Lorrha Notes

Captain Steve Muir, Manager of the Army Museum of Western Australia was in touch to thank the Lorrha Martin O’Meara VC committee members  for hosting himself and Neil in Lorrha. Steve said they were both very touched by our generosity and warm welcome.
He went on to say he organised to have Martin’s medals taken to his grave site for some photographs. They had the Commanding Officer of the 16th Battalion, The Royal Western Australia Regiment (LTCOL Leigh Partridge) and the Regimental Sergeant Major (WO1 Richard Bushnell) there for the occasion, and they brought the Battalion’s Colours with them as well.

I hope this helps to “close the loop” on the epic journey that these medals have undertaken, he said and I also hope that you will agree that it was appropriate to bring the VC and Victory Medal together with Martin at long last.  What a wonderful occasion indeed.

100 year old Kathleen Houlihan arriving for a celebration birthday Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church, Lorrha on Saturday Oct. 15th in a vintage car driven by Mick Quirke and accompanied by her son Tommy and friend Susan Happy birthday Kathleen.

Late Gerard (Gerry) Spain.

The death took place on Monday 10th October of Gerry Spain, Dundalk and late of Derry, Rathcabbin.
Gerry passed away peacefully in the dedicated care of the staff of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. Beloved husband of Rosemary, son of the late James and Martha and dear father of Gerard, Martin and Mary. Deeply missed by his sorrowing wife, sons, daughter, daughters-in-law Jenny and Rachel, son-in-law Shane, grandchildren James and Luke Spain and Aoibh, Michael and Sinéad O’Neill, brother Michael, sisters Tess and Phil, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends to whom sympathy is offered.
After funeral Mass on Wednesday 12th in St. Mary’s Church, Ravensdale, burial took place in Calvary Cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Late Brian Bourke.

The peaceful death took place on Friday 14th October of Brian Bourke, Aisling House, Roscrea and formerly of Graigue, Rathcabbin.
Predeceased by his loving parents Paddy and Teresa, his brothers John and Richard, his sisters Nuala and Dinah. Brian will be sadly missed by his loving brothers Eamonn and Gerry, his sisters Marian, Josie and Angela, his sisters in law, brothers in law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends, his Aisling House Family, Martina and Joan, the staff, extended staff and residents of St Anne’s, in particular his long term companion, Tommy, who sadly passed away recently to whom sympathy is offered.
After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church, Rathcabbin, on Monday 17th. burial took place in Bonoham Cemetery. My Brian rest in peace.

Late Michael Hurley.

The peaceful death took place at his home in the presence of his loving family, on Saturday October 15th of Michael Hurley, “Arra Villa”, Clonaslee, St. Conlon’s Road, Nenagh, formerly of Boulagloss, Carrigatoher and late of Ballymacegan, Lorrha. Michael farmed in Ballymacegan for many years and was a great neighbor to many where he was missed when he and his family moved to Nenagh.
Predeceased by his parents John and Margaret Hurley, his brothers John, Tom and Br. Denis and his sister Beatrice Cleary. Much loved and sadly missed by his loving wife Jenny, children John, Mary, Margaret and Sarah, daughter-in-law Máire, sons-in-law Johann (Tambimuttu), Sean (McCabe) and Trevor (Kerley), his adored grandchildren Katie, John, Aidan, Doireann, Róisín, Ciara, Michael, Anthony and Tara, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, close neighbours and friends to whom sympathy is offered.
After funeral Mass on Monday in The Church of the Holy Spirit, Youghalarra (Newtown), burial took place in Youghalarra Cemetery. May he rest in peace.

 Good Luck.

The best of luck to the Intermediate hurling team and their backroom team when they take on Drom-Inch ‘B’ team in the county semi-final on Saturday 22nd at 1.00pm in Toomevara.
We also extend the best of luck to the Junior ‘B’ team and their back room team when they play Thurles- Sarsfields the following day Sunday 23rd at 12.30 pm in Moneygall in their semi-final. Good luck to all.

Happy Birthday Kathleen.

A very happy and blessed 100th birthday is extended to Kathleen Houlihan, Lorrha who celebrated the great occasion last Saturday with family, neighbours and friends. Congratulations on reaching such a wonderful milestone which is this Wednesday 19th.  and every blessing and good wish to you Kathleen in the future.

