Lorrha Notes

Lorrha Notes

Annual General Meeting.

Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns Annual General Meeting will take place this Wednesday night September 25th in Lorrha Hall at 8p.m. Do come along and support the  committee. All are welcome.

Unwanted Clothes Collection.

Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns are presently organizing an unwanted clothes collection and are asking the  public to donate any unwanted items to them. The collection point will be outside Lorrha Hall on Friday October 4th  (polling Day) and again on Friday October 11th .  We will accept any kind of bag or in bags provided by the committee. Unwanted items can also be collected by calling (086) 8493595/ (086) 8647166/ (087) 2601413. We appreciate your support and money raised goes back into the village.

Charity Run.

Rathcabbin Development Association are hosting a tractor/ vintage charity run next Sunday 29th September in aid of improvements for the village and Borrisokane college autism unit. Entries are asked to assemble at Rathcabbin hall at 11 am for take off immediately after mass. The route will take in the Ferry, Lorrha, Terryglass, Ballinderry, Borrisokane, Aglish and back to Rathcabbin for a hot meal in the hall. Rock on paddy (by popemoblile from Ballyboy ) will entertain from 8pm in Kelly’s where the raffle and auction will take place during the evening.  Come support the little village!!

Rathcabbin Sensory Garden.

A North  Tipperary Leader Partnership funded project is almost at the end of the first phase in Rathcabbin. It is a garden designed in layout and planting to stimulate the senses and is there to be enjoyed by members of the community both able and disabled. It is hoped that this lovely space will be used for fun and cultural activities as well as learning about plants.

Recent Wedding.

Congratulations  to James O’Meara, son of Paddy and Gertie, Lorrha and Evelyn Carroll, Clonaslee, Co. Laois on the occasion of their recent wedding which they celebrated in Italy. You are wished many happy years together.

Important Meeting.

A very important meeting for all turf bank owners on N.H.A. bogs will be held on Monday night 30th September in Killimor Hall. If you cut turf on your NHA bog this year and you are interested in continuing to cut there into the future, then you need to attend this meeting.

Best of Luck.

The North Tipperary Ploughing Association would like to wish the following competitors all the best in this weeks National Ploughing Championships which take place in Ratheniska, Portlaoise from Tuesday 24th to Thursday 26th.  John Slattery, Joe Slattery, Johnny Cahalan, Liam Murphy, Ethan Harding, Alan Raleigh, Kieran Milne, Aidan Hogan, James Hough, Pakie O’Brien, Owen Clancy and Aaron McDermott.

Date For Your Diary.

Lorrha National School Parents Association are holding a fundraising dance in the GAA clubhouse in Moatfield on Saturday 2nd November at 10p.m. Music will be provided by “Outa Diesel”. Door prizes of TV’s and a hamper. Great music, great door prizes, and only €10 admission. Tickets can be had by contacting (087) 9191689 / (087) 2984226. This is one night you won’t want to miss.

Lorrha Camogie Club.

Junior A Championship

Well done to the Junior Girls who beat Cahir on Sunday last in a great game of skill, determination and most of all work rate and willing to dig deep. The girls are now through to a County Semi Final which is on the 6th of October.  They play Holycross this coming Sunday the 29th @ 12.30 at home in Moatfield to see who tops the group. Thanks to all who came to Cahir to support the girls it’s great to see so many coming to shout on the girls. Scoreline Lorrha 3-17 Cahir 3-08


The girls played their long awaited Championship they have being waiting and training so hard for when they arrived to play Nenagh on Tuesday night gone at home the girls battled really hard and their work rate was a credit to them. They came out with a great victory to set the pace for the Championship. Scoreline Lorrha 3-05 Nenagh 3-01
The girls then traveled to Portroe on Friday evening to play their second game of the Championship. It was a hard tough match in which the girls put in everything but Portroe just came out in top in the last few minutes.


The girls played Nenagh at home on Saturday evening in a real battle in front o a great Lorrha crowd which is great to see.
The girls showed great work rate and skill and were determined to win! Michaela Young scoring 3 Goals and Clodagh Mcintyre scoring 2-3 coming from the great work-rate from the backs, running from the midfield and great teamwork and passing from the forwards. Thanks for all who came to shout on the girls! underage Training Tuesday evening at 7. Scoreline Lorrha 5.03 – Nenagh 2.03

The Spinning Heart Reminder.

Offaly Libraries is proud to host Donal Ryan, his debut novel ‘The Spinning Heart’, long listed for the Man Booker prize 2013, in Birr Library on Friday September 27th at 8.00p.m. Booking essential on (057) 9124950.

Irish Phrases Handbook.

