Lorrha Notes

Leanne Sullivan from Redwood  in the centre of the road that leads to Redwood and to Ballyea in Rathcabbin, which was impassable. The snow drifts totally covering the ditches on both sides of the road.

New Date.

A new date for the North Tipperary Ploughing Championships is this coming Saturday March 10th  (weather permitting) 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. The event kicks off at12.30pm.sharp. This is the Fifth consecutive year the committee have experienced weather problems when staging the event, so all are hoping for a fine day on Saturday. Do come along and support.

Weather Interruptions.

“The Beast from the East” together with Strom Emma played havoc in the parish just like other parts of the Country, with many minor roads cut off due to snow drifts, some as high as 7ft. in places. While children enjoyed their “snow break” from school and took advantage of the time off, many people, the farmers in particular, found the going very difficult with calving and lambing season upon them. Thankfully though, everyone survived and is now dealing with the big thaw out.

Host Families Required.   

Host Families required for home-stay French students from July the 8th to the 29th and Spanish home-stay students for various dates in July. Please contact Marie Brady on 087 4154983 if interested. Families must have a child aged 12 to 16 to participate in this programme. Further details and application form available from Marie.


Lorrha National School is 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.

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.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association.

The date for our AGM has been changed from Wednesday, 7th March, to Wednesday, 28th March, 2018, to take place in St. Ruadhan’s Community Hall, Lorrha, at 2.30pm.  We would like to see all our members at this meeting so that we can plan our activities for the coming year.

Traditional Concert.

Traditional concert with a Classical twist at Portumna Golf  Club in aid of course maintenance on Friday March 9th at 8.00pm. Artists include a vocalist from RTE Orchestra, an All Ireland winning musician plus local talent. Each ticket holder on the night will be included in a draw for a special prize. Tickets €10. Contact Ena on (086) 0477404.


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. March10th 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.

Annwyn Lewis is coming to Ireland over Easter and she is trying to trace her Tipperary ancestors. They were William Kennedy and Mary Carroll.  They were born around 1817 and married in Borrisokane in 1843.  Mary Carroll was listed as being from Lorrah and Dorrah parish. They had two children Dennis and Mary before moving to Wales by 1851. Annwyn would love to find out more about them if anyone could help. In case you have been DNA tested her kit number on Ancestry is A791083. She will be over at Easter time and would love to meet someone who might be able to help her with tracing her relatives. 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.


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.

For Hire.

Portumna Bouncing Castle Hire available for all occasions and events. Contact 0873643651. Find us on Facebook at  Portumna Bouncing Castle Hire.

Portumna’s St Patrick’s Day Parade 2018 starts at 12 noon on Saturday March 17th. Register now at Portumna Post Office (€ 10). Categories: Youth, Humorous, Business/Commercial, Vintage and Voluntary. Window competition also. Contact: Frances 0877427850 or Yvonne 087 2798582.


                                                          Calling Local Choirs and Singers of All Ages:

Register Now for the First Ever Midlands ‘Come & Sing’ Day!

 Presented by Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath and the Association of Irish Choirs

Tuesday, 6 March 2018: Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath and the Association of Irish Choirs will hold a community ‘Come & Sing’ event on Sunday 13th May, 2018. Based in Athlone Institute of Technology, singers and interested choirs will have the opportunity to join together en masse for a major, all-inclusive singing event. World renowned conductor Greg Beardsell (Irish Youth Choir, Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland) will lead the day.

Participating singers will also have a chance to attend workshops in the run up to the main event, which will cover a range of topics and practical activities, from advice on vocal health and hints about choral conducting, to a rare chance to learn from members of one of Ireland’s most exciting a capella groups, Ardú.

Choirs will be guided through the ‘Come & Sing’ day by a team of professional singers and vocal coaches from the Irish Youth Choir and Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath. Accompaniment will be provided on the day by a live band.

This inaugural community ‘Come & Sing’ is part of ‘Singfest’, Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath’s major annual choral development initiative that gives singers from both counties access to exceptional musical training and singing opportunities. This new ‘Singfest’ event has been initiated as part of the Creative Ireland programme for 2018.

Margaret Broome, Development Officer, Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath, welcomes singers of all ages and levels of experience to get involved: ‘We are looking forward to this community orientated celebration of singing. It’s a first for us and an exciting addition to our calendar of events. It grew out of the positive experiences choirs had working together during the 2016 commemoration events. Our ‘Come & Sing’ day hopes to build on that experience and connect singers and choirs of all ages with their choral community. Being part of the event couldn’t be easier – just sign up, learn the shared repertoire using the online resources we have prepared, and join in the singing fun!’

The ‘Come & Sing’ day is open to singers in Offaly, Westmeath and neighbouring counties. The closing date for registration is Friday 27th April 2018.


What? Singfest Community ‘Come & Sing’ Day
When? Sunday 13th May 2018, 11am – 4.30pm
Where? Athlone Institute of Technology
Cost: €15 per singer

Limited places are still available.
Deadline for registration: Friday, 27th April 2018.
Find out more and register online: www.musicgenerationoffalywestmeath.ie or by email at musicgen@offalycoco.ie

GAA News

Senior: Lorrha were due begin their County League Division 2 campaign last Sunday but the match against Newport was postponed and has been rescheduled for this Sunday 11th March in Moatfield at 11.30am. Lorrha’s will be away to Holycross on Sunday, 18th March at 12 noon.

Junior: Lorrha begin the defence of the North Junior ‘B’ Hurling League against Kiladangan in Moatfield on Sunday 18th March 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, 10th 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, 18th March.

Under 12: The U12 football championship begins this Friday with Lorrha having two teams this year. The first team are in the ‘B’ grade and play Kiladangan in Moatfield this Friday at 6.30pm (under lights). The second team are in the ‘D’ grade and play Kiladangan also at 7.15pm

Under 10: Hurling training will start in Moatfield this evening, Wednesday 7th March 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 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 recently. 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 progressed to the North ‘A’ Final on Sunday 11th 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 this 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.

Lotto: Our jackpot is €4,350 with a Match 3 pot of €120. You can play online at www.locallotto.ie.

Social Dancing: continues on Friday night with music of Pat & Ritchie, from 9.30pm til late.