Lorrha Notes

At the recent conferring ceremony in Athlone IT are Paul Turley, Eyrecourt, Dr Sean Reidy, AIT & Cloughjordan and Tom Duffy, Rathcabbin. Paul & Tom graduated with Bachelor of Science in Environmental, Health and Safety Management.


 Tess Burkes Hair Fund “RAZOR”.

A group of Borrisokane friends decided recently that they would like to raise money for North Tipp Hospice during the month of November. Aideen Hogan, Tara Donoghue, Laura McKenna, Pat Quinn,Mark Hobbs, Sean Ryan, Seosamh Cleary, Joe Forde, Sean Lynch, Pat Fox, Henry Torpey, Darragh McKenna and Paul Bailey have shaved their hair in an effort to raise much needed funds for the North Tipperary branch which is based in Nenagh. North Tipperary Hospice is a voluntary organisation that helps so many by doing amazing work in our community and all those areas surrounding us. The group have set a goal to try and raise €1000. They have set up a Go-Fund Me page on https://www.gofundme.com/tess-burkes-hair-fundrazor?teamInvite=TAHzZC2i0MFokbJuvTr0gGqF0N3pGDUajg8REQaMPDn7cSXK9RpNsuKyFtHhtsMB in aid of this fundraiser and would appreciate any contributions, no matter how big or how small. Furthermore, they will hold a fundraiser night on the 1st December which will be held in Tess Burkes Borrisokane. On the night they will be holding a raffle and will be giving out generously sponsored spot prizes. They hope it will be a really enjoyable night and would love to see everybody there. Also on the night they will have music, food, and a whole lot of craic while supporting North Tipp Hospice. Do please come out on Dec. 1st and support this worthy cause with all money raised going to North Tipp Hospice.
The group have also set up a facebook page with updates posted regularly   https://www.facebook.com/tessburkeshairfundRAZOR/
For further enquiries or anyone that would like to get involved please contact these girls as soon as possible,  Aideen Hogan on (087) 7845629 or Tara Donoghue on (086) 8937571.

 Date for Your Diary

Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns Annual Christmas Market and Auction will take place as usual on the first Sunday in December which this year is December 2nd. Anyone wishing to book a table for the Market can call (090) 9747196 or (086) 8647166. Anyone with items for the Auction can call (086) 8493595 and anyone willing to help out on the day please let one of the committee know. This is the group’s tenth year to run such this event and it is the only main fundraiser in the year that the Tidy Towns committee have. Support and help for the event is always appreciated and welcomed.

New Arrival.

Congratulations and many good wishes are extended to Padraig and Pamela Madden Lorrha on the recent birth of their son. Callum Patrick arrived into the world on Tuesday October 30th much to the delight of his brothers Cormac and Diarmuid. Well done to all the family.

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 10th November at 6.30p.m.

During the month of November people are invited to place their petitions for their departed relatives in boxes provided in the churches.


Sympathy is extended to Imelda Gormally and family, Roden, Rathcabbin on the unexpected death of her brother Kevin Gaynor, Dublin. After funeral Mass on Thursday November 1st. in the Church of St. Paul of the Cross, Mount Argus, burial took place in Newlands Cross Cemetery. May he rest in peace.

The Future of Rathcabbin Hall.

A public meeting will take place on Wednesday night November 21st in Rathcabbin Hall at 8.00pm. to discuss the future of the Hall. As with all rural areas, the use of the hall is in decline with less groups and organizations using it.
So in order to discuss its future, please come to the meeting on November 21st  to decide if this valuable asset should be rejuvenated or allowed to close.

Diary Date.

North Tipperary Ploughing A.G.M. will take place on Wednesday 28th November in the Yanks, Borrisokane. All outstanding money is to be returned immediately to the Treasurer Eddie Flynn.

Open Evening.

Redwood NS will hold an open evening on Thursday 15th November at 7pm.  This is a great opportunity to visit the school, meet with the teachers, view the resources in the school and see the variety of activities carried out during the school year.
Enrolment forms are available from the school now or can be downloaded from our website www.redwoodns.ie. If any parents would like to arrange a private viewing of the school and to meet the teachers please contact the school on 090 9747186 to arrange an appointment.


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.

Tennis Club Table Quiz:

The annual Tennis Club Table Quiz takes place on Friday November 30th at 9pm in The Boathouse bar, Portumna. €40 per table. All support greatly welcome, as all funds raised will be going towards the upgrade of the club entrance. There will also be a raffle and lots of spot prizes on the night.

Fundraising Concert.

A fundraising concert will be held in St. Brendan’s Church, Birr on Thursday 6th December with Michael English. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be divided between five different charities, St. Brendan’s Church, Birr Responders, Billy Goulding, Birr Mental Health, Offaly & Westmeath Hospice. Tickets are priced at €25.00 each and are available from Ann Delahunt Smyth on (087) 9625218.

Recent Death

It is with enormous sadness that the family of Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin have announced his death after a prolonged illness.  Mícheál (b December 1950, Clonmel County Tipperary) was one of Ireland’s best-known musicians, composers and academics, born in Clonmel County Tipperary.  Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Limerick and founder/Director at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance which he created in 1994, Micheál Ó Súilleabháin also recorded a series of pioneering solo albums which re-positioned his chosen instrument, the piano, at the heart of Irish traditional music – while also revealing the intersections where classical and traditional music could co-exist.. His richly evocative collaborations with Mel Mercier, who succeeded him as CHAIR at UL, were a celebration of Ó Suilleabháin’s flinty sense of humour and love of musical exploration.

