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 National Dairy Council has announced that Eamonn Carroll (centre) has been appointed as the new Chairman with John Murphy (left) who represents Glanbia remaining as Vice Chairman. Eamonn from Loughmore in Co Tipperary represents the ICMSA and has been on the NDC Board since August 2015. Also in the photo is Zoe Kavanagh

Better Late Than Never.

As the title suggests, Rathcabbin Players will get back to perform this 3 act comedy and are busy back rehearsing with a slight change in the character roles. Written by Jimmy Keary and directed by Marian Frawley the play will go ahead for four night’s commencing on Thursday night February 28th to Sunday night March.3rd. The group extend a speedy recovery to Hubert Hogan who played the part of Emmet in the play. Andrew Dagg takes on that part while Tadhg Nevin will step into the role of Garda Doyle which was played by Andrew previously. The booking line will be open from next week, watch this space for full details.

Church News.

Please Note that all details of Mass times, dates and contact numbers are detailed on the parish web site www.lorrhadorrha.ie under local info and Churches.
Mass will be celebrated in Redwood Church on Saturday February 16th  at 6.30pm and in Rathcabbin the following day at 11.30am. Mass in Lorrha Church on Mondays at 9.30a.m.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursdays from 10.00am to 8.00pm. in  Rathcabbin  Church.

Bookings

Please note, when making a booking for Anniversary/ Month’s Mind Mass, Christening etc.  you can contact the parish office by phone – 090 9747009 and leave a message  or E Mail   lorrhaparishoffice @ gmail.com (preferred options), you can also make bookings after Masses on Sundays or phone parish office on Wednesday nights 8.00 to 10.00pm .

Fundraising Table Quiz.

Later this year George Harding will travel to Tamil Nadu, Southern India as part of UCD Overseas Volunteering Programme. To raise funds towards this project, a Table Quiz will be held in The Ferry Inn on Friday 22nd March @ 8.30pm. George would be grateful for your support on the night.

Support Information Evening

Bereavement Support Information Evening will be held on Tuesday 26th February 2019 from 7 to 8.30 pm. This is one of the quarterly information evenings that are held throughout the year to provide information on normal grief and the support services offered by Milford Care Centre.  Anam Cara  & Milford Care Centre Bereavement Information Evening on Thursday 28th February 2019 from7 to 9.00pm  Milford Care Centre and Anam Cara, the national organisation that provides support services to bereaved parents and families, are hosting a Bereavement Information Evening in Limerick. This event gives parents an opportunity to hear an experienced bereavement professional talk about the many challenges their family may face after the death of a son or daughter. Please note this event is open to all bereaved parents, regardless of the age of their child or the circumstances of their death.      If you have attended a previous Bereavement Information Evening, we would encourage you to come again because each time you will hear something that will help you along the difficult and challenging journey of grief. There will also be time after the talk to interact with other bereaved parents.  The Information Evenings are Free.

Raffle Results.

The results from the recent Rathcabbin Hall raffle is in 1st place Ailise Lawyer, 2nd. Carmel O’Connor (Birr) 3rd. Sinead Dermody (Rathcabbin). The draw was a great success with all tickets sole.

 QQI Certified Courses:

Places still available on some Full time and Part time courses see www.fetchcourses.ie  Portumna Adult Further Education in IT and Business Studies. or Contact: michael.cunniffe@gretb.ie  09097 41946 or 0876258.  Professional Voice Training in Singing also available phone 0863110966

North Tipp Ploughing.

The North Tipperary Ploughing championships will take place on Sunday March 3rd from 12 noon on the lands of the Dennison family, Kilbarron by kind permission. Raffle tickets are on sale at present with loads of prizes and the draw will take place on March 23rd in Hannigan’s of Kilbarron. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday night 20th Feb at 8.30pm in The Yanks Borrisokane and all members are requested to attend.

De-Clutter.

When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the new 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 mats including bath toilet and shower mats soiled or wet clothing but good quality unwanted clothing for re-use (not recycling). All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village. Many thanks for your continued support.

Enrolment.

Redwood NS is currently accepting applications for enrolment of Junior Infant pupils for September 2019. Application forms for enrolment are available from the school 8.30 am - 3.30 pm daily. If you would like to contact us, please call 090 9747186 or email redwoodns@live.ie. Visits to view the school, see the facilities and meet the teachers can also be arranged. Applications for enrolment will close at the end of February.

Employability Service.

Employability Service North Tipperary is a employment and recruitment service which supports people with an illness, injury or disability to secure and maintain a job in the open labour market. If you would like to avail of our service please contact us on (087) 9181857.

Gaa News

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €9,600    Numbers drawn were: 1-5-15-32. 3 Match 3's share €100: Ciara Maher, Cyril Lowry & Houlihan family (Lorrha).  Promoters: Louise Mannion, D&K Mannion and Gavin Young.
Next Monday's draw will be for a jackpot of €9,750 with a Match 3 pot of €100 so make sure you are in the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Senior: Lorrha have been drawn in group 2 of Division 2 in the County Hurling League along with Mullinahone, Newport, Ballina, Ballingarry, JK Brackens, Golden Kilfeacle and Shannon Rovers. First round game to be played on weekend 9-10 March.

Under 21 Football: Hard luck to the Lorrha Rovers Gaels Under 21 footballers who were defeated 3-9 to 2-5 by Kilruane MacDonaghs in the quarter finals of the North 'B' Championship in Ballinderry on Sunday.

Medal Presentation: The Medal Presentation for the Lorrha Rovers Gaels Under 15 Hurlers that won the North 'B' Plate last year will take place in Moatfield this Saturday evening at 6.30pm. All are welcome.

Schools: Congratulations to Colm Fogarty and the Borrisokane Community College Senior hurling team who won the Munster 'C' final on Saturday.

Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw: Unfortunately we had no winner in the February draw which was held last Friday night. Thanks to all our subscribers and we ask all promoters are asked to bring their accounts up to date with just two draws remaining.

Membership: for 2019 is now due and is 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).

All players on all adult and juvenile teams must be paid up prior to their first match of the season with the closing date for all membership is 31st March. Membership can be paid to registrar Louise Mannion or online at www.clubforce.com

Scor: The Area finals of Scor na bPaisti will take place in Portroe on Sunday 24thFebruary, commencing at 2.00pm. Anyone interested in taking part should contact a club officer.

Referees Course: A Foundation Course for new referees will be held over three Monday nights starting on March 4th. It will be the only new referee course for the coming year.

Anyone interested are to contact Philip Kelly, Referee Recruitment committee, 087 2863683

Lotto: The jackpot is €9,750 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at www.clubforce.com

Social Dancing: in the GAA Centre on Friday 15th February with Larry McEvoy (replacing Finbarr Dennehy). Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.


Lorrha Notes

A young girl from Knockshegowna Aishling Rafferty, pictured above , is heading to Romania in April as a volunteer to help those less fortunate than ourselves.
A fifth year student in Borrisokane Community College, Aishling will be travelling to Romania as a volunteer with the organization Habitat For Humanity. Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit Christian organization that partners with future and current homeowners to build simple, decent, and affordable housing for low to very low-income families. Volunteers and future homeowners work together in the building process and Aishling is very much looking forward to working side by side on this building project for young, disadvantaged families. The current conditions in Romania mean that many families with young children are forced to live on the streets and in dreadful conditions.

Aishling is a very active member of her community and is also an accomplished singer as well as country jiver!  She has received the bronze Gaisce award as well as the John Paul ll gold award in recognition of her hard work in her community. A selfless giver, she recently travelled to Lourdes as a helper and loved every minute of it.

In order to travel to Romania, Aishling must raise a total of €1,800 but she is very positive about the fundraising task that lies ahead. She set the ball rolling a few weeks ago when she set up a gofundme Page where people can make donations to her cause by going online and searching gf.me/u/p3x74w, and she wishes to thank all those who have already contributed.    Following up on that, Aishling is delighted to announce that on March 9th  Sean Carroll and Knockshegowna GAA club will be holding a social dance in Ballingarry Community Hall and that are generously donating the proceeds to the fund. Aishling wishes to sincerely thank all who have currently made online donations and she also wishes to extend her thanks to Sean Carroll and to Knockshegowna GAA club for their very valued support. Every good wish is extended to this brave young Knockshegowna girl and she deserves your support for this worthy cause.
Aishling is pictured here holding her bronze Gaisce award as well as the John Paul ll gold award in recognition of her hard work in her community.

Re-scheduled

Rathcabbin Players extend many thanks to all their patrons for their kindness, encouragement and understanding last week-end when the group had to cancel their play after one night on stage. Written by Jimmy Keary and directed by Marian Frawley ‘Better Late Than Never’ will go ahead for four night’s on Thursday night February 28th  to Sunday night March.3rd. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and look forward to meeting you all on our re-scheduled dates. Thank you for your valued support.

Late Philomena Molloy.

The death occurred of Philomena Molloy, Lorrha on Wednesday 30th January in Portumna Retirement village.
Nee Flynn from Duniry, Phil gave up her nursing work on her marriage to John Joe and they came to live in Portland, before purchasing a shop and filling station in Lorrha village from Bobby and Sheila Dillon where they were to remain. A gentle and kind hearted lady with a warm smile, Phil served as Sacristan in St. Ruadhan’s Church for 15 years, a job she loved so much. For the last number of years she resided in Portumna retirement home and was just one month short of her 92nd birthday.
Pre deceased by her husband John Joe she is survived by her daughters Maura Geraghty (Glenamaddy), Breda Costello (Killimor), Margaret McLoughney (Ballinderry), her sons Michael (Lorrha) and Kieran (U.S), sons in law Michael, John and Pat (predeceased), her daughter in law Siobhán, her brother in law Paddy Molloy and his wife Aggie, her grandchildren, and great-granchildren, her relatives and many friends.
After concelebrated funeral Mass on Saturday last Feb 2nd in St. Ruadhan’s Church, Lorrha, burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May her gentle soul rest in peace.
Church News.

Please Note that all details of Mass times, dates and contact numbers are detailed on the parish web site www.lorrhadorrha.ie under local info and Churches.
Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha Church on Saturday February 9th  at 6.30pm and in Rathcabbin the following day at 11.30am. Mass in Lorrha Church on Mondays at 9.30a.m.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursdays from 10.00am to 8.00pm. in  Rathcabbin  Church.

Bookings

Please note, when making a booking for Anniversary/ Month’s Mind Mass, Christening etc.  you can contact the parish office by phone – 090 9747009 and leave a message  or E Mail   lorrhaparishoffice @ gmail.com (preferred options), you can also make bookings after Masses on Sundays or phone parish office on Wednesday nights 8.00 to 10.00pm .

