Lorrha Notes

Pictured some young gardeners from Rathcabbin who planted flowers and vegetables in the Sensory Garden in Rathcabbin this week. Miss Marguerite Walsh also planted a very old  geranium found growing in the grounds of Lackeen Castle.

North Tipp Ploughing Supporting Billy.

A Tractor Run in Aid of the Billy Goulding recovery will start in Borrisokane GAA grounds with registration at 10.30am and on the road start at 11.30am. on Sunday May 13th.  The route will take in  Coolbawn, Kilbarron, Ballinderry, Terryglass, Carrigahorig, Aglish and back to the GAA grounds in Borrisokane. On the Day there will be plenty of refreshments, a raffle with great prizes, bucket collection and also a Prize for The DIRTIEST Tractor. There is a €20 entry fee on the day and all Passengers on Tractors are €5.
All modern and vintage tractors welcome but must have valid insurance and passengers only allowed with proper seating. For further information please contact secretary Laura McKenna on (085) 2753560 or chairman Ray Clancy on (087) 6355773. All support greatly appreciated for this very worthy cause.

Late Jimmy Darcy.

The death occurred on Saturday May 5th at Bushy Park Nursing Home, Borrisokane surrounded by his loving family of Jimmy Darcy, Portland, Lorrha. Jimmy is adly missed by his loving wife Mary, daughter Susan, sons Philip and Seamus, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother Martin (Kilcormac), sisters Margaret La (Rathcabin) Ber Carroll (Crinkle, Birr), brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, neighbours, relatives and a large circle of friends to whom sympathy is offered. His remains will arrive at Church of the Immaculate Conception, Terryglass, on Thursday 10th May for 12 noon funeral Mass followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please. May he rest in peace.

News from Lorrha School

We congratulate all our students who participated in the Borrisokane AC Primary Schools Competition which was held recently. Our thanks to John O’Farrell and his helpers for organising the event which we really enjoyed. We had a number of medal winners on the day. Well done to our seniors of Emma Kennedy who came 1st in the sprint and 1st in the long jump while her brother Conor also claimed Gold in the sprint. Our younger athletes also had a great day with Cathal Lambe picking up Gold in the turbo, Nathan Young picking up Silver in the sprint, Saoirse O’Meara 2nd in the 60m and 1st in the turbo and Edel Kinsella winning 2nd place in the turbo.

Congratulations to our team who participated in the hurling blitz which was held in Borrisokane on May 1st. and well done also to the organisers.

Communion for Life will take place this year for all the children of the parish in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Sunday May 13th at 11.30am. We invite all adults and children to come and join in this happy occasion.


St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

As part of the Bealtaine Festival, an one act play entitled ‘The six Marys’ will be performed in St. Ruadhan’s Community Hall, Lorrha, on Friday afternoon, 11th May at 2.30pm.  The following is a brief description of what the play is all about.  ‘The six Marys’ is a one-act play written and presented by Jean Farrell. It’s a comical yet poignant look at life, from childhood in the 1950s to the present day.  It follows the journey of the six Mary’s through the decades– delivering all kinds of sharp and comical observations.  This journey of self-discovery is interspersed with well-known hit songs from the various eras, sung by Catherine Gallagher. EVERYONE IS WELCOME.  So why not call in, enjoy the play and then have a cuppa and a chat.  Entrance is free.

Church News.

Rosary will be recited before Mass during month of May.

Killaloe Diocese pilgrimage to Lourdes: Bishop Fibtan Monaghan will lead the 62nd Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes from Shannon Airport on Tuesday 26th June, returning on Sunday 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. Full details from Fr.Tom Ryan, Pilgrimage Director. 061 364133.

A Date For Your Diary:

“ Songs of Hope and Family” will take place to mark this Special Year of the family and the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland with singers, musicians and friends from the Parishes of Ballywilliam, Borrisokane,  Cloughjordan,   Lorrha,  Nenagh,  Portroe,  Puckane,  Templederry,  Terryglass, Toomevara, Silvermines.   Thursday May 17th in Borrisokane Church at  8:00pm. Thursday May 24th in St Mary’s of the Rosary at 8:00pm. Guests in attendance on the nights:-  Triona O’Connor from Focus Ireland,  Peter McVerry from McVerry Trust. Voluntary donations on the night are welcome for Focus Ireland and Peter McVerry Trust.


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

Senior: Lorrha return to County League action on Sunday 13th May against Burgess in Moatfield at 6.00pm

Junior: The Junior ‘B’ hurlers will play Portroe or Silvermines in the North ‘B’ League final on the weekend of 19th May.

Under 21: Lorrha’s Under 21 game against Shannon Rovers Gaels due to have been played last Friday did not go ahead as Lorrha were unable to field. However, the game will be rearranged over the summer months.

