Lorrha Notes

Captain Lee Mannion is presented with the shield by Senior Tipperary hurler Conor Bowe.

North Champs.

Many congratulations to Lorrha National School hurling squad of boys and girls who were victorious over Aglish in the North Roinn H Final on Friday last held in Toomevara. Lorrha now await their opponents in the County semi final which will take place in the next week or two and the side is wished the best of luck. Thanks is extended to Toomevara GAA for hosting the games and also thanks to Tommy Hogan (Toomevara) the referee.
Commiserations to Rathcabbin School on a narrow defeat to Ballinlough in their North G Final. The future of hurling and camogie in the parish is looking good with two school teams reaching North finals. Well done to all concerned.

Primary Game.

Congratulations is extended to 6th class pupil Lee Mannion who was selected to play against Limerick in the Premier Game in Semple Stadium on Sunday coming May 21st at 4pm. Lee will be representing Lorrha National School and he is wished the best of luck and hope he enjoys the experience.

Munster Success.

Congratulations is extended to Clodagh McIntyre (left) and the Tipperary Senior camogie team who beat Clare 1.26 to 1.9 to win the Munster Final on Saturday last. Tipp have waited 13 long years for this title to come to the County and this win will be a huge boost to the side heading into the championship in a few weeks time.
The staff and pupils of Lorrha N.S. wish to congratulate past pupil Clodagh and the Tipperary senior camogie team on winning their long awaited Munster Final.
Next Sunday 21st May junior room teacher Aoife McLoughney (right) will be playing in a Munster final with Tipp Junior team while another former pupil Patrick Maher will be part of the Tipp senior hurling team to face Limerick while our 6th class pupil Lee Mannion will be playing Limerick in the Primary Game at half time. Well done to all.

Congratulations is extended to the Lorrha U16 camogie girls in their League final success on a scoreline of 4.8 to 1.6.The girls put up a great performance to claim victory which was so richly deserved. Well done to management also.

Good Luck.

The best of luck is extended to Lorrha men David Sullivan, Jack Maher, JP Houlihan and Ronan Moore who are part of the backroom team with the Tipperary Junior camogie team that will play in the Munster Final on Sunday next 21st. David is their manager, Jack is coach, JP is selector while Ronan is S & C.


Lorrha Parish man Nelius O’Meara has sent off a cheque for €4,200 to Cancer Research and he wishes to extend a very sincere Thank You to everyone that has supported his fundraising walk for this great cause. Nelius left for Spain on Monday last May 15th to walk the world famous Camino over a six day trek so by the time you read this, he and a group of about 50 other people will be over half way through the walk. He is most grateful to everyone who has helped him achieve his goal.

Clearing a bed in Rathcabbin to make way for bee friendly plants

Rathcabbin Development/Tidy Towns.

Rathcabbin Tidy Towns have beautiful hanging baskets, planted with pollinator friendly plants, on the entrance road into the village.  We have also planted a bee and butterfly friendly bed filled with 80 plants in the centre of the village for all to enjoy. We meet every Thursday evening at 7pm, so do please come along and help when possible.
We have other projects that we would love to undertake and with that in mind  we are holding a coffee morning in Rathcabbin Hall on Sunday June 4th from 10:30 to 1:30. There will be a bake sale and plant sale with all proceeds going back into the village. Please support if you can.

Tidy Towns Application.

Lorrha Development Association have successfully submitted an application for this year’s Tidy Towns Competition,  judging will begin in early June, and we would really appreciate if everyone keeps up the good work to keep Lorrha looking it’s best . We would like to take this opportunity to thank all who efforts brought about an increase of 13 points in last year’s competition.

Wedding Bells.

Congratulations and many good wishes is extended to Rathcabbin couple Michael Naylor, son of Bernie and Terry and Gráinne Hough, daughter of Nuala and Cíaran who were married on Saturday last the 13th in St. James’ Church, Bushypark and afterwards they celebrated the occasion with family and friends in The Ardilaun Hotel, Galway. We wish them both many happy years together in Rathcabbin.

 Golf Outing.

The Lorrha Parish Golf outing takes place in Birr Golf club on Saturday 20th May. The captain this year is Michael Kennedy, Newtown. Time sheet in operation from 10am to 12.30pm. Contact Michael on (085) 8466583 or Tony Coen on (087) 6219639.

Church News.   

Sunday May 21st Sacrament of Confirmation in Lorrha at 11am. This is also the Ascension of the Lord. Mass times will be as follows for that weekend. Rathcabbin Sat 20th May at 6.30pm, Lorrha Sun 21st May at 11am

Exam Mass at Knock Shrine.

For all students preparing for exams and their families. Take some time out from your studies for a quiet moment to ask for God’s strength and guidance as you move through your exam period. Bring your pencil case to have it blessed. Mass June 5th at7.30pm in Knock Basilica.
Silent Retreat by Fr. Kilian Byrne, Mount St. Joseph’s Abbey, Roscrea. 29th May to June 4th.  €450 full board. Contact Helen: 086-1678027 orhellywilliams@gmail.com

Annual May Devotions.

The annual May devotions to Our Lady of Clonfert continues with Mass each evening at 7.30pm which will be celebrated by visiting clergy. On Thursday May 18th Fr. Declan McInerney will celebrate a Mass of Remembrance for all deceased family and relatives. There will be two Masses on Friday 19th, one at 12 noon and again at 7.30pm.and on Sunday 21st Mass at 10.30am and again at 6.30pm. Shrine open daily from 7am to 11pm. All Masses are livestreamed daily on www.churchservices.tv/Clonfert.


