Lorrha Notes

People of the Year Awards.

Many congratulations is extended to All-Ireland mouth organ champion William Holmes from Rathcabbin who picked up another award recently, this time from the Roscrea People of the Year Award. Son of John and Marie, William started playing music in 2010 and joined Roscrea Comhaltas in 2011. His first instrument was the fiddle but he later started to learn how to play the mouth organ which won him the title of All-Ireland champion at the Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis last year. William and his family attended the 30th Roscrea Awards Evening which took place in Racket Hall Hotel and where he was honoured for his contribution to music. Definitely a young man to watch out for in the future and with a bright future in the music industry in the years ahead.  William is pictured being presented with his award by Brian Colclough of Bernies Supervalu who were the main sponsors of Roscrea People of the Year Awards. Well done William

Members of the cast of Lorrha Drama Group include Tim Reddin, Mark Houlihan, Carmel Slevin, Theresa Walker, Anne Marie Hough, Kevin Ryan.

Lorrha Drama Group.

Lorrha Drama Group present “It’s the Real McCoy” in Lorrha Hall on Thursday night Feb 2nd,  Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th at 8.30pm. This is a very funny play and not one to be missed.

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.
First Friday Mass in Lorrha Church at 9.30a.m. and Friday 5th Feb. And in Rathcabbin Church at 7.30pm.  Please note; The Mass in Rathcabbin Church will be the Mass of preparation for children who will receive the sacrament of Communion for Life in 2017.
Candles for Candlemas Day and the Presentation of the Lord – You are invited to donate packs of candles (Beeswax). These will be blessed at the Mass on St.  Brigid’s Day, February 1st.  Candles for use in your homes will also be blessed.
Blessing of throats will take place at all Masses next weekend. Feast of St. Blaise is Friday, 3rd February.
The next of the Munster Pioneers Activities Committee will take place in the Marian Hall, Tipperary Town, @ 3pm on Sunday 5th February. People who are interested in becoming Pioneers are welcome to attend.   Tel. 086 3642619    or check out www.pioneerassociation.ie

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.

Thank You.

Rathcabbin Players enjoyed a six night fabulous run with their 31st Anniversary production of  “Thy Will Be Done”. The Players wish to thank all their loyal supporters and followers as without you the play would not go on. A massive thank you to a founder member Michael O’Meara (The Hill) who made the effort at the young age of 99 years, to join the group for dress rehearsal and enjoyed the cuppa and the chat afterwards. Thanks also to all who donated spot prizes and made financial contributions to the group. A big thank you to the editor of The Midland Tribune John O’Callaghan and the editor of the Nenagh Guardian Garry Cotter for their coverage of the play which is much appreciated. Already the group are planning ahead and look forward to meeting you all again next year God willing.

Late Patricia Ryan.

The death took place on Sunday 25th of December 2016 of Patricia (Pat) Ryan, nee Cullen, of Derrinsallow House, and late of Main Street Birr at the Regional Hospital Tullamore.
Pat was a native of Birr and the oldest daughter of Charles and Teresa Cullen (nee Troy). The Cullen family ran a Drapery business on the Main Street in Birr where Pat worked before her marriage to Donal Ryan of Derrinsallow.
Pat was an accomplished pianist and was never happier than when she was sharing her musical talents with others. One of her favourite pastimes was the game of Bridge and she was a long time member of the Birr 66 Bridge Club. However, Pat was unable to play in recent years due to ill health. Despite this she recently attended the Club’s 50th anniversary celebrations much to the delight of the club members.
Pat was known for her irrepressible good humour and positive zest for life. She was generous and kind to friends and neighbours alike and always known for being unselfish, caring and compassionate towards others whilst down playing her own aliments. Her husband Donal passed away suddenly in 2003. Pat was pre-deceased by her brother Alan and her sister Jackie in 2006 and 2007 respectively.
Pat is survived by her daughter Angela and her sons John and Donie, her daughter in-law Orla, her four grandchildren, Peter, Harry, George and Olivia, her sisters Bernadette and Ruth, brother Tony and by her many nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
Removal took place on Tuesday 27th December from Boyd’s Funeral Home to Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin. Funeral Mass took place on Wednesday 28th with burial in St Ruahan’s Cemetery Lorrha. May she rest in peace.

Grandparents Day at Redwood NS

We are holding Grandparents Day on Thursday, 2nd February at 11 a.m. in the school as part of Catholic Schools Week. We invite parents, grandparents and retired / elderly neighbours and friends to join us on the day for a prayer service, a chat and a cuppa. If any grandparents would like to bring in photos or items from times gone by to show the children, please do. As we are currently hatching chicks in the school, we would love to hear stories from your time of rearing farm animals within the home. Looking forward to seeing you on the day. All are welcome.

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. This is a very funny play and not one to be missed.


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.

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.

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.

GAA News.

Auction: The club would like to thank everyone who supported our annual Auction last Sunday which was a tremendous success with all items bought for good prices, helped by a very good auctioneer in Cllr Michael O’Meara. We would like to thank all those who donated timber, turf, feed stuffs, it was very much appreciated. Also to all those club officers and players who split and loaded the timber over the last week, a very well done.

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.

Senior: Lorrha were drawn with Holycross/Ballycahill and Knockavilla Kickhams in our roinn 2 group in the County Championship. These games will take place in April and May. In the County League, Lorrha will face JK Brackens away in the opening round on Sunday 12th March. Ballina, Roscrea, Burgess and Holycross/Ballycahill are also in the group.

Under 21 Football: Lorrha have been drawn against Ballinahinch/Templederry in the quarter final of the North U21 ‘B’ Football Championship and this game will be played on weekend 11-12 February.

Minor Football: Lorrha Rovers Gaels have been drawn with Kilruane MacDonaghs and Burgess in the North Minor ‘B’ Football Championship and this championship is likely to begin in mid March.

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: Congratulations to Brian Mannion who won €200 in the Tipperary Clubs Draw Confined draw for January.

Lotto: Our jackpot is €3,900 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at www.locallotto.ie.

Social Dancing: on Friday night with Muriel O’Connor & Fran Curry. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.