Lorrha Notes

Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan officially turned on a  powerful new radio telescope that covers the size of a football pitch,  in the grounds of Birr Castle last Thursday July 27th  the 12th station in the network.

2018 Lorrha Parish Calendar.

Anyone interested in advertising their business in the 2018 edition of the LorrhaDorrha Parish Calendar is asked to contact (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (087) 872601413 or email us at info@ without delay. Also, anyone wishing to loan photographs for possible inclusion, or poems or stories concerning the parish, can also call or text the above numbers or email to the above. All photographs will be returned.

Good Luck.

The best of luck is extended to Patrick “Bonner” Maher, Brian Hogan and selector John Madden in the All Ireland SHC semi final on Sunday.

Church News.

First Friday Mass will be celebrated in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha on Friday evening Aug 4th at 8.00p.m with confessions beforehand.

Visiting the Sick: Fr Pat will be very happy to visit a member of your family who may be sick and in hospital. As the hospitals no longer facilitate the clergy in letting them know who is in hospital from the parish, it is up to the family members to let your local Priest know.

 Killaloe Autumn Pilgrimaage to Lourdes:

The Autumn pilgrimage from Killaloe Diocese to Lourdes will leave Shannon airport on Sunday 1st October , returning on Friday 6th October. Fare is €667 per person sharing with €10 discount for online bookings.  Limited capacity so early booking is advisable.  Contact www.joewalshtours.ie ,  01 2410810 or Fr Tom Ryan, Pilgrimage Director, Shannon  061 364133.


Sympathy is extended to Patsy Hoctor and family Clonmona, Rathcabbin on the sudden death of her brother Michael Sexton Newmarket –On-Fergus, Clare on Saturday July 29th. After funeral Mass in SS John and Paul’s Church Shannon on Tuesday burial took place in Lemenagh Cemetery. May he rest in peace.


This year Milford Hospice Annual Harvest Fair celebrates its  32nd anniversary and is scheduled for Sunday 27th August at the University of Limerick. There will be a fun filled programme of activities and entertainment.  For further details, please contact the Fundraising Office on: 061 485859/201758.

Autumn De-Clutter.

When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the Autumn 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 mats including bath toilet and shower mats soiled or wet clothing but good quality unwanted clothing for re-use (not recycling). All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep one adult employed. Many thanks for your continued support.

Open to the Public.

Redwood Castle is  open daily from 2-6pm for guided tours. Tours last approximately 1 hour and entrance is only €5 per person. The castle will remain open from now until the 6th of September.  We can be contacted by email at redwoodcastleireland@gmail.com or through our Facebook page (search Redwood Castle).

Music Ministry.

A Music Ministry get together will take place in Cistercian College Roscrea, from August 8thto 13th led by Composer Ian Callanan and team. You are invited to come along for 5 days of music, prayer and liturgy. For further information go to www.musicministry.ie or call (087) 6790336.

GAA News.

Senior: Lorrha’s final round game of the County Championship against Knockavilla Kickhams has been fixed for Sunday 13th August in Nenagh at 1.30pm where a win or a draw will see us into the next round.

Junior: The Juniors received a walkover from Ballinahinch in round two of the championship last weekend. Lorrha’s next game is at home to Roscrea, likely on weekend 19-20 August.

Minor: Lorrha Rovers were away to Kilruane MacDonaghs in Cloughjordan in round 4 of the championship last Wednesday but suffered a 2-13 to 0-14 defeat with the home side finishing strongly to win. The team have two games remaining against Toomevara (home) and Silvermines (away), needing to win both to stay in contention for the semi-finals. They play Toomevara in Ballinderry this evening (Wednesday) at 7.00pm

Under 16: Lorrha Rovers played Toomevara, in the second round of the championship last Monday week and were defeated 3-17 to 2-8. Last Monday, they played Roscrea in Moatfield but were defeated 3-20 to 1-7. Their final group game is away to Borrisokane on Monday 14 August.

Under 14: Lorrha Rovers Gaels play Portroe in the North ‘B’ Hurling quarter final in Lorrha this evening (Wednesday) at 7.00pm. Best of luck to the players and mentors.

Under 12: Lorrha will play Borrisokane in the North ‘B’ hurling final on Saturday 5thAugust, in Puckane at 3.00pm Best of luck to the players and mentors.

Tipperary: Best of luck to Patrick Maher, Brian Hogan, John Madden and the Tipperary Senior hurlers in the All Ireland semi-final against Galway on Sunday. There has been a huge demand for tickets for the game through the club and will be a huge support there to roar Tipp on.

Fundraiser: The club has launched a 2500-to-1 fundraising draw with a prize fund of €10,000. We have 2,500 tickets valued from 1 cent to 2500 cents (€25) and when you accept to take a ticket, you scratch off a hidden section and the value in this section is what you pay for the ticket, it could be 1 cent, €25, or any value in between. All tickets bought will be entered into a draw in late September for a top prize of €5,000 with eleven ther prizes ranging from €2,000 to €200. Your support would be appreciated.

Cul Camp: Lorrha Kellogg’s Cul Camp took place last week with 92 children taking part, one of our largest camps in recent years. Thanks to everyone who made the week such a success.

Parish Golf Outing: takes place in Saturday 26th August in Birr Golf Club. This years Captain is Seamus J King. Timesheet from 9am to 12.45pm and to book your time contact Seamus King 0872246245

Lotto: Our jackpot is €7,950 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at www.locallotto.ie.

Social Dancing: continues on Friday with music of The Wicklow Man, from 9.30pm til late.



Powerful Telescope Launched in Birr

Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan officially turned on a  powerful new radio telescope that covers the size of a football pitch,  in the grounds of Birr Castle last Thursday July 27th  the 12th station in the network. This is a very important development for the home of the telescope, Birr Castle.
I-LOFAR is the Irish contribution to a €150m European-wide network of telescopes that combine to form one of the most sophisticated in the world. The telescopes can observe the universe in unprecedented detail through low frequency radio waves. LOFAR is one of the largest astrophysics projects in Europe, with 11 international stations spread across Germany, Poland, France, the UK and Sweden, with additional stations and a central hub in the Netherlands.  It is expected that the new science centre that will be undertaken in Birr in the near future will create 20 jobs when complete.
It has been constructed adjacent to the historic Leviathan telescope, which was built by the 3rd Earl of Rosse in 1845 and was the largest optical telescope in the world until 1917.
I-LOFAR will be run by Irish astrophysicists, computer engineers and data scientists, representing Irish universities and institutes of technologies from both sides of the border.
The team will be led by Trinity College Dublin, with partners from University College Dublin, Dublin City University, Athlone Institute of Technology, the National University of Ireland Galway, University College Cork, the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and Armagh Observatory & Planetarium.