Lorrha Notes

Members of North Tipp LEADER visit Friars Park & meet with Lorrha Development Association Members

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North Tipperary LEADER Board members visited Lorrha and the Friars Park where they met with members of Lorrha Development Association who developed this area of waste ground which was a massive undertaking. The end result is a lovely Park in the village. The Friars Park project was completed and officially opened to the public in June 2012.  Recently play equipment has been added and this combined with a picnic area and walk way has, and continues to attract, many to the village.

Back: Joe Donoghue NTLP, Michael Ryan NTLP, Mary Coen, Secretary Lorrha Development Association, Patrick Killeen NTLP, Mary Walsh, Vice Chairperson Lorrha Development Association, John Cahill NTLP, Michelle Putti, NTLP, Matt Ryan, NTLP, Sandra Smyth, NTLP, Breda Ryan NTLP.  Front: Cllr. Michael O’Meara, Michael Murray CEO North NTLP, Tricia Purcell NTLP,  Rose Mannion, Chairperson Lorrha Development Association, Jim Finn Chairman LEADER, Lelagh McKeogh NTLP, Sean Crowley NTLP, Paddy  Barry NTLP. 

Well Done.

Congratulations is extended to Lorrha School pupil Kayla Boons who was awarded a prize in a recent art competition organised by Laois Education Centre. The purpose of the competition was to raise awareness and encourage school children to use visual arts and literacy to express their reaction to and understanding of the poetry of WB Yeats. Kayla will be presented with her prize on May 7th at an awards ceremony in Laois Education Centre. Well done Kayla.

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. Next Friday, 1st May, is the First Friday of the month. Mass in Lorrha Church at 9.30 a.m. Confessions beforehand. Liturgy of the Word and distribution of Communion in   Rathcabbin Church at 8.00p.m.

Holy Communion.

First Holy Communion Mass will be on Sunday 10th May in Lorrha at 11.30am. Please Note that Mass on that Sunday in Rathcabbin will be at 10.00am.


Night vigil to Knock Shrine on Friday May 1st. (organised by the Legion of Mary). Bus from Birr at 5.30pm. Contact  Betty on (087) 6667374.

Lorrha Camogie

U/12: The 2nd round of the U/12’s Go Games was held in Lorrha last weekend. Well done to all the girls who took part. The girls took on Portroe, Moneygall and Kiladangan and showed great skill and determination in their matches. Many thanks to all the parents for helping out with food and refreshments and to Martina Houlihan for organising the event. The next round is due to be played in Portroe this Friday 1st May at 7pm. Parents will be contacted via text.

U/16: The U/16 girls played the second round of their matches against Portroe last Monday. The girls gave a fine display with great performances all over the field in particular from Celine Cleary and Clodagh McIntyre.

Training for U/12/14/16 continues every Tuesday at 6pm and Saturday morning at 11am.

Junior Camogie: The Junior team was invited to Raharny Hurling and Camogie Club in Westmeath, last weekend for the opening of their new pitch facilities. Many thanks to Raharny club for their great hospitality on the day and a lively practice match against their club.Lorrha Juniors played Burgess in the last group match of the round losing out on a scoreline of 2-9 to 5 points. Lorrha now go in to a playoff to see who progresses on to the semi-finals of the league. The playoff match is against Burgess next Sat 2nd May at 7.30 in Moatfield. Best of luck to the girls, all support greatly appreciated.

Redwood NS After School Homework Club

We will be providing an after-school homework / activity club for pupils attending Redwood NS commencing this September. The club will run in the afternoons directly after school up to 5pm. For queries regarding the after-school club, please contact Michelle on 090 9747186 or redwoodns@live.ie

Redwood NS Annual Buffet Dance
The annual buffet dance fundraiser will take place in the GAA clubhouse, Moatfield on Saturday, 02nd May at 9.30 pm. Music by Pat & Richie, raffle, spot prizes, hot buffet and a great night guaranteed! Your support is much appreciated.

Australian Visit To Lorrha.

Councillor Wayne Sanford President of the Shire of Collie in Australia,  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 wreath laying ceremony will commence at 2pm. followed by a walking tour of the village, visit to Martin’s birthplace, planting of tree in Rathcabbin village, visit to Redwood Castle and return to Lorrha later that evening. All are invited.

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.

Coffee Evening.

Ann Marie King and Margaret Fogarty are hosting a coffee evening next Friday evening May 1st in Aglish Hall from 5 to 8pm. All proceeds will go to the Irish Cancer Society services provided in the Tipperary area. Your support on the evening would be very much appreciated.


Landscaping & Horticulture course starting 20th July 2015 in St. Rynagh’s College of Further Education, Banagher. Now recruiting! FETAC Level 4 Major Award in Horticulture- 6 month full time course- ETB training allowance provided. Contact Monica on 087 6835561 to apply.

Portumna Arts News

Plans are taking shape for Portumna Arts Group’s celebration of Poetry Day Ireland on Thursday 7th May at 8.30pm in Portumna’s Christ Church. Come along and join Portumna Pen Pushers and Omna singers  for a celebration of Ireland’s best poetry in Woven Words. Admission €8.

Our mission is to celebrate poetry’s vital place in our culture by making poetry both inescapable and irresistible for a day. Watch out for poems popping up in windows about town and other areas where a gift of a poem will be placed. Pick up a booklet of poems in coffee shops about town and perhaps read a poem you like after reading this.

Smile Awhile & Laugh a Little Every Day.

Three seniors are out walking. First one says, ‘Windy, isn’t it?’ Second one says, ‘No, it’s Thursday!’ Third one says, ‘So am I. Let’s go get a beer..’