Lorrha Notes


Another outbreak of crayfish plague has been confirmed in Lorrha river.This follows outbreaks in the River Suir and the River Deel in Co. Limerick in May.  The new outbreak potentially threatens the spread of the disease into the River Shannon system.

This is a reminder to anyone who is working in or adjacent to a river to implement biosecurity measures to prevent the spread of this and other diseases and invasive species within our river systems.


  1. If you are working in a contaminated area, check and disinfect equipment before leaving the area to ensure the disease doesn’t spread
  2. If you are not in a contaminated area, you also needto disinfect before commencing work to ensure you don’t introduce any diseases.
  3. Disinfect with Virkon Aquatic

Please consider carefully any work in your area where biosecurity measures should apply.  You may have to implement the biosecurity measures directly or require/direct your contractor or grant recipient etc to implement the measures, for example

  • Sampling rivers, e.g. Environment & Water Services staff, also contractors
  • Repair work to bridges, weirs, river banks, outfalls etc.
  • Engaging contractors to carry out works in or adjacent to rivers (a requirement for biosecurity measures should be detailed in procurement as it will add a cost)
  • Engaging consultants to carry out survey work or assessments for projects.  If you are developing a new plan or project the risk of spreading disease and invasive species should be a consideration when carrying out appropriate assessment.
  • Work with other agencies, community groups etc that will involve people accessing rivers
  • Grant aid provided to agencies, groups that will involve people accessing rivers
  • Working with recreational users of rivers, lakes etc – if they are moving between river systems they need to disinfect their equipment
  • Etc

Leaflets and more information are available from the Environment Office and LAWCO.  Please contact me if you require more specific assistance.

See also:   This is a link to a poster outlining the measures to be taken,




St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association

We will be returning to our weekly meetings on Wednesday, 20th September 2017 at 2.30pm after our summer break.  New members are welcome.  Please call in for a cuppa and a chat.  Transport available.

Church News:

Killaloe Diocesan Liturgical Music Workshop with Liam Lawton and Ian Callinan on Saturday September 23rd in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church,  Rathcabbin,  2.00pm to 5.00pm. This will be followed by the Vigil Mass (sung) at 6.30pm.   Cost of workshop is €12.00 per person, this will include the music book.
Dates for your Diary. Legion of Mary Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine on Sunday 24th September. James Kilbane in fundraising concert in Rathcabbin Church on Saturday 18th November. Tickets on sale shortly.
The Killaloe Autumn Pilgrimage to Lourdes will leave Shannon Airport on Sunday 1st October returning on Friday 6th October. Fare €667 per person sharing with €10 discount for online bookings. Limited capacity so early booking is advisable. Contact www.joewalshtours.ie or (01) 2410810 or Fr. Tom Ryan Pilgrimage Director Shannon (061) 364133.

Date for Your Diary.

St Ruadhans Church of Ireland are hosting a Fashion Show on Saturday 14th October in Lorrha GAA Centre Moatfield. Tickets are now on sale.


Sympathy is extended to the O’Meara families, Cullagh, Cahalan’s Curragha and Keeshan’s Kilfadda on the death of Esther Kennedy, Nee Murphy, Lisduff House, Aglish which occurred on Tuesday August 29th. After funeral Mass in St. Michael’s Church Aglish on Thursday 28th burial took place in Aglish Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Volunteers Sought.

Lorrha Community Responder Group are looking for new volunteers to be part of our group. Our Group covers an 8 km radius area from Lorrha Village which takes in the Parish of Lorrha, Aglish, Terryglass and Portumna and its surrounding area. If you are interested in learning how to do CPR and doing something worthwhile within the community, please contact us on 087 946 3749 / 087 761 3458 or email on lcrg2017@gmail.com. We would be delighted to hear from you.

Tipperary Mini Marathon.

Walkers, joggers, runners, register now on www.tippminimarathon.ie for the 2017 Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon organised by Tipperary Sports Partnership in Clonmel on Sunday 24th Sept at the slightly earlier time of 10.45am. Registration  €20.  Closing date for all entries is strictly Sept 18th 2017. For further information please contact Clonmel Office on 052 6187080 or info@tipperarysports.ie or Nenagh Office on 076 1065000.


Experience different ways of Praying the Gospels. Know how to choose passages that relate to the

ups and downs of everyday life. The Word of God has the power to transform.  For four consecutive weeks on Wednesday nights.  Dates: September 6th, 13th, 20th &27th. Venue: Pastoral Centre, Church Road, Nenagh.

Time: 7.30pm.    Presenter: Fr .John Littleton.    Cost: Donation.     If you are interested in booking a place please contact: Srs. Rita Corry/ Patricia Greene @ 067 32832.

Lorrha Camogie:

Lorrha  travel to Borrisoleigh on Sunday 17th Sept at 12 noon in round three.  Please note the change of date but time remains the same. Nenagh have pulled out of the competition so Lorrha have a bye that week-end before meeting Burgess on Sat 30th Sept at 12 noon 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.

