Lorrha/Dorrha
 

Local News

The Lorrha Notes are compiled weekly by Rose Mannion who is the local correspondant for a number of regional papers. Contact Rose at (090) 9747079 or (086) 8647166 or by emailing roselmannion@yahoo.ie

Lorrha Notes

Late Gerry D’arcy.

Sympathy is extended to Gerry Hackett (Lorrha) on the death of his brother in law Gerry D’arcy which occurred in Brighton, England on Christmas Day after a long illness. Born and raised in Lorrha (where the statue of our Lady now stands), Gerry left the peaceful life of the village and crossed the pond for the bright lights when he was a young man. He was a regular visitor back home down through the years and he liked nothing better than to catch up with all his old friends over a drink in Pat Hough’s, or a sing song in Maher’s. Pre-deceased by his brothers Sean and Desmond and sisters Aileen (Hackett) and Maureen, he is survived by his wife Carol, son Kieran, daughters Karen and Tina, sons in-law, daughter in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, brothers Pat (England) and Michael (St. Joseph’s Retirement Home, Killimor), sisters in-law, brothers in-law, relatives, neighbours and friends to whom sympathy is offered. Burial took place in England on Wednesday last January 13th. May he rest in peace.

Sympathy.  

Sympathy is extended to Lorrha post man Bertie Nevin (Borrisokane) on the death of his brother Tommy which occurred in Milford Hospice on Sunday January 10th. Cremation in Shannon Crematorium followed funeral Mass in SS Peter & Paul’s Church Borrisokane on Wednesday 13th. May he rest in peace. Sympathy is also extended to the family and relatives of Esther Cleary, sister of the late Fr. Slattery who dies recently. May she rest in peace.

Late Thomas O’Meara.

The death occurred on Tuesday 12th January of Thomas O’Meara, The Lake, Lorrha. Predeceased by his brothers Michael, PJ and Liam, sisters Mary Ann and Bridget, Thomas is deeply missed by his loving brothers Sean (Rathcabbin) and Flann (Cork), sister Freda (Tierney, Birr), nephews and all his nieces especially Caroline his niece, dearly cherished by Thomas to whom sympathy is offered. After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha on Friday 15th. burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Dog Control.

Gardai are asking all dog owners to secure their dog and make sure they know where their dog is at all times after a number of sheep attacks in recent weeks and as the lambing season gets underway.

Don’t Forget.

Don’t forget to purchase your copy of the 2021 Lorrha parish calendar while it is still available. You can purchase the calendar in the shop in Lorrha village, Mulrooney’s at The Ferry, O’Meara’s Super Valu Portumna, Boathouse, Salmons, Heenan’s Borrisokane, Flynn’s of Carrigahorig, Buckley’s Super Valu, Birr. The calendar as usual is packed with photos from the past and the present and makes a lovely gift for anyone whether living at home or abroad.

Church News.

With Level 5 restrictions back in force, religious services move back on line. Both Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches will remain open for anyone wishing to pray privately. Weddings can have up  and six guests and funerals can have ten people.

Masses are available online as follows:

Live at Borrisokane mass times- 7pm Saturday and 10:30am Sunday- and a recording from Fr Michael from Terryglass. Please check the following links:  www.twitch.tv/borrisokaneparish.  www.killaloediocese.ie/parish/borrisokane/.   www.terryglass/kilbarron       https://bit.ly/3bhnxfj

Weekdays Masses on Webcam 10am.Tues, Thurs, Fri. from Borrisokane.

 Free Remote Tutoring.

Age Action’s getting started KIT programme provides free remote tutoring to older people to use the internet on their device. Please see the following link for further information or contact Age Action on 01-4756989 https://www.ageaction.ie/how-we-can-help/getting-started-kit.

Recruiting.

The Samaritans Ennis and Clare are currently recruiting new volunteers. Everybody is welcome to apply. For information please log on to volunteer.samaritans.org, text 085 176 3491 or email samaritansrecruitmentennis@gmail.com.

Anniversary Masses.

Anyone wishing to book an anniversary mass please contact the Parish Office on 090-9747009. Both Fr Tom and Fr Michael are happy to include anniversaries in their weekend masses, in Terryglass by audio on Saturday evenings and on webcam on Sunday mornings in Borrisokane.

Marriage Preparation During Covid:

Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112.

Support.

A Covid-19 support line is available for older people and is managed by ALONE, a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. You can also contact the Samaritans:  Ph: 116,123, Text  087 2609090, email jo@samaritans.ie . Pieta House: Ph 1800 247 247, text HELP to 51444. Aware: Ph. 1800 804 848, email supportmail@:aware.ie

Lending a Hand.

If anyone needs a helping hand during this latest Level 5 restrictions, Lorrha GAA club would like to offer their services whether it's to collect groceries, collect prescriptions etc. Ring Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Niall McIntyre (0857623158), David Fogarty (0872681134), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) all of whom will be happy to help.

Dark Days.

With Covid-19 still raging here in Ireland, we are witnessing dark days indeed. These are very frightening times for us all. 260 Covid related deaths were recorded last week over a six day period and that’s in the 26 counties, leaving a lot of families without a loved one.
This virus has absolutely no regard for age and now with three variant’s, UK, South African and Brazillian, popping up its ugly head and spreading aggressively through all adult age groups, no one is safe, not even those who have had Covid already.
The figures remain staggering and the hospitals are under huge pressure in order to cope, putting our front line workers under enormous pressure too and what a worrying time it is for them as they continue to give of their best in order to save lives.
Some doctors now believe that it could take up to a further twelve months of restrictions before the number of people vaccinated would be sufficient to protect the public, because we are in the middle of the main wave now. So do adhere to the public health guidelines and stay safe.

GAA News.

 Membership: Club membership for 2021 is now due. Membership rates are unchanged from last year. €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership); €20 – Juvenile (16 & under); €90 – Family (2 adults & 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children).

No player can play or train without having their membership paid.

Membership can be paid to registrar Louise Mannion (087659887) or on the website foireann.ie, Contact Maureen (0872426965) if you are having issues signing up.

Euro Millions: The club will be re-running the Euro Millions lotto fundraiser some time this year. There is €2300 in the kitty with our numbers having come up once so far. Members will be made aware when we are re-launching it later in the year.

Lotto: There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €12,300. The numbers drawn on 18 January were: 1-7-17-26. No Match 3. Lucky Dips: PJ Coughlan, Simon Dagg, Maureen Guinan, John Kennedy.

Promoters: Hubert Duggan, Noreen Houlihan, Eamonn Maher.

Next Monday's draw will be for a jackpot of €12,450 with a Match 3 pot of €140. Team 7 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

 The jackpot is at €12'450 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at clubforce.com. Lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the clubhouse, at Mulrooney's, Kelly's, or at the Scéal shop. If you need Lotto envelopes, contact chairman Joe Dolan (0879673124), Hubert Duggan (0872185995) or Kevin Molloy (0876738986).

Helping hand: Contact Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Tom Kennedy, (0879191689) , Louis McCormack (0868493595), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) if a helping hand is needed.

Sympathies: Sympathies to the O'Meara family on the death of Thomas.

Stay safe and support local: These are challenging times but there are brighter days ahead. Stay safe and support local business.


Lorrha Notes

Don’t forget to purchase your copy of the 2021 Lorrha parish calendar while it is still available. You can purchase the calendar in the shop in Lorrha village, Mulrooney’s at The Ferry, O’Meara’s Super Valu Portumna, Boathouse, Salmons, Heenan’s Borrisokane, Flynn’s of Carrigahorig, Buckley’s Super Valu, Birr. The calendar as usual is packed with photos from the past and the present and makes a lovely gift for anyone whether living at home or abroad.

Rathcabbin Funding.

Funding to stabilise the ruins of the medieval Pallas Church near Rathcabbin was welcomed by Whitten Gill when he received the news recently. Whitten has been lobbying for this funding for some time so he has been very relieved to see work commencing on the project before Christmas. The State funding of €34,500 for the medieval ruins was granted under the July Jobs Stimulus package. It is expected that the improvements work will be completed later this year.

Church News.

With Level 5 restrictions back in force, religious services move back on line. Both Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches will remain open for anyone wishing to pray privately. Weddings can have up and six guests and funerals can have ten people.
Masses are available online as follows:
Live at Borrisokane mass times- 7pm Saturday and 10:30am Sunday- and a recording from Fr Michael from Terryglass. Please check the following links: www.twitch.tv/borrisokaneparish. www.killaloediocese.ie/parish/borrisokane/. www.terryglass/kilbarron https://bit.ly/3bhnxfj
Weekdays Masses on Webcam 10am.Tues, Thurs, Fri. from Borrisokane.

