Lorrha Notes

Back By Popular Demand.

Rathcabbin Players are back for one night only by popular demand with their two act hilarious comedy “Perfect Wedding”  in Rathcabbin Hall (R42 Y188)  on Friday night March 3rd.  But hurry if you want to book because seats are filling up fast. Doors open at 7.15pm curtains up at 8pm. Admission €10. Booking is essential on (087) 2605647 between 6.30pm and 8pm.only please.
Meet the cast.  Seated:  Tom – the best man, Andrew Dagg, Bill – groom, Hubert Hogan. Back:  Julie – chambermaid, Maria Maher, Daphne – bride’s mother, Darina Kelly, Rachel – bride, Fiona O’Brien, Judy – girl, Catherine Burke.
Pic: Rose Mannion. 

Nursing and Midwifery Talk.

Lorrha Historic Society will host Lisa McGeeney who will present her talk “Nursing and Midwifery in the Poor-Law Union of Nenagh and Borrisokane 1882-1923”. Based on her MA and recently published book on the subject, Lisa will be in The Shed at the Friars Tavern, Lorrha on Friday 3rd March at 8pm. Entry is €5. Lisa’s book will be available for sale on the night.

Birthday Greetings.

Many congratulations are extended to Kevin Barry, Portland on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Kevin celebrated the great occasion with his family, neighbours and friends last week-end. Well done Kevin.


Lorrha National School invite all prospective parents to visit the school in the coming months at a time that suits you. Come and meet the teachers and view the facilities and take a look at what we have to offer. We were granted DEIS status last year and one of the advantages is, hot dinners are served to all pupils five days a week. There is also a bus service available for pupils to the school.
To book an appointment please call the school on (090) 9747295, by email to luanaofa@gmail.com or call to the school to request a suitable date.


Cheque Presentation.

Ena Moran on behalf of RAGS golf recently presented a cheque to Shiela Dillon, Lorrha active retirement. RAGS recently ran a Golf charity outing, the proceeds of which were split between North Tipp Hospice and Lorrha Active Retirement Group. Thanks to all our members who contributed and to Portumna Golf Club for accommodating us.

North Tipp Ploughing News.

There is steady interest in the Novice ploughing match on Saturday March 4th. in Ballingarry, E53 NR71.     This event is open to both male and females aged between 16 and 35 years. Anyone interested in participating please call the secretary Denis Cahalan on 087 779 3719 for full details.
North Tipp ploughing championships will take place this year on Sunday March 5th on the lands of Joe Murphy, Ballylina, Ballingarry E53 NR71  commencing at 2pm by kind permission. Marking of the site will take place on Wednesday March 1st at 2pm. There won’t be any admission fee but there will be a bucket collection on the gate with the money raised donated to North Tipp Hospice.
Tickets are now on sale costing €5 each and all members are requested to sell their allotted allocation. The draw will take place on Saturday night 25th March in the Yanks Inn, Borrisokane.

Church News.

This coming Friday March 3rd is the First Friday of the month and Mass will be celebrated at 7.30pm in Rathcabbin Church.  Visits to the sick will take place on Thursday & Friday. Please let the priests know if anyone is wishing a visit.
Information on the Pioneer Pledge for Lent, Calendar & quarterly Newsletter is available at www.pioneers.ie. Parishioners who wish to offer prayerful support to a person along the road to recovery from addiction are invited to contact Fr Robert via www.pioneers.ie/pray or by post to PTAA, PO Box 13492, Dublin 7.
Silver Arch Family Resource Centre Health & Wellbeing Programme are delighted to bring a series of Mindfulness Sessions to support people living with dementia, and their families and carers for the month of March. Places are limited and can be booked through reception of Silver Arch FRC at 067-31800.

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.
Anyone wishing to book anniversary masses, months minds, weddings, christenings etc, please contact the Church Sacristan, in Lorrha Agnes Slevin, in Rathcabbin Mary Cleary and in Redwood Val O’Meara.
This Wednesday 22nd February is Ash Wednesday. Mass in Rathcabbin Church at 7.30pm.

Late Martin Wrafter.

