Lorrha Notes

The very popular Lorrha Parish Calendar is 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 as without you we would be unable to produce the much awaited calendar. 

Into the Final.

Well done to the McIntyre family, Portland who have made it through to the final of ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’.
After a grueling swamp trek, which Aiden made his own, remarking that he was used to muck, the family made a new record time which none of the remaining families could beat. Now the rumor mill is on fire with many predicting they know the answer well before Sunday night’s final episode. One thing for sure, it’ll be a hair-raising final, full of tension, strength, disappointment and ultimately inspirational shows of endurance. We can’t wait to see how it all goes down. Will Aiden, Eoin, Niall and Clodagh be crowned Ireland’s Fittest Family and take the top prize of €15,000 back to Lorrha? We only have days left to find out. Irelands Fittest Family is on Sunday evening at 6.30pm on RTE 1 and good luck to the McIntyre family.

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, the very best of luck in the final of Irelands Fittest Family on RTE Sunday night.

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.

Christmas Masses.

Christmas Eve Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha at 6.30pm. Christmas Day in Redwood at 9am and in Rathcabbin at 11am. St. Stephen’s Day in Rathcabbin at 11am Mass of the Holy Family.
Mass in the Pastoral area will be celebrated in Borrisokane on Christmas Eve at 2pm and at 7pm (family Mass), Kilbarron at 6pm, Terryglass at 8pm and Aglish at 9pm (Family Mass). On Christmas Day in Terryglass at 9.30am and Borrisokane at 11am.


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

Join our Big Family Christmas.

By setting your place at the Mary’s Meals Big Family Christmas table, you’ll help to feed a hungry child for a whole school year for less than €20. You’ll get a beautiful digital placemat, featuring the name of your friend or loved one, to email or print out and pass on. Go to www.marysmeals.ie to set your place or call Patricia on 086 314 0814 Mary’s Meals feeds over 2 Million children each school day in 19 of the world’s poorest countries. At least 93% of all donations go directly to their charitable activities. Food changes the story; with your help they can make a difference.


Aware is the national organisation providing free support, education & information services to those impacted by anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and related mood conditions. Aware was founded by Dr McKeon & a team of volunteers, many of whom had their own experience of depression or bipolar disorder & who wanted to support others. That is still Aware’s ethos today; volunteers are the backbone of the organisation. You can direct potential volunteer here: https://www.aware.ie/get-involved/volunteering/. All the relevant information, training dates and full application form can be viewed on that page.

GAA News

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €8,900. The numbers drawn on 13 December were: 4-5-8-13. No Winner.  2 Match 3’s: Padraig Michaela & Cara Hogan, Noreen & Jason.  Promoters: Noreen Houlihan, Liam Reddish, Agnes Sherlock.  Next Monday’s draw will be for €9000 with Team 6 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Hard luck: To Ken Hogan and St Rynagh’s on their loss to Ballyhale Shamrocks in the Leinster club championship.

AGM: Takes place this Thursday in the clubhouse at 8.00pm. Social distancing will apply and masks must be worn.

Sympathies: To the family of Kieran Delaney and Toomevara GAA on his tragic passing. May he Rest in Peace.

Think Before You Pour.

It’s time to make sure the chimney is clear for the safe arrival of Santa, but that’s not all we have to keep clear this Christmas! This festive season, the Think Before You Pour campaign is partnering with Ireland’s well-known chefs, Kevin Dundon, Lilly Higgins, JP McMahon, Guy Sinnott, Mark Murphy and Edward Hayden to ask you to Think Before You Pour and put fats, oils and greases (FOGs) from the Christmas dinner in the bin.

Think Before You Pour is operated by Clean Coasts in partnership with Irish Water and appeals to the public not to pour FOGs down the kitchen sink, as a survey reveals that approximately 4 out of 10 people admit to doing so.

Fats, oils and greases may seem like liquid when poured, but they cool and harden as they travel along the pipes and can cause blockages in our homes, businesses, the public sewer network and wastewater treatment plants and can even lead to overflows of sewage in our communities and pollution in rivers, on beaches and in the ocean. When FOGs combine with wipes and other sewage related litter such as hair and dental floss that shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet, fatbergs can form. Irish Water clears hundreds of blockages including fatbergs from the wastewater network every week.

Irish celebrity chef, television personality and author Kevin Dundon said: “This Christmas, I am delighted to be working with Clean Coasts and Irish Water on a great campaign to remind you to Think Before You Pour fats down the sink. As you all know, I love using fat while cooking, such as butter to baste a steak, turkey fat from the roasting tray or some duck fat on crispy roast potatoes. But, once served, pouring the residue left on the baking trays and pans down the sink will only end up creating blockages and giant fatbergs.”

Kevin continued: “My best advice is to let pans and trays cool for a few minutes and using kitchen paper, scrape the setting fat into a container and dispose of the fat in the general bin. It is a simple step that the family can do at home and help keep our pipes clearer. So this Christmas, use as much butter and cream in your recipes as desired and Think Before You Pour!”

Speaking about the size and scale of the issue Tom Cuddy, Head of Operations, Irish Water said: “This Christmas let’s reduce the number of wastewater blockages backing up into our houses and gardens or spilling into the local environment. We want to remind the public not to use their kitchen sink as a bin. ‘Think before You Pour’ and use a heat proof container to collect FOGs and put them in the bin once they have cooled. This will help prevent pipe blockages and protect the natural and built environment. Every month Irish Water clears approximately 2,000 blockages from the wastewater network. Survey results this year show that approximately 4 out of 10 people admit to pouring FOGs down the kitchen sink which contributes to these blockages. Let’s work together   and keep our pipes free-flowing.”

Speaking about the campaign, Sinead McCoy, Coastal Communities Manager, Clean Coasts said: “This Christmas Clean Coasts are asking the public to take positive environmental actions to be green this Christmas. One simple green action that can be done in the home is to keep our wastewater pipes clear by never pouring fats, oils and greases from the Christmas dinner down the kitchen sink. Instead, collect them into a heatproof container, allow to cool and empty into the bin. This helps prevent blockages in our wastewater systems. I would encourage and remind everyone to Think Before You Pour this Christmas.”