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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

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Rathcabbin Players Secretary Fiona Kennedy will travel to the Special Olympics in Los Angeles in July as a volunteer and to help her with her fundraising drive for the trip, Rathcabbin Players staged an extra night recently of “Wild Goose Chase” and presented the proceeds which amounted to €2,100 to Fiona after the performance. Pictured here presenting the cheque are the cast and Director. From left Eamonn Smyth, Fiona Kennedy, Tadhg Nevin (Chairman), Pat Kennedy, Brendan Dolan (Director). Back: Kevin Kennedy, Marguerite Walsh, Mark Carroll, Stacey Guinan, Mary Carroll, Des Clancy, Nancy Liffey.  

North Tipperary Ploughing Championships.

The 50th Anniversary of North Tipperary Ploughing Championships will take place this year on the lands of Sean and Carmel Lambe and family. Redwood. The site is ideally situated beside the main Birr to Portumna Road at Ballincur Cross, known locally as the top of New Line. The event gets under way with a parade of the tractors and ploughs in the field starting at 11.30am. for a 12 noon start and a blessing of the site will take place at 1.00p.m. All are welcome to a great day out for all the family.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

Following our A.G.M. on February 4th we elected the following committee. Chairman: Eamon Mannion. Deputy Chairman: John Craig. Secretary: Nancy White. Assistant Secretary: Teresa Donoghue. Treasurer: Tom Dagg. Assistant Treasurer: Betty Houlihan. P.R.O.: Mary Darcy. Committee members: Gaye Needham, Marie O’Meara, Nora O’Hara, Betty Reddish. We would like to say a huge thank you to our outgoing chairman. Well done Tim and all his committee for all the hard work on our behalf.

Community/Lenten Walks

The Parish Pastoral Council/Liturgy Group organize community walks which will take place during the six weeks of Lent will continue on Sunday March 1st with Assembly outside Rathcabbin Church at 2.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and experience the benefits of getting together.

Sincere Thanks.

Rathcabbin Players wish to offer thanks to all who supported in whatever way their 30th Anniversary production of “Wild Goose Chase”.  Without your valued support we would not have had the success that we enjoyed with this comedy.

Redwood N.S Open Evening.

We are holding our open evening on Thursday, 12th March from 6 pm – 8 pm. It is a great opportunity for families to view the school, speak with the teachers and view the wide range of resources available to students. All are welcome, do come along! Our opening hours are changing from September 2015. The school will be open for pupils to arrive from 8.30 am in the morning with classes starting for all at 8.50 am. School will finish at 1.30pm for the infant classes and 2.30 pm for all other classes. ** Please Note** There is an optional afterschool pick-up service available to the school by a registered childcare facility. For up to date news on all activities happening in the school, please log on to our website www.redwoodns.ie

Lorrha Camogie Club.

Membership is now due for all players and should be paid Wednesday evening at underage and junior training. Prices are as follows: U-18: €20, Non-player:€30, Students:€40, Adult players:€60, Family(2 adults & 2 children):€90

Junior Camogie: Training continues Wednesday evening at 7.30 pm. A full turnout of the panel is required at this training ahead of our first league match this Sunday 1st March v Burgess in the Burgess grounds at 3pm. If any player cannot make training this Wednesday evening, you must contact trainer John Harding asap 086 6797103

U-16/U-14

Training continues Wednesday evenings at 6pm and Saturday mornings at 11am. New players welcome, a full turnout of players at all training sessions is essential.

Facebook Page

Please keep updated on matches, training and club news on our facebook page- Lorrha Camogie Club.

Fundraising Table Quiz.

Rathcabbin NS Parent Association with hold a fundraising table quiz in Kellys Rathcabbin on Friday 6th March. More details next week.

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 Spring  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. 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.

Courses.

Portumna College of Further Education commences its level 5 Healthcare Support course on Monday 2nd March at 10am. Horticulture Level 4 also on offer with continuous intake. New computer e-learning course starting soon. 090-9741946


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Lorrha Students Participate in Ireland Most Acclaimed Youth Orchestras.

Pupils from Lorrha School will participate in this year’s Peace Proms concert which will take place in U.L. on Saturday 28th February. This major event is a wonderful occasion and a special day for the Lorrha students as Peace Proms is a choral education project for Primary Schools run by the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI). Peace Proms engages children and young people in music and enriches their lives through exceptional musical experiences and performances. Established in 1995 as a peace initiative it is now composed of 120 young people from all over Ireland – north and south. The CBOI is internationally recognised as one of Ireland’s flagship peace initiatives and has become one of the most acclaimed youth orchestras that Ireland has ever produced. Front from left: Amy Clarke, Katie Kennedy, Ceri McGrath, Blathnaid Bennett, Chloe Mannion, Kian Claffey, Conor Kennedy, Niall Duggan, Caoimhe Claffey.  Back: Ronan Shewbridge, Sarah Mannion, Kayla Boons, Lisa Duggan, Aaron Duffy, Cian Mannion, Lee Reddan, Colm Fogarty, Tom Duggan, Keeva Duffy, Ryan Clarke, Hannah O’Meara, Adam Walsh. At rear is Lochlann McGrath, Caoimhe O’Meara, Ronan O’Meara.

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Portumna Community School students and to the two parish lads, Michael Dolan (top photo) and George Harding who had significant leading roles in the schools recent show  “Back to the 80’s”.  Well done lads and to all the parish students who were part of the show.

News From Lorrha School.

Well done to our pupils who recently participated in the Borrisokane Credit Union quiz which was enjoyed by all. Our under 13 team consisted of Caoimhe Claffey, Caoimhe O’Meara, Tom Duggan, Colm Fogarty while our under 11 team was Lochlann McGrath, Sheena Claffey, Sarah Mannion, Lisa Duggan. Both teams put in a great performance on the night.

Sympathy.

Rathcabbin Players wish to extend sympathy to their director Brendan Dolan, Banagher on the death of his father Martin, Cuba Avenue, which occurred on Monday 9th February. After funeral Mass in St. Rynagh’s Church Banagher on Thursday 12th burial took place in the local cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Sympathy is extended to Emily Hogan and family Roden on the sudden death of her father Gerard (Cyril) Hackett Geashill which occurred on Wednesday Feb. 4th. After funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church Raheen, on Saturday 7th burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Church News.

Wednesday18th February is Ash Wednesday. Blessing and distribution of ashes in Lorrha Church at  9.30am.  Rathcabbin Church Mass at 7.30pm. Stations of the Cross will be prayed before all Masses during Lent. We would encourage you to come along twenty minutes before Mass to participate in this devotion.

Community/Lenten Walks

For the purpose of creating an opportunity for people to meet, interact and enjoy outdoor exercise, the Parish Pastoral Council/Liturgy Group has decided to organize community walks during the six weeks of Lent.  The first of these walks takes place next Sunday, 22nd Feb. Assembly point, Community Hall, Lorrha at 2.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and experience the benefits of getting together.  Refreshments will be served in the hall afterwards.

Good Luck.

