Lorrha Notes

                              Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all our Readers…


Tomorrow 17th March, we will be celebrating our patron saint’s day. St. Patrick, apostle of Ireland was born in England circa 385 AD and one of Christianity’s most widely known figures. But for all his celebrity, his life remains somewhat a mystery. When Patrick was 16 he was sold into slavery in Ireland and began to see his enslavement as God’s test of his faith. During his 6 years of captivity he became deeply devoted to Christianity through constant prayer. In a vision he saw the children of pagan Ireland reaching out to him. With this, he grew increasingly determined to free the Irish of from Druidism (a nature based religion with gods and goddesses) by converting them to Christianity. He is believed to have died on 17th March, around 460 A.D. This day is celebrated in Ireland and throughout the world with parades, feasts and religious traditions. We hope you have a good one.

North Tipperary Ploughing Results.

The committee wish to thank all who helped, supported and participated in the championships on March 6th. in such dreadful weather conditions. The results are as follows: Conventional (Senior): 1st. Larry Bergin (South Tipp), 2nd. D.J. McHugh (Laois), 3rd. Alan Davis (Laois). Intermediate: 1st. Jonathan Murray (Offaly), 2nd. Tom Duffy (North Tipp), 3rd. Sean Gilligan (Galway), 4th Jim Green (Laois). Junior: 1st. Noel Howley (South Tipp), 2nd. J.P. Fenlon (Laois). 3 Furrow: 1st. Ciaran Milne (North Tipp), 2nd: Tom Ryan (North Tipp), 3rd: Liam Morris (South Tipp), 4th: Andrew Wilson (North Tipp). Farmette: 1st. Laura Grant (Offaly). Reversible: 1st. Joe Slattery (North Tipp), there was a tie for 2nd place between John Cahalan (North Tipp) and Enda Kelly (Offaly), 3rd. Karl Davis (Laois). Reversible U28: Dermot Ryan (Offaly). Vintage Hydraulic: 1st. John McBride (Offaly), 2nd. Michael Bourke (Galway), 3rd. Ray Clancy (North Tipp), 4th. Ethan Harding (North Tipp). Classic Vintage: 1st. Adrian Kennedy (North Tipp), 2nd. Michael Spain (Offaly). Single Furrow: 1st. Trevor Fleming (Cork), 2nd. James Hough (North Tipp), 3rd. Andrew Hogan (North Tipp). Horses: 1st. Joe Egan (Longford), 2nd. Michael Bourke (Galway), 3rd. Philip Larkin (Galway), 4th Eamon McDonagh (Mayo).

Bee Keeping Meeting.

Anyone interested in beekeeping can attend a meeting in Lorrha hall on Wed 16th  March at 8 pm. Basic beekeeping and honey production will be covered.

Lorrha Camogie

Church Gate Collection- We are holding our church gate collection this weekend 19th and 20th outside all Masses. Please support generously.
Our next Junior match will be played Easter Monday against Ballina in Ballina at 12noon.

Church News.

Thursday, 17th March is Feast of Saint Patrick  –  Holyday of obligation.  Mass in Rathcabbin Church at 10.30am.

We are recruiting new Eucharistic Ministers for all three churches.   If you are willing to serve in this ministry, please inform Fr.Pat.   New Eucharistic Ministers will be commissioned at Mass on Holy Thursday night.  On that evening existing ministers will be invited to renew their commitment for another year. During the Season of Lent  we will continue to recite the Rosary before Sunday/Vigil  Mass in our churches.
Consultation on new ERB  Programme: ‘The national Council for Curriculum & Assessment (NCCA) is holding a consultation on Education about Religions and Beliefs(ERB). Submissions on proposals will be accepted up to 31st March at www.ncca.ie.  Submissions do not have to be particularly long or detailed but it is very important that our parishes, schools and those with an interest in religious education would avail of this opportunity to be involved.  Such a consultation could affect the way in which religious education would be determined in all our schools in the future.  For Catholic schools it is imperative that the school’s characteristic spirit – it’s Ethos – must be allowed to influence the teaching of religious & ethical values. There are significant potential philosophical problems with the NCCA proposals on ERB & Ethics. The proposals are arguably inspired more by an adult intellectual critique of religions than the childhood experience of living in a world informed by religious and other beliefs.’  The closing date for submissions is March 31st and all written submissions should be sent to ERB & Ethics Consultation, national Council for Curriculum & Assessment, 35 Fitzwilliam Sq., Dublin 2.
Recruiting Altar Society Volunteers: The response  to last Sunday’s request for help to keep our churches cleaned on a regular basis was very encouraging and sincere thanks to those who responded so promptly. However, we still do not have enough help to fill the rota and though you may not be in a position to volunteer yourself perhaps you could help by asking someone else who may be able to contribute a little of their time. If we get the response we’re hoping for no one should have to do more than two hours per year. Many hands make light work. Contact person for Lorrha church: Mary Coen 9747972 or 087 2601413, for Rathcabbin church Betty Houlihan: 0876667374.

