Lorrha Notes

Martin O’Meara’s Victoria Cross on display in Lorrha on August 13th.   Photo: Rose Mannion.

Ireland’s Oldest Man Had Lorrha Connections.

 Michael J. O’Connor, Killarney, Glencar and Limerick, Ireland’s oldest man, passed away peacefully on Sunday 21st August at the grand age of almost 109.
Michael J. ex Marconi Company at Sea, Merchant Navy and The Irish Aviation Authority, lived a full and extraordinary life, well lived and well enjoyed.
Michael’s daughter Avril resides in Carrigahorig, Lorrha and Michael often visited over the years. He was predeceased by his wife Joan (McTernan), his siblings Tim, Deo, Diarmuid and Maureen, his sons-in-law Fern and Joe and his utterly adored grandson Meredith. Michael will be deeply and sadly missed now by his three daughters, Maureen (Lulling), Avril (O’Keeffe, Carrigahorig) and Teresina (Gallagher),his two sons Michael and Meredith, son-in-law Denis, daughters-in-law Ann and Lynda, 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, relatives, neighbours and many, many friends, all of whom sympathy is offered.
After funeral Mass on Friday morning last 26th. in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney, burial took place in Aghadoe Cemetery.  May Michael rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to the Moylan families, Rathcabbin on the passing of Michael, Castle Rheban, Athy, and formally Abbeyville, Lorrha.
Michael farmed in Abbeyville for a number of years before he and Mairead moving their young family to Athy back in the ‘80’s. They returned for family occasions and visits to the parish through the years keeping in contact with neighbours and friends.
Michael passed peacefully in the Cloverlodge Nursing Home in Athy on Friday 26th August. Predeceased by his brother Willie and sister Mary and is deeply regretted by his loving wife Mairead (née O’Neill), sons Jerry, Michael and James, daughter Deborah, brother Jerry, (Rathcabbin), sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbours and friends.
After funeral Mass in St. Michael’s Parish Church, Athy on Tuesday 30th. burial took place in St. Michael’s New Cemetery, Athy. May he rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to Seamus Mounsey and family Redwood, on the death of his sister Margaret Carroll, Coolbawn.
Margaret passed away peacefully on Friday August 26th at home in the presence of her loving family. Predeceased  by her parents Bob and Sarah Mounsey, beloved wife of Brendan and much loved mother of Ivan, Sarah, Olivia, Michael and Jane. Sadly missed by her loving family, son-in-law Barry Wallace, Ivan’s partner Charlene Duane, Sarah’s partner Michael Quigley, Michael’s girlfriend Niamh Harrington, her much loved grandchildren Robert, Isabel, Iarlaith and George, her brothers Robert, Seamus, Liam and John, mother-in-law Sarah Carroll, uncle Roger Mounsey, aunts Sr. Sally Mounsey and Susan Kelly, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, neighbours and friends to whom sympathy is offered.
After funeral Mass in St. Barron’s Church, Kilbarron on Monday last 29th. burial took place in Kilbarron Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Bogus Letting Agents.

Students returning to College or those starting out for the first time, are frantically searching for accommodation for the last number of weeks. Property Services Regulatory Authority (PSRA) are warning students and their parents to be aware of potential bogus letting agents that are in existence.  Such bogus agents often set up online and may claim to hold a PSRA licence. For those students engaging with a letting agent in their search for accommodation, it is important that they ensure that the agent is licenced by the Property Services Regulatory Authority (PSRA).
All Property Services Providers (Letting Agents, Auctioneers, Estate Agents and Management Agents) operating in the Republic of Ireland must hold a PSRA licence to provide a property service. Licensed Property Services Providers are regulated by the PSRA, ensuring that the consumer is protected. When using a property service provider, clients should ask to see the property service provider’s licence and note the details, in particular the licence number. The individual licence is a credit card size licence, which contains the licensee name, photographic identification and a unique 6 or 12 digit PSRA licence number, always beginning with a double zero. Clients can then check this number on the PSRA Register of Licensed Property Services Providers to ensure that the licence is not only valid and in date, but that the provider’s details match those on the Register.
The Gardaí are also advising people to be wary of rental scams and are offering the following advice.
You should only use recognised letting agencies or deal with people who are bona fida and trusted. Websites can be cloned, check the URL to ensure it’s a real website and take note of the privacy and refund policy sections.
Be very wary of social media advertisements or where a person letting the location will only communicate via messenger or whatsapp. You should push for direct answers and if responses are vague disengage immediately.
Watch out for unsolicited contacts or where the contact appears to be based in other jurisdictions and especially if there is a sense of urgency like “a one-time offer”.
If you have decided to take up the offer only use trusted money transfer systems, I would recommend using a credit card. Never transfer money direct, pay cash, pay into cryptocurrency wallets.
Be wary if a website is asking you to send money to a random PayPal address, wire it by Western Union, pay in iTunes gift cards or only deals in cryptocurrency. The majority of the time, those methods are done to avoid scrutiny and ensure that a transaction can’t be reversed.

