Lorrha Notes

Hi Ho Hi Ho. A happy hard working vice chairperson of Lorrha Development Association Liz Hussey setting out for a dew hours work in the new Friars Park in the village in preparation for the official opening on Tuesday June 12th.

Lorrha Lads Tom Duggan Cian Mannion Colm Fogarty and Ronan O’Meara who were members of the Portumna Town F.C. team that won the under 10 boys West League cup recently pictured with their manager Pat Claffey when he visited Lorrha school last week to present the boys with the cup.
Late Danny O’Meara.

The death took place at his residence on Saturday May 26th after a short illness of Danny O’Meara The Pike Rathcabbin. Danny who was 75 was well known throughout the parish and was a familiar figure on the road with his bicycle and his dog as he went to bring in the cows for milking and brought them out again after. He loved the neighbours calling for a chat particularly after Tipperary were playing so the game could be discussed over and over. He won an North Intermediate medal with Lorrha in the 60’s. A great neighbour he was never one to sit idle and lived for his work which he enjoyed doing.
Danny will be sadly missed by all who knew and came in contact with him but in particular by his family. Sympathy is extended to his brothers Patrick and Martin (Dublin) Mike (New Zealand) sisters Peggy Dolan (Birr) Mary Morris (Templemore) Jane Boffini (Dublin) sisters in law brothers in-law nieces nephews relatives friends and neighbours on their sad loss.
After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Tuesday May 29th. burial took place in Lorrha Cemetery. May he rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to Elaine McDonagh and family Portland on the death of her father Owen Doyle Enniscorthy Co. Wexford last week-end. Burial took place in Wexford. May her rest in peace.
Sympathy is extended to the Slevin Family Kilregane on the death of Sr. Maura which took place in England recently. May she rest in peace.

Church News.

Those who recently received the sacrament of Confirmation (and their parents) are invited to a short ceremony to make a promise to abstain from alcohol until they are 18 years in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha on Wednesday night 30th May at 8p.m.

First Friday.

Friday June 1st is the First Friday of the month. Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha at 9.30a.m. and Rathcabbin at 8p.m. Confessions will be heard half an hour before Mass.


North Tipperary Community and Voluntary Association will hold their Annual General Meeting on Thursday May 31st at 8p.m. in the Parish Centre nenagh. Contact Noirin at (067) 44648 or (087) 6350150 for further details.

School Concert.

Pupils from Scoil Lua Naofa Lorrha will stage an end of year variety concert in Lorrha Hall this coming Friday night June 1st commencing at 8p.m. Music song and dancing will be the order of the night. There will also be raffle tickets on sale during the interval for a food hamper. All are invited.

Volunteering in Africa.

Tanya Byrne from Portland extends sincere thanks to everyone that has helped her raise the €2000 target for Nurture Africa which will fund the following targets below. Tanya says that she could not have done it without the support of the community which she says has been unbelievable! Between the charity wax night held in Curleys Pub in Portumna on the 12th May and the Church gate collection held in Lorrha and Rathcabbin last week-end the 27th May and the sponsorship money received for the mini marathon that she will be running on the 4th of June she is delighted to say that she have now achieved the target that she required. She is excited about starting the work she will be doing over there and physically making a difference herself Tanya is a 3rd year student nurse in UCD and will travel to Uganda in July to volunteer her services to helping children and adults. While there her work will include administering life saving medication to HIV infected orphaned children teaching First Aid treating malnourished children with nutritional supplementation working on a building project and helping in the community library. She is volunteering for an Irish non – profit organisation called Nurture Africa and she has flights accommodation transport food and vaccines paid for by herself and 100% of the money raised is going directly to Nurture Africa to assist in various projects. We extend the best of luck to her and wish her well with this undertaking.

Lorrha Community Hall.

The Annual General meeting of St. Ruadhan’s community hall Lorrha took place on Thursday night last. Officers elected for the forthcoming year are Chairman Andrew Dagg Secretary Maureen Kenny Treasurer Suzanne Kenny. The hall is available for meetings and functions and can be booked by contacting Andrew on (087) 2231679.

Preliminary Announcement.

The official opening of Friars Park in Lorrha will take place on Tuesday June 12th at 12.30p.m. preceded by the raising of the green flag by Scoil Lua Naofa. Fran Curry will present his mid day programme ‘The Classic Café’ live between 12 noon and 2p.m. More details next week.

Our Local Event to mark the International Eucharistic Congress.

