Lorrha Development Association / Tidy Towns.

“It is Better to go forward and stumble than sit idle and Grumble”



Tipperary SH selector and Lorrha man John Madden was the special guest who launched the 2017 Calendar. With John is Lorrha Development chairman Louis McCormack

To purchase a copy of the Lorrha calendar, email info@ or call (086) 8647166


Lorrha Development Association / Tidy Towns are holding a meeting on Wednesday March 23rd 2016 in Lorrha Hall at 8pm. Now that Spring has arrived there is plenty of work and planning for the months ahead and to prepare the village for the National Tidy Towns adjudicating where it is hoped we can improve on marks from last year’s success.  However, we do need help and we invite everyone interested in the village to attend this important meeting so we can all work together. Please support.

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The first Nenagh Municipal District Awards night was held in the Civic Offices, Nenagh recently. Cathaoirleach Cllr. Ger Darcy said in his address that ‘voluntary organisations deserve recognition for their spirit of volunteerism and the awards recognised their contribution in helping to attract tourists to the Nenagh Municipal District area’.  Lorrha Development Association were awarded for their hosting of the visit of Cllr. Wayne Sanford, President of the Shire of Collie who laid a wreath at Martin O’Meara’s monument which was erected by the Development Association in honour of the Lorrha V.C. recipient who is buried in Perth. There to accept the award from Cathaoirleach Cllr. Ger Darcy was Louis McCormack, Chairman, Lorrha Development, Rose Mannion, Treasurer with on left Ms. Rosemary Joyce District Administrator. 

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Would you look at that!!! John Milne commenting on a photo in the 2016 Lorrha Dorrha Parish Calendar which was launched recently in The Ferry Inn. John is with Liam Mannion, Leslie & Rose Harding. The calendar is on sale throughout the parish or if you would like to have a copy posted to you call (086) 8647166 or email info@


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This light was stolen from Lorrha Village some weeks ago. It was new and had only been fitted a few days earlier. If you have been offered this light for sale or know anything about it,  please contact the Gardai at (067) 27101 or any member of the Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns committee.

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Lorrha Develepment Association were honoured to host Councillor Wayne Sanford, President of the Shire of Collie, Western Australia and his wife Mary who visited Lorrha last week-end. The purpose of the visit was to lay a wreath at Sgt. Martin O’Meara’s monument to pay tribute to the V.C. recipient. Cllr. & Mrs. Sanford are pictured here with Cllr. Fiona Bonfield, Cathaoirleach, Nenagh Municipal District, Liz Hussey, Mart Walsh, Vice-chairpersons, Lorrha Development, Joe Dolan, Lorrha Lord Mayor, Rose Mannion, Chairperson, Lorrha Development Association.


North Tipperary Leader Group Visit Lorrha & Friars Park where they meet with members of Lorrha Development Association

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North Tipperary LEADER Board members visited Lorrha and the Friars Park where they met with members of Lorrha Development Association who are responsible for the massive undertaking in providing the lovely Park in the village. The Friars Park project was completed and officially opened to the public in June 2012.  Recently play equipment has been added and this combined with a picnic area and walk way has and continues to attract many to the village.

Back: Joe Donoghue NTLP, Michael Ryan NTLP, Mary Coen, Secretary Lorrha Development Association, Patrick Killeen NTLP, Mary Walsh, Vice Chairperson Lorrha Development Association, John Cahill NTLP, Michelle Putti, NTLP, Matt Ryan, NTLP, Sandra Smyth, NTLP, Breda Ryan NTLP.  Front: Cllr. Michael O’Meara, Michael Murray CEO North NTLP, Tricia Purcell NTLP,  Rose Mannion, Chairperson Lorrha Development Association, Jim Finn Chairman LEADER, Lelagh McKeogh NTLP, Sean Crowley NTLP, Paddy  Barry NTLP.

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Lorrha Development Association / Tidy Towns officially launched  two striking wood carvings in April 2015 which they had erected in the village in recent months. The carvings which have been carved from bog oak and are pictured here are of an Salmon which has been erected in the centre of the village and an Eagle which has been erected  on the entrance to Pairc Na Cille. Included in the pictures are Mary Coen, secretary, Carmel Slevin, Liz Hussey, vice chairperson, Mary Walsh, vice chairperson, Joe Dolan, Lorrha Lord Mayor, David Power, Helena Spain, Eddie Spain who sourced the wood,  Rose Mannion Chairperson.

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Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns recently organised a Slogan Competition through the local schools. The overall winner was Mikie Houlihan from Culleen, Rathcabbin. Mikie who is a 4th class pupil in Redwood School was delighted to see his slogan up in print when he came to collect his cash prize during the Annual Christmas Market and Auction held in Lorrha on Sunday last. His winning slogan ‘Come on down to the Tidy Town…. Lorrha. Working together for a cleaner better future’ is exactly what Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns is all about and Mikie sums it up well in his winning slogan. Dev. Secretary Mary Coen presents Mikie with his prize.


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The 2015 Lorrha Parish Calendar is now on sale throughout the parish and in Portumna, in time to post to loved one’s for Christmas, especially those living away from home. It also serves as a lovely keepsake. The calendar is packed from front cover to back with photographs from the past and the present. Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns committee wish to offer thanks to all who loaned photographs once again for this popular publication. If you would like to have a copy posted to you please call (086) 8647166 or email info@

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The new children’s play equipment installed in early October ’14 by Lorrha Development Association in Friars Park.

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Lorrha Development Association / Tidy Towns recently made a contribution to the North Tipperary Hospice from the sale of the used clothing collection (De-Clutter) which is ongoing. Pictured here are North Tipp Hospice Representatives’ Geraldine Cantwell and Miriam Toohey accepting the cheque from members of Lorrha development Committee Rose Mannion (Chairperson), Liz Hussey (Vice Chair), Mary Coen (Secretary), Louis McCormack (Treasurer) while on the extreme left is Kathleen McCormack. 

Tidy Towns Results.