Pilgrimages:

Rome/San Giovanni 15th / 22nd April Easter 2019 with Papal Ceremonies in Rome for the Easter Period 7 nights €995 pps  Payments can be made in instalments contact James Treacy on 061921470 or 0860572216
Pilgrimage to Fatima and Lisbon: ex Dublin (last remaining seats) for Feast day of St. Anthony 9th to 14th June 2019.  Full board €675 pps single supplement €32.00.  Contact James Treacy 061-921470

Fundraising Table Quiz.

Later this year George Harding will travel to Tamil Nadu, Southern India as part of UCD Overseas Volunteering Programme. To raise funds towards this project, a Table Quiz will be held in The Ferry Inn on Friday 22nd March @ 8.30pm. George would be grateful for your support on the night.

Crochet Workshop.

Would you like to learn the skills needed to create crochet blankets, throws, cushions, scarfs, hats even clothing? Over three two hour sessions you will do just that! Redwood Castle Lorrha  E45 HT 38 are organising the classes on Tuesdays 5th, 12th and 19th of February from 18.30 to 20.30 and on 7th, 14th and 21st  of February in the mornings from 11.00 to 13.00. Cost is €55pp.  To book or for further information please call Elaine on (087) 2248261.

De-Clutter.

When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the new 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 mats including bath toilet and shower mats soiled or wet clothing but good quality unwanted clothing for re-use (not recycling). All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village. Many thanks for your continued support.

Enrolment.

Redwood NS is currently accepting applications for enrolment of Junior Infant pupils for September 2019. Application forms for enrolment are available from the school 8.30 am - 3.30 pm daily. If you would like to contact us, please call 090 9747186 or email redwoodns@live.ie. Visits to view the school, see the facilities and meet the teachers can also be arranged. Applications for enrolment will close at the end of February.

Art Classes

Drawing for children (9 years up) on Wednesdays  6 - 7pm, starting on January 23rd for 8 weeks. Arts & Crafts for children (5 years up): Saturdays  3.30 - 4.30pm and 5 - 6pm, starting on Feb 2nd and on Mondays 5 -6pm, starting on Feb 4th in Bramble Art Studio Lorrha for 8 weeks. Please contact Ute on 087 9151356. Early booking advisable as places are limited.

Film Night.

Shorelines Film Nights presents "Summer 93" (Spain) Tuesday, 12th February @ 8pm in The Boathouse Bar, Portumna. Tickets Euro 5 available at the door only.

Have a Heart.

About the Irish Heart Foundation
The Irish Heart Foundation is Ireland’s national charity fighting heart disease and stroke through advocacy, research, prevention and care. For more information, visit www.irishheart.ie.

About Show Some Heart
This Valentine’s Day the Irish Heart Foundation is asking people all over Ireland to Show Some Heart and help raise vital funds for the charity's work. On Thursday 14th February, teams of people will be packing shopping bags in Dunnes Stores around the country and the Irish Heart Foundation is looking for volunteers who can give a few hours of their day to this effort.

Teams of bag packers will be taking over six Dunnes Stores in Tipperary. Each bagpack will be managed by a local coordinator – as a volunteer, all you need to do is commit to the time you can take part and turn up on the day. Bagpacks will be taking place in:

Dunnes Stores Annsbrook Shopping Centre, Nenagh

Dunnes Stores Roscrea

To find out more or to sign up to volunteer in your local Dunnes, visit www.irishheart.ie/volunteer or call the Irish Heart Foundation on 01 668 5001.

About the Perfect Match
The Perfect Match is the Irish Heart Foundation’s new Valentine’s themed fundraising challenge. This February, the charity is asking the whole country to show some heart by challenging a friend or rival to a football match – or any kind of match – in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation.

The Perfect Match campaign will see students take on teachers, sports clubs line out against their neighbouring rivals, and local communities go head to head, all with the goal of raising funds to beat one of Ireland's biggest killers, heart disease.

To find out more or organise your own Perfect Match, visit www.irishheart.ie/perfectmatch.

GAA News

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €9,450.   Numbers drawn: 6-7-17-20.
3 Match 3's share €100: Fionnula Kennedy, Fiona Daly and Jo Needham.
Promoters: Mark Kennedy, Gavin Young & Internet.
Next Monday's draw will be for a jackpot of €9,600 with a Match 3 pot of €100 so make sure you are in the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Senior: Lorrha received a bye to the quarter finals of the 2019 North Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship. The quarter finals could be played over the weekend of 14-15 April.

Lorrha have been drawn in group 1 on the Seamus O Riain Cup with Carrick Swans, Templederry Kenyons and Thurles Sarsfields. The first round will be played on the weekend of 7-8 April with opponent to be confirmed.

Lorrha have been drawn in group 2 of Division 2 in the County Hurling League along with Mullinahone, Newport, Ballina, Ballingarry, JK Brackens, Golden Kilfeacle and Shannon Rovers.

Under 21 Football: The North U21 'B' Football semi-final between Lorrha Rovers Gaels and Kilruane MacDonaghs wasn't played on Saturday night and has been rearranged for Sunday 10th February in Ballinderry at 3.00pm

North Board: Congratulations to former secretary Michael Kennedy who was elected to the North Board CCC (Competitions Controls Committee) last week.

Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw: Thanks to all our subscribers and we ask all promoters are asked to bring their accounts up to date ahead of the February draw.

Membership: for 2019 is now due and is 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).

All players on all adult and juvenile teams must be paid up prior to their first match of the season with the closing date for all membership is 31st March. Membership can be paid to registrar Louise Mannion or online at www.clubforce.com

Scor: The Area finals of Scor na bPaisti will take place in Portroe on Sunday 24thFebruary, commencing at 2.00pm. Anyone interested in taking part should contact a club officer.

Gaeltacht Scholarships: Application forms are now available for GAA Gaeltacht scholarships in 2019. The scholarships are to the value of €300 and are confined to 2nd Year, TY and 5th Year students. Previous recipients of Tipperary GAA Gaeltacht scholarships may not apply.

Students should immediately book a course directly from one of the three nominated Munster Irish Colleges on the application form. Your completed application must also be signed by the club secretary before posting it to reach Lár na Páirce by the deadline of Friday, 8th February. Interviews for the scholarships will be held in Lár na Páirce later in February.

Lotto: The jackpot is €9,600 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at www.clubforce.com

Social Dancing: in the GAA Centre on Friday 8th February with Noel Ryan. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.


Lorrha Notes

                                                      

Written by Jimmy Keary and directed by Marian Frawley ‘Better Late Than Never’ will be staged for four night’s only this year, Thursday night January 31st to Sunday night Feb.3rd.  by Rathcabbin Players.  Booking is essential on  (087) 236 0096 between 6.00 and 8.00pm please but hurry, seats are filling up fast... The group extend sympathy to Mary Carroll on the death of her father in-law John Sherlock, Curraduff, Rathcabbin. May he rest in peace.

Pictured above are from left: Hubert Hogan, Marian Frawley (director), Teresa Ryan Feehan, Pat Kennedy, Mick Hoctor, Catherine Bourke, Eva Noyce, Andrew Dagg, Fiona Kennedy.

 

Art Classes

Drawing for children (9 years up) on Wednesdays  6 - 7pm, starting on January 23rd for 8 weeks. Arts & Crafts for children (5 years up): Saturdays  3.30 - 4.30pm and 5 - 6pm, starting on Feb 2nd and on Mondays 5 -6pm, starting on Feb 4th in Bramble Art Studio Lorrha for 8 weeks. Please contact Ute on 087 9151356. Early booking advisable as places are limited.

Church News.

Please Note that all details of Mass times, dates and contact numbers are detailed on the parish web site www.lorrhadorrha.ie under local info and Churches.
Mass will be celebrated in Redwood Church on Saturday February 2nd  at 6.30pm and in Rathcabbin the following day at 11.30am. Mass in Lorrha Church on Mondays at 9.30a.m.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament  on Thursdays from 10.00am to 8.00pm. in  Rathcabbin  Church. Mass for the First Friday of the month February 1st  in Lorrha Church at 7.30p.m.

 Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to Murt Corrigan and family Portland, Lorrha on the death of his sister  Kathleen Curley, Loughrea, who died on Wednesday January 16th. After funeral Mass in St. Brendan’s Cathedral, Loughrea on Sunday 20th burial took place in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Loughrea. May they rest in peace.
Sympathy is also extended to the family of John Sherlock, Curraduff, Rathcabbin who died on Saturday January 26th.  John will be laid to rest to-day Wednesday 30th  in Clonoghill Cemetery, after funeral Mass in St. Brendan’s Church Birr at 11.00am. May he rest in peace.

Killaloe Diocese Lourdes  Pilgrimage 2019.

The 63rd Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes from the Diocese of Killaloe under the leadership of Bishop Fintan Monahan  will leave Shannon Airport on Tuesday 25th June returning  Sunday 30th June. £725pps full board with £20 discount for online booking. Special section for assisted pilgrims with details  from Fr Tom Ryan, Cathedral Ennis  087-2349816 . All other bookings  to  joewalshtours.ie

Pilgrimage to Rome

Led by Bishop Fintan Monahan for all those who pass on the Faith to our Youth.  €599  April 23rd -26th, 2019. For further information contact Joanne O’ Brien (085) 874 9207

Crochet Workshop.

Would you like to learn the skills needed to create crochet blankets, throws, cushions, scarfs, hats even clothing? Over three two hour sessions you will do just that! Redwood Castle Lorrha  E45 HT 38 are organising the classes on Tuesdays 5th, 12th and 19th of February from 18.30 to 20.30 and on 7th, 14th and 21st  of February in the mornings from 11.00 to 13.00. Cost is €55pp.  To book or for further information please call Elaine on (087) 2248261.

Rathcabbin Hall Fundraising Raffle.

Rathcabbin Community Hall Ltd. are holding a raffle to raise funds to keep the hall open into the future.  Locals will be selling tickets (€5) over the coming weeks and the draw will take place on Sun 3rd Feb. in the hall. Raffle tickets can be bought in the hall after 11.30am Mass this coming Sunday 27th.
Please support this wonderful community resource in our parish.
Thank you to our generous prize sponsors, 1st Prize: Eoin Smyth, T&T Contractors, 2nd Prize: Keith Naylor, Naytar, 3rd Prize: Ciaran Young, Hire Agri.

Recent Wedding.

Many congratulations are extended to Amanda Hogan Rathcabbin and Damien Watkins who were married on Friday last in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin. Afterwards the newly - weds joined their families and friends in Dooly’s Hotel where the celebrations continued for the week-end. Well done Amanda and Damien and the best of luck in the future.