Best of luck to Caoimhe Kennedy and the Tipperary senior camogie squad who commence their league campaign with a home game against neighbours Offaly on Sunday 22nd in The Ragg Camogie pitch at 2.30pm. This will be an important game for Tipperary who are under new management. See preview on game elsewhere in this paper.

Rathcabbin N.S. Open Evening.

Rathcabbin N.S. open evening for new students and their parents for Sept 2015 will take place on Tuesday 24th of February at the school from 6pm to 8 pm. All welcome.

Lorrha Lads Star in Back to the 80’s.

Well done to Portumna Community School student’s and to the two parish lads, Michael Dolan and George Harding who had significant leading roles in the schools recent show  “Back to the 80’s”. The show was performed to packed halls on three occasions, receiving a standing ovation each time. Well done again lads.

Redwood N.S Open Evening.

Redwood N.S. open evening will take place on Thursday, 12th March 2015 from 6pm – 8pm. A fantastic opportunity to visit the school, speak to the teachers and view the extensive range of facilities available to students.  Come Along, all are welcome! *Please note* New opening times for September 2015 – School will open at 8.30am and all classes will start at 8.50 am and finish at 1.30pm(Junior classes) and 2.30pm for all other classes.

A Dream Has Come True

John and Aileen Duggan from Co. Meath along with their extended family in Lorrha wish to thank everyone who signed the online petition that helped John secure the vital drug Soliris that he needs. With this drug John can go on to lead a normal life, one without fear of what will happen next. Describing the announcement that the HSE would fund the drug as a “dream has come through”, Aileen says that they would “ never have got to this day without all of you who have been an amazing support and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts”. We all wish John the very best of luck in the future and are delighted with this success story, and the power of people.

Camogie Club.

Juniors Training continues every Wednesday at 7.30pm and Saturday at 6pm U-14, U-16 Training every Wednesday at 6pm and Saturday at 11am Registration Registration is now due for all players and can be paid this Wed or next Wed evening after training. Prices: U18’s – €20, Non players- €30, Students – €40, Adult players- €60, Family membership (2adults & 2children) €90.

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 Spring  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. 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.

Induction Day.

Portumna College of Further Education will host an Induction day on Fri 20th of Feb at 2pm for all interested in pursuing the recently publicised Level 5 Healthcare Support course incorporating Care Skills, Care of the Older Person etc. For all enquiries or to add your name to the list call 090-9741946.

Love Songs & Sonnets — Friday, Feb 20th at 8pm, Church of Ireland Portumna 

Join Portumna Arts Group and guests for a night of Love Songs and Sonnets to celebrate the love in the air that February brings. Participants include Matrimony Melodies, Ava Downey, Treenie Hogan-Canning, Dave Gradwell and Laura Browne with love sonnets from Shakespeare to Heaney read by local guests and writers. A varied mixed bag of entertainment guaranteed in Portumna’s Church of Ireland. Admission: €8

Poetry Reading

Following the “Love Songs & Sonnets” event,  Rhymes and Poems in Horan’s Bar on Friday Feb 20th from 9.30 pm. Join members of the Pen Pushers, The Maple Poets and friends from Baffle and Nenagh for a selection of poetry and rhyme and an odd song too. Bring a poem you like to read or write a new poem to celebrate February, St Valentine’s Day or Spring!

Energy Saving Grant Scheme.

Lorrha Rathcabbin Energy Team following the very successful completion of the 2014 Energy Saving retrofit grant scheme from SEAI are progressing the scheme for 2015. LRET with support from North Tipp Leader Partnership is now taking names of householders, community buildings and businesses to retrofit their premises in 2015. A 50% grant available for Community Buildings. 30% for households and businesses. Up to 100% if in receipt of fuel allowance or Family Income Supplement or on Job Seekers Allowance longer than 6 months and with children under 7 years of age. An application form to assess qualification is available by calling Alan on 0892475793 or e-mail alanmad54@gmail.com  or marcdt14@gmail.com or fill out the form on www.energycommunities.worldpress.com website. Completed Application Forms must be returned to Marc Tanner, North Tipp. Leader, 2nd Floor, Friars Court. Nenagh.

St. Vincent De Paul Thanks.

The Birr and Banagher branch of St Vincent de Paul would like to thank the parishioners in Lorrha, Rathcabbin and Redwood for donating all the food and gifts from your ‘Giving Tree’ to us here in Banagher and Birr. Your contributions are gratefully received, appreciated and enabled us to help the needy over the winter months.             Go raibh maith agaibh go léir.

Text Alert Security System.

If you wish to join Text Alert  in our Community, please fill in special form available from any member of Community Alert as soon as possible. This service is up and running and is keeping our community safe.


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Enjoying the entertainment supplied by pupils from Lorrha School on Grandparents Day which was held on Wed 28th Jan was Kitty Kennedy, Maura Dooley, Marie O’Meara.

Late Maisie Dolan.

The peaceful death occurred on Saturday 24th January of Maisie Dolan, Lissernane, Rathcabbin. Nee Coughlan from Coolderry, Maisie was born in 1932 to Joe and Bridget the eldest daughter of seven children. She moved to Rathcabbin at a young age to live with her Aunt Margaret, where she worked the farm and attended Lorrha National School.  She settled into the area helped by great neighbours and friends.  She married Willie Dolan from Lusmagh in 1957 and raised a family of eight children.

A hardworking, proud, loyal, ambitious and deeply religious woman, she loved farming and was an active member within the community. Maisie developed Dementia and Parkinson’s disease some years ago and her husband Willie and daughter Sadie cared for her at home but when her illness progressed and required specialised care she moved to St Kieran’s Nursing Home in 2011. Her time in the nursing home was enjoyable helped by the great care she received.  She was also surrounded by other local residents and had regular contact with the community, family and friends.

Pre-deceased by her daughters Nuala and Marion, Brothers John Joe (Roscrea), Mick (Dublin) and sister Annette (Dublin), she will be missed by all who knew her but in particular by her family where her parting is a huge loss to all of them.  Sympathy is extended to her husband Willie, sons Joe (Rathcabbin) Liam (Naas) daughters Sadie (Rathcabbin ) Colette (Sydney) Annette (Nottingham) and Lorraine (Claregalway) . daughters -in -law , sons – in – law, grandchildren, Leo, Michael, James, Paul, Niall, Neve, Caitlin and Luke , brother Ted (New York), sisters Bridie Cosgrove (Shinrone), Teresa Baker (Manchester), neices , nephews , neighbours  relatives and friends . After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Thursday 29th burial took place in Bonoham Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Late Billy Lewis.

There was great sadness in the parish last week when news broke of the death of Billy Lewis, Gurteen, Rathcabbin. A quiet unassuming man who enjoyed life, Billy too was a hard worker who always had time for his family and took great pride in watching and helping the next generation start out in life and was always willing to help and advise if he was needed. He loved to chat and when anyone called to see him they got a cuppa, a welcome and a late night. He was pre-deceased by his daughter Tina, son baby Thomas and his grandson baby Jamie. Sympathy is extended to his wife Madeleine, daughters Mary (Cork), Madeleine (Rathcabbin), Veronica (Banagher), Noreen, Carmel (Lorrha), Sarah (Rathcabbin), sons Ray (Portumna), Liam, Thomas, Brian (Rathcabbin), Edward (Portumna), daughters – in- law, sons – in – law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, godchildren, relatives, friends and neighbours on their sad loss. His funeral Mass was celebrated in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Friday morning January 30th and burial took place in Bonaham Cemetery afterwards. May he rest in peace.

