Lorrha Notes

An Taisce green school inspector Joanne visited Lorrha National School earlier this week and viewed the work carried out by the pupils on the conservation of energy in the school home and community in an effort to secure the schools second green flag.
Public Meeting.

A public meeting to organize a bus to the turf cutters rally in Dublin on Wednesday March 7th will take place in St. Ruadhan’s Community Hall Lorrha on Monday night 27th at 8.p.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 and the future of our bogs and this debate 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. So do your part and come to the meeting in Lorrha and pledge your support for the very important March 7th demonstration as your support is vital. See separate report from National Meeting elsewhere in this paper.

Awareness Ceremony

A special ceremony will be held in Rathcabbin Church to launch and prepare for the Eucharistic Congress. It will take place on Wed. 29th Feb. at 7.30pm and is aimed at giving us an understanding of the theme of the Congress – “Communion with Christ and with one another”. Everyone is invited and welcome to attend.

Church Gate Collection.

IHCPT: The Irish Pilgrimage Trust Annual Churchgate Collection on Sat/Sun 25th/26th February in Lorrha/Rathcabbin/Redwood to help bring young people of special needs to Lourdes at Easter. Several young people from this region are traveling on the pilgrimage this year. We would be most grateful for your help for this deserving cause. All volunteers travel at there own expense.

Pilgrimage Reminder.

The Pilgrimage to Medugorje this year will leave from Shannon on May 5th and return on the 12th. For further details contact (067) 32160.

Developing Parish Seminar.

Reflection on and developing ways of engaging with the Eucharist as the Body of Christ with Liam Lawton will be held in All Hallows College Dublin on the 27th and 28th February. A Public Lecture on how much music enhances the Eucharistic Liturgy Woodlock Hall All Hallows College at 7.30p.m. Further details available by contacting (01) 8373745.

Praise Through Song.

An evening of prayer through song with David Parkes will take place in St. Mary of the Rosary Church Nenagh on Sunday 11th March at 8p.m. Tickets are 10 euro and proceeds will go to school projects in Tanzania.

Green Schools Inspector.

An Taisce green schools inspector visited Scoil Lua Naofa in Lorrha on Monday last to view and monitor the work progress by the students there who are working very hard since last September towards securing the schools second green flag the theme of which is conserving energy. The green school committee showed the inspector their work and research on how to save energy in the school and in the home. The inspector was ‘very impressed’ with the notice boards and the amount of work carried out by the students in the school. She visited all the classrooms and not only asked questions on how to conserve energy but also gave advice on the subject as she urged the pupils to continue to conserve energy at home as well as in the school. The inspector was very complimentary about the school and about the ‘lovely village’ as she said she didn’t see any litter or waste lying around when she arrived. Well done all. Photos from the inspectors visit can be viewed on the parish web site www.lorrhadorrha.ie.

Energy Tip For The Week.

As part of their work to secure a second green school flag for Scoil Lua Naofa the students compiled an action plan which includes informing and involving the wider community. To help carry out this plan the students are offering readers a tip every week for the next few weeks through these notes on how to conserve energy in the home. This weeks tip is ‘switch off electrical appliances when not in use’.

Ormond Octaves.

A four part harmony choir from Nenagh will perform in concert on Friday February 24th at 8p.m. in Toomevara Church. Tickets are priced at 10 euro.

Job Sourcing.

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.


Enrolment is now taking place in Scoil Lua Naofa Lorrha for pupils commencing next September. Application forms may be collected at the school or call (090) 9747295.

Back in Stock.

Copies of the Lorrha Parish Calendar are now back in stock in Kellys Rathcabbin. The Ferry Inn bar and Restaurant and Mulrooney’s Ferry Service Station.

Fashion Show.

St. Cillian’s camogie club are holding a Fashion show on March 9th in the County Arms Hotel Birr at 7.30pm. The following shops have confirmed that they will take part Alexa Marita Michelle’s Boutique Geraldine O’Meara Jazz Jerros Kabelo Sportswear Direct. The following have confirmed that they will have a stand on the night. Daiva Beauty Salon The Beauty Parlour The House of Beauty David O’Meara Pharmacy
Butlers Chemist County Arms Hotel. After the fashion show there will be entertainment in the bar.


