Lorrha Notes

Eva Noyce and Fiona Kennedy in rehearsals for Rathcabbin Players forthcoming comedy

Better Late Than Never.

Rathcabbin Players are busy rehearsing for their forthcoming production written by Jimmy Keary and directed by Marian Frawley ‘Better Late Than Never’. The play will be staged for four night’s only this year, Thursday night January 31st to Sunday night Feb.3rd.  Keep the date in your diary. Rathcabbin Players extend sympathy to Mike Hoctor and family on the death of his mother in-law Ellen Shortall, Stradbally which occurred on Sunday 6th Jan. May she rest in peace.

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 Redwood Church on Saturday January 19th at 6.30pm and in Rathcabbin the following day at 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.

A Day of Prayer in Knock.

A day of Prayer will be given by Fr. Kilian Byrne on Saturday February 2nd  from 10.00am to 5.00pm in Knock Shrine – St. John’s Rest and Care Centre. The theme is  “Lord to whom shall we go?” The day includes, Talks, Rosary, Adoration, Mass. For further Information call Helen on 086 1678027  or email  hellywilliams@gmail.com.

St. Pio Mass.

St Padre Pio Mass will be celebrated in St. Brendan’s Church Birr on Thursday night January 17th.  Rosary at 7.00pm and Mass at 7.30pm. All welcome.

2019 Lorrha Parish Calendar.

If you haven’t got your copy of the 2019 Lorrha Dorrha calendar you can still get one from 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 in Borrisokane.

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.

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.

Oscar Winning Film.

Shorelines Film Night present the foreign language Oscar winning film ‘A Fantastic Woman’ in The Boathouse Bar Portumna at 8pm Tuesday 15th January. Tickets €5 at the door.  More info at www.shorelinesartsfestival.com

Table Quiz.

Tennis Club Table Quiz, Friday February 1st @ 8:30pm in The Boathouse, Portumna. Proceeds  going towards upgrading the club entrance.

Raffle & spot prizes on the night.

(€40 per table of 4).(Students €20 per table). All welcome. Checkout Facebook or txt 087-3906067 for further info.


GRETB Portumna College of Adult &Further  Education (Old VEC): Places available on QQI* certified courses, registrations ongoing.Employability Skills, Computers, Healthcare, Business with Tourism, Retail, Spanish, Horticulture, EOSL, Crafts – Sewing, Genealogy Family History, Introduction to Sign Language QQI. Speech & Drama, Singing.  *For 2019 -2020 NUIG has 200  places available in many degreecourses for Adults with QQI/Fetac Level 5 or 6.  Contact Michael 0876258696/09097 41946 michael.cunniffe@gretb.ie,  Patricia Geoghegan 090 9759092  irdheritageproject@eircom.net. or Lynne Morrissey   090 9759092 irdheritageproject@eircom.net.

Betwixt and Between

Lusmagh Drama Group presents “ Betwixt and Between”- a comedy by MJ. Ginelly in Lusmagh Hall on the 17th, 18th, & 19th of January at 8pm.  Booking line open Monday to Friday 6pm – 9pm on 087 3154961.

Shorelines Film Club: A Fantastic Woman (2017)
8pm – Tuesday 15th January
Tickets on the door €5
The Boathouse Bar, Portumna 

A Fantastic Woman won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2018. Marina (Daniela Vega) is a singer and waitress who’s just moved in with her older boyfriend Orlando (Francisco Reyes). But when he dies suddenly, she finds herself rejected by his family and under suspicion from the police, because she is a trans woman. In Spanish with English subtitles.The Guardian Review: “A Fantastic Woman is a brilliant film: a richly humane, moving study of someone keeping alive the memory and the fact of love. Sebastián Lelio’s Oscar-nominated film A Fantastic Woman is a sublime study in the exalted ordeal of grief. It is also as gripping as any procedural crime thriller, and cops and police doctors do play a role.”

GAA News:

Auction: Our annual Auction takes place on Sunday 27thJanuary at 2.00pm at the GAA Centre. All help over the next two weeks would be appreciated.

Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw: Congratulations to Paddy Duffy who won €200 in the January draw which took place last Friday night. Thanks to all our subscribers and we ask all promoters are asked to bring their accounts up to date ahead of the February draw.

Membership: for 2019 is now due and is unchanged from last year. €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership); €20 – Juvenile (16 & under); €90 – Family (2 adults & 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children).

All players on all adult and juvenile teams must be paid up prior to their first match of the season with the closing date for all membership is 31st March. Membership can be paid to registrar Louise Mannion or online at www.clubforce.com

Lotto: The jackpot is €9,150 with a Match 3 pot of €160. You can play online at www.clubforce.com  There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €9,000
Numbers drawn were: 9-21-23-26.  No Match 3.
Lucky Dips: Ann Nevin, Lorcan Dillon, Mick Dolph, PJ Starr.
Promoters: PJ Nevin, Pat Hough and The Ferry Inn.
Next Monday’s draw will be for a jackpot of €9,150 with a Match 3 pot of €160 so make sure you are in the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Social Dancing: in the GAA Centre on Friday 18th January with Footloose. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.

Sympathy: Lorrha GAA Club would like to sympathise with the Hogan family, Roden, on the death of Pakie Hogan who passed away in England recently. May he rest in peace.

Grinds: Junior/Leaving Cert Irish grinds available at weekends from a final year student currently studying Irish at the University of Limerick. Will cater for both ordinary and higher level. Cost per hour: €20. Contact: Paddy 0870693091.