15th.  A little sister to her four brothers Luke, Bradley, Jude and Noah. Well done to all.

Church News.

Wednesday, 1st March is Ash Wednesday:  Blessing and distribution of ashes in Rathcabbin Church Mass at 7.30p.m. Just  two days of Fast & Abstinence during the year – Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.Rosary will be recited before Vigil and Sunday Masses during lent all are encourage to arrive twenty minutes earlier.
Stations of the Cross will replace Mass on Thursday mornings in Lorrha Church at 9.30a.m. during Lent.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday from 10.00am to 8.00pm in  Rathcabbin  Church.We invite all parishioners to come and stay a while in the presence of Jesus.
First Friday Mass in Lorrha Church at 9.30a.m. and Rathcabbin Church at 7.30p.m. Please Note:      The Mass in Rathcabbin Church will be the Mass of preparation for children who will receive the sacrament of Communion for Life in 2017.
Volunteer as a Facilitator with Accord Catholic Marriage care service. If you feel that you have something to offer to couples who are preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage and you are willing to give up some voluntary time to train in this area then we , in the ACCORD Nenagh Centre would be delighted to hear from you.  Certificate in Marriage Education accredited by Pontifical University Maynooth. Info@ accordnenagh@gmail.com  by Friday 24th March, or call 065 6824297.

News from Lorrha School.

We had a very busy first term and just prior to Christmas we had an informative and interesting Internet safety talk for our pupils which was given by Dr. Maureen Griffin.
Our Juniors went to see “Frosty the Snowman” in Birr Theatre while our seniors attended Portumna Community School’s staging of “ High School Musical”.
3rd to 6th class entertained the senior citizens in Portumna Day Care and Portumna Nursing Home before returning to entertain the residents in St. Kieran’s Care Home in Rathcabbin. Our thanks to all involved for the welcome they gave both the pupils and the teachers.
Term two is just as busy starting back with pottery classes which are proving to be very popular with our students.
We had two teams who participated in the Borrisokane Credit Union schools quiz. The U13 team  was Lisa Duggan, Aaron Duffy, Amy Clarke, Kayla Boons while the  U11 team was Ceri McGrath, Conor Kennedy,Ava Young, Emma Kennedy. Well done to both for their participation.
Just last week we had a visit from a past student Ger O’Meara who has written a history book about Lorrha People in the Great War. Ger brought along memorabilia from the war, an array of medals and a lot of history which was most interesting. We wish him well with his book and we thank him for taking the time to visit us in the school.

Spring De-Clutter.

When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the spring collection, please remember Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns who continue to collect unwanted clothes throughout the year. Items of clothing must be clean and dry and in good condition please and we can supply bags if you want. We can also collect to make it easy for you, just call (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (087) 2601413 with your name and details. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows, cushions, carpets, rugs and maths including bath toilet and shower math’s, soiled or wet clothing. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed. Many thanks for your continued support.

Redwood NS

We are now enrolling pupils for September 2017. Enrolment forms can be obtained from the school of from our website (www.redwoodns.ie) If you would like to visit the school or speak with the teachers, please contact us on 090 9747186 or email redwoodns@live.ie to make an appointment.

Lough Boora  Running Group ‘Fools Day Run’.

The 5th Annual 5k/10k Lough Boora Fools Run with Will Faulkiner of Midlands 103
will take place on Saturday 1st April 2017 ‘fools day’, at 11am
The organising committee would like to thank the main sponsors of the event, Bord Na Mona and Ferbane Total Healthcare Pharmacy. The charities to benefit will be Irish Autism Action, Offaly School of Special Education Tullamore, LOFFA,  The Samaritans, Athlone.
The run has been very successful over the past four years with growing support each year and has raised a lot of money for charity.
The 10k race is chip time with entry €20. The 5k jog/walk is non chipped with entry €10. Family entry €30.
You can register online with www.myrunresults.ie Registration on the day at Teach Lea from 9:30am
There will be face painters and cartoon characters on the day. Refreshments will be provided after the run at Teach Lea. Please support.  For further details contact John on (087) 6280 160, or Paul on (086) 3248 086.


Lorrha Notes

Well Don Kevin.

Congratulations is extended to Kevin Cahalan, son of Tommy and Anne Marie,  who was successful at trials recently and picked to go forward in the upcoming season where he will represent Lorrha GAA club on the Under 14 Tipperary football team. Impressed by his North performance, the selectors picked Kevin who had captained the North Division team over their eight week match and training period. Well done Kevin and all the best in the future. Kevin is pictured here with John McGrath, Brian Hogan and George Hannigan when they presented medals to the U12 and U14 teams recently in the clubhouse. 

North Tipp Ploughing Championships.

The North Tipperary Ploughing Championships will take place on Sunday March 5th  at 12.30pm. on the lands of Joe and Lillian Austin, Borrisokane, by kind permission. The site is situated close to the COI hall on the Ballingarry road. Entries must reach the secretary Denis Cahalan on (087) 779 3719 on or before Friday March 3rd. please.

Birthday Greetings.

Congratulations is extended to Nancy Carroll, Rathcabbin on the occasion of her 90th birthday last week-end. Nancy celebrated the wonderful occasion with neighbours and relatives on Saturday last. Well done Nancy and many happy returns.

Church News.

Volunteer as a Facilitator with Accord Catholic Marriage care service. If you feel that you have something to offer to couples who are preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage and you are willing to give up some voluntary time to train in this area then we , in the ACCORD Nenagh Centre would be delighted to hear from you.  Certificate in Marriage Education accredited by Pontifical University Maynooth.  Info@ accordnenagh@gmail.com  by Friday 24th March, or call 065 6824297.
Day Out.

The active retirement group are holding a day out with dinner in The Thatch in Ballycommon this coming Sunday 26th February at 1.00pm. Transport will be available from the Lorrha village. Non members welcome. For further information contact Nancy on (0870 7613458.

Lorrha Camogie:

League Fixtures- Round 1 Lorrha v Knockshegowna in Knockshe on Sun 26th Feb TBC
Round 2 Lorrha v Burgess in Moatfield on  Sun 5th Mar TBC
Round 3 Lorrha v Ballina in Ballina on Sat 11th or Sun 12th Mar
Membership is now due and will be collected from players at training sessions. Membership must be paid before March 31st, or for playing members, before our first league match.
Prices for membership are as follows:
Students/Minors -  €40  [or €60  to include gym membership]
U/16's -  €20
Junior players- €60  [or  €90 to include gym membership]
Family membership (2 adults & 2 children) - €90
Non players  €30
Minors and U/16's pay membership to Lorrha Camogie Club as you are amalgamated to play camogie with Shannon Rovers.
U/12's, U/14's and U/15's pay membership to Shannon Rovers Camogie Club as you have transferred to Rovers to play camogie this year.
Thank You: Many thanks to Breda O'Meara in O'Meara's Pharmacy Borrisokane for once again sponsoring our first aid kit.

