Lorrha Notes


The plaque in Glasnevin Cemetery which was unveiled recently to Lorrha War Vetern Martin O’Meara VC. More photographs available under Gallery.


John Madden, senior Tipperary Hurling Selector was the special guest who launched the 2017 Lorrha Calendar. John is pictured with Lorrha development Chairman Louis McCormack at the launch.


Lorrha & Dorrha Parish Calendar.

In the shops in plenty of time for the Christmas post is the 2017 Lorrha & Dorrha parish calendar which is on sale throughout the parish and in neighbouring towns. You can purchase a copy in Pat Hough’s, Friars Tavern, Colette Hair Salon, Lorrha Shop, Mulrooney’s Ferry Service Station, Ferry Inn and in Brophy’s only in Rathcabbin.  In Portumna: Salmons Newsagents, Boathouse, Lorraine Hair Salon, O’Meara’s Super Valu. As usual, the calendar is packed with photographs from the past and the present and is a lovely Christmas present as well as a treasured keepsake to have. If you would like to have a copy posted to you, email info@ or call (086) 8647166.

Christmas Market & Auction.

The Annual Christmas Market and Auction on Sunday 4th December commences at 1pm. Tables are available for anyone wishing to sell / promote their produce. Call Mary (090) 9747196 or Liz (090) 9747893 (leave message). Also, anyone wishing to donate items for the auction please call Louis (086) 8493595. Members of the committee will be out and about selling €2 lines for the draw which takes place on the day of the market so please support them when they call to you. Remember, when you support Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns, you are helping to keep two people employed in the village. Many thanks to everyone who has supported us in the past and we look forward to your continued support.

Late Matthew Gormally.

The death occurred after a long illness on Saturday November 12th of Matt John Gormally, The Pike, Rathcabbin. Matt was the well known and popular proprietor of St. Kieran’s Care Home, at The Pike. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Sympathy is extended to his family, daughters Eimear, Aoife and son Eoin, brother Michael, sisters Carmel, Helena and Ann Marie, sister in-law Imelda, brother in-law Finbar, nephews, nieces and grandson Finn.  After funeral Mass on Monday last 14th. In St. Ruadhan’s Church, Lorrha, burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of Nancy Flanagan, Vancouver, Canada, nee Burke, late of Shraduff, Rathcabbin,  who died recently. May she rest in peace.

Church News.

Mass will be offered on Wednesday, 16th Nov.  at 7.30p.m. in Lorrha Church for the Holy Souls.      Visit to Cemeteries: Prayers for the Faithful Departed will be said –  next Sunday, 20th November in Lorrha after 10.00a.m. Mass and  in Bonoham after 11.30a.m. Mass.


Michael O’Connor will escort a tour to Benevento and San Giovanni from 18th April 2017. Many will remember Michael who attended a healing Mass in Clonfert last May with a Padre Pio relic. One night full board in Benevento, 3 nights full board in San Giovanni Rotondo. Itinerary to include a visit the birth place of Saint Padre Pio and the church where he celebrated his first Mass. The cell where he lived and died, and his tomb. Direct flight from Dublin to Naples. For more information contact Michael on (087) 2677656.

Book of Memories Launched.

The story of how a Tipperary man helped spread hurling around Connacht features prominently in a unique book of memories of the roll-out of the Rural Electrification Scheme across the country 70 years ago this month.‘Then There Was Light’ is a collection of tales of the time when Ireland left the dark ages as the ESB brought electricity to even the most remote communities in the largest ever undertaking by the fledgling independent nation. Seán Mac Fearghail tells how Tim Slevin from Lorrha in Tipperary – a clubman of the legendary Team of the Millennium goalkeeper Tony Reddan – arrived in Leitrim as part of the Rural Electrification Scheme that came to direct the installation of power and electricity into the smallholdings on the western front. Joining Tim on this hurling mission was a great Waterford player and fellow ESB official, Barry Ormond, who alongside Slevin oversaw the installation of power into farms across Connacht. Having won Senior Hurling medals in Mayo while based there, they were then transferred to Leitrim. From the moment they set foot inside the county, their influence on the spread and development of hurling was enormous – they arguably left the biggest GAA hurling legacy of all to the people of Leitrim and Connacht. This book, co-edited by PJ Cunningham and Dr Joe Kearney, contains scores of stories celebrating the 70th anniversary of the scheme that eventually wound up in the late 1970s. The stories for this collection come from eyewitnesses, ESB employees and the general public as they recall the suspicions, worries and welcome the scheme faced during arguably the most important rural Ireland undertaking in our history. They are diverse in subject matter and geographical spread and encapsulate the pioneering work carried out on what became a rapidly changing rural landscape. ‘Then There Was Light’  Stories behind the installation of Ireland’s Rural Electrification scheme. Co-edited by PJ Cunningham and Dr Joe Kearney (Ballpoint Press 2016) (€14.99)

Rathcabbin Players.

