Lorrha Notes

A group of Lorrha Protestors outside the Dail on National Turfcutters rally day March 7th.

St. Patrick’s Day.

Saturday 17th St. Patrick’s day is a holyday of obligation. Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha at 10a.m. (Note change of time) and in Rathcabbin at 11.30a.m. Please note there will be no vigil Mass in Redwood.
Sunday 18th Mass will be as usual Lorrha 10.30 and Rathcabbin at 11.30a.m.

Diction Delivery and Pace.

An evening for those who read the Word of God at Mass will be held on Thursday 15th March in the Pastoral Centre Nenagh from 7.30 to 9p.m. The presenter is Mr. Joe Walsh a retired teacher from St. Tola’s N.S. Shannon.

Choir Training.
Training for all parish choirs will take place in Ardcroney Church on Tuesday March 20th at 8p.m. All choir members are encouraged to attend.

Book Launch.

Sr. Helena Gormally from The Pike Rathcabbin has written a book about her time spent in Ethiopia. Called Tossimo.Memories of Ethiopia it is stories of events that impacted the lives of ordinary Ethiopians against the turbulence of the late 20th century Ethiopia the Communist Revolution the Red Terror the Famine of 1984.But it is mainly about the resilient hopefilled charming people among whom she lived and worked.
The book will be launched by Mr John O’Shea Director of GOAL (Ireland) in Cassidy’s Hotel Dublin. on Monday March 19th. Attending will be Mr Tshaye Gebre KidaneHead of Mission for Ethiopia and M/s Pauline Conway former Embassadoress to Ethiopia who like Sr. Helena is another Tipperary lady. Proceeds from the sale of the book is going to the education of poor children in Wolaita-Soddo Ethiopia. It can be purchased from the publisher: originalwriting.ie or from Sr. Helena herself at lenagormally@gmail.com

Lorrha/Rathcabbin Angling Club.

A.G.M. in Maher’s Shed on Friday 16th March at 8.30p.m. New members welcome

Tickets for Eucharistic Congress:

The Parish will be allotted eight tickets @10 euro each for the closing ceremony of the Eucharist Congress which will be held in Croke Park on Sun. 17th June at 3pm. Anyone interested in getting one of these tickets should complete a form which is on a table at entrance to all three churches and return it to the Parochial House by St. Patrick’s Day. If more than eight completed forms are submitted the recipients of the tickets will be determined by lottery. Enquiries to Mary – 090-9747972 or 087-2601413

Open Day.

Open Day in Lorrha National School will be held on Wednesday 21st March from 1.00 to 3.00p.m. All welcome. Application for enrolment for pupils commencing September can be collected at the school or call (090) 9747295.

Energy Tip For The Week.

The energy tip for this week from the green school committee in Scoil Lua Naofa Lorrha is Allow natural light and heat into your house by opening curtains and blinds instead of turning on the light and heat.

Equipment For Schools.

Pupils in Lorrha National School are collecting Tesco tokens in order to avail of free equipment for the school. Vouchers are available in all Tesco stores from March 12th for items such as books ICT sports and health green school equipment etc. the list is endless. The more tokens the pupils have the more equipment that can be availed of. Anyone wishing to donate their tokens to Lorrha School can give them to any of the pupils or staff or they can be dropped into the collection box in the school. Your support is appreciated.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Watch the All-Ireland Club Final on the Big Screen at Mahers at 2p.m. Parade then to follow at 3.30p.m. Floats assembly at hall before hand. Followed then by Ireland/ England rugby game on the big screen. Don’t forgot about our mysterious Leprechaun can you identify him on the day?! 2euro per line Cash prize for the winner. Best of luck to Ken Hogan and Coolderry in Club final.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

Following our meeting om Wednesday March 7th the members voted for were Chairperson: Tim Kelly Vice Chairperson: Barry O’Brien Treasurer: Tom Dagg Assistant Treasurer: Betty Houlihan Secretary: Nancy Whyte Assistant Secretary: Betty Houlihan P.R. Mary Darcy Committee members: Betty Reddish Lily Darcy Marie O’Meara Mary Kelly. ‘The Committee and members would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Betty Reddish and family Rathcabbin on the death of Bill Reddish. May he rest in peace.’

