Lorrha Notes

Champions alright!  Congratulations to the Lorrha School Football team who brought back the Claffey Perpetual Trophy for the second year after they won the Portumna F.C. School Blitz in June.
Captained by Jack Moran the team performance was superb. The team consisted of Colm Fogarty Mikie Houlihan Cian Mannion Ronan O’Meara Jack Moran (Capt)Daniel Madden Tom Duggan Lee Reddan.
Another First For The Parish.

Congratulations and many good wishes is extended to Councillor Michael O’Meara who was elected Lord Mayor of North Tipperary recently. This is the first time the parish has had a Mayor representing them at Council meetings and hope is expressed that the parish will benefit greatly as a result. The new Mayor celebrated the occasion in his local Kellys of Rathcabbin on Thursday night last with members of his family and with some of his many friends and well wishers. Also in attendance was Michael Lowry T.D. who said that the new Mayor was a great addition to the Lowry Team. Mayor Michael thanked everyone for their support and help to him over the years his wife Caroline and his mother Moira and he vowed that he would do everything in his power to overturn the new constituency boundaries whereby Lower Ormond voters have been transferred to Offaly and will be casting their ballots in the new Offaly constituency in the next general election. We extend many good wishes to our new Mayor Michael and hope he enjoys the experience of such an honour which has been bestowed upon him. A sample of photos from Michaels celebration night can be viewed on the parish web site.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association.

We would like to thank the members of Cloughjordan Active Retirement Association for the lovely afternoon our members had there last Wednesday 27th June. As we are now having a break from our weekly meetings we hope all our members have a great summer and lets hope the weather improves. Throughout the summer we have various outings. On Sunday 8th July the Mid Western Region of Active Retirement Ireland are having a day out at Limerick Racecourse. The price including entrance and lunch is €30. per head. Then on Tuesday 17th July we are going on a trip on the Shannon from Banagher to Clonmacnoise followed by a meal on the way home. On Wednesday 25th July there is a trip to the Burren. If anyone wishes to join us on any of the trips please let either Betty (087 666 7374) or Nancy (087 761 3458) know as soon as possible.

Recent Engagement.

Congratulations and many good wishes is extended to Thomas Lewis and Helen Loughnane Rathcabbin who announced their engagement recently. Well done and the best of luck to you both for the future.


Many congratulations is extended to Michelle Hogan Lorrha who was appointed Principal of Redwood N.S. just before the summer break. Michelle who replaces Maura Kennedy will take up her position in September and to Conor D’Arcy Borrisokane who was recently appointed principal of Rathcabbin school replacing Garret Heagney. We extend many good wishes to both for the future and wish them well in the years ahead.

Mass of Remembrance Reminder.

A special Mass will be held in St. John’s Church Nenagh on Friday night July 5th at 7.30p.m. to celebrate the memory of all patients who died at the MWRH Nenagh in 2011. If you have a relative who died in 2011 at Nenagh Hospital the invitation is open to you and your family.

Well Done.

Congratulations is extended to the Lorrha School Football team who won the Claffey cup for the second year in the Portumna FC school blitz held recently in Portumna. The victorious team were Jack Moran (Captain) Tom Duggan Mikie Houlihan Colm Fogarty Ronan O’Meara Lee Reddan Cian Mannion Daniel Madden. Well done lads.

Chasing O’Duffy.

Congratulations is extended to Caoimhe Kennedy and the Tipp Senior Camogie team who recorded a great win over a much fancied Munster Champions Clare team in the second round of the All-Ireland series on Saturday last in Semple Stadium. The girls take on Kilkenny next Saturday in Nowlan Park in their chase of the O’Duffy cup and we wish them and Caoimhe the best of luck with this game.

Martin O’Meara Memorabilia.