Rehearsals are in full swing for Rathcabbin Players forthcoming comedy‘ Thy will be Done’. Written by Michael Carey and produced by Marian Frawley, the play will be staged in Rathcabbin Hall in the middle of January 2017. Watch this space for further information.

Redwood NS Christmas Variety Show

The ever popular annual Christmas variety show performed by the children of Redwood NS will take place on Thursday, 01st December at 7pm in the new location of Lorrha Community Hall. The show will incorporate music, song, Irish dancing choreographed by dance teacher Stephanie Power and ‘Night of the Museum’ produced and directed by Drama teacher Jared Madden. Admission is free, Raffle and refreshments on the night with hampers and great spot prizes to be won. A great night’s entertainment promised! Arrive early to guarantee your seat!!!

Book Launch.

Mr Richard Andrews, Australian Ambassador to Ireland, will launch ‘Lorrha People in the Great War’, a new book by Lorrha native Gerard O’Meara on Saturday night 19th at 8.30pm in the GAA clubhouse. All are invited to attend.

Date for your Diary.

The North Tipperary ploughing A.G.M. will take place in The Yanks, Borrisokane on Wednesday 23rd November at 8.30p.m. All are invited.

Winter De-Clutter.

When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the winter collection, please remember Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns who continue to collect unwanted clothes throughout the year. Items of clothing must be clean and dry and in good condition please and we can supply bags if you want. We can also collect to make it easy for you, just call (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (087) 2601413 with your name and details. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows, cushions, carpets, rugs and maths including bath toilet and shower math’s, soiled or wet clothing. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep two adults employed. Many thanks for your continued support.

GAA News.

Ball Wall: The juvenile committee would like to thank David Needham for an excellent ball wall session on Saturday with the 10 to 12 year olds with another session in three weeks time. Next Saturday 19th November David Needham will be running a ball wall session for 13 to 16 year olds at 3.25pm for boys and girls.

Inter-divisional Football: Well done to Kevin Cahalan and Dan Needham who were selected on the North Tipperary Under 13 inter-divisional football team for last weekends tournament with Kevin having the honour of captaining the side.

Thank you: The management of the Lorrha/Shannon Rovers Gaels under 14’s would like to thank the parents and players for supporting the recent fundraiser. 1St – James Ryan, 2nd – Sean O’Meara (Cullagh), 3rd – Saoirse Guinan.

Juvenile AGM: takes place this evening (Wednesday, 16th November) at 8pm. All parents and prospective coaches are invited to attend.

Senior Club AGM: on Thursday 15th December at 8pm

Scor na nOg: The North Finals of Scor na nOg take place on Friday 18th November in Birdhill. Anyone interested in taking part in any of the competitions can contact Shane Brophy, 0876989612.

Lorrha People in the Great War’ by Gerard O’Meara: Best wishes to long serving club member Gerard O’Meara with the launch of his new book ‘Lorrha People in the Great War’ in the GAA Clubhouse this Saturday, 19th November at 8.30pm. The 400 pages cover families from all areas throughout the parish. Many members of Lorrha hurling teams feature in the book. They include well known supporter and officer, Jim O’Meara of Curragha and later Lorrha. Jim joined up but only served two weeks in training as his mother managed to obtain his discharge due to him being underage. Even though he only spent two weeks in the army, he was known ever afterwards as ‘the Private’, Sadly, Jim’s older brother Michael, an accomplished hurler himself, was not so lucky, being killed in action in the battle of Le Cateau, just five weeks before the armistice. Indeed, during his research, Ger managed to locate the only known photograph of Michael Meara. In full uniform as a member of the Leinster Regiment it was taken in a studio in Cork while he was training in Victoria (now Collins) Barracks. It had been lost for many years. Other sportsmen include accomplished polo player Charles Head of Derrylahan. An unexpected discovery during Ger’s research was how people with Lorrha connections deatured so prominently in the sport of motor racing. Charles Head’s grandson, Patrick Head is the well known Engineering Director of the Williams Formula One Racing Team. Another car racer was Sir Henry O’Neil de Hane ‘Harry’ Segrave of Bellisle. Harry Segrave broke the world land speed record on three occasions. He went on to break the world speed boat record.

Lotto: Our jackpot is now €11,550 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play our lotto online at www.locallotto.ie.

Social Dancing: on Friday night to the music of Declan Aungier. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.

Sympathy: Lorrha GAA Club would like to sympthise with the Gormley family on the death of Matt John Gormley, The Pike, Rathcabbin, who passed away last week. Matt was a hugely popular member of the community, particularly through St Kieran’s Nursing Home who most families in the parish would have had links with. Matt was also a fine hurler in his day and in 1965 played at wing back on the Lorrha/Knockshegowna team that won the North Under 21 Hurling title and was also on the panel the following year when they won the County final. May he rest in peace.