Lorrha Notes

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A group from Lorrha, Rathcabbin, Borrisokane and Nenagh attended the LEADER rally which was held outside  Dáil Eireann last week. The group are calling on the Government to keep LEADER in the Community.

North Tipperary LEADER Partnership, and other Local Development Companies from across the country, attended and was addressed by Marian Harkin MEP, Liadh Ní Riada MEP and Jackie Healy Rea T.D. There was great support to keep LEADER run the way it was run, by the communities, and not Local Authority Committees, who can continue to decide how LEADER funding should be administered in this area.

North Tipperary LEADER Partnership has successfully delivered the LEADER Programme for over 20 years.  Now, the government is proposing to change this system, which is regarded by the EU as being a model of best practice throughout Europe, and one that has successfully supported the economic, social and community development of rural communities throughout Ireland. The proposed policy change being driven forward by  Minister Hogan & the Department of Environment Community and Local Government is called alignment, and aims to transfer the delivery of the LEADER Programme to newly established committees within each Local Authority Area.

New Appointment.

We send heartiest congratulations and God’s Blessing to Fr. Michael Kennedy, Rathcabbin on his appointment as P.P. in our neighboring parish of Lusmagh. His first appointment as a Parish Priest in Ireland, Fr. Michael is also remaining on as Chaplain to Emmanuel House, Clonfert. Since his return to Ireland, Fr. Michael has also helped out in Kilrickle and Portumna. We wish him well in his new appointment and we know he will be well looked after in his new parish.

Late Paddy Casey.

The death occurred on Wednesday July 16th of Paddy Casey, Curraghglass, Lorrha. A well know optician in the Athlone area, Paddy who was 74 years of age, came to live in the parish just a few short years ago. He was a familiar figure on his racing bicycle around the roads as he covered many miles on his pleasure trips. Sympathy is extended to his family, Donal, Catherine, Marie-Therese, Roisín and Patrick, brothers, sisters, in-laws, nephews, nieces, grandchildren, relatives and friends. After funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Athlone on Saturday 19th burial took place in Clonmacnois Cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Youth Summer Festival.

Cistercian College, Roscrea, from Thursday 14th – Sunday 17th August, 2014.  For young people aged 16-35, an opportunity not to be missed to experience the Catholic faith and meet many new people.  This festival has been nicknamed the “Holy Oxygen” with over 1000young people from all corners of Ireland attending last year.  The festival is donation only.  Free buses available from towns throughout Ireland. For more information and to book online see  www.youth2000.ie  or phone  01 6753690.

Birthday Celebrations.

Congratulations to Martin Kennedy, Rathcabbin who celebrated his 60th birthday last week-end. Martin celebrated the occasion with family and friends in The Last Chance, Rathcabbin. Well done Martin.

Summer De-Clutter.

Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Summer months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Summer collection. We will accept any kind of bag or in bags provided by the committee. We can collect your unwanted items. Just call or text  (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (086) 8355405 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 which helps to keep three adults employed.

Prize Winners.

Rathcabbin Development wish to congratulate all the winners in the garden competition last week-end. Special thanks to Michael Buckley Horticulturist Lecturer St. Rynagh’s College of further Education and  sponsors, Ken Hogan Tippland, Tom Lewis and Sleepy Hollow Garden Centre.

Taste of Lough Derg.

A Taste of Lough Derg continues in various locations throughout the months of July, August

and September. For further details visit their facebook page at www.facebook.com/A Taste of LoughDerg or on www.lorrhadorrha.ie under local notes.

Lorrha Camogie Notes.

Munster League:

The league final against Newport was due to be played last weekend but did not go ahead. It is now due to take place this coming weekend, no venue known. Best of Luck to players and management.

The girls will play in a cluster Blitz this coming Saturday. Details sent out via text.

Best of Luck to Bonner Maher and the Tipperary hurling team as they take on Dublin on Sunday


Smile Awhile & Laugh a Little Every Day.       Hi Frank in Limerick, this one is for you!!

Two men were sitting next to each other at a bar. After awhile, one guy looks at the other and says, ‘I can’t help but think, from listening to you, that you’re from Ireland .’

The other guy responds proudly, ‘Yes, that I am!’

The first guy says, ‘So am I! And where about from Ireland might you be’?

The other guy answers, ‘I’m from Dublin , I am.’

The first guy responds, ‘So am I!’

‘Sure and begorra. And what street did you live on in Dublin ?

The other guy says, ‘A lovely little area it was. I lived on McCleary Street in the old central part of town.’

The first guy says, ‘Faith and it’s a small world. So did I! So did I!
And to what school would you have been going’?

The other guy  answers, ‘Well now, I went to St. Mary’s, of course.’

The first guy gets really excited and says, ‘And so did I. Tell me, what year did you graduate’?

The other guy answers, ‘Well, now, let’s see. I graduated in 1964.’

The first guy exclaims, ‘The Good Lord must be smiling down upon us! I can hardly believe our good luck at winding up in the same bar tonight. Can you believe it? I graduated from St. Mary’s in 1964 my own self!’

About this time, Vicky walks into the bar, sits down and orders a beer.

Brian, the bartender, walks over to Vicky, shaking his head and mutters, ‘It’s going to be a long night tonight.’

Vicky asks, ‘Why do you say that, Brian’?

‘The Murphy twins are pissed again.’

Many thanks to all of you who continue to send on jokes for the weekly Smile Awhile and do keep them coming.