Lorrha Notes


Lorrha National School invites all prospective parents to visit the school in the coming weeks at a time that suits you. Come & meet the teachers, 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 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, email luanaofa@gmail.com or call to the school to request a suitable date.  Application forms for enrolment for the 2023-2024 school year can be downloaded from the school website lorrhans.ie or by email to luanaofa@gmail.com. You can follow us on facebook, Instagram, Twitter at Scoil Lua Naofa – Lorrha National School.

Tráth na gCeist.

Lorrha National School had two teams of sixth class pupils who participated in the Tráth na gCeist annual schools library quiz which took place in Nenagh Library on Wednesday last. Team B went to a tie breaker and the final result was a very close second position. Well done to both our teams who participated. Teams A. Nathan Young, Zara Curran, Saoirse O’Meara and Cathal Lambe. Team B.  Edel Kinsella, Colin Keon Coughlan, Oscar Morin Gradwell, and Joshua Kelly.

Camogie News.

U14s & U16s

Our U16 girls put in a hard working performance  in an entertaining 1st round of the League, at home on Saturday. It was a very competitive match versus Kiladangan that finished 1-4 each.
Indoor hurling and Fitness training with Bebhinn Kennedy continues each week. U14 have their first game v St Cronans, Roscrea this weekend, more details to follow.
U12 Blitz will be held in Tony Reddin Park , Saturday morning at 10 am , where we will host 6 visiting teams for a fun morning of camogie. All help on the morning will be greatly appreciated.
Junior A League
Due to the high number of injuries we will not be partaking in the League, we wish the girls a speedy recovery and we look forward to the championship later in the summer.
Membership is now due, please pay on www.foireann.ie . Girl aged 8 years and upwards can play on our U12 team

Clocks Go Forward.

Don’t forget to put your clocks forward by one hour this coming Saturday night March 25th before you go to bed.  This will give us a great stretch of daylight as the days ease into summer weather and hopefully many long warm sunny days ahead…

North Tipp Ploughing.

A meeting of the North Tipp Ploughing committee will take place this Wednesday night March 22nd in the Yanks Inn, Borrisokane at 8.30pm. All ticket money and sponsorship will be taken up at the meeting. Membership will also be collected.
We invite everyone to join us on Saturday night coming March 25th in the Yanks for our draw and presentation night. There is €600 in prize money to be given out along with numerous other prizes on the night, so if you haven’t got your ticket you won’t be in with a chance. See you all on Saturday night.


Killaloe Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Bishop Fintan will lead the Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes from Shannon Airport on Tues 27th June, to Sun 2nd July. €809.00 includes flights, airport transfers, full board & sanctuary levy.  For more information & bookings, please contact, Joe Walsh Tours 01-2410800 or email info@joewalshtours.ie
Archbishop Eamon Martin is leading a Pilgrimage to Fatima from 20th – 27thJuly 2023 & would like pilgrims from all dioceses to travel with him. Cost for 7 days is €899pps Flights from Dublin Thurs 20th July. Single room supplement & insurance is additional. For further info contact Joe or Maureen McLaughlin on 0044-2890701606 or 0044-7711808207.

Late Iris Dyer.

The peaceful death occurred on Sunday March 12th in the loving care of Portumna Retirement Village of Iris Dyer, Lorrha village.
Née Kent, Irish was predeceased by her husband Harold and baby daughter Helen. She is survived by her son Roland, daughter in law Pauline, god-daughter Evelyn, extended family, relatives and friends to whom sympathy is extended. After Funeral Service in St. Ruadhan’s Church of Ireland Lorrha on Wednesday last 15th burial took place in the adjoining graveyard. May she rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to Shauna and Richie Burke, Portland, Lorrha and the Dermody and Kelly families on the death of Shauna’s mum Nancy Dermody (née Kelly), Portumna which occurred on March 15th in Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe. Nancy was predeceased by her husband Mossie and her grand-daughter Aoife, her parents William and Annie and her brother Willie. She is survived by her family, son Maurice, her daughters Anne Marie (Dublin), Karen (Hodgins, Tynagh), Jennifer (Dublin), Carmel (Cork) and Shauna (Lorrha), her daughter-in-law Valerie, sons-in-law, Eamon, Tony, Tom, Tadhg and Richie and her much loved grandchildren. Nancy will be deeply mourned by her brother, John, her sisters Mary, Sadie, Teresa and Bridie, her sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, extended family, her exceptional neighbours in Forest Glade, her many friends and the residents and staff of Portumna Retirement Village. After funeral Mass in St. Brigid’s Church, Portumna, on Saturday last 18th burial took place in St. Michael’s Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Double Tragedy.