Late Daniel Rushe.

The death took place on Wednesday January 28th of Dan Rushe, Ballymacegan, Lorrha. In his 86th year, Dan came from Glenamaddy in Co. Galway and took up residence on a farm in Ballymacegan in 1971 along with his late wife and his young family. He was a quiet man with little to say but he read a lot and he loved music when time allowed. He worked hard on the land and was always willing to help out a neighbor when the need arose. He retired in ’95 and it was then that he had the time to pursue his reading and music interests. Unfortunately, Dan developed Parkinson’s disease some years back which was to take him into poor health.  Pre-deceased by his wife Margaret four years previously, he is survived by his son Michael, daughters Mary and Catherine, daughter- in-law Ruby, sons-in-law Noel and Tony, sister Margaret, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends to whom sympathy is offered. After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha on Saturday Jan. 31st burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Art & German Classes

Art & Craft for children (5 years up) on Saturdays at 3.30pm and 5pm, German through fun at 2pm, starting on January 31st.

Drawing for children (9 years up) on Thursdays at 6.30pm, starting on 29th January in Bramble Art Studio, Lorrha. Please contact Ute: 087-9151356

Redwood NS achieves Active Flag Status

The teachers and pupils of Redwood NS were delighted to learn that they had achieved Active Flag status early in the new year following a rigorous inspection prior to Christmas. The “Active Flag” initiative is a project by Mayo Education Centre and endorsed by the Department of Education. It promotes an active lifestyle through healthy eating and embraces being active as part of daily life.

Redwood NS have been working towards achieving this flag for over two years. The pupils have participated in a great variety of sport including gymnastics, zumba, cycling, swimming, yoga, rugby, karate, tennis, boot camp, hurling, football, athletics, soccer and basketball to mention but a few! Pupils and teachers have taken part in “Active Schools Week” and have had “active school tours” over the past two years. Pupils have also taken part in “Food Dudes”, a programme that involves healthy eating and developing healthy eating habits. We would like to thank all those who helped us along the way including our parent body, The Irish Heart Foundation, The Engine Room, Portumna & Borrisokane Athletic Club. We will raise our Active Flag later in the year.

Church News.

Friday, 6th 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 Communion in Rathcabbin Church at 7.30p.m.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday 10am to 10pm in Rathcabbin Church. All parishioners are invited to come and stay awhile in the presence of Jesus.

Energy Saving Grant Scheme.

Lorrha Rathcabbin Energy Team following the very successful completion of the 2014 Energy Saving retrofit grant scheme from SEAI are progressing the scheme for 2015. LRET with support from North Tipp Leader Partnership is now taking names of householders, community buildings and businesses to retrofit their premises in 2015. A 50% grant available for Community Buildings. 30% for households and businesses. Up to 100% if in receipt of fuel allowance or Family Income Supplement or on Job Seekers Allowance longer than 6 months and with children under 7 years of age. An application form to assess qualification is available by calling Alan on 0892475793 or e-mail alanmad54@gmail.com  or marcdt14@gmail.com or fill out the form on www.energycommunities.worldpress.com website. Completed Application Forms must be returned by 11th Feb. 2015 to Marc Tanner, North Tipp. Leader, 2nd Floor, Friars Court. Nenagh.

Lorrha N.S. Enrolment.

Scoil Lua Naofa Lorrha is now enrolling pupils for September 2015. If you would like information about enrolling or an Enrolment Application Form, please call to the school. Alternatively  you can also contact the school on (090) 9747295, email scoilluanaofa@eircom.net or you can down load the Enrolment Application Form from the school web site www.lorrhans.ie

Reminder.

After a very successful three nights last week-end, Rathcabbin Players would like to remind patrons  that this coming week-end is the last chance to see  the 30th Anniversary production of Derek Benfield’s  three act comedy ‘Wild Goose Chase’.  The group are back on stage from Thursday Feb. 5th to 8th incl. at 8.30pm sharp in Rathcabbin Hall.  As there is great interest in this play, you are advised to book early to secure your seat on (087) 2360 096.

Lower Ormond Cycling Club.

A reminder that the Lower Ormond Cycling club are looking for new members. Based in Borrisokane, the club includes and welcomes members from all the surrounding areas. If you have an interest in cycling and would like to cycle as part of an organised group on a regular basis, we’d like to hear from you. Beginners welcome and will be catered for with shorter routes. Helmets are compulsory. For further details please contact James on 086 8109099.

 

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. 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.

Courses.

Portumna College of Further Education will be running FETAC/QQI Healthcare Support Level 5 incorporating Care Skills, Care Support, Care of the Older Person etc. Beginners Computers classes held every Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9.45am to 12.30pm. Further information from the college on 090-9741946 or 087-6258696

Smile Awhile and Laugh a Little Every Day.

The mother-in-law arrives home from the shops to find her son-in-law Paddy in a steaming rage and hurriedly packing his suitcase.

“What happened Paddy?” she asks anxiously.

“What happened?? I’ll tell you what happened! I sent an e-mail to my wife telling her I was coming home today from my fishing trip. I get home … and guess what I found? Yes, your daughter, my wife Jean, kissing Joe Murphy.

This is unforgivable, the end of our marriage. I’m done. I’m leaving forever!”

“Ah now, calm down, calm down Paddy!” says his mother-in-law. “There is something very odd going on here. Jean would never do such a thing! There must be a simple explanation.

I’ll go speak to her immediately and find out what happened.”

Moments later, the mother-in-law comes back with a big smile.

“Paddy. I told you there must be a simple explanation … she never got your e-mail!”

 


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Late Eileen White

There was much sadness in the Lorrha area in the past week with the passing of Eileen White (nee Corrigan) Portland in her 86th year.   Eileen was well known to all and was a quiet and always smiling, friendly lady who never complained. Eileen was predeceased by her husband Jack in 1981. She suffered a stroke 21 years ago and had been cared for in her daughter Patricia’s home since then, where she was always surrounded by her family. She passed away there on Monday January 19th.

She enjoyed going to the Day Care Centre in Portumna and always loved a journey. If there was a car going anywhere, she wanted to be in it. Her health declined two years ago and Eileen became confined to her home where she still enjoyed the many, many visitors that she had. She will be sadly missed by all but in particular by her family.

Sympathy is extended to her daughters Carmel Molloy, Marie Whyte & Patricia Cunningham. Her Sons-In-Law Christy & Jimmy, her granddaughters, Eleanor, Loretta, Paula, Alva, Edel & Michelle and her great grandchildren Niamh, Sean & Caitlin. Her sisters Judy (Tynagh), Kathleen (Loughrea), Chris (Dublin), Nance (Loughrea), her brother Murt Corrigan (Portland) and her nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and neighbours.

