Lorrha Notes

Late Richard Bourke.

The death occurred on Monday Sept 10th of Richard Bourke, Lehinch, Lorrha, surrounded by his loving family in the care of all the staff at Tullamore General Hospital.
Richie who was 60 years old, was a huge presence in the parish of Lorrha and for 43 years he could be seen every Sunday playing the Organ for the choir in Rathcabbin church. He played for countless Communions, Confirmations, Weddings and Funerals. Such was his service to the church that in 2016 he was awarded the Benemerenti medal by Pope Francis, which was a very proud honour for Richie and his family and was celebrated with a ceremony in Rathcabbin church. Outside of church music Richie was a very accomplished musician and singer and from the early days he set up a band with his brother John and wife Bernie called the “Fugitives”. Indeed right up to the present day he played on the social dancing scene and could regularly be seen playing in venues right across Tipperary and surrounding counties.

Richie began his working life in the County Arms Hotel in Birr and then took up a position with Glennon’s wholesalers, also in Birr. He proceeded to set up his own wholesale business before purchasing Rooney’s pub and shop and making the move to Lorrha village from Graigue, Rathcabbin in 1987. He and his family spent 13 years in Lorrha and ran a very successful business, bringing life to the village and running the Lorrha festivals for many years which saw crowds flock to the village in a way not seen before or since. In the latter years of his time in Lorrha, Richie entered the insurance business with NZI as a salesman and decided to concentrate on this full time when selling the business and moving with his family to their current residence at Lahinch, Lorrha, He moved onto Canada Life (now Irish Life) from NZI and progressed to become a senior manager in the company. His days in Canada Life/Irish Life provided him with great enjoyment and he made some of his best friends through his job. He also managed a very successful team and was rewarded with some great trips abroad to various destinations that himself and his wife Bernie thoroughly enjoyed.

Richie will be a huge loss to the parish of Lorrha but mostly to his family, his wife Bernie, his three sons, Darran, Richard and Colin, daughter Clodagh and daughter in law Shauna. His two grandchildren who he absolutely adored – Tiernan and Ella. His sisters Josie, Nuala, Marian and Angela, his brothers Eamonn, Ger and Brian. He was pre-deceased by his parents Paddy and Teresa, brother John and sister Dina. To all we offer our deepest sympathies. After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Thursday 13th burial took place in Bonoham Cemetery.  Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.

News From Lorrha School.

Beginning of new school year Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church on Monday September 24th at 9.30am. We invite everyone to come along, especially grandparents to join with us for this special occasion.
Speech and Drama classes have commenced on Monday evenings, German classes on Thursday evenings and Guitar classes will commence shortly for all children. Anyone interested can contact the school on (090) 9747295 or email: luanaofa@eircom.net.

Best of Luck.

North Tipperary Ploughing committee wish to extend the best of luck to their competitors in the National Ploughing championships which take place in Screggan, Tullamore from Tuesday 18th to Thursday 20th incl. The North Tipp team are James Hough, Ciáran Milne, Ray Clancy, Joe Slattery, John Slattery, Ethan Harding, Liam Murphy, Tom Duffy. Good luck lads.

An  Evening of Classical, Gospel and  Liturgical Music: 

The Good News Choir from Osnabruck, Germany & The Omna Singers present an evening of classical, gospel and liturgical music in St. Brigid’s Church, Portumna, on Thursday, September 27th, 2018 at 8pm. This is a FREE evening’s entertainment. All 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.

Revenue Scam Warning

Gardaí  are investigating a recent Revenue Scam whereby the caller states they are working for Revenue and seeks immediate payment of a tax bill over the phone. The caller will request credit card details and monies are removed from their account then.
These calls are not genuine. Public are reminded not to provide anyone with bank account, credit/debit card or PPS details.
If your receive any suspicious phone calls of this nature, contact your local Garda Station.

Fun Run

Redwood NS are running a 5km fun run / walk / crawl on Sunday 23rd September at 2.30 p.m. from Lorrha GAA complex, Moatfield to Redwood Castle and back! €10 adult entry, €5 for children and €20 for family of 2 adults plus 2 children. Kids disco, face painting and refreshments for everyone afterwards in the GAA Complex, Moatfield. For further information, please contact us on 090 9747186 or check out our Facebook page for updates!

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@

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 Lorrha Church on Saturday, 22nd September at 6.30p.m.

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.

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.

GAA News

Under 21: Lorrha will play Shannon Rovers Gaels in the first round of the North Tipp Under 21 ‘A’ Hurling Championship in Ballinderry this Saturday, 22nd September at 5.00pm.

Under 16: Lorrha Rovers Gaels played Kiladangan in the North ‘A’ semi-final on Monday week 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 at 11am.

Under 13: The Under 13 League continued last Wednesday where Lorrha defeated Burgess 2-5 to 1-6 in Moatfield, however they have missed out on a place in the final.

Under 11: Lorrha are taking part in the Hurling Plate and are in the ‘B’ grade. Last Monday they hosted Ballina in the final round and were defeated 3-1 to 1-2. This Sunday, they play Newport in Moatfield at 5.00pm where a win would see Lorrha into the semi-final.

Child Welfare Course: If anyone is interested in doing a Child Welfare Course soon, contact Juvenile Chairman Tommy Kennedy 0879191689. At least 10 names needed to organise the course.

Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw: The September Draw took place last Friday in Portroe, however we had no winners in this months draw. Thank you all those who joined and we ask all promoters to bring their subscriptions up to date.

Lotto: The jackpot is €6,600 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 Brendan McGee. 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.