2014 has been a good year once again for Lorrha Tidy Towns. Congratulations and well done to all who have helped once again to bring Lorrha Village up a further two points in the recent Tidy Towns adjudication. This competition is becoming more and more challenging every year and with some categories amalgamated in the entry form this year, it makes for more awareness and work on small groups. Emphasis too have changed to Wildlife, Habitats and Natural Amenities with Sustainable Waste and Resource Management along with Community Involvement and Planning up there with the high mark catchers. While litter control, build environment, landscaping etc. is all there too not just to be kept year after year but to be improved upon, the whole adjudication process is becoming far more demanding. With that in mind, Lorrha have done very well again this year and the committee wish to extend thanks to all who have helped in whatever way with a special word of thanks to our scheme workers throughout the year, John, Michael and David.

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Photograph shows a green area in Lorrha village where the grass has been sprayed deliberately and which has now died off completely leaving big areas of dead patches and a lot of damage done. This act of vandalism was caused around the first week of June, just in time for Tidy Towns judging.  The person who did this is not a true Lorrha person. Anyone with any information whatsoever is asked to call the Gardai in Borrisokane who are investigating the matter at (067) 27160.         

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Members of Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns with the Co-Operation of Lorrha School pupils, staff and parents carried out the Annual Spring Clean of the village on April 9th.




Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns committee wish to extend Birthday greetings to Billy Dagg. Billy is a former Chairman and is still a very active member of the committee along with his wife Rachel. Well done Billy.     

Supporting LEADER 

Lorrha Development members Treasurer Louis McCormack and Chairperson Rose Mannion attended the Public Meeting held by LEADER to inform the public and Community Volunteer groups of the proposed changes to future LEADER funding which will have serious consequences if implemented. Louis and Rose are pictured here with Patrick Killeen, Gearoide Fitzgibbon, Amanda White, Jim Finn and Jim Hough.

Spring De-Clutter.

Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Spring months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Spring collection. We will accept any kind of bag or in bags provided by the committee at (086) 8647166. We can collect your unwanted items. Just call or text  (086) 8493595/ (086) 8647166/ (087) 2601413 with your name and details. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing  work around Lorrha Village.

Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns will hold their annual fundraising bag packing on Friday March 7th in O’Meara’s Super Valu Portumna and in Dunnes Stores, Nenagh on Saturday 5th April 2014.  We need your support to make this venture a success. Anyone wishing to help by offering two hours of your time, please call (087) 2601413 or (086) 8647166, info@ or on facebook. We offer thanks to all of you who have supported us in the past and we look forward to your continued support and co-operation in the future. All money raised is used for the on going work around the village.

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Lorrha Development /Tidy Towns Committee received a framed scroll in recognition for their voluntary work. The awards ceremony was organised by North Tipperary LEADER partnership and was held in Templemore recently. Pictured here receiving the award from Jim Finn LEADER are the two vice chairpersons Liz Hussey and Mary Walsh along with Tus employee David Power. 


The Lorrha/Dorrha Parish Calendar is on sale throughout the parish. For postal copies contact info@ or call (090) 9747972.

Christmas Market & Auction.

Please take note that the annual Christmas Market and Auction in Lorrha will now take place on Sunday December 8th. Anyone who would like to donate fuel, fodder etc. for the auction please contact Louis ( 086) 8493595 or any member. Anyone interested in taking a stall, please contact Mary (090) 9747196 or you can contact us via Facebook or at info@ .

We continue with unwanted clothes collections over the winter months. If you wish to have bags collected call or text  (086) 8493595/ (086) 8647166/ (087) 2601413 with your name and details. We will accept any kind of bag or in bags provided by the committee. We appreciate your support and the money raised goes back into the on going work around Lorrha village.

Many thanks to all who have loaned photographs and taken out adverts for the 2014 parish calendar. Your support is much appreciated.


Working Together For the Community.

Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns had a very productive and positive response to their annual general meeting held last week. Many thanks to all those who turned out in such fine numbers and participated in the meeting. The committee elected for the forthcoming year is Chairperson: Rose Mannion. Secretary: Mary Coen, Treasurer: Louis McCormack. Vice Chair’s: Liz Hussey, Mary Walsh. Assistant Treasurer: Kathleen Walsh. Works Manager: Louis McCormack. A committee was agreed on to compile the 2014 calendar and the next meeting will be held on Wednesday October 23rd at 8pm in Lorrha Hall to arrange the forthcoming Annual Christmas market and auction. All welcome to attend.

Autumn Clear Out.

De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attics, recycle all unwanted/unused items of

clothing to make room for your Winter collection. There will be a clothing collection on

Friday 4th October (polling day) and again on Friday October 11th at Lorrha Hall.

We will accept any kind of bag or in bags provided by the committee. Unwanted items can also be collected by calling (086) 8493595/ (086) 8647166/ (087) 2601413. We appreciate your support and the money raised goes back into the ongoing work around Lorrha village.

Lorrha Achieves Further Success.

Lorrha achieved a further seven Marks in the Tidy Towns Competition which brings their points up to 289 in Category A. The adjudicator gave a very positive and encouraging report which can be downloaded on www.tidytowns.ie or if anyone would like a paper copy to read, do call Mary on ( 087) 2601413, Louis on ( 086) 8493595, Rose on (086) 8647166. Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns committee wish to extend many thanks to all volunteers who have helped them in whatever way to achieve these fine marks, especially John and Michael our two scheme men who are doing Trojan work. As always, your support is vital and necessary and is also showing wonderful results. Thank you one and all.

Annual General Meeting.

Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday night September 25th in Lorrha Hall at 8p.m. Do come along and support the committee. All are welcome.

Unwanted Clothes Collection.

Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns are presently organizing an unwanted clothes collection and are asking you to donate any unwanted items to them. The collection point will be outside Lorrha Hall on Friday October 4th (polling Day) and again on Friday October 11th . We will accept any kind of bag or in bags provided by the committee. Unwanted items can also be collected by calling (086) 8493595/ (086) 8647166/ (087) 2601413. We appreciate your support and money raised goes back into the village.

Noreen O'Meara, grandniece of Martin V.C. unveils a plaque to hismemory in Lorrha.

Noreen O’Meara, grandniece of Martin V.C. unveils a plaque to hismemory in Lorrha.






Martin O’Meara VC is honoured at last in the parish of his birth.


Lorrha Development Association scooped second place in the Tiobraid Alainn Environmental Awards for 2012. Mayor O’Meara and Deirdre Cox Environmental Officer presented the awards to Mary Walsh Vice Chair, Rose Mannion Chairperson, Mary Coen Secretary, Liz Hussey Vice Chair. Also in the photo is Cllr. Jim Casey.