Her remains were removed from Dignity Retirement Village on Thursday, 22nd Jan for Funeral Mass at St. Ruadhans Church, Lorrha and burial took place afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. May her Gentle Soul Rest in Peace.

Late Ann Kennedy.

The death occurred on Tuesday January 20th of Ann Kennedy, Lusmagh and formerly Ravakeen and Cullagh, Rathcabbin. Nee Madden, Ann was predeceased by her husband Denis in 1987. Having  resided in the parish for many years, when Denis passed away, Ann moved back home to Lusmagh twenty five years ago. In recent years she resided in Elmgrove Nursing home in Birr where she passed away peacefully at the age of 85. Sympathy is extended to her nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Following funeral Mass in St. Cronan’s Church Lusmagh on Thursday 22nd burial took place in Aglish Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of the late Ann Hough, Townsent St. Birr, wife of the late Willie, formally Ballymacegan, Lorrha, which occurred on Friday 23rd January. After funeral Mass in St. Brendan’s Church Birr on Monday 26th burial took place in Clonoghill Cemetery, Birr. May she rest in peace.

Funeral Arrangements.

The remains of the late Maisie Dolan Lissernane, Rathcabbin will be reposing at her home on Wednesday 28th from 3.00 to 6.00p.m. with removal to Rathcabbin Church for 7.30p.m. Funeral Mass on Thursday morning at 11.30am followed by burial in Bonoham Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Church News.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday 10am to 10pm in Rathcabbin Church. All parishioners are invited to come and stay awhile in the presence of Jesus.

Art & German Classes

Art & Craft for children (5 years up) on Saturdays at 3.30pm and 5pm, German through fun at 2pm, starting on January 31st for 6 weeks.

Drawing for children (9 years up) on Thursdays at 6.30pm, starting on 29th January in Bramble Art Studio, Lorrha , for 8 weeks. Please contact Ute: 087-9151356 or 090-9747127.Early booking advisable.

Lines Open.

The phone line to book your seats for Rathcabbin Players three act comedy ‘Wild Goose Chase’ 30th Anniversary production is now open on (087) 2360 096.  The play will be staged in Rathcabbin Hall from Friday 30th January to Sunday Feb. 1st and from Thursday Feb. 5th to 8th incl. at 8.30pm sharp. As there is great interest in this play, you are advised to book early to secure your seat.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

On February 4th we have our A.G.M. This is your opportunity to vote in our new committee. We would like to see all our members present. We continue to meet every Wednesday at 2.30p.m. in Lorrha hall. We are now planning a Christmas meal in The Thatch in Ballycommon and hope you will all come. As booking is required please give your name to Barry at (086) 8143002. We wish all our members a happy and healthy new year.

Lower Ormond Cycling Club.

The Lower Ormond Cycling club are looking for new members. Based in Borrisokane, the club includes and welcomes members from all the surrounding areas. If you have an interest in cycling and would like to cycle as part of an organised group on a regular basis, we’d like to hear from you. Our first outing will be Sun Feb 1st meeting at Library in Borrisokane at 9.30am. Beginners welcome and will be catered for with shorter routes. Helmets are compulsory. For further details please contact James on 086 8109099.

 

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. 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.

Courses.

Portumna College of Further Education will be running FETAC/QQI Healthcare Support Level 5 incorporating Care Skills, Care Support, Care of the Older Person etc. Registration will be on 26th and 27th of January. Beginners Computer Classes will be held every Tuesday and Friday from 11am-1pm. Further Information from the college. 090-9741946 or 087-6258696.

Smile Awhile & Laugh A Little Every Day.

Hospital regulations require a wheel chair for patients being discharged. However, a student nurse found one elderly gentleman already dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet, who insisted he didn’t need my help to leave the hospital. After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let the young nurse wheel him to the elevator. On the way down she asked him if his wife was meeting him. ‘I don’t know,’ he said. ‘She’s still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown.’
                                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Denise couldn’t think of anything to say to Eamonn !!!!!

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North Tipperary Ploughing Chairman Eamon Murphy talks about their 50th Anniversary championships coming up on March 1st with Vice Chairman James Hough.

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Members of Rathcabbin Players Reading from their forthcoming comedy Wild Goose Chase for Tipp FM’s Down Your Way which will be aired this Thursday night 22nd & again Saturday morning. The Players celebrate their 30th Anniversary this year. Play will be staged  from Friday 30th to Sunday Feb. 1st and from Thursday Feb. 5th to 8th incl. at 8.30pm sharp. This hilarious comedy has a large cast that will have you laughing all night and for days afterwards. Booking from Jan. 23rd on (087) 2360 096

Polishing Process.

Rathcabbin Players are putting the polishing touches to their 30th Anniversary production of the Derek Benfield three act comedy ‘Wild Goose Chase’.  The play will be staged in Rathcabbin Hall from Friday 30th to Sunday Feb. 1st and from Thursday Feb. 5th to 8th incl. at 8.30pm sharp. This hilarious comedy has a large cast that will have you laughing all night and for days afterwards. Booking from Jan. 23rd on (087) 2360 096 so make it a date for Rathcabbin  Hall.

Full Steam Ahead.

North Tipperary Ploughing Association held their AGM on Friday night last in Rathcabbin Hall and outgoing officers were returned on block. President: Eileen Duffy, Vice President: John Slattery, Chairman: Eamon Murphy, Vice Chairman: James Hough, Secretary: Denis Cahalan, Assistant Secretary: Kevin Kennedy, Treasurer: Tom Duffy, Assistant Treasurer: Ray Clancy, N.P.A. Director Dinny Duffy.  It’s full steam ahead for the 50th Anniversary championships which will take place on Sunday March 1st on the lands of Sean and Carmel Lambe and family, Ballincur Cross, Lorrha, by kind permission. The committee are looking for a programme of the 1933 National Ploughing Championshais which were held in Clondalkin, Co. Dublin. If anyone has a programme they can loan or know of where there might be one, please call the Secretary Denis Cahalan on (087) 7793719. The programme will be returned.

Down Your Way.

A very successful recording of the popular Tipp FM programme ‘Down Your Way’ with presenter Eamonn O’Dwyer drew a large crowd to Kelly’s last in Rathcabbin. Thanks is extended to all who participated in the programme and to the Kelly family for hosting the event which marks the 30th Anniversary of Rathcabbin Players and the 50th Anniversary of North Tipp Ploughing. The programme will be broadcast this Thursday night 22nd from 7.00 to 8.00p.m. and will be repeated on Saturday morning 24th from 10.00 to 11.00am.. We hope you enjoy listening to this programme as much as we enjoyed making it.

 News From Lorrha School.

Nativity Play.Congratulations is extended to all the pupils who participated in the Christmas Eve Nativity play and to all the parents who helped and supported in so many ways.Knitting.Students and adult volunteers from the community are knitting mittens and hats for the special Care Babies in Ballinasloe and Limerick hospitals. Some will also be sent to the Missions.  If anyone would like to join us, please feel free to come to the school any Thursday between 2 and 3pm. You will be very welcome.After School Activities.Pre-School Speech and Drama commenced in the school after the Christmas break and there has been a great response to this activity.  Guitar, keyboard, and German classes have recommenced, see www.lorrhans.ie for dates and times.Peace Proms.

