Lorrha Notes

The R 489 which is the main road going through the parish of Lorrha Rathcabbin and Riverstown has received extra funding. The section from Roden to Curragha Cross will be strengthened and restored with tarmac. Cllr O Meara has welcomed this. “I have requested that extra funds be allocated to this road. It is the main artery crossing from the west to the midland region with huge volumes of very heavy traffic on it. I’m continuing to lobby for more money for this road and I am requesting that it is all redeveloped right into Portumna within the next 3 years” said Cllr Michael o Meara and that extra funds be allocated to this road. It is the main artery crossing from the West to the Midland region with huge volumes of very heavy traffic on it. I’m continuing to lobby for more money for this road and I am requesting that it is all redeveloped right into Portumna within the next 3 years” said Cllr Michael O’Meara who is pictured above pointing to the stretch of road from Roden to Curragha Cross.       Photo: Rose Mannion.

Short Ceremony.

The Lorrha Martin O’Meara VC committee will hold a short ceremony in commemoration of the anniversary of ANZAC day which falls on Tuesday April 25th each year.
The ceremony will take place after 6.30pm Mass in Lorrha this coming Saturday evening April 29th. and all are welcome to attend.
ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps  and the soldiers in those forces became known as ANZACs. The day is a commemoration of the anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli, Turkey on 25 April in 1915.

Summer Camp.

Busy Bodies Summer Camp for 2023 takes place in Killeen National School with Week 1 commencing 3rd July and week 2 commencing on 10th July. Activities include sports, swimming, cooking, music, arts, crafts sports day. For ages 3 to 10year, from 9.30am to 3pm. For more info contact Ann on 087-9625218.

GAA Gaeltacht Scholarships.

Applications for the GAA Gaeltacht Scholarships are now being accepted. Students in 2nd, TY or 5th year are eligible to apply and interviews will be held as part of the selection process.  Anyone interested is asked to contact Lorrha GAA juvenile secretary Aine Reddin on (087) 0000560.


Sympathy is extended to Margaret Corcoran and family Carrigahorig on the death of her brother Prof. Dermot Hehir, Tullamore and Clare which occurred on Thursday April 13th.
Adjunct Clinical Professor University of Limerick School of Medicine. Former Consultant Surgeon of Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore. Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland, Dermot passed peacefully in the loving arms of his family after a long illness borne with great dignity and courage. Predeceased by his parents, brother Michael and sister in law Joan. Deeply regretted by his heartbroken family, wife Mary, children Aoife, Emily and Diarmaid, sisters Margaret, Vera and Marcella, brother Pat, brothers in law, nieces, nephews, relatives, a wide circle of friends, students, colleagues, British and European Hernia Society Colleagues to whom sympathy is offered.
After funeral Mass on Monday 17th in the Church of the Assumption, Tullamore, burial took place in Clonminch Cemetery, Tullamore. May he rest in peace.

Late Mary Corcoran.

The peaceful death took place on Thursday April 20th at Tullamore Regional Hospital, in the excellent care of the Palliative Care Support Unit, of Mary Corcoran, Annagh, Rathcabbin. Neé King, Mary was in her 91st year and hadn’t enjoyed good health in recent years.
A smiling friendly lady, she was always happy and content with life. She loved meeting and talking to people and loved people calling to her home where no one left without a cup of tea and a sandwich or a slice of cake. Mary was the true homemaker, working in the home and working outside on the farm. Her Aran sweater knitting and of course her crochet, all worn by her family and relatives down through the years. She equally worked hard on the farm in particular when calving time came around, she was there helping and when the turf was cut, Mary would be spreading the turf on the banks with the turf barrow, and sometimes the would load up the barrow with her children. Her life revolved around her family, her children and her grandchildren whom she adored. She and her late husband Johnny, who pre-deceased her thirty years ago, raised a large family and his passing was a huge loss to her. The loss of her son John the following year caused huge anguish to her and her family but Mary immersed herself in her farming and her garden  which helped her cope with her loss. She never left the country on holiday, content with her life and her work at home and surrounded by her family.
Mary enjoyed good health all her life up until last January so her death when it came, while not unexpected, was still a shock to her family when it came. She will be missed by all who knew and came in contact with her but in particular by her family to whom sympathy is extended.
As well as been predeceased by her husband Johnny and son John, Mary was also predeceased by her brothers Ned, Jack, Jim, Joe and Tom King. She is sadly missed by her loving family, sons Michael, Aiden, Vincent and Thomas, daughters Elizabeth, Marie and Trish, her adored grand children and great-grandchildren, son-in-law Des, daughters-in-law Cynthia, Mary, Helen, Eithne and Ann, nephews, nieces, extended family, neighbours and friends.
After funeral Mass on Saturday morning last the 22nd April, in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church, Rathcabbin, burial took place in Bonoham Cemetery, Rathcabbin. May she rest in peace.


