Lorrha Notes

Merry Christmas to everyone and stay safe

Parish Calendar.

Don’t forget to get your copy of the 2021 Lorrha parish calendar which is not to be missed and is a lovely keepsake or a present for anyone whether living be it home or abroad. 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 as usual is packed with photos from the past and the present.  If you would like to have a calendar posted to you, call (086) 8647166 or email info@

Church News.

The following Mass times are in operation. 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, Borrisokane: 7.00pm Saturdays and 10.30am Sundays. Terryglass: 9.30am Sundays. Kilbarron:8pm Saturdays.

Christmas Eve in Lorrha at 7:30pm. This Mass will be live streamed on  https://youtu.be/bkYCkA840CU.  Rathcabbin at 10pm.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.
As you see there are extra Masses but the restriction to 50 and social distancing means that it will be impossible to provide for everyone who wishes to attend a Christmas Mass. Terryglass will have a recording of a Christmas Mass www.terryglass/kilbarron So, we recommend the following as the way forward and beg for your understanding: –

  1. First come first admitted till the limited capacity is filled. Note the total time permitted is one hour, mass and entry and exit included.
  2. The well wrapped up could stay with strict social distancing outside the doors listening to speakers.
  3. You could follow the Mass on webcam (from Borrisokane)
  4. You could watch, listen to parish Masses from home and receive Holy Communion at weekday Masses leading up to Christmas: Lorrha 9:30am Mon 21st , Borrisokane 7pm Tuesday 22nd and Kilbarron 7.30pm Wednesday23rd. (Think of the 12 days of Christmas)
  5. Mark Christmas at home with a special liturgy and visit a crib in the parish and pray there.
  6. We aim to keep Masses to 40 mins as there is ventilation and cleaning required in between Masses.

Our priority is that everyone is safe as we celebrate the wonderful feast of Christmas with restrictions that we hope we will never see again. It is now a mandatory for everyone including the priest to wear face masks except when public speaking.
Feast of Holy Family Sunday 27th December masses as follows:
Kilbarron 9:30 am, Borrisokane 10:30am, Rathcabbin 11:30am Please note: There will be no Mass on Saturday.26th December.


Redwood NS is now accepting applications for enrolment for the 2021/2022 school year. Application & registration forms are available from our website www.redwoodns.ie. Or email the school redwoodns@live.ie and we will post forms to you.

Lorrha & Dorrha Camogie Club

At our recent AGM the following positions we confirmed for 2021:

Chair – Caroline O Brien, Vice Chair – Clare Fogarty, Treasurer – Aoife Brady, Assistant Secretary                                   Pauline Hoctor, PRO – Celine Cleary.
The club would like to thank the Coaches, Mentors, players and parents for the commitment that was given to our Adult and Underage teams throughout a challenging year. There were some great team performances culminating in our 3rd County Final in a row appearance and at underage winning a U12 Shield Final after a 22 year gap. Current players Katie Kennedy, Catherine O’Meara and Elaine Hogan were part of that team.
Well done to all girls who represented our club so well during the year and continued success to Clodagh McIntyre as a member of the Tipperary Senior panel.
The club would also like to acknowledge the support of the Senior Club and those who provided donations /sponsorship during the year. We extend best wishes to Bernie Cleary and we wish a safe and happy Christmas to our members and supporters.

Wedding Bells:

Congratulations is extended to Sarah Houlihan and Danny Mangan who were married in The Church of the Holy Redeemer, Redwood on Friday 18th December. Sarah is daughter of Maeliosa (O’Donoghue) and Tommy Houlihan, Tullamore and Redwood.  Best wishes to Sarah and Danny as they settle into their married lives together in Daingean.

Marriage Preparation during Covid:

Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112.

Rathcabbin Community Hall Ltd

The hall needs your help. It requires vital repairs to the roof. If repairs are not made unfortunately the hall will have to close. Due to Covid restrictions no fundraising can be held at the moment, which means we are looking for support from the community.   No matter how small of a donation it will all help. You can donate on line on our gofundme.com page. You can also donate by cash (envelopes are available in church porch and from Kelly’s shop or from any Hall Committee members).

Christmas Wishes.

Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns wish to extend a happy and peaceful Christmas to everyone and many blessings in the new year. Stay safe.

Third Lockdown Looming.

With covid – 19 numbers stubbornly rising again, this Christmas is going to be so different for each and everyone of us. Again, we await a government announcement on new restrictions and as we wait for the ‘magic’ that a vaccine which might be rolled out before the end of this month. But let us not forget, present restrictions continue and we shouldn’t forget that in our time of rushing about in preparation for Christmas. Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said that the relaxation period of restrictions is expected to be shortened.  Speaking on RTÉ News the Taoiseach said that he had spoken to Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan who is concerned about the growing number of Covid-19 cases in Ireland.He said that the National Public Health Emergency Team would be recommending to shorten the relaxation period of current restrictions, meaning they would finish earlier than the original 6 January date. He added that the government was taking the situation “very seriously”. So do keep safe everyone because you do not want to catch this awful virus or pass it on to someone else. Take care.

GAA News.

There  was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €11,700. The numbers drawn on 21 December were: 11-13-14-31. No Match 3.
Lucky Dips: Sadie Dolan, Ann Lambe, Danny Lynch, Ava,Lexie,Leah&Grace Delaney.
Promoters: Agnes Sherlock, Madeleine Maher, SCEAL shop.

Lotto Christmas Draw winners: Geraldine Nevin White, Michael Naylor, Trish & Des Donoghue, Rory Coen, Grainne Meagher, Tommy Deely, Kathleen Christie, Eoin Mannion.

Promoters: N Houlihan, J McLeish, K Molloy, L Reddish, T Cahalan, M Hough, B Houlihan, J Cleary.

Next Monday’s draw will be for a jackpot of €11,850 with a Match 3 pot of €120 so make sure you are in the draw. Team 3 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support. Happy Christmas to all our lotto supporters

Happy Christmas: to our players, members, supporters and a prosperous new year to all.