Lorrha Notes

Another photograph from the extensive dumping that has taken place in Redwood bog

Rear a Calf for the future of Club.

Lorrha GAA club have decided to organise a fundraising campaign to help put the club on a financially secure footing in the years ahead. Rear a calf scheme is a well known way of raising much needed funds and is no stranger to the parish of Lorrha having successfully helped many clubs and organisations in the past. All farmers in the parish are asked to rear a calf over a two year period and when the animal reaches maturity and is sold, the farmer donates the money to the campaign. This is one way of securing money coming into the club on a regular basis and will start to show dividends for the club in two years time. Anyone who requires further information or wishes to get involved can call Joe Dolan on (087) 9673124, Tom Duffy on (087) 6359007, Louis McCormack on (086) 8493595 or Colm Kennedy on  (086) 8170633.

Mothers Day.

Next Sunday March 14th is Mothers Day. This is a day when offspring honor the woman who brought them into the world and it’s also a day of celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. Mothers Day  is celebrated all over the world on different days and at different times of the year. The tradition of taking the mother out for Sunday lunch or cooking for her at home, cannot be undertaking this year because of the Level-5 restrictions and this is very sad indeed but also very necessary to curtail the virus from spreading. However, on a more positive note, there are plenty more ways to celebrate the day such as flowers, gifts of various descriptions and of course the cards and   mothers and grandmothers, like nothing more than a home- made card. And of course there’s no doubt that the phone lines will be jammed on the day too.  So enjoy the occasion as best you can, make the most of it and happy mothers day to all mums where-ever you are.

Dog Theft.

Gardai are asking dog owners to take extra care of their dog, particularly high valued breed of dogs after recent thefts in the area.  The public are asked to Report any suspicious behaviour immediately. Report suspicious vehicles to Gardaí and use Community text alert to notify your neighbours . The gardai suggest the following six tips to help keep your dog safe. 1. Get your dog microchipped. 2. Keep your dog in sight. 3. Think about CCTV. 4. Don’t tie up your dog. 5. Report theft immediately. 6. Buy from a trusted source.


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.

Daffodil Day Reminder.

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.

Church News.

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/

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.

 St. Patrick’s Day.

Masses on Webcam for St. Patrick’s Day will be from Borrisokane on Tueday.16th March at 7pm and on Wed.17th March at 10.30am Please visit the Lenten sacred spaces in both Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches.

Catholic Grandparents Association:

You are invited to join us for Mass (via the webcam) on churchcamlive.ie/cashel on the second Tuesday of each month at 10.30am.  After Mass we pray the Rosary and include the Prayers of the Catholic Grandparents Association.   If you would like to include an intention in this Mass, please send it to cashelparish@gmail.com. The theme of each Mass is to keep prayer at the heart of family life and to pass on the faith to the next generations.

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. The topic ‘Living Christian Faith in Christian life’ will be this Thursday night 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.

Covid Scam.

An Garda Síochána is aware of members of the public having received fraudulent text messages and calls regarding Covid vaccinations. An Garda Síochána, the HSE and The Department of Health would like to advise members of the public to be aware of potential scams relating to the Covid-19 vaccine.  A number of people have recently received phone calls or text messages in which they are offered vaccinations. However, the callers are then providing fraudulent vaccination dates and looking to extract sensitive personal details. The details requested include, the person’s name, PPS number, date of birth and address. Text messages have also made requests for people to confirm private information such as PPS number, date of birth and address. The HSE will never text seeking such information.

Tips and Advice
The HSE will never text or call individuals to request payment for a Covid test or Vaccine

Your local GP will be the first point of contact about vaccination
The Covid-19 vaccine is free and it is not available privately
Never disclose private information over phone or via text message
Do not give out your PPS Number to anyone who makes unsolicited contact with you whether by phone or email
The HSE will never text you and ask for your PPS number
The HSE will never text you to request your home address
Never give away personal data or disclose who you may live with or if you live alone
If you receive such a call, just hang up
Anyone who mistakenly provides personal information in response to this scam should contact report the matter to their local Garda Station. We would ask that members of the public make contact with any vulnerable friends or family to make them aware of these calls and text messages. If you have questions or concerns relating to Covid testing or vaccination, please contact the HSE.  For further information on the vaccine rollout and on which groups are currently being vaccinated please consult HSE.ie here

GAA News.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €3,600. The numbers drawn on 8 March were: 2-14-15-29.
2 Match 3’s: Dolores McCabe and Ronann & Eimear Moore share €120. Promoters: Noreen Houlihan, Eamonn Maher, Internet.

Next Monday’s draw will be for a jackpot of €3,750 with a Match 3 pot of €100 so make sure you are in the draw. Team 6 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

EuroMillions: Our Euro Lotto syndicate had another little bit of luck, winning €2,027 in a recent draw. Having won the same amount earlier in the year, this brings the prize pot to just above the €4,000 mark. Let’s hope we have more luck before our term is up in May, when will be re-entering for another year.

Camogie All-Stars: Congrats to Tipp’s 3 All-Stars, especially to our neighbour Aine Slattery from Shannon Rovers, who was honoured as the game’s best goalkeeper.

Calf-rearing scheme: The club have decided to run a calf-rearing scheme for the year. Contact Joe Dolan (0879673124), Colm Kennedy (0868170633), Louis McCormack (0868493595), Tom Duffy (0876359007) for more info.

Membership:  €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). Membership can be paid to registrar Louise Mannion (087659887) or online at clubforce.com or foireann.ie.

Lotto: The lotto jackpot is at €3,750 with a match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at clubforce.com while lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the clubhouse, Mulrooney’s Gala, Kelly’s Rathcabbin, or at the Scéal shop Lorrha.

Sympathies: To the relatives of Paddy Kelly, Kiladangan, on his recent passing.