Sympathy is extended to Martina Nolan (Abbeyville, Lorrha), and her extended family, on the death of both her sister and brother within a week of each other. Martina’s sister Ann Lynch of Kildare Town passed peacefully from this life on Monday 27th February in Tallaght Hospital. Ann is sadly missed by her loving husband Noel, daughters Danielle and Gillian, son in law Philly, grandchildren Kerry, Ella, Daragh and Aoibhínn, sisters Martina and Carmel, brothers Mark, Edward, Derek and Brian, brothers and sisters in law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.
After funeral Mass in the Carmelite Church, Kildare Town, burial took place in St. Conleth’s Cemetery, Kildare Town.
One week later on Tuesday 7th March, Martina’s brother Mark Nolan, Newbridge, passed away peacefully in Naas Hospital.  Mark was father of the late Grainne and brother of the late Ann.  Mark is sadly missed by his wife Nora, children Stephen, Andrew and Ciara, son in law Patrick, daughter in law Simone, grandchildren Kacey, Jayden, Dabin, Zach and Jude, brothers Edward, Derek and Brian, sisters Martina and Carmel, brothers and sisters in law, aunt, uncle, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. Mark was laid to rest on Thursday March 9th in Barrettstown Cemetery, Newbridge. May Ann and her brother Mark rest in peace.

Open Day.

Portumna Rugby Club are holding an open day for all girls aged 8 to 13 years on Sunday March 26th at 12pm. Entrance to Portumna Rugby pitch via Community school. All girls welcome.

Fundraiser For Cancer Research.

Lorrha Parish man Nelius O’Meara is holding a fundraising night in The Ferry Inn, on Saturday night April 1st. in aid of breakthrough cancer research.
Nelius will be taking off on May 15th to walk the world famous Camino over a six day trek and he is hoping to raise as much money as possible for the charity.
There is huge breakthrough in cancer research happening in Ireland with projects such as a new non-toxic way to deliver chemotherapy, survivorship care, oesophageal cancer, cancer related cognitive impairment, diagnosing and treating metastatic uveal melanoma and much more besides going on all the time. However, seven cancers, pancreatic, oesophageal, stomach, liver, lung, brain and ovarian cancers account for almost half of all cancer deaths each year in Ireland and while overall, cancer survival has increased, the incidence of these seven cancers is growing.
Every cent helps in the developing and research of treatment and cure for all cancers so Nelius has decided to do his bit to help researchers, with your help, by holding this fundraiser on Saturday night April 1st. He is looking forward to seeing you all there on the night where donation buckets will be available, food will be served and music will be provided by Hot Pub Flowers.

Lorrha GAA News

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €15,000. The numbers drawn on 20 March were: 9-11-18-22.  1 Match 3: Brian Gleeson wins €100.  Promoters: Tony Coen, Madeleine Maher, Liam Reddish.  The Jackpot is now capped at €15,000 with follow-on jackpot rising week on week. Team 8 in charge of next Monday’s draw. Thank you for your continued support.

County Hurling League: Well done to our premier intermediates on their 1-20 to 0-18 win over Ballina in the first round of the County League on St Patrick’s Day. Lorrha’s next game will be at home to Ballingarry on Sunday 2nd April.

Tipperary: Best of luck to Patrick Maher and the Tipperary hurlers in their National League semi-final v Limerick this weekend. Support Bonner and the lads if you can.

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

Fashion Show: Lorrha Juvenile GAA Club will host a Fashion Show on Saturday, 8th April at 7.30pm in Tony Reddin Park with local shops and models. Please support this fundraiser for our juvenile players. Tickets on sale next week. We will also be presenting the 2020 U16 North Hurling Medals on the night.

