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

There are still copies of the Lorrha Parish Calendar on sale in Lorrha, Carrigahorig, Portumna, Birr, Borrisokane. If you want a copy posted to you email info@lorrhadorrha.ie or call or text (086) 8647166.

Late Frank Larkin.

The death took place on Monday December 27th of Frank Larkin, Parteen, Clare and late of Rathcabbin. Frank passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at his home in Parteen on the Limerick, Clare border at the age of 87.
A serviceman for Electrolux in the Leinster/Munster area, Frank covered a lot of mileage, met lots of people and formed long and lasting friendships with many. One hobby he loved dearly was Irish music and set dancing which he took a keen interest in. He was always thoughtful of others and visited people for a chat, in particular anyone who was ill in hospital or at home and he attended many funerals back in his native Rathcabbin through the years. When in Rathcabbin, he always paid a visit to St Kieran’s Nursing home and chatted to lots of the residents there.
His door was always open to who ever visited where he and Sheila were the perfect hosts. He was a wonderful character who always had a witty remark and thoroughly enjoyed the banter on the weekend of GAA matches, especially when Tipperary were playing.
In later years after his retirement, he joined his wife Sheila as sacristans in their local church and both gave many years of dedicated service with Frank also doing caretaker of the grounds. Pre-deceased by his sisters Nan (Coughlan, Rathcabbin), Mary Burrows (Dublin), brothers John-Joe, Stephen and Jim.
Frank will be sadly missed by all who knew him but in particular by his wife Sheila, brother Kieran, brothers-in-law Tom, Cathal, Sean & Gerard, sisters-in-law Mary, Patsy, Breda, Eileen and Chris, nephews, nieces, grand-nephews, grand-nieces, relatives, kind neighbours and his many friends to whom sympathy is offered.
After concelebrated funeral Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, Parteen on Thursday 30th December, burial took place in Ballycannon Cemetery, Meelick.    May Frank rest in peace.

Gratitude.

Rathcabbin Hall would like to thank everyone for their continuous support throughout 2021.  Some repairs are complete and more to continue into 2022.  All this would not have been possible without your generous support.  Anyone who still wants to make a donation can do so to any committee member. We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone at home and abroad a safe and happy New Year.

Site Required.

A suitable site is required for the North Tipperary Ploughing Championships which will be held in March. Any farmer who thinks they may have a suitable venue, is asked to make contact with the secretary Denis Cahalan on (087) 7793719.

Sponsorship Programme

Inland Fisheries Ireland is encouraging angling clubs to apply for funding under its 2022 Sponsorship Programme.  The €30,000 fund will have a particular focus on initiatives aimed at beginners and young anglers, as well as events that promote sustainable angling tourism. The  deadline for applications is January 21st. More information about the Sponsorship Programme is available by visiting the Inland Fisheries Ireland website at www.fisheriesireland.ie

Church News.

Mass Times: 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. Borrisokane 7pm Saturday. Kilbarron: 8pm Saturday.  Terryglass: 9.30am Sunday. Borrisokane 10.30am Sunday. Please wear face masks in the Church.
Anyone wishing to book anniversary masses, baptisms, weddings etc, please contact the Church Sacristans, Agnes Slevin in Lorrha Church & Mary Cleary in Rathcabbin Church.

Synodal Pathway Meetings on-line via Zoom.

 A message from Bishop Fintan:  It is planned to have 7 synodal pathway meetings on-line with the various pastoral areas in different groups.  These meetings will take place beginning on the week of January 16th and continuing on the following week. Clergy and all members of the pastoral councils will be invited to join these introductory meetings, giving an explanation of what the synod is about and leaving time for discussion, questions and how to go about things at local level. Arising from this it is hoped that the first 4 weeks of Lent would be allotted to local discussion and then if possible to have a diocesan gathering at some point after Easter, Covid restrictions permitting.

Day Care.
Portumna Day-care Centre has reopened to the public. We were glad to reopen for the last few weeks of 2021. Thank you to all who attended. We would also like to thank our volunteers and our donors without whom we couldn't continue with our services.  Happy New Year to all!

Christmas Tree Recycle.

The public is encouraged to Recycle your Christmas tree at County Council centres around the county during opening hours and free of charge from January 4th to the 15th.

Pilgrimage to San Giovanni.

A fully escorted pilgrimage with a Spiritual Director will take place to San Giovanni in Italy to include a visit to the Shrine of St. Philomena in Mugnano and a walking tour of Pietrrlcina, birthplace of St. Padre Pio, from the 18th to the 22nd of April 2022. Direct flights from Dublin to Naples Airport and coach transfer from there. The price of €669 per person includes breakfast and dinner with lunch on three days. For bookings and enquiries please call Michael or Anne on (087) 2677656.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje.

Medjugorje Irish Centre Pilgrimages April - Oct 2022: 7 Nights Apartment B&B with return Airport transfer from Dubrovnik or Split from €315 per person sharing. Guaranteed Airport transfer price for any flight. Contact us for details & book the dates that suit you. Tel. 01 4434510 or email reservations@med-irishcentre.com   


Lorrha Notes

The Lorrha Parish Calendar is still on sale and can be bought in the Shop in Lorrha, Colette's Hair Salon, Ferry Inn, Mulrooney's Service Station, O'Meara's Super Valu Portumna, Salmon's Newsagents, Boathouse, Lorraines Hair Salon, Derg Inn Terryglass, Flynns Carrigahorig, Heenans Borrisokane, Buckleys Super Valu Birr. If you would like to have a copy posted to you call (086) 8647166 or email info@lorrhadorrha.ie.

Late Joe Cleary.

The death took place on Sunday December 26th of Joe Cleary, Ballyoughter, Rathcabbin. Joe passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at his home on St. Stephen’s Day.

A hard working man all his life, he was a great neighbor and a kind helpful friend to many. He retired from the water section in Tipperary County Council just under six years ago and this gave him more time to follow some of his interests.  Joe lived for his family whom he adored and cherished and when the grandchildren came along he poured so much love, time and energy into them, enjoying and cherishing their visits.  He had many interests in life including gardening and nature, sowing and tending to the flowers and feeding the birds. He was a man of strong faith serving Rathcabbin Church very well both as a Eucharistic Minister, collector at Mass and caretaker to the Church grounds, a position he was dedicated to for over 30 years, building up a close and lasting friendship with the late Fr. John Donnelly.
A former member of Rathcabbin Players, Joe acted in ‘The Playboy of the Western World’ and the ‘Odd Couple’ to name just a few, back in the early 1990’s, and the craic and laughter combined with his quick wit during rehearsals was so enjoyable. Not only did he tread the boards, but he also helped out behind the scenes, ready, able and willing with a joke and a story to keep the job lighthearted.  Joe loved meeting people, having a chat and enjoying the banter and his broad wide smile and his hearty laugh was infectious.

Joe will be missed from the community and from Rathcabbin village, but above all by his family, wife Mary, sons  Joseph, Damien, Kenneth and daughter Edel, his brothers Tony and Pat sister Mary and grandchildren Jake Chelsea, Rachel, Ross and Wayne to whom sympathy is offered.
After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church, Rathcabbin on Friday morning 31st. Dec. Burial took place in Bohonam Cemetery. May Joe rest in peace.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of  Noel Egan formerly Balleragh, Lorrha who died recently in Bolton, England. A months mind offering for Noel will be celebrated in Lorrha Church on Saturday next January 8th at 6.30pm. May he rest in peace.
Sympathy is also extended to Cllr. Michael O’Meara and family, Rathcabbin on the death of his aunt Anne Ferman, Fivealley which occurred on Friday 31st December. After funeral Mass in St. James’ Church, Eglish on Sunday last January 2nd. burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Church News.

This coming Thursday the 6th January, is the Epiphany of the Lord. Mass will be celebrated in Rathcabbin Church at 7.30pm.
Please note there will be no First Friday Mass this month
Mass Times: 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. Borrisokane 7pm Saturday. Kilbarron: 8pm Saturday.  Terryglass: 9.30am Sunday. Borrisokane 10.30am Sunday. Please wear face masks in the Church.

Pope Francis has called for a new conversation to take place in our church. It is a conversation that will inevitably require respect of a plurality of views and everyone’s right to share their views. If you wish to have your voice heard as regards what is happening in our church, there’s a video produced in the diocese which may be of help: https://youtu.be/5TTqgYMQS0c
It is a journey that we need to make together as pilgrims open to the Holy Spirit and with the hope that whatever emerges will be for the good of the church and our communities as we seek to live the gospel. Despite, Covid worries, almost certainly in the early part of this year, the tempo of this process is likely to ramp up considerably as the months go on and those who wish to participate should have the opportunity to do so. It is an unparalleled invitation issued to a local church maybe only in the very early church councils.

Christmas Tree Recycle.

The public is encouraged to Recycle your Christmas tree at County Council centres around the county during opening hours and free of charge from January 4th to the 15th.

Darran Launches CD

A well-known figure on the local entertainment scene Darran Bourke,  realised his dream when he launched his first CD just before Christmas. Due to current Covid regulations, the launch was low key for the popular Lorrha musician. Containing just two songs, ‘Christmas Eve 1914 (A Silent Night)’ and ‘Hey God’, both songs mean a lot to him as he plays with the local church choirs.
Darran  played with “Tradstone” and “The Bentley Boys” playing all over Ireland and the UK but now he has decided to go solo concentrating on church occasions and small parties. We wish Darran the best of luck going forward and hope this is just the beginning of many more CD’s to come. Well done Darran.
The CD is available for request on all radio stations. Full song available on iTunes Spotify and YouTube. Look him up at Darran Bourke (Watch the name spelling just in case you can’t find him) or email dburca1@gmail.com.