Reminder.

Tipperary Co.Co. have plans to re-surface the Abbeyville road out of Lorrha village and as far as the Lorrha sign, in 2018. Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns have been invited by the Council to have an input into enhancing a section of the roadway, specifically the area where the road widens at the bend opposite the COI graveyard. At present there is a flower bed there. Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns would welcome suggestions from the public as to how this area might be improved/ developed. Suggestion boxes are placed in The Shop, Pat Hough’s Pub, Friars Tavern and the Ferry Service Station and will be there until the 8th March. Anyone with ideas is welcome to make a suggestion on or before that date. Anonymous suggestions will not be considered.

Spring De-Clutter.

When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the spring collection, please remember Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns who continue to collect unwanted clothes throughout the year. Items of clothing must be clean and dry and in good condition please and we can supply bags if you want. We can also collect to make it easy for you, just call (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (087) 2601413 with your name and details. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows, cushions, carpets, rugs and maths including bath toilet and shower math’s, soiled or wet clothing. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed. Many thanks for your continued support.

In Concert.

The Whileaways will perform in Concert on Friday 3rd March in Church of Ireland Portumna. Tickets €15 now on sale online at www.shorelinesartsfestival.com or in local Portumna outlets: The Beehive andHayes & Hayes totalhealth Pharmacy.

Lough Boora  Running Group ‘Fools Day Run’.

The 5th Annual 5k/10k Lough Boora Fools Run with Will Faulkiner of Midlands 103  will take place on Saturday 1st April 2017 ‘fools day’, at 11am. The organising committee would like to thank the main sponsors of the event, Bord Na Mona and Ferbane Total Healthcare Pharmacy. The charities to benefit will be Irish Autism Action, Offaly School of Special Education Tullamore, LOFFA,  The Samaritans, Athlone. The run has been very successful over the past four years with growing support each year and has raised a lot of money for charity. The 10k race is chip time with entry €20. The 5k jog/walk is non chipped with entry €10. Family entry €30. You can register online with www.myrunresults.ie Registration on the day at Teach Lea from 9:30am. There will be face painters and cartoon characters on the day. Refreshments will be provided after the run at Teach Lea. Please support.  For further details contact John on (087) 6280 160, or Paul on (086) 3248 086.

GAA News

Senior: Lorrha will play JK Brackens in Templemore in the first round of the County League Division 2B on Sunday 12th March at 12 noon. On Sunday 26th March, Lorrha will be home to Burgess before having subsequent games v Roscrea (away) and home to both Ballina and Holycross/Ballycahill.

Junior: Lorrha will contest group 2 of the North Junior 'B' Hurling League with Moneygall, Shannon Rovers, Roscrea, Burgess and Ballinahinch.
Under 21: Hard luck to the U21 footballers who lost 0-8 to 0-4 to Silvermines in the North 'B' football semi-final in Moatfield on Saturday. The draw was made for the U21 'B' Hurling Championship last week and Lorrha have been grouped with Borrisokane, Shannon Rovers Gaels and Silvermines with the top two teams progressing to the semi-finals.

Minor: Lorrha Rovers Gaels will face Roscrea at home in the first round of the Minor 'A' Hurling Championship, following the leaving cert exams. The championship will be on a round-robin basis with games against Nenagh, Kilruane, Silvermines, Toomevara and Kiladangan with the top four teams progressing to the semi-finals.

The Minor 'B' Football Championship was redrawn and Lorrha Rovers Gaels are now in with Kiladangan, Silvermines and Moneygall/Clonakenny with the first round on the weekend of 18 March.

Under 16: Lorrha Rovers Gaels begin their North 'A' Football campaign against Nenagh Eire Og in Nenagh on Saturday 25th February at 3pm.

Under 6 & 8: Training will start in the GAA Centre on Wednesday 22nd February at 6.00pm. Runners and helmets must be worn; all are welcome

Membership: for 2017 is now due. €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership); €20 – Juvenile (16 and under); €90 – Family (2 adults and 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children).

Closing date for membership for all adult and juvenile players is the last day of February to be insured in training and games while the closing date for all membership is 31st March. It is important to remember that our total number of adult members by 31st March is the number the County Board will use towards our ticket allocations for Tipperary games so it is in your interest to have membership paid by then. Membership can be paid to club registrar Louise Mannion or can also be done online at www.locallotto.ie. Members can also log onto www.grma.gaa.ie to get their new GAA Rewards card.

 


Lorrha Notes

Well Done Leanne.

Congratulations is extended to Leanne Sullivan, daughter of Damien and Maura, Redwood, who won the Claregalway 9/10 dancing championship in tusgrad catagory recently. Leanne a student of the Stephanie Power school of Irish Dance Portumna”, now moves to the next  level which is meangrad after recent success in bungrad and tusgrad. Well done Leanne and all the best in the future. Well done Leanne.

Ploughing Meeting.

An important ploughing meeting will take place on Wednesday night 15th at 8.30pm in the Yanks Borrisokane. All members requested to attend.

Reminder.
If you need to ring 999 or 112 in an emergency, you will be asked for your Eircode to pin point your location quickly, so please memorise your Eircode or keep it in a prominent place in your house. Ask someone with access to a computer if you do not have yours. This is vitally important for people living in housing estates or big townlands with a few roads like Gurteen, Rathcabbin or Portland, Lorrha.
There are defibrillators located outside Kelly’s Rathcabbin, the garage at Walshpark, Lorrha Hall, Moatefield GAA clubhouse and Redwood National School.

Birthday Greetings.

Congratulations and many good wishes is extended to Willie Dolan Rathcabbin on the occasion of his 95th birthday. Willie celebrated the occasion with family and friends in St. Kieran’s Care Home recently. Well done Willie and many happy returns.

Church News.

Volunteer as a Facilitator with Accord Catholic Marriage care service. If you feel that you have something to offer to couples who are preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage and you are willing to give up some voluntary time to train in this area then we , in the ACCORD Nenagh Centre would be delighted to hear from you.  Certificate in Marriage Education accredited by Pontifical University Maynooth.  Info@ accordnenagh@gmail.com  by Friday 24th March, or call 065 6824297.

