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

Lorrha Notes

 

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The cast of Rathcabbin Players latest production “Play On” written by Rick Abbott and directed by Brendan Dolan. Front: Pat Kennedy, Catherine Bourke, Eoin Smyth, Siobhan Reddin. Back: Maria Maher, Michael Dolan, Hubert Hogan, Laoise Brehony, Sinead Dermody, Hazil Reddin. The play will be staged in Rathcabbin Hall for a further four nights. From Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th at 8.30pm sharp. Booking is  essential as demand is steady and places are filling up fast. The number to call is (087) 2360096

Late Nicholas McGuinness.

The peaceful death occurred at his residence of Nicholas McGuinness Carrigahorig, on Sunday 24th January 2016. Born Claus Mielke in Poland 74 years ago, Nicholas changed his name and became an Irish citizen in the 1970’s.  Coming on holiday to Ireland in early 1960, he fell in love with the country, its people and the fishing and returned to live in Dublin in 1965. His wife Monique, who hails from Paris, followed the following year and they spent twelve lovely years in Dublin where Nicholas formed his own jazz band and was in big demand around the city.  A neighbour of the late Barney McKenna and of Ronnie Drew, Nicholas also played banjo and joined in on vocals too with The Dubliners for many years forming a lasting friendship with the members of the band. So much so was that lasting bond that the last remaining band member John Sheahan attended the funeral and partook in the church music. Ronnie Drew’s daughter was also in attendance. In 1978, he and his family moved to Carrigahorig and opened a restaurant “The Tuning Fork” which over a period of some years became a very popular eating and entertainment venue in the area. Nicholas was known and loved for miles around in the local pubs for his music be it fiddle or banjo or trombone that he played. He became ill two years ago and was cared for by his wife Monique in their home where they celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary just three days before he passed away. Nicholas will be fondly remembered by many and sadly missed by all who knew him, but in particular by his family. Sympathy is extended to Monique, daughter Sonia, son-in-law Wolfgang, grandchildren Cecile and Thomas. After funeral Mass in Terryglass Church on Tuesday 26th January, burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Active Retirement.

Lorrha Active Retirement are holding their AGM in Lorrha Hall on Wednesday 10thFebruary at 2.30pm.  They would like all members to attend and support the elected committee. Look forward to seeing you all there.

Four More Nights.

If you haven’t been to see Rathcabbin Players 3 act farcical comedy ‘Play On’ then you have four nights to choose from this week-end. From Thursday night 11th to  Sunday night 14th. at 8.30pm. sharp in Rathcabbin Hall. Written by playwright Rick Abbott and directed by Banagher man Brendan Dolan it’s essential to book a seat as demand is steady and places are filling up fast. The number to call is (087) 2360096

Redwood N.S.

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

This is a great opportunity to visit the school, meet with the teachers, view the resources in the school and see the variety of activities carried out during the school year.

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

Bag 2 School

This year we are donating the proceeds of this collection to the Mark Heffernan Trust in Tullamore who kindly donated a defibrillator to the school earlier in the year.

The Bag2School clothes collection will take place on Friday, 12th February. We would be grateful for any donations of the following items – paired shoes, clothes, handbags, hats, scarves and soft toys are all accepted.

Thank you

A huge thank you to all the grandparents, parents and neighbours  who came in for Grandparents Day. We had a lovely afternoon and the children thoroughly enjoyed it.

Lorrha Camogie:

Training resumed this week for the Junior team. Training will continue outdoors Tuesday and Sunday evening and trainer Jimmy Dunne will be in contact with players.
Membership is now due and will be collected from players at training sessions. Membership must be paid before March 31st and new rules introduced by the County Board will only allow players to be registered before this date. Prices for membership are as follows:
Students/Minors – €40  [or €60 to include gym membership]. U/16’s – €20  [or €40  to include gym membership].  Junior players-€60  [or €90  to include gym membership].
Family membership (2 adults & 2 children) – €90.  Non players €30.
Minors and U/16’s pay membership to Lorrha Camogie Club as you are amalgamated to play camogie with Shannon Rovers.
U/12’s, U/14’s and U/15’s pay membership to Shannon Rovers Camogie Club as you have transferred to Shannon Rovers to play camogie this year.

Church News.

Wednesday, 10th February is Ash Wednesday. Blessing and distribution of ashes  in  Rathcabbin Church during Mass at 7.30p.m. Just  two days of Fast & Abstinence during the year – Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Lent is a time of preparation for the celebration of the central mystery of our religion – the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  We prepare by prayer and fasting.   Prayer:   a special effort each day individually and as a family.   Fasting  :   denying yourself something and contributing what you save to the victims of poverty etc., in the third world through the agency of Trócaire.

NOTE:       Thursday, 11th February  is  Feast of   Our Lady of Lourdes  –  World Day for the Sick.

60th Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will leave Shannon on Sunday 26th June, returning on Friday July 1st. The cost is €687 per person sharing, with a €10discount for booking online at www.joewalshtours.ie . booking forms can be obtained from: Joe Walsh Tours,  143 Lower Baggot St, Dublin 2, Tel: 01 2410800.
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: the Diocese of Killaloe is organising a once in a lifetime pilgrimage to the Holy land for 147 people direct from Shannon Airport for 8 days from 23rd to 31st October. Cost  €1430. Booking forms are available from Fr.Tom Ryan, Shannon – 087 2349816 or Fr Brendan Quinlivan Ennis 087 2736310.

Courses.

Portumna College of Adult Further Education (OldVEC) St.Brigid’sRoad on Friday12th  February 2016 from 10 am to 5 pm will  be registering for a large number of  QQI courses.   Contact:   0876258696 / 09097 41946 and  e-mail : michael.cunniffe@gretb.ie

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

GAA News

Senior: Lorrha have been drawn against Roscrea in the opening round of the North Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship. This game will be played after the three county championship games have been played, possibly the weekend of 28-29 May.

Under 21: Lorrha will play Ballinahinch/Templederry in the opening round of the North U21 ‘B’ Football Championship in Moatfield this Sunday, 14th February at 11.30am.

Under 6 & 8: Training starts in the Sports Hall on Friday, 19th February at 7pm

Under 10: Training starts on Saturday, 20th February, time to be confirmed

Under 12: Training starts on Tuesday, 16th February in the Sports Hall at 7pm

Under 14: Lorrha Rovers Gaels training starts in the Sports Hall on Monday, 15thFebruary at 7pm.

Lotto: Our jackpot is now €5,700 with a Match 3 pot of €120. Thank you for your continued support. You can play our lotto online at www.locallotto.ie where it is easy to play every week. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5.

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

Gear Order: Due to a number of inquiries, another order is being put together for Lorrha gear. To order, contact Graham Downes 0879905870. Closing date is 26thFebruary, deposits required.

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

Gaeltacht Scholarships: Forms are available for 2nd, Transition & 5th year Secondary School members to apply for a Gaeltacht Scholarship during the summer. Details are with Shane Brophy. Closing date for return of forms to the County Board is this Sunday, 14th February.

Lorrha CountryFest: Tickets (€20) are available from Kevin Molloy (0876738986) for this years Country Music Festival at Moatfield which takes place on Sunday, 17thJuly from 12 noon to 7pm. Line-up includes Mike Denver, Robert Mizzell, Louise Morrissey, The Conquerors, Johnny Brady, Pete Kennedy, Sean Slattery & The Connections as well as local band Tradstone. A day not to be missed!

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


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Siobhan Reddin (Louise Peary) and Pat Kennedy (Henry Benish) in a scene from Rathcabbin Players farcical comedy ‘Play On’ written by Rick Abbott and directed by Brendan Dolan. The play goes on stage for three nights commencing Feb 5th to 7th and for four nights the second week-end 11th to 14th at 8.30pm sharp. Booking is essential to be sure of a seat on (087) 2360096

Church News.

