Lorrha Notes

Congratulations and well done to the Twelve pupils from the three schools in the parish who received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Fintan Monahan (pictured above) on Saturday last in St. Ruadhan’s Church, Lorrha. Bishop Fintan and Fr. Pat joined with parishioners and visitors for a welcome cup of tea which was served by the Parish Pastoral Council afterwards in Lorrha school. Well done to all concerned on such a lovely occasion in the lives of those young people.  Pic: Rose Mannion

 Minister of state for the OPW and Flood Relief Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran visited Carrigahorig village along with Deputy Lowry and Cllr Michael O Meara to see first hand the Flooding off Lough Derg onto the N65 Borrisokane to Portumna road. The Minister was fully aware that this road was flooded for a 6 week period in 2015.” My Department has been working closely with the TII to come up with a solution for this road and 60,000 euro has been provided for a survey and design at this site. Also there has been a flood assessment and ecology report done in 2017 ” says Minister Moran. Cllr O Meara said that the Minister assured him that his Department will work closely with the TII and Tipperary Co Council to get this project started.  Pic: Rose Mannion.

Thank You

Rathcabbin Players have enjoyed a wonderful six night run with a new two act comedy ‘Nobody’s Talking to Me’ written by Tommy Marren and produced by Marian Frawley. The group wish to sincerely thank everyone who supported the play in whatever way. It was a wonderful success and because of you this could not have happened. Already we are looking forward to planning next year’s production and hope to see you all back again. Thanks once again for your support. Special thanks to our producer Marian Frawley who did a great job with the cast. We offer our sympathies to Teresa Ryan Feehan who played the part of Minnie, on the death of her uncle Jack Ryan (Crinkill) which occurred on January 24th. May he rest in peace.

Late Bridget O’Meara.

The peaceful death occurred of Bridget O’Meara, The Lake, Lorrha, Co. Tipperary, on January 30th, 2018  in St. Conlon’s Nursing Home, Nenagh. Predeceased by her brother Liam, her adored niece Bridget (better known as Gully) and sister Maryanne, she will be sadly missed by her brothers Sean, Thomas and Flan, her sister Freda (Tierney), sister-in-law Marie, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church, Lorrha on Friday Feb 2nd.  burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Church News.

Come And See week end for men discerning a priestly vocation. Venue – Pallotine Gollege Thurles, on Friday 23rd February at 6:00pm. Concludes on Saturday at 3:00pm. Booking essential – tel. 086 2777139. Event is free.


World Meeting of Families 2018: Registration for all WMOF 2018 is open via www.worldmeeting2018.ie Individual  pilgrims and families can now register for the main three-day WMOF2018 Congress from August 22nd – 24th, guaranteeing your ticket(s) for the Festival of Families on Saturday 25th August and for the Closing Mass on Sunday 26th August.  Don’t miss out on these once in a generation events.  Register now.

Killaloe Diocese Pilgrimage to Lourdes:

Bishop Fintan Monaghan will lead the 62nd Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes from Shannon Airport on Tuesday 26th June, returning on Sun 1st July.  €695 full board for online booking at  www.joewalshtours.ie  or €705 for paper booking.  Special section for sick or assisted pilgrims at  a reduced price. Early booking is advisable, Full details from Fr. Tom Ryan, Pilgrimage Director  061 364133.

World Meeting of Families 2018:

Registration for all WMOF 2018 is open via www.worldmeeting2018.ie Individual  pilgrims and families can now register for the main three-day WMOF2018 Congress from August 22nd – 24th, guaranteeing your ticket(s) for the Festival of Families on Saturday 25th August and for the Closing Mass on Sunday 26th August.  Don’t miss out on these once in a generation events.  Register now.

Date for Your Diary

The North Tipperary Ploughing Championships will take place on Sunday March 4th  at 12.30 pm in Lisbony, Nenagh by kind permission. More details later.


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.

Starting Your Business Course.

Starting your own Business Course  starting in Birr on Wednesday 21st February. Running over 6 consecutive Wednesday evenings until 28th March, from 7 – 10pm.   Course fee €70, or free to JSB or JSA payment recipients. For more information or to reserve a place, please contact Local Enterprise Office Offaly, on 057 9357480 or download an application form from www.localenterprise.ie/offaly.


