Lorrha Notes

Biodiversity Day

Biodiversity is a word which refers to the variety of life around us. Caring for biodiversity is everyone’s responsibility and has huge benefits for us all. To raise awareness about this and to help you discover how you can be actively involved in protecting and enhancing our local wildlife, this event is being organised jointly by Lorrha Development Association, Lorrha N.S. and Sceal. It will take place on Wednesday, 5th June between 10.30 and 12.30 at the Community Hall, Lorrha. Michael O’Meara, MCC who is a beekeeper and a wildlife enthusiast, will be the guest speaker on the occasion.  Weather permitting the event will take place outdoors in the area in front of the hall and refreshments will be available. Everyone is welcome.

Tidy Towns:

The judging of the TidyTowns competition begins this week, the first week in June, as usual. We, Lorrha Development Association, acknowledge and appreciate the work that people have undertaken over the past few weeks or so; the planting, painting, grass cutting, cleaning and tidying up which has been done all contributes to the overall impression of a well kept village as noted by many of our visitors over the years. Special thanks to our hard-working RSS employee, Tommy Cahalan, who is putting in a tremendous effort to have as much as possible done ahead of the judging. Two recent visits from the Co. Council sweeper have been a great help. However, much still remains to be done, specifically the sweeping of the footpaths, removal of weed growth, tidying/weeding of flowerbeds and of course help with the watering of the flowers throughout the summer months. We welcome your help and co-operation for any of this.

Annual Event.

Rathcabbin National School annual sponsored family walk and Tractor run will take place on Sunday June 9th at 12.30 after Mass. All are welcome to come along and take part. Any further information to Clare on (087) 1364936.

Good Luck.

The best of luck to all students from the parish who commence their Leaving Certificate exams this Wednesday June 5th.

Late Bridie Duggan Daly.

108 year old Bridie Duggan, sister of the late Tom Duggan, Portland, passed away quietly and without any fuss, as she had lived, on Wednesday May 29th in the U.S.
Born in the parish of Ballinakill, Loughrea in Co. Galway on February 13th 1911, one of ten children, six brothers and three sisters. On April 29th 1929 at the age of 18, she emigrated to the U.S.  Her brother Tom brought her to Cobh to board the boat. Her parents had arranged that she would live with her Aunt and cousins in Somerville, Massachusetts. She met her husband William Daly from Cork at an Irish dance there in 1936.  They married in 1939 and went on to have six children, four boys, Bill, David, Michael and Jerry, and two girls Mary Anne and Kathleen.  Unfortunately, William died a young man in 1960 leaving her with a young family aged from 4 to 16 years.
Bridie’s last visit to Ireland was in 2017 where she met up with all her relations in Lorrha, Galway and her in-laws in Cork. On that occasion she visited Lorrha N.S. where two of her   great – grandchildren, Lisa and Niall Duggan were pupils and where she reminisced about her own schooldays. A remarkable lady for her years, she didn’t need glasses to read nor did she need hearing aids. She was planning another trip back to Ireland this August but sadly passed away before realizing that treat once again.
Predeceased by her husband William, sons Bill, David and Jerry, she is survived by her brothers Kevin (U.S), Henry (Balliakill, Loughrea), son Michael, daughters Mary Ann and Kathleen, sons in law, daughters in law, grandchildren, great – grandchildren, relatives and a wide circle of friends both in Ireland and in the U.S.,  the Duggan families Lorrha and the Daly family (Cork) to whom sympathy is extended. Bridie will be laid to rest in Arlington Cemetery near Boston with her husband and sons in the coming weeks. May she rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to Louis and Kathleen McCormack, Abbeyville on the death of his cousin Mary Quillinan, Tipperary Town which occurred on Saturday 25th May. After funeral Mass in St. Michael’s Church, burial took place in St. Michael’s cemetery, Tipperary. May she rest in peace.

News From Lorrha School.

Congratulations and well done to our 6th class pupil Conor Kennedy who represented the school in the Primary games during half time on Sunday last of the Tipp v Clare SHC game in Ennis. Well done Conor and many good wishes for the future.

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.
First Friday Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha Church on 7th June at 8.00pm. Mass in Lorrha Church on Saturday 8th June at 6.30pm and in Rathcabbin church the following day at 11.30am.

Summer Camp

Busy bodies Summer Camp 2019 takes place in Killeen National School, starting July 1st for 3 weeks. Age 3yrs to 10 yrs. Hours – 9.30am to 3pm, for more information please phone Ann at 087 9625218.  Forms available in Credit Union, Birr.

Irish Church Music Summer School

From 2-5 July, this annual event is a great opportunity for Church choir leaders to keep up with new music and singing that is appropriate for liturgy.  We recommend that at least two people from each choir make a special effort to attend for a day. The venue is St Patrick’s College Maynooth and it is a lovely day out. The parish will pay the cost of day. Contact Fr Tom 067-27105 to book.

Coffee Morning.

As part of Nursing Home Ireland week, St. Kieran’s Care Home Rathcabbin are holding a coffee morning on Friday 14th June from 10.20 to 12 noon. All are very welcome to attend.

Well Done.

Congratulations to Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher and Brian Hogan and the Tipperary senior team who defeted Clare last Sunday June 2nd and commiserations to Colm Fogarty and the Minor team who lost out to their Clare rivals.
Also, well done to Conor Kennedy and Robert Duffy who played with the Tipp Primary selection at half time during the senior game. Well done lads.


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.

A Hooley In The Hall.

The Aglish Sociable ladies are organising their forthcoming grand finale of their present fundraiser, which will take place on Saturday night 15th June in Aglish Hall.  The hooley in the hall will kick off from 6pm with live music by Colin Kenny, Sarah and Simon and Sean Gleeson. There’s going to be plenty of craic and the all important BBQ too. The draw for the raffle tickets which are presently on sale, will also take place with spot prizes galore on the night.  A great evening / night is guaranteed. So mark the date in your diary and don’t forget to be there. All proceeds will go to Suaimhneas and North Tipp Hospice.

Young People’s Musical Bursary Fund.

Would you like to win a Gradam Ceoil TG4 Bursary to attend classes at the Willie Clancy Summer School? Gradam Ceoil TG4 introduces ‘Sparánacht Ghradaim Ceoil TG4’ – a new bursary scheme to support young players and their families to attend Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy in Miltown Malbay.
Two bursaries will be awarded in the first year of the scheme to support one student between 12 and 15 years of age and one student of 15 to 18 years of age.
Each bursary will cover costs of tuition for an instrument of choice and up to €500 expenses for the student towards accommodation and costs.
To apply, upload a clip of you playing a tune and a short written or spoken pitch (in English or in Irish) on why you should win this bursary to eolas@gradam.ie by June 16th.