100 year old Kathleen Houlihan pictured with her brother Joe Marmion 92 and sister Ann Marmion 94 both residing in Meath.

Table Quiz.

Borrisokane Community College Parents Association are holding a Table Quiz in BCC Sports hall on Thurs 27th of Oct at 7:30pm. Cost per adult table is €40; cost per student table is €20.

North Tipp Ploughing.

A meeting of the North Tipp Ploughing committee will take place on Thursday night 20th in the Yanks Borrisokane at 8.00pm.

Fundraiser Reminder.

A fundraising poker classic will be held in Hannigans of Kilbarron on 23rd. October at 6pm. All proceeds to the North Tipp Ploughing committee. If interested, talk to Joe Slattery.

Halloween Raffle.

Rathcabbin Tidy Towns are holding a Halloween raffle with some lovely prizes on offer. Tickets will be sold during the month of October with the raffle taking place on Sunday 30th.  1st prize will be an overnight with breakfast at the Aloft Hotel, Dublin. 2nd prize Large Luxury Hamper which can be viewed in Kellys shop, 3rd prize is a mystery voucher to the value of €200 and the 4th prize is a 8 x 4 car trailer load of firewood worth €140. Tickets costing €5 each can be purchased from the committee/volunteers, in Kelly’s shop or on line at I donate.ie. https://www.idonate.ie/raffle/RathcabbinTidyTownsHalloweenRaffle. All money raised will be used for further projects around the village. Your support will be welcome and appreciated by the committee.

Community Engagement Event.

Reducing our CO2 emissions and improving the quality of our natural environment is the responsibility of every individual and community as well as of government and we can all play our part in protecting local Water Resources and local Biodiversity and developing Renewable Energy projects. To guide us around progressing any ideas we might have in relation to these themes, North Tipperary Development Company project worker, Sean O’Farrell, will engage with the people of Lorrha and Dorrha in a conversation on project development and what the expected funding streams will be under the new Rural Development Programme due to commence in 2023.
A meeting to facilitate this conversation will take place in the Community Hall, Lorrha on Wednesday, 19th October, 7.30pm. Your attendance and participation will be very welcome.

Offaly Hospice Fundraiser.

Tickets are now on sale for the Patrick Feeney concert which will take place in Birr Church on Friday 9th December. This would make an ideal Christmas night out so do please tell your friends and work mates.  €25 Please don’t miss it as it promises to be a great night out too. All proceeds go to Offaly Hospice and St .Brendans Church. Tickets costing €25 can be had from Ann Delahunt Smith Rathcabbin on 087 9625218.

Church News.

Mission Sunday is Sun 23rd Oct and the tradition for a number of years now are to observe the month as Mission Month. The theme is “You shall be my witnesses” Pope Francis.  Here is a link to a short video analysis of mission Sunday, produced locally. https://youtu.be/iVegzDGMzQc .

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.

GAA News

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €13,300. The numbers drawn on 17 October were: 3-7-18-30. 5 Match 3’s: Niall Brophy, Charlie Corrigan, Marie Holmes, D&K Houlihan, Maher family.  Promoters: Noreen Houlihan, D&K Mannion, Sean Mannion. Next Monday’s jackpot is €13,400 with Team 2 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Intermediate: Best of luck to the intermediate hurlers who take on Drom & Inch in the county semi-final this Saturday in Toomevara at 1.00pm. Purchase tickets from the attached link: Tipperary GAA | Future Ticketing

Junior Hurling: Best of luck to the Junior ‘B’ hurlers who take on Thurles Sarsfields in the county semi-final this Sunday in Moneygall at 12.30pm. Purchase tickets from the attached link: Tipperary GAA | Future Ticketing There is also a weekend ticket pass to attend both games, plus the County Finals at Semple Stadium, from the attached link:  Adult link: Tipperary GAA | Future Ticketing Student link: Tipperary GAA | Future Ticketing

Tipperary Draw: Congrats to Beibhinn Kennedy who won €100 in the latest Tipperary Clubs Draw.
Creeslough Vigil: Club members attended a candle-lit vigil which was held in solidarity with the Creeslough community in Donegal after the recent tragedy.
Kieran Donaghy visits Rathcabbin NS: On behalf of his company PST, former Kerry footballing great Kieran Donaghy opened the new astro-turf pitch in Rathcabbin NS last Thursday. The school would like to thank him for how friendly he was with everyone. They say you should never meet your heroes, but all the kids were blown away by Donaghy’s enthusiastic personality as well as the time he had for each of them. He also let all the kids take a penalty on him in the new goals. It’s no wonder he’s nicknamed ‘The Star.’