Ó Súilleabháin left a rich legacy through his own music, as well as the Academy he founded which attracted students from over 50 countries who enrolled on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Music Therapy, Contemporary Dance Performance, Irish Traditional Dance Performance, Community Music, Festive Arts, Irish Traditional Music Performance, Classical String Performance, Ethnomusicology and others.He was hugely instrumental in the relocation of the Irish Chamber Orchestra from Dublin to its current home at the University of Limerick.   Awards included Honorary Doctorates of Music from University College Cork, (2005)  and The Royal conservatoire of Scotland (2017), Ollamh na hÉigse (Inaugural award by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in 2006); Honorary Alumnus Award (Boston College) and the O’Donnell Chair of Irish Studies from the University of Notre Dame (2012). He studied at University College Cork (B.Mus.1972, MA 1973) with the composers Aloys Fleischmann and Seán Ó Riada, and in Queens University Belfast (PhD 1987) with the ethnomusicologists John Blacking and John Baily.

He  produced a series of CD recordings in America, the UK, and Ireland on the traditional music of the Shetland Islands, Donegal, Cape Breton Island and on Irish traditional musicians in the USA and in England.

He is survived by his wife Professor Helen Phelan and their son Luke; sons Eoin (Andrea) and Mícheál (Moley), and their mother Dr Nóirín Ní Riain, and by his brother John.(Patricia).

Ar Dheis Dé go Raibh Sé

Lorrha GAA


Under 21 Hurling: Hard luck to the Under 21’s who gave up the North title last Sunday following a 2-15 to 0-10 defeat to Borris-Ileigh in the quarter final in Nenagh. With numbers depleted through injury, the team were in the game for long spells but only a late burst from Borris put a harsh look on the final margin.

Thanks to the players and mentors for their efforts as our playing season at all grades has come to an end.

Juvenile Coaches: Anyone interested in getting involved with helping juvenile teams in 2019 are asked to contact Tommy Kennedy 0879191689.

Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw: Thanks to all our subscribers and all promoters are asked to bring their accounts up to date ahead of the AGM.

Cumann na mBunscol: Congratulations to Rathcabbin NS who have progressed to the County Football final after defeating Burncourt NS in the semi-final last Tuesday. Best of luck in the final.

Senior AGM: The Annual General Meeting has been fixed for Tuesday 18th December in the GAA Centre at 7.45pm.

Lotto: The jackpot is €7,500 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 Catriona O’Sullivan. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.


                                 New Title – “Tracing your Tipperary Ancestors” now available

By Noreen Higgins-McHugh


The title is a comprehensive guide to all of the records available for tracing families in County Tipperary and is filled with information on what the records contain, and how and where they can be accessed. This includes guidance on researching in Irish archives and on the many on-line sources now available.  It is well illustrated with maps and with examples of the types of records to be found; and with other relevant background material.  It also provides an understanding of the social history of Tipperary and how this history has affected the keeping and survival of records. There is also a comprehensive index.   This is the latest in a series of county guides published by Flyleaf Press.  These include guides for Dublin, Kildare, Limerick, Sligo, Galway, Cork, Clare, Westmeath, Kerry, Limerick, Roscommon, Mayo, Donegal and Leitrim.

Tracing your Tipperary  Ancestors (ISBN: 978-1-907990-32-8)

by Noreen Higgins-McHugh

Retail:  €14.00     160 pages; 227 x 145 mm; paperback; indexed; b/w illustrations.

 Dr Noreen Higgins McHugh is a local historian with a special interest in genealogy,  and a native of Tipperary, where she still lives. She is the current secretary of the County Tipperary Historical Society, and holds a Master’s Degree in Local History from University of Limerick, and a PhD from University College Cork.  Her PhD thesis focused on the 1830s Tithe War in the region. She has given genealogy classes, and has written many articles for the Tipperary Historical Journal and other history and genealogy publications.  She has also provided support to the Clans of Ireland organisation; and to the Heritage Office in the county through her membership of the South Tipperary Heritage Forum from 2003-2010.  She is also author of ‘Tipperary’s Tithe War 1830-1838: Parish Accounts of Resistance against a Church Tax’ (St. Helen’s Press, 2002 ISBN 9780954275419).

Flyleaf Press is the publishing arm of Ancestor Network Ltd. (http://ancestornetwork.ie) which provides research services to personal and professional clients.  Flyleaf Press was founded in 1987 and is Ireland’s major specialist publisher of family history and genealogy titles. Flyleaf specialise in high-quality ‘how-to’ guides for research in various counties of Ireland.  To date guides for 12 counties have been published. They also publish reference works on Church Records, Census records and wills. Reviewers of Flyleaf titles have noted that their titles contain ‘…information vital to the researcher, assembled by well-qualified genealogists’ (Books Ireland) while NY Genealogical & Biographical Record have said that “Genealogical Libraries will want to acquire all of them”.  See www.flyleaf.ie


Further information:

Dr Jim Ryan

Managing Editor

FLYLEAF PRESS  –  4 Spencer Villas, Glenageary, Co. Dublin

Ph.  353 1 2806231  –  Mobile 087 2456402  –   e-mail:  books@flyleaf.ie  www.ancestornetwork.ie




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Tracing your Tipperary  Ancestors (ISBN: 978-1-907990-32-8)

by Noreen Higgins-McHugh

Retail:  €14.00     160 pages; 227 x 145 mm; paperback; indexed; b/w illustrations.