North Tipp Ploughing Results.

The North Tipperary Ploughing Association would like to express huge Thank You to everyone who made our annual ploughing match a great success which took place at Fortwilliam Cloughjordan by kind permission of the Burn Family.
The following are the results of the ploughing categories from Sunday 4th March 2012.

1st Larry Bergin Sth Tipp. 2nd Christy Carton Westmeath. 3rd John Slattery Nth Tipperary

1st Anthony Reynolds Laois 2nd Ollie Fuery Galway3rd Sean Gilligan Galway
3rd Jonathon Murray Offaly.

1st Liam Murphy Nth Tipperary 2nd Lorcan Bergin Sth Tipp 3rd Declan Hanley Galway.

1st Sean Monaghan Longford

1st Laura Grant Offaly

Senior Reversible

1st Carl Davis Loais 2nd Joe Slattery Nth Tipp.3rd Johnny Cahalan Nth Tipp.

3 Furrow Reversible
1st Kieran O’Connor Laois 2nd Eoin Donohue Nth Tipp

Two Furrow Mounted Vintage
1st Aidan Hogan Nth Tipp 2nd John McBride Offaly 3rd Joe Kelly Galway

Two Furrow Mounted Vintage Novice
1st Adrian Kennedy Nth Tipp 2nd Andy Seymour Laois. 3rd Kevin Kennedy Nth Tipp.

Single Furrow Vintage
1st John King Longford 2nd James Hough Nth Tipp.

Vintage Trailer
1st Denis Mulally Offaly.

Macra Class
1st Jer Mahon Offaly 2nd Ethan Harding Nth Tipp 3rd Ciaran Milne Nth Tipp

Loy Senior
1st Pakie O’Brien Nth Tipp. 2nd Bernard Casey Longford

Loy Junior
1st Padraig Larkin Offaly 2nd Paddy Boylan Westmeath

Loy Minor
1st Michael Kennedy Nth Tipp

The results of the Raffle that was held on Sunday 4th March The Railway Bar Cloughjordan are as follows and a special word of thanks to the sponsors of our prizes.
1st prize €300 sponsored by Nth Tipp Ploughing Assoc. – Patrick O’Brien Cullagh Rathcabbin
2nd prize €250 sponsored by Nth Tipp Ploughing Assoc.-Siobhan Killeen Munnia Aglish
3rd prize €100 sponsored by Nth Tipp Ploughing Assoc.- Joseph Slattery Kilbillier Coolbawn Nenagh
4th prize Voucher sponsored by The Derg Inn Terryglass – Patricia Harte Crowle Cloughjordan
5th prize Btl Brandy Sponsored by Hoctor Family Sharragh – Paddy Cahill Cloughjordan
6th prize Btl Brandy sponsored by Murphy Family Ballingarry – Terry Killackey Cloughjordan
7th prize Btl Wine sponsored by Active Retirement Group – Mick Lillis Cloughjordan
8th prize Btl Whiskey sponsored by Lane Family Rathcabbin – Dorothy Stanley Grange Lorrha
9th prize Box Biscuits Active Retirement Group – Richard King The Pike Ballingarry
10th prize Btl Wine sponsored by Brophy Family Rathcabbin – Michael Kennedy 37 Kilmurray Garryowen Limerick

Lorrha Development Association.

A public meeting will take place in Lorrha Community Hall on Thursday night March 22nd at 8p.m. for the purpose of discussing the use of Friars Park drawing up of an agreed set of rules for its use and matters relating to care / maintenance in the village.
Lorrha Development wish to extend thanks to Councillor Michael O’Meara on securing funding towards two public lights which have been erected outside St. Ruadhan’s Community hall in the village.

Auto Cross.

Birr Motor Club are staging the first round of the National Auto Cross car racing ( on grass surface) this coming Sunday March 18th at 12 noon in Clonmona Rathcabbin. All welcome.


