Lorrha Notes

Congratulations to Peter Seman and Daniel Flynn who launched their new company LocusFocus recently.

Birthday Greetings.

Congratulations and many good wishes are extended to Mary O’Meara, Redwood on the occasion of her 94th birthday. Mary celebrated the occasion recently with her family. Happy birthday Mary and we all hope you had a great time and that you enjoyed the celebrations. Many good wishes for the future Mary.

Well Done.

Congratulations is extended to Clodagh McIntyre and the Tipperary senior camogie team who are through to the All Ireland semi-final after their six point win over Waterford last Saturday.  Tipp play Galway in the semi final on Sunday coming the 29th in what will be a big ask from the Tipp side.  Cork and Kilkenny will also be playing out the decider for the final. Both games take place in Croke Park and will be televised live on RTE from 1.30pm. Good luck Clodagh and enjoy the experience of playing on the ‘big stage’.

Lorrha Camogie.

Well done to Clodagh McIntyre on reaching the All Ireland semi final with Tipp and good luck  Clodagh  in the semi final in Croke Park.

A light bulb moment. New EU energy labels – what is changing?

New energy labels are coming into effect on September 1st to bring EU consumers a better understanding of their carbon footprint and energy consumption.
A brand-new version of the widely-recognised EU energy label for light bulbs and light sources will be applicable in all shops and online retailers from September 1st 2021 with an 18-month transition period for products already on the market.  The most important change is a return to a simple A-G scale on energy labels because more and more products are now achieving ratings as A, A+ or A++ according to the current scale causing confusion for consumers.  The new energy label will leave empty energy efficiency classes at the top of the scale for advancing technologies and to encourage manufacturers to develop more energy efficient products. Eco-design rules are mandatory for almost all lamps sold in the EU.  From 1 September 2021, the existing rules will be repealed and replaced to include circular economy requirements.   WEEE Ireland maintain that 3.2 million light bulbs were recycled in Ireland in their last full recorded year in 2019 and 38,000 tonnes of electrical waste was taken back from landfill for use in manufacturing again.” The new energy labels will give clarity on energy efficiency for consumers and also ensure that businesses continue to innovate.  See www.solus.ie


Tipperary Education and Training Board, have a wide variety of courses available Phone 067 31250 or email nenagh@atipperaryetb.ie for more information. Please note that there are also classes in Borrisokane Community College

Church News.

Mass Times: Monday Mornings at 9.30am in Lorrha Church (except Bank Holidays). Every Saturday evening at 6.30pm in Lorrha Church. Every Sunday morning at 11.30am in Rathcabbin Church. Borrisokane 7pm Saturday. Kilbarron: 8pm Saturday.  Terryglass: 9.30am Sunday. Borrisokane 10.30am Sunday. Please wear face masks in the Church.
The Rosary will continue to be recited before both masses each weekend.
Anyone wishing to book anniversary masses please contact the church sacristans, Agnes Slevin in Lorrha, and Mary Cleary in Rathcabbin.

Marriage Preparation.

In addition to completing a recognised pre-marriage course, couples need to fulfil the requirements set by the civil register which for this area is in Tyone Health Centre, Nenagh 067 46 480 crs.midwest@hse.ie. Obtain Baptism and Confirmation certs and Make an appointment with Priest and complete the pre-nuptial form.


The Ordination of Fr. Ger Nash, Bishop Elect of Ferns is being broadcast on St. Aidan’s Cathedral webcam; see https://www.staidanscathedral.ie/our-parish/webcam/ at 2.30pm on 5th September.

Care Service.

Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service CLG is currently recruiting volunteers to train as marriage preparation programme facilitators. Please email info@accord.ie to receive an application form. The closing date is Friday 27th August.

Season of Creation 2021

The season of creation is from 1st Sept. to 4th Oct. (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi)  The theme this year is ‘Restoring our common home’. The UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26) in November will be one of the most decisive gatherings in modern history.190 world leaders will gather. Is there still hope of protecting the worst extremes of climate change, such as floods, fires, and famine? The answer is that there is still time, but what is needed to be done is very difficult and very expensive. Two reports this week have established that climate change is the result of human behaviour, behaviour that needs to change. In preparation for the UN COP 26 meeting there will be a petition known as the Healthy Planet, Healthy People Petition available at http://healthyplanetandpeople.org/ for dioceses, parishes, and individuals to sign. It is envisaged that this petition with signatures will be presented by Pope Francis to the Presidents of these upcoming UN conferences.

Interested in becoming a Samaritan volunteer?

Samaritans Ennis and Clare are currently seeking new volunteers for the autumn 2021training programme. Volunteers offer their time (approximately 3 to 4 hours a week) to help deliver a 24-hour emotional support service to callers from all walks of life.
If you are tolerant, open-minded, and willing to help others please call 085 1763491 or email ennis.branchrecruitment@samaritans.org for further information.


Alone Support manages a national support line and additional supports for people who have concerns or who are facing difficulties relating to Covid-19. Lines are open 7 days 8am – 8pm Call 0818 222 024

Cycle Against Suicide.

Michael O’Carroll from Lorrha has taken up a challenge to raise funds for the charity, cycle against suicide. TherapyHub.ie is helping people who are in need of direct mental health care. They also understand the need for mental health supports in the community and have therefore decided to enter a team into Cycle Against Suicide’s Mizen to Malin event on September 19th.  Michael and his group have been training over the summer covering 1500km so far across 10 counties to raise awareness and funds for this charity. They have an official fundraising channel with CAS – https://gofund.me/1c56f5d2  Another Lorrha man Paddy Reddin will be trained as a ‘Community Buddy’ and money raised will go towards the training of not just Paddy but other people in different communities who will be there to help people with mental health issues. Michael and his group are hoping that the parish will get behind them and donate what you can to this worthy cause.


