Lorrha Notes

A happy and blessed Christmas to all readers of this website. Many blessings throughout 2023.

Christmas Masses.

Christmas Eve:  Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha at 6.30pm. Christmas Day in Redwood at 9.30am and Rathcabbin at 11am.
Other Masses in our Pastoral area: Christmas Eve in Kilbarron at 6pm. Borrisokane at 7pm Terryglass at 8pm. Aglish at 9pm. Christmas Day in Terryglass at 9.30am and in Borrisokane at 10.30am.

 Charity Golf Outing.

RAGS Golfing Society are running a charity golf outing on December 28th in Portumna Gold club.  Tee time 10.28am – 11.16am. Booking essential.  All proceeds to go to North Tipp Hospice and Lorrha Active Retirement.  To book call James on (086) 8109099 or Donal on (087) 2225516.

News from Lorrha School.

Congratulations to our county football champions who had seven points to spare over a good Killusty team when they met in the final recently. The game was held in Templetuohy and our thanks to the caretaker and the referee. Our thanks also to Jerry McDonnell for presenting the shield to captain Nathan Young and to all the parents who travelled to support the team.  Our panel was, Nathan Young (captain), Cathal Lambe, Lee Mannion, Patrick Seman, Joshua Kelly, Colin Coughlan, Eoghan Kennedy, Jude Heenan, Oscar Morin Gradwell, Edel Kinsella, Saoirse O’Meara, Zara Curran, Megan Hanlon, Rachel Kinsella. Well done to all.
Many congratulations to former pupil and Tipperary hurler Colm Fogarty who presented the pupils with their county medals. We wish Colm the best of luck in 2023.


We finished our swimming lessons on Wednesday last and everyone was sorry that we had come to the end of a most enjoyable eight weeks. Roll on 2023.

Rudolph Saves Christmas.

Our Junior classes were brought to see “Rudolph Saves Christmas” in Birr Theatre and Arts Centre, last week. It was a most enjoyable performance and all of them had a great time.


We are accepting enrolment for the 2023-2024 school year. Application forms can be downloaded from the school website lorrhans.ie by email to luanaofa@gmail.com or by phone to (090) 9747295. Bus service is available on several routes.

Battery Collection.

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. Please note, we can no longer accept fence batteries.
The staff and pupils of Lorrha NS wish everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas and many blessings in 2023.

Late Eileen Duffy.

The peaceful death took place at her home on Tuesday 29th November of Eileen Duffy, Graigue, Rathcabbin in the loving care of her family.
Nee Robinson, Eileen was born and raised in Roscomroe 88 years ago. On her marriage to her late husband John in 1963 they lived for some time in Lordapark and Carrig before moving to Graigue.

Eileen worked hard alongside her husband  and indeed she could turn her hand to any task, whether it be inside the house or outside in the fields. She had a very positive outlook on life, was a determined individual who once she had her mind made up, continued with the job at hand. She was a loving and caring family woman and she loved to talk about her grandchildren taking great interest in their lives.

Eileen and John were two of the original founders of Rathcabbin Ploughing back in 1965. While John turned the scrape with his horse drawn plough, Eileen organized the ladies committee to serve tea, soup and sandwiches in the fields of North Tipp wherever the championships were held. It was no bother to Eileen to light a fire in the open air to boil up the kettle or heat up a pot of soup she had made the night before, for the ploughmen. In later years the ladies served refreshments from a cattle trailer before moving into the more sheltered accommodation – a tent which came in recent years. Eileen made sure she had enough food for everyone and no one went without. She showed a huge commitment and loyalty to the ploughing making herself available at the drop of a hat. She was elected President of the committee a long number of years ago, a role she took seriously indeed and was very involved in decision making as well on the committee. Eileen served her last meals with the ploughing last March at the annual championships even though her health was declining.
She was also involved with Rathcabbin Players for a number of years and could be found dishing up the refreshments behind the scenes when the play finished. No matter what she was involved in, she gave freely of her time and energy.
Eileen will be sadly missed from the ploughing scene and from the community but especially more so by her family. Deeply regretted by her beloved son Tom, daughter Gabrielle, daughter in law Martina her much cherished grand children Alaina, Shauna, Adam, Rob and Darragh. brother-in-law Tommy Duffy and sister- in-law Ann Ryan her nieces, nephews, relatives and friends to whom sympathy is offered.
After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin, Eileen’s remains arrived into Lorrha cemetery for burial where it was met with a guard of honour provided by the members of the North Tipperary ploughing.  May Eileen she rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to Frances Kelly and family, Rathcabbin on the death of her brother Vincent O’Brien, Carrig who passed away on Friday 16th December. After funeral Mass in The Church of the Annunciation, Carrig on Sunday last, burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Charity Tractor Run.

A charity tractor run in aid of the Ashling Murphy Foundation will take place on Sunday January 1st in Shinrone at 12.30pm. All support appreciated.

Rathcabbin Hall.

Rathcabbin Hall committee have announced the following activities taking place in the hall.
Bootcamp every Monday nights at 8.15pm all welcome.
Christmas  Special Card game Tuesday 27th December at 8.30pm in the Hall.
Rathcabbin Hall AGM Monday January 9th at 8.30pm . Everyone welcome to attend .
Any club or organization wishing to book the hall for meetings or events can call (087) 1364936.

Well Done.

Congratulations to the Lorrha Rovers U21 hurling squad on their 1-22 to 1-15 win over Moneygall in the North Tipp ‘B’ semi-final in a game that went to extra time to separate the sides. We wish the team and management the best of luck in the final which is due to be played on St. Stephen’s Day. Don’t forget to get your ticket for the dinner dance on this Thursday night 22nd in the County Arms Hotel.

Appeal for Vacant Houses.

Tipperary County Council are appealing for anyone with a vacant house, apartment or holiday home that is not in use at this time, to consider making it available to those fleeing war in Ukraine. The call is part of a new Government initiative, lead by local authorities. Full information is available at offerhome.ie at offerhome@tipperarycoco.ie or call 0818 06 5000 if you think you can help.

GAA News.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €14,200 The numbers drawn on 19 December were: 5-15-19-21.  2 Match 3’s share €100: Catty Burke, Trish & John Moore.  Promoters: Margaret O’Brien, Liam Reddish, Internet.
Next draw is on St Stephen’s Night for a jackpot of €14,300 with Team 3 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support. Happy Christmas to all!

Under 21 Hurling: Well done to the Lorrha Rovers under-21s on their rip-roaring 1-22 to 1-15 extra-time win over Moneygall-Clonakenny on Sunday in the North Tipp ‘B’ semi-final. The final against Burgess is due to take place on St Stephen’s Day in Roscrea at 12 noon. Time to get the flags and bunting out for the Christmas. See our social media for fixture details.

Dinner Dance: takes place this Thursday in the County Arms Hotel, Birr from 7.00pm. Music by Tradstone. Don’t miss out on what should be a great Christmas party. Tickets still available. The Intermediate hurlers will receive the North & County medals on the evening.

Social Dancing: Continues next Friday from 9.30pm in the Tony Reddin Centre, to the music of Noel Briody.

Lorrha GAA Club would like to wish all our players, members, and supporters a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Smile Awhile.