Niall McIntyre in action against Ballina recently.
We extend the best of luck to all our young people from the parish who sit their Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations commencing this Wednesday June 8th. This is the first Junior Cert exam since 2019 and students have been affected by school closures since the Covid 19 Pandemic hit. It’s a big time in their young lives, in particular the Leaving Cert students, so do keep them in your thoughts and prayers over the coming weeks.
The Lorrha Junior ‘B’ girls and management will celebrate their 2021 championship success on Saturday night coming 11th when the girls will be presented with their medals. It’s still not too late to get your ticket for this night of celebrations which will take place in Dooley’s Hotel. Throw in is at 7pm with meal served at 7.30pm. Music by Project 37 followed by DJ. Tickets are available from committee members so get your dancing shoes on for what will be a celebratory night for the parish.
Hard luck to Clodagh McIntyre and the Tipp team who lost to Waterford in the third round of the championship.
Rathcabbin School Parent’s Association is holding a 5km walk on Sun 12th June to raise funds for our National School! There is also a bake sale in the school on the day which showcases all the parents baking talents! The walk will commence after Mass from the school. All are very welcome to attend and take part on the day and there will be refreshments and a bake sale before the walk in the National School. There will also be a “brown bread” making competition & we invite entries from anyone interested and this will be judged by local Judges! Please contact Clare on 0871364936 if you have any queries.
Open to the Public.
Redwood Castle, Lorrha will be open to the public on Wednesday 15th June from 2.30pm to 6.30pm.
Come along and view one of the oldest castles in Ireland, still owned by its original clan, the MacEgans. Michael Egan from Castlebar, restored the entire castle to its former glory and used it for a second family home. Now owned and run by his daughter, Coleesa, the castle opens to the public during summer months as a sight of historic interest.
Education Minister to Visit Parish.
Minister for Education Norma Foley will officially open the new extension to Redwood School. She will be joined by Bishop Fintan Monahan and other dignitaries on Thurs 16th June at 2.30pm. There will be lots of entertainment with tea & refreshments afterwards. There will also be Mass on Sat 18th June at 6.30pm in Redwood church to bless the school. We would like to invite everyone to come along and join us on both days to celebrate this significant occasion in the school’s history.
Childrens Art Project.
Portumna Library is hosting a children’s art project by the students of Ute Duggan “Bramble Art”. All are welcome. 28 students were involved in the ‘ bird art’ project which is well worth viewing.
Commiserations to Clodagh McIntyre and the Tipperary Senior camogie team who lost to Waterford 0.13 to 1.16 in round 3 of the Senior Championship on Sunday last. Tipp have had two draws so far, Clare and Dublin, but needed this win to progress, but hopes were shattered when one of their finest and hugely dedicated players, Mary Ryan, picked up a second yellow card early in the second half. The team have two weeks to regroup before their next outing against Wexford but they now face an uphill struggle to qualify out of their group in this year’s championship.
Advance Fee Scam.
Gardai are asking the public to be aware of an Advance Fee Scam which is doing the rounds at present. In recent weeks it has been reported that people lost sizable sums of money because they thought they were dealing with legitimate loan and mortgage websites. Advance fee fraud requires individuals to pay a fee before receiving a promised sum of money which is never paid. Gardaí say they have noticed an increase in this practice recently with a number of websites offering quick, easy, unsecured loans. The victim is required to fill in a short application that looks for their details. Once these details have been submitted a follow up phone call is received from what appears to be an Irish number. The victim is informed via the telephone call that their loan has been approved but they are required to make a payment in advance of the loan being paid into their account. Reasons for fees can vary but can include, Insurance fees, Set up fees, First instalment in advance.
Gardai are advising the public to, never apply for a loan from an entity that is not authorised by the Central Bank – do your checks in advance of any agreement and before sending any money.
Always check the official Central Bank website to see if the firm is authorised by the Central Bank. The register of authorised firms can be accessed at http://registers.centralbank.ie/. Never allow your account to be used by another to move money or to hold money for any period (long or short) as this enables Fraudsters to complete their crimes, and deprives innocent Victims of their hard earned cash. Unfortunately there are no cheap easy loans available in the market and if the offer “sounds too good to be true, it almost certainly is too good to be true.”. Always report the matter to your local Garda station. Stop and think before engaging.
Never give away personal data to people you don’t know. Always be fraud aware, particularly when you receive an unsolicited phone call, email, text or other communication that leads to a request for personal or banking information. Never click on a link in an email, text or other message unless you know the source
Mass times in our parish are as follows. Monday Mornings at 9.30am in Lorrha Church (except Bank Holidays). Every Saturday evening at 6.30pm in Lorrha Church. Every Sunday morning at 11.30am in Rathcabbin Church.
World Elder Abuse Day: Wed.15th June. If you have a concern for yourself or another person contact HSE Safeguarding Team firstname.lastname@example.org 067 46470
Please note that collection buckets are available in Sceal shop, Friars Tavern, Pat Hough’s, Kellys Rathcabbin, Ferry Inn and Mulrooney’s Ferry Service Station for anyone wishing to make a contribution to the homecoming of the Lorrha Martin O’Meara VC. The committee also have a Go Fund Me page which is in operation at https://www.gofundme.com/f/homecoming-of-martin-omearas-vc or by typing in Homecoming of Martin O’Meara’s VC Go Fund Me Page, to raise the necessary funds required to bring Martin O’Meara’s VC to Lorrha for the first time in 105 years. Your support is much appreciated. You can follow us on www.lorrhadorrha.ie or on facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/403195614992761.