Well done to Clodagh McIntyre with her blistering performance against Waterford, scoring 2 points and contributing to many more. Tipperary meet Galway in the All Ireland Camogie Semi Final In Croke Park, Sunday  29th August and we wish them the best of luck.

U15 John West Feile Competition

Tony Reddin Park , Lorrha was the location of  the Tipperary Camogie Division 4 matches last Saturday and despite an early threat of rain the day turned into a sunny occasion. Lorrha’s U14 team put in great performances in the 3 matches against Portroe, Templemore and Slieve Felim ending the morning with a hard fought victory over St Felim.  A big thank you to all those to contributed to the smooth running of the event , from preparing the pitches and facilities to the admin and first aid help on the day.

 U12 Competition.

Our U12s put in a strong performance against a tough Toomevara side which ended in a defeat. They play their last game v Drom & Inch this Thursday 26th before semi finals and finals take place in September.

GAA News

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €7,200 The numbers drawn on 23 August were: 4-14-30-32 No Match 3. Lucky Dips: Richard Bourke, Mgt Coughlan, Noreen Houlihan, John Kennedy (Ballyduff). Promoters: Mgt Gleeson, Eamonn Maher, Mulrooney’s Gala. Next Monday’s draw will be for a jackpot of €7,350 with a record Match 3 pot of €180 so make sure you are in the draw. Team 6 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Senior: The senior hurlers begin their Seamus Ó Riain championship campaign this Sunday in Templemore, where they take on St Mary’s at 3.00pm. Tickets for the game must be ordered with Maureen Guinan (0872426965) and then collected and paid for on Friday at training. No tickets will be distributed on the gate on Sunday. Best of luck to the lads and the management.

Junior Hurling: Hard luck to the junior B hurlers who lost to Silvermines 2-19 to 0-11 in the second round of the North championship last Saturday. Best of luck to the lads in their game against Portroe this Saturday.

Tipperary: Congrats to Clodagh McIntyre two points for the Tipperary senior camogie team in their All-Ireland quarter final win over Waterford last Saturday. Best of luck to Clodagh and the team in Sunday’s semi-final against Galway on Sunday.

Lorrha Parish Golf Outing: Congrats to Mike Coughlan who won the golf outing in Birr last Saturday, and to captain Eoghan Gormally on a well-ran competition. 1st – Mike Coughlan 39pts; 2nd – Colm Kennedy; 3rd – Micheal Lambe; 4th – Brian O’Meara. Kevin Hough will captain the society for 2022.

On Sunday evening, 22 August, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to launch to assist 2 people on an 18ft motor cruiser with engine failure, 2km north of Portumna Bridge above Lough Derg on the River Shannon.

At 6.40pm the lifeboat Jean Spier launched with helm Eleanor Hooker, crew Owen Cavanagh, Joe O’Donoghue and Doireann Kennedy on board. The lake was flat calm. Visibility was good.

RNLI volunteer crew Tom Hayes contacted his colleague Tom McGarry, the Lock Keeper at Portumna Bridge to inform him that the lifeboat would be at the bridge in twenty minutes, and requested he open the bridge please.

At 7pm the lifeboat arrived at Portumna Bridge where the Lock Keeper was waiting and opening the swing bridge. Once on the river, the lifeboat saw a vessel under tow by a personal watercraft.

After establishing that this was the vessel which had called for help, and that both people on board were safe, unharmed and wearing their lifejackets, the lifeboat determined the cause of the engine failure. The lifeboat took the tow from the personal watercraft, who returned north to his home harbour, and brought the motorboat to the Lough Derg side of Portumna Bridge.

After the casualty vessel was safely tied alongside, the skipper of the vessel told the crew his van and kit to fix his boat were across the bay at Terryglass Harbour.

Given the late hour with sunset timed for 8.44pm, the lifeboat helm decided to take the skipper to Terryglass Harbour where he could collect his van and drive back to his boat. The second person remained at Portumna Harbour.

The lifeboat departed Terryglass Harbour at 7.30pm and was back at Station at 7.50pm.

Jeremy Freeman, Deputy Launching Authority at Lough Derg RNLI, advises water users to ‘plan your passage, ensure you have sufficient fuel for your journey and plan to arrive at safe harbour before nightfall.’


A Chara,

Firstly, can I thank you for supporting the Tipperary GAA livestream initiative during the 2020 club championship season and I hope that you enjoyed viewing the various games you purchased.

This weekend will see Round 1 of the Dan Breen, Seamus Ó Riain and Intermediate hurling championships taking centre stage in what promises to be a great weekend of hurling around the county. The action will get underway on Friday evening when the 2020 county finalists Loughmore-Castleiney and Kiladangan renew acquaintances in Semple Stadium at 7pm in what should be another great game. With attendance numbers capped at 500 in Semple Stadium and 200 in other venues, Tipperary GAA have once again decided to give all our loyal supporters the opportunity to avail of our livestream service. There will be up to 40 games available to view over the coming weeks from various venues around the county and there are a number of purchase options to choose from. You can purchase a season pass for €120, which will give you access to all streamed games, a weekend pass for €25 which will give you access to all streamed games on that weekend, or you can purchase a single match pass for €10. All streamed games will have full live commentary from Stephen Gleeson and Paul Jenkins and analysis from various well known personalities. If you would like to avail of this fantastic service, all you have to do is go to https://page.inplayer.com/TipperaryGAA/ and select the option you want.

Thank you once again for your continued support.

Le Meas,

Jonathan Cullen / Seán Ó Cuileain

Public Relations Officer / Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí

Tipperary GAA / Tiobraid Arann

086 8098669



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