Lorrha Notes

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Lorrha lads Lee, Ronan & Daniel up for the match on Saturday 27th.

Church News.

The Annual Harvest Thanksgiving service will take place on Sunday October 5th in St. Ruadhan’s C.O.I. Lorrha at 8pm. Refreshments will be served in the hall afterwards. Everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, 1st October is the Feast of St. Thérèse of Lisieux (Little Flower), while Thursday, 2nd October is the Feast of Guardian Angels.  Saturday, 4th October – Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. October is the  Month of The Holy Rosary.

Next Friday (3rd October) is the First Friday of the month. Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha at 9.30a.m. and in Rathcabbin at 8.00p.m.   Confessions will be heard before Masses.

Trad4 Trocaire

A trad4 Trocaire session will take place in Kellys Rathcabbin on Sunday 5th Oct. Ceili dances for families from 5.-7 pm and a ballad session/ sing song later with Brian Hourigan and friends. All support, both musical and financial welcome for this worthy cause. Please support.

Ploughing Success.

North Tipperary Ploughing wish to offer congratulations and well done  to Ethan Harding who has qualified for the European Ploughing Championships after winning out his category in the vintage two furrow hydraulic, at the National Ploughing championships in Ratheniska last week. This is a great achievement for the young plough man who qualified for this important event on his very first attempt and indeed, he has created history not just for himself, but also for the N.T.P.A. as no other person has qualified on their first attempt. He will go on to represent Ireland in the Netherlands next September. Well done Ethan and the very best of luck.

Rathcabbin Players A.G.M.

The Annual General Meeting of Rathcabbin Players will take place on Wednesday night October 8th at 9pm in Rathcabbin Hall. We hope to see all the old familiar faces on the night and we welcome anyone who is interested in getting involved with the group either on or off stage. All are welcome.

Art & German Classes

Art & Craft for children (5 years up) on Saturdays at 3.30pm and 5pm, German through fun at 2pm, starting on October 4th.  Drawing for children (9 years up) on Thursdays at 6.30pm, starting on 9th October in Bramble Art Studio, Lorrha , over 8 weeks Please contact Ute: 087-9151356 or 090-9747127. Early booking advisable.


Commiserations is extended to Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher, Ken Hogan and the Tipperary senior team who lost out to Kilkenny by three points in the All-Ireland re-play last Saturday.

Autumn De-Clutter.

Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Autumn months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Autumn 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.

Genealogy Internet Workshops.

Offaly Local Development & Ireland Reaching Out are offering a 3 hour workshop covering internet sources  – how to find, access and use them for your own research. Free of charge in the Birr Job Club, Bridge Street on either Saturday, 4th October (10 am – 1 pm) or Tuesday, 7th October (6.30 pm – 9.30 pm). Contactdoshea@irelandxo.com or 085-195466 for details & registration.

The Country Boy.

Athlone Little Theatre present the John Murphy’s classic ‘The Country Boy’ to raise funds for the Ardagh Clonmacnoise Assisted Pilgrims Fund.

‘The Country Boy’ is John Murphy’s classic and much loved tale of emigration. Young Curly can’t wait to escape the strictures of his rural Mayo existence: his domineering father and the all pervasive lack of opportunity. Older brother Eddie has returned home – along with his brash American wife, Julia – apparently for the purpose of bringing Curly back with him. But all that glisters on the far shore is not gold, and what unfolds is a gripping family drama which still has echoes today in the Ireland of 2014.

This unique partnership between the Pilgrimage Fund and Athlone Little Theatre offers audiences the chance to see a genuine Irish classic – with echoes of ‘The Quiet Man’ and John B Keane – performed to the very highest standard by one of the best respected theatre groups in the country, while at the same time supporting a charity which has been one of the cornerstones of life in the diocese. It is worth noting that all cast members and support team are volunteering their time and all funds raised will go directly to the fund.

Funds raised enable the Assisted Pilgrims Fund to bring people to Lourdes every year. The Fund is also fortunate to have a very dedicated staff, who take time out each year to enable the visits to happen. All pilgrimage helpers are carefully recruited, selected, trained and supported. They are volunteers and give their time free to assist the sick.

Following opening night in Backstage Theatre on Friday, 3rd October 0433347888, the show will be travelling to Tuar Ard in Moate on Sunday, 12th October 0906482042, Cloghan Community Hall in Co Offaly on Friday, 17th October, Legan in Co Longford on Friday October 24th , St Mary’s Hall in Carrick on Shannon on Friday, 31st October, and culminating in a homecoming run in Athlone Little Theatre from the 9th to the 14th of November 0906474324.

Music in The Home.

Peter Smith and friends from Portlaoise will be playing music in St. Kieran’s Nursing Home, Rathcabbin on Sunday October 5th from 2pm. All are welcome to come along.


Portumna College of Further Education, St. Brigid’s Rd, Portumna will be running a FETAC Level 4 course in Handling Food Hygienically. This course will incorporate HACCP. It will take place on 8 consecutive Fridays 9.30am-1.30pm. It will begin on Friday 3rd October. For further information and to register call 090-41946 or 087-6258696/086-3954259

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

We are pleased to see so many of our members back after the summer break. We enjoyed several outings including a trip down the Shannon with dinner. Joe and Avril took great care of us. A BBQ with Barry and Myra who offered us warm hospitality. A tour of Limerick was well attended also. We are now planning our Autumn outings and continue to meet on Wednesdays at 2.30pm in Lorrha Hall. Do come and join us. New members are welcome.


Smile Awhile & Laugh a Little Every Day.

Eight-year-old Mohammad entered his classroom on the first day of school.

“What’s your name?” asked the teacher.

“Mohammad,” he replied.

“You’re in Ireland now,” replied the teacher, “so from now on you will be known as Frank.”

Mohammad returned home after school.

“How was your day, Mohammad?” his mother asked.

“My name is no longer Mohammad. I’m in Ireland now and my name is Frank.”

“What?” she said. “Are you ashamed of your name? Are you trying to dishonor your parents, your heritage, your religion? Shame on you!” And his mother beat him.

Then she called his father, who beat him again.

The next day when Mohammad returned to school the teacher saw all of his bruises.

“What happened to you, Frank?” she asked.

“Well shortly after becoming Irish I was attacked by two ………. Arabs.”