Lorrha Notes

Last Two Nights.

Rathcabbin Players have enjoyed four fabulous nights with their latest play “Thy Will Be Done” last week-end. If you have missed out on this powerful production The Players are back on stage for two further night’s this coming week-end, Saturday night 28th and Sunday 29th.  Written by Michael Carey and produced by Marian Frawley from Portumna booking is essential on (087) 2360 096 between  6.00pm and 8.00pm daily but hurry as seats are filling up fast and you won’t want to miss this fine performance. Doors open at 8.00 for curtain at 8.30pm sharp.

Seats are filling fast for Rathcabbin Players last two nights so don’t delay, pick up the phone and call (087) 2360 096 NOW!!!

Church News.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament continues on Thursday’s from 10am to 8pm in Rathcabbin  Church. We invite all parishioners to come and stay a while in the presence of Jesus.


Sympathy is extended to Carmel Hogan and family, Ballymacegan, Lorrha on the death of her mother Elizabeth (Lisa) Coniry, Aglish which occurred on January 18th. After funeral Mass in the Church of the Assunption Aglish on Saturday last, burial took place in the local cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Lorrha Camogie

Training:  Junior training will continue with circuits on Friday evenings in the sports complex in Moatfield at 8.45 from Friday 27th January. All players are asked to attend and new players are always welcome and encouraged to come along.

Lorrha Drama Group.

Lorrha Drama Group present “It’s the Real McCoy in Lorrha Hall on 2nd, 4th and 5th of February at 8.30pm.

Art Classes

Arts & Crafts for children (5 years up) on Saturdays  4 – 5pm and 5.30-6.30pm, starting on January 28th for 8 weeks. Drawing for children (9 years up) on Wednesdays  7.15-8.30pm, starting on February 8th in Bramble Art Studio, Lorrha , for 8 weeks. Please contact Ute on (087) 9151356 or (090) 9742127. Early booking advisable as places are limited.

Ploughning Meeting.

All members of North Tipp Ploughing are asked to attend an important meeting in the Yanks Borrisokane on Wednesday night 25th at 8.30pm.

Birthday Greetings.

Congratulations and many good wishes is extended to Ann Delahunt Smyth on the occasion of her 50th birthday and to Tara King on the occasion of her 40th birthday. Both celebrated their great occasions in Dooly’s Hotel Birr last week-end. Well done to both girls.

Milford Care Centre:

A 10 km Walk/ Jog/ Run will take place on Sunday, January 29th at the University of Limerick with a start time of 12 noon.  The 10km is open to runners and walkers of all levels and ability with all proceeds going directly to Milford Hospice. Participants will congregate on the UL Plaza for warm up prior to starting, winding its way round the campus and Plassey Road before finishing on the UL track. It is an official AAI measured route.  Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places both male and female categories.  To register online visit www.eventmaster.ie or you can register on Saturday 28th from 12noon to 3pm in the Reception of the UL Arena. Any queries contact the Fundraising Department, Milford Hospice on 061 485859/ 585860. Your support is gratefully appreciated.

Spring De-Clutter.

When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the spring collection, please remember Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns who continue to collect unwanted clothes throughout the year. Items of clothing must be clean and dry and in good condition please and we can supply bags if you want. We can also collect to make it easy for you, just call (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (087) 2601413 with your name and details. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows, cushions, carpets, rugs and maths including bath toilet and shower math’s, soiled or wet clothing. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed. Many thanks for your continued support.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

We would like to welcome back all our members to our weekly meetings and wish everyone a Happy and Healthy 2017.  Our meetings continue each Wednesday at 3pm in St. Ruadhan’s Community Hall Lorrha.  Transport is available and new members are always welcome.  There is no age limit on our membership anymore.  So please do pop in for a chat and a cuppa.
We are holding a coffee afternoon on 15th February in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation.  Active Retirement Ireland has joined with the Irish Heart Foundation to promote this very worthy fundraising event all over Ireland during the month of February.  Everyone is welcome.


Portumna Arts Group & Shorelines Festival AGM  will be held on Thursday night January 26th at 8pm in the Portumna Retirement Village.
All very welcome — please do come along if you are interested in getting involved or contact a committee member.

Used Stamps. 

The ISPCC receives less than 10% government funding, yet we are the only organisation in Ireland providing a 24 hour listening support service for children and young people. You can help us support our services by turning your used stamps into money. All you need to do is put your used stamps into an envelope and send to: ISPCC, 29 Lower Baggot St., Dublin 2. There’s no need to lift them off the envelope, but if you have time to trim them leave a 1cm margin all around. Even a little stamp can make a difference.


