Lorrha Notes


Electric Car Visits Lorrha.

Electric Car Visits Lorrha.



Late Roger Hussey.

The peaceful death took place on Tuesday March 26th in the Galway Clinic of Roger Hussey, White Thorns, Lorrha.  Funeral arrangements later.

Important Notice.

Please note change of venue for our 10km Run and 5km Fun Run/Family Walk on Easter Monday, 1st April. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, the main entrance to Portumna Forest Park will remain closed for the foreseeable future. So, we will now be starting and finishing in the Portumna Playground area, behind the library.  Registration on Easter Monday morning from 10.30am to 11.30am for the 10km Run starting at 12 o’clock. No registration is required for the Fun 5km Run/Walk also starting at 12 o’clock. A warm invitation is extended to one and all to come out on the day to either run or walk off your Easter eggs! The day itself promises to be a great family day in Portumna with live music from Tradstone, refreshments, face painting and a special guest appearance from The Easter Bunny!

Church News.

Spy Wednesday (27th March), Mass of Chrism, celebrated by Bishop Kieran O’Reilly in St. Mary of the Rosary Church, Nenagh at 7.00p.m.

Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lords Supper in LorrhaChurch at 8.00p.m.

Good Friday: Service of the Passion and Death of Jesus, RathcabbinChurch at 3.00p.m. with Stations of the Cross in LorrhaChurch at 8.00p.m. (Good Friday is a day of Fast and abstinence).

Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil in RathcabbinChurch at 8.00p.m.

Easter Sunday: Mass in LorrhaChurch at 10.00a.m. and in Rathcabbin at 11.30a.m.

Kilbarron Players.

“A Cripple in Inishmaan by playwrite Martin McDonagh will be staged in Kilbarron Hall for four nights only commencing on Thursday night 28th to Sunday night 31st at 8.30p.m. Directed by Phil Quigley, admission is €10 for adults and €5 for students. One not to be missed from this hard working group of thespians.

Ploughing Results.

The North Tipperary Ploughing Association would like to express huge Thank You to everyone who made our annual ploughing match a great success which took place at Bredagh, Lorrha, by kind permission of the Dagg Family.

The following are the results of the ploughing categories from Sunday 3rd March 2012

Senior. 1st Pat Brandon, Laois. 2nd Larry Bergin, Sth Tipp 3rd John Slattery, Nth Tipperary. 3rd             Anthony Reynolds, Laois.

Intermediate. 1st Padraig Brandon, Laois. 2nd D.J. McHugh, Laois. 3rd Martin Reilly, Longford, 3rd Jonathon Murray, Offaly.

Under 21. 1st Lorcan Bergin, Sth Tipp. 2nd Liam Murphy, Nth Tipperary. 3rd Alan Raleigh, Nth Tipperary.

Junior. 1st Ger Frost, Clare. 2nd Christy Burke, Galway. 3rd      Noel Howley, Sth Tipperary.

U28. 1st Brendan Greene, Loais. 2nd     Ger Mahon, Offaly.

Farmette. 1st   Laura Grant, Offaly.

Senior Reversible. 1st            Joe Slattery, Nth Tipp. 2nd Karl Davis, Laois. 3rd Johnny Cahalan, Nth Tipp.

3 Furrow Standard. 1st Ciaran Milne, Nth Tipp. 2nd Tom Lewis, Nth Tipp.

Two Furrow Mounted Vintage. 1st    Aidan Hogan, Nth Tipp. 2nd      Joe Kelly, Galway.

3rd John McBride, Offaly.

Single Furrow Vintage.  1st James Hough, Nth Tipp.

Vintage Classic Class. 1st. Brian McNally, 2nd. Kevin Kennedy North Tipp. 3rd. Denis Cahalan North Tipp.

Horse. 1st Eamon McDonagh, Mayo. 2nd Philip Larkin, Offaly.

Loy Senior. 1st Pakie O’Brien, Nth Tipp. 2nd Pat Boylan, Westmeath.

Loy Junior. 1st Owen Clancy, Nth Tipp. 2nd    Padraig Larkin, Offaly.

Loy Minor 1st Aaron McDermot, Nth Tipp.

The results of the Raffle that was held on Saturday 9th March The Friars Tavern, Lorrha are as follows and a special word of thanks to the sponsors of our prizes.

