Lorrha Notes.


The Official Opening Parade of Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival on Sunday last August 4th attracted one of the largest crowds in recent years.


Women’s Mini Marathon.

North Tipperary Sports Partnership and South Tipperary Sports Partnership are delighted to announce that the 2013 Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon will take place in Clonmel on Sunday 29th September at 11am. Now in its fourth year this 10k Mini Marathon has grown from strength to strength since the inaugural event in Thurles in 2010.

Former International athlete and Olympian Catherina McKiernan recently launched the 2013 event with the Sports Coordinators Elaine Cullinan and Valerie Connolly of North Tipperary Sports Partnership and South Tipperary Sports Partnership and Marion Hughes, Tipperary Athletics County Board member. Catherina has become an ambassador for the Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon and she stated that she was once again delighted to be associated with the event, as she has been since 2010 and that it was wonderful to see so many women out running and jogging in Tipperary.  Elaine Cullinan, Co-ordinator, North Tipperary Sports Partnership commented ‘As always this event is open to female runners, walkers and joggers of all abilities and mobility. We had record numbers of 1246 women register for the event last year in Thurles and we would expect to see this grow again this year in Clonmel.

Registration is once again both online and postal (details below) and this year we will continue to make a charitable donation of €200 to the largest group to register that are raising funds for a charitable cause. Check out www.tippminimarathon.ie for registration details and also details of your local Meet and Train or Fit 4 Life running group, where you can train for this event with others in a fun sociable and supportive environment’.

Valerie Connolly, Co-ordinator, South Tipperary Sports Partnership commented ‘ It is wonderful to be part of this Women in Sport initiative in Tipperary as it provides a great opportunity for women of all ages to get active and take part in a women’s only mini marathon. All finishers will receive a specially designed race medallion and goody bag.  Spot prizes will also be distributed on the day. The event also provides a great opportunity for participants to raise funds for their own local charities. We hope that this year’s event will build on the success of the previous years.’

All participants will be chip timed so whether running or walking the 10k you will get an accurate time and the event as always is AAI measured and certified.

The 2013 Tipperary Mini Marathon is funded through the Irish Sports Council Women In Sport Programme, and the 2013 committee comprises North Tipperary Sports Partnership, South Tipperary Sports Partnership, Tipperary Athletics County Board, Clonmel AC, Clonmel Borough Council, Clonmel Gardai, South Tipperary Civil Defence and Tipp FM.

Registration is online at (www.tippminimarathon.ie) and this year we will again be accepting postal entries, details of which are on the above website. Closing date for all entries is strictly Monday 23rd September, 2013.

For further information please contact Elaine/Sharon at North Tipperary Sports Partnership, 067-43604, www.ntsp.ie or Valerie/John at South Tipperary Sports Partnership, 062-64737, www.stsp.ie

Social Dancing.

Social dancing continues in the GAA clubhouse on Friday night with music provided by Checkers.  Dancing from 9.30 to 12.30.

Youth 2000 Summer Festival.

Cistercian College Roscrea, from Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th August 2013. For young people aged 16-35, an opportunity not to be missed to experience the Catholic faith and meet new people. This festival has been named the “Holy Oxygen” with over 1000 young people attending last year. The festival is donation only. Free busses available from towns throughout Ireland. For more information and to book online see www.youth2000.ie  or phone 016753690 or  from NI 07598 976399.

Summer Reading Challenge.

A reminder from Tipperary Libraries to parents that there is still plenty of time to start participating in the ‘ Summer Reading Challenge’ with Tipperary Libraries. Just pop along to your local library for details or visit their web site www.tipperarylibraries.ie

Pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi & San Giovanni:

25th September – 2nd October 2013. Tour leader Mrs. Mary Kelly, accompanied by Fr. Pat O’Neill, Spiritual Director. Contact Mrs. Mary Kelly @ 065 6835519 or pilgrimages office

@ 01 6359000 for day-to-day itinerary & booking forms.  Seats available for this trip.

Holycross Pilgrimage .

The annual pilgrimage to Holycross Abbey  will take place on Wednesday August 21st.  Names as soon as possible to Nancy at 090 – 9747922 or  Betty at 087-6667374. Full details will be given when you make contact to book your seat.

Lourdes Autumn Pilgrimage:

Owing to an increased demand for accommodation in Lourdes during this Year of Faith a request has been made to the Diocese to reduce the number of days from five to four. Consequently the revised dates for the Autumn Pilgrimage are from Friday 29th September to Tuesday 1st October with a new reduced price of €590. This is still the cheapest pilgrimage out of Ireland. This year the Irish Church is celebrating the centenary of the First Irish Pilgrimage to Lourdes in 1913. Book on line at www.joewalshtours.ie  and you will be entered for a draw for one free place. Full details on the Diocese website at www.killaloediocese.ie . Also see Notice Boards in each of three churches.

Tracing Relatives Reminder.

Canadian John Moffatt is tracing his ancestors and has located Mary Redden’s baptism was on  29th  December 1831 in the Lorrha Catholic Church. Mary Redden and Stephen Moffatt married on 15th  Aug 1852 at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church, Birr.  Mary’s father was Daniel Redden and her  mother was Ann Hough. The Baptism sponsors were Michael Hough and Mrs. Meara. The Moffatt family went to Manchester England c 1857 and lived with John’s 2nd great-grandfather Thomas Moffett and his family in Irving Street, Hulme.

John would love to hear from anyone who may have any further information on the family or may be related to them. He may be contacted by email at johnmoffatt@sympatico.ca or by post to John Moffatt, 4 Jean Dempsey Gate, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M1C 3C2.  John’s request can be viewed on the Lorrha Parish web site www.lorrhadorrha.ie

Date For Your Diary.

The Annual Lorrha Parish Golf outing will take place on Saturday 24th August in Birr Golf club. This year’s captain in Pat O’Brien. Tee time will be from 9am to 1pm. And you can contact Tony Coen on (087) 6219639 or Pat O’Brien on (086) 8447119.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association Reminder.

The following day trips have been organized.  A trip to Tramore Races with an overnight stay in Waterford on Thursday, 15th August, a trip to the Chocolate Gardens & Rathwood Centre Tullow followed by meal on the way home on Thursday 29th August and a trip to Lisdoonvarna on Wednesday, 18th September with an overnight stay in Liscannor.

Please note the date for the annual holiday has been changed from Sunday, 29th September and this will now take place on Sunday, 22nd September to the Celtic Ross Hotel, Roscarberry, Cork for 4 nights.  Anyone interested in going on any of these trips, please contact Nancy on 087 761 3458 or Betty on 087 666 7374 or Tim on 087 755 8762 as soon as possible as final arrangements need to be made.

Castle Open To The Public.

The ancient home of the MacEgans and O’Kennedys, Redwood Castle, Lorrha is open to the public from 2.00 to 6.00pm daily for personal guided tours. The Castle is one of the main historical attractions in the midlands of Ireland and is well worth a visit. Parking is free.  Located approximately 10Km from Portumna, and 15Km from Birr, Redwood Castle is off the Birr – Portumna Road, the R 489. It is signposted by local signs as well as the brown and white heritage national heritage signs.

Smile Awhile & Laugh A Little Every Day.

A couple drove down a country road for several miles, not saying a word.
An earlier discussion had led to an argument and neither of them wanted to concede their position.
As they passed a barnyard of mules, goats, and pigs, the husband asked sarcastically, ‘Relatives of yours?’

‘Yep,’ the wife replied, ‘in-laws.’