Wednesday, 3rd February  is the Feast of St. Blaise. You are asked to note that the blessing of throats and candles (for Church & home-use) will take place on Wednesday next at Mass in Rathcabbin Church at 7.30p.m.
Friday, 5th February, is the First Friday of the month.  Mass in Lorrha Church at 9.30a.m.  Confessions beforehand.   Liturgy of the Word and distribution of Holy Communion in Rathcabbin Church at 9.30a.m.
Dates for family Participation in First Communion and Confirmation Mass:  Saturday, 6th February    in Redwood Church at 7.30p.m.   Sunday, 7th February in Lorrha Church at  10.00am  and   Rathcabbin Church at 11.30a.m.
If you are getting married soon we would like to remind you of the necessity of : 1  Giving 3 months notice to your local Priest. 2. Giving 3 months notice to the State Registrar. 3.  Doing an Accord Pre Marriage Course  or one in Esker Retreat House, Athenry  well in advance (at least 6 months) of the date of marriage.  Dates of Pre-Marriage Courses are posted in Churches.  4.  Filling in the pre-marriage papers (pre-Nuptial Enquiry Form) with your local priest.

Killaloe Diocese:

Developing Social media in your Parish through facebook. The Partnership strand of our Pastoral Plan asks us to explore new methods of online Communication  –  course February 29th 6.30 – 9.00pm,  follow up –  April 4th,  7.00 – 9.00pm. Venue: Nenagh College I.T Room, Drommin Rd, Nenagh.  Workshop is free.  Tel:  Lorina on  085 8760472  or visit ibourke@killaloediocese.ie  Pre-Booking essential.

News From Lorrha School

Pupils are enjoying the new playground equipment and the resurfaced court area which facilitates a variety of sports.
David Needham has commenced coaching in the school since Monday January 18th. We extend thanks to James Dunne for his help and support over the years and we wish him well in the future.

2nd to 6th class pupils attended a matinee performance last week of Portumna Community school’s  production of ‘Grease’. Our thanks to Portumna school for the invitation and well done to all our past students who participated in the wonderful performance.

Sympathy is extended to Pauline’s McIntyre and Fr. Donnelly on the recent death of Jos Donnelly. Kinnitty.

We welcome our new Board of Management members which was elected recently and we wish to extend thanks to the previous members who served the school so well for the past four years.

Active Retirement.

Lorrha Active Retirement are holding their AGM in Lorrha Hall on Wednesday 10th February at 2.30pm.  They would like all members to attend and support the elected committee. Look forward to seeing you all there.

Art Classes for Children

Art & Craft classes (5 years up) on Saturdays at 4pm and 5.30pm, starting on January 30th.

Drawing classes (9 years up) on Wednesdays at 7pm, starting on January 27th in Bramble Art Studio, Lorrha, for 6 weeks. Please contact Ute: 087-9151356 or 090-974712. Early booking advisable.

Redwood N.S.

Redwood NS were delighted to be invited into the Council Offices in Nenagh to see the work they completed as part of the ‘Artist in Residence’ scheme exhibited. Twelve schools from around the county were  chosen by the arts office to take part in the project. The artwork from all schools will be exhibited in the council offices in Nenagh and Clonmel for the next month and is well worth a visit.
We are holding Grandparents Day on this Friday 5th Feb and invite all Grandparents from around the parish to join us from 11am. We will be holding a prayer service followed by a questions and answers session about what life was like for Grandparents when they were children, followed by a cup of tea and refreshments. If any Grandparents would like to bring in old memorabilia such as old photos or old money etc that would be most interesting for the children to see!

Our Open evening will be held on Wednesday, March 2nd at 7p.m. This is a great opportunity to visit the school, meet with the teachers, view the resources in the school and see the variety of activities carried out during the school year.

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

Date For Your Diary.

Rathcabbin Players booking line is now open for their forthcoming comedy “Play On” by Rick Abbott. There is a big cast involved and they will be on stage from the 5th to 7th February and again the second week end from the 11th to 14th. Curtains up at 8.30pm. sharp. Booking is essential on (087) 2360096.  Admission Adults €10 children €5.

Spring De-Clutter.

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

Lorrha GAA

Auction: Thank you to everyone who supported our Auction last Sunday, from those who gave up their time to cut, split and load timber in difficult conditions in recent weeks, to those who donated items and to those who parted with their money for the goods. Your support is greatly appreciated. The Juvenile Club had a raffle and the winners were: Trailer of Timber (donated by Eamonn Mannion) – Colette Bouchier, Dove Gift set – John Bergin; Box of Chocolates – Nonnie Cronin.

Fun Wall competition: There was a great turnout of players, young and old, for our Wall Ball tournament last Sunday as part of the Auction and well done to Jake Houlihan who was the overall winner.

Coaching Course: Eleven people are currently taking part in a Foundation Course which will be completed this week. Many of them, including members from Shannon Rovers Gaels also participated in a Child Welfare Course last week also.

Juvenile Presentation: There was a night of great excitement in Moatfield last Saturday night as the Lorrha U12 ‘C’ Footballers, U13 Hurlers and the Lorrha Rovers U16 hurlers were presented with their North Championship medals for 2015 by our own Patrick Maher and Tipperary captain Brendan Maher. Thanks to both men for attending and to parents and supporters for making it a special night for our young players.

Lotto: The numbers drawn this week were: 1 – 3 – 4 – 8. No Winner. 1 Match 3: Aine & Eoghan (The Ferry Inn) win €100. Promoters: John McLeish, Martin Hough, Jimmy Dunne  Our jackpot is now €5,400 with a Match 3 pot of €100. Thank you for your continued support. You can play our lotto online at www.locallotto.ie where it is easy to play every week. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5.

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

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

Gaeltacht Scholarships: Forms are available for 2nd, Transition & 5th year Secondary School members to apply for a Gaeltacht Scholarship during the summer. Details are with Shane Brophy. Closing date for return of forms to the County Board is Sunday, 14th February.

Lorrha CountryFest: Tickets (€20) are available from Kevin Molloy (0876738986) for this years Country Music Festival at Moatfield which takes place on Sunday, 17thJuly from 12 noon to 7pm. Line-up includes Mike Denver, Robert Mizzell, Louise Morrissey, The Conquerors, Johnny Brady, Pete Kennedy, Sean Slattery & The Connections as well as local band Tradstone. A day not to be missed!

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

Sympathy: Lorrha GAA Club would like to sympathise with the Dolan family, Lissernane on the death of Mary Coughlan in the United States recently. May she rest in peace.

Barnardos News

Barnardos spoke to approx. 50 young people aged between four and 15 and asked them what they would do if they were Taoiseach for a day.

This is part of Barnardos Rise Up campaign, calling for all politicians to commit to ending child inequality in 2016.

For further information, please contact:

Barnardos Press Office: 01 7080442 / 086 398 0441

Irene Lawlor; 01 7080423

Rachel Boyce; 01 7080443

 About Barnardos
Barnardos supports children whose well-being is under threat, by working with them, their families and communities and by campaigning for the rights of children. Barnardos was established in Ireland in 1962 and is Ireland’s leading independent children’s charity. www.barnardos.ie

                             Children from Tipperary tell us what they’d do if Taoiseach for a day…

1 February 2016 – As Ireland counts down to General Election 2016 Barnardos has asked children living in Tipperary what they would do if they were Taoiseach for a day.

June Tinsley, Head of Advocacy, Barnardos, said, “While children do not vote, they make up nearly a quarter of our population and are directly affected by Government policies and laws. Every day in Barnardos we see how children’s lives are being adversely affected by austerity. If we are serious about wanting to build a sustainable and fair future, every candidate in Tipperary owes it to our children – and themselves – to hear what our young people have to say.

“Key issues raised by the dozens of children Barnardos spoke with were the impact of drugs on their communities; the need for more child-friendly places to hang out and better resourced schools. Abolishing the water tax also came up a number of times and large numbers pleaded for enough safe housing to end the homeless crisis.

What children from Tipperary would do if they were leading the next Government:

  • ‘More books or better books for children to read in schools and a light and curtains in every child’s room,’ said Dylan, five.
  • ‘Every child should have a house, toys and food,’ said nine-year-old Saoirse.
  • Eve, aged 10 wants ‘Every school to get a play area and clean new tables and chairs, plus she added, ‘free buses and transport for everyone and it would be better.’
  • ‘Better play areas in schools,’ said Orla, aged six.
  • And Coia, aged six, would ensure ‘Every child gets a present for Christmas and their birthday.’

Ms Tinsley added, “From meeting with children across Ireland and through Barnardos’ direct work with children and families, it is clear that our younger constituents want to see fairness at the heart of their communities. Our elected representatives could learn a thing or two from listening to them.”