Lorrha Development win the Arts, Culture & Tourism C.A.V.A award for the third successive year. Mary Walsh Vice Chair, Rose Mannion Chairperson, Mary Coen Secretary, Liz Hussey Vice Chair were presented with the award by John ‘The Bull’ Hayes, former Munster Rugby Player.

Lorrha Parish Calendar for 2013 is on sale throughout the parish. Packed with photos from the past and the
present, all proceeds from the sale of the calendar goes into the upkeep of the village.

Your support as always is much appreciated.

Lorrha Lord Mayor Joe Dolan flanked on either side by fellow candidates Theresa Dunne-Walker and
David Power cut the ribbon to officially open Friars Park on June 12th 2012.

A happy Vice Chairperson of Lorrha Dev. Association setting out to work in Friars Park during the late May fine spell and ahead of the official opening day on June 12th.

Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns Arriving back from An Taisce National Spring Clean April 2012. Not as much litter
as in previous years. Well done all.

Lorrha Development Scheme Worker John Houlihan fitting bird nesting boxes on the tree’s in St. Ruadhan’s Church
grounds in the shade of the ruins of the old mill.

Teresa Kerry recently made a presentation of framed items of Martin O’Meara V.C. to Lorrha Development Association. Teresa put the items together herself with the help of her brother Patrick O’Brien who lives in Tasmania, as a memorial tribute to the great Martin.
Pictured above is Teresa handing over the items to Rose Mannion, Chairperson Lorrha Development, Liz Hussey, Vice Chair, Mary Coen, Secretary, Ralph Drake, Louis McCormack, Dev. Treasurer, Harry Houlihan, Tus worker with Development Association.

Born in Lissernane Lorrha in 1885 Martin enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force as a private and embarked for France in December 1915. The following year, under heavy gunfire, Private O’Meara laid his life on the line and brought in the wounded from “No Man’s Land” under intense gun fire. He also carried ammunition and bombs through a heavy barrage and undoubtely, he saved many lives. Reaching the rank of Sergent, he was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1916, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy. He died in 1935 and is buried in Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth, Western Australia.

Lorrha Development & Historical Society members met recently with Heritage people. Front from left: Rose Mannion (Chairperson Lorrha Development Association), Marian Carey (Heritage Officer North Tipp Co.Co.), Sinead Deignan (Heritage Irl), Dr. Joseph Flahive (Heritage Irl), Mary Coen (Lorrha Development Secretary). Back: Pat O’Brien, David Power, Eileen Mannion.

New traffic calming lights were installed in recent months in Lorrha to remind drivers approaching the village from the Birr
direction to slow down entering the village. Financing the light on behalf of Lorrha Development Association was secured by Councillor Michael O’Meara who is pictured here with local children and with the Development Chairperson Rose Mannion.

In an effort to raise some much needed funds, Lorrha Development Association / Tidy Towns will be bag packing in
Dunnes Stores Nenagh on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th February 2012. If you can help in any way, please call Mary on
(090) 9747972 or Rose on (086) 8647166. All help appreciated no matter how little.

The Lorrha Parish Calendar is on sale throughout the parish. To order a copy call  (090) 9747893 / (090) 9747972 / (086) 8647166 or email: info@ All proceeds from the sale of the Calendar goes back into the ongoing work in Lorrha Village. Many thanks for your continued support.

In November 2011, Three Officers of Lorrha Development Mary Coen Secretary, Rose Mannion Chairperson &
Vice Chair Liz Hussey in a happy mood after winning an environment award from North Tipperary Co. Council
as the School pupils Julia, Mary Jane and Eoin collect the award for the tidiest school in North Tipperary.
Well done to both the Development and the school for their joint efforts.

Preparing for the fundraising Auction on Dec. 4th.

Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns was the proud recipient of a third award hot on the heels of their CAVA awards last week.
On Monday night November 14th Chairperson Rose Mannion, Secretary Mary Coen and Vice Chairperson Liz Hussey accepted the second place certificate in the Tiobraid Alainn competition for the Nenagh Electoral area. This competition is sponsored by North Tipperary Co. Council. Well done to all concerned.

Congratulations is extended to Lorrha Development Association/ Tidy Towns committee who for the second year running scooped the Outstanding Achievement Award for North Tipperary. The award which was presented by CAVA Community and Voluntary award’s for 2011 in Newport Community Centre on November 18th also brought the Environment Award to Lorrha. The committee express thanks to everyone who helped in whatever way throughout the year to achieve this wonderful recognition for the village. Well done to all concerned and especially the hard working members of the committee.

Bag Packing.

The above committee are looking for volunteers who can spare two hours of their time to help with fundraising bag packing in Tesco of Nenagh on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd October from 11a.m. to 6p.m. If you can help please give your preferred time to any member of the committee or call Mary at (090) 9747972 or Rose at (086) 8647166. All help will be appreciated.

2012 Parish Calendar.

Anyone wishing to advertise their business in the 2012 Lorrha Parish Calendar, please contact any member of the committee or call Mary at (090) 9747972, Louis at (086) 8493595 or Rose at (086) 8647166.

Christmas Market & Auction.

This year’s Christmas market will take place on Sunday December 4th in St. Ruadhan’s Community Hall, Lorrha from 2p.m. There will be plenty of variety on offer and many Christmas gifts, decorations etc. for all. Santa Clause will arrive to his brand new winter wonderland grotto where he will meet all the boys and girls. More details later. Anyone wishing to enter a stall in the market can contact any member of the committee or call Mary on (090) 9747196.
An auction of ‘Promise of Work’, fuel and fodder will also take place on the day. Going under the hammer will be trades such as baby sitting, carpentry work, odd jobs etc. Anyone wishing to donate a ‘promise of work’ for the auction or fuel, fodder etc. can contact any member of the committee or call Louis at (086) 8493595.

Used Clothing Collection.

Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns will be holding a used clothes collection on election day Thursday October 27th from 9a.m to 9 p.m. and again on Saturday November 5th from 11a.m to 4pm. You can bring your unwanted clothes either in a bag provided or in your own bag, to the collection points which are Lorrha Hall and outside the Church in Rathcabbin (Kelly’s side). All money raised goes back into the village.
Bags will be provided for the disposal of any unwanted clothes and anyone wishing to avail of the free bags can contact any member of the committee or call Rose Mannion at (086) 8647166. All money raised goes back into the village.

