Lorrha Notes

Lorrha Do Very Well in Tidy Towns Competition.

Congratulations and best wishes to everyone involved with Lorrha Tidy Towns as the village was awarded an extra eight marks bringing the total to 312. Lying in joint third position behind the National winners Birdhill, Lorrha gained marks in all but one of the subjects on the Adjudication report which overall was very encouraging. Well done to all the volunteers who have helped in whatever way throughout the last year and to John, Michael and Tommy our scheme workers who do Trojan work around the village. Let’s continue to keep up the good work going forward.


Sympathy is extended to Concepta Coughlan Rathcabbin on the death of her mother Bridie Rosney, Birr which occurred last week. After funeral Mass in St. Brendan’s Church Birr on Friday Sept 29th. burial took place in Clonoghill Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

A Happy Visitor.

Shane and Marianne Conlon from Adelaide, South Australia recently wrote to the Lorrha Parish web site www.lorrhadorrha.ie requesting help in tracing their relations. When they returned home they penned this letter of appreciation.
We had a wonderful time in Ireland and our short time in Lorrha was a highlight of our trip. Some of our favourite spots were PowersCourt Gardens, Kilkenny, Waterford ( Crystal factory and The Edmund Rice Heritage Centre ), Kinsale, Beara Peninsula (St Finbars Church, Beautiful spot! ), Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher (It was raining 🙂 ), Galway and Dublin. We were advised to visit the Portumna Work House by David Broderick. This was a very moving experience and highlights the extreme hardship our forbears endured. It is not the type of place you “enjoy” visiting but it is a must do if you want to experience more than just amazing scenery and beautiful people. Unfortunately we only had a couple of hours to spend in Lorrha. However we were lucky enough to spend it with Pat Hough. He invited us into his pub and shared many stories of the town and its history. He also gave us detailed information on my ancestors (Shanes). Pat took us down to St Raudhans Church and cemetery, telling us further stories of our shared family history.

This short visit has highlighted that we have only just scratched the surface of my family history. I would love to return to Lorrha soon and spend a decent amount of time exploring the town and surrounding area. Thank you for opening up this opportunity for me, as it has been a wonderful experience. I look forward to meting you and other Lorrha locals on my next visit.
Many thanks to our local historian Pat Hough who has helped so many visitors to Lorrha, down through the years.

Church News.

Mass will be celebrated in St. Ruadhan’s Church, Lorrha on Friday October 6th at 8.00p.m. First Friday of the Month.
Killaloe Diocesan Liturgical Music Workshop with Liam Lawton on Tuesday 10th October  in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church,  Rathcabbin at 7.30pm.  Cost of workshop is €12 per person which will include the music book.
James Kilbane in fundraising concert in Rathcabbin Church on Saturday 18th November. Tickets now on sale. Please note that during the month of October we will pray the  Rosary before Mass  in the three Churches.

Fashion Show.

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

CFR Training

CFR (Cardiac First Responders) and AED (Defibrillator) Training will take place in Redwood NS on Wednesday, 11th October with Birr First Responders. The course will run from 7pm to 10pm. This course if fully certified for 2 years and costs €10 per person. Please ring the school on 090 9747186 or by email redwoodns@live.ie if you are interested in booking this course.


We are looking for school age bikes/scooters/tractors for cycling that are still in good condition and families are finished with. If you would like to donate or sell any items to the school, please call us on 090 9747186. We are also looking to build up our LEGO resources, if any families have any unwanted LEGO, we will gladly accept.

Rathcabbin Players AGM

Rathcabbin Players Annual General Meeting will take place in Rathcabbin Hall on Tuesday October 10th  at 9.00pm. All welcome to attend.

Cronan’s Service Community Employment Vacancies.

St. Cronan’s Service Birr has a CE vacancy for a Housekeeper.  A full clean B driving licence will be required for this position. 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.

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

Junior: Well done to our Junior ‘B’ hurlers who defeated Ballina 1-20 to 1-15 in the North semi-final in Puckane on Saturday with William Maher top scoring with 1-7 from play. Lorrha will play Newport in the final, likely on weekend 14-15 October.

Under 21: Our Under 21 game against Silvermines has been refixed for this Sunday 8th October in Puckane at 11.30am

Under 13: Lorrha play Moneygall/Clonakenny in the North ‘B’ Plate semi-final this Saturday in Lorrha at 3.00pm

Under 11: Congratulations to the Under 11 hurlers who won the North ‘B’ Plate final last Friday, defeating Newport 2-9 to 0-3 in Nenagh. A great way to end the season. The winning panel were: Cian Claffey, Sarah Gorman, Emma Deegan, Grace Reid, Paul Cahalan, Con O’Meara, Nicholas Perry, Liam Donoghue, Keadagh Broderick, Niall Duggan, Robert Duffy, Jake Houlihan, Lee Hogan, Jason Houlihan, Conor Kennedy

Under 6 & 8: The U6’s and 8’s had an enjoyable time at the Kiladangan blitz in Puckane last Saturday.

Fundraiser: The clubs 2500-to-1 fundraising draw with a prize fund of €10,000 has been put back to Saturday 21st October to get the final tickets sold. 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 for a top prize of €5,000 with eleven other prizes ranging from €2,000 to €200. Your support would be appreciated.

Lotto: Our jackpot is €9,300 with a Match 3 pot of €120. You can play online at www.locallotto.ie.

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

Sympathy: Lorrha GAA Club would like to sympathise with the Hogan family, on the death of Billy Hogan, Derry, Rathcabbin who passed away last Sunday. In his playing days, Billy helped Lorrha win the County Intermediate Hurling title in 1948 during a seventeen year adult career with the club. He also played for Tipperary in the National Hurling League, winning a league medal in 1949 and also played in 1951.