Bishop Fintan Monaghan will lead his first Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes on 26th June. The 61st Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will leave Shannon on 26th June, returning on Saturday July 1st . The cost this year is still €692 per person sharing.  €10 discount for online booking at www.joewalshtours.ie.  Booking forms can be obtained from: Joe Walsh Tours,  143 Lower Baggot St,  Dublin 2.  Telephone: 01 2410810.  A limited number of sick pilgrims will be accommodated in the Sanctuary of Lourdes at a cost of €595. Applications for sick pilgrims only to Fr. Tom Ryan, Pilgrimage Director, SS John & Paul Presbytery, Shannon, Co. Clare. Tel. 061 364133. Families of individuals often sponsor a family member, parents or a friend on the occasion of an anniversary or Jubilee with a visit to Lourdes.  Sponsorship for sick people is always welcome. More details are on poster in Church porch and on  www.killaloediocese.ie .

A chance to reflect, think, chat and hopefully help answer that ‘Call to Priesthood’ – taking place on Friday /Saturday February 17th / 18th in Pallotine College, Thurles. Friday dinner at 6pm followed by time of prayer. Meet others thinking of Priesthood and some recently ordained priests. Stay overnight, breakfast and a brief talk on discerning a vocation, preparation for mass, lunch, discussion and departure. Advance booking is required; Contact Fr. Joe Walsh, Templemore – 0867714888.

Award.

The Nenagh Municipal District prize awarded to the Lorrha Cemetery committee, is now displayed in Lorrha Church for anyone wishing to view it.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to the Hogan Families Rathcabbin on the death of their uncle Jack Houlihan Derrinvohill, Borrisokane and formally Rathcabbin, which occurred on Wednesday Feb 8th. After funeral Mass in Borrisokane Church, on Friday last, burial took place in Lorrha Cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Late Gilbert Harding.

The death occurred on Saturday Feb 11th of Gilbert Harding, Ballyduff, Rathcabbin.
Pre-deceased by his daughter in-law Olive recently, he is survived by his wife Marie, sons Adrian and Evan, grandchildren Eoin, Aisling, Laoise and Amy, sisters Johanna and Mary, brothers Batty, Geoff and William, brother in-law, sisters in-law, relatives, neighbours and friends to whom sympathy is offered.  After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Tuesday morning 14th burial took place in Carrig cemetery. May he rest in peace.

 St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

The active retirement group are holding a day out with dinner in The Thatch in Ballycommon on Sunday 26th February at 1.00pm. Transport will be available from the Lorrha village. Non members welcome. For further information contact Nancy on (0870 7613458.

Suggestions Invited.

Tipperary Co.Co. have plans to re-surface the Abbeyville road out of Lorrha village and as far as the Lorrha sign, in 2018. Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns have been invited by the Council to have an input into enhancing a section of the roadway, specifically the area where the road widens at the bend opposite the COI graveyard. At present there is a flower bed there. Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns would welcome suggestions from the public as to how this area might be improved/ developed. Suggestion boxes are placed in The Shop, Pat Hough’s Pub, Friars Tavern and the Ferry Service Station and will be there until the 8th March. Anyone with ideas is welcome to make a suggestion on or before that date.

Spring De-Clutter.

When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the spring collection, please remember Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns who continue to collect unwanted clothes throughout the year. Items of clothing must be clean and dry and in good condition please and we can supply bags if you want. We can also collect to make it easy for you, just call (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (087) 2601413 with your name and details. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows, cushions, carpets, rugs and maths including bath toilet and shower math’s, soiled or wet clothing. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed. Many thanks for your continued support.

In Concert.

The Whileaways will perform in Concert on Friday 3rd March in Church of Ireland Portumna. Tickets €15 now on sale online at www.shorelinesartsfestival.com or in local Portumna outlets: The Beehive andHayes & Hayes totalhealth Pharmacy.

GAA News:

Senior: Lorrha have been drawn against Templederry in the first round of the North Senior Hurling Championship. The game is likely to be played after the County Championship group games have been played.

In the County League, Lorrha will face JK Brackens away in the opening round on Sunday 12th March. Ballina, Roscrea, Burgess and Holycross/Ballycahill are also in the group.

Under 21 Football: Lorrha have been given a walkover by Ballinahinch/Templederry in the quarter final of the North U21 'B' Football Championship and will now play Silvermines in the semi-final in Moatfield, likely on weekend 18 or 25 February.

Gaeltacht Scholarships 2017: Applications are now being accepted with a closing date of February 20th. Applicants must be 2nd year, TY’s & 5th year students they are asked to contact their local GAA club for the relevant forms and procedures. Applications form from secretary Michael Kennedy

Membership: for 2017 is now due. €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership); €20 – Juvenile (16 and under); €90 – Family (2 adults and 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children). Closing date for membership for all adult and juvenile players is the last day of February to be insured in training and games while the closing date for all membership is 31st March. It is important to remember that our total number of adult members by 31st March is the number the County Board will use towards our ticket allocations for Tipperary games so it is in your interest to have membership paid by then. Membership can be paid to club registrar Louise Mannion or can also be done online at www.locallotto.ie. Members can also log onto www.grma.gaa.ie to get their new GAA Rewards card.

Social Dancing: on Friday night with Adrian Ryan. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.

Line Dancing: On Wednesday 15th February at Lorrha GAA complex, a night of Line-Dancing will be held from 9.30pm to 12.30am. Admission €8. Refreshments and Raffle on door tickets. One of our patrons will win a donation for a charity of their choice on the door tickets also. See you there.


Lorrha Notes

Dóirín Saurus, Fethard Historical Society, presenting the winning author Gerard O'Meara, with the Tipperariana 'Book of the Year' award for 2016, for his publication, 'Lorrha People in the Great War'.  Ger's book is available in the local shops in Lorrha and Terryglass.  It is also stocked by Supervalu in Portumna, Banagher, Birr and Roscrea as well as the Nenagh Bookshop and the Bookworm Bookshop in Thurles.  In Tullamore can be purchased at both Midland Books and the Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society on Bury Quay.

Well Done Ger.

Congratulations is extended to Ger O’Meara who picked up the Tipperariana Book of the year award 2016  for his recent publication “Lorrha People in the Great War”. Ger was presented with  a specially commissioned ‘Art Piece’, by artist and potter Doirín Saurus , which evoked the image of the  ‘Cemetery Headstone’ which is one of the iconic images that remind us of the needless slaughter of millions of men during that awful war.  The award was organized by the Tipperariana Book Fair / Fethard Historical Committee and the Book Fair will be  held in Fethard on Sunday 12th February. Well done Ger. A selection of photographs can be viewed on the parish web site www.lorrhadorrha.ie

Parish Responders.

