Lorrha Notes

Rathcabbin 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. Pictured here are the Community Hall committee  outside the hall recently. From left, Barry Noyce, Pat Kennedy, P.J. Nevin, Liam Dermody, Muireann Brophy, Johnny Brophy, Catherine Burke, Eamon and Marie O’Meara, Pat and Clare Burke.           Pic: Rose Mannion.

Dumping in Redwood Bog.            Pic: Rose Mannion

Ploughing Championships.

For the second year running, the big event of the year in all ploughing enthusiasts calendar, the club ploughing championships, have had to be cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic. While at National level plans are taking place to stage the annual event from 15th to 18th of September in Ratheniska, Co. Laois, a meeting will decide its fate later in the year and according to how the Covid pandemic pans out in the meantime. There has been only one previous ploughing cancellation in the 89 years history of the NPA Championships prior to this and that was back in 2001 due to the outbreak of the foot and mouth disease.

Daffodil Day.

Daffodil Day is coming up at the end of the month and the Irish Cancer Society is urging people to get behind what will be a very different Daffodil Day this year. With all the publicity around their annual fundraiser of street sales and events not possible due to Covid-19 restrictions, this fundraiser is more important than ever. There are still many ways for people all over the country to get involved with this year’s Daffodil Day which is taking place on March 26. Daffodil Day is an important chance not only to raise vital funds for services and research but also to send people affected by cancer a message of support in these challenging times. There are many ways for communities across the country to get involved with Daffodil Day, by hosting virtual fundraisers and collections, purchasing items from the Daffodil Day online shop or making a donation. Throughout the pandemic, the Irish Cancer Society has continued to provide vital services and support to cancer patients and their families. Services like Night Nursing, the Freephone Support Line 1800 200 700 and the Volunteer Driver Service are available because of the vital funds raised on Daffodil Day. If you have concerns or questions about cancer, or to learn more about support services available in your area, contact the Irish Cancer Society Support Line on freephone 1800 200 700. Visit www.cancer.ie/daffodilday.


 Trócaire Lenten 2021 campaign theme is “Land” The focus of this year’s campaign is South Sudan where there is a civil war and people are being driven from their homes
A message from Colm Hogan (Trócaire) “This week, within our parishes we will turn our thoughts to Lent, a time of sacrifice…Today, I want to thank you for supporting Trócaire this Lent, and bringing the stories of Awut & Ajak into your hearts. With schools closed, Parishes small and large across the island have stepped up to help us distribute Trócaire Boxes during a very difficult time. I just want to express my heartfelt gratitude to you – for all the support you give”. Trócaire boxes are available in both Lorrha & Rathcabbin churches.


Scoil Lua Naofa Lorrha is accepting enrolments for the 2021/22 school year. Application forms can be  downloaded from the school website www.lorrhans.ie , by email to the school at luanaofa@gmail.com or by calling the school at (090) 9747295 and we can drop a form to you in the post.

Church News.

 First Friday.

 Friday coming March 5th is the First Friday of the month. Mass will be celebrated at 10am from Borrisokane on Webcam.

Set of Prayers.

Slivers of Light is a lovely set of prayers and reflections for Lent. Please see the following link. https://www.killaloediocese.ie/lenten-resource-slivers-of-light/


Sympathy is extended to the Molloy families Rathcabbin on the death of Tony Molly, formerly Grange, who died in England last week. May he rest in peace.

Arrangements for Mass.
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.

Lenten Conversations.

Knock Shrine Lenten conversations continue on line at 8.30pm on the six Thursdays of Lent. 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.‘ Living Christian Faith in the classrooms as young teachers’ will be the topic on this Thursday 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.

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.

With Level 5 restrictions set to continue into the next six weeks at lease, anyone who needs a helping hand  can call members of the Lorrha GAA club who 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 Notes:

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €3,450. The numbers drawn on 1 March were: 7-8-28-32. No Match 3’s. Lucky Dips: Fiona Daly, Stephen Houlihan, Dennis Slevin, Colm Hogan. Promoters: Maria Brophy, Eamonn Maher, Kevin Molloy.
Next Monday’s draw will be for a jackpot of €3,600 with a Match 3 pot of €120 so make sure you are in the draw. Team 5 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.
The lotto jackpot is at €3,600 with a match 3 pot of €120. You can play online at clubforce.com while lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the clubhouse, at Mulrooney’s Gala, Kelly’s Rathcabbin, or at the Scéal shop Lorrha.

Calf-rearing Scheme: The club have decided to run a calf-rearing scheme this year. Contact Joe Dolan (0879673124), Louis McCormack (0868493595), Tom Duffy (0876359007) for more information.

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 at clubforce.com or foireann.ie.

Congratulations to the recent lotto winners who were presented with the winnings recently. William Maher and Eillish Reddan were presented with their winnings by chairman Joe Dolan at the Tony Reddin complex.  Pictured here are from left Madeline Maher, William Maher, Alan O’Meara, Joe Dolan, Donna Mannion, Tom Duffy, Eillish Reddan, Tom Reddan.