Lorrha Notes

Ploughing at it’s best during the North Tipp event on Sunday last in Nenagh.                       Pic: Rose Mannion.

William Holmes Rathcabbin.

Rathcabbin Man Leads the Way For Roscrea Comhaltas (CCE)

A young Rathcabbin man, William Holmes started playing the fiddle with Maureen Browne at eight years of age.
A year later he joined Roscrea Comhaltas (CCE) and took part in the weekly sessions in Coláiste Phobal. As a member of Roscrea CCE, William represented Roscrea in solo, duet, trio, céilí band and grúpa ceoil competitions from the under 12 age group right through to senior level this coming May. Over many years, William has always supported local events travelling from Rathcabbin with his siblings to play tunes for Saint Patrick’s Day, in Nursing Homes, Field Days, Bealtaine Festivals and many more both within his parish and outside. William first showed an interest in the mouth organ following a Roscrea Comhaltas workshop by local musician Billy Hynes, and represented Roscrea at the All Ireland Fleadh the following year in Sligo. He secured first place in the county, Munster and All Ireland in 2016 in Ennis and received a citation from Roscrea People of the year for this achievement. Wiliam continues to play the fiddle at a very high standard with Geraldine Mc Glynn as his teacher and the uilleann pipes with David Kinsella. William is also a self -taught concertina and guitar player. Since this time, William has won second place in 2017 and 2018 and first place in Drogheda in 2019 in the mouth organ competition. He is entering this year in the senior category for the first time. William has shared his talents with many groups and bands within Roscrea Comhaltas over the years and more recently has joined the In Tune for Life Orchestra. William is currently studying Psychology with Music in Maynooth and teaches part time. His fiddle tutor in Maynooth is Aisling ní Choisdealbha, a Roscrea native. Roscrea Comhaltas is extremely proud of William as he prepares to compete in the very prestigious Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal Competition and we wish him every success. He is always to the fore in supporting events organised by the branch.
The competition will be live on Raidió na Gealtachta on Friday evening, March 11 at 7pm, and can be viewed on their Facebook page at the same time. Good luck William from everyone in the parish.


Hard luck to Brian and Bonner and the Tipperary senior hurling team who took a heavy loss to Waterford  0.21 to 1.28 in the National league game played in Walsh Park on Sunday last.

North Tipperary Ploughing.

The North Tipperary Ploughing committee organized a very successful championships on Sunday last after a lapse of two years due to the Covid 19 pandemic. In fact, it was the first time since 2011 that the annual event wasn’t cancelled because of poor weather conditions, with the lovely Spring sunshine bringing a wonderful buzz as all the participants were so delighted to be back ploughing competitively. Even the spectators enjoyed their visit, some coming for the first time, relaxing and enjoying a cuppa and a chat in the tent with the staff.  It was truly a wonderful occasion for all and the atmosphere was electric…
The committee wish to offer their sincere thanks to the landowner for the use of his property and a special word of thanks to all the participant’s, some who travelled long distances. Many thanks to all who helped in whatever way to make the day such a great success. Proceeds from the day will be donated to Embrace, the farm accident charity, and many thanks to all who contributed.
The winners and runners up from the day’s event are as follows. Farmerette class, 1st. Maura Canning. U28 = 1st. Ethan Harding. Single Furrow = 1st. James Hough, 2nd. Andrew Hogan. Vintage Mounted = 1st. Ray Clancy, 2nd. Joe Kelly, 3rd. Walter Moroney, 4th. Johnny White, 5th Noel Cleary. Senior Class 1st. Jonathan Murray, 2nd. = Tom Duffy, 3rd Ger Frost. 3 Furrow class  = 1st. Noel Howley, 2nd. Ciarán Milne. Reversible class = 1st. Jimmy Ryan, 2nd Joe Slattery. Vintage Trailer 1st. Aenus Horan, 2nd. Liam Morris. Vintage Classic = 1st. Timmy Horan, 2nd. Trevor Hogan. Well done to all.

Lorrha Auction.

