Lorrha Notes

The best of luck to Lorrha Intermediate hurling squad and management when they play Moneygall in the Co. final on Sunday 30th at 1pm in Semple Stadium Thurles.   Pic: Rose Mannion.

 End of an Era.

There was widespread disbelief in the parish of Lorrha and surrounding areas last week when news spread of the impending closure of St. Kieran’s Care Home, The Pike, Rathcabbin with the loss of many full and part time staff involved. The home which has served the people of the parish and well beyond for over 30 years, has been experiencing difficulties for the last year with filling bed space and that coupled with the rising costs of fuel and electricity, has only served to add to the problems. First opened by local family the Gormally’s, the premises was sold just over five years ago to Limerick business man William O’Sullivan, who with high hopes for the future of St. Kieran’s, invested a lot financially through refurbishment and transformation, with plans submitted for a major extension in recent months. However, like many other small businesses around the country who are struggling to keep the doors open, St. Kieran’s is yet another sign of the times we live in. The closure of this nursing home will be without doubt be a huge loss to the local economy.
Relatives of patients were recently notified of the situation and presently, management at St. Kieran’s are in the process of trying to find accommodation that is suitable for both the patients and their relatives.

Clocks Go Back.

With the evenings closing in and the weather turning miserable winter time looms with the clocks going back One hour from midnight on Sunday October 30th. So don’t forget to make the change on your clock before you head to bed on Sunday night.

Happy Birthday Sheila.

A very happy and blessed 90th birthday is extended to Sheila Dillon who celebrated the great occasion recently with family, and friends. The partying went on over a few days too.  Many congratulations Sheila and every blessing and good wish to you  in the future.


Sympathy is extended to Dickie Delahunt and family, Clonmona, Rathcabbin on the death of his sister Hilda Hayes, Finnoe House, Borrisokane which occurred on Sunday 16th October.
Predeceased by her beloved husband George. Hilda will be sadly missed by her loving family, Alice, Evelyn, Dorothy, George and Suzanne, her dear grandchildren, Ben, Rachael, Alex, George, Harry, Joe, Emma, George, Ruth and Rebecca, her sister Frances, brothers Johnny and Dickie, sons in law Robert, David and Sean, daughter in law Amanda, sister in law Betty, nieces, nephews, extended family, cousins, neighbours and friends.
After funeral Service in Borrisokane Church of Ireland on Thursday 20th burial took place in Nenagh Road Cemetery. May she rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to Lar Gleeson and family Redwood, Lorrha on the death of his brother Bosco Portlaoise which occurred on Thursday 20th October.
Joe Bosco Gleeson, retired Detective Garda. Redwood, Clonkeen, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, formerly of Redwood, Lorrha, passed away after a short illness bravely borne in the care of the staff at the Mater Private. Sadly missed by his beloved wife Anna, daughters Carol and Ruth, son Joe, sons in law Nicholas and Stefan, daughter-in-law Emma, grandchildren Harry, Kate and Lucy, brothers, sister, nieces,nephews, relatives and a large circle of friends.
After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church, Lorrha on Sunday last, burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Into Co. Final.

Well done to the Intermediate hurling team and management on their semi-final win over Drom-Inch ‘B’  on a score line of Lorrha: 3-27, Drom & Inch: 1-6. The best of luck to all in the final against Moneygall which is expected to take place this coming week-end.

Hard Luck.

Commiserations to the Junior ‘B’ team and management who failed to progress to their final when they lost out to a very strong Thurles Sarsfield side in the semi- final. Final score Lorrha: 1-11 Thurles Sarsfields: 0-23.

News From Lorrha School.

We welcome back all our students who have progressed to new classes and we also welcome our new students, Bonnie, Pheobe, Petra, Feba and Daniel and their parents. They have all settled into their new environment and are enjoying the experience.

We are delighted to inform you that our school has been granted Deis status and one of the advantages of this is all our pupils are now enjoying hot dinners.

We travelled to Thurles recently and participated in the Primary Schools Cross Country Championships. Well done to all our students who participated with a special mention to Cathal Lambe who won a medal.

Swimming commenced last week in Birr Leisure Centre and will continue until 30th November.

We participate in Portumna Community School blitz for Primary schools. Our thanks to the organisers and to Portumna Community School for the invitation

All pupils visited Portumna Castle and kitchen garden on Thursday 13th Oct. Thanks to James Heenan and Lynn on a wonderful tour of both the castle and the lovely garden.

We held the annual Jersey Day in the school on Friday 14th Oct. and all the pupils wore their varied array of jersey’s. They all contributed €2 which goes to the wonderful work of GOAL. Our thanks to all the parents who supported Jersey Day in our school.

We continue to collect used batteries in association with WEEE Ireland, Battery Recycling. By taking part, we are helping to tackle climate change, protecting the environment and supporting the children, families and staff at LauraLynn, Irelands Children Hospice. Used batteries can be left into the school. Due to health and safety, we are unable to accept fence batteries but WEEE Irl. recommend that they be brought to co-op stores which are located around the country.


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.

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.

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.

Feast Day Masses.   Tues, Nov 1st is the Feast of All Saints, Mass will be Lorrha Church at 6.30pm  Wed, Nov 2nd is the Feast of All Souls, Mass will be in Rathcabbin Church at 7.30pm

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 €13,400. The numbers drawn on 24 October were: 12-16-25-27. Lucky Dips: Niall Brophy, Monica Cusack, Ann Finucane, Bridget Madden.  Promoters: Thomas P Cahalan, John McLeish, Margaret O’Brien.  Next Monday’s jackpot is €13,500 with Team 3 in charge. Thanks for your support.

Intermediate: Congrats to the lads on their win over Drom & Inch in the county semi-final at the weekend. They take on Moneygall in the county final this Sunday at Semple Stadium Thurles at 1.00pm, prior to the senior final replay. Time to get the flags out and we urge all Lorrha supporters to attend. Tickets can be purchased online at Tipperary GAA | Future Ticketing

Junior Hurling: Hard luck to the lads on their 0-23 to 1-11 semi-final loss to Thurles Sarsfields in the county semi-final at the weekend. Thanks to all players and mentors for their efforts during the year.

Sympathies: To the Gleeson family on the death of Bosco, Lordspark and Portlaoise. He played hurling and football with Lorrha in the 60’s and 70’s. May he Rest In Peace.

Social Dancing: Continues this Friday night in the Tony Reddin Centre to the music of Declan Aungier.

Greetings and many good wishes to Peggy, Bob and family in the USA. Delighted to hear you like the Web Site and the Lorrha Notes.  Hope you enjoy this week’s Smile Awhile.

Smile Awhile.