Lorrha Notes

PLEASE NOTE:  This game has been cancelled due to a fixtures error.

Best of luck to the Lorrha Junior B team in the re-play of the North Final which takes place in Nenagh on Sunday evening July 16th at 7pm . Lorrha tied 3.19 with Roscrea after extra time in the previous game. The Lorrha panel: 1. Tony Hogan. 2. Eoin Gormally. 3. Noel Hogan. 4. Tony Needham. 5. Michael Kennedy. 6. Conor Sullivan, 7. Denis O’Meara. 8. David Sherlock. Leon Houlihan. 10. Jack Maher. 11. Willie Maher. 12. Robert Quinn. 13. Michael Brophy. 14. Padraig Kennedy. 15. Paddy Hough. 16. Jamie Lewis. 17. David Needham. 18. Christopher Guilfoyle (Captain), 19. Donal Kennedy. 20. John O’Meara. 21. David Sullivan. 22. Trevor Hogan. 23. Tomas Kennedy. 24. Ronan King. 25. Ger Lambe. 26. Willie Hough. 27. Ross O’Meara.

Patrick “Bonner” Maher was a huge influence on the Tipperary win over Dublin. Best of luck to Bonner, Brian and selector John and all the team and mentors when they play Clare in Cork in the quarter finals on Saturday July 22

Late Tom Kennedy.

The death occurred after a long illness in St. Kieran’s Care Home, Rathcabbin on Monday July 3rd of Tom Kennedy, Lisballyard, Rathcabbin.
Just a few weeks short of his 58th birthday, Tom worked with North Tipp Co. Council for close on 40 years, taking over from his father who gained promotion in the job at the time. He also had an interest in farming and kept some dry stock.
He was a quiet individual who was well known and liked and was a familiar figure on the roads on his Honda 50.
He is survived by his two sisters, his twin Noreen Brereton (Cloghan), Helen (Rathcabbin), brothers in –law Tommy and Ollie, uncle Tommy, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends to whom sympathy is extended. After con-celebrated Funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin  burial took place afterwards in Lorrha Cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Late Maureen O’Meara.

The death occurred on Wednesday July 5th in Portumna Retirement Home after a short illness, of Maureen O’Meara, Lisballyard, Rathcabbin.  Nee Lawlor, Maureen was a hard working woman who took care of her young family of nine after the death of her husband Jack at the age of 48 back in 1972.  Her eldest son Seamus left school at the time and worked alongside his mother on the farm. She joined the local I.C.A. group where she loved to mix and meet with her neighbours and share her love of knitting and sewing. In later years gardening was her hobby and she spent many long hours there in the company of her grandchildren whom she loved.
Pre-deceased by her husband Jack and son Pat (in 1983), she is survived by her family Seamus (Rathcabbin), Sean (Spain), Stephanie (Tynagh), Kathleen, Ann (Carrigahorig), Margaret (Rathcabbin), Nuala (Rathcabbin), Michael (Lusmagh), sons in-law, daughters in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephew, relatives, neighbours and friends. After con-celebrated funeral Mass on Friday 7th in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin, burial took place in Lorrha Cemetery. May she rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to the family of Benny Starr, Grange, Lorrha and Portumna who died on Friday July 7th after a short illness. His remains will repose in the Hibernian Funeral Home, Portumna this Wednesday evening July 12th from 4pm to 6pm. Cremation on Thursday in Mount Jerome, Dublin. May he rest in peace.

School Reunion.

A reminder that Rathcabbin National School reunion takes place in Kellys Last Chance Bar next Saturday 15th July from 8.30 on. All past pupils and friends welcome for music chat and food. Lots of pictures, stories and memories. If you want to share any pictures you may contact Darina on 0579139981 or email to darina-kelly@hotmail.com.

Church News.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday from 10.00am to 8.00pm in  Rathcabbin  Church. We invite all parishioners to come and stay a while in the presence of Jesus.
Youth 2000 Summer youth festival will take place from 17th– 20th August 2017.  ‘Come Closer, Hear my Word’.  Youth 2000 invites you to a Fantastic  Four Day Catholic Summer Festival. The event is aimed at those aged 16 – 35.  This is an opportunity to meet new friends, explore your faith, experience something new, find out what it means to be young and catholic today.  Free Buses.  Book your place: www.youth2000.ie , email office@youth2000.ie , or call 01 675 3690.