Programme.

Silver Arch Family Resource Centre in Nenagh are delighted to offer a range of health and wellbeing programmes to adults in our community.  Starting in January, we will be hosting a free Healthy Food Made Easy 6 week programme for anyone interested in improving knowledge of nutrition and preparing healthier meals Places are limited and bookings can be made through Silver Arch FRC reception at 067-31800 when we re-open after the Christmas break on 4th January. And we wish everyone a very safe and peaceful Christmas and looking forward to supporting everyone in our community in 2022.

Gun Owners Reminder.

Gardai are reminding people that if they have a gun it must be licensed. Gun owners must submit their fully completed renewal notices together with photos and supporting documentation to your local Garda station. Please submit as soon as possible and do not leave until the last minute to renew.

Pilgrimage to San Giovanni.

A fully escorted pilgrimage with a Spiritual Director will take place to San Giovanni in Italy to include a visit to the Shrine of St. Philomena in Mugnano and a walking tour of Pietrrlcina, birthplace of St. Padre Pio, from the 18th to the 22nd of April 2022. Direct flights from Dublin to Naples Airport and coach transfer from there. The price of €669 per person includes breakfast and dinner with lunch on three days. For bookings and enquiries please call Michael or Anne on (087) 2677656.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje.

Medjugorje Irish Centre Pilgrimages April - Oct 2022: 7 Nights Apartment B&B with return Airport transfer from Dubrovnik or Split from €315 per person sharing. Guaranteed Airport transfer price for any flight. Contact us for details & book the dates that suit you. Tel. 01 4434510 or email reservations@med-irishcentre.com

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People.

ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). If you or someone you know needs support this Christmas, please call our National Support and Referral Line on 0818 222 024 from 8am – 8pm, seven days a week. ALONE operates 365 days a year so we will be there to take your call when you need us most

A healthy and peaceful New Year to all readers of the Lorrha Notes and many thanks to all who contribute information every week. . Stay safe.

GAA Notes

Lotto No's - 4 January: 2-6-18-20. No Winner. No Match 3.  Lucky Dips: Paula S & Paddy C, Colm Hogan, Maureen Gaynor, Maria Maher. Promoters: Bonner Maher, Willie Fogarty, Internet.
Next Monday's jackpot will be €9,300 with Team 1 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Smile Awhile.


Lorrha Notes

                                    A Merry and safe Christmas to all our readers. 

On sale throughout the parish and surrounding towns. If you wish to have a copy posted to you, call (086) 8647166 or email info @lorrhadorrha.ie

So Close.

It was so, so close for the McIntyre family as they just missed out, by mere seconds, on taking away the top prize of €15,000 and being crowned ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’.
Sixteen families started the grueling event and over several weeks, twelve families went home after giving their best. Davie Fitzgerald also went packing and it was down to Anna Geary, Donncha O’Callaghan and Derval O’Rourke.  Last Sunday night’s episode saw four families battling it out in the final of four events and after two more families were eliminated it was down to our own parish family the McIntyre’s, and the Kinsella’s from Wexford.  The grand finale turned out to be a huge fight of  massive strength, and ultimately inspirational shows of endurance from both camps with horrible disappointment for our own parish family.
As they looked at the challenge ahead of them, Aiden McIntyre was delighted that the mountain wasn’t as steep as he thought, but that was before the challenge commenced! First event up was ‘Mountain Madness’ in Kilruddery, which lived up to its name, with the McIntyre’s coming in second place. In round two, ‘Sling Shot’,  Aiden, Eoin, Niall and Clodagh made it their own as they did in round three ‘Mountain Escape’ with Aiden getting help along the way from his two sons. Things were looking good for the family from Portland as they seemed on course for the top prize, with the Kinsella family nipping on their heels throughout. The grand finale was nail biting stuff as the two families went head to head, and they were neck and neck with so little between them, while their respective mentors Donncha and Anna were fighting their own battles too. However, for the McIntyre family, it just wasn’t to be, and it was heartbreaking for them as they came so close with the Enniscorthy family and Anna Geary celebrating after a grueling final. The parish of Lorrha was weighing in behind Aiden, Eoin, Niall and Clodagh and while we are hearth broken for you, we are also very proud of your wonderful effort and well done on getting to the final in the first place. Anyone else from the parish fancy their chances in Irelands Fittest Family??

Gun Owners Reminder.

Gardai are reminding people that if they have a gun it must be licensed. Gun owners must submit their fully completed renewal notices together with photos and supporting documentation to your local Garda station. Please submit as soon as possible and do not leave until the last minute to renew.

Seperman Nelius.

R.A.G.S. golfing society held their annual away weekend to Westport recently under the captaincy of Kevin Hough and management of James O’Meara. It was a really enjoyable weekend that was had by all and great golf played by the young and not so young, with Mike Coughlan taking the spoils. One of the societies long time members Nelius O’Meara, on his arrival in Westport, proceeded to climb Croagh Patrick and not to be outdone by that achievement, the following day he set off on a bike and cycled the Greenway to Achill, a trip of 100 km. But this was merely just a warm up for two further days of golf, thus earning himself the title ‘Superman Nelius’! Well done Nelius and all the members are looking forward to what surprises you have planned for the next R.A.G.S. outing.

Lorrha School Notes.

Christmas Draw.

This year we held a Christmas raffle with the draw taking place in the school on Friday December 17th.  Our thanks to the late Fr. John Donnelly and his extended family for their donation of briquettes to the school community. Many thanks also to those who donated prizes and a special word of thanks to all who bought and sold tickets.
The winners were, Lorraine Kinsella, Martina Duggan, Luke Heenan, Sarah Delahunt Heenan, Lochlinn McGrath, Anna Young, Megan Moten, Mona Haughton, Dan Kennedy, Conor Kennedy, Emma Kennedy, George Harding, Zara Curran. Well done all.

Well Done.

Congratulations to the Lorrha junior camogie team and mentors on winning the County final recently.  There was a number of the girls who are past pupils of the school and two of the three mentors are also past pupils.  Well done to all.

Young Artists.

Congratulations is extended to Colin Keon Coughlan and Saoirse O’Meara, winners of the art competition which was organised by S.C.É.A.L.  Barbara Tierney made the presentation to the two young students. Well done.

Commiserations.

Commiserations to the McIntyre family in the final of ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’. You did yourselves proud and your parish too.

Enrolment.

We are now accepting enrolment for September 2022. Application forms can be downloaded from our school website www.lorrhans.ie or by calling the school on (090) 9747295.

Christmas Wishes.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our pupils, parents, staff and friends of the school, a happy and safe Christmas with many blessings throughout 2022.

Pilgrimage to San Giovanni.

A fully escorted pilgrimage with a Spiritual Director will take place to San Giovanni in Italy to include a visit to the Shrine of St. Philomena in Mugnano and a walking tour of Pietrrlcina, birthplace of St. Padre Pio, from the 18th to the 22nd of April 2022. Direct flights from Dublin to Naples Airport and coach transfer from there. The price of €669 per person includes breakfast and dinner with lunch on three days. For bookings and enquiries please call Michael or Anne on (087) 2677656.

Christmas Masses.

Christmas Eve Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha at 6.30pm. Christmas Day in Redwood at 9am and in Rathcabbin at 11am. St. Stephen’s Day in Rathcabbin at 11am Mass of the Holy Family.
Mass in the Pastoral area will be celebrated in Borrisokane on Christmas Eve at 2pm and at 7pm (family Mass), Kilbarron at 6pm, Terryglass at 8pm and Aglish at 9pm (Family Mass). On Christmas Day in Terryglass at 9.30am and Borrisokane at 11am.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje.

Medjugorje Irish Centre Pilgrimages April - Oct 2022: 7 Nights Apartment B&B with return Airport transfer from Dubrovnik or Split from €315 per person sharing. Guaranteed Airport transfer price for any flight. Contact us for details & book the dates that suit you. Tel. 01 4434510 or email reservations@med-irishcentre.com

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People.

ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). If you or someone you know needs support this Christmas, please call our National Support and Referral Line on 0818 222 024 from 8am – 8pm, seven days a week. ALONE operates 365 days a year so we will be there to take your call when you need us most

Join our Big Family Christmas.

By setting your place at the Mary’s Meals Big Family Christmas table, you'll help to feed a hungry child for a whole school year for less than €20. You’ll get a beautiful digital placemat, featuring the name of your friend or loved one, to email or print out and pass on. Go to www.marysmeals.ie to set your place or call Patricia on 086 314 0814 Mary’s Meals feeds over 2 Million children each school day in 19 of the world’s poorest countries. At least 93% of all donations go directly to their charitable activities. Food changes the story; with your help they can make a difference.

Aware. 

Aware is the national organisation providing free support, education & information services to those impacted by anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and related mood conditions. Aware was founded by Dr McKeon & a team of volunteers, many of whom had their own experience of depression or bipolar disorder & who wanted to support others. That is still Aware’s ethos today; volunteers are the backbone of the organisation. You can direct potential volunteer here: https://www.aware.ie/get-involved/volunteering/. All the relevant information, training dates and full application form can be viewed on that page.