Following the round of Cardiac First Responder training in Rathcabbin in 2015, Rathcabbin Community First Responders were formed and are now registered with the National Ambulance Service. This group of locals will endeavour to provide timely help before an ambulance arrives if a cardiac, choking or a stroke emergency is rung into 999 in the Rathcabbin area.A similar group is being formed in Lorrha to provide assistance in the Lorrha end of this large parish.
If you ring 999 or 112 you will be asked for your Eircode to pin point your location quickly, so please memorise your Eircode or keep it in a prominent place in your house. Ask someone with access to a computer if you do not have yours. This is vitally important for people living in housing estates or big townlands with a few roads like Gurteen, Rathcabbin or Portland, Lorrha.
There are defibrillators located outside Kelly’s Rathcabbin, the garage at Walshpark, Lorrha Hall, Moatefield GAA clubhouse and Redwood National School.

Church News.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament continues on Thursday’s from 10am to 8pm in Rathcabbin  Church. We invite all parishioners to come and stay a while in the presence of Jesus.
Next Saturday, 11th February is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes – World Day for the Sick.
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Saturday 11th February is the 159th anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady to St. Bernadette in Lourdes. This year’s Diocesan Pilgrimage will leave Shannon on Monday  June 26th, returning on Saturday July 1st.  The cost this year is still  €692 per person sharing.  €10 discount for online booking at www.joewalshtours.ie.  Booking forms can be obtained from: Joe Walsh Tours,  143 Lower Baggot St,  Dublin 2.  Telephone: 01 2410810.
Knock Pilgrimage to New York:  A special pilgrimage to New York from Knock will take place from 8th –  14th May.  Flying directly from Ireland West Airport to JFK, the pilgrimage offers a chance to be part of a memorable and historic trip.   Itinerary includes a Requiem Mass on WSaturday 13th  at Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral for the re- internment of the remains of John Curry, the youngest of the Knock witnesses which will be celebrated by His Eminence Cardinal Dolan.  If you would like to find out more or make an enquiry, please contact Joe Walsh Tours on 01 2410800 or email: bronwyn.clinton@joewalshtours.ie 

A chance to reflect, think, chat and hopefully help answer that ‘Call to Priesthood’ – taking place on Friday /Saturday February 17th / 18th in Pallotine College, Thurles. Friday dinner at 6pm followed by time of prayer. Meet others thinking of Priesthood and some recently ordained priests. Stay overnight, breakfast and a brief talk on discerning a vocation, preparation for mass, lunch, discussion and departure. Advance booking is required; Contact Fr. Joe Walsh, Templemore – 0867714888.

Spring De-Clutter.

When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the spring collection, please remember Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns who continue to collect unwanted clothes throughout the year. Items of clothing must be clean and dry and in good condition please and we can supply bags if you want. We can also collect to make it easy for you, just call (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (087) 2601413 with your name and details. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows, cushions, carpets, rugs and maths including bath toilet and shower math’s, soiled or wet clothing. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed. Many thanks for your continued support.

Well Don Kevin.

Congratulations is extended to Kevin Cahalan who was successful at trials recently and picked to go forward in the upcoming season where he will represent Lorrha GAA club on the Under 14 Tipperary football team. Impressed by his North performance, the selectors picked Kevin who had captained the North Division team over their eight week match and training period. Well done Kevin and all the best in the future.

Lorrha Camogie:
Best wishes to two of our players Celine Cleary and Clodagh McIntyre as they take part in camogie All Ireland semi-finals with their schools. Clodagh will be competing in the senior B semi-final with Portumna CS in Ratharney at 1pm  on Saturday and Celine will be competing in the senior C semi-final with Borrisokane CS on Saturday in Borrisoleigh at 2pm

Training: Training continues on Friday night in Moatfield with indoor circuits at 8.30pm and outdoor training starts this Sunday 12th at 11.15am, all players are asked to make every effort to attend.

Thank you: Many thanks to all those who attended our medals presentation night. A special word of thanks to Noel McGrath for doing the presentation and to our chairperson Bernie Cleary for organising the lovely surprise. Thank you to Teresa and all in the Ferry Inn for a great evening, to Sean and Alan O'Meara for providing the music and to Rose Mannion for being photographer on the night.

Business Course.

Starting your own Business Course commencing in Birr on Wednesday 15th February.  Running over 6 consecutive Wednesday evenings until 22 March from 7 – 10pm. For more information and to reserve a place please contact Local Enterprise Office Offaly, on 057 9357480 or download application form from www.localenterprise.ie/Offaly

Struck by the ‘amazing goodness of people’ – says Olive Foley as Mayor presents Limerick’s Book of Condolences on husband’s passing. 10,000 signatures as messages pour in from around the world

The wife of the late Anthony Foley has described the 10,000 signatures on Limerick City and County Council’s Book of Condolences presented to her this week as another reminder of the ‘amazing goodness of people’.

Speaking after being presented with the Book of Condolences by Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Kieran O'Hanlon at City Hall, Olive Foley said that as overwhelming as her husband’s passing has been, the generosity of the public has still shone through at all times.

“As dreadful as this has been, I cannot help, even at the most difficult of times, but see the amazing goodness of people.  You’re dealing with something that is almost too much at times but there’s always someone at your side, some message coming through.

“The greatness of this is really that it’s there for everyone, every time there’s a tragedy, people respond in amazing ways.  Ireland is a special place in that regard and Limerick too.  We had incredible support in Killaloe but it was like there was a small bridge between Killaloe and Limerick at that time, and very much since.

“To have 10,000 people sign a book of condolences says it all about Limerick.  It has a huge place in our hearts and even the journey home with Anthony, passing Thomond Park and seeing so many people there, is something we will never forget.  We thank everyone across the city and county for their support and for all these signatures.  We will never forget it.”

Said Mayor Kieran O’Hanlon: “Anthony Foley was a hero of all of Limerick and it’s fair to say that his passing was one of those few moments in your life that you will always remember where you were when you heard the news. It stopped us all in our tracks.  We had to come to terms with the sudden passing of someone whom we all had a connection with, even for those who didn’t know him.

“Anthony achieved so much in his all too short time here with us but was a really modest person.  I think it’s because of that he had a special place in our hearts; a down to earth guy who did so well.  His death, therefore, deeply impacted so many people and the number of people who signed the book of condolences reflected that.  We never saw anything like it.  So many people wanted to honour Anthony that we even increased capacity on our websiteLimerick.ie to enable them to do so.”

