Lorrha Notes

The new lockdown to level 5 was announced on Monday evening by Taoiseach Micheal Martin coming into place on Wednesday 21st October.

Birthday Girl.

Many congratulations and good wishes is extended to Kathleen Houlihan, Lorrha who celebrated her 98th birthday on Monday last October 19th. Kathleen celebrated this wonderful occasion with her family. Happy birthday Kathleen and you are wished many more years of good health, happiness and contentment.


Tipperary County Council are preparing a directory entitled Repair and Reuse. Anyone wishing to be included can do so for free and this directory will be available to everyone for free when complete. This will be a great asset for everyone for free. If you are involved in any of the following services please email: annmarie.clifford@tipperarycoco.ie 

Bicycle repairs and servicing, clothes alterations, computer and mobile phones repairs, domestic appliances repairs, gutters and roof repairs, furniture repair and upholstery, heating and pluming repairs, lawnmowers and garden machinery repairs, leather and shoe repairs, old photos restoration and cassette tape to CD transfer, restoration of old windows, watches and jewellery repairs, window and door repairs, second hand shops and finally charity shops. Another web page to visit is www.repairmystuff which has a directory of people who carry out repairs and business.

Church News.

With level 3 restrictions in place again due to the second wave of Covid – 19, there will be no Mass celebrations for the next few weeks anyhow. However, The churches (Lorrha & Rathcabbin) will remain open for anyone wishing to pray privately.
Masses remain available remotely live at Borrisokane mass times- 7pm Saturday and 10:30am Sunday- and a recording from Fr Michael from Terryglass. Please check the following links:  www.twitch.tv/borrisokaneparish  /  www.killaloediocese.ie/parish/borrisokane/   www.terryglass/kilbarron https://bit.ly/3bhnxfj  Weekdays Masses on Webcam 10am.Tues, Thurs, Fri. from Borrisokane.
October is the Month of the Rosary.  Please continue to recite the rosary when possible, asking Mary our Mother to pray for us and keep us safe during this trying time.

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Sympathy is extended to the family of Matt Fogarty, Drominagh, Ballinderry who passed away peacefully on Wednesday Oct. 14th. at University Hospital, Galway. Matt was well known in our parish, in particular the Lorrha end. He will be sadly missed.
Predeceased by his wife Mary sisters Pauline and Bridie , sadly missed by his family, son Denis, daughters Christine, Breda and Annette, sons- in-law Enda, Chris and Michael, grandchildren Jeffrey, Jemma, Patrick, Finnan, Liam, Niamh, Billy, Sally and Tom , sister Sr Virgilius , nieces, nephews , friend Mary, cousins relatives neighbours and friends. After funeral Mass in Terryglass church on Saturday last the 17th  burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Creation of Community Hubs

Tipperary County Council in partnership with South Tipperary Development Company and North Tipperary Development Company are looking to support the provision of, rollout of, and promotion of Community Learning Spaces across County Tipperary.

We will conduct a survey of community facilities through Tipperary PPN to establish if the community facility has broadband and WIFI capability, a dedicated space that can be allocated to creating a learning/study space, capability of opening and closing the facility to match the demands of students requiring allocated times, heating and provision of comfortable operating environment, will ensure that all Covid 19 guidelines are followed to ensure the safety of those attending and using the learning spaces are adhered to. We will then support the applicable community facilities with provision of desk, screen and sanitisation unit and also promote the facility as having the learning space available.

To register your interest in this project please Postal Returns can be sent to

Fiona Crotty, A/AO Community and Economic Development

Tipperary County Council, Ballingarrane House, Cahir Road, Clonmel, Co Tipperary E91E183

Email returns of Expression of Interest to fiona.crotty@tipperarycoco.ie

or  complete the form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/communitylearningspaces

For more information contact Fiona Crotty on fiona.crotty@tipperarycoco.ie or 0761 06 6223.

Help Line:

A COVID-19 support line is available for older people and is managed by ALONE,  a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

Wedding Bells:

Congratulations to Mairead Cahalan and Graham Neary who were married in The Church of the Holy Redeemer, Redwood on Saturday 10th of October.  Mairead is daughter of Patrick and Kathleen Cahalan, Lordspark.  Best wishes to Mairead and Graham as they settle into their married lives together in Sallins Co Kildare.
Congratulations is also extended to Shane Brophy and Grace Fogarty who were married in St. James Church, Killea on Thursday 15th October. Shane is son of John and Marie, Lisballyard, Rathcabbin. Best wishes to Shane and Grace as they settle into married life in Nenagh.

Help Line:

The Irish Hospice Foundation national bereavement helpline, Free phone – 1800 807077 – Mon-Fri, 10am-1pm, Support Line, in partnership with HSE, provides comfort and support in these exceptional times.

