Lorrha Notes

Capt. Steve Muir organised to have Martin O’Meara’s medals taken to his grave site for some photographs. They had the Commanding Officer of the 16th Battalion, The Royal Western Australia Regiment (LTCOL Leigh Partridge) and the Regimental Sergeant Major (WO1 Richard Bushnell) there for the occasion, and they brought the Battalion’s Colours with them as well.


Sympathy is extended to Geraldine O’Meara, Carrigahorig on the death of her aunt Vera Burke, Portumna on Friday 28th October at Portumna Retirement Village. Vera was a beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, and was predeceased by her husband Dan, their son Tomás, grandson Des and nephew Joe, siblings John, Annie, Josie, Maureen and Leo. She will be sadly missed by her sons and daughters Maria, Theresa, Donal, Joan and Edmund, daughters in law Emma and Ana Maria, son in law Sean D, all her grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives and friends.
After funeral Mass on Monday last 31st. in St. Brigid’s Church, Portumna, burial took place in Calvary Cemetery, Portumna. May she rest in peace.

Six Week Programme.

Silver Arch Family Resource Centre are offering a Healthy Food Made Easy, 6 week programme for anyone interested in improving knowledge of nutrition, getting tips & ideas on preparing healthier meals , starting Mon 7th Nov in the Silver Arch Family Resource Centre Borrisokane from 2:30pm to 5pm.  Booking is essential, call 067-31800.

Result of Halloween Draw.

Rathcabbin Development Association Tidy Towns held the draw for the Halloween raffle last week-end and the winners are, 1st prize Maura Morris, hotel stay in Dublin, 2nd. Olivia Clancy – hamper, 3rd. Joe Kennedy – mystery vouchers, 4th. PJ Nevin – firewood. The committee wish to thank everyone who supported the draw, sold tickets and bought tickets and congratulations to all the winners. They also wish to thank their sponsors, Aloft Hotel, Hair by Pamela, Hassetts Crinkle, Make Mosaic, Tearaways Clonmona, Tom Lewis and all who donated for the hamper. Thanks also to Kellys shop Rathcabbin for displaying the hamper and for selling tickets for the committee.

Online Quiz.

Mary’s Meals – Calling all Quizzers! Mary’s Meals Monthly Online Quiz – Held the last Friday of every month at 8pm. €5 to enter – which provides 55 school meals. To take part, go to bit.ly/QuizforMM or contact Martin Colfer at 087 2596159.

Cian takes off up the sideline and his feet rarely touched the ground.    Pic: Rose Mannion.

Recent Wedding.

Congratulations and many good wishes is extended to Eilish Young, daughter of Robert and Mary, Lorrha and Eamon Keegan, Dublin, who were married in St. Ruadhan’s Church, Lorrha on October 1st. The happy couple celebrated the occasion with their families and friends and a great time was had by all. We wish Eilish and Eamon the best of luck in the years ahead as they settle down to married life in Saggart, Co. Dublin.

Well Done.

Congratulations and well done to the Intermediate hurling team and management on their great win over Moneygall in the final on Sunday last on a score line of Lorrha 4.15 to 3.12. The lads take a step up to Premier Intermediate next season as they set their sights on returning to senior status. Well done also to our neighbors Kilruane on their win over Kildangan in the Dan Breen final, their first win in 37 years. Well done to both clubs.

Getting to know each other early in the game!      Pic: Rose Mannion

Rags Golf

Rags golf AGM will take place on Friday November 11th At the Ferry Inn. This is an opportunity to discuss the future of the society which has been going for the past twenty years. Our Christmas charity outing has been booked for Portumna golf club on Wednesday 28th December. Proceeds to go to local charities. Congratulations to Lorrha team and management who gave us a great day out in Thurles last Sunday by capturing the county intermediate title.

Alan O’Meara in possession                                       Pic: Rose Mannion

Offaly Hospice Fundraiser.

Tickets are now on sale for the Patrick Feeney concert which will take place in Birr Church on Friday 9th December. This would make an ideal Christmas night out so do please tell your friends and work mates.  €25 Please don’t miss it as it promises to be a great night out too. All proceeds go to Offaly Hospice and St .Brendans Church. Tickets costing €25 can be had from Ann Delahunt Smith Rathcabbin on 087 9625218.

Church News.
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.

David Fogarty fends off the challenge      Pic: Rose Mannion

GAA News

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €13,500. The numbers drawn on 31 October were: 13-20-28-31.

No Match 3. Lucky Dips: Mary Brazil, Peggy Brereton, Margaret Coughlan, Mark Kennedy. Promoters: Willie Fogarty, Liam Reddish, Mulrooneys Gala. Next Monday’s jackpot is €13,600 with Team 4 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Another Fogarty this time Colm has his jersey pulled        Pic: Rose Mannion

Intermediate: Well done to the players and management on their county final win over Moneygall in Thurles on Sunday. It was the club’s first time to win an adult county final in Semple Stadium and, having been relegated last year, it was great to bounce straight back up to Premier Intermediate. Thanks to all supporters, to everyone who put out bunting and flags during the week and to all those who helped the team in some way during the year. It is greatly appreciated.