The annual Lorrha Development and Tidy Towns auction was held at Lorrha Community Hall on February 20th.  The committee wish to sincerely thank all who contributed in any way to the running of the event:  those who donated, our loyal customers, our auctioneer, our volunteers, and Sceal for the use of the hall and its forecourt. The stall-holders provided an eclectic, valuable and entertaining mix and added greatly to the day’s success. The auction, proceeds of which go to the upkeep of the village and its environs, was the most successful to date. A fine attendance, despite the inclement weather, contributed to the occasion, resulting in a brisk demand for all items auctioned.  In preparation for the event – timber cutting, log splitting and transporting the fuel to the auction site, were all carried out in challenging weathers conditions. In fact, our volunteers worked through three storms, Dudley, Eunice and Franklin. The dedication of those involved won through to ensure a successful day. We raise our hats to them. A raffle held on the day surpassed all expectations.  We sincerely thank our sponsors and those who purchased lines. Our auction was the result of that enviable community spirit which is such a part of Lorrha.

Lorrha Development Association:

LDA has made a successful application to the Community Foundation for Ireland for grant funding related to improving Biodiversity in our locality. This funding will enable us to benefit from the expertise of an ecologist who will work with the community over the course of this year and guide us to compile a Community Biodiversity Action Plan. In order to progress the project and give an opportunity to people who wish to have an input into same, Lorrha Development Association has arranged to have a Public Consultation, attended by the ecologist, in the Community Hall, Lorrha on Tuesday, 15th March at 8pm. Your attendance would be very welcome and much appreciated.


Sympathy is extended to Katherine Haines (nee Killeen, Abbeyville), on the death of her mother in-law Monica Haines, Green St., Birr which occurred on Saturday March 5th.
After funeral Mass in St. Brendan’s Church, Birr on Monday 7th burial took place in Clonoghill Cemetery, Birr. May she rest in peace.
Sympathy is also extended to Suzanne Corcoran (Lorrha) on the death of her sister in-law Caroline Ward (nee Corcoran) Birr which occurred on Sunday last March 6th. Her funeral Mass took place in St. Brendan’s Church Birr, on Tuesday March 8th . May she rest in peace.


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.

On Wednesday 16th March there will be a vigil Mass for St. Patricks day in Lorrha Church at 6.30pm and on Thursday 17th March, St Patricks day mass in Rathcabbin Church at 11.30am.
Prayer of the faithful for Killaloe Diocese Parishes. For all those battling addiction, their families and all those affected by addiction. We pray specifically for those enrolled in the Matt Talbot Prayer Society who will be prayed for at the Monthly Mass in SS Peter and Paul Cathedral, Ennis, on Monday evening. May the Holy Spirit fill them with the strength they need to journey in a life of freedom from addiction with Jesus. Lord Hear Us”

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 Notes

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €10,100. The numbers drawn on 7 March were: 5-9-17-22. 5 Match 3’s share €100: Marie Fallon, Kathleen Houlihan, John Moore, James O’Meara, Fergal White. Promoters: Margaret Gleeson, Noreen Houlihan, Kevin Molloy. Next Mondays jackpot is €10,200 with Team 2 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Membership Registration Night: This Friday from 8.00 to 9.30pm in Moatfield. 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.

Social Dancing: It’s back, on Friday 8th April and it’s back with a bang. Glór Tíre winner Aishling Rafferty will be accompanied by Noelie Ryan. So come early not to be disappointed.

St Patrick’s Night Quiz: After enjoying the day’s festivities, what better way to round it off than a quiz in the Clubhouse. Show off your sporting and current affairs knowledge with a quiz that is being put together by Aiden McIntyre kicks off at 8.00pm.

Calf Scheme: Thanks to over 50 farmers who have gotten involved, either by sponsorship, rearing calves or taking a weanling. Some farmers are rearing calves to be moved on and when that stage has been reached, contact Aiden 0876426640 and a suitable home will be found. Farmers who offered donations can contact Niall Brophy 0879376280. Any farmers who have not yet been contacted but are eager to be involved can contact Aiden or Niall.

Tipperary GAA draw: Congratulations to Colm Kennedy who won what is by this stage his monthly €1000 cash prize in the Tipp GAA Clubs Draw for March.