De-Clutter.

When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the new 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 mats including bath toilet and shower mats soiled or wet clothing but good quality unwanted clothing for re-use (not recycling). All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village. Many thanks for your continued support.

Enrolment.

Redwood NS is currently accepting applications for enrolment of Junior Infant pupils for September 2019.

Application forms for enrolment are available from the school 8.30 am - 3.30 pm daily. If you would like to contact us, please call 090 9747186 or email redwoodns@live.ie. Visits to view the school, see the facilities and meet the teachers can also be arranged. Applications for enrolment will close at the end of February.

Table Quiz.

Tennis Club Table Quiz, Friday February 1st @ 8:30pm in The Boathouse, Portumna. Proceeds  going towards upgrading the club entrance.

Raffle & spot prizes on the night.

(€40 per table of 4).(Students €20 per table). All welcome. Checkout Facebook or txt 087-3906067 for further info.

GAA News

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €9,300.
The Numbers drawn were: 4-17-18-20
4 Match 3's share €100: Pearl Doherty, Sean Lambe, Noel Maher, Noel Killeen.
Promoters: Margaret Gleeson, Pat Hough & The Friars Tavern.
Next Monday's draw will be for a jackpot of €9,450 with a Match 3 pot of €100 so make sure you are in the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Auction: Thank you to all those who supported our annual Auction last Sunday. A cool but fine day attracted a good crowd with all lots sold. Thanks to all those that helped with the timber in recent weeks, particularly the players.

Under 21 Football: Lorrha Rovers Gaels have been draw away to Kilruane MacDonaghs in the quarter-finals of the North U21 'B' Football Championship with the game to be played on Saturday 2nd February in Ballingarry at 6.30pm.

Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw: Thanks to all our subscribers and we ask all promoters are asked to bring their accounts up to date ahead of the February draw.

Membership: for 2019 is now due and is 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).

All players on all adult and juvenile teams must be paid up prior to their first match of the season with the closing date for all membership is 31st March. Membership can be paid to registrar Louise Mannion or online at www.clubforce.com

Gaeltacht Scholarships: Application forms are now available for GAA Gaeltacht scholarships in 2019. The scholarships are to the value of €300 and are confined to 2nd Year, TY and 5th Year students. Previous recipients of Tipperary GAA Gaeltacht scholarships may not apply. Students should immediately book a course directly from one of the three nominated Munster Irish Colleges on the application form. Your completed application must also be signed by the club secretary before posting it to reach Lár na Páirce by the deadline of Friday, 8th February. Interviews for the scholarships will be held in Lár na Páirce later in February.

Lotto: The jackpot is €9,450 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at www.clubforce.com

Social Dancing: in the GAA Centre on Friday 1st February with Peter Burke. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.

Sympathy: Lorrha GAA Club would like to sympathise with the Hoctor family, on the death of Ellen Shortall, Stradbally, Co. Laois who passed away recently. May she rest in peace.


Lorrha Notes

Mick Hoctor, Hubert Hogan & Teresa Ryan Feehan busy rehearsing for Rathcabbin Players forthcoming play 'Better Late Than Never' . Written by Jimmy Keary and directed by Marian Frawley ‘Better Late Than Never’ will be staged for four night’s only this year, Thursday night January 31st to Sunday night Feb.3rd.  Booking line open from Thursday 24th on (087) 236 0096 between 6.00 and 8.00pm please. For a good laugh make sure to come to see Rathcabbin Players in action.

Ann Delahunt Smyth of Busy Bodies Montessori School, Killeen, Rathcabbin along with students Lana, Daniel, Joshua, Patrick and Ruairi  presenting used batteries to Marie Holmes of Lorrha School. The batteries help the Laura Lynn foundation, Irelands only children’s cancer hospital, with much needed funds. Both Busy Bodies and Lorrha School are also firmly committed  to cleaning up the environment. The staff and pupils of Lorrha school wish to thank Ann and her students for their continued support.

 

Sympathy

Sympathy is extended to Terry Heenan and Margaret Shewbridge Lorrha on the death of their sister Mary Melody (nee Nolan) late of Kilfadda, Lorrha and Kildare.
After funeral Mass in St. Brigid’s Church Kildare on Saturday last 19th burial took place in St. Conleth’s cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Art Classes

Drawing for children (9 years up) on Wednesdays  6 - 7pm, starting on January 23rd for 8 weeks. Arts & Crafts for children (5 years up): Saturdays  3.30 - 4.30pm and 5 - 6pm, starting on Feb 2nd and on Mondays 5 -6pm, starting on Feb 4th in Bramble Art Studio Lorrha for 8 weeks. Please contact Ute on 087 9151356. Early booking advisable as places are limited.

Church News.

Please Note that all details of Mass times, dates and contact numbers are detailed on the parish web site www.lorrhadorrha.ie under local info and Churches.
Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha Church on Saturday January 26th at 6.30pm and in Rathcabbin the following day at 11.30am.

Killaloe Diocese Lourdes  Pilgrimage 2019.

The 63rd Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes from the Diocese of Killaloe under the leadership of Bishop Fintan Monahan  will leave Shannon Airport on Tuesday 25th June returning  Sunday 30th June. £725pps full board with £20 discount for online booking. Special section for assisted pilgrims with details  from Fr Tom Ryan, Cathedral Ennis  087-2349816 . All other bookings  to  joewalshtours.ie

Easter 2019 Pilgrimage.

St. Pio Easter Pilgrimage to San Giovanni Rotondo and Benevento from April 22nd for 4 nights €649 per person sharing and included Airport transfers with guide assistance. One night in Benevento, 3 nights in San Giovanni Rotondo full board. For bookings or enquiries call group leader Michael O’Connor on (087) 2677656.

Holy Land Pilgrimage

Follow the footsteps of Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem. Take the trip of a lifetime to the Holy Land,  May 28th-June 7th 2019.  Group Leader, Mícheál de Barra and Spiritual Director, Fr. John Newman (Bible Scholar). In association with Premier Travel, Cork  Contact Mícheál at 0868337681 or email culturaltoursireland@gmail.com

Pilgrimage to Rome

Led by Bishop Fintan Monahan for all those who pass on the Faith to our Youth.  €599  April 23rd -26th, 2019. For further information contact Joanne O’ Brien (085) 874 9207

A Day of Prayer in Knock.

A day of Prayer will be given by Fr. Kilian Byrne on Saturday February 2nd  from 10.00am to 5.00pm in Knock Shrine – St. John’s Rest and Care Centre. The theme is  "Lord to whom shall we go?" The day includes, Talks, Rosary, Adoration, Mass. For further Information call Helen on 086 1678027  or email  hellywilliams@gmail.com.

2019 Lorrha Parish Calendar.

If you haven’t got your copy of the 2019 Lorrha Dorrha calendar you can still get one from The Friar’s Tavern, Colettes Hair Salon, Pat Hough’s Pub, Shop, Flynns of Carrigahorig, Ferry Service Station, Ferry Inn.  Portumna: O’Meara’s Super Valu, Lorraine’s Hair Salon, Salmons Newsagents, Boathouse. Birr: Buckley’s Super Valu and Heenan’s in Borrisokane.

Rathcabbin Hall Fundraising Raffle.

Rathcabbin Community Hall Ltd. are holding a raffle to raise funds to keep the hall open into the future.  Locals will be selling tickets (€5) over the coming weeks and the draw will take place on Sun 3rd Feb. in the hall. Raffle tickets can be bought in the hall after 11.30am Mass this coming Sunday 27th.
Please support this wonderful community resource in our parish.
Thank you to our generous prize sponsors, 1st Prize: Eoin Smyth, T&T Contractors, 2nd Prize: Keith Naylor, Naytar, 3rd Prize: Ciaran Young, Hire Agri.

Local Link New Bus Service

Serving Lorrha to Birr on Fridays. This new service will also cover the following areas to Birr every Friday, Lorrha, Moatfield, Redwood, Rathcabbin, Killeen(Riverstown), Birr.

First pick up in Lorrha at 10am & drop off 11am. Departing Birr at 2pm (times are approximate). This is a demand responsive & door to door service which means passengers wishing to travel can register with us & book their trip. Please contact us on 076-106-6140 to register or to receive more information about this service or existing services in your area.

New Tommy Marren Play Heads To Tipp.

Playwrite Tommy Marren brings his brand new comedy  '3 Hail Mary's' to the Bru Boru in Cashel on Friday February 8th and Saturday 9th at 8 pm. This play is set in a nursing home and the year is 2016.  Booking only to Bru Boru.

De-Clutter.

When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the new 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 mats including bath toilet and shower mats soiled or wet clothing but good quality unwanted clothing for re-use (not recycling). All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village. Many thanks for your continued support.

Table Quiz.

Tennis Club Table Quiz, Friday February 1st @ 8:30pm in The Boathouse, Portumna. Proceeds  going towards upgrading the club entrance.  Raffle & spot prizes on the night. (€40 per table of 4).(Students €20 per table). All welcome. Checkout Facebook or txt 087-3906067 for further info.

Courses:

GRETB Portumna College of Adult &Further  Education (Old VEC): Places available on QQI* certified courses, registrations ongoing.Employability Skills, Computers, Healthcare, Business with Tourism, Retail, Spanish, Horticulture, EOSL, Crafts - Sewing, Genealogy Family History, Introduction to Sign Language QQI. Speech & Drama, Singing.  *For 2019 -2020 NUIG has 200  places available in many degreecourses for Adults with QQI/Fetac Level 5 or 6.  Contact Michael 0876258696/09097 41946 michael.cunniffe@gretb.ie,  Patricia Geoghegan 090 9759092  irdheritageproject@eircom.net. or Lynne Morrissey   090 9759092 irdheritageproject@eircom.net.

GAA News

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €9,150.
Numbers drawn: 2-3-9-26.
2 Match 3's: Carmel Lambe & Fiona Daly share €160.
Promoters: Pat Hough, Mark Kennedy & The Ferry Inn.
Next Monday's draw will be for a jackpot of 9,300 with a Match 3 pot of €100 so make sure you are in the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Auction: Our annual Auction takes place on Sunday 27thJanuary at 2.00pm at the GAA Centre. All help over the next week would be appreciated. There will be plenty of timber, fuel and fodder available next Sunday while donations of any items will be taken on the day. All are welcome.

Under 21 Football: Lorrha Rovers Gaels have been draw away to Kilruane MacDonaghs in the quarter-finals of the North U21 'B' Football Championship with the game to be played on Friday 1stFebruary, with the winners away to Silvermines in the semi-finals.

