Lorrha Notes

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Congratulations to Portumna U13 girls Connacht Champions 2015 –  16 and to the two Lorrha girls on the team, Caoimhe Claffey and Emily Needham. A great achievement.

Change of Date for Q.R. Code Launch.

The Martin O’Meara memorial which was erected in Lorrha village in 2013 by Lorrha Development Association has a new Q.R. code attached to it in recent weeks.
People can scan the code with their iphone or tablet and follow the story of Martin’s life. Lorrha Development Association invite everyone to the unveiling of the QR code on Saturday evening April 16th at 7.10pm at the memorial and prior to Mass at 7.30pm in Friars Park to celebrate the Feast of St. Ruadhan. Please note the change of date.

Well Done.

Congratulations is extended to two Lorrha girls Caoimhe Claffey and Emily Needham who along with Portumna Rugby club U13 girls were crowned Connacht champions recently for the first time in the history of the club. Well done to Caoimhe and Emily and their Portumna team mates on creating sporting history for the club.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

On Tuesday 19th our outing to McDonagh centre in Cloughjordan takes place, no meeting on Wed. 20th. We are now planning our Spring – Summer outings and would like all our members to join us. We meet every Wednesday at 2.30pm at Lorrha Hall and would welcome new members.

Church News.

Please pray for the children in our Parish who will receive the Sacrament of Penance for the first time in Redwood Church on Wednesday, 13th April at 7.30p.m.  All welcome to attend this communal celebration of God’s forgiveness.
There will be Choir Practice  in preparation for a number of events on Wednesday 13th April, in Rathcabbin Church at 8.00pm.
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The Education Fund of the Killaloe Diocese will hold Annual collection next weekend. As well as supporting education of students preparing for the priesthood, the fund also supports post-graduate education for the priests of the diocese and in recent years a portion of the fund is allocated towards the future expense in the training of lay people for various ministries in the diocese.  Please use appropriate envelope in your packet.  We continue to pray that many will respond to the  Lord’s calling in the future.

Celebrating St. Ruadhan’s Feast Day.

For the first time, Mass will be celebrated in Friars Park in Lorrha on Saturday evening coming April 16th  at 7.30pm.(weather permitting). This special occasion is to mark the Feast of St. Ruadhan of Lorrha which falls on April 15th. This will replace the Vigil Mass in Redwood Church and will be preceded by Lorrha Development Association launching the QR code on the Martin O’Meara memorial at 7.10pm. All are welcome to attend.

Late Fr. John Slattery.

The death occurred of Fr John Slattery on Thursday 7th April in Birr Community Hospital.

Born on May 23rd 1940, he was a native of Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary and was a priest of the Diocese of Killaloe for 52 years. He was a past pupil of St Flannan’s College, Ennis. He studied for the priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Carlow where he was ordained on June 6th 1964.

His first appointment was in the Diocese of Limerick until 1968 when he was appointed to the Emigrant Apostolate in London. He returned to Ireland in 1973 to take a year long course in Catechetics in Dundalk. He was appointed as Curate in Birr in 1974 and in July 1980 he was appointed fulltime Chaplain in Birr Community School. In July 1988 he was appointed Curate in Lorrha. He was appointed Parish Priest Killanena, Co. Clare in 1994 and moved to Kilcolman, Co Offaly as Parish Priest in 1998. He was appointed Parish Priest in Puckane, Co. Tipperary in 2002. He remained there until his retirement in July 2014.

His remains were reposed in the Church of St Mary of the Rosary, Nenagh, on Saturday evening last and after concelebrated funeral Mass there the following day burial took place in Kilruane Church grounds. May he rest in peace.

Official Opening.
The new owners of the Friars Tavern in Lorrha village Mark and Donna Mannion and their family invite all to the official opening of the premises on Saturday evening April 16th from 6pm. Music on the night by “Off the Wall” from 9pm. They look forward to seeing you there.

St. Ruadhan’s Community Hall.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of St. Ruadhan’s Commuynity Hall will take place on Tuesday, 19th April 2016, at 8pm.  All are welcome.

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.

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. Please come out and lend your support to this uplifting and inspirational event.