Pieta House Fundraiser.

The Darkness into Light 5km walk/run will take place in Banagher this year on Saturday 7th May in aid of Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of suicide and self harm. The event will begin  at 4:15 am from Banagher College  and participants will cross the line as dawn is breaking. You can register online now or alternatively at Super Valu Banagher on Holy Thursday from 4-6 or Easter Saturday from 10-6 to avail of the early bird offer. Please come out and lend your support to this uplifting and inspirational event.

 School Enrolment.

Enrolment of new junior infants for September, 2016 is now taking place in Rathcabbin N.S.   Please contact the School at telephone number  –  057  – 9139008.

Tennis  Club Open Day.

Birr Wilmer Tennis Club are holding an open day on Saturday 19th March from 2.30 – to 5pm. They invite you to come along and try tennis. Practice drills with coaches, tennis racquets will be supplied. Children 2.30 to 4pm adults and students 4 to 5pm Lots of fun for kids, face painting, refreshments, special membership offers, information on Easter tennis coaching 29th March – 1st April for juniors. Schedule of events for adults beginning for the year.

Thanks From Lorrha N.S.

The pupils and staff wish to extend thanks to all who attended the school’s annual open day and thanks also to all who helped in organising the day which took place last Thursday.  Many thanks to the parent’s association for supplying refreshments. If you were not able to attend and would like to talk to the staff, please contact the school on (090) 9747295 or email: luanaofa@eircom.net.
Enrolment forms for September are available from the school at the above details. Log on to our web site www.lorrhans.ie or follow us on Facebook where you can view tips for parents and much more. Bus service available for school transport.
We also wish to extend thanks to the parents association for organising the recent fundraising poker classic.

Lorrha Development.

Lorrha Development Association / Tidy Towns are holding a meeting on Wednesday March 23rd in Lorrha Hall at 8pm. Now that Spring has arrived there is plenty of work and planning for the months ahead and to prepare the village for the National Tidy Towns adjudicating where it is hoped we can improve on marks from last year’s success.  However, we do need help and we invite everyone interested in the village to attend this important meeting so we can all work together. Please support.

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.

Redwood NS – Easter Science & Computing Activity Camp

Redwood NS will be holding an Easter Science & Computing Activity Camp from Monday 21st – Thursday 24th March in the school from 9.30am to 2.00 pm. Activities include hands on science experiments, design and make, photography, cookery, photostory,Kahoot, powerpoint, nature trails, aistear (learning through play) and lots and lots more!! The camp is €10 per child per day. The camp are open to children from 3 to 10 years old. Bookings are now being taken, please contact Michelle on 090 9747186 or 087 4478115 to reserve a place for your child.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Portumna on March 17th.

Register your float now at Portumna P.O. in the categories: Youth, Humorous, Business/Commercial, Voluntary or Vintage.
Leaving from mart at 12.15pm. Fun day guaranteed.

Spring Celebration Concert – Friday, March 18th

 Swing into Spring – a concert to celebrate music & words with Omna Singers, Portumna Pen Pushers and local guests including Miriam Donoghue, Anna Browne, Mary Smith, Anne McGhee, Muirne Goode & friends, Treeny Hogan-Canning, Eric Flaherty and Laura Byrne. This fundraising event for Portumna Arts Group will take place on Friday, March 18th in Portumna’s Christ Church 8pm-10pm. Tickets at €10 available at Hayes & Hayes Pharmacy, The Cottage Store Antiques, Palmerston Stores, Ladies Day and The Beehive. Seating limited so get your ticket soon.

Story, Poetry and Song.

St. Joseph’s N.S. Aglish will commemorate 1916 in story, poetry and song in the old school hall this coming Wednesday and Thursday night at 8pm. This promises to be a fantastic night of entertainment for all to enjoy. Please show your support and phone the school (067) 21271 to book your ticket.