Enrolment is now taking place for rathcabbin National School for pupils commencing school in September 2012. Application forms may be collected at the school or call (057) 9139008 after 2p.m.

Great Turn Out To Protest.

There was a great turn out from the parish to the National turfcutters protest which took place last Wednesday March 7th outside the Dail and to hear the Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan withdraw the Governments amendment to the motion put forward by the TCCA which aims at solving the problem of closing bogs. At least now the TCCA is hopeful of the Governments support on this issue going to Europe.

Annual Display.

Lorrha Apostolic Work society are holding their annual display on Sunday March 25th in Lorrha Community Hall from 2 to 6p.m. All are invited to come along and view the members great work and also join them for a cup of tea. All welcome.

Good Luck.

Best of luck to Ken Hogan and Coolderry in the club all Ireland final on St. Patrick’s Day and well done to Caoimhe Kennedy who captained Tipperary Intermediate camogie team to victory over Kilkenny in the opening round of the league on Sunday last in Thomastown.

5 Day Weather Forecast.

Today Wednesday March 14th
Mist and fog patches will clear this morning giving way to another dry day in most parts with some bright or sunny spells developing. However many areas will be cloudy and a few spots of drizzle will occur mainly along some western and southern coasts. Maximum temperatures 11 to 14 Celsius in a light southerly breeze.

Tonight will be dry in most areas but there will be some further patches of drizzle mainly along Atlantic coasts and on hills. Misty in places also with a few fog patches. Minimum temperatures 4 to 6 degrees generally but a few degrees lower where breaks in cloud occur mainly in parts of the east and north.

Tomorrow Thursday will be dry for most of the day in the eastern half of the country but rain and drizzle will become persistent along southwest west and northwest coasts during the morning spreading inland across much of Munster Connacht and west Ulster in the afternoon and to other parts in the evening and early night. Maximum temperatures 11 to 14 Celsius in a moderate southerly wind.


HEADLINE: Becoming cold over the weekend with frosty nights and with a mixture of sunny spells and showers but milder again next week with a good deal of dry weather.

THURSDAY NIGHT: Mild at first with outbreaks of rain in all areas in the early night. Clearer weather with showers will follow from the Atlantic overnight and it will turn colder.
FRIDAY: Cool with a mixture of bright spells and showers the showers becoming widespread some of them heavy with a risk of hail. There is also a slight risk of thunder mainly in west and northwest coastal areas. Maximum temperatures 9 to 12 Celsius in a moderate to fresh south to southwest wind. Turning colder with some frost on Friday night and a risk of icy patches.
SATURDAY ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Cold but bright with sunny spells. Some scattered showers will occur also with the risk of the odd one in all parts but they are most likely in west Munster Connacht and west Ulster. Maximum temperatures 8 to 10 Celsius with mostly moderate southwest to west winds. Very cold on Saturday night with widespread sharp to severe frost and a risk of icy stretches.
SUNDAY : Still cold but mainly dry and bright with sunny spells and just a few isolated showers. Max. 8 to 10 Celsius in a moderate north to northwest wind.
Some frost will develop again on Sunday night but it won’t be a s severe as on Saturday night and temperatures will increase later in the night.
NEXT WEEK: Early indications are that it will be relatively mild again for much of next week with fresh southwesterly winds in the early days of the week. A good deal of dry weather is expected also but with the possibility of some patchy drizzle or light rain at times mainly along Atlantic coasts.

Smile Awhile.

This is the story of the poor blonde flying in a two-seater airplane with just the pilot.

He has a heart attack and dies. She frantically calls a May Day:

"May Day! May Day! Help me! Help me! My pilot had a heart attack and is dead. I don’t know how to fly. Help me! Please help me!"

All of a sudden she hears a voice over the radio saying:

"This is the tower. I have received your message and I will talk you through it. I’ve had a lot of experience with this kind of problem. Now just relax. Everything will be fine! Now give me your height and position."

She says "I’m 5’7" and I’m in the front seat."

"O.K." says the voice from the tower. "Repeat after me: Our Father. . . Who art in Heaven. . . "