Minor Football: Lorrha Rovers Gaels have been grouped with Borrisokane and Moneygall/Clonakenny in the North Minor 'B' Football Championship. Their first game is set to be at home to Borrisokane on weekend of 2-3 March.

Senior & Junior Hurling: The senior hurlers will begin in the County Hurling League on Sunday 3rd March while the junior hurlers begin in the North Junior 'B' League on weekend of 9-10 March.

Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw: Thanks to all our subscribers and we ask all promoters are asked to bring their accounts up to date ahead of the February draw.

Membership: for 2019 is now due and is 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).

All players on all adult and juvenile teams must be paid up prior to their first match of the season with the closing date for all membership is 31st March. Membership can be paid to registrar Louise Mannion or online at www.clubforce.com

Lotto: The jackpot is €9,300 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at www.clubforce.com

Social Dancing: in the GAA Centre on Friday 25th January with Footloose. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.

Grinds: Junior/Leaving Cert Irish grinds available at weekends from a final year student currently studying Irish at the University of Limerick. Will cater for both ordinary and higher level. Cost per hour: €20. Contact: Paddy 0870693091.

Tipperary: Best of luck to Patrick Maher, Brian Hogan and the Tipperary senior hurling and football teams who begin their National League campaigns next Sunday.

 

 

 


Lorrha Notes

Eva Noyce and Fiona Kennedy in rehearsals for Rathcabbin Players forthcoming comedy

Better Late Than Never.

Rathcabbin Players are busy rehearsing for their forthcoming production written by Jimmy Keary and directed by Marian Frawley ‘Better Late Than Never’. The play will be staged for four night’s only this year, Thursday night January 31st to Sunday night Feb.3rd.  Keep the date in your diary. Rathcabbin Players extend sympathy to Mike Hoctor and family on the death of his mother in-law Ellen Shortall, Stradbally which occurred on Sunday 6th Jan. May she rest in peace.

Church News.

Please Note that all details of Mass times, dates and contact numbers are detailed on the parish web site www.lorrhadorrha.ie under local info and Churches.
Mass will be celebrated in Redwood Church on Saturday January 19th at 6.30pm and in Rathcabbin the following day at 11.30am.

Killaloe Diocese Lourdes  Pilgrimage 2019.

The 63rd Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes from the Diocese of Killaloe under the leadership of Bishop Fintan Monahan  will leave Shannon Airport on Tuesday 25th June returning  Sunday 30th June. £725pps full board with £20 discount for online booking. Special section for assisted pilgrims with details  from Fr Tom Ryan, Cathedral Ennis  087-2349816 . All other bookings  to  joewalshtours.ie

Easter 2019 Pilgrimage.

St. Pio Easter Pilgrimage to San Giovanni Rotondo and Benevento from April 22nd for 4 nights €649 per person sharing and included Airport transfers with guide assistance. One night in Benevento, 3 nights in San Giovanni Rotondo full board. For bookings or enquiries call group leader Michael O’Connor on (087) 2677656.

A Day of Prayer in Knock.

A day of Prayer will be given by Fr. Kilian Byrne on Saturday February 2nd  from 10.00am to 5.00pm in Knock Shrine – St. John’s Rest and Care Centre. The theme is  "Lord to whom shall we go?" The day includes, Talks, Rosary, Adoration, Mass. For further Information call Helen on 086 1678027  or email  hellywilliams@gmail.com.

St. Pio Mass.

St Padre Pio Mass will be celebrated in St. Brendan’s Church Birr on Thursday night January 17th.  Rosary at 7.00pm and Mass at 7.30pm. All welcome.

2019 Lorrha Parish Calendar.

If you haven’t got your copy of the 2019 Lorrha Dorrha calendar you can still get one from The Friar’s Tavern, Colettes Hair Salon, Pat Hough’s Pub, Shop, Flynns of Carrigahorig, Ferry Service Station, Ferry Inn.  Portumna: O’Meara’s Super Valu, Lorraine’s Hair Salon, Salmons Newsagents, Boathouse. Birr: Buckley’s Super Valu and Heenan’s in Borrisokane.

Fundraising Raffle.

Rathcabbin Community Hall Ltd. are holding a raffle to raise funds to keep the hall open into the future.  Locals will be selling tickets (€5) over the coming weeks and the draw will take place on Sun 3rd Feb. in the hall.
Please support this wonderful community resource in our parish. Tickets can also be purchased by contacting Muireann Brophy.
Thank you to our generous prize sponsors, 1st Prize: Eoin Smyth, T&T Contractors, 2nd Prize: Keith Naylor, Naytar, 3rd Prize: Ciaran Young, Hire Agri.

Local Link New Bus Service

Serving Lorrha to Birr on Fridays. This new service will also cover the following areas to Birr every Friday, Lorrha, Moatfield, Redwood, Rathcabbin, Killeen(Riverstown), Birr.

First pick up in Lorrha at 10am & drop off 11am. Departing Birr at 2pm (times are approximate). This is a demand responsive & door to door service which means passengers wishing to travel can register with us & book their trip. Please contact us on 076-106-6140 to register or to receive more information about this service or existing services in your area.

De-Clutter.

When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the new 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 mats including bath toilet and shower mats soiled or wet clothing but good quality unwanted clothing for re-use (not recycling). All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village. Many thanks for your continued support.

Oscar Winning Film.

Shorelines Film Night present the foreign language Oscar winning film ‘A Fantastic Woman’ in The Boathouse Bar Portumna at 8pm Tuesday 15th January. Tickets €5 at the door.  More info at www.shorelinesartsfestival.com

Table Quiz.

Tennis Club Table Quiz, Friday February 1st @ 8:30pm in The Boathouse, Portumna. Proceeds  going towards upgrading the club entrance.

Raffle & spot prizes on the night.

(€40 per table of 4).(Students €20 per table). All welcome. Checkout Facebook or txt 087-3906067 for further info.


Courses:

GRETB Portumna College of Adult &Further  Education (Old VEC): Places available on QQI* certified courses, registrations ongoing.Employability Skills, Computers, Healthcare, Business with Tourism, Retail, Spanish, Horticulture, EOSL, Crafts - Sewing, Genealogy Family History, Introduction to Sign Language QQI. Speech & Drama, Singing.  *For 2019 -2020 NUIG has 200  places available in many degreecourses for Adults with QQI/Fetac Level 5 or 6.  Contact Michael 0876258696/09097 41946 michael.cunniffe@gretb.ie,  Patricia Geoghegan 090 9759092  irdheritageproject@eircom.net. or Lynne Morrissey   090 9759092 irdheritageproject@eircom.net.

Betwixt and Between

Lusmagh Drama Group presents “ Betwixt and Between”- a comedy by MJ. Ginelly in Lusmagh Hall on the 17th, 18th, & 19th of January at 8pm.  Booking line open Monday to Friday 6pm – 9pm on 087 3154961.

Shorelines Film Club: A Fantastic Woman (2017)
8pm - Tuesday 15th January
Tickets on the door €5
The Boathouse Bar, Portumna 

A Fantastic Woman won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2018. Marina (Daniela Vega) is a singer and waitress who’s just moved in with her older boyfriend Orlando (Francisco Reyes). But when he dies suddenly, she finds herself rejected by his family and under suspicion from the police, because she is a trans woman. In Spanish with English subtitles.The Guardian Review: "A Fantastic Woman is a brilliant film: a richly humane, moving study of someone keeping alive the memory and the fact of love. Sebastián Lelio’s Oscar-nominated film A Fantastic Woman is a sublime study in the exalted ordeal of grief. It is also as gripping as any procedural crime thriller, and cops and police doctors do play a role."

GAA News:

Auction: Our annual Auction takes place on Sunday 27thJanuary at 2.00pm at the GAA Centre. All help over the next two weeks would be appreciated.

Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw: Congratulations to Paddy Duffy who won €200 in the January draw which took place last Friday night. Thanks to all our subscribers and we ask all promoters are asked to bring their accounts up to date ahead of the February draw.

Membership: for 2019 is now due and is 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).

All players on all adult and juvenile teams must be paid up prior to their first match of the season with the closing date for all membership is 31st March. Membership can be paid to registrar Louise Mannion or online at www.clubforce.com

Lotto: The jackpot is €9,150 with a Match 3 pot of €160. You can play online at www.clubforce.com  There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €9,000
Numbers drawn were: 9-21-23-26.  No Match 3.
Lucky Dips: Ann Nevin, Lorcan Dillon, Mick Dolph, PJ Starr.
Promoters: PJ Nevin, Pat Hough and The Ferry Inn.
Next Monday's draw will be for a jackpot of €9,150 with a Match 3 pot of €160 so make sure you are in the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Social Dancing: in the GAA Centre on Friday 18th January with Footloose. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.

Sympathy: Lorrha GAA Club would like to sympathise with the Hogan family, Roden, on the death of Pakie Hogan who passed away in England recently. May he rest in peace.

Grinds: Junior/Leaving Cert Irish grinds available at weekends from a final year student currently studying Irish at the University of Limerick. Will cater for both ordinary and higher level. Cost per hour: €20. Contact: Paddy 0870693091.


Lorrha Notes

Pat Kennedy, Catherine Burke and Teresa Ryan Feehan busy rehearsing for Rathcabbin Players forthcoming production 'Better Late Than Never'. 

The 2019 Lorrha Dorrha calendar can be purchased in The Friar’s Tavern, Colettes Hair Salon, Pat Hough’s Pub, Shop, Flynns of Carrigahorig, Ferry Service Station, Ferry Inn.  Portumna: O’Meara’s Super Valu, Lorraine’s Hair Salon, Salmons Newsagents, Boathouse. Birr: Buckley’s Super Valu and Heenan’s Borrisokane.

Rags Golf Society Thanks.

Rags Golf Society would like to thank everyone who took part in the recent Charity Golf outing especially visitors from neighbouring parishes. They would also like to thank everybody who sponsored prizes on the day. €1,000 was raised for the Nenagh based Suaimhneas facility who provide care and assistance for people recovering from cancer. The Rags golfing group wish to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

Church News.

Please Note that all details of Mass times, dates and contact numbers are detailed on the parish web site www.lorrhadorrha.ie under local info and Churches.
Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha Church on Saturday January 12th at 6.30pm and in Rathcabbin the following day Jan 13th at the usual time of 11.30am.

Killaloe Diocese Lourdes  Pilgrimage 2019.