Congratulations is extended to the well know artist Wendy Shea, Kilregane, Lorrha who was awarded the contract for the new Irish Phrase Hand Book ‘Gaschaint’. Promoted by Foras na Gaeilge, the handbook is designed to promote the Irish language in the home and to help parents support their children with the language. There’s a total of seven phrase books to collect free with The Mail newspaper all this week. Well done Wendy.

Social Dancing.

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

Autumn Art Classes

Art & Craft for children over 5 on Saturdays at  3.30pm, Drawing techniques for children over 10 at 11.00am in Bramble Art Studio, Lorrha. Starting on 5th October, for 8 weeks .
For more information please contact Ute: 090-9747127 or 087-9151356.
Early booking advisable.

Energy Efficiency Follow Up.

Following on from the successful meeting last Wednesday in Rathcabbin Hall it was decided to send out a letter and flyer to each household in the community. In order to decide if the project is feasible, there must be enough interested householders in taking part in the scheme.

A working meeting will be held on Tuesday October 2nd at 8pm to post out letter and flyer to everyone in the parish.  Venue: the Gaa Clubhouse so people from both Lorrha and Rathcabban can attend. PLEASE PASS ON THE WORD.

Michael O’Meara will bring copies of electoral register and Gearóid (myself) will circulate letter and flyer in advance. (Postage and printing will be paid for by North Tipperary LEADER Partnership.)

Below is the flyer to be sent to each household in the parish.

Your Community’s Energy Efficiency Scheme – how does it work?

save money and create jobs through a local energy project  – www.bit.ly/nrg1page


Community Retrofit: Improving the energy efficiency of homes and community buildings, by installing new technology (e.g. Insulation) to something older



-funded under Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s Better Energy Communities Scheme – up to €250,000

-project start up support from North Tipperary LEADER Partnership – €1900 materials, Initial BERs etc.


What support available?

A mix of the Following Elements:

For community buildings – 50% funding

For Householders – 35% grant aid

For Social/Sheltered Housing/recipients of Fuel Allowance – 100% grant aid


Who runs the Scheme? A steering group established by the local community


Steps to a successful local insulation/energy efficiency scheme

1. Communicate project & identify local interest

2. Form Local Energy TEAM & seek suitable Coordinator

3. Enrol interested householders through advertising and Expression of Interest Survey/

4. Carry out BER assessments

5. Apply for SEAI funding, Bridging finance and Energy Credits

6. Co-ordinator to Manage Project – costs covered by SEAI Better Energy Communities Scheme, if successful.

7. Put work out to tender & select contractors

8. Householders apply, Receive Quote, and Sign Up

9. Work carried out (SEAI specified timeframe), Energy Team Pays Contractor.

10.  Coordinator submits documents to SEAI,draws down Grant from SEAI & Collects payment for savings


Role of Energy Coordinator

-Strong BER knowledge required (technical and co-ordinating roles could be shared)

– Project manages the scheme on behalf of Energy Team

– Assesses & selects local applicants with the Energy Team

– Prepares SEAI application/Secures finance –  helps prepare application to Clan Credo.

– Prepares documents for selection of Contractors – in line with SEAI requirements

– Liaising with contractors and homeowners

– Submits Paperwork to SEAI to draw down grant

-Secures Energy Credits from Utility Company.


Advantages of the Community Approach

  • Quality assurance /Pricing/Speed – SEAI phasing out of individual grants in 2014
  • Higher level of grant, with more measures eligible
  • Income for the Community – the Community can get paid for the energy it saves: €10,000-€15,000 (Drombane, Energy Credits)
  • Can help fund future projects

Available measures (3 minimum)

Fabric upgrades: External, internal, roof, floor and cavity insulation/Windows & doors/Ventilation & heat recovery

Systems upgrades: High performing stoves/boilers/Controls & monitoring/lighting/ energy storage/ Renewables


What’s Involved for Householder?

l  Applies to Local Energy Team to join scheme

l  Receive initial BER assessment

l  Wait to see if Energy Team secures SEAI funding

l  Minimum of 3 measures – e.g. attic, stove, heating controls

l  Quotation/pricing from Contractor/Energy Team

l  Formally signs Agreement with Energy Team to carry out work

l  Pays Energy Team upfront – no payment from Fuel Allowance homes

l  On completion of work, receives back amount of the Grant (35%)

l  Quality  Assurance – Energy Team acts on behalf of homeowner & Secures best price from Contractor.


Smile Awhile and Laugh A Little Every Day.

A nursery school pupil told his teacher he’d found a cat, but it was dead.
‘How do you know that the cat was dead?’ she asked her pupil.
‘Because I pissed in its ear and it didn’t move,’ answered the child innocently.
‘You did WHAT?’ the teacher exclaimed in surprise.
‘You know,’ explained the boy, ‘I leaned over and went ‘Pssst’ and it
didn’t move’