Lorrha Notes

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Siobhan Reddin (Louise Peary) and Pat Kennedy (Henry Benish) in a scene from Rathcabbin Players farcical comedy ‘Play On’ written by Rick Abbott and directed by Brendan Dolan. The play goes on stage for three nights commencing Feb 5th to 7th and for four nights the second week-end 11th to 14th at 8.30pm sharp. Booking is essential to be sure of a seat on (087) 2360096

Church News.

Wednesday, 3rd February  is the Feast of St. Blaise. You are asked to note that the blessing of throats and candles (for Church & home-use) will take place on Wednesday next at Mass in Rathcabbin Church at 7.30p.m.
Friday, 5th February, is the First Friday of the month.  Mass in Lorrha Church at 9.30a.m.  Confessions beforehand.   Liturgy of the Word and distribution of Holy Communion in Rathcabbin Church at 9.30a.m.
Dates for family Participation in First Communion and Confirmation Mass:  Saturday, 6th February    in Redwood Church at 7.30p.m.   Sunday, 7th February in Lorrha Church at  10.00am  and   Rathcabbin Church at 11.30a.m.
If you are getting married soon we would like to remind you of the necessity of : 1  Giving 3 months notice to your local Priest. 2. Giving 3 months notice to the State Registrar. 3.  Doing an Accord Pre Marriage Course  or one in Esker Retreat House, Athenry  well in advance (at least 6 months) of the date of marriage.  Dates of Pre-Marriage Courses are posted in Churches.  4.  Filling in the pre-marriage papers (pre-Nuptial Enquiry Form) with your local priest.

Killaloe Diocese:

Developing Social media in your Parish through facebook. The Partnership strand of our Pastoral Plan asks us to explore new methods of online Communication  –  course February 29th 6.30 – 9.00pm,  follow up –  April 4th,  7.00 – 9.00pm. Venue: Nenagh College I.T Room, Drommin Rd, Nenagh.  Workshop is free.  Tel:  Lorina on  085 8760472  or visit ibourke@killaloediocese.ie  Pre-Booking essential.

News From Lorrha School

Pupils are enjoying the new playground equipment and the resurfaced court area which facilitates a variety of sports.
David Needham has commenced coaching in the school since Monday January 18th. We extend thanks to James Dunne for his help and support over the years and we wish him well in the future.

2nd to 6th class pupils attended a matinee performance last week of Portumna Community school’s  production of ‘Grease’. Our thanks to Portumna school for the invitation and well done to all our past students who participated in the wonderful performance.

Sympathy is extended to Pauline’s McIntyre and Fr. Donnelly on the recent death of Jos Donnelly. Kinnitty.

We welcome our new Board of Management members which was elected recently and we wish to extend thanks to the previous members who served the school so well for the past four years.

Active Retirement.

Lorrha Active Retirement are holding their AGM in Lorrha Hall on Wednesday 10th February at 2.30pm.  They would like all members to attend and support the elected committee. Look forward to seeing you all there.

Art Classes for Children

Art & Craft classes (5 years up) on Saturdays at 4pm and 5.30pm, starting on January 30th.

Drawing classes (9 years up) on Wednesdays at 7pm, starting on January 27th in Bramble Art Studio, Lorrha, for 6 weeks. Please contact Ute: 087-9151356 or 090-974712. Early booking advisable.

Redwood N.S.

Redwood NS were delighted to be invited into the Council Offices in Nenagh to see the work they completed as part of the ‘Artist in Residence’ scheme exhibited. Twelve schools from around the county were  chosen by the arts office to take part in the project. The artwork from all schools will be exhibited in the council offices in Nenagh and Clonmel for the next month and is well worth a visit.
We are holding Grandparents Day on this Friday 5th Feb and invite all Grandparents from around the parish to join us from 11am. We will be holding a prayer service followed by a questions and answers session about what life was like for Grandparents when they were children, followed by a cup of tea and refreshments. If any Grandparents would like to bring in old memorabilia such as old photos or old money etc that would be most interesting for the children to see!

