Lorrha Notes

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The cast of Lorrha Variety Group who will perform “Drinking Habits” on Wednesday December 9th for one last night in aid of Lorrha N.S. Doors open at 8.00pm curtains up at 8.30. Organised by the Parents Association of the school.  

Christmas Market.

The annual Lorrha Christmas Market and Auction takes place this Sunday Dec. 6th. commencing at 1.00pm.  There will be fuel, fodder,  feeding stuff, a car trailer etc going under the hammer. Santa will arrive at 3pm and do a walk around and meet all the boys and girls. Inside there will be toys, bric a brac, home baking, home made Christmas cakes and puddings etc. with something of interest for all the family. Tickets are now on sale throughout the parish for a raffle with a food hamper as the number One prize. So please do come along and support local effort.

2016 Lorrha Calendar.

The 2016 Lorrha/Dorrha Parish Calendar is on sale throughout the parish in great time for posting to loved ones for Christmas wherever they may be in the world. If you would like to have a copy posted to you, call (086) 8647166 or email info@

Late Mary Duffy.

The peaceful death took place on Sunday 15th November of Mary Duffy, Graigue, Rathcabbin.. In her 91st year, Mary worked very hard all of her life on the family farm, helping to raise and care for her younger siblings. She had a smile for everyone and welcomed callers to her home into her kitchen for a chat and a cup of tea.  A founder member of the Rathcabbin I.C.A. group, Mary remained very active on the committee for a long number of years. She was also a prominent member of the ladies catering committee of North Tipperary Ploughing where she was a regular serving teas, soups etc. She loved socializing and chatting with people and she made plenty of time to do just that in her brother Dinny’s shop and filling station at Walshpark where she would spend hours talking to the customers. She always enjoyed good health and it was only in recent months after suffering a fall that her health began to deteriorate. A devout catholic, Mary travelled to Lourdes on a number of occasions and enjoyed the experience immensely. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her but in particular by her family. Sympathy is extended to her sister Ann Ryan (Roscrea), brothers Tom and Dinny (Birr), nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, brother in-law, relatives, neighbours and friends on their sad loss. After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Tuesday 17th. burial took place in Pallas Cemetery, Rathcabbin. May she rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to Giolla Kennedy and family Rathcabbin on the death of her uncle Fintan McManus, Birr who died overseas on Thursday November 12th. After funeral Mass in St. Brendan’s Church Birr on Saturday 28th his ashes was interred in Clonoghill Cemetery, Birr. May he rest in peace.
Sympathy is extended to Kathleen Brown and son Liam, Redwood on the death of her brother Paschal Harty, Cloughjordan which occurred on Sunday 22nd November. After funeral Mass in SS Michaels and John’s Church Cloughjordan on Thursday, burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Sean Lowry, Clonmona, Rathcabbin who died suddenly on Tuesday November 24th at his residence. After funeral Mass in St. Brendan’s Church, Birr on Sunday 29th burial took place in Clonoghill Cemetery, Birr. May he rest in peace.

Carol Service.

An Ecumenical Carol Service will be held in St. Ruadhan’s C.O.I.Lorrha on Thursday 17th December at 8pm. Mulled wine and minced pies will be served afterwards. All are very welcome to attend.

Church News.

Friday, 4th December is the First Friday of the month. Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha Church at 9.30a.m. Liturgy of the Word and Communion in Rathcabbin Church at 9.30a.m.

One More Night.

If you missed the Lorrha Variety Group’s performance of ‘Drinking Habits’ last week-end, well you have another chance when they take to the stage for one last night which will be Wednesday December 9th. Doors open at 8pm with curtains up at 8.30pm. Admission:  adults €10, children €5. This performance is a fundraiser for Lorrha N.S. and is organised by the Parents Association. Your support will be much appreciated.

Securing Your Home and Property

Garda David Lee is holding a short important meeting about local burglary prevention and community alert in Rathcabbin Hall on Monday 7th December at 8pm sharp. As robberies are too common this time of year, your attendance would be gratefully appreciated.

Foundation of Local Cardiac Responders Group

On Monday 7th December at 8.30 in Rathcabbin Hall all members of the community with an in date CFR certificate are invited to sign up to a national ambulance service affiliated  community cardiac responder group to  provide a crucial timely first response to local cardiac, stroke and choking emergency calls until medical assistance arrives.

Well Done.

Congratulations is extended to Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns committee who won a award last Thursday night at the Nenagh Municipal District Awards ceremony. The award was granted to the committee for their hosting of Cllr. Wayne Sanford’s visit to Lorrha in May where he and his wife Mary laid a wreath at the monument to Sgt Martin O’Meara V.C. visited Martin’s birthplace and Redwood Castle to mention just a few.  Cathaoirleach Cllr. Ger Darcy said the awards were in recognition of the great work and the spirit of volunteerism by groups in the N.M.D area. The monument to Sgt. O’Meara was erected in the village by Lorrha Development and officially unveiled there in June of last year. Well done to the committee on this latest award.


Redwood NS would like to invite all preschoolers and toddlers along with their parents / grandparents into the school on the following dates:

Fri 4th Dec at 11 a.m. – Matinee show ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas’

Fri, 11th Dec at 11 a.m. – Author / Storyteller Liam Farrell ‘ The True Story of the Three Little Pigs’ Fri, 18th Dec at 11 a.m. – Christmas Carols & Special Guest Santa!!!

