Lorrha Notes


A special Ceremony will be held on Thursday June 20th at 7pm to mark the Bicentenary Of St. Ruadhan’s Church.

Festival Brochure.

Lorrha and Dorrha Heritage Festival committee are currently preparing the Festival Brochure. We would welcome a donation towards the Festival costs from any business/service or individual who would wish to have their business/services or name mentioned in the brochure and included on the parish web site. If interested contact Oliver (087) 4155985, Mary (087) 2601413, Louis (086) 8493595, Rose (086) 8647166.

Festival Meeting.

A meeting of the Lorrha and Dorrha Festival committee (Gathering) will take place in St. Ruadhan’s Community Hall, Lorrha on Monday night April 22nd at 8p.m. Anyone interested in helping with organizing the forthcoming “Gathering” in the parish is welcome to attend.


Sympathy is extended to Arnold Walsh and family, Lorrha on the death of his brother Michael which occurred on Tuesday April 9th. After funeral Mass in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Drogheda on Thursday last, burial took place in NewtownCrossLawnCemetery,  Drogheda. May he rest in peace.

The Church in the Modern World.

A combined effort between the Diocese of Limerick and Killaloe has resulted in a booklet for the Year of faith, called “The Church in the Modern World”. Bishop Kieran would encourage families and church groups to purchase this booklet. For further information contact Fr. Pat at (090) 9747009.

News from Lorrha School.

We extend congratulations to our pupil, Lisa Duggan, Hannah O’Meara, Julia Boons, Niamh Moran, Michelle Mannion, Mary Houlihan all members of the Midlands Gymnastic club and who competed recently in the Gymnastics Championships which were held in the GAA clubhouse.  Well done girls.

April is the month set aside as National Spring Clean campaign, Irelands largest anti-litter initiative. Organised by An Taisce and funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. Here in Scoil Lua Naofa, we will shortly be organising a clean up which is all part of our Green School Initive. Watch this space for further details.

Active Retirement.

On our last outing we received a warm welcome at Portumna Golf club. We enjoyed a well presented appatising meal produced by Cathal and his staff. Many thanks to them and to Pat and Jerry who provided the music. We are back in Lorrha Hall for our usual weekly meeting on Wednesday 17th from 2.30p. All are welcome.


Liz and Mark Hussey would like to thank all those who sent cards, called to the house, attended reposing and travelled to Dublin when Roger passed away recently. Your thoughtfulness has meant a lot to us. Donations that were made has been forwarded to The Irish Cancer Society. A kind thoughtful husband and father greatly missed.

Summer Camp.

Busy Bodies Summer Camp takes place in Killeen national School, starting July 1st for four weeks. Age 3 years to 12 years. Hours are 9.30am to 3pm. For further information please call Ann at (057) 9121842 or (087) 9625218. Application forms can be had from Kellys shop in Rathcabbin.

Social Dancing.

Social dancing continues in the GAA clubhouse on Friday night April 12th to the music of Glynn Flynn.  Dancing from 9.30p.m. to 12.30a.m

Historical Society.

Lorrha & Dorrha Historical Society will be hosting their annual Medieval Night on Saturday 27th April in Mahers, Lorrha. The theme this year is ‘Vikings and High Kings’. Enjoy an evening of medieval style food with plenty of music, dancing, a professional battle re-enactment and more. Tickets are on sale now for €15, contact James 087 2031798 or David 086 3308172.

Tracing Relations Reminder.

Paula Reid is presently researching her family tree and is interested in hearing from anyone who can help her trace her Moran family from Redwood and Carroll family from Annagh. Can you help her? If so then she would love to hear from you. Paula  can be contacted by email at paulatgreid@gmail.com or by phone at (087) 2671313.

Tea Party.

Redwood NS Parents Association are holding their annual fundraiser, a Buffet Dance on Sat, 27th April 2013 at 9.30 pm in the clubhouse, Lorrha. Music by Pat & Richie. All are welcome to attend, and tickets are available on the door.

Free Workshop.