GAA News.

Thanks: to Dan Kennedy, after 33 years of working with the club as grounds-man, has retired. Dan was very approachable and extremely professional in his work and whoever replaces him will have big shoes to fill.

Merry christmas and Happy new year: to all our club members. We look forward to getting back playing in the new year.

AGM: was held last Thursday night and our officers were re-selected.

President: Phil McIntyre. Vice-President: Michael Liffey. Chairman: Aiden McIntyre. Vice-chair: Hubert Duggan. Secretary: Maureen Guinan. Assistant secretary: Michael Kennedy. Treasurer: Niall Brophy. Assistant Treasurer: Adrian Molloy. Registrar and assistant treasurer: Louise Mannion. Lotto co-ordinator: Kevin Molloy PRO: Niall McIntyre. Child welfare officer: Tom Kennedy. Healthy clubs officer: David Fogarty. Development officer: Tony Coen. Hurling officer: Ken Hogan.


Lorrha Notes

The very popular Lorrha Parish Calendar is on sale and would make a lovely Christmas present for those living abroad or closer to home. Packed as usual from front cover to back and in good time to post for Christmas, the calendar can be bought in the Shop in Lorrha, Colette's Hair Salon, Ferry Inn, Mulrooney's Service Station, O'Meara's Super Valu Portumna, Salmon's Newsagents, Boathouse, Lorraines Hair Salon, Derg Inn Terryglass, Flynns Carrigahorig, Heenans Borrisokane, Buckleys Super Valu Birr. If you would like to have a copy posted to you call (086) 8647166 or email info@lorrhadorrha.ie.
Many thanks to all who supported the calendar by their advertising and a very sincere thanks to all who donated photo's as without you we would be unable to produce the much awaited calendar. 

Into the Final.

Well done to the McIntyre family, Portland who have made it through to the final of ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’.
After a grueling swamp trek, which Aiden made his own, remarking that he was used to muck, the family made a new record time which none of the remaining families could beat. Now the rumor mill is on fire with many predicting they know the answer well before Sunday night’s final episode. One thing for sure, it'll be a hair-raising final, full of tension, strength, disappointment and ultimately inspirational shows of endurance. We can't wait to see how it all goes down. Will Aiden, Eoin, Niall and Clodagh be crowned Ireland's Fittest Family and take the top prize of €15,000 back to Lorrha? We only have days left to find out. Irelands Fittest Family is on Sunday evening at 6.30pm on RTE 1 and good luck to the McIntyre family.

Best of Luck.

The pupils and staff of Scoil Lua Naofa Lorrha wish to extend the best of luck to the McIntyre family, Aiden, Eoin, Niall and Clodagh, the very best of luck in the final of Irelands Fittest Family on RTE Sunday night.

Pilgrimage to San Giovanni.

A fully escorted pilgrimage with a Spiritual Director will take place to San Giovanni in Italy to include a visit to the Shrine of St. Philomena in Mugnano and a walking tour of Pietrrlcina, birthplace of St. Padre Pio, from the 18th to the 22nd of April 2022. Direct flights from Dublin to Naples Airport and coach transfer from there. The price of €669 per person includes breakfast and dinner with lunch on three days. For bookings and enquiries please call Michael or Anne on (087) 2677656.

Christmas Masses.

Christmas Eve Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha at 6.30pm. Christmas Day in Redwood at 9am and in Rathcabbin at 11am. St. Stephen’s Day in Rathcabbin at 11am Mass of the Holy Family.
Mass in the Pastoral area will be celebrated in Borrisokane on Christmas Eve at 2pm and at 7pm (family Mass), Kilbarron at 6pm, Terryglass at 8pm and Aglish at 9pm (Family Mass). On Christmas Day in Terryglass at 9.30am and Borrisokane at 11am.

Pilgrimage.

Medjugorje Irish Centre Pilgrimages April - Oct 2022: 7 Nights Apartment B&B with return Airport transfer from Dubrovnik or Split from €315 per person sharing. Guaranteed Airport transfer price for any flight. Contact us for details & book the dates that suit you. Tel. 01 4434510 or email reservations@med-irishcentre.com

Join our Big Family Christmas.

By setting your place at the Mary’s Meals Big Family Christmas table, you'll help to feed a hungry child for a whole school year for less than €20. You’ll get a beautiful digital placemat, featuring the name of your friend or loved one, to email or print out and pass on. Go to www.marysmeals.ie to set your place or call Patricia on 086 314 0814 Mary’s Meals feeds over 2 Million children each school day in 19 of the world’s poorest countries. At least 93% of all donations go directly to their charitable activities. Food changes the story; with your help they can make a difference.

Aware. 

Aware is the national organisation providing free support, education & information services to those impacted by anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and related mood conditions. Aware was founded by Dr McKeon & a team of volunteers, many of whom had their own experience of depression or bipolar disorder & who wanted to support others. That is still Aware’s ethos today; volunteers are the backbone of the organisation. You can direct potential volunteer here: https://www.aware.ie/get-involved/volunteering/. All the relevant information, training dates and full application form can be viewed on that page.

GAA News

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €8,900. The numbers drawn on 13 December were: 4-5-8-13. No Winner.  2 Match 3's: Padraig Michaela & Cara Hogan, Noreen & Jason.  Promoters: Noreen Houlihan, Liam Reddish, Agnes Sherlock.  Next Monday's draw will be for €9000 with Team 6 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Hard luck: To Ken Hogan and St Rynagh's on their loss to Ballyhale Shamrocks in the Leinster club championship.

AGM: Takes place this Thursday in the clubhouse at 8.00pm. Social distancing will apply and masks must be worn.

Sympathies: To the family of Kieran Delaney and Toomevara GAA on his tragic passing. May he Rest in Peace.

Think Before You Pour.

It’s time to make sure the chimney is clear for the safe arrival of Santa, but that’s not all we have to keep clear this Christmas! This festive season, the Think Before You Pour campaign is partnering with Ireland’s well-known chefs, Kevin Dundon, Lilly Higgins, JP McMahon, Guy Sinnott, Mark Murphy and Edward Hayden to ask you to Think Before You Pour and put fats, oils and greases (FOGs) from the Christmas dinner in the bin.

Think Before You Pour is operated by Clean Coasts in partnership with Irish Water and appeals to the public not to pour FOGs down the kitchen sink, as a survey reveals that approximately 4 out of 10 people admit to doing so.

Fats, oils and greases may seem like liquid when poured, but they cool and harden as they travel along the pipes and can cause blockages in our homes, businesses, the public sewer network and wastewater treatment plants and can even lead to overflows of sewage in our communities and pollution in rivers, on beaches and in the ocean. When FOGs combine with wipes and other sewage related litter such as hair and dental floss that shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet, fatbergs can form. Irish Water clears hundreds of blockages including fatbergs from the wastewater network every week.

Irish celebrity chef, television personality and author Kevin Dundon said: “This Christmas, I am delighted to be working with Clean Coasts and Irish Water on a great campaign to remind you to Think Before You Pour fats down the sink. As you all know, I love using fat while cooking, such as butter to baste a steak, turkey fat from the roasting tray or some duck fat on crispy roast potatoes. But, once served, pouring the residue left on the baking trays and pans down the sink will only end up creating blockages and giant fatbergs.”

Kevin continued: “My best advice is to let pans and trays cool for a few minutes and using kitchen paper, scrape the setting fat into a container and dispose of the fat in the general bin. It is a simple step that the family can do at home and help keep our pipes clearer. So this Christmas, use as much butter and cream in your recipes as desired and Think Before You Pour!”

Speaking about the size and scale of the issue Tom Cuddy, Head of Operations, Irish Water said: “This Christmas let’s reduce the number of wastewater blockages backing up into our houses and gardens or spilling into the local environment. We want to remind the public not to use their kitchen sink as a bin. ‘Think before You Pour’ and use a heat proof container to collect FOGs and put them in the bin once they have cooled. This will help prevent pipe blockages and protect the natural and built environment. Every month Irish Water clears approximately 2,000 blockages from the wastewater network. Survey results this year show that approximately 4 out of 10 people admit to pouring FOGs down the kitchen sink which contributes to these blockages. Let’s work together   and keep our pipes free-flowing.”

Speaking about the campaign, Sinead McCoy, Coastal Communities Manager, Clean Coasts said: “This Christmas Clean Coasts are asking the public to take positive environmental actions to be green this Christmas. One simple green action that can be done in the home is to keep our wastewater pipes clear by never pouring fats, oils and greases from the Christmas dinner down the kitchen sink. Instead, collect them into a heatproof container, allow to cool and empty into the bin. This helps prevent blockages in our wastewater systems. I would encourage and remind everyone to Think Before You Pour this Christmas.”

 


Lorrha Notes

The Lorrha Parish Calendar is now on sale and would make a lovely Christmas present for those living abroad or closer to home. Packed as usual from front cover to back and in good time to post for Christmas. The calendar can be bought in the Shop in Lorrha, Colette's Hair Salon, Ferry Inn, Mulrooney's Service Station, O'Meara's Super Valu Portumna, Salmon's Newsagents, Boathouse, Lorraines Hair Salon, Derg Inn Terryglass, Flynns Carrigahorig, Heenans Borrisokane, Buckleys Super Valu Birr. If you would like to have a copy posted to you call (086) 8647166 or email info@lorrhadorrha.ie.
Many thanks to all who supported the calendar by their advertising and a very sincere thanks to all who donated photo's. Unfortunately, we were unable to print them all this year but we appreciate your contribution. 

