Lorrha Notes

Tipperary hurler John McGrath (Loughmore) was the special guest at the Lorrha GAA  Cúl Camp last Tuesday. Once again the camp has attracted a large turn out. 

Late Davie Sullivan.

The death took place in Wales recently of Davie Sullivan, formerly Lordspark, Rathcabbin.
Davie played hurling with Lorrha and was a member of the 1956 team that won a North final but the team were beaten by Thurles Sarsfields in the county final that September.  He was also on the Tipp senior panel of ’51 and ’52 and he also played with Carrig/Riverstown for a short time. It was some time later that he moved to Wales following in the footsteps of his brothers Johnny and Timmy and his sister Mary.  He met and married Pat Quinn who was from Carrig outside Birr and they had one son Neil. Later, he and Neil played hockey for Wales. Indeed he was a great sportsman and he continued to play hockey until he was nearly 70 years of age  at East Grinstead.

Davie ran a very successful building company and worked all over the country employing and training many in Llandudno. He was very involved with the church and was a great help to SVDP to which he devoted  much time and energy. Along with his brothers Johnny and Timmy they renovated the churches in Llandudno.

Davie who was 88 years old, never forgot his roots and visited Ireland every year until he became ill a few years ago. He loved to visit his family home with his wife Pat and enjoyed spending time socializing locally with friends and family.

The last of his generation, he was pre-deceased by his brothers Paddy (Lordspark) , Jimmy (Cork), Timmy & Johnny (Wales), Larry (South Africa) and two sister’s Mary (Wales) and Kitty King/Dowd (Killeen, Birr).  Funeral will take place in Wales. Sympathy is extended to his wife Pat, son Neil, daughter in law Sarah, grandchildren Matthew and Jonathan, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and many friends on their sad loss. May he rest in peace.

Well Done.

Congratulations is extended to Clodagh McIntyre and the Tipperary Intermediate team who had a great win over Kilkenny on Saturday last in round 4 of the All Ireland championship. Although they still have to play one last game against Kildare, Saturday’s  win sees them through to an All Ireland semi final. Clodagh also plays with the Tipperary Minor team and they play Cork in a Munster semi-final on Wednesday evening 25th in the Ragg camogie pitch at 7.30pm and we wish Clodagh and the girls the best of luck in this outing. The senior team are also through to an All Ireland quarter final after their draw game with Dublin last Sunday. They play Waterford in two weeks time.

Slán agus Beannacht.

Dear Parishioner. This week I leave Lorrha parish for pastures new. Thank you for all your kindness and hospitality over the past eight years. I thank Fr. John Donnelly for all his wisdom and inspiration as well as the great members of the Parish/Pastoral Council and other kind people who enhance parish life by their selfless generosity and service. It has been a source of great joy working as your pastor  –  meeting the little children in school, the teenagers, wise-elders and all in-betweens. I keep especially in my prayers the sick in our parish. I know you will not be found wanting in your generosity of service as lectors, eucharistic-ministers, singers and as ‘servants of the Lord’  –  The harvest is great ……So I say a collective ‘Thank You’ to all who have given me such happy memories.
God bless you from  Fr. Pat.

Mass Changes.

You are advised to keep this note for reference.

Vigil Mass:

6.30p.m. Lorrha/Redwood:      Sunday Morning:      9.30a.m.   Terryglass.

7.00p.m.  Borrisokane                                                10.30a.m.    Borrisokane/Aglish

8.00p.m.  Kilbarron                                                    11.30a.m.    Rathcabbin

Please Note:  Saturday Evening Mass will alternate between Lorrha and Redwood.

Redwood Mass will be 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month.
Lorrha Mass will be 2nd, 4th and 5th (as applies) Saturday of each month.