Barnardos has also been calling for greater equality in the 32nd Dáil. The children’s charity wants all candidates in General Election 2016 to pledge to take action in five crucial areas which would demonstrate political commitment to ending child inequality, and result in real improvements to children’s lives.

  1. Politicians must promise to safeguard the first year of a child’s life

à Invest sufficiently in Tusla, the Child and Family Agency

  1. Politicians must increase investment in early childhood care and education

à Increase spending on early years from 0.2% GDP to meet the international average of 0.8% of GDP

 

  1. The State must provide free primary education

à This would require an annual investment of €103.2m, equating to just €185 extra per pupil

 

  1. Politicians must guarantee access to primary care services for all children when they need it

à Guarantee one fully operational Primary Care Team for every 1,500 children

 

  1. Politicians must promise to ensure a secure home for all children

à Stabilise rents over time by linking rental prices to the Consumer Price Index and raise rent supplement levels to help struggling families now

 


Muscular Dystrophy Ireland Urges People of County Tipperary & North Cork to Support its Inaugural “LOVEMDI” Campaign

– LOVEMDI Campaign Sees Volunteers Selling Chocolates to Raise Much-Needed Funds for Services –

– 31 individuals and their families affected by rare muscle wasting condition
Supported by Muscular Dystrophy Ireland in Tipperary & North Cork  in 2015 –

Date of issue: Immediate
Muscular Dystrophy Ireland has launched an inspiring new campaign to raise awareness of muscular dystrophy, and the need to raise vital funds for the supports it provides, such as respite care, transport and assistive equipment services, to people with the condition and their families.

Muscular Dystrophy Ireland’s inaugural LOVEMDI campaign, from February 8 to 14, coincides with St Valentine’s Day, and will see volunteers nationwide raising much-needed funds by selling LOVEMDI chocolates in return for a €2 donation.

Muscular dystrophy is a rare, and potentially life-limiting, muscle-wasting condition that is estimated to affect approximately 1,500 people across Ireland. There is no known cure. In 2015, Muscular Dystrophy Ireland supported 31 people and their families with the condition in Tipperary & North Cork.

People interested in volunteering to lend a hand with the LOVEMDI campaign can contact Muscular Dystrophy Ireland on Freefone 1800 24 53 00 or visit www.mdi.ie for more information. In addition, Muscular Dystrophy Ireland can be followed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/musculardystrophyireland and on Twitter @MDI_Ireland

As part of the campaign, members of the public can also make a €2 donation by texting “LOVEMDI” to 50300*.

*100% of your donation goes to Muscular Dystrophy Ireland across most network operators. Some operators apply VAT which means that a minimum of €1.63 will go to Muscular Dystrophy Ireland. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 680 5278.

NEWS 27th Jan 2016 no fee for repro Launch of 2015 MDI National Awareness Day Pictured is Model, Sarah Morrissey at the launch of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland's annual National Awareness Day taking place countrywide on Saturday February 14. The campaign, which aims to focus attention on the challenges faced by people with muscular dystrophy, is asking the public to support its "Have a Heart" campaign by purchasing €2 chocolate hearts from volunteers nationwide or by donating €2 now by texting "MDI" to 50300. Funds raised will go to support the charity's vital respite services and research projects. More information on muscular dystrophy and the work of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland can be found at www.mdi.ie Picture by Shane O’Neill Photography.

Pictured is Model, Sarah Morrissey at the launch of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland’s annual National Awareness Day taking place countrywide on Saturday February 14.
The campaign, which aims to focus attention on the challenges faced by people with muscular dystrophy, is asking the public to support its “Have a Heart” campaign by purchasing €2 chocolate hearts from volunteers nationwide or by donating €2 now by texting “MDI” to 50300. Funds raised will go to support the charity’s vital respite services and research projects. More information on muscular dystrophy and the work of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland can be found at www.mdi.ie

Issued by:

Patrick Flanagan, Muscular Dystrophy Ireland, tel.: 01 623 6414 / 083 347 6354

About Muscular Dystrophy
Muscular dystrophy is a muscle-wasting condition which, along with allied neuromuscular conditions, impacts upon physical strength and mobility. It affects men and women of all ages, with varying degrees of severity. Some forms arise at birth or in childhood, while others may not manifest themselves until later in life. Many people with muscular dystrophy and similar conditions require the use of a walking aid and/or wheelchair and rely on assistive support in their daily lives. While as yet there is no cure for muscular dystrophy, there have been considerable advances with treatments and therapies enhancing the quality of life of people with the condition.

About Muscular Dystrophy Ireland

Muscular Dystrophy Ireland (MDI) is a voluntary organisation which provides information and support to people with muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular conditions and their families through a wide range of support services. These include family support, youth support, emergency respite, and youth activities. A National Resource Centre for Neuromuscular Conditions in Chapelizod, Dublin, supports all aspects of living with a neuromuscular condition from information through to direct support services. It incorporates a display area for aids, appliances and specialised equipment, e.g. hoists, slings, power chairs and profile beds. The centre also features a specially-adapted respite apartment for people with muscular dystrophy and their families. MDI currently has a membership of more than 700 people.


Lorrha Notes

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Rathcabbin people protest outside the Council Offices in Nenagh last week at the condition of the roads in Rathcabbin.

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Hazel Reddin (Phyllis Montague), Hubert Hogan (Gerry Dunbar), Sinead Dermody ( Marla “Smitty” Smith) in full flight during rehearsals for Rathcabbin Players forthcoming comedy ‘Play On’ which runs from Feb 5th to 7th and from 11th to 14th. Booking is essential on (087) 2360096.

Results From Kids Christmas Disco.

The total amount raised from the kids Christmas disco which took place in the GAA clubhouse and was run in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland was €810. Organiser’s Martina and Natasha Delaney (Rathcabbin) wish to thank all that came on the night to support this worthy cause. It was an a very enjoyable night and all who attended had a good time. We want to say a huge thank you to DJ Ray Kennedy for doing the disco, Lorrha GAA for the use or the hall, Eamonn & Ann Smyth, Mary Theresa Delaney for face painting, Rosaleen Delaney for her help and collecting raffle prizes and Darina Kelly for doing a raffle in the shop. I’d also like to thank everyone who sponsored prizes for the raffle. To  Tearaways, Centra, Tesco, Butler’s pharmacy , Buckley’s Supervalu Birr, Discount store in Birr, Lorrha GAA, Michael Briody,  Robert Notley, Finns Daybreak, Blás, O’Mearas, Lorraines Hair Salon in Portumna, and Gerry Flynn Supervalu in Banagher. Our sincere thanks to everyone from Martina and Natasha.

Church News.

Anyone wishing to have an anniversary Mass offered for a ‘loved one’ at Sunday Mass can do do by booking in the sacristy on Saturday night or Sunday morning after Mass. You are asked not to phone the sacristan or priest to book a Mass as all diaries are kept in the respective churches.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament  continues  every Thursday from 10am to 10pm in Rathcabbin  Church. We invite all parishioners to come and stay a while in the presence of Jesus.

Vocations Workshop.

A vocations workshop is being organised for the Munster Dioceses, inviting any person interested in being a diocesan priest to experience a time of reflection and discernment.  The workshop is on February 5th and 6th in Thurles.   Contact Fr. Ignatius McCormack  086 2777179.

Bereavement Support at Parish level.

Training will shortly begin to provide the training needed to offer support.  You might find out more by visiting the Bethany support Bereavement website,  www.bethany.ie  or contact your local P.P. or someone from the Parish Pastoral Council.

Art Classes for Children

Art & Craft classes (5 years up) on Saturdays at 4pm and 5.30pm, starting on January 30th.  Drawing classes (9 years up) on Wednesdays at 7pm, starting on January 27th in Bramble Art Studio, Lorrha, for 6 weeks. Please contact Ute: 087-9151356 or 090-974712. Early booking advisable.

Rainbows Programme.

Borrisokane Community College will be commencing a Rainbows Programme in the coming weeks.  This programme is for primary or secondary students who may have suffered a bereavement or separation.  Please contact Louise Ryan (Borrisokane CC) on 067 27268 for more information.

Open Night.

Banagher Coláiste na Sionna, Open night for sixth class students and their parents/ guardians takes place on Thursday, 28th January commencing at 7.30p.m.

