Lorrha Notes

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Lorrha supporters attending the recent party for Michael Fitzmaurice T.D. and MEP Luke Ming Flanagan were Mick Reddan, Martina O’Meara, Liam Mannion, Mark Kennedy, John O’Meara pictured with Michael and Ming, Cllr. Joe Hannigan and Joe Bourke.

Church News.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament  continues  every Thursday from 10am to 10pm in Rathcabbin  Church. The Earthquake in Nepal has killed thousands of people and left eight million affected. Concern are working there. Would you like to help? If so, give a donation to Father Pat. A Pilgrimage to Clonard will take place on Sunday 7th June celebrating St. Finnian in the “Year of Consecrated Life”. He was a link to the twelve apostles of Ireland – St. Ruadhan being one of the twelve. He taught in his monastery in Clonard. Walking Pilgrimage (7.5 KM) from Kinnegad to Clonard @ 12.45pm (bring a picnic). Mass at 3pm. Celebrant Most Rev. Dr. Michael Smith, Bishop of Meath. Would you be interested if a bus were organised? Contact Fr. Pat.


Congratulations and well done to the pupils from the three schools in the parish who celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday last in Rathcabbin Church.

May Devotions.

The popular May Masses and Devotions to Our Lady of Clonfert continue till the end of the month. Mass each evening at 8pm except Sundays. will feature a different celebrant each evening. On Sunday evenings there is Rosary and Benediction at 7pm.

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. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, Pillows and cushions, Carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats), Soiled or wet clothing. 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.

News From Lorrha School


Enrolment forms for September 2015  available from the school or contact (090) 9747295. They can also be downloaded from the school web site www.lorrhans.ie.

Fire Safety.

Two fire safety officers from Borrisokane fire station  Darren Moore and Gary Donnell visited the school recently  and spoke to the pupils about the importance of fire protection in the home.  The children had plenty of questions and were very interested in this.  Many thanks to Darren and Gary.


Kieran Galvin  is back with us again for the popular tennis lessons. All our pupils are enjoying the lessons and we extend thanks to Kieran for his patience and encouragement while working with the pupils.


Speech and Drama exams took place on Tuesday 5th May. Examiner was Geraldine McNulty. Well done to all who participated.

Europe Day – Blue Star Programme.

This year we have entered the Blue Star Programme. This is a venture of the “Communicating Europe Initiative”  which is aimed to foster better understanding and knowledge of the European Union and how it affects our lives amongst Irish primary pupils through classroom projects and activities. It will also involve school staff, parents and the wider community. The idea is to foster a strong sense of awareness of the EU among participants that goes far beyond the school walls and into the wider community.

Green School Flag – Travel  

Mieke Scholte from An Taisce visited the school on Monday May 18th and spoke to the pupils about different ways of travelling to school. She then took the green school committee down through the village to investigate a safe way for children to walk to school.

Food Dudes.

All pupils are participating in this programme which began on April 20th. It is designed to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables both in school and at home.


3rd – 6th class pupils  participated  in track and field day recently in Borrisokane Community Sports Grounds organised by Borrisokane Athletic Club.  Our 4th class girls won the relay, 6th class boys came second in the relay while  6th class girls came fourth in their relay. Well done to all our pupils who participated and thanks to the organisers of the events.

Primary Games  

Congratulations to Hannah O’ Meara – camógie , Colm Fogarty –hurling  and Tom Duggan-football who are representing our school in the Primary Games skills competitions and we wish them the  best of  luck.

Art Competition

Congratulations to Kayla Boons who was awarded a prize in a recent Art Competition organised by the 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. Well done to all who participated.


St Cillians Camogie Club and Carrig/Riverstown GAA  bringing the Kube to the County Arms Birr on Sunday May 31st at 8.15pm This professionally run event promises a great nights entertainment with many players, politicians and local people all representing various charities and local clubs hoping  to claim the prize of €2500 . Tickets are available from any committe member or book your ticket on 086 8094642 or kubecrcillians@gmail.com

Redwood N.S.

Redwood NS takes a day trip to Portumna!

The children from Redwood NS enjoyed a lovely day out in Portumna last week on a busy tour of the beautiful town.

Portumna Castle

The children were given a very interesting tour of Portumna Castle by Heilha, who gave an excellent insight into life in a big house and the luxury and wealth enjoyed by Clan Ricard.

Irish Workhouse

The children from 3rd to 6th class went on a guided tour of the workhouse. The children had studied the famine in history and read the trilogy of novels ‘Under the Hawthorn Tree’ ‘Wildflower Girl’ and ‘Fields of Home’ but the tour really brought home the suffering the people of the famine endured.

Portumna Forest Park

After a relaxing break in the playground, the children and teachers carried on to the Forest Park for a nature walk. We are currently working towards our fifth Green flag on ‘biodiversity’ and we had plenty to see and study and even managed to record a sighting of some deer on the school i-pads.

Portumna Tennis Club

A huge thank you to Portumna Tennis Club for allowing us to use their facilities, where Miss. Darcy capped off a great day with a tennis lesson for the children and the lovely courts in Portumna.


Congratulations to Daniel Bugler and all the children in Rathcabbin and Lorrha who received the sacrament of Confirmation in Rathcabbin last Sunday.

FAI Soccer

Thank you to James Scott from FAI Soccer Ireland who came out to the school recently forsoccer coaching with the children

Portumna & District Lions Club Annual Fun Cycle — Sunday, 21st June at 1pm in Portumna Square

Get on yer bike on Sunday, 21st June in support of this year’s selected local charity, St. Dympna’s Centre . We need cyclists – prizes for funniest bike/cyclist, best individual/club fundraised etc. You can get a sponsor card from 087-7427950 only €2 a line. Or donations accepted on the day. No entry fee. Come and join in the fun & do some good for your local community at the same time!

Computer Course.

Do you want to learn computer skills/ improve your employment prospects? Training is suitable for beginners and advanced users and is open to everybody – QQI (FETAC) certified. Eligible participants may be entitled to receive a training allowance from GRETB, childcare & travel allowance is also available. Contact: Patricia or Lynn at South Eastern Galway IRD Ltd, LTI, College of further Education & Training, Portumna, on 090 9759092.