Anniversary Masses.
Anyone wishing to book an anniversary mass please contact the Parish Office on 090-9747009. Both Fr Tom and Fr Michael are happy to include anniversaries in their weekend masses, in Terryglass by audio on Saturday evenings and on webcam on Sunday mornings in Borrisokane.

Marriage Preparation During Covid:

Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112.

Support.

A Covid-19 support line is available for older people and is managed by ALONE, a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. You can also contact the Samaritans: Ph: 116,123, Text 087 2609090, email jo@samaritans.ie . Pieta House: Ph 1800 247 247, text HELP to 51444. Aware: Ph. 1800 804 848, email supportmail@:aware.ie

Back Again.

If anyone needs a helping hand during this latest Level 5 restrictions, Lorrha GAA club would like to offer their services whether it's to collect groceries, collect prescriptions etc. Ring Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Niall McIntyre (0857623158), David Fogarty (0872681134), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) all of whom will be happy to help.

Ireland numbers among highest on planet.

Since it was made known on Sunday last that Ireland announced more Covid- 19 cases in the past two weeks than in the first eight months of the pandemic, it means that our country is now reporting as one of the highest rates of the virus on the planet according to a public health expert.
There was 61,484 cases reported in the previous 14 days up to last Sunday, much higher it seems than anyone had feared. The numbers have been rising much faster than other European countries we are told which is rather worrying. At this rate of going, is the worst still to come or are we on the home stretch?. The present restrictions could last well into February or maybe even March if the numbers of confirmed cases continues to increase. Despite the vaccines on the horizon and many of our front line workers and elderly already having received their jab, we are far from out of the woods yet. Recovery begins with us and believe me, you do not want this virus. Stay safe.

GAA News.

Club facility and gym: Is closed for the time being due to the seriousness of the virus.

Euro Millions: The club will be re-running the Euro Millions lotto fundraiser some time this year. There are 2300 people in the syndicate and members will be made aware when we are re-launching it later in the year.

Lotto: There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €12,150. The numbers drawn on 11 January were: 5-9-20-26. No Match 3. Lucky Dips: Margaret O'Brien, A&B O'Meara, Joseph Sherlock, Mike Power.
Promoters: Noreen Houlihan, Liam Reddish, Internet.
Next Monday's draw will be for a jackpot of €12,300 with a Match 3 pot of €120. Team 6 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.
The jackpot is at €12'300 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at clubforce.com. Lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the clubhouse, at Mulrooney's, Kelly's, or at the Scéal shop. If you need Lotto envelopes, contact chairman Joe Dolan (0879673124), Hubert Duggan (0872185995) or Kevin Molloy (0876738986).

Helping hand: Contact Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Tom Kennedy, (0879191689) , Louis McCormack (0868493595), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) if a helping hand is needed.

Sympathies: Sympathies to club physio Triona Cleary on the death of her granny Esther Cleary (nee Slattery).


Lorrha Notes

Don’t Forget.

Don’t forget to purchase your copy of the 2021 Lorrha parish calendar while it is still available. You can purchase the calendar in the shop in Lorrha village, Mulrooney’s at The Ferry, O’Meara’s Super Valu Portumna, Boathouse, Salmons, Heenan’s Borrisokane, Flynn’s of Carrigahorig, Buckley’s Super Valu, Birr. The calendar as usual is packed with photos from the past and the present and makes a lovely gift for anyone whether living at home or abroad.

Church News.

With Level 5 restrictions back in force, religious services move back on line. Both Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches will remain open for anyone wishing to pray privately. Weddings can have up  and six guests from 3rd. January and funerals can have ten people.
Masses are available online as follows:
Live at Borrisokane mass times- 7pm Saturday and 10:30am Sunday- and a recording from Fr Michael from Terryglass. Please check the following links:  www.twitch.tv/borrisokaneparish.  www.killaloediocese.ie/parish/borrisokane/.   www.terryglass/kilbarron       https://bit.ly/3bhnxfj

Weekdays Masses on Webcam 10am.Tues, Thurs, Fri. from Borrisokane.

 Thank you

Frs. Tom and Michael would like to offer their gratitude to all who helped make the Christmas Liturgies so prayerful and meaningful.  To the team who kept and continue to keep our churches safe and organised throughout Covid-19, and all who are helping in any way.

 Anniversary Masses.

For anyone wishing to book an anniversary mass please contact the Parish Office on 090-9747009. Both Fr Tom and Fr Michael are happy to include anniversaries in their weekend masses, in Terryglass by audio on Saturday evenings and on webcam on Sunday mornings in Borrisokane.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to Phyllis Kennedy and the extended Kennedy family on the death of PJ Kennedy, formerly the Lake, who died in England last week. A young man only in his mid 60's, PJ was well known in the parish through his involvement with the GAA.  May he rest in peace. Also to Phyllis on the death of her brother in-law Sean (Scrapper) Phelan, Borrisokane, which occurred on December 29th 2020. A fine hurler with his local club, Sean won several North championships in his time. Predeceased by his wife Kathleen, brother PJ, sisters Nancy, Sadie and recently deceased Teresa. Deeply regretted by his loving daughter Annemarie, Partner John and treasured grandson Jack, brother’s Mikie and Liam, sisters Maura and Biddy, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.
After funeral Mass in SS Peter and Paul’s Church Borrisokane on Thursday Dec. 30th burial took place in Nenagh road cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Marriage Preparation During Covid:

Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112.

Support.

If anything comes out of this experience, it is the realisation that togetherness and care are what gives us the strength to survive. It is not a weakness to ask for help. A COVID-19 support line is available for older people and is managed by ALONE, a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.
You can also contact the Samaritans:  Ph: 116,123, Text  087 2609090, email jo@samaritans.ie . Pieta House: Ph 1800 247 247, text HELP to 51444. Aware: Ph. 1800 804 848, email supportmail@:aware.ie

Back Again.

If anyone needs a helping hand during this latest Level 5 restrictions, Lorrha GAA club would like to offer their services whether it's to collect groceries, collect prescriptions etc. Ring Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Niall McIntyre (0857623158), David Fogarty (0872681134), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) all of whom will be happy to help.

Rathcabbin Community Hall Ltd

The hall needs your help. It requires vital repairs to the roof. If repairs are not made unfortunately the hall will have to close. Due to Covid restrictions no fundraising can be held at the moment, which means we are looking for support from the community. No matter how small of a donation it will all help. You can donate on line on our gofundme.com page. You can also donate by cash (envelopes are available in church porch and from Kelly's shop or from any Hall Committee members).

Increase In Numbers Worrying.

2020 will be a year that we all want to forget because of the Covid 19 pandemic and the way it has interrupted the way we live, but we will remember it for the rest of our lives. Now that we are into a new year and a vaccine coming on stream, we are not out of the woods yet and recent figures are worrying. Over two thousand homes throughout the country are without loved ones because of this dreadful virus and with the number of Covid-19 cases continuing to increase, the Government have introduced new, harsher restrictions for the start of 2021 which were listed in the papers last week-end. The big message here is to have no visitors to your house and to stay at home. The re-opening of schools has been postponed until Monday 11th  January and this date will be looked at closer as the week progresses. These present restrictions could last well into February if the numbers of confirmed cases continues to increase. But we are all to blame for the sharp rise in numbers. The Government relaxed restrictions so we could all have as normal a Christmas as possible and as we now see, the gamble failed. So it’s back to the lockdown and remember, recovery begins with us. Stay safe.

GAA Notes.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €12,000. Lotto No's - 4 January: 13-14-18-28. 2 Match 3's share €140: Helen & Charlie Corrigan, Ronan & Eimear Moore. Promoters: Agnes Sherlock, Eamonn Maher, Sceal Shop. Next Monday's jackpot is €12,150 with €100 Match 3 pot. Team 5 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Senior hurling: The management team of John McIntyre, Eamonn Maher, Martin Young and James O’Meara are staying on for the 2021 season.

Lotto: The jackpot is at €12,150 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at clubforce.com. Lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the clubhouse, at Mulrooney's Gala, Kelly's, or at the Scéal shop. If you need Lotto envelopes, contact chairman Joe Dolan (0879673124), Hubert Duggan (0872185995) or Kevin Molloy (0876738986).

