Lorrha Notes

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Lorrha N. S. dancers were the winners of the Childrens section in the lorrha St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

L.N. 2

Lorrha 1914 North Champions under trainer Fr. Cleary were the winners of the Lorrha Adult St. Patrick’s Day Parade….


Sympathy is extended to Ray Kennedy and family Rathcabbin on the death of his aunt Sarah (Pidge) Fleming, Portlaoise. After funeral Mass in SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise on Saturday march 8th burial took place in the local Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Sympathy is extended to Margaret Kelly and family, Lorrha on the death of her mother Julia Nolan, Terryglass. After funeral Mass on Saturday March 15th in Terryglass Church burial took place in the adjoining Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

News From Lorrha School.

The pupils and staff extend sympathy to our Principal Olive O’Meara on the death of her father Martin Dooley, Borrisokane, which occurred recently. May he rest in peace.

Many thanks to the parents who attended the Open Day last week. They had time to view our facilities and talk with the staff. We also extend thanks to the Parents Association for organising the refreshments. Anyone who was unable to attend and would like an enrolment form is invited to call the school on (090) 9747295 or email luanaofa@eircom.net . You can also view our school web site www.lorrhans.ie. where you can download an application form.

Rathcabbin N.S. News.

The Parents Association would like to express their gratitude to everyone who supported the table quiz on Friday 28th. It was a great success, raising funds beyond our expectations. Sincere thanks to those who sponsored a vast range of prizes, your generosity is appreciated. A special word of thanks to our quizmaster Aidan McIntyre (and his assistant Clodag) for his excellent range of questions which rattled many brains.. Finally, thanks to the local community of Rathcabbin and beyond who packed into Kelly’s and bought tickets for the event, we hope you enjoyed the night, Mile Buiochas!!

Swimming: continues every Tuesday until Easter, the children have made great progress and really enjoy learning new skills with pencil dives being very popular.

Library Visit: On our weekly trip to Birr for swimming the children will now also visit Birr Library as part of our participation in the Reading Challenge organised by the library for schools in the local area. All classes are involved in the Reading Challenge and the children have already read hundreds of books, keep up the good work.

Hurling: Indoor hurling challenge between the local schools is coming up soon, this will be good preparation for the Cumann na mBunscol

Literacy and Numeracy Programme: This year our focus is on handwriting which is benificial in consolidating the daily class work. We are currently investing in resources to develop the numeracy programme after Easter.

Fire Officers Visit: Our local fire officiers from Borrisokane visited the school last week, they explained many aspects of fire safety to the children and presented them with certificates and information packs.

Green Schools:  We hope to achieve our third flag in the coming weeks from An Taisce for Water Conservation, this was a very topical challenge and we have reduced our water usage by 2000 litres per month over the same period last year, Wow.

Competitions: The children are currently preparing their entries for the Aldi Art competition and INTO Handwriting competition, best of luck to all!

Open Evening will be held on Thursday 27th March from 4-6pm. The Principal and teachers would like to extend a warm welcome to all prospective pupils and their parents. Please come along and see our newly opened and refurbished facilities, excellent pupil teacher ratio due to additional teaching staff.  Please contact the principal, Mr D’arcy on 0579139008 or email principal@rathcabbinns.ie

Apostolic Work Society Display.

Lorrha Apostolic Work Society will hold their Annual Display in Lorrha Community Hall on Sunday March 23rd from 2pm to 6pm. All proceeds from the display will go to the Missions. Your support is very much appreciated so come along and have a cup of tea and a chat and meet the members.


Little Feet Pre-school, Bredagh, Lorrha is now taking names for September 2014. Pre school session 9.30am to 12.30p.m. daily. Full day available also catering for children of all ages. Call (087) 7783347 or call in and pick up an application form.

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.

The group  will meet on Wednesday 26th March at 11.30am for a walk in the Forest Park in Portumna. This will be followed by lunch at 1.30p.m. in the Golf Club. Booking is required so  contact Barry on (086) 8143002. We hope to see all members present. There will be no meeting in Lorrha Hall on Wednesday 26th.

Smile Awhile and Laugh A Little Every Day.

One day  teacher was reading the story of Chicken Little to her class. She came to the part of the story where Chicken Little tried to warn the farmer. She read, ‘…. and so Chicken Little  went up to the farmer and said, ‘The sky is falling, the sky is falling!’
The teacher paused then asked the class, ‘And what do you think that farmer said?’
One little girl raised her hand and said, ‘I think he said:
‘Holy Shit! A talking chicken!”