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. Transport available to pupils on various routes.

Summer Camp Reminder.

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 News.

There was no winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €15,000. The numbers drawn on 15 May were: 5-15-18-21. 4 Match 3’s share €100: Trish & Johnny Moore; Mary Ryan, Mike & Ellie, The Poker Crew.
Promoters: Noreen Houlihan, Sean Mannion, Internet.
Next Monday’s jackpot remains capped at €15,000. Team 8 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Premier Intermediate: Well done to the lads on their 1-22 to 0-16 win over St Mary’s in Moatfield at the weekend, which sends us through to a semi-final vs Newport in a fortnight’s time.

Under 17 Hurling: Lorrha/Shannon Rovers host Roscrea in Lorrha on Friday at 7.00pm in the North-Mid League.

Primary Schools: Well done to Lorrha NS hurling squad of boys and girls who were victorious in the North Final on Friday in Toomevara. They now await their opponents in the County semi-final which will take place in the next week or two and the side is wished the best of luck.

Commiserations to Rathcabbin NS on a narrow defeat to Ballinaclough NS in their North Final. The future of hurling and camogie in the parish is looking good with two school teams reaching North finals. Well done to all concerned.

Lorrha Parish Golf Outing: Takes place this Saturday, 20th May in Birr GC from 10am-12.30pm. Contact Tony Coen 0876219639) or society captain Michael Kennedy 0858466583 to book a tee-time.

Social Dancing: Continues this Friday night in the Tony Reddin Centre at 6.30pm to the music of Checkers.


Senator Frances Black among leaders of annual Co Mayo Famine Walk this Saturday as Tipperary People Urged to do the Walk.

Irish peace and justice organisation Afri is inviting people from Tipperary and throughout Ireland to join the annual Famine Walk this coming Saturday, May 20th 2023 in Louisburgh, Co. Mayo. This year’s walk leaders include renowned singer, activist and independent Senator, Frances Black.

The Doolough Famine Walk is a 10-mile walk that retraces the steps of hundreds of people who walked to Delphi Lodge in search of food during the Great Famine of 1845-1852. Many of these people died on the journey, and their story is a reminder of the devastating impact of An Gorta Mór, the Great Hunger. The theme of this year’s Famine Walk is ‘Famine is a Lie and War is a Crime’.

This unique event has been on the road for thirty-five years and has been led over the years by such distinguished people as Desmond Tutu, representatives of the Choctaw nation of Oklahoma, representatives of the Maya people from Guatemala, John Pilger, actor Gabriel Byrne, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Ronnie Drew, Lisa Lambe, Damian Dempsey, Declan O’Rourke to name but a few.

Speaking in advance of the walk, Afri Coordinator Joe Murray says “The walk is a powerful way to remember those who died in the Great Hunger and to raise awareness of the ongoing problem of hunger and injustice in the world today, including the drift towards war, violence, and militarism. It is also a chance to come together as a community and to show our solidarity with those who are struggling today, both at home and abroad, including refugees.” This year’s walk will be led by Senator Frances Black, Michael Doorly, the Head of Active Citizenship with Concern Worldwide and Joseph Kabwe Kamfwa, an agriculturist from Lusaka in Zambia. Music will be provided by influential folk singer Karan Casey.

Walkers will gather from 11 am on Saturday and registration is still open on Eventbrite.ie and www.afri.ie. The registration fee is €25 for adults (€15 concession, children are free) and additional donations are welcome. All proceeds from the walk will go to Afri’s work to fight hunger and injustice around the world.

Joe Murray says all at Afri are looking forward to a big turnout on Saturday. “These gatherings are increasingly important, connecting old friends and new, and walking together while sharing the hope of a better world. It is also a chance to show solidarity with those who are struggling, including refugees and asylum seekers, and other marginalised communities. The music element is always important, as are the incredible chats and conversations shared along the way.

He adds that the tragedy of the Famine continues to play out today and says particular emphasis needs to be placed on the role of war and militarism.

“For 35 years we’ve walked the Famine Road through the Doolough Valley in the footsteps of those hundreds who travelled the same road in search of food in the Spring of 1849. Turned away, denied and robbed even of hope, many died on the return road to nowhere. There was, of course, no shortage of food in Ireland at the time but this was not available to the poor but rather exported in vast quantities, resulting in the death of a million and the forced migration of a million and a half more. Previous Walk Leader and former hostage Brian Keenan summed this up in the phrase ‘Famine is a Lie’”.

“One of the many disturbing facts about An Gorta Mór is that more money was spent by the British Government on maintaining the military in Ireland than on providing food for the people who were starving. One might have hoped for lessons to be learnt from this obscene skewing of priorities but unfortunately, that is not the case. In 2021, for the first time, the global arms budget surpassed $2 trillion while more than 900 million people are hungry in today’s world. War is big business and the weapons industry is booming as wars rage around our burning planet. We cannot remain silent and hence our actions, our walk, our words, they are all important as we work together for justice”.

“We hope that people from all over Ireland will come together to walk with us on May 20th. You are all welcome to join us for the walk of solidarity and peace. Even if you cannot complete the full 18 km, a shuttle car will be available to bring you back to Louisburgh. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those who are struggling.”

Did you Know?

In 1869 the West first learnt of the Giant Panda via French missionary Armand David.

In 1965 Bob Dylan recorded his single Like a Rolling Stone

Every day, the human heart creates enough energy to drive a lorry for 32km or 20 miles.

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