Lorrha Notes

The Lorrha Community Responder Group which was officially launched recently.
Front from left Ruth Needham, Nancy White, Mark Houlihan, Paddy Darcy, Anna Young, Carmel Slevin, Peter Seman.
Middle Row: David McEvoy (Trainer, Birr Responder Group), Tom Kennedy, Alan Quirke, Ute Duggan, Mary Coen, Maeve Shiels, Carmel Lambe, Michelle Keenaghan, Daniel Flynn, Cllr. Michael O’Meara, Mark Callanan (Communication Unit Officer, National Ambulance Service West).
Back: Mark Mannion, Mike Coughlan, Eamon Mannion, Michael Briody, Tommy Needham, James Heenan. Missing from photo is Adrian Bouchier.   Pic: Rose Mannion.

The official launch of the twenty two strong member Lorrha Community Responder Group took place recently in The Friars Tavern in the village. The group are now officially live with the National Ambulance Service to respond to the following emergency’s in their Community and cover an area of 8km radius of Lorrha village to include the parish of Lorrha/Dorrha, Portumna, Terryglass and Aglish – Cardiac arrest calls, cardiac chest pain calls, stroke/cva calls, choking incidents – and serving their Community 24/7 365 Days of the Year.

Present for the launch was their trainer and winner of volunteer of the year 2016 award and also the Emergency Ambulance Service Award 2016 David McEvoy from the Birr Community Responder group. He has trained hundreds of people in many local groups in CPR from school level to adult. On congratulating the group, he wished them well and reminded all about the basics of saving a life. Mark Callanan, Community Engagements Officer with the National Ambulance Service West said that he has been working with Nancy White, Coordinator of Lorrha Community Responder Group, since June this year and Lorrha is the 157th group on the system. Nancy White thanked a lot of people for their help, encouragement and support in getting the group set up, in particular Cllr. O’Meara for helping to secure funding. She mentioned that there was now a defibrillator on the outside of the local community hall in Lorrha. Two more defibrillators have just been purchased by the group, thanks to all who supported the group in their recent fundraising event.  Councillor Michael O’Meara who was also present for the launch spoke of the importance of having a community responder group in the area. He complimented the group on their lovely jackets and said it was great to see so many from such a wide area involved and it was not just the village that was covered and wished the group well going forward.
It is important to always dial 999/112 in an emergency such as Cardiac arrest, cardiac chest pain, stroke, choking and to know and have your Eircode (Post Code) ready as the ambulance service can locate your house quicker. In rural areas around Ireland an ambulance may be required to travel a long distance to assist those suffering from a cardiac or respiratory arrest, ineffective breathing or choking. In such instances, the timeframe for helping the patient is crucial, that is why the HSE National Ambulance Service is integrating groups of community first responders in such areas who are dispatched simultaneously with the National Ambulance Service. It is important to note that this does not delay the response of an ambulance which is still dispatched as a priority but because these responders live or work locally they may be able to arrive and initiate lifesaving steps until the ambulance arrives.

County Champions.

Well done to the Lorrha under 12 hurling team who beat Fr. Sheehy’s by the narrowest of margins in a cracker of a county final on Sunday last 1.8 to 1.7.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association

We will be returning to our weekly meetings on Wednesday, 20th September 2017 at 2.30pm after our summer break.  New members are welcome.  Please call in for a cuppa and a chat.  Transport available.

Church News:

First Friday Mass will be celebrated this Friday 1st September in Rathcabbin Church at 8.00p.m.    Confessions beforehand.
Killaloe Diocesan Liturgical Music Workshop with Liam Lawton and Ian Callinan on Saturday September 23rd in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church,  Rathcabbin,  2.00pm to 5.00pm. This will be followed by the Vigil Mass (sung) at 6.30pm.   Cost of workshop is €12.00 per person, this will include the music book.
Dates for your Diary. Legion of Mary Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine on Sunday 24th September. James Kilbane in fundraising concert in Rathcabbin Church on Saturday 18th November. Tickets on sale shortly.
The Killaloe Autumn Pilgrimage to Lourdes will leave Shannon Airport on Sunday 1st October returning on Friday 6th October. Fare €667 per person sharing with €10 discount for online bookings. Limited capacity so early booking is advisable. Contact www.joewalshtours.ie or (01) 2410810 or Fr. Tom Ryan Pilgrimage Director Shannon (061) 364133.

