Lorrha Notes

Liam Sheedy is back in the Tipp hot seat and succeeds Michael Ryan as Tipperary senior hurling manager  for a 3 year term. So, here is a brief profile of the Portroe stalwart; a man who has achieved an extraordinary amount both on and off the field of play.

Liam Sheedy grew up in Portroe and as a student at Nenagh CBS won an All-Ireland Colleges B Senior Hurling Championship title in 1984.

Sheedy made his inter-county debut for Tipperary during the 1989-90 National Hurling League campaign. Further to that achievement Liam won a Munster minor hurling championship with Tipperary in 1987, two Munster under-21 hurling championships (1989 & 1990), an All-Ireland under-21 championship in 1989, Munster and All-Ireland intermediate titles in 1989 and 1991, another All-Ireland intermediate title in 1990 and a National Hurling League medal 1999.

Liam Sheedy played in seven championship games for the Tipperary senior hurling team and featured in the 1997 Munster and All-Ireland finals which the Premier County lost to Clare. Sheedy retired from inter-county hurling in 2000, but the management bug had already dug its teeth into the Portroe man.

Liam Sheedy launched his inter-county management career when he guided the Tipperary intermediate hurling team to the Munster and All-Ireland title in 2000. Six years later the Portroe man guided the Premier County minor team to All-Ireland glory (2006) before graduating to the senior job in 2008.

As manager of the Tipperary senior hurling team Liam Sheedy lifted the blue and gold out of the doldrums when winning Munster titles in 2008 and 2009 before famously delivering an All-Ireland title in 2010. Tipp also won a National Hurling League (2008) on Sheedy’s watch while Liam was named the Philips Sports Manager of the Year for his achievements in 2010. Liam was also named the Tipperary Person of the Year in 2010.

Sadly, Liam Sheedy stepped down as Tipperary manager following the 2010 season, but the impact that Liam Sheedy had on the Tipperary inter-county set-up cannot be understated. Sheedy has, of course, also worked as an RTÉ ‘Sunday Game’ analyst since 2011.

Liam Sheedy, alongside his brother John, guided his beloved Portroe to a North Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship title in 2012 – an extraordinary achievement given the resources of that tiny club. Liam, of course, also inspired his club as a player in 1990 when helping Portroe to win the county intermediate hurling title.

In 2012 Liam Sheedy featured on the Newmarket-on-Fergus management team which won the Clare senior hurling championship for the first time in thirty-one years. In 2015 he, briefly, guided the fortunes of Drom & Inch.

The Portroe man has been regularly involved with University of Limerick Fitzgibbon Cup teams while in recent seasons he has also acted as an advisor for Eamonn Kelly with Offaly and alongside Terence McNaughton with Antrim during the past two years.

Liam Sheedy has enjoyed a distinguished career with Bank of Ireland and is currently Provincial Director, Munster with the financial institution. Liam is a member of the Irish Sports Council and chairman of High Performance Committee; Sheedy also chaired the National Hurling 2020 Committee (2014-2016). The 48-year-old is, of course, also a key member of the GAA’s Coiste Bainistí (the body’s national management committee).

Earlier this year Liam Sheedy featured on a three-man shortlist to replace Páraic Duffy as GAA director general. And, why not? The qualified electrician has proven himself to be a real bright spark both on and off the field of play. The proud Portroe man is dedicated to the GAA, is hard-working, as honourable as they come, has a terrific manner and has proven himself an exceptional leader of people.

Well Done Lads.

North Tipperary Ploughing committee extend congratulations to two of their team who did so well in the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan last week.
Liam Murphy came 2nd in the U/28 conventional class and  Tom Duffy came 2nd in the Junior conventional class. Well done lads.

Discussion about Rathcabbin

People of Rathcabbin and surrounds are invited to discuss ways to improve the village in appearance and amenities in Kelly’s on Friday 28th Sept at 9pm. Everyone’s input is important please attend if you care about the village.

Carol Nolan TD clinic

Carol Nolan TD will hold a Rathcabbin clinic in Kelly’s Sat 29th September 4-5 pm.

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.

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, 29th September at 6.30p.m.
Please Note: Enrolment Mass for 1st Holy Communion, Sunday 30th September, @ 11.30  in Rathcabbin.
Lectio & Meditation this Thursday 27th September, 8pm in Parish Room, Borrisokane – Lectio is reflecting on the Sunday Gospel.    – Meditation is quite time in the presence of God.  All welcome!

Art Classes

Drawing for children (9 years up) on Wednesdays at 6pm, starting on October 3rd for 8 weeks.  Arts & Crafts for children (5 years up) on Saturdays  3.30 – 4.30pm, starting on October 6th in Bramble Art Studio, Lorrha, for 8 weeks. Please contact Ute: 087-915135. Early booking advisable as places are limited.

A Word of Thanks.

Redwood NS had a wonderful day for their inaugural 5km road race which took place on Sunday last. Many thanks to David Fogarty. House fitness Birr who got the crowd nicely limbered up for the run. Congratulations to the first place male, female and child home who won vouchers kindly sponsored by David Broderick Sports Therapy, Sarah Jane Noyce – SJ  Massage and a hamper from The Boathouse, Portumna. Many thanks to DJ Sean O’ Meara who pumped out the tunes for the kids disco after the race and to Lisa Duggan providing face painting. Thank you to all our stewards who kept the course safe and to Lorrha and Birr First Responders for being on hand. Many thanks to the GAA Club for all of their support and the use of their facilities and also to Coleesa Egan in Redwood Castle. Thank you to all of our wonderful parents for providing the refreshments and running the event so well. A huge thank you to all those who came to the event and those that supported our fundraiser, it is hugely appreciated.


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.

Autumn Class.

Yoga in Borrisokane resumes Monday in parish room at 7pm for those with stiffness, 8pm all others.  Tel  067 27105.

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.