 Date For Your Diary.

Rathcabbin Players booking line is now open for their forthcoming comedy “Play On” by Rick Abbott. There is a big cast involved and they will be on stage from the 5th to 7th February and again the second week end from the 11th to 14th. Curtains up at 8.30pm. sharp. Booking is essential on (087) 2360096.  Admission Adults €10 children €5.

Bridge Closure.

Portumna Bridge will be closed from 8pm to 6am from January 25th to February 6th weather permitting.

Spring De-Clutter.

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

Ardara Walking Club Reminder.

The Ardara Walking club will take on a four hour walk through Portumna Forest Park on Sunday January 31st. Meeting point is The Ferry Inn at 11.00am. Walk leader Liam Mannion can be contacted on (086) 8392056 for further details.

Fundraising Table Quiz.

A  table quiz  to raise funds for the maintenance of Rathcabbin village will take place on Friday 29th January 2016  in Kelly’s Last Chance Bar . Raffle on the night for lots of locally sponsored prizes.  Come out of hibernation for a fun night out.

GAA News

Auction: The Auction and Sale of Work will take place on Sunday, 31st January at 2pm. Six weeks after the original date, we finally hold our annual winter auction which as always will have plenty of fuel and farm produce.

Fun Wall competition: As part of the Auction & Sale of Work on Sunday, there will also be a Fun Wall competition in the Sports Hall for both adults and juveniles. Trophies are on the way from our friends at Lyons in Killimor. A big thank you to Ute and Lisa Duggan, Louise & Katie Downes and to Nóirín Cronin and James Dunne for their work in painting the mural on the wall last weekend.

Coaching Course: A Foundation Coaching course will take place in the club over two nights on Thursday, 28th January & Wednesday, 3rd February in the GAA Centre. Anyone undertaking the course must have completed a Child Welfare Course in advance which will take place this evening (Wednesday, 27th January) in the GAA Centre at 7pm at €10 per person. To book your place on the coaching course, contact Coaching Officer JP Houlihan 0879061521 or Louise Mannion 0876598387.

Juvenile Presentation Night: The Lorrha U12 footballers, U13 hurlers and the Lorrha Rovers U16 hurlers will be presented with their 2015 divisional championship medals this Saturday night, 30th January in the GAA Centre at 7.30pm. Special guests will be our own Patrick Maher and Tipperary captain Brendan Maher. All are welcome to attend.

Senior Hurling: Lorrha have been drawn with Kilruane MacDonaghs, Clonoulty-Rossmore and Portroe in the group stage of the County Senior Hurling Championship.

Lotto: Our jackpot is now €5,400 with a Match 3 pot of €100. Thank you for your continued support. You can play our lotto online at www.locallotto.ie where it is easy to play every week. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5.

Membership: for 2016 is now due. Rates were also confirmed with all inclusive of Gym membership: €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership for 12 months); €20 – Juvenile (16 and under); €90 – Family (2 adults and 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children).

Closing date for membership for all adult and juvenile players is the last day of February to be insured in training and games while the closing date for all membership is 31st March. This date will be strictly enforced and no monies will be accepted beyond this date. It is important to remember that our total number of adult members by 31st March is the number the County Board will use towards our ticket allocations for Tipperary games so it is in your interest to have membership paid by then.Membership can be paid to club registrar Louise Mannion or can also be done online at www.locallotto.ie

Poker Classic: A date for your diary, Lorrha GAA Club will be holding a Poker Classic in the GAA Centre on Saturday, 12th March from 8pm. Tickets currently on sale and there will also be a draw as part of the night.

Gaeltacht Scholarships: Forms are available for 2nd, Transition & 5th year Secondary School members to apply for a Gaeltacht Scholarship during the summer. Details and forms are with Shane Brophy. Closing date for return of forms to the County Board is Sunday, 14th February.

Lorrha CountryFest: Tickets (€20) are available from Kevin Molloy for this years Country Music Festival at Moatfield which takes place on Sunday, 17th July.

Social Dancing: on Friday night to the music of Glenn Flynn. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am


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The chairman of Nenagh Municipal district Cllr. Ger Darcy addressing the roads meeting in Rathcabbin with officers of that committee Enda Moran, Brendan Hough, PJ Nevin looking on. The group will be holding a protest outside the Council offices Nenagh on Thursday morning (21st) from 9.00 am. 

Recent Wedding.

The wedding of Theresa Barry, daughter of Kevin and Mary (Lorrha) and William Harding, son of the late Dorothy and Willie (Borrisokane) took place on December 29th 2015 in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha.
The brides two sisters Yvonne Claffey and Eleanor O’Dwyer along with her sister in law Ingrid Darmody, were her bridesmaids while the groom choose friends Adrian Molloy as his bestman accompanied by groomsmen Kenneth Cleary and William Cavanagh.
Fr. Joe Kennedy and Rev. Stephen O’Neill concelebrated while Darren Bourke provided the church music. Afterwards the newly weds joined with their family and friends for their reception in The Derg Inn Terryglass before heading to Iceland on their honeymoon.
Many congratulations is extended to Theresa and William and the best of luck in the future as they settle down to married life in Borrisokane.

Recent Engagement.

Congratulations and many good wishes is extended to Robert Dillon (Lorrha) and Ann Marie Clarke (Tynagh) who announced their engagement recently. Well done and many good wishes for the future to you both.

Church News.

Anyone wishing to have an anniversary Mass offered for a ‘loved one’ at Sunday Mass can do do by booking in the sacristy on Saturday night or Sunday morning after Mass. You are asked not to phone the sacristan or priest to book a Mass as all diaries are kept in the respective churches.

Well Done.

Congratulations is extended to Celine Cleary (Rathcabbin) and Borrisokane Community School who retained their Intermediate camogie Munster title when they beat Rice College, Ennis on Sunday last in the final on a score line of Borrisokane 1.7, Ennis 1.3. Playing in full forward, it was Celine who rattled the Ennis net after thirteen minutes to set Borrisokane up for their victory. Well done Celine.

Date For Your Diary.

The booking line will be open from January 28th for Rathcabbin Players forthcoming comedy “Play On” by Rick Abbott. There is a big cast involved and they will be on stage from the 5th to 7th February and again the second week end from the 11th to 14th. Not one to be missed.

Spring De-Clutter.

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

Ardara Walking Club.

The Ardara Walking club will take on a four hour walk through Portumna Forest Park on Sunday January 31st. Meeting point is The Ferry Inn at 11.00am. Walk leader Liam Mannion can be contacted on (086) 8392056 for further details.

Fundraising Table Quiz.

A  table quiz  to raise funds for the maintenance of Rathcabbin village will take place on Friday 29th January 2016  in Kelly’s Last Chance Bar . Raffle on the night for lots of locally sponsored prizes.  Come out of hibernation for a fun night out.

School Musical.

Portumna Community School will stage their annual school musical on Thursday and Friday Jan. 21st and 22nd.  This year’s offering Grease is  renowned for featuring many memorable songs and lively dance routines. Tickets are sold out for Friday night but may be reserved for the Thursday performance by phoning the school: 090 9741053 or by logging on to www.portumnacs.ie

Sport Psychology for Coaches

A 10 week course “Sport Psychology for Coaches” will be run at the Enterprise Centre in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford starting on Monday January 25th. The cost is €100. The course is designed to assist individual & team sports coaching by applying mental fitness techniques.  The main objectives of the course are: To provide an understanding of Sport Psychology, To assist coaches / individuals in using sport psychology to improve coaching performance. To raise awareness of sport psychology to aid performance. If you would like to enrol on this course OR if you would like more information, please contact Canice Kennedy @sport@canicekennedy.com

GAA News.

Auction date change: The Auction and Sale of Work will take place on Sunday, 31st January at 2pm. Timber cutting has resumed and we ask all members to give some time to aid this important fundraiser.
Coaching Course: A Foundation Coaching course will take place in the club over two nights on January 28th & February 3rd next in the GAA Centre. Anyone undertaking the course must have completed a Child Welfare Course in advance which will take place on Wednesday, 27th January in the GAA Centre at 7pm at €10 per person. To book your place on the coaching course, contact Coaching Officer JP Houlihan 0879061521 or Louise Mannion 0876598387
Lotto: Our jackpot is now €5,250 with a Match 3 pot of €100. Thank you for your continued support. You can play our lotto online at www.locallotto.ie where it is easy to play every week. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5.
Lorrha CountryFest: Tickets (€20) are available from Kevin Molloy for this years Country Music Festival at Moatfield which takes place on Sunday, 17th July.
Social Dancing: on Friday night to the music of Brian McDermott. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.