Lorrha Camogie Club AGM.

We are holding our AGM this Friday night the 10th December at 8.00pm in the GAA Clubhouse. Mask wearing and adherence to Covid procedures will apply.

Sponsorship.

We would sincerely like to thank local businesses for their generous donations toward the purchase of gear for all our players and mentors. There is always tremendous goodwill shown towards the club in numerous fundraisers over the years and we ask that you acknowledge these small businesses in any dealing you have up to Christmas and beyond.
Our sponsors for the Lorrha gear are Robert Delaney Carpentry, St Kierans Nursing Home, Emmet House B & B Maureen Guinan, Smyths Sand & Gravel, Urban Sports Noel Hogan, Tipperary Honey - Michael O’Meara, Aidan Duggans Motors, Conor O’Sullivan The Pitt Fitness, The Ferry Bar & Restaurant, Michael Naylor Car Dismantlers, Kevin Maher Carpentry, Ciaran Young – Hire Agri, Cyril Lowry Builders, The Friars Tavern  Lil & Denis Maher, John O Hara Electrical, Keith Brady Electrical, Mike Hoctor – Eire Electrical Ltd, Eoin Smyth  Silage Contractors, David Fogarty House Fitness, New Order District Supper Club Birr,  Sean Mulrooney, The Ferry and theThe Corner House Cloughjordan.

Donation

The camogie club also made a donation to JIGSAW the national centre for youth mental health from donations made to our 350km in 1 day fundraiser earlier in the year and we hope to organise a talk with representatives from JIGSAW around the topic of wellbeing and mental health in the new year.

The Wait Goes On.

We will know the fate of our parish participants the McIntyre family, on Sunday evening in ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’ as they slog it out with three other families in the semi-final. However, the question on everyone’s lips is will Aiden, Eoin, Niall and Clodagh make it through or will they be going home. The wait continues to see how they fare out as the going gets a lot tougher from here. Will they make it through to the final? or will they be going home?  Ireland's Fittest Family is on Sunday evening at 6.30pm on RTE 1.

Best of Luck.

The pupils and staff of Scoil Lua Naofa Lorrha wish to extend the best of luck to the McIntyre family, Aiden, Eoin, Niall and Clodagh, all past pupils of the school (including dad Aiden), the very best of luck in the semi-final of Irelands Fittest Family. You are all a credit to the Lorrha parish.

Rail Line Re-Opens.

From Monday last December 6th. full rail services have resumed on the Limerick to Ballybrophy (via Nenagh) rail line following successful completion of the latest phase of track renewal on the line.  Full details of services are at www.irishrail.ie or at the Iarnród Éireann app.

Grants.

Tipperary County Council have advised that Applications are now open for funding under both the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Historic Structures Fund 2022.

The closing date for applications is Monday 24th January 2022.

Please note that there are two new Streams for funding under the HSF – Historic Shopfronts and Vernacular Structures.  Details and particulars are available on our website at the following locations;

https://www.tipperarycoco.ie/planning/built-heritage-investment-scheme-2022

https://www.tipperarycoco.ie/planning/historic-structures-fund-2022

Pilgrimage to San Giovanni.

A fully escorted pilgrimage with a Spiritual Director will take place to San Giovanni in Italy to include a visit to the Shrine of St. Philomena in Mugnano and a walking tour of Pietrrlcina, birthplace of St. Padre Pio, from the 18th to the 22nd of April 2022. Direct flights from Dublin to Naples Airport and coach transfer from there. The price of €669 per person includes breakfast and dinner with lunch on three days. For bookings and enquiries please call Michael or Anne on (087) 2677656.

Farm Succession.

Tackling farm succession can seem overwhelming. There are lots to consider and agree on, such as the wishes of individual family members, securing a sustainable income for the outgoing and incoming generations, as well as looking at other options if there isn’t an obvious successor in the family.  Indeed, for some the pressure to prepare for the future is so daunting that succession is an aspect of farming that is set aside.
ifac is hosting a webinar on the topic, titled "Farm Succession: Is it time to get everyone around the table?" at 8 pm on Thursday night the 9th of December. This in-depth look at how to successfully manage your farm succession will be chaired by Cork farmer and Chairman of Agri Aware, Alan Jagoe. The online event will feature a panel discussion with Declan McEvoy, Head of Tax with ifac and an AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA); Philip O'Connor, Head of Farm Support with ifac; and Karen Walsh, Solicitor with Walsh & Partners Solicitors, Cork, and a regular media commentator on legal farming issues. The online event will also feature an Irish farmer, sharing their unique story and experience of Farm Succession.
To register to join the webinar on the evening of the 9th of December, visit www.ifac.ie or please click the link below:

Church News.

Mass Times: 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. Borrisokane 7pm Saturday. Kilbarron: 8pm Saturday.  Terryglass: 9.30am Sunday. Borrisokane 10.30am Sunday. Please wear face masks in the Church.
Anyone wishing to book anniversary masses please contact the church sacristans, Agnes Slevin in Lorrha, and Mary Cleary in Rathcabbin.

Wednesday the 8th of Dec is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Mass will be in Rathcabbin Church at 7.30pm.  and in Kibarron Church at 7.30pm

Newsletters:

If you wish, or know anyone who wishes to receive a newsletter by email, please contact Theresa on 090-9747009

St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Collection.  

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is organising their Christmas Collection for this year. They are offering a number of options for people to support their work at this time. 1. Envelopes will be placed at the entrance of our churches for people to donate.2. Contact SVdeP by phone 0818176176 or svp.ie/donate. 3. Call to the SVdeP shop and donate or offer GiftTokens. 4.  Send a cheque / postal Order to The Treasurer SVdeP Birr. There will be no church gate collection this year. Our parish pastoral area does not have a branch of the SVP but the needs of the poor in our area are served by the Birr SVP.

Pilgrimage.

Medjugorje Irish Centre Pilgrimages April - Oct 2022: 7 Nights Apartment B&B with return Airport transfer from Dubrovnik or Split from €315 per person sharing. Guaranteed Airport transfer price for any flight. Contact us for details & book the dates that suit you. Tel. 01 4434510 or email reservations@med-irishcentre.com

Little Colm Hoary from Rathcabbin who was granted his wish to own a tractor. Make - A - Wish Ireland delivered an electric tractor and as you can see, Colm was busy checking out the 'Big Tractor' that delivered his wish on Saturday last. 

GAA News.

Monday in the Clubhouse. Lotto No's - 6 December: 4-11-15-20. No Winner. No Match 3.
Lucky Dips: Donoghue, Thomas Jim King, Madeleine Maher, Lillian O'Meara. Promoters: Margaret Gleeson, Noreen Houlihan, Liam Reddish.
Next Monday's jackpot is €8,900 with Team 5 in charge of the draw.

AGM: Takes place on Thursday, 16th December. Details tbc.

Tipperary GAA Draw: The draw for December took place last Friday and it was a great one for Lorrha with sisters Kate & Thia Houlihan and their cousins Siobha & Alise winning the third prize of €2000. Kathleen Gleeson also won the promoters prize of €200. Congrats and thanks to all those who have supported the draw.


Lorrha Notes

The very popular and long awaited Lorrha Parish Calendar will soon be available in a shop near you.  Lorrha Development wish to thank everyone who has advertised in the calendar and to all who loaned photographs. Anyone wishing to have a copy posted to them, please call (086) 8647166 or email info@lorrhadorrha.ie

Council Funding.

Tipperary County Council is launching a new scheme for community and voluntary organisations impacted by Covid-19. The Community Activities Fund facilitates a once-off payment to assist with running costs and projects to repair equipment. The fund is to help groups in disadvantaged areas in particular. Applications to the fund are open now and will close on December 17. Tipperary County Council estimates the size of each grant will be around €2,000. The Department of Rural and Community Development have made €199,381 available for the scheme. Details are available on the Tipperary County Council web site.

Through to Semi-Final.

Well done to our parish participants in the popular TV show ‘Irelands Fittest Family’ who have made it through to the semi-final. The McIntyre family consisting of dad Aidan, daughter Clodagh and sons Eoin and Niall battled hard in the ‘Pantoon of Pain’ and again in the ‘Hanging Tough’ exercise. Their coach Donncha O'Callaghan was worried about Aidan and the hamstring injury he picked up from the previous heat, but he also described Aidan as ‘showing shades of Tommy Bowe about him’ when it came to playing rugby. Donncha had no need to worry either about Aidan’s fitness levels as he went on to demonstrate to his coach and his family how to hang tough as he lasted the longest bringing their combined total of 9 minutes 35 seconds which qualified them for the semi-final.  But the wait continues to see how they fare out as the going gets tougher now that they have reached the semi-finals. Will they make it through to the final? or will they be going home?   Ireland's Fittest Family is on Sunday evening at 6.30pm on RTE 1.

Site Required.

A suitable site is required for the North Tipperary Ploughing Championships which will be held next March. Any farmer who thinks they may have a suitable venue, is asked to make contact with the secretary Denis Cahalan on (087) 7793719.

Mass Times: 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. Borrisokane 7pm Saturday. Kilbarron: 8pm Saturday.  Terryglass: 9.30am Sunday. Borrisokane 10.30am Sunday. Please wear face masks in the Church.
Anyone wishing to book anniversary masses please contact the church sacristans, Agnes Slevin in Lorrha, and Mary Cleary in Rathcabbin.

