Lorrha Notes

Fertilizer on lands farmed by Tim Reddan Lorrha was vandalized recently.
Gardai in Borrisokane are investigating.                                                          


Back by popular demand is Nenagh library’s ‘Spring into Storytime’ this Wednesday, 24th April. Part of a nationwide initiative to encourage adults and children to read together at home ‘Spring into Storytime’ will also provide a welcome distraction for busy parents trying to entertain the little ones over the Easter holidays. With three different storytelling sessions, at 10.30am / 11.30am and 2.30pm, interspersed with arts / crafts and coloring, as well as our kids draw for yummy prizes, the day promises to be a fun family day during the Easter break. And best of all?  It’s free!


Sympathy is extended to Mick and Ann Reddan and family Lorrha on the death of their daughter Marie (O’Meara), Dunkerrin which occurred after a long illness on Sunday April 14th.  After funeral Mass in Dunkerrin Church on Wednesday 17th burial took place in Finglas Cemetery. 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 Lorrha Church on Saturday 27th April at 6.30pm.

Masses weekend of 4/5th May – 3 Masses across the Pastoral area as follows:

Sat. 4th 7pm Mass in Borrisokane.

Sun. 5th 9.30am in Terryglass.

Sun. 5th 11.30am in Rathcabbin.

Fr. M. Cooney is the Priest on duty.

Rathcabbin Development Association AGM

This will be held on the 8th May 2019 at 8.30 pm Rathcabbin Hall. Forms are being distributed to volunteers and meeting attendees to nominate committee members. If you are an interested resident and have not received a form, please collect one in Kellys Shop and return it by 23 April 2019.


Commiserations to Clodagh McIntyre and the Tipperary Minor camogie team who lost their bid to progress to the All Ireland final when they were beaten by Clare by the narrowest of margins on Saturday last in pure heart breaking fashion. Hard luck Clodagh.

Date for Your Diary

Lorrha Dorrha parish golf outing will take place this year on Saturday 10th August in Birr Golf club. Mark the date in your diary. More details later.

Scheme Worker Required.

A vacancy has arisen for a scheme worker in Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns, preferably a Rural Social Scheme (RSS) worker. The aim of the Rural Social Scheme is to provide income support to farmers, in return, participants provide services and skills that benefit the local community in Lorrha village. To qualify, you, or a family member must have a Herd Number/ Flock Number and in receipt of either Farm Assist or Job Seekers Allowance. Participants work 19.5 hrs per week, participants work will include maintaining, enhancement, planting, painting etc. If you are interested please contact in strictest confidence (086) 8647166.

Work Evening.

Now that summer is fast approaching, Lorrha Development /Tidy Towns are organising several work evenings over the coming weeks.  There is plenty of sweeping, weeding, litter picking, painting etc. that needs doing.  The first work evening will take place on Monday May 6th. Meet outside the Community Hall at 7.00pm and please bring sweeping brushes, spade/shovel, barrow if you can. The work evenings will continue every Monday evening but if a different evening suits most people, please let us know on (086) 8493595 / (087) 2601413.


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.

Swing into Spring – Concert.

Friday, April 26th at 8pm in Portumna’s Church of Ireland Join Omna Singers, Portumna Pen Pushers and guests with songs, music and words in Portumna’s Church of Ireland.
Tickets from Hayes & Hayes totalhealth Pharmacy, The Beehive, Ladies Day or Palmerston Stores at €10 each and a donation from the event will go to Portumna’s Darkness into Light.

Guest performers include Fr. Michael Byrnes, Nathan Canning, Treeny Canning, Darren de Burca, Dave Gradwell, Sean Hearne, Maria Kelly, Sadhbh Mechan, Mary Smith as well as words from members of Portumna Pen Pushers and a new repertoire of songs from Portumna’s Omna Singers under the direction of Fionnuala Hannigan-Dunkley.
This will be a special night in the intimate setting of Christ Church. So get your tickets in time, as seating is limited.  Doors open at 7.45pm. Portumna Arts Group and Shorelines Arts Festival support this event.

Don’t Forget.

Aglish Sociable Ladies are holding a family Fun Run walk or crawl 5k or 10k on Sunday 28th April. Registration from 10.30am in Aglish Hall. €10 per entry – children free. Event starting at 12 noon. All proceeds to North Tipp Hospice and Suaimhneas. Please support.
The group are also holding a monster raffle with great prizes up for grabs such as week-ends away, hampers and numerous other prizes. Tickets available from any member of the committee.

Open Day.

Portumna Tennis Club are hosting an OPEN DAY on Saturday 4th May (3pm-7pm) for members and non-members. Free coaching and  some fun tennis.  Our club coach will be on hand to give tips & advice. There will be on-site racket re-stringing, tension checks, try-out new rackets and/or exchange your old racket for a new one. B-B-Q, refreshments and lots of FUN guaranteed. All welcome.