The 63rd Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes from the Diocese of Killaloe under the leadership of Bishop Fintan Monahan  will leave Shannon Airport on Tuesday 25th June returning  Sunday 30th June. £725pps full board with £20 discount for online booking. Special section for assisted pilgrims with details  from Fr Tom Ryan, Cathedral Ennis  087-2349816 . All other bookings  to  joewalshtours.ie

Easter 2019 Pilgrimage.

St. Pio Easter Pilgrimage to San Giovanni Rotondo and Benevento from April 22nd for 4 nights €649 per person sharing and included Airport transfers with guide assistance. One night in Benevento, 3 nights in San Giovanni Rotondo full board. For bookings or enquiries call group leader Michael O’Connor on (087) 2677656.

Killaloe Diocese Youth Ministry presents Solas.

An overnight of Faith, Fun and Workshops in St. Flannan’s College Ennis. Friday 18th Jan 6:30p.m-Saturday 19th Jan at 2p.m. All T.Y to 6th Year students are welcome. For more info/bookings contact Joanne (085) 874 9207 or Cora (087) 240 0135

Late Willie Dolan.

The peaceful death occurred on Wednesday 21st November, of Willie Dolan, Lissernane, Rathcabbin in St. Kieran’s Nursing home. Willie was born in Lusmagh to parents Michael and Sarah and he was the eldest of six siblings. He lived in his beloved Lusmagh until he married his wife Maisie Coughlan in 1957. They began their life together in Rathcabbin, where they worked the farm together and raised a family of eight children.
Willie was an honest, hardworking man who embraced the simple things in life, he loved the outdoors, playing the accordion, and swimming, but above all he loved his family and wanted to instill his values in them. He also had a deep faith which was a tremendous support to him throughout his life in the difficult times he had to face.
In 2016 after an illness Willie moved to St Kieran’s Nursing Home, his time here was an enjoyable one helped by the great care he received and surrounded by other local residents.
Pre-deceased by his wife Maisie, daughters Nuala and Marion, father Michael, mother Sarah, brothers Loughlin, Mikie, Joe and sisters Bridget and Maisie he will be missed by all who knew him but in particular by his family where his parting is a huge loss to all of them.
Sympathy is extended to his family Sadie, Joe, Colette, Liam Annette and Lorraine. daughters -in -law, sons - in – law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends. After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Saturday 24th November burial took place in Bonoham Cemetery. May his gentle soul rest peacefully
Willie’s Months Memory mass will be celebrated in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Sunday January 13th at 11.30am.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to the families of Packie Hogan, London and formerly Roden, Rathcabbin, and Denis Byrne, Birr and formerly  Ballymacegan, Lorrha who died recently.  May they rest in peace.

Recycle The Christmas Tree.

It’s time to pack away the Christmas decorations for another year. Luckily, there are plenty of options around the county for recycling your Christmas tree, and most of them are free. It is a necessity these days to recycle your Christmas tree and save the environment. Every county has a Christmas tree recycling point, but before you bring yours make sure that you have taken off all decorations and tinsel as well as any screwed in stands as these can destroy the blades of the chipper. Your Christmas tree will be chipped into mulch which is used in local landscaping projects which helps to conserve soil and keep plants healthy. By recycling your Christmas tree you are helping the environment and the mulch will be used in projects like parks and playgrounds in your local community.
Tipperary County Council are encouraging all households to dispose of their Christmas trees in an environmentally friendly way. Christmas Trees can be dropped off Free of Charge for recycling from Monday the 7th January to Saturday 19th January at the Recycling Centre, Nenagh or at Roscrea Recycling Centre.

Fundraising Raffle.

Rathcabbin Community Hall Ltd. are holding a raffle to raise funds to keep the hall open into the future.  Locals will be selling tickets (€5) over the coming weeks and the draw will take place on Sun 3rd Feb. in the hall.
Please support this wonderful community resource in our parish. Tickets can also be purchased by contacting Muireann Brophy.
Thank you to our generous prize sponsors, 1st Prize: Eoin Smyth, T&T Contractors, 2nd Prize: Keith Naylor, Naytar, 3rd Prize: Ciaran Young, Hire Agri.

Diary Date.

Rathcabbin Players are busy rehearsing for their forthcoming production written by Jimmy Keary and directed by Marian Frawley ‘Better Late Than Never’ on the last week-end in January and the first week-end in February. Watch this space for further details.

Local Link New Bus Service

Serving Lorrha to Birr on Fridays. This new service will also cover the following areas to Birr every Friday, Lorrha, Moatfield, Redwood, Rathcabbin, Killeen(Riverstown), Birr.

First pick up in Lorrha at 10am & drop off 11am. Departing Birr at 2pm (times are approximate). This is a demand responsive & door to door service which means passengers wishing to travel can register with us & book their trip. Please contact us on 076-106-6140 to register or to receive more information about this service or existing services in your area.

De-Clutter.

When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the new 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 mats including bath toilet and shower mats soiled or wet clothing but good quality unwanted clothing for re-use (not recycling). All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village. Many thanks for your continued support.

 

Farmers Urged to   to make safety the top priority on the farm

A Teagasc-led campaign has begun to cut down on fatal farm accidents at the start of the new year. It is calling on farmers to give safety top priority in January and the busy spring period. Fatal farm accidents showed a reduction in 2018 with 17 deaths (provisional figure).   This is five fewer than the average for the previous five years (22).  No farm fatality was recorded in the final quarter of 2018.  Fifty three per cent (9) of fatalities in 2018 were associated with farm vehicles and machinery while a further 29 per cent (5) were associated with livestock. The remaining 18 per cent of deaths (3) were associated with a fall from height, slurry drowning and timber cutting. Fifty nine per cent (10) of fatalities occurred to persons aged 65 years or older, with half (5) occurring to persons aged 75 or older.

Teagasc Health and Safety Specialist, Dr John McNamara has called on farmers to give safety first priority during January and the busy spring period in 2019. He said that the risk of farm accidents rises with increased work activity and prevention is strongly associated with implementing behavioural practices. Being struck with a moving vehicle is the most frequent cause of farm deaths on Irish farms, so particular vigilance is needed when they are operating, he stated.  A vehicle moving at fast walking pace covers about 2 meters per second so it gives a person in its path little chance to avoid impact. Elderly farmers are at particular risk, he added. Vigilance is also needed when handling livestock, particularly cows around calving.  He advised that a freshly calved cow be securely restrained before administering a treatment to their calf. When the slurry spreading season gets under way from  January 13, vigilance is required with this operation.  Power shaft guards need to be in place, a windy day needs to be selected for slurry agitation and all slurry tank openings need to be guarded to prevent drowning.
The Teagasc Health and Safety Specialist also advised farmer to be watching out for unstable loads around the farm.

As barns empty-out, it is really important to watch out for unstable stacks of hay or straw which could collapse and cause injury.  A newly revised legal Farm Safety Risk Assessment (green cover) has replaced the previous version (white cover) since   January 1. Completion of the revised document is a requirement for Food Assurance schemes.  Completion of a Half-day training course on Risk Assessment, or completion of the Green Certificate within the last 5 years, is a mandatory requirement for TAMS11 grant drawdown.
Further information can be obtained from Teagasc offices or Agricultural Consultants.


Lorrha Notes

Rathcabbin Players are busy rehearsing for their forthcoming production of Jimmy Keary’s three act comedy ‘Better Late Than Never’ on the last week-end in January and the first week-end in February. Watch this space for further details.

2019 Lorrha Parish Calendar.

The 2019 Lorrha Dorrha calendar can be purchased in The Friar’s Tavern, Colettes Hair Salon, Pat Hough’s Pub, Shop, Flynns of Carrigahorig, Ferry Service Station, Ferry Inn.  Portumna: O’Meara’s Super Valu, Lorraine’s Hair Salon, Salmons Newsagents, Boathouse. Birr: Buckley’s Super Valu and Heenan’s Borrisokane.  As usual the calendar is packed from cover to cover with photographs from the past and the present. A lovely present for those living away or just a treasured keepsake.

Church News.

Please Note that all details of Mass times, dates and contact numbers are detailed on the parish web site www.lorrhadorrha.ie under local info and Churches.

Late Mary O’Brien.

The death took place on Friday December 7th of Mary O’Brien, Cullagh, Rathcabbin. Mary who was 84 years of age, passed away suddenly in St. Kieran’s Care Home, just down the road from where she was born and raised and just like how she would have wanted it to happen. A little woman with a big heart, Mary was well known in the locality. She took over the housekeeping duties after the death of her mother who was also Mary, looking after her brothers and she always had the kettle on the boil so she could make a cup of tea and have a chat with all who called to her house. She loved to knit and her Tipperary scarves and hats was her trademark.
Predeceased by her mother Mary, father Patrick, brothers Edward, Johnny and Joseph, she is survived by her sister Martha, brothers Patrick, Jimmy and Michael, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, neighbours and many friends to whom sympathy is offered.
After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin, burial took place in Bonoham Cemetery. May she rest in peace.
Mary’s Months Memory Mass will be celebrated in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Sunday January 6th at 11.30am.

Card Game Results.

The results from the Progressive 25 Christmas special card game which took place in Rathcabbin Hall on Dec. 28th are in 1st place on 12 games was Tony and Mary Larkin, while on joint 2nd on 11 games was Michael Stevens and Brendan Sullivan and the Kelly brothers Pat and Paul. In the last game was Mick Reddin and Michael O’Brien. There was two table prizes and they were won by Liam Dermody and Pat Burke also, Michael and Mary Moran.
The Rathcabbin card committee would like to thank everyone for their support and the numerous sponsors of the raffle prizes.

Fundraising Raffle.

Rathcabbin Community Hall Ltd. are holding a raffle to raise funds to keep the hall open into the future.  Locals will be selling tickets (€5) over the coming weeks and the draw will take place on Sun 3rd Feb. in the hall.
Please support this wonderful community resource in our parish. Tickets can also be purchased by contacting Muireann Brophy.
Thank you to our generous prize sponsors, 1st Prize: Eoin Smyth, T&T Contractors, 2nd Prize: Keith Naylor, Naytar, 3rd Prize: Ciaran Young, Hire Agri.

Local Link New Bus Service

Serving Lorrha to Birr on Fridays. This new service will also cover the following areas to Birr every Friday, Lorrha, Moatfield, Redwood, Rathcabbin, Killeen(Riverstown), Birr.

First pick up in Lorrha at 10am & drop off 11am. Departing Birr at 2pm (times are approximate). This is a demand responsive & door to door service which means passengers wishing to travel can register with us & book their trip. Please contact us on 076-106-6140 to register or to receive more information about this service or existing services in your area.

Easter 2019 Pilgrimage.