Feast Day.

Wednesday, the 8th of Dec is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Mass will be in Rathcabbin Church at 7.30pm. There will also be mass in Borrisokane at 10am on Wednesday morning and in Kibarron Church at 7.30pm

St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Collection.  

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is organising their Christmas Collection for this year. They are offering a number of options for people to support their work at this time. 1. Envelopes will be placed at the entrance of our churches for people to donate.2. Contact SVdeP by phone 0818176176 or svp.ie/donate. 3. Call to the SVdeP shop and donate or offer GiftTokens. 4.  Send a cheque / postal Order to The Treasurer SVdeP Birr. There will be no church gate collection this year. Our parish pastoral area does not have a branch of the SVP but the needs of the poor in our area are served by the Birr SVP.

Pilgrimage.

Medjugorje Irish Centre Pilgrimages April - Oct 2022: 7 Nights Apartment B&B with return Airport transfer from Dubrovnik or Split from €315 per person sharing. Guaranteed Airport transfer price for any flight. Contact us for details & book the dates that suit you. Tel. 01 4434510 or email reservations@med-irishcentre.com

75th Anniversary.

St. Flannan’s N.S. Rathcabbin plan on celebrating the 75th anniversary of the school next year. They are hoping to produce a book about the school since the building opened in 1946. Help is required for this project, sourcing material like photographs, stories, and accounts of things from school days. Anyone wishing to help out is asked to contact the Principal Conor Darcy on (086) 4140102 or email rathcabbinns75@gmail.com. All help welcome.

GAA News.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €8,700. The numbers drawn on 29 November were: 4-18-20-27 7 Match 3's: Conor Croxford, Willie Harding, Sean Lambe, Noel&Willie Maher, Carmel&Christy Molloy, Kevin Molloy, Eilish Reddan
Promoters: Thomas P Cahalan, Louis McCormack, Mulrooney's Gala
Next Monday's draw will be for a jackpot of €8800 with Team 4 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

                                      New visitor booking app launched in Nenagh hospital

UL Hospital Group has launched a new visitor booking app at Nenagh Hospital.

The Visitor Booking App allows patients and women accessing maternity services to nominate the people they would like to visit.

Once their details have been entered into the Integrated Patient Management System (iPMS), those people will be able to book their visit.

Project lead, Director of Nursing Bernadette Murphy, said that while Covid-19 still presents challenges, the group recognises the importance of support from loved ones for patients.   “Throughout the pandemic, we’ve used technology in a positive way to help our inpatients maintain connections with their families and loved ones. This Visitor Booking App is the latest example of this, simplifying the manual processes that we have put in place for inpatients and their loved ones during the pandemic,” said Ms Murphy.

Today, the app has been initially launched in Nenagh, Ennis, St John’s and Croom Orthopaedic Hospitals. A full launch of the app across UL hospitals is expected, but a date has not been confirmed.  Limerick-based company Ingenium developed the app.  UL Hospital Group says they are limiting patient visits to one per slot and ask visitors to keep visits to 30 minutes.  In the app, visitors will fill in a Covid-19 questionnaire before their visit. Visitors will have their temperature taken at the hospital entrance, must wear face coverings and wash their hands while visiting the hospital.  From today visitors must also show their EU Digital COVID Certificate, HSE COVID-19 Vaccination Record, or other proof of immunity before entering the hospital.  UL Hospital Group says that staff on the wards are happy to assist with any questions visitors or patients may have about the app.

 

            Everything you need to know about the Omicron variant of Covid-19

The world is scrambling to contain the latest variant of Covid-19 - Omicron - first discovered in South Africa and Botswana.

What's happening in Ireland?

Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, has confirmed that ten suspected cases of the new variant have been sent for testing in Ireland. They have not been confirmed as Omicron. Six cases have been discovered in Scotland and a number of countries within in the EU and around the world.

Countries are moving to tighten travel restrictions from some African nations in order to slow the spread. Contact tracing and testing is continuing around the world.

NPHET are due to meet today the three coalition leaders to discuss Ireland's current Covid-19 situation and the recent emergence of the Omicron variant.

In a statement released last night, Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan said while there is much attention on new variants, the incidence of the Delta variant remains 'too high' in Ireland.

"We all know the actions to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Good hand hygiene, wearing a face covering, meeting others outdoors where possible, and when indoors, opening windows and ensuring good ventilation, and keeping your distance." he added.

Dr Holohan said the NPHET Epidemiological Surveillance Team met over the weekend to monitor the new variant and regulations are being drawn up to give effect to the new travel and home quarantine policies.

He advised that anyone who has travelled from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, or Zimbabwe to Ireland since November 1 to isolate and travellers are required to take a PCR test regardless of symptom status.

The UK implemented new travel rules recently after the emergence of the Omicron variant. All travellers into the UK are required to take a PCR test on their second day of arrival and are required to self-isolate until they test negative for the virus.

The new UK travel rules will not affect the Common Travel Area, which includes Britain, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and the Channel Islands.

What is the World Health Organisation saying?

On 26 November 2021, WHO designated the variant B.1.1.529 a variant of concern, named Omicron, on the advice of WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on Virus Evolution (TAG-VE).  This decision was based on the evidence presented to the TAG-VE that Omicron has several mutations that may have an impact on how it behaves, for example, on how easily it spreads or the severity of illness it causes. Here is a summary of what is currently known.

Researchers in South Africa and around the world are conducting studies to better understand many aspects of Omicron and will continue to share the findings of these studies as they become available.

Is it more transmissible?

WHO says it is not yet clear whether Omicron is more transmissible (e.g., more easily spread from person to person) compared to other variants, including Delta. The number of people testing positive has risen in areas of South Africa affected by this variant, but epidemiologic studies are underway to understand if it is because of Omicron or other factors.

Will people get sicker with Omicron?

It is not yet clear whether infection with Omicron causes more severe disease compared to infections with other variants, including Delta, WHO has said. Preliminary data suggests that there are increasing rates of hospitalisation in South Africa, but this may be due to increasing overall numbers of people becoming infected, rather than a result of specific infection with Omicron.  There is currently no information to suggest that symptoms associated with Omicron are different from those from other variants. Initial reported infections were among university students—younger individuals who tend to have more mild disease—but understanding the level of severity of the Omicron variant will take days to several weeks.  All variants of COVID-19, including the Delta variant that is dominant worldwide, can cause severe disease or death, in particular for the most vulnerable people, and thus prevention is always key.

Is there a greater reinfection risk?

Preliminary evidence suggests there may be an increased risk of reinfection with Omicron (ie, people who have previously had COVID-19 could become reinfected more easily with Omicron), as compared to other variants of concern, but information is limited. More information on this will become available in the coming days and weeks.

Will vaccines work against it?

WHO is working with technical partners to understand the potential impact of this variant on our existing countermeasures, including vaccines. Vaccines remain critical to reducing severe disease and death, including against the dominant circulating variant, Delta. Current vaccines remain effective against severe disease and death.

Are normal PCR tests picking it up?

The widely used PCR tests continue to detect infection, including infection with Omicron, as we have seen with other variants as well. Studies are ongoing to determine whether there is any impact on other types of tests, including rapid antigen detection tests.

What about treating Omicron infection?

Corticosteroids and IL6 Receptor Blockers will still be effective for managing patients with severe COVID-19. Other treatments will be assessed to see if they are still as effective given the changes to parts of the virus in the Omicron variant.

Studies underway 

At the present time, WHO is coordinating with a large number of researchers around the world to better understand Omicron. Studies currently underway or underway shortly include assessments of transmissibility, severity of infection (including symptoms), performance of vaccines and diagnostic tests, and effectiveness of treatments.

WHO encourages countries to contribute the collection and sharing of hospitalized patient data through the WHO COVID-19 Clinical Data Platform to rapidly describe clinical characteristics and patient outcomes.

What does WHO recommend countries and people do to tackle Omicron?

As Omicron has been designated a Variant of Concern, there are several actions WHO recommends countries to undertake, including enhancing surveillance and sequencing of cases;  sharing genome sequences on publicly available databases, such as GISAID; reporting initial cases or clusters to WHO; performing field investigations and laboratory assessments to better understand if Omicron has different transmission or disease characteristics, or impacts effectiveness of vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics or public health and social measures.  More detail in the announcement from 26 November.

Countries should continue to implement the effective public health measures to reduce COVID-19 circulation overall, using a risk analysis and science-based approach. They should increase some public health and medical capacities to manage an increase in cases.  WHO is providing countries with support and guidance for both readiness and response.

In addition, it is vitally important that inequities in access to COVID-19 vaccines are urgently addressed to ensure that vulnerable groups everywhere, including health workers and older persons, receive their first and second doses, alongside equitable access to treatment and diagnostics.

The most effective steps individuals can take to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus is to keep a physical distance of at least 1 metre from others; wear a well-fitting mask; open windows to improve ventilation; avoid poorly ventilated or crowded spaces; keep hands clean; cough or sneeze into a bent elbow or tissue; and get vaccinated when it’s their turn.

WHO will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available, including following meetings of the TAG-VE. In addition, information will be available on WHO’s digital and social media platforms.


Lorrha Notes

           Lorrha Junior B County Champions 2021

Late Joe O’Keeffe.

