Lorrha Notes


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The cast of Rathcabbin Players latest production “Play On” written by Rick Abbott and directed by Brendan Dolan. Front: Pat Kennedy, Catherine Bourke, Eoin Smyth, Siobhan Reddin. Back: Maria Maher, Michael Dolan, Hubert Hogan, Laoise Brehony, Sinead Dermody, Hazil Reddin. The play will be staged in Rathcabbin Hall for a further four nights. From Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th at 8.30pm sharp. Booking is  essential as demand is steady and places are filling up fast. The number to call is (087) 2360096

Late Nicholas McGuinness.

The peaceful death occurred at his residence of Nicholas McGuinness Carrigahorig, on Sunday 24th January 2016. Born Claus Mielke in Poland 74 years ago, Nicholas changed his name and became an Irish citizen in the 1970’s.  Coming on holiday to Ireland in early 1960, he fell in love with the country, its people and the fishing and returned to live in Dublin in 1965. His wife Monique, who hails from Paris, followed the following year and they spent twelve lovely years in Dublin where Nicholas formed his own jazz band and was in big demand around the city.  A neighbour of the late Barney McKenna and of Ronnie Drew, Nicholas also played banjo and joined in on vocals too with The Dubliners for many years forming a lasting friendship with the members of the band. So much so was that lasting bond that the last remaining band member John Sheahan attended the funeral and partook in the church music. Ronnie Drew’s daughter was also in attendance. In 1978, he and his family moved to Carrigahorig and opened a restaurant “The Tuning Fork” which over a period of some years became a very popular eating and entertainment venue in the area. Nicholas was known and loved for miles around in the local pubs for his music be it fiddle or banjo or trombone that he played. He became ill two years ago and was cared for by his wife Monique in their home where they celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary just three days before he passed away. Nicholas will be fondly remembered by many and sadly missed by all who knew him, but in particular by his family. Sympathy is extended to Monique, daughter Sonia, son-in-law Wolfgang, grandchildren Cecile and Thomas. After funeral Mass in Terryglass Church on Tuesday 26th January, burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Active Retirement.

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

Four More Nights.

If you haven’t been to see Rathcabbin Players 3 act farcical comedy ‘Play On’ then you have four nights to choose from this week-end. From Thursday night 11th to  Sunday night 14th. at 8.30pm. sharp in Rathcabbin Hall. Written by playwright Rick Abbott and directed by Banagher man Brendan Dolan it’s essential to book a seat as demand is steady and places are filling up fast. The number to call is (087) 2360096

Redwood N.S.

Open Evening   Our Open evening will take place on Wednesday, 02nd March from 7 p.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.

Enrolment forms are available from the school now or can be downloaded from our website www.redwoodns.ie. If any parents would like to arrange a private viewing of the school and to meet the teachers please contact the school on 090 9747186 to arrange an appointment.

Bag 2 School

This year we are donating the proceeds of this collection to the Mark Heffernan Trust in Tullamore who kindly donated a defibrillator to the school earlier in the year.

The Bag2School clothes collection will take place on Friday, 12th February. We would be grateful for any donations of the following items – paired shoes, clothes, handbags, hats, scarves and soft toys are all accepted.

Thank you

A huge thank you to all the grandparents, parents and neighbours  who came in for Grandparents Day. We had a lovely afternoon and the children thoroughly enjoyed it.

Lorrha Camogie:

Training resumed this week for the Junior team. Training will continue outdoors Tuesday and Sunday evening and trainer Jimmy Dunne will be in contact with players.
Membership is now due and will be collected from players at training sessions. Membership must be paid before March 31st and new rules introduced by the County Board will only allow players to be registered before this date. Prices for membership are as follows:
Students/Minors – €40  [or €60 to include gym membership]. U/16’s – €20  [or €40  to include gym membership].  Junior players-€60  [or €90  to include gym membership].
Family membership (2 adults & 2 children) – €90.  Non players €30.
Minors and U/16’s pay membership to Lorrha Camogie Club as you are amalgamated to play camogie with Shannon Rovers.
U/12’s, U/14’s and U/15’s pay membership to Shannon Rovers Camogie Club as you have transferred to Shannon Rovers to play camogie this year.

Church News.

Wednesday, 10th February is Ash Wednesday. Blessing and distribution of ashes  in  Rathcabbin Church during Mass at 7.30p.m. Just  two days of Fast & Abstinence during the year – Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Lent is a time of preparation for the celebration of the central mystery of our religion – the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  We prepare by prayer and fasting.   Prayer:   a special effort each day individually and as a family.   Fasting  :   denying yourself something and contributing what you save to the victims of poverty etc., in the third world through the agency of Trócaire.

NOTE:       Thursday, 11th February  is  Feast of   Our Lady of Lourdes  –  World Day for the Sick.

60th Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will leave Shannon on Sunday 26th June, returning on Friday July 1st. The cost is €687 per person sharing, with a €10discount for booking online at www.joewalshtours.ie . booking forms can be obtained from: Joe Walsh Tours,  143 Lower Baggot St, Dublin 2, Tel: 01 2410800.
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: the Diocese of Killaloe is organising a once in a lifetime pilgrimage to the Holy land for 147 people direct from Shannon Airport for 8 days from 23rd to 31st October. Cost  €1430. Booking forms are available from Fr.Tom Ryan, Shannon – 087 2349816 or Fr Brendan Quinlivan Ennis 087 2736310.


Portumna College of Adult Further Education (OldVEC) St.Brigid’sRoad on Friday12th  February 2016 from 10 am to 5 pm will  be registering for a large number of  QQI courses.   Contact:   0876258696 / 09097 41946 and  e-mail : michael.cunniffe@gretb.ie

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.

GAA News

Senior: Lorrha have been drawn against Roscrea in the opening round of the North Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship. This game will be played after the three county championship games have been played, possibly the weekend of 28-29 May.

Under 21: Lorrha will play Ballinahinch/Templederry in the opening round of the North U21 ‘B’ Football Championship in Moatfield this Sunday, 14th February at 11.30am.

Under 6 & 8: Training starts in the Sports Hall on Friday, 19th February at 7pm

Under 10: Training starts on Saturday, 20th February, time to be confirmed

Under 12: Training starts on Tuesday, 16th February in the Sports Hall at 7pm

Under 14: Lorrha Rovers Gaels training starts in the Sports Hall on Monday, 15thFebruary at 7pm.

Lotto: Our jackpot is now €5,700 with a Match 3 pot of €120. 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

Gear Order: Due to a number of inquiries, another order is being put together for Lorrha gear. To order, contact Graham Downes 0879905870. Closing date is 26thFebruary, deposits required.

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 this 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 Unity. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.