Lorrha Notes


Victoria Cross Set For Ireland.

Lorrha Development were last week delighted to receive news that Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan was to announced on Thursday April 25th that the Victoria Cross which was awarded to Martin O’Meara, is to visit Ireland from next July.  Back in 2013 when Lorrha Development erected the monument in Martin’s memory in the village, very little was known about him, and  indeed about his life in the Army.  However, the memorial has attracted a lot of interest from people far and near with everyone in his native parish now familiar with his story.
102 years after Sergent O’Meara last visited his family in Lorrha, his Victoria Cross will be brought from the Australian Army Museum of Western Australia to be displayed during a 12 month loan to the National Museum of Ireland. This is a highly significant and generous gesture, and marks the very first occasion that a Victoria Cross owned by the Australian Government has been allowed to leave Australia. There will certainly be great excitement when the medal arrives in Ireland. What a boost for our village.
Lorrha Development invite you to watch this space for further details as they become available.

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.
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.

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.

Refresh Lorrha.

With summer just around the corner Lorrha Development /Tidy Towns are organizing several work evenings over the coming weeks to refresh and enhance the village. 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 if you can, do bring sweeping brushes, spade/shovel, barrow if you have them. If you cannot bring implements, don’t worry, just come along yourself. 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. Let’s all work together and support each other as many hands make light work.


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.

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.


Aglish ladies club wish to offer thanks to everyone who turned out in such fine numbers on Sunday last to participate in the 5k and 10k walk. Also all who helped in whatever way and the local Gardai for their assistance. All money raised from the proceeds will go to North Tipp Hospice.

Memorial Day.

Offaly Commemoration of Irish Famine victim will hold their ‘Memorial Day’ in Kilcormac, Cadamstown, Rahelin and Ballyboy on Sunday 12th May. Ceremonies commence with Mass in Kilcormac Church at 11.30am. followed by ceremonies in Cadamstown at 12.30pm, Rahelin at 1.40pm and in Ballyboy at 3.15pm. Famine walk Rahelin to Ballyboy starts at 1.50pm. All are welcome to attend. Enquiries to PRO at (057) 9135328. ‘Least We Forget’.

GAA News

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €11,250. Lotto No’s – 29 April: 3-23-29-30
3 Match 3’s share €120: K Coughlan& S Hartigan, Tommy Smyth and Maher family.
Promoters: Darina Kelly, D&K Mannion, Internet.
Next Monday’s draw will be for a jackpot of €11,400 with a Match 3 pot of €100 so make sure you are in the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Senior: Well done to the senior hurlers who defeated Newport 0-24 to 2-17 in Newport on Sunday to go top of Group 2 of Division 2 of the County League.

Their next game is at home to Golden Kilfeacle in Moatfield on Saturday, 11th May, time to be confirmed.

Junior Hurling: The junior hurlers recorded their second win of the North Junior ‘B’ League on Sunday with a 6-14 to 2-13 victory away to Nenagh Eire Og. Their next game is at home to Portroe next Saturday at 7.00pm

Minor Hurling: Lorrha Rovers Gaels return to Minor League action this Thursday when they take on Burgess in Kilcolman at 7.00pm

Under 16: Lorrha Rovers footballers bowed out of the Under 16 ‘B’ Championship last Monday week with a 7-7 to 1-4 quarter final loss to Newport.

Under 14: The Under 14’s conceded a walkover to Moneygall/Clonakenny in their third football championship match last week.

Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw: The new Tipperary Clubs Draw starts on Friday 10thMay. Last year, the club had 210 subscribers, up from 153 the previous year and we’d like to thank also those who joined. We are looking to increase that figure again with half the ticket sales staying with the club. We also have a special package where those who join the Tipp Draw and the Lorrha GAA lotto for one year, can do so for €180 (Tipp Draw €100 plus €80 for the Lotto of the year, 52 lotto draws for the price of 40). Club members will be promoting both draws in the coming weeks and we ask for your support.

Lotto: The next draw will take place on Monday night for a jackpot of €11,400 with a Match 3 pot of €100. Thank you for your continued support.

Social Dancing: continues on Friday to the music of Country Flavours. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.