Lorrha Notes

Pat Kennedy, Catherine Burke and Teresa Ryan Feehan busy rehearsing for Rathcabbin Players forthcoming production ‘Better Late Than Never’. 

The 2019 Lorrha Dorrha calendar can be purchased in The Friar’s Tavern, Colettes Hair Salon, Pat Hough’s Pub, Shop, Flynns of Carrigahorig, Ferry Service Station, Ferry Inn.  Portumna: O’Meara’s Super Valu, Lorraine’s Hair Salon, Salmons Newsagents, Boathouse. Birr: Buckley’s Super Valu and Heenan’s Borrisokane.

Rags Golf Society Thanks.

Rags Golf Society would like to thank everyone who took part in the recent Charity Golf outing especially visitors from neighbouring parishes. They would also like to thank everybody who sponsored prizes on the day. €1,000 was raised for the Nenagh based Suaimhneas facility who provide care and assistance for people recovering from cancer. The Rags golfing group wish to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

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.
Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha Church on Saturday January 12th at 6.30pm and in Rathcabbin the following day Jan 13th at the usual time of 11.30am.

Killaloe Diocese Lourdes  Pilgrimage 2019.

The 63rd Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes from the Diocese of Killaloe under the leadership of Bishop Fintan Monahan  will leave Shannon Airport on Tuesday 25th June returning  Sunday 30th June. £725pps full board with £20 discount for online booking. Special section for assisted pilgrims with details  from Fr Tom Ryan, Cathedral Ennis  087-2349816 . All other bookings  to  joewalshtours.ie

Easter 2019 Pilgrimage.

St. Pio Easter Pilgrimage to San Giovanni Rotondo and Benevento from April 22nd for 4 nights €649 per person sharing and included Airport transfers with guide assistance. One night in Benevento, 3 nights in San Giovanni Rotondo full board. For bookings or enquiries call group leader Michael O’Connor on (087) 2677656.

Killaloe Diocese Youth Ministry presents Solas.

An overnight of Faith, Fun and Workshops in St. Flannan’s College Ennis. Friday 18th Jan 6:30p.m-Saturday 19th Jan at 2p.m. All T.Y to 6th Year students are welcome. For more info/bookings contact Joanne (085) 874 9207 or Cora (087) 240 0135

Late Willie Dolan.

The peaceful death occurred on Wednesday 21st November, of Willie Dolan, Lissernane, Rathcabbin in St. Kieran’s Nursing home. Willie was born in Lusmagh to parents Michael and Sarah and he was the eldest of six siblings. He lived in his beloved Lusmagh until he married his wife Maisie Coughlan in 1957. They began their life together in Rathcabbin, where they worked the farm together and raised a family of eight children.
Willie was an honest, hardworking man who embraced the simple things in life, he loved the outdoors, playing the accordion, and swimming, but above all he loved his family and wanted to instill his values in them. He also had a deep faith which was a tremendous support to him throughout his life in the difficult times he had to face.
In 2016 after an illness Willie moved to St Kieran’s Nursing Home, his time here was an enjoyable one helped by the great care he received and surrounded by other local residents.
Pre-deceased by his wife Maisie, daughters Nuala and Marion, father Michael, mother Sarah, brothers Loughlin, Mikie, Joe and sisters Bridget and Maisie he will be missed by all who knew him but in particular by his family where his parting is a huge loss to all of them.
Sympathy is extended to his family Sadie, Joe, Colette, Liam Annette and Lorraine. daughters -in -law, sons – in – law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends. After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Saturday 24th November burial took place in Bonoham Cemetery. May his gentle soul rest peacefully
Willie’s Months Memory mass will be celebrated in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Sunday January 13th at 11.30am.


Sympathy is extended to the families of Packie Hogan, London and formerly Roden, Rathcabbin, and Denis Byrne, Birr and formerly  Ballymacegan, Lorrha who died recently.  May they rest in peace.

Recycle The Christmas Tree.