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Rathcabbin Players in rehearsal for their forthcoming production on Rick Abbott’s 3 act comedy “Play On” which will be staged in Rathcabbin Hall on February 5,6,7 and again for four nights the following week-end 11, 12, 13, 14. The booking line will be open from January 28th on (087) 2360 096.

2016 Lorrha Calendar.

Get your copy of the 2016 Lorrha/Dorrha Parish Calendar which is on sale throughout the parish and also in Portumna and Borrisokane. If you would like to have a copy posted to you, call (086) 8647166 or email info@lorrhadorrha.ie

Final Reminder.

A public meeting to discuss progress on funding for repair works on roads in the Townslands of Coolross, Ballyea, Glenbower, Corrigeen, Culleen and Derry in Rathcabbin,  will take place in Rathcabbin Hall on Monday night January 18th at 8.00p.m. All are welcome.

Draw Results.

Carrigahorig Development Association Ltd Christmas fundraising draw results. 1st. Stephen O’Keeffe, 2nd. Pat Foley, 3rd. Anthony Slevin, 4th. Helen Slevin, 5th Wendy Condon, 6th. Mary O’Sullivan, 7th. Nicola Lucas, 8th, Tess Shaughnessy, 9th. Thomas Frueh. The committee thanks everyone who supported their draw by donating prizes, selling and buying tickets and they wish you all a happy and peaceful 2016.

Community Text Alert.

Following on from a recent meeting on home security which was held in Rathcabbin Hall, the Gardai are urging people from the parish to sign up for the community text alert security system. Forms are available from Kelly’s shop in Rathcabbin.

Church News.

World Youth Day with Pope Francis is the biggest gathering of young people in the world and will take place in Krakow, Poland, from July 24th to 31st 2016.  You must be over 18 years of age to travel on the pilgrimage. The cost of the pilgrimage is €895.   Further details from Deirdre Convey 065 6834461or  Fr. Donagh O’Meara 087 2322140.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to Fr. John Donnelly Rathcabbin and to Pauline McIntyre and family, Portland on the death of Jos Donnelly, Kinnitty on January 7th.  After funeral Mass in St. Flannan’s Church Kinnitty on Sunday last burial took place in the local cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Parish Web Site.

Apologies to all readers of the parish web site www.lorrhadorrha.ie  who were unable to access the entire contents of the photo gallery. We thank readers for bringing this error to our attention. The good news is the gallery is now repaired thanks to Mark and the many photographs from way back can be viewed again.

Date For Your Diary.

Rathcabbin Players are busy rehearsing for their forthcoming comedy “Play On” by Rick Abbott. There is a big cast involved and they will be on stage from the 5th to 7th February and again the second week end from the 11th to 14th. Not one to be missed.

Spring De-Clutter.

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

North Final.

Commiserations is extended to the under 21 team who went down to Borrisoleigh in the final on Sunday last 3.10 to 1.7. Missing three players through injury, Lorrha went ahead after the break but their opponents struck back with two unanswered goals to close Lorrha out. Hard luck lads.

Portumna Forest Park.

Ireland’s national forestry company, Coillte, is encouraging people to make use of the Portumna Forst Park mountain bike trail network. There are four looped trails in the park ranging from multi-assess trail suitable for all visitors of approximately 1km length, to a long multi use trail of over 10kms for walkers and cyclists. For something more physically demanding there is an extensive mountain bike trail and trail centre in Portumna.

Courses in Portumna.

Portumna College of Adult Further Education (Old VEC) St.Brigid’s Road are taking names for the following courses.  Healthcare Support,  Horticulture, Tourism, Food Safety/HACCP,  Computers,   Spanish,  English for Speakers of Ether Languages,  Adult Literacy.   All courses free for unemployed, job seekers ,  fees for the employed.    Contact:   0876258696  09097 41946 and   e-mail : michael.cunniffe@gretb.ie.

GAA News

Under 21: Hard luck to our under 21’s who lost the North ‘B’ final to Borris-Ileigh in Moneygall on Saturday, 3-10 to 1-7. Having come from five points down to lead going into the final quarter, the concession of two late goals ended our hopes. Thanks to the players for their commitment for what was an elonganted championship as well as to manager Hubert Hogan, coach David Needham and selectors Aidan McIntyre and Shane Brophy for their work with the team and also to the supporters who turned up in large numbers.

Auction date change: The Auction and Sale of Work will take place on Sunday, 31stJanuary at 2pm. Timber cutting resumes this week and we ask all members to give some time to aid this important fundraiser.

Coaching Course: A Foundation Coaching course will take place in the club over two nights on January 28th & February 3rd next in the GAA Centre. Anyone undertaking the course must have completed a Child Welfare Course in advance which will take place on Wednesday, 27th January in the GAA Centre at 7pm at €10 per person. To book your place on the coaching course, contact Coaching Officer JP Houlihan 0879061521 or Louise Mannion 0876598387

Lotto: Our jackpot is now €5,100 with a Match 3 pot of €120. Thank you for your continued support. You can play our lotto online at www.locallotto.ie where it is easy to play every week. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5.

Lorrha CountryFest: Tickets (€20) are available from Kevin Molloy for this years Country Music Festival at Moatfield which takes place on Sunday, 17th July.

Social Dancing: on Friday night to the music of Derek Veale. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.

Sympathy: Lorrha GAA Club would like to sympathise with the McIntyre family, Portland, on the death of Jos Donnell, Kinnitty, who passed away last week. May he rest in peace.


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 “Does coding help problem solving in maths”?  This is the name of the project which two Portumna Community School students Eoin Gallagher and Stephen Conroy are trying to find out.  Eoin is photographed here with his partner in this project Stephen Conroy.  Eoin is son of Rodney and Antoinette Gallagher, Grange, and is a former pupil of Lorrha N.S. where it all began. They are one of five groups from Portumna Community School who have qualified for the Young Scientist competition which commences on Jan 6th  in the RDS, Dublin. Eoin and Stephen are carrying out a study to determine if students’ mathematical ability can be improved through exercises in computer coding.  We wish them well. 

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The main Borrisokane to Portumna road remains closed for the 5th week due to heavy flooding at Lorrha Cross.

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There is a small number of the Lorrha Parish Calendar still available to purchase.

2016 Lorrha Calendar.

Get your copy of the 2016 Lorrha/Dorrha Parish Calendar which is on sale throughout the parish and also in Portumna and Borrisokane. If you would like to have a copy posted to you, call (086) 8647166 or email info@lorrhadorrha.ie

Recent Engagements.

Congratulations is extended to Malissa Kelly (Lorrha) and Brian Jennings (Dublin), and Mairead Hoctor (Rathcabbin) and Anthony O’Toole (Coolderry) who announced their engagements in recent weeks. Well done to both couples and the best of luck for the future.

Follow Up Public Meeting.

Following on from a recent public meeting regarding the atrocious condition of the roads in the Townslands of Coolross, Ballyea, Glenbower, Corrigeen, Culleen and Derry in Rathcabbin, a follow up public meeting with a  report on whether funding is available or not, will take place in Rathcabbin Hall on Monday night January 18th at 8.00p.m. All are welcome.

Good Luck.

We extend the best of luck to Eoin Gallagher, Lorrha who along with Stephen Conroy will represent Portumna Community School in the Young Scientist Exhibition which gets under way in the RDS on January 6th. The title of their project is “Does coding help problem solving in maths”? Eoin and Stephen are carrying out a study to determine if students’ mathematical ability can be improved through exercises in computer coding. They are one of five groups from Portumna Community School who have qualified for the Young Scientist. Son of Rodney and Antoinette, Eoin is a past pupil of Lorrha N.S. where it all began. We wish the lads the best of luck.

Community Text Alert.

Following on from a recent meeting on home security which was held in Rathcabbin Hall, the Gardai are urging people from the parish to sign up for the community text alert security system. Forms are available from Kelly’s shop in Rathcabbin.