Thanks also to Denis & Lil Maher in the Friars Tavern for their hospitality on Sunday night.

Under 21: Best of luck to the under 21’s who, joined with Shannon Rovers Gaels, begin their North ‘B’ Championship campaign away to Silvermines in Dolla at 12 noon on Sunday.

Social Dancing: Continues this Friday night at 9.30pm in the Tony Reddin Centre to the music of Brian McDermott.

And Colm gets his point                        Pic: Rose Mannion

MIC Thurles expands its subject provision with the introduction of Home Economics
Find out more at the MIC Thurles Open Day

The MIC Thurles Open Day on Saturday 12 November (10am -2pm), is an event not to be missed by aspiring post-primary school teachers. The event will introduce prospective applicants to the campus’s existing subject combinations in Business Studies, Accounting, Religious Studies, Gaeilge, Mathematics and the newest addition to MIC Thurles’ provision – Home Economics.

Speaking about this exciting new development Dr Finn Ó Murchú, Head of School of Education at MIC Thurles said: “We are delighted to be able to officially announce the launch of the BA in Education, Home Economics and Business Studies (MI015). This four-year, full-time, undergraduate concurrent teacher education degree, commencing in September 2023, is a significant addition to our existing suite of Level 8 degrees and is an exciting development for MIC Thurles and the broader educational community.”

Dr Ó Murchú adds: “This new provision is supported by Tipperary Education and Training Board (ETB) and their culinary resources at their nearby Archerstown Training Centre and, it has been agreed with the Department of Education that a number of places will be reserved for mature and further education applicants. At this point I wish to thank all who have made this possible, including President of MIC, Professor Eugene Wall; the MIC Executive & Senior Management teams; CEO of Tipperary ETB, Bernadette Cullen; and our local representatives, in particular Mr Jackie Cahill TD. This development offers an exciting range of opportunities for the College to grow and develop in the coming years, all of which could not have been imagined, never mind realised, but for the quality of work all staff and students have undertaken in more recent years in schools and on campus. Our growing reputation as a key provider in post-primary teacher education was, and remains, a key factor in this latest development.”

The BA in Education, Home Economics and Business Studies will provide students with an education in the most current methodologies and technologies available to enhance the teaching of their subject areas at post-primary level. The degree programme includes four years of modules in Home Economics and Business Studies. These are taken concurrently with education modules, which include theoretical, pedagogical and professional studies along with a number of school placement experiences.

As part of their development as research-active teachers, students undertake studies in research and research methods. They will also engage in a range of activities associated with wellbeing including social, personal and health education.

Opportunities to travel to, for example, the USA and Japan for short-stay school placements are available in Year 3 and Semester 6 offers opportunities to study abroad, including Australia and a range of other locations.

According to Dr Ó Murchú: “Graduates of this programme will acquire and exhibit some unique competences when qualified including critical and analytical thinking, problem-solving, reflection and self-evaluation skills, the ability to integrate and apply knowledge, skills, attitudes and values in complex and unpredictable educational settings, and strong interpersonal skills and a readiness to be leaders and innovators of curriculum change. While the programme prepares graduates for their roles in all areas of professional life in education other career opportunities will also be open to them in areas as diverse as agri-business, educational management, entrepreneurship, food and fashion industry, retail management and mentoring, and training and development.”

This new programme announcement means MIC Thurles now boasts seven degrees that have an education and school placement component.  MIC Thurles’ concurrent teacher education programmes are structured so that the education component is included in each year and the graduate is qualified to teach to honours Leaving Certificate level after completion of their degree. There is no requirement to complete a post graduate Masters in Education. This not only means graduates are qualified in four years, as opposed to six, but there is also the attendant cost savings. Considerable cost benefits are also enjoyed by those who choose to study in Thurles in terms of relative living costs.

In relation to the MIC Thurles Open Day Dr Ó Murchú explains that: “Attending the Open Day will provide students, and their parents, with a great opportunity to get a feel for the warm close-knit learning community that is MIC Thurles. Those who come along will also be able to sit-in on programme talks, tour the campus and experience what college life is all about. In addition, attendees can find out about the range of accommodation options, student academic and well-being supports, and the linkages to MIC Limerick.”

Current student, Shane Walsh (Year 3 BA in Education, Business Studies and Religious Studies) comments: “What I like about MIC Thurles is everyone walks around here with their head up. You are known by your name not a number, and if you are out you are missed- not always a good thing but when you think about it, it actually is a good thing. Because you are missed it means you belong here and you are not invisible to fellow students or lecturers. The sense of team helps you to stay focused with your studies and involve yourself in activities and helping others.  When we finish the reputation of this College means there is work for us as teachers and that is important too.”

Please note: The BA in Education, Home Economics and Business Studies is subject to Teaching Council Accreditation. The process, leading to the programme’s accreditation, will be undertaken in the Spring of 2023 when all MIC education programmes come under scheduled review by the Teaching Council in light of the new Standards in Initial Teacher Education (CÉIM).

Register now for the MIC Thurles Open Day at https://www.micopenday.ie/open-days-2022

Full details at mic.ie/CAO 

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