Lorrha Notes

The Lorrha Parish Calendar is now on sale and would make a lovely Christmas present for those living abroad or closer to home. Packed as usual from front cover to back and in good time to post for Christmas. The calendar can be bought in the Shop in Lorrha, Colette’s Hair Salon, Ferry Inn, Mulrooney’s Service Station, O’Meara’s Super Valu Portumna, Salmon’s Newsagents, Boathouse, Lorraines Hair Salon, Derg Inn Terryglass, Flynns Carrigahorig, Heenans Borrisokane, Buckleys Super Valu Birr. If you would like to have a copy posted to you call (086) 8647166 or email info@lorrhadorrha.ie.
Many thanks to all who supported the calendar by their advertising and a very sincere thanks to all who donated photo’s. Unfortunately, we were unable to print them all this year but we appreciate your contribution. 

Lorrha Camogie Club AGM.

We are holding our AGM this Friday night the 10th December at 8.00pm in the GAA Clubhouse. Mask wearing and adherence to Covid procedures will apply.


We would sincerely like to thank local businesses for their generous donations toward the purchase of gear for all our players and mentors. There is always tremendous goodwill shown towards the club in numerous fundraisers over the years and we ask that you acknowledge these small businesses in any dealing you have up to Christmas and beyond.
Our sponsors for the Lorrha gear are Robert Delaney Carpentry, St Kierans Nursing Home, Emmet House B & B Maureen Guinan, Smyths Sand & Gravel, Urban Sports Noel Hogan, Tipperary Honey – Michael O’Meara, Aidan Duggans Motors, Conor O’Sullivan The Pitt Fitness, The Ferry Bar & Restaurant, Michael Naylor Car Dismantlers, Kevin Maher Carpentry, Ciaran Young – Hire Agri, Cyril Lowry Builders, The Friars Tavern  Lil & Denis Maher, John O Hara Electrical, Keith Brady Electrical, Mike Hoctor – Eire Electrical Ltd, Eoin Smyth  Silage Contractors, David Fogarty House Fitness, New Order District Supper Club Birr,  Sean Mulrooney, The Ferry and theThe Corner House Cloughjordan.


The camogie club also made a donation to JIGSAW the national centre for youth mental health from donations made to our 350km in 1 day fundraiser earlier in the year and we hope to organise a talk with representatives from JIGSAW around the topic of wellbeing and mental health in the new year.

The Wait Goes On.

We will know the fate of our parish participants the McIntyre family, on Sunday evening in ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’ as they slog it out with three other families in the semi-final. However, the question on everyone’s lips is will Aiden, Eoin, Niall and Clodagh make it through or will they be going home. The wait continues to see how they fare out as the going gets a lot tougher from here. Will they make it through to the final? or will they be going home?  Ireland’s Fittest Family is on Sunday evening at 6.30pm on RTE 1.

Best of Luck.

The pupils and staff of Scoil Lua Naofa Lorrha wish to extend the best of luck to the McIntyre family, Aiden, Eoin, Niall and Clodagh, all past pupils of the school (including dad Aiden), the very best of luck in the semi-final of Irelands Fittest Family. You are all a credit to the Lorrha parish.

Rail Line Re-Opens.

From Monday last December 6th. full rail services have resumed on the Limerick to Ballybrophy (via Nenagh) rail line following successful completion of the latest phase of track renewal on the line.  Full details of services are at www.irishrail.ie or at the Iarnród Éireann app.


Tipperary County Council have advised that Applications are now open for funding under both the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Historic Structures Fund 2022.

The closing date for applications is Monday 24th January 2022.

Please note that there are two new Streams for funding under the HSF – Historic Shopfronts and Vernacular Structures.  Details and particulars are available on our website at the following locations;



Pilgrimage to San Giovanni.

A fully escorted pilgrimage with a Spiritual Director will take place to San Giovanni in Italy to include a visit to the Shrine of St. Philomena in Mugnano and a walking tour of Pietrrlcina, birthplace of St. Padre Pio, from the 18th to the 22nd of April 2022. Direct flights from Dublin to Naples Airport and coach transfer from there. The price of €669 per person includes breakfast and dinner with lunch on three days. For bookings and enquiries please call Michael or Anne on (087) 2677656.

Farm Succession.

Tackling farm succession can seem overwhelming. There are lots to consider and agree on, such as the wishes of individual family members, securing a sustainable income for the outgoing and incoming generations, as well as looking at other options if there isn’t an obvious successor in the family.  Indeed, for some the pressure to prepare for the future is so daunting that succession is an aspect of farming that is set aside.
ifac is hosting a webinar on the topic, titled “Farm Succession: Is it time to get everyone around the table?” at 8 pm on Thursday night the 9th of December. This in-depth look at how to successfully manage your farm succession will be chaired by Cork farmer and Chairman of Agri Aware, Alan Jagoe. The online event will feature a panel discussion with Declan McEvoy, Head of Tax with ifac and an AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA); Philip O’Connor, Head of Farm Support with ifac; and Karen Walsh, Solicitor with Walsh & Partners Solicitors, Cork, and a regular media commentator on legal farming issues. The online event will also feature an Irish farmer, sharing their unique story and experience of Farm Succession.
To register to join the webinar on the evening of the 9th of December, visit www.ifac.ie or please click the link below:

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.
Anyone wishing to book anniversary masses please contact the church sacristans, Agnes Slevin in Lorrha, and Mary Cleary in Rathcabbin.

Wednesday the 8th of Dec is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Mass will be in Rathcabbin Church at 7.30pm.  and in Kibarron Church at 7.30pm


If you wish, or know anyone who wishes to receive a newsletter by email, please contact Theresa on 090-9747009

St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Collection.  

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is organising their Christmas Collection for this year. They are offering a number of options for people to support their work at this time. 1. Envelopes will be placed at the entrance of our churches for people to donate.2. Contact SVdeP by phone 0818176176 or svp.ie/donate. 3. Call to the SVdeP shop and donate or offer GiftTokens. 4.  Send a cheque / postal Order to The Treasurer SVdeP Birr. There will be no church gate collection this year. Our parish pastoral area does not have a branch of the SVP but the needs of the poor in our area are served by the Birr SVP.


Medjugorje Irish Centre Pilgrimages April – Oct 2022: 7 Nights Apartment B&B with return Airport transfer from Dubrovnik or Split from €315 per person sharing. Guaranteed Airport transfer price for any flight. Contact us for details & book the dates that suit you. Tel. 01 4434510 or email reservations@med-irishcentre.com

Little Colm Hoary from Rathcabbin who was granted his wish to own a tractor. Make – A – Wish Ireland delivered an electric tractor and as you can see, Colm was busy checking out the ‘Big Tractor’ that delivered his wish on Saturday last. 

GAA News.

Monday in the Clubhouse. Lotto No’s – 6 December: 4-11-15-20. No Winner. No Match 3.
Lucky Dips: Donoghue, Thomas Jim King, Madeleine Maher, Lillian O’Meara. Promoters: Margaret Gleeson, Noreen Houlihan, Liam Reddish.
Next Monday’s jackpot is €8,900 with Team 5 in charge of the draw.

AGM: Takes place on Thursday, 16th December. Details tbc.

Tipperary GAA Draw: The draw for December took place last Friday and it was a great one for Lorrha with sisters Kate & Thia Houlihan and their cousins Siobha & Alise winning the third prize of €2000. Kathleen Gleeson also won the promoters prize of €200. Congrats and thanks to all those who have supported the draw.