Lorrha Notes

Producer / Director Peter Seman is the man piecing together the re-enactment of the O’Sullivan Beara Crossing. Peter is pictured here during rehearsal on Tuesday night last

Some of the Locals take time out to pose for the camera during rehearsals for the Saturday evenings re-enactment of the O’Sullivan Beara March. See details below.  Further information can be had by contacting Peter on (087) 777 1959. 

Open Air Mass & Historical Drama.

On Saturday 19th August 2017, there will be an open air Mass celebrated in Redwood Castle followed by the O’Sullivan Beara Re-enactment.  Mass to commence at 8pm.  The management of Redwood Castle request that participants be in the Castle grounds by 7.45pm.


The re-enactment of O’Sullivan Beara march through Lorrha parish will take place on Saturday night August 19th immediately after Mass around 9.00pm if not before. For further information call Peter on (087) 777 1959.  All are welcome to attend.

2018 Lorrha Parish Calendar Reminder.

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.


Sympathy is extended to Fr. John Donnelly Rathcabbin and extended family members on the death of his sister Teresa Molloy Kinnitty. After funeral Mass in St. Flannan’s Church Kinnitty on Monday last, burial took place in St. Flannan’s Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Parish Golf Outing: 

The Lorrha 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 on (087) 2246245.

Church News:

The Annual Novena in Knock Shrine  will take place from 14th to 22nd August.  Theme, ’Living Life to the Full’. Please see list of Speakers and times of Ceremonies and Workshops in Church-porch.
The Music Pioneer Gathering and Spirituality will take place in Woodlands Hotel, Adare on October 1st .
Adult Altar Servers are the norm in most parts of the Catholic World. It is a great privilege to serve at the altar in the miracle of every Mass. Are you mature in years and willing to serve the priest when young boys and girls are unavailable?  If so contact Fr. Pat after Sunday Mass.
Youth 2000  Summer Festival, Cistercian College , Roscrea, from Thursday 17th – Sunday 20th August  2017.  For young people aged 16 – 35, an opportunity not to be missed to experience the Catholic faith & meet many new young people,  with over 1200 young people from all corners of Ireland attending last year.  The festival is donation only. Free buses available from all around Ireland. For more info & to book online, see     www.youth2000.ie  or  call  01 6753690.


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.

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.

Lorrha Camogie:

Our County Championship is due to get underway this Sunday 20th Aug against Silvermines in Moatfield at 12noon. Following that we play Ballina in Ballina Sun 27th Aug  at 12noon, then Borrisoleigh in Borrisoleigh Sat 16th Sept at 12 noon, Nenagh Sat 23rd Sept at 12 in Lorrha and Burgess Sat 30th Sept at 12 in Lorrha. The top two teams to come out of the group go through to the semi-final stages. Please come out and support the girls in their Championship campaign.

Thanks: Many thanks to all those who supported and helped out with our recent clothes collection and bag pack in Buckley’s Supervalu in Birr. A big thank you to Buckley’s Supervalu for having us.

U16: Well done to our U16’s girls who play with Shannon Rovers Camogie and to their teammates and management on reaching the County Final on Monday evening last in Ballina (results not available), well done also to our girls who play U13 camogie with the Rovers on their fantastic County Final win over Newport recently, we’re very proud as a club of all our underage girls and their achievements in camogie with The Shannon Rovers and our players on the County underage teams.

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.

Good Luck.

The best of luck to all Leaving Cert students in the parish who receive their results to-day Wednesday. The exam help line 1800 265 165 offering confidential advice, information and support to students and their parents is open from 10am on results day, Wednesday 16th August, seeking advice and up to date information on what choices are available to students. It will open for three days the week of the results as well as a further three days the following week, after the release of CAO Round One offers.

GAA News

Senior: Well done to our senior hurlers who dug deep to beat Knockavilla Kickhams 3-20 to 2-20 in the County Championship – Seamus O’Riain Cup in Nenagh last Sunday. The result sees us progress to the quarter finals next month where we will be drawn against Toomevara, Templederry or JK Brackens.

Junior: Lorrha’s next game is at home to Roscrea this Saturday 19th August in Moatfield at 7pm.

Under 16: Lorrha Rovers Gaels played Borrisokane in their final group game last Monday but were defeated 3-10 to 3-9. The defeat means they must play Burgess in a playoff this Thursday 17th August in Moatfield at 7.00pm with the winner playing Nenagh in the quarter final next Monday 21st August at 7.00pm

Under 12: Best of luck to the Under 12 hurlers who play Drom & Inch in the County semi-final on Saturday 19th August in Nenagh at 3.30pm

Tipp GAA Draw: The club had no winner in the August Draw which was held last Friday.