Lorrha/Dorrha Historical Society would like to thank Lorrha Developement and Mahers Lorrha for their recent sponsorship. It is much appreciated

Retention of Services.

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


The organizers of the Redwood School Tea Party wish to thank everyone who supported their recent annual fundraising event.
I wonder would you mind putting something in the Lorrha notes just to say Thank you to everybody that supported the recent fundraiser Tea Party. It was a very successful night.

North Tipperary Ploughing.

The North Tipperary Ploughing Association will hold their annual ploughing match on Sunday 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. If you have trade that you would like to display please contact a member of the committee.


Old time dancing takes place every Friday night in Lorrha GAA clubhouse and continues on Friday night coming to the music of Footloose. Your support appreciated.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association will take place on Wednesday 7th March 2012 in St. Ruadhan’s Community Hall Lorrha at 2.30pm. The committee have requested that as many of its members attend this meeting please. Most of the current committee have served for at least 6 years and the Association does need new committee members to continue on with the good work of the past.
The committee have written to all the local councillors and have requested a meeting with them on Wednesday 29th February 2012 at 3.00pm in the Lorrha Hall so that the members can air their concerns and have their questions answered over the household charge septic tank charge water charges and all the other cuts which are being imposed on us.

5 Day Weather Forecast.

Today Wednesday 22nd February.

Wet and windy this morning with persistent rain and fresh to strong south to southwest winds. The rain will become light and patchy through the late morning and afternoon and winds will ease somewhat. Very mild with highest temperatures of 11 to 14 degrees.


Tonight will be mild and breezy with patches of drizzle mist and fog. Lowest temperatures of 8 to 10 degrees.


Mostly cloudy and very mild tomorrow. Many areas dry but patchy light rain or drizzle will affect parts of west Munster Connacht and Ulster. Some bright or sunny spells too the best of these in east Munster and south Leinster. Highest temperatures of 12 to 16 degrees with moderate to fresh west to southwest breezes.


Thursday night will be mild with outbreaks of rain. Lowest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees. Friday will start off cloudy with rain or drizzle in many areas. However the rain will gradually clear to the southeast with brighter drier weather following. It will become cooler and less humid with afternoon temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees. Friday night will be cold with clear spells and with frost developing in many areas. Saturday will be mainly dry with bright or sunny spells the best of these in Munster and Leinster. It will be cloudier in Connacht and Ulster with some light rain or drizzle developing towards evening. Sunday will be mostly cloudy with some patchy rain or drizzle but with a good deal of dry weather too. There’ll be some rain at times in the early days of next week mainly in Connacht and Ulster. Amounts should be fairly small. Over the weekend and the early days of next week winds will be mostly moderate southwesterly. Daytime temperatures will range from

Smile Awhile.

Bill and his wife Blanche go to the county fair every year and every year Bill would say

" Blanche I’d like to ride in that helicopter "

Blanche always replied

" I know Bill but that helicopter ride is seventy quid and seventy quid is seventy quid! "

One year later Bill and Blanche went to the fair and Bill said

" Blanche I’m 75 years old. If I don’t ride that helicopter I might never get another chance "
To this Blanche replied

" Bill that helicopter ride is seventy quid and seventy quid is seventy quid "

The pilot overheard the couple and said

" Folks I’ll make you a deal. I’ll take the both of you for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and don’t say a word I won’t charge you a penny!

But if you say one word it’s seventy quid. "

Bill and Blanche agreed and up they went.

The pilot did all kinds of fancy maneuvers but not a word was heard.

He did his daredevil tricks over and over againbut still not a word…

When they landed the pilot turned to Bill and said

" By golly I did everything I could to get you to yell out but you didn’t.

I’m impressed! " Bill replied " Well to tell you the truth

I almost said something when Blanche fell out

But you know seventy quid is seventy quid! "