Lorrha Notes

The proposed route of the planned pipe line

Farm Organisations Oppose Water Plan

Farming groups voiced their opposition to the Irish Water to pump 330 million litres from Parteen basin to the Greater Dublin area at a meeting in Nenagh Arts Centre.

The rally against the Irish Water proposal to bring 330 million litres of water daily to Dublin was organised by the River Shannon Protection Alliance, Kennedy Analysis and Fight the Pipe. ICSA rural development officer Seamus Sherlock, told the meeting that it was “scandalous” the way Irish Water was behavinbg towards those opposed to the plan “We won’t stand for compulsory purchase orders,” he declared. “People power will beat this.”He reiterated the association’s position that it will support all landowners affected by the proposal. “There is a lot of disquiet among farmers in this region about the proposed water pipe; It is quite clear the whole logic of the project needs to be critically evaluated by the political process before any public money is committed,” he said.

He warned that there will never be clarity around future water requirements until the myriad of problems in Dublin were fixed. Irish Water currently loses 49% of its own product through leaks. It makes absolutely no sense to pipe water half way across the country for it to leak back into the groundwater through faulty pipes and for it all to cost the princely sum of several billion euro,” he said.

Mr Sherlock said that farmers were sick with worry about the potential impact of a pipeline being forced through their farms with the potential for extreme short term disruption and long term devaluing of the land. “While we are not against progress we are against waste and the case for this pipeline seems very dubious,” he said. Mr Sherlock said fixing leaking pipes needed to be a priority before any money was wasted. “I would also like to make quite clear that this is not just an issue affecting farmers, the whole community is affected and are abjectly opposed to wasting vast sums of money on this,” he sad. Tommy Egan, also of the ICSA, said it was “crazy” that Irish Water was thinking of putting a spur from the pipe to Athlone on Lough Ree. “It is impossible to estimate the amount of damage that will be done to land,” he said. William Reid, chair of Offaly IFA, also spoke out against the proposal.

Photographs Required.

Anyone willing to share photographs, in particular old photographs of yesteryear, suitable for publication in the 2019 edition of the Lorrha Parish calendar, please contact Rose on (086) 8647166, Louis on (086) 8493595, Mary (087) 2601413 or email your photographs to us at info@ All hard copy photographs will be returned.

Advertising Space Available. 

Anyone wishing to advertise their business in the 2019 edition of the Lorrha Parish Calendar can do so my calling Rose on (086) 8647166, Louis on (086) 8493595, Mary (087) 2601413 or email us at info@

Late Ann Reddin.

The peaceful death occurred on Sunday August 26th at St. Kieran’s Care Home, Rathcabbin of Ann Reddin (nee Moran), late of Cullagh, Rathcabbin. Predeceased by her brothers John and Michael and sister Kitty. Sadly missed by her loving husband Pat, sons John, Pádraig, William and Gerard and her daughter Florence. Her brothers Tom and Pat, her sisters Maureen and Nuala. Her daughters-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren and great grandchild, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends to whom sympathy is extended.  After funerMass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church on Wednesday August 29th burial took place in Aglish cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Redwood School Mass.

Our special beginning of school year Mass will be held in Redwood Church on Monday morning, 17th September at 9.00 a.m. All are invited to join us on this community occasion.

Church News.

Please Note that all details of Mass times, dates and contact numbers are detailed on the parish web site www.lorrhadorrha.ie under local info and Churches.

Holycross Annual Novena.

The annual Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help will take place this year from Saturday 8th to Sunday 16th September inclusive. Devotions & Mass times weekdays : 7am, 10.30am, 4.30pm, 7.30pm & 9.30pm. Sunday 9th : 7am, 10.30am, 12.30pm, 7.30pm & 9.30pm. Sunday 16th: 7am, 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm, 7.30pm & 9.30pm. Anointing of the Sick will take place on Saturday 15th at 2pm and Blessing of Infants on Sunday 16th at 2.30pm. Please note there will be no 4 / 4.30pm Mass on either Sunday. Confessions will heard before, during and after each Session of the Novena every day except Sundays. There will be a special Penitential Rite on Friday 14th at 7.30pm and 9.30pm.

Praying the Scriptures, 3 consecutive Wed. nights.  

Praying the Gospel for the following Sunday. Sept. 12th, 19th, & 26th  at 7.30pm in the Pastoral Centre,, Nenagh.  Cost: Donation. Presenter:  Dr. J. Rogers, Maynooth.    Booking essential by Sept. 3rd Srs. R. Corry/ P. Greene 067  32830.

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.


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.

Banagher Horse Fair 2018    

 The annual Banagher horse fair will be held on 16th of September 2018 . Keeping the tradition alive.  Quality cobs , hunt horses  and ponies for sale.  One of Ireland’s oldest surviving street fairs. Traditional street fair like the olden days.  Family day out. Foreign buyers expected.

Tennis Coaching for Adults:

Portumna Tennis Club are offering a 4 week adult group coaching term this Autumn with tennis coach Kieran Galvin.
MONDAY evenings, 1 hour sessions, from 7pm on Sept 10th, 17th, 24th & Oct 1st. Approx €45 for the 4 week term. (Prices may vary based on group size).
If interested please text back 087- 3906067ASAP as places are limited. Members & non-members welcome. Checkout our facebook page for all updates.

GAA News

Under 21: Lorrha have an outstanding North U21 ‘B’ hurling championship first round game against Shannon Rovers which is likely to be played in the coming weeks.

Minor: Hard luck to the Lorrha Rovers Gaels minors who were edged out by Toomevara 1-15 to 1-14 in the North ‘A’ hurling semi-final last Thursday in Borrisokane. Lorrha Rovers led most of the way but were pipped in injury time by Toome who progress to the final against Roscrea of Kiladangan.

Lorrha were represented on the squad by Jack Moran, Daniel O’Donoghue, Colm Fogarty, Alan O’Meara, Jack Ryan, James Guinan, Daniel Madden and Ollie Cleary, while Tom Madden was part of the management team. Thanks to the players and mentors, and officers of the three clubs for their efforts this year.

Under 16: Lorrha Rovers Gaels played Toomevara in the North Under 16 ‘A’ hurling quarter final on Monday last and won 3-23 to 2-24, after extra time. They will play either Kiladangan or Ballina in the semi-final next Monday, 10th September at 6.00pm

Under 14: Lorrha were defeated by Newport, 3-12 to 2-8, in the North ‘B’ hurling semi-final in Newport last Wednesday. Thanks to the players and mentors for their efforts this year.

Many of the squad will go onto play in Under 13 & Under 15 Leagues.

The Under 13 League begins this evening (Wednesday) against Moneygall/Clonakenny in Moneygall at 6.30pm while the Under 15 starts against Moneygall/Clonakenny in Moatfield next Sunday, 9th September at 10.30am.

Under 11: Lorrha are taking part in the U11 Hurling Plate and are in the ‘B’ grade. Last Monday week, they hosted Newport in Moatfield and won 3-4 to 1-3 and on Friday, they hosted Roscrea in Moatfield and won 5-5 to 1-3. This Friday, they are away to Moneygall at 6.30pm.

Lotto: The jackpot is €6,300 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 Unity. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.