Lorrha Notes

The largest ever crowd turned out in Birr on Sunday last for the 50th Anniversary of Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival Parade through the town as the sun shone down.

Lorrha Golf Parish Outing.

Calling all golfers past, present and future. Parish outing in Portumna golf club on Saturday August 11th, tee off at 1.15pm. To book please call Donal Brady at (087) 2225516, Tony Coen at (087) 6219639. Like our facebook page on Lorrha Golf outing. Please note change of time in tee off.

Redwood Castle Celebrates Heritage Week

Redwood Castle outside Lorrha will be holding a Seisiún Trad in the Castle on August 18th to celebrate Heritage Week 2018. They invite everyone co come and join them for an evening of music, singing, storytelling and dancing.  There will be locals and some not so locals performing on the night. This event is free and family friendly. The Seisiún Trad will begin at 6pm in the main hall of the castle and will be followed by light refreshments. For more information or to get involved contact; redwoodcastleireland@gmail.com or call (087)2161475.

Special Birthday Wishes.

Congratulations and many good wishes are extended to Michael O’Meara, The Hill, on the occasion of his 101st birthday which he celebrated on Sunday last with his family. Well done Mick and many happy returns.

Well Done.

Congratulations and well done is extended to Clodagh McIntyre and the Tipperary Intermediate team who had a great win over Kildare on Sunday last. They now play Cork in the All Ireland semi-final in two weeks time.

Church News.

Anyone requiring a priest call Fr. Tom O’Halloran (Borrisokane) on (067) 27105 or Fr. Michael Cooney  (Terryglass) on (067) 22017. Please Note that all details of Mass times, dates and contact numbers are detailed on the parish web site www.lorrhadorrha.ie under Churches.
Please note Mass is celebrated in Lorrha Church on Monday mornings at 9.30a.m.
Vigil Mass in Lorrha Church on Saturday, 11th August at 6.30p.m.
Mass times for the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary are as follows:
Tuesday 14th August  Vigil Mass at  8pm in Borrisokane. Wednesday 15th,  Lorrha 10am;   Kilbarron, 8pm.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday from 10.00a.m.  to  8.00p.m.  in  Rathcabbin Church. We invite all parishioners to come and stay a while in the presence of Jesus.

Tickets to Phoenix Park for Pope Francis August 26th will not now be issued until 10th August due to further clarification of colour coded routes. There are no longer places available on the mini bus to Phoenix Park being run by the Parish. Some tickets still available. If anyone has tickets and are not going kindly let us know and we will seek to get them to people who may need them.

Liturgical Ceremony to mark the beginning of World Meeting of Families 2018.

Tuesday Aug 21st@ 7pm in St. Mary of the Rosary Church, Nenagh. Bishop Fintan will lead the Liturgy. This celebration is being hosted by Odhran Cluster and is a diocesan celebration, and all are welcome.

Killaloe Autumn Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

 The Autumn pilgrimage from the Killaloe Diocese to Lourdes will leave Shannon Airport on Sunday 7th October, returning on Friday 12th October.  Fare €679 per person sharing with €10 discount for online bookings.  Limited capacity so early booking advisable.  Contact www.joewalshtours.ie , 01 2410810 or Fr. Tom Ryan, Pilgrimage Director, Cathedral House, Station road, Ennis, Co Clare. V9 HD7X      Phone 065 682403.

 Milford Hospice Annual Harvest Fair

This year the Milford Hospice Annual Harvest Fair celebrates its 33rd anniversary and is scheduled for Sunday 2nd September at the University of Limerick.  There will be a fun filled programme of activities and entertainment. Items such as plants, homemade cakes, bottles for bottle stall, Wheel of Fortune will be accepted on the day only.  Other goods such as toys, fancy goods and new this year will be designer good quality saleable handbags and scarves are being accepted at the Hospice from 20th August 2018.  Further details, contact the Fundraising Office on  061485859/ 485860.