Volunteers Required.

Anyone wishing to help out with any of the above events is invited to a meeting in Lorrha Hall on Thursday night October 1920th at 8.30p.m. or contact any member of the committee mentioned above

The New Friars Park in Lorrha Village takes shape.


Tidy Towns Competition 2011
Adjudication Report
Lorrha 863
Tipperary North

Category: A (Village with a population of under 200)
Date(s): 09/06/2011

Overall Development Approach  36.
The Built Environment                 38
Landscaping                                40
Wildlife and Natural Amenities 20
Litter Control                                 30
Waste Minimisation                    12
Tidiness                                        19
Residential Areas                        29
Roads, Streets and Back Areas 37
General Impression                       8
TOTAL MARKS                                               269

Your adjudicator would like to welcome back Lorrha to the 2011 TidyTowns Competition. It was a real pleasure to come across such history packed into one tiny area. Friar Park will be a great local amenity when completed and the inclusion of a BBQ area is an excellent idea to encourage community events. Congratulations in the production of your 3 year plan – this clearly shows what you have achieved and what you aim to do next. Thank you also for the map included which was very handy and easy to follow. You work with many bodies such as the North Tipperary County Council and Leader. It is excellent that you have a representative on the Green School’s committee. Your approach to link in with different groups to show how TidyTowns may benefit and relate to them should also be commended. This is a much more sustainable approach to building a community. Linking all of these bodies and tieing in with local festivities, eg your St Patrick’s Day Parade, can really help develop a sense of identity. Your website was visited, as it was adverted on the western approach road to the village. It is an excellent and up to date communication. Well done on your work throughout 2010/2011.

The school’s new mural and Ireland map were inspected – what fine quality artwork – the humpback whale was about to jump off the wall! Well done to all involved in allowing, supporting and delivering this project. As you travelled through Lorrha, the private and public buildings mostly looked very well. The great wrought iron 1912 gate into the graveyard was well maintained, as was the entrance gate to the well. Your adjudicator was confused with the church bell on the ancient Abbey but then was delighted to behold a church within a church! St Ruadhan’s graveyard was well maintained and provided many different plants suitable for wildlife eg. Buddleia. The new pier and wall was inspected and will look great once completed. There were nice murals on main street opposite the shop. Friar’s Tavern looked well with its red and gold. The Community Centre look quite good, though some of the paint was faded (perhaps from too strong a power hose, as lines seemed visible?). One consideration for the future may be to enhance the space in the front of the Community Hall with some soft landscaping or even one or two flower beds, or trees. As well as lifting the look of the hall, it may help direct parking cars and help ensure the safety of pedestrians in this area.

A lot of hard work has already been carried out at Friar’s Park and an array of trees and plants have been planted already. This will help get the park quickly established and your adjudicator looks forward to the finishing of this area. Some of the newly planted trees seemed very thin, as if they have been grown close together in a nursery. Looser stays will allow them to flex and strengthen and acclimatize to their new positions. Depending on your response from the Garda, one suggestion would be to possibly replace the hedging with native trees, eg. Hawthorn that tolerates our climate conditions more readily and as a native plant provides shelter to local wildlife.

Your adjudicator did not locate the wildlife areas on both sides of Carrigahorig Road or at the grotto. The area behind grotto would support many insects – the wood piles can help invertebrates by providing shelter and appropriate food. But to maintain this area you need to cut or strim the large bed of nettles and remove cuttings to avoid nutrient build up. There was mention of a wild flower garden in last year’s report – sorry but this was not located? There are many simply measure to enhance local wildlife and habitats as you have suggested. You could maybe erect some bird boxes or create a hedgehog house etc in the new park. There are some excellent templates for birdboxes (including correct dimensions for entrance holes as often these are too big) from www.BirdwatchIreland.ie. Or you could hold a short walk one evening through Lorrha with a local wildlife expert and this would help you gain marks in this area also. One simple idea would be to plant sunflowers and allow birds to feed from the seed heads after flowering.

The new litter bins were serviced. There was very little evidence of litter – well done as the school’s work on the green flag is certainly helping here. The bottle banks were inspected. In the longer run they could be screening with some fencing similar to that used to screen the school’s oil tank.

Your restored wrought iron gate looked very well – this is an excellent example where you can reduce waste through re-using old items. Congratulations also on segregating your waste after the street collections. The introduction of a compost area in the new park will also help gain points in this judging category. The installation of a water butt will help a lot. Your adjudicator commends you on your waste audit that is in progress. It was noted that the school had a compost bin too and you list the recycling battery box and kitchen caddy in use in the school also. Perhaps the community centre has also or could use this one also due to its proximity to the school? Overall, you have many great examples of actions that gain marks for you within this judging category.

The various heritage signs through Lorrha were admired and it was great to read about the local history of the village. Your adjudicator liked the unusual use of painted hurley sticks rather than bunting as decorations showing pride in the county’s Gaelic achievements. These looked well and should not tatter like flags and bunting. The roads and areas of Lorrha appeared generally tidy and clutter free. Congratulations as few weeds were noticed despite the alternate wet and sunny weather prior to the visit that would encourage their growth! One of the concrete posts at the grotto was damaged.

Entrances to both estates, Pairc na Cille and Friar Close welcomed you with freshly planted floral displays. The first had lovely trees including copper beech providing dappled shade on the sunny day of your adjudicators visit. Walls and gable ends looked well.

All approach roads into the village had been freshly mown, even the tiny back road and planters throughout the village had been planted not just with pansies but some other shrubs which was nice to see. The ‘Welcome To Lorrha’ signs all looked well, as did the website advertising signs. Smoe of the farm gates within the village could be painted – maybe in a uniform colour? The street benches at the Catholic Church looked very fresh with the 2 silver lines interspersed between the black painted wooden struts.

All roads into Lorrha provide the visitor with a sense of place, and Lorrha is indeed a lovely place. Full of many historic buildings and with a community obviously proud of its heritage, it was a delight for your adjudicator to explore the village.