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.

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 €8,250 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at www.locallotto.ie.

Social Dancing: continues on Friday with music of Adrian Ryan, from 9.30pm til late.




*** Calling all ARTISTS *** Calling all ARTISTS ***

Portumna’s Shorelines Arts Festival
Art Exhibition in The Gallery at the Workhouse

Once again, The Gallery at The Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna will be home to the Shorelines Art Exhibition from September 4th-24th (includes the festival weekend September 14th-17th). The exhibition will feature artwork from local as well as invited artists. Invited artists for 2017 include Liz Doyle, Judy Hamilton, Anna Hryniewicz, Jim Osborneand Lorna Watkins.

If you would like to get involved, here is the essential information:

·         Select your one of your pieces (painting, carving, photography etc) and bring it along to the Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna on either Sunday, the 27th or Monday, the 28th of August between 6-7.30 pm. Work submitted after this date will not beexhibited as space is limited. (We would ask you not to submit a piece that has been previously shown in a Shorelines Festival exhibition).

·         The Registration Form – to be completed in advance – may be downloaded here.

·         There is a nominal charge of €5 to cover the cost of displaying materials and insurance.

·         Very important! Please make sure your work is ready for hanging – pictures should be framed and have a cord or wire at the back. If you do not intend to frame it yourself, allow plenty of time to get it framed by a professional!

·         Sculptures or free-standing work, please contact Margaret on 086 319 5603.

·         Please decide in advance if your piece is for sale and the price. Where a work of art is sold, we take a modest 15% commission. Kindly build that commission into the price you place on your work. Pieces not for sale will be noted as such in the catalogue.

·         Work may not be removed during the exhibition. After the exhibition, work should be collected on Sunday, 25th September between 3-5pm.

We look forward very much to seeing your work and to a very successful exhibition that will showcase the wealth of talent there is within the area!

Thank you for sharing this information with any interested artists!

Visit the website for full festival detailswww.shorelinesartsfestival.com
Curators: Margaret 086 319 5603 and Jackie 087 631 9890.

VSO Ireland improving girls’ education in Uganda

Educating girls is often not seen as a priority in Karamoja, one of poorest and least developed regions in Uganda. In one district, only 6.4% of girls finish primary school at all. VSO Ireland has launched a new development programme to help more Ugandan girls go to school and address societal norms preventing them from getting the education they deserve. This project will be implemented by skilled Irish and Ugandan volunteers, and is being funded by Irish Aid, the Government’s official overseas aid programme which works on behalf of Irish people to address poverty and inequality around the world.

VSO Ireland has already delivered a successful inclusive education programme in Karamoja, which increased literacy rates by 20% and numeracy outcomes by 10%. As this programme progressed, the need to have a greater focus on girls’ education emerged. Girls are not granted the same opportunities as boys for a number of reasons, primarily because they can bring their families more money through work or their “bride price”. VSO Ireland’s new programme will take into account the reasons why girls drop out of school or do not attend school in the first place, such as child marriage. VSO volunteers will work with local teachers and community groups to build their capacity, improve health and hygiene practices in schools, and remove stigma around girls finishing primary education.

Lisa Barrins, a teacher from St Aidan’s National School, Co. Sligo, and Breda Dunleavy, who works in St Patrick’s Loreto Primary School, Co. Wicklow, both departed for Karamoja this week to commence their VSO placements. Over the next year, they will work with the District Education Officers in Kotido and Moroto, mentoring school leaders on inclusive education practices and helping them to develop education strategies that address the challenges affecting girls’ education. They will also collaborate with local community groups to reduce negative attitudes towards educating marginalised groups, not just girls but also children with disabilities and orphans.

Lisa, who has already volunteered on education projects in Ghana, South Africa, Rwanda and Uganda, looks forward to embracing the new challenges this volunteer placement will bring. She said, “I’m delighted to be involved in this Irish Aid project where I’ll be working and living amongst the local Karamojong people in Moroto.” Breda is similarly excited to put her wealth of education experience to the test. “I am looking forward to meeting the teachers in the local schools and sharing ideas and experiences together to further the educational experience of all the children in the Karamoja region,” she commented.

Kate O’Donnell, VSO Ireland’s Head of Country Office, participated in the girls’ education programme launch in Uganda last month. She said, “We would like to thank Irish Aid and the Irish public for supporting their long-term support of our work in Uganda. We’ve run programmes in this region for several years now and have built up the expertise required to support sustainable change and help more girls go to school. We’re really excited to see the progress that Lisa and Breda will make on their placements in the coming year.”