Mary O’Meara, Redwood, Lorrha is pictured here in April 2016 after she was presented with the Benemerenti Medal and framed Scroll by Lorrha P.P. Fr. Pat Mulcahy, for her dedication as Sacristan for 50 years in the church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Redwood . At that time, Mary recalled taking up the duty from her mother all those years earlier. Mary who passed away on Monday October 3rd was in her 96th year. May she rest in Peace. Photo: Rose Mannion.
Late Mary O’Meara.
The peaceful death took place after a short illness bravely borne and in the presence of her family, on Monday October 3rd. of Mary O’Meara, Redwood, Lorrha.
Nee Gardiner, Mary was born and raised in Redwood and spent all of her long life there. She loved people calling to her house for a chat over a cuppa and she had many visitors through the years. She worked hard, especially after the untimely death of her husband John Joe on 21st December 1984. Mary who took ill in July celebrated her 95th birthday in hospital and was delighted to have reached such a milestone. In April 2016, she was presented with a Benemerenti Medal and framed Scroll by the then Lorrha P.P. Fr. Pat Mulcahy, for her dedication as Sacristan for 50 years in the church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Redwood and at that time, Mary recalled taking up the duty from her mother all those years earlier.
The Benemerenti Medal is the highest honour awarded by the Pope to lay persons in recognition of their long and exceptional service to the church. The medal which was blessed by Pope Francis was then forwarded to the parish through the Papal Nuncio. The Medal was inscribed with the word “Benemerenti”, derived from the Latin, meaning ‘to a well deserved person’.
Mary will be sadly missed from the parish, but in particular by her family, son Val, daughter in law Anne, grandchildren Sean, Megan, Kate, Alan and Sean’s partner Danielle, nephews PJ and Hubert Glynn, niece Marie Regan, relatives neighbours and many friends to whom we offer our sympathy. She was predeceased by her husband John Joe, sister Sally and brother in law Pakie.
After funeral Mass in the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Redwood on Wednesday 5th. burial took place in St. Ruadhan’s Church Cemetery, Lorrha. May she rest in peace.
Two Semi-Finals Await Lorrha Hurling Teams.
Well done to the Intermediate hurling squad and management who secured a hard-fought victory over neighbours Borrisokane in the quarter-finals of the County Championship on Saturday afternoon in Nenagh in a tense game that went to extra time. Lorrha prevailed by the narrowest of margins 1.23 to 0.25. We wish them the best of luck in the semi-final.
We also congratulate the Junior B squad and management who had a great win over Clerihan on Sunday in their County Quarter final. Final score Lorrha 1.23 – Clerihan 0.3. We wish them all the best in the semi-final.
Niall McIntyre out in front with captain Michael Dolan coming up the rear Photos Rose Mannion
Former Kerry All Ireland winning footballer Kieran Donaghy will visit Rathcabbin N.S. on Thursday October 13th. at 12.30pm. Kieran works with PST, the company responsible for the schools astro turf pitch and is kindly coming to officially cut the ribbon and open the pitch. Refreshments will be server afterwards, and everyone, parents, families, members of the community and GAA club etc. are all welcome to attend.
Rathcabbin NS 75 Years
Rathcabbin National School plans to mark its 75th year with a celebration. We will celebrate on Sunday October 16th, after Mass/1pm at the school. It will be exactly 75 years since the first classes were taught in the building in October 1947.
The school was hoped to be ready in 1946, but in autumn 47, after some delay in construction in a very different- post World War 2 Ireland, the school community began a new era. We invite all pupils, families, past pupils and their families, friends and everyone that knows the school to come and enjoy the day. There will be some guests, some entertainment and refreshments at the school, and a chance to meet old friends and neighbours. There will be more information so keep an eye out for updates. If you have any queries, information to contribute or connections to the school in the past etc, feel free to text 0864140102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. In the mean-time, please spread the word and keep the date in mind. Thank you.
Community Engagement Event
Society at large is faced with a number of concurrent challenges such as loss of Biodiversity, decreasing Water Quality, extremes in weather patterns, costly Fossil Fuels, lack of food security and public health issues. The best strategy for local communities to deal with these issues is to build on community development and form collaborations with both funding organisations and policy makers.
Within the Environment and Energy Pillar of the Rural Development Programme, North Tipperary Rural Development Company supports projects generated by community groups, social enterprise or private enterprise under the Rural Environmental Themes of Water, Biodiversity and Renewable Energy. The NTDC Project Worker Sean O’ Farrell will engage with the people of Lorrha and Dorrha in a conversation on Project Development and what the expected Funding streams will be under the new Rural Development programme due to commence in 2023.
A meeting to facilitate this conversation will take place in the Community Hall, Lorrha on Wednesday, 19th October at 7.30pm. Your attendance and participation will be very welcome.
Date for your Diary.
A fundraising poker classic will be held in Hannigans of Kilbarron on 23rd. October at 6pm. All proceeds to the North Tipp Ploughing committee. If interested, talk to Joe Slattery.
Rathcabbin Tidy Towns are holding a Halloween raffle with some lovely prizes on offer. Tickets will be sold during the month of October with the raffle taking place on Sunday 30th. 1st prize will be an overnight with breakfast at the Aloft Hotel, Dublin. 2nd prize Large Luxury Hamper which can be viewed in Kellys shop, 3rd prize is a mystery voucher to the value of €200 and the 4th prize is a 8 x 4 car trailer load of firewood worth €140. Tickets costing €5 each can be purchased from the committee/volunteers, in Kelly’s shop or on line at I donate.ie. https://www.idonate.ie/raffle/RathcabbinTidyTownsHalloweenRaffle. All money raised will be used for further projects around the village. Your support will be welcome and appreciated by the committee.
2023 Parish Calendar.
Lorrha Development are looking for your help. Have you photographs you would like to share in the 2023 parish calendar? If so call Anne Marie Hough on 087 966 6249 or Barbara Tierney on 087 440 2496.
Mission Sunday is Sun 23rd Oct and the tradition for a number of years now are to observe the month as Mission Month. The theme is “You shall be my witnesses” Pope Francis. Here is a link to a short video analysis of mission Sunday, produced locally. https://youtu.be/iVegzDGMzQc .
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.
Church Bookings: Can anyone wishing to book anniversary masses, christenings, weddings etc, please contact the church sacristans, Agnes Slevin in Lorrha, and Mary Cleary in Rathcabbin.
Marriage Enrichment Weekend.
The Marriage Enrichment weekend will take place this year on Friday 4th to Sunday 6th Nov 2022 in the International Hotel, Cork Airport. For more info / book, visit www.marriageencounter.ie
There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €13,200. The numbers drawn on 10 October were: 4-8-9-31. No Match 3. 4 Lucky Dips: John Douglas, John Maher, Richard O’Riordan, Geraldine & Cally. Promoters: Martin Hough, Sean Mannion, Kevin Molloy. Next Monday’s jackpot is €13,300 with Team 1 in charge in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.
Intermediate: Well done to our intermediates who, after a hard-fought quarter final battle with Borrisokane in Nenagh on Saturday, came out on top 1-23 to 0-25, after extra time, and have qualified for the county semi-final against Drom & Inch which takes place on Saturday 22nd October in Toomevara at 1.00pm
Junior Hurling: Well done also to our Junior Bs who defeated Clerihan 1-13 to 0-3 in the county quarter final in Templetuohy on Sunday. The semi-final against Thurles Sarsfields takes place on Sunday 23rd October in Moneygall at 12.30pm
Social Dancing: Continues next Friday at 9.30pm the Tony Reddin Centre to the music of Michelle Murphy.