Lorrha Notes

Members from the various O’Sullivan Beara groups met with members of the LEADER group who are helping with funding towards the development of the O’Sullivan Beara stretch of walk way. The meeting which was held in the Friar’s Tavern in Lorrha discussed progress made to date and future plans over the 320 mile route which is in the process of development as a tourist trail which was undertaken by O’Sullivan in 1603.
Pictured above are from left James Heenan (Sec. Lorrha Hictorical Society) David Broderick (Chairman) Christy Madden ( Chairman Ormond Way Walks) John Bradshaw (Chairman Tipp Heritage Society).
Back: Mattie Ryan (Ormond Way Co-Ordinator) Con Ryan (Tipperary Rural Recreation) David Kyne Sean Crowley Joe O’Donoghue (LEADER Reps.) Jim O’Sullivan (National Co-Ordinator Beara –Breffini Way).

Eucharistic Congress:

Information leaflets highlighting events of the Congress and the programme for Friday 15th June (day selected by Diocese of Killaloe as their Special Day to travel as a Group) are displayed on church notice boards. The deadline for online booking to attend the Congress has been extended to May 20th. Alternatively it will be possible for anyone wishing to attend on any day between 10th June and 16th June to book on arrival at the RDS. Single Day Ticket: 35 euro. The P.P.Council is willing to sponsor three young people to attend on Fri 15th June. Enquiries to Mary: 090-9747972 or 087-2601413.


Many thanks to all who made the effort to come out for the litter picking evening in Lorrha village and approach roads recently. To those who continue to work away behind the scenes in their effort to keep the village looking well we offer thanks also. Another work evening will be arranged shortly.

Well Done.

Congratulations to all the staff and pupils of Scoil Naomh Ruadháin Redwood who have been awarded their 3rd Green flag the theme of which is Water. The flag will be presented at an Awards Ceremony in Athlone on 23rd May. Well done to everybody involved.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

On the 9th of May we were lucky enough to have a lovely sunny morning to walk in the forest park. We completed a 4k and felt revigourated. This was followed by a beautifully presented meal at the golf club. Thanks to Cathal and his staff for looking after us so well. On Wednesday 16th May Redwood school children will entertain us at the hall at 1.30p.m. All are welcome.

Well Done.

Congratulations is extended to Marisa Kennedy Lorrha who along with five more TY students from Portumna Community School reached the final of the “Milk It” awards which was organized by the National Dairy Council. The final took place in the Mansion House on Friday last and Marisa and her team mates met with host Dermot Whelan of ‘The Republic Of Telly’. The team made it into the top 20 in Ireland and were presented with certificates for their splendid effort. Well done Marisa.

Successful Exhibition.

Ute Duggan "Bramble Art" would like to extend many thanks to all her students who attended from Lorrha Redwood Rathcabbin Terryglass Portumna Killimor Boula and Dublin for taking part in the children’s art exhibition. Also many thanks to the staff of Portumna library for hosting it.

Social Dancing.

Carrig Community Hall will hold a social dancing night on Thursday May 17th. from 9.30 to 12.30. Music by “High Country”. Refreshments and a draw on the night. All are welcome.

Senior Help.

Do you need someone to talk to? There is a third age- senior help line available to those who need it. Senior Help line is a confidential listening service for older people and it is provided by trained older volunteers. For the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland loCall 1850 440 444 if you need to talk to someone.

Five Day Weather Forecast.

Today Wednesday May 16th.

Generally dry and cloudy today with just light westerly breezes. Some good sunshine at first over parts of Munster and Leinster but cloud will tend to spill in from the Atlantic through the morning time. Just some patchy rain near west and northwest fringes however more general rain will feed into Connacht and Ulster later this evening. Cool with highest temperatures of just 9 to 11 degrees Celsius.


Staying cloudy tonight with scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle. Not quite as cold as recent nights with lowest temperatures 5 to 8 degrees Celsius. Mist and fog also with light southerly breezes.


Tomorrow Thursday be will rather cloudy with outbreaks of rain or drizzle mainly affecting the north and northwest. Apart from a little patchy drizzle the southern half of the country will stay mostly dry with some brighter spells breaking through at times. Cool with highest temperatures just 8 degrees Celsius over Ulster to 12 degrees Celsius over the south Midlands. Winds will be light easterly.


OUTLOOK: Very cool and unsettled conditions for the rest of the week however there are tentative signs of some improvement next week with warmer and drier conditions signalled.

THURSDAY NIGHT: Generally cloudy and damp with some light outbreaks of rain or drizzle mainly across the western half of the country. Some mist and fog setting in too with just light southeast breezes. Not quite as cold as recent nights though with overnight minima ranging 4 to 8 degrees Celsius.

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy with outbreaks of rain and drizzle heavy and persistent at times along eastern fringes. Hill and coastal fog also. Very cool with top temperatures of just 8 to 11 degrees Celsius. Winds will be mainly moderate northeasterly rather windy however along Irish Sea coasts.

SATURDAY: Another rather dull day with further outbreaks of rain and drizzle especially along eastern and southern counties. Best of the drier brighter conditions likely in the west and northwest. Feeling cold with afternoon maxima ranging just 7 to 10 degrees Celsius lowest values occurring across the midlands north and east. Winds will be mostly moderate northeasterly again rather windy at times over east Leinster.

SUNDAY: Staying mostly cloudy with scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle persistent at times along eastern fringes. Longer drier spells developing from the west later in the day. Temperatures recovering slightly coming 9 to 13 degrees mildest in the southwest and west with some sunny spells breaking through here later. Winds all the time coming in from the Irish Sea moderate overland but fresher near the east coast.

Smile Awhile.


Murphy applied for a fermentation operator post at a famous Irish firm based in Dublin .
A Pole applied for the same job and since both applicants had similar qualifications they were asked to take a test by the Manager.
When the results were in both men had scored 19 out of 20.
The manager went to Murphy and said "Thank you for coming to the interview but we’ve decided to give the Pole the job."
Murphy "And why would you be doing that?"
"We both got 19 questions correct."
"This being Ireland and me being Irish surely I should get the

Manager "We have made our decision not on the correct answers but on the question you got wrong."
Murphy "And just how would one incorrect answer be better than

Manager "Simple. On question number 7 the Pole wrote down ‘I don’t know.’
You put down
‘Neither do I’."

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