All events are free of charge and everybody is most welcome! Please join us for some Christmas fun and entertainment!!

Reminder: Redwood NS present ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas’ on Thursday, 3rd Dec at 7 p.m. in Redwood Church. Admission is free, Tea, Coffee & Refreshments afterwards along with Parents Association raffle in Redwood NS.

Winter De-Clutter.

Thinking of clearing out the wardrobe to make room for the Winter collection? Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Winter months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Winter collection. We will accept any kind of bag or in bags provided by the committee. We can collect your unwanted items. Just call or text  (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (086) 8355405 with your name and details. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows and cushions, carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats), soiled or wet clothing. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed.

10th Anniversary Celebrations.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association recently celebrated their 10th Anniversary and held a function in Coolbawn Quay with music provided by Pat & Richie.  Over the 10 years, 31 of our members passed away, RIP.  All the deceased members were remembered at our short Thanksgiving Service which was held after our meal.  During the service each deceased member’s name was read out and a rose with their name on was brought up to a table.  Once the service was over the roses were taken by our members to the quayside and placed in the water to float out into Lough Derg.  Some very touching words were said at the quayside to remember them. On the same day, Nancy White on behalf of St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association and Kevin Barry who represented the Lorrha National School Past Pupils Reunion Committee presented Councillor Michael O’Meara with a defibrillator for the village of Lorrha. We would like to say a very big ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone who supported and encouraged us over the past 10 years.

Lorrha Camogie AGM:

We had a great turnout to our adjourned AGM last Friday night and we would like to thank all those who attended. The following committee was elected on the night: Chairperson- Bernie Cleary, Assistant Chairperson- Ronan Harding, Secretary- Maria Maher, Assistant Secretary- Michelle Hogan, Treasurer- Niamh O’Shea, Assistant Treasurer- Kate O’Meara, Gaa Executive Committee Representative- Mary Brady, PRO- Michelle Hogan, County Board Delegates- Bernie Cleary & Ronan Harding. The club would like to sincerely thank outgoing Chairperson Meelie King and all members of the outgoing committee for their work on behalf of the club over the past year. We would also like to thank John Harding for his dedication and hard work in training the Junior team over the past year. We would like to wish Bernie Cleary and the new committee the best of luck in the coming year.

Defibrillator Training Course.

Now that the village of Lorrha has a defibrillator, we need people within the Lorrha village and surrounding areas (Abbeyville, Carrigahorig, Curragha, Portland, and Redwood)  to train as Cardiac First Responders.  If anyone, young and not so young, is interested in taking part in a CPR training course, could they please give their names to Nancy on 087 761 3458.  The course will be held in the Community Hall in Lorrha and the cost is €10. per person.

Interested in Training and Working in Healthcare? Offaly Local Development Company in association with SOLAS/ETB invites applications for a 6 month full-time FETAC Level 5 “Healthcare Support” course commencing in Birr, February 2016. You are welcome to make informal enquiries to 087 738 5989. Offaly Local Development Company are running a FETAC level 4 Landscaping & Horticulture Local Training Initiative in St. Rynagh’s College of Further Education, Banagher. It is a 26 week full-time programme ,commencing February 2016. For further information please contact Roy/Imelda on 087 6835561

GAA News

Lotto: Our jackpot is now €4,200 with a Match 3 pot of €100. Thank you for your continued support. You can play our lotto online at www.locallotto.ie where it is easy to play every week. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5.

Under 21 Hurling: The U21 hurlers have received a bye through to the semi-finals of the North ‘B’ Hurling Championship. The earliest this semi-final will take place is weekend 18-19 December as a losers group game and quarter final have still to be played.

Auction: The Timber Auction, Sale of Work and the return of the Wheel of Fortune takes place on Sunday, 13th December at 2.00pm. As part of our Auction, Sale of Work and Wheel of Fortune, we are also looking for donations of unwanted items, in good condition, which will be on display and available to buy. These items can be Books, Electrical items, Computer systems and games, Golf clubs, Furniture etc….anything that someone would like to giveaway and has a resaleable value. Anyone with any such items can contact Declan O’Meara or Jimmy Dunne.

AGM: The Annual General Meeting of Lorrha GAA Club will take place in the GAA Centre on Tuesday, 15th December at 8.00pm. Nomination and motion forms have been circulated by email or if you would like to be posted one, contact club secretary Shane Brophy. Closing date for receipt of nominations and motions is Friday, 11th December.

Tipperary Draw: Ahead of the AGM, all promoters are asked to bring their accounts up to date.

Irish Language: St Rynagh’s GAA Club and Offaly GAA Cultural Officer Damien Martin are hosting an Irish Night in Corrigan’s Bar, Banagher this evening, Wednesday, 2nd December at 8pm. This event is for people who are fluent as well as those who have a few words of our native language but would like to improve. All are welcome.

Blood Drive: The Irish Blood Transfusion Clinic will return to the GAA Centre on Tuesday, 5th January 2016.

Social Dancing: continues on Friday night to the music of Brian McDermott. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am. Practice every Monday night from 8.30-10.30pm.