Lorrha Notes

People in Tipperary are anticipating some of the coldest and snowiest weather to hit the country since 1982 this week. 

The cold front bringing the snow has been dubbed as ‘The Beast from the East’ and all are advised not to travel if you can avoid it.

 The cold snap that will accompany air coming from Siberia is coming from the North Pole and the first of the snow is set to fall on Tuesday. By Wednesday morning there is going to be a fair amount of snow along eastern coastal counties and pushing west as far as Laois and Offaly.

A Status Yellow weather warning remains in place for Tipperary and a number of other counties from midday on Tuesday.

The orange alert is valid from 3pm on Tuesday, February 27 untill 11am on Wednesday, February 28 in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Longford, Wexford, Offaly, Westmeath, Cork and Waterford.

Tipperary County Council’s Severe Weather Team has met to plan for the approaching storm.


All are invited to The North Tipperary Ploughing Championships this coming Sunday March 4th in  lands in Rathnaleen, Nenagh by kind permission. The site is close to the meat factory and will be signposted on all roads leading into Nenagh so there should be no problem finding the venue. The event kicks off at12.30pm.sharp. This is always a great day out for all the family so do come along.


Lorrha National School are accepting enrolment for September 2018. Application forms can be collected from the school or call (090) 9747295 and we will post one to you. The form is also available to download on our school web site www.lorrhans.ie. Our annual open day will take place this year on Wednesday March 14th from 1.00p.m. This is an opportunity for parents to come and view the school and talk to the teachers. If this time is not suitable, you can contact us on the above to make an appointment. Bus service for pupils is available on different routes, details available in school.

Church News.

First Friday Mass in Rathcabbin Church at 7.30p.m. on Friday March 2nd. Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent at 7.00pm in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin followed by Mass at 7.30pm.
8th Amendment:  Fact:  A baby’s heart beats just 21 days after conception. Each of us, as a vulnerable unborn child, completed the journey from conception to birth.  In 1967, when the abortion law was introduced in Britain, politicians could have pleaded ignorance about the humanity of the unborn child,  Today we don’t have this excuse.  Most of us have seen the amazing ultrasound pictures of our own children or those of family members.  Week 4:   Facial features starting to form.   Week 6: Internal organs developed in basic form.  Week 8: Nervous system is responsive. Week 9: Baby can swallow, yawn and suck.  Week 11: Baby stretches and jumps.  “ Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”

Well Done.

Congratulations is extended to Eoin McIntyre Portland on his call up to the Tipperary senior hurling panel, joining Brian Hogan and Patrick “Bonner” Maher. Well done also to his sister Clodagh and the Tipperary Minor camogie team who beat Clare on Sunday last in the All Ireland championship.


Rags Golf Society kicks off another year under new captain Nelius O’Meara. We welcome in particular any new members who would like to join. Dates for your Diaries. Mar 10th Portumna 11.30am. April 21st Nenagh 11.30am. May 26th Loughrea 10.30am. July 7th Portarlington 12 OClock. Sept 1st New Forest  11.30am. Weekend away Oct 5th Clifden. Contact James on 086 8109099 if you would like to join us.

Tracing Relations Reminder.

Loretta Harper is tracing her Quirke and Bourke Relations. Patrick Quirke married Catherine Bourke on Feb 2nd 1831. Their children Thomas born 1839 and Anne born 1848 were baptised in Lorrha & Dorrha, so it could have been in either end of the parish. Anyone who thinks they might be able to shed some light on this can leave a message on (086) 8647166 please or email info@

Open Evening.

Redwood NS Open Evening will be held on Thursday, 15th March at 7p.m. This is a great opportunity to visit the school, meet with the teachers, view the resources in the school and see the variety of activities carried out during the school year.

Enrolment forms are available from the school now or can be downloaded from our website www.redwoodns.ie. If any parents would like to arrange a private viewing of the school and to meet the teachers please contact the school on 090 9747186 to arrange an appointment.

New Arrival.

Congratulations are extended to Angelina Keon and Shane Coughlan Lorrha on the birth of their son Thomas last week. A little brother to Colin. Well done to all.

Birthday Greetings.

Congratulations are extended to Ian O’Donoghue Lorrha who celebrated his 21st birthday over the week-end with family and friends. Well done Ian.


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.


                              Tips from CarsIreland.ie for Driving in Snow and Icy Conditions


The Beast from the East is on its way so here are CarsIreland.ie’s top tips for driving in snow and icy conditions:

  1. Stay home– As a very wise woman once said ‘Don’t make unnecessary journeys’ and it’s the best advice of all – driving in snow can be dangerous if you’re not used to it. Ask yourself if your journey is absolutely necessary, and if it’s not, don’t go.


