Lorrha Notes

Ger O’Meara MC on the occasion of the Anzac Day celebrations held in Lorrha
Free Lessons to Senior Citizens.

Are you a senior citizen that would like to know how to learn about using  the computer or even updating your skills? Age Action, Ireland’s leading advocacy organisation for older people and ageing, is offering older people the opportunity to improve their digital literacy skills so they can be more informed, connected and independent. ‘Getting Started’ is the name of the programme and it is five hours free one-to-one tutoring for older people who want to learn or develop their skills on a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
Age Action will match people with a volunteer who will tutor them over the phone. The programme is learner-led, meaning the class is designed for the person to learn what they want to learn. Typically, classes cover topics like how to set up an email, how to download an app and how to use video to meet friends or family. Age Action will also send learners a 40-page booklet, with images to help with tutoring sessions. People can find out more and register for the Age Action Getting Started KIT classes by calling Age Action on 01-4756989.  So make that call, talk to someone in Age Action Ireland who knows and understands your needs  and get registered for a one-to-one class. All you need is a device, access to the internet and a telephone and you will be on your digital journey in no time at all.


Sympathy is extended to John O’Brien Killeen on the death of his brother in –law Mike Davis Birr who passed away on May 1st. in Tullamore Hospital.  After funeral Mass in St. Brendan’s Church Birr on this Wednesday morning May 5th at 11am burial will take place in Clonoghill Cemetery. Funeral Mass will be live streamed on: https://www.facebook.com/stbrendans.birr Facebook page: Brendan Birr, Birr Parish Radio Link: 106FM. May he rest in peace.

Note of Thanks:

Lorrha Development Association acknowledges and welcomes the positive response to its recent letter addressed ‘’To all Residents of the Village and immediate surroundings.’’ It was very heartening to see people out tidying up during the recent spell of fine weather and also to receive promises of help with our up-coming planting projects. Our sincere appreciation to all.

Birthday Greetings.

Many congratulation to former parishioner Jimmy Styles Kilbarrack, Dublin on the occasion of his 90th birthday last week. Born and raised in Cullagh, Rathcabbin, Jimmy went to work in Dunlin as a teenager and it was there that he settled. A frequent visitor to the parish until recent years, he stills keeps in touch by reading the Nenagh Guardian which keeps him informed of all that is happening in his native county. Well done Jimmy and you are wished many happy returns.

First Aid Course.

The GAA club are having a First Aid and CPR training on  this Thursday 6th May at 6.30 sharp . Anyone who would like to attend please contact Colm Kennedy (086)  817 0633 or Kathleen Gleeson on (086) 8694528.for more information.

Church News.

The reopening of our churches for public worship will be the 10thMay, which means that Sunday Masses will resume on the weekend of 16thMay. More details later. In the meantime 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.

First Friday Mass on May 7th.  will be celebrated at 10am via Webcam.

The month of May is traditionally the month of Our Lady. You are invited to recite the rosary during the month.

Blessing for Young People.

Killaloe Diocese Youth Ministry presents a blessing for all young people of the diocese, primary, secondary and college age on Sunday 9th May at 12 noon. It will be available for viewing onwww.killaloediocese.ie and all diocesan social media platforms including YouTube. There are lovely scenes from Mount Saint Joseph Abbey, Roscrea, Ennis and from Star of the Sea Church, Quilty including scenes by the sea.

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


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.

GAA News

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €4,800. The numbers drawn on 3 May were: 5-21-24-31 No Match 3.  Lucky Dips: John Maher, James Hoctor, Sharon Clancy, Noreen&Jason Houlihan. Promoters: Noreen Houlihan, Margaret Gleeson, Margaret O’Brien. Next Monday’s draw will be for a jackpot of €4,950 with a Match 3 pot of €160 so make sure you are in the draw. Team 6 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Return to play: It was great to see some of our juvenile teams return to training throughout this week. Our adults will return to training in the next fortnight. A reminder to all players, membership has to be paid before starting back along with a covid declaration. Both of these forms can be found on Foireann.ie.

Juvenile Car Treasure Hunt: Thank you all for participating in our first ever Car Treasure Hunt. We hope you enjoyed it. We had some brilliant answers and it ended up a very close contest. In first place were veterans of treasure hunting Sarah & Seamus King. Second place also went to those who are well seasoned when it comes to treasure hunting, Pascal Horan & Sinead Molloy. Third place went to a newcomer to the game in Eoin Smyth. Well done to all. Thanks to all who donated and participated again. Money raised will go towards the juveniles.

First Aid and CPR training course: takes place on Thursday 6th May at 6.30pm. Anyone wishing to do the course contact Colm Kennedy 0868170633 or Kathleen 0868694528.

Lotto: The jackpot is at €4950 with a match 3 pot of €160. 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. 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.

New Arrival:  Congratulations: to Paddy Hough on the birth of his child, here comes another corner back for Lorrha.

Sympathies: to Hilda Needham on the death of her sister Mary.