The Mayor also paid tribute to Olive, her sons and the Foley family for the way they have responded to his passing.  “Anthony was a hero to us all and Olive is now very much the same.  You just had to stand back and admire the way she and the boys and the wider family met Anthony’s passing.  She has been so brave and so eloquent, from her homily at his funeral to everything she has done since.

“The online initiative by the family to have others remembered in Masses alongside Anthony in the run up to Christmas was also remarkable. It brought thousands of people together who are grieving.  That solidarity has given so many people strength and it was an incredibly selfless thing for the family to do.  There’s not much we can do at times like this except let people know we are there for them and Limerick certainly did that for the Foley family.”

GAA News

Juvenile Medal Presentation: took place in Moatfield last Saturday night. North medals were presented to our U12 hurlers and county medals to the Lorrha Rovers Gaels U14 hurlers by All Ireland winners Brian Hogan and John McGrath while Tipp football George Hannigan was also present.

Senior: Lorrha have been drawn against Templederry in the first round of the North Senior Hurling Championship. The game is likely to be played after the County Championship group games have been played. In the County League, Lorrha will face JK Brackens away in the opening round on Sunday 12th March. Ballina, Roscrea, Burgess and Holycross/Ballycahill are also in the group.

Under 21 Football: Lorrha have been given a walkover by Ballinahinch/Templederry in the quarter final of the North U21 'B' Football Championship and will now play Silvermines in the semi-final in Moatfield, likely on weekend 18 or 25 February.
Gaeltacht Scholarships 2017: Applications are now being accepted with a closing date of February 20th. Applicants must be 2nd year, TY’s & 5th year students they are asked to contact their local GAA club for the relevant forms and procedures. Applications form from secretary Michael Kennedy

Membership: for 2017 is now due. €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership); €20 – Juvenile (16 and under); €90 – Family (2 adults and 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children). Closing date for membership for all adult and juvenile players is the last day of February to be insured in training and games while the closing date for all membership is 31st March. It is important to remember that our total number of adult members by 31st March is the number the County Board will use towards our ticket allocations for Tipperary games so it is in your interest to have membership paid by then. Membership can be paid to club registrar Louise Mannion or can also be done online at www.locallotto.ie. Members can also log onto www.grma.gaa.ie to get their new GAA Rewards card.

Lotto: Our jackpot is €4,200 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at www.locallotto.ie.

Social Dancing: on Friday night with Adrian Ryan. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.

Line Dancing: On Wednesday 15th February at Lorrha GAA complex, a night of Line-Dancing will be held from 9.30pm to 12.30am. Admission €8. Refreshments and Raffle on door tickets. One of our patrons will win a donation for a charity of their choice on the door tickets also. See you there.


Lorrha Notes

People of the Year Awards.

Many congratulations is extended to All-Ireland mouth organ champion William Holmes from Rathcabbin who picked up another award recently, this time from the Roscrea People of the Year Award. Son of John and Marie, William started playing music in 2010 and joined Roscrea Comhaltas in 2011. His first instrument was the fiddle but he later started to learn how to play the mouth organ which won him the title of All-Ireland champion at the Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis last year. William and his family attended the 30th Roscrea Awards Evening which took place in Racket Hall Hotel and where he was honoured for his contribution to music. Definitely a young man to watch out for in the future and with a bright future in the music industry in the years ahead.  William is pictured being presented with his award by Brian Colclough of Bernies Supervalu who were the main sponsors of Roscrea People of the Year Awards. Well done William

Members of the cast of Lorrha Drama Group include Tim Reddin, Mark Houlihan, Carmel Slevin, Theresa Walker, Anne Marie Hough, Kevin Ryan.

Lorrha Drama Group.

Lorrha Drama Group present “It’s the Real McCoy" in Lorrha Hall on Thursday night Feb 2nd,  Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th at 8.30pm. This is a very funny play and not one to be missed.

Church News.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament continues on Thursday’s from 10am to 8pm in Rathcabbin  Church. We invite all parishioners to come and stay a while in the presence of Jesus.
First Friday Mass in Lorrha Church at 9.30a.m. and Friday 5th Feb. And in Rathcabbin Church at 7.30pm.  Please note; The Mass in Rathcabbin Church will be the Mass of preparation for children who will receive the sacrament of Communion for Life in 2017.
Candles for Candlemas Day and the Presentation of the Lord – You are invited to donate packs of candles (Beeswax). These will be blessed at the Mass on St.  Brigid’s Day, February 1st.  Candles for use in your homes will also be blessed.
Blessing of throats will take place at all Masses next weekend. Feast of St. Blaise is Friday, 3rd February.
The next of the Munster Pioneers Activities Committee will take place in the Marian Hall, Tipperary Town, @ 3pm on Sunday 5th February. People who are interested in becoming Pioneers are welcome to attend.   Tel. 086 3642619    or check out www.pioneerassociation.ie

Art Classes

Arts & Crafts for children (5 years up) on Saturdays  4 - 5pm and 5.30-6.30pm, starting on January 28th for 8 weeks. Drawing for children (9 years up) on Wednesdays  7.15-8.30pm, starting on February 8th in Bramble Art Studio, Lorrha , for 8 weeks. Please contact Ute on (087) 9151356 or (090) 9742127. Early booking advisable as places are limited.

Thank You.

Rathcabbin Players enjoyed a six night fabulous run with their 31st Anniversary production of  “Thy Will Be Done”. The Players wish to thank all their loyal supporters and followers as without you the play would not go on. A massive thank you to a founder member Michael O’Meara (The Hill) who made the effort at the young age of 99 years, to join the group for dress rehearsal and enjoyed the cuppa and the chat afterwards. Thanks also to all who donated spot prizes and made financial contributions to the group. A big thank you to the editor of The Midland Tribune John O’Callaghan and the editor of the Nenagh Guardian Garry Cotter for their coverage of the play which is much appreciated. Already the group are planning ahead and look forward to meeting you all again next year God willing.

Late Patricia Ryan.

The death took place on Sunday 25th of December 2016 of Patricia (Pat) Ryan, nee Cullen, of Derrinsallow House, and late of Main Street Birr at the Regional Hospital Tullamore.
Pat was a native of Birr and the oldest daughter of Charles and Teresa Cullen (nee Troy). The Cullen family ran a Drapery business on the Main Street in Birr where Pat worked before her marriage to Donal Ryan of Derrinsallow.
Pat was an accomplished pianist and was never happier than when she was sharing her musical talents with others. One of her favourite pastimes was the game of Bridge and she was a long time member of the Birr 66 Bridge Club. However, Pat was unable to play in recent years due to ill health. Despite this she recently attended the Club's 50th anniversary celebrations much to the delight of the club members.
Pat was known for her irrepressible good humour and positive zest for life. She was generous and kind to friends and neighbours alike and always known for being unselfish, caring and compassionate towards others whilst down playing her own aliments. Her husband Donal passed away suddenly in 2003. Pat was pre-deceased by her brother Alan and her sister Jackie in 2006 and 2007 respectively.
Pat is survived by her daughter Angela and her sons John and Donie, her daughter in-law Orla, her four grandchildren, Peter, Harry, George and Olivia, her sisters Bernadette and Ruth, brother Tony and by her many nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
Removal took place on Tuesday 27th December from Boyd's Funeral Home to Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin. Funeral Mass took place on Wednesday 28th with burial in St Ruahan's Cemetery Lorrha. May she rest in peace.