Lorrha Development Association entered the Dulux Brighten your Community in early May 2011 and were delighted that their entry was first of all shortlisted and then successful in getting through the final stages of the project. The judging panel were ‘impressed’ that the Development members were working on a new park in the village and the entry for free paint was deemed to be ‘well worthy of a helping hand’. Our thanks to Dulux for the free paint.
Pictured above receiving the paint is from left: Ute Duggan (Artist) and son Niall, Carmel Slevin (Artist), Liz Hussey (Vice Chairperson Lorrha Development), Rose Mannion (Chairperson), Pat Fogarty (Fayles Hardware, Birr), John Houlihan (Works Manager, Lorrha Development) with daughter Rebecca, Tom Duggan.
Anyone wishing to volunteer to help with the painting, no matter how short your time, can contact Liz at (090) 9747893, Mary at (090) 9747972, Rose at (086) 8647166 or any member of the committee. All help and support will be welcome.

Launching the North Tipperary Volunteer Fair held in Nenagh in mid May were members of Lorrha Development Association who were recipients of the CAVA Arts, Culture and Heritage award, the CAVA 2010 overall award and the National Tidy Towns Endeavour Award, all for last season 2010.
Pictured above is Rose Mannion, Chairperson of Lorrha Development Association, Ann Marie Brophy, Europe Direct, Harry Houlihan, Works Manager, Lorrha Development, Mary Coen, Secretary Lorrha Development, Noirin Leamy, CAVA, Lorraine Treacy, Europe Direct.

Liz & Harry putting up wood surround around old petrol pumps outside Molloys.

Two vice chairs of Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns committee Mary Walsh & Liz Hussey relax with committee members Bridget Grover and works manager Harry Houlihan in the newly developed Friars Park in the village, after they completed an couple of hours planting flowers throughout the village…

Friars Park looking good in the late May sunshine…and showers.

Members of Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns were pleasantly surprised to find that the Annual National Spring Clean resulted in far less litter and rubbish around the streets and roads than in previous years. This is due to the ongoing litter picking throughout the year and also to the residents of the village who are helping to keep the streets clean. Well done all.

Work Evenings 2011.
We have successfully completed two work evenings. One to pick litter for the National spring clean and the second to empty tubs and clean up flower beds.
Please note the next work evening will be Wednesday evening May 4th. from 6.30p.m.  Also note that if the time is not suitable, please do come along at a time that does suit you as we will be around the village for a few hours. If the evening is not suitable, do please let us know at (086) 8647166 or (090) 9747893 and we will arrange another evening. Your help is important no matter how short, so do please come out and lend a hand.
Further dates for work evenings are as followes:
Tuesday May 10th, 17th, 24th. and 31st.
June:  7th. 14th. 21st. 28th.

David carries out the snagging jobs in the brilliant 21 degree sunshine of late April.

With some sections of the railing now in place, work can continue on the landscaping and here Keith unloads topsoil.

Lorrha Development Install Public Notice Board.
Tom Gleeson (North Tipperary Co. Council), Michael Hough (Lorrha Development), Meelie Houlihan (North Tipp. Co. Co), Harry Houlihan (Lorrha Development) erect the public Notice Board in the village last week.  Lorrha Development offer thanks to North Tipp. Co. Council for erecting the Notice Board which is now open for notices.

   National Spring Clean.

This year marks the 13th. anniversary of An Taisce’s National Spring Clean which will commence from April 1st. With more and more rubbish appearing on the roadsides all over Ireland, An Taisce are setting their sights on having more people than they had last year, volunteering to come out and work together for the Community. An Taisce reminds us all that everyone’s participation throughout Ireland is very important as we all have a responsibility for litter in our community. A clean up of Lorrha village and the approach roads will take place on Wednesday April 20th. Meet outside the hall at 6.30p.m. We encourage as many as possible to come and help as many hands over a few hours will make light work.

Joe Dolan Fencing Contractor cleares the site for the new fence in Friars Park in February.



As well as the major work on the new Friars Park Development, remedial works continue around the village such as the new entrance to the proposed building site beside the hall. A large ‘hole’ was made in the ditch with a view to building a housing estate here, but when the building bubble burst that was the end of the housing estate. However, the large gap was left open and so after a meeting with the Developer, he refused to make good himself of the opening and also refused to financially contribute to repair work but had no problem with whatever works Lorrha Development wished to carry out. The material for this project has been extremely costly on the group.  Pictured here in January 2011 is the two scheme workers Michael & John who pose for Liz.

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Work Commenced on the new Friar’s Park on Monday January 24th. 2011 to great relief after almost two years of sorting all sorts of problems…

Lorrha Development Association are undertaking a major park development which is costing in the region of close on E100,000 for the historical North Tipp. village and were recent recipients of part funding from North Tipperary LEADER Partnership under the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013. Pictured here is Chairperson of Lorrha Development Association Rose Mannion accepting the grant of approval from LEADER project manager Patrick Killeen. Also in the photo is Padraig Moran Board member North Tipperary Partner Leadership, Carmel Slevin, Lorrha Development, Louis McCormack, Treasurer, Mary Coen, Secretary, Mary Walsh, Vice Chairperson.

Anyone wishing to order a copy of the Parish Calendar which is produced by Lorrha Development Association can do so by calling (090) 9747893 or email lizhuzzey@eircom.net.
Lorrha Development Works Manager John Houlihan makes a presentation to former vice chairman Fr. Joe Kennedy P.P.
on the occasion of his departure to Dunkerrin/Moneygall at a function in Lorrha Hall on October 6th.

Top Picture: Fr. Joe Kennedy former Vice Chairman Lorrha Development Association pictured with
members of the group at a function held in Lorrha Hall in October 2010 to mark his transfer to the
parish of Denkerrin/Moneygall. Pictured here is Mary Walsh (Vice Chairperson), Fr. Joe Kennedy,
Rachel Dagg, Louis McCormack (Treasurer).
Back:  Rose Mannion (Chairperson), Carmel Slevin, John Houlihan (works Manager) with daughter Rebecca,
Billy Dagg, David Power, Mary Coen (Secretary), Peter Slevin.

