Lorrha Notes

Marian Malone reporter with RTE Nationwide pictured with cyclists Nelius O’Meara, Donie O’Meara, Ann O’Meara, and James O’Meara (back to camera) during a recording session. Pic: Rose Mannion.

RTE Nationwide Visit To Lorrha.

The popular RTE programme Nationwide, visited Lorrha on Sunday last.  It certainly brought a buzz around the village and it was a lovely community get together which was nice to see. The recording is expecting to be transmitted in May. More details to follow.

Art D Gallery in Borrisokane   Pic: Rose Mannion


Artist Izabela Strzala will exhibit her work  for the month of April  every day from 9.30am to 5.30pm  Monday through to Saturday in the Art D Gallery, Borrisokane.
Izabela is from Poland and she now lives and works in Portumna. In 2022, one of her works was donated to the Workhouse Centre in Portumna where it was part of the black 47 exhibition. The painting is still in the Workhouse. The artist also donated one of her works to the Galway Bay Rugby club in March 2022, which was auctioned in their Spring Ball. Izabela is excited about her colourful exhibition throughout the month of April in Art D Gallery and is looking forward to it very much.

Holy Week Ceremonies:

Holy Thursday 6th April: Rathcabbin, 8.30pm.  Good Friday 7th April: Lorrha, 3pm.and in Redwood at 7.30pm  there will be Prayer around the Cross. This ceremony will be led by the senior pupils from Redwood NS, followed by participation by the congregation, in the form of reflection/song/music/prayer. Organised by the recently formed Liturgy Group, it is an example of the type of liturgy lay people can prepare and lead in the absence of a priest and encourage active participation by all in attendance. Please note there will be no First Friday Mass.
Holy Saturday 8th April: Lorrha, 8pm.  Easter Sunday 9th April: Rathcabbin, 11.30am. This will be a Family Mass with renewal of baptismal promises. All families and children are welcome.
Holy Week Ceremonies in our Pastoral Area.
Holy Thursday: Terryglass & Borrisokane, 8pm. Good Friday: Kilbarron & Borrisokane 3pm, Terryglass 8pm (Stations of the Cross-outside)  Holy Saturday: Borrisokane 7pm, Kilbarron, 8pm . Easter Sunday Skehana 6am (Dawn Mass), Terryglass, 9.30am, Borrisokane 10.30am.


Bishop Fintan will lead the Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes from Shannon Airport on Tue 27th June, returning Sun 2nd July. €809.00 includes flight airport transfers, full board with three meals a day, sanctuary levy.  For more information and bookings, please contact, Joe Walsh Tours 01-2410800.

Lorrha GAA juvenile committee are hosting a Fashion Show on Saturday coming 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). Participating Stores: Ladies Day Boutique, Michell’s Boutique, Lollipopz Kidswear,Larkin’s Formal Wear, Jerros Boutique, Burke Sports, Guinan Shoes. There will be a raffle and spot prizes galore. There will be live music by Rachel Cleary. Tickets costing €15 for adults and €10 for students can be bought in the Scéal shop Lorrha. This promises to be a great night out in the run up to Easter where
the U16 hurling team of 2020 will be presented with their medals on the night also. See you there..

Rathcabbin Hall.

Rathcabbin Hall Committee would like to thank all who supported their St. Patrick’s weekend card game. Our next card game is Sunday 9th April at 8.45pm. Everyone welcome.

Lorrha Community Games will have a registration evening on Thursday 20th of April in Tony Reddin Park from 6pm to 8pm. Events will include races for children aged 6 to 16 years and the long puck for boys U12 and girls U14.

Lorrha Camogie.

Tony Reddin Park played host to over 100 under 12 camogie players from right across North Tipperary, Saturday last for the U12 camogie blitz. It was a fantastic afternoon of camogie with great skill and determination on show from our future stars. Many thanks to all the clubs who travelled to Lorrha, including Roscrea, Portroe, Moneygall, Kilruane, Kiladangan, Shannon Rovers and Toomevara. A special thank you to all of our club volunteers who set up pitches, managed administration of the blitz and served refreshments to the visiting coaches and parents. A special mention to all of Lorrha Camogie U12 Panel who put on some brilliant displays of camogie.
Our U14 put in a super first half display v Roscrea in their first match of the season to see them emerge as winners.