North Tipperary Development Company have started to deliver freshly prepared meals, in the parish of Lorrha and the response is very encouraging.  If you are aged 65 or over, living in a rural  isolated area in the parish and would like to have a hot meal delivered to your door, call (0505) 24168 or email reception@ntdc.ie. The cost is €6 per meal which consists of main course and dessert.  Deliveries take place three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Lough Derg

Programme for 2023. Booking advised. One day retreats begin Mon 1st May. Three day retreats from Thurs. 1st Jun. For more info: 071-986151 www.loughderg.org

Killaloe Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

 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.

Leadership Programme.

Applications for the Knock Youth Leadership Programme are now available. This programme offers participants the opportunity to grow in the skills, knowledge, & practice that will help them to engage more young people at Parish level. The deadline for applications is this Thursday April 27th. For more info: youthministry@knockshrine.ie or 094-9375321.


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 Camogie.

The Lorrha underage girls started the week playing our first Community Games match in a number of years. Our U14’s travelled the long journey to Upperchurch on take on their parish team. Despite some great defensive work by Lorrha and a number of goal chances cleared off the line, the result went the way of Upperchurch and our journey in the Community Games was over for this year.
Our U12 championship started at home v Kilruane last Wednesday evening and both teams served up an entertaining game. Some great scores from both sides and great determination all around the field let to a draw with eight points apiece.
The next outing is away to Templemore details to be confirmed.
Our rescheduled U14 match v Kildangan took place on Thursday evening last with a great start by Lorrha who were unlucky with a few scores marginally wide. Kildangan settled into the game and despite scores being traded by both, Kildangan came away with the victory. News from the next outing v Clonoulty on Tuesday 25th will be in next weeks notes.
The U16’s went into their gave v St. Cronan’s Roscrea, with two draws behind them. Lorrha made a great start going two points up, but St. Cronans worked hard and went in at half time ahead. The second half went down to the wire with great team work by Lorrha resulting in goals and points but time ran out and we went down by a goal. Next outing is this Thursday evening 27th away to Portroe at 7pm.
The U12 girls ended a very busy week with a Community Girls football match in Upperchurch and despite a spirited performance from first time football players, they went down to a strong team. Well done to all involved in the organising of the Community Games, it’s a great opportunity for our children to experience other sports and to be able to represent their parish.
Well done to Leah Delaney representing Lorrha on the Tipperary U14 team who played Offaly in Tony Reddin Park recently.

Well Done.

Well done to Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher and the Tipperary Senior hurling team on their 5.22 to 3.23 victory over Clare on Sunday last in the first round of the Championship.

GAA News.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €15,000. The numbers drawn on 24 April were: 16-20-29-30. 4 Match 3’s share €100: Fiona Daly, Josie Hyland, J Redmond, Ann Treacy-Egan.
Promoters: Willie Fogarty, John McLeish, D&K Mannion. The Jackpot remains capped at €15,000. Team 5 in charge of next Monday’s draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Premier Intermediate: The lads take on Sean Treacys in round 4 of the County League in Kilcommon this Sunday at 12.00.

Lorrha were drawn as a bye into the North Championship semi-finals later in the summer.

Junior ‘B’ Hurling: Well done to the lads on their 4-20 to 1-14 win over Toomevara in the first round in Tony Reddin Park on Friday. They take on Templederry in Templederry next Friday at 7.30pm.

Under 13 Football: Hard luck to the U13 footballers on their North ‘B’ Football final loss to Toomevara last week. The lads gave us great excitement over the last few weeks.

Lorrha Parish Golf Outing: Takes place on Saturday, May 20th in Birr Golf Club. Contact Tony Coen (087 621 9639) or society Michael Kennedy (0858466583) to book a tee-time.

Lotto: Our lotto jackpot is currently capped at €15,000, while our secondary jackpot is at €4,000 and building each week while the main jackpot isn’t won. Thank you for your continued support.

Tipperary: Congratulations to Patrick Maher and Tipperary on their Munster Championship win over Clare on Sunday.

Did you Know?

On April 23rd 1597 – William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor was first performed – on his birthday.

In 1953 the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA was published in Nature magazine.

The coldest place on Earth is a high ridge in Antarctica where temperatures can dip below -133 F (-93.2C).

In 2016 Rogers Nelson (aka Prince) American singer-songwriter died aged 57.

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