Lorrha Development Association wish to express sincere thanks to Teresa Dunne Walker, Joe Dolan and David Power who raised a total of €28, 611 through fundraising over several month’s for the development / renovation of the new Friar’s Park in the village.
Sincere thanks to all who supported Teresa, Joe and David while they were fundraising for this project. They clearly showed their pride in their village by getting up and going out to raise these funds for this project. Well done to all three, David who raised €3,568.35, Teresa raised €6,000 and to the new Lord Mayor of Lorrha Joe Dolan who raised €19,043.62.

Pictured here are the three candidates who were presented with glass ware in appreciation for all their hard work.
Chairperson of Lorrha Development Association Rose Mannion congratulates the winner of the Lord Mayor fundraiser Joe Dolan.
Joe pictured with members of his family and officers of Lorrha Development Association. Rose Mannion Chairperson, Louis McCormack Secretary, Nancy White Treasurer. (March 20th. 2010).
                                                                    Lorrha & Dorrha Parish Calendar

    Is Now On Sale.

Packed from Cover to Cover with photo’s from the past and from the present, the Parish Calendar is compiled by members of Lorrha Development Association as a fundraiser for the work carried out in the lovely historical village of Lorrha.

Priced at just €10 the calendar is available in the Lorrha end of the parish from Pat Hough publican, Colette’s Hair Salon, Ferry Inn Restaurant & Bar, Ferry Service Station, Carrigahorig Post Office, Louis & Kathleen McCormack’s Pub, GAA Clubhouse. In Rathcabbin it’s available from Kelly’s Bar & Grocery, Brophy’s Bar & Grocery.

The Calendar is also available from Super Valu (O’Meara’s) Portumna, Salmons Newsagents Portumna.
Anyone wishing to have a copy posted to them is asked to contact Liz by emailing her at lizhussey@eircom.net, or Nancy at terry1938@eircom.net from Rose at roselmannion@yahoo.ie or by phone from Louis at (086) 8493595.

Candidates Commence Fundraising.

Lorrha Lord Mayor Candidates have commenced fundraising in recent weeks. First out of the stalls was Teresa Dunne with a BBQ recently on her premises The Ferry Inn which was a good success for her. Teresa also has a couple of more ideas up her sleeve but she’s in the planning process at the moment and is not revealing her ideas. She has sponsorship cards which can be purchased for €2 per line. Well done Teresa.

Next up is Joe Dolan and Joe has a lot of idea’s about fundraising. He has formed a fundraising committee and they are a serious outfit indeed when it comes to fundraising. The chairman is Mark Mannion, Secretary is Ann Coughlan, joint treasurers are Willie Rigney and Eugene Kennedy. Committee members with Joe are Michael Young, Sean Lambe, Trish O’Donoghue, Micheál Killeen. He is organising a poker classic in the very near future with all details to be announced at a later date, and he also plans on running a couple of more events in various locations around the parish so watch this space. He too has sponsorship cards with a €2 line for sale. And Joe’s slogan is ‘There’s no show like a Joe show’.

And the third candidate is David Power who is also organising a Poker Classic to be held in the new year. Full details on this at a later stage.  Like Teresa and Joe, David too has sponsorship cards with lines costing €2 each for sale. Do please support our candidates in their fundraising efforts.
              Lord Mayor Launch.

Lorrha Development Association is about to undertake a Lord Mayor campaign to help raise funds to renovate and convert to a park, the area to the rear of the two housing estates in the village, which is presently overgrown and out of control. To be known as ‘Friars Park’, it will have a green area for children to play in safely and it will also have an area where people can walk or just sit and relax in. When complete, the park will be a major benefit to everyone, both parishioners and visitors who wish to use it. However, the work will be costly and the Development Association are presently applying for funding from Leader towards the costs involved in converting this piece of waste ground into a pleasant park for all to enjoy.
Congratulations and well done to the Lord Mayor candidates who have agreed to help raise funds towards this huge undertaking.
The launch of the Lord Mayor campaign will take place on Saturday night the 26th. at 9.30p.m. in the Ferry Inn and all are invited to attend. There will be music, song and dance by local talent and also present will be the “Down Your Way” presenter Eamonn O’Dwyer to record a programme for Tipp F.M.

Fun Day Results,The judges in the bonny baby and toddler competition on the fun day had a very tough decision to choose a winner and runner up. However, Helen, Louise and Maureen agreed to the following and the development committee wish to extend thanks to them for taking the time to do the judging. 12 month old Aidan O’Donnell (Portumna) was the winner of the bonny baby while the runner up was 7 month old Shane Boyle from Brocka (Ballinderry). 13 month old April Slevin won the toddler competition while 36 month old Niamh Patterson from Portland was the runner up. In the children’s art competition, there was two winners in the pre-school section, Rebecca Houlihan Little Feet Playschool and Celine Guinan BusyBodies Playgroup. Junior Infants: 1st. Darragh Guinan, 2nd. Colette Houlihan, 3rd. Frances Bugler. Senior Infants: 1st. Tom Duggan, 2nd. Hannah O’Meara, joint 3rd. Daniel Bugler & Ryan Clarke. In the 1st. 2nd and 3rd class group the winner was David Sullivan, joint 2nd. Clodagh McIntyre and James O’Meara with joint 3rd. place going to Lynsey McDermott and Saoirsi Guinan. The 4th. 5th. and 6th. class winner was shared between Michael O’Dwyer and Mary Hogan while in second position was Ger Lambe and Hayley Lewis and Aisling Smith jointly shared third position. The overall winner of the duck race was Amanda Houlihan who received €100 while Justine Egan won €50, Jean Hough, Liam Mannion, Vanessa & S. Donoghue, Biddy & Rebecca received €20 each while Paul Houlihan, Oliver Duggan, Daniel Byrne and Noel Broderick each received €10. The Cities ‘N’ Places quiz bamboozled many but there was 13 correct entries which were placed in a drum with Caitlin Hanniffy winning the 1st. prize of €100 and Lorrha Active Retirement Group winning €50 for second position.

Dog Show Results.

