Lorrha Notes

Pat and Martin having a chat...

Pat and Martin having a chat…

Anyone with photographs from the Lorrha Heritage Festival that they would like to have included on the parish web site or in the 2014 parish calendar, please send image to info@

Hard copies can be left to Mary Coen, Louis McCormack, Liz Hussey or Rose Mannion.


Recent Wedding.

The wedding of Andrew Gill, son of Whitten and Linda, Rathcabbin and Deirdre Bailey, daughter of Michael and Blaithin, Enfield, Co. Meath took place on Friday May 24th in St. Martin’s Church, Culmullen, Co. Meath. The bride was attended by her sister Maeve and two of her friends Grainne Murray and Aoife Byrne who were Maid of Honour and Bridesmaids respectively while the Bestman was Stephen Gill, brother of the groom and his Groomsmen were two more brothers David and Trevor. Ring bearer was Bailey Gill, nephew of the groom with flower girls Laura Gill and Eveny Gill, nieces of the groom and page boys Arthur Gill and Toby Gill, the groom’s nephews.

The beautiful ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Michael Whittaker and Archdeacon Wayne Carney with the readings carried out by Bronwyn Gill. The lovely church music was by the Culmullen Church Choir and Aides Treacy. Afterwards the newlyweds joined with their families and friends for their reception which was held in Luttrellstown Castle before honeymooning in Italy.

We extend congratulations and many good wishes to Andrew and Deirdre for a long and happy life as they settled into married life in Sydney, Australia.

Lorrha Development News.

A work evening will take place on Thursday evening July 4th from 7.00 to 9.00pm. Meet outside the hall at 6.50p.m. Bring a friend or two as many hands make light work. All the flower planting has been completed thanks to Liz and Mary for their great work. They have also been busy weeding, but lots more needs to be done. Many thanks to all for continuing to water the plants. A reminder too to continue to help keep the village and approach roads litter free. It was good to hear visitors to our village recently, remark on how tidy and clean Lorrha was looking, so well done to all who continue to help with this.  Congratulations to Thia Houlihan, Corrigeen who correctly had all the answers right in the Wild Flower competition. Well done Thia.

Good Luck.

The best of luck to Caoimhe and Muire Kennedy and the Tipperary Intermediate team who take on Meath in the second round of the Intermediate championship this coming Saturday the 6th at 6.30  in Sean Eiffe Park, Ratoath.  Let’s hope the team continue with their winning formula. Good luck girls. Tipperary Senior team meet Offaly in Banagher at 2.30 in what is expected to be a tight competitive game.

Social Dancing.

Social dancing continues in the GAA clubhouse on Friday night with music provided by Glen Flynn. Dancing from 9.30 to 12.30.


A bus will travel to Knock on Sunday July 7th. The fare is €15 per adult, €7 per child. If interested in travelling please give your name to Gertie at (090) 9747080 or to Betty at (087) 6667374 as soon as possible please.

 Summer Activities For Lorrha Active Retirement Association.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association are currently on their summer break from their weekly meetings but have arranged various trips out during the summer months for their members. On 10th July, a trip has been arranged to Gloster House and Fancroft Mills and Gardens with a meal afterwards. There is also a boat trip on the Shannon with Joe O’Keeffe booked for Tuesday, 30th July. Thursday, 15th August, a trip to Tramore Races with an overnight stay in Waterford. On Thursday, 29th August, we plan on going to the Chocolate Gardens & Rathwood Centre, Tullow, followed by meal on the way home. Also, there is a trip to Lisdoonvarna on Wednesday, 18th September – please note change of date from the 19th – with an overnight stay in Liscannor. Our annual holiday takes place from Sunday, 29th September to the Celtic Rosse Hotel, Roscarberry, Cork for 4 nights. Anyone interested in any of these trips, please contact Nancy on 087 761 3458 or Betty on 087 666 7374 or Tim on 087 755 8762.

Scoil Lua Naofa – Lorrha National School Past Pupils Reunion.

