Lorrha Notes

The Nenagh Guardian was a recognised recently by The Camogie Association for their extensive coverage and promotion of Camogie and were awarded the RTE Mick Dunne Memorial Award for Best Local Newspaper. Pictured here accepting the award from President Aileen Lawlor is Shane Brophy, Head of Sport and Rose Mannion, Photographer.


 Late Mary O’Meara.

The peaceful death occurred on Wednesday March 6th in St. Kieran’s Nursing home, Rathcabbin after a long illness, of Mary O’Meara, Portumna and Curragha, Lorrha. Mary who was 81 years of age, was nee Moylan and was born and raised in the Rathcabbin end of the parish. On her marriage to Lorrha man Dan O’Meara, they lived in Curragha for some years before moving to Portumna where their house was a friendly home and open to everyone who called. Like so many of her generation, Mary was a homemaker and worked hard at providing for her family, supporting them throughout her life. A friendly good natured lady, she was also fond of walking and Portumna Forest Park was one of her favorite places to pursue her past time. In the winter time Mary passed some of the long nights by playing Bridge in Portumna and she made many lasting friendships here through the years. Her remains were removed from St. Kierans Nursing Home to St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha on Thursday evening 7th and after concelebrated funeral Mass there the following day Mary was laid to rest beside her husband Dan and son Francis. Sympathy is extended to her family, son Padraic, daughters Trish, Esther and Miriam, brothers Mikey and Jerry, sisters-in-law, daughter in-law, son’s in-law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends on their great loss. May she rest in Peace.

 Coffee Morning Fundraiser.

Suzanne and John Maher Rathcabbin are hosting a fundraising coffee morning on Saturday March 16th in their home on theRidge Road from 10a.m to1.00p.m. All money raised from the venture will go to Irish Premature Babies charity where the money will help to purchase badly needed equipment for the Neonatal ICU’s around the country. Your support for this very worthy cause will be much appreciated.

The Heritage of the Parish of Lorrha:

Writer and historian, George Cunningham, will deliver an illustrated presentation on “The Heritage of the Parish of Lorrha” in the Community Hall, Lorrha on Tuesday, 19th March at8.15pm.  George has been associated with the saving and restoration of Damer House in Roscrea and founded there in 1980Ireland’s first Heritage Centre and Roscrea Heritage Society. He has lectured all overIreland on all aspects of history, archaeology, architecture, natural history, landscape, bibliography, literature and literary figures.  His visit to Lorrha offers us a unique opportunity to gain an awareness and appreciation of the rich heritage all around us.  Everyone is invited and welcome to attend.  Admission for adults will be €5 and students will be admitted free of charge.

The Ormond Way.

The Ormond Way Association together with Lorrha & Dorrha Historical Society are assisting  Peter Mulryan in organising the filming of his documentary on O’ Sullivan Beare.
Part of the filming is due to take place  at Whites Ford in Ballymacegan next Friday the 14th . On Thursday some of Peters team will attempt to reconstruct the boat that ferried O’Sullivan across the Shannon at this spot in 1603.
All are welcome to visit the site over the two days . No exact times has  been decided on and the events will be weather permitting.
For further info. Ph. James on 087 2031798 or David on 086 3308172. Or keep an eye on our facebook page for updates as we get them .

 Our Medieval Night themed ‘HighKings and Vikings’ is taking place on Saturday April 27th in Maher’s Lorrha.It was a huge sucess last year and this year plans to be bigger and better. More details to follow later.

 Lorrha St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Lorrha ‘St. Patrick’s Day Parade’ is on 17th March at 4p.m.Floats sign in at 3.30p.m.at hall. Admission free. Live Music and barbeque afterwards in Maher’s. Fun evening for all the family.

 Team Cian Barn Dance.

Yeee Haaa !!! calling all cowboys and cowgirls to join us for our annual barn dance which this year is for team Cian. Dust off your cowboy hats, root out your check shirtsand join us for a rootin, tootin hoedown, for one night only in our 80ft marquee aka The Barn at the Ferry Inn. Fill your boots with our free BBQ and then grab your partner by the hand as hot fuss take to the stage and guaranteed to have ya’ll swinging from the rafters. Round off the night with a hoe-down to the thigh slapping tunes of DJ Gavo. So make a note in your diary, St. Patrick’s night March 17th at 9.00p.m. in The Ferry Inn. Tickets on sale now from The Ferry Inn, Ladies day, and D. Lynch & Sons. For further information please contact Theresa on (087) 6851116 or Ann on (087) 6407920.  

 Scenic Trial Run.

Team Cian Portumna Forest Park 10k scenic trial run and 5k family fun run/ walk will take place on Easter Monday April 1st at 12 noon. All proceeds go to Cian’s ongoing care. Registration from 10.30a.m. – 11.30am or register on line at www.team-cian.com.10k. Entry fee €15, U18’s €5. 5k family fun run / walk donations greatly appreciated.Refreshments, face painting and music on the day. Please support this worthy cause.