Portumna College of Further Education (Old VEC) (GRETB), PORTUMNA places stiavailable on the following QQI Modules  Healthcare:  Care of the Older Person & Intellectual Disability Studies. In Horticulture  Tourism, and other courses in Computers, Sewing and Spanish & English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL).  Information session at 11am Wed 25th Jan for QQI Module Sports & Recreation. michael.cunniffe@gretb.ie   call or text  09097 41946 / 087 6258696

GAA News

Auction: will take place next Sunday 29th January in Moatfield at 2.00pm. There will be a plentyful supply of timber if winter supplies need topping up. All support would be appreciated.

Referees Wanted: Lorrha is one of four North Tipp clubs without an active referee and the club are seeking people to take part in a Referee’s Course which will take place over four nights in January and February. If anyone is interested, application forms from secretary Michael Kennedy.

Coaching Course: Foundation Course being run in Lorrha GAA Complex on Monday’s 6th & 13th February, contact Tom Kennedy on 087-9191689 to confirm your place.

Juvenile Medal Presentation: on Saturday 4th February at 7.00pm in Moatfield. All welcome to attend as the U12’s U14’s will be presented with their Hurling Championship medals on the night.

Membership: for 2017 is now due. €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership); €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. 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. Members can also log onto www.grma.gaa.ie to get their new GAA Rewards card.

Tipperary Draw: The January Draw took place last week and unfortunately the club had no winners. Thanks to all our subscribers for their continued support.

Lotto: Our jackpot is €3,750 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at www.locallotto.ie.

Social Dancing: on Friday night with Quickstep. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.

Offaly Man Appointed to Helm

 “Government and industry must collaborate more effectively or housing and infrastructure issues will damage economy

New CIF President Dominic Doheny has called on the Government to work with the construction industry to create an ambitious strategy that delivers sustainable growth, exports and jobs across Ireland today at a meeting of Ireland’s leading construction executives.

Mr. Doheny, who is from Tullamore, Co. Offaly and is joint Managing Director of John Flanagan Construction Ltd, said;

“The Government is turning to construction to deliver ambitious targets in the delivery of world class infrastructure, housing and the specialist buildings that attract and retain global companies to Ireland.  They must set out with industry a growth strategy that builds our capacity to deliver the sustainable level of 25,000 housing output required annually and the €43billiion infrastructure set out in the Government’s Public Capital Programme.

DKM consultants estimate that achieving these targets would see the construction industry grow from €15bn to €20bn by 2020, generating around 110,000 jobs.  This could be a transformative period for the Ireland’s economy and society if our industry is supported in the same way Ireland’s food, med-tech and financial services industries have been over the past 30 years.

I believe that industry and Government must collaborate to set out an ambitious strategy for construction similar to those established with the food and financial services industries.  The prize is a dynamic economy and society with connected and thriving regional economies that provide opportunity for people to work and live in communities around Ireland.  The price of inaction is a continuing housing and homelessness crisis, the decline of rural Ireland and a congested capital choking under the weight of producing over 40% of Irish GDP.

The industry currently accounts for 7% GNP and the widely-accepted level in a developed but growing economy is 12-15%.  The CIF believes that this gap can be filled by supporting regional construction companies to deliver housing and infrastructure outside the Greater Dublin area.   The industry currently employs around 140,000 people directly, far more than any other sector in Ireland. So, the potential for regional job creation is huge.

In 2017, the CIF is calling for a significant increase in capital expenditure in the upcoming review of the public capital programme.  This review coupled with the imminent National Planning Framework will be seminal for Irish economic development over the next few decades.  we must get it right.  The Government must help ensure that the construction industry has the capacity to deliver in the coming decade.

However, currently housebuilding, particularly outside Dublin, isn’t viable. Housebuilders cannot gain access to finance at the right terms from banks or other sources.  How can we have balanced regional development if there are no construction companies capable of building outside our major urban centres?  In addition, infrastructure funding is at record lows and any increase in the budget will not be felt by the civil engineering sector for 2-3 years due to lead in times.”


Dominic Doheny is a graduate of both Bolton Street and Trinity College Dublin and has been the joint Managing Director of John Flanagan Developments since 1989. He is the former Chairman of the Irish Home Builders Association and brings a wealth of personal experience, spanning more than three decades, to the role.  He will hold the role for two years.