The sudden and unexpected death occurred on Wednesday November 17th of the well known former proprietor of Portland House Hotel, Joe O’Keeffe of Carrigahorig.
Born and raised in Kiskeam in North Cork, Joe played football with his local club and in 1961 he won an All Ireland Minor football title with Cork. Success came to his beloved club in 1964 when the club won every honour available to a Junior team, including the County title.
He managed a hotel in Wexford before arriving in the Westpark Hotel in Portumna and after a number of successful years there he acquired the popular Portland House Hotel in Portland where his friendliness and helpfulness helped him to build a successful thriving business. Many people from not just the parish but further afield, will have treasured memories of great times, music, laughter, stories and dinner dances with Joe and staff in Portland House Hotel when it was doing well. After a fire which destroyed the hotel, Joe bought the old dispensary in Carrigahorig where he and his wife Avril carried out a successful B&B business along with a restaurant and boat hire business on the Shannon in Portumna.
He will be deeply missed by his loving wife Avril, sister Mary, brothers Billy and Brendan, father in law Michael (O'Connor), sisters in law Joan, Ann, Teresina and Maureen, brothers in law Michael and Meredith, niece Fiona, nephews Stephen and J.B.,relatives, extended family and many friends to whom sympathy is offered.
After funeral Mass on Sunday 21st, in the Church of The Immaculate Conception, Terryglass, burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

County Final Success.

After four unsuccessful years of trying to win a county final, the breakthrough came on Sunday last when the Lorrha junior girls broke the wait and beat Moycarkey in the County Final on a scoreline of 1.12 to 2.8. Well done to both players and management on a great performance in perfect weather conditions. See report elsewhere in this paper.

Success on the Double.

Well done to Ken Hogan who after managing the Lorrha Junior squad to success over Moycarkey on Sunday morning last, made a bee line to O’Connor Park in Tullamore where he guided St. Rynagh’s to their third successive county final, and this time over Coolderry. Very well done Ken…surely, manager of the year?..

Loughmore Castleiney Local Connection.

Loughmore Castleiney GAA club are on a roll this year with both the football team and the hurling team reaching county finals. While the hurlers will take to the pitch for the replay of their drawn game, this week end coming, we congratulate the footballers on their one point victory over Clonmel Commercials in the football final last Sunday. And having an outstanding game was Conor Ryan who scored 0.7 points, grandson of Lorrha parish lady, Bridget Madden, Grange. Well done Bridget, Conor and all the Madden families.

Quarter Final Question.

This coming Sunday night we will see how our parish family the McIntyre’s fare in the quarter final of ‘Irelands Fittest Family’.  This week, Clodagh is celebrating with her Lorrha camogie team mates after she captained her side to victory on Sunday last in the County Final. But the wait continues to see how Clodagh and her brothers Eoin and Niall and dad Aidan, perform under the guidance of Irish rugby hero Donncha O'Callaghan. Will they make it through to the semi-final or will they be going home?  It’s getting a lot tougher now so all eyes will be fixed on the McIntyre foursome. Ireland's Fittest Family is on Sunday evening at 6.30pm on RTE 1.

Site Required.

A suitable site is required for the North Tipperary Ploughing Championships which will be held next March. Any farmer who thinks they may have a suitable venue, is asked to make contact with the secretary Denis Cahalan on (087) 7793719.

Remembrance Mass.

This year’s annual remembrance mass will be held in Rathcabbin Church at 7.30pm on Friday 26th November.

Legion of Mary.

The Legion of Mary is on at 7pm every Tuesday & will be available to view on the webcam from St. Mary's Church, Mullagh. We would love for people to tune into these prayers by going to www.kibparish.ie/webcam , or watch back by looking under the Recordings tab.

Headstone.

Fr John Donnelly’s headstone has now been erected at his grave in Rathcabbin Church Grounds. Many thanks to Fr John’s family for marking his grave so beautifully.

Indulgence.

Visiting Cemeteries during November and praying the Our Father, Hail Mary and the Apostle’s Creed is recommended and will gain an indulgence for your loved ones.

Mass Times: 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. Borrisokane 7pm Saturday. Kilbarron: 8pm Saturday.  Terryglass: 9.30am Sunday. Borrisokane 10.30am Sunday. Please wear face masks in the Church.
Anyone wishing to book anniversary masses please contact the church sacristans, Agnes Slevin in Lorrha, and Mary Cleary in Rathcabbin.
During the month of November people are invited to place their petitions for their departed relatives in boxes provided in both Lorrha & Rathcabbin churches.

75th Anniversary.

St. Flannan’s N.S. Rathcabbin plan on celebrating the 75th anniversary of the school next year. They are hoping to produce a book about the school since the building opened in 1946. Help is required for this project, sourcing material like photographs, stories, and accounts of things from school days. Anyone wishing to help out is asked to contact the Principal Conor Darcy on (086) 4140102 or email rathcabbinns75@gmail.com. All help welcome.

GAA News.

Monday in the Clubhouse. Lotto No's - 22 November: 22-25-27-28. No Winner. No Match 3. Lucky Dips: The Houlihan family, Denis Duffy, Liam Reddish, Josie Reddan. Promoters: Noreen Houlihan, Liam Reddish, Internet. Next Mondays jackpot is €8700 with Team 3 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Under-21 Hurling: Hard luck to the Lorrha Rovers under-21 hurlers who were narrowly beaten by Roscrea in the North 'A' quarter final. The lads put in a good performance and were unlucky to come up short after extra-time. Thanks to the management team of John Madden, George Hannigan, Hubert Duggan, and Alan Tierney for their work with the lads.

Junior Camogie: After four final losses in a row, there was great joy in the Ragg on Saturday when the girls finally got over the line to win the county championship. Commiserations to Moycarkey/Borris. Thanks to the girls for their efforts throughout the year and to the management team, most notably Ken Hogan, who also won a county championship with St Rynaghs on the same day. That was some Sunday

AGM: Takes place on Thursday 16th December. Nominations and motions are to be in before December 2nd.

Calf Rearing Scheme: Farmers who agreed to rear a calf will be contacted in the coming weeks.


Lorrha Notes

  Good Luck to the girls and Management

Late Pat Smyth.

 The death took place on Friday 5th November in Hainault, London of Pat Smyth, late of Lelagh, Rathcabbin.
Pat left Ireland in 1961 and made a life for himself in London. He returned home often to his beloved Tipperary and especially to Lelagh to visit his family, relatives and friends. He was a cherished brother, uncle, granduncle and friend and will be forever missed by all in particular his family.
Predeceased by his parents Edward and Mary B Smyth and his brothers-in-law. He is deeply regretted by his brother Michael, sisters Noreen, Maura, Margaret and Carmel, brother-in-law Sean, sister-in-law Una, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces, great-grandnephews, cousins, relatives, neighbours and friends to whom sympathy is offered. Funeral arrangements later.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to the Gleeson and Killeen family on the death of Sean Naughton, Nenagh who passed away on Friday 12th November.
After funeral Mass in St. Mary of the Rosary Church, Nenagh, on Monday last 15th.  Cremation took place in Shannon Crematorium. May he rest in peace.

Appeal to Dog Owners.

The Gardaí have asked dog owners to be aware of where their pets are following an attack in the area last week. The attack left a number of sheep dead and six others badly mauled. Sgt Declan O'Carroll of Nenagh Garda station is urging dog owners to ensure their animals are secured when unattended.

Good Luck.

The best of luck to the Junior ‘B’ team who will meet Moycarkey in the County Final this coming Sunday 21st  at 10.30am in The Ragg Camogie Grounds. We had great Lorrha support for the semi-final and it would be great to have the same support on County final day.
Commiserations to the U15 team who were defeated by St Pats in their final.

Hard Luck.

Commiserations to the Lorrha lads who lost their relegation hurling final to Burgess on Saturday last 3.15 to 0.16. For a club who fought so gallantly and looked so impressive last year, they fell disappointingly short of expectations this past season. Plagued with injuries throughout the season didn’t help their campaign either, so now Lorrha will play Intermediate next season. Hard luck to both players and management.

Through to Quarter Final.

It was heart stopping stuff on Sunday evening last watching the McIntyre family battle it through in the Kilruddery estate in County Wicklow, in ‘Irelands Fittest Family’. After a slippery start, where the balancing act in ‘Sole Survivor’ didn’t suit Clodagh who would have probably performed far better on the bicycle, and then dad Aidan pulled his hamstring. With Aidan out of action and Lindsay McDonald rushed to hospital, Eoin and Niall clearly displayed sheer strength, fitness and determination to make the quarter finals in the ‘2 fast 2 Furious’ competition. And so where will the McIntyre’s go from here?  The wait continues for another week to see how they perform under the guidance of Irish rugby hero Donncha O'Callaghan, who has already lost two families after the first two episodes, so will no doubt push the McIntyre family all the way.  Will they go out in the quarter final stage? or can they make it through to the semi-finals?  Ireland's Fittest Family is on Sunday evening at 6.30pm on RTE 1.

Site Required.

A suitable site is required for the North Tipperary Ploughing Championships which will be held next March. Any farmer who thinks they may have a suitable venue, is asked to make contact with the secretary Denis Cahalan on (087) 7793719.

Recent Wedding.

Congratulations and many good wishes is extended to Colm Dolan and Caroline O’Donoghue who were married recently. We extend many good wishes to them as they settle down to married life in Lorrha.

Church News.