Portumna College of Further Education (Old VEC) St. Brigid’s Rd, has some places still available on the following  part time QQ1 courses Wednesdays 3hours per week until 30th May.

  1. Business Law 9.30am to 1.00 pm. 2. Customer Care 2pm to 5pm
  2. Monday’s and Thursdays Horticulture 9.30am to 1.30pm; 4.Thursdays Spanish Evening class 7pm to 8.30pm.  Contact:   Michael Cunniff e  www.michael.cunniffe@gretb.ie or call 087 6258696.


                                    VideoDoc to provide USI students with free GP care

374,000 USI student members to have access to free online GP consultations


Mon Feb 5th, 2018:  VideoDoc, the Irish leading digital healthcare provider, is announcing their 7 day a week online GP service will be provided free of charge to all 374,000 student members of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI).  The service will be available free from today until the end of the academic year (June 2018).


The partnership, which is potentially worth several million euro to the Irish student population, is being launched as part of Healthy Living Week, a USI initiative to promote health & wellbeing in their 37 campuses across the island of Ireland.


Speaking at the launch Michael Kerrigan, USI President said “We are delighted to partner with VideoDoc to provide free GP healthcare to our members. With the high cost of living and accommodation being the main factor in student poverty, our students can now rest assured that if they get sick they can save money on a GP visit with VideoDoc.”


Mr Kerrigan went on to say, “USI Healthy Living Week is part of our month long health and wellbeing campaign making sure students are educated and enabled to look after their own physical and mental health. This no-cost service will help students, and save them money.”


VideoDoc is an Irish company that offers online GP services in Ireland and the UK. Using the VideoDoc App or the VideoDoc website, patients with a desktop or mobile device can log on from anywhere, including their sickbed, office or hotel room and see a GP.


Each doctor is registered with the Irish Medical Council and the VideoDoc online GP service is available from 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week.


“With VideoDoc we’ve created a GP service that cares not only about  patients health but also about their time, convenience and money.   Being able to get a quality medical consultation with a local GP anytime between 8am and 10pm, 7 days a week, free for USI students and otherwise for €20 per appointment is a revolution in GP healthcare” said Mary O’Brien, CEO and co-founder of VideoDoc.


“Our experience of general practice is that about 70% of all GP visits can be treated online. Students who need to see a Doctor but are far from their family GP, or too busy to attend a surgery between regular 9 – 5 working hours can now log on from anywhere and be treated within minutes.  VideoDoc is delighted to make this service free of charge for the next 5 months to the USI to celebrate Healthy Living Week with a view to becoming part of the everyday health solution for students” she added.


About VideoDoc

VideoDoc is Europe’s fastest growing online doctor service offering consultations anywhere you can access the internet.  Using a computer or mobile device you can have a secure video consultation with a GP, without the need to make an appointment.  Access to the VideoDoc online doctor service is through www.videodoc.ie or the VideoDoc iOS or Android app from 8am to 10pm, 7 days.  The service costs €20 per consultation with monthly subscriptions available at €30 for an individual and €75 for a family of four giving the benefit of unlimited consultations and no hidden fees.


Founded in 2014, VideoDoc helps doctors and patients re-design the healthcare system, and is currently partnered with a number of high-profile providers and businesses, including Vhi Healthcare, Beaumont Hospital, Wrkit and Clanwilliam Healthcare in Ireland.


Commitment to Quality and Security

VideoDoc takes its role as a best in practice provider of online healthcare seriously, with patient care being supported by proprietary clinical pathways which aid doctors in delivering a comprehensive service.  All VideoDoc GPs are Irish Medical Council registered with at least two years on the Specialist Register and have been fully trained to provide remote health services.  VideoDoc already meets the requirements of the GDPR regulations.


About USI

USI is the national representative body for the 374,000 students in third level education on the Island of Ireland. USI works to improve and protect the lives of students every day on academic and social issues through campaigns, training and research.