Lorrha Notes

Rathcabbin Development Association and Tidy Towns.

Thank you very much for all the support and encouraging feedback. It’s that time of year again and we are busy planning for the summer ahead. Rathcabbin Tidy Towns needs your help to continue making improvements to the village and to increase our mark in this year’s competition.
Firstly, we need you to come out on Saturday April 1st for our Village Spring Clean. We will meet at the hall at 1pm. Works will include litter picking, sweeping, weeding, and painting. Light refreshments will be served in the hall afterwards. Also, we are asking everyone to take care of their own patch. This would be a huge help.
Do you need to paint, clean or tidy? Could you display hanging baskets or window boxes?
Would you please sweep and weed outside your own house?
We would really appreciate your help as we are a small crew. We are always looking for new volunteers. We normally meet on a Thursday at 7pm. Check out our Facebook page Rathcabbin Development Association and Tidy Towns for up-to-date information. We also have a WhatsApp group. You can give your number to any committee member and we will add you.
Finally, we are looking for your input into what you would like to see happen in the village. Please send us your suggestions on Facebook or talk to any committee member. Thank you in advance for your support in 2023.

Reminder. 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. Do please support Nelius.


Sympathy is extended to Brenda Murray, Annagh on the death of her mother Pauline Hughes (Birr).  Pauline who was late of Portarlington and Emo passed away peacefully in the loving care of the staff of Oakdale Nursing Home, on Sunday March 19th.
Predeceased by her husband Mick, grandsons Stephen McHugh and baby Sean Murray. Deeply regretted by her loving family Maureen (McHugh) Dundrum, County Tipperary, Brenda (Murray) Birr, County Offaly and Michael, Lisnagry, County Limerick, sister Mae (Lewis), sons-in-law Bernard and Jim, daughter-in-law Sharon, grandchildren Marie, Liam, Seamus, Áine Úna, Adam, Daniel and Callum, nieces, relatives and friends.
After funeral Mass in St. Paul’s Church, Emo on Wednesday 22nd, burial took place in the New Cemetery, Emo. May she rest in peace.


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.
Congratulations to our pupils Oliver Seman, Jude Heenan, Mya Kernan and Zoe McGrath who were medal winners in the art and hand writing competitions which was organized by the newly re-formed Lorrha Community Games committee. Well done to all.

Novice Ploughing Trophy.                    Pic: Rose Mannion 

North Tipp Ploughing News.

North Tipperary Ploughing committee concluded a very successful year with presentations to their Novice team and their annual fundraising draw, all of which took place last Saturday night in The Yanks Inn Borrisokane.

For the very first time, the ploughing committee held its first novice match on Saturday March 4th on the lands of Joe Murphy, Ballingarry by kind permission. Five young people competed and they were presented with trophies during the function. Rob Duffy, Lee Hogan, Rory Spain, Claire Kelly and Cathal Tigh were all eager and anxious to impress the judges and be deemed the winner on the day. When all the marks for the various disciplines were added up, Rob Duffy of Rathcabbin was declared the winner and he will now go on to represent North Tipperary in the National Championships next September. When making the presentations, chairman Ray Clancy mentioned how great it was to have ‘new blood’ competing and he said his wish was to see this continue and develop over the years.

Also for the first time since 2019, the committee held their fundraising draw in public. While there was no admission fee on the gate during the championships, there was however a voluntary bucket collection held. Teas and light refreshments were also served for a voluntary contribution and when the two amounts were counted the combined amounted to €800 which was donated to Milford Hospice. Certainly, both spectators and participants were very generous on the day and Ray Clancy said he wished to thank them all on behalf of the committee. Ann Hoctor is a hospice nurse and she was in attendance to accept the cheque from ploughing chairman Ray Clancy, on behalf of Milford Hospice.

With €600 in prize money to be handed out and numerous other prizes, the annual fundraising draw brought the proceedings of the night to a conclusion. First prize of €300 was won by Maeve Shiels (Birr). 2nd prize of  €200 went to Liam Mannion (Lorrha). 3rd prize €100 was won by Michael Browne (Ballinderry). 4th prize was two tickets to the National event in September was won by Gillian Hough (Rathcabbin). There was three bottles of wine and they were won by Jonathan Murray (South Offaly Ploughing), Jim Hogan (Ballingarry), Brian Tuohy (Borrisokane). Easter Eggs went to Andrew Hogan (Borrisokane), Eamon Murphy Jnr. (Ballingarry), John Milne (Lorrha), Mick Quirke (Lorrha). The chairman Ray Clancy thanked everyone who bought and sold tickets saying that the money raised will go a long way towards the expense of running a ploughing competition.

Lorrha Camogie.

Our U12 Blitz was postponed due to the heavy rain that fell, more details on rescheduled date to follow.
U14 have their first game v St Cronans, in Tony Reddin Park, Monday 27th , with U16s due to play Moneygall Sunday 2nd April away at 4pm.
U14 Community games fixture: Lorrha v Upperchurch 16th April  away.
Membership is now due, please pay on www.foireann.ie . Girl aged 8 years and upwards can play on our U12 team. Contact Caroline on 087 2345817 for more details.