Our Open evening will be held on Wednesday, March 2nd at 7p.m. This is a great opportunity to visit the school, meet with the teachers, view the resources in the school and see the variety of activities carried out during the school year.

We have a tractor trailer load of ash/sycamore timber for sale with all proceeds going to the school. Please contact Declan Houlihan on 087 6185461 if interested. Local delivery is also available.

Date For Your Diary.

Rathcabbin Players booking line is now open for their forthcoming comedy “Play On” by Rick Abbott. There is a big cast involved and they will be on stage from the 5th to 7th February and again the second week end from the 11th to 14th. Curtains up at 8.30pm. sharp. Booking is essential on (087) 2360096.  Admission Adults €10 children €5.

Spring De-Clutter.

Thinking of clearing out the wardrobe to make room for the Spring collection? Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Winter months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Spring 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.

Lorrha GAA

Auction: Thank you to everyone who supported our Auction last Sunday, from those who gave up their time to cut, split and load timber in difficult conditions in recent weeks, to those who donated items and to those who parted with their money for the goods. Your support is greatly appreciated. The Juvenile Club had a raffle and the winners were: Trailer of Timber (donated by Eamonn Mannion) – Colette Bouchier, Dove Gift set – John Bergin; Box of Chocolates – Nonnie Cronin.

Fun Wall competition: There was a great turnout of players, young and old, for our Wall Ball tournament last Sunday as part of the Auction and well done to Jake Houlihan who was the overall winner.

Coaching Course: Eleven people are currently taking part in a Foundation Course which will be completed this week. Many of them, including members from Shannon Rovers Gaels also participated in a Child Welfare Course last week also.

Juvenile Presentation: There was a night of great excitement in Moatfield last Saturday night as the Lorrha U12 ‘C’ Footballers, U13 Hurlers and the Lorrha Rovers U16 hurlers were presented with their North Championship medals for 2015 by our own Patrick Maher and Tipperary captain Brendan Maher. Thanks to both men for attending and to parents and supporters for making it a special night for our young players.

Lotto: The numbers drawn this week were: 1 – 3 – 4 – 8. No Winner. 1 Match 3: Aine & Eoghan (The Ferry Inn) win €100. Promoters: John McLeish, Martin Hough, Jimmy Dunne  Our jackpot is now €5,400 with a Match 3 pot of €100. Thank you for your continued support. You can play our lotto online at www.locallotto.ie where it is easy to play every week. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5.

Membership: for 2016 is now due. Rates were also confirmed with all inclusive of Gym membership: €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership for 12 months); €20 – Juvenile (16 and under); €90 – Family (2 adults and 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children). Closing date for membership for all adult and juvenile players is the last day of February to be insured in training and games while the closing date for all membership is 31st March. This date will be strictly enforced and no monies will be accepted beyond this date. It is important to remember that our total number of adult members by 31st March is the number the County Board will use towards our ticket allocations for Tipperary games so it is in your interest to have membership paid by then. Membership can be paid to club registrar Louise Mannion or can also be done online at www.locallotto.ie

Poker Classic: Lorrha GAA Club will be holding a Poker Classic in the GAA Centre on Saturday, 12th March from 8pm. Tickets €10 are currently on sale and there will also be a draw as part of the night.

Gaeltacht Scholarships: Forms are available for 2nd, Transition & 5th year Secondary School members to apply for a Gaeltacht Scholarship during the summer. Details are with Shane Brophy. Closing date for return of forms to the County Board is Sunday, 14th February.

Lorrha CountryFest: Tickets (€20) are available from Kevin Molloy (0876738986) for this years Country Music Festival at Moatfield which takes place on Sunday, 17thJuly from 12 noon to 7pm. Line-up includes Mike Denver, Robert Mizzell, Louise Morrissey, The Conquerors, Johnny Brady, Pete Kennedy, Sean Slattery & The Connections as well as local band Tradstone. A day not to be missed!