St. Pio Easter Pilgrimage to San Giovanni Rotondo and Benevento from April 22nd for 4 nights €649 per person sharing and included Airport transfers with guide assistance. One night in Benevento, 3 nights in San Giovanni Rotondo full board. For bookings or enquiries call group leader Michael O’Connor on (087) 2677656.

De-Clutter.

When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the new 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 mats including bath toilet and shower mats soiled or wet clothing but good quality unwanted clothing for re-use (not recycling). All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village. Many thanks for your continued support.

Portumna Arts Group Annual Celebration

6.30pm - Sunday 6th January in The Ferry Inn Restaurant, Lorrha. And on the 12th night as is customary, the annual Arts Dinner will take place in The Ferry Inn Restaurant.. An ideal way to celebrate the last day of Christmas. 2 Courses €20 / 3 Courses €24 (extensive menu choices incl. vegetarian option).
Booking is essential though as we have to know numbers in advance: drop your €20/€24 (in an envelope with your name on it please) to Noelle in Hayes & Hayes Pharmacy or Jackie in the Beehive by 31st December. Any questions: 085-1925466.


Lorrha Notes

A Happy and healthy New Year to all readers of lorrhadorrha.ie

2019 Lorrha Parish Calendar.

The 2019 Lorrha Dorrha calendar can be purchased in The Friar’s Tavern, Colettes Hair Salon, Pat Hough’s Pub, Shop, Flynns of Carrigahorig, Ferry Service Station, Ferry Inn.  Portumna: O’Meara’s Super Valu, Lorraine’s Hair Salon, Salmons Newsagents, Boathouse. Birr: Buckley’s Super Valu and Heenan’s Borrisokane.  As usual the calendar is packed from cover to cover with photographs from the past and the present. A lovely present for those living away or just a treasured keepsake

Church News.

Please Note that all details of Mass times, dates and contact numbers are detailed on the parish web site www.lorrhadorrha.ie under local info and Churches.

Fundraising Raffle.

Rathcabbin Community Hall Ltd. are holding a raffle to raise funds to keep the hall open into the future.  Locals will be selling tickets (€5) over the coming weeks and the draw will take place on Sun 3rd Feb. in the hall.
Please support this wonderful community resource in our parish. Tickets can also be purchased by contacting Muireann Brophy.
Thank you to our generous prize sponsors, 1st Prize: Eoin Smyth, T&T Contractors, 2nd Prize: Keith Naylor, Naytar, 3rd Prize: Ciaran Young, Hire Agri.

Local Link New Bus Service

Serving Lorrha to Birr on Fridays. This new service will also cover the following areas to Birr every Friday, Lorrha, Moatfield, Redwood, Rathcabbin, Killeen(Riverstown), Birr.
First pick up in Lorrha at 10am & drop off 11am. Departing Birr at 2pm (times are approximate). This is a demand responsive & door to door service which means passengers wishing to travel can register with us & book their trip. Please contact us on 076-106-6140 to register or to receive more information about this service or existing services in your area.

Easter 2019 Pilgrimage.

St. Pio Easter Pilgrimage to San Giovanni Rotondo and Benevento from April 22nd for 4 nights €649 per person sharing and included Airport transfers with guide assistance. One night in Benevento, 3 nights in San Giovanni Rotondo full board. For bookings or enquiries call group leader Michael O’Connor on (087) 2677656.

De-Clutter.

When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the new 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 mats including bath toilet and shower mats soiled or wet clothing but good quality unwanted clothing for re-use (not recycling). All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village. Many thanks for your continued support.

Portumna Arts Group Annual Celebration

6.30pm - Sunday 6th January in The Ferry Inn Restaurant, Lorrha. And on the 12th night as is customary, the annual Arts Dinner will take place in The Ferry Inn Restaurant.. An ideal way to celebrate the last day of Christmas. 2 Courses €20 / 3 Courses €24 (extensive menu choices incl. vegetarian option).
Booking is essential though as we have to know numbers in advance: drop your €20/€24 (in an envelope with your name on it please) to Noelle in Hayes & Hayes Pharmacy or Jackie in the Beehive by 31st December. Any questions: 085-1925466.

GAA News

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €8,550. Numbers drawn on 26 December were: 2-6-8-12. 5 Match 3's share €100: Kitty Kennedy, Geraldine Ryan, John Kennedy, Dan Dunne & A&B Corcoran. Next draw on New Years Eve (Mondau night) for a jackpot of €8,700 with a Match 3 pot of €100 so make sure you are in the draw.
Thank you for your continued support and we wish all our lotto players a Happy New Year.
Lorrha Dorrha GAA Club member registration is now open for the 2019 season.  Here’s looking forward to a successful 2019 for us all...


Lorrha Notes

Presentations were made to the outgoing officers on the North Tipperary Ploughing committee during the recent Christmas celebrations night out. Seated from left are the former committee officers Denis Cahalan, Eamon Murphy and Tom Duffy while at the back are present officers Eddie Flynn (Treasurer), Ray Clancy (Chairman) and Laura McKenna (Secretary). 

2019 Lorrha Parish Calendar.

The 2019 Lorrha & Dorrha Parish calendar is on sale and our thanks to the following for their help and support to the committee in bringing this, the 17thedition of the parish calendar, to you.  Lorrha: Friar’s Tavern, Colettes Hair Salon, Pat Hough’s Pub, Shop, Flynns of Carrigahorig, Ferry Service Station, Ferry Inn.  Borrisokane: P.J. Heenans,  Portumna: O’Meara’s Super Valu, Lorraine’s Hair Salon, Salmons Newsagents, Boathouse. Birr: Buckley’s Super Valu.  As usual the calendar is packed from cover to cover with photographs from the past and the present. A lovely present for those living away or just a treasured keepsake.
Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns members would like to thank everyone for their support through the years and wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

Church News.

Please Note that all details of Mass times, dates and contact numbers are detailed on the parish web site www.lorrhadorrha.ie under local info and Churches.
Vigil Mass in Lorrha Church on Saturday Dec 22nd. at 6.30pm. where the pupils from Lorrha National School will perform the Nativity play.

Nativity Play.

Lorrha NS will be holding their Nativity Play in Lorrha Church on Saturday night 22nd Dec. at 6.30pm. Musicians and singers are very welcome to join in on the night. All are welcome. All in Lorrha N.S. would like to extend a Happy and Peaceful Christmas to everyone and many Blessings throughout 2019.

Christmas Mass Times.

Christmas  Masses in our Cluster of  Lorrha , Borrisokane, Terryglass/ Kilbarron:
Christmas Eve:  Monday 24th December -  Lorrha at 7:30 Christmas Day:     Rathcabbin  at  11.00 am   ( Please note time change)  Christmas Eve:    Kilbarron  at   6.00pm,  Terryglss    at   9.00pm.  Christmas Day: Terryglass   at   9.30am, Christmas Eve:     Borrisokane  at  7.00pm, Aglish   at   9.00pm. Christmas  Day:    Borrisokane   at  11.am

St. Pio Mass.

St Padre Pio Mass will be celebrated in St. Brendan’s Church Birr on Thursday night December 20th.   Rosary at 7.00pm and Mass at 7.30pm. All welcome.

Santa Visits Rathcabbin.

Anyone who has been in  Rathcabbin lately is delighted by the beautiful display of Christmas lights, donated by Lorrha Rathcabbin Energy Team. These lights will be officially lit next Sunday 23rd December at 6pm and everyone is invited. There will be tea, mulled wine, Christmas carols and most importantly, a visit from Santa with just sweet treats for the children – the big presents are coming on Christmas Eve.

Scam emails warning

Gardaí have issued a warning to Tipperary people over emails being sent from scammer impersonating a Garda member. It has come to the attention of the Gardaí that persons are receiving unsolicited emails from an individual claiming to be an "Inspector Andrew Cullen" of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau. "No such Garda member exists, these emails are not official and appear to be part of a rental scam to deceive people into handing over deposits on properties," a Garda spokesperson said. "If you have any concerns about unsolicited emails or other correspondence received from An Garda Síochána, please contact your local Garda Station to verify the authenticity of same." "It is important to note that An Garda Síochána will never ask you for any personal or banking information through email or over the phone," they concluded.

Recent Wedding.

Congratulations and good wishes is extended to James (Jimmy) Dunne, Portland, Lorrha and Noreen (Nonnie) Cronin Listowel, Co. Kerry who were married on Saturday last Dec. 15th in Listowel.  Jimmy and Nonnie are wished all the best for the future and many happy years together.

Christmas Special 

Progressive 25 Christmas special card drive in Rathcabbin Hall on Friday 28th December at  8.30pm. Admission €10 with good prize money and great craic. Please support.

Fundraising Raffle.

Rathcabbin Community Hall Ltd. are holding a raffle to raise funds to keep the hall open into the future.  Locals will be selling tickets (€5) over the coming weeks and the draw will take place on Sun 3rd Feb. in the hall.
Please support this wonderful community resource in our parish. Tickets can also be purchased by contacting Muireann Brophy.
Thank you to our generous prize sponsors, 1st Prize: Eoin Smyth, T&T Contractors, 2nd Prize: Keith Naylor, Naytar, 3rd Prize: Ciaran Young, Hire Agri.

Grants Available.

Deep Retrofit grants are available for houses built before 2007. Names and details are now been compiled for the 2019 round of works in the parish. Anyone interested call Jackie Hogan on (087) 6319890.


Local Link New Bus Service

Serving Lorrha to Birr on Fridays. This new service will also cover the following areas to Birr every Friday, Lorrha, Moatfield, Redwood, Rathcabbin, Killeen(Riverstown), Birr.

First pick up in Lorrha at 10am & drop off 11am. Departing Birr at 2pm (times are approximate). This is a demand responsive & door to door service which means passengers wishing to travel can register with us & book their trip. Please contact us on 076-106-6140 to register or to receive more information about this service or existing services in your area.

Easter 2019 Pilgrimage.

St. Pio Easter Pilgrimage to San Giovanni Rotondo and Benevento from April 22nd for 4 nights €649 per person sharing and included Airport transfers with guide assistance. One night in Benevento, 3 nights in San Giovanni Rotondo full board. For bookings or enquiries call group leader Michael O’Connor on (087) 2677656.

Charity Golf Outing.

Rags golfing society are organizing a charity golf outing on Saturday December 29th in Portumna Golf club. Tee off at 10.00am and all are welcome so come along and support a worthy cause. For further details contact Donie Brady on (087) 2225516.

Diary Date.

Rathcabbin Players will perform their 2019 production which is a three act comedy, on the last week-end in January and the first week-end in February. Watch this space for further details. Happy Christmas and New Year greetings to everyone.

