Lorrha Notes

Capt. Steve Muir organised to have Martin O’Meara’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.


North Tipp Ploughing.

A reminder that everyone is invited to come along to a celebration and presentation night organised by the North Tipp Ploughing for their Gold medal winner in the U28 class, Ethan Harding, Borrisokane. The event will take place on Saturday night November 19th in Paddy’s Terryglass where Ethan will be feted for his success on the ploughing fields of Rathniska during the National Championships held last September. We look forward to seeing you there.
Our AGM will take place on Wednesday night November 30th in the Yanks, Borrisokane at 8.30pm. We hope to see all our members there on the night and new members will be very welcome.

Rathcabbin Christmas Fair.

Rathcabbin Development / Tidy Towns invites everyone to their  Christmas Fair on Sunday 4th December in Rathcabbin Community Hall.  Come along and get your Christmas present from the crafts and gifts that will be on display from 5 to 7pm where there will be something for everyone and Santa will be there at 6.15pm to meet all the children too. There will also be a magic show at 5.30pm. and to get you in the festive mood, you can enjoy music and a festive raffle.  The Christmas tree will light up the village commencing with the big switch on at 7pm.  Anyone who would like to have a craft table please call (087) 3902142 or Rathcabbin Tidy Towns. This will be a great evening out for all the family so do please come along and support local. All money raised goes back into the village upkeep.


We will be holding a medal presentation  for the underage girls to acknowledge their achievements over the past 2 years, this Saturday 19th in the Tony Reddin Park Sports hall.
We wish girls participating in the U12 and U13 Tipperary Development training sessions, the best of luck over the next number of weeks.

Through to County Final.

Congratulations and many good wishes is extended to the Lorrha National School football team who are through to the County Final of the H section. The team put up a great performance in the North final a few weeks back and they repeated that performance in the county semi-final last week. The final is expected to be played the week commencing Monday 21st depending on the availability of pitches and weather conditions. We wish the team the best of luck and hope they bring back the silverware to Lorrha.


Family and Friends of St. Dympnas Committee, Portumna Branch are organizing a Cash for Clobber collection of unwanted clothes, towels, curtains, bed linen (sheets, pillow cases, duvet covers only) hats, belts, handbags and shoes on Wed 23rd Nov from 4.pm to 7.30pm  outside St. Dympnas A.D.S. Portumna. All money raised will benefit St. Dympnas clients. Your support is greatly appreciated.  Please put “Cash for Clobber” clothes in strong bin bags. For more info contact: Sean Page at 087-2027776. Edith Carter at 086-8618559, Ana Maria Burke at 087-2136077.Thank you for your support!


Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of Jim O’Meara, Ballycumber and formally Derrylahan, Rathcabbin who died suddenly but peacefully surrounded by his family at his home on Monday 7th November.
Jim will be sadly missed by his devoted wife Anne, his daughters, Helen Rosney, Thérése (Caltra, Galway) Joan (Tang, Westmeath) Karen and Emer, his adored grandchildren, Kayla, Jade, Luke, Mark, Jimmy, Jack, Charlie and Bobby. His sons-in-law Stephen, Paddy, Des, Keir, Kieran and those who are like the sons he never had, Alan (Aka Billy) and Glen, his sisters Jo Duignan (Banagher, Offaly), Jane Devlin (Northern Ireland) and Maree Noone (London) his nephews, nieces, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, extended family, neighbours and wonderful friends.
After funeral Mass on Thursday morning Nov. 10th in St. Manchan’s Church, Boher burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Late Pearl O’Doherty.

 The peaceful death occurred on Friday November 11th of Pearl O’Doherty, Lorrha. Nee Killeen, Pearl was born and raised in Abbeyville just outside the village. She was predeceased by her husband Felim in 2007 and is survived and remembered with love by her son Shane, daughters Marion and Ree, daughter-in-law Arleen, sons-in-law Nick and Chris, grandchildren Jake and Emma, sisters Nollaig Foley (Templemore), Olive (England), brother Des (Terranure, Dublin), sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends to whom sympathy is extended.
After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha on Tuesday 15th, burial took place in St. Ruadhan’s Church of Ireland Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

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.

TidyTowns Report.

Lorrha Development Association/TidyTowns committee has welcomed an excellent thirteen-point increase in the 2022 Supervalu TidyTowns competition. A score of 339 places us third in Category A of the competition in North Tipperary, behind Terryglass and Birdhill who are in first and second place respectively. Well done and thanks to all involved – the new, young, dedicated and vibrant committee formed at the AGM in July 2021, the many volunteers whose teamwork and individual efforts kept the village in pristine condition throughout the year. A sizeable committee of sixteen, equipped with a wide range of skills and interests, enabled the group to undertake a very ambitious programme of work with a particular focus on projects which address environmental issues. Many thanks also to all who helped in any way with our fund-raising efforts over the years, your generosity is much appreciated. The adjudicator visited Lorrha in mid-July, his concluding remarks on the report state ‘’It was a pleasure to revisit Lorrha’’ and ‘’Lots of good work has been undertaken by the committee over the last number of years.’’ Take a bow everyone! To view full report go to www.tidytowns.ie/reports2022
The AGM was held on Friday 28th October. The meeting was opened by outgoing chairperson, Louis McCormack. He spoke to the well-attended meeting about the level of dedication by all members of the community during difficult times. Ann Marie Hough was elected to the chair. She thanked Louis for his years of contribution to Lorrha Development and the community, The election results were as follows: Ann Marie Hough, Chairperson, Mark Houlihan vice chairperson. Colette Boucher, treasurer, and Barbara Tierney, secretary, retained their seats. Eamon Dermody was elected vice treasurer, Peter Seman, PRO and Mary Coen, environmental officer. In his closing address Louis spoke of the tremendous work by volunteers during Heritage week: those involved in grass cutting, litter picking, general maintenance, and putting up bunting were all acknowledged and thanked. The tidy town results had not been released at the time of the meeting.  We have since learned that Lorrha village gained thirteen points. This is a tremendous achievement.

