Lorrha Notes

Annual Spring Clean up around Lorrha village tomorrow evening Wednesday 20th.  Meet outside the hall at 6.30p.m. or if this time does not suit come along at whatever time does. Bags & gloves provided. We encourage as many as possible to be there. Many hands make light work over a few hours.

Lorrha Development Association have installed a public notice board in the village.  The committee wish to extend thanks to North Tipp. Co. Council for erecting the board. Pictured above is Tom Gleeson (Co. Council) Michael Hough (Lorrha Development) Meelie Houlihan (Co. Council) Harry Houlihan (Lorrha Development).

Church News.

Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha Church on Wednesday April 13th. at 8.00p.m. Please note that while there are a number of parishioners involved in prayers in St. Kieran’s nursing home Rathcabbin on Saturday mornings there is room for more people to get involved. If interested please contact Fr. Pat at (087) 6329913 or (090) 9747009.


Sympathy is extended to the Mary Lane and family Lordspark Rathcabbin on the death of her mother Maureen Ryan Killeen Birr and sister to Pat Hoctor Curraghduff Rathcabbin. After funeral Mass in St. Brendan’s Church Birr on Saturday April 8th. burial took place in Clonoghill Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

CD Launch Reminder.

A reminder that the highly acclaimed female vocal ensemble “Virtuoso” will release their much anticipated debut album “Enchanted” in the Marian Hall Birr on Saturday night 16th. April at 8p.m. The girls who have received much recognition locally and beyond for their beautiful musical contributions to weddings concerts religious services and various other events are most noted for their unique ability to blend their voices in seamless harmony to create a distinctive angelic sound.
Members of the group hail from Rathcabbin Birr Shinrone Roscrea and Cloghan. Most of the choir have been singing together in various forms since childhood which is a contributing factor to both their vocal compatibility and also the special bond which the girls share with each other.
The album “Enchanted” features a mix of musical styles which shows off the choir’s versatility and includes songs such as “All I Want is You” “Siúil a Rúin” “Ave Verum Corpus” and “Danny Boy” and was recorded in Bourney church Roscrea last August.
The main launch will take place in the Marian Hall Birr on the 16th of April at 8pm.with a full concert and cheese and wine reception. This will be preceded on the 15th of April by a pre-launch concert in Ballinasloe Church of Ireland and there will also be a launch in Roscrea Church of Ireland on April 28th both also at 8pm. Tickets for all of these events are priced at €10 (concessions €6) and can be purchased on the door or else be booked in advance from 086-3999540. The album will be available in local shops at a cost of €12 but it will be available at any of the three launch nights for the reduced cost of €10. More details can be found by visiting www.virtuoso.ie

Art Exhibition Reminder.

Portumna library is hosting a children’s art exhibition of creations by the students of Ute Duggan "Bramble Art" from 13th – 22nd April. All welcome.

A.G.M. Reminder.

The Annual General Meeting of St. Ruadhan’s Community Hall will take place on Thursday night April 14th. at 8.30p.m. in the hall. All are welcome to attend.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association.

The Annual General Meeting of St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association will be held on Wednesday 27th April 2011 at 2.30pm in St. Ruadhan’s Community Hall Lorrha. It would be appreciated if as many members as possible attended. Some members have held various committee roles since the Association was formed and have worked extremely hard and now deserve a break. Nomination forms for the committee will be sent out over the next week.
We are also doing a spot of fundraising for the group and would appreciate your support. Our members are currently selling lines at €2. per line. The draw will take place after the AGM on the 27th April. The prizes include a hamper meal voucher a supermarket voucher bottle of brandy and a bottle of whiskey.

Anne Patterson Memorial Dance.

A dance will be held in the Town Hall Portumna on Friday 29th April from 9.00pm to 12.00pm in memory of Anne Patterson from Portumna who always enjoyed her social outings. Music by Pat & Richie. Refreshments will be served. Admission €10.00. All proceeds to Galway Hospice.

Good Luck Wishes.

The best of luck is extended to Kilbarron Players with their production of Robin Hawdon comedy “Perfect Wedding” which goes on stage in Kilbarron Hall from this Friday night April 15th. to Sunday night 17th. Doors open at 8.00p.m.

Circuit Classes.

New U resolution fitness group classes will commence in Lorrha Hall on Thursday April 21st. from 7.30 – 8.30p.m. Six weekly sessions. For further details contact Sean on (086) 0522157.

Annual Spring Clean.

The annual Ferry and Portland Spring clean will take place on Saturday April 16th. Meet at the Ferry Inn at 11.00p.m. Bags and gloves will be provided and all are welcome. Light refreshments will be served afterwards in the Ferry Inn.

Closure Of Bogs To Go Ahead.

It now seems likely that despite promises to reverse the decision made by the previous Government to close 32 special areas of Conservation which will affect those who cut turf to heat their houses the present Government elected a Peatland’s Council last Thursday April 7th. to deal with the closure of bogs around the Country. The aim of the Peatland Council is to look at developing codes of practice to managing how the European Directive is implemented. However it will not challenge the law banning cutting turf on 32 Special Areas of Conservation including bogs in Tipperary and Offaly. The Peatlands Council has been tasked with advising the Government on a number of key actions including how the law can be enforced in a humane way. Its Chairman is former Bord na Mona director Conor Skeehan who says getting agreement between all stakeholders involved with the ban on turf cutting will be a major challenge. Speaking in a press release last Friday he admits his remit is to ultimately examine how the law is enforced in a way that takes account of the realities facing those affected. However turf cutters are enraged over the continued enforcement of the ban and say the move will not be accepted nor will they co-operate with the new Independent body. The Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht Mr. Jimmy Deenihan T.D. said “It is clear to us that the decision of the last Government to bring an effective end to turf-cutting on 31 raised bog SACs from 2010 and on a further 24 SACs from the end of this year must be implemented” Following the decision to establish the Peatlands Council the Government will make further announcements in the coming days in relation to the compensation package which is being put in place. Is this the first U turn the new Government has made??

Tidy Towns.

The Annual Spring clean of litter around the village of Lorrha will take place on Wednesday April 20th. Meet outside the hall at 6.30p.m. Bags and gloves will be provided. We urge as many parishioners as possible to come out and give a hand over these few hours.

Get Well Wishes.

We extend Get Well wishes to our parish hero Patrick “Bonner” Maher who sustained a hand injury in the Tipp v Galway game recently. This injury means Bonner will be out of action both with Tipperary and with his club for a number of weeks. We all hope you will be back in action real soon Bonner…