Well done to our two parish girls Hazel Reddin and Nadine Bouchier who were on the Portumna Community School Minor camogie team that beat Loughrea 3.5 to 1.1 in their opening round championship last week We wish them the best of luck in their next game against Gort.
The Irish Cancer Society Annual Church Gate collection will take place this coming week-end Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April in the parish. All support greatly appreciated.
Barroughter and Clonmoylan Bogs Action Group are holding a table quiz in O’Meara’s, Portumna, on Friday night April 26th at 9.30pm. Table of 4 €20 and a raffle will be held on the night. Proceeds of the night will be used for the continuation of the campaign for justice for all turf cutters. In 2013 all bog owners are strongly urged to exercise your legal right to cut turf on your private property.
News from Lorrha School.
Jimmy, Sabrina, Mr. Hackandsack, Rubbish Monster and Billy the Bin Worm visited us recently and gave a thought provoking performance. They were part of the Puppet Show “The Story of the Rubbish Monster” workshop promoting the anti-litter message. We extend thanks to Conor Dwane and to Environmental Officer with North Tipperary Co.Co. Deirdre Cox for their support with this very worthwhile workshop.
We have entered the Farm Safety Awareness “On the Farm” competition in recent days. Organised by the Health and Safety Authority, this competition is aimed at raising awareness among children and their families about the critical issue of safety on farms. Tragically, 21 people died on farms in 2012, and farms remain the only workplace where children continue to die in accidents every year. Whether from a farming background or visiting their farming friends, the aim is to encourage and teach children about staying safe on the farm.
Lorrha & Rathcabbin Gun Club would like to thank all who supported their successful poker night. Thanks to all our sponsors and Mahers for food.
Summer Camp Reminder.
Busy Bodies Summer Camp takes place in Killeen national School, starting July 1st for four weeks. Age 3 years to 12 years. Hours are 9.30am to 3pm. For further information please call Ann at (057) 9121842 or (087) 9625218. Application forms can be had from Kellys shop in Rathcabbin.
Social dancing continues in the GAA clubhouse on Friday night April 12th to the music of Sam Doherty. Dancing from 9.30p.m. to 12.30a.m
Each year during the month of May, hundreds of people make three visits to ClonfertChurch to participate in a daily Eucharistic celebration in honor of Our Lady. Many leave petitions and pray before the Madonna and Child and lighting a candle.
This year weather permitting, a candle light Rosary procession will be held around the Church each Thursday evening at 9.45pm. Mass will be celebrated each evening at 8pm except Saturday, with a guest speaker each evening. For the first week, speakers will include Fr. Angelus OFM Cap., Bishop J. Kirby, Andrew O’Connell, Fr. J. Gallagher (Kilcormac), Fr. R. Sweeney (Portumna. For further information call Nuala on (090) 9675113 or (086) 3038267.
Historical Society Reminder.
Lorrha & Dorrha Historical Society will be hosting their annual Medieval Night on Saturday 27th April in Mahers, Lorrha. The theme this year is ‘Vikings and High Kings’. Enjoy an evening of medieval style food with plenty of music, dancing, a professional battle re-enactment and more. Tickets are on sale now for €15, contact James 087 2031798 or David 086 3308172.
Tea Party Reminder.
Redwood NS Parents Association are holding their annual fundraiser, a Buffet Dance on Sat, 27th April 2013 at 9.30 pm in the clubhouse, Lorrha. Music by Pat & Richie. All are welcome to attend, and tickets are available on the door.
Ballingarry Heritage & Cultural Committee Celebration of the Bealtaine Festival 2013
Sunday 5th May at 2pm. Sponsored Walk on Fairymonut Farm at 2.00pm incorporating the legend of Knockshegowna Hill by kind permission of the Kenny Family. Assemble at Fairymount Farm at 1.30pm sharp. All funds raised will go directly to the development of the Ormond Way section of the Beara Breifne O’Sullivan Beara Walking Trail.
Sponsorship cards available from Christy Madden – 087-780421 or Mary Egan at 067-21149. Your support appreciated.
Plough and The Stars.
Portumna Players Drama Group are staging Sean O’Casey’s “The Plough and the Stars”. The curtain rises at 8pm on Thursday 25th, Friday 26th & Sunday 28th April. Tickets €10 & €5 for children. Directed by Declan Kelly.
This is regarded as one of O’Casey’s greatest plays. It is part of the Dublin trilogy, the other two being Juno and the Paycock and Shadow of a Gunman. It is the O’Casey play which tackles the greatest Irish theme, the fight for freedom. The first two acts take place in November 1915, looking forward to the liberation of Ireland. The last two acts are set during the Easter Rising, in April 1916. Directed by Declan Kelly who has himself appeared in previous productions with the Portumna Players including Bernard Farrell’s Canaries.
Pop Up Crochet Workshop for Portumna’s Shorelines Arts Festival 2013
Look out for Pop-Up Workshops in your area with members of Portumna Arts Group demonstrating how to crochet nets that will be part of the Shorelines “Shore to Shore” Project. PortumnaBridge will be draped in vibrant hot colours of yarn, created by the community and that includes YOU! Register your interest by calling 086 3151262 or 086 2640832, get your pattern and get started! See the ladies in action in SuperValu, Fridays and Hayes & Hayes Pharmacy, Saturdays over the next month.
Smile Awhile and Laugh a Little Every Day.
An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight he had hammered his ship into the runway really hard. The airline had a policy which required the first officer to stand at the door while the passengers exited, smile, and give them a “Thanks for flying our airline”. He said that, in light of his bad landing, he had a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment. Finally everyone had gotten off except for a little old lady walking with a cane. She said,
“Sir, do you mind if I ask you a question?”
“Why, no Ma’am,” said the pilot. “What is it?”
The little old lady said,
“Did we land, or were we shot down?”