Lorrha Notes


Lackeen Castle looking splendid as usual.


Recent Wedding.

The wedding of Lorraine Gill, daughter of Henry and Ann, Ross, Rathcabbin and Dermot Burke, son of Michael and Frances, Boveen, Birr took place on Saturday June 1st in Dorrha Church, Rathcabbin. Afterwards the newly weds joined with their families and friends for their reception which was held in the Hodson Bay Hotel Athlone.

We extend congratulations and many good wishes to Lorraine and Dermot for a long and happy life together.

Best of Luck.

Best of luck to Caoimhe and Muire Kennedy and the Tipperary Intermediate team who take on Galway in the third round of the Intermediate championship on Friday evening 19th in a Galway venue.  Hopefully Tipperary can get their winning formula back on track  in this game.  The  Tipperary Senior team are also be in action this coming week end. They will need to beat Dublin on Saturday in a Dublin venue to make it through to a quarter final place. We wish both teams well.

Tracing Relatives.

Pamela Lyons is trying to trace her great great grandparents and last year her request was printed in the Lorrha Notes and on the parish web site. Following some contact’s, Pamela visited Lorrha to extend her search. However, she hasn’t had much success and is still trying to piece together some missing parts of her ancestral jig saw of  John Nevin and his wife Kate Doorley / Doorlay / Doorly.  Pamela says that when she visited they  located the following entry in the Lorrha & Dorrha Catholic Parish Index to Marriages 1829 – 1903. 1854/07/20  Navin John and Doorly, Catherine. Unfortunately there was no marriage register to provide further detail. Their son Michael travelled with his parents to Australia in 1857 on the ‘Parsee’. Pamela is trying to establish by what means could she have access to the Marriage register or other means of obtaining any more detail of the marriage – addresses, family, witnesses etc..  Her great, great grandmother Kate Doorley/Doorlay/Doorly ‘s  birth origins in Ireland remain a mystery however. Her year of birth believed to be 1832 daughter of James Doorley/ Doorlay and  Ann Mara/O’Meara.  Pamela is wondering  where did Kate come from?  Kate had three siblings which baptismal records show for Grange/Lorrha but nothing for Kate herself and now Pamela is wondering whether it is the same family of children as a sister Bridget has turned up in Oz, (came out with sister Kate on the Parsee!!)  If you can be of any assistance to Pamela you can contact her  by post at Pamela Loynes, PO Box 668, Anngrley 4103, Australia or email: loynesall@bigpond.com.  Her full request can be viewed on the Lorrha Parish web site www. Lorrhadorrha.ie under Guestbook.

Social Dancing.

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

Date For Your Diary.

Pilgrimage to Holycross on Wednesday August 21st.  More details later.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association.

The following day trips have been organised for the summer:  a boat trip on the Shannon with Joe O’Keeffe booked for Tuesday, 30th July, a trip to Tramore Races with an overnight stay in Waterford on Thursday, 15th August, a trip to the Chocolate Gardens & Rathwood Centre Tullow followed by meal on the way home on Thursday 29th August and a trip to Lisdoonvarna on Wednesday, 18th September with an overnight stay in Liscannor.

Please note the date for the annual holiday has been changed from Sunday, 29th September and this will now take place on Sunday, 22nd September to the Celtic Ross Hotel, Roscarberry, Cork for 4 nights.  Anyone interested in going on any of these trips, please contact Nancy on 087 761 3458 or Betty on 087 666 7374 or Tim on 087 755 8762 as soon as possible as final arrangements need to be made.

Open to Public.

The ancient home of the MacEgans and O’Kennedys, Redwood Castle, Lorrha is open to the public from 2.00 to 6.00pm daily for personal guided tours. The Castle is one of the main historical attractions in the midlands of Ireland and is well worth a visit. Parking is free.  Located approximately 10Km from Portumna, and 15Km from Birr, Redwood Castle is off the Birr – Portumna Road, the R 489. It is signposted by local signs as well as the brown and white heritage national heritage signs.

Challenge Walk.

Minister Alan Kelly and Operation Transformation Leader, Greg Starr will lead a 6km N52 Club Colours Walk Way Challenge in Nenagh on Saturday 20th July at 2pm supported by North Tipperary Sports Partnership.  Registration will take place at Rocky’s Lounge, Kickam Street, Nenagh from 1pm. Entry is free. All are welcome – clubs, families and individuals.

Heritage Photos.

A selection of photographs from the recent Lorrha and Dorrha Heritage Festival can be viewed on this the Lorrha parish web site www.lorrhadorrha.ie under Gallery. Anyone who would like to share their photos from the festival can email them to info@

Information Evening on Community Energy Scheme for Lorrha/Dorrha

An information meeting will be held in Lorrha Hall at 8pm on Tuesday July 23rd. Hosted by North Tipperary LEADER Partnership (NTLP), the meeting will be a chance to find out about the possibilities of Community Insulation Schemes to save money and create jobs in Lorrha/Dorrha.

NTLP are seeking to assess local interest in replicating the immensely successful community energy scheme of Drombane/Upperchurch. North Tipperary LEADER Partnership (NTLP) Community Worker Gearóid Fitzgibbon will give a short presentation on the successful Drombane/Upperchurch Energy Team, which carried out a community retrofit on 22 homes in 2012. This year it will upgrade a further 35 homes, including two community halls, creating an investment of almost €500,000 in the community. The event will conclude with a discussion to include some members from Drombane Upperchurch Energy Team.

Many lessons have been learnt from the Drombane/Upperchurch scheme, which started out with a group of local enthusiasts who wanted to create economic development in their community.  According to Gearoid Fitzgibbon, a community of 400 homes spends an average of €1 million on home energy each year. “A community insulation scheme can bring €250,000 back into people’s pockets. Added to this, such schemes can create work for local contractors, create an investment pool to fund further community energy initiatives. The event will take place at 8pm on July 23rd at Lorrha Hall. The will show how such schemes can be successfully operated, through support and assistance from NTLP, Tipperary Energy Agency and funding from Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland under the Better Energy Communities Scheme.

For further information please contact Gearóid Fitzgibbon (085-7409023) or Allan Stewart (085-2260689). Information on the Drombane/Upperchurch Energy Team here: www.facebook.com/DUenergy   www.bit.ly/tippenrg    www.bit.ly/duetenergy  Sample facebook/TWEET: Save Money : Create Jobs : Warm your Homes. Want to help the community? information evening, Tuesday 23rd July, 8pm, Lorrha Hall bit.ly/ldenergy

All are Welcome.