Class1 . Best small dog. 1st. Mary Walsh. 2nd. Emma Armitage. 3rd Joy Howard.
Class 2. Best large dog. 1st. Kristine Fleurer. 2nd Michael Darmody. 3rd. Dagmar Wermer.
Class3. Best veteran dog. 1st Lee Reddin. 2nd. Paddy Maroney. 3rd. Paddy Kenneally.
Class4. Best child handler. Ashling Maroney.2nd. Emma Mooney. 3rd. Aoife Hogan.
Class 5. Best cross breed dog. 1st. Jackie Skehan. 2nd. Trish O’Donaghue. 3rd. Emma Armitage.
Class 6. Best gun dog. 1st. Barbara Tierney. 2nd. Paddy Duffy. 3rd. Bill Tierney.
Class7. Best trick. 1st. Joe Moyles, 2nd. Bill Tierney. 3rd. Emma Mooney.
Class 8. Waggiest tail. 1st. Aoife Hogan. 2nd. Elaine Kenneally. 3rd. Celine Cleary.
Class 9 Best dressed dog.1st.Mary Walsh. 2nd. Tara Walsh 3rd. Aisling Sazenski.
Class 10. Dog never to have won a first prize. 1st.Bernie Tierney. 2nd. Paul Turner. 3rd. Sarah O Connor.
Champion: Kristine Fleurer. Reserve Champion: Bernie Tierney.
Agility. 1st. Emma Mooney. 2nd. Emma Armitage. 3rd. Kristine Fleurer.
Thanks to our sponsors: Byrnes Dog Foods (Limerick), Lynch's (Portumna), Animal Care (Portumna), Gain Foods (Rathcabbin) Willie Rigney, Donie O'Meara (Portumna) Liffey Mills (Eugene Kennedy).
We extend thanks also to the following for their sponsorship. Ferry Inn Bar & Restaurant (Lorrha), County Arms Hotel (Birr), Dooly's Hotel (Birr), John & Gail Kelly, Green St., (Birr), Spinners Bistro (Birr), Riverbank Restaurant (Riverstown), Stella & Kong Lam Chinese takeaway & Restaurant (Birr).

We Need You.

Your help is required for just one hour for the next few weeks to help with work evenings in Lorrha commencing this Wednesday evening the 10th. from 7.00p.m. and you can come at whatever time suits you. but it’s important that more people come and help. We will be meeting also on June 17th. and 24th. starting point outside the hall and if this is not suitable, another evening can be arranged with a second group by text or calling your preferred date to (086) 8647166. (if sending a text, do leave your name). Please bring garden tools. Judging of the tidy towns has now commenced and our village will be visited at a time and date that we won’t know about and marks awarded for our efforts. It would help a lot if every resident in the village kept the area outside their homes litter and weed free please. So do please come out and help as by doing so you show your pride in your place.

To Dee In Brooklyn.

As you didn't leave any fordwarding address, we have no way of making contact with you and we dont understand your question??  Can you please come back to us Dee as you are obviously a Parishioner / former parishioner and as such you no doubt will be of assistance to us with History etc. on the parish. It's also great to know that you are reading the Lorrha Parish web site in Brooklyn Dee and keeping up with all the goings on in the parish. Well done.  Please do leave your contact details as we would love to make contact with you.   Lorrha Development Association.


Lorrha Development Association are holding their Annual Family Fun Day on Sunday June 7th. This years event will hold a dog show that will be bigger and better than ever before which will include a total of ten classes as per the following:
1. Best small dog / bitch.
2. Best large dog / bitch.
3. Best veteran dog / bitch over 5 years.
4. Best child handler (National School age).
5. Best cross breed dog / bitch.
6. Best gun dog / bitch.
7. Best trick by dog / bitch.
8. Waggiest tail.
9. Best dressed dog / bitch.
10. Best dog / bitch never to have won a 1st. prize.

Champion:  Best in show.
Reserve Champion:  Reserve best in show.

There will also be an Agility show.  Registration gets under way at 1.30pm.    €5.   3 Practice rounds and Competition Entry.  €2.   Entry competition only.
For further details on the dog show contact Lorraine on (087) 6221829.

As part of the Lorrha Development fun day, a dog show consisting of ten classes with an agaility show will take place on Sunday June 7th. in Lorrha. This year the group have enlisted the help of John Brown and Lorraine Malone to whom we offer our thanks and also thanks to the Rev. Janet Whity Spunner for the use of the agility equipment. Pictired above are members of the Development with John & Lorraine. From left: Harry Houlihan (Works Manager, L.D.A.), Rachel Glynn, Amanda Houlihan, Tara Walsh with Rebecca Houlihan, John Brown, Rose Mannion (Chairperson L.D.A.), Mary Walsh (Assistant Secretary), Louis McCormack (Secretary), Lorraine Malone.

Ducks on Sale.

Members of the Development committee are presently selling ducks for the annual duck race on the river during the fun day activities. Ducks cost €10 each and there are ten prizes ranging from €100 to €10. Please support. Also on sale is the very popular test your knowledge quiz sheet which this year is ‘Cities ‘n’ Places’. Entry fee here is €2 and there are 30 questions to be answered with a first prize of €100 and runner up gets €50.

Funday Date Sunday June 7th.

There will be lots of activities on Sunday June 7th. during the Annual Fun day organised by the Development Committee.  The day will kick off at 1.30 p.m. with registration for the dog show while the bonnie baby competition which is for babies up to 12 month’s will commence at 2.30 p.m. as will the Toddler competition which is for children from 13 month’s to 36 month’s. There will be a children’s art competition, while you can test your knowledge with a Flora identfication quiz, you will get a chance to win the fun day lotto and at 4.00p.m. we will have the childrens events such as the egg and spoon, three legged races and relay races etc. Please note we have had to change the time here. You can guess the number of sweets in the jar, children’s face painting, pony trap rides, and the very popular Duck Race. You can take a break during all of that and treat yourself to refreshments which will be served in the hall.

Lorrha Development.

There was a great turn out at the A.G.M. of Lorrha Development held in Lorrha Hall in early April 20.When the list of works carried out during the past year were outlined to the meeting, all present could see that there was an enourmous amount achieved in that length of time. With the village looking very well over the winter month’s, work never ceases regardless of the time of season and this is evident as one drives through. Officers elected for the forthcoming season are Chairperson: Rose Mannion, Vice Chairpersons: Fr. Joe Kennedy, David Power, Liz Hussey, Secretary: Louis McCormack, Assistant Secretary: Mary Walsh, Treasurer: Nancy White, Development Officer: Harry Houlihan.  Lorrha Development also elected two sub committee’s during the year. They are the Residents committee and officers are: Chairperson Carmel Lewis, Vice do: Conor Glynn, Secretary: Trish O’Donoghue, Treasurer: Sarah Heenan, assistant tresurer: Mary Walsh, Works Manages: Harry & Meelie Houlihan.
The second committee took charge of the St. Patricks  Day Parade and they were Fr. Joe Kennedy P.P. Mary Coen & they enlisted their own help.