Under 14: Lorrha drew 2-7 to 3-4 with Kilruane MacDonaghs in the ‘B’ football championship in Moatfield last Wednesday. This evening (Wednesday) 9th May) they play Burgess in Kilcolman at 6.45pm

Under 12: Hard luck to the Under 12 footballers who were defeated 4-0 to 1-5 in the North ‘B’ Football final in Templederry on Saturday. After winning all their games to this stage, it was disappointing to fall short in the final Congratulations to Burgess and we wish them well in the county series. Panel: Nicholas Perry; Cian Claffey, Lee Hogan, Con O’Meara, Robert Duffy, Conor Kennedy, Kedagh Broderick, Jake Houlihan, Liam Donoghue, Paul Cahalan, Niall Duggan, Jason Houlihan, Killian Fitzgerald. Mentors: JP Houlihan, David Broderick, Martina Duffy

Lotto & Tipperary Draw Package: 

The new Tipperary Clubs Draw start date HAS BEEN PUT BACK TO FRIDAY 25TH MAY. Last year, the club had 153 subscribers and we are looking to increase that figure with half the ticket sales staying with the club. We are also have a special package where those who join the Tipp Draw and the Lorrha GAA lotto for one year, can do so for €180 (52 lotto draws for the price of 40). Club members will be promoting both draws and we ask for your support.

Tickets: Tipperary will begin the Munster Championship campaigns on the weekend of 19 & 20th May. Due to the new hurling format and the short turnaround between games, it will be impractical for tickets to be distributed through the club. Supporters are encouraged to buy your tickets in advance either through SuperValu or Centra stores, or through the Tickets.ie website. Tickets for all Tipp’s matches are now on sale and can be bought for €5 cheaper than you would on the day of the game.

Cul Camp: This years Kellogg’s Cul Camp in Lorrha takes place from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th July. Registration only online at www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie.


Enable Ireland, Tipperary, represented in ‘Beyond Boundaries’ show garden at Bord Bia’s Bloom


Eclectic mix of stunning show gardens, tantalising food features and fun for all the family at 
Bord Bia’s Bloom Thursday May 31st – Monday June 4th 2018




9th May 2018: The work of charity Enable Ireland, which has a centre in Nenagh, will be highlighted in one of the show gardens at Bord Bia’s Bloom which returns to the Phoenix Park Dublin from 31st May – 4th June 2018.  The five day event which showcases the best of Ireland’s horticulture and food industry will feature 20 spectacular show gardens; endless garden and floral features, installations and talks; more than 100 food producers; 25 live cookery demonstrations with some of Ireland’s best loved chefs and a host of activities and entertainment for all the family.


Entitled ‘The Enable Ireland Beyond Boundaries Garden in association with Solus Bulbs’, this show garden has been designed to highlight the support, education and therapy the charity provides to people of varying abilities and their families, including those in North Tipperary.  Created by Belfast-based garden designer Linda McKeown, its layout will be sinuous and organic, combining modern materials such as weathered steel arcs, smooth polished concrete paths and a tactile boundary wall.  Trees and shrubs will provide height and soft structure while lush, naturalistic grasses and herbaceous perennials will provide texture, movement and colour.  Vertical planting and raise bed planting will provide space for herbs and edibles, and glass wind chimes combined with scented planting will create an inclusive sensory garden experience accessible to all.


Show Gardens 
The jewel in the crown of Bloom by Bord Bia are the show gardens created by leading garden designers worth some €1 million (accounting for plants, materials, sponsorship and labour). These magnificent works of art have become an engaging, colourful platform for many organisations to communicate strong health and charitable messages. For 2018 these include ‘Moments in Time: Dementia Understand Together’ a multi-sensory garden for dementia sufferers; ‘A SunSmart Garden’ to raise awareness of skin cancer by the Marie Keating Foundation designed by the UK based ‘Hairy Gardeners’; the ‘Enable Ireland Beyond Boundaries Garden’ which caters for people of varying abilities; the ‘No Limits – GOAL’s Garden For Women’ which highlights the issue of gender inequality in the developing world; and Trocaire’s ‘Peaceful Resistance’ garden will represent the plight of Human Rights and Environmental Defenders.


Speaking at the launch, Tara McCarthy, CEO, Bord Bia said, “This will be the 12th year that Bord Bia has hosted Bloom in the Phoenix Park and we are incredibly proud of how the event has developed and evolved over the years. If offers a platform for some of Ireland’s most acclaimed garden designers to showcase their skills, creativity and imagination in developing spectacular outdoor spaces which continue to captivate our visitors. It also offers our many hardworking food producers, plant nurseries and food and drinks companies the opportunity to engage directly with the consumers of their products in a relaxed and informal setting. And best of all it offers a great day out with something for everyone!”