Rehearsals are in full swing in the school for the forthcoming Peace Proms concert which will be held in Limerick next month. A pre-concert rehearsal took place in Limerick last Friday which was very enjoyable.

Church News.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday 10am to 10pm in Rathcabbin Church. All parishioners are invited to come and stay awhile in the presence of Jesus.

John Needs Your Support.

John Duggan has a rare, life threatening blood disorder called PHN which means he requires regular blood transfusions and the life expectancy of such patients is about five year. Grandson of the late Katie and Tom Duggan, Portland, Lorrha, John is a regular visitor to his uncles and cousins in the parish and is well known in the locality. He was diagnosed with this condition back in 2008/9 and was prescribed the drug Soliris (eculizumab) by his medical team three years ago, but to date he has not actually received Soliris. Without this drug, John’s life expectancy is a short one and with no other option available to him, the 33 year old is asking you to help him put pressure on the HSE and the Government to fund this drug. You can help John by logging onto www.change.org, search for John Duggan and sign the online support petition. Every bit of support John can get is so important in hopefully getting the HSE and the Government to fund the drug. Please don’t leave it on the long finger before time runs out for John who asks that you act now and he appreciates your support at this difficult time for him and his family.

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. 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.

 Smile Awhile and Laugh a Little Every Day.

                                                                    This one is for you Caroline in Sandy Land!

A Dublin based teacher was testing her pupils in class to see if they understood the concept of getting to heaven.

She asked them, ‘ If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money to the church, would that get me into heaven?’

‘NO!’ the children answered.

‘If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the garden, and kept everything tidy, would that get me into heaven?’

Again, the answer was ‘NO!’

‘If I gave sweets to all the children, and loved my husband, would that get me into heaven?’

Again, they all answered ‘NO!’

The teacher was just bursting with pride for her young students. She continued, ‘Then how can I get into heaven?’

A little boy shouted out: ‘YUV GOTTA BE BLEEDIN’ DEAD MRS.’

                                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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The light aircraft carrying two adults and two children which developed engine failure and was forced to land in a field owned by Tim Reddan, Millform, Lorrha. The incident occurred on Christmas Eve as the family were on their way from England to Galway to visit relatives.

Church News.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday 10am to 10pm in Rathcabbin Church. All parishioners are invited to come and stay awhile in the presence of Jesus.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of the late Sally McCarthy, Cork, nee Sullivan, late of Coolross, Rathcabbin who died on January 5th. After funeral Mass in Timoleague Church on Wednesday 7th cremation took place at the Island Crematorium, Ringaskiddy. May she rest in peace.

Tipp FM Recording.

A Tipp FM recording of ‘Down Your Way’ will take place in Kelly’s Rathcabbin on Sunday 18th at 3p.m. This special recording will mark two notable events in the parish during 2015. The 30th Anniversary of Rathcabbin Players and the 50th Anniversary of North Tipperary Ploughing. There will also be individual recordings with music and craic the order of the day and evening. There’s an open invitation extended to all to come along and enjoy this special occasion. All are welcome.

Spring  De-Clutter.

Thinking of clearing out the wardrobe to make room for the Spring collection? Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Winter  months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Spring collection. We will accept any kind of bag or in bags provided by the committee. We can collect your unwanted items. Just call or text  (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (086) 8355405 with your name and details. 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.

Dance Classes.

Country and Western Dance Classes In Dooleys Hotel Birr every Tuesday at 8.30pm All Welcome (Jive,Quickstep,Foxtrot,Waltz)

Courses

Portumna College of Further Education has vacancies on the following courses: Horticulture Level 4/5; 5 places available. Retail Practice Level 4/5; 8 places available. Tourism with Business 8 places. Adult night classes also available in computers, Spanish, sewing/embroidery.  All courses beginning end of January.  All enquiries to the college on 090-9741946/ 0876258696 or michael.cunniffe@gretb.ie

Draw Results.

Lorrha Apostolic Work Society wish to extend thanks to all who supported their annual fundraising draw and the great generosity they received when they called to houses. The results are as follows:  1st Prize Hamper: John Madden, Church Park. 2nd. Meal Voucher: Sheila Coonan, Ballymacegan. 3rd. Bottle of Brandy: Colette Boucher, Lorrha, 4th. Box sweets: Riain Lane, Lorrha. 5th. Box Biscuits: T.T. c/o Carmel Lewis, Lorrha. 6th. Box Biscuits: Phyllis Kennedy, The Lake.

Smile Awhile & Laugh a Little Every Day. Two elderly gentlemen from a retirement centre were sitting on a bench under a tree when one turns to the other and says: ‘Slim, I’m 83 years old now and I’m just full of aches and pains. I know you’re about my age. How do you feel?’ Slim says, ‘I feel just like a newborn baby.’

‘Really!? Like a newborn baby!?’ ‘Yep. No hair, no teeth, and I think I just wet my pants.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Sister and brother Lisa and Tom Duggan secured a table at the Lorrha Development Christmas Market and Auction where they sold home made baking i.e Ginger Bread Houses, Rocky Roads etc as well as various other items. Both pupils in  Lorrha School, they are to be complimented for their initiative.  Well done to you both and keep up the good work.

Reminder.

You can still purchase a copy of the  2015 Lorrha Parish Calendar which is on sale throughout the parish. The calendar is packed from front cover to back with photographs from the past and the present. Proceeds from the sale of the calendar is used towards the upkeep of Lorrha Village. If you would like to have a copy posted to you please call (086) 8647166 or email info@lorrhadorrha.ie  Your support is much appreciated.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to the family of  Willie Joe Treacy, formerly of Dominic Street, Portumna, and London, currently of Portland, Lorrha who passed away peacefully on Friday December 26th. Private cremation took place at Mount Jerome Crematorium on Friday January 2nd. May he rest in peace.  Sympathy is extended to Linda Gill and family, Rathcabbin on the sudden and unexpected death of her sister Evelyn Ann Newton, Birr and formerly Aughrim, Ballinasloe who passed away on Tuesday 30th Dec. After Funeral Service in the Holy Trinity Church, Aughrim on Friday Jan 2nd burial took place in the adjoining Churchyard. May she rest in peace.
Church News.

Please note that there will be no Mass in Redwood Church on Saturday night 10th January. Mass as usual on Sunday the 11th at 10.00am in Lorrha and at 11.30am in Rathcabbin. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will recommence on Thursday 8th January in Rathcabbin Church from 10.00am to 10.00pm. All are welcome.

Rathcabbin Development Draw Results.

The winner of the first prize load of timber was Michael Hoctor,  the hamper was won by Martha Kennedy and the fuel prize was won by Mary Dermody. Many thanks to all who supported the draw and to the ticket sellers.

Redwood NS

Congratulations to all the children on putting on a fantastic and hugely enjoyable Christmas Variety Show and to their parents for all their support and encouragement and for having their children so well turned out on the night. A huge thank you to all those who came to the show and to everybody who supported our raffle. Well done to Tommy Needham and Ruadhan Sullivan on winning the Christmas hampers and to all those who won spot prizes. Thank you also to everyone who sponsored timber, turf and prizes. Your support is hugely appreciated.