Lorrha GAA.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €15,000. The numbers drawn on 27 March were: 6-12-17-27.  1 Match 3’s share €1000: Kathleen Cahalan, Niamh Loughnane, Peter Seman.
Promoters: Noreen Houlihan, Eamonn Maher, Internet.
The Jackpot remains capped at €15,000 but the follow on jackpot is rising by €100 each week. Team 1 in charge of next Monday’s draw. Thank you for your continued support.

County Hurling League: Our Premier Intermediates host Ballingarry in Lorrha next Sunday at 12.00pm in the second round of the competition.

Inter-County: Hard luck to Patrick Maher and Tipperary on their league semi-final loss to Limerick.

Membership: It has come to our attention that some players have still not paid their membership fees. These players must pay membership or will not be allowed to play. Closing date for all membership is this Friday, 31st March.

Fashion Show: We are hosting 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 are on sale in the Scéal Shop Lorrha or by contacting Áine Reddin (0870000650) or Martina Duffy (0872922783)


John West launches youth nutrition programme for Tipperary GAA players

John West, sponsors of the GAA’s under-15 annual Féile na nGael (camogie and hurling) and Féile Peile na nÓg (football) competitions has announced details of its innovative nutrition programme for young camogie players, hurlers and Gaelic footballers in Tipperary.

The company has also revealed the extension of its Féile sponsorship until 2025 and a partnership with SuperValu to promote John West Féile in stores.

The competition is one of the biggest underage sporting events in Europe.

This year’s John West Féile na nGael and Féile Peile na nÓg national finals will both take place at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence at Bekan, Co Mayo.

The John West Féile na nGael finals will be played on Saturday, June 24, with the Féile Peile na nÓg finals taking place on Saturday, July 1.

To coincide with the launch of John West Féile 2023 at Croke Park, the company said its ‘Eat Strong Go Strong’ strength and resilience through natural nutrition message is part of a campaign to build awareness among young athletes of how and when to refuel, particularly before and after matches and training.

Developed in partnership with expert dieticians who are key opinion leaders in the nutrition field, John West said its high-quality natural protein products help optimise the physical growth and development of young players.

Throughout its sponsorship of Féile, John West has focused on the importance of natural nutrition in fuelling young athletes, whilst encouraging children to participate in Gaelic games.

Regional finals in all four codes for counties outside of division one will also take place on the last Saturday in June (Féile na nGael) and the first Saturday of July (Féile Peile na nÓg), at venues nationwide.

John West Féile Peile na nÓg county competitions will be played over the weekend of April 15-16 with Féile na nGael county competitions taking place over May 6-7.

The importance of how and when young athletes refuel was stressed as John West Féile 2023 was launched at Croke Park by Féile Ambassadors and inter-county stars – Hurler of the Year Diarmaid Byrnes (Limerick), Galway’s Paul Conory (Gaelic football), Meath All-Ireland winning captain Shauna Ennis (ladies’ football) and Kilkenny’s Grace Walsh (camogie).

Leading sports dietician, Noreen Roche, who has been involved with numerous All-Ireland winning teams, said nutrition intake before and after matches and training is critical to the physical growth and development of young athletes.

“Vitamin D, natural protein and leucine are key factors in maintaining good health amongst young athletes,” said Ms Roche.

“Intake of Vitamin D facilitates the normal functioning of muscles, helps build and maintain healthy bones, and supports the immune system.

“Proteins are the building blocks within the body responsible for maintenance and repair of tissue, while leucine is used by skeletal muscles to provide energy during exercise.

“Proper fuelling before and after matches and training is key to optimising the physical growth and development of young athletes.”

This is the eighth year of John West’s sponsorship of Féile, which brings together thousands of young hurlers, camogie players and Gaelic footballers in a celebration of the GAA’s community ethos through underage competition.

“John West Féile gives us the opportunity to highlight the importance of sport in children’s lives and of natural nutrition in their diets so they can refuel in a manner similar to their inter-county heroes,” said John West Ireland Head of Marketing, Anne-Claire Monde.

“We have created a range of products to support active families in a contemporary way whilst consistently delivering the health benefits of natural protein and natural vitamin D.

“John West No Drain On The Go products are an easy and tasty way to consume these nutrients.”

Uachtarán CLG, Larry McCarthy, said John West Féile is an integral part of the GAA calendar.

“It nurtures an enthusiasm for our games, where friendships and memories are made,” he said.

“Generations have experienced the joy of being a part of Féile na nGael and Féile Peil na nÓg, and I look forward to seeing this tradition continue this year.

“Our thanks to John West for their support in the promotion of this competition and to the national organising committee for their work on John West Féile 2023.”

Ladies’ Gaelic Football Association President, Mícheál Naughton, highlighted John West Féile’s emphasis on fun, friendship and participation.

“Players will make new friends and re-connect with old friends. John West Féile will once again provide young players with lifelong memories.”

Hilda Breslin, Uachtarán, The Camogie Association, said John West Féile na nGael is, for many players, their first time to compete in a national competition.

“I hope their experience will be positive, both on and off the field, and pay tribute to the volunteers who make such a valuable contribution to make John West Féile so special.”

Féile na nGael has been in existence since 1971, while Féile Peile na nÓg will mark 41 years this year. Last year, 170 club sides, comprising 4,000 players, participated in the John West national finals in Dublin and Meath.

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