Lorrha Notes

A new traffic calming light was installed recently in Lorrha to remind drivers approaching the village from the Birr direction to slow down. Children entering and leaving the school and residents of Pairc na Cille use the road several times daily. Councillor Michael O’Meara who is pictured here secured the finances for the light through North Tipperary Co. Council for and on behalf of Lorrha Development Association. Also in the photo is local school children Cormac Adam MaryDaniel and Rose Mannion Chairperson Lorrha Development Association.


Eucharistic Congress Dublin 10th -17th June

Information re Congress programme and how to book/register if intending to attend Congress is available on noticeboards in all three parish churches on Congress website www.iec2012.ie and in a booklet which will be delivered to each home by the end of the month. The Parish Pastoral Council will organize a bus to transport parishioners to the Congress if there is sufficient interest/uptake for this idea. For further information or assistance with booking contact Mary at 087-2601413 or 090-9747972


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.

Reflection Group.

You are invited to join with others and look at what might be implemented at parish level in the Parish room in Borrisokane this Thursday night the 16th.

Ceili Dancing.

The next ceili dancing class in Kellys Rathcabbin is on Monday night 20th Frbruary at 7.30p.m with Mary McGeeney.

Discounted Rates.

North Tipperary Sports Partnership is partnering with local Leisure Centres across North Tipperary to offer discounted rates for physical activity opportunities to the recipients of Social Welfare payments. There are leisure centres / gymna involved in Thurles Nenagh Roscrea Holycross and Ballina. Contact Elaine Cullinane on (067) 43604 or email: Elaine @ntps.ie

Energy Flag.

Pupils in Lorrha National School are working very hard since their return after the summer break last September to secure the schools second green flag the theme of which is ‘Energy’. And it’s not just in school but the pupils carry their energy saving tips back to their homes reminding their parents to be energy aware.

Organic Gardening Course.

An Gairdin’s Organic gardening course this year begins on Wednesday 22nd February. Over the six day intensive course participants will learn how to successfully grow their own healthy vegetables fruit herbs using organic methods. The day begins at 10a.m. and ends at 4p.m. Cost is 180 euro for six days. Contact (090) 9741689 or email: angairdin1@gmail.com.

Putting the Spotlight On Our Community.

Lorrha Development Association is delighted to announce that they are one of five voluntary community groups in North Tipperary to have secured free advertising space with Tipp FM complete with a free marketing package worth 2000 euro in advertising space for the official opening of Friars Park in the village later in the year. ‘Put The Spotlight On Your Community’ is an initiative organised by Tipp FM in co-operation with North & South Tipperary Community and Voluntary Association North Tipperary Leader Partnership and the Tipperary People Magazine which the Development committee entered last December. The competition was open to all voluntary groups in both North and South Tipperary and the announcement of Lorrha’s success last week by CAVA has been welcomed with much enthusiasm by the hard working Development committee. Well done to all the members of this committee the scheme workers and all who support the group by striving so hard throughout the year to keep the village looking well and keeping the spotlight firmly focused on Lorrha. More details will be available in the near future.


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

Job Vacancies.

South East Galway IRD has two job vacancies one full time and one part time for people to work as tour guides at the Irish Workhouse Centre and to assist with various aspects of the Project. To get a full job description contact the IRD office in Portumna on (090) 9741867. Closing date is Thursday March 18th.

Date For Your Diary.

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

Well Done.

Congratulations is extended to Trevor Hogan Rathcabbin who won the Munster Auto Cross recently in his 3.5 litre Rover V8 Special single seater buggie. Trevor who is a member of the Birr and Discrict Auto club competed in the ten round Munster Championship in this class which comprised of grass and quarry tracking most of the competition taking place in Cork and he was presented with his winnings on Friday night last at a ceremony to mark the occasion which was held in Cork.
Well done Trevor and now its down to practice in defence of the title in 2012..


Rathcabbin Players offer thanks to all who supported their recent successful staging of the hit comedy ‘Tom Dick and Harry’ in Rathcabbin Hall. Your support is very much appreciated.

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.

Campaign Moves Up North.

The campaign against household and water taxes moved North of the county when a capacity crowd attended a meeting in Nenagh’s Abbey Court Hotel on Thursday night of last week. Organised by the Tipperary steering committee the three main speakers were Deputy Seamus Healy South Tipp Independent TD Kieran Prenderville Limerick steering committee and Pat Neill South Tipp steering committee. The aim of the meeting was to urge people not to pay the household septic tank and water taxes and to encourage a mass non – registration by St. Patrick’s Day which they claim will make the Governments plans unworkable.
A similar meeting is to be held in Roscrea in the near future. For further information contact the campaign hotline on 1890 989800 or visit www.nohouseholdtax.org.

5 Day Weather Forecast.

Today Wednesday 15th February.
Some drizzle at times today especially on Northern and Western hills and coasts but many places will stay dry. It will be rather cloudy again overall with some short bright or short sunny spells. Top temperatures will range 8 to 10 degrees Celsius in fresh northwest breezes moderating later.

Apart from a little drizzle much of tonight will be dry and rather cloudy with a few breaks. Later in the night some rain may develop in the far Northwest. Winds will decrease light and lowest temperatures will range around 3 to 7 degrees coolest in the Southeast. A few mist or fog patches may form also.

Tomorrow will be mainly cloudy with outbreaks of rain and drizzle spreading from the Northwest though much of Leinster and East Munster should stay dry until after dark.


Thursday night will be mild and cloudy with fresh west to southwest winds. Outbreaks of rain will affect Ulster Connacht and West Munster but other areas will be dry apart from a little drizzle.
Gradually during Friday the rain will sink Southwards to remaining areas and it will stay rather mild and windy.
During Friday night or Saturday morning the rain will become heavy for a time and will clear Southeastwards by Saturday afternoon.
Sunny spells and showers will follow most of the showers in the north and northwest. Fresh northwesterly winds will set in with this clearance and it will turn colder.
For Saturday night showers of rain or hail will persist in the north and northwest with some wintry fall on hills. Over the rest of the country it will be mainly dry but very cold and frosty with some icy patches.
Sunday will be a mainly dry cold day with sunny spells.
It will turn frosty for a time early on Sunday night but wet and windy weather wil spread from the Atlantic overnight and it will become milder again.
The early days of next week will remain unsettled with further spells of rain or showers and near normal temperatures.

Smile Awhile.

Three Little Pigs went out to dinner one night. The waiter came and took their drink order.
‘I would like a Sprite’ said the first little piggy.
‘I would like a Coke’ said the second little piggy.
‘I want beer lots and lots of beer’ said the third little piggy.
The drinks were brought out and the waiter took their orders for dinner
‘I want a nice big steak’ said the first piggy.
‘I would like the salad plate’ said the second piggy.
‘I want beer lots and lots of beer’ said the third little piggy.
The meals were brought out and a while later the waiter approached the table and asked if the piggies would like any dessert.
‘I want a banana split’ said the first piggy.
‘I want a cheesecake’ said the second piggy.
‘I want beer lots and lots of beer’ exclaimed the third little piggy.
‘Pardon me for asking’ said the waiter to the third little piggy’

But why have you only ordered beer all evening?’

The third piggy says –

‘Well somebody has to go ‘Wee wee wee all the way home!