Lorrha Notes

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From wind and rain to early morning frost. This view is of Grange and Portland Hill.

Church News.

Ash Wednesday  5th March. Service of God, blessing and distribution of ashes in Lorrha Church at 9.30am. Rathcabbin Church – Mass at 7.30pm. During the Season of Lent the Rosary will be recited before Mass, each Sunday, in each Church in the parish. Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings at 8.00pm in Rathccabbin. Thi Friday Stations of the Cross will be after 7.30pm Mass. Lectio Divina ( Meditation on the Sunday Gospel) on Monday mornings in the Parochial House, starting on Monday 3rd March. We invite you to join us for the Lenten season. Mass as usual Tuesday – Friday at 9.30am.

Just two days of Fast & Abstinence during the year – Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.    Lent is a time of preparation for the celebration of the central mystery of our religion – the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  We prepare by prayer and fasting.   Prayer: a special effort each day individually and as a family.   Fasting: denying yourself something and contributing what you save to the victims of poverty etc., in the third world through the agency of Trócaire.

Easter Stations, March:  Friday, 7th  –   Rathcabbin,  Wednesday, 12th  –   Lorrha.

Thursday, 13th   –   Redwood.        Mass each evening at 7.30p.m.   Confessions beforehand.

Friday (7th March) is the First Friday of the month. Mass in Lorrha at 9.30a.m. and in  Rathcabbin at 7.30p.m. Confessions beforehand.

Late Dympna Guinan.

The death occurred on Tuesday 25th February of Dympna Guinan, Redwood, Lorrha. Dympna who was 82, passed away suddenly at her home as she was preparing to go to town with her son Frankie. Nee Fahy, she was predeceased by her husband Frank in 1995 and by her sister Ita.

Always smiling and in god humour, Dympna was a very outgoing person who liked to meet people as well as contributing to her community. From an early stage she was involved with the parish branch of the I.C.A. and was a founder member of the Lorrha Apostolic Work Society. She also joined the Lorrha Active Retirement when the group was formed in the parish some years ago where she learned how to paint which she took great joy from. She enjoyed her involvement in parish happenings and was willing to help when she could, making many friends along the way. A kind and gentle lady she was also a caring and loving mother, she dedicated her life to her husband and children and in later life she enjoyed the company of her grandchildren very much. Farming all her life with her late husband Frank, Dympna loved her flowers too and callers to her home were inspired by her ‘green fingers’. Dympna will be missed by all who knew her but in particular by her family. Sympathy is extended to her sons Larry, Paul, Frankie, daughters Anna, Breda, Dympna, sisters Molly and Teresa, grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends on their great loss. After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha on Thursday morning 27th burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Lorrha N.S. Open Day.

Lorrha N.S. open day will be take place on Friday March 7th from 2pm to 3.30pm. If parents are unavailable on that day please contact the school and we can arrange a time that suits you. Enrolment forms for September are available from the school or call (090) 9747295, email luanaofa@eircom.net. Visit our web site www.lorrhans.ie. Come along and meet the staff, speak to the teachers and view our facilities. All are welcome.

Spring De-Clutter.

Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Spring months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Spring collection. We will accept any kind of bag or in bags provided by the committee at (086) 8647166. We can collect your unwanted items. Just call or text  (086) 8493595/ (086) 8647166/ (087) 2601413 with your name and details. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing  work around Lorrha Village.

Active Retirement.

We had a very enjoyable outing recently at The Thatched Cottage, Ballycommon. We were joined by our friends in Carrig, Cloughjordan and Portumna. A delicious meal with pleasant and friendly staff. Our next outing is March 16th to Limerick Racecourse. Please let us have your name as booking is required. Call Betty on (087) 6667374 or Barry on (086) 8143002. We’d like to see all our members there.

Congratulations to Nancy White who was recently re-elected chairperson of the mid western region Active Retirement Ireland. Nancy has stepped down after eight years of hard work as secretary to St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement. One of the last functions organised by Nancy was a very successful dinner dance at the Thatched Cottage Ballycommon which was attended by our National President Mai Quaid and CEO Maureen Kavanagh. A splendid time was had by all. Members are very grateful to Nancy for her unstinting effort on their behalf over the years.

Our meetings continue every Wednesday afternoon in Lorrha Hall 2.30 to 5 pm. New members welcome, drop in for a chat or a cuppa.


Due to the excessive heavy rainfall, the Annual North Tipperary Ploughing Championships had to be cancelled on Sunday last. The committee regret any inconvenience this may have caused. The new date is Sunday March 30th on the same site which is situated 4km off the Borrisokane Road.  For further information contact the secretary Denis Cahalan on (087) 7793719.

Redwood N.S. Open Evening

Redwood NS are holding their open evening on Wednesday, 12th March from 6.00 -8.00 pm. This is an opportunity to visit the school, speak with the teachers and view the extensive range of facilities and resources available to students. Enrolment forms available on the night. Private viewings of the school can also be arranged by calling the school on 090 9747186. All are welcome.

Borrisokane Athletics Club
Borrisokane Athletics Club are holding a 10k race and a 5k fun run/walk. Entry for 10k is 15 euro and 10 for the 5k. It will be held on Sunday March 16th starting at 1pm. For more information please call 087 2210115.

Social Dancing.

Social dancing continues in the GAA centre on Friday night to the music of J & S Sound. Dancing from 9.30pm to 12.30am.

New Course.

A new 6 week Yoga course commencing Tuesday 4th March @ 6pm in The Engine Room, Portumna. For more information or to sign up please contact Liz on 087-6314581.


Starting your own Business course commencing in Birr on Thursday 6th March.  Running over 6 consecutive Thursday evenings until 10th April from 7 – 10pm. Course fee €70.  Contact 057 9352971 or  www.offalyceb.ie .

Lorrha Camogie Club.

At 8.30pm on 8th March, 2014 Lorrha Camogie Club will host a wedding of a most peculiar nature in the GAA clubhouse, Moatfield.  The names of the happy couple remain a closely guarded secret despite several attempts by the curious to extract information.
Sources close to the Club have hinted at an unorthodox and eventful ceremony.  Guests who are happy to ‘come out’ and declare their own brand of March madness are invited. Tickets are now all sold, please bring your ticket for entry, but you can come on the night and still be entered into the draw. Tickets are €10 each for ages 14+ which includes you entry and into a draw to win some smashing prizes including a Luxury Night away for two in Cork. It will be the maddest Wedding of 2014!! Usual terms and conditions apply. The bride’s parents have requested that guests arrive in good time.  Doors open at 8.00pm. Please arrive on time as the show cannot be interrupted and Nidge & Fran won’t be impressed!
All players, underage and adult are required to register and pay their membership before matches and training commence. No player can train or play without being insured. Membership prices are as follows- Adults: €60(Inc in ticket draw) – Students: €40(Inc in ticket draw)- U18: €20(extra €5 for ticket draw) – Non playing members €30. All new players and members welcome. Please contact Michelle Maher (087)9058128. Thanks
Junior A League:
Lorrha were due to play Burgess on Sunday last but due to an unplayable pitch the match was postponed. Lorrha are due out in the league again the weekend of the 16th, Lorrha Vs Kildangan (at home. Training continues during the week, notified by text.
Underage Training:
There was a great crowd at training on Saturday morning which was great to see. Training again Saturday morning at 10.30am bring outdoor & indoor gear, training will be notified be text also. All new Players always Welcome. Camogie is a great way to meet new friends, be part of a team & have lots of fun(and nice Hoodies!!)

Smile Awhile and Laugh a Little Every Day.

Long ago, when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks it was called witchcraft… today it’s called GOLF.



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