Helping hand: Contact Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Tom Kennedy, (0879191689), Louis McCormack (0868493595), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) if a helping hand is needed.

RIP: Sympathies to the Kennedy family on the death of PJ, who lived in England and had a strong presence in the London GAA community. PJ was heavily involved with the Brothers Pearse club and was very good to any Lorrha players who were over in England.


Lorrha Notes

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL AND STAY SAFE

 

Reminder.

A gentle reminder to purchase your copy of the 2021 Lorrha parish calendar before it sells out. You can purchase the calendar in the shop in Lorrha village, Mulrooney’s at The Ferry, O’Meara’s Super Valu Portumna, Boathouse, Salmons, Heenan’s Borrisokane, Flynn’s of Carrigahorig, Buckley’s Super Valu, Birr. The calendar as usual is packed with photos from the past and the present and makes a lovely gift for anyone whether living at home or abroad.

Church News.

With Level 5 restrictions back in force, religious services move back on line. Both Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches will remain open for anyone wishing to pray privately. Weddings can have up to 25 guests up to January 2nd 2021 and six guests from 3rd. January until further notice while all funerals are confined to immediate family only.

Anniversary Masses.

For anyone wishing to book an anniversary mass please contact the Parish Office on 090-9747009. Both Fr Tom and Fr Michael are happy to include anniversaries in their weekend masses, in Terryglass by audio on Saturday evenings and on webcam on Sunday mornings in Borrisokane.

Marriage Preparation During Covid:

Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112.

Help Line:

A COVID-19 support line is available for older people and is managed by ALONE,  a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

Back Again.

If anyone needs a helping hand during this latest Level 5 restrictions, Lorrha GAA club would like to offer their services whether it's to collect groceries, collect prescriptions etc. Ring Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Niall McIntyre (0857623158), David Fogarty (0872681134), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) all of whom will be happy to help.

Rathcabbin Community Hall Ltd

The hall needs your help. It requires vital repairs to the roof. If repairs are not made unfortunately the hall will have to close. Due to Covid restrictions no fundraising can be held at the moment, which means we are looking for support from the community. No matter how small of a donation it will all help. You can donate on line on our gofundme.com page. You can also donate by cash (envelopes are available in church porch and from Kelly's shop or from any Hall Committee members).

Third Lockdown is Here Again.

 Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan is very concerned about the extraordinary growing number of Covid-19 cases in Ireland over recent days.  New level five restrictions are in force as we all know by now. So do keep safe everyone and be very careful over the coming days and into the new year because you do not want to catch this awful virus or pass it on to someone else. However, it’s not all doom and gloom with the announcement of 10,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid 19 vaccine arriving in Ireland on Saturday last, St. Stephen’s Day. The rollout of the HSE national vaccination programme, is expected to commence this Tuesday Dec. 29th. First up for the jab will be health care workers and care home patients and rightly so.

AWARE:
Is available to help people experiencing isolation during lockdown, over Christmas or at anytime.  Support is available by going to www.aware.ie  or https://www.aware.ie/support/support-groups/

New Years Greetings.

A happy and healthy new year is extended to all as a new year of hope is just around the corner. With the Covid -19 vaccination about to commence, this will be a new year of great hope and expectation that by next Christmas, society will have returned to normal, or at least close to it. So do welcome the new year like no other and stay safe too.

GAA News.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €11,850. The numbers drawn on 28 December were: 3-9-11-19. No Match 3. Lucky Dips: Liz O'Hara, Denis Maher, Pat Carroll, Alan Joyce. Promoters: Louis McCormack, Thomas P Cahalan, Mulrooney's Gala.

Next Monday's draw will be for a jackpot of €12,000 with a Match 3 pot of €140 with Team 4 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support and a Happy New Year to all.

                            NEW COVID RESTRICTIONS

 

With the number of Covid-19 cases continuing to increase, the Government is bringing new, harsher restrictions into effect for the country for the start of 2021. Here is a summary of the new restrictions with full details below. Please read carefully.

Visitors to your home or garden
No visitors except for essential family reasons or those in your support bubble

Domestic travel
Stay at home except for travel for work, education or other essential purposes, or to take exercise within 5km of home

Retail
Essential retail only from close of business from today December 31

Primary and secondary schools
Re-open on January 11

Work
Work from home unless working in essential health, social care or other essential service that cannot be done from home

Weddings
Maximum of 25 guests up to and including January 2; maximum of six guests from January 3

Funerals
Maximum of 10 mourners   At Level 5, the public health risk means that you will be asked to stay at home, except for travel for work, education or other essential purposes, or to take exercise within 5km of home. There will be no gatherings other than small numbers at funerals and weddings.

Social and family gatherings
In your home or garden: No visitors are permitted in private homes or gardens except for essential family reasons such as providing care to children, elderly or vulnerable people, or as part of a support bubble. Other settings outside your home or garden: No social or family gatherings should take place in other settings.

Weddings
Up to and including 2 January, a maximum of 25 guests can attend a wedding ceremony and reception, whether indoors or outdoors.  From 3 January, up to 6 guests are permitted.

Organised indoor gatherings
These are controlled environments with a named event organiser, owner or manager. For example: business, training events, conferences, events in theatres and cinemas or other arts events (excluding sport).
No organised indoor gatherings should take place.

Organised outdoor gatherings
These are controlled environments with a named event organiser, owner or manager. For example: outdoor arts events, training events. No organised outdoor gatherings should take place.

Exercise and sporting events
Training. People may meet with people from one other household in outdoor settings when taking exercise.
No indoor or outdoor exercise group activities, including those involving children, should take place.
Outdoor golf and tennis are not permitted.
Individual training only. No exercise or dance classes. No indoor or outdoor gatherings involving “individual training” except for professional and elite sports.

Matches and events
Professional, elite sports, horse racing, greyhound racing and approved equestrian events only are permitted to continue behind closed doors. No other matches or events are to take place.

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools
Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools must close from close of business on 31 December.

Religious services
Services will be held online. Places of worship remain open for private prayer.

Funerals
Up to 10 mourners can attend.

Museums, galleries and other cultural attractions
All venues closed.
Online services available.

Bars, cafes and restaurants (including hotel restaurants and bars)
Take away food and delivery only.

Wet pubs
Closed.

Nightclubs, discos, casinos
Nightclubs, discos and casinos will remain closed.

Hotels and accommodation
Open only for essential non-social and non-tourist purposes. Anyone staying in a hotel on 30 December can complete their stay.

Retail and services (for example: hairdressers, beauticians, barbers)
Face coverings must be worn. All retail, other than essential retail, must close from close of business on 31 December.
All non-essential services remain closed.

Work
Work from home unless essential for work, which is an essential health, social care or other essential service and cannot be done from home.

Domestic travel restrictions
People will be required to stay at home except for travel for work, education or other essential purposes, and will be permitted to take exercise within 5 km of home. People away from their place of residence on 31 December are permitted to return to their place of residence.

You can travel outside 5 kilometres of home for the following reasons:
- travel to and from work, where work involves providing an essential service
- to attend medical appointments and collect medicines and other health products
- travel to attend disability day services
- travel to attend a court
- for vital family reasons, such as providing care to children, elderly or vulnerable people, and in particular for those who live alone, but excluding social family visits
- for food shopping
- for farming purposes (food production or care of animals)
- to attend a wedding or funeral
- to visit a grave

Schools, creches and higher and adult education
Early Learning and Childcare Services remain open with protective measures.
Schools open from 11 January with further review on precise situation in advance of that date.
Higher, further and adult education should remain primarily online.

Outdoor playgrounds, play areas and parks
Open with protective measures in place.

Transport
Face coverings must be worn.   Walk or cycle where possible.  Avoid public transport - essential workers and essential purposes only.  Public transport capacity will be restricted to 25%.

Over 70 and medically vulnerable individuals
Those aged over 70 years and over and the medically vulnerable should exercise judgement regarding the extent to which they engage with others and in activities outside home. Specific guidance will be provided.
Visiting long-term residential care facilities (nursing and care homes)
Suspended, aside from critical and compassionate circumstances.


Lorrha Notes

Merry Christmas to everyone and stay safe

Parish Calendar.

