Lorrha Notes

                                                               Doing their bit!

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National Spring Clean.  As part of the Green flag programme, Lorrha N.S. participated in the National Spring Clean in April which took place around the village with members of Lorrha Development Association.

“Please Don’t Go”.

Megan O’Meara Redwood, has penned and sang a song to create awareness around mental health and highlight the plight of suicide in Irish society. Now a Health Care Assistant, her heartfelt song ‘Please don’t go’ highlights how important it is to speak out when going through a difficult time. She published the video to her Facebook account, https://www.facebook.com/megan.omeara.5/posts/1132951363393252 where it has been viewed more than 43,000 times. On her Facebook post Megan wrote,  “I’m not usually one to put up a status like the following but I feel like this is something that I wanted to share. More than 120,000 people took part in darkness into light to raise money for Pieta House and help prevent suicide. Everyone has been effected by suicide as rates increase each year. Families and friends are left heartbroken every day as they say goodbye to a loved one who has been taken before their time. Mental health is a serious issue that needs to be a priority in our society, so that we can help and support those who are suffering in silence. The song I have written describes a story that is constantly happening today, and it has become too common in my eyes, it aims to create suicide awareness.”  Congratulations Megan, well done and keep up the good work.

Award for Creative Enterprise.

Congratulations is extended to Daniel Maher, formally Lorrha and Portumna, who recently won a prestigious Creative Enterprise Award. Daniel, an International Heritage Visualisation graduate from The Glasgow School of Art, has won the 2016 Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprise beating off competition from across the UK. Daniel won the Craft and Design Award for his company – Equinox Digital, which uses a combination of ‘drone’ technology and 3D mapping to help preserve important cultural archaeological sites for posterity. The shortlisted candidates pitched their ideas to panels of experts in London which included prominent industry specialists. As a winner Daniel will receive a cash investment of £10,000 and a year of business mentoring from a Deutsche Bank executive together with two days of intensive small business training. Well done Daniel.

Celebrating 60 years of Pilgrimage.

This year the Killaloe Diocese is celebrating 60 years of pilgrimage to Lourdes.  On 26th June, four flights will leave Shannon Airport bringing pilgrims to Lourdes for five days, celebrating the Jubilee year of Mercy.   The cost is €687 full board with online discount available on www.joewalshtours.ie .   Aassisted pilgrims are most welcome to travel and care will be provided by medical, nursing and carers.   Cost for an assisted pilgrim is €585.   Application forms for assisted pilgrims to Fr. Tom Ryan,  Shannon Pilgrimage Director on 061 364133.

Well Done.

Congratulations to the children of the parish who receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in Lorrha Church on Sunday last 15th May, during 11.30a.m. Mass.

Summer De-Clutter.

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

Redwood NS gains fifth green flag for Biodiversity!!

Well done to all the pupils of Redwood NS on being awarded their fifth green flag recently in the area of Biodiversity. Many thanks to Declan Houlihan for creating our own jungle garden, to Christy Hough for maintaining the school grounds so well, and of course to all the children who have worked so hard planting, sowing and harvesting. All their hard work has been rewarded!


Congratulations is extended to Emily Needham, Dan Needham, Frances Bugler & Colette Houlihan  on celebrating their confirmation on Sunday last in Lorrha church.

Weekly Clean Up.

Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns are holding a weekly clean up in the village commencing on Thursday 26th from 7.30pm and continuing every Thursday evening thereafter. Meet outside the hall. Please bring a brush, shovel, spade and or weeding implements. We appeal to locals, especially those living in the village to come along and help for just one hour. Many hands make light work.

Are You Job Ready?

Free Jobseekers Support Service now available for you! Birr Job Club offers support, assistance, advice and help to any one actively seeking employment. If you are a job seeker or are returning to work after a long period of time then we can help you. The Programme runs for  4 weeks, 10.00am – 1.00pm and is FREE of charge.

There is also a fully equipped Resource Room available for you FREE with computers facilities, internet access, photocopying, stationary and phone to aid you in your job search.

Our next Programme commences 30th May 2016
The Programme includes:  Self-assessment, identifying your skills and abilities, Researching jobs, social networking for employment, Developing /fine tuning your CV, setting up and using email, online job search, Advert analysis and Cover letter. Application forms, Employment Rights, Education and Training options, information on entitlements and return to work supports, Interview and Preparation, cover letters, career guidance and job planning, applying for jobs, , targeting and sourcing jobs, Stress awareness workshop, assertiveness  and confidence building,  Goal setting/action plans, mentoring and ongoing support is also provided and much more. Profiling of individual clients skills and matching with employment opportunities
To secure a place on our next Programme please contact Catherine or Siobhan at Birr Job Club, Phone: 057 91 23940 Mobile: 087 2802919. Or drop into our office at Unit 2 Shannon Development, Brendan Street, Birr, Co. Offaly.

GAA News:

Senior: Lorrha return to competitive action on Friday evening when they travel to    Clonakenny  to take on     the home side in the quarter final of the James Holohan Cup. Throw-in is at 7.30pm. Following that, Lorrha will face Roscrea in the first round of the North Championship which will take place on 28-29 May or 4-5 June.

Junior: The Junior hurlers recorded an impressive 3-20 to 2-8 win over Kiladangan in their last group game of the league in Moatfield on Sunday evening. The win keeps Lorrha in the hunt for a semi-final place, depending on the outcome of the Kiladangan v Portroe game.

Under 16: Lorrha Rovers Gaels played Inane Rovers in the North U16 ‘A’ Football final on Monday but fell to a 3-8 to 0-8 defeat. Hard luck to the players and mentors but it was a great achievement to get to the final and we look forward to the hurling championship in the coming weeks.

Under 14: Lorrha Rovers Gaels defeated Kiladangan 2-9 to 1-3 in the North ‘B’ Football semi-final in Moatfield last Wednesday evening. They will play Ballinahinch/Templederry in the final this Thursday, 19th May in Puckane at 7pm. Your support would be appreciated.

Feile: Lorrha will be hosting a team from Antrim as part of Feile na nGael which is being held in Tipperary & Waterford this year from June 17th-19th.

Tipperary: Best of luck to Patrick Maher, Brian Hogan, John Madden and the Tipperary senior hurling team in their Munster Championship first round game against Cork in Thurles on Sunday.

Lotto: Our jackpot is now €7,650 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 next Friday night and if you want to join, contact any club officer. Tickets are €100 for an excellent prize fund of €500,000 with 12 monthly draws.

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 Brian McDermott. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.

Sympathy: Lorrha GAA Club would like to sympathise with the Boothman family on the passing of former GAA President Jack Boothman who died last week. Mr Boothman was President of the GAA in 1993 when he officially opened our club grounds at Moatfield.