Lorrha Notes

Congratulations is extended to Amy Clarke Lahinch Lorrha on her win in the East Clare Harriers Hunters Trials on Sunday last. In her first competition with her pony "Hero" 7 year old Amy had the fastest time over all the other competitors in that particular class and was awarded first prize. Well done Amy and not forgetting Hero too…
Church News.

Please note that Mass in Lorrha on Sunday April 29th will be at 11a.m. to facilitate Holy Communion children from the parish who will be receiving the Sacrament. There will be no 10a.m. Mass.

Energy Tip For The Week.

The energy tip for this week from the green school committee in Scoil Lua Naofa Lorrha is where possible fit solar panels in your house. Solar power can be used to heat water and buildings as well as generating electricity.
Tokens For Schools.

A reminder that anyone wishing to donate their Tesco Tokens For School vouchers to Lorrha N.S. can do so by giving tokens to pupils or staff or they can be dropped into the collection box in the school. Tesco offer free equipment to schools for vouchers received. Your support is appreciated.

Men’s Sheds Group Reminder.

What is a Men’s Sheds Group? A Men’s Shed is any community-based organisation which is open to all men where the primary activity is the provision of a safe friendly and inclusive environment where the men are able to gather and/or work on meaningful projects at their own pace in their own time and in the company of other men and where the primary objective is to advance the health and well- being of the participating men.

The idea was introduced from Australia back in 2009 by John Evoy from Wexford. The Men’s Sheds movement is based on doing things together and the groups being targeted are mostly older men in rural areas who are either retired semi-retired ort unemployed. Currently there are at least 40 of these groups up and running in small towns and villages throughout Ireland. Examples of the type of activities some of the groups do are: boat building and restoration bike restoration wood turning metal work and vegetable growing projects.

John Evoy is coming to the Community Hall in Lorrha this Wednesday 25th April 2012 at 2.30pm to explain about the Men’s Sheds Group in the hope of setting up such a group for the men of the parish.

Calling Former Officers.

Lorrha Development Association will be compiling a souvenir booklet for the official opening of Friars Park on Tuesday June 12th and would like to include in it the names of all those who worked on its committees since its foundation in 1985.
The present committee is trying to establish the names of all who served as officers since the beginning and because there are still some years for which we are unable to fill in the names of elected officers we are calling on everyone who served on any committee as an officer down through the years to contact us please.
All names with appropriate dates can be given to (085) 2455902/ (087) 2601413 or (086) 8647166 before May 12th please.

Art Exhibition Reminder.

Portumna library is hosting a children’s art exhibition of creations by the students of Ute Duggan "Bramble Art" from 25th April – 9th May. All welcome.

Social Dancing.

Social dancing continues in the Lorrha GAA clubhouse on Friday night to the music of Ted and Cathal Barry. All welcome.

Grand Prize.

Every month for one year the Medugorje Irish Centre are giving away a grand prize of one week free apartment accommodation for up to 4 people. Text the word pilgrim followed by your name and county to 53030 or phone 048 82241888 and you can enter for free. If you would like information on package deals for 2012 call the same number or visit www.med-irishcentre.com

5 Day Weather Forecast.

Today Wednesday 25th April

Cool and windy today with rain spreading gradually from the south turning heavy in many areas especially in parts of Munster and Leinster with a risk of localised flooding. Many parts of Ulster and Connacht will be drier for much of the day with scattered heavy showers and some bright or sunny spells especially in the northwest. Maximum temperatures 8 to 11 Celsius in a strong and gusty northeasterly wind.

Tonight there will be further outbreaks of rain with some further heavy bursts in eastern coastal counties where there is a continuing risk of localised flooding. The rain will turn more showery in other areas with some clear spells in parts of the west and northwest. Minimum temperatures 3 to 6 Celsius with fresh north to northeast winds.

Tomorrow Thursday any rain in parts of the east will clear giving way to a cool bright day with a mixture of bright or sunny spells and showers some of the showers heavy and of hail with a risk of thundery downpours. Maximum temperatures 9 to 12 Celsius in a moderate to fresh northerly wind.


Headline : Relatively cool and unsettled weather will continue for the rest of this week and well into next week also.

Thursday night : Most areas will become dry with clear spells but there will be some further scattered showers mainly in northern eastern and western coastal counties. Cold in a light to moderate north to northwest breeze. Min. 1 to 4 Celsius.

Friday : Cool with a mixture of sunny spells and heavy showers of rain or hail and with a risk of thundery downpours. Max. 9 to 12 Celsius in a moderate north to northwest wind. Min. overnight 2 to 5 C.

Saturday : Quite cool with moderate northeast breezes. Sunny spells everywhere but some scattered heavy showers also and with a risk of thundery downpours especially in the east and south. Parts of Connacht and Ulster could stay largely if not completely dry. Max. 10 to 13 or 14 C.

Sunday : Risk of heavy rain spreading from the east with strong northeasterly winds.

Next week : Early indications are for the unsettled spell to continue with occasional showers or longer spells of rain.

Smile Awhile:

It’s 2012 and it’s the Olympics in London .
A Scotsman an Englishman and an Irishman want to get in but they haven’t any

The Scotsman looks around picks up a manhole cover tucks it under his arm and walks to the gate. "McTavish Scotland " he says "Discus" and in he walks.

The Englishman looks around picks up a length of scaffolding and slings it over his shoulder. "Waddington-Smythe England " he says "Pole vault" and in he walks.

The Irishman looks around and picks up a roll of barbed wire and tucks it under his arm.
"O’Malley Ireland " he says "Fencing".