30th Anniversary.

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of Rathcabbin Players and to celebrate the occasion the group have chosen a three act comedy ‘Wild Goose Chase’ written by Derek Benfield and directed by Banagher man Brendan Dolan. The play will be staged in Rathcabbin Hall on January 30th. 31st and February 1st. and the second week-end on Feb. 5th. 6th. 7th and 8th. So make it a date and come along and join the group for their celebration comedy.

Winter De-Clutter.

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. 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.

C.A.V.A.  (North Tipperary Community and Voluntary Association) AGM

North Tipperary Community and Voluntary Association are holding their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 14th January 2015 in the OBAMA Plaza, Moneygall, at 7.30pm.  We would like to see all Community groups in North Tipperary represented at this meeting.

Each group will have the opportunity to register with Tipperary PPN and thus join with CAVA in empowering Community and developing structures for the Tipperary Public Participation Network which ensures that they are fit for purpose and of optimum benefit to your group and your community.

Date For Your Diary.

North Tipperary Ploughing will celebrate their 50th Anniversary in March and to mark the occasion the ploughing championships will take place on Sunday March 1st. on the lands of Sean Lamb and family, by kind permission, Ballincur Cross, Lorrha.

Dance Classes.

Country and Western Dance Classes In Dooleys Hotel Birr every Tuesday at 8.30pm All Welcome (Jive,Quickstep,Foxtrot,Waltz)

FREE SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY TALKS!

These talks will be given from Clinic Director of Caint Speech Therapy and Senior Speech and Language Therapist, Catherine Devaney. Catherine is from Nenagh herself, and would like to offer these talks to parents and teachers in Nenagh and the surrounding areas as a celebration of Caint Speech Therapy’s newly opened clinic in Nenagh.

The first talk, on Monday the 12th of January, will cover information about early communication skills for preschool children, tips on how to increase and help develop children’s speech and language development at home and in school, and how to identify possible speech and language difficulties early. This talk is suitable for all parents and teachers of preschool children! A question and answer session will follow this talk.

The second talk, on Tuesday 13th of January, will cover information about school-age speech language development. Topics covered include how to increase speech and language development in school-age children so that children are able to achieve academic success. Social skills development and information about how to identify speech and language difficulties in school-age children at home and in the classroom will also be covered. This talk is suitable for all parents and teachers of school-age children! A question and answer session will follow this talk.

 

Date: Monday 12th January, 2015

Title: Early Communication Skills Talk for Parents and Teachers of Pre-school Children

Location: The Abbey Suite in the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh

Time: 7:30 PM

 

Date: Monday 13th January, 2015

Title: Speech and Language Development for Parents and Teachers of School-Age Children

Location: The Abbey Suite in the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh

Time: 7:30 PM

Places will be filling up fast! Ring 085-867-3097 or email info@caintspeechtherapy.ie for more information or to book your place!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Church News.Please note that there will be no Mass in Redwood Church on Saturday night 10th January. Mass as usual on Sunday the 11th at 10.00am in Lorrha and at 11.30am in Rathcabbin. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will recommence on Thursday 8th January in Rathcabbin Church from 10.00am to 10.00pm. All are welcome.Rathcabbin Development Draw Results.The winner of the first prize load of timber was Michael Hoctor,  the hamper was won by Martha Kennedy and the fuel prize was won by Mary Dermody. Many thanks to all who supported the draw and to the ticket sellers.Redwood NSCongratulations to all the children on putting on a fantastic and hugely enjoyable Christmas Variety Show and to their parents for all their support and encouragement and for having their children so well turned out on the night. A huge thank you to all those who came to the show and to everybody who supported our raffle. Well done to Tommy Needham and Ruadhan Sullivan on winning the Christmas hampers and to all those who won spot prizes. Thank you also to everyone who sponsored timber, turf and prizes. Your support is hugely appreciated.

30th Anniversary.

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of Rathcabbin Players and to celebrate the occasion the group have chosen a three act comedy ‘Wild Goose Chase’ written by Derek Benfield and directed by Banagher man Brendan Dolan. The play will be staged in Rathcabbin Hall on January 30th. 31st and February 1st. and the second week-end on Feb. 5th. 6th. 7th and 8th. So make it a date and come along and join the group for their celebration comedy.

Winter De-Clutter.

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. 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.

C.A.V.A.  (North Tipperary Community and Voluntary Association) AGM

North Tipperary Community and Voluntary Association are holding their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 14th January 2015 in the OBAMA Plaza, Moneygall, at 7.30pm.  We would like to see all Community groups in North Tipperary represented at this meeting.

Each group will have the opportunity to register with Tipperary PPN and thus join with CAVA in empowering Community and developing structures for the Tipperary Public Participation Network which ensures that they are fit for purpose and of optimum benefit to your group and your community.

Date For Your Diary.

North Tipperary Ploughing will celebrate their 50th Anniversary in March and to mark the occasion the ploughing championships will take place on Sunday March 1st. on the lands of Sean Lamb and family, by kind permission, Ballincur Cross, Lorrha.

Dance Classes.

Country and Western Dance Classes In Dooleys Hotel Birr every Tuesday at 8.30pm All Welcome (Jive,Quickstep,Foxtrot,Waltz)

 

FREE SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY TALKS!

These talks will be given from Clinic Director of Caint Speech Therapy and Senior Speech and Language Therapist, Catherine Devaney. Catherine is from Nenagh herself, and would like to offer these talks to parents and teachers in Nenagh and the surrounding areas as a celebration of Caint Speech Therapy’s newly opened clinic in Nenagh.

The first talk, on Monday the 12th of January, will cover information about early communication skills for preschool children, tips on how to increase and help develop children’s speech and language development at home and in school, and how to identify possible speech and language difficulties early. This talk is suitable for all parents and teachers of preschool children! A question and answer session will follow this talk.

The second talk, on Tuesday 13th of January, will cover information about school-age speech language development. Topics covered include how to increase speech and language development in school-age children so that children are able to achieve academic success. Social skills development and information about how to identify speech and language difficulties in school-age children at home and in the classroom will also be covered. This talk is suitable for all parents and teachers of school-age children! A question and answer session will follow this talk.

 

Date: Monday 12th January, 2015

Title: Early Communication Skills Talk for Parents and Teachers of Pre-school Children

Location: The Abbey Suite in the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh

Time: 7:30 PM

Date: Monday 13th January, 2015

Title: Speech and Language Development for Parents and Teachers of School-Age Children

Location: The Abbey Suite in the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh

Time: 7:30 PM

Places will be filling up fast! Ring 085-867-3097 or email info@caintspeechtherapy.ie for more information or to book your place!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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A Happy and Peaceful Christmas to all readers of Lorrhadorrha.ie and a very happy New Year.

Thank you for your kind comments, contributions and help during 2014 and we look forward to hearing from you all again in 2015 wherever you are in the world.

Reminder.