Lower Ormond Cycling Club

The AGM of the Lower Ormond Cycling Club will take place on Friday 8th Jan at 8pm in the Green Bar, Borrisokane. We will discuss plans for the year ahead. New members welcome.

Winter De-Clutter.

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

Portumna Fit Town.

Portumna getting set to battle for fittest Galway Town for a second year running. The deadline for application is fast approaching so Cllr. Anne Rabbitte, Orla Kennedy, Vincent OHara & Sarah Killeen as a committee are calling on those to please come forward with all suggestions for the year ahead? How your club/school/group/business or organisation in the town and surrounds would like to partake in fit Towns 2016.  What initiatives your club would like to roll out during the fit towns  judging period of February 1st – March 13th? Ideas may be emailed tofittownsportumna@gmail.com or contact Orla on 0874313917 or drop off in The Hub or Engine Room. All suggestions welcome. Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and new year from Fit Town Portumna.

Portumna Forest Park.

Ireland’s national forestry company, Coillte, is encouraging people to make use of the Portumna Forst Park mountain bike trail network. There are four looped trails in the park ranging from multi-assess trail suitable for all visitors of approximately 1km length, to a long multi use trail of over 10kms for walkers and cyclists. For something more physically demanding there is an extensive mountain bike trail and trail centre in Portumna.

GAA News.

Under 21: The North Under 21 ‘B’ Hurling semi-final against Portroe was finally played last Saturday at the University of Limerick’s all-weather pitch and the lads produced a superb display to win 2-16 to 2-14 with the goals coming from Eoin McIntyre and Jamie Lewis. Speedy recovery to Conor Hogan who picked up a knee injury during the game.
Lorrha will play Borris-Ileigh in the final this Sunday, 10th January at 12 noon. Venue to be confirmed. We ask all Lorrha supporters to attend to cheer on the lads.
Auction: The Auction, Sale of Work and Wheel of Fortune will take place on Sunday, 17th January at 2pm.

Lotto: Our jackpot is now €4,950 with a Match 3 pot of €120. Thank you for your continued support. You can play our lotto online at www.locallotto.ie where it is easy to play every week. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5.

Lorrha CountryFest: Tickets (€20) are available from Kevin Molloy for this years Country Music Festival at Moatfield which takes place on Sunday, 17th July.

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

Sympathy: Lorrha GAA Club would like to sympathise with the Touhy family on the death of Marrie Touhy, Kilregane, who died tragically before Christmas. May she rest in peace.

Please Note.

Anyone wishing to have notices inserted in the Lorrha Notes can email roselmannion@yahoo.ie or call (086) 8647166. A happy and healthy new year to all readers.


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                    Another Award For Lorrha Development Association

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The first Nenagh Municipal District Awards night was held in the Civic Offices, Nenagh recently. Cathaoirleach Cllr. Ger Darcy said in his address that ‘voluntary organisations deserve recognition for their spirit of volunteerism and the awards recognised their contribution in helping to attract tourists to the Nenagh Municipal District area’.  Lorrha Development Association were awarded for their hosting of the visit of Cllr. Wayne Sanford, President of the Shire of Collie who laid a wreath at Martin O’Meara’s monument which was erected by the Development Association in honour of the Lorrha V.C. recipient who is buried in Perth. There to accept the award from Cathaoirleach Cllr. Ger Darcy was Louis McCormack, Chairman, Lorrha Development, Rose Mannion, Treasurer with on left Ms. Rosemary Joyce District Administrator.     

2016 Lorrha Calendar.

Get your copy of the 2016 Lorrha/Dorrha Parish Calendar which is on sale throughout the parish and also in Portumna and Borrisokane. If you would like to have a copy posted to you, call (086) 8647166 or email info@lorrhadorrha.ie

Church News.

Mass will be celebrated in Rathcabbin Church on Friday January 1st at 7.30pm the First Friday and also the Feast of Mary, Mother of God.

Late Marie Tuohy.

The tragic death took place as a result of a fire in her home of Marie Tuohy, Kilregane, Lorrha on December 23rd. A familiar figure around the village and in nearby Portumna where she did her shopping, Marie lived for a long number of years in England returning to Lorrha some years ago. She was a quiet lady who kept very much to herself but she will be missed from the locality and by her family and neighbours. Predeceased in recent months by her sister Josie she is survived by her sister Ann (England) and brother Sean (Lorrha) to whom sympathy is extended. Her remains will repose in Bushy Park Nursing Home, Borrisokane on Wednesday evening Dec. 30th from 4.30 to 6.30pm. with removal to St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha for 7.00pm. After funeral Mass on Thursday at 11.00am burial will take place in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Sympathy.  

Sympathy is extended to Sean Moore and family Portland on the death of his sister Ann Shanahan, Borrisoleigh which occurred recently. After funeral Mass in the Sacred Heart Church Borrisoleigh on Dec. 22nd. burial took place in St. Brigid’s Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Follow Up Public Meeting.

Following on from a recent public meeting regarding the atrocious condition of the roads in the Townslands of Coolross, Ballyea, Glenbower, Corrigeen, Culleen and Derry in Rathcabbin, a follow up public meeting with a  report on whether funding is available or not, will take place in Rathcabbin Hall on Monday night January 18th at 8.00p.m. All are welcome.

Winter De-Clutter.

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

Portumna Fit Town.

Portumna getting set to battle for fittest Galway Town for a second year running. The deadline for application is fast approaching so Cllr. Anne Rabbitte, Orla Kennedy, Vincent OHara & Sarah Killeen as a committee are calling on those to please come forward with all suggestions for the year ahead? How your club/school/group/business or organisation in the town and surrounds would like to partake in fit Towns 2016.  What initiatives your club would like to roll out during the fit towns  judging period of February 1st – March 13th? Ideas may be emailed tofittownsportumna@gmail.com or contact Orla on 0874313917 or drop off in The Hub or Engine Room. All suggestions welcome. Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and new year from Fit Town Portumna.

Portumna Arts Group Annual Celebration, 6th January 2016

Portumna Arts Group annual Arts Dinner will this year take place in O’Meara’s Restaurant on Jan 6th at 7.15 pm. Varied menu available for €15 (2 courses) or €20 (3 courses). With a complimentary glass of wine and lots of fun, this is an ideal way to celebrate the last day of Christmas. Booking is essential – drop your deposit of €15 to Noelle in Hayes & Hayes Pharmacy or Joan in the Credit Union. Tel: 085-1925466.


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Happy Christmas to all our readers and contributors and all the best in 2016.

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Waiting for Santa in Lorrha school

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Waiting for Santa in Rathcabbin School

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Christmas party time in St. Kieran’s Care Home Rathcabbin.

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One of the roads which is in a dreadful condition in the townsland of Coolross, Ballyea, Glenbower, Corrigeen, Culleen, Derry area of the parish.

2016 Lorrha Calendar.

Get your copy of the 2016 Lorrha/Dorrha Parish Calendar which is on sale throughout the parish and also in Portumna and Borrisokane. If you would like to have a copy posted to you, call (086) 8647166 or email info@lorrhadorrha.ie

Church News.

Christmas Eve Mass will be celebrated in Rathcabbin Church at 8.00pm. Christmas Day Mass will be celebrated at 9.30am in Redwood Church and at 11.00am in Lorrha Church.

Late Liam (William) O’Meara.

The peaceful death occurred after a short illness at Tullamore Hospital on Thursday 17th December of Liam O’Meara, The Lake, Lorrha. Liam was a familiar sight around Lorrha in his little red car and in particular coming and going to and from church where he loved meeting the neighbours for a chat afterwards and his gentle smile endeared him to all. Liam who was 87 years old worked the farm that he was born into, all of his life and in the early 1960’s he also took on extra work in McAnish saw mills in Portland. A devout and religious man, he was content and happy with the simple things in life. His work was his hobby as well as playing the accordion, something he did just a week before his death as he entertained the residents of the nursing home in Portumna where his brother and sister reside. One big interest he held in life was the GAA at both local and county level as he took a keen interest in all the games regardless of their county. A true gentleman, he will be sadly missed by all who knew him but in particular by his family. Predeceased by his sister Maryanne he is survived by his sisters Bridget (Portumna), Freda Tierney (Birr), brothers Sean (Rathcabbin), Thomas (Portumna), Flan (Cork), brothers –in- law, sisters –in-law, nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, cousins, relatives and friends to whom sympathy is offered. After funeral Mass on Saturday 19th in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha, burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Winter De-Clutter.