Grandparents Day at Redwood NS

We are holding Grandparents Day on Thursday, 2nd February at 11 a.m. in the school as part of Catholic Schools Week. We invite parents, grandparents and retired / elderly neighbours and friends to join us on the day for a prayer service, a chat and a cuppa. If any grandparents would like to bring in photos or items from times gone by to show the children, please do. As we are currently hatching chicks in the school, we would love to hear stories from your time of rearing farm animals within the home. Looking forward to seeing you on the day. All are welcome.

Lorrha Drama Group.

Lorrha Drama Group present “It’s the Real McCoy in Lorrha Hall on 2nd, 4th and 5th of February at 8.30pm. This is a very funny play and not one to be missed.

 

Spring De-Clutter.

When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the spring collection, please remember Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns who continue to collect unwanted clothes throughout the year. Items of clothing must be clean and dry and in good condition please and we can supply bags if you want. We can also collect to make it easy for you, just call (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (087) 2601413 with your name and details. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows, cushions, carpets, rugs and maths including bath toilet and shower math’s, soiled or wet clothing. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed. Many thanks for your continued support.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

Our meetings continue each Wednesday at 3pm in St. Ruadhan's Community Hall Lorrha.  Transport is available and new members are always welcome.  There is no age limit on our membership anymore.  So please do pop in for a chat and a cuppa.

We are holding a coffee afternoon on 15th February in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation.  Active Retirement Ireland has joined with the Irish Heart Foundation to promote this very worthy fundraising event all over Ireland during the month of February.  Everyone is welcome.

Used Stamps. 

The ISPCC receives less than 10% government funding, yet we are the only organisation in Ireland providing a 24 hour listening support service for children and young people. You can help us support our services by turning your used stamps into money. All you need to do is put your used stamps into an envelope and send to: ISPCC, 29 Lower Baggot St., Dublin 2. There’s no need to lift them off the envelope, but if you have time to trim them leave a 1cm margin all around. Even a little stamp can make a difference.

GAA News.

Auction: The club would like to thank everyone who supported our annual Auction last Sunday which was a tremendous success with all items bought for good prices, helped by a very good auctioneer in Cllr Michael O'Meara. We would like to thank all those who donated timber, turf, feed stuffs, it was very much appreciated. Also to all those club officers and players who split and loaded the timber over the last week, a very well done.

Coaching Course: Foundation Course being run in Lorrha GAA Complex on Monday's 6th & 13th February, contact Tom Kennedy on 087-9191689 to confirm your place.

Juvenile Medal Presentation: on Saturday 4th February at 7.00pm in Moatfield. All welcome to attend as the U12's U14's will be presented with their Hurling Championship medals on the night.

Senior: Lorrha were drawn with Holycross/Ballycahill and Knockavilla Kickhams in our roinn 2 group in the County Championship. These games will take place in April and May. In the County League, Lorrha will face JK Brackens away in the opening round on Sunday 12th March. Ballina, Roscrea, Burgess and Holycross/Ballycahill are also in the group.

Under 21 Football: Lorrha have been drawn against Ballinahinch/Templederry in the quarter final of the North U21 'B' Football Championship and this game will be played on weekend 11-12 February.

Minor Football: Lorrha Rovers Gaels have been drawn with Kilruane MacDonaghs and Burgess in the North Minor 'B' Football Championship and this championship is likely to begin in mid March.

Membership: for 2017 is now due. €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership); €20 – Juvenile (16 and under); €90 – Family (2 adults and 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children). Closing date for membership for all adult and juvenile players is the last day of February to be insured in training and games while the closing date for all membership is 31st March. It is important to remember that our total number of adult members by 31st March is the number the County Board will use towards our ticket allocations for Tipperary games so it is in your interest to have membership paid by then. Membership can be paid to club registrar Louise Mannion or can also be done online at www.locallotto.ie. Members can also log onto www.grma.gaa.ie to get their new GAA Rewards card.

Tipperary Draw: Congratulations to Brian Mannion who won €200 in the Tipperary Clubs Draw Confined draw for January.

Lotto: Our jackpot is €3,900 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at www.locallotto.ie.

Social Dancing: on Friday night with Muriel O'Connor & Fran Curry. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.


Lorrha Notes

Last Two Nights.

Rathcabbin Players have enjoyed four fabulous nights with their latest play “Thy Will Be Done” last week-end. If you have missed out on this powerful production The Players are back on stage for two further night’s this coming week-end, Saturday night 28th and Sunday 29th.  Written by Michael Carey and produced by Marian Frawley from Portumna booking is essential on (087) 2360 096 between  6.00pm and 8.00pm daily but hurry as seats are filling up fast and you won’t want to miss this fine performance. Doors open at 8.00 for curtain at 8.30pm sharp.

Seats are filling fast for Rathcabbin Players last two nights so don't delay, pick up the phone and call (087) 2360 096 NOW!!!

Church News.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament continues on Thursday’s from 10am to 8pm in Rathcabbin  Church. We invite all parishioners to come and stay a while in the presence of Jesus.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to Carmel Hogan and family, Ballymacegan, Lorrha on the death of her mother Elizabeth (Lisa) Coniry, Aglish which occurred on January 18th. After funeral Mass in the Church of the Assunption Aglish on Saturday last, burial took place in the local cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Lorrha Camogie

Training:  Junior training will continue with circuits on Friday evenings in the sports complex in Moatfield at 8.45 from Friday 27th January. All players are asked to attend and new players are always welcome and encouraged to come along.

Lorrha Drama Group.

Lorrha Drama Group present “It’s the Real McCoy in Lorrha Hall on 2nd, 4th and 5th of February at 8.30pm.

Art Classes

Arts & Crafts for children (5 years up) on Saturdays  4 - 5pm and 5.30-6.30pm, starting on January 28th for 8 weeks. Drawing for children (9 years up) on Wednesdays  7.15-8.30pm, starting on February 8th in Bramble Art Studio, Lorrha , for 8 weeks. Please contact Ute on (087) 9151356 or (090) 9742127. Early booking advisable as places are limited.