School Reunion

A Lorrha school reunion is being organised in June as part of the Gathering Festival,covering the 1950s and 1960s. If you were in Lorrha school for any part of that period please contact Mary 0879167594 Pauline 0872324800 Kevin 0909747054  or Nancy 0909747922. Looking forward to meeting you all.

Open Day In Lorrha N.S.

The principal and staff of Scoil Lua Naofa, Lorrha wish to thank sincerely all parents who attended the schools open day and enrolment on Wednesday March 6th. A special mention to the members of the Parents Association who provided refreshments on the day. Anyone wishing to enrol their child for September 2013 can collect enrolment forms from the school or call (090) 9747295, email: luanaofa@eircom.net or download from the website www.lorrhans.ie.  See separate notes elsewhere in this paper.


Redwood NS would like to thank all those who attended their Open Day last Saturday and made the day such a success. We would also like to thank all the parents who helped organise the event. Anyone who was unable to attend and would like to view the school can do so by contacting the school on 090 9747186 or by email at redwoodns@live.ie 


Little Feet pre-school and Montessori, Bredagh, Lorrha is now taking names for September 2013. Morning session available for all ages (3 months to 5 years), ECCE Registered – all children can avail of a free year before going to national school. Collection from national school also available. For further information call (087) 7783347.

 Lorrha & Dorrha Heritage Festival.

The next meeting of the Lorrha and Dorrha Heritage Festival will take place on Thursday March 14th at 8p.m. in the GAA clubhouse. The committee would welcome your input so do come along. A calendar of proposed events can be viewed on the parish web site www.lorrhadorrha.ie.

The Gathering.

Do you know or are you related to the late Martin O’Meara V.C. whether living in Irelandor overseas? If so Lorrha Development members would like to talk to you. Call us on (086) 8647166 or email: info@

No Patricks Day Parade in Rathcabbin
Rathcabbin Development Association have regretfully decided to postpone the Rathcabbin Patricks Day Parade and community day. It is hoped to hold a community event during the summer possibly to coincide with the opening of the community sensory garden.
The paths and patios have been expertly laid in the garden, and with great speed, thanks to the spell of dry weather. The next phase is the construction of a water cascade in the south western corner..more artistry from the team!
 A sincere thank you is extended to everyone who supported the fundraising Poker Classic – the funds raised will be kept for the summer festival.

 Social Dancing.

Social dancing continues in the GAA clubhouse every Friday night with this week’s music provided by Pat and Ritchie.

 Good Luck.

The best of luck is extended toPortumna Community Schoo lin the First Year camogie Connacht Championship final, especially our three parish girls Hazel Reddin, Maeve O’Meara  and Mary Jane Sherlock. The final is to be held before Easter.


Hard luck to Caoimhe Kennedy and the Tipperary Senior Camogie team who lost to Kilkenny on Sunday last in Semple Stadium. We wish all the best of luck in their next outing on Saturday coming 16th when they meet Derry.

 Tracing Relations.

Rebecca Wallace is conducting a genealogy research on her family from theTipperaryregion and she is wondering if there is anyone in Lorrha Parish that can help her. She is the 3rd great granddaughter of Mary Madden, daughter of William and Catherine Madden. Mary was born inTipperaryin 1857, married to John T. Garraty ofPhiladelphia, and died inPhiladelphiain 1897. John T. Garraty was the son of James Garraty (may be spelled Geraughty or Geraghty) who was born inTipperaryin 1819. James immigrated toCanadain 1848 and subsequently to theU.S., residing inNew YorkandPennsylvania.  Rebecca found some records which might pertain to her ancestors. One of these is an Estate Record for an Edward Geraghty who held land in the parish of Modreeny and James Geraghty who held land in the parish of Uskane. A military service record for William Madden included the following information: Calculated year of birth: 1837, Parish of birth: Lorrha, Town of birth: Portumna, County of birth Tipperary. Age at attestation: 18 years 4 months, Discharge date: 24 September 1855, Discharge rank: Private, Discharge corps: 21st Foot, Discharge soldier number: 4300. Finally, an Estate Record for Knigh lists a William Madden born in 1831 in the Nenagh and Knigh Parish.  If you can help Rebecca please contact her at: Rebecca Wallace,22 N. Llanwellyn Ave.Glenolden,PA19036USA,  or by email at thegarratys@gmail.com

St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Join Portumna’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 17th at12.30 pm. Registration (only €5) necessary at Portumna Post Office before March 13th. Categories: Youth, Voluntary Groups, Humorous, Vintage, Commercial/Business, Visitor with overall & Best Shop Window award.

Art Exhibition.

Portumna library is hosting a children's art exhibition of creations by the students of Ute Duggan, "Bramble Art" from 20th March - 6th April. All welcome.

Smile awhile and laugh a little every Day.

Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl whispered to her mother,

‘Why is the bride dressed in white?”

 The mother replied, ‘Because white is the color of happiness, and today is the happiest day of her life.’

 The child thought about this for a moment then said,

 So why is the groom wearing black?