Don’t forget to get your copy of the 2015 Lorrha Parish Calendar which is on sale throughout the parish. The calendar is packed from front cover to back with photographs from the past and the present. Proceeds from the sale of the calendar is used towards the upkeep of Lorrha Village. If you would like to have a copy posted to you please call (086) 8647166 or email info@lorrhadorrha.ie  Your support is much appreciated.

Invitation.

The pupils from Lorrha National School invite everyone to join them for their production of  “The Nativity” on Christmas Eve in Lorrha Church at 7.30pm. followed by Mass at 8.00p.m. We look forward to seeing you there. The pupils and staff wish all a happy and peaceful Christmas and a good New Year.

Church News.

Christmas Eve Vigil Mass will be held in Lorrha Church  at  8.00pm.  Christmas Day Masses    in Redwood Church at 9.30a.m. and Rathcabbin Church at 11.30a.m.

Winter De-Clutter.

Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout theAutumn 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. 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.

Date For Your Diary.

For their 30th Anniversary production at the end of January 2015, Rathcabbin Players will stage a three act comedy “Wild Goose Chase” written by Derek Benfield and directed by Brendan Dolan. This is one play you will not want to miss if it’s a good laugh you’re after. Watch this space for further details.

Christmas Wishes.

Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns wish to extend Christmas wishes to everyone. Many thanks to all for your continued support in 2014.

News From Lorrha School.

History Walking Tour

The pupils and staff offer sincere thanks to Margaret Hogan, Birr, who brought us on a very interesting walking History tour of Birr in early December. Many thanks Margaret.

Birr Theatre.

Juniors to second class enjoyed a trip to Birr Theatre last week to see “The Three little Pigs” and “First Christmas”. Afterwards we went to the local playground before returning back to school after a wonderful and enjoyable day out. Thankfully the weather stayed dry.

Local Folklore.

Congratulations to Caoimhe Claffey, Tom Duggan and Caoimhe O’Meara who had their poem and stories selected and printed in the local Journal. Well done to all.

Speech and Drama.

In the after school activities, we held a Speech and Drama concert last week. “Sleeping Shepherd” went down very well and all participants had a great time. Well done to everyone here.

Key Board Concert.

In a second after school activity, we also held a Key Board Concert before the Christmas holidays which was a huge success by all who took part. Well done all. Have a safe and enjoyable Christmas and see you all in the New Year.

Rathcabbin National School

Once again the Christmas concert was a great success. Well done to the children and their teachers on producing two great nights of entertainment.  The children performed lots of festive singing, Irish dancing, drama, music and German rhymes to entertain the large crowds on both nights.  Congratulations to Susan Delahunt on winning the Christmas hamper. Many thanks to all our sponsors for raffle prizes donated and to our loyal supporters. Nollaig Shona daoibh go léir.


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The 2015 Lorrha Parish Calendar is on sale throughout the Parish. If you would like to receive a copy in the post call 086  8647166 or email info@lorrhadorrha.ie

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The Bridge below the town!! Lorrha N.S. pupils were taken on a guided history walk of Birr recently. Led by Margaret Hogan, Historian, the group are pictured here on Bagnall’s Bridge in the Park. More photos on www.lorrhans.ie

Carol Service

A Carol Service will be held in St Rudhans Church of Ireland on Thursday 18th Dec at 8.00pm. with guest choir the Omna Singers. All are welcome.

Christmas Market and Auction.

Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns wish to extend thanks to all who supported in whatever way the Annual fundraising Christmas Market and Auction. As this is our main fundraiser, without it we simply could not continue the work around the village to the extent that it is. Prizewinners in the draw was. Hamper: Sinead Reddan, Millfarm, Make Up hamper: Ronan O’Meara, Grange, Wine: Avie Darcy, Abbeyville, Biscuits: Lisa Duggan, Brambles, Wine: Carmel Hogan, Ballymacegan, Garden set: Thomas Hartnett, Ballymacegan, Candle Lamb: Gay Needham, Lorrha. Avie Darcy was also the lucky winner of the guess the weight of the cake, while Lisa Duggan also was the lucky winner of the Treasure Hunt. The winner of the slogan competition was Mikie Houlihan from Culleen, Rathcabbin. Mikie who is a 4th class pupil in Redwood School was delighted to see his slogan up in print. His winning slogan ‘Come on down to the Tidy Town…. Lorrha. Working together for a cleaner better future’ is exactly what Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns is all about and Mikie sums it up well in his winning slogan. Well done Mikie and many thanks to all who entered. Secretary Mary Coen presented Mikie with his cash prize which no doubt will come in handy for the Christmas

Reminder.

Don’t forget to get your copy of the 2015 Lorrha Parish Calendar which is on sale throughout the parish. The calendar is packed from front cover to back with photographs from the past and the present. Proceeds from the sale of the calendar is used towards the upkeep of Lorrha Village. If you would like to have a copy posted to you please call (086) 8647166 or email info@lorrhadorrha.ie  Your support is much appreciated.

Christmas Eve Pageant.

The pupils from Lorrha National School will present “The Nativity” on Christmas Eve in Lorrha Church at 7.30pm. followed by Mass. All are welcome so do come along and join us. The pupils and staff wish all a happy and peaceful Christmas.

Church News.

Christmas Eve Vigil Mass will be held in Lorrha Church  at  8.00pm.  Christmas Day Masses    in Redwood Church at 9.30a.m. and Rathcabbin Church at 11.30a.m.

Winter De-Clutter.

Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout theAutumn 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. 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.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

Our Christmas lunch is taking place in the near future. We would like to see all our members attend and look forward to seeing you all there. There will be no meeting in Lorrha Hall on Wednesday 17th Dec. Meetings will resume on January 8th. Happy and peaceful Christmas to all.

Redwood School

The Christmas variety show will be held on Wednesday, 17th December at 7.00 p.m. in Redwood Church. The children will perform “Whoops-a-daisy angel!” along with music and dance and songs from their performance at the Hallelujah Concert in Dublin. Raffle and refreshments afterwards in the school. All are very welcome.

Hallelujah Young Voices Choir

The pupils from 2nd to 6th class took part in the Hallelujah concert in Citywest, Dublin on Wednesday, 03rd December. It was a fantastic experience and thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Lorrha Tidy Towns

Well done to Mikey Houlihan, 4th class on winning the slogan competition with Lorrha Development Association with his entry ‘Come on down to the Tidy Town…. Lorrha. Working together for a cleaner better future’

Fun Fridays

A big thank you to all the parents and toddlers who attended our Fun Friday session over the past four weeks. We had a hugely enjoyable final session with the matinee performance of “Whoops-a-daisy angel!” and a visit from Santa himself!! Thanks also to Charlene Duane and the children in Little feet pre-school, Ballymacegan for joining us for the show.

Rathcabbin Tidy Towns Draw

A raffle for a tractor trailer load of timber, a hamper worth €150 and €100 of bricquettes and coal is being held on Sunday night 21st December in Kelly’s. Tickets are €5, book of three for €10, limited to 300 tickets and are available at Kelly’s and being sold by members of the association.

Self employed/unemployed/farmers/retired Christmas Party

A Christmas do for people who haven’t a work Christmas party to go to will be held in Kelly’s on Saturday 20th December. Music by Pio Ryan and friends and surprise musical guests.  Bring your santa hat and tambourine.

