Lorrha Notes

Mick Hoctor, Hubert Hogan & Teresa Ryan Feehan busy rehearsing for Rathcabbin Players forthcoming play ‘Better Late Than Never’ . Written by Jimmy Keary and directed by Marian Frawley ‘Better Late Than Never’ will be staged for four night’s only this year, Thursday night January 31st to Sunday night Feb.3rd.  Booking line open from Thursday 24th on (087) 236 0096 between 6.00 and 8.00pm please. For a good laugh make sure to come to see Rathcabbin Players in action.

Ann Delahunt Smyth of Busy Bodies Montessori School, Killeen, Rathcabbin along with students Lana, Daniel, Joshua, Patrick and Ruairi  presenting used batteries to Marie Holmes of Lorrha School. The batteries help the Laura Lynn foundation, Irelands only children’s cancer hospital, with much needed funds. Both Busy Bodies and Lorrha School are also firmly committed  to cleaning up the environment. The staff and pupils of Lorrha school wish to thank Ann and her students for their continued support.



Sympathy is extended to Terry Heenan and Margaret Shewbridge Lorrha on the death of their sister Mary Melody (nee Nolan) late of Kilfadda, Lorrha and Kildare.
After funeral Mass in St. Brigid’s Church Kildare on Saturday last 19th burial took place in St. Conleth’s cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Art Classes

Drawing for children (9 years up) on Wednesdays  6 – 7pm, starting on January 23rd for 8 weeks. Arts & Crafts for children (5 years up): Saturdays  3.30 – 4.30pm and 5 – 6pm, starting on Feb 2nd and on Mondays 5 -6pm, starting on Feb 4th in Bramble Art Studio Lorrha for 8 weeks. Please contact Ute on 087 9151356. Early booking advisable as places are limited.

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 26th 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.

Holy Land Pilgrimage

Follow the footsteps of Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem. Take the trip of a lifetime to the Holy Land,  May 28th-June 7th 2019.  Group Leader, Mícheál de Barra and Spiritual Director, Fr. John Newman (Bible Scholar). In association with Premier Travel, Cork  Contact Mícheál at 0868337681 or email culturaltoursireland@gmail.com

Pilgrimage to Rome

Led by Bishop Fintan Monahan for all those who pass on the Faith to our Youth.  €599  April 23rd -26th, 2019. For further information contact Joanne O’ Brien (085) 874 9207

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.

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.

Rathcabbin Hall 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. Raffle tickets can be bought in the hall after 11.30am Mass this coming Sunday 27th.
Please support this wonderful community resource in our parish.
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.

New Tommy Marren Play Heads To Tipp.

Playwrite Tommy Marren brings his brand new comedy  ‘3 Hail Mary’s’ to the Bru Boru in Cashel on Friday February 8th and Saturday 9th at 8 pm. This play is set in a nursing home and the year is 2016.  Booking only to Bru Boru.


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.

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.

GAA News

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €9,150.
Numbers drawn: 2-3-9-26.
2 Match 3’s: Carmel Lambe & Fiona Daly share €160.
Promoters: Pat Hough, Mark Kennedy & The Ferry Inn.
Next Monday’s draw will be for a jackpot of 9,300 with a Match 3 pot of €100 so make sure you are in the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Auction: Our annual Auction takes place on Sunday 27thJanuary at 2.00pm at the GAA Centre. All help over the next week would be appreciated. There will be plenty of timber, fuel and fodder available next Sunday while donations of any items will be taken on the day. All are welcome.

Under 21 Football: Lorrha Rovers Gaels have been draw away to Kilruane MacDonaghs in the quarter-finals of the North U21 ‘B’ Football Championship with the game to be played on Friday 1stFebruary, with the winners away to Silvermines in the semi-finals.

Minor Football: Lorrha Rovers Gaels have been grouped with Borrisokane and Moneygall/Clonakenny in the North Minor ‘B’ Football Championship. Their first game is set to be at home to Borrisokane on weekend of 2-3 March.

Senior & Junior Hurling: The senior hurlers will begin in the County Hurling League on Sunday 3rd March while the junior hurlers begin in the North Junior ‘B’ League on weekend of 9-10 March.

Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw: 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 €9,300 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at www.clubforce.com

Social Dancing: in the GAA Centre on Friday 25th January with Footloose. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.

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.

Tipperary: Best of luck to Patrick Maher, Brian Hogan and the Tipperary senior hurling and football teams who begin their National League campaigns next Sunday.