Ploughning Meeting.

All members of North Tipp Ploughing are asked to attend an important meeting in the Yanks Borrisokane on Wednesday night 25th at 8.30pm.

Birthday Greetings.

Congratulations and many good wishes is extended to Ann Delahunt Smyth on the occasion of her 50th birthday and to Tara King on the occasion of her 40th birthday. Both celebrated their great occasions in Dooly’s Hotel Birr last week-end. Well done to both girls.

Milford Care Centre:

A 10 km Walk/ Jog/ Run will take place on Sunday, January 29th at the University of Limerick with a start time of 12 noon.  The 10km is open to runners and walkers of all levels and ability with all proceeds going directly to Milford Hospice. Participants will congregate on the UL Plaza for warm up prior to starting, winding its way round the campus and Plassey Road before finishing on the UL track. It is an official AAI measured route.  Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places both male and female categories.  To register online visit www.eventmaster.ie or you can register on Saturday 28th from 12noon to 3pm in the Reception of the UL Arena. Any queries contact the Fundraising Department, Milford Hospice on 061 485859/ 585860. Your support is gratefully appreciated.

Spring De-Clutter.

When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the spring collection, please remember Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns who continue to collect unwanted clothes throughout the year. Items of clothing must be clean and dry and in good condition please and we can supply bags if you want. We can also collect to make it easy for you, just call (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (087) 2601413 with your name and details. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows, cushions, carpets, rugs and maths including bath toilet and shower math’s, soiled or wet clothing. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed. Many thanks for your continued support.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

We would like to welcome back all our members to our weekly meetings and wish everyone a Happy and Healthy 2017.  Our meetings continue each Wednesday at 3pm in St. Ruadhan's Community Hall Lorrha.  Transport is available and new members are always welcome.  There is no age limit on our membership anymore.  So please do pop in for a chat and a cuppa.
We are holding a coffee afternoon on 15th February in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation.  Active Retirement Ireland has joined with the Irish Heart Foundation to promote this very worthy fundraising event all over Ireland during the month of February.  Everyone is welcome.

A.G.M.

Portumna Arts Group & Shorelines Festival AGM  will be held on Thursday night January 26th at 8pm in the Portumna Retirement Village.
All very welcome -- please do come along if you are interested in getting involved or contact a committee member.

Used Stamps. 

The ISPCC receives less than 10% government funding, yet we are the only organisation in Ireland providing a 24 hour listening support service for children and young people. You can help us support our services by turning your used stamps into money. All you need to do is put your used stamps into an envelope and send to: ISPCC, 29 Lower Baggot St., Dublin 2. There’s no need to lift them off the envelope, but if you have time to trim them leave a 1cm margin all around. Even a little stamp can make a difference.

Courses.

Portumna College of Further Education (Old VEC) (GRETB), PORTUMNA places stiavailable on the following QQI Modules  Healthcare:  Care of the Older Person & Intellectual Disability Studies. In Horticulture  Tourism, and other courses in Computers, Sewing and Spanish & English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL).  Information session at 11am Wed 25th Jan for QQI Module Sports & Recreation. michael.cunniffe@gretb.ie   call or text  09097 41946 / 087 6258696

GAA News

Auction: will take place next Sunday 29th January in Moatfield at 2.00pm. There will be a plentyful supply of timber if winter supplies need topping up. All support would be appreciated.

Referees Wanted: Lorrha is one of four North Tipp clubs without an active referee and the club are seeking people to take part in a Referee's Course which will take place over four nights in January and February. If anyone is interested, application forms from secretary Michael Kennedy.

Coaching Course: Foundation Course being run in Lorrha GAA Complex on Monday's 6th & 13th February, contact Tom Kennedy on 087-9191689 to confirm your place.

Juvenile Medal Presentation: on Saturday 4th February at 7.00pm in Moatfield. All welcome to attend as the U12's U14's will be presented with their Hurling Championship medals on the night.

Membership: for 2017 is now due. €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership); €20 – Juvenile (16 and under); €90 – Family (2 adults and 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children). Closing date for membership for all adult and juvenile players is the last day of February to be insured in training and games while the closing date for all membership is 31st March. It is important to remember that our total number of adult members by 31st March is the number the County Board will use towards our ticket allocations for Tipperary games so it is in your interest to have membership paid by then. Membership can be paid to club registrar Louise Mannion or can also be done online at www.locallotto.ie. Members can also log onto www.grma.gaa.ie to get their new GAA Rewards card.

Tipperary Draw: The January Draw took place last week and unfortunately the club had no winners. Thanks to all our subscribers for their continued support.

Lotto: Our jackpot is €3,750 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at www.locallotto.ie.

Social Dancing: on Friday night with Quickstep. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.

Offaly Man Appointed to Helm

 “Government and industry must collaborate more effectively or housing and infrastructure issues will damage economy

New CIF President Dominic Doheny has called on the Government to work with the construction industry to create an ambitious strategy that delivers sustainable growth, exports and jobs across Ireland today at a meeting of Ireland’s leading construction executives.

Mr. Doheny, who is from Tullamore, Co. Offaly and is joint Managing Director of John Flanagan Construction Ltd, said;

“The Government is turning to construction to deliver ambitious targets in the delivery of world class infrastructure, housing and the specialist buildings that attract and retain global companies to Ireland.  They must set out with industry a growth strategy that builds our capacity to deliver the sustainable level of 25,000 housing output required annually and the €43billiion infrastructure set out in the Government’s Public Capital Programme.

DKM consultants estimate that achieving these targets would see the construction industry grow from €15bn to €20bn by 2020, generating around 110,000 jobs.  This could be a transformative period for the Ireland’s economy and society if our industry is supported in the same way Ireland’s food, med-tech and financial services industries have been over the past 30 years.

I believe that industry and Government must collaborate to set out an ambitious strategy for construction similar to those established with the food and financial services industries.  The prize is a dynamic economy and society with connected and thriving regional economies that provide opportunity for people to work and live in communities around Ireland.  The price of inaction is a continuing housing and homelessness crisis, the decline of rural Ireland and a congested capital choking under the weight of producing over 40% of Irish GDP.

The industry currently accounts for 7% GNP and the widely-accepted level in a developed but growing economy is 12-15%.  The CIF believes that this gap can be filled by supporting regional construction companies to deliver housing and infrastructure outside the Greater Dublin area.   The industry currently employs around 140,000 people directly, far more than any other sector in Ireland. So, the potential for regional job creation is huge.

