Lorrha Notes


Lorrha Rovers Gaels won the North Tipperary U15 B hurling plate recently and last week end members of the team brought the trophy to St. Kieran’s Care Home in Rathcabbin to show to the residents.  Pictured here holding the trophy is resident Seamus O’Meara who had two sone Patrick and John on the winning team. Back row from left: Caroline O Meara, Patrick O’Meara Kevin Cahalan, Lochlann McGrath, Donacha O’ Meara, Brandon Kennedy,  William O’Sullivan (Proprietor St. Kieran’s).  Front: John O’Meara,  Seamus and Deidre O’Meara, Tommy Cahalan.

This year, Lorrha Variety Group present a brand new play ‘Come Date With Me’. Business partners, Monika and Astrid, run an Internet dating agency.  Their dating evenings have a great reputation and usually proceed without a hitch. However, spiked punch, phobias, power cuts and misunderstandings conspire to cause chaos. The play, written by Anne Marie Hough and directed by Phil Quigly, is guaranteed to make you laugh until your sides hurt.
Lorrha Community Hall on 23, 24 and 25 November is the place to be.  Doors open at 8.00 pm. Play starts at 8.30 pm sharp.

The cast of Lorrha variety Group  who perform a brand new three act comedy ‘Come Dine With Me’. Front from left:  Alan Quirke (Malachy), Carmel Slevin (Minnie), Anne Marie Hough (Astrid), Rachel Glynn (Rosemary), Barbara Tierney (Beverly).
Back:  Suzanne Corcoran (Noelle), Mark Mannion (Marcus), Teresa Dunne Walker (Monika), James Heenan (Darrel), Michelle Needham (Mrs. Gibbons), Mark Houlihan (James).   Pic: Rose Mannion.


Annual Christmas Market & Auction.

Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns Annual Christmas Market and Auction will take place on Sunday 2nd December from 1.00pm. Auction at 2.30pm and Santa arriving for his usual walk about at 3.00pm. There are some places available for tables to sell your produce like, home baking, Christmas decorations, toys etc. If interested please call (090) 9747196 or (086) 8647166 but hurry, tables are selling fast. We are still accepting items for the Auction, so anyone wishing to donate items please call (086) 8493595 and anyone willing to help out on the day please call above numbers. This is the group’s tenth year to run such an event and as it is the only main fundraiser in the year, the group depend on your generosity to survive. Support and help for the event is always appreciated and welcomed.

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 Eamon Kinsella and extended family on the recent death of his brother Kevin who resided in Limerick. May he rest in peace.

St. Pio Mass.

St. Padre Pio Mass will be celebrated in St Brendan’s Church Birr on Thursday 15th November commencing with Rosary at 7pm and Mass at 7.30 pm.  All welcome

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.

Birthday Greetings.

Congratulations and many good wishes is extended to Jacinta Power Rathcabbin who celebrated her 70th birthday recently. Well done Jacinta.

North Tipperary Ploughing AGM.

North Tipperary Ploughing A.G.M. will take place on Wednesday 28th November in the Yanks, Borrisokane at 8.30pm.  All members are requested to attend new members are welcome.

Comedy in Lorrha.

Lorrha Variety Group present a brand new play ‘Come Date With Me’ which has been written by local woman Anne Marie Hough and is produced by Phil Quigley. The group go on stage in Lorrha Community Hall on 23, 24 and 25 November. Doors open at 8.00 pm. Play starts at 8.30 pm sharp.

Afternoon Tea.

Redwood Castle is open to the public every Sunday from 2.00 to 5.00pm for afternoon tea. Booking is essential to Annette on (089) 4801888. They are also holding a Craft Fair on December 8th and 9th which is well booked up. For enquiries call the number above.


Redwood NS Open evening Thursday 15th at 7.00pm. 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.

North Tipp Hospice Fundraiser.

During the month of November Borrisokane friends 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 Hospice. They have set up a Go-Fund Me page on https://www.gofundme.com/tess-burkes-hair-fundrazor?teamInvite=TAHzZC2i0MFokbJuvTr0gGqF0N3pGDUajg8REQaMPDn7cSXK9RpNsuKyFtHhtsMB where they 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 with a raffle and will be giving out generously sponsored spot prizes with 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.

