Lorrha Notes

Darragh Bennett, Lorrha is a mad passionate Tipperary fan. He has the family garden decorated to the hilt with Tipp flags and bunting and he isn’t finished yet, continuing to add to the decorations every day. And because Darragh lives beside a very busy main road, his display slows the traffic. Darragh’s message to the public is Tipp are back in the All Ireland final and his message to the players and management is ‘Bring Liam Home’.    Well done Darragh… 

Good Luck.

The best of luck is extended to Clodagh McIntyre and the Tipperary Intermediate camogie team who play Galway in the All Ireland Intermediate semi-final on Saturday next 17th  at 2.00pm in Cratloe, Clare. The best of luck also is extended to Brian Hogan and the Tipperary senior hurling team in the All Ireland final on Sunday 18th against Kilkenny.

 Church News.

Please Note that all details of Mass times, dates and contact numbers are detailed on the parish web site www.lorrhadorrha.ie Vigil Mass in Redwood Church on Saturday August 17th at 6.30pm and in Rathcabbin  Church the following day at 11.30am.


The annual young adult Catholic conference takes place in All Hallows College, Dublin on Saturday August 31st and Sunday September 1st. This is a fantastic week-end packed full of interesting events for young Catholics. Prices range from €25 to €50, accommodation also available. For further details visit our website www.legionofmary-deusetpatria.com or contact Lucy on (087) 9959803.

St. Pio Mass.

Mass to St. Pio will be celebrated in St. Brendan’s Church, Birr on Thursday evening August 22nd at 7.30pm with Rosary at 7.00pm.


Sympathy is extended to Kathleen Hughes, Portland  on the death of her sister which occurred recently. Burial took place in Cavan. May she rest in peace.

New Arrivals.

Congratulations is extended to the Heagney family, Patrice and Garret on the birth of their twin daughters Saoirse and Sadhbh born last week. Two little sisters for Aoibhin. Well done to all and all and many good wishes for the future.

Various Acts Wanted.

Can you sing, play a musical instrument, tell a story or recite a poem? And if you have such a talent, can you spare five minutes of your time on Sunday September 15th between 2 and 6pm for North Tipp Hospice. A music event with singing and dancing, will take place on that day in Friars Park, Lorrha and the organising committee are asking people to donate a little time to make this evening one to remember. If you are free and prepared to give some time of your talents, please call (087) 9317812 or (086) 8647166. It’s for a very good cause.

Lorrha/Dorrha Parish Golf Classic.

The Lorrha and Dorrha Golf Society 30th Anniversary outing planned for last Saturday, had to be cancelled due to heavy rain the previous day, and again on Saturday. The organisers will now be looking at other dates to hold the outing. Watch this space for further details.

Fencing Demo

“Join us Saturday August 19th for a fencing demonstration. Fencing was a form of sword fighting which dates back as early as the 12th century. This will be a fun and informative demonstration for young and old and you might get the chance to yield a sword yourself.
Following the demonstration there will be live traditional Irish music and dancing. Tea/coffee and light refreshments will then be offered by the cosy stove in the main hall. This event will take place on the second and third floor of a 13th century castle so please be conscious of this when planning your visit.  This event is free to the public however donations are widely accepted.
For further inquiries please contact Coleesa on 00353877479566, email redwoodcastleireland@gmail.com or message us here.  We look forward to welcoming you to Redwood Castle to preserve and promote our rich cultural heritage. ”

Note of Thanks.

Rathcabbin Hall committee would like to thank Lakeshore Community Market for bringing their event to Rathcabbin on Saturday last. Thank you to the hall committee for volunteering their time and to everyone for supporting this community gathering, including Rory Cunningham for the fantastic music and Basketry Barry for the demonstration. It was a wonderful community occasion.


The Woodford furnace festival will take place from August 19th to 25th. There will be charcoal making, furnace building, smelting and forging taking place throughout the week. There is also a series of events at the Woodford Heritage Centre, all free of charge. Please call (090) 9749309 for details or check out www.furnacefestival.org/programme.html or facebook Woodford Furnace Festival.

2019 Shorelines Art Exhibition

 Call to artists:  Please bring your art work to the Irish Workhouse Centre Portumna on either Sunday 1st September, 2.30pm-4.30pm or Monday 2nd Sept, 5pm-7pm.Exhibition Launch on Sunday, 8th Sept, 5pm-7pm. Full details on www.shorelinesartsfestival.com/calling-all-artists.html or call 087 6319890.

Starting your own Business Course

Starting your own Business course commencing in Birr on Wednesday, 11 September. Running over 6 consecutive Wednesday evenings until 16 October from 7 – 10 pm. Course fee only €70, or free to JSB or JSA payment recipients. For more information and to reserve a place, please contact Local Enterprise Office Offaly, on 057 9357480 or download an application form from their websitewww.localenterprise.ie/Offaly.


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.

Song for Nenagh

An original Songwriting Competition to celebrate Nenagh 800.