Mass Times: 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. Borrisokane 7pm Saturday. Kilbarron: 8pm Saturday.  Terryglass: 9.30am Sunday. Borrisokane 10.30am Sunday. Please wear face masks in the Church.
Anyone wishing to book anniversary masses please contact the church sacristans, Agnes Slevin in Lorrha, and Mary Cleary in Rathcabbin.
During the month of November people are invited to place their petitions for their departed relatives in boxes provided in both Lorrha & Rathcabbin churches.

75th Anniversary.

St. Flannan’s N.S. Rathcabbin plan on celebrating the 75th anniversary of the school next year. They are hoping to produce a book about the school since the building opened in 1946. Help is required for this project, sourcing material like photographs, stories, and accounts of things from school days. Anyone wishing to help out is asked to contact the Principal Conor Darcy on (086) 4140102 or email rathcabbinns75@gmail.com. All help welcome.

GAA Notes.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €8,500. The numbers drawn on 15 November were: 1-5-30-32.  1 Match 3: Paula S and Paul C win €100.  Promoters: D&K Mannion, Mulrooney's Gala, Internet.
Next Mondays jackpot is €8,500 with Team 2 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Senior: Hard luck to our hurlers who lost to Burgess in the Seamus Ó Riain relegation final and are now demoted to intermediate hurling. It just wasn't our year. Thanks to the management, selectors, supporting staff, kitmen and physio for their work with the team during the year.

Under-21 hurling: Best of luck to the Lorrha Rovers Gaels under-21 hurlers who take on Roscrea in Roscrea this Saturday at 1.00pm in the North ‘A’ Championship.

AGM: The Annual General Meeting takes place on Thursday 16th December. Nominations and motions are to be in before December 2nd.

Calf Rearing Scheme: Farmers who agreed to rear a calf will be contacted in the coming weeks.

Camogie: Best of luck to the Junior ‘B’ Camogie team who take on Moycarkey/Borris this Sunday at 10.30am in the Ragg Camogie grounds. We encourage all players and members to get out and support the girls.

McNamee award: Congrats to club-man Shane Brophy on his McNamee award for GAA Book of the Year for 2020. Shane was honoured for 'Chiselled from Ash,' his autobiography with Len Gaynor.

Dancing: Dancing: Friday night dancing at the clubhouse will re-commence sometime soon.

Smile Awhile


Lorrha Notes

The Lorrha Junior B camogie team who are through to the County Final and are awaiting a date, time and venue.  Photo Rose Mannion.

Late Jim Larkin.

The peaceful death took place on Sunday 31st October in University Hospital Limerick following the kind care of the staff of Ennis Road Care facility, of James Larkin Clonmacken, Limerick and formerly Rathcabbin.Born in Rathcabbin in 1932, Seamus, as he was known to all, was the third eldest in a family of seven. After he completed his primary education in the local village, he attended the Christian Brothers secondary school in Birr and while there he hurled with Birr minor team and also with the Offaly hurling team. After leaving school, he got an apprenticeship in Mulrooney’s Drapery shop in John’s Place in Birr until he emigrated to London in 1952. On the death of his mother in 1954, he returned to Ireland for a short while, but it wasn’t long before he returning to London. Unable to settle back into work and the Londay life, he emigrated to Canada where he spent the following fifteen years. It was while in Canada that he met and married his wife Christine and they went on to raise a family of five girls. He returned to Ireland in 1970 with his young family and took up a position with Irish Merchants Ltd in Galvone, Limerick and continued to work there until his retirement in 1997. His hobbies included golf and he was a member of the Shannon golf club.
Predeceased by his brothers John Joe and Stephen and his sisters Mary and Annie (Coughlan), he is survived by his wife Christine, daughters Erin, Kathy, Tina, Patty and Michelle, his brothers Frank and Kieran, his sons-in-law, daughters partners, his grandchildren, his great grandchildren, relatives and friends to whom sympathy is offered. After funeral Mass in Christ the King Church, Caherdavin on Friday Nov. 5th  burial took place in  Castlemungret Cemetery, Limerick. May he rest in peace.

North Tipp Ploughing.

At a recent meeting of the North Tipp Ploughing, Chairman Ray Clancy congratulated all competitors who competed in the ‘very quiet and different’ All Ireland championships last September and said it was great to have three coming in fourth position and one came in fifth. The weather was good for the event and everything went well. Due to the current ongoing Covid -19 numbers increasing, it was unanimously agreed to postpone the AGM for another ‘safer’ time and come back in the new year when it is hoped that matters will be back to more normality than what is happening right now. It was also unanimously agreed to defer the social end of year gathering given the risk involved at the present time. A minutes silence was observed for families in the area who last family since the club last met. RIP.
The committee are looking for a suitable site to hold the championships next March. If anyone can help here with a site or know of where there might be a suitable site, please contact Denis on (087) 7793719.

Good Luck.

Best of luck to the U15 girls who are though to a county final V St. Pats. Date, time and venue to be decided. We also wish the Junior B girls the best of luck in their county final. Time, venue and date to be decided.  And the best of luck to the senior lads when they play Burgess on Saturday 13th in the relegation final at 1.30pm in Nenagh.

The Wait Continues.

Everyone in the parish and surrounding areas are waiting to see how our Lorrha family perform on the popular RTE series ‘Ireland's Fittest Family’. Set in the vast estate of Kilruddery in Bray, County Wicklow, each individual event takes place in a different area of the estate. We got a brief look at the family in the first episode and were waiting for Sunday night last to see them in action. But, alas, we must wait one more week to see how they perform under the guidance of Irish rugby hero Donncha O'Callaghan who will put them through a grueling pace. Donnacha has already lost two families after the first two episodes so he will be pushing the McIntyre foursome to their limits. Will they make it past the first round?  Or will they be crowned Ireland’s Fittest Family and take the prize of €15,000 back to Lorrha? We must wait to see the outcome on Sunday coming the 14th.   Ireland's Fittest Family is on Sunday evening at 6.30pm on RTE 1.

Churches Now Fully Open.

Fr’s Tom, Michael and Pat are delighted to welcome everyone to our church services. We’ve missed you and we know it takes courage to come back to gathering again. There’s loads of room for everyone to be kept safe. Stewards have kindly agreed to remain in place at a very low-key level to help in any way they can.
The Pastoral Council of our three parishes are unanimous that it is safest to keep the following precautions in place in our churches due to the continuing high numbers of Covid 19 for the safety of everyone especially of the most vulnerable. 1. Social distancing particularly while receiving Holy Communion and at points of entry and exits. Mask Wearing is deemed to be vital for protections.  Hand hygiene is essential.  These remain both HSE and diocesan guidelines.
Mass Times: 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. Borrisokane 7pm Saturday. Kilbarron: 8pm Saturday.  Terryglass: 9.30am Sunday. Borrisokane 10.30am Sunday. Please wear face masks in the Church.
The Rosary will continue to be recited before both masses each weekend.
Anyone wishing to book anniversary masses please contact the church sacristans, Agnes Slevin in Lorrha, and Mary Cleary in Rathcabbin.
During the month of November people are invited to place their petitions for their departed relatives in boxes provided in both Lorrha & Rathcabbin churches.

75th Anniversary.

St. Flannan’s N.S. Rathcabbin plan on celebrating the 75th anniversary of the school next year. They are hoping to produce a book about the school since the building opened in 1946. Help is required for this project, sourcing material like photographs, stories, and accounts of things from school days. Anyone wishing to help out is asked to contact the Principal Conor Darcy on (086) 4140102 or email rathcabbinns75@gmail.com. All help welcome.

GAA News.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €8,400. The numbers drawn on 8 November were: 22-25-30-31. No Match 3.  Lucky Dips: L&M Gleeson, Chrissie Hough, Tommy Deely, Noreen Houlihan. Promoters: Martin Hough, John McLeish, Internet.
Next Monday's jackpot is €8500 with Team 1 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Senior Hurling: Our hurlers take on Burgess this Saturday at 1.30pm in Nenagh in the Seamus O Riain relegation final. It is a huge game for the club, and we would encourage all supporters to travel to the game to support the lads. Tickets are to be ordered online on the Tipperary GAA website, rather than through the secretary. It is through the online system that tickets for all games are to be purchased in the future.

Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw: The draw for November was a successful one for Lorrha as we won on the treble. Congrats to our juvenile club chairman Colm Kennedy (won €1000) and Secretary Kathleen Gleeson (won €2000) on their wins. Kathleen's mother Margaret also won €200 in what was a great draw for Lorrha. Karma certainly had a huge part to play, given the work the Gleeson family have done over the years in promoting the draw in our parish and the work Colm has done with our juveniles.

Farming biodiversity project: A biodiversity project is available for local farmers. Contact Mary Coen for more details: 087 2601413, mary.coen@hotmail.com.

Birds and the Bees.

A new Irish company aims to raise happiness levels by introducing the birds and the bees to Tipperary households.

Studies have shown that using bird feeders and growing wildflowers increases people's connection to nature, leading to feelings of wellness.

Using their combination of bird and wildflower expertise, Connecting To Nature will enable people to give a gift of wellness to loved ones by creating a bird feeding oasis and native flowers in spaces as small as an apartment balcony.

The firm is the brainchild of Julie Power, whose Waterford-based family has been in the seed business for six generations.

“You don’t have to be in the countryside to connect with nature, all you have to do is create an environment that consistently attracts birds and bees,” said Ms Power.

