Lorrha Notes

Barry Noyce who is a member of the Rathcabbin Hall committee, shows where the ceiling collapsed in the hall from the heavy weight of water. The rest of the ceiling is in a poor state needing renovation work without further delay.   The committee welcomes any new volunteers who would like to help in the upkeep of the community hall, whether through cleaning, painting or promotion.  Anyone wishing to contribute in whatever way, please contact  (087) 136 4936.       Pic: Rose Mannion.

Please help the Rathcabbin Hall committee from making a difficult choice about the future of the hall.  They are making a special appeal for your support right now. The community hall 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 the members 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/cheque (envelopes are available in church porch and from Kelly’s shop or from any Hall Committee members). The committee are asking the public to please get behind them on this issue as no one wants to see the hall closing permanently. For further information call

Lorrha & Dorrha Camogie Club.

The club would like to extend congratulations to Clodagh McIntyre on her recent selection to the Tipperary Senior Camogie panel for 2021 and for being nominated in the midflied position on the Tipperary Club team of the year 2020.
Membership to the camogie club will be €25 each for juvenile players, €40 for Students and  €60 for adults. Non playing adult is €30. Family membership can also be paid to the camogie which allows you the same benefits as the GAA club for ticket draws. Family of 2 adults and 2 children U18 is €90, capped at €100 for 3 or more children. We hope to have an update on when we can return to the training pitch at the end of February.

eLearning Courses.

Family Carets Ireland with support from the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Dormant Accounts Fund which is administered by Pobal, has launched a suit of free eLearning courses providing information and guidance to those caring for loved ones at home and can be accessed through www.familycarers.ie  The courses cover the key aspects of caring ie self care, coping with grief, nutrition and hydration, positive communication, and continence care. Eack key aspect includes an introduction and over view of the topic and allows family carers to work through the information at a time and pace that suits them. Further information is available by calling free phone 1800 24 07 24 or visit www.familycarers.ie


Rathcabbin National School is now taking enrolments for the next school year. Contact Mr. DArcy at the school for information or have it sent out by  text/ring 0864140102 or email principal@rathcabbinns.ie. Thank you.

 The Fight Is On.

Good news for Tipperary with the county recording the 14-day Covid-19 incidence rate is now the sixth lowest in the country as the fight against this deadly virus steps up a gear from last Monday Febuary 8th. 40 centers will open Nationwide in the coming weeks to administer the Covid vaccination. From Monday Frontline workers are due to receive their first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine after 21,600 vials arrived in the country over the week-end from Belgium and was placed in cold storage awaiting its distribution on Monday

HSE chief clinical officer Dr Colm Henry told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland last Monday that older people were being prioritised as an at risk group. He said that the aim of phase three is to get through the over 70s with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. He also stated that at the moment 43,000 vaccines is coming in each week and that’s increasing in February and March. This is great news for everyone.
Also from Monday people living in Northern Ireland who cross the Irish border without a reasonable excuse face a €100 fine.  So this means that if gardai stop a car with a driver and two passengers then each of the three adults will receive a fine of €100. Under Ireland’s current Covid-19 public health restrictions, travel is restricted to within five kilometres of a person’s home except for essential reasons. People travelling to an airport or port to take a holiday abroad are liable for a €500 fine for undertaking a non-essential journey. This is only right in an effort to stop the spread of this deadly virus.  Do continue to adhere to the public health guidelines and stay safe.


Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of Gerry McHugh, Dublin, and late of Portland, Lorrha, who passed away in recent weeks. May he rest in peace.
Sympathy is also extended to the family and friends of Martin Connolly Birr and late of Walshpark, Rathcabbin who passed away last week. May he rest in peace.

Weather Alert.

Spring is in the air and the stretch in daylight is indeed welcome during these difficult times but the next eight to ten days are going to bring an Arctic blast as temperatures are set to plummet to -5C bringing heavy snowfall over most of the country and severe frost with ice. Gardai are advising motorists and pedestrians to take extreme care on the roads as conditions could prove challenging as it will be bitterly cold with a severe wind chill and the heavy frost will bring black ice. Take it easy everyone.


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.


Copies Remaining.

If you haven’t purchased your copy of the 2021 Lorrha parish calendar, there is still time to get a copy. The calendar can be purchased 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.

Church News.

As level 5 restrictions continue, 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.

Ash Wednesday.
Mass for Ash Wednesday on 17th February will be celebrated  from Borrisokane at 10.am .

Virtual Blessing.
Virtual Blessing of the Sick will be held this coming weekend of 13th/14th  February from Borrisokane Church who will have a family Mass with the theme of Healing. This will be available on webcam.

Lenten Conversations.

Knock Shrine will host on line faith discussions at 8.30pm on the six Thursdays of Lent, commencing on February 18th. Chaired by Fr. Eamon Conway who is a Professor of Theology in Mary Immaculate College, the conversations will explore a different theme each week with guest speakers involved. The discussions will be streamed online on the Knock Shrine website where people from all over the world can engage in topics. On Feb. 18th the first topic will be ‘Living Christian Faith in the family’, while on February 25th ‘Living Christian Faith as young adults’ will be discussed. The remaining topics are ‘ Living Christian Faith in the classrooms as young teachers’ March 4th. ‘Living Christian Faith in Christian life’ Mar 11th. ‘ Proclaiming Christian Faith as a Priest or religious today’ Mar. 18th. Studying Christian Faith ‘ Mar.25th. Anyone wishing in taking part can do so on www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live or on facebook@knockshrine.

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.

Staff and residents in St. Kieran’s Care Home in Rathcabbin  were delighted and relieved, to receive the Covid – 19 vaccination on Friday last January 22nd.   Local man Seamus O’Meara,  (Lisballyard) was the first resident to receive the vaccine.


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.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €3000. The numbers drawn on 8 February were: 9-13-14-17. 2 Match 3’s share €100: John Carroll, Needham family (Lorrha). Promoters: Agnes Sherlock, Eamonn Maher, Thomas P Cahalan. Next Monday’s draw is for a jackpot of €3,150 with a Match 3 pot of €100 so make sure you are in the draw. Team 2 in charge of the draw. Thank your for your continued support.

Lotto winners: Congrats to Willie & Noel Maher and Eilish Reddan who shared last week’s €12,600 lotto jackpot. The lucky numbers were: 1-4-18-20.

The jackpot now reverts to €3,150 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at clubforce.com. Lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the clubhouse, Mulrooney’s The Ferry, Kelly’s Rathcabbin, or at the Scéal shop Lorrha. If you need Lotto envelopes, contact chairman Joe Dolan (0879673124), Hubert Duggan (0872185995) or Kevin Molloy (0876738986).

AGM: We hope to run the club’s Annual General Meeting by April in the clubhouse, virus permitting.

Membership: for 2021 is now due. 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 of the websites clubforce.com or foireann.ie. Contact Maureen (0872426965) if you are having issues signing up.

Camogie: The club would like to extend congratulations to Clodagh McIntyre on her recent selection to the Tipperary Senior Camogie panel for 2021 and for being nominated in the midfield position on the Tipperary Club team of the year 2020.

Membership to the camogie club is now due. €25 – juvenile; €40 – Students; €60 – Adult player; €30 – Non-playing Adult. Family Membership can also be paid to the camogie which allows you the same benefits as the GAA club for ticket draws. Family of 2 adults and 2 children is €90, capped at €100 for 3 or more children. We hope to have an update on when we can return to the training pitch at the end of February.

RIP: to Martin Connolly, Walshpark and sympathies to Sean Lambe on death of his uncle Mike Treacy.