Don’t forget to get your copy of the 2021 Lorrha parish calendar which is not to be missed and is a lovely keepsake or a present for anyone whether living be it home or abroad. You can purchase the calendar in the shop in Lorrha village, Colettes hair salon, Pat Hough’s, Mulrooney’s at The Ferry, O’Meara’s Super Valu Portumna, Boathouse, Salmons, Lorraine’s hair salon, Heenan’s Borrisokane, Flynn’s of Carrigahorig, Buckley’s Super Valu, Birr. The calendar as usual is packed with photos from the past and the present.  If you would like to have a calendar posted to you, call (086) 8647166 or email info@lorrhadorrha.ie.

Church News.

The following Mass times are in operation. Monday Mornings at 9.30am in Lorrha Church (except Bank Holidays), Saturday evening at 6.30pm in Lorrha Church and Sunday morning at 11.30am in Rathcabbin Church. Other Masses in the Pastoral area, Borrisokane: 7.00pm Saturdays and 10.30am Sundays. Terryglass: 9.30am Sundays. Kilbarron:8pm Saturdays.

Christmas Eve in Lorrha at 7:30pm. This Mass will be live streamed on  https://youtu.be/bkYCkA840CU.  Rathcabbin at 10pm.There will be three Masses in Borrisokane, 2pm, 7pm and 9pm. Kilbarron at 6pm, Terryglass at 9pm.

On Christmas Day there will be Mass in Rathcabbin at 11am, Borrisokane 11am,Terryglass 9:30am.
As you see there are extra Masses but the restriction to 50 and social distancing means that it will be impossible to provide for everyone who wishes to attend a Christmas Mass. Terryglass will have a recording of a Christmas Mass www.terryglass/kilbarron So, we recommend the following as the way forward and beg for your understanding: -

  1. First come first admitted till the limited capacity is filled. Note the total time permitted is one hour, mass and entry and exit included.
  2. The well wrapped up could stay with strict social distancing outside the doors listening to speakers.
  3. You could follow the Mass on webcam (from Borrisokane)
  4. You could watch, listen to parish Masses from home and receive Holy Communion at weekday Masses leading up to Christmas: Lorrha 9:30am Mon 21st , Borrisokane 7pm Tuesday 22nd and Kilbarron 7.30pm Wednesday23rd. (Think of the 12 days of Christmas)
  5. Mark Christmas at home with a special liturgy and visit a crib in the parish and pray there.
  6. We aim to keep Masses to 40 mins as there is ventilation and cleaning required in between Masses.

Our priority is that everyone is safe as we celebrate the wonderful feast of Christmas with restrictions that we hope we will never see again. It is now a mandatory for everyone including the priest to wear face masks except when public speaking.
Feast of Holy Family Sunday 27th December masses as follows:
Kilbarron 9:30 am, Borrisokane 10:30am, Rathcabbin 11:30am Please note: There will be no Mass on Saturday.26th December.

Enrolment.

Redwood NS is now accepting applications for enrolment for the 2021/2022 school year. Application & registration forms are available from our website www.redwoodns.ie. Or email the school redwoodns@live.ie and we will post forms to you.

Lorrha & Dorrha Camogie Club

At our recent AGM the following positions we confirmed for 2021:

Chair – Caroline O Brien, Vice Chair – Clare Fogarty, Treasurer – Aoife Brady, Assistant Secretary                                   Pauline Hoctor, PRO – Celine Cleary.
The club would like to thank the Coaches, Mentors, players and parents for the commitment that was given to our Adult and Underage teams throughout a challenging year. There were some great team performances culminating in our 3rd County Final in a row appearance and at underage winning a U12 Shield Final after a 22 year gap. Current players Katie Kennedy, Catherine O'Meara and Elaine Hogan were part of that team.
Well done to all girls who represented our club so well during the year and continued success to Clodagh McIntyre as a member of the Tipperary Senior panel.
The club would also like to acknowledge the support of the Senior Club and those who provided donations /sponsorship during the year. We extend best wishes to Bernie Cleary and we wish a safe and happy Christmas to our members and supporters.

Wedding Bells:

Congratulations is extended to Sarah Houlihan and Danny Mangan who were married in The Church of the Holy Redeemer, Redwood on Friday 18th December. Sarah is daughter of Maeliosa (O’Donoghue) and Tommy Houlihan, Tullamore and Redwood.  Best wishes to Sarah and Danny as they settle into their married lives together in Daingean.

Marriage Preparation during Covid:

Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112.

Rathcabbin Community Hall Ltd

The hall needs your help. It requires vital repairs to the roof. If repairs are not made unfortunately the hall will have to close. Due to Covid restrictions no fundraising can be held at the moment, which means we are looking for support from the community.   No matter how small of a donation it will all help. You can donate on line on our gofundme.com page. You can also donate by cash (envelopes are available in church porch and from Kelly's shop or from any Hall Committee members).

Christmas Wishes.

Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns wish to extend a happy and peaceful Christmas to everyone and many blessings in the new year. Stay safe.

Third Lockdown Looming.

With covid – 19 numbers stubbornly rising again, this Christmas is going to be so different for each and everyone of us. Again, we await a government announcement on new restrictions and as we wait for the ‘magic’ that a vaccine which might be rolled out before the end of this month. But let us not forget, present restrictions continue and we shouldn’t forget that in our time of rushing about in preparation for Christmas. Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said that the relaxation period of restrictions is expected to be shortened.  Speaking on RTÉ News the Taoiseach said that he had spoken to Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan who is concerned about the growing number of Covid-19 cases in Ireland.He said that the National Public Health Emergency Team would be recommending to shorten the relaxation period of current restrictions, meaning they would finish earlier than the original 6 January date. He added that the government was taking the situation "very seriously". So do keep safe everyone because you do not want to catch this awful virus or pass it on to someone else. Take care.

GAA News.

There  was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €11,700. The numbers drawn on 21 December were: 11-13-14-31. No Match 3.
Lucky Dips: Sadie Dolan, Ann Lambe, Danny Lynch, Ava,Lexie,Leah&Grace Delaney.
Promoters: Agnes Sherlock, Madeleine Maher, SCEAL shop.

Lotto Christmas Draw winners: Geraldine Nevin White, Michael Naylor, Trish & Des Donoghue, Rory Coen, Grainne Meagher, Tommy Deely, Kathleen Christie, Eoin Mannion.

Promoters: N Houlihan, J McLeish, K Molloy, L Reddish, T Cahalan, M Hough, B Houlihan, J Cleary.

Next Monday's draw will be for a jackpot of €11,850 with a Match 3 pot of €120 so make sure you are in the draw. Team 3 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support. Happy Christmas to all our lotto supporters

Happy Christmas: to our players, members, supporters and a prosperous new year to all.

 

 


Lorrha Notes

Parish Calendar.

The 2021 Lorrha parish calendar is not to be missed and is a lovely keepsake or a present for anyone whether living be it home or abroad. You can purchase the calendar in the shop in Lorrha village, Colettes hair salon, Pat Hough’s, Mulrooney’s at The Ferry, O’Meara’s Super Valu Portumna, Boathouse, Salmons, Lorraine’s hair salon, Heenan’s Borrisokane, Flynn’s of Carrigahorig, Buckley’s Super Valu, Birr. The calendar as usual is packed with photos from the past and the present. In this pandemic year where family may not be home for the Christmas, why not send them a piece of the parish in the shape of this calendar. If you would like to have a calendar posted to you, call (086) 8647166 or email info@lorrhadorrha.ie.

Late Michael O’Meara.

The death occurred on Wednesday December 9th of Michael O’Meara, Curraghgloss House, Lorrha, peacefully at home in his 104th year. Known to all as Mick O’ the Hill, he lived a long and fulfilled life pursuing the hobbies that was of interest to him and  involving himself in many clubs and organisations. Born and raised in Roughan, Rathcabbin, he came to live in the Lorrha end of the parish on his marriage to Carmel in 1952. As a young man he served in the LDF and later the FCA and the Red Cross in the 1940’s. As a farmer he was involved with the IFA and the North Tipp Ploughing where he and his late brother Eddie were often called upon to help judge competitions. He started to play hurling at junior level with Lorrha at a young age working his way up to the senior ranks, and in later life, served as a selector and officer of the club and was President at the time of his passing.
A founder member of Rathcabbin drama group, he not just proved himself to be a popular thespian but also a director of note. He had an interest in everything and in everyone and could converse on any subject.  Pre-deceased by his wife Carmel he is survived by his family, sons Gerard (Cork), Declan (Lorrha), Emer (Cullinan, Tramore), Deirdre (Collins, Nenagh). Father-in-law of Kay, Marion, John and Christy. Sadly missed by his family, his 14 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren, his nephews, nieces and very wide circle of friends.
After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church, Lorrha on Friday, 11th of December, burial took place afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Church News.

