Lorrha Notes

First Friday.

This coming Friday November 6th. is the Feast of All Saints of Ireland as well as First Friday of the Month. Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha Church at 9.30a.m. and in Rathcabbin Church at 7.30p.m. Confessions before each Mass.

Visit To Cemeteries.

Sunday November 8th. in Bonoham at 2.30p.m. and on Sunday November 15th. in Lorrha after 10.30a.m. Mass.

Lord Mayor Fundraising.

Fundraising for the Lorrha Lord Mayor competition has commenced. This effort is to raise funds for the development of Friars Park in the village which is presently overgrown and has been left in a dreadful state for a number of years past. The three Lord Mayor candidates Joe Dolan Teresa Dunne and David Power are out and about selling €2 lines and Teresa has already commenced her campaign with a BBQ which she held recently on her premises The Ferry Inn. As the proceeds from all the events will go towards the village park which is not just for use by the locals but by neighbouring parishioners as well as all visitors to the village Lorrha Development Association appeal to all to support the candidates as much as possible in their fundraising efforts over the next five month’s.

Out Of Order.

Rathcabbin Players will celebrate their 25th. anniversary in 2010 and they will also revisit the library of London playwrite Ray Cooney who wrote so many well known comedy’s and with last years play proving to be such a success this Cooney comedy should equally entertain all. The group have chosen ‘Out Of Order’ and patrons are in for yet another treat in Rathcabbin Hall from Thursday night January 14th.2010 through to Sunday night the 17th. inclusive and the players will be back on stage again the following week-end Friday 22nd. to Sunday 24th. incl. The players extend thanks to so many for turning out to the recent readings and they apologise to those who didn’t get a part in the play. However there’s a lot of help required behind the scenes so no doubt all hands will be welcome. Padraig Madden vacated the chair recently after his three year stint in which he proved to be a popular leader and many thanks to Padraig for his hard work as the chairman of the group over this period. The new chairman is Dessie Clancy who comes with many years of experience both as an actor and a behind the scenes worker. Taking a break last year from the stage Dessie’s last appearance was in the major role of the 2008 production of ‘Too Close To Home’ where he played the main role of James Ryan. Back again for another season is the efficient Nancy Liffey who remains as secretary with Sean Mannion taking on Vice Chairman. Willie Reddin Eamonn Smyth and Conor Clancy share the responsibility of looking after the finances while Rose Mannion was returned as the groups P.R.O.

Cheque Presented.

A group of ladies who participated in the Dublin mini-marathon last June collected €1652 and recently Ann Coughlan on behalf of this group handed over the cheque to North Tipp Hospice. The ladies collected the money everywhere they could and they all wish to offer their sincere thanks to everyone who donated money and sponsored them for the marathon. Your support is indeed appreciated and is gone to a very worthy cause.

Climate Change.

Ireland and the road to Copenhagen will be the theme of this talk on climate change which will take place in St. Mary’s Secondary school in Nenagh on Friday November 6th. at 8.00p.m. Present will be Dr. Eanna Ní Lamhna and Professor John Sweeney. Are we blowing hot and cold?

Organic Gardening Course.

Getting the best from your polytunnel throughout all seasons is a organic gardening course which takes place on Saturday November 7th. from 10.00a.m. to 4.00p.m. in An Gairdin Portumna. Cost is €40 which includes tea/coffee and a two course lunch. Booking is essential from (090) 9741689.

Bus To Athlone.

A local bus travels to Athlone on the first Friday of every month. It will depart from Portumna Square this Friday 6th. at 10.30a.m. via Ballinasloe and will stop en route. It returns with departure from Athlone at 4.30p.m. Travel pass accepted. Return fare is €5 under 18’s €3 and under 5’s can travel free. To book call IRD at (090) 9741867.

Memorial Long Tail Results.

A large crowd gathered in the Last Chance Rathcabbin on Sunday night last for the results of the P.J. Gorman and Eddie Clancy Memorial Long Tail competition results. After all the pheasants caught were measured the results were: 1st. longest tail went to Martin Gillane (Portumna) who received the perpetual cup. In second place was Jack Maher (Rathcabbin) In 3rd. place was John Gorman (Portumna) 4th. went to Martin Hoary (Portumna) 5th. Jimmy Dwyer (Rathcabbin) and the last prize was for who ever caught the smallest cock pheasant and that was Owen Clancy (Rathcabbin). Well done all.

Tea Dance.

Afternoon Tea Dance in the Town Hall Portumna on Sunday 15th November from 3p.m. to 6 p.m. admission €8 music by Richie Burke and Pat Conlon. All are welcome.

Lorrha Development.

A meeting of Lorrha Development Association will take place on Thursday night November 5th. at 8.00p.m. in St. Ruadhan’s Community Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Birthday Greetings.

Congratulations and best wishes is extended to Michael Hoctor and William Haugh who celebrated their 21st. birthday. The two held a joint birthday bash in The Last Chance Rathcabbin over the week-end with their families and friends. Well done lads. We also extend congratulations to James O’Meara Lorrha on the occasion of his 40th. birthday. James celebrated the occasion with family and friends in The Friars Tavern Lorrha recently. Well done James.

Parish Web Site.

Visit the parish web site www.lorrhadorrha.ie for all the latest news in the parish.

Grant Assistance.

North Tipperary County Council are offering a grant to assist homeowners and building owners to reduce energy costs. Eligible measures include attic and wall insulation heating controls high efficiency boilers and cylinders wood stoves solar panels etc. Contact Community and Enterprise Department. North Tipp. Co. Council on (067) 44671.