Lorrha Notes

CIF Cheque Presentation to Pieta House, Lucan Pictured: L-R Marie Peelo, Deputy Director of Funding and Advocacy, John O'Shaughnessy President MBCA, Cindy O'Connor, Chief Clinical Officer Pieta House and Martin Lang, Director CIF Mandatory Credit: 1IMAGE/Bryan Brophy 1IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY Studio: +353 1 493 9947 / Mob: +353 87 246 9221 1image.ie

The Master Builder and Contractors Association (MBCA) of the Construction Industry Federatio have raised €6,700 for Suicide Prevention Charity, Pieta House.  Members of the MBCA met with Pieta House representatives last week to present the donation. A CIF spokesperson stated: “We are delighted to continue our work with Pieta House again this year, raising vital funds for suicide prevention.  Mental well being should be to the fore in health and safety training of any industry and that is why CIF will continue to engage with Pieta House for our #mindourworkers campaign throughout the rest of 2016.”

Pictured: L-R Marie Peelo, Deputy Director of Funding and Advocacy, John O’Shaughnessy, Managing Director Clancy Construction and President of the MBCA, Cindy O’Connor, Chief Clinical Officer Pieta House and Martin Lang, Director CIF

Weekly Clean Up.

Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns are holding a weekly clean up in the village commencing this Thursday 26th from 7.30pm and continuing every Thursday evening thereafter. Meet outside the hall. Please bring a brush, shovel, spade and or weeding implements. We appeal to locals, especially those living in the village to come along and help for just one hour. Many hands make light work.


The Rathcabbin NS Parent Association are holding a fundraising 5km walk/cycle and family fun day in Rathcabbin on Sunday 12th June. The walk/cycle will begin after mass at approximately 12.30pm at the National school and continue to Bonoham Cemetery and then return to the school for refreshments and family fun!! All are very welcome to attend this day in support of the National School.

Lorrha Camogie

Our Junior B team won the County League title against Boherlahan last Saturday week on a scoreline of 5-9 to 1-9. Well done to all the players and panel on a great win and for such an entertaining and hard fought match. A huge thank you to our trainers James Dunne and Colm Duggan for all their great work and to our physio David Broderick and to all those who helped out on the sideline on the day. We would like to thank our sponsors The Ferry Inn Bar and Restaurant and Michael Naylor Car Breakers and Dismantlers for all their support for our club. Thank you also to all our families and supporters who came to our match and gave us such great encouragement on the day, it was deeply appreciated.

Celebrating 60 years of Pilgrimage.

This year the Killaloe Diocese is celebrating 60 years of pilgrimage to Lourdes.  On 26th June, four flights will leave Shannon Airport bringing pilgrims to Lourdes for five days, celebrating the Jubilee year of Mercy.   The cost is €687 full board with online discount available on www.joewalshtours.ie .   Aassisted pilgrims are most welcome to travel and care will be provided by medical, nursing and carers.   Cost for an assisted pilgrim is €585.   Application forms for assisted pilgrims to Fr. Tom Ryan,  Shannon Pilgrimage Director on 061 364133.

Diocese of Killaloe:

Nourishing  The Divine Within Us: 2 Days of Reflection & Quiet Prayer/ Meditation, Mount St. Joseph’s Abbey, Rosarea.  The two day experience begins at 10am on the morning of May 27th and ends at 3.30pm on Saturday May 28th.  This is a residential two days as the time away from our usual activities will help us to enter into the experience more deeply.  Registration takes place in the Monastery Guesthouse from 8.30am on Friday 27th May.  “ May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvellous divine energy” (Eph:3: 17)   Enquiries/ Application forms from  Maureen Kelly, Pastoral Office, 45 Garden View, Creggaun na Hilla, Clarecastle, Co. Clare.   087 289 0942.


Sympathy is extended to Sheila Dillon Portumna and formally Lorrha, on the death of her sister Breda O’Hare, which occurred in Sligo recently. May she rest in peace.

Active Retirement.

On Wednesday May 11th we celebrated Bealtine Festival and we were entertained by 251 who treated us to some lovely music which was enjoyed by all including our visitors. We had a very successful visit to McDonagh centre in Cloughjordan and also to Loughmore on May 4th. We are now planning our summer outings. If you would like to join us any Wednesday from 2.30 in Lorrha Hall you will be very welcome. We welcome new members.

Redwood NS Summer Camps are back!

Redwood NS are delighted to offer 3 weeks of summer camp this year

Week 1: Multi activity camp 4th – 8th July

Week 2: Tennis Camp 11th – 15th July with Tennis Ireland coaches Helena & Anne Marie Darcy

Tracing Relations.

