Frost is forecast for the coming days, but in particular nights where temperatures are set to drop. Gardai are asking all road users to slow down and take it easy.
2021 Parish Calendar.
The 2021 Lorrha parish calendar is now in the shops and can be purchased in the shop in Lorrha village, Mulrooney’s at The Ferry, O’Meara’s Super Valu Portumna, Boathouse, Salmons, Heenan’s Borrisokane, Flynn’s of Carrigahorig, Buckley’s Super Valu, Birr. Packed from front cover to back cover with photos from the past and the present, the calendar is out in time to post to family or friends living away from home. In this pandemic year where family may not be home for the Christmas, why not send them a piece of the parish in the shape of this calendar. If you would like to have a calendar posted to you, call (086) 8647166 or email email@example.com.
Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns regret that they will not be able to hold their annual fundraising Christmas market and auction this year due to the pandemic. Obviously at this stage, we cannot predict what’s in store for next year, but we do hope that we can return as usual on the first Sunday in December. We would like to thank all our loyal supporters, those who donated items and those who purchased them in the past and we are grateful for your support through the years.
The Government is preparing to announce the Christmas arrangements this coming week with regards to Covid -19 restrictions, but in all honesty the reality is we must all take responsibility for our own actions. There is no guarantee Level 5 restrictions will be lifted because the number of people catching the virus and the number of deaths are still too high. Please continue to follow the advice of the Government and Nphet in the run up and during the Christmas season. Don’t forget An Post will ensure free delivery of all cards and letters posted to and from residents of nursing and care homes in Ireland. Just write freepost where the stamp normally goes and make sure to include your own name and address on the back.
Both Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches will remain open for anyone wishing to pray privately. Masses will be available online (see details below).
Up to 25 mourners can attend a funeral service. Up to 25 guests can attend a wedding ceremony and reception. Baptisms-postponed unless an emergency. First Friday Calls-we can arrange to have a family member to give Holy Communion to their relative. Confessions-may be heard upon request. These arrangements will remain in place until level five restrictions are lifted on December 1st.
Masses remain available remotely live at Borrisokane mass times- 7pm Saturday and 10:30am Sunday- and a recording from Fr Michael from Terryglass. Please check the following links: www.twitch.tv/borrisokaneparish / www.killaloediocese.ie/parish/borrisokane/ www.terryglass/kilbarron https://bit.ly/3bhnxfj Weekdays Masses on Webcam 10am.Tues, Thurs, Fri. from Borrisokane.
Next Sunday, 29th November, is the first Sunday of Advent. Feast of the Immaculate Conception; this is a very special day in the Liturgical year when we celebrate Mary in a very special way, Tuesday 8th December. Mass at 10am on Webcam.
Mini Advent Retreat on Zoom:
For three sessions, during Advent, you are invited to take part in a mini-retreat that will explore the themes of Faith, Hope and Love. The retreat will be led by Fr Billy Swan; St Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy and will take place from Tuesday 1st to Thursday 3rd December beginning at 8pm. To take part, all you need to do is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the Zoom link. Come and join us to prepare for Christmas
New Christmas Tradition
Beginning Dec. 1st you are invited to read one chapter (of 24) of the Book of Luke each evening. On Christmas Eve you will have read an entire account of Jesus’ life and wake up Christmas morning knowing Who and Why we celebrate!
This Christmas why not give your family and friends the gift of giving? Community Connect is a national initiative which supports pregnant women and new mothers in need in a practical way. What better gift for a loved one this Christmas than to sponsor a Community Connect newborn BabyBox or MamaBag on their behalf? The beautiful and practical newborn BabyBox can be sponsored for €55 and the thoughtful MamaBag for €20. For more details see www.communityconnect.ie
Marriage Preparation during Covid:
Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112.
Commiserations to Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher, Brian Hogan and the Tipperary senior hurling team who lost to Galway in the quarter final on Saturday last. Galway managed to hold out for a two point victory while Tipp will have to wait till next year and start all over again.
The best of luck to Clodagh McIntyre and the Tipperary senior camogie squad who are out against Galway this coming Saturday 28th in the All Ireland semi final. The game will be played in Páirc Uí Chaoimh with throw in down for 2.15pm following the other semi-final between Cork and Kilkenny at 12.30pm. This is Tipperary’s third year to reach the semi-final stage of the competition and it will be certainly their stiffest test to date, paired against the reigning All Ireland champions who will be out to get a step closer to retaining the O’Duffy cup. Good luck Clodagh.
Tipperary: Hard luck to Brian Hogan, Patrick Maher and the Tipperary hurlers at the weekend.
The lads continue to put Lorrha club on the map and we are all proud of their achievements in the blue and gold. Congratulations to the Tipperary footballers on their sensational Munster final victory. A special word to Paddy Christie who is a nephew of the Sherlocks and indeed to Philip Austin, who is flying the football flag for Lower Ormond.
Best of luck to Clodagh McIntyre and the Tipperary camogie team in their All-Ireland semi-final against Galway on Saturday.
Calendar: The Lorrha calendar is now on sale which includes pictures of the U16 North Championship winning team, the U12 camogie team amongst others. The calendar will be on sale in An Scéal, Kelly’s and Mulrooney’s while Mary Coen and Louis McCormack will also be selling copies.
AGMS: Subject to Covid restrictions, we aim to hold our juvenile AGM in early December, while the adult AGM will take place in January.
Lotto: The jackpot is at €11’250 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at clubforce.com. Lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the clubhouse, at Mulrooney’s, Kelly’s, or at the Scéal shop. If you need Lotto envelopes, contact chairman Joe Dolan (0879673124), Hubert Duggan (0872185995) or Kevin Molloy (0876738986).
Helping hand: Contact Joe Dolan(0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Tom Kennedy, (0879191689) , Louis McCormack (0868493595), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) if a helping hand is needed.