           Mater Foundation calls on people to support its vital mammogram appeal 


The Mater Foundation is calling on people to support its appeal to fund a state-of-the-art mammogram machine for the Mater Public Hospital’s Breast Health unit. This cutting-edge technology will help in the early detection of breast cancers. Kathleen Galvin shares her breast cancer treatment journey in the Mater Public Hospital

Donate today at www.materfoundation.ie/donate


Tuesday, 21st March 2023: The Mater Foundation is calling on people to support its vital appeal to fund a new, state-of-the-art mammogram machine for the Mater Public Hospital’s Breast Health unit. This cutting-edge technology uses advanced imaging, which helps in the early detection of breast cancers and is a vital diagnostic tool. Every month, the Mater Hospital detects and diagnoses 30 – 40 breast cancers, and that number is rising.

This state-of-the-art technology will help women just like mother-of-four Kathleen Galvin, whose worst fears were confirmed in the Mater after discovering a lump in her breast. Kathleen knows first-hand how important these mammogram machines are in the fight against breast cancer. Kathleen, who is from Co. Longford, says, “I found a lump on my breast a few years ago. I caught sight of it by chance in the mirror as I was getting out of the shower. It was rock-hard, like a marble, and I thought — that’s not right. I went to the Mater, had my mammogram and biopsies, then I went into a consulting room, and the doctor told me I had an aggressive form of breast cancer.  “You hear the word ‘cancer’, and the first thing that comes into your head is — I’m going to die. That was my biggest fear. My Dad died young, and you think about your kids and who is going to look after them. But the doctors and nurses were so reassuring, and I started chemo almost straight away.”  Speaking about her care in the Mater Hospital and the importance of early detection, Kathleen says, “I’m cancer-free a year now. That I’m still here today, I put that down to early detection. And that’s why this new gold-standard mammogram machine is so important and so needed. And the better the machine, the better it is at detecting cancers like mine.”

Commenting on the importance of this appeal, Dr. Emma Stanley, Consultant Radiologist at the Mater Public Hospital says, “Mammogram imaging is the cornerstone of breast cancer diagnosis and care. We just can’t function without good mammograms. For us to have a mammogram machine that we can be fully confident in — that can take the highest quality pictures, help us perform biopsies, and help find very subtle cancers — it’s really going to make a difference. Any help you can give today is so appreciated.”

Mary Moorhead, Chief Executive of the Mater Foundation says, “The kindness and generosity of our supporters has an incredible impact on the lives of our patients from right across the country. This vital piece of equipment is so important in the early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer, which means that women like Kathleen can be treated sooner. The crystal-clear images, the subtle cancers it can detect and the speed and comfort it provides for patients marks a gold standard in breast cancer care. Providing the doctors in the Mater with this state-of-the-art equipment enables them to detect more cancers and in turn provide earlier diagnosis to more mothers, daughters, sisters and wives.”

She adds, “I’d like to take this opportunity to warmly thank each and every person, every community and every company who helps bring transformative change to our hospital. Here in the Mater Foundation, we know that everything we do is only made possible by your ongoing generosity.”

You can support the Mater Foundation’s Mammogram Appeal by making a donation online at www.materfoundation.ie/donate or by calling the Fundraising team on 01 830 3482.

About the Mater Foundation  

The Mater Foundation was established in 1985 and today is one of the best-known hospital foundations in the country. As the official fundraising body of The Mater Public Hospital, we provide funding for state-of-the-art equipment, helping to provide the best care possible for all who need it.

We enhance hospital facilities to create a comfortable and caring environment for patients and their families, we fund pioneering research and clinical trials, and we continuously invest in the people of The Mater Hospital, providing supports, grants, and funding to specialist staff.

Since 1985, the Mater Foundation has granted over €35 million to advance patient care in The Mater Hospital.

The Mater Hospital has long been at the centre of ground-breaking moments in medical care, improving the lives of people across Ireland. Many of these pioneering initiatives have been made possible because of vital funding from the Mater Foundation.

To find out more about the work of the Mater Foundation or to donate, visit www.materfoundation.ie or contact us at 01 830 3482 or by email – contact@materfoundation.ie.breast health


Pictured are nurse Fionnuala Keane and Consultant Radiologist Emma Stanley in the Mater Public Hospital’s Breast Health unit.

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