Dorothy Payne is interested in tracing her relations. She has written the following. Interested in the Gibson/Gipson families in Riverstown, Derrinsalla, Parish of Lorrha who had family members emigrate to Ontario Canada.
Ellen Gipson/Gibson’s parents were John Gipson and Eliza (Alice) Kennedy. Also Catherine Gibson married a Michael Kennedy and an Ellen married Patrick Walsh. They had brothers, John and likely a Samuel.

Ellen Gipson married Denis Donovan (Oct. 30th, 1850) in Prince Edward County,Ontario, Canada. The record states her parents were John Gipson and Elizabeth Kennedy.  She was from Durrah, Tipperary, which I take to be Dorrha. She named a daughter Alice (possibly for her mom ??) and another daughter Jane. Again, I wonder if this could be for her younger sister in Ireland?  It’s possible a brother, John Gipson, also immigrated to Ontario, he is a godparent at the baptism for Ellen’s daughter Mary in 1852. Some records refer to Elisha Kennedy as Alice Kennedy so it’s a bit confusing.

Common names that perpetuate in Jane’s Gibson family and the Gibson family I’m looking for are: Samuel, Benjamin, Ellen, John, James. A Catherine Gibson who is connected to my Samuel Gibson, married Michael Kennedy in Tipperary.They lived in Dorrha. Their daughter’s marriage record states they were from Dhirra, Co. Tipperary, which I believe is Dorrha.  Ellen Gibson married Patrick Walsh. Ellen is from Derrinsalla. Their two young sons, Michael Walsh/Welsh and Benjamin are living with my Samuel Gibson on the 1851 Ontario census in Northumberland.  I have several records connecting them, plus Benjamin’s death registration states he was born in Ireland in 1839, his parents were Patrick Walsh/Welsh and mother Gibson. I’m trying to find if Michael Kennedy and Alice Kennedy were siblings and if my Samuel Gipson and John Gipson were brothers.  I have no idea when Samuel Gibson or Ellen Gibson/Gipson emigrated to Canada. In Samuel’s case it had to be before 1838.  Given the size of Riverstown, I feel it’s likely Catherine Gipson Kennedy, Ellen Gipson Walsh, and Ellen Gipson Donovan may have a family connection to each other and to my Samuel Gibson.

I have no record to show Samuel Gipson/Gibson, was born in Tipperary, all I know is a birth year of approx.1808. He married Ellen O’Reilly in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada, on Feb. 12th, 1838.  It’s interesting that a witness at his marriage is a P. Carrole and the witnesses at Ellen Gibson and Denis Donovan’s marriage were James Carrole and Mrs. J Carrole.  Samuel and Ellen also had children named, Benjamin, Mary, John, James, Ellen and Samuel. Any help at all would be so very much appreciated.

My postal address is 534 Yale Road, Port Moody, BC Canada, V3H 3K3 and my email address is  dcpayne@shaw.ca

Summer De-Clutter.

Thinking of clearing out the wardrobe to make room for the Summer collection? Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the year. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Summer 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.

Are You Job Ready?

Free Jobseekers Support Service now available for you! Birr Job Club offers support, assistance, advice and help to any one actively seeking employment. If you are a job seeker or are returning to work after a long period of time then we can help you. The Programme runs for  4 weeks, 10.00am – 1.00pm and is FREE of charge.

There is also a fully equipped Resource Room available for you FREE with computers facilities, internet access, photocopying, stationary and phone to aid you in your job search.

Our next Programme commences 30th May 2016
The Programme includes:  Self-assessment, identifying your skills and abilities, Researching jobs, social networking for employment, Developing /fine tuning your CV, setting up and using email, online job search, Advert analysis and Cover letter. Application forms, Employment Rights, Education and Training options, information on entitlements and return to work supports, Interview and Preparation, cover letters, career guidance and job planning, applying for jobs, , targeting and sourcing jobs, Stress awareness workshop, assertiveness  and confidence building,  Goal setting/action plans, mentoring and ongoing support is also provided and much more. Profiling of individual clients skills and matching with employment opportunities
To secure a place on our next Programme please contact Catherine or Siobhan at Birr Job Club, Phone: 057 91 23940 Mobile: 087 2802919. Or drop into our office at Unit 2 Shannon Development, Brendan Street, Birr, Co. Offaly.

