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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

Quiz Reminder.

Lorrha Community games are holding a table quiz on this Wednesday 21st February in the Tony Reddin Centre in Moatfield at 7pm. Entry fee is €5. Participants must be over 6 and U14 (must be 13 on or before 31st July). There will be eight rounds of ten questions with the top six to go forward to represent L.C.G. in the county event on March 2nd.
Please text your name, date of birth and eircode to (086) 3717 228 to register for this quiz.

Good Luck.

The best of luck is extended to our very own parish man Michael Dolan and Shannon Rovers  who will be playing St. Oliver Plunkett’s of Cork in Ballyagran GAA pitch,  Limerick in the Munster football final on Sunday 25th at 2pm. We wish Michael and Rovers the best of luck.

Reminder.

Redwood N.S. are holding a clothing collection in conjunction with Bag2school. The collection will be 9am sharp Wednesday 28th February but bags may be dropped into the school any time prior to this (Mon - Fri 8.30 am to 2.30 pm). Items accepted are clothing, paired shoes, handbags, hats, scarves, ties, belts & soft toys, all in good condition. Clean folded sheets and duvet covers, towels and curtains are also accepted but must be bagged separately to the above. Items not accepted are duvets, pillows, cushions, carpets, rugs, crested uniforms or any items not fit for re-use. All support greatly appreciated.

North Tipperary Ploughing.

The annual ploughing championships will take place on Sunday March 3rd. on lands in Aglish, Borrisokane, by kind permission of the owner. Eircode E45 W821.  All those who are entering the championships are requested to register with the secretary on (087) 779 3719.
Tickets are now on sale at €5 each for the annual draw and there are some valuable prizes on offer.  The draw will take place on Saturday night March 30th  in the Village Inn, Aglish.
Follow us on facebook North Tipperary Ploughing, on Instagram north _tipp_ploughing and twitter Ntippploughing.

Church News.

Anyone wishing to make a church booking for Anniversary Masses, Christenings, Weddings etc, please contact the church sacristans, thank you. Rathcabbin: Mary Cleary 057-9139252 Lorrha: Agnes Slevin 087-7629999
Weekend Masses in Our Parish  are in Lorrha 6.30pm Saturday evenings and Rathcabbin 11.30am Sunday Mornings
Weekday Masses: Lorrha 9.30am Monday Mornings (except bank holidays).
Evangelium Ireland will host its next Apologetics Conference for young Catholics at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth on Sat 16th March. Cost: €38 including lunch, refreshments & evening social. For to view the full programme and to register visit www.evangelium.ie. Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn and pray with other young Catholics!

Bereavement Support Evening.

A Bereavement Support Information Evening will take place in Milford Care Centre, Education Department on Tue 27th February 2024 from 7pm - 8.30pm. The evening is designed to give general information on grief & bereavement to bereaved people, their family, and friends.  The evening will comprise of: Short talk by a Bereavement Counsellor, Different experiences of Grief, Services available, Question Time. The Information Evening is Free

Pilgrimage.

Now is the time to book an Easter Pilgrimage to Medjorge which takes place from Easter Monday April 1st. for one week. Fly from Knock Airport. For further details contact Paul on (087) 837 5407.
If Easter doesn’t suit you, Maria is organising a trip from 28th August for seven nights. The spiritual director is Fr. Tom Hannon. The house where pilgrims will be staying is only five minutes walking distance from the church. For more information contact Maria on (087) 2826088.

Enrolling:

Lorrha N.S. are enrolling pupils for the 2024/25 school year. Application forms are available from the school, from the website or message the facebook page. You can also call the school on (090) 9747295 or email luanaofa@gmail.com. Appointments can also be made to view the school and see what’s on offer or to talk to a teacher by calling the school or sending an email. We look forward to hearing from you.

The perpetual Club of the Year 2023 trophy won by Lorrha and presented to them on Saturday night last. Photo: Rose Mannion. 

Well Done.

Well done to the Lorrha GAA committee who hosted a wonderful night of North Tipperary GAA awards on Saturday night last in the lovely facilities that is the Tony Reddin centre.  Awards for club and players of the year were presented on the night, with Lorrha Chairman Aidan McIntyre, Secretary Maureen Guinan and Treasurer Niall Brophy accepting the trophy for top club award for the third time in the history of the club, previously won in 1984 and 2007. This however, was the first time that the club have hosted the awards.  It was also a proud night for the club and for Patrick ‘Bonar’ Maher as he was presented with his trophy as Premier Intermediate player of the year. It was great to see so many young people from various clubs present and also from the Lorrha club who turned out to support and to celebrate two wonderful years – 2022 and 2023.  Well done all.

GAA News.

North Tipperary GAA Awards: It was a great honour for the club to host the 2023 North Tipperary GAA Awards ceremony last Saturday night. Thanks to all for participating in what turned out to be a great night at the Tony Reddin Centre. A big thank you to all who helped out on Friday evening and Saturday morning, in preparing the complex, doing traffic control, amplification as well as catering, the bar and contributing to the clean-up afterwards.

Well done to all the winners, including our own Patrick Maher who picked up the Premier Intermediate Hurler of the Year award from Liam King who was special guest, while Michael Dolan accepted the winners medals.

Schools: Best wishes to the Lorrha players Conor Kennedy and Niall Duggan as Portumna Community School take on Holy Rosary Mountbellew in the Connacht Senior 'B' Hurling Final on Wednesday 21st February.

Strength & Conditioning: Introduction starting in the sports hall on Thursday 22nd February for all players aged 7 to 17 with Conor Sullivan. 7- 7.30pm for primary school players, 7.30 -8pm for secondary school players.

Under 15 & 17: Lorrha Rovers Gaels commence training in Borrisokane Community College Ball wall and sports complex on Monday evenings 8-9pm.

Congratulations: to Lee Mannion and Gwilym Tooher on being selected to Tipperary U14 hurling development squad, also to Darragh Duffy who joins the U15 Tipp development squad.

Coaching: Thanks to coaching officer Padraig Madden on recruiting new coaches and mentors for 2024. They have been very busy completing vetting, foundation level coaching courses and will complete Child Safeguarding course in the coming weeks. We wish all teams and management a successful year ahead.

Social Dancing: Continues in the Tony Reddin Centre next Friday night from 9.30pm to the music of the Finbarr Dennehy band.

Membership: Is now due. It must be paid before participating in any training or game, or activity, on the field, or in the gym. €40 for juvenile and non-playing members; €60 for student with gym membership; €100 for adult with gym membership. Membership can be paid on Foireann or Clubforce, where you can also sign up for the lotto at a reduced rate.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €3,900. The numbers drawn on 19 February were: 2-19-25-28.  4 Match 3's share €100: A Cowan, Dan Daly & Ian, Gary Davis, PJ O'Meara.  Promoters: Martin Hough, Madeline Maher, Internet.
Next Monday's jackpot is €3,900 with Team 1 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Did you know??

 In 1349 at least 200 people a day were being buried in London as a result of the Black Death.

In 2003 Space shuttle Columbia disintegrated on re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere.

The Gutenberg Bible was the first major book printed using mass produced movable type.

In his lifetime, a man spends almost six months shaving.

Polar bears are the largest land predators on earth, standing at 11ft (3.4m) high and weighing over 1,700lb (771kg).

The average office desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet.

The world’s largest underwater volcano Tamu Massif is the size of New Mexico.

 

Thought for the week….

 Formal education will make you a living, self education will make you a fortune.

 

Smile Awhile.


Lorrha Notes

 

Lorrha Community games are holding a table quiz on Wednesday 21st February in the Tony Reddin Centre in Moatfield at 7pm. Entry fee is €5. Participants must be over 6 and U14 (must be 13 on or before 31st July). There will be eight rounds of ten questions with the top six to go forward to represent L.C.G. in the county event on March 2nd.
Please text your name, date of birth and eircode to (086) 3717 228 to register for this quiz.
See poster above...

 

Energy Workshop.

An Energy Saving workshop will take place in Rathcabbin Hall on Tuesday March 5th at 7.30pm. The theme is Energy Saving at Home and the workshop is free.  The Energy Saving Champion programme, aims to help communities across Tipperary to reduce energy use and household bills. To help participants get the most out of the workshop, we have compiled a kit of challenges and support materials to try at home. The residents of Lorrha, Rathcabbin and Redwood are invited to this free workshop.

Clothing Collection.

Redwood N.S. are holding a clothing collection in conjunction with Bag2school. The collection will be 9am sharp Wednesday 28th February but bags may be dropped into the school any time prior to this (Mon - Fri 8.30 am to 2.30 pm). Items accepted are clothing, paired shoes, handbags, hats, scarves, ties, belts & soft toys, all in good condition. Clean folded sheets and duvet covers, towels and curtains are also accepted but must be bagged separately to the above. Items not accepted are duvets, pillows, cushions, carpets, rugs, crested uniforms or any items not fit for re-use. All support greatly appreciated.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to Denis Maher, Lorrha and family on the death of his brother Tony which took place on Monday January 29th in Texas. Tony who was 77 years old was a regular visitor to Lorrha and was well known locally. He celebrated both his 50th and 70th  birthday’s with his brother Denis and family and when he visited, he would stay for two or three month’s at a time. Starting life as a chef, he changed careers when he emigrated to the US almost 50 years ago, and trained as a carpenter, entering the construction industry.
His  remains will be cremated in the US with burial to take place at a later date in Beaupark, Slane, Co. Meath. A Mass will be celebrated for the repose of his soul at a later stage in Lorrha. May he rest in peace.

Late Pat Carroll.

The death took place on Sunday February 4th. of Pat Carroll, Ballyea, Rathcabbin.  Pat passed away peacefully after an illness borne with great courage and dignity, in the loving and tender care of the staff at Milford Care Centre Limerick.
Born on January 23rd 1960, Pat lived all his life in Ballyea.  He attended Redwood National School and Presentation College Birr. He left school at 15 and worked with his father in the marts in Birr, Portumna,  Sixmilebridge and Kilmihill Co Clare, often leaving in the early morning and returning home very late at night. He eventually chose to become a trainee forester, fulfilling his love of the outdoors.
Pat played hurling with Lorrha winning a North U16 medal with the club in 1976 and he played under-21 and junior with the club until his accident. He also ran cross country with the local St. Ruadhan's Athletic Club.
At the young age of just 21 - Pat's life changed and after he spent over a year in hospital and the National Rehabilitation Centre Dunlaoighre, Pat returned home to build a new life. He attended St Cronan's Association in Roscrea for over 30 years and was an  integral part of the Community there, organising quizzes, pool and darts tournaments, and was the editor of the quarterly newsletter. There he developed computer and gardening skills and developed a life long love of gardening eventually getting his own poly tunnel, providing neighbours and friends with vegetables and plants throughout the summer. He loved quizzes, crosswords , board games and played Scrabble on line. He loved sports especially hurling, rugby and snooker. He  never missed a Tipperary hurling match on television.  Despite the many obstacles Pat met in his life, he faced them all with great courage, a positive outlook, and a sharp sense of humour.
Predeceased by his loving parents Patsy and Celia, Pat will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by his loving family, sisters Mary, Ena, Sheila, Anne and Claire, his brother Tom, brothers in law, Mick, Mike and Mark, sister in law Wendy, nieces, nephews, grand niece, grand nephews, cousins, friends especially Val and Gerry, neighbours and the community at St Cronan's Association Roscrea to whom sympathy is offered.
After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Wednesday 7th.  burial took place in Bonoham Cemetery, Rathcabbin. May he rest in peace.

North Tipperary Ploughing.

The Novice Ploughing match which was set for March 2nd. has had to be postponed.  A new date will be notified when one becomes available. The members congratulate Banagher College on their Leinster senior hurling final win. Our two young ploughmen Lee Hogan and Robert Duffy, played a vital part in the schools success.
The annual ploughing championships will take place on Sunday March 3rd. on lands in Aglish, Borrisokane, by kind permission of the owner. Eircode E45 W821.  All those who are entering the championships are requested to register with the secretary on (087) 779 3719.
Tickets are now on sale at €5 each for some valuable prizes with the draw taking place on Saturday night March 30th  in the Village Inn, Aglish.
Congratulations is extended to Joe Slattery who has been selected to represent the Republic of Ireland as a judge for the European Reversible Ploughing Championships which will take place in France next September. A speedy recovery is extended to vice chairman Eamon Murphy after his recent illness. We hope to see Eamon back at meetings in the near future.
The club’s next meeting will take place on Wednesday night February 21st at 8.30pm in Paddy’s Bar, Terryglass. All members are requested to attend.
Follow us on facebook North Tipperary Ploughing, on Instagram north _tipp_ploughing and twitter Ntippploughing.

Church News.

This Wednesday 14th February is Ash Wednesday. It is a reminder of the meaning of life. Mass times are as follows: 10am Borrisokane, 6.30pm Lorrha; 8pm Kilbarron. Church Bookings: Anyone wishing to make a church booking for Anniversary Masses, Christenings, Weddings etc, please contact the church sacristans, thank you. Rathcabbin: Mary Cleary 057-9139252 Lorrha: Agnes Slevin 087-7629999
Weekend Masses in Our Parish  are in Lorrha 6.30pm Saturday evenings     and Rathcabbin 11.30am Sunday Mornings
Weekday Masses: Lorrha 9.30am Monday Mornings (except bank holidays).
You are invited to attend The St. Patrick’s College Maynooth Annual Trócaire Lecture:
Climate Justice and Catholic Social Teaching: ‘Everything is connected’ and ‘No one is saved alone’ (Laudate Deum, 19), will take place in Renehan Hall at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, on Tues, 5th of March 2024, at 7 p.m. For more contact frances.harnan@trocaire.org
Divine Mercy Conference: Day return bus to, RDS, Dublin on Sat 24th February. Fantastic international speakers, great day of spiritual inspiration and refreshment. €70 for bus and entry ticket. Contacts: text please Karen 087-4160385 or Seamus  087-2752578 for enquiries and bookings.
The Diocese of Achonry is promoting the post of Centre Manager for Father Peyton Centre based in Attymass Co Mayo, the closing date is 23rd February at 5pm.See www.frpeytoncentre.ie for more info.
Daily Lenten Messages Brief daily reflections from Bishop Fintan will be available on social media platforms for Lent, Holy Week and Easter follow: https://www.youtube.com/@BishopFintanMonahan.

Pilgrimage.

Now is the time to book an Easter Pilgrimage to Medjorge which takes place from Easter Monday April 1st. for one week. Fly from Knock Airport. For further details contact Paul on (087) 837 5407.

News from Lorrha School
We welcome to the school our new Principal Mr. John Skehan who took up the position on January 8th.  We hope Mr. Skehan has a long and enjoyable time in Lorrha.
New interactive whiteboards have been installed in the class rooms and are a massive addition to our school environment.
We have introduced a buddy system where the children are able to engage in peered learning, math’s games, reading pals and much, much more. All the pupils are enjoying this.
Sport:  Rugby training with Laura commenced recently and will continue well into February.
We also have hurling each Friday with all pupils participating and they are having great fun in the process.
Enrolling:  Lorrha N.S. are enrolling pupils for the 2024/25 school year. Application forms are available from the school, from the website or message the facebook page. You can also call the school on (090) 9747295 or email luanaofa@gmail.com. Appointments can also be made to view the school and see what’s on offer or to talk to a teacher by calling the school or sending an email. We look forward to hearing from you.
Battery Collection:   We continue to collect used batteries in association with WEEE Ireland, Battery Recycling. By taking part, we are helping to tackle climate change, protecting the environment and supporting the children, families and staff at LauraLynn, Irelands Children Hospice. Used batteries, can be left into the school. Don’t forget that we also continue to collect your used postage stamps which we forward to the clergy for Missionary work.
Social Media:   Our school Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages can all be found at ‘Scoil Lua Naofa-Lorrha National School’ which are updated regularly.

Well Done.

Congratulations to Banagher College who recorded victory over Haywood CS in the Leinster ‘B’ schools senior hurling final recently. In a very exciting game and after extra time, Banagher College ran out victory on a scoreline of 2.27 to 4.15.  Lorrha had seven young hurlers on the panel who played a vital role in their schools success. We wish Lee Hogan, Robert Duffy, Liam Donoghue, Paul Cahalan, Shane Cleary, Killian Fitzgerald and Rory Duffy the best of luck in the All Ireland semi-final on Saturday March 2nd. when they play Blackwater Community School of Lismore. Time and venue to be confirmed.

GAA News.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €3,800. The numbers drawn on 12 February were: 10-11-21-22.  2 Match 3's: Marion Barry & Eileen Hogan share €100.  Promoters: Willie Fogarty, Mark Kennedy, Caroline O'Brien.
Next Mondays jackpot is €3,800 with Team 7 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

North Tipperary GAA Awards Night: Takes place in the Tony Reddin Centre this Saturday, 17th February at 7.30pm. Awards for Club and Players of the year will be presented on the night, with Lorrha to receive the top club award for the third time in our history. Patrick Maher will also receive his Premier Intermediate player of the year award on a night where all our members are welcome to celebrate our achievements from a brilliant 2023. There will be some special guests in the clubhouse on what should be a great evening's entertainment.

Social Dancing: Continues in the Tony Reddin Centre next Friday night at 9.30pm to the music of Checkers.

Membership: is now due. It must be paid before participating in any training or game, or activity, on the field, or in the gym. €40 for juvenile and non-playing members. €60 for student with gym membership. €100 for adult with gym membership. Membership can be paid on Clubforce, where you can also sign up for the lotto at a reduced rate.

Gaelic Football: Congrats to Michael Dolan and Shannon Rovers on their 2-13 to 0-6 victory over Kilmihil in the Munster Junior ‘B’ Football final last weekend. The Munster final takes place in a fortnight's time.

Did you know????

On 12th February 1947 – French fashion designer Christian Dior presented his first influential collection named the New Look.

In 1940 the cartoon Tom and Gerry created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera made its debut.

There is a limestone cliff with over 5,000 dinosaur footprints in Bolivia – many dating back to 68 million years.

In 1980 model Angie Bowie divorced singer David Bowie after nine years of marriage.

There are 100,000 miles of blood vessels in an adult human body.

In 1956 Hearthbreak Hotel was released by Elvis Presley, his first million-selling single.

The Liberty Bell and Big Ben were cast by the same bell foundry – both bells are cracked.

Thought for the week……

Our attitude towards life determines life’s attitude towards us.


Smile Awhile…


Lorrha Notes

Mick Hoctor and Marguerite Walsh in recent rehearsals for 'Don't Tell The Wife'.       Pic: Rose Mannion.

Back for One night only.

Back by popular demand for one further night only - this coming Saturday night February 10th in Rathcabbin Hall are the Rathcabbin Players with their three act Sam Cree comedy 'Don't tell the Wife'. Doors open at 7.15pm with curtains up at 8pm sharp. Booking is essential between 6.30pm and 8.00pm daily on (087) 216 4511 but hurry as already seats are selling fast.

Ploughing Meeting.

North Tipperary Ploughing committee meeting will be held in Paddy’s, Terryglass at 8pm on Wednesday February 7th. This is an important planning meeting for the forthcoming novice and annual championships with a suitable site to be agreed upon as well as other matters, so all members are requested to attend.

Redwood NS.

Redwood NS Open Evening: Our Open Evening will be held on Tuesday 13th February from 7.00-8.30pm for parents and children hoping to enrol for the 2024/25 school year. It is an ideal opportunity to meet the staff and to view the wide range of facilities and resources on offer in Redwood. All are welcome to attend.

First Confessions: First Confessions for the children of Lorrha, Rathcabbin and Redwood will be held in Redwood Church on Thursday 22nd February at 7pm (Please note: Change of original date)

Calling Young Plough Men and Women.

A Novice Ploughing match will be held on Saturday March 2nd . Any male and female between the age of 17 and 35 who would like to participate is requested to call the secretary Denis Cahalan on (087) 779 3719 for further information on this event. Follow us on facebook North Tipperary Ploughing, on Instagram north _tipp_ploughing and twitter Ntippploughing.

Church News.

Church Bookings: Anyone wishing to make a church booking for Anniversary Masses, Christenings, Weddings etc, please contact the church sacristans, thank you.

Rathcabbin: Mary Cleary 057-9139252          Lorrha: Agnes Slevin 087-7629999

Weekend Masses in Our Parish  are in Lorrha 6.30pm Saturday evenings     and Rathcabbin 11.30am Sunday Mornings
Weekday Masses: Lorrha 9.30am Monday Mornings (except bank holidays).
Mass for Temperance Sunday & World Day of Prayer for the Sick will be broadcast next Sunday 11th February 2024 at 11am on RTÉ TV & Radio.

You are invited to attend The St. Patrick’s College Maynooth Annual Trócaire Lecture:
Climate Justice and Catholic Social Teaching: ‘Everything is connected’ and ‘No one is saved alone’ (Laudate Deum, 19). Registration for this free event is required. It  will take place in Renehan Hall at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, on Tues, 5th of March 2024, at 7 p.m. It will also be live streamed. For further enquiries please contact Frances Harnan frances.harnan@trocaire.org

Divine Mercy Conference: Day return bus to, RDS, Dublin on Sat 24th February. Fantastic international speakers, great day of spiritual inspiration and refreshment. €70 for bus and entry ticket. Contacts: text please Karen 087-4160385 or Seamus  087-2752578 for enquiries and bookings

Pilgrimage.

 Now is the time to book an Easter Pilgrimage to Medjorge which takes place from Easter Monday April 1st. for one week. Fly from Knock Airport. For further details contact Paul on (087) 837 5407.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to William Harding and family, Lorrha on the untimely death of his sister
Elaine – Bellevue, Coolbawn which occurred on Monday January 29th. at her home. Elaine was predeceased by her partner Damien, her parents Dorothy and Willie, her granddaughter Andrea and is deeply regretted by her loving daughters, Rebecca, Edel, son Andrew, daughter in law Denise and grandson Aidan, her brothers Willam, Mark, Graham, Eoin and Michael, her sister Olivia, brother in law, sisters in law, nephew, nieces, relatives and many friends to whom sympathy is offered. After service in  Church of Ireland, Borrisokane on Saturday last, burial took place in Terryglass Cemetery. May her soul rest in peace.

Late Bridget Philomena (Phyllis) Corrigan.

The peaceful death took place on Wednesday January 31st. in the wonderful care of Bethany House, Tyrellspass, of Phyllis Corrigan, Dúnárd, Cuba Avenue, Banagher.
Née D’Arcey, Phyllis was born and raised in Kyle, Lorrha.
She was beloved wife of the late Seán, and mother of the late Finian (Sligo) and is  deeply regretted by her loving family Sorcha, Fionnuala, Eilis, Bríd, and Caoimhín, sons-in-law Mícheál and Kevin, daughters-in-law Marie and Sonia, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Sheila, brother-in-law Al, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends as well as her many relatives in Lorrha to whom sympathy is offered.
After Funeral Mass on Monday (February 5th) in St. Rynagh’s Church, Banagher burial took place in St Rynaghs Cemetery. May her soul rest in peace.

Enrolment.

Lorrha National School are enrolling students for the 2024/2025 year. Contact the school and check out what they have to offer. You can contact the school on (090) 9747 295, email: luanaofa@gmail.com, website www.lorrhans.ie or on social media@scoilluanaofa.

GAA News.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €3,700. The numbers drawn on 5 February were: 21-22-23-25.  1 Match 3: Tommy Smyth wins €100.  Promoters: Noreen Houlihan, Eamonn Maher, Mulrooney's Gala.  Next Mondays jackpot is €3,800 with Team 6 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Membership: Is now due. It must be paid before participating in any training or game, or activity, on the field, or in the gym. The rates are: €40 - juvenile and non-playing; €60 - student with gym membership; €100 – adult player with gym membership. Membership can be paid on Foireann or Clubforce, the latter where you can also sign up for the lotto at a reduced rate.

Schools: Well done to Robert Duffy, Lee Hogan, Liam Donoghue, Killian Fitzgerald, Paul Cahalan, Shane Cleary, Rory Duffy & Nicholas Perry who were a part of the Banagher College team which won the Leinster Colleges Senior ‘B’ Hurling title on Monday, beating Heywood CS in the final.

Sympathies: To the Carroll family, Ballyea, on the death of Pat Carroll. Pat won a North U16 medal with Lorrha in 1976. He was a tough tackling corner back and he played under-21 and junior with the club until his accident. He was a regular supporter of our games and lotto.

Sympathy also to the Maher family, Lorrha, on the death of Denis' brother in America. May they rest in peace.

Social Dancing: Continues in the Tony Reddin Centre next Friday night at 9.30pm to the music of Adrian Ryan.

Did you know?

In 1978 the first balloon to cross the Athlantic was Double Eagle 11.

Did you know that “happy hours” are banned in Ireland…

African elephants have the greatest sense of smell in the animal kingdom.

In 2002 Oscar winning actor Nicholas Cage filed for divorce from Lisa Marie Presley after three months of marriage.

Did you know that one third of the Earth’s land surface is partially or totally desert.

In 1642 Van Diemen’e Land in Tasmania was discovered by the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman.

The longest common English word without vowels is ‘rhythms’.

Thought for the week….

The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder…

 

Smile Awhile…


Lorrha Notes

Meet the Cast: Seated from left, Marguerite Walsh, Hubert Hogan, Maria Maher.  Back: Pat Kennedy (Producer), Michael Bolton, Rueben Noyce, Michael Hoctor. Missing from pic: Fiona Maher O'Brien, Catherine Burke.                    Pic: Rose Mannion. 

Final Reminder.

There is still time to book your seat for Rathcabbin Players 3 act  Sam Cree comedy ‘Don’t tell the Wife’ which will be staged in Rathcabbin Hall from Thursday night February 1st. to Sunday night 4th incl. The doors will open at 7.15pm with curtains up at 8pm sharp. The booking line is open daily between 6.30pm and 8.00pm.on (087) 216 4511 but hurry, seats are filling up fast.

Novice Ploughing Match.

A Novice Ploughing match will be held on Saturday March 2nd . Any male and female between the age of 17 and 35 who would like to participate is requested to call the secretary Denis Cahalan on (087) 779 3719 for further information on this event. Follow us on facebook North Tipperary Ploughing, on Instagram north _tipp_ploughing and twitter Ntippploughing.

Late Mary Jo Kennedy – Cochrane.

Sympathy is extended to Jacqueline McGrath and family, Lorrha on the death of her aunt Mary Jo Kennedy – Cochrane,  Belfast, Antrim  and late of Lorrha.
Mary Jo passed away peacefully on 22nd January surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife of the late Bobby.  As well as her niece Jacqueline and her family, Mary Jo was loving mother to Robert, Joan, Ruaírdhí and Mary. She is sadly missed by her grandchildren Aimee, Cameron, Rory, Ryan and Charlie, daughter- in- law Margaret, extended family, friends and neighbours to whom sympathy is extended. Predeceased by her sisters Kathleen and Mary.
After funeral Mass in St Thérèse of Lisieux Church, Belfast on Wednesday 24th.  her remains were taken home to St Ruadhán’s Church in Lorrha for burial  in the adjoining graveyard following funeral rites on Thursday, 25th January, last in St. Ruadhan’s Church. May her soul rest in peace.

Late Michael (Mick) Gleeson.

The peaceful death took place on Friday 26th January of Michael (Mick) Gleeson. Charleville, Cork and late of Killeen, Rathcabbin.
Mick passed away in Marymount University Hospital and Hospice, Cork in the presence of his loving wife and family. He was loving husband of Teresa (née Quinlan), much loved father of Austin, Stephanie and cherished grandfather of Cian and Liadain. Dear brother of Tom, Jim, Mary (O’Reilly), Joan (Perella) and the late Jack.
Deeply regretted by his loving wife, family, daughter-in-law Mariel, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, kind neighbours and friends to whom sympathy is extended. Funeral took place privately. May his soul rest in peace.

Late Pat Kennedy.

The death took place in London recently of Pat Kennedy.  A native of Lordspark, Rathcabbin, Pat who was in his 79th year, passed away after a very brief illness. One of seven children born to Una and Christy,  Pat left Ireland as a young man back in the 1960’ and settled in London. In his younger years, he was a frequent visitor back home visiting his family and relatives. Pre-deceased by his parents and by his brother Willie, Pat is survived by his sister Mary (England), brothers Anthony (Wicklow), Jim (Borrisokane), John (London), Dan (Motefield – Lorrha), sisters in-law, brother in-law, nieces, nephews, friends, relations and neighbours to whom sympathy is extended. Burial will take place in London on Monday February 12th. Mass will be celebrated in Rathcabbin Church for the repose of his soul, at a later date. May his soul rest in peace.

Redwood NS.

Redwood NS Grandparents Day: Grandparents Day will be held in Redwood School this Thursday 1st February at 12:00. All are welcome to come along and join us for a chat and cup of tea.

Redwood NS Open Evening: Our Open Evening will be held on Tuesday 13th February from 7.00-8.30pm for parents and children hoping to enrol for the 2024/25 school year. It is an ideal opportunity to meet the staff and to view the wide range of facilities and resources on offer in Redwood. All are welcome to attend.

First Confessions: First Confessions for the children of Lorrha, Rathcabbin and Redwood will be held in Redwood Church on Thursday 22nd February at 7pm (Please note: Change of original date)


Mick Hoctor & Marguerite Walsh rehearsing for 'Don't Tell the Wife'.                                         Pic: Rose Mannion.

 

Community Text Alert Forms.

Forms for parishioners to fill up if they are interested in joining the Lorrha & Dorrha Community Text Alert system is now available in the shops in the parish. Anyone filling a form and leaving the registration fee of €20 is to contact Cllr. Michael O’Meara on  (086) 8379300, Declan O'Meara (087) 2609314 or Catty Burke (087) 9300982.

Church News.

 Friday next, 2nd February, is the First Friday of the month. Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha Church at 7.30pm.

Saturday 3rd February is the Feast of Saint Blaise.

Bishop Fintan Will celebrate one of the Masses in each parish in our Pastoral Area next Weekend. The following weekend each parish will have one lay – led community liturgy as we have only one priest available.
Church Bookings: Anyone wishing to make a church booking for Anniversary Masses, Christenings, Weddings etc, please contact the church sacristans, thank you.

Rathcabbin: Mary Cleary 057-9139252          Lorrha: Agnes Slevin 087-7629999

Weekend Masses in Our Parish  are in Lorrha 6.30pm Saturday evenings     and Rathcabbin 11.30am Sunday Mornings
Weekday Masses: Lorrha 9.30am Monday Mornings (except bank holidays).

Preparing for Marriage? Weekend residential courses available. 26th -28th April and 20th -22nd September 2024. Details: www.grasta.org or at info@grasta.org

25th Pioneer National Ball on Sat April 6th, Mass @ 6pm in the Cathedral, Mullingar, followed by entertainment in Annebrook House Hotel, more info: Dermot 085-7201646 or Daisy 087-6544626.

Lourdes Novena:

A novena in preparation for the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of Prayer for the Sick will take place in the Cathedral Ennis from Saturday 3rd Feb to Sunday 11th Feb. Weekdays at 7.30pm, Saturday 11am and Sunday 11.30am. The Novena can be viewed online on the Ennis Cathedral webcam.

Pilgrimage.

Now is the time to book an Easter Pilgrimage to Medjorge which takes place from Easter Monday April 1st. for one week. Fly from Knock Airport. For further details contact Paul on (087) 837 5407.

Enhancement Programme.

The Local Enhancement Programme 2024 capital fund will support groups, particularly in disadvantaged areas, to carry out necessary repairs and improvements their facilities, purchase equipment such as tables and chairs, tools and signage, laptops and printers, lawnmowers, canopies and training equipment etc.

This funding will help communities, community groups and committees, allowing them to continue to provide valuable services to the people in their area, and in the process strengthen the bonds that tie communities together. The fund also aims to support local strategic priorities through linkages with Local Economic Community Plans (LECPs).

The fund also includes ring fenced funding for Women’s Groups i.e. community projects and groups that support the ethos of women’s sheds and other such groups or projects aimed at providing social networks for women.

The Local Enhancement Programme 2024 is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development. Please see the following link to the press release announcing the Local Enhancement Programme 2024 at national level, by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, and the Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD: [Press release]

For further details and the online grant application forms, please click https://www.tipperarycoco.ie/community/community-enhancement-programme/local-enhancement-programme-2024

GAA News

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €3,600 The numbers drawn on 29 January were: 15-17-18-21.  1 Match 3: Theresa Kennedy wins €100.  Promoters: Eamonn Maher, Mulrooney's Gala, Internet.
Next Monday's jackpot is €3,700 with Team 5 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Juvenile Presentation: A great night was had at our juvenile GAA and camogie medal presentation at the Tony Reddin Centre recently. Thanks to special guest Jake Morris for coming to present the medals, and for sharing some words of wisdom with our young players.

Membership: Is now due. It must be paid before participating in any training or game. €40 for juvenile & non-playing members; €60 for student with gym membership; €100 for adult with gym membership. Membership can be paid on Clubforce, where you can also sign up for the lotto at a reduced rate.

Social Dancing: Continues in the Tony Reddin Centre next Friday night from 9.30pm to the music of Joe Cleary.

Did you know??

The Spire on Dublin’s O’Connell Street officially standing at 121.2 metres..

In 2005 YouTube was launched in the USA.

Brazil has the second highest number of airports in the world after the USA.

Lake Karachay in Russia is the most radioactive and polluted lake in the world.

In 1965 Bob Dylan was booed in the Newport Folk Festival for performing with an electric guitar.

The sun accounts for about 99.86% of the total mass of the Solar System.

In 2012 Queen Elizabeth 11 opened the 30th Olympics in London.

Doga and cats only sweat from their footpads and nose.

 

Thought for the week…

If you refuse to accept anything but the best, you often get it…

 

Smile Awhile…


Lorrha Notes

Fiona & Marguerite in full flight rehearsals for "Don't Tell The Wife".                               Photo: Rose Mannion.

Get Booking.

Rathcabbin Players will stage a 3 act  Sam Cree comedy ‘Don’t tell the Wife’ in Rathcabbin Hall from Thursday night February 1st. to Sunday night 4th incl. This year Rathcabbin Players are delighted to welcome back on stage Marguerite Walsh.  After a long absence from the “boards” Marguerite has been helping out behind the scenes but this year she stepped up to the mark taking on the part of Enda Wallis. The doors will open at 7.15pm with curtains up at 8pm sharp. The booking line is open daily between 6.30pm and 8.00pm.on (087) 216 4511.

Community Text Alert Forms.

Forms for parishioners to fill up if they are interested in joining the Lorrha & Dorrha Community Text Alert system is now available in the shops in the parish. Anyone filling a form and leaving the registration fee of €20 is to contact Cllr. Michael O’Meara on  (086) 8379300, Declan O'Meara (087) 2609314 or Catty Burke (087) 9300982.

Novice Ploughing.

North Tipperary Ploughing committee will be holding a Novice Ploughing match on Saturday March 2nd . Any male’s and female’s between the age of 17 and 35 who would like to participate is requested to call the secretary Denis Cahalan on (087) 779 3719 for further information on this event.

Church News.

 Weekend Masses in Our Parish  are in Lorrha 6.30pm Saturday evenings     and Rathcabbin 11.30am Sunday Mornings

Weekday Masses: Lorrha 9.30am Monday Mornings (except bank holidays).

Preparing for Marriage? Weekend residential courses available. 26th -28th April and 20th -22nd September 2024. Details: www.grasta.org or at info@grasta.org

Catholic Schools Week 21st- 27th Jan. This year’s theme is "Communities of Service”. During this week we hope to give some time to reflect on our school as communities of service Families, parishes, and schools are invited to participate in a week of celebration of Catholic Schools reflecting on their contribution to the common good of society.

25th Pioneer National Ball on Sat April 6th, Mass @ 6pm in the Cathedral, Mullingar, followed by entertainment in Annebrook House Hotel, more info: Dermot 085-7201646 or Daisy 087-6544626.

Calling Divine Mercy Groups.

A Divine Mercy Alcove has been established in St Mary's Church, Convoy, Co Donegal, which includes a first-class relic of St Faustina. As part of the on-going development, Killaloe Diocese would like to draw up a list of Divine Mercy Groups. If you know of any, no matter the size, please send the details to Fr Eamonn Kelly, Parochial House, Convoy, Co Donegal, F93HX2R or eamonnkelly1949@gmail.com or 0879077985 before 8th February.  It is hoped to be able to establish contact between all the groups. Thank you.

Late Bernadette Turner.

The death took place on Wednesday January 17th of Bernadette (Detty) Turner, Carrig, Birr.
Née Brereton, formally from The Pike, Rathcabbin, Detty attended school in Rathcabbin and was a regular visitor to the parish down through the years for various events.  She passed away peacefully in the loving care of the staff of Middletown House Nursing Home, Courtown, Wexford.
She was predeceased by her husband Tom and son Gareth and is deeply regretted and sadly missed by her son Brian, daughter Carol, son in law Graham, daughter-in-law Hazel, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, brothers in law, sisters in law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends to whom sympathy is offered.
After funeral Mass on Monday last in The Church of the Annunciation, Carrig, burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Fundraiser.

Borrisokane & District Vintage Club are raising funds for Milford Hospice by running a Vintage Tractor & Classic Car Run on Sunday 28th January 2024. Starting from Aglish Hall E53 E132 @ 11am. €20 entry per vehicle. This is for Vintage Vehicles only.

Marguerite Walsh rehearsing for the forthcoming production  of "Don't Tell The Wife" in Rathcabbin.     Photo: Rose Mannion.

Well Done Lorrha Lads.

Congratulations is extended to the Lorrha GAA club who were named last week as North Tipperary club of the year, with Patrick Maher named as the division’s Premier Intermediate hurler of the year. What a wonderful two years it has been for this group of lads and their managerial team who have worked hard to earn victory and to reap this reward. Well done to all and to Patrick Maher who is the worthy recipient.

The Lost Week-End.

Borrisokane Players are delighted to announce their 2024 production of Padraic McIntyres 'The Lost Weekend'. This 2-act Irish comedy-drama, built around an all-female cast, tells the story of a work team building weekend away & the laughs and stories that ensue. Directed by Tom Hayes, this production runs at The Clarke Memorial Hall, Borrisokane from Friday January 26th to Sunday January 28th, 2024. Curtains up at 8.30pm sharp. Booking advised on 086-0678124.

AGM

Join us at the Lorrha Development Association's Annual General Meeting (AGM) Date: Tuesday 30 January 2024.  Time: 8:00 PM .  Location: Lorrha Community Hall All members of the Lorrha Development Association and the public are invited to attend! Let's shape the future of Lorrha together!

Pilgrimage.

 Now is the time to book an Easter Pilgrimage to Medjorge which takes place from Easter Monday April 1st. for one week. Fly from Knock Airport. For further details contact Paul on (087) 837 5407.

Enhancement Programme.

The Local Enhancement Programme 2024 capital fund will support groups, particularly in disadvantaged areas, to carry out necessary repairs and improvements their facilities, purchase equipment such as tables and chairs, tools and signage, laptops and printers, lawnmowers, canopies and training equipment etc.

This funding will help communities, community groups and committees, allowing them to continue to provide valuable services to the people in their area, and in the process strengthen the bonds that tie communities together. The fund also aims to support local strategic priorities through linkages with Local Economic Community Plans (LECPs).

The fund also includes ring fenced funding for Women’s Groups i.e. community projects and groups that support the ethos of women’s sheds and other such groups or projects aimed at providing social networks for women.

The Local Enhancement Programme 2024 is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development. Please see the following link to the press release announcing the Local Enhancement Programme 2024 at national level, by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, and the Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD: [Press release]

For further details and the online grant application forms, please click https://www.tipperarycoco.ie/community/community-enhancement-programme/local-enhancement-programme-2024

Add in the plumbers !!!  Hubert & Reuben rehearsing for Rathcabbin Players production of "Don't Tell the Wife".     Photo:  Rose Mannion.

 

GAA News.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €3,600. The numbers drawn on 22 January were: 9-11-25-26.  1 Match 3: Nancy White wins €100. Promoters: Mary Cleary, Madeleine Maher, D&K Mannion.
Next Mondays jackpot is €3,700 with Team 4 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

North Tipperary Club of the Year: Having been named as North Tipperary Club of the Year, we will be delighted to host the North Tipperary GAA Awards Night on Saturday, February 17th at the Tony Reddin centre. Congrats to Patrick 'Bonner' Maher on being named North Tipperary Premier Intermediate Hurler of the Year.

Membership: Is now due. It must be paid before participating in any training or game. €40 - juvenile and non-playing members; €60 for student with gym membership; €100 for adult with gym membership. Membership can be paid on Clubforce, where you can also sign up for the lotto at a reduced rate.

Social Dancing: Continues in the Tony Reddin Centre next Friday night from 9.30pm to the music of Colm Aungier.

Sportswear: If you are thinking of replenishing your sportswear why not pay a visit to Oliver Douglas’ in Birr. They have a wide range of items available and, once you mention Lorrha GAA club, we receive 5% of the commission on every item sold. So don't forget to mention Lorrha GAA club when purchasing.

Did you know??

In 1898 Rudolf Diesel of Germany obtained a patent for his internal combustion engine.

The strongest beer in the world has a 67.5% alcohol content.

In 1867 the USA purchased Alaska from Russia for just US7.2million dollars.

In 1966 the South African government banned Beatles records..

The speed of sound underwater travels nearly five times faster than it does in the air.

In 2018 Apple became the first American public listed company to reach 1 trillion dollars in value.

The UK is smaller than the US state of Oregon.

In 1834 Slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire.

 

Thought for the week.

In the long run, we only hit what we aim at….

 

Smile Awhile…


Lorrha Notes

 

Comedy for Rathcabbin Group.

Rathcabbin Players will stage a 3 act  Sam Cree comedy ‘Don’t tell the Wife’ in Rathcabbin Hall from Thursday night February 1st. to Sunday night 4th incl. This year Rathcabbin Players are delighted to announce that one of their own, Pat Kennedy,  has donned the directors hat for this comedy. Pat is well known to all patrons for his many rolls with the group over a long number of years having first starred in the 1985 production of the one act play “The Dear Departed”. Pat has been involved ever since, either on stage or behind the scenes. He is delighted to be guiding the group through their paces in this comedy and we wish him and the cast all the best. The doors will open at 7.15pm with curtains up at 8pm sharp. The booking line will be open from next Tuesday night 23rd January and daily thereafter between 6.30pm and 8.00pm.on (087) 216 4511.

 Late Robert (Bob) McCann.

 Sympathy is extended to Ann Power, Rathcabbin on the death of her brother in-law Robert (Bob) McCann, New York, late of Portarlington, Co. Laois who died recently. Husband of Peggy Power, Clonmona, and also brother in law to the Late David Power (Rathcabbin).  Bob and Peggy were married 55 years. He was a big GAA supporter and played with Offaly in New York in his younger years and when his playing days were over, he always met up with Offaly teams that played in New York.  He and Peggy were regular match goers in Gaelic Park where Bob attended matches almost every week-end regardless of who was playing. He is survived by Peggy and his daughters Claire and Arlene and his son Bobby along with four grandchildren, relatives, neighbours and friends both in the US and here in Ireland where he was well known having visited his home stead in Laois and his relatives in Rathcabbin. Sympathy is extended to them all.  Burial took place in New York. May his Soul rest in Peace.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of Eamonn McKenna, Dundalk who passed away on Thursday 11th January. Eamonn who was a supporter of Lorrha GAA club, was husband of Marie Mahon, Lorrha and was a regular visitors to the parish. After funeral Mass in St. Fursey's Church, Haggardstown on Sunday last, burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May his Soul rest in peace.

Community Text Alert Forms.

Forms for parishioners to fill up if they are interested in joining the Lorrha & Dorrha Community Text Alert system is now available in the shops in the parish. Anyone filling a form and leaving the registration fee of €20 is to contact Cllr. Michael O’Meara on  (086) 8379300, Declan O'Meara (087) 2609314 or Catty Burke (087) 9300982.

Ploughing Meeting.

 The first meeting of the new year of the North Tipperary Ploughing Association will take place on Wednesday night 17th Jan. at 8.00pm in Paddy’s Bar, Terryglass. All members are requested to attend.  The committee are presently looking for a suitable site to stage the 2024 championships which take place in March. If you think you might have a suitable venue please call the secretary Denis Cahalan on (087) 779 3719.

 Church News.

 Weekend Masses in Our Parish  are in Lorrha 6.30pm Saturday evenings  and Rathcabbin 11.30am Sunday Mornings

Weekday Masses: Lorrha 9.30am Monday Mornings (except bank holidays).

25th Pioneer National Ball on Sat April 6th, Mass @ 6pm in the Cathedral, Mullingar, followed by entertainment in Annebrook House Hotel, more info: Dermot 085-7201646 or Daisy 087-6544626.

2024 Applications for Postgraduate & Mission & Ministries Programmes now open. Studying at St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth, you will be encouraged to engage critically, so that you can form your own ideas and conclusions. See sppu.ie for more info.

Catholic Schools Week 21st- 27th Jan.

This year’s theme is "Communities of Service”. During this week we hope to give some time to reflect on our school as communities of service Families, parishes, and schools are invited to participate in a week of celebration of Catholic Schools reflecting on their contribution to the common good of society.

Easy Exercise Programme.

Silver Arch Family Resource Centre are delighted to offer their 4 Week Easy Exercise Programme in Tyone Community Centre, starting on Tues 23rd January from 2pm to 3pm, for €10 this 4 week programme is aimed at people wanting to learn to improve and maintain mobility, balance and fitness.   Healthy Food Made Easy is also starting back on Tues 6th February in Tyone Community Centre from 10:30am to 1pm for 6 Weeks.  This is a free Programme where you can learn about food & nutrition & get useful tips & ideas for meals. Booking is essential as spaces are limited – contact reception at 067-31800.

AGM

Join us at the Lorrha Development Association's Annual General Meeting (AGM) Date: Tuesday 30 January 2024.  Time: 8:00 PM .  Location: Lorrha Community Hall

All members of the Lorrha Development Association and the public are invited to attend! Let's shape the future of Lorrha together!

Pilgrimage.

 Now is the time to book an Easter Pilgrimage to Medjorge which takes place from Easter Monday April 1st. for one week. Fly from Knock Airport. For further details contact Paul on (087) 837 5407.

Good News For Parish.

Cllr. Michael O’Meara welcomes CLAR funding into Lower Ormond Area over last week-end. Michael said that following consultation with deputy Michael Lowry TD,  I am pleased to announce that CLAR funding has been secured for the following projects:

€49,750 for Rathcabbin Hall to upgrade existing toilets and install wheelchair accessible toilet

€25,200 for SCEAL community Ltd to resurface the grounds at Lorrha Hall

€49,950 for playgrounds work and sensory garden for Aglish Village Commitee

He offered his good wishes and congratulated everyone saying ‘ great credit must go to these hardworking communities who will be able now to make their projects a reality “ said Cllr. Michael O’ Meara.

GAA News.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €3,500. The numbers drawn on 15 January were: 11-13-21-25.  1 Match 3: John Kennedy (Nenagh) wins €100.  Promoters: Madeleine Maher, Agnes Sherlock, Internet.  Next Monday's jackpot is €3,600 with Team 3 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Dinner Dance: We had a great night in the County Arms Hotel in Birr for our Dinner Dance on Saturday night where our premier intermediate hurling team were presented with their North & County medals, by special guest and outgoing coach Brian Carroll. Thanks to all who organised and supported the event.

Juvenile Medal Presentation: Lorrha U13 ‘B’ Plate and Lorrha Rovers U15 North ‘B’ champions will be presented with their medals by Lorrha captain Michael Dolan and Tipperary’s Jake Morris at our joint celebration with Lorrha camogie club on Saturday, 20th January at 7.00pm in the Tony Reddin Centre, Moatfield. Everyone welcome to celebrate with our players. DJ and light refreshments after.

Athletics Training: started on Friday night in the Tony Reddin Centre with Amanda O’Farrell showing the boys and girls techniques to increase their agility and fitness. It continues next Friday, and all are welcome, primary school children aged 10 and up at 6.30pm, secondary school at 7.15pm.

Membership: With all the 2023 celebrations over, it's almost time to get back out on the field, which means that membership is now due. It must be paid before participating in any training or game. €40 for juvenile and non-playing members. €60 for student with gym membership. €100 for adult with gym membership. Membership can be paid on Foireann or Clubforce, the latter where you can also sign up for the weekly club lotto where there are a number of special rates.

Did you know?

In 1970 Dana wins Ireland’s first Eurovision song contest with ‘All Kinds of Everything’ remind me of you.

Antarctica was once as warm as modern day California.

A proverb is to speech what salt is to food.

In 1972 Britian’s Parliament voted to join the European Common Market.

The three tallest statues in the world are of Buddha.

 

Thought for the week…

Inspiration and genius..... one and the same..

 Smile awhile…

 


Lorrha Notes

You can download Darran Bourke's new single “Forever and Amen”  on all platforms or you can watch on U-Tube. Written and performed by the talented Darran, “Forever and Amen”  is getting more and more requests on radio. Well done Darren. 

Recently Baptised.

Congratulations is extended to Saoirse Bowen, daughter of Grainne Molloy, Portland and her husband John Bowen who was baptised recently in Lorrha Church. Well done all.

Charity Golf Outing.

A fundraising golf outing took place on Friday 29th December at Birr Golf Club at which a sum in excess of €1100 was raised. All proceeds from the event goes to the MSF Gaza Fund. This was due to the help and generosity of the following : All the players who took part on the day and contributed very generously. Birr Golf Club, Liffey Mills Banagher, Norbert Brady Fireplaces, O'Hara Electrical and Solar, Rags Golf Society, Lorrha Parish Golf, Des&Antoinette Haugh, Ena & Paschal Moran, Ronan King, Alan O Meara, Michael Brophy, Mike Molloy, Aoife Brady, Tony Coen, Mick Liffey, Kathleen Lynskey, Martin Young, Kieran Horan, John Cleary, Brian Guinan, Michael Coughlan. Finally well done to Kevin Hough and Patrick Maher who were joint winners on the day.

Athletics training for Juveniles: 

Athletic training will start on Jan 12th in Moatfield for all players (hurling & camogie) age 10 to 17 for 6 weeks with running coach Amanda O’Farrell, Borrisokane, to help players develop their agility and speed. Thanks to Breda O’Meara Pharmacy for sponsoring this free initiative for our boys and girls.

Community Text Alert.

Anyone interested in joining the Lorrha & Dorrha Community Text Alert can contact Cllr. Michael O’Meara on  (086) 8379300, Declan O'Meara (087) 2609314 or Catty Burke (087) 9300982. Registration fee is €20.00.

Late Gerard Flannery.

The death took place on Monday 1st January 2024 of Gerard Flannery, Beechwood Park, Nenagh and Kilregane, Lorrha.
Predeceased by his father Noel, Gerard is deeply regretted by his mother Catherine, sister Elaine, aunt Maisie Mahon, cousins, relatives and friends to whom sympathy is offered. After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church, Lorrha on Thursday Jan. 4th.  burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

 Site Required.

 North Tipperary Ploughing are presently looking for a suitable site to stage the 2024 championships which take place in March. If you think you might have a suitable venue please call the secretary Denis Cahalan on (087) 779 3719.

 Church News.

 Weekend Masses in Our Parish  are in Lorrha 6.30pm Saturday evenings  and Rathcabbin 11.30am Sunday Mornings Weekday Masses: Lorrha 9.30am Monday Mornings (except bank holidays)
A letter received from Fr. Brian Johnson, OSF thanking the parishes in the Diocese sincerely for the Mission Awareness appeal last year and the welcome and hospitality he received. Total collection came to €74, 464.00 and for that generosity they are most grateful.

Christmas tree Recycling.

Christmas Trees can be dropped off Free of Charge for recycling until Saturday 13th January at the following locations during normal opening hours - 08.30- 15.30 at Nenagh Recycling Centre, Nenagh, Roscrea Recycling Centre, Roscrea.

Final Reminder.

It’s not too late to get your tickets for the Lorrha GAA dinner dance which takes place on Saturday night coming January 13th in the County Arms Hotel, Birr. The North & County premier intermediate hurling championship winning team will be presented with their medals on the night. A band and DJ will play. Tickets, €50, are on sale throughout the parish or by contacting secretary Maureen Guinan 0872426965 and if you wish there is the option available of paying on Revolut.

Exhibition.

A photograph exhibition to celebrate some of the talented residents of Rathcabbin, Lorrha and Lusmagh was launched in Kelly’s Rathcabbin on Thursday 28th December 2023. This exhibition, entitled Lámha Beo, was photographed by Georgina Chambers and Robert Revill, members of Birr Photography Group,  and consists of portraits of 12 local people with additional photographs of them in action. This talented  group include no less than 3 All Ireland champions and a gold medallist at the Chelsea Flower Show!   On view is Aubrey Claffey - sculptor, Ute Duggan - artist, Celine Guinan - camogie player, Mary Hanrahan - brown bread maker, Richard Haslam - florist and gardener,  William Holmes - musician, Pamela Kennedy - hair stylist, Sean Lambe - vintage tractor enthusiast, Barry Noyce - basket  weaver, Mary O’ Brien - knitter, Sakie O’ Brien - loy digger and Michael O’ Meara - bee-keeper. A great night was had by all at the launch with music by Reuben and Jacob Noyce, Denis Duffy and Tom Holmes. The exhibition, funded by the Heritage Council through Tipperary County Council,  will remain in Kelly’s R42FN36 in the coming weeks and all are welcome. There is a memento booklet and donations can be made to Enable Ireland.

GAA News.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €3,400. The numbers drawn on 8 January were: 7-10-13-28.  1 Match 3: Niamh Moran wins €100.  Promoters: Kathleen Gleeson, John McLeish, Kevin Molloy.
Next Monday's jackpot is €3,500 with Team 2 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Dinner Dance: Tickets are still available for our Dinner Dance, which takes place this Saturday, January 13th in the County Arms Hotel, Birr. Contact secretary Maureen Guinan as soon as possible (087 242 6965) to buy with the option available of paying on Revolut. Our Premier Intermediate team gave us many great days out last year, and this is the chance for our supporters to acknowledge their achievements.

Athletics training for juveniles: will start on Friday, January 12th in Moatfield for all players (hurling and camogie) age 10 to 17 for 6 weeks with running coach Amanda O’Farrell to help players develop their agility and speed. Thanks to Breda O’Meara Pharmacy for sponsoring this free initiative for our boys and girls. Please complete the WhatsApp poll for attendance.

Strength & Conditioning for juveniles: In the coming weeks we will also be engaging the expertise of Lorrha man Conor Sullivan to help our juvenile players with strength and conditioning for the coming year, details to follow.

Juvenile Medal Presentation: Lorrha U13 and Lorrha Rovers U15 medal presentation will take place on Saturday, January 20th in the Tony Reddin Centre, Moatfield, at 7.30pm with special guests Lorrha Premier Intermediate Captain Michael Dolan and Tipperary Senior Hurling star Jake Morris. All are welcome to celebrate the boy’s achievements, have a chat, a refreshment and a photo with their fine silverware. If you have any queries for the coming year, contact Garrett Ryan (chairperson) 0872126821 or Martina Duffy (secretary) 0872922783.

Social Dancing: Continues next Friday in the Tony Reddin Centre from 9.30pm to the music of Michelle Murphy.

 

Did you know?

 When awake, the human brain produces enough electricity to power a small light bulb.

 

On August 13th 1899 Director Alfred Hitchcock was born in Essex.

 

About one in nine people lack access to an improved water source.

 

JK Rowlings was the first novelist to become a billionaire.

 

Thought for the week…..

 The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.

 

Smile Awhile….


Lorrha Notes

Church News.

Weekend Masses in Our Parish  are in Lorrha 6.30pm Saturday evenings  and Rathcabbin 11.30am Sunday Mornings

Weekday Masses: Lorrha 9.30am Monday Mornings (except bank holidays)

Friday next 5th January is the First Friday on the month.  Mass will be in Rathcabbin Church at 7.30pm

Feast of the Epiphany – Sat. 6th January. We mark the Epiphany of our Lord  at Mass on Saturday evening  at 6.30pm.

Charity Concert.

A Charity concert in aid of Mid-West Cancer Foundation will be held on Saturday 6th January 2024 at Treacy's Oakwood Hotel at 8pm One of the highlights of the concert will be the singing of World Acclaimed Composer Patrick Cassidy's "Sanctus" (from the Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York), sung by Harmony Bro and Non-Nobis Domine Choir. Tickets can be bought from - Aidan White - at 086-3197235.

Community Alert.

Following on from a very successful community crime meeting held recently, it was agreed to get the community text alert system re-activated. Anyone interested in joining the Lorrha & Dorrha Community Text Alert can contact Cllr. Michael O’Meara on  (086) 8379300, Declan O'Meara (087) 2609314 or Catty Burke (087) 9300982. Registration fee is €20.00.

Site Required.

 North Tipperary Ploughing are presently looking for a suitable site to stage the 2024 championships which take place in March. If you think you might have a suitable venue please call the secretary Denis Cahalan on (087) 779 3719.

Christmas tree Recycling.

Christmas Trees can be dropped off Free of Charge for recycling from Tuesday the 2nd January to  Saturday 13th January at the following locations when they resume normal opening hours on Tuesday 2nd January 08.30- 15.30 at Nenagh Recycling Centre, Nenagh, Roscrea Recycling Centre, Roscrea.

Come Celebrate with the Silverware.

Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Lorrha GAA dinner dance which takes place on Saturday, January 13th in the County Arms Hotel, Birr, with North & County premier intermediate hurling championship winning team to be celebrated on the night. A band and DJ will play. Tickets, €50, are on sale throughout the parish or by contacting secretary Maureen Guinan 0872426965 for details, with the option available of paying on Revolut.

Sam Cree Comedy for Rathcabbin.

Rathcabbin Players are busy rehearsing for their forthcoming annual production of  to the popular Sam Cree comedy ‘Don’t tell the Wife’. The play is produced by Pat Kennedy and will take place in Rathcabbin Hall. Further details later so watch this space.

GAA News

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €3,300. The numbers drawn on 1 January were: 16-17-18-19. No Match 3.  Lucky Dips: Gertie Boland, Fiona Daly, Mark Kennedy, Geraldine Tuohy.
Promoters: Sean Mannion, John McLeish, Margaret O'Brien.
Next Monday's jackpot is €3,400 with Team 1 in charge of draw. Thank you for your continued support. Happy New Year.

Dinner Dance: Tickets, €50, are still available for our Celebratory Dinner Dance, which takes place on Saturday, January 13th, in the County Arms Hotel, Birr. Contact secretary Maureen Guinan (0872426965) for details, with the option available of paying on Revolut.

Social Dancing: Continues next Friday night in the Tony Reddin Centre from 9.30pm to the music of Michael Sexton.


Lorrha Notes

Community Alert.

Following on from a very successful community crime meeting held recently, it was agreed to get the community text alert system re-activated. Anyone interested in joining the Lorrha & Dorrha Community Text Alert can contact Cllr. Michael O’Meara on  (086) 8379300, Declan O'Meara (087) 2609314 or Catty Burke (087) 9300982. Registration fee is €20.00.


Photo: Rose Mannion.

Exhibition.

Join us at Kelly’s Last Chance Bar Rathcabbin for the "Lámha Beo" photographic exhibition, featuring the incredible works of 12 talented local individuals. Discover the talent of Mary Hanrahan, Pamela Kennedy, Sakie O’Brien, Mary O’Brien, Celine Guinan, Richard Haslam, Barry Noyce, Sean Lambe, Aubrey Claffey, Ute Dugan, William Holmes, and Michael O’Meara on Thursday, December 28th, starting at 8:30 PM. Don't miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in their captivating skills!

Charity Golf Outing.

A charity Golf outing will be held on Friday December 29th in Birr Golf Club with all proceeds going to MSF Gaza Fund. Tee time from 11.15am. For further information please call Donal Brady on (087) 222 5516. All are welcome.

 Christmas Special Card Game.

 Rathcabbin Hall special card game will take place on Friday 29th December at 8.30pm. Everyone welcome.

Site Required.

North Tipperary Ploughing are presently looking for a suitable site to stage the 2024 championships which take place in March. If you think you might have a suitable venue please call the secretary Denis Cahalan on (087) 779 3719.

Entertainer Seán Keane for Rathcabbin Hall.

 Entertainer Seán Keane will appear in concert on Saturday 13th April 2024 at 8pm. In Rathcabbin Hall.   Tickets available from (087) 6962 490 or (087) 7613 458.

New Single.

Lorrha man Darran Bourke recently released his new single “Forever and Amen”. Written and performed by the talented Darran, the scenery for the song was shot in St. Ruadhan’s Church, Lorrha. “Forever and Amen” can be downloaded and streamed on all platforms or you can watch on U-Tube.

Festive Appreciation Afternoon in Rathcabbin.

The day started with a lovely surprise during the set-up and preparation by Rathcabbin Tidy Towns for their Christmas Craft Fair. Vincent Corcoran arrived with a nod to our native and local craft in the form of a generous donation of turf. Great timing and lovely to be able to sell it locally on the day! This day included 13 craft tables to support crafters or all ages selling their produce and festive gifts. We’re happy to hear the positive feedback from craft tables on business level for them and the enjoyable day in general.  It’s great to support younger school pupils having their first experience of managing a table and selling their wares. It’s more than a craft fair and talent did shine. It’s a festive appreciation day where we give back locally and say thanks to all by bringing this event to life for Christmas season. We included a magician for the children this year and hosted a festive art competition for all three schools locally. Their artwork decorated the community hall on the day and many of them got to meet Santa too when he paid a visit that evening. We’d like to thank the main sponsors for our 19 raffle prizes on the day -  Mulrooney’s, Secret Essence, Bobby Mcloughlin, Pamela Kennedy, Keith Brady, In Your Prime and Ladies Day Boutique, Portumna, Hassetts of Banagher, Doherty’s Roscrea, Corrib Oil and the many beautiful donations received from locals that went into hampers and prizes we created for the day itself.  It’s been a great year of progress for Rathcabbin Tidy Towns. We look forward to our AGM shortly after taking decorations down in early 2024. We thank everyone who helped and supported Tidy Towns throughout 2023 and hope you enjoy a festive break! We welcome new volunteers who’d like to get involved from next Spring onwards.

GAA News

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €3,200. The numbers drawn on 26 December were: 13-14-17-20.  1 Match 3: Ann Gallagher wins €100.  Promoters: D&K Mannion, Sean Mannion, Liam Reddish.
Next draw will be on Monday 1st January for a jackpot of €3,300. Team 1 in charge of the draw. Happy New Year to all our lotto players.

Did you know??? 

The sunrise in parts of China can be as late as 10am because the country joined its five time zones into a single one.

In 1854 the SS City of Glasgow left Liverpool harbour with 480 passengers and crew, but was never seen again..

Humans have the same number of hair follicles as chimpanzees.

Cats have 32 muscles that control the outer ear, while humans have only six.

Steve Jobs, Apple's co founder was born in San Francisco on 24th February 1955.

Canada has the largest coastline in the world.

 

Thought for the week......

Failure is just another way to learn how to do something right.

 

Smile Awhile...

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Lorrha Notes

                            Merry Christmas to all our readers. Stay safe and keep well.....


Photo by Rose Mannion.

Pastoral Area Christmas Mass Arrangements.

Christmas Eve:  Mass in Lorrha Sunday at 9.00pm.   Mass also in Lorrha on Saturday evening 23rd at 6.30pm.
Christmas day:  Mass in Rathcabbin at 11.30am.  No Mass in Rathcabbin on Sunday morning Dec.24th.
Borrisokane on Christmas Eve at 7pm. Christmas Day at 10.30am. Aglist on Christmas Eve at 2pm. Terryglass Christmas Eve at 8.30pm. – Christmas day at 9.30am. and Mass in Kilbarron on Christmas Eve at 6.30pm.
Sacrament of reconciliation in our Parishes: Next Sunday 17th, there will be a simple penitential service at the beginning of Masses. At the end of Masses there will be the opportunity for an individual blessing or confession if desired.

Please note No Morning Mass Sunday 24th Dec. The vigil Masses are the only Masses for the fourth Sunday of Advent : 6:30pm Lorrha, 7pm Borrisokane & 8pm Kilbarron.

 Lights Camel Action.

The pupils of Lorrha NS present “Lights Camel Action” in Lorrha NS this Wednesday night December 20th at 7pm. This performance is now fully booked. There will be a raffle on the night. Entry is free. All enquiries to the school office on luanaofa@gmail.com.

Rathcabbin NS Christmas Concert.

The pupils of Rathcabbin NS present their Christmas concert in Rathcabbin Hall on this Wednesday December 20th. There’s a matinee at 12.45 and the evening show is at 7.15pm. Christmas music, singing, dance and plays from all the pupils. €10 per adult and €5 per child. All welcome.

Carol Service.

A Carol Service will be held in St Ruadhans Church of Ireland on Thurs 21st December at 8.00 pm. Followed by some light refreshments. Everyone is welcome.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to the Larkin family Kilcormac and Lorrha on the death of Michael Parkinson, Terryglass. Michael passed away peacefully in the loving care of the staff of Portumna Retirement Village on Friday 15th of December 2023. Predeceased by his parents William and Nora (Quinlisk) and his brother Johnny. Michael will be deeply missed by his sister Mary and his extended family and many friends and neighbours to whom sympathy is extended.
Michael’s funeral Mass took place in The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Terryglass on Sunday last.  May he rest in peace.

Lamha Beo.

Join us at Kelly’s Last Chance Bar Rathcabbin for the "Lamha Beo" photographic exhibition, featuring the incredible works of 12 talented local individuals. Discover the artistic skills of Mary Hanrahan, Pamela Kennedy, Sakie O’Brien, Mary O’Brien, Celine Guinan, Richard Haslam, Barry Noyce, Sean Lambe, Aubrey Claffey, Ute Dugan, William Holmes, and Michael O’Meara on Thursday, December 28th, starting at 8:30 PM. Don't miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in their captivating skills!

Charity Golf Outing.

A charity Golf outing will be held on Friday December 29th in Portumna Golf Club with all proceeds going to MSF Gaza Fund. Tee time from 11.15am. For further information please call Donal Brady on (087) 222 5516. All are welcome.

 Christmas Special Card Game.

Rathcabbin Hall special card game will take place on Friday 29th December at 8.30pm. Everyone welcome.

Entertainer Seán Keane for Rathcabbin Hall.

Looking for a Christmas present? Well look no further than Patrick Cahalan or Nancy White who will sell you tickets for the forthcoming Seán Keane concert which will take place on Saturday 13th April 2024 at 8pm. Just call (087) 6962 490 or (087) 7613 458 and your present is sorted.

 News From Lorrha School.

As we bid farewell to our former principal Mrs. Olive O’Meara on her retirement from the school after 35 years, we also get set to welcome her successor Mr. John Skehan who will take up his position on January 8th.
We extend our thanks to all our pupils who did our school proud and their parents on Saturday night 9th by participating with oozing confidence, in the celebrations to mark Olive’s departure. Well done all.
Art competition: Congratulations to our winners, Megan, Rachel, Ava, David, Bonnie and Soraya  in the Rathcabbin Tidy Towns Christmas Fair colouring competition! Many thanks to the Rathcabbin committee for inviting us to participate.

Silverware in the school:  A big Thank You  to the Lorrha Premier Intermediate team members for bringing the Liam Devaney (North Cup) and Seamus O’Riáin (county) cups to our school where the pupils were delighted to get their hands on the silverware. Captain Michael Dolan, Michael Kennedy, Ciarán Hough and our past pupils Colm and Christopher Fogarty, Niall McIntyre and Tom Duggan took the time to answer questions and sign their autographs. They were accompanied by selector Shane Brophy. Well done lads, it was wonderful to see you all and again our thanks for calling around. Our pupils loved every minute.

Quiz:  A huge well done and thanks to Eoghan, Patrick, Megan and Rachel who represented our school in the North Board GAA Primary School Quiz recently. A great experience for all!

Birr Theatre:   Our juniors travelled to Birr Theatre last week for the Christmas play ‘Elf Saved Christmas’ and they had a tremendous time too.

School Play:  A massive well done to all our pupils who performed ‘Lights, Camel, Action’ Christmas play in school last week and many thanks to their families for coming along and supporting them.
A huge thank you to their teachers Ms. McLoughney and Ms. Harding. Well done all.

Used Postage Stamps:  Don’t forget that we continue to collect your used postage stamps which we forward to the clergy for Missionary work. We also continue to collect used batteries which helps with contributing to the LauraLynn hospice foundation. So please bring all your used stamps and batteries to the school.

Enrolling:  Lorrha N.S. are enrolling pupils for the 2024/25 school year. Application forms are available from the school, from the website or message the facebook page. You can also call the school on (090) 9747295 or email luanaofa@gmail.com. Appointments can also be made to view the school and see what’s on offer or to talk to a teacher by calling the school or sending an email. We look forward to hearing from you.

Christmas Wishes:  The staff and pupils in Lorrha N.S. wish to extend Christmas wishes to everyone and hope you have a blessed Christmas and many good wishes for the new year.

New Single.

Lorrha man Darran Bourke recently released his new single “Forever and Amen”. Written and performed by the talented Darran, the scenery for the song was shot in St. Ruadhan’s Church, Lorrha. “Forever and Amen” can be downloaded and streamed on all platforms or you can watch on U-Tube.

Christmas Greetings.

 Rathcabbin Players wish everyone a Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you all at their forthcoming play  "Don't Tell The Wife" by Sam Creed. Watch this space for further details.

GAA News.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €3,100. The numbers drawn on 18 December were: 10-12-28-30. 2 Match 3's share €100: Mary Cleary & Denis Duggan. Promoters: Maria Brophy, Madeleine Maher, & PJ Nevin.

Christmas lotto spot prize winners: - Nancy White, Alice Kelly, The 4 Girls (c/o Betty Houlihan), Ann Power, Caroline O’Brien, Lauren Donoghue, Timothy Tierney, Joe Ryan, - Eileen Hogan, Betty Reddish, Seamus Sherlock, Ogie Moran, Niall Brophy.

Promoters: Noreen Houlihan, Louise Mannion, Eamon Maher, Kelly’s, Sean Mannion, D&K Mannion.

Next draw will be on St Stephen's Night for a jackpot of €3,200. Team 7 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support and Happy Christmas to all our players.

Dinner Dance: Takes place on Saturday, January 13th in the County Arms Hotel, Birr, with North & County premier intermediate hurling championship winning team to be celebrated on the night. A band and DJ will play. Tickets, €50, which would be the perfect Christmas present, are now available. Contact secretary Maureen Guinan 0872426965 for details, with the option available of paying on Revolut.

Retro Jerseys: If you're not going to the dinner dance but are still on the look-out for a Christmas present, what would be better than a retro Lorrha jersey, with both blue and white versions available. Contact Aidan McIntyre for details.

Christmas Sets: Lorrha GAA Christmas sets are on sale in Oliver Douglas’ Birr for those who are on the look-out for Christmas presents.

Tipp Clubs Draw: Congratulations to Edel Hogan Hoctor, Shinrone, who won €300 in the Tipperary Draw last Friday.

Social Dancing: Christmas Party takes place this Friday night in the Tony Reddin Centre from 9.30pm. If you want to start the Christmas early, then what better place to start it with the excellent Dave Lawlor and Michael Cahill.

Charity Golf Outing: Organised by Donie Brady for the MSF Gaza fund takes place in Portumna Golf Club at 11.15am on Friday, December 29th. Contact Donie Brady 0872225516 for further details.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our club members. We look forward to getting back on the field in 2024.

The day started with a lovely surprise during the set-up and preparation by Rathcabbin Tidy Towns for their Christmas Craft Fair. Vincent Corcoran arrived with a nod to our native and local craft in the form of a generous donation of turf. Great timing and lovely to be able to sell it locally on the day!

This day included 13 craft tables to support crafters or all ages selling their produce and festive gifts. We’re happy to hear the positive feedback from craft tables on business level for them and the enjoyable day in general.  It’s great to support younger school pupils having their first experience of managing a table and selling their wares. It’s more than a craft fair and talent did shine. It’s a festive appreciation day where we give back locally and say thanks to all by bringing this event to life for Christmas season. We included a magician for the children this year and hosted a festive art competition for all three schools locally. Their artwork decorated the community hall on the day and many of them got to meet Santa too when he paid a visit that evening. We’d like to thank the main sponsors for our 19 raffle prizes on the day -  Mulrooney’s, Secret Essence, Bobby Mcloughlin, Pamela Kennedy, Keith Brady, In Your Prime and Ladies Day Boutique, Portumna, Hassetts of Banagher, Doherty’s Roscrea, Corrib Oil and the many beautiful donations received from locals that went into hampers and prizes we created for the day itself.

It’s been a great year of progress for Rathcabbin Tidy Towns. We look forward to our AGM shortly after taking decorations down in early 2024. We thank everyone who helped and supported Tidy Towns throughout 2023 and hope you enjoy a festive break! We welcome new volunteers who’d like to get involved from next Spring onwards.

Did you know??

A dramatic fireball was sighted crossing Ireland caused by Space debris in 2012.

The Bible is widely considered to be the best selling book of all time with estimated total sales of over five billion copies.

In 1960 the largest earthquake ever recorded was a magnitude 9.5 in Chile.

On the 26th of March 1982, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder released the single Ebony and Ivory in the UK

The budget for the film Titanic, was higher than for the Titanic itself..

 

Thought for the week….

Sometimes things become possible if we want them bad enough...

 

Smile awhile..

 

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