Lorrha Notes

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Pictured at the launch of the QR code by Lorrha Development /Tidy Towns on the Martin O’Meara Memorial in Lorrha on Saturday evening April 16th were Mark Carroll, David Power, Liam Mannion, Louis McCormack.

Q.R. Code Launch.

Lorrha Development/Tidy towns committee wish to offer thanks to all who came out to the launch of the Martin O’Meara QR code on Saturday evening last. It was great to see so many people with such a deep interest in the project. This will be a great addition to the many tourists who visit the village every year and is in indeed one more added attraction to the village.  Our thanks to Mark Carroll for his time and expertise with the code and also to all who helped in making the project become a reality.

Spring Clean.

Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns have once again come together with pupils and staff from Scoil Lua Naofa for the annual National Spring clean event. We will be out on Wednesday April 27th from 1.30am and we invite anyone that can spare an hour to come and join us. Gloves and bags will be provided. Our event last year has been recorded in this year’s National leaflet where a photograph of Lorrha school pupils has been printed. Well done to all. Now in its 18th year, National Spring Clean is the country’s most popular, well recognized and successful anti-litter initiative which takes place during the month of April. The campaign encourages every sector of society to actively participate and take responsibility for litter, by actually conducting clean ups in their own local environment.

Celebrating St. Ruadhan’s Feast Day.

For the first time Mass was celebrated in the lovely setting of Friars Park in the village of Lorrha on Saturday evening last by Fr. Pat Mulcahy P.P. to honour the Feast of St. Ruadhan. Although the evening was cold, the rain stayed away and many are hoping that this lovely occasion can become an Annual event.


A Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place on Sunday next, 24th April  –  Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration. For full details, re bus etc., please contact  Betty Houlihan  at 087  –   6667374.

Draw Results.

Lorrha Apostolic Society members wish to extend thanks to all who supported their annual display on Sunday April 10th in Lorrha Hall. A special word of thanks to visiting branches. The winners of the draw are as follows: 1st. Gerry Needham (Lorrha), 2nd. Colin Coughlan (Lorrha), 3rd. Margaret Keogh (Killaloe), 4th Anita Enright (Ennis), 5th Mary Ryan (Templederry), 6th. Ann Quinn (Ardcroney), 7th. Mike Quirke (Lorrha), 8th. Ruaire Power (Athlone), 9th. Lee Reddin (Lorrha). Your support is much appreciated.


Sympathy is extended to David Haslam and family, Portland, Lorrha and formerly Moorpark, Birr and Ballacolla, Laois on the death of Anne which occurred on Wednesday April 13th. After funeral Mass in St. Brendan’s Church Birr on Friday 15th cremation took place. May she rest in peace.
Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of Patricia Hourigan, late of Riverstown, who died on April 14th. After funeral Mass in St. Brendan’s Church Birr on Sunday last burial took place in Clonoghill Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Spring De-Clutter.

Thinking of clearing out the wardrobe to make room for the Spring 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 Spring 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.

Redwood School.

Thank you to all that supported our Buffet dance  held recently, it is greatly appreciated and to all our parents for organising and running the event each year.

Well done to all the children of the parish who received the Sacrament of First Confession last Wednesday in Redwood Church and to all the children who provided the beautiful music for the occasion.

Pieta House Fundraiser.

The Darkness into Light 5km walk/run will take place in Banagher this year on Saturday 7th May in aid of Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of suicide and self harm. The event will begin  at 4:15 am from Banagher College  and participants will cross the line as dawn is breaking. Please come out and lend your support to this uplifting and inspirational event.

Tourist Course.

Portumna College of Further Education (Old VEC) St. Brigid’s Rd still has places on the QQI Tourist Course on Wednesday 12 O’Clock. Duration 40 hours class time over a period of12 weeks.

GAA News

Senior: Our senior hurlers suffered a disappointing 1-15 to 0-16 defeat to Portroe in the opening round of the County Championship in Cloughjordan on Sunday evening. See match report. Next Sunday, 24th April, Lorrha will play Clonoulty/Rossmore in round 2 in Dolla at 3.30pm, needing a win to stay in the hunt for the knockout stages.

Junior: Our next game in the North League is at home to Toomevara in Moatfield this Saturday, 23rd April at 6pm.

Under 16: Lorrha Rovers Gaels played Kilruane MacDonaghs in Ballinderry last Thursday and recorded another impressive win to remain unbeaten. Last Monday evening, they played Inane Rovers in Moatfield; news next week.

Under 14: Lorrha Rovers Gaels easily defeated Newport in Ballinderry last Wednesday in their second game. This evening (Wednesday) they play Portroe in Ballinderry @ 6.30pm.

Under 12: The U12’s lost to Templederry in the ‘B’ Football quarter final last Friday. This ends their football campaign as attention turns to the hurling championship which begins next month.

Feile: Lorrha will be hosting a team from Antrim as part of Feile na nGael which is being held in Tipperary & Waterford this year from June 17th-19th.

Lotto: Our jackpot is now €7,050 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.

Tipperary Clubs Draw: for 2015-2016 has now concluded. All promoters and subscribers are asked to bring your accounts up to date and contact Margaret Gleeson. The 2016-2017 draw will get underway in late May and if you want to join, contact any club officer.

Lorrha CountryFest 2016: Tickets are on sale for Lorrha CountryFest at Moatfield which takes place on Sunday, 17th July from 12 noon to 7pm. Line-up includes Mike Denver, Robert Mizzell, Louise Morrissey, The Conquerors, Johnny Brady, Pete Kennedy, Sean Slattery & The Connections as well as local band Tradstone. A day not to be missed! Tickets (€20) can be purchased from Kevin Molloy or at www.eventbrite.ie

Social Dancing: on Friday night to the music of Ciaran Rosney. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.

Sympathy: Lorrha GAA Club would like to sympathise with the Slattery family, Kilruane on the passing of Fr. John Slattery, former curate in Lorrha, who passed away recently. May he rest in peace.