Hospice Coffee Mornings Are Back.

This year sees the 30th Anniversary of the Hospice Fundraising Coffee Mornings. Together for Hospice, The National Hospice Movement represents 26 Hospice and specialist palliative home care providers supporting patients and their families nationwide. Funds raised locally stay local and go back into each local hospice service, helping to pay for medical and general staff, palliative care beds, home care visits, specialist equipment and new hospice builds.
Communities right across North Tipperary are urged to simply gather a group on Thursday, September 22nd, and do coffee your way, to help raise much needed funds to support the work of North Tipperary Hospice Movement.
To Register to host a coffee morning on Thursday, September 22nd, or on a date that suits you, go to www.hospicecoffeemorning. ie or Callsave 0818 995 996. Hosts are provided with a free Coffee Morning Pack containing Bewley’s coffee, posters and invitations.

Well Done and Good Luck.
Congratulations to the Junior ‘B’ team and management who are through to the final after a great win over Silvermines on Saturday evening last. The lads go on to play Portroe in Nenagh in the final on Sunday coming Sept. 4th at 3.30pm. and we wish them the best of luck.
We also extend good wishes to the Intermediate team and management who play Boherlahan in Dolla also on Sunday at 12 noon.

Annual General Meeting.

Rathcabbin Development/Tidy Towns are holding their AGM on Monday September 5th at 7.30pm in Rathcabbin Hall. Everyone is invited to attend.

Wedding Bells.
Congratulations and many good wishes is extended to Roisin Cahalan, Redwood, daughter of Patrick and Kathleen, and Will Kennedy, who were married on Saturday August 20th.   The happy couple celebrated their wedding in the Armada Hotel, Spanish Point, with family and friends and a great time was had by all. We wish Roisin and Will the best of luck in the years ahead as they settle down to married life in the parish.

Memory Walk.

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland announces that the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk 2022 is taking place nationwide on Sun, 18th Sept. A family-friendly event suitable for all ages& abilities. We hope that 3,000 walkers across Ireland will help us raise €250,000 for vital services to support people with dementia & their family carers across Ireland. Please visit memorywalk@alzheimer.ie to register for your fundraising pack today.

Martin’s relatives Fiona and Bill lay a wreath at the Martin O’Meara monument on August 13th. 

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.

Lourdes Autumn Pilgrimages:  Sept 22nd to 27th Franciscan Pilgrimage. October 2nd  to 7th Diocesan Autumn Pilgrimage. Both pilgrimages direct from Shannon Details & booking from joewalshtours.ie  Tours to Holy Island, Lough Derg, contact Killaloe Tourist Office 083-8535899.

Free Draw.

Win a trip to Medjugorje with the Irish Centre: Win one week all inclusive trip to Medjugorje for one person & flight (up to €300 flight & luggage value). To be in with a chance to win go to www.med-irishcentre.com. For more tel.01443 4510 or email reservations@med-irishcentre.com

GAA News

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €12,600. The numbers drawn on 29 August were: 12-16-19-31.  1 Match 3: Ann & John Nevin win €100.  Promoters: Martin Hough, John McLeish, Agnes Sherlock.  Next Monday’s jackpot has hit €12,700 with Team 3 in charge of the draw.

Intermediate & Junior B hurling: It’s a very busy day for our hurling teams this Sunday, with both teams in action. The intermediates take on Boherlahan-Dualla in Dolla at 12.00 noon, in their final group game the County Championship, before the Junior Bs take on Portroe in the North final in Nenagh at 3.30pm. The very best of luck to both teams. Tickets for both games can be purchased from the attached links.

Intermediate: Tipperary GAA | Future Ticketing

Junior B: Future Ticketing | North Tipperary GAA

Camogie: Well done to the Junior A camogie team, who opened their championship campaign with a 3-7 to 1-6 win over Ballina.

Congrats: To Killian Fitzgerald, who won the Tony Forristal tournament as a member of the Tipperary under-14 team at the weekend. Well done also to Conor Kennedy and Robert Duffy who were on the U16 team.

Social dancing: Continues next Friday night at 9.30 to the music of Andy Feerey.