The death took place on Saturday 25th February in the wonderful care of The Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore of Martin Wrafter, Rockview, Rathcabbin. More popularly known to all as Budsy, he was born into a family of five boys and three girls in Rockview. He attended the Christian brothers school in Salthill and after school, he worked in the construction industry. He also worked on the bogs around the parish, saving turf for his own use and for people who needed him. Budsy would have celebrated his 71st  birthday next May had he lived. A well known character not just in his own parish, but in nearby Birr where he shopped and socialized, he could be often seen on his bicycle on the road to town.  A keen gardener when he was in good health, he was generous to his friends who reaped the benefits of his lush vegetable plots. He also loved to read, with a preference for a good book and dancing was also another hobby of his. He travelled all over playing darts and enjoying the company of the many friends he met along the way.
Predeceased by his brothers Johnny and Paddy (Galway),  he will be sadly missed by his brothers and sisters; Imelda, Michael (England), Kathleen (Athlone), Bernadette and David (England), brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins Annie Cowan and Bridie Leake (Lorrha), extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends to whom sympathy is offered.
After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church, Lorrha this Wednesday March 1st. burial will take place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Camogie News.

Well done to our U16 team in their challenge match v Kilruane over the weekend , a very competitive game for the first game of the season, despite some well taken goals from Lorrha we came out the losing side. A lot of positives to take as we start into the U16 and U14 League matches in mid-March. U 12 matches will start in April, with a divisional Blitz to be held in Tony Reddin Park on the 25th March Membership is now open for all young girls aged 8 years and upwards to join our u12 , U14 and U16 underage teams. The fee is €40 and can be paid online on www.foireann.ie


Conversations about the future of our Church: The next phase is our three parishes meeting with Bishop Fintan, scheduled for Thursday 30th March 8pm. So, save the date now. The content of the conversations that have taken place so far can be viewed on the diocesan website www.killaloediocese.ie  The following link is to the meeting in Nenagh. https://www.killaloediocese.ie/conversations-aboutthe-future-killaloe-diocese-2/

Trip to Medjuorge.
A seven day trip to Medjourge will take place from 21st June 2023. The cost is €795 which includes flight and accommodation with meals included. Bus journey now only 25 minutes from Mostar to Medjourge. For further information contact Marie Fogarty on (087) 2826088.

Pilgrimage to Poland.

Fr. Brendan Quinlivan, Tulla will lead a pilgrimage to Poland from the 4th to the 11th October. Direct from Shannon, the cost is €995 which includes flights, taxes, baggage fees, all coaching and tours, all meals in 4 star accommodation in the centre of Krakow. Itinerary includes, Divine Mercy Shrine, Wadowice (home of John Paul 11), Wawel, Czestochowa and Auschwitz. Limited places remain. Phone Kieran or Laura on (057) 9355050 or email info@myriam.ie.


Lorrha National School is 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.

Rathcabbin Hall Notes.

The committee are holding an Progressive 25 card game on St. Patrick’s Night 17th March at 8.30pm. All are invited.
Any club or organization wishing to book the hall for meetings or events can call (087) 1364936.

GAA News

Social dancing: Continues next Friday night at 9.30 to the music of Pat Daly.

Membership:  Some players are still yet to pay. Players will not be allowed to train without it. Rates are as follows: €40 for juvenile and non-playing members. €60 for student with gym membership. €100 for adult with gym membership. You will not be covered in the club injury fund if your membership is not paid before the first training session. Membership can be paid on foireann or clubforce, where you can also sign up for the lotto at a reduced rate.
Calf scheme: Almost all of our farmers have been contacted regarding the calf scheme. The response has been very good so far. Some are rearing calves, some are taking weanlings and others are making donations. If you haven’t been contacted, but one of these options suit you, you can contact one of our club officers to arrange.
Intermediate hurling: First League game takes place on St Patrick’s weekend v Ballina, in Ballina. Sean Treacys, Knockavilla-Kickhams, St Mary’s Clonmel and Ballingarry are the remaining four teams in our group.
Sympathies: To the friends and relatives of Martin Rafter on his death. May he Rest in Peace.
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