It’s time to pack away the Christmas decorations for another year. Luckily, there are plenty of options around the county for recycling your Christmas tree, and most of them are free. It is a necessity these days to recycle your Christmas tree and save the environment. Every county has a Christmas tree recycling point, but before you bring yours make sure that you have taken off all decorations and tinsel as well as any screwed in stands as these can destroy the blades of the chipper. Your Christmas tree will be chipped into mulch which is used in local landscaping projects which helps to conserve soil and keep plants healthy. By recycling your Christmas tree you are helping the environment and the mulch will be used in projects like parks and playgrounds in your local community.
Tipperary County Council are encouraging all households to dispose of their Christmas trees in an environmentally friendly way. Christmas Trees can be dropped off Free of Charge for recycling from Monday the 7th January to Saturday 19th January at the Recycling Centre, Nenagh or at Roscrea Recycling Centre.

Fundraising Raffle.

Rathcabbin Community Hall Ltd. are holding a raffle to raise funds to keep the hall open into the future.  Locals will be selling tickets (€5) over the coming weeks and the draw will take place on Sun 3rd Feb. in the hall.
Please support this wonderful community resource in our parish. Tickets can also be purchased by contacting Muireann Brophy.
Thank you to our generous prize sponsors, 1st Prize: Eoin Smyth, T&T Contractors, 2nd Prize: Keith Naylor, Naytar, 3rd Prize: Ciaran Young, Hire Agri.

Diary Date.

Rathcabbin Players are busy rehearsing for their forthcoming production written by Jimmy Keary and directed by Marian Frawley ‘Better Late Than Never’ on the last week-end in January and the first week-end in February. Watch this space for further details.

Local Link New Bus Service

Serving Lorrha to Birr on Fridays. This new service will also cover the following areas to Birr every Friday, Lorrha, Moatfield, Redwood, Rathcabbin, Killeen(Riverstown), Birr.

First pick up in Lorrha at 10am & drop off 11am. Departing Birr at 2pm (times are approximate). This is a demand responsive & door to door service which means passengers wishing to travel can register with us & book their trip. Please contact us on 076-106-6140 to register or to receive more information about this service or existing services in your area.


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.


Farmers Urged to   to make safety the top priority on the farm

A Teagasc-led campaign has begun to cut down on fatal farm accidents at the start of the new year. It is calling on farmers to give safety top priority in January and the busy spring period. Fatal farm accidents showed a reduction in 2018 with 17 deaths (provisional figure).   This is five fewer than the average for the previous five years (22).  No farm fatality was recorded in the final quarter of 2018.  Fifty three per cent (9) of fatalities in 2018 were associated with farm vehicles and machinery while a further 29 per cent (5) were associated with livestock. The remaining 18 per cent of deaths (3) were associated with a fall from height, slurry drowning and timber cutting. Fifty nine per cent (10) of fatalities occurred to persons aged 65 years or older, with half (5) occurring to persons aged 75 or older.

Teagasc Health and Safety Specialist, Dr John McNamara has called on farmers to give safety first priority during January and the busy spring period in 2019. He said that the risk of farm accidents rises with increased work activity and prevention is strongly associated with implementing behavioural practices. Being struck with a moving vehicle is the most frequent cause of farm deaths on Irish farms, so particular vigilance is needed when they are operating, he stated.  A vehicle moving at fast walking pace covers about 2 meters per second so it gives a person in its path little chance to avoid impact. Elderly farmers are at particular risk, he added. Vigilance is also needed when handling livestock, particularly cows around calving.  He advised that a freshly calved cow be securely restrained before administering a treatment to their calf. When the slurry spreading season gets under way from  January 13, vigilance is required with this operation.  Power shaft guards need to be in place, a windy day needs to be selected for slurry agitation and all slurry tank openings need to be guarded to prevent drowning.
The Teagasc Health and Safety Specialist also advised farmer to be watching out for unstable loads around the farm.

As barns empty-out, it is really important to watch out for unstable stacks of hay or straw which could collapse and cause injury.  A newly revised legal Farm Safety Risk Assessment (green cover) has replaced the previous version (white cover) since   January 1. Completion of the revised document is a requirement for Food Assurance schemes.  Completion of a Half-day training course on Risk Assessment, or completion of the Green Certificate within the last 5 years, is a mandatory requirement for TAMS11 grant drawdown.
Further information can be obtained from Teagasc offices or Agricultural Consultants.