Lorrha Notes

Rathcabbin Players donate 2500 euro to Rathcabbin Players from their recent staging of Tom Dick and Harry.

Discussing the outcome of the Turf Cutters meeting which took place in Doolys Hotel Birr. are Councillor Michael O’Meara Phelim Kennedy John Milne Eamon Dermody.
Anyone wishing to travel to Dublin on Wednesday March 7th for the National Turf Cutters Rally contact (086) 8379300 for details.

Proposals from turf cutters will be listened to and discussed at a peatlands forum over three days February 28th to March 1st in the Hudson Bay Hotel in Athlone. The Forum which is to be held ahead of the National turf cutters rally in Dublin on March 7th will be hoping to find a solution to the present problem facing turf cutters.

Public Rally.

The turf cutters rally / protest will take place outside the Dail in Dublin on Wednesday March 7th from 7.30 to 9.00p.m. Everyone who uses turf to heat their houses cook their meals or who simply lights a fire in their living room is urged to attend this Nationwide rally if interested in keeping the bogs of this parish open. Deputy Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan will present a Private Members Motion calling on all Dáil Deputies to vindicate the rights of turf bank owners and cutters. On March 7th the Dail members will debate this motion which will be relayed by speakers to all outside the Dail on that evening so this is the one opportunity where we will hear how our elected representative is going to vote on the Governments plan to close the bogs of Ireland. It is vital that there be a massive turn out to this rally if the plan to keep our bogs open is to be overturned. Its now up to you..

Travel To Eucharistic Congress.

The Parish Pastoral Council will organize/pay for a bus to transport parishioners to the E. Congress on Thurs 14th June. Members of the Council will be available after Masses in all three churches weekend of 3rd/4th March to answer queries about booking/travelling to/attending the Congress. The P.P. Council are willing to pay the required registration fee of 30 euro for three young people (17-25) to attend on 14th June. Enquiries to Mary – 090-9747972 or 087-2601413.

Open Day.

Have you ever been in Redwood School? Come to our Open Day on Saturday March 3rd from 2.00 – 4.00 pm. Bring the children and we’ll show you around.
Enrolment now taking place. Call to the school or ring 0909747186. Visit our website at www.redwoodns.ie

North Tipperary Sports Partnership

An Information Seminar on the 2012 Sports Capital Programme Grant Application Process will take place on Thursday March 8th in the Abbey Court Hotel Nenagh from 7.30 to 9.30p.m. Fee is 5 euro.
Speaker on the evening will be Anne-Marie Maher Laois County Council.
This information Seminar is designed to assist sporting & voluntary organisations and groups improve the quality of submissions and their chances of being successful by;
– providing up-to-date information in relation to the aims and operation of the 2012 Sports Capital Programme;
– familiarising participants with the nature and extent of preparation involved in making a submission;
– offering practical advice in relation to the completion of the official form and the various attachments that are required;
– clarifying issues around planning permission costing and tendering processes liability and insurance etc.
To secure your place on this workshop or for further information please contact Elaine Cullinan or Sharon Mc Loughney North Tipperary Sports Partnership. Tel: 067-43604 email: info@ntsp.ie web: www.ntsp.ie

Energy Tip For The Week.

The energy tip for this week from the green school committee in Scoil Lua Naofa Lorrha is ‘when feeling cold instead of turning on or turning up the heat put on extra clothes’. The pupils are working very hard to raise the second green flag outside their school come the summer.

Job Sourcing Reminder.

Employ Ability Service offers job sourcing and on the job support. If you have a disability and require support in seeking employment then contact employ ability Friar’s Court Offices Friars Court Nenagh or call (067) 37896/ 37897. There will be an open day at this address on March 8th.

Retention of Services Rally.

A public rally in support of retention of current services and future development at Dean Maxwell Home Roscrea will take place on Saturday March 3rd . The rally will commence on Main Street outside the Credit Union at 11.00a.m. and continue to Dean Maxwell car park. Your support at this rally is vital.

Computer Course.

First steps computer and internet training for beginners course will be held in the South East Galway IRD offices in Portumna commencing March 1st for 9 sessions ending on March 22nd from 7 to 9p.m. If you are working in a rural community farming a senior citizen unemployed or part time employed have difficulties sending returns on line sending emails shop on line well then leave it to Irish Rural Link and they will guide you through the necessary tasks. The sessions will last for two hours at 15 euro per person or free to OAP’s. To book a place call Maria or Chrissie on (090) 6482744

North Tipperary Ploughing.