The following Mass times are in operation. Monday Mornings at 9.30am in Lorrha Church (except Bank Holidays), Saturday evening at 6.30pm in Lorrha Church and Sunday morning at 11.30am in Rathcabbin Church. Other Masses in the Pastoral area,  Borrisokane: 7.00pm Saturdays and 10.30am Sundays. Terryglass: 9.30am Sundays. Kilbarron:8pm Saturdays.

Masses for Christmas this depends on the stability/situation of Covid -19.

Christmas Eve in Lorrha at  7:30pm and Rathcabbin at 9.pm.  There will be three Masses in Borrisokane, 2pm, 7pm and 9pm. Kilbarron at 6pm, Terryglass at 9pm.

On Christmas Day there will be Mass in Rathcabbin at 11am, Borrisokane 11am,Terryglass 9:30am.
As you see there are extra Masses but the restriction to 50 and social distancing means that it will be impossible to provide for everyone who wishes to attend a Christmas Mass.  So, we recommend the following as the way forward and beg for your understanding: -

  1. First come first admitted till the limited capacity is filled. Note the total time permitted is one hour, mass and entry and exit included.
  2. The well wrapped up could stay with strict social distancing outside the doors listening to speakers.
  3. You could follow the Mass on webcam (from Borrisokane)
  4. You could watch, listen to parish Masses from home and receive Holy Communion at weekday Masses leading up to Christmas: Lorrha 9:30am Mon 21st , Borrisokane 7pm Tuesday 22nd and Kilbarron 7.30pm Wednesday23rd. (Think of the 12 days of Christmas)
  5. Mark Christmas at home with a special liturgy and visit a crib in the parish and pray there.
  6. We aim to keep Masses to 40 mins as there is ventilation and cleaning required in between Masses.

Our priority is that everyone is safe as we celebrate the wonderful feast of Christmas with restrictions that we hope we will never see again. It is now a mandatory for everyone including the priest to wear face masks except when public speaking.

Christmas E-Retreat.

The Youth 2000 Christmas E-Retreat will take place from the 18th - 20th of December. Registration is now free on www.youth2000.ie

New Scam.

Gardai are advising the public to be vigilante to a new scam which is in operation at the present time. Individuals are calling to houses and trying to extract money from the homeowner in exchange for a spraying job of their house to prevent catching the Covid -19 virus. Be warned, Gardai are saying ‘that just doesn’t happen so don’t engage in conversation with those people’. You are also advised by the Gardai not to give any information to strangers about your neighbour’s or about people in your locality, such as names, suitable times to get them at home etc. If you do not know the caller, Gardai  are advising you not to open your door to them. Be warned.

Well Done.

Congratulations to Darragh Guinan who won the inaugural Marion McKeon memorial wall ball competition in Cistercian College Roscrea and we also congratulate Conor Kennedy who won the Feile hurling skills North Final. We wish Conor and best of luck in the County Final. Well done to Liam Donoghue on representing the parish so well in the football competition.

Hard Luck.

Commiserations to Kevin Cahalan and the Tipperary minor football team who lost their quarter final to Clare last Saturday. Kevin was the only player from north Tipp who made the starting 15, and he is the first ever Lorrha player to start a minor football championship match for Tipperary. A great achievement Kevin.

GAA News.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €11,550. The numbers drawn on 14 December were: 5-7-17-21. 5 Match 3's share €100: Siobhan Ryan, Martin Corrigan, Vincent Liffey, John Maher, John Moore. Promoters: Thomas P Cahalan, Joe Cleary, Internet.
Next Monday's draw will be for a jackpot of €11,700 with €100 Match 3 pot so why not be in with a chance of Christmas cheer with a big win. Team 2 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.
The Christmas jackpot is at €11,700 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at clubforce.com. Lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the clubhouse, at Mulrooney's, Kelly's, or at the Scéal shop. If you need Lotto envelopes, contact chairman Joe Dolan (0879673124), Hubert Duggan (0872185995) or Kevin Molloy (0876738986).

RIP: Sympathies to the O'Meara family on the death of club president Michael O'Meara. Mick O’ the Hill, as he was known, lived to 103 and was involved with the club for many years. Firstly as a player, winning a County intermediate medal in 1946 and a North Tipperary senior medal in 1948. He also lined out with Tipperary on a number of occasions. After his playing career, Michael gave lots of his time to the club as an administrator, serving as treasurer, trustee and finally as club president. May he Rest in Peace.

Tipperary: Hard luck to Kevin Cahalan and the Tipperary minor footballers on their loss to Clare at the weekend. None the less, it was a proud day for the club with Kevin becoming their first Lorrha player to start a minor championship game for Tipperary.

Féile Skills: Congrats to Conor Kennedy who won the North Tipp Féile hurling skills finals on Saturday and we wish him the very best of luck in the County Final. Well done also to Liam Donoghue, who represented the club in the football competition.

Wall-ball: Congrats to Darragh Guinan who won the Marion McKeon memorial wall ball competition in Cistercian College Roscrea last week.

Tipperary GAA draw: Well done to Declan 'Lack' O Meara who won €1000 in the Tipperary GAA draw over the weekend. Congrats also to David Cleary, Ballyoughter, who won €200. Thanks to all promoters and members for their continued support.

Mandatory pre-booking on Intercity rail services from 18th December to 6th January

50% of capacity available for use during period of Christmas inter-county travel

Iarnród Éireann has reminded customers that it will be mandatory to pre-book Intercity rail travel, for travel from Friday 18th December 2020 to Wednesday 6th January 2021 inclusive.

Government COVID-19 measures in place during this time permit non-essential inter-county travel for the first time in up to three months, and 50% of capacity is available for use on board rail services and all public transport.

Pre-booking Intercity travel will ensure the available capacity is effectively managed, providing rail customers with a safe and sanitary travelling environment over the Christmas and New Year period.

Intercity travel can be pre-booked at www.irishrail.ie along with further information, and customers are advised:

  • Please only travel if your journey is necessary, and avoid peak and busier times if at all possible
  • Holders of existing tickets (e.g open returns, season tickets, DSP free travel) can also pre-book their Intercity reservations during these dates at no charge via irishrail.ie or at 1850366222
  • 50% of seating is available for pre-booking and for use on board.  Seating will be unassigned, and customers are asked not to sit in seating designated as restricted, to ensure appropriate distancing
  • Face coverings are mandatory on public transport and in stations
  • Iarnród Éireann is continuing to implement enhanced cleaning and sanitisation measures on trains and at stations, with a focus on customer touchpoints
  • Catering services remains suspended on board Intercity, and alcohol is prohibited on all trains
  • Revised schedules are in place from Christmas Eve 24th December to New Year’s Day 1st January inclusive, and customers should check times. There are no rail services on Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day.

Iarnród Éireann thanks customers for pre-booking their Intercity travel, and for their continued cooperation and overwhelming compliance with measures in place during COVID-19.


Lorrha Notes

A Real Treasure.

The 2021 Lorrha parish calendar is not to be missed and is a lovely keepsake or a present for anyone whether living away from home or not. You can purchase the calendar in the shop in Lorrha village, Colettes Hair salon, Pat Hough’s, Mulrooney’s at The Ferry, O’Meara’s Super Valu Portumna, Boathouse, Salmons, Lorraine’s hair salon, Heenan’s Borrisokane, Flynn’s of Carrigahorig, Buckley’s Super Valu, Birr. The calendar is packed with photos from the past and the present, and is out in time for the Christmas posting deadline. In this pandemic year where family may not be home for the Christmas, why not send them a piece of the parish in the shape of this calendar. If you would like to have a calendar posted to you, call (086) 8647166 or email info@lorrhadorrha.ie.

Church News.

Now that restrictions have eased for the Christmas season, and hopefully beyond, the ceremonies have returned to the usual times. Monday Mornings at 9.30am in Lorrha Church (except Bank Holidays), Saturday evening at 6.30pm in Lorrha Church and Sunday morning at 11.30am in Rathcabbin Church. Other Masses in the Pastoral area are Borrisokane: 7.00pm Saturdays and 10.30am Sundays. Terryglass: 9.30am Sundays. Kilbarron:8pm Saturdays.

Masses for Christmas this depends on the stability/situation of Covid -19.

Christmas Eve in Lorrha at  7:30pm and Rathcabbin at 9.pm.  There will be three Masses in Borrisokane, 2pm, 7pm and 9pm. Kilbarron at 6pm, Terryglass at 9pm.