Date for Your Diary.

St Ruadhans Church of Ireland are hosting a Fashion Show on Saturday 14th October in Lorrha GAA Centre Moatfield. Tickets are now on sale.

Tipperary Mini Marathon.

Walkers, joggers, runners, register now on www.tippminimarathon.ie for the 2017 Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon organised by Tipperary Sports Partnership in Clonmel on Sunday 24th Sept at the slightly earlier time of 10.45am. Registration €15 to  August 31st and  €20 after. Closing date for all entries is strictly Sept 18th 2017. For further information please contact Clonmel Office on 052 6187080 or info@tipperarysports.ie or Nenagh Office on 076 1065000.

Lorrha Camogie:

Lorrha went down to a strong Ballina side in the second round of the championship. Final score 3.11 to 0.12.  In round three, Lorrha  travel to Borrisoleigh on Sunday 17th Sept at 12 noon. Please note the change of date but time remains the same. Nenagh have pulled out of the competition so Lorrha have a bye that week-end before meeting Burgess on Sat 30th Sept at 12 noon in Lorrha. The top two teams to come out of the group go through to the semi-final stages. Please come out and support the girls in their Championship campaign.

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 2 CE vacancies: one for a Support Worker & one for a Catering Assistant. 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 0879772409 /0505 21426 for further information re these position.


Banagher Fair Day.

The Annual Banagher Fair Day will take place on 17th of September 2017. Please come along and support. Keeping the tradition alive.

Autumn De-Clutter.

When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the Autumn 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.


Please join us for the opening of the 2017 Shorelines Art Exhibition on Saturday 2nd September from 5 to 7pm in The Gallery at the Workhouse Portumna. Visit the Shorelines Festival for full festival details www.shorelinesartsfestival.com.

GAA News

Senior: Our senior hurlers have been drawn against JK Brackens in the quarter final of the O Riain Cup in Cloughjordan on Sunday 10th September at 5.30pm

Junior: The Junior hurlers are through to the semi-final with one game to be played against Moneygall in a few weeks time.

Under 21: With our minor campaign at an end, all minors are asked to train with the adult teams in advance of the under 21 championship which is due to begin in mid September against Silvermines

Under 16: Lorrha Rovers Gaels exited the championship at the quarter final stage against Nenagh Eire Og last Monday week, suffering a 5-24 to 2-7 defeat. Thanks to the players and mentors for their efforts this year.

Under 13: In the first round of the Plate, the U13’s host Kiladangan in Moatfield on Saturday 2nd September at 12 noon.

Under 12: Pride of place this week goes to our Under 12 hurlers who achieved County glory in winning the County ‘B’ Final in Dundrum on Sunday, defeating Father Sheehys 1-8 to 1-7. Captain Fergus O’Donoghue lifted the Cup on behalf of a delighted squad in front of a large travelling support who made their way to West Tipperary.  The successful panel were: Con O’Meara; Lee Hogan, Fergus O’Donoghue, Liam Donoghue, Celine Guinan, Rory Duffy, Conor Kennedy, Robert Duffy, Paul Cahalan, Tom Perry, Dermot Houlihan, Jake Houlihan, John O’Meara, Sarah Gorman, Nicholas Perry, Nicola Kelly, Grace Reid, Emma Deegan, Jason Houlihan, Niall Duggan. Well done also to the management team of Denis Duffy, Tom Kennedy, Martina Duffy and Donal O’Donoghue.

Lorrha juvenile club would like to thank the following for their generous contribution towards the purchase of tops for the County final: Keith Naylor & Giolla Kennedy of Lelagh Construction; Colm Duggan Building & Carpentary; Mrgan Claffey at GA Claffey Ford dealer and John Horan Tyres, The Ferry.

Under 11: The U11’s take part in the Plate competition, beginning in Newport last evening (Tuesday) before hosting Kiladangan in Moatfield on Saturday 9th September.

Tipperary: Colm Fogarty was a member of the Tipperary Under 15 ‘B’ Hurling panel who took part in the Munster Tournament in Clarecastle last Saturday. They defeated Waterford and Clare but lost to Galway which put them into the Shield Final where they lost to Kerry ‘A’.

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.

Lotto: Our jackpot is €8,550 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at www.locallotto.ie.

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