In 2017, the CIF is calling for a significant increase in capital expenditure in the upcoming review of the public capital programme.  This review coupled with the imminent National Planning Framework will be seminal for Irish economic development over the next few decades.  we must get it right.  The Government must help ensure that the construction industry has the capacity to deliver in the coming decade.

However, currently housebuilding, particularly outside Dublin, isn’t viable. Housebuilders cannot gain access to finance at the right terms from banks or other sources.  How can we have balanced regional development if there are no construction companies capable of building outside our major urban centres?  In addition, infrastructure funding is at record lows and any increase in the budget will not be felt by the civil engineering sector for 2-3 years due to lead in times.”

 

Dominic Doheny is a graduate of both Bolton Street and Trinity College Dublin and has been the joint Managing Director of John Flanagan Developments since 1989. He is the former Chairman of the Irish Home Builders Association and brings a wealth of personal experience, spanning more than three decades, to the role.  He will hold the role for two years.


Lorrha Notes

Book Now for Rathcabbin Players production of Thy Will be Done. 

The number one event in your diary this coming week-end is to go along to Rathcabbin Players production of “Thy Will Be Done” which will take place over four nights 19th, 20th, 21, 22nd, in Rathcabbin Hall. The Players will also be back on stage on Saturday night 28th and Sunday 29th. Written by Michael Carey and produced by Marian Frawley from Portumna booking is essential on (087) 2360 096 between  6.00pm and 8.00pm daily . Doors open at 8.00 for curtain at 8.30pm sharp.

Church News.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament continues on Thursday’s from 10am to 8pm in Rathcabbin  Church. We invite all parishioners to come and stay a while in the presence of Jesus.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to the relatives of Dick Murray, late of Carrigahorig, Lorrha who died suddenly on January 12th  in Portumna Retirement Village. After funeral Mass on Sunday last, burial took place in Castletown Cemetery, Moneygall. May he rest in peace.

Rathcabbin First Responders.

An information evening for all members will take place on Monday Jan. 23rd at 7.30pm in Rathcabbin Hall followed by a refresher course in CFR with David McEvoy. New members welcome. Please contact Martina on (087) 2922783 for further details.

Lorrha First Responders Group.

Now that the defibilator is installed in Lorrha Village, we need to set up First Responder Group.  A meeting has been arranged for this coming Wednesday, 18th January, in the Community Hall Lorrha at 8.30pm.  Anyone interested please attend.  If you cannot attend and want to make a difference to someone's life and want to join the group and want training, please contact Ruth on 0879463749 or Nancy on 0877613458.

Novice Ploughing:

North Tipperary Ploughing is organizing a Novice Ploughing competition on Saturday 4th March 2017 for both male and female between the age of 16 and 35 years. Anyone interested is asked to contact Denis Cahalan on (087) 7793719, John Cahalan on (087) 7975878 or Eamon Dermody on (087) 2600738.

Lorrha Camogie

Our medal presentation for our Junior Camogie league winners will take place this Friday evening 20th Jan from 9.30 in the Ferry Inn. We invite everyone to join us to celebrate on what promises to be a great night.

Training:  Junior training will continue with circuits on Friday evenings in the sports complex in Moatfield at 8.45 from Friday 27th January. All players are asked to attend and new players are always welcome and encouraged to come along.

Christmas market:  Many thanks to all those who supported our recent fundraiser at the Lorrha Christmas market. The winners of our 'Guess the number of balloons' were 1st prize: Voucher for David Broderick sports therapy- Ronan King, 2nd prize: Hamper from Naylors Car Dismantlers- Lisa Duggan, 3rd prize: EJCO hamper Pauline McIntyre, there were spot prize winners on the day also. Thanks to all those who baked and bought cakes at our cake sale. Thanks also to Portumna Hire Agri for the use of their New Holland tractor to fill with balloons on the day and to all our sponsors for their fantastic support. Happy new year to all from Lorrha Camogie!

Milford Care Centre:

A 10 km Walk/ Jog/ Run will take place on Sunday, January 29th at the University of Limerick with a start time of 12 noon.  The 10km is open to runners and walkers of all levels and ability with all proceeds going directly to Milford Hospice. Participants will congregate on the UL Plaza for warm up prior to starting, winding its way round the campus and Plassey Road before finishing on the UL track. It is an official AAI measured route.  Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places both male and female categories.  To register online visit www.eventmaster.ie or you can register on Saturday 28th from 12noon to 3pm in the Reception of the UL Arena. Any queries contact the Fundraising Department, Milford Hospice on 061 485859/ 585860. Your support is gratefully appreciated.

Spring De-Clutter.

When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the spring collection, please remember Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns who continue to collect unwanted clothes throughout the year. Items of clothing must be clean and dry and in good condition please and we can supply bags if you want. We can also collect to make it easy for you, just call (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (087) 2601413 with your name and details. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows, cushions, carpets, rugs and maths including bath toilet and shower math’s, soiled or wet clothing. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed. Many thanks for your continued support.

A.G.M.

Portumna Arts Group & Shorelines Festival AGM  will be held on Thursday night January 26th at 8pm in the Portumna Retirement Village. All very welcome -- please do come along if you are interested in getting involved or contact a committee member.

Used Stamps. 

The ISPCC receives less than 10% government funding, yet we are the only organisation in Ireland providing a 24 hour listening support service for children and young people. You can help us support our services by turning your used stamps into money. All you need to do is put your used stamps into an envelope and send to: ISPCC, 29 Lower Baggot St., Dublin 2. There’s no need to lift them off the envelope, but if you have time to trim them leave a 1cm margin all around. Even a little stamp can make a difference.

GAA News

Auction: will take place on Sunday 29th January in Moatfield at 2.00pm. Timber cutting is well underway and any help over the next three weeks would be appreciated.

Membership: for 2017 is now due. €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership); €20 – Juvenile (16 and under); €90 – Family (2 adults and 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children).

Closing date for membership for all adult and juvenile players is the last day of February to be insured in training and games while the closing date for all membership is 31st March. It is important to remember that our total number of adult members by 31st March is the number the County Board will use towards our ticket allocations for Tipperary games so it is in your interest to have membership paid by then. Membership can be paid to club registrar Louise Mannion or can also be done online at www.locallotto.ie. Members can also log onto www.grma.gaa.ie to get their new GAA Rewards card.

Referees: If anyone in the club wishes to become a referee and is interested in doing a referee course then can you please contact Shane Brophy on 0876989612.

Lotto: Our jackpot is €3,600 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play our lotto online at www.locallotto.ie.