Lorrha Cemetery Committee.
The annual Lorrha Cemetery Mass will be held on Saturday evening June 25th at 6.30pm, weather permitting. There will be a maintenance collection on the evening and we are very grateful for the continued support.
Busy Bodies Summer Camp 2022 takes place in Killeen National School, with week 1 commencing 4th July, & week 2 from 12th July. Activities include sports, swimming, cooking, music, arts and much more. Ages 3 to 10 years. Time from 9.30am to 3pm with the school opening at 8am. Bring a lunch. Phone Ann on 087 9625218 for more info & booking details.
Portumna Day Care Centre are looking for a part time cook plus kitchen assistant. If you are interested do apply with your CV to Portumna Day Care Service, Castle Avenue or by email to email@example.com or you can give them a call on (087) 430 2540.
There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €11,400. The numbers drawn on 6 June were: 13-19-25-32. 1 Match 3: Mary Flynn wins €100. Promoters: Kathleen Gleeson, Martin Hough, Madeleine Maher. Next Monday’s jackpot is €11,500 with Team 7 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.
Social dancing: Continues this Friday at 9.30 to the music of Andy Feery.
Junior B hurling: Well done to the Junior Bs who defeated Kiladangan at the weekend. They will now play Silvermines in the North League semi-final this weekend, fixture tbc.
Lotto: Our club lotto is now being streamed live on our Facebook page, every Monday night at 9.00. You can play lotto online.
Just under half of Tipperary businesses believe they may go cashless over the next decade with Irish consumers one of the savviest in their uptake of cashless payments
BOI Payment Acceptance (BOIPA), a leading provider of payment technology integrations and acquiring solutions, recent global survey assessed people’s attitude and behaviours towards different payment methods. On average, the survey found Ireland to be a more cashless society compared to 13 other countries participating in the survey. BOIPA’s annual SME Insight survey also found that businesses are split on the possibility of going fully cashless in the next ten years.
- Irish businesses divided on whether they will become cashless in the next decade with Dublin (55%) and Galway (51%) businesses ahead of the trend and Donegal businesses an outlier (36%) to the national average of 47%. Exactly half of businesses in Wicklow believe it is a real possibility.
- Tipperary, along with Kildare, Waterford, and Carlow (48%) scored above the national average.
- Irish shoppers are more likely to choose electronic methods of payment with 63% of shoppers preferring to use cashless payments when shopping in-store, higher than other countries surveyed.
- The popularity of paying through wearable devices continues to rise with almost two thirds of Irish people surveyed having used mobile wallets to make in-store payments.
- Irish people perceive businesses where cashless payments are available as more modern and customer-centric.
- Irish people are using internet and mobile banking more than people in other countries.
- “The technological advancements within Irish banking and financial services has been matched by merchant and consumer appetite for digital payment solutions that make day-to-day transactions simpler and more convenient,” reflected BOIPA managing director Conor Quirke.
Irish businesses divided on going cashless with Tipperary business just above the national average in their belief that they may transition to being fully cashless.
The general increase in cashless payments over cash transactions is viewed positively by almost two thirds of businesses nationally. This has left Irish businesses finely split over whether they expect to become fully cashless in the next ten years, with 47% believing this is now a distinct possibility. Tipperary, along with Kildare, Waterford, and Carlow (48%) scored above the national average. The counties most confident of this transition are Galway (51%) and Dublin (55%). Laois and Limerick (49%) are just below Wicklow where half of businesses felt they might transition away from cash fully at some point over the next ten years.
At the other end of the scale, Donegal businesses were the least optimistic with only 36% believing it to be possibility. Similarly, just over 40% of businesses in Kerry, Cavan and Louth also felt that they could go cashless in the next ten years.
Irish consumers lead the charge as adopters of cashless payment alternatives
While recent data has demonstrated that accelerated payment habits during the Covid-19 pandemic have stuck, we now see how Ireland has progressed to being a leading adopter of cash alternatives compared to other counties. Cashless payments are the preferred method of payment for shopping offline across all countries surveyed at 55%. However, the preference in Ireland is higher at 63%.
Irish consumers are more inclined to pay by card, digital wallet or online across a range of situations including grocery shopping, eating out, at the fuel pump, at public institutions and for entertainment.
The availability of card and contactless facilities also impact consumers perception of businesses with people living in Ireland perceiving businesses with card and/or online payment options as being more modern (82%) and customer-centric (74%).
Only 3% of people surveyed do not use card or digital payments in any situation. This is half the average across the other countries surveyed (6%).
Rise of digital wallet usage
The popularity of digital wallets and wearable devices to make payments continues to rise with Irish consumers. 65% of people surveyed now use mobile wallets with 38% of those using this method of payment several times a day. 67% are using virtual wallets for online spend with 24% using this option several times a day.
A further 15% of participants who do not yet use virtual or mobile wallets claimed that they intend to use them in the near future.
Mobile and Internet Banking most popular in Ireland
The survey also shows Irish people’s uptake of digital payments also translates into higher digital engagement with banking services with mobile and internet banking more popular in Ireland. Almost 74% of bank customers use mobile banking 2-3 times a month with 27% using it once a day.
“While the high number of people preferring digital alternatives over cash comes as no surprise, this survey offers rich insights into where Ireland fits against other markets in being a leading adopter of innovative payment options. The technological advancements within Irish banking and financial services has been matched by merchant and consumer appetite for payment solutions that make day-to-day transactions simpler and more convenient,” reflected BOIPA managing director Conor Quirke.