As part of the Lorrha & Dorrha Heritage Festival celebrating the Gathering 2013, there was a reunion of past pupils from the 30’s right up to the 70s held in the Shed, Lorrha, on Saturday night 22nd June 2013. The evening commenced with an excellent buffet which was provided by Lil and Denis Maher. The evening continued with music by Pat Conlon and Richie Bourke. There was an extremely large gathering of past pupils, some who had come from as far away as Australia, the UK and all corners of Ireland for the occasion. Compliments are still coming in about the wonderful spread of food and the excellent organised night.

The organising committee would like to thank most sincerely everyone who attended and for making it a night to remember, to Lil and Denis Maher and staff for the food and service, to Pat and Richie for the music, to Roland Dyer for being the official photographer on the night and to everyone who donated prizes for the raffle.

St. Ruadhan’s  Active  Retirement  Association  Host The Launch Of The Lorrha & Dorrha Heritage  Festival.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association hosted the launch of the Lorrha & Dorrha Heritage Festival celebrating the Gathering 2013 on Wednesday, 19th June 2013 in St. Ruadhan’s Community Hall, Lorrha at their annual lunch and social. Our Vice Chairperson, Eamonn Mannion and his family cooked and served a very tasty meal. Following the meal, the children from Redwood National School performed a short play which was produced and directed by Macdara Deery entitled ‘Bouncy Castle’. Very well done children, it was excellent. Then, Seamus King gave a brief talk on the parish of Lorrha and some of the famous people connected with it. The Heritage Festival was then launched by Kitty Kennedy (Newtown), Kathleen Houlihan (Lorrha) (both members of St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association who celebrated their 90th birthdays last November), Mick O’Meara (The Hill), Tony Reddin and Seamus King with the cutting of a celebration cake. Sarah Fleming – North Tipperary Leader Partnership, Attracta Lyons – Administrative Officer Community & Enterprise North Tipperary County Council, Frank Higgins – Chairperson North Tipperary Community & Voluntary Association (CAVA), Fr. Pat Mulcahy, Rev. Ruth Gill, Johnny O’Meara, Matt Gormally, Ger O’Meara, Michael O’Meara – Lord Mayor of North Tipperary County Council, Councillor Conor Delaney, Joe O’Keeffe, overseas visitors, members from Portumna, Carrig, Crinkill, and Cashel Active Retirement Associations, our own members and Lorrha residents all attended the launch. Following the launch, there was an opportunity for people to have a chat with our special guests, Mick, Tony, Seamus and Johnny and have photos taken with them. Music for the remainder of the afternoon was provided by Pat Conlon and Richie Bourke.

The committee would like to thank, first of all our special guests – Mick, Tony Seamus and Johnny, our visitors from abroad – Katie & PJ O’Dowd from Perth, Susan & Sean Mahon from London, Rita & Paddy Reddin from London, and all other guests for attending and making it such a wonderful day. A very big thank you to the Mannion Family for the excellent meal, the children from Redwood National School for performing their play, to Pat & Richie for providing the music and to Sean Tuohy for being the official photographer on the day. We must not forget our own members who came in the evening before to decorate and set up the hall which was done in the Lorrha colours, blue and white with some yellow – compliments were passed on how lovely it looked and how eye catching it was – thank you to each one of you.

Smile Awhile & Laugh a Little Every Day.

Sitting on the side of the highway waiting to catch speeding drivers, a Police Officer sees a car puttering along at 22 KPH.
Says he to himself: “This driver is just as dangerous as a speeder!”

So he turns on his lights and pulls the driver over.
Approaching the car, he notices that there are five old ladies,
two in the front seat and three in the back…wide eyed and white as ghosts.

The driver, obviously confused, says to him “Officer, I don’t understand, I was doing exactly the speed limit!
What seems to be the problem?”

“Ma’am,” the officer replies, “you weren’t speeding, but you should know that driving slower thanthe speed limit can also be a danger to other drivers.”

“Slower than the speed limit? No sir, I was doing the speed limit exactly…Twenty-two kilometers an hour!” ..the old woman says a bit proudly.

The Police officer, trying to contain a chuckle explains to her that 22 is the highway number, not the speed limit.

A bit embarrassed, the woman grins and thanks the officer for pointing out her error.

“But before I let you go, Ma’am, I have to ask…Is everyone in this car OK? These women seem awfully shaken, and they haven’t made a peep this whole time,” the officer asks.

“Oh, they’ll be all right in a minute officer. We just got off Highway 189..”