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.

Lorrha school pupils Oliver, Jude, Mya and Zoe proud to display their medals for handwriting and art which they won in the recently held Lorrha Community Games competition.  Pic Rose Mannion


Nelius O’Meara wishes to extend a very sincere Thank You to everyone that turned out to the Ferry Inn on Saturday night last to support his Cancer Research fundraising walk of the Camino later in the year. He also wishes to thank those who are making private donations to him and to let all know that he really appreciates your generosity. Watch this space for further information.

Walk for Heart Foundation.

Alison Harding Horan would like to thank everyone who contributed to her recent 100 mile walk in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation which she undertook in February. After the sudden death of her 19 year old daughter Zara two years ago, Alison wanted to make a contribution to the IHF so she decided on this walk. Not expecting to raise so much, Alison was encouraged and overwhelmed by the response she received from so many. The total amount raised was €3,336 which she has handed over. She would also like to thank the representative from the Irish Heart Foundation who took time to ring her to tell her how much the money means to them in terms of research.

Aidan Back on Screen.

The new RTE quiz “Ireland’s Smartest” which started on Sunday night last, featured Lorrha man Aidan McIntyre. Best known for his appearance on Ireland’s fittest family in 2021 where he was joined by his three children Eoin, Niall and Clodagh, Aidan had to go solo on this occasion. Joined by Carol from Limerick and Niamh from Monaghan, it was all about the buzzer and the clock with presenter Claire Byrne calling the questions. After a very close first and second round, Niamh and Aidan went head to head for the last round which was quick fire. Unfortunately, the clock beat Aidan but as Claire Byrne mentioned, because he was one of the highest scorers, we might see him back in the shuffle for the semi-finals. The series which was recorded over two days, will run for ten weeks on our television screens.

Members of Rathcabbin Community Development and Tidy Towns got their Spring Clean off to a flying start on Saturday last. From left James Mooney, Michael Brophy, Finnula Kennedy, Eddie Wilson, Mary Vaughan and Denise Clancy.
Pic: Rose Mannion.

Rathcabbin Rural Development and Tidy Towns.

Thanks to those that supported with some quality physical work on Saturday afternoon. The weather gifted us an afternoon where we got a solid start to 2023 village clean-up efforts. We’d like to thank everyone locally for their support. It really does take community involvement is our message and we appreciate every helping hand!  We meet on Thursday’s at 7pm. Anyone is welcome to pitch-in for an evening or two or on a more regular basis if you’d like to contribute to keeping Rathcabbin looking fresh and cared for. We have a few small projects planned for this year to ensure we keep advancing as well as tending to the basics. The nature of keeping on top of the basics is work that’s always under estimated. The work can be time consuming so help is always welcome and it really makes the time enjoyable and village itself cared for. A special thanks also to Elaine, Tom, Ciaran, Catty and Pauline missing from this photo for all you do on a regular basis. If anyone has ideas or suggestions, please reach out to any of the committee members locally.

GAA Notes

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €15,000. The numbers drawn on 3 April were: 8-26-29-30.  1 Match 3: Shaun Smith wins €100.  Promoters: Noreen Houlihan, Sean Mannion, Internet.
The Jackpot remains capped at €15,000 with the follow-on jackpot now rising by €100 per week. Team 2 in charge of next Monday’s draw. Thank you for your continued support.

County League: Hard luck to our premier intermediates who lost 1-22 to 0-16 to Ballingarry in the County League in Moatfield last Sunday. Their next game is at home to Knockavilla Kickhams on weekend of 16th April.

Fashion Show: We are hosting a Fashion Show on Saturday, 8th April at 7.30pm in Tony Reddin Park with local shops and models on show. 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. Our U16 team that won the north final in 2020 will also be presented with their medals on the night.

Social Dancing: Continues this Friday night at 9.30pm in the Tony Reddin Centre to the music of Brendan McGee.

Did you Know?

In 1964 ‘The Great Train Robbers’ were sentenced to a total of 307 years behind bars.

A Colombian woman was raised by monkeys after being kidnapped and abandoned in the jungle as a child.

On April 17th 1070 Paul McCartney’s first solo album ‘McCartney’ was released.

A bolt of lightening contains enough energy to toast 160,000 pieces of bread.

Smile Awhile.