To mark the significance of the International Eucharistic Congress event in Ireland this year parishioners from this parish of Lorrha are all invited to a special local celebration on Friday June 1st at 8:00pm in Borrisokane Church.
This celebration will involve people from the seven parishes of our Cois Deirge cluster – Borrisokane Cloughjordan Lorrha Portroe Puckane Terryglass and Youghalarra. Parishioners are encouraged to come and to use this special celebration as an opportunity to celebrate the Eucharist together as a faith community and to pray for one another and for those who are suffering in so many places and in a special way to remember our young people who will begin exams the following week. For those who may not be in a position to attend the Eucharistic Congress itself this provides an opportunity to celebrate its significance in a local setting and to get a feel for the Congress programme. Do try to be there.

Tickets for Eucharistic Congress:

More than 20000 people have now booked tickets to attend Congress at the RDS from 10th -16th June and the option to book online has been extended to 4th June. Alternatively it will be possible for anyone wishing to attend on any of those seven days to book on arrival at the RDS. Single Day Ticket: 35 euro
A limited number of tickets are available for the Closing Ceremony at Croke Park on 17th June in the Upper Cusack stand and Upper Hogan stand. These can be purchased for 10 euro from www.tickets.ie or alternatively from selected Centra or Super-Valu stores eg Super-Valu Birr and Super-Valu Roscrea. For more information visit the Congress website www.iec2012.ie or phone Mary at 090-9747972 or 087-2601413.

Well Done.

Congratulations to Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher and the Tipperary senior hurlers on their victory over a well marshaled Limerick side on Sunday last in this Munster Championship quarter final game. Bonner’s introduction was the influence needed as he made the necessary chances happen as his presence drove Tipperary on to success in the end. Well done Bonner.
We also congratulate Ciaran Hough and the Intermediate team on their victory over Limerick also in the Munster quarter final on Saturday evening.

Free Course.

A free “New Business New Start” course will take place in the County Arms Hotel Birr on Friday 1st and 8th of June from 9.30a.m. to 4.30p.m. Contact Geraldine on (057) 0352971 for further details.

Social Dancing.

Social dancing in the GAA clubhouse Lorrha continues on Friday night to the music of Pat and Ritchie. Your support appreciated.

Lorrha/Rathcabbin Angling Club:

Trout competition for Pete Boylett Memorial Perpetual Cup taken place in Coolross on Little Brosna 2-5p.m. on Sunday 3rd June. Entry 10euros Contact James Heenan 0872031798 for further information

5 Day Weather Forecast.

Today Wednesday May 30th

Rather cloudy at first with rain over north Leinster and south Ulster. The rain will clear northwards during the morning and cloud will break gradually from the south allowing some sunshine to develop. A few isolated showers will develop as well in the afternoon and some will be heavy over northern parts of Ulster but most places in the country will stay dry. Highest temperatures of 16 to 20 degrees with light mainly southwest winds.

Mainly dry at first tonight but rain will develop over the west and northwest later in the night. Lowest temperatures of 10 to 13 degrees.


Outbreaks of rain will spread to many areas on Thursday but the south and southwest will stay mainly dry. Warm in the southern half of the country with afternoon temperatures of 18 to 22 degrees but significantly cooler in the north and in coastal areas with temperatures between 14 and 18 degrees. Winds will stay light mainly southwest.


HEADLINE: Very mild at first with a lot of dry weather up to the start of the bank holiday weekend but turning cooler and more unsettled later in the bank holiday weekend.

THURSDAY NIGHT: Outbreaks of rain will continue for a time in the northern half of the country further south it will stay mainly dry but mist or fog is likely to form. Mild with lowest temperatures of 10 to 13 degrees in light variable winds.
FRIDAY: Mainly dry just the risk of some rain. Very mild or warm again in the midlands and west with afternoon temperatures 18 to 22C but cooler in the north and east with temperatures 15 to 18C in easterly winds. Friday night will be cool in the east and north but milder in the west and it will stay mainly dry.
BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND: Not much change expected on Saturday still mainly dry and mild or warm with the best of the temperatures in the southwest and west. It is likely to become cooler and more unsettled everywhere during the rest of the bank holiday weekend.

Smile Awhile.

After becoming very frustrated with the attitude of one of the shopkeepers the young blonde declared ‘Well then maybe I’ll just go out and catch my own alligator and get a pair of alligator shoes for free!’

The shopkeeper replied with a sly smile ‘Well little lady why don’t you go give it a try?’

The blonde headed off to the swamp determined to catch an alligator. Later in the day the shopkeeper was driving home and spotted the young woman standing waist deep in the murky water shotgun in hand.

He saw a huge 9-foot gator swimming rapidly toward her. With lightning reflexes the blond took aim shot the creature and hauled it up onto the slippery bank.

Nearby were 7 more dead gators all lying belly up. The shopkeeper watched in amazement as the blond struggled with the gator.

Then rolling her eyes she screamed in frustration……