Tipperary Studies

On Saturday last, 21 May, Tipperary Studies, the local history library for the county, launched its new website, www.tipperarystudies.ie . The culmination of months of work by both the Library staff and Eclipse website design, this brand new site is a massive development for Tipperary Studies’ online presence. Designed to provide the browser with up-to-date and topical content, the new site is also the showcase for theTipperary Studies Digitisation Project, which provides visitors with access  to primary source material online. Local history enthusiasts will be well aware of the much increased provision of such web-based content in recent times, and www.tipperarystudies.ie now offers a wealth of online sources for Co. Tipperary. The bulk of the collection presently consists of Rate Books for the Poor Law Unions of Cashel, Nenagh and Thurles (1840s – 1870s), along with the Irish Tourist Association Reports (1942-45) for the county’s parishes. These records contain a wealth of information for the local historian or genealogist, and, indeed, any browsers eager to explore the records of their own locality.  The Digital Collection is an ever increasing one and we will be adding to it as time goes by with the hope that, in the very near future,www.tipperarystudies.ie will become a “go-to” resource for the study of the county’s history not just in Ireland, but worldwide.
The Digitisation Project was made possible through fundraising carried out by the Tipperary Studies during 2014/15, and the response to the appeal has been startling in its generosity. Warm thanks and immense credit is due to everyone who contributed to the drive to purchase the necessary equipment, as their kind donations were, in effect, an investment in the security and promotion of the study of Tipperary’s past. All of the Library staff are most appreciative of the positive response and are confident that this new site will do justice to their generous donations.

Other new features on the site include an updated “Events” section, and we encourage all local history and heritage groups to contact us atstudies@tipperarycoco.ie with details of their upcoming functions, meetings, lectures and publications. We would be delighted to highlight them on the site. Also of interest is our new section entitled “Times Past”, a weekly delve into some of the more unusual, humorous or entertaining snippets from almost 250 years of editions of Tipperary’s newspapers.

www.tipperarystudies.ie promises to have something of interest to all browsers, from near and far, and we are confident that even a quick and cursory visit to the site will give rise to many more. The content is ever changing and we look forward to greatly adding to our online sources in the near future. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TippStudies (@TippStudies) for more updates, news and interesting Tipperary historical odds and ends.

Galway International Arts Festival 2016 programme has been revealed!

Packed into the programme this year we’ve got four world premieres including powerful new works by Enda Walsh, Druid, and Kellie Hughes; live music from renowned artists such as Elvis Costello; giant insects roaming the streets and LOTS more.
Get ready for a summer of extraordinary experiences!

Galway International Arts Festival

Black Box Theatre

Dyke Road




GAA News



Senior: The senior hurlers bowed out of the Challenge Cup at the quarter final stage of the James Holohan Cup on Friday evening following a disappointing performance in losing 2-16 to 1-12 to Clonakenny in Clonakenny. Lorrha will face Roscrea in the first round of the North Championship in Cloughjordan on Sunday 5th June at 7pm where a win is a must to prolong our year and progress to the quarter finals.

Junior: The Juniors are still in the hunt for a league semi-final and are awaiting the result of the final group game between Kiladangan and Portroe.

Under 16: Lorrha Rovers Gaels will play in the ‘A’ Hurling Championship which gets underway on 4th July away to Nenagh Eire Og. The team will also play Borris-Ileigh, Silvermines, Roscrea, Kilruane MacDonaghs, Kiladangan and Toomevara.

Under 14: Hard luck to Lorrha Rovers Gaels footballers who lost the North ‘B’ final, 3-8 to 2-6 to Ballinahinch/Templederry in Puckane last Thursday evening. The Hurling Championship gets underway this evening (Wednesday) against Moneygall/Clonakenny in Moneygall. The team will also play Newport, Burgess, Portroe, Borrisokane, Ballinahinch/Templederry, Borris-Ileigh and Roscrea ‘B’.

Under 12: The Hurling Championship gets underway next Monday 30th May when Lorrha play Shannon Rovers in Ballinderry at 6.30pm. Lorrha are also grouped with Ballinahinch, Toomevara ‘B’ and Ballina ‘B’.

Feile na nGael: Lorrha and Shannon Rovers Gaels will be hosting players and officials from Clooney Gaels in Antrim as part of Feile na nGael which is being held in Tipperary & Waterford from June 17th-19th. This is a huge honour to welcome hurling folk from another part of the country and we look forward to showing them the best of the area that weekend.

Tipperary: Well done to Patrick Maher and John Madden in Tipperary’s Munster Senior Championship win over Cork wile Brian Hogan was in goals for the Intermediates, and scored a penalty, in their win over the rebels on Sunday also. Both teams progress to face Limerick in Thurles on Sunday 19th June.

Lotto: Our jackpot is now €7,800 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 next Friday night and if you want to join, contact any club officer. Tickets are €100 for an excellent prize fund of €500,000 with 12 monthly draws.

Lorrha CountryFest 2016: The launch night for Lorrha CountryFest 2016 will be held in the GAA Centre on Wednesday, 8th June at 8pm. All are welcome to attend to meet some of the artists who will be performing on the day and to help make the event a success not just for the club but for the local community as we aim to get thousands of people into the area on the day. Tickets are on sale for Lorrha CountryFest 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 and local artist Brendan Liffey. 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 Brendan McGee. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30a