Thank You.

We would like to sincerely thank all those who came to our Christmas Variety Show last week. It was a hugely enjoyable evening and well deserved congratulations must go to all the children on their fantastic performances. Thank you also to Fr. Tom and Fr. Michael for the use of Redwood Church. Many thanks to all those who supported our Christmas raffle in O'Meara's Supervalu Portumna,  The Boathouse Gift Shop Portumna, through the parents and also on the night of the show. Congratulations to the hamper winners - 1st Anne Marie Darcy, 2nd Riain Lane and  3rd Gearóid Duggan. Many thanks also to Patrice Murray Heagney for donating two gift vouchers for Speech & Drama lessons and well done to the many spot prize winners on the evening. A massive thank you to all our parents for organising and running the raffle and for providing refreshments for everyone after the show. We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year from all in Redwood N.S.

De-Clutter.

When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the new 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 mats including bath toilet and shower mats soiled or wet clothing but good quality unwanted clothing for re-use (not recycling). All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village. Many thanks for your continued support.

Portumna Arts Group Annual Celebration - 6th January

The PAG & Shorelines Arts Festival would like to wish all our friends, sponsors, performers, volunteers and audiences a very Happy Christmas! And on the 12th night as is customary, the annual Arts Dinner will once again take place in The Ferry Inn Restaurant on at 6.30 pm. An ideal way to celebrate the last day of Christmas. 2 Courses €20 / 3 Courses €24 January 6th (vegetarian option).  Booking is essential: drop your €20/€24 (in an envelope with your name on it please) to Noelle in Hayes & Hayes Pharmacy or Jackie in the Beehive by 31st December. Any questions -- M: 085-1925466.

Pieta House Wren Run

Given the wonderful support and large participation numbers the ‘Pieta House Wren Run’ has received since 2016 from communities both locally and from surrounding counties, the event will again take place this year at 11:00am on St. Stephen’s Day, in Woodford, Co. Galway. Registration is now available online through Primo Events or the Pieta House Wren Run Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages (@pietahousewrenrun) or alternatively you can register on the day itself from 9:30am.

The event which encourages some exercise after the indulgences of Christmas offers 3km & 6km options which you can either: walk, jog or run and is suitable for all ages and abilities. The entry fee is €5 for children, €10 for adults with a discounted family entry fee of €20.

There is also a ‘Team / Group Entry’ rate for groups of up to seven people (friends, family or team mates). This entry entitles you to a discounted early bird fee of €50 (€70 on the day) and automatically enters you into a special draw to win a set of jerseys for your school or club team. All proceeds raised will be split 50:50 between Pieta House and the Wren Run’s other beneficiaries Tommy Larkins GAA & Davitts Camogie Club (25% each) who will use their proceeds to promote wellbeing initiatives in their clubs.

You can register to support or participate in the ‘Pieta House Wren Run’, as all registered entrants are automatically entered into a monster raffle which includes prizes such as a consultation with celebrity architect Dermot Bannon, Dinner at Neven Maguires, €350 Clean Cut Meals Voucher, hotel getaways for The Armada Hotel, Spanish Point & Strand Hotel Limerick and a set of Intosport jerseys. Check out ‘The Pieta House Wren Run’ Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for further updates. Arrive early for a day of fun, entertainment and some exercise. Tea & refreshments will also be served before and after the race.

For the month of December, if you get a haircut in any Fat Tony’s Barbershop, they will make a donation to the Wren Run in aid of Pieta House

Pieta House provide 24/7 support – if you are suicidal or self-harming you can contact Pieta House via the free phone helpline on 1800 247 247, you can also text HELP to 51444 (standard message rates apply).

 

Pictured at the recent launch of the Fat Tonys Barbershop Pieta House Wren Run initiative were, left to right: Kevin McHugo  - Wren Run Group, John McGuire Fat Tony’s Barbershop, Joe Burke Pieta House, David Burke, Damien Comer, Jason Flynn - Galway GAA, Bundee Aki - Connacht & Irish Rugby, Cathal O’Byrne - Wren Run Group. Kneeling: Daire Curley- Fitness Athlete

 

Anna May – Banríon An Plough   Christmas Day on TG4 at 9.25pm

The National Ploughing Championships have captured the hearts and imaginations of the nation, particularly in recent years.  Staged in the early Autumn, the event has grown from a mere 40 entries at the 1931 inaugural competition to become Europe’s largest outdoor exhibition and trade show. Held over three days, it has long ceased to be solely an agricultural event, mirroring the State Fairs of the U.S.  Attracting annual crowds of almost 300,000, two thirds of whom are not involved in agriculture, the Championships are a national phenomenon.

Presiding over the growth and success of the event is Anna May McHugh, the tireless Co. Laois native who has worked with the National Ploughing Association (NPA) for 67 years, almost 50 of which have been at the helm.  Now 84 and, up to recently, the only woman in a man’s world, this Managing Director shows no sign of retiring from the organisation, as she embarks on putting together yet another annual event.  To many she is a national treasure.  But what does it take to organise an event of this scale?  What is the personal toll on those involved? And, at a time when there are fewer farmers than ever in the fields and farm incomes are at an all time low, what is the significance of the event to those who participate in and attend the National Ploughing Championships?

 Anna May - Banríon An Plough is a one-hour observational documentary following Anna May over the course of four months, in the build up and staging of the eventful 2018 National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Co. Offaly.  Through Anna May we get an insight into the current event, as well as her deep historical knowledge, going back to the 1940s. Incorporating footage from this year’s ill-fated Championships, along with archive footage from previous decades, this is a compelling account of what the Championship organisers had to do when faced with the devastating winds of Storm Ali.  For only the second time in it’s 87 year history, the event was forced to close it’s doors to the public.

Her story, in her words, the documentary is an intimate insight in to Anna May’s life, and that of her family, as it finds what continues to push her to the limit to make this profitable event better, year on year.  With no intention of retiring just yet, she has become as much a part of the event as the ploughing itself.

GAA News

Senior AGM: The Annual General Meeting took place on Tuesday 18th December with a good attendance. Chairman William Harding provided over a good meeting with plenty of issues discussed. Secretary Michael Kennedy and Assistant Treasurer Declan O'Meara compiled excellent reports, with on the financial side, the club continuing to meet its commitments but more support is needed for the club lotto but the complimented all for the increase in Tipp Draw members over the past year.

Barney Naughnane (manager), JP Houlihan (selector), and one other selector were confirmed as senior hurling management, with Kevin Quinlan on board as S&C coach. Jimmy Dunne (manager), James O'Meara, Graham Houlihan and Davy Dunne were ratified as junior hurling management, with under 21 and minor managements to be confirmed in the New Year following discussions with Shannon Rovers Gaels.

3 motions were all the clar, top of which was to rename the GAA Centre & Club grounds in honour of the late Tony Reddin and this was passed, as was the decision to create an Officer role to monitor player injuries to ensure all treatments and paperwork are done.

Vice-Chairman David Broderick, secretary Michael Kennedy, treasurer Graham Houlihan and development officer Tommy Cahalan did not seek re-election to their roles and the club thanks them for all they have done in the past years.

The following officers were elected: President – Michael O'Meara (The Hill); Vice Presidents – Phil McIntyre + one other to be confirmed; Chairman – William Harding; Vice-Chairman – Pat Kennedy; Secretary – Vacant; Treasurer – Vacant; Assistant Secretary – Vacant, Assistant Treasurer – Declan O'Meara; PRO – Shane Brophy; Registrar – Louise Mannion; Players Representatives – to be chosen by senior & junior hurling managements; County Board Delegate – Joe Dolan; Coaching Officer – JP Houlihan; Development Officers – Tony Coen & Declan O'Meara; Health & Wellbeing Officer – to be confirmed; Schools Officer – Caroline O'Brien; Children's Officer – Michael Needham (to be appointed at club executive); Child Protection Officer – Michelle Hogan (to be appointed at club executive); Cultural Officer – Barry Moran.

Christmas Party: The Club will be hosting a Christmas Party fundraiser in the GAA Centre on Thursday 27th December, with music by Tradstone and DJ Sean O'Meara. Tickets €20, with part of the funds going to Seamus Hennessy's Running for Josie project supporting Pieta House and Tipperary Living Links. A great night is promised and the ideal event for those home for the Christmas period.

Auction: Our annual Auction has been fixed for Sunday 27th January 2019.

Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw: Thanks to all our subscribers and we hope for better luck in the New Year. All promoters are asked to bring their accounts up to date.

Lotto: The jackpot is €8,550 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at www.locallotto.ie. The next draw will be on St Stephen's Night, Wednesday 26th December with the subsequent draw reverting to Monday night, 31st December, New Years Eve.

Social Dancing: in the GAA Centre on Friday 21st December to the music of Footloose and Friday 28th December with John Molloy. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.

Sympathy: Lorrha GAA Club would like to sympathise with the O'Brien family on the death of Mary O'Brien, Cullagh who passed away recently. May she rest in peace.

Lorrha & Dorrha GAA Club would like to with all our players, supporters and members and very Merry Christmas


Lorrha Notes

The 2019 Lorrha & Dorrha Parish calendar is on sale throughout the parish. As usual the calendar is packed from cover to cover with photographs from the past and the present. A lovely present for those living away or just a treasured keepsake. Wishing to order through the post? Call (086) 8647166 or email info@lorrhadorrha.ie and we will post to you.


Jean Hough, Eileen Mannion, Mary Coen, the three Lorrha Parish representatives on the Tribute to Richard Bourke, choir.

Thank You.

A big thank you to everyone who attended the " Tribute Concert  to Richard Bourke " last Sunday night in Rathcabbin Church.   It was a priviledged way  for us all to remember Richard and the legacy he has left to the people of Rathcabbin and Lorrha and all who knew him.  The choir members , musicians and presenters would like to thank everyone who made it possible to present this night as a Tribute to Richard : Richard's wife Bernie  and family , Darren for all his help  and his own tribute , Rathcabbin and Lorrha choir members , the PPC members , and all who helped in any way on the night,  Fr. Tom and  Fr.Michael,  Mary the sacristan ,  Darina Kelly in the last Chance Bar for her hospitality  and all who made us feel so welcome and at home with tea and refreshments .  A special thank you to all who donated so generously to the retiring collection for  Focus Ireland  working with the  Homeless  at the end .  The total sum amounted to  € 2,430  and 50 cent.

Church News.

Please Note that all details of Mass times, dates and contact numbers are detailed on the parish web site www.lorrhadorrha.ie under local info and Churches.
Vigil Mass in Redwood Church on Saturday Dec 15th at 6.30pm.

