Lorrha Notes

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We extend the best of luck to George Harding, Lorrha who will compete in the Munster Tennis  Championships being played in UL on Sunday 26th. One of six on the Gurteen Badminton Club team, they are already Grade G County badminton Champions. George Harding is pictured here with team mates Mark Harding, Andy Pingree, Niamh Killeen, Alexa Banaghan, Shannon Jordan. Good luck on Sunday George.


Portumna Library is hosting a children’s art exhibition of creations by the students of Ute Duggan “Bramble Art” from April 18th – 29th, opening on Saturday 18th at 3pm. All welcome.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

On Wednesday 22nd April there will be no meeting in Lorrha Hall. On Wednesday 20th May to celebrate the Beltaine Festival we have a tribute to Mick Delahunty in Lorrha Hall at 2pm. Admission free and all are welcome. On the 26th May Trade in Tourism show in the Radison Hotel in Galway. This is a National Active Retirement event and everyone is welcome to attend.

Church Gate Collection.

The Cancer Society Church gate collection will take place outside the three churches in the parish on the week-end of Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th April. Please give generously for this worthy cause.

Church News.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament  continues  every Thursday from 10am to 10pm in Rathcabbin  Church. We invite all parishioners to come and stay a while in the presence of Jesus. Please Note: From the First Friday of May onwards, Evening prayer in Rathcabbin Church will be Liturgy of the Word of God and distribution of Holy Communion. Mass will be on the morning of First Friday in Lorrha Church.


Annual Eucharistic Adoration Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine on Sunday coming April 26th. Bus from Borrisokane. Names to Betty on (087) 6667374. Also, night vigil on Friday May 1st. (organised by the Legion of Mary). Bus from Birr at 5.30pm Names to Betty at the above number.

Australian Visit To Lorrha.

Mr Wayne Sanford, President of the Shire of Collie in Australia, will visit Ireland for four days in early May. Mr. Sanford and his wife will visit Lorrha on Saturday May 2nd and he will lay a wreath at the monument to Martin O’Meara V.C. which was erected two years ago by Lorrha Development Association to the memory of our parish native. Martin lived for some time in Collie and it is also the town where he enlisted from. The expected time is 2.30pm but a definite time table which is presently being put together by Tipperary Co. Council and Lorrha Development will be available next week. All are invited to attend on the day.

Summer De-Clutter.

Thinking of clearing out the wardrobe to make room for the Summer collection? 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 two adults employed.

Redwood NS

Congratulations to the children from 3rd to 6th class in Redwood NS who organised and ran a Bring n Buy sale in the school. They raised a total of €162.22. The money is being donated to their chosen charities Trocaire and Temple Street Children’s Hospital. Many thanks to all the children and parents for their support.

Good Luck.

Best of luck to George Harding Lorrha when he competes with  Gurteen Badminton Club Grade G County badminton Champions in the Munster Championship being played in UL on Sunday 26th.  George will line out with fellow players Mark Harding, Andy Pingree, Niamh Killeen, Alexa Banaghan and Shannon Jordan. We wish them well in this competition.

Draw Results.

North Tipperary Ploughing committee held their raffle ticket draw on Saturday night last in Kelly’s Rathcabbin and they also presented the winning Tipperary competitors with their cups and trophies. The prize winners in the draw were: 1st Adam Stanley, Borrisokane €300, 2nd: Eamon Reddin, Borrisokane €200, 3rd. Liam Murphy, Ballingarry €100, 4th. Trevor Hogan, Rathcabbin, one day pass to the All-Irl. ploughing in September, 5th Marion Starr, Coolbawn, bottle of brandy, 6th. Kieran McManus, Garbally, Birr, bottle of wine, 7th. Sally Molloy, Birr, bottle of wine. 8th. John Hoctor, Sharragh, North Tipp Ploughing jacket, 9th. Trevor Culbert, Cloughjordan, North Tipp Ploughing jacket. Chairman Eamon Murphy thanked everyone who sold and bought tickets for the draw. He also stated that he wished to acknowledge and thank  John Slattery Kilbarron who will be ploughing for the 60th time in the All-Ireland when he represents North Tipp Ploughing next September. Well done John.


A Forum on Female Entrepreneurship will take place on Wednesday 22nd April 2015 in the Horse and Jockey Hotel, Thurles which maybe of interest to you or some of your family members.  This event will focus on potential female entrepreneurs  as well as existing women in business looking for inspiration, information and supports available to start, develop or scale a business.  Please pass this information on to anybody you know  who may  benefit from this event which runs from 9.30am to 2.00pm. For further information contact Marie Maher C.O. Community & Economic Development, Tipperary County Council, 0761 06 5000 or email marie.maher@tipperarycoco.ie or visit the web site www.tipperarycoco.ie Admission is free.

Smile Awhile & Laugh a Little Every Day..

A man was walking along a California beach and stumbled across an old lamp. He picked it up and rubbed it and out popped a genie. The genie said, “OK. You released me from the lamp, blah blah blah. This is the fourth time this month and I’m getting a little sick of these wishes so you can forget about three. You only get one wish!” The man sat and thought about it for a while and said, “I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii but I’m scared to fly and I get very seasick. Could you build me a bridge to Hawaii so I can drive over there to visit?” The genie laughed and said, “That’s impossible. Think of the logistics of that! How would the supports ever reach the bottom of the Pacific? Think of how much concrete…how much steel!! No, think of another wish.” The man said OK and tried to think of a really good wish. Finally, he said, “I’ve been married and divorced four times. My wives always said that I don’t care and that I’m insensitive. So, I wish that I could understand women….know how they feel inside and what they’re thinking when they give me the silent treatment….know why they’re crying, know what they really want when they say ‘nothing’….know how to make them truly happy…….

” The genie asked, “Do you want that bridge two lanes or four?”