Re-Use Month:

Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns committee wish to inform the community that October is Ireland’s National Reuse month. We should learn to value our stuff by using and reusing it for as long and as often as possible. Avoid waste so take a look around you and see how much you can reuse this month.

Hard Luck:

Commiserations to Celine Guinan and the Tipperary U16A camogie team who lost their first round opening All Ireland championship game to Galway on Sunday last on a score line of Galway 3.12 Tipperary 3.10.

Road Works Continue:

Temporary Road Closure R489 road from Portumna to Birr with works at The Pike, Rathcabbin and Ballincor, Lorrha, continues until  19.00hrs Friday 30th October to facilitate urgent works in the area.
The road remains closed from 07:00hrs – 19:00hrs Monday to Friday weekly.
Traffic travelling from Portumna will proceed along N65 southbound from the R489 Junction at The Ferry to Derrinvohil and R438 northbound to Walshpark. Traffic travelling from Walshpark will proceed along R438 southbound to Derrinvohil and the N65 northbound to The Ferry. Localised diversions will be in place for the duration of the closure.

Birthday Wishes:

Nancy Stewart form Clonard, Co Meath celebrated her 107th birthday on Friday16th of October. At the request of her granddaughter Louise, priests in every parish were asked to pray for Nancy to mark such a wonderful occasion. Although Nancy is in lockdown since March, she is in good health & good spirits and continues to keep her strong faith in God, who has helped her though many tough times. For anyone wishing to hear more about Nancy or contact her, please see http://www.facebook.com/livingandlaughingwithlou. Happy birthday Nancy.

GAA Notes:

Lotto:  There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €10,350. The numbers drawn on 19 October were: 6-18-27-32. No Match 3. Lucky Dips: Dermot & Noreen, Ann & John Nevin, Liam Reddish, Oliver Feighery. Promoters: Joe Cleary, Mulrooney’s Gala, Internet. Next Monday’s draw will be for a jackpot €10,500 with a Match 3 pot of €140 with Team 2 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support. You can play online at clubforce.com. Lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the clubhouse, at Mulrooney’s Gala or at Kelly’s Rathcabbin. If you need Lotto envelopes, contact chairman Joe Dolan (0879673124)

Hard luck: To Celine Guinan and the Tipperary U16 camogie team who lost to Galway in the All-Ireland Under-16 Championship at the weekend.

Lorrha Gear:  The Lorrha jersey, along with a wide-range of Lorrha gear is now available to buy on the O’Neills website. You can check it out by following the link on our social media channels. The blue and white tops and shorts have the making of a great Christmas present.

An Post Giving A Helping Hand.

An Post has announced ‘Community Focus’, an expanded range of post office and postal delivery supports for customers and communities to help everyone stay connected now and into the future.

An Post Community Focus is a range of supports for customers, most particularly for older and vulnerable people who are living alone:

  • Postage to and from Nursing and Care Homes: New from An Post , recognising the increasing restrictions across the country and to bring a little joy, An Post will ensure free delivery of all card and letter mail posted to and from residents of Nursing and Care homes in the State.  By writing FREEPOST where the stamp normally goes, An Post will carry cards and letters without a postage stamp.
  • Check-In:  An Post delivery staff will continue to check in regularly with ‘seniors’ along their routes.  Family members of older or vulnerable customers can register for the free check-in service by completing the postal address and eircode of the customer at anpost.com/CommunityFocus.  These details will be relayed directly through An Post’s digital network to the customer’s local postperson who will call to the address at the earliest opportunity.
    Should any customer have a specific need for groceries, prescription etc, the postperson will link them up with ALONE, the national charity ensuring personal support to older and vulnerable people,  lined to the wider Local Authority Community Response Forum.
  • Postage Pick-Up for Older/Vulnerable customers:  If older or vulnerable customers are unable to get out to buy stamps for cards or letters, their postman or postwoman will pick up their mail from their home and An Post will cover the postage for them.
  • Newspaper Delivery:  An Post will provide same-day delivery of newspapers for older and vulnerable customers Monday to Friday.  Customers can find out more at anpost.com/CommunityFocus or newsdelivery.ie
  • Temporary Agent for Post Office Social Welfare Collection: Customers can nominate a Temporary Agent to collect their social welfare payments (eg Pension) at the Post Office.  Forms  are available at all post offices and anpost.com/Communityfocus.    In addition to clear signage and social distancing measures, Post Offices have also designated 9am – 11am on Fridays as the dedicated period for seniors or vulnerable customers to collect social welfare payments and do other business.
  • Discounted Parcel postage for SMEs–  Full details at anpost.com

“An Post delivery staff and Postmasters across the country are pleased to play their part in helping to keep everyone safe and connected through the winter.   And we ask that people of all ages join in by doing their bit for communities across Ireland. We’ll get through the winter months together by looking after each other and sending the love” said Dublin Postman, Vincent Frawley who delivers in the Stillorgan area.

                                                                            Stay Safe Everyone