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

Portumna Fit Town.

Portumna getting set to battle for fittest Galway Town for a second year running. The deadline for application is fast approaching so Cllr. Anne Rabbitte, Orla Kennedy, Vincent OHara & Sarah Killeen as a committee are calling on those to please come forward with all suggestions for the year ahead? How your club/school/group/business or organisation in the town and surrounds would like to partake in fit Towns 2016.  What initiatives your club would like to roll out during the fit towns  judging period of February 1st – March 13th? Ideas may be emailed tofittownsportumna@gmail.com or contact Orla on 0874313917 or drop off in The Hub or Engine Room. All suggestions welcome. Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and new year from Fit Town Portumna.

Portumna Arts Group Annual Celebration, 6th January 2016

Portumna Arts Group 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 this year take place in O’Meara’s Restaurant on Jan 6th at 7.15 pm. Varied menu available for €15 (2 courses) or €20 (3 courses). With a complimentary glass of wine and lots of fun, this is an ideal way to celebrate the last day of Christmas. Booking is essential – drop your deposit of €15 to Noelle in Hayes & Hayes Pharmacy or Joan in the Credit Union. Tel: 085-1925466.

GAA Notes.

Under 21: Lorrha will take on Portroe in the North Under 21 ‘B’ Hurling semi-final on St Stephen’s Day in Puckane at 1.30pm. The players have worked hard despite a long wait. All support would be appreciated and a nice way to get out after Christmas.

Auction: The Auction, Sale of Work and Wheel of Fortune will now take place on Sunday, 17th January 2016 at 2pm.

AGM: The Annual General Meeting of Lorrha GAA Club took place last Tuesday night and was well attended. Secretary Shane Brophy provided a report of the years on-field activities which was highlighted by the junior hurling team win the league on two occasions. He also referenced Patrick Maher’s success with Tipperary in the Munster Championship as well as the passing of Tony Reddin. Treasurer Declan O’Meara gave a detailed report in which the club is continuing to meet its obligations but a major fundraiser is required with regard to the loan on the recent development. Kevin Molloy provided details of the CountryFest Music festival which will take place on 17th July next and urged everyone in the club to get behind it and make it a success. William Harding stepped down as Chairman after four years and thanked everyone for their support during that time and a special presentation was made by incoming Chairman Graham Downes. William Harding also launched the clubs new Strategic 5-Year Plan which was coordinated by Ger O’Meara

Joe Errity, Adrian Molloy and Stephen Hogan were ratified as the senior management for the coming year while Joe Dolan will manage the junior hurlers after Hubert Hogan stepped down, but he will remain on as Under 21 hurling manager. The meeting also agreed to an amalgamation with Shannon Rovers Gaels at minor level with selectors to be appointed.

The following officers were elected: President – Michael O’Meara (The Hill); Vice-Presidents – Fr. Pat Mulcahy, Johnny O’Meara; Chairman & Designated Person – Graham Downes; Vice-Chairmen – Padraig Madden, Pat Kennedy; Secretary & PRO – Shane Brophy; Treasurer – Declan O’Meara; Assistant Secretary – vacant; Assistant Treasurer – vacant; Registrar – Louise Mannion; Development Officers – Tony Coen & Tommy Cahalan; County Board Delegate – Ken Hogan; Coaching Officer – JP Houlihan; Schools Liaison Officer – Dessie Clancy; Health & Wellbeing Officer – vacant; Cultural Officer – David Broderick; Children’s Officer – To be appointed; Players Representatives – captains of the senior and junior hurling teams to fill these positions.

Lotto: Our jackpot is now €4,500 with a Match 3 pot of €100. Thank you for your continued support. You can play our lotto online at www.locallotto.ie where it is easy to play every week. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5.

Blood Drive: The Irish Blood Transfusion Clinic will return to the GAA Centre on Tuesday, 5th January 2016.

Social Dancing: There will be no Social Dancing on Christmas Night. Dancing resumes of New Years Night to the music of Sam O’Doherty. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am. The club is especially inviting those home for Christmas to sample our weekly social dance.

Sympathy: Lorrha GAA Club would like to sympathise with the O’Meara family on the death of Liam O’Meara, The Lake who passed away last week. May he rest in peace.

 

Lorrha GAA Club would like to wish all our players, members and supporters a Happy Christmas.

                                            

                                                      On The Dry. One Month. No Alcohol.

                                                     Make January a Month to Remember.

                                                                    www.onthedry.ie

 

Hi there all readers of LorrhaDorrha website

 

We’re kicking off our On The Dry challenge for January and we thought this would be right up the street of your readers in those post Christmas days 26th to 31st December (or early Jan). On The Dry challenges people to give up alcohol for one month while raising funds for the Irish Heart Foundation.

December tends to be a very social time, so we’re hoping that giving up alcohol not only gives the body a break but it also lets people to spend more time with family and friends, try new activities or just enjoy their Sunday mornings!

For example, 92% of participants last year reported feeling ‘better’ or ‘much better’ having gone On The Dry while 88% have said they’ll be doing it again in 2016.
On The Dry is also supported by 2FM who are helping to spread the word and you will see our photocall photo attached with the inimitable Father Ted star Frank Kelly.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in contact.
Kindest regards,

Caroline Cullen

Irish Heart Foundation

Mob: 086-6049282

 

NO FEE 13 On The Dry IHF (2)

 


Lorrha Notes

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2016 Lorrha Calendar.

There is still plenty of time to purchase a copy of the 2016 Lorrha/Dorrha Parish Calendar which is on sale throughout the parish and also in Portumna and Borrisokane. If you would like to have a copy posted to you, call (086) 8647166 or email info@lorrhadorrha.ie Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns committee would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas with many blessings throughout the new year.

Carol Service Reminder.

An Ecumenical Carol Service will be held in St. Ruadhan’s C.O.I.Lorrha on Thursday 17th December at 8pm. Mulled wine and minced pies will be served afterwards. All are very welcome to attend.

Children’s Disco.

A children’s Christmas Disco in aid of C.F. Irl. will be held on Sunday 20th December in the GAA clubhouse from 6 to 8.00pm. There will be a special visitor on the night coming all the way from the North Pole. Entry fee €5 family discount includes entry fee per child plus free entry into a draw which will include passes to “Tearaways” and more too. There will also be face painting on the night. All money raised will go to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. Your support will be appreciated.

Important Notice.

This is an important notice concerning property owners of Redwood Bog who have a continued interest in cutting turf and retaining their ownership rights. Please contact John on (086) 8777705 for an update on recent developments before Tuesday 22nd December 2015.

News from Lorha School

Congratulations and well done to our two book winners in the Portumna Library Art competition          Chloe Kennedy and Caoimhe O’Meara. The girls received their winnings at a prize giving ceremony on 2nd Dec. which was held in the library. Well done girls.

Knitting

Kintting classes commenced recently and our thanks to all the adults who volunteered to come along to the school and get involved in this event.

Swimming:

The annual swimming lessons have now finished in Birr Leisure centre. Our thanks to the life guards who were brilliant with the pupils and to Marion in Birr Leisure Centre.

Green Flag.

Sean Hartigan from An Taisce visited the school recently and took the pupils on a nature walk around the village. He was most encouraging and knowledgeable about nature all around us as we walk or cycle to school or for pleasure, reminding the pupils of what we can see, smell and hear. It was a most informative and enjoyable time for all the pupils as we continue with our efforts to secure our Fourth green Flag, the theme of which is travel.

Sympathy.

All in Scoil Lua Naofa extend our sympathy to our Resource teacher Mr.Hogan on the death of his grandfather Paschal Harty, Cloughjourdan recently. RIP

Gratitude.

Many thanks to Lorrha Variety Group for staging the comedy “Drinking Habits” for an extra night performance, to all who supported the night and to the Parents Association for organising the night. The proceeds will be put to good use in the school.

Church News.

