Lorrha Notes

North Tipperary Ploughing President 87 year old Eileen Duffy (Rathcabbin) draws the winning ticket in the ploughing fundraising draw which was held recently.                 Photo by Rose Mannion


Late Margaret Gleeson.

The peaceful death took place on Thursday February 24th at Tullamore Hospital in the presence of her loving family, of Margaret Gleeson, Lordspark, Rathcabbin.
Née McLoughney, news of Margaret’s unexpected passing brought much sadness and regret to the parish and surrounding areas. She was a very positive individual with a great outlook on life and she epitomised all that was good about parish and community. She gave freely of her time and energy to her local GAA club from the time she arrived in the parish, working quietly behind the scenes at functions, serving as their PRO for many years, as lotto promoter and county fundraising promoter.
Margaret was a dedicated wife working hard on the family farm and a wonderful family person, in whom her pride and joy was so obvious and to whom her passing is an unimaginable sorrow. She was much admired by her neighbours, a friend to them all offering a listening ear, warm friendship and a helping hand where needed and all without fuss. Everyone was welcome to her kitchen and to a cup of tea and a chat.
Margaret will be sadly missed from the community but above all by her family, husband Lar, sons Barry and Ollie, daughters Clare and Kathleen, sisters Alice, Maureen, Pauline and Geraldine, grandchildren Brian, Rory, Moya, Isa, Katerina and Alana, daughter-in-law Elaine, sons-in-law Denis and Willie, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends to whom sympathy is offered. Margaret was predeceased by her parents Bridget and Ned, brother Sean and daughter-in-law Breda.
After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Monday 28th Margaret was laid to rest in Bonoham cemetery. May her gentle soul rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to the Milne family Ballymacegan on the death of their cousin Brendan Milne, Kilcormac and formally Crinkle, which occurred suddenly on February 19th. After funeral Mass in St. Brigid’s Church, Mountbolue on Thursday 24th burial took place in St. Joseph’s cemetery Kilcormac. May he rest in peace.


Hard luck to Brian and Bonner and the Tipperary senior hurling team who lost by one point to Dublin, Tipp’s first defeat in the league, in a game where the sides were level on six occasions. Final score Tipp 0.21 Dublin 2.16.

Well Done Aishling.

Many congratulations are extended to our Knockshegowna neighbor Aishling Rafferty  who was crowned TG4 Glór Tíre winner recently. The University of Limerick Music Student emerged as the winner after seeing off stiff competition from the very talented Rachel Goode from Galway and Donegal’s Kenny Crawford. Mentored by Portumna man Mike Denver, Aishling will perform with Mike and friends for one week of shows in Portugal later this year and she plans on spending the €5,000 prize money on releasing her first Album. A young star in the making. Well done Aishling.

North Tipperary Ploughing.

This year’s championships will take place on Sunday March 6th from 11.00am on lands in Belleen, Nenagh (off Portroe road roundabout) by kind permission. The site will be well signed posted on all approach roads. There is no admission charge this year but donations will be accepted (if desired) with proceeds going to Embrace, the farm accident victims organization. All are welcome to attend. For further information contact the Secretary Denis Cahalan on 087 779 3719. Meeting will be held on Wednesday night in the Yanks Borrisokane at 8.30pm. All members are requested to attend if possible.


Lorrha N.S. are enroling for September 2022. Application forms can be downloaded from the school website www.lorrhans.ie or by calling the school on (090) 9747295 for a copy.

Church News.

Wednesday 2nd March is Ash Wednesday. Mass in Lorrha Church at 7.30pm. Mass 10am Borrisokane & Kilbarron 7:30pm. Distribution of the ashes is the same as last year, taking care to avoid Covid risk. Ashes is a reminder of the meaning of life and the continual call to a change of heart with God’s grace

First Friday Mass on Friday 4th will be celebrated in Rathcabbin Church at 7.30pm.

Sunday 6th March First Sunday of Lent, Hopefully this will also be a family Mass.
We are beginning our Synod Journey This Lent.  Meeting for full pastoral councils in each parish on Tuesday 8th March at 8pm in Borrisokane Community Centre Birr Rd. There is also an open invitation to everyone to attend and the meeting will be facilitated. The Church wants to hear from you! Some of the questions below may help. 1. What is my experience of the Church at present in my parish/pastoral area? 2. Do I have a sense of belonging in my parish community/pastoral area? 3. Do I have any sense that we need to be reaching out to those who are hurting or in need or who may find faith today difficult?
Lent online- Noticing God along the road with us! With J. Rodgers, M. Conway and D.O’Murchu. on the 3rd, 15th, & 22nd March at 7.30pm contact info@fcjspiritualityhouse.ie   or 085 1872212 for more information. Looking for something different – this may be it!
If you would like to do a Scripture course for Lent, there is one available with Kieran O’ Mahony and his team, see www.tarsus.ie for more information.
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, baptisms, weddings etc, please contact the Church Sacristans, Agnes Slevin in Lorrha Church & Mary Cleary in Rathcabbin Church.

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

GAA News

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €10,000. The numbers drawn on 28 February were: 1-2-4-26. 1 Match 3: Rory Coen wins €100. Promoters: Margaret O’Brien, Mulrooney’s Gala, Internet.
Next Monday’s jackpot is €10,100 with Team 1 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Sympathy: A club stalwart passed away last week with the untimely death of Margaret Gleeson. She and the late Mary Lane were on the first finance and development committee and helped run the club finances for nigh on twenty years. She was also active in the social club and was a welcoming hostess on many a Friday night.

It was the Tipperary Draw that Margaret was synonymous with. She was the perfect salesperson with her infectious pleasant personality. She was our chief promoter since its inception. Sincere sympathy to Margaret and the Gleeson family. She will be greatly missed by all club members and supporters of our club and was afforded a guard of honour at her funeral on Monday morning. May she rest in peace.

Friday Night Social Dancing: Is coming back in April. Keep watching dancing with the stars and we’ll look forward to seeing new dance moves in the clubhouse.

Membership: for 2022 is now due. All players must play before first training. Rates for 2022 are as follows and are unchanged from last year. €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership); €20 – Juvenile (16 & under); €90 – Family (2 adults & 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children) You can also pay online at clubforce.com

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