In each church we have our giving tree. People are asked to take a leaf and bring an item of non per perishable food, toy or book for the St. Vincent de Paul. Items will be distributed to those in need.

Christmas Mass Times.

Christmas Eve Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha Church at 7.30pm and Christmas Day Mass will be celebrated in Rathcabbin Church at 11.00am. Reconciliation service  will be held on Monday 17th December at  8.00pm in Borrisokane.

Nativity Play.

Lorrha NS will be holding their Nativity Play in Lorrha Church on Saturday night 22nd Dec. at 6.30pm. Musicians and singers are very welcome to join in on the night. All are welcome.

St. Pio Mass.

St Padre Pio Mass will be celebrated in St. Brendan’s Church Birr on Thursday night December 20th.   Rosary at 7.00pm and Mass at 7.30pm. All welcome.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of Kathleen (Buddy) O’Meara, formerly London, Borrisokane and Rathcabbin who died on 4th December. After funeral Mass on Thursday 6th in Ss Peter and Paul’s Church, Borrisokane, burial took place in Nenagh Road Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Sympathy is extended to Breda Gleeson and family Redwood on the death of her mother Bridget (Bridie) Mounsey, Ballingarry. After funeral Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, The Pike, Ballingarry on Saturday last Dec 8th.burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Mary O’Brien, Cullagh, Rathcabbin who died on Friday last 7th December. After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Monday last Dec. 10th burial took place in Bonoham Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Grants Available.

Deep Retrofit grants are available for houses built before 2007. Names and details are now been compiled for the 2019 round of works in the parish. Anyone interested call Jackie Hogan on (087) 6319890.

North Tipp Ploughing.

The annual North Tipperary ploughing Christmas party night will be held in The Yanks, Borrisokane on Saturday night Dec. 15th.  Booking is essential to Laura at (085) 2753560.

Ecumenical Carol Service

An Ecumenical Carol Service will be held in St Ruadhans Church of Ireland on Thursday 13th Dec at 8.00 pm. All are welcome.

Rathcabbin NS Christmas Variety Show.

The children of Rathcabbin National School will perform their Christmas Concert on Thursday 13th December at 12 noon and a second showing at 7pm in the village hall in Rathcabbin.  We would love to see you all there to support the children after all their hard work and dedication in preparing for this festive family event! There will be lots of raffle tickets on sale and lots of great spot prizes to be won at both showings that day, all in support of Rathcabbin National School.  Please contact Clare on 087 1364936 to book your seat for the 12 noon show as the 7pm show is now fully booked.  Please note there is also a hamper up for grabs in Kellys Shop with proceeds going to the school and tickets are available instore...All are very welcome and we look forward to seeing you there. A fun day and night guaranteed!!

Local Link New Bus Service

Serving Lorrha to Birr on Fridays. This new service will also cover the following areas to Birr every Friday, Lorrha, Moatfield, Redwood, Rathcabbin, Killeen(Riverstown), Birr.

First pick up in Lorrha at 10am & drop off 11am. Departing Birr at 2pm (times are approximate). This is a demand responsive & door to door service which means passengers wishing to travel can register with us & book their trip. Please contact us on 076-106-6140 to register or to receive more information about this service or existing services in your area.

Easter 2019 Pilgrimage.

St. Pio Easter Pilgrimage to San Giovanni Rotondo and Benevento from April 22nd for 4 nights €649 per person sharing and included Airport transfers with guide assistance. One night in Benevento, 3 nights in San Giovanni Rotondo full board. For bookings or enquiries call group leader Michael O’Connor on (087) 2677656.

De-Clutter.

When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the new 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 mats including bath toilet and shower mats soiled or wet clothing but good quality unwanted clothing for re-use (not recycling). All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village. Many thanks for your continued support.

Charity Golf Outing.

Rags golfing society are organizing a charity golf outing on Saturday December 29th in Portumna Golf club. Tee off at 10.00am and all are welcome so come along and support a worthy cause. For further details contact Donie Brady on (087) 2225516.

GAA News

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €8,250. Numbers drawn were: 17-24-25-30.
No Match 3.
Next Monday's draw, 17th December, will also be our Christmas Draw for extra festive prizes. The jackpot will be an attractive €8,400 with a Match 3 pot of €140 so it makes for an attractive Christmas present if won so make sure you are in with a chance of winning something.
Thank you for your continued support.

Senior AGM: The Annual General Meeting is on Tuesday 18th December in the GAA Centre at 7.45pm. All are welcome to attend.

Juvenile AGM: was held last Thursday evening in the GAA Centre in front of a decent attendance. Chairman Tommy Kennedy and secretary Kathleen Gleeson provided details reports on another busy year at juvenile level with all hurling and football teams in all grades extremely competitive, with the high point being the success of the Lorrha Rovers Gaels Under 15's in the North 'B' Hurling Plate. Both were re-elected unopposed, as was assistant secretary Caroline O'Brien.

The appointment of management teams for 2019 has been deferred until after next Monday night when County Convention makes a decision on the age grades for the year ahead.

Inter-divisional Hurling: Congratulations to Kevin Cahalan and Oisin Guinan who were part of the successful North Tipperary Under 15 Hurling squad who won the Garda Cup on Saturday.

Christmas Party: The Club will be hosting a Christmas Party fundraiser in the GAA Centre on Thursday 27th December, with music by Tradstone and DJ Sean O'Meara. Tickets €20, with part of the funds going to Seamus Hennessy's Running for Josie project supporting Pieta House and Tipperary Living Links. A great night is promised and the ideal event for those home for the Christmas period.

Auction: Our annual Auction has been fixed for Sunday 27th January 2019.

Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw: Unfortunately the club had no joy in the December draw which took place last Sunday night. Thanks to all our subscribers and we hope for better luck in the New Year. All promoters are asked to bring their accounts up to date.

Lotto: The jackpot is €8,400 with a Match 3 pot of €140. You can play online at www.locallotto.ie. Our Christmas Draw for extra festive prizes takes place next Monday, 17th December so make sure you are in the draw.

Social Dancing: in the GAA Centre on Friday to the music of Michael Sexton. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.

Sympathy: Lorrha GAA Club would like to sympathise with the Hogan family on the death of DP Hogan, late of Roden, who passed away in England recently. May he rest in peace.

                                         Tipperary Farmers win Origin Green Farmer Awards for Beef

Bord Bia Honours Ireland’s Sustainable Farmers

Nicholas Bergin from Roscrea and Noel Farrell from Golden took home top awards for beef farming at this week’s Bord Bia Origin Green Farmer Awards, held at The Heritage Hotel, Killenard on 12th December.

Noel Farrell and his wife, Joan, run an 85-cow suckler-to-beef herd alongside a herd of milking goats in Golden. They were awarded winners in the Suckler-to-beef category at the awards. The judges were impressed with the Farrell’s under 16 month production system, finishing bulls to 400kg market requirements. Noel has identified milk yield as the main driver of suckler-herd performance and honed in on a system that ensures this flourishes with top grassland management.

Nicholas Bergin farms near Roscrea, with help from his wife Bernie, father Danny and children Carol and Danny. Nicholas was awarded top prize in the Suckler-to-weanling/store production category at the awards. Nicholas’s Limousin-cross suckler herd is crossed with carefully-selected artificial insemination (AI) sires, to produce highly-muscled, healthy weanlings for live export to Greece. He has grown his herd from 60 to 80 suckler cows in 2018, following investment in housing and handling facilities. According to the judges, cattle handling, management of animals around calving and housing facilities were all first rate.

The Tipperary winners were among 11 category winners as Bord Bia honoured Ireland's most sustainable, efficient and environmentally friendly family farms. Over 240 farmers and senior representatives from farming organisations and the agri-food industry gathered to celebrate the achievements of the finalists, drawn from the dairy, beef and horticulture sectors across the country.

In total, 39 finalists competed for the prestigious awards following a rigorous process that included on-farm judging by teams from Bord Bia, Teagasc, the Irish Farmers Journal, UCD and IT Blanchardstown.

Opening the awards ceremony Bord Bia's Chairperson Dan MacSweeney highlighted the importance of sustainable food production to the future of Irish farming and rural economies: “In addition to supporting on-farm sustainability efforts, Origin Green supports our marketing and sales efforts, playing a key role in helping us meet the ambitious targets of Food Wise 2025, which see our food and drink exports grow to €19 billion annually by the middle of the next decade.

This isn’t just a win for industry, it translates into more value coming back to the rural economy right across Ireland, as growth in sustainably produced food and drink delivers jobs and activity to local communities now and in the future.”

Presenting the awards Bord Bia CEO, Tara McCarthy paid tribute to the achievements of all the finalists: “The pursuit of excellence by Origin Green farmers is at the heart of the Irish food and drink industry’s export success in a challenging consumer-driven trading environment.

Bord Bia highlights these family farms to food buyers who are looking for living examples of the highest values in Irish food production.  When they visit these farms they see the commitment to protecting the land and its environment for future generations of food producers and consumers.

Tonight’s finalists are producing beef with a 40% lower carbon footprint than the average producer and producing milk with a 16% lower carbon impact.  These are the solid proof points that impress international customers who are seeking solutions to their consumers’ demands for more sustainably produced food.  It is from this foundation that we can build durable relationships with food buyers for the food we export.”

All finalists will be invited by Bord Bia to participate in an organised visit to an overseas market to see how the organisation uses their achievements in sustainability to win new business.

Category Winners:

Beef

Suckler to beef                                                        

Nicholas Bergin

Roscrea, Co. Tipperary

Suckler to weanling/store production

Noel Farrell

Golden, Cashel, Co. Tipperary

Weanling/store to beef production

David Auchmuty

Ballygalda, Co. Roscommon

Dairy calf to beef production

Derek and Gareth Peoples

Carrigans, Co. Donegal

Dairy

Reduced carbon footprint

The Crowley Family (Trevor Crowley)

Dairygold co-op

Lissarda, Co. Cork

Small/med herd (herds from 45-80 cows)

Mairead and Pat McLoughlin

Lakeland Co-op

Rath, Co. Offaly

Large herd (herds of 100+ cows)

Shane and Dermot O’Loughlin

Glanbia co-op

Oghill, Co. Kildare

Horticulture

Mushrooms

Reilly Mushrooms

Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Protected crops and fruit

Flynn’s Tomatoes

Bealinstown, Swords, Co. Dublin

Potatoes

Kilmore Potatoes (Chris and John Fortune)

Ballyhealy, Kilmore, Co. Wexford

Field vegetables

John B Dockrell

Screen, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford