Lorrha Notes

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Congratulations is extended to Anna Slevin, Lorrha and Michael Harte, Kinnity who recently got married in Rome, Italy. They were accompanied by their families and the wedding Mass was beautifully celebrated by Fr. Michael O’Meara, Kinnity.
Anna and Michael continued the celebrations in The Thatched Cottage, Ballycommon last weekend with the help of their many friends and family. We wish them both many years of  healthy and a happy future together.

Lorrha Camogie:

Our Junior B’s are through to the league semi-final having won all of our group matches.

The semi-final will take place on Sunday 8th May @ 4 o ‘clock against Clonoulty in the camogie grounds in the Ragg. All support greatly appreciated. Best of luck to all involved

Dates for your diary – Redwood NS

A talk on  ‘Anti-bullying and Cyber-bullying’ which will take place on Wednesday, 11th May at 7.30p.m.  The course is free of charge and are being led by the NPC (National Parents Council) All are welcome to attend. Contact the school on 090 9747186 for any queries.

Church News.

Mass in Lorrha Church at 9.30a.m. onFriday, 6th May for the First Friday of the month Confessions beforehand. Dates for family Participation in First Communion and Confirmation Mass:   Saturday, 7th May   –  Redwood Church at 8.00p.m . Sunday,  8th May  – Lorrha Church at 10.00am & Rathcabbin Church  at  11.30a.m.
Talk on the spirituality of JPIC (Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation). Fr Gearóid Ó Conaire, a Fransciscan friar, will present a talk on the theme of JPIC spirituality, its foundation in Scripture, Church documents and Catholic Social Teaching and the role it plays in our Christian lives. Monday 9th May, 8pm, in Barack Obama Plazza,  Moneygall,  Co.Offaly.   Tuesday 17th May, 8pm in Pastoral Centre, Ennis, Co.Clare.

Celebrating 60 years of Pilgrimage.

This year the Killaloe Diocese is celebrating 60 years of pilgrimage to Lourdes.  On 26th June, four flights will leave Shannon Airport bringing pilgrims to Lourdes for five days, celebrating the Jubilee year of Mercy.   The cost is €687 full board with online discount available on www.joewalshtours.ie .   Aassisted pilgrims are most welcome to travel and care will be provided by medical, nursing and carers.   Cost for an assisted pilgrim is €585.   Application forms for assisted pilgrims to Fr. Tom Ryan,  Shannon Pilgrimage Director on 061 364133.

Late Kitty Bergin.

The death has taken place of Kitty Bergin, Redwood Lorrha on Sunday the 24th of April 2016 at Portiuncula hospital, Ballinasloe. She passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends. Kitty was born at Kyle Rathcabbin on the 29th of June 1922. She attended Lorrha National School to which she walked every day with her best friend Mary Anne Meara. She worked on the farm as a girl and then spent some time as an auxiliary nurse in London during the Blitz. Her mother became ill so she returned and cared for her until she passed away.
Kitty married Joe Bergin in 1954 and together they had a happy life with Kitty enjoying the music that Joe played on the fiddle with his friends. She will be sadly missed by all her family and friends for her humour and her razor sharp wit. She is survived by her daughter Maura Milne (Birr), sons Joe and Stephen (Lorrha), sister Phyllis Corrigan (Banagher), nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren, son in law, daughters in law, neighbours and friends.
After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church, Lorrha on Tuesday 26th. burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace. Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam dilis. “what are we going to do?”


Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of Jimmy Sullivan, Passage West, Cork and late of Redwood who died on Friday April 29th. Jimmy never forgot his roots and many will remember him when he visited the celebrations in Redwood school two years ago.After funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Passage West on Monday last May 2nd. Funeral took place to The Island Crematorium. May he rest in peace.

A Note of thanks from Ute Duggan

To all my art students for their participation in this year’s children’s art exhibition in Portumna library, to their parents for all their support and to Theresa Tierney and Mary Hourigan for their generous help at all times. It was a wonderful success!

Award For Outstanding Service.

Congratulations to Eileen Mannion and Richard Bourke who received their Benemerenti Award in recognition of  their outstanding service to St. Ruadhan’s Church, Lorrha and Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin in the role of music and choir. We thank them both for their work and wish both many more years in that role.

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

Pieta House Fundraiser.

The Darkness into Light 5km walk/run will take place in Banagher this year on Saturday 7th May in aid of Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of suicide and self harm. The event will begin  at 4:15 am from Banagher College  and participants will cross the line as dawn is breaking. Please come out and lend your support to this uplifting and inspirational event.

Computer Course:

 Do you want to learn computer skills/ improve your employment prospects?  Training is suitable for beginners and advanced users and is open to everybody – QQI (FETAC) certified. Eligible participants may be entitled to receive a training allowance from GRETB,  childcare & travel allowance also available. Contact Patricia or Lynn at South East Galway IRD Ltd, College of Further Education & Training, Portumna, Co Galway on 0909759092.

 Social Media.

The Galway Roscommon Education Board (gretb) in Portumna College of Further Education (Old VEC) St. Brigid’s Rd, Portumna have places on  QQI level 4  Tourism Visitor Care and also  on a New Social Media course michael.cunniffe@gretb.ie  or call   087 6258696  or daniel.cronin@gretb.ie   or call   0852810895 

 GAA News

 Senior: The senior hurlers face Kilruane MacDonaghs in a crucial final group game in the County Senior Hurling Championship in Borrisokane on Saturday at 7pm. A three-point win would see Lorrha maintain their roinn 1 status for 2017 and could see us into the knockout stages depending on the outcome of the Portroe v Clonoulty game. All support would be appreciated for this crucial game.

The North Championship first round game against Roscrea will take place on 28-29 May or 4-5 June.

Junior: The Junior hurlers suffered a 3-15 to 2-12 defeat to Ballina in the third round of the league in Ballina at half time. The concession of three first half goals put Lorrha under great pressure but they improved in the second half. Our final game is away to Kiladangan where we need to win to have any hope of reaching the semi-finals.

Under 16: Lorrha Rovers Gaels are through to the North ‘A’ Football final after defeating Nenagh Eire Og 1-12 to 0-10 in the semi-final last Monday week in Ballinderry. They will play Inane Rovers in the final on Monday, 9th May with venue and time to be confirmed.

Under 14: Lorrha Rovers Gaels North ‘B’ semi-final will be played on weekend 14-15 May.

Feile: Lorrha will be hosting a team from Antrim as part of Feile na nGael which is being held in Tipperary & Waterford this year from June 17th-19th.

Lotto: Our jackpot is now €7,350 with a Match 3 pot of €100. Thank you for your continued support. You can play our lotto online at www.locallotto.ie where it is easy to play every week. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5.

Tipperary Clubs Draw: for 2015-2016 has now concluded. All promoters and subscribers are asked to bring your accounts up to date and contact Margaret Gleeson. The 2016-2017 draw will get underway in late May and if you want to join, contact any club officer. Tickets are €100 for an excellent prize fund of €500,000 with 12 monthly draws.

Lorrha CountryFest 2016: Tickets are on sale for Lorrha CountryFest at Moatfield which takes place on Sunday, 17th July from 12 noon to 7pm. Line-up includes Mike Denver, Robert Mizzell, Louise Morrissey, The Conquerors, Johnny Brady, Pete Kennedy, Sean Slattery & The Connections as well as local band Tradstone. A day not to be missed! Tickets (€20) can be purchased from Kevin Molloy or at www.eventbrite.ie

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