Lorrha Notes

Following the success of the The National Ploughing Championships at Screggan, Tullamore, last year, the 86th running of the event will be hosted for a third consecutive year at the same location from September 18th to 20th 2018.

Four Tipperary Saints.

Cloughjordan Heritage Group are holding a talk on the Four Tipperary Saints in the MacDonagh Museum in Cloughjordan on Wed 10th October at 8pm.The talk will be delivered by Professor Padraig O Riain from UCC who is author of  the book entitled The Four Tipperary Saints.The four saints are Ruadhan from Lorrha,Colum from Terryglass, Cronan from Roscrea and Mochaomhog from Twomileborris. All are welcome.

Golfing Week-End.

Rags Golf Weekend away 5th and 6th Oct Station House Clifden . €200 golfer, €140 non golfer. Friday we play Oughterard , Sat Ballyconneely. Please contact the hotel to make your own booking on 095 21699. This is always a good weekend and non rags members are welcome. Contact Nelius O’Meara on 087 2617717.

Vicky Visits Nenagh.

Cervical cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan the woman who highlighted the cervical check scandal, will visit Nenagh’s Abbey Court Hotel on Thursday 13th at 7.30pm. Admission is free and all are welcome.  Vicky will meet local people and groups to discuss her story and why she is fighting for justice for the victims of the scandal and she will also outline why she believes that vaccinations are so important to help protect future generations from cancer.
She has been fighting to ensure that all the women affected and their families are now getting the supports they deserve and also that legal processes are being put in place to ensure women shouldn’t have to go through court cases in their fight for justice.

Please Note:   Due to the publication this week of the Scally Report into the CervicalCheck Scandal which was exposed by Vicky Phelan, the public meeting at which Vicky was due to speak this Thursday, September 13, in the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh has changed date.

The meeting will now take place on Monday, September 24, at 7:30pm in the Abbey Court Hotel.

Vicky will meet local people and groups to discuss her story and why she is fighting for justice for the victims of the cervical check scandal. She will also outline why she believes that vaccinations are so important to help protect future generations. Her story is truly remarkable as she took on the health service and the State to win her case while also refusing to give in to any confidentiality clauses in order to ensure her story could be told. As a result, many more women and families affected by the cervical check screening process failures have also been able to come forward.

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@

Start of school year Mass in Redwood

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.

Certified Paediatric First Aid course at Redwood NS

Birr First Responders are running a two year certified Paediatric First Aid course in Redwood NS on Thursday, 04th October at 7.00 p.m.  The cost is €25 including certification. Please book your place on the course by contacting the school on 090 9747186 or emailing us on redwoodns@live.ie.

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.  Vigil Mass in Redwood Church on Saturday, 15th September at 6.30p.m.
Information evening for volunteer Ministry of Catechist and Ministry of Pastoral Care  . Obama Plaza, Mon. 17th Sept. 8pm.  Bishop Fintan will launch the new Ministries and the pastoral development team will respond to any questions.

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.

Special Visit.

On this the Centenary of the Stigmata of St. Padre Pio, Fr. Angelus O’Neill OFM, CAP, will celebrate Mass followed by blessing with St. Pio’s Glove on Thursday night September 20th in St. Brigids Church, Portumna at 8.00pm. Confessions from 6.30pm.

St. Pio Mass.

The monthly St. Pio Mass will be celebrated in St. Brendan’s Church Birr on Thursday night September 20th at 7.30pm. Rosary at 7.00pm.


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.


The 2018 Shorelines Arts Festival – Portumna runs Thurs 13th – Sun 16th September. Official OpeningThurs from 6.30pm in the Irish Workhouse Centre. Art Exhibition in the Workhouse runs every day from now til 16th Sept. All details: www.shorelinesartsfestival.com or call 087 6319890.

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.

GAA News.

Under 21: Lorrha have an outstanding North U21 ‘B’ hurling championship first round game against Shannon Rovers which was due to be played this Saturday but has been postponed as Shannon Rovers are in an Intermediate hurling quarter final. The winner progresses to the quarter final with the loser to the playoffs.

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 played Kiladangan in the semi-final on Monday last and put in a great performance, but came up short 1-13 to 1-9. Hard luck to the players and mentors.

Under 15: The U15 Hurling Plate start date has been put back to Sunday 23rdSeptember where Lorrha Rovers Gaels play Borris-Ileigh in Moatfield in a quarter final.

Under 13: The Under 13 League began last Wednesday against Moneygall/Clonakenny in Moneygall where Lorrha were defeated 5-7 to 3-5. This evening, Wednesday, they play Burgess in Moatfield at 6.30pm.

Under 11: Lorrha are taking part in the U11 Hurling Plate and are in the ‘B’ grade. Last Friday in round 3, they are away to Moneygall and lost 5-7 to 3-5. This Saturday, 15th September, they host Ballina at 3.30pm in the final round.

Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw: The September Draw takes place this Friday, 14thSeptember in Portroe. We ask all promoters to bring their subscriptions up to date.

Lotto: The jackpot is €6,450 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 Chris Kilroe. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.

Sympathy: Lorrha GAA Club would like to sympathise with the Bourke family on the death of Richie Bourke, Lehinch, who passed away this week. May he rest in peace.

Support for Farmers.

The ICSA has launched an initiative to support farm families deeply affected by stress arising from the fodder crisis.

The ICSA Fodder Crisis Family Support Fund aims to reach out to those farmers who cannot cope with all of the pressures and worries created by lack of fodder.

The fund was launched at the association’s 25th anniversary celebrations in Kilkenny.

ICSA general secretary Eddie Punch explained that fund was designed to provide help to families who needed one-on-one meetings and working out a plan for to help them get through the winter.

“We are not talking about buying or subsidising fodder here. We are talking about helping people to deal with stress, mental pressure, depression and also how to work out a strategy to deal with the challenges of making up the fodder deficit,” he said.

The ICSA dinner was preceded by two break-out meetings, one on fodder strategies facilitated by Martin Ryan of Gain nutrition, and one on mental health.

The mental health meeting, facilitated by Zurich Farm Insurance under the banner, Tackle Your Feelings, saw farmer of the year Pete Hynes outline the importance of strategies to achieve work / life balance.

Also attended by Tackle Your Feelings ambassador, former Irish rugby legend John Hayes, the session emphasised how farmers need to put family and mental health first.

Mr Punch explained that the two sessions brought together the objectives of the new ICSA initiative.

“ICSA is putting a proportion of the membership fee towards having the resources to reach out and help those families who can’t cope. We will have meetings around the country over the coming months and will liaise with other agencies to find the farmers who are suffering the most. We would urge any farmer or their family who can’t cope to contact us and we will try our best to link them up with professional people who can find solutions,” he said.

ICSA Kilkenny chairman Ger O’Brien added: “We are acutely aware that we are navigating difficult times. In 2018 we have had the perfect storm of fodder shortage, labour shortage and money shortage. Farmers are hurting, and the job of ICSA is to get out there and help them and speak up for them.”