Borrisokane:   Aglish Mass will be always on 1st Sunday of the month.
All other Sundays  Borrisokane will have 10.30a.m. Mass.
Please take note:     Vigil Mass in Lorrha Church on Saturday, 28th July at 6.30p.m. Mass in Rathcabbin Church on Sunday, 29th July at 11.30a.m.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament    every Thursday from 10.00a.m.  to  8.00p.m.  in  Rathcabbin Church. We invite all parishioners to come and stay a while in the presence of Jesus.

The Future of the Irish Parish

Lessons from around the world, Tuesday & Wednesday 29th August – Venue MIC St Patrick’s Campus, Thurles.  Speakers – Cardinal John Dew (N.2.),   Dr. Margaret Lavin (Canada).   Fr Matthew Nunes England  and others.  Online booking  www.irishinstituteforpastoralstudies.com  Cost €100.

Killaloe Autumn Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

 The Autumn pilgrimage from the Killaloe Diocese to Lourdes will leave Shannon Airport on Sunday 7th October, returning on Friday 12th October.  Fare €679 per person sharing with €10 discount for online bookings.  Limited capacity so early booking advisable.  Contact www.joewalshtours.ie , 01 2410810 or Fr. Tom Ryan, Pilgrimage Director, Cathedral House, Station road, Ennis, Co Clare. V9 HD7X      Phone 065 682403.

 Milford Hospice Annual Harvest Fair

This year the Milford Hospice Annual Harvest Fair celebrates its 33rd anniversary and is scheduled for Sunday 2nd September at the University of Limerick.  There will be a fun filled programme of activities and entertainment. Items such as plants, homemade cakes, Wheel of Fortune will be accepted on the day only.  New this year will be designer good quality saleable handbags and scarves. Further details, contact the Fundraising Office on  061485859/ 485860.

Lorrha Golf Parish Outing.

Calling all golfers past, present and future. Parish outing in Portumna golf club on Saturday August 11th, tee off at 2.20pm. To book please call Donal Brady at (087) 2225516, Tony Coen at (087) 6219639. Like our facebook page on Lorrha Golf outing.

PortumnaTennis News:

Free Kids & Parent Fun Tennis Event  Sunday August 12th (12-3pm).
Parents will be offered free coaching by a qualified coach on Friday 10th @7pm-9pm or  Saturday 11th @5pm-7pm to prepare to play in the fun competition on Aug 12th. To sign up please text 083-8704333.
This family sport initiative is funded by Galway Sports Partnership. Everyone welcome to sign up.


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.


Senior: Lorrha will return to action in the Seamus O Riain Cup against Holycross/Ballycahill on the weekend of 11-12 August.

Junior: Our junior ‘B’ hurlers bowed out of the championship last Saturday evening following a 4-14 to 2-12 defeat away to Templederry. Thanks to the players and mentors for their effort through the year.

Minor: Lorrha Rovers Gaels minor hurlers sit top of the ‘A’ round-robin section after three rounds of games with their next game being against Roscrea on Thursday 2ndAugust.

Under 16: Lorrha Rovers Gaels suffered a heavy 4-21 to 0-10 defeat at home to Kiladangan last Friday evening. The game against Kilruane MacDonaghs due to have been played last Monday has been deferred to a later date.

Under 14: Lorrha suffered a heavy defeat away to Kilruane MacDonaghs in round 3 in Cloughjordan last Wednesday. Their final group game is against Burgess in Moatfield on Wednesday 8th August before the knockout stages take place.

Under 12: Well done to the Under 12’s who progressed to the North ‘A’ hurling semi-finals following a 2-12 to 3-3 win over Silvermines in Moatfield last Friday evening. They now face Ballina in the semi-finals this Friday 27th July in Moatfield at 7.30pm. All support would be appreciated.

Cul Camp: The Kellogg’s Cul Camp in Lorrha got underway in Lorrha last Monday morning. Around 90 children are taking part in a fun-filled week.

Tipperary: Best of luck to the Tipperary minor hurlers in the All Ireland semi-final against Kilkenny this Sunday.

Lotto: The jackpot is €5,250 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at www.locallotto.ie.

Social Dancing: in the GAA Centre on Friday to the music of Footloose. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.