Lorrha Notes

A Real Treasure.

The 2021 Lorrha parish calendar is not to be missed and is a lovely keepsake or a present for anyone whether living away from home or not. You can purchase the calendar in the shop in Lorrha village, Colettes Hair salon, Pat Hough’s, Mulrooney’s at The Ferry, O’Meara’s Super Valu Portumna, Boathouse, Salmons, Lorraine’s hair salon, Heenan’s Borrisokane, Flynn’s of Carrigahorig, Buckley’s Super Valu, Birr. The calendar is packed with photos from the past and the present, and is out in time for the Christmas posting deadline. In this pandemic year where family may not be home for the Christmas, why not send them a piece of the parish in the shape of this calendar. If you would like to have a calendar posted to you, call (086) 8647166 or email info@

Church News.

Now that restrictions have eased for the Christmas season, and hopefully beyond, the ceremonies have returned to the usual times. Monday Mornings at 9.30am in Lorrha Church (except Bank Holidays), Saturday evening at 6.30pm in Lorrha Church and Sunday morning at 11.30am in Rathcabbin Church. Other Masses in the Pastoral area are Borrisokane: 7.00pm Saturdays and 10.30am Sundays. Terryglass: 9.30am Sundays. Kilbarron:8pm Saturdays.

Masses for Christmas this depends on the stability/situation of Covid -19.

Christmas Eve in Lorrha at  7:30pm and Rathcabbin at 9.pm.  There will be three Masses in Borrisokane, 2pm, 7pm and 9pm. Kilbarron at 6pm, Terryglass at 9pm.

On Christmas Day there will be Mass in Rathcabbin at 11am, Borrisokane 11am,Terryglass 9:30am.      Notices for Newsletter by noon on Thursday’s to lorrhaparishoffice@gmail.com. Follow us on Facebook: Lorrha & Dorrha Parish.

New Travel Plans.

Bus Éireann will continue to provide transport for essential journeys and is advising customers of updated guidelines under Level 3 of Ireland’s Plan for Living with Covid-19 which came into effect last week. Under Level 3 restrictions Bus Éireann and Expressway services will operate at a limited capacity of 50%. All travel should be limited within your county, unless the travel is essential -that is, for work, education and other essential purposes. Passengers are advised to only travel if it is absolutely necessary, to observe capacity signage on vehicles and continue the mandatory wearing of face coverings on all services. Passengers are advised under no circumstance to use public transport if they are experiencing any Covid-19 related symptoms, nor should public transport be used to travel to or from a Covid-19 testing centre.

Level 3 Restrictions.

As we all know at this stage, the country has moved to level 3 with some variations attached. This will last into January and depending on our behavior and the spread of the virus. We all hope there will not be a third lock down in the new year, but, that all depends on us and how we behave over the Christmas time. As businesses re-open with much relief for the Christmas season, and hopefully beyond, we must take responsibility for our own actions and heed the advice of the government and Nphet especially now in the run up and during the Christmas season.  From December 18th to January 6th , things relax a little more and we may have visitors in our homes from up to two other households and we may travel beyond our county too.  The advise is to plan ahead, limit our contacts, keep gatherings small and avoid large crowds.  Attendance at weddings and funerals remain at 25. Don’t forget, An Post will ensure free delivery of all cards and letters posted to and from residents of nursing and care homes in Ireland. Just write freepost where the stamp normally goes and make sure to include your own name and address on the back.

GAA News

AGMS: The club won’t be going down the line of having a virtual AGM, with the idea not to exclude any of our members, young or old. There is no date yet fixed for the meeting but it will take place in the clubhouse, in adherence to Covid guidelines, early in the new year.

Lotto: The jackpot is at €11’550 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at clubforce.com. Lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the clubhouse, at Mulrooney’s, Kelly’s, or at the Scéal shop. If you need Lotto envelopes, contact chairman Joe Dolan (0879673124), Hubert Duggan (0872185995) or Kevin Molloy (0876738986).  There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €11,400. The numbers drawn on 7 December were: 1-18-29-32. 1 Match 3: Brendan Brennan wins €120.

Promoters: Margaret Gleeson, John McLeish, Mulrooney’s Gala.

Next Monday’s jackpot is €11,550 with €100 Match 3 pot. Team 1 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support

North board: Best of luck to Michael Kennedy in his bid to become P.R.O of the North Tipperary board. Michael was our club secretary up until 2019, and we will all be supporting him.

Support local business: It is more important than ever to support the local businesses in our parish, in our local towns and we would urge all our members to shop local and support local when at all possible.

July 1996; Michael Cleary in action during the GAA Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final  Limerick v Tipperary at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick

Réabhlóid GAA is a new one-hour documentary that tells the story of how hurling redefined itself as a sport in the 1990s to truly become our national game.

For over a century, the hurling spoils were shared among the traditional three superpowers of Cork, Kilkenny and Tipperary. As the decade began there was no sign of the aristocracy being unseated. Then, in five minutes in 1994, the hurlers of Offaly sparked a revolution. Along came a collection of upstarts to destroy the old order, and go down in history as Ireland’s most charismatic, colourful and enduring personalities.

This is their story, their words and their deeds – in the defining period of modern hurling history. Réabhlóid GAA digs deep into an extensive archive of classic GAA shows- from Breaking Ball, Road to Croker, Committee Room, Championship Matters, Thank GAA It’s Friday – weaving together archive  interviews with unforgettable action from some of the greatest games of all time. Featuring, among others, Davy Fitzgerald, Ger Loughnane, Brian Whelahan, Johnny Dooley, Johnny Pilkington, Liam Griffin, Martin Storey, all in their heyday, these are the winners writing the history as they lived it.

In this forthcoming documentary, Tipperary’s Michael Cleary comments on his crucial goal against Kilkenny in the 1991 All Ireland Final. A free which would loop into the net has long been subject to debate as to whether the Nenagh man meant to intentionally go for goal or not. “I was just trying to be so careful putting the ball over the bar and as the bishop said the night after, he went for a point and had to be content with a goal. That about sums it up!” said Cleary. This is an epic retelling of an extraordinary time, from Offaly’s astonishing comeback, Biddy Early being banished in the Banner, the Boys of Wexford marching across the border, and the outrageous trilogy of 98, all played out in a rapidly evolving social and cultural landscape.

Réabhlóid GAA is the story of how, in one decade a sport, and a country, changed forever.  Relive Tipp’s All Ireland glory and the best of 90’s hurling with “Réabhlóid GAA” which goes out on TG4 at 9.30pm on Wednesday, December 16th.