1st prize €300 sponsored by Nth Tipp Ploughing Assoc. – Lisa Slattery, Kilbillier, Coolbawn, Nenagh

2nd prize €250 sponsored by Nth Tipp Ploughing Assoc.-Elaine Cahalan, 23 Cluain Mullean, Tyone, Nenagh. 3rd prize €100 sponsored by Nth Tipp Ploughing Assoc.- Alan King, The Pike, Rathcabbin.  4th prize Voucher The Thatched Cottage, Ballycommon – Cormac Hillary, Ballymacward,  Ballinasloe. 5th prize Voucher Sponsored by The Derg Inn, Terryglass, – Caitlin Murphy, Liskinlawn, Borrisokane.  6th prize Btl Brandy, Sponsored by Charlotte Gunning – Lisa Slattery, Kilbillier, Coolbawn Nenagh

7th prize Btl Brandy sponsored by Hoctor Family, Sharragh – Diana Austin, Soolmoy, Ardcroney. 8th prize Btl Vodka sponsored by Trisha Lane and Nancy White – Liam Haverty. 9th prize Btl Wine sponsored by Costcutter – Jack Deane, Annagh, Rathcabbin.

10th prize Btl Wine sponsored by Costcutter – Michele Kennedy, Ravakeen, Rathcabbin.

11th prize €50 Voucher sponsored by Tom Duffy, Machinary Spares – Houlihan Children, Corrigeen, Rathcabbin.12th prize Btl Wine sponsored by Lane Family, Rathcabbin – Margaret Hendy, Annagross, Shinrone, Birr, Co. Offaly

News From Lorrha School

We celebrated Energy day in the school on Wednesday last. This is part of our Green School initative and as well as workshops with Francoise, Vincent Carraher from Tipperary Energy  brought along an electric car which created great interest from not only the pupils and staff but also the general public and parents too. The workshop activities were designed to challenge the pupils and make them think more about the effects collective consumer decisions make on the environment and the changes they can make in our everyday lives. The pupils reaction to the activities was very positive. We extend thanks to Francoise and Vincent for the very interesting day on conserving energy which was thoroughly enjoyed by all and also Mayor O’Meara who joined us.

Boat Building.  The pupils enjoyed a lesson in Boat Building recently which took place at Whites Ford in Ballymacegan. The Ormond Way Association together with Lorrha & Dorrha Historical Society were assisting  Peter Mulryan in organising the filming of his documentary on O’ Sullivan Beare. Some of Peters team gave a demonstration on the reconstructing of the boat that ferried O’Sullivan across the Shannon at this spot in 1603. This was a history lesson as well as a very enjoyable and informative experience. Thanks to James Heenan for his help.

World Book Day was a tremendous success in our school with the pupils designing and making book tokens, listening to well know authors share their writing skills, compiling and discussing the books they read and all combined with the lasting pleasure and knowledge our pupils get from reading.

Easter Greetings: The principal and staff of Scoil Lua Naofa extend a happy Easter to parents and pupils and hope you have a blessed and safe Easter.


John and Suzanne Maher Rathcabbin would like to thank all who supported their recent coffee morning in aid of Irish Premature Babies. More information on the event can be viewed on www.rideoutforprems.com. Thanks again.

Preliminary Notice.

Lorrha Active Retirement will enjoy a day out on Wednesday April 10th  with lunch in Portumna Golf club at 2.00p.m. Music by Pat. All members welcome. Further details available from Betty at (087) 6667374.

Date For Your Diary.

The next meeting of the Lorrha and Dorrha Heritage Festival will take place on Monday night April 8th in Lorrha Community Hall at 8.30p.m. 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.


Hard luck to our three parish girls Hazel Reddin, Maeve O’Meara and Mary Jane Sherlock and PortumnaCommunitySchool first year camogie team who were unlucky in the final to Loughrea by two points. 

Social Dancing.

There will be no Social dancing on Good Friday night.

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.

Lorrha Golf News.

Membership for the year is 15 Euro for individuals or 25 Euro where multiple family members play.  We will play the following courses during the year.  Loughrea April 27th 10am-11am, Abbyleix 8th June 10am-11am, Rathdowney 20th July 10am-11am, Dundrum 31st Aug 10.30am-11.30am. For further details contact James 086 8109099.

Smile Awhile & Laugh a Little Every Day.

The elderly priest, speaking to the younger priest, said, ‘You had a good idea to replace the first four pews with plush bucket theater seats. It worked like a charm. The front of the church always fills first now.’

The young priest nodded, and the old priest continued, ‘And you told me adding a little more beat to the music would bring young people back  to church, so I supported you when you brought in that rock ‘n roll gospel choir. Now our services are consistently packed to the balcony.’

‘Thank you, Father,’ answered the young priest. ‘I am pleased that you are open to the new ideas of youth.’
‘All of these ideas have been well and good,’ said the elderly priest, ‘But I’m afraid you’ve gone too far with the drive-thru confessional.’ 

‘But Father,’ protested the young priest, ‘my confessions and the donations have nearly doubled since I began that!’

‘Yes,’ replied the elderly priest, ‘and I appreciate  that…. But the flashing neon sign, ‘Toot ‘n Tell or Go to Hell’ cannot stay on the church roof.