St. Cronan’s Service Community Employment Vacancies.

St. Cronan’s Service Birr has a CE vacancy for a Support Worker.  A full clean B driving licence will be required for this position .St. Cronan’s Service Roscrea has 2 CE vacancies: one for a Support Worker & one for a Catering Assistant. In order to be eligible for these positions you must be in receipt of a Social Welfare payment. If you are interested please phone Deirdre on 0879772409 /0505 21426 for further information re these position.

Banagher Fair Day.

The Annual Banagher Fair Day will take place on 17th of September 2017. Please come along and support. Keeping the tradition alive.

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.

GAA News

Senior: Our senior hurlers face JK Brackens in the quarter final of the O Riain Cup in Cloughjordan on Sunday 10thSeptember at 5.30pm. Best of luck to the players and mentors. All support would be appreciated.

Junior: The Junior hurlers are through to the semi-final with one game to be played against Moneygall in the coming weeks.

Under 21: The under 21 championship is due to begin against Silvermines in Moatfield on Saturday 16th September at 6.00pm

Under 13: In the first round of the Plate, the U13’s host Kiladangan in Moatfield on Wednesday 6th September at 6.30pm.

Under 11: The U11’s take part in the Plate competition, beginning in Newport last evening (Tuesday) where they lost 2-2 to 1-2. This Friday they host Kiladangan in Moatfield at 6.30pm.

Tipperary Draw: The September Draw takes place in Noonan’s, Ballingarry this Friday night. All promoters are asked to bring their accounts up to date.

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.

Lotto: Our jackpot is €8,700 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at www.locallotto.ie.

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


Research Reveals Four out of Five People Think Palliative Care Can Only be Provided by Specialist Palliative Care Teams

Almost One Third of People Think Palliative Care is only Available in a Hospice or Hospital

Research published to coincide with Palliative Care Week 2017 (3rd to 9th September) reveals four out of five people think palliative care can only be provided by specialist palliative care teams. It also found that almost one third of people think palliative care is only available in a hospice or hospital. Palliative Care Week is facilitated by All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Karen Charnley, AIIHPC Head of Institute, said: “Hospices and hospitals are key for the provision of palliative care, especially for people with complex needs, but many people will receive palliative care within their own community. Palliative Care is provided by a range of professionals supporting the person, whether they are at home, in a nursing home, hospital or hospice.”

Dr Bridget Johnston of Trinity College Dublin carried out the research as part of a project supported by AIIHPC. Interviews were carried out with 75 patients accessing specialist palliative care services and 69 caregivers.

“This research found that misperceptions about palliative care are common among people receiving this care and caregivers. Four out of five people assumed that palliative care can only be offered by specialist teams and this was consistent for both patients receiving care and for caregivers. It was also interesting to find that almost one third of people believe palliative care is only available in a hospice or hospital. This shows there’s still important work to be done to increase people’s understanding of palliative care, so that they are able to make informed choices about care,” said Dr Johnston.

The research also found that eight out of ten people agreed palliative care was about quality of life and that it offers support to family and friends.

36-year-old Evelyn Wakefield from Birr in Co. Offaly was diagnosed with stage four metastatic breast cancer in 2014. When she was contacted by a palliative care nurse, she initially didn’t want to see her.

“I felt if I brought the palliative care nurse in, I was facing death and I wasn’t ready for that. We talked and I was surprised by the suggestions she gave me to give me a better quality of life. I very quickly realised what palliative care was and that the nurse was there to give me the best quality of life I could possibly have and I’ve succeeded. My perception has obviously changed because I’m on the receiving end of palliative care and I now understand what it is but there are people out there that are still afraid when it’s mentioned. What I’d say to them is take all the support you can get. It helps greatly and I now have a better quality of life with my family.”

Karen Charnley continued: “Our aim for Palliative Care Week is to encourage people to think about their understanding of palliative care and to encourage them not to be afraid to ask their GP or any other healthcare professional if palliative care could help them or someone they love. People tend to associate palliative care being for people with advanced cancer but it’s equally important if you’re living with advanced heart or lung disease, kidney failure and other conditions such as motor neurone disease or dementia.”

Jim Daly T.D., Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, is supporting Palliative Care Week. Minister Daly said: “I was delighted to hear about Palliative Care Week and the work of AIIHPC during a visit to Marymount University Hospital & Hospice, Cork. It is important for people to be aware of the support that is available to make the most of life when they have a life limiting condition. Through our National Clinical Programme for Palliative Care, and by supporting Palliative Care Week, our aim is to increase awareness and understanding of palliative care, and support those who need this care.”

Sheilagh Reaper Reynolds, HSE Lead for Palliative Care, said: “Palliative care services aim to meet the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and carers facing progressive illness that may limit or shorten their lives. People can sometimes have a fear of palliative care and the Palliative Care Week helps us to explain how palliative services can improve a person’s quality of life throughout the course of their illness.”

Palliative Care Week is being facilitated by All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care and takes place from the 3rdto the 9th of September. For more details see www.thepalliativehub.com