Lorrha Notes

                         Christmas Blessings to all readers of this web site.

Zoe, Ava and Lee decorating the Crib in St. Ruadhan’s Church, Lorrha

2018 Calendar.

The 2018 edition of the Lorrha Dorrha calendar can be purchased throughout the parish in Pat Hough’s, Friars Tavern, Colette’s hair Salon and Sceal Shop, Ferry Service Station, Ferry Inn, Flynn’s Carrigahorig, Brophy’s Rathcabbin, Buckley’s Super Valu Birr,  O’Meara’s Super Value, Lorraine’s hair Salon, Boathouse and Salmons Newsagents Portumna and in Heenan’s Borrisokane. This is a lovely keepsake as well as a great present for anyone but especially for those living away from home. Proceeds from the sale goes back into Lorrha village. Please support.

Good Wishes.

Lorrha Development /Tidy Towns committee wish to extend many thanks to everyone who have supported them over the years in so many ways. They wish each and everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas and hope the New Year is a healthy one and brings many blessings.

Christmas Mass Times.

Saturday, 23rd December   –    Vigil Mass    –   Rathcabbin Church at 7.30p.m
Christmas Eve –  Sunday,  24th December – Vigil Mass –   Rathcabbin Church at 7.30p.m.
Christmas Day Monday 25th  –   Redwood Church – 9.30a.m. and Lorrha  Church at 11.00a.m.
Also Note: Prayers, Poetry and Story for children who are waiting on Santa and the Birth of Jesus in Rathcabbin Church on Christmas Eve. Three adults will lead this event.  Please come along.

Sacrament of Reconciliation for this cluster area will be held in Borrisokane Church on Thursday 21st December at 8.00pm, led by Fr .Peter Bourke.  Also Confessions in Rathcabbin Church same evening, 5.30 – 6.30pm.

COI Christmas Services.

Sunday 24th Dec Christmas Eve,  Birr  11.30am Morning Prayer.  Lockeen 7.00pm Pageant and Family Eucharist. Birr 11.30pm  traditional Holy Eucharist. Monday 25th Dec Christmas Day, Dorrha  9.30am  Holy Eucharist, LORRHA  10.00am Holy Eucharist, Birr 11.30am Holy Eucharist. Sunday 31st December,  Birr  11.30am Service of the Word & Carols. Monday 1st January, Birr 11.30am  Holy Eucharist.

Kian Hayes Memorial Match

Kiladangan Camogie & GAA club v Lorrha Camogie Club on St. Stephens Day in Kildangan GAA grounds, Puckane at 12 noon. Entry €10 per sdult. Children free. All proceeds go to Living Links Tipperary. Living Links supporting the Suicide Bereaved.


The peaceful death occurred on Saturday 9th December of Kathleen (Lexie) Doyle, nee Killeen, Lorrha, in Portumna Retirement Village

She was predeceased by her husband Jack, sadly missed by her brother Des, sisters, Nollaig, Sr. Olivia and Pearl O’Doherty (Lorrha),  nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives and friends to whom sympathy is extended.
After Funeral Mass on Tuesday, December 12th, in Dignity Chapel Portumna, burial took place in St. Ruadhan’s Graveyard, Lorrha. May she rest in peace.

The peaceful death occurred on Friday 15th Dec. of Lucy Corcoran (nee Kirwan), Grange, Lorrha and Killimor at Portumna Retirement village.
She was predeceased by her husband Joseph, deeply regretted by her sons Alfie, Dermot, Oliver, Gerard, Harry, Joe and her daughter Mary, daughters-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, neighbours and friends to whom sympathy is extended.
After reposing on Saturday in Portumna Retirement home,  funeral arrived to Saint Ruadhan’s Church, Lorrha on Sunday for funeral mass. Burial took place afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Easter 2018 Pilgrimage.

Padre Pio Easter  pilgrimage to San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy for four nights flying out from Dublin. Visiting the Shrine of St. Philomena, then onto the church where Padre Pio celebrated his first Mass as a newly ordained priest. The Pilgrimage will also visit his birth place in Pietrelcina,his family home and the church of St. Anna where he was baptized and received his First Holy Communion. In the Capuchin Friary and the cell where St. Pio lived and died. Before returning home, the Pilgrimage will also visit Monte Sant’Angelo, the shrine in the cave where the Archangel Michael appeared in the fifth century along with visiting St. Matthew’s monastery in San Marco in Lamis.
For further details contact Michael O’Connor on (087) 2677656.

Interested in Training and Working in Care?

Offaly Local Development Company in association with the ETB invites applications for a 30 week full-time QQI Level 5 “Healthcare Support” course commencing on February 12th 2018 at Birr Further Education Centre. Priority will be given to suitable applicants aged 18 – 35. For further details contact Mary/Aoife on 087-7385989


When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the new 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. Many thanks for your continued support.

GAA News.

The Annual General Meeting of Lorrha GAA Club took place last night, Tuesday in the GAA Centre in front of a large attendance. Secretary Michael Kennedy and Treasurer Declan O’Meara provided detailed reports of the year with the Under 21’s North success and the Junior ‘B’ League successes the highlight. The club continues to be run prudently financially but more support is needed for all areas of fundraising from lotto, Tipp draw and once off draws with the 2500to1 draw not as successful as it could have been. There was particular praise for the social committee and their Friday night dancing which generated increased funds.
Chairman Padraig Madden thanked everyone who played a part in running the club over the past year, be it officers, players and mentors and wished everyone the best, before stepping down as chairman, succeeded by William Harding. Declan O’Meara also stepped down as treasurer after six years with Graham Houlihan taking up this role. Phil McIntyre was elected as a vice-president following the passing of Sean ‘Johnny’ O’Meara during the year.

2018 Officers: President – Michael O’Meara (The Hill); Vice-Presidents – Fr Pat Mulcahy, Phil McIntyre; Chairman – William Harding; Vice-Chairpersons – Pat Kennedy, David Broderick; Seretary – Michael Kennedy; Treasurer – Graham Houlihan; Assistant Tresaurer & Registrar – Louise Mannion; PRO – Shane Brophy; Players Representatives – Paddy Reddin & Ronan King; Coaching Officer – John Paul Houlihan; Development Officer – Tommy Cahalan; Health & Wellbeing Officer – Michael O’Carroll; Cultural Officer – Barry Moran. The roles of Children’s Officer and Child Protection Officer will be confirmed at the first executive committee in the New Year, as per rule.
Assistant Secretary, County Board Delegate and Schools Liaison Officer positions will be confirmed at the Adjourned AGM which is fixed for Tuesday 9th January 2018 at 8.00pm.

Also at the AGM, Mark Dunne was ratified as senior hurling manager for 2018. The managements of the junior, under 21 and minor teams will be confirmed at the Adjourned AGM.

Auction: Our annual Auction has been fixed for Sunday 4th February.

Lotto: Our jackpot is €4,350 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at www.locallotto.ie.

With our usual draw date of Monday night falling on Christmas Day, next weeks draw will be held on Wednesday 27th December. The subsequent draw will take place as usual on the following Monday, 1st January.

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

New Years Eve Cabaret: Rory in Cabaret at Lorrha GAA Complex on New Years Eve. Country and Irish music song and dance. Doors open at 8.30pm; spots prizes on door. Tickets €5.

Lorrha GAA Club would like to wish all our players, members and supporters a Happy Christmas.