  1. Check, check and check again– Check your tyres have enough tread depth, check your lights are working, and check your wipers to make sure they are not smearing – they are vital to maintain visibility.


  1. Be prepared– Make sure you have an emergency kit in the car. This should include things like antifreeze, windscreen washer fluid, a first aid kit, warning triangles, jump leads, and in case you do get stranded – some food and water, and a warm blanket. Make sure your phone is fully charged and bring a spare power pack if you have one.


  1. Before you go– Plan your journey carefully, keep an eye on MetEireann for updates and be sure to allow for more time than you would usually need. Make sure the vehicle is completely clear from all snow and ice before you set off, not forgetting the roof as snow can drop down and block your windscreen unexpectedly. Clear your windscreen with warm (but not boiling) water and don’t attempt to put your windscreen wipers on when it’s frozen over as you could blow the control fuse.


  1. Warm it up– Let the engine heat up for a few minutes before you take off – particularly if you drive a diesel. If you drive a manual, take off in second gear if you can to reduce wheel slip.


  1. On the road – Slow down and keep a greater distance from the car in front. Try double what you usually leave. Keep your dipped headlights on and try to complete all manoeuvres gently and smoothly. Sudden turns and braking can be highly exaggerated on icy roads. If visibility drops to below 100m, put your fog lights on but don’t forget to dip when approaching oncoming traffic so as not to dazzle other drivers. Try to brake before you turn and not during. If you do start to skid, try not to panic. Resist the urge to brake harshly and instead try to steer into the direction you want to go.


  1. Once more– Ask yourself one last time – do you really need to go? Stay safe and take care from all at CarsIreland.ie


GAA News

Senior: Lorrha begin their County League Division 2 campaign this Sunday when we host Newport in Moatfield at 12.00pm.

Minor: Lorrha Rovers Gaels play Inane Rovers in the semi-final of the North Minor ‘A’ Football Championship in Roscrea this Saturday, 3rd March at 12.00pm.

Under 14: Lorrha played Kiladangan on Monday evening in the Feile ‘B’ Hurling quarter final in Puckane and won 1-12 to 0-2. Lorrha play Newport in Newport in the semi-final this Saturday, 3rd March at 3.00pm

Under 10: Hurling training will start in Moatfield this evening, Wednesday 28thFebruary from 6.30 to 7.30pm. Please bring runners, helmets and hurleys. All children born in 2008 and 2009 are welcome.

Membership: for 2018 is now due. €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership); €20 – Juvenile (16 & under); €90 – Family (2 adults & 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children).

Closing date for all adult and juvenile players is 28th February while the closing date for all membership is 31st March. It is important to remember that our total number of adult members by 31st March is the number the County Board will use towards our ticket allocations for Tipperary games so it is in your interest to have membership paid by then. Membership can be paid to registrar Louise Mannion or online at www.locallotto.ie.

A membership registration night will take place in Moatfield on Monday 12th March from 8-9.30pm.

Scór na bPáistí: Well done to the representatives from the Club who took part in the North Semi Finals in Portroe on Sunday. Quiz Team: Cian Hayes, Liam Donoghue, Clodagh Kennedy and Rachel Cleary and Novelty Act: “Redwood Nursing Home”: Dermot Houlihan, Kate Houlihan, Niamh Patterson, Jason Houlihan, Sophie Houlihan, Leanne Sullivan and Ben Hough.

The Quiz team progress to the North ‘A’ Final on Sunday 4th March in Newport and the Novelty Act to the North ‘B’ Final on Friday 9th March in Borrisoleigh. Best of luck to both teams.

Poker Classic: The annual Lorrha GAA Poker Classic takes place in the GAA Centre on Saturday 10th March at 9.00pm. Entry free is €20 with €1500 pro rata prize money.

First Aid Course: The club have organised a First Aid Course on Thursday 15th March in the GAA Centre. We need 12 people to take part. Cost €10 per head. Anyone interested to contact Louise Mannion 0876598387.

Healthy Club Project: The club is delighted to announce that it has been chosen as one of 92 clubs nationally to take part in phase 3 of the GAA’s Healthy Club project. In the coming year, we will be planning events to promote healthy living in the club and community.

Third Level: Well done to Brian Hogan who was part of the NUI Maynooth panel who won the Ryan Cup (Third level ‘B’ competition) in Mallow last Saturday. Ken Hogan (coach) and Cian Hogan (selector) were also part of the management.

Tipperary: Patrick Maher skippered Tipperary on Sunday for the first time in their National League game against Kilkenny. Brian Hogan and Eoin McIntyre were amongst the subs.

Inter-Divisional: Dan Needham and Kevin Cahalan were part of the North Tipperary panel on Saturday in the Under 15 inter-divisional cup final against West Tipp

Lotto: Our jackpot is €4,200 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at www.locallotto.ie.