GAA News.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €11,100. Numbers drawn were: 3-25-31-32
No Match 3  Lucky Dips: Mary & Sean Lane, Grant Mannion, Caitlin Judge, Eileen Gaynor.
Promoters: Gavin Young, Jimmy Dunne and Madeleine Maher.
Next Monday’s draw will be for a jackpot of €11,250 with a Match 3 pot of €120 so make sure you are in the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Senior Hurling: Lorrha’s next competitive game will be away to Newport in round 3 of division 2 of the County League this Sunday 28th April at 12.00pm. They will host Golden Kilfeacle in round 4 over over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Junior Hurling: Lorrha take on Nenagh Eire Og in round 3 of the North Junior ‘B’ Hurling League on Saturday, 27thApril in Nenagh at 7.00pm

Junior Football: The Junior Footballers got their County Championship campaign off to a winning start with a 2-11 to 1-4 win over Nenagh Eire Og in Puckane on Sunday. Lorrha will play either Galtee Rovers or Eire Og Annacarty in round 2.

Minor Hurling: Lorrha Rovers Gaels played Newport in round 3 of the North League last Wednesday and recorded an impressive 12-11 to 1-17 win. The team has the bye round this week and play their fourth game against Burgess in Kilcolman on Wednesday 1st May at 7.00pm

Under 16: Lorrha Rovers Gaels were due to play Toomevara in Moatfield last Monday in round 2 but received a walkover which saw them progress to a quarter final against Newport which was played last Monday but there was no result at time of writing. If successful, the semi-final will be next Monday, 29th April.

Under 14: The ‘B’ football championship continued on Thursday last, away to Borrisokane where they were defeated 4-5 to 2-5. This Thursday 25th April, they play Moneygall/Clonakenny in Moatfield at 7.00pm.

Under 12: The footballers played Kiladangan in Moatfield last Tuesday week with the visitors emerging as winners. They have now exited the championship.

Camogie: Hard luck to Clodagh McIntyre and the Tipperary minor camogie team in the All Ireland semi-final last Saturday.

Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw: We ask all promoters are asked to bring their accounts up to date ahead of the new draw which we will be promoting in the coming weeks.

Cul Camp: This years Lorrha Cul Camp takes place from Monday 22nd to Friday 26thJuly. Register online at: https://www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie

Lotto: The jackpot is €11,100 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at www.clubforce.com

Social Dancing: in the GAA Centre on Friday, 26th April with Tom Healy. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.

Players Have Their Say – at Last.

A recent survey carried out by the Women’s Gaelic Players Association (WGPA) has found that 82% of Camogie players are in favour of trialling news rules in league competitions while 70% agreed that rules on physical contact ‘very much’ need to change.

Support for rule changes, particularly around physical contact was apparent. There was a sense that the game was not keeping up with developments in player conditioning and technical ability.

Players also responded to factors around refereeing, indicating a poor experience overall in elements such as consistency, accuracy, communication and transparency. Consistency was the main cause for concern with 60% of respondents agreeing that it was “poor”, but communication was one of the more positive aspects.

Maria Kinsella, WGPA Chairperson said, “There has been a lot of discussion around rule changes and refereeing standards in Camogie over the past number of years. A proper objective analysis of the trends in the game and refereeing needs to be carried out because players currently don’t feel engaged through the current mechanism for changing rules. We welcome the motion passed at congress to allow the trialling of new rules but it now needs a proper plan in place in order to be effective.”

Speaking from a player perspective Gemma O’Connor of Cork Camogie said, “Players have been expressing frustration around rules and referees publicly for a long time and this now represents a collective call for change and an opportunity to improve the game. We as players, or the review group, don’t have all the answers but we are willing to support the process of finding them. We respect referees and the important work they do, we want to work with them to ensure the game is as enjoyable for players and spectators as it can be.”

A working group with representatives from 12 counties have agreed three main actions points from this recent survey:

  1. Set up a player engagement group with current and past players to discuss how these findings can be integrated into the new Camogie Development Plan.
  2. Commence a referee engagement process to include all stakeholders in a discussion around the policing of the game.
  3. Conduct a rules review to expand on initial statistical analysis in the report and develop an action plan on trialling news rules and making informed decisions around long term changes.

However, players are, in general, positive about the game, particularly in observations about increasing playing standards over the last 15-20 years. The club game was identified as an important factor in driving playing standards, technical skills and participation which suggests it requires further investment.

Other findings from the survey included:

  • 97% felt attendance growth is very important to camogie
  • 99% were willing to help move the game forward
  • 87% have a strong pride in the game

243 players responded to the survey carried out in January 2019 from across all grades and counties. A dedicated working group of players came together across several meetings to steer the player engagement and included some of the leading figures in the game; Cork’s Gemma O’Connor, Kilkenny’s Anne Dalton, Limerick’s Niamh Mulcahy, Dublin’s Aisling Maher, Clare’s Chloe Morey, Waterford’s Niamh Rockett, Westmeath’s Denise McGrath and Kildare’s Siobhan Hurley, among others.

The group has welcomed an initial player feedback forum organised by Camogie on Saturday as a step in the right direction, and hope to kickstart a process with all parties involved to work towards the actions raised in the report.