Social Dancing: on Friday night to the music of Pat & Ritchie. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.

Sympathy: Lorrha GAA Club would like to sympathise with the Dolan family, Lissernane on the death of Mary Coughlan in the United States recently. May she rest in peace.

Barnardos News

Barnardos spoke to approx. 50 young people aged between four and 15 and asked them what they would do if they were Taoiseach for a day.

This is part of Barnardos Rise Up campaign, calling for all politicians to commit to ending child inequality in 2016.

For further information, please contact:

Barnardos Press Office: 01 7080442 / 086 398 0441

Irene Lawlor; 01 7080423

Rachel Boyce; 01 7080443

 About Barnardos
Barnardos supports children whose well-being is under threat, by working with them, their families and communities and by campaigning for the rights of children. Barnardos was established in Ireland in 1962 and is Ireland’s leading independent children’s charity. www.barnardos.ie

                             Children from Tipperary tell us what they’d do if Taoiseach for a day…

1 February 2016 – As Ireland counts down to General Election 2016 Barnardos has asked children living in Tipperary what they would do if they were Taoiseach for a day.

June Tinsley, Head of Advocacy, Barnardos, said, “While children do not vote, they make up nearly a quarter of our population and are directly affected by Government policies and laws. Every day in Barnardos we see how children’s lives are being adversely affected by austerity. If we are serious about wanting to build a sustainable and fair future, every candidate in Tipperary owes it to our children – and themselves – to hear what our young people have to say.

“Key issues raised by the dozens of children Barnardos spoke with were the impact of drugs on their communities; the need for more child-friendly places to hang out and better resourced schools. Abolishing the water tax also came up a number of times and large numbers pleaded for enough safe housing to end the homeless crisis.

What children from Tipperary would do if they were leading the next Government:

  • ‘More books or better books for children to read in schools and a light and curtains in every child’s room,’ said Dylan, five.
  • ‘Every child should have a house, toys and food,’ said nine-year-old Saoirse.
  • Eve, aged 10 wants ‘Every school to get a play area and clean new tables and chairs, plus she added, ‘free buses and transport for everyone and it would be better.’
  • ‘Better play areas in schools,’ said Orla, aged six.
  • And Coia, aged six, would ensure ‘Every child gets a present for Christmas and their birthday.’

Ms Tinsley added, “From meeting with children across Ireland and through Barnardos’ direct work with children and families, it is clear that our younger constituents want to see fairness at the heart of their communities. Our elected representatives could learn a thing or two from listening to them.”

Barnardos has also been calling for greater equality in the 32nd Dáil. The children’s charity wants all candidates in General Election 2016 to pledge to take action in five crucial areas which would demonstrate political commitment to ending child inequality, and result in real improvements to children’s lives.

  1. Politicians must promise to safeguard the first year of a child’s life

à Invest sufficiently in Tusla, the Child and Family Agency

  1. Politicians must increase investment in early childhood care and education

à Increase spending on early years from 0.2% GDP to meet the international average of 0.8% of GDP


  1. The State must provide free primary education

à This would require an annual investment of €103.2m, equating to just €185 extra per pupil


  1. Politicians must guarantee access to primary care services for all children when they need it

à Guarantee one fully operational Primary Care Team for every 1,500 children


  1. Politicians must promise to ensure a secure home for all children

à Stabilise rents over time by linking rental prices to the Consumer Price Index and raise rent supplement levels to help struggling families now


Muscular Dystrophy Ireland Urges People of County Tipperary & North Cork to Support its Inaugural “LOVEMDI” Campaign

– LOVEMDI Campaign Sees Volunteers Selling Chocolates to Raise Much-Needed Funds for Services –

– 31 individuals and their families affected by rare muscle wasting condition
Supported by Muscular Dystrophy Ireland in Tipperary & North Cork  in 2015 –

Date of issue: Immediate
Muscular Dystrophy Ireland has launched an inspiring new campaign to raise awareness of muscular dystrophy, and the need to raise vital funds for the supports it provides, such as respite care, transport and assistive equipment services, to people with the condition and their families.

