Lorrha Notes

The Lorrha Parish Calendar is still on sale and 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.

Late Joe Cleary.

The death took place on Sunday December 26th of Joe Cleary, Ballyoughter, Rathcabbin. Joe passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at his home on St. Stephen’s Day.

A hard working man all his life, he was a great neighbor and a kind helpful friend to many. He retired from the water section in Tipperary County Council just under six years ago and this gave him more time to follow some of his interests.  Joe lived for his family whom he adored and cherished and when the grandchildren came along he poured so much love, time and energy into them, enjoying and cherishing their visits.  He had many interests in life including gardening and nature, sowing and tending to the flowers and feeding the birds. He was a man of strong faith serving Rathcabbin Church very well both as a Eucharistic Minister, collector at Mass and caretaker to the Church grounds, a position he was dedicated to for over 30 years, building up a close and lasting friendship with the late Fr. John Donnelly.
A former member of Rathcabbin Players, Joe acted in ‘The Playboy of the Western World’ and the ‘Odd Couple’ to name just a few, back in the early 1990’s, and the craic and laughter combined with his quick wit during rehearsals was so enjoyable. Not only did he tread the boards, but he also helped out behind the scenes, ready, able and willing with a joke and a story to keep the job lighthearted.  Joe loved meeting people, having a chat and enjoying the banter and his broad wide smile and his hearty laugh was infectious.

Joe will be missed from the community and from Rathcabbin village, but above all by his family, wife Mary, sons  Joseph, Damien, Kenneth and daughter Edel, his brothers Tony and Pat sister Mary and grandchildren Jake Chelsea, Rachel, Ross and Wayne to whom sympathy is offered.
After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church, Rathcabbin on Friday morning 31st. Dec. Burial took place in Bohonam Cemetery. May Joe rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of  Noel Egan formerly Balleragh, Lorrha who died recently in Bolton, England. A months mind offering for Noel will be celebrated in Lorrha Church on Saturday next January 8th at 6.30pm. May he rest in peace.
Sympathy is also extended to Cllr. Michael O’Meara and family, Rathcabbin on the death of his aunt Anne Ferman, Fivealley which occurred on Friday 31st December. After funeral Mass in St. James’ Church, Eglish on Sunday last January 2nd. burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Church News.

This coming Thursday the 6th January, is the Epiphany of the Lord. Mass will be celebrated in Rathcabbin Church at 7.30pm.
Please note there will be no First Friday Mass this month
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.

Pope Francis has called for a new conversation to take place in our church. It is a conversation that will inevitably require respect of a plurality of views and everyone’s right to share their views. If you wish to have your voice heard as regards what is happening in our church, there’s a video produced in the diocese which may be of help: https://youtu.be/5TTqgYMQS0c
It is a journey that we need to make together as pilgrims open to the Holy Spirit and with the hope that whatever emerges will be for the good of the church and our communities as we seek to live the gospel. Despite, Covid worries, almost certainly in the early part of this year, the tempo of this process is likely to ramp up considerably as the months go on and those who wish to participate should have the opportunity to do so. It is an unparalleled invitation issued to a local church maybe only in the very early church councils.

Christmas Tree Recycle.

The public is encouraged to Recycle your Christmas tree at County Council centres around the county during opening hours and free of charge from January 4th to the 15th.

Darran Launches CD

A well-known figure on the local entertainment scene Darran Bourke,  realised his dream when he launched his first CD just before Christmas. Due to current Covid regulations, the launch was low key for the popular Lorrha musician. Containing just two songs, ‘Christmas Eve 1914 (A Silent Night)’ and ‘Hey God’, both songs mean a lot to him as he plays with the local church choirs.
Darran  played with “Tradstone” and “The Bentley Boys” playing all over Ireland and the UK but now he has decided to go solo concentrating on church occasions and small parties. We wish Darran the best of luck going forward and hope this is just the beginning of many more CD’s to come. Well done Darran.
The CD is available for request on all radio stations. Full song available on iTunes Spotify and YouTube. Look him up at Darran Bourke (Watch the name spelling just in case you can’t find him) or email dburca1@gmail.com.


Silver Arch Family Resource Centre in Nenagh are delighted to offer a range of health and wellbeing programmes to adults in our community.  Starting in January, we will be hosting a free Healthy Food Made Easy 6 week programme for anyone interested in improving knowledge of nutrition and preparing healthier meals Places are limited and bookings can be made through Silver Arch FRC reception at 067-31800 when we re-open after the Christmas break on 4th January. And we wish everyone a very safe and peaceful Christmas and looking forward to supporting everyone in our community in 2022.

Gun Owners Reminder.

Gardai are reminding people that if they have a gun it must be licensed. Gun owners must submit their fully completed renewal notices together with photos and supporting documentation to your local Garda station. Please submit as soon as possible and do not leave until the last minute to renew.

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.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje.

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

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People.

ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). If you or someone you know needs support this Christmas, please call our National Support and Referral Line on 0818 222 024 from 8am – 8pm, seven days a week. ALONE operates 365 days a year so we will be there to take your call when you need us most

A healthy and peaceful New Year to all readers of the Lorrha Notes and many thanks to all who contribute information every week. . Stay safe.

GAA Notes

Lotto No’s – 4 January: 2-6-18-20. No Winner. No Match 3.  Lucky Dips: Paula S & Paddy C, Colm Hogan, Maureen Gaynor, Maria Maher. Promoters: Bonner Maher, Willie Fogarty, Internet.
Next Monday’s jackpot will be €9,300 with Team 1 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Smile Awhile.