On Christmas Day there will be Mass in Rathcabbin at 11am, Borrisokane 11am,Terryglass 9:30am.      Notices for Newsletter by noon on Thursday’s to lorrhaparishoffice@gmail.com. Follow us on Facebook: Lorrha & Dorrha Parish.

New Travel Plans.

Bus Éireann will continue to provide transport for essential journeys and is advising customers of updated guidelines under Level 3 of Ireland’s Plan for Living with Covid-19 which came into effect last week. Under Level 3 restrictions Bus Éireann and Expressway services will operate at a limited capacity of 50%. All travel should be limited within your county, unless the travel is essential -that is, for work, education and other essential purposes. Passengers are advised to only travel if it is absolutely necessary, to observe capacity signage on vehicles and continue the mandatory wearing of face coverings on all services. Passengers are advised under no circumstance to use public transport if they are experiencing any Covid-19 related symptoms, nor should public transport be used to travel to or from a Covid-19 testing centre.

Level 3 Restrictions.

As we all know at this stage, the country has moved to level 3 with some variations attached. This will last into January and depending on our behavior and the spread of the virus. We all hope there will not be a third lock down in the new year, but, that all depends on us and how we behave over the Christmas time. As businesses re-open with much relief for the Christmas season, and hopefully beyond, we must take responsibility for our own actions and heed the advice of the government and Nphet especially now in the run up and during the Christmas season.  From December 18th to January 6th , things relax a little more and we may have visitors in our homes from up to two other households and we may travel beyond our county too.  The advise is to plan ahead, limit our contacts, keep gatherings small and avoid large crowds.  Attendance at weddings and funerals remain at 25. Don’t forget, An Post will ensure free delivery of all cards and letters posted to and from residents of nursing and care homes in Ireland. Just write freepost where the stamp normally goes and make sure to include your own name and address on the back.

GAA News

AGMS: The club won't be going down the line of having a virtual AGM, with the idea not to exclude any of our members, young or old. There is no date yet fixed for the meeting but it will take place in the clubhouse, in adherence to Covid guidelines, early in the new year.

Lotto: The jackpot is at €11'550 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at clubforce.com. Lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the clubhouse, at Mulrooney's, Kelly's, or at the Scéal shop. If you need Lotto envelopes, contact chairman Joe Dolan (0879673124), Hubert Duggan (0872185995) or Kevin Molloy (0876738986).  There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €11,400. The numbers drawn on 7 December were: 1-18-29-32. 1 Match 3: Brendan Brennan wins €120.

Promoters: Margaret Gleeson, John McLeish, Mulrooney's Gala.

Next Monday's jackpot is €11,550 with €100 Match 3 pot. Team 1 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support

North board: Best of luck to Michael Kennedy in his bid to become P.R.O of the North Tipperary board. Michael was our club secretary up until 2019, and we will all be supporting him.

Support local business: It is more important than ever to support the local businesses in our parish, in our local towns and we would urge all our members to shop local and support local when at all possible.

[caption id="attachment_7751" align="alignnone" width="2080"] July 1996; Michael Cleary in action during the GAA Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final  Limerick v Tipperary at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick[/caption]

Réabhlóid GAA is a new one-hour documentary that tells the story of how hurling redefined itself as a sport in the 1990s to truly become our national game.

For over a century, the hurling spoils were shared among the traditional three superpowers of Cork, Kilkenny and Tipperary. As the decade began there was no sign of the aristocracy being unseated. Then, in five minutes in 1994, the hurlers of Offaly sparked a revolution. Along came a collection of upstarts to destroy the old order, and go down in history as Ireland’s most charismatic, colourful and enduring personalities.

This is their story, their words and their deeds - in the defining period of modern hurling history. Réabhlóid GAA digs deep into an extensive archive of classic GAA shows- from Breaking Ball, Road to Croker, Committee Room, Championship Matters, Thank GAA It’s Friday – weaving together archive  interviews with unforgettable action from some of the greatest games of all time. Featuring, among others, Davy Fitzgerald, Ger Loughnane, Brian Whelahan, Johnny Dooley, Johnny Pilkington, Liam Griffin, Martin Storey, all in their heyday, these are the winners writing the history as they lived it.

In this forthcoming documentary, Tipperary’s Michael Cleary comments on his crucial goal against Kilkenny in the 1991 All Ireland Final. A free which would loop into the net has long been subject to debate as to whether the Nenagh man meant to intentionally go for goal or not. “I was just trying to be so careful putting the ball over the bar and as the bishop said the night after, he went for a point and had to be content with a goal. That about sums it up!” said Cleary. This is an epic retelling of an extraordinary time, from Offaly’s astonishing comeback, Biddy Early being banished in the Banner, the Boys of Wexford marching across the border, and the outrageous trilogy of 98, all played out in a rapidly evolving social and cultural landscape.

Réabhlóid GAA is the story of how, in one decade a sport, and a country, changed forever.  Relive Tipp’s All Ireland glory and the best of 90’s hurling with “Réabhlóid GAA” which goes out on TG4 at 9.30pm on Wednesday, December 16th.


Lorrha Notes

On Sale.   The 2021 Lorrha parish calendar is now in the shops and can be purchased in the shop in Lorrha village, Mulrooney’s at The Ferry, O’Meara’s Super Valu Portumna, Boathouse, Salmons, Heenan’s Borrisokane, Flynn’s of Carrigahorig, Buckley’s Super Valu, Birr. Packed from front cover to back cover with photos from the past and the present, the calendar is out in time to post to family or friends living away from home. In this pandemic year where family may not be home for the Christmas, why not send them a piece of the parish in the shape of this calendar. If you would like to have a calendar posted to you, call (086) 8647166 or email info@lorrhadorrha.ie.

Government Announce Fines.

Last week the Government made a number of new rules around the breaching of Covid-19 rules and the consequences involved. A new statutory instrument, which was signed by Health Minister Stephen Donnelly at the weekend, gave legal effect to the fines - four weeks after the legislation underpinning them was passed in the Dail. Details of the fines which can be imposed are under the Health Act 1947 (Fixed Payment Notice and Dwelling Event Provisions) (Covid-19) Regulations 2020, the following fixed charge penalties will apply. For not wearing a face mask where required: €80. Breach of travel regulations (5km rule): €100. Attending a house party or outdoor event: €150. Organising a house party or outdoor event: €500. The alleged offender will have 28 days to pay the fine and If they fail to pay (for whatever reason) a prosecution will be initiated and matter will be brought before the courts.

Church News.

Masses remain available remotely live at Borrisokane mass times- 7pm Saturday and 10:30am Sunday- and a recording from Fr Michael from Terryglass. Please check the following links:  www.twitch.tv/borrisokaneparish  /  www.killaloediocese.ie/parish/borrisokane/   www.terryglass/kilbarron https://bit.ly/3bhnxfj  Weekdays Masses on Webcam 10am.Tues, Thurs, Fri. from Borrisokane. Watch this space for further details.

First Friday.

Friday coming the  4th December is the first Friday of the month. Mass will be available on webcam from Borrisokane at 10am.

A Message from the Diocese:

In these times of Government lockdown and restrictions on attendances at public masses, many people who are unable to attend church services are interested in contributing to the support of their parish or their priests. Sincere thanks to all our parishioners who have contributed during this time. It is now possible to make a contribution by credit or debit card directly to your parish using the Diocesan Website – www.killaloediocese.ie. The full contribution as received by the Diocesan website will be fully paid to your parish. Simply go to the Diocesan Website and click on the red “Donate to your Parish” button on the top of the page. You will be invited to select your parish and the parish fund you wish to contribute to. Your support is greatly appreciated.

AWARE:

Is available to help people experiencing isolation during lockdown, over Christmas or at anytime.  Support is available by going to www.aware.ie  or https://www.aware.ie/support/support-groups/

Sympathy

Sympathy is extended to the family and the relatives in the parish of  Tommy [Tom] Burke
Borrisokane, who passed away in Milford Hospice on Monday 23rd. November, after a short illness.
Predeceased by his son Thomas, he is survived by his loving wife Nora, much loved dad of Ann, Pamela and Elizabeth, his adored grandchildren Dylan, Nicole,Lily, Ethan and Mason and much anticipated great-grandchild, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews extended family and friends. Tommy’s remains were laid to rest after funeral Mass on Friday last in SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Borrisokane. May he rest in peace.