Daily Mass in Lorrha Church will be at 9.30a.m. – not 7.30p.m.as usual.
Youth 2000 National Christmas Retreat will be taking place from 18th – 20th December 2015 at  Newbridge College, Newbridge, Co Kildare. This is a fantastic annual Catholic youth event which attracts around 600 -700 people each year from all over Ireland. Contact National Office on 01 6753690 or email Dublin@youth2000.ie .
The Christmas Reconciliation Service takes place on Monday 21st December at 8pm in St Peter & Paul’s Church, Borrisokane. It will be led by newly ordained native of Crinkill, Fr. Michael Geraghty and as usual a number of priests will be available for confession. All choir members are requested to attend.

Invitation.

Redwood NS would like to invite all preschoolers and toddlers along with their parents / grandparents into the school on the following date Fri, 18th Dec @ 11 a.m. – Christmas Carols & Special Guest Santa!!! This event free of charge and everybody is most welcome! Please join us for some Christmas fun and entertainment!!

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

We would like to wish all our members a happy and peaceful Christmas and good health in the New Year. On Wednesday 16th we will get together for our Christmas party. All members welcome. We will return on 13th of January and we look forward to seeing you all there.

Christmas Carols.

Rathcabbin National School will present Christmas Carols and Nativity Play this Wednesday 16th December at 7.00p.m.  in Rathcabbin Church.  All are very welcome.

Christmas Party.

The Annual Christmas Party will be held in St.Kieran’s Nursing Home on Sunday coming 20th December at 2pm. Everyone welcome.

Winter De-Clutter.

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

Defibrillator Training Course Reminder.

Now that the village of Lorrha has a defibrillator, we need people within the Lorrha village and surrounding areas (Abbeyville, Carrigahorig, Curragha, Portland, and Redwood)  to train as Cardiac First Responders.  If anyone, young and not so young, is interested in taking part in a CPR training course, could they please give their names to Nancy on 087 761 3458.  The course will be held in the Community Hall in Lorrha and the cost is €10. per person.
Course’s.

Interested in Training and Working in Healthcare? Offaly Local Development Company in association with SOLAS/ETB invites applications for a 6 month full-time FETAC Level 5 “Healthcare Support” course commencing in Birr, February 2016. You are welcome to make informal enquiries to 087 738 5989.

Offaly Local Development Company are running a FETAC level 4 Landscaping & Horticulture Local Training Initiative in St. Rynagh’s College of Further Education, Banagher. It is a 26 week full-time programme ,commencing February 2016.

For further information please contact Roy/Imelda on 087 6835561

Portumna & District Lions Club Church Gate Collection – Christmas 2015

Portumna & District Lions Club’s annual church gate collection will take place on both Saturday, 19th & Sunday, 20th December. It’s busier than ever this year and if you are able to contribute in any way: We Thank You!


Lorrha Notes

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The Hogan family pictured with Seán (centre) at the launch of his first book ‘Rabbitt and Paul’ which was launched recently in Birr Theatre and Arts Centre.  Parents Joan and Ken with Brian, Cian, Colm and Aoife helping to celebrate the wonderful occasion. We wish Seán the best of luck with this venture.

Results.

Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns committee wish to thank everyone who helped in whatever way to make the Christmas market and Auction on Sunday last the success that it was. Our thanks to all who donated items and to the many who turned up on the day and purchased items. To all who sold and purchased tickets for the raffle, volunteers who offered to help and all the stall holders who came to sell their wares. Without your continued good will and support, this could not be done. Terry Heenan was the winner of the food hamper in the raffle while the five remaining prize winners were Gerry Needham, Mike Brennan, Gary Hogan, Teresa Dillon, Violet Harding. The popular guess the weight of the cake was won by Eileen Mannion while Ann Brennan was the winner of the Treasure Hunt. Well done to one and all and sincere thanks again.

2016 Lorrha Calendar.

There is still plenty of time to post a copy of the 2016 Lorrha/Dorrha Parish Calendar to loved ones wherever they may be in the world. The calendar is on sale throughout the parish and also in Portumna and Borrisokane. If you would like to have a copy posted to you, call (086) 8647166 or email info@lorrhadorrha.ie

First aid Course
A first aid course will be run in Rathcabbin Hall on Monday next Dec 14th 2015 by Birr First responders group at a cost of €35 . A  comprehensive handbook comes with this course. Please book your place at Kellys shop or text 087. 2140412.

Christmas Party.

North Tipperary Ploughing will hold their annual Christmas party on Saturday night 12th December in Paddy’s Terryglass. Numbers please by Friday 11th to Denis on (087) 7793719. Please note that orders will be taken at 7.30pm on the night with the meal served at 8pm sharp.

Carol Service.

An Ecumenical Carol Service will be held in St. Ruadhan’s C.O.I.Lorrha on Thursday 17th December at 8pm. Mulled wine and minced pies will be served afterwards. All are very welcome to attend.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to Theresa Dillon and family, Lorrha  also the O’Meara and Cahalan families on the death of Theresa’s aunt Nora Murphy, Aglish, nee Hough, wife of the late James, late of Sharragh, Rathcabbin. After funeral Mass in Aglish Church on Friday last 4th. burial took place in Lorrha Cemetery. May she rest in peace.
Sympathy is also extended to Mary Coen and family Lorrha on the death of her Aunt which occurred in England last week. May she rest in peace.
Sympathy is extended to Jim Hynes Portumna on the death of his wife Mary T. on Friday 4th. After funeral Mass in St. Brigid’s Church Portumna on Monday last, burial took place in Abbey Cemetery. May she rest in peace.
Church News.

Choir Practice in preparation for Advent & Christmas on Thursday night 10th at 8.00pm in Rathcabbin Church.
The Christmas Reconciliation Service takes place on Monday 21st December at 8pm in St Peter & Paul’s Church, Borrisokane. It will be led by newly ordained native of Crinkill, Fr. Michael Geraghty and as usual a number of priests will be available for confession. All choir members are requested to attend.

Lorrha Student Competing in Young Scientist.

“Does coding help problem solving in maths”?  This is the name of the project which two Portumna Community School students Eoin Gallagher and Stephen Conroy are trying to find out.  Eoin and his partner in this project Stephen Conroy are one of five groups from Portumna Community School  who have qualified for the Young Scientist competition to be held in early January in the RDS, Dublin. They are carrying out a study to determine if students’ mathematical ability can be improved through exercises in computer coding.  Eoin is son of Rodney and Antoinette, Grange, Lorrha and is a former pupil of Lorrha N.S. where it all began. Good luck lads.

Reminder.

Lorrha Variety Group will perform ‘Drinking Habits’  this Wednesday night December 9th. Doors open at 8pm with curtains up at 8.30pm. Admission:  adults €10, children €5. This performance is a fundraiser for Lorrha N.S. and is organised by the Parents Association. Your support will be much appreciated.

Christmas Party.

The Annual Christmas Party will be held in St.Kieran’s Nursing Home on Sunday 20th December at 2pm. Everyone welcome.

Invitation.

Redwood NS would like to invite all preschoolers and toddlers along with their parents / grandparents into the school on the following dates:

Fri, 11th Dec at 11 a.m. – Author / Storyteller Liam Farrell ‘ The True Story of the Three Little Pigs’ Fri, 18th Dec at 11 a.m. – Christmas Carols & Special Guest Santa!!!

All events are free of charge and everybody is most welcome! Please join us for some Christmas fun and entertainment!!

Winter De-Clutter.

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

Defibrillator Training Course.

Now that the village of Lorrha has a defibrillator, we need people within the Lorrha village and surrounding areas (Abbeyville, Carrigahorig, Curragha, Portland, and Redwood)  to train as Cardiac First Responders.  If anyone, young and not so young, is interested in taking part in a CPR training course, could they please give their names to Nancy on 087 761 3458.  The course will be held in the Community Hall in Lorrha and the cost is €10. per person.

Course’s.

Interested in Training and Working in Healthcare? Offaly Local Development Company in association with SOLAS/ETB invites applications for a 6 month full-time FETAC Level 5 “Healthcare Support” course commencing in Birr, February 2016. You are welcome to make informal enquiries to 087 738 5989.

Offaly Local Development Company are running a FETAC level 4 Landscaping & Horticulture Local Training Initiative in St. Rynagh’s College of Further Education, Banagher. It is a 26 week full-time programme ,commencing February 2016.

For further information please contact Roy/Imelda on 087 6835561