Bereavement Mass.

The annual bereavement Mass will take place on Thurs 17th Nov. at 7.30pm in Lorrha Church.  This is a special night for those who lost a loved one in the past year. It includes Mass and a special candle. It is a remembrance ceremony. All are welcome. Please let us know if there is anyone you wish to have remembered at this Mass.

Youth 2000 Munster Retreat.

This retreat will take place in Coláiste Chríost Rí, Cork City from 18th-20th Nov. This retreat is for anyone aged 16-35. Excellent speakers, inspiring talks & workshops, fantastic music, group activities, youth masses, adoration, reconciliation, drama prayer, games, meet new people & find out what it means to be young & Catholic today Donation only. Register now on www.youth2000.ie

Mass Times.
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.


Affordable Live-in Homecare provides live-in carers for the elderly in your area. If you are looking for a live-in carer for your relative, please call Eileen or Tom on 087-9916791 or 087-7440729. Our website is www.alhomecare.ie


There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €13,700. The numbers drawn on 14 November were: 3-11-17-22.  4 Match 3s: Shane Broderick, Noreen Houlihan, Donal O’Meara, Mannion family.  Promoters: Kathleen Gleeson, Sean Mannion, Mulrooney’s Gala.  Next Monday’s jackpot is €13,800 with Team 6 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Under 21: Well done to the Lorrha Rovers under-21 hurlers on their 1-10 to 1-7 win over Silvermines in the first round of the North ‘B’ Championship. We will host Kilruane this weekend in round 2. Fixture TBC.

Team photos: From the north and county intermediate finals are on sale, contact Rose Mannion (0868647166).

Dinner Dance: Thursday, 22nd December at the County Arms Hotel Birr. Music by Tradstone, tickets on sale next week.

Senior AGM: The Annual General Meeting takes place on Saturday, November 26th in the Tony Reddin Centre at 8.00pm. Nominations and motions in by the 19th (secretary.lorrhaanddorrha.tipperary@gaa.ie)

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

Sympathies: To the O’Doherty and Kileen family on the death of Pearl Doherty, Lorrha.

Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant expanded to remote rural areas of Tipperary


  • All areas of the county now within scope of the scheme
  • Grants of €30,000 for vacant properties and €50,000 for derelict properties available 


The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, the Minister of State with responsibility for Local Government and Planning, Peter Burke TD, and the Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan TD, have today launched the expanded Croí Cónaithe Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant.

The expanded grant now includes eligible vacant properties in more remote rural areas of Tipperary (in addition to those in towns and villages, which have been eligible since July). The scheme’s expansion will help bring vacant and derelict properties back into residential use and ensure the existing housing stock is used to the fullest extent possible. It will also help limit emissions from residential construction and add vibrancy to Tipperary’s rural areas.

Under the Croí Cónaithe Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant €30,000 is available to homebuyers to refurbish a home which they will live in. Where a property is derelict, a maximum top-up grant amount of up to €20,000 will be available, bringing the total grant available for a derelict property up to a maximum of €50,000. The grants can also be combined with the SEAI Better Energy Home Scheme that covers works of up to €26,750.

The grant, provided through the Croí Cónaithe (Towns) Fund, is a key action under Housing for All, the Government’s housing plan, and supports the aims of the Our Rural Future policy. Over 420 applications have been made since the grant was initially launched on 14 July 2022.

Announcing the scheme’s expansion, Minister O’Brien said:

“The expanded Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant provides a fantastic opportunity for even more people – from every part of Tipperary – to refurbish vacant properties with the aim of converting them into their homes, enabling them to live in towns, villages and rural areas. 

 “This scheme provides real practical help. It helps address vacancy through sustainable reuse of buildings, it helps revitalise our communities and, most importantly, it helps more people to own their own home.”  

 Minister of State with responsibility for Local Government and Planning Peter Burke TD added:

 “The scheme has proven to be extremely popular since it was fist established in July with over 420 applications received by Local Authorities across the country. My Department are ensuring our Local Authority teams are equipped and we now have 29 full time vacant homes officers across the country who are focused on bringing vacant stock back into productive use.” 

Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform Malcolm Noonan TD concluded:

“The most efficient home is the one which is already built. The scheme’s expansion will not only ensure that existing housing stock is used to the fullest extent possible, it will also help limit emissions from residential construction and add vibrancy to Tipperary’s rural areas. Used in conjunction with the SEAI Better Energy Home Scheme this grant will help homebuyers in Tipperary to create a comfortable, sustainable home.”