Lorrha Notes

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                                 Mannion (TJ) Tommy

1st Anniversary

In loving memory of Tommy (TJ) Mannion

Sandyford Dublin and Lorrha Nenagh Co. Tipperary

who passed suddenly on 4th June 2015.


We think of you in silence

We often speak your name

But all we have are memories

And your picture in a frame.

Your resting place we visit

And put flowers there with care

But no one knows the heartache

As we turn and leave you there.

Deeply missed and remembered by his Loving Wife Mary, Sons, Daughters, Daughters-In-Law, Grandchildren, Brothers, Sister and extended Family and Friends

Tommy’s Wife and Family would also like to extend their deepest gratitude and heartfelt appreciation to everyone who travelled near and far to express their condolences and support.

Thank You

Tracing Relations.

Dorothy Payne is interested in tracing her relation 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 Dorrha. She named a daughter Alice and another daughter Jane.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.

Common names in Jane’s Gibson family and the Gibson family are Samuel, Benjamin, Ellen, John, James. A Catherine Gibson married Michael Kennedy in Tipperary.They lived in Dorrha.  Ellen Gibson married Patrick Walsh/Welsh. Ellen is from Derrinsalla. They had two sons, Michael and Benjamin. Was Michael Kennedy and Alice Kennedy siblings? and if  Samuel Gipson and John Gipson were brothers? And when did they emigrate to Canada?  In Samuel’s case it had to be before 1838.  Given the size of Riverstown, Dorothy feels it’s likely Catherine Gipson Kennedy, Ellen Gipson Walsh, and Ellen Gipson Donovan may have a family connection to each other and to Samuel Gibson.

Samuel Gipson/Gibson was born about 1808. He married Ellen O’Reilly in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada, on Feb. 12th, 1838. 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.

Dorothy can be contacted by post at  534 Yale Road, Port Moody, BC Canada, V3H 3K3 and my email address is  dcpayne@shaw.ca.

Rathcabbin First Responders Fundraiser

Please sponsor the 15 local ladies who are participating in the Dublin Mini- Marathon on Monday 6th June. Funds raised will go towards the upkeep of the defibrillators and start up equipment for the first responder group. Next meeting  & training Tuesday 12th June.

Weekly Clean Up.

Weekly work evenings in Lorrha Village continue this Thursday evening from 7.30pm. Please bring a brush, shovel, spade and or weeding implements. All help welcome.


Church News.

Mass for the First Friday June 3rd will be celebrated  in Lorrha Church at 9.30a.m.  Confessions beforehand. June 3rd is also the Feast of The Sacred Heart of Jesus. Saturday, 4th June is the Feast of The Immaculate Heart of Mary.

News From Lorrha School.

First Communion. Congratulations to our First Communion class Niall, Bláthnaid, Katie, Chloe, Emma, and Ava who received the Sacrament on Sunday last during Mass in Rathcabbin.

Book Fair. We are organising a Scholastic Book Fair in the school on Thursday June 2nd. from 2 – 3pm. The Book Fair is a wonderful reading event for everyone to enjoy so do come to our Book Fair.

Green Flag. Congratulations to our pupils who have been awarded the 4th green flag which is for travel. By promoting sustainable transport modes (walking, cycling, car pooling or public transport) our pupils can reduce their impact on the environment as well as improve their safety, health and fitness. The journey to school is an ideal way for children to take part in regular physical activity, to interact with their peers, and to develop the road sense children need as pedestrians and cyclists. Well done to all.

Tennis. Our popular tennis lessons finished recently after five weeks with coach Kieran Galvin. We extend our thanks to Kieran. As usual the pupils had a great time.

School Tour.  We travelled to the Kingfisher club in Galway’s NUI recently for our annual school tour. Our pupils just loved the activities and arrived home tired but delighted with the adventure.


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.


Sympathy is extended to the Moore families Portland on the death of Michael which occurred on May 22nd. After funeral Mass in The Church of Christ the Good Shepherd, Four Roads, Roscommon on May 25th burial took place in the local cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Date For Your Diary.