Entries are now open for Nenagh 800’s Song for Nenagh competition. Original songwriters are invited to submit an audio link for their entry in the form available at https://www.nenagharts.com/song-for-nenagh/  before the deadline of October 1st. The winner will be selected by independent judge singer & songwriter Luka Bloom.

Rules of Competition:
The entry must be new and original work of the songwriter, not already in the public domain. A songwriter can only submit 1 song. Closing Date October 1st. This competition is open to anyone from Nenagh, living in or originally from Nenagh or working in Nenagh and its surrounding area, and must be over 18 years of age. Entries must be submitted by an online link, please note no audio file is to be attached.Entries must include the full lyrics of the entry. The winner will be selected by songwriter Luka Bloom with decisions by the judge final. The prize is 1 day’s recording at Ballyhane Studio with Post Production Mix plus €200. The recording must be completed by December 30th.


Ifac urges beef farmers to seize opportunity to apply for BEAM Scheme

Ifac, the farming, food and agribusiness professional services firm, is encouraging beef farmers to apply for the Beef Exceptional Aid Measure Scheme (BEAM) if it’s relevant to them.

The details of the €100m support payment, being made available through the BEAM Scheme, have been announced by the Minister for Agriculture.

The scheme was set up to help beef farmers who experienced financial challenges due to drought in 2018, current low market prices and Brexit. The scheme will be open online to beef farmers from Monday, 19th August on the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine website (www.agfood.ie).

 The recent Farm Report 2019 from ifac showed that 61% of beef farmers failed to show a profit before EU payments, with the average farmer making a loss of €114ha before EU payments – a very worrying trend.

Cillian Denn at ifac’s office in Cahir looks at the details of the scheme:

“A Scheme such as this is very welcome in helping beef farmers. Before the Scheme opens next week, beef farmers need to review all the details to check if it’s available to them and that they are happy to fulfil the stated conditions. If they do meet the criteria, and conditions of the Scheme, they should apply online so that they don’t miss out on this opportunity for financial support.”

The following are the main details that apply to the scheme:


  1. Aid is available for adult cattle slaughtered between 24th Sept 2018 and 12th May 2019. The rate is €100 per animal with a maximum of 100 finished animals
  2. Aid is available for suckler cows calved in 2018. The rate is €40 per cow with a maximum of 40 cows per herd
  3. Dairy farmers with less than 40 dairy cows can also apply under the above criteria
  4. Animals controlled by slaughtering establishments and dealer/agent herds are not eligible.

The following are the measures that farmers must adhere to if applying for the scheme:


  • Beef producers must have an active DAFM herd number and have submitted a Basic Payment Scheme application for the year 2018
  • They must be a member of a Bord Bia Quality Assurance Scheme or DAFM Environmental Scheme
  • They must commit to reducing the production of manure nitrogen from livestock (bovine) per herd by 5% in the period – 1st July 2020 to 30th June 2021. The reference period will be from 1st July 2018 to 30th June 2019.

GAA News

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €4,200. Lotto No’s – 12 August: 12-17-21-29.
3 Match 3’s: Dennis Slevin, Eimear Moore, Tommy Smyth. Promoters: Pat Hough, Eamon Maher, Mark Kennedy.
Next Monday’s jackpot is €4,350 with €100 Match 3 pot. Team 3 in charge of the draw, Team 1 on Saturday rota. Thank you for your continued support.

Senior Hurling: With Tipperary progressing to the All Ireland Senior & Under 20 Hurling Finals, the club championship won’t resume 1-2 September. Tipperary will play Templederry in round 2 of the O’Riain Cup in their next game and will play Carrick Swans on 8-9 September. The North quarter final v Templederry has been fixed for Sunday 15th September in Dolla at 3.30pm.

Junior Hurling: Lorrha will play Silvermines in the North Junior ‘B’ Hurling Championship semi-final on Friday 16th August in Borrisokane at 7.00pm. Your support would be appreciated.

Junior Football: The junior footballers received a walkover from Galtee Rovers in the County Championship on Sunday, a result which sees the team progress to the quarter finals which will be played on 21-22 September.

Minor Hurling: The Minor hurlers defeated Ballinahinch/Templederry 2-16 to 1-16 in round 3 of the championship in Templederry last Wednesday. The final group game against Burgess will be played in Moatfield this evening, Wednesday, at 7.00pm

Under 16: Lorrha Rovers Gaels play Newport in the North ‘B’ hurling quarter final in Moatfield on Friday 16th August at 7.00pm. Your support would be appreciated.

Under 11: The under 11’s will begin their Plate competition campaign on Thursday 15th August at 7.00pm.

Tipperary: Best of luck to Brian Hogan, Patrick Maher and the Tipperary senior hurling team in the All Ireland Final against Kilkenny on Sunday.

Best of luck also to Clodagh McIntyre and the Tipperary intermediate camogie team in their All Ireland Semi-Final against Galway on Saturday in Cratloe at 2.00pm.

Lotto: The jackpot is at €4,350 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at www.clubforce.com

Social Dancing: in the GAA Centre on Friday, 16th August with Michelle Murphy. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.

Blood Donation Clinic: In the GAA Centre on Tuesday 27th August