Lorrha Notes

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.


There are a lot of scam text messages, phone calls and emails doing the rounds at the moment and the gardaí are warning people to be vigilant and check out such notifications if you receive one. The most recent text message doing the rounds is purportedly from the HSE asking people to confirm availability for the Covid vaccination, your PPS number, date of birth and address. Do not reply without checking with your doctor.  Others have received phone calls on a similar line except this time they are told that they have an appointment in a hospital and usually it’s a random hospital. The caller will offer to come to your home with the vaccine but first they are personal questions. You are advised not to entertain these people. An incident occurred recently in which an individual claiming to be from a reputable company phoned a homeowner who gave details of their bank account, which resulted in theft. The gardaí are advising everyone to be careful at all times.

Best of Luck.

Tipperary senior hurling manager Liam Sheedy has named his 37 man open ended training squad for the Allianz National Hurling League. The line up includes our own two Lorrha club men Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher and Brian Hogan. We wish them well for the forthcoming season.

Numbers Still High.

With numbers from the Covid-19 virus still remaining stubbornly high, the death rate has risen even higher with 342 deaths reported over a six day period last week, 42 more than the six days the previous week and almost 3,000 in total nationwide since March 2020.  That’s a lot of families left without loved ones because of this dreadful virus. There’s a new high in ICU also with 217 reported on Monday 25th. All very frightening indeed for us all.
The figures remain staggering and the hospitals are under huge pressure in order to cope, putting our front line workers under enormous pressure too and what a worrying time it is for them as they continue to give of their best in order to save lives. Under the level 5 restrictions, we are all required to restrict our movement to essential travel and stay within 5k of our homes. All are encouraged to work from home where possible with only essential businesses opening to the public while all schools remain closed indefinitely. Do continue to adhere to the public health guidelines and stay safe.


Sympathy is extended to the Lamb families on the death of Michael Treacy, Portumna which occurred on January 11th. Predeceased by his parents Bridget and Patrick, sisters Mary (Larkin), Dympna (McDonagh), Rita (McDonagh) and Chrissie (Lambe), and brother Pidge. He is deeply missed by his loving wife Theresa, sons Brendan and John, daughters Breda and Fiona, sisters in law, brothers in law, nieces, nephews, relatives, extended family, neighbours and friends. After funeral Mass in St. Brigids Church Portumna on Friday 15th. burial took place in  Kilmalinogue Cemetery, Portumna. May he rest in peace.

Dog Control.

 Gardai are asking all dog owners to secure their dog and make sure they know where their dog is at all times after a number of sheep attacks in recent weeks and as the lambing season gets underway.

Church News.

Both Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches remain open for anyone wishing to pray privately. Weddings can have up to six guests 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.

 Free Remote Tutoring.

Age Action’s getting started KIT programme provides free remote tutoring to older people to use the internet on their device. Please see the following link for further information or contact Age Action on 01-4756989 https://www.ageaction.ie/how-we-can-help/getting-started-kit.

Anniversary Masses.

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.

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.


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 the 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

Lending a Hand.

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.

GAA News.

Membership: Club membership for 2021 is now due. Membership rates are unchanged from last year. €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership); €20 – Juvenile (16 & under); €90 – Family (2 adults & 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children).

No player can play or train without having their membership paid.

Membership can be paid to registrar Louise Mannion (087659887) or online on either of4 the websites clubforce.com or foireann.ie, Contact Maureen (0872426965) if you are having issues signing up.

 Euro Millions: The club will be re-running the Euro Millions lotto fundraiser some time this year. There is €2300 in the fund with our numbers having come up once so far. Members will be made aware when we are re-launching it later in the year.

 Lotto: There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €12,450. The numbers drawn on 25 January were: 1-5-12-23. 3 Match 3’s share €140: Eamonn Maher, Johnny Moore, Eamonn & Farragh Maher. Promoters: Kevin Molloy, Thomas P Cahalan, Internet.
Next Monday’s draw will be for a jackpot of €12,600 with a Match 3 pot of €100. Team 8 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

The jackpot is at €12’600 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).

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