Youth  Faith Fest:
Over the past few months a huge increase in the range of youth ministry has been noticed across the diocese. Hence the Diocesan Youth Forum is planning a Youth Fest in St. Flannan’s College, Ennis on Saturday 30th September, open to all young people who are in Transition year and up.   The day will begin with an opening ceremony led by Bishop Fintan. Following this people will have the choice of attending two  of ten workshops. There will be a para liturgy prior to Lunch,  followed by an open afternoon where all youth groups and organisations in the diocese will display information stands and the day will culminate in a closing ceremony. The day will be free of charge to all young people and food will be provided.   Leaders of youth groups or youth organisations within parishes are invited to contact Cora Guinnane,  co-ordinator of the administration aspect of the fest, to ensure all youth groups across the diocese are represented and invited. Cora can be contacted on 087 2400135 or coraguinnane@gmail.com and the team will follow up with information, flyers and invitations.

Music Ministry.

A Music Ministry get together will take place in Cistercian College Roscrea, from August 8th to 13th led by Composer Ian Callanan and team. You are invited to come along for 5 days of music, prayer and liturgy. For further information go to www.musicministry.ie or call (087) 6790336.

Clean Up.

The parishioners of St Ruadhans Cof I Lorrha would like to thank everyone who has helped in any way in the upkeep of St Ruadhans Graveyard. The next work evening will take place on Tuesday 18th July at 7.00 pm.

Lorrha Camogie Fundraiser:

Lorrha Camogie Club are holding a fundraising table quiz and draw on Friday 21st July in the Friars Tavern Lorrha. €2 lines are on sale now from all players with fantastic prizes such as; a signed Tipperary Hurling Jersey, a signed Tipperary Football Jersey,  a meal voucher for The Ferry Inn plus various other prizes. All support goes towards the running of the club and is greatly appreciated, so please support the girls and get your quiz team ready for Friday 21st!!

St. Cronan’s Service Community Employment Vacancies.

St. Cronan’s Service Birr has a CE vacancy for a Support Worker. A full clean B driving licence will be required for this position . St. Cronan’s Service Roscrea has a vacancy for a Housekeeper  Monday – Friday. In order to be eligible for these positions you must be in receipt of a Social Welfare payment.  If you are interested please phone Deirdre on 087 9772409 /0505 21426 for further information re these positions.

Summer De-Clutter.

When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the summer 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 mats including bath toilet and shower mats soiled or wet clothing but good quality unwanted clothing for re-use (not recycling). All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep one adult employed. Many thanks for your continued support.

Well Done.

Congratulations is extended to Patrick “Bonner” Maher, Brian Hogan and selector John Madden on a fine win over Dublin in round 2 of the championship on Saturday last. We wish them well in the quarter final against Clare.

Good Luck.

The best of luck to the Lorrha Junior ‘B’ hurlers and management in the North final re-play this coming Sunday 16th.  See fixtures in papers for venue and time.

GAA News.

Senior: Lorrha face Holycross/Ballycahill in the final round of the County League this Saturday 15th July at 7.30pm, needing a win to make the semi-finals. The final round game of the County Championship against Knockavilla Kickhams is dependent on Tipperary’s progress through the qualifiers.

Junior: The North Tipp Junior ‘B’ Hurling League Final Replay against Roscrea is due to be played this Sunday in Nenagh at 7pm. Best of luck to the players and mentors.

Minor: Lorrha Rovers played Kilruane MacDonaghs in the Minor ‘B’ Football semi-final in Borrisokane last Thursday but were defeated 2-10 to 1-6. The Hurling Championship will resume this Thursday 13th July with Lorrha Rovers at home to Kiladangan in Ballinderry at 7.30pm.

Under 16: Lorrha Rovers began their U16 ‘A’ hurling campaign at home to Burgess last Monday and won 5-19 to 0-8. They have a bye next Monday and return to action on 23rd July away to Toomevara.

Under 14: Lorrha Rovers Gaels played Borrisokane in Ballinderry and drew 2-4 apiece. This evening (Wednesday, 12th) they play Ballina in Ballina at 7pm. Next Wednesday 19th July, they host Newport in Moatfield at 7.15pm

Under 12: Lorrha will play Kilruane MacDonaghs in Moatfield in the North ‘B’ Hurling semi-final on Friday 21st July.

Tipperary: Well done to Patrick Maher, Brian Hogan, John Madden and the Tipperary Senior hurlers in the All Ireland qualifier against Dublin this Saturday. Well done also to the senior footballers on their win over Cavan and best of luck against Armagh this Saturday.
Well done to Kevin Cahalan who was member of the Tipperary under 14 football panel who won the Jim Power Tournament in Waterford last Saturday, defeating Kerry South in the final.