Lorrha Development Members getting ready for clean up in Mid April






Lorrha Development Secretary Lous McCormack (second from right) with members of his family on the occasion of his election campaign launch night, Saturday night April 25th. which took place on his premises in Abbeyville, Lorrha. From left at back: Gerard, Pat, Louis and brother in law Eamonn Fitzpatrick. At front is his sister in law Breda and his wife Kathleen.





Tidy Towns Competition 2010
Adjudication Report
Lorrha 863
Tipperary North

Category: A (Village with a population of under 200)
Date(s): 26/06/2010

Overall Development Approach 50 34 32
The Built Environment 50 38 36
Landscaping 50 39 37
Wildlife and Natural Amenities 50 20 16
Litter Control 50 30 29
Waste Minimisation 20 10 9
Tidiness 30 19 19
Residential Areas 40 29 28
Roads, Streets and Back Areas 50 37 33
General Impression 10 8 7
TOTAL MARKS 400 264 246

Céad mile fáilte roimh Lorrha Development Association to TidyTowns 2010. Congratulating you on your enthusiasm and wishing you the very best with your entry. One hopes that your experience in this year’s competition will continue to encourage you to feel pride in your place. You seem to go about your business in an organised manner with a big committee and regular meetings. One notes that you do not mention the North Tipperary County Council as one of the organisations with which you engage. One would expect that that body would be of significance to you in your work. Well done on your communication with the local community and special mention should be made of your input into the website relaying news of your work evening. The website informed us that the school has achieved Green Flag Status. Well done to all concerned. Thank you for the map and for the 5 year plan. That plan is a positive step but is really just a draft so maybe you need to revisit the plan. Will the works mentioned produce the Lorrha you wish for in 5 years? One presumes that the Mary Coen who compiled your submission and the Mary Coen in the website are the same person so we can be sure that the pupils in the school are made fully aware of what is happening on the TidyTowns front. Many years of healthy and fruitful retirement to you.

This village is steeped in ecclesiastical history. The built environment illustrates the antiquity of the ecclesiastical buildings in Lorrha. These buildings are the pride of the village and are wonderfully preserved. It is wonderful to note the restoration work on the Church of Ireland. St Ruadhán’s well is another priceless antiquity and is honoured in its maintenance. One wonders what the monks would have thought of the designers of the handball alley in the 50’s who used a wall of the monastery as a side wall for the alley. One is certain that that wall was put to good use. Handball may not be so popular an activity in the present age but it would be a pity if the floor were to deteriorate. One would not have known that the seanfhocail building once housed a cinema. Keep the seanfhocail refreshed. The school authorities can feel proud of the presentation of the school. The community centre has been painted and looks well as a result. It appears that the Garda station is no longer in use and that area is deteriorating. There is a sense that the business life of the town is not as vibrant as would be wished for as the businesses portray a somewhat jaded look. Freshening up would liven up the street. Your work with the murals is a progressive step. As the usage of buildings all along the street has changed over the years a great effort has been made to present old buildings as freshly as possible, thus retaining the character of the streetscape. One would love to know more about the Coach House, a building that must have had an influence on the lives of the people of Lorrha.

One immediately notices the distinctive Lorrha flower tubs on arrival. These tubs stamp your definitive impression on the street. The use made of the road widening on the Carrigahorig road is superb and is distinctive in the use of the bog oak. There are a refreshing variety of landscaping ploys to create interest along that landscaped area. Your latest venture here, to plant the wild flowers along the hedge, is another ingenious idea. The treatment of the open area as one approaches the Dominican Abbey on the Carrigahorig road bids a welcome to the visitor, a lovely, relaxing space with an invitation to sit and listen to the echoes of the monks chanting. It is obvious that the landscaping of Lorrha has been taking place over many years. The tubs enliven the street with summer colour. Maybe there is need for more floral influence along the street.

You are to be congratulated on the wild flower garden. One looks forward to the amenity walk. One feels that you find this section challenging. Many other towns have the same experience. Take heed of the advice of last year’s adjudicator and seek out informed help. Your website sings the praises of Friar’s Lough but it was not on the map or on the adjudicator’s itinerary.

The photos tell a story of a concerned community. The litter picks help to maintain a low level of litter. The village is not entirely litter free. What work do you do in order to encourage people to bring their litter home and to reduce rather than dispose of material?

Well done to the Bring Bank and on its maintenance. Well done also to the school for achieving Green Flag Status. These are big steps. One notes that this section does not get a mention in your 5 year plan. Further research could help inspire in this section also.

The paint work done on many old buildings helps to create a tidy image. Imagine the way things would be without that investment. The paths and the trimmed road verges help to create a cared-for tidy appearance for the village. Delegate some member of your committee to keeping road signs clean and fresh. One looks forward to visiting when your wish to have those cables buried has been fulfilled.

In general the houses of Lorrha present themselves with much pride. One notes the many traditional cottages around the village and the colour and personality that they bring to Lorrha. It is sad to note that some of the houses in Páirc na Coille are unoccupied. The other houses are bright and cheery. Friars Close is also well maintained but the fence does present a challenge to the eye. St Ruadhán’s Terrace is a pleasant settled estate that brings colour to that side of the village. Those cottages help to create a sense of the traditional rural village.

One is welcomed to Lorrha on all the approach roads but the sign on the Carrigahorig road is a gem. It tells the story of Lorrha, an ancient monastic settlement, on a beautifully designed crossroad. The poles tell of another important tradition in village life…the hurleys. The roadsides are well maintained. The wild hedges are most attractive and are hives of insect and bird activity.

Lorrha village is fortunate that it has concerned people living there, people who are concerned for its appearance, concerned for the morale of the population. The results of your efforts are joyfully evident all over. Some of the sections in this competition cause you difficulty. The wildlife section could enhance the experience of living in Lorrha, so bite the bullet.