Lorrha Notes

Don’t Forget.

Don’t forget to purchase your copy of the 2021 Lorrha parish calendar while it is still available. You can purchase the calendar in the shop in Lorrha village, Mulrooney’s at The Ferry, O’Meara’s Super Valu Portumna, Boathouse, Salmons, 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 and makes a lovely gift for anyone whether living at home or abroad.

Church News.

With Level 5 restrictions back in force, religious services move back on line. Both Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches will remain open for anyone wishing to pray privately. Weddings can have up  and six guests from 3rd. January and funerals can have ten people.
Masses are available online as follows:
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.

 Thank you

Frs. Tom and Michael would like to offer their gratitude to all who helped make the Christmas Liturgies so prayerful and meaningful.  To the team who kept and continue to keep our churches safe and organised throughout Covid-19, and all who are helping in any way.

 Anniversary Masses.

For anyone wishing to book an anniversary mass please contact the Parish Office on 090-9747009. Both Fr Tom and Fr Michael are happy to include anniversaries in their weekend masses, in Terryglass by audio on Saturday evenings and on webcam on Sunday mornings in Borrisokane.


Sympathy is extended to Phyllis Kennedy and the extended Kennedy family on the death of PJ Kennedy, formerly the Lake, who died in England last week. A young man only in his mid 60’s, PJ was well known in the parish through his involvement with the GAA.  May he rest in peace. Also to Phyllis on the death of her brother in-law Sean (Scrapper) Phelan, Borrisokane, which occurred on December 29th 2020. A fine hurler with his local club, Sean won several North championships in his time. Predeceased by his wife Kathleen, brother PJ, sisters Nancy, Sadie and recently deceased Teresa. Deeply regretted by his loving daughter Annemarie, Partner John and treasured grandson Jack, brother’s Mikie and Liam, sisters Maura and Biddy, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.
After funeral Mass in SS Peter and Paul’s Church Borrisokane on Thursday Dec. 30th burial took place in Nenagh road cemetery. May he rest in peace.

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.


If anything comes out of this experience, it is the realisation that togetherness and care are what gives us the strength to survive. It is not a weakness to ask for help. 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.
You can also contact the Samaritans:  Ph: 116,123, Text  087 2609090, email jo@samaritans.ie . Pieta House: Ph 1800 247 247, text HELP to 51444. Aware: Ph. 1800 804 848, email supportmail@:aware.ie

Back Again.

If anyone needs a helping hand during this latest Level 5 restrictions, Lorrha GAA club would like to offer their services whether it’s to collect groceries, collect prescriptions etc. Ring Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Niall McIntyre (0857623158), David Fogarty (0872681134), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) all of whom will be happy to help.

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).

Increase In Numbers Worrying.

2020 will be a year that we all want to forget because of the Covid 19 pandemic and the way it has interrupted the way we live, but we will remember it for the rest of our lives. Now that we are into a new year and a vaccine coming on stream, we are not out of the woods yet and recent figures are worrying. Over two thousand homes throughout the country are without loved ones because of this dreadful virus and with the number of Covid-19 cases continuing to increase, the Government have introduced new, harsher restrictions for the start of 2021 which were listed in the papers last week-end. The big message here is to have no visitors to your house and to stay at home. The re-opening of schools has been postponed until Monday 11th  January and this date will be looked at closer as the week progresses. These present restrictions could last well into February if the numbers of confirmed cases continues to increase. But we are all to blame for the sharp rise in numbers. The Government relaxed restrictions so we could all have as normal a Christmas as possible and as we now see, the gamble failed. So it’s back to the lockdown and remember, recovery begins with us. Stay safe.

GAA Notes.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €12,000. Lotto No’s – 4 January: 13-14-18-28. 2 Match 3’s share €140: Helen & Charlie Corrigan, Ronan & Eimear Moore. Promoters: Agnes Sherlock, Eamonn Maher, Sceal Shop. Next Monday’s jackpot is €12,150 with €100 Match 3 pot. Team 5 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Senior hurling: The management team of John McIntyre, Eamonn Maher, Martin Young and James O’Meara are staying on for the 2021 season.

Lotto: The jackpot is at €12,150 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 Gala, Kelly’s, or at the Scéal shop. If you need Lotto envelopes, contact chairman Joe Dolan (0879673124), Hubert Duggan (0872185995) or Kevin Molloy (0876738986).

Helping hand: Contact Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Tom Kennedy, (0879191689), Louis McCormack (0868493595), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) if a helping hand is needed.

RIP: Sympathies to the Kennedy family on the death of PJ, who lived in England and had a strong presence in the London GAA community. PJ was heavily involved with the Brothers Pearse club and was very good to any Lorrha players who were over in England.