Lorrha Parish Golf outing will take place in Portumna Golf Club on 27th August. This year’s Captain is Pascal Moran and the President is Martina Taffe. More details later.

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.

Portumna & District Lions Club Annual Fun Cycle, Sunday, 12th June at 1pm, The Square Portumna

As part of this year’s Portumna Fun & Fit Festival, the local Lions Club are holding their Annual Fun Cycle. All proceeds go to local charities – prizes for funniest bike/cyclist, best individual/club fundraised. Donations accepted on the day. No entry fee. Contact: 087-7427950. Come and join in the fun & do some good for your local community at the same time!

FREE Events at The Irish Workhouse Centre – Portumna on Sunday, 12th June

(as part of the Portumna Fun & Fit Festival, 10th-12th June)

Archaeological Detective Challenge

Come and discover how archaeologists solve the puzzle of mystery objects! Participate in an excavation and have fun making pottery! Events at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm — just drop-in!

No booking required. Suitable for ages 7+

Family Tree & Genealogy Drop-in Clinic!

Receive some practical advice and tips on how to go about tracing your family tree online at these free drop-in sessions from 10 am – 4 pm; 1-on-1 help for absolute beginners; get answers to your genealogy queries and tips to start your research online.

4 x 4

Portumna Arts Group presents — 4×4 as part of the Fit for Fun Festival! An Evening of Song and Writing – 4 singers, 4 writers. Tickets on sale now.

FRIDAY, JUNE 10th in Portumna’s CHRIST CHURCH at 9 pm. €10 admission.

GAA News.

Senior: Lorrha will face Roscrea in the first round of the North Championship in Cloughjordan this Sunday 5th June at 7pm where a win is a must to prolong our year and progress to the quarter finals. All support would be appreciated

Junior: The Juniors are still in the hunt for a league semi-final and will likely face a three-way playoff with Ballina and Kiladangan. Check fixtures for possible game this weekend.

Under 14: Lorrha Rovers Gaels got their hurling championship campaign underway last Wednesday with a 3-17 to 1-2 win over Moneygall/Clonakenny. This evening (Wednesday), they play Newport in Ballinderry at 7pm

Under 12: Lorrha took on Shannon Rovers in the first round of the championship last Monday evening, news next week. This Friday evening, Lorrha host Toomevara in Moatfield at 6.30pm

Feile na nGael: Lorrha and Shannon Rovers Gaels will be hosting Clooney Gaels from 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.
Lorrha Rovers are in Division 4 and will play Portaferry from Down in Dolla on Friday 17th June at 4.30pm before playing Silvermines in Dolla at 5.30pm. On Saturday, Lorrha Rovers will play Clooney Gaels in Moatfield at 10.30am and depending on where they finish in their group will head towards Mid and West Tipp for a quarter final in the Cup or Shield later in the afternoon.

Tipperary v Limerick: Tipperary play Limerick in the Munster Senior & Intermediate Hurling semi-finals in Thurles on Sunday 19th June. All ticket orders must be with Shane Brophy by Friday 10th June, no orders will be taken after that date. Depending on demand, there might have to be a draw for stand tickets.

Lotto: Our jackpot is now €7,950 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: The 2016-2017 Draw will get underway next Friday 3rd June. If you want to join, contact any club officer. Tickets are €100 for the year with an excellent prize fund of €500,000 with 12 monthly draws.

Lorrha CountryFest 2016: The launch of 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 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, Tradstone and Brendan Liffey. Tickets (€20) can be purchased from Kevin Molloy, www.eventbrite.ie or from Kelly’s Village Store Rathcabbin, Friars Tavern Lorrha, SuperValu Portumna, County Arms Hotel Birr, Abbey Court Hotel Nenagh, or Lar na bPairce Thurles.

Social Dancing: on Friday night to the music of Muriel O’Connor. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.