 Commiserations.

Commiserations to Clodagh McIntyre and the Tipperary senior camogie squad who lost their all Ireland semi- final bid to Galway on Saturday last.

Lorrha Camogie.

 The club extend hard luck to Clodagh McIntyre and the Tipperary senior camogie team on their defeat to reigning champions Galway. We look forward to supporting her when the county scene resumes in the new year. Please note the camogie AGM will be held this Friday night Dec. 4th. at 7.30pm in the clubhouse.

Littering in Cemetery.

A lady who visited Bonoham Cemetery in Rathcabbin recently to visit the final resting place of her ancestors, was very upset and shocked to see the amount of rubbish that is dumped in the ruins of the old Chapel which is situated in the cemetery. Old wreaths, dead flowers, plastic, wheelbarrow, ladder, tyres and several big black bags of rubbish are very unsightly and  disrespectful to the deceased because it is just left on graves. This lady found the whole experience very upsetting and asked the question ‘why don’t people bring home their rubbish? After all, most people have their own household bins nowadays’. She is hoping that when she returns that the people responsible for the dumping will have removed the litter from the cemetery.

GAA Notes;

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €11,250. The numbers drawn on 30 November were: 8-9-15-27. No Match 3. Lucky Dips: Margaret Healy, Margaret Gleeson, Noreen Houlihan, James Guinan. Promoters: Agnes Sherlock, Joe Dolan, Willie Fogarty.
Next Monday's draw will be for a jackpot of €11,400 with a Match 3 pot of €120 so make sure you are in the draw. Team 8 in charge. Thank you for your continued support.

Féile Skills: Well done to all who took part in and helped organise our Féile skills competition on Saturday. Congrats to winners Conor Kennedy (Hurling) and Liam Donoghue (Football), and to Lee Hogan who was second in both. Best of luck to Conor and Lee in the Divisional competitions which they will go forward to next month.

Tipperary: Hard luck to Clodagh McIntyre and the Tipperary camogie team against Galway at the weekend.

 Calendar: The Lorrha calendar is now on sale which includes pictures of the U16 North Championship winning team, the U12 camogie team amongst others. The calendar will be on sale in An Scéal and Mulrooney's as well as a number of shops in Portumna and Borrisokane. Mary Coen, Rose Mannion, Pat Hough and Louis McCormack will also be selling copies while anyone looking for a copy to be posted to them can call 0868647166 or email info@lorrhadorrha.ie.

 AGMS: The camogie AGM takes place this Friday at 7.30 in the clubhouse. All Covid guidelines will be adhered to and all are asked to bring a mask. We aim to hold our juvenile AGM in early December, while the adult AGM will take place in January.

 Lotto: The jackpot has reached the princely sum of €11'400 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at clubforce.com. Lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the clubhouse, at Mulrooney's, Kelly's, or at the Scéal shop. If you need Lotto envelopes, contact chairman Joe Dolan (0879673124), Hubert Duggan (0872185995) or Kevin Molloy (0876738986).

 RIP: Sypmathies to the Burke and Sullivan families on the death of Tommy Burke, Borrisokane.


Lorrha Notes

Frost is forecast for the coming days, but in particular nights where temperatures are set to drop. Gardai are asking all road users to slow down and take it easy.

2021 Parish Calendar.

The 2021 Lorrha parish calendar is now in the shops and can be purchased in the shop in Lorrha village, Mulrooney’s at The Ferry, O’Meara’s Super Valu Portumna, Boathouse, Salmons, Heenan’s Borrisokane, Flynn’s of Carrigahorig, Buckley’s Super Valu, Birr. Packed from front cover to back cover with photos from the past and the present, the calendar is out in time to post to family or friends living away from home. In this pandemic year where family may not be home for the Christmas, why not send them a piece of the parish in the shape of this calendar. If you would like to have a calendar posted to you, call (086) 8647166 or email info@lorrhadorrha.ie.

Postponed. 

Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns regret that they will not be able to hold their annual fundraising Christmas market and auction this year due to the pandemic. Obviously at this stage, we cannot predict what’s in store for next year, but we do hope that we can return as usual on the first Sunday in December. We would like to thank all our loyal supporters, those who donated items and those who purchased them in the past and we are grateful for your support through the years.

Christmas Arrangements.

The Government is preparing to announce the Christmas arrangements this coming week with regards to Covid -19 restrictions, but in all honesty the reality is we must all take responsibility for our own actions.  There is no guarantee Level 5 restrictions will be lifted because the number of people catching the virus and the number of deaths are still too high. Please continue to follow the advice of the Government and Nphet in the run up and during the Christmas season.  Don’t forget An Post will ensure free delivery of all cards and letters posted to and from residents of nursing and care homes in Ireland. Just write freepost where the stamp normally goes and make sure to include your own name and address on the back.

Church News.

Both Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches will remain open for anyone wishing to pray privately.  Masses will be available online (see details below).

Up to 25 mourners can attend a funeral service. Up to 25 guests can attend a wedding ceremony and reception. Baptisms-postponed unless an emergency. First Friday Calls-we can arrange to have a family member to give Holy Communion to their relative. Confessions-may be heard upon request. These arrangements will remain in place until level five restrictions are lifted on December 1st.

Masses remain available remotely live at Borrisokane mass times- 7pm Saturday and 10:30am Sunday- and a recording from Fr Michael from Terryglass. Please check the following links:  www.twitch.tv/borrisokaneparish  /  www.killaloediocese.ie/parish/borrisokane/   www.terryglass/kilbarron https://bit.ly/3bhnxfj  Weekdays Masses on Webcam 10am.Tues, Thurs, Fri. from Borrisokane.

Please Note

Next Sunday, 29th November, is the first Sunday of Advent. Feast of the Immaculate Conception; this is a very special day in the Liturgical year when we celebrate Mary in a very special way, Tuesday 8th December. Mass at 10am on Webcam.

Mini Advent Retreat on Zoom:

For three sessions, during Advent, you are invited to take part in a mini-retreat that will explore the themes of Faith, Hope and Love. The retreat will be led by Fr Billy Swan; St Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy and will take place from Tuesday 1st to Thursday 3rd December beginning at 8pm. To take part, all you need to do is send an email to thehookoffaith@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link. Come and join us to prepare for Christmas

New Christmas Tradition

Beginning Dec. 1st you are invited to read one chapter (of 24) of the Book of Luke each evening. On Christmas Eve you will have read an entire account of Jesus’ life and wake up Christmas morning knowing Who and Why we celebrate!

Community Connect:

This Christmas why not give your family and friends the gift of giving? Community Connect is a national initiative which supports pregnant women and new mothers in need in a practical way. What better gift for a loved one this Christmas than to sponsor a Community Connect newborn BabyBox or MamaBag on their behalf? The beautiful and practical newborn BabyBox can be sponsored for €55 and the thoughtful MamaBag for €20.  For more details see www.communityconnect.ie

Marriage Preparation during Covid:

Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112.

Hard Luck

Commiserations to Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher, Brian Hogan and the Tipperary senior hurling team who lost to Galway in the quarter final on Saturday last. Galway managed to hold out for a two point victory while Tipp will have to wait till next year and start all over again.

Good Luck.

The best of luck to Clodagh McIntyre and the Tipperary senior camogie squad who are out against Galway this coming Saturday 28th in the All Ireland semi final. The game will be played in Páirc Uí Chaoimh with throw in down for 2.15pm following the other semi-final between Cork and Kilkenny at 12.30pm. This is Tipperary’s third year to reach the semi-final stage of the competition and it will be certainly their stiffest test to date, paired against the reigning All Ireland champions who will be out to get a step closer to retaining the O’Duffy cup. Good luck Clodagh.

GAA Notes:

Tipperary: Hard luck to Brian Hogan, Patrick Maher and the Tipperary hurlers at the weekend.

The lads continue to put Lorrha club on the map and we are all proud of their achievements in the blue and gold. Congratulations to the Tipperary footballers on their sensational Munster final victory. A special word to Paddy Christie who is a nephew of the Sherlocks and indeed to Philip Austin, who is flying the football flag for Lower Ormond.

Best of luck to Clodagh McIntyre and the Tipperary camogie team in their All-Ireland semi-final against Galway on Saturday.

Calendar: The Lorrha calendar is now on sale which includes pictures of the U16 North Championship winning team, the U12 camogie team amongst others. The calendar will be on sale in An Scéal, Kelly's and Mulrooney's while Mary Coen and Louis McCormack will also be selling copies.