                                                         High Spirits 2022  


Date of event: November 20th, 2022  

BUMBLEance is The Children’s Ambulance Service. Imagine being the parent of a child who requires constant medical intervention and treatment to live it’s almost permanently heart breaking. BUMBLEance was born out of that heart break. Created to reduce the anxiety and trauma for children across Ireland who are experiencing life limiting illness or who have complex medical issues and for those terminally ill children who are making their final journey to the comfort of their own home one last time. We’re there for kids and parents who don’t deserve to find themselves in this position. Children get the care and attention they need for their road to recovery or to support them to live the most fulfilled lives their conditions allow.

Unfortunately, some children are given the devastating news that there is no other medical intervention available. We are there for those families too. We refer to these journeys as ‘Angel Trips’. A trip where a King or Queen Bee makes their final journey home as they grow their ‘Angel Wings’. In these, thankfully, rare occasions we are there to give comfort and joy, on a child’s final journey home to be with their family and friends in this heartbreaking moment. BUMBLEance exists because nothing else does, without us, children would have to take the long trip to traumatic treatment on public transport or in the back of the family car, ill or in pain. Without us, there is no alternative.

As a way to honour our past service users, On November 20th, for Remembrance Month, we are paying tribute to those who we have lost since our service began 9 years ago. We are asking you to support us by climbing the Galtee Mountain’s at sunrise for a beautiful, guided sunrise hike. There are 100 spaces for this hike, and they are filling up fast. Make sure you sign up to secure your spot today. This sunrise hike is dedicated to the 90 children we have brought on their final journey home. By taking part you will be supporting families who avail of our service all while remembering our Bees that are no longer with us but will always be a part of the BUMBLEance family.

Angel Bee Zak’s mother, Catriona Moran shares, “We learned the devastating news that Zak had a Grade 4 highly aggressive malignant tumour called Glioblastoma Multiforme that could be treated but could not be cured.  Unfortunately, only 2/3 of the tumour could be removed and Zak was left with right sided hemiplegia as a result of the surgery and never regained his mobility. In January 2022, Zak had a follow up scan which revealed that his cancer had spread and that he had multiple new tumours on his spine and brain.  He underwent full brain and spinal radiotherapy in St. Lukes Hospital but unfortunately, he never fully recovered from his treatment and the cancer spread even further.  Sadly, Zak passed away on the 2nd of May 2022 after a hard battle with cancer. We are so grateful for BUMBLEance and their incredible team for providing such an amazing service to so many children around the country with life-limiting illnesses.  We will be forever grateful to them for the difference they made to Zak’s life.”


Brian Conlan, BUMBLEance CEO, who is taking part in the hike, shares. “The 20th of November 2022 is a special day in the calendar for BUMBLEance. On this day we commemorate the lives of the little children, “Angel Bees” who used our services on their final journey to the comfort of their home before they passed away. To honour our past service users, we are paying tribute to those who have we have lost since our service began 9 years ago. Our Angel trips are an integral part of what we do as a charity, and we do it as nobody else does. We are asking people to please consider joining us on the day or organising their own local event or just contributing to the event. You can join us by signing up on our website – www.BUMBLEance.com/high-spirits. This is our main fundraiser for this year so please support us. We expect to establish it as a significant annual event going forward set in November each year, the month of Remembrance.”

How can people sign up?

People can register via our website https://www.bumbleance.com/high-spirits/ Companies or individuals can register and can choose from 2 options. Choose to attend a hike in the Galtee mountains or host your own hike. More details to register are here https://register.enthuse.com/ps/event/HighSpirits