The North Tipperary Ploughing Association will hold their annual ploughing match on Sunday coming 4th March at Fortwilliam Cloughjordan by kind permission of the Burn family. A draw will take place on Sunday night in The Railway Bar Cloughjordan music by ‘Pat and Richie’raffle tickets available from members of the committee.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement News.

Our membership has reached an all time high under the guidance of our present chairman and committee. However the time has come for our Annual General Meeting. This is being held at Lorrha Hall at 2.30p.m. on the 7th March. As this is your opportunity to vote in a Chairman Secretary Treasurer and committee members for the year ahead we ask all members to attend. We continue to enjoy our weekly meetings which included dancing exercise bingo cards and a very pleasant social occasion. We look forward to seeing all our members present on March 7th.
On Wednesday 29th we have our local County Councillor attending to discuss household charges etc at 3p.m.

St. Patricks Day Parade.

St. Patrick’s day Parade taken place on 17th March at 2.30p.m. Once again this should prove to be a popular event. Float entries outside the Community hall at 2p.m. Also guess the identity of the mysterious Leprechaun 2 euro a line cash prizes. The Leprecahaun will be making an appearance around the parish a week before hand!

5 Day Weather Forecast.

Today Wednesday 29th February.
Today will be another mostly cloudy day. Some patches of drizzle and fog will affect exposed hills and coasts but many places will be dry. Some bright or short sunny spells will develop – these best in in central and eastern areas. Mild top temperatures 11 to 14 C. in freshening southerly winds.


Mild misty and mostly cloudy tonight with patches of drizzle and fog becoming more widespread as the night progresses. Lowest temperatures 6 to 9 C. in moderate to fresh southerly winds.


Misty and mostly cloudy for tomorrow Thursday. Some patches of drizzle and fog these mainly affecting exposed hills and southern and western coasts. But still a lot of dry weather elsewhere with a few bright or short sunny spells developing. Top temperatures 11 to 13 C. generally but locally 14 C. in sunshine.

OUTLOOK: Turning cooler and more unsettled over the weekend with some frosts at night.

Thursday night : Misty overnight with some fog and drizzle in places. Slightly cooler than of late with lowest temperatures 4 to 8 C.

Friday : Dry across most areas with the best of any bright or sunny periods in eastern areas. Rather cloudy overall and becoming breezy too with freshening southerly winds developing. Some rain drizzle and fog developing on southern and western coasts. Top temperatures 10 to 13 degrees C. slightly above normal for early March. A spell of wet and windy weather is set to sweep in off the nearby Atlantic during Friday night.
Saturday : Breezy and mostly cloudy with showers or longer spells of rain heavy in places. But a few bright or short sunny spells also. Top temperatures of 9 to 11 C. in fresh and gusty southwest winds. The rain will give away to colder clearer weather later Saturday night with scattered hail and sleet showers and some frost and icy patches are possible by dawn Sunday.
Sunday : Cold and breezy with bright or sunny spells and occasional rain and hail showers risk of some sleet showers on northern hills. Top temperatures just 6 to 9 C. in a fresh westerly breeze. Very cold overnight with scattered of showers some wintry. Lowest temperatures zero to -3 C. with a severe frost and the risk of icy roads.
Early days of next week : Cold with frosty nights and the likelihood of some icy roads. Rain or showers at times some possibly wintry on high ground.

Smile Awhile.

A man and his wife were awakened at 3:00 am by a loud pounding on the door.

The man gets up and goes to the door where a drunken stranger standing in the pouring rain is asking for a push.

"Not a chance" says the husband " it is 3:00 in the morning!" He slams the door and returns to bed.

"Who was that?" asked his wife.. "Just some drunk guy asking for a push" he answers.

"Well did you help him?" asked his wife.
I did not it’s 3am in the morning and it’s bloody pouring rain out there!"

"Well you have a short memory" says his wife. "Can’t you remember
about three months ago when we broke down and those two guys helped us?
I think you should help him and you should be ashamed of yourself!
"God loves drunk people too you know." The man does as he is told gets dressed and goes out into the pouring rain.

He calls out into the dark "Hello are you still there?"

"Yes!" comes back the answer. "Do you still need a push?" calls out the husband.
"Yes please!" comes the reply from the dark. "Where are you?" asks the husband. "Over here on the swing." replied the drunk.