Rathcabbin First Responders (R.F.R.)

Ladies, please join us in the VHI women’s mini marathon on Monday June 6th to raise funds for the Rathcabbin First Responders and the Mark Heffernan Trust and thanks for their donation of a defibrillator and wall cabinet now located at Walshpark Cross. Please register as soon as possible on www.vhiwomensninimarathon.ie or contact Martina Duffy on (087) 2922783.

U13 Girls Connacht Champions 2015/2016

Report sent by Emer Power:

On Saturday 26th March 2016 Portumna Rugby U13 Girls made history as they were crowned U13 Girls Connacht Champions. They brought home the first ever Connacht Title and Cup to Portumna Rugby Club since it was reformed in 2002.  The U13 Girls Inaugural Connacht Cup & Plate Finals took place in Westport RFC where the Portumna girls came out as the top team of the blitz beating Monivea, Corinthians, Westport and Ballinasloe.  The final was between Portumna & Ballinasloe with the Portumna Girls putting on a fantastic display of determination, a will to win and team work which enabled them to prevail in the final against Ballinasloe and come away with the victory. The Portumna U13 girls were crowned U13 Girls Connacht Champions.  A very proud day for Portumna RFC, one for the history books as they brought a Connacht title to Portumna for the very first time.
A huge word of thanks must go to the coaching and management team of Emer Power, Brendan Murray, Philip Haverty, Vincent Treacy & Mella  Muldoon for all the hard work that has been put in throughout the season. Also the club would like to thank all the parents of the girls for giving them the opportunity to play with Portumna. We hope to see more children come and play rugby with the club and hope that this success shows how rugby offers opportunities for all to get fit, make new friends and most importantly, have some fun.  Well done to the two Lorrha girls on the team Caoimhe Claffey and Emily Needham.

GAA News.

Senior: Due to the heavy rain on Sunday morning, the County Championship opener against Portroe was postponed and has been refixed for this Sunday, 17thApril in Cloughjordan at 6.30pm. On Sunday, 24th April, Lorrha will play Clonoulty/Rossmore in round 2 in Dolla at 3.30pm.

Junior: Our next game in the North League is at home to Toomevara in two weeks.

Under 16: Lorrha Rovers Gaels defeated Borris-Ileigh 4-10 to 0-5 in Borrisoleigh on Monday week last. On Thursday evening at 6.30pm, they play Kilruane MacDonaghs in Ballinderry. Next Monday evening, they play Inane Rovers in Moatfield at 6.30pm

Under 14: Lorrha Rovers Gaels began the ‘B’ Football Championship last Tuesday week and easily defeated Moneygall/Clonakenny. This evening (Wednesday) Lorrha Rovers play Newport in Ballinderry @ 6.30pm and next Wednesday, 20th April they play Portroe @ 6.30pm.

Under 12: The U12’s suffered a heavy defeat in their most recent game against Burgess last week and brings their football campaign to an end having failed to reach the knockout stages.

Lotto: Our jackpot is now €7,050 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.

Tipperary Clubs Draw: for 2015-2016 has now concluded. All promoters and subscribers are asked to bring your accounts up to date and contact Margaret Gleeson. The 2016-2017 draw will get underway in late May and if you want to join, contact any club officer.

Lorrha CountryFest 2016: Tickets are on sale for Lorrha CountryFest at Moatfield which takes place on Sunday, 17th July 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! Tickets (€20) can be purchased from Kevin Molloy or at www.eventbrite.ie

Social Dancing: on Friday night to the music of Peter Bourke. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.

Blood Donor Clinic: returns to Lorrha GAA Centre on Tuesday, 19th April from 3-5pm and 7-9.30pm. Blood supply is low at present, please make every effort to donate.

  • Irish Heart Foundation seeks big-hearted volunteers in Tipperary to give a few hours of their time to Happy Hearts Appeal this May
  • COME on and be a heart hero this May 5&6 by joining the Irish Heart Foundation in Tipperary for this year’s Happy Heart Appeal sponsored by Abbott and volunteer a few hours of your time to sell Happy Heart pins on-street and raise much-needed funds.