AGMS: Subject to Covid restrictions, we aim to hold our juvenile AGM in early December, while the adult AGM will take place in January.

Lotto: The jackpot is at €11'250 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at clubforce.com. Lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the clubhouse, at Mulrooney's, Kelly's, or at the Scéal shop. If you need Lotto envelopes, contact chairman Joe Dolan (0879673124), Hubert Duggan (0872185995) or Kevin Molloy (0876738986).

Helping hand: Contact Joe Dolan(0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Tom Kennedy, (0879191689) , Louis McCormack (0868493595), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) if a helping hand is needed.


Lorrha Notes

ICSA will not agree to any proposals from the Department on its TB strategy until all outstanding issues around compensation and wildlife measures (including deer) are dealt with in a satisfactory way, according to its animal health and welfare chair Hugh Farrell. ICSA agrees that there is a need for enhanced support for herds that have had a long and difficult TB experience. However, the term “enhanced support” is not analogous with provisions such as imposing a 30-day pre-movement test. Mr Farrell said that the ICSA would not even entertain this discussion unless it was guaranteed that any such proposals were limited to very specific cases of herds that have had severe and recurring TB outbreaks. There must be a satisfactory conclusion to the outstanding questions relating to compensation and a commitment to fully confront the role of wildlife

Nearly There.

With just two weeks left in Level 5 restrictions before the country can hopefully throw open their doors again in preparation for the Christmas season, let’s not lose the run of ourselves entirely as this awful virus knows no boundaries. Please continue to follow the advice of the Government and HSE in the run up and during the Christmas season. Countries around the world have cautiously welcomed the great news that Pfizer say their Covid-19 vaccine is 90% proof so the sooner it’s rolled out the better for everyone. Don’t forget An Post will ensure free delivery of all cards and letters posted to and from residents of nursing and care homes in Ireland. Just write freepost where the stamp normally goes and make sure to include your own name and address on the back.

Church News.

Level 5 Covid 19. Both Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches will remain open for anyone wishing to pray privately.  Masses will be available online (see details below).

Up to 25 mourners can attend a funeral service. Up to 25 guests can attend a wedding ceremony and reception. Baptisms-postponed unless an emergency. First Friday Calls-we can arrange to have a family member to give Holy Communion to their relative. Confessions-may be heard upon request. These arrangements will remain in place until level five restrictions are lifted on December 1st.

Masses remain available remotely live at Borrisokane mass times- 7pm Saturday and 10:30am Sunday- and a recording from Fr Michael from Terryglass. Please check the following links:  www.twitch.tv/borrisokaneparish  /  www.killaloediocese.ie/parish/borrisokane/   www.terryglass/kilbarron https://bit.ly/3bhnxfj  Weekdays Masses on Webcam 10am.Tues, Thurs, Fri. from Borrisokane.

Late Breeda Gleeson.

Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of the late Breda Gleeson (née Mounsey), Lordspark, Rathcabbin who passed away on Tuesday 10th November. Peacefully, after a long illness bravely borne. Predeceased by her parents Bridie and Stephen. Deeply regretted by her loving husband Barry, son Brian, brother’s John, Timmy, Stevie, Ger, Liam and Anthony, sister Marie, mother-in-law Margaret, father-in-law Lar, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews aunts and uncle, carers, relatives, neighbours and friends.
After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Thursday 12th. burial took place in Bonoham Cemetery.  May she rest in peace.

November Intentions.

Anyone wishing to have deceased members of their families remembered throughout November can do so by dropping their lists into the Parochial House in Lorrha.

Remembrance Mass:

 Remembrance Mass will take place in Lorrha Church on Thursday 19th at 7.30pm for those who have died during the last year. As people cannot attend due to current restrictions, the mass will be streamed online. Find the link on Lorrha Parish and Visit Lorrha Dorrha Facebook pages.

Trades Directory.

Scéal Community Group are setting up a directory for local trades people and businesses. If you would like your business included, please send a private message to our Facebook page Visit Lorrha Dorrha or text 087 440 2496

Remembrance 2020

Because 2020 has been a year like no other, the Diocese of Killaloe, in collaboration with the Anglican Diocese of Limerick, Killaloe & Ardfert has decided to hold a Day of Remembrance on Friday evening November 20th for those who have died in 2020.  This Day aims to acknowledge those who have died this year and those who have been bereaved through the death of loved ones. It includes the remembrance of those who have died as a result of the global pandemic, as well as those who have died from other causes. The day will help us to remember our own beloved dead but also acknowledge and pray for those whose passing and mourning has been so cruelly affected by the COVID protocols in hospitals and nursing homes and around funerals.

The focus of the Remembrance Day will be on short moments of prayer in which everyone can participate at home.  These include the following: A short radio message and blessing from Bishop Fintan and Bishop Kenneth Kearon (Church of Ireland) will mark the beginning of the day’s prayer.  (This will also be available on diocesan and parish websites, on Facebook and other social media platforms).  A Diocese-wide moment of silence and individual prayer at 12 noon to remember the dead and bereaved.  The angelus bell will be a reminder of this moment. A short prayer time to be broadcast on Clare FM and Tipp FM on Friday evening around 7 p.m.  People are invited to light candles and place them in the window in the evening as an act of remembrance.

Anniversary Masses.

 For anyone wishing to book an anniversary mass please contact the Parish Office on 090-9747009. Both Fr Tom and Fr Michael are happy to include anniversaries in their weekend masses, in Terryglass by audio on Saturday evenings and on webcam on Sunday mornings in Borrisokane.

November Memorial Service.

Lough Derg November Memorial service for deceased pilgrims and benefactors Is live via webcam from St. Mary’s Church, Pettigo, Sunday 22nd November at 7pm www.churchservices.tv/pettigo . To enrol a departed loved one please contact us by email: info@loughderg.org or tel: 0(0353) 71 9861518 or write to: Fr La Flynn, Prior, Lough Derg, Pettigo, Co. Donegal f94 yc60

Marriage Preparation during Covid:

Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112

Help Line:

A COVID-19 support line is available for older people and is managed by ALONE,  a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

Lorrha GAA Helping Hand.

If anyone needs a helping hand, Lorrha GAA club would like to offer their services whether it's to collect groceries, collect prescriptions etc. Ring Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Niall McIntyre (0857623158), David Fogarty (0872681134), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) all of whom will be happy to help.

Well Done.

Well done to Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher, Brian Hogan and the Tipperary senior hurling team who are through to the all Ireland quarter final after their victory over Cork on Saturday last. Galway have been drawn as their opponents while Waterford will play Clare in the other quarter final. Tipperary will return to the LIT Gaelic Grounds for the All-Ireland hurling championship quarter-final against Galway next Saturday. The match starts at 1.15pm and will be shown live on RTE.

Saturday’s other quarter-final between Waterford and Clare will be played at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, with a 3.45 start, and will be shown live on Sky Sports Mix. We wish our two lads and the team the very best.

Congratulations also to Clodagh McIntyre and the Tipp senior camogie girls who recorded a five point victory over Waterford in the quarter final on Saturday last. The girls are out in two weeks time where they play the present All Ireland holders Galway in the semi-final and we wish them well.

GAA Notes

Tipperary: Well done to our three county players Brian Hogan, Patrick Maher and Clodagh McIntyre on their victories with Tipperary over the weekend. Best of luck to Brian and Bonner this weekend against Galway.

 RIP: Sympathies also to the Gleeson and Mounsey families on the death of Breda Mounsey.

 Lotto:  There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €10,950. The numbers drawn on 16 November were: 1-7-19-27. 2 Match 3's: Margaret Gleeson, Helen & Martin Corrigan share €120. Promoters: Margaret Gleeson, D&K Mannion, Internet.
Next Monday's draw will be for a jackpot of €11,100 with a Match 3 pot of €100. Team 6 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.
The jackpot is at €11'100 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at clubforce.com. Lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the clubhouse, at Mulrooney's, Kelly's, or at the Scéal shop. If you need Lotto envelopes, contact chairman Joe Dolan (0879673124), Hubert Duggan (0872185995) or Kevin Molloy (0876738986).

CLUB NEWS

Tipperary: Well done to our three county players Brian Hogan, Patrick Maher, and Clodagh McIntyre on their victories with Tipperary over the weekend. Best of luck to Brian and Bonner this weekend against Galway.

RIP: Sympathies also to the Gleeson and Mounsey families on the death of Breda Mounsey.