Lorrha Development Association wish to extend thanks to local publican and historian Pat Hough who has kindly offered his public house window in the village to display Martin O’Meara Memorabilia for the public to view. The items were compiled by Rathcabbin lady Teresa Kerry with some help from Martin’s great niece who resides in Kent. Teresa presented the items to Lorrha Development recently and they can now be viewed in Pat’s window. Martin was a native of the parish and was awarded a Victoria Cross for his bravery in Pozieres France in August 1916 where he fought in the war. He died in 1935 and is buried in Perth Australia.

5 Day Weather Forecast.

Today Thursday 5th July
Rather warm and mostly dry today with sunny spells and just gentle breezes. A few locally heavy and possibly thundery showers will occur too though most likely over the north and southwest. Afternoon maxima will range 17 to 21 degrees Celsius best values across the midlands and north. Winds will be just light coming from an easterly direction.


Most areas will be dry tonight – just a few further showers mainly near northern fringes. Lowest temperatures 9 to 13 degrees Celsius coolest in the east under clearer skies. With little or no wind some mist and fog patches may also occur.


Friday will be a dry start across much of the country with bright or sunny spells. However it will tend to cloud over from the east with outbreaks of rain moving in westwards from the Irish Sea; some heavy falls at times in the east and later in the south. Still very mild even warm with highest temperatures 17 to 21 degrees Celsius best values over the west and northwest. Winds mostly moderate northeasterly will become very breezy along eastern coasts margins in the evening.


FRIDAY NIGHT: A wet and breezy night almost countrywide with outbreaks of rain heaviest and most persistent across parts of the south and east. Rather windy too near eastern fringes with fairly strong onshore north to northeast winds here. Mild and humid with temperatures falling no lower than 12 to 15 degrees Celsius.
SATURDAY: A fairly windy day with fresh to strong northwest winds. Mostly cloudy with scattered outbreak of rain and drizzle most likely occurring early on in the day. Long dry periods developing through the day though with best chance of any sunshine in the west. Highest temperatures will range 16 degrees Celsius near north and east coasts to 20 degrees Celsius near Atlantic coasts.
SUNDAY: Winds will be much lighter coming from a northerly direction. Once again a good deal of cloud is expected to cover the country but some sunny spells will break through at times. Overall the day will bring mostly dry conditions but some light passing showers will occur. Highest temperatures will range 16 degrees near northern margins to 20 degrees Celsius along southern margins.
NEXT WEEK: Monday will most likely be dry and rather mild with sunny spells and moderate northerly winds. However present indications suggest it will turn cool thereafter with no sign of settled weather.

Smile Awhile.

A woman was at work when she received a phone call that her small daughter was very sick with a fever.
She left work and stopped by the pharmacy to get some medication. She got back to her car and found that she had locked her keys in the car.
She didn’t know what to do . She called home and told the baby sitter what had happened.
The baby sitter told her that the fever was getting worse. She said : "You might find a coat hanger and use that to open the door."
The woman looked around and found an old rusty coat hanger that had been left on the ground possibly by someone else who at some time had locked their keys in their car.
She looked at the hanger and said : "I don’t know how to use this."
She bowed her head and asked God to send her HELP.
Within five minutes a beat up old motorcycle pulled up .A bearded man who was wearing an old biker skull rag on his head.
The woman thought : "This is what you sent to help me?" However she was desperate .
She was also very thankful !
The man got off of his cycle and asked if he could help.
She said : "Yes my daughter is very sick. I stopped to get her some medication
and I’ve locked my keys in my car. I must get home to her. Please can you use this hanger to unlock my car?"
He said: "Sure." He walked over to the car and in less than a minute the car was opened.
She hugged the man and through her tears she said : "Thank You SO much! You are a very nice man."

The man replied : "Lady I am NOT a nice man. I just got out of PRISON yesterday I was in prison for car theft. ”
The woman hugged the man again and with sobbing tears cried out loud :

"Oh thank you God! You even sent me a Professional!!"

Is GOD good or what!!??