 

Smile Awhile & Laugh A Little Every Day.

Jack staggered home very late after another evening with his drinking buddy, Paddy.  He took off his shoes to avoid waking his wife, Mary.. He tiptoed as quietly as he could toward the stairs leading to their upstairs bedroom, but misjudged the bottom step. As he caught himself by grabbing the banister, his body swung around and he landed heavily on his rump. A whiskey bottle in each back pocket broke and made the landing especially painful. Managing not to yell, Jack sprung up, pulled down his pants, and looked in the hall mirror to see that his butt cheeks were cut and bleeding. He managed to quietly find a full box of Band-Aids and began putting a Band-Aid as best he could on each place he saw blood.  He then hid the now almost empty Band-Aid box and shuffled and stumbled his way to bed.  In the morning, Jack woke up with searing pain in both his head and butt and Mary staring at him from across the room.  She said, “You were drunk again last night weren’t you?”  Jack said, “Why do you say such a mean thing?” “Well,” Mary said, “it could be the open front door, it could be the broken glass at the bottom of the stairs, it could be the drops of blood trailing through the house, it could be your bloodshot eyes, but mostly…..it’s all those Band-Aids stuck on the hall mirror”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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The 2015 Lorrha Parish Calendar is on sale throughout the parish. If you would like to have a copy posted to you, call (086) 8647166 or email info@lorrhadorrha.ie

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Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns recently organised a Slogan Competition through the local schools. The overall winner was Mikie Houlihan from Culleen, Rathcabbin. Mikie who is a 4th class pupil in Redwood School was delighted to see his slogan up in print when he came to collect his cash prize during the Annual Christmas Market and Auction held in Lorrha on Sunday last. His winning slogan ‘Come on down to the Tidy Town…. Lorrha. Working together for a cleaner better future’ is exactly what Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns is all about and Mikie sums it up well in his winning slogan. Dev. Secretary Mary Coen presents Mikie with his prize. The committee thank all the entrants and the schools for promotion.

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Rathcabbin School pupils pictured as they supported the Annual Team Hope Shoe Box Appeal for children less off than themselves. 

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L-R: Instructor James Dillon,(4th Degree Black Belt) Mikey Houlihan age 9 (Brown Belt), Niamh Patterson (Yellow Belt) Professor Edward Downey (8th Degree Black Belt) and Front L-R: Aaron McDonagh & Sean Patterson (Yellow Belts) all pupils from Redwood NS and attend classes with James Dillon in Portumna

Carol Service

A Carol Service will be held in St Rudhans Church of Ireland on Thursday 18th Dec at 8.00pm. with guest choir the Omna Singers. All are welcome.

2015 Calendar.

Don’t forget to get your copy of the 2015 Lorrha Parish Calendar which is on sale throughout the parish. The calendar is packed from front cover to back with photographs from the past and the present. Proceeds from the sale of the calendar is used towards the upkeep of Lorrha Village. If you would like to have a copy posted to you please call (086) 8647166 or email info@lorrhadorrha.ie  Your support is much appreciated.

Church News.

Christmas Eve Vigil Mass will be held in Lorrha Church  at  8.00pm preceded by the children from Lorrha School performing The Nativity at 7.30pm.  Christmas Day Masses    in Redwood Church at 9.30a.m. and Rathcabbin Church at 11.30a.m.

Reminder.

The annual Christmas ladies night out in “The Shed” in Lorrha will take place this coming Saturday night the 13th Dec. at 8.00pm. Go on pamper yourself with a lovely meal and then dance the night away with D.J. Ray. Booking is advisable so if you are interested contact Lil on (087) 6057363.

Gratitude.

The three schools in the parish Lorrha, Redwood and Rathcabbin, with to offer thanks to all involved in Borrisokane Vintage club for their recent financial contribution to the schools, money which was raised as a result of the threshing day and display held in Lorrha earlier in the year. These contributions will be put to very good use.

Winter De-Clutter.

Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout theAutumn 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. 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.

Tracing Gibson – Kennedy  Relatives.

Ian Cairns is trying to trace his Irish and Lorrha relatives. His Great, Great Grandmother Jane Gibson, baptized at Lorrha 01 February 1841. Her father was John Gibson and mother was Alice Kennedy. Jane departed Cobh, first for Liverpool, then Melbourne, Australia, aboard the ‘James Fernie’ in 1857. She spent a few years in Melbourne and then sailed to Otago, New Zealand in about 1862. She died in 1915.  She was married twice and had 3 daughters. Jane could not read or write, so it is assumed there was never any communication back to Ireland. One possible clue is that Jane could play the piano. Perhaps she learnt that in Ireland before she left?  Ian is trying to find out more about Jane and her family and would appreciate any help or information at all that can be offered to him. He can be contacted by post at 61 The Esplanade, Raumati South, Paraparaumu 5032, New Zealand or by email at Ianjamescairns@gmail.com His full report on Jane can be viewed on www.lorrhadorrha.ie under the Guestbook page.

News From Lorrha School.

The pupils once again responded with great generosity to the Annual Team Hope Shoebox appeal. Many of them filled the box with useful items for children less well off than themselves.

Prize winners

Congratulations is extended to Chloe Kennedy who won a book and a trophy in a colouring competition in the recent book week competition held in Portumna Library. Chloe was presented with her prizes at an awards ceremony held in the Library. Blathnaid Bennett and Hannah O’Meara were also winners in a travel poster competition as part of the Green Schools project on travelling to school. Scoil Lua Naofa pupils are working hard on their Fourth green flag, the theme of which is Travel.

First Steps.

We continue with our First Steps  writing programme where pupils learn the different types of writing and the pupils are enjoying this programme.

Blue Star Programme.

This year we have entered the Blue Star Programme. This is a venture of the “Communicating Europe Initiative”  which is aimed to foster better understanding and knowledge of the European Union and how it affects our lives amongst Irish primary pupils through classroom projects and activities. It will also involve school staff, parents and the wider community. The idea is to foster a strong sense of awareness of the EU among participants that goes far beyond the school walls and into the wider community.

Rathcabbin National School News

School Christmas concert will be held in the village hall on Wednesday Dec 10th at 7.30pm. This is always a great highlight to our school year and we wish all the pupils well as they take to the stage and do us proud.  There will be a raffle on the night with tickets on sale in Kellys beforehand and on the night. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

Fundraising Draw.

Lorrha Apostolic Work Society will be holding their annual fundraising draw in Lorrha Community Hall on Thursday night December 11th at 8p.m. In the meantime, ticket sellers are out and about and will be calling to you. Tickets are €2 per line. Please support.

School Concert.

The children of Redwood N.S.  present their annual Christmas variety show on Wednesday, 17th Dec at 7 p.m in Redwood Church. They will perform the play “Whoops-a-daisy angel! “along  with a wonderful display of Irish music and dance including songs from the children’s performance in the hallelujah Young voices Choir  . Refreshments and raffle  in the school afterwards.  Everybody Welcome!

 

Smile Awhile & Laugh A Little Every Day

 

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