A free workshop “Cultivating Liveable Communities” will take place on Saturday 20th from 10am to 4pm in the Civic Offices, Nenagh

All relevant local authority representatives, community development workers, social entrepreneurs, shop local campaigns and anyone interested in exploring new opportunities to make our communities thrive, will benefit from attending. Are you part of a Tidy Towns Committees, Local Development Groups, GIY Groups, or involved in renewable energy initiatives, CommunityGardens, Green Hospitality & Eco Tourism initiatives, biodiversity initiatives.  The workshop is designed to build the capacity of people already working to improve quality of life in their communities.   The session, which is facilitated by Davie Philip and Chris Chapman, will focus on how people and groups can work with and learn from each other to sustain the economic, environmental and social well being of our local areas. The methodology used in the workshop will be participatory with an objective to facilitate collaboration towards enhancing the liveability of our villages, towns and city neighbourhoods.
The workshop is designed to build the capacity of people already working to improve quality of life in their communities. If you are active in the development of your community, involved in community enterprises, want to support local producers or are engaged in making your community a better place to live, this workshop will be of interest.
Chris Chapman is an experienced facilitator with specialist knowledge in the area of resilience and sustainability.
Davie Philip manages the Community Resilience Programme at Cultivate, which develops and delivers training for community change makers.

For further information contact Deirdre Cox Environmental Officer, North Tipperary Co. Co. (067) 44500

Family Fun Cycle.

A free family fun 7k cycle will take place in Nenagh on Sunday April 21st. Commencing in Pearce Street at 11am, registration will take place in Cecil walk car park at 10.30am. Helmets must be worn.  Part of the visit Nenagh classic, the cycle is organized by North Tipperary Sports Partnership. For further information call (067) 43604 or email info@ntlp.ie

Sponsored Walk.

Ballingarry Heritage & Cultural Committee Celebration of the Bealtaine Festival 2013 Sunday 5th May at 2pm. Sponsored Walk on Fairymonut Farm at 2.00pm incorporating the legend of Knockshegowna Hill by kind permission of the Kenny Family. Assemble at Fairymount Farm at 1.30pm sharp. All funds raised will go directly to the development of the Ormond Way section of the Beara Breifne O’Sullivan Beara Walking Trail.  Sponsorship cards available from Christy Madden – 087-780421 or Mary Egan at 067-21149. Your support appreciated.

Volunteers Required.

The Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna are looking for volunteer guides one day per month. Full training provided. If you are interested please call (090) 9741867.

Date For Your Diary 28th May.

Four Turf Cutters have been sent forward for trial in Galway Circuit Court on the 28-May-2013 for the EU instituted (alleged) crime of Irish People cutting their own turf, for their own use, on their own bogs, in their own country … ! This is a historic event !, … the first such trial in Irish history. 
Even in the darkest depths of the British occupation, Irish People were not stopped cutting their own Turf, … not even by the infamous Oliver Cromwell!!!
Cyprus has seen EU backed Bank Theft !, … now Ireland is to witness attempted Private Property Theft by the EU, aided by the Collaborators in Leinster House !
Please keep this date clear on your calendars as we will be asking people to turn out in solidarity with the four men being persecuted on that date.
This is a very Important date for ALL Irish property owners !   As with Bank Deposits in Cyprus, … IF our property can be seized, .yours can too … !  NOBODY is safe from the EU !!!

Smile Awhile and Laugh a Little Every Day.

Sally was driving home from one of her business trips in Northern Arizona when she saw an elderly Navajo woman walking on the side of the road.

As the trip had been a long and quiet one, she stopped the car and asked the Navajo woman if she would like a lift.

With a silent nod of thanks,the woman got into the car.

Resuming the journey, Sally tried in vain to make a bit of small talk with the Navajo woman. The old Woman just sat silently, looking intently at everything she saw, studying every little detail, until she noticed a brown bag on the seat next to Sally.

‘What in bag?’ asked the old woman.

Sally looked down at the brown bag and said, ‘It’s A bottle of wine, I got it for my husband.’

The Navajo woman was silent for another moment or Two. Then speaking with the quiet wisdom of an elder,

She said:

‘Good trade…..’