In a nod to popular culture, Universal Studios will host a Greek-style garden inspired by ABBA songs to celebrate the cinema launch of Mamma Mia, Here we go again! and Woodies will celebrate 30 years in Ireland with a garden which chronicles pivotal points in Ireland’s social and cultural evolution in the ‘Moving Statues to Marriage Equality’ garden. The challenges of urban living and the need for access to outdoor space and cycle routes will be explored by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council’s ‘DLR-Fernhill – An Exercise in Sustainability’ garden and ‘The Greener Way for Fingal’ by Fingal County Council. While BIM’s ‘Sustainable Seafood Garden’ will tell the story of the journey from tide to table of the fish and seafood that surround and inhabit our island.



In addition to the show gardens, there will be a large number of floral installations and gardening features including 13 postcard gardens designed by community groups; the Floral & Nursery Pavilion which will be brimming with flowers and plants from more than 30 of the very best plant nurseries in Ireland; the Garden Expert Stage and AOIFA Floral Art Stage; a Botanical & Floral Art Exhibition; and the Office of Public Works’ Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden located at the centre of the site, allows visitors to learn about the design and layout of this traditional garden structure.


For 2018, the centrepiece of the Floral & Nursery Pavilion will be a ‘living’ installation designed by Oliver and Liat Schurmann to communicate to visitors the role of‘Origin Green’, the world’s first food and drink sustainability programme operating on a national scale, created by Bord BiaThe semi-circular walls made from wheatgrass, barley, cress and micro-greens will enclose a miniature town to communicate the role Origin Green plays at community level. The purpose grown feature will be dripping with water throughout the event and, as 90% of the materials are natural, it will decompose within days.


Food Features

The Bord Bia Food Village will be a bustling culinary hub showcasing the very best of Irish food and drink. This will include more than 100 Irish food producers; the Bord Bia Quality Kitchen Stage which will host cookery demonstrations from some of Ireland’s best loved chefs including Neven Maguire, Catherine Fulvio, Paul Flynn, Oliver Dunne, Rory O’Connell, JP McMahon and Roz Purcell, Gary O’Hanlon and Adrian Martin; and the Bloom Inn featuring some of Ireland’s best craft brewers and distillers;


Bord Bia’s ‘7 A day’ under the Rainbow at Bloom feature will highlight the role that fruit and vegetables play in a healthy balanced diet and offer visitors advice on how using the colours of the rainbow can make that target achievable; and the GIY Zone featuring the Food Matters Stage will host daily workshops, discussion and debateThere will also be a range of tasty fare available for visitors throughout the site including at the BBQ Bliss area; the Country Crest Food Fayre restaurant and Bistro Bloom which sit-down table service, a seafood bar and a café.


Craft Features & Art Installations

The Irish Craft Village supported by Design & Craft Council of Ireland will present a selection of work from some of Ireland’s most creative designers and makers, as well as a series of in-person craft demonstrations. In addition, the ‘Sculpture in the Park’ feature garden will showcase new and previously unseen work by more than 40 artists, offering visitors an opportunity to walk through and interact with some of the best of Irish outdoor art in a garden-style setting. The installation will feature some of Ireland’s leading artists including Orla De Brí, Stephanie Huss, Bob Quinn, Anna Campbell, Ray Delaney and Liam Butler.


Family Fun
A number of show gardens are also sure to capture the imagination of children and ‘young at heart’ visitors. These include ‘The Enchanted Wood’ garden designed by Peter O’Brien created around a Dr. Seuss inspired children’s treehouse; ‘The Sanctuary Nurture Garden’ which offers a sunken outdoor classroom created for The Phoenix Park Specialist School by Dominic O’Donohoe and an ‘Upside Down Garden’ created by Mark O’Loughlin which offers a simple urban terrace with a difference – the ground is the sky and the footpath and lawn are overhead!


The ‘Budding Bloomers’ children’s area will host a vibrant mixture of family friendly features to keep children of all ages entertained and active in an effort to play, learn and grow at Bloom. This includes Margaret’s Fun on the Farm Kids Zone; Paddy’s Plot where children can learn how to grow a sunflower; ‘Away with the Fairies’ which will demonstrate how to make your own fairy garden; and features from Children’s Books Ireland (CBI); Clap Handies; Amnesty International; Billie Bubbles; Scientific Sue; Physics Busting and Food Dudes.


There will also be some 200 retail exhibitors (for shopping), the YouBloom music stage, the Debenhams Fashion Stage and a children’s stage.



Tickets are on sale now on Ticketmaster and can also be purchased on the gate. Ticket prices vary from €16 – €25 and children under 16 go free.

For more information visit www.bloominthepark.com or follow Bloom on Facebook and Twitter @bloominthepark.