Council Agree to Take Over Estates.

Nenagh Municipal District Council agreed last week to take eight housing estates in its area in charge. Rathcabbin will benefit from this take over with two estates there, Gurteen Grove, and Derry Close coming under this new agreement.

Tipperary Hurlers Need a New Boss.

Tipperary senior hurling manager Michael Ryan and his backroom team of Declan Fanning – Hurling Coach, Lorrha native John Madden –Selector and Conor Stakelum – Selector announced that they were stepping aside on Thursday August 2nd.  In his first season at the helm the Upperchurch Drombane man led Tipperary to All Ireland glory in 2016 against Kilkenny. 2017 saw the Premier County lose out to eventual champions Galway in the  semi-final. However, in this season’s revamped round-robin Munster championship, Tipperary bowed out early on after losing to Limerick and Clare as well as draws with Waterford and Cork. The hunt now begins for a new manager and many names have been mentioned with another Lorrha native – John McIntyre’s name mentioned in the mix. John has been manager of both Offaly and Galway senior hurlers and has coached extensively on the club scene in Galway as well so just might be the right man for this tough job.

Looking for Families.

TV3’s hit show Gogglebox Ireland is back this Autumn and producers are on the lookout for new faces and their sofas, to join Ireland’s funniest TV fans.  For the brand new series, the Googlebox producers are looking for families and long-term couples and added “we’d never say no to a Nun….or a Priest”.  David Noble, Series Producer of Gogglebox Ireland said: ”We’re looking for some more telly-lovers to join our returning cast of household favourites. Top of our list for this new series is couples and families who love watching the box together. So if you’re smart, funny, and likeable and can tell your Marty McFlys from your Marty Morrisseys, then we want to hear from you”
If you think you’ve got what it takes, email casting@kiteentertainment.com and tell the producers who’s in your gang, where you’re based, what you like to watch together and a photo if possible. If you know any families who might be interested be sure to let them know.


When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the new 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. Many thanks for your continued support.

GAA News.

Senior: Lorrha will return to action in the Seamus O Riain Cup against Holycross/Ballycahill next Sunday 12th August in Dolla at 3.30pm. A win is a must to stay in the hunt for the knockout stages. With the Under 12 final at the same venue at 6.30pm, we urge as many as possible to try and attend both games.

Minor: The Lorrha Rovers minor hurlers made it four wins from four in the North Minor ‘A’ Hurling Championship following a 3-11 to 1-15 win over Borris-Ileigh in Nenagh last Thursday. Goals from Michael Egan (2) and Colm Fogarty saw Lorrha Rovers come from behind to snatch victory.

The win secures a semi-final place with two rounds of group matches to play. Next up is Kiladangan in Cloughjordan on Wednesday 8th August at 7.00pm

Under 16: The under 16’s played Kilruane MacDonaghs last Monday in their third game of the championship and won 2-22 to 5-5. Next Monday, 13th August they play Ballina in Moatfield at 7.00pm.

Under 14: Lorrha won their final group game in the ‘B’ hurling championship against Burgess in Moatfield on Tuesday 4-9 to 4-6 which puts them straight into the semi-final against Newport.

Under 12: Best of luck to the players and mentors of the Under 12 hurlers who play in the clubs first ever North ‘A’ final at under 12 when they take on Borris-Ileigh in Dolla this Sunday 12th August at 6.30pm.

Under 6 & 8: The U6 & 8’s played three matches against Shannon Rovers last Thursday in Moatfield. The kids are improving week by week. Thanks to Shannon Rovers for coming across.

Tipperary: Well done to Donnacha O’Meara who was part of the Tipperary Under 14 football panel in the Jim Power Tournament recently. In their semi-final against South Kerry, they were defeated 1-7 to 1-4 which put them into a Shield final against host Waterford where Tipperary won 2-12 to 1-10 with Donnacha scoring 1-4.

Best of luck to the Tipperary Under 21 Hurlers in the All Ireland semi-final against Galway this evening (Wednesday).