Shockingly, every single day in Ireland 27 people are losing their lives to heart disease and stroke and some 300 new cases are diagnosed daily – yet 80% of these deaths are completely preventable.

“Prevention is crucial to stop this disease in its tracks and save lives,”

is the message from Irish Heart Foundation Medical Director and cardiologist Dr Angie Brown ahead of this year’s Happy Heart Appeal.

Dr Brown continued: “It is well known by medical professionals that heart disease and stroke remains the number one killer in Ireland – despite a significant reduction in morbidity and mortality in the last 35 years.

“The harsh reality is that every hour someone in Ireland suffers from a stroke and every day, hundreds of Irish people – people we all know – are diagnosed with heart disease. Too often the lives of the people we love are cut tragically short or many are left disabled. It shouldn’t be this way.

“The good news is that 80% of this disease is preventable – and the Irish Heart Foundation is here to help. We need increased awareness of heart disease and stroke prevention and symptoms. We’re here to ensure people affected by this disease get access to support they need, when they need it.”

Every €3 donation the Irish Heart Foundation receives as a result of big-hearted volunteers inCounty Tipperary selling the iconic Happy Heart pins on May 5&6, will drive prevention so that Irish families in every community in Ireland can live longer and healthier lives.

“Volunteering for the Happy Heart Appeal is one way we can all help people to live fuller, healthier lives in Ireland,” said Director of Abbott, John Kilcoyne. “That’s why Abbott colleagues across the country are supporting the Irish Heart Foundation’s efforts. In addition to funding support from Abbott, teams of employee volunteers at each of our 12 sites are working in their local communities to raise awareness of cardiovascular health, whilst also raising additional vital funds for the Happy Heart Appeal 2016. We urge people to get involved in their own communities to help advance the Irish Heart Foundation’s important work.

“In Ireland, Abbott employs almost 3,000 people dedicated to helping people live their best possible life through the power of health. Abbott serves the Irish market with a diverse range of healthcare solutions, including products that support the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease.”

According to the national charity, its work cannot happen without the support of volunteers and the donations they collect. With your help:

  • WE CAN prevent childhood obesity as we teach more children to be active and healthy in our schools
  • WE CAN prevent sudden death by training 55,000 people this year in lifesaving CPR
  • WE CAN care for those living with stroke or heart conditions with the best nurse advice, information and support groups
  • WE CAN pioneer new treatments and breakthroughs through our research programme
  • WE CAN campaign and work with government to promote better public health so that this disease becomes a thing of the past.
  • WE CAN help children and adults in every corner of Ireland live longer, healthier lives.


With the public’s generous donations and continuing support, we are working steadfastly to provide the best care and support to those affected by these illnesses and to prevent unnecessary anguish for families across the country through increased support group networks and expanded helpline and information services.

                                          Volunteer today

To register your interest as a volunteer for the Happy Heart Appeal on May 5&6, call Anne Harrington at the Irish Heart Foundation on 01-6685001 or email happyheart@irishheart.ie.

The Happy Heart Appeal is supported by Abbott and it is the Irish Heart Foundation’s flagship national fundraising event. A virtual red army of volunteers around the country will take to the streets and shopping centres of Ireland selling happy heart badges at €3 a piece on Thursday and Friday, May 5&6.

The Irish Heart Foundation is your national charity fighting heart disease and stroke through care, prevention and research.


Reducing risk factors for cardiovascular disease:

At the Irish Heart Foundation we advise stopping smoking, increasing exercise to at least 30 minutes five times a week, improving diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables and having regular checks to measure blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar.

Possible break-out box: Make your own heart smile

Recent research by Volunteer Ireland shows that 98% of people said volunteering makes them a happier person. It also found that volunteering is a good boost for mental health and can lead to reduced depression and increased self esteem and confidence.

A 2013 US survey, ‘Doing Good is Good for You[i]’, also found that people who had volunteered in the previous 12 months had experienced great personal benefit.

Here is what they said:

  • 94% found that volunteering improved their mood
  • 76% said volunteering made them feel healthier
  • 96% said volunteering enriched their sense of purpose in life
  • 95% said they were helping to make their community a better place.
  • 78% said volunteering lowered their stress levels