Lorrha Notes

Lorrha Juvenile Club are having a car treasure hunt to raise some necessary funding. Details above. 

Late Michael (Mick) O’Meara.

The peaceful death occurred at his home on 1 April 2021, of Michael O’Meara New Zealand and formally The Pike, Rathcabbin, brother of the late Danny. Mick was one of seven children born 86 years ago to Paddy and Kate O’Meara. Shortly after  he left school in Rathcabbin, Mick went to Canada where he spend the following five years before returning home in 1959. However, it wasn’t long before he was on the move again and this time he went to Australia where he spent a number of years before eventually settling in New Zealand. He never forgot his relatives and friends in Rathcabbin and he returned home on many occasions spending up to six or seven weeks enjoying the company of those he visited.
He is survived by his wife Denise, family Patrick and Elisa, John and Melissa, Michael and Lynda. Sisters Jane Buffini (Dublin), Peggy Dolan (Birr), Mary Morris (Templemore), brothers Patrick and Martin (Dublin), brothers in-law, sisters in-law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbours and many friends both in New Zealand and Rathcabbin. At Mick’s request, a private funeral was held on Wednesday 7 April in New Zealand.  May Mick rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to Brendan Flynn and family, Carrigahorig on the death of his sister Margaret (Maur) Gleeson, Salthill, Galway. Margaret passed away unexpectedly at home on Saturday, 10th April, 2021. Predeceased by her beloved husband Michael and her brother John,she is survived by her family, Kathryn, Judy, Annemarie and Michael, sister Ann Clifford, brothers Fr. Eamonn (Largs, Scotland) and Brendan, grandchildren,  sons-in-law, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, the extended Gleeson and Flynn family, neighbours and friends. After funeral Mass in the Church of Christ the King, Salthill  on Wednesday, 14th April, burial took place in Rahoon cemetery. May Maur rest in peace.

North Tipp Ploughing Offer Sympathy.

North Tipperary Ploughing committee offer their sympathies to Willie Mooney and family Borrisokane on the death of his wife Florrie which occurred recently. May she rest in peace.


Lorrha GAA committee wishes to express their gratitude to those who turned out last Sunday for the clean up around the pitch and grounds. Anyone requiring lotto envelopes are asked to contact Joe Dolan (0879673124), Hubert Duggan (0872185995) or Kevin Molloy (0876738986).
Our juvenile club are running a car treasure hunt on the bank holiday weekend, Sunday, May 2, beginning at the clubhouse at 2.00. Contact Colm Kennedy (0868170633) or Kathleen Duffy (0868694528) for details.

Camogie Prize Winners.

Lorrha camogie club wish to extend thanks to all who supported their recent fundraiser which raised €5,000 from both online and offline donations. Lorrha people all over the world and around the world were very generous in their support and good wishes. They thank the business people for the spot prizes despite challenging times and the local community who have always shown support through the years. A donation to the Jigsaw charity will be made in the coming days.
The prize winners in the draw was 1st. Zipped top – Dympna and Willie Fogarty, 2nd. Lorrha Jersey – Eveleen Cleary, 3rd. gear bag – Simon Dagg Accountancy services, 4th . small prize – Pamela Guinan while the participants prize of a training top was won by Kayleigh Ryan.


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.

Masses: as we continue in Level 5 Covid Restrictions, masses are available as follows:

Sunday Masses can be viewed on Webcam from Borrisokane at 7pm Saturday  and 10:30am Sunday www.twitch.tv/borrisokaneparish or www.killaloediocese.ie/parish/borrisokane/

Weekday Masses Tue, Thurs. and Fri.  At 10am are available on webcam. Terryglass will have a recording of Sunday Mass www.terryglass/kilbarron https://bit.ly/3bhnxfj

Our churches remain open daily for private prayer.

 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

GAA News.

Juvenile car-treasure hunt: Our juvenile club are running a car treasure hunt on the bank holiday weekend, Sunday, May 2, beginning at the clubhouse at 2.00. Contact Colm Kennedy (0868170633) or Kathleen Duffy (0868694528) for details. (Picture attached below.)

Lotto: The lotto jackpot is at €4500 with a match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at clubforce.com while 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).

Euro-Millions: With our current term up in May, the club will be re-running the Euro Millions lotto fundraiser this year. The prize pot is above the €4000 mark as things stand, let’s hope we have so more luck before the end of next month.

Clean-up: Thanks to all who contributed to our clean-up around the pitch and facilities last weekend.


                                               GAA Draws Take Place.

The draw for the Munster senior hurling championship will see Tipperary play either Clare or Waterford in the semi-final. Cork face champions Limerick in the other semi-final.

