Lorrha Notes




Birthday Greetings.

Congratulations and many good wishes is extended to Fr. John Donnelly Rathcabbin who celebrated his 98th birthday last week with his relatives and carers, all of whom are all in his ‘bubble’.  Well done Fr. John and continued good health.

Get a licence.

Gardai are reminding dog owners to make sure they have a dog licence. With dog ownership more popular than ever, particularly over the past 12 months, the Gardai say that you can purchase your licence or renew your existing licence at any Post Office around the country. Every dog aged four months and over should have a licence. Under the Control of Dogs Act, all dog owners must have a licence for their pet or working dog. The dog licence fee helps local authorities across Ireland to provide dog shelters, appoint dog wardens, rescue neglected and mistreated dogs and seize dangerous dogs, when necessary.


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.

Holy Week Services:

Borrisokane on Webcam Holy Thursday 8pm. Good Friday at 3pm.  Easter Saturday 8pm  Easter Sunday 10.30am
Terryglass on Audio on Good Friday 3pm. Easter Saturday 8pm. Easter Sunday 10am.

Lorrha on Live Stream

Holy Saturday: The Easter vigil ceremony will be live-streamed from Lorrha church at 7.30pm and will be available on the Lorrha Parish youtube a/c. The link for this will be forwarded to whatsapp groups as was done for previous celebrations.
Bottles of Easter Water will be available for collection at Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches from Easter Sunday onwards.
Stations of the Cross:
The children from our 3 primary schools have been reflecting on the sufferings of Jesus and  have drawn pictures to illustrate the 14 stations. They are on display in the grounds of Lorrha church, the parking area at Redwood church and inside Rathcabbin church. You are invited to visit them, to view the children’s representations of what happened on Good Friday any time during Holy Week and have your own private prayer.

Suggestions for Holy Week/Easter. We invite you to watch Liturgies at home and listen to the Scriptures during this special and sacred time in our church year. Holy Thursday reminds us with the washing of the feet by Jesus in the gospel that we love and serve each other.  Good Friday we invite you to place a cross on your kitchen table for the reading of the Passion of the Lord.-Jesus gives his life as a loving servant.  Holy Saturday/Easter Sunday you are invited to light a candle as you watch/listen to the Easter Vigil.

Bishop Fintan has written an Easter Letter, which he has summarized below. It is a reflection on the pandemic and the church at this time.
Let Hope Shape Our Future:  Covid-19 has radically changed our lives and Church & Familiar faith practices have been greatly disrupted. Our Church is in a time of profound change. We look forward to returning to a more acceptable form of normal.  The Church to which we shall return will be very different. What sort of Church do you want that to be?  How will that Church be resourced?  Do you want to be part of shaping that new reality? I invite you to join me in the Diocese of Killaloe on that new journey.  As Easter people we are people of joy and this gives us hope to live and share that joy with future generations.
Link to the full letter is on https://www.killaloediocese.ie/easter-letter-let-hope-shape-our-future/

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.

Ifac reminds farmers to take advantage of the Organic Farming Scheme

Farmers considering an application to the Organic Farming Scheme have until the 30th of April to do so, following the re-opening of the scheme earlier this month with an additional budget of €4 million for 2021. This additional funding was confirmed by Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Senator Pippa Hackett when she confirmed the continuation of the scheme last month.  1,460 farmers participated in the last scheme, and it is envisaged that approximately 500 more may be successful in their application this Spring. Philip O’Connor, Head of Farm Supports at Ifac said: “Applications for the scheme must be made online through the Department’s online system at agfood.ie. I would encourage every farmer to inform themselves of the opportunities that the Organic Farming Scheme offers and give it full consideration.” Payments of up to €220 per hectare are available for farms undergoing conversion to full organic status, a process that takes two years, or €170 per hectare for farms that have obtained that status. Higher payment rates are available for organic horticulture and tillage farmers. The minimum farm area allocated is three hectares for dairy, dry stock and tillage, or one hectare for horticulture, with rates of payment decreasing for horticulture farms over six hectares, tillage farms over 20 hectares and all farms over 60 hectares.
All applications must be processed through agfood.ie, and to be eligible, farmers must submit an annual Basic Payment Scheme application and must be registered with one of the two Organic Control Bodies that certify land-based organic operators; The Irish Organic Association and Organic Trust CLG.

GAA Notes

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €4,050. The numbers drawn on 29 March were: 6-8-15-24. 1 Match 3: Joe Cleary wins €120. Promoters: Joe Dolan, Mulrooney’s Gala, Internet. Next Monday’s draw will be for a jackpot of €4,200 with a Match 3 pot of €100 so make sure you are in the draw. Team 1 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Juvenile coaching courses: For anyone wishing to become involved with our juvenile teams, the following courses must be completed – Online foundation coaching course, Safeguarding 1 course and Garda Vetting. Contact Colm Kennedy if interested in completing these courses (0868170633).

Calf-rearing scheme: There has been a positive response to date, and we would like to thank all who have contributed. Contact Joe Dolan (0879673124), Colm Kennedy (0868170633), Louis McCormack (0868493595), Tom Duffy (0876359007) for more info.