Muscular Dystrophy Ireland’s inaugural LOVEMDI campaign, from February 8 to 14, coincides with St Valentine’s Day, and will see volunteers nationwide raising much-needed funds by selling LOVEMDI chocolates in return for a €2 donation.

Muscular dystrophy is a rare, and potentially life-limiting, muscle-wasting condition that is estimated to affect approximately 1,500 people across Ireland. There is no known cure. In 2015, Muscular Dystrophy Ireland supported 31 people and their families with the condition in Tipperary & North Cork.

People interested in volunteering to lend a hand with the LOVEMDI campaign can contact Muscular Dystrophy Ireland on Freefone 1800 24 53 00 or visit www.mdi.ie for more information. In addition, Muscular Dystrophy Ireland can be followed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/musculardystrophyireland and on Twitter @MDI_Ireland

As part of the campaign, members of the public can also make a €2 donation by texting “LOVEMDI” to 50300*.

*100% of your donation goes to Muscular Dystrophy Ireland across most network operators. Some operators apply VAT which means that a minimum of €1.63 will go to Muscular Dystrophy Ireland. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 680 5278.

NEWS 27th Jan 2016 no fee for repro Launch of 2015 MDI National Awareness Day Pictured is Model, Sarah Morrissey at the launch of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland's annual National Awareness Day taking place countrywide on Saturday February 14. The campaign, which aims to focus attention on the challenges faced by people with muscular dystrophy, is asking the public to support its "Have a Heart" campaign by purchasing €2 chocolate hearts from volunteers nationwide or by donating €2 now by texting "MDI" to 50300. Funds raised will go to support the charity's vital respite services and research projects. More information on muscular dystrophy and the work of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland can be found at www.mdi.ie Picture by Shane O’Neill Photography.

Pictured is Model, Sarah Morrissey at the launch of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland’s annual National Awareness Day taking place countrywide on Saturday February 14.
The campaign, which aims to focus attention on the challenges faced by people with muscular dystrophy, is asking the public to support its “Have a Heart” campaign by purchasing €2 chocolate hearts from volunteers nationwide or by donating €2 now by texting “MDI” to 50300. Funds raised will go to support the charity’s vital respite services and research projects. More information on muscular dystrophy and the work of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland can be found at www.mdi.ie

Issued by:

Patrick Flanagan, Muscular Dystrophy Ireland, tel.: 01 623 6414 / 083 347 6354

About Muscular Dystrophy
Muscular dystrophy is a muscle-wasting condition which, along with allied neuromuscular conditions, impacts upon physical strength and mobility. It affects men and women of all ages, with varying degrees of severity. Some forms arise at birth or in childhood, while others may not manifest themselves until later in life. Many people with muscular dystrophy and similar conditions require the use of a walking aid and/or wheelchair and rely on assistive support in their daily lives. While as yet there is no cure for muscular dystrophy, there have been considerable advances with treatments and therapies enhancing the quality of life of people with the condition.

About Muscular Dystrophy Ireland

Muscular Dystrophy Ireland (MDI) is a voluntary organisation which provides information and support to people with muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular conditions and their families through a wide range of support services. These include family support, youth support, emergency respite, and youth activities. A National Resource Centre for Neuromuscular Conditions in Chapelizod, Dublin, supports all aspects of living with a neuromuscular condition from information through to direct support services. It incorporates a display area for aids, appliances and specialised equipment, e.g. hoists, slings, power chairs and profile beds. The centre also features a specially-adapted respite apartment for people with muscular dystrophy and their families. MDI currently has a membership of more than 700 people.