Meanwhile in football, Munster champions Tipperary will play either Kerry or Clare in the last four, with Cork taking on Waterford or Limerick on the other side of the draw. The dates and venues for all games will be confirmed at a later stage.
The football championship will operate on a straight knockout basis, while the hurling championship will feature qualifiers, with each team defeated in their opening game receiving a second chance.



              Templemore Station lift replacement works began on Monday 19th.

Iarnród Éireann has reminded customers that major lift replacement works will begin at Templemore Station today, Monday 19th April, running for a period of seven weeks up to 4th June. Templemore is the first of two stations in Co Tipperary which will benefit from lift renewal works in 2021, with Thurles to follow in mid-year.

The investment is part of a programme of improvements at 22 stations around the Iarnród Éireann network this year, funded by the National Transport Authority, with nine stations in total seeing full lift replacement works, which will see the installation of new heavy duty stainless steel electric traction lifts.  As well as the lift units, Templemore and Thurles will also see lift control systems, water ingress prevention works, new roller shutter assemblies, and other system improvements undertaken.  The works will improve the reliability of lift systems, and ensure improved access for customers of reduced mobility, including wheelchair users.

During the works at Templemore, platform 1 (trains to Dublin Heuston) will be accessible, but platform 2 (to Cork, Kerry, Limerick) will only be accessible via footbridge.  Customers requiring assistance should contact access@irishrail.ie or 1850 366222 in advance of travel for assistance to be arranged.

 Iarnród Éireann Chief Executive Jim Meade said “with new trains and station enhancements planned, accessibility will be central to the design of all improvements we deliver under the National Development Plan.  However, improving the reliability and performance of our existing lift network is crucial to ensure customers with reduced mobility have confidence in using our services.  While it is unavoidable that the works themselves will result in lifts being temporarily out of service, for which we apologise, we have arrangements in place at Templemore to maintain access to services during the works.”



Agri-innovators in Co. Tipperary invited to enter Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Arena Awards competition in partnership with the NPA

Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Arena Awards 2021, in partnership with the National Ploughing Association (NPA), are now open for entries.

Innovators and entrepreneurs in the agriculture sector based in Co. Tipperary are invited to enter their pioneering agri-related products and services to the annual awards competition which will continue online for a second year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Last year’s competition attracted more than 60 entries with the overall award going to Malone Farm Machinery in Co. Mayo. The company’s winning entry was a 16-bale trailer called ‘The Malone Express’. The best overall start-up award went to Iamus Technologies Ltd, an AI and robotics company based in NovaUCD Dublin. Its winning entry was ‘Gallus’, an autonomous robot for gathering data from chickens designed for the poultry industry.

The 12 award categories include best agri-technology start-up, best agri-engineering established company, young innovator of the year, farm safety and sustainable agriculture. The best start-up and overall winner of the Innovation Arena Awards will be eligible to win up to €5,000 each.

Jerry Moloney, Regional Director for the Mid-West at Enterprise Ireland said, “Despite the many challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, the quality of the entries to last year’s virtual Innovation Arena Awards showed that innovative and entrepreneurial activity is unabated in towns and villages all over Ireland.”

“Every year, the awards showcase Ireland’s valuable contribution to farming and technology on a global level. Our world-leading education and research through an established network of universities and research centres allows us to prioritise the development of new agri-innovations to address climate change and sustainability in farming practices. Irish companies are playing their part in enhancing agricultural efficiency while helping to protect the environment for years to come and I look forward to seeing some of that work highlighted in this year’s online Innovation Arena Awards.”

NPA Managing Director, Anna May McHugh said, “Innovation has been at the heart of the National Ploughing Championships since its inception 90 years ago in 1931, predominately as it has evolved and grown over the years. Throughout the past year, due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, innovation in business has never been more important and thoroughly vital, as companies have had to adapt quickly to an ever-changing and unknown economic climate and marketplace. As a result, this year’s Innovation Arena awards are particularly significant. With such a great prize fund on offer, I would strongly encourage Irish agriculture companies to enter, as previous winners have gone on to have major success in business both in Ireland and internationally.”

Innovators in Co. Tipperary from the following industry sectors are encouraged to enter: Dairy and dry-stock farming, horticulture, information and communication technology, cloud and mobile based software, animal health and genetics, water and waste management, environment and cleantech, animal and farm management, farm safety and leading research.

To enter this year’s Innovation Arena Awards, visit www.innovationarena.ie.

Closing date for entries is Wednesday, 30 June 2021.

Mike and Jarlath Malone of Malone Farm Machinery, Co. Mayo overall Innovation Arena Winner 2020.