The club would like to thank selector John Madden and the Tipperary senior hurling management team who stepped down last week. 2016 won’t be forgotten.

Lorrha Parish Golf Outing: takes place this Saturday, 11th August in Portumna Golf Club. Tee times from 1.10pm. This years captain is Donal Brady. Call Tony Coen on 087 621 9639 or Donie Brady on 087 222 5516 for timesheet.

Lotto: The jackpot is €5,700 with a Match 3 pot of €120. You can play online at www.locallotto.ie.

Social Dancing: in the GAA Centre on Friday to the music of Tom Healy. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.

The 11th Portumna Shorelines Arts Festival
With lots to savour, this year’s Shorelines offers a feast of literary, drama, spoken word, art, music, street events, audio and film. We have collaborated with HearSay Festival, Portumna Pen Pushers & Camera Club as well as a group of local photographers and schools, so watch out for the unfolding Art Trail and surprises popping up around the town.Bookings and tickets for all events now available:
• at the Festival Box Office (hours listed below)
•  by phone: 087 389 3745
• online at www.shorelinesartsfestival.com
• at the door at events if still available (NB: most venues have limited seating)FESTIVAL BOX OFFICE    
The Hub, St Brendan’s Street, Portumna.
Tel: 087 389 3745
E: info@shorelinesartsfestival.com
W: www.shorelinesartsfestival.com
Aug 8th-Sept 7th: 10.30am-2.30pm Wed-Fri.
Sept 10th-15th: 10.30am-2.30pm daily.

A big thank you to our sponsors and friends for continued financial support. A special thanks to the Arts Council, Galway Co. Council, Creative Ireland and Waterways.
We also thank the ever-growing band of volunteers and helpers, the venue suppliers and operators and, of course, our ever diligent and dedicated committee

Minister Launches  € 2.75 million fodder  production incentive for Tillage farmers.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D. has launched an incentive measure for tillage farmers to produce additional feed this Autumn through a financial commitment of up to €2.75 million. The Minister launched the scheme having secured the agreement of the Minister for Finance & Public, Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe T.D.

Referring to the launch Minister Creed said; ‘I am acutely aware of the need to prepare for the winter ahead. I have been actively engaged with the Fodder Group and through their work, maximising production of home grown fodder is a collective priority this autumn. Through this incentive, I am encouraging tillage growers to actively engage in the fodder market’.

This measure will provide an incentive of €155 per hectare for tillage growers who grow a temporary crop of short rotation grasses for fodder production over the winter months and €100 per hectare for those growing catch crops such as fodder rape, turnips etc. Currently over 23,000 hectares of catch crops are supported under the Agri-Environment Scheme, GLAS. This additional funding commitment aims to incentivise a doubling of this area.

‘This year has been a challenging year for both Livestock and Tillage farmers. This measure will support Tillage farmers to supply into what is a strong market for fodder’, added Minister Creed. This initiative has been developed following recent meetings with the industry and will also provide a significant additional fodder supply for the livestock sector.

Welcoming the announcement, Mary Newman Julian said; ‘I am delighted with this step in the right direction to help alleviate the anticipated fodder shortage this coming winter and support for farmers in this challenging year. This measure is focused on supporting tillage farmers to maximise additional short-term fodder production’

The measure will not apply where land is being taken out of tillage production but encourages temporary production only of fodder by tillage growers. Farmers growing between 3 hectares and 50 hectares of additional temporary forage crops (additional to that already grown under GLAS) will be eligible.

The Minister also highlighted that in response to the very challenging spring for tillage growers, he had secured a temporary flexibility in the ‘three crop rule’ this spring for arable farmers and following direct contact with the Commission, has secured higher advance payments under Basic Payments and GLAS scheme supports. Additionally, GLAS farmers will be allowed sow Italian Ryegrass as part of their GLAS commitment and avail of earlier use of the crop. These measures are particularly important for the arable sector.