Lorrha Notes

Communion for Life.

Well done to the fifteen children from the three schools in the parish who received Communion for Life with Celebrant Fr. Pat Mulcahy P.P. in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Sunday last. Well done also to their teachers and all who helped prepare the children for the occasion.

Redwood Castle Open to the Public

Redwood Castle, Lorrha will open to the public from 2 to 6 pm between July 16th and September 5th for summer 2018  This beautifully restored 13th century Norman tower house is owned and run by a lady named Coleesa Egan.
Upon arrival visitors will be warmly welcomed by a local guide and receive a talk on the history of the castle from when it was built right up to the present era. Tours also include climbing the spiral stairs to the banquet rooms and bedchambers, reflecting in our oratory, viewing old photos of the castle and enjoying views of the surrounding country side from the roof top terrace. Tours last approximately one hour and visitors must be well mobile to climb the steps of the spiral stairs.
If one wishes to arrange a private tour outside of these dates and times it can be done by contacting us directly by phone: 0877479566, email: redwoodcastleireland@gmail.com or through our facebook page, www.facebook.com/redwoodcastleireland
We would greatly appreciate if you could recommend our guided tours to tourists looking for something interesting and entertaining to do in North Tipperary/Midlands area.


Sympathy is extended to the daughters and son, relatives and friends of Dorothy Stanley, Grange, Lorrha who died on Friday May 11th. at the age of 82.  Dorothy and her late husband Terence, retired from Birmingham to Ireland, buying a house in Lorrha almost 30 years ago. For the last number of years, Dorothy has resided in St. Kieran’s care home in Rathcabbin. Funeral Service will take place in St. Ruadhan’s C.O.I. Lorrha on Friday May 18th at 3.00pm with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace.
Sympathy is also extended to the family and relatives of May Kelly, Eyrecourt, nee O’Hara, late of Abbeyville, who died recently. May she rest in peace.

News from Lorrha School.

Congratulations to Katie Downes, Jamie Hogan and Matthew Hanlon who received Communion for Life on Sunday last in Rathcabbin. It was a wonderful occasion for the children and their families and indeed the wider community too. Well done to all.

Many thanks from the staff and pupils of our school to Borrisokane Fire Brigade  officers Darren Moore and Edwin Cahill who gave a very informative demonstration to our pupils recently on fire safety and the hazards of fire. Thanks to you both for your visit.

The Swallows have flown from South Africa at least six thousand miles to Lorrha. They are in the process of building their nest which was blown down during storm Ophelia. The students are fascinated by their return and antics and they are thrilled that this has contributed to the Bio Diversity of the green flag which they will receive on May 23rd.

The very popular annual tennis lessons with Kieran commenced on Tuesday last and will last for five weeks. Guitar lessons continue with Darren, Speech and drama with Patrice, German with Ute and Irish Dancing with Grainne.

Church News.

Mass in Lorrha Church on Friday coming, 18th May at 8.00p.m. 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.
Pope Francis is coming to World Meeting of Families: •Be part of this great and exciting event by registering or volunteering at  www.worldmeeting2018.   All family members under 18 are free.  Access to all events is by registration and ticket.

Local Act of Vandalism.

During the week some vandalism occurred at the Dominican Monastic site in Lorrha. I resulted in avenue lighting being damaged and stones being thrown on to the church entrance.  O.P.W. and An Garda Siochana have asked that children stay out of this historic site which is under scaffolding at present.

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.

Free Event.

Portumna Lawn Tennis Club are hosting a FREE Open Adult coached evening on Saturday 26th May from 7pm. For anyone interested in taking up tennis as a sport why not call in , rackets can be supplied, runners essential. Everyone welcome.


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.