Lorrha Notes

Final Farewell.  Martin O’Meara’s VC is removed from the shadow of the Abbey in preparation for it’s long journey back to Australia.

 Late Daniel (Donie) Dunne.

The peaceful death took place after a long illness on Sunday 31st July in the loving care of the staff of Milford Care Centre, of Donie Dunne, Portland, Lorrha, surrounded by his loving and devoted family.

Donie, who was 73 years old, attended Lorrha NS and afterwards Borrisokane Technical school. He entered the army in Kildare as a young man and while there he trained as a radio technician. After a number of years gaining practice, he decided to move on and went to work with GEC Medical. His work with this company brought him in contact with many people as he travelled the country servicing and repairing x-ray equipment in all hospitals. He loved his work and was totally dedicated to his job and many years back, he and another group of likeminded colleagues formed their own company.
Travelling abroad and viewing the sights was a hobby that he adored and he and Helen enjoyed many trips over their 34 years of marriage.
A kind, considerate, affable man, he made friends constantly, had an easy way about him and was very popular. He did many good deeds quietly and privately for many people over the years.
He was a wonderful family man, selfless and generous to them all and a great friend and husband to Helen.  Donie was a good friend to his neighbours, helping when needed if he could at all.
Pre-deceased by his parents, James and Mary Bridget, Donie will be sadly missed by his loving wife Helen, his brother David, sisters, Marian and Bernadette, sister-in-law Kathleen, brothers-in-law, Pat and Gerard, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and many friends to whom sympathy is offered.
After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha, on Thursday August 4th. burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.


Lorrha village glistened in the sunshine on Saturday last as Martin O’Meara’s Victoria Cross arrived for a very emotional visit that brought out a large crowd of spectators, some travelling long distances. Martin was definitely with us in Spirit as the sun shone down and the ceremonies went off with ease and as planned. The village was looking wonderful thanks to the many volunteers who put their shoulder to the wheel to make it happen and also the residents that put out flags. Thanks to the many stewards and the Gardai for all the help with traffic control. Many thanks also to Fr’s Tom, Michael, Pat and Canon Arthur, all the participants, the readers, musicians and everyone who helped in any way to make the day the success that it was. And finally a massive thanks to Denis and Lil of the Friars Tavern who fed and watered the multitude with such professionalism and ease.
The winners of the Martin O’Meara stamp competition which was run through the schools in the parish, are 1st. Saoirse O’Meara (Lorrha NS), 2nd. Thia Houlihan (Redwood NS), 3rd. Gwillym Tooher (Rathcabbin NS).
Highly commended were Oscar Morin Gradwell (Lorrha NS), Paddy Hogan (Redwood NS), Joshua Kelly (Rathcabbin NS). Sincere thanks to Rosemary Joyce, Tipperary Co.Co. who judged the entries. HE Gary Gray presented the winners with their vouchers which the organising committee had specially commissioned for the occasion. Well done to the winners and many thanks to all the students who participated and the teachers in the three schools for their co-operation.

Ambassador Gary Gray laying a wreath at the Martin O’Meara Monument during the homecoming of Martin’s VC

More All Ireland Success for William.

Many congratulations to parish man William Holmes who has added another title to his already growing achievements. William was crowned over 18 mouth organ All Ireland winner at the recent Fleadh which was held in Mullingar. Well done William.   

Wedding Bells.

Congratulations and many good wishes to Owen Kennedy, Rathcabbin, son of Eugene and Mary, and Fiona Sin Hang Ho, who were married on August 5th.  The couple celebrated their wedding in Ballintubber Abbey and afterwards in Breaffy House Resort, Breaffy, Castlebar with family and friends and a great time was had by all. We wish Owen and Fiona the best of luck in the years ahead as you settle down to married life in Hong Kong.

Lorrha Parish Golf Outing.

The annual Lorrha parish golf outing will take place this year in Portumna Golf club on Saturday 27th August. Tee time from 11.15 to 1.15. This year’s captain is Kevin Hough.

Biodiversity Workshop:
To mark National Heritage Week, Lorrha Development Association (LDA) will be organising a Biodiversity Workshop which will take place on Sunday, 21st August starting at 10.30am. The venue for the workshop will be Friars Park and it will be facilitated by ecologist, Anne Marie Mahon who this year is working with LDA to develop a Community Biodiversity Action Plan. This workshop is part of that project. Everyone is welcome to come along, get involved and learn how to be part of the solution to the growing problem of biodiversity loss which has serious implications for us all.

Church News.

First Friday Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha Church on Friday 5th August at 8pm.

Mass times in our parish are as follows. 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.

Church Bookings: 
Can anyone wishing to book anniversary masses, christenings, weddings etc, please contact the church sacristans, Agnes Slevin in Lorrha, and Mary Cleary in Rathcabbin.

Supporting Catholic Parents.

 On Tues 6th Sept there will be a conference on Zoom hosted by ‘The Hook of Faith; The topic will be: ‘Supporting Catholic Parents: Sharing the Catholic Vision of Love &Human Sexuality with Our Children’. The speaker Fr Chris Hayden, author of ‘A Better Vision: Understanding &Living the Catholic Vision of Human Sexuality’. The conference will be from 8 -9pm. All are welcome. Email: thehookoffaith@gmail.com . It is designed to help Catholic parents be the best educators of their children in the areas of faith and morality in our modern culture.

 Youth Ministry Coordinator in the Diocese of Limerick – (Three-year fixed-term fulltime contract): The Diocese is recruiting a Youth Ministry Coordinator.  The successful candidate will work on the delivery of the objectives & actions of the Young People theme in the Diocesan Pastoral Plan. An Application Pack with Job Description & Application Form  are available on www.limerickdiocese.org/news/vacancy-for-youth-ministry-coordinator/. 

Dementia Café.

Nenagh and Ballina-Killaloe Virtual Dementia Cafe invite you to meet with North Tipp Dementia Advisor; David Kieran at our next Virtual Dementia Cafe, Thurs 18th Aug at 7pm.David will discuss & answer questions around his role and his area of special interest services for people with Down Syndrome who develop Dementia. To join, please email ballinakillaloe.dementiacafe@gmail.com for a link to this free event.

Lorrha Lord Mayor Joe Dolan laying a wreath on behalf of the people of the parish. 

GAA News

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €12,400. The numbers drawn on 15 August were: 12-13-24-29.  No Match 3.  Lucky Dips: Maria Brophy, David McGuinness, Ann & John Nevin, Tina O’Brien.  Promoters: Noreen Houlihan, Liam Reddish, SCEAL shop.
Next Monday’s jackpot has hit €12,500 with Team 1 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Intermediate Hurling: The Intermediates take on Golden-Kilfeacle in their rescheduled round 2 County Championship game in Templetuohy at 2.30pm this Saturday. Tickets must be purchased online.

Junior Hurling: The Junior ‘B’s take on Silvermines in North semi-final on Saturday, 27th August in Lorrha at 6.00pm.

Social Dancing: Continues next Friday in the Tony Reddin Centre at 9.30pm to the music of Peter Burke.

Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw: Lorrha GAA club members are being invited to take part in the new cycle of the Tipperary GAA. Contact Kathleen Gleeson (0868694528) if interested in signing up. You could also sign up online, with the payment link on our Facebook, Twitter pages and website.

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