“After lockdown, we now have a new awareness of the mental health benefits of connecting to nature, a renewed interest in our living world and improving our gardens for the benefit and love of wildlife.

“However, many people are unaware of the correct way to feed birds year-round and how they need different food at different times, or to successfully cultivate a wild garden.”

Studies have shown that greater bird biodiversity can make people more joyful.

“The World Economic Forum has published research that the happiest Europeans are those who see the most bird species in their day-to-day life,” said Patrick Croke, Technical Officer, Connecting to Nature.

“Being connected with nature is about feeling close to the wider natural world. Research shows that being connected with – rather than simply being exposed to – nature is more important for our mental wellbeing,” he said.

"Feeding birds is a very good way of feeling closer to nature and bringing wildlife closer to you, and Ireland has a wonderful array of small wild birds that you can feed.”

Connecting to Nature specialises in different types of food depending on the time of year, so that now, as we are heading into winter, Patrick recommends peanut and suet-based products, such as suet covered oat flakes.

“The birds’ diet changed in recent months from one that was predominately insects to eating more seeds and fruit as autumn arrived and our range reflected that at the time.

“However now we will soon enter the Hungry Gap, the most challenging time of year for birds when natural food sources are at their lowest.

“Berries, seeds and grains that were plentiful during the autumn and early winter have been depleted.

“New plants and insects will not begin to emerge until early spring, and the ground is often frozen which eliminates their access to worms, all of which means that until the middle of March, birds are at an increased threat of starvation.

“Our Hi-Energy No Mess mix is an essential foodstuff during these colder months. It contains both Peanuts and Peeled Sunflower seeds, which means that birds expend no energy removing the shells.

Julie's great, great, great grandfather William Power opened his first nursery, florist, and seed merchant business in Waterford in 1859 and the Power family has operated a successful agricultural seed business since then.

She has already developed a huge following with the Blooming Native wildflower seeds business, which has been the inspiration for combining bird feed and flower seed.

“Sowing wildflower seeds provides a habitat for pollinators such as bees and butterflies, seeds for wild birds, supports biodiversity, and brings us joy,” said Ms Power.

“I have a passion for the environment and I saw this as an opportunity to share how wildflower seeds can play their part in biodiversity and reveal the joy of native wildflowers in our ecosystem.

“I also found that the demand for native wildflower seeds continues to outstrip their supply.

“We produce our seeds on our own sites in Faithlegg, Co Waterford, and our mixtures are curated to provide both food for wildlife and colour throughout the year.

“It is very easy to get this right, with a bit of instruction. Through our platforms we aim to educate people on how to very simply sow and cultivate the gardens that they want.”

See connectingtonature.ie for more details.

Take some time to Smile.


Lorrha Notes

The new Meelick Weir bridge which was opened to the public recently. 

Late Phyllis Kennedy.

The peaceful death occurred on Friday October 29th of Phyllis Kennedy, Lisagadda, Lorrha, in the loving care of the matron and staff of Ferbane Care Centre and St Kieran’s Nursing Home Rathcabbin.
Born and raised in Lisagaddy, Phyllis will be remembered by many of her own generation for her honesty and hard work in Rooney’s pub and shop (now Mahers), in Lorrha village where she worked for a long number of years. She was a very helpful and lovely lady who in the evenings, knitted fabulous garments for the Lorrha branch of the Apostolic Work Society and took great pride when they were on display in the local community hall.
Predeceased by her sisters and brothers, she is deeply regretted by her sisters Betty and Kathy, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, neighbours and friends to whom sympathy is offered.
Her removal took place from Sullivan’s funeral home Borrisokane on Monday afternoon last to St Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha, passing by her former residence in Lisagadda and burial took place afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. May Phyllis rest in peace.

Sympathy.

Sympathy is extended to Gerry Hackett Lorrha on the death of his brother in law Mike Darcy, Portumna and formerly Lorrha who passed away on October 30th.
Predeceased by his wife Sheila, son Desi, brothers and sisters. Mike is deeply regretted by his sole surviving brother Pat, his children Fiona, Shelagh, Lesley, Sharon, Ronan and Conor, his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and friends to whom sympathy is offered. Mike’s funeral Mass will take place in St. Brigid's Church, Portumna, on Wednesday 3rd November, at 11am and burial afterwards in St. Michael’s Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest with his beloved wife Sheila.May he rest in peace.

North Tipp Ploughing.

A meeting of the North Tipp Ploughing committee will take place on Wednesday night November 3rd in The Yanks, Borrisokane at 8.30pm. All members are requested to attend.

Lorrha Camogie.

Well done to the Junior team who are through to the county final on 14th November and the U15 squad who are through to a semi final. The Club wish Grainne Hough the best of luck in her surgery this week.

Recent Engagement.

Many congratulations are extended to Gráinne Hough (Annagh) and Michael Naylor (Lelagh)  who announced their engagement recently. Well done and many good wishes for the future.

Wedding Anniversary.

Congratulations and many good wishes are extended to Ann and Eamon Symth, Clonmona who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary recently. Well done to you both and continued good wishes into the future.

Community Concert.

There will be a Community Concert in St. Flannan's Cathedral Killaloe on Friday 5th November 8pm. Local artists - Norma Manly, Maeve O'Brien, Munster Music Academy & The Kennedys are performing for the benefit of Killaloe Playground & Killaloe Enhancement Group (KEG).  All proceeds will go towards these two worthy causes.  Tickets are €10 and available from Eddie O'Gorman 086 8461959 and Bobby Reynolds 085 1743910.

Irelands Fittest Family.

We got a brief look at our Lorrha family on Sunday night’s episode of the popular RTE series ‘Ireland's Fittest Family’.  The McIntyre family came through to the final group of sixteen families that were picked from hundreds of entries. They will be put through extreme endurance challenges in the coming weeks and we all must wait to see how our own parish family fair out.   Will they be crowned Ireland’s Fittest Family and take the prize of €15,000 back to Lorrha? There to help the groups along the way are four iconic sporting legends. Anna Geary, the four-time All Star winner with Cork camogie, Irish rugby hero Donncha O'Callaghan, legendary hurler Davy Fitzgerald and Olympic sprinter Derval O'Rourke are the four coaches and Donnacha opted for the McIntyre’s. We wish them well. The series is hosted by Mairead Ronan.
Ireland's Fittest Family is on Sunday evening at 6.30pm on RTE 1.Well worth a watch.

75th Anniversary.

St. Flannan’s N.S. Rathcabbin plan on celebrating the 75th anniversary of the school next year. They are hoping to produce a book about the school since the building opened in 1946. Help is required for this project, sourcing material like photographs, stories, and accounts of things from school days. Anyone wishing to help out is asked to contact the Principal Conor Darcy on (086) 4140102 or email rathcabbinns75@gmail.com. All help welcome.

Change of Numbers.

Tipperary County Council has announced that they are changing their contact phone numbers as a result of ComReg's decision to withdraw the 1850, 1890 and 076 range of Non-Geographic-Numbers (NGN).  From Monday November 1st if you want to contact the Customer Services Desks you will find them on the new number at 0818 06 5000. For Emergency Out of Hours contact  0818 06 5003 and for Tipperary eParking (ParkMagic) you will get them on  0818 06 5004.

A Message from Fr. Tom.

Churches are now fully open, however worries still remain. We welcome the opening of our churches to full capacity. We are delighted to welcome everyone back to our church services. We’ve missed you and we know it takes courage to come back to gathering again. But, it would seem prudent for now to keep precautions in our churches more or less as they are, that is mask wearing, social distancing, and hand hygiene. The new HSE guidelines suggest we need to keep all the protections in place. There’s loads of room for everyone to  kept safe. The Pastoral Council of our three parishes are unanimous that this is best and safest way ahead for us while recognizing that practices may vary.

Mass Times: 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. Borrisokane 7pm Saturday. Kilbarron: 8pm Saturday.  Terryglass: 9.30am Sunday. Borrisokane 10.30am Sunday. Please wear face masks in the Church.
The Rosary will continue to be recited before both masses each weekend.
Anyone wishing to book anniversary masses please contact the church sacristans, Agnes Slevin in Lorrha, and Mary Cleary in Rathcabbin.

The annual blessing of Graves will take place in Lorrha Cemetery at 2pm on Sunday November 7th.   During the month of November people are invited to place their petitions for their departed relatives in boxes provided in both Lorrha & Rathcabbin churches.

The November First Friday Mass on 5th Nov. will be celebrated in Lorrha Church at 8.00pm.

During the month of November people are invited to place their petitions for their departed relatives in boxes provided in both Lorrha & Rathcabbin churches.

 

GAA News.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €8,300. The numbers drawn on 1 November were: 1-2-17-23. No Match 3. 4 Lucky Dips: Lynne Flynn, James Dunne, Pat Carroll, Colin Molloy. Promoters: Martin Hough, D&K Mannion, Mulrooney's Gala. Next Monday's jackpot is €8,400 with €100 Match 3 pot. Team 8 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.   You can play online at clubforce.com while 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 Hubert Duggan (0872185995) or Kevin Molloy (0876738986).

Junior B Camogie team: Had a great win over Gortnahoe/Glengoole in the county championship semi-final on Saturday, on a final score of 3-15 to 2-6. Congrats to the girls, who are through to a county final which will take place on the weekend of November 13/14.

Calf rearing scheme: All farmers who have agreed to rear a calf will be contacted in the coming weeks.

Take time to smile...