Lorrha Notes

Muireann Kennedy, Rathcabbin NS who recently won 1st place in the under 7 section of Birr Credit Union art competition, theme ‘The Walk of Life” pictured with her mother Siobhan and older sister Clodagh.

The 19th edition of the very popular Lorrha Parish Calendar  has been printed and is available from the following. Pat Hough, Colettes Hair and Beauty, the Lorrha shop, Flynn’s Carrigahorig. In Portumna. Salmons Newsagents, The Boathouse Newsagents, Lorraine’s Hair Salon and O’Meara’s Super Valu, Buckley’s Super Valu in Birr and Heenan’s of  Borrisokane.
Packed with photographs from the past and the present, the calendar is a lovely gift for family or friends living away from home, to be used all year round, so it’s out in time to post before Christmas.
Lorrha Development /Tidy Towns are extremely grateful to everyone who has contributed as without your support their simply wouldn’t be a calendar.
If you would like a copy posted to you, email info@ or call (086) 8647166


Many thanks to everyone who helped and supported the Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns in whatever way, at the Annual Christmas market and Auction on Sunday last. To all who donated items for the raffle and auction, those who attended and made purchases and to all who made the day so enjoyable, we appreciate your support. A special word of thanks to Santa for taking time out of his busy schedule to pay a visit and meet with the boys and girls. Apart from the Annual Calendar, this is the only fundraiser the Tidy Towns committee have in the year, which is so vital to keep the wheel turning.
The winners of the raffle were, Hamper – J.J. Maher, Biscuits – Louise Killeen, Bt. Wine – Adrian Boucher, cake – Michael O’Meara. Six people correctly guessed the weight of the cake and after all six names were put in a hat Sean Reid was the lucky name pulled out. Well done to all the prize winners.

Lorrha Camogie Club

Many thanks to those who supported and contributed to our annual Bake Sale on Sunday last during the Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns Christmas market and Auction.  A total of  €395 was raised.

Church News.

Sunday Masses Redwood, 1st & 3rd Saturday’s at 6.30pm, Lorrha, 2nd, 4th & 5th Saturdays at 6.30pm. Rathcabbin, Sunday’s at 11.30am

Week Day Masses Monday 9.30am in Lorrha (no Mass on Bank Holidays)

Cois Deirge Pastoral Area:

The Pastoral Councils of our 3 parishes met with Bishop Fintan and the diocesan pastoral team recently. The following points were highlighted.

Necessity has fuelled cooperation between parishes with pastoral planning taking place with our two co- parish priests working well, with more give and take & a volunteering spirit.

A developing confidence in lay leadership in the community and in   leading liturgy was noted.

The decline in church attendance was broken down as a 1/3 attending, 1/3 somewhat interested and 1/3 with little interest in faith.

The challenge of the next Pastoral Plan 2021- 2031 is to tailor the response

to each pastoral area

The nurturing of faith with the young in a culture of competition with so many other choices is very challenging and it is the reality that we face today.

Safeguarding Review for the Diocese of Killaloe:

The Diocese of Killaloe has invited the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) to conduct a review of safeguarding practice.  This is the second phase of such a review. This review will take place in January, 2020 If you have any views about Safeguarding in the diocese of Killaloe, we invite you to come forward to the diocese or to the NBSCCCI at (01-5053124).If you wish to report a child safeguarding concern, please contact Ms. Cleo Yates, Director of Safeguarding / Designated Liaison Person (DLP) at 087-3553024, Fr. Pat Malone, Deputy Designated Liaison Person at 086-8096074.or An Garda Síochána or TUSLA.

Rathcabbin Lights.

Rathcabbin Christmas lights will be switched on after a Christmas Sing along in Rathcabbin Church on Wednesday 11th December. This sing song will take place after the Rathcabbin NS Nativity so a wonderful evening of entertainment is promised featuring great local talent. All are welcome to get into the spirit of Christmas on this special night.

TV Game Show Appearance.

Bridie O’Brien of Barna in Co. Galway was the lucky winner of €43,000 after she got to spin the wheel on the TV game show “Winning Streak” on Saturday night last. Bridie is married to Rathcabbin man John O’Brien and she explained that her mother bought the scratch card for her son in-law who celebrated his birthday recently. Well done Bridie and John.

Annual Christmas Party.

North Tipperary Ploughing annual Christmas party will take place on Saturday December 14th at 7.30pm in The Yanks, Borrisokane. Anyone wishing to attend must book beforehand by calling Denis on (087) 7793719.


A Christmas Flower Demonstration by Richard Haslam will be held in Lorrha Community Hall on Mon 9th Dec at 7.30pm. Tickets €10.   Booking 087 2324800. All Richard’s arrangements will be raffled at the end of the demonstration.

RAGS Golfing Society.

RAGS golfing society AGM will take place in Friar’s Tavern on Thursday night December 5th at 8.30pm. New members welcome.

Save the Date.

Lorrha Junior ‘B’ footballers are holding a table quiz on Friday 13th December at 9.00pm in Kelly of Rathcabbin. There will also be a raffle on the night.  Funds raised will go towards the development of Gaelic football in the club. So make it a date for great fun and craic as well as meeting the neighbours!


Tony Reddin Park: The official renaming of the club grounds in Moatfield to Tony Reddin Park will take place in the GAA Centre next Saturday, 7th December at 7.30pm.

GAA President John Horan will be the special guest and will officially unveil the plaque along with members of the Reddin family. MC on the evening will be RTE’s Damien O’Meara. Members of the 1956 Lorrha senior hurling team that won the North Tipperary Championship will also be present while the will be a formal presentation of the Lorrha’s participation in the GAA’s Healthy Club project. All are welcome to attend what will be a special night.

Under 21 Hurling: Well done to the Under 21 hurlers on their 2-14 to 1-11 win over Borris-Ileigh in the North ‘B’ Championship semi-final in Puckane on Saturday. Alan O’Meara and Sean Balfry got the goals with Colm Fogarty also in top form to help Lorrha Rovers Gaels progress to the final against near neighbours Borrisokane this Sunday, 8th December in Puckane at 12 noon. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

North Under 21 ‘A’ Hurling Final: Because it isn’t possible to play the North U21 ‘B’ Hurling final on Saturday and with it having a Sunday fixture, Tony Reddin Park will not be hosting the U21 ‘A’ final on Sunday.

Table Quiz: Lorrha GAA Club will hold a Table Quiz fundraiser in Kelly’s, Rathcabbin on Friday 13th December at 9.00pm. Tables of 4 – €40. Funds raised will go towards the development of Gaelic football in the club. All support would be appreciated.

Senior AGM: The Annual General Meeting of Lorrha & Dorrha GAA senior club will take place in Rathcabbin Hall on Thursday 19th December at 7.45pm. All are invited to attend. Only 2019 paid up members are entitled to take part in any vote on the night.

Juvenile AGM: The Annual General Meeting of Lorrha juvenile club took place last Monday night. Full report next week.

Juvenile Football: Well done to Rory Duffy and Donnacha O’Meara who have been part of the North Tipperary U14 & 15 Football panels who have been competing in the Mick Frawley and Tom Collum Cups this month.

Kevin Cahalan lined out with the Tipperary U16’s in the Fr Manning Cup.

Lotto: The jackpot is at €4,800 with a Match 3 pot of €120. You can play online at www.clubforce.com

Social Dancing: in the GAA Centre on Friday, 6th December with John Molloy. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.