Fundraiser: The club has launched a 2500-to-1 fundraising draw with a prize fund of €10,000. We have 2,500 tickets valued from 1 cent to 2500 cents (€25) and when you accept to take a ticket, you scratch off a hidden section and the value in this section is what you pay for the ticket, it could be 1 cent, €25, or any value in between. All tickets bought will be entered into a draw in late September for a top prize of €5,000 with eleven ther prizes ranging from €2,000 to €200. Your support would be appreciated.

Cul Camp: Lorrha Kellogg’s Cul Camp takes place in Moatfield from Monday 24th to Friday 28th July from 10am to 2.30pm each day. Camp is open for 6-13 year olds, to register, go to www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie and find the Lorrha camp in the Tipperary listing. The camp costs €60 for one child, €50 for a second and €40 for a third or more children and they will be provided with full camp kit.

Lotto: Our jackpot is €7,500 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at www.locallotto.ie.

Social Dancing: continues on Friday with music of Blue Lace, from 9.30pm til late.

Sympathy: Lorrha GAA Club would like to sympathise with the Kennedy and O’Meara family’s on the deaths of Tom Kennedy and Maureen O’Meara, both of Lisballyard, Rathcabbin, who passed away last week. May they rest in peace.



            Restaurants Association of Ireland Urges Government to Retain 9% VAT Rate 


Tuesday 11th July 2017

  • VAT rate must remain at 9%, the correct rate for Ireland in order to continue growth and recovery of the hospitality sector.
  • Since its introduction in 2011, 33,600 direct jobs and 15,456 indirect jobs have been created.
  • Extra attention must be paid in the wake of the Brexit vote.
  • The sector accounted for 7.2% of total employment in the economy at the end of 2016.

The Restaurants Association of Ireland today is urging the Government to retain the 9% VAT rate for the tourism and hospitality industry. The reduction in the VAT rate to 9% has improved the competitiveness of the Accommodation and Food Services sector since it was introduced, and has also helped ensure the viability of many businesses that have been going through challenging times. The RAI is asking Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe T.D not to return the VAT rate to 13.5%.
Chief Executive of the RAI Adrian Cummins said “17 out of 19 Eurozone countries have a VAT rate of below 10%. A 9% VAT rate in Ireland is not only the correct rate for our country, but it is also in line with the rest of Europe. We need this VAT rate particularly now as Brexit negotiations begin, to remain competitive”. Both Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Shane Ross T.D. and Minister of State for Transport, Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin T.D. have expressed that 9% VAT should remain. Mr. Cummins continued “Against this background of intense uncertainty for the Irish economy in general and the Accommodation & Food Services sector in particular, it does not make sense to increase the VAT rate, given the extra vulnerability that has arisen from the Brexit vote”.
While some parts of the sector are now experiencing improved trading conditions in line with the economic recovery, it is not universal and many businesses are still under significant pressure. As highlighted by the RAI last month, there is a significant shortage of trained workers in the industry, raising the VAT rate will put a further strain on business owners who are already struggling.
Since the introduction of VAT at 9% in 2011, 33,600 direct jobs have been created in the industry. The taxes accruing to the Exchequer from this employment totaled €160 million by the end of 2016. Indirect employment created in the sector since the introduction of the vat rate is estimated at 15,456 bringing the total number of jobs created to approximately 49,056.
From an Irish economic and political perspective, there is much to worry about in relation to Brexit. Sterling has lost 23% of its value against the euro since November 2015, and has shed 11% since the Brexit vote. This currency move will damage the competitiveness of Irish exports to the UK and will make Ireland a lot less attractive for UK tourists. It is estimated that for every 1% that UK activity declines, Irish economic growth would decline by about 0.3%. The Accommodation & Food Services Sector would clearly be very vulnerable to a UK recession and ongoing sterling weakness and vulnerability, especially if the 9% VAT rate is not retained. Ireland must remain an attractive destination to tourists, particularly those from the UK.
Continuing VAT at 9% into 2018 is crucial, not only to the sustainability of restaurants and businesses in the tourism sector, but also to job creation and regrowth for our economy. The RAI are adamant that Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe T.D must recognize this and make a distinct effort to retain the 9% VAT rate.

Smile Awhile & Laugh A Lot!

Three girls, a blonde, a brunette and a red head were all chased by a farmer.  The brunette hid in a dog house, the red head in a cat house and the blonde in a sack of potatoes. The farmer came along and he kicked the dog house and the brunette barked. He kicked the cat house and the red head meowed. He kicked the sack of potatoes and the blonde went “Potatoe”, “potatoe”…..

Thanks Brian for that.