GAA News

Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw: The November draw took place last Thursday night but unfortunately the club had no winners this month. Next draw in December. Thanks to all our subscribers and we ask all promoters to bring their accounts up to date in advance of the AGM.

Cumann na mBunscol: Best of luck to Rathcabbin NS in their upcoming County Football final against Dualla NS in Littleton on Tuesday 13th November at 11.40am

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

Juvenile AGM: takes place on Tuesday 4th December at 7.30pm. Anyone interested in getting involved with helping juvenile teams in 2019 are asked to contact Tommy Kennedy 0879191689.

Christmas Party: The Club will be hosting a Christmas Party fundraiser in the GAA Centre on Thursday 27th December, with music by Tradstone and DJ Sean O’Meara. Tickets €20, with part of the funds going to Seamus Hennessy’s Running for Josie project supporting Pieta House and Tipperary Living Links. A great night is promised and the ideal event for those home for the Christmas period.

Award and Achievement: Congratulations to Lorrha native Declan Molloy who celebrated on the double last weekend. Firstly, he was named on the Champions team for the Nicky Rackard/Lory Meagher Cups at the GAA All Stars on Friday, before on Saturday he helped Carrick Hurling Club become the first Leitrim club to win the Connacht Junior Club Hurling title.

Lotto: The jackpot is €7,650 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 Brian McDermott. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.


Major difficulties for Young Farmers contained in the new Finance Bill 2018


13 November 2018

Ifac, the professional services firm for the Irish farming, food and Agri business sectors today Tuesday 13th  called on changes to be made to the draft Finance Bill 2018. The Bill, as currently drafted, contains provisions that would be devastating for young farmers if not addressed before the bill becomes law.

The issues are as follows:

Currently a lifetime ceiling of €70,000 applies to the amount of grant aid available to a young farmer under the regulations.  This means that the amount of tax relief must be aggregated across the relevant schemes, (1) Young Trained Farmers Stamp Duty (2) Stock Relief for Young Farmers and (3) Succession Farm Partnership.


The Finance Bill typically deals with these issues; however, Revenue have now issued two further guidance’s in relation to young farmer reliefs. This intervention from Revenue is very significant and significantly complicates the tax landscape for young farmers. Specifically, it makes clear the following:


  • The limits contained in the Finance Bill will apply to claims for relief made in relation to Stamp Duty from 1stJanuary 2019 and for the year of assessment 2019 and subsequent years of assessment for Stock Relief and Succession Partnership Relief.
  • Any claimants for relief after January 2019are advised that the three reliefs are now subject to the aggregation rules.  Under that regulation the cumulative relief applies with effect from 1st July 2014.  This means that anyone submitting a return from 1stJanuary next or tax teturns for 2019 year of assessment onwards must have regard to the amount of duty claimed since 1st July 2014 and the total amount should not exceed €70,000.


The impact of these changes on young farmers are as follows:


  1. Young Farmer stamp duty relief is now being treated as start-up aid and so the tax relief being made available to young farmers is significantly less than in previous years.


  1. Young Farmers seeking to buy land off a relative after 2020 or any non-relative from 1 January 2019 will now not be able to avail of tax relief for those transactions under the scheme.


  1. Most young farmers will have used up their full €70,000 relief allocation by 1 January 2019 as anyone submitting a tax return from that date must, for the first time, consider the amount of duty they have claimed since 1 July 2014 (and the total amount should not exceed €70,000).


Speaking today Sean O’Donnell at Partner in ifac’s Tipperary office said; “The current draft of the Finance Bill contains some very costly provisions for young farmers that should be addressed before the Bill becomes law. The clarification received from Revenue by the ifac tax team this week shows that the Young Farmer stamp duty relief scheme is now clearly being treated as a start-up aid. All the planning and associated costs of both legal and tax will now be heaped on young farmers which is unacceptable. If this goes ahead it will prevent the young trained farmer from availing of relief on the purchase of land and it could also prevent them from getting a second or subsequent transfer free of stamp duty. This will be very bad news for young farmers.

If the Bill is not amended to address these issues it will turn the Young Farmers stamp duty relief from being a relatively simple relief into a massively complicated one which will not be kind to the up and coming new generation of farmers. From dealing with thousands of hard-working